Archive for September, 2008

“The Simpsons” Turns 20

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

I had the pleasure of speaking with E! Online correspondent Joal Ryan for a piece she wrote on tonight’s season premiere of The Simpsons. The episode launches the show’s 20th season on television, matching Gunsmoke as the longest running prime time series in American TV history. Click here to read the story.

Ed Robertson
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Oscar winner Paul Newman dies at 83

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/obit_newman

Though best known for starring in such iconic movies as The Hustler, Hud, Cool Hand Luke, The Sting and Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, as well as his Oscar-winning performance in The Color of Money, Newman was also a steady presence on television, from his early roles in live TV adaptations of Bang The Drum Slowly and Hemingway’s The Battler, to his numerous appearances on daytime talk shows like The Mike Douglas Show, to his Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning performance in HBO’s Empire Falls

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Five Things About the Emmycast That Were Actually Pretty Good

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Much ink has been spilled, and rightfully so, about how wretched last night’s Emmy Awards telecast was. No doubt more will be said tomorrow night when Frankie and I get our chance to sound off on TV CONFIDENTIAL. But before we do, I actually found five things about last night’s show that I can honestly say I liked. Granted, most of these moments were ad-libbed… but maybe that’s the point.

5. Zeljko Ivanek winning Best Supporting Actor for Damages. I love Damages, so I thought this was well deserved–but I did not see this coming. I figured either Ted Danson (Damages) or Michael Emerson (Lost) and would have been happy either way (well, maybe less so with Danson). Nice to see the Academy is still capable of thinking outside the box.

4. Steve Martin’s tribute to Tommy Smothers. Funhy, witty, droll and wry, as only Martin can be.

3. Jon Stewart’s save at the end of the Laugh-In tribute.  His remarks not only struck me as genuine, but restored some dignity to a talented cast of pioneers (Jo-Ann Worley, Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens) after a bit that badly went flat.

2. (tie) The off-the-cuff remarks by Jeremy Piven (”What if I just kept talking for 12 minutes? That was the opening”) and Don Rickles (”Let’s read these funny lines they wrote for us”). Also glad that Rickles won an Emmy for his terrific HBO documentary special, Don Rickles: M. Warmth.

1. Ricky Gervais’ Dos and Don’ts on Acceptance Speeches (and props to Steve Carell for playing along).

Ed Robertson
Freelance Entertainment Journalist
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Spotlight 1973: TONIGHT on TV Confidential

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Go back in time on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Tuesday, Sept. 23 beginning at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Join Ed Robertson, Frankie Montiforte and their guest Herbie J Pilato as they look back at television shows from 1973: What were the top TV shows in ’73, which shows were your favorites that year and why: Was it All in the Family? The Waltons? Cannon? Here’s Lucy? Barnaby Jones? The Six Million Dollar Man? The Magician? The Girl with Something Extra, Lotsa Luck or perhaps something even more obscure? We’ll also look at the top Emmy winners from 1973, how television has changed since ’73, plus a whole lot more.   

If you have a favorite TV show or TV memory from 1973, we invite you to let us know and tell us why TONIGHT, Tuesday, Sept. 23 beginning at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on KSAV.org. Phone number is (800) 407-KSAV (5728), email address is talk@tvconfidential.net.

Ed Robertson
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