Following the CW’s good news yesterday, CBS has given full season orders to Vegas and Elementary. These back-nine pickups are the first for the network this season.
“Vegas and Elementary have opened strong, delivering big audiences and winning performances in important time periods,” said CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler. ”Each of the shows has rich characters, big stars and a unique visual style that have stood out in the crowd, helping make two of our strongest nights even stronger.”
Both of the 10 pm dramas (airing Tuesdays and Thursdays, respectively) have had good ratings so far. Dennis Quaid’s Vegas premiered to a 2.5 rating and nearly 15 million viewers, and the modern-day Sherlock Holmes series Elementary opened to a 3.1 rating, winning its time slot.
With Vegas and Elementary both picked up, and Made in Jersey as the Eyeball's first cancellation of fall, the CBS’s only series still up in the air is the comedy Partners.
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Now that Mitt Romney has shored up his spot as the presumptive GOP nominee, he has to start tackling the really tough questions — such as whether or not he'll appear on Saturday Night Live. In a New York Times column published this weekend, Maureen Dowd reveals, "Lorne Michaels, the show’s executive producer, has offered a guest spot to Romney, who is considering it." While it sounds like the kind of thing that could convince America that the former governor isn't a stuffed shirt, at this point appearing on the show is likely to do more harm than good.
In the past few elections, nearly every presidential candidate has made a guest appearance on SNL. It's become almost mandatory for politicians to appear on the show, since they need to prove that they're still good sports even after being skewered mercilessly for months. Four years ago Sarah Palin made the world think she was laughing along with Tina Fey's wildly popular impersonation, though if you believe Game Change, she actually found it devestating. John McCain also appeared in a sketch in an attempt to show that he was still quick-witted scamp, not a cantankerous old man. Though his sketch with Tina fey was funny, it wasn't enough to sway the election.
One of Romney's biggest problems is his inability to connect with average Americans, and theoretically a great SNL skit should help his cause. Unfortunately for him, his chances of comedy success are extremely thin. When Romney read David Letterman's Top 10 List he turned in a decent performance, for a politician. However, while he read the lines well, his movements were still awkward.
In recent sketches Jason Sudeikis has played Romney as a square, robotic flip-flopper. In order for Romney to counter that image he'd have to be exceedingly smooth and charismatic in his SNL appearance. That's a tall order for any non-performer, and Romney has yet to prove that he can be relaxed and relatable when he's talking to people in a town hall meeting. To actually change people's opinions of him on SNL, Romney would have to do a hilarious and memorable skit, and it seems unlikely that he'd be able to pull off a Rudy Giuliani drag performance.
Though Tina Fey's Palin impersonation demanded a response from the Alaska governor, in the current election SNL has yet to do a sketch that's become culturally relevant. As show insiders explain to Dowd, both Romney and President Obama lack "handles," or quirks impersonators can exploit. That's why much like Fred Armisen's Obama, Sudeikis' Romney is amusing, but not devestatingly accurate like Darrell Hammond's Bill Clinton.
While SNL writers are tearing their hair out at the prospect of an election without any wild characters like Newt Gingrich or Michelle Bachmann, that might be great for Romney. However, it's very possible that SNL will sharpen its aim in the next few months. There are rumors that Sudeikis is leaving the show at the end of the season, and that would give another performer an opportunity to step in with a more biting Romney parody. In the fall, Romney may be pressured into guest starring on the show, whether he's ready for prime time or not.
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The social commentator passed away at the Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. on Saturday (07Jan12).
Blankley became a child star playing Rod Steiger's onscreen son in 1955 movie The Harder They Fall and also appeared in TV shows including Lassie and Highway Patrol.
He later turned his back on acting to focus on writing and politics, most notably serving as an adviser to Republican politician Newt Gingrich during the 1990s, when he was the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Gingrich says, "Tony was a very special person. Everybody in our alumni who have heard about it have felt something in their hearts because he was more than a great professional. He was a great human being, he was a caring and loving person, he was a tremendous amount of fun, remarkably erudite and educated, and we will all miss him deeply."
Danny DeVito has also paid tribute to the star, writing on his Twitter.com page, "Tony Blankley passed away condolences to his family. Gonna miss him on (radio show) Left Right and Center!"
On Sunday, NBC released its primetime schedule for the next year, and among some minor changes to the lineup was the fact that Donald Trump's show that's more outstanding than a seeing eye pony with watermelons for hoofs, Celebrity Apprentice, would be returning this fall for another season. The information indirectly indicated that The Donald had decided against running for president in 2012, but of course we were a little disappointed that we didn't receive the news in a personalized statement from the real estate mogul, where each letter of his name would be the first letter of a reason as for why he decided against going head-to-head with Newt Gingrich (which would read something along the lines of "Thanks, but I'm in Real estate, U guys can suck it, My name is Trump, Piss off."
But today, we got something even better, and it's a formal statement from Trump that said his main reason for not seeking a bid is that he's not really to leave his business, which he sites as his "greatest passion." Below you'll find the statement in its entirety.
"After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency. This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country. I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.
I want to personally thank the millions of Americans who have joined the various Trump grassroots movements and written me letters and e-mails encouraging me to run. My gratitude for your faith and trust in me could never be expressed properly in words. So, I make you this promise: that I will continue to voice my opinions loudly and help to shape our politician’s thoughts. My ability to bring important economic and foreign policy issues to the forefront of the national dialogue is perhaps my greatest asset and one of the most valuable services I can provide to this country. I will continue to push our President and the country’s policy makers to address the dire challenges arising from our unsustainable debt structure and increasing lack of global competitiveness. Issues, including getting tough on China and other countries that are methodically and systematically taking advantage of the United States, were seldom mentioned before I brought them to the forefront of the country’s conversation. They are now being debated vigorously. I will also continue to push for job creation, an initiative that should be this country’s top priority and something that I know a lot about. I will not shy away from expressing the opinions that so many of you share yet don’t have a medium through which to articulate.
I look forward to supporting the candidate who is the most qualified to help us tackle our country’s most important issues and am hopeful that, when this person emerges, he or she will have the courage to take on the challenges of the Office and be the agent of change that this country so desperately needs.
Thank you and God Bless America!
Donald J. Trump"
It's pretty disgusting the voice that reads this over in my head is his. Also, he makes it pretty clear that even though he's not going to run, that our overwhelming responses to him have made him realize that he needs to be someone who reminds politicians of what the main issues are by using his incredibly confusing hive and/or pouch of spit that he calls a voice. SO GREAT JOB EVERYONE -- we've finally done something worse than spilling glitter on a carpet.
Profile of Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and architect of the first Republican House majority in more than 50 years. In the final years of the 20th century, President Bill Clinton seemed to be in the greatest danger of losing his office, as well as his integrity, but instead, Newt Gingrich resigned the speakership in the face of a party-wide challenge to his leadership.