Tonight Show: Jay Leno near the end of the road

May 27, 2009 by  
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Jay Leno has been the face of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for 17 years. And that long and twisting road is coming to an end on Friday.

It’s a job he won against a lot of solid competition. The Tonight Show is a coveted position for any host or comedian.  NBC wasn’t too sure at first, but Leno won them over. He’s only missed 4 days over those 17 years, and worked without complaint.

Late-Late night host Conan O’Brien will take over the show on Monday. But Leno isn’t really leaving our TV screens, in fact, he’s sort of moving up in time slots. “The Jay Leno Show” will air at 10PM Eastern soon.

At age 59, he’s finally hit “the big time”.

Johnny Carson (the king of Late Night, whose reign began in 1962) put America to peaceful and humorous rest for 30 years, and endorsed Leno as his replacement. Since May 25, 1992, Jay Leno has sat at this desk. It’ll be strange to see someone else there.

He has been well-liked. Sturdy. Unfailingly likable. A regular guy, that audiences identify with. Not a blockbuster or a highly controversial figure. That’s not his style.

He was just solid. Intelligent. And treated all of his guests with grace and humility, the way talk show guests should be treated.

Happy trails, Jay Leno, and may your new show do well.

Finally: Project Runway New Season Details Released

April 21, 2009 by  
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0000045571_20080109115320Fashion reality show “Project Runway” will finally return to TV on the Lifetime cable channel, Lifetime Television announced today. It beat out NBC Universal (that owns Bravo) to claim the hugely popular fashion series. The show will air on August 20th.

The 6th season will still be hosted by Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, the stylish “mentor” to the show’s upstart young designers, was stalled by months of legal battles after creators wanted to take the show to a new network, presumably to get more ad money from a larger station.

The suit was finally put to rest when The Weinstein Co. agreed to pay NBC cash (not disclosed and probably a lot) to move the series to Lifetime. The show’s last season concluded in October 2008.

If you’ve taken up residence under a rock the last 5 years, here’s the skinny on this one: “Project Runway” follows the ups and downs of 16 fashion designers hoping to win cash, acclaim and the ability to start up their own fashion companies by competing in a series of challenges.

CBS Says Lights Out for Guiding Light

April 13, 2009 by  
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Guiding Light is having its lights turned out permanently. Although the announcement came at the beginning of April, CBS’s decision to cut the 72 year old Guiding Light was not an April Fool’s joke. Even being the longest running television series in history with a devoted following wasn’t enough to keep this history making show on the air. It started out as a radio program in 1937 and made the leap to television in 1952. All of the daytime soaps have been suffering a slow death since the 1990s with dwindling viewership and a greater variety of programming in the same time slots.

The whole idea of putting an end to Guiding Light seems like it could be a story right out of, well… a soap opera. It does bring up the idea that maybe Guiding Light could possibly one day return from the dead, like an unexpected plot twist. If you’ve been a loyal watcher of Guiding Light, then you’ve still got several months before the end, but come September 18, 2009, the show will cease to be broadcast on CBS. The shows producers are rumored to shopping Guiding Light around in the hopes that another network will pick it up, so they can continue on with drama that has kept people tuning in for so long.

If you’ve been a fan of Guiding Light then let us know your thoughts about the show over the years by reviewing Guiding Light.

Kröd Mändoon is a Ray of Light in the Dark Ages

March 28, 2009 by  
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krod-mandoon-and-the-flaming-sword-of-fireThe age may be dark, but the future of the world is bright thanks to Kröd Mändoon and his eclectic band of warriors. Well, the future could be bright if the fate of the world had a little more certainty with a more focused group. Kröd is a fearless warrior, leading his somewhat faithful group against the forces of evil while he deals with his pagan girlfriend’s infidelity. Dongalor, Kröd’s arch nemesis from the academy is remiscent of a medieval version of Dr. Evil and posesses a weapon of mass destruction, a la The Lord of the Rings, but doesn’t yet know how to make it work. Aneka, Kröd’s girlfriend, is more than happy to help fight Dongalor’s evil agenda, especially when she can use sexual favors as her weapon of choice. Although Kröd doesn’t have a loyal girlfriend, he does have the loyal service of Loquasto, a pig-like man who is willing to do whatever is asked of him but isn’t known for his marksmanship and takes orders literally. As this is the middle ages, what would Kröd be without an African-American wizard to work some magic. Be sure to look closely for Zezelryck’s spells and potions to work or you might not see them, much like Kröd doesn’t seem to see them work. Kröd also has a flaming sword, and by sheer coincidence has the help of his dead mentor’s gay lover, Bruce. Bruce was the cellmate of General Arcadias, Kröd’s mentor, in the same dungeon for 2 weeks.

If you haven’t yet seen the previews for Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire after that introduction you would immediately think that this was either a new comedy or a complete joke. It’s no joke! This is the new comedy action series coming to Comedy Central. You can be sure that the struggle for the medieval free world will involve some sort of crazy scheme on Dongalor’s part, while he tries to pick up women in the process. When you watch this series you will ultimately recognize the common, everyday problems that Kröd faces while fighting to create a better world. As for the costumes and the set, they’ve done a masterful job in recreating the dark ages in a sanitized way. If you’re looking for a comedy series that puts a modern day and comical twist in the midst of middle ages sword battling and action, then this new series will speak to you. Think of the comedy writing of Blazing Saddles but with the medieval fantasy of Conan, and that’s what “Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire” is like. It’s different enough to be a show that should do well with Comedy Central ‘s audience. We’ll enjoy watching Kröd fight for freedom and the love of his girlfriend. The 1 hour premiere episode airs April 9 at 10pm/9c, so be sure to tune in to Comedy Central for this new show.  We’ll be watching, and hope to see some good reviews for Kröd Mändoon.