Eye on Entertainment
November 1, 2010
Battlestar Babe Comes to CSI
Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) makes a guest appearance
on the original CSI during November sweeps. She plays a tough-as-nails
cop assisting the team while they try to solve the murder of a college
student. The series producers claim they've been after Sackhoff to make
a guest appearance for years and that this could turn into a recurring
role. It seems that she is a favorite among many producers. Alan
Ball, who is a great fan of Sackhoff, was after her for the role of Debbie
Pelt on True Blood but she chose to do a pilot instead. Could
it have been a little show that didn't live up to hype called, Bionic
Woman? Actually, I think Sackhoff would have been great in the
role of Pam De Beaufort although, having finished it's third season, it's
hard to imagine Pam played by anybody other than impressive Kristin Bauer.
Ricky Martin's autobiography, 'Me', comes out Nov. 2, less than eight
months after he did. It will also be released in Spanish under the title
of Yo, which is the Spanish word for I. Yo? I had no idea that all
this time the cast of Jersey Shore was speaking Spanish. Coinciding with
the release, Martin will be appearing on Oprah and signing his book at
Barnes and Noble at L.A.'s the Grove on Nov. 9. *** Fans of Wicked,
Glee and Taye Diggs will be flocking to the Orange County Performing Arts
Center on Nov. 7th when Idina Menzel (Mrs. Diggs) entertains what is sure
to be a sold out Segerstrom Hall. Menzel can also be heard on the
Nov. 1st release of the CD Elaine Paige and Friends. Other voices joining
the British legend are Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Olivia Newton John
and John Barrowman.
Another opportunity for Glee fans to catch their idols up close
is the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center's 39th Anniversary Gala at
the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Nov. 13. Lily Tomlin will host
an evening that will feature Glee star Jane Lynch receiving the
Rand Schrader Distinguished Achievement Award by series costar Mathew Morrison.
Yet the other icing on this celebration cake is the recent announcement
of a special appearance by Carol Burnett. The comedy icon's appearance
coincides with her guest role on Glee this month in which she will
be playing Sue Sylvester's mother, Doris. And yes, there will be a duet
between the two as they sing "Why, Oh Why, Oh Why, Did I Leave Ohio" from
the musical Wonderful Town. The answer to that song's question is
one of which I am familiar, having spent four years in Columbus, one month.
In other Gleek worthy news, we already know that Chord Overstreet is not
Kurt's new love interest on Glee but the latest candidate, Blaine will
meet Kurt on the the Nov. 9 episode. Frustrated over life at McKinley High,
Kurt looks into another scholastic institution in the form of Dalton Academy,
where out and proud Blaine (Darren Criss) is a student. Criss hasn't much
of an acting resume but was in the short-lived series Eastwick.
The Greater Palm Springs Pride celebration comes to the Palm Springs
Baseball Stadium Nov. 6 - 7. *** The DVD version of The Kids Are
Alright, starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as a lesbian couple
hits stores Nov. 16. *** Chris Potter (Queer As Folk)
plays Sheriff Russell in The Good Witch's Gift, airing on the Hallmark
channel Nov. 13. Catherine Bell plays the witch of the title and the Sheriff's
Thanksgiving is a few weeks away, but a really big turkey comes to TLC
Nov. 14 with the debut of Sarah Palin's Alaska. You can blame executive
producer and Survivor creator Mark Burnett for this horrifying look
at the world and lifestyle of Alaska's former governor. Can it be worse
than this you ask. Well of course, as you'll see in an episode in which
Kate Gosselin joins the Mrs. Pathetic, I mean Palin on a fishing (for attention)
trip. Kate's appearance is to cross-promote her new series without John,
called Twist of Kate. Didn't Shakespeare already do that show? I
think it was called Taming of the Shrew.
VHI got a bright idea. They decided to combine two hit reality series
to make a new sure-to-be a success reality series. The parents of the new
show are Jersey Shore and Bridezillas and their progeny is a new program
called My Big Friggin' Wedding. Debuting Nov. 1st, the show
will follow five over-the-top East Coast couples in the disfunctional over-loaded
lives leading up to the big day when they say "Hey, I'm walkiní hee-ya."
No, I mean, up to that special day when the say "I do, I does, I did -
Fug it. Whateva!
Notting Hill director Roger Michell took the reigns of the Nov.
12 release Morning Glory, which was produced by J.J. Abrams (Lost.)
The comedy is centered on an over-confident producer who is determined
to revive the ratings of a morning talk show despite the constant
bickering of the two on air hosts. Harrison Ford stars along with Diane
Keaton as the anchors, with costars Patrick Wilson (Angels in America,)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family,) and Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes.)
This sure to be hit comedy comes from the pen of The Devil Wears Prada
screenwriter, Aline Brosh McKenna for Bad Robot films.
Kyle MacLachlan (Touch of Pink) isn't sitting idle after his
departure from Desperate Housewives. He'll appear as Zoey's ex husband
in two episodes of How I Met Your Mother airing on CBS this month.
*** With the first casualties of the 2010 Fall TV season, Lone
Star, Outlaw, and My Generation canceled, networks are
dusting off their mid-season series for fill-ins sooner than expected.
Though no scheduled premiere date, The L Word veteran, Jennifer
Beals stars in one candidate, Ride-A-Long, as the Windy City's first female
police superintendent. That's a surprise cause I thought that's what
Oprah was going to do when her show ended next year. ***
British Doctor Who fans can catch the current Time Lord, Matt
Smith in a new drama for the BBC Two called Christopher and His Friends.
The telefilm, or tely-film as they might say in the UK, looks at the early
years of Christopher Isherwood when he fled English society and his oppressive
mother for the thriving gay world of 1930s Berlin. The project was
filmed in Belfast for director Geoffrey Sax (Tipping the Velvet.)
No word on when it will reach the states or air on BBC America.
Mary Lynn Rajskub who played Chloe on 24 turns up on Modern
Family this month as a woman who used to date Mitchell (Jesse Tyler
Ferguson) in high school. While he and Cam are out shopping they have an
awkward run-in with the former sweetheart, whose heart Mitchell broke.
Let's see Chloe's computer skills solve this problem.
Another taste of Britain comes with the Britania Awards, making itís
debut on the TV Guide Network Nov. 7.Among this year's honorees are Jeff
Bridges for Excellence in Film, Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight)
for Excellence in Directing and Betty White for Excellence in Comedy. ***
The next Kathy Griffin special - Whores on Crutches, airs on Bravo
Previews of the new Broadway musical Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark
begin Nov. 14th at Broadway's Foxwoods Theatre. The show features music
by U2 members Bono and the Edge and the talented vision of Julie Taymor.
Reeve Carney is the name who dons the web slinger costume and though a
mostly unknown, stars in Taymor's Dec. 10 film release of The Tempest.
Delayed from a February opening, Spider-man's production costs are
reportedly at $50 million and some claim it will have a $1 million a week
operating costs. Which is basically Paris Hilton's weekly bail budget.
One of the gambles of this production is it's appeal factor. Most Broadway
fans are traditionally not comic book fans. Let's face it, 40-year-old
plus computer programmers, who are fluent in Klingon, and live in their
single mom's basement can't often afford the high price of Broadway tickets.
But the uniqueness of this acrobatic action packed, special effects stage
epic and not to mention the must see new attraction on the Great White
Way could pull it off. And let's not overlook the bread and butter of Broadway.
Just think about it, a hunky guy in a tight costume, swinging around shooting
white sticky stuff out of a limp wrist? You can't get much gayer than that!
Until next time, I'm Nathaniel Grey and I was born this way.
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