Updates from the Con

I’m doing live updates from the convention. Follow me in the sidebar with my Twitter account.

It’s crazy here. That sums up a lot.

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This post was written by Shawna Benson on July 27, 2007

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Twitter now enabled

I’ve set up a Twitter account so I can report on the happenings at Comic-con in real time.

If you want to follow me at the site, look for ‘TeelaJBrown’.

Fun begins tomorrow!

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This post was written by Shawna Benson on July 25, 2007

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My new movieweb column

is up. Chit chat about summer tv. I also have a review of “The Bill Engvall” show up. I laughed a few times, so I will probably tune in to see if the show really finds its legs.

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This post was written by Shawna Benson on July 19, 2007

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Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

It’s Emmy Time.

‘Friday Night Lights’ doesn’t make the cut (boo!)

But Minnie Driver of FX ‘The Riches’ does (really?) Connie Britton is robbed!

More thoughts later. I have to get to work.

Update: Just saw the writing categories. Wow.

The best ‘Lost’ episode of the year made it…and BSG gets a nom! (HUGE!)…and three Sopranos episodes. No House. No 24. No Heroes. No Friday Night Lights. No CSI (the finale was really good).

And Boston Legal gets a nom for drama this year?? I mean, it’s a good show, but… *sigh*

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This post was written by Shawna Benson on July 19, 2007

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NBC Press release – fall premiere dates and schedule changes

(I’ll be creating the new watch list very soon!)

NBC SHOWCASES FALL PRIMETIME ENTERTAINMENT SERIES BEGINNING WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 24

New Drama “Chuck” Kicks Off Mondays (8-9 p.m. ET) and “Deal or No Deal” Shifts to Fridays (8-9 p.m. ET) Leading into “Friday Night Lights” (9-10 p.m. ET) Followed by “Las Vegas” (10-11 p.m. ET)

“The Biggest Loser” Expands to 90 Minutes on Tuesdays and Shares the Night with Summer Hit “The Singing Bee,” New Addition to Fall Lineup

One-hour Episodes of “My Name Is Earl” (8-9 p.m. ET) and “The Office” (9-10 p.m. ET) Premiere on Thursday, September 27

BURBANK – July 16, 2007 – NBC launches its season premieres the week of September 24. The network will adjust its schedule by moving the new comedic spy thriller “Chuck” to Mondays (8-9 p.m. ET) – followed by switching the popular Monday version of “Deal or No Deal” to Fridays (8-9 p.m. ET), and shifting “Friday Night Lights” to an earlier new time of 9-10 p.m. (ET) and ” Las Vegas” to 10-11 p.m. (ET).

In addition, NBC will expand “The Biggest Loser” to 90 minutes on Tuesdays (8-9:30 p.m. ET) and will have a special two-hour premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Summer’s newest hit, “The Singing Bee” (which premiered earlier this month), will have its Fall premiere on Tuesday, September 25 (9:30-10 p.m. ET).

NBC’s premiere week will also feature one-hour episodes each of “My Name Is Earl” (8-9 p.m. ET) and “The Office” (9-10 p.m. ET) on Thursday, September 27 and a two-hour episode premiere of “Las Vegas” on Friday, September 28 (9-11 p.m. ET).

The announcements were made by Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, and Marc Graboff, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios.

“We can’t wait for the new season to begin and we believe that these programming changes will allow for a powerhouse Monday night with ‘Chuck,’ ‘Heroes’ and ‘Journeyman,’” said Silverman. “On Tuesdays, the 90-minute ‘The Biggest Loser’ has always performed well and will fit perfectly with our new summer hit ‘The Singing Bee.’ On Fridays, we can hammock ‘Friday Night Lights’ between two proven hits – ‘Deal or No Deal’ and ‘Las Vegas,’ with new cast member Tom Selleck.”

Said Graboff: “We like that we can start our season off strong with hour-long episodes of such comedy favorites as ‘Earl’ and ‘The Office.’ Coupled with the dynamo of ‘Sunday Night Football,’ we will have a very potent fall lineup and these schedule adjustments will only make us stronger.”

All of NBC’s primetime entertainment series will bow during the week of September 24 with the exception of “The Biggest Loser” (Tuesday, September 11), “30 Rock” (Thursday, October 4), “Friday Night Lights” (Friday, October 5) and “Scrubs” (Thursday, October 25).

In addition, “Deal or No Deal” will premiere on Monday, September 17 (8-9 p.m. ET) — one final time in its previously announced day and time before moving to Fridays (8-9 p.m. ET) on September 28.

Likewise, “Friday Night Lights” was previously scheduled for Fridays (10-11 p.m. ET) and “Las Vegas” (9-10 p.m. ET) on the same night before swapping time periods.

On September 24, NBC tees up its new season on Mondays (8-9 p.m. ET) with “Chuck,” a new hour-long series from executive producer Josh Schwartz (“The O.C.”) and executive producer-director McG (“Charlie’s Angels,” “We Are Marshall”), who deliver a comedic spy thriller about Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi, “Less Than Perfect”) — a computer geek who is catapulted into a new career as the government’s most vital secret agent. Then comes the much-anticipated second-season debut of “Heroes” (9-10 p.m. ET) as the epic ensemble drama centers on several ordinary people who possess extraordinary abilities.

Monday, September 24 will also serve as the premiere of the new drama “Journeyman” (10-11 p.m. ET). From Emmy Award-winning writer-producer Kevin Falls (“The West Wing”) and Emmy Award-winning director-producer Alex Graves (“The West Wing”), “Journeyman” is a romantic mystery-drama about Dan Vasser (Kevin McKidd, “Rome”), a San Francisco newspaper
reporter and family man who inexplicably begins to travel through time and change people’s lives.

Tuesdays mark the beginning of a new season of “The Biggest Loser” (8-10 p.m. ET) starting September 11 as the popular competitive weight-loss series boasts a few new twists. “The Singing Bee,” introduced earlier this month, is hosted by Joey Fatone (*NSYNC) as it challenges contestants to not only sing a song – but compels them to sing the words
correctly. The variety-competition series will join the fall lineup on September 25.

The perennial favorite “Deal or No Deal” (8-9 p.m.) jump-starts Wednesdays beginning September 25 with host Howie Mandel, whose provocative series title question: “Deal – or no deal?” – has become a national catchphrase. The new “Bionic Woman” (9-10 p.m. ET) stars Michelle Ryan (“EastEnders”) as a young woman whose life is radically altered and empowered after a car crash as it debuts on September 25. Also on the same night, the new drama “Life” (10-11 p.m. ET) features a complex police detective (Damian Lewis, “Band of Brothers”) who’s given a second chance on the force after serving years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

“My Name Is Earl” (8-9 p.m. ET) and the Emmy Award-winning “The Office” (9-10 p.m. ET) will break out of the gate in a big way on Thursday, September 27 as each premieres with an hour-long episode. The 14th season debut of “ER” follows (10-11 p.m. ET).

The two-hour premiere of “Las Vegas” (9-11 p.m. ET) will follow the new Friday-night “Deal or No Deal” (8-9 p.m. ET) on September 28.

As it did during last fall, “Football Night in America” (7-8 p.m. ET) and “Sunday Night Football” (8-11 p.m. ET) will dominate on autumn Sundays.

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This post was written by Shawna Benson on July 16, 2007

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Catching up

If it’s Monday, I must be on Geekerati Radio at 7 PM PDT (in about 30 minutes from now)

Why not give us a listen? We’re giving dvds away tonight! Details for tonight’s show from Christian’s blog Cinerati:

Have you ever wondered, “what’s so special about DVD special editions?” Well the geeks at Geekerati Radio will be discussing that very question tonight at 7pm Pacific. Joining the Geeks will be film critic David Chute who will be discussing his commentary tracks on KING BOXER and ONE ARMED SWORDSMAN. Chute was joined by Quentin Tarantino in his commentary on KING BOXER.

Come and join in on the conversation, you might even walk away with a free copy of a movie.

I Have a Talk Show

Found out today that the short film I co-wrote with my friend Bernie for the 48 Hour Film Festival made the ‘Best of L.A.’ screening! If you are interested in seeing it and the other 15 films, here are the details for the screening:

“Best of Los Angeles 48HFP”
Screening and Awards Ceremony
Saturday, July 21, 8:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Theatre
8556 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Note: We’ve made arrangements for $2.00 parking in the basement of the
Flynt building on Wilshire and La Cienega.

Here are the Best Films of Los Angeles 2007:
“Asian Arrow 4: Back from Sheboygan” by All Together Now
“Buddy System” by Genesis Films
“Breakdown” by Tri-County Lawnbowling Association
“Chips” by Zip Quink
“Cookie De Mayo” by Cultural Detritus
“A Homecoming” by The TCS
“Life After Life” by Tickle Party
“Limbo” by Time Lapse Productions
“The Lunch” by Team Plaid
“Mickey & Mike” by Bucks Boys
“Project 96B” by Soapbox
“Serial Dating” by Wilcox Films <--- WE ROCK!! YAY US!!!
“Til Death Does His Part” by White Maria
“Trust” by Jeffrogee
“World Domination for Beginners” by Biscuits & Gravy
“Writers Do It Alone” by Rabid Manatees

I’ve really started work on a new pilot spec now. And the other pilot is ‘out there’. More news when it happens…

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This post was written by Shawna Benson on July 16, 2007

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Summer TV

A few really great articles about TV over at Variety today.

In particular, read this one about the embarrassment of riches in cable, but how the strategies could mean a lot of good shows ending up on the trash heap, due to too much competition in the summer. TNT, TBS and USA have always been pretty similar — now it’s downright impossible to tell the nets apart (at least for me).

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This post was written by Shawna Benson on July 6, 2007

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Cloverfield

The viral marketing begins.

Hollywood Reporter article

More news and speculations (and links)

Keep an eye on this one…

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This post was written by Shawna Benson on July 6, 2007

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Is Nathan a ‘Desperate’ Housewife, er husband?

Dana Delaney and Nathan Fillion are in talks to join the cast of “Desperate Houswives” next season.

This, by the way, may be the ONLY news which would make me watch the show. *sigh*

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This post was written by Shawna Benson on July 3, 2007

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