NBC/Set Visits


Last Thursday started out with a blast. We visited the sets of The Mentalist and The Big Bang Theory. All the casts from both shows were there, and it was fun to see where they work. The Big Bang set is very colorful and fun. The guys’ apartment is full of fun collectibles from godzilla figurines to a Batman cookie jar. I have a huge crush on Jim Parsons who plays Sheldon. He just makes me laugh. He’s also from Houston, which is where I grew up. Simon Baker and the gang on The Mentalist were cool and very open about the show. The set was sort of a plane jane office setting, but they do a lot of location stuff. Fun all around.

We went back to the hotel for a lunch with the folks from crackle.com. Have you checked out that site? If you need a laugh it’s a great place to go. We chatted with David Faustino (Married with Children) about his new online series Star-ving. And Bob Kushell was there to promote his very funny talk show. And I started crushing on Ed Brubaker’s Angel of Death series, which is coming out soon on the site and then will be turned into a DVD. Very kick-A.

Then it was on to the NBC panels. I know you guys don’t care really about who is running a network, but imagine being on the job for a only a very short time. Your boss comes up and says, hypothetically that is, I’ve made some really horrid decisions with programming over the last two years and I need you to take the fall. That’s pretty much what happened during the executive decisions. Not much was explained because the people on the stage weren’t the ones who made the decisions. There was a bright spots a little later when Jimmy Fallon and Conan showed up to talk about the changes in NBC late night. With Jay doing a show every night in primetime, NBC has really screwed over Jimmy and Conan, but they were pretty nice about it. I can tell Jimmy’s an innovator and he’s going to come up with stuff that we wouldn’t normally see. He’s also earnest in wanting to do a great show. You don’t see that much anymore. We didn’t get to see a pilot of the new Amy Poehler series, but they did send a script. It reads funny, so I definitely would like to see more. Rachel Maddow showed up to talk about her chat fest on MSNBC. Talk about the smartest girl in the room, she’s it, but also very funny in an Ellen kind of way. Couldn’t get enough of her.

John Wells also has a new series, Southland, coming out in a couple of months and it will take the place of ER. It’s about cops seen through a rookie cop’s (Ben McKenzie, The O.C.) eyes. I’m not big into to cop shows, but this one is worth checking out. I had a question for Ben, who I almost called Ryan. LOL. I know, silliness. I thought it was kind of crazy that NBC only did a half day, when they had so many things they could have talked about, and none of the Universal cable channels presented. That’s Sci-Fi, Bravo, USA and some others I can’t remember. I mean, hello, it’s Battlestar’s last season on Sci-FI. Burn Notice, Psych and Monk are coming back to USA. Whatever. They could have made it a stellar day. Instead they went on and off with a whimper, which says a lot about that network right now. I did learn that Lipstick Jungle, which will most likely be cancelled, is on several critics guilty pleasure list. It’s certainly on mine, but I didn’t get warm huggy feelings from the management, who said the show had not been cancelled, yet, about it coming back. :-)

So that catches you up on last Thursday. ;-)


About Candace Havens

Bestselling author Candace Havens has written six novels for Berkley including, Charmed & Dangerous, Charmed & Ready, Charmed & Deadly, Like A Charm, The Demon King and I and Dragons Prefer Blondes. Her new venture is writing for the Blaze line of Harlequin. Those books include Take Me If You Dare, She Who Dares, Wins, Truth and Dare, and The Model Marine. She is also in the anthology Spirited, and the proceeds go to help literacy. Her books have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 1800 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Dorsey Gang on New Country 96.3, and is the President of the Television Critics Association.

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  1. NBC

    It does seem odd that Sci-Fi with not only it’s Battlestar Gallatica series but EUREKA (LOVE THAT SHOW!) weren’t represented. What about networks like the one that shows Leverage and The Closer?
    Oops, sorry I’m so nosey! *G*

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