The day began with Nina Tassler, who didn’t reveal much new but is always fun to talk to. The day was filled with interesting sessions. I think I may have mentioned how much I liked the pilot of Harper’s Island which begins in April. This Horror/Mystery is unlike anything we’ve seen before. I’m a huge Christopher Gorham fan so that’s even more reason for me to watch. They’re going to kill off the cast as they go along, and I have a feeling it’s going to be one wild ride. Even the cast didn’t know who would be killed off each week. So when it happens it’s a real surprise. The exec producers said keeping that weekly secret was tough.

I heart Craig Ferguson, and not just because he provided dinner on Friday night when ABC didn’t have a party. He’s one of those naturally funny guys, and just a sweet man. He never fails to make me laugh. Toni Collette was here with her United States of Tara where she plays a woman with several personalities. She’s married with children and this is more about how the family deals with it. John Corbett also stars. Before lunch we had a presentation with Kind of a cool place to find your favorite shows online.
The Showtime execs were there to talk about their new season along with Secret Diary of a Call Girl and The L. Word. I don’t watch either of these shows so I sort of, um, (clearing throat) skipped out and finished my columns. I did return for Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union. She’s back playing a million characters. She’s what I call an easy chat. So fun to talk to one on one and very real and down to earth. Jonathan Rhys Meyers, James Frain and Joss Stone (yes the singer) came to chat about the new season of The Tudors. Cool stuff. And Joss can act, just in case you were wondering. I can never tell if Jonathan is just aloof by nature or nervous about talking to the press, but he comes off as a little to serious about it all. Frain and Stone were awesome.

Then it was time for Nurse Jackie starring Edie Falco. This is a wicked, fun ride about an ER nurse who’s life is screwed up in a big way, but she’s really good at her job. I always hate it when question fall into that double standard where a woman is labeled a ho for having an affair and men get away with it on TV all the time. So, I stuck my big mouth in and asked Falco and the producers why there seemed to be that double standards. It shut the naysayers up in the room. ;-) Showtime was kind enough to throw a great party at the Roosevelt hotel. Very cool place, old-school charm that’s been totally revamped. I loved it. The food was wonderful and we had a lot of face time with the stars. Go Showtime! Now if I could just get them to send me screeners on a regular basis we’d be all good. ;-)

So that was my Wednesday last week. :-)


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. James Frain


    It’s so very….well….awesome for you to describe James Frain as ‘awesome’! I am a long-time fan of this brilliant actor. He has such great presence, talent, versatility and appeal in all of his theater, television, film, radio and audio book narration projects. He’s intelligent, articulate and insightful in all of his interviews. He has a fun sense of humor and seems to have a very healthy, realistic attitude about the business he’s in. In person he’s approachable, gracious, genuine and just really nice. In a word, your word, awesome! Could you possibly share some more specific details about your experience at ‘The Tudors’ panel, particularly regarding James Frain? His fans would just love it!

    Thanks so much!

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