Press Tour Day Three

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I had one of those mornings where I couldn’t get away from the phone, but eventually I made it downstairs in time to see Monica and Mo’Nique talk about their new shows for BET. Monica had some interesting stories about Michael Jackson, and she and Mo’Nique both made me laugh out loud. Lunch was with the gang from Planet Green. Ed Begley and his wife were there. And Bill Nigh (I always have to say the Science Guy in my head when I say his name. I can’t stop doing that.)

The Discovery networks were up next. Animal Planet had Zak George with several pups for his new series Superfetch. I’m a sucker for any panel with pets. Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos chatted about their new show Masters of Reception. I adore those two. They are funny and so easy to talk too. TLC also has a new show Police Women of Broward County. I will say those are some of the most beautiful female officers I’ve ever seen. I’m looking forward to Dr. Kara Cooney’s new series Out of Egypt on Discovery. She goes beyond the normal archeological dig, and takes us into the ritual sacrifices and religious aspects of ancient civilizations. She was very charming and truly passionate.

HBO had a good lineup. Edward Norton and Amy Rice were here with their documentary By the People: The Election of Barack Obama. I don’t care about your affiliation, you’ll find this film fascinating. It is a real behind-the-scenes look at a grass roots effort. Ronnie Cho had an amazing story in this and it was easy to go on the ride with him. Thomas Jane and the gang from Hung were here. The session was filled with double entendre to the point of annoyance. I was completely charmed by the gang from Bored to Death, which included Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, Zach Galifianakis and creator/writer Jonathan Ames. The show is a half-hour comedy about a writer with a drinking problem who decides he can be a detective. Funny stuff.

Speaking of funny stuff. Larry David was here for Curb Your Enthusiasm which debuts it’s 7th season in September. Larry was in a good mood, which isn’t always the case. There was a clip of he and Rosie O’Donnell going at it, this season looks very funny. For those of you wanting a Seinfeld reunion it’s going to happen on Curb. Though it mostly likely won’t go the way you expect. The entire cast will be on the show and on the final episode.

Robin Williams was here for his comedy special Weapons of Self Destruction. He was funny and candid about his troubles this past year from the divorce to the heart surgery and medical problems that came after. He looked really good, better than I’ve seen him in years.

I skipped the Food Network party. I missed Alton Brown, who I adore, but I had a chance to go to In and Out Burger and hang with my friends. We don’t get many moments like that, so it was very nice.

Tomorrow is mostly about the set visits. We’ll be visiting the new NCIS set and Bones, chatting with teh Dollhouse folks and several others. Should be fun.

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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.

4 responses »

  1. Visiting the “Bones” set? Chatting with the “Dollhouse” folks? Am I jealous much! I’m green all over! Can’t wait to hear about it, though!

    Karen W.

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