Wednesday, November 28, 2007

3rd\SE Quadrant 12\3 '07

The Approval Matrix: Week of December 3, 2007

"Harold and Kumar 2"
Plot Outline: ["Harold and Kumar 2"] follows the cross-country adventures of the pot-smoking duo as they try to outrun authorities who suspect them of being terrorists when they try to sneak a bong on board their flight to Amsterdam. (IMDb)


SNL Live @ UCB

It wasn't live from New York as usual. About 150 audience members in a tiny Manhattan theater [UCB] were the only folks in the world to witness a totally new "Saturday Night Live" episode starring guest host Michael Cera and musical guest Yo La Tengo.

Anyone who tuned into NBC was subjected to a two-week-old rerun featuring Brian Williams and Feist, thanks to an ongoing Writers Guild of America labor strike. (Huffington Post)

About a week in the making and less than a day in rehearsal, the show was a mix of the writers’ favorite old sketches and never-before-seen but already written bits that had been rejected, for raunchiness, humor or time. The cast members did their own makeup and, with the Upright Citizens Brigade staff, found their own minimal props and costumes. Writers held the cue cards. (New York Times)
(Photo: Joe Fornabaio for The New York Times)

"30 Rock" @ UCB Theatre

Rachel Sklar related on the Huffington Post: Last night the theater [UCB] once again stood in for 30 Rock (the building) as it hosted "30 Rock" (the show) in "30 Rock — On Strike!", the first live, staged version of NBC's Emmy-winning television show, now suspended indefinitely due to the writer's strike.

"Thanks to our friends at the UCB for having us here tonight, and thanks to our friends at NBC for letting us be here tonight," said star and creator Tina Fey, who came out to huge applause from the the standing-room only audience, packed to overflowing (even more than for the SNL show), with people sitting cross-legged on the floor at the edge of the stage and crowding into corners.

The show, a benefit for the show's strike-stricken PAs, consisted of a staged reading of an as yet-unaired episode. Said Fey: "If you paid more than $20 on Craigslist you are a sucker, because it's going to be on TV for free in a few weeks."The show featured virtually the entire cast — yes, including Alec Baldwin — who each came out to huge applause as the "30 Rock" theme played, including Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Judah Friedlander, Jon Lutz, Lonny Ross, Scott Adsit, plus Jack McBrayer wearing his "Kenneth The Page" outfit, complete with Peacock pin, as the audience applauded wildly.

Rangers Bump Knicks to MSG2

It used to be that the Knick's games always aired on MSG, unless they had a late start time, because the Knicks were the highest-rated property on the network; therefore, the Ranger's games aired on MSG2. ( Wikipedia) Due to the Rangers being in first-place, and the Knicks being in last-place, it's the other way around.

Dirty Sexy Money

Plot Outline: A lawyer (Peter Krause) is forced to take care of one of New York City's wealthiest families. Alessandra Stanley of the New York Times wrote, "Dirty Sexy Money lives up to its name." (BTAM)

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