I’m Going Back to Callie: A Musical Grey for a Day in LA

I am pretending to play it cool, when in fact I can hardly contain my enthusiasm.

In the morning I am flying down to Los Angeles to attend the Grey’s Anatomy/Private Practice benefit show (to support the crews from both shows who lost their jobs during the Writers Strike), a one-night-only event tomorrow night.

Kate “Addison” Walsh and Patrick “McDreamy” Dempsey won’t be participating because they’re out of town, but that’s just fine with me. I’m there for Callie, Bailey and George, as well as the entire cast of PP.

I will return on Saturday and report back with a complete recap of the experience and star sightings (if any).

In the meantime, a new episode of Lost will keep me very busy and happy.

See you on Saturday!

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Season Pass Reset: The Return of Your Favorite Shows (Air Dates & Number of Episodes)

Here is an update about stunted seasons on the small screen:

Will return next season

30 Rock
Returns April 10
5 new episodes

Big Shots

Bionic Woman

Returns April 14
4 new episodes, maybe more

Boston Legal
Returns April 8
6 new episodes

Brothers & Sisters
Returns late April
4 new episodes

Burn Notice
Will return mid-summer

Will return next season

The Closer
Will return this summer

Cold Case
Returns March 30
5 new episodes

Criminal Minds
Returns April 2
7 new episodes

Returns April 3
6 new episodes

Desperate Housewives
Returns April 13
5 new episodes + 2-hour season finale

Returns March 2 (this Sunday)
7 new episodes

Dirty Sexy Money
Will return next season

Returns April 10
6 new episodes

Friday Night Lights
No new episodes; series in jeopardy
[click here for details]

Gossip Girl
Returns April 21
5 new episodes

Grey’s Anatomy
Returns April 24
5 new episodes

Will return next season

Returns April 28
4 new episodes

How I Met Your Mother
Returns March 17
9 new episodes

Will return next season

Returns April 24
5 new episodes
[in addition to the batch of 7 currently airing; click here for more info]

7 new episodes
[in addition to batch of 4 currently airing]

Men in Trees
Returns February 27 (tonight!)
11 new episodes

My Name is Earl
Returns April 3
9 new episodes

Returns this summer

The Office
Returns April 10
5-6 new episodes

Prison Break
No new episodes; series not renewed yet

Private Practice
Will return next season

Pushing Daisies
Will return next season

The Riches
Returns March 18
7 new episodes

Samantha Who?
Returns April 7
6 new episodes

Returns April 10
5 new episodes

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
1 new episode left; series in jeopardy

Ugly Betty
Returns April 24
5 new episodes

Has the Writers Strike affected your enthusiasm for television? Which of these shows (or others not listed) are you excited to see new episodes of?

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Affleck Outdoes Damon: Kimmel’s Response to Silverman’s Video

Comedienne Sarah Silverman recently made a fantastic music parody video about her relationship with Matt Damon, and her boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel responded with one of his own, starring Ben Affleck. Oh, and a few familiar faces…

  • Christina Applegate, Lance Bass, Don Cheadle, Cameron Diaz, Perry Farrell, Harrison Ford, Macy Gray, Josh Groban, Joan Jett, Huey Lewis, the Madden brothers from Good Charlotte, Meatloaf, Rebecca Romjin, and Robin Williams

It is not a secret that I am not a big Affleck fan. However, he has earned huge points for this.

Enjoy, but perhaps with headphones if at work.

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Live-Blogging the Oscars: The Ceremony, Pt 2

I love that Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill were introduced as Halle Berry and Dame Judi Dench.

Best Sound Editing: NOT Transformers again. Ha ha.

Best Sound Mixing: NOT Transformers again. Ha.

Sense a theme?

Best Actress: ALREADY??

Winner: YEAH! Marion Cottilard totally deserved it. Amazing. Brief speech. Perfect.

Colin Farrell. Not a major movie star. Ever heard of shampoo?

I LOVE Once. This song is stunning and I want them to win.

When was the last time that Jack didn’t attend the Oscars? Is he 80 too?

These montages are a waste of time, for the most part.

We all booed when they showed Crash for Best Picture. Ha. This is a Brokeback crowd.

Do Renee Zelweger’s eyes open? Has she been bodybuilding? Is she on the Mitchell List?

Editing: Bourne. The technical categories are being stolen away from No Country and There Will Be Blood.

Okay, if Nicole Kidman is pregnant…we are all very fat. But she is porcelain perfection.

We need to buy North by Northwest on DVD, asap.

There is a lull. I pulled out my Daniel-Day Lewis “milkshake” impersonation, and my friend Brian performed his Ruby Dee in American Gangster act. Good times.

Oh Penelope Cruz. You can afford a dentist.

McDreamy. The best hair in Hollywood. The other girls in the room are loving his glistening eyes.

Third song from Enchanted. I am sleepy. Moving to caffeinated beverages now.

Are we on a cruise ship? Those are some tight pants. This is like American Idol in Disneyland, with costumes. The horror.

John Travolta, who do you think you’re kidding?!

Best Original Song: YES! ONCE! Oh my. I love it, love it, love it.

RUDE! They didn’t let Marketa thank anyone or speak.

Ok, yes they did. So great.

F”ing Cameron Diaz. Not even a movie to promote. Heard of a hairbrush. She looks disheveled at every awards show.

Cinematography: There Will Be Blood. YES!

Oh. Here comes the Heath Ledger stuff, along with the others.

Where was Brad Renfro among the memorials?

Original Score: Atonement. GREAT sound. One word: typewriter.

Nice inclusion of the troops.

Ok, now we need to see Freeheld, the winner of the Best Documentary Short.

Best Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody. YES. Holy cow. She gives me hope.  Awwwww…she is a wreck. FANTASTIC.

Did Helen Mirren just say cahones? Yes, yes she did.

Best Actor: A lock. Daniel-Day Lewis. Best win ever. Go see There Will Be Blood. Right now. Leave your homes and go.

It’s a clean sweep for foreign actors. Marion Cottilard, Day-Lewis, Tilda Swinton, Javier Bardem. VERY impressive.

Best Director: Coen Brothers. Well, good for them. I think that Paul Thomas Anderson should have won, but they did an excellent job as well.

Best Picture: No Country For Old Men. Again, my second choice.

Time to go home and deal with my pending hangover.  Overall, no real surprises. Very happy with most victories.

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Live-Blogging the Oscars: The Ceremony, Pt 1

{I apologize in advance because I am not editing this, and we are 3 bottles of champagne in.}

George Clooney is old Hollywood. And pretty.

Seriously, my mom could have been more successful interviewing these celebrities. LAME questions.

John Travolta should have worn a dress.

We all love Laura Linney. She needs to win. If not this year, then sometime in the near future.

“I would go camping with Javier Bardem.”

Where’s Ben Affleck? His wife was in Juno and his brother is nominated for the film he directed.

Amy Adams is not married to Borat; that would be Isla Fisher from Wedding Crashers. Common mistake.

Regis, are you really backstage interviewing the Enchanted dancers?

OOH NOOO. The governator? Let’s hope he’s not really there.

Great opening though! Of course now I want to TiVO-pause and name all of the films.

Very Star Trek, Jon Stewart emerging from the beam.

Oh boy, the first Hillary joke of the night.

Ok, at least he’s making fun of Obama too.

They changed the order. They usually start with a major category, like Best Supporting Actor. Weird.

Sweet. Elizabeth: The Golden Age won for costume.

Nice iPhone plug.

Best Animated Film: Ratatouille. No surprise. Pixar rules.

Katherine Heigl is also old Hollywood. Beautiful. Love the hair.

Makeup: La Vie en Rose. Totally deserving. Marion Cottilard was transformed into an entirely different woman.

Why is Amy Adams singing by herself on stage, and is she lip-syncing?

So..The Rock is officially Dwayne Johnson. The presenters seem quite random this year.

Visual Effects: NOT Transformers. Ha.

Art Direction: Sweeney Todd. Didn’t see it.

LOL. Cate Blanchett. Jon Stewart is doing a great job.

Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem.  Very nice.
JHud. Um…not a good dress.

Did they just bleep him out in Spanish?? WTF?

Um…a tribute to binoculars and periscopes. Wow.

Oh, Keri Russell. I loved Waitress. And Felicity.

I hate to say it, but I haven’t seen any of the live action shorts. I should really watch them online beforehand. Same for documentary shorts.

Oh no. Jerry Seinfeld needs to let Bee Movie go.  Now a bee montage? Jesus.

Are they that hard up for presenters?

Best Supporting Actress: YES!! Tilda Swinton. SWEET. OMG, loved the Clooney/Batman joke.

Best Adapted Screenplay: No Country For Old Men. As predicted.

We must be drunk. There is Miley Cyrus again. For no reason. Yawn.

And can I just say…the fact that Into the Wild and Eddie Vedder weren’t nominated is outrageous. Three songs from Enchanted seems excessive. That being said…I do love Kristin Chenowith and Pushing Daisies.

Ummm…someone just left me the dirtiest comment I’ve ever received on my blog, about the red carpet blog. But, my nieces read this, so I am choosing not to approve it.  Sorry, Man Spackle!

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