Don Kaplan writes in today’s New York Post:
Roseanne Barr has emerged as the top contender to replace Rosie O’Donnell next year on “The View,” sources say.
A rep for Barr says she has not been approached.
The Post’s headline, “Ro-Placements” is perfect.
I thought I might weigh in on this, having seen Roseanne perform about a month ago at New York, New York in Las Vegas.
If (and this is a huge if) Rosie is leaving because of her outspoken behavior, Roseanne will be no different. She was not shy on stage. There are lots of people, policies and lifestyles she has opinions about.
If, on the other hand, ABC is looking for another Rosie, this might be a master stroke. As I said, she’s outspoken. She is also fast and funny with excellent comedic timing.
As with Rosie, I don’t see Roseanne as a team player. I can’t imagine Roseanne and Barbara Walters sitting in the same room with Barbara asking Roseanne to come as their new savior – though she’d have to. I can’t imagine them having a meal or traveling together – and they won’t.
Barbara Walters is New York affluence – a woman who never learned or needed to drive. Roseanne is a semi-conscious parody of her own classless Utah upbringing.
Roseanne Barr would be an excellent hire.
When we saw Avenue Q in Las Vegas, we were surprised at the half empty theater. As it turns out, what we saw wasn’t unusual.
From Norm’s column in the Las Vegas Journal Review¹:
Steve Wynn reportedly has his hands full of “Avenue Q” challenges.
According to the New York Post, Wynn’s naughty puppet show is struggling, and he’s pulling strings to head off a flop.
Michael Riedel, who writes the “On Broadway” column for the Post, reported in Friday’s edition that Wynn has lured a top Broadway marketing executive in hopes he can revive the Tony Award-winning show.
The unidentified executive was part of the team that helped propel “Chicago” to its long run on Broadway.
The 1,200-seat theater at the Wynn is half-filled, and the balcony has yet to open, Riedel wrote, citing “theater people in Las Vegas and New York.”
Wynn “thinks he made a mistake,” a Broadway producer told the Post.
Kevin McCollum, who co-produced “Avenue Q” on Broadway, “is also going to take a more active role in the Vegas production,” Riedel wrote.
¹ – It’s true – he’s known simply as Norm. He also wears a patch over his right eye, making him seem more pirate than columnist.
I was just on the Washington Post site, looking for more on the Watergate story. I am of an age where this was a critically important story. The Vietnam war was raging. I perceived President Nixon as a threat to the 22 year old me – whether that’s defensible or not at this point.
Even today, 30+ years after the fact, I want more on this story.
The Washington Post website had a 3:02 video interview with Bob Woodward. Below the video were their credits – 2 shooters and an editor. The Post had their own reporter interviewing Woodward. I’m not sure whether he was a dedicated video reporter or someone from the print side.
The video was preceded by a commercial. It was a :15 for Microsoft.
They – newspapers – want to get into my business. And why not? They already have the reporting staff. When the news product is delivered request-reply, making every story compelling and entertaining enough for someone in Seymour to care about Stonington, isn’t necessary.
This is depressing.
Newspapers are struggling. Their circulation has generally trended down. They need to sustain revenue and maximize their resources.
TV doesn’t get a free pass either. Cable channels and even the micro networks take some small audience – audience that once was defaulted to us – and there are dozens, maybe hundreds, of these tiny digital niche networks.
Will this bring on the next Golden Age of video? Will we see more quality or quantity or both? Who knows? It will definitely be different than what we’re seeing now.
Whatever it is that finally sits in TV’s current place in society will be more sharply targeted and the content more responsive to the needs of the people watching. Budgets will probably be lower, because niche audiences won’t be able to support higher.
Technology has already started to bring down the cost of TV production. It is easier and cheaper today than ever before to put something together and make it available to an audience. That trend isn’t over yet.