The project, from Tagline and Universal Cable Prods. where the company is under a first-look deal, is based on an idea by actress Allison Miller, who co-stars on NBC’s Go On. It is loosely inspired by Miller’s real-life celebrity encounters when she first came to Hollywood. Before the project came together, she had not met Bolton, who will play a fictional version of himself. Tami Sagher (30 Rock) will write Michael Bolton’s Daughter Is Destroying My Life, which tells the story of a naïve young writer who moves to the big city and ends up taking a job heading “social media” for singer-songwriter Michael Bolton. The writer quickly learns she has her hands full with Bolton and the wild-child daughter he has recently taken in. Sagher will executive produce with Tagline’s Willie Mercer, Ron West, JB Roberts & Kelly Kulchak. Bolton will co-executive produce, Miller will produce. For now, there is no provision for Miller to star on the show though that is a possibility. Read More »
Tina Fey returned as host of Saturday Night Live tonight and brought back her trademark impersonation of Sarah Palin in a Republican 2012 Undeclared Candidates Debate skit. (Fox News, where Palin works as a contributor, carried the first GOP presidential candidates debate this past week.) “It’s just so great to be back on Fox News, a network that both pays me and shows me the questions ahead of time,” Fey’s Palin said. “I just hope tonight that the lamestream media won’t twist my words by repeating them verbatim.” And another zinger: “I want to acknowledge that this week we finally vanquished one of the world’s great villains – and I for one am thrilled to say good riddance to Katie Couric.” Is it just me, or does Fey, former SNL head writer, always elevate the writing on the show when she hosts? Also returning for the skit was alum Darrell Hammond, dusting off his spot-on Donald Trump impersonation:
As for Osama bin Laden, he was everywhere, including an ”Under the Sea” tableau interrupted when bin Laden’s body is dropped into the sea. Fred Armisen read a last will as bin Laden. But Seth Meyers got off the most memorable line of the night during Weekend Update: ”Barack Obama will go down in history as the first black person ever to have to prove that he killed someone”:
Meanwhile, the mash-up of Andy Samberg’s rap group with Michael Bolton in Pirates of the Caribbean and other movies rocked:
This may be a new record for stunt casting: the 12 celebrities for Season 11, as announced tonight by Dancing with the Stars hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke in a live press conference during Bachelor Pad, are: singers Michael Bolton and Brandy, comedienne Margaret Cho, NBC star/sports announcer/actor Rick Fox, Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey, Baywatch retiree David Hasselhoff, Mrs. Brady from The Brady Bunch Florence Henderson, Disney Channel sitcom star Kyle Massey, former GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin’s unwed daughter/baby mama Bristol Palin, the least annoying castmember on The Hills Audrina Patridge, the most annoying castmember on Jersey Shore Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, and NFL quarterback Kurt Warner.