Thursday night I had the honor of hosting the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences tribute to the legendary Carl Reiner, which also featured a surprise appearance at the end of the two-hour show from Carl’s Ocean’s 11, 12 & 13 co-star George Clooney who presented him with the enormous crystal trophy for his remarkable career in entertainment. The packed house (with an overflow turnaway crowd watching on video next door to the Academy’s Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood) greeted him with a massive standing ovation after comedian Paul Reiser welcomed him to the stage. The star-studded tribute also marked the last official Academy event for Chairman John Shaffner as he noted in his opening remarks welcoming the crowd, Shaffner will turn over his job after next month’s election to a new Chair (Warner’s Bruce Rosenblum is running opposite current Vice-Chair Nancy Wiard).
I had previously hosted the Academy’s Betty White 60th Show Biz anniversary tribute and Bob Newhart’s 50th last year and this was another amazing night for a true show business icon, the indefatigable Reiner who at “89½” is well-deserving of this “mid-career tribute” as I noted in my own introductory remarks. He’a a man for all (TV) seasons and does everything including a lot of Master of Ceremonies gigs. “If Carl could host his own tribute tonight I’m sure he would,” I said before cueing the opening clip reel … Read More »
TV Land has acquired broadcast rights to The Dick Van Dyke Show. The sitcom will premiere on Oct. 3, exactly 50 years after it debuted on CBS. TV Land is marking its anniversary by running episodes in a three-hour block from 6-9 PM Oct. 3-7, and giving it the marathon treatment the following weekend. After that, its regular spot will be weekdays at 7 PM. Starring Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore, the classic workplace comedy created by Carl Reiner ran for 5 seasons, from 1961-66. All 159 episodes of the series are also currently available on Hulu.
As a new NBC series, Friday Night Lights won Outstanding New Program at the Television Critics Association’s awards in 2007. Four years later, as a departing DirecTV show, Friday Night Lights tonight won the top TCA award, Program of the Year. HBO’s Game of Thrones was named outstanding new program during the non-televised ceremony hosted by Parks and Recreation co-star Nick Offerman at the Beverly Hilton. Oprah Winfrey got a career achievement TCA award to go with her recently awarded Oscar “for her influence through 25 seasons of The Oprah Winfrey Show,” while Offerman received an Individual Achievement in Comedy Award to make up for the Emmy-nomination snub last month. CBS’ The Amazing Race, whose best series Emmy-winning streak was broken last year, is starting a new one at the TCA Awards, winning the first award in newly established reality program category. Here is the list of the winners in 12 categories voted by the members of TCA, a media organization comprised of more than 200 professional TV critics and journalists from the U.S. and Canada:
Program of the Year
Friday Night Lights (DirecTV/NBC)
Outstanding Achievement in Drama
Mad Men (AMC)
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
Modern Family (ABC)
Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming
The Amazing Race (CBS) Read More »