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Happy (somewhat belated) New Year's greetings! I'm back from my hiatus, just in time for all the panic spreading across LJ about the Movable Type merger. Whee! No time for a long update today, but I wanted to post two items of interest.

Firstly… "CNN Will Cancel 'Crossfire' and Cut Ties to Commentator" (New York Times)

From the article: Mr. Klein (the new CNN president) specifically cited the criticism that the comedian Jon Stewart leveled at "Crossfire" when he was a guest on the program during the presidential campaign. Mr. Stewart said that ranting partisan political shows on cable were "hurting America."

Mr. Klein said last night, "I agree wholeheartedly with Jon Stewart's overall premise." He said he believed that especially after the terror attacks on 9/11, viewers are interested in information, not opinion.


WA-freaking-HOO! Also, neener-neener.

Secondly, I'm guessing most of ya'll were watching the season premiere of Alias last night and not West Wing, and I can't hardly blame you. However, as I sat down to watch another blechy episode of TWW (not being much an Alias fan myself), the words "Written by Bradley Whitford" flashed on screen. I had no idea he was writing! Why didn't anyone tell me he was writing? It was fairly damn good, too. I mean, he had to advance some story arcs that I'm not wild about, but he definitely brought the funny, and the characters didn't feel like a betrayal of the old days. They actually resembled the people that we used to know and love. Go Brad! If they could get him to write more episodes I might start caring about the show again, instead of just tuning in for a cheap glimpse of Josh's dimples.

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alanao
Jan. 6th, 2005 07:55 am (UTC)
You're just the bearer of fantastic news today! Thanks!

Tucker Carlson's gonna have to sell the collection of bowties to pay rent. Wheeeeee!

I'm surprised and excited to hear about Whitford writing. I'm gonna have to check that one out when it's on repeats.

(Happy New Year, btw)
austin360
Jan. 6th, 2005 08:11 am (UTC)
::attacks Sus to make out with her:: Sus! We've missed you!

Yep, Brad wrote the ep last night and he was also set to direct it, I believe, but think Wells wanted him to do either/or. Was it good? Totally blew it off for Alias. And did you see him on Ellen yesterday?
mcsister
Jan. 6th, 2005 09:02 am (UTC)
Whoo! Sus is here! :)

I'd only seen a headline about the Tucker Carlson thing, but this quote about Jon Stewart is the best. So cool.

I'm excited to see Brad's ep one of these days. Glad to hear it was good. My parents are taping WW for me now that it conflicts with Alias, so I'll get it eventually.
cjcregg
Jan. 6th, 2005 09:34 am (UTC)
the words "Written by Bradley Whitford" flashed on screen

I caught it out of the corner of my eye when I was watching it this morning and had to back it up to make sure I had read it right.
elvenjen4
Jan. 6th, 2005 11:05 am (UTC)
Wow, I did not know Brad was writing!! That is awesome to hear! Of all people, I'm actually least surprised it's Brad. He seems like he would have a good grasp on the dialogue and characters.

Yeah, totally watched Alias instead, but a friend of mine and I watch both shows so I TiVOd Alias while she taped WW. I'll get the tape next week or something. It's going to be worse when Jack & Bobby comes back, but at least that repeats Sunday.
pookha
Jan. 6th, 2005 11:36 am (UTC)
Yay! Sus is back!! I'm so excited. :)

I'm also thrilled about the Tucker news. I had heard he wanted to go partisan; I wasn't expecting him to be let go! Bwahahaha!

I read the recaplet on TWOP of last night's WW. Sounds like some interesting stuff in the future. Also, looks like Brad wants Josh/Donna as much as the rest of us?
kinderny
Jan. 7th, 2005 09:29 am (UTC)
WW- no spoilers
Welcome back, Sus! Never having watched Alias, there I was watching WW lite. I agree that the characters were much more in line with what I am used to. However, CJ's rambling speech to Leo just missed for me . Was kind of funny, but the rhythm was off. But I definitely think Brad has the ability and like to see more of his writing.

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