Archive for November 8th, 2010

I am staying with Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert thank ya very much. 🙂

Last week, when Conan O’Brien made a surprise, pre-launch appearance on “Lopez Tonight,” George Lopez greeted him saying, “Welcome to basic cable.”


It was a warm welcome — something Jay Leno and NBC failed to give O’Brien when they forced him out of the “Tonight Show” chair just seven months in.


But as O’Brien makes his historic late-night leap — or fall — from broadcast to cable (with a lower budget to match), one person who might not be so welcoming is Jon Stewart.


Why? Because “The Daily Show” now faces something it didn’t have before: competition.


“‘Conan‘ absolutely presents a threat for Stewart,” Brad Adgate, senior vice president of research at Horizon Media, told TheWrap. “Until now, ‘The Daily Show’ has had to compete with local news and syndicated sitcoms.”


Many are anxious to see if O’Brien — with his Coco-faithful — can build an general audience to rival Leno’s return to “Tonight,” which would be a poetic footnote to one of the most mismanaged, poorly-handled public decisions in television history.


Monday’s premiere “is sure to raise memories of the whole ugly scene,” Time’s James Poniewozikwrote recently. “[NBC’s plan was] it would pay Conan off, Jay would go back to ‘The Tonight Show,’ and whatever PR fallout there was, at least Jay would do better than Conan.” Yet, seven months into Leno’s reinstallation on “Tonight,” his ratings among 18-49-year-olds have slipped below what Conan’s were — and he doesn’t have his own poor lead-in to blame.


[Related: See what would convince Conan to welcome Jay on his new TBS show.]


But the real challenge is for O’Brien to unseat Stewart, who rode the wave of publicity ahead of his “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” to a ratings milestone.


In October, “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” averaged more 18-49 viewers than both Dave Letterman’s “Late Show” and “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” the first time any talk show has beaten the current kings of late night in the demographic most coveted by advertisers since at least 2000.


According to Nielsen, “The Daily Show” averaged 1.3 million viewers in the 18-49 demo in October, with 1.2 million each for Leno and Letterman. (Worth noting, too, that Letterman eclipsed Leno for the first time since Jay came back on the air, winning the battle for in total viewers, 3.8 million to 3.6 million, per Nielsen. Also worth noting: ABC’s “Nightline” has beaten them both in total viewers four weeks in a row.)


The median age of the Letterman viewer is 56, Leno, 55, according to the Los Angeles Times. “The Daily Show,” meanwhile, attracts more adults 18-34 than any other late-night talk show on the air, and has attracted more men in that age range since 2005.


When you drill down to the 18-24 age group, Stewart has pulled in more young adults than anyone in late night since 2007, and more men since 2004.


Thus, the stage is set for O’Brien vs. Stewart at 11. Call it the “early late shift.”


[Related: Get up to speed on Conan, Jon Stewart, and the rest of late-night TV.]


That Conan and Jon will joust over a younger audience makes sense from a cultural standpoint. Both O’Brien and Stewart (with his faux foil Stephen Colbert) have more of an online following than the rest of their late-night rivals, save maybe for Jimmy Fallon.


TBS said last week that full episodes of “Conan,” like “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report” and “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” will be available online the day after each show airs.


And then there’s Twitter. Conan leaned on his so-called Team Coco online — and vice versa — from the moment NBC pulled the plug on his show. His Twitter followers — now 1.8 million strong — seemed to grow faster and thicker than his “f— you Jay” beard. (“Today I interviewed a squirrel in my backyard and then threw to commercial,” O’Brien wrote in his first Twitter post in February. “Somebody help me.”)


He parlayed the following into a sold-out comedy-and-variety-show tour that was as much for his personal recovery from the NBC debacle as it was to keep a future late-night audience galvanized.


“We’re in competition with everybody,” Jeffrey Ross, executive producer of “Conan,” told the L.A. Times recently. “The gap’s narrowing. Cable is not Siberia anymore. The Comedy Central guys have proven that.”


Stewart, of course, proved he could galvanize a fanbase, too, rallying 200,000-plus fear-fighting troops in an event designed not only to restore sanity, but also to put his basic cable brand in the spotlight of a national stage.


“The timing of the rally, not just on the eve of the midterms but a week before he faces his stiffest competition, was very savvy on Comedy Central’s part,” Adgate said.


[Related: Read our take on Stewart and Colbert’s “Rally.”]


Then again, competition from “Conan” might, in the end, help Comedy Central, and its ad sales team.


TBS is charging a reported $30,000 to $40,000 for each 30-second commercial — similar to ad time costs for Jay Leno and David Letterman. Stewart charges a fraction of that — roughly $6,000 for a 30-second spot.


“The whole concept of paying differently always eluded me,” Gavin Polone, O’Brien’s manager, said of the disparity between broadcast and cable ad rates. “Why is a 27-year-old male with $70,000 income more valuable if he’s watching Conan on NBC than if he’s watching Conan on TBS?”


If “Conan’s” entry into the late night landscape is a success, it could “level the playing field” for what basic cable shows are able to charge, Adgate said.


And if he does, Stewart might be forced to shriek with excitement, too.







Read Full Post »

I loved every second of this episode man.


Read Full Post »

I saw this posted over on FB on MuttShack Animal Rescue page:

I am posting it up on here:

I think our society needs a huge “Wake-up” call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all…a view from the inside if you will. First off, all of you people who have ever surrendered a pet to a shelter or humane society should be made to work in the “back” of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would stop flagging the ads on craigslist and help these animals find homes. That puppy you just bought will most likely end up in my shelter when it’s not a cute little puppy anymore. Just so you know there’s a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it’s dumped at? Purebred or not! About 25% of all of the dogs that are “owner surrenders” or “strays”, that come into a shelter are purebred dogs.

The most common excuses: “We are moving and we can’t take our dog (or cat).” Really? Where are you moving too that doesn’t allow pets? Or they say “The dog got bigger than we thought it would”. How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? “We don’t have time for her”. Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! “She’s tearing up our yard”. How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me “We just don’t want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she’ll get adopted, she’s a good dog”.

Odds are your pet won’t get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn’t full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don’t, your pet won’t get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose. If your dog is big, black or any of the “Bully” breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. Those dogs just don’t get adopted. It doesn’t matter how ‘sweet’ or ‘well behaved’ they are.

If your dog doesn’t get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed. If the shelter isn’t full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed it may get a stay of execution, but not for long . Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment. If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because the shelter gets paid a fee to euthanize each animal and making money is better than spending money to take this animal to the vet.

Here’s a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being “put-down”. First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk happy, wagging their tails. Until they get to “The Room”, every one of them freaks out and puts on the brakes when we get to the door. It must smell like death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it’s strange, but it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 shelter workers depending on the size and how freaked out they are. Then a shelter worker who we call a euthanasia tech (not a vet) find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the “pink stuff”. Hopefully your pet doesn’t panic from being restrained and jerk. I’ve seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams. They all don’t just “go to sleep”, sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves. You see shelters are trying to make money to pay employee pay checks and don’t forget the board of directors needs to be paid too, so we don’t spend our funds to tranquilize the animal before injecting them with the lethal drug, we just put the burning lethal drug in the vein and let them suffer until dead. If it were not a “making money issue” and we had to have a licensed vet do this procedure, the animal would be sedated or tranquilized and then euthanized, but to do this procedure correctly would cost more money so we do not follow what is right for the animal, we just follow what is the fastest way we can make a dollar. Shelters do not have to have a vet perform their euthanasia’s so even if it takes our employee 50 pokes with a needle and 3 hours to get the vein that is what we do. Making money is the issue here not loosing money.

When it all ends, your pets corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals that were killed waiting to be picked up like garbage. What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? Or used for the schools to dissect and experiment on? You’ll never know and it probably won’t even cross your mind. It was just an animal and you can always buy another one, right!

I hope that those of you who still have a beating heart and have read this are bawling your eyes out and can’t get the pictures out of your head, I deal with this everyday. I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and start educating the public. Do research, do your homework, and know exactly what you are getting into before getting a pet. These shelters and humane societies exist because people just do not care about animals anymore. Animals were not intended to be disposable but somehow that is what they are these days. Animal shelters are an easy way out when you get tired of your dog (or cat), and breeders are the ones blamed for this. Animal shelters and rescue organizations are making a hefty profit by keeping this misconception going.

Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about taking their dog to a shelter, a humane society, or buying a dog. For those of you that care— please repost this to at least one other craiglist in another city/state. Let’s see if we can get this all around the US and have an impact.


Read Full Post »

“Wait … Did I just rock out with Bon Jovi tonight???”

Yes, Rihanna, you did! The red-haired singer Tweeted after she was the surprise addition to Bon Jovi’s Madrid show Saturday night. She joined the veteran rockers for a rendition of their hit “Living on a Prayer” at an intimate gig in Madrid.

And, the New Jersey rockers didn’t let the 1,000-strong crowd at Teatro Circo Price down with a set list including “Wanted Dead or Alive” and their new single “What Do You Got?”

“It was so beautiful. She sang great, she’s a sweetheart of a girl. She’s a big fan too. It was great,” Jon Bon Jovi told PEOPLE at the 17th MTV EMAs Sunday, also in the Spanish capital, where the band received the inaugural Global Icon award.

Performers slated for the show include Kings of Leon, Ke$ha, Kid Rock, Katy Perry and Linkin Park.

Earlier Saturday, Jon Bon Jovi also talked about the band’s award – and one of his favorite new artists.

“If Elton John and Madonna had a baby it would be Lady Gaga. I’ve seen her perform at a number of events. She’s a college-trained musician, a student and a fantastic 
performer,” he said. 
”She gives it all that she’s got. When she develops with time and continues to work on her sound, she is going to have a really bright future.”

Perhaps that’s why most rock stars wear shades.


Read Full Post »

Dinkleberg ………..

Love this 🙂

Read Full Post »

Quote of the Day:

The Internet is like alcohol in some sense. It accentuates what you would do anyway. If you want to be a loner, you can be more alone. If you want to connect, it makes it easier to connect.
– Esther Dyson

Read Full Post »