Thursday, February 11, 2016

KCRW's The Spin-Off: Steve Harvey on Cosby, #OscarsSoWhite, His TV Empire... And Yes, Miss Universe



On the latest special edition of KCRW's The Spin-Off, listen to my chat with Steve Harvey at last month's NATPE convention in Miami. We talked about Bill Cosby, #OscarsSoWhite, "Family Feud," his career... and yes, that Miss Universe moment:

After Steve Harvey accidentally named the wrong winner at this year’s Miss Universe pageant, it’s all anybody’s been wanting to talk to him about.

In this conversation with Michael Schneider, Harvey says he was devastated by the mistake, but still, in terms of mess-ups he’s made in his life, this one “ain’t even in the top 20.” The Miss Universe mix-up just happened to be the most public.

Harvey reflects on his decades-long career in the industry, the racism he’s experienced, and how his faith keeps him strong, even in the face of death threats following the Miss Universe pageant.

Listen below!

KCRW

It's Warm Here, But Winter Remains in New York at the Rockefeller Ice Rink

Ice skating

It may be 90 degrees here in Los Angeles, but over in New York, it's still full-on winter. Back there last week for meetings, I made a return trip to The Rink at Rockefeller Center, a tradition that remains in full swing through April.

As a matter of fact, even though the December holidays are over, the rink has various packages timed to Valentine's Day, afternoon tea, breakfast, drinks and more.

Sessions are 90 minutes long and kick off at 8:30 am, lasting until midnight. Adults are $25, while kids and seniors are $15. Group rates, for crowds of 15 or more, are less. The VIP experience also gets you to the front of the line, plus includes treats, coffee and hot chocolate.

Some pics from the rink last week:

Ice skating

Ice skating

Ice skating

Ice skating

Ice skating

Ice skating

Ice skating

Ice skating

Ice skating

Thursday, February 04, 2016

MIKE ON RADIO: Talking Underappreciated TV with Kevin & Bean



Kevin & Bean asked me to call in to today's show to talk about underrated TV -- the shows that the critics love, but not a lot of people are watching. Listen to the K&B podcast below:



Here are some of the shows we talked about:

The Carmichael Show (NBC)
The Americans (FX)
American Crime (ABC)
Catastrophe (Amazon)
You’re the Worst (FXX)
Angie Tribeca (TBS)
The 100 (The CW)
Playing House (USA)
Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Rate-A-Restaurant #364: The Royce (Pasadena)

Royce

Restaurant: The Royce

Location: 1401 S Oak Knoll Ave. (inside the Langham Huntington Hotel, Pasadena)

Type of restaurant: Steakhouse

We stipulated: After the Television Critics Association press tour (where I spent 2 weeks camped out in a Langham ballroom), Maria and I decided to get away for an evening... to the Langham. Since our time there was short, we decided to not leave the hotel, which meant trying out dinner at the Royce.

Royce

They stipulated: "The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse features the finest selection of USDA Prime Cuts, authentic Australian and Japanese Wagyu, expertly prepared over a wood-fired grill with White Oak and seasonal wood to sear in the maximum flavor and juiciness of each cut. The menu also includes a selection of fresh, seasonal seafood and comforting side dishes, created by Chef Perry Pollaci."

Corkage is priced at $25 per bottle Tuesday through Thursday, and $35 per bottle Friday and Saturday.

Royce

What we ordered: Warm kale salad (smoked bacon, dates, crisp brie, walnuts) $14; Moyer Farms Porterhouse steak $90; soft polenta (aged gouda) $9; grilled broccoli and broccolini (garlic confit, chili flakes) $9

Royce

Royce

High point:  The Porterhouse was a great size to share -- with plenty left for the next day's lunch. And the polenta was a nice combo. The steak's salt crust was nice, even if the steak was a touch too rare.
Low point:  A little too much garlic on the broccoli.

Royce

Overall impression: Maria and I celebrated a (long delayed) anniversary dinner at the Royce, which offered great hospitality -- including dessert. Nice attention to detail.

Royce

Will we return: We'd recommend it to others for special occasions as well.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Westfield Century City Turns Into a Ghost Mall for 2016

Westfield Century City

Westfield Century City's $800 million remake is underway -- but for now, that means it's looking like a ghost mall. Most retail and restaurants have now closed, with the exception of the food court and AMC movie theater, and some retail around it.

The LA Times summed up the new look last fall:

The overhaul comes after a major renovation just a decade ago, underscoring the challenge of keeping pace with the revolution in retail.

When the work is completed in 2017, Westfield will have spent about $1 billion on improvements since acquiring the mall in 2002, estimated Peter Lowy, co-chief executive of Westfield Corp.

The project will transform and expand the luxury property with new shops and a heavy emphasis on restaurants — largely in an outdoor setting intended to embody the Southern California lifestyle.

The transformation into a so-called lifestyle center — a concept popularized in Los Angeles at the Grove — will include the addition of a Nordstrom department store that is moving from rival Westside Pavilion, and the first California branch of Eataly, a fashionable gourmet Italian food emporium co-owned by celebrity chef Mario Batali.
The latest restaurant to depart: BJ's, which joins Pink Taco, Seasons 52 and The Counter in leaving. Macy's is now closed, as are most shops on the East end of the mall.

Westfield Century City

Westfield Century City

Westfield Century City

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