Sunday, June 13, 2021

'New Girl' Reunion: Watch as The Gang Gets Back Together for My Variety Panel

“New Girl” creator and showrunner Elizabeth Meriwether and cast members Zooey Deschanel, Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson, Lamorne Morris and Hannah Simone reunited in a panel moderated by me at Variety’s TVFest. We discussed the ways in which network television restrictions shaped the show; how Jess, Schmidt, Nick, Winston and Cece would have fared during the pandemic; whether a reboot will ever happen; and more. Watch below!

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Rockaway Records Won't Be Reopening as a Regular Store

Ugh. This one hurts. I have spent many hours digging through the vinyl and CD collections at Rockaway. It was always my favorite place to shop, and I would forever leave with a few gems. That is no more. The shop writes on its website:

“After 40+ years as an all-around record shop, we’re now an appointment-only showroom focused mostly on rare and collectible music memorabilia, vinyl, CDs. Our CD selection is now mostly limited to hard-to-find titles and rarities. We no longer carry Blu-rays or DVDs. We will have occasional no-appointment popup sales.”

There's a bit of solace in being able to still show up and shop at a popup sale, but I sense the offerings will be different, and not nearly as plentiful. Rockaway was also a great place to pick up a used CD at a good price. This is hugely disappointing, and another end of an era for Los Angeles record shopping.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Ted Stryker Departs KROQ Morning Show, Ends Full Time At Station After 22 Years

A year after KROQ veteran Ted Stryker and radio partner Kevin Klein moved to the station’s A.M. slot — in a hasty shift after the station fired morning hosts Kevin Ryder, Allie Mac Kay and Jensen Karp — Stryker is departing the show.

Stryker announced the news on his Twitter account: “After more than 22 years at KROQ, I can proudly say with infinite gratitude that I will be leaving my full time position and stepping away from Stryker and Klein,” he wrote. “What’s next for me? I’ve got a lot of things planned on the horizon (stay tuned). In the meantime, my Out of Order show will continue to air on weekends on KROQ and around the country. I’ll also be filling in on the station when needed. The love and support that I’ve gotten from this community over so many years have meant and continue to mean the world to me. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your world.”

Read more here.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

2021 Los Angeles Area Emmy Nominations: KCET Once Again Leads All Local Stations

Public broadcaster KCET once again led all local TV stations in nominations for the Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, announced on Tuesday by the Television Academy. KCET landed 23 nods this year overall, up from 20 last year. It was followed by Telemundo’s KVEA, which boasted 21 noms.

After that, with 19 nominations, was relative newcomer Spectrum News 1, the cable channel that launched in 2018 and has made waves for its enterprise reports, features and coverage of Southern California. Then came Univision’s KMEX, with 16.

Among the traditional English-language commercial broadcasters, KABC-TV led with 12 nominations. That’s quite a change from the days when management at the ABC-owned station declined to submit KABC in the local Emmy race.

Read more here.

The Return to the Panel Stage, For the First Time in More Than a Year, Via 'Mythic Quest'

While TV Academy rules so far have limited FYC events to either online or via drive-in events, there’s no rule against throwing other gatherings that don’t include RSVPs through the official Academy membership list.

I know of one because, yes, I agreed to moderate it. On Monday I was live, on stage, in person at the Ford Amphitheater (outdoor, natch) with the cast and producers of Apple TV Plus’ “Mythic Quest”: Rob McElhenney, Ashly Burch, David Hornsby, Megan Ganz, Charlotte Nicdao, Danny Pudi, Imani Hakim and F. Murray Abraham.

On Saturday morning, someone came to my house to swab my nose, a COVID test to make sure I’m clean and ready to host Monday’s panel. (News flash: The test came back negative!) Listen, F. Murray Abraham is a national treasure, and I’m not about to hurt that, so I was more than happy to do the test. (As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been vaxxed with the sweet one-dose J&J for months now, so all good.) Now, I have to admit, I was excited to actually moderate a panel in the flesh with other people, and not just inside Zoom boxes. It’s one of the reasons I quickly said yes — along with the fact that I’m a “Mythic Quest” fan.

And I'm so glad I did it, as it was a blast. Seeing people in person, rather in those Zoom boxes, and having an audience laugh and listen as we talk about Season 2 of "Mythic Quest"... it was great. But also surreal that after more than a year, we got so quick back into the old habits of shaking hands. Have we learned nothing?

Also, another shout out to F. Murray Abraham -- Maria and I told him that Nathan is a fan of his character, C.W. Longbottom, and he volunteered to record a message for him!