PRESSED FOR TIME
This week on "Pressed for Time" (Remember the old program "Eye on Hollywood", or, if you
live in L.A., the old KABC-TV program "Eye on L.A." we spotlight the...
THE BRUINS ARE IN FIRST PLACE IN THE PACIFIC 10!
THE WRITERS STRIKE IS OVER!
COENS WIN 4 OSCARS!
THE WALK OF SHAME!
This week, we induct...
The Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show is proof that history does repeat itself. The end of the halftime show became
a replay of what happened on May 6, 1997, on KCAL-Channel 9. On that day, Channel 9 was airing an Anaheim Mighty Ducks
Stanley Cup playoff game. Prior to the start of that game, Lucy Lawless of "Xena:Warrior Princess" fame sang the National
Anthem (why get a New Zealander to sing our National Anthem?) Near the conclusion of the Anthem, Lucy's left breast
popped out of her red bodysuit--her "out-of-bodice" experience--and this ultimately embarrassed Channel 9 and its GM, Don
Corsini. Angry viewers called K-CAL 9. The FCC fined K-CAL 9 thousands of dollars for violation of FCC obscenity
rules. KCAL lost Mighty Ducks rights in 2003. Flash forward to February 1, 2004. KCBS CBS2 was one
of the many affiliates carrying the Super Bowl. The halftime show ended when Timberlake unexpectedly ripped Jackson's
top apart, doing the same thing that happened to Lawless seven years before. Angry viewers soon called every CBS affiliate
including CBS2. CBS has been fined for violation of FCC obscenity rules. The GM of CBS2? Don Corsini, who
also is the head of --you guessed it--K-CAL 9.
COMIC WEDDING CEREMONIES
June 18, 2000: "Strip
Mall's" first episode ever. Created by lead actress Julie Brown, who also was the show's executive producer, this sitcom
explained the lives of the people working in the Plaza del Toro shopping center in Van Nuys, California, a district of Los
Angeles in the San Fernando Valley as well as Brown's hometown. Brown was cast as Tammi Tyler, a former child actress
whose career had come to an unceremonious end in the late 1960's when Capt. Billy of the series "Here Comes Corky" on
which Tammi appeared in was shot and killed. Tyler, who had eaten a cupcake laced with PCP, was blamed for
the murder. Now she was working as a waitress at a restaurant at the plaza. In the pilot, Tammi and laundromat owner
Harvey Krudup (Jim O'Heir) were married, just as Tammi's acting career was about to make a resurrection. "I
broke up with Blank (Bob Koherr, who also played Blair and, for the first two episodes, Blunt)!" Tammi sadly explained
to close friend Patti (Victoria Jackson). After Patti explained to Tammi that "you did the right thing," Tammi,
drank a margarita but spit it out, adding, "Why do the good ones always have to go away?" Blank had been Tammi's boyfriend
before she married Harvey. "Blunt's Bad Idea" was the hilarious pilot episode of this short-lived sitcom; in the
second episode, "Tammi Settles In," Blunt was killed.
LOS ANGELES' LITTLE IRONIES
-For the final season of the TV series "In Living Color," most of the cast members were white.
-The 1995-98 CBS sitcom
"Cybill" was filmed in New York City (at Kauffman Astoria Studios)
-The 1988 movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" was filmed
-The song "The Homecoming Queen's Got A Gun" was based, ironically, on the fact that its singer, actress and
comedienne Julie Brown--who also cowrote the song--was almost elected homecoming queen at celebrity factory Van Nuys
High School. Instead of being disappointed, she fought back and began writing and recording songs parodying everything her
friends enjoyed. Songs like this, "'Cause I'm A Blond," "I Like Them Big and Stupid," "Earth Girls are Easy"(also the title
of a 1989 movie which she cowrote and costarred) and "Girl Fight Tonight." Thus the career of one of the sexiest and most
energetic (and one of the most uninhibited) comediennes of all time was born. Today, eighteen years after this song came out,
Ms. Brown remains a comic sex symbol.
-Psychic Jeane Dixon in 1997 predicted that a famous person "would leave a nation
in mourning within weeks." It turned out to be her last prediction ever; a few weeks afterwords, she died of a heart attack.
-When the NFL left Los Angeles for the first time in 1994, it drew protest from many Angelenos. It is hard to call a major
league truly professional without Los Angeles.
-Los Angeles' economy during the 1980's was marred somewhat by the Great
Actors' Strike of 1980 and the writers' strikes of 1981 and 1988.
-"L.A. Confidential," and TV movies of recent years
set in Los Angeles during its past were filmed in parts of Australia (Melbourne now looks more like 1950's Los Angeles than
today's Los Angeles does.) In addition, 'Training Day," which starred Denzel Washington, was also filmed in Melbourne.
-KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles, and all of the Tribune O&Os, aired a TV special entitled "A Log's Life" which is
produced by WPIX New York.  in December 2006.
February 1, 2004 was "the day Hollywood changed forever." That was the day of Super Bowl #######, which ironically was played
in Houston; had L.A. received an NFL expansion team, either the Rose Bowl or L.A. Memorial Coliseum would have hosted the
Super Bowl that year.
-Any TV series nominated for 16 Emmys has been shut out.