David Letterman books his first appearance on ‘Oprah’

oprahumadave.jpgAll that’s missing is Uma Thurman.

The Associated Press reported yesterday that North Salem resident David Letterman will make his first-ever appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show next month.

Letterman’s Sept. 10 interview at Madison Square Garden will be broadcast live in some markets and delayed in others, according to her production company.

For those unaware, the two talk show hosts had feuded for about a decade, with Letterman cracking jokes at her expense and Winfrey refusing to return to his set. In 2003, she told Time magazine she was “completely uncomfortable” with those jokes. Perhaps the most famous of the barbs was the most benign: When Letterman hosted the 1995 Academy Awards, he introduced two uniquely named celebs to each other: “Oprah, Uma. Uma, Oprah.”

As you can see in the photo, the Uma-Oprah-Dave reunion in a way already happened. When Winfrey returned to Letterman’s show on Dec. 1, 2005 to officially end the feud, she presented him with a framed photo of her and Thurman.

But my favorite hatchet-burial moment between the talk show hosts has to be this commercial, which ran during this year’s Super Bowl.

(AP Photo/Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS)

John Schneider’s cool dad character abandons Superman, but returns for ‘Sydney White’

js.jpgWhen a Good-Ol’-Boy grows up, it must make him a Cool-Ol’-Dad.

Take Mount Kisco native John Schneider, who got his big break playing the playfully rebellious Bo Duke on “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Almost two decades later, Schneider would win over a completely new generation, portraying überprotagonist Jonathan Kent — Clark Kent/Superman’s adoptive father — on “Smallville,” only for his character to die of a heart attack in the series’ 100th episode.

But Schneider’s days of playing paternal with panache continue on the big screen. He serves as father figure to another legendary character in the upcoming Amanda Bynes movie, “Sydney White.” In the movie trailer for this retelling of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Schneider tells Bynes’ title character, “Your mom would be so excited…” making it approximately the 2,194th time he’s expressed emotional pride to on-screen offspring in the last seven years.

The most devout Suburbarazzi might recognize the trailer’s biggest scene-stealer. Jeremy Howard, at 6’3½,” is the tallest of the reinvented “Dwarfs.” He provides the trailer’s final punch line — or, more accurately, the trailer’s repeated-door-frame-face-slam line.

What’s Howard’s extended connection to the Lower Hudson Valley? Find out after the break.

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New ‘New Amsterdam’ theory: Show could be a ripoff of a Pete Hamill novel

forever.jpgAdd one more bullet to that list of possible explanations for Fox’s decision to shelve the “New Amsterdam” pilot (which was directed by Bedford’s Lasse Hallstrom’s).

Turns out that fans of the the Pete Hamill novel “Forever” (right) say that the nut of the series — about an NYC cop cursed with the gift of immortality — is essentially stolen from the book. While Hamill doesn’t want to sue, TV Squad points out that there are a number of similarities between the show’s protagonist and his character, Cormac O’Connor:

• Each character has prominent scars
• They both use their eternity on earth to teach themselves piano
• The must both find soul mates in order to come to terms with their condition

Wait, wait, do those last two points remind you of another possible piece of source material? Of course! “Groundhog Day”!

Uh, wait, come to think of it, doesn’t just about every time-traveling storyline feature a character searching for their soul mate and/or learning to play a musical instrument?

At any rate, perhaps the show’s delayed start (it’s being scheduled to start mid-season) will give the network time enough to smooth things over with Hamill (and/or Bill Murray) and maybe even dole out a little honorary credit.

(Thanks to F.O.S. Amy Vernon for the tip!)

Hayden Panettiere’s European tour causes accelerated aging

tjndc5-5gc0jjso6s3odgq3h2s_layout.jpgMaybe it’s just that British publicists require far more makeup, but Hayden Panettiere is looking a lot older these days. Technically, she’s only 18 years and one week old, but judging by this pic of her in London — plus other recent photos of her in Paris over on The Superficial — it looks like the Palisades native is a good 5 years older, sort of like that episode of Heroes set in the future.

Time to get that girl a glass of milk.

(AP Photo / Ian West,PA)

Chynna Phillips invents fake stalker to cheer up Billy Baldwin

tjndc5-5et5nbuqdlhdpza9ic4_layout.jpgThe only thing better than getting stalked by Suburbarazzi? Having your wife invent your own imaginary stalker just to fluff up your ego. And if that wife happens to be the incredibly hot 1/3 of Wilson Phillips, all the better.

According to Star Pulse, Bedford’s Billy Baldwin was the recipient of just such a prank at the hands of his wife, Chynna Philips. The made-up stalker, “Melissa Farrell,” was exposed at a family Thanksgiving party by brother (and Upper Grandview resident) Stephen Baldwin.

Billy’s take on the whole stalker affair is after the break …
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EXCLUSIVE: Actor Richard Moll chats about Yorktown shoot

richardmoll21.jpgToday I spoke with Richard Moll, who played bailiff Bull Shannon on TV’s “Night Court” and appeared Monday in Yorktown Heights to film his role in an Internet mockumentary series about fantasy football.

I watched many an episode of “Night Court” as a preteen when it was syndicated locally on Fox, so when the 64-year-old Moll agreed to a phone interview, I was genuinely psyched and had to stop myself from pulling my own version of “The Chris Farley Show.” Remember that time when Bull scored so well on an IQ test that scientists tested him to see if he could unlock the mysteries of life, including the reason why men have nipples? That was awesome.

Because we talked about both his Yorktown visit and career in general, I’m publishing the parts of the interview about his Yorktown experience here and about the rest of his career on Remote Access. Enjoy!

Suburbarazzi: Did you enjoy your visit to Yorktown?

Richard Moll: It made me want to put on my Revolutionary War garb and shoot a gun at anyone who was wearing red. [Pause.] It was fine! It was very nice. We shot at (“Fantastic Two” producer Jeremy Newberger’s) home and it was very beautiful. I love Westchester County. I don’t know that I’ve ever been there before. It’s so close to Manhattan, so lush and rural-looking. I love the dense deciduous forests. It’s very beautiful.

Suburbarazzi: I could tell by the photos of the film shoot that you were really into the character, who wears a black leather vest and pants combo.

Richard Moll: I appreciated the fact that they let me use my own clothes.

Suburbarazzi: What attracted you to the role?

Richard Moll: Desperation for work. No, I see it as a fun character. I do like to work and generally, given my type, the characters I play are almost always quite a bit of fun. So it’s not too hard to persuade me.

Click here to read the rest of the interview, including Moll’s relationship (or lack thereof) with the “Night Court” cast; his inaccurate filmography on Internet Movie Database; his choice to live life these days without a TV or computer; his career in cartoon voice-overs, including the recurring role of Two-Face on the critically acclaimed “Batman: The Animated Series”; and his legendary prowess on “Super Password” and other game shows.

(Photo by Tanya Pann, courtesy of Ironbound Films/Broadband Enterprises)

No Bull! ‘Night Court’ star Richard Moll hits Yorktown Heights for shoot

richardmoll2.jpgIs it wrong that I watched hundreds of “Night Court” reruns as a 12-year-old? Perhaps that’s why I remain disappointed when I encounter judges who don’t do magic, prosecutors whose first names aren’t Reinhold and courtrooms severely lacking the presence of Mel Tormé (R.I.P.).

Because of all this, I wish I had known in advance about a Yorktown Heights shoot this week. Richard Moll, who played Bull Shannon — the tall, bald bailiff with a heart of gold on “Night Court” — stopped by the hamlet Monday to film “The Fantastic Two,” an Internet mockumentary series about fantasy football.

“The Fantastic Two” producer Jeremy Newberger, 33, welcomed the 64-year-old actor to the Aug. 27 shoot at the Fox Meadow Road home where Newberger lives with his wife, Michele, and son, Samson. The five-year Yorktown Heights resident raved today to Suburbarazzi about Moll, who wore a black leather vest and pants combo to play an intervention deprogrammer in the Web series.

richardmoll1.jpg“He was an absolute pleasure to work with,” Newberger said in a telephone interview today. “It’s going to be a great visual cue for anyone who loved or grew up on ‘Night Court’ and loved Bull.”

Newberger said he was able to secure Moll, who lives outside of Los Angeles, for the shoot after a few phone calls and after being told that the actor “loved the script.” Summoned from an unspecified Westchester County hotel, Moll arrived at the house Monday to film from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Newberger said.

“Between takes, he would sleep in the daybed in my child nursery — all 6-foot-7 of him,” Newberger added. “Then he would come on the set, and as soon as we said, ‘Action,’ he came alive. … He was just the most agreeable, funniest guy.”

“The Fantastic Two” is described by Newberger’s production company, Ironbound Films, as “The Odd Couple” of fantasy sports:

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Charly is a thirty-five-year-old New Yorker—a five-foot-two metrosexual with a nasal voice—who co-owns a sports marketing company. Mitch, a thirty-five-year-old ex-jock child psychologist, lives in New Jersey, smokes Cigars, and measures in at about 5-5, 200 pounds. He sits in front of his desktop with a gray hat, fancying himself a virtual Vince Lombardi.

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Moll’s character is summoned by their families, who think Charly and Mitch are addicted to fantasy football.

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Crazy dog lady Leona Helmsley not so crazy about her grandkids

tjndc5-5gbbarajwuaotht1l9c_layout.jpgWhat do you do if your dear old Grandma dies and leaves $12 million to her ugly white Maltese but leaves you nothing? That’s what two of Leona “Queen of Mean” Helmsley’s grandkids are asking themselves today, after it was reported that the billionaire hotelier, who died August 20th in Greenwich and is buried in a mausoleum at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, left them out of her extremely-strange-and-kind-of-funny-in-a-sad-way will.

Helmsley––who went to prison for tax evasion and is reported to have once said, “only the little people pay taxes”––is remembered by many as the worst thing to come out of the 80s (besides leg-warmers).

Some of her relatives did benefit from her passing: Her brother, Alvin Rosenthal, who will care for the dog–named Trouble–will receive “millions,” according to the AP, as will two of her four grandchildren (offspring of her deceased son Jay Panzirer). However, the kids must visit their father’s grave site once a year…otherwise neither will get “a penny” of the $5 million she left for each (seriously, this sounds like some macabre black comedy).

The two grandkids who were cut off are Craig and Meegan Panzirer. The “reasons…are known to them,” Helmsley wrote in her will.
Also stipulated in the will: When Trouble dies, Helmsley wants her remains to be buried next to her own remains in the Helmsley mausoleum, which must be “washed or steam-cleaned at least once a year.” She left $3 million for its upkeep.
Also receiving money: her chauffeur, Nicholas Celea ($100,000). The rest will go to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

So, if you’re keeping track of her priorities: The dog gets $12 million. The good grandkids get $5 million, her mausoleum get $3 million, her driver gets $100,000 and her other grandkids get nothing.

Rest in peace, Leona.

(AP Photo/Jennifer Graylock)

CBS is going to improve Katie Couric’s ratings or make her die trying

tjndc5-5gb8f404wfmj7lha27m_layout.jpgRemember when Katie said she didn’t think it was necessary to don a flack jacket and head to Iraq to prove her bona fides and boost ratings? Turns out her new uber-producer, Rick Kaplan, thinks she does.

Next week, the CBS Evening News anchor will celebrate her one year anniversary on the job by reporting from Syria and then Iraq on a “high-risk tour,” according to Variety. Her last trip overseas was back in November when she accompanied President Bush to Amman, Jordan (which is less bomb-y than Iraq but still not exactly the Upper West Side).

Couric’s entourage will be skeletal, according to the newspaper–just Kaplan, D.C. bureau chief Christopher Isham, and editor Jerry Cipriano. The group leaves today and will spend the next week reporting before she begins broadcasting live on September 4th.

Kaplan says Couric’s presence has helped land high-level interviews with “reclusive politicians and alleged terror leaders.”
Couric is a single mother of two and has said in the past that that role would color her decision when it comes to taking risky assignments.

One side benefit of the 12-day trip: Couric will be out of the country while author Edward Klein hits the media circuit to tout his inflammatory “tell-all” about the anchor, which the Washington Post summed up thusly yesterday:

<blockquote><div>She’s conniving and self-absorbed and ungrateful. And shallow. And into younger men. And older men. She makes too much money, and she yelled at her husband. And she’s had work done. And she’s liberal. And she was mean to Ann Curry. . . . </div></blockquote>

(AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

Olbermann is smarter (and more popular) than a 5th grader

tjndc5-5b4dl4iamz9sxta7nb6_layout.jpgEven if the ratings for Keith Olbermann’s debut on NBC this weekend — his first “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” in the pre-game Sunday Night Football slot — might not be high enough to justify transitioning the show from MSNBC permanently, let’s look on the bright side. The former Hastings resident got over 4 million viewers, beating out FOX’s “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?” Alas, according to TVNewser, that wasn’t high enough for “Countdown” to top “60 Minutes” or “America’s Funniest Videos.”

Still, given that Olbermann averaged 721,000 viewers most nights for his cable show this July, that amounts to an exponentially larger audience. And, of course, all the more reason for our disgruntled New Rochelle blogger friends at Olbermann Watch to keep on keepin on.

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Whoopi’s swipe at Rosie?

tjndc5-5g5fdc0ucnk9fcbsak2_layout.jpgSeptember 4th marks Whoopi Goldberg’s first official day as the moderator of The View, where she’s replacing the fiery South Nyack resident, Rosie O’Donnell. The Oscar, Tony, Grammy, Golden-Globe-winner told TV Guide this week why she’s excited about her new gig: “I love to talk and I love these women. Because they have such diverse ideas about things, it’s fun.”

Then, the mag asked her, “Did Rosie’s nemesis Donald Trump call you to congratulate you?”

Her response? “No but Donald’s nice.”

Nice?!?! Donald Trump, nice? Is it just me or is that a slap in the face to Rosie? Hmmm. Talk amongst yourselves.

(AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)