South Nyack resident Rosie O’Donnell could be getting her own weekly variety show on NBC, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Apparently NBC is trying to make a similar deal with Jay Leno, who was born in New Rochelle. Leno leaves his show next year and but is more likely to sign a deal with ABC, according to rumors. If that’s the case, a primetime NBC deal with Rosie sounds likely.
MSNBC earlier this year was close to giving Rosie her own own hour show but she claims the network “panicked” and backed out after the news broke out. I’m sure that’s what it was.
I realize that an appearance on The Tonight Show — especially an off-camera appearance — doesn’t necessarily translate into full-fledged celebrity status, but, well, it’s close enough for me to post here. Especially when the person appearing is Journal News colleague Shawn Cohen, and the appearance is in the form of a vacation video of him and some awfully cute iguanas. Cute, that is, until they pull the ol’ distract-and-attack number on Shawn.
Here’s a link to the video from Leno (skip to “Zoo Tube” on Thursday, May 8, about 22 minutesin). But if you just want the good stuff, below is the original iguana-attack video that was posted to YouTube. Good stuff.
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Before anyone says anything, I’ll be the first to admit it: Yes, we’ve been punditing more on RNN lately than we’ve been blogging. It’s a problem, I suspect, that’s due to a lack of tryptophan in our diet — a condition which should be easily remedied in the coming days. Prepare for an onslaught of posts in the coming weeks, as well as our holiday countdown of the top 25 Westchester and Rockland celebrities (based on the recent articles I wrote for InTown Westchester and Rockland Magazine).
In the meantime, here’s this week’s quiz. The answer is at the end of the video or after the break.
QUIZ: Which of these local LoHud celebs has not been seen supporting the striking writers on the picket line?
A. Pound Ridge’s Tim Robbins
B. South Nyack’s Rosie O’Donnell
C. New Rochelle native Jay Leno
D. Chappaqua’s Vanessa Williams
This week’s quiz: Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre is moving to L.A., but where are his houses in the Lower Hudson Valley?
A. Harrison and Mahopac
B. Hartsdale and Mamaroneck
C. Haverstraw and Mount Kisco
The answer is at the end of the video or after the break.
Fans of late-night TV will be among the first to realize the impact of the writers’ strike, as talk shows — including those of New Rochelle native Jay Leno and North Salem resident David Letterman — are “expected to go into immediate reruns” as early as tonight, according to Reuters.
Both acknowledged the prospect of a lack of a contract last week.
Leno said that if one of the timely jokes viewers see involves the “Where’s the beef?” lady, it might be a rerun.
And astute Suburbarazzi readers already know that one of Letterman’s Top 10 lists last week included “No number 3 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ writers making picket signs for upcoming strike.”
(Leno: AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater; Letterman: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
This week’s quiz: When Pound Ridge resident Tim Robbins took the Webster Hall stage at an Oct. 17 tribute concert, he sang songs originally performed by the artist being honored that night. Who was this man of honor?
A. Bob Dylan
B. Woodie Guthrie
C. Pete Seeger
The answer is at the end of the video or after the break.
For those among the celebrity-obsessed seeking to be a star for a day, the hot costumes this Halloween are of power couple Brad Pitt and former Sneden’s Landing resident Angelina Jolie.
US Weekly cites a Captain Morgan/Kelton Research survey of 600 Americans, who rate Brangelina as this year’s most popular celebrity inspiration for holiday get-ups. Presumably, couples who dress up this way will spend the night arguing with each other over who’s more good-looking. Blech.
Other couples popular in the poll were Britney Spears and Kevin Federline; Chappaqua residents Bill and Hillary Clinton; recent Pelham dweller Tom Cruise and wife Katie Holmes; David Beckham and Posh Spice; and George W. and Laura Bush.
Among the late-night TV show hosts, New Rochelle native Jay Leno beat out North Salem resident David Letterman, among others — just like in the ratings. I’d prefer Letterman as a costume or as a talk show host, myself.
(AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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This week’s quiz: Of these “Today” show personalities, who did NOT make Forbes’ most recent list of Top TV Earners?
A. Matt Lauer (formerly of Ardsley, Chappaqua and Hartsdale)
B. Al Roker (formerly of Yorktown)
C. Meredith Vieira (currently of Irvington)
The answer is at the end of the clip and after the break.
Shockingly, the answer’s Al Roker. The guy’s been on “Seinfeld” for cryin’ out loud! Give him a raise.
North Salem resident David Letterman earned $40 million from June 2006 to June 2007 through television, ranking him fourth on Forbes magazine’s new list of TV’s Top Earners and tops among celebrities who have lived or attended college in the Lower Hudson Valley.
His newest BFF, Oprah Winfrey, tops the list. And it isn’t even close. She made $260 million in that one-year span, about $200 million more than the runner-up, Jerry Seinfeld ($60 million) and even more over “American Idol” staple Simon Cowell ($45 million).
Suddenly Alex Rodriguez’s contract doesn’t seem so out of the ordinary.
Other LoHudders on the list: Westchester real estate maven and golf course owner Donald Trump (No. 5, $32 million); New Rochelle native Jay Leno (No. 6, $32 million); former Putnam County resident (Judge) Judy Sheindlin (No. 7, $30 million); former Chappaqua, Ardsley and Hartsdale resident Matt Lauer (No. 17, $13 million); Sarah Lawrence College graduate Barbara Walters (No. 18, $12 million); and Irvington resident Meredith Vieira (No. 20, $10 million).
(AP Photo/John Paul Filo, CBS)
My apologies for mentioning Rosie O’Donnell YET AGAIN in my segment, but here’s why I made an exception: Anytime I have the opportunity to break out multiple “Simpsons” impressions on TV, I’m going to go for it. At the very least, you can mock me for it. Win/win.
After the break, find out the answer to this week’s quiz question: Joanne Woodward was first to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. From what Lower Hudson Valley college did she graduate?
10. Jay Leno turned them down.
9. Letterman was first in school history to major in competitive pie-eating.
8. Paul Shaffer threatened to lurk over school grounds as a movie monster if they didn’t.
7. Indiana rats agreed to celebrate in New York City’s subways.
6. The home-office in Sioux City, Iowa was getting all the groupies.
5. It’s Alan Kalter-iffic!
4. The building is made entirely out of canned ham.
3. Dave’s mom bribed school officials with holiday pies.
2. Dave agreed never to reveal his real reason for picking the school: It had the word “Ball” in it.
And the No. 1 Reason Ball State is Naming a Building after David Letterman…
You know Nyack resident Rosie O’Donnell is buzzworthy when Homer Simpson takes a shot at her on the (animated) stage of “The Tonight Show.”
Quoth the Simpson:
Here I am at NBC, which, by the way, stands for Never Been Crappier. Have you seen the crap they’ve put on this network? Networks are good sports. I’m not sure if this is a joke but GE makes a lot of other bad things. According to my daughter, Lisa, they fill the air with more dangerous hydrocarbon emissions than Rosie O’Donnell!
Leave it to New Rochelle native Jay Leno to put him in his place — on his bright yellow fanny just beyond the stage door.
Photo Illustration courtesy of Fox.)