Writers’ strike likely means reruns for Letterman, Leno

leno.jpgletterman.jpgFans 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 – writers making picket signs for upcoming strike.”

(Leno: AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater; Letterman: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: LoHud Halloween costumes, Charles Grodin’s book and Al Roker’s reports from the ‘Office’ convention

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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.

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Charles Grodin to talk at Armonk library without getting shooshed

grodin.jpgActor, author and former talk-show host Charles Grodin will be heading to the North Castle Public Library in Armonk at 8 p.m., Nov. 10 for a free event to discuss his new book, “If I Only Knew Then.”

Grodin, who had prominent roles in “Midnight Run” and the “Beethoven” franchise, will chat in Whippoorwill Hall about his new book, which includes autobiographical essays about lessons learned by South Nyack resident Rosie O’Donnell, Walter Cronkite, Shirley Maclaine, Paul Newman, Carol Burnett, Regis Philbin and Robert Redford. Grodin, who appeared as a commentator on “60 Minutes II” a few years ago and as a CNBC talk show host in the late ’90s, also wrote an off-Broadway play called “The Right Kind of People” in 2004.

The western Connecticut resident’s no stranger to Westchester County libraries. On April 28, 2002, he appeared at the New Rochelle Public Library as part of an annual CelebriTea event to raise money for that facility.

I’ll be chatting with Grodin this Wednesday afternoon and posting some highlights on Suburbarazzi soon thereafter. So stay tuned!

(Photo by Andrew McKoy/The Journal News)

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie hot for Halloween (as opposed to any other time)

brangelina.jpgFor 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)

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Forbes’ rich list has lots of LoHud love, Richard Moll gets ‘Fantastic’ in Yorktown

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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)

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Shockingly, the answer’s Al Roker. The guy’s been on “Seinfeld” for cryin’ out loud! Give him a raise.

From Lauer to Leno to Letterman, LoHud celebs dominate Forbes list of TV’s Top Earners

letterman.jpgNorth 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).

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Action! Westchester shoots attract A-listers, including George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Glenn Close

The public relations reps for Westchester County became unofficial Suburbarazzi late last week, informing the public about county-based TV and film projects featuring high-profile stars, including Academy Award winners Meryl Streep and George Clooney (pre-motorcycle crash).

george.jpgClooney was quietly wrapping up a New Rochelle shoot at a “private home and inside CostCo” for the Coen brothers movie “Burn After Reading,” according to a Sept. 21 county press release. The film, which also stars Brad Pitt, is about a former CIA agent who writes memoirs after being fired. Perhaps Clooney forgot this weekend that he wasn’t playing Evil Knievel.

meryl.jpgAlso according to the release, Westchester “soon” will host Oscar winners Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman for the big-screen adaptation of “Doubt,” the Tony Award-winning play. Streep plays a Catholic school principal who accuses Hoffman’s character, a priest, of pedophilia in 1964. “Numerous locations will be used,” but the county does not specify which.

glenn-close.jpgBedford resident Glenn Close, a five-time Academy Award nominee, didn’t have to travel far to film parts of her new TV series, “Damages,” in a featured Harrison house and, earlier this month, in the Rye Town Hilton.

quinn-margulies.jpgSuburbarazzi already gave you the scoop about Spring Valley native Julianna Margulies and Sneden’s Landing resident Aidan Quinn teaming up for “Canterbury’s Law,” but what you might not know is that the courtroom drama was shooting scenes at Larkin Plaza in Yonkers last week.

After the break, check out news about more Westchester shoots involving Tim Allen at Westchester County Airport, Julie Taymor in Somers and New Rochelle, and “Law & Order: SVU” in Yonkers.

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Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Paul Shaffer joins KISS Army, Bill Murray emcees Eric Clapton’s festival, and Homer Simpson slams Rosie O’Donnell

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?

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Top 10 Reasons Ball State is Naming a Building after David Letterman*

(Associated Press file photo/Adam Rountree.)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…

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Homer Simpson slams NBC, Rosie O’Donnell before Jay Leno boots him

FOXYou 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:
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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!
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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.)

Will Jon Stewart — not Conan O’Brien — succeed Jay Leno on ‘Tonight Show’?

I’ve always preferred North Salem resident David Letterman to Jay Leno. Letterman’s once-groundbreaking alternative approach to late-night comedy bred his most critically acclaimed contemporaries, including Conan O’Brien and Jon Stewart.

I don’t think Jay’s a bad guy or anything — his hilarious “Headlines” segment or one of my favorite A-list guests sometimes will convince me to flip from CBS to NBC for a few minutes — but I’ve always had a far greater fondness for all things Letterman since NBC tabbed Leno for “The Tonight Show.” Still, we Suburbarazzi must have some respect for the late-night ratings champ: After all, while Leno grew up in Andover, Mass., he’s a native of New Rochelle.

AP photos. Leno:Paul Drinkwater; O’Brien:Kevork Djansezian; Stewart:Eddie AdamsBecause Leno tends to stay out of the tabloids, the best gossip of late that revolves around “The Tonight Show” involves his eventual replacement. So, for one shining moment, let’s discuss an empty seat on a talk show that doesn’t involve “The View.” (Hooray!)

If Leno sticks to his word and retires when his contract expires in 2009, NBC will be faced with a few options. The right thing to do — on a few levels — would be to hire O’Brien, whose rough start in the mid-’90s has blossomed into improved ratings and late-night’s most consistently funny hour. Not only has NBC announced that the former “Simpsons” writer would take Leno’s post in ’09, but also O’Brien has the best chance to charm new viewers while retaining devout fans.

But of late, rumors have been circulating that NBC execs are trying to woo Stewart for “The Tonight Show.”

As much as I love Stewart’s insightful interviews, ironic gravitas and impeccable delivery on “The Daily Show,” a shift to network late-night poses a few problems — almost all of which would involve ratings, not a lack of talent. He would probably be asked to strike a happy medium politically, potentially alienating liberal fans of “The Daily Show” and fighting an uphill battle to attract conservative viewers who hate it. Plus, his previous attempt at a late-night show didn’t fare so well.

Also, should NBC pick Stewart over the previously announced O’Brien, it would result in the biggest late-night controversy since Leno unfairly claimed Johnny Carson’s seat over Letterman, potentially prompting a backlash among viewers. (Although it warrants mentioning that O’Brien wouldn’t exactly be walking away empty-handed; his contract buyout has been reported as high as $40 million.)

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Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: ‘Shaft’ star takes on ‘Speed Racer,’ rumors heat up about Rosie’s ‘View’ seat, and Oscar-winner’s son loses job

I’m (not) just talkin’ about Shaft!

After the break, find out the answer to this week’s quiz question: Which Academy Award-winner with connections to the Lower Hudson Valley has a running-back son who lost a job when the NFL’s European league folded last month?

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