Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Long and the Short of it

Spamalot's Clay Aiken in costume as the dashing but not-so-brave Sir Robin.

Well, Rosie Live! came and went. Clay's 90 seconds didn't make or break the show and fortunately his bit was not one of the show's lowlights.

After reading dozens of reviews and comments, here it is in a nutshell.

_ There was too much Rosie.
_ There were lots of talented guests.
_ The talented guests were underused.
_ Clay Aiken should have sang.
_ There should have been more Harry Connick singing.
_ Poor Gloria Estefan. She's much better than the material she was given.
_ Jane Krakowski too.
_ The live theater setting was too dark and didn't translate to TV.
_ The stage setting, low level production and bad camera work looked cheap.
_ Nobody cared about Rosie's undergarments or cleavage.
_ Nobody wanted to hear about Rosie's political views.
_ She should not have tried to sing with Liza or Gloria.
_ The wrong guy pushed the pie in Conan's face.
_ Kathy should leave the comedy to professionals.
_ I'm told it was Alanis Morrissette but I think it was a palsied Bjork on LSD...
_ Ne-Yo was a No-Yo.
_ No more spinning rugs or random tap dancing.
_ No more dancing cupcakes. Ever.

Ellen has her variety special tonight. Break a leg!


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Watch Rosie Live! Tonight


Rosie O'Donnell is ready to 'Live' a little on variety show

NEW YORK — It's Rosie with a Z.
Even comedian Rosie O'Donnell can't quite believe she's on stage with Broadway legend Liza Minnelli this rainy Tuesday morning. The two performers are rehearsing City Lights, which opens Rosie Live, an NBC variety special hosted by O'Donnell that's airing tonight (8 p.m. ET/PT).

During rehearsals, the two women shimmy across a Midtown stage working on a tune Minnelli hasn't sung in 30 years.

"Brightly lit by pretty city lights!" the two women sing in tandem. "Love those city lights."

"Good," O'Donnell says, nodding to Minnelli after they complete their duet.

On stage, O'Donnell, 46, is both practical and comical. "It's gonna be a very gay show, whether they know it or not. Gay is the new black — or at least the new pink," O'Donnell quips to the backup dancers and crew.

In fact, Rosie Live is meant to be neither political or controversial. It's an hour-long show featuring performances from Alanis Morissette, Clay Aiken, Gloria Estefan and 30 Rock's Jane Krakowski. If the special does well, it could become a series.

"It's like being shot out of a cannon. Tomorrow is going to be fantastic. I'm so nervous!" Krakowski says after a second performance of her number, a parody of You Gotta Get a Gimmick.

Those who work with O'Donnell say she's a perfectionist.

"For her, it's all about surrounding herself with people she likes and trusts," says Rosie Live executive producer David Friedman. "She's got a million ideas. Everyone says that (she's difficult), but she knows what she wants to do and she wants people around her who can execute and work hard. There is nothing difficult about her."


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Believe In Zero!

UNICEF Ambassadors Clay Aiken, Lucy Liu, Mia Farrow, Alyssa Milano, Laurence Fishburne, Joel Madden and others proclaim their belief in zero: a day when no children die from preventable causes.


Visit to join the effort.


Saturday, November 01, 2008

What Is So Special About Clay?

People often ask this question and there are many correct answers. This is just one of them. We all know that he is a phenomenal singer and that his heart is in the right place because he is a selfless advocate and a tireless ambassador for children worldwide, but this is an example of his connection with his fans. What other artist would do this night after night for months throughout a concert tour?