Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Just Watch!

WHCD: The Brunches, Where Everyone Haddad A Great Time

Bosslady Arianna Huffington was, alas, not in attendance this year (she was at the LAT book fair for her new book, Right is Wrong), so I had to carry the HuffPo torch alone. I did, however, have help from Tracy Ullman, who held forth with her Arianna impression ("blogs and kisses, darlings!") at a Bloomberg pre-party on Friday night and at the Haddad & Co. brunch on Saturday (see video here).

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Tracey Ullman Choreographer, and Tracey Ullman Show Alum, Joe Malone, Arrested

Joe, also did the choreography for "State of the Union". This happened back in March.

Dance Teacher Allegedly Assaulted Female Students
VAN NUYS, Calif. A co-owner of the Van Nuys Performing Arts Center was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting several female students at his facility, police said Friday.

Joseph Sheck, 54, was arrested at 6 p.m. Wednesday at his Granada Hills home, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

"Sheck ... allegedly sexually assaulted several young adult female students at his art center," police said in the statement. "According to detectives, Sheck intimidated and threatened to 'black ball' the students from talent agencies if they refused his sexual advances."

Sheck, also known as Joey Malone, was booked for felony sexual assault, according to LAPD Officer April Harding.

Bail was set at $225,000, and Sheck, who also teaches at the center, was released Thursday morning.

He is scheduled to appear at Van Nuys Municipal Court on March 27, according to the sheriff's department.

Police urged possible other victims to contact the Van Nuys Area Sexual Assault Unit, (818) 374-0093, or the 24-hour toll-free number (877) LAWFULL.

CBS News video here.

Arianna Let's The Cat Out Of The Bag: Tracey Is Doing Another Season of "State of the Union"!

Walters, on the Monday evening program, Barbara Live, on Sirius Stars Channel 102, asked Huffington what she makes of Tracy Ullman's impersonation of the inimitable Huffington on Ullman's new TV show, State of the Union.

"I actually loved it,'' Huffington said. "You know she's a friend of mine, in fact she was at ... my home in L.A. on Thursday having a cup of tea and collecting more info because she's doing another series and she does a really good imitation of me... And you know....she ends a lot of her imitations of me by saying "blogs and kisses," which is kind of something pretty good. I like that.''

Read the rest of the article.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Mr. Perez Goes To Washington (And Meets Tracey)

Apparently, Tracey is not down on all bloggers. (Listen to her NPR interview, linked on the right, if you don't know to what we are referring).

The dinner itself was so lovely, especially because we were seated next to the amazing amazing Tracey Ullman at the Bloomberg table we were at. We've mentioned her new Showtime series a few times and have been a huge fan of her work forever, so it was such a treat to get to meet her and break bread. She had even requested to be sat next to Perez!!!! So surreal!

Tracey Ullman and her friend dragged us over to meet the evil genius that is Karl Rove. That is pure comedy!

Read and see, more of Perez's adventure.


Saturday, April 26, 2008

MediaBistro: A TV News Garden Party

A TV News Garden Party


The Matthews arrived as the Russerts were heading out from the 11th Annual Garden Brunch at the home of former Hardball EP Tammy Haddad. (l-r) Maureen Orth, Chris Matthews, Tim Russert and Kathleen Mattthews.

The threat of rain didn't keep Nation's Capitol newsers from gathering for the annual pre-WHCA dinner garden party at the home of Tammy Haddad and Ted Greenberg. The weather held out for the 11th Annual Garden Brunch hosted by Haddad and Greenberg as well as Hilary Rosen, Alex Castellanos, Debbie Dingell, David Adler, Kathyrn Leyman and Beth Viola.

The event brought together newsers, celebs and politicians, including Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Tracey Ullman and actors Tim Daly and Richard Schiff.

In attendance from NBC/MSNBC Tim Russert, Chris Matthews, and Pete Williams, seen chatting up DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff; Norah O'Donnell with twins in tow (with a little help from co-hostess Debbie Dingell chasing young Henry); Tucker Carlson, David Gregory towering over most everyone else; David Shuster and Morning Joe's Courtney Hazlett and EP Chris Licht.

From FNC, Greta Van Susteren, Laura Ingraham and Dan Senor. CNN's Jessica Yellin and Suzanne Malveaux, both off the campaign trail for a couple days; also Gloria Borger and CNN's DC Bureau Chief David Bohrman and his deputy Sam Feist

From ABC, Jake Tapper, DC Bureau Chief, VP Robin Sproul and SVP Jeffrey Schneider.

Pat Buchanan and Lawrence O'Donnell of The McLaughlin Group and former FNC & MSNBCer Rita Cosby.

TV regulars and Newsweek-ers, John Meacham, Micahel Isikoff, and Richard Wolffe (overheard talking about tomorrow's Wallace-Obama interview); and Time's Ana Marie Cox.


Laura Ingraham sporting a Hillary 2008 pin.

More pictures after the jump...


FL Gov. Charlie Crist chats with hostess Tammy Haddad.




Actress Tracey Ullman being interviewed.


Norah O'Donnell with husband Geoff Tracy and their twins Grace and Henry. Norah is due with their third child in July.

"Is that Rita Cosby crawling along the floor of the death chamber?"

Rita Cosby and Pat Buchanan.


FNC's Dan Senor talking with NBC's David Gregory with the National Journal's Linda Douglass in the foreground.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bits: Doing Lunch!

Haute spots
Manhattan A-list folk believe you are where you eat


Manhattan A-list folk believe you are where you eat -- favoring joints that generate serious heat. These power spots are where the machers, moguls and movie stars break bread.

24 West 55th St.
The venue: This Manhattan power lunch spot of choice is ensconsed on the ground floor of a midtown high rise. Idling town cars and the occasional Cadillac Escalade parked curbside pose as the only outward signs of the impressive star wattage gathered in its spacious, well-lit dining room.
The vibe: A clubhouse where overachievers and up-and-comers mix and mingle between courses. The front room is reserved for boldface names and their handlers; "civilians" are seated in the Garden Room, but some hot shots (like Dick Parsons) prefer its privacy. G.M. Steve Millington and his staff have perfected the science of seating so that Peggy Siegal can throw one of her legendary lunches in the middle of the dining room while regulars like Tom Brokaw and Barry Diller get the requisite star treatment. "We throw a great party every day," genial restaurateur Michael McCarty says. "We want everyone to have a good time."
The dish: Plenty of business gets done between air-kissing and table-hopping: Les Moonves wooed Katie Couric here; Tina Brown held court while her "Diana Chronicles" climbed the bestseller list last summer; Showtime CEO Matt Blank recently hosted a lunch for Tracey Ullman and the cast of "The Tudors."
The menu: The Cobb salad ($34), charred yellowtail hamachi and duck confit.
Famous fans: Everyone from Michael Caine to Orlando Bloom. Power blondes Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters and Liz Smith are regulars; so are Mel Brooks, Natasha Richardson and Disney's Bob Iger.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Showtime To Make A Killing At The 2008 Emmys?

The LA Times thinks so.

Is Showtime (finally) poised to sweep the Emmys?

"I think that one of the big stories of the Emmy nods in a couple of months will be the breakthrough made by Showtime," proclaims our forum's moderator Robert "Rob L" Licuria, who has his own expert awards site that specializes in Emmy-watching. (CLICK HERE!). "Many of us thought it would happen last year (with 'The Tudors' or 'Weeds'), but I think, given the top 10 spot that 'Dexter' achieved last year (in the run-off for best drama series), and Tracey Ullman's awesome new show, Showtime is going to really make an impact."

We better pay attention to Rob's kudos prophesies. As those of us who keep track of such things know, Rob has the best record for predicting the Emmys here at The Envelope.

"Showtime really should make an impact this year finally, because the network deserves it," he adds. "I compiled a list of all of the nominations the network has achieved, which shows that it is doing better and better as we move forward, relying less on movie-of-the-weeks and more on exciting, groundbreaking new series."


Showtime could have strong Emmy presence

Emmy nominations are still a few months away, but buzz is building for our favorite network. Might this finally be Showtime’s year? asks the LA Times’ The Envelope blog. We sure hope so, what with the funny/dark/smart/awkward/lush/sexy/bizzare/honest performances on the network’s original series.

Of 17 noms in 2007, Showtime took home four statuettes, but no acting awards. The network won for The Tudors‘ costumes and title theme music and for the opening sequence title and editing on Dexter. Not shabby, but not exactly shout it from the rooftops, either. Happily, at least one expert agrees with our assessment that this may be Showtime’s year for a sweep.

The network has a good shot, predicts Rob Licuria, an expert Emmy handicapper who runs the Emmy Watch web site. He lists Dexter as a contender for best drama, has Californication in the running for best comedy, Penn & Teller’s Bullshit on the best reality show list, State of the Union among the variety/comedy series contenders, and This American Life as a potential nonfiction series winner.

Michael C. Hall and Jonathan Rhys Meyers make the short list for best actor in a drama and David Duchovny for best actor in a comedy. For comedic actress, Mary-Louise Parker and Natasha McElhone are among the picks. Catherine Keener and Ellen Page, who costar in the upcoming Showtime movie An American Crime are contenders for best actress in a TV movie or miniseries, while Tracey Ullman gets singled out for comedy performance.

More Showtime love in the supporting actress category, with Dexter’s Jennifer Carpenter and Julie Benz sharing the dramatic actress short list with The Tudors’ Natalie Dormer and Maria Doyle Kennedy. Comedic supporting actor contenders include Californication’s Evan Handler and Weeds’ Justin Kirk and Kevin Nealon. Elizabeth Perkins‘ daffy Weeds performance put her on the list for comedic supporting actress.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Thursday, April 10, 2008

No Funny, No Money: Talking Business with Tracey Ullman

No Funny, No Money: Talking Business with Tracey Ullman
By Shira Levine

"No funny, no money" is the Ullman family motto says comedienne Tracey Ullman. She knows a lot about investing in her sense of humor; she's been doing it for nearly thirty years and is worth an estimated $150 million thanks to the success of her U.S. career and her stake in The Simpsons franchise according to the UK comedy guide Chortle. Ullman along with her husband/business partner Allan McKeown are something of a mom and pop operation. They own the rights to her sitcom work which includes her latest series Tracey Ullman's State of the Union airing Sundays on Showtime.

"Desi Arnez was historically the first to own his own show and Oprah has Stedman to thank for syndicating the Oprah Show an not just doing it for a network," says Clifford Streit, the real life inspiration for the Sex and the City character Stanford Blatch and author of the upcoming book, Sex, Shoes and Stanford Blatch.

Owning in the funny business doesn't come cheap. Each of the five shows Ullman taped for her Showtime series fell under a strict budget. "That's all we could afford," says Ullman who boasts a wig collection she reuses in her sketches that exceeds 300 wigs. She's got guys she's worked with for years who do character teeth and braces, along with a makeup guy who does some of the far out jobs like 60 Minutes host Andy Rooney that she'll sport in episode four. "There are a few people that do things for me, but [also] there is only one cast member," point out Ullman. "I'm a bit of a control freak! I wish I could employ more actors. Maybe if I get a second season I will."

Ullman could have showed Sex and the City and Lipstick Jungle author Candace Bushnell about owning your work in Hollywood. "Candace was too weak when she did the deal for Sex and the City," says Streit. "She didn't stand up and make the right demands and Darren Star wouldn't share the "created by" credit with her so she didn't have a big payout." Creator is the most valuable credit says Streit and with the success of Sex and the City behind her, Bushnell negotiated part of the "created by" credit on her latest series Lipstick Jungle. That is where the real money comes says Streit.

"It's careful budgeting, careful scheduling, knowing that you aren't going to make anything up front, but if you own the show you can get distribution," says Ullman who had enough of a budget to make five shows that she filmed over ten days. "You've got to stay up with your finances [and] own your own self, own your own stuff, own your own opportunities," Ullman explains. (Ullman also noted that she held onto her Apple and Oracle stocks as well.) By owning her brand, Ullman and McKeown financed her HBO shows Tracey Takes On and the special "Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales." "I have 93 of them so I can sell them around the world," says Ullman. "We go to all those TV festivals and distribute them and sell them to all the other countries."

Guessing she leaves the funny at the door though come tax season.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Tracey To Take Part In New York Times Event!

April 07, 2008 05:16 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Governor David A. Paterson, Tracey Ullman and Donatella Versace Added to The New York Times Sunday with The Magazine Event on May 4

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The New York Times announced today that New York Governor David A. Paterson, seven-time Emmy Award winner Tracey Ullman and acclaimed international designer Donatella Versace have joined the list of celebrated guests participating in the third annual Sunday with The Magazine, a daylong series of unique TimesTalks between editors and writers from The New York Times magazines and many of today’s most fascinating talents and thinkers. The event will take place on May 4 at TheTimesCenter, The Times’s performance venue in its new headquarters in Times Square. For more information or to purchase tickets, which are $27 for each TimesTalk, please visit

The magazines of The New York Times, including The Times Magazine, PLAY and T, cover important social, cultural, political, sports and style topics. A full schedule of Times Talks interviews can be found at

Newly scheduled events:

4 – 5:15 p.m.

The Way We Govern

Gov. David A. Paterson – sworn in as the 55th governor of New York just a few weeks ago – discusses the social and economic challenges facing the state, the Democratic Party and our country with Times Magazine contributing writer Matt Bai, author of “The Argument: Billionaires, Bloggers, and the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics.”

6 – 7:15 p.m.

The Way We Dress

Acclaimed international designer Donatella Versace, one of Italy’s most powerful women, discusses fashion, design and style with T Magazine editor Stefano Tonchi.

8 – 9:15 p.m.

What Makes Us Laugh

The multiple comedic personality that is seven-time Emmy Award winner Tracey Ullman, star of Showtime’s “Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union,” talks with Times Magazine’s “Questions for . . .” columnist, Deborah Solomon.

Delta Air Lines is Sunday with The Magazine's presenting sponsor. American Chemistry Council is this year's lead sponsor and WNBC-TV is the media sponsor.

The New York Times Magazine ranked second in advertising pages for 2007, according to The Publishers Information Bureau (PIB). The Magazine is distributed in the Sunday New York Times. The Times reached 20.4 million unduplicated readers in the United States in February 2008 via the weekday and Sunday newspaper, and also via (sources: Nielsen Online @Plan Spring 2008; Nielsen Online NetView, US Home and Work, February 2008; and MRI Fall 2007).

About The New York Times Company

The New York Times Company, a leading media company with 2007 revenues of $3.2 billion, includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, 15 other daily newspapers, WQXR-FM and more than 50 Web sites, including, and The Company’s core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news, information and entertainment.

This press release can be downloaded from

Friday, April 4, 2008

Tracey In Parade!

In Step With...Tracey Ullman
By James Brady
Published: April 6, 2008

She’s funny and audacious, and she has seven Emmy Awards to prove it. Just try to interview Tracey Ullman without breaking up in laughter as she riffs in hilarious dialects and take-offs.

In fact, the only time Tracey played it straight when I interviewed her recently was when the British-born entertainer told me why she’d become an American citizen. “I married here, have a career here, and I wanted to be able to vote here,” said Ullman. “I have more confidence now in making fun of America because I’m a citizen. On the day I took the oath, they showed us a film of American historical high points, and we even got a message from Mr. Bush.”

She then proceeded to characterize Bush as “the kind of guy you want to go to the barbecue with.”

Far from a shrinking violet, Ullman has been further emboldened by her American citizenship: Last Sunday, she launched her latest sketch-comedy series, Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union, on Showtime.

This new program is a one-woman show because, as she cracked, “We can’t afford a sidekick.” But it will have action. “We’re getting around America in a day in brief snapshots. There isn’t anyone I won’t impersonate: Cameron Diaz, David Beckham, RenĂ©e Zellweger, an Indian pharmacist, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”

What, no Hillary or Obama? “I didn’t find anything to use about her, but I did try,” said Tracey. “And I’d love to do Barack. Lately, the political scene has become more entertaining than anything else in entertainment.”

And does British-born Ullman still make fun of the royal family? “Since 1914, they’ve been pretty much a publicity stunt, and they’re a soap opera now,” said the comedienne. “Princess Margaret used to be good to make fun of. Prince William already is losing his hair. As he gets older, I like Charles for his work on the environment and architecture. But there’s not much chance of my ever being made a Dame of the Empire. I’m a character actor and will probably be doing this until I’m 90. I am a bossy old bag.”

Would she ever hesitate to make fun of celebs? “No. They’re all real people, and I have a right to impersonate them,” said Tracey, “to hope for controversy and some bloody scandal! But look at the papers. It’s too easy. Girls in the back of cars without their panties. In ways, I feel sorry for them. Why don’t the media pick on the boys as well?”









Renee Zellweger's Ullman Revulsion: Tracey's Impression A Reason To Call Shrink

Renee Zellweger went on Letterman Thursday night to promote "Leatherheads" when the subject of Tracey Ullman's spot-on impression of Zellweger (on her show "State of the Union") came up. Ullman has said of doing her impression of Renee, "I just put these eyelashes on and tried to think of Lamb Chop from Shari Lewis."

Renee pointed at a picture of Tracey in costume and said of it, "My reason for calling a therapist for the next six months... the reason I'm growing my hair out. Every time I look in the mirror I see Tracey Ullman." She then joked that if she had a twin brother who dressed in drag, that is what he'd look like.


Thursday, April 3, 2008

Tracey Ullman: My breakfast with the woman of a thousand characters

Tracey Ullman: My breakfast with the woman of a thousand characters

Cynthia Littleton is deputy editor, news development at Variety and a veteran television reporter.

She was, in a word, lovely. Funny, warm, utterly charming and altogether genuine in her willingness to listen to an unabashed fan do pale imitations of her dead-on impersonations of famous names and everyday folks.

There's nothing quite as nice as meeting someone you've long admired and having that person exceed your expectations for how cool you hoped he or she would be off screen. That, in a nutshell, describes my breakfast with Tracey Ullman a few weeks ago at the Polo Lounge. Even the weather cooperated and allowed us to sit outside on the patio while chatting about her Showtime series "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union," why she took the Lee Greenwood oath and how she happened to grow into her particular comedy niche.

"Suddenly I thought after the last (presidential) election I'd really like to vote," Ullman said of her decision to become a U.S. citizen in December 2006 (she's a dual citizen of the U.S. and Britain). "You just know, somehow. A moment comes when you want to take that next step of becoming an America. So I started studying up."

She did very well on the exam, thank you, and the civics-lesson CD she was handed in preparation for her quiz gave her plenty of material to riff on for a show on her adopted homeland. (And she now does a great heartfelt rendition of Lee Greenwood's ballad "God Bless the U.S.A.") She's wrapped it all up in a mockumentary format spoofing the earnest PBS-style "Day in the Life of America" docus, with a dash of the vintage British radio program "Down Your Way" for good measure.

"I found the (citizenship) induction ceremony just amazing. There were 5,000 people downtown, and everyone's waving their flags, and they play that Lee Greenwood song to a film...that shows you wheat fields, monster trucks, the moon landing" and of course a big picture of a smiling President Bush, Ullman chuckles.

"I think it's given me a new voice. It's got me fired up more of what I want to say... I've got more confidence that now they won't take away my green card away if I say things like that," she says.

In fact, Ullman is not abjectly political in "State of the Union," which begins its five-seg run on Sunday. She's an equal opportunity satirist, poking fun at pop culture more than partisan politics through a string of quick-cut vignettes of Ullman's stock company of a thousand or so characters -- from celebs including David Beckham ("I felt I had the right to be David Beckham -- he's from the same place as my husband"), Traceyullman_helenmirren Arianna Huffington, Laurie David, Tony Sirico, Helen Mirren, Campbell Brown, Cameron Diaz and Renee Zellweger to archtypes like airport security screener workers, Indian pharmacists and Malawi's biggest pop star on a mission of mercy in Appalachia.

"I look at some of the sketches i did for (HBO series) "Tracey Takes On," and some of those sketches were like 14 minutes," she said, between bites of her poached egg and toast. "I wanted to do this show in a more economical way, to save my energy....So I just to do 90-second pieces. It's my stab at a YouTube mentality and attention span.

Ullman shot the five segs in two weeks, with the aid for writer and novelist Bruce Wagner, a longtime friend; Gail Parent, her frequent collaborator; helmer Troy Miller and her husband, producer Allan McKeown. Also contributing to Ullman's various transformations, as she has since the days of "The Tracey Ullman Show" on Fox, is costumer Jane Ruhm, who Ullman praises for her tireless pursuit of just the right sartorial touches for her characters.

"Bruce was a great element in this show. He's like me -- very eclectic. We're always interested in tons of things everywhere. We had a great time writing it," Ullman says. "We really wanted to put in the show the fear (that drives) the media. The music they put to the news is just hilarious, and the graphics. Here's Campbell Brown, giving you your nightly dose of terror."

"State of the Union" takes Ullman into the new frontier of impersonating boldface names, by name.

"That was a step up," Ullman joked. "It made it all seem more dangerous, and daring. And modern."

Ullman's upbringing gave her a broad perspective on character types, the storied British class system, and its comedic potential. Her father was a Polish immigrant who was a very successful lawyer and interpreter; her mother was a seamstress who hailed from a large working-class clan in South London. But the family's lifestyle changed significantly after her father died when Ullman was six.

Her mother's extended family was a gaggle of "really, really funny people" who encouraged Tracey to act on her instincts to play the fool, sing and dance and of course, do impersonations. She later earned a grant to attend a performing arts school in London. (I'm very grateful to British taxpayers," she sez). There weren't too female comedy role models for her in

Britain in those days. Yanks like Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett and Gilda Radner became her idols.

At school "there were kids there who had done Barbie commercials, and kids who had been in 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.' ... Every one (of the girls) was blonde and pretty. I was the plain one. I thought, is this what you have to do to be in show business. Be blonde and pretty? I was the plain one. ... But I just used to carry on and do my little improvisation, my voices.

I loved to dance and I could sing a bit."

After her initial schooling, she had no interest in going the Royal Shakespeare route and developing her inner Vanessa Redgrave. She made her first splash on stage in London the improv comedy "Four in a Million," and then segued into television where she met her husband, who was already a prominent producer. (Ullman and McKeown are pictured below at the 2005 Emmy Awards.)

"I used to see his name on every show that I thought was good," Ullman says. "My life really began when I met Allan. He gave me the confidence to want to come here. He makes me laugh more than anybody else in the world."

McKeown's business acumen has been key to allowing the couple to thrive as indie producers, arranging their own financing for "Takes On" and now "State of the Union," and retaining ownership of the negatives. Ullman plans to make the rounds at the Mip TV confab in Cannes next month to hawk "State of the Union."

"We're a real mom and pop outfit," she says with justifiable satisfaction. "We love doing things small. I got really, really lucky in having that base with Allan. He just loves the business side, and he loves making deals."

(McKeown's also maintained a busy career as a TV and stage producer on the other side of the Atlantic. While Ullman's been prepping for the launch of "State of the Union," McKeown's been in Mumbai overseeing the production of a comedy series for ITV, "Mumbai Calling," set in the cities that have cropped up in India around tech-support call centers. "It's really good" and has potential as a U.S. import, Ullman assures.)

In addition to television shows, the Ullman-McKeown partnership has produced two children. Mabel, who was often referenced by her mom in her closing audience chat bits on "The Tracey Ullman Show," is now 22 and pursuing her graduate degree in politics in London. She has little interest in Hollywood or performing, though she does do a killer impression of former United Nation's chief Kofi Annan, Ullman notes with a mother's pride.

"She'll end up being the dictator of a small South American country or something," Ullman sez. "She thinks there needs to be more women in politics."

Her 16-year-old son Johnny is "a lovely bloke," a red-white-and-blue American who's a natural musician and actor, Ullman says.

Listening to Ullman talk about her kids, her husband, her love for Los Angeles and its crazy personality, you get the feeling that she may be the most content 48-year-old actress in Hollywood, or at least Beverly Hills on that particular morning. She's got no worries about her career options in the future, because she's always had to carve out her own opportunities and forge her own way.

"No one ever offers me a job," Ullman says. "I have to instigate it. I get an idea of what I want to do. I get the team together, get Allan to work out the numbers and we do it."

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Tracey's Tongue Continues To Provoke Deep Discussion

Showtime vs ACLU, parody or plagarism?
Submitted by Dabitch on Mon, 03/31/2008 - 15:00.

Remember when ACLU wentall flag-waving patriotic in a campaign shot by Peter Gerke? Yeah, I remember it too - even though it's almost 3 and a half years ago that Los Angeles Branding and Advertising Agency Benenson Janson "underlined the difference between talking the talk and actually taking a stand" with the imagery.

This american tongue idea is now showing up in an entirely different kind of campaign.

Our badland-tipster tells us:

A new campaign, launched just last week, displays the exact same visual concept... this time attached to comic Tracey Ullman’s head, used in a campaign by Showtime to promote her new political satire show, “State of the Union.”

All without any clearance, permission from or recognition of the ACLU or BENENSON JANSON.
Probably when you are as big as Showtime, you can do just about anything you like to make a buck.

And... when you think about it... isn’t that the real problem with the State of Our Union today?

Ah well. All I'm thinking is that toungue paint probably tastes horrible. ;) Yes I know there's photoshop kids, I'm kidding!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Tracey Has A Good Night In The Ratings!

Not As Good To Be King: ‘Tudor’s Second-Season Debut Slips
Sophomore Season Opener Of Henry VIII Series Falls Short Of Last Year’s Marks
By Mike Reynolds -- Multichannel News, 4/1/2008 12:42:00 PM

The start of The Tudors’ second reign on Showtime was off, while Tracey Ullman’s new project opened well.

The Tudors averaged 768,000 viewers in the 9 p.m. hour Sunday night. Although the March 30 debut was up 65% versus the series’ first-season concluder, according to network officials, it was down 12% from the 870,000 that watched the Henry VIII program’s initial April 1, 2007 airing in the10 p.m. hour.

Combined with an 11 p.m. encore, the first night of the show’s sophomore season produced 1.02 million watchers, down from the nearly 1.3 million that tuned in a year-ago.

Part of the shortfall can no doubt be attributed to the wide previews the show enjoyed on-demand from the likes of Comcast and Charter, as well as such platforms as YouTube, veoh, Yahoo!, MSN, and DirecTV’s Channel One, among many others. All told, those vehicles accumulated 1 streams for the second-season premiere, said Showtime officials.

Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union, meanwhile, garnered 907,000 viewers over three plays Sunday night, including 776,000 during the 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. showings, just short of Californication’s debut total of 795,000, according to Showtime officials