Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Character Tracey Did, Got Pinned On School Teacher

YEARS ago, there was a comedy series called Three of a Kind starring newcomers Lenny Henry, David Copperfield (whatever happened to him?) and Tracy Ullman.

The talented Ms Ullman played the then newly-minted stereotype of a long blonde-haired, head-tossing Sloane Ranger, whose catchphrase was: "OK, yah."

To my utter astonishment, the pupils at the Tyneside school where I taught thought I was a dead-ringer for this character. In particular, my voice caused great hilarity: "Because you talk dead posh, like, Miss."


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Paley Center Announces Gala Host, Honorees

Bonnie Hunt will host the annual gala on Dec. 11
By Sarah Armaghan -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/12/2008 6:59:00 PM

Bonnie Hunt (The Bonnie Hunt Show) will host this year’s Paley Center for Media annual gala on Dec. 11. The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City, Calif.

The Paley Center’s honorees include Showtime Networks, Inc. and twelve-time Emmy award winner Carl Reiner.

Showtime will be honored for its critical acclaim and popularity of its original series’ including Dexter, Weeds, Brotherhood, The Tudors, Californication, The L Word, This American Life, and Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union.

Reiner will be honored for his achievements in television and entertainment programming as a writer, director, producer and actor.

Special guests will include Tracey Ullman, Dick Van Dyke, Jimmy Smits, and Even Handler, among others.

The Paley Center will receive the proceeds from the event for its ongoing efforts to increase public understanding of the media and its significance in today’s society.

Past gala honorees include Julie Andrews, Tom Brokaw, Jerry Bruckheimer, Carol Burnett, Kelsey Grammer, Mary Tyler Moore, Dan Rather, Jerry Seinfeld, and Barbara Walters.


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Because We Had To

You Can Drink AND Smell Like a Wiseguy

Hey Sopranos fans!

In addition to sipping wine like your favorite wiseguys, you now have the option of smelling like one too!

Actor Tony Sirico , who played the popular Paulie Walnuts character, has just come out with a new cologne called Paolo Per Uomo.

Clever, Tony!

Paolo is the Italian version of 'Paul'.

When asked about his scent Tony answered, "It’s magic.”

Will U be picking it up for the Sopranos fanatic in your life?

Why the sudden rash of new product???


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008

"State of the Union" Remade

McKeown pours US$15.9m into India

UK producer Allan McKeown, the man behind UK series such as Birds of a Feather, Auf Wiedersehen Pet and Lovejoy, is to make a £10m (US$15.9m) investment in three Indian drama series.

Beginning with a pilot called Bhai, which translates as brother or "don" in Hindi, the trio of shows will be produced by McKeown's company Allan McKeown Presents. (AMP). It is written by Pulitzer-winning journalist Suketu Mehta, and focuses on Mumbai’s criminal underworld.

"I spent five months in India and when I left I was determined to return and make a drama series about modern India – the wealth, the poverty, the underworld and the enforcement of law," said McKeown. "I found the ideal writing partner in Suketu Mehta."

The second series will be a six-part drama based upon Julia Gregson's best-selling novel East of the Sun, rights to which AMP has purchased. The series will be shot on location in Mumbai and Kerala, and will be a coproduction with the BBC. Shooting is scheduled to begin in autumn 2009.

Meanwhile, AMP will also develop a pilot for a US version of its first India-based production, Mumbai Calling, for cablenet HBO, while its sketch comedy series Tracey Ullman's State of the Union will be reversioned in Germany using a local comedienne.

Mumbai Calling, a seven-part comedy set in an Indian call centre, will premiere in India on HBO Asia this Saturday and will debut in the UK on ITV in the spring.

Digital Rights Group-owned distributor Portman Film & Television premiered the series to the international market at MipTV in April, and since then it has been picked up by broadcasters in Canada, Australia, the Middle East, South Africa, Asia and Scandinavia.

State of the Union is being developed in Germany under the title Lage Der Nation, starring comic and writer Mona Sharma.

Emily Brookes
6 Nov 2008
© C21 Media 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Bits and Pieces, Week of November 1, 2008

"State of the Union" will soon be remade for another comedian. More on that later.

After 5 weeks of filming, Tracey wraps production on 7 new episodes for State of the Union Season 2, this week. Season 2 is to air early in 2009 on Showtime!

Again, November 11, 2008 sees the release of the entire first season of "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union" on DVD. The DVD includes tons of bonus material!!! Pre-order now!


Saturday, November 1, 2008


Here's one more peek at one of the awesome bonus features contained on the State of the Union Season 1 DVD, due in stores, November 11, 2008. It's the storyboard art for the amazing opening title sequence of the show. Tracey added commentary guides us through, from the early envisioned design to the final product.