Bits and Pieces - September 22, 2011
September 22, 2011
The new Simon Cowell/Paula Abdul show X-Factor debuted last night. It's about time. I had to go two whole days without watching a singing competition show.
TONY BENNETT is backtracking on and apologizing for his controversial remarks about 9/11. Among other things, Bennett said former president Bush admitted to him the Iraq war was a mistake. Naturally, a Bush spokesman jumped in to deny his boss said that and even if Bush privately felt that way it doesn't seem likely he'd confide to a singer. Bennett issued a statement saying, "My life experiences, ranging from the Battle of the Bulge to marching with Martin Luther King -- made me a lifelong humanist and pacifist, and reinforced my belief that violence begets violence and that war is the lowest form of human behavior."
Has GLEE jumped the shark? ZOOEY DESCHANEL'S new sitcom NEW GIRL pulled in more viewers than Glee did the other night. Glee had 8.9 million viewers, while Zooey's New Girl pulled in 10.1 million.
- It's the end of the world as they know it! R.E.M. is calling it quits. It's not a total surprise, because back in March, Mike Mills said in an interview that "he doesn't know if there is still a future for R.E.M.", noting that Michael Stipe had other projects and Peter Buck was busy. A note on the band's website says: "To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening." Meanwhile, pictures of Michael Stipe's junk have turned up online. (See here)
- B.O.B. went bob-bob-bobbing along out of an Ithaca, New York bar called Level B on Saturday night without paying his $1,000-plus bar tab. His people ordered three bottles of Grey Goose for $300 each and they got spiffed another bottle free. The waitress chased after them, but was supposedly told by his manager that they were doing them a favor for not charging for the honor of their presence. Apparently, bad ink led B.o.B.'s rep to take care of the bill.
- TAYLOR SWIFT has announced that she's releasing a DVD/Blu-ray of her Speak Now concert show in November. It'll include all 17 songs from the show, plus bonus content. (See and hear Taylor's announcement here)
MUSIC NOTES 4...
- ABC: The new Charlie's Angels debuts and the Grey's Anatomy season premiere
- CBS: Big Bang Theory and The Mentalist season premieres and the new Jim Caviezel-Michael Emerson crime drama Person of Interest
- Fox: The X Factor continues
- NBC: Community, Parks and Recreation, The Office season premieres and the new crime drama Prime Suspect and the new Whitney Cummings sitcom Whitney
- CW: Vampire Diaries and Secret Circle are new
- ESPN: College football with North Carolina State at Cincinnati
The New York Yankees clinched a playoff berth with their double header sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday. It'll be the Yankees 16th playoff appearance in the last 17 years.
Kansas City's Jeremy Combs went to Taco Bell, placed his order then drove home with his food before returning to Taco Bell. Jeremy handed the order back, pointed a loaded shotgun through the drive up window and threatened the clerk. Luckily, the employee avoided harm, but Jeremy was unable to avoid arrest as the drive up window had surveillance cameras. The last loose end of the story to tie up is that Jeremy went back with a gun because they forgot to give him his hot sauce.
1976: Charlie's Angels premiered on ABC
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