NBC were going to give The West Wing a great big send-off this Sunday, just before the show’s last ever episode. But just as the network cancelled the series because of falling ratings and high costs, they’ve cancelled the interviews-and-clips special for the same reasons. Sad that, isn’t it?
It’s always interesting to get an outsider’s perspective on things you take for granted, so I’m going to be sticking with June Thomas’s guide to London theatre on Slate for the rest of the week. Day one takes in My Name is Rachel Corrie, which is directed by Alan Rickman – I’ve already discussed the controversy around this particular play – as well as the Theatre Museum and, of course, the changing of the guard.
Having trouble getting to sleep on a Saturday night? Well happy happy joy joy, this Saturday coming sees not only a repeat of the stupefyingly dull remake of A for Andromeda, there’s now the glorious chance to watch the only remaining episode of the original series, The Face of the Tiger, at the reassuringly late time of 10.40pm. Now, remember that the oh-so-dull remake clocked in at only 90 minutes. This is episode six and runs at 40 minutes. Oh my. Can’t wait.
Of all the things the world needs right now, I didn’t realise that Rush Hour 3 was one of them. It’s not like the first two were marvels of film making.
Even more surprising is the fact that Chris Rock is getting paid about $10 million more basic salary than Jackie Chan, although Chan has the Far East distribution rights. That makes sense. Because we all watched Rush Hour because of Chris Rock, didn’t we?
UPDATE: Oops. Meant Chris Tucker, not Chris Rock. Doh!
Tried Green Wing again tonight. What does it say about me that the only thing I laughed at was when that bloke on a date with Tamsin Greig got a Swiss army knife embedded in his head? Worrying.