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Sheldon to play Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:45 pm - May 17, 2012.
Filed under: Movies/Film & TV

If you had to cast someone today to play the role James Stewart defined in Harvey (on stage as well as screen), it would be the fetching Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory‘s Sheldon. He’s set to do that this summer on Broadway.

From this interview, it’s clear he understands the part. And did I hear him say Carol Kane was in the cast? If so, kudos to the person who cast this play. She would be ideal as Veta Louise Simmons, the role which earned Josephine Hull her (much-deserved) Oscar.   [Alas, Kane will not be playing Veta Louise; in this production, that role went to Jessica Hecht.]

[chose to remove video which can be found here as the autoplay was annoying some of our readers.]

More often than not, casting is as important as story-telling in theater and film (some would argue it’s more important). And with the good script, assuming they remain faithful to Mary Chase‘s stage- and screenplay, those who make it to New York this summer will be in for quite a treat.

Maybe we shouldn’t fret too much about CNN’s bias. . .

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:57 am - May 17, 2012.
Filed under: Media Bias

. . . since nobody seems to be watching.

CNN Hits Lowest Primetime Demo Rating at 9 PM In 15 Years:

Last night was a typical, boring Tuesday, with little earth-shattering news to drive TV viewers to cable news. It was also May sweeps, with the season finale of “NCIS: LA,” “America’s Got Talent” on NBC and “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC drawing an astonishing 39 million viewers between them at 9 PM.

Unfortunately for CNN, “Piers Morgan Tonight” was the apparent victim of the busy night, drawing only 39,000 viewers 25-54 at 9 PM. To say those ratings are anomalous would be something of an understatement. That is the lowest 9 PM weekday demo rating for CNN since at least 1997. While the ratings were an outlier, it was a fairly normal edition of “PMT,” with Morgan hosting. Guests included Jane Lynch and “The man with the golden voice” Ted Williams.

Like General Motors during the late 1970s,” observes Ed Driscoll, commenting on the “news” netwwork’s lousy numbers,

CNN is attempting to sell an obsolete paradigm to an American public that knows better — (more…)

Why Obama has reason to be worried, very worried

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:40 am - May 17, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election

As Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker faces a recall election in just shy of three weeks, he hovers at around 50 in the polls — and this despite strong attacks from the left.  As President Obama faces reelection, he hovers at around 46 percent in the polls, a bill lower if you factor out the surveys that oversample Democrats.

Now, he still leads Mitt Romney when you average the polls, but only two show him near 50% — and of those used a sample more Democratic than the turnout in 2008, a banner Democratic year.

After three years in office and a largely favorable press, fewer than half of the American people want to reelect Barack Obama.  No wonder he’s deployed the “kitchen sink” strategy to go after Romney.  To win reelection, he needs to count on winning over half the undecided voters.  And he can best prevent them from supporting Mr. Romney by making the presumptive nominee out to be a horrible, no good and very bad man — and a bully to boot.

Bear in mind that undecided voters tend to break for the challenger (though in some years, e.g., 1948 and 1976, they broke for the incumbent).  Recent polls in Michigan, Oregon and Wisconsin showing the incumbent at 45.1, 47 and 46 respectively, states he carried (again respectively) with 57.33, 56.75 and 56.22 percent of the vote —  only one of which has gone Republican since the Reagan landslide of 1984 (Michigan for George H.W. Bush in 1988).  It now seems increasingly likely that Romney could win all the states George W. Bush won in 2000 and 2004 and add a few from the Gore and Kerry tally to his own take.

No wonder the Obama team seems worried, very worried.

The gay fortnight

On two successive days last week, I posted about wanting to blog at a slower pace and focus on other things.  I have not yet had time to find that focus.

As per the second post, however, I really did the wrong week for slow blogging.  Since heading up to the Bay Area at the end of last month and determining to focus on other things, it has very much been the gay fortnight, first with a man (unfortunately) highly regarded in the gay community delivering a mean-spirited diatribe against Christians.  This was not that man’s first foray into nasty rhetoric — or juvenile antics (and he’s no longer in secondary school).

Then came the Grenell matter where the Romney campaign awkwardly handled a situation which appeared to have become delicate.  I will have a bit more to say on this, hopefully later this afternoon, but that post (on the awkward way the Romney campaign handled the matter) got delayed by the president’s (successful) ploy to raise campaign cash from the gay community.

If the president’s shift on gay marriage were sincere, wouldn’t he have made a stronger case for expanding the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, telling his fellow citizens why he believes this expansion to be a good thing for the individual couples — and for society at large?

Will try to keep up a steady blogging pace, but do hope you understand if I slow it down a bit for a few days.