5.28.2007

The Last Days of Kevin Reilly

From the LAT:

NBC Universal top executives were negotiating with NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly on Sunday to terminate his three-year contract, which he signed in March, said company insiders who asked not to be named because the situation is fluid.

The management shake-up comes after months of rising tensions between Reilly and his New York bosses. NBC finished the season last week in fourth place in the prime-time ratings, a disappointment for the one-time leader...

The friction came to a head last week when Reilly learned that NBC Universal Chief Jeff Zucker was interviewing potential candidates to take over network programming, said two people close to the talks.

Reilly asked to be let out of his contract, prompting the Memorial Day weekend negotiations.
Well. On the one hand, Kevin Reilly is the guy who passed on my pilot, so this sad outcome is only to be expected. On the other hand, I wonder if Kevin Reilly is the main problem over there. Who's making the final call when they bring the pilots to New York in the spring -- Zucker or Reilly? It would be interesting to know. On the third hand, they spent a shitload of money on their comedy development this spring -- I think they bought about 50 scripts -- and they wound up with nothing on the schedule. That's not so great, either.

5.27.2007

Vin Scully on Memorial Day

Via LAist:

The Cubs are playing the Dodgers this weekend and Vinny just made a sweet point while calling the bottom of the third on Prime Ticket...Not many of today's broadcasters had just turned 17 the week before Pearl Harbor was attacked, but our Vinny did, and this is his take:

A little fly ball to shallow left, Soriano comes up and makes the catch. So we have one out here in the third inning.
All of us have our own thoughts about Memorial Day and I'm sure if you talked to the Chicago Cubs' second baseman, whose name is Ryan Theriot, you would then know what's on his mind. Because his great uncle served in the Navy and was a survivor at Pearl Harbor, December the Seventh, 1941. And certainly he's thinking about his great uncle today.

The fastball to Brady Clark is swung on and missed, and the count: 0 and 1.

There are so many John Philip Sousa marches, and of course 'America The Beautiful', and the national anthem.

Strike one pitch is punched on the ground to Theriot, and Ryan makes the play. Two down.

But if you really wanted to get, not the spirit, but the mood of Memorial Day, they oughtta play 'Taps'.

If there was ever a melody that is haunting - the poignant, single sound of a trumpet playing 'Taps' - and you hear that song, then you realize what Memorial Day is all about.