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Wednesday, May 13, 2015



Story By: G.H. Harding

Ben McKenzie

GERVAIS AGAIN --- Get ready for Life On The Road, a spin-off feature film based on the original BBC Two two-season-long documentary TV series, The Office (which, of course, was reshaped for American TV in 2005 by NBC to become the nine-season smash hit show of the same name that turned Steve Carell and his character Michael Scott into a household name).

Life On The Road will be directed and written by the original series’ star, Ricky Gervais. It will be centered on a documentary crew catching up with Gervais’ character David Brent—former star of a series called The Office, now working as a traveling salesman—as he chases his dream of rock stardom by self-financing a U. K .tour with his band Foregone Conclusion.

“I’m so excited that the world will see what David Brent is up to now and where his future lies,” Gervais said. “This film delves much more into his private life than The Office ever did and we really get to peel back the layers of this extraordinary, ordinary man.”

The Office ran for two six-episode seasons in 2001 and 2002, and aired two Christmas specials in 2003.

I like Gervais and have always been amazed by what’s he’s been able to accomplish with what I think everyone can agree are fairly low-brow ideas. Not to dismiss Ricky at all, as he’s rather a brilliant talent and remarkable mimic. I just wonder if people are going to compare Gervais’ David Brent to Carell’s Michael Scott. The truth will out, I suppose, in the box-office take. It would be good to see Gervais doing something with his comedic talents other than annihilating people while hosting the Golden Globes on TV!

TV WRAP --- Hard to believe this year’s TV season is winding down . . . did it ever really even ramp up? We wanted to share observations with you on just a few of them:

The Flash: Arguably, this was the best new show on TV this season. The shows were uniformly well-written, with plots that made sense and superb character development. Special mention should go to Jesse L. Martin, especially when he wore his Tom Collins (Rent) hat. The one flaw that this show had, for me, was when it was stocked with too many superheroes. Their episode last night, before next week’s finale, was precisely that—too many, uh, superpeople! Still, Tom Cavanaugh was spot-on excellent—though hardly in this week’s episode—as the Reverse Flash. Whenever he’s on screen, though, you cannot take your eyes off him.

NCIS: Mark Harmon’s show has always been good, and their last few episodes have been terrific—with subtle nuances that offer ample display of what the show’s twelve-year-run (and counting) has created. Last night’s finale, which (SPOILER ALERT!) ended with Harmon’s character Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs getting shot, was hard to watch. But one must remember that CBS is the network that created the legendary “Who Shot J.R.?” advertising ploy for their 1980 show, Dallas. On that alone, I feel certain that we’ll be seeing Gibbs again next season. Always a plus on this series is the fantastic acting of David McCallum. Watching him and Harmon work together is like taking a master class in acting.

Gotham: Certainly the most eagerly-awaited show, but it seems to have disappointed folks more than winning them. It started great out of the gate, with the great Ben Mckenzie and Donal Logue, but then got too muddled with the “villain of the week” gimmick. In fact, young Bruce Wayne really wasn’t in the show all that much. Renewed for another season, the producers have now promised that this will change. Sure, they've played with the origin story just a bit, but it’s been done well. Their season finale, which ended with young Bruce and his confidant Alfred finally discovering the Batcave, certainly sets things up well for next season.

We still have to catch the Hawaii Five-O, Elementary and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. enders. More next week.

NEVER SAY NEVER --- Former Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist (and playable character in the video game Guitar Hero) Slash was on CBS This Morning earlier this week to talk about his new solo album (World On Fire) and brand-new “not for kids” music video. That didn't stop him from shifting the talk to a possible Guns N' Roses reunion, though. The guitarist admitted there could very well be a circumstance that opens the door one day.

“I got to be careful what I say there,” Slash said. “I mean, if everybody wanted to do it and do it for the right reasons, I think the fans would love it. I think it might be fun at some point to try and do that.”

Asked what might be holding things back, Slash said, “That’s a hard one. That just starts to get into a whole complex thing. . . . It’s really between the guys in the band.” Pressed further on whether he thought a reunion was likely, Slash added, “Never say never.”

Slash’s new video, “Beneath the Savage Sun,” features his current collaborators Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, and was created to help raise awareness for endangered elephants. Slash also has a new concert video and album, Live at the Roxy 9/25/14, due next month.

The guitarist has released three solo albums since leaving Guns N’ Roses almost two decades ago. But questions about his old band, and continued estrangement from GNR’s frontman Axl Rose, have been there every step of the way. “It’s been one of those things that’s been talked about by everybody but us for over the last 18, 19 years,” Slash said.

CLOSING NOTES --- NY’s own Frank Shiner—one of only two artists so far this year to have consecutive Top 5 singles—is playing the Fiesta Arts Festival in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania this Friday, which has now been proclaimed “Frank Shiner Day” by Wilkes Barre mayor Thomas M. Leighton. Shiner will be there with manager Ken Levy . . .

This past week brought a great SiriusXM interview from Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow with Monkees singer/actor Micky Dolenz. BTW: Micky’s three upcoming shows in July—at NYC's club 54 Below—will be recorded for a live album, to be titled and released (after the live shows, of course) A Little Bit Broadway, a Little Bit Rock ’n Roll . . .

David Duchovny was on NBC’s Today yesterday, singing the title track from his debut album Hell or Highwater . . . and he was pretty good! He admitted on-air that it was his first live performance and he did seem very, very nervous. The song is rock with a touch of country; a lovely sound to it. He starts filming the X Files re-boot with Gillian Anderson next month. Looking forward to hearing the album in its entirety . . .

Lastly, mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 3. That’s the day that will see the release of Entourage: The Movie. I loved the HBO series, so I’m sure that I—and many others—will love the new movie, too …

CSI, the mothership on CBS will return also as a two-hour finale, with William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger, returning, on September 27; it’ll be the end of their 15-year run! Plus, current-CSI frontman, Ted Danson will segue to the new, just renewed, CSI: Cyber.

Monday, March 10, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Cousin Brucie With Micky Dolenz

THE HOOK MAN --- For more than 25 years, songwriter Rick Nowels has written some of the most memorable hooks in pop music. From Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" (1987) to Madonna's "The Power of Goodbye" (1998), New Radicals' "You Get What You Give" (1999), Santana's "The Game of Love" (featuring Michelle Branch) (2002), Dido's "White Flag" (2004) and John Legend's "Green Light" (featuring Andree 3000) (2008), Nowels' songs have become radio constants.

Nowels was most recently back on the Hot 100 as co-writer (and co-producer) with Lana Del Rey on "Summertime Sadness." Aided by its Cedric Gervais dance remix, the song marks her first entry on the Pop Songs airplay tally. The pair also co-penned "Young and Beautiful," which became Del Rey's first top 40 Hot 100 hit in June.

He recently said to Billboard magazine, “I met Lana in summer 2011. I had heard some of her songs on YouTube and I loved what she was doing. When we wrote it, I realized that she was a brilliant songwriter and a magical artist. She writes the kind of music I want to listen to.”

And about his craft, “I grew up on great records and always absorbed everything I heard. I could hear the chords to songs from a young age, so I would always figure out how to play songs that I liked. I'm just trying to do work that is as good as the music that I love.”

“I started writing songs when I was 13. By the time I was 15, I strongly identified as a songwriter. I went to Berkeley, where I studied music, and then moved to San Francisco and had two original bands during my early and middle 20's."

"Both bands became popular and we played a million club gigs. But, I ended up leaving each group. I moved to New York and never got a band together again. I was writing and recording my songs and, very luckily, Stevie Nicks heard "I Can't Wait” in 1986."

"I was also extremely lucky to be mentored by Jimmy Iovine for the first five years of my record-producing life. I learned so much from Jimmy and got to work in great studios and met so many legendary artists, producers and engineers. It made me really up my game.”

ONE TERM BILL --- Seems Mayor Bill de Blasio can't catch a break. That Liam Neeson event over the weekend, where he hosted a dozen City Council members Sunday at the stables that house Central Park carriage horses showed some unbridled anger at de Blasio’s absence. “He should have manned up and come," Neeson said about the Mayor. "I'm disappointed he's not here."

The Non-Stop actor invited all 51 council members to the stables to show the horses are treated humanely in a bid to derail the Mayor's planned ban on the industry. "These horses are well cared for," said Neeson, who has become the carriage drivers' highest-profile ally, at the Clinton Park Stables on W. 52nd St., where 78 carriage horses bed down.

"It's a connection with our past, it's a connection with our history," he said. "And it has to be said — the great white elephant in the room, four prime locations on the West Side of New York that realtor's must be salivating to get their hands on."

De Blasio said Sunday he does plan to visit the stables. "I'm firm about the fact that we have to make this move," said de Blasio, who skipped the tour, owing to other plans. Seems to me, had Bill attended it would have helped his dwindling approval numbers, which as of last Friday, it was at his lowest point ever.

He did say, "I want to visit the stables and will do it when the schedule allows, because we want to work with the folks who operate those horse carriages and get them new opportunities in other types of related work," he continued. "We want to make sure we're listening to their concerns as we do it, but I'm clear about where we need to go." During the tour, the Irish actor made hay with de Blasio’s electric car idea.

"The Mayor wants to replace them with electric cars. That's exactly what New York needs, more cars. This experiment has been tried with electric cars in San Francisco — failed abysmally," he said.

"The horses clearly seem calm and like it's their home," he said. "If there are legitimate concerns regarding the safety of the animals, then let's bring them out and have a conversation about a compromise plan."

Advocacy group NYCLASS, which has been the force behind the ban, said the stables’ conditions aren't the primary reason to ban the carriages.

"It’s the inhumanity of horses working in dangerous midtown traffic. Horses are easily spooked, and forcing them to work in loud, congested Lincoln Tunnel traffic is cruel and unsafe," the group said in a statement.

To be honest, the only time I’ve ever seen a horse spooked is when he was eating. This is part of NY-history and to see it banished would indeed be a shame. Another part of history is being torn down.

De Blasio … like Al Roker predicted …. one term for sure. What a disappointment!

CLOSING NOTES --- Monkee-Micky Dolenz, who celebrated his birthday over the weekend, called into Sirius/XM’s Cousin Brucie to tub-thump next weekend’s Monkees Convention 2014 in New Jersey. We'll be there as the group gets inducted into the American Pop Music Hall of Fame on Saturday. Visit their page HERE

Billboard has confirmed with multiple sources, that U2 has postponed the release of their new album & tour until 2015. The band has recently scheduled additional sessions with producers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth (Danger Mouse remains on board as the project's central producer). While an Interscope/Island Records representative maintains that with a release date never announced the album shouldn't be considered delayed, Billboard has learned that the tour, initially on track for a mid-March announcement and September start date, will now begin in summer 2015.

"It seems to be taking longer for them to finish an album as they get older, but the great thing about U2 is that the whole of a record is always better than the sum of its parts," says a source close to the project. "That magic that the band always seems to capture ... they have yet to capture it" ...

It’s been a while since we've seen Coldplay dominating the world, but it looks like Coldplay-less music charts will soon to be a thing of the past. The British rock group announced that its sixth album, a follow-up to 2011′s Mylo Xyloto, will be a nine-track record called Ghost Stories and will hit stores on May 19. The band promptly shot to No. 2 on the U.K.’s iTunes list.

Just last week, Coldplay released a new track from the album called “Midnight,” which is a haunting, Bon Iver-esque pivot from their usual sound. Check out the brilliant video here on YOUTUBE.

Photo Courtesy Of: David Salidor