Kevin Clash meets the press
TV critics tend to be a weary, cynical lot, but you wouldn't know it by the atmosphere in the room for this morning's press tour session for "Being Elmo," a documentary about "Sesame Street" puppeteer Kevin Clash that PBS will air as part of "Independent Lens" in April 2012. Critics eagerly lined up to pose for photos with Clash and Elmo (full disclosure: I have small kids, and therefore was not immune to such an offer), laughed at Clash's gift for improv (when I mentioned that my daughter is a big fan of the show, Elmo replied, "Yeah, I watch it too!") and were generally charmed by the whole thing. (It helped that some of the local reporters brought their kids, who spent the entire thing either cackling hysterically or just smiling at the greatest thing they had ever seen.)
I'll be live-blogging the "Being Elmo" panel.
What's it like for a fan to grow up and write for the Doctor?
What did they learn from playing mirror universe versions of themselves?
When did the newest cast regular realize this might be a full-time gig?
How has Broyles changed over the years, and does Reddick like that?
Cameron Crowe discusses his documentary about the iconic grunge band
Cameron Crowe is here at press tour to discuss his film "Pearl Jam Twenty," which debuts on PBS' "American Masters" on October 21. I got to see the film last night, and while we're embargoed from discussing it in detail until September, I can say that I thought it was fantastic, and reminded me of how much I loved Pearl Jam back when I was in college in the early-mid '90s heyday. So I'm going to live-blog the panel.
On alt-Astrid, the lack of alt-Nina, and more
Earlier this week, I started rolling out the video interviews I did with the "Fringe" cast at Comic-Con, starting with Joshua Jackson. A few logistical delays have pushed the remaining interviews back to the weekend, but it's time to resume the batch with two members of the show's supporting cast: Jasika Nicole and Blair Brown.
As with nearly everyone in the cast, we got to talking about how both the shows and their characters evolved over time, especially since Astrid and Nina were so far in the background in the show's early days. Work is work, but how does someone like Nicole keep herself interested when she's mainly being asked to hand lab equipment to Walter and offer the occasional bit of exposition?
We also talked about Nicole getting perhaps the biggest alt-universe challenge out of anyone in the cast with the autistic alt-Astrid, and the personal connection she has to that character, and Brown in turn offered some theories on who - or what - alt-Nina might be.
As with most of these Comic-Con video interviews, it's quick, but I hope you enjoy.
The team heads to the West Coast as things get broader and sillier
The 'Cheers' & 'Frasier' alum talks about the move from sitcom to drama
Like Sideshow Bob Terwilliger, Kelsey Grammer never set out to be a clown, but he became so famous as one that it became hard for him to be taken seriously.
"I didn't start out as a comic actor," the "Cheers" and "Frasier" star explained at a press conference for his new Starz drama "Boss" (premiere date TBD), in which he plays the scheming mayor of Chicago. "I started out as a classical theater actor playing tragedies. This particular role probably couldn't have taken place right after 'Frasier' - probably would have been too big a jolt."
The comedy legend has a few problems with the current state of the business
Early in the session to promote the upcoming Encore documentary "Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis," Lewis declared, "I'm the happiest old man you saw in your whole life."
He then proceeded to spend the next half hour doing a spectacular impression of a much grumpier one.