Posted Jul 5, 2004 @ 11:44 AM
Yes, because Zucker is so involved.
What do you think?
Posted Jul 7, 2004 @ 9:11 PM
Edited by SeeeTeee, Jul 7, 2004 @ 9:13 PM.
Posted Jul 8, 2004 @ 8:00 AM
Poor Jersey took a number of hits last night.
Posted Jul 8, 2004 @ 9:35 AM
Posted Jul 8, 2004 @ 9:41 AM
Johnny Mac is always so comfortable during tennis broadcasts and in the tennis environment it was painful to watch him like a fish out of water. I would love this show to be a success for him but somehow I think he'd be better off having a show on The Tennis Channel, which I don't even get.
And what about asking Sting for the gazillionth time about the tantric sex? Boring and uncomfortable for everyone. (Although Patty asking Sting why he and Trudy had never offered to swap with Mac & Smyth was hilarious.)
Posted Jul 8, 2004 @ 11:11 AM
I don't agree with that statement at all. When he's commenting on game play or giving his opinion when the camera isn't on him, Mac does a great job. However, he always looks so uncomfortable when the tennis broadcast begins and he is staring frozen at the camera when they're in the little talk show looking area. He was also horribly stiff and uncomfortable-seeming when he guest hosted for Letterman. I did watch The Chair, but have no memory of what he was like during that disaster. He would be outstanding as the host of a radio talk show.
Johnny Mac is always so comfortable during tennis broadcasts
Posted Jul 8, 2004 @ 11:20 AM
Did anyone check to see if McEnroe's guitar was actually plugged in?
Maybe they can get Mary Carillo as a sidekick! (Although I don't think she'd lower herself.)
Posted Jul 8, 2004 @ 11:24 AM
Mac is so enamored of himself, though, that he sucks as an interviewer. He never let poor Will Ferrell get any kind of leverage because he was so hyped to ask all the questions he was supposed to ask and then didn't even let Will answer. If he had just managed to shut up for 20 seconds Will would have made the first half watchable. I switched to an Unwrapped about candy for the second half because I couldn't watch anymore.
Posted Jul 8, 2004 @ 12:50 PM
Very good points, iMissEthan.
he always looks so uncomfortable when the tennis broadcast begins and he is staring frozen at the camera when they're in the little talk show looking area...He would be outstanding as the host of a radio talk show.
I do think Fugelsang was trying to help McEnroe (unsuccessful though his attempts were.)
During NBC's Wimbledon coverage, McEnroe was plugging his show. He said, "I don't know about the show but I know we'll have the best theme song because my wife wrote it." Well, John. There you go.
I was shocked that they signed off with Patty singing Scandal's old hit. I figured she'd be sick of it by now. But I do love that song. I'm such a sucker for the 80s (or was it 90s?).
Edited by JuanitaSmi, Jul 8, 2004 @ 8:39 PM.
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Posted Jul 9, 2004 @ 1:41 AM
Sting is truly the sexiest man on the planet. Trudie is a lucky, lucky woman.
Posted Jul 9, 2004 @ 7:43 AM
Weird that my cable lineup doesn't show McEnroe on at 10 p.m. but it does show it re-airing at 1 a.m. or so. Huh?
Posted Jul 9, 2004 @ 12:18 PM
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Posted Jul 11, 2004 @ 9:47 AM
Anyone else cringe when John says, "You're watching McEnroe!"?
That line, of all lines, should just roll of the tongue. And he is so stiff and uncomfortable in the delivery. Poor John.
Edited by JuanitaSmi, Jul 12, 2004 @ 8:51 AM.
Posted Jul 12, 2004 @ 11:11 AM
Posted Jul 12, 2004 @ 12:32 PM
From The New York Times. Note: requires free registration.
CNBC showed a clip of the event through the rest of the day, and Mr. McEnroe used it as the opening of his show that night at 10, when "McEnroe'' drew an estimated 266,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. That was nearly 100,000 more than CNBC had attracted, on average, in that time slot in the previous eight months, when it mostly ran programs repackaged by NBC News.
Show 4 was still relatively painful to watch. And guess there will be no A-list guests on this show. You would think with as many tennis pros on the East Coast for the Hall of Fame induction, he'd at least have a few folks pop in tonite. Alas, not so.
Edited by JuanitaSmi, Jul 12, 2004 @ 10:10 PM.
Posted Jul 12, 2004 @ 11:47 PM
I notice that Brian Williams is a guest tomorrow night. Now there's another NBC battleship that is sinking fast. Let's see what two nervous people do together.
However, Wednesday looks good - Elton John.
Edited by billsmusing, Jul 12, 2004 @ 11:51 PM.
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Posted Jul 14, 2004 @ 10:05 PM
I was actually impressed with Nicole Richie. It wasn't the first interview I've seen her do but it was certainly one in which she came across well.
Probably doesn't hurt that Elton and John know each other, if not socially, then at least through tennis (especially as Elton and Andre are such good friends.)
Was a bit disappointed that Elton did Tiny Dancer instead of Philadelphia Freedom for the tennis connection but it was still very cool that EJ performed. Heck Sting didn't do that (just chimed in with Patty).
Posted Jul 15, 2004 @ 8:05 PM
Posted Jul 17, 2004 @ 11:16 AM
Posted Jul 17, 2004 @ 3:34 PM
guess there will be no A-list guests on this show. You would think with as many tennis pros on the East Coast for the Hall of Fame induction, he'd at least have a few folks pop in tonite. Alas, not so.
McEnroe himself was in Newport, RI for the Tennis Hall of Fame induction ceremony (he also played an exhibition doubles match: McEnroe and Tony Roche took on Andre Agassi and Rod Laver). He was probably too busy making his own appearance there to get one of his fellow Tennis Hall of Famers to come back to NY to tape his show...or something like that.
I don't know what you are talking about when you mentioned Brian Williams. Have you ever seen him speak outside of the news setting he's always in? He's a riot with a very dry wit.
You're right...Brian Williams has made numerous appearances on Leno and Conan over the past 5-6 years, especially since May 2002, when it was announced that Williams will replace Tom Brokaw on "NBC Nightly News" at the end of 2004. The idea has been to introduce Williams to the viewing public who may not have seen him on MSNBC or CNBC, and to market him as a funnier, hipper, younger version of Brokaw (he's really into NASCAR, for example).
Williams seems genuinely down-to-earth and funny, but in all these late-night interview appearances, he can come across as trying to hard to impress.
Posted Jul 17, 2004 @ 9:55 PM