Wednesday, February 13, 2008

America's new top dog

Some things to be happy about today:

Tina Fey will host the first post-strike Saturday Night Live, on Feb. 23. As a big fan of 30 Rock, I'm very excited. Ben Silverman, the co-chairman of NBC Entertainment, told The New York Times, “It’s a political year, so we want to jam it with ‘SNL.’ We hope to have as many as six or eight more this season.” And according to TV, there are plans to shoot five or six more episodes of 30 Rock, to air in April and May.

Joel and Ethan Coen are going to make a movie of Michael Chabon's novel The Yiddish Policemen's Union, a murder mystery set in a fictional Jewish homeland in Alaska. Ok, that book has been sitting in my to-read pile for far too long. Now, I really have to get cracking on it. I hope this revives efforts to film one of Chabon's earlier novels, the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.

In a boost to underdogs everywhere, last night an adorable beagle named Uno became the first of his breed to win best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City. His handler, Aaron Wilkerson, said afterward, "He's my best friend."

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