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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Jerry Orbach, 1935-2004


Devastating news: the AP reports veteran actor Jerry Orbach passed away Tuesday Night from prostate cancer. He was 69.

Orbach had just started production on the new Law & Order: Trial By Jury, which is scheduled to premiere this spring.

As a huge Briscoe fan, this news saddens me greatly. It was bad enough losing him earlier this year on Law & Order, but at least we had the new spinoff to look forward to. Now, all we have are memories- and, thankfully, endless L&O reruns on TNT.

He will be missed.

Law & Order: Artistic Intent

As a tribute to Jerry Orbach, we suggest you check out this great site: Law & Order: Artistic Intent, featuring the work of a few rabidly talented L&O fans.

Another great tribute to his character Lenny Briscoe can be found here.

Shameless Promo: The 2004 Geekies- Coming Tomorrow!

Make sure you check TVGeekSpeak.com tomorrow, as all of our contributing Geeks reveal their picks for the best and worst of the year. Some of their choices... will shock you.

Hey, it wouldn't be a promo without at least one lame cliché.

12/29: Wendie Jo Sperber Alert!

Wendie Jo Sperber- in high def? Yes, my friends, in this Zemeckis-lensed masterpiece.

Betcha can't wait to see your favorite C-level, D-cupped actress in 16 x 9. We're beside ourselves in anticipation!

I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)
UHD Dec 29 08:00pm (Rated PG)

Teens go to New York for the Beatles' 1964 "Ed Sullivan Show'' debut. Adult Situations.

Cast: Nancy Allen, Bobby Di Cicco, Marc McClure, Susan Kendall Newman, Theresa Saldana, Eddie Deezen, Wendie Jo Sperber, Will Jordan. Director(s): Robert Zemeckis.

They Love The '90's, But I'm Beginning To Hate VH-1

What started off as a kitschy, unique and entertaining special series (I Love The 80's) is now just... plain... annoying. VH-1 has now decided to resuscitate a dead horse and then back over it with an 18-wheeler by producing I Love The 90's: Part Deux.

As much as I yearn to hear Michael Ian Black and Hal Sparks wax poetic about The Spice Girls, Olestra, and The Jerky Boys, I'm sure I can find a more productive way to spend 10 hours. Like flaying the skin off my knuckles with a rusty potato peeler.

Raymond Loves Poker

Ray Romano and his TV brother Brad Garrett are ready to go all in. They'll play a little Texas Hold 'Em on the 1/4 season premiere of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown.

Personally, I'm sick of all these "nice guys" playing cards on TV. How about (for sweeps, of course) a Tournament of Jackasses featuring previous players Scott Stapp, Ben Affleck and Chevy Chase, plus a few assholific poker newbies from the likes of Rosie O'Donnell, Alec Baldwin, Dr. Phil, Roger Clemens, and Star Jones? And to make it really interesting, the losers should have to do community service for their charities, in orange jumpsuits, with cameras in tow.

Now that's a tournament.

When ABC Says They're Going For Younger Demos, They Aren't Screwing Around

What's the highest rated network show amongst kids aged 9-12? Would you believe ABC's bawdily salacious Desperate Housewives? It seems the tween set really digs Sunday night's steamy smash-hit.

Should the industry be disturbed by this? Maybe we should just be happy they're not hacking Mommy and Daddy's V-Chip so they can watch Spice TV.

On Jeopardy, It's Never Really Final

Apparantly the folks at King World don't feel like they've given Ken Jennings enough of their money.

Ken will return to play in a Jeopardy! Super Tournament, against a few formidable past players who had previously maxxed out as five-time winners (they recently lifted that limit).

We're rooting for any and all of his opponents to kick his butt... just because.

I Guess "Amy Sunshine" Was Taken

On MSNBC this morning, there was actually a weather woman named Amy Freeze. That's F-R-E-E-Z-E! And she delivered her name at the end of the report with a straight face!

She then threw it back to anchors Johnny Broadcast and Cynthia News-Hunter.