Site ColumnsBy Caillan
September 5, 2004 - 11:47 AM
The Olympics may be over, but they're not fading into obscurity quite yet. This week we had the Australian competitors return home amid much fanfare and hooplah. On the morning of their arriving, two of our breakfast TV shows, Sunrise and Today covered the return of the Olympians to home soil. Their coverage was alternately exasperating and amusing, since it started a long while before the the atheletes actually disembarked from the planes.
Consequently, we were treated to images of the planes coming into land, then taxing down the runway, and then finally coming into the hangar. This interminably dull coverage was compounded by annoying banter between the anchors consisting of exchanges such as: "I think the plane's coming into land right now" and "They're still taxing, but it won't be long now".
The hype went into overdrive once the atheletes finally disembarked to the sickly-sweet sound of the Qantas children's choir singing "I still call Australia home". I think the TV ad the choir appears in is fantastic, but this was just a slight overkill.
Now that the Olympics are over, TV schedules are starting to return to normal. Still no sign of season five of my beloved West Wing though. Typical Channel 9.
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These were some of the major news items in early September, 2002:
- Berman: More Action & Humour In Season Two
Enterprise executive producer Rick Berman said the writers would be trying to make Jonathan Archer more of a can-do figure in the show's second season. "I think we're trying to make Captain Archer a little more of a can-do, take charge captain, which is obviously part of being a second-season captain. He's had a year of getting his sea legs and I think he's going to be a little more on top of his game in the second season."
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John Logan's screenplay won plaudits from two Next Generation actors, Brent Spiner (Data) and Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard). "The script is excellent because we had a real A-list writer working on it," Spiner said, while Stewart highlighted Logan's theatrical roots. "John also has a stage background. He's written plays. So he has a theatre background and I think that’s an important element."
- Nimoy: No More Movies
Leonard Nimoy (Spock) told Salon.com he was at peace with his decision to retire from the full-time acting business.
"We have a life now. We can choose by weather. [...] We can be there for kids and grandchildren's experiences, and then leave and say, 'We're going to New York for a week.' Or Lake Tahoe for the summer. Or we're going to Europe because we want to go and this is the best time to go, not because this is when the picture is being shot, but because we want to be there. We want to do certain things there, not go into a studio or out in the woods somewhere at five o'clock in the morning to shoot a scene. I had enough of it. I had 60 years of it."
More news can be found in the September 2002 archives.
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