No scripted TV show ever could be as bizarrely entertaining as what has transpired on live television via many national and international news outlets at Toronto City Hall over the past few days.
But with the controversies involving Toronto Mayor and "global stupor-star" Rob Ford getting juicier every day, the late-night talk and comedy shows sure have been trying. And they will continue to try this weekend.
Seth Meyers, currently the Weekend Update co-anchor on Saturday Night Live (NBC, Global), made an appearance Thursday morning on Live! With Kelly and Michael (ABC, CTV). When Michael Strahan asked Meyers if he has any "targets" for the coming weekend, Meyers replied, "We're hoping that by Saturday Rob Ford, the Toronto mayor, is still a story."
Um, I think you're safe, Seth.
Kelly Ripa added, "(Ford) is the greatest story ever, I think. But again, he only did the crack because he was in a drunken stupor."
To which Meyers replied, "How great a defence is that? Because I've been in drunken stupors, but I've never woken up the next morning going, 'Ooohhhh - I did crack. I got crack-drunk.' "
Meyers is set to take over the time slot currently held by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in February 2014, when Fallon moves to The Tonight Show, finally supplanting Jay Leno. Good lord, do you think the Ford follies will have simmered down by then? Or might Meyers' very first joke on his new show be about Rob Ford, too?
SOMETHING TO 'EAR': The special Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, which was taped in front of a live audience by filmmaker Spike Lee, is debuting this Saturday, Nov. 16, on HBO Canada. Tyson, the former heavyweight boxing champion of the world, was asked at the Television Critics Association tour last summer if he ever got nervous doing his live standup-style show.
"Absolutely," replied Tyson, who is remembered for chomping off a piece of opponent Evander Holyfield's ear during a bout. "But just like in fighting, I wanted to kill everybody in the room -- with my performance, of course."
SMARTEN UP: If you're aren't into Rob Ford's shenanigans or Mike Tyson's confessions and are looking for something a bit more intellectual, a reminder that a Canadian version of the Smithsonian Channel launched this week. Program genres, drawn from the Smithsonian Institution, include air and space, science, nature, pop culture and history. I'm guessing we all could use a little more intelligence in our lives right about now.
PRESIDENTIAL HAUNTING: When I heard that the 1990 movie Ghost potentially is being transformed into a TV series, a realization hit me. Do you remember who played the bad guy in Ghost? It was none other than a young Tony Goldwyn, who currently is playing the president of the United States, Fitzgerald Grant, in the hit TV series Scandal (ABC, City). Any chance of a ghostly cameo, Tony?