The film “I Love You Man” comes out Friday starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, who plays Marshall on “How I Met Your Mother.” I interviewed him, mostly focusing on the film. But I asked him a couple of TV-related questions:
Q: How’s it going with [former Atlantan] Alyson Hannigan and Cobie Smulders [on “How I Met Your Mother”] and their simultaneous pregnancies?
A: They’re both so happy and so excited. Alyson is done for the season. We shot a bunch of stuff for her in advance.
Q: How are some ways they’re hiding their stomachs?
A: They’ve been hiding my stomach for four seasons. They’re used to it!
Q: How long before your character Marshall and Lily actually have kids?
A: I don’t know. It’s very interesting they haven’t written it in thus far. They’ll probably put it off as long as they can. It gets tricky having a kid on a show. Kids are only allowed to work for a certain number of hours and slows everything.
Here’s a trailer to the film, which was pretty funny. And if you are still queasy after seeing Segel’s full monty in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” no worries this time. You only see him ripping off his shirt, this time around. “I’m trying to be a legitimate actor,” he joked.
-I hear that Warren Ballentine and Al Sharpton have been picked up by 1380/WAOK-AM, which has dumped local hosts Rick Joyner and Rob Wilson. Ballentine and Sharpton were at Grown Folks 102.5 until last month when that station disappeared. Praise was moved from 97.5 to 102.5 while Radio One created a new R&B station at Majik 107.5, simulcast at 97.5, dropping smooth jazz. Steve Harvey and Michael Baisden moved to Majik from Grown Folks. Sharpton and Ballentine did not.
-SciFi Channel decided it didn’t want to be “saddled” with science fiction as its handle. So it has changed its name to SyFy, according to TV Week. This is similar to CNN Headline News becoming generic HLN or Kentucky Fried Chicken becoming KFC when the brand managers felt a need for an image change.
“What we love about this is we hopefully get the best of both worlds,” Mr. Howe said. “We’ll get the heritage and the track record of success, and we’ll build off of that to build a broader, more open and accessible and relatable and human-friendly brand.”
Sci Fi is coming off the best year in its history. In primetime it ranked 13th in total viewers among ad-supported cable networks in 2008. It’s a top-10 network in both adults 18 to 49 (up 4%) and adults 25 to 54 (up 6%).
-Not surprisingly, the pretentiously evocative “Kings” saga on NBC opened to a modest 6 million viewers on Sunday night. That’s not terribly good. “Celebrity Apprentice” at 10 p.m. pulled in about 6.7 million – also pretty modest.
-Pres. Obama will be talking to Jay Leno Thursday. It’s rare for a sitting president to do a talk show like Leno’s though plenty of candidates have done so.
-Experts talk to the L.A. Times about why “Dancing With the Stars” produces so many injuries.
Celebs go from zero to 60 when they begin working out, training several hours a day (often in high heels) for about four weeks leading up to the show, then continue training during it. The regimen is more intense than that for beginners or even pros, putting enormous demands on bodies and psyches (witness Denise Richards’ mini-meltdown during a practice session with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy). It’s a perfect formula, say health experts, for overuse injuries. One misstep or mind-wandering moment, and pop! There goes that tendon.
-Christopher Rude and Perry Laurentino , morning hosts at 680/The Fan, are in in Ireland for an all-expenses trip sponsored by Guinness. This is why Matt Chernoff and Chuck Oliver (normally noon to 2) were handling mornings yesterday. The pair will also be covering for Rude and Perry tomorrow (a travel day.)
-Speaking of Guinness, today is St. Patty’s Day. Rock 100.5 is holding its annual Kegs & Eggs celebration starting at noon at Fado. L.A. Guns is the big name at 3 p.m. and a U2 cover band headlines at 8:45 p.m. called Desire.