DON JOHNSON RETURNS —Even though we’re still in the early days of 2018, TV fans have already witnessed what may become the first breakout comedy of the year in Fox’s airy comedy LA to Vegas. The raunchy new series is anchored by fun writing, goofy characters and a career-high performance from star Dylan McDermott, and we’re excited that the show has already upped the ante for future laughs. LA to Vegas has tapped veteran TV actor Don Johnson for the most perfect role, even if it’s not a long-term one.
When Don Johnson taxis into the show, it will just be for a guest-starring role, but it sounds like one crafted with the actor’s talents in mind. Johnson will portray Jack Silver, the CEO of Jackpot Airlines. We’d expect anyone at the head of this maturity-lite company to reflect Jackpot Airlinesaccordingly, and it sounds like Jack Silver will fit the bill nicely. Johnson will show off his acting skills as a charismatic but egotistical tycoon, which means viewers will likely see him trying to woo women with his affluence. (He might need a lot of ones if he plans on flirting with Olivia Macklin’s Nichole.)
Perhaps Jack’s most telling trait is that his go-to life motto is “underthink it.” Those are words that Dylan McDermott’s Captain Dave would likely live by, so long as he didn’t have to think about it too hard. We’ll unfortunately be waiting a while longer to hear those words, as Don Johnson’s episode won’t be arriving on Fox until some point in April. Luckily, LA to Vegas’ series premiere ratings were pretty solid, so we shouldn’t need to worry about the comedy getting cancelled before that time.
Interestingly, Jack Silver is also the name of a tuxedo-for-rental spot in NYC. Good one too!
Don Johnson has graced the small screen with his handsome face for almost 50 years, reaching a career apex with the 1980s cop drama Miami Vice.He followed that up with an extended stint as the titular authority on Nash Bridges, and he’s spent his later years making some very interesting appearances on projects such as Eastbound & Down, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, Django Unchained and Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, among others. Most recently, he’s starring opposite Nick Frost and Rupert Grint in the British comedy series Sick Note, and he plays the warden in the wildly violent feature Brawl in Cell Block 99.
O’RIORDAN RIP — Dolores O’Riordan, frontwoman of 90’s rock band The Cranberries, died Monday, her publicist confirmed in a statement to Ireland’s The Journal.
“Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old. The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries, was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time,” the statement read. “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”
Police are investigating O’Riordan’s passing, which has so far been considered “unexplained,” local police told The Blast. The singer was found in a Park Lane hotel room at approximately 9:05 a.m. and pronounced dead at the scene.
In December, O’Riordan announced on Facebook that she was “feeling good.” In July, the band wrote that they were forced to cancel a North American tour as O’Riordan recovered from back surgery.
The singer was plagued by mental health issues throughout her life. She was arrested in November 2014 for allegedly assaulting a flight attendant, The Telegraph reported, then allegedly head-butting and spitting at a police officer.
She was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder after the incident, and in 2014 revealed that her issues were rooted in sexual abuse she’d suffered when she was a child.
“It manifested itself in my behavior and the pathologies I began to develop in my early adult life, such as my eating disorder, depression and eventually the breakdowns,” she told The Telegraph, and admitted to an attempted overdose in 2012.
One of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard; totally angelic. Their 1993 “Linger” is a stone-cold classic. Very sad.
O’Riordan is survived by son Taylor Baxter Burton and daughters Dakota Rain and Molly Leigh Burton with ex-husband Don Burton, to whom she was married from 1994 to 2014.
GOOD ‘N SCREWED — Journalist Brad Balfour interviewed Good ‘n Screwed creator Joanna Bonaro earlier this week in midtown, along with director Kelli K. Barnett and actress Suzanne Smart, who essays Bonaro’s sister in the TV-pilot. Balfour, who is about to launch a new podcast as well, delved into the creation of the show with Bonaro and talked about the recent addition of Vinny Pastore (The Sopranos) to the cast.
A GNS-insider tipped me that the show is now at two of the top cablenets out there right now. We’ve seen the full pilot unspooled and it’s scintillatingly perfect for these times. Bonaro has crafted a Sex In The City for the new millennia. More to come on this one.
SHORT TAKES — Honey West next Thursday at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room … We paid our respects Tuesday to midtown’s Langan’s which officially closes tonight. The 25-year old establishment, presided over by Des O’Brien, was a diamond in the rough and roll tumble of Times Square. While I waited to talk to Des, I was offered some coffee, which I gladly accepted … and you know what? Even the coffee was exquisite. Sad … very sad … We were just tipped to the show Session Girls, which will be presented in March at NYC’s 54 Below. Created by Mia Moravis and to be recorded by Van Dean’s Broadway Records; we’ll have more on this event next time … Netflix’s Grace and Frankie begins its fourth season this Friday. Jane Fonda; Lily Tomlin; Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen … just a brilliant show from Marta Kauffman, the creator of Friends. This season, Lisa Kudrow, from Friends, joins the ensemble. Btw: On their Today Show interview yesterday, Fonda and Tomlin were a riot. At one point Hoda asked if they were really good friends and Tomlin said they were even before the first face lift, which prompted Fonda to rebuke Tomlin by asking, who do you think you are … Megyn Kelly? A riot.
NAMES IN THE NEWS: Mia Moravis; Van Dean; Herb Rosen; Steve Walter; Peter Abraham; Randy Alexander; Al O’Leary; Anthony Noto; Tony Seidl; Marc Lacob; Larry Stephens; John and Annamaria Fazio; Leonard Maltin; Victor Kastel; Cory Robbins; Manny Bella; Jill Hennessy; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; and, Jacqueline Boyd.