Sunday, February 07, 2010


This site is moving

This site and this blog are moving to ( also works). Content is in the process of being moved to the new site. Blog entries will now be made at the new site; you can visit the new blog here.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010


Changes coming to this site and this blog

Due to changes taking place behind the scenes at Blogger, I will no longer be able to use Blogger software to operate the main page/blog of my site in the way that I wish. Within the next two months, I plan to revamp the site and relocate it to a different area on my site. It is possible that I may even give it its own domain name. Stay tuned, and keep watching State of the Union.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010


Preview of episode 3

Right on the heels of last night's second episode of State of the Union season 3, Showtime has posted this preview of next week's third episode:

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Busy week

UPDATE (Jan. 28): Not only will Tracey be on the Rachel Maddow program this evening, she'll also be on Bravo's Watch What Happens: Live. For writeups on all of her talk show appearances this year, go to the 2010 page on my site.

It certainly has been a busy week for Tracey. It started with her appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last Friday night, the first time she's ever appeared on his program. Then there was Live with Regis & Kelly on Monday morning, although Regis was still out recuperating from his hip surgery (Mark Consuelos was sitting in). There was State of the Union premiering Monday night (more on that in a moment). Then on Tuesday, Tracey appeared on Joy Behar's program on Headline News (they're calling themselves HLN officially these days); that was an appearance I didn't know about until the last minute. And now there's word that she'll be appearing on Rachel Maddow's program on MSNBC this Thursday (Jan. 28). How will Rachel react to Tracey's impression of her, which we saw Monday night? Might we get to see Dueling Rachels at some point? I wouldn't mind seeing Dueling Ariannas.... Anyway, I've written up summaries for the first two shows so far and will get to the others shortly.

Well, State of the Union had its season premiere Monday night. In many ways, the subject matter and the humor/satire were the same as in previous seasons. One big difference this year is that Tracey herself is directing the episodes. One wonders if Tracey the director ever has problems with Tracey the performer on the set... Back to the premiere: it contained the first instance during the series where I started laughing so hard, I started to cough. It involved the work done at a factory to distress jeans so that the wearer will look like he or she has done some significant labor, when in reality they haven't. One item in particular cracked me up, and I'll say no more about it here. Bernie Madoff (played in a cameo by Tracey's husband Allan) got it in three segments; I may never think of "Bloomberg minute" in the same way again. And there was a marvelous and intricate segment in an MSNBC makeup room where she was portraying five characters: Rachel Maddow, Arianna Huffington, Meghan McCain, Barney Frank, and Christiane Amanpour. With all that interaction between the characters, it reminded me of the Tracey Takes On... sketches and episodes where her characters would interact with each other; those were always among my favorites. Coming up on next week's episode: the return of Padma Perkesh.

Sunday, January 24, 2010


Late Night on January 22

I've posted my summary of Tracey's appearance last Friday on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon; you can read it here. I've done a better job with summaries this year than last. Don't forget, she'll be appearing on Live with Regis and Kelly tomorrow morning, and State of the Union kicks off tomorrow night!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


An episode preview, and a Late Night visit

As we get closer to the Season 3 premiere of State of the Union, we're starting to see more promotion for it. Tracey will be appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday, January 22; it'll be her first time on Late Night since Letterman was the host, if I'm not mistaken. And Showtime has put up a preview of the first episode of Season 3 of SOTU. In this clip, Ruth Madoff, the wife of crooked financier Bernard Madoff, has experienced a major decline in her housing situation. As for Bernard, we see him in his prison cell, and we may never think of "Bloomberg minute" in the same way again....

Wednesday, January 06, 2010


New SOTU Behind-the-Scenes Promo

Showtime has just posted a new behind-the-scenes promo for season 3 of State of the Union. When I first saw this, I was laughing most of the way through. That has me feeling good about season 3 (coming up January 25).

Monday, January 04, 2010

As part of the buildup to season 3 of State of the Union coming at the end of January, Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith have featured Tracey in their column again. "As one critic put it, she's been moving away from Carol Burnett territory and more toward Lenny Bruce," they say, and she agrees, pointing again to the freedom she feels now that she's a US citizen. But she's "not mean-spirited. I love this country and I love these people and what goes on" and credits collaborator Bruce Wagner for inspiring her to take this approach.

Don't expect to see either of the Obamas appear in SOTU this season, but pharmacist Padma Perkesh will be returning, and newswomen Christiane Amanpour and Rachel Maddow will be appearing.

Saturday, January 02, 2010


Season 3 promo

Here's a promo for season 3 of State of the Union. And while you're waiting for that, catch up on season 2 On Demand.

Sunday, December 27, 2009


Preview of season 3 of SOTU

TV Squad has run an article previewing some of the things we'll be seeing in season 3 of State of the Union, coming January 25 on Showtime in the US. Here are some of the things we can expect in the seven episodes of season 3: "An example includes showing a group taking a tour of a Holocaust Museum and speaking of those who have perpetrated horrible crimes against the Jews, then having a likeness of Bernie Madoff in the center of it [I cracked up when I read that one].... Highlights include Tracey playing Penélope Cruz playing Salma Hayak, Ruth Madoff (Bernie's wife) and one woman who can't live without being on the cell phone or Internet (and nearly causing several traffic accidents on the way)." These sound very promising!

UPDATE (Dec. 28): after I posted this entry, the I Am A TV Junkie blog posted its own preview of season 3. It fleshed out some details of sketches or vignettes we already knew would be appearing. For instance, for the scene set at MSNBC featuring Tracey as 5 characters, we now know who the characters will be: Rachel Maddow [makes sense for an MSNBC sketch], Arianna Huffington [hurray, she's back!], Meghan McCain, Barney Frank, and CNN's Christiane Amanpour showing up at the wrong studio by mistake. There will also be a sketch featuring airport security screener Chanel Monticello leading her workers in a tribute to Michael Jackson (as choreographed by Joe Malone).

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