Here are the highlights from Friday’s Headlines segment on the Dennis & Callahan show with Kirk Minihane and guest hosts Jon Meterparel and Steve Buckley. To hear the audio, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Emmy nominations announced
The nominations for the 2014 Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday. The group that stood out most to the hosts was the nominees for Best Drama Series, which included the likes of “Game of Thrones,” “House of Cards” and “Breaking Bad.”
“You can’t get better than that,” Minihane said.
Said Buckley: “That’s got to be the best in history. ‘Mad Men’ is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen, ‘Game of Thrones’ is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen, ‘House of Cards’ is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen, and ‘Breaking Bad.’ Those are all top-10 shows.
“The problem is there’s so much good TV now, and the funny thing is the best of television has never been better, the worst of television has never been worse.”
The conversation then shifted to the declining quality of network sitcoms.
“I never think to go to the networks now at 8 o’clock,” Minihane said. “I don’t watch a network program.”
Buckley asked if “Modern Family” is an exception.
“It’s jumped the shark, it’s stepped on the shark, it’s shot the shark, it’s buried the shark’s body,” Minihane said.
“Tell us how you really feel,” Meterparel responded.
Said Buckley: “The thing I like about ‘Modern Family’ is you turn it on at any juncture, because the plot is irrelevant to the gags. So you can turn on ‘Modern Family’ and just watch it for 12 minutes with no interest in what this is all about, what this is setting up and just watch the comedy unfold.”
Robert Redford to portray Dan Rather in movie about CBS news scandal
The legendary actor is set to play the legendary CBS news anchor in a film focusing on Rather’s disputed report about President George W. Bush‘s service in the National Guard.
“Shouldn’t they get someone that’s younger than Dan Rather?” Meterparel asks.
Minihane said: ”That’s what I was thinking. Redford is probably older than Rather.
“Both of them are too famous, that’s the problem.”
Buckley said stranger things have happened in Hollywood, including Michael Keaton playing Batman.
“It’s Hollywood. makeup, special effects, lighting,” Buckley said. “But this one challenges my belief that can be done.”
The discussion then segued into Buckley talking about his problems with the movie “Field of Dreams.”
“It was James Earl Jones talking about harkening back to the great old days when everything was good, when blacks couldn’t play baseball,” he said.
“And then they bring back all these dead guys, there’s Gil Hodges, there’s Shoeless Joe Jackson, there’s Smoky Joe Wood. You couldn’t bring back Oscar Charleston and Satchel Paige? Is even heaven segregated that they couldn’t bring back Negro League players in Iowa?”
Meterparel said: “I never even thought about that.”