Nick Leshi

Nick Leshi
Bronx, New York, United States of America
December 13
Writer, actor, media professional, fan of entertainment, pop culture, and speculative fiction. Contact for more info.


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FEBRUARY 8, 2011 10:09PM

MTV Brings Back Beavis and Butthead

MTV announced that Beavis and Butthead would return to the network with all new episodes starting this summer.  The original series was a big hit in the 1990s after it originally debuted as part of Liquid Television, MTV's series of animated shorts.  As a full series of its own, Beav… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 7, 2011 10:08PM

Memories of High School Theater

This past weekend my wife and I attended a reunion of my high school theater group at Fordham Prep.  We enjoyed a nice cocktail reception where we mingled with old and new friends, and as a wonderful bonus had the chance to talk to two of my favorite directors, Rev. John/…

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FEBRUARY 6, 2011 9:40PM

A Look at Super Bowl Halftime Shows

The Black Eyed Peas rocked this year's Super Bowl Halftime Show (with nice guest appearances by Slash and Usher).  In the old days, the performance between the halves of the Big Game used to be a snoozer, encouraging other networks to try to develop some programming during that time to st/…

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For part 2 of my three-part Super Bowl Weekend blog posts, I'm taking a look at performances of the National Anthem.  At this year's Big Game, the honors go to Christina Aguilera, who I'm sure will do a fine job.  The most memorable rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," in my opin/…

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Since Super Bowl Weekend is upon us, here is the first of my three blog entries inspired by "The Big Game."  The NFL has done an incredible job of marketing their annual championship as the must-watch television event every single year.  It is consistently the highest rated/…

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On Thursday night, I'll be attending a preview performance of the drama The Exonerated at Center Stage Playhouse.  Culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and the public record, the play tells the true stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row in their ow/…

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Have you seen Archer yet?  I became an instant fan when it debuted last year.  Now in its second season, it is just as enjoyable as before.  Airing on the FX network, it's a hilarious cartoon about a superspy named Sterling Archer living in a modern but retro 1960s world where/…

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Editor’s Pick
FEBRUARY 1, 2011 10:24PM

The Return of Dana Carvey

This upcoming weekend, the host of Saturday Night Live will be none other than Dana Carvey.  His last appearance as host on the show that made him famous was in the year 2000.  When he was a regular on the comedy series, he created some of the most memorable characters in/…

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Henry Cavill has been cast as the Man of Steel in the latest Superman reboot.  The movie will be directed by Zack Snyder and Cavill will either rocket to superstardom if the film is great or suffer as Brandon Routh did if the movie is mediocre. The news here, though, is that the/…

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JANUARY 30, 2011 10:03PM

The Great Actor Sir Anthony Hopkins

My wife and I went to see the movie The Rite on Sunday, which apparently topped the box office this weekend.  It was an enjoyable movie, not as great as the classic The Exorcist, but made all the more watchable by the presence of the terrific actor Sir Anthony Hopkins. 


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Public television has its supporters and its detractors.  I've argued before that even though the ever-expanding new media outlets might be making public broadcast television obsolete, there are still great shows on PBS that you still cannot find on commercial network TV or pay chann/…

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JANUARY 28, 2011 10:40PM

Christopher Nolan is in Great Company

One of the biggest "snubs" by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences when their Oscar nominations were announced this week was the absence of Christopher Nolan in the Best Director category.  The man who helmed such great films as Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, T… Read full post »
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JANUARY 27, 2011 10:37PM

Are American Adaptations of British TV Shows Necessary?

American television producers are always looking for the next big hit, so it is understandable that they would keep an eye out for TV success stories "across the pond" and try to adapt them for U.S. audiences.  If it worked in England, odds are it should work in the United States,/…

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The harsh winter here in the Northeast continued Wednesday night with the latest snowstorm forcing the cancellation of my "Writing for Online Media" class.  When I was developing the syllabus for the course, I contemplated what books could serve as appropriate texts.  I settled on on/…

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Wizard magazine is no more.  The publication that helped bring comic books into the mainstream of media entertainment has printed its final issue and laid off its staff.  Like many fan boys, including some who grew up to pen their own comics (like Kevin Smith) or make their own/…

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Despite many jokes about Larry King's interviewing style, his show was a ratings hit and head honchos at CNN surely were worried about finding a suitable replacement after his retirement.  Now, Piers Morgan has won the coveted slot, but will his new show Piers Morgan Tonight achieve the s/…

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More advertisers are abandoning MTV's controversial series Skins after the protests raised by the Parents Television Council.  First, Taco Bell pulled its ads, then Wrigley withdrew its commercials, now H&R Block and General Motors are also out.  While some might argue that the u/…

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One of my early favorites on the new season of American Idol is sixteen year old Melinda Ademi, whose family escaped the war in Kosovo.  Her audition was an excellent rendition of Cee-Lo's "Forget You."  It would be great to see her make it all the way to the finals.

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Christopher Lloyd is guest starring as a mad scientist on Fringe, so it inspired me to think of other characters who glorified science in entertainment.  I decided to only look at fictional folks, so I excluded real scientists who made an impact on popular culture, such as Carl Sagan, Jac/…

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About a week after I wrote my blog entry about sequels, spin-offs, and remakes, I read a similar small article in Hollywood Reporter.  What surprised me was the term they used for spin-offs -- "universe extensions."  The word "spin-off" seemed simple enough and perfectly captured wha/…

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JANUARY 19, 2011 10:43PM

Did This Headline Grab Your Attention?

Wednesday night I started teaching my first class, "Writing for Online Media."  Despite what I can only describe as "opening night jitters," (you know I always have to make an acting -- or a baseball -- analogy), I think it went very well.  The students seem like a very enthusua/…

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JANUARY 18, 2011 11:06PM

Who Should Fill Regis Philbin's Seat?

On Tuesday, Regis Philbin announced that he would retire from his highly rated daily talk show at the end of the year.  Live survived after his original co-host, Kathy Lee Gifford, left the program, replaced by Kelly Ripa, but can the show go on without Regis? 

Regis is a great perso/…

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JANUARY 17, 2011 10:35PM

Ten Years of Wikipedia

Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, was launched on January 15, 2001.  Ten years later, it has become one of the top five Web sites on the planet.  If you use a search engine to look up virtually any topic, odds are that one of the top three results will be a/…

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JANUARY 16, 2011 10:41PM

ABC Planning Wicked Mini-Series

Universal Studios is making a movie version of the hit Broadway musical Wicked, but according to Hollywood Reporter, ABC is planning an 8-hour mini-series version of the book by Gregory Maguire on which the musical was based, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.

Maguire b/…

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JANUARY 15, 2011 5:13PM

Twelfth Night Never Grows Old

It seems like I've seen countless versions of William Shakespeare'sTwelfth Night over the years -- by the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival at Boscobel, by the Pearl Theater Company, by Portchester's Lawn Chair Theater at Lyon Park, as a musical version called Illyria by Prospe/… Read full post »