Friday, July 10, 2009

Fri July 10, 2009

On Today's Show:

ANTHONY HEAD - "Uther" NBC TV's "Merlin" Sundays 8/7 PM
enjoyed a successful acting career in his native England before coming to the attention of American audiences in the series “Love in a Cold Climate,” which aired in the United States in 1982. He was a regular cast member on Fox' short-lived sci-fi series “VR.5” and also acted in an episode of critically-acclaimed “NYPD Blue” and the Showtime movie “Royce.” However, Head increased his American profile considerably by landing the regular role of Rupert Giles, the school librarian who doubled as mentor to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
Head divides his time between Los Angeles and London and since “Buffy” finished, he has appeared in many United Kingdom-based television productions including “Doctor Who” and cult comedy series “Little Britain.” “Merlin” is a new drama series that updates the story of the infamous sorcerer of Arthurian legend for a new audience. It unveils the mythical city of Camelot, in a time before history began -- a fantastical realm of legendary beasts and mysterious people as well as a dangerous world in which magic has been banned by the ruthless tyrant, Uther Pendragon.

New Orleans’ Jambalaya Expert “Top Chef Masters” Chef-testant John Besh
Jambalaya is essential to any New Orleans menu and each recipe reflects the personality and passion of the cook who made it. To celebrate this versatile dish, New Orleans’ own “Top Chef Masters” chef-testant John Besh and Zatarain’s – the brand serving up New Orleans-Style cuisine for 120 years – are challenging cooking enthusiasts across the country to a “Jambalaya Throwdown.” “Jambalaya is a one-pot dish that can be made with whatever meats, seafood, vegetables and spices you have on-hand, lending itself to an endless number of flavor possibilities,” said John Besh, executive chef of Restaurant August. “We encourage folks to let their imagination run wild and show America who they are as a Throwdown competitor.”
So, whether its chock full of seafood, sausage, wild game, eggplant, okra or other original ingredients, home cooks are encouraged to enter the “Jambalaya Throwdown” contest by submitting their best take on jambalaya to A panel of judges, including Chef Besh, will judge the recipes and score them on originality, taste and creativity. Contest entries will be accepted through July 31, 2009. Talk to Chef John Besh about New Orleans-Style cuisine and the origins of this beloved, classic dish, and hear new ideas and tips from his kitchen on how to serve up a delicious jambalaya meal with a fresh twist every time.

Christopher Lloyd ("Dr. Lehman" NBC's "METEOR") THIS SUNDAY 9/8
Emmy Award winner Christopher Lloyd stars in NBC's new miniseries "Meteor" as Dr. Lehman, an eccentric scientist who discovers that the giant meteor Kassandra is heading towards Earth, and with his assistant, Imogene O’Neil (Marla Sokoloff, “The Practice”), tries to save the world from destruction. Lloyd began his career in theatre. He has appeared in over two hundred plays, including on and off Broadway, regional and summer stock productions. For the title role in KASPAR, he took home an Obie and Drama Desk award. Christopher starred in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of “Morning at Seven,” directed Dan Sullivan, as well as “Twelfth Night” in NY Festival’s Shakespeare in the Park, and Center Stage’s “Waiting For Godot,” and as Dalton Trumbo in the New York production of “Trumbo.”
In 1975, Lloyd began his film career in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” This was soon followed by a two-year run as Jim Ignatowski on the television series Taxi, for which Lloyd won two of his three Emmys. In 1992, Lloyd made Emmy history when he won Best Dramatic Actor for Disney’s “Road to Avonlea.” In a category dominated by series regulars, Lloyd was the first actor to win for a guest appearance. The following year, the rules were changed to include a Guest Appearance category. He has appeared in over ninety film and television productions including the “Back to the Future” trilogy, “Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead,” “Eight Men Out,” “Addams Family” and “Addams Family Values,” BBC’s “Dead Ahead: Exxon Valdez Disaster,” “The Pagemaster,” “Dennis the Menace,” “Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai,” “Track 29,” “Clue,” “The Dream Team,” “Angeles in the Outfield,” “Star Trek III,” “Goin’ South,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “My Favorite Martian,” “Tales of Despereaux” and Mike Nichols’ adaptation of “Wit,” starring Emma Thompson.

Cuvaison Estate Wines - President Jay Schuppert
Double Your Pleasure: Grand opening of Cuvaison's TWO newly designed Napa Valley tasting rooms
1. One historic 40 year-old Napa Valley winery, TWO stylish, new, distinctly different winery-based tasting rooms that embrace the Napa Valley from the north and south

· This is utterly unique in the Napa Valley
· Calistoga in the north with an inviting bar and lovely tree- shaded picnic grounds
· The Carneros space is surrounded by waves of sustainably-farmed estate vineyards
2. Beautiful, ‘green’ architectural designs

3. Complimentary grand opening parties - so people can come to both
· The events will feature Cuvaison’s great food-friendly estate wines, fun fare

· Sat, July 11, 4-8pm – Calistoga (with bbq fare) – 4550 Silverado Trail
· Sat, July 18, 4-8pm – Carneros (with dim sum) – 1221 Duhig Road , Napa /Carneros
· Everyone over 21 is welcome.
People should rsvp to or 800-253-9463

Steve Evans - "The Movie Guy
What's happening at the movies this weekend? Steve has all the info on what to see or maybe what to pass up. The hottest films and the biggest bombs from "The Movie Guy".