As some of you might know, Jenna Fischer sometimes blogs from her desk on the set of The Office - the computers there are live so that the actors can occupy themselves during the long shoots.
Well, I find myself in the same situation this morning at my desk at Variety, because the newsroom here is lit up like a Hollywood opening as Entourage shoots a scene from an upcoming episode. From my cubicle, I almost literally have a box seat.
This is the second time Entourage is shooting here; the product of the first shoot will be seen nationwide Sunday. I wasn't working here at the time, but you can see my desk (oh, and a few of my colleagues including Mike Schneider of Franklin Avenue) in passing.
Variety TV critic Brian Lowry, who can't physically be seen in the episode but was something of the inspiration for the storyline, wrote about it this week for us.
Because the glitz-filled "Entourage" has a certain hipster image to uphold, the producers populated the newsroom with extras, ensuring that Fake Variety's staff was more attractive, stylish and younger than Real Variety. A few of us actual journalists observing this alternate reality felt a bit like Woody Allen in "Stardust Memories," wondering how we wound up on the ugly train. ...
Variety's Fake TV Critic dresses shabbily and wears glasses denoting years of solitary TV viewing (definitely true), eats lunch at his desk (occasionally true), acts unfazed by someone barging in to personally lambaste him (mercifully untrue) and has his own assistant (so untrue the Real Critic is still laughing his ass off).
Anyway, as is typical on a set, there's a ton of setup going on and people milling about, but not much else to look at. I just hope they don't ask for quiet on the set during my one phone interview this morning. Oh, hey, Kevin Connolly just walked by.
Okay, time to try to get some work done.
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