Burn Off: NBC Auctions Off Steve Carell’s Wardrobe
November 15, 2007 12:10 PM
Sometimes a company makes an announcement so ripe with opportunity for sarcasm, your brain goes to a blue-screen freeze.
With NBC’s ratings struggling this season and a writers strike under way, the network is doing an online auction of “exclusive items” from its shows (read: props and wardrobe). The items include paintings from “Heroes,” a poker set from “30 Rock” and Steve Carell’s watch from “The Office.”
“Everything must go-go-GO!” emailed a competitor.
“NBC, making money from the Web at last,” quipped TVWeek’s copy chief.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the United Way. How big of a portion? They’re not saying. Here’s the full list of items.
Also: The New Yorker weighs in on the writers strike and explores whether either side can expect its bargaining position to improve while away from the table. Best observation: “If both sides think a strike will help their cause, at least one of them must be wrong” … Maybe marginal shows could benefit from the strike after all … ABC’s emasculated men of Thursday night … Fox makes a “colossal dick move” … David Letterman to pay his staff through year’s end … Network executives are cutting back, too … Lisa de Moraes surveys the surveyors.
UPDATE: OK, thought of a few NBC-auction lines: "Maybe 'Bionic Woman' will auction off another showrunner." And: "Think they're taking bids on Jay Leno's desk yet?" And finally: "Ben Silverman told me he'd put his Jaguar up for auction, but later said it was off the record." Tip your waitress, etc.