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Writer Counts Down Rancid James Lipton Interviews

Over at Nerve.com, contributor Rod Bastanmehr has come up with a fun way to tease the 18th season of Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio, which debuts later this month. He counts down what he believes to be the five worst episodes in the show’s history.

There’s no doubt that over the years, host James Lipton has anchored countless hours of insightful conversation and provided the inspiration for one of Will Ferrell‘s most enduring SNL recurring bits. But every once in a while, as Bastanmehr so accurately points out, the program goes off the Method rails, usually because the featured guest in no way fits the Stanlislavski bill.

To find out who Bastanmehr thinks was the worst of all time, you’ll have to click through to the article. The only questionable selection on this chronicler’s list, as several comments also note, is Lipton’s 2004 conversation with Charlize Theron. The Oscar winning actress really does not belong alongside the likes of Tim Allen and Martin Lawrence.

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The Office Writer-Producer Recalls Internship That Launched Her Career

With another group of TV Academy Foundation interns learning the ropes this summer, we thought it would be highly instructive to check in with an alum of the vaunted program to find out how it helped them gain footing on the Hollywood ladder.

Jennifer Celotta, an Emmy nominated writer-producer with NBC’s The Office (pictured, with genial show co-star John Krasinski), says her TV Academy Foundation internship in 1993 proved to be an invaluable launching pad. Straight out of Boston University, she landed an eight-week summer assignment with Home Improvement. At the time, the Tim Allen sitcom was taping a third smash season and Celotta says it offered her an unusually high level of support and encouragement.

“It put me on a show where people were willing to mentor and help new people get in,” Celotta tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “Some of my friends ended up on shows where they were not able to move up, there just was not that belief of a new generation of people being let in the door.”

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Robin Leach Spotlights Tim Allen’s New Stand-Up Gig

The notions of quiet and Robin Leach don’t usually belong together. But thanks to his ongoing efforts at website VegasDeluxe.com, the former Lifestyles barker has indeed continued to quietly re-invent himself as a reliable scooper of Strip showbiz news.

His latest article of note is a February 3rd interview with Tim Allen, who debuts a new comedy act this weekend at The Venetian. The comedian and brunt of a Ricky Gervais zinger at the recent Golden Globes is contracted for a minimum of ten weekends this coming year alongside fellow regulars David Spade and Rita Rudner. Allen tells Leach:

“In Los Angeles, you’ve really got to work hard to get people out [to a comedy club]. They’re tainted, they’ve seen other great performers in small clubs, they’re used to that. In Las Vegas, it’s a bigger deal. People are out there to have a good time…

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Lunch At Michael’s: The Dog Days Are Here!

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— DIANE CLEHANE

The morning monsoon that shut down the city for several hours kept all but the true diehards away today at 55th & Fifth. Even general manager Steve Millington was kept from his post due to a weather-related nanny nightmare (we can relate). Others, like our pal Jaqui Lividini, arrived breathless due to today’s stifling heat and annoying lack of cabs. The fashion maven recovered her cool before being joined by Teen Vogue‘s Amy Astley, a newly minted member of the International Best Dressed List. (Check out the full list of fab fashionistas — including Posh & Becks and the always dreamy George Clooney in Vanity Fair‘s gigantic September issue). Memo to Mike Bloomberg: Why don’t you stop waging your will-he-or-won’t he run for president, declare August a citywide holiday and put us all out of our misery?’

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Four suits — one, we’re told was a Fox News bigwig (obviously someone else was charged with bailing out the drenched mothership) — tucking into cobb salads.

2. The soul of Manolo Blahnik, George Malkemus — looking dapper in a blue blazer — dining with two guests.

3. Jack Myers and two jacketed gents.

4. Portfolio’s David Carey

5. Bill Siegal(Herb’s son).

6. Allen & Co.’s John Josephson with a table full of young turks and one mystery gal.

7. The man himself, Michael McCarty, dishing with John Hilton. We’re assuming he’s part of that Hilton clan. I wanted to ask how Paris was doing since being sprung from the slammer but I just couldn’t bring myself to utter her name in public …

8. New York Social Diary’s David Patrick Columbia and Rita Jamais, the former owner of La Caravelle.

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