Newsroom creators working on show based on Oakland goverment

All: Getty Images File PhotoCould ABC's possible upcoming show "City Hall" have Joan Chen

All: Getty Images File PhotoCould ABC's possible upcoming show "City Hall" have Joan Chen

The creator of HBO’s “Newsroom” is developing a TV show for ABC about Oakland’s governmental machinations. Never mind that descriptions of the show call the place “the East Bay of San Francisco” … poor Oaktown.

“City Hall” is touted as “‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ meets ‘The West Wing,’” and it follows the mayor of Oakland and her staff of upstarts who “take on the political and social establishment of a city in crisis while trying to maintain their own personal and social lives,” according to Deadline.com.

We’re thinking that the villains will be Oakland’s evil Occupy movement and whoever got rid of Bulky Trash Day. Will Joan Chen fill the mayoral role that Mayor Jean Quan plays in real life? Because Margaret Cho could really pull it off.

 

Concorde of the rings

The sheep-happy principality of New Zealand is doing everything it can to be associated with “The Lord of the Rings.”

Now Air New Zealand is calling itself “The Airline of Middle Earth” and has created a safety video that’s full of hobbits, elves, orcs and even director Peter Jackson holding up a ring and saying, “my precious!” It asks you to “cast your eyes about” to find the exits, and ends with a “May the road rise up to meet you,” which sounds a bit too much like a crash-landing.

Rest assured, this is still a rote set of instructions at heart, and no matter how entertaining it tries to be, you’ll still lose interest halfway through. Blame it on that ever-?riveting SkyMall catalog.

Wax patz lacks

Few people make return visits to a wax museum, because one trip is all it takes to realize that you’re that particular sucker that P.T. Barnum was talking about. Still, Madame Tussaud’s continues to reel ’em in, despite the franchise’s latest representation of Robert Pattinson, which makes him look more like John Ritter from “Three’s Company.”

Die-hard fans are infuriated over the reproduction, and various people online describe it as “quite rubbish,” “lousy,” and looking a bit like “Pattinson had a shady older brother with a drinking problem.”

The statue is in Blackpool, England, right now, but sit tight: A world tour of the effigy is in the works.

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