The Equation for When to Quit Watching a TV Show

Brian Moylan · 11/30/09 02:14PM

Even the best television shows run out of creative juice if they stay on the air long enough. But, when is the right time to give up hope a show will improve and abandon it forever? Finally, a handy calculation!

Desperate Housewive Buys on Lower Fifth Avenue

cityfile · 11/05/09 08:55AM

• Actress Dana Delany has picked herself up an apartment in the Village. The California-based Desperate Housewives star has paid $1.8 million for a penthouse at 30 Fifth Avenue. The two-bedroom apartment, which went on the market for $2.35 million back in April, features two terraces and a separate solarium that serves as a home office or studio. You can check out the listing here. [Cityfile]
• Seven months after he put his 44th-floor apartment at the Trump International on the market for $18.45 million, pharmaceutical exec Richard Ullman has finally found a buyer. He's reportedly selling the four-bedroom condo for "around $17 million" to an undisclosed buyer. [NYP]
• Starwood Hotels founder Barry Sternlicht has raised the price of his Greenwich mansion. The 5.8-acre estate, which Sternlicht listed for $8.25 million in June 2008, is now priced at $5.95 million. [Bloomberg via Real Deal]
• A secretive Asian hedge fund exec is reportedly the mystery buyer who has gone into contract to buy investor Ephraim Gildor's 7,758-square-foot apartment at the Park Laurel on West 63rd Street. [NYP, previously]

Happy Birthday

cityfile · 03/13/09 06:47AM

Jamie Dimon (left) is the CEO of JPMorgan. Byrdie Bell (right) goes to a lot of parties. What do the two have in common? Absolutely nothing, except they're both celebrating birthdays today: Dimon is 53; Bell is turning 24. William H. Macy turns 59 today. Kathy Hilton, the woman who brought Paris Hilton into this world, is 50. Emile Hirsch is 24. Mets pitcher Johan Santana is turning 30. Political commentator Charles Krauthammer is 59. Mediabistro founder Laurel Touby is turning 46. Common is 37. Danny Masterson is 33. Dana Delany is 53. And Neil Sedaka is turning 70. Weekend birthdays after the jump!

Will These Celebrities Doom Obama With Their Terrible Dancing?

Kyle Buchanan · 10/07/08 07:55PM

This election has seen a wealth of celebrity PSAs (some amusing, some snooty), but no ad yet produced can rival the visceral reaction produced by YOUVOTE's latest, star-studded salvo. The first two minutes of earnest political encouragement from Kathy Najimy and the cast of Gossip Girl are standard fare, but things really go haywire at the end (excerpted above), when all the celebrities engage in hideously embarrassing, new agey dancing. Sure, the ad may claim to be bipartisan, but the full roster of famous Obama supporters (like Kate Walsh and Samuel L. Jackson) degrading themselves so fully suggests an act of celebrity sabotage by rival John McCain. Also, Dana Delany? Reprising your "sock it to me" dance from the Emmys was not a good idea. [YOUVOTE]