Ox Notes: August 24, 2007

Fox canceled its reality/scripted hybrid Anchorwoman after just one episode.

Slate explores the question: Are reality-TV actors professional? The simple answer is no.

Sunday night offers a couple of intriguing premieres. Countdown with Keith Olbermann leaves MSNBC for a temporary gig on NBC at 7 ET. And at 10 ET, the second season of Living with Ed debuts on HGTV, before moving to its permanent home Monday nights at 10:30 ET. The official Living with Ed website has great tips from HGTV on earth-friendly home decor and renovations — as well as a few suggestions from Ed Begley Jr. himself.

The writers on Lost and 24 are loving the fact that they don’t have to be ready for a September premiere.

I finally saw Chak De India last night, which was kind of like Hoosiers or Miracle — only about girls’ field hockey. It was fun fare with a great message for girls, and it showcased the diversity of people from the regions across India. Of all the Bollywood films I’ve seen, Chak De India may have been the most accessible to Western audiences, especially because it follows the underdog sports story formula that’s we’ve all seen a hundred times. It may not be new, but it’s still effective when done well, as it is in Chak De India.

Hollywood — which only represents 8% of the box office in India — has given up trying to force Western movies into the market and has instead paired with Bollywood production companies to make Hindi-language films. Sony, Viacom, and Warner all have deals in place, and Disney is working with Yash Raj films on CGI cartoons.

Kick off your weekend with a little "Rock and Roll," Bollywood style (from the film Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna):

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