“He ‘stood by me’ even though our ratings were blockbuster and we kicked Fox’s ass? Thank you for ‘standing by me’,” Kathy Griffin snarked at Winter TV Press Tour 2014 when asked about CNN chief Jeff Zucker saying at the tour he was committed to having Griffin back with Anderson Cooper to host CNN’s New Year’s Eve show.
Griffin came to the final session of Winter TV Press Tour 2014 to participate in a Q&A for PBS’s second round of Makers: Women Who Make America documentaries. She was joined by former CIA agent Valerie Plame, and NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson — all three women are part of the next batch of six one-hour documentaries looking at women’s roles in war, comedy, space, business, Hollywood and politics.
“It’s compelling TV, Claire Danes is fabulous — and I think they have jumped the shark this season,” Plame said when asked the inevitable “How do you like Homeland?” question. Among the show’s more egregious errors, she said, “She’s bipolar and no one really notices?” Also, using smart phones in headquarters “that never happens” Plame said. They’re little tracking devices she explained.
Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station, naturally got asked to review Gravity and responded, sweetly that while it’s “not a continuing engineering educational film for NASA,” she believes any film that “gets folks interested in space is great,” so long as you know to suspend reality while watching. And, she added, the undies Sandra Bullock wore in the movie were less expensive, but much sexier, than that worn by actual female astronauts. “And you have to wear a diaper,” she added. That stopped the room for a beat.
“My favorite line in Gravity was when she says. “Oh, I hate space’ Very real,” Griffin jumped in, rolling her eyes.