Order in the law office! Tony nominee Rory O’Malley will lay down the law (sort of) as an irreverent legal office manager in the new FX comedy Braddock & Jackson, Deadline.com reports. The Book of Mormon favorite will star opposite fellow Broadway vet Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence in the 10-episode series. In Braddock & Jackson, Grammer and Lawrence play two Chicago lawyers who come from very different backgrounds. The duo teams up as partners after meeting unexpectedly on a terrible day in court. No additional casting or air dates have been announced. Star Files View Comments O’Malley garnered a Tony nomination for his turn as Elder McKinley in The Book of Mormon. He made his Broadway debut in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. His off-Broadway credits include Little Miss Sunshine and Nobody Loves You. O’Malley’s additional film and TV appearances include Dreamgirls, 1600 Penn, Nurse Jackie and Dreamgirls. Rory O’Malley
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York John Tesh is instantly familiar. And very, very tall.His face, with its shock of blonde hair and blue eyes, peered back at us from our television sets for more than a decade as co-host of Entertainment Tonight. His deep, booming voice entertains and soothes us with antidotes and information we can bring into our everyday lives via his wildly popular syndicated radio program “Intelligence for Your Life.” This fall marks his return to the small screen as the show makes its television debut—with his wife, actress and former model Connie Sellecca, and his stepson, actor Gib Gerard, co-anchoring.An accomplished pianist, the Garden City native has risen past mere fame to become a fixture of our culture. And yet, his instincts lead him in near-constant praise of others. Among those Tesh admires most: Harry Connick, Jr. and fellow Long Islander Billy Joel.“I played in a lot of rock bands on Long Island,” he reminisces over a pot of green tea at Maze, Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant at The London NYC luxury hotel in midtown Manhattan. “I played at Atlantic Beach Club, I played at a place called the Chop House in Garden City. At the same time we were playing, Billy Joel was in a band called The Hassles. So we were kind of rival bands.”Tesh pauses for a moment, then leans in and confides: “It wasn’t much of a rivalry: If he didn’t want to take a gig or if he was busy, we would get it.”Tesh is no slouch himself. This multi-faceted talent wears several hats: a four-time Emmy Award-winner twice nominated for a Grammy; the author of Intelligence for Your Life: Powerful Lessons for Personal Growth, a New York Times bestseller; founder of marketing and advertising company TeshMedia, which boasts dozens of big name brands; a radio personality whose show brings in more than 8.2 million listeners per week; the leader and star of John Tesh: Big Band Live!—a 12-piece aural and visual tour through the golden years of 1920s through 1950s big band music, conquering one American city at a time as it treks across the country.He attributes his various talents to ADD, harnessing a shortened attention span into a varied assortment of interests.“This week, I’m a marketing guy,” he tells me. “I’m meeting with Kohl’s, Walgreens, Walmart, Home Depot. And I love the business part of that, actually becoming passionate about the show and showing clips, like ‘Here’s how you could be integrated, what the gross impressions are and everything, and the math part of that.’ I love it.“But it’s fun to take that hat off,” he continues. “When we get back, we start production. So I’ll be the anchor guy. And then when I leave you, I’ll go upstairs and do the radio show. I’ll be the radio host.”But where John Tesh really feels at home, the most alive and the most in tune with what makes his heart soar, is music.“Being behind a grand piano is the coolest thing in the world,” he says. “Because it’s all live. You’re flying without a net.”PLEASE JOIN US IN THANKING OUR UNDERWRITERS FOR SUPPORTING QUALITY JOURNALISM. ACCESS TO OUR WEBSITE IS FREE DUE TO THE SUPPORT OF OUR UNDERWRITERS. CLICK HERE TO VIEW.He attributes his love of music to his first teacher at Stewart Avenue Elementary School in Garden City when he was just 6 years old.“Mr. Wagner taught me how to play trumpet,” says Tesh. “In first grade at Stewart Avenue School, he was the only one in the country doing this. As 6-year-olds, we were in the jazz bands. We were in the marching band. What he did was he created easy versions of all these arrangements. I got a chance to play in front of him not too long ago when we played at Westbury. He’s retired now.”That love of performance has never left him.“There’s really nothing like that feeling,” he says. “And it’s a codependency. We don’t play in front of Billy’s [Joel] audiences, maybe 1,500 to 2,000 people, but when people show up, I’m like ‘Holy shit!’”If his past success is any indication, people will continue to show up in droves, turning to their television screens to watch the inborn chemistry he shares with his family as they broadcast from his guesthouse offering pieces of intelligence on everything from relationships, technology, finance, and well-being.And if Billy Joel doesn’t want that Madison Square Garden gig, I know a guy who’d be glad to take it.
FPSO Capixaba; Image: SBM OffshoreBrazilian oil company Petrobras saw a drop in its domestic oil production in January when compared to December figures. Petrobras said on Wednesday that its total oil and natural gas production in January was 2.70 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed), with 2.60 million boed produced in Brazil and 97 thousand boed produced abroad.Total production operated by the company (portions of Petrobras and partners) was 3.31 million boed, with 3.19 million boed in Brazil.According to Petrobras, the average oil production in the country was 2.10 million barrels per day (bpd), one percent lower than the volume produced in December 2017.The company explained that the result was mainly due to the maintenance stoppages of FPSO Capixaba, which operates in Parque das Baleias in the Campos Basin, and the sale of a 35% stake in the Lapa field in the BM-S-9A block in the Santos Basin pre-salt to Total.The production of natural gas, excluding the liquefied volume, was 78.7 million m³/d, one percent above the numbers from December 2017.January oil production in the fields abroad was 61 thousand bpd, in line with the month before, while the natural gas production was 6.2 million m³/d.
Hayes said that occurrence is “Exhibit A” of the inspiration behind the “Make ‘Em Believe” t-shirts and motto that have fueled the 2014-15 season.Now, the Badgers find themselves face-to-face with Kentucky again, no doubt invoking the memories from last season’s game. Gasser knows that while Harrison’s shot was the deciding factor, it’s not the sole reason the Badgers lost.“We were literally one possession away from a national championship,” Gasser said. “It wasn’t necessarily the last couple of possessions, it could’ve been throughout the entire 40-minute game.“Obviously it’s a heartbreaking loss, but it makes this year’s team what it is. You just gotta take the positives of it.”Especially this week, the Badgers have more pertinent tasks to tend to, Hayes said.“That play is a year behind us,” Hayes said. “And we have more important things, like the games ahead of us, to focus on.”The task is Kentucky, and a win Saturday night could erase the bad memories from April 5, 2014 from the Badgers’ minds forever. Josh Gasser’s alarm goes off at 6:30 a.m. in the middle of the season. It’s time to wake up and head over to the Kohl Center training facilities for lift.What propels Gasser and his teammates out of bed? Is it their overall work ethic and desire to get better? Absolutely.But they also do it for April 5, 2014.Because no matter how hard the Badgers of the 2013-14 Final Four team try to push the memory of that day out of their heads, it will always be there, and it has served as motivation for this year’s Wisconsin men’s basketball team.From that day, it is one particular moment that’s especially painful. It’s when Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison elevates from close to 30 feet away over the outstretched hand of Gasser and nails a three-pointer with 5.7 seconds left to put the Wildcats up one and send his team to the national championship game.“You try not to think about it much. It’s one of those games and moments that you just don’t want to think about, but unfortunately sometimes it creeps in your head a little bit,” Gasser, a fifth-year senior, said. “It’s something that we’ve just put on the back burner and moved on from it, and I think we’ve done a good job of learning from a game like that and pushing the momentum forward and learning from it and getting better from it.”Gasser, a student of the game who takes preparation and scouting seriously, said he’s never watched film of the game.Sophomore forward Nigel Hayes wishes he could erase April 5, 2014 from his memory too.Hayes scored only two points in seven minutes in a year he had been named Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year, averaging 7.7 points and 17.4 minutes per game.“I feel that I didn’t contribute to the team in a way that I should have,” Hayes said. “As I’ve said before, all I had to do was be average statistically, but I was below average.”The loss to Kentucky stuck with Hayes on an individual level, as it inspired his rigorous workouts over the summer, he said. The work has clearly translated into improvement, as he now averages 12.4 points per game.Hayes put the work in to be ready next time he found himself in a situation like last season.“I worked hard in order to make sure that I was better,” Hayes said. “So that if I’m in that situation again, and here we are in the exact same situation as last year, that I would be able to perform better.”Junior forward Sam Dekker wishes he could forget April 5, 2014.Instead, he didn’t allow himself to, by transporting the chair he used in the locker room during last season’s Final Four in Arlington, Texas back to the Badgers’ locker room in Madison.A locker room renovation displaced the chair (Dekker has no idea where it is), but it served an important purpose.“It sucks,” Dekker said of losing his chair. “A, that was kind of a cool chair, and B, I used because that was my shrine from the Final Four, remembering we gotta get back.”Frank Kaminsky wishes he could forget April 5, 2014.For Kaminsky, the hangover from the game lasted the first few weeks following the final buzzer. But once workouts and preparation for this season started, he used the loss as a motivating factor.“I haven’t really thought about it much this season because we’ve focused on getting back to the Final Four,” Kaminsky said. “But now is the time where you can remember a moment like that and try to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”There’s outside motivation too, like this tweet from ESPN talk show host Bomani Jones, which he posted after fifth-year senior Duje Dukan sent out a picture of Wisconsin receiving its Final Four rings.