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Talk Talk: Jeff Foxworthy, Madeleine Albright, Macy Gray

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 27th 2007 6:00PM
  • Dennis MillerCharlie Rose: Madeleine Albright and Newt Gingrich
  • The Daily Show: Dennis Miller
  • The Colbert Report: Madeleine Albright and James Fallows
  • The Late Show With David Letterman: Patricia Arquette, Macy Gray, and Paul Mooney
  • Jay Leno: Jeff Foxworthy and Dierks Bentley
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jenny McCarthy
  • Tavis Smiley: Marian Wright Edelman and Rod Paige
  • Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Sacha Baron Cohen, Jack McBrayer, and Mastodon (repeat)
  • The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Randy Jackson and Piper Perabo
  • Last Call With Carson Daly: Timothy Busfield and Colbie Caillat (repeat)

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The Daily Show: March 26, 2007

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 27th 2007 1:45PM
Jon StewartRick Sanchez is up to no good again... Part of me feels like he only continues his ridiculous stunts, not in the name of his so-called "journalism", but to appear on The Daily Show. Maybe he secretly likes getting ridiculed by Jon.

"Showdown in Crisisland": Tehran Bureau Chief John Oliver's New York accent is hilarious. Yup, the only thing funnier than an American with a poor British accent is listening to an English person over-stressing the R's of an American one. Best line: "Iran is the Jan Brady of international evil".

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The Shield's Walton Goggins: The TV Squad Interview

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Mar 27th 2007 10:03AM

Walton Goggins as Det. Shane Vendrell on FX's The Shield.I'll be the first to admit it. I was a latecomer to The Shield. I'd never watched a minute of it until right before the fourth season started and a buddy of mine let me borrow the first three seasons on DVD. He told me it was the best cop show ever. Wait a second. Better than NYPD Blue or The Wire? Yes. So I watched the three seasons... in one weekend. The phrase "glued to my seat" does not begin to do justice to how mesmerized I was by this show. I mean, damn!

So naturally, when I was approached about speaking with Walton Goggins, I practically blew up with anticipation. However, I'm not the only Shield fan here at TV Squad. Our fearless leader Keith is a die-hard too. So we decided to do something different for this interview -- the first ever TV Squad Tag Team. Walton didn't know what he was stepping into... that is, if he could crack through all the codes to get into our elaborate virtual phone-in conference room. I can't say that I blame him. I got confused too.

Keith: Hey man, thanks for joining us.

Walton: (laughing) I'm in the inner sanctum of some imaginary corporate office right now.

Jonathan: I know, it's crazy! You have to push buttons and number sequences and then some computerized voice announces your name.

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Talk Talk: Quentin Tarantino, Rainn Wilson, Joss Stone, Newt Gingrich

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 26th 2007 5:41PM
  • Will FerrellCharlie Rose: Newt Gingrich and Bill Bradley
  • The Daily Show: Senator John Kerry
  • The Colbert Report: John Perry Barlow
  • The Late Show With David Letterman: Will Ferrell and Kings of Leon
  • Jay Leno: Quentin Tarantino, Pete Rose, and Mika
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Andy Dick, Ivanka Trump, and Nas (repeat - wait a second, they're showing this for the third time in a month??)
  • Tavis Smiley: Ice Cube and Eddie Glaude
  • Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Robin Williams, Christian Slate, and Panic! At The Disco (repeat)
  • The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Rainn Wilson and Joss Stone
  • Last Call With Carson Daly: Lizzy Caplan and Taking Back Sunday (repeat)

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Ron Jaworski replaces Joe Theismann in Monday Night Football booth

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 26th 2007 5:22PM
Ron JaworskiIt only took ESPN 20 years to see the error of their ways. But they have finally -- finally! -- replaced Joe Theismann as their main NFL game analyst. According to TV Week, former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski will join Mike Tirico and Tony Kornheiser in the Monday Night Football booth for the upcoming football season. According to a network official, they are in talks with Theismann to put him in "another high-profile football role." Let's hope that role is somewhere in the studio, laughing at yet another Chris Berman nickname.

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What are your Top 15 channels?

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 24th 2007 12:01PM
channelsAccording to this report in the NY Daily News, the average household gets more than 100 television channels. Even with all the choices, viewers pretty much stick to about 15 channels. Obviously, that grouping of channels varies by viewer. I'd be interested to know what the most popular channel on television is and what is least popular (probably cable access or C-SPAN).

That number actually sounds about right to me, although I would say my range is more like 20 channels. I've listed my Top 15 below, in order of most-watched... what are your top channels?

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Jeff Corwin attacked by elephant - VIDEO

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 24th 2007 7:40AM
jeff corwin; anderson cooper; elephantAnimal Planet host Jeff Corwin was tossed by an elephant while filming a segment with CNN's Anderson Cooper. Corwin is a regular correspondent for Cooper's show, Anderson Cooper 360, for a segment called "Planet in Peril". The duo was in Cambodia at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center when one elephant put Corwin's arm in his mouth and shook him. On his blog, Cooper describes what happened to Corwin as being "tossed like a ragdoll". Corwin also posted on the blog, and describes the incident in very little detail and a non-alarmist way. It's apparent from his post that he's more concerned with the plight of the Cambodian elephants than with what happened.

The video is on Cooper's blog (and on YouTube) right now, and once you watch it, you'll be amazed to know that Corwin was generally okay. His arm wasn't even broken, just badly twisted and bruised. After the incident, Corwin continued filming with Cooper and then went to get checked out by a doctor, who put him in a sling. He may have some ligament damage, but will have to wait to know for sure when he returns to the U.S. I was actually very impressed with Cooper's reporting because he didn't let the incident overshadow the real reason for being with the elephants.

Video after the jump (the attack happens at 2:40 into the video):

[Thanks, Tim UF!]

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Demetri Martin explains the Viacom/Google/YouTube controversy - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 23rd 2007 7:01PM

Demetri MartinThe Boston Phoenix makes an interesting suggestion on one of their blogs: maybe NBC should give the Late Night slot to Demetri Martin in 2009 when Conan O'Brien takes over for Jay Leno. Hmmm...

In this Daily Show clip, Martin explains the whole copyright controversy involving Viacom, Google, and YouTube. It's a great clip, with Martin asking at one point if viewers are watching him right now on YouTube (yes, it's a YouTube clip). He even freezes his body and says "buffering." Funny stuff. Both videos after the jump (YouTube version and Comedy Central's, just in case...)

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CNBC developing new animated series

by Richard Keller, posted Mar 23rd 2007 11:04AM

CNBC logoWhat is CNBC? Is it a business news channel, or a comedy channel, or a talking-head channel? I have a hard time keeping it all straight. Confusing me even more is that the cable network is developing an animated show based on the comic strip CEO Dad which could turn into a 30-minute series.

What?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network with an identity crisis will air one-minute shorts cut from the show's pilot episode. It could then return as a 30-minute show in the fall, although there is no definite answer on that as of yet.

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The Daily Show: March 22, 2007

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 23rd 2007 9:40AM
Jon Stewart"Welcome Back, Hotter": Al Gore has become a strange Hollywood sweetheart, so he's bound to be met with jealous cries and annoying "yes or no" questions in DC. The "flaming baby" graphic was awesome. I want that on a t-shirt.

"Showdown At Justice: Hereunder referred to as the 'Nonvoluntary Lawyer Disemployment Program' vis a vis certain events on or around 7 December 2006 (C.F. Appendix B, Codicil IX, Paragraph 7)": Tony Snow is being a big baby over a lot of things. Actually, Jon seems genuinely fed up with him.

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How to apply for just about any game/reality show on TV

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 22nd 2007 6:40PM
1 vs 100Of all the e-mails and comments we get here at the fictional TV Squad HQ, the ones we see the most -- besides the ones that think we're a bunch of hacks who don't deserve the pay we get -- are ones that ask us how a person can get on one of the numerous game or reality shows that are on the air right now.

I have to tell you, we're flattered that you folks think we have the inside connections within the television industry that will be allow us to fast-track our readers onto shows like Survivor or Deal or No Deal. But, alas, we're just a bunch of grunts like you; we don't have a "guy" who can get us through the back door of these shows. In fact we don't even have a "guy" who can get us a discount at the car wash.

But what we can do for you is comb the web to find the various instructions on how you can get on these shows. And, no surprise, the networks have made those instructions readily available on the web. After the jump is the list of links we found so far. We'll update this list as we find more shows and instructions. And feel free to send us ones you've discovered either via our tips e-mail or in the comments section below. Enjoy and good luck...

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Talk Talk: Will Ferrell, Terrence Howard, Julian McMahon, Paolo Nutini

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 22nd 2007 5:44PM
  • Katie CouricCharlie Rose: John Burns of The NY Times, Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, and Mike Binder
  • The Daily Show: Don Cheadle
  • The Colbert Report: Katie Couric
  • The Late Show With David Letterman: Evangeline Lilly and Jeff MacGregor (repeat)
  • Jay Leno: Will Ferrell, Senator Joe Biden, and Paolo Nutini
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Terrence Howard, Bob Woodruff, and The Kooks
  • Tavis Smiley: Gina Torres
  • Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Adam Sandler, Lindsay Buckingham, and Sarah Thyre
  • The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Billy Connolly, Tricia Helfer, and Blake Shelton (repeat)
  • Last Call With Carson Daly: Julian McMahon and Amos Lee

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The Daily Show: March 21, 2007

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 22nd 2007 9:43AM
Jon Stewart"Eight Men Out": More news about the attorney dismissals. Senior Washington Correspondent John Oliver stopped by to talk about the current situation. I promise I will work "Bullshit... or bullfact?" into a normal conversation by next Wednesday.

Ah, of course they had to do a segment about the previous night's interview with John Bolton. He said some pretty interesting things while sitting next to Jon, including a little disagreement about Jon's Lincoln facts. Jon rang up one of his former guests, Lincoln Expert Doris Kearns Goodwin, to bitch her out for giving him false information. It was quite funny, especially with that old-fashioned phone.

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Nielsen basic cable ratings for the week ending March 18

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 22nd 2007 8:38AM

The RichesThe weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

1. WWE Monday Night RAW - 10pm (USA)
2. WWE Monday Night RAW - 9pm (USA)
3. Scooby-Doo 2 (Nickelodeon)
4. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
5. Law and Order: SVU (USA)
6. Fairly Odd Parents (Nickelodeon)
7. Suite Life of Zack & Cody (Disney)
8. The Riches (FX)
9. Fairly Odd Parents (Nickelodeon)
10. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)

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Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams to reunite for new show

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 22nd 2007 8:01AM

Laverne & ShirleyNow here's an odd little news item.

TV Land president Larry Jones says that a new TV show is in the works featuring former Laverne & Shirley stars Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams. The two would play themselves and live in Marshall's house, where the show would be filmed.

This could be ... interesting -- or an utter disaster. But it does bring up a fun question: what other former TV pals would you like to see in a reality show? How about Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore living together? How about Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow? Jack Klugman and Tony Randall would be great, but Randall passed away several years ago.

Readers? Maybe Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt would be up for it.

[via Pop Candy]

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