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The most surreal ad I've ever seen: Letterman, Oprah, and ... Leno?

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 7th 2010 8:15PM
Super Bowl Ad: Letterman, Leno, OprahThe first big Super Bowl shocker came early tonight, in a CBS promo, no less. The Super Bowl is on CBS, so it's no surprise we get a shot of David Letterman on a couch in his Colts jersey, but here's where things get weird: he's at a Super Bowl party with Oprah, and he's complaining about how it's the worst Super Bowl party ever.

We then see Jay freakin' Leno, who says that Letterman is only saying that because he's there. Letterman then mocks Leno, and then we see that this whole thing is a promo for 'The Late Show with David Letterman.'

How in the hell did this happen?

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What You Missed Last Night: Jimmy Fallon's TV Mash-Ups

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 5th 2010 3:29PM
One of the things I love about "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' is Fallon's enthusiasm. When he laughs hard at something, it's real, sincere goofiness, not a fake showbiz laugh. Like last night when he introduced TV Mash-Ups, NBC's big plan to get back on top.

Of course, there's no way in hell I'd watch shows called 'Hard Nips' and 'Front Butt.'

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Will ABC Let Adam Lambert Into the Oscars?

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 4th 2010 7:29PM
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The Adam Lambert/ABC controversy is one of those things that makes zero sense to me. If you recall, after Lambert kissed a dude and briefly simulated oral sex with someone in his band on the American Music Awards, ABC freaked out and started banning him from their shows. The network canceled appearances on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' and 'Good Morning America,' apparently fearing that the 'American Idol' runner-up wouldn't be able to refrain from nibbling George Stephanopoulos' ear at 7:30 AM. What I don't get is why this is such a big deal: it's as if ABC is operating in a world in which Lady Gaga and her antics don't exist.

Now the big Lambert news is that he may be attending the Oscars, which is airing March 7 on ABC. As Lambert isn't in the film industry, this makes little sense-- except that he may be attending the ceremony with longtime friend Anna Kendrick, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her turn in the George Clooney film, 'Up In The Air.'

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What You Missed Last Night: 'Lost' producers explain things to Jimmy Kimmel

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 3rd 2010 11:55AM
So you watched last night's season premiere of 'Lost,' hopefully with a bottle of Advil by your side. I think I know what's going on (translation: not really). But Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof were on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' last night and actually answered some questions from Jimmy about the plot (and spoiled some of it for the studio audience - the episode was taped before anyone in the audience had seen the episode).

The interview is in two parts, the second is after the jump.

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What You Missed Last Night: Colbert Got His iPad!

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 1st 2010 2:33PM
Last week I told you about Stephen Colbert making a plea on his show for Apple's new iPad (which he called the Tablet because it hadn't been released yet). Well, it looks like he got his iPad a lot sooner than the rest of us are going to get them. He whipped it out last night at 'The Grammys' and even taunted some of the stars who haven't gotten one yet.

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What You Missed Last Night: Kimmel on Leno's Oprah interview

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 29th 2010 11:29AM
Joel told you about Jay Leno's appearance on Oprah yesterday. Last night, Jimmy Kimmel explained exactly what happened when he went on The Jay Leno Show and joked about Leno.

After the jump, Kimmel shows all the best parts of Leno's interview, with help from REM.

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Chris Matthews: still on MSNBC, still won't shut up

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 28th 2010 4:02PM
Last night during MSNBC's coverage of the State of the Union Address, Chris Matthews said about President Obama, "I forgot that he was black tonight, for an hour." Now, even if you give him the benefit of the doubt about this statement (a dumb statement for many reasons - what, he does remember that he's black all the other times of the day? What exactly does it mean?), it's still an odd statement to say out loud. He "clarified" the statement on Rachel Maddow's show.

Don't think what he said was odd? Imagine if someone on FOX News had said it.

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What You Missed Last Night: Democrats are just like Kevin on The Wonder Years

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 28th 2010 11:29AM
Ah, The Wonder Years. Kevin's older brother used to tease and bully him all the time. Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart used a clip from the show to illustrate what Republicans are supposedly doing to Democrats right now on healthcare, tax cuts, and many other issues.

He also makes a football analogy that no one in the audience gets.

[Watch clips and episodes of The Daily Show and other shows at SlashControl.]

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What You Missed Last Night: Stephen Colbert wants Apple's tablet

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 27th 2010 10:30AM
In case you haven't heard, Apple is probably going to release some sort of tablet/pad today that is GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT. Actually, I'm pretty excited about it myself. So is Stephen Colbert. In this clip from last night, he talks about a new iPhone app and pleads for the new device too.

[Watch clips and episodes of The Colbert Report and other shows at SlashControl.]

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What You Missed Last Night: Bill Gates talks about his foundation (and robots that love)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 26th 2010 11:02AM
This is an interesting Daily Show interview with Bill Gates where he talks about the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, but I'm posting it because of a funny question that Jon Stewart asks him about a certain Microsoft competitor.

[Watch clips and episodes of The Daily Show and other shows at SlashControl.]

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Hulu users are not big Jay Leno fans

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jan 21st 2010 10:30AM
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I was on Hulu this morning looking for a clip from The Jay Leno Show for another post I'm doing, and I quickly found out that Hulu users are not on Team Jay. I let my cursor rest on one of the episodes (his January 19th one featuring Chelsea Handler), and some information about the show popped up, including user-generated tags. The above picture is a screenshot from Hulu, and if you can't read it, the tags say, "hack," "thief," "unfunny," "has been," and "backstabber."

If you scroll all the way down on the Jay Leno Show page on Hulu, in addition to a pretty nasty comment thread about how he stole The Tonight Show from Conan, you'll see a place where you can tag videos. Currently Leno has 51 tags, and the ones I mentioned above aren't even the worst ones. They're ranked by order of use, and "hack" is number 1, having been used 66 times. However, "nicest guy in tv" has been used four times, so that's something, right?

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Craig Ferguson has the outtakes from Morgan Freeman and The CBS Evening News

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 20th 2010 3:02PM
If you haven't heard (a lot of people don't watch the network newscasts, after all), Morgan Freeman has replaced Walter Cronkite as the voice of The CBS Evening News. Last night, Craig Ferguson played the outtakes from Freeman's intro to the show. It could be an impersonator, but it sounds like Freeman.

[via TV Newser]

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What You Missed Last Night: the first promo for Leno's return to The Tonight Show

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 20th 2010 8:01AM
OK, so it's from David Letterman, but still, it's a promo! Letterman ran this last night.

What I love about it is not only how they point out what Leno took from other shows for The Tonight Show, but they got ex-Tonight Show announcer Edd Hall to do the voiceover!

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Michael C. Hall, Mad Men score Golden Globe awards

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 18th 2010 2:00AM
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Did your favorite actors and TV shows score Golden Globe awards tonight? Let's take a look at how things shook out in the TV categories at the 67th Annual Golden Globes.

Mad Men, Best Television Series - Drama.
With competition from Big Love, Dexter, House, and True Blood, I'm really glad I wasn't picking the winner here. They're all fantastic. I wouldn't say that True Blood delivered its best episodes last season, so I don't have a problem with that one not winning (though I'm a big fan of the show). Mad Men is definitely deserving (especially the "lawn mower" episode), although Dexter and Big Love both had great seasons.

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What You Missed Last Night: Kimmel takes apart Leno on Leno's own show

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 15th 2010 9:01AM
This was very satisfying to watch. Jimmy Kimmel appeared on The Jay Leno Show last night to do the "10@10" segment, just a couple of days after impersonating Leno on an entire Jimmy Kimmel Live episode. Did Kimmel pull any punches? No way. In fact, some of his barbs were really cutting, and if I can read people, he wasn't really kidding and Leno wasn't happy.

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