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Here's a new version of the Jersey Shore punch (starring doggies!)

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 29th 2009 1:26PM
This might be the stupidest thing you see on the web all day, but it also happens to be one of the cutest. It's a recreation of the now infamous scene from Jersey Shore (cut by MTV but seen everywhere anyway) of Snooki being punched in the face in the bar. Only this time it's done by dogs!

On a related note, has a bartender in NJ created a "Jersey Shore Punch" yet?

[via Best Week Ever]

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The Twelve Days of Festivus: One great TV moment

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 23rd 2009 11:12AM
Susan Boyle on Britain's Got TalentOn the first day of Festivus, TV gave to me... one great TV moment.

Unlike last year, which had a ton of major TV moments to choose from, this year had a whole roster of moments that seemed major at the time but ended up being minor in retrospect. Obama's inauguration feels more like a leftover moment from 2008. ER's finale would have been huge if it aired in 2004 instead of 2009. Letterman talking about his affairs and the corresponding blackmail incident would have been huge if Tiger Woods didn't run over that fire hydrant. Balloon Boy was a hoax, and Jon and Kate's divorce announcement had more of a rubbernecking feel than one that was communal.

No, the only TV moment that seemed to give us all a reason to talk around the Keurig machine (no one talks around watercoolers anymore, do they) was a moment that a) didn't even happen in the US, and 2) the vast majority of people discovered via YouTube.

Yep, I'm talking about Susan Boyle. The famous video is after the jump.

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Survivor runner-up Russell has a new web site

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 22nd 2009 2:29PM
Russell Hantz
If you watched the season finale of Survivor the other night, you probably noticed that, unlike a lot of runner-ups in the past, Russell Hantz was openly bitter and angry about not winning. He didn't try to hide it, which probably proved to the jury that they were right in voting for Natalie in the first place.

But Russell still thinks he should have won and he has just launched a new web site called RussellGotScrewed.com, where he asks you to vote for him if you think he's "America's Top Survivor." You can also make donations or buy shirts and other things in his store. Proceeds go to St. Jude's Hospital, which is a great thing, though I'm not sure exactly what he wants to accomplish with the whole "vote for me" thing. Maybe he wants a recount.

He even told Natalie on the finale that if she asked Jeff to proclaim him the best player (though not the official winner) he would give her $10,000. She didn't take the offer.

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Comcast launches new online video service today

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 22nd 2009 1:30PM
ComcastBuying NBC isn't the only big news from Comcast happening at the end of the 2009. Today they're launching a new online on-demand service. It's only for Comcast customers, but I'm a Comcast customer, so I'll be able to watch it!

It's called XFinity, which sounds like that name for the next Stargate spinoff but is actually a new part of the Fancast site where you can watch TV shows from channels like HBO, AMC, A&E, STARZ, The History Channel, and Cinemax. That means you can watch shows like True Blood, Entourage, Mad Men, The Colbert Report, Big Love, and many other shows. (By the way, right now Fancast is running a marathon of Friends Christmas episodes.)

Now that Comcast owns a big chunk of NBC, I wonder how this service could someday be combined with Hulu in some way, or if launching this service will affect Hulu in other ways.

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Susan Boyle's Britain's Got Talent appearance most watched thing on YouTube in '09

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 16th 2009 8:01PM
This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who doesn't live in a cave or still have dial-up Internet... or both. Although given the economy these days, I'm sure I can forgive people who still live in caves.

Susan Boyle's breakthrough performance on Britain's Got Talent garnered the most eyeballs on YouTube in 2009 with a whopping 120 million views.

Sorry, dog that's stuck in a toilet as cruel owner films you. Maybe next year.

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Does How I Met Your Mother have anything to be ashamed of?

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 15th 2009 4:59PM
How I Met Your MotherI didn't know that Slate was keeping a weekly "Shame Index" for How I Met Your Mother, a regular column where they go over each episode in fine detail and list what the show does "awesome" and what the show should be ashamed of. You're probably wondering, what could the show possibly do to be ashamed of?

Basically it comes down to either 1. lame jokes or 2. being too much like Friends. I'm not a regular viewer of How I Met Your Mother (I did love Friends), so I have absolutely no opinion on the matter at all. They do point out the plot from last night's episode where they tried to quit smoking, saying that Friends did that several times with Chandler Bing's character over the years and that was funnier and HIMYM copied too much from Friends.

What do you think?

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Top TV Stories of 2009: Celebs who use Twitter

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 14th 2009 9:02AM
TwitterI'll admit that I wasn't swayed by the allure of Twitter at first. As someone who tried Facebook for three weeks a couple of years ago and then quickly canceled the account, I didn't want to get on a social networking site that was like Facebook but only had status updates. Why would I want to do that? But then I started using Twitter and then I got it. I got why it's so great (note: I'm on Facebook again, but only because Facebook is the new phone book - even if you don't use it that much, it's good to be listed).

Twitter haters always say the same thing when they explain why they're not on it: "Why would I care when someone's eating a sandwich?" It's so much more than that. I even think it has evolved into something the creators of Twitter could never have imagined. Sure, it's social networking, but not social networking in the sense that Facebook is. It's a whole different thing. It's like getting a stream of e-mails or IMs or breaking news posts throughout the day from people you're actually interested in hearing from.

And that list of people just might include TV personalities.

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Sam Rubin not a fan of Perez Hilton at all

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 10th 2009 1:06PM
Perez Hilton seems to irritate someone every other week, and the latest person is KTLA's Sam Rubin. He was supposed to interview Hilton on the set the other day about his new book, but when Hilton showed up and was told what time he'd be interviewed, he said he had to leave. Rubin wasn't happy about that and was rather blunt about it on the show the next day.

Of course, since this is the 21st century, the fight continued on Twitter.

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MST3K crash lands into Hulu

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 8th 2009 6:30PM
Are you tired of having to set up your VCR to watch your favorite old tapes of Mystery Science Theater 3000? Does the thought of syncing up Mike Nelson's Rifftrax audio to a movie make your brain feel like its time for a nap? Do the convenience and reliability of DVDs seem like too much hassle to fulfill your MST3K itch?

Now the laziest human beings on the planet can enjoy the classic MST3K series on the web, that is if they don't consider moving a mouse and a minimal amount of typing too much physical activity for one day.

Hulu has picked up five episodes of the series from the fourth, fifth and sixth season including such famous episodes as Super Agent Secret Dragon, Monster-a-Go-Go and (my personal favorite both on and off the Satellite of Love's screen) The Giant Gila Monster. Watch it, then get some exercise, please.

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Posters give a minimalist spin to your favorite TV show

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 8th 2009 2:02PM
Two and a Half Men posterHow would you like to buy some modern, minimalist posters for your favorite TV shows? Now you can, from Blanka.

Some of them work beautifully, some don't (the Heroes and Mad Men posters are a bit disappointing). Besides this very, very clever Two and a Half Men poster, I've picked a couple of my favorites and they're after the jump.

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White Collar shocker causing all sorts of controversy (even on Twitter)

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 7th 2009 2:02PM
White Collar
The twist at the end of the fall finale of White Collar last week has fans divided. Some think it came out of nowhere, some (like me) think it was shocking but will go with it (because I think it's misleading and Peter is actually still a good guy), and there are some that think it makes perfect sense because they saw it coming (yeah, right).

People on Twitter are talking about it too, including the show's creator.

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Prove your Mythbusters knowledge to the world or die trying

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 5th 2009 4:30PM
You've seen every Mythbusters episode the world has to offer. You have them all on a series of categorically detailed DVDs. You once turned down an opportunity to go out with Keira Knightley because you couldn't wait until the morning after to learn if a cannon-fired frozen chicken can penetrate a plane's cockpit window. But how well do you have them memorized?

Mental_Floss magazine puts your knowledge of the Mythbusters' mythbusting to the ultimate test with their "Myth...Busted?" quiz. Be warned. I scored an 8 out of 10 and the shame of defeat drove me to down an entire bottle of whiskey, disproving the myth that alcohol can't solve all of life's failures.

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Tomorrow night's Christmas tree lighting on NBC could be more interesting than usual

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 1st 2009 6:02PM
NBC logoI'm not quite sure what to make of this web site. It's called nbcstolechristmas.com and it has a How The Grinch Stole Christmas-ish rhyme that seems to imply that tomorrow night's live Rockefeller Plaza Christmas tree lighting show on NBC might not go off the way the network wants it to.

If I'm reading the rhyme correctly, NBC is refusing to negotiate with employees over some dispute, and unless they agree to negotiate, "the crew may just might, do something that would be NBC's blight" and that "they'll be forced from 30 Rock." That's rather vague (and ominous). Could it mean the lights won't work? Dozens of NBC employees streaking live on national TV?

The poem also mentions hosts Jane Krakowski and Zachary Levi and suggests that music guests Shakira and The Roots might not be able to play. Hmmmm...well, it's one way to get people to watch the show, that's for sure.

(Update: The Live Feed has the story.)

[via Damian Holbrook]

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Celebrate the holidays with Star Trek uniform cookies

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 28th 2009 2:01PM
Star Trek cookiesHere's something for the Star Trek geek on your Christmas list: cookies in the form of various Enterprise uniforms! You have the orange shirt (Kirk), the blue shirt (Spock), and the red shirts (away team extra and other crew). You can also get Starfleet badges.

Geeky Cookies also has other, well, geeky cookies, including Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, power buttons, and Pokemon.

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The Al Roker/Heidi & Spencer battle continues (yes, there is an Al Roker/Heidi & Spencer battle)

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 17th 2009 4:00PM
Heidi and SpencerA few months ago, Al Roker interviewed Heidi and Spencer (I think they go by the cute couple name "Hencer") on Today and it didn't go well. Well, it didn't go well for Heidi and Spencer; Roker became a hero to many viewers for pretty much not taking the couple seriously at all. Well, the battle has continued on Twitter.

The two stars of The Hills were supposed to be on Today yesterday but were bumped (they did appear on Regis & Kelly this morning though). So Spencer went on Twitter (the new celebrity battleground) and said "WEATHERMAN I thought you were out of town today getting your stomach stapled again? He called Roker "abusive to women" and a "sicko." Roker responded by simply saying that people shouldn't pay attention to haters on Twitter.

Heidi and Spencer have a new book out, How To Be Famous. Tip #1: be complete morons.

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