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What to Watch: November 9 - 15

The Giller Prize, November 10, 9 pm ET, Bravo/BookTV Seamus O'Regan hosts Canadian literature's most glamourous night, where five books are on the short-list for the prize. Winning can translate into a huge sales spike, not to mention joining the ranks of Margaret Atwood and MG Vassanji. Actors Hugh Dillon ('Flashpoint') and Rachelle Lefevre ('Twilight') are among the presenters....

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Monster Garage rises from the ashes

The show that transformed the Discovery Channel from a stuffy science documentary network that even A/V club nerds found drab and dull into the media franchise it is today is returning to the network that birthed it. Monster Garage will return to the cable network for a new series run set in Detroit called MG: Motor City. It is set to debut in the fall. The new series will gather a gaggle of gearheads to task them with turning a timid Ford Model T into a fire-breathing, fuel-guzzling, Firestone tire-eating race dragster. What's the grand prize? What else? A multimillion dollar government bailout!...

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TV Squad Super Bowl Squares Results

Game over! Congrats Pittsburgh! Here are the results of the SB squares game. Names in bold within the chart are the winners -- congratulations to you, as well! I'll be getting in contact with you via email tomorrow, so be on the lookout. SEATTLE P I T T S B U R G H   4 7 8 1 6 9 0 3 5 2 9  Bus  Rats  D  Et  JTj  BM  RMC  yy  SR  Sn 4  Jon  WB  Ml  BR  Ev  TJ  Bala  SC  yte  kip 7  Az  Em  Eh  Jay  JJ  TP  doc  DH  js  CTM ...

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A Match Game fan remembers Fred Travalena

The sad news just keeps on coming: comedian and impressionist Fred Travalena passed away yesterday, losing a battle with cancer at the age of 66. For those of you who have no idea who I'm talking about (and, believe me, those numbers are legion), Travalena was big on the talk show and game show circuit in the '70s, doing impressions of everyone from Robert De Niro to George Burns to Jimmy Carter. As a nerdly kid who rarely left the house after school, however, Travalena is best known to me as a panelist during the latter years of my favorite game show, Match Game. After the jump is the only MG-related clip I could find with Travalena, where he does an impression of De Niro on the short-lived Match Game Hollywood Squares Hour in the early '80s. (Warning: you need to turn the volume up to hear it)....

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Reasons why I think ABC should renew Miss Guided

TV Squadder Paul Goebel reviewed the series premiere of the ABC comedy Miss Guided. He wasn't sure what to make of the show after the first airing and I must admit that I also had my doubts about this new comedy. Judy Greer is a joy to watch as guidance counselor Becky Freeley but the comedy was predictable and the cast way too beautiful to portray a real high school. However, I decided to stick with it and ended up enjoying the show's storylines and characters as well as the interview-like tidbits. The series aired its season finale last week and is now awaiting ABC's upfronts to know if it'll come back next season or have to close the books. To help ABC make its decision, here are some reasons why Miss Guided should be renewed....

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Game Show Marathon: Match Game

(S01E06) This review was performed via IM chat, and has been edited for clarity. Richard Keller: Good evening, everyone! And welcome to a 'very special' review of Game Show Marathon. I'm here with someone I've known for, well, most of my life. My dear brother Joel. Joel Keller: Howdy. Richard Keller: We're diverging from the usual review format because tonight we are going to watch an episode of GSM that features a game show that was viewed religiously in the Keller household during the 1970's. We're talking about Match Game. JK: The previews of this show looked OK... some oddities... but I'm keeping an open mind; yet, I'm going to be really critical of this episode, considering Match Game is my all-time favorite game show. What are you expecting, Rich? RK: Well, from looking at the previews from last week I'm not too sure.  They seem to have gotten the feel of the mid-70's set down. What it will really come down to is how the celebrities play. So, without further delay, here we go....

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Five Reasons Why 'My Generation' Could Be the New 'Friday Night Lights'

They say that everything is bigger in Texas -- but when it comes to television, is everything just plain better in Texas too? Over four seasons, the critically acclaimed (and criminally under-watched) NBC series 'Friday Night Lights' has become unmissable viewing for many fans thanks to its naturalistic storytelling, compelling characters and luscious cinematography. This fall, two new shows hope to capitalize on the Southern charm that first stole our hearts in the fictional town of Dillon....

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The Five: Greatest Celebrity Game Show Panelists

They made us laugh. They sometimes caused chaos. They always wore ridiculous outfits. They made too many post-school afternoons fly by. Celebrity game show panelists were the bread and butter of daytime entertainment from the 1950s until the 1980s, and, while it was nice to see ordinary people win gobs of cash, viewers tuned into many of these star-driven game shows just to see what wackiness would ensue next. So, in an effort to help you decide which shows to watch on GSN that aren't poker or blackjack-related, I am providing a list of five people (actually six) who made the most out of their measly for-scale paychecks and made the shows they were on the best they could be. The list begins after the jump....

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House: Living the Dream

[S04E14] "You don't deserve to be happy." House to Wilson. "And yet I am. You?" Wilson to House House treats the symptoms, but he doesn't treat the whole person. He doesn't even claim to. He often makes a clear point that he doesn't care. House likes medicine because he likes to solve puzzles, and what greater consequences can a puzzle have than a human life? But ultimately, even someone dying doesn't matter unless House can't figure out the puzzle. So, if the above paragraph is true, then why does House go out of his way to kidnap a soap opera star he believes to be dying in order to save his life? Is it really because he can't stand the idea of not watching his soap? I don't think so; he even encourages angsty actor Evan Greer (Sex and the City's Jason Lewis) to quit if he's not happy... well, sort of. But, back to the question: If House doesn't care, then why bother? Because it's a puzzle he can see daily, right in front of him, and he has to solve it. Apparently he has made multiple calls about it, bec...

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