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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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Shawn Ashmore on 'Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures'

Most people know Shawn Ashmore as the 'ice guy' from the 'X-Men' movie franchise. Playing the role of Bobby Drake/Iceman, Ashmore starred alongside Anna Paquin as her sometime-love interest. Now Ashmore is back to basics, and to Canada, in the TV miniseries 'Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures' on HBO Canada. Based on the Giller Prize-winning short story collection by Canadian author Vincent Lam, 'Bloodletting' follows a group of characters as they navigate the seven-year journey through medical school. While the book itself is chronological, the cleverly-crafted miniseries weaves in and out of the past and present as it pieces together their lives. Ashmore plays Fitz, a lovelorn, wayward doctor with an alcohol problem. He is tortured by memories of his ex-girlfriend Ming (Mayko Nguyen), who happens to work at the same hospital along with her husband, Chen (Byron Mann). The miniseries is dark and brooding, and it touches on issues that the average person can relate to – love lost, confusion...

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Why do contestants jump up and down on The Price is Right?

If I were to win a prize on The Price is Right - perhaps a new Broyhill sofa, some dinnerware from The Michael C. Fina Company, or a new car - I wouldn't jump up and down. In fact, I don't think that a car is even such a great prize to win. But I can understand why contestants who win some of the bigger prizes would want to jump up and down and celebrate. However, I don't understand why contestants jump up and down before they win a prize....

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Fun Finds: 'Survivor: Samoa' Winner Speaks, TV's Top 100 Everything of 2009 and More

'Survivor: Samoa' winner Natalie White speaks on strategy, final vote surprises and prize money plans in this 5 question interview. [TV Guide.com] ...

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Crystal to receive Mark Twain prize

It seems that Billy Crystal's life of rafting down the Mississippi, white-washing fences, fighting knights in Medieval times, piloting riverboats and getting lost in caves has finally garnered him the award he deserves: the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Seriously, though, Bill Crystal is receiving the Mark Twain Prize in a ceremony to be broadcast on PBS October 11. Other folks who have received the Mark Twain Prize include Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Neil Simon and Steve Martin....

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Six worst prizes you can win on The Price Is Right

Jason's post earlier today about The Price Is Right reminded me of something I've been thinking about for years: what are the best and worst prizes you can win on the show? This is all personal opinion, of course. Where I might frown or shrug at a prize I might win another person will scream and jump down about. But I think there are certainly some prizes we can all agree are pretty lame. Below are the six that come to mind. Five of them you'll probably agree with, but I bet several of you will have a problem with number six. ...

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Tina Fey Honored With Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Today, the Kennedy Center announced that Tina Fey will receive this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. At 40, the star of NBC's '30 Rock' will become the youngest comedian ever to receive the honor. In her wry way, Fey deflected credit from herself, saying, in a statement, "I am truly thrilled to receive this honor. I assume Betty White was disqualified for steroid use." For Fey, this is yet another prize in a career that's been marked by excellence. She's won multiple Emmys for her work on NBC's '30 Rock' and 'Saturday Night Live,' not to mention the Peabody, Golden Globe, Writers Guild and Screen Actors Guild prizes....

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Reminder: Contests galore!

This is just a quick reminder to everyone that there's still two more weeks left to enter our "Invent a TV condition" contest, the prize being a $250 Best Buy gift card and ten runners-up Scrubs prize packs. There's also time to enter our "Which show gets canceled first" contest, though your guess is as good as ours as to when this contest will officially be over. The prize in this contest is a SnapStream BeyondTV do-it-yourself DVR system. Then of course we've got the "Katie Couric sign-off" contest and the weekly Subtle Subtitles contest, though the prizes there are those ever-useful stars next to your name....

Kelly Ripa Duets With Crystal Bowersox (VIDEO)

Crystal Bowersox may not have won 'American Idol,' but at least she gets an appearance on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated) and a duet with Kelly Ripa as something of a consolation prize....

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Ellen Surprises Hard-Luck Family With Cash, Vacation Cruise and More (VIDEO)

Ellen DeGeneres surprises a financially struggling Long Island family with prizes during a tearful moment on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated)....

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Our Festivus contest winner has been chosen!

We had some insanely good entries for this year's contest, but unfortunately there can only be one winner this time around (though do keep a lookout for future contests where the remaining prizes will be up for grabs!) Congratulations to Liz for her "You're a Mean One, Dr. House" lyrics! Liz has chosen the Deadwood sets (seasons one and two) for her prize. Read on after the jump for her entry. Thanks to everyone for entering and keep on the lookout soon for more contests!...

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Subtle Subtitles

As I said last week, I've picked six winners from the last contest for some cool prizes. And here they are: Sixth prize -- emily.: "In order to keep the internet from being a tool of mass political revolution, the Pentagon has a full-time staff of forum trolls posting comments on key websites from several independently-operated bunkers throughout the U.S." Fifth prize -- Allen: "With Hamlet completed, the writing staff revolted when they learned their next assignment was writing jokes for Regis Philbin and David Hasslehoff." Fourth prize -- Chris W: "In this rare, behind the scenes picture, you can see the writing team hard at work on an episode of "According to Jim."" Third prize -- Fred: "These PSP games suck! Next time, we rob Mark-Paul Gosselaar's hotel room." Second prize -- Bus: "As a kid I always loved the Macy's store front windows, but they must be running out of ideas when this is their Easter display." First prize -- Carl Winslow: "FOX executives demonstrate the new "CANCELTRON 4000" at the TCA...

Who Won 'Big Brother 12'? (VIDEO)

After making it all the way to the end of 'Big Brother' (Wed., 9PM on CBS), it came down to the vote of one member of "The Brigade" to determine which of the other remaining two would walk away with the $500,000 grand prize. There was to be no runaway winner this season. Instead it was a 4-3 vote, indicating the Houseguests had a hard time determining which of the finalists was more deserving of the prize. [Spoiler Alert.]...

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Let's Make A Deal: Series Premiere

So now we have a shiny new, 21st century edition of Let's Make A Deal. How does it stack up to the Monty Hall classic? For the most part, the show hasn't changed a bit. Sure, some of the prizes are different now: satellite televisions and HDTVs. But there are still three doors and small boxes and big boxes and trading cash or prizes for what's behind or under those doors and boxes (and most of the prizes are the same: furniture and appliances and trips). We still have people dressed as cowboys and bananas and clowns and chefs so that hasn't changed. But what about the hour-long format? The old show was 30 minutes. Does expanding it to an hour ruin things?...

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ABC taking another spin on game shows

ABC's last attempts to revive the game show dynasty failed harder than Crystal New Coke. How bad were they? Not even the magic and majesty of William Shatner could bring them back from the dead. Now ABC is taking another chance on giving people a chance to win fabulous cash and/or prizes by picking up a game show from Russia called What? Where? When?. Game show powerhouse Merv Griffin Entertainment is behind the move and will most likely rename the show The Six. It's also fully interactive with the audience since it gives viewers the chance to win a prize. If ABC manages to produce a decent game show for a change, that would be enough of a prize for me....

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