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Steve Carell gets "familiar" with Bob Wright - VIDEO

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 6th 2007 11:36AM
Steve CarellThe folks at NBC sent us a link to a funny little video that they've put up on their Dot Comedy video site. In the video, shot at the 2005 upfront presentation, Steve Carell has a very positive (and obviously pre-planned) reaction to the renewal of The Office for a second season. He bounds down the aisle at Radio City Music Hall, overjoyed that his struggling little mid-season replacement was picked up. He's so overjoyed that he finds NBC Universal chairman Bob Wright and kisses him on the lips.

The ironic thing about this video is that two of the main players in it, Wright and Kevin Reilly, who you see announcing The Office's renewal, are no longer with the network; if you recall, Wright's replacement, Jeff Zucker, just fired Reilly last week. By the way, Dot Comedy has a whole Carell channel set up to promote his upcoming movie, Evan Almighty. They also have vlogs from various comedians (including our own Paul Goebel). It's a good way to blow an entire day at work. The video is after the jump.

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Boomerang adds Krypto and Gerald McBoing Boing - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 26th 2007 6:31PM

kryptoBoomerang, the Cartoon Network spin-off that was once home to old, classic cartoons, is adding two new shows to its line-up that are neither old nor classic: Krypto the Superdog and Gerald McBoing Boing.

My fellow animation nerds are probably saying, "wait a sec, isn't Gerald McBoing Boing from the '50s?"

Yes, the original Gerald McBoing Boing short, based on a recording written by Dr. Seuss, first appeared in theaters in 1951 and won the Academy Award that same year. Boomerang, however, will be airing an updated version that ran on the now-defunct Tickle U block of preschool programming on Cartoon Network. It would seem logical that if you bill your network as featuring old cartoons you'd pick the Gerald from the '50s and not the one from 2005, but I stopped trying to figure out such decisions a long time ago.

Gerald McBoing Boing will debut on Boomerang Monday, February 5 at 6:00pm, followed by Krypto the Superdog at 7:00pm.

I placed the original Gerald McBoing Boing short after the jump.

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Best and Worst of 2005: Joel's list

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 9th 2006 8:32AM

The OfficeIt's really hard for me to come up with lists like this, mainly because I try to watch shows that I know I'm going to like and avoid shows that I know are going to suck. Sounds pretty straightforward, but it's actually pretty hard to accomplish. There's a lot of crap out there, and it's very easy to flip right past it as you abuse your remote. So I likely won't stick to just listing shows, especially in the "Worst" section.  Life's too short to watch Bad TV.


My Name Is Earl and The Office - Two quirky single-camera comedies that have delivered more laughs in each episode than Joey has in a season-and-a-half. While both shows can be a little uneven -- Earl can get very schmaltzy and earnest at times, and The Office's needs to scale back on Michael's cringiness -- the funny moments outweigh the head-scratching ones. Looking forward to see them on Thursday.

Arrested Development - Fox may have given it the short shrift, but the show continues to deliver week after week, putting the Bluths in ever escalating family discord amongst a swirl of layered jokes that take repeated watchings to catch. For instance, I never caught that scene where Henry Winkler jumped the shark. Guess I need to get the DVD.

The finale of Everybody Loves Raymond - Some people like it, some (like my parents) don't. But there's no question that Raymond ended its nine-year run with a low-key, funny finale that put bloated finales -- like the Seinfeld disaster -- to shame.

Grey's Anatomy - Tired of the umpteenth CSI or Law & Order? Want a drama with humor and heart and not just procedure? Think ER has gotten ridiculous? Then turn on Grey's Anatomy. Characters you care about, storylines that pull at the heartstrings, a great ensemble cast, and writing that's getting better every week. Not a bad way to close out the weekend.

Everybody Hates Chris - Combine Chris Rock's humor with a fish-out-of-water story and a sweet family comedy and you have Everybody Hates Chris. Again, this show's been somewhat uneven, as there have been episodes where Rock's narration has been the only thing that was funny. The quality is there, though, and it's only bound to get better as the kids grow up and the characters develop.

Scrubs - Yes, I know this is number 6, but I have to pay tribute to my current favorite show. Incorporating silly fun, a great ensemble, and writers who dare to go to the loopy side, this show deserved every Emmy nomination it got last year. Judging by the first two episodes of the fifth season, viewers are in for a hell of a funny ride.

Honorable mentions: The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, the news media's coverage of Katrina, How I Met Your Mother, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Gilmore Girls, the "Lazy Sunday" sketch on SNL, Beauty and the Geek.

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Best and worst of 2005: Sarah's list

by Sarah Gilbert, posted Jan 8th 2006 8:42AM
i love the chemistry between chris noth and
annabelle sciorraBest:
5. The Backyardigans A preschoolers' show I'd watch if I didn't have kids. Yes, when you drove past my house the other day, that was me dancing along to "I love being a princess!"
4. Law & Order: Criminal Intent  I thought I couldn't watch the show without Vincent D'Onofrio. But Chris Noth and Annabelle Sciora have the kind of vulnerable-yet-professional chemistry that I never dreamed possible between Chris and Sarah Jessica Parker or Annabelle and James Gandolfini.
3. Grey's Anatomy  It's kooky, it's outlandish, and all the characters, I can't help but love 'em despite their annoying peccadilloes. And who knew I'd fall in love with Dr. Bailey?
2. Medium  I'd watch it just for the family drama. But the mysteries are fantastic, the writing eloquent and witty, the twists always fool me until 52 past the hour.
1. The 4400  Sci fi that transports, characters that draw me in, and it's coming back in 2006. Hurray!


5. Saturday Night Live  My husband still gets excited about Saturday nights. Until I remind him, honey, it's just not funny!
4. ER  I'm so sad that I hate Thursdays now. I used to love Thursdays.
3. 7:30 p.m. timeslot  There's nothing good on at 7:30 p.m., not even on the Food Network. I hate 7:30 p.m.
2. Sandra Lee's Semi-homemade Cooking  Make it from scratch or buy it from the store. And either way, aren't we all old enough now to admit whether we can, or cannot, cook?
1. Out of Practice  Stockard Channing, Henry Winkler, what have ye wrought?

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Best and Worst of 2005: Anna's List

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 4th 2006 10:00AM

5. CBS Sunday Morning  If you don't watch this, you should. It's old-school television news at its best with in-depth news stories, and lots and lots about the arts. Plus, the original "moment of zen" at the end.
4. The Daily Show  A good way to blow off steam when the news of the day is really getting you down.
3. The Office  This show really came into its own this season, and I just adore all the characters.
2. My Name is Earl  Always good for a one-liner.
1. Lost  They mess with our heads. And we like it!


5. Night Stalker  I couldn't even stomach the first episode of this new show. Sad, because I had such high hopes for it.
4. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition  Too much showmanship, fabricated content (i.e., who can we get to build this house?), and way too much product placement.
3. Britney & Kevin: Chaotic  Quite possibly the most useless piece of crap to air this year.
2. Desperate Housewives  That's right. I can't stand this show. Too many open plotlines that don't interest me at all.
1. Saturday Night Live  It hasn't been funny in years. Except for that Narnia rap everyone is talking about.

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Best and Worst of 2005: Adam's list

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 3rd 2006 9:00AM
wonder showzenDo you know what I liked about TV in 2005, Beverly? Let me tell you:

Perfect Hair Forever: Okay, Stroker and Hoop has grown on me, I don't think Squidbillies is all that bad, and I still haven't quite made up my mind about 12 Oz. Mouse, but damn, Perfect Hair Forever, the Williams Street artisans ribald and aloof take on the anime genre was by far the best new offering on Adult Swim this year. In typical anime fashion, only six episodes were created. I hope for a DVD release.

Wonder Showzen: Despite my local cable provider moving MTV2 around so much that it makes my Tivo cry, I have hunted down every airing of this subversive "kids show" like a madman. There is nothing else like this on TV right now, and it rivals South Park in just how far it's willing to go to make its audience uncomfortable. A second season kicks off this year.

Everybody Hates Chris: It's a good show, plain and simple. It's not the Holy Grail, as a lot of pre-show hype made it out to be, but it is an unpretentious, hilarious look at what it's like to grow up with limited means in an environment that isn't always fair.

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Previously on TV Squad

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 1st 2006 5:01PM
In case you've missed it -- perhaps you were watching Bowl Week or planning on where to pass out on New Year's Eve  --  here are some highlights from the last week at TV Squad:

New Year's Rockin' Eve

Top TV stories of 2005
Breaking News
The Five
Episode Reviews
  • What, you think the networks showed anythng new this week? Puh-leaze.

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Top TV Stories of 2005: TV on the Internet

by Ryan j Budke, posted Dec 28th 2005 11:10PM
(Part 1 of 5)

It seems like every year at about this time, when everyone is making their big "tech" predictions for next year, someone always says that next year is going to be the year for TV on the internet. While it may not yet be a perfect system, or exactly as we all had expected it to be, whoever predicted that statement last December would be right on the money; 2005 will definitely go down as the year that TV came to the internet. The networks seemed to realize, throughout the year, that this internet thing wasn't going to go away anytime soon, and they ought to go ahead and embrace it. Tie-ins ranging from recaps and commentaries, to downloadable specials and entire episodes, to live tie-ins with game shows started popping up all over the web. And let me tell you, if you think that 2005 was big, wait 'til 2006 -- you ain't seen nothing yet. (Yes I know that's grammatically incorrect, it's from a song people!) On with the show!

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Whitney and Bobby selected Tackiest Couple

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 20th 2005 4:42PM
Whitney and Bobby: tackiest coupleThere were lots of pretty obnoxious and tacky couples in the "news" this year. Britney Spears and Kevin Federline. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Paris Hilton and whatever Greek guy she's engaged to this week. But, as far as Star magazine is concerned, Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown out-tacky all of them. They selected the stars of Being Bobby Brown as the Tackiest Couple of 2005. As this article shows, the competition was fierce, although it's quite surprising that Whit and Bobby are tackier than, say, Flavor Flav and Brigitte Neilsen, but I guess the evidence is all out there on their various reality shows.

Makes our girl Jen Aniston look a lot classier right now, doesn't it?

[via Pop Candy]

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My Big Year: TV Guide in 60 seconds

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 19th 2005 3:14PM
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Guide - Patrick DempseyOn the cover: Grey's Anatomy's Patrick Dempsey, who (with other stars) looks back at the year 2005.
  • Matt Roush picks his 14 Favorite Shows of 2005 (he couldn't narrow it down to 10). He also reviews the new Nightline and talks about a new Christmas TV classic.
  • A rundown of the year in reality TV, that will make you "laugh, cry, gasp, and cheer," as the mag says. They forgot "yawn."
  • In the Cheers and Jeers section, they jeer Antiques Roadshow but cheer Jimmy Kimmel! 

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