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2010 Daytime Emmys: We Predict the Nominees

by Allison Waldman, posted May 10th 2010 10:00AM
soony_alexis_general_hospital_abcOn Wednesday, nominations for the 37th Annual Daytime Emmys will be announced, and we here at TV Squad are placing early bets in all of the top categories. Will last year's winner, 'The Bold and the Beautiful,' triumph again? Will Peter Bergman ('The Young and the Restless') earn his 16th nomination? Read our fearless predictions below, and don't forget to tune in to CBS when the Daytime Emmys air live Sun., June 27 at 9PM.

Outstanding Drama Series
'Days of Our Lives'
'The Bold and the Beautiful'
'General Hospital'
'The Young and the Restless'

The likeliest nomination here is 'General Hospital,' because it produced another terrific, big-event episode -- the hospital carnival, in which a car crashed through the crowd. It was an impressive and unique moment for daytime TV, so look for it to translate into a Drama Series nomination. Meanwhile, 'The Young and the Restless' offered up Colleen's death, which was moody and sad, and should be good enough to earn the seven-time champ a spot in the final four. 'Days' has been rising in Emmy estimation in the last few years, and is looking set for a nomination after the episode about Grace's death. And after last year's big win, expect 'Bold and the Beautiful' to round out the category.

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'Desperate Housewives' - 'Stone Doll' Recap

by Isabelle Carreau, posted May 9th 2010 11:15PM
Desperate Housewives(S06E22) "It's only a matter of time before she turns up." - Eddie to Lynette about his mother

With the season finale airing next week, it is with no surprise that this week's 'Desperate Housewives' was packed with action that moved all major storylines closer to a conclusion.

Patrick put his ultimate plan in motion, Susan and Mike made a decision that surely had some fans go "Noooooooooo!!!", Lynette discovered the truth about Eddie, Bree tried to get Sam out of her life but Sam fought back.

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'The Amazing Race' - 'Huger Than Huge' Season Finale Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted May 9th 2010 10:45PM
The final three teams are in 'The Amazing Race' season finale(S16E12) Aha! That's why 'The Amazing Race' seasons always seem so short! Although they pack in a whirlwind tour of the world, we're talking only twelve episodes and that's all she wrote. Even in these days of shorter television seasons and oddly spaced out seasons, we're not talking an epic run.

Yet, each season in itself is indeed an epic run despite the number of episodes. The countries, the challenges, the relationships of the teams ... definitely epic! Going into the finale, we have cowboys, brothers and models. Judging on Internet reaction, the cowboys (who are also brothers) are the fan favorites, the other two teams not so much. So, who's bringing home the million? Read on.

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Another View: Last Night's 'SNL' Was a Little Lazy and Embarrassing

by Bob Sassone, posted May 9th 2010 4:00PM
Betty WhiteHello! My name is Bob and, yes, I'm the old fogey stick-in-the-mud crankypants who wasn't thrilled with last night's 'Saturday Night Live.'

OK, to be fair, I did laugh out loud more than once, and with any comedy show (especially 'SNL') that's a great sign. Betty White's monologue was quite good and she's the type of person who can take any material she's given and make it good, even if she's just pausing or doing a double take or making a face. I just wish that the writers had put a little more imagination into the sketches she was in.

Last night's math went something like this: Betty White + sex jokes = comedy gold!

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'Saturday Night Live' - 'Betty White/Jay-Z' Recap

by Annie Wu, posted May 9th 2010 1:50PM
betty white snl delicious dish(S35E21) Girls, girls, girls. The Mother's Day weekend episode of 'Saturday Night Live' was pumped with estrogen, as former players Ana Gasteyer, Tina Fey, Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch and Maya Rudolph returned to goof around on the 'SNL' stage once more. The big star was Betty White, of course, thanks to the Internet explosion that campaigned for her to host the show (ironically, half the supporters are probably too young to even know what 'Golden Girls' is). The writers pulled out all their best geriatric humor and White did beautifully.

A lot of this material probably would have completely flopped with any other guest (young playing old or just straight-up old), but White is the perfect sweet old lady archetype and that was the key to this episode's success. I guess genitalia jokes help, too.

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Happy Mother's Day to Seven Reality Show Moms

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 9th 2010 11:03AM
Kris Jenner, Keeping Up With the KardashiansThere are all kinds of moms on TV. Moms who are funny, quirky, sexy, gorgeous, and sometimes all of the above.

Some of my favorite TV moms aren't actually even playing a mom at all. They're real moms on reality shows who are putting it all out there for us to see. They're letting us see the good, the bad and the ugly of their lives, and we inevitably compare and see how we stack up.

Here are seven of my favorite reality show moms. Feel free to add your own in the comments below.

1. Kris Jenner, the Drama Queen.
Sure, she's more dramatic than a Greek tragedy when it comes to, well, everything on 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians.' But the self-professed "momager" is always there for her kids, whether it's fending off paparazzi after a sex tape debacle or protecting a daughter who's hooked up with a smarmy loser. You know who you are.

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'Stargate Universe' - 'Sabotage' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted May 8th 2010 9:30PM
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(S01E14) The challenges never end aboard Destiny. The ship drifted toward a massive void between galaxies with the threat of failing power reserves putting the crew in danger. Dr. Rush called on an old friend to help solve the problem, and last week's cliffhanger was conveniently resolved.

Let's talk communication stones, Blue Meanies, and wonky FTL drives after the jump. Spoilers follow.

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'Ghost Whisperer' - 'Blood Money' Recap

by Isabelle Carreau, posted May 8th 2010 2:20PM
Ghost Whisperer(S05E20) "Ghosts? Is that your specialty?" - Greg to Melinda

I'm always surprised that no one in Grandview gossips about Melinda's gift so that it becomes somewhat common knowledge. After helping ghosts reconnect with their families for five years, one would expect that a few would have told their friends about Melinda's gift and helping them, no? Wouldn't you want to tell your friends how you got closure thanks to Melinda?

I can't wait to get a "Oh! You are that Melinda! I've heard about you!" Instead, we have to believe that everyone is able to keep Melinda's gift a secret. Then again, maybe some did gossip because rare are the people who say "WTF?!?! You can see ghosts!?!?" This week was no different.

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Helen Wagner, 'As the World Turns' Legend, Dies at 91

by Allison Waldman, posted May 2nd 2010 10:00PM
helen_wagner_nancy_as_the_world_turns_cbsOne of the legendary actors of daytime television, 'As the World Turns' star Helen Wagner, passed away Saturday, May 1, 2010. She was 91 years old and still an active member of the CBS soap opera.

In fact, Helen Wagner was daytime marvel. She was on 'As the World Turns' when it premiered on April 2, 1956, and continued in the role of Nancy Hughes ever since. She's in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest run by an actor in a television show.

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Ex-'Tonight Show' Host Conan O'Brien Vents On '60 Minutes'

by Allison Waldman, posted May 2nd 2010 8:55PM
conan_o'brien_nbc_beard_close_upFor the first time since the end of his tenure on 'The Tonight Show,' Conan O'Brien had a chance to appear on camera and share his thoughts on the whole long, drawn out civil war between him and Jay Leno and NBC and GE and the late night industry at large.

For the record, Conan O'Brien's sit down with Steve Kroft on '60 Minutes' on May 2, 2010 -- the first date he was contractually allowed to discuss what happened -- clearly established that while he's disappointed about what happened, Conan O'Brien is not defeated. To paraphrase 'Evita,' "Don't cry for him, America."

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'Chuck' - 'Chuck Versus the Honeymooners' Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 26th 2010 9:30PM
(S03E14) Let's review the steps that brought us to this moment: 'Chuck' originally only had a 13 episode order for this season so the last episode wrapped things up pretty well and left the story on a happy note. Then, NBC ordered additional episodes (see details in our Chris Fedak interview), so in effect we're seeing "Season 3.2". Also, there's a good chance that 'Chuck' will be renewed next year.

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Four Ways to Make 'Parenthood' Even Better

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 22nd 2010 5:00PM
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The news last week that NBC had renewed 'Parenthood' for a second season was not a big surprise. Yes, the show had a rocky start, considering that it was forced into a midseason premiere because producers had to recast actress Maura Tierney's role while she was battling breast cancer. But since then, it has been well-received and even bested its main competition Tuesdays at 10PM ET, 'The Good Wife,' a few times in the ratings. So there was every reason for NBC to give the Ron Howard/Brian Grazer production a second season. It earned it.

The show has actually been getting better. It's on its way to becoming a hit, and with just a few changes in the season to come, it could succeed. We've narrowed it down to four specifics, our suggestions for how 'Parenthood' could get even better than it is right now. Read our list and then weigh in with your thoughts.

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'United States of Tara' - 'Doin' Time' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 20th 2010 12:44AM
(S02E05) There's something very comforting about the massive dysfunction among Tara and her family, especially since they have such a way of not letting the craziness really get to them. It's almost as if Tara's condition has prepared those around her to accept whatever slings and arrows get tossed their way. More on the latest patient of Dr. Shoshona Schoenbaum and Neil's hairy back patch after the jump.

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'Nurse Jackie' - 'Caregiver' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 20th 2010 12:13AM
(S02E05) Jackie Peyton has to be one of the most complicated and twisted characters on television today. Just trying to navigate the ins and outs of her mind, the motivations and mood swings, is enough to make you seasick. But then she does something soulful and pure and good, and you wonder if you were wrong to doubt her. You had all that, plus 'Alice in Wonderland' in this episode. More after the jump.

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ESPN Gives Chris Berman a Contract Extension

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 19th 2010 10:07PM
chris_berman_espn_2009Chris Berman is a fixture at ESPN. He's like the Jay Leno of ESPN, and as such, Berman's just gotten an extension to remain with ESPN for ... forever. Or so it seems. Berman's deal has been termed multi-year. Considering that he's going to be 55 on his birthday -- May 10 -- and he claims that he doesn't want to be broadcasting in his 60s, that means he's probably going to be doing the Swami for at least five more years.

Berman has been called the face of ESPN, and that's probably true. He's been there since 1979, just one month after the sports cable giant began as a fledgling idea that many assumed would never make it. An all-sports network? Are you mad? Seems hard to believe that now, but 31 years ago it was a radical notion and Chris Berman was a wannabe sportscaster in Hartford, Connecticut, who took a chance with the cable start up. It paid off big time when ESPN became the worldwide leader in sports broadcasting.

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