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Al Roker Discovers Alaska on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 30th 2011 2:45PM
Al Roker in Alaska on 'Today'Al Roker visited Alaska for the first time for 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), and discovered cool glacial waters, dog mushing, bald eagles, black bears, and some tasty grilling. He called it, "an experience of a lifetime," though he couldn't resist a cheesy joke to top it all off.

In the segment, Roker was traveling down a river listing the things he'd seen, and wishing for just one thing. "We've seen a bald eagle, we've seen a black bear, now if we could just catch a salmon," he said. He got his wish, and got to eat a freshly grilled salmon burger from Alaskan chef Kirsten Dixon. "I will fight a bear for this," he said.

Roker summed up his report by saying, "It was an Alaskan adventure of ice, snow, dogs, wildlife and planes. An experience of a lifetime." Back in the studio, he said, "One of the bald eagles Twittered that he saw a bald black guy, so that's pretty good." Matt Lauer said that was a long way to go for that joke, literally and figuratively.

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Another 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Promo: Will You Watch?

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 9th 2010 4:45PM
'Sarah Palin's Alaska''Sarah Palin's Alaska' finally premieres Sunday night at 9PM ET, and TLC has released another sneak peek to whet our appetites.

It's more of the same -- Palin does outdoorsy things with her family and talks about her values -- but she's charming. On getting caught while boating with her kids and husband (some of which we saw in the last promo): "We're snagged, I'm thinkin' we're gonna be stuck there, the anchor is dropped, and there's a bear comin' towards us."

Aw shucks.

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Now Levi Johnston Wants to Do a Show About Alaska Too

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 30th 2010 5:02PM
JohnstonIf you had told me a few years ago that in 2010 we were going to have not one but two reality shows about Alaska on the air, one hosted by a former candidate for Vice President and the other hosted by her Playgirl-posing almost-son-in-law, I probably would have told you that you're drinking way too much Yoo-Hoo. But it's happening!

True, Sarah Palin's show for TLC is more of a documentary, but 'Levi Johnston's Final Frontier' is being described by one of the producers as "'Jersey Shore' on ice," which conjures up a lot of really bad images, one of them being Disney characters with rock hard abs skating around drunk and punching each other.

Johnston doesn't have a network for his reality show yet (it could land on MTV), but I'm going to go ahead and assume it's not going to be on PBS or The History Channel.

[via TV Tattle]

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'Two and a Half Men' - 'I Found Your Moustache' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 9th 2010 10:15AM
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Oh my my... have we seen the future of 'Two and a Half Men' and it's Alan and Charlie sitting on a couch vegetating, bickering and grateful to have each other to clean up their dribble? Maybe. And if you think Charlie's gotten over Chelsea, think again. Evelyn might want to hang on to the banquet hall at the Beverly Hills Hotel. More on that and the dancing Japanese Kabuki transsexuals after the jump.

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Are You Ready for the Sarah Palin in Alaska Reality Show?

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 4th 2010 10:23AM
Sarah PalinShe's already done stand-up comedy during 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,' but now it looks like Sarah Palin is teaming with über-reality producer Mark Burnett to bring you a series about Alaska. No network is involved with the series yet, but Fox News would be a good place to start.

Seriously, when one does a "reality television show" about a state, it's usually called a documentary or a tourism video. If that's the purpose, then this is a good idea. Sarah Palin could host a documentary about Alaska. She'll likely be on script, so there are no dangers of fielding questions from reporters and given her fame, it would likely be a boon to the state in terms of tourism. They would want to see the sort of place that would produce someone like her.

However, this show will more likely focus on the ex-Governor herself as well as her family and their experiences within the state. It is interesting how she wants the media to leave her family alone but has no problems parading them in front of the camera for her own ends.

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What You Missed Last Night: Sarah Palin, Stand-Up Comic

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 3rd 2010 10:39AM
You won't see Sarah Palin on 'The Late Show' anytime soon, but things are friendlier over at 'The Tonight Show' so she was a guest last night. Not only did she talk to Jay about politics, her hand notes, and how the press treats both of them, she did a stand-up routine.

She did a good job, though it would have been funnier if we didn't know she was the one coming out. Way to kill the joke, Jay.

[Watch episodes of 'The Tonight Show' and other shows at SlashControl.]

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Tina Fey's Likely To Do Sarah Palin On 'SNL' Again

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 18th 2010 6:36PM
tina_fey_sarah_palin_flute_NBCJust in time for the release of her new movie 'Date Night,' watch for Emmy-winner and '30 Rock' star Tina Fey to return to 'Saturday Night Live' to reprise her Sarah Palin impersonation. Tina told the AP that she expects to be back on 'Saturday Night Live,' but hedged her betchas about doing former Governor Sarah Palin again, saying, "It's inevitable that we'll try it, at least. We'll see if it makes it to air."

Actually, this is the perfect time to bring out the Palin material again, only now Sarah has given Tina Fey and the writers a lot more with which to work. Since the last time Fey did Palin on 'SNL,' Sarah resigned from her elected office as Alaska's governor (for the good of the people since she felt she was a lame duck), prompting a lot of speculation about her future in politics.

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Phil Harris, the Captain from 'Deadliest Catch,' Passes Away

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 10th 2010 11:02AM
phil_harris_deadliest_catchThere's nothing more shocking than real reality. Death is real. Steve Irwin dying on the job, for instance, was a huge shock. Here's another dose of harsh reality. The star of Discovery Channel's 'Deadliest Catch,' Phil Harris, has died from a stroke. He had been at work on January 29, loading a catch like usual, when he suffered the stroke. After being flown to Anchorage for treatment, he succumbed despite having shown some improvement.

In a statement on the Discovery Channel web site, his grown children, Jake and Josh, explained, "It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dad -- Captain Phil Harris. Dad has always been a fighter and continued to be until the end. For us and the crew, he was someone who never backed down."

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Sarah Palin gets back at William Shatner

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 12th 2009 12:02PM
William Shatner and The Tonight Show have made fun of Sarah Palin's book and Twitter account so much that you wondered when Palin herself would seek her revenge. I wasn't sure she ever would, but I guess it's more likely that she'd appear with Conan than Dave.

Last night, she showed up.

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Sarah Palin on Oprah and the blinking of her eyes

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 17th 2009 4:29PM
sarah_palin_glasses_pinI watched The Oprah Winfrey Show yesterday to see the one on one between two of the most powerful and influential women in America. Whether you're a fan of Oprah Winfrey or Sarah Palin, there was no doubt that they command a large chunk of public opinion. How could I not see what they would be like in an interview setting?

My impression was that they both were completely civil and reserved. I didn't pick up the makings of a great friendship, not that that was likely considering Oprah's support for President Obama.

Still, what I found interesting was that if you read the body language experts, they're reporting that Sarah was not nervous. They're coming to that conclusion based on her ability to control her blinking. Over-blinking mean you're agitated and a normal blink per minute rate -- 30-40 blinks -- is normal. Sarah was blinking normally.

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Yup, Sarah Palin will appear on Oprah

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 20th 2009 2:59PM
Palin bookSarah Palin has a memoir coming out next month, Going Rogue. And as part of what I'm sure will be a big media blitz promoting the book Palin will appear on Oprah.

This could be an interesting episode. Palin has not really talked at length since leaving her position as Governor of Alaska, and Oprah was a rather, um, huge supporter of President Obama's. Oprah is advertising the appearance as a "world exclusive," but I can't imagine that Palin wouldn't do other shows.

The episode will air on November 16. The book comes out the next day.

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What You Missed Last Night: William Shatner does Sarah Palin

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 28th 2009 11:30AM
You knew that when Sarah Palin gave her incomprehensible farewell speech the other day the late night shows would jump on it. The Daily Show did it last night, and so did The Colbert Report. But I didn't expect William Shatner to add his semi-musical take. This is from last night's Tonight Show.

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Anderson Cooper knows nothing about sports

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 6th 2009 1:02PM
This is not a political post. Let me repeat that: this is not a political post. I just thought that Anderson Cooper was pretty funny in this clip from his show, trying to get information from Sarah Palin's spokesperson. She's a bit confusing and spokesperson-ish though, and at one point Cooper really does scratch his head.

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Sarah Palin guest stars on American Chopper

by Bob Sassone, posted May 2nd 2009 8:02AM
The guys from American Chopper went to Alaska Thursday night and decided to drop in on Governor and ex-VP candidate Sarah Palin. The four of them sit around talking about snow machines and keeping warm in Alaska and how to ... holy crap, look at the giant bear hide on her couch!! Actually, it looks more like that giant monster pig that kid shot and killed a while back.


[via Newsweek]

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Palin to visit Desperate Housewives?

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 14th 2008 8:03AM
Sarah AlaskaFile this one under the category of really, wild rumors that should become reality: Desperate Housewives wants Governor Sarah Palin to appear as a guest on the show.

Like I said, this is a rumor that cropped up yesterday, saying that head-writer/creator Marc Cherry was "very hot to trot to have her appear in the season finale." That was followed by an ABC spokesman denying that there's a shred of truth to the story.

Still, what if it's not such a Lucy Ricardo idea? Sarah Palin as a visitor to Wisteria Lane would be terrific -- and probably a boost in the ratings (which are doing great anyway, but still why not do even better?).

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