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Bill Simmons Claims TBS Gave Conan "'The Godfather' Treatment"

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 17th 2010 3:02PM
NBCESPN blogger and former 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' writer Bill Simmons did a podcast in which he discussed the situation with Conan O'Brien and TBS. In it, he claims that TBS gave Conan "an offer he couldn't refuse."

In that regard, he's probably right. TBS offered Conan ownership of the show, a whole lot of money and more creative freedom than he could ever wish for compared to what he would get from any of the networks.

Simmons is also correct in that Conan's 11 P.M. show on a cable channel will put him more in competition with 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' and 'The Colbert Report' than either Letterman or Leno. That's ironic when you consider the sketch the three of them put together during the writer's strike.

While Simmons is correct about all this, we don't appreciate being called "the egghead crowd." Give us some dignity, man. We don't call you "the dumb jock crowd." It would be a cliché.

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TV 101: Podcasts That Could Be TV Shows

by Jay Black, posted Apr 8th 2010 10:02AM
Aceman looking dapper. And by dapper I mean Do you know why stand-up comics have so many lame jokes about flying? It's because we spend so much (expletive deleted) time on (expletive deleted) planes. (My own lame joke about flying involves overweight people next to you: "So much of her was on me that we hit turbulence and I technically cheated on my wife.")

That much time in coach turns your brain into pudding - you need a crutch to get you through it. I've turned into a podcast junkie. At any given time of the day or night, I'm probably flying over you, listening to some guy in his basement rant about the whether the "Blackest Night" event is good or bad for the DC universe.

I'm like an awkward, misshapen George Clooney from 'Up in the Air.' Except instead of hot sex with Vera Farmiga, I'm snuggling with Leo Laporte.

After all this podcast listening (not to mention the success of the 'Ricky Gervais Show'), it occurred to me that a few of my favorites would make excellent TV shows.

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'Lost' Fans Lose It Over ABC's 'V' Countdown Clock

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 31st 2010 8:52PM
The 'V' countdown clock that appeared during 'Lost''Lost' viewers were screaming their pretty little head's off at ABC and for once, it's not to drown out the stinging migraines from trying to figure out just what the hell is going on.

The network ran a countdown clock for the premiere of 'V' during last night's episode and viewers took to the Twitter to voice their displeasure with it.

Here's some of my favorites...

'Lost' co-creator Damon Lindelof said on his Twitter page that he saw the clock quipping, ":34 minutes until I cry myself to sleep."

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Is next week Conan's last on The Tonight Show?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 14th 2010 12:45PM
The Tonight ShowThis is officially still in the "rumor" category, but it comes from a source with some connections in late night. Bill Simmons, aka The Sports Guy, says that sources have told him that next week is Conan O'Brien's last week on The Tonight Show.

I'm not sure what sources Simmons has at The Tonight Show, but he does know people over at Jimmy Kimmel Live, and I'm sure this type of news is going through all of the late night talk show staffs like a lightning bolt. Simmons says that Conan is trying to line up some big guest stars for the final week.

Oh, in case all of this is foreign to you, The Jay Leno Show has been canceled and NBC wants him back at 11:35. Didja hear?

Update: NBC says that no one has said anything about the show shutting down next week. They're not selling tickets for the following week, but I'm not sure if that's because it's his last week or if it was going to be a repeat week anyway.

Update #2: The Tonight Show blog is asking viewers to vote for their favorite moments on the show.

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Cable day two: they keep you runnin' - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 29th 2009 6:32PM
Rescue Ink UnleashedIt becomes extraordinarily tough to do reports during the cable sessions, mainly because the various networks give you one session after another without much time to breathe. You're also shuttling back and forth between two ballrooms. Finally, if you happen to be lucky enough to get some one-on-one time with a few people (as I did with Joan Rivers and the guys behind the new BBC America show The InBetweeners)... well, it leads to posts that don't go live until nighttime on the East Coast.

Heck, I haven't even written about last night's AMC cocktail party and the comic stylings of Jon Hamm yet. That'll come when I get a chance. The latest info and quips will always be on our Twitter feed if you're curious.

For now, though, some highlights of the day:

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TV 101: Could a woman get as fat as Jason Segel and eight other intriguing questions

by Jay Black, posted May 27th 2009 3:02PM
Coud this picture be any more perfect for this TV 101? I didn't think so.One of the joys of being a blogger is all the comments we receive. Once you weed out the personal threats, the discussions of your stupidity, the prayers to various gods that you get struck by a particularly painful STD, and the calls for you to be fired, you're actually left some solid contributions to the online discussion.

With that in mind, I've decided to turn this week's column over to you guys, a collection of commenters that I think I can say without hyperbole is the greatest collection of commenters in the history of the known universe. I've put together nine questions about TV that I'd love for you to answer. Don't feel like you have to answer them all: choose which ones are most interesting to you and then have at it.

I'm anxious to hear your opinions, so let's get to it...

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Will ESPN enter the late night talk show game?

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 27th 2008 8:23AM
ESPN redThis is an interesting notion -- ESPN is looking to launch a late night TV show. The sports network has reportedly approached three prominent sports journalists to anchor the show, but not one of them has shown any interest. The names are Dan LeBatard, Miami Herald columnist and local sports radio host; Colin Cowherd, ESPN national radio voice; and Jason Whitlock, Kansas City Star sports writer.

While I believe that ESPN has real interest in a late night sports show -- maybe a talk format about sports and entertainment -- I have real questions about the validity of the names floated in this report, especially with regard to Whitlock.

Jason was once a regular fill-in on Pardon The Interruption. He is very smart and funny and opinionated. Apparently he was too opinionated for some at the Disney-owned network. When he refused to pull his punches in his criticism, he was dropped by ESPN. Are we to think that now ESPN has asked him to not only come back, but possibly host a show for them?

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TV 101: The Day the Music Died (or, how the second season of The Real World ruined everything)

by Jay Black, posted Feb 18th 2008 12:02PM
This is the true story... Chuck Klosterman, in his very excellent Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, wrote an essay about The Real World: San Francisco. He said that the third season of The Real World was the moment the series stopped reflecting youth culture and started creating youth culture.

I'm not going to argue with Mr. Klosterman. I admire him so much that for a short while, I thought he was my own Tyler Durden (all the ways I wish I could be -- that's Chuck). If we are, however, to take Klosterman's argument as truth -- that Puck and Pedro realizing the cameras were on them was the TV equivalent of Skynet becoming self-aware and destroying humanity -- we must then look to the second season of the show as the moment when Miles Dyson started working for Cyberdyne. That is, the seeds for television's unraveling were sown not during the third season of The Real World, but during the second. As 2008 is the 15th anniversary of The Real World: Los Angeles, I thought it might be a good idea to take a look back at how it managed to ruin everything...

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All Jay wants for Festivus - VIDEO

by Jay Black, posted Dec 24th 2007 11:41AM
Nice pole. Hehhehehehe. This works better if you think of me saying it like Beevis would.Like Moe from The Simpsons, I usually spend Festivus time with my head in an oven and a "no funeral" sign taped to my back. This year, though, is a little different, because a) I just found out my oven is electric and b) TV Squad asked me to compile a list of the things I wanted for Festivus. There's no time for holiday depression when an editorially-mandated list of things-that-will-never-come-to-pass is waiting to be written!

So, off with the noose and on with the list...

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The Bill Simmons guide to TV nudity

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 20th 2005 6:26PM

Kathy BatesI have to admit, ESPN.com writer Bill Simmons is right. The "N" that comes before programs on HBO is a good thing in general, but they should really be more descriptive. I mean, what kind of nudity is it? As Simmons says:

"...the N could mean anything - two dudes naked in a shower, a 53 year-old woman getting embalmed, even Kathy Bates going topless in About Schmidt."

He wants to replace the N with other letters, depending on the nudity situation. SN for Standard Nudity, SSC for Strong Sexual Content, UDN for Unexpected, Delightful Nudity...and more.

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