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September 17, 2014

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The All-New Even Newer Newlywed Game ... new this spring on GSN

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 19th 2008 9:01AM
The Newlywed GameThe Newlywed Game was a staple of television on and off for 34 years, finally going off the air in 2000. After bouncing around the idea of a revival for awhile now, GSN is officially moving forward with their remake of The Newlywed Game, shooting for a spring launch. They admit that things will have to be revamped a bit as far as how they approach the couples with the questions because times and marriages have changed.

One of the biggest changes is that they're going to go ahead and build their set right next to the set for Divorce Court. Since so many marriages end up that way anyway, and The Newlywed Game is about testing how well the contestants know one another, it would make sense that some of the couples might want to head right over there. Hell, they could air the episodes back-to-back for a one-two punch of entertainment. Nothing like watching people's lives fall apart on national television.

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A history of reality television (part five): I take this millionaire bachelor to be my geeky newlywed date - VIDEOS

by Richard Keller, posted Jul 9th 2008 6:00PM

The season 1 cast photo of The BachelorFor some, watching relationship-based reality programming is not their idea of a pleasant night in. Why should they watch shows about finding and keeping love when it takes so long to find that right person in real life? Yet, since the mid-'60s, viewers have turned-in to watch others search for their soul mate. Or, at least their soul mate of the hour.

Of course, in the time of the Reality Revolution, the way love was found on television changed a bit. Rather than asking a simple set of questions to a set of bachelors or bachelorettes sitting behind a wall, men and women would compete for the love of a well-to-do bachelor or bachelorette, or a rapper/model, or a washed up 80s hair band star. They would even compete to see if their love could withstand an onslaught of temptation.

Sometimes they would find their one true love on these reality show. Other times they would be tossed away, their hearts broken, like a piece of paper. Along the way they would be love, sex, fights, sex, heartfelt moments, and sex. With reality programming being what it is, the viewers ate it all up.

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The top five Chucks on television

by Paul Goebel, posted Oct 12th 2007 10:27AM

For whatever reason, the name Chuck has turned out to be very popular this year. On TV, Pushing Daisies has a major character named Chuck and, of course, there's the new series Chuck. in the theaters, Chuck and Larry were happily married and Dane Cook was a Chuck with extraordinary luck. All these Chuck's got me thinking (not to mention craving a hamburger) some of the greatest people on television have been named Chuck. Here are a few.

Gavan O' Herlihy as Chuck CunninghamChuck Cunningham (Happy Days)
When the Cunningham family first made their appearance, Chuck was clearly the funniest part of the family. Unfortunately as the show progressed, it became clear that there simply wasn't enough room for Chuck in the house or on the series. Chuck Cunningham lives on, however, as the most famous forgotten character of all time.

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Five great movies about TV

by Paul Goebel, posted Sep 18th 2007 9:02AM

Peter O'Toole as Lyle SwannAs an avid TV fan, I love it when somebody makes a movie all about the television industry. Since I'm not a movie critic, the cinema is pure entertainment for me. Unfortunately, too often the movies make the mistake of romanticizing the world of television like they do everything else. Here is my personal list of those that got it right.

My Favorite Year
From what I understand, not only is the setting for this film taken straight from Your Show of Shows but the characters are dead on representations of Sid Caesar and others who made the show happen. The movie contains what is probably Peter O'Toole's best comedic performance and an amazing supporting cast featuring Bill Macy, Lanie Kazan, and Joe Bologna.

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Gene, the machine who dances

by Adam Finley, posted May 7th 2006 1:02PM

gene gene the dancing machineHey, are you enjoying your Sunday? Yeah, me neither. This is always the most boring day of the week. There's usually nothing good on television during the day, and once you've come home from church, done the New York Times crossword puzzle, and swiped the last jelly donut, there's not much to do except sit around and paint your toenails. Or, you could take a lesson from Gene Patton and dance like there's no tomorrow. While fighting off the boredom that is a part of every Sunday, I found a great classic clip from The Gong Show of Gene Patton, a stagehand on the show better known as "Gene Gene the Dancing Machine." In this clip, Gene spreads the disease known as "happy feet" throughout the studio. Tragically, Patton lost both his legs in 2001 to diabetes. Regardless, I think he'd still tell you to cut a rug, no matter how bad you are (just watch Chuck Barris). If this doesn't make you get up and dance, or at least stare at your computer screen with your mouth agape, then I don't know what else I can do for you. Anyway, enjoy the clip after the jump.

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