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'Entourage' Wants Anthony Weiner, ABC Renews 'Wipeout' and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 17th 2011 12:05PM
Anthony Weiner'Entourage' creator Doug Elin wants disgraced Representative Anthony Weiner to appear on the HBO series.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Elin made the request before the New York congressman resigned following a lewd photo scandal. Elin said he's gotten no response from Weiner.

A few months ago Elin tried to get fired 'Two and a Half Men' star Charlie Sheen to appear on 'Entourage.' The series has had many notable guest stars over the years, including Mandy Moore, Bob Saget and Gary Busey.

In other TV news ...

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Dave Chappelle Readying TV Comeback?

by PopEater Staff, posted Jun 16th 2011 5:00PM
Dave ChappelleCould Dave Chappelle soon end his six-year hiatus from TV with a new show? Yes, kind of. Sorta. Maybe.

According to The Daily, the comedian has been working on material and tinkering with a return that's as unconventional as his abrupt exit in 2005.

"Dave Chappelle's going back to TV," an insider of some sort told the iPad pape. "It's not for a network. It's for Netflix or Crackle or some other subscription service."

I'm vague, bee-itch!

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Our Eight Favorite TV Davids

by Jane Murphy, posted Mar 3rd 2011 4:00PM
David DuchovnyThe name David is king on TV, or nearly. Remember 'Starsky & Hutch'? Starsky's first name was David (who knew?). 'Dave' has had its own sitcom ('Dave's World', the '90s show starring Harry Anderson), and it is a go-to name for talk (nighttime's David Letterman and David Susskind, 'This Week''s David Brinkley and 'Today''s founding father, Dave Garroway).

One of the biggest TV stars of the last two decades, David Duchovny, (at right) once scored an Emmy nomination playing "David Duchovny." The 'X Files' and 'Californication' star made a riotous appearance on 'The Larry Sanders Show,' playing a side of "himself" that was strangely attracted to Larry.

Let's take a look at more TV Davids, Daves and, yes, even Davys.

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Forget Seacrest and Piers Morgan. Here's Who Should Take Over for Larry King

by Jane Murphy, posted Jun 30th 2010 6:30PM
John EdwardsIt's been barely 24 hours since Larry King announced the end of his 25 year old CNN show on Twitter (Larry King tweets?!), then on his show. 'Larry King Live' will end in September, and perhaps not a moment too soon.

So let the guessing begin: who will assume Larry's suspenders? Piers Morgan? Ryan Seacrest? We humbly ask CNN not to rush into anything and consider our choices for their coveted prime time slot.

John Edwards. With CNN's recent hire of Eliot Spitzer, disgrace is hot! Spitzer was actually quite good backing up Dylan Ratigan on MSNBC, and Edwards is even smoother (perhaps too smooth). Years of campaigning -- not to mention his background as a trial lawyer – would seem to make asking the tough questions and offering analysis just about second nature to the former Vice Presidential candidate. And hey, where is Edwards anyway?


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Best TV of the '00s: Scandals

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 29th 2009 2:00PM
grey's anatomy scandalMore of our best of the decade coverage, which started earlier today. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about the decade's biggest TV scandals.

Who doesn't like a little drama? We love it here at TV Squad. Of course, its usually the scripted kind that we obsess over, not the real-life variety. But it was hard to escape all of the behind-the-scenes scandals going on during the Aughts.

The backstage drama often spilled out onto the tube, in talk show interviews, reality series, and with the 24-hour news networks looking to fill time and boost their ratings. Needless to say, we had little trouble picking our top TV scandals of the '00s.

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Grouches gone wild

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 11th 2009 8:01PM
Everyone on Sesame Street is cheery and happy and beaming with cheery happiness, but all that internal sunshine has blinded from the reason why Oscar is such a grouch.

Finally, Oscar finds the gumption to tell everyone on Sesame Street why he's such a big ol' grouch.

WARNING: This video contains language some people might find offensive. So if you're within ear shot of your boss and don't like it when he gets all mad and fires you, use the headphones, please.

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Paul Mooney's TV history from Black Is the New White

by Nick Zaino, posted Nov 9th 2009 10:03AM
Paul Mooney Black Is the New WhitePaul Mooney is well known to stand-up comedians for his own work and for writing for his longtime friend, Richard Pryor. Outside of that, though, his name recognition gets a little fuzzier. So for TV comedy fans, Mooney's new memoir, Black Is the New White, provides some great behind-the-scenes moments they should probably know.

There are a lot of heartfelt stories about Richard Pryor and Mooney's own personal life, but there is a lot of fun TV trivia, as well. Mooney talks about getting forced onstage by a couple of friends to do his first solo stand-up spot in the early 60s in San Francisco. Mooney is drunk and nervous, and winds up doing the act of a comic named Ronnie Schell, who would later co-star with Jim Nabors on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Mooney admits whenever he catches the show in reruns, he feels a little guilty.

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Does Wayne Brady have to choke a critic? The Let's Make a Deal panel - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 3rd 2009 6:54PM
Wayne Brady on the new Let's Make a DealOnce the panel for the new Let's Make a Deal was announced, you knew that at some point someone was going to ask Wayne Brady if he was going to have to choke a bitch.

That line, from the hilarious Chappelle's Show bit where Brady made fun of his squeaky-clean image, came up halfway through, when a critic asked Brady the question, "submitted from one of our readers on Twitter." I wonder if that reader was one of us critics, who all burned up the Twitterverse with the line as soon as we heard Brady would be here today.

Brady, who can improvise a song on the spot, just sat there in semi-silence. "That was a great choice of question," he said sarcastically. He isn't running from the bit, he said, and he's heard ten-year-olds try to say the line back at him at airports. But he's promoting a daytime, family-oriented show and just wanted people to talk about that.

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The Dana Carvey Show: Complete Series - DVD review

by Bob Sassone, posted May 12th 2009 10:02AM
The Dana Carvey ShowI had forgotten how very funny The Dana Carvey Show was until several months ago when I decided to watch a bunch of episodes online. It may sound cliched to say, but I think this was an underrated show, ahead of its time, and would probably survive for a few more seasons today on Comedy Central or FX or FOX. I can picture that.

We won't get a revival, of course, but we now have a great DVD set (in stores today) to keep forever. All of the episodes are here (including one that didn't even make it to ABC), and a couple of good extras.

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The Roots are ready to rock, rap, jazz and even disco the set of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 27th 2009 9:20AM

The Roots are taking their new gig as the official house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon very seriously, even if their initial chances of scoring such a gig seemed like nothing more than a joke by a couple of the show's overworked staffers.

"We were the musical supervisors for [Chappelle's Show] season two and three ... and Dave's partner Neal Brennan was brought over as a consultant, and he sort of jokingly recommended The Roots as a house band," said Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson in a conference call last Tuesday with Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter. "I guess the joke was sort of like, you know, I dare you to ask them, even though they're too busy to take it."

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Chappelle's Show, the Complete Series - DVD Review

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 6th 2007 10:02AM
Chappelle's Show The Series CollectionMore interesting than the actual series collection of Chappelle's Show on DVD is the story behind it. For those yet unaware, in 2005, after completing two seasons of the show, Dave Chappelle walked away from a $50 million dollar contract to produce further seasons (despite having completed the filming of sketches for season three which were showcased in "The Lost Episodes"). The DVDs of Season 1 of Chappelle's Show were among the best-selling of the time. What happened to make Dave walk away from that?

I'm getting ahead of myself. I enjoyed Dave Chappelle's style of humor and enjoyed watching the seasons of his show again. I found his recurring characters funny such as Tyrone Biggums and Lil Jon (recurring characters are a formula for success as evidenced by other sketch shows including SNL) and his humor always seemed to return to topics of racism, sexism, drugs and money (topics everyone can relate to). Hell, I've liked Dave Chappelle since Robin Hood: Men In Tights.

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Giveaway Monday: Chappelle's Show - The Series Collection

by Keith McDuffee, posted Dec 3rd 2007 1:01PM
chappelle's show dvdIt's time for us to give away some stuff ... again! One of today's giveaways is for three copies of Chappelle's Show - The Series Collection on DVD, which is already available in stores. All you've got to do is submit a comment below before 5PM Eastern, December 7, and mention why you'd like to own the series. We'll randomly choose three winners to receive the DVDs!

Some other details:
  • To enter, leave a confirmed comment below stating why you'd like to own the Chappelle's Show - The Series Collection DVDs.
  • The comment must be left before December 7, 2007 at 5:00PM Eastern Time.
  • You may enter only once.
  • Three winners will be selected in a random drawing.
  • Three winners will receive a copy of Chappelle's Show - The Series Collection on DVD (valued at $49.99).
Click here for complete Official Rules.

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Dave Chappelle does a six-hour stand-up routine

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 18th 2007 12:40PM
chappelleDave Chappelle is back on the stage after his departure from Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show in 2005. On Sunday night, he took the stage at Los Angeles' Laugh Factory for six hours and seven minutes! Not much is known about what he said or did, but the owner of the joint says the audience was howling with laughter the entire time.

Earlier this month, unfunny "comedian" Dane Cook set the Laugh Factory record for endurance at three hours, 50 minutes. The previous record was held by Richard Pryor, who was on stage for two hours, 41 minutes back in 1980. Does anyone else think Chappelle was trying to stick it to Cook for busting Pryor's record? I sure as hell hope so.

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Comedian Paul Mooney gives up the "N word"

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 29th 2006 12:50PM
Paul MooneyMore Michael Richards fall-out. Esteemed comedian and writer Paul Mooney has called for an end to the use of the "N word." This is big deal because Mooney is an entertainment legend known for his own liberal use of the word. He wrote for Sanford & Son, Saturday Night Live, Good Times and In Living Color. He was Richard Pryor's writing partner and has worked closely with Spike Lee and Dave Chappelle. He appears in the "Negrodamus" and "Ask a Black Man" sketches on The Chappelle Show. Seriously, the guy is huge. If you ever have a chance to catch his stand-up act in the clubs, you should. The man has seen it all.

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Teri Hatcher to get the James Lipton treatment

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 5th 2006 11:36AM
Teri HatcherIsn't it just about time that James Lipton and Bravo put Inside the Actor's Studio to rest? The roster of guests for the show is starting to get just a bit silly. For every quality actor like a Dustin Hoffman, who did the show for the first time this year, there seems to be about four guests who have a questionable connection to acting, like Martin Lawerence and Barbara Walters. Even the episode with Dave Chappelle, while it was entertaining, was nothing more than an examination of why he flipped out and left Chappelle's Show. I'm not really sure what the students who actually take this as a for-credit class are learning from these subjects.

Which brings me to the news that Teri Hatcher will appear on the show on September 18. Yes... Teri Hatcher. Yeah, she's an actress, so I'm sure she'll have something to teach the students in the audience. But, just reading the press release on the show, it seems like Lipton's going to ask her just as much about the non-acting, near-tabloidy aspects of her career than how she motivated herself to say "They're real, and they're spectacular!" I agree with Whitney Matheson, who first linked to the press release: they've officially run out of guests.

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