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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 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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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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Chappelle's Show now on iTunes

by Anna Johns, posted May 23rd 2006 9:05PM
dave chappelle; itunesSeason 1 of Chappelle's Show is now for sale on iTunes. That season was the biggest-selling television DVD of all time, out-selling even The Simpsons and Family Guy.

Unfortunately, iTunes only offers the individual episodes and not the gag reel or the extra 'Ask a Black Dude' featurette that come on the DVD (not that it's a surprise). It should also be noted that the episodes are labeled 'Explicit' because they are all uncensored, bitch!

Individual episodes are $1.99 a piece and $21.99 for all 12 episodes.

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Can YOU tell me why Dave Chappelle left his show?

by Joel Keller, posted May 11th 2006 7:17PM
Dave Chappelle on ConanDave Chappelle has been given plenty of opportunities to tell the American public why he walked out on the third season of Chappelle's Show and his $50 million contract. We've seen him on Oprah. He's talked to James Lipton for two full hours. He even had a chance to tell all in a lengthy article in Esquire. But in every case, he gave a different reason why he bolted, from Comedy Central imparting too much control on his show to feeling like he's out of place as a black comedian in a largely white entertainment world. He even cited a particular incident where he got freaked out by someone laughing a little too much at a skit he was filming right before he bolted.

He wasn't any clearer about the matter last night on Late Night, either. Once Conan O'Brien broached the subject, Dave started what I'm sure is a prepared comedy routine about the topic, making jokes about how upset his wife still is over him walking away from the money, as well as jokes about how silly his problems seemed in comparison to those of people he encountered in Africa.

[Photo: Dana Edelson/NBC, via AP]

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Dave Chappelle to appear on Conan

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 25th 2006 1:03PM
dave chappelleDave Chappelle, the favorite test case of armchair psychiatrists everywhere, will be appearing on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on May 10. NBC apparently just released the guest list for four episodes to be shot exclusively in Chicago at the Chicago Theater, and Dave is on the list. Not a huge surprise, since he's been on Conan's show countless times before. Common, a Chicago hip hop artist, will appear on the same episode. Others set to appear on the show while it's in the Windy City are the band Wilco and Sean Hayes from Will and Grace. It should also be noted that while the guest list has been released by the network, it's always subject to change. I just hope we get to see "funny" Dave and not "confessional" Dave. I already got enough of that when he was on Oprah.

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Oprah's Chappelle interview online

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 6th 2006 11:44AM
dave chappelleIf you missed Dave Chappelle's appearance on Oprah, don't fret. You can catch the interview online over at You Tube. Since Dave's appearance there's been a lot of speculation about his mental state from armchair critics (wait, I'm one of those) and various opinionated individuals who, through the luxury of hindsight, know exactly what Dave should and shouldn't have done. Maybe I'm going out in a limb here, but I think Dave seemed perfectly normal. The only "abnormal" thing I noticed was that he acted like a regular person, which is rare on television. He didn't always have a direct answer for Oprah's questions, and yes, sometimes he did act nervous. That's how normal people behave. It's not as if we always completely understand why we do what we do, and trying to convey our thoughts to other people can sometimes be extremely difficult. I can't say what's going on inside Dave's brain anymore than anyone else can, but watching him on Oprah felt to me like one of those rare TV moments when someone broke through the inherent phoniness of the medium and actually decided to be themselves, something most television viewers aren't used to seeing. Maybe Dave could have come across better if he had gotten his thoughts in a row ahead of time, but watching him shoot from the hip was far better television.

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Dave Chappelle confused me

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 4th 2006 8:05AM
chappelle oprahI watched Dave Chappelle on Oprah yesterday and, despite denying rumors that he's crazy, I think he may have some sort of mental imbalance. Oprah opened up the show by asking him why he suddenly left for Africa after signing a $50 million, 2-year deal with Comedy Central. I don't think he ever gave a straight answer. He did say something about "they" were trying to manipulate him through the press, and that there was a lot of pressure, and he had ethical issues with some sketches on the show. But, it took me an hour to glean that from his rambling, disjointed answers to Oprah's questions. Oprah was clearly confused. She kept trying to get clarification from him on why he disappeared. At 19 minutes into the show, she was still asking.

Later, when she asked him whether he would return to his show on Comedy Central, he said he had been thinking about that question all during the interview and appeared to just make up an answer on the spot. He said something about creating a comfortable work environment and donating DVD proceeds to charity. Huh?

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Chappelle's Show coming to UK

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 13th 2006 10:08AM
dave chappelleDave Chappelle is coming to the UK, bee-yotch. I mean, repeats of his show are coming to the UK in eleven days, as evidenced by the countdown clock on this site. The site has a few video clips for your viewing pleasure, but since I've seen most but not all of Dave's show, the Gay USA clip was entirely new to me, and quite hilarious. I'm not sure if it's from the show itself, a special, a DVD outtake, or what. It really doesn't matter because it's there and it's funny. Also, the phrase "The Tyranical Tea Bagger" is going to be stuck in my head all day. Damn you, Dave Chappelle.

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Coming back? Chappelle meets with Comedy Central execs

by Kat Parr, posted Jun 8th 2005 6:56PM
Dave ChappelleAP wire [via Yahoo! News] pulled this rabbit out of their hat earlier today: Dave Chappelle met with Comedy Central executives (well, mostly Doug Herzog) this past Friday, after his two performances at LA club Improv. There's no word on whether or not Chappelle and CC are making up or permanently breaking up—spokes Tony Fox kept his lips sealed—but hey, at least it's a start. Or a sign. Of something. Dave! Can you hear me? Come back!

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