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Republicans Hate 'Jersey Shore,' Love 'The Bachelor'

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 6th 2011 2:30PM
Democrat, Republican TV StudySnooki's poof apparently doesn't work its magic on Republicans.

A new study by Experian-Simmons found conservative-leaning viewers tend to favor reality programming like 'Dancing With the Stars,' 'The Bachelor,' 'The Biggest Loser,' 'MythBusters,' but one exception to that trend was 'Jersey Shore.' Also among GOP favorites is the History Channel's block of programming: 'Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy,' 'American Pickers,' and 'Swamp People.'

Two other popular liberal shows, 'Glee' and 'Modern Family,' topped the conservative list last year, but are no longer two of the favorite shows among Republican viewers, according to EW. They did, however, still rank high with those on the more liberal end of the political spectrum.

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'Homeland' Recap, Now With Brody-o-Meter! Episode 5, 'Blind Spot' (VIDEO)

by Michael Hogan, posted Oct 31st 2011 12:10AM
Brody and CarrieThis was a family-oriented episode of Showtime's 'Homeland': We met Carrie's profanity-spewing Dad, Saul's long-suffering wife, and a terrorist who was willing to give up a key piece of intelligence in order to save eight family members, including his wife and kids. Yes, everybody is struggling to balance their family and professional obligations -- for Saul (Mandy Patinkin) and Carrie (Claire Danes), that means protecting the world from bad guys, but what does it mean for Sergeant Brody (Damian Lewis)? Is he really just struggling to adjust to life back at home after eight years in captivity, or is Carrie right that he's slowly and stealthily setting the stage for a follow-up to 9/11?

Starting this week, AOL TV's Brody-o-Meter will gauge the rescued Marine sergeant's likelihood of being a sleeper agent for the Taliban on a 100 percent scale. Read on to find out this week's score!

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What Do YouTube's New Celebrity Channels Mean for Movies and TV?

by Michael Hogan, posted Oct 29th 2011 2:50PM
Psst! Hey, smart guy, did you get your million-dollar advance from YouTube?

If not, why not? According to an announcement made late yesterday, hipsters (Vice magazine, Pitchfork.com), actors (Ashton Kutcher, Amy Poehler), rappers (Pharrell, Jay-Z), and seemingly everyone in between (Madonna, Lionsgate, Shaquille O'Neal) have signed on to provide professional content for a series of new channels the Google subsidiary is expected to launch next year, in a deal valued at upwards of $100 million. Each partner will reportedly get an advance of up to $5 million; if and when that's recouped via advertising revenue, the partners will split any additional revenues roughly evenly.

So what, if anything, does this mean for the future of movies and TV?

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Eric Clapton Asked Permission to Steal George Harrison's Wife (And 6 Other Things I Learned from the HBO Documentary)

by Michael Hogan, posted Oct 5th 2011 12:30PM
George Harrison
Given how many years have passed since they formed (54) and how many books, articles and films have been devoted to them since they broke up (approximately twenty gazillion), I feel confident stating that it is now literally impossible to break news about The Beatles. Still, even avid Beatles fans like myself don't know everything there is to know about the Fab Four, which is good news for Martin Scorsese's new documentary, 'George Harrison: Living in the Material World,' whose first part premieres on HBO tonight at 9 ET.

While the film doesn't reach the sublime heights scaled by the director's Bob Dylan movie, 'No Direction Home,' it does paint a moving and nuanced portrait of the guitarist, songwriter and spiritual seeker, who succumbed to lung cancer on November 29, 2001. But you don't care about that: You want the facts! So here they are -- all seven of them.

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Elizabeth Perkins Books 'The Closer' Role, 'New Girl' Enlists Lake Bell and More TV Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 20th 2011 4:30PM
Elizabeth Perkins'Weeds' star Elizabeth Perkins will guest star on 'The Closer.'

According to EW, Perkins will play Gail Meyers, the wife of the LAPD commissioner. In the Dec. 19 episode, Gail gets into some trouble when she tries to cover up potential scandal.

Mark Moses will play the commissioner and Maggie Wheeler will play a friend of Gail's.

'The Closer' returns to TNT on Nov. 28.

In other casting news ...

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The 2011 Emmy Awards: Memorable Quotes from the Winners and Presenters

by Michael Hogan, posted Sep 18th 2011 10:21PM
Julie BowenHalf the fun of Emmy night is matching the actual winners to your picks -- especially if you picked 'Modern Family' to sweep pretty much every category in the first hour of the show. But the other half is hearing your favorite stars of the small screen get emotional, veer off script and say stuff that's unexpected, or at least unscripted.

There were plenty of surprising twists and turns at the 63rd Emmy Awards, and more than a handful of remarks to remember. From host Jane Lynch's (jokingly) bitter comments about drowning her sorrows in a tub of turkey meatballs to Peter Dinklage's endearingly odd shout out to his dogsitter, the best quotes of the night are right here.

Click through the gallery to read the highlights, and tell us what caught your attention during the broadcast.

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Charlie Sheen Roasters Announced: Mike Tyson, Jeffrey Ross, Anthony Jeselnik, Harvey Levin, Steve-O

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 29th 2011 2:00PM
The roster for the 'Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen' is coming into focus. The network announced today that Mike Tyson, 'Jackass' Steve-O, and TMZ boss Harvey Levin will join roast veterans Jeffrey Ross and Anthony Jeselnik in the quest to skewer Sheen like a Shish Kabob.

More roasters are expected to be announced in the coming days.

Ross, known as Comedy Central's Roast Master General, saved Sheen's nearly disastrous live-tour by taking the stage to rip on the torpedo-of-truth-teller. Jeselnik was perhaps the breakout comic star of the highly-rated Trump roast.

Tyson has been branching out into film and TV work in his boxing retirement, guest starring in 'The Hangover,' and an episode of CBS's 'Same Name.' Most anything that Tyson says in his signature high-pitched voice is instantly hilarious, and him going after Sheen should be funnier than the time he promised to eat his opponent's children.

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Jeff Lewis Throws Sarah a Wild Bachelorette Party on 'Flipping Out' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 27th 2011 6:00PM
A bachelorette party on 'Flipping Out'Sarah Berkman was thrilled with the bachelorette party Jeff Lewis threw for her in Las Vegas on 'Flipping Out' (Tuesdays, 9PM on Bravo). But not everyone was looking forward to it with the same amount of enthusiasm. Trace James Lehnhoff and Gage Edward had their reservations, and didn't look terribly comfortable in the strip club.

"We were sort of like eagerly anticipating, you know, what kind of girls are going to come out and freak on our laps," said Berkman. Lewis thought Berkman enjoyed herself perhaps a little too much. "I think Sarah actually preferred the female strippers," he said. "I mean, she might want to reconsider this marriage."

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'America's Got Talent' Backstage Report: Will Steven Retchless Change Who He Is?

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 21st 2011 7:00AM
Nick Cannon and Steven RetchlessIt's not a given that there will be a "wild card" episode of 'America's Got Talent' so ejected acts can come back and try again to compete for the $1 million prize, but eliminated magician Landon Swank is reason enough to have one this year.

The judges had to decide tonight between Swank and Smage Bros., the motorcyle stunt team, as to which act would make it through to the semi-finals. After judges Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne split their votes between the acts, it was left to judge Howie Mandel to break the tie -- and he chose the Smage Bros.

"I don't want to be the person responsible for sending someone home," Mandel sighed to AOL TV after the taping. Still, he feels he made the right decision.

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Polygraph Expert Explains Why You Shouldn't Lie on TV (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Jul 20th 2011 4:45PM
Chances are, if you've seen a TV lie detector test quickly escalate into an all-out melee, John Grogan provided the science that caused the spark. Grogan is a polygraph examiner who's become a regular on the TV circuit, lending his lie-detecting expertise to 'Survivor,' 'Nancy Grace,' 'Divorce Court,' 'Tool Academy,' 'Flavor of Love,' and a bevy of other shows.

In this video from the AOL You've Got series, he talks about just how accurate the lie detector test results you see on TV are, and what he's come to expect right after he delivers his results.

"Usually when we do relationship testing we'll ask the accuser to leave the room," he says. "You'll have somebody see their spouse either confess to something or fail badly on a question, and they'll come and slap or punch that person."

Clearly this is a man with much wisdom to dispense. Check out the video after the jump.

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Emmys 2011: Watch Clips of the Best Drama Series Nominees Here (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 14th 2011 11:00AM
The 2011 Emmy nominations were announced today, and that's all anyone in the TV world can talk about.

Of course our readers know how much we love to analyze everything TV (see our Best Comedy Nominees video playlist and critic Mo Ryan's take), but sometimes clips speak louder than words. So we've rounded up the best moments of each of the nominated shows to give you a better idea of the competition's playing field.


Here, a TV Replay clip from each of the 2011 Emmy Best Drama Series nominees.

There's 'Mad Men,' 'Dexter,' 'Boardwalk' Empire,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Friday Night Lights,' and 'The Good Wife.' Watch the highlights of the shows right here, then tell us who you think will take home that golden statue come Emmy night.

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'Glee' Announces Comic-Con Lineup, 3-D Movie Preview

by Jean Bentley, posted Jul 13th 2011 5:00PM
Darren Criss, GleeYou'll be seeing a lot more Darren Criss on 'Glee' this fall now that the actor has been made a series regular, and his first official duty as a full-time cast member is to hit up the crowded California chaos center known as San Diego Comic-Con.

The Warblers leader will head up the 'Glee' panel alongside fellow full-time newbie Harry Shum Jr. (also known as Mike Chang), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina) and Dot Marie Jones (Coach Bieste). While Ryan Murphy will be M.I.A., TVLine reports that co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, executive producer Dante di Loreto and choreographer Zack Woodlee will be in attendance.

The panel, which will be held in Hall H on Sun., July 24 at 10AM, will be moderated by TVLine's Michael Ausiello and will also give fans a sneak peek at the 'Glee' 3-D concert movie.

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Kyra Sedgwick Talks About the Final Season of 'The Closer' With Regis and Kelly (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 11th 2011 1:45PM
Krya Sedwick talks about the final season of 'The Closer' on 'Live With Regis and Kelly'Kyra Sedgwick plays the often frazzled Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, the title role on 'The Closer.' Monday night marks the premiere of show's final season, and Sedgwick said on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated), that things will get worse for her character before they get better.

Regis Philbin set up a clip by saying Johnson was "really getting frustrated about the way things are going at the department, but that's always been, more or less, her little angst, right?"

"She really gets hammered this season," said Sedgwick. "It'll be good."

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'The Talk' Ladies Discuss Mark Halperin's Presidential Gaffe (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 30th 2011 5:50PM
Leah Remini, Sara Gilbert, and Sharon Osbourne on 'The Talk'Thursday morning on 'Morning Joe,' Mark Halperin of Time Magazine and MSNBC said he thought President Obama was "kind of a dick" in his recent press conference. Halperin was quickly suspended by MSNBC, and critiques of his comment poured in from all corners, including a couple on Thursday's edition of 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS).

Holly Robinson Peete started the discussion on a lighter note, saying, "There hasn't been a man called 'Dick' in the oval office since President Richard Nixon." Leah Remini said she liked the fact that the president could be kind of a dick. "I don't know, I like to hear that people are like hard-asses a little bit, especially our president," she said.

Sharon Osbourne said that wasn't the context in which Halperin used the term. "He didn't say 'this guy is a ball-buster, he's a toughie,'" said Osbourne. "He did it in a very disrespectful way."

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La Toya Jackson's Strange, Confusing 'Today' Interview (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Jun 21st 2011 12:35PM

La Toya Jackson sits down with Matt Lauer on 'Today.'It's been at least a month since La Toya Jackson became the only contestant on the 'Celebrity Apprentice' to be fired, re-hired and then promptly re-fired. Anxious to return to the spotlight, Jackson sat down with Matt Lauer Monday on 'Today' (7 AM ET, weekdays on NBC) for a bizarre interview filled with confusing statements and contradictions that gave off more smoke than fire.

Jackson was there to talk about her recent book 'Starting Over,' in which she claims to investigate Michael's death and identify his true killer. In the book, she posits that Michael's death was a conspiracy and that Dr. Conrad Murray is merely a fall guy. But when Matt Lauer pressed her on why the book doesn't name anyone or offer any evidence about that, Jackson could only respond with a hollow, "If you read the book you'll understand."

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