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Jason Segel Talks About His Own Muppet, Makes Innuendos on 'Late Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 23rd 2011 5:00AM
Jason Segel, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Not only was Jason Segel honored and so thrilled to be a part of the revival of the Muppets as film stars, but he got another honor perhaps even more special that he talked about on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET On CBS).

But as quickly as we were excited for him at having a Muppet of himself made and gifted to him, it quickly took a dark turn.

"there is something very strange and very awesome about me operating a puppet of myself alone in my apartment," Segel said.

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Jason Segel on Hosting 'Saturday Night Live' and Accomplishing His Childhood Goals

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 21st 2011 6:45PM
jason segal saturday night live Not many people get the chance to accomplish all of their childhood goals, let alone all three in one week, but Jason Segel's one lucky guy. Not only did he cross making a Muppet movie off his inverse-bucket list, but he finally achieved another childhood dream by hosting 'Saturday Night Live.'

"I have a list of childhood goals," Segel told Moviefone. "There are only three things on it: Be on David Letterman, work with the Muppets, and host 'SNL.' I had done Letterman before and I, obviously, did the Muppet movie last year. But, I did all three last week. In one week! That's not hyperbole, that's an actual list I had."

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Who Scored Big in Week 7 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 21st 2011 1:45PM
It was a very crowded week for our favorite 'SNL' players. Not only did they have to share the spotlight with Jason Segel --who appeared to be glowing from having so much fun – but they also had to share the spotlight with the Muppets. Also, a key element of success on the Relevancy Poll was missing this week: The "Weekend Update" segments. I mean, yes, there were two segments, but they were monopolized by the real John Huntsman and then, later, by Kermit the Frog. Who's number one? Let's find out!

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'SNL' Scorecard: Jason Segel and the Muppets Get Things Started

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 20th 2011 11:50AM


There's a danger in looking too forward to an individual 'SNL' host just because, on paper, they should excel. Too often I've thought, "Well, this person will obviously be great,' only to have that person come off as flat or uninterested. Jason Segel's name immediately jumped out as a potentially great host. I mean, yes, he was obviously going to bring the Muppets with him, that was a given. But this is a guy who has made it clear that hosting 'SNL' has been a lifelong dream. But Segel is a writer. Sometimes writers come to the show with ideas in mind (like Segel obviously did with "Andre the Giant Gets an Ice Cream") that aren't necessarily great. But, happily, Segel brought his A-game and he brought Paul Rudd because, well, why not bring Paul Rudd? On to a very happy Scorecard!

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Jason Segel's Face Gets 'Unfavorable Reaction' From 'Muppets' Test Audience (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 15th 2011 3:45AM
Jason Segel, 'Late Show with David Letterman'Jason Segel has managed to have quite a successful career in comedy, despite having a face that apparently just continues to test poorly with audiences. On 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), he brought in a comment card from a 7-year old who was part of a screening for 'The Muppets.'

In it, the kid seemed to love the film, but when asked what he didn't like about it, the answer was pretty straightforward. "Gary's face," the kid wrote.

Gary is the name of Segel's character in the film.

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Jason Segel Shows the Photos That Got Him to Lose Weight on 'Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 24th 2011 4:49AM
Jason Segel, 'Late Show with David Letterman'Astute fans of Jason Segel may have noticed that the actor seems to have slimmed down in his more recent public appearances. He confirmed that on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS) and even brought the pictures to prove it.

The photos served as a sort of intervention for Segel. He'd gotten up to about 245 pounds, and was enjoying "the best food and booze anywhere," according to Segel, in New Orleans.

"Unfortunately my assistant had a key to my room in case I overslept," Segel said. "She came in one day to wake me up and she took a bunch of pictures to show me what I had become."

David Letterman then put up one of the pictures, which he said looked like a crime scene. Segel was sprawled on his back, belly partially hanging out, covered in Taco Bell wrappers. Under any circumstances, this is a sobering picture of the aftermath of a bad night -- or good, depending on what you're striving for.

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Home Wreckers' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 20th 2010 12:02AM
(S05E20) It figures that right after I do a long post about the prominence of silly standalone episodes on 'HIMYM' this year, Bays and Thomas come back with an episode that could both stand alone and be part of the "mythology" of the show. And it gave us a new drinking game, to boot.

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Zoo Or False' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 13th 2010 12:04AM
'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Zoo Or False'
(S05E19)
Many of the episodes of 'HIMYM' this season have been slapsticky and silly, but mostly in a good way. It's part of the effort of Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and their crew to not get so bogged down in the "mythology" of the Mother story, allowing them to touch on it much less than they used to. It also sets up some nice standalone episodes for syndication.

Sometimes the silliness works, sometimes it doesn't. This time it worked. And because it worked, I won't get the phase "mugged by a monkey" out of my head for quite a while.

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Say Cheese' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 22nd 2010 11:46PM
The cast of 'How I Met Your Mother'(S05E18) Ever come across an episode of one of your favorite shows that just felt half-baked to you? Sure, it had its funny moments, but there was something about the main story that begged to be explored a bit more. Or maybe one of the B-stories looked like it had more potential but it just ended up being either a one-note joke or dropped altogether.

This episode had both. I wanted the main story of Ted always bringing around his "skanks" to group celebrations to be tied in a little more to his search for the all-exalted mother. And I also wanted to see more about both Barney's and Marshall's relative abilities in front of a camera lens. Both left me dissatisfied.

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Jason Segel Found A Star For His New Muppet Flick: Himself

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 16th 2010 5:26PM
Jason SegelWhen we here at TV Squad HQ (an outhouse-sized shack in the suburbs of Paducah, KY) heard that Jason Segel of 'How I Met Your Mother' was co-writing a new theatrical Muppet movie, there was much rejoicing.

Why? Because, while Neil Patrick Harris gets all the attention, Segel has quietly become the comedic glue of the show, able to do subtle humor and physical shtick with the best of them. Also, despite his relative youth, he has expressed his love of the Muppets in the past. So we had a feeling that he was going to produce a script that recalled the best of the Muppet flicks, 'The Muppet Movie' and 'The Great Muppet Caper,' while keeping a modern edge.

Now The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog has the news that Segel will also be starring in the movie, tentatively titled 'The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time,' as the Muppets' live action buddy, who along with Kermit seeks to reunite the gang to save their old theater. Huzzahs all around.

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Of Course' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 9th 2010 3:45AM
Jennifer Lopez & Neil Patrick Harris, 'How I Met Your Mother'(S05E17) Let's see ... this week, we got Ted in the future telling his kids the story that Barney told a police officer after he'd been pulled out of the Hudson River. So did we get Barney's version of events, or the version Ted might remember from his own role?

I'm going with this being Barney's version of events, because it's the only way I can justify the way in which Ted described to Barney the "super-date." All in all, there were several moments that made me smile, but I wasn't laughing as hard as I usually do during an episode of 'How I Met Your Mother.'

However, I'll forgive the episode that because it did entertain me and more importantly-- it gave us all some much needed closure!

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Hooked' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 2nd 2010 9:24AM
Carrie Underwood and Josh Radnor in 'HIMYM' - 'Hooked'(S05E16) When I was out in LA for the press tour in January, I had the pleasure of watching the table read for this episode. This was the actual Monday-morning table read, not a show for the gathered critics; the writers were sitting by taking notes that would be used to make changes before shooting.

What struck me about the table read was that, despite the fact that it was the first draft and the cast hadn't fully gotten into how exactly they were going to play the script, the episode was funny. People were genuinely laughing, including the writers, who have lived with the script for some time; they weren't cackling in an effort to sell their funny lines. In fact, it was one of the funniest episodes of the season.

Watching the final version, I noticed that not a whole lot changed from that table read. And, even though I knew most of what was coming, I laughed as hard as I did when I was on the set a month and a half ago. If that's not the sign of a top-notch episode, I don't know what is.

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Gone Too Soon: 'Freaks and Geeks'

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 22nd 2010 4:02PM
Freaks and Geeks
Created by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, 'Freaks and Geeks' is one of those rare television treasures that no one saw or appreciated until it was too late. Okay, that's unfair. Critics, the press and the loyal fans who did find the show on NBC immediately knew that it was something special. Unfortunately, it didn't find wide enough appeal to last beyond its first season.

Ironically, the show's cast of virtual unknowns now reads like an all-star comedy troupe, which is a testament to the brilliant casting that went on behind the scenes of the show. Finding such talented kids, and then coupling them with brilliant writing crafted on of the most revered television shows of all time.

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Rabbit or Duck'

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 9th 2010 12:03AM
Neil Patrick Harris in 'HIMYM' - 'Rabbit or Duck'(S05E15) I've noticed that the last few episodes of 'HIMYM' have largely taken place in the "home booth" at MacLaren's. I know it's the 21st century version of the couch at Central Perk, but the world of 'Mother' is a lot bigger than that these days. And, besides, Cobie Smulders and Alyson Hannigan aren't pregnant anymore; there's no need to hide their baby bumps under the table anymore.

That being said, it's a great place for two of this show's signature "bits" to start: 1) Absurd arguments, and 2) Incessant ball-busting. We saw both of these this week, with Ranjit thrown into the mix to make things more interesting. What really made this episode wasn't just the Rabbit/Duck argument, though; it was the subtle direction shifts that made loyal viewers think Ted was going in one not so good direction, when he was really going in a worse -- but more fun! -- direction.

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Perfect Week'

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 2nd 2010 12:02AM
Neil Patrick Harris and Jim Nantz in 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Perfect Week'
(S05E14)
Wouldn't everyone want to analyze their love lives with Jim Nantz?

Even if you haven't been as lucky in the sack as Barney Stinson, having an accomplished play-by-play guy talk about the ups and downs of your romantic escapades lends things a bit of gravitas and class.

However the 'HIMYM' writing team came up with the idea of how a nervous Barney recounts his perfect week in his own head, it was an inspired move, as it gave the episode the right narrative pull and really did put you in the position of a fan, pulling for him and making sure he didn't get jinxed. Did I just say that word?

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