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'GMA' Presents the Week in Viral Animal Cuteness, Starring a Shark-Biting Dog and Baby Giraffe Named Hope (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 22nd 2011 2:40PM
A baby giraffe on 'Good Morning America'Lara Spencer delivered an animal-centric version of Pop News Friday on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC), covering stories about dogs attacking a shark and a giraffe born with backwards feet.

The first story is based on a YouTube clip from Australia where a couple of dogs attempt to herd sharks in shallow water. One of the dogs didn't like what he saw and bit one of the sharks. "Happy to report the dog was fine, the shark swam away intact, perhaps his ego a little bruised," said Spencer.

The second story was about a giraffe named Hope in the Topeka Zoo in Kansas born with hyperextended fetlocks, which means that it's back feet were folded back and pointed the wrong way. "With the help of the veterinarians there, she defied the odds," Spencer said. "She will live a long, long life." The giraffe was fitted with special wrapped shoes and was up and walking like a champ.

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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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Chic-a-go-go, that toddlin' cable access show - VIDEO

by Eliot Glazer, posted Jan 27th 2009 3:03PM
chica-go-go cable accessWe may not live in Chicago, but we know the value of a legendary public access show when we see it. That being said, Chi-town's already-legendary homegrown variety show Chic-a-go-go -- on the air since 1996 -- seems to fit the bill, at least according to the footage we've seen online.

According to the astounding amount of nostalgic praise littered throughout the web, the fan favorite is a dizzying version of Soul Train for kids, if Soul Train employed children, hipsters, and whomever wanders into the studio to dance to oldies, indie rock, and everything in between.

Hosted by a puppet rat MC named ... wait for it ... Ratso, and his human co-host, Miss Mia, the show has rather unsurprisingly yielded a comparison to "an early David Lynch movie" and been described by another blogger as "frenetic, [yet] friendly and familiar."

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Local stations get call letters that spell dirty words

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 27th 2007 4:22PM
fccIn what can only be described as utter irony, the FCC has given two local television stations call letters that either spell out or stand for dirty words. In Maui, it's KUNT. Yes, those are the real call letters given to a low-power digital station in Wailuku, Maui. The station is still under construction so no one has seen KUNT Action News as of yet--or maybe it's KUNT On Your Side.

The other station is KWTF in Arizona. Now, this one I like. I think I'd keep it. I'd make my motto, "Hey! KWTF is happening in Arizona!"

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Greatest local commercials ever

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 11th 2007 12:01PM

tvVia Pop Watch comes Phat Phree's list of the top 50 greatest local commercials of all time, complete with YouTube clips. In this case, "greatest" doesn't really mean "greatest" in the usual sense, but instead refers to local commercials that are so amazingly bad you just can't forget them. The top five commercials are all for Norton Furniture in Cleavland, Ohio, and hokey smokes, are they weird. It's like Peter Lorre's and Salvador Dali's brains had sex and these commercials were the result.

I've watched a few of the commericials, and they all have their own kind of odd charm. I can't recall any local ads worth mentioning from my Iowa youth, though: they were mostly your typical spots featuring bad acting and lame gags. Still, when budgets are low and you can't hire real actors, you have to do the best you can.

If any of you have find memories of gloriously bad local ads, share them in the comments.

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Things I Hate About TV: Weather teasers

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 22nd 2006 8:05AM

fozzieI don't know if it's the same in other local markets, but here in the Twin Cities promos for the upcoming local news broadcasts always include some teaser about the weather forecast that goes something like this:

Anchor: Just how cold is it going to get? And will we see any snow over the weekend? Tune in at ten and find out.

I can understand doing such a teaser if the station has an exclusive story or just scooped some recent event that none of the other stations have, but it's not like they're the only place where you can get weather information. There's the Weather Channel, there's the newspaper, and there's the freakin' internet, for crying out loud.

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Best and Worst of 2005: Adam's list

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 3rd 2006 9:00AM
wonder showzenDo you know what I liked about TV in 2005, Beverly? Let me tell you:

Perfect Hair Forever: Okay, Stroker and Hoop has grown on me, I don't think Squidbillies is all that bad, and I still haven't quite made up my mind about 12 Oz. Mouse, but damn, Perfect Hair Forever, the Williams Street artisans ribald and aloof take on the anime genre was by far the best new offering on Adult Swim this year. In typical anime fashion, only six episodes were created. I hope for a DVD release.

Wonder Showzen: Despite my local cable provider moving MTV2 around so much that it makes my Tivo cry, I have hunted down every airing of this subversive "kids show" like a madman. There is nothing else like this on TV right now, and it rivals South Park in just how far it's willing to go to make its audience uncomfortable. A second season kicks off this year.

Everybody Hates Chris: It's a good show, plain and simple. It's not the Holy Grail, as a lot of pre-show hype made it out to be, but it is an unpretentious, hilarious look at what it's like to grow up with limited means in an environment that isn't always fair.

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Celebs go local

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 17th 2005 12:53PM

Celebrities will often do local spots for their hometowns, or appear in local commercials because they have some connection to the market. For example, I've seen both Ed Asner and Robert Vaughn appear in television ads here in the Twin Cities for a local news station and a law firm, respectively, with Asner doing a nice facsimile of his Lou Grant character from the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Jersey girl, daytime co-host and incessantly effervescent Kelly Ripa appears in ads for a hospital in her home state, as well. Are there celebs popping up on TV in your neck of the woods, too? Perhaps Cameron Diaz telling you about brake specials? Please, share with the class.

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