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Ricki Lake Minisodes might be high art, right?

by Eliot Glazer, posted Jul 1st 2009 11:03AM
go ricki lakeThe late eighties and early-to-mid nineties brought out some of the filthiest, bottom-feeding talk shows our country has ever seen. From Morton Downey Jr. and Sally Jesse Raphael to Jerry Springer and Maury Povich, it was the era when "trash TV" became a symbol of a country's swift spiral down one giant cultural toilet in opposition to people like Larry King and Oprah Winfrey, who effortlessly made interviews with, like, Fran Drescher come off looking like Masterpiece Theater.

Around the latter half of the "boom" came Ricki Lake, the formerly obese star of Hairspray (no, seriously, that was basically her résumé), with a show that combined the usual elements of trashy talk (read: "freaks") with something impossibly dumber yet: catchphrases. Unlike today, when it takes weeks to months for squawk-boxes to latch onto cultural buzzwords like "metrosexual" and "baby daddy," Ricki Lake was trotting out episode "subjects" like "You're not all that!" and "Dump that zero and get yourself a hero!"

Naturally, she was a smash.

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Syndicated Deal or No Deal renewed and relocated

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 30th 2009 8:02PM
Deal or No DealMaybe my home town should offer tax incentives to the networks. It's working for Connecticut. Not only did NBC announce that the half-hour syndicated version of Deal or No Deal is returning for a second season with host Howie Mandel, but it will be relocating and filming in Connecticut.

I guess with a game show it doesn't matter where you film since it's the same set all the time, but are there as many incredibly gorgeous chicks in Connecticut as there are in California? Isn't Cali where they all go to see their dreams of being an actress reduced to standing on a stage next to a briefcase?

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Maury Povich launches online, print newspaper

by Bob Sassone, posted May 24th 2007 3:55PM

Povich and ChungMaury Povich and Connie Chung are giving back to their community in Montana by launching an online newspaper, The Flathead Beacon.

It sounds like one of the locations on Lost ("Jack, you have to lead everyone to the flathead beacon or we'll never be rescued!), but The Flathead Beacon is a new daily online newspaper that Povich and Chung have recently launched. It promises to be really focused on life and business in Flathead Valley. In addition to the online edtion, there will be a weekly print edition too.

This all sounds great, especially in this age where newspapers are dying. Let's just hope that Povich doesn't eventually change the newspapers focus to cheating husbands, fights, and paternity tests.

[via Romenesko]

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Maury and Connie gone from MSNBC

by Richard Keller, posted Jun 13th 2006 9:03PM

Say good-bye to Connie and MauryOkay, show of hands from those people who are absolutely, totally surprised that Weekends with Maury and Connie is being canceled by MSNBC. No one, huh? Well, that's because you are a such a smart audience.

In a move that everyone saw coming from several miles away, except perhaps Maury Povich and Connie Chung, the cable news network has canceled the show, which premiered on January 7th of this year to much fanfare. After the premiere, the audience never re-materialized, despite the fact that the show aired twice on both Saturdays and Sundays. In addition, Povich was slapped with a sexual harassment suit from a producer of his syndicated talk show, which probably didn't help his chances of renewal over at MSNBC.

The last Weekends with Maury and Connie will air this upcoming Saturday at 10am. On Sunday, with plenty of free time on his hands, Maury will begin his task of making sure every single man and boy has a DNA test to prove that he is the father of their own child.

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Previously on TV Squad

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 30th 2006 6:19PM
In case you've missed it -- perhaps you were watching the NFL Draft -- here are some highlights from the last week at TV Squad:

Rosie O'Donnell

American Idol coverage
Breaking News
The Five
Episode Reviews

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