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10 Stars With Bad TV Luck

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 8th 2011 12:00PM
Joanna Garcia, Bret Harrison, Blair UnderwoodActors can work for years before they get their big break, going from project to project, floundering away on struggling sitcoms and concept-heavy dramas until their luck changes and -- blamo! -- they're on a successful show raking in six figures per episode.

These thespians aren't quite show-killers -- they just have bad luck!

From Bret Harrison to Joanna Garcia and so many more, we're saluting these bad luck stars. Somebody get them a four-leaf clover and a hit show -- stat!

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Ron Artest Joins Up When 'Sports Show With Norm MacDonald' Turns Western (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 1st 2011 3:29AM
Ron Artest, 'Sports Show with Norm MacDonald'After misreading a note from the network, 'Sports Show with Norm MacDonald' (Wed., 10:30PM ET on Comedy Central) was transformed into a western, featuring LA Lakers star Ron Artest as Norm MacDonald's sidekick and partner.

After getting bitten in the posterior by a snake, MacDonald sends Artest to find the cure from an Indian princess, thus setting up an incredibly old and lame joke.

"You must suck out the poison with your mouth," the princess told Artest.

"She said you're gonna die," Artest told MacDonald.

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Norm MacDonald Talks About His New 'Sports Show' and Being a Reluctant Sitcom Star

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 19th 2011 11:00AM
Norm MacDonald on 'Sports Show'
While I was on the phone talking to Norm MacDonald last week, I heard what sounded like paper crumpling. When I asked him if I was talking to him during his lunch, he said, "No, no, no, no. That noise? No, no, that's just a potato chip bag being opened."

Anyone who's seen Norm over the years -- from his memorable stint as the anchor of 'Weekend Update' on 'SNL,' his late-'90s sitcom 'Norm,' silly movies like 'Dirty Work' or his stand-up act -- knows how funny he would make that exchange.

Norm just doesn't give a crap, whether it's about being interviewed by reporters or talk show hosts, starring in a sitcom, or any of the other trappings of show business. He just cares about comedy, done his way. It's been a pretty successful formula, given how long he's hung around.

Norm's approach to comedy can be seen in his new Comedy Central series, 'Sports Show With Norm MacDonald,' which premiered last Tuesday. It's essentially 'Weekend Update' with a sports theme: Norm tells jokes about the week's sports "headlines," mixed with taped segments and commentary. And, like with 'Weekend Update,' it's sometimes even funnier when a joke doesn't land than when it does. Norm wouldn't have it any other way.

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'Sports Show' Takes Norm MacDonald Undercover in the NBA as Blake Griffin (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 13th 2011 6:18AM
'Sports Show with Norm MacDonald' series premiereIf 'Saturday Night Live's' Weekend Update segment focused on sports, it might resemble 'Sports Show with Norm MacDonald' (Wed., 10:30PM ET on Comedy Central). For fans of MacDonald's three-year stint hosting the venerable 'SNL' news desk, it's a welcome return.

His unique take and quirky sense of humor is rampant as he rips apart the sports world, characters and news with the same bite he took out of O.J. Simpson on a weekly basis. But now he has more time to get even more surreal and ridiculous.

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Norm MacDonald Talks Don Rickles at Frank Sinatra's Death Bed on 'Kimmel' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 7th 2011 3:41AM
Norm MacDonald, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'Norm MacDonald and Jimmy Kimmel got to talking about Don Rickles on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC), which led to Rickles's long friendship with Frank Sinatra. MacDonald actually had a lunch with Rickles the week that Sinatra died.

While he thought at first they should maybe not talk about it then, he ultimately couldn't resist. "Hey Don, have you talked to Frank lately?" he asked Rickles.

"Yeah, I saw him last week," Rickles replied. "There was a lot of this!" At this point, Rickles mimicked spitting up and drooling. "It's a lot of me with my head two inches from Frank's face going 'I'm not Barbara!'"

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Norm MacDonald Wants to Free Canada of its English Queen (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Apr 1st 2011 7:00AM
Norm McDonald on 'The Daily Show'Watching the uprising in the Middle East from afar has stirred up a revolutionary spirit in Norm MacDonald. As he told 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), the comedian now wants to do something about his home country of Canada still being under Queen Elizabeth II's auspices.

"I'm from Canada, we've got a queen, she lives in England," McDonald told Jon Stewart. "I swear to God I can get two or three dozen buddies of mine, we can go over to Buckingham Palace, take over."

"I would totally do that with you," Stewart offered.

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Norm MacDonald on Gambling Problems and Bad Decisions on 'Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 31st 2011 3:31AM
Norm MacDonald, 'Late Show with David Letterman'Gambling addiction is a very real problem that afflicts many people in this country. It even can take hold of well-known personalities. Norm MacDonald revealed to David Letterman that he got into a bit of trouble with his own gambling on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS).

It might be more a matter of the tactics he used in deducing where to bet, though we're sure there are gamblers out there with stranger methods.

MacDonald's strategy in one situation was to follow the mafia guy with the attaché case full of $100,000 chips. The guy put $750,000 on a 4:1 underdog in a boxing match.

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'X Factor' Registration Open, 'Teen Mom' No Contact Order Lifted and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 9th 2011 7:30PM
The X FactorDream of becoming the next big pop sensation?

Good news, then: Registration is officially open for the very first season of Simon Cowell's 'The X Factor.' Though the complete rules aren't posted yet, Fox's site is officially open for wannabe pop stars to register to audition.

Soloists and groups are welcome, and there is no age cutoff. The only requirements are that contestants are at least 12 years old by March 1, 2011, they're U.S. citizens, and they don't have a current record deal.

In other TV news ...

Norm Macdonald is heading back to television. The former 'Saturday Night Live' cast member will host a sports/comedy show on Comedy Central. [Deadline]

NBC's 'REM' pilot, from 'Lone Star' creator Kyle Killen, is coming together. 'Eclipse' director David Slade is reportedly being courted to direct, and '24' showrunner Howard Gordan might come on board. The show is described as an 'Inception'-like drama. [Variety, Vulture]

'Teen Mom' Amber Portwood is now allowed to have contact with her baby daddy, Gary Shirley. A court order still bars them from having their daughter around when they are together, but a judge lifted the previous no-contact order. [E! Online]

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'Max Headroom' Coming to DVD

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 1st 2010 3:02PM
max headroom dvdThe '80s resurgence continues with the pending DVD release of 'Max Headroom', one of the most ambitious and baffling sci-fi shows to ever hit the small screen.

Too young to remember Matt Frewer's babbling blonde digital hipster? Allow me to play professor: In the mid-'80s, Frewer (you know, that guy) played a strange, spastic (and sarcastic) computer-animated Coca Cola pitchman and music video host that lived inside of your TV. He frightened young children and hypnotized susceptible nerds into guzzling Coke by the gallon.

Perhaps as a meta-comment on his own existence, his creators produced an insane cyberpunk TV movie starring Max that satirized TV marketing, the media, politics, and everything else worth satirizing.

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Norm MacDonald Congratulates Conan O'Brien ... 7 Months Ago (VIDEO)

by Chris Jordan, posted Jan 20th 2010 11:40AM
That Norm MacDonald sure has some timing. Last night on 'The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien,' he gave Conan O'Brien a card and basket he bought back in June, congratulating Conan for getting his "permanent" dream job as host of 'The Tonight Show.' He proudly called Conan the "new king of late night."

Guess MacDonald hasn't heard the news?

Oh well, it's the thought that counts.

Watch the video from TV's Top 5! after the jump.

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It's a 'Sausagefest' and 'Hot Tub Time' for Writer Josh Heald

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Oct 30th 2009 4:40PM
Norm MacDonaldWriter Josh Heald is having a good week: The Hollywood Reporter reveals that he's landed not just one development deal, but two.

The first will be a multi-camera, half-hour comedy with NBC entitled 'Sausagefest,' starring Norm Macdonald. The show's premise is set around two twentysomething guys and their fathers; Macdonald plays a misogynistic divorced guy, and the other character is a widow. Heald described it as "two odd couples going on simultaneously."

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FX is not picking up The Norm MacDonald Reality Show

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jul 1st 2009 7:02PM

Norm MacDonaldYesterday FX announced their fall premiere dates along with the news that an untitled new half-hour comedy would be launched and paired with It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Nothing else was announced about this yet-to-be-named series, but thanks to our reader Jared, we now have an idea of what it may be:

The Norm MacDonald Reality Show.

Nothing has come down from FX regarding this in terms of a pilot greenlight or series pick up, but according to Norm himself? He seems to think it's a go.

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Andy Richter gets the best of Norm MacDonald

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 12th 2009 2:23PM
Sometimes Norm MacDonald can be really funny, sometimes not so much. Last night's Tonight Show appearance was mostly the latter, as he told some jokes that you and I would probably tell at a party, not because we made them up but because we heard them from someone who heard them from someone who heard them from someone and they're 30 years old. That's why I'm glad that at the end of this clip Andy Richter says what we've all been thinking. (Full interview here)

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The joke that everyone missed from SNL's Celebrity Jeopardy revival

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 9th 2009 3:03PM
Will Ferrell and Norm MacDonald as Alex Trebek and Burt Reynolds on Celebrity Jeopardy!Last month's triumphant return of the "Celebrity Jeopardy!" sketch to Saturday Night Live was a hilarious bit of celebrity snark genius. It is without a doubt the only sketch in the show's history that just gets better and better every time a new one is rolled out for the public to digest and enjoy.

The most recent incarnation of the sketch was no exception. In fact, it built on the solid foundation that lay before it by casting Tom Hanks as a clueless himself and bringing back Norm MacDonald as Burt Reynolds. MacDonald's appearance was funny not just because he does a scary good Reynolds, but I also like to think that every time he returns to the show, Don Ohlmeyer cries a little inside.

As much as there was to laugh at in the sketch, a tiny but hilarious joke seeped through the cracks and no one seemed to spot it -- until now. I have found the missing joke from last month's Jeopardy! sketch, thanks to my keen eyes, my intrepid nose and my ever-widening butt.

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Saturday Night Live: Will Ferell/Green Day (season finale)

by Annie Wu, posted May 17th 2009 12:40PM
Celebrity Jeopardy
(S34E23) Wow. Way to go, Will Ferrell. Maybe they should just bring back Saturday Night Live alumni for season finales from now on, because this episode was spectacular. Ferrell brought back some old favorites and a slew of famous faces, from the familiar to the inexplicable, including Amy Poehler, Tom Hanks, Anne Hathaway and Artie Lange. Here are some video highlights from the evening (Hulu vids are US only. Sorry, kids... you can also watch these videos at NBC's website).

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