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Twitter's Year in Review: Which TV Stars and Shows Were 'Hot Topics' in 2011?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 5th 2011 8:25AM
It's that time of year again, when everyone starts looking back over the past year and compiles 'Best of' and 'Worst of' lists. Twitter's been unveiling its annual 'Year in Review' since Thursday and has just published its 'Hot Topics' lists.

Uber-Twitter user Charlie Sheen's clearly still winning online: Last week AOL announced that Sheen was our most searched-for celebrity in 2011, and now he's claimed the top spot in the Twitter "Actor" Hot Topic.

Plus, one of his stranger obsessions -- #tigerblood -- came in at Number 2 in the "Hashtags" category (just behind #egypt).

Check out who and what else made the cut after the jump.

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Why Ricky Gervais Is Returning to the Globes: It's All About Ratings, Baby

by Stephanie Earp, posted Nov 22nd 2011 3:00PM
Whenever people complain about all the bad programming on TV, I like to remind them that television is one of the few true democracies. We vote with our eyes, and the amount of time we spend parked on the couch. The things we watch get renewed and the things we don't watch get canceled. I know that's little consolation to the fans of 'Arrested Development' -- or more recently, 'Community' -- but them's the breaks. Majority rules, and the majority is watching 'Dancing with the Stars.'

For once, the rule of ratings has worked out in our favor as NBC managed to convince the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to invite Ricky Gervais back to host the Golden Globes in 2012, for what will be his third and -- he says final -- time. Last year, Gervais ridiculed Robert Downey Jr., Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp and the then-president of the HFPA. But he also managed to improve the ratings over the previous year by 2 million viewers, for a total of 16.9 million viewers. The controversial show also made a huge impact on Twitter, where for 34 hours Golden-Globes-related hash tags were in the top 10.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for November 21 - 27

by Stephanie Earp, posted Nov 21st 2011 10:03AM
An Idiot Abroad - Friday November 25, 10PM ET, Discovery

If you've missed the latest collaboration between Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, this is the perfect chance to get on board. Ricky (recently confirmed to return to host the Golden Globes) and Stephen send their sad sack friend Karl Pilkington out to see the world and make fun of him mercilessly as he whines and complains his way around some of the most incredible locales on our planet.

It sounds mean, and it is. But you'll only feel sorry for poor Karl -- who'd be happier at home in his flat with a cup of tea -- for a few minutes. then you'll be laughing too hard to care. This week, Karl takes the legendary Trans-Siberian Express train into China. Fans may remember Karl's feelings about the Great Wall from last season. He was, shall we say, unimpressed.

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Johnny Depp Talks About US Customs Pulling Guns on Him for 'Drugs' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 14th 2011 12:30AM
Johnny Depp, 'The Graham Norton Show'On 'The Graham Norton Show' (Sat., 10PM ET on BBC America), Johnny Depp said he once told a customs agent that he had piranha and vampire bats in one of his bags. We thought he was cracking a joke for Norton's audience. Then, we thought maybe he was cracking a joke for the customs officials.

It turns out he really did have these things, along with a powdered vitamin supplement that somehow exploded all over the contents of the bag. At this point, Ricky Gervais completely hijacked the interview to get Depp back on point. The actor was talking about the powder, but that clearly wasn't the most interesting part of this story.

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Ricky Gervais Stops by 'Late Night,' Critiques Fallon's Monologue (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 15th 2011 5:30AM
Ricky Gervais, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'Ricky Gervais wasn't a scheduled guest on 'Late Night' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC), but apparently he was having trouble sleeping since he hadn't plugged anything that day. So he stopped by briefly to have Jimmy Fallon hold his book.

But as Fallon went into his monologue, which is a part of the show that still seems to be struggling to really come together, Gervais lingered at the back of the stage. After a particularly awkward joke bombed, Gervais came running forward, apologizing for interrupting.

"You know, they come out, they park their cars," he said of the audience. They're making an effort, he's saying, so Fallon really needs to as well. "You didn't write it ... but do it like you were clever enough to come up with this joke yourself."

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It's Larry David to Ricky Gervais' Rescue on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 15th 2011 6:40AM
Ricky Gervais, 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'This week, Larry David finally set foot in New York City on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' (Sun., 10PM ET on HBO). And when you think of New York, you think of ... Ricky Gervais?

Well, regardless, Gervais was the special guest in this week's insanity, and his presence must have inspired the writers as this was a brilliantly written and tightly crafted installment of 'Curb.' Perhaps the only surprise for David's character was a moment of genuine bravery.

In the beginning of the episode, David met a girl on the plane to New York when he tripped over his shoelaces and took down a belligerent and abusive passenger. But when she found out the truth, she gravitated toward Gervais.

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Susie Essman Says the Real Larry David Isn't Actually a Pain to Work With (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 11th 2011 2:10PM
Susie Essman talks about Larry David and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' on 'Today'Shockingly, the real-life Susie Essman said on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) that the real-life Larry David isn't nearly as much of a pain in the butt as his character on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm.' This, despite the fact that the show's annual renewal hinges on David deciding he wants to come back for another season. But Essman is willing to cut 'Curb's' creative genius a little slack on that front.

"You know what, he's really not [a pain]," said Essman. "He's the one that has to come up with these outlines and he's the one that has to do all the work, so he has to decide [to continue the show]." That puzzled Gifford. "How long could it take?" she said, citing a clip where David and Essman argue about dinner. "Larry walks in with a piece of bread and she's unhappy."

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Ricky Gervais Defends His Right to Make Fun of Hollywood Actors on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 3rd 2011 2:20PM
Ricky Gervais, Jason Bateman, and Ryan Reynolds on 'Today'Ricky Gervais was cutting and funny hosting the Golden Globes, but the buzz after the show was about how many people were offended by his jokes. He managed to burn some bridges with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the awards. Now Gervais has been nominated for an Emmy for that performance. He spoke with Matt Lauer on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) about the experience, and got into a little tussle with Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds.

Lauer said he thought Gervais's hosting was brilliant, but said others thought his jokes had crossed a line. "I crossed the line?" said Gervais. "Who drew the line? I didn't draw the line. Where's this line?" He seemed perplexed by the idea.

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Ricky Gervais on Getting Emmy Nom for His Vilified Golden Globes Hosting Gig (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 3rd 2011 9:55AM
Ricky Gervais, 'Late Show with David Letterman'After Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globes this past year, he was vilified in the press and by much of the Hollywood community. Apparently, he was too harsh and insulting to some of Hollywood's elite and they were not amused. But somebody was, and David Letterman was all too pleased to bring it up on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS).

"For that performance, the man has been nominated for an Emmy Award," Letterman told his audience. Gervais was happy about it but conceded he wouldn't win.

Letterman's argument was that this didn't matter. In this case, just being nominated meant so much to that knee-jerk, super-negative reaction to what many others considered a great hosting performance.

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Ricky Gervais Heads to 'Afterlife' For New Show

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 18th 2011 11:00AM
Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais is teaming with former 'Dexter' showrunner Clyde Phillips for a trip to the 'Afterlife.'

According to Entertainment Weekly, the new series follows an atheist who dies and goes to heaven.

The duo are working on writing the pilot episode now with plans to film it in early 2012. Gervais is set to make a cameo in the pilot.

Gervais' new comedy, 'Life's Too Short,' starring Warwick Davis, is heading to HBO. The comedy is starting on BBC Two later in 2011 and will make its HBO debut in 2012.

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'The Marriage Ref' Is Back With a New Format and Giant Pumpkins (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 27th 2011 5:50AM
'The Marriage Ref' season premiere'The Marriage Ref' (Sun., 10PM ET on NBC) returned with a slightly tweaked format this season. Now, the couples are brought into the studio, and the audience gets to pick which person was the most right and that person will get a billboard in their hometown telling everyone they were right. Oh, and they'll also pocket a cool $25,000.

The most memorable of the three couples was definitely the Johnsons. The wife was frustrated because of her husbands obsession with all things pumpkins, including growing gigantic ones and even naming them.

The celebrities were on his side, though Jerry Seinfeld told him to do something about how ugly they look when they get so big.

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Ricky Gervais Defends His Controversial Golden Globes Jokes on 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 21st 2011 10:15AM
Much of Ricky Gervais's appearance on 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (weekdays, 9 PM ET on CNN) was spent having Gervais address, one by one, the controversial celebrity barbs he made as host of last week's Golden Globes.

Gervais never apologized, and calmly kept repeating that he didn't think his celebrity targets were offended -- and that they shouldn't be if they were. The only time Morgan's line of questioning seemed to get to Gervais was when Morgan wondered if jokes about Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson could be off-limits because the two stars are probably struggling with addiction issues.

"I'm not judging them, I'm not judging them for what they did," Gervais explained, sounding slightly defensive for the first time.

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Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant Team For New Pilot

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 21st 2010 2:30PM
Warwick DavisRicky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the brains behind 'The Office' and 'Extras,' have joined forces once again for the pilot of 'Life's Too Short,' a single-camera, 30-minute comedy starring Warwick Davis (pictured).

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the pilot for BBC2 follows 'Harry Potter' and 'Star Wars' actor Davis in his day-to-day life. Gervais and Merchant appear in minor roles.

Billed as an observational comedy, the pilot also tackles the frustrations Davis faces as a little person.

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What's On Tonight: 'Smallville,' 'Dateline,' 'Stargate Universe,' 'Suite Life'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 16th 2010 12:30PM
The 'Ricky Gervais Show' airs at 9:00 on HBO
Here's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern). All shows listed are new, unless otherwise noted.


Once again the schedule is light on the original. It may be time to clean out your DVR.

7:30
Cartoon Network: 'Batman: 'The Brave and the Bold'-- Fan of the show

8:00 to 9:00
The CW: 'Smallville'
NBC: 'Secrets of the Mountain' -- New made-for-TV movie
Disney Channel: 'The Suite Life on Deck' and 'Wizards of Waverly Place' -- 'Wizards' guest-stars Shakira
Nickelodeon: 'Big Time Rush' and 'The Troop'

9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution'
Animal Planet: 'I Shouldn't Be Alive'
Cartoon Network: 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'
CMT: 'Gator 911' and 'Danger Coast'
HBO: 'The Ricky Gervais Show' and 'The Life & Times of Tim'
National Geographic: 'Dog Whisperer'
SyFy: 'Stargate Universe'
Teen Nick: 'Degrassi: The Next Generation'
TLC: 'The What Not to Wear Awards'

10:00 to 11:00
ABC: '20/20'
CBS: 'Miami Medical'
NBC: 'Dateline NBC'
E!: 'The Soup' and 'Forbes: Heiresses Gone Wild'
Food Network: 'Private Chefs of Beverly Hills'
HBO: 'Real Time with Bill Maher' -- Jesse Ventura
Starz: 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand'
SyFy: 'Merlin'

11:00 to Midnight
Comedy Central: 'Comedy Central Presents' -- Bret Ernst and Iliza Shlesinger

Check your local TV listings for more information. After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Ricky Gervais Talks April Fool's Jokes on 'Late Night' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 2nd 2010 4:33AM
Ricky Gervais on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'To really celebrate April Fool's Day, you gotta step it up, take practical jokes to the next level. That's the opinion of actor/comedian Ricky Gervais, who visited 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' (weeknights, 12:35AM ET on NBC) on April 1.

"If you're gonna do it, do it with a bit of jeopardy," says Ricky. "Let's have pilots going, 'Oh my god, we're going down! No, April Fool's, we're fine.'"

But then he admits practical jokes get more evil in adulthood and suddenly he casts a wary eye over the studio audience. "I'm nervous," Ricky says. Is Jimmy about to pull a prank on him?

Watch the video after the jump.

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