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Madonna to Perform at Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 5th 2011 6:15AM
MadonnaNBC and the NFL announced last night that Madonna will perform at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show.

In a statement, Madonna said she's partnered with a creative team from Cirque du Soleil, choreographer Jamie King and multimedia artists from Moment Factory, "to create a signature performance for the Super Bowl's Halftime Show, which will be broadcast worldwide."

Super Bowl XLVI will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sunday February 5. The live halftime show is the most-watched television musical event of the year: More than 162 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year's show featuring The Black Eyed Peas performing with Slash and Usher.

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'The Voice' Gets Post-Super Bowl Slot, Sam Waterston Books HBO Role and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted May 31st 2011 7:25PM
The VoiceNBC is slotting 'The Voice' in a very high profile timeslot: post-Super Bowl on Sun., Feb. 5.

The network did not say whether the episode will be the premiere of Season 2 or just a regular episode.

"There is no better showcase on television than to follow the Super Bowl, and we believe 'The Voice' is deserving of such high-profile exposure," Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement.

"The attention grabbing blind audition phase of 'The Voice' has mass appeal and will fittingly team up with the biggest sporting event of the year," he said.

Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will all be back as coaches next year.

In other TV news ...

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Super Bowl, 'Glee' Score Record Ratings

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 7th 2011 2:30PM
Glee, Super BowlUPDATE: Not only is Super Bowl XLV the most watched game ever, but it is the most-watched program in TV history.

More than 111 million viewers tuned in to see the Green Bay Packers go up against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

According to the The Hollywood Reporter, the overnight ratings clocked in at a whopping 47.9, tying the 1987 Super Bowl. The overnights are 3 percent higher than 2010's game, which brought in a total of 106.5 million viewers.

On the other hand, despite scoring its highest-rated episode yet, 'Glee's' ratings were 31 percent lower than last year's post–Super Bowl show, the premiere of CBS's 'Undercover Boss.' According to Entertainment Weekly, 26.8 million viewers tuned in for the highly anticipated episode, earning an 11.1 rating among adults age 18–49.

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Christina Aguilera Defends Herself After Super Bowl National Anthem Fumble

by Catherine Lawson, posted Feb 7th 2011 8:35AM
Christina Aguilera at Super Bowl XLVThe Twitterverse exploded Sunday night after Christina Aguilera fumbled the lyrics to the National Anthem during the pre-game show for Super Bowl XLV.

Aguilera should have sung: "O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?" but instead repeated an earlier line with a slight variation. She sang: "What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last gleaming."

Although the singer was unavailable for comment straight after the gaffe, she later released a statement to the Associated Press, in which she said that she flubbed the line after getting lost in the moment and losing her place.

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Is Bill O'Reilly Fair? Barack Obama Isn't Saying (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 7th 2011 7:47AM
President Obama talks to Bill O'ReillyDuring the Super Bowl pregame show (2PM ET on FOX News), Bill O'Reilly sat down with President Barack Obama for a live interview at the White House.

The conversation between the two was civil, and they spoke about the situation in Egypt, the recent legal setback to the health care bill, and Obama's thoughts on his presidency, two years in.

Perhaps the most interesting moment of the interview came at the very end, when O'Reilly fished for the ultimate compliment a President could give a cable news host who many view as having a partisan agenda.

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Matt Damon Big-Times Packers Coach Mike McCarthy for Laughs in Kenny Mayne Segment (VIDEO)

by PopEater Staff, posted Feb 7th 2011 12:15AM
An athletic mega-event that's practically a national holiday, Super Bowl Sunday has a way of inspiring a whole lot of cooking, marketing, music-making and, yes, low-budget comedy bits.

Resident ESPN jokester Kenny Mayne recently decided to take viewers on a "hard-hitting" tour of the town where Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy grew up: Greenfield, a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Penn., smack in the middle of Steelers territory.

And who should pop up in the footage? Oscar winner Matt Damon, over-the-top cranky in his role as a high-school rival (Damon actually went to high school in Cambridge, Mass.), griping about McCarthy from inside his posh Hollywood trailer.

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Best and Worst Super Bowl Commercials 2011

by Nick Zaino, posted Feb 6th 2011 11:35PM
Darth Vader for Volkswagen Super Bowl spotThere is a contingent of fans that watches the Super Bowl and takes a bathroom break during the game so they don't miss the commercials.

There is something at stake here for the companies who invested an enormous amount of money to buy time. A good spot can keep people talking for weeks or help launch a lasting campaign.

Here is out list of the best, the worst and the indifferent of this year's Super Bowl spots, from the standpoint of pure entertainment. Volkswagen is the biggest winner, and Pepsi and Doritos peppered the Super Bowl with hit or miss adds.


Tell us what you think!

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Super Duper Super Bowl 2011 Predictions

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Feb 6th 2011 11:45AM
Super Bowl XLVIt's one of the biggest TV weekends of the year. Outside of the big 'Say Yes to the Dress' finale, no other television events elicits more anticipation and preparation leading up to the actual show.

The hype builds for weeks and weeks. People and analysts alike are forced to stretch what should be a few minutes of discussion and analysis into a two week, soul-crushing marathon of overused cliches -- like "Give 110 percent," "We just need to play our game" and "Hey! Don't touch me there!" -- and washed up "experts" just trying to scrape together enough money to pay the minimum on their baby mama's credit card bill.

Advertisers clamor for this day like little girls (and writers of this article) do for even a glimpse of Justin Bieber's impish smile and signature hair-flip, dropping millions and millions of dollars to attempt to wow America with 30 seconds of cheeky anthropomorphic cartoon animals and a hollow, over-produced, lip-synced, celebrity half-time extravaganza that generally feels like some sort of cruel public mass-torture ploy to punish everyone.

Oh yeah... and there's a football game thrown in there somewhere too, and here are some of my predictions for the big day.

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Look for Kim Kardashian's Skechers Super Bowl Ad and Win a Pair of Shape-Ups!

by Kelly Woo, posted Feb 5th 2011 3:30PM
Kim Kardashian sexy Super Bowl commercialThere may be a new contender for the most sexy Super Bowl commercial of all time.

As we mentioned previously, one of the 2011 Super Bowl commercials will be a Skechers ad featuring Kim Kardashian "breaking someone's heart."

The commercial is quite steamy (of course), as the photos and preview clip show. Look for the commercial close the two-minute warning mark in the second half.

Plus, we're giving away a pair of Skechers Shape-Ups!

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The Best and Worst of Super Bowl Halftime Shows

by Nick Zaino, posted Feb 5th 2011 11:00AM
The WhoAlready sick of hearing The Black Eyed Peas' 'I've Got A Feeling?' You're going to hear it a lot more over the next few days, at least until the band has finished their halftime show at this year's Super Bowl.

But if you have Peas fatigue already, count yourself lucky. Up With People used to be a regular halftime feature.

The halftime show used to be the domain of marching bands, with the occasional celebrity guest appearance and, yes, for a while, the saccharine UWP singers. It turned into a bit of a floor show in the '80s and '90s, with salutes to Hollywood and New Orleans and multiple pop bands. The format changed in 2002, with U2 and their tribute to 9/11 victims. Since then, there has been just one act playing music at halftime.

Here are some of the best and worst Super Bowl halftime performances, mostly from the more recent format.

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Super Bowl Commercials 2011 Preview

by AOL TV Staff, posted Feb 4th 2011 4:45PM
Super Bowl commercials 2011

Super Bowl XLV is almost here, but more importantly, the Super Bowl commercials of 2011 are ready for prime time. (Actually, some of them have already made their way onto the Internet.)
This year's Super Bowl commercial lineup includes ads from Audi, Best Buy, Careerbuilder, Coca-Cola Doritos, E-Trade, GoDaddy, Pepsi, Skechers, Snickers, Volkswagen and, of course, Bud Light.

And since a good Super Bowl commercial often includes celebrities, look out for Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Roseanne Barr and Ozzy Osbourne, among others.

Check out some already "leaked" commercials, after the jump ...

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What Makes a Great Super Bowl Ad (and What Should Be Avoided)?

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 4th 2011 3:00PM
The infamous Leno-Letterman-Oprah ad from Super Bowl XLIV
On Sunday night, tens of millions of people will hunker down in front of their TVs to take in an entertaining pastime that has left people enraptured for decades.

And there's also going to be a game on.

Yes, we're talking about the ads during the Super Bowl, the only time during the year when a collective "Shhhh!" goes up when the commercials start. For over 30 years now, we've been programmed to expect big, ambitious ads during the game, and almost every year at least one or two get stuck in our brains.

But there are also hundreds of ads that have been forgotten, either because they went for broke and missed, tried to amp up the laughs to the opposite effect, or were just plain boring.

So, what are the keys to a good Super Bowl ad? What makes one suck? Follow us after the jump to find out.

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What to Watch This Sunday Instead of the Super Bowl

by Rich Keller, posted Feb 4th 2011 12:55PM
Not interested in football this Sunday? A 'Jersey Shore' marathon is one viewing alternative.This weekend, the annual non-federal holiday known as Super Bowl Sunday will bring this country to a standstill as millions of folks overeat, over-drink and bet large sums of money on whether the coin toss will result in heads or tails.

It will also be an historic game of sorts, pitting two iconic NFL teams -- the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers -- in their first championship game together.

Of course, for some of you, it wouldn't matter if the game were the Scooby Doobies against the Yogi Yahooies because your interest in the Super Bowl is practically nil. Luckily for you there are some alternative viewing options on Sunday that should keep your interest while your significant other is screaming "Where's the defense?!" in the next room.

Here are some options to consider.

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FIRST LOOK: The 'Hellcats' Cast Pities Your Lack of Super Bowl Cheerleaders, Football Fans

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 3rd 2011 12:00PM
Aly Michalka, Hellcats, CheerleadersWhen the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers face off in Super Bowl XLV this Sunday, an unexpected milestone will occur: It'll be the first Super Bowl in 43 years without cheerleaders.

Tragic, we know -- and so do Aly Michalka, Ashley Tisdale and the rest of the 'Hellcats' cast. That's why the stars of The CW's college cheerleading drama have filmed this informative PSA. They feel your plight, football fans, and they want you to know they're here for you -- every Tuesday at 9PM.

Watch the ladies discuss this very serious issue in our exclusive clip -- they've got the cheerleading action you'll be missing on Sunday.

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'Glee' Super Bowl Episode Preview: Zombies, Human Cannons and Fire

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 2nd 2011 4:00PM

Glee Super Bowl Episode, Thiller, The Sue Sylvester ShuffleWe'd probably be just as excited for the 'Glee' Super Bowl episode (Sunday, approx. 10:30PM ET, Fox) even if it didn't include zombies, human cannons and flaming boobs, seeing as we've had to wait two months between episodes.

But now that we know just how epic Sunday's six-minutes-longer show will be -- thanks to a constant stream of semi-spoilers, teasers and songs that have helped keep the 'Glee' cravings at bay -- let's just say we're grateful Ryan Murphy and Co. are the worst secret-keepers in television.

After the jump, read/watch/see/hear everything we know about the 66-minute 'Sue Sylvester Shuffle' (previously known as 'Thriller'), including a behind-the-scenes video, a photo gallery and full versions of 'Thriller'/'Heads Will Roll,' 'Bills Bills Bills,' 'Need You Now' and 'She's Not There.'

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