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Hannah and Brooke Get Catty on 'Texas Women' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 26th 2011 3:15PM
Hannah and Brooke go at it on 'Texas Women' It was a Texas-sized serving of cattiness on 'Texas Women' (Thursdays, 10PM on CMT), as tension between Hannah Helvey and Brooke Jeter came to a head. Jeter had been pushing Helvey's buttons, saying she couldn't see Helvey holding down a desk job and criticizing her for being attached to her phone at a meal out.

Jeter told Helvey she might as well just sit at home and text -- why bother coming out? Helvey said the conversation was boring her so she had to make her own. "I think Brooke is really insecure and she tries to get any dig in on any person she can," said Helvey. "She has said some really rude things about Anna. Like, that's not okay."

In a one-on-one, Jeter got ugly, defending her intelligence. "I graduated high school, you didn't," she said. "You quit when you were fifteen." That puzzled Helvey, but Jeter went on. "I'm smarter than what you think," she said. Perhaps next week, they'll go head to head in 'Texas Women Jeopardy' to settle the score.

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Ashton Kutcher and Hugh Laurie Are TV's Highest-Paid Actors

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 10th 2011 1:55PM
Ashton KutcherTelevision is attracting more and more big-name stars, but this week's TV Guide Magazine points out that it's probably more of a fiscally sound decision for the actors than we realize.

While the most elite A-Listers make millions in movies, it's much less lucrative for everyone else. TV, on the other hand, offers a steady paycheck. Six-digit paydays add up when you take a 22- or 13-episode season into account.

It probably won't surprise you to know that Ashton Kutcher, who is filling Charlie Sheen's shoes on 'Two and a Half Men,' tops the comedy list with a salary of $700,000 per episode -- half a million dollars less than what Sheen was making. 'House' star Hugh Laurie makes the same $700,000 for every hourlong episode of the Fox medical drama.

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Henry Winkler Talks 'Royal Pains,' His New Book & Being The Fonz

by AOL TV Staff, posted Apr 27th 2011 9:00AM
Henry WinklerHenry Winkler -- the man who turned 'Happy Days'' Arthur Fonzarelli into The Fonz, one of the coolest, most iconic television characters of all time -- is a seriously busy guy. He's got a new book, a new Twitter obsession and he's enjoying acting on the small screen again.

On the USA dramedy 'Royal Pains,' he's Eddie R. Lawson, an unreliable deadbeat dad who's trying to get back into his sons' lives 20 years later, while also wooing wealthy Hamptons women.

He'll get more face time this June when the show returns for its third season. Winkler, who is coming back as the irresponsible (yet loving) con-man father of Hank (Mark Feuerstein) and Evan (Paulo Costanzo), left the audience to wonder if he really checked into prison in the season two finale after being sentenced for illegal activity.

Winkler -- who also joined Cartoon Network's live-action comedy, 'Childrens Hospital,' last season -- is continuing to write as well, with his new book 'I Never Met an Idiot on the River' out May 1.

AOL TV caught up with Winkler to talk about life as The Fonz and his post-'Happy Days' career as an actor, author and husband.

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Google to Introduce Android-Based TV Software

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 30th 2010 10:15AM
Google AndroidIn another step towards competing with the ubiquitous iPhone and other smartphone operating systems, Google will be introducing television-based software in May that will run Google Android. The software is said to open up television, set-top boxes and devices to more content from the Internet.

Google is essentially trying to develop a television set operating system. It will be tough to make it work, since many of the television manufacturers will likely be protective of whatever software goes on their hardware. However, it sounds like Sony, Intel and a few other companies are already on board.

This is just another step towards the eventual merger of your home television and computer systems. If Google can succeed in this, Android could become a major player in operating systems, competing with the likes of Microsoft, Apple and Linux.

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Three Bad Things About One Great Invention, the Remote Control

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 12th 2010 5:02PM
remoteRegardless of what I just said in that headline, let me assure you: I love my remote control! It's the device that tells me "you don't have to just sit there and watch what's on. You have options!" It's perfect for someone who watches a lot of television, vital for someone who writes about television, and it really is the can opener of the living room. It's the tool you absolutely need.

Having said all that, there are several problems I see with having something so convenient at your fingertips as you watch the tube.

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Ask TV Squad: We need your questions!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 23rd 2009 8:02PM
TV SquadSince the end of September, the "Ask TV Squad" column offers you answers to your TV-related questions such as information about actors, titles of songs played in episodes, DVD availability, status of shows, returning dates, props, etc. Anything goes as long as it's related to television or to TVSquad.com.

There will be no columns today and next week due to the Holidays. However, look for a fresh "Ask TV Squad" on January 6.

In the meantime, I invite you to send us all your TV questions at asktvsquad@gmail.com or by leaving a comment to the present post. We will do our best to find the answers you seek and provide the info in an upcoming column or in a TV Squad podcast. So don't be shy and ask away!

If you need inspiration, here is a collection of the questions we've answered so far.

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BBC to bring the Internet to TV

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 21st 2009 9:32AM
BBCThere has been a slow merge of Internet and television functionality into one unit. The Telenet, perhaps? Or Intervision? The BBC looks to take that one step further by joining a consortium of companies intent on bringing Internet services to British television sets. It's a controversial move and nobody is more pissed off about it than cable TV provider, British Sky Broadcasting. After all, they have the most to lose.

I recall reading once that when the Internet became popular, it drove down television viewing. This seems an obvious solution to that problem but it opens its own set. It begs the age-old question: who pays for it all? How will it make money? Of course, if the Beeb didn't already have answers to these questions, it wouldn't have joined the consortium.

It also has the added benefit of no longer requiring a computer or handheld device to access the Internet. What do you think of this new concept?

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2010 Writers Guild Award nominees announced

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 16th 2009 9:38AM
writers_guild_america_logoRound up the usual suspects. That would seem to be the appropriate line when you look at the nominees for the 2010 Writers Guild Awards. That doesn't mean that all these nominees are not worthy; they are some of the best 2009 television for sure. It's just that inevitably some shows are left out in favor of the tried old faves.

For instance, in the comedy category, can you really put Modern Family in and completely diss The Big Bang Theory? I can't. I'm not even happy about the annual goopfest for 30 Rock, a sitcom that I've grown tired of -- but that's just me. I'd prefer How I Met Your Mother to get some time, or United States of Tara or Nurse Jackie or The Middle. All four of those show have been superior to 30 Rock -- to me.

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Army Archerd dead at 87

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 9th 2009 10:00AM
Army ArcherdA little bit of Hollywood died yesterday.

Army Archerd wrote for Variety since 1953, when he replaced columnist Sheilah Graham. That's not a typo. That's 1953, as in 56 years ago. That means he talked to everyone, saw everything, and wrote about just about everything that happened in Hollywood for more than five decades.

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Dragnet rates a U.S. postal stamp

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 11th 2009 11:02AM
dragnet_stampHow many people remember Dragnet? Or maybe I should say how many people remember actually watching Dragnet, the "just the facts" police show starring the iconic Jack Webb? The reason I ask is because the U.S. Postal Service is immortalizing Dragnet with a postage stamp tomorrow.

In light of the fact that letter writing and postal service are dramatically in decline, my guess is that there will be an older crowd nodding appreciatively when Dragnet is honored. You see, the younger generation (did I really say that?) doesn't have much use for stamps and won't be buying the Dragnet first class stamp.

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Troublesome Tribbles set to invade Comic-Con

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 21st 2009 10:03AM
Comic-Con visitors can pick up free Tribbles at Comic-Con.CBS/Paramount is inviting attendees of San Diego's Comic-Con to get into some trouble with Tribbles -- and to take photos of the fur flying for all the world to see.

Announced by David Gerrold, Tribble inventor (not a title you hear every day) and writer of the fan-favorite "The Trouble with Tribbles," the Star Trek Comic-Con booth is offering a limited number of Tribbles for fans to steal away with into the San Diego night.

Fans are then asked to take creative photographs with their Tribbles and to post them at CBS-BDLive.com.

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Teens aren't into TV, newspapers, radio, or Twitter (but they love texting)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 13th 2009 6:27PM
retro tvI'm always cynical about these studies that show what teens aren't into, but this study was actually done by a 15 year-old, so maybe it's a lot closer to the truth.

He's a intern at Morgan Stanley, and he says that teens today aren't really into TV (beyond watching their favorite shows for a season), they'd rather download music than listen to the radio, and they don't read newspapers at all because it's "wicked stupid." OK, they didn't say that, but they find newspapers too long. They also don't like Twitter. They'd rather update their Facebook page (makes sense - Facebook is more passive, like a web site; you have to really be involved with Twitter).

So this poll is only for the teens out there reading this.

How do you watch TV?
I love it and watch it every single day287 (46.4%)
I watch it a lot73 (11.8%)
I only watch my favorite shows and that's it213 (34.4%)
I have one show that I watch and that's all14 (2.3%)
I watch only sports and news10 (1.6%)
I never watch TV22 (3.6%)

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Nine memorable TV shows about TV - VIDEO

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 18th 2009 10:06AM
The Mary Tyler Moore Show

The success of Slumdog Millionaire and Frost/Nixon recently inspired me to assess the ten best movies about television. TV has been a fertile source of entertainment for filmmakers. The TV turf is also a popular setting for TV shows, and there have been some all-time great shows about the tube. Here are nine that I think warrant special recognition -- in no special order.

1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
It all started at WJM-TV in Minneapolis. The Mary Tyler Moore Show was the perfect sitcom blend of home and work, and work happened to be the local TV news team. As Mary Richards, the associate producer, Mary Tyler Moore was the single girl America loved because she was real, funny, gorgeous and lovable. At work, the news was mangled nightly by Ted Baxter, the quintessential news reader anchorman who loved every dulcet tone of his voice and had no idea what he was reporting. In perfect irony, when the show came to an end, most everyone at WJM -- Lou Grant, Murray Slaughter, Sue Anne Nivens, Mary -- were fired. Only Ted was spared!

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Was President Bush a good television President? -- VIDEO

by Richard Keller, posted Jan 19th 2009 10:02AM

How was Bush as a television President?Now, before you raise your pitchforks in a move to skewer me as a "liberal journalist," I just want to clarify what this item will be about. This is not an article about the job President Bush has done over the last eight years. You all have your differing opinions (which should be vented on politically-based sites) about how good or bad he did when it comes to policy. What I am going to talk about here is more of an image issue than a job performance one. We good? Good!

I'm going to ask a simple question: Was George W. Bush a good television President? Let's face it, the way that any famous person, whether they be Hollywood star or politician, is prepped for the TV cameras can make or break that person. Take the example of the Kennedy-Nixon televised debate in 1960. While many people have said that Nixon 'won' the debate on his statements, they also say that the way he looked in front of the cameras made voters uneasy about him and, eventually, cost him the election.

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Obama wants to delay that whole digital TV thing

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 8th 2009 7:06PM
retro tvYou've seen the countless ads with the dire warnings: switch to digital TV by February 17 or you won't be able to watch any of your favorite shows and you'll have to read a book or play with your kids. And I bet your local news stations have been running various tests and a crawl at the bottom of the screen to remind you about the transition. Now it looks like it might not happen when it's supposed to..

The Obama transition team is asking Congress to extend the deadline because the way the transition has been handled hasn't been the smoothest: there's been a problem with the coupons that the government is giving out so people can get a converter box, the education on the new technology has been inadequate, and the government doesn't have the funds to make the current date a reality. Consumers unions are also asking for the date to be extended.

My sister asked me if I was ready for the digital transition, and I told her that I've been ready for years. Then I met someone last week who says she still has a small portable TV with rabbit ears. Are you ready for the change?

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