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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|I love it and watch it every single day||287 (46.4%)|
|I watch it a lot||73 (11.8%)|
|I only watch my favorite shows and that's it||213 (34.4%)|
|I have one show that I watch and that's all||14 (2.3%)|
|I watch only sports and news||10 (1.6%)|
|I never watch TV||22 (3.6%)|
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!
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.
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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