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Melanie Brown Paws at Mark Ruffalo on 'Regis and Kelly' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 25th 2011 12:15PM
Melanie Brown Paws at Mark Ruffalo on 'Regis and Kelly'On 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated), Mark Ruffalo revealed he'll be the first actor to play both Bruce Banner and his alter-ego the Hulk in the upcoming movie 'The Avengers.' But, given his relatively normal size, Melanie Brown seemed to doubt whether he could pull off the role of muscle-laden superhero.

So, Brown decides to feel Ruffalo up and gauge the size of his guns. "Wait. Hold On. Let me just check. What's with the muscles, though?" she asked, pawing at Ruffalo. "The Hulk is, like, big."

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Mashup: A Salute to Butt-Kicking TV Women (VIDEO)

by Avaryl Halley, posted Apr 1st 2011 12:20PM
Yesterday was the last day of Women's History Month, bringing to an end AOL TV's month-long celebration of Women on TV.

We've had tribute lists and graphics, but we wanted to go out with a bang: a mashup! What better way to salute some of the most iconic and powerful woman in television history than with a video of them in action?

Below you'll find one awesome video -- if we do say so ourselves -- of fierce females in action. There's plenty of canceled Joss Whedon goodness and soapy slaps to satisfy everybody.

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Joss Whedon Taking on 'The Avengers?'

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 14th 2010 2:07PM
AvengersPop Culture and television icon Joss Whedon might be the director on the upcoming Marvel Comics superhero movie, 'The Avengers.' This isn't one of those cartoon movies either.

If he gets the job, it's a lot of pressure on Joss. 'The Avengers' is the intended target movie of all these superhero movies that Marvel is pumping out, including 'Iron Man,' 'Captain America,' 'Thor,' and 'The Incredible Hulk.' Even worse, with Disney in the mix Joss would have to answer to a lot of corporate suits (which is rumored to be the reason that he walked away from the 'Wonder Woman' movie).

Also, Joss' last movie was 'Serenity,' which was a cult hit and a good movie but not a box office smash. For 'The Avengers' movie to work, it must make major cash. While my heart sings at the possibility of Joss getting into the franchise, experience tells me that this is no more than a pipe dream.

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Deck the Halls With Our 12 Favorite Christmas Episodes

by David Hofstede, posted Dec 15th 2009 4:05PM
Friends / The OC
From the 1950s through the 1980s, most successful TV series aired at least one Christmas show. Such seasonal events are less plentiful now, when most networks air reruns during the holidays -- but the classics of the past are gifts that keep on giving. Taking our cue from 'The 12 Days of Christmas,' we bring you a dozen holiday-themed episodes rich in tidings of comfort and joy.

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Weird stuff from the past: Letterman meets The Avengers

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 12th 2009 12:27PM
The AvengersIt's always odd when pop culture personalities show up in comic books. It's the print equivalent of the Harlem Globetrotters showing up on Gilligan's Island.

This comic book is from 1984 and features The Avengers meeting...David Letterman! He was on NBC back then doing Late Night and in the comic The Avengers go on the show. For some reason.

[via Pop Candy]

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Best '60s TV Shows

by Kim Potts, posted Aug 24th 2009 4:00PM
Best Shows of the '60s Andy GriffithIn AOL TV's continuing countdown of the best TV shows of each decade, we travel back in time to the 1960s, when viewers were entertained by wacky sitcoms like 'Green Acres,' 'Bewitched' and 'The Addams Family,' a proliferation of Westerns that featured future superstars like Clint Eastwood and Michael Landon, variety shows like 'Laugh-In' and 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour' and James Bond-inspired spy shows like 'The Saint' and 'I Spy.'

Viewers were also into grittier fare like realistic cop dramas ('Ironside,' 'Adam-12') and war action series ('12 O'Clock High,' 'Combat!'), though there was plenty of classic sitcom fun on the airwaves, too, from 'The Andy Griffith Show' and 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' to 'Get Smart' and 'My Three Sons.'

Take a look at our picks of the decade's best and let us know if we got it right. -- By Kimberly Potts

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The Avengers are returning to television

by Brad Trechak, posted Oct 8th 2008 3:10PM
The AvengersI'm not referring to Emma Peel and John Steed. Apparently there's a new cartoon heading to television based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. Is it just me, or are the characters' shapes reminiscent of the excellent Batman, Superman and Justice League cartoons from recent years?

Obviously, this is crossover marketing with the Marvel-financed movies that are coming out using the "shared universe" approach that was popular in their comics. Movies like Iron Man, Thor, and The First Avenger: Captain America (while I understand the marketing behind "The First Avenger" tag, I don't really like its use) are leading up to The Avengers movie in which all the aforementioned superheroes appear on the same screen.

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Ten great fashion statements on TV

by Paul Goebel, posted May 14th 2008 11:04AM

Catherine BachTelevision has often been a benchmark of current popular culture. Whether it's clothes, cars or furniture, people have always looked to TV to help them decide how to look and how to live. Here are ten great examples of how TV characters have "helped" us look our best.

Daisy Duke's Daisy Dukes (The Dukes of Hazzard)
No one knew it at the time, but when Catherine Bach slipped on those ultra-short denims, she was making an impression on more than the teenage boys who were watching. Years later, a brand new and very different generation embraced the Daisy Dukes, much to the delight of those teenage boys who were now old enough to know better.

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The ten worst movies based on TV shows

by Paul Goebel, posted Mar 29th 2007 10:01AM

John Steed & Emma PeelWelcome to TV Squad Lists (formerly 'The Five'), a feature where each blogger has a chance to list his or her own rundown of things in television that stand out from the rest, both good and bad.

A couple of other bloggers have made lists concerning movies that have been made into TV shows and vice versa. There's The Top 10 Movies Based on TV Shows, The Top 5 Shows That are Better than the Movie, Four Small Screen to Big Screen Flops and AOL's own list. Here is my effort. Enjoy.

1. The Avengers: I tried to sit through this move twice and couldn't do it either time. If anyone can explain the plot to me, they can have my job. This movie is the exact opposite of the TV show. Boring, unoriginal, ignorant and unpleasant to watch.

2. Lost in Space: After the cameos by the surviving original cast members, stop watching. Since when is Dr. smith a psycho? I know Heather Graham is hot, but why is Don West more interested in getting laid than getting home? And what is up with the stupid CGI alien? I'd rather see a monkey with Spock ears.

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Gareth Hunt dead at 65

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 17th 2007 3:40PM

Gareth HuntMy first introduction to The Avengers, the classic cult 60s show with Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman and Linda Thorson, was actually the second version of the show in the 70s, The New Avengers. CBS used to run the show late at night, back in the day, when they showed crime and action shows after the local news.

"Back in the day?" I'm getting really old.

The new version also starred Macnee, but this time he was paired with Joanna Lumley (as Purdey), who later went on to fame in Absolutely Fabulous, and Gareth Hunt, who played Mike Gambit. Isn't that a great name for an action hero, Mike Gambit? I really liked this show (and the original series, which I started watching repeats of later). Supposedly it only lasted 26 episodes, though it seems like more.

Hunt died of pancreatic cancer this week in London. Besides The New Avengers, he appeared in Upstairs, Downstairs, EastEnders, Space: 1999, Doctor Who, The New Adventures of Robin Hood, and many other TV shows and movies. Lumley has a lot of nice things to say about her costar.

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On the 4th day of Festivus, TV gave to me

by Kevin Kelly, posted Dec 14th 2006 1:25PM
festivus... Four Small Screen to Big Screen flops.

It had to be bad movies, because I couldn't think of four TV shows that have been made into good movies. The bar was set pretty high with The Brady Bunch Movie when they decided to go full-on campy. Sure, there have been some decent efforts like Starsky & Hutch and the dark and brooding Miami Vice. But this is the time for my inner Grinch to let loose and call out the bad ones, and there are a lot of them. It's too bad I can't take the TV Squad crystal ball and write about the ones still in the pipeline, like Wilder Valderrama in the CHiPs movie, or 2008's The A-Team movie. I pity the fool who tries to displace Mr. T.

Since the TV show adaptations were a bit thin this year (and I have a love/hate thing with Miami Vice. Love Michael Mann, hated the flick ... so I've decided that those cancel each other out for me, leaving a neutral effort on the floor), we're going back through the annals of the past few years and singling out some stinkers.

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The OC: The Avengers (season premiere)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 2nd 2006 10:03PM

To help deal with the loss of Marissa, Ryan has taken up cage-fighting.

(S04E01) The OC is back with a vengeance... big time. After what I think most considered to be a lackluster third season, I think both die-hard and casual fans are going to be impressed with what this show still has to offer. We pick up five months after the death of Marissa Cooper and everyone, especially Julie and Ryan, has had to adjust their lives in the wake of her passing. Corny as it sounds, nothing is going to be the same.

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What's on tonight: Life on Mars, Hell's Kitchen, Saved, Tabloid Wars

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 24th 2006 4:43PM
  • Kyle XYAt 8, ABC Family has a new episode of Kyle XY.
  • At 9, ABC has the CMA Music Festival (wasn't this just on the other night?).
  • NBC has a new Treasure Hunters at 9.
  • There's a new Hell's Kitchen on FOX at 9.
  • The new reality show Tabloid Wars has a new episode at 9. It's on Bravo.
  • Have you ever seen the 60s spy show The Avengers? It's on BBC America tonight at 9 (why didn't someone tell me this??).
  • TNT has a new episode of The Closer at 9.
  • Also at 9: USA has a new Monday Night RAW.
  • At 10, BBC America has the new sci-fi show Life On Mars, about a cop who finds himself back in time to the 70s.
  • Also at 10: TNT has a new episode of Saved.

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New TV on DVD releases today

by Keith McDuffee, posted Apr 25th 2006 9:04AM
Every Tuesday here on TV Squad , we will highlight the week's TV-on-DVD releases. Some noteworthy releases today, April 25, 2006:
  • american dad American Dad - Volume 1
  • The Avengers - '62 Set
  • Battlestar Galactica - Season 2.0 (Canada only)
  • Bizarre - Best of Bizarre Vol. 3; Best of Bizarre Vol. 4
  • The Cousteau Odyssey - River Explorations Collection
  • Inspector Gadget - Volume 1
  • The Last Detective - Series 1
  • Law & Order: Trial by Jury - The Complete Series
  • Odyssey 5 - The Complete Series
  • Reba - Season 3
  • The Rifleman - Set 5
  • Tommy Lee Goes To College
  • A Touch of Frost - Seasons 9 & 10
  • The Waltons - The Complete 3rd Season
  • Wild Kingdom - Australia's Awesome Animals; Mammals Of North America Vol 2

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New TV on DVD releases today

by Keith McDuffee, posted Feb 28th 2006 10:20AM
Every Tuesday here on TV Squad , we will highlight the week's TV-on-DVD releases. Some noteworthy releases today, February 28, 2006:

  • charmed logoThe Avengers - Emma Peel Collector's Edition
  • Beast Machines: Transformers - The Complete Series
  • The Beverly Hillbillies - Ultimate Collection Volume 2
  • Bleak House - Bleak House
  • C.O.P.S. - Volume 1
  • Charmed - The Complete 4th Season
  • Combat! - Best Of Hanley; Best Of Saunders
  • The Drew Carey Show - Television Favorites
  • Ellen - The Complete Season 3
  • House Party - Kids Say the Darndest Things: Vol. 2
  • The Lawless Years - Season 1
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus - Graham Chapman's Personal Best; John Cleese's Personal Best; Terry Gilliam's Personal Best; Terry Jones' Personal Best
  • NewsRadio - Season 3
  • Night Court - Television Favorites
  • The Real Ghostbusters - Vol 1: Creatures Of The Night; Vol 2: Spooky Spirits; Vol 3: Slimefighters
  • Rosemary & Thyme - Season 2
  • Rumpole of the Bailey - Megaset
  • Weird U.S. - Vol 1: Strange But True / Road To Weirdsville; Vol 2: Weird Worship / Weirdly Departed; Vol 3: Rebels And Traitors / Crimes And Punishment
  • Welcome Back, Kotter - Television Favorites

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