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Ana Gasteyer Gets 'Suburgatory' Promotion, 'True Blood' Cast Expands and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 2nd 2011 7:10PM
SuburgatoryAna Gasteyer is extending her stay on 'Suburgatory.'

According to EW, the 'Saturday Night Live' veteran has been upped from a recurring guest star to series regular for the rest of the season.

Gasteyer plays Sheila Shay, George and Tessa's neighbor, on the new hit ABC comedy. The actress described her character as a "well-intended nightmare."

Look for more of Sheila's good intentions to backfire in upcoming episodes.

In other TV news ...

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Eric Clapton Asked Permission to Steal George Harrison's Wife (And 6 Other Things I Learned from the HBO Documentary)

by Michael Hogan, posted Oct 5th 2011 12:30PM
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Given how many years have passed since they formed (54) and how many books, articles and films have been devoted to them since they broke up (approximately twenty gazillion), I feel confident stating that it is now literally impossible to break news about The Beatles. Still, even avid Beatles fans like myself don't know everything there is to know about the Fab Four, which is good news for Martin Scorsese's new documentary, 'George Harrison: Living in the Material World,' whose first part premieres on HBO tonight at 9 ET.

While the film doesn't reach the sublime heights scaled by the director's Bob Dylan movie, 'No Direction Home,' it does paint a moving and nuanced portrait of the guitarist, songwriter and spiritual seeker, who succumbed to lung cancer on November 29, 2001. But you don't care about that: You want the facts! So here they are -- all seven of them.

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HBO to Air Martin Scorsese's George Harrison Documentary

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 14th 2011 6:45AM
George Harrison, 1964It's been announced that HBO is to air Martin Scorsese's new documentary film, 'George Harrison: Living in the Material World.'

The film follows the life of The Beatles' lead guitarist from his musical beginnings in Liverpool through his life as a musician, a seeker, a philanthropist and a filmmaker.

It weaves together interviews with Harrison and his closest friends, performances, home movies and photographs. Much of the material in the film has never been seen or heard before in public.

In a statement, George Lombardo, President, HBO Programming, said "When Martin Scorsese brings a project to HBO, we all know it is going to be very special, and he has added to that body of work with this monumental film on George Harrison. From rock'n'roll icon to moviemaker, to spiritual seeker and humanitarian, George Harrison was a true renaissance man. This amazing film will illuminate every aspect of Harrison's remarkable, multifaceted life."

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Keith Richards Says There Was No Beatles vs. Rolling Stones Rivalry (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 12th 2011 5:59AM
Keith Richards, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'The Rolling Stones and The Beatles were two of the biggest bands of the 1960s, which led many people to assume there was a rivalry for chart dominance between the two groups. On 'Late Night' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC), Keith Richards explained that this simply wasn't true.

"It was totally the opposite," he said. In fact, they almost worked together to ensure both could find success. "Paul or John would call us up and say, 'We've got a single. We've got 'Daytripper' but it's not mixed yet.' Well, we've got 'Paint It Black' finished. So it was like, 'Okay you go first.'"

In fact, Paul McCartney and Richards have been friends for years and still get together when time permits. As to whether they've ever considered collaborating on a record, Richards said, "The thought is there. The actual deed is still to be done."

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Sir Paul McCartney on Beatlemania and a Key to Their Explosive Success Stateside (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 28th 2010 12:37PM
Sir Paul McCartney, 'The Early Show''The Early Show' (Weekdays, 7AM on CBS) featured a special one-on-one interview with Sir Paul McCartney. The former Beatle is a Kennedy Center Honoree, and he talked candidly with Jeff Glor about those formative years of his life and career.

Fifty years later in his ongoing successful and influential career, McCartney says he still loves performing Beatles music. "A lot of it's to do with the fact that the people love it," he explained. "When I'm singing the songs, I can sometimes go back in my mind into the studio, and I can be there with John, George and Ringo. We could be making the record."

Of their early fame, McCartney explained that the group had a bit of strategy behind how they would first come to the states. "We had said to our manager, we're not going to America until we've got a number one record there," he said.

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Jerry Seinfeld Dishes on Doing Comedy at the White House, Ribbing Paul McCartney (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 24th 2010 2:10AM
Jerry Seinfeld Dishes on Doing Comedy at the White House, Ribbing Paul McCartneyIt's been a while since Jerry Seinfeld has done live comedy. But on 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), he cracked some jokes, discussing the difference between the terms "this sucks" and "this is great." His theory -- there is no difference!

If, say, you're eating an ice cream cone, and the ice cream falls off and hits the ground -- then your reaction is "Sucks!" And what do you say out loud? "Great!" (In a sarcastic tone, of course.)

The beauty of the "sucks" equals "great" equation is that it applies to almost everything. For instance ... performing in front of the President. As Jerry told David Letterman, he recently did his act at the White House -- for an event honoring Paul McCartney. Seinfeld is a fan of Obama and The Beatles, so this was a big deal. But would it suck or would it be great?

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Is Casey James the Dark Horse of 'American Idol'?

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 7th 2010 10:30AM
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Pretty boys don't do it for me. Long, flowing locks aren't what generally draws me to a guy. As a result, I was never particularly drawn to 'American Idol' contestant, Casey James. Of course I understood the attraction on an intellectual level -- I do have eyes after all, and he is a very pretty man. But throughout the first half of this season of 'Idol,' he remained little more than a background player to me.

Casey was talented enough, but he never knocked my socks off. I figured that he'd stick around for a while because he's good-looking and he doesn't stink up the stage with his performances, but that after a while, he'd be swept up in a cloud of blond hair and sparkling teeth and he'd become nothing but a distant, blue-eyed memory. That all changed this week, however, when he performed 'Jealous Guy.' All the sudden, I was sitting in front of my TV and a random thought struck me: "I kind of want to make out with him."

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More Sue, Songs and General Excitement: New 'Glee' Promos!

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 25th 2010 4:00PM
GleeLast season it would've been hard to describe any show as a "phenomenon" without having it be a stretch. However, this season the TV gods -- or you could just thank Fox -- gave us 'Glee.'

The hit musical series is back in less than month and Fox has been releasing new promos and special videos in an effort to wet the nation's collective appetite.

New segments of "Sue's Corner" have hit the Internet and commercials featuring new music and scenes are hitting Fox's airwaves, readying us for what we hope is a triumphant return on April 13 at 9PM EST on Fox.

Check out the new videos after the jump.

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Jay Leno's 'Tonight Show' Promo Gets a Music Makeover

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 24th 2010 9:00AM
NBC has been recycling their 'Jay Leno Show' promos to prep for Leno's return to 'The Tonight Show' slot. Could there be a clearer metaphor?

Anyway, the new promos have been using a cover version of the Beatles' "Get Back" to not-so-subtly greet the host back from prime time hell. But one very clever YouTube user found a much more appropriate song to accompany Jay on his return back to 11:30 p.m.


[via Buzzfeed]

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Imagine: Christopher Eccleston as John Lennon

by Bryan Enk, posted Nov 30th 2009 1:00PM
From G.I. Joe's arch-nemesis to immortal rock star, Christopher Eccleston certainly has an eclectic resume.

Now, Variety is reporting that the British actor, fresh off his turn as arms dealer Destro in 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,' will play John Lennon in 'Naked Lennon,' a biography film commissioned by BBC Four.

'Naked Lennon' will focus on Lennon's life from 1967-1971, the period during which Lennon first met Yoko Ono and The Beatles were going through a rather turbulent disintegration. Variety is also reporting that Naoko Mori ('Torchwood') will play Yoko Ono, while Rory Kinnear ('Quantum of Solace') has been tapped to play Beatles manager Brian Epstein; Irish actor Andrew Scott ('Saving Private Ryan') will play Paul McCartney.

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When did The Beatles make their U.S. television debut?

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 9th 2009 5:09PM
The Beatles and Ed SullivanApparently, it wasn't The Ed Sullivan Show, as most of us think.

Sure, that was their first major, nationwide U.S. TV appearance where they actually performed, but what show did they first appear on in general? When Walter Cronkite died recently, CBS showed footage of Cronkite's CBS Evening News broadcast from December 1963 -- a rebroadcast of what ran on the CBS Morning Show on November 22; it was going to run on Cronkite's show that night too but you can guess why it didn't -- where they showed footage of an interview that someone did with the group. Sullivan saw the footage and called Cronkite because he wanted them on his show.

But now Brian Williams' NBC Nightly News blog says that the group's first appearance was actually a few days earlier, on November 18, a piece by Edwin Newman on The Huntley-Brinkley Report.

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Paul McCartney visits The Late Show

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 16th 2009 12:28PM
It's hard to believe but last night was the first time that Paul McCartney was on The Late Show with David Letterman.

As Letterman says in the clip below, they had been trying to get him for 15 years with no success. McCartney had been in the studio before, of course, as a member of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 (and once for MTV), but this was his first time on Dave's show. He talks about coming to America back then and what the other band members were like.

(Here's video of the performance from McCartney and his band.)

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Stump the King: The Beatles

by Paul Goebel, posted Mar 31st 2008 8:36AM

The Fab FourI've gotten this question a few times, so I decided to ask you guys for help.

Ouchie Poos asks, "What tv detective type series used the beatles song "got to get you into my life" while running the end credits? The program had the same sort of setup as Department S but without the weird mysteries."

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Ringo Starr walks off Regis and Kelly

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 22nd 2008 4:24PM

Regis and KellyIf you tuned into Live with Regis & Kelly this morning expecting to see Ringo Starr perform his new single, then you were probably disappointed. He walked off the set before the show started.

Starr thought he was going to be able to perform the entire "Liverpool 8" song without editing (talk shows often need a shorter version of the song to fit their time schedule). He actually tried to cut the 4 minute, 15 second song down to the required 2 minute, 30 seconds, but found that he couldn't do it and still have the song be worth hearing, so he decided not to appear on the show at all.

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Family Guy 100th episode table read - TCA report

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 23rd 2007 10:19PM
Family Guy Yeah, I'm repeating myself, but the only two words that come to mind about today's Family Guy table read/lunch session are: freakin' sweet!

And I'm not just talking about the FG swag (pens, notebooks, inflatable Brian dolls) either. The cast of FG is doing a live table read of the show's 100th episode titled "Stewie Kills Lois." The title says it all!

A FOX publicist advises anyone of the faint of heart and all non-Quagmire-types to consider making their way to the exit door. I don't see anyone leave.

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