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Fantasy Role Playing Enthusiast Faces Wrath of Patti LaBelle on 'The Marriage Ref' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 15th 2011 6:40PM
Anton and Bobbi Kukal watch Patti LaBelle and Tom Papa smooch on 'The Marriage Ref'Anton Kukal has faced knights and sword fights in his fantasy role playing business, Mystic Realms. He has faced his wife, Bobbi, over the fact that the business never makes any money. But until they appeared on 'The Marriage Ref' (Sundays, 10PM on NBC), he had never had to face off against an angry Patti LaBelle.

Hobbies/businesses that don't turn a profit are a common cause of dispute on the show, but this one was unusual. When Bobbi met her future husband Anton, he was in law school, and Mystic Realms was a side business. Eventually, it became his main business, which didn't make Bobbi happy. LaBelle wasn't impressed, either. "This man is pitiful," said Labelle. "She needs to kick his ass."

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A Husband's Wine-Drenched Dreams Dashed on 'The Marriage Ref' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 8th 2011 6:15PM
will.i.am on 'The Marriage Ref'Robert and Stephanie Wilson were happily married for 22 years before appearing on 'The Marriage Ref' (Sundays, 9PM on NBC). They seemed to be deeply in love, with just one problem. Robert, a doctor, had a dream of becoming a vintner, and he happened to find a vineyard for sale ... in North Carolina. They were at an impasse, and clearly only will.i.am, Ali Wentworth, and Judah Friedlander were qualified to handle it.

Robert didn't have the qualifications to run a vineyard, but he did have two other guys who also knew nothing about vineyards who he could hire to work the place. Robert figured he was fine, and Stephanie obviously disagreed. "He started a garden this year in our backyard and we wound up reaping six jalapeno peppers and a three hundred dollar water bill because he kept on forgetting to turn off the sprinkler," she lamented.

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Mary J. Blige Casts Deciding Vote in a Shopping Argument on 'The Marriage Ref' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 25th 2011 3:21AM
Mary J. Blige, 'The Marriage Ref'It was a little unfair for Michael when he and his wife, Dora, were participants on 'The Marriage Ref' (Sun., 10PM ET on NBC). Their problem boiled down to a classic difference between the sexes, which mean the panel was more than likely going to vote down gender lines.

With Lauren Graham, Colin Quinn and Mary J. Blige sitting on the stage, Michael was outnumbered, and he knew it.

The issue was one of shopping. Michael hated it and didn't want to do it, but Dora wanted him to come with her and be supportive of how she liked to shop. Quinn backed Michael, though he took it further than even Michael probably was intending.

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Denise Richards References Her Marriage With Charlie Sheen on 'The Marriage Ref' (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Jul 18th 2011 7:30AM
marriage refAnd just when you thought we were done talking about Charlie Sheen ... The former 'Two and a Half Men' star was the talk of the show, for a minute anyway, on the latest episode of 'The Marriage Ref' (Sundays, 10PM on NBC).

Without actually speaking his name, The Ma-Sheen's ex-wife, Denise Richards, revealed a little about Sheen's controlling ways while comparing their marriage to the show's latest cross couple.

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Brian Regan Can't Match the Elegance of Ellen Pompeo's Words on 'Marriage Ref' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 11th 2011 6:20AM
Ellen Pompeo, Brian Regan & Kathy Griffin, 'The Marriage Ref'Ellen Pompeo may be the most eloquent guest yet on 'The Marriage Ref' (Sun., 10PM ET on NBC). The issue at the heart of this couple's marriage had to do with the wife's very expensive little hobby.

She liked to build and furnish lavish dollhouses, but the cost of the furniture accessories was almost the same as buying the same thing at full-size. The wife says other hobbies are expensive too, but this is the one that makes her happy. The husband's simply balking at the price.

Pompeo sided with the wife, but managed to do it so masterfully that the husband was nodding and hanging on her every word as well.

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Husband Wants His Wife to Dress Sexier on 'The Marriage Ref' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 5th 2011 2:17AM
Tracy Morgan, 'The Marriage Ref'A couple in their 60s came onto 'The Marriage Ref' (Sun., 10PM ET on NBC) with a dispute about her sexiness. Particularly, the husband wanted his wife to dress sexier and "basically do what I do, and that is to try to look your best all the time."

The video package showed the man working out faithfully -- with a Thighmaster to Tom Papa's delight -- and trying to put his wife in a skimpy red dress. After 40+ years of marriage, the panel just couldn't see why he wasn't satisfied with his wife as she was.

Susie Essman said, "She looks great to me. He's trying to make her feel bad about herself."

Tracy Morgan disagreed with that, applauding the man for still seeing his wife as this vivacious woman who can pull off a sultry little number like that, but agreed that she was beautiful just the way she is.

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Former 'Marriage Ref' Contestant Blames Show, Jerry Seinfeld for His Divorce (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 29th 2011 3:00PM
Howie Kohlenberg claims 'The Marriage Ref' ruined his marriage on 'Good Morning America''The Marriage Ref' is supposed to settle disputes between married couples, but according to former contestant Howie Kohlenberg, it broke his marriage apart. Kohlenberg appeared Wednesday on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC) and blamed the show and its creator, Jerry Seinfeld, for his divorce. After getting a taste of fame from appearing on the show's debut episode, Kohlenberg said that his then-wife's Christine's behavior began to change for the worse.

"They were saying how Christine looked so great and her lips were beautiful and all of a sudden she's getting a really big head, she's doing some Botox, she wants to do Playboy," said Kohlenberg. After the show, she left Kohlenberg and their four-and-a-half-year old son to go to Hollywood, he said.

Seinfeld's reaction to the story, which was quoted in the Daily News, was a less-than-apologetic "Love it!" The couple initially went on 'The Marriage Ref' to get publicity for their spa business, which, like their marriage, is now defunct.

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'The Marriage Ref' Is Back With a New Format and Giant Pumpkins (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 27th 2011 5:50AM
'The Marriage Ref' season premiere'The Marriage Ref' (Sun., 10PM ET on NBC) returned with a slightly tweaked format this season. Now, the couples are brought into the studio, and the audience gets to pick which person was the most right and that person will get a billboard in their hometown telling everyone they were right. Oh, and they'll also pocket a cool $25,000.

The most memorable of the three couples was definitely the Johnsons. The wife was frustrated because of her husbands obsession with all things pumpkins, including growing gigantic ones and even naming them.

The celebrities were on his side, though Jerry Seinfeld told him to do something about how ugly they look when they get so big.

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Tom Papa Previews 'Marriage Ref' Changes: 'Rightest' Win $25K, Billboard (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 23rd 2011 1:10PM
Tom Papa on 'Today'As host of 'The Marriage Ref,' Tom Papa gets to help settle a lot of silly arguments between spouses, along with a panel of comedians and celebrities. Thursday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), Papa discussed his philosophy about marriage and what it takes to keep two people together.

"I think you have to realize that every marriage is ridiculous," he said. "We're all a mess and there's always problems and it's better if you just laugh at it and don't take it too seriously." Once more, he said his wife agrees with him, which is a good sign.

Papa revealed that the stakes are a little higher for the new season of 'Marriage Ref.' Whoever wins the argument is declared "The Rightest of the Right," and they win $25,000 and a billboard in their hometown declaring their, well, rightness. That's a lot of cash, but, as Papa said, "Every married couple is like, 'I want the billboard.' No one cares about the money."

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NBC Unveils Summer 2011 Schedule

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 21st 2011 4:45PM
America's Got TalentCouples with hilarious problems take note: NBC is bringing 'The Marriage Ref' back! The Jerry Seinfeld–produced panel discussion series, 'America's Got Talent' and several other new game shows and reality programs round out NBC's summer programming slate.

Joining 'America's Got Talent' and 'The Marriage Ref' are new reality show 'Love in the Wild,' singing competition 'The Voice,' new episodes of 'Law & Order: LA,' game shows 'Still Standing' and 'It's Worth What?' and the basic cable premiere of the final season of 'Friday Night Lights.'

"We want to make it clear that NBC considers the summer as an important part of its overall season and will continue to offer a varied lineup of original programs," Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said. "Our viewers will have plenty of options with new series such as 'It's Worth What?' and 'Love in the Wild' as well as continuing shows such as 'The Voice' plus returning favorites like 'America's Got Talent.' We even have scripted series such as 'Friday Night Lights,' and episodes of two separate 'Law and Order' franchises as we build momentum toward the fall season."

Check out the premiere dates and more info about the new programs below.

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NBC Postpones 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' Return Indefinitely

by Kelly Woo, posted Jan 18th 2011 6:45PM
Law and Order Los angelesLooks like justice is on hold in Hollywood. In a press release, NBC announced it is postponing the Feb. 8 return of 'Law & Order: Los Angeles.'

The shelving comes on the heels of major shake-ups to the cast, including the departure of star Skeet Ulrich. The show is now on hold indefinitely.

The postponement produced ripple effects across NBC's schedule. 'Parenthood,' which had been set to move to Mondays on March 1, will stay in its Tuesday 10PM timeslot for the rest of the season.

'America's Next Great Restaurant' will now premiere on Sun., March 6 at 8PM ET. And 'The Marriage Ref,' which was scheduled to return for a second season at that time, is also on hold until a later date.

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'Marriage Ref' Host Tom Papa Previews Big Changes, Celebrity Guests for Season 2

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jan 14th 2011 12:15PM
Comedian Tom Papa'The Marriage Ref' wasn't exactly a ratings hit in its first season, but NBC is giving the reality show -- which revolves around celebrity panelists taking sides in the marital fights of real couples -- another shot.

Host Tom Papa reveals that season 2 (premieres Sun., March 6, 8PM ET on NBC) has some major changes though.

Instead of the celebrity panelists judging the fights based on their video submissions, the couples will actually be live in studio. It's certainly a lot harder to be snarky and mean to someone's face, which comedian Papa admitted is the reason for the update.

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News Roundup: OWN Taps Hosts and Readies 'View' Competitor, Olivia Wilde's 'House' Hiatus and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 21st 2010 10:20AM
Mark BurnettFormer 'Access Hollywood' anchor Nancy O'Dell will host 'Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search For The Next TV Star' along with Carson Kressley on Oprah Winfrey's OWN.

According Entertainment Weekly, O'Dell and Kressley will work with 10 finalists out of the 15,000 entrants and put them through a boot camp designed to tackle the struggles of talk show hosting. Contestants will have to book guests, research stories and complete screen tests. The series is produced by Mark Burnett and will premiere in January. Each episode will feature a celebrity guest judge.

"I am so thrilled, grateful and excited to be a part of Your OWN Show," Kressley said in a statement. "Not only do I get to inspire and be inspired by an amazing group of very talented contestants, I will also have the privilege of working with seasoned pros like Nancy O'Dell, Mark Burnett, and of course, my hero, Oprah Winfrey. How lucky am I?!"

Burnett has also signed on to produce a morning talk show on OWN that will feature a panel similar to 'The View.' According to the New York Post, the series will also premiere in January.

In other TV news ...

Olivia Wilde will miss several episodes of 'House' this season. Her character, Thirteen, appeared in the Sept. 20 premiere, but will be missing until "well into this season," according to series creator David Shore. Wilde will miss episodes because of her movie shooting schedule for 'Cowboys and Aliens' and 'The Change Up.' [Ausiello Files]

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Demi Moore, Kelly Ripa and Jim Breuer on 'The Marriage Ref' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 21st 2010 4:00AM
Demi Moore, Kelly Ripa and Jim Breuer on 'The Marriage Ref'On the season finale of 'The Marriage Ref' (Thu., 10PM ET on NBC), we have a fairly random collection of celebrities, gathered together to give advice about guy-girl relationships. So there's actress Demi Moore, TV personality Kelly Ripa, and ... the comedian formerly known as "Goat Boy"? Yep, it's Jim Breuer. Remember him?

One of the problems that the celebs have to solve -- a husband and a wife quarreling over whether she should get a new, fancier wedding ring. Well, we've got two girls and one guy on the celebrity panel. Will this tip the decision in the wife's favor?

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Howie Mandel's Weird Anti-Germ Habits on 'Marriage Ref' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted May 14th 2010 6:32AM
Howie Mandel's Anti-Germ Habits on 'Marriage Ref'Being the germaphobe that he is, Howie Mandel got unnerved when Bette Midler touched him during their appearance on 'The Marriage Ref' (Thu., 10PM ET on NBC). But that was only the beginning of myriad disturbing insights into the lifestyle he and his wife maintain under his anti-germ regime.

"When do you throw out your socks?" asked host Tom Papa. Mandel replied, "I'll be honest with you, I'll wear them [only] once or twice."

He continued, "I wash my money ... I put all the money in the pockets, and then [my wife] puts the pants into the laundry, and then she gives me the money that's been laundered."

Who knew the term "money laundering" could actually be taken literally?

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