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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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Thursday-Night Shows Hit With Low Ratings

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 23rd 2010 3:00PM

SurvivorThis is either a hiccup or a sign of things to come: Ratings for most of the shows that aired last night were down, according to the Live Feed.

The ratings winner was CBS, who aired 'Survivor,' 'CSI' (which tied its all-time series low, with 13.3 million viewers and a 2.8 rating in the 18-49 demo) and 'The Mentalist.'

Fox placed second with 'Bones' and 'Fringe,' which pulled in 8.8 million and 5.9 million viewers, respectively.

Meanwhile, things didn't turn out well on the NBC front: 'Community' hit a series low, with a measly 3.9 million viewers,' while 'The Office' (6.4 million) and a double-feature of '30 Rock' (4.2 million, 5.2 million) hit season lows.

Also hitting a season low: ABC's 'Private Practice,' with just 7.4 million viewers.

Tell us: What did you watch last night?

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TV Casting: Megan Mullally Returning to 'Parks and Recreation'

by Andrew Scott, posted Apr 23rd 2010 1:29PM
Megan MullallyEmmy winner Megan Mullally ('Will & Grace') will return to the NBC comedy 'Parks and Recreation,' reprising her role as Ron's (real-life husband Nick Offerman) ex-wife. "I'm doing one next week or the week after," she told the Ausiello Files, though no word on when the episode will air. For more on Mullally's return, check out her interview with TV Squad. [Ausiello Files]

More casting news after the jump.

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Roller Derby Wife on 'The Marriage Ref' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 23rd 2010 6:13AM
Roller Derby on 'Marriage Ref'On last night's 'The Marriage Ref' (Thu., 10PM ET on NBC), judges Donald Trump, Gloria Estefan and Adam Carolla debated whether a roller derby wife should quit the team based on her husband's concern for her health and safety. Carolla took the opportunity to make a gibe at The Donald.

Watch the video after the jump.

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TLC Orders New Kate Gosselin Series

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 9th 2010 9:45AM
kate gosselinListen, the television industry is tough. There are so many hours of airtime to fill, and not every family with more than six children is guaranteed to be super-cute. So you can imagine TLC's challenge trying to come up with new material. This is probably why they went back to one of their stand-out personalities, Kate Gosselin of 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' fame, to kick off a new series called 'Twist of Kate,' in which Gosselin will interact with a variety of American families and "see what she can do to help."

Well, the concept is surprising but it is probably a smart move for TLC to bring back one of their big ratings heavy hitters. The channel's obviously part of the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality. Or rather "If it broke, then scrape together the remaining pieces and put a handful of them back on TV with a slightly better haircut."

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Tracy Morgan Hits on a Married Woman (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 9th 2010 2:40AM
Tracy Morgan Hits on a Married Woman'The Marriage Ref' (Thu., 10PM ET on NBC) is a show that's designed to save the relationships of selected couples. But if your marriage is really having problems, you might not want the advice of professional trouble-maker Tracy Morgan. Uh-oh.

Watch the video after the jump.

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What's On Tonight: 'Bones,' 'Fringe,' 'Flash Forward,' 'Vampire Diaries'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 8th 2010 12:20PM
The 100th episode of 'Bones' airs tonight at 8:00 on FOX
Here's tonight's TV lineup (all times are Eastern). All shows mentioned are new, except where otherwise noted.


8:00 to 9:00
  • ABC: 'FlashForward'
  • CBS: 'Survivor'
  • The CW: 'The Vampire Diaries'
  • FOX: The 100th episode of 'Bones'
  • History: 'Modern Marvels' -- The history of soft drinks
9:00 to 10:00
  • CBS: 'CSI'
  • The CW: 'Supernatural'
  • FOX: 'Fringe'
  • A&E: 'The First 48'
  • TLC: 'Police Women of Maricopa County'
10:00 to 11:00
  • CBS: 'The Mentalist'
  • NBC: Recently renewed 'The Marriage Ref'
  • A&E: 'Fugitive Chronicles'
  • Bravo: 'The Real Housewives of New York City' (aka: 'The Bethany and Jill Show')
  • Food: 'Ace of Cakes'
  • Lifetime: 'Project Runway'
  • MTV: 'Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew'
  • Showtime: 'Gina Yashere: Skinny Bitch'
  • TLC: 'LA Ink'
Midnight
  • Comedy Central: 'The Sarah Silverman Program' and 'Important Things With Demetri Martin'
Check your local TV listings for more information.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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