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Political commentator Robert Novak dead at 78

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 18th 2009 2:10PM
Robert NovakThe TV talking head and former right side of CNN's political cluster#*$& Crossfire has passed away.

Robert Novak died Tuesday morning at the age of 78 from his bout with brain cancer.

The right-wing pundit was a journalist first as evidenced by his long stint in the ink stained world of newspaper reporting from his days as an Illinois sports stringer to his columns for the Chicago Sun-Times. But he's probably best remembered by audiences' eyeballs for his work as a TV pundit and his uncanny ability to make news as he reported it.

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What the Tuck? Carlson's show yanked

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 10th 2008 7:23PM
Tucker CarlsonArch, conservative, preppie guy Tucker Carlson has been ousted from his MSNBC show. Carlson's one-hour talk show, called Tucker, has been canceled. NBC News correspondent David Gregory will take over the hour slot, 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, which will be called Race for the White House. This week will be Carlson's last. Gregory starts on Monday, March 17.

MSNBC is reportedly making a series of changes, amping up the political chatter. Considering how much politicking is going on now, including Tucker, it's hard to fathom how switching Carlson for Gregory is going to increase the discourse.

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The best and the worst post-DWTS careers - VIDEO

by Brett Love, posted Oct 30th 2007 12:20PM
Shandi Finnessey - DWTSOur pals over at AOL have a list up of those celebrities that have seen a boost to their careers after appearing on Dancing With The Stars. Head over there to see what John, Tatum, Stacy, and eight others are up to.

A gig on a show that counts itself as two of the top ten most watched programs every week certainly offers ample opportunities. But, like KISS said, there are two sides of the coin to choose from. So... after the jump, a look at those celebrities that have been somewhat less successful after their time in the ballroom.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 2nd 2007 2:15PM

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Do You Trust Me? coming to CBS

by Bob Sassone, posted May 30th 2007 9:02AM

CBS logoBack in April, Joel told you about the game show pilot that Tucker Carlson was filming for CBS. Back then it was titled Who Do You Trust?, which is the same name of the game show Johnny Carson had in the 1950s. I'm not sure why, but the title has been changed to Do You Trust Me? The network has ordered six episodes of the game show.

This isn't the only game show CBS has this fall. They also have Drew Carey's Power of 10.

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Family Guy: Meet The Quagmires

by Brett Love, posted May 21st 2007 11:00AM
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(S05E18) And so ends a short, inconsistent, Family Guy season. I don't know if we should chalk it up to Seth MacFarlane being spread too thin with American Dad and The Winner to watch over, or just the show coming up on 100 episodes. Something just wasn't quite right at Family Guy HQ this season though.

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Dancing with the Stars: The Finale

by Brett Love, posted Nov 16th 2006 9:00AM
Emmitt Smith, Mario Lopez(S03E20) The grand finale of season three really boiled down to one question. With the judges taking themselves out of the equation, or being taken out of the equation by the producers (for the tinfoil hat crowd), would the viewers vote based on the dancing or popularity? Emmitt Smith put on quite a show over the course of this season. I think most people were surprised by just how well he performed. But as good as Emmitt was, Mario was consistently better.

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Are Tucker and Rita about to be canceled?

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 22nd 2006 9:59AM

Tucker CarlsonFTVLive is reporting that there are rumors going around that two MSNBC personalities, Tucker Carlson and Rita Cosby, are being let go from the network. As we've told you earlier, NBC has laid off 700 people and MSNBC is going through a massive restructuring and Carlson and Cosby might be part of those changes (there are also reports that Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews will be going over to CNBC and MSNBC will go to an all documentary and taped feature format).

But wait! Carlson says it's not true, and so does MSNBC chief Dan Abrams.

Regardless of whether they're gone or not, I still think that making CNBC the news station for NBC is a good idea, if for one reason: they'll get out from under that "MS" in MSNBC and become their own news entity. There were rumors a year or so ago that NBC was going to end its association with Microsoft, but that hasn't happened yet. Maybe this could be the first step to rebranding. What does CNBC stand for anyway? Isn't it something like Cable NBC? If that's the case, the change makes sense.

[via TV Newser]

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Dancing with the Stars: Results Show

by Brett Love, posted Sep 14th 2006 11:32AM
Dancing with the StarsS03E02 - As Tom says, "The ballroom can be so cruel." It's the results show, and somebody has to go. But not yet. First we have to wait. And then Tom and Samantha have to fill. Then a Tom Jones performance. Maybe two of those. Add in a little stalling. And finally we'll find out just what happened. My point, this should probably be a half hour results show.

Anyway... Emmit and Cheryl get things started with the encore performance of their Cha Cha Cha from the previous night. They're followed up by Tom Jones performing 'It's Not Unusual' while Louis Van Amstell and Karina Smirnoff dance. My guess is that Mario & Karina didn't get the encore because she was already scheduled for this performance. And the producers know they have plenty of weeks left to give them an encore.

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Dancing with the Stars: Week 1 (season premiere)

by Brett Love, posted Sep 13th 2006 10:44AM
Edyta Silwinska and Joey Lawerence(S02E01) It's hard to make a hit show, and it's hard to predict what show will be a hit. When I first heard the idea for Dancing with the Stars before the first season I thought, 'Why would anyone watch that?' Yet, here we are starting the third season and ABC has a bona fide hit on their hands. And I'm watching it. Go figure.

Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris return as hosts. And if I can go off-topic for just a minute, I have to mention Breakfast Time. I've been a Bergeron fan since he hosted the best morning show that ever was. When Tom goes into the Hall of Fame he should be wearing his Breakfast Time cap. That said, they have eleven new stars ready to dance it up. Celebrity men danced the Cha Cha Cha while the women did the Fox Trot. Here are the couples and their results.

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Tucker Carlson on Dancing with the Stars!

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 12th 2006 9:08AM
Tucker CarlsonFishbowlDC reports that MSNBC's Tucker Carlson is to participate in the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars.

... Let me give you a second to process that.

Alright, I originally had no intention on watching this program -- didn't even bother with the first two seasons -- but now, my morbid fascination has compelled me to tune in. Will Tucker sport a bowtie? What if he ends up being a really hot dancer? Will he and Paul Begala re-unite as surprise dance partners? You got me good, ABC. You got me real good.

Gosh. I really can't believe this. It's like Carlson wants Jon Stewart to make fun of him now. Wasn't the infamous Crossfire throw-down enough? I'm going to have to hear the official announcements on Monday's Good Morning America before this really sinks in.

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Watch The Situation with drink in hand

by Chris Thilk, posted Aug 16th 2005 10:50AM
I think drinking is almost at this point a prerequisite to watching anything at all on the 24-hour cable news networks. That's why I whole-heartedly applaud the creaters of The Tucker Carlson Drinking Game. TVNewser has a transcript of a call-in to The Situation informing Carlson that she and her friends had devised the game based on Carlson's on air gaffes and such. Surf over there to check out the official rules. 

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Carlson's Greenpeace remarks anger

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 12th 2005 10:45AM

Tucker Carlson's recent comments about a 1985 attack by French militants on a Greenpeace ship which left one crew member dead have gotten him in a bit of trouble with Greenpeace, though being on cable may protect him from the FCC, which has no power over cable and satellite programs (The Situation with Tucker Carlson airs on MSNBC). Carlson used the tragedy to demonstrate his "objectively pro-France" stance. I have not seen the episode, or heard Carlson's comment in context. If anyone else heard it, feel free to ring in.

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Jack Cafferty disses MSNBC

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 10th 2005 1:06PM

Jack CaffertyWe told you yesterday about Wolf Blitzer's new CNN show The Situation Room and the comments that correpsondent Jack Cafferty made. TV Newser has the full transcript.

(And I'm sorry about using the word "disses." I'll try not to let that happen again.)

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The Situation a ripoff of PTI?

by Bob Sassone, posted May 30th 2005 4:03PM
Tucker CarlsonHave you seen those promos for dick Tucker Carlson's new MSNBC show, The Situation? It looks a lot like the ESPN show Pardon The Interruption. That's the first thing I thought of when I saw the commercial for it the other night. It looks like Carlson is going from one show where everyone yells at each other (Crossfire on CNN) to a show where it looks like they'll yell at each other even more.  

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