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Roto-Rooter Boss Gets Emotional on 'Undercover Boss' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 5th 2010 2:22AM
Undercover Boss, Roto-RooterIt might be corny to say we're all connected one way or another, but it really is true. On 'Undercover Boss' (Sun., 9PM ET on CBS), Rick Arquilla, the CEO of Roto-Rooter, found he had something in common with an employee who's been in recovery for drugs and alcohol for six and a half years.

"I want you to know, it's a real honor having met you, and something else I didn't tell you is my dad was an alcoholic," Arquilla said tearfully. "It ruined his life. It made it hard on me, and we never reconciled, but ... I did reconcile. I reconciled this week with him, and you're the guy that allowed me to do that ... I'll be forever grateful."

Watch the video after the jump.

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The Office: Moroccan Christmas

by Jay Black, posted Dec 12th 2008 12:39AM
Awww.. isn't Pam cute there?
(S05E10)
You know what? I'm just going to ignore that crazy "Michael kinda-sorta-kidnapping Meredith" subplot tonight. I'm going to view the failed intervention and the ridiculous chase in the parking lot the same way my wife views my back hair: disgusting and useless, but not a deal-breaker. My wife's willing blindness has saved our marriage; I hope by following her lead, I'll save this review. You people don't want to hear me rant (again) about how silly/unbelievable/prosecutable Michael is anyway.

If you excise those ten minutes, you're left with a fairly good episode that ends with, perhaps, the strongest closing stinger in the show's recent memory (and that's saying something, considering that The Office is probably the best show on TV when it comes to abrupt, last-second mood changes).

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Intervention is back for a fifth season

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 4th 2008 8:01AM
InterventionA&E is bringing back its award-winning documentary series Intervention for a fifth season. The series follows people who are estranged from the friends and family and in personal crisis because of their addiction to drugs, alcohol or other compulsive behaviors. At the end of each episode, the addict is surprised with an intervention led by family, close friends and one of these experts: Jeff VanVonderen, Candy Finningan or Ken Seeley.

The season premiere will profile Chad, a gifted athlete who suffers from an addiction to crack cocaine. Chad, once a part of Lance Armstrong's cycling team, now spends his days panhandling, abusing drugs, and drinking. Also on the slate for later this season is Intervention: After Treatment. This one-hour special will feature a panel of past addicts brought together in a Los Angeles studio for a candid discussion about how the intervention changed their lives.

Intervention returns on Monday June 16th at 9 pm. ET/PT on A&E.

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HBO chairman Albrecht steps down after assault arrest

by Joel Keller, posted May 10th 2007 10:39AM
Chris AlbrechtAfter being arrested in Las Vegas last weekend, accused of assaulting his girlfriend, HBO chairman and CEO has decided to step down from his position.

Of course, that's what Time Warner, HBO's (and our) parent company, said in a statement. But according to a statement from Albrecht, the resignation was tendered at the request of his TW bosses. Right after the incident happened, Albrecht was supposed to take a leave of absence so he can continue alcohol treatments and work with AA that he had discontinued, but other incidents involving assaults against women were revealed, prompting TW to ask for the executive's resignation.

The network's COO, Bill Nelson, will assume Albrecht's duties on an interim basis until a successor is found. Albrecht had been with the network since 1985.

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Craig Ferguson goes easy on Britney

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 20th 2007 12:28PM

Craig FergusonDuring his monologue last night, Late, Late Show host Craig Ferguson talked about all the craziness that Britney Spears has been going through lately (wearing no panties, shaving her head, in and out of rehab - maybe), but he refused to dump on her about it all. He talked about his own bout with alcoholism, and said that even though there's no real evidence that Spears has any alcohol/drug problem, "she clearly needs help."

Ferguson does a great monlogue, because it's very chatty and seems to be a combination of scripted material and just off-the-cuff talking with the audience, and when he talks about his own problems it takes the late-night monlogue to a different level that others don't have. More Jack Parr than Jay Leno.

For the record, we here at TV Squad still feel it's our duty to dump on Ms. Spears, when and if she deserves it.

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Brothers and Sisters: Family Day

by Jen Creer, posted Jan 8th 2007 12:14AM
Sarah and Saul on Brothers and Sisters(S01E11) While I was watching the scenes with Nora working at Ojai, I kind of hated this show, and hated myself for watching it. Even though I knew that I would be tuning in week after week regardless of whether or not I was reviewing it. But then it got better.

So, what do you think? Should Rob Lowe's character, Senator Dreamy McCallister, be excused for voting against gay marriage when the measure wasn't going to pass anyway? Was it okay for him not to make a stand, when he had an education measure he wanted to pass? I'm going to have to say no. He admits that he regrets the vote, but he also wanted Kitty to come and work for him. And he is good at getting what he wants. But low and behold, he has a cute gay brother. Oh please no. Oh please no.

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Final Prime Suspect airs tonight

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 12th 2006 9:15AM
Helen MirrenThe final episode (episode? movie? miniseries) of PBS' acclaimed series Prime Suspect will air tonight (and conclude next Sunday - it's a two-parter, four hours). Tim Goodman over at The Bastard Machine has a review.

It's titled Prime Suspect: The Final Act and chronicles detective Jane Tennison's last case before retirement (she's almost 60 now), involving the search for a missing 14 year-old girl, a case that's a lot more complex than she first realizes. It also involves Tennison's heavy drinking and blackouts and sadness. OK, so it's not the most uplifting drama.

Actually, Helen Mirren has always given fantastic performances in these shows (she has won an Emmy for Best Actress and the show itself has won three Emmys), and Goodman says that this one is no exception. The state of Florida even figures into this last episode.

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Without a Trace honored for realism

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 28th 2006 9:51AM
without a trace castCBS' Without a Trace was among a handful of television programs awarded for its accurate portrayal of drug and alcohol addiction and tobacco use at the 10th annual Prism Awards. Kelly Rowan, relapsing alcoholic on The O.C., George Engel of Everybody Loves Raymond, S. Epatha Merkerson for HBO's Lackawanna Blues, and Lori Loughlin for WB's Summerland all received acting honors at the awards show, which was sponsored by the Entertainment Industries Council, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health and the FX Network. The movie, Walk the Line, also received an award.

If Without a Trace is so realistic, maybe it'll win something for that teen sex orgy scene.

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Oprah tears James Frey apart, or The Smoking Gun was right

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 26th 2006 1:13PM
Author James Frey isn't much of an alcoholic, a drug addict or a criminal. He's a pathological liar. And Oprah exposed him for what he is on her show today. Well, actually, The Smoking Gun exposed him for what he is back on January 8th. Oprah just forced him into admitting that he lied in his so-called memoir about addiction and crime, A Million Little Pieces. Oprah made that book number one on the best seller list when she included it in her book club. It sold 1.77 million copies.

Oprah opened her show by apologizing to viewers for trusting Frey so blindly that she called up Larry King when he was defending his lies book and voiced her support for him. To Frey's face, she said, "I really feel duped." Then, she proceeded to take him down. Inch by inch. God, I love this woman.

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Drunken Housewives: Bree loves the bottle

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 27th 2005 6:02PM
Marcia CrossApparently Bree Van De Kamp can't handle the stress. After finding out that her husband Rex was murdered and then witnessing the death of the man responsible, she's having trouble dealing with well... everything. Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry says that we can expect Bree (played by Marcia Cross) to start hitting the bottle a bit excessively. Some major confrontations with her fellow Wisteria Lane neighbors are also in the works. However, while some people may wonder where all this is coming from, Cherry reminds us to recall anytime that the pressure has weighed down on Bree in the past. "Chart it back and you'll see so many moments where she just goes for the wine," he says. This comes about a year after The OC pulled the same stunt with Kirsten and so far the show hasn't been able to get past it. She's "recovered," but the storylines haven't. Hopefully the same won't happen to DH. Oh well, let the booze Olympics begin.

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