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TV For Hipsters: A Viewing Guide for the Skinny-Jean Crowd

by Ryan McKee, posted Oct 15th 2010 7:00PM
Do you remember when it was cool to say you didn't watch TV? The truly hip (and poor) would brag that they didn't even own one.

Now that programming has become too damn good, TV has gone from hipsters' guilty pleasure to essential weekly watching. 'Mad Men,' '30 Rock,' 'Bored to Death,' 'True Blood,' 'Breaking Bad,' etc. have all become staples in the community. To keep up with what those in skinny jeans are watching, there is TV for Hipsters.

The blog keeps readers up-to-date on what hip TV to watch, hipsters on TV, hip subjects on TV and everything that falls around that. IFC, The Food Network, Encore, HBO --- they're all represented, of course.

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NBC takes down last Tonight Show blog post

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 28th 2010 1:00PM
Tonight ShowTonight Show staffer (with Conan, anyway) Aaron Bleyaert kept a blog and a Twitter account for the show since Conan took over last year. Of course, Jay Leno is coming back so he's no longer going to be doing the blog and wrote his last blog post when Conan's run on the show ended recently. NBC, however, took the blog post down.

But Bleyaert still had the blog post so he put it on his personal site. He talks about how Conan's last show went, what the status was on the show and Conan's future (unknown at the time), talks about the team at NBC.com, how the show will be in repeats until the Olympics, and generally says goodbye until a new show starts up. I'm not really sure what NBC saw objectionable or questionable about it, unless it's like a reader says in the comments section of Aaron's blog that they might have been upset that he linked to his personal web site and personal Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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Drew Carey's got a blog... and TPiR "fans" have already ticked him off

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 4th 2009 1:06PM
Drew Carey in his office. From his blog drewfromtv.blogspot.comYa gotta give Drew Carey a lot of credit. Going into his third season on The Price is Right, he's been able to step in the shoes of an icon, Bob Barker, and do a good job. He's also his part to drag the 38-year-old show into the 21st century, whether it wants to be here or not.

A couple of weeks ago, Drew simultaneously started a blog called Drew From TV, and a Twitter feed called TPIRHost, essentially to talk about his backstage experiences at TPiR, and whatever else he happens to think about (he soon started a second Twitter feed called DrewFromTV so he could muse on politics, soccer, and his other interests without associating it with the show).

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Hey, Hurley from Lost has a blog!

by Bob Sassone, posted May 26th 2009 1:24PM
Jorge GarciaEven when your job keeps you surfing online all day and night, you can sometimes miss things. Case in point: this blog that Lost's Jorge Garcia keeps. And it's not one of those celebrity blogs that are either written by someone else and/or updated once a month with news on their latest "project," this is a real blog. Today he talks about how he spent his birthday (and it doesn't involve an iPod toilet paper holder).

This could be a fun way to kill time while we wait for the final season of the show.

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Does anyone know who Steve on Grey's Anatomy is?

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jun 3rd 2008 3:03PM

Grey's interns
I sure as hell didn't (he's on the right in the photo). Of course, it was easy to forget who all of the new Grey's Anatomy interns were once Yang gave them all numbers for names in the season four premiere. Apparently, Steve (or should I say #2?) has been blogging about his experiences at Seattle Grace for over a month now. Don't get too excited though. The blog is essentially a cheap rehash of things that happened over the course of the season - but through Steve's eyes.

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Zach Braff says he's not a jerk

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 26th 2007 11:42AM
Zach BraffGotta hand it to Zach Braff; he's probably one of the most wired celebrities out there. He was one of the first celebs (besides our very own Wil Wheaton, of course) to maintain a blog, and he seems to be well aware of whatever internet buzz is flying around about him or Scrubs.

So it's no surprise to see him respond to the reports from Gawker, Radar Online, and other sites about how he's been tomcatting around New York this summer, seemingly talking up a different woman every night. On the latest entry in his blog (which is also on his MySpace page), he wonders why the tabloid coverage of him is saying that he's being a jerk:

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Comedy Central's InDecision expands to the Web

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 21st 2007 5:21PM

indecision 2008Comedy Central's election coverage, "InDecision [insert year]" began, if I recall correctly, before The Daily Show ever hit the airwaves. Of course, it seemed perfectly reasonable that Jon Stewart and the gang would take the reins, and they did. They took those reins like you wouldn't believe. Boy howdy hoo.

So anyway, now Comedy Central has launched a companion site for InDecision 2008, which is scheduled to launch Wednesday, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The article also reads that the election spoofery began in 1992 and was always associated with The Daily Show, which I find hard to believe since The Daily Show began in 1996.

Also, you can go to the site now (http://www.indecision2008.com/index.jhtml), and I must say, for not having launched there's a lot of stuff there. There's clips from The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and Lil' Bush, and some funny blog entries: did you know Ron Paul is more popular than iPhones and crotches? He is.

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Jenna Fischer's blogging with a broken back

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 19th 2007 1:37PM
jenna fischer; creed; angela kinseySweet Jenna Fischer, who plays Pam on The Office, is blogging once again. She took a bit of a hiatus after breaking her back last month while walking down a marble staircase. She tells the whole story here on her MySpace page (which she shares with her alter-ego, Pam Beesly).

Of course, Jenna is extremely grateful to all the fans for their 'Get Well' wishes and also for those who donated to her favorite cause, animal rescue. She has links to kitty and doggie rescues on her site.

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Sam Micelli lives on in Alyssa Milano's Dodgers blog

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 19th 2007 8:01AM
Alyssa MilanoIn response to Bob's post about celebrity blogs, one of our readers, Galley, suggested we check out Alyssa Milano's blog on MLB.com. So, being a fan of baseball and an, uh, "admirer" of Milano, I decided to go over and check it out.

Essentially a promotional vehicle for her line of women's baseball wear, the blog shows that Milano -- a Dodgers season ticket holder -- really does know her stuff. She quotes venerable Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, and speaks about her team with the same passion and attention to detail as Sal from Brooklyn or any of the Joe Six-Packs that call into sports radio shows across the country.

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CBS producer fired for plagiarism

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 11th 2007 1:41PM

katie couricThe April 4, 2007 entry on the "Couric and Co." blog on the CBS News site no longer includes a video essay on libraries, but rather an apology for omitting credit to a March 15 article in the Wall Street Journal titled "Of the Places You'll Go, Is the Library Still One of Them?" by Jeffrey Zaslow.

The blog contains video essays written by producers of the CBS Evening News and read by anchorperson Katie Couric and other contributors to the newscast. The producer who wrote the copy for this particular episode did not credit Zaslow's article, and was subsequently fired. Sandra Genelius, a spokesperson for CBS News, said the content was almost completely taken from the Wall Street Journal piece. The name of the fired producer was not released.

CBS became aware of the incident when an editor from the Wall Street Journal called to note the similarities between the article and the online video essay.

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David Spade to live blog the Oscars

by Julia Ward, posted Feb 23rd 2007 7:05PM
David Spade Showbiz ShowDavid Spade will spend Sunday night doing what he does best - making mincemeat out of Hollywood's elite. Comedy Central's The Showbiz Show is hosting its first Oscar Blog. You'll be able to log-on and read real-time Oscar commentary from Spade and the show's writers. You'll also be able to comment and upload your own videos to the site by registering. This is, of course, also a great big publicity push for The Showbiz Show, which has its third season premiere on March 15th.

Whatever you may think of Spade, blogging may be the perfect outlet for his celebrity-aimed snark. Of course, I'm counting on him to avoid drawing urine dribbling out of Ellen's pants leg. That's Perez's gig.

[Via Press Release]

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Meredith Vieira finds blogging "difficult" but rewarding

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 2nd 2007 2:34PM
Meredith VieiraEver since I found out that Today's Meredith Vieira had her own blog, I've been checking in on it every so often, and I'm liking what I've been seeing. Not only is Vieira a good writer, but the easygoing, self-deprecating manner she shows on the air comes through in the blog. She's talked about childhood memories, her dog, her family, and her thoughts on whatever she's been working on for either of the shows she's on (Today and Millionaire).

When I caught up with Vieira in Pasadena earlier in the month, I asked her how the blog got started and how she's been finding it. "The blog was an afterthought," she replied. "They (NBC) asked me to do it, and I'm not a computer person, and I didn't really know what (the word) blog meant... What does it mean by the way?"

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Local TV station explains this whole 'blog' thing - VIDEO

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 29th 2007 9:22AM
wtocI just had to share this video with you. The CBS affiliate in Savannah, Georgia (WTOC) is apparently just hearing about this whole 'weblog' phenomenon and thinks it might catch on. The station is the highest-rated in Savannah and has been for a long time. Watching their news segment makes me think they're about to lose most of their viewers to old age.

The story is about a small bloggers' convention in Savannah. The anchor who leads-in to the package is hilarious in his efforts to explain to the kind folks of Savannah exactly what a 'blog' is. And his tag after the reporter's story will have you rolling on the floor.

Now, you may think the video comes from 1999 or earlier, but no. It's from last week.

Video is after the jump. Enjoy!

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Bravo lets you complain directly to the VP of Programming

by Julia Ward, posted Jan 15th 2007 4:03PM
Andy Cohen BravoHow often does this kind of opportunity come along? Beginning Wednesday, January 17th, Bravo viewers will be able to bitch and moan directly to the network's Senior Vice President of Production and Programming Andy Cohen via "Watch What Happens," a live-streaming online program. Each week Andy and a handful of Bravo's reality stars will dish with fans on "what the hell happened." "Jeffrey, neck tattoo? Talk to me." "Mike, did you really think the whole John Belushi persona would take you far in the world of haute cuisine?"

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The Five: The Collected Poems of Rosie O'Donnell

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 28th 2006 7:05PM
Rosie O'DonnellRight as the public's sympathy was swinging in her favor, Rosie O'Donnell had to go and unleash another rhyme and verse on us via her blog about Donald Trump in which she creates a somewhat strained metaphor between a 1970s pimp and Donald working over Miss America.

Much like fellow TV Squad scribe Anna, I could care less about Rosie's public squabbles and controversies. However, I do find it endlessly amusing that the last word in these public debates comes in the form of butchered Japanese poetry. Rosie is, of course, more invested in the spirit of the haiku and has never put much stock in a strict adherence to the 5-7-5 syllable scheme. I'd argue that she's actually grown way beyond the haiku, flown by sonnets and is taking us straight into epic territory. With Rosie making The View must-watch TV these past few months, I think a year-end review of Rosie's top five poetic expressions is in order:

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