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CNBC host goes after bloggers

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 1st 2009 2:26PM
At the risk of becoming one of the people of the "blogosphere" that CNBC's Dennis Kneale doesn't like, he does seem a little irritating, doesn't he? He always seems to be yelling at viewers for some reason, or at the very least trying to convince you he's right, really really hard.

In the video below, he talks about how he thinks the economy is getting much better, and talks about various web sites that have called him out on it. (Takes a little while to get to that part but it's worth watching the first couple minutes of dry money talk.)

[via Gawker]

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That was fast! Showtime gives Nurse Jackie second season pickup

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 10th 2009 11:09AM
jackie showtimeMere hours after the series premiered on the cable net, Showtime has renewed Nurse Jackie for a second season. Why so fast, you might wonder? Well, Showtime could point to the biggest premiere since 2004, but because it was on pay cable the total number of viewers is less than two million. Those are the kind of numbers that would get it canceled on USA or TNT, not to mention ABC or CBS, but for Showtime it's excellent.

Excellent is also what a majority of TV critics and bloggers -- including Jane -- had to say about the Edie Falco dark comedy. Some were more effusive than others, but for all intents and purposes, the press was pro-Jackie from the get-go. But not everyone loved the show. Nurses complained loudly about the depiction of their profession.

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Mad Men characters vanish from Twitter!

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 26th 2008 2:40PM
Vincent KartheiserIf you're a fan of Twitter, the site where you microblog using only 140 characters max for each post, then you might have heard that several Mad Men characters have been on the site too. At first many people thought that this was cool marketing by AMC or the producers of the show, but actually they were accounts created by fans and AMC didn't like that. Now they've forced Twitter to take down the accounts.

The accounts affected include Don Draper, Peggy Olson, and Joan Holloway, though several other Twitters from other characters on the show seem to be safe (for now). The official word on it is that it was a copyright infringement problem.

This is really too bad. Some of the most creative, fun posts on Twitter are being done by fictional people (not just Mad Men but others as well). I would hope that AMC would hire some people to take over the accounts for each character, to be the official Twitter bloggers for the show. It's a great way to market it.

Update: AMC and Twitter have restored the accounts!

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If you comment on this post, Patton Oswalt will hate you - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 30th 2008 3:01PM
Patton OswaltSo, what's more evil to you, ultimate fighting or bloggers/commenters?

That's the question that will be debated tonight at 10:30 pm on the second season opener of Comedy Central's Root of All Evil. Arguing that ultimate fighting is worse is Andy Daly, while Patton Oswalt argues that blogs and the people who comment on them (cough) are the true evil in this world.

You know, even though I blog all day long I can see Oswalt's point, especially about the comments left on some blogs. I mean, at least with ultimate fighting, if you don't like it, you can ignore it completely. It's a niche thing. But if you're the type of person who reads blogs and reads the comments section of many blogs or you work on the web, it's hard to get away from, and many comments are just...ugh. It's easy to do when you're anonymous. You can really put forth the hate and vitriol (but not here, because TV Squad readers are absolute saints).

Oswalt has a blog too. Not sure if he reads the comments. After the jump, the opening arguments from tonight's show.

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Details for the upcoming season of Root of all Evil

by Kristin Sample, posted Jul 28th 2008 10:01AM
Lewis Black Lewis Black's second season of Root of All Evil is back next week. And the topics on the premiere are close to my heart: Ultimate Fighting Vs. Bloggers. Because I am both a blogger and an ultimate fighter (okay, maybe not the second one), I will definitely be tuning in to see Patton Oswalt and Andrew Daly argue the case for each and hear Black's final judgment on which is more evil. I have a sinking feeling it's going to be bloggers.

The show is also getting a few new comedians. Jerry Minor and Andrea Savage will join Daly, Oswalt, Greg Giraldo, Andy Kindler, Kathleen Madigan, and Paul F.Thompkins. And here's some of the other topics: Steriods Vs. Boob Jobs, Disney Vs. Scientology, Strip Clubs Vs. Sororities, Olympic Games Vs. Drinking Games, NRA Vs. PETA, and The Hills Vs. Rocket Scientists. I think the Disney Vs. Scientology episode is going to be especially funny. Which debate do you think will be good?

Root of All Evil premieres on July 30th at 10:30 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.

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Meet the TV Squad bloggers ... again

by Keith McDuffee, posted Apr 1st 2008 10:01AM
tv squad bloggers
It's been a while since we updated with a roster page of everyone on the TV Squad team, and what better day to do it than today? In case you haven't noticed, over to the right there is a new banner: Meet the TV Squad. Click through there and you'll see the whole lot of us. Click through each image to see our profile pages, links to our posts here on TV Squad, and a place to leave a comment for any one of us.

OK, OK ... Yes, there is a joke in here, which we're turning into a contest. One of the team member pictures is not really that person's picture. For the entire day we'll let everyone comment to this post with their guesses as to who they think has the fake. Everyone who makes a guess will be entered into a random drawing to win one of several DVD sets (we'll send the list you can choose from). Read on below for the rules.

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Come write for TV Squad! - VIDEO

by Keith McDuffee, posted Nov 14th 2007 10:01AM
get to work!Your favorite, ever-expanding TV blog (no not that one, TV Squad!) is looking to add to its team of writers. Are you a TV junkie and interested in news of all-things TV? Do you have an RSS feed list for TV news in the double digits? Would you like to be paid to write about TV? Well, this may be your chance!

Read on for a few details about this new opening...

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Louis C.K. talks to the AV Club

by Adam Finley, posted May 24th 2007 4:18PM

lucky louieComedian and actor Louis C.K. recently spoke with the AV Club about his career, including his latest stand-up special for HBO, and his short-lived HBO sitcom, Lucky Louie, an uncensored and often uncomfortably candid series shot like a basic sitcom, but without the restrictions of network TV.

I liked Lucky Louie. I didn't think it was perfect, but those moments I didn't like (stiff dialogue, some moments felt a little too forced) are common for all new shows as they work out the kinks and improve in subsequent seasons.

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Katie Couric loves Dunkin' Munchkins

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 20th 2006 2:32PM

Katie CouricOh, aren't there more important stories to worry about in these times?

There's a scandal brewing in the TV news and donut-loving communities (I guess it's no surprise that those two different communities would overlap some day). It seems that CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric mentioned how much she likes the Munchkins over at Dunkin' Donuts on her blog, and then Dunkin Donuts sent her "a gazillion of them...boxes...along with crates of piping hot coffee." Of course, this sent bloggers and people who comment on blogs over the edge, accusing Couric of breaking ethical rules and getting paid off.

Calm down, breathe, and think about this rationally. Do you think Couric wrote this so she could get free donuts? Do you really, really think that getting some free food from a local business is going to sway the way Couric covers the company or, um, donuts in general? Alarm clock catastrophe!

At this point I'd just like to say I love the new Lexus.

[via Gawker]

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Two bloggers begin the Pam vs. Karen debate

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 15th 2006 2:02PM
Team Pam and Team Karen t-shirtsThursday's going to be fun, isn't it? That's when we get to see the worlds of Stamford and Scranton collide on The Office, as Jim returns to his old office. Pam's going to be there, and that reunion's going to be fun to see. But guess who else is coming? Karen, who has been carrying on a fun flirtation with Jim since the beginning of the season, and openly admitted to the "cameraman" on the show that she was into Mr. Halpert.

It looks like people are already taking sides. Recently, my friend Claire Zulkey started a blog debate with Lindsay Robertson about which of Jim's suitors should win out. Claire's on Team Karen, citing the fact that Karen actually came out and said she liked Jim, and that the flirtation between the two seems more adult than what Jim had with Pam. Lindsay's on Team Pam, because she thinks every woman's got a shy, semi-nerdy Pam inside of them, and that's something to root for. They're even selling t-shirts that will give people a chance express their choice in the form of cotton and silk-screening.

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You can go see Couric, just don't bring a pen

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 13th 2006 2:02PM

Katie CouricWeird story out of Minneapolis. Katie Couric made an appearance in the city recently as part of her "Eye on America" campaign to introduce herself as the new anchor of the CBS Evening News (she starts in September).

Here's the weird part: Matt Bartel, who does the MNSpeak blog, was given an invitation to one of the events as a journalist. But at the last minute he was pulled out of the crowd by organizers because they found out he was a blogger! They told him "we don't want you to participate," and asked him for his notebook. When he refused, they decided he could stay if he gave them his pen.

Yeah, because there's no way that he could report on what happened by memory or a digital recorder or a second pen or something. But Bartel says there really wasn't that much to report.

But there is some shocking news to report: Bartel told Couric he doesn't own a television. Doesn't own a television?! What's up with that?

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Meet the TV Squad Bloggers

by Keith McDuffee, posted May 5th 2006 12:09PM
Meet the TV Squad
That's right, kids! It's finally time we all introduce ourselves to the reading public, we, the hard working bloggers of TV Squad. Who are we? What else do we do? Where are we from? Favorite sexual position (yes please)? Now you can learn it all here!

[Images created courtesy of here]

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