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What You Missed Last Night: The Daily Show visits The New York Times

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 11th 2009 11:25AM
I hope that print journalism survives forever, but this Daily Show visit to the offices of The New York Times is hysterical, from the newsreel voice that Jason Jones uses to narrate the piece to his asking "tell me what's in the paper that happened today." (And if you're wondering why Jon Stewart is surrounded by coffee-related items, it's part of his response to Morning Joe).

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
End Times

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Leno says he's doing fine and that web rumors are ridiculous

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 24th 2009 7:28PM
Jay LenoTonight Show host Jay Leno says he's fine, he's out of the hospital, and he'll be back on his show on Monday night.

Leno spoke with The Knoxville News-Sentinel and says that he's completely fine and that the internet rumors that he was secretly dead aren't true. Hmmm...as someone who writes for a TV blog I can honestly say I hadn't heard any of those types of rumors - maybe I should read more of the crazy blogs. There's still no official comment on why Leno checked himself into the hospital.

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Rosie O'Donnell stops blogging (Breaking News?)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 27th 2009 4:30PM
RosieSad news for people who enjoy blogs that are typed in all lower-case letters: Rosie O'Donnell has stopped updating her blog. Oh the humanity, etc.

O'Donnell says she has stopped blogging because it "wasn't providing the joy that it used to." Or the Whoopi, the Sherri, the Barbara or the Elizabeth. Definitely not the Elizabeth. This all is perfectly reasonable though. Nothing Rosie has done lately (*cough* live show on NBC *cough*) has given any joy to TV viewers either, so it's only fair that this stop bringing joy to her. But she's not shutting down her web site. She'll just post other things besides her opinions and thoughts and personal videos. Rosie.com now forwards to RosiesBroadwayKids.org, which is a worthwhile endeavor, so kudos to her for that.

My favorite quote from Rosie about the blogging stoppage is this: "when I started to blog, no one knew what a blog was." Uhhhh, yeah. OK.

[via TV Tattle]

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Current TV wants you to Twitter and Digg on election night

by Richard Keller, posted Nov 3rd 2008 1:57PM

Tired of the election night talking heads? Current TV may be the medicine you need.My friends, if you thought the coverage that's been going on since the day after the 2006 Congressional election has been overwhelming, you ain't seen nothing yet. Come sunrise on November 4th the television airwaves will be inundated with election coverage, comment, pontification, and general BS. Red states will become blue, blue states will become red, graphs will be drawn on easel boards with black marker and someone will predict the winner of the entire Presidential election at 7:00:01 p.m.

So, if you are wholly disinterested in the old way that the elections are covered you may want to tune into Current TV, or its website if you don't have the channel on your digital box, for an alternative to get the results you need. In this case, it's you, the couch potato that you are, who will be providing the coverage. It's called "Current Diggs the Election" and the way it works will be unique.

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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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McGruff the Crime Dog has a blog (E-I-E-I-O)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 10th 2008 3:02PM

McGruffTV viewers will remember the series of commercials that featured the animated law enforcement icon McGruff The Crime Dog, the ones that told us to "take a bite outta crime." He now has a blog.

Yup, the crime-solving (or crime-preventing) canine takes his paws and taps out blog entries for the kids to read, handing out advice about safety, health, and life in general. You can also read stories on how McGruff became a crime dog (he used to hang out at the local police station and listen to cop stories and asked cops how he could help - the cops said "what's a dog going to do to fight crime?" - I guess a talking dog was OK but a talking dog that fought crime was completely unrealistic) and play McGruff games.

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The Office Convention: Part Three -- The press conference

by Jay Black, posted Oct 31st 2007 10:21AM
Yes, they were in a gym, but a _classy_ gym!(Continued from Part Two...)

At 4 PM, we all shuffled into the gymnasium to speak to the assembled cast. This was fun because bloggers and podcasters (from places like Cinemablend and the That's What She Said podcast) got to sit in the same room and rub shoulders with actual reporters from actual newspapers and magazines. I'll tell you, there's no greater thrill for me than receiving the same press pass and sitting in the same room as one of the feature writers from The New York Times. Take your journalism degree and years of apprenticeship at one of the world's finest papers and shove it, pal, cause I'm a blogger. Yeah!

During the press conference, I also got to fulfill one of my lifelong dreams: I got to stand up and say, just like reporters do on The West Wing, "Uh, yes, I'm Jay Black, from TV Squad," and then ask a question. The only thing missing was Allison Janney...

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Hecklers get center stage in new film

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 11th 2007 8:02AM

jamie kennedyI've been to a handful of comedy shows in my life, and I can't say I've ever seen a bona fide heckler. I have seen people who want to converse with the comedian during their set, which is probably just as annoying.

However, hecklers aren't only found in the back of comedy clubs. They've gotten under the skin of everyone from movie directors to sports figures to politicians, and the anonymity of the Web has allowed for even more of them to pop up on messageboards and forums to let everyone know just who sucks and who sucks even more. If there were a way to make money from telling creative people you don't like them and that they should die, we'd have a lot more millionaires.

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Stephen Talbot talks about the TV news biz

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 1st 2007 10:58AM

Frontline logoI know, you might be thinking, who is Stephen Talbot and why should I care what he thinks of the TV news biz? Well, Talbot is a producer and writer for PBS' Frontline (his new episode, News War, debuted earlier this week), but that's not why I'm posting this. I'll explain that after the jump. In the meantime, go read the chat he has at The Washington Post's site and look at his picture closely. Where have you seen him before?

Talbot has a lot of interesting things to say about the news industry. He likes local news, but doesn't like it when they focus on just local stories, fears that people will just wake up one day and wonder why the only news they get is stuff about Anna Nicole and Britney, and he explains why Connie Chung gave up her great reporting career to do...well, whatever the hell she's doing now.

Oh, where have you seen him before?

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Top Design: The Blogs vs. Top Design: The Show

by Julia Ward, posted Feb 18th 2007 3:07PM
Top Design castI said I'd give Top Design three weeks, and I did. I watched - hoping the show would overcome its lackluster start, its disenchanted host, its odd judges and its warmed-over design challenges. It hasn't. Whether it's because the airwaves are saturated with home design shows or the constituent parts just don't make a very compelling whole, Top Design has turned out to be a labored, self-serious bore, which makes it all the more surprising that the show's accompanying blogs are candid, funny and, well, everything Top Design isn't.

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Reality stars hate on the haters online

by Julia Ward, posted Jan 25th 2007 3:04PM
Krishtine de LeonI guess the confidentiality clause that reality TV participants sign only cover the show's results and not how the participants feel about the show's proceedings. If you're in the market for some meta-commentary on currently airing reality programs, look no further than the dozens of MySpace pages, blogs and Face Book entries kept by various shows' competitors.

You can read about why Dasit skipped out of the Egotrip White Rapper Show's 16-bar challenge ("...had to step before it got too corny...") or what Beauty and the Geek's Neils Hoven thinks of the show's editing ("...if anything, people's personalities have been rather understated so far..."). Despite the wealth of competition, the hands-down best blog entry by a reality show competitor on a currently airing program has to be this Tuesday's screed from I'm from Rolling Stone's Krishtine de Leon.

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I'm from Rolling Stone's online writing contest

by Julia Ward, posted Jan 11th 2007 6:31PM
I'm from Rolling Stone contentCops hate cop shows. Doctors hate doctor shows. Comedy writers hate Studio 60, and the media is loving to hate I'm from Rolling Stone. Everyone from Idolator to Salon is lining up to spank Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner and his ridiculous charges, but that's just because they're jealous. When they started out as interns back in the day, they didn't get to rock the red carpet events and see their bylines the next day. They chose the path of hard work to achieve their journalistic dreams when they should have chosen the far more lucrative and entertaining path of reality television.

You don't have to repeat those bitter journalists' mistakes. You can choose a path somewhere in between. I'm from Rolling Stone has started an online writing contest.

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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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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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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 22nd 2006 8:40AM
  • Harry ShearerRemember the classic M*A*S*H episode told entirely from the point of view of a wounded soldier? Ken Levin co-wrote that episode, and writes about it on his addictive blog.
  • TV Barn's Aaron Barnhart talks to Harry Shearer about Dan Rather, the media, and more.
  • This is what's great about the web: every day, you learn someone you didn't know had a blog actuallyone. Like Time TV critic James Poniewozik.
  • Remember when MTV used to show music videos all day long? EW's PopWatch blog talks about Pitchfork Media's list of 100 Awesome Music Videos.

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