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Which dead celeb is your perfect match?

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 1st 2006 3:01PM
Frida KahloHere's a bit o' fun for your Sunday. I don't know how long it's been around, but I recently found the Dead Celebrity Soulmate search on the Biography Web site. You select the qualities you want in a dead lover, and the program matches you with the perfect deceased mate. One of the women it matched me with was painter Frida Kahlo. Lord knows I'm a sucker for artistic chicks with a unibrow. If I were gay, it would have matched me up with Edgar Allan Poe or Vincent Van Gogh. Either way it looks like I have a thing for artistic types. Apparently this transcends my sexual preference. I hope we all learned something about me today. Anyway, try it out and let me know who the dead love of your life is in the comments. Just stay away from Frida, she's mine.


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Celebs stop by Jeopardy! in November

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 27th 2006 7:02PM
jeopardyStarting November 8, Jeopardy! will once again be host to a bunch of celebrities playing for charitable causes. All celebs are guaranteed to win $25,000 for the charity of their choice, with the winner of each game bringing in $50,000 for their charity. Look for the likes of Regis Philbin, Rachael Ray, Neil Patrick Harris, Christopher Meloni, Martin Short, Soledad O'Brien, Jane Kaczmarek, Sam Waterson and several others to appear on the show. It'll be interesting to see of Ray's expertise expands beyond the kitchen, or if Soledad O'Brien knows as much about history as she does current events. The only wildcard I can see in this bunch is Meloni. He's a bit hard to pin down, but he did pee into a bucket once on Oz, and you never know when a category about that very subject might pop up. I'm just saying it's good to be prepared for anything.

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That's Fit presents this week's FitTV

by Annie Wu, posted Sep 18th 2006 7:44PM
Biggest LoserOur fitness-focused sister site, That's Fit, has posted FitTV, a list of this week's health and fitness related programming. Here are some quick picks from the schedule:

The Biggest Loser - 9/20, 8/7c (two hour season premiere!)

I Lost It! (Episode: Carla & Shawn) - 9/19; 6:30am, 11am ET
I Lost It! (Episode: Allison & Robin) - 9/20; 6:30am, 11am ET
I Lost It! (Episode: Debi & Bob) - 9/21; 6:30am, 11am ET
I Lost It! (Episode: Dana & Caitlin) - 9/22; 6:30am, 11am ET
Relay For Life: Giant Steps - 9/23; 10am ET

Celebrity Fit Club (Episode: Put Up or Shut Up) - 9/18; 11PM ET

For the full list, check out FitTV: September 18 - September 24.

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Are you ready for another national morning show?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 18th 2006 2:29PM
FOXIf The Today Show and Good Morning, America aren't enough for you. If CBS This Morning doesn't float your boat, and you don't really want to watch CNN's American Morning or your local morning show, then FOX has another option coming next year.

The network will launch a national morning program from New York, to be hosted by FOX News personalities Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy. It will feature news and celebs and music and all that. In other words, another morning show.

This flashes me back to the days when FOX actually did have a morning show. When they took Breakfast Time from FX, changed it to FOX After Breakfast, destroyed it, and then changed it into the Vicki Lawrence Show. Ugh. What a sad end to one of the great morning shows in history.

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My First Time debuts on TV Land later this month

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 2nd 2006 3:04PM
gerbilOn June 28, TV Land is premiering a new original series called My First Time. Each episode of the six-part series will focus on a celebrity and their first "big break." The stars themselves will talk about how they first stepped into the limelight, and of course, footage of their first time, hopefully embarrassing, will be shown. I like the light and breezy approach TV Land often takes with its programming, so I'm hoping this show might actually be more interesting than it sounds. Of course, there's always the 2003 Showtime series coming out on DVD around the same time which is also called My First Time. This one is slightly different, though, as it shows porn stars reenacting the first time sexual experiences of regular women. I suppose in some kind of cosmic sense the two shows are similar, I just wanted to make sure you knew which one you were watching. Such mistakes can really put a damper on family reunions. I'm just saying.

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Dear Keith Olbermann, stop listening to your producers

by Anna Johns, posted May 19th 2006 9:14AM
keith olbermann; countdown; msnbcDear Keith Olbermann,

I know you say your producers are making you do stories about American Idol and Britney Spears, but I think you get just a little bit of glee out of ripping on celebrities. Why else would you agree to not only read the crap on the teleprompter, but engage in no fewer than four minutes of idle chit-chat with gossipers like Michael Musto from Village Voice? He's not funny, by the way. Neither is the chick from the radio station who joined you in bashing American Idol last night. If I want celebrity news, I'll watch an entertainment show or... uh... write it myself (sigh). You, however, should save that celebrity gossip for the Keeping Tabs segment and finish your show on something else: like the search for Jimmy Hoffa. There was so much more you could've done with the guy from the Skeptics Society.

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Gameshow Marathon coming to CBS

by Adam Finley, posted May 9th 2006 5:15PM
press your luckRicki Lake will be returning to television on May 31 to host a new CBS summer series called Gameshow Marathon. The series, which airs at 8 p.m., will pit celebrities such as Tim Meadows, Lance Bangs, and Kathy Najimy against one another in recreations of classic games such as Press Your Luck and Let's Make A Deal. One celebrity will be eliminated during each episode. Speaking of Press Your Luck, I had a teacher in high school who used to tell us not to "press our luck" all the time, so naturally a friend and I drew "Whammies" and displayed them on our desks whenever she said it. This is not a good way to learn, that's what I'm saying.

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The Five: Guest Stars

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Mar 19th 2006 3:03PM

Bob Saget; Adrian Grenier; Entourage; HBOGuest stars. Think of them as spiking the punch. Sure, it's bright red, tasty, and fun to drink already. But dump in that flask of rum and it gets even better. Of course, the type of rum makes all the difference. You start playing around with the cheap stuff that comes in the non-descript plastic container and costs less than a gallon of milk, then you're begging for a headache and hangover. But if you suck it up, mortgage the house a second time, and fork over the newly acquired funds for a juice-box sized bottle of the spiced stuff from an unpronounceable coastal Puerto Rican village... well, you're gonna have a good night.

That being said, five guest stars who didn't give me a headache and a hangover:

1.) Bob Saget [Himself, Entourage] - Saget guested as one of Vince's new neighbors midway through the second season. If we're to believe that Saget's part as himself was true to life, then he's a woman-loving, sex-crazed, brothel addict. As Turtle so wisely put it, nothing is more embarrassing than being "cock-blocked by Bob Saget".

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Supreme Court hears Anna Nicole Smith inheritance case

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 28th 2006 3:47PM
Anna Nicole Smith outside the
Supreme CourtNow, this is why Samuel Alito and John Roberts joined the Supreme Court (or SCOTUS, for those of you who are acronym-oriented); the court heard the inheritance case of former Playmate and bad reality-show star Anna Nicole Smith today.

We all know the story: Anna Nicole married a geezer tycoon, J. Howard Marshall, who died (most likely with a big smile on his face) a year later. Smith put in a claim that she is entitled to half of Marshall's $1.6 billion estate, while his son feels he is the only heir.

According to this AP article, it seemed like some of the justices were on Smith's side during arguments, citing the fact that Pierce Marshall is purposely sabotoging any hope Smith had of claiming the money. However, the question being decided by SCOTUS is whether a federal appeals court has the right to decide on a state probate issue.

Either way, I'm sure it was an interesting day in Washington. I wonder if Anna Nicole offered Antonin Scalia a free supply of Trim Spa? Lord knows he needs it.

[Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP]

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Previously on TV Squad

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 19th 2006 5:57PM
In case you've missed it -- perhaps you were busy hotdogging at the end of your snowboardcross race  --  here are some highlights from the last week at TV Squad:

Michelle Kwan drops out of the Olympics

Winter Olympics
The TV Squad Live! Sketch Project
Breaking News
The Five
Episode Reviews

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Tom and Katie call it quits! -- BREAKING NEWS

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 14th 2006 5:08PM

Tom and KatieWow! Not sure how accurate this is going to actually turn out, but Life and Style Weekly is reporting that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are heading to Splitsville.

Holmes, the former Dawson's Creek star, is currently seven months pregnant with Cruise's baby. He returns to the big screen this summer in Mission: Impossible III which was directed by Alias' JJ Abrams. Life and Style is reporting that the couple will work together until the child is born and will then announce the split. They plan to share custody of the child. Once again, Wow!

What about all the memories though? Tom jumping on Oprah's couch! The marriage proposal at the Eiffel Tower! The pregnancy announcement! Heck, we even made Tom Cruise one of the top stories of 2005! I need a new celebrity couple to obsess over!

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Previously on TV Squad

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 12th 2006 5:32PM
In case you've missed it -- perhaps you were busy shoveling out your car (it's snowing like crazy in the Northeast)  --  here are some highlights from the last week at TV Squad:

Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics have begun!
Breaking News
The Five
Episode Reviews

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You're entertaining, but I can't stand you

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 9th 2006 2:40PM

ed edd and eddieNathan Rabin posed an interesting question over at the Onion AV Club's blog. Are there people you admire as actors but hate as celebrities? The first example Rabin gives is Jamie Foxx, a very talented actor in his own right, but a rather annoying celebrity, too. Rabin mentions catching an awful clip of Foxx crooning some horrendous song from his new album on The Tonight Show. I would add that Foxx also has a cloying habit of belting out songs in the middle of interviews. It's really annoying, like those music majors in college who would have "singing conversations" with one another until you wanted to slowly excoriate both of them with a cheese grater.

This is a difficult one for me to answer, because I figure once the actor has done their performance, they're no longer of any real concern to me. However, that's more than a little pompous and it's not as if I'm impervious to annoyance. In fact, I'm constantly annoyed by things all the time. So, off the top of my head, I'm going to go with Robin Williams, who I neither admire as an actor nor as a celebrity, but he did make me laugh once, quietly, for about .5 seconds, sometime in 1983. I guess that's admirable.

So kids, who do you love to watch perform but want to strangle when you see them any other time? The floor is all yours.

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Oprah gets in bed with XM

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 9th 2006 11:33AM

OprahOprah Winfrey has officially signed a three year deal with XM Satellite Radio worth $55 million big ones.

Using all that dough, the proposed new station called "Oprah & Friends" will air a non-stop live feed of her quest to buy a new island. Okay... not really. But it will feature talk programs about fitness, health, and self-improvement. We can also expect to hear from personalities featured in her "O" Magazine. Obviously, Oprah herself will be around for a weekly installment. So if her talk show isn't enough for you... now you can watch her, read her, and listen to her. Does she have a clothing line yet?

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Frank Caliendo: Can he take Madden's place?

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 6th 2006 11:06PM
Frank CaliendoBeing an impressionist is one of the toughest careers to maintain in the world of comedy. Instead of being able to do new material, audiences want you to do certain voices all the time. And at a certain point, your impressions become so outdated no one wants to hear them anymore (I'm sure Fred Travalena isn't getting requests for his Jimmy Carter impression, for instance).

Which is why I'm proposing this request to MadTV's Frank Caliendo: get a job as an analyst in an NFL booth. Now.

For those who've never seen Caliendo, he does some pretty good impressions: Al Pacino, Terry Bradshaw, Robin Williams, even President Bush; all of them are pitch-perfect (he does one of the most true-to-life Dubya impressions out there). But his signature impression is of soon-to-be-NBC football analyst John Madden. It's amazing how good it is; close your eyes and you'll swear that you're hearing the man himself. What Caliendo adds to the impression, though, is a sense that the cheese has slipped off Madden's cracker a bit, as he repeats himself, talks in circles, and states the obvious.

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