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Previously on TV Squad

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 5th 2006 5:11PM
In case you've missed it -- perhaps you were busy making Buffalo wings for your Super Bowl party  --  here are some highlights from the last week at TV Squad:

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The Five: Hottest female TV personalities over 60

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 3rd 2006 6:38PM
Diane Sawyer - Hottest over 60Ok, we've done our lists of the hottest female TV personalities over 40 and the hottest over 50. We were happy to see that we came up with plenty of names for both lists. But would we be able to come up with five women to make hearts go thump amongst the TV ladies over 60? No problem!

For this list, I decided to consider all women over 60, not just the ones that were between 60 and 69. The reason for that was simple: can you think of any woman on the air that's over 70 or 80? I can only think of two over-70 women, both of whom are on the Honorable Mentions list. And the one over-80 woman I can think of is Betty White, whom I've never really considered to be all that sexy (covers head waiting for the tomatoes to fly in). Oh, and for those who say "Diane Keaton": I love her and think she's extremely sexy, but I still primarily think of her as a film actress, even though she's been doing a lot of TV movies lately.

So, after the jump, my list of women who would make for a hot date and get a discount at the movies at the same time. Who could beat that?

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Full House's Sweetin -- Little Stephanie! -- discusses meth addiction

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 2nd 2006 5:42PM
Jodie Sweetin talks about her meth addictionAnd we thought we'd be hearing about this from one of the Olsen twins first...

Jodie Sweetin, who played middle child Stephanie on Full House, discussed her addiction to methamphetamines on Good Morning America yesteday morning. Apparently, after the show ended in 1995, she wanted to go back to being a normal kid, but found the "normal life" a little boring. She married a police officer at 20, and by 22 had a raging meth habit that got so bad she needed an intervention from John Stamos, Bob Saget, and yes, the aforementioned Olsens to straighten her out (I wonder if they then turned the tables and had an intervention for Mary-Kate about her eating disorder).

She's sober now, in the process of divorcing her husband, and wants to pick her acting career up again at the ripe old age of 24. We wish her luck.

Can we take bets on the next child star to either get arrested or go to rehab? I'll take Jonathan Lipnicki if no one else wants him.

[via Pop Candy]

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Craig Ferguson pays tribute to his dad

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 31st 2006 2:19PM
Craig Ferguson pays tribute to his
fatherDid anyone see The Late Late Show last night? All I have to say about it is... wow. Craig Ferguson used the show to pay tribute to his father, Robert Ferguson, who died on Sunday. Dressed in a black suit and tie, Craig opened the show with a monologue that was moving, emotional, and funny all at the same time. In it, he gave the audience memories of his rough-and-tumble dad, who worked in the Post Office back in Craig's native Scotland, talking about his relationship with him and how his passing has affected him. From time to time, Ferguson had to catch himself as he reminisced; he got especially emotional when he described an affectionate gesture his dad gave on his deathbed, one that he hadn't done since Craig was a kid. It was moving, fascinating television.

Then Craig had Dr. Drew Pinsky on to talk about the loss of a parent and pay further tribute. The interview -- what I saw of it, since it was getting late -- was not at all hokey or inappropriate; Dr. Drew was able to get Craig to open up a little more and was able to relate his emotions to ones that everyone feels when they lose a loved one. Again, it was fascinating to watch.

But I didn't see who was on after Dr. Drew. Can anyone who watched it let me know what happened after that?

Video of the monologue, by the way, is at the CBS web site.

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My day with the G-Listers at the Chiller expo

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 30th 2006 5:48PM
Chris Knight and Adrianne CurryAh, there's nothing like an entertainment convention to bring out the freaky, the obsessed, and the just plain weird. Such was the case at the Chiller Theatre winter convention, which was held in Secaucus, NJ this past weekend. Probably the smallest of the three Chiller conventions (there's one in the summer and "the big one", around Halloween), this one still had it's share of sci-fi and fantasy nuts floating around, especially in the dealer area, where there were tables with Japanese anime action figures, fake samurai swords, tons and tons of movie imports, sci-fi toys in the original packaging, and lots of black t-shirts.

(A good example: I went with my buddy Roger, a Chiller veteran. While we were there, he found out that one of his friends bought some rare Japanese monster toys for $23,000 at the show. Another guy dropped $5500 on a single monster toy. The people who go here are hardcore, to say the least.)

But what has always intrigued me about this convention are the celebrities that attend. Unlike Star Trek or other show- and genre-specific conventions, Chiller usually gathers fallen celebrities from all over the entertainment spectrum. That is what brought me to the convention on Saturday. 

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Previously on TV Squad

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 29th 2006 7:26PM
I've been doing these "week in review" recaps for a couple of months now, and, while I've been enjoying it, it does take a bit of effort to scour TV Squad on a weekly basis and compile this list. So here's what I'd like to know from the fine readership we have here: do you use this post to go back and look at things we've written about during the past week? Do you ignore it? Is this post helpful to your enjoyment of TV Squad? Please let me know in the comments.

Anyway, in case you've missed it -- perhaps you were busy putting your name in a square for the Super Bowl --  here are some highlights from the last week at TV Squad:

Oprah bakes James Frey's scrod

Oprah bakes James Frey's scrod
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I have newfound respect for Oprah

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 26th 2006 11:29PM
Oprah confronts James FreyI've never been one of Oprah Winfrey's biggest fans. Although she's helped a lot of people with her show and her wealth, she also tends to over-promote just how generous she is. Also, her sanctimoniousness is irritating as hell; her overreaction to being denied access to a Hermès store that was closing for the night was a particularly galling incident.

But I have to give her a lot of credit for not only confronting James Frey on her show Thursday, but for admitting that she made a mistake in initially defending him on Larry King Live a couple of weeks ago. She realized that, although she supported the message of the book, that the truth is what counts the most. During the course of the show, she showed a fantastic human side, showing flashes of anger, frustration, and humiliation, her voice cracking at certain points during her interview with Frey. She seemed especially dismayed that the facts about the suicide of Frey's lover Lilly, who he supposedly couldn't save from hanging herself a day after his "jail sentence" ended, were also changed.

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George Takei on Howard Stern, new Trek, and working with Shatner

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 25th 2006 7:20PM
Oh My!  It's George Takei!Words cannot express how much I enjoy George Takei. He's just so... out there, in both an ironic and unironic way, that you can't help but appreciate the career he's carved out for himself. From his deep, back-of -the-throat voice with the slight aristocratic Asian affect -- I can't go a day without saying his signature line, "Oh, my." -- to his halting, gasping laugh, Takei (pronounced ta-KAY, because, as he says, "the other way, ta-KEYE, means 'expensive'".) is equally a character and a caricature. To top everything off, he has no problem laughing at himself, which probably comes from the stress of growing up in an internment camp, coming out of the closet, and working closely with Bill Shatner. He just simply amuses the shit out of me.

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All things point to Colbert, at least on his set

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 25th 2006 6:01PM
Stephen ColbertIn a fairly wide-ranging interview with the always-thorough Onion A.V. Club, Stephen Colbert talks about doing a character he calls a "well-intentioned, poorly informed, high-status idiot" on a daily basis on The Colbert Report. Among the topics covered in the interview: his college years, his comedic influences, his years working with Second City, where he understudied Steve Carell, his comparison of the Craig Kilborn and Jon Stewart versions of The Daily Show, and how playing Dungeons & Dragons influenced his acting ability.

(The only thing that bugs me a little is that the article says that the Report is Colbert's third collaboration with Amy Sedaris, after Exit 57 and Strangers With Candy. One little problem: Amy is nowhere to be found in the IMDb listing for the Report. Doesn't seem like her type of humor, anyway.)

My favorite detail in the interview is how Colbert dives into how his set was designed: "[I]f you look at the design, it all does, it all points at my head. And even radial lines on the floor, and on my podium, and watermarks in the images behind me, and all the vertices, are right behind my head. So there's a sort of sun-god burst quality about the set around me. And I love that. That's status."

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Lost stars rumored to be engaged

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 24th 2006 8:47PM

Charlie and KateAhh, young love. Here's one for you and although I'm not sure how accurate it is, I have found a number of sources reporting it. Lost co-stars Dominic Monaghan and Evangeline Lilly (who play Charlie and Kate respectively) have been dating for a while now. I know that's been in the news and if you didn't hear about it, these pics should explain it all. Now they're supposedly engaged.

A British tabloid is reporting that they're heading to the UK so Monaghan can introduce the bride to be to his family. Take it for what it's worth, but I hope this has some validity to it because I think they're kind of cute together. I should probably stop sending Evangeline those love letters though...

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NBC denies Friends reunion rumors - UPDATE

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 23rd 2006 5:47PM
FriendsLast night, Jonathan wrote about a report that claimed the six main actors from Friends were going to reunite for a series of one-hour specials.  It also mentioned that the three male leads -- Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer -- were going to star in a spin-off. Readers responded by either getting their hopes up or cursing NBC for digging up the corpse of a series that died a year and a half ago.

Well, we've got more news for you: It ain't gonna happen, at least according to NBC.

Here's the update from Jonathan:

"Consider this rumor dead as most of us wisely assumed from the get go. Access Hollywood had this to say earlier today, with a direct quote from Jeff Zucker (CEO of NBC Universal's TV Group) squashing the rumors.

Also, many thanks to TV Squad's own Ryan j Budke, who spent numerous hours on the phone this morning with NBC's Media Relations Department, who had this to say: 'There are currently no plans to have any follow-up to Friends other than Joey, which is still a major part of our comedy line-up and we whole-heartedly support. The rumors started this weekend are just that; rumors. We wish the rest of the cast of Friends continued success in their careers, and would welcome them back at any time, but there are currently no plans for them to appear in their Friends roles.' "

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Talk Talk: Who's on the late night shows tonight

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 23rd 2006 4:33PM
  • Anthony HopkinsCharlie Rose: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Mae Jemison 
  • The Daily Show: Fred Barnes
  • The Colbert Report: David Gregory
  • The Late Show With David Letterman: Anthony Hopkins 
  • Jay Leno: Jennifer Lopez, James Carville, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sarah McLachlan
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Forest Whitaker, David Guest, and Feist
  • Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Anthony Hopkins, Caroline Rhea, and Mick Foley (repeat)
  • The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Steven Wright, Anthony Hamilton, and Lola Glaudini (repeat)
  • Last Call With Carson Daly: Seth Myers, Amos Lee, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (repeat)         

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Amy Fisher and the Buttafuocos to talk it out on TV special

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 23rd 2006 2:33PM
Amy Fisher on the Today showI just heard a tidbit about this on the Howard Stern Show this morning, but this article confirms it in print.  According to the New York Post, former Long Island Lolita and current author Amy Fisher, her older paramour Joey Buttafuoco, and Joey's ex-wife Mary Jo will reunite for a television special that is being pitched around to networks as we speak.

As you remember, in 1992 the teenaged Fisher shot Mary Jo in the head while she was having an affair with Joey, who is 18 years her senior. During the special, Joey wants to ask Amy why she shot her then-wife, but I'm sure Amy has a few questions for Joey, too.  Like, for instance, did that big gut of his come from too much manicotti or too much beer?

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"Friends" gets new life at NBC - BREAKING NEWS

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 22nd 2006 8:54PM

FriendsWell I suppose this had to happen sooner or later... I was just expecting it to be later. Much later. But I figure a failed and unfunny spin-off (sorry Joey fans... if there are any of you) will get the gears in motion faster. Okay, here goes: just a little over a year and half since the airing of the series finale, all six principle cast members of the NBC hit sitcom Friends have agreed to star in four one hour specials. Wait, that's like eight regular episodes... I rule at math.

Writers are already blasting out the scripts and we can expect them to air sometime in 2007. So we've got a bit of a wait but in the meantime we can also continue to salivate at this: the potential for another Friends spin-off. This time, Perry, Schwimmer... and yes, LeBlanc would star in a new sitcom tentatively titled It's a Guy Thing. Executives have hinted at it, but nothing is set in stone. Can't say that I blame them though. With the nose dive NBC took this season, I'd be milking the Friends teat for all it's worth too. Granted, this could all be bogus because you never know with a story like this but fingers are crossed so take it for what it's worth.

[Thanks so much to Dave for bringing this to our attention.]

UPDATE (1/23): Consider this rumor dead as most of us wisely assumed from the get go. Access Hollywood had this to say earlier today, with a direct quote from Jeff Zucker (CEO of NBC Universal's TV Group) squashing the rumors.

Also, many thanks to TV Squad's own Ryan j Budke who spent numerous hours on the phone this morning with NBC's Media Relations Department, who had this to say: "There are currently no plans to have any follow-up to Friends other than Joey, which is still a major part of our comedy line-up and we whole-heartedly support. The rumors started this weekend are just that; rumors. We wish the rest of the cast of Friends continued success in their careers, and would welcome them back at any time, but there are currently no plans for them to appear in their Friends roles."

So there ya go folks. Sorry if we got your hopes up.

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Previously on TV Squad

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 22nd 2006 5:34PM
In case you've missed it -- perhaps you were busy calling your bookie to put a dime on Miss Oklahoma  --  here are some highlights from the last week at TV Squad:

Miss America 2006

TV Squad gets obsessive about Lost
American Idol kicks off
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