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ABC picks up pilot from Kids in the Hall alum

by Julia Ward, posted Jan 25th 2007 12:12PM
Kids in the HallThe career trajectories of the former Kids in the Hall have been fascinating to behold. Dave Foley went from a starring turn in News Radio to a funny, but strange co-hosting gig on Celebrity Poker Showdown. Mark McKinney appeared briefly on SNL and now sits around the writer's room of Studio 60 hoping Aaron Sorkin will throw him a bone and actually let him write something. Kevin McDonald turns up in bit parts everywhere and keeps a steady gig as the voice of Lilo and Stitch's alien life form Pleakley. Scott Thompson visits Conan every once in awhile, but my favorite Bruce McCulloch's post-Kids appearances have been few and far between. McCulloch served a brief stint as a SNL writer and wrote and directed the forgettable film Dog Park.

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Michael Ian Black now an editor at Cracked

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 1st 2006 10:40AM

Cracked magThe former Ed and Stella star is an editor-at-large at the new relaunced Cracked mag, which is going for the hearts and minds of twentysomething guys and not the kids. Mediabistro talked to Black about Stella, how he got the Cracked gig, and what the status is on a State movie (hint: it has something to do with iTunes).

They don't ask him about his appearances on Celebrity Poker Showdown though, which is too bad, since he's been one of the better players on the show. But I guess there's really not much you can ask about that. "So, you're a good poker player, eh?" or "Boy, such-and-such is really a moron, aren't they?"

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And I Quote: the best one-liners of the week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 23rd 2006 2:55PM
  • David Letterman"I'm not trying to be sexist, but women do laundry better than men!" - Tom, about losing the challenge and having to wash the team clothing, on Hell's Kitchen.
  • "A child born in Africa today has a 1 in 3 chance of being adopted by Angelina Jolie." - David Letterman, reading a list of facts.
  • "Everybody lies on their resume, OK? I wasn't one of the Zoom kids either." Joey, about why he lied about having a dance background, on Friends.
  • "You think that's a comeback, what about Patrick Dempsey?" - Dave Foley, after Phil Hellmuth mentioned a player at the World Series of Poker who came back to win after having only one chip left, on Celebrity Poker Showdown.
  • "What exactly did she need the pianist for?" - Jon Stewart, after showing a clip of Connie Chung on top of the piano, which the pianist wasn't playing, on The Daily Show.
  • "Ask about our rips in the space-time continuum and our jacuzzi suites." - voiceover on The Soup, about the movie The Lake House
  • "Reuben says he knew someone was using his credit card when his statement showed he had bought something called 'a salad?' - David Spade, on Reuben Studderd winning a lawsuit against someone who used his credit card, on The Showbiz Show.

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What's on tonight: Commander-In-Chief, Game Show Marathon, Ghost Hunters, and poker poker poker

by Bob Sassone, posted May 31st 2006 4:40PM
  • Celebrity Poker ShowdownAt 8, ABC has a repeat George Lopez, followed by a new Freddie, a repeat Lost, and a new (yes, new!) episode of Commander-in-Chief.
  • CBS has the new summer show Game Show Marathon, hosted by Ricki Lake and featuring celebs playing The Price Is Right and other game shows. It's followed by repeats of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 8, followed by repeats of Deal Or No Deal and Law and Order. Ugh. Repeats of Deal Or No Deal already?
  • Over on FOX, a repeat Bones at 8, followed by a new So You Think You Can Dance.
  • The WB has a new Blue Collar TV, a repeat ep, then a repeat One Tree Hill.
  • UPN has the movie My Baby's Daddy at 8.
  • At 9, the Travel Channel has a new World Poker Tour.
  • More Poker: Celebrity Poker Showdown returns to Bravo at 9, with new co-host Phil Hellmuth and players Bryan Cranston, Kevin Sorbo, Jason Alexander, Susie Essman, and Jamie Bamber.
  • The Sci-Fi Channel has a new Ghost Hunters at 9.
  • Also at 9: Court TV has a new Forensic Files.
  • At 10, Fox Movie Channel has Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor in Silver Streak.

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Celebs sign on to next installment of Poker Showdown

by Anna Johns, posted May 2nd 2006 10:04AM
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showdown logoThis year, Bravo is holding Celebrity Poker Showdown in New Orleans and all the actors will play for Hurricane Katrina-related charities. Much to the frustration of poker fans, Phil Helmuth is taking the place of Phil Gordon.

Here's a list of notable actors (the full list is here):
  • May 31: Jorge Garcia (Lost), Michael Ian Black (Stella), Andrea Martin (SCTV);
  • June 7: Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle), Jason Alexander, Susie Essman, Kevin Sorbo;
  • June 14: Fred Savage, Jennifer Tilly, Brett Butler, Doug E. Doug;
  • June 21: Jenna Fischer (The Office), Rocco Dispirito, Mario Cantone;
  • June 28: Christopher Meloni; Joy Behar, Andy Dick, Macy Gray

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Andy Dick walks into a bar....

by Adam Finley, posted May 1st 2006 1:02PM
andy dickPolysexual comedian Andy Dick has, in his own manic way, become the Andy Kaufman of the new century. It's not always evident where his act ends and reality begins, and he's been known to drive his fellow actors insane by never making it exactly clear where that line is. I mention this because the gay blog Queerty has some gossip about the insane funnyman, and I'm not quite sure if it was a result of Andy just having some fun, or actually, well, living up to his last name. Apparently, Andy stopped by a gay bar while in New Orleans shooting an episode of Celebrity Poker Showdown (well, after shooting the episode, they didn't film it in a gay bar). Anyway, according to rumor, Andy ordered a drink and then walked away, claiming he didn't have to pay for it because he was a celebrity. After a heated exchange, Dick paid for his drinks, and then groped a female patron. I'd like to think it was just Andy being Andy, trying to get a rise out of the bartender while intending to pay for the drinks all along. Not paying for your drinks, especially in a city trying to get back on its feet after the Katrina disaster, seems like, in more ways than one, a dick move.

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Things I Hate About TV: Bravo's non-stop plugs of other shows

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 26th 2006 3:16PM
Top ChefHave you ever noticed that Bravo plugs their shows during commercial breaks at an almost unheard of pace? I'll be sitting there watching Celebrity Poker Showdown or a movie or whatever, and there will be 7 or 8 commercials for The Real Housewives of Orange County in one hour. God, I hate that.

Or the worst thing: you're watching Top Chef, perhaps the repeat from the night before or the week before, and during the episode they'll be a preview of the next episode, and that gives away who does/doesn't go home in the episode that you're actually watching! Grrrrrrrrrrrrr.

They should change their slogan to "Bravo. Watch What Happens Before You Want To Know."

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NBC shows coming to Comcast On Demand

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 30th 2006 6:36PM
nbc; comcast; video on demandNBC is adding a dozen shows to Comcasts's On Demand service, starting in May. That means you can buy the show for $.99 after it airs, in case you missed it. Unfortunately, it's not for everybody. In fact, it's not for many of us. The deal is only valid in markets (aka 'cities') where your local NBC affiliate is actually owned and operated by NBC. For instance, here in Portland, our NBC affiliate is owned and operated by BELO Corp., so no luck here. Eh. TiVo is better, anyway.

The shows hitting VOD are:

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    Celebrity Poker Showdown hits the road

    by Anna Johns, posted Mar 23rd 2006 9:06AM
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dave foley; phil hellmuthFor its next season, Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown gets a new co-host and a new location. In support of the people affected by Hurricane Katrina, the poker contest will film at Harrah's Casino in New Orleans. The building was damaged in the hurricane and just reopened in February. All the celebrities involved with be playing for Hurricane Katrina-related charities. Also, Phil Gordon is out. His replacement is poker champ Phil Hellmuth. Don't worry, Dave Foley is still the other co-host. No word yet on which celebs will participate, but I'd love it if they invite Bonnie Hunt back. She was hilarious.

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