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Gone Too Soon: Max Headroom

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 19th 2009 2:04PM
Max Headroom
The name "Max Headroom" comes from the last thing TV reporter Edison Carter saw before he was knocked out and hacker extraordinaire Bryce Lynch dumped his memories into a computer: a sign reading "Max. Headroom: 2.3 meters" as a warning for low clearance. The program came alive and an '80s icon was born. Most people today remember Max Headroom for his pervasive commercial association with New Coke.

Yet it was in the Max Headroom series that he was truly groundbreaking. The show was developed from a UK telefilm: Max Headroom: 20 Minutes Into the Future. And that film was only created to give back-story to a talking head they wanted to use in a music video show.

Unfortunately, the popularity of this show and the character lasted about as long as New Coke. And for those of you who have no idea what New Coke is ... exactly!

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Lorne Michaels goes easy on Jenny Slate for SNL f-bomb

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 28th 2009 11:10AM
For those who missed it (or weren't on the east coast) on Saturday night, new SNLer Jenny Slate managed to do something in her first-ever sketch that hadn't been accomplished on the show in 28 years: she let loose with an f-bomb.

In the sketch, Slate and Kristin Wiig play biker chicks, and instead of saying "friggin'" or "freakin'" or any of the other substitutes they were supposed to use, Slate actually uttered the words "and I fuckin' love you for that." See the video below. The look on her face after she just realizes what she did is even more priceless than the f-bomb itself:

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Why isn't Jan Hooks famous?

by Eliot Glazer, posted May 9th 2009 12:50PM
Radner. Louis-Dreyfus. Poehler. Fey. Shannon.

jan hooks snlSuffice it to say, the number of women who became famous on Saturday Night Live before graduating to solo success is few and far between. Sure, Gilda Radner can be considered a pioneer in the art of sketch comedy. And Julia Louis-Dreyfus undoubtedly honed her comedic skills before becoming a sitcom icon on Seinfeld. And, yes, Tina Fey can easily be considered a heroine to comedy nerds everywhere who have witnessed her climb from Weekend Update anchor to Mean Girls scribe to single-handedly decimating the vice presidential chances of one certain gun-wieldin', six-pack-totin' Alaskan governor.

But, sadly, the number of men who left Studio 8 for the superstardom of Planet Hollywood (not the theme restaurant) easily outnumbers the ladies. For every Amy Poehler, there's a Will Ferrell. And a Bill Murray. And a Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy and Adam Sandler (although, to be fair, there's also a David Gary Kroeger, A. Whitney Brown, and Charles Rocket for every Melanie Hutsell, too). (And for the record, no, you shouldn't recognize those names.)

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Short-Lived Shows: The Home Court

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 30th 2006 3:20PM
Pamela ReedYes, I am one of the 36 people that remembers this show. Some people might think it was just your typical sitcom. Actually, I think it probably was a typical sitcom, in a way. It wasn't always laugh out loud funny, but it had a good cast and some good one-liners and was always entertaining. Unfortunately, it only last for one season (20 episodes), and I'm not even sure if it was ever repeated anywhere, though maybe it showed up on USA or another cable outlet?

Pamela Reed starred as a judge who dealt with problems at home (single mom of 4 kids, including Breckin Meyer) and at work (dealing with court cases and coworkers, including Charles Rocket, who sadly committed suicide last October, as Judge Fitzpatrick). There was nothing earth-shattering about this show, which is probably why it only last one season (though it was every bit as good as King of Queens of Yes, Dear -- better, actually).

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