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Yes, I am afflicted with "TiVo guilt"

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 2nd 2008 5:07PM
TivoIt was only a matter of time. What was once the ultimate convenience for TV fans has now been labeled as an affliction. Brad Berens of iMedia, a company that analyzes the way advances in media impact people's lives, had identified the responsibility we feel when we TiVo or DVR a show or series and then don't get around to watching it in a timely fashion as "TiVo guilt."

I can't disagree. I don't know about you, but I'm always checking my DVR list to see what's stacked up that I still have to watch. It's not that I feel like I have to watch these shows -- after all I recorded them because I want to see them -- but there is a burden attached.

According to Berens, what I'm experiencing is called "opportunity costs," and my TiVo viewing has become -- believe it or not -- homework!

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Worst. Peanuts special. Ever. - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 20th 2008 6:10PM
SnoopyHere we are in the time of year of the holiday specials. And many of them are Peanuts specials. We've already seen It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and coming soon are A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (next Tuesday on ABC) and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Those are the good ones. What you're about to see if a bad one.

Whenever there is some hot, hip pop culture trend, you see everyone adopting it. That's why James Bond went into freakin' space in Moonraker. The damn success of Star Wars and other space films. It happened to Snoopy too, in It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown. Yup, Snoopy and Franklin and others donned sweats and break danced in this special from the 80s, as you can see in the video after the jump.

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What's On Tonight: Dancing, 90210, Mentalist, Lorne Michaels

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 28th 2008 4:04PM
  • It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie BrownAt 8, ABC has It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, followed by new episodes of Dancing with the Stars and Eli Stone.
  • CBS has a new NCIS at 8, then new episodes of The Mentalist and Without A Trace.
  • NBC has new episodes of The Biggest Loser and Law and Order: SVU.
  • FOX has a new House at 8.
  • The CW has a new 90210 at 8, followed by a new Privileged.
  • There's a new Lincoln Heights at 8, then the midseason finale of Greek.
  • TCM has Sunset Boulevard at 8.
  • At 9, Sci-Fi has a new ECW, followed by two new episodes of Scare Tactics.
  • ESPN has two new episodes of The World Series of Poker starting at 9.
  • Fine Living has a new Whatever, Martha at 9.
  • Discovery has a new Dirty Jobs at 9.
  • At 10, FX has a new episode of The Shield.
  • Bravo has a new Real Housewives of Atlanta at 10.
  • MTV has a new Paris Hilton: My New BFF at 10.
  • VH-1 has the series premiere of Coolio's Rules at 10.
  • At 11, TBS has a new Frank TV.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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Simpsons to spoof Mad Men, Peanuts on Halloween episode - VIDEOS

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 22nd 2008 7:09PM
The SimpsonsHasn't The Simpsons already spoofed It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on one of its many "Treehouse of Horror" episodes? You would think it would be a natural for them and it would have been done years ago.

The classic Peanuts show is one of the segments spoofed (it's called "It's The Great Pumpkin, Milhouse") on the annual Halloween episode of the show. The other segments include a Transformers spoof (the robots try to destroy Springfield, of course), and the segment I'm most looking forward to, a Mad Men takeoff. Seems that advertising agencies hire Homer to kill celebrities so they can make a bunch of money off of their likenesses. It's called "How To Get Ahead In Deadvertising." We'll see Homer falling off of a building a la Mad Men's opening credits.

As is often the case, the Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" episode will actually air after Halloween, on November 2. After the jump, a video retrospective of the show's Halloween episodes and a sneak peek at one of the scenes from the new one.

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Bill Melendez, animator and voice of Snoopy, dead at 91 - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 4th 2008 8:38AM
Bill MelendezWe have a TV Royalty category here at TV Squad, and if there's anyone who worked in television and deserved the honor it's Bill Melendez.

Melendez was an animator for Walt Disney Studios in the 1930 and 40s, working on such classic movies as Fantasia and Pinocchio and Mickey Mouse shorts, then went on to make tons of movies, cartoons and commercials (he worked on many Bugs Bunny shorts and other famous cartoons) for well-known companies such as United Productions of America (where he was an animator on Gerald McBoing McBoing) and Playhouse Pictures. He then met Charles Schulz in 1959 and went on to animate (and often direct and produce) most of the Peanuts TV specials, including A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Boy Named Charlie Brown, It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and many, many others. Many people don't know this but he was also the voice of both Snoopy and Woodstock (they didn't talk, of course, but he did all of the howls and other noises). He worked on TV versions of Cathy and Garfield too.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 1st 2008 6:02PM
QuarkHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

Wait a second: Honey West is out on DVD?! And it's not even one of those lame "Season 1, Volume 2" deals it's an actual complete series? I never thought this show would come out on DVD (Quark I thought might because of its cult status), but I find myself saying that less and less these days, and that's a good thing.

As for It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, that's not one of my favorite animated holiday specials, but I think I'll get it so I can say I have them all.

  • Arthur - Season 11
  • Big Bang Theory - Season 1
  • Charlie Brown - It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • Cheers - Season 10
  • Desperate Housewives - Season 4
  • Doctor Who - The Invisible Enemy with K9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend and The Invasion of Time
  • Eli Stone - Season 1
  • Faerie Tale Theatre - Complete Series
  • Ghost Hunters - Live
  • Ghost Whisperer - Season 3
  • Honey West - Complete Series
  • Life - Season 1
  • Little People, Big World - Season 2, Vol. 1
  • Living with Ed - Season 2
  • The Office - Season 4
  • Quark - Complete Series
  • Supernatural - Season 3

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Arrested Development: The Easter eggs

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jun 13th 2008 5:38PM
Arrested DevelopmentDo not adjust your web browser. You are now entering the Retro Squad, where we are reviewing past episodes of classic TV shows.

If you are a devoted Arrested Development fan like me, you probably watched all episodes at least five times each if not more. But have you noticed all the Easter eggs featured on the show? They take the shape of props in the background, allusions to other TV series or movies, expressions, etc. If not, you may be interested in the post below where I list some of the Easter eggs featured on the show and where to find them.

If you recently got addicted to this gem of a show, you may want to print this article out and spot the eggs the second time you watch the series. Because, let's face it, you'll want to watch it again! And again! Oh, and again!

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What's On Tonight: Election Coverage, iCarly, Mad TV

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 9th 2008 4:02PM
  • A Charlie Brown ValentineAt 7, CNN has Election Coverage of the Louisiana Primary.
  • At 8, FOX has the Budweiser Shootout auto race.
  • ABC has A Charlie Brown Valentine at 8.
  • TLC has two new episodes of Flip That House at 8, then a new Trading Spaces.
  • Also at 8: Nickelodeon has a new iCarly, followed by a new Naked Brothers Band.
  • At 9, CBS has a new 48 Hours Mystery.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • Lifetime has the new movie Making Mr. Right at 9.
  • Cartoon Network has two new episodes of Naruto at 9, then a new One Piece.
  • At 11, FOX has a new Mad TV, followed by a new Talk Show with Spike Feresten.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Coca-Cola: "Dueling Parade Balloons"

by Richard Keller, posted Feb 3rd 2008 10:09PM

Underdog and Stewie battle it out for a bottle of Coke

On a cool Thanksgiving morning old (Underdog) and new (Stewie from Family Guy) parade balloons battle it out for a inflatable bottle of Coca-Cola. As they cross the skyline of New York City fists fly and heads are butted. But, in the end, neither is the one who claims the prize. That honor goes to the honorable Charlie Brown, who seems to have finally won something in his life.

This was a cute and gentle commercial by Cola-Cola, which rarely disappoints when it comes to Super Bowl ads. I never realized that the Underdog and Stewie Thanksgiving Day balloons had such angry looks on their faces. That was an advantage in this commercial as we saw the two balloons battling it out. I enjoyed when Underdog slammed Stewie against the building. Nice job overall.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 14th 2008 6:06PM

The Rockford FilesHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • Alex Haley's Queen - Complete Miniseries
  • All Creatures Great and Small - The Complete Collection
  • Allo' Allo - Series 7
  • Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown - Remastered Deluxe Edition
  • Criss Angel Mindfreak - Season 3
  • Extras - Complete Series
  • Family Guy - Blue Harvest
  • The New Adventures of Old Christine - Season 1
  • The Rockford Files - Season 5
  • Sabrina, The Teenage Witch - Season 3

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Charles Schulz's family not thrilled with PBS doc - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 9th 2007 6:03PM

Charles SchulzI'll say right up front that I am a huge Charles Schulz fan. I think Peanuts is one of the most important things in the history of pop culture (not just comics, but in all of pop culture - film, literature, TV, music and art). It's the type of comic that's entertaining and fun for all of the obvious reasons but something that can also show you a little bit about how to live your life too. I mean, who doesn't like Snoopy or A Charlie Brown Christmas?

So I've been a little antsy about a new biography of Schulz that is coming out next week, Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography, by David Michaelis. It's a bio that supposedly gives a fuller picture of Schulz, including the sad, unhappy parts of his life. Now I see that I'm not the only one who is a little antsy about the book and a new American Masters that will profile Schulz too.

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Nielsen ratings for the week ending December 24

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 28th 2006 8:10AM
Penn Jillette1. NFL Post-Game Show (CBS)
2. Deal Or No Deal (NBC)
3. CSI (CBS)
4. Identity - Mon (NBC)
5. CSI: Miami (CBS)
6. CSI: NY (CBS)
7. NCIS (CBS)
8. 60 Minutes (CBS)
9. Two and a Half Men (CBS)
10. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (CBS)
11. Shark (CBS)
12. Criminal Minds (CBS)
13. House (FOX)
14. Identity - Thurs (FOX)
15. Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
16. Charlie Brown: I Want A Dog For Christmas (CBS)
17. Identity - Weds (NBC)
18. Dateline - Weds (NBC)
19. The Unit (CBS)
20. Law and Order: SVU (NBC)

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What's on tonight: 60 Minutes, Survivor, Dexter, Xmas Movies & Specials

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 17th 2006 5:06PM
  • Charlie Brown ChristmasAt 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, followed by the season finale of Survivor and the reunion show.
  • ABC has A Charlie Brown Christmas at 7, followed by The Santa Clause 2.
  • NBC has a new Football Night In America at 7, then the Chiefs vs. the Chargers.
  • Also at 7: Food Network has the Nigella Bites Christmas Special, followed by Emeril's Happy Happy Holidays.
  • At 7:30, The CW has a new Reba.
  • At 8, FOX has a new Simpsons, followed by new epsisodes of American Dad and Family Guy, then a repeat Family Guy.
  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas (the Jim Carrey version) airs on ABC Family at 8.
  • TBS is showing National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation all night.
  • At 9, Discovery has Holiday Mythbusters.
  • Hallmark has A Boyfriend For Christmas at 9.
  • At 10, Showtime has a new Dexter.

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ABC re-airing A Charlie Brown Christmas this month

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 4th 2006 7:01PM

charlie brown christmasJust like last year, ABC is airing A Charlie Brown Christmas twice this year. If you missed it when it aired late last month, you can catch it again on ABC on Sunday, December 17 at 7 pm. I recorded the special when it aired in November but haven't yet gotten around to watching it. When I do finally get time to sit and watch it, I'll do my usual ritual of dousing the lights, unplugging the phone and immersing myself in the special as I've done every year since I was a kid. I could purchase the DVD, but I have no interest in that. I like keeping this special tied to the holiday season, it's like a gift I get to unwrap and enjoy at the end of every year. I only wish ABC had also re-aired It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, since my local station moved it to 3 am so they could air some insipid midterm election debate.

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Charlie Brown's five worst cartoon moments

by Kevin Kelly, posted Nov 22nd 2006 8:31PM
It's a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Week! Charlie Brown, where have you been all these years? We've been missing you. We usually see you at the major holidays, like Christmas and Halloween, but to be honest those visits seem repetitive. What else have you been up to? Sure, you've taken some trips and had some valentines and such, but we've come to expect more Charlie Brown, and quite frankly, we need you these days. Please think about giving us Charlie Brown's Democratic Presidential Election, or something equally topical and timely.

10 Zen Monkeys has compiled a list of Charlie Brown's five worst cartoon moments. Check it out on their site which comes complete with YouTube embedded video and spot-on commentary. Continue onto see my thoughts about the list:

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