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What to Watch: TV Picks for November 21 - 27

by Stephanie Earp, posted Nov 21st 2011 10:03AM
An Idiot Abroad - Friday November 25, 10PM ET, Discovery

If you've missed the latest collaboration between Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, this is the perfect chance to get on board. Ricky (recently confirmed to return to host the Golden Globes) and Stephen send their sad sack friend Karl Pilkington out to see the world and make fun of him mercilessly as he whines and complains his way around some of the most incredible locales on our planet.

It sounds mean, and it is. But you'll only feel sorry for poor Karl -- who'd be happier at home in his flat with a cup of tea -- for a few minutes. then you'll be laughing too hard to care. This week, Karl takes the legendary Trans-Siberian Express train into China. Fans may remember Karl's feelings about the Great Wall from last season. He was, shall we say, unimpressed.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for November 21-27

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 20th 2011 2:30PM
HIMYMMONDAY, NOVEMBER 21

'How I Met Your Mother' (8PM ET, CBS)

Ted and Barney make a very bromantic decision together, while Robin tries to convince Marshall and Lily that moving to the suburbs is a terrible idea. We've already seen the episode, and it's one that fans absolutely shouldn't miss.

'You Deserve It' (9PM ET, ABC) series premiere
A six-episode unscripted series in which contestants aren't out to win money for themselves, but are playing for someone else -- someone they feel deserves it. Starting with a $10,000 round and going up to a $250,000 round, contestants purchase a series of clues to help them solve the puzzles and win money for their chosen recipient. The beneficiary, who is in another location under constant hidden-camera surveillance throughout the show, gets the surprise of a lifetime when family, friends, Brooke Burns and a camera crew burst in with life-changing news.

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'A Charlie Brown Christmas': Celebrating 45 Years of the Classic Holiday Special

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 7th 2010 6:30PM
A Charlie Brown Christmas
'A Charlie Brown Christmas' is one of the TV specials we most associate with and look forward to at Christmas every year, and this week marks the 45th anniversary of the premiere. It was on Dec. 9, 1965, to be exact, that the Peanuts gang made its cartoon debut, in a special that almost didn't make it to air.

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What's On Tonight: 'Charlie Brown,' 'Mythbusters,' 'In Plain Sight'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 31st 2010 12:03PM
The Middle
Here's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern).


  • At 8, ABC has a new 'It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown,' followed by new episodes of 'The Middle,' 'Modern Family,' 'Cougar Town,' and 'Ugly Betty.'
  • FOX has a new 'Human Target' at 8, then a new 'American Idol.'
  • The CW has new episodes of 'America's Next Top Model,' 'Fly Girls,' and 'High Society.'
  • PBS has a new 'Tavis Smiley Reports' at 8, followed by a new 'American Masters.'
  • At 9, Syfy has a new 'Ghost Hunters,' then a new 'Destination Truth.'
  • Discovery has a new 'Mythbusters' at 9, then a new 'Is It Possible?'
  • Travel Channel has 'Man vs. Food Breakfast Special' at 9.
  • Fine Living has a new 'Whatever, Martha' at 9.
  • At 9:30, BBC America has a new episode of 'The Inbetweeners.'
  • At 10, NBC has a new 'Law & Order: SVU.'
  • USA has the season premiere of 'In Plain Sight' at 10.
  • TBS has two new episodes of 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne' at 10.
  • A&E has a new 'Dog The Bounty Hunter' at 10.
  • Comedy Central has a new 'South Park' at 10, followed by a new 'Ugly Americans.'
  • Bravo has a new 'Shear Genius' at 10.
  • The season finale of 'The Real World' airs on MTV at 10.
  • TV Land has a new 'First Love, Second Chance' at 10.
  • Also at 10: Food Network has a new 'Dinner: Impossible.'

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 25th 2010 6:00PM
You're A Good Man, Charlie BrownHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

I guess this is a good week to find out what type of TV fan you are. Are you going to be Callan or are you going to buy Bridget's Sexiest Beaches?

The only thing I might buy is the remastered edition of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. I can't remember the last time I saw it, but I've been on a Peanuts kick lately. Though it's a lot of singing and dancing (it's based on the classic Broadway musical) and I'm not sure if I can handle that.

  • Bridget's Sexiest Beaches - Season 1
  • Callan - Set 2
  • Dirty Jobs - Collection 5
  • Inspector Lewis - Complete Collection, Series 1 & 2

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What's On Tonight: Charlie Brown, Inside The NFL, Real World

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 30th 2009 12:12PM
Eastwick
  • Travel Channel has a Man vs. Food marathon all night.
  • At 8, ABC has Happy New Year, Charlie Brown.
  • ESPN has the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl at 8, Arizona vs. Nebraska.
  • At 9, PBS has a new P.O.V.
  • Discovery has two new episodes of Everest: Beyond the Limit at 9.
  • History Channel has two new episodes of Jobsite at 9.
  • Also at 9: Showtime has a new Inside The NFL.
  • At 9:30, A&E has a new Dog The Bounty Hunter, followed by a new Steven Seagal: Lawman.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Eastwick.
  • TBS has two new episodes of Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns at 10.
  • MTV has the season premiere of The Real World at 10.
  • TLC has a new episode of The Imploders at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: The Sing-Off, Find My Family, Monday Night Football

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 21st 2009 12:07PM
  • The CloserTBS has a Family Guy marathon all night.
  • At 8, ABC has I Want A Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown, followed by a new Find My Family.
  • NBC has the two-hour season finale of The Sing-Off at 8, then a new Jay Leno Show.
  • At 8:30, Food Network has a holiday episode of Good Eats, then a holiday episode of Unwrapped.
  • ESPN has Monday Night Football at 8:30, the Giants vs. the Redskins.
  • At 9, TNT has the season finale of The Closer, followed by a new Men of a Certain Age.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • At 9:30, History Channel has three new episodes of Pawn Stars.
  • At 10, A&E has a new Hoarders.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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World goes nuts because the President preempts A Charlie Brown Christmas

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 3rd 2009 1:02PM
A Charlie Brown ChristmasIt's official: President Barack Obama has officially ruined Christmas.

Pundits and TV viewers from up and down the dial are calling out President Obama for airing his big speech on the troop surge in Afghanistan and preempting ABC's airing of the classic Christmas cartoon A Charlie Brown Christmas. If this causes a move for impeachment, I may never awake from my laughter coma.

Not only was the story the top headline on yesterday morning's Drudge Report, but the pundits really jumped in to turn the President into their own personal Scrooge.

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What's On Tonight: Charlie Brown, 30 For 30, Parking Wars, Chopped

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 27th 2009 12:14PM
  • Sons of AnarchyAt 8, ABC has It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, followed by new episodes of Dancing with the Stars and The Forgotten.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour The Biggest Loser at 8, then a new The Jay Leno Show.
  • FOX has a new, two-hour So You Think You Can Dance.
  • ESPN has a new 30 For 30 at 8, followed by two new episodes of The World Series of Poker.
  • TCM has Poltergeist at 8.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Frontline.
  • Discovery has a new Dirty Jobs at 9, then a new Ghost Lab.
  • There's a new episode of The Universe on History Channel at 9.
  • At 10, FX has a new Sons of Anarchy.
  • Food Network has a new Chopped at 10.
  • Bravo has a new Flipping Out at 10.
  • A&E has two new episodes of Parking Wars at 10.
  • Syfy has a new ECW at 10.
  • Spike has the Spike 2009 Awards at 10.
  • Travel Channel has a new Bizarre World at 10.
  • HBO has a new Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel at 10.
  • Also at 10: MTV has a new episode of The Hills, followed by a new episode of The City.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Hank to be replaced by Charlie Brown

by Brad Trechak, posted Oct 17th 2009 1:31PM
HankIn what must be a major slap in the face to Kelsey Grammer and the creators behind Hank, ABC is pre-empting the show on October 28th with the Halloween classic It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Wait, it gets worse. It's pre-empting the show with a repeat of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown from the night before. Granted, the previous night will be the expanded, hour-long version, but still...

Admittedly, opinions of Hank haven't exactly been stellar. Quite the opposite, in fact. While the show has not actually been canceled, it does not seem long for this world. Its only consolation is that it lasted longer than The Beautiful Life.

Kelsey Grammer will never be able to get away from Frasier Crane, much like Carroll O'Connor was never able to get away from Archie Bunker. It's a shame since Grammer is a better actor than that.

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Jane After Dark: Peanuts 1970's Collection, Vol. 1

by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 11th 2009 10:02AM
Peanuts 1970's Collection, Vol. 1Like most people in the known universe, I grew up with Charlie Brown. In addition to watching all the TV specials, my family amassed a fairly large collection of the paperback Peanuts books and even a few nice hardcovers. Family friendly graphic novels, you might call them.

So I was pretty excited to learn that Warner Home Video was releasing a lot of the TV specials, both individually and in collections. On Oct. 20, the Peanuts 1970's Collection, Vol. 1 will hit store and cyber shelves in a 2-disc set. A nice publicist sent me an advance copy, so I'm happy to devote this week's Jane After Dark to this lovely set.

I'm always harping on all the sex and violence on TV right now -- often in shows that bill themselves as family friendly -- so it's really nice to have something you can watch with your kids that you know won't contain anything offensive or off-color. Not only that, the stories usually have a moral lesson, but they don't whack you over the head with it. It's more subtle, wrapped up in the humor and innocence of the stories and characters.

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Five small-screen teachers for whom we'd totally do our homework - VIDEOS

by Eliot Glazer, posted Mar 3rd 2009 11:02AM
hangin with mr. cooper mark curry abc tgifSome say the most important job in the world is that of a teacher. And, really, we've all been placed under the tutelage of someone who was literally paid to provide education. But yet, so often, kids find themselves inspired by - and often in worship of - these individuals, young and old alike, who can play an integral role in shaping one's childhood and, some might argue, the rest of their lives.

Of course, that isn't always the case. Teachers can also be awful monsters whom we never forget for their ability to patronize, degrade, or humiliate us, often leaving one wondering if the man or woman in question took the job merely to torture students. This, naturally, can lead a kid to fantasize about how cool it would be to fall under the instruction of one of the following actors who, despite likely not possessing any type of teaching certification in real life, would probably be a blast to spend 40-or-so minutes on a daily basis.

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What's On Tonight: Cops, Spike Feresten, Code Geass

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 14th 2009 4:06PM
  • Alec BaldwinAt 8, ABC has Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown.
  • FOX has a new Cops at 8.
  • HGTV has a new Divine Design at 8, followed by new episodes of Design on a Dime and Color Splash.
  • At 9, FOX has a new America's Most Wanted.
  • Hallmark has the movie Before You Say I Do at 9.
  • Also at 9: CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show.
  • At 10, Food Network has a Valentine's Unwrapped.
  • At 11, FOX has a new Talk Show with Spike Feresten, with Seth MacFarlane and Andy Richter.
  • At 11:30, NBC has a new Saturday Night Live, with Alec Baldwin and The Jonas Brothers.
  • At 1am, Cartoon Network has a new Bleach, then a new Code Geass.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Charlie Brown, Fringe, Leverage, Real Housewives

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 10th 2009 4:03PM
  • NCISAt 8, ABC has Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, followed by two new episodes of Scrubs and True Beauty.
  • CBS has a new NCIS at 8, then new episodes of The Mentalist and Without A Trace.
  • FOX has new episodes of American Idol and Fringe.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour of The Biggest Loser at 8, followed by a new Dateline.
  • The CW has a new 90210 at 8, then a new Privileged.
  • At 9, Food Network has a new Food Detectives.
  • Sci-Fi has a new ECW at 9.
  • At 10, TNT has a new Leverage.
  • FX has a new Nip/Tuck at 10.
  • There's a new Chopped on Food Network at 10.
  • Travel Channel has a new Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern at 10.
  • Also at 10: Bravo has a new Real Housewives of Orange County.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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TV 101: The true meaning of TV Christmas specials (OR: You're a mean one, Mr. Black)

by Jay Black, posted Dec 24th 2008 12:03PM
See, a public domain alternative to the real thing is just as good... right?If there's one universal among TV Christmas specials it's this: they all seem to want to tell you what the "true" meaning of Christmas is. There are so many specials trying to explain the true meaning of Christmas, it actually makes you wonder if the power of TV to influence has been exaggerated. I mean, you'd think after watching approximately eleventy-five billion hours of holiday programming, we'd have gotten the point already.

Perhaps the reason why America continues to view Christmas less as a time for spiritual reflection than as one for reindeer sweaters, crass consumerism, and suicide contemplation is because our Christmas specials aren't really sending the messages that they claim to be. Sure, on the surface we're told about "peace on earth and goodwill to men, blah blah blah", but there's a bubbling subtext in these specials if you only look hard enough.

I've decided to put my New Jersey state college English degree to good use and break down what Christmas specials are really saying...

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