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October 4, 2015


Six Shows That Don't Match the Cable Channels They're On

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 26th 2011 10:00AM
Pawn Stars on Lifetime?Over the last week, I've been talking about the concept of channel drift, when a channel strays away from its original reason for being.

In a way, almost every cable channel has drifted in format. HBO only showed uncut theatrical movies at one time; now they're more known for original series than they are for the uncut movies. One of the by-products of channel drift is that you can identify shows that make you scratch your head as to why they're on a particular network.

These could be shows that have held on for dear life as the channel it was on changed formats, or it could be a show that a channel wanted to test out in order to expand its audience. In a few cases, corporate synergy made for strange bedfellows, allowing channels to rerun shows from corporate cousins that don't seem to fit.

In all of these cases, their presence on their particular channels make a person scratch their heads. But in a lot of cases, they're not going anywhere.

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'30 Rock' - 'Anna Howard Shaw Day' Recap

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 12th 2010 12:50AM
'30 Rock' - 'Anna Howard Shaw Day'
(S04E13) "Valentine's Day is a sham created by greeting card companies to reinforce gender stereotypes." - Liz, to Pete's daughter

So here we have a Valentine's Day episode of '30 Rock,' where we find Liz without a date, Toofer set up on a date (with an ... urban woman), Frank doing his usual Frank stuff, and Lutz talking to the gang about his girlfriend, who no one believes is real. But he says that he has the proof on his web site.

And the web site is real! He insists that she, too, is real, though the pics show Karens Carpenter, Black, Allen, Walker, and whatever the last name of the girl from 'Frosty The Snowman' is.

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The Twelve Days of Festivus: Nine on-air breakdowns

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 15th 2009 11:00AM
Glenn BeckOn the ninth day of Festivus, TV gave to me... nine on-air breakdowns.

Director Alfred Hitchcock once said, "Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it."

Yes, having a camera stuck in your face for an hour or more a day must take a toll on your sanity. Your privacy is virtually limited. Your every move is scrutinized and criticized by faceless meanies. Your therapist is one session away from owning his own fishing trawler.

It's only a matter of time before the grasp of sanity is clipped away like a loose thread on a homemade snowman sweater and you turn into a blubbering, snotty, incoherent mess for all the world to enjoy. These are the personalities who lost it and may or may not have gained whatever "it" is back.

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Regis is plugging Millionaire everywhere - even CNBC

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 13th 2009 3:36PM
Regis Philbin played Millionaire on TV the other day, and not just on ABC. He actually showed up on a rival network, CNBC, and not only plugged the show but also played a stock-oriented version of the game called Who Wants To Be A Fast Millionaire.

[via TV Newser]

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CNBC host goes after bloggers

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 1st 2009 2:26PM
At the risk of becoming one of the people of the "blogosphere" that CNBC's Dennis Kneale doesn't like, he does seem a little irritating, doesn't he? He always seems to be yelling at viewers for some reason, or at the very least trying to convince you he's right, really really hard.

In the video below, he talks about how he thinks the economy is getting much better, and talks about various web sites that have called him out on it. (Takes a little while to get to that part but it's worth watching the first couple minutes of dry money talk.)

[via Gawker]

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Stewart and Colbert investigate Obama's fly-swatting

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 18th 2009 4:24PM
You've probably seen the video of President Obama killing a fly during an interview with CNBC (yes, PETA is mad). Last night both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report handled the incident in very different ways. First, Jon Stewart runs around with his shirt off, and after the jump, Stephen Colbert tries to interview the widow.

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Will Cramer have his revenge on Stewart?

by Danny Gallagher, posted May 15th 2009 2:02PM
Jim Cramer and Jon Stewart on The Daily ShowIf you thought the celebrity driven feud between The Daily Show's Jon Stewart and Mad Money host Jim Cramer was over, get ready to sigh a big breath of "Oh holy crap, here we go again."

That's if you completely believe the quote that the New York Post's Page Six gossip column picked out of an upcoming Time Magazine interview with the CNBC host without reading it in its proper context. So take it with a Lot's wife-sized grain of salt, and if you do automatically believe it, I've got an investment scheme that you might want to get in on.

The newspaper claims that Cramer is biding his time and that Stewart will "answer" for his vicious showdown on Stewart's show.

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Here's what you'll see on NBC (and CNBC, USA, Bravo, and Sci-Fi) tonight at 8

by Bob Sassone, posted May 12th 2009 3:22PM
NBC Universal has just turned five years old, and I didn't get them a present. What do you get a giant international media and entertainment company? Tonight at 8 they're running the ad below, and not just on NBC. You'll also see it on other NBC Universal properties, including MSNBC, CNBC, USA, Bravo, and The Sci-Fi Channel. And if you're not in front a TV and happen to be in Times Square, you'll see it there too.

[via TV Newser]

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Real Housewives ring opening bell, almost destroy Wall Street

by Bob Sassone, posted May 12th 2009 1:06PM
If you didn't see it, here's a video of The Real Housewives of New York City ringing the stock market opening bell yesterday morning. They also give their opinion on the economic crisis, because they have a reality show on Bravo.

[via Gawker]

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The Daily Show's first 100 days under Obama

by Danny Gallagher, posted May 6th 2009 12:03PM
Barack Obama and Jon Stewart on The Daily ShowWhen Jon Stewart announced before a studio full of deafening cheers and Stephen Colbert's deafening silence that Barack Obama would become the 44th President of the United States, the show seemed to be in an interesting pickle.

Could the show be just as funny as it had been under an administration that didn't blur the line between setups and punchlines? Could Stewart and friends find the funny in a president who inspires more love and fear in people than a teddy bear with a switchblade?

So let's grade The Daily Show's first 100 days under socialism President Obama report card.

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CNBC reporter has a massive hangover

by Bob Sassone, posted May 1st 2009 6:47PM
Question: what's better than talking to a financial reporter about the current economic/banking crisis? Answer: talking to a hungover financial reporter about the current economic/banking crisis! Charlie Gasparino, who seems to provide CNBC fans with a wacky moment at least once a month, was on the air this morning and told his coworkers (and America) that he had a "massive" hangover because he partied last night, downing had eight martinis.

[via TV Newser]

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CNBC goes down the toilet - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 10th 2009 5:02PM
CNBCAs if a lot of TV viewers didn't already have enough ammunition against CNBC, they accidentally provided more yesterday afternoon.

During coverage of a live interview with Larry Summers, the financial network has to cut away because of video and audio problems. Just as they went back to the studio and anchor Bill Griffeth, a notable toilet flush could be heard. It wasn't just something that TV viewers heard, Griffeth stopped in mid-sentence and looked off-camera to figure out just what the heck was going on. Looks like someone who works there and had a mic on forgot to shut it off when they went to the restroom. It's been a weird year or so for CNBC. First the arguments and the odd interviews, now this.

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Jeff Zucker fires back at Jon Stewart

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 19th 2009 9:03AM
The Daily Show With Jon StewartNBC head honcho Jeff Zucker is apparently getting himself involved in the war of the words between CNBC and Jon Stewart. He called Stewart's criticism of the network "absurd" and "unfair."

I hate to admit it, but I actually agree with Zucker to a point. CNBC's reputation did take a beating from this recession, and I wonder if they did hardball the executives like Stewart said they should, the companies could have cut off access and made reporting that much more difficult. I'm not saying CNBC was right in what they did. I'm simply saying that I somewhat understand why.

It's easy for someone like Stewart to call them out on this sort of thing. Being on a network called Comedy Central, most newscasters relegate him to the position of "cable clown." The Daily Show doesn't actually investigate news, unlike CNBC. It does something more akin to a half-hour opinion column based on the work of other news programs.

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Who got the horns in the battle of Stewart v. Cramer? - VIDEO

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 13th 2009 8:02AM
Jim CramerThe war of words that erupted between The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the CNBC network started with Stewart's righteous rant over CNBC's lackadaisical coverage of the crumbling markets and ended last night. Or did it?

It officially went to Defcon 3 when Mad Money host Jim Cramer, CNBC's biggest name (which I assume is a lot like being the biggest star on UPN), got caught in the crosshairs.

Thankfully, the news media has been there to cover this feud from the first "#*$& you" to the last "lighten up" that culminated last night when Cramer and Stewart sat down for a face-to-face face-off on The Daily Show. Thank you TV news! You're the gossipy older sister I never had.

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Will Stewart and Cramer get into a slap fight on Thursday? - VIDEO

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 11th 2009 10:48AM
Stewart and CramerAt least we know one thing about Jim Cramer: He may not have been able to predict the collapse of the Dow, but at least he has the cajones to face the comedian that's tearing him to pieces.

That's right, folks: Cramer will be appearing on The Daily Show on Thursday to defend himself in the war of funny he's gotten into with Jon Stewart and his writers. If you didn't see TDS last night, Stewart shot back at Cramer, who went on various NBC shows to defend himself against TDS' "turd mining," as Stewart called it. In this case, it was a compilation of clips that showed Cramer sticking with Bear Stearns shortly before its 2008 collapse. That, of course, was after Stewart and company ripped CNBC as a whole for missing the current crisis. Video of last night's segment, which was dubbed "Cramer vs. Not Cramer: Basic Cable Personality Clash Skirmish '09!"

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