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Bubble Trouble: Why 'Pan Am,' 'Parks and Rec' and 12 Other Shows Could Go 'Pop!'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 28th 2011 11:00AM
Bubble Shows 2011For producers of underperforming television shows, this is the scariest time of the year -- and it's got nothing to do with Halloween specials. By now, the glow of premiere season has long since worn off, and shows we couldn't wait to see just a few short months ago are in serious danger of getting the hook.

Truth be told, the majority of broadcast shows are floating precariously atop the cancellation bubble. A world without 'Fringe'? An NBC Thursday night without 'Community'? Folks, it could happen.

Take NBC: the struggling network is aggressively developing new shows, desperate for a hit. Can old standbys like 'Parks and Recreation' survive when big dogs Sarah Silverman and Dane Cook are all developing new shows at the Peacock network?

A few notches away on the dial, CBS's 'CSI' franchise is starting to fizzle and the network has its eye on new comedies. With three different 'CSI' shows, it's safe to say one will probably go.

Who will survive this season? Only time will tell, but any of these shows could be goners by May.

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Dane Cook Says He Never Stole Jokes From Louis C.K. on 'Louie' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 5th 2011 6:56AM
Dane Cook, 'Louie'Say what you will about the controversy, but it was pretty bold of Dane Cook and Louis C.K. to address it directly and to each other within the context of 'Louie' (Thu., 10:30PM ET on FX). The meeting was necessitated by Louis' desire to score Lady Gaga tickets, and Cook being with the same agency as her.

C.K. goes to ask for this favor, so he can maybe make his daughter happy for her birthday, and Cook confronts the controversy directly.

"Everything I read about me was about how I stole jokes from you, which I didn't," Cook said.

"I kind of think you did," C.K. responded. When Cook asked why he would risk his reputation to do that, C.K. said, "Because they were funny jokes."

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Dane Cook Brought the Laughs to Fort Hood on 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 21st 2011 2:44AM
Dane Cook, 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' Fort HoodOn Nov. 5, 2009, a deadly shooting spree devastated the lives of 43 people directly, and countless others in Texas and around the country. Thirteen people died when a lone gunmen opened fire at the country's most populous military installation.

The team at 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (Sun., 8PM ET on ABC) dedicated an episode to helping one of the survivors of that attack: Staff Sgt. Patrick Ziegler.

But it wasn't just Ty Pennington and the 'Extreme Makeover' crew that headed to Fort Hood. They brought along comedian Dane Cook to bring some laughs to the service personnel.

"My dad was a military guy," Cook said. "And just instilled in me at a very early age that giving back to your country was paramount to anything else."

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Gwyneth Paltrow to Return to 'Glee,' Two More Join 'Alcatraz' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 13th 2010 11:30AM
Gwyneth PaltrowOscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow is returning to 'Glee' for another singalong this season.

The 'Country Strong' actress confirmed the news to 'Access Hollywood.' Paltrow first appeared on the hit Fox series in November as substitute teacher Holly Holiday. She sang a few numbers with the cast, including Cee Lo Green's 'Forget You.'

'Glee' will be back in February with new episodes following the Super Bowl. CBS News anchor Katie Couric will guest star.

No word on when Paltrow's character will return, though May sweeps is a good guess.

In other casting news ...

Dane Cook will appear on 'Hawaii Five-0.' The comedian has been tapped to play Danno's (Scott Caan) brother. He'll appear in February. [Entertainment Weekly]

Anthony Michael Hall is heading to ABC's 'No Ordinary Family.' The '80s film star will appear in February as a "force to be reckoned with." [TV Guide]

'ER' veteran Parminder Nagra has joined the cast of Fox's 'Alcatraz.' Nagra will play Lucy, a lab technician. The J.J. Abrams project has also added Robert Forster as Ray Archer, a retired detective who now owns a cop hangout bar. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Dane Cook Jokes About Signing Fans' Breasts and Balls (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Nov 24th 2010 9:55AM
Dane Cook Talks About Fans on 'Chelsea Lately'Dane Cook appreciates his fans: The stand-up comic does a lot of meet-and-greets after his shows. But that can lead to some bizarre introductions, he shared on 'Chelsea Lately' (weeknights, 11PM ET on E!).

A woman once asked if he'd sign her breast. He happily complied. That same night, a guy approached him and inquired, "'Hey, will you sign this?' and he pulled his balls out," said Cook.

Chelsea Handler
insisted on clarity. "Well, you said 'sign this.' But did he mean 'sign these'?" Cook replied, "No, he just had one in his hand ... I think one was nervous and went up inside. But the other one was very comfortable and happy to meet me," Cook joked.

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Dane Cook Goes Shirtless, Flashes His 'Taylor Swift Tattoo' at ... Taylor Swift (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 23rd 2010 4:01AM
Dane Cook Goes Shirtless, Flashes His 'Taylor Swift Tattoo' at ... Taylor Swift After appearing on 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC), singer Taylor Swift may no longer be so 'Innocent.' Though she might be a little 'Haunted' after gazing upon comedian Dane Cook's naked chest. ( ... Are these Taylor Swift song references working for you, by the way?)

While talking to Jay Leno, the comic revealed the depths of his love for the singer -- the utter, utter depths. "I'm a huge fan," Dane gushed. He then called Taylor "America's Sweetheart." How flattering! Let's stop right there, shall we? But it was not to be. "Here we go!" Cook added, suddenly pulling his sweater off. Uh-oh.

Dane tossed the sweater away, revealing a perfectly hairless chest -- emblazoned with a huge tattoo of the singer's face, with "TAYLOR" written underneath in an "airbrushed T-shirt-style" script. Next, Cook picked up an acoustic guitar -- and started to play. "Taylor Swift ... " he sang, then paused for a long time. Wait. What rhymes with "Swift?"

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Dane Cook Channels Michael Bolton (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Sep 29th 2010 4:20AM
Dane Cook Channels Michael Bolton on 'Jimmy Kimmel'Dane Cook was "downtrodden" when he visited 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12:05AM ET on ABC). "It's this whole Michael Bolton thing -- getting eliminated from 'Dancing with the Stars,'" he said.

To prove the degree of his fandom, the actor/comedian pulled out a Bolton-esque wig. "I bought this at an auction. I paid $17,000 for this," he joked. "This is his '80s hair, and I have it. I own it now." Kimmel said, "It looks great on ya."

Cook then grabbed a mic. The lights dimmed, the ceiling disco ball began to spin, and he launched into 'How Am I Supposed to Live Without You.' Bolton would be proud.

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Comedy Central's holiday weekend Stand-Up Blowout

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 3rd 2009 9:32AM
Katt WilliamsSince programming anything new is probably a waste on a holiday weekend, Comedy Central is programming roughly 4,000 previously aired stand-up specials (okay, just 40, but that's a lot) from some of the biggest names on its rosters, including Dane Cook, Jeff Dunham, Katt Williams, Louis C.K., Lewis Black, Brian Regan, Demetri Martin, Ron White, Lisa Lampanelli, and Jim Gaffigan. They'll also sprinkle in some of their Comedy Central Presents half-hour showcases. It's called the Stand-Up Blowout Weekend.

The first special is at 3 PM - Aisha Tyler is Lit: Live at the Fillmore and end, officially, with Drew Hastings: Irked and Miffed at 3 AM Monday morning. Sunday at 10PM is the network premiere of Dave Attell: Captain Miserable, which originally aired on HBO on December 8, 2007.

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Dane Cook steps forward

by Nick Zaino, posted May 18th 2009 7:32PM
Dane CookThis is the Dane Cook quandary. Around his second album, Retaliation, he became so popular that the inevitable backlash began. He was touring huge arenas. Retaliation was a three-disc package that should have been a two-disc package. Some people mentioned that, and the die-hard Dane fans, flashing Cook's Su-Fi sign, wouldn't tolerate it on his chat boards. Just about everyone weighed in, from magazines to fans to other comics. And it got to the point where you couldn't defend Cook without being an apologist, and you couldn't criticize him without being a "hater."

That's the environment that Cook is working in now, the water he had to tread thinking about his new special, last night's ISolated INcident. And there were already conflicting ideas surrounding the hype for the show. There were the constant commercials hyping how unbelievable the show is, setting an unfair standard from the very beginning. We were told this would be unlike anything we have seen from Cook, an innovative, groundbreaking special.

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Reaper: Greg Schmeg

by Paul Goebel, posted May 7th 2008 7:41AM

Not your typical backseat driver(S01E16) "Trust, honesty, integrity...I don't like those words, not one little bit. - Jerry

I found it funny that Sam and Andi were comparing scary demons when they got attacked, because for my money, very few things are scarier than an chainsaw wielding dude in a mask. It's like Leatherface, Michael Myers and Casey Jones all rolled up together.

I really wish we could see more of Gladys. I find her to be really funny. I think it would be great if she had one small scene in every episode ala Carlton Your Doorman. Just the idea that the DMV is where demons do the work of the devil still makes me laugh.

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Last Comic Standing: Season Finale

by Jay Black, posted Sep 20th 2007 12:25AM
Free at last, Free at last, thank God Almighty, free at last!(S05E15) When I used to teach high school English, one of my biggest pet peeves was reading a paper from a student who was obviously stretching two pages of ideas into the required four pages of the assignment. I actually preferred it when students came up short in page count instead of insulting my intelligence with superfluous words, plodding pacing, and ridiculous font and margin tweaks.

Watching the two hour -- that's right two hour -- finale of Last Comic Standing, I couldn't help but be reminded of my teaching days. Tonight's finale was like an essay written using Comic Sans 16 point font...

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 27th 2007 6:29PM
  • Outer Limits DVDBeyond Belief - Season 1
  • Dane Cook - The Lost Pilots
  • Danger Mouse - Complete Series
  • Dark Shadows - The Beginning
  • Flight 29 Down - Vol. 2
  • Friday Night Lights - Season 1
  • Heroes - Season 1
  • I Shouldn't Be Alive - Season 1
  • Masters of Horror - Season 1 Limited Edition Set
  • Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide - Field Trip Edition
  • The Odd Couple - Season 2
  • The Outer Limits - Season 1, Vol. 2 (original series)
  • Samuari Jack - Season 4

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Talk Talk: Kevin Spacey, Dane Cook, Silversun Pickups

by Bob Sassone, posted May 25th 2007 5:59PM
  • Dennis MillerCharlie Rose: Al Gore
  • The Late Show With David Letterman: Kevin Spacey and Alexis Bledel
  • Jay Leno: Dennis Miller and Dwight Yoakam
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: David Spade, John Ratzenberger, and Kaiser Chiefs (repeat)
  • Tavis Smiley: Jonathan Demme, Chick Corea, and Bela Fleck
  • Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Dane Cook and Apolo Ohno
  • The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Bob Saget, Jade, and Guy Torry
  • Last Call With Carson Daly: Silversun Pickups and Hi-Fidelity

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Dave Chappelle does a six-hour stand-up routine

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 18th 2007 12:40PM
chappelleDave Chappelle is back on the stage after his departure from Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show in 2005. On Sunday night, he took the stage at Los Angeles' Laugh Factory for six hours and seven minutes! Not much is known about what he said or did, but the owner of the joint says the audience was howling with laughter the entire time.

Earlier this month, unfunny "comedian" Dane Cook set the Laugh Factory record for endurance at three hours, 50 minutes. The previous record was held by Richard Pryor, who was on stage for two hours, 41 minutes back in 1980. Does anyone else think Chappelle was trying to stick it to Cook for busting Pryor's record? I sure as hell hope so.

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David Steinberg is a busy guy

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 12th 2007 3:56PM

David SteinbergVeteran comic/director/writer David Steinberg has a lot of stuff going on.

The second season of his TV Land talk show, Sit Down Comedy, began a couple of weeks ago with an interview with Jerry Seinfeld. This Wednesday, Steinberg sits down with Daily Show host Jon Stewart. The show airs at 10pm. The following weeks, Steinberg will interview Garry Shandling and then Ray Romano.

But that's not all: Steinberg also has a book coming out in June, The Book of David. And he's a busy guy in his life as a director too. He's directing his seventh season at Curb Your Enthusiasm, episodes of Campus Ladies, and a pilot for Dane Cook.

There might be a lot of people who aren't familiar with Steinberg since a lot of his work has been behind the camera for a while, but he has quite a resume.

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