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Meghan McCain: Sarah Palin Brought Drama and Panic to 2008 Campaign (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 31st 2010 3:07PM
Meghan McCain was on 'Good Morning America' (Weekdays, 7 AM ET on ABC) Tuesday to promote her new book "Dirty Sexy Politics," and she had some interesting things to say about Sarah Palin.

McCain confirmed to George Stephanopoulos that she believed Palin -- who she had avoided talking about since the election -- ended up hurting her dad's presidential campaign, although added "we did not lose because of her."

"I'm speaking out now because I do have conflicting feelings about (Palin)," Meghan explained. "She brought so much momentum and enthusiasm to the campaign. You saw the crowds double and you saw a lot more women coming to the rallies."

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Danny Trejo Gets First Lead Role and Makes Out With Jessica Alba (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Aug 31st 2010 1:45PM
Danny Trejo is no stranger to Hollywood. The veteran character actor has appeared in nearly 200 films, but Robert Rodriguez's upcoming film 'Machete' is his first lead role, and one that finally allowed him to take advantage of a leading man's perk -- making out with a beautiful co-star, he said on 'Attack of the Show' (weeknights, 7PM ET on G4).

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Awkward Emmy Moments: Kyra Sedgwick's Handoff, Al Pacino's Speech and More (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 30th 2010 12:00AM
Emmy Awards
While there were no terrible gaffes at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards -- and the ceremony didn't run overtime like some other award shows (ahem, Oscars) -- there were plenty of unplanned, nail-bitingly awkward moments during the ceremony.

Come on, it's live TV. You didn't think it would go off without a single hitch, did you?

Here's a roundup of the night's most cringeworthy moments.

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Jimmy Fallon's Emmy Opening Number Celebrates 'Glee' With Star-Studded Rendition of 'Born to Run' (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 29th 2010 9:10PM
Emmy Award opening numberEver wanted to see 'Mad Men' star Jon Hamm back his thang up into TV legend Betty White? Well, you can thank Jimmy Fallon for making it happen in the 'Glee'-themed skit, song, and dance served as the Emmys' opening number.

Hamm, White and a myriad of other TV stars joined Fallon and the 'Glee' cast as they performed an all-star rendition of Bruce Springsteen's 'Born to Run' to raise money for Emmy tickets.

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Hail to the Cabbies: 9 Awesome TV Taxi Drivers

by Ryan McKee, posted Aug 27th 2010 3:04PM

This week, a boozed-up bigot slashed Muslim cab driver Ahmed Sharif in New York City. TV Squad despises hate crimes of any kind, but especially those that happen in our backyard against our taxi-driving friends.

We love cab drivers. How else could we make it across Manhattan with minutes to spare so we're home in time to watch some primetime television? In honor of Sharif's bravery -- and cab drivers everywhere -- here are our nine favorite TV cabbies. We would happily be frightened by their wild driving anytime.

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Four Reasons Why 'Top Chef' Is Becoming Predictable

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 27th 2010 11:00AM
The judges table on 'Top Chef' - 'Making Concessions'If the rumblings of 'Top Chef' fans are to be believed, the group that has been cooking their way through Washington, D.C. this season is the worst collection of chef'testants that the show has ever gathered.

I'm not sure about that. While this group isn't as good as last season's stellar bunch -- who will forget the Voltaggio brothers' showdown in the finale? -- I don't see them as being appreciably worse than some of the previous sets of contestants, certainly not the fumbling casts the show had in its early seasons.

The low opinion of this year's cast is likely due to viewers' high expectations, and those high expectations are being fed by the show's utter predictability.

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Matt Groening Mocks the Fox Network on 'Futurama' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 27th 2010 5:10AM
Matt Groening Mocks the Fox Network on 'Futurama'The creator of 'The Simpsons' guest-starred on the new 'Futurama' (Thu., 10PM ET on Comedy Central). Matt Groening is the artist who came up with the Simpson family. He also happens to have created a little series called, um ... 'Futurama.' Matt has had some bumpy times with the Fox Network -- and tonight, he mocked and satirized his employers.

During the episode, the 'Futurama' cast appears at "Comic-Con 3010." Groening is also in attendance, to premiere a new show called "Futurella." But before the opening credits can even finish, Matt's show is instantly canceled by 20th Century Fox. "Wow," Groening says. "Fox has really streamlined the process."

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Preacher to Burn Korans on 9/11, No Matter Who Tells Him Not To (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 26th 2010 9:30PM
Terry Jones, the Evangelical pastor from Florida who has garnered attention for himself and his church by declaring September 11 "International Burn the Koran Day" was interviewed, via Skype, on 'Hardball With Chris Matthews' (weekdays, 5PM ET on MSNBC).

Matthews tried his best to impress upon Jones what a horrible idea publicly burning the Koran is, but to no avail. Then Matthews attempted to get Jones to name a public official he respected. After much prodding, Jones mentioned George W. Bush.

"If George W. Bush, the former president, were to call you up ... and said, I think this is going to cause trouble in the Arab and Islamic world ... would you not do it?" Matthews wondered.

"That would not change our plans, no," Jones responded.

And why does Jones think burning Korans on September 11 is necessary?

"We want to send a very clear message to Muslims that if they are in America, they are free here to worship, but they must honor and respect our constitution," he explained.

So obviously, logic isn't Jones' strong point. But there is no denying the man has a very strong mustache.

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'Star Trek: The Next Generation' Casting Memo: Reggie Jackson as Geordi La Forge and More Goofiness

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 26th 2010 7:00PM
The first season cast of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation'This memo has been floating around the web for a few years, but it was brought to the surface again today by the websites The Daily What and Letters of Note, and I thought it would be a fun item to give you at the end of a slow pre-Emmys, pre-fall-premiere week.

After the jump is an internal Paramount casting memo for 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' that was sent to the studio's television head in the spring of 1987, a few months before the series was set to debut. The memo lists actors who were being considered for each of the show's major roles with some notes as to how the auditions were going so far.

Looking at the memo, the "what might have been" possibilities are tantalizing... and at the same time, shows how easy it can be to ruin a show with misguided casting.

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Jets Rookie Brian Jackson Gets a Harsh Hazing on 'Hard Knocks' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Aug 26th 2010 3:30PM
Yikes! Based on this clip from 'Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the New York Jets' (Wed, 10PM ET on HBO), rookie Brian Jackson certainly needed an attitude adjustment, but this seems a bit like torture.

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Emmy Picks: Best Comedy Series

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 26th 2010 2:02PM
The nominees for Best Comedy at the 2010 Emmys
With the Emmy awards just days away, I'm continuing to pick who I think should and who I think will win the major awards.

Earlier today, I discussed the Best Drama Series category. We'll close out the picks with a look at the Best Comedy category.

Nominees:
'30 Rock'
'Curb Your Enthusiasm'
'Glee'
'Modern Family'
'Nurse Jackie'
'The Office'

Who will win: This is where the Academy will pay tribute to the 'Glee' mania that gripped the country in 2009-10. It's hard to say whether the show actually deserves the award, since it was so maddeningly inconsistent in it's inaugural season. But when the show was at its best, it gave audiences rousing moments of comedy and drama, and of song and dance, that sparked a new interest in school music programs and put musical theatre in a spotlight it hasn't been in for at least three decades. For its cultural impact alone, it'll likely get the award.

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Will Forte Leaving 'Saturday Night Live'

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 26th 2010 1:00PM
Will ForteHis 'MacGruber' movie might've been a box office bomb, but at least Will Forte is leaving 'Saturday Night Live' with a bang.

The eight-year 'SNL' vet is not returning to the show in the fall, The New York Times reports.

According to two anonymous insiders (or, as the NY Times called them, "two people with direct knowledge of the show's planning but who were not allowed to speak on the record"), the comedian has parted ways amicably with the show, which will begin its 36th season in the fall. Forte is reportedly looking to pursue other projects.

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EXCLUSIVE: Katee Sackhoff Returning to 'Big Bang Theory'!

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 26th 2010 9:00AM
Katee SackhoffMy new AOL TV column doesn't officially debut until Sept. 1 -- and debut it will, with a title and picture and everything. But when the nerd Batphone rings, you can be sure Mo Ryan will answer it, whether or not the Photoshop wizards have finished working on my column photo.

I found out that 'The Big Bang Theory' is breaking out the big guns for its impending move to Thursdays, and I just had to get this exclusive news out there now: Katee Sackhoff is guest starring on the CBS comedy again this fall.

The actress, who played Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on 'Battlestar Galactica' and Dana Walsh on '24,' won't be in the season premiere of 'Big Bang' (Thurs., Sept. 23, 8PM ET on CBS), but keep reading for scoop on that one, too.

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Jerry Springer Doesn't Like His Show and Thinks He's Going to Hell (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 26th 2010 4:39AM
Jerry Springer Doesn't Like His Show and Thinks He's Going to Hell"Trash TV" host Jerry Springer appeared on 'Chelsea Lately' (weeknights, 11PM ET on E!). While speaking with Chelsea Handler, he discussed the 20th anniversary of 'The Jerry Springer Show.' However, Jerry seems to have mixed feelings about his own program, at best.

"Congratulations on twenty years," Chelsea said to him. "That's a really long time."

But this was Jerry's response: "I'm going to Hell." Yes, Jerry Springer is not actually a big fan of the 'The Jerry Springer Show.' "There's no excuse for it, but yeah; it stays on the air," he said.

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Jonathan Capehart Aces Dylan Ratigan's DEA-Inspired Ebonics Test (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 25th 2010 10:30PM
Washington Post editorial writer Jonathan Capehart was on 'The Dylan Ratigan Show' (weekdays, 4PM ET on MSNBC) to discuss a story about how the DEA is seeking to employ Ebonics translators to help them interpret wire taps between drug dealers who speak in the vernacular.

Although Capehart isn't fluent in Ebonics, he told Ratigan the circumstances under which he does use Ebonics -- when he's with close friends, when he's among family or when he's had too much to drink. Then he agreed to take an Ebonics test

Capehart generally performed well on the test ... although he was improbably tripped up by the correct definition of "bling-bling."

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