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Laura Ingraham Blames Obama's Workout Regimen for Misconceptions About His Faith (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 24th 2010 11:20AM
There may well be some not-completely-ridiculous reasons why twenty percent of the American public now incorrectly believes Barack Obama is a Muslim, a misconception that hasn't arisen with any previous U.S. president.

But instead of focusing on the fallout from Obama's exotic given name, or the fact that some members of his extended family practice the Muslim faith, Laura Ingraham, guest hosting 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weeknights, 8 PM ET on Fox News), blamed Obama's gym schedule for the public's confusion over his religion.

"Christmas Day of last year, the president doesn't go to church, doesn't go Christmas Eve either . . . he goes to the gym and works out," Ingraham insinuated. "Now for a president of the United States, that just seems a little odd."

Muslims: getting buff on Christian holidays since the year 610.

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Simon Cowell Bans Auto-Tune on 'X-Factor'

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 24th 2010 11:00AM
Simon CowellA producer on Simon Cowell's 'X-Factor' has admitted to using Auto-Tune, the pitch-correction software that has become a household name thanks to pop stars and most recently Antoine Dodson and Auto-Tune the News, to improve the sound of auditioning contestants. Well, it sounds like cheating to us.

In response, Cowell has banned the software from 'X-Factor' -- both on the British version and the upcoming American one.

"The integrity of the show is very important to him and so he told production that Auto-Tune cannot be used again. Simon has banned producers from ever using this software again," a source told the Daily Mirror.

Here's what happened on the British show: Contestant Gamu Nhengu sang "Walking on Sunshine" to rave reviews and made it on to the next round, but according to Deadline Hollywood, fans got suspicious and took to Facebook to complain.

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Letterman Wants Brian Williams to Never Visit Leno's Show (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Aug 24th 2010 4:25AM
Brian Williams Visits 'Late Show'There's one talk-show guest whom David Letterman wants all to himself: 'NBC Nightly News' anchor Brian Williams. He gets jealous when Williams visits other talk-show hosts, specifically his West Coast competitor. "I don't like it when you go on that show," the 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS) host said possessively. Williams countered: "That's funny, because [Jay Leno] doesn't like it when I come here."

"Does he give you a car every time you go out there?" Letterman asked, then mocked Leno's high-pitched delivery. No, but Williams has had a firsthand glimpse of Leno's famous garage. Hmm, Letterman can't compete with that. Williams wanted to leave "topic one" but Letterman persisted. So the newsman smartly turned the tables. "Why is Regis [Philbin] so obsessed with your life?" he asked. Letterman had a response to that.

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'The Colbert Report' Wins an Emmy and Stephen Takes All the Credit (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 24th 2010 3:36AM
'The Colbert Report' Wins an Emmy - Stephen Takes All the Credit"I DID IT!" That's the message that flashes on the screen during 'The Colbert Report' (weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central). And then -- as always happens when Stephen Colbert is celebrating anything on the show -- multi-colored balloons tumble to the ground. Yay! Something good has happened! But what is that good thing?

Well, the good news is that the 'Colbert Report' won the 2010 Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Variety Series. So basically, the writers on the show won. But since Stephen is Stephen, he decides to hog all the glory for himself.

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Jon Stewart: Why Won't Fox News Disclose That Ground Zero Mosque-Funder is News Corp Shareholder? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 24th 2010 2:37AM
Jon Stewart Links Fox News to the 'Ground Zero Mosque'Fox News has been fairly merciless in its criticism of the 'Ground Zero Mosque.' Commentators on the station consider the mosque to be dangerous and radical -- and they think that creating an Islamic center on the site is insensitive to the feelings of 9/11 survivors.

Correspondents on the network have also routinely been asking where the funding for the mosque is coming from. They have been implying that the money is coming from suspicious sources ... such as terrorists. But now, we learn that a man who has been funding the "Ground Zero Mosque" is the second largest shareholder of ... New Corp, Fox's parent company. Whoops. That's not good.

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The Emmy Awards Drinking Game

by Stephanie Earp, posted Aug 23rd 2010 10:05PM
So the Emmys are coming up on Sunday. I know, you're so excited you've probably already put a reservation sign on your couch and stocked up on microwave popcorn. (Um, that was sarcasm... It can be hard to get that across on the 'net sometimes.) The truth is, the Emmys are the most boring major awards show -- and that is saying something.

It shouldn't be this way. I like TV so much more than movies that there is no comparison, and unlike with the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes, I've usually seen pretty much everything that gets nominated for an award, so I should be more invested. (My regular readers know I definitely don't lack for an opinion.) But the Emmys are so repetitive it's hard to get excited. And of course, the repetition is a function of how television is different from film.

TV is built to last, and the Academy voters seem to reward shows for sticking around. Why not? Great writing, great acting and great stories year after year are what make long-running television great. Unfortunately, it also has the side effect of making the Emmys really boring.

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The Sitcom Completes Its Comeback This Fall

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 23rd 2010 3:33PM
Mike & MollyI've never been one of those people who felt that the half-hour sitcom, especially the multicamera format that is shot live in front of a studio audience, was dead. Sure, through most of the decade of the '00s, networks seemed to concentrate on developing dramas and single-camera comedies, and by the latter half of the decade, even the number of single-camera comedies had dwindled.

But, like most eras that saw a dearth of comedy development, I always felt that the format was just hibernating, waiting for a show to come along to shock it back into existence. In the '70s, it was 'All in the Family.' In the '80s, it was 'The Cosby Show.' In the '90s, it was 'Seinfeld' and 'Friends.'

In 2010, the sitcom has come all the way back from near-death to cultural and ratings prominence. And you have Chuck Lorre and 'The Big Bang Theory' to thank for that.

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'MythBusters' Beauty Kari Byron Talks New Series 'Head Rush'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 23rd 2010 3:30PM
Kari Byron, 'Head Rush'We know and love Kari Byron from 'MythBusters,' and now she's taking her enthusiasm and curiosity about all things science to a new after-school show aimed at middle school-aged kids.

'Head Rush' takes all the best bits of researching and testing hypotheses from 'MB' and walks its viewers through the process step by step. Encouraging kids to follow along at home or in the classroom, the show is conveniently commercial-free for totally uninterrupted experimentation.

I caught up with Kari to hear more about her new show, getting interactive with viewers, juggling both shows with having a new baby and her own unlikely path to TV science expert hall of fame.

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Emmy Picks: Best Lead Actor in a Drama

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 23rd 2010 1:02PM

With the Emmy awards less than a week away, I'm continuing to pick who I think should and who I think will win the major awards.

On Friday, I discussed the Best Lead Actress in a Drama category. Today we look at their male counterparts in the Best Lead Actor in a Drama category.

Kyle Chandler, 'Friday Night Lights'
Bryan Cranston, 'Breaking Bad'
Matthew Fox, 'Lost'
Michael C. Hall, 'Dexter'
Jon Hamm, 'Mad Men'
Hugh Laurie, 'House'

Who will win:
Wow. You could make a case for everyone in this category, given the strong episodes they each submitted. That being said, Bryan Cranston didn't give the Academy any reason to avoid giving him the award for the third year in a row. 'Breaking Bad' had an exceptionally strong season, and it says a lot that I don't even think Cranston was the best actor on his show this year -- Aaron Paul did that good of a job, but he's nominated in the supporting category -- but I still think he will take the prize.

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'Mad Men' Moment - Roger Sterling Can't Shake World War II (VIDEO)

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 23rd 2010 12:02PM
Roger insults the Honda execs on 'Mad Men' - 'The Chrysanthemum and the Sword'Roger Sterling is a guy who has a lot on his shoulders, not the least of which is the fact that he feels like he's becoming increasingly irrelevant to mostly everyone in his world. His daughter sees him as a wallet, his ex wife hates his philandering, and his current wife doesn't think much of him. Even Joan is looking at him with more pity than love these days.

But Roger feels the world pass him by the most in the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. And on last night's 'Mad Men' (Sundays at 10PM ET on AMC), evidence of that hit him square in the face: the rest of his partners taking a meeting with Honda, a meeting he wasn't invited to.

You can understand the reason why Roger wouldn't want to deal with a Japanese company; even though it was twenty years since he fought in the Pacific during World War II, those days -- and the horrors he saw -- are still fresh in Roger's mind. He still considers the Japanese to be vicious killers. And, when he found out about the meeting, he burst in and told them so in no uncertain terms.

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Conan O'Brien's Writers Unhappy About a Potential TBS Pay Cut

by Kim Potts, posted Aug 23rd 2010 10:00AM
Conan O'BrienTBS promos are happily touting the Nov. 8 arrival of Conan O'Brien to the network's late-night lineup, but, according to a story in the New York Post, not everyone in Conanland is happy about the new show.

Or, rather, the new pay. The Post reports that writers on the new TBS show are unhappy that their boss' move from network to cable TV will mean a pay cut. "This is no surprise," an insider told the Post. "One show was broadcast network; the other is basic cable. It's a different pay scale. It's not just writers; it's everybody."

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Cajun 'Swamp People' Catch 13-Ft. Alligator (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Aug 23rd 2010 8:00AM
Troy Landry Catches Massive Alligator on 'Swamp People'In Louisiana's Atchafalaya River Basin swamp, Troy Landry and his son Jacob finally catch the "big one" -- an alligator nearly 13 feet long.

"Go!!! We got 'im!" Troy screams. "This is the one ... Two years we been trying to catch this alligator," says Troy on the premiere of 'Swamp People' (Sun., 10PM ET on HIST).

The gator is so big, a crane has to move it into the storehouse. Troy enjoys showing off the 12-foot, 11-inch record-breaker, but later settles down for a quiet, home-cooked dinner of seafood (what else?) with his family -- his main priority. "Family comes first. There's nothing more important than family. Nothing."

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Whitney Cummings on Porn, Stripping, and Relationships (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 23rd 2010 4:37AM
Whitney Cummings on Porn, Stripping, and RelationshipsWhitney Cummings had her first one-hour special on TV the other night (Sat., 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central). This was kind of a big deal. Apparently, only about eight women ever have been given their own stand-up comedy hours on television. That's a little sexist, but hey -- Whitney took full advantage of her slot, and attempted to balance out the battle of the sexes.

On 'Whitney Cummings: Money Shot,' the comedienne discussed many important topics: including porn, stripping, and dating. Here are some of her observations:

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Ari Tries Being Nice and Fails Miserably on 'Entourage' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Aug 23rd 2010 4:30AM
Ari Gold Lashes Out on 'Entourage'Ari Gold just can't be nice; it isn't in his DNA. But he gives it a fleeting shot on 'Entourage' (Sun., 10:30PM ET on HBO).

"First staff meeting of the new softer, quieter, gentler regime," he says. "How's everyone feelin'? Why don't we start the day off with some hugs and kisses?"

Then Dana Gordon calls to request that Vince take a drug test to appease the film studio. Ari says that's "asinine" and begins another stream of angry expletives. He then slams the receiver down multiple times -- and looks up to find all his staffers have just witnessed (once again) the real Ari.

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'The Kids in the Hall' Return to TV (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 22nd 2010 11:46PM
'The Kids in the Hall' Return to TV'The Kids in the Hall' haven't appeared on network television since 1995. Which means that -- unless you're as old as this particular 'TV Squad' writer -- you might not even remember them. Yes, an entire generation has grown up without the 'Kids' uniquely bizarre brand of sketch-comedy. And that's sad!

But no need to fret: the 'Kids' are back. And what's more, the 'Kids' are all right! (Sorry, we were sort of contractually obligated to make that joke.)

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