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Review: Two and a Half Men - Give Me Your Thumbs

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 3rd 2009 1:05AM
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It's somewhat refreshing to know that Charlie Harper is not the soulless heathen I thought he was. It turns out that Charlie does have a very spiritual side, that he's aware of the good fortune that's been bestowed on him, and he's in touch with his emotions to the point that he can cry.

So what could make Charlie Harper cry? Find out after the jump.

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Royal Pains raps up its first season

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 21st 2009 2:30PM
I've found that the only time that I like rap music is when someone is doing a takeoff on rap music. This video is something the cast and crew of Royal Pains did to celebrate the season finale of the show (next Thursday - it's coming back for a second season). It's not very funny or even good musically, but they seem to be having a good time.

Now I'm just waiting for the Burn Notice country music video.

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Royal Pains: TB or not TB - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 26th 2009 10:27AM
In all of the massive Michael Jackson coverage, it was easy to forget that there was actually some new TV episodes on too. We had a new Burn Notice, and also a new episode of Royal Pains, the show that's actually a pleasant summer surprise. Here's the episode if you missed it. (Video also here.)

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CBS greenlights NY-LON, Mythological X and Can Openers

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 28th 2008 4:39PM
cbs logoShowbiz has gone green, and that's not just ecologically! Green is flashing all over Hollywood. CBS has given the greenlight to three more pilots, including a doctor drama, a psychic romance, and a British-based tale of international love.

NY-LON (no, not nylon the fabric!), refers to the New York-London connection via air. The story, which writers Patti Carr and Lara Runnels (who both worked on 'Til Death) are translating from the U.K. version, is about a British businessman who meets a New York City record store clerk while she's in London, and then their subsequent attempts to maintain a transatlantic romance. The series ran seven episodes in England, which is not atypical. Of course, for American TV, many more episodes than that will be necessary to constitute a hit.



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Leslie Nielsen is your guide to the "ologies"

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 1st 2007 6:03PM

leslie nielsenStarting July 14 at 8:00 and 8:30 p.m., Discovery Health will air a new program called Doctor*ology, a look at all the different "ologies" going on at your local hospital.

The series will be hosted by actor Leslie Nielsen, who will inject a bit of comedy into each episode along with his nephew, Robert. Based on the press releases, expect an educational program with plenty of goofy comedy to make it appealing.

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Independent Lens: Motherland Afghanistan - an early look

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 13th 2007 3:03PM

motherland afghanistanIndependent Lens doesn't shy away from featuring documentaries on difficult subjects, but out of all the ones I've seen so far, this one was the most heart-wrenching. Motherland Afghanistan follows an Afghan American doctor who returns to Afghanistan to work in a hospital to provide medical care and expertise for pregnant women who live in a land where infant mortality rates are high and medical supplies are always in short supply. Dr. Qudrat Mojadidi role at Afghanistan's largest hospital is not only to help patients, but to train the doctors and staff with the help of funding from the U.S. government.

Motherland Afghanistan focuses on a crisis in Afghanistan largely ignored here in the states, but it's worth seeing not only because it's educational, but because it shows there are still people willing to try and make things better despite the odds, and to help those in need not only through medical treatment, but through education as well.

Motherland Afghanistan, filmed and directed by Dr. Mojadidi's daughter Sedika, will air on select PBS stations tonight at 10 p.m.

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How House can help 3 lbs

by Anna Johns, posted Nov 15th 2006 10:36AM
houseCBS' new medical drama, 3 lbs, is looking for some ratings help from House. How is that possible since they're on different networks and are essentially the same show? It worked for ER. When ABC moved Grey's Anatomy to the 9 pm timeslot on Thursdays this fall, it unwittingly revived ER's ratings. Nielsen statistics show 32% of Grey's Anatomy viewers are switching over to NBC at 10 pm.

CBS is hoping for the same kind of success with 3 lbs, a drama about a rude-but-brilliant brain surgeon that is being called a rip-off of House (something that completely escaped me in my early review because I don't watch House). Even CBS admits 3 lbs is similar to House... but the network uses the word "compatible" to describe the similarities. CBS says it hopes The Unit provides a bunch of viewers, but it doesn't hurt that Fox's programming ends at ten, which is when 3 lbs begins.

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CNN seeks out the happiness cure

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 17th 2006 8:02PM
sanjay guptaOn November 19, Dr. Sanjay Gupta will host a new Dr. Sanjay Gupta Primetime Special titled "The Happiness Cure," which initially sounded to me like the show would be about trying to find a cure for happiness, and I think we all know the cure for happiness is watching an infinite video loop of a kitten scratching a baby. However, the special is actually about where happiness comes from and how different people try to obtain it. Different segments will look at genetics, drugs both legal and illegal, and the effects of happiness on health. Personally, I have my happiness smuggled here once a week from China. Over time I've built up a tolerance and now the only thing that affects me is pure, unbridled ecstasy, which I keep in a cigar box under my bed. Comedian Richard Lewis and motivational speaker Tony Robbins will also appear on the special. It airs on CNN November 19 at 10 pm.

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John Karr gives first interview to Keith Ablow

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 15th 2006 11:05AM
john karrJohn Karr, who confessed to the murder of JonBenet Ramsey but was released when DNA evidence proved he had no involvement, is set to appear on the Dr. Keith Ablow Show this Tuesday, October 17. Segments of the interview have been shown on Today, which began to feature Karr after Good Morning America decide not to interview him due to his odd behavior. Many are seeing this as a ratings stunt on the part of Ablow, whose syndicated show has been getting dismal ratings. Ablow insists it's a chance for people to be educated by seeing into Karr's mind, and that "we're on the side of angels." Apparently there are a lot of celestial beings with failing talk shows who dispense easy answers for complex problems, which is something I wasn't aware of. I'll have to check the Bible, I'm sure it's in there somewhere.

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Which television actors are date-worthy?

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 1st 2006 9:09AM
patrick dempseyHey, lookie here. It's yet another poll listing the hunkiest guys in Hollywood. This time, the schtick is who is date-able. Or, as Elaine would say, "Sponge-worthy". (Puh-lease. Don't even try to tell me you'd go on a date with one of these hunks just to talk) Lifetime Television is responsible for this poll, which lists former television doctor, George Clooney, and current television McDreamy doctor, Patrick Dempsey, as top choices for Preferred Celebrity Dates. The list of winners also includes fellow television doctors Noah Wyle (ER), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), and Matthew Fox (Lost).

Eh. The doctor thing doesn't really do it for me. What other categories could we choose to vote on most date-able actors? Bad boys? Nerds? Cops? Superheroes? What characteristic do you find sexy?

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Grey's Anatomy doctor on Sesame Street

by Adam Finley, posted May 16th 2006 9:02AM
tr knight on sesame streetDespite everyone saying it's one of the best shows on TV right now, I've never watched Grey's Anatomy. I suppose I should check it out at some point just to see what all the woo-wa is about, but until then I thought I'd mention that TR Knight, the actor who plays Dr. George O'Malley on the program, will be appearing on an episode of Seasame Street. He won't play a doctor, however, he'll play the letter I. More specifically, he'll play a Private I. Give Me My Remote has some pics from the scene with Knight using those keen detective skills you can only learn on Seasame Street.

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Doctor Who series two opener attracts eight million

by Martin Conaghan, posted Apr 17th 2006 6:23PM

Doctor WhoBBC News is reporting that the series two opener of Doctor Who, New Earth, starring David Tennant as the 10th Doctor, attracted over eight million viewers to BBC ONE in the U.K. on Easter Saturday.

The audience peaked at around 8.3 million viewers, not taking in to account those who had recorded the show to watch it later.

It was up against Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on ITV1, which netted around five million viewers in all.

9.4 million people tuned in to The Christmas Invasion towards the end of 2005, and 10 million tuned in to watch the opening episode of the season revival last year when Christopher Eccleston stepped into the Time Lord's Tardis for the first episode of the series in over 16 years.

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Scrubs: My Cabbage

by Chris Thilk, posted Feb 28th 2006 11:35PM
scrubs my cabbageWe pick up where we left off with the last episode. Elliot and Keith are still enjoying all the advantages of sex with no emotional strings attached. This is continuing to honk off J.D. since he doesn't like Keith, which has nothing at all to do with the fact that J.D. might still have feelings for Elliot and is jealous.

While that's going on, Kelso is upset because a bird has flown into the lobby of the hospital. When The Janitor acts like it's no big deal, Kelso explains that birds can be major carriers of infection, which, of course, is a bad thing in a hospital. The Janitor keeps the bird and bonds with it, teaching it to do his dirty work for him. The bird goes around stealing pens and causing other assorted mischief.

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Injured ABC journalists return to USA -- UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 1st 2006 8:56AM
World News Tonight anchorman Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt arrived in the United States last night and are being treated at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. ABC says it considered moving the men to a private hospital but decided against it since the military doctors have experience treating victims of bombings. The picture at the right is of soldiers loading Woodruff on transport that would take him to a C-17 military plane in Germany. You can see from all the medical instruments, his injuries are very serious. Woodruff's family reports that he was hit in the face and brain with shrapnel when the Iraqi military vehicle he and Vogt were riding in hit a roadside bomb just outside Baghdad, Iraq over the weekend. Vogt, on the other hand, is reportedly in much better condition. He was laughing and making jokes while at the hospital in Germany, whereas Woodruff could barely open his eyes.

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Hidden clue to Lost's timeline?

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 21st 2006 8:48AM

What does this mean? During last week's episode, Hunting Party, one of Jack's flashbacks shows him looking at an X-ray of his patient's back. The date on that X-ray: November 16, 2005. Huh??? The detail-oriented folks over at Lost-Media caught the date, which can only been seen if you have HDTV.

Was this an oversight on the part of the directors? It's entirely possible that the x-ray was made in November for a January airing. But, nothing ever seems accidental on Lost. We don't actually know when Lost happens and this X-ray suggests that it's in the future. How far into the future? Well, far enough for Jack to get himself quite a collection of tattoos.

Thoughts?

[Thanks to Scott F., who listens to my podcast!]

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