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October 13, 2015


Wendy Williams Hosts Halloween Fashion Show for the Dogs (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Oct 25th 2011 6:30PM
'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated on Fox) hosted a unique best-in-fashion show Tuesday, just in time for Halloween. In a segment that paired costumed dog-owners with their pets, the first look down the runway was the 'Sue Sylvester,' a bright red track suit accessorized with a blonde wig and bullhorn, rocked by both a human 'Glee' fan and her little Yorkie.

Next up was 'Wonder Woman,' and while the woman was a ringer for Lynda Cater, her Chinese Crested wasn't co-operating. The tiny dog didn't seem to mind the cape, but as it shook its head, the golden tiara slid over its eyes.

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Talking 'Terriers' with Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 20th 2010 5:30PM
When a show isn't doing well in the ratings, it's not unusual for the actors involved to tout their programs on Twitter or do interviews to drum up interest.

Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James have taken advocacy for their series to a whole new level. The actors are crisscrossing the country in a tour bus, going to county fairs, football games and college campuses to draw attention to their terrific but ratings-challenged FX drama, 'Terriers' (10PM ET Wednesday, FX).

I'd say they were dogged in their advocacy for the show, but I have a feeling that would be the wrong choice of words.

"We hurt ourselves by having a bad title. The title alienates a lot of people we've run into on the tour, and they've expressed it frankly, which is cool," Logue said in an interview that he and Raymond-James gave before a Chicago-area appearance on Tuesday. "In our dangerous moments, in our emotionally poignant moments, it's not different from [FX's biggest hit,] 'Sons of Anarchy.' ['Terriers'] is operating in similar emotional quicksand."

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Pet Psychic Encounters goes to the dogs

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 21st 2010 8:30AM
You too can have a Pet Psychic Encounter with Corky.I saw a stand-up comic a few years back that noticed the weakness in the whole "pet psychic" premise. Whenever the animal clairvoyant -- someone who is supposedly able to read pets' minds -- enters a home to "sense the thoughts" of a house pet, they always ask the same question first:

"What's your pet's name?"

What? Couldn't Fido or Mr. Fluffy-Kins give you a psychic business card?

With the prime time arrival of Pet Psychic Encounters on Saturday nights over at Animal Planet, we have yet another show that exists comfortably in the realm of the unprovable. You can't disprove that series host Sonya Fitzpatrick is a pet psychic because an Alsatian is very unlikely to hop up and scream, "No, I did not say I prefer dry food to leftover meatloaf! I object, sir!" You can't prove a negative. The same rule holds up for the endless march of ghost shows on "reality" TV.

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Here's a new version of the Jersey Shore punch (starring doggies!)

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 29th 2009 1:26PM
This might be the stupidest thing you see on the web all day, but it also happens to be one of the cutest. It's a recreation of the now infamous scene from Jersey Shore (cut by MTV but seen everywhere anyway) of Snooki being punched in the face in the bar. Only this time it's done by dogs!

On a related note, has a bartender in NJ created a "Jersey Shore Punch" yet?

[via Best Week Ever]

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Is this the best commercial of 2009?

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 6th 2009 4:02PM
travelers_insurance_umbrellaSo, I was doing an informal survey of television commercials last night and it seemed like every other commercial featured or included a dog! There was a begging dog in a Ragu ad, a giant poodle driving a car in a Bud Light spot, a dog fetching anytime minutes... lots and lots of pooches.

I admit that I'm a dog lover, so I'm probably more inclined to go for this type of ad. And it does accomplish its goal; I am aware that it's a commercial for Travelers Insurance and I remember the red umbrella. I'm sure that it's been true for years and years, but dogs do help sell products.

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Greatest American Dog gets great numbers (in dog ratings)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 11th 2008 5:28PM

Greatest American DogAt least CBS is having a little fun with their new summer reality competition.

The network sent out a press release saying that the premiere of Greatest American Dog got the highest prime-time audience among dogs since an episode of Lassie in 1974. They also say that the show won its time slot against Ugly Betty "in dog-patrolled households, canine viewers, upscale purebreds, Heinz 57 (mutt) adults, and the advertiser-coveted 1.79-7 year-olds."

The press release goes on to say that the show did better than the network thought, especially since the test audience of dogs in Las Vegas didn't show numbers this high. The number should go higher later today when "factoring in dogs who know how to use their paws to program their DVRs."

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Teams announced for Greatest American Dog

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 9th 2008 8:04PM
Greatest American Dog This July CBS will be airing Greatest American Dog, a new reality competition show hosted by zoologist Jarod Miller. Twelve owner / dog teams will come from across the country to live together and participate in challenges that test the owner's ability to train his/her dog. Each week the judges, who include Wendy Diamond, Allan Reznick, and Victoria Sitwell, will eliminate one team. The last team will go home with the title and $250,000.

Greatest American Dog starts July 10th at 8 p.m. on CBS. Get to know the twelve teams after the jump.

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Whoopi debuts on The View, defends Michael Vick

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 4th 2007 6:38PM

The ViewSo, let's pretend that you've been given the hosting job on The View (yeah, a longshot, but the way they go through hosts over there you never know). What would you talk about on your very first day?

Whoopi Goldberg decided to defend Michael Vick for his dogfighting. And what logic did she use to defend him? "There are certain things that are indicative to certain parts of our country [the South]...this is part of his cultural upbringing." (I wonder what other activities were part of the South, Whoopi?)

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Explorer: Science of Dogs - an early look

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 5th 2007 8:02AM

science of dogsAs mentioned before, National Geographic Channel's Explorer kicks off its new season on August 8. I saw a preview of the August 15 episode, "Science of Dogs," and it's quite interesting.

We all know that dogs are a result of selective breeding, but I had never given thought much about what that means exactly. These are animals we have selectively bred over centuries to suit our needs: for hunting, companionship, protection, and myriad other possibilities. This type of breeding can be good, but it also has consequences, with one in four dogs stricken with some kind of genetic problem or defect. Since dogs often have the same diseases as humans, doctors can study the dog's genetic makeup in order to better understand and cure the same diseases in humans.

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DockDogs coming to Outdoor Channel - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 23rd 2007 5:21PM

dogDockDogs is not a sequel to Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, but rather a new seven-part series on the Outdoor Channel focusing on a competition in which dogs jump off of docks. There's dock-diving, which is scored based on distance, and the extreme vertical, which is scored based on how high the dogs jump.

I've seen plenty of dogs take to water willingly, but have never heard of it as an actual competition. I decided to search for footage on YouTube and came across a short clip from the Ducks Unlimited Great Outdoors Festival in Oshkosh, WI. What I've gathered is that there's this dock . . . and dogs jump off it. Seems pretty straight forward.

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Dog Whisperer visits Ghost Whisperer

by Julia Ward, posted Mar 9th 2007 12:35PM
Cesar Millan Dog WhispererDog Whisperer meet Ghost Whisperer. Ghost Whisperer meet Dog Whisperer. In what is either a new low or absurdly funny high in stunt casting, Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan will be guest-starring as himself on an upcoming episode of Ghost Whisperer. It looks like Homer the Ghost Dog is having problems "crossing into the light" so Melinda (Jennifer Love Hewitt) and Delia (Camryn Manheim) seek Cesar's post-mortem doggy advice.

Cesar is, of course, the star of his own Dog Whisperer vehicle on the National Geographic Channel. You may remember him in his animated incarnation from South Park when Cartman's mom turned to him for parenting advice. Cesar's aggressive, alpha dog methods have their detractors, but the story of his journey to the United States and daily routine today are something else. Malcolm Gladwell's New Yorker piece on Cesar if worth a look regardless of what you think of his methods. Then again, isn't anything by Malcolm Gladwell worth a look?

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How I Met Your Mother: Stuff

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 19th 2007 10:10PM
How I Met Your Mother(S02E16) You know, I always wondered how Robin Scherbatsky, a highly attractive and seemingly well-adjusted single woman in the city, managed to collect five dogs. As a single guy, when I discover that a single woman has more than three pets, I tend to "head for ze hills," as the saying goes. Why? Because it shows me that, while the woman is caring and nurturing, she's a bit too caring and nurturing. Does the phrase "substitute children" mean anything to you?

But now we know why Robin has all those dogs, and it makes perfect sense to me. Let's face facts, people: Robin is every guy's fantasy girlfriend, and if I were dating her, I'd probably want to give her a dog, too, and I don't even have any pets.

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Behind the scenes at Puppy Bowl

by Julia Ward, posted Feb 7th 2007 10:03AM
Puppy Bowl IIIThere are so many jobs I'd love to have. I'd love to ghostwrite Melanie Griffith's blog "In 2 Me C." I'd love to join Jackie Chan's stunt team, but mostly, I'd love to produce Puppy Bowl. Sadly, the job has already been taken by Discovery Productions' Molly Hermann. For those of you who turn a blind eye to Super Bowl counter programming, the Puppy Bowl is the annual Animal Planet alternative to the blockbuster sporting event.

Puppy Bowl is the furry equivalent of those Yule Log or Aquarium DVDs that you pop in your player to create party time ambiance. It's like watching a traffic camera trained on one corner for three hours. Puppies come. Puppies go. Puppies drink water from a see-through bowl with a "water cam" attached to its underside. This year, Puppy Bowl included a Puppy Tailgate party and a Kitty Halftime Show to spice things up, but mostly, it really is just puppies running around in front of a handful of still cameras for three hours. It's the most adorable Warhol film ever.

Washington Post readers were lucky enough to chat with Hermann online prior to Puppy Bowl airtime. She provided some behind-the-scenes details to the annual pooch extravaganza. Among the shocking revelations:

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Short-Lived Shows: Foofur

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 22nd 2006 3:01PM

foofurThe creation of Foofur, a Saturday morning cartoon that ran on NBC for two seasons starting in 1986, is typically credited to Freddy Monnickendam, the man who helped bring The Smurfs to American television and who later created The Snorks. However, Don Markstein of Toonopedia writes that the cartoon is more precisely attributed to Phil Mendez, who created Kissyfur one year earlier. Whoever created it, Foofur was a staple of my Saturday mornings, and I was glad to find a few episodes on YouTube.

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Nicollette Sheridan won't eat dog food

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 20th 2006 9:00AM

Nicollete SheridanNicollete might be desperate, but she's not that desperate.*

The ABC star was at a dog event the other day called "Dine With Your Dog Day," was supposed to eat dog food at the event, because Eight Is Enough's Dick Van Patten (his company sponsors the event) wanted to show people that "how delicious pet chow can be." Actress Linda Blair was there too and she didn't want to eat it either. Melissa Gilbert and Ross The Intern from Leno's show were there and actually sampled the doggie dinner. James Farentino was there too; no word on whether he ate any dog food or not.

(*And, yes, I know that technically Sheridan isn't one of the housewives, but I can't let a joke go by like that, can I?)

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