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Changes for Nielsen ratings

by Brett Love, posted Jan 30th 2007 8:58AM
Drawn TogetherNielsen Media Research is making a change to their television ratings. In the past, children of a Nielsen family that were away at college were not factored into the numbers. After doing some research, sponsored by Turner, WB, CBS, MTV, Fox, and ESPN, those college kids will now count in the regular Nielsen ratings.

The NY Times article (possible login) points to America's Next Top Model, Family Guy, Ugly Betty, and [adult swim] as programming that should see a boost in their ratings. Disturbingly, it also mentions that in a test done last November the most popular show among college men was Drawn Together. The audience for the Comedy Central cartoon jumped from 272,000 to 435,000. What are they teaching our youth on these campuses?

This certainly isn't the final answer in the ratings question. There are still plenty of problems and issues with the system, but it is a positive change. Especially so if it gives a much needed boost to the struggling Veronica Mars numbers.

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Drawn Together creator vomits during interview - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 9th 2006 8:01PM

dave jeser and matthew silversteinIn case the title of this post wasn't enough warning, the video clip after the jump does in fact show a man vomiting, so if that's not your thing, don't watch it.

Before appearing on Kennedy's Fox Reality series Reality Rewind, Drawn Together co-creator Matthew Silverstein drank some ipecac on a dare (presumably a dare from co-creator Dave Jeser, who also appeared) and, no big surprise, he lost his lunch during the interview. Kennedy decides to step away, so Jeser takes over as interviewer and continues to ask Silverstein questions, which Silverstein answers between fits of vomiting. I don't find vomiting in and of itself all that funny, but the fact that they just kept going while he was vomiting made me laugh. Also, compared to the episodes of Drawn Together I've seen, this is probably the funniest thing these two men have ever done. Seeing Silverstein vomit is one thing, but watching Drawn Together just makes me sick.

[via CC Insider]

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What's on tonight: South Park, Lost, The Nine, Ghost Hunters, Top Chef

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 8th 2006 5:05PM
  • BonesAt 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, followed by new episodes of Lost and The Nine.
  • CBS has a new Jericho at 8, then new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • There's a new Biggest Loser on NBC at 8, followed by a new Dateline.
  • FOX has new eps of Bones and The O.C.
  • The CW has a new America's Next Top Model at 8, then a new One Tree Hill.
  • Emeril cooks up some "Soul Food" on Food Network at 8.
  • At 9, Discovery has a new Mythbusters.
  • Bill Maher talks about the election and more on Larry King Live, at 9 on CNN.
  • The Travel Channel has a new Professional Poker Tour at 9, the finale from the Bellagio.
  • Sci-Fi has a new episode of Ghost Hunters at 9, followed by a new Sci-Fi Investigates.
  • At 10, USA has the new movie Underfunded.
  • VH-1 has a new ep of I Pity The Fool at 10.
  • HBO has a new Inside the NFL at 10.
  • There's a new Top Chef at 10 on Bravo.
  • Food Network has a new Good Eats at 10, followed by a new Ham on the Street.
  • Also at 10: Comedy Central has a new South Park, followed by a new Drawn Together.

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What's on tonight: Lost, South Park, Mythbusters, Top Chef, The Nine

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 1st 2006 5:09PM
  • EmerilAt 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, followed by new episodes of Lost and The Nine.
  • CBS has a new Jericho at 8, followed by a new Criminal Minds, then a new CSI: NY.
  • NBC has new eps of 30 Rock, Twenty Good Years, The Biggest Loser, and Dateline.
  • There's a new Bones at 8 on FOX, followed by the premiere of the game show The Rich List.
  • The CW has a new America's Next Top Model at 8, then a repeat One Tree Hill.
  • Emeril cooks up a "Gospel Brunch" on Food Network at 8.
  • At 9, Discovery has a new Mythbusters.
  • The History Channel has a new Modern Marvels at 9.
  • The Travel Channel has a new episode of the Professional Poker Tour at 9.
  • At 10, Bravo has a new Top Chef.
  • HBO has a new Inside the NFL at 10.
  • Also at 10: Comedy Central has a new South Park, followed by a new Drawn Together.

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What's on tonight: Ugly Betty, The Office, Supernatural, Ultimate Fighter, Dick Cavett

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 19th 2006 5:09PM
  • Bobby FlayAt 8, ABC has a new Ugly Betty, followed by new episodes of Grey's Anatomy and Six Degrees.
  • CBS has a new Survivor at 8, followed by new episodes of CSI and Shark.
  • NBC has new eps of My Name Is Earl, The Office, Deal Or No Deal, and ER.
  • Over on FOX at 8, the deciding game between the Mets and the Cardinals.
  • The CW has a new Smallville at 8, then a new Supernatural.
  • Also at 8: TCM has a classic Dick Cavett interview with Katharine Hepburn (repeated at 11).
  • At 9, HGTV has a new Divine Design, followed by a new Designer's Challenge.
  • Travel Channel has a new Joan Cusack's Local Flavor.
  • At 10, Spike has a new Ultimate Fighter.
  • Food Network has a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay at 10, followed by a new Ace of Cakes.
  • Also at 10: Fox Movie Channel has 1977's All That Jazz.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Drawn Together.

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What's on tonight: Grey's, The Office, Ugly Betty, Shark, Groucho, Baseball

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 12th 2006 5:01PM
  • SmallvilleAt 8, ABC has a new Ugly Betty, followed by new episodes of Grey's Anatomy and Six Degrees.
  • CBS has a new Survivor at 8, then new episodes of CSI and Shark.
  • NBC has new eps of My Name Is Earl, The Office, Deal Or No Deal, and ER.
  • Over on FOX at 8, it's the Cardinals vs. the Mets.
  • The CW has a new Smallville at 8, followed by a new Supernatural.
  • Also at 8: TCM has a Dick Cavett interview with Groucho Marx. It's followed by the Marx Brothers in A Day At The Races.
  • At 9, HGTV has a new Divine Design.
  • At 10, Showtime has a new episode of The Underground.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Drawn Together.

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Drawn Together comes back Thursday

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 2nd 2006 6:04PM
drawn togetherThe animated reality series Drawn Together returns for a third season on Comedy Central this Thursday at 10:30 pm. I've never been much of a fan of the show, and always felt like the subversive jokes and gags that make up an episode were delivered with all the subtlety of a machine gun shot directly into your face. I'm fine with humor that pushes the envelope, hell, I like it when the envelope gets torn to shreds, but Drawn Together doesn't allow itself anytime to breathe, to let the jokes sink in. I've also found the voice acting to be too shrill. However, if you're not like me and dig what the show has to offer, consider this your reminder that the show is coming back soon. Also, you can read an interview with the show's creators on the Comic Book Resources site (via Toon Zone).

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What's on tonight: Survivor, Veronica Mars, Invasion, Bones, Top Chef

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 15th 2006 4:14PM
  • BonesFor some reason, Bones is now on at 8pm on FOX, and it's followed by the results show of American Idol and the premiere of the new sitcom The Loop (which is getting some good reviews).
  • CBS has Survivor at 8 (because of the annoying March Madness coverage), followed by repeats of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • ABC has a new George Lopez, a new Freddie, a repeat Lost (again!), and a new Invasion.
  • NBC has another special edition of The Biggest Loser (how can they all be special?), then two repeats of Law and Order.
  • The WB has a repeat One Tree Hill at 8, followed by a repeat Beauty and the Geek.
  • UPN has new eps of America's Next Top Model and Veronica Mars.
  • American Life has I Spy, followed by The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Superman.
  • 8pm movies: AMC has The Princess Bride, while FOX Movie Channel has Big Trouble In Little China and FLIX has Boyz N The Hood.
  • At 9, HGTV has a new ep of I Want That!
  • At 10, A&E has two new eps of the reality show Spying on Myself.
  • Bravo has the new reality show Top Chef at 10.
  • Also at 10: FX has a new episode of Black. White (it's repeated at 11).
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Drawn Together.

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What's on tonight: Idol, Lost, Barbara Walters, Project Runway, Drawn Together

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 1st 2006 6:23PM
  • Still StandingThe guys perform on American Idol, on FOX at 8pm. It's followed by the new sitcom Free Ride.
  • ABC has new eps of George Lopez, Freddie, and Lost, followed by a new Barbara Walters Special, with George Clooney, Patrick Dempsey, Mariah Carey, and Matthew McConaughey.
  • CBS has two new eps of Still Standing at 8 (hmm...they're doing this a lot lately...burning the eps off quickly maybe?), followed by a new Criminal Minds and then a new CSI: NY.
  • NBC has another ep of Deal Or No Deal at 8, followed by a repeat Law and Order, and then a new Law and Order
  • The WB has a new One Tree Hill, then a repeat Beauty and the Geek, while UPN has a new America's Next Top Model and a repeat Veronica Mars.
  • Discovery has a new Superships at 8, followed by two repeat eps of Mythbusters
  • ABC Family has The Karate Kid II at 8.
  • Also at 8, some movies: AMC has For Your Eyes Only, FLIX has Silverado, and Encore has Patton.
  • At 9, ESPN has the Philadelphia 76ers at the Houston Rockets. 
  • STARZ has Van Helsing, also at 9.
  • At 10, Bravo has a new Project Runway.
  • MTV has a new True Life at 10, followed by a repeat of The Real World: Key West.
  • Also at 10: FX has Colin Farrell, Katie Holmes and the voice of Kiefer Sutherland in Phone Booth
  • Comedy Central has a new Drawn Together at 10:30.    

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Family Guy gets The New Yorker treatment

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 9th 2006 9:09PM
Brian the DogOf all the shows on TV, the last one I ever expected to see reviewed in the pages of The New Yorker was Family Guy. Not that the show doesn't have any sophisticated humor; it's just that the sophistication is buried so deep under fart jokes and silly flashbacks that I figured it would never enter The New Yorker's radar screens. So you can imagine my surprise when I opened my copy of the lastest issue this afternoon and saw this positive review by Nancy Franklin (the review also mentions American Dad, largely in negative terms. Franklin even manages to squeeze in a mention of Drawn Together, which she liked, sort of).

The review mostly summarizes what most Family Guy fans already know about the show: it's cancellation, it's popularity on DVD and Adult Swim, and the show's resurrection. But you have to remember that Franklin needs to go back over this well-tred ground so the readers -- who probably don't overlap too much with the show's fans -- have an idea of what the show's about. Most interesting is the lead paragraph, where Franklin takes a roundabout road to saying how mostly men make cartoons because we were never trained to be Nice and Proper like women were.

Also funny are the fluffy character descriptions, like when Franklin characterizes Stewie as "foppish and maniacal, and creepily pansexual." Really. I kinda had a feeling Stewie was foppish. But I never would have pegged him as pansexual. I think.

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