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Charlie Sheen's Rehab Causes 'Men' To Shut Down

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 23rd 2010 7:55PM
charlie_sheen_two_and_a_half_menAbout a week ago, we were speculating on the question of whether Charlie Sheen's legal troubles would impact on 'Two and a Half Men's' future. Today, it was Charlie Sheen's personal problems that resulted in the show shutting down temporarily. Charlie Sheen has checked into rehab as a precautionary measure.

It's hard to see this as a precaution because for weeks now, Sheen's life has been spiraling out of control. The Aspen situation with wife Brooke Mueller, the felony charges and a relapse into substance abuse of some kind are all proof that, for now, Sheen is not able to continue with 'Two and a Half Men.'

According to The Wrap, shuttering 'Two and a Half Men' for some time could be a problem for CBS. The Monday night schedule hinges on 'Two and a Half Men,' and prolonged reruns when new episodes are airing all around the nine o'clock time slot could drag down the Nielsen numbers. Although considering how strong CBS remains on Monday, it would take more than some reruns to cripple CBS's comedy juggernaut.

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Review: The Closer - Dead Man's Hand (season finale)

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 22nd 2009 2:19AM
I can't believe we're already at the end of the season for The Closer. Alas, it's true. Until next summer, this is it for Brenda and Fritz and the Major Crime Unit. Fortunately, they saved a good one for the finale. Has Brenda been so hip-deep in work that she's neglected the important things in life? That seemed to be one of the concerns, as well as the fun of dealing with someone who -- at best -- is a thorn in Chief Johnson's side. For all that and more, jump to the next page and tell Joel the cat he's not allowed on the table.

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Here are some videos to hold you over until Mad Men returns

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 10th 2009 5:02PM
OK, that headline is a lie. Nothing can hold us over until Mad Men season 4. We'll just have to suffer until next summer.

But these five Mad Men parodies that our friends at URLesque have compiled are pretty clever. Some are better than others (I still think the Sesame Street one could be better). Here are my two favorites (these might be mildly NSFW).

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Kristin Chenoweth gleeful about Glee...and would love to return

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 2nd 2009 9:00AM
kristin_chenowethDid you see Kristin Chenoweth on Glee the other night? Fully recovered from her migraine the night that she won the Emmy for Pushing Daisies, the prolific Kristin Chenoweth talked about the appearance on Glee -- including an interview with Nick the other day -- and she was enthusiastic about it.

She said it was a blast playing a character as wild as April Rhodes. She liked it so much, Kristin would like to make Glee a permanent thing. Or at least be asked back for future guest appearances.

She may get her wish. Kristin told TV Guide, "Ryan Murphy, the creator and genius behind Glee, has indicated that he'd love for April to come back some time. However, they are all working hard to figure out stories all the time. It'd be great for it to make sense for her to come back."

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Here's a preview of tonight's Three Sheets (yes, there is a show called Three Sheets)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 20th 2009 1:33PM
If you're like me, you didn't know that there was a show called Three Sheets. It's on the Fine Living Network (I bet there are some of you who didn't even realize there was a Fine Living Network), and the new season starts tonight at 10PM.

The show was formerly on MOJO, but Fine Living will be showing the never-before-seen season 4 and older episodes. Basically it features comedian Zane Lamprey, going around the world and checking out various bars and various drinks and local food. Here's a preview.

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Here's a sneak peek of tonight's Miami Social premiere

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 14th 2009 10:36AM
Since Bravo doesn't think there are enough people to dislike on television, here comes Miami Social. Vapid women? Check. Guys with their shirts off? Check. Dumb conversations? Check. Too much drinking and partying? Check?

I just realized that all of the negative things I just mentioned will probably make you want to tune in. Here's a preview. The only way I'll watch this is if they do a crossover with Burn Notice.

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Here's a preview of tonight's premiere of Real World Cancun

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 24th 2009 6:29PM
Real World Cancun? Seems like they're running out of places to go. They should have just made it Spring Break 2009 or something. Anyway, it's the 22nd season of the show, and while I'm way beyond the age where I should find this show interesting, it's always funny to see what type of people they've cast. This one has it all! Bikinis, too much drinking, girls kissing, white sandy beaches, arguing, music, too many uses of the word "respect," and quite possibly the quote of the year ("You're so hot it's retarded!"). Ah, the future of America.

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It's always drunky in Philadelphia

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 10th 2009 9:02PM
Ah, live television. Here's a clip of Danny DeVito on the set of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. He has a beer in hand, he's swaying back and forth, and his hair is a mess. He also says something about the reporter's short skirt and "easy access." Ahem.

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Lots of people are having Mad Men parties tonight

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 26th 2008 12:45PM
Mad Men
So how are you celebrating the season finale of Mad Men tonight? I'm doing it the same way I do it every single Sunday night at 10, with a Mad Men party! Of course, my party consists of me and an alcoholic beverage, but still!

There are a lot of people who having parties tonight, including the cool ladies over at Basket of Kisses, who are throwing a bash at Phoenix Park in New York City. Noir Bar at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA is having a season finale party, too, with retro drinks and snacks and even a lookalike contest with prizes. I bet there are a lot of bars in your local area that are having parties as well, so I'd check if you feel like dressing up and going out instead of being plopped on your couch tonight.

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Swingtown: Surprise

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 30th 2008 11:26AM
Lana Swingtown Parilla (S01E12) "Do you think we closed Pandora's box?" -- Tom to Trina, after Janet's birthday party

You knew this was going to be an episode fraught with revelations when the strains of Carly Simon singing "No Secrets" played over the opening scene. Perfect song to comment on the surprises to come, as Swingtown climbs toward the big season one climax next week.

The show is getting tantalizing terrific. It's not that I'm enamored with all the characters, but they've all become interesting to me. Even Ricky's struggle to come to terms with his best friend falling in love with the girl next door and leaving behind their buddy-buddy relationship, was surprisingly meaningful to me. The scene where Janet advised Ricky to show B.J. how important his friendship was to him was wonderful. His hugging Mom like that was so true; Janet is a tough mother, but she's the embodiment of love and support and Ricky needed his mommy in that moment.

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Mad Men's Rich Sommer: The TV Squad Interview

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 24th 2008 11:10AM

Rich Sommer

Mad Men is that rare show that is damn near perfect. Of course, I say "near" perfect though I can't figure out what fault the show has. Everything, from the acting to the writing to the direction to the set design to the music to the costumes - is so well done. Heck, even the secondary characters are drawn in a way you hardly ever see on a television drama.

OK, it is perfect.

Rich Sommer plays Harry Crane, the Sterling Cooper ad exec with the glasses and bow tie. The character is so well written and Sommer plays him so well. You know guys like Harry, whether it's 1960 or 2008. He's the nice, married guy with glasses, but he's not so nice that he isn't above joining in on the sexist talk with his buddies and drinking too much.

Rich was nice enough to talk to me via e-mail while he was filming the second season of the show, which debuts this Sunday (new day) at 10pm on AMC.

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CW's Reaper targets the hipster bar crowd

by Kevin Kelly, posted Sep 18th 2007 4:41PM
Reaper Coaster
I stopped by my local alehouse with some friends the other night, to hoist a few and talk about the upcoming Fall TV season. Imagine my amazement when, lo and behold, what should appear on the bar in front of me? Coasters for the CW's upcoming comedy / sci-fi show, Reaper.

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ABC Family's Greek -- is it really that easy to get a drink?

by Keith McDuffee, posted Aug 14th 2007 1:01PM
ABC Family's Greek - Dobbler's
One of my guilty pleasures this summer has been catching ABC Family's Greek on Monday nights. It has its flaws for sure (like last night's episode, which was downright silly), but it's laid-back fun. However, one thing that I can't get over is how easy these college kids, most who are not even in their Senior year yet, are able to so easily enter a bar and drink up to the point of total drunkenness.

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Mad Men: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (series premiere)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 20th 2007 8:08AM

Jon Hamm - Mad Men(S01E01) I think it's really appropriate that the Emmy Award nominations were announced on the same day this show premiered, because if there's any justice in this TV land, we'll be hearing a lot about Mad Men at this time next year.

The television landscape is filled with a lot of shows that are just the same as other shows on other networks. Even when we say "there's nothing else like this on TV right now," it's usually not true. There's usually something a bit (or a lot) like the show we're talking about. Mad Men is one show we can truly say is rather original. Of course, it's original by being retro. It's New York City, 1960. The world of Madison Avenue advertising men. And it is men, as most of the women are in the secretarial pool or gum chewing telephone operators.

But the women have power too, in ways the men don't see.

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Yancy Butler arrested for DUI

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 15th 2007 7:52PM

Yancy ButlerActress Yancy Butler is in trouble with the law again. She was arrested on Tuesday for driving under the influence and crashing her Saab 900 into a guard rail. Butler also got into legal troubles a few years ago and just last month she argued with a former boyfriend and was charged with disorderly conduct. She was released and will be in court later this month.

All of the stories on Butler call her "fomer Witchblade star Yancy Butler," but I'll always remember her from Mann and Machine, the short-lived sci-fi action series on NBC in the 90s. It wasn't a very good show, but it was cool to see a series like that on one of the major networks, a show about two cops and the female cop is a robot!

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