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Hank Williams Jr. Tries to Explain Himself on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 11th 2011 6:45PM
Hank Williams Jr. has had himself quite a week. ESPN canned the country singer's 'Monday Night Football' intro after he compared President Obama to Hitler on 'Fox and Friends.' Williams Jr. went on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) to try and explain himself. It didn't exactly go well.

Williams tried to make the point that he wasn't directly comparing President Obama and Hitler. He was merely making an analogy, he protested. Sherri Shepherd read the definition of the term, which read "a similarity in some respects among things that are otherwise dissimilar."

Williams felt vindicated by the dictionary. "How did you know who I was talkin' about?" he asked rhetorically, waving his hands and smiling. He went on to explain that his broader point was that the Obama-Boehner golf game was an absurd piece of political theater.

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ESPN Fires Hank Williams Jr. After Controversial Comments

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 6th 2011 11:15AM
America will soon be looking for another way to get ready for some football.

ESPN announced today that it had formally cut ties with country singer Hank Williams Jr., whose song 'All My Rowdy Friends' served as the intro to the network's 'Monday Night Football' broadcast. Williams, and the song had been temporarily suspended by the network for this week's Bucs vs. Colts game in the wake of comments he made on 'Fox & Friends' comparing President Obama to Hitler.

"We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr.," ESPN said in a statement. "We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue."

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Hank Williams Jr. Compares Obama to Hitler, Gets Pulled From ESPN (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 3rd 2011 8:15PM
Hank Williams JrAre you ready for some football scandals? Well you won't be hearing the voice of Hank Williams Jr. kicking off this week's big game.

Appearing on Fox & Friends to talk politics today -- a topic he's always been very vocal about -- Williams landed himself in some hot water after seemingly comparing President Barack Obama to Hilter.

The country singer, whose voice famously asks football fans "Are you ready for some football?" each week, criticized the president's recent "golf summit" with Republican House Speaker John Boehner, saying it "would be like Hitler playing golf with Benjamin Netanyahu [the Israeli leader]."

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Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick Cast the ESPN Movie (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 29th 2011 2:57AM
Dan Patrick, 'Countdown with Keith Olbermann''Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live' was an oral history of the late night staple, and turned out to be very compelling reading.

More surprising was that James Miller and Tom Shales' follow-up book about ESPN was just as riveting, and even led to a movie deal. So Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick decided to cast it on 'Countdown' (Weeknights, 8PM ET on Current TV).

'Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN' went just as deep into the inner workings of the little cable network that could, and because it's players aren't big celebrities, it makes sense that this one was optioned for film over 'Live from New York.'

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'Real Housewives of New York' Star Sonja Morgan May Lose House, 'Hung' Experiments and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 5th 2011 12:00PM
Sonja MorganSonja Morgan's life (and financial woes) have been splashed on the front pages of tabloids and TV screens thanks to her role on 'Real Housewives of New York City,' but now the reality star is speaking out about her messy divorce and money troubles.

According to the New York Post, Morgan may lose her Upper East Side town house.

"I'm sure the world thinks, 'Sonja doesn't have to worry, she's got that husband there for her.' But I'm on my own," Sonja said.

Sonja claims in court papers that John Adams Morgan, her 80-year-old ex-husband, is refusing to pay her a $3 million divorce judgment and $300,000 in back alimony. Sonja also claims he has barred her from selling and visiting properties she co-owns with him in Colorado and France.

Last fall, Sonja filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

In other TV news ...

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Matt Damon Big-Times Packers Coach Mike McCarthy for Laughs in Kenny Mayne Segment (VIDEO)

by PopEater Staff, posted Feb 7th 2011 12:15AM
An athletic mega-event that's practically a national holiday, Super Bowl Sunday has a way of inspiring a whole lot of cooking, marketing, music-making and, yes, low-budget comedy bits.

Resident ESPN jokester Kenny Mayne recently decided to take viewers on a "hard-hitting" tour of the town where Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy grew up: Greenfield, a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Penn., smack in the middle of Steelers territory.

And who should pop up in the footage? Oscar winner Matt Damon, over-the-top cranky in his role as a high-school rival (Damon actually went to high school in Cambridge, Mass.), griping about McCarthy from inside his posh Hollywood trailer.

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TLC Plans Royal Wedding Coverage, USA Orders Two Series and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 19th 2011 6:30PM
Kate Middleton, Prince William, Royal WeddingAnglophiles looking for to-the-minute coverage of April's royal wedding, look no further: TLC has you covered.

The network announced today that it plans to air five full days of coverage leading up to the highly anticipated event. That includes, according to The Hollywood Reporter, "specials, interviews with royals, a round-table discussion with experts and a show focusing on 'extreme' collectors of royal memorabilia."

Of course, TLC will also broadcast the wedding live.

In other TV news ...

The girls of 'Make It or Break It' will handspring their way back onto TV screens beginning March 28. ABC Family announced today that the gymnastics show's midseason premiere will immediately follow 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' on the same day. [ABC Family]

USA has ordered two new shows to series. Both 'A Legal Mind' and 'Necessary Roughness' received 11-episode orders, and each will air a 90-minute pilot. [Deadline]

The schedule for PaleyFest 2011 was officially revealed today, and it's making us seriously consider buying a plane ticket to Los Angeles for the second week of March. It features panels with Jimmy Fallon, 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Raising Hope,' and the casts of 'Freaks & Geeks' and 'Undeclared' will officially reunite on March 12. [Paley Center]

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Watch ESPN Classic's '30 For 30' Marathon

by Jane Murphy, posted Nov 13th 2010 11:00AM
For the next three Sundays this month, ESPN Classic will repeat episodes from their landmark documentary series '30 For 30'. The re-airing culminates with a 17-episode marathon on Nov. 28, starting at 7AM ET.

If you've missed any (or all) of this outstanding series, this is your chance to catch up.

With '30 For 30', ESPN pledged to present 30 films with a unique perspective on sports. The series has brought major filmmakers to ESPN airwaves (including Oscar nominee John Singleton, and Oscar winners Barbara Kopple and Barry Levinson).

The contributors also include former and current athletes. 'Bull Durham" writer/director Ron Shelton -- whose 'Jordan Rides the Bus' (about Michael Jordan's time in baseball's minors) is a '30 for 30' highlight -- once played minor league baseball himself. Phoenix Suns superstar Steve Nash, with filmmaker Ezra Holland, presents 'Into the Wind', about cancer activist Terry Fox, who transfixed North America in 1980 with an attempted run across Canada.

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ESPN Lets Joe Morgan Go (And It's About Time)

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 9th 2010 3:40PM
Joe MorganIf you heard a faint cheer wafting from your cubicles yesterday, it was probably the baseball fans in your office cheering that the 'ESPN Sunday Night Baseball' team of Jon Miller and Joe Morgan won't be back for a 22nd season on the Worldwide Leader.

Those cheers aren't for the dismissal of Miller, who did his usual consistent and excellent job this past season. No, those cheers were for the departure of Morgan, one of the most polarizing sportscasters since Howard Cosell.

For a lot of fans, Morgan was the symbol of all that's wrong with sports broadcasting, one of many former players who seem to coast through a high-profile analyst's job largely unprepared. For others, though, he was a comforting voice, a guy who's seen it all and can recount the stories over and over again while putting things in the context of the game at hand.

But there aren't many broadcasters who have inspired so much ire that entire websites were created to document his every misstep. And, whether you liked him or not, you have to admit that it was probably time to let the Hall of Famer go and get some fresh voices in.

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ESPN for Women: Condescending or a Good Idea?

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 18th 2010 11:30AM
espnWWomen are getting their own online sports destination from ESPN -- whether they like it or not.

ESPN's new women's brand, espnW, is launching this fall as a website, but could eventually become its own network, The New York Times reports. Laura Gentile, vice president of espnW, said the brand will be marketed toward women 18-34, and the site will launch this fall.

While some women's sports figures support the new brand -- "I don't think there's ever been this much planning, research and commitment before," said tennis legend Billie Jean King -- critics worry that a separate women-only presence is condescending, and would diminish the presence of women's sports on the flagship network.

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ESPN Sets Air Dates for 3D Basketball

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 6th 2010 2:30PM
LeBron JamesIf you're not able to see LeBron James take his talents to South Beach in person, don't worry, you'll soon be able to experience the second-best thing -- ESPN announced yesterday that it will broadcast the Dec. 17 Miami Heat-New York Knicks game in 3D, according to Deadline.

Earlier this year the network announced it would broadcast eight regular season NBA games and six playoff games in 3D. As long as you have a 3D television set and subscribe to DirecTV, Comcast or AT&T, you'll be able to catch the Madison Square Garden matchup. Unfortunately for Time Warner customers, the cable company does not yet carry ESPN 3D.

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Ryder Cup TV Schedule 2010

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Sep 29th 2010 7:00AM

Fore! Check out the Ryder Cup TV schedule for 2010.

As if the fall television season doesn't have DVRs already jam-packed, golf fanatics across the country will be putting their DVR's on the graveyard shift for this weekend's Ryder Cup. Featuring the world's best golfers from Europe and the United States, the players compete against each other for the prized Ryder Cup title.

Coverage opens up on ESPN and continues through the weekend on NBC, which will air the tournament live overnight as well as on a delayed broadcast for US viewers.

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Mike Tyson's Surprising Link to the Murder of Tupac Shakur (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 8th 2010 12:50AM
Mike Tyson's Surprising Link to the Murder of Tupac ShakurBoxer Mike Tyson and rapper Tupac Shakur had more in common than you would think. Both men rose from poverty to become superstars. Both men were criticized for the violent and "thuggish" nature of their careers. Both men were sentenced to prison terms for crimes of a sexual nature. And perhaps most importantly, both men were good friends.

There's an additional link between them as well. Tyson and Tupac were together on the night of Sept. 7, 1996. This was the evening of Tyson's fight for a heavyweight boxing title -- it was also the night that Tupac was shot multiple times, leading to his death six days later. Shakur's brutal murder has never been solved.

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'One Night in Vegas' Details Friendship Between Mike Tyson and Tupac Shakur

by Jason Newman, posted Sep 7th 2010 10:02AM
Mike Tyson has long been a reference point for rappers who have empathized with and admired his tenacity, ferociousness and ability to succeed amidst a difficult, impoverished upbringing. But as 'One Night In Vegas,' the latest entry in ESPN's ongoing "30 For 30" series, shows, Tyson's relationship with hip-hop, specifically slain rapper Tupac Shakur, goes even deeper than that.

Tyson and director Reggie Rock Bythewood were on hand last week at Harlem's Dwyer Cultural Center to premiere the film, which chronicles the night of September 7, 1996. That night, Tyson fought Bruce Seldon for the WBA title and Shakur was mortally wounded later that evening. Shakur, who had recorded Tyson's entrance music for the fight and was in attendance, had long been an admirer of the boxer and planned on celebrating Tyson's win with the fighter later that evening, but was shot multiple times en route to the club and died a week later.

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Update: Disney Officially Signs Deal With Time Warner Cable

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 2nd 2010 7:30PM
ABCDespite the threatening PSAs and rampant Internet speculation, Disney and Time Warner Cable announced today that they have officially reached a deal to broadcast networks such as ABC, ESPN, Disney and other channels via the cable provider.

The two companies had been publicly butting heads in the weeks leading up to today's contract deadline, with Disney asking for higher fees from TWC to carry the company's channels, and TWC refusing to pay up.

For the full back story of the fight, check out TV Squad's in-depth analysis from earlier this week. After the jump, the full terms of the new contract.

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