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Festivus: Join Us for the Feats of Strength

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 23rd 2010 4:00PM
Feats of StrengthSince we've already aired our grievances (with the help of Gillian Jacobs and Nick Offerman), we've got one component of Festivus yet to fulfill: the Feats of Strength. It's a little hard to wrestle over the internet, so instead we're going to do it the easy way -- by watching other people do it.

Below, enjoy a clip of a professional strong man performing feats of strength during an episode of 'America's Got Talent.' Hopefully it'll inspire you to do some heavy lifting at home -- or at least start crying and then tackle your dad.

So, as the the esteemed Frank Costanza might say, "Stop crying and fight your father."

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Celebrate Festivus With TV Squad!

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 23rd 2010 3:00PM
Festivus is being celebrated in the Costanza house on 'Seinfeld'Happy Festivus, everyone! If you're a television fan, you know that December 23 is the day where we gather 'round the aluminum pole, air our grievances, and perform the feats of strength. Thanks to the writers at 'Seinfeld,' Festivus has become a funny tradition for people who are either sick of the holiday folderol or just like the vision of George and Frank Costanza wrestling each other in a living room in Queens.

As has been our tradition, we at TV Squad have been celebrating Festivus for a few weeks now, culminating in the end of our 12 Days of Festivus, where we celebrated the fact that 2010 is the year of New Jersey.

Links to all of our Festivus and year-end coverage is below:

Airing of Grievances -- All Exclusives:
R.L. Stine
Nick Offerman
Gillian Jacobs

The 12 Days of Festivus:
12 Underrated Actors
11 Biggest 'Real Housewives' Feuds
10 Memorable 'Daily Show' and 'Colbert' Moments
9 Unanswered 'Glee' Questions
8 Elder Statesmen (And Women)
7 Reasons Why the 'Lost' Finale Was Satisfying/Dissapointing
6 Late-Night Talk Show Hosts: The Winners and Losers
5 Shows For the Bad Economy
4 Swell AMC Shows
3 Series Farewells: 'Lost,' '24' and 'Law & Order'
2 Dancing Divas: Kate Gosselin and Bristol Palin
1 State to Rule Them All: The Year of New Jersey

Other Year-End Stories:
Best and Worst: Mo Ryan
Best and Worst: Joel Keller
Best and Worst: TV Squad Staff
2010's Biggest TV Jerks
TV Shows Canceled or Retired in 2010
The Year in Magic on TV
The Top Commercials of 2010
2010's Short-Lived Shows

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Gillian Jacobs' Airing of Grievances for Festivus 2010

by Kelly Woo, posted Dec 23rd 2010 11:01AM
Gillian JacobsWhen 'Community' star Gillian Jacobs stopped by our office this week to dish about the show's return on Jan. 20, we also asked her to help us celebrate Festivus with her own Airing of Grievances.

Jacobs talked to us about what's ahead for 'Community,' including the start of Malcolm Jamal-Warner's stint as Shirley's ex-husband, and we'll post all those juicy details in a couple weeks.

For now, here are her top 5 grievances of 2010 ...

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Nick Offerman's Airing of Grievances for Festivus 2010

by Nick Offerman, posted Dec 23rd 2010 11:00AM
Nick Offerman[Editor's Note: We asked 'Parks & Recreation' star Nick Offerman to help us celebrate an integral part of Festivus -- the Airing of Grievances. Check out Offerman performing weekly feats of strength as Ron Swanson when 'Parks & Recreation' returns to NBC on Jan. 20 at 9:30PM. Without further ado, Nick Offerman's Airing of Grievances.]

10. "Slightly husky" is not considered more sexy.

9. My wife abjectly refuses to take up woodworking.

8. Steve Jobs hasn't come out with a device for smoking meats yet. Hickory or Apple wood apps!

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Two 'Dancing' Divas: Did Kate Gosselin and Bristol Palin Ruin 'Dancing With the Stars'?

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 22nd 2010 1:20PM
Kate Gosselin, Bristol Palin
Countdown to Festivus on Dec. 23: On the second day of Festivus, TV gave to us ... two divas 'Dancing.'

To say 'Dancing With the Stars' is a polarizing show is an understatement. The viewers who love it, well, they really love it. And the people who aren't into it? It's generally a venomous dislike. But, 'Dancing With the Stars' took a turn for the worse when they introduced two dancing divas: Kate Gosselin and Bristol Palin.

The competition series enjoyed renewed prominence when they put reality TV star Kate Gosselin and Republican maverick Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol on its two seasons of 2010, but at what cost? Sure, the series surged in ratings and became must-see TV for the following day's watercooler chat, but the series that used to be about celebrities learning to dance is now tainted.

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Four Swell Shows from AMC

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 20th 2010 2:30PM
Countdown to Festivus on Dec. 23: On the fifth day of Festivus, TV gave to us ... four dramas from one ambitious network.

Step into the wayback machine, TV fans. Remember those dark times when AMC had no original dramas on the air?

It seems as though the channel's offerings have (deservedly) occupied the media spotlight forever, but only a few years ago, AMC was best known as the place to watch old movies.

The movies are still there, but so many other things have changed. As the end of the year approaches, it's time to give thanks for AMC's offerings, which were among the year's finest.

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Nine Unanswered 'Glee' Questions

by Elena Cox, posted Dec 15th 2010 2:00PM
Lea Michele, Naya Rivera, Glee
Countdown to Festivus on Dec. 23: On the ninth day of Festivus, TV gave us to ... nine unanswered questions about 'Glee.'

In just a season and a half, 'Glee' has established itself as one of the most talked-about shows on television. But with so many characters and so little time to tell their stories, there are bound to be hiccups.

The Fox hit has a penchant for leaving a whole lot of things up in the air, keeping characters two-dimensional and rushing plots. While we can't ponder all of the head-scratchers, let's take a look at these nine burning questions.

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The Twelve Days of Festivus Start Tomorrow!

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 11th 2010 3:00PM
Frank Costanza and his Festivus poleIt's that time of year again... time to break out the metal pole, commence with the airing of grievances, and get limber in preparation to demonstrate the feats of strength. Yes, folks, Festivus is upon us once again!

We've been celebrating Festivus since TV Squad began in 2005; it's the first major TV-created holiday, thanks to 'Seinfeld,' and it seems fitting that a website that's all about TV celebrates a holiday that was born on TV.

Starting tomorrow, we'll be presenting what has become a yearly tradition for us: our own version of The Twelve Days of Festivus.

During each of the twelve days, we'll talk about TV that annoyed or enthralled us this past year, culminating on December 23 (the official day of Festivus, according to Frank Costanza), when we talk about one of the biggest trends on television in 2010, for better or for worse.

We'll also have our staff picks of what we want for Festivus, some best/worst picks for 2010, and some other goodies. We even may have a guest or two air some grievances of their own.

If you're new here and don't know what the heck we're talking about, here are the lists from 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

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All Annie wants for Festivus

by Annie Wu, posted Dec 25th 2009 11:02AM
jay lenoOoh! Is it that time of year again when I get to ask for things and then receive none of them? Fantastic.

Okay, I don't ask for very much each Festivus, but all my choices are very carefully made. I'll even put aside my desperate need to hang out with The Roots for a day or wish to surgically replace my own legs with those of Blake Lively. I can work on all that stuff next year. For 2009, these are all I want for Festivus!

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Twelve Days of Festivus: Two series finales

by Annie Wu, posted Dec 22nd 2009 2:02PM
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On the second day of Festivus, TV gave to me... two series finales.

Shows end all the time. Sometimes shows purposefully bow out to end on a high note, and sometimes shows unexpectedly get axed. Some pack a punch in their short lives, some get drawn out over several decades and end amidst a chorus of "Finally!" Seriously. Shows end all the time.

Which is why it's absolutely cruel that I was assigned to pick only two 2009 series finales to write about. Come on! Two. That's a lot of pressure to put on a girl.

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The Twelve Days of Festivus: Five cancelled shows

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 19th 2009 10:00AM
Guiding LightOn the fifth day of Christmas, TV gave to me ... five cancelled shows ...

Every new season, a network will cancel a show (at least) that a ton of people like. Of course, every year the networks cancel shows that nobody likes. The five shows on this list include a little of both. Feel free to list other shows in the comments, but these are the five that stood out to me in 2009.

1. Guiding Light. I had to put Guiding Light at number one. You can't put the cancellation of a show that was on every weekday for 72 years at number three or number five. It just wouldn't be right, even if the show did limp to its end. The longest-running soap opera (and one of the longest-running shows on TV, period) started on radio in 1937 and switched to television in 1952 (it was actually on both radio and TV for a while). The last episode aired in September.

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The Twelve Days of Festivus: Six shows you should be watchin'

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 18th 2009 10:02AM
Modern FamilyOn the sixth day of Festivus, TV gave to me ... six shows you should be watching.

Every fall TV season brings out a new crop of fresh shows and despite the fact that some of them are ridiculously good, they slip through the cracks and not many people watch them. Not all of these are new and not all of them are suffering in the ratings, but some could still use your eyeballs. So take this list as a gentle nudge to start tuning in if you haven't already, because all six of these shows really are appointment television right now.

Modern Family (ABC; Wednesdays 8:30) -- Easily the best new comedy of the Fall '09 season, Modern Family has very quickly risen up most critics' lists and even nabbed a Golden Globe nomination earlier this week. The show features a spectacular ensemble cast that tackles just about any family related issue from dating to divorce by putting one of the most unique spins on the genre in recent memory. With the show on hiatus until January, now would be a great time to catch up on the first half of the season and if you don't, Fizbo the ass kicking clown, will, you know, kick your ass.

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The Twelve Days of Festivus: Nine on-air breakdowns

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 15th 2009 11:00AM
Glenn BeckOn the ninth day of Festivus, TV gave to me... nine on-air breakdowns.

Director Alfred Hitchcock once said, "Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it."

Yes, having a camera stuck in your face for an hour or more a day must take a toll on your sanity. Your privacy is virtually limited. Your every move is scrutinized and criticized by faceless meanies. Your therapist is one session away from owning his own fishing trawler.

It's only a matter of time before the grasp of sanity is clipped away like a loose thread on a homemade snowman sweater and you turn into a blubbering, snotty, incoherent mess for all the world to enjoy. These are the personalities who lost it and may or may not have gained whatever "it" is back.

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The Twelve Days of Festivus: Eleven babes worth watchin'

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 13th 2009 10:39AM
Olivia WildeOn the eleventh day of Festivus, TV gave to me ... eleven babes worth watchin' .

Festivus is here, and is there a better way to celebrate than by taking stock of all the alluring TV hotties we've been obsessing over this year? I think not. (It's sure a beats counting down the year's stinkiest shows, anyway.)

For this year's list, we decided to stray a little from last year's Maxim covergirl-friendly tally to highlight the small screen starlets who charmed us not only with their hotness, but also with their talent. So head after the jump as we celebrate the 11th day of Festivus by counting down 11 babes worth watchin'.

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The Twelve Days of Festivus: Twelve shows a'stinkin'!

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 12th 2009 10:00AM
HeroesOn the twelfth day of Festivus, TV gave to me ... twelve shows a'stinkin'!

Being the endless wasteland that it is, television has no shortage of bad product. Mind you, "bad" is always a matter of opinion. This year saw the end of According to Jim after eight years of decent ratings while in terms of quality it lasted about seven years too long. What follows is my own opinion and at the end of each item in the list, I will quote everybody's favorite critic, Jay Sherman.

12. Heroes – This show was great in the first season, then with only brief glimpses of greatness in the later seasons, the writers and the network proceeded to dump it in the trash, rub it around some sewage and finally make it have a one night stand with Andy Dick. IT STINKS!

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