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The Five: What Julia is thankful for

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 21st 2006 12:02PM
Tim GunnMost of my Thanksgiving memories are informed by television - the Macy's Parade, bowl games, Charlie Brown's popcorn and toast dinner, etc. With that in mind, celebrating television during the holiday season isn't as far-fetched an endeavor as I might be inclined to think. So, here's what I came up with when I counted my TV blessings instead of sheep:

Tim Gunn
Thank you, Tim Gunn, for adding a little decorum to the proceedings that are reality television. Tim Gunn is proof that you can retain your dignity and appear on television simultaneously. Gunn's ability to be critical, but not cruel is a downright anomaly in today's televised competition landscape. He's also given us a mantra that can't be beat in these days of whiny, extended adolescences - "Make it work."

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Jon Benjamin's soldier story

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 19th 2006 9:03AM

jon benjaminVariations of this story may have wound up in your inbox at some point, but if you don't feel like reading the whole sappy piece, I'll give you the Cliff's Notes version: a man in an airport cheers along with a crowd of people as soldiers in camouflage walk through the airport. A little girl asks one of the soldiers to give something to her daddy, and kisses him on the cheek. The soldiers pretend to contact the girl's father via walkie talkie and then the soldier kisses the girl and tells her it's from her father.

It's a sweet story, though its veracity is questionable. What makes it ripe for satire isn't necessarily the story itself, but the way it's told, from the perspective of a person who wants everyone to know how he also stopped to clap for these brave men. Even if he's not essential to the story, he will make himself essential, god damn it.

Comedian H. Jon Benjamin, who has provided voices for many cartoons including Dr. Katz, Home Movies and Freak Show, gives his own take on the story in this editorial for Junkiness. It's full of dry Benjamin-y goodness. Enjoy.

[via CC Insider]

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What's on tonight: Lost, Jericho, 30 Rock, Paula Deen, South Park, Project Runway

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 18th 2006 5:00PM
  • Freak ShowAt 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars (is this show on every night?), followed by new episodes of Lost and The Nine.
  • CBS has a new Jericho at 8, followed by new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has new eps of 30 Rock, Twenty Good Years, The Biggest Loser, and Dateline.
  • FOX has another baseball playoff game at 8.
  • The CW has new eps of America's Next Top Model and One Tree Hill.
  • There's a new Extreme Engineering on Discovery at 8, followed by a new Mythbusters.
  • ABC Family has the original Willy Wonka at 8.
  • Food Network is showing a new (?) Essence of Emeril at 8, not sure why. It's followed by new eps of Tyler's Ultimate, 30 Minute Meals, and Paula's Home Cooking.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Moyers on America.
  • At 10, Bravo has a new Project Runway.
  • Also at 10: Comedy Central has a new South Park, followed by a new Freak Show.

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The Daily Show: October 10, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Oct 11th 2006 6:22PM
The Daily ShowPresident Bush is infamous for his well-strategized photo ops and metaphorical backdrops. As for Dennis Hastert... not so much. Hastert held a press conference to address the Mark Foley scandal... with a graveyard in the background. Jon's Cryptkeeper side-story was really funny because it sounded like he was still a little annoyed that an appearance would cost $10,000. "I like GORE! Aaah-hahaha."

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What's on tonight: Lost, South Park, The Nine, Kidnapped, Bones

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 4th 2006 5:01PM
  • South ParkAt 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, followed by the season premiere of Lost and the series premiere of The Nine.
  • CBS has a new Jericho at 8, followed by new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has a repeat of the Friday Night Lights premiere at 8, followed by new eps of The Biggest Loser and Kidnapped.
  • There's a new Bones on FOX at 8, followed by a repeat House.
  • The CW has a new America's Next Top Model at 8, followed by a new One Tree Hill.
  • Food Network has a new Emeril Live at 8.
  • TCM has The Fountainhead at 8, followed by The Towering Inferno.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Good Eats, followed by a new Ham on the Street.
  • Bravo has a new Project Runway at 10.
  • Also at 10: Comedy Central has the season premiere of South Park, followed by the debut of Freak Show.

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New York freaks out over David Cross

by Anna Johns, posted Oct 3rd 2006 12:09PM
freak showIf you live in New York, you may think that the New York Post is officially off its rocker. Today's cover resembles an extreme tabloid, ala The National Enquirer. It's covered with stories about freaks of nature that are on the Pentagon payroll... but it's all fake. Comedy Central bought fake covers to advertise David Cross' new animated series, Freak Show. The previews for the show make it look like it's a band of freaks who try to be superheroes. Comedy Central is also distributing more than one million copies of a Freak Show comic book written by Cross and co-creator H. Jon Benjamin (the comic is also on the website).

Freak Show debuts tomorrow, October 4th on Comedy Central at 10:30 pm, right after the return of South Park.

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Freak Show -- an early look

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 22nd 2006 2:04PM

freak showI had the pleasure of checking out the first couple episodes of the new animated series for Comedy Central from comedians David Cross and Jon Benjamin called Freak Show. Don't worry, though, I'm not going to give away any specific details, but I'll try to give you an idea of what to expect.

The Freak Squad is comprised of a group of circus freaks, each with their own unique power. Tuck and Benny, the siamese twins (voiced by Benjamin and Cross) have the power of separation; the Bearded Clam (Janeane Garofalo) shoots blinding bitch juice; the World's Tallest Nebraskan (Brian Stack, a writer and performer on Late Night with Conan O'Brien) can shrink up to six inches; Primi, the Premature Baby, has the power of pinpoint vomiting; and Log Cabin Republican, the only gay member of the squad, can transform into Burly Bear, a large, hirsute man in S&M garb. Log Cabin Republican is voiced by Jon Glaser, also a writer and performer on Conan.

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Comedy Central is putting on a Freak Show

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 2nd 2006 2:04PM

david crossJon Benjamin was a force behind two of my favorite animated series, Home Movies and Dr. Katz. He returned briefly with Lucy, Daughter of the Devil on Adult Swim, but now he's teaming up with David Cross of Mr. Show and Arrested Development for a new animated series for Comedy Central called Freak Show. The show centers on a group of super heroes who work as sideshow performers in their day to day lives. Considering Cross' voice work on Adult Swim shows like Tom Goes to the Mayor and Aqua Teen Hungerforce my guess is that this new series is going to be hysterical. There's no solid airdate just yet, though it will most likely air later this year, or in early 2007.

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