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Celebrate Lazy Day With Seven of the Laziest TV Characters Ever

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 10th 2010 5:45PM
Homer SimpsonAccording to a dubious website with a surprisingly comprehensive list of made-up holidays, today is Lazy Day.

What? You don't celebrate it? That's OK, because what would a Lazy Day celebration really be except a bunch of people munching on potato chips while wearing sweatpants and watching TV? (Not that we're projecting our own ideas of the holiday, or anything.)

Since we didn't want to let the day go by without honoring our brethren in skirting responsibility, we decided to celebrate Lazy Day by rounding up a list of our favorite lazy TV characters.

Read on to see which slackers made the cut.

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What You Missed Last Night: a Jay Leno Show sketch that's actually kinda funny

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 8th 2010 12:45PM
Yes, Jay Leno talked about the whole NBC mess during his monologue last night, but this is something else. Leno showed a clip from what happened to one of the Jay Leno Show staff members during Christmas. You'll probably see the punchline coming a mile away, but it's still sort of amusing.

[Watch clips and episodes of The Jay Leno Show and other shows at SlashControl.]

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Why do some TV shows lie to their viewers about the holidays?

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 29th 2009 9:04AM
Vanna and PatSo I'm watching Wheel of Fortune last night, the first new episode after Christmas. I was actually surprised that there was a new episode of the show (and Jeopardy). I thought they'd go into repeats like other game shows like The Price is Right and Let's Make A Deal this week.

Anyway, the show opens and Pat Sajak and Vanna White come out and greet the audience and the game is played. Then the duo come back for their banter before the show ends and they talk about Christmas and Pat asks Vanna how her Christmas went. She says it was good. And I sigh heavily and want to bash my head against my coffee table.

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TV-wise, this isn't the most wonderful time of the year

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 28th 2009 1:30PM
retro tvSo we're in that dead time of the TV season when there's really not much on. Everything seems to be a repeat on the networks (not just prime time but game shows and talk shows during the day, too) or your favorite show isn't on at all.

There could be a silver lining in all of this though. Since your favorite shows are in repeats or aren't on, why not take this opportunity to watch a show you've never seen before? For example, tonight's CBS comedy lineup of How I Met Your Mother, Accidentally on Purpose, Two and a Half Men, and Big Bang Theory are all repeats, so why not check out House if you've never seen it before? Sounds good in theory (big bang or otherwise), though I'm not sure if people think like that with their TV show watching.

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What You Missed Last Night: Jimmy, Martha, and the Croquembouche

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 22nd 2009 3:04PM
No, that's not something dirty, it's a holiday dish that Martha Stewart cooked last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. You might know it as "that cookie thing that's shaped like a tree and has sticky stuff on it."

[Watch clips and episodes of Late Night and other shows at SlashControl.]

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Martin Short wants you to stay alive this Christmas

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 17th 2009 3:07PM
I'm not sure if this is up there with "Jingle Bells" and "White Christmas," but last night Martin Short entertained viewers of The Late Show with the song "Don't Commit Suicide on the Holidays." He even gives a little wink and nod to Dave about what he went through this year.

[Watch clips and episodes of The Late Show and other shows at SlashControl.]

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Review: Modern Family - Undeck the Halls

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 10th 2009 1:30AM
Modern Family: Undeck the Halls
(S01E10)
I think we all know the holiday season is about learning from our mistakes, and then trying to make amends, right?

Well, that's what it's about in the extended Pritchett family. It's the first Christmas for Jay and his new family, but he's a little surprised when Manny starts bringing some Colombian Christmas traditions into the family. Cameron and Mitchell take Lily for her first Christmas photo with Santa Claus, only to be disappointed when a shift change brings a less realistic Mr. Claus to the chair. Cam has his own mini-crisis, though, because of a troupe of carolers he has some history with.

The craziest of all of this is what went down at the Dunphy household. As a parent of a ten-year old, I know I've struggled with having to go through with whatever threat I make during a disciplinary lecture. It taught me to be careful of what I say, because I may not want to go through the hassle of taking all the toys out of his room and putting them in the garage.

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Holiday Shopping for TV Geeks

by Stephanie Earp, posted Nov 30th 2009 3:54PM


With Black Friday behind us and December only a few hours away, I think it's fair for me to bring up the topic of holiday shopping. It's sort of like breaking trump in a card game - once US Thanksgiving is over, it's every shopper for themselves.

I have a good reason for wanting to broach the topic early - shipping. If you are going to attempt to buy something really fantastic for a television fan, the chances of you finding it locally are slim to none. You'll have to order it online, and wait for the package to turn up in the mail. It's funny, isn't it? We can punch a series of numbers into our magical machines which convert the numbers into even more numbers and have little conversations with other machines, and the outcome is much the same as it was in the 19th century - something gets put in the mail.

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The History Channel taps Jon Stewart and Lewis Black for specials

by Nick Zaino, posted May 12th 2009 9:01AM
Jon StewartThe History Channel has gained the nickname "The Hitler Channel" among some I know for its constant airing of World War II specials (many of featuring, well, Hitler). Perhaps they were thinking of that reputation when they put together their new slate of specials, which, according to Broadcasting & Cable, includes specials hosted by Jon Stewart and Lewis Black of The Daily Show.

Stewart will be given two hours with which to target the immigration issue in a special called The Naturalized. Considering the current economic implications of immigration and its role in last year's presidential campaign, there should be plenty for Stewart to work with to keep the special current. Stewart has already begun work on it, according to B&C. The special will follow eight people on the track to becoming U.S. citizens. the special will air in the fourth quarter of 2009.

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CBS wants you to have yourself a merry little prostate exam

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 3rd 2008 5:02PM
CBS logoWhat do you get the man who has everything?

CBS is running their "CBS Cares" PSAs, and the new ones are quite...something. You've probably seen them. One of them features a bunch of women talking about what to get their husbands for Hanukkah. I think a lot of guys would like a Nintendo WII, but a woman suggests a prostate exam! And no, it's not some sort of sexual foreplay, they're actually talking about making an appointment with the doctor for the guys to have a prostate exam ("honey, wait, you're not talking about role-playing?"). There's a PSA for prostate-exams-as-Christmas-gifts too, because even people who aren't Jewish need them.

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Oprah's Favorite Things now cost around $2.99

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 22nd 2008 9:47AM
OprahEvery year, Oprah Winfrey has her "Favorite Things" episode around the holidays. This year's edition will air next Wednesday, November 26. This time though, her gift suggestions will be a little more affordable.

Because of the hurting economy, Oprah has decided that her list of favorite things this year will showcase more affordable items, some that cost next to nothing (not sure what exactly "next to nothing" really means). In fact, Oprah is going to unveil one special gift that costs zero dollars. Not sure what she means by that, but I'm guessing that gift will be something like a hug or good thoughts.

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Damn it, I missed Stephen Colbert on Martha this morning!

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 21st 2008 6:16PM
Martha StewartI hate when this happens.

You're all set to watch something, and you don't even set your DVR or your VCR or any other recording device you might have because you've known about the show for weeks and weeks and you plan to watch this particular episode because you watch the show all the time anyway. And then the day comes and you either oversleep or you're busy doing something else or it just slips your mind for some reason and you miss it.

That's what happened to me this morning.

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Holiday TV Specials on DVD

by AOL TV Staff, posted Nov 19th 2008 12:22PM
Charlie Brown ChristmasFind out where to get the Grinch, the little drummer boy and the Yule log for your very own.

If you want to forget about the madding crowds and remember why it's the most wonderful time of the year (truly), just take a break from the shopping list, grab a mug of hot cocoa and settle in with your nearest and dearest for a long winter's night ... of viewing the best classic holiday shows of all time.

Can't recall the most famous made-for-TV specials of all? Relax, we've got them here.

Consider it our little gift to you.


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The Twel... Ten Days of Festivus starts today!

by Keith McDuffee, posted Dec 10th 2007 8:02AM
festivus logoFor the next twelve ten straight days, we here at TV Squad will be performing our own rendition of The Ten Days of Festivus, counting down from Jackie's number ten later today. Be sure to check back every day for the next gift that TV has given us this Festivus season -- you won't want to miss any of them.

Be sure to also check out last year's list if you've got no idea what the heck I'm talking about.

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TiVo holiday pricing discount + lifetime service option returns

by Brad Linder, posted Nov 8th 2007 11:03AM
TiVo HDTiVo is offering up a few pre-holiday specials. First up, if you buy a new TiVo between now and Feb 2, you get a discount on monthly or annual subscriptions:
  • The $16.95 monthly fee drops to $12.95
  • Get a year of service for $129 instead of $179
  • Pay $249 for two years instead of $279
  • A 3 year service contract will cost you $299, which is the same price the company's charging now
If you're already a TiVo customer, you don't qualify for any of those discounts. But the company is bringing back product lifetime service option. $399 will get you all the electronic program guide updates you could want. You know, until you decide to upgrade to the TiVo Series4.

[via Crave]

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