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The Twelve Days of Festivus: Three reality disasters

by Michael Pascua, posted Dec 21st 2009 11:00AM
Families from There Goes the NeighborhoodOn the third day of Festivus, TV gave to me ... three reality disasters!

For every good reality show that emerges, there are several horrid shows green-lit, giving reality television its negative light. I could have gone for days talking about tons of reality shows that were disastrous. Jon and Kate Gosselin became national disasters, but even their show had some merit watching a now single Kate deal with her family.

Here are three of the worst offenders of 2009, from least to most disastrous. Oh, and if you're wondering why a certain VH1 show that had Ryan Jenkins as a contestant isn't on the list, don't worry; we'll get to that later this week.

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Best and Worst TV of 2009: Bob's list

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 18th 2009 5:02PM
Mad Men
What is a best and worst list anyway? Is it truly a list of the best shows of the year and the worst shows of the year based on quality alone or do we have personal "favorites" in there too? Even if you watch 10 hours of TV a day there's no way that any TV critic can watch every single show, so there might be some gaps in what one person considers the "best and worst" and what another person has on their list.

Here are my picks.

The Best

1. Mad Men. There was no other drama this year that did so many things in so many ways. It's funny how a lot of people kept saying that "nothing ever happens" on this show. Actually, everything happened on this show, and it's all acted, written, and filmed in such a gorgeous way. This is a beautiful television series.

Here's one of the more talked about scenes from this season:

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Worst TV Shows of the 2000s

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 11th 2009 6:00AM

There was no shortage of truly great TV shows this decade -- but there was no dearth of really bad TV, either.

From talking babies and singing-and-dancing casino moguls to ill-conceived celebrity ventures into reality programming and scripted fare ... and whatever category you want to put the inexplicably enduring 'According to Jim' in, here are our picks for the worst TV the networks offered up to us in the last 10 years.

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Will winning I'm A Celebrity kill Lou Diamond Phillips' career?

by Michael Pascua, posted Jun 26th 2009 9:03AM
Lou Diamond Phillips gives up some of his dignity.All is well with the world: Lou Diamond Phillips won I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! He's the only contestant out there that deserves to be called a "celebrity."

Why did Lou Diamond Philips pick a show that anyone could see was going to be a train wreck? Did he have 24 days off and say, "why not?" Or did he look at the list of celebrities and then agree? After watching the season, I still don't know who Torrie Wilson was, and she was the runner up.

Lou Diamond Phillips is a good actor. I loved him in La Bamba. I have CHE on my list of movies to watch. He may be a little aged now, but he still gets parts and plays them well. If he did the show for his charity (I love him for supporting Art has Heart), he probably agreed because he knew he had the most celebrity and probably was the most sane person out there.

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TV News Daily: Eddie Cibrian Joins 'CSI: Miami'

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 25th 2009 1:00PM
Eddie Cibrian and Nick Cannon

Eddie Cibrian joins 'CSI: Miami,' Farrah Fawcett passes away at 62, 'America's Got Talent' has its lowest premiere ever and more TV news.

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Lou Diamond Phillips Wins 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here'

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 25th 2009 10:45AM
After 24 days of living in the jungle, Lou Diamond Phillips was crowned the winner on the finale of NBC's 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.'

The 47-year-old actor beat out former pro-wrestler Torrie Wilson and ex-NBA player John Salley, and won money for his chosen charity, Art Has Heart, which awards scholarships to low-income students.

All the previous celebrity contestants returned for the finale, except for comedy duo Frangela. Notorious married couple Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag of 'The Hills' did show up, and the latter said she was recovered from the hospitalization that led to her exit from the show. "I'm a lot better," she told host Damien Fahey in an interview. "The doctor said I'll be OK if I stay out of the jungle."

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Gossip stream says Dickinson packed up to Costa Rican hospital

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jun 16th 2009 10:02AM
Janice Dickinson ran out of luck when she ran out of water on her most recent reality show.A mysterious source close to the production of I'm a Celebrity! Get Me Out of Here! reports that Janice Dickinson tapped out of the show after being rushed to a Costa Rican hospital this weekend.

While some were hoping that she was institutionalized for a personality transplant, it turns out she was reportedly suffering from dehydration, depending on which source you find.

There's some debate on whether severe dehydration is more dangerous than actually being in a Costa Rican hospital, but she's said to be nowhere near the reality show's set.

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Al Roker can't stand Heidi and Spencer either

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 15th 2009 4:24PM
The funniest part of this video (and there are many funny parts of this video, trust me) is the fact that Spencer wants a copy of NBC's feature about them, completely clueless to the fact that it makes them look really, really bad. Or maybe they just don't care. (And Spencer, believe me, NBC is not the only one saying these things about you). Roker can barely keep in his disgust for these two.

Update: Al made Heidi cry! She advises women to "be careful of him." WTF?

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What's On Tonight: Greek, RAW, Nurse Jackie, 4th and Long

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 15th 2009 4:01PM
  • Kathy GriffinAt 8, ABC has a new, two-hour Bachelorette, followed by a new Here Come The Newlyweds.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here at 8, then a new Dateline.
  • ABC Family has the season finale of Greek at 8.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 8.
  • At 9, TNT has a new episode of The Closer, followed by a new Raising The Bar.
  • TLC has a new Jon & Kate Plus 8 at 9.
  • Also at 9: HBO has the premiere of Joe Buck Live.
  • At 9:30, TCM has On The Waterfront.
  • At 10, Showtime has a new Weeds, then a new Nurse Jackie.
  • Bravo has a new Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List at 10.
  • Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives at 10.
  • There's a new 4th & Long on Spike at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Rod Blagojevich appears on I'm A Celebrity after all

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 12th 2009 6:34PM
Well, you knew NBC would try to find a way to get Rod Blagojevich onto I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here,and they did. Instead of appearing in the flesh (which he legally couldn't), he appeared via Skype to talk to his wife Patti, who is on the show. She also talks to her kids, which makes it clear that the young ones are actually watching this mess. Oh well, at least they don't have to watch Heidi and Spencer anymore.

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcchicago.com/video.

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Subtle Subtitles: Paris Hilton's My New BFF

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 12th 2009 1:33PM
I'm A Celebrity..If you haven't seen our game before, we give you a picture from a recent episode of a TV series and you provide the caption! Last week we had a picture from I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here. The winner is Curtis with this:

"Waterboarding? Never heard of it but it sounds like fun. Just let me put my hair up first."

This week we have a picture from MTV's reality show Paris Hilton's My New BFF.

Paris Hilton

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Charity doesn't make for better TV

by Michael Pascua, posted Jun 8th 2009 2:04PM
The contestants of I'm A Celebrity quickly get out of the tank.I can't watch I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! The show is basically Big Brother but with an unwillingness to compete. Why do celebrities sign up for physically and mentally demanding reality shows when they don't want to compete? I'm looking at you, Dustin Diamond. To attempt to get some viewer sympathy, the celebrities are playing for charity. I feel bad for the charities that Heidi and Spencer have because I wouldn't want their douchebag antics associated with the charity's image.

Celebrity reality shows can succeed without having to play the charity card. It's all about maintaining the quality level.

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Subtle Subtitles: I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 5th 2009 3:39PM
ReaperIf you haven't seen our game before, we give you a picture from a recent episode of a TV series and you provide the caption! Last week we had a picture from the series finale of Reaper. The winner is Hubbahubba, with this:

"Smile, kid. The CW execs can smell fear."

This week we have a picture from the horrifying first week of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here.

I'm A Celebrity

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A&E cancels The Beast

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jun 4th 2009 2:05PM
patrick swayze the beast
Though it probably comes as no big surprise, sources are saying that the Patrick Swayze drama about a rogue FBI agent, The Beast, won't be returning for a second season. While A&E has told Variety that no official decision has been made, word is that episode 13, which aired at the end of April, will be the series' last.

I've been watching I'm a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here!, which is a terrible revelation to make about myself, but in the three hours of my life that show has taken from me, I've come to a few conclusions: 1. My life needs more meaning, and 2. Lou Diamond Phillips is kind of a bad-ass.

I bring this up because apparently, there had been talks of The Beast continuing with someone other than Patrick Swayze in the lead in case Swayze's poor health prevented him from continuing on the show. Phillips recently guest-starred on the series, and I would love to see him on television (in a situation in which he wasn't getting eaten by rats).

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Chelsea Handler apologizes to Costa Rica (for I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 3rd 2009 5:26PM
Chelsea Handler doesn't hold back, eh? In this clip she tackles NBC's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here (which I've been spelling as "outta here" the past several days, but who cares?). I love the new word she unveils to the world: "celebri-dicks."

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