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SomethingPitchy Backstage With the Idols: Siobhan Magnus and Aaron Kelly (VIDEO)

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Jul 28th 2010 2:00PM
Siobhan Magnus Aaron KellySince SomethingPitchy host Andy Scott got called out yesterday for his red cheeks during his Tim Urban interview, it's fitting that SP correspondent Gaby Dunn's flustered face is exposed today.

The 'American Idol' experts went backstage with the season 9 Idols at the Newark 'Idols Live' tour last week and filmed interviews with the Top 10.

First up today, Gaby was charmed by the country etiquette of 17-year-old Aaron Kelly. The two talked dental hygiene and tried to write a country song together. (Key word: Tried.)

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SomethingPitchy Backstage With the Idols: Katie Stevens and Tim Urban (!!!)

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Jul 27th 2010 2:05PM
Katie Stevens and Tim UrbanThis set of 'American Idol' Season 9 interviews are my personal favorites.

SomethingPitchy filmed backstage videos with the entire Top 10 last week at the 'Idols Live' tour in Newark. But the most exciting part of the whole trip was when SP host Andy Scott finally got to meet his favorite contestant Tim Urban! (Note Andy's flushed cheeks. Someone's got a crush!)

Andy also talked to eighth-place finisher and absolute cutie pie Katie Stevens, who though not yet 18, is already planning a sweet music tattoo.

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Nestor Carbonell Previews the Final Season of 'Lost'

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 2nd 2010 10:01AM
nestor carbonell lostWe're only hours away from the premiere of the final season of 'Lost'. I'm excited, you're excited, and Richard Alpert himself, Nestor Carbonell, is right there with us.

I spoke to Carbonell recently about his role in the show's much-anticipated endgame. Needless to say, there are some big things in store for our favorite ageless Other, and Carbonell is looking forward to showing fans a whole new side of Richard (or should we call him Ricardus?).

He obviously couldn't spill all of the show's big secrets, but he was surprisingly candid about what we could expect from his character this year. Will we learn why Richard doesn't appear to age? Will his bond to Jacob be explored? Head after the jump to find out ... Minor spoilers follow.

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My "hard hitting" interview with Grover, Cookie Monster and Maria - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 2nd 2009 8:01PM
Leslie Carrara as Abby Cadabby, Sonia Manzano (Maria), and Cookie Monster
(Update - 8/3: Added the pic I took with Abby, Cookie Monster, and Sonia. This will be the only time you see me be in a photo with a celebrity here. In this case, I can let my journalistic standards slide a bit.)

Here's a fun thing to help close the first week of the press tour. Before yesterday's panel on the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street, Sonia Manzano, who's played Maria for the entire run, was outside the ballroom greeting people, as were three of the actors/puppeteers: David Rudman (Cookie Monster), Leslie Carrara (Abby Cadabby) and Eric Jacobson (Grover). Of course, all three brought along their characters to talk to the crowd, take pictures with the critics, and generally make everyone smile.

What I've always loved about the Muppets and the actors who give them life is that, not only are they speaking on a level that both adults and children can appreciate, but they're always so good and improvising. Think about this; it's not easy to say something funny on the spot when a reporter shoves a tape recorder in you face. And that's without a big ball of fur on your right hand. So I decided to goof around with Grover and Cookie Monster and threw them some curveballs. I also spoke to Manzano after the panel was over. All the audio is after the jump.

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Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt Interview for 'The Hills'

by Katy Kroll, posted Apr 20th 2009 6:01AM
"It's pretty hard to gauge me on a TV series. There's 24 hours of Spencer Pratt a day, and he's even crazier and weirder."

Love 'em or loathe 'em, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt -- or Speidi, as they're called -- are a major reason people still tune in to 'The Hills.' The couple's rollercoaster relationship and ongoing feud with co-star Lauren Conrad have been ratings gold for MTV.

Now in its fifth season, 'The Hills' has become a reality franchise that's given us such spin-offs as 'Bromance' and 'The City.' Meanwhile, Heidi and Spencer have become almost daily gossip fodder: As you read this, the tabloids are abuzz that the two are planning to wed on April 25 (for the second time), even though they're verging on a break-up on the show. And that's not all -- rumors are swirling that they'll take over 'The Hills' when Lauren leaves at the end of this season.

Heidi and Spencer called AOL TV to dish about the show, the state of their relationship ... and all those rumors. -- By Katy Kroll


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David Letterman almost got kicked in the head once - VIDEOS

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 29th 2009 6:06PM
LettermanI think we can all agree that the infamous Andy Kaufman/Jerry Lawler incident on the old Late Night with David Letterman show (where Kaufman and Lawler got into an argument and then a punch was thrown) was staged. But when it comes to another infamous incident from the show, where Crispin Glover demonstrated his kicking technique next to Letterman's head? I think that was weird and real.

The Glover interview is on Cracked's Letterman's most hilariously awkward moments list. Most of them are actually from his current CBS show. Only two of them (Glover and cartoonist Harvey Pekar) are from the old NBC show. Other awkward interviews listed (with videos) include Madonna, John McCain, and Michael Richards (with special awkward cohort, Jerry Seinfeld!).

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Monday Night Football to feature McCain & Obama on election eve

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 30th 2008 2:15PM
MNFAt the rate they're going, the 2008 presidential candidates will have made appearances on every kind of TV program before voting day arrives. No show is too insignificant, it seems. (Seriously, if only we could have seen Obama and McCain do the cha-cha on Dancing with the Stars!)

Therefore, it comes as no big shock that on the eve of the election -- Monday, November 3 -- the presidential candidates are going to appear on ESPN's Monday Night Football.

They will be interviewed -- separately on tape -- by half-time anchor Chris "Boomer" Berman. The anticipated time is 10:15 p.m. (ET), but because of the flow of the game, it could be closer to 10:30.

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Lost - Comic-Con Report

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jul 27th 2008 5:35PM
lost panel
As I awaited the Lost panel to start in Hall H Saturday morning, I felt bad for the multitudes of people who were still standing in line outside the convention center, behind the convention center and all the way down the road behind the Marriott hotel. If you were a fan of Lost, but not of Heroes, you simply had to sit in line and then sit through the Heroes panel in order to see Lost; there was no way around it.

The Lost panel was quite a change from Heroes, as rather than the entire cast appearing on stage, only Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse made up the panel. Later, though, a "surprise guest" came out: Matthew Fox. However, nearly everything discussed came from Lindelof and Cuse.

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Six Big Brother 10 cast interviews - VIDEOS

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Jul 13th 2008 8:45PM
Julie Chen wearing Devo glasses in the BB10 houseAh, it's that time again. Hamster watchers around the world are poised to hit that Big Brother 10 live feeds icon on their computers. The show premiered tonight, back to its summer season and, supposedly, back to its roots -- strangers living in a house. That's right. No previous relationships, no estranged family members, just strangers in the house. To spice things up, it looks like the production staff sought out opposite personalities in respect to political issues. I don't know how keen I am on that aspect, but you know I'll be watching.

Hey, if the ChenBot is wearing Devo glasses, it should be an interesting season, right? Video cast interviews beyond the jump!

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What Joel is thankful for

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 22nd 2007 3:02PM
Snoopy in the Macy's paradeThis doesn't seem like the brightest of TV seasons right now, does it? The fall season wasn't the best to begin with, and now the writers are on strike. But there are many things about the TV biz that a person can be thankful for, especially someone like me who is lucky enough to cover television for a living:

Late night talk shows: All of 'em, from The Daily Show to The Colbert Report to Letterman and Leno to Conan and Craig. The writers strike has made it painfully obvious to me that the landscape of late night TV is pretty much a wasteland without these shows. Sure, I could watch the same Seinfeld and Scrubs reruns I've seen dozens of times, but those aren't nearly as entertaining as the fresh and topical material I see on the talk shows (even Leno's).

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Big Brother 8's Evel Dick and Daniele after the win

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Sep 19th 2007 3:21PM
Evel Dick Donato, Season 8 WinnerIt's the day after the big (and often controversial) Evel Dick Donato first place win on Big Brother 8, as well as his daughter Daniele's second place win. Together, they won $550,000. Not chump change for sure, but I'd like to see this show increase its grand prize to a million like other reality shows of its ilk.

Julie Chen interviewed both Dick and his loving Evel Spawn on The Early Show -- the CBS website has an extended version of that interview available online as well as the initial interview itself.

But the kicker is a set of video interviews with all of the houseguests posted by the CBS affiliate in Los Angeles. Those took place in the yard before the wrap party and include such treasures as Amber telling us she taught America it's okay to cry. Yeah, right. [A tip of the hat to commenter OrkMommy for the link to the CBS backyard interviews!]

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Big Brother 8: Media blocked from interviewing evictees

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Aug 31st 2007 9:08PM
Big Brother's Amber is poutingNow, this is an interesting turn of events. Did you happen to notice that Amber Siyavus (also listed as Amber Tomcavage elsewhere), evicted from Big Brother 8 last night, was nowhere to be seen on The Early Show?

After all, it's as traditional as blocked feeds each season that the evicted houseguest gets an interview and some personal camera time with Julie Chen.

So, what's happening? Starting with Amber, there will be no more exit interviews of those going into the jury house this season.

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Just My Show interviews Marion Ross and Dan Lauria

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 25th 2007 7:21PM

wonder yearsI'm a bit late with this, so forgive me, but it's still worth mentioning.

The podcast Just My Show recently interviewed Marion Ross of Happy Days and Dan Lauria of The Wonder Years.

The interviewer is no Jesse Thorn, and he doesn't so much ask questions as just mention items from the interviewees past and ask for comments, but it's still a pleasure to hear these two TV parents talk about their roles.

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Creature Comforts -- An early look

by Adam Finley, posted May 24th 2007 1:01PM

creature comfortsI have never seen the original Creature Comforts, neither the Oscar-winning short film by Nick Park and Aardman Animation, nor the British TV series, so I can't compare the new American version to them, but I can say that the upcoming CBS animated series Creature Comforts is one of the most engaging and charming things I've seen in a long time.

Don't expect something goofy and fast-paced like The Simpsons or Family Guy, because that's not the kind of laughs this series is going for. Instead, the series takes interviews with regular people and then sticks their words into the mouths of cartoon animals. For example: two men sniffing wine become two dogs sniffing another dog's butt.

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Interviews with Conan O'Brien and Adam McKay - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted May 9th 2007 11:01AM

conan o'brienConan O'Brien, host of Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and Adam McKay, co-writer and director of Talladega Nights and Anchorman and father of the infamous Pearl, have at least one thing in common: they both worked on Saturday Night Live. The other thing they have in common is that they were each interviewed recently by two different publications.

O'Brien was interviewed by StarWars.com to coincide with the recent taping of his show in San Francisco (George Lucas was a guest on the program). This was my favorite exchange:

What was your favorite part of visiting Lucasfilm/ILM when you were here in San Francisco?

The part when Lucas took me into a glass elevator. It smashed through the roof and he told me the entire chocolate factory was mine. That poor man has lost his mind.

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