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Hi I'm Keith Olbermann, welcome to Jackass

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 25th 2009 1:34PM
The Los Angeles Times made a rather humorous error in their TV listings and some, depending on what they personally think of MSNBC talking head Keith Olbermann, may not have noticed the difference.

Their TV listings for Thursday listed Jackass in the time slot where Countdown with Keith Olbermann should have been. The paper issued a correction the following day, disappointing thousands of easily hammered frat boys (including me) who thought MTV's nightly cavalcade of nut shots and poo fights had returned to television on another network.

Olbermann was OK with the mistake until one of the paper's bloggers used it as a political parry against him and his network. That launched the MSNBC host into a personal tirade against the blogger and anything else that happened to saunter into the path of Olbermann's angry spittle cannon.

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EW declares the all-time best and worst of reality television

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 11th 2009 3:00PM
Jeff ProbstConsidering how prevalent reality television is these days, it's got to be a pretty daunting task to try and put together a comprehensive list of the best and worst of all time. But Entertainment Weekly thinks they've done just that. They've compiled the top 20 reality shows of all time, but also the ten worst reality shows of all time. All in all, they did a pretty damned good job.

I completely agree with the top six, but they lose me with Jackass at number seven. I have never understood the appeal of filming morons doing stupid things on purpose just to be stupid. But there were some shows missing from the list completely, like Little People Big World, So You Think You Can Dance and Beauty and the Geek. Surely those shows are better than The Hills and The Real Housewives of Sesame Street, or whatever franchise they're spinning now.

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Reality Show casting calls

by Paul Goebel, posted Apr 18th 2008 11:25AM

Casting CallsA day hasn't gone by where we haven't received some sort of tip or email asking us, the TV Squad, how to get on [insert reality show here]. Unfortunately no, Simon Cowell does not work for us, and Donald Trump isn't my BFF, so we really can't help all that much.

The folks at RealityWanted.com often send us a list of new and existing reality shows that are looking for new, er, talent, and they've given us permission to make mention of them here. We'll try to make this a regular feature as often as we get a new list.

This time we have Styledome, High School Musical: Summer Session and other new shows.

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TV 101: I'm such a Jackass (or five things I learned at MTV)

by Jay Black, posted Mar 21st 2008 12:01PM
God, why did I take this assignment?On the Jackassworld website, they have a "feature" called the "AlphaPoo". This is a collection of 26 pictures of... er, human poo... that resembles the alphabet. I don't bring this up because it's clever (in fact, if there is a bright center of clever in the universe, the AlphaPoo is the idea farthest from it); I bring it up because writing this feature about Jackass reminded me of poo. Specifically, poo that you want to come out but won't.

See, almost four weeks ago, I was sent to MTV Studios to cover the 24 hour Jackass "takeover" of the network to celebrate the premiere of Jackassworld. I figured that I would write up a few hundred words the next day and everyone would be happy. Instead, this article has festered in the bowels of my brain for almost a month. Enough is enough. I've taken some mental Metamucil (i.e. Scotch) and I'm just going to let it rip...

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Dr. Steve-O adds Real World starlet

by Varun Lella, posted Aug 15th 2007 12:04PM
Trishelle CannatellaAdam reported earlier this summer that a Steve-O-hosted reality show titled Dr. Steve-O, formerly Camp Steve-O, was picked up by USA for the fall. The show focuses on the former Jackass star as he roams the land from redwood forest to Gulf Stream waters trying to toughen up our nation's men.

Dr. Steve-O has now added Trishelle Cannatella, formerly of Real World: Las Vegas and The Surreal Life, as the madman's assistant in "de-wussifying wimps."

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Dr. Steve-O heading to USA Network

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 22nd 2007 11:02AM

steve-oAlmost a year ago I told you former Jackass jackass Steve-O would be starring in a new reality series called Camp Steve-O. That series is now set to debut October 1 at 11:00 p.m., but the name has changed to Dr. Steve-O.

The premise, though, is still the same. Steve-O will use his own brand of juvenile machismo to "de-wussify" a group of men nominated by their wives, girlfriends, buddies, and sometimes themselves. Steve-O travels around helping these poor souls through various stunts and dares.

Clearly, I'm not the target demographic for this series, as I've never associated being a real man with the type of buffoonery Steve-O is known for, but I'll admit I might be out of the loop and missed the memo that reads brave men shave their heads and willing allow themselves to be smacked in the testicles. If that's the criteria for not being a wuss, slap a dress on me and call me Thumbelina.

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Jackass: the video game

by Adam Finley, posted May 25th 2007 12:01PM

jackassThat's right, fans of Jackass, the popular MTV series that spawned two feature films is being turned into a game for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and Nintendo DS. You can pick up your copy on September 24. Or, you can pick it up after September 24. Or you can order it online and not have to pick it up at all. Or you can use your money to buy a jar of pickles, what the hell do I care?

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They might be Armed, but are they really Famous?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 8th 2007 3:35PM

Armed and FamousThere are several things that bother me about the new CBS show Armed & Famous, which debuts this Wednesday at 8pm. One, it's another damn reality show. I've truly reached my breaking point with these shows, especially ones that are just gimmicks and not teaching us anything new or providing something substantial at the end.

But the main reason I'm bothered about the show is this: the ads keep saying that the show is going to feature "real celebrities" going to work as real cops. Um...since when are people like Erik Estrada and "that guy from Jackass" real celebrities? Latoya Jackson? She has a weird brother. Jack Osbourne? He's the son of a weird father. The hot blonde chick is...um, who is she again?

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MTV introduces two new reality series

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 14th 2006 3:55PM
Bam MargeraMTV has two new reality series up its sleeve - both premiering on January 30th. First up is a second outing from sometime Jackass Bam Margera. Bam's Unholy Union will focus on the pro skateboarder's preparations for his wedding day because, yes, someone has deigned to marry him. She must know what she's in for, right? She has seen what this guy has done to his poor mother and father? I hope Bam's bride has some top-notch pranking abilities or a really great sense of humor.

Next up is Wrestling Society X which is being described as the "greatest, dirtiest and most dangerous sports entertainment program that throws out the glam of wrestling." Why the hell would anyone want to throw the "glam" out of wrestling? What's the point if there's no showmanship? If you're into pure bloodlust, start a Fight Club. If you want to see two half-naked men roll around on the floor with zero glam, try amateur gay porn. Wrestling with no glam is like hair metal without the spandex or Jerry Springer without a cast of angry trannies. It's just no fun.

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Aaron Sorkin visits the Dental Hygienist

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 3rd 2006 6:28PM
Aaron SorkinYou can always count on McSweeney's to bring the verbose, witty goods.

In the past few weeks, we've had "Johnny Knoxville's Letters to His Brother" and "Ten Reasons Why You, Audrey Tautou, Gamine French Star of Amelie, Should Date Me, Teddy Wayne." Yesterday brought a real gem, however, in the form of "Aaron Sorkin Visits a Dental Hygienist."

Giving Ken Levine's "If Aaron Sorkin wrote a show about baseball..." post a run for its money, author Jack Pendarvis unpacks the Sorkin banter tactics with an extended Poulenc reference. A sample exchange:

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Who are the scariest TV celebrities?

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 31st 2006 3:07PM

Teri HatcherOur friends over at AOL have a photo gallery up of the scariest celebrities, just in time for Halloween. There are a lot of non-TV people on the list, but there are some TV celebs on the list as well. They list Dr. Phil (no explanation necessary, in my opinion), Teri Hatcher (for mentioning how much she likes her breasts in her recent book, plus other revelations), Flavor Flav, and Jackass star Steve-O (all that abuse to his body, plus I'd add pissing on the red carpet at a movie premiere).

But wait a second...no Nancy Grace?!? No Star Jones? How about Joan Rivers or Bill O'Reilly?

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Rob & Big coming to MTV

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 9th 2006 7:58PM
rob and bigJeff Tremaine, the creator of both Jackass and Wild Boyz, has developed a new reality series for MTV called Rob & Big, which will feature skateboarder Rob Dyrdek and his bodyguard, Christopher "Big Black" Boykin living together in the Hollywood Hills (Anna mentioned the series back in April). The series will debut on November 2, but if you're really excited to see what the show is all about for some reason, you can watch a five-minute sneak peek on MTV October 26. The sneak peek will also be available on MTV.com and on MTV's mobile services. The first episode will also be available through iTunes October 31, with subsequent episodes available through iTunes the Tuesday after they air on MTV. Dyrdek and Boykin met when Dyrdek hired him as a bodyguard to help protect him from cops who would hassle him for skateboarding. And no, that sentence didn't make a lot of sense to me either, but there you go.

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Jackbutt the Movie

by Michael Canfield, posted Oct 3rd 2006 11:37AM
KnoxvilleA movie theater owner in Iowa got squeamish, or had complaints or something, and changed the name of Jackass Number Two to "Jackbutt Two" on the marquee. An alert passerby snapped a photo which her cousin posted on Flickr where you can check it out.

If anything, "Jackbutt" sounds much nastier -- downright skanky even. I don't know why they didn't go with "Jackposterior" or "Jackrearend" -- too many letters maybe. There will probably never be a movie of the CBS sitcom The Class, which is fortunate, because what could they call it at this theater? "The Cl-butt" just makes no sense at all.

[via digg]

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The Daily Show: September 20, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Sep 21st 2006 10:24AM
Jon Stewart"Thai Fighters": Over in Bangkok, Thailand, tanks traveled on their little treads to the prime minister's home and overthrew the government. It was an unexciting, bloodless coup. C'mon, Thailand! Where's the pizazz?! Asian Coup Correspondent and the newest of the new guys, Rob Riggle, used the expertise from his military background (which is real) to help explain the situation. What, is Riggle too good for a suit and a tie? Get the correspondent look together, man. And although he has the reporter-inflection down pretty good, Riggle still seems a little unsure of what he's doing. I think we'll have to wait a few weeks before we see Riggle really settle down into a character and give it his all.

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USA picks up Steve-O pilot

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 15th 2006 8:07AM
steve oFor reasons I have yet to figure out, USA recently gave the go ahead to a new reality show starring Steve-O from Jackass. The series, called Camp Steve-O, will focus on the self-made attention whore as he tries to "de-wussify" a bunch of men using his own personal style. These men do not volunteer themselves, but are instead volunteered by friends and family who feel the only way to turn them into real men is by putting them on a TV show with a man who occasionally staples his scrotum to his leg. I'm predicting an early death for this show, as I think people are starting to tire of shows centering on intense, gross and embarrassing situations, but who knows, it may catch on with the younger crowd of which I am not a part. If it fails, I guess he'll always have his shoe endorsement deal to fall back on.

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