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Five biggest Cheers mysteries

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 7th 2008 1:02PM
Cheers logoI was looking over a "Where are they now?" feature our friends at AOL put together on the cast of Cheers, and a few of the mysteries of the long-running sitcom classic came to mind. These were head-scratchers big and small that made me wonder if the writers are the most clever geniuses ever to man a word processor (it was the '80s, after all) or, like in most sitcoms, consistency of story was the first thing to go if a good joke came up in the writers' room.

I guess I should just go over to Ken Levine's blog and ask him, since he wrote for the show for many years. But if I did that, I wouldn't get paid for it. So, after the jump are the biggest Cheers mysteries, starting with the biggest and most obvious one:

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What's On Tonight: Nova, On The Lot, Criss Angel, Kathy Griffin

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 19th 2007 5:02PM
  • America's Got TalentAt 8, FOX has a new On The Lot.
  • ABC has a new Fast Cars & Superstars at 8.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour America's Got Talent at 8.
  • There's a new Nova on PBS at 8, then a new Frontline.
  • TCM has On Dangerous Ground at 8, then While The City Sleeps.
  • At 9, A&E has a new Dog The Bounty Hunter.
  • The History Channel has a new The Universe at 9.
  • The Travel Channel has a new John Ratzenberger's Made in America.
  • At 10, TLC has a new Miami Ink.
  • A&E has two new episodes of Criss Angel Mindfreak starting at 10.
  • Also at 10: Bravo has a new Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: On The Lot, The Shield, ECW, Criss Angel

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 5th 2007 5:20PM
  • Kathy GriffinAt 8, FOX has a new On The Lot.
  • NBC has a new Deal Or No Deal at 8, then the season premiere of America's Got Talent.
  • At 9, ABC has the 2007 ALMA Awards.
  • The History Channel has a new The Universe at 9.
  • Bravo has Everybody Can Suck It, the new Kathy Griffin special, at 9, then the season premiere of her Life on the D List show.
  • Also at 9: the Travel Channel has a new John Ratzenberger's Made In America.
  • At 9:30, A&E has a new Dog The Bounty Hunter, followed by a new Criss Angel Mindfreak.
  • There's a new Road Tasted on Food Network at 9:30.
  • At 10, FX has the season finale of The Shield.
  • Sci-Fi has a new ECW at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: House, Boston Legal, ECW

by Bob Sassone, posted May 29th 2007 5:05PM
  • The Shield logoAt 8, FOX has a new On The Lot, then the season finale of House.
  • At 10, ABC has the season finale of Boston Legal.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Independent Lens.
  • Discovery has a new Deadliest Catch at 9, followed by a new After The Catch.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 9.
  • Also at 9: Travel Channel has a new John Ratzenberger's Made In America.
  • At 9:30, Bravo has a new Real Housewives of Orange County special.
  • CBS has the Kimberly Dozier news special Flashpoint at 10.
  • FX has a new episode of The Shield at 10.
  • There's a new ECW on Sci-Fi at 10.
  • HBO has a First Look at Ocean's 13 at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 7 Results

by Erin Martell, posted May 1st 2007 11:56PM

Laila Ali and Maksim Chmerkovskiy(S04E13) This week's elimination wasn't exactly surprising, but the entertainment value of the results show made up for it. I wish that ABC had made DanceCenter a regular part of the elimination episodes instead of the Jimmy Kimmel segments. Nothing against Guillermo, but Kenny Mayne grilling Len Goodman is just good TV.

The judges chose the encore performance by a coin toss, but they would have picked a winner either way. Laila and Maksim won out over Joey and Kym, and their Samba was as hot as ever. I initially thought the judges were going to let both couples perform, since the results shows are normally so padded. This week, however, there were some amazing and hilarious segments.

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 7

by Erin Martell, posted Apr 30th 2007 11:56PM
Laila Ali and Maksim Chmerkovskiy(S04E12) Laila Ali is the only woman left in the competition, but I have a feeling that she'll make us proud. Samantha was under the impression that tonight's show "defines the season." I'm assuming that she was referring to the contestants having to learn two dances, but who knows? Len warned the contestants that the expectations were higher for the Ballroom and Latin rounds, and hoped that they would rise to the occasion. Did they? Let's find out!

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 6 Results

by Brett Love, posted Apr 25th 2007 3:00AM
Joss Stone(S04E11) ABC brought George Lopez back out of mothballs this week, so there was no 8:00 recap show. Instead, Tom and Samantha ran through the performances quickly at the beginning of the show. The best part of that was seeing Ian's reaction to the judge's comments last night. Much like many of the readers here, Ian didn't really understand where they were coming from.

It's a good point, and something that seems to happen every season. For whatever reason, the judges get a burr under their saddle and just go after one of the better contestants, while soft-pedaling some of the lesser routines. His best course of action is to move along and know that he's in good company.

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 6

by Brett Love, posted Apr 24th 2007 3:35AM
Dancing WIth The Stars

(S04E10) With only seven couples left, it's getting tough to fill that 90 minute block. Rather than force ABC to trot out another sure to disappoint sit-com, the powers that be at DWTS added the group swing performance. Having now seen it, I have to say it was a good idea. We'll get to that in a moment though. First, the couples all had to perform for the judges.

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 5 Results

by Erin Martell, posted Apr 17th 2007 11:30PM

Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough(S04E09) After three weeks of watching women get sent home, it was about time that a male contestant got the boot. Samantha mentioned that the show has reached its midpoint, and it is time to get rid of the lackluster dancers and focus on the real contenders. I have a feeling that the next few eliminations will be as predictable as this week's.

As many fans guessed, the judges chose Apolo and Julianne for the encore performance this evening. The couple's Samba was called the dance of the season. No arguments here. Apolo and Julianne's performance was just as exciting and sexy as it was last night, and it was great to see it again.

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 5

by Erin Martell, posted Apr 16th 2007 11:19PM

Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba

(S04E08) Leeza Gibbons is gone, which means that there are only two women left to compete. After some of the men's performances tonight, I doubt that Laila and Heather are worried. There was an informal "muscle shirt" theme this evening, and the men's attempts at fun and sexy had mixed results.

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 4 results

by Brett Love, posted Apr 11th 2007 3:30AM
Tom Bergeron, Drew Lachey(S04E07) They opened the show tonight by naming Apolo and Joey as the standouts. I think they have it right on that one. Ian and Laila have the stuff to get themselves back in contention, but as we sit now, Apolo and Joey are a step ahead of everyone else. Two steps in front of a few people.

When it came time to pick the encore, Len credited Ian, Apolo, and Heather as having great performances the night before, but the encore went to Joey & Kym. It was a good choice. They were the best of the night, and their paso doble was just as good the second time around. They were followed up by the first musical performance of the night.

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 4

by Brett Love, posted Apr 10th 2007 3:00AM
laila and maksim(S04E06) Tom kicked off week four by proclaiming, "It's time to go big, or go home." I would disagree with that. We are still early enough in the competition that people can continue to skate by on popularity. When they get down to four couples, then it will be time to go big.

Len followed that up by going to the stats. According to his numbers, this group has been slacking on the practice. They have only been practicing 13 hours a week. The teams from the last season averaged 19 hours. He said that it shows in their performance, but I don't notice a stark difference between the two seasons. I think we have a similar division of couples again this year. He followed that up with a threat of lower scores for anyone he thinks isn't putting in the work. I wasn't buying that, but in retrospect, this was some of the tougher judging they have ever done. That said, on with the show.

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 3 results

by Erin Martell, posted Apr 3rd 2007 11:20PM

Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson(S04E05) Another week, another "shocking" elimination. The hosts were all about hyping the "jam-packed" results show, bragging that there was more music and dancing "than ever before." What else would there be on a dancing show? An ad for a workout DVD? Oh, wait, I'm getting ahead of myself.

The behind-the-scenes interviews were combined with recap footage from last night's performances. A big deal was made of the unprecedented four-way tie. Joey Fatone was offended by Len's butt comment, and stuck out his rear (and his visible panty line) in protest during his interview. Heather wanted to advance even farther than Jonathan's previous two-legged partners. I'm still hoping that Heather's dancing talents will start to overshadow her disability. It was a valid topic in the first few episodes, but enough is enough.

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 3

by Erin Martell, posted Apr 2nd 2007 11:34PM

Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris(S04E04) We're back for another week of dancing, and the lovely Paulina is no longer with us. Many of the dances were inspired by movies this week; we had Star Wars, Pulp Fiction, and even Goldfinger. Contestants danced either the Jive or the Tango, and the results were very entertaining.

Shandi Finnessey and Brian Fortuna (Jive) - Shandi and Brian's Jive was good, but forgettable after all of the performances were finished. Their performance was fun and spirited, and Shandi wisely showed as much skin as possible. She can't compete with the other contestants' technical skills, but she's doing her best to corner the market on hotness. The judges were impressed with her progress and gave the couple a 21 (7, 7, 7).

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 2 results

by Brett Love, posted Mar 28th 2007 6:52AM
PAULINA PORIZKOVA, ALEC MAZO, SHANDI FINNESSEY, BRIAN FORTUNA
(S04E03) I'm always amazed at just how much programming ABC is able to mine from Dancing With The Stars. The performance recap show that led up to the live results show was another good example. Not that there's anything wrong with it. I'm guessing that when the numbers come in that recap show will do two, if not three, times as many viewers as George Lopez and According To Jim would in the same slot.

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