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The Twelve Days of Festivus: Nine on-air breakdowns

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 15th 2009 11:00AM
Glenn BeckOn the ninth day of Festivus, TV gave to me... nine on-air breakdowns.

Director Alfred Hitchcock once said, "Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it."

Yes, having a camera stuck in your face for an hour or more a day must take a toll on your sanity. Your privacy is virtually limited. Your every move is scrutinized and criticized by faceless meanies. Your therapist is one session away from owning his own fishing trawler.

It's only a matter of time before the grasp of sanity is clipped away like a loose thread on a homemade snowman sweater and you turn into a blubbering, snotty, incoherent mess for all the world to enjoy. These are the personalities who lost it and may or may not have gained whatever "it" is back.

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Larry King's 10-Year-Old Son to Host 'Kid Pitch'

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Nov 20th 2009 1:00PM
Chance and Connor King, sons of Larry King Chance King, 10-year-old son of talk-show titan Larry King, is living up to his family name.

Access Hollywood has confirmed that lil' King will host Fox Sports Net's 'Kid Pitch.' The show will be directed by actor Tom Arnold, former co-host of the 'Best Damn Sports Show Period.'

Either Papa King has made his little boy's dream come true, or Tom Arnold has scored the most wicked babysitting job disguised as a sports show. Either way, taping of 'Kid Pitch' is set to begin in February 2010. Chance's 8-year-old brother, Cannon, is also set to make appearances on the show.

For all you naysayers, a decade is a long time to absorb everything possible about baseball. Plus, it has been rumored that Chance will schedule his guests based on his best baseball card trades of the week (don't laugh! he's a King and it's an awesome collection). Considering that all we need to know in life we learned in kindergarten already, Chance is clearly beyond that grade.

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Carrie Prejean 'Disrespectful' on Larry King Appearance, Runner-Up Says

by Nicholas White, posted Nov 16th 2009 1:45PM
Carrie PrejeanAfter a disastrous appearance on CNN's Larry King Live last week, Carrie Prejean is drawing heat from critics as well as her fellow pageant competitors.

"It just goes to show you how much respect she has, and how disrespectful she is," Chelsea Gilligan, 2009's Miss California Teen USA, said over the weekend.

"Larry King is amazing, he is so sweet. He is the nicest, most easiest interviewer," Gilligan told Inside TV at the 'Planet 51' premiere in Westwood, Calif. "The fact that she would disrespect him on national television, an elder -- I mean, I don't know."

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Jon Gosselin does damage control on Larry King

by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 2nd 2009 8:30AM
Jon Gosselin on Larry King
What a mess the whole Jon & Kate Plus 8 Minus 1 debacle is. Apparently, after learning that TLC was moving forward with a revamped show named Kate Plus 8, Jon demanded through his lawyers that the show cease production immediately or face criminal charges.

A letter from his attorney noted, "In the event that anyone enters the marital property, Jon Gosselin will notify the local authorities to effectuate police action against any trespassers." Keep in mind that Jon seemed fine with the kids being on the show last week, when he was still a big part of the show and was, in fact, filming an episode with the kids.

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Chris Brown is ticked off at Oprah

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 5th 2009 10:02AM
chris_brownYesterday, we wrote about Chris Brown's appearance on Larry King Live, where he tried to ameliorate his image. As Jane pointed out, Chris didn't really say very much. On the other hand, in the new People magazine, Brown has opened up and put his foot directly in his mouth. Chris Brown is ticked off with Oprah Winfrey and thinks she owes him an apology. Or so it seems.

Brown was offended that Oprah did a show last March about domestic violence, based on Brown's public assault on his lover, the singer Rihanna. The incident took place in a car after they had both been to the Grammys. Brown was found guilty, ordered to stay away from Rihanna, sentenced to five years of probation, one year of domestic violence counseling, and six months of community service.

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Laura Linney Joins 'The C Word' & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Aug 28th 2009 12:00PM
Laura Linney The C WordLaura Linney has 'The C Word,' TNT renews 'Leverage,' 'American Idol' picks another guest judge and more of today's top TV headlines.

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CNN denies catching Michael Jackson's ghost on camera

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 8th 2009 10:05AM
Is this Michael Jackson's ghost at Neverland Ranch?The sheer volume of coverage surrounding Michael Jackson's untimely death has reached such a solid density that you can actually take a hammer to it (and believe me, I've tried).

The man's death was tragic and newsworthy, and the recent memorial was also deserving of some extreme attention, but some of the bits and pieces almost scream for the story to stick around. Mark my words, Michael Jackson will replace Jesus and the Virgin Mary as the holy face that some yahoo will see in their morning batch of French toast.

One of those stories reached such a fever pitch that the network that spawned it tried to put a stop to it. An overly vigilant CNN viewer spotted a shadowy figure walking across the camera during Larry King's visit to Neverland Ranch. The video found its way to YouTube where it garnered over 4 million hits and sparked a wave of news coverage not seen since, well, Michael Jackson's death.

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Carradine's death was probably not a suicide

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 5th 2009 1:05PM
Tarantino and Madsen talking about Keith Carradine on Larry KingWhen I heard that David Carradine was found hanging from a closet in his hotel room yesterday, one of the first things I thought was, "Huh. He doesn't seem like the kind of guy who would commit suicide." He just seemed like one of those full-of-life guys that wanted to experience all he could before he checked out. I even wondered aloud to my fiancee if he died doing something... else, using the rumored cause of death of INXS' Michael Hutchence as a reference.

I guess I wasn't far off. Now Thai police are speculating that Carradine may have accidentally died during a "sex game gone wrong," according to The Washington Post. This is after his manager, who was on Larry King Live last night, his friends and family, and his colleagues all agreed that there was no way Carradine was suicidal.

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Palin to visit Desperate Housewives?

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 14th 2008 8:03AM
Sarah AlaskaFile this one under the category of really, wild rumors that should become reality: Desperate Housewives wants Governor Sarah Palin to appear as a guest on the show.

Like I said, this is a rumor that cropped up yesterday, saying that head-writer/creator Marc Cherry was "very hot to trot to have her appear in the season finale." That was followed by an ABC spokesman denying that there's a shred of truth to the story.

Still, what if it's not such a Lucy Ricardo idea? Sarah Palin as a visitor to Wisteria Lane would be terrific -- and probably a boost in the ratings (which are doing great anyway, but still why not do even better?).

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More financial woes for Ed McMahon

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 21st 2008 3:23PM
Ed McMahon 1Somebody give Ed McMahon a job, please! There are more stories emerging about the famous TV sidekick's financial woes, and it's just sad that he's in such dire straits.

Granted, he's not alone in these tough times -- and, yes, he has had millions in his time -- but the revelations that the former Tonight Show star and Star Search host is in money trouble strikes me as really unfortunate. And apparently that help from Jay Leno is slow in materializing. Why isn't Publisher's Clearinghouse giving him a gig?

The latest news is that Citibank is suing McMahon for $200,000, a loan they extended to Ed. In a lawsuit filed in L.A. Superior court on June 9, the bank is seeking $179,687 in damages, plus legal fees. This is on top of the potential foreclosure on his Beverly Hills home.

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An open letter to the cable news networks

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 21st 2007 2:23PM

MSNBC logoA car chase is news. A car ride isn't.

On June 17, 1994, you, me, and a gazillion other Americans watched O.J. Simpson and his buddy Al Cowlings lead L.A. police on a slow chase in a white Bronco. On September 19, 2007, you, me, and maybe a million other Americans watched O.J. Simpson and his lawyers lead the cable news networks on a slow ride to ... somewhere else.

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Larry King to appear on The Closer season finale

by Richard Keller, posted Aug 19th 2007 5:30PM

Larry King will appear on the Sept. 10 season finale of The CloserSure, sure, The Closer has received many accolades during its three seasons on the air, and star Kyra Sedgwick has won and been nominated for several awards. However, can you really say that the show has made it into the television pantheon? Well, now that Larry King is appearing you can definitely shout out a resounding 'YES'.

It's true, folks. Larry will guest-star on the season finale of The Closer, which will air September 10th on TNT.

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Larry King confuses Ringo Starr with George Harrison

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 27th 2007 3:04PM

Larry KingMore ammo for the "Larry King should retire" crowd.

On last night's show, King was interviewing Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and during the interview, during a segment where they talked about what they were doing when John Lennon was killed, he turned to Starr and asked "George, where were you?" McCartney didn't want to let the matter drop, but Ringo just laughed it off. Harrison, of course, is dead.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Jun 26th 2007 5:23PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily: Speculating about subjects we should be sick of by now!
The video's embedded below, or you can subscribe to this podcast via our feed. Plus, you can also the file directly.

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Isaiah Washington will sit with Larry King

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jun 25th 2007 5:42PM
Larry KingYes, more news about Isaiah Washington! As if we had not published enough articles about him yet (just look at the amount of links in this article alone). Michael Ausiello from TV Guide reports that the ex-Grey's Anatomy actor will sit down for a chat with CNN's Larry King on Larry King Live on Monday, July 2. This will be the actor's first TV interview since being fired.

Expect the interview to cover the too much publicized incidents with T.R. Knight and Patrick Dempsey as well as what happened at the Golden Globes, the rehab, the PSA, the fact that Washington got fired, that potential law suit against ABC and the media frenzy!


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