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Neil Patrick Harris saves the Tony Awards

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 8th 2009 12:02PM
NP Harris TonysIf you had DVR'd the Tony Awards on CBS last night, or switched off the set after Elton John's Billy Elliot, The Musical won the final big award of the night -- Best Musical -- you missed the best thing in the entire show. In a word, Neil Patrick Harris.

At a few minutes after 11 o'clock, Tony host Neil Patrick Harris wrapped up the broadcast, but instead of just saying goodnight and urging viewers to go see a Broadway show, Neil did a musical number and it was the high point of the night. In true Barney Stinson style, the How I Met Your Mother star (and sure bet Emmy nominee), performed a song that was as good as any Billy Crystal Oscar opening. Funny, snarky and pointed, it really skewered the Tonys, almost like a Mad magazine parody.

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Saturday Night Live: Neil Patrick Harris/Taylor Swift - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Jan 11th 2009 1:29PM
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It's just as we thought, everyone: Neil Patrick Harris is awesome. Why did it take SNL so long to bring in NPH? It seems cruel, almost, to make us wait like this. Even though the sketches this week were not particularly spectacular or groundbreaking, NPH's delivery and enthusiasm made the ride really fun. Unless his backstage demands and antics were too crazy for the SNL gang to handle, there's no reason to hold back on multiple returns.

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The Rachel Maddow Show (series premiere)

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 9th 2008 10:05AM
Rachel Maddow portraitThe most famous Rachel on TV today isn't the same one that made Jennifer Aniston a star. And it's Rachael with the extra "E" that's the syndicated star of a talk show that won the Emmy in 2008. But the newest Rachel on the air is MSNBC's plucky new host of her own show, Rachel Maddow. Like Aniston, Rachel Maddow's hairdoo is fashionable, and like Ray, Maddow's very personable. However, The Rachel Maddow Show is worlds apart from Friends or 30 Minute Meals/The Rachael Ray Show. Maddow is all about politics, current events and things that, by and large, are important.

In some ways, The Rachel Maddow Show is a spinoff of Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Maddow has been a regular sub for Olbermann, proving her prowess to MSNBC, and her show has a cushy spot between the first run of Countdown at 8 p.m. ET and the replay at 10 p.m. For the premiere episode, in fact, Keith appeared as Rachel's first guest -- a crossover from the end of Countdown where Rachel was interviewed in the last segment before the close. This was a smart move, sort of like a bridge from his show to hers, a bridge to somewhere if you will.

The new studio for Maddow has the quality MSNBC look, glass top desk, plasma screens, obnoxious -- but expected -- graphics on the bottom and bugs and flags reinforcing information as it's spoken.

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Liza & David's unaired pilot is up on YouTube, Google

by Anna Johns, posted Oct 19th 2006 9:31AM
liza minnelli; david gestI think I know why Liza Minnelli and David Gest got divorced: She's way out of his league. I came to that conclusion after watching the unaired pilot for their VH1 Celebreality show, which all came to a crashing halt when they split.

Despite the caliber of the stars, there really isn't anything shocking or too weird in the pilot, but I did delight in watching the Liza scenes. She seems to be a genuine sweetheart-- crossing the street to sign autographs, snuggling a stranger's dog in her car, and talking her godson into doing his impression of her. I found Liza to be surprisingly unaffected by her fame and, quite frankly, I adored her. She's very old Hollywood. Plus, she shares some great moments with the late Luther Vandross and Ray Charles.

Then there's David Gest... who is weird in a Howard Hughes sort-of way. He lives in Liza's shadow. This line pretty much sums him up, while shopping at a furniture store, he says, "I just bought the elephant man's bones from Michael Jackson and I need an incubator."

Was it good? Not really. But it is worth watching, just to get a glimpse of Liza.

The pilot is in three parts on YouTube and Google Video.

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What's on tonight: Liza, March Madness, Kid's Choice Awards, Henry Rollins

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 1st 2006 4:49PM
  • Liza MinnelliABC has The Ring at 8, followed by a repeat of the latest episode of Lost.
  • CBS has NCAA basketball action all night.
  • There's a new Dateline on NBC at 8, followed by repeats of Law and Order: SVU and Conviction.
  • FOX has two repeats of Cops, followed by a new America's Most Wanted.
  • Showtime has Liza With a Z, a concert with Liza Minnelli. It's on at 8 (Note: Showtime is free this weekend).
  • TLC has two new eps of Little People, Big World at 8.
  • Also at 8: Nickelodeon has The Kid's Choice Awards, hosted by Jack Black.
  • At 10, IFC has the premiere of The Henry Rollins Show.
  • HBO has the Robert Wuhl special Assume The Position With Mr. Wuhl at 10.
  • At 11:30, NBC has a repeat SNL with Scarlett Johannson and Death Cab For Cutie.
  • Don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed!

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Lost, Liza, and Lex Luthor: TV Guide in 60 seconds

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 28th 2006 8:43AM
  • Eric Close - Without A TraceOn the cover: the Without A Trace cast talks about a new storyline involving drug addiction. Plus, a photo gallery.
  • Matt Roush finds Thief relentlessly glum, and hopes that Everwood is renewed.
  • The evil female cyborg from Terminator 3 has a new show on The Sci-Fi Channel.
  • Who played James Garner's brother on Maverick?
  • In the print edition only: a Q and A with Lost star Terry O'Quinn, a look at the four top Survivor stars, a preview of the Clark/Lex confrontation on Smallville, the women of Big Love, and a guest column from...Liza Minnelli!

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