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Top 5 Clips of the Week: O'Reilly Leaves Letterman Hanging, Betty White for Prez & More (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 16th 2011 10:45AM


This week, several of our favorite TV clips were infused with political undertones. Betty White prepared to run for the presidency on the double entendre ticket, while Bill O'Reilly wouldn't high five Letterman after admitting he was wrong about the Iraq War. Hank Williams Jr. went on 'The View' to try to explain himself after getting sacked from 'Monday Night Football,' but all that came out was jibberish.

LL Cool J dropped some knowledge in a BET Awards acceptance speech, in what proved to be the high-point of the week for Blackberry. And thankfully, Simon Cowell dumbed it all down by marveling at Wendy Williams' boobs.

Check out the clips after the jump and vote for your favorite in our weekly poll.

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Top 5 Clips of the Week: Rooney's Final 'Few Minutes,' Lilly's Gassy Past & More (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 8th 2011 12:30PM


Our favorite TV clips from this week ran the full gamut of emotions, and were filled with contradictions. J.R. Martinez's 'Dancing With the Stars' tribute to fallen soldiers was uplifting and emotional, a solid rebound after the horror of last week's Nancy Grace nip slip. Andy Rooney's '60 Minutes' sign-off was grumpily sincere, while Evangeline Lilly's story about farting on an airplane passenger was gross but oddly charming.

Meanwhile, Snooki throwing wine bottles at the Situation was, like most things that happen on 'Jersey Shore,' sadly entertaining. Finally, Hank Williams Jr. comparing President Obama to Hitler ... well, that was just absurd and unoriginal.

Check out the clips after the jump and vote for your personal favorite in our weekly poll.

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ESPN Fires Hank Williams Jr. After Controversial Comments

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 6th 2011 11:15AM
America will soon be looking for another way to get ready for some football.

ESPN announced today that it had formally cut ties with country singer Hank Williams Jr., whose song 'All My Rowdy Friends' served as the intro to the network's 'Monday Night Football' broadcast. Williams, and the song had been temporarily suspended by the network for this week's Bucs vs. Colts game in the wake of comments he made on 'Fox & Friends' comparing President Obama to Hitler.

"We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr.," ESPN said in a statement. "We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue."

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Colbert Wasn't 'Ready For Some Football' Without Hank Williams Jr. (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 5th 2011 4:15AM
'The Colbert Report'Apparently, Hank Williams Jr.'s weekly contribution to 'Monday Night Football' was more important than we ever realized. Stephen Colbert detailed just how lost he was when ESPN opted not to use it as the intro this week on 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central).

The decision came after Williams made controversial statements on the 'Fox & Friends' show equating President Obama to Adolf Hitler. But with so little warning, the absence of Williams' song left Colbert in fact "dangerously unprepared for some football."

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Hank Williams Jr. Compares Obama to Hitler, Gets Pulled From ESPN (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 3rd 2011 8:15PM
Hank Williams JrAre you ready for some football scandals? Well you won't be hearing the voice of Hank Williams Jr. kicking off this week's big game.

Appearing on Fox & Friends to talk politics today -- a topic he's always been very vocal about -- Williams landed himself in some hot water after seemingly comparing President Barack Obama to Hilter.

The country singer, whose voice famously asks football fans "Are you ready for some football?" each week, criticized the president's recent "golf summit" with Republican House Speaker John Boehner, saying it "would be like Hitler playing golf with Benjamin Netanyahu [the Israeli leader]."

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Newly Released Audio Spotlights 'Monday Night Football's' Decision to Announce John Lennon's Death During Game Broadcast (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Dec 8th 2010 1:20PM
Announcement of John Lennon's death on 'Monday Night Football'Just about every angle concerning the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's death has been covered exhaustively, but ESPN found a new one that 'Access Hollywood Live' (Weekdays, Syndicated on NBC) picked up on today -- the debate inside the 'Monday Night Football' broadcast booth about whether to announce the news that Lennon had been shot.

ESPN's 'Outside the Lines' discovered the previously un-aired conversation between sportscasters Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford, in which Cosell, ever focused on the game, wondering during a commercial break whether to break the news when the New England Patriots were setting up for a crucial field goal against the Miami Dolphins.

Gifford was the one who convinced him to do it, even insisting on it, saying, "You've got to do it," and adding, "It's a tragic moment and this is going to shake up the world."

Cosell did wind up announcing the news, and did so eloquently, telling fans to remember that this "is just a football game, no matter who wins or loses," and calling Lennon's assassination "an unspeakable tragedy."

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Don Meredith, 'Monday Night Football' Analyst, Dead at 72

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 6th 2010 1:00PM
Monday Night Football teamDon Meredith, the former 'Monday Night Football' co-host, has died at the age of 72.

Meredith passed away in Santa Fe, NM of complications from emphysema and a brain hemorrhage he suffered on Sunday. He previously suffered a stroke in 2004.

Meredith was probably unknown to many younger TV viewers, but "Dandy Don" was everywhere in the 1970s and '80s. His trademark while calling games, besides his casual demeanor and humor, was singing 'Turn Out The Lights' when it was obvious that the game was indeed over.

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What's On Tonight: Monday Night Football, Men of a Certain Age, Monster

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 28th 2009 12:24PM
  • MythbustersTBS has a Family Guy marathon all night.
  • History Channel has a Pawn Stars marathon all night.
  • At 8, Lifetime has Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle, then The Ultimate Gift.
  • Current has a new Current Exposed at 8.
  • National Geographic has a new Dog Whisperer at 8.
  • At 8:30, ESPN has Monday Night Football, the Vikings vs. the Bears.
  • At 9, PBS has a new American Masters.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • Current has a new InfoMania at 9.
  • Discovery has a new Mythbusters at 9, followed by a new Motor City Motors.
  • At 10, TNT has a new Men of a Certain Age.
  • A&E has a new Hoarders at 10.
  • At 11, Syfy has two new episodes of Monster.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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All Danny wants for Festivus

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 24th 2009 5:02PM
I love Christmas. It is the best holiday. If all of the holidays grew asses, Christmas could kick every other holiday's ass by ripping off their ass and beating them to death with said ass.

It's perfect on every conceivable level. It aims to achieve total peace and tranquility of the human spirit and singularity of the soul through the selfless act of giving. Of course, in order for that to work, someone has to be on the receiving end and I'm more than willing to have my every dream fulfilled in the name of calming the cosmic waves.

So here's my wish list to Santa or Jesus or Buddha or whomever holds the universe in balance for things to suck less until the next holiday.

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What's On Tonight: The Sing-Off, Find My Family, Monday Night Football

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 21st 2009 12:07PM
  • The CloserTBS has a Family Guy marathon all night.
  • At 8, ABC has I Want A Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown, followed by a new Find My Family.
  • NBC has the two-hour season finale of The Sing-Off at 8, then a new Jay Leno Show.
  • At 8:30, Food Network has a holiday episode of Good Eats, then a holiday episode of Unwrapped.
  • ESPN has Monday Night Football at 8:30, the Giants vs. the Redskins.
  • At 9, TNT has the season finale of The Closer, followed by a new Men of a Certain Age.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • At 9:30, History Channel has three new episodes of Pawn Stars.
  • At 10, A&E has a new Hoarders.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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ESPN sets record with Monday's Saints-Pats game

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 3rd 2009 10:02AM
MNF_logoOn Monday night, ESPN had one of the best NFL match ups of the season -- the undefeated New Orleans Saints versus perennial powerhouse New England Patriots. The game was, perhaps, a preview of the Super Bowl because it's entirely possible that the Saints and the Pats could make it through the playoffs to the ultimate game.

Well, without much more than the usual hype, ESPN's Monday Night Football got the huge audience this kind of contest warrants. It was the second most-watched cable program of all time. Yes, you read that correctly. The second most-watched cable program of all time. Over 20 million total viewers -- 21.4 million -- tuned in to watch the game... which turned out to be a bit of a dud. But that doesn't matter to ESPN because they scored big time.

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What's On Tonight: House, Good Eats, One Tree Hill, Rita Rocks

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 30th 2009 12:14PM
  • TraumaAt 7, Nickelodeon has two new episodes of BrainSurge.
  • At 8, ABC has How The Grinch Stole Christmas, then Shrek The Halls and a new Find My Family.
  • NBC has a new Heroes at 8, followed by new episodes of Trauma and The Jay Leno Show.
  • FOX has a new House at 8, then a new Lie To Me.
  • The CW has two new episodes of One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl.
  • TLC has two new episodes of Little People, Big World, then a new Cake Boss.
  • Food Network has a new Christmas edition of Good Eats at 8, followed by Wintertime Treats Unwrapped.
  • Also at 8: TCM has The Lady From Shanghai, then Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
  • At 8:30, ESPN has Monday Night Football, the Patriots vs. the Saints.
  • At 9, USA has a new Monday Night RAW.
  • At 10, Lifetime has two new episodes of Rita Rocks.
  • Bravo has a new Million Dollar Listing at 10.
  • History Channel has two new episodes of Pawn Stars at 10.
  • There's a new Three Sheets on Fine Living at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Sorry, Notre Dame, Jon Gruden's committed to ESPN

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 16th 2009 4:04PM
jon_gruden_ESPNThings are not going well for Notre Dame head football coach Charlie Weis. He's in the midst of a rough season, not likely to make a bowl game, and rumors are rampant that he will be fired after a five-year-term that has not brought the university a national championship. The number one name on the lips of everyone to replace Weis is ESPN analyst, and Super Bowl-winning head coach, Jon Gruden. However, this morning ESPN locked up Gruden with an extension on his current contract which expands his responsibilities as an ESPN talking head.

In addition to sticking with the ESPN Monday Night Football color commentary role -- in which he's pretty much been Mr. Enthusiasm -- Gruden will be working the NFL Draft, the Pro Bowl, Super Bowl week, and on radio the Rose Bowl and the BCS game. Basically, if Gruden is talking football, he's doing it on ESPN air.

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What's On Tonight: Lincoln Heights, CSI: Miami, Lopez Tonight

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 9th 2009 12:16PM
  • TraumaAt 8, ABC has a new, two-hour Dancing with the Stars, followed by a new Castle.
  • CBS has a new How I Met Your Mother, then new episodes of Accidentally on Purpose, Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory, CSI: Miami.
  • NBC has new episodes of Heroes, Trauma, and The Jay Leno Show.
  • FOX has a new House at 8, then a new Lie To Me.
  • The CW has a new One Tree Hill at 8, followed by a new Gossip Girl.
  • ABC Family has the two-hour season finale of Lincoln Heights at 8.
  • TLC has two new episodes of Little People, Big World at 8, then a new Jon & Kate Plus 8.
  • At 8:30, ESPN has Monday Night Football, the Steelers vs. the Broncos.
  • At 9, USA has anew Monday Night RAW.
  • At 10, Lifetime has two new episodes Rita Rocks.
  • TLC has a new Cake Boss at 10.
  • There's a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on Food Network at 10.
  • Also at 10: E! has a new episode of The Soup Presents.
  • At 11, TBS has the series premiere of Lopez Tonight.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Good Eats, Two and a Half Men, Gossip Girl, RAW

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 2nd 2009 12:19PM
The Big Bang Theory
  • At 7:30, FOX has Game 5 of The World Series.
  • At 8, ABC has a new, two-hour Dancing with the Stars, followed by a new Castle.
  • CBS has a new How I Met Your Mother at 8, then episodes of Accidentally on Purpose, Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory, and CSI: Miami.
  • NBC has new episodes of Heroes, Trauma, and The Jay Leno Show.
  • The CW has a new One Tree Hill at 8, followed by a new Gossip Girl.
  • ABC Family has a new Lincoln Heights at 8, then the season finale of Greek.
  • There's a new Good Eats on Food Network at 8.
  • ESPN has a new Monday Night Football at 8, the Falcons vs. the Saints.
  • At 9, PBS has a new American Experience.
  • USA has new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • Food Network has a new Unwrapped at 9.
  • At 9:30, Lifetime has three new episodes of Rita Rocks.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
  • TLC has two new episodes of Cake Boss at 10.
  • Bravo has a new Million Dollar Listing at 10.
  • Also at 10: E! has a new episode of The Soup Presents.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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