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Have You Noticed That 'Modern Family' Is Oblivious To the Recession?

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 28th 2010 10:07AM
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There's so much to like about ABC's award-winning new sitcom 'Modern Family' that it seems almost curmudgeon-like to complain. Nevertheless, you have to wonder where in the world 'Modern Family' is located. No, not the place; it's clearly Southern California. No, it's the economy. 'Modern Family' resides in an economy unaffected by the recession. Everybody is doing well. Nobody's worried about paying the mortgage, or – God forbid – facing foreclosure. Things are going so well in 'Modern Family' world that the entire clan is heading to Hawaii for a family vacation.

Wow, remember when your family could afford to fly off for a holiday? It was probably some time around the turn of the century ... 2000. Maybe 'Modern Family' is in a time warp because they're all checking into the Four Seasons Maui. It'll be the May 12 season finale, so tune in if you want to live vicariously.

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Why Charlie Sheen Must Return to 'Two and a Half Men'

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 7th 2010 1:03PM
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My colleague Danny seems to think that Warner Brothers and CBS should show Charlie Sheen the door and let him leave the series, even though the network and production company are committed to two more years of 'Two and a Half Men.' And my other fellow TV Squadder Jason has kiddingly suggested seven characters who could fill Sheen's shoes. Well, to paraphrase the words of Dan Aykroyd on 'Saturday Night Live,' they are both ignorant sluts!

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Demetri Martin Has Money All Figured Out (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 26th 2010 2:40AM
Demetri Martin, Money Demetri Martin has some really interesting theories about money. For instance, did you know that if a person uses the term "moola," that means they have a little bit of money? We didn't either, but it makes perfect sense.

On the other hand, if they use the term "assets," that means they have a lot of money. Again, we're onboard with this theory. We didn't realize, though, that if you call money "napkins," that means something very special.

He's got all the answers on 'Important Things With Demetri Martin' (Thu., 10PM ET on COM).

Watch the video after the jump.

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'The Tyra Show': Are Women Hornier if a Man's Got Money? (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 19th 2010 12:24AM
The Tyra Show, Love or Money?Do women get hornier if they know a man's got money? That's what Tyra Banks heard, so it must be true. The subject came up when her guest on 'The Tyra Show' (weekdays, 4PM ET on The CW) was describing the three types of love -- sexual, family and friends, and humankind.

The show was centered on whether we're teaching young girls to marry for money, rather than love. And if so, wouldn't that result in even more divorces than the staggering 50 percent we already have? Because who wants to spend their life with someone they don't love? Just askin'...

Watch the video after the jump.

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If 'Idol' Producers Get Their Way, Howard Stern Could Replace Cowell

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 5th 2010 11:02AM
howard_stern_siriusThe question of who will replace Simon Cowell as an 'American Idol' judge began in earnest today with Page Six claiming that Howard Stern is the 'Idol' producers' top choice to take Simon Cowell's throne. Stunt casting? Attention-grabbing? Total bull? You can take your pick because this smacks of a PR turn if ever there was one.

For a moment, though, let's consider the possibility. Howard's contract with Sirius XM Radio wraps next January. That contract was in the $100 million neighborhood. Could 'American Idol' fork over a pay-out equal to that? Umm, yes. They make enough. Will they? Hard to imagine. The figure mentioned in the report was $50 million a year, which is what Simon will earn this season, but that's based on the fact that Simon has a track record with 'Idol.'

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NBC, Conan make a $45 million deal

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 21st 2010 9:02AM
Tonight Show logoWell, it looks like it's over: NBC is confirming that they have reached a deal with Conan O'Brien.

The Tonight Show host will leave the show after only 7 months. His last show is Friday night. NBC agrees to pay Conan and his staff $45 million. $32.5 million of that will go to Conan himself while the rest of it goes to his staff, most of whom moved to Los Angeles from New York with Conan to do the show. They thought the show would last longer than 7 months. Silly staff! Some news outlets are also reporting that he can't take many of his bits with him, including Triumph.

Jay Leno returns to The Tonight Show on March 1 (after the Olympics and repeats). His first guest will be Conan O'Brien. Just kidding!

I guess this will be the last time that we use that logo above.

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Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul bound to be together again

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 18th 2010 10:25AM
paula_abdul_simon_cowell_foxNow that Simon Cowell's future has been determined and this is his last season with American Idol, his head is really into the next phase of his life, Fox's The X Factor. With that in mind, it doesn't come as a surprise that Simon would like Paula Abdul as a judge on The X Factor. We've actually written about it before and it seems more than likely to come to pass now.

It makes perfect sense, too. Simon would be drawing viewers from American Idol to The X Factor from the start. There would be both a curiosity factor, seeing Simon and Paula shoulder to shoulder together again, and there would also be a familiarity factor. It would look and feel like Idol, making fans settle in to the newer show no what matter the differences in the competition.

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Finally, Letterman does something we've all been wanting to do

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 13th 2009 8:03AM
Geico moneyNo, not that.

I'm talking about the clip after the jump. Letterman is sitting alone in his office reading the paper when he's visited by a certain ad mascot. I think we've all had the desire to do that to the thing but we haven't found it on our desks.

(Note: some people are saying that since this aired the night before Letterman's blackmailer was arrested that this was a subtle call out to the blackmailer. But I don't really see it, since, as Aaron Barnhart says, Letterman doesn't write the sketches and probably didn't tell his writers about the scandal.)

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Let's Make A Deal: Series Premiere

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 5th 2009 11:54AM
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So now we have a shiny new, 21st century edition of Let's Make A Deal. How does it stack up to the Monty Hall classic?

For the most part, the show hasn't changed a bit. Sure, some of the prizes are different now: satellite televisions and HDTVs. But there are still three doors and small boxes and big boxes and trading cash or prizes for what's behind or under those doors and boxes (and most of the prizes are the same: furniture and appliances and trips). We still have people dressed as cowboys and bananas and clowns and chefs so that hasn't changed.

But what about the hour-long format? The old show was 30 minutes. Does expanding it to an hour ruin things?

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Regis is plugging Millionaire everywhere - even CNBC

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 13th 2009 3:36PM
Regis Philbin played Millionaire on TV the other day, and not just on ABC. He actually showed up on a rival network, CNBC, and not only plugged the show but also played a stock-oriented version of the game called Who Wants To Be A Fast Millionaire.

[via TV Newser]

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CNBC host goes after bloggers

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 1st 2009 2:26PM
At the risk of becoming one of the people of the "blogosphere" that CNBC's Dennis Kneale doesn't like, he does seem a little irritating, doesn't he? He always seems to be yelling at viewers for some reason, or at the very least trying to convince you he's right, really really hard.

In the video below, he talks about how he thinks the economy is getting much better, and talks about various web sites that have called him out on it. (Takes a little while to get to that part but it's worth watching the first couple minutes of dry money talk.)

[via Gawker]

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Shark Tank is going to inspire a lot of bad jokes about water, being eaten

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 22nd 2009 9:35AM
Question: what do you get when you combine The Apprentice and American Inventor? Well, possibly a headache. Of course, you could also get a new hit reality show, and that's what ABC is hoping they'll get with Shark Tank. It features new business people and inventors pitching new products and ideas to a panel of judges/successful businessmen and women. Who gets the thumbs up? Who gets investment money? Who has to haggle and deal? Who cries? Who argues with the judges? The preview below makes me want to watch at least the first episode, though I wonder if ultimately this is a show better off on cable.

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Get to know (and hate) the stars of Bravo's new prep school reality show

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 3rd 2009 10:22AM
It's hard to tell which Bravo reality show to dislike the most. NYC Prep is in the running immediately. I can picture this getting a big following a la Gossip Girl. It has everything: money, sex, backstabbing, education, fashion. I want to say "where are their parents?" but I'm sure they OK'd all of this. The show starts on June 23.

My favorite line: "It's really hard to get into one of these exclusive prep schools because you have to be really strong academically but also very wealthy."

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CNBC reporter has a massive hangover

by Bob Sassone, posted May 1st 2009 6:47PM
Question: what's better than talking to a financial reporter about the current economic/banking crisis? Answer: talking to a hungover financial reporter about the current economic/banking crisis! Charlie Gasparino, who seems to provide CNBC fans with a wacky moment at least once a month, was on the air this morning and told his coworkers (and America) that he had a "massive" hangover because he partied last night, downing had eight martinis.

[via TV Newser]

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TV Squad Ten: Low-paying jobs that apparently pay great on TV

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 17th 2009 11:08AM
Samantha WhoIf we all lived in the box -- you know, the TV box -- life would be a hell of a lot easier. Taxes would be paid with ease. Mortgages would be managed. And even the lowliest job would be more than enough to maintain a respectable lifestyle, one that looks quite comfortable in fact.

Despite the grim economic news we hear every day, the characters on television have been able to survive -- indeed, thrive -- in some of the crappiest jobs in the universe.

An editorial assistant at a fashion mag, like Ugly Betty, finds a way to keep a Manhattan studio apartment, and commute home to Papi in Queens. Running a gym is a breeze for Old Christine, because she doesn't really work. And even without an income, Samantha Who? is never without her Jimmy Choos.

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