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Eric Clapton Asked Permission to Steal George Harrison's Wife (And 6 Other Things I Learned from the HBO Documentary)

by Michael Hogan, posted Oct 5th 2011 12:30PM
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Given how many years have passed since they formed (54) and how many books, articles and films have been devoted to them since they broke up (approximately twenty gazillion), I feel confident stating that it is now literally impossible to break news about The Beatles. Still, even avid Beatles fans like myself don't know everything there is to know about the Fab Four, which is good news for Martin Scorsese's new documentary, 'George Harrison: Living in the Material World,' whose first part premieres on HBO tonight at 9 ET.

While the film doesn't reach the sublime heights scaled by the director's Bob Dylan movie, 'No Direction Home,' it does paint a moving and nuanced portrait of the guitarist, songwriter and spiritual seeker, who succumbed to lung cancer on November 29, 2001. But you don't care about that: You want the facts! So here they are -- all seven of them.

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Tom Bergeron: A Man's Guest Spot Is His 'Castle'

by Michael Maloney, posted Apr 9th 2010 9:07PM
'Dancing With the Stars' main man Tom Bergeron is playing Bobby Mann -- a late night talk show host who gets canceled permanently on the April 12 episode of 'Castle,' which airs on ABC immediately after the 'DWTS' two-hour performance show. It's up to series star Nathan Fillion and his TV detective partner, played by Stana Katic, to find out who killed Bobby.

AOL spoke with Bergeron, who weighed in on 'Castle,' the current -- and arguably most-talked about -- cast of 'Dancing With the Stars,' and how he handles those pesky TMZ.com interviews.

Read the interview after the jump.

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What Nick is thankful for

by Nick Zaino, posted Nov 24th 2009 6:30PM
Modern Family on ABCA lot of us here at TV Squad have been listing that for which we are thankful. Like many of the others, I feel I have to start with my wife and family, and my friends. And I'd also add the comedy community in Boston, where I work, and beyond, for giving me something worth writing about and following day after day, year after year.

But this is a TV site, so the big part of this list is the things I am thankful I can see on the rundown TV in my office that makes a horrible cranking sound when I try to play DVDs, ot downstairs when I'm not bothering anyone by trying to catch up on thirteen discs of the Steve Coogan Collection.

My Local Library

Don't laugh. I have a rule that I won't watch an episodic TV series unless I've started it from the beginning, which means I wind up missing a lot of shows everyone else is screaming praises for.

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What's On Tonight: Community, Grey's Anatomy, Jeff Dunham Show

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 22nd 2009 12:11PM
  • Jeff ProbstAt 7:30, FOX has Baseball Playoffs, the Yankees vs. the Angels.
  • At 8, ABC has a new FlashForward, followed by new episodes of Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice.
  • CBS has a new Survivor at 8, then a new CSI.
  • NBC has new episodes of Community, Parks and Recreation, The Office, 30 Rock, and The Jay Leno Show.
  • ESPN has College Football at 8, Florida State at North Carolina.
  • At 9, Comedy Central has the series premiere of The Jeff Dunham Show.
  • MTV has a new Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory at 9, followed by a new Nitro Circus.
  • Spike has a new TNA Wrestling at 9.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Total Drama Action at 9.
  • TLC has a new American Chopper at 9.
  • Also at 9: IFC has a new Monty Python: Almost The Truth (The Lawyer's Cut).
  • At 10, FX has a new It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia.
  • Comedy Central has a new Tosh.0 at 10.
  • Bravo has a new Real Housewives of Atlanta at 10.
  • Food Network has a new Ace of Cakes at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Old Christine, Glee, Cougar Town, Top Chef

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 21st 2009 12:19PM
  • CSI: NYAt 8, ABC has a new Hank, followed by new episodes of The Middle, Modern Family, Cougar Town, and Eastwick.
  • CBS has a new Old Christine at 8, then new episodes of Gary Unmarried, Criminal Minds, and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has new episodes of Mercy, Law and Order: SVU, and The Jay Leno Show.
  • FOX has a new So You Think You Can Dance at 8, followed by a new Glee.
  • The CW has a new America's Next Top Model at 8.
  • PBS has a new Great Performances at 8.
  • G4 has a new 2 Months $2 Million at 8.
  • At 9, Discovery has a new Mythbusters at 9, then a new Time Warp.
  • IFC has a new Monty Python: Almost The Truth (The Lawyer's Cut) at 9.
  • History Channel has a new Nostradamus Effect at 9, followed by a new MysteryQuest.
  • Showtime has a new Inside The NFL at 9.
  • At 10, Comedy Central has a new South Park, then a new Secret Girlfriend.
  • Bravo has a new Top Chef: Las Vegas at 10.
  • FX has a new Nip/Tuck at 10.
  • Food Network has a new Dinner: Impossible at 10.
  • TCM has The Third Man at 10.
  • Also at 10: Travel Channel has a new Man vs. Food.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Shark Tank, NCIS, ECW, Sons of Anarchy

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 20th 2009 12:06PM
  • World Series of PokerAt 7:30, FOX has Baseball Playoffs, the Yankees vs. the Angels.
  • At 8, ABC has the season finale of Shark Tank, followed by new episodes of Dancing with the Stars and The Forgotten.
  • CBS has a new NCIS at 8, then new episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles and The Good Wife.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Biggest Loser at 8, followed by a new Jay Leno Show.
  • The CW has new episodes of 90210 and Melrose Place.
  • PBS has a new Nova at 8, then a new Frontline.
  • TCM has Mr. Sardonicus at 8.
  • At 9, Discovery has a new Dirty Jobs, followed by a new Ghost Lab.
  • BBC America has a new Dragon's Den at 9.
  • IFC has another installment of Monty Python: Almost The Truth (The Lawyer's Cut) at 9.
  • At 10, FX has a new Sons of Anarchy.
  • Food Network has a new Chopped at 10.
  • ESPN has a new World Series of Poker at 10.
  • Syfy has a new ECW at 10.
  • Bravo has a new Flipping Out at 10.
  • Travel Channel has a new Bizarre World at 10.
  • Also at 10: MTV has a new episode of The Hills, followed by a new episode of The City.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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A totally irrelevant list of (somewhat) obscure Monty Python sketches I like

by Nick Zaino, posted Oct 16th 2009 1:31PM
John Cleese of Monty Python, Live at the Hollywood BowlGiven the level of Python geekery out there, I'm not sure any Monty Python sketch is truly obscure. But there are plenty of gems past the more celebrated Fish-Slapping, Dead Parrot, and Argument Clinic sketches you see most often.

Since the Python reunion was broadcast yesterday, IFC starts "Monty Python Midnights" tonight with The Holy Grail, and starts airing the six-part documentary Monty Python: Almost the Truth: The Lawyer's Cut on Sunday, I thought it would be a good time to toss my own bit of nostalgia on the building heap this week.

I'm sure any list could be nitpicked to death with so much to choose from, but these are a few of my favorite less talked about Python sketches, starting with one from the troupe's great concert film, Live at the Hollywood Bowl.

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Monty Python reuniting this week

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 13th 2009 7:34PM
Monty Python's 40th anniversaryThe founding members of one of the most groundbreaking comedy troupes and TV shows of all time are reuniting this week. And you're invited.

Monty Python's 40th anniversary reunion at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City will be broadcast at IFC.com and Pythonline.com. Both sites will host the event at 9 p.m. Eastern.

This latest reunion marks their first appearance together in public since their memorable reunion show at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo. Watch it or you're no fun anymore.

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Have some Spam in honor of Monty Python's 40th anniversary

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 5th 2009 8:09PM
Monty Python's 40th anniversaryOne of the world' most quotable and iconic comedy shows made its television debut 40 years ago today.

Monty Python's Flying Circus first appeared on British television on Oct. 5, 1969, a show that branched into four feature length films, launched the careers of six very funny dudes and inspired millions of countless nerds to quote their most famous lines to death (myself included).

I'm sure everyone with a working set of eyes and a television set remembers the first time they saw Monty Python. What's your earliest memory of the show and more importantly, did it include any images of nude ladies?

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Doctor Who and PBS - Flashback!

by Brad Trechak, posted Aug 26th 2009 6:04PM
Doctor WhoBack in the Old Days, before cable ruled the air, Americans only got to see Brit television (most notably, Doctor Who, but also The Prisoner and Monty Python's Flying Circus) via their local PBS station.

Now, thanks to the magic of YouTube, we can revisit those days when the only on-air Comic Cons or Cosplays were the folks at PBS (or whatever public access station was available) dressing up and embarrassing themselves in front of a camera in an effort to get donations. The most interesting aspect is that the low-cost special effects they used to get donations were the same as those used on Doctor Who at the time.

I sincerely hope the folks behind these videos are watching them right now and cringing, praying for the ground to swallow them up. More likely, the people behind them are the ones who put them on YouTube in the first place.

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BAFTA to honor Monty Python

by Brad Trechak, posted Aug 19th 2009 11:03AM
Monty Python BAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts) will be honoring Monty Python on the group's 40th anniversary. The surviving members of Monty Python will receive a special award for outstanding contribution to film and television in October. The event will be co-hosted by the Independent Film Channel and take place in New York.

Excuse me. What? An awards event hosted by a British organization for a British group is taking place in New York? Isn't that somewhat counter-intuitive? Unless IFC is picking up the whole check (which is a distinct possibility), this should be moved to London.

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Sketch Comedy Saturday: Monty Python's Flying Circus

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 11th 2009 2:05PM
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I was going to save this extra-classic show, Monty Python's Flying Circus, for the later part of the Sketch Comedy Saturday series, but I just had to do this in light of recent, super-exciting news. As I hope most of you know, Monty Python will be having a reunion. Sure, John Cleese and Graham Chapman won't be there (for two, completely different reasons) but it will still be nice to see Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam get back together, right? Magic always happens when there's more than one Python guy around. Except that time John Cleese and Michael Palin tried to do "The Parrot Sketch" on Saturday Night Live a few years ago. That was just weird.

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Cleese doesn't mention the war during eye surgery

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jun 12th 2009 12:00PM
John Cleese is recovering from eye surgery in the UK.According to Twitter, John Cleese is recovering from successful eye surgery in the U.K.

Following a procedure on his left eye, Cleese handed his Tweets over to a friend, Garry Scott-Irvine. That buddy is keeping fans updated on the Monty Python and Fawlty Towers legend's condition. Fans sent scores of well-wishes to Cleese as he heals up in a British hospital.

The 69-year-old comedian is reportedly in good health otherwise and looking to head home later this week. His chosen method of communication is ironic when you consider Cleese sells a t-shirt on his site entitled: "WTF is Twitter?"

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Monty Python's Terry Jones is going to be a dad. Again. Yeah.

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 27th 2009 3:41PM
Terry JonesI must be way behind on all the Monty Python hot gossip because, well, I didn't know there was gong to be any more hot gossip. Surely I am not the only one that completely missed this whole story about Terry Jones leaving his wife of thirty-some years for a much younger model, forty years his junior.

Now, as if that wasn't enough to boggle my mind for a good day or so, here comes to news that 67 year-old Jones is about to become a father again. Regardless of how you feel about this situation ethically, you've got to admit, that's ... pretty wild.

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John Cleese's real last name is Cheese?! - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 5th 2009 6:07PM
KimmelWatching this interview that Jimmy Kimmel did with John Cleese the other night (after the jump), and near the start of the interview, Cleese mentions that the real last name in his family is "Cheese," not "Cleese." At first I thought this was some sort of absurdist humor by Cleese, but after doing a little checking around the online world, I found out that it's true. I wonder how many big Cleese/Monty Python fans like me never ever knew that little piece of trivia.

This is actually a great interview with Cleese, because both Cleese and Kimmel seem to get along well and they're both quick on their feet. Kimmel was sick that night so he immediately gives Cleese some antibacterial lotion, Cleese jokes about how many times he's been married (three times, all Americans - his wife passed away last year), and the comic even gets in that one of the things wrong with Kimmel is that he's overweight.

Cleese is also on Twitter, so you can keep up with him that way if you're a fan.

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