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Who Will Survive the Double Elimination on 'Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains'?

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 24th 2010 9:00AM
SurvivorNot even the NCAA Tournament can keep 'Survivor' down.

After a hiatus last week, new episodes of the hit CBS reality series are moving to Wed., 8PM ET to make room for the basketball games on Thursday.

Tonight's episode is the first after a week hiatus. To celebrate the show's return and what is sure to be a big episode -- there's going to be a double elimination! -- CBS has launched virtual postcards featuring the past casts.

More after the jump.

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CBS Gives Dockers Free Ads for Super Bowl Underwear Screw-Up

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 8th 2010 10:30AM
CBS logoRemember when CBS ran two Super Bowl commercials in a row that featured guys running around in their underwear? I mentioned it in my picks for the worst Super Bowl ads, and now CBS is actually apologizing for it (and that's not all).

The network is going to give Dockers three free commercials during the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament coming up this month. The Dockers ad ran first before another men-in-shorts commercial for CareerBuilder, so they're the ones that will get the free spots.

This is rather odd, and I wonder if it will set an unwanted precedent when it comes to what advertisers can expect/want. So what if the ads were similar in content? It's not like Dockers and CareerBuilder are Coke and Pepsi and they ran ads next to each other. Maybe CBS should give viewers something for free for having to endure the commercials. I'd like a 'Late Show' mug.

[via Mediabistro]

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In Plain Sight: High Priced Spread

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 7th 2008 9:20AM
Getty-McCormack(S01E06) I thought this was one of the best In Plain Sights so far. It wasn't the case, it was the character, in particular Mary's. We got major character development from the leading lady, the key to what she's all about and how she's come to where she is.

Episodes like this just make a show; they really do. In Plain Sight is about Witness Protection, yes, but it's more about Mary Shannon.

Mary doesn't go looking for this case, she's just bringing in her crap car for service. Her mechanic is Scott, who it turns out, was Mary's very first WITSEC client. Mary gave Scott and his 10-year-old brother, Chris, new lives after they witnessed a bookie murder another bookie.

Parenthetically, Scott invites Mary and Marshall to watch Chris play basketball at the university. The kid's got mad skills and is projected to be an NBA star, natch, but something's amiss. Chris is hitting up Mary for $3,000, which we learn is out of bounds for decade-long WITSEC clients.

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Nielsen ratings for the week ending March 30

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 3rd 2008 8:22AM

American IdolHere are the weekly TV ratings, by number of viewers.

There's really nothing interesting about the ratings this week (American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, blah, blah, blah), except for the fact that ABC's Primetime got into the top 20 with their "What Would You Do?" special. That and the fact that FOX's 'Til Death is on the list.

The return of How I Met Your Mother made the top 20 too.

1. American Idol - Weds (FOX)
2. American Idol - Tues (FOX)

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Rutgers players on Oprah today

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 12th 2007 2:18PM
oprah winfreyOprah is changing up her scheduled programming today in order to interview members of the Rutgers women's basketball team. The women were the subject of a racial and sexist slur by radio host Don Imus recently. On his show, Imus inexplicably called them "nappy-headed hos" after they lost the NCAA women's championship game. As a result, he was suspended by CBS Radio and has been fired by MSNBC.

Today, coach Vivian Stringer and ten players will appear on Oprah via satellite. It's only the second time they have spoken out in response to Imus' April 4th comments. Yesterday, the coach and several players said they found Imus' comments to be hurtful and insensitive.

Does Imus also deserve a live-via-satellite interview with Oprah?

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Who is the best sitcom character of all-time?

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 12th 2007 4:22PM

TV character chartIf I was to pick the Top 5 things I hate about television, the coverage of the NCAA Tournament this month would be near the top of the list. It interrupts regular shows, and I truly don't understand why people get so ga-ga over COLLEGE basketball, unless you went there or something.

But I do like the brackets set up, and we can use it for other things in life, including TV! Jacksonville.com has a tournment of their own going on. They're trying to pick the best sitcom character of all-time and they need your help. Go here and vote for your favorites in Week 1 (the second round is this Wednesday). Make sure you read the directions carefully.

Speaking of brackets, I picked up the new book The Enlightened Bracketologist: The Final Four of Everything. It's a clever idea: get an expert in a particular field to set up a tournament about everything in life (puncuation, sports rivalries, dogs, political issues, etc) and keep on narrowing them down til you get the champ. There's a lot of TV-related ones in the book, including game show catchphrases (by Ken Jennings), animation characters (by New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast), black and white TV shows, talk show hosts, and several more). Lists like these are argument starters for sure, and the entire outcome depends on how you start the brackets, which is rather random (unless you do something like talk show hosts, which you can at least start by nighttime, daytime, or region). Why are certain people/items placed together and not in another bracket? So it's probably not precise, but it's a ton of fun.

[Thanks to Toby for the tip.]

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And I Quote: the best one-liners of the week

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 7th 2006 1:42PM
  • Keith Olbermann"Men don't like stop signs, they like green lights. And war." - Christine, explaining relationships, on The New Adventures of Old Christine.
  • "I don't even want to tell you what I thought that said." - Bridget, trying to read a messy handwritten note that said "vanilla," on 8 Simple Rules.
  • "I don't like female basketball or male pornography. Nothing against either of them..." - Jimmy Kimmel, on the Women's NCAA basketball championship.
  • "He could be a dynamite center square." - J.D., about a funny patient, on Scrubs.
  • "It sounds like a newspaper headline after a construction accident in a Star Wars movie." - Keith Olbermann, talking about the Wookie Hole Caves in England, on Countdown.
  • "Or as I like to call it, "Waiter Weekly." - Karen, about Backstage magazine, on Will and Grace.

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What's on tonight: American Inventor, The Office, The Loop, The O.C., Gigli

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 16th 2006 4:04PM
  • Steve CarellABC has the two hour premiere of American Inventor at 8, followed by a new Primetime.
  • CBS has March Madness coverage. That's college basketball to you and me.
  • NBC has all new eps of Will and Grace, Four Kings, My Name Is Earl, The Office, and ER.
  • FOX has a new That 70s Show at 8, followed by new eps of The Loop and The O.C.
  • The WB has repeats of Smallville at 8 and then Supernatural.
  • UPN has repeats of Everybody Hates Chris, Love, Inc., Eve, and Cuts.
  • Food Network has a new ep of Chefography, about Ina Garten, "The Barefoot Contessa." It's on at 8.
  • Also at 8: FX has the infamous Gigli, with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. It's followed by..well, Gigli again.
  • At 9, IFC has Nick Nolte in The Good Thief, while HBO has Annette Bening in Mrs. Harris.
  • Macauley Culkin talks to Larry King on CNN at 9.
  • At 10, HGTV has a new ep of House Hunters.
  • ESPN2 has coverage of the Pacific Life Open tennis tournament. It's on at 10 too.
  • Also at 10: TLC has a new episode of Beyond The Bull.
  • At 11, HGTV has a new ep of Design, Inc.

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College basketball comes to iTunes

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 15th 2006 8:23AM
ncaa itunesIt will be interesting to see whether this deal flies with basketball fans. CBS will put condensed versions of all 63 NCAA men's tournament games on iTunes. They can be purchased for the usual $1.99 each or you can save some serious cash by getting a season pass for $19.99. Remember, these are condensed versions of the games, but full-length versions of the semi-final and final games will be available on iTunes as well. On top of all that, there will also be "buzzer beaters", or compilations of great moments in NCAA tournament history, available for purchase.

So, baskeball fans, are you tempted?

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Knight School premieres this Sunday

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 13th 2006 6:39PM

Bob Knight yells a lotFamed Men's NCAA basketball coach Bob Knight has been given the opportunity to yell at people and not get fined for it. Knight's new reality show Knight School premieres this Sunday night on ESPN.

The six episode season will follow Knight as he weeds through a bunch of walk-on players in an attempt to find the most talented one and give him a spot on the Texas Tech men's roster. The show was shot over a span of three months which should have given the camera crews plenty of time to catch Knight on tape doing any number of things. For those that pay any attention to college basketball, there's no doubt that you've seen the famous footage of Knight throwing a chair onto the court in the middle of the game when he coached Indiana. This show could be a disaster but it will probably make for excellent viewing if only to see what Bob will do.

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