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What's On Tonight: Rudolph, The Middle, Ghost Hunters, Lawman

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 2nd 2009 12:16PM
  • GleeAt 7, ABC Family has Pixar Short Films (repeated at 9).
  • At 8, CBS has Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, followed by The Grammy Nominations Concert Live.
  • NBC has Christmas in Rockefeller Center at 8.
  • FOX has a new So You Think You Can Dance at 8, then a new Glee.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Destroy Build Destroy at 8.
  • Hallmark has The Christmas Choir at 8, followed by I'll Be Home For Christmas.
  • BBC Amercia has the season premiere of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares at 8, then the season finale of Mary Queen of Shops.
  • At 8:30, ABC has a new episode of The Middle.
  • At 9, DirectTV 101 has a new Friday Night Lights.
  • Discovery has a new Mythbusters.
  • A&E has the season premiere Dog The Bounty Hunter at 9, then the series premiere of Steven Seagal: Lawman (two episodes).
  • Food Network has a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay at 9.
  • Syfy has a new Ghost Hunters at 9, followed by a new Ghost Hunters Academy.
  • Fine Living has a new Whatever, Martha at 9.
  • There's a new Inside the NFL on Showtime at 9.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Eastwick.
  • NBC has a new Jay Leno Show at 10.
  • TBS has a new Tyler Perry's House of Payne at 10, followed by a new Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns.
  • FX has a new Nip/Tuck at 10.
  • Travel Channel has a new Man vs. Food at 10.
  • Current has a new Vanguard at 10.
  • Also at 10: Bravo has a new Top Chef: Las Vegas, then the series premiere of Launch My Line.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Sesame Street 40th: Five greatest animated shorts

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 11th 2009 11:00AM
This week marks the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street, the greatest and most celebrated kids' show in the history of the known universe.

Its cast of colorful character and innovative use of the medium have made it more than just entertainment for the young ones. It's a children's show that has educated the growing minds of children all over the world. It's a show that has shaped a generation into curious and innovative people. It's a show that could kick the ass of any other children's show on the planet if the two were in some sort of a weird battle to the death, provided that no weapons were involved and Justice League doesn't count as a kids' show.

To celebrate this momentous day in television history, I'm compiling the most interesting moments, memories and characters from the show's 40 years into four special lists for their anniversary week (Why four? Because 40 would break the last ounce of my spirit), starting now with the show's best short cartoons.

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Could The Muppet Show really return to TV?

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 29th 2008 8:04AM
MuppetAre Kermit, Fozzie and Miss Piggy poised for a comeback? Jason wrote about it in June, and now there's more news if you believe this item from the UK Telegraph. Citing an unnamed source, the newspaper reported that How I Met Your Mother's star Jason Segel has written a script that brings Jim Henson's Muppets to the big screen, setting up a return to television. It sounds like a great idea, but without confirmed sources, I'd take the whole thing with a grain of salt.

Disney owns the rights to the Muppets and they would produce the picture. Segel's story picks up with the Muppets reuniting long after their TV show has ended. They agree to put on one big variety show to save the studio. Should this come off as planned and the film is a hit, the Muppets would then come back to series TV.

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The Peanuts gang gets violent

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 17th 2006 11:58AM

charlie brown and snoopyI'm a huge admirer of Peanuts, both the comic strip and the television specials, but I also love to see them satirized. Mad Magazine always had funny parodies of the Peanuts gang, usually having them behave more "adult" than they did at the hand of Charles Schulz. The Simpsons also poked fun at Charlie Brown and his friends on more than one occasion. Matt Groening is actually a Peanuts fan, too, which always seemed to make those moments even funnier.

If you're wondering what Peanuts would be like if the gang had weapons and an insatiable urge to maim and kill one another, I invite you to check out "Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown." This is an old student film from Cal Arts, and I noticed that the name "Jeff Pidgeon" appears in the credits, which is also the name of someone who works at Pixar. I don't think it's a coincidence, but I sent Jeff an e-mail for verification and I'll update this post when I get confirmation, though I'm ninety-nine percent sure it is him. Also, somebody contacted Boing Boing, where I found this video, to inform them that the names of two Simpsons directors, Jim Reardon and Rich Moore, also appear in the credits.

Update: I received a message from Jeff Pidgeon, confirming his involvement with the project: "It is! Jim and I went to school together. I did the wah-wah voice of the Great Pumpkin."

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The Daily Show: June 7, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 8th 2006 2:55PM
The Daily ShowAfter last night's powerful gay marriage debate with Bill Bennett, Jon was asked what went on between commercial breaks. "He asked me out. I would have gone, but I'll tell you why I'm not going to go... 'Cause... I don't know how to salsa dance," he tearfully admitted.

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Previously on Cinematical

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 19th 2006 2:18PM

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