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Tige Andrews dead at 86

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 7th 2007 12:31PM

The Mod SquadAfter all these years, I still don't know how to pronounced his name. Is it "Tigh?" "Tig?" "Teeg?"

Andrews is probably best known for his work on The Mod Squad. He played Captain Adam Greer, the police captain in charge of Peggy Lipton, Clarence Williams III and Michael Cole (the original show, not the movie with Claire Danes). Andrews also had recurring roles on Gomer Pyle and CHiPs, and guest starred on several other shows: Murder, She Wrote, Vegas, Quincy, M.E., Hawaiian Heat, Police Story, Marcus Welby, M.D., Police Woman, Playhouse 90, Inner Sanctum, The Dick Powell Show, The Phil Silvers Show, The Big Valley, The F.B.I., The Fugitive, and many others.

Andrews died of a heart attack in California on January 27.

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Aqua Teen lights on eBay

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 2nd 2007 7:30AM

aqua teen hunger forceYou know that crazy Aqua Teen Hunger Force promotion that caused a kerfuffle in Boston recently? Well, if you've got a fat wad of cash I suggest you get yourself over to eBay where some of those neon Mooninites are currently up for auction. This is your chance to own a piece of advertising history. A promotion hasn't caused a scare like this since that time Poppin Fresh got high on wheat germ and held a press conference demanding the immediate execution of Mrs. Butterworth.

Our readers have had a lot of opinions about who exactly is to blame for the misunderstanding, and whether or not local authorities and media overreacted to the incident. I don't have an opinion about it one way or the other, but one thing is certain: a lot more people now know about Aqua Teen Hunger Force who probably had no idea what the heck it was before all of this craziness went down.

[via Lost Remote]

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They might be Armed, but are they really Famous?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 8th 2007 3:35PM

Armed and FamousThere are several things that bother me about the new CBS show Armed & Famous, which debuts this Wednesday at 8pm. One, it's another damn reality show. I've truly reached my breaking point with these shows, especially ones that are just gimmicks and not teaching us anything new or providing something substantial at the end.

But the main reason I'm bothered about the show is this: the ads keep saying that the show is going to feature "real celebrities" going to work as real cops. Um...since when are people like Erik Estrada and "that guy from Jackass" real celebrities? Latoya Jackson? She has a weird brother. Jack Osbourne? He's the son of a weird father. The hot blonde chick is...um, who is she again?

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Really old cop in FOX's New Amsterdam

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 13th 2006 2:01PM

FOXFOX has ordered a pilot for a new cop show with the working title of New Amsterdam. The new series is about a cop who, unbeknownst to everyone, is actually centuries old because he's cursed with immortality. I always thought that was the plot of Colombo, shows what I know. Allan Loeb and Christian Taylor wrote the pilot script, but beyond that not much is known about the series. I like to think the cop will spend most of the episodes lusting after septuagenarians who are way too young for him.

Also, it took me longer than I care to admit to piece together that "New York" used to be called "New Amsterdam," hence the immortal cop has been there a long time. I'm a bit slow at times, but I get there eventually.

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Celebrities become officers in new reality show

by Anna Johns, posted Nov 28th 2006 4:35PM
jack osbourne; wee manSome b-list celebrities are working hard in Indiana right now on a celeb-reality show for CBS. Erik Estrada, Jack Osbourne, Wee Man, Trish Stratus, and La Toya Jackson are training to be reserve police officers in Muncie, Indiana. The celebrities will be trained like other police officers, which also means book-learnin' about the constitution and laws. Oh, and they'll be carrying guns when they respond to emergency calls from the public (with another, real officer).

That sounds safe. I'm sure nothing will go wrong. La Toya Jackson seems like the stable kind of person you want carrying a badge and a loaded weapon. No word yet on when the reality series will air, but it sure does sound like summer content.

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Desperate Housewives: Bang

by Jen Creer, posted Nov 5th 2006 11:55PM
desperate housewives(S03E07) Well, are those of you who predicted that Edie was going to get shot tonight disappointed? She is still alive and kicking. In fact, all of the housewives are. But a lot of mysteries about Orson are dead now with poor, demented Caroline Bigsby. Her gun and her lunacy certainly suggest that she could be the one responsible for Alma's and Monique's deaths.

Does anybody actually buy Orson's explanation of how Alma got her bruises? Actually, his last crack about his recommendation to put salt on a wine stain being the reason why Alma decked him does kind of ring true... I still haven't seen any creepy behavior by Orson to Bree since they got married. Creepy behavior? Yes. Just not toward his wife.

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Tonight's Law and Order: ripped from the headlines (again)

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 3rd 2006 12:05PM

Law and OrderRegis just asked Chevy Chase if tonight's Law and Order episode was based on the Mel Gibson case. First of all, dumb question. Second, Chase said it was kind of inspired by the case.

Right.

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South Park: Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 19th 2006 11:13AM

south park(S10E10) Towards the end of this episode, Kyle gives his younger brother Ike the most sound advice I think anyone can give a kid who's immersed in his very first crush:

Kyle: You need to have a life. Have fun. Then ruin it by having a serious relationship.

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Diane Sawyer asks Mel Gibson some questions - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 12th 2006 4:17PM
Diane SawyerIs Diane Sawyer the worst interviewer or what?

Here's part one of her interview this morning with Mel Gibson on Good Morning, America. She seems to ask all the right questions, but in the end, not really. She just barrels through the questions, in that "this is a celebrity, let's be more touchy-feeling with him instead of investigative-reporter-ish with him" sort of way. You can see why Gibson chose her. She has that air of respectability, but in reality she's slow pitch softball ("Where does this anger come from?"). Maybe we should hold judgement until the second half of the interview airs tomorrow, but this clip just looks like a Daily Show parody than a real interview. The interruptions are annoying (why so many voiceovers?).

It's worth it though to hear Gibson talk about choking his toaster. And, no, that's not a euphemism for anything dirty. (Video after the jump.)

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Malik Yoba joins new Jeff Goldblum drama

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 10th 2006 2:16PM

Malik YobaFormer Thief star Malik Yoba will return to TV on the new Jeff Goldblum drama for NBC, Raines. He'll play the former partner of Goldblum's detective character.

Oh, what's this one about? It's about a guy who solves crimes by...speaking to the dead! What an original concept!

Seriously, what's up with that? Medium isn't enough? And Ghost Whisperer? And doesn't the guy on The Dead Zone see people who are dead? Heck, even the blonde on Cold Case sees a "ghost" of the victim at the end of every episode.

I don't remember Columbo or Banacek or Barnaby Jones having to talk to the dead to solve crimes.

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Mel Gibson to talk to Diane Sawyer

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 6th 2006 12:44PM
Diane SawyerGood Morning America's Diane Sawyer will speak with Mel Gibson on October 12 and 13.

She actually set up the interview a few months ago, because it is supposed to be about his new movie Apocalypto. But you just know that Sawyer is going to ask him about a certain incident involving a California highway, some alcohol, and some cops. Or maybe not, since Sawyer has been a terrible journalist ever since...well, ever since I can remember. So maybe she'll ask him what he thinks of puppies, and nod in that understanding head nod journalists do so well, and not really grill him as to why drinking too much alcohol makes you say hateful things.

Seriously, what would you ask Mel Gibson if you could sit down with him for an hour or so?

[via TV Newser]

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Is there something hidden in this Dexter wallpaper?

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 26th 2006 9:26AM

Dexter

I think I'm reading too much into this, but it's still fun. Pictured above is some desktop wallpaper from Showtime's new original series Dexter. I was looking at it and wondered if there were any hidden clues about the upcoming premiere season. I know CSI did something like that to pump last year's season finale but that was an actual promo poster and this is just plain ol' wallpaper. Regardless, there's still a lot going on in the picture. There's a guy in the second floor window, the three women gathered around something (someone?), police lines blocking off the sidewalk, and what appears to be a couple of shirtless men to the far right. You can see the full size image here. Anyone else think there might be something more to this? It just looks like one of those pictures that has some kind of hidden message...

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The Simpsons: The Springfield Connection

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 7th 2006 3:02PM

simpsons(S06E23)

Homer: Marge, you being a cop makes you the man, which makes me the woman, and I have no interest in that, besides occasionally wearing the underwear, which, as we discussed, is strictly a "comfort" thing.

This episode begins with Marge and Homer attending an outdoor symphony. On the way back home, Homer warns Marge to be careful since the streets are dangerous, especially for "upper lower middle class types." He tells Marge not to trust anyone, but of course he fails to take his own advice and gets swindled by Snake with a game of three-card monty. Marge exposes Snake's cheating, and he takes off running. Since no one will chase him, Marge takes after him and corners him in an alley. When he pulls a knife on her, her instincts kick in and she smacks him with a garbage can lid, knocking him out cold.

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Paris Hilton arrested - BROKEN NEWS

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 7th 2006 12:32PM

Paris HiltonWow, like this wasn't ever going to happen.

Model/reality show star/hotel heiress/"actress" Paris Hilton was arrested early this morning in Hollywood and charged with DUI. Police officers noticed that Hilton was driving erratically and pulled her over at 12:30am.

My favorite part: her spokesman Elliott Mintz says that she "didn't appear intoxicated" and had "only" the legal limit to be considered intoxicated. Oh, that makes it OK then.

The story is a bit misleading in one aspect. It says that she was picked up by "sister Nicky Hilton, boyfriend Kevin Connolly, and Mintz." I'm pretty sure that Connolly (from Entourage) is Nicky Hilton's boyfriend, no? The way it's worded makes it sound like he's Paris' other half.

Drunk driving. It's so hot.

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Psych is highest rated new cable show of the year

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 11th 2006 2:19PM

PsychI completely forgot to watch this show (even after Rich Keller had a preview of the pilot episode and liked it), but I guess I was one of the few that forgot. The show got the highest cable ratings of the year for a new series. The USA show airs on Friday nights at 10 and got an average of 6.1 million viewers for its premiere (Monk did pretty well too in the new 9pm time slot).

You can watch the premiere ep online here, as well as check out blogs from the characters and play Psych games.

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