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Our Eight Favorite TV Davids

by Jane Murphy, posted Mar 3rd 2011 4:00PM
David DuchovnyThe name David is king on TV, or nearly. Remember 'Starsky & Hutch'? Starsky's first name was David (who knew?). 'Dave' has had its own sitcom ('Dave's World', the '90s show starring Harry Anderson), and it is a go-to name for talk (nighttime's David Letterman and David Susskind, 'This Week''s David Brinkley and 'Today''s founding father, Dave Garroway).

One of the biggest TV stars of the last two decades, David Duchovny, (at right) once scored an Emmy nomination playing "David Duchovny." The 'X Files' and 'Californication' star made a riotous appearance on 'The Larry Sanders Show,' playing a side of "himself" that was strangely attracted to Larry.

Let's take a look at more TV Davids, Daves and, yes, even Davys.

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Ricky Gervais Tells a Bartender About His Fame and Riches on 'The Simpsons' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 21st 2011 3:29AM
Ricky Gervais, 'The Simpsons' Golden GlobesRicky Gervais isn't done being smug at the Golden Globes just yet. He made a second "appearance" of the yellow variety there when he guested on 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX). He proceeded to chat up the bartender with much the same kindness he saved for the Hollywood elite.

But, since he's dealing with a common working man this time, he can be even more smug and condescending. "You missed it, but I just put a tip in there," he said when the bartender turned away. "A big one. Double digits. Ten. The lowest of the double digits, but nevertheless, ten dollars. So, a lot of money to you. Less to me, but ten dollars nonetheless."

Gervais continued to give the bartender much of the same for awhile while the bartender looked as if he could care less. Then Gervais caused a distraction, fetched back his tip and sauntered off. It was certainly a fun appearance, for any who appreciate Gervais's humor.

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Jane Lynch to Write Memoir, Russell Hantz Spoils 'Survivor' and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 1st 2011 1:30PM
Jane LynchJane Lynch will soon add "published author" to her list of accomplishments.

According to The New York Times, the comedian will release 'Happy Accidents,' an inspirational memoir, in September. The book will cover Lynch's career milestones, such as her time doing improv at Second City and acting in movies like 'Best in Show' and 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and more personal material like overcoming alcoholism and embracing her homosexuality.

"Sue Sylvester didn't come out of a vacuum," Lynch told the Times. "She's someone that lives very deeply in me. I kind of liked that shaming, vengeful energy during different periods of my life. I was in therapy and I was complaining about somebody not following the rules, and my therapist basically started laughing at me and said, you must write a monologue about this, because it's hilarious stuff."

In other TV news ...

Ricky Gervais might've annoyed some people at the Golden Globes, but that doesn't mean he won't be back. The comedian said he's already been invited to host next year's ceremony, 'Tourist' disses be darned. Though he's thinking about it, he said he's not sure if he wants to return. [Daily Mail]

The most accurate spoilers on the Internet might've come from contestant Russell Hantz himself. After a blogger was sued for revealing the results of seasons 19 and 20 before air, he gave up his source as the one and only Hantz. [Daily Beast]

Is NBC trying to stifle homosexuality on 'The Biggest Loser'? A blogger for AfterEllen seems to think so. While Jillian Michaels is an out bisexual and newbie Cara Castronuova is an out lesbian, NBC consistently denies interview requests with gay and lesbian press. Plus, there has never been a gay couple on the show, despite multiple 'Couples' seasons. [Jezebel]

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Karl Pilkington is Impressed with the Taj Mahal But Otherwise Hated India (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 31st 2011 1:42AM
'An Idiot Abroad'Karl Pilkington has become something of a national treasure in the UK. A "little round-headed buffoon," as described by his friends Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, Pilkington is a singular individual with such a unique personality that conspiracies abound that it's made up.

Thus it was a near genius idea when they approached British network Sky 1 to film a travel show with Pilkington at the center. Actually, it was Gervais and Merchant's idea. Pilkington, a proud homebody with no interest in the world outside his town, had to be talked into it.

Thus, 'An Idiot Abroad' (Sat., 10PM on Science) was born.

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'The Office' Season 7, Episode 13 Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 28th 2011 12:30AM
'The Office' - 'The Seminar'['The Office': 'The Seminar']

Tonight we had an episode full of bad signs.

For one, it was a bad sign that the episode's cold open, which featured the much-anticipated cameo of Ricky Gervais as David Brent, was the best part of the episode.

For another, it was a bad sign that an episode that was decidedly not Michael Scott-centric was confusing and not particularly funny. It feels like episodes that feature Andy generally are in the less-than-stellar category, which isn't a good omen for Ed Helms being the emotional and comedic center of the show, no matter how much the writers try to position him in that direction.

This episode needed more Jim, and it needed more of Kevin running around the conference room until he puked. That would have helped a whole lot.

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Reminder: Ricky Gervais Cameos on 'The Office' Tonight! Win the U.K. Series on DVD

by Kelly Woo, posted Jan 27th 2011 3:30PM
Ricky GervaisIt's the moment all 'Office' fans have been waiting for: David Brent and Michael Scott finally cross paths in tonight's new episode (9PM ET, NBC).

Ricky Gervais makes a cameo in the show, which is a remake of the BBC show he created almost 10 years ago.

"It's a little more than if you blink, you'll miss it, but if you don't set your TiVo right, you'll miss it," said 'Office' show-runner Paul Lieberstein.

To celebrate the meeting of these two characters, we're giving away three copies of 'The Office: The Complete BBC Collection (First and Second Series Plus Special).' If you've never seen the British original, catch up on the inane and cringeworthy antics of David Brent, as hilariously played by Ricky Gervais.

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Will Ferrell Goes to Work at 'The Office'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 27th 2011 3:12PM
Will FerrellIs Will Farrell stepping up to take the top job at 'The Office'? As Steve Carell prepares to bid farewell to the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin, it's been announced that his 'Anchorman' co-star is joining the cast.

According to deadline.com, Ferrell has signed on for a four-episode story arc. Although NBC hasn't said when his episodes will air, it has confirmed that he "has committed to one episode beyond Carell's finale, to help create a bridge."

Ferrell, who's a big fan of 'The Office,' apparently called up the producers and offered his services as a way of commemorating his good buddy Carell's departure. He'll play a Dunder Mifflin branch manager from the home office who, according to NBC, is "just as inappropriate" as Steve Carell's Michael Scott character.

Could his character be leading the search for Scott's replacement? Or could he be Scott's replacement?

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Ricky Gervais Defends His Controversial Golden Globes Jokes on 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 21st 2011 10:15AM
Much of Ricky Gervais's appearance on 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (weekdays, 9 PM ET on CNN) was spent having Gervais address, one by one, the controversial celebrity barbs he made as host of last week's Golden Globes.

Gervais never apologized, and calmly kept repeating that he didn't think his celebrity targets were offended -- and that they shouldn't be if they were. The only time Morgan's line of questioning seemed to get to Gervais was when Morgan wondered if jokes about Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson could be off-limits because the two stars are probably struggling with addiction issues.

"I'm not judging them, I'm not judging them for what they did," Gervais explained, sounding slightly defensive for the first time.

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Ricky Gervais Will Cameo on 'The Office' Next Week

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 19th 2011 2:40PM
Ricky GervaisSomeone on 'The Office' set isn't too good at keeping secrets, because the news that Ricky Gervais, creator and star of the original U.K. series, has shot a "top-secret" cameo on the American version of his hit show.

Vulture reports that Gervais will pop up very briefly in the Jan. 27 episode. "It's a little more than if you blink, you'll miss it, but if you don't set your TiVo right, you'll miss it," 'Office' showrunner Paul Lieberstein said. That's just a week away!

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Jennifer Lopez Threatens Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 18th 2011 2:45PM
How did Jennifer Lopez escape the wrath of host Ricky Gervais at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards? She threatened him! Lopez promised to beat Gervais up after the show if his comments got out-of-hand, she said on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated).

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Ricky Gervais Explains Going MIA During Golden Globes

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 18th 2011 7:30AM
Ricky GervaisAlthough host Ricky Gervais warned everyone ahead of time that he'd push the envelope at the Golden Globes Sunday night, his material still took many people by surprise. Now, as the fallout continues, Gervais has explained his hour-long disappearing act in the middle of the awards ceremony.

His absence spawned many conspiracy theories -- he was drunk, he'd been fired, he was being yelled at by Scientologists -- but his writing partner Stephen Merchant said Sunday night it had been planned all along. And in a statement Monday, Gervais confirmed what Merchant said.

"I did every single introduction I was meant to. There just happened to be a long gap. This is because I was allowed to choose who I would introduce in advance. I obviously chose presenters who I had the best jokes for. (And who I knew had a good sense of humour.) Everyone took it well and the atmosphere backstage and at the after show was great."

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Ricky Gervais Blasts Everyone from Charlie Sheen to Steve Carell as Host of the Golden Globes (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 17th 2011 1:26AM
Ricky Gervais, 'The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards'Ricky Gervais was back this year as the host of 'The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards' (Sun. 8PM on NBC), and he was as biting and brutal as always. He takes to the Hollywood elite like Don Rickles does to his audiences.

The night started off with perhaps the most obvious target. "He picked up a porn star, went to a hotel, got drunk, got naked, trashed the place while she was locked in the cupboard and that was a Monday. What did he do New Year's Eve?" Gervais asked of Charlie Sheen.

His tirades would target the actresses of 'Sex and the City 2,' the film 'The Tourist' and even Hugh Hefner's upcoming nuptials. "Just don't look at it when you touch it," he advised bride-to-be 24-year old Crystal Harris.

And all of that before the first award was given.

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'Golden Globes' Provide a Some Fun Moments in a Long Night of Jokes and Jibes

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 16th 2011 11:58PM
Ricky GervaisBefore we get to the dishing and rehashing, go ahead, make fun of the Golden Globes. Everybody does.

The show's host this year, Ricky Gervais, certainly had a gleeful time poking fun at the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which votes on the Globes. The HFPA members didn't just nominate 'The Tourist' because they wanted to hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, Gervais said at the start of the ceremony, "they also accepted bribes," Gervais joked. (I think that was a joke. Maybe.)

Even one of the evening's winners, Robert DeNiro, mocked the HFPA in a halting acceptance speech that contained less wit than he thought it did.

"The important thing is that we are all in this together -- the filmmakers who make the movies and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association members who in turn pose for pictures with the movie stars," said DeNiro, who won a Cecil B. DeMille award for career achievement. "I'm sorry more members of the Hollywood Foreign Press aren't with us tonight but many of them were deported right before the show."

Zing! Not really!

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Ricky Gervais Sets His Comedic Sights on Charlie Sheen at the 2011 Golden Globes (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 14th 2011 11:00AM
No one is more surprised that Ricky Gervais has been invited back to host the Golden Globe Awards than Gervais himself. But, he intends to do everything he can to ensure this is the final year he's asked to return, he said on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated).

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Six Reasons Why 'The Golden Globes' Is the Best Award Show on TV

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 12th 2011 3:00PM
Ricky Gervais hosts the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards on NBC 1/18/11Despite the high ratings that most of the big awards shows get, the people who tune into them generally have nothing but complaints when they're over.

The reason is pretty clear: as television shows go, most award ceremonies stink. They're long, bloated, self-important showcases, too concerned about how the big stars who attend them are perceived and too tied up in recognizing everyone who's nominated to put on a good show.

Fortunately, the fine -- if mysterious -- folks in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association don't give a hoot about all that. Year after year, the Golden Globes prove to be a fast-moving and entertaining three hours, and its profile has risen to the point where it's the the third most-watched awards show on television, behind the Oscars and Grammys.

Most of the reasons for this have nothing to do with Hollywood back-patting and everything to do with the organizers and the stars not taking themselves so damned seriously.

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