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5 Signs Rosie O'Donnell Is Making a Comeback

by Ryan McKee, posted Nov 17th 2009 5:22PM
After being in the closet her entire show business career, Rosie O'Donnell seemed to think she had something to prove after coming out. The Queen of Nice, who wooed daytime audiences by blushing about Tom Cruise, got angry and political. She blindsided Tom Selleck about gun control during his appearance on her show and called herself a "d*ke" at an Ovarian Cancer Research benefit. She looked mean.

Her fans were scared. Her career faltered. 'The View' hired her to stir up controversy, but she stirred too hard.

Two years later, after her two ugly departures from daytime TV, it seems Rosie has gained some kind of peace and is focused on entertaining audiences again. Is it going to last? Why should we care? Here are five reasons we think the Rosie we used to know may finally be back to stay.

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Help Neil Patrick Harris pick an "Emmy voice"

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 14th 2009 11:33AM
Neil Patrick HarrisAs you probably already know, Neil Patrick Harris is going to host the Emmys in September (we'll have coverage of the nominees this Thursday morning), and he's wondering which Emmy voice he should use.

Here are his three choices, followed by a few I made up (poll after the jump). He's obviously not going to do the show in any voice but his own, but it would be a funny shout out to fans if he were to do one segment of the show in one of these voices.

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Top eleven robot buddies from TV - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Nov 25th 2008 1:59PM
Butlertron and Scudworth I'm sure at one point or another in every little kid's life, he or she has wanted to have a robot BFF. All the potential for wacky fun and scientific misadventures would make up for the inevitable human/binary language barrier, and, when I think about it, I still totally want a robot buddy. I mean, from my time on this Earth, of two things I am sure: Lists are fun and robots are awesome. So, despite the fact that my age numerically suggests I shouldn't be thinking about this sort of stuff, I am all over this list.

I should also note that, upon completion of this depressingly nerdy post, I am legally obligated to punch myself in the face for a solid fifteen minutes and then steal my own lunch money. Let's just get this over with, shall we? Here are the top eleven robot buddies from TV, in no particular order, because each robot is special in its own way. Also, I don't want any readers to kill me for not ranking to their liking.

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GM will edit robot suicide commercial

by Brad Linder, posted Feb 11th 2007 11:55AM
GM robot commercialGM has agreed to edit a commercial that premiered during the Super Bowl which shows a despondent assembly-line robot contemplating suicide. Earlier this week, GM had said it would not remove the ad, despite complaints from a national suicide prevention group.

The commercial features a robot that drops a screw. Because of GM's high quality controls, it's forced to leave the plant, take up several other part time jobs, and finally it jumps off a bridge, only to wake up in the plant and reveal that the whole thing was a dream sequence.

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GM: "Robot Nightmare"

by Brett Love, posted Feb 4th 2007 8:40PM

This was a very cute ad. You don't normally have a lot of feeling for an automated production robot, so give credit to the folks that made this ad. In about 20 seconds they were able to make me root for the cute little guy. The quick little cuts of the various jobs the robot had after being decommissioned from the factory were great.

The condo sales sign and speaker at the fast food restaurant were especially good. He just looked so sad when his little robotic arm drooped. Nice payoff at the end with the chorus coming in, "All by myself....," and the little guy waking up at the factory. Well done.

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Short-Lived Shows: Small Wonder

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 13th 2006 12:01PM
Small WonderTechnically, this show may not have been short-lived enough. Small Wonder ran for four seasons - from '85 to '89 - in syndication. Whenever I am baffled by the popularity of tween vehicles like The Disney Channel's Hannah Montana, I just think of the inexplicably high ratings little robot Vicki got in her first year and the solid following that held on until the show's demise.

The show's conceit involved a robotics firm engineer designing an AI cast-off from Annie to come live with his family. The robot was a "Voice Input Child Indenticant." VICI. Vicki. You get it. The Lawson family had quite a time trying to keep the monotoned Vicki's origins a secret from those pesky Brindles next door. They couldn't possibly destroy the adorable bundle of bolts that Dad had so lovingly (and sorta creepily if you think about it) put together and kept at home long past her beta-testing date.

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Voltron coming to Adult Swim

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 10th 2006 8:02AM

voltronWhile it hasn't been added to the schedule grid yet, the '80s animated series Voltron will in fact be a part of Adult Swim starting on November 13. However, the episodes will air at 5:30 am, so if you want to see them on television you'll either have to never sleep, or wake up really early. The addition was announced on the Adult Swim messageboard (hat tip to Adult Swim HQ). If you don't have a DVR to record the episodes, but you have a broadband connection, you'll also be able to catch them on Adult Swim Fix, Adult Swim's video site.

This should thrill folks my age who grew up with this cartoon, though I must admit that while I was aware of it as a kid, I don't think I ever watched a single episode. I guess this is my chance to see what all my friends loved so much about it. I'll just have to regress back to my eight year old self, which shouldn't be too difficult.

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Eureka: Right as Raynes

by Will O'Brien, posted Sep 5th 2006 10:24PM
Carter and Allison stuck to the magnetized fence
(S1E08) Eureka has taken several science fiction premises and brought them to life in new ways. This weeks Eureka revisits an old favorite, but only lets on to it just when you think it's something else. Aside from the nicely delivered plot, we're treated to loads of great character interaction. It's definitely a fun SciFi ride, especially if you've been following the show.

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Elvis the Robocat -- VIDEO!

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 25th 2006 9:32AM
elvis the robocatRemember Battlebots? Someone uploaded a chunk of video from that old show to YouTube and I have spent the better part of the last hour watching it over and over. (Maybe it's an end-of-the-week thing and I'm tired) It's about Elvis the cat and the robot wheelchair that his owner created for him. At first, I thought it was a spoof but now I'm fairly certain this guy really thinks his cat knows how to operate a robot. God, I miss those robot geeks.

Video is embedded after the jump.

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