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October 9, 2015


Betty Draper gets all political (for real)

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 1st 2009 6:33PM
January JonesIn last Sunday's episode of Mad Men, Betty Draper tried to use the knowledge that someone in the Governor's office liked her to save a neighborhood park. I'm sure he wanted more than just that, but it hasn't gone any further (yet). The other day, January Jones (who plays Betty) went to Capitol Hill to get involved in politics for real, advocating for sharks.

In this picture, Jones meets with Senator John McCain. In the caption to the pic, McCain says that he's a huge fan of Mad Men. I think that's one thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on. Someone in the comments says it's Grandpa Gene's ghost. Ha!

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Is Shark Week cool or does it just, um, bite?

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 4th 2009 10:30AM
sharkSorry for the lame headline.

We're in the middle of the Discovery Channel's annual Shark Week celebration, a whole of programming involving sharks, sharks, sharks, sharks, and the people who love/fear them. But David Zurawik over at The Baltimore Sun doesn't understand why some people get excited about it. He wants someone to explain its appeal.

What do you think of Shark Week?
It's great! I watch it every year.177 (36.6%)
It's terrible! I mean, who cares about sharks?46 (9.5%)
I don't watch it, but whatevs260 (53.8%)

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Discovery might have gone overboard with this marketing gimmick

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 10th 2009 5:26PM
Shark Week shorts
I almost chose the above pic for this week's "What the heck is this?," but realized it would be too obscure for readers to get. What is it? It's a bloody pair of chewed up shorts, and it's part of the press kit for Discovery Channel's "Shark Week." James Hibberd over at The Hollywood Reporter gives a rundown on what the kit looks like up close. It includes Hibberd's obituary.

I once got a "Shark Week" T-shirt from the network but nothing like this.

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Shark Week approaches as Alba jumps the same

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jun 11th 2009 9:02AM
Jessica Alba wants to save the sharks as Shark Week approaches on Discovery.Jessica Alba could be facing vandalism and tagging charges for gluing several "shark conservation posters" all over Oklahoma City in an organized stunt.

Alba apologized for her participation in the incident after she was busted online. She's in Oklahoma City shooting her new movie and somehow got lured into this sticky "save the shark" poster campaign.

The city wide display is an obvious move for shark preservationists, as millions of the large fish are slaughtered every year by heavy hunting off the Oklahoma coast. Also, the classic film Jaws was set near Tulsa.

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Discovery announces schedule for Shark Week

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 27th 2008 12:04PM
Shark Week The 21st annual Shark Week is coming this summer to Discovery. Les Stroud (Survivorman) and Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) will join Adam Savage and Jamie Hyman (MythBusters) and many more experts on excursions to Bahamas, South Africa, the Arctic, Australia and a whole lot of places in between. This year they will spotlight lesser-known and unusual sharks, address myths about sharks, and educate the public on the conservation of sharks.

Shark Week will air July 27 to August 2nd. Sunday through Friday programming will run from 7 p.m. till midnight ET/PT. And on Saturday programming will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET/PT.

Find out what show I'm looking forward to and what other shows Discovery has planned after the jump.

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Six of the more bizarre reality shows

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Oct 2nd 2007 11:03AM
Unreality televisionOh, I know some folks think the entire genre of reality television is odd. But I'm a reality television junkie, yet there are some shows that even I can't justify existing. I'm not talking about Being Bobby Brown or living with the Bonaduces or shows of that ilk. I'm talking outright strange, bizarre, odd, sometimes dangerous, and just plain out there shows.

Now, I've personally thought of shows with names like So You Think You Can Skydive (self-explanatory) or Piranha Pond (marooned on an island in a piranha-filled pond and must swim ashore), but no one takes my ideas seriously. But the shows on this list either existed, were canned after production or will be coming your way!

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Spike TV hunts for Monster Sharks

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 25th 2007 1:42PM

sharkIf you're still jonesing for more shark action after the end of the most recent "Shark Week" on the Discovery Channel, Spike TV might be able to whet (and wet) your appetite with The Hunt For: Monster Sharks, a one-hour special airing September 3 at 10:00 p.m.

The special covers the annual Oak Bluffs Monster Shark Tournament in which over 200 boats and 1,000 fishermen compete to see who can capture the largest shark in the waters off Martha's Vineyard.

Frankly, I find the whole thing cruel. Everybody knows sharks, like people, often vacation in Martha's Vineyard. While there, they don't bother people at all, they just drink wine and play cribbage:

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Sister site Divester covers Shark Week, Day 5

by Michael Canfield, posted Aug 4th 2006 5:38PM
A Shark!Ah, shark week. Sharks are to the Discovery Channel what Regis is to ABC, always worth trotting out one more go-around. Our good friends at Divester have weighed in on Shark Week, praising the use of actual science by Discovery (and check out this cool photo contest while you're visiting Divester).

They make a damn good point. Every time I seem to turn on one of the alleged educational cable channels they seem to be running some silly ghost-chaser, psychic, or UFO "documentary" without any serious rigorous examination. Things may be changing a little, shows like Penn & Teller's Bullshit, and Mythbusters (which also runs on Discovery) have been successful the past few years. Shows as different American Chopper and Modern Marvels prove at least some of cable's audience is interested in more than crop circles -- interested rather in the natural world, science, and how real things actually work.

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