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What to Watch: November 29 - December 5, Katy Perry Edition

by Stephanie Earp, posted Nov 29th 2010 2:26AM
Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - Tuesday November 30, 10PM ET/PT, Global/CBS

Busty models Adriana Lima, Chanel Iman, Alessandra Ambrosio and the rest of the 'angels' walk the fine line between sexy and vulgar on the Victoria's Secret runway. The point of this annual stroll is to check out the $2 million fantasy bra -- designed this year by Damiani -- and marvel at how many places it would cut you if you actually wore it. Katy Perry and Akon perform on the runway, bringing another pair of famous ta-tas to the proceedings.

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'The Simpsons' Season 22, Episode 1 (Season Premiere) Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 27th 2010 6:50AM
The Simpsons['The Simpsons' - 'Elementary School Musical']

Just think, if 'The Simpsons' were a person, he or she would be of college graduation age right now in this miserable economy. Fortunately, the premiere episode of the 22nd season was much better than the economy.

Granted, 'The Simpsons' has been around so long that it feels like there isn't much else to say about the characters, but tonight's episode gave us something new about Lisa and how trapped she feels in suburban mediocrity. In doing so, the episode also parodies the genre of shows nowadays that break into musical numbers ('Glee,' 'High School Musical,' 'Camp Rock,' and ... yes ... 'Flight of the Conchords').

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What to Watch March 15 - 21

by Stephanie Earp, posted Mar 15th 2010 3:06AM


Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town - Tuesday March 16, 9 pm, CBC

True story: When I was in high school, I was lucky enough to be invited on a date by the new guy at school. His dad worked with CBC and our date was to be a live taping of the original 'Kids in the Hall' sketch show. My date treated me to a large soda before the show and once seated, we discovered we were not allowed to get up again until taping concluded. Long story short: I peed my pants I laughed so hard. Needless to say, I didn't get a second date. Having the Kids back on TV has been a blast, and hopefully this final episode of 'Death Comes to Town' isn't the last time we'll see them reunited.

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D'oh! Shaun White on His Father's TV-Inspired Nickname (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 25th 2010 3:30PM
Olympic gold medalist Shaun White reportedly disliked his nickname "The Flying Tomato" so much that he dubbed himself "The Animal" instead. And now, he's had a chance to turn the tables by nicknaming his father after a well-known 'Simpsons' character, he said on 'The Rachael Ray Show' (weekdays, syndicated).

"He's like every other dad. He didn't really like his job too much and he was always at home on the couch having a couple of beers after work," White said. "We started calling him 'Homer' because he reminds us of 'The Simpsons.'"

Watch the video after the jump.

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New TV DVDs for Jan. 12: 'The Simpsons,' 'ER' and More

by Scott Harris, posted Jan 12th 2010 8:30AM
If you're like us, you're probably still digging yourself out form the pile of random junk your family got you for Christmas or Hanukkah. And while the fact that you don't own a pet shouldn't keep you from enjoying the doggie sweater your aunt bought for you, we've come up with a pretty good work around for this particular problem: return it all and buy some sweet DVDs with the store credit instead.

And the first thing you might want to purchase is 'The Simpsons: The Complete Twentieth Season.' Cleverly released to coincide with Fox's big 20th anniversary celebration this week, this set will give you all 'The Simpsons' you need to tide you over until season 21 arrives.

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TV: The Ultimate Holiday Icebreaker

by Stephanie Earp, posted Dec 15th 2009 10:22AM


Ah, the office holiday party - it's a delicate operation. After all, you know these people - in fact you probably spend one-third of your life with them - but do you really know them? Do you want to? If my experience is anything to go by, it's only sheer effort that's kept your opinions of how the boss really ought to run the company quiet. Ditto your feelings on your cube neighbour's BO, ugly baby or sloppy work.

And yet, every December the powers that be decide to round up this unruly group in a hall or hotel conference room, serve them drinks and expect them to get along without embarrassing themselves.

If it wasn't for television, it would be impossible.

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50 Cent and Marv Albert Scuffle Backstage at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Nov 20th 2009 4:07PM
50 Cent starts beef with Marv Albert 50 Cent proves that 'Before I Self Destruct' is both the title of his latest album and a self fulfilling prophecy. The LA Times is reporting that a scuffle had broken out backstage at last nights taping of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' between his entourage and legendary sportscaster, Marv Albert.

Albert a guest also booked on yesterday's 'Jimmy Kimmel' lineup and found himself in a scuffle, after 50's entourage and handlers were unable to recognize the renowned announcer. According to the LA Times, "There was shouting ("It's Marv Albert," yelled a Kimmel show guard, a pronouncement that seemed to have no effect on the 50 Cent phalanx.) There were obscenities. A fist or two flying. A "Don't you put your hands on me" pronouncement." Albert was in town yesterday to promote both the LA Lakers hosting the Bulls today and his appearance on 'The Simpsons.'

In fairness, there might be a theory to explain the thuggery that may have occurred backstage, Marv Albert is sporting a new look!

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What to Watch: October 12 - 19

by Stephanie Earp, posted Oct 11th 2009 7:00PM

The Simpsons (Sunday, 8 pm, Global/Fox)

It's the 20th anniversary of the Treehouse of Horror Halloween Specials (can you believe it?), and this time Lisa pays homage to classic Hitchcock scenarios, Krusty turns Kent Brockman into a zombie and Homer fulfills his destiny, becoming a part-man, part-brewing apparatus.

(By the way, I'm aware that this is the day BEFORE the typical 'What to Watch' week. I just had to include it.)

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Guinness Book hands out records at Comic-Con

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 29th 2009 3:00PM
Doctor Who received the Guinness Book of World Records title for longest running sci-fi series.The Guinness Book of World Records folks put a cap on last week's Comic-Con International festivities by handing out official records to several of the convention's most popular TV franchises, including The Simpsons and Doctor Who (right).

The Guinness Book recognized Doctor Who as Most Successful Sci-fi TV Show -- as it premiered in 1963 and is now readying its 32nd complete season.

Stargate held that title incorrectly in a previous edittion of the "Book of Records" before Guinness fixed the mistake.

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TomTom? Meet HomerHomer

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 18th 2009 12:04PM
Homer Simpson on your TomTomGadgets have always fascinated me. And it's not because of what you can do with them. It's what you CAN'T do with them. The day my microwave can cook my dinner, then feed it to me while it's cleaning my toilet, de-crumbing the toaster, and doing my taxes is the day my interest in gadgets dies.

The most impressive aspects of gadgetry are how much you can customize them to fit your taste and personality. Just a few years ago, having a Dilbert screen saver that didn't send your hard drive into an epileptic fit was the epitome of "personal" computing.

Now you can change the way it looks from every angle, the way it thinks, and even the way it talks. TomTom unveiled a new voice skin for their GPS devices. Now Homer Simpson, the actual voice of Homer Simpson voiced by Dan Castellanetta, can guide you to locations and it doesn't have to be a dispensery of donuts.

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TV 101: Thirteen undeniable truths about TV

by Jay Black, posted Apr 1st 2009 11:05AM
I could have gone with a lot of pictures, but I figured a hot cylon was the way to go.Some things you never wanted to know about me, but that I'm going to tell you anyway: I'm 32 years old, 6'3" tall, and I weigh 235 hairy, pasty pounds. I have a weak chin and very strong glasses. I'm not balding (yet!) but I've got a head reminiscent of The Leader from the Incredible Hulk comics. Seriously, in a pinch, Sully Sullenburger could land a jet on my forehead.

Looking at myself in the mirror after a shower the other day, I came to some realizations. I'll probably never play in the NBA. It's doubtful that a woman will ever use me Brad-Pitt-in-Thelma-and-Louise style. Should my comedy career catch fire, it will be more Ray Romano than Dane Cook.

These are the facts and they are undisputed.

In the spirit of my heartbreaking realizations, I figured I'd list some of the sad (but undeniable) truths about television ...

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The Baywatch theme sounds better with acoustic guitar - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 31st 2009 6:09PM
BaywatchI've always had this theory that even the worst songs in the world can sound better if you play them on an acoustic guitar. You can take the most insipid sitcom theme song or the most bombastic heavy metal tune, and when you play the song on an acoustic guitar, it suddenly becomes more profound, more deep, just better somehow.

The folks over at Best Week Ever have complied a great set of videos that show people doing the theme songs to various TV shows on various instruments. Some of them are pretty straightforward with normal instruments (for example, a small orchestra doing the Muppet Show theme and Family Matters done on piano), while others are rather odd and unexpected, like the parrot doing the Andy Griffith Show theme or The Love Boat performed on a theremin. After the jump, one of my favorites: the theme to Baywatch performed by a guy on an acoustic guitar. He even has his shirt off like a lifeguard and shows pics from the show.

I still don't get that MacGyver theme on the ruler though.

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What's On Tonight: No. 1 Ladies', Kings, Jim Gaffigan, Breaking Bad

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 29th 2009 4:00PM
  • The Amazing RaceAt 7, ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos, followed by a new, two-hour Extreme Makeover.
  • CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7, then new episodes of The Amazing Race, Cold Case, and The Unit.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 7, followed by new episodes of Kings and Celebrity Apprentice.
  • At 8, FOX has a new Simpsons.
  • HBO has the series premiere of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency at 8.
  • Disney has a new Sonny with a Chance at 8.
  • At 9, FOX has a new Family Guy, then a new American Dad.
  • PBS has a new Masterpiece Classic at 9.
  • MTV has a new Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory at 9, followed by new episodes of Bully Beatdown and Nitro Circus.
  • Also at 9: Comedy Central has the standup special Jim Gaffigan: King Baby.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Breaking Bad.
  • Showtime has a new United States of Tara at 10.
  • At 11:45, Cartoon Network has a new Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
  • At 12:15am, Cartoon Network has a new Delocated, then a new Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Hannah Montana, Celebrity Apprentice, Jesse Stone

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 1st 2009 4:06PM
  • SimpsonsHallmark has a Golden Girls marathon all night.
  • At 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, then a new Amazing Race and the movie Jesse Stone: Thin Ice.
  • ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos at 7, followed by new episodes of Extreme Makeover and Brothers & Sisters.
  • At 7:30, Disney has a new Hannah Montana, then new episodes of Sonny with a Chance and Wizards of Waverly Place.
  • At 8, FOX has a new Simpsons, then a new King of the Hill.
  • At 9, NBC has the season premiere of Celebrity Apprentice.
  • Food Network has a new Iron Chef America at 9.
  • HBO has a new Big Love at 9, followed by new episodes of Flight of the Conchords and East Bound & Down.
  • Showtime has a new L Word at 9, then new episodes of The United States of Tara and Secret Life of a Call Girl.
  • Also at 9: MTV has a new Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, then new episodes of CollegeHumor, Nitro Circus, and How's Your News?
  • At 9:30, FOX has a new American Dad.
  • At 12:30am, Cartoon Network has a new Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Nancy Cartwright is a Scientologist... and so is Bart Simpson

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 29th 2009 3:05PM
I knew the Church of Scientology had a lot of reach in Hollywood to enlist big names like Tom Cruise, Edgar Winter and the guy from Taxi who keeps popping up on celebrity weight loss and rehab shows.

But now they have either grown too powerful or have completely lost whatever grip they had left on reality, which wasn't a whole hell of a lot to begin with. They have recruited a cartoon character.

Bart Simpson's voice appeared in a phone recording advertising a Scientologist gathering in Hollywood that was clearly voiced by Nancy Cartwright. Of course, the audio found its way to the Internet. 20th Century Fox has been scrambling to pull it off every corner of YouTube ever since Perez Hilton broke the story and Fox made him remove it. You can hear it here before Fox spoils the fun for the rest of us.

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