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Republicans Hate 'Jersey Shore,' Love 'The Bachelor'

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 6th 2011 2:30PM
Democrat, Republican TV StudySnooki's poof apparently doesn't work its magic on Republicans.

A new study by Experian-Simmons found conservative-leaning viewers tend to favor reality programming like 'Dancing With the Stars,' 'The Bachelor,' 'The Biggest Loser,' 'MythBusters,' but one exception to that trend was 'Jersey Shore.' Also among GOP favorites is the History Channel's block of programming: 'Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy,' 'American Pickers,' and 'Swamp People.'

Two other popular liberal shows, 'Glee' and 'Modern Family,' topped the conservative list last year, but are no longer two of the favorite shows among Republican viewers, according to EW. They did, however, still rank high with those on the more liberal end of the political spectrum.

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'South Park' Takes on Penn State Scandal Through a Social Worker's Bad Jokes (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 17th 2011 4:00AM
'South Park' takes on Penn State scandalTaking advantage of their speedy production time, this week's installment of 'South Park' (Wed., 10PM ET on Comedy Central) may have been about Kenny and his siblings being taken from their white trash parents and put into foster care, but it had another thread running throughout the narrative in the form of their CPS social worker.

Apparently, he was more concerned about his comedy career than making sure the kids were put into good homes. To lighten the mood he continuously cracked jokes about the scandal at Penn State. The jokes were in terrible taste, but having them told through an unlikable character who was clearly being inappropriate was a very shrewd tactic by Parker and Stone.

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Comedy Central Renews 'South Park' For 3 More Seasons

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 16th 2011 12:50PM
South Park Renewed'South Park' is sticking around for at least three more seasons. Comedy Central has renewed the long-running series, keeping it on the air until at least 2016.

"The collective genius of Matt and Trey knows no bounds," Michele Ganeless, president of Comedy Central, said in a statement. "Week after week and season after season they continue to surprise and delight 'South Park' fans, and that includes all of us here at Comedy Central. We're thrilled that the adventures of Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman will continue through 2016."

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What to Watch: TV Picks for November 14-20

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 13th 2011 2:00PM
Mark Kelly and Gabrielle GiffordsMONDAY, NOVEMBER 14

'Clue' (8PM ET, The Hub)
miniseries premiere
Based on the iconic family game, this five-part original miniseries premieres with back-to-back episodes. The show follows six young sleuths who stumble upon an adventure they never imagined after witnessing a terrible crime. Along the way, the six very different kids discover they have a lot more in common than they thought as they uncover hidden treasures and decipher cryptic knowledge to reveal a secret society. The mystery they unravel, and the accusations they make, could very well define their own futures.

'Love & Hip-Hop' (9PM ET, VH1) season premiere
Returning for its second season, the reality series picks up where the first season left off, following the lives of six unique women, each with a link to the exciting, glamorous and high-stress world of hip hop. Featuring Chrissy Lampkin, Emily Bustamante, Kimberly "Kimbella" Vanderhee, Olivia Longott, Somaya "Boss" Reese and Yandy Smith.

'ABC News Special: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' (10PM ET, ABC) special presentation
Ten months after her shooting at a Tuscon grocery store, Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, talk to Diane Sawyer about the ordeal and the congresswoman's painful road to recovery.

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Alien Pilgrims From Space on 'South Park' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 10th 2011 9:15AM
'South Park'Holiday time in 'South Park' (Wed., 10PM ET on Comedy Central) is always eventful and more than a little weird. Having been assured that everything they've been told about Native Americans being from space is untrue, the kids are on the couch (natch) as the door is blown open by a pilgrim asking "Why hast thy race sent me to earth?!"

Pretty soon the the kids find themselves mixed up in an ancient feud between alien Pilgrims from space and the Native Americans. Both groups are fighting to control the valuable "stuffing mines."

Of course, this being 'South Park,' it ends in violence, but we do learn a valuable lesson: Alien pilgrims from space have a very nasty test to tell if you're lying about being one-sixteenth Native American.

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Border Patrol Stops Mexicans Crossing Back into Mexico on 'South Park' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 13th 2011 3:00AM
'South Park' - 'The Last of the Meheecans'A game of 'Border Patrol' sparked a real border crisis between Mexico and America on 'South Park' (Wed., 10PM ET on Comedy Central). The boys were playing a game, with half of them border patrol and the other half Mexicans. Butters, playing a Mexican, wound up lost.

A well-meaning couple found him and tried to make him a happy Mexican by letting him do work around the house and yard, but as he wanted to go home, they dropped him off at El Pollo Loco. There he inadvertently sparked a movement among the other Mexicans to return to Mexico, where conditions are much better than in the U.S.

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Restaurants Try to Figure Out How Cartman's Burgers Taste So Good (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 6th 2011 7:30AM
'South Park' - 'Ass Burgers'After the mid-season finale that saw Stan turning ten and literally seeing the entire world as crap, everyone wondered how Parker and Stone would follow it up. With this 'South Park' (Wed., 10PM ET on Comedy Central), we saw.

They didn't cop out and pretend it never happened, but they kind of did do the next best thing. They basically found a way to reset everything back to the way it was, leaving Stan with a little secret to explain it away.

That said, we loved it when Stan met Morpheus and the other leather-clad cynics like himself who saw the world for what it really was. And rather than a pill to see the real world, they used alcohol to see the fake one everyone wants us to see.

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'South Park' Renewed Through 2013, Season 15 Returns in October

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 20th 2011 8:30AM
'South Park' S15/E07Time to unzip your parka and crack open a big bag of Cheesey Poofs: 'South Park' is coming back in a big way!

Fresh off the show winning its 11th Emmy nomination last week, it's been confirmed that the second half of Season 15 will premiere on Comedy Central October 5th.

And fans who'd worried that this season could be the last can rest easy. 'Entertainment Weekly' has confirmed that creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have signed up through 2013 -- two more seasons -- with Comedy Central.

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Trey Parker and Matt Stone Talk Tony Wins and Broadway, on 'The Daily Show' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 16th 2011 7:50AM
Trey Parker'South Park' creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are no strangers to controversy, having offended just about everyone by now. But now that they're more mature in years, are they in danger of becoming the kind of Establishment figures that they used to mock so mercilessly?

The pair have written a Broadway musical, 'The Book of Mormon,' which has not only been well received by critics, it also picked up nine Tony Awards.

You'd think this would make the Broadway newbies targets of venom in the famously bitchy, backstabbing world of musical theater, but as they told Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), nothing could be further from the truth.

They say that the Broadway community welcomed them with open arms and has been nothing but lovely to them.

Which is more than can be said for their assessment of a rival show. Stone told Stewart about how when they were prepping 'Book' for the stage all everyone else was talking about was 'Spider-Man,' "but that was before anyone had seen what a train wreck it was." Oh, me-ow.

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'South Park' Season 15, Episode 7 (Mid-Season Finale) Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 9th 2011 10:15AM
'South Park' - 'You're Getting Old'['South Park' - 'You're Getting Old']

Stan Marsh turned 10 years old, and the town of South Park may never be the same. I'm not sure what just happened, but 'South Park' got for-real this week, and then it stayed that way.

Don't get me wrong, it was disgusting and vulgar as well -- this is 'South Park' after all -- but it seemed to be grappling with some pretty big ideas. Not the least of which could be whether or not Matt Stone and Trey Parker are closing in on the end of their 15 season saga.

Of course, they could turn things around in an instant when the show comes back to finish out its season, but it doesn't feel like they will. It feels like something is happening, and if they follow it through the way they started it, it may well be genius.

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'South Park' Season 15, Episode 6 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 2nd 2011 7:10AM
'South Park' - 'City Sushi'['South Park' - 'City Sushi']

There are certainly advantages to having an art style wherein all of your characters look virtually interchangeable. It was used brilliantly already in 'The Coon' episode, and here again. Only this time, we got a twist that put a whole new face on a long-time character in the show ... or, should I say, underneath the face.

It was about ten minutes into the episode before I realized that Butters was going to carry it all by himself, but I've found myself enjoying these occasional installments.

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Multiple Personalities Galore and a Shocking Twist on 'South Park' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 2nd 2011 5:49AM
'South Park' - 'City Sushi'In a Butters-centric episode of 'South Park' (Wed., 10PM ET on Comedy Central), our intrepid hero was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder. It's the kind of multiple personalities all kids display when they're playing make-believe and pretending to be a truck driver or an inspector.

In truth, his therapist was the one suffering from the disorder. One of his personalities, a child named Billy, called on "Inspector" Butters to help him, and led him to the therapist's house. There the parallel stories of the episode culminated in a rather impressive twist.

The therapist was actually Tuong Lu Kim, the owner of South Park's City Wok Chinese restaurant. And he was never even Chinese. So people who thought it was a horrible fake accent by a white dude can rest easy, because now it really was in the show too.

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'South Park' Season 15, Episode 5 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 26th 2011 7:00AM
'South Park' - 'Crack Baby Athletic Association'['South Park' - 'Crack Baby Athletic Association']

This week, Trey Parker and Matt Stone took aim at the NCAA and tore into it hardcore. I imagine it's an even more biting satire for fans of college sports, but even without that background, I was able to grasp their take on the concept of "student-athletes" and the tremendous profit that college sports generate; none of which goes to the students.

"It's against the rules," as Cartman explained. "I don't make the rules ... I just think them up and write them down."

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'South Park' Season 15, Episode 4 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 19th 2011 7:20AM
'South Park' - 'T.M.I.'['South Park' - 'T.M.I.']

!!!WARNING!!! This recap is going to talk about the above-mentioned episode of 'South Park.' Which means that we're going to be talking about male genitalia, since that's pretty much the thrust of the entire episode.

If that sort of thing makes you uncomfortable, then Trey Parker and Matt Stone are probably very happy, and you may want to stop reading now.

I loved how intimately this episode tackled men's insecurities and obsessions about their own bodies. Having it start with a misunderstanding by Cartman led to some very awkward and uncomfortable numbers as the boys sought to correct something the school didn't do in the first place.

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'South Park' Season 15, Episode 3 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 12th 2011 11:15AM
Canadian Princess, 'South Park' - 'Royal Wedding'['South Park' - 'Royal Wedding']

Did you hear? There was a Royal Wedding and it was ever so beautiful! After last week's slight misfire in tackling Comedy Central's own 'Comedy Awards, Trey Parker and Matt Stone got it exactly right on last night's 'South Park.' Shifting the wedding from the UK to Canada was a stroke of genius, as they've spent 14 seasons and a movie turning their version of the land up north into a colossal joke.

And it was all there. From the square wheels to those dangerously bouncing heads, every aspect of this wedding reached new heights of ridiculousness and it was a beautiful thing to behold. They could have said anything before the phrase "as is tradition," and I would have been laughing. And in most cases, they did.

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