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Trailer for That Crook'd Sip - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 12th 2006 8:03PM

that crook'd sipIf you've heard of the still-unseen pilot for Adult Swim, That Crook'd Sip, then you're a better person than I, because I just recently learned about it, even though it was mentioned several months ago. I've placed the trailer after the jump, though it doesn't offer much insight into what the series is about. An old article in Animation Magazine says the series centers around the Beauregard family, old-fashioned Southerners trying to maintain their antiquated ways as the new "Dirty South" takes over. The pilot was supposed to air this Fall, but given Adult Swim's habit of shuffling shows around, who knows when we'll see it? The series, which was created in Flash, was created by Nick Wiedenfeld (Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law) and Jacob Escobedo. The style reminds me a lot of the animated shorts from Sesame Street, except I'm pretty sure those didn't include gun battles and mansions being set on fire.

[via Cold, Hard Flash]

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Idol performer Pickler to star in new FOX comedy

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 9th 2006 7:03PM

kellie picklerIf you haven't gotten your fill of contestants from American Idol, then open wide for a heapin' helpin' of Southern-fried goodness: finalist Kellie Pickler is set to star in a new FOX comedy about a girl from a small town in the South who discovers that the governor is actually her father. The character is based on Pickler herself, so I assume it will be an easy role for her to play. NBC has ordered a script for the new series, which is being written by Chris Peterson and Bryan Moore, who wrote three episodes of That '70s Show between them.

The series is being developed by American Idol's production company 19 Entertainment, proving once again that Idols don't just happen, they're strategically crafted and forced into our homes until we have no choice but to either give in or throw our TVs out the window.

Kellie Pickler in local singing competition
Kellie Pickler on singing, Simon and salmon
Is Kellie dating Constantine?

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The Women of Design join Nick at Nite

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 2nd 2006 2:59PM
designing womenIf you've ever sprung awake at midnight in a cold sweat and felt the walls closing in around you and felt the only thing that could calm you down is an episode of Designing Women, then I have good news for you. Designing Women debuts on Nick at Nite this evening with a marathon from 10 pm to 2 am. The marathon will continue at these same times through October 5, and then the show will settle into its Monday through Saturday midnight spot starting this Friday, October 6. Set your recording devices and get your fill of sassy Southern ladies. The READ link below also includes a schedule of the marathon, which begins this evening with the pilot episode.

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Food Network hopes Paula Deen will attract younger viewers

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 24th 2006 2:00PM

Paula DeenYeah, I'm confused by that headline too.

Since there are so many changes at Food Network (Rachael Ray devoting more time to her syndicated show, Molto Mario being canceled, the ratings dropping for many of their top shows), the channel is trying to attract younger viewers and challenge competitors by introducing Paula's Party, which Post-Gazette.com describes as "more Romper Room than Cooking With Master Chefs."

Sorry, but that sounds ridiculous to me. Deen is a kind, 59 year-old Southern woman. I don't want to see her talking about sexy footwear (as she did during an episode taping), officiating crab races (as she did during an episode taping), or interviewing rapping skateboarders who wear iPods (OK, that hasn't happened yet, but give the show time).

Then again, the article above says that Deen smokes cigarettes and named her crab "Cocaine Connie," so this could get interesting. Like some wild, nutty grandma who also knows how to cook. But I'm not convinced this will work.

If they're not careful, Food Network will turn into the MTV of cooking channels: a cooking channel that actually has very little cooking on it.

[via TV Tattle]

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New episodes of Squidbillies?

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 10th 2006 2:02PM
squidbilliesTo, answer my own question, yes, Squidbillies is returning to Adult Swim on September 17. I've said it before and I'll say it again: while not every show on Adult Swim thrills me, I'm more than happy to have a few shows in the lineup I don't particularly care for if it means more variety for the rest of the viewing audience. That's not to say I dislike Squidbillies, because it does have some good laughs once in awhile, and it's one of those Adult Swim shows, along with Robot Chicken, that I've been delving into recently after dismissing them when they first aired. I like to think of Adult Swim as a salad bar. I'll just take what I like and leave the rest. Fourteen new episodes of the series are planned.

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Wonder Showzen: Mathematics

by Adam Finley, posted May 13th 2006 9:20AM

wonder showzen(S02E07) You know, it's like sitting down for chocolate ice cream and getting strawberry ice cream instead. Sure, you like strawberry ice cream just fine, and heck, it's better than no ice cream at all, but you were still expecting chocolate.

Last night Wonder Showzen did what I could only describe as "pulling a Terrance and Phillip" and dedicated an entire episode to a show within a show. None of our usual puppet pals were around for this episode, instead we got to watch a half hour of Horse Apples, the Hee-Haw spoof which we first saw in the episode titled Knowledge. Now, if you go to the official MTV2 site for the show, they have the episode listed as "Mathematics," which as far as I can tell is actually the season finale, set to air next week. I have no idea what the title of this "not really an episode" episode is supposed to be, but if anyone knows for sure, inform me in the comments.

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Why I dig Paula Deen

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 19th 2006 12:58PM
Paula DeenIt's not as well-known as some of the other shows on the Food Network, but lately I've been finding myself drawn to Paula's Home Cooking with Paula Deen. Rachel Ray and Emeril each have their shtick, but Paula's show reminds me of the old cooking shows on PBS when the host wasn't so much a "celebrity" as they were a"chef with a camera pointing at them." In other words, their inexperience in front of the camera would sometimes show, which simply meant they spent more time perfecting their craft than trying to put on a big show. Paula Deen is not a natural in front of the camera, but she can't hide her genuine Southern charm. Actually, she suffered from agoraphobia for twenty years of her life, so the fact that she's in front of the camera at all is impressive. Perhaps it's more of a show for old folks who used to get excited about watching The Victory Garden, but I don't think TV always has to grab me by the lapels and shake me around. I enjoy those quiet moments sometimes, too.


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