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Will Wright is Bringing 'The Sims' to TV

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 31st 2010 9:00AM
EA GamesIf you ever wanted to produce your own TV show but never had the money, the crew willing to work for free, the ability to design realistic looking sets, or the drive to get up before dawn and shoot during the day's best light, there's hope.

Will Wright, the creator of the iconic line of "Sim" games including the popular "Sims," has created a program called the "Storymaker Engine" that lets ordinary schlubs like you and me create TV shows using Sims.

Wright and company are hoping that the stories created from this engine can be turned into an entertaining half-hour to hour of television for Current TV. "Machinima" shows like 'Red vs. Blue' and the 'South Park' 'Make Love, Not Warcraft' episode have helped bring some video game driven entertainment to audiences, but would you watch an entire show that was produced on a video game?

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April 2010 Premiere Dates and Finales

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 30th 2010 1:30PM
'Bones' / 'South Park'
Two long-running series hit milestones this month when 'Bones' achieves it's centennial and 'South Park' doubles up that achievement with episode 200. Fans of NBC's 'Merlin' will be pleased to know that the second season of the popular British series launches this month (April 2) on Syfy.

Both MTV's 'The Hills' and Showtimes' The Tudors' premiere their final seasons, while 'Ugly Betty' signs off for good. TNT wraps their run of 'Southland,' awaiting ratings results to make any decisions on renewal.

With spring upon us, most of the network shows are heading toward their season finales, while a few, like 'Glee' and 'Fringe,' are returning from long breaks. Keep track of all the television comings and goings with our April guide

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Angry Ginger Kid Directs His Ginger Rage at 'South Park'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 25th 2010 4:08PM
The "Ginger Kid" has become another milestone in the Internet lexicon and apparently, he's found out that 'South Park' is not only about to take another crack at his people, but also at him.

YouTube's "CopperCab" spotted a commercial satirizing his famous "Gingers Do Have Souls" video. So he posted a stinging rebuttal to the creators of 'South Park' warning them not to air the episode or else, I guess, he would use his awesome pale skin powers to reflect sunbeams directly into Trey Parker and Matt Stone's retinas.

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Tiger Woods and Wife Star in Video Game on 'South Park' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 18th 2010 2:54AM
South Park, Tiger Woods video gameIt's inevitable that Tiger Woods would end up on 'South Park' (Wed., 10PM ET on COM), but bonus points to Trey Parker and Co. for creating a sweet video game out of the scandal.

It's brilliant, really. Put the battling couple on a golf course, arm them with golf clubs, and include game points for endorsements and the almighty Pre-Nup Power-Up!

We're sure if the boys play long enough, Tiger's women will make an appearance, too.

Watch the video after the jump.

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New TV on DVD for Mar. 16: 'Monk,' 'South Park' and More

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 16th 2010 10:00AM
With the Academy Awards in the rear view mirror, retailers are finally clearing out all the movie award wannabes from their DVD shelves and making room for a new batch of high profile TV releases instead. Not that you'd know the difference from watching the Oscar broadcast last week; after all, with Alec Baldwin hosting and presenters like Miley Cyrus and Tina Fey, this year's ceremony seemed more like the Emmys (or the Kids' Choice Awards) than the Oscars anyway.

The side effect of the last few weeks of DVD sales being dominated by the movie business, though, is an unusually strong batch of TV shows all arriving at once. So who will come out on top of the TV DVD battle this week? Our money is on 'Monk' to land first prize, especially since 'Monk: Season Eight' marks the final release for the beloved series and includes the all-important finale, which finally wraps up the mystery of who killed Monk's wife.

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'South Park' Will Skewer Tiger Woods

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 15th 2010 9:30AM
South ParkWednesday will be bringing us the season premiere of 'South Park,' and the topic of the episode has already been revealed. Trey Parker and Matt Stone will be raking Tiger Woods over the coals along with the concept of sex addiction in America.

The season premieres of 'South Park' tend to be a little more thoughtful than the rest of the season, usually because Trey and Matt have had some break time to think about things. The last season premiere brought us the Jonas Brothers and "Mister Mouse," which was a highlight of the season along with 'Margaritaville.'

On a related note, the show is only five episodes away from its 200th, which will be broadcast next month. Their 100th episode dealt with the mood of the country after 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq and ended with a sing-off between a rock singer (Stan's father) and a country singer. Hopefully, the 200th will be equally as entertaining and insightful. Set your schedule accordingly.

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'South Park' Premieres Its First Ever Deleted Scene

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 12th 2010 7:05PM
Stan and Randy work on their Pinewood Derby car on You would think that a show with 100 plus episodes that's reaching into its fourteenth season would have more cutting-room floor clutter than a director's cut of 'Road House'.

But believe it or not, the thirteenth season of the long running 'South Park' saw its first ever deleted scene.

The video, embedded at Comedy Central's blog, takes place during the hilarious "Pinewood Derby" episode and naturally features Randy Marsh cursing up a perfect storm. Naturally this clip is NSFW, so if you're at work and you're looking for a way to get fired, be sure to turn up the speakers to their maximum volume so everyone can enjoy it.

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Blackwater Contractors Buy Weapons Under the Name "Eric Cartman"

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 27th 2010 10:00AM
South ParkI always knew that behind that sweet, innocent, fat little face lies the black beating heart of pure evil. That's how evil he really is. His heart lies behind his face instead of his chest.

My suspicions were confirmed when news broke that some Blackwater contractors illegally obtained weapons that were meant to go to the Afghan police force by filing them under the name "Eric Cartman" as a cover.

'South Park' creator Trey Parker told the Huffington Post that when he and co-creator Matt Stone heard the news, "Our first reaction to any story is 'How do we put this into the show?' and the second reaction is 'Did Cartman do that?' because he's so real to us, it's like 'I bet Cartman did that.'"

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South Park creators making a Mormon musical

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 29th 2010 12:05PM
South ParkSome things you just can't make up. South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are working with Avenue Q songwriter Robert Lopez to create a new off-Broadway musical. The subject matter is "under wraps", which means everybody knows what it is. In this case, it's about the Mormons and likely about the founding of the faith. South Park has already dealt with this topic with a small-scale musical of its own.

When this is finally released, tickets are going to be practically impossible to get. Trey Parker and Matt Stone and a religion-skewering musical are a winning combination. They even already have a song from the Mormon South Park episode called "Dum Dum Dum Dum Dum" (at least that's what I call it). It wouldn't be surprising if that catchy tune made it into this musical.

Do you plan on seeing this team's Mormon musical? Let us know in the comments.

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'The Daily Show,' 'Colbert Report' Set HD Launch Date

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Dec 18th 2009 10:30AM
It only took the better part of a year to put in place, but finally you'll be able to count every hair in the perpetually cocked eyebrows of Stephen Colbert, or to admire the not-so-faint lines on the faux-astonished face of Jon Stewart.

That's because, according to Broadcasting and Cable, 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart' and 'The Colbert Report' are at last joining the crystal-clear world of HD.

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The Twelve Days of Festivus: Ten shows on DVD

by Nick Zaino, posted Dec 14th 2009 11:29AM
House, M.D. Season FiveOn the tenth day of Festivus, TV gave to me... Ten shows on DVD.

There are plenty of great TV collections being released all the time now, bringing back classic TV, shows that had short runs, and current favorites. You know about most of the big shows, so here's a mix of more popular and some maybe less-heralded collections.

House, M.D.: Season Five: This was a breakout season for the show, where the secondary characters really came to life and House broke down and finally had to face his addictions and personal failings. Season five may wind up being a pinnacle for the series as a whole.

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What Nick is thankful for

by Nick Zaino, posted Nov 24th 2009 6:30PM
Modern Family on ABCA lot of us here at TV Squad have been listing that for which we are thankful. Like many of the others, I feel I have to start with my wife and family, and my friends. And I'd also add the comedy community in Boston, where I work, and beyond, for giving me something worth writing about and following day after day, year after year.

But this is a TV site, so the big part of this list is the things I am thankful I can see on the rundown TV in my office that makes a horrible cranking sound when I try to play DVDs, ot downstairs when I'm not bothering anyone by trying to catch up on thirteen discs of the Steve Coogan Collection.

My Local Library

Don't laugh. I have a rule that I won't watch an episodic TV series unless I've started it from the beginning, which means I wind up missing a lot of shows everyone else is screaming praises for.

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'South Park' Episode Skewered Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and Others

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 12th 2009 2:48PM
On last night's 'South Park,' the school morning announcer met an untimely end at the hands of an enraged (and confused) gunman, and Cartman saw an opportunity to take over and spread his agenda in an episode that skewered Fox's conservative political commentator and host Glenn Beck, radio announcer Casey Kasem, former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and film director Jim Cameron.

What followed was one of the funnier 'South Park' episodes this season as Cartman, a la Beck, railed against failed bake sales, pizza as a choice on the school lunch menu, violence against Smurfs, and student body class President Wendy who, Cartman argues, was driving the school in a "rapid decline toward some socialist regime where students no longer have a voice."

Watch the episode after the jump.

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Emmanuel Lewis Uses His ("F") Words on 'South Park' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 5th 2009 10:57AM
On 'South Park,' Eric Cartman and the boys take on a gang of obnoxiously loud bikers disturbing the peace in their Colorado town. Here, Cartman uses a choice selection of pointed language to systematically dismantle the biker gang's macho self-image.

In last night's episode, the 'South Park' kids take it upon themselves to make a homosexual slur publicly acceptable when used to refer to hog-riding gang members like those who invade their town. Lending assistance in their effort to redefine this objectionable "F" word is a doppelganger of 'Webster' star Emmanuel Lewis, who appears as a dictionary editor.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Is South Park too focused on reality TV?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 4th 2009 7:29PM

Even though the show has been on forever, I still enjoy my weekly dose of the new South Parks. But lately, they seem to be running out of targets or have narrowed their focus too much on one particular evil: reality television.

The season opener featured a rather nasty swipe at Disney's Jonas Brothers. The recent "Dead Celebrities" chortle-fest took a much needed pot shot at Ghost Hunters, aka, "the gayest f#*$ing show on television." And last week launched an all out attack on Discovery's Whale Wars and Deadliest Catch, particularly against Whale Wars star Paul Watson.

The show has always been a bitch to write and making every episode a satirical masterpiece is impossible without suffering a full-on breakdown. But should the show lay off reality TV and take some bolder shots at reality, which as we all know are two completely different things?

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