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'Repo Games' Preview: Testing Movie and American History (VIDEO)

by Matt Herman, posted Jul 26th 2011 7:30PM
Repo GamesOn 'Repo Games' (Tues., 11PM on Spike), the fate of a contestant's car often comes down to one very trivial question.

In the preview clips below, we see a young contestant struggle to save his car. He seems to be fresh on his movie knowledge, but his American history know-how isn't quite as strong.

Does he get to keep his car? Tune in to find out.

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Mark Wahlberg Disses The Rock, Hugs Micky Ward on 'Guys Choice Awards' (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 13th 2011 12:04AM
spike guy's choice wahlberg wardAfter watching co-stars Christian Bale and Melissa Leo go home with Oscar gold earlier this year, the star of 'The Fighter,' Mark Wahlberg, finally got his due on Spike's 'Guys Choice Awards 2011' (Fri., 9PM ET on SPK).

Wahlberg won Spike's Guy of the Year trophy and later accepted the Guy Movie of the Year Award along with boxer "Irish" Micky Ward, the inspiration for Wahlberg's lead character in 'The Fighter.'

"Christian Bale ain't got one of one of these mother*******!," Wahlberg yelled as he gripped his "Golden Mantlers" and complained about losing an award earlier in the night to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

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Charlie Sheen vs. John Stamos on 'Charlie Sheen's Winningest Moments' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 10th 2011 2:39AM
'Charlie Sheen's Winningest Moments'Spike TV moved quickly to capitalize on the Charlie Sheen saga that's been unfolding across the television airwaves the last couple of weeks. 'Charlie Sheen's Winningest Moments' (Wed., 10:30PM ET on Spike) is a bizarre animated special that tries to examine the whole situation from a humorous light.

Unfortunately, it looks like the humor didn't translate as well to the animated screen. Narrated by two unnamed goddesses, most of the jokes it attempted to slip in fell flat.

In talking about who might take over Sheen's role on 'Two and a Half Men,' for example, the "Goddesses" pointed the finger at Jay Leno. "We heard he has experience stealing other people's shows."

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CBS Subs 'Mike & Molly' for 'Two and a Half Men,' Will Ferrell is Not the New 'Office' Boss and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 31st 2011 6:00PM
Charlie SheenCBS is enacting its first Charlie Sheen contingency plan: The network ordered two more episodes each of 'Mike & Molly' and 'Rules of Engagement' to help deal with any issues arising from the 'Two and a Half Men' star's absence, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Sheen began rehab this weekend after being hospitalized in the wake of a reportedly very wild party with some porn stars at his home. 'Two and a Half Men' went on immediate hiatus. THR reports that Sheen will be unable to work for three months while he undergoes treatment.

In other TV news ...

Richard Dreyfuss has signed on for a multi-episode arc on 'Parenthood.' The actor will appear in the final four episodes of the season as theater producer Gilliam T. Blount, an old friend of Zeke's who's looking for a comeback. [TV Line]

Will Ferrell's guest spot on 'The Office' will not turn into something bigger. Star Rainn Wilson confirmed that Ferrell's character will definitely not become the new Dunder Mifflin boss. [Entertainment Weekly]

'The Daily Show' beat 'Conan' in the 1834 demographic for the first time last last week. After a strong debut in November, 'Conan' has only managed to hold onto his lead in the 18–34 demo until this week, while 'The Daily Show' has beaten 'Conan' in the 18–49 demo since December. [Deadline]

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Sandra Bullock Thanks the Troops on the 'Guys Choice Awards' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 21st 2010 5:10AM
Guys Choice Awards, Sandra BullockSandra Bullock knows how to give a great speech. While accepting the Entertainer of the Year Award at the 'Spike Guys Choice' awards (Sun., 10PM ET on Spike), she called it like it is.

"Let's be honest here. Did I win this for being entertainer of the year? Or did I win this because of the spectacular IED explosion that became my personal life?"

She added that she would do it over and over again if it was to entertain our troops, and she graciously thanked the troops for all they do for our country. Go, Sandra!

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John Schneider to Star as Washed-Up Golf Champ

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 18th 2010 4:30PM
John SchneiderEx-'Dukes of Hazzard'/'Smallville' star John Schneider has signed on to play the lead in 'Back Nine,' Spike TV's new show about a washed-up golf pro attempting a comeback. But that's not the most interesting tidbit in this piece of TV casting news, it's the name of the character who will serve as Schneider's caddy on the show and what he's addicted to.

The golf pro's caddy will be named Tiger, and he's addicted to sex! At first I thought, wow, that's pretty edgy, even for the gung-ho Spike. But The Hollywood Reporter says that the character's name (and his, um, hobby) were in the script a year before the recent events surrounding Tiger Woods and his various women. Now I guess the only question is, even if it was in the script before all of the real-life stuff happened, will Spike change the name of the character and what he likes?

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Spike.com Presents 'Commercial Bowl' 2010

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 4th 2010 9:02AM
Spike.comThere's a problem with having the most-watched sporting event of the year on your channel: not everybody watches sports. Usually the event can pull in non-sports fans (like myself) by having a myriad of clever commercials that one could not see at any other time of the year. Spike.com thought of this and is having the 'Commercial Bowl', which will show commercials from the just-broadcast Super Bowl as well as commercial highlights from the previous eight years worth of the "Big Game".

It's a clever idea and obviously successful if this is the ninth year. It's more tempting now to simply wait for the game to be over and click on over to Spike.com. This concept does lend itself to some questions, though. Will the videos for each commercial have commercial breaks in between? Are the people that made the commercials in question actually sponsoring the event or do the users have to put up with banner ads as well as commercials?

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Spike TV's Scream special celebrates our nation's vampires

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Oct 15th 2009 9:03AM
Spike TV's Scream Halloween special will celebrate vampires like the Twilight crew.Vampires aren't scary anymore. They haven't been for a while.

Anne Rice saw to that while she was making her fortune turning vampires into the kind of delicate camp caricatures you see hosting cooking shows on Bravo. It's continued through Twilight and every Twilight clone coming down the pipe. Still, Twilight can build it's own Federal Reserve Bank now, and no one gives a cuss what I think.

Now, I've officially typed the word "Twilight" way more than I wanted to today, and I need to get to the point. So, vampires will be the cause celebre of Spike TV's 4th Annual "Scream.," Tuesday, October 27 at 10 PM ET/PT.

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What's the deal with vampires these days?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 29th 2009 2:31PM
True BloodI haven't jumped on the vampire bandwagon. I don't have any real interest in Twilight or True Blood or any other vampire show/movie that starts with a T (The Vampire Diaries starts this fall on The CW). But I've liked them for a long time, from the Christopher Lee films to Kolchak to Forever Knight.

Grady Hendrix at Slate says that vampire stories suck (ha ha) now, because it's more about feelings and psychology and vampires having normal lives and very little about the biting of people.

Who's your favorite vampire on TV?
True Blood403 (20.8%)
The Night Stalker (with Darren McGavin)28 (1.4%)
Moonlight687 (35.5%)
Angel292 (15.1%)
Spike (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)305 (15.8%)
Forever Knight43 (2.2%)
Kindred: The Embrace16 (0.8%)
Count Chocula126 (6.5%)
Other (say in comments)33 (1.7%)

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Talking Monkeys and the evolution of Joe Rogan

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 20th 2009 10:35AM
Joe Rogan Talking Monkeys in SpaceIn his breakout role on NewsRadio fifteen years ago, Joe Rogan played Joe Garrelli, a maintenance man with deceptively deep springs of knowledge. In a sense, Rogan has been playing that role for his whole career, hosting Fear Factor and The Man Show, commentating for the UFC, while writing increasingly smart stand-up comedy. Rogan's new special, Talking Monkeys in Space (Spike TV, June 20 midnight), is his best work to date.

Rogan takes on the legalization of marijuana, Dr. Phil, and technology with brutal logic. His last television day gig, Game Show In Your Head, is over but he says he doesn't mind. He's still doing what he loves most - stand-up comedy and commentating for the UFC, and he's got a new Web series on Crackle.com, a sort of Inside the Actors Studio for stand-up comedians, he says will start within the next couple of months.

I spoke with him about all of that, how having a one-year old daughter has changed his perspective, how his personal philosophies have evolved, and the treatment of his frequent rival Carlos Mencia on a recent episode of South Park, in which Mencia was beheaded by Kanye West for stealing a joke he couldn't explain.

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My son is making me watch Deadliest Warrior

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 7th 2009 5:00PM
Deadliest WarriorMy 14-year-old son is not only big into history, he's also big into warriors. So watching Spike's Deadliest Warrior has become a family affair in our house. I guess they've been playing a lot of marathons lately, because I'm seeing one ferocious battle after the next, each pitting one fierce historical warrior against another. I am learning so much!

I'd never heard of William Wallace or Shaka Zulu, but last night, I got a primer on both of these tough warriors. William Wallace was a 13th century Scottish Knight who had an epic poem written about him and inspired films like Braveheart. Shaka Zulu was a Zulu king who reigned during the first half of the 19th century and was eventually assassinated by his half-brothers. That's tough!

Deadliest Warrior is beautifully violent and pulls no punches in telling us exactly how to lop someone's head off with a sword or pierce a vital organ with an axe. We get step-by-step instructions on how a Shaolin Monk uses twin hooks or how the Italian Mafia wields a Tommy gun. From brain matter to entrails to gut spillage, it's all there.

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Jane After Dark: Five reasons why Angel season five is awesome

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 17th 2009 2:27PM
Alexis Denisof of AngelWell, you guys were absolutely right. Season five of Angel is awesome, and I'm so glad I slugged through some of the earlier seasons that didn't exactly float my vampire boat.

The writing in season five is excellent, the characters are both fun and multidimensional (especially Wesley, whose story only gets more and more tragic), and it's just a great all-around season. Here are five reasons why I loved this season as much as any TV show (including Buffy).

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Jane After Dark: Top five Buffy hookups

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 2nd 2009 10:10AM
Buffy and Spike - Sarah Michelle Gellar and James MarstersLast week, I devoted my first Jane After Dark column to my top five Buffy moments. I was thrilled to read all the responses, both here on TV Squad and at Whedonesque, where the post was picked up. Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer are a passionate bunch!

This week, I thought it would be fun to delve into my favorite Buffy hookups. One that didn't make the list but holds a special place in my heart is Giles and Joyce. It was a fleeting moment, but one that was fun and would have made for great storytelling had it continued.

But who to pair Buffy up with -- Spike, Angel or Riley? What about Spike and Drusilla? And while Willow and Tara had a special love affair, there's a lot to be said for Willow and Oz. And what of Xander? Sure, he and Anya had a fun romance, but his hookups with Cordelia and even Faith were intense in their own way.

Oh the choices! Read on for my thoughts, and please add your own in the comments below.

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Jane After Dark: Top five Buffy moments

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 25th 2009 11:02AM
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Top 5 MomentsI'm starting a new column here on TV Squad called "Jane After Dark." Some of you know I work the "night shift" here at the Squad, editing and scheduling posts into the wee hours. I'm a big multi-tasker, so I also use those hours to get caught up on all the great shows I've missed along the way.

Over the past year, I've watched some really cool shows, including Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, Moonlight, Weeds, Entourage, Gossip Girl, and many others. So I thought it would be fun to write about my After Dark musings, and I hope you'll chime in with your own thoughts about whatever I'm watching.

I just finished Joss Whedon's magnificent Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I loved so many things about the show. No one could look as stylish as Buffy as she slayed those vampires. Angel and Spike were both hot in their own way. The love between Willow and Tara was sweet and gentle, but also powerful. And the characters continued to grow and evolve throughout the series. By the last episode, you really felt like you knew these characters and had grown right along with them.

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Adair, er, UCB's Matt Walsh returning to star status on Spike

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 12th 2009 10:01AM
One of your television's least-appreciated funnymen is getting a second wind on cable again.

The Upright Citizens Brigade's Matt Walsh and fellow founding member Trotter, er, Ian Roberts have landed their first starring roles in a show he created for Spike.

It's called Players, names after a sports bar his character runs with his brother as part of his eternal life fantasy to hit on hot waitresses and spend his days yelling at an HD television. Think of it as Cheers, but with more penis jokes and a Carla that doesn't make your eyes bleed.

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