Another year, come and gone. (Sniff, sniff)
We're thankful for a great many things (especially certain TV shows), and one of those things is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Did you miss the show this year? If so, we have a slideshow of your favorite pop culture balloons that floated through Manhattan.
From Spongebob to Kermit, we've got you covered. We even have the Mighty Morphin Samurai Rangers. Yep, they're a thing now.
The latest kids' show to be called into question is Nickelodeon's long-running cartoon series, 'SpongeBob SquarePants.' According to The Wrap, a study due to be published online Monday by the journal 'Pediatrics' found that watching just nine minutes of 'SpongeBob' had a negative effect on four-year-olds' attention spans.
Nickelodeon questioned the validity of the findings, criticizing the small size of the control group and pointing to the fact that 'SpongeBob' is targeted at children aged six to eleven, not four.
According to Deadline Hollywood, 'SpongeBob' has been renewed for a 26-episode season 9 that will begin in 2012. The series has been Nickelodeon's top series among children ages 2-11 for 10 years.
"We never imagined we would be on for that long but we're going to keep going," executive producer Paul Tibbitt said. "The trick is to try to keep the episodes funny and simple and press from there."
The 'SpongeBob' special, 'Mystery with a Twistery,' brought in 6.6 million viewers in November. The next special, 'Legends of Bikini Bottom,' premieres Jan. 28.
In other TV news ...
• Dina Manzo, former star of Bravo's 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' is returning to TV. However, the former reality star said it won't be a reality project. [PopEater]
• A 14-year-old boy who was stranded on a mountain in Oregon said he survived by using tactics learned on TV. Jake Denham said tips from 'Man Vs. Wild' and 'Survivorman' kept him alive on New Years Eve. [ABC News]
• John Roberts is leaving CNN and heading to Fox News. Roberts will act as a senior national correspondent. Roberts formerly anchored CNN's 'American Morning.' [Deadline Hollywood]
• USA Network has officially revived 'WWE: Tough Enough.' The reality series is the first in five years for USA. The 10-episode series debuts April 4. [Deadline Hollywood]
Here's tonight's lineup of new shows and events (all times Eastern). Check your local TV listings for additional information.
Starting at 8:00
ESPN: NFL Draft -- 1st Round
8:00 to 9:00
The CW: 'The Vampire Diaries'
NBC: 'Community' and '30 Rock'
CNBC: 'Beyond the Barrel: The Race to Fuel the Future' -- A look at future energy resources
History: 'Modern Marvels' -- Helicopters
Nickelodeon: 'SpongeBob SquarePants' -- Bob and Patrick protest the building of a highway near Jellyfish Fields
9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Private Practice'
The CW: 'Supernatural'
NBC: 'The Office' and '30 Rock' -- Not a mistake; there are two new episodes of '30 Rock' on tonight's schedule
Animal Planet: 'Weird, True & Freaky' -- Two 30-minute episodes
National Geographic: 'Naked Science'
Showtime: 'Green Collar Comedy Slam' -- Featuring a lineup of ecological-minded comics
TLC: 'Police Women of Maricopa County'
10:00 to 11:00
CBS: 'The Mentalist'
NBC: 'The Marriage Ref'
A&E: 'Fugitive Chronicles'
Bravo: 'The Real Housewives of New York City'
CURRENT: 'Rotten Tomatoes Movie Review Show' -- 10:30 start
Food Network: 'Ace of Cakes'
History: 'Sliced' -- Two 30-minute episodes
Lifetime: 'Project Runway'
TLC: 'LA Ink'
Travel: 'David Blaine: What is Magic?'
After the jump, the late night talk shows.
DeGeneres first inquired about Usher's tattoos, suggesting a new addition to the singer's body-ink: "Maybe you want my face on you somewhere?" "...Ooh," said Usher. "As a tattoo!" DeGeneres clarified.
Watch the video after the jump.
Oh, that's not to say that there aren't some charming little finds among today's crop, but if you're looking for the heavyweights like 'Lost,' 'Grey's Anatomy' or 'House,' well, you're out of luck, and unlike fans attending the pro bowl, chances are you aren't in Hawaii either. But that's okay. Just like the NFL drags the second stringers into the spotlight (we're looking at you, David Garrard), the show must go on here as well, so here's our list of the best of the rest for this week in TV DVDs.
I guess this is a good week to find out what type of TV fan you are. Are you going to be Callan or are you going to buy Bridget's Sexiest Beaches?
The only thing I might buy is the remastered edition of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. I can't remember the last time I saw it, but I've been on a Peanuts kick lately. Though it's a lot of singing and dancing (it's based on the classic Broadway musical) and I'm not sure if I can handle that.
- Bridget's Sexiest Beaches - Season 1
- Callan - Set 2
- Dirty Jobs - Collection 5
- Inspector Lewis - Complete Collection, Series 1 & 2
Guess who's been asked to do 26 episodes for TV?
Nickelodeon submitted the order for more hilarity!
The show that Stephen Hillenburg helped create
Now has episodes that total 178!
Yes, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the beloved kids show has been renewed for an eighth season, with a full slate of 26 episodes ordered by parent network Nickelodeon. 'SpongeBob,' which first debuted back in 1999, celebrated its tenth anniversary on Nov. 6 with the special 'Truth or Square,' which drew an impressive 7.7 million viewers.
You might need to take a break here, as this is a pretty extensive list of specials and such -- all featuring Spongebob Squarepants and his fellow animated megastars. For all listings, make sure to check local listings for times, etc.
Starting off, on Saturday, Dec. 12, the network's "Naughty or Nice Night" will feature new holiday episodes of True Jackson, VP and The Troop.
Nickelodeon will also show repeats of holiday-themed episodes of hit SpongeBob SquarePants, iCarly and The Fairly OddParents, starting this week -- with a marathon on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. The network will also serve up "Miranda Madness" from Dec. 14 through Dec. 24, from 4 - 8 PM, featuring themed marathons of iCarly and Drake & Josh.
I'm always amazed at how many seasons JAG lasted. It started on NBC in 1995 then went to CBS, and I really thought it was the type of show that wouldn't last beyond three seasons, but it lasted ten! I thought the same thing about NCIS, and look at what happened there too. Obviously I don't do well predicting how shows with all caps in their titles will do.
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Vol. 2
- Dawson's Creek - Complete Series
- Discovery Collection - Complete Collection
- G.I. Joe - A Real American Hero Collector's Set
- Heartland - Season 1, Part 2
- JAG - Season 9
Don't get me wrong. It's a fun show that skillfully blends little kid appeal with occasional bursts of adult-worthy humor. It also boasts an impressive voice cast, including Tom Kenny and Clancy Brown. But there are kids who can't live without this little tie-clad yellow blob.
To celebrate the little champ's tenth birthday, Nickelodeon has announced SpongeBob's 10th Anniversary Celebration (Nov. 6 at 8 p.m.) with a list of A-list celebrities, including Rosario Dawson, Craig Ferguson, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, LeBron James, Pink, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and Robin Williams.
That impressive collection will appear in an hour-long special featuring SpongeBob flashbacks.
The special is hosted by Patchy the Pirate, "President of the SpongeBob Fan Club (Encino Chapter)." He sets off for Burbank -- home of Nickelodeon. (It's on Olive, near Victory -- in case you were wondering.)
Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive sneak peek of the SpongeBob wedding. Guests will include Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, LeBron James, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Will Ferrell, Craig Ferguson, and Rosario Dawson!
This is the first week in quite some time that I'm definitely, definitely, definitely going to buy one of the DVD sets that is being released. And that would be 30 Rock. Can't wait for the fourth season to start in October.
As for The Mentalist, I love it but I can't imagine watching the episodes again, you know?
- 30 Rock - Season 3
- Being Erica - Season 1
- Brotherhood - Final Season
- Castle - Season 1
I don't care how much controversy there is, why would anyone want to buy the Jon & Kate Plus 8 DVDs? Would you really want to sit around a year or two or five from now and watch the episodes again? Why?
There's a new Route 66 DVD set out, Season 3, Volume 1, but if you got the Season 3 collector's set from Best Buy or Critic's Choice, they've issued a recall.
- Charlie's Angels - Season 4
- The Donna Reed Show - Season 2
- Hotel - Season 1
- Jon & Kate Plus 8 - Season 4, Vol. 2
- The Lucy Show - Season 1
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