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Behind the Scenes at 'Puppy Bowl VII' (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 2nd 2011 3:00PM
Puppy Bowl VIIWatching puppies run around on a tiny replica football field is certainly the most adorable Super Bowl counter-programming you'll see on Sunday. As you'd expect, going behind the scenes at the taping of 'Puppy Bowl VII' (Sun., 3PM ET, Animal Planet) in the fall was just as "awwwww"-inducing.

"I do have the best job on the planet," 'Puppy Bowl' executive producer Melinda Toporoff told TV Squad when we visited the set.

This is Toporoff's fourth year in charge of 'Puppy Bowl,' which is shot over two long days in October. (The kitten halftime show is taped on a separate day to keep the cats and dogs from fighting.) We spoke with Toporoff about casting the puppies, picking the gameday lineup and calling puppy penalties.

Watch our video after the jump, and contemplate your career path as you think about how all referee Andrew had to do to get his sweet gig was volunteer at a staff meeting. Lucky duck.

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Spoilers Anonymous In-Depth: 'Glee's' Post-Super Bowl Episode

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jan 11th 2011 2:00PM
Spoilers AnonymousThis is Spoilers Anonymous In-Depth, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we discuss and give our two cents about recently released spoilers and how they may affect the storylines, shows and fans.

This in-depth version of the column goes hand in hand with our weekly spoilers column, in which we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air.

This week, we discuss spoilers recently released for the upcoming post-Super Bowl episode of 'Glee.'

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'Thriller' or Chiller? 'Glee' Takes on Michael Jackson Classic in Super Bowl Episode

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 17th 2010 8:10PM
Maybe it's just me. But I flinched when I read an EW headline, which said that 'Glee' is covering Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' in its much-hyped post-Super Bowl episode.

The good news, I guess, is that the Super Bowl episode of 'Glee' won't be a Michael Jackson-themed affair. 'Thriller' will be the only Jackson song that the show will cover, and it will be combined with another pop tune to be named later.

Rumors had circulated at one point that 'Glee' would be doing a tribute to one artist (perhaps Bruce Springsteen) for its Super Bowl episode, but EW reports that the show decided not to go in that direction. That's a relief, given what a mess 'Glee's' Britney Spears episode was (let me be clear, Heather Morris was fab in the Britney outing. Everything else? Not so much. The writing in that episode was about as wobbly and vague as Brit's 2007 VMA Awards appearance). The other artists on tap for the Super Bowl episode include Katy Perry, Lady Antebellum and Black Eyed Peas.

It's good that 'Glee' isn't doing a tribute to, well, anything that week, though I still fear that the episode will be an overwrought mess. The thing is, the bigger 'Glee' goes -- whether it's a big idea or a big musical theme -- the more likely it is to fail in the execution.

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No More Oldies at Super Bowl Halftime Show, Fox Sports Promises

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 26th 2010 3:30PM
After last month's halftime performance by the Who, the Super Bowl has apparently run out of sixtysomething classic rockers suitable for the year's most watched musical showcase. Following a long stretch of such senior rockers as Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and relative youngsters Prince and U2, next year's halftime act will be someone younger, twangier and female.

So says Fox Sports president David Hill. Asked by the Los Angeles Times if he could promise that next year's halftime act would be someone under 60, Hill said, "Oh, please God yes." He said that, while he's a fan of the Who, the aging rockers did neither themselves nor the game any favors with this year's performance on the CBS telecast.

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Court to Re-Examine Nipplegate

by Allyssa Lee, posted Feb 23rd 2010 4:45PM
Just when we thought Nipplegate was behind us, a federal appeals court wants to take another peek.

In 2008, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia had thrown out a $550,000 fine that the FCC had levied against CBS for airing Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction," in which part of the singer's breast was flashed at the end of a musical performance with Justin Timberlake during 2004's Super Bowl halftime show.

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Super Bowl "Nipplegate" Fine Being Reconsidered

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 23rd 2010 4:01PM
CBS logoSo...let's talk about nipples. Remember when Justin Timberlake ripped off part of Janet Jackson's jacket and exposed her breast during the Super Bowl (oh, memories...)? A Federal appeals court has already thrown out the $550,000 fine judgment against CBS but now they want to "re-examine" the decision. Maybe they just like looking at the video of the nipple incident (or "nincident," if you will) over and over and over again.

I've never understood why CBS got fined in the first place. It was a live sports broadcast. If you want to fine Janet Jackson or Justin Timberlake or the people who made Jackson's coat, OK, go ahead. But the only way a fine against CBS is justified is if you think they knew about it ahead of time and gave the OK for it to happen. What's the basis for the fine?

(By the way, the picture above is the CBS logo, not a nipple.)

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The TV Squad Podcast: Winter Olympics, Lost, 24, Idol, Product Placement, and More

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 19th 2010 2:41PM
TV Squad logoWe're back! After a month of technical issues and other starts and stops, we're geared up and ready to talk about TV again. This week, Jason Hughes, Kona Gallagher and Danny Gallagher join me to talk about what's going on in the TV world:

  • NBC's blanket coverage of the Winter Olympics, and how hard it is to get away from it,
  • How the seasons of 'Lost,' '24' and 'American Idol' are going so far,
  • How bad (and painfully obvious) product placement has gotten these days (I'm talking about you, 'The Biggest Loser!'),
  • A quick talk about the Super Bowl ads and halftime show (couldn't resist talking about Dave/Oprah/Jay),
  • Picks of the week, and more.

Run time is 1:26:51.

You can listen to the podcast below, or download from here or by subscribing to our RSS podcast feed. It is also available via iTunes. Feel free to leave us feedback in the comments or drop us a line at tvsquadpodcast [at] gmail [dot] com.

As usual, the music at the beginning and end of the podcast is "Life" by Justin Trawick.



Oh, and if you follow us after the jump, you'll get a surprise...

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Oprah's Oops Moment with Drew Brees

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 16th 2010 10:00AM
drew_brees_birthmark_new_orleans_saints_quarterbackOh, my. This is embarrassing... for Oprah. Apparently, she didn't see New Orleans Saints quarterback and Super Bowl MVP ever before in her life. How else can you explain what happened when Drew Brees was a guest on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'? Before we go to the tape, a few thoughts.

First, what does it say about the staff research on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' that something as big as Drew Brees' birthmark, clearly visible on his right cheek didn't make it into the notes?

Nobody ran a little tape on the guy? There were no football cards or an 8x10 glossy? It makes you think that somebody simply handed Oprah a set of cards and said, "Here you go. His team won the Super Bowl. He throws the ball. Go get him, O."

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Did Coke Copy Another Ad For Their Super Bowl Spot?

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 12th 2010 4:01PM
Coca-Cola had a Super Bowl commercial last Sunday titled "Sleepwalker," and it showed a guy getting up in the middle of the night and sleepwalking to a fridge with Coke in it. Now some people are saying they copied an ad for Yotvata (another drink) several years ago.

Here are the two ads, both using the same music, same plot, and even a moon in the background. Coke says they didn't know about the other ad. We report, you decide.

[via AdFreak]

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Letterman Pays Tribute to Art Donovan in Super Bowl Ad

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 10th 2010 5:01PM
Leno/Oprah/Letterman promo for the 'Late Show'
If you were watching carefully during the now-momentous Letterman/Oprah/Leno promo for the 'Late Show' that aired during the Super Bowl, you'll notice that Dave was not wearing an #18 Peyton Manning Colts jersey, like he did in the 2007 promo with Oprah that kicked off this series. Instead, he wore a #70 Colts jersey, a number which is not on the team's current roster.

When I saw the promo for the tenth or eleventh time (for some reason, I still get a kick out of it), I vaguely recalled that #70 was the number for Art Donovan, a Hall of Fame defensive lineman for the then-Baltimore Colts in the '50s and '60s. He was also a frequent TV presence in the '80s and '90s, telling hilarious stories about his playing days on Letterman's shows, as well as many others.

Richard Roeper wondered this, too, and confirmed it in his column this morning. See what happens when you follow up a notion with a simple Google search?

More on Donovan, including video, after the jump.

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Alan Alda's Take on the Super Bowl Besting 'M*A*S*H' Record

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 9th 2010 11:41AM
MASH_hawkeye_trapper_cbsYou gotta love the feisty attitude of former 'M*A*S*H' stars Alan Alda and Wayne Rogers about Sunday's Super Bowl broadcast being a record-breaker. Alda was gracious about the 'M*A*S*H' finale being topped by the Super Bowl broadcast. The New Orleans Saints victory over the Indianapolis Colts had more total viewers than the 1983 'M*A*S*H' finale. But Alda and Rogers both added a shot of vinegar to their honey coated responses.

Alda said in a statement to the L.A. Times, "If they broke our record, I'm happy for New Orleans and I hope it gives even more to cheer about to a city I love." However, he did wonder about how Nielsen measured the audience. It's a good question and one many people ask.

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'How I Met Your Mother' Season 5 Episode 16 'Rabbit or Duck' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 9th 2010 1:54AM
'How I Met Your Mother': 'Rabbit or Duck'What happened on this week's 'How I Met Your Mother' episode, 'Rabbit or Duck' -- in 100 words or less.

After airing his phone number during the Super Bowl -- he really did! -- Barney is inundated with calls, and he can't commit to one girl when the next could be hotter.

With Valentine's approaching, Ted looks to Marshall and Lily, who completely forget to set him up on a double-date, until they find him one from Barney's phone.

The gang says Robin loves her co-host, who tries the "naked man" on her. After that fails, he wears pants and tries at work; a 'duck' move. An earlier debate had ruled ducks superior to bunnies, but many things are both.

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Saints March to Ratings Victory

by Scott Harris, posted Feb 8th 2010 2:00PM
The New Orleans Saints have another big win to celebrate just one day after claiming the Super Bowl crown: the title of ratings champion.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, last night's Super Bowl broadcast grabbed a crushing 46.4 rating and 68 share for the Saints 31-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Those numbers are up eight percent over last year's game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals, which is particularly impressive considering that broadcast set a Super Bowl record with 98.6 million viewers.

Even more impressive: this year's total of 106.5 million viewers is the largest television audience in American history, just edging out the previous record set by the 1983 finale of 'M*A*S*H.'

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Super Bowl Gets Best Numbers in 23 Years

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 8th 2010 1:03PM
CBS logoIt looks like a lot of people were curious to see if the New Orleans Saints could beat the Indianapolis Colts in their first Super Bowl appearance (spoiler: they did). Or maybe they just wanted to see if Abe Vigoda was still alive or what a bunch of guys walking around in their underwear looked like. Either way, the CBS broadcast of the game got the best household numbers in 23 years, up 10% from last year's game that...well, no one really remembers who played last year.

That's pretty good considering there wasn't a nipple in this year's game.

It's not hard to see great ratings for the game most years though. TV networks usually don't air much opposite them. Last night, for example, ABC and FOX ran repeats of their comedies while NBC had repeats of 'The Biggest Loser.'

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The Letterman-Oprah-Leno Super Bowl Commercial (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 8th 2010 3:05AM
Super Bowl - Letterman, Leno, Oprah CommercialOne of the most puzzling and jaw-dropping Super Bowl commercials came in the form of David Letterman, Oprah Winfrey and Jay Leno, all sitting on a couch watching the game together.

"This is the worst Super Bowl party ever," grouses Letterman. Leno adds, "He's just saying that because I'm here." And Winfrey is in between the two now-competing late-night hosts making some sort of peace.

The spot was a promo for 'Late Show with David Letterman," but it seems as though all three got a little mileage out of it.

Watch the video after the jump.

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