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The Who Rock the Super Bowl Half-Time (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 8th 2010 2:30AM
Super Bowl Half-Time: The WhoIs it just us, or do only ancient bands play the half-time shows at the Super Bowl (Sun., 3PM ET on CBS)? Over the past few years, we've seen Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney. Prince played one year; he's been around a while and probably qualifies as semi-ancient.

Yesterday's game featured The Who. Not knocking these musicians at all. There's no denying they're rock legends. But at the same time, there are so many younger bands that are in their prime and could probably put on a better show.

Still, The Who's light show was darn awesome. What do you think? Ok with the ancient bands at half-time?

Watch the video after the jump.

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The Super Bowl Commercials: The Best

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 7th 2010 11:22PM
betty white super bowl snickersLook, I knew as soon as I saw the promo for 'The Late Show with David Letterman' that featured Letterman, Oprah and Jay Leno, that nothing was going to top that. There was just no way anything could be better than that 15-second ad. While I was correct, there were some commercials for non-CBS products that put a smile on my face. Of course there were many others that made me groan, wince or sigh, but Bob's handling those.

The videos below are from Hulu, because they were the first ones available. If you can't view them due to location restrictions, they will all be up at Fanhouse.

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The most surreal ad I've ever seen: Letterman, Oprah, and ... Leno?

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 7th 2010 8:15PM
Super Bowl Ad: Letterman, Leno, OprahThe first big Super Bowl shocker came early tonight, in a CBS promo, no less. The Super Bowl is on CBS, so it's no surprise we get a shot of David Letterman on a couch in his Colts jersey, but here's where things get weird: he's at a Super Bowl party with Oprah, and he's complaining about how it's the worst Super Bowl party ever.

We then see Jay freakin' Leno, who says that Letterman is only saying that because he's there. Letterman then mocks Leno, and then we see that this whole thing is a promo for 'The Late Show with David Letterman.'

How in the hell did this happen?

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Puppy Bowl VI Preview

by Adam Keleman, posted Feb 7th 2010 1:00PM
Forget the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts, this Sunday's Super Bowl is all about puppies! Well, that's what Animal Planet wants you to believe, as their Puppy Bowl VI airs Sunday afternoon before the actual football game commences.

The starting line-up for the sixth annual event showcases a fiercely cute bunch of, you guessed it, puppies. Make sure to keep your eyes on the 10-week-old Bandit, a Border Collie Mix; and the clearly menacing, 16-week-old Fava (He just started teething!), a Cattle Dog Mix. The bunny-cheerleaders should be pretty darn cute, as well.

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What's On Tonight: Super Bowl, 'Puppy Bowl,' 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force'

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 7th 2010 12:25PM
Undercover BossHere's tonight's TV line-up (all times Eastern).

  • TV Land has a 'Home Improvement' marathon all night.
  • Discovery has a 'Destroyed in Seconds' marathons all night.
  • TNT has a 'Law & Order' marathon all night.
  • Hallmark continues their 'I Love Lucy' marathon.
  • At 6, CBS has the Super Bowl, followed by the series premiere of 'Undercover Boss.'
  • At 7, FOX has two new episodes of 'Til Death.'
  • Animal Planet has 'Puppy Bowl VI' at 7.
  • ABC Family has 'The Sound of Music' at 7.
  • At 9, PBS has a new 'Masterpiece Classic.'
  • HBO has a new 'Big Love' at 9.
  • WE has a new 'Platinum Weddings' at 9.
  • At 10, TruTV has two new episodes of 'Las Vegas Jailhouse.'
  • IFC has two 'Arrested Development' episodes at 10.
  • Also at 10: WE has a new 'Rich Bride Poor Bride.'
  • At midnight, Cartoon Network has a new 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force.'

Check your local TV listings for more.

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TV Squad Ten: Most/Least Sexy Super Bowl Ads of All Time

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 7th 2010 10:31AM
Will Rogers once said, "Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don't have for something they don't need."

And how do you that? That's easy. Just sprinkle in some sex! It's nature's negotiator.

Of course, it's not as simple as it sounds. These days, people are easier to offend than Catholic nuns and the FCC has made it nearly impossible to advertise products the way God intended (i.e. naked girls with abnormally large boobs writhing and moaning over the awesomeness of Flonase). So an even subtler art of using sex to get your money lies within this deeply layered process. Here are the best of the best and the worst of the worst.

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Super Bowl Live Blog at Asylum

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 6th 2010 1:30PM
Super Bowl logoIf you're looking for a fun way to enhance your Super Bowl XLIV viewing experience, our own Danny Gallagher will be live blogging the game over at Asylum.

Danny has a vested interest in the game, since he grew up in New Orleans and is super excited to see his hometown team, the New Orleans Saints, bring home the Vince Lombardi trophy. After all, it's been 43 years since they've made a Super Bowl appearance. It's time, people. The Indianapolis Colts will just have to try again some other year.

Danny will also be Livetweeting Super Bowl Sunday at Asylum starting at 6PM ET, along with Asylum and NPR contributor Renny MacKay. You can join in that conversation by using the #AsylumSB hashtag. In fact, check it out now, because the conversation has already started. What did we do before live blogging and tweeting? We led such lonely, distant lives. But not anymore!

Go Danny! Go Saints!

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What to Watch: February 6-7

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 6th 2010 6:00AM
'Super Bowl XLIV' (Sun., 2PM, CBS)
Okay, so kick-off of the NFL championship game, between the New Orleans Saints (who make their first-ever Super Bowl appearance) and the Peyton Manning-led Indianapolis Colts doesn't happen 'til about 6PM, but Super Bowl is an all-day event, so tune in early for predictions, team previews and plenty of entertainment. 'American Idol' champ-turned-country music superstar Carrie Underwood will sing the National Anthem at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, while Queen Latifah sings "America the Beautiful" and The Who performs at half time (and we trust there's no chance of wardrobe malfunctions there, hmmm fellas?). On the classic rockers' set list: "Baba O'Riley," "Pinball Wizard," "Who Are You" and "Won't Get Fooled Again." It also wouldn't be a Super Bowl broadcast without those buzzmaking TV ads, and among this year's spots (which cost $2.8 million for each 30-second clip): a Snickers ad with TV legends Betty White and Abe Vigoda, a new promo for 'Iron Man 2' and a Focus on the Family spot that's already sparked a controversy.

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Focus on the Family Tackles Super Bowl With Pre-Game Ad

by Gary Susman, posted Feb 5th 2010 12:45PM
In a move certain to amplify the controversy - and free publicity - it has already generated, Focus on the Family has announced it's running a second Super Bowl ad.

Like the first ad, the second spot, which will air four times during CBS' pregame show, also features Heisman Trophy-winner Tim Tebow and his mother, Pam, according to USA Today. No word on the second commercial's content or cost, but it seems certain to add to the outrage among abortion-rights advocates, who have questioned the first ad's accuracy and fairness and have protested CBS' seeming double standard in cooperating with conservative organizations to get their advocacy ads on the air while snubbing liberal issue ads.

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Drew Brees Has One Commercial That's Better Than Peyton Manning's

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 4th 2010 5:22PM
drew_brees_traffic_jam_ESPNWith the Super Bowl just a couple of days away, there's been tons of attention paid to both the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts players. And it's all justifiable. After all, they've made it to the ultimate NFL game. But when it comes to commercials, the king is most likely Peyton Manning. Whether it's "Cut that meat" or Sony TVs or licking the inside of Oreo cookies with his brother Eli, Peyton has the upper hand on the entire NFL in ads.

But wait, there is another quarterback in the Super Bowl, Drew Brees, and he has at least one commercial that ranks right up there with the funniest stuff either Manning has done. It was a 'This is SportsCenter' promotion for ESPN.

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HuffPo compiles the best banned Super Bowl ads

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 4th 2010 10:13AM
Even though CBS has hacked and slashed an abnormally large number of Super Bowl ads, they aren't the first and they sure as hell won't be the last.

The Huffington Post has compiled a list of some of the more outrageous banned Super Bowl ads including the steamy PETA "veggie sex" ad and this ad for Smartbeep that has been floating around the Internet for years but didn't know until now that it was supposed to air during the Super Bowl. Thank you, Internet. You're the teacher that none of my teachers could ever be.

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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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Most Controversial Super Bowl Ads Ever

by Scott Harris, posted Feb 2nd 2010 3:00PM
Standout University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow has been grabbing headlines for years with his play on the field, winning the Heisman Trophy, two national championships and numerous other honors. But before he even plays a single down in the NFL, he's already managed to overshadow the upcoming Super Bowl with his actions off the field by filming a controversial pro-life advertisement set to air during the big game.

Welcome to the crazy world of Super Bowl ads, where big business and non-profits alike often push the boundaries in order to make a splash and get some buzz form the biggest television audience of the year.

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Puppy Bowl VI Aims to Out-Cute Super Bowl XLIV

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 2nd 2010 1:29PM
Sure the National Football League might have the money, the talent and the millions of dollars in hotly contested advertising revenue, but they don't have puppies.

That's why Animal Planet is returning their annual festival of cute that is the Puppy Bowl for their sixth year, set to air from 3 to 5 p.m. Eastern on Feb. 7.

This year's showdown will include old favorite such as shots from the world-famous "bowl cam" and some new twists such as a new blimp-cam and bunnies dressed as cheerleaders. Warning: it's bound to be so cute that Discovery Networks will not be held responsible for broken TV due to excessive hugging.

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Bruce Willis is a New York Jets Fan (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 2nd 2010 3:14AM
David Letterman, Bruce Willis, New York JetsIf there was any doubt whether Bruce Willis is a New York Jets fan, he set the record straight on 'The Late Show With David Letterman' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS).

Bruno burst onto the stage wearing a green and white Sanchez jersey, carrying pom poms and cheering his little heart out. "Nobody in the history of this show has ever made an entrance like that!" exclaimed Letterman. "It was fantastic!"

Yeah, maybe. And a little frightening, too. Maybe Willis is having a mini-breakdown over the fact that the Jets were eliminated from the Super Bowl last Sunday.

Watch the video after the jump.

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