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Madonna to Perform at Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 5th 2011 6:15AM
MadonnaNBC and the NFL announced last night that Madonna will perform at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show.

In a statement, Madonna said she's partnered with a creative team from Cirque du Soleil, choreographer Jamie King and multimedia artists from Moment Factory, "to create a signature performance for the Super Bowl's Halftime Show, which will be broadcast worldwide."

Super Bowl XLVI will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sunday February 5. The live halftime show is the most-watched television musical event of the year: More than 162 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year's show featuring The Black Eyed Peas performing with Slash and Usher.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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