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Mister Ed is Turning 50! TV's Top Animals Salute Him

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 29th 2011 12:00PM
Mister Ed'Mister Ed' paved the way for animals in the entertainment industry, breaking through the glass ceiling barn door by talking up TV viewers and being as charming as any leading man out there.

As the theme song said, "A horse is a horse, of course, of course, and no one can talk to a horse, of course. That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mister Ed!"

Yes, Ed was in his hay-day on TV for six glorious seasons, always easily bribed to tell a good story with a little peanut butter, making him a horse we can endorse. But he also gets the sniff of approval from his fellow four-legged friends in Hollywood.

As the 50th anniversary of 'Mister Ed''s big Oct. 1, 1961, network debut approaches, we gathered quotes from some of the biggest names in TV's animal kingdom to roast and pay tribute to the equine entertainer.

Check out our gallery for commentary provided by everyone from Flipper and Lassie to weed-smoking Wilfred and Annie's Boobs, the monkey from 'Community.'

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Meet Your New 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,' Viewers Skip 'The Glee Project' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 15th 2011 11:20AM
Sean Astin, Jason BiggsYou might recognize two new members of the world's most fearsome fighting team: Sean Astin and Jason Biggs are two of your new 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.' The 'Lord of the Rings' star will play Raphael and 'American Pie' veteran Biggs will voice Leonardo on the new Nickelodeon series. The two will be joined by Greg Cipes as Michelangelo and Rob Paulsen as Donatello.

"He's everybody's favorite Ninja Turtle," Astin told Entertainment Weekly. "Raphael's the coolest, no question about it. Ask anybody."

The new cartoon series will debut on Nickelodeon during fall 2012, but fans will be able to get a sneak peek at the series at this year's San Diego Comic Con.

In other TV news ...

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Greatest '80s TV Catchphrases, From 'Cheers' to 'Ninja Turtles'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Mar 25th 2011 9:00AM
'Perfect Strangers'We're sure all kinds of awesome things happened on March 25, 1986, but could anything rival the series premiere of 'Perfect Strangers'? Don't be ridiculous!

It's been 25 years since 'Perfect Strangers' introduced us to Balki Bartokomous (Bronson Pinchot) from Mypos and his Chicago cousin Larry Appleton (Mark Linn-Baker), who charmed audiences with dances of joy and classic Balki-isms for eight seasons.

With Balki's "Don't be ridiculous" (only to be said with a heavy accent, please) ringing in our heads, we got to thinking about other awesome '80s TV catchphrases that TV fans adopted in their real lives.

Sadly, after the '80s, TV catchphrases started to die out a little. Sure there's Joey's 'Friends' favorite "How you doin'?", Barney's 'How I Met Your Mother' "Legendary" go-to, and the 'Seinfeld' classic "Yadda, yadda, yadda," but new taglines are few and far between, while these old standards still bring back great memories.

Without further ado, let's take a walk down TV memory lane with some of our favorite '80s TV catchphrases. D'oh! Did we forget yours? Chime in with a comment.

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Memorable and Shocking PSAs: Fried Eggs, Pee-Wee, Smokey and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 19th 2010 4:00PM
A beautiful woman stands up, mystical lights have caught her attention. She follows them up a flight of stairs and embraces their allure. A perfume-style bottle appears and the woman is delighted ... until she sees the text on the bottle: cervical cancer.

This commercial caught our attention -- and that of the millions of Academy Awards viewers -- and is one of the most shocking public service announcements we've seen in a while.

The spot for GlaxoSmithKline's Help Prevent Cervical Cancer campaign is just one of many public service announcements that really caught our attention.

Check out our spotlight on other memorable PSAs after the jump.

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TV Squad Ten: Cartoon women who should have Playboy centerfolds

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 10th 2009 11:05AM
Marge Simpson in PlayboyMarge Simpson's spread in Playboy was a groundbreaking moment for cartoon women everywhere. Her sensual skin pics paved new ground for the "feminine-animated."

She told the world that the women of animation aren't just vehicles for humor or straight characters to set up punchlines for the males on the paper. She helped us realize they have thoughts, feelings, emotions and yes, even urges that make them unique, infinitely interesting and utterly fascinating. They are, as Dr. Frasier Crane so eloquently put it, "like a fine wine: always intoxicated, ever surprising and only getting better with age."

And so, for the cause of gender equality and female empowerment, here are the ten cartoon chicks who should pose naked because it would be righteously awesome.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 2nd 2009 6:06PM
The ShieldHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

If you loved The Rockford Files and you own the season sets, you'll probably want to buy Volume 1 of the movies (four in this batch) that is being released tomorrow. They weren't as good as the series, of course (sort of like the Spenser: For Hire movies that Robert Urich did after that series ended), but they're actually pretty good.

And season 6 of Kate & Allie is out. That reminds me: I still have to get season 5.

  • Afro Samurai - Complete Murder Sessions
  • The Clone Wars - Season 1
  • Doctor Who - The War Games and The Black Guardian Trilogy
  • Edge of Darkness - The Complete BBC Series

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Cowabunga! Nickelodeon buys the Ninja Turtles

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 21st 2009 4:06PM
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesNickelodeon is hoping to win back some of those younger eyeballs by buying up one of the most beloved children's franchises of all time.

The "first kids' network" bought the global rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with plans to turn the property into a CGI TV series and feature film by 2012.

The network has high hopes for the cartoon series. They have invested a lot of time and money into winning over young teens and this could be just the thing to win back their old core audience: young kids and heavy stoners.

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Right now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Aug 22nd 2009 11:05AM
The folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:

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Saturday morning TV series that inspired movies

by Brad Trechak, posted Jun 6th 2009 5:02PM
TransformersSciFiWire has a list of 10 Saturday morning TV series that inspired movies and the list seems to be, to say the least, a bit skewed. To begin, the title is misleading. Most of the examples they use rose to fame as something else before they were even shown on television. And once shown, they weren't necessarily on Saturday mornings.

Popeye started as a comic strip and then cartoon shorts shown at theaters. The Addams Family started as a comic strip in The New Yorker then a somewhat unique sitcom.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 12th 2007 7:20PM

Bosom BuddiesNew TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • Bosom Buddies - Season 1
  • Cool McCool - Complete Series
  • Loonatics Unleased - Season 1
  • The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour - Seasons 7, 8, and 9
  • Match Game 73 - Dumb Dora Set
  • The Pretender - Movies
  • Robin of Sherwood - Seasons 1 and 2
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Season 4
  • Without A Trace - Season 2

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