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Gwyneth Paltrow Clears Up Brad Pitt Question on 'Marriage Ref' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted May 7th 2010 9:18AM
Gwyneth Paltrow on 'The Marriage Ref'Not only was Gwyneth Paltrow's presence on 'The Marriage Ref' (Thu., 10PM ET on NBC) helpful to referee the episode's squabbling couples, she conveniently answered a trivia question that arose.

Host Tom Papa showed footage of a husband upset that his wife screened out his phone calls. He said, "So you're telling me if I was on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,' and I had one call and [the question was] 'Who was Brad Pitt's girlfriend in 1999?' ... I'd call you and you wouldn't pick the phone up. I'd lose a million dollars all on account of you."

After shifting back to the panel of judges, comedian Greg Giraldo turned to Paltrow and asked, "Wasn't it you?"

"It wasn't me, it wasn't me!" said Paltrow. "1994, baby! Huh, sounds like she remembers it like it was yesterday. No hard feelings then. If anything, she seems really proud to claim him as an ex.

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Jay Leno's Stripper Friend on 'Marriage Ref' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 30th 2010 4:13AM
Jay Leno on 'The Marriage Ref'It's a common problem for couples: one person has a really good friend of the opposite sex, and the partner is skeptical and jealous of him/her. On 'The Marriage Ref' (Thu., 10PM ET on NBC), guest judge Jay Leno shared that he and his wife of 30 years had this issue as well -- though with a twist.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Thursday-Night Shows Hit With Low Ratings

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 23rd 2010 3:00PM

SurvivorThis is either a hiccup or a sign of things to come: Ratings for most of the shows that aired last night were down, according to the Live Feed.

The ratings winner was CBS, who aired 'Survivor,' 'CSI' (which tied its all-time series low, with 13.3 million viewers and a 2.8 rating in the 18-49 demo) and 'The Mentalist.'

Fox placed second with 'Bones' and 'Fringe,' which pulled in 8.8 million and 5.9 million viewers, respectively.

Meanwhile, things didn't turn out well on the NBC front: 'Community' hit a series low, with a measly 3.9 million viewers,' while 'The Office' (6.4 million) and a double-feature of '30 Rock' (4.2 million, 5.2 million) hit season lows.

Also hitting a season low: ABC's 'Private Practice,' with just 7.4 million viewers.

Tell us: What did you watch last night?

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TV Casting: Megan Mullally Returning to 'Parks and Recreation'

by Andrew Scott, posted Apr 23rd 2010 1:29PM
Megan MullallyEmmy winner Megan Mullally ('Will & Grace') will return to the NBC comedy 'Parks and Recreation,' reprising her role as Ron's (real-life husband Nick Offerman) ex-wife. "I'm doing one next week or the week after," she told the Ausiello Files, though no word on when the episode will air. For more on Mullally's return, check out her interview with TV Squad. [Ausiello Files]

More casting news after the jump.

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Roller Derby Wife on 'The Marriage Ref' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 23rd 2010 6:13AM
Roller Derby on 'Marriage Ref'On last night's 'The Marriage Ref' (Thu., 10PM ET on NBC), judges Donald Trump, Gloria Estefan and Adam Carolla debated whether a roller derby wife should quit the team based on her husband's concern for her health and safety. Carolla took the opportunity to make a gibe at The Donald.

Watch the video after the jump.

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TLC Orders New Kate Gosselin Series

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 9th 2010 9:45AM
kate gosselinListen, the television industry is tough. There are so many hours of airtime to fill, and not every family with more than six children is guaranteed to be super-cute. So you can imagine TLC's challenge trying to come up with new material. This is probably why they went back to one of their stand-out personalities, Kate Gosselin of 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' fame, to kick off a new series called 'Twist of Kate,' in which Gosselin will interact with a variety of American families and "see what she can do to help."

Well, the concept is surprising but it is probably a smart move for TLC to bring back one of their big ratings heavy hitters. The channel's obviously part of the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality. Or rather "If it broke, then scrape together the remaining pieces and put a handful of them back on TV with a slightly better haircut."

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Tracy Morgan Hits on a Married Woman (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 9th 2010 2:40AM
Tracy Morgan Hits on a Married Woman'The Marriage Ref' (Thu., 10PM ET on NBC) is a show that's designed to save the relationships of selected couples. But if your marriage is really having problems, you might not want the advice of professional trouble-maker Tracy Morgan. Uh-oh.

Watch the video after the jump.

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What's On Tonight: 'Bones,' 'Fringe,' 'Flash Forward,' 'Vampire Diaries'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 8th 2010 12:20PM
The 100th episode of 'Bones' airs tonight at 8:00 on FOX
Here's tonight's TV lineup (all times are Eastern). All shows mentioned are new, except where otherwise noted.


8:00 to 9:00
  • ABC: 'FlashForward'
  • CBS: 'Survivor'
  • The CW: 'The Vampire Diaries'
  • FOX: The 100th episode of 'Bones'
  • History: 'Modern Marvels' -- The history of soft drinks
9:00 to 10:00
  • CBS: 'CSI'
  • The CW: 'Supernatural'
  • FOX: 'Fringe'
  • A&E: 'The First 48'
  • TLC: 'Police Women of Maricopa County'
10:00 to 11:00
  • CBS: 'The Mentalist'
  • NBC: Recently renewed 'The Marriage Ref'
  • A&E: 'Fugitive Chronicles'
  • Bravo: 'The Real Housewives of New York City' (aka: 'The Bethany and Jill Show')
  • Food: 'Ace of Cakes'
  • Lifetime: 'Project Runway'
  • MTV: 'Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew'
  • Showtime: 'Gina Yashere: Skinny Bitch'
  • TLC: 'LA Ink'
Midnight
  • Comedy Central: 'The Sarah Silverman Program' and 'Important Things With Demetri Martin'
Check your local TV listings for more information.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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NBC Renews 'Marriage Ref,' 'Minute to Win It,' 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

by Andrew Scott, posted Apr 5th 2010 5:14PM
The Marriage RefNBC is in it to win it -- at least when it comes to reality television.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Peacock network has re-upped its entire unscripted midseason lineup, handing out second seasons to 'The Marriage Ref,' 'Minute to Win It' and 'Who Do You Think You Are?', respectively. NBC will also add three new episodes to 'Ref''s (Thursdays at 10PM) current season, which with DVR numbers has averaged about 7.2 million viewers.

Season 2 will run for 13 episodes and is expected to premiere sometime next season.

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Kirstie Alley Brings the Crazy to 'Marriage Ref' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 2nd 2010 3:27AM
The Marriage Ref, Kirstie AlleyKirstie Alley takes a lot of flack, but hey, at least she's never boring and always entertaining. She was all of that on last night's episode of 'The Marriage Ref' (10PM ET on NBC).

After Alley got bleeped out for language a few times, Jimmy Fallon decided to add his two bleeping cents, as well. But even funnier was Fallon doing his Jerry Seinfeld impression at the end. You'd swear it was Seinfeld himself.

Watch the video after the jump.

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What's On Tonight: 'The Mentalist,' 'Fringe,' 'The Marriage Ref'

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 1st 2010 12:05PM
BonesHere's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern).

  • At 8, ABC has a new 'FlashForward,' followed by new episodes of 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Private Practice.'
  • CBS has a new 'Survivor' at 8, then new episodes of 'The Mentalist' (special time) and 'CSI' (special time).
  • FOX has new episodes of 'Bones' and 'Fringe.'
  • The CW has a new 'Vampire Diaries' at 8, followed by a new 'Supernatural.'
  • History Channel has a new 'Modern Marvels' at 8, then a new 'Food Tech.'
  • At 10, NBC has a new episode of 'The Marriage Ref.'
  • Bravo has a new 'Real Housewives of New York City' at 10.
  • Also at 10: Fox News has the series premiere of 'Real American Stories.'
  • At 10:30, Food Network has a new 'Ace of Cakes.'
  • At midnight, Bravo has a new 'Watch What Happens: Live.'

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Lunatics Running The Asylum: 'The Marriage Ref' Could Use a Real Coach

by Mark Wigmore, posted Mar 26th 2010 8:41PM


For nine seasons, NBC and Jerry Seinfeld successfully dominated the ratings with the self-proclaimed show about nothing. According to producers, the rules of the ever-popular and manically-rerun 'Seinfeld' series were simple – no hugging, no learning. Who knew that Seinfeld could accomplish all of these goals all over again with his new series, 'The Marriage Ref'?

Now nearing half a dozen episodes, 'Ref' attempts to solve the little squabbles plaguing married couples, pegging one against the other in a win or lose contest. The show found a home on NBC thanks to the tragedy that was 'The Jay Leno Show,' the 10 pm-slotted experiment that went horribly wrong.

The Seinfeld-produced reality/game show was fast-tracked into the open Thursday position. 'Ref' features stand-up comedian and long-time pal to Jerry, Tom Papa, as the so-called Ref. According to his website bio, he has no experience in the field of couples therapy or any other professional credit in the field. That's why we decided to talk to a real psychotherapist, someone who actually dispenses advice to warring couples.

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Alec Baldwin Boils It Down on 'The Marriage Ref' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 26th 2010 2:03AM
The Marriage Ref, Alec BaldwinOn 'The Marriage Ref' (Thu., 10PM ET on NBC), Alec Baldwin compared a couple to 'The Royal Tenenbaums,' and he's got a point.

"They've got the Princess and the Pea bed, the motorcycle, the cat squatting on the toilet ... all we need is Gwyneth Paltrow smokin' in the bathtub."

Somehow, if Gwyneth Paltrow was smoking in their bathtub, I doubt they'd be on a show called 'The Marriage Ref.' Maybe more like 'The Twilight Zone.'

Watch the video after the jump.

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The TV Squad Podcast: Tom Papa of 'The Marriage Ref,' 'DWTS,' March Madness, and More!

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 25th 2010 5:11PM
Tom Papa of 'The Marriage Ref'After a few stops and starts, we finally managed to get Tom Papa, host of NBC's 'The Marriage Ref,' to join us on the podcast. He talks with Jason Hughes, Danny Gallagher and me about the new show, who his favorite couple has been so far, managing a panel with Larry David, Ricky Gervais and Madonna, and exactly what he thought of the Leno-Conan debacle that gave his show that Thursday at 10PM ET opening.

Tom joins us about 18 minutes into the podcast and stays with us for about 25 minutes. Before and after, Jason, Danny and I talk about:
  • How March Madness messes with our DVRs and why networks can't send out live DVR updates,
  • The new cast of 'Dancing with the Stars' and the importance of Pam Anderson's breasts this season,
  • Two shows that are finally getting killed off: one good ('Scrubs') one not so good (''Til Death'). We also talk about what shows have been on the "Can't Kill 'Em" list in recent years.
  • Picks of the week, and more.

Run time is 1:13:08.

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

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What's On Tonight: 'Community,' 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Project Runway'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 25th 2010 12:09PM
Parks and RecreationHere's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern).

  • CBS has NCAA Basketball all night.
  • At 8, ABC has a new 'FlashForward,' then new episodes of 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Private Practice.'
  • NBC has a new 'Community' at 8, followed by new episodes of 'Parks and Recreation,' 'The Office,' '30 Rock,' and 'The Marriage Ref.'
  • The CW has new episodes of 'The Vampire Diaries' and 'Supernatural.'
  • History Channel has a new 'Modern Marvels' at 8, then a new 'Food Tech.'
  • At 10, TBS has two new episodes of 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne.'
  • Bravo has a new 'Real Housewives of New York' at 10.
  • Lifetime has a new 'Project Runway' at 10, then a new 'Models of the Runway.'
  • Also at 10: Current has a new 'InfoMania,' followed by a new 'Rotten Tomatoes Show.'
  • At 10:30, Food Network has a new 'Ace of Cakes.'

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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