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'Million Dollar Money Drop' Wrong Answer Was Actually Correct, MTV to Air Abortion Special and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 21st 2010 7:00PM
'Million Dollar Money Drop'Last night on Fox's 'Million Dollar Money Drop,' a couple bet on which product was sold in stores first: the Macintosh computer, the Sony Walkman or Post-It notes.

The pair was convinced the answer was Post-Its, but lost $800,000 when host Kevin Pollack told them their answer was incorrect -- it was the walkman. However, according to Gawker, their answer was right all along.

Though Post-It notes didn't go on sale nationally until 1980, they were sold in test markets as early as 1977. It's not clear whether Fox will correct the mistake.

In other TV news ...

HBO will broadcast Broadway's 'The Pee-Wee Herman Show' in 2011. Paul Reubens' limited-run stage show ends Jan. 2; HBO will film in January. Geez HBO, if you like it so much, why don't you marry it? [HBO]

MTV will air a special about abortion called 'No Easy Decision' on Dec. 28. Host Dr. Drew will discuss the topic with Markai, a former '16 and Pregnant' subject who is pregnant again. The network says the show will tackle all sides of the issue. [Entertainment Weekly]

'Skating With the Stars' judge Laurie Ann Gibson is reportedly receiving death threats on the set of the show. Apparently, they're because of her friendship with fellow judge Johnny Weir. [Perez Hilton]

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Pee Wee's Playhouse movie has a script, but does it have a screen?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 15th 2009 2:00PM
Pee Wee HermanNow that Pee Wee Herman's big comeback is officially in full swing, more news is coming down the pike and today's secret word is "movie."

Pee Wee told the press he has a script for a movie (AHHHHHHHH!) based on his popular Saturday morning kids' show Pee Wee's Playhouse. He said the movie (AHHHHHHH!) would bring back all of the show's original characters and take them out of the playhouse and into the broader, fictional world of "Puppetland." It's also described as a family-friendly movie (AHHHHHHH!), although judging from the reaction my old man had to the show when I watched it as a kid, "family-friendly" might be a loose term for this movie (AHHHHHHH!).

A Pee Wee's Playhouse film has always been lurking around in development hell. An earlier version with Johnny Depp as the title character was being shopped around way back in 2007. If Pee-Wee's Playhouse became a mo.., er, feature film, would you watch it?

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The Pee Wee Herman Show returning to the stage; is TV next?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 10th 2009 7:00PM
The Pee Wee Herman ShowPee Wee Herman is returning to the national consciousness with the stage show that made him famous, but could "TV" be the word of the day?

The Pee Wee Herman Show is kicking off with a huge, sold-out stage show, a new version of the original stage show that served as a launching pad for the Saturday morning TV (AHHHHHH!) show, Pee Wee's Playhouse. The show starts a run on Jan. 17, 2010 at Los Angeles' Club Nokia. The producers had to move the show to a bigger club so they could accommodate the large number of ticket holders who stormed the box office when seats went on sale.

Given the buzz and heavy interest in this new stage show and the character's return from the depths of popular culture, could a TV (AHHHHHHH!) version -- either for kids or adults -- be far behind?

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