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MTV's Johnny Bananas Sues HBO, 'Entourage' Over 'Johnny's Bananas'

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 3rd 2011 4:15PM
Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio, a veteran of MTV's 'Real World: Key West' who's currently participating in 'The Challenge: Rivals,' is accusing HBO's 'Entourage' of some serious monkey business.

He's reportedly sent the network a cease & desist notice, and is threatening to sue for copyright infringement over the name of Johnny Drama's gorilla cartoon show 'Johnny's Bananas,' a central plotline on the new season of 'Entourage.'

Devenanzio has hired attorney Stephanie Ovadia, the lawyer who represented Lindsay Lohan in her suit against the E-Trade for a commercial that she claimed used her likeness.

In a series of tweets, Devenanzio, whose Twitter handle is @MTVBananas, explained why he's taking legal action.

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Who the (Bleep) Did They Marry? TV Husbands With Double Lives

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 6th 2011 1:00PM
If you've ever wondered about your significant other's side dealings, well, you're not alone. There are plenty of examples of lying, cheating, law-breaking husbands in the news, and there are even more secretive spouses on TV.

'Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?' (Season 2 premieres Wed., July 13, 10PM ET on Investigation Discovery) looks at the very worst kind of misrepresentation: those husbands who do double-duty as thieves, spies and even serial killers.

Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?

We decided to round up some fictional better halves that turn out to be worse -- much worse -- than anyone could've ever imagined. From a meth dealer to a very dirty cop and even a real-life reporter tasked with exposing wrong-doings caught in his own expose, here are just a few TV husbands leading double lives.

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TV 101: Some of TV's Most Memorable Departures

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted May 5th 2011 3:00PM
Steve Carell, 'The Office'If I learned anything from Bon Jovi in the '80s it was that an object's slipperiness had a direct correlation with that same object's relative wetness. But more importantly, I learned that we should never say goodbye.

However, following through with such a sentiment -- never say goodbye -- is much more difficult than scrawling it across your bulging crotch on an 8-by-10 -inch glossy for a hysterical groupie.

The truth is, we have to say goodbye -- especially in television -- no matter how complicated, emotional or difficult that might be. Some say goodbye too soon, some hang on far too long, and some depart at just the right time. It's our job to make peace with those goodbyes.

With the recent departure of Michael Scott from 'The Office,' I started to ponder other televisual vacancies and the interesting circumstances surrounding them.

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Who's Your Favorite Female TV Character?

by Michael Wandling, posted Mar 31st 2011 3:15PM
TV WomenBehind almost every great TV show, there's a great woman.

Over the last month we've been celebrating the many wonderful women who have graced our TV sets over the years. Whether they starred in comedies, soaps, dramas, reality shows or brought us the best in talk shows and news, these women have been a vital part of not only the TV landscape, but our lives.

But everybody has his or her own favorites and takes on what makes a TV character superior to another. That's why we want to hear from you. We know not all of you agreed with our choices or the order we put them in, so now's your chance to share your thoughts by voting in the poll below.

With that said, we couldn't help but wonder what it'd be like to gather the ladies who topped our Top 100 Most Memorable Women list for a dinner. The conversations they'd have, the insight these characters could share with one another. Yes, if you couldn't tell, we love TV.

Check out the graphic representation of our TV women dinner along with the poll and links to our various salutes to TV women lists.

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Edie Falco Doesn't Think She's Funny, Weighs in on 'Sopranos' Movie (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 25th 2011 11:30AM
Edie Falco Doesn't Think She's Funny, Weighs in on 'Sopranos' MovieEdie Falco of 'Nurse Jackie' has never thought of herself as being especially funny. This made her Emmy win for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series all the more surprising, she said on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS).

"I'd forgotten I was in the category because I was so convinced that I wasn't going to win," said Falco. "They totally, totally surprised me."

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Top 10 Thanksgiving TV Episodes Ever!

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 22nd 2010 2:00PM
Gilmore Girls
Here they are, the 10 best Turkey Day-themed primetime TV episodes of all time. 'Gilmore Girls,' 'The Bob Newhart Show' and the gang from 'Cheers' all make the list, as does the sitcom that tried to prove that turkeys could be dropped out of a helicopter and safely land in the parking lot of a Midwestern shopping center.

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Cablevision and Fox Resolve Carriage Dispute, 'Sopranos' Actress Dies and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 1st 2010 1:35PM
Cablevision logoAfter more than two weeks of a very public feud between Cablevision and Fox, the two companies agreed to a new carriage contract that restored Fox channels to more than 3 million homes in the greater New York area.

It wasn't a happy ending, however. "Cablevision has agreed to pay Fox an unfair price for multiple channels of its programming including many in which our customers have little or no interest," the company said in a statement.

Cablevision had called for the FCC to intervene in the dispute, but when it became clear the government agency would not get involved, Cablevision relented, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In other TV news ...

Denise Borino-Quinn, who played mob wife Ginny Sacramoni on 'The Sopranos,' died Wednesday at 46. She suffered a long battle with liver cancer, her family said. [TV Guide]

ABC Family is developing a series based on the 1998 Nicole Kidman-Sandra Bullock movie 'Practical Magic.' The film was based on a novel about two sisters who are witches cursed with a spell that causes their significant other to die if they fall in love. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Lady Gaga Was in 'The Sopranos' ... When She Was 15 (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Oct 11th 2010 12:45PM
Over its six seasons, 'The Sopranos' seemed to cast every Italian-American actor with a SAG card in the New York/New Jersey area. It turns out 15-year old, Upper East Side student Stefani Germanotta, the artist who would later be known as Lady Gaga, was no exception.

Most fans would have said Peter Bogdanovich or Steve Buscemi was the most famous guest star in the series. However, they have overlooked an important teenage extra. Before going Gaga, Germanotta briefly played a wayward teen alongside A.J. Soprano (Robert Iler) in season 3, episode 9 ('The Telltale Moozadell.') This is the moment in the series when Tony Sopranos son begins turning from chubby little brother into manic-depressive thug.

A.J. and pals decide to break into their school's pool to swim, drink, smoke and trash the joint. Gaga plays one of the teen girls along for the ride. The reason it's taken so long for the clip to emerge is because she blends into the background. Who would've thought that one of today's loudest celebrities would be so quiet in show where most characters yell?

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TV's Top 10 Cheaters

by Jane Murphy, posted Sep 27th 2010 2:30PM
Love makes the world go 'round, but there's nothing like infidelity to drive story.

These memorable TV characters, from shows of the '80s, '90s, '00s and present -- very married or allegedly monogamous -- broke their vows in most spectacular fashion.

Heroes, anti-heroes and villains, they have one very naughty thing in common -- two-timing.

Roger and Joan, 'Mad Men.' Mr. Sterling and Mrs. Harris have elbowed now-divorced Don aside as the show's super-cheaters. Fans wanted Roger (John Slattery) and Joan (Christina Hendricks) to forget their spouses and reunite – so why do we feel so queasy after last weeks post-mugging tryst (and resulting pregnancy)?

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Edie Falco Would Never Refuse a 'Sopranos' Movie

by Ryan McKee, posted Aug 16th 2010 1:28PM
For those who can't help but see Carmela Soprano while watching Edie Falco in 'Nurse Jackie,' all hope is not lost. 'The Sopranos' movie is a sweet dream for fans of the show, no matter what their thoughts were on the much-debated series finale. Unfortunately, like most dreams, the project seems bound to never materialize.

Although she admits the feature film is unlikely, Falco told The Hollywood Reporter that she's still interested.

"I would be fine if it never happened, but I would also love to go back there and see all the people I love again," she said." Who knows? I'm not the one making the decisions and I would jump at the chance to participate."

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Gandolfini Joins HBO Reality TV Movie

by Kim Potts, posted May 13th 2010 9:30AM
Well, it's not 'The Sopranos' update movie we've been hoping for, but James Gandolfini is returning to his old HBO stomping grounds for a movie project.

'Sopranos' Emmy winner Gandolfini is joining Tim Robbins and Diane Lane in the HBO Films flick 'Cinema Verite,' a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the seminal 1973 PBS series 'An American Family.'

'Family,' considered one of the earliest reality shows, was a 12-episode series that followed the Loud family, a California clan where mom Pat and dad Bill were splitting up and oldest son Lance was one of the first openly gay "characters" on TV.

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Michael Imperioli Nabs Lead in ABC Crime Drama Pilot

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 3rd 2010 9:15AM
Tony's going to be getting suspicious; Cristophuh's been spending a lot of time on the other side of the law ...

'The Sopranos' star Michael Imperioli, who played a cop last season on ABC's 'Life on Mars' and, more recently, in the big-screen drama 'The Lovely Bones,' will yet again take a bite out of crime as the lead in ABC's drama pilot '187 Detroit.'

The series, the latest to follow the mockumentary format employed so successfully by comedy series like 'The Office' and 'Modern Family,' will find the former Christopher Moltisanti playing a character named Fitch, a prickly homicide detective who's very good at putting away the bad guys.

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'Friday Night Lights' Will Wrap With 2011 Season

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 11th 2010 10:22AM
friday_night_lights_coach_taylor_NBCUnless you've been like able to enjoy the complete fourth season of 'Friday Light Lights' that just wrapped up on DirecTV last night (click here if you don't mind spoilers), you may not get as excited news from Michael Ausiello in Entertainment Weekly that there will be a fifth season of 'Friday Night Lights' to end the run of the award-winning drama series about Texas high school football.

However, you should be ecstatic. Quality TV like 'Friday Night Lights' deserves to be given its due and given the time to complete the stories it's been telling.

So, you can count on the Dillon football teams to mature with new players, the Taylor family to deal with Julie's impending leaving for college while Eric and Tami make it work back home, the Riggins men to face upheaval and a bunch of new characters to continue to fascinate, including Becky, Vince, Jess and Luke.

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TV Worth the Effort in 2010

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jan 6th 2010 12:07PM


Be warned - I'm starting the New Year with a cold. A cold that prevented me from properly introducing 2010 to my friend Stella Artois, and a cold that prevented me from enjoying my favourite Christmas gift - a trip to the big city to see the ballet - and it is a cold that is even now preventing me from breathing, speaking and sleeping peacefully.

Which basically means I am one cranky TV columnist.

My intention this week is to discuss the TV-related New Year's Resolution. For some it is a 'more-and-bigger' proposition, like my neighbours, who scoured the Boxing Day sales for a massive flat-screen to replace their large flat-screen. But for most of us, it is a 'less-and-better' motive that drives us to promise ourselves that this year we will watch only quality programming, and only for two hours a week, and only one night a week, because we'll join a book club, a gym, an internet dating service, whatever.

What I've been thinking about is this: what is good television?

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Ask TV Squad: Which DVDs to own

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 9th 2009 6:19PM
DVDThe "Ask TV Squad" column, published every Wednesday, answers your questions about current and past TV shows, as well as about the celebrities appearing on TV. Every week, I will pick a question (or more) sent to us and provide answers in the column. If your question is not picked for a column, it may be answered in a subsequent column or in TV Squad's APB Podcast.

To submit questions to the "Ask TV Squad" column, you can post them below in comments or email them to asktvsquad@gmail.com.

This week, I follow up on the last "Ask TV Squad" about TV shows on DVD and answer a question about which TV DVDs you should own.

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