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'Community' May Be Just a Figment of Joel McHale's Imagination (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 9th 2011 12:00AM
'Community' cast - 'The Soup'With 'Community' airing its final scheduled episode this week (Save Greendale!), the cast stopped by to visit Joel McHale on 'The Soup' (Wed., 10PM ET on E!) with some startling news. When McHale asked why Chevy Chase wasn't with them, Ken Jeong told him, "There is no Chevy. He's a figment of your imagination."

Eventually, after Adam Scott and Nick Kroll joined them on set, it was revealed that not only were the pair of them also figments of his imagination, but so was the entire cast. Mankini explained: "This is just a delusion you created so you wouldn't have to face the face that you only work at E!"

Alison Brie chimed in, "If 'Community' were real, don't you think you would have seen a commercial for it on NBC?"

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Jessica Chastain Talks About 'The Help,' and 'The Soup' on 'Good Day New York' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 22nd 2011 4:15PM
Jessica Chastain and her character from 'The Help' on 'Good Day New York'Jessica Chastain had a lot to say about her unexpected box office smash, 'The Help,' on 'Good Day New York' (weekdays, 9AM ET on Fox), but she was also curious about host Greg Kelly's relationship with 'The Soup.' Joel McHale has periodically lambasted Kelly on that show.

Chastain said she was a big fan of the book 'The Help,' and thought the film would do well. But she wasn't as big a fan as her grandmother. "Actually my grandmother is probably the biggest fan of the book, and, so yeah," she said. "I felt that if she brought all of her friends that we were going to be a big success." Grandmom was a little suspicious of her granddaughter being cast as Celia, but she got over it when Chastain brought her to the premiere.

Chastain said she was also a fan of 'The Soup.' Kelly thanked her but said it was humiliating to appear on the show. She said she'd be excited to see Kelly and McHale debate, and Kelly said there will be a response to McHale's teasing. "I can't tell you anything else, but we've got a counter-attack in the works," he said. If it takes that long for a witty counter-attack, 'Good Day New York' may be better off letting it go.

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McHale vs. Seacrest - April Fool's Edition

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 2nd 2010 10:00AM
Joel McHale on Ryan Seacrest's Web siteThe feud between Joel McHale and Ryan Seacrest heated up yesterday when the 'Community' and 'The Soup' star redesigned Seacrest's web site for April Fool's Day. The site was packed with McHale-related photos, audio clips, video clips, and links. The 'American Idol' banner ads showed McHale's photo. Even the Twitter link went to McHale's account, where he disclosed Seacrest's Twitter password to be "hairlesslittlechoirboybody."

According to Entertainment Weekly's Popwatch column, the site was crippled with traffic for a portion of the day, but was available later. McHale's Facebook update, shown on the right side of the site, asked readers to help crash the site again and to keep visiting Seacrest's Twitter account.

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Dr. Drew Has a Message for 'The Soup's' Joel McHale (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Mar 22nd 2010 5:58PM
Dr. Drew Has a Message for Joel McHaleJoel McHale continually makes fun of Dr. Drew's shows on 'The Soup.' But on Monday, Dr. Drew appeared on 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated) to let McHale know that there's no hard feelings on his end.

Williams herself has a long-standing friendly rivalry with McHale. And perhaps not coincidentally, McHale makes fun of her show all the time. Anyway, Dr. Drew and Williams teamed to deliver an on-screen message to McHale. The message doesn't make that much sense, and Williams refers to "the flies" for some reason, then laughs manically. To be honest, we don't totally understand. But it's all good fun. We're just excited that McHale will be able to joke about the clip on 'The Soup.'

Watch the video after the jump.

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'The Soup' Celebrates a Dog Eating a Donor Heart on 'One Tree Hill' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 28th 2009 3:30PM
On 'The Soup,' Joel McHale revisited a moment from this past March when Dan's donor heart fell to the floor in a hospital and was promptly eaten by a hungry Golden Retriever on 'One Tree Hill.' Yes, that actually happened.

McHale celebrated this awesomely ridiculous moment from the CW show after declaring 2009 as 'One Tree Hill's' "most surprising year of still being on TV yet."

Watch the video after the jump.

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Joel McHale presents TLC's next reality bonanza

by Kona Gallagher, posted Dec 1st 2009 2:07PM
If you've ever watched The Soup or Community, you know what a (hot) genius Joel McHale is. But while his scruffy mug tends to get all of the credit for the funny that The Soup constantly brings, I've got to give it up for the video editors on staff for this one.

Now that Jon and Kate is off the air, TLC is scrambling to figure out what mildly offensive reality concept it's going to use to win over America once again. Instead of coming up with an entirely new concept (because, let's face it: ideas are hard), The Soup posits that TLC is just going to combine all of their already successful shows into one.

TLC has decided to build their success on little people, tattoos, pageant kids, cake shows and folks who have way too many babies, so let's just cut the crap and give the people what they want. In this case, the people want Fertile Little Tattooed Pageant Parents Who Enjoy Baking.

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What Michael P. is thankful for

by Michael Pascua, posted Nov 24th 2009 8:01PM
Barefoot Contessa's Ina GartenThanksgiving is the best time to reflect on the year and find out what one is grateful for. Like most people, I'm grateful for my family and our well-being, but I realize that it's the little things that can perk up a depressing day.

Hulu
I cover a lot of reality shows and I found Hulu to be a great website for me to catch Glee, Modern Family, and Community without having to fill up my DVR. When Hulu gives me the option to play one long form commercial, I squeal, press play, and run to the bathroom to pee. When I get back Glee's preview is on. That show is better without either commercial or bathroom interruptions.

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Tosh.0 vs. Web Soup

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 6th 2009 11:03AM
Daniel Tosh & Miss South CarolinaI remember long ago in a cable land far away when a little show called Talk Soup started. It was clever, riffing on talk show shenanigans. We've come a long way since then, with clip shows blanketing the network. And then there's the Internet. On paper the idea of a web video iteration of The Soup, as it's now called, sounds solid enough, and G4 is a good place for it, but as Michael pointed out, Web Soup just isn't working.

Even though G4 is the place for techie stuff and they handle web videos already, Web Soup still manages to feel outdated and stodgy. And Chris Hardwick, while funny when he fills in on Attack of the Show, is almost mind-numbingly not funny hosting Web Soup. But Chris Hardwick and the gang were not alone in exploring web videos on our TVs. Comedy Central threw comedian Daniel Tosh into the mix with the webbily titled Tosh.0. But which one, if either, is better?

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Too much Soup

by Michael Pascua, posted Jun 29th 2009 5:00PM
Web Soup on G4I was a fan of The Soup back when it was called Talk Soup and was hosted by Hal Sparks (I'm too young for the Greg Kinnear and John Henson eras). I've become a fan of Joel McHale and appreciate his writing staff and his comedic timing. Never in my wildest imagination did I ever think that Talk Soup would ever become a franchise like Law & Order, CSI, or NCIS.

Soon four versions of the soup showed up on E!'s sibling channels: The Dish (on Style), Sports Soup (on Versus), Web Soup (on G4), and Celebrity Soup (the British version), but none can compare to the original. The Dish is funny for female oriented television as Sports Soup is for watching the most awkward sports shows. Web Soup feels like a hiccup in the thought process.

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TV's Joel McHale riffing with Rifftrax on Red Dawn

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 27th 2009 3:03PM
Joel McHale, star of The Soup and CommunityActor, comedian and classically trained suit wearer Joel McHale has taken his talent for riffing to the next level.

The star of The Soup and the upcoming NBC sitcom Community has joined forces with Michael J. Nelson's Rifftrax.com to provide a running comedy commentary for the perennial craptastic 80s classic Red Dawn. Nelson announced the guest commentary on the Rifftrax site and his Twitter blog earlier this week.

Rifftrax, for those who may not be familiar with the site and are therefore in no way cool, is the comedy website that provides downloadable MP3s of funny movie commentaries featuring the voices and talents of the minds behind Mystery Science Theater 3000 including Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy. It is the only reason I still own all three Matrix films, that and the fact that my desk is missing part of a leg.

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Chris Hardwick to serve up Web Soup

by Mike Moody, posted May 11th 2009 1:26PM
chris hardwickThe producers of E!'s The Soup are creating a new show called Web Soup that highlights memorable moments in online video. Comedian and writer Chris Hardwick will host Web Soup, which debuts June 7 on G4.

I'm not a big fan of The Soup. It's the kind of show I'll watch for a few minutes while flipping. But I'll give Web Soup my full attention only because Chris Hardwick is hosting. The guy's hilarious. He's been making crap watchable since the 1990s when he used to host Singled Out on MTV.

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What to Watch Friday, Feb. 20

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 20th 2009 5:00AM
Monk and Psych'Monk' and 'Psych'
(9PM & 10PM, USA) 7th season finale and 3rd season finale
The crimes they're investigating hit a little too close to home for Monk and the 'Psych' fellas, which makes for a pair of emotional season finales for the USA characters.

On 'Monk,' the OCD snoop tries to track a city official who disappeared while trying to stop the demolition of a city parking garage, which just happens to be the site where Monk's wife was killed by a car bomb.

On 'Psych,' Shawn's mom (Cybill Shepherd) and his love interest Abigail (Rachael Leigh Cook) return, but he and Gus have to focus their attention on helping the police capture the notorious serial killer Yin Yang ... who's made Shawn his next target.


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5 Questions With: Joel McHale

by Maggie Furlong, posted Dec 19th 2008 6:00AM
"I would love if there was some sort of machine that could track the number of times the word "Palin" was said. It would be like tracking the word "O.J." in 1994."

He makes a living off of making fun of TV shows, he's never met a Ryan Seacrest joke he didn't like and he's now openly calling Sarah Palin the biggest trainwreck of 2008. He is Joel McHale.

As the host of E!'s 'The Soup,' McHale breaks down the week's biggest, most ridiculous stories every Friday night, with regular jabs at his favorite whipping posts, a few quick celebrity cameos and more outrageous reality TV clips than you ever thought could possibly exist. So it's only fitting that we went to him for a little end-of-year reminiscing.

McHale opened up to us about why he owes VH1 for much of his material, what's he's looking to get his network nemesis Seacrest for Christmas and why punching and kicking equal honest TV in his book.


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What to Watch Monday, Nov. 10

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 10th 2008 5:00AM
gossip girl'Gossip Girl'
(8PM, The CW)
When Chuck and Blair have suddenly emerged as the most likable characters on the show, it may be time for their fellow Upper East Siders to rethink some of their life choices.

Like, say, Dan, who was so jealous of little sis Jenny's renegade fashion show success that he's decided to deploy whatever means necessary to launch his writing career. Dan's plan: Pretend to befriend Chuck's papa Bart Bass.

That alone is enough to tick Chuck off, but when the junior Bass finds out that Dan's ulterior motive is to dig up Bart's nastiest secrets for a Vanity Fair mag article (yes, we're just going to pretend it isn't ridiculous that a high schooler would be assigned a major VF expose) ... let's just say there's nothing scarier than a baby Bass scorned.


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The Soup spills on the sporting world

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 15th 2008 2:54PM
Matt IsemanOne of the long-time staples on cable has been The Soup (formerly Talk Soup) on E!. What started as a spoof of the various bizarre and goofy talk shows that permeated the airwaves throughout the '90s was reborn as a show that makes fun of all things television and pop culture now. Now the brand is seeking to expand to provide the same brand of satire and commentary to the sports world. Sister network Versus will air Sports Soup twice a week beginning October 14th, 2008. Of course, as with Joel McHale on The Soup the success of its new sister show will rest solely on the shoulders of its host, Matt Iseman.

In looking at Iseman's Wiki entry, it looks like this show was originally branded After Further Review. I guess they thought associating it with an already successful show with a similar format would improve its ratings. The network is still trying to establish itself as a viable sports brand in the ESPN world. Adding a show like this might be just the thing they need to drum up some buzz.

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