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Jessica Alba At Work On Newest Twitter-Turned-Sitcom Project

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 15th 2010 5:30PM
Jessica AlbaIn the latest "Twitter accounts becoming TV shows" news, Jessica Alba is at work developing a show based on Kelly Oxford's Twitter account and blog. The network? Take a guess -- CBS.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Alba is set to executive produce Oxford's script, titled 'Mother of All Something.' Jhoni Marchinko of 'Will & Grace' fame is supervising the pilot.

Oxford's blog and Twitter chronicle her thoughts on life, motherhood and pop culture. She has more than 66,000 Twitter followers and an active following on Tumblr.

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Podcast Party: Talking 'Backwash,' Jon Hamm, Aaron Sorkin and Twitter with Joshua Malina

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 19th 2010 3:25PM
This week's second 'Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan' podcast welcomes a special guest, actor/writer Joshua Malina.

You loved Malina on 'The West Wing' and 'Sports Night.' You enjoyed him in guest roles on 'House,' 'Psych,' 'In Plain Sight' and dozens of other shows. And, if you're like me, he's made you crack up more than once with his irreverent Twitter feed. I generally don't follow many actors or celebrities, because their Twitter feeds are quite often vapid, self-serving or both, but Malina's Twitter is pretty damn hilarious.

But the main thing Ryan McGee and I asked Malina about is his funny new Web series, 'Backwash,' which you can find here. It's a 13-part series starring Malina, Michael Ian Black and Michael Panes as the least competent bank robbers ever. Each segment is introduced by a different celebrity -- Jon Hamm, Sarah Silverman, Dule Hill, Allison Janney, Mary Lynn Rajskub, John Cho and Fred Willard are among the celebrity narrators. Four segments are up on Crackle now.

Obviously we asked Malina about who was a diva on set and how he bribed these people into appearing in 'Backwash.' And we also asked him what it was like working with Bradley Whitford's mustache on the Dec. 3 episode of 'The Good Guys.'

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Chelsea Handler's Twitter Fight With Nick Cannon Gets Out of Hand (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 5th 2010 5:35AM
Chelsea Handler's Twitter Fight With Nick Cannon Gets Out of HandThe social networking service Twitter only lets you send 140 characters at a time. But in a way, those little messages can say so much more. And sometimes, things get out of hand.

Chelsea Handler
has been feuding on Twitter with actor Nick Cannon for a while now. To be fair, Chelsea started it -- when she mocked the fact that Nick was doing a comedy tour. "Who's going to provide the comedy?" she Tweeted. Nick said this in reply, slamming Chelsea's looks: "Chelsea Handler looks like she got hit in the face with a bag of nickels." Ouch!

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CBS, Ashton Kutcher Team to Develop 'Dear Girls,' Yet Another Twitter-Based Sitcom

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 15th 2010 5:30PM
CBSGuys and gals, please sit down for this news, it's a doozy. Sitting? Good, because CBS and Ashton Kutcher are teaming to develop another sitcom based on a Twitter feed.

I know, you must be thinking, "WHAT!?" and your mind is surely blown. Where do they come up with these ideas!?

The project, 'Dear Girls,' is the second Twitter-based show the network is working on. And of course nobody can forget William Shatner in '$#*! My Dad Says.' The project currently has a script commitment, like 'Shh ... Don't Tell Steve.'

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CBS Developing Another Sitcom Based on a Twitter Account

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 27th 2010 5:00PM
CBSCBS got a taste of Twitter with new sitcom '$#*! My Dad Says,' and liked it. A lot. So much so that the network has another comedy based on a Twitter feed in development.

According to The Live Feed, Ashton Kutcher and CBS are teaming up to bring the Twitter account @ShhDontTellSteve to television. The account could just as easily be named '$#*! Steve Says,' since it's comprised of things a twentysomething guy named Steve utters, as Tweeted by his roommate without his knowledge.

The CBS version in development is about a man who deals with an immature roommate. Tweets from the feed include such gems as: "Steve, just now, yelling from our bathroom: 'Total Asparagus pee bro! Come smell!'" and "Steve on TV Premiere Week: 'You are not making me watch the Dancing Washed Up Stars results show. We're watching NCIS.'"

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Justin Bieber Answers Fans' Twitter Questions, Discusses His Crush on Beyoncé (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 14th 2010 1:20AM
Justin Bieber Answers Fans' Twitter Questions, Discusses His Crush on BeyonceOn the premiere of 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated), Ellen welcomed Justin Bieber. Yes, the adorable moppet/cultural phenomenon/MTV "Best New Artist" was one of the first guests of the new season. While talking with DeGeneres, Bieber took some time out to answer questions that his legion of fans had sent in via Twitter.

It was Bieber's first appearance on the show since his appearance last season -- that time around, the singer performed his hit song 'Baby,' which also happens to be the most-viewed video in YouTube history. Today, DeGeneres read out the Twitter questions, and Justin replied. Here's some of what he was asked ...

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George Lopez Comforts Fantasia Barrino, Following Her Suicide Attempt (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 26th 2010 3:42AM
George Lopez Comforts Fantasia Barrino, Following Her Suicide Attempt"I've said this a lot to people who have sat in that chair. But I don't think I've ever meant it more than right now. I am so happy to see you ... alive and well." These were the words of George Lopez, who welcomed Fantasia Barrino as his guest on the latest 'Lopez Tonight' (weeknights, 11PM ET on TBS).

Fantasia has had a bad couple of weeks. She's been having an affair with a married man, was named in a lawsuit by the man's wife, and was alleged to have made a bunch of sex tapes. And then, on August 9th, following the pressure of these events, she attempted suicide by overdosing on pills. The 'American Idol' winner survived. While on 'Lopez,' she explained her motivation for trying to kill herself.

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Jimmy Fallon Wants Your Tweets For the Emmys Telecast

by Ryan McKee, posted Aug 24th 2010 4:30PM
In an effort to reduce the work of his writing staff (or maybe just to get rid of half of them?), Emmy Awards' host Jimmy Fallon is asking Twitter users to compose the introductions he'll use for up to 15 Emmy presenters. That is nearly half of the lineup. As payment, he will mention the user's name during their selected introduction tweet.

He offers this as an example: "@blahblahblah says Jon Hamm is the hottest guy of all time. Here he is, Jon Hamm."

The full list of Emmy presenters will be announced on NBC's website tomorrow, along with Twitter links to enter introductions. However, we know our readers will want to get a jump on this, so here are the celebrities that have already been announced: Anna Paquin and Stephen Mayer, Jon Hamm, Matthew Morrison, Eva Longoria Parker, Will Arnett, Stephen Colbert, Edie Falco, Tina Fey, Laurence Fishburne, Ricky Gervais, January Jones, Matthew Perry, Sofia Vergara, John Krasinski, Julianna Margulies, Keri Russell and LL Cool J.

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George Lopez Picks a Tattoo, With Some Help From Kat Von D (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 18th 2010 3:38AM
George Lopez Picks a Tattoo, With Some Help From Kat Von DIs getting "ink" a good idea or not? George Lopez must consider this question. He's 49 years old, and thus far, he has no tattoos. But all of that may change tonight.

On 'Lopez Tonight' (weeknights, 11PM ET on TBS), George talks with legendary tattoo artist Kat Von D. And she gives him a bunch of different options for works of art that he could have permanently inscribed into his skin. Here are some of the options:

1) A tattoo of Kanye West's "Twitter" page.

2) A tattoo of a United States passport. (This being a sly "illegal immigrant" reference on Kat's part.)

3) The names of Lopez's wife and daughter. (Aw! How cute!)

4) A "Golf or Die" tattoo. (Which refers to George's love of ... golf -- duh.)

So those are the options! They're all fairly good -- or awful, depending on your point of view. Which one should George go with?

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Seven TV Stars I'd Love To See on Twitter

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 22nd 2010 6:30PM
Tina FeyAh, Twitter. That web site with the funny name that for many people has suddenly become as vital as e-mail and instant messaging. Even celebrities are into it, and while there are many TV stars who on it, there are even more who aren't but should be. After the jump, my list of the seven I'd follow forever.

You'll notice a trend with the list: they're all funny people. That seems to be the thing that works best on Twitter.

1. Tina Fey. Can you imagine Fey on Twitter? That would be the online equivalent of "Must-See TV." She actually got the @tinafey account that someone else had grabbed, but she hasn't done anything with it. And, alas, she's not going to. In a recent interview with Esquire, Fey said that doing Twitter would be a "busman's holiday," and just more writing she'd have to do. Oh well. We still have Judah Friedlander (@JudahWorldChamp) and the official '30 Rock' Twitter account (@nbc30rock).

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'Lost' Fans Lose It Over ABC's 'V' Countdown Clock

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 31st 2010 8:52PM
The 'V' countdown clock that appeared during 'Lost''Lost' viewers were screaming their pretty little head's off at ABC and for once, it's not to drown out the stinging migraines from trying to figure out just what the hell is going on.

The network ran a countdown clock for the premiere of 'V' during last night's episode and viewers took to the Twitter to voice their displeasure with it.

Here's some of my favorites...

'Lost' co-creator Damon Lindelof said on his Twitter page that he saw the clock quipping, ":34 minutes until I cry myself to sleep."

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Letterman Presents the Top Ten Signs You Spend Too Much Time on Twitter

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 16th 2010 1:35PM
Are you on Twitter? Why not? How else will friends, family, and strangers know what you're doing every minute of the day and where you are? (I say this as someone who is on Twitter all day long.) Last night David Letterman presented the "Top Ten Signs You Spend Too Much Time on Twitter." Numbers three and seven are my favorites.

Oh, and here's the answer to number six.

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'Instant Recall' Won't Go Down In History As One of the Great Game Shows

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 5th 2010 11:30AM
Wink Martindale
I'm a traditionalist when it comes to game shows. I don't really like anything that's too bizarre or wanders too far from the studio audience/stage/host with a mic/play a game format. So I didn't really like the new GSN show 'Instant Recall,' even if there were a few things that I found amusing.

The concept: host Wink Martindale and his crew stage a phony set-up to con someone into playing a game. This first episode featured two people who thought they were at a "love seminar" and a guy who found himself at a party that turned into an intervention for a woman he'd never met before (Wink and the sexy model are in another room as the con unfolds). So yeah, this is 'Candid Camera' with a twist. When it's time to let the victims off the hook, Wink comes in, introduces himself, and they play the game, which is to see if the contestants can remember what just happened to them.

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Comedy Central Yanks 'Michael and Michael Have Issues'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 4th 2010 9:15PM
Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter'Michael and Michael Have Issues,' the behind the scenes sketch comedy fest from 'State' alumni Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter was one of the funniest "no surprise" shows in Comedy Central's line-up in a long time.

So it should probably serve as "no surprise" that Comedy Central has put the kibosh on it.

Showalter sent out the awful truth in Twitter form yesterday. Black also followed up Showalter's sad announcement with his own Tweet that contains a certain word that starts with "F" and ends with "K" and it isn't "fullback."

I was a fan and I looked forward to the second season, but now I'll just have to settle with the inevitable buck squeezing DVD release. You guys had me at "bunny stomping."

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Joel McHale Says There Will Be Nudity in Tomorrow's 'Community'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 3rd 2010 9:00PM
Joel McHaleIf you're a fan of Joel McHale, 'Community' and flagrant full-frontal nudity, then here's your Christmas present.

The 'Soup' host and 'Community' star sent out a warning on his Twitter page that reads, "So ... on this Thursday's new 'Community' I'm pretty much going to be naked. I'm sending this tweet to prepare my family."

I know one person who is really excited to see such a hot actor in next to nothing on his TV. That's right, Mercedes-Benz marketing vice president Stephen Cannon!

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