Despite pouring cold water all over a pivotal 24 plot point, they said there's more of a danger posed by the potential release of dirty bombs, adding that there have been legitimate concerns expressed about the custody of post-Soviet era nuclear materials that could be used in dirty bombs.
This season's 24 features a former Russian general, with access to Russian suitcase nukes that were slated for decommissioning, working with Islamic terrorists to detonate the weapons in the United States. A spokesman from a California-based non-proliferation studies center said of such a scenario, "God forbid it happens. But no, it's not very likely."
Carlo Rota, who plays 24's Morris O'Brian, told USA Today that having his character cave in to terrorist demands to re-program a trigger for three suitcase nuclear bombs after he was tortured via a power drill was the right call.
"If he hadn't have caved, he would be setting himself up to be the super-individual he's not," Rota told the newspaper.
He said that the after-effects of his torture -- and the small fact that he armed nukes for terrorists -- will emotionally hobble Mr. Chloe, as clearly evidenced by the most recent episode. If Morris can pass up the whiskey in lieu of some Red Bull and smokes, he just might be okay.
I have to admit that when I heard the name of this board game, I laughed.
Both Target and Kohl's have pulled Drinko off of their shelves. If you haven't already guessed, Drinko is the booze version of the classic Price Is Right game Plinko (the one where the contestant drops giant chips down a board and it bounces around and lands in a dollar amount). They've been getting a lot of complaints from various groups that say the game promotes binge drinking.
This isn't the only board game with the drinking theme. Other games include Shots and Ladders and Keg Pong.
This could inspire a PIR drinking game itself. Maybe taking a shot every time Bob Barker doesn't hear what a contestant says? Or maybe a shot when a contestant does something stupid? Nah, you won't last too long.
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In the process, they examine pairs like William Shatner and James Spader from Boston Legal, Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford from Studio 60, Julian McMahon and Dylan Walsh from Nip/Tuck, among others. They even include Michael Scott (Steve Carell) and his search for a male friend on The Office in this article as evidence of this "trend."
There are two little flaws with this article, though, which I'll mention after the jump.
I thought it was just me.
I've tried to get into Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip like I did with Aaron Sorkin's two other network creations . . . The West Wing and Sports Night. I wanted to like Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford in their roles as the saviors of a long-running, comedy sketch show. I really did. But, there's just something missing; a last piece of the puzzle that would make this show very enjoyable. However, I thought I was the only one who felt that way.
Fortunately, I'm not. Not only do many of you feel the same way, but we also have Robert Bianco, USA Today's television critic, in our court as well.
- EW picks the 50 Best Sidekicks of All-Time. Ed McMahon is number 1, but I know people are going to think there are some choics left off this list.
- Gary Susman just doesn't understand some of the contestants on Rock Star: Supernova.
- What TV show music makes you want to tune in?
- New DVDs: The Ellen Show gets a B+, while the first season of Weeds gets the same. The Adventures of Brisco County set gets an A- (review not online).
- And the EW PopWatch blog has a few things to say about Retro Crush's list of the 30 Best Game Show Hosts of All-Time. Me too. Sorry, Gene Rayburn should probably be on the list, but not #1, and Bill Cullen should be higher than 7.
That new show Kyle XY - which sounds a lot like John Doe, only for teens - set a record for ABC Family last week. 2.6 million viewers tuned into the debut episode.
This USA Today article lists all the shows, like Kyle XY, that are getting some airtime on the the bigger networks that are owned by the same company. This show was on ABC this weekend, and of course we've seen both Queer Eye and Battlestar Galactica on NBC (over from Bravo and The Sci-Fi Channel).
I'd like to see this continue. What cable shows would you like to see on the big networks so they get more exposure?
Really, folks, it was a glorified stand-up routine. It's almost a week already; it's time for us to move on.
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It's that time of year again, folks! Yep, some of your favorite shows are on the cancellation bubble and you can vote on which ones you'd like to see next fall and ones that should go far, far away. It's an annual tradition that sometimes predicts what shows will be renewed and which shows won't. So far you want your Scrubs.
In fact, according to the ninth annual USA Today 'Save Our Shows' survey (say that five times fast) a whopping 61 percent of you would like to see the NBC comedy renewed for a sixth season. Only fourteen percent of you want to see the show die a quick death. Scrubs is a good bet to be renewed for the fall, as long as the network is willing to pony up the increased dough to the show's production company, Touchstone Television. If NBC doesn't renew the program there is an equally good chance that Touchstone's sibling ABC (both are owned by Disney) would pick up the show.
Six more shows on the USA Today survey have more supporters than detractors: Veronica Mars (UPN), Commander in Chief (ABC), Everwood (WB), Invasion (ABC), Reba (WB) and The King of Queens (CBS). After ABC shelved Commander in Chief this week, there is a good chance that it will not be renewed; Kevin James, the star of The King of Queens, wants a bigger paycheck for the new season; and Veronica Mars and Reba are vying for spots on the new CW network, which will be a combination of the WB and UPN.
What shows have the least amount of supporters? FOX's one-camera comedies The Loop and Free Ride and UPN's Half and Half and One on One.
I was watching Less Than Perfect last night (yes, it's back on ABC... yes, I thought it was cancelled, too), and the first thing I noticed was that Sara Rue had lost weight. A LOT of weight. Not that this is the first time I've seen the skinny Sara (I think I saw her skinny self on an episode of Ellen or something), but I had forgotten just how much she had slimmed down since her sitcom started four years ago.
But here's the thing: I don't understand why she had to lose the weight to begin with.
One of the links is to Jenna Fischer's MySpace page. This one's interesting; even though the front page for The Office star's page looks like it was written by her character, Pam Beasley, the blog within is written by Jenna from her perspective. So it's a weird blend of character and actor that I actually find more interesting that blogs written by fictional characters, like the one Rainn Wilson writes in the voice of Dwight Schrute.
Oh, and in the section of the article that mentions the "explosion" of TV blogs, they speak to Sherri Lonon, a writer for a blog called teevblogger.com, which I've admittedly never heard of until now. While Sherri gave some nice insights, I think they would have gotten some nice quotes if they came to us here at TVS (especially if they talked to Adam or Bob). Your, loss, USA Today... your loss!
Paula is rightfully listed on Pop Candy's list of Top 100 Entertainers of 2005, and there's even an interview with her over on the site. She, of course, is very grateful for her success and hints that she plans to launch a line of kitchen tools or dishes or something in 2006.
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