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TV's Biggest Guilty Pleasures

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jan 2nd 2008 12:22PM
The Hills'The Hills' ... 'The Price Is Right' ... 'One Tree Hill' ... find out where they rank on our list.

In the privacy of our homes, we're doing something that would shock our friends and horrify our relatives.

We're watching ... 'Moonlight.' And 'Hannah Montana.' And sometimes, even 'I Love New York.'

Yep, we admit it. It's time to 'fess up and reveal our top 20 guilty pleasures on TV right now. You'll watch and love them (in secret) too.


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Top TV Stories of 2007: Rosie vs. Elisabeth - VIDEO

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 26th 2007 8:00AM

Rosie O'Donnell Elisabeth Hasselbeck The ViewSome people don't think this should be a "top story" of 2007, as I've heard it decried already around the interwebs, but the fact remains that this feud was all over the news, garnered high ratings and made The View one of the most buzzed about shows of 2007. Regardless of if you think Rosie was being a bully or Elisabeth was being a baby or if both were being words we don't say in polite company, it was a big deal. I know when I heard she was joining the show for its tenth season, my first thought was "The View is still on the air?"

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Slinky Muppets dance for Ed - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 30th 2007 2:04PM

muppetsBelow I've placed a Muppet sketch from the Ed Sullivan Show, though don't expect to see any familiar faces like Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie or Gonzo.

The bit is actually quite simple: a slinky-like Muppet dances a little jig while his smaller friend tries to join in. What I love about this bit is that it demonstrates how talented the Muppet puppeteers are. The choreography and movements of the two puppets is very subtle, and no movement is superfluous. Watch how the little Muppet examines the "feet" of the bigger Muppet. It's no more than a slight twist of the puppet's "head," but it conveys volumes.

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See Robot Chicken Star Wars with commentary

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 22nd 2007 4:23PM

seth green and matt senreichI'm sitting here watching Robot Chicken Star Wars online with video commentary from creators Seth Green and Matt Senreich, and in the opening sequence Green explains how the animators actual animated a real AT-AT toy to duplicate the Imperial Walker scene from The Empire Strikes Back. Green mistakenly refers to it as a Hasbro toy, but as all Star Wars fans know, it was Kenner that made the toys, not Hasbro.

Of course, the fact that I would even know that makes me exactly the sort of Star Wars geek the folks at Robot Chicken were aiming for. I hate to admit I wasn't as floored by the special as I was hoping, and somewhat disappointed to see sequences reused from past episodes, but it was clear, based on the special; the interludes with Green, Senreich and Breckin Meyer; and the aforementioned commentary, that these guys really love Star Wars, and that alone made it worthwhile.

[via Pop Candy]

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Days of Our Lives now on iTunes

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 12th 2007 10:02AM

days of our livesStarting today, the long-running soap opera Days of Our Lives will be available on iTunes for the usual $1.99 per episode. Fans can also get episodes a bit cheaper by purchasing twenty episodes for $9.99.

According to Variety, placing Days on iTunes is most likely a move to get more people to watch the series, which has lost some viewers over the last year or so. Frankly, I don't see why more soap operas aren't made available this way, or, even better, made available for free online. Soaps more or less require a person to be tuned in day in and day out, and fans, one assumes, would love to be able to go back and catch up on whatever they might have missed.

This, however, leads to another question, which is "how old are the people watching Days, and how many of those people are going to use iTunes for anything?" Something tells me an iTunes promotional push isn't going to be much help.

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Watch the first episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted May 29th 2007 4:40PM

conan o'brienYou've come a long way, Conan. It's tough to believe you stepped in as host of NBC's late night almost fifteen years ago, but you did, and you know what, for a first timer I think you did okay.

Conan is so comfortable in his role as host now that it's somewhat endearing to watch his first show after all these years. He's not nearly as animated and spring-loaded as he is now. In fact, he appears downright humbled to be stepping into Letterman's timeslot. Of course, after a few years I don't think many of us even look at Late Night as Dave's old show anymore. It's all Conan's game, now, baby.

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CNN Pipeline is now free

by Adam Finley, posted May 25th 2007 2:03PM

cnnAt least, it will be starting on July 1.

Pipeline, CNN's broadband site that was launched in 2005 under a subscription model, include four live streams plus archived video footage. According to The Hollywood Reporter, CNN never talked about how many people actually subscribed to the service, but I must say this seems like a good choice for CNN, considering how the majority of online content, news and otherwise, is offered for free and supported by advertising. If you charge, folks will simply go somewhere that doesn't.

In addition, CNN will also be redesigning the site for its relaunch.

So there you have it, news junkies: now you can have CNN playing on your computer, FOX News on the TV, NPR on the radio, ABC News on your iPod, and your butler reading you the New York Times all at once. It'll be like getting shot in the face with a machine gun of information. Yee ha.

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A helluva lotta Simpsons couch gags - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted May 19th 2007 9:01AM

simpsonsAs any Simpsons fan can tell you, the opening sequence for each episode includes three distinct moments that change every episode: Bart's sentence on the chalkboard, Lisa's saxophone solo and the "couch gag" at the very end. Sometimes these moments are reused from past episodes, of course.

Well, someone with a lot of time on their hands has spliced together 115 couch gags from The Simpsons. The quality of the video (below) isn't that great, and I'm not sure what possessed them to put their YouTube username right in the middle of the screen, but those two minor annoyances aside, it's a nice little tribute to an element of the series fans love and the writers probably loathe by now. That's my assumption anyway, I'm guessing it's tough to keep coming up with new couch gags (which explains why we don't see brand new ones much anymore).

I've placed the video after the jump. It's just under ten minutes long.

Thanks to my pal Wild Bill for telling me about this.

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In case you missed Rickles on the Daily Show - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted May 17th 2007 4:02PM

don ricklesAs Annie mentioned in her review, Don Rickles was on The Daily Show last night. I typically don't watch The Daily Show until the day after, because, at the old age of 30, I'm out like a light by 8:00 p.m., barely able to finish my bowl of oatmeal.

I usually skip over the interview segments of the show, but today I actual watched the segment with Rickles. I may be a fan of a lot of today's "alternative" comics (a term as meaningless as "alternative music"), but I also have a lot of respect and admiration for older comics such as Rickles. And it's genuine respect, not that fake respect you exude because they're old and society demands it from you. No, Rickles is a very funny and amicable gentleman, and even at the age of 81 the man is still as sharp as he ever was.

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Will Ferrell woos his date - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted May 12th 2007 1:01PM

will ferrellWill Ferrell has yet another video up on his Funny or Die comedy video site. You should skip down to the bottom of this post right now and watch the video (after the jump) without reading the next paragraph, because I'm going to talk about the short and I don't want to ruin it for you.

Okay, did you watch it? Good.

What did you think? I thought it was mildly amusing, but not nearly as funny as The Landlord, and besides, Charles Schulz did essentially this same gag with Snoopy's doghouse over forty years ago. I suppose the fact that's it's a portable toilet makes it funnier than say, a cardboard box, but still, it's not his best work. I'm not sure if I would vote this "Funny" or "Die." Is there a button for "Knock Unconscious for a Few Minutes?"

I did laugh at the text at the end telling us how they now live in an ATM kiosk. At least they're moving up in the world.

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Fountains of Demetri

by Adam Finley, posted May 12th 2007 9:02AM

demetri martinComedian and Daily Show trendspotter Demetri Martin appears in the new Fountains of Wayne video for their song "Someone to Love." Martin plays "Seth," a big city lawyer, which is fitting since he himself went to law school, although he did drop out one year before getting his degree.

The song, like all of Fountain of Wayne's songs, is really catchy and you'll probably find yourself singing it in the shower. Or, if you're like me, you'll actually learn how to play it on guitar so you can both sing and play it in the shower. This actually warps the guitar pretty bad, which is why I break into a music warehouse every night and steal a new one.

[via CC Insider]

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Ed Helms: Zombie-American - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted May 12th 2007 8:03AM

ed helmsYou think you're so great, don't you? Yeah, I'm talking to you. You there with your non-rotting skin and your oh-so-civilized way of not eating the flesh and organs of the living. Maybe it's time you stepped out of your comfort zone and learned a little about your fellow man (or, more precisely, your walking dead man).

Ed Helms (The Daily Show, The Office) tries to put a human face on the zombie by showing us that the living dead are not that different than us. They have jobs, friends, play the guitar, absent-mindedly pick decaying flesh from their faces -- well, I guess there are some differences.

At any rate, if you want a good laugh, and also maybe even get grossed out a little, the video is below.

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Let's get it on, Star Trek style - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 21st 2007 9:02AM

star trekI think this video would be funnier if it was about half as long as it is, but it's still a pretty funny edit of dialog lifted from Star Trek that only sound dirty and risque when heard out of context. The '70s porno music in the background is also a nice touch. The only problem is, now whenever I watch Star Trek I get kind of turned on.

The scenes in the video are lifted from the episode "The Immunity Syndrome" in which the crew of the Enterprise receives a distress call from a Vulcan ship. I'm pretty sure that episode didn't involve a lot of sex, but if it was as explicit maybe more people would have watched it. According to Wikipedia it won an Emmy for special effects, but if they also tossed in more "adult" elements it might have also won an Adult Video Award, thus bridging the gap between perverts and sci fi geeks. I'm just saying it has the power to bring people together.

Oh yeah, and the end of the clip contains a clever spoof of those obnoxious HeadOn TV spots. Enjoy:

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HBO to put addiction documentary online for free

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 14th 2007 1:02PM

addiction projectHBO is doing a multi-platform launch for The Addiction Project, which will focus on various addictions as a treatable brain disease. The 14-part documentary Addiction premieres tonight at 9:00 p.m., which also happened to coincide with HBO's free weekend preview that runs through this Sunday, so you may be able to catch it even if you don't normally receive HBO.

In addition, Lost Remote writes that all fourteen parts will be made available online for free, so keep an eye on the official site.

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Ronnie and Nancy are hooked on heroin - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 10th 2007 8:02AM

ronald reaganNow that we have all these fancy-wancy computers, it's easy to make funny videos like the one I've placed below, but this particular one was created in the late '80s, and no doubt took a long time to create. It's also one of the most hysterical things I've seen in a long time.

The video is an anti-drug promo with Ronald and Nancy Reagan, creatively edited into a call for more widespread drug use, especially among children. Yes, the video is manipulated to make it appear as if Ron and Nancy are advocates of drug use, but if you pay close attention, you'll also learn how important freedom is to this nation, especially the freedom to have less freedom.

The video is a little over seven minutes long, but trust me, it's worth it to sit through the whole thing. I laughed so hard the people in the apartment next to mine probably think I'm insane.

[via Boing Boing]

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