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Update: one fan voted for Kris Allen over 10,000 times?

by Bob Sassone, posted May 28th 2009 2:27PM
AT&TIf the reports coming from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette are true, maybe the news that we had yesterday about American Idol voting irregularities is meatier than we thought. One fan that says she voted for Kris Allen over 10,000 times.

It's also interesting that Idol rules state that power texting, the kind of texting that AT&T reps showed Kris Allen fans how to do, is against the rules. Isn't there some sort of built-in safety net for the voting? How can one fan vote over 10,000 times for one person? Shouldn't it be one person, one vote? Or one household, one vote? Or maybe one phone number, one vote? I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with the results. I have no idea. But it does seem that a better system could be in place.

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Why American Idol may say goodbye to Kris tonight

by Allison Waldman, posted May 6th 2009 5:15PM
Kris Allen IdolI don't pretend to understand the motivation of the American Idol voters, but after watching last night's performances by the Final Four, I'm convinced that Kris Allen is going to be the odd man/singer out tonight. It's not that Kris was the poorest performance; I agree with Kona that Danny's "Dream On" was a bit of a nightmare. No, Kris will be done in because he chose the wrong Beatle song.

Rock night on American Idol, with Guns 'n Roses' Slash of all artists as a mentor, was bound to fall on the hard end of the rock spectrum. That did not suit Kris's mellow music man vibe at all. If he wanted to impress the judges -- and win over the fans -- he would have been better off going against the grain and not trying to compete with the heavy duty rock star wannabes on the show.

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Adam gets an American Idol wake-up call

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 30th 2009 3:36PM
adam hairdoWhen Ryan Seacrest did the results from the voting last night on American Idol and put Adam Lambert in the bottom three, my reaction was like Kara's. It was a jaw-dropper. How was it possible that Adam, who's been flying through week after week and has been wowing the judges, was suddenly on the short end of the votes? Being just a tad suspicious, my first thought was that the producers had manipulated the votes or something to make it more dramatic.

And it was! Not only was Adam in the bottom group, so was Kris and Matt. I expected Matt to be there because he's been hanging by a thread for weeks, ever since the judges used their new rule -- the Judges' Save -- to keep him in the competition. So, Matt made sense. Kris was quickly moved to the top group, so sweating over him wasn't in the cards.

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Reno 911 stars make voting vid - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 30th 2007 4:04PM

lennon and garrantThey're not actually playing their characters from Reno 911, but actors Tom Lennon and Ben Garrant made a hilarious video for Declare Yourself, a campaign designed to get eighteen-year-olds to vote.

Lennon and Garrant play two older people telling young people that while the entertainment industry cares about their opinions when it comes to music, movies and television, nobody really cares who they vote for when it comes to the presidential election. It's a funny bit of reverse psychology, but I think it might be a little too clever. The sarcastic point they make actually seems valid in many ways. Should you vote for the prez when you know more about Paris Hilton than you do about issues that actual affect you? The answer is no, I probably shouldn't.

Still, I'd like to see more funny videos like this one that encourage kids to vote without endorsing one specific candidate or political party.

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CBS goes green with Emmy campaign

by Anna Johns, posted May 26th 2007 11:39AM
cbs; green; emmyEach year, television production studios send out oodles (that's the word I use when I don't have an exact figure) of DVDs to voters for Emmy awards. This year, CBS Paramount Television went green with its Emmy campaign. It's all explained on this website, but CBS has essentially decided to save the planet by not creating a bunch of DVDs that will just go in the trash and has, instead, directed voters to watch episodes online.

That means we can watch 'em, too.

Go here to check out which episodes of CBS Paramount (different from the CBS network) were submitted for Emmy consideration. The online video quality looks and sounds great. Among the contenders are a CSI episode with Liev Schreiber, Criminal Minds with James van der Beek, and an episode of Jericho, which the CBS network recently canceled.

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Brothers and Sisters: Family Day

by Jen Creer, posted Jan 8th 2007 12:14AM
Sarah and Saul on Brothers and Sisters(S01E11) While I was watching the scenes with Nora working at Ojai, I kind of hated this show, and hated myself for watching it. Even though I knew that I would be tuning in week after week regardless of whether or not I was reviewing it. But then it got better.

So, what do you think? Should Rob Lowe's character, Senator Dreamy McCallister, be excused for voting against gay marriage when the measure wasn't going to pass anyway? Was it okay for him not to make a stand, when he had an education measure he wanted to pass? I'm going to have to say no. He admits that he regrets the vote, but he also wanted Kitty to come and work for him. And he is good at getting what he wants. But low and behold, he has a cute gay brother. Oh please no. Oh please no.

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PBS viewers to choose the next series

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 18th 2006 9:06AM
pbs logoPBS is cautiously venturing into the world of online television programming. The network will ring in the New Year by premiering three pilots of new shows on its website, and letting viewers help decide which pilot gets a series order. Staffers are dubbing it "PBS Science Idol", although the voting doesn't necessarily determine which pilot gets a series... it's just being taken into consideration in the decision. The pilots will also begin airing on PBS on January 3rd, and viewers will be encouraged to go to the website to voice their opinions. Each episode will be available for viewing on PBS.org or for free on iTunes starting January 1. Each pilot will air on three Wednesdays, starting on January 3rd at 8 pm.

The three pilots are all science-related:

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Election '06: The day after

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 8th 2006 12:31PM

CNNSome quick thoughts on the TV election coverage last night:

1. CNN's coverage was annoying. First, they have that giant screen that looks like a cross between Best Buy and Dr. No's hideout, and they also have Wolf Blitzer as the host. Why does CNN put so much faith in him, with his odd tone and word phrasings? He and Jeff Greenfield looked so ridiculous standing up the whole night, standing in front of the giant screen trying to talk about the results. There were a couple of times where they literally bumped into each other, and Wolf had to tell Greenfield to stand behind him. I felt sorry for Greenfield, really. And their expert guests (James Carville, Paul Begala, J.C. Watts, and William Bennett), when they weren't on the air, were just stuck in the background in chairs. They looked like they were taking phone calls during a PBS telethon.

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What's on tonight: House, Veronica Mars, NCIS, Election Night Coverage

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 7th 2006 5:01PM
  • Gilmore GirlsCNN, MSNBC, CNBC, FOX News, and C-SPAN will have election coverage all night (and local stations might break into regular programming too).
  • At 8, FOX has a new Standoff, followed by a new House.
  • CBS has new episodes of NCIS and The Unit, then a Campaign 2006: Election Night special.
  • ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars at 8, then a new Help Me Help You and a Vote 2006 special.
  • NBC has a new Friday Night Lights at 8, then at 8:45 it's election coverage, then after that a new ep of Law and Order: CI, then election coverage.
  • There's a new Gilmore Girls at 8, then a new Veronica Mars.
  • Food Network has a new Emeril Live at 8, "Emeril's Meat Market."
  • At 9, A&E has a new Dog The Bounty Hunter.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Road Tasted, then a new ep of The Hungry Detective.
  • Sci-Fi has a new ECW at 10.

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Dan Rather says "It's a risk, but what the hell"

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 7th 2006 12:32PM

Dan RatherEx-CBS newsman will be the guest tonight on Comedy Central's live Indecision 2006 special at 11pm. The show will be co-hosted by Daily Show host Jon Stewart and Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert. A quote from Rather, from the article linked above:

"J. Stewart and company offered the chance, and I've taken it...I don't do comedy, I do politics, which sometimes is one in the same."

J. Stewart? That seems like an odd way to say his name. Was this an e-mail interview? Even if it was, does it really take longer to write three characters (Jon) than two (J.)? But I digress...

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Stephen Colbert nails DC delegate - VIDEO!

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 28th 2006 11:50AM
Stephen ColbertOn The Colbert Report, there's a recurring segment called "Better Know A District", during which Stephen Colbert interviews a congressperson from whatever district he happens to be covering. Note that it was during this segment that Colbert recently prodded at Bob Wexler to say, "I enjoy cocaine because it's a fun thing to do", causing a bit of a controversy among the media. Anyway, Thursday night's "BKAD" was amazing. Stephen paid a visit to the District of Columbia and spoke with delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who was clearly not in on the joke. Stephen insisted that DC isn't part of the US, rudely harped on the fact that Norton doesn't vote, and even accused her of undressing him with her eyes. Ohh, NAILED! This is one of the best "BKAD"s ever and is definitely worth a watch. Catch the video after the jump!

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The Simpsons: Sideshow Bob Roberts

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 29th 2006 7:03AM


(S06E05) Sideshow Bob: No children have ever meddled with the Republican party and lived to tell about it.

One of the benefits of being a satirical show like The Simpsons is that for the most part, the gags remain somewhat timeless. I say "somewhat" because once in awhile there will be moments that really date that particular episode. In this episode it's a reference to Rush Limbaugh in the guise of Springfield's loudmouth celebrity radio yakker Birch Barlow, author of Only Turkeys Have Left Wings. I know Rush is still around, but I think it's safe to say he's no longer in his heyday.

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Battlestar Galactica campaigning for Emmy nominations

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 5th 2006 11:34AM
battlestar galactica; emmyEmmy voting began on June 4th, which explains all the Battlestar Galactica advertisements I've seen all over the web on industry pages lately. SciFi is campaigning pretty heavily for Emmy nominations for its highest-rated show. It has shipped the entire season of Battlestar Galactica on DVD to voting members of the academy (supposedly, some of those DVDs are for sale now on EBay).

The Los Angeles Times website, The Envelope, has a full list of television shows that are campaigning for Emmys by purchasing ads in industry magazines, on websites, and by sending DVDs to members. Interestingly, canceled shows like Alias and Arrested Development haven't even bothered to ask 'for your consideration' this year.

Emmy nominees will be announced July 6.

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NBC wants a piece of American Idol

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 11th 2006 1:19PM
celine dion nbcNow that we're five seasons into American Idol, NBC has realized that it's a ratings powerhouse. And it wants in on some of that action. So, NBC is bringing another European singing contest across the pond (American Idol was based on the British Pop Idol). This time, it's the Eurovision Song Contest, which launched the careers of Celine Dion and ABBA. Yeah, it's been around for a bit. 50 years, to be exact.

NBC will begin its search for talent online to find singers from each state. I'm not sure if it's the same thing as this online talent competition that NBC has planned for this summer because NBC does plan to air most of the Eurovision Song Contest on its network. Just like on Idol, voting is up to the viewers. Let's just hope they don't make Celine a host.

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