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Robot Chicken Star Wars page updated - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted May 30th 2007 4:23PM

robot chickenOr is that "Star Wars Robot Chicken?"

Well, whatever, the main site for the upcoming Robot Chicken tribute to all things Star Wars has been updated with a bunch of kick ass new production stills (including images from the upcoming special as well as older images from past Robot Chicken parodies), a brand new trailer, and a hilarious therapist session featuring the man himself, George Lucas. He even talks about that dreaded Star Wars Holiday Special. Talk about opening up old wounds.

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Jeopardy and Google create sweepstakes

by Adam Finley, posted May 29th 2007 4:02PM

jeopardy googleI don't watch game shows, except for Jeopardy. I actually consider Jeopardy more of a quiz show because it requires some actual intelligence in order to win. That's not to say guessing the price of a bag of sponges or calling out one of the letters of the alphabet doesn't require a certain level of intelligence. I'm sure Wheel of Fortune has to weed out a lot of unqualified candidates:

M.C.: Okay, Steve, pick a letter.

Steve: Abraham Lincoln!

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Zombie-American, the conclusion - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted May 26th 2007 8:02AM

ed helmsNot too long ago I told you about a funny short from Funny or Die featuring actor/comedian Ed Helms (The Daily Show, The Office) as a zombie who's just trying to live a normal life but facing all the trials and tribulations that come with being one of the walking dead.

The last two chapters of his saga are up on the site, and I've also placed them below for your viewing pleasure. In the second segment, Glenn the Zombie tries the dating scene, but apparently normal women are too good to be seen with someone whose flesh is falling off their bones. In the third and final installment, Glenn shoots some hoops and decides that, as hard as it may be, he's happy with who he is.

I'll admit that these videos weren't exactly laugh-out-loud funny, but I don't think they're meant to be (although the final scene of chapter three cracked me up). Helms plays the character perfectly straight, which is part of the overall charm.

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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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Fans asked to help Leno celebrate fifteen years

by Adam Finley, posted May 22nd 2007 4:02PM

jay lenoCan you believe Jay Leno has been hosting The Tonight Show for fifteen years? Believe it, mister. On May 25, 1992, Leno stepped onto the stage as the new host, following in the footsteps of the legendary Johnny Carson.

Fans can go to this page on The Tonight Show Web site and create their own montage using clips and audio from the last fifteen years. I've been scouring the site and have not found an option that allows you to insert Carson back into every episode that has aired since his retirement, which is what myself and many others would like to do.

It was also announced about three years ago that Leno would be stepping down as host in 2009 and that Late Night host Conan O'Brien would take over as the new host. Given the mercurial nature of television, it will be interesting to see if that remains the case in two years.

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Clips from the Sarah Connor Chornicles - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted May 21st 2007 2:22PM

sarah connor chroniclesA few short clips form FOX's upcoming Sarah Connor Chronicles have popped up on YouTube. I've placed them below.

I'm a casual fan of the Terminator movies, but I have to admit that this new series looks really, really cool. The series stars Lena Headey in the titular role; Thomas Dekker as her son, John; and Richard T. Jones and Summer Glau.

The new series takes place after the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Sarah is forced to protect her son from enemies from the future who want to make sure he doesn't succeed in ultimately destroying the machines who themselves are bent on destroying mankind. Ooh, that's heavy, but it's also the kind of ultra-violent escapism that fan boys and fan girls alike love to see. One of the things that set the Terminator movies apart from other big shoot-em ups is that it had that element of real (not forced) human drama, and I think, based on these clips, this new series will have the same.

The new series will air Sundays at 9:00 p.m. starting spring of 2008. Clips after the jump.

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Derek and Simon's first episode - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted May 19th 2007 1:01PM

bob odenkirkOkay, so last month I told you Bob Odenkirk was creating a series for the comedy Website Super Deluxe called "Derek and Simon: The Show." I probably don't have to remind you since I assume you write down everything I tell you on this blog and carry it around in a briefcase everywhere you go, just in case someone asks you about it.

At any rate, I've placed an edited version of the first short, "Baby Talk," below. If you want to hear actual swearing, you can watch the unedited version here.

Quite honestly, I was underwhelmed by it. I was hoping for something more from the man who helped bring us Mr. Show, Tom Goes to the Mayor and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job. I could see the punchline coming from a mile away, which is never a good sign. Perhaps subsequent episodes will be better.

The Web series will run for a total of twelve episodes.

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CBS to syndicate more content on the Web

by Adam Finley, posted May 15th 2007 6:21PM

cbsReports are coming out that CBS has plans to syndicate much of its content through such Web portals as AOL (which owns TV Squad), Facebook, Last.fm and Joost.

Currently, CBS does offer some full episodes on its innertube site, and it also has a YouTube channel featuring short clips from various series. This new venture would allow folks on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace to embed the episodes on their profiles, and to even "personalize" the videos (though don't ask me what that means, exactly).

The new content will begin to appear on the aforementioned sites sometime this week. Personally, I'm happy to see more networks offering full episodes, and offering them through more than one venue. The YouTube clips are nice, but I think what viewers are clamoring for is a chance to see their favorite shows anytime they want. It would seem the networks are starting to figure this out.

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NBC fall schedule includes new web extras

by Anna Johns, posted May 15th 2007 4:09PM
nbcA day after NBC announced its fall schedule, the network is also revealing other plans for the upcoming television season. It's going to start hitting the web a lot harder with '360 extras' from its hit shows such as Heroes, 30 Rock, and The Office.

For Heroes, the website will include more chapters of the graphic novel and character back stories. For 30 Rock, Judah Friedlander's character, Frank Rossitano, will have his own blog. Las Vegas will do a behind-the scenes feature, ER will have deleted scenes, and Medium is going to ask fans to help write storylines (wah?). And The Office will have a little program where you can create your own Dunder-Mifflin branch and do some sort of online challenges.

Personally, I think they can take The Office 360 a bit farther. How about having a place where people can create their own videos in their fictional branches of Dunder-Mifflin? I bet people who work in real cubicles could come up with some good stuff.

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Fuse renews Whitest Kids U Know

by Adam Finley, posted May 11th 2007 5:22PM

whitest kids u knowFuse has given its musical sketch comedy series The Whitest Kids You Know a second season. The series, which originated as a series of Web videos back in 2000, first hit Fuse last March. Before coming to Fuse, the team of Trevor Moore, Sam Brown, Zach Cregger, Timmy Williams, and Darren Trumeter made a name for themselves around New York City's various comedy venues.

Variety does not specify when the second season will begin, although it does mention the possibility of a DVD release.

If you're like me and don't have Fuse on your cable lineup, you can watch some of the sketches on YouTube, which has a collection of some of their old Web stuff and possibly a few clips from the actual series. The Fuse site used to have clips, too, but those are gone. I watched a few of them not too long ago and found them amusing, but right now I have to say MTV's Human Giant is the better sketch comedy series.

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What's new and what's coming back on Comedy Central

by Adam Finley, posted May 2nd 2007 12:50PM

lil bushHere's the rundown on what Comedy Central has in store for this summer:

Returning series include Mind of Mencia (new season starts July 8 at 10:00 p.m.), and a new Comedy Central Roast premiering sometime in August, though we don't know who'll be roasted just yet.

Now on to the new stuff:

In June look for new stand-up specials from Larry the Cable Guy (Larry the Cable Guy: Morning Constitutions on June 3 at 8:00 p.m.), Brian Reagan (June 10 at 10:00 p.m.) and Daniel Tosh (Daniel Tosh: Completely Serious on June 17 at 10:00 p.m.).

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David Blaine terrorizes two young men

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 28th 2007 4:20PM

mitch silpaWell, not the real David Blaine, but these two videos (warning: strong language) via our pals at AOL feature actor Mitch Silpa doing a pretty accurate Blaine impression (right down to the lackadaisical delivery) and scaring the crap out of two young men, who, by the end, just want Blaine to leave them the hell alone. Make sure you watch the second clip first (the YouTube one) and then the one on top.

Also, for another spoof of a popular street magician, you should check out Human Giant's "The Illusionators," over on MTV's site. Paul Scheer and Aziz Ansari do a near-perfect parody of Criss Angel's Mindfreak series, right down to the sexy hair and rock and roll aesthetic.

I wonder when someone is going to do a Penn and Teller spoof? I'd like to see that.

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Jon Benjamin creating Web series - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 21st 2007 8:02AM

Jon BenjaminIf you don't know who H. Jon Benjamin is, let me inform you: he's a writer and comedian most of us probably first saw when he played "Ben" on Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist. He was also a writer on that show and would later show up on Home Movies (one of my top five favorite series of all time), and the recent short-lived animated series Freak Show for Comedy Central.

In an interview with Gothamist, Benjamin revealed he was working on a new Web series for Super Deluxe called "Thunderpoint." What the series is exactly remains to be seen, but if Benjamin is behind it, I'm going to go out on a limb and say it'll be damn funny.

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Bob Odenkirk developing Web series

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 19th 2007 10:01AM

bob odenkirkBob Odenkirk, the writer and comedian who can currently be seen on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and whose past credits include The Ben Stiller Show, The Larry Sanders Show and Mr. Show (he must like shows that end in "show") is developing a series for the comedy Web site Super Deluxe called Derek and Simon: The Show (see what I mean about the whole "show" thing).

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Colbert's Tek Jansen now on Xbox Marketplace - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 11th 2007 4:04PM

tek jansenIf you rock the Xbox Marketplace and you're a fan of Stephen Colbert, I have food news for you, sort of. It's not full episodes of The Colbert Report, but it is full episodes of his Tek Jansen Adventures cartoon shorts, which is better than nothing at all, so no complaining. Oh yeah, and the first episode is free.

Tek Jansen, of course, is based on Colbert's novel Alpha Squad 7: Lady Nocturne: A Tek Jansen Adventure. The cartoons follow our superhero as he battles aliens and woos sexy vixens (because, as stated in every episode, he's had hundreds of girlfriends).

You can always watch the episodes on Comedy Central's Web site, too. I've placed the latest episode below for your enthrallment. It's basic cable safe, but possibly not safe for work, so proceed with caution.

Thanks to Zizzy.

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