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Top TV Stories of 2007: Ellen DeGeneres and the dog(s)

by Jen Creer, posted Dec 26th 2007 8:00AM
EllenEllen DeGeneres just can't stay away from controversy. Even though she hasn't done anything as ballsy as coming out (I guess you can't do that twice, can you?), which fortunately didn't tank her career, this year was a bang-up year for Ellen in the news. The first dog I am referring to in the title is, in fact, a canine. Did anybody not hear about Ellen's infamous dog story? Ellen adopted a dog from a dog agency called Mutts and Moms, and signed agreements at the time that if the adoption didn't work out, she would return the dog to the agency. I presume Ms. DeGeneres has signed contracts before, but maybe this one didn't count. Maybe this one didn't seem binding. Or maybe she was just in a hurry that day, and didn't actually read it. (MSNBC claims that DeGeneres didn't read the contract, and that her partner Portia de Rossi signed).
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All Annie wants for Festivus

by Annie Wu, posted Dec 23rd 2007 3:31PM
FestivusI don't want a lot for Festivus. There is just one thing I need --

Well, by "one thing", I really meant "six TV-related requests", but that's still not asking for much. Please, mysterious Festivus entity, I promise that I've been a good girl and that I have done my absolute best to properly preface all of my spoilerific posts. I also promise to make a much better effort in 2008 to be less creepy to all my favorite TV stars (sorry, Mr. Colbert). Super swear. All I want is...

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Dec 17th 2007 6:51PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today, on TV Squad Daily:
The video's embedded below, or you can subscribe to this podcast via our feed. Plus, you can also download the file directly.

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On the 9th day of Festivus, TV gave to me...

by Jen Creer, posted Dec 11th 2007 10:40AM

strike swag... nine Writers' Strike supporting sites.

Sure, the WGA strike sucks. But it doesn't just suck for us, the TV viewers (or reviewers, as the case may be here at TV Squad). It sucks for a lot of people with families to support. But I don't want to be a total downer. If you have been following the strike, then you probably already know there are a lot of great resources out there. But if you haven't been reading closely, you may find these nine sites worth clicking to for more information (and, in many cases, entertainment).

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Nov 30th 2007 4:41PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:

UPDATE: Writers have reportedly already rejected the new offer by Hollywood studios, but negotiations will start again on Tuesday.

The video's embedded below, or you can subscribe to this podcast via our feed. Plus, you can also download the file directly.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Nov 29th 2007 5:42PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:
The video's embedded below, or you can subscribe to this podcast via our feed. Plus, you can also download the file directly.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Nov 28th 2007 5:50PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:
  • Carson Daly is restarting production of his late night show, despite the continued WGA strike.
  • A special segment: "I was wrong."
  • Let's over-analyze whether or not musicians need to request underwear being thrown at them!
The video's embedded below, or you can subscribe to this podcast via our feed. Plus, you can also download the file directly.

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As WGA strike continues, Leno goes vintage

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 23rd 2007 8:00PM
Jay LenoThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno, currently in reruns due to the Writers Guild of America strike, will dig deep to air five vintage episodes. That's rarely done with the late night talk shows as the monologue and many of the movies promoted by guests are dated.

Included in the vintage rerun plans are a 1992 Tom Hanks appearance, Julia Roberts from 1993, 1995 appearances with Johnny Depp and Jennifer Aniston, and a Matt Damon 2000 appearance. As the strike continues, the late night talk shows are running out of more current reruns according to an article in The Hollywood Reporter. I would think they're also a bit concerned with losing the audience and older shows at this time would almost be "new."

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How is your favorite show affected by the WGA strike?

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 14th 2007 8:24PM
Shows affected by the WGA strikeAs the WGA strike continues, it's not only Letterman and Leno who won't be getting paid. Many shows are already in hiatus or laying off staffers due to production shutdowns.

Show fans are searching high and low trying to find out the status of their favorite shows. Search no more. I researched the web and have compiled the most complete list I can at this time to let you know where your favorite show stands.

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More reality television planned as WGA strike continues

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 14th 2007 9:23AM
Reality television planned As the members of the Writers Guild of America continue to strike, more networks are coming up with what I'll call Plan B. What's that? Why, it's reality television, of course.

With the possibility of a long strike and some scripted shows already out of material, it's likely that most of the holes in the programming schedule will be filled by reality television shows. While reality shows do employ writers (although not necessarily called such -- they're story producers or editors, etc.), those folks are not a part of the WGA. Thus, they're willing to work and are probably looking at the situation as a cash cow.

I'm here to bring you the skinny on what the networks have planned. Remember, please don't shoot the messenger.

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Will writer/actors from The Office strike?

by Jen Creer, posted Nov 5th 2007 3:40PM
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What would Ryan do? B.J. Novak, who plays Ryan on The Office, is also a writer for the show. So, will he show up for work today? He belongs to competing unions: The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) has stipulated that actors must show up for work. However, as a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA), he could be fined by his union if he crosses the picket line.

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Jon Stewart to pay writers himself for two weeks

by Jen Creer, posted Nov 5th 2007 2:23PM
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By now, you've surely heard about the writers' strike currently in full swing across the television and film industry in New York City and Los Angeles. And apparently, the writers are not the only ones getting in on the act. The Huffington Post is reporting that Jon Stewart of The Daily Show has committed to pay the salaries of his own writers and those of The Colbert Report for the next two weeks, so his writers won't be harmed financially by the strike during that period.

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