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Russell Brand To Have A 'Relapse' On 'The Simpsons'

June 21st, 2010 7:58am EDT
Russell Brand
Teetotal Russell Brand is considering an alcoholic relapse on TV - he wants his cartoon cameo on long-running animated hit The Simpsons to be a drunken affair.

The British "funnyman" is open about his past battles with booze and drugs, which spiraled into heroin addiction before sobered up in 2002.

However, the star insists he'd love to have a "relapse" with Homer Simpson and his hard-drinking pal Barney when his yellow alter-ego appears on the show later this year.

He tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "It's true I'm going to be on The Simpsons. I was having an amazing birthday party...
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Homer Simpson Is Number One

May 31st, 2010 2:53pm EDT
The Simpsons
"The Simpsons" dumb dad Homer Simpson has topped a new list of the best TV and movie character of the last 20 years.

The yellow cartoon character with a love of doughnuts beat out boy wizard Harry Potter and Sarah Michelle Gellar's TV vampire slayer Buffy to take the top spot on the new Entertainment Weekly magazine countdown.

Tony Soprano and Batman villain The Joker round out the top five, while Jennifer Aniston's Friends character Rachel Green, Johnny Depp's Edward Scissorhands, Hannibal Lecter, Carrie Bradshaw and Spongebob Squarepants made the top 10.
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Nike Launches Epic World Cup Ad Campaign

May 21st, 2010 10:14am EDT
Nike Launches Epic World Cup Ad Campaign
With the World Cup less than a month away, Nike has kicked off (pun extremely intended) its advertising campaign with an absolutely epic commercial titled “Write the Future.” Featuring global soccer stars like Didier Drogba, Wayne Rooney, Franck Ribery, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Landon Donovan, the commercial is a three minute cinematic experience directed by Alejandro Inarritu, the man responsible for “21 Grams” and “Babel.” There are cameos by Kobe Bryant, Roger Federer, and even Homer Simpson, making this commercial’s scope go far beyond anything we have ever seen.

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2010-11 TV Lineup

May 20th, 2010 9:05am EDT
2010 Fall TV Lineup
The big networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox & CW) unveiled their schedules for the 2010-11 season this week at their various upfront presentations. Several shows were canceled (such as "Heroes," "Ghost Whisperer" & "Law & Order"), while many new series were added to the lineup ("Hawaii Five-O" & "The Event.")

Check out the schedule to see if your favorite shows made the cut and to find out which new series are coming your way:

FOX

MONDAY
8 p.m. House
9 p.m. Lonestar (new)

TUESDAY
8 p.m. Glee
9 p.m. Raising Hope (new)
9:30 p.m. Running Wilde (new)

WEDNESDAY
8 p.m. Lie to Me
9 p.m. Hell's Kitch...
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TV DVD Spring Cleaning: How Do You Decide What DVDs To Purge?

March 13th, 2010 9:11am EST
Seinfeld
For those of you too young to remember what it was like to have a video collection in the pre-digital days of VHS, lemme tell ya… It was a pain in the butt. Bulky, inconvenient plastic blocks of ridiculously fragile tape that usually held a mere two hours took up tons of shelf space and took forever to navigate. And if you wanted to own a TV show on video, the few that were commercially available would clear your bank account and fill an entire media room!

And then came DVDs. Squishing all those ones and zeroes into small, manageable, resilient discs made the concept of a video library fa...
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Why You Should Be Watching 'The Middle'

March 10th, 2010 10:30am EST
the middle
Contrary to modern belief, the sitcom (or “comedy” for those born after 1995) has not been derailed. Yes, that little thing called reality TV has made networks almost forget about that television genre that made the ‘80s, and part of the ‘90s, so great. But, fret not. Networks haven’t completely forgot about sitcoms.

With new favorites like Modern Family and Glee and older favorites like How I Met Your Mother and The Simpsons dominating the ratings, there’s the little-show-that-could called The Middle that may have slipped off the radar.

Set in the small fictional town of Orson, Indiana, ...
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Underappreciated TV Stars

March 9th, 2010 10:00am EST
Glenn Close - Damages
They’re talented. They’re loveable. They’re hard-working TV thespians. Yet they don’t always get the credit they deserve. Here are 10 (seven, with three Honorable Mentions) out of the many TV stars that are often underappreciated.

Glenn Close – Alright, Close gets tons of credit for her work, including a string of film roles and awards galore, but she still earns a nod here. With Oscar nominations for The Big Chill, The Natural and Fatal Attraction, Close shines just as bright on the small screen. She currently stars as the lead character Patty Hewes, the ruthless litigator on the FX drama...
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2010 Super Bowl Ads Round-Up

February 8th, 2010 10:33am EST
2010 Super Bowl Ads
For everyone that read my Memorable Super Bowl Ads last week, I apologize for offering you hope of entertainment during the commercial breaks. The spectacle of the Super Bowl ad was not present this year, instead it was full of ads that could easily premiere during lesser sporting events.

The first ad that had people talking was Betty White's Snickers commercial, and even that was kinda weak. "They're just warming up," we told ourselves, "The good commercials come later." They didn't: it was considered the best ad of the night.

Even the "controversial" Focus on the F...
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Memorable Super Bowl Ads From The Last Decade

February 5th, 2010 11:55am EST
Super Bowl Ads
Ah, Super Bowl ads: the event within the event. It's the reason why non-sports fans take bathroom breaks during the game instead of the commercial breaks. Over the last ten years we've enjoyed ads that run the gamut from hilarious to poignant to controversial. Here are ten memorable ads from this decade.

Careerbuilder, Maybe It's Time, 2009

It takes a few moments for the commercial to get going, but this hilarious ad builds momentum as it goes along. It's also one of the longest Super Bowl ads ever.

Tide To Go, Talking Stain, 2008

Ever wonder what people are thinking when they ...
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The Best And Worst Super Bowl Halftime Shows (Videos)

January 29th, 2010 2:49pm EST
The Who
The Who will do the honors of entertaining Super Bowl halftime audiences that don't switch over to the Puppy Bowl this year. The history of the halftime show is a surprising display of ups-and-downs, from mind-blowing performances to corny overproduced ego trips.

Best: Michael Jackson, Super Bowl XXVII

The halftime show was hurting. Two years prior, the New Kids on the Block performance was pre-empted by coverage on Desert Storm and their performance was edited down and shown after the game. Then, FOX swooped in and scooped million of viewers away from the halftime show the next year (mo...
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Fox Pulls 'Our Little Genius' Episodes

January 8th, 2010 11:35am EST
Our Little Genius
"Our Little Genius" will not premiere Wednesday, Jan. 13, as previously announced due to contestant tampering.

Below are statements released today by Mark Burnett and Fox Broadcasting Company.

STATEMENT FROM MARK BURNETT

"I recently discovered that there was an issue with how some information was relayed to contestants during the pre-production of 'Our Little Genius.' As a result, I am not comfortable delivering the episodes without re-shooting them. I believe my series must always be beyond reproach, so I have requested that FOX not air these episodes."

STATEMENT FROM FOX BROAD...
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Seth Rogen On 'Monsters Vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space' & 'Green Hornet'

October 28th, 2009 10:00am EDT
Seth Rogen Monsters Vs. Aliens
Seth Rogen is a busy, busy...well, monster...oh, and green hornet. He recently spoke with us about the new "Monsters Versus Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space" NBC Halloween special (airing tonight at 8 p.m. ET), life on the set of The Green Hornet and more!

On B.O.B. in "Monsters:"

I'm very loud, that's what's good about an animated film. I don't have to even be on screen for you to hear me necessarily. But B.O.B. is around. He's - I'm in it; I don't know the exact seconds. Normally I do know the exact amount of seconds I appear on screen in everything I do but I have not yet ...
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Q&A: Kelsey Grammer Talks ABC's New Series 'Hank,' His Health And More

September 28th, 2009 10:00am EDT
Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer should mean gold for any TV series. His long run on Cheers and Frasier is legendary, and he keeps popping up as Sideshow Bob on The Simpsons. It didn't quite work out for Back to You, but that certainly wasn't his fault. His new show, Hank, could be the next winner in his stable.

Hank is a disgraced Fortune 500 honcho who has to adjust to small town sitcom life. Moving back home with his family provides a culture clash with Grammer clinging to the sort of highbrow luxuries familiar to Frasier Crane. Reality provides the humor.

Over the summer, Grammer presented the new...
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Pre-Season 2009 TV Report Card: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

September 21st, 2009 12:30pm EDT
Desperate Housewives
Since CNN has such a blast creating a report card to track the Presidency, we decided to have some fun with television. Which networks come out strong and which ones need to do better homework?

MAJOR NETWORKS

ABC: B

The Good: The dramas are what keep us coming back to ABC. Grey's Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters, FlashForward, and V are worth looking forward to. The one comedy that stands out and may hold itself against NBC's stellar comedies, Modern Family, is worth a few episodes past the pilot.

The Bad: Dancing With The Stars is extremely popular, however sometimes too much of a ...
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New TV On DVD, Aug. 18

August 18th, 2009 8:00am EDT
Sons of Anarchy
The gritty FX drama follows the lives of a chapter of the Sons of Anarchy, an international outlaw motorcycle club akin to the Hell's Angels. Season 1 is available. Also on DVD: Dexter season 3, Simon & Simon season 3, and The Simpsons season 12.
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'Mad Men' Star Vincent Kartheiser: 'I Like This Season Most Of All, It's Really, Really Brilliant'

August 13th, 2009 10:31am EDT
Vincent Kartheiser
The critically acclaimed and Emmy award winning series "Mad Men" is returning for its third season (Sunday, August 16 at 10 p.m. on AMC). Vincent Kartheiser, who plays the dastardly, at times, Pete Campbell -- who we last saw left alone on his office couch, rejected by Peggy Olsen (Elisabeth Moss) after being told that he not only had a child with her, but she had given the child away -- joins us to discuss the motivations behind Pete's actions and looks ahead to this upcoming third season.

Mike: I want your opinion on this. Why do I, in this weird way and I don't think I'm supposed to, ...
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Emmy Nomination Surprises, Snubs And Shouldn't Be Nominated

July 16th, 2009 3:17pm EDT
How I Met Your Mother
To paraphrase Ned Flanders, apparently an Emmy nomination is easier to get than an acceptance letter from Arizona State.

This morning, Emmy tried to one-up Oscar's new rule of ten by including six nominees in the acting categories and a whopping seven in the series categories. Yes, if you made a television series this year, or appeared on one, chances are you heard your name called in North Hollywood this morning.

With so many nominess, it seems impossible that any deserving performances or series were left out. Right? Sadly, no. And, of course, there are plenty of nominees who sh...
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Fall 2009 TV Premiere Dates

July 1st, 2009 10:21am EDT
Two And A Half Men
Even though summer has just begun, many TV addicts are itching to know when their favorite shows will be returning and new ones will be premiering. ABC, CBS, NBC, The CW & Fox recently released their schedules, and we have compiled them in one convenient list.

As often is the case, networks revise or tweak their schedules over the summer. So check back often for updates!

New series are in bold. Click on the show's name for photos, cast lists and more!

Tuesday, September 8

8 pm 90210 (The CW)

9 pm Melrose Place (NEW! The CW)

10 pm Sons of Anarchy (FX)

Wednesday, September 9

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Michael Jackson Was Great His Entire Life, Not Just Early On

June 29th, 2009 10:12am EDT
Michael Jackson
Sports reporter Tony Kornheiser said of Michael Jackson's passing, "In my lifetime there were three great icons...Frank Sinatra, there's Elvis Presley, and there's Michael Jackson."

Since Michael Jackson's untimely passing last week, there have been a slew of TV and radio personalities lamenting on the loss of this generation's greatest entertainers, and it seems as though most voices with the power of offering opinion/editorial don't want to count Jackson's post-"Bad" legacy in his greatness. And since so much as been said about his "Thriller" era (beyond covered), and his days as the ...
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Best Celebrity Voice Acting Roles

June 12th, 2009 9:22am EDT
Kung Fu Panda
Voice acting is a much more lucrative business than one might imagine, with the actors in question providing their voice for animated movies, video games, television shows, voice overs, and anything else that requires a voice but no face. Some actors do only that kind of work, giving themselves a certain amount of fame in that industry, such as "The Simpsons" cast.

Everything changed when voice acting became a business not only for unknowns, but also an attractive fad for celebrities who wanted to broaden their horizons ... or make a movie "for the kids." Now it seems that no animated...
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Q&A With The Sexy Jonathan Waud Of 'Make Me A Supermodel'

June 3rd, 2009 10:02am EDT
Jonathan Waud
Jonathan Waud is one of the finalists on BRAVO’s Make Me A Supermodel season 2, and the finale airs tonight at 10/9c.

A dedicated family man, Jonathan endures a hectic schedule, balancing work while still making quality time to share with his wife and 21-month-old son. He has lived in Los Angeles for three years, but was born and raised in Southampton, England. A graduate of the University of the West of England in Bristol, Jonathan earned a degree in French and International Business and went on to open his own construction company.

We don't know who wins "Make Me A Supermodel" toni...
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Fox Announces New 2009-10 Shows; Renews 'Dollhouse,' 'Fringe' & More

May 18th, 2009 1:06pm EDT
Mark Valley stars in Human Target
After a special preview event airing Tuesday, May 19 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), "Glee," the distinctive new comedy starring Jane Lynch will enter its freshman year this fall. Combining biting humor with a soundtrack of hit music from past to present, the inventive series follows an optimistic high school teacher who against all odds attempts to restore McKinley High's fading Glee Club to its former glory, while helping a group of underdogs realize their true star potential.

Two additional new comedies will premiere this fall. From the producers of Family Guy, comes The Cleveland Show. The ...
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A List Of Some Great TV Season Finales

May 18th, 2009 11:23am EDT
Lost
May sweeps is coming to an end after this week with dramatic TV season finales and cliffhangers. Last week shows like Lost ended their season with thrilling and unexpected moments that left audiences with more questions than answers. Season Finales are often the most memorable episodes during a TV series' run. They often include a mystery that is left unsolved until the next season. And most of the time they reveal something unexpected - like a surprise marriage proposal or a main character being killed off. Here's a list of some great season finales that have left viewers at the edge of th...
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Best Mother/Daughter Duos On TV

May 8th, 2009 9:16am EDT
Brothers & Sisters
There are few people in a girl's life more important than her mother, and television has often used that relationship to entertain or astonish over the years. Whether they were super close or estranged, the bond between a mother and her daughter is one that has fascinated viewers and TV writers alike. Now there are a lot of fantastic examples in the past, but we decided to focus only on the bonds that exist in current TV. With Mother's Day this weekend, it is time to celebrate all that they do for us, so get ready with some flowers and a hug. Feel free to post in the comments some of the mo...
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Kenan Thompson Talks 'Sit Down, Shut Up' , 'SNL' And More

May 7th, 2009 10:44am EDT
Kenan Thompson
Sit Down, Shut Up may be one of the more brilliant shows to premiere this television season. Produced by the creators of, and starring half the cast of, Arrested Development, the show already has comedy street cred. (Unfortunately, just like it's highly acclaimed predecessor, Sit down, Shut Up may be in trouble. It's hard to ignore the show's being moved 90 minutes earlier to the Sunday night at 7 pm, "I know you're watching 60 Minutes," time slot. Hopefully, Fox will not make the same mistake twice.) Saturday Night Live's Kenan Thompson, who provides the voice for the school's principal, S...
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What's On? This Week In Television

May 4th, 2009 2:08pm EDT
Michael J. Fox
The networks continue to vie for your attention and May sweeps wins. Don't miss the special "Adventures of an Eternal Optimist" this Thursday on ABC starring Michael J. Fox, based on his best selling book Always Looking Up. Lots of great competition out there as American Idol is down to four, six castaways remain on Survivor, the NBA and NHL playoffs continue, and Amazing Race 14 concludes.

Monday

Pick of the Night: House FOX 8/7c, "Under my skin." House continues to hallucinate seeing Wilson's dead fiancé Amber.

Other new episodes worth watching: The Big Bang Theory CBS 8/7c...
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What's On? This Week In Television

April 27th, 2009 2:12pm EDT
Chuck
Lots of new television this week! Nearly all of your favorite shows are new as the networks vie for May sweeps victories. Between dramas, comedies, reality, and sports, you'll be sure to find something you'll enjoy watching this week.

Monday

Pick of the Night: The Big Bang Theory CBS 8/7c, "The Vegas Renormalization."

Leonard, Howard, and Raj go to Vegas. Sheldon gets left behind in L.A., and quickly realizes he is locked out of the apartment.

Other new episodes worth watching: Chuck NBC 8/7c, Rules Of Engagement CBS 9:30/8:30c, How I Met Your Mother CBS 8:30/7:30c, Two A...
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What's On? This Week In Television

April 20th, 2009 2:52pm EDT
American Idol
This Monday starts off a new week of television with a lot of reruns. If you're a sports fan, there will be plenty else to watch, as the NBA and NHL continue their first round playoff matchups.

Monday

Pick of the Night: NBA Playoffs on TNT 7/6c

Chicago looks to follow up on their surprising game 1 win as they take on Paul Pierce and the defending champion Boston Celitcs.

Other new episodes worth watching: Chuck NBC 8/7c, Rules Of Engagement CBS 9:30/8:30c,

Rerun alert: How I Met Your Mother CBS 8:30/7:30c, Big Bang Theory CBS 8/7c, Two and a Half Men CBS 9/8c.

No...
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Fox's New 'Sit Down, Shut Up' Joins Sunday's 'Animation Domination'

April 16th, 2009 10:25pm EDT
Sit Down, Shut Up
From the creator of Arrested Development and the producers of Two And A Half Men, comes the new Sony Pictures Television half-hour animated comedy series, "Sit Down, Shut Up" for FOX. The series premieres Sunday, April 19 at 8:30 PM (ET/PT) as part of FOX's Animation Domination Sunday night lineup.

Based on the hit live-action Australian series, "Sit Down, Shut Up" revolves around the lives of high school faculty members in a small Florida fishing town who are so preoccupied with their own personal needs and agendas that the students ALWAYS come second. At Knob Haven High the teac...
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What's On? This Week in Television

April 13th, 2009 2:36pm EDT
CSI
The week kicks off with new episodes for most of your favorite Monday night shows and wraps up with a Sunday that will include NBA and NHL playoffs and the Miss USA pageant.

Monday

Pick of the Night: House FOX 8/7c, "Saviors."

House takes on the case of an environmental activist after he collapses at a rally. The team continues to cope with the sudden loss of Kutner.

Other new episodes worth watching: Chuck NBC 8/7c, How I Met Your Mother CBS 8:30/7:30c, The Big Bang Theory CBS 8/7c, 24 FOX 9/8c, Two And A Half Men CBS 9/8c, Rules Of Engagement CBS 9:30/8:30c, CSI: Miami CBS...
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