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The Most Underrated & Overrated Influential TV Shows

August 22nd, 2008 9:28am EDT
Miami Vice
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and on television it often appears to be the only form of creativity. Yes, ever since Milton Berle first stole a joke for "Texaco Star Theatre", TV has been a wild west of borrowing material and copying good ideas until they've become completely stale. Many of these ideas were so good, in fact, that their resonance is still felt today, and that's when a show crosses over from being copied to being influential.

Over the years, many shows have been considered influential. From "The Dick Van Dyke Show" first showing both the home and office l...
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Sexy Latinas: The Sizzling Hot List

August 21st, 2008 10:51am EDT
Shakira
When it comes to Latina celebrities, there are a few that stand out so much, you cannot help but give them your undivided attention. Their undeniable sexiness and sizzling hot looks keep you wanting more. The hottest of the hot are listed here:

My, how Jessica Alba has grown-up right before our eyes. From butt kicking crime fighter on Fox's former hit series "Dark Angel," to the blockbuster "Fantastic Four" movies, to a real-life wife and mother, she still manages to look amazing.

Not only is Eva Mendes worthy to be on our "Sexiest Celebrity Lips" list, but she's also wor...
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HBO Vs. Showtime

August 21st, 2008 9:00am EDT
Big Love
An average TV viewer has hundreds of options to watch on any given time slot, so if he or she chooses to pay extra money for a special channel, it better deliver on what it promises. HBO and Showtime are two channels that offer movies - both new and old - and quality television programming. Usually the shows are inappropriate for regular cable, and they are given more freedom to be daring, innovative, and crude.

HBO has been showing new movies and producing popular television since 1977, while Showtime focused more on boxing championships and premiering impressive short independent fi...
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Favorite Soap Opera Couples

August 20th, 2008 2:15pm EDT
All My Children
Viewers don't just follow romances in film and primetime, they watch every day to see what's going on between their favorite soap opera couples. Soap operas have some of the most die hard and loyal fan bases around.

We polled several die hard soap fans about their favorite couples in soaps. Luke & Laura, Greenlee & Leo and Jessica & Nash were just a few couples on the top of their favorites list. Here is a look at some of the favorite soap opera couples from the past and the present:

ALL MY CHILDREN

Erica & Jack

Susan Lucci has been playing Erica Kane, the most popular ...
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Celebrities Tout Soap Operas

August 11th, 2008 12:44pm EDT
All My Children
Daytime soaps are in again, according to "Sopranos" star Vincent Pastore, Spice Girl Mel B. and a host of other celebrities. ABC Daytime and SoapNet have been tapping celebrities to promote the daytime dramas. The shows "All My Children," "One Life To Live" and "General Hospital" are offered collectively five times a day on ABC and SoapNet.

In the new ads Pastore chimes in about the use of "mob power" on "General Hospital," country singer Billy Currington promotes the romances on the same series, Mel B talks about "All My Children's" frenemies, and champion free skier Kristi Leskinen...
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Emmy Nominations Reaction: Who Was Snubbed, Who Shouldn't Be A Nominee

July 18th, 2008 9:13am EDT
Neil Patrick Harris
With the writer's strike a distant memory and an exciting new fall season dead ahead, we're finally ready to celebrate TV again. And what better way than with a lavish awards show?

Yes, the Emmy nominations were revealed at dawn in Los Angeles Thursday morning in a delightful little ceremony that saw Neil Patrick Harris and Kristin Chenoweth squeeze about two-dozen jokes in between their reading off the teleprompter.

There were surprises leading to gasps from the press, and plenty of nominations they all saw coming. Newcomer "Mad Men" led the drama category with 16 nominations w...
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Battle of The Bulge: Celebrities With Beer Guts

July 15th, 2008 9:12am EDT
Burt Young
Some people may find it cute that their man has a tubby gut whereas some people find it nauseating. In Hollywood, the belly is a sure sign of a man letting himself go and not trying to stay young and pretend he's still a fresh Hollywood actor. Stars have to be perfect, attractive and fit all the time so there comes a time in their career where they get fed up with being so self image savvy. What's wrong with relaxing, packing on the pounds and letting your gut hang over those Diesel jeans? We're talking about the beer gut and these guys don't have a problem showing it off whether it's prett...
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Top 10 Shocking Moments In Recent Television History

July 9th, 2008 8:30am EDT
Lost
Audiences love television because it allows the viewer to become a voyeur. Great television, though, allows the viewer to identify with the characters on screen and become wholly immersed in the fictional world that’s being created. Television can also shock viewers.

In an age in which the viewer can become a fly on the wall in a Mafioso household or counter terrorist agency, it’s no surprise that audiences can be stunned by what they see on television. However, there are moments on the small screen that stick with us. Twists, revelations, and blind sides leave our mouths agape a...
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The Most Memorable TV Wives

June 27th, 2008 9:00am EDT
Sopranos
They say that behind every great man is a great woman. But what if the woman is determined to step out of the man's shadow? On television, we have seen a many marriages weather the storm-be it separation, unemployment, or just plain bad choices. And most of the time, it's the husband who screws up. Remember when Homer bought a gun? When Al Bundy decided to hunt for gold? The fact that Archie Bunker was a racist or that Peter Griffin fought chickens? It's evident that a good wife will deal with lot foolishness.

Sometimes, though, it is the wives who carve out their niche on telev...
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The Most Underrated And Overrated Things About The 2007-08 TV Season

June 20th, 2008 11:08am EDT
Gossip_Girl
The Emmy ballots are in, which means the 2007-08 TV season is officially over. Actually, the TV season officially lasted from June 1st until May 31st, but it doesn't really seem over until now. Now that we've had a few weeks to reflect, we can begin to formulate our opinions, or leave that up to the professionals, about the best and worst of the season gone by.

But that's easy. What about the far more enticing category of the most overrated and underrated? But we shouldn't limit ourselves to TV shows. Things like news stories, performances, and accepted perceptions are all ripe for...
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MTV To Exclusively Premiere New Movie Musical, 'The American Mall,' August 11

June 13th, 2008 6:30am EDT
The American Mall
Set in the kind of mall that's always been a home away from home for teens everywhere, The American Mall is the story of Ally, a hardworking young woman whose mother has owned a music shop that's been the soul of the mall ever since it opened when Ally was a kid. Ally's singer/songwriter dreams seem to come closer to fruition when she meets Joey, a musician who's moonlighting as a janitor at the mall in order to support his own rock star ambitions. While Joey understands her songs (and heart) like no one else, Ally's happiness and the fate of the music store are threatened when the mall o...
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Summer TV Preview: Forget the Beach, Cable Is The Place To Be

May 30th, 2008 8:30am EDT
Law and Order CI
While the cable networks still lag far behind the broadcast networks in the ratings department (well, four of them anyway), they have made great strides in terms of matching, and often times exceeding, the big dogs when it comes to quality original programming.

At no time of the year is this trend more evident than in the summer. While the broadcast networks are unsurprisingly going with a bevy of unscripted fare (including entirely too many reality competition shows), the cable networks are once again proving to be the place to turn for quality, original, SCRIPTED programming.

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Favorite Fictional TV Hangouts

May 29th, 2008 11:58am EDT
Cheers
What would our favorite shows be without a common ground, a "hang-out" if you will, to bring all of our favorite characters together? There have many fine fictional establishments over the years but of course a few stand out amongst the scrap heaps of Central Perks and Bada Bings. It does seem a lot of the best hang-outs seem to be a bit New York-centric so we tried to give this as much of a regionalized flavor as possible (sorry MacLaren's from "How I Met Your Mother", maybe next time).

5. The Maxx - "Saved by the Bell"

Nothing sums up the quintessential teenage hangout quite li...
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Three Best & Worst TV Shows Turned Into Big-Screen Films

May 28th, 2008 8:38am EDT
The Dukes of Hazzard
With so many long-running series coming to an end lately, it hasn't taken long for message boards and fansites to buzz with ideas for big-screen reunions. There are a ton of television shows already green lit and in various stages of development (The A-Team, Dallas, and I Dream of Jeannie to name a few). It doesn't seem too farfetched to assume even more producers are awaiting the opening numbers from this Friday's release of Sex and the City: The Movie before they offer a firm stance one way or the other.

If it's a hit, even four years after the show went off the air, the wheels will...
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Most Underrated & Overrated HBO Shows

May 23rd, 2008 10:17am EDT
Big Love
For the last two decades, HBO has been considered the gold standard for television quality. The network routinely receives more Emmy nominations than any of its competitors, despite fielding a drastically smaller roster of programming.

HBO practically reinvented what could be done on the small screen. Each episode now had the same production values as a feature film, and the way the pay network could deal with risqué content led to a wide array of groundbreaking programming.

A quick glance at the roster of original shows produced by HBO over its first 25 years is almost like look...
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Concert Review: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Atlanta, GA

April 29th, 2008 1:43pm EDT
Springsteen
There are a handful of acts that certain music lovers yearn to experience in their lifetime. The Beatles. The Rolling Stones. The Doors. The Clash. When it becomes apparent that experiencing some of these acts may not happen, it's a bitter pill to swallow. I have never seen a Springsteen concert. I yearned to see one before it was all over. When keyboardist Danny Federici lost his long battle with cancer last week, the E Street Band's immortality was in question. This was one, I thought, that I must see.

Bruce began the show with a tribute to Federici. The lights stayed off w...
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Starpulse Writer Loses 'Comic Con Virginity' at Hallowed Geek Fest

April 23rd, 2008 10:34am EDT
comic-con
As the day arrived that I would be attending the third annual New York City Comic Con, the following wise words from Ben Kenobi would not only be known by every single man, woman and child in attendance, it would also serve as a grim reminder of what I, a comic con virgin, was about to face that day: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy."

Considering I had absolutely no idea the meaning of anything I was going to be looking at 97 percent of the time, I decided to just keep a running diary of my day. A day, quite possibly for better or for worse, I will never f...
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Young Fans Find Nostalgia In Bruce Springsteen, 'Girls In Their Summer Clothes'

April 18th, 2008 3:27pm EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen and the beach are intrinsically linked. Imagine the Bruce of the 1970s chasing girls on a Jersey boardwalk, getting sand stuck in the scruff of his lazy beard and evading the pushers. It's nothing less than the embodiment of Mid-Atlantic state romance. Think The Beach Boys/West Side Story/The Sopranos. Wouldn't that be the life? The fireworks at the beach would be the red, white, and blue blazes that veer, explode and gently descend onto Bruce and Sandy in "4th of July, Ashbury Park." Then at the end of the season, "Atlantic City" would play as you took a pensive late...
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Is HBO Losing Its Edge?

April 14th, 2008 10:57am EDT
The Sopranos
Remember the slogan, "It's not TV, It's HBO?" Well, up until a couple months ago this marketing ploy actually rang true. HBO has long been the trendsetter of original series that break all boundaries and push audiences' perception of what television is and should be.

Unfortunately, thanks to the culminations of the network's most beloved quartet of series - Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, and most recently The Wire - the Crown Royal of premium cable programming is in threat of losing its edge over the best of the rest.

There was a time when HBO stood for first-run...
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Pop Culture Presidents: Campaigning in the Entertainment Spotlight

March 26th, 2008 4:23pm EDT
Barack Obama
The general election isn't until November, but already the competitive campaign season has tested the candidates. They need to be well-versed on foreign affairs, the economy, the war in Iraq and... pop culture? That's right, ladies and gentlemen. America's love fest with entertainment and celebrity just segued into a politics-meets-pop-culture frenzy.

Like any modern celeb, the candidates have to show a strong presence on the Internet. Especially prominent on the web is Senator Barack Obama. His public speaking savvy and themes of hope and change translate easily onto the pop culture s...
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Reverse Typecasting: What Happens When An Actor's Current Role Destroys Past Work

March 26th, 2008 12:02pm EDT
James Gandolfini
Typecasting is an actor's worst nightmare. The last thing a professional wants to happen is getting pigeonholed into the same role time after time following a breakthrough performance. Usually this happens at the beginning of a career, such as the case of Bob Denver. Denver was Gilligan for the rest of his career and essentially the rest his life. In fact, we dare you to think of one role Jim Nabors played other than Gomer Pyle (a prize to anyone who shouted out "Lugs Harvey in Stroker Ace").

In recent years, we have noticed a new phenomenon. In the past it was not as common for actors...
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Three Of The Coolest Characters On TV

March 25th, 2008 2:00pm EDT
Jim from The Office
It appears that television has hit its stride. With a multitude of channels and various formats for presentation, including watching programs on demand or online, shows now have a range and quality that is unmatched in previous times.

In recent years, there have been hour-long dramas such as Lost, 24, The Shield, Nip/Tuck, The Wire, and The Sopranos that captivated audiences and left them wanting more. Furthermore, there are several half-hour sitcoms that are undeniably hilarious. Shows like The Office, 30 Rock, South Park and Scrubs provide many laughs for an eager audience. Even pro...
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The Fall Of The Great American TV Theme Song

March 13th, 2008 2:30pm EDT
Green Acres
What happened to it? A catchy, sing-a-long theme song used to be part of the fun of watching a show. A great theme song could get you excited and in the mood to watch a show. Sometimes the theme song was the best part of a bad show. A theme song that caught your attention could get you to check out a show you weren't normally watching.

Theme songs used to tell what the show was about, like The Brady Bunch. The opening was the only way viewers knew the show was about a stepfamily. We would never have known WHY Gilligan and the gang were on the island or HOW those Hillbillies made it to...
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Edie Falco To Star In Showtime Comedy

February 21st, 2008 1:22pm EST
Edie Falco
Edie Falco is returning to premium cable television in a new, half-hour single camera, dark comedy for Showtime. Falco will star as a strong-willed, iconoclastic New York City nurse juggling the frenzied grind of an urban hospital and an equally challenging personal life.

The pilot - a co-production of Showtime and Lionsgate Television - will go into pre-production immediately and shooting will take place in New York.

"My time on The Sopranos was so rich and so full; the challenge has been finding something else that would excite me. This character and the writing are truly thrill...
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Tune In To Cable TV For Top-Notch, Edgy Shows

February 15th, 2008 2:00pm EST
Showtime's Dexter
There's plenty to watch on network television, but we have long been living in the Golden Age of Cable. Ever since HBO told us, "It's not TV. It's HBO," we've been hooked. Ponying up the money for cable can be difficult, but these channels make it worth the price.

The Veterans:

HBO has lost many of the signature shows that made it a household name. The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Six Feet Under - they were all instrumental in defining HBO as the channel for daring, intelligent and mature programming. But don't write off the channel just yet. While its new series don't quite match the ...
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TV On DVD Recommendation: 'The Sopranos'

February 4th, 2008 9:26am EST
The Sopranos
"The Sopranos" (HBO) - Six seasons, 86 episodes total. Perfect For: Anybody who's never seen an episode of television's finest series.

Everyone already knows how it ended, but accompanying television's greatest family on its journey to the famous black screen is the perfect remedy for the writers' strike blues.

"The Sopraons" hit the airwaves in 1999 to acclaim never before heaped upon a television series. This was the first time something on the small screen garnered critical notice on par with its big-screen contemporaries.

The praise was well-deserved because "The Soprano...
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TV On DVD: No Cliffhangers, More Variety & A Way To Fill Time During The Writers' Strike

January 14th, 2008 11:00am EST
Heroes & Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell
We are now firmly in the midst of the writers’ strike. Who is the most greatly affected by this work stoppage? The writers? Sure they are, but likely they have enough saved up to weather the storm. The producers? I wouldn’t weep for people who routinely rake in over $10 million per year. The behind-the-scenes crew members? Fortunately, they’ve been the recipients of funds from many benefit performances and other shows.

But what about us, the TV fans? Who is going to help us weather the storm of repeats and reality TV shows that are a direct result of our favorite scribes walking t...
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Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher Star In 'Wedding Daze,' On DVD January 15

January 13th, 2008 11:30am EST
Wedding Daze
Two complete strangers find themselves engaged in the riotous comedy Wedding Daze premiering on DVD January 15 from MGM Home Entertainment. Starring Jason Biggs (American Pie) and Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers), Wedding Daze is funnyman Michael Ian Black's (Reno 911!: Miami) feature film directorial debut.

This edgy comedy follows Anderson (Biggs) who is convinced he'll never fall in love again after suddenly losing "the perfect girlfriend." At the urging of his best friend, he spontaneously proposes to a neurotic coffee shop waitress named Katie (Fisher). Hilarity ensues as the new...
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AJ Lambert To Release Debut Disc, 'EP'

January 11th, 2008 4:30pm EST
AJ Lambert
Singer/songwriter/music supervisor and bassist of New York City band Looker, AJ Lambert is set to release her debut solo recording, simply entitled EP.

The recording will be released through digital platforms including iTunes, Napster, and Rhapsody. The film can be viewed at YouTube.

EP is Lambert's first solo recording and film directorial debut. The recording is envisioned as a two-sided endeavor, side one is the 5 songs and side two is the 10-minute film.

The project was conceived during a period of transition in her life when Lambert was in the middle of a move, with...
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A Lost Art: Top TV Opening Credit Sequences

January 11th, 2008 11:23am EST
The Cosby Show
The television opening credit sequence is truly an art form. Frankly, it is hard to believe that it has never been considered as a category for any of the major award shows. It should be. An excellent sequence can make a mediocre series good, a good series great, and a great series…well, you get the idea.

Okay, so maybe the above statement is a little bit of a stretch. Still, opening sequences can be pretty entertaining. They may be a dying art form these days, but that is all the more reason to celebrate the very pinnacle of achievement in the field. There have been many great ...
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