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Andrea Anders Remains Upbeat Despite Her Past Luck

Andrea Anders has been doing strong sitcom work for years. The problem is that not enough viewers have noticed, since none of her shows have made it as far as a third season. The unlucky streak began in 2004, when she was cast as Matt LeBlanc’s love interest — a role she would later take on in real life — in the Friends spinoff Joey. Two criminally underrated comedies, The Class and Better Off Ted, followed. “I was at a party recently,” the good-natured Anders recalls. “There was a casting director who was retiring, so there were a lot of […]

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“Mike & Molly” Star Billy Gardell Reflects During A Return Home

If life were a football game, Billy Gardell would be sitting in the locker room, reflecting on the first-half action and getting ready to head back out and take the field. His highlights might include the hit CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, which, for the 41-year-old comedian, is the equivalent to a momentum-changing touchdown right before halftime. Another would be his hourlong Comedy Central standup special — appropriately titled Billy Gardell: Halftime — which premieres Feb. 5 and started this whole football metaphor in the first place. “I think when my 40th birthday hit, that’s what kind of rang true […]

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Dave Salmoni Visits The “World’s Deadliest Towns”

When we think about the most dangerous places to live, we tend to focus on factors such as crime rates, potential for natural disasters and pollution levels. Large-predator expert Dave Salmoni, who has hosted the Animal Planet series After the Attack and Into the Pride, plans to change that perception. On his new series for the network, World’s Deadliest Towns, Salmoni travels to locations in Africa and India, where residents live in fear of elephants, tigers and hippos. “It’s a chance for me to show the rest of the Western world that there are places out there, that we’re living […]

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After A Serious Health Scare, Bret Michaels Moves On To The Next Stage

It has been a rough year for Bret Michaels, but he couldn’t be happier. Despite enduring an emergency appendectomy, a brain hemorrhage and a “warning” stroke brought on by a heart condition, the Poison singer and Celebrity Apprentice winner has been able to spend the bulk of his time in the two places he loves most — on the road playing music, and at home spending time with his family. That’s where he’ll be — together with his on-again, off-again girlfriend of nearly 17 years, Kristi Gibson, and their two daughters, Raine and Jorja — on a new reality series, […]

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Director Spike Lee Returns To New Orleans As Disaster Looms Once Again

In the months after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the levees that protected the city were breached, causing a disaster of epic proportions in one of America’s most famous cities, Oscar-nominated director Spike Lee documented the aftermath in his HBO film When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. In four powerful, mesmerizing hours of television, Lee presented the stories of survivors, who — in their own words — told of the death and devastation they had witnessed. There were tales of heroism and of heartbreak, from the everyday people who lent a hand when it seemed the […]

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The Best Athletes In The World — And Seth Meyers — Gather To Celebrate Sports

The last time Seth Meyers took the stage at the ESPY Awards, things could have gone better. “Last year I gave out the ESPY for Best Play to Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes, and that was a big old jinx,” says the Saturday Night Live Weekend Update anchor, who also happens to be a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan. A year later, former Super Bowl MVP Holmes has been traded away for a 5th-round draft pick and, well, let’s just say that Big Ben has had some issues of his own. But the experience didn’t sour Meyers on the event. In […]

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Spike Goes On The Offensive With New Football Comedy

To say that Blue Mountain State is intended for mature audiences would be misleading. Sure, the show contains more than its share of sexually charged content and coarse language, but it’s also aimed at the type of person who would find humor in a race requiring its participants to possess only a cookie, a jock strap and a complete lack of a gag reflex. That said, there’s nothing wrong with a little immaturity. The series takes place at Blue Mountain State University, where the only things that matter are football and scoring — and the two are not necessarily related. […]

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The music of “Glee”: Sectionals

Before we get started with this week’s recap — which, is already late (sorry) — here’s a reminder that Glee is now on hiatus until spring 2010. New episodes are slated to start airing April 13 on FOX. Also, the show’s second soundtrack, Glee — The Music, Vol. 2, was released this week, so head over to iTunes to download it. Now, on with the show. Mercedes (Amber Riley) gets things off to a rollicking start with her ballad, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls. Even Jennifer Hudson’s most ardent fans can’t question this faithful rendition, […]

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Phineas And Ferb Take A Break From Summer To Save Christmas

Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh are a lot like the kids who love their hit TV show — they want nothing to do with school. That’s why they originally decided to set Phineas and Ferb during the “104 days of summer vacation.” So it’s no surprise that the guys have decided to do a holiday episode. After all, as Povenmire notes, Christmas vacation is “just another summer vacation, it’s just colder outside.” Or, as Marsh puts it, “It’s a whole other terrain to play in.” That terrain includes lots of snow, some guest voices — Clancy Brown, Malcolm McDowell, […]

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The music of “Glee”: Mattress

Most Glee fans were probably glad to see the storyline involving Terri’s fake pregnancy come to an end, but it seemed to come at an expense. Sure, there were a few performances, but none of them made much of an impact. The first song of the episode is a duet by Rachel (Lea Michelle) and Finn (Cory Monteith) on “Smile” by Lily Allen. The song isn’t the best showcase for either singer, particularly Rachel, because the vocals simply aren’t all that challenging. And the light and breezy tone of the song doesn’t call for much emotion, leaving the performance a […]