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“The Simpsons” Season 19 Premiere Is Almost Here

The Simpsons are going to Chicago! Well, at least Homer is — by private jet —in Sunday night’s Season 19 premiere, titled “He Loves To Fly and He D’ohs.” Chicago may be called the Second City, but it’s got to be at least the dozenth one the Simpsons have visited during their long run on FOX. But, after the long wait, at least Matt Groening and company get it right, by paying tribute to Chitown’s sports teams and landmarks as Homer and his unlikely dinner date Mr. Burns tour the Windy City. (You know, what Chicago really needs is a […]

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Drama

Brewers Vs. Cubs Spills Over Onto The Small Screen

With the division race in the National League Central still up for grabs, the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers are taking their rivalry to a new venue: television. You might remember that, back in June, four Brewers — shortstop J.J. Hardy, center fielder Bill Hall and pitchers Chris Capuano and Jeff Suppan — appeared in an episode of The Young and the Restless. (If you don’t remember, here it is. By the way, does she still think Chris Capuano is the “best left-handed pitcher in the entire league” at 5-12 with a 5.21 ERA?) Well, tomorrow, while his teammates take […]

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Comedy

Who Wants To Make A Man Date With "Cavemen" and "Carpoolers"?

Posted by Mike Hey, guys, ABC was just wondering — if you’re not doing anything on Tuesday nights — would you maybe want to go on a “man date”? Turns out, the alphabet network just realized that all of its other shows are “for chicks,” so they’ve decided to make a night of television just for men. So, on Tuesdays, instead of being subjected to the Emmy-winning shows — such as Lost, Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives — that litter the other nights on ABC’s schedule, men will be treated to Cavemen and Carpoolers. Yeah, um, thanks. But the kicker […]

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Comedy

Catching Up With The Gang: An “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” Recap

The crassest comedy on television returned last night with two wonderfully depraved episodes that pay (dis)respect to recent movies. In “The Gang Finds a Dumpster Baby,” Dennis takes inspiration from Al Gore’s global warming warning An Inconvenient Truth and tries to join a group of environmental activists. After being chided by their leader for his lack of commitment, Dennis finds a new cause — sleeping with the treehugger’s girlfriend out of spite — but not before his half-assed Earth-saving efforts lead to the discovery of the aforementioned dumpster baby, whom Mac and Dee lovingly dub D.B. before attempting to exploit […]

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No Longer A Lost Boy, Corey Feldman Finds Humor In Being Himself

With apologies to Corey “I wear my sunglasses at night” Hart, only two Coreys really mattered in the ’80s: Corey Feldman and Corey Haim. Beginning in 1987, having already established some serious child-actor credentials independently of one another in films such as Lucas, Stand by Me and The Goonies, the Haimster and Feldog forged a union that generated the teen flicks The Lost Boys, License to Drive and Dream a Little Dream, and rendered their last names unnecessary. There was a time when the Coreys were everywhere. That time has passed. Now, an A&E comedy series called The Two Coreys, […]

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Paul Blackthorne Plays A Magic Man In SCI FI Channel’s “The Dresden Files”

If you’re familiar with Paul Blackthorne, it’s likely from his days as a biological terrorist. The 37-year-old Englishman threatened to unleash a deadly virus on Los Angeles as villain Steve Saunders on the third season of 24. Now Blackthorne’s back on TV, playing a good guy — at least, relatively speaking — as crime-solving wizard Harry Dresden in the new SCI FI Channel series The Dresden Files. “He has an element of reluctance to him,” Blackthorne says of Dresden. “He’s not your out and out ‘let me save the world’ kind of hero; he’s more of the ‘well, I suppose […]

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VH1’s Tribute To The Decade Is “Totally Awesome”

In case you haven’t noticed, VH1 loves the ’80s. We’re not just talking about the dozens — or is it hundreds? — of hours of programming the network has devoted to allowing celebrity panelists to wax nostalgic over every toy, trend and trinket the decade produced. VH1’s “celebreality” phenomenon will not allow the ’80s to die — or its has-beens to go unemployed. (And for that, Tina Yothers, C.C. DeVille and Hulk Hogan are thankful.) Now it’s time to take things to the next level. A totally awesome level. On Nov. 4, VH1 will premiere the purportedly “lost” ’80s comedy […]

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Ice-T Tries To Teach Privileged Prep-Schoolers How To Rap

Last year, VH1 borrowed the British series Gene Simmons’ Rock School — itself an adaptation of Jack Black’s 2003 film School of Rock — in which rock legend Gene Simmons instructed a class of uptight, privileged kids on the finer points of rock ‘n’ roll. Now, the network is giving the show a hip-hop makeover complete with a new teacher, Ice-T. Here’s what the rap legend had to say about Ice-T’s Rap School, which premieres Oct. 17, immediately following the third annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors, hosted by Ice-T himself. What made you want to do reality TV? Ice-T: I […]

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A New Series Reveals The Family Life Of KISS’ Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons will be the first to tell you that he is a rock god. What Gene Simmons Family Jewels reveals is that he is also a loving father and — as much as he might protest — a devoted, if not completely faithful, companion to girlfriend Shannon Tweed, to whom he has been “happily unmarried” for more than 20 years. The series, which premieres Aug. 7 on A&E, takes a look at the personal life of the Demon, who’s known around the globe as a member of the band KISS and for his legendary pursuit of women (he recently […]

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Dane Cook Has Already Conquered Comedy — Now He’s Ready For More

“The three dreams were Letterman, SNL and HBO,” Dane Cook says, recalling the lofty goals he set for himself at the start of his comedy career. Now, 16 years later, at age 34, Cook has accomplished all three. He has made multiple Late Show With David Letterman appearances, beginning with his first in 1997. He hosted last season’s highest-rated episode of Saturday Night Live, after previously passing on an opportunity to join the show’s cast – not once, but twice. (The first time, his spot went to Jimmy Fallon.) And in April, he taped two hometown shows in Boston for […]