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Sports

ESPN Gives You Skip Bayless In Glorious HD!

ESPN today announced several upcoming changes to its morning and daytime lineup, most of which do not affect the large portion of the sports-loving populace who actually hold down steady jobs. Beginning May 7, ESPN2’s Cold Pizza, which we already sort of suspected was not long for this world, is renamed ESPN First Take and moves its studio from New York City to Bristol, Conn. During First Take, there will be debate segments called 1st and 10 (not to be confused with the old HBO series starring O.J. Simpson). These segments will feature two commentators from a rotating group consisting […]

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Drama

Newcomer Jonas Armstrong Is On Target In BBC America’s “Robin Hood”

When I met British actor Jonas Armstrong at a Los Angeles-area hotel, he had just celebrated his birthday on New Year’s Day (he was reportedly the first child born in Ireland in 1981). “I took my little brother away on holiday. We went to Egypt,” he says of his birthday celebration. “I have to say that I was a bit pissed off, because I just turned 26, my brother’s 19. So you kind of have a short list of what you want on a holiday, and on that that short list of what there was, we didn’t manage to check […]

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Magazine Archive

Rebel Scientist Is Unafraid Of The “Big Bad Wolf”

Shaun Ellis is a wolf behavior expert with a unique approach to studying the creatures — he lives with them and becomes part of their world. Now, before you shrug and say that this is another Grizzly Man just waiting to happen, it should be known that Ellis is not living with the wolves in the wild, but in captivity at a wildlife park in England; wolves are more social animals than bears; and Ellis — though he may look a little odd as he strolls through a luxury hotel in his fatigues during a network press tour — actually […]

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Reality TV

The Beautiful People, The Beautiful People

MSNBC is premiering a reality series?! I’m SHOCKED! I’m OUTRAGED! Reality TV on a NEWS network?! OK, OK, who am I kidding? Being the reluctant reality junkie that I am, there was never really a question of whether or not I’d watch another show about The Beautiful People. Going in to episode 1 of Models NYC, which premieres with a special sneak peek this Saturday, April 14 (regular episodes air Mondays beginning April 16), I had high expectations. After all, I’m still nursing the pain of losing VH1’s erratic, dramatic bitch-fest The Agency. MSNBC, I decided, had to bring something […]

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Sports

The 4th OT: First Edition

Inspired by the Vancouver Canucks’ playoff win over the Dallas Stars 18:06 into the fourth overtime yesterday morning, we’re calling our Friday TV sports weekend preview post “The 4th OT.” And by the end of the week, we feel like we’ve been through 4 OTs ourselves. I’ve read reports that some Versus affiliates actually cut away from that game sometime in the 4th OT to air infomercials. I remember in my prime hockey-watching years trying to stay awake for the playoff OT marathons and usually failing. I would’ve been incensed had I actually stayed awake to see the sudden-death goal […]

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Reality TV

Quickies

Baby Phat mogul Kimora Lee Simmons is getting her own show on Style Network. Scheduled to premiere this summer, the series will “peek inside the hip-hop halls” of her fashion empire, take us inside her personal life with her daughters (ex-husband Russell Simmons got no mention in Style’s press release), and promises “to open a lot of women’s eyes to the possibilities life has to offer.” No doubt, we’ll get a crash course in the former talk show host and model’s “fabulosity.” On MTV, what happens in Vegas … happens in Vegas again. The network has announced that, in addition […]

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Sports

Exciting Release Of NFL Schedule To Save Us From NHL Playoffs

The NHL playoffs begin tonight on Food Network Versus, and I was afraid I was going to have to pay attention. Fortunately, the NFL had its annual schedule release orgy on NFL Network today, so I can now focus on Chicago Bears Ws instead of the impending Detroit Red Wings first-round playoff L. Looking at the schedule, here are the 10 games I’m most interested in. There are even some that do not involve the Chargers!: Nov. 29 — Green Bay at Dallas, NFL Network. It might be a stretch for top 10, but this is really the only NFL […]

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Reality TV

Drew’s Back!

The highlight of last night’s two-hour Dancing With the Stars marathon wasn’t the repeat performance of Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson’s passionate paso doble, or the Big & Rich mini-concert, or even cohost Samantha Harris’s announcement of her pregnancy, if you can believe it. Getting the biggest reaction in the ballroom during the latest results show was, in fact, a surprise appearance by Season 2 winner Drew Lachey, who joined the pros for a ho-down to the country duo’s “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy). Fortunately, Fatone, Apolo Anton Ohno and Ian Ziering are good enough that the Drew visit […]

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Reality TV

Operation: Soul Mate Is About To Begin

Normally, I can’t stomach dating shows like The Bachelor, Joe Millionaire, Outback Jack or the awful Who Wants To Marry a Millionaire. All that oohing, ahhing and adoration from supposedly intelligent and accomplished women – over a guy they met an hour ago – turned my stomach. But this time around, the combination of Doctor/Triathlete/Philanthropist/Lieutenant McDreamy Andy Baldwin and the pack of alternately hilarious and relatable women of The Bachelor: Officer and a Gentleman has sucked me right in. Let’s recap: At last week’s drunken meet-and-greet, 25 lovely ladies in varying levels of evening gown undress fawned over “Andy! Andy! […]

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Sports

FOX Subjects Us To Scooter Earlier Than Usual

Ah, Scooter. How we’ve missed you. As mentioned in our post last week (we’ll blog more prodigiously from now on, we promise*) FOX had a media call with MLB announcers Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and Mark Grace to talk up the FOX MLB Saturday “Game of the Week” which started on Saturday (go figure). Here are the goods from the press call: Buck Will Convince You He’s Not A Homer Or Die Trying: “The Cardinals are not going to have the year that they had last year and win the Central. There’s no way. Considering how they finished — the […]