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Sports

MLB And Cable TV Have Made Peace. You May Resume Your Daily Lives Now.

The widely publicized and criticized exclusive deal between Major League Baseball and DirecTV is exclusive no more, as MLB decided to cut cable companies in on the action last night. Hooray for John Kerry! Perhaps now he can get back to whatever it is that he should be doing. Speaking of MLB cable deals, we were reminded today that TBS has the rights to the NLCS, something that I thought would rouse much more ire in Joe Baseball Fan than it has. I’ve grown particularly fond of watching the LCS in my den (which is not cable equipped) with my loyal smellhound, falling asleep to […]

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Reality TV

Make It Work, Chicago!

Today we have a very special treat. Or maybe just a special treat for me? Yesterday I hopped a train to the Chicago casting call for Project Runway — and I have a complete report from the trenches (also known as: a hallway). I even got a few moments with the endlessly quotable Tim Gunn, and did my best to avoid asking, “Where’s Andrae?” The first question came up when I ventured into the ballroom staging area and starting chatting up the folks in line. Does winning the University of Kansas’ own Project Runway — judged by Season 2’s Nick […]

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Sports

Ah, So This Is What They Call “Web Logging”?

Wow. We are finally “web logging,” or as the kids call it, “blogging.” This is the first post of what I hope will be an entertaining and informative blog on sports as it relates to the medium of television. As the Cubicle QB at the helm of this blog, I hope to provide you with: News and commentary on the TV sports business: new TV contracts, sports TV schedule announcements, Joe Theismann firings/hirings, wacky sports (e.g. Rock Paper Scissors) coming to TV, and senseless disputes between sports leagues and television entities  Highlights and lowlights from TV coverage of the big sports events, […]

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Magazine Archive

Watching Nature Wake Up

Having set our clocks forward in March already, we humans may feel like spring has sprung unusually early. But animals, not governed by clocks and watches, are going along with their familiar patterns quite nicely. Often we are so busy with our lives that we may not notice the amazing natural transformations that occur during this season of rebirth, but a six-week Animal Planet event will help change that. Spring Watch USA airs Saturdays beginning April 21, and it’s almost like a nature reality series. Filmed prior to broadcast each week, the show has cameras across the country that capture […]

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Magazine Archive

Queen Latifah’s New Movie Celebrates What’s Important In Life

Getting To Know Queen Latifah What’s Your Favorite Sports Team? Have to be the [New York] Giants. If You Could Only Have Three Shows On Your TV, What Would They Be? It would have to be Grey’s Anatomy … let’s [also] go with CSI … and somebody’s 6 o’clock news so I know what the hell is going on! Have You Ever Been Starstruck By Anyone? Prince. What Has Been Your Strangest Fan Encounter? This girl once gave me a bat. A dead bat wrapped up in a nice box. I think she was witch — San Francisco, you know, […]

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Drama

Kings of South Beach: A True-Life Story Of Crime In Paradise

“I’m not a big nightclub person, so I’ve never had any real draw to South Beach,” says Donnie Wahlberg at the start of our interview. However, the actor did have a strong draw to his intense role in a new A&E original movie set beneath the steamy sun of Miami and based on a true story. In Kings of South Beach, premiering March 12, Wahlberg plays Andy Burnett, a mysterious man who befriends Chris Troiano (Jason Gedrick), a mob wiseguy who is fast becoming the “it boy” of South Florida in the late 1990s. Troiano has founded South Beach’s hottest […]

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7 Questions With...

8 Questions With … Jonas Armstrong

1. What has been your strangest fan encounter? Jonas Armstrong: I got a portrait sent to me which somebody had done in charcoal, and they must have put some time and effort into that. And that was before I’d done Robin Hood. My mom saved it. I think it’s a bit odd, but if it makes them happy, it makes them happy. 2. You’re at a magazine rack and can pick three magazines. What are they? Probably NME. GQ I’ve bought in the past, and a little bit of Playboy as well. 3. What’s your favorite sports team? Manchester United. […]

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Court TV brings us “‘Til Death Do Us Part” from John Waters

I’d like to think that This Filthy World creator John Waters would approve of the fact that I’m writing this article during a two-hour layover in a dingy bus depot. The man who made a drag-queen combo of Clarabell the Clown and Marilyn Monroe a “Divine” star, and who reveled in the beauty of the depravity and dirt of his daily life in Baltimore, might find this circumstance especially apropos given the fact that just days ago I was weaving my way through the crew, cables and chaos of an elaborate location shoot at a chichi mansion in the suburban […]

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Reality TV

Pussycat NO!

Posted by TVita I was fully expecting to loathe the exhaustingly titled CW reality series Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll. After watching the premiere last night, I discovered that first impressions sometimes are right! From that first cringe at PCD creator Robin Antin’s collagen-packed lips, to the naivete of “tens of thousands” of young girls who seem to really believe it when they proclaim that the Dolls are “all about female empowerment,” to the completely gratuitous vomit shots, the show made my stomach turn. Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for showcasing the talents of […]

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Lisa Ling Addresses The Often Ignored Perils Facing Girls Today

Journalist Lisa Ling is a perfect example of what a modern woman can accomplish when afforded the chance to realize her full potential. Highly intelligent and talented at her profession (she reports for everything from National Geographic Explorer to The Oprah Winfrey Show), and brave and determined while getting the story (she recently went undercover in North Korea), Ling began making full use of her skills and opportunities when she was 18 and became one of the youngest reporters for Channel One News, and then rose to become the network’s senior war correspondent before the age of 25. But while […]