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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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Reality TV

Survivor: China: It’s Coming!

Survivor: China begins in a week! Whoo-hoo! Well, it’s kind of a subdued “whoo-hoo” right now. Every season, I start off a little detached and unenthusiastic about Survivor, not really wanting to expend the energy getting to know another group of 16 (or more) people. But even just looking at the CBS website, I’m starting to get sucked in yet again. First off, I love that they’re back down to 16 people (at least I assume they are, barring another “Bobby Jon and Stephenie appear on the top of Mayan ruins”-type trick that started off the Guatemalan season). After years […]

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Sports

Pugilism Pay-Per-Postponement

Usually when we promote a Pay-Per-View boxing event in Channel Guide Magazine, we have an office pool to see who picks the date closest to when the fight gets canceled. (OK, we don’t. But we probably should.) Boxing’s highly anticipated fall schedule has gotten off to a rocky — no pun intended — start. First, the Sept. 15 Fernando Vargas vs. Ricardo Mayorga PPV fight was scrapped when Vargas was found to have anemia. And last Friday, the Sept. 8 “Fireworks” card featuring Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Rocky Juarez got dumped when Marquez developed an infection in a cut on […]

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Casting Calls

New “Gladiators” Wanted — No Mullet Required

As you may have heard, possibly from Channel Guide Magazine, NBC is “reinventing” the “classic” (at least, according to ESPN Classic) early ’90s competition series American Gladiators. But in order to do that, they first need some competitors — and some gladiators. If you feel you fit either of these bills (of course, none of you will ever be able to replace “Lace” in my heart of hearts), the network invites you to try out and prove it. According to NBC, what they are looking for in “contenders” are “weekend warriors who have excelled and take pride in their level […]

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Sports

Notre Dame At Michigan: The Battle Of Who Stinks Less

I’m pretty sure that this isn’t what ABC had in mind when they scheduled the Notre Dame at Michigan game on national TV (Saturday at 3:30pm ET). Both teams are 0-2 after Michigan was upset by Appalachian State and then got pummeled 39-7 by Oregon (both losses at home), and now they’ll be without QB Chad Henne. Notre Dame lost to Georgia Tech and Penn State by a combined score of 64-13. Touchdown Jesus is not pleased. This is the first time in history both teams have been 0-2 at the same time. Both teams’ seasons are wrecked, but one […]

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Reality TV

A Few Brushes Short Of An Artist

I am addicted to The Pickup Artist. No, not the Molly Ringwald/Robert Downey, Jr. ’87 classic. VH1’s reality show about attracting the opposite sex. Cue the Little River Band classic “Lonesome Loser.” By now, we’re down to the final four. We have Brady, whose weakness is that he wants perfection. Pradeep, who has trouble listening to women (translated: talks too much). There’s Kosmo who tends to yell inappropriate remarks in the middle of his stand-up routine. Wait, my bad. That’s the guy who plays Cosmo Kramer. This Kosmo is intimidated by beauty. And then there’s Joe D. who has been […]

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Family

High School Musical vs. The World

Alexander the Great couldn’t pull it off. Napoleon failed. Hitler — close, but no cigar. All of these would-be-world conquerors have nothing on the phenomenon that is High School Musical, which has pretty quickly, and rather insidiously, enveloped the planet. Its latest sequel, High School Musical 2, recently shattered cable records in America and now looks to take over other international markets. Just in case you feel you have not fully lived the High School Musical experience — even though you have seen the films, attended the concerts, read the books, watched the ice show, continue to dab a little […]

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Comedy

Pret-tay, Pret-tay Good Return.

With Tony Soprano whacked (come on, do you really want to debate me on this?) and Entourage on hiatus until ’08, I was all excited about canceling my HBO subscription. Then, a few weeks ago, I heard that quirky theme song with “New Episodes in September” taunting me. Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. Sunday night, after a Sopranos-esque two-year hiatus, Curb Your Enthusiasm made a pret-tay, pret-tay good premiere. Larry and Cheryl are woken in the middle of the night by a smoke alarm on the fritz. Of course, the malfunctioning smoke alarm […]

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TV News & Program Updates

“A Nice Big Whiff Of Some Ryan Seacrest”

Hey, maybe there is a reason to tune in to the Emmy Awards after all! FOX, which will be carrying the ceremony live on September 16 at 8pm ET (tape-delayed in Pacific Time), announced that two of its most familiar network stars will be making a guest appearance on the broadcast. Stewie and Brian of Family Guy will be doing one of their trademark musical numbers to honor the year in TV as they “magically appear on the Emmy stage,” in the words of Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the awards telecast. The process by which the animated duo will […]

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Sports

Channel Guide’s Pigskin Preparedness Primer

I have a tradition of writing a football preview in our company newsletter, Joined In Progress (JIP), every September. Since our office is located in Milwaukee and our parent office is in Chicago, and there is much animosity and trash talk between our two cities’ football fans, I always try to throw some fuel on the fire with an equally scathing preview of the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to go public and share the preview with the masses (both of you guys). JIP Pigskin Preparedness Primer JIP’s NFL Insider Cubicle QB […]