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Animation

“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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Reality TV

Kitchen Nightmares Is My Dream Come True

Posted by ButtonKnows I am wed to a former waiter-then-chef-then-bar-manager-then-restaurant GM. This equates with several things in my world. 1) I never have to cook. Ever. 2) I never have to grocery shop. Ever. 2.5) I never clean up either, so, ladies, if you didn’t want to slug me by the end of points 1 and 2, I bet I got you there. Anyhoo… 3) My house is filled with magazines with names like BeverageWorld, Bartender, and Restaurant Business. And 4) TV food dudes like Anthony Bourdain, Alton Brown, Andrew Zimmern and Gordon Ramsay are the kings of our entertainment […]

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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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Reality TV

What IS It About Reality Television?

Posted by Sarah My ability to resist the pop-cultural wiles of reality shows used to be a source of great pride for me. I’d watched the second season of American Idol before declaring the whole genre ridiculous and ascending my high horse. A few years ago, I accidentally flipped to The Amazing Race during another show’s commercial break, and ended up watching all of Season 7. “It’s OK,” I told myself. “This is one of the high-end reality shows, and I’m only watching to root for the old people.” Some time after that, Season 4 of American Idol started, and […]

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Reality TV

Survivor: China: Probst Tells All!

Well, he didn’t reveal everything during a recent conference call with reporters, but Jeff Probst (who I affectionately call “the hobst with the mobst”) did share his thoughts on the upcoming season of Survivor, as well as on the reality genre in general. It sounds like this season of Survivor has a lot of “est”s — not only is the setting the China-est (this was the first time an American series was allowed to shoot entirely in China), but it also has contestants who are the biggest (James), the smallest (Courtney) and the youngest (Frosti). But the two contestants I’m […]

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Reality TV

The Hills Have Exes

Posted by ButtonKnows I’m going to make a little prediction here. Perhaps I’ll be wrong, which is fine — the opposite outcome has made for perfectly good TV all season long and will continue to do so. But I am feeling just bold enough about my theory to throw it out there and see what happens. (Providing that what happens has nothing to do with Spencer Pratt calling me out on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show or something nasty like that … which secretly I would love, Spence, so game on, little feller.) Here’s my prediction: I think Lauren and Heidi […]

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Reality TV

Picking Up Where We Left Off

So this is how it’s done, huh? By stacking your openers, applying NEGs and DHV which will hopefully lead to IOIs and better KINO, you’ll be put in a position to PHASE-SHIFT, which should lead to a NUMBER CLOSE or KISS CLOSE. These are the lessons Brady, Kosmo, and Joe D. get from Mystery and the gang on VH1’s The Pickup Artist. This verbiage flows from Mystery’s mouth as automatically as a quarterback barking out his cadence at the line of scrimmage. It all means something. And the more of this you know, the easier the game is. Unfortunately for […]

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Sports

Just How Hot Is Natalie Gulbis, Exactly?

On Sept. 19 at 10pm ET, GOLF CHANNEL brings back The Natalie Gulbis Show reality series for a six-episode third season. If you don’t already know, Gulbis is golf’s pin-up girl. She’s highly photogenic and has a magnetic personality, and has been at the forefront of the LPGA’s attempt to sex up the sport. We’re fine with that. If you’ve got looks to go with the golf skills, go ahead and flaunt it. Here’s a little preview of the season, and a few details from GOLF CHANNEL: Wednesday’s premiere episode will go behind the scenes with Natalie at all of […]

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Documentary

No Meer Reality Series

I’m not big on reality TV — at least the human kind. But when it comes to the natural world, you get all the same fighting, intrigue, sex, backstabbing, poignant emotional moments and more. Granted, you don’t see animals get drunk. But you also don’t get to see the cast members of The Real World eat each other (unless those are in the outtakes), so it all balances out. Most importantly, with animals you get honesty. Nothing is staged for the cameras. And that’s what makes Meerkat Manor so endearing. It’s simply a story of families literally struggling for survival. […]