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News & Current Events

Where to watch the 2012 Democratic National Convention

With the Republican National Convention winding down, it’s the Democrats’ turn to gather, with the Democratic National Convention taking place in Charlotte Sept. 4-6. There they are expected to formally nominate President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for a second term as President and Vice President of the United States. While there may be less drama than what transpired at the RNC (which had the threat of a hurricane, outbursts from Ron Paul supporters, etc.) you just never can tell what may happen. Several news outlets will be on hand to cover what does take place, and here’s […]

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Awards Shows

Don Rickles to receive Johnny Carson award on Comedy Central

There are very few comedians who last more than five decades in an industry not known for rewarding longevity, but Don Rickles is far from your average funny man. And it’s that very reason why the performer who has been deemed “The Merchant of Venom” and “Mr. Warmth” will be honored on Comedy Central Sunday night (9pm ET/PT). It’s fitting that Rickles will be presented with the “Johnny Carson Award For Comedic Excellence” as part of the 2012 Comedy Awards, because it was Carson himself who gave him his big break. Not only did the young comic make his national […]

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Comedy

McBride, Bieber, Gaga, Poinsettia Bowl and “The X-Factor” highlight great night of entertainment

It might seem a little sacrilegious during the holidays to refer to a piece of technology as a savior, but the DVR can certainly be your best friend with so many great specials, movies and sporting events airing this time of year. Our favorite dramas and sitcoms take a well-deserved break to make room for more seasonal fare, and tonight is a great example of the entertainment cup running over. So set that DVR to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun this evening.

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Comedy

“Weird Al” Yankovic talks about his new Comedy Central concert

By Stacey Harrison Follow @ChannelGuideSRH Show of hands: Who thought the guy behind “Eat It” would still be making music — and arguably enjoying his biggest successes — nearly 30 years later? Somehow, some way “Weird Al” Yankovic has stayed relevant. Through Michael Jackson’s many personas, Madonna, grunge, nu-metal, hip hop and countless other genre shifts, he’s kept his jovial parodies — which occasionally have more bite than you might expect — coming. His latest album, Alpocalypse, which is spearheaded by the Lady Gaga goof “Perform This Way,” scored his highest-ever chart debut. He’s currently touring in support of the […]

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Comedy

The curious case of H. Jon Benjamin

You likely know his voice, for which deadpan is too lively an adjective, but otherwise it would be hard to pick H. Jon Benjamin out of a lineup. Heck, I’ve seen interviews with the guy and an episode of his new Comedy Central show, Jon Benjamin Has a Van (which airs tonight at 10:30), and I’m still not sure I’d notice him if he were walking down the street. Point being, the dude is nondescript. But how many people in this world are the leads — the title characters, in fact — on three television shows at once? He’s the […]

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Animation

“South Park” takes aim at Royal Wedding

By Tom Comi Nobody is better than taking shots at people who take themselves too seriously than Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and tonight they use their show South Park to unload on the recent Royal Wedding. Entitled “Royal Pudding” and airing at 10pm ET on Comedy Central, the episode revolves around the nuptials between the prince of Canada and his soon-to-be princess.

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Animation

Back to the “Futurama” — Billy West interview

By Jeff Pfeiffer Never underestimate the ability of fans to influence the decisions of entertainment powers-that-be in this age of the Internet and DVD sales. They were effective enough to get new episodes of Family Guy made, and now they have scored another coup by being a major force behind the return of Matt Groening’s Futurama, which begins its sixth season June 24 on Comedy Central, after unceremoniously disappearing from FOX seven years ago (but continuing in an unofficial “season” via a series of successful direct-to-DVD movies over the years). “[The fans] never let up,” says star Billy West, who […]

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Reality TV

A few minutes with Kathy Griffin

By Jeff Pfeiffer Oh, to be as deliciously open and uncensored as Kathy Griffin, star of Bravo’s My Life on the D-List (which airs its season finale this Monday). At an outdoor shindig thrown by NBC/Universal during the Television Critics Association (TCA) tour, Griffin gabbed with a small scrum of reporters and let her thoughts fly on various topics of the day, never missing a wry, often tongue-in-cheek beat even as she managed to throw in ironically glamorous poses for passing photographers during the conversation: On Paula Abdul Leaving American Idol Griffin: This is a very tough time for me […]

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Animation

“Futurama” Has A Bright Future

By Jeff Pfeiffer Matt Groening and David X. Cohen’s brilliant animated comedy Futurama is having a Family Guy-type resurrection as it will be returning to production on 26 new half-hour episodes more than six years after its last original episode aired on FOX. The episodes will be running on Comedy Central beginning in mid-2010, with a broadcast run also possible. Comedy Central has been airing reruns of the series since 2006, along with the Futurama movies made since its cancellation. It has been the movies’ blockbuster performance on DVD and Comedy Central that helped revive interest in bringing back the […]

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Comedy

“The Colbert Report” Off To A Place With “Sand … And People Who Wish We Would Leave”

By RabbitEars “I’m taking my show to the Persian Gulf,” said Stephen Colbert today. “If there was any hope of peace in the Middle East, you can forget it now.” Colbert and Comedy Central announced that the comedian’s Emmy- and Peabody-winning show The Colbert Report will temporarily wrap filming in New York City and head to the front lines as part of a USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to an unnamed country … at an unnamed time. Some point in the “near or distant future. … or past,” according to Colbert, who is upholding government secrecy requirements. Four episodes will be […]