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In between grilling copious amounts of brats and burgers, remembering our troops and taking naps outside, please note that Memorial Day also offers a great opportunity for TV watching.

Like the days leading up to Christmas, Memorial Day is rife with TV marathons. If you have an addictive personality, just need to catch up on some old favorites, or if you just have nothing else to do and hate the sun, today is just for you. Here’s what’s coming on:

  • TNT is showing 13 episodes of the original Law & Order today. With so many episodes at their disposal it would have made sense to have a theme for the episodes like “creepiest criminals,” “make-ups and break-ups,” etc. That was kind of a missed opportunity.
  • Jon & Kate Plus 8 takes over TLC today.
  • Oxygen is running back-t0-back episodes of Bad Girls Club this morning followed by Deion & Pillar: Prime Time Love this afternoon. I tell you this just so you can avoid that station at all costs today.
  • Animal Planet is running their popular advice show It’s Me Or The Dog. I always thought this show was truly an ultimatum and a boyfriend or girlfriend would have to decide between the dog and the partner. It’s really just Dog Whisperer with a second-hand Cesar Milan. My show would’ve been a lot more interesting.
  • In an odd choice, FX decided to run back-to-back episodes of That 70’s Show. Even if their original shows (Nip/Tuck, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) are too raunchy for daytime, they could’ve at least picked a good comedy, or maybe just some old movies.
  • MSNBC is running one of my favorite series’ Lock Up. Sidenote, my roommate and I were watching the show last night and at Kentucky State Pen, prisoners with good behavior can get moved to the minimum security house. The house has cable, a stocked fridge, a vegetable garden and it’s on the lake. Basically, it’s better than our apartment.
  • For those of you who like to kick it old school, BET is airing Diff’rent Strokes all day.
  • And in an odd twist, MTV is running back-to-back eps of American Gladiators. I’m not quite sure how or why.

So have a safe and happy Memorial Day. Don’t drink and drive, wear sunscreen, and avoid the Oxygen at all costs.

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Dick Martin of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In passed away at the age of 86.

Dan Rowan and Martin were a popular stand-up comedy duo in the 1950s and made several appearances on popular television shows before getting one of their own.

Laugh In was immensely popular and launched the careers of Lily Tomlin and Goldie Hawn. More than that, it set the stage for the golden age of TV comedy in the 1960s.

After Laugh In ended, Martin went on to be a successful television director, helming episodes of Family Ties and The Bob Newhart Show.

He was one of the last television living legends.

I told you we’re going to lose some good ones this year.

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John McCain’s been making his rounds on the fluffier talk shows lately. He shined on Regis And Kelly and the Daily Show but Ellen Degeneres gave him a run for his money on her show yesterday.

Finally! It’s about time McCain started getting worked up and challenged again. The Dems are still feeling the heat in every direction but since he’s the presumptive nominee, McCain’s been kind of worry free for awhile. No more buddy! Especially on an issue vital to so many people.

Watch Ellen go for the gusto below:

Ellen & Portia’s wedding is going to be gorgeous and star-studded. I can’t wait to see the pictures.

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In the spirit of Flight of the Conchords, this fake Chrisitan folk group just got bumped on to the semi-finals on tonight’s Last Comic Standing season premiere.

They’re called God’s Pottery and they are pretty hilarious. I want them to go far because it’s high-time a musical comedian or two got in on the LCS fun.

Check out God’s Pottery below. Do they have what it takes?

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SPOILER ALERT!!

Ok, I just finished catchin’ my breath after what I thought was a pretty solid Grey’s Anatomy. Yang sprang out of her funk (finally), Meredith was her usual dramatic self, George is retaking the intern exam, and some stupid kid jumped into a pool of cement and almost died. Whew, a fun-filled two hours and what did I decide to blog about? The end of show lip locks. Go figure.

  • George and Lexie Grey–Who didn’t see this one coming? This potential romance had been building all season long and should make for an interesting storyline next year, especially since they’re living together.
  • Chief and his sassy wife–The writers have been hinting at a possible reconciliation for a few episodes, and it was good to see those two crazy kids back together. Only thing that creeps me out is the chief looks like my dad and his wife looks kinda like my mom, so lets keep the pillow talk scenes to minimum, I’m trying to keep my psych bills down.
  • Meredith and McDreamy–After 11 failed clinical trials, the 12th was the charm. They saved a life and in the process may have rekindled their relationship. Meredith and Derek shared a moonlight kiss amidst a sea of candles, that would have made any pre-teen girl shed at least a couple of tears. I’m sure they will break up atleast 7 times next season, but hey, I’m just loving the ride man.
  • Izzie and Karev–Whats the cure for your quasi girlfriend getting diagnosed with a multiple personality disorder? Ummmmm, oh yeah, begging a hot blond friend to make out with you. Not the classiest thing Karev has ever done, but neither is that beard he’s been sporting this season. I don’t see this going anywhere, but lets keep an eye on it.
  • And finally, the big one, you thought it might happen, but you and your other cubicle monkeys didn’t think the writers had the balls to do it. Well they did, Torres and Hahn totally kissed…with tongues. Yikes, I actually just cringed writing that. I thought this kiss was for pure shock value and maybe to freak out the red states a little bit. I can’t wait to see how they weave this one into the story line next year. The on call room just got a little more awkward.

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  • My least favorite “chef” on Hell’s Kitchen sliced off the tip of his thumb in a cooking related fiasco. Gosh that guy is a tool.
  • Did anyone else know Kristen Davis, Charlotte of Sex and the City fame, is a recovering alcoholic? She’s been sober for years apparently so those Cosmos were probably just raspberry lemonades. Chances are, she quit cold turkey after this.
  • Tonight’s American Idol results are the first step to restoring the international community’s faith in America.
  • I saw an “exclusive engagement” (their words not mine) of the new Indiana Jones movie tonight. It was a great movie, full of fun, surprises and action. Too many corny special effects but I’m no movie blogger. The biggest surprise of the night was the excellent performance by Shia LaBeouf. He was genuine, witty and surprisingly realistic as a 1950s greaser. Who knew the happy-go-lucky kid from Even Stevens would end up side by side with Indiana Jones? I wonder what happened to Ren?

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For the good of the contest, music, and the remaining months of a boy’s childhood, I am rooting for David Cook to win American Idol tonight.

Disagree, write messages in all caps, call me tone deaf, call me stupid, say what you will. Winning this is not in the cards for him. Let him grow up, let him find a passion for music rather than a talent for it. Once he’s inspired, no doubt his music will be too.

And remember, coming in second isn’t a death sentence, not even close. Clay Aiken is promoting a hit album right now while Taylor Hicks just got dropped from his record label and is playing Teen Angel in Grease on Broadway.

Whether you love David Archuleta or you hate him, you know the right thing to do. Support David Cook in his effort to be your next American Idol.

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