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There was an auction of Sopranos wardrobe items in New York last week. The top-earner in said auction? A bowling-style shirt that the big man himself got shot in. So last week some Sopranophile forked over $43, 750 for an ugly shirt caked in fake blood.

Wow.

If you had the money, what memorabilia would you pay for? I’d pay for $15,000 for Michael Scott’s desk. It would have to include all of the knick-knacks, flags, mugs, plaques and the like though.

As for wardrobe choices, I would pay a few hundred bucks for Jack Bauer’s blue jeans in season six of 24. Dude wore those things out that year. I might also throw down a few grand to own Dangle’s short-shorts from Reno 911. They probably smell like ass though. Literally.

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Remember Paris Bennett, the short-stack teenager with the squeaky speaking voice who graced the American Idol stage a few years back? If you don’t, here she is on Barry Manilow night:

Well little Paris is 19 now and she’s knocked up! She’s essentially the Fantasia Barrino story in reverse.

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For the first time, the folks over at The Emmys decided to let the fans in on the process and released the top 10 finalists in the Outstanding Comedy and Drama categories.

There’s no voting or fan favorite or anything. They just want you to know who the heavy hitters were before the list gets narrowed down to five official nominees. It’s kind of a neat idea.

Here are the lists. I took the liberty of highlighting my picks for you.

Outstanding Comedy Series Finalists

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Entourage
  • Family Guy
  • Flight of the Conchords
  • The Office
  • Pushing Daisies – Great new show but it’s a little soon to compete with the big boys.
  • 30 Rock
  • Two And A Half Men – Why God Why?
  • Ugly Betty
  • Weeds

This drama list is loaded with good stuff. I don’t envy the Academy at all.

Outstanding Drama Series Finalists

  • Boston Legal
  • Damages
  • Dexter
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • House
  • Lost
  • Mad Men
  • The Wire

Guess, wonder, hypothesize, etc. All of the nominees will be announced on July 17.

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Steve Carell signed on for three-more years of The Office. Let’s talk about the implications of this:

  • I love the show, so this is great news. Dunder-Mifflin wouldn’t work without Michael Scott.
  • Even with a solid movie career (Dan In Real Life? Really buddy?) Carell is sticking by his bread and butter. See Katherine Heigl? That’s class.
  • Again, don’t get me wrong, I love this show. But three more years? NBC already ordered 30 episodes next year. If that format works, they’re going to do it again. I just don’t think there’s room in my heart for what could be 90+ hours of The Office. I want it to stay fresh and fun. I just don’t know if they can keep up that pace for three more years.

Any thoughts people? I want this to work, but a little part of me is really hesitant. Maybe the spin-off will open up a lot of comic opportunities and new storylines for the original cast too.

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The cast for Bravo’s next shitshow, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, was announced yesterday. I’ve never been a fan of the Real Housewives series but at least this time Bravo figured out that people of color can be wealthy bitches too.

This is change I can believe in.

Learn more about the cast here…if that’s what you’re into.

Photo: Reality TV World

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The good folks at Slate took in some of the coursework offered by the New York Reality TV School. Apparently this place teaches you how to let your freak flag fly just right to attract the attention of all the right people.

You can sign -up for an intensive one-time workshop or a five week course. The intensive course is three hours of improvisational training, practicing for reality show challenges/games, strategies for dealing with wacky personalities, etc. You can also sign up for a Q&A session with a casting director.

For $300 bucks you can sign-up for the five week course and really find yourself. Figure out the best ways to make a submission tape, tell your life stories, resolve (or instigate) conflict and more.

The program does most some legit credentials. Apparently they’ve helped folks get on shows like Top Chef,The Bachelor, and The Apprentice. But seriously? At what point do you hit rock bottom and decide a piece of your next pay-check is going towards reality show school?

Though I suppose there are worse ways to spend your stimulus check.

Photo: NY Reality TV School

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Think you know The Simpson’s? Here is a great little quiz to see just how smart you really are.

In case you were wondering, I scored 57 out of 63.

Booya!

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I imagine coming out of the closet is a sensitive and highly personal issue. And as a successful news anchor at the top of his game, Anderson Cooper may not want the extra attention he’d undoubtedly get should he ever decide to discuss his sexuality. But since Cooper’s sexuality is the worst kept secret in Hollywood (though it was temporarily one-upped by that Wentz/Simpson baby) it is funny to watch others dance (not so delicately I might add) around it.

Everyone’s favorite commotion-starter, Al Sharpton was on Anderson Cooper 360 last night with some other folks talking about religion and politics. In one fell swoop, Sharpton outed the newsman, sort of doomed him to hell, then forgave him. One of the other panelists also got in on the fun of talking about just where Cooper would end up in the afterlife. Ever poised, Cooper played the very awkward moment off with humor and grace.

You can watch the whole thing go down right here.

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I caught wind of ABC’s latest television offering, Wipeout, last night and saw the sad and unfortunate future of broadcast television starring me in the face. People running through a muddy obstacle course, bouncing off giant rubber balls, getting spun around like a washing machine then trying to race for a prize, and all of this with commentary provided by two dudes who may in fact be the most uncharismatic hosts in history. (Was Roger Lodge not available?)

Wipeout crossed the very thin border between novelty and ludicrous. If it got good ratings last night, expect to see a lot more where that came from.

But don’t let this diatribe fool you…I’m still kind of geeked out about Hole In The Wall.

Human Tetris? Come on! Even I know fun when it slaps me in the face.

Photo: KPIC – Oregon

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This JCPenney ad never saw the light of day because the bigwigs thought it promoted teen sex (it totally does). But the ad-wizards who made it submitted it to the advertising competition at Cannes…and it won.

Now everybody wins! Check out the hilarious ad that would’ve made JCPenney cool again.

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Tonight I watched Nashville Star for the first time. There were some fun acts and some innovative arrangements. I think the talent is altogether better on Idol but it was a fun couple of hours nonetheless.

But there was one act definitely worth watching tonight. His name is Coffey (That’s Cough-Ay) and he selected last summer’s smash hit Umbrella as his song for the night..and boy did he mangle it.

Let’s enjoy the beauty in the breakdown:

PS: Did anyone else think Coffey’s daughter looks like Jurnee Smollet (aka Denise from Full House)?

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Speaking of cult shows I enjoyed, Jason Bateman confirmed the Arrested Development movie is on and will hit theaters next year.

Can you see it?

That’s me smiling from ear to ear.

Suck it Sex & The City. This a TV show that needs some closure.

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