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PopEater, an awesome blog on AOL, has had it with pseudo-celebrities Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt of The Hills.

They’re leaving it up to their faithful readers to vote on whether or not they continue to cover the most annoying couple in the world.

This could be the beginning of a wonderful trend. PopEater is just one blog but the implications of a poll like this could ripple across the internet. As it stands, 70, 653 votes have been cast and 96% of the voters want to give the Speidi the boot.

So take 10 seconds and let your voice be heard.

Photo: People.com

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It’s a holiday weekend! If you’re not spending your final hours of summer getting outside, sucking down ice cream cones or wearing all of the white clothes you can, feel free to stay inside and catch all the action on the boob tube.

The good folks over at one of my favorite TV blogs, The Remote Island, put together a pretty comprehensive list of all of the marathons this Labor Day weekend.

I’ve already got my DVR locked and loaded. In honor of the kickoff of the college football season tomorrow, I’ll be watching a few dozen episodes of Coach on Sunday, hungover as hell. That Dauber makes me laugh every time…especially after five or six beers.

Photo: Sitcomhell.com

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Pro: The Big 4 Networks (sans raunchy kid brother Fox) are teaming up next Friday to simulcast Stand Up To Cancer. The event is one hour of commercial free programming devoted to raising money for cancer research and organizations that help patients and families of those fighting the disease. TV and film actors, musicians and other famous types are appearing during the show. It should be quite the spectacle.

Con: Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett is rumored to be getting a prostate exam live during the event. In a word: Yikes.

Photo: standup2cancer.org

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Top Chef Season 2 runner-up Marcel “Giant Head/Bigger Ego” Vigneron was arrested and thrown in the clink on Saturday for a DUI.

Marcel posted the $2,500 bail and even managed to make it to a benefit event on Sunday.

Keep your nose out of the cooking sherry little buddy.

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Life imitating art alert!

David Duchovny must’ve been doing a little too much method acting to prepare for his role as an oversexed writer on Californication. Duchovny checked himself into a facility for treatment and asked for privacy for his family.

I laughed out loud at the headline. It’s just too good. Not good for his family of course, but good for TV bloggers and misplaced laugh enthusiasts everywhere.

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I haven’t given up on America’s Got Talent, but that may change this week. After a handful of excruciating months of awful acts, drunken critiques from David Hasselhoff and unnecessary commentary from Jerry Springer, the show is finally at the point where America gets to decide who stays and who goes.

And just as I thought they might, America botched the whole thing.

10 acts performed on Tuesday including two acts that can only be described as FIERCE! (I’m using the word as much as I can before Christian Siriano trademarks it!) Derrick Barry, the Britney Spears impersonator continued to dazzle with his dancing prowess and striking resemblance to the pop princess.

Then the show got even better when the DC Cowboys, an all-male dance company took the stage. It was like watching the pages of a soft core gay porn magazine coming to life. They danced, the camera zoomed-in on ass shots, and they didn’t wear undershirts. While they may not have made it long in the wild west, it was truly a fun performance.

So imagine my surprise when I tuned in to the results show yesterday to discover that both acts had been given the boot! You mean to tell me that America wasn’t impressed by a hot cross dresser and the gay dance troupe? I thought we’d come farther than that…okay I didn’t. But it’s still a little tragic. At least the creepy girl who beats up her dad didn’t get through either.

Photo: http://www.lassosandlariats.com

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This French ad for the popular juice drink Orangina is taking some serious flack for being way too provocative. I don’t consider myself a prude, but after watching the 60 second commercial I couldn’t help but blush. That’s not an easy thing to do when you’re Black.

See for yourself:

I don’t think the ad would be half as bad if the roles were played by people as opposed to cartoon animals with human sex parts. And just how did these animals get access to these supplies, clothes and Orangina in the first place? I’m left with so many questions…and the urge to puke.

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NBC’s Golden Son, Michael Phelps, is hosting the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on September 13.

That will give him just enough time to learn how to enunciate.

Hopefully it gives the writing staff enough time to develop several sketches featuring a topless Michael Phelps.

Photo: thelanetrain.wordpress.com

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I don’t watch Dancing With The Stars but I do like to see which “celebs” they can wrangle to participate. The list has improved each go round and this season’s crop of stars includes some pretty notable names (Beijing Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor and gastrosexual Rocco DiSpirito to name a few) but none of them are as legit famous/talented as Cloris Leachman.

She’s an Oscar winner, and an Emmy winner a million times over. Plus she’s tough as nails, even at 82-years-old. And did I mention she’s flippin’ hilarious!

Here’s the video (Sorry it’s not embedded. I’m working on it. ) of Leachman sticking it to Bob Saget and the rest of the panel at Saget’s Comedy Central Roast. When I saw this on TV I went into one of those ” I’m pretty sure I can’t breathe yet I can’t stop laughing” kind of moments. She may be worth watching Dancing for.

Want more? Here’s Part 2.

Photo: Trivial Tribute

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In case edubTV is your only source of TV news, (my apologies BTW), you may not have heard that there’s a new full-time American Idol judge joining Paula, Randy and Simon. Her name is Kara Dioguardi and she’s a songwriter by trade and also Senior Vice-President of A&R at Warner Brothers.

According to my favorite speedy research tool Wikipedia, her songs have been recorded by some heavy hitters (Santana, Faith Hill, and Celine Dion) and some not-so-heavy-hitters (Ashlee Simpson! Ouch!)

A lot of thoughts came to mind when I heard the news about the 4th judge. Instead of trying to articulate tonight, I thought I would just give myself 60 seconds to jot down some notes. Piece them together as you wish. And your time starts….now:

  • Paula = Pill Popper/ Kara = Not Pill Popper
  • How will they sit?
  • Will I still be a Randy? Or will I be a Kara?
  • Has she been on auditions?
  • Is there room for a 4th person behind the table?
  • Do you have to get three votes to move on now?
  • If Seacrest has to ask one more person what they thought, won’t that make the show even longer?
  • She looks like Katherine McPhee
  • I miss Dunkleman.

And stop. I wish I could’ve ended on a thought better than Brian Dunkleman.

Photo: LA Times

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The Onion AV Club spoke to Rainn Wilson last week about his new movie The Rocker and The Office. Wilson had this to say regarding the spin-off,

“Yes, it stars me. It’s caled Schrute To Kill, and I’m a mercenary for hire like Blackwater, and I get into all kinds of comic misadventures all around the globe. So we’ll be shooting a lot in Kabul.”

Classic. Can’t wait to see Wilson back in action in September.

Photo: BBC.CO.Uk

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Speaking of shows coming to life, the folks at Top Chef are doing some cooking demonstrations, and sharing some show insights as a part of Top Chef: The Tour. The event stops in 20 cities across the country and admission to the hour-long sessions are free.

Different chefs appear in each stop. Detroit was fortunate enough to get my favorite unstable, Ginger-headed cook, Andrew. Madison will have to settle for a visit from Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard and Season 3’s Dale Levitsky (or as I like to call him, the Dale everyone liked)

Click here for all the details on the tour itself. If you want to see the chefs when they stop in Madison next week, check out the pertinent info here.

Photo: Chicago Tribune

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