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Other than the news that Alyson Hannigan had her baby (it’s a girl, they named her Satyana) its been kind of a slow TV news day. I haven’t watched anything of note to talk about (Though 24 was especially brillz! No one fucks with Tony Almeida and gets away with it).

So that leaves me with one option. Ladies and gentleman, edubTV faithful, and those just passing through. For your consideration, this picture.

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I have so many questions, and yet find myself at peace. Though I’m sure the baby would’ve preferred to be held by Splinter.

Image: SEXY PEOPLE

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What a Monday folks! We had one long-held rumor confirmed for us, and one nice little surprise come to light.

  • First, the rumor in question. Yes, we’re being treated to two more seasons ( 13 episodes each) of Friday Night Lights. Bickety-Bam! NBC is continuing their partnership with Direct-TV so the dish will get the eps first and NBC will run them second. I personally don’t care when they air, so long they run as promised. This season has been spectacular and rumor has it the season finale is a beaut.’ Great determination from this show’s rabid fan base. They never gave up hope. Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!
  • Second, a jolly piece of news today: the syndication rights to The Office have been sold to stations covering 93% of the country. What does this mean for you? Unless you live in Moose Junction (and maybe even there) The Office will be on 5 nights a week in a city near you. What nice news. The show currently pops up in re-runs on TBS but the potential to see it everyday is a nice step-up. Not only will this get the show out to the latecomers who “didn’t understand it” the first time around, it also gives us long-running fans something to smile about. My hope? It replaces the current Two and A Half Men hour currently soaking up time on my Fox affiliate.

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Why is everyone trying to save Dennis Rodman?

Is he really sweet off camera? Are we all still hung up  on “reapeat-3-peat” memories?

I just don’t understand why we’re being brought to tears over a basketball player, who by all accounts, seems like kind of a douchebag.

End of diatribe.

Image: http://www.filmbug.com

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; white people are kind of wacky. Watch them here enjoying the old American pastime, hambone.

Happy Friday everybody!

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I’m trying to watch Better Off Ted again. I just don’t think it’s for me. It’s a little too cute for my taste. I can almost see it animated. 5 second review over, on to the updates.

  • Barbara Walters is 79-years-old. It’s about time she retires. (Sidenote: Regis Philbin is also 75+. Both of them look a decade younger than John McCain.
  • Mad Men update! Season 3 starts shooting in May and premieres in July. Everyone’s favorite closeted Italian Sal, played masterfully by Bryan Batt, said his character will probably never come out. “There’s going to be more torture in his story, “ he said. I can’t wait.
  • Things are worse than I thought: Two and a Half Men just got renewed through 2012. Sweet jesus. Won’t they be at 3 men by then?
  • I didn’t anything was off limits for Family Guy but apparently this was.
  • And my favorite non-TV related link of the week: Lunch Bag Art. One awesome papa draws gorgeous pictures on his children’s lunch bags. I’m sure a book deal is fast approaching.

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Dan Meth is an animator and blogger. He’s making a series of pop culture charts and graphs. This is one that made me smile.

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He couldn’t include every show but I think he did a nice cross section. Sometimes when you watch TV it seems like everything is happening in New York or LA. It’s nice to have a visual confirmation that that’s just not the case.

See more of Meth’s chart-work on his website. My favorite is the sitcom houses diagram.

Image: danmeth.com

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Guess who just made me feel like a shlub? None other than boxer-brief advocate and Amazing Race host, Phil Keoghan.

The all around good-guy is hopping on his bike for what will surely be an epic journey, complete with saddle sores and lots of fun along the way. He’s biking over 3,500 miles (from Los Angeles to New York City) to raise money for multiple sclerosis research. The trip starts on Saturday and runs through May 9, equaling out to just about 85 miles in the saddle each day. Along the way he’s planning to do promotional events at GNC stores and attend some Amazing Race casting calls.

Phil had this to say about his upcoming trek,

“I fly over 400,000 miles a year and I figured it was time to stretch my legs. I love to ride so I thought I’d see what this great country looks like up close instead of taking a bird’s eye view at 30,000 feet.”

I’m glad there are folks like him out there pushing their bodies to limit for a good cause. You can donate to Phil online (Help him out, he’s only raised $525 bucks so far) and follow the trip on his personal website.

Image: www.philridesacrossamerica.com

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Today is the last day of Spring Break and it’s my last Spring Break ever as a student. Wowzers! I’m in 18th grade now (yay Grad School!) and frankly I’m ready to just finish up. I’m graduating in less than two months (yay finishing Grad School!) and from the looks of this sketch, from Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, I can’t get out of here soon enough.

I have a hard time embedding anything but YouTube so you’ll have to click out, but trust me, it’s worth it. For your consideration: Grad Student Spring Break.

SIP, SIP, SIP!

Image: http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/

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This one sort of explains itself. Happy Friday everybody.

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I caught the two-hour premiere of NBC’s latest offering, Kings on Hulu two nights ago. Now that I’ve had time to digest and gather my thoughts, I have a few things to say.

My initial impression is that the show is pretty interesting, with buckets of opportunity. There’s sexy people, intrigue, murder, war, corruption, politics, small-town life, city life, revenge, extra-marital affairs, a gay prince and a badass Black reverend. See? Story lines out the yin-yang. But I’m worried. Despite a pretty interesting concept, this show still has the potential to go south pretty quick. Here are my tips for preventing this. You listening NBC?

1. Don’t Come To Close To Home
We get it, we get it, the fictional kingdom of Gilboa could very well be America. Corporations and religious leaders are at the right hand of the leader, the government controls what the media reports, and there are so many secrets it’s enough to make you sick. While it’s intriguing, the folks behind Kings need to make the distinction between “Gilboa” and a little place I like to call, “Scary-Executive-Branch-America.” Unless of course Gilboa is in America, a theory I’m currently working on. Basically the fictional country should be the TV equivalent of Genovia.

2. But Don’t Get Too Wacky Either

While I don’t want Kings to scream “America,” I also don’t want it to get too outrageous. No aliens, no supernatural, etc. We were getting a little borderline in the pilot with those ridiculous tanks, but hopefully that’s the extent of it. I don’t want to learn a new language, I don’t want excessive backstory or easter eggs to keep up with. I just want a new,  well written, suspenseful drama about this mysterious new royal family. Case closed.

3. Change the time-slot
I’m sorry NBC but my Sundays are loaded down already. Currently I watch/record Amazing Race, Desperate Housewives, Big Love, United States of Tara, Breaking Bad, Eastbound & Down, Flight of the Conchords, Brothers & Sisters, The Simpsons and occasionally Extreme Makeover Home Edition. It already takes me three days to get through Sunday TV. Kings will never find it’s way into my DVR line-up. Your best bet? Move to Mondays. No Sunday night log-jam and very little competition.

If this show is in the right hands, it could do wonders for NBC (think Heroes before it went downhill). But with poor ratings in the first week (stupid log-jam) and no re-run by NBC (they re-ran the Celebrity Apprentice premiere for crying out loud!) let’s hope word of mouth will help it get some new folks to the table. Or for the web-savvy you can download the premiere for free on iTunes or watch it on Hulu.

Image: nbc.com/kings

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The “Seriously Adam Lambert? Really?” Edition

  • Speaking of which, Scandalist put together 5 covers of “Ring of Fire” better than his last night.
  • In other Idol chatter, check out some of Paula Abdul’s “poetry.” I thought she’d gone of the deep end this year but it turns out she’s always been this way.
  • Seth Rogen may host SNL in April. Sweet! BTW did you catch SNL on Saturday? Tracy Morgan did a great job and we saw the triumphant return of Astronaut Jones. No new clip, I’m making do with the old ones.
  • Guess who signed on to do a cameo on The Cleveland Show? Sir Kanye!
  • And finally, my favorite non-TV related link of the week: Scanwiches I’ve yet to meet a food Tumblr I didn’t like.

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After reading a few news reports, and some reviews in HR and Variety, I’m definitely looking forward to the premiere season of “Better off Ted” which airs tonight at 8:30 on ABC. The show stars Jay Harrington of “Desperate Housewives” and Portia de Rossi (woohoo) of “Arrested Development.”

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The pilot, written by Victor Fresco, the man behind both “My name is Earl” and “Andy Richter Controls the Universe” opens us Ted’s world focusing on his office and work environment. I’m looking forward to a a new, narrative fictional take on office life, since I already have my fav mokumentary to turn to.  Hopefully it’ll impress. Tune in and let me know what you think!

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