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I totally thought it was Wednesday yesterday so you got your Hump Day Updates ahead of schedule. Now I am going to totally blow your mind and do Marry, Bop or Kill today. I missed last week and I’ll be out of town this weekend so I figured I owe you one. Let’s get to it!

Marry: Bob Crowley

Bob Crowley, a physics teacher from Maine, was crowned champion of Survivor: Gabon on Sunday. At 57 he’s the oldest winner and for my money, the nicest. He played the game well, but fairly. He was affable, creative (two fake immunity idols?!) and really seemed to enjoy every part of the experience. Plus he turned his buff into a bowtie. Charm isn’t dead folks.

Bop: Rhys Darby as Murray on Flight of The Conchords

Season 2 of the hilarious HBO musical-comedy premiered online at Funny or Die.com. Jemaine and Bret are outstanding as usual but the oft-forgotten shining star of this show is lowly band manager Murray Hewitt played to near perfection by Rhys Darby. Murray’s awkward quips continue to steal the show and I cannot wait to see the second episode in January. Darby is so good on FOTC I may even check out his new movie Yes Man starring Jim Carrey…or at least watch it On Demand a year from now.

Kill: Planet Hollywood – New York

Planet Hollywood invites celebrities to make handprints in cement. Which starlet just graced PH:New York with her presence? Danielle Fishel. Don’t remember her? She was Topanga on Boy Meets World. We’ve officially run out of celebrities. Who’s next? The little girl from the Pepsi commercials?

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I’ve been looking forward to writing this all day. Let’s not wait any longer.

  • Seth Macfarlane came in at Number 1 on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 25 Smartest People In Television. He’s a creative and enterprising guy but this still ticks me off a bit.
  • Former Presidential Candidate and wrinkly old man Fred Thompson is returning to TV in a guest-arc on Life on Mars.
  • Sean Avery got kicked out of the NHL indefinitely for referring to his ex-girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert (aka Kim Bauer from 24) as “sloppy seconds” in an interview before a game last week. 24 fans are throwing him a ticker-tape parade.
  • Jeff Lindsay had a guest spot on Dexter this week. He’s the author of the books the show is based on.
  • Dallas and Starr of Amazing Race are in fact dating. They are going to have the greasiest/most media hungry children ever.
  • Hey style mavens: Guess who’s doing a line of shoes and handbags for payless? Our fierce friend Christian Siriano
  • I was fully prepared to ditch my premium channels next month until I saw this clip from the L Word season premiere. Blast! I’m already hooked again.
  • And for those of you with the premiums, FunnyorDie.com is streaming theĀ  season two premiere of Flight of the Conchords on December 17. That’s a few week’s prior to its air date on HBO.
  • And finally, in a three-way tie, My Favorite Non-TV Related Sites of the Week: 1. Phone My Phone: Finally, the internet is using its powers for good…to help me find my cell phone when I’m home alone. 2. Prop 8 The Musical: A little late getting around the internet, but still pretty awesome and finally, for your consideration, a walrus playing a teeny tiny saxophone.

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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.

Photo: HeroesTheSeries.com

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The nominations for the Television Critics Awards came out today. Unlike the Emmy’s, the TV critics tend to know what they’re talking about and it’s always interesting to check out which shows they think are a cut above the rest.

You can see the full list here but here are some stats worth mentioning.

– HBO miniseries John Adams earned three nominations. That may not sound like too many but there are only 9 categories. The show may not win for program of the year but Paul Giamatti will probably walk away with the award for Individual Achievement in Drama.

– Christina Applegate earned a nom for Individual Achievement in Comedy for her work on Samantha Who. Applegate outshines this show. Without her, it probably wouldn’t have made it past the Writer’s Strike.

Breaking Bad is off to a great start, with a nomination for Outstanding New Program. I hope this praise means Emmy will shine on this gem of a show as well. Bryan Cranston was superb as a dying teacher and Meth-maker.

Flight of the Conchords earned a few nominations as well. The boys may walk away with an Emmy this year and I can’t wait to hear their acceptance speech.

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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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HBO is working out a deal to sell their some of their TV shows on iTunes.

While this is great news, the real headline here is that the episodes are probably going to sell for more than the $1.99 price-point Apple has for the rest of their TV content. This is the first time in Apple’s agreed to different pricing structure ever (at least on iTunes USA).

You may recall NBC taking their shows off the online megastore after Apple refused to sell episodes of The Office, Law & Order and the rest of the line-up for $4.99. I bet the honchos over at the peacock are pretty pissed tonight.

But honestly, most episodes of HBO shows are worth more than $2. The network boasts an amazing canon of modern television. (Deadwood, Sex & The City, Six Feet Under, Big Love, The Sopranos, Extras, Bill Maher, etc.) Hell, I’d pay $5 to watch Bret and Jemaine any day.

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