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The Simpsons Treehouse of HorrorDig deep into to your stash of mini-candy bars and Smarties as TV's most anticipated Halloween tradition returns. The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XIX airs on Fox November 2nd but does it measure up to the phenomenal Treehouse specials of years past? You bet! It's another winning animated anthology of EC Comics style fun, a monster mashup sure to scare up gales of laughter and howls of hilarity.

The eerie affair begins with Homer attempting to vote for President with horrific results in a story inspired by actual chilling incidents. Then, Bart's Christmas present to Lisa sparks an intergalactic incident in a farcical twist on the Transformers movie.

In a wry parody of Mad Men ('How to Get Ahead in Dead-Vertising'), Homer accidentally kills Krusty and discovers there's money to be made exploiting his image; that leads to an angry army of spirits descending from heaven to put a stop to celebrity impersonators.

The very funny finale is a spot on satire of the venerable Charlie Brown holiday specials with Millhouse waiting in the pumpkin patch for the Grand Pumpkin. Too bad he actually shows up and spoils everyone's Thanksgiving. Or something like that. Wait until you see The Simpsons cast as the Peanuts gang. Classic!

The Simpsons may be losing steam and beginning a slow wind down but Treehouse of Horror still crackles and pops with all the hilarity and ingenuity you expect. Too bad this isn't a weekly series by itself.

Don't miss this Fox Sunday treat on November 2nd at 9:00pm ET/PT.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 5:45am


Terminator, Fringe, 90210, The Mentalist, and Knight Rider have been picked up for a full season. The Ex List may join them.

Comedy legend Rudy Ray Moore is dead at 81; he greatly influenced modern rap and hip-hop artists with his hilarious, filthy 'Dolemite' and 'Petey Wheatstraw' routines and movies. He was no rooty poot.

Here's a look at Sunday’s Mad Men Episode 12 “The Mountain King.”
Joan's Fiance Visits The Office:

Betty Draper Is An Awful Woman:

Check out a sneak peek of Mad Men Season Finale “Meditations In An Emergency.” Sterling Cooper is in play and the office scrambles without Don. Betty learns some disconcerting news.

MAD MEN airs Sundays on AMC at 10PM ET/PT.

Kevin Butler writes in regard to an earlier post: "The name of the character actor who played the hapless Sid to Chuck's wisecracking neighbor in the Right Guard commercials was Bill Fiore. I was lucky enough to meet Mr. Fiore in NYC many years ago and he told me that he had a ball working with Chuck in those commercials."

Check out Kevin's tribute to the recently deceased Jack Narz.

NBC's Crusoe debuted on Friday to weak numbers. Saturday Night Live's numbers are up a whopping 161% over last October. The show is getting primetime level ratings at 10.7 last weekend, that's a 24 share. It would have been the number 3 show for the week if late night shows were included with primetime Nielsen numbers.

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Former Dean Martin Golddigger Maria Lauren points us to this cool video tribute to "The Golddiggers of the Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin Tour" and music director Lee Hale. You gotta love the medley of 1970's theme songs!

TV Blog - Dean Martin & girlsMaria and fellow Golddiggers Linda Eichberg and Peggy Gohl have a boffo act called “The Showstoppers” and they're playing to big crowds wherever they go. No wonder, between the songs they entertain the crowd with behind the scenes stories about The Dean Martin Show and even invite audience members up on the stage to join them. For a finale they perform a rousing tribute to U.S. Veterans with a rendition of 'God Bless America.'

These gals are keeping that grand show business song and dance tradition alive, offering audiences a rare opportunity to see what old school Vegas style entertainment was all about.

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Tune in tomorrow (Monday night) to Boston Legal to see the great Chuck McCann guest star. I just watched the first season of The Bob Newhart Show and who should turn up as an obnoxious neighbor that shares a bathroom with the Hartleys but Chuck himself. Great casting when you consider that he played the ultimate obnoxious neighbor in a series of hilarious commercials for Right Guard where he exclaimed, "Hi Guy!" from the other side of some hapless fellow's medicine cabinet.

I said it a few days ago and I'll say it again - if sales through this site is any indication, Carole and Paula in the Magic Garden (2 DVDs plus 1 CD) is a runaway hit! I thought Winky Dink & You would be a big seller but it may be a sleeper.

You think this election is ugly? That's nothing compared to what went on in 1958:

Peanuts booksFrom now until Christmas I'm going to highlight some unusual gift ideas that will please almost anyone but wouldn't be what you might ordinarily consider.

Like this wonderful book that reprints all of the Peanuts strips from 1967-1970, some consider these to be Schultz' best years. This award-wining series of books is top quality in every way, a very handsome volume, something you can pick up every once in a while and enjoy.

From the product description: With intros by John Waters and Mo Willems! The Complete Peanuts 1967-1968 is a particularly Snoopy-heavy collection. In addition to seeing the beagle adopt multiple personas, this volume also sees the appearance of what would be Schulz's most controversial major character: Franklin. In Charles Schulz's The Complete Peanuts 1969-1970, Woodstock makes his first appearance, Snoopy is left in the Van Pelt family's care as the Browns vacation... and the Little Red-Haired Girl moves away.

And it's only $31.50 with free shipping if you order now from Amazon. Think of the gas money alone you'll save by not having to go to the bookstore (that won't have it in stock anyway). If you have any unique gift suggestions that have worked for you, let me know!

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I've posted this before but it's just so funny - a collection of bloopers from game shows:

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Susan Walker writes: "I've just paid another satisfying visit to your highly addictive site, Sigh. I'm a non-smoker, but it's almost as if I need a cigarette.

"I have a co-worker who loves TV trivia as much as I - and yes, I directed him to your site. We were discussing game show hosts this morning since it was in the news that Jack Narz died. Trivia buff that he is, Mike knew that not only was Jack Tom Kennedy's brother, but had been Bill Cullen's brother-in-law at one time.

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The Price is Right, Drew Carey is the last. Ever taken a good look at the two of them side-by-side? Same haircut, same glasses, even the same facial features, only Drew carries a few more pounds. It's my opinion that Drew is Bill's long-lost unacknowledged son."

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Saturday, October 18, 2008 - 6:15am


TV BlogIs there no end to the publicity you can get by telling everyone about your sorted past? From the press release:

Starting yesterday on Howard TV On Demand, former child actress Maureen McCormick (The Brady Bunch) is interviewed by Stern about the wild dichotomy between her on-screen character and her personal life. On the nearly hour-long, totally uncensored appearance, McCormick speaks frankly about her double life: her experiences with sex, drugs, ruining a date with Steve Martin because she was “coked out“and the untold relationships between herself and her cast mates. She talks about partying at the Playboy Mansion and Wilt Chamberlain’s house, and trading sex for drugs with at least four different men. She’s cleaned up her act and now lives with her husband of 24 years and has a 19 year-old-daughter.

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