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Find When Shows Premiere/Return for Winter TV - 2014It’s a new year and new shows are about to begin and other shows will be resuming their seasons or returning with new seasons. But, when does your favorite show start or return with new episodes? Well, we’re here to help. Find links to resources below where shows are listed alphabetically, in a calendar format, a handy daily grid online or printable, by date or network, or for those that like to listen instead of read.

What show/s are you most looking forward to for Winter TV 2014?

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7 Fun Christmas Gift Ideas for the TV Fan on Your List – 2011 Mon, 05 Dec 2011 14:50:57 +0000

Last year while searching for Christmas gift ideas, I found some fun TV related ones. So, this year I set out to find some more fun gift ideas for the TV fan on your list. Have you found any fun TV related gift ideas this year?

Parks and Recreation Pyramid of Greatness T-ShirtParks & Recreation Pyramid of Greatness T-Shirt – Lots of great things have come from Ron “F***ing” Swanson on Parks & Recreations, but the Pyramid of Greatness, as seen in the third season premiere, “Go Big or Go Home,” is well, one of the greatest. It is also available in poster form. Both are on sale at the NBC Store.

Psych ToasterPsych Toaster – Have some fun with your food and toast a pineapple onto your bread in the morning. It has seven heat settings and removable plates and is presently on sale at the NBC Store.

Glee Magic 8-BallGlee Magic 8-Ball – Just like the classic Magic 8-Ball, this Glee inspired version will answer all your questions with 20 different talking and singing phrases. I wonder what it would say if you asked it why season two sucked so bad? Found at Amazon for under $10.

Doctor Who TARDIS Talking Cookie JarDoctor Who TARDIS Talking Cookie Jar – Any Doctor Who fan that also likes cookies would love this gift, even if it isn’t bigger on the inside than on the outside. And, while it doesn’t actually “talk,” it does make authentic TARDIS sounds. A great place to store those out of this world chocolate chip cookies. Found at ThinkGeek.

NCIS Caf-Pow Cup
NCIS Caf-Pow Cup
– Get this “Caf-Pow!” travel cup and be just like Abby. Fill it with 32oz. of your favorite caffeinated beverage or whatever it is you like to drink. If you want to be just like Abby, you can get some Caf-Pow! Energy Drink. Found at the CBS Store.

Soft Kitty Singing PlushSoft Kitty Singing Plush – Now you can be just like Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory when you get sick. Just press the paw and it sings “Soft Kitty” to you as many times as you want. Found at ThinkGeek.

Kindle Fire Tablet From AmazonKindle Fire – What’s more fun than watching TV shows and movies? Watching them whenever and wherever you want. Sure it’s built to get you to buy your TV and movies from Amazon Instant Video, but you can also download the Netflix and HuluPlus apps and watch them too. Plus, you can check email, surf the web, listen to music, and so much more than just read books. Yes, it’s no iPad2, but it’s not supposed to be. It’s built mainly for consuming media and it does a fine job of doing so for only $199. Available at Amazon.

Links are affiliate links, which means if you buy something that will receive a small percentage for referring the sale. You get the same price as if you had come across the item yourself at that site, but are helping to support this site in the process. It’s a win-win-win. Hope you find the list helpful. Merry Christmas and Happy Shopping!

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7 More Suggested New Year’s Resolutions for TV Showrunners Sun, 02 Jan 2011 00:05:31 +0000

A few days ago @danieltwalters of The Pacific Northwest Inlander tweeted that he was “writing a list of suggested New Year’s #TVShowrunnerResolutions” and asked if anyone had any to add. To which I tried to think of some, but couldn’t come up with any. Then he posted his list of Suggested New Year’s Resolutions for TV Showrunners a couple days ago. Great list, I only disagreed with one of them. Yet, I still couldn’t think of anything to add.

On Thursday at work, it was a slow night, my mind wandered onto this topic and by the end of my shift I had come up with seven more resolutions to add.

TV Showrunners Should Also Resolve the Following:

“I resolve that my police procedural will not have a coroner with some weird or wacky trait.”

“I resolve that I won’t use certain elements on my premium cable show just because I can.”

“I resolve to not write midseason/season ending cliffhangers that are so easily resolved in the first few seconds/minutes of the next episode as to not have mattered at all.” – The White Collar rule, if you will.

“I resolve to not remake a foreign and/or old show unless I have a truly new and unique version of the story to tell.” – The Battlestar Galactica rule. Updated Note: I called this the BSG rule cause they did it right, which I see now given how I named the previous rule could have been misinterpreted.

“I resolve that I will not kill off a character just because the episode will be airing during sweeps and/or the show needs a ratings bump.”

Conversely, “I resolve not to keep a character around too long, just because the fans, the network, or I really like them.” – The Sylar rule.

Lastly, “I resolve that I will never have a character say, ‘I just peed a little’ or ‘I just threw up in my mouth a little bit’ ever again.” – This is a TV pet peeve of mine, but every time I hear a character utter the words “I just peed a little,” it makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit.

And in case you were wondering, the resolution from Daniel’s list I disagreed with is the one about never having favorite characters hook up romantically. I believe that the “will they/won’t they” question should be answered, one-way or the other, before the last episode of a series. I think there are just as many problems with dragging out this type of storyline with obstacle after obstacle as there are with resolving it at some point the way most fans would want to see. There’s a wealth of stories to be told in the context of the latter and it’s kind of sad that most never will.

What New Year’s resolutions for TV showrunners/writers would you add? Which ones do you disagree with? Let us know in the comments.

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7 Fun Christmas Gifts Ideas for the TV Fan on Your List – 2010 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 14:00:51 +0000

I was browsing around the web over the last week looking for some fun Christmas gifts for friends and family when I came across the pizza cutter shown below at ThinkGeek. While there I found some other cool items that many a TV fan might enjoy and I just had to share them. So, the idea of the list was born. I added a few more fun gift ideas for the TV fan on your list from the CBS and NBC stores and below you will find the result. Links are affiliate links, which means if you buy something that will receive a small percentage for referring the sale. Today is about the last day you can order stuff online with ground shipping and still have it arrive before Christmas. Have you found any fun TV related gift ideas this year?

Star Trek Enterprise Pizza Cutter
Star Trek Enterprise Pizza Cutter
– While searching for fun Christmas gift ideas; I came across this very fun metal pizza cutter in the form of the famous NCC-1701 Enterprise ship from Star Trek the original series. Now, the Trekkie on your list can boldly cut pizza where nobody has cut before.

Magic Wand - Programmable TV Remote
Magic Wand – Programmable TV Remote
– After coming across the pizza cutter above, I found this while browsing the same site. It might just be the coolest remote control I’ve ever seen. Up to 13 different functions on your TV can be operated with just the flick of the wrist, once you get the hang of it, like magic. Watch the video at the site.

Psych 'I've heard it both ways' T-shirt
Psych ‘I’ve heard it both ways’ T-shirt
– Shawn’s “I’ve heard it both ways” in response to being corrected after misusing a word is one of my favorite bits on Psych. So much so that the line has weaved its way into my list of frequently used idioms.

Community Troy and Abed Mug
Community – Troy and Abed In the Morning Mug
– The Community end tags are full of some of the most random things, but are almost always funny. The “Troy and Abed in the Morning” bit is one of the best. What Community fan wouldn’t want to drink their morning cup of coffee in one of these.

How I Met Your Mother Slap Bet Commissioner T-shirt - White
How I Met Your Mother Slap Bet Commissioner T-Shirt – White
– The “Slap Bet” episode from season two and the “Slapsgiving” episode from season three are two of my favorites from How I Met Your Mother. Now, you can bestow the trusty Lily-type in your group with the honor of being Slap Bet Commissioner.

Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock iPhone Case
Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock iPhone Case
– They also have this on t-shirts and other items, but it would be pretty fun on your iPhone. I wish they made one of these for my phone, but alas they do not.

Bazinga! T-Shirt
Bazinga! T-Shirt
– Any fan of The Big Bang Theory would surely like this shirt. Or, maybe the hoodie or the lunch box.

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7 TV Things the TVaholic Is Thankful For Thu, 25 Nov 2010 14:28:02 +0000

Obviously, I’m thankful for my family and friends, a roof over my head, and a job that pays the bills, but this is a TV site. So, I’m going to focus on things related to TV that I am thankful for on this Thanksgivng holiday.

The TVaholic is Thankful For:

  1. Every reader and TVtimesThree podcast listener, as I love chatting about TV with you. Whether via the comments sections here and there or over on Twitter via @theTVaholic, talking about TV with fellow fans is one of my favorite things to do. Next to actually watching the shows of course.
  2. My DVRs, as they allow me to watch much more TV than I could ever do without them. And yes, I am fully aware that by fast-forwarding through and thus not watching the commercials that I am helping to slowly kill the medium I love so much.
  3. On Demand content from Xfinity, well really I’m thankful when it actually works properly and updates shows promptly. This too has allowed me to watch much more TV than I would be able to without it.
  4. TV show screeners, as I love being one of the first to get to see a new show or upcoming episode and am very grateful to those cable outlets and TV networks that have seen fit to allow me to do so.
  5. Comedies like 30 Rock, Community, Cougar Town, and Modern Family that consistently bring the funny.
  6. Smartly scripted dramas like House, Sons of Anarchy, and Terriers that have great characters and superb story arcs.
  7. And lastly, shows like Castle, Chuck, and Psych that so adeptly merge the comedy with the drama.

I could probably list many more TV things I’m thankful for, but now it’s your turn. What TV related things are you most thankful for? Let us know in the comments.

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Top 7 Super Bowl XLIV Commercials 2010 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 13:37:48 +0000

Overall the ads during Super Bowl XLIV were pretty lackluster. Even the seven I picked below as my favorites weren’t really all that great.

The one thing I didn’t particularly care for was the number of ads that showed guys to be spineless, jerks, and cheaters, among other less than desirable characteristics. On the face of it, it just seems dumb. I mean, who do you think the largest group of people are watching the Super Bowl? It’s guys, dudes, men, males, etc. Is this the way to influence them to buy your product? Anyway, here are my favorites.

7 Best Super Bowl XLIV Ads

  1. The Late Show With David Letterman Ad with Dave, Oprah, and Jay Leno – This is the one ad that made you go what, wait, what? Plus, it was funny and a brilliant marketing move for both Jay and Dave, even though it was supposed to be an ad for >The Late Show. It got people talking about both of them. Plus, it was a nice play off the Dave and Oprah ad from 2007 when CBS has the Super Bowl last.

    Ad Result: While my favorite, it won’t get me watching either of the late night hosts’ shows.
  2. Snickers Ad with Betty White and Abe Vigoda – This was the first ad that at least got me chuckling. Great representation of not feeling like yourself, even if a Snickers bar won’t really get you going, the ad was funny. Plus, Betty White is the queen of comedy and has a great sense of humor about herself, which is showed off quite well in the ad.

    Ad Result: I won’t be buying any more Snickers than I already occasionally do.
  3. Bud Light Stranded Ad – Nice parody of Lost, which right now is at the top of my TV viewing thinking, so really liked this one.

    Ad Result: I don’t drink, so had no shot of working.
  4. Doritos House Rules Ad – Little kids are funny, especially when they do something you aren’t expecting, like telling his mother’s suitor to keep his hands of his mother and his Doritos.

    Ad Result: I won’t be buying any more Doritos than I already occasionally do.
  5. Google Parisian Love Ad – It’s always interesting just how little you actually need to tell a compelling story, like a few search terms for example. It was cute, told a nice story, but didn’t quite get the people that were getting all weepy over it, it wasn’t that good of a story. Mostly, I was just shocked to see an ad for Google on my TV, as I don’t recall ever seeing one before.

    Ad Result: I already pretty much use Google as my main search engine and wasn’t planning on changing anytime soon.
  6. Bridgestone Your Tires or Your Life Ad – I’m just partial to misunderstood words and sound a likes in my comedy, so enjoyed this one. But, seriously didn’t expect the wife to be hot.

    Ad Result: Don’t see myself seeking out any Bridgestone tires the next time I need new tires.
  7. Hotel Hell Vacation Trailer Ad – It’s the Griswolds on vacation, so I’m in right off the bat. Haven’t gone and watched the whole short film yet, but probably will.

    Ad Result: May get me to their site to watch the entire video, but doubt I will be using their service to book any future trips.

So, overall there weren’t a lot of very memorable commercials and the ones that were don’t really do a good job at what a commercial is supposed to do, get you interested in spending your money on their product or service.

What did you think of this year’s Super Bowl ads? What was your favorite? Least favorite? Let us know in the comments.

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7 Reasons TV Fans Should Be Using Twitter Wed, 25 Feb 2009 01:02:43 +0000

Follow theTVaholic on TwitterActually, I may have more than seven reasons TV fans should be using Twitter, but I tried to put them into seven categories. I’m sure there are more.

First, you may be asking yourself, “What is Twitter?” Well, it is a cross between an instant messaging service and a micro-blog. It allows you to put forth 140 character messages, or “tweets” that anyone can follow respond to, unless you keep your account private. But, what fun would that be?

Twitter is actually kind of hard to explain, for something so easy to use, but this Twitter introduction video posted over at TwiTip does an excellent job of doing just that. TwiTip is a great resource for learning more about what Twitter is and how to use it. A good place to start there is with this setting up a Twitter account tutorial and then checking out these 10 steps for Twitter beginners.

Once you’ve got your Twitter account ready to go, or even if you’ve been using it for a while, you need to be following people to get the most out of it. People that you share a common interest with, which in this case is television. But, who should you follow and why? Well, here are my seven reasons you, as a television fan, should be on Twitter, along with a few suggestions of who you may want to start following.

7 Reasons TV Fans Should Be Using Twitter

  1. Follow Other TV Fans and Friends – One of the best things about Twitter is coming in contact with people you would have never met any other way, all because you share the same fascination with Lost or some other TV show. Twitter gives you the ability to chat with friends and find others that share a love of TV or anything else for that matter. For example, I exchange tweets periodically with pedrobeck, a “TV freak” that lives in São Paulo, Brazil. Where else, but on a service like Twitter, would a guy from Seattle (me) be able to talk Heroes with a guy from Brazil in the course of your normal daily life.
  2. Follow TV Actors From Your Favorite Shows – While chatting with family, friends and other TV fans is great, how cool would it be to ask a question directly of someone you watch on TV. Well, more and more TV actors are extending their presence online with blogs and social media services like Twitter. Are you a Heroes fan? Then you might want to follow breagrant, dividepictures (Milo Ventimiglia’s production company), or greggrunberg. Other familiar TV faces on Twitter are: DavidBlue, dhewlett (David Hewlett), feliciaday, jimmyfallon, levarburton, michaelurie, pennjillette, rainnwilson, and wilw (Wil Wheaton).
  3. Follow TV Bloggers and Podcasters – TV bloggers and podcasters like myself, theTVaholic, and my fellow TV times Three podcasters, mytakeontv and raelee, are what you might call extreme TV fans. We so love TV and watch so much of it that we started our own TV themed websites or podcasts to talk about the entertainment medium we enjoy spending so much time with. If you want to talk about your latest Lost theory or how great that last episode of Chuck was, then these are some of the people you will want to follow. Here are a few to start you off with besides the three mentioned above: allyourtv, daemonstv, deekayw, gmmr, hitfixdaniel, justjody, memles, seat42f, televisionary, tvmadman, tvpicks, and TVTalkRadio. There are a lot more, but these are the ones that I regularly follow and converse with about TV. Another reason to follow people in this group is because of interviews. Some will post about an upcoming interview and solicit questions from their followers. Others will post comments and quotes as they happen during an interview, or what one might call live-twittering. This type of thing also happens from events like the upcoming Paley TV Fest in April or Comic-Con in July or just while watching an awards show like the Emmys etc.
  4. Follow TV Critics, Journalists, and Publications – Even with all the talk of new media taking the place of newspapers and magazines, these venerable old media outlets still tend to get more access to stars, producers, writers etc. in the TV industry. So, if you like to keep up with the behind the scenes aspects, or what some might call scoop, on your favorite TV shows, then you might want to follow: EWAusielloFiles, EWPopWatch, kristinalert, LATimesent, LATshowtracker, popcandy (USA Today), and TVGuide. On the TV/media critic side of things you may want to follow: brianstelter (NY Times), Deggans (St. Petersburg Times), moryan (Chicago Tribune), and tvbarn (Kansas City Star).
  5. Follow Your Favorite TV Network or Cable Outlets – Many of the networks and cable outlets have started using Twitter to promote their wares. Why might you want to follow the likes of: FOXBroadcasting, tbsveryfunny, tntweknowdrama, or lifetimetv? Well, other than updates on what’s coming up on their respective channels, they also use their Twitter feeds to announce things like contests, giveaways, online chats you can join with the stars of their shows, interviews, video clips and more fun stuff for fans of their shows.
  6. Follow Your Favorite TV Shows – Many of the networks are also starting to use Twitter for individual shows like NBC with latenightjimmy and theofficenbc. Much like the network feeds mentioned above, you will find links to giveaways, fan chats, interviews, video clips and more about that specific show. But, there are other ways to follow your favorites shows like: OfficeTally (The Office Fansite), Privileged (Behind the Scenes), _S_A_R_A_H_ (Sheriff Carter’s Smart House on Eureka) or wendilynnmakeup (Makeup Artist on Heroes). There are a lot more to find and more getting on Twitter everyday.
  7. Follow TV Writers and Producers – More and more writers and producers are going straight to there audience with things like Twitter. Much like following actors, how cool is it to hear straight from the people that are putting your favorite shows together. You can ask them questions directly about their shows and many of them will answer you. Some you may consider following are: blue439 (Jeff Greenstein is working on his No Heroics pilot), charliecraig (Exec. Producer and Writer of Eureka), DiabloOnTara (Diablo Cody’s United States of Tara), Flashpoint_TV (Co-creator of Flashpoint), globalcouch (Jesse Alexander has worked on Alias, Heroes, and Lost. Now working on his pilot, Day One), and jrorci (Writer and Producer of Fringe).

Well, that is my seven reason TV fans should be using Twitter, but it really comes down to only one, communication. The ability to chat, communicate, converse, talk, etc. about TV or anything else. As I’ve mentioned before, where else but on a service like Twitter can the average TV fan get access to their favorite TV actors, bloggers, critics, networks, other fans, podcasters, producers, publications, shows, writers and so much more related to television.

I hope you’ve found this helpful and if you’re not on Twitter yet that you will be soon. If you’re a TV fan that is already using Twitter, then let us know in the comments what your favorite thing about it is. Also, do you have any favorite TV follows that I didn’t mention? Or, an eighth reason TV fans should be on Twitter? Then jump in the comments and let us know, so we can check them out too.

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Top 7 Super Bowl XLII Commercials for 2008 Mon, 04 Feb 2008 12:41:45 +0000

In yesterday’s Tonight on the Tube post, I stated, “The Giants continue to surprise, but the TVaholic has the feeling we are in for a Patriots blowout. Really hope that I am wrong, as a Super Bowl that is close like the last game of the season between these two teams would be outstanding. So, hopefully there will at least be some good commercials.” Well, there wasn’t a blowout, but only one of my hopes came true. We got the “outstanding” game that went down to the wire, but the commercials were pretty terrible. It is a bad sign when the FOX promos for Prison Break, House and American Idol were better than most of the commercials that companies paid millions to produce and air. So, in a pretty lackluster field of competition, here are the TVaholic’s prime seven Super Bowl XLII commercials for 2008.

Top 7 Super Bowl XLII Commercials

  1. Bud Light “Breathe Fire” – Not overly original, but still funny none-the-less.
  2. T-Mobile “Wade & Barkley” – Wade finally gets into Barkley’s Fave Five, but lives to regret it. They have been setting up this payoff for quite sometime. Although, I still like the one where Barkley calls Wade as he is about to sink a putt that would get him in Barkley’s five is the best of this series of ads.
  3. Bud Light “Jackie Moon” – Letting Will Ferrell just ramble on can be hit or miss, but it works out pretty well here. Wouldn’t you like to see the outtakes on this one?
  4. Vitamin Water: “Horse Race” – It’s Shaquille O’Neal on a horse. That’s just funny.
  5. Budweiser “Rocky” – Classic Budweiser commercial, as it hits the cute target right smack dab in the center.
  6. Pepsi “Justin Timberlake” – Who doesn’t enjoy seeing Justin Timberlake take a mailbox post to the crotch and a flat screen TV to the head?
  7. Diet Pepsi Max “What is Love” – Not really that funny, until Chris Kattan makes a cameo at the end. But, you just can’t stop bobbing your head when this song starts up. And hey, now both of the Butabi brothers have made the top seven.

It wasn’t a very good year for Super Bowl ads, at least the game turned out to be good. So, what were your favorite Super Bowl XLII commercials?

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Prime 7: TV Top 5’s from Last Week’s ProBlogger Group Writing Project Sun, 13 May 2007 09:53:49 +0000

Last week I participated in a group-writing project hosted by ProBlogger. There were just shy of 900 submissions, which is a lot of Top 5 lists on various topics. The TVaholic entry was: Five TV Shows on the Bubble That Should Be Saved. Hey, one of them, Friday Night Lights, has already been renewed by NBC. By Thursday of next week, ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX and NBC will have all announced their Fall 2007 TV Schedules. Then we will know the fate of the other four on the list.

I went through the complete list of entries and found many interesting reads, which included a fair number that were actually TV related. So, I thought that I would put together a list of the seven best Top 5 lists from the project that you may find interesting, funny or informational.

Prime 7 TV Top 5 Lists:

  1. Top 5 American Idol Parodies – The top three are actually pretty funny. Number one on the list is The Simpsons parody they played during “Idol Gives Back,” which is one of the best I have seen.
  2. The Top 5 Supporting Characters on NBC’s The Office – I think I would have put Kevin on the list instead of Jan, but overall a pretty good list with video of some of their best moments from the series to show why.
  3. Top 5 Reasons to Use a Home Theater PC Instead of a Cable DVR – Five very good reasons to use a PC instead of a DVR. Reasons two and three are the main reasons why I presently use my computer with Beyond TV 4 and two Hauppauge-WinTV-PVR-150 tuner cards instead of a TiVo or Cable DVR. With the way I have it setup I can watch a TV show while recording two others, actually three others, as I can still record on the old VCR as well. Why the need to record so many shows? Well, I am a TVaholic after all and back earlier this season I could watch Grey’s Anatomy while recording Scrubs and 30 Rock, The O.C. and CSI. Well actually, CSI, along with a few other CBS shows, is available on Comcast On Demand in my area the day after it airs, but if it wasn’t, I could still have recorded it.
  4. Top 5 TV Series Currently on air – A list of the favorite American TV shows from a TV watcher in India.
  5. Top 5 – Serial Sci-Fi – I have only really ever watched a significant number of episodes of Star Trek: TNG of the shows on this list, but I did watch Stargate SG-1 back when it started on Showtime though.
  6. Top 5 Reasons Why American Idol Lost Sanjaya – Reason number 4 is a little cruel, but the top two seem about right.
  7. Top 5 Shows That Won’t Be Around in 2 Years – Well, number three on the list is a given, since Studio 60 isn’t very likely to even make another season let alone two. Number four, Prison Break, is probably correct, unless they come up with something spectacular for season three.
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7 Best Super Bowl XLI Commercials 2007 Mon, 05 Feb 2007 09:29:32 +0000

This year didn’t seem to be a very good year for Super Bowl commercials, at least for memorable or funny ones. The ads you will be talking about over break time at work tomorrow. It was hard for TVaholic to come up with seven for this list.

7 Best Super Bowl XLI Commercials 2007

  1. Bud Light: Reception – This ad played in the first quarter and made me laugh, twice. The Bud Light people always seem to come up with at least one good ad each year. Of the four they had, this was there best and I think the best overall. An auctioneer doing a wedding is pretty funny.
  2. Sprint Broadband: Connectile Dysfunction – This ad played in the second quarter and made me laugh. It still brings a smile to my face just thinking about it. It was a very good spoof of ads for erectile dysfunction medications like Viagra. Get Sprint’s Wireless Broadband and you won’t have to worry about connectile dysfunction anymore because the other guys product doesn’t work in as many cities. Very well done.
  3. Doritos: Smooth? – This ad played in the first quarter and made me chuckle and then laugh. A guy eating Doritos while driving is attracted to the beautiful woman walking down the street eating Doritos. Words that describe the chips and the situation popup on screen like “crunchy” when the dude crashes his car. As the woman boldly goes to see if he is all right she slips and whacks her head on his car. Why a person falling is funny, I don’t know, but it is.
  4. Sierra Mist: Combover – This ad played in the first quarter and made me smile and then chuckle. The guy had a combover. Not just any combover though, a beard combover. The site of which was very amusing, not to mention his choice of wardrobe.
  5. FedEx Shipping: Ground – This ad played in the third quarter and made me smile a few times. Based on the idea that you can’t judge a book by its cover, you can’t judge a service’s speed by its name. In this case, Ground. It sounds slow. But as we find out from the hairy Harry, the joyful Joy and the bobbing head Bob, among others, it isn’t the case. At least that is what they want you to believe.
  6. E-Trade: Things You Can Do With One Finger – This ad played in the fourth quarter and made me smile. It portrays things that can be done with one finger, the index finger in most of the examples except the last one, which isn’t shown. You have to picture it for yourself as the announcer tells you that just one finger can be used to, “tell your expensive broker where to go.”
  7. Budweiser: Rock, Paper, Scissor – This ad played in the first quarter and while clever didn’t really do it for me, but I needed a seventh commercial for my list. I would hate to see how the guy would have won had he chosen the scissors instead of the rock.

To make this list, the Super Bowl commercial had to do two things. It had to be funny and it had to be memorable for more than making me laugh. After all, if you don’t remember what the ad was for then it didn’t do its job. We have all seen an ad and later tried to relay it to somebody else, saying something like, “I don’t remember what it was for but did you see that ad where …”

Which Super Bowl ad was your favorite? Which commercials would make your top seven? Leave your list in the comments.

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Seven Entertaining TV Related Lists Mon, 04 Sep 2006 22:59:55 +0000

Last month I participated in a group-writing project at ProBlogger. The object was to write a list about something. There were 301 total lists submitted and 21 fell in the Entertainment category. Seven of these were TV related in some way. So I thought it might be fun to put together another list and share the link love, so-to-speak. The seven entertaining TV related lists are:

  1. My Top 10 Favorite Desperate Housewives Moments – Number eight and nine would probably rank in my top ten if I made a list like this.
  2. 11 Teams I’d Love to See on the Amazing Race – Skewers the Blogosphere with a few interesting team ideas for CBS’ Amazing Race.
  3. Top 10 Lindsay Lohan Oops Moments – All I can say is somebody needs to get this girl a bra.
  4. 14 Amazing Chuck Norris Facts – Fourteen of favorite facts from Chuck Norris Facts. I wish Walker, Texas Ranger was still on every Saturday night. Then at least something would be.
  5. 5 Benjamin Bratt movies worth your time; and 9.4 Law & Order episodes, too – Somebody really likes Benjamin Bratt.
  6. The 11 New Fall Shows I Can’t Wait to See – Only four of these made my list of upcoming fall show that I can’t wait for.
  7. 7 Reasons I Can’t Wait for the Fall TV Season to Start – This was my contribution to the project. Later, I also wrote 7 More Reasons I Can’t Wait for the Fall TV Season to Start.

Which entertaining TV related list was your favorite?

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7 More Reasons I Can’t Wait for the 2006 Fall TV Season to Start Fri, 18 Aug 2006 02:43:47 +0000

Prison Break - Season OneActually as I stated yesterday there are really only two reasons. They are the shows I can’t wait to see again and new shows that might be worth a look. This list is the seven returning favorites that I am most looking forward to continue watching. They are the ones that have I have pretty much seen every episode of so far, the ones that I almost never miss. So without any further ado here are:

The 7 Fall 2006 Returning TV Shows I Can’t Wait For

  • Prison Break – (Returns Monday Aug. 21st on FOX) I can’t believe this starts next Monday already. It doesn’t seem that long ago that the boys were running through a field having missed their flight with many a cop in pursuit. How will they get away? Will they all make it? Who will be the first to Westmoreland’s hidden stash of cash? I can’t wait to find out.
  • House – (Returns Tuesday Sept. 5th on FOX) Will the treatment he asked for in the emergency room work? Will he have less pain and no longer need a cane? Without the pain and drugs will he be less of an ass? The answer to the last will be no, no matter what the answers to the first two are. House is one of the great characters on TV right now and too much of a change would kill the show. I am ready for more telling it like it is or at least how House sees it. How about you?
  • How I Met Your Mother – (Returns Monday Sept. 18th on CBS) Are you ready to “suit up” and see what happens next. Will Lily and Marshall get back together? What is going to happen with Robin and Ted? This is one really good show. I don’t think we will need to invoke the “lemon law” anytime soon.
  • Grey’s Anatomy – (Returns Thursday Sept. 21st on ABC) Will Meredith choose McDreamy, McVet or just walk away? Will Izzie get over the loss of Denny? This show is one of the best on TV. The way they intertwine the medical cases as metaphors for what the interns are dealing with in their personal lives is outstanding? It makes for great storytelling and very good watching.
  • Smallville – (Returns Thursday Sept. 28th on The CW) How will Clark get out of the Kryptonian prison he is trapped in? How will Zod be defeated? This is one fun and interesting telling of the story of how Clark Kent becomes the superhero we all know he will be and how Lex Luthor becomes his evil nemesis.
  • Veronica Mars – (Returns Tuesday Oct. 3rd on The CW) How come Keith didn’t make it to the airport to meet Veronica? What will be the first mystery to solve? How will she like Hearst College? Will people finally realize how good a show this is and watch it? This is definitely the best show not enough people are watching. Maybe with no overarching season long mystery and three smaller mystery arcs to follow it will be more accessible to a wider audience? As long as the writing and acting stays as good as the first two seasons it will be all good.
  • Lost – (Returns Wednesday Oct. 4th on ABC) What? Will Kate, Jack and the rest get away from the Others? Who are the Others? Who the heck knows what is going on? I hope they really do have an end game in mind for this show but until then I am content to sit back and watch. The storytelling on this show is tremendous. The way you learn about the characters in bits and pieces via flashback. The way that they all seem to have crossed paths at some point in their past before getting on the plane.

What are yours? What returning shows look good to you this fall? Leave a list of your own in the comments.

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7 Reasons I Can’t Wait for the 2006 Fall TV Season to Start Wed, 16 Aug 2006 23:13:57 +0000

Actually there are two reasons. They are the shows I can’t wait to see again and new show that might be worth a look. This list is the seven new shows premiering this fall that I am most looking forward to checking out. They are the ones that have caught my eye, the ones that I will definitely not miss. Will they be any good? Will they last more than a few episodes? I sure hope so. But as with any new show looks can be deceiving. So without any further ado here are:

The 7 Fall 2006 New TV Shows I Can’t Wait For

  1. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip – (Premieres Monday Sept. 18th on NBC) This one is getting a lot of buzz because it is from Aaron Sorkin who brought us the TV shows The West Wing and Sports Night and the movie The American President. He is a very gifted writer that puts forth interesting characters, funny dialogue and serious situations that move at a breakneck pace. It also has the return of Matthew Perry to series TV. He played my favorite character on Friends, Chandler Bing. In this he plays a troubled TV writer that looks to be somewhat based on Mr. Sorkin himself.
  2. Heroes – (Premieres Monday Sept. 25th on NBC) Hasn’t everyone thought about what it would be like to have a superpower? In this series ordinary people start to realize they have extraordinary abilities. But why have they, for what purpose? Have they been different all along? How many of them are there? These are the things that I want to know.
  3. The Nine – (Premieres Monday Sept. 18th on ABC) This show has a strong cast with Chi McBride (Boston Public), Tim Daly (Wings, Eyes) and Scott Wolf (Party of Five, Everwood). Nine people are held hostage in a bank. Their lives are inextricably linked and changed forever. But what happened in there? Well the show follows these people after this horrific event. You get to see pieces of what happened in flashbacks. It has a bit of a Lost vibe to it in the way the story is told.
  4. Six Degrees – (Premieres Thursday Sept. 21st on ABC) Six beautiful people who don’t know each other. Yet their daily decisions affect the other five. Is it coincidence? Or is something larger behind it? This show is from the people who brought you Lost and Alias. Two of my favorite recent shows. This looks really good even thought it seems like they just decided to take the flashback sequences from Lost and turn them into a show.
  5. Runaway – (Premieres Monday Sept. 25th on The CW) What if The Fugitive had a family? That is the idea behind this show starring Donnie Wahlberg (Boomtown) as Paul Rader and Leslie Hope (24, Commander in Chief) as his wife Lily. Paul is unjustly convicted of a violent crime. He and his family, which includes two teenagers and an eight year old, go on the run from the authorities and the real killer. They change their names and try to stay one step ahead knowing that the smallest thing could uncover their secret life.
  6. Smith – (Premieres Tuesday Sept. 19th on CBS) This one looks good but given the climate recently for this type of show (Heist, Thief) I wonder how long it will stick around. It stars Ray Liotta (Goodfellas) as the leader of a crew who is looking to do one last big heist and then call it quits for good.
  7. Standoff – (Premieres Tuesday Sept. 5th on FOX) What is it like to be a hostage negotiator? The show stars one of my favorite actors Ron Livingston from one of my favorite movies Office Space. In this he plays Matt Flannery one of the two best hostage negotiators in the FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Unit. Who is the other one? Well just ask Matt as he is sleeping with her, yet nobody knows. They have agreed to keep it a secret. That is until Matt lets that info slip while trying to talk a guy out of a bad situation. What will happen now? I want to see, do you?

What are yours? What new Fall 2006 shows look good to you? Leave a list of your own in the comments.

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Prime 7: Shows That Should Be Saved Fri, 05 May 2006 21:17:13 +0000

The TV season is coming to an end in the next few weeks. The networks will soon be announcing their schedules for next season. Many shows are on the bubble as far as coming back for another year. So, what shows should be given another year and hopefully many more? Here is the TVaholic wish list.

Seven Shows That Deserve Another Season

  1. Veronica Mars – The ratings may not totally be there but this is by far the best show on UPN and one of the best on TV. With the merger of UPN and The WB there has been talk about whether this show would make the new combined lineup. The show has engaging characters, great writing and an overarching mystery that keeps you coming back each week. Yet each episode can also be enjoyed individually.
  2. Scrubs – This is another show that I can’t believe could be on the bubble. It is one of the best comedies on TV right now. Each episode is a hilariously wacky morality tale. There is a lesson to be learned by one or more of the characters and you the viewer for each episode.
  3. Everwood – This is one of the best dramas on TV. The characters are well written and the acting is outstanding. This is another that might not make The CW lineup. If you like drama you should definitely be watching this show.
  4. Invasion – It was one of the three sci-fi shows to hit the networks this season. It was not a favorite of most early on because of the slow pace. They kind of follow the Lost formula with a creepy situation and just enough revelations to keep you coming back for more. The revelations were almost too slow coming as it took about eight episodes before you felt like you knew something. Once that happened the show became very engaging.
  5. Surface – This show had a 15 episode run and left us with the heroes left surrounded by water in a church bell tower. This can’t be the way it ends. I want to see more. Why were these creatures created? Who is behind all of this?
  6. Out of Practice – This is a true sitcom in the classic style. The comedy is based off of the situation more than any other show. While not as good it reminds me of classic sitcoms like I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke Show. One or two characters know something that the others don’t and misunderstanding follow. They do a really good job of this and were starting to get better as the season went on. If The King of Queens is not renewed this would be a good re-addition to the CBS Monday night comedy lineup.
  7. Related – This show was more than just a beautiful cast. It was a fast paced family dramedy with snappy dialogue, good acting and interesting characters. Yet once again The CW will probably not have room in their combined schedule.

What shows do you hope will make it to next season? Leave your own list in the comments.

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Prime 7: Super Bowl XL Commercials Tue, 07 Feb 2006 01:57:58 +0000

The Super Bowl of Advertising: How the Commercials Won the GameTurns out as a Seahawks fan that the best thing about the Super Bowl was once again the commercials. Usually I have no dog in the hunt and watch mainly for the spectacle of the event and a few hopefully funny commercials. I have read that people thought this year was weak commercial wise. To me it seemed much as it always does. Some stood out, some made you say “they spent millions for that” and yet others were neither bad nor good really. If you want to see a breakdown by quarter of all the Super Bowl XL commercials head over to They have descriptions of all 44 of them and links to video for most. So what were the best commercials this year?

Criteria: If it made me laugh or at least chuckle a bit it made the list.

TVaholic Prime 7 Super Bowl XL Commercials

  1., “Bunch of Jackasses”: I laughed the loudest at this one. This was quite a clever and funny extension of the “work with a bunch of monkeys” ad from last year.
  2. Diet Pepsi, “Stunt Double”: Anytime a company takes on another straight out in a funny way it is a good thing in my view. This was much superior to the first Diet Pepsi ad.
  3. Ameriquest, “Don’t Judge”: When the little girl lets go of the balloon she has brought for her father and then the look on the face of the doctor was pretty funny. Dark humor when done well as in this case is another good thing.
  4. Sierra Mist, “Security Wand”: This was sophomoric humor of the best kind. It was funny. The whole thing is a setup for the rubber glove snap at the end. Made me laugh.
  5. Michelob, “A Little Darker”: For whatever reason even though I kind of saw it coming I laughed when the dude drilled the hot chick that had been talking smack before the play. She gets him back later at the bar.
  6. Ameriquest, “Mile High Club”: Cleverly done and it made me chuckle. The look on the woman’s face as she realizes what it must look like to everyone else is priceless. Reminded me of the Southwest ad a couple of years back when the guy drops some change and the women behind him steps up to him like a quarterback and starts barking calls. The look on that guy’s face said it all as did this woman’s face as she straddled some unknown man on the plane.
  7. Aleve, “Live Long and Prosper”: Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek Spock fame can’t make his famous salute until he takes some Aleve. Made me chuckle a bit when the crowd went wild.

Honorable Mention

Budweiser, “Magic Fridge”: Funny but just short of making this list.
MasterCard, “MacGyver is Priceless”: Fun and good to see Richard Dean Anderson in his best role, but not funny in a make me laugh out load as the ones above mostly did.

So what did you think about the Super Bowl XL commercials this year? Where did TVaholic go wrong? What was your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

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Prime 7: Half Hour Comedy TV Shows Thu, 29 Dec 2005 01:41:32 +0000

There were 32 returning half hour comedies from last season and 10 new ones that made their debut this TV season. TVaholic ranked these two categories of shows earlier this year. Now it is time to put them together but not all 42 of them in one long list. Just the top 7 half hour comedies presently tickling our collective funny bones by gracing our television screen each week. Plus we have thrown in one cable comedy to round out this list.

So without further ado, the Prime 7 Half Hour Comedies are:

  1. Arrested Development – When you see someone like Henry Winkler as the Bluth family attorney in one episode jump over a small shark on the dock as he leaves the scene you just have to laugh. This was not the point of the scene but an aside. This is the type of subtle humor the show possesses. You have to pay attention and watch closely to catch this stuff, as there is no laugh track to tell you what is supposed to be funny. This is the highest of lowbrow comedy. It is clever and intelligent in its writing and acting. Please ABC or someone please pick this show up so it can continue to make the Prime 7 for years to come.
  2. Scrubs – Why NBC put this show on the back burner I don’t know. It is the best sitcom NBC has and they aren’t airing it. No wonder their ratings suck. This show deserves a good timeslot and some network promotion, as it has never seemed to get much. The best part of this show is the daydream sequences. These scenes are some of the funniest on TV anywhere. You never now who is going to pop up in them, like Rerun from What’s Happening!! doing his dance.
  3. The Office – This show makes you think to yourself I can’t believe they just did that or said that. The boss Michael is one of the most out of the loop people on television. He thinks he is being clever but is just being jaw droppingly stupid. His attempts at political correctness are a riot. The other great part of this show is the relationship between Pam and Jim. Who would not want to work in an office with a guy like Jim? The cast dynamic and the writing are superb and have really come into their own this season.
  4. How I Met Your Mother – This is the show that fills the void of Friends no longer being on TV for me. This group of friends whose stories are told in the future by Ted to his children about what his life was like now while on the search for love and eventually their mother. If you are looking for a new catchphrase then keep listening to Barney as he will have you Suiting Up! among others. Who can forget the “lemon law” for dating. For more on Barney read his blog to see what he is up to.
  5. Two and a Half Men – This is probably the most consistently funny show on TV. The dynamic between Jon Cryer and Charlie Sheen has really developed into a great comedy duo. The side characters like, the maid, the loony neighbor, their mom, the ex and of course the kid have completely gelled into a top notch cast. With other shows you might have some ups and downs but this one seems to be pretty even and give you a good laugh every week.
  6. Curb Your Enthusiasm – This is a largely unscripted comedy. They come up with an idea and a path and then the actors go about creating the dialogue. This leads to some incredibly funny moments and some that are not so much. What I love about this show is how they tie every episode up at the end. Everything that happens during the show is just a big setup for what is a final scene punch line. Things along the way are funny but it is all leading you to the final payoff. When it works, which is a lot of the time, it is absolutely magnificent.
  7. Everybody Hates Chris – This is family comedy at its best. Even if they told children all over this year that Santa doesn’t exist. They have a delightful cast and some truly funny stories about growing up. If you put The Cosby Show and The Wonder Years in a TV blender you would end up with this show.

So there they are, the Prime 7 Half Hour Comedies on television right now according to TVaholic. What are your favorite comedies on TV? Let me know if I have gone wrong? Would you order them differently or is there something that should have made the list? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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