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Richard Dawson was a different kind of TV personality: Smoochy, sullen, and smart

Richard Dawson, who has died at age 79, was a unique TV personality, someone who raised his status from game-show regular and sitcom supporting player on the strength of his often sharp sarcasm, dour poker-face, and naughty, mischievous, even rebellious nature.  READ FULL STORY

A Dick Clark appreciation: The deceptively laid-back, conservative revolutionary

Dick Clark’s on-camera image — that of the relaxed, welcoming presence, whether as host of American Bandstand, the Pyramid game-shows, or Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve — belied the fact that, just beneath the surface, was an ambitious man who succeeded through hard work and shrewd business decisions to become one of the best-loved personalities in TV history. READ FULL STORY

Why hiring Howard Stern for 'America's Got Talent' is the best decision NBC has made in years

NBC has finally done something right: In hiring Howard Stern to be a judge on America’s Got Talent, the network succeeds on a number of levels. Let’s count ‘em:

1. People like me will start watching America’s Got Talent. I, like millions of Americans, have no use for a talent show that tells me we have talent in this country. Who cares about its endless parade of cute tykes and silly dancers and, as Stern put it on his radio show, “Frank Sinatra impersonators”? But with Stern as a judge, I and many others will give this show another shot, because he’s bound to add a lot of sharp humor and, I’m wagering, a great deal of acute critical observation along with his trademark sarcasm.  READ FULL STORY

Why I'm now officially excited to watch 'The X Factor'

Before this morning’s X Factor press session for the Television Critics Association in L.A., my enthusiasm for this competition show was mild to nil. Another competition-show import, more snark from Simon Cowell, more ditziness from Paula Abdul. Big shrug. But the lively, goofy press conference made me think this could be the one of the best, messiest, most controversial Age of Narcissism star-making shows we’ll see this fall.

Why? Here’s why: READ FULL STORY

How the deficit reduction negotiations are like 'Big Brother' (hint: think of Michele Bachmann as Jordan)

President Obama is meeting with House Speaker (a.k.a., Head Of Household) John Boehner tonight, at roughly the same time a new episode of Big Brother airs on CBS, to try and negotiate a deal about some revised form of a deficit reduction package and raising the debt ceiling. The details of how this mismatched couple will resolve this are roughly as complicated as trying to figure out the new Big Brother rules about playing in teams of two, not as individuals, and which team to nominate for eviction.  READ FULL STORY

Grading 'The Voice' judges' performances: Blake, Christina, and Adam give it their all... well, two out of three did...

I like the two-hour versions of The Voice more than the one-hours because they give us a chance to see and hear more of the coaches. By which I mean I’m fascinated by the ongoing spectacle of Christina Aguilera sitting in her judge’s chair as though it was a queen’s throne, tossing out that mixture of lofty pretentiousness and strained street earthiness while invariably bringing the contestants’ performances back to — who else? — herself. At the opposite extreme, there’s Blake Shelton, whose steady transformation into a real TV star, a country sage whose charm is squarely in the great TV traditions of Roger Miller, Jimmy Dean, and Tennessee Ernie Ford, has been a joy to behold. I’d give a thousand “I was feelin’ you, girl”s from Xtina for one “Gosh-dang, I’m glad I know you!” from Blake.  READ FULL STORY

'The Voice' premiere review: Shaddup, already!

From its amusement-park-ride chairs to its cluttered concept, The Voice was a garish bore over two hours on Tuesday night — it was less about the strenuous voices of the singers than the yammering voices of its celebrity “coaches.” READ FULL STORY

Here's Elizabeth Taylor on TV: Glamorous and funny, from 'The Tonight Show' to 'The Simpsons'

As one of the last of the Real Movie Stars, Elizabeth Taylor never sought out TV stardom. Unlike screen legends such as Henry Fonda or James Stewart, she never attempted her own series. But as  READ FULL STORY

The 'Double Dare' revival continues!: Check out this new Funny or Die/Good Charlotte video

No sooner had I posted last week about a nostalgic yearning for Double Dare than Good Charlotte went and released this new video featuring no one less than DD host Marc Summers READ FULL STORY

Let's revive (or at least rerun) 'Double Dare': Yes or no?

Following my colleague Lynette Rice’s spine-tingling report that TeenNick will be rerunning some semi-klassic-kids’-TV this fall (Pete & Pete, you were the Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel of the 1990s), I have a modest proposal: Let’s make sure Double Dare gets back on TV. READ FULL STORY

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