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Anderson Cooper's 'Anderson' premiere: 'Real,' 'raw,' and 'ready.' Really? A review.

Anderson Cooper began his syndicated daytime talk show Anderson on Monday, and it is, of course, unfair to evaluate a new talk show on the basis of its opening edition. But TV critics, like any other TV viewers, make immediate snap judgments that then change over time, so here are a few that occurred to me watching the new Anderson: READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones,' 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Sherlock,' and 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' among big winners of Television Critics Association Awards

Jon Hamm was named best actor in a drama and Modern Family’s Ty Burrell and Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman tied for best actor in a comedy in the annual Television Critics Association awards ceremony held on Saturday night.

The full list is: READ FULL STORY

Craig Ferguson's first show from Paris: A whimsical triumph, a potential classic

Craig Ferguson has turned his show into Le Late Late Show Avec Craig Ferguson this week, and began his visit to Paris on Monday night with a small triumph of clever silliness. Accompanied by one of his favorite regular guests, the beguiling Kristen Bell, and his robot skeleton sidekick Geoff Peterson, Ferguson played up the semi-improvised, on-the-cheap ethos that serves his comedy so well. READ FULL STORY

What I got wrong, and right, in my Emmy predictions

Never have I been so glad to be wrong… in just a couple of Emmy categories. I’m certainly not going to whine about not predicting such superb surprise nominations as Louie CK, Timothy Olyphant, and Walton Goggins.

Yes, I’m doing my due diligence in following up on my Emmy predictions post yesterday; I owe it to you to own up to my miscalculations… and crow about my perspicacity! READ FULL STORY

Jay Leno bombed with Casey Anthony jokes last night

If you wanted righteous satire about the dismaying Anthony verdict, you were out of luck, with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on vacation. In fact, most of late-night was on vacation, except for Jay Leno, who bypassed satire of the media and stuck with what he knows best: “It was so hot today, people were as delirious and incoherent as a Florida jury…. This [verdict] means President Obama’s economic team is only the second most clueless group of people in America.”  READ FULL STORY

ABC News thinks you're too dumb to know what 'perspicacious' means

ABC News added a graphic to yesterday’s current-events show This Week when host Christiane Amanpour used the word “perspicacious” to describe Benjamin Franklin’s wisdom. Check out  READ FULL STORY

France rips off Craig Ferguson; c'est bon avec Craig!

The French, I tell ya. They tried to rip off Elvis Presley and all they came up with was Johnny Hallyday. The French New Wave told us our Howard Hawks and Sam Fuller were great directors, but we knew that anyway. The French have also come up with their own version of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, by which I mean an exact copy of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, and what does Craig do? READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart to Chris Wallace on 'Fox News Sunday': 'You're insane'

Jon Stewart, making what was billed as “his first appearance ever on a Sunday talk show,” told Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday, he was “insane” if Wallace thinks his comedy has “an ideological, partisan agenda.” His Daily Show satire, Stewart said, “is about absurdity and corruption.” READ FULL STORY

Jane Lynch and Bill Maher read the Anthony Weiner Facebook messages: VIDEO very NSFW

Last night on Real Time with Bill Maher, the host brought out Jane Lynch to read transcriptions with him of the Facebook messages exchanged by Rep. Anthony Weiner and blackjack dealer Lisa Weiss. READ FULL STORY

Craig Ferguson to do his show from Paris: Sacre bleu!

Craig Ferguson announced on last night’s Late Late Show that he’ll be taking his show to Paris for a week’s worth of shows. He noted that he’ll probably have to temporarily rename his program Le Late Late Show Avec Craig Ferguson. READ FULL STORY

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