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Vacation Robo-Post: Sick TV

As part of his publicity blitz for Funny People, Judd Apatow wrote a blog for MTV that made a spot-on observation about movies on TV:

There is nothing worse than making a bad movie and knowing it is going to be broadcast on cable TV for the rest of time. I am actually a fan of mediocre comedies. They are like warm soup. They can be

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Vacation Robo-Post: What Does NBC Mean to You?

One thing that has struck me before, and struck me again a few weeks ago when Ben Silverman stepped down from NBC, is how personally TV fans take NBC’s screw-ups—in a way they don’t seem to with any other broadcast network.

If CBS puts on a goofy reality show, people will mock; but when NBC makes I’m a Celebrity or Momma’s Boys, it’s …

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Programming Note

Next week, I will be researching the television habits of Midwestern female viewers outside the 18-to-49 demographic (a.k.a. “On vacation, visiting my mom”). I have dragged Robo-James out of the broom closet to keep the lights on while I’m gone. (I’ll probably be tweeting, because while my mom’s house doesn’t have Internet, a satellite …

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TCA Roundup: NBC and Fox

In Pasadena, the summer TV critics’ press tour is getting close to wrapping up, and with a vacation looming—yes, that’s Robo-James you hear warming up—this may be the last tour-news roundup I post. A few last tidbits:

* Friday Night Lights is returning to NBC, but possibly not until summer—and no Tyra until season 5.

* NBC didn’t …

Top 10 TV Chefs

With a large menu of TV chefs to choose from, TIME cooks up a retrospective of the medium’s greatest culinary masters.

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John Hughes, R.I.P.

It’s not a TV moment, exactly, but an attention-must-be paid moment for pop-culture geeks of my generation (and maybe others): director John Hughes has died of a heart attack at age 59.

The Breakfast Club, actually, figures heavily in Dan Harmon’s pilot for Community, the comedy debuting on NBC next month. And really it’s become a sort …

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Post-Paula, Idol to Load Up on Judges Again

When Paula Abdul announced that she was leaving American Idol, I posted that it was not a good idea for either Abdul or Idol. (If, that is, Abdul actually leaves the show at all.) But thinking about it later, I realized that it had one side benefit: it would solve one of last season’s problems, which was that four judges were simply too …

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Corporate Press Release Theater: Jay-Z, Meet Jay-L

More Jay Leno Show news: Jay-Z will perform on Leno’s first show Sept. 14, together with Kanye West and Rihanna.

Ironically, Leno has been saying the new show will probably have fewer musical guests and more comedy than The Tonight Show. Reason: musical guests get the studio audiences pumped up, but they don’t actually draw (or retain) …

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