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Beloved TV Star Giraffe Killed by Lightning

He's found dead at South African game preserve

(Newser) - A beloved TV star giraffe has been killed by lightning on his South African reserve. Hamley, 7, has been a feature for the last 5 years in the popular ITV British series Young at Heart about a veterinarian and his family moving to Africa to start a game park. "... More »

Tone-Deaf Terror Suspect Auditioned for Idol

"I like hockey,' he told judges in 2008

(Newser) - Before Khurram Syed Sher allegedly began plotting a terror attack in Canada, he wanted to be a singing star and auditioned for Canada's version of American Idol. Sher, 28, sings a horrifically clunky version of Avril Lavigne's Complicated, complete with arthritic moonwalk, in his 2008 audition tape, reports AP . The... More »

Saudis to Behead TV Host as 'Sorcerer'

TV talk-show host boasted of predicting future

(Newser) - A Lebanese TV host who boasted he could predict the future is to be beheaded tomorrow in Saudi Arabia for "sorcery." Dad of two Ali Hussain Sibat hosted a popular call-in TV program in Beirut in which he doled out advice and predicted the future. He was busted... More »

Mystery Saddam Channel Hits Iraq TV

Executed dictator lives again on station

(Newser) - A mysterious satellite TV station honoring Saddam Hussein has become a fixture on Iraqi television on the third anniversary of the dictator's execution.The government suspects the so-called "Saddam Channel" is being funded by the late ruler's Baathist party, but no one knows for certain, reports AP . The station... More »

'Shit My Dad Says' Heads to TV

Son's lucrative exploitation also includes book deal

(Newser) - Move over, Al Bundy: A project based @shitmydadsays, the Twitter feed engineered by the son of a cantankerous father, has been picked up by CBS. The creators of Will and Grace are on board as executive producers, with that selfsame transcriber of a son taking writing duties. The microblog’s... More »

Brits Eat Up Steamy Yank Vampires

Fangs a lot, gush new True Blood fans

(Newser) - The sizzling TV vampire series True Blood is ringing just as true with British audiences as with American fans. Why? Brits love the "gripping blend of southern American small-town mentality and hideous murders" in the series peopled by "Daisy Duke" Anna Paquin and her "chisel-cheeked" lover played... More »

DVR Viewers Give Ratings Boost to Grey's, Others

Execs hope these watchers will eventually translate into ad dollars

(Newser) - TV networks dismayed at low ratings early in the season are getting a ray of hope in the form of the once-feared DVR. Sure, ad buyers won’t pay out when a viewer watches Grey’s Anatomy on TiVo, but that and other shows are gaining a massive audience days... More »

Office Wedding Draws Cheers, Tears, Few Jeers

Jim and Pam's nuptials tug on critics' heartstrings

(Newser) - Jim and Pam's wedding on The Office last night was a bit syrupy, but that's A-OK with most critics. And an ingenious twist made a YouTube gag bearable—even funny. Spoilers ahead:
  • "Dunder Mifflin's golden couple managed to pull it off," Tanner Stranksy writes for Entertainment Weekly, and
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Jackson 5 Skit Sparks Outrage—It's in Blackface

Guest judge Harry Connick Jr. calls out Australian TV performers

(Newser) - A popular Australian TV variety program is under fire internationally for a skit that depicted Michael Jackson in whiteface and the rest of the Jackson 5 in blackface. Guest judge Harry Connick Jr., was shocked. “We’ve spent so much time trying to not make black people look like... More »

Saudi Man Jailed After Bragging About Sex on TV

He earns 5 years and 1,000 lashes

(Newser) - A Saudi man has been sentenced to 5 years in jail and 1,000 lashes after boasting about his sexual promiscuity on a TV show. Broadcast in July, it features the man displaying sex toys and talking up his exploits. Three friends who appeared on camera got 2-year sentences, notes... More »

True Blood Kills With Metaphors (and, Uh, Sex)

Kinky sex meets social commentary

(Newser) - Critics are gushing about HBO's hit True Blood, which manages to marry kinky vampire sex to social commentary, writes Gina Bellafante in the New York Times. The barrier-busting series touches on gay marriage, racial profiling, capitalism run amok, and right-wing religious extremism. In the current season, a crazed Christian cult... More »

Paquin: 'I Take Off My Bra for Sex'

(Newser) - Sassy Anna Paquin has absolutely no trouble stripping down for scenes in HBO's steamy series Tru Blood, she tells Nylon in a let-it-all-hang-out interview. "I'm sorry, maybe there are women who keep their bras on while they have sex. I don't happen to be one of them," quips... More »

Fall TV: What to Watch, Skip

Critics hit press preview tour

(Newser) - TV critics got a taste of fall at the Summer TV Press Tour. They pooled their thoughts on the good, the bad, and the ugly for the Los Angeles Times. The bad:
  • The Beautiful Life: TBL: Ashton Kutcher rambled; Elle MacPherson said nothing. And why the “superfluous and
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Pee-wee Staging Comeback

(Newser) - Goofy kids character Pee-wee Herman will live again on a Los Angeles stage in a November comeback series by creator Paul Reubens, reports the Los Angeles Times. "I've put him away for a long time but part of him has always been with me," Reubens said in an... More »

Behind Mad Men Are...Women

Women directed five of this season's 13 episodes

(Newser) - The misogynists who populate Mad Men's character ranks might make you think otherwise, but seven of the show's nine writers are women—a rarity in Hollywood, where 80% of primetime programs in 2007-08 had no female writers. “A lot of people think women can only do women shows,”... More »

Times, Tribune Critics Next-Gen Siskel & Ebert

Dueling critics Scott, Phillips mark return to old At the Movies format

(Newser) - At the Movies, the longtime home of Chicago critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, is getting a new pair of dueling cineastes. AO Scott of the New York Times and Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune will take over the syndicated program, which returns to the air next month. The... More »

Jon Spends Night With Babysitter

(Newser) - Being back home preparing to take care of his eight kids again apparently isn't crimping Jon Gosselin's love life. He's spent at least one night with his kids' new babysitter, his fourth gal pal in less than a month, reports Radar. Jon and Stephanie Santoro, 23—a cocktail waitress, single... More »

Kudrow: Making Friends Was Hell

(Newser) - Funny, goofy Lisa Kudrow lived through hell making friends—back in high school. "I used to cry every night," she tells the Telegraph. "With high school, for many people, it’s just a case of trying to keep breathing and getting through it." The former Friends ... More »

Jon Gosselin's Reporter: I'm No Hooker

(Newser) - For those who thought the Gosselin saga couldn't get more tawdry: The Star reporter who quit after "falling for" interview-subject-and-dad-of-eight Jon is now denying reports that she once pounded the pavement in search of johns, reports the New York Daily News. Another NYC gossip monger tells the News that... More »

Jon Hangs With Lilo's Pop, Gal-Pal Scribe in Hamptons

Latest lady love reporter 'couldn't help falling for him,' she tells her paper

(Newser) - Associates of divorcing dad of 8 Jon Gosselin get more and more interesting. He hung out in the Hamptons this week with another quirky dad, Lindsay Lohan's father, reports People. "Jon is a friend, he's a great guy, and my doors were open to him and Kate Major,"... More »

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