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POSTED: Friday, August 15, 2014, 1:17 PM
They should sell ads for this commercial. There’s so much going on in Kevin Hart’s new spot for Madden NFL 15 that you need a “Making of” documentary to go with it.

The basic premise: Hart, who can make even knocking on a door llok funny,  throws down on Dave Franco. “I’ll wake you up with bullhorns at the break of dawn.”

It’s a doomsday scenario for poor Franco. First Damian Lillard runs off with his girlfriend (If Lillard can only get out of the driveway). Then he’s open-office tackled by Richard Sherman.

POSTED: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 1:53 PM
Adolescence is such an awkward age. Wouldn’t you agree? Your default reaction to almost everything in the universe could be a pithy “Ew!”

That’s why Jimmy Fallon’s Nickelodeon spoof, “Ew” is so much fun. Everything grosses poor metal-mouthed Sara out. Especially her stepfather.

On Thursday’s Tonight Show, Sara had company – the shy Natalie (played by Taylor Swift).

POSTED: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 3:19 PM

If you haven’t seen IFC’s comedy series, Garfunkel and Oates (Thursday at 10 p.m.), this might be a good week to check it out.

The title characters, played by Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, are named for two of the most famous second thoughts in pop history. The ladies encounter all kinds of annoyances and scurrilous behavior as they pursue the composing and performing of their rather loopy brand of spoof songs. Think Flight of the Conchords with a dirtier mind.

This week the gals find out that they have reached a certain dubious level of fame: Someone has made a porn parody using their names and likenesses.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 11:04 AM
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0106 -- Pictured: Jimmy Fallon during the "House of Cue Cards" skit on August 12, 2014 -- (Photo by: (Douglas Gorenstein/NBC)

This combination might not have occurred to you: What if The Tonight Show was that taut political drama House of Cards? That would make Jimmy Fallon more like Kevin Spacey, right?

Well, we had a chance to find out just how well that collision would work Tuesday night, as the show uncorked an ambitious digital short, House of Cue Cards.

Kind of brilliant and totally goofy at the same time, from those note-for-note opening credits to the mumbling mockery of Fallon’s head writer, A.D. Miles to an arch Ellen Barkin as Claire with her monochromatic wardrobe.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 10:41 AM
Images via NBC.

When it comes to the PGA tour , we tend to think exclusively of the big names – the Phil Mickelsons, the Rory McIlroys, the Tigers. But there’s a whole substrata of guys plugging away week after week who don’t get as much face time.

Jimmy Fallon rectified that last night with his ‘Tonight Show Superlatives’ skit, handing out pretend awards to various participants at last weekend’s PGA Championship. It was a deliciously backhanded way of making fun of their looks, which, as you will see, can be subpar.

Let’s just say that many pro golfers do not look like athletes at all. (We’re staring at you, Kevin Stadler.) But they do resemble other things. For instance, Rickie Fowler, who was in the hunt at the PGA Championship, is voted by Fallon best Metrosexual Ernie.

POSTED: Monday, August 11, 2014, 5:34 PM
Julia Roberts, Halle Berry and Matthew McConaughey
You may be confused when watching the Emmys two weeks from tonight. Only because it may so closely resemble the Oscars. That’s the wattage power of the first group of presenters announced for TV’s big night.

Among the trophy dispensers will be Academy Award winners Julia Roberts, Halle Berry and Matthew McConaughey. All three have had TV projects this year: Roberts in HBO The Normal Heart which earned 16 nominations; McConaughey in HBO’s True Detective (12 nominations) and Berry in CBS’s Extant (not eligible until next year).

Other presenters include three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad, and Woody Harrelson of True Detective. Both are competing with McConaughey for best actor in a drama. The other names announced today were Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Julianna Marguilies (The Good Wife), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory and The Normal Heart), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Kerry Washington (Scandal), Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) and singers Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani (The Voice).

POSTED: Monday, August 11, 2014, 12:35 PM
Peyton and Eli Manning.
The most famous brother act in pro football, Peyton and Eli Manning have taken ridiculous to a whole new level. Call it lunar lunacy, as they lay down a new rap in this extended ad for DirecTV’s Fantasy Football channel.

You may remember last season the Mannings’ put on hideous mullet wigs to rap about Football on Your Phone.

This time they’ve elevated their game as they get lost in a Fantasy Football Fantasy. So many weird elements here including an auto-tuned Eli floating near the moon, and that very strange and discomfiting tableau: “Broadway Joe and your mom make stew.”

POSTED: Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 12:34 PM

Ah, history, refracted through an amber tumbler of bourbon. Or pick your own poison, as long as you watch Drunk History on Comedy Central tonight (10 p.m.).

Why? Because the show is finally taking on the lore of “Hollywood”. You’ll see the birth of Mickey Mouse and the campaign by Nancy Reagan to get her husband Ron into the political arena. All though drunk goggles.

But the capper is this recounting of the genesis of Citizen Kane, an American classic. Jack Black is particularly convincing as a very hands-on Orson Welles. John Lithgow is relatively restrained (by his standards) as William Randolph Hearst, the press lord who was incensed at seeing his life pilloried on screen.

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A true child of TV, David Hiltbrand has worked as a critic at People and as a columnist and editor at TV Guide.

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