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POSTED: Friday, November 29, 2013, 11:30 AM
Lady Gaga teaches the Muppets a thing or two about flamboyance.

Boy, they don’t make them like this…ever!

Did you catch ABC’s 90-minute special on Thanksgiving night, Lady Gaga & the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular?

Very weird, very wonderful, as you might expect.


POSTED: Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 10:46 AM

Remember Snooki and Bill Nye and Valerie Harper? They all came back for last night’s finale on Dancing with the Stars. Showing the class that has made her a tiny legend, Snooki said to co-host Brooke Burke Charvet, “I missed your boobs.”

Lady Antebellum performed. So did Enrique Iglesias. And I think I saw Ylvis doing their bizarre hit “The Fox”, although it’s entirely possible Lazaro’s put the wrong kind of mushrooms on my pizza.

Then it was time to declare a new champion. Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke were taken out of the equation, and it came down to the two duos in the video (below).



POSTED: Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 1:48 PM

The good news, no, the stupendous news for Bill Engvall is that he finally earned a 9 for one of his routines with Emma Slater on Dancing with the Stars. It came from Len Goodman for Engvall’s Indiana Jones-themed freestyle. It also came on the night when Engvall was at long last eliminated from the contest. Somehow (ahem) he kept surviving week after week despite having the lowest scores.

That means that for tonight’s finals, the mirrorball will go to either Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff, Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke or Amber Riley and Derek Hough. Our money’s on Riley (partially because she and Derek earned perfect grades on both their Monday dances.)

For his part , Engvall seemed rather relieved at the dismissal, confiding that he didn’t know if he had one more dance in him. Hey Bill, we’re not convinced you ever did


POSTED: Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 9:54 AM
Matthew Schuler on "The Voice"

This week marked an important yardstick for Yardley’s emerging singing star, Matthew Schuler. The student at West Chester University turned 21.

But it’s we who got the present last night on The Voice as Schuler turned in another extraordinary performance, this time belting out Imagine Dragon’s “It’s Time”.

Love the way this kid can pour out his heart and soul without oversinging. And is it just me, or is Matthew starting to look like Nat King Cole with a fade?


POSTED: Monday, November 25, 2013, 11:22 AM

John Cena made quite an appearance on Live with Kelly and Michael this morning, still basking in his victory over Alberto Del Rio in Boston on Sunday in the WWE Survivors Series on PPV. Yeah, John, we see the belt.

The wrestler and host Michael Strahan continued their ongoing macho bluster, but this time things got physical, with an arm wrestling match. Best of three. Don’t you dare say this is fake!

So what happens if, instead of mano a mano, these two guys go at it full-tilt in the ring? Who wins that match? Maybe we’ll find out tonight when Strahan is the guest star on a three-hour edition of Raw (8 p.m. on USA).


POSTED: Friday, November 22, 2013, 2:57 PM
The cast of NBC's "Parks and Recreation."

Remember Must See TV? That was NBC’s vaunted Thursday night lineup, which over the years boasted ratings blockbusters like The Cosby Show, Friends, Cheers, Seinfeld and ER.

Hard to believe we’re looking at the same network. NBC just notched the worst Thursday ever for regularly scheduled in-season first-run programming. In other words, primetime.

Parks and Recreation started things off disastrously with two episodes that marked all-time lows for the series. You know you’re a network in trouble when you get beat by a show on the CW. In this case The Vampire Diaries. If you’re one of the big four, that’s like getting whupped by a test pattern.

POSTED: Thursday, November 21, 2013, 10:11 AM
Singer Adam Levine poses at an event debuting his signature fragrances for men and women on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

We are not worthy! Adam Levine, who was anointed People’s Sexiest Man Alive (umm, what’s the alternative?) appeared recumbent on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to accept his scepter.

Peel me a grape.

Kimmel expressed his pride in the Maroon 5 frontman and Voice judge, although noting he does enjoy “an unfair advantage, spending all week sitting next to Cee Lo who looks like a Cadbury Egg,”


POSTED: Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 11:50 AM
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford makes a statement to the media outside his office at Toronto's city hall after the release of a video on Thursday Nov. 7, 2013. A new video surfaced showing Ford in a rage, using threatening words including "kill" and "murder." Ford said he was "extremely, extremely inebriated" in the video, which appeared Thursday on the Toronto Star's website. The context of the video is unknown and it's unclear who the target of Ford's wrath is. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

Toronto mayor Rob Ford, or, as late-night comics call him, “The Gift That Keeps on Giving”, has now been immortalized in song – although his honor may not be too happy with the result.

Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Chris Daughtry debuted his moving, talking-blues tribute to the politician, who is like some crazy Canadian mash-up of Paul Bunyan and Charlie Sheen.

The chorus: “I’m the drunk-driving crack-smoking Mayor of Toronto.”


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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.

Reach David at dhiltbrand@phillynews.com.

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