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POSTED: Friday, June 27, 2014, 11:43 AM

What is wrong with us? Why have we suddenly turned soccer mad? What is this…South America?

Political pundit Stephen Colbert has located the sinister conspiracy that has our once proud nation acting like a banana republic. Of course he got research help from Fox News.

Watch Dr. Keith Ablow and Stuart Varney lay out the truth in the video below.

POSTED: Thursday, June 26, 2014, 3:27 PM
Happy birthday to Ariana Grande, pop princess and Mariah-in-waiting. She turns 21 today.

For the little lady with the big voice, her big day follows on the heels of brother Frankie Grande’s big night. Last night, after winning a spinning log competition (see video below), Frankie was annointed the season’s first Head of Household on Big Brother.

His elation was somewhat tempered because Julie Chen announced a new wrinkle in the reality competition: HoH, which used to imbue its holder with immunity, no longer will. In fact, when the final eight check into the house tonight, it may paint a big target on Frankie’s back. Yikes!


POSTED: Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 11:17 AM

How do you honor the undisputed insult king, Mr. Warmth, Don Rickles? You smother him with kindness and jokes.

That seems to be the strategy on One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles (9 p.m. on Spike).

The big guns turned out for this 90-minute special, taped at Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater – Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, David Letterman, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Johnny Depp, Martin Scorcese and Robert DeNiro.


POSTED: Friday, May 23, 2014, 12:44 PM
Comedian Will Ferrell takes on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ pounder.

Drum-off! Just the thought makes the blood pound in your temples, doesn’t it?

Wait, what’s a drum-off? Pretty self-explanatory really. But last night, after months of buildup, Chad Smith of The Red Hot Chili Peppers took on Will Ferrell for all the marbles.

Actually it was hard to tell them apart. Which was kind of the whole point. Fans noticed the striking resemblance between the percussionist and the clown prince, leading to this epic showdown.



POSTED: Friday, May 9, 2014, 4:08 PM

Even for Florida, even for politicians, even for Florida politicians, this is just weird.

Last night, Stephen Colbert introduced us to Jake Rush, a Tea Party candidate for the 3rd congressional district in north central Florida. But Rush is also Chazz Darling and…

I don’t want to spoil this. It’s just too, too unbelievable and funny.


POSTED: Thursday, May 8, 2014, 2:33 PM

This is becoming almost as addictive as the show it mocks. I’m talking about Gay of Thrones on Funny or Die in which gay hair stylist Jonathan offers up a weekly description in his salon of what happened in Westeros on HBO.

The Game of Thrones episode on Sunday, as you may recall, was entitled “First of His Name”. It began with the coronation of young Tommen and ended with the burning of Craster’s Keep.

It’s just a little bit different the way Jonathan tells it in “Fierce Her Name”. The catty nicknames he has for all the characters are hilarious. Hodor as Miss Clio? So are the pop references. Who would give Brienne and Podrick a laugh track and compare them to Laverne & Shirley?


POSTED: Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 6:49 PM
Terry Crews has some kind of resume, starting with his career in football. Did you know he spent his final year in the NFL as a backup linebacker for the Eagles in 1996?

But as an actor, he’s pretty much done it all. Which is surprising because with his distinctive looks, imposing size and Herculean build, you’d assume he would be pigeonholed.

You may remember him from his many Old Spice commercials, or as the father on Everybody Hates Chris or as Jeff Daniels’ bodyguard on The Newsroom, or as the crooked politician on Arrested Development or maybe as one of Sylvester Stallone’s gung-ho Expendables or in his current sitcom with Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Fox. To name a few.


POSTED: Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 12:39 PM

Quite a night on NBC’s The Voice. First Adam Levine showed up with his hair peroxide white. He said he felt like a cyborg from the future. Blake Shelton expressed shock. “That’s Adam?” he said. “I thought Meg Ryan had joined the panel.”

Speaking of joining the panel, next season’s superstar additions made an appearance – Gwen Stefani and Pharrell. They even collaborated on “Hollaback Girl”.

Among the eight remaining contestants, the competition was fierce and the bar was exceedingly high. For the first time tonight, three will be eliminated.


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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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