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Archive: January, 2013

POSTED: Thursday, January 31, 2013, 12:47 PM

If the mind can imagine it, there’s already a video devoted to it.

How about this kooky spoof, “Downton Arby’s”? All your favorite characters are there – except they’re behind the counter or manning the drive-thru window.

POSTED: Thursday, January 31, 2013, 11:14 PM
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR NOKIA -- In this photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, the cast of 30 ROCK celebrates their last episode at the wrap party in New York. From left, Jane Krakowski, Judah Friedlander, Tina Fey, Scott Adsit, Jack McBrayer. (Photo by Scott Gries for Nokia/AP Images) (Invision for Nokia)

 30 Rock went out last night the same way it came in: deliriously.

Tina Fey’s surreal sitcom had “quick cancellation” written all over it. So we all owe NBC a huge debt of thanks for keeping it on the air for seven years. Especially since 30 Rock made a point of mercilessly mocking the network at least once in every episode.

Last night was no exception. Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin), recently ascended to head of NBC’s corporate owner Kabletown, took a homeless man sleeping on the sidewalk and installed him as Savannah Guthrie’s new Today co-host.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 11:05 AM
Jon Stewart

Sexual shibboleths are falling left and right.

The Boy Scouts are preparing to end their ban on gays. And our military has just decreed that women can take combat roles.

Of course, this set off a howl of righteous objections. And that knee-jerk reflex was irresistible to The Daily Show.

POSTED: Friday, January 25, 2013, 10:03 AM
In this Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 photo provided by ABC, Oscar winner Matt Damon hosts "Jimmy Kimmel Live" after opening the show as a kidnapper, tying Kimmel, seated, to a chair with duct tape and gagging him with his own tie, on the set in Hollywood, Calif. Surrounding Damon and Kimmel are, standing from left, guests Andy Garcia, Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Reese Witherspoon, Ben Affleck, Sarah Silverman and Demi Moore. (AP Photo/ABC, Randy Holmes) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

After years of insults and rejection, Matt Damon turned the tables last night on his tormentor. He trussed up the host of Jimmy Kimmel Live! and assumed control of the show himself. Man, what an improvement this was!

First he made a few changes in the staff. Out with Kimmel sidekick Guillermo and in with…well, watch it for yourself.

POSTED: Thursday, January 24, 2013, 1:03 PM
"Idol" judge Nicki Minaj

It was the American Idol performance that brought Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey to their feet to applaud. Nicki Minaj didn’t struggle out of her chair but she did humbly allow, "I’m not even worthy to critique you.” She was also moved to remark “I want to skin you and wear you”.

What? That’s a little too Silence of the Lambs for our taste.

POSTED: Thursday, January 24, 2013, 3:12 PM
Actor Matt Damon gets revenge on Jimmy Kimmel. (AP Photo)

It’s one of the longest running gags on television. For a decade, Jimmy Kimmel has been announcing Matt Damon as a guest, and then declaring at the end of the show that they ran out of time and will have Damon on soon.

This went on for years, with Damon acting as if he was furious at the discourtesy of the continuous snub. Well, last night, Kimmel, ensconced in his new time slot, declared that Thursday would be the historic night when Damon actually would get some couch time. Here’s a teaser of what tonight will bring. Isn’t that an evil laugh Damon has?

POSTED: Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 4:52 PM

The mortality rate for sitcoms, particularly Tuesday night bottom dwellers, is alarming this week. Yesterday, ABC abruptly pulled Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt. 23. Today Fox took the ax to Ben and Kate, the first-year comedy starring Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson as adult siblings.

Actually the “c” word (cancellation) was not used by either network. That’s not unusual. Show almost always get pulled months before their demise is officially announced. You can expect the episodes that are in the can to be burned off after the season is over.

Ben and Kate will be replaced for now on Tuesdays with double showings of Raising Hope. Don’t Trust the B---- will have its Tuesday slot taken over by an additional airing of Happy Endings.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 1:46 PM
Alabama's routing of Notre Dame was overshadowed in part by a new breakout star - Katherine Webb, girlfriend of quarterback AJ McCarron and Miss Alabama USA 2012. (Julie Jacobson/AP) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

File this under Weird TV News. Did you know ABC has an upcoming reality show called Celebrity Diving?

Yup, and the biggest name signed so far is Miss Alabama Katherine Webb, the beauty queen who gained instant fame just for sitting in the stands at the BSC Championship.Bowl.

Gossip conglomerate TMZ smuggled a photographer onto the set yesterday during the first day of shooting and captured the photo you see above of Webb and NFL bad boy Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions. Now there’s two people we never thought we’d see in the same frame.

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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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