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Watch the Box: Good News/Bad News

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Now! In Skank-O-Vision!

MTV renewed A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila for a second season.

E! returns on January 7th with a second season of Chelsea Lately, starring Chelsea Handler.

When’s the Theme Park Opening?

Dick Wolf and NBC Universal are talking about developing a Law & Order: London for ITV.

News for the Dim

TV Guide.com launches a Strike Survival guide so that viewers won’t get stuck watching an episode they’ve already seen. (In the case of Brothers and Sisters, how can anyone tell?)

FBLA Goes To the Party: E! Entertainent Holiday Party

DSCN4957.JPGWhether you think Snoop Dogg is a loveable children’s role model, a talented rapper, or a criminal with a drug problem, there is no denying that he’s a friggin’ cool co-worker.

Unlike Ryan Seacrest and Kim Kardashian, Snoop Dogg showed up to the E! Holiday Party last night at the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City to eat mini-cheeseburgers (when is this comfort-food-as-haute-cuisine trend going to end?) and gossip with his colleagues. Except, of course, that none of his colleagues could get near him. Standing on an elevated V.I.P. section (in what appeared to be a woman’s fur coat), Snoop had a majestic view of the party.

He even deigned to wave when a too-excited D.J. Clinton Sparks gave Snoop a shout-out and started mixing a medley of his songs. But security was too tight around the D-O-Double-G for any lowly segment producer to get close, and he mostly kept to his posse (for anyone keeping track: He seemed to be rolling about 20 deep).

As he left, surrounded by a crush of security, FBLA overheard one E! employee say, “That’s as close to Snoop as you’re ever going to get.”

“That’s close enough,” his friend replied.

Blogs on Ellen: Yep, She’s Lame

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Despite news that Ellen DeGeneres canceled her NY tapings, everyone is mad at her for crossing the picket line. It’s a little more complicated for Ellen than for some of her daytime brethren, so we’re going to withhold judgment. But we’re in the minority.

Huffington Post: “Writers angry that Ellen DeGeneres crossed the picket line can find solace in the knowledge that she is struggling to fill time without them. (snip) Before the first commercial Ellen teased an upcoming segment as if it was new. (snip) Despite pretending the package was taped this past weekend, Ellen looked noticeably different as she kidded her way through a day as an NBC page. For starters, her hair was both longer and darker than it was either today or last week. The taped piece is old. More likely is Ellen and her producers going into the vaults to dust off bits of footage that have never aired and using them to fill time, now that her writers are out and her monologues aren’t so fun.”

E!: “Former WB star Keri Russell has canceled an upcoming appearance on the daytime chatfest, reportedly in protest of the decision to keep producing new episodes while its Writers Guild of America-bound employees are out on strike.”

Hollyrude: “Ellen Is A Mean Old Lesbian.”

Kim Kardashian’s UnCut Sex Tape–Now on DVD

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While E! is enjoying the success of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Vivid Entertainment is enjoying even more of the ample charms of Kim K. The adult entertainment powerhouse is re-launching the Kim Kardashian Superstar website, which promises:

over 60 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage including never-before-seen sex

The uncut DVD of Kim Kardashian Superstar arrives in stores Nov. 21, just in time for Thanksgiving. Not everyone likes football.

E! has certainly become celebrity-friendly, if you define celebrity as “random naked person” and friendly as “semi-soft core porn”. Think Maria Shriver will ever sign a deal with Comcast? Think again.

Putting the “W” In “Low”

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The November issue of W is out now, giving readers interested in other people’s messy divorces the opportunity to put in their two cents. Or their $4.50, as it were.

The magazine is publishing two separate covers — one with Jennifer Aniston and one featuring Angelina Jolie. It’s about as tacky as a fashion mag can get. And for those of you wondering which will sell the most (as the news puppies at E! apparently are doing), here’s a hint: Jennifer Aniston. By a lot.

Harmonic Convergence: David Hasselhoff and Ryan Seacrest Team Up

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Ryan Seacrest is poised to produce Tales of the Hoff, an E! comedy starring David Hasselhoff.

In a sure sign of … something… E! is trying to add more scripted programming into its mix. This one will “follow the fictional dark and twisted trials and tribulations of an international icon as he navigates Hollywood and the world of dating after divorce,” according to Variety.

This is fiction?

Dan O’Keefe will write the pilot and exec produce. Seacrest, Hasselhoff and Eliot Goldberg will co-exec produce, along with Chuck Russell, who will also direct.

Emmy Coverage: The Best Of The Blogs

Joan Rivers, of all people, feigns boredom: Joan Rivers hunkers down with a VH1 camera crew and some blogging software in what we imagine is the first of an ongoing effort to eliminate her presence from the Red Carpet (and possibly the planet) forever.

In a video explanation on EmmysWithJoan.com, she pretends to be happy with the arrangement:

I don’t have to lie anymore and tell people like Diane Keaton, “Oh don’t you look great?” When in reality, she looked like Charlie Chaplin, only in drag and with a much bigger mustache.

Her inane babble is no different in print than on the Red Carpet, except for one key difference — online, Joan acts bored.

For those of you who are as bored as I am with this shit, Gunfight at the OK Corral is on Turner Classic Movies. And it’s Gem Week on QVC! Not everybody likes Kanye West, but everybody likes lapis! And 31-7 Patriots.

Seriously? The only reason Gemstar plugs you into your generator at night is because some housewife in Omaha howls every time you open your trap at one of these awards shows. Suck it up, blogger.

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HowStuffWorks Takes On the Emmys, Fails To Explain Ryan Seacrest

staemstuff.jpgOne of our favorite sites on the Web, HowStuffWorks.com, takes on Emmy coverage with nary a mention of what the hell E! is going to do for its red carpet coverage now that Ryan Seacrest is hosting the show.

Instead, the site takes a high-school-science-text-book approach to the awards, letting readers know that the statuette was designed by a TV engineer who modeled it after his wife, and that it weighs 4 3/4 pounds, made of an amalgam of copper, nickel and silver, covered in 18 karat gold.

So, if you’re feeling particularly geeky, check out the story here.

Taking Bets In The Lyons Den

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We are not rushing out to take in Springfield-mania, and we don’t know too many people who are. But when we saw hordes of fans lined up at The Grove late last night for the midnight showing of The Simpsons Movie, we thought maybe it would be a surprise blockbuster. Then we heard all three of the midnight shows at the Arclight had sold out, and we started to think it was going to be a monster hit.

Luckily, that cute-as-a-button, wanna-be ghetto movie reviewer kid on E! is around to set us straight. In his new weekly feature, Beat Ben @ The Box Office, Ben Lyons pits his movie knowledge against yours by predicting box office takes every weekend.

As he assures his readers:

The Simpsons Movie, 18 years in the making, will take in roughly $37 million. Strong, but not overwhelming.

Here’s Why: The film will not reach the coveted $45-50 million range because younger moviegoers, the ones who make up the majority of summer ticket sales, don’t have the same passion for this animated flick as they did for Shrek and Ratatouille.

Emmy Nominations Cause A Stir … Or At Least A Lot Of Early Rising

emily.jpgThe people whose jobs it is to give you the most up-to-date information possible about meaningless awards shows watched the sun rise this morning as the 59th Annual Emmy nominations were announced. Here’s a sampling of their work.

Tom O’Neil posts at 6:16 a.m. that the academy “showed a sense of saucy humor,” in nominating the Justin Timberlake’s SNL skit, Dick In A Box. Except he wasn’t allowed to print the name of the skit.

Zap2It didn’t time stamp its offering, and we have a feeling more coverage from them is TK. The site, so far, offers the recognition that 15 Emmy nominations means The Sopranos finally have a shot at getting “a more definitive ending,” than they gave viewers.

Deadline Hollywood Daily offers some thoughts, like this one written at 5:13 a.m.: “I always find it ridiculous how year after year the Emmy voters tend to favor the tried and true (and, therefore, stultifying) shows over new series that haven’t passed their expiration date and still try to push the envelope. It’s like an episode has to jump the shark before the voters will give it a modicum of respect.”

E!’s 7:10 a.m. posting declares The Office can repeat, 24 won’t.

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