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How Much Do You Want To Bet That This Sarah Silverman Show Ends Up On TV After All?

sarah silvermanThese days, TV shows are auf’d after as little as one episode if it’s not winning right out the gate.

So far this season, We Are Men, a show about men, and Lucky 7, about a group of lottery winners, were cancelled after a single outing. Ironside, the ill-conceived remake starring Blair Underwood, was gone after three episodes. And something called Welcome to the Family is history.

On the flip side, Dads, the Seth McFarlane show that was panned, kicked, spit on, and elbowed in the face by the critics just got the thumbs up for more episodes. It deserves every negative review it got. This is what passes for a joke on this show: ”The Chinese are a lovely and honorable people, but you can’t trust them!” Side eye, blech, awful and gross.

You look at some of these shows and wonder how they even get on the air. Sarah Silverman was granted permission from Twentieth Century Fox to post what she calls the “failed pilot” of her sitcom Susan 313 on her website Jash. The show is about a songwriter (Silverman) who breaks up with her boyfriend of 10 years and now has to make it on her own. NBC said no to the show last year.

Is it possible that Twentieth Century Fox gave Silverman permission to post the show in the hopes of doing a little test to see if it gets any traction?

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Backlash Against Wendy’s, Taco Bell for Cutting Hours and Blaming Obamacare

Few things grab the public’s attention like a celebrity-backed boycott, protest, or backlash against a specific brand or company. Today, Wendy’s and Taco Bell find themselves on the wrong end of just this sort of upheaval.

Roughly 100 Wendy’s employees in the Omaha, Nebraska area will have their weekly schedules reduced to 28 hours a week so that they will no longer qualify for the health care benefits that “Obamacare” mandates for full-time employees. A Taco Bell in Guthrie, Oklahoma enacted a similar policy.

Even though these underhanded approaches seem unique to these specific franchises, the backlash against the Wendy’s and Taco Bell corporations has been swift. Celebrities like Castle star Nathan Fillion and comedian Sarah Silverman voiced their outrage via Twitter, and many people pledged to avoid not just those specific locations, but all restaurants owned by the chains in question.

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‘Bill of Reproductive Rights’ Petition Has A-List Promoters

The “pro-choice”/”pro-life” argument is not a new one by any means–it’s been a divisive social and political issue for decades. But over the past several months, the subject of reproductive rights has become the hot button domestic issue, thanks in large part to some major political clashes on the subject (does an all-male panel on women’s reproductive rights ring a bell?).

Now, with election day only weeks away, debate over the issue(s) is more heated than ever. In the midst of aggressive campaigns, grassroots efforts, vehement blog posts, and angry protests from both sides, The Center for Reproductive Rights, a global legal advocacy organization, has launched a new campaign in the form of an A-list-celebrity-backed petition.

The campaign, titled “Draw The Line,” launched on Tuesday, and it asks American voters to sign a “Bill of Reproductive Rights” in support of legal and readily available access to contraception, abortion, and other reproductive health services. Some of the big Hollywood names involved include Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, Amy Poehler, Lisa Kudrow, Sarah Silverman, Billy Crudup, and Caroline Kennedy.

The online petition reads as follows: Read more

Amy Poehler Gets Creeped Out for ‘Always Open’

Denny’s has partnered with entertainment company DumbDumb, IAC’s digital company Electus, and College Humor for Always Open, a web series where host David Koechner interviews celebrity guests. It’s kind of like Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, but with snacks.

In the fourth episode the host sits down to some Denny’s with funny lady Amy Poehler. Previous episodes have featured DumbDumb founders Jason Bateman and  Will Arnett (also Poehler’s hubby) and Sarah Silverman. Kristin Bell will be the next guest. Click above to learn how to make dead shark eyes!

@CharlieSheen Breaks Guinness World Record

Charlie Sheen has broken the Guinness World Record for “Fastest Time to Reach One Million Followers.” He did it in 25 hours and 17 minutes. He now has more than 1.3 million followers. Sheen was able to get his Twitter account verified, up, and running in just a short time with help from Ad.ly, Ad Age reports. He’s only following 25 people, including George Lopez (@georgelopez) and Sarah Silverman (@sarahksilverman).

[via CNN.]