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2011 was an exciting year of highs and lows for the media landscape. From Andrew Breitbart taking the podium at Anthony Weiner's press conference to Seth Meyers ripping into Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents Dinner, the news cycle this year never gave us a chance to catch our collective breath. However, there were only a few news stories that left an indelible mark on the public consciousness. »
- James Crugnale
8:00 Shrek the Halls 8:30 Phineas and Ferb (repeat) 9:00 Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice 9:30 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special 10:00 20/20 (new) 12:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live (repeat) 8:00 A Gifted Man (repeat) 9:00 CSI: NY (repeat) 10:00 Blue Bloods (repeat) 11:35 Late Show With David Letterman (new, with guest Jay Thomas) 12:37 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (new) 8:00 Kitchen Nightmares (repeat) 9:00 Fringe (repeat) 8:00 Chuck (new) 9:00 Grimm (repeat) 10:00 Dateline NBC (new) 11:35 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (new, with guests Terry Bradshaw and Bailee Madison) 12:35 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (new, with guests Seth Meyers and The Muppets) 8:00 Olive, the Other Reindeer 9:00 Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer More shows to watch when you read more »
This is the sixth in a multi-part series, The Year in Television 2011.
Not everyone can be a TV actor Mvp. You have to have charisma, talent, and you need a memorable part that plays to your particular strengths on a well-written show. Also, good lighting helps. This year we surveyed the television landscape to come up with ten people - both male and femaile - who we really thought broke out from the pack and made inordinate contributions to their respective shows. Some are newcomers, others have been acting for years. These are the break out TV actors of 2011 and, speaking of lighting, we'd like to shine a little more on them.
It's not easy »
This weekend's Jimmy Fallon-hosted "Saturday Night Live" was like a big family Christmas get-together, reuniting many of the show's biggest stars for a holiday walk down memory lane. It was a season-best episode to close 2011.
Fallon was not shy about filling the show with the most famous characters from his own "SNL" days, kicking things off with Boston's favorite high school delinquents, Sully and Denise (Rachel Dratch). Fifteen years down the road, we find the pair up to their old tricks, but with a twist – time has actually passed and they are adults with five children (Weezer, Chubsy, Squeezebox, Hags and Baby Richard) trying to sneak into a high school dance. That's about all that's different though, the pair make out like old times ("You are!") and drink Franzia from a bladder sans box. Also back in rotation, Fallon's impressions of Jerry Seinfeld and Barry Gibb, psyching himself up »
- John Mitchell
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il died Saturday morning. It is expected to send shock waves throughout the world as no plan for succession has been announced publicly, though his son has been mentioned as a possible successor.
Students in New York who were suspended over "Tebowing" in the hall during class changes are protesting their suspension. The school board says it has nothing to do with religious freedom (and the students admit it was more about the football than praying), but having students incite 40 people to drop to one knee in crowded hallways disrupts class changes and creates fire hazards. Cell phone video seems to support the administration.
Deadline seems to think GLAAD is getting worked up over nothing with the protest of Work It. It's just a guys-in-dresses comedy in the British tradition. This is of course not taking into account the advertising with men in dresses at urinals, »
If you are a straight female/gay male/open-minded heterosexual dude, and you didn't have a giant crush on Jimmy Fallon before, last night's SNL should prompt you to reevaluate your position on this matter. Not only did Fallon, who hosted the episode with musical guest Michael Buble, do a commendable job in his hosting debut, he also impressively only managed to crack up an average of 1.5 times per sketch, marking a vast improvement from his time as a cast member. Although the return of old favorites like the Boston teens and the "I Wish It Was Christmas Today" band would've been enough to satisfy nostalgic viewers, Fallon and crew decided to do us one better by reuniting the "Weekend Update" hosts of the past decade for one epic, two-minute, lightning-round joke-off. After anchor Seth Meyers made a joke about a strip [...] »
Former "Saturday Night Live" star Jimmy Fallon returned to "SNL" to host the Christmas episode Saturday -- and challenged his Weekend Update replacement, Seth Meyers, in a classic joke-off. Guess who joins them? Their former Weekend Update partners Tina Fey and Amy Poehler!
Watch the hilarity ensue!
Fallon, dressed as a bee, was joined by musical guest Michael Buble, former cast member Amy Poehler, surprise guest star Jude Law, plus Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader -- as well as other stars -- for a special send-off for the holiday-themed show.
- Kelly Fisher
Jimmy Fallon took the reins of Saturday Night Live this week, and with a team of special guests — Jude Law, Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Chris Kattan, and Horatio Sanz among them — delivered a fun, funny episode in which even the jokes that didn’t work were buoyed by an innate zaniness and a willingness to try something fresh and unexpected. Here are my picks for the night’s best — hard to narrow it to just two — and worst sketches:
Best: Weekend Update Joke-Off
In a stroke of comic genius, Poehler, Fey, and Fallon got behind the »
- Michael Slezak
Jimmy Fallon's return to "Saturday Night Live" -- this time as a host, instead of a cast member -- was a nostalgia-fest of epic proportions. Of course, Fallon is a beloved part of "SNL" history, but perhaps the best testament to his legacy on the show is just how many of his former co-stars were willing to return to work with him again.
Aside from the Pat Sullivan cold open which featured Rachel Dratch and Amy Poehler, Fallon was also joined by Horatio Sanz, Chris Kattan, and Tracy Morgan for a rendition of "I Wish It Was Christmas Today."
Our favorite part of the evening, however, was the "Weekend Update" Joke-Off, in which former "Weekend Update" partners in crime battled for the crown. Yes, Tina Fey returned to the desk with her old pal Fallon, and Poehler and Seth Meyers reunited for a series of jokes about a strip »
In an episode that was chock-full of cameos by former cast mates, December 17's "Weekend Update" featured one of the biggest thrills of the night, a head-to-head joke-off pitting former co-anchors Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon against Amy Poehler and (current anchor) Seth Meyers.
After reporting on a toy drive by a local strip club, Meyers quipped that patrons could "give a toy to Charity, and Charity will give it to the manager." But not a moment after, Fallon rolled up to the desk, chiding Meyers for his lackluster performance in the face of such a meaty story. Challenges to a joke off were then made and accepted, and before you knew it, "Update" alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler had joined the fray.
A dozen or so one-liners later, television magic had been made. »
- Carol Hartsell
When Seth Meyers reported on the story of a local strip club doing a Christmas toy drive ("give a gift to charity and we'll give it to the manager!"), Jimmy Fallon just had to stop by his old "Weekend Update" post to hear more. Looking sharp in a navy suit and purple tie, he challenged Meyers to a "good old-fashioned 'Weekend Update' Joke-Off." And, just to make things more exciting, former co-anchors Tina Fey and Amy Poehler also threw their hats into the ring. »
- Sarah Devlin
A star with a Twitter account is every publicist’s nightmare and every pop culture junkie’s dream come true. That felt especially true in 2011, the year of the unfiltered celebrity tweeter. (We’re looking at you Ellen Barkin, Ashton Kutcher, and Charlie Sheen!) But which stars had the most entertaining — for better or for worse — Twitter feeds of the year? Is it Steve Martin, Seth Meyers, or Elizabeth Banks that deserves bragging rights for the best, thanks to their smart and silly musings? When it comes to the worst, does anyone come close to chronic over-sharers like Kim Kardashian and Courtney Stodden? »
- Aly Semigran
The silver lining at the North American box office this weekend is the Brad Bird/Tom Cruise $140 million-budgeted combo Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol, which has raked in an impressive, IMAX-boosted $4.6 million — including $1m from Thursday midnight showings — at only 425 locations (300 of which IMAX theaters). As per The Hollywood Reporter, Ghost Protocol should bring in $12 million by Sunday evening. If so, that would represent an outstanding, even considering the IMAX surcharges, $28,400 per-theater average.
For comparison's sake, Mission: Impossible III earned $47.74 million at 4,054 theaters in July 2006 (approx. $58 million today), averaging $11,776 per site (approx. $14,000 today). At a little more than one tenth of the number of theaters, Ghost Protocol is expected to take in more than one fifth of the inflation-adjusted gross of its predecessor. »
- Zac Gille
There's nothing like a little fun public revenge -- at least for Alec Baldwin.
After the American Airlines incident that the actor dealt with this week, he chose to take out his frustration on "Saturday Night Live." Check out the skit!
Baldwin sported a pilot hat and fake mustache to play pilot Captain Steve Rogers.
"It was awful, Seth," Rogers, speaking in a broad Southern accent, tells Weekend Update host Seth Meyers, "which is why »
The worst weekend at the North American box office since September 2008, with an overall take of $78 million. That's this very weekend (Dec. 9-11), when Garry Marshall's critically lambasted Warner Bros. release New Year's Eve succeeded in topping the domestic box-office chart with a meager $13.7 million, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. At 3,505 locations, New Year's Eve averaged a not-at-all celebratory $3,910 per site.
Thanks to a prestigious cast including Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, and Hilary Swank; Oscar nominees Michelle Pfeiffer and Abigail Breslin; and teen idol Zac Efron, Sex and the City's Sarah Jessica Parker, Two and Half Men's Ashton Kutcher, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon co-star Josh Duhamel (photo), some had been expecting that New Year's Eve would open around $30 million. Later on, $20 million became an acceptable figure. But $13.7 million? Chances are New Year's Eve won't get even close to matching »
- Zac Gille
There’s very little to celebrate for “New Year’s Eve.” Warner Brothers Pictures’ romantic comedy “New Year’s Eve” barely received the top spot with $13.7 million in a lackluster weekend for the box office. The Garry Marshall-directed film was following the last year’s hit “Valentine’s Day,” which earned $56.3 million. However, “New Year’s Eve” was off by nearly 75 percent from that previous film and far below the studio’s projections of $20 million. In “New Year’s Eve,” the film follows another group of individuals’ stories before celebrating the New Year. The film had a large cast including Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Robert DeNiro, Halle Berry, Cary Elwes, Common, Jessica Biel, Seth Meyers, Carla Gugino, Til Schweiger, Katherine Heigl, Jon Bon Jovi, Sofia Vergara, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Abigail Breslin, Josh Duhamel, Hilary Swank, Ludacris and Hector Elizondo. In second place, Twentieth Century Fox »
Actor Alec Baldwin popped in for a special appearance on Saturday Night Live. SNL veteran Baldwin was playing the part of an AA pilot who sympathized with the "real" Alec Baldwin, who he describes as "an American treasure." Baldwin was booted off an American Airlines flight last week for refusing to power down his iPhone while playing Words With Friends. The ensuing war of words on Twitter and in the media culminated in the NBC Saturday Night Live skit as Baldwin apologized to himself. Baldwin, dressed as an AA pilot, appeared on Weekend Update with Seth Meyers. American Airlines' .Captain Steve Rogers. issued an apology: .I am ashamed at the way he was treated...I mean, what harm would it »
- April MacIntyre
Baldwin appeared in a pilot's uniform, calling himself Captain Steve Rogers and issuing an apology to Baldwin for kicking him off the flight for playing "Words with Friends." He Tweeted, "Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing Words W Friends while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt"
"It was awful, Seth," he told Meyers, "which is why it was very important for me to come here tonight and on behalf of everyone at American Airlines issue an apology to Mr. Alec Baldwin."
Meyers asked, "Alec, are you sure this is the right way to handle this?" He answered, "Mr. Baldwin is an American treasure and I am ashamed of the way he was treated."
Baldwin may have very public temper tantrums, »
After getting kicked off an American Airlines flight last week for playing Words with Friends, Alec Baldwin stopped by Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" to apologize to ... himself. On the show, Baldwin played the captain of the flight, who said he regretted his decision. Too bad it was obvious to Seth Meyers and everyone else that it was Baldwin underneath the hat and mustache. "Mr. Baldwin is an American treasure and I am ashamed at the way he was treated. What harm would it do to let him...
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- Kate Stanhope
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