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Talking in Circles is a pop culture talk show/podcast where hosts Dan, Greg, and Chuck wax poetic about comic books, movies, television shows, and pretty much anything else in geek culture. Come for the witty banter stay for the exciting games, hilarious skits, and “crazy but true” news stories.
This week’s theme: Death. Death of careers to be exact. Inspired by that classic clay animation TV show Celebrity Deathmatch we square off the celebs of today to determine what careers need to die and what careers should keep on going. Some of the match-ups include Justin Bieber vs. Miley Cyrus, Kayne West vs. Kim Kardashian, Tom Brady vs. Alex Rodriguez and that is just the start…
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- Phil Wheat
Upon reading Harrison’s less-than-kind comments, “Honestly, I was thrilled. I was so excited because I was like, ‘Oh, my God, they noticed us!'” Ep Marti Noxon told TVLine with a laugh at a Paley Center event for the series on Thursday. “His dislike of the show was not surprising to me, so it didn’t hurt my feelings.”
Not to mention, “any press is good press, »
Who snuck sour grapes into Chris Harrison‘s lunchbox? In a new interview, the Bachelor host tears into UnREAL — Lifetime’s fictional behind-the-scenes look at a reality dating show — with some choice words for the drama.
“The main difference that I’ve seen is that people watch The Bachelor,” Harrison tells our sister publication Variety. “It’s complete fiction. As much as they would love to jump on our coattails — they were begging for us to talk about it and for people to write about it »
George Coe, an actor whose long and eclectic career earned him legions of fans spanning several different generations, has died. He was 86.
Coe spent more than 50 years acting both in front of the camera as well as through voiceover work, turning in defining performances in multiple media and genres. He began his career on Broadway in 1957 opposite Angela Lansbury in the original cast of "Mame," and went on to star in "On the Twentieth Century" and "Company," among other shows.
In television, Coe made history as one of the original cast members of "Saturday Night Live," debuting with the Not Ready for Prime Time Players on the show's first episode in 1975. He appeared in numerous other television series over the years, with roles on shows including "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Murder, She Wrote," "Celebrity Deathmatch," "Bones," "Grey's Anatomy," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Gilmore Girls," "The Golden Girls," and "The West Wing. »
- Katie Roberts
George Coe, an original Saturday Night Live cast member and longtime actor and voiceover artist with over 50 years of credits, passed away Saturday in Santa Monica, California after battling a long illness, Variety reports. He was 86. Coe was featured among the other "Not Ready For Prime Time Players" when Saturday Night Live debuted on October 11, 1975.
While Coe appeared on other episodes during SNL's first season, he was only credited as a featured cast member on the debut, where he was listed alongside Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radner. »
Celebrities, you're officially on notice: In news that feels like one of the elaborate pranks the series specialized in, Bet announced Thursday that it would revive Ashton Kutcher's MTV hoax show Punk'd as part of the network's upcoming slate of new shows. The new Punk'd – this would mark the second time the series was rebooted – would provide a more behind-the-scenes look at how the celebrity-fooling shenanigans are created and executed, The Hollywood Reporter writes.
Punk'd's MTV original run, hosted by Kutcher, pranked unsuspecting celebrities from 2003 to 2007, though Bet »
Eight years after its last episode, MTV2 is set to revive the animated comedy series Celebrity Deathmatch, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.
The new season is being produced by original creator Eric Fogel, with THR reporting that “the new version will again feature animated no-holds-barred fantasy fights between infamous figures from entertainment and pop culture and will be reimagined for a social media world and hourly Twitter wars.”
Celebrity Deathmatch launched in 1998 and ran for for four seasons through to 2002, before being revived by MTV2 in 2006 for a further two seasons.
- Gary Collinson
Yet another ’90s TV reboot is stepping into the ring.
MTV2 has given a pilot order to a revival of Celebrity Deathmatch, the claymation series that originally ran on MTV from 1998 to 2002, per The Hollywood Reporter.
The new version of Deathmatch, which pits pop culture staples against each other in fantasy wrestling matches, also will incorporate a social media element to the fights.
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Someone call Judge Mills Lane: MTV2 has ordered a pilot for a new version of its parent network's classic Celebrity Deathmatch. The network says the new Celebrity Deathmatch will be a "reimagined" version of the original that draws inspiration from our current "world of social media and hourly Twitter wars." Finally, we'll get to see what Suey Park versus Stephen Colbert looks like in Claymation form! The Deathmatch reboot is just one of three new series MTV2 announced today; the others are a Charlemagne tha God talk show and Kingin' With Tyga, a Jackass-style adventure show that follows the antics of America's favorite ephebophile. »
- Nate Jones
Celebrity Deathmatch lives again. The MTV series originally ran from 1998-2002 and was revived on MTV2 from 2006-2007. The new version will again live on MTV2. Celebrity Deathmatch creator Eric Fogel and Wasteland Entertainment are behind the new series. Paul Ricci and Chris McCarthy are also on board as executive producers. The new series won't stray too much from the original concept: animated entertainment and pop culture star will battle to the death. MTV2 also ordered Kingin' With Tyga, a six-episode series about Tyga and his crew, and new talk show Uncommon Sense With Charlamagne tha God. Celebrity Deathmatch is just the latest established series to get another chance at life. NBC recently »
"Celebrity Deathmatch," MTV's claymation death-brawl with the stars, is returning with new episodes to MTV2! I support this. Along with "Daria," it was one of the network's chief forums for late '90s sarcastic commentary. I also remember hearing that the real members of Hanson wept upon watching their clay fight with the Spice Girls, and that is very funny. Let's pick our favorite claymation fight from the original series. While the "Michael Jackson vs. Madonna" showdown is legend, I remember at the time feeling like the duel between Jewel and Alanis Morissette was important. Maybe the "Alaska vs. Canada" element felt trenchant at the time? I don't know. I actually remember rooting for Jewel, which is such a funny childhood mistake. Clearly Alanis is the superior lyricist and performer. Get More: MTV Shows »
- Louis Virtel
Before Uwe Boll started challenging critics to boxing matches or Drake and Chris Brown started scuffling, MTV had the idea to render all celebrity beefs, real or completely made up, into absurdly and occassionally very funny stop-motion animated vignettes. The show was Celebrity Deathmatch, with Nick Diamond and Johnny Gomez as our announcers, and the pit matches dreamed up by creator Eric Fogel, the man behind the rightly beloved MTV series The Head, ranged from the obvious (Madonna vs. Michael Jackson) to the outright bizarre (Charles Manson vs. Marilyn Manson). The show was cancelled in the late 1990s and then revived in the mid-aughts for two seasons on MTV2, and now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the show is set to make its return to MTV2 with Fogler back on board as creator. [caption id="attachment_443179" align="alignright" width="348"] Image via MTV[/caption] As THR explains, the new series will also incorporate more modern touches to the series, »
- Chris Cabin
MTV2 has given series orders to projects revolving around rapper Tyga and comedian Charlamagne. The cabler also hopes to revive “Celebrity Deathmatch.”
MTV2 has ordered a new pilot for “Deathmatch,” the animated series that bowed on MTV in 1998. The series features contemporary and historical figures engaging in fantasy fights. Creator Eric Fogel is “re-imagining” the concept for the Twitter era, MTV2 promises.
“Kingin’ with Tyga” follows the rap star and his sizable entourage as they engage live the high life and engage in stunts along the way. The half-hour series from 3 Ball Entertainment has a six-episode order. Tyga, Marcus Fox, Brant Pinvidic, J.D. Roth, Todd Nelson and Adam Kaloustian are exec producers.
“Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne tha God” is described as a weekly half-hour comedy talk show featuring a panel of comedians riffing on “the loudest social media topics of the week.” Charlamagne is a regular on MTV2’s air »
- Cynthia Littleton
Claymation cult favorite Celebrity Deathmatch is coming back with a pilot order at MTV2. The network also has greenlighted two new series: Uncommon Sense With Charlamagne Tha God, a topical weekly comedy talk show show hosted by MTV2 personality and radio host Charlamagne, and a docuseries starring rapper Tyga dubbed Kingin' With Tyga. The pickups come on the heels of MTV2 marking its highest-rated quarter in its nearly 20-year history during Q1. Uncommon Sense and Kingin… »
"Celebrity Deathmatch" is set to make a triumphant comeback, with MTV2 reviving the graphic claymation series for another round of episodes.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that the new series will be very much in keeping with the original, but with a few modern updates. "The new version will again feature animated no-holds-barred fantasy fights between infamous figures from entertainment and pop culture and will be reimagined for a social media world and hourly Twitter wars," according to THR.
"Celebrity Deathmatch" first hit MTV airwaves in 1998, where it ran for 75 episodes before getting canceled in 2002. MTV2 resurrected the show for a brief run in 2006; its season five premiere was the network's highest-rated season premiere ever, though "Deathmatch" was canceled for good in 2007 following its sixth season.
So far, MTV2 has only ordered a pilot, and there's no word yet on how many episodes a potential full "Deathmatch" season would contain. MTV »
- Katie Roberts
MTV2 is bringing back Celebrity Deathmatch for another round. The Viacom-owned cable network has handed out a pilot order to the animated comedy, in addition to picking up a topical show from Charlamagne and docuseries starring rapper Tyga, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Eight years after its six-season run came to an end, Celebrity Deathmatch creator Eric Fogel and Wasteland Entertainment are behind the new incarnation, with Chris McCarthy and Paul Ricci also on board as executive producers. The new version will again feature animated no-holds-barred fantasy fights between infamous figures from entertainment and pop culture
- Lesley Goldberg
RelatedRatings: A.D. The Bible Continues Premiere Lords Over Competition
In the clip below, the disciples are hiding from the authorities when they reveal to Peter’s daughter Maya (Helen Daniels) that they have seen and met with Jesus, who of course had been publicly and famously crucified.
So why aren’t they out and about, spreading the good news? What (or Who) are they waiting for? »
Do you remember the claymation series Celebrity DeathMatch? The magic of pitting celebrities against each other is resurrected again in Spike TV’s raucous competition “Lip Sync Battle.” It is screaming in ratings and people cannot get enough. Jimmy Fallon is behind the whole effort and is producing this.Plus, there’s LL Cool J: “Lip Sync Battle” Sneak Peak – Emily BluntThe pop culture phenomenon of lip sync battling will now have its very own television show. Spike TV is partnering with Jimmy Fallon and his Eight Million Plus Productions, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, and Matador to create a new, half-hour original […] »
- April Neale
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