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From ‘Happytime Murders’ to ‘Team America': 12 Times Puppets Behaved Badly on Film, TV and the Stage (Photos)

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From ‘Happytime Murders’ to ‘Team America': 12 Times Puppets Behaved Badly on Film, TV and the Stage (Photos)
From ‘Happytime Murders’ to ‘Team America': 12 Times Puppets Behaved Badly on Film , TV and the Stage (Photos)

The upcoming Melissa McCarthy film “The Happytime Murders” made headlines last month due to its legal skirmish with Sesame Workshop over its raunchy trailer. But the film is far from the first time that puppets have danced over the boundary of good taste. Read on for more examples of puppets behaving badly.

The Happytime Murders.” After the trailer for this Brian Henson-directed crime comedy was released, Sesame Workshop — the people behind “Sesame Street” — filed suit, contending that the trailer, which bore the tagline “No Sesame. All Street” and features, among other things, “ejaculating puppets,” tarnishes the Sesame brand. The suit quickly came to a climax, with a judge siding with Stx.

Team America: World Police”: When the puppets in this 2004 Trey Parker/Matt Stone offering weren’t busy bungling their way to preserving America’s freedom,
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Seth Meyers Tweaks NBC Over Matt Lauer, As NBC News Attempts to Save Face

Seth Meyers Tweaks NBC Over Matt Lauer, As NBC News Attempts to Save Face
A time-honored network upfronts tradition is when a late night star comes out to roast his network, and Seth Meyers didn’t disappoint. Meyers opened his portion of NBC’s upfront presentation on Monday morning with a Matt Lauer quip that both surprised and delighted the audience of advertisers.

“It’s not surprising for NBC to be dramatic, we are home to the number one drama on television,” Meyers said. “A show that each week gives us twists and turns, heartbreaking reveals, and this season the departure of a once beloved character. I’m talking of course of, ‘This Is the Today Show.'”

He added: “Hoda Kotb replaced Matt Lauer as co-anchor of the ‘Today Show’ this year and she has been incredible. Everyone here at NBC is so proud of Hoda. Although, I’m not sure Kathy Lee is happy about it. I saw her drinking at 10 a.
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Seth Meyers’ Best Jokes From NBC’s Upfront: From ‘Cosby Show’ to Megyn Kelly

Seth Meyers’ Best Jokes From NBC’s Upfront: From ‘Cosby Show’ to Megyn Kelly
Seth Meyers kicked off NBC’s upfront presentation in New York on Monday with a wide range of jokes that poked fun at some of the biggest moments from the broadcaster’s past year.

Meyers pulled no punches, referencing the Matt Lauer scandal at NBC News and the network’s obsession with Dick Wolf’s “Chicago” shows. He also made some not-so-thinly-veiled references to ABC’s “Roseanne.”

He also joked about NBC’s efforts to save “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” after the ensemble comedy was canceled at Fox after five seasons.

Read Meyers’ best jokes below.

Chicago

Meyers kicked things off by
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10 Surprisingly Dark Series Finales In Kid Friendly Shows

Nobody wants their favorite show to end. It’s never a happy thing, especially when it doesn’t bring us any kind of closu re. Wait until you see these surprisingly dar series finales. We’ve included shows like “Teen Titans,” because the ending teaches one of the harshest life lessons ever. Even “Full House’s” ending was dark considering Michelle Tanner lost her memory. And then there are shows like “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends” that imply Mac finally growing up and letting go of his imaginary friends. We also mentioned the one and only “Roseanne,” because the final season was just weird. “Samurai Jack” also made the cut because no one was really ready to see that ending. We also mentioned “Alf,” “Gravity Falls” and plenty of others! These are the 10 surprisingly dark series finales in kid-friendly shows!
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Critics Reveal the Hit Shows They Underestimated – IndieWire Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the most surprising TV show hit of a show that you didn’t think would do well?

(This is inspired in part by the “Roseanne” revival but is not confined to just ratings success. Basically, you expected something to do poorly or at best, just Ok, but instead viewers went nuts or it became part of the pop culture conversation.)

Tim Surette (@timsurette), TV.com

As soon as I saw Shaun’s mental diagrams pop up in the pilot episode of “The Good Doctor,” I thought it would be laughed into a quick cancellation and never spoken of again. Well, I was a dummy.
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Emmy-Winning TV Director Peter Baldwin Dies at 86

Emmy-Winning TV Director Peter Baldwin Dies at 86
Peter Baldwin, who started as an actor and went on to become a prolific TV director throughout the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, died Nov. 19 in Pebble Beach, Calif. He was 86.

Baldwin won a Primetime Emmy Award for directing “The Wonder Years” and a Cable Ace Award for “Dream On.”

Born in Winnetka, Ill., he was discovered by a Hollywood talent scout in his senior year at Stanford. He became one of Paramount’s “Golden Circle of Newcomers” and appeared in films including “Stalag 17,” “Little Boy Lost” and Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments.”

He served three years in the Navy and returned to Paramount, where he appeared in “The Tin Star” and “Teacher’s Pet” with Clark Gable and Doris Day.

After touring with Julie Harris in “The Warm Peninsula” play, Baldwin moved to Italy, where he appeared in films by Robert Rossellini, Dino Risi and Francesco Rosi. There he started
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Former ‘Simpsons’ Composer Alf Clausen to Be Feted by Recording Musicians Association Fundraiser

Former ‘Simpsons’ Composer Alf Clausen to Be Feted by Recording Musicians Association Fundraiser
Erstwhile Simpsons composer Alf Clausen and California State Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon are the guests of honor at the 24th Annual Rmala Night fundraiser for the Recording Musicians Association Los Angeles Chapter. The event takes place Sunday, Sept. 24, at the Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.

Alf is a legend, and has been a huge part of the fabric of our community,” Rma national president Marc Sazer said of the selection of Clausen as an honoree. “I can’t think of anyone else that has scored a television show for 27 seasons with original music and a live orchestra.” Clausen was unceremoniously “fired” from Fox’s “The Simpsons” on Aug. 30, it was reported in Variety.

“He was a great choice for a number of reasons, one of which was the instant fame he achieved by being fired,” joked Sazer, a violinist. “We’re proud to have him in our midst, under
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‘Simpsons’ Producers Say Fired Composer Alf Clausen Will Still Have ‘Ongoing Role’

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‘Simpsons’ Producers Say Fired Composer Alf Clausen Will Still Have ‘Ongoing Role’
Producers of “The Simpsons” are weighing in on Alf Clausen’s announcement yesterday that he was fired after 27 years as the Fox series’ composer. “We tremendously value Alf Clausen’s contributions to ‘The Simpsons,’ and he will continue to have an ongoing role in the show,” the producers’ statement read. “We remain committed to the finest in music for ‘The Simpsons,’ absolutely including orchestral.” “This is the part where we would make a joke, but neither Alf’s work nor the music of ‘The Simpsons’ is treated as anything but seriously by us,” the statement continued. Also Read: 'The Simpsons
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‘The Simpsons’ Producers Say Fired Composer Alf Clausen Will Have ‘Ongoing Role’ in Show

‘The Simpsons’ Producers Say Fired Composer Alf Clausen Will Have ‘Ongoing Role’ in Show
Producers of “The Simpsons” are vowing that composer Alf Clausen will still play a role in the long-running Fox animated series despite having informed Clausen this week that he had been fired after 27 years.

“We tremendously value Alf Clausen’s contributions to ‘The Simpsons’ and he will continue to have an ongoing role in the show. We remain committed to the finest in music for ‘The Simpsons,’ absolutely including orchestral,” read a statement issued Thursday that was attributed to “the producers of ‘The Simpsons.’ ” “This is the part where we would make a joke but neither Alf’s work nor the music of ‘The Simpsons’ is treated as anything but seriously by us.”

Clausen’s unceremonious dismissal sparked outrage in Hollywood’s music and production circles on Wednesday after Variety broke the news. Clausen declined to comment on the statement. Nor were Fox reps available to elaborate on the reversal of Clausen’s status on the show
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‘The Simpsons’ Producers Comment On Composer Alf Clausen’s Ouster

Producers of The Simpsons are speaking out following reports of the ouster of longtime composer Alf Clausen from the show. "We tremendously value Alf Clausen’s contributions to the Simpsons and he will continue to have an ongoing role in the show,” producers said in a statement provided to Deadline. “We remain committed to the finest in music for the Simpsons, absolutely including orchestral. This is the part where we would make a joke but neither Alf’s work nor the music…
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Longtime 'Simpsons' Composer Alf Clausen Exits Show

Alf Clausen, who has served as composer on Fox's long-running hit The Simpsons for the past 27 years, has exited the show.

“We tremendously value Alf Clausen's contributions to the Simpsons and he will continue to have an ongoing role in the show," the show's producers said in a statement Thursday. "We remain committed to the finest in music for the Simpsons, absolutely including orchestral. This is the part where we would make a joke but neither Alf's work nor the music of the Simpsons is treated as anything but seriously by us.”

Over his nearly three decades working on...
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The Simpsons Fires Musical Composer Alf Clausen After 27 Years

The Simpsons Fires Musical Composer Alf Clausen After 27 Years
The Simpsons might sound a little different when the Fox cartoon returns for Season 29 this fall.

Alf Clausen, who’s served as The Simpsons‘ musical composer for 27 years, has been fired, according to our sister site Variety. Clausen tells Variety he received a call from producer Richard Sakai, who told him the show was looking for “a different kind of music.”

The producers of The Simpsons provided the following statement to Deadline regarding Clausen’s departure: “We tremendously value Alf Clausen’s contributions to The Simpsons and he will continue to have an ongoing role in the show. We remain
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‘The Simpsons’ Fires Longtime Composer Alf Clausen After 27 Years

‘The Simpsons’ Fires Longtime Composer Alf Clausen After 27 Years
After 27 years of faithful service to America’s favorite four-fingered family, two-time Emmy winning composer Alf Clausen has been fired from The Simpsons. Variety first broke the news, reporting that Clausen received a called from “Simpsons” producer Richard Sakai informing him that the show would be using “a different kind of music” from now on.

Reached for comment through email, producers issued the following statement: “We tremendously value Alf Clausen’s contributions to ‘The Simpsons’ and he will continue to have an ongoing role in the show. We remain committed to the finest in music for ‘The Simpsons,’ absolutely including orchestral. This is the part where we would make a joke but neither Alf’s work nor the music of the Simpsons is treated as anything but seriously by us.”

Read More: Amy Poehler and ‘The Simpsons’ Alums Developing New Fox Animated Comedy — First Details

Though the famous theme song is composed by Danny Elfman,
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Film Review: ‘The Human Surge’

Film Review: ‘The Human Surge’
It’s oddly appropriate that Argentine director Eduardo Williams’ feature debut, “The Human Surge” picked up the top prize in Locarno’s “Filmmakers of the Present” sidebar, because watching it does make one acutely experience the present tense — a disproportionate amount of present tense considering its 99 minute runtime. Williams’ formal rigor is to be admired, as is his confidence that anything but the nichiest of audiences might feel inspired to provide for themselves all the things his film wilfully withholds.

But theoretical admiration alone is a poor substitute for engagement, and, lacking in narrative or character (the film is all theme and no story), the payoff moments for all one’s carefully invested attention are few and far between. The fact that one of those moments involves macro footage of subterranean ants burrowing through the earth — and that it feels like the warmest and most human section of the film
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5 strange, star-laden films that have never been released

Ryan Lambie Oct 3, 2016

An animated superhero movie featuring Marlon Brando? A Bill Murray comedy? Just two of the strange, starry films we may never get to see.

Film history is littered with movies that have wound up on the shelf for some reason, either because of financial difficulties or, in the case of The Day The Clown Died, because its director and star decided it was too embarrassing to be released. We've written about all sorts of shelved or cancelled films before, from Roger Corman's infamous Fantastic Four to the unreleased John Goodman comedy, Spring Break '83.

Every so often, though, we'll hear about curious-sounding projects that generate a bit of news before vanishing again. An animated film featuring the voices of Marlon Brando and Brendan Fraser, perhaps, or a modern comedy about old Greek gods featuring Christopher Walken as Zeus.

Here, then, are five strange, star-laden movies that,
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John McLaughlin, TV Pundit and Nixon Speechwriter, Dead at 89

John McLaughlin, the conservative talk-show host and pop-culture lightning rod who helmed the long-running roundtable TV show The McLaughlin Group, has died. He was 89.

The McLaughlin Group Facebook page reported the news. "Earlier this morning, a beloved friend and mentor, Dr. John McLaughlin, passed away peacefully at the age of 89," the statement read. "As a former Jesuit priest, teacher, pundit and news host, John touched many lives. For 34 years, The McLaughlin Group informed millions of Americans. Now he has said bye bye for the last time, to rejoin his beloved dog,
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Mr. Robot Season 2 Episode 6 Review: eps2.4_m4ster-s1ave.aes

There are some hours of television that I immediately recognize that I (and everyone else watching) will either love or hate. There is no in between.

Mr. Robot Season 2 Episode 6 is one of those hours – well, hour and ten minutes, technically – and I absolutely, unabashedly loved it. Buckle up, folks, this is a long review.

Regular watchers of this series already know that Mr. Robot is a one-of-a-kind, unique show, but the opening twenty minutes of "Master Slave" cements it.

Rather than picking up where we left off on Mr. Robot Season 2 Episode 5 – with Elliot getting the snot viciously beaten out of him by Ray's minions – it completely veers off in a wholly unexpected and super trippy direction.

Elliot's mind is a magical place (to put it kindly), and mid-beating, it decides to take him into a warped imaginary reality – an early '90s-style family sitcom complete with garish laugh
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Fox Sets Crossover Episode for ‘New Girl’ and ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

Fox Sets Crossover Episode for ‘New Girl’ and ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’
Fox is staging a crossover for “New Girl” and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” The hourlong event will air Tuesday, Oct. 11.

The crossover was announced Monday at the Television Critics Association press tour at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.

“’Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ crossing over with ‘New Girl’ is very exciting, but (and this is supposed to be a secret) it’s just the first step,” said Dan Goor, co-creator and executive producer of ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine.’ “Stay tuned for our two casts to do a soulful R&B number on ‘Empire’, co-anchor the Fox 10 O’Clock News and connect for a touchdown on Fox NFL Sunday. But in all seriousness, we’re all huge fans of ‘New Girl’ here at the ‘Nine-Nine,’ and we’re excited to see our characters interact and to work with their incredible writers and producers. And also to see what their craft services are like, compared to ours.”

“The
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'Alf' Star -- Death Certificate ... Died of a Stroke (Document)

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Michu Meszaros, the circus star who played "Alf" for four seasons died of a stroke -- according to his death certificate -- obtained by TMZ.  Meszaros was found unresponsive in his home last month by longtime manager Dennis Varga. Varga tells TMZ Michu was on the ground, pinned between his toilet and a wall. Michu was rushed to a hospital where he was put on life support for almost a week before passing away. Varga
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“Alf” Actor Michu Meszaros Dies at 76

He may have been small in stature, but Michu Meszaros was a huge star back in the 1980s as the man who played the lead character on the hit series “Alf.”

Earlier today (June 13), the 2ft 9in actor died after being found unconscious in his home last week. His manager Dennis Varga rushed him to the hospital and he remained in a coma until his death.

Michu began working in showbiz as a member of the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, billed as the smallest man in the world. But he really found his calling as the lovable furry alien life form over the course of four seasons.
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