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First Look: The Aquabats Celebrate Christmas With a New Music Video

The Aquabats! Super Show

Can the Aquabats save Christmas? On Saturday's special holiday episode of  ]The Hub Network's The Aquabats! Super Show, the band shows up in a small, strange town where Christmas ...
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Short Cuts: George Clooney Is Da Man, and More!

George Clooney has been named the No. 1 man's man, the premier "ambassador of all male-kind," by a poll at AskMen.com.... Disney Channel's Return to Halloweentown drew an audience of 7.53 million, besting Friday competition on ABC, Fox and the CW, and surpassing the series' three previous entries.... NBC.com posts new webisodes of "Jay's Garage," a look at Tonight Show host Jay Leno's classic-auto collection, every Tuesday.... Robert Smigel will tout the new SNL: The Best of TV Funhouse DVD at the Times Square Virgin Megastore on Thursday at 6 pm/ET.... Also out today: Sesame Street: Old School, Volume 1: 1969-1974, a three-DVD set full of vintage content, including footage from the first five "experimental" seasons (back when Oscar promoted himself as "a real &%$#@-&@*er"). Go to our TV on DVD column for more new releases. read more

Coming Soon: Fox Tries Another 'Toon

Fox is developing Animals, a cartoon series penned by Robert "Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog" Smigel and Greg Cohen (King of the Hill), hopefully to join The Simpsons, Family Guy, et al, on the network's Sunday slate.... Per Variety, TBS will launch its first late-night programming block on Nov. 27 with the premiere of 10 Items or Less, a semi-improvised comedy about a family-run supermarket. The cabler has also ordered pilots for Off the Road with Andrew Daly, fancied as "Charles Kuralt with a comedic bent," and a female-skewed sketch-comedy series from Daily Show producer Jenny Hunter. read more

Gay Duo Host SNL "Funhouse" Special

Ace, Gary and their creator, Robert Smigel

Perhaps they are kowtowing to the liberal-media agenda or being spurred by the success of Brokeback Mountain. Whatever the case, NBC's Saturday Night Live is letting a couple of homosexual superheroes host the show this weekend. Known as "the Ambiguously Gay Duo," Ace and Gary (voiced by Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell) will take the read more

Triumph Bites Back

How do we explain Triumph the Insult Comic Dog? He's kind of like Don Rickles with a flea collar, or a verbally abusive sock puppet. Did we mention he's made a reputation out of eating up celebrities like kibble? The Late Night With Conan O'Brien regular serves up his greatest hits on two new DVDs, Conan O'Brien 10th Anniversary Special and The Best of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and proves his naughty late-night shtick has plenty of bite. TV Guide Online: Have you always worked blue?Triumph: In the early days of television, you couldn't say "poop." For years, I had to say "...for me to relieve myself on." Those were frustrating times for me and for Topo Gigio, who cussed like a sailor in his nightclub act. TVGO: Did you settle your feud with Eminem?Triumph: We've moved on. But I've renewed my old feud with Kermit. Do we really need new episodes of Sesame Street? By now you'd think eve read more

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