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PBS affiliate continues to criticize reality shows with new TV spots

This September … they aren’t shucking around.

As you might remember, local PBS affiliate Thirteen released some hilarious subway posters for fake reality shows (we could only hope that The Dillionaires, Bad Bad Bag Boys, and Knitting Wars actually existed) back in May. Their motive? They wanted people to stop and realize the current state of television and support quality programming at thirteen.org.

Well, they’re at it again, producing TV ad spots for three “new” reality shows: Meet the Tanners, Long Island Landscapers and Clam Kings. Upon viewing, it’s difficult not to imagine these clips as actual programs – Meet the Tanners has TLC/ The Style Network written all over it, Long Island Landscapers seems like a fit on Bravo and Clam Kings could find a home on The History Channel — precisely Thirteen’s point.

Thirteen’s marketing plan is pretty genius, but I really wish that these shows could exist — even as parodies. Come on, Clam Kings looks riveting! The spots will run on USA, TVLand, NY1 as well as Thirteen, WLIW and NJTV but you can always check out the trailers below: READ FULL STORY

Betty White wrote a cursive letter to the Internet

Betty White wrote a delightful letter asking fans to watch Wednesday’s live season premiere of Hot in Cleveland. The note begins “Dear Internet” and is basically perfect.

“Who knew at 91 that I would be blessed to work on yet another wonderful and fun sitcom!” White writes. “And boy, do I have a blast. Where else could I get to be a bride, a jailbird, a college freshman, and a fugitive in Amish Country?”

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Later she promises, “I can guarantee you there will be no mistakes… that we can’t cover (or have fun trying!) Really what could possibly go wrong!?”

Check out the full note on Hot in Cleveland‘s Facebook page. The live episode airs tomorrow at 10 p.m. ET on TV Land, if you want to watch and make Betty happy!

Read more:
Valerie Harper and ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ cast reunite
‘Hot in Cleveland’ taps ‘Ugly Betty’ alum Michael Urie for guest spot
Betty White: Still Funny After All These Years

'Texas Forever!': 10 things we learned from the 'Friday Night Lights' reunion

On Friday night in Austin, Tex., some of your favorite Friday Night Lights cast members gathered at sunset to drink Shiner Bock in a parking lot and reminisce about the glory days. This was not a dream. It was a stellar event put on by the good folks at the ATX Television Festival who’d organized a free outdoor screening of the season 1 season finale. (The next morning the thrills kept coming, as stars Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton surprised fans by dropping in unannounced on the FNL cast panel.) But on Friday, the show belonged to actors Scott Porter (Street), Gaius Charles (Smash), Louanne Stephens (Grandma Saracen!), Brad Leland (Buddy Garrity), Stephanie Hunt (Devon), Katherine Willis (Mrs. Street), Matt Lauria (Luke Cafferty), and Lamarcus Tinker (Tinker), who spoke with EW exclusively about their most treasured memories of working on the greatest show ever. Here are 10 of the best:

1. Scott Porter on Taylor Kitsch’s audition tape for Tim Riggins: “The camera turns on and you just see a leg.Then you see Kitsch sit back in a chair and he just looks into the camera. There’s a tall-boy next to him and he reaches down, grabs it, puts it on one leg, cracks it open with one hand, drinks the whole tall-boy, puts it down, grabs the second one, cracks it open with one hand and goes [in Canadian accent] ‘This is Taylor Kitsch, reading for Riggins.’ And then he begins the scene by the pool where he says ‘Texas forever’ for the first time.” READ FULL STORY

'Boy Meets World' at ATX Fest: 'None of these kids ever went on to knock off a liquor store!'

The ATX Television Festival (Season 2!) kicked off in earnest Friday in Austin, TX with the first-ever official reunion of the Boy Meets World cast. The show, anchored by the endearingly ordinary trio of teenage stars Ben Savage (Cory), Rider Strong (Shawn), and Danielle Fishel (Topanga!) — went off the air in 2000 after seven years of TGIF programming.

Savage, Strong, Matthew Lawrence (Jack), Betsy Randle (the Mom!), Trina McGee (Angela), Maitland Ward (Rachel), and Lily Nicksay (Morgan #1) gathered with creator Michael Jacobs in the green room before greeting a sold-out theater of 300 fans who were watching the series finale. Jacobs told EW that the pilot for the reboot Girl Meets World, which will focus on Cory and Topanga and their 13-year-old daughter, has been shot and is awaiting pick-up from Disney. Strong is not in the pilot, though like all of the Boy cast members he’s been invited to participate in future episodes. Everyone’s beloved Mr. Feeny will appear—”interestingly,” Jacobs said coyly—in the pilot. And Randle says she expects to pop up on an episode every now and then with William Russ, who played her on-screen husband. “Surely we’ll show up for a Thanksgiving episode!” she said.
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ATX Television Festival: Vote for your favorite 'Friday Night Lights' episode to watch under the stars

Meet me in Austin, y’all. Seriously now: It was announced this morning that the ATX Television Festival will host a free community sunset screening of an episode of Friday Night Lights on Friday, June 7, at the Hotel San Jose. Free! Sold, right? It gets better: Cast members Gaius Charles (Smash), Scott Porter (7), Matt Lauria (Luke, whose ribs are probably still bruised and swollen), and Louanne Stephens (Grandma Saracen!!!) will be in attendance, as will Stephanie Hunt (Devin*) who will bring some Crucifictorious magic on stage with her band.

Those who read my ode to my recent binge-watch of the series should understand how this has the makings of my perfect pop-culture experience. But it gets better. Fans get to vote on the episode they want to watch at the event. READ FULL STORY

'Boy Meets World' cast to reunite in Austin: ATX Television Festival line-up announced -- EXCLUSIVE

Austin, Texas, the festival capital of the world!

This morning the ATX Television Festival (June 6-9) revealed exclusively to EW the first wave of programming for its second annual celebration of television’s history and future. Four punch-drunk days of world premieres, unaired pilots, cast reunions, beloved special guests, and trips down the memory lane of Rider Strong’s luxurious bang swoop.

True ’90s nostalgists can assess the aging process of their former small-screen friends at the first-ever cast reunion of Boy Meets World. Rider Strong, Ben Savage, Matt Lawrence, Maitland Ward, and series creator Michael Jacobs will all be in attendance. (Alas, Topanga Danielle Fishel has a wedding to attend that weekend and can’t be there in person.) “Boy Meets World ripped away my childhood and ruined me as an adult. Wait, reverse that,” said Strong, who played Shawn Hunter. “I’m so happy to be a part of ATX Television Festival. Boy Meets World was a magical time in my life and it’s incredibly satisfying to know that it still resonates with people.”

ATX will also welcome three networks who come bearing premiere programming. AMC will world premiere the pilot episode of its new cop drama Low Winter Sun with several cast members, including Lennie James (The Walking Dead), in attendance. TNT will world premiere the first episode of season 2′s Perception, with series stars Rachel Leigh Cook and Scott Wolf on hand. And IFC will also join the party, bearing the first episode of season 2 of their talk show Comedy Bang! Bang! with host/star Scott Aukerman cracking wise in person. READ FULL STORY

Mr. Feeny back for 'Girl Meets World' pilot

Looks like William Daniels wasn’t just visiting the set of Girl Meets World last week.

The Boy Meets World vet, who played Cory (Ben Savage) and Shawn’s (Rider Strong) long-time teacher and mentor, Mr. Feeny, is reprising his role in Disney’s Girl Meets World pilot, EW has confirmed. The news was first reported by TV Line. READ FULL STORY

'Cake Boss' makes Spider-Man swing (eventually): EXCLUSIVE CLIP

On the Feb. 18 season finale of TLC’s Cake Boss, Buddy and his team have the honor of making an elaborate cake for Marvel to celebrate Spider-Man’s 50th anniversary. How does it go? “At the end of the day, what I’m asking for — for the street to collapse, sinkholes, smoke, fireworks, movement — maybe I just went a little far off the deep end,” Buddy says. Watch an exclusive sneak peek below. READ FULL STORY

Thanksgiving day TV marathons to be thankful for: Your viewing guide

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There’s not much you can do when that inevitable turkey coma sets in today so instead of fighting those couch potato urges, indulge in some Thanksgiving TV. Fortunately, there are plenty of TV marathons to be thankful for this year. Whether you’re craving something manly, in a nostalgic state of mind, or schadenfreude is the name of the game, there’s something to feast your eyes on. READ FULL STORY

Shark Week 2012 continues with MythBusters' Jawsome Shark Special -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

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Discovery’s 25th anniversary Shark Week continues tonight with the premiere of two new specials: In 9 p.m.’s Sharkzilla, a team of engineers and paleontologists build a model of a prehistoric 52-foot Megalodon, and MythBusters‘ Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, and Tori Belleci feed it things to chomp on. In 10 p.m.’s MythBusters’ Jawsome Shark Special, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman count down their top 25 shark myths of all time — which includes new myths along with their previously tested. Watch an exclusive clip of that show’s opening below. READ FULL STORY

Shark Week 25th anniversary lineup -- EXCLUSIVE

Cable’s longest-running ritual, Discovery’s Shark Week, will celebrate its 25th anniversary beginning Aug. 12. A host has not yet been announced, but EW has the first look at this year’s eight new specials. And they are…

Air Jaws Apocalypse, premiering Aug. 12 at 9 p.m. ET: First of all, love the title. How else do you top Ultimate Air Jaws? Shark expert Chris Fallows and natural history producer Jeff Kurr return to Seal Island, South Africa and the 14-foot great white named Colossus. “And what they discover in this yearlong filming expedition,” according to the synopsis, “is a true scientific breakthrough: dozens of great whites clustered in shallow water, feeding on smaller sharks and rays — with Colossus dominating the grounds and nearly eating the camera.” (Note: That is a decoy seal in the photo. We asked. Feel better?) READ FULL STORY

'Celebrity Apprentice': Get ready for my favorite picture ever and a truly bizarre finale entrance by Donald Trump -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

I have to apologize. I would have posted this sooner, but I was incapacitated for a good half hour due to excessive laughter brought on by the sight of the following photo. I can’t really explain why I find it so funny, but it just is. Well, take a look for yourself and then we can discuss… READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: 'Celebrity Apprentice' boardroom receptionist Amanda Miller reveals all!

Donald Trump has been known to be prone to exaggeration, but I am not exaggerating in the least when I say that this week’s edition of the InsideTV Podcast is THE BEST PODCAST IN THE HISTORY OF PODCASTS! Why? Because our guest is none other than Celebrity Apprentice boardroom receptionist Amanda Miller! The beauty outside the boardroom stopped by to join Jessica Shaw and me and answer the most important questions on every viewer’s mind: Why the hell doesn’t she have a damn computer on her desk? What is she writing in that little notebook of hers? And is she having a secret love affair with Adrian the elevator operator? The truth finally comes out! (Including the truth as to what Amanda does for work when she is not on the show.)

We also ask Amanda to dish on all the celebrities that have come through her reception area on the way to see Trump. Who’s her favorite contestant ever? Which celebrities have tried to hit on her? And is she maybe just a little bit scared of Lisa Lampanelli? The charming and delightful Amanda answers all in what is truly a must-listen interview for any Celebrity Apprentice fan! READ FULL STORY

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