November, 2008 | Give Me My Remote

Macy’s Day Parade Gets Rickrolled

November 29, 2008 by  
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It’s seems I’m a little bit behind on the times.  I skipped this year’s Macy’s Day parade and as a result I missed this hilarious display.  It seems a parade float featuring a children’s television show got Rickrolled –  by Rick Astley himself.

This is probably old news to you by now, but I found it hilarious. Especially at the very end when a puppet declares “I like Rickrolling.” Ha ha


Straight No Chaser: 12 Days of Christmas

November 28, 2008 by  
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Straight No Chaser

Thanksgiving is over and with the last bite of turkey comes the start of the holiday season.  For me, the holiday season is all about playing one of my favorite YouTube videos over and over again with no guilt.  I know I’ve posted it before, but it’s worth a second third fourth as many looks as it can get.

Presenting Straight No Chaser’s “12 Days of Christmas”



From the official Straight No Chaser website:
Originally formed a dozen years ago while students together at Indiana University, the a cappella group has reassembled and reemerged after their video for ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ became a phenomenon with almost 8 million views on YouTube. In an era when so much pop music is the product of digital processing and vocal pro-tooling, Straight No Chaser is the real deal- the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense…and with a sense of humor. Buy it now: Straight No Chaser “Holiday Spirits”

(GMMR makes no money from the sale of this album.  The inner Gleeker in me just wants the boys to do well.)

If you are a fan, get lost in the Straight No Chaser world on YouTube including interviews, and webisodes documenting their reunion.

Happy Thanksgiving from GMMR

November 27, 2008 by  
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To all of those who celebrate it, Happy Thanksgiving.

As always I have a lot to be thankful for.  In case I don’t say it enough (which I don’t), I’m thankful for each and every person that takes the time out of their day to visit GiveMeMyRemote.com.

…and John Krasinski…Pushing Daisies…HDTV…Neil Patrick Harris…The Office…My 2 DVRs…Facebook…XOXO – Gossip Girl…Sheldon Cooper…Twitter…Team GMMR….Zachary Levi….the “Alias” years….my blogger buds…iPhones…Sculptadores…the first twenty minutes of Regis and Kelly…Friday Night Lights…that Pam said YES…podcasts…Jimmy Kimmel…the word ‘frak’….Veronica Mars….TV on DVD…Lee Pace….grape juice…spell check…’Single Ladies’ by Beyonce (but only for another week probably)…that Sarah Palin is back in Alaska…Kristin Chenoweth’s voice…Marc St. James and Amanda Tanen…the briefcase dance…that I finally watched Buffy…the end of the writers strike…Dr. Horrible…JoAnna Garcia…The West Wing…Joshua Jackson’s return to TV…Mindy Kaling’s blog…priceline.com…Jon Stewart…’That’s What She Said’…that I don’t watch ‘The Hills’…failblog.com…my Mac…everyone who has left a comment on GMMR (even if you are mean to me)…embeddable youtube videos…my GPS…this past season of ‘Lost’…the upcoming season of ‘Lost’…Ducky…all the people I have met and have yet to meet because of this fantastic hobby of mine…

…and (this is where YOU chime in)

BONES: The Bone That Blew

November 27, 2008 by  
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Booth and Bones

What is with the two random guys finding a skeleton at the beginning of an episode gag? We’ve seen that like five times this season!

The Case:
The body of a ‘manny’ is found in and among a tree area. The bones were blown by the wind, but how did they get there? Well, glad you asked. There’s an entire experiment on it. But once the team figures out how the skeleton came to its resting place, they still had to figure out how it became a skeleton at all. The case was sort of interesting, and I thought Dr. E, aka ‘Jasmine’ was guilty. She wasn’t, but I kind of wish she had been. The real killers were kind of creepy.

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A Baby Boom on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

November 26, 2008 by  
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Cobie Smulders pregnantJust a few weeks after it was confirmed that Allyson Hannigan and her husband Alexis Denisof are expecting their first child, word comes today that the other female lead on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER is also expecting.

Colbie Smulders, who plays Robin Scherbatsky, is expecting her first child with boyfriend Taran Killam.

What are they drinking over at HIMYM?

As far as storyline goes, Lily (Hannigan) and her husband Marshall (Jason Segal) recently decided against having a baby right now. Some fans (ok, maybe just me) figured it was just a deflection and the the onscreen twosome would be babying it up some time soon. But Robin having a baby brings a whole other dimension to the show.

Do you think the pregnancy will be hidden behind pillows? Smolders is due in late spring, so she’s going to be quite pregnant during the taping of the end of the season.

No matter what happens storywise, congrats to Cobie and Taran!!!

Thanks to Jamie for the tip!!

Battlestar Galactica Season 4 Promo – The Epic Journey

November 26, 2008 by  
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Fraktastic!!! Bring it on, Cylons!


HOUSE: “Last Resort”

November 26, 2008 by  
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HOUSE

When Fox rolled out the first set of teasers, trailers, and promotional photos for this week’s House, I had involuntary flashbacks to the array of “special” episodes that have become commonplace for hit network dramas. In fact, were it not for my faith in the House creative stable, I would have spent all sixty-eight minutes waiting for a falling helicopter, a burning ferry boat, or a knife wielding psychopath to bring heaps of destruction to Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital. Instead of relying on exaggerated antics and high-priced digital effects, the House team invigorated viewers by allowing their eclectic writers and talented cast to navigate through an emotional minefield.

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CALIFORNICATION: La Ronde

November 26, 2008 by  
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Hey GMMR readers! It’s Sarah back with the highlights of this past Sunday’s Californication.

This week on Californication we witnessed Marcy’s stay in rehab and her wonderful ashtray making talents. Charlie and Daisy’s continued affection for each other. Hank’s very scary discovery of a lump, and Karen’s date with the Great Ashby.

The latest episode, titled La Ronde, opens with Marcy pouring her guts out to Charlie, Hank and Karen at rehab. Yes, she made it there after all! After a quick bathroom fling with a strange man and a pile of coke Marcy has hit rock bottom. Deciding to come clean, Marcy is facing her demons and wants to clear the air with her hubby.

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NBC Announces January Schedule

November 25, 2008 by  
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NBC has just announced it’s lineup for January.  We’ve got some new shows, some returning favorites, and others…well, they just are no where to be found.

Let’s get at it.

Superstars of Dance” – from the producers of “So You Think You Can Dance?” — will be airing on Mondays at 8pm, which means “Chuck” will be getting a break during the month.  But before you go all panicky, this was planned all along.  I, for one, will miss “Chuck” but knowing that this mini-hiatus means more original episodes…I can live with that.

Airing on Mondays at 9pm, in place of “Heroes” will be “Mamas Boys“, a new reality show from Ryan Seacrest.  Yes, the same Seacrest that brought the Kradashian’s and Denise Richard’s reality shows into the world. I’m not expecting much.

The Biggest Loser: Couples” and “Law & Order: SVU” will air back-to-back starting at 8pm. But don’t worry “Life”ers…you’re show is safe.  It’s just going into no-peat land a la “Chuck” and “Heroes”.

Clearly NBC didn’t get my memo on how I’d like to see less of Howie Mandel rather than more.  On Fridays, we will have a new show from Mandel called “Howie Do It” – right, because that’s necessary.

As already reported, “Friday Night Lights” will return in all its glory on January 16th. (Um, with “Dollhouse“, “FNL” and “Battelstar Galactica” all airing on Friday nights, Friday is clearly THE night for TV.”  Sweet!! Finally having no life is going to pay off!!)

Notably missing from the January schedule is “Lipstick Jungle“.  The show was canceled and then not.  But now it is. Put the Maybelline away ladies, this one can’t be saved…

Thoughts on changes at NBC?  Other than the FNL news, I can’t say this this news is all that exciting. Although with “Chuck” off my schedule for a month, it does free up my Monday night’s in January.  I just went from 4 favorites up against each other at 8pm to 3 faves.  It’s the little victories.

The full January schedule by night can be found after the jump.

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When Will FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Be On NBC? I’ll Tell Ya…

November 25, 2008 by  
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NBC best drama, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, will finally be “chiming” in on the peacock network in mid-January. Can I get an AMEN!!

FNL, which has been airing its third season exclusively on DirecTV since early October, will air on Friday nights at 9pm on NBC starting January 16, 2009.

I’ve been very careful not to talk about this season of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS on GMMR as I don’t want to risk spoiling anything for those of you who don’t have DirecTV. But I can say that this season is fantastic. I’m talking solid episode after solid episode. Everything that makes FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS such a special hour of television is well represented in what will most likely be its third and final season.

So January 16th is the date. If you have not experienced FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS I can’t stress enough how much you are missing out on. Don’t cheat yourself anymore. Go out and buy the DVDs and catch up on as much as you can before the third season premieres on NBC. I’ve received countless emails from GMMR readers who have started watching FNL as a result of my badgering nagging incessant pestering encouragement, and to date not one of those people have been disappointed.

As for all of you who are already fans of the show, start spreading the word.  Now is the time to get new viewers interested.  Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose.

CHUCK: Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Awesome

November 25, 2008 by  
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More CHUCK coming at ya today!  Courtesy of Kristin Dos Santos comes our first look at The Awesomes – Woody and Bunny Woodcomb, also known as the parents of Devon “Captain Awesome” Woodcomb.

The Awesomes are in town the help take over plan Ellie and Devon’s upcoming nuptials.

In the fictional world of CHUCK, Morgan Fairchild and Bruce Boxleitner are the two special people responsible for creating the near perfect specimen of manhood that is Captain Awesome.  Thank you fictional genetics.

CHUCK vs. The Gravitron

November 25, 2008 by  
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CHUCK

“Unleash the Casey”—OMG! T-shirt, please!

So WOW, there was a lot going on last night. And I’m just going to be totally honest with you—I accidentally fell asleep for a long time before Billy came home and woke me up around 10 and insisted on immediately watching Chuck, so I think some of that chemical in your brain that makes you not remember dreams was still working because I’m a little fuzzier on details than normal, which is why I’m counting on you guys to comment and remind me of all the awesome one-liners, because I KNOW I laughed out loud.

Alright, let’s start with this Jill business. I was glad that we didn’t have to wait around the whole episode for Chuck to figure out that Jill was Fulcrum, but we obviously couldn’t be rid of her that quickly, either. And I was so mad at Chuck, again, for all the stupid things he did in regard to Jill, like FREEING HER FROM HER RESTRAINTS. Oh, Chuck. I did like the very nice touch that she was devious enough to shoot Leader to trick Chuck. And by the way, I totally thought that Jesse “The Body” Ventura would have made an awesome Leader, but Billy pointed out that this guy was basically the poor man’s Jesse Ventura. Although maybe not anymore—Jesse has really let himself go.

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HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: The Naked Man

November 25, 2008 by  
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Neil Patrick Harris, The Naked Man

Hey everyone, it is Jen back again for another HIMYM episode commentary. Next week (12/1) is a repeat of last season’s “The Bracket”. But don’t stray too far because there will be a new episode the following week (12/8) and we’ll be keeping you posted on any big news.

Now, on to the show.

Ted is  trying to figure out just when he’ll be over Stella. Everyone has a different time line for getting over an ex. Marshall’s theory is by far the one I’ve heard the most – It takes half the time you were with a person to get over them.  [GMMR: I was kind of hoping Barney would haul out the whiteboard from some elaborate equations.]

As Future Ted thinks back on his post-Stella era, he can’t help but recall another certain memory from back in the day. Future Ted reminisces on some seriously bizarre events he encountered just by walking into his apartment –  Lily and some acrobats; Barney doing an underwater trick for over 12 minutes; Robin holding a gun to some robbers, and even something in our future, the goat (May 2009)! Bays and Thomas haven’t forgotten that carrot they keep dangling in front of us devoted fans. Damn them and their goat!

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TV Talk Podcast…Did You Miss It?

November 24, 2008 by  
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TV Talk Podcast

I had four emails from people today who heard via Twitter that a new TV Talk Podcast had been launched. As much as I love you all for following me on Twitter. (twitter.com/gmmr), why didn’t you think to come here and look for the podcast? Silly rabbits!

Yes, in case you missed it. The TV Talk Podcast, Episode #32 was released on to the world.

Have you listened? Thoughts? Comments? Any improvements we can make? (Sorry but there is just not anything I can do about my obnoxious laugh…I was born that way.) Have you left your thoughts over on our iTunes page? We are nearing 100 comments!!

Watch First 3 Minutes of Tomorrow’s HOUSE

November 24, 2008 by  
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[SPOILER ALERT]

Uh oh.  You thought things were crazy at Princeton-Plainsboro before, imagine what it’s like when House and Thirteen are taken hostage by someone demanding House’s medical care. I can’t wait!!

Check out the first three minutes of HOUSE: “Last Resort”.

Tune in tomorrow night for a special extended episode of HOUSE.  It starts at 8pm but goes until 9:08pm so set your DVRs accordingly.

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