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There were a number of possible responses to yesterday's news that a small dead shark was found in the subway: sadness (dead animal), puzzlement (dead aquatic animal?), and, for the germaphobes among us, extreme, immediate, misplaced panic (Jesus Christ, have I been sitting in shark juice)? But the ... More >>
So many reality shows, and so many of them are terrible. But people watch this stuff, despite feigning revulsion. "Trash culture" is on the rise, and with everyone from Consequence to The Game are landing "roles" in a reality show, we wanted to get in on the action and list some potentially quality ... More >>
Anthony Bourdain is moving over to CNN from the Travel Channel to be the host of a new weekend program that will expand the network's coverage on food and travel. Bourdain will still be managed by Zero Point Zero Production, who has been working with Bourdain for over a decade. According to a CNN ... More >>
via Animal PlanetMarvin is terrified of pit bulls because of a traumatic experience he had as a child. Forty years ago, this fear would have been undiagnosed and Marvin's phobia would be his secret shame. Because it is 2011, the world gets to watch Marvin break down in tears when confronted b ... More >>
Sharks haven't evolved for 100 million years, yet the Discovery Channel insists on updating us on the species every summer. Starting last Sunday, Shark Week kicked off its 24th year of shark-themed programming. And for the 24th consecutive year, it was a solid week of gurgling underwater soun ... More >>
Urban merpeople, rejoice!
Bed Bugs have infested bedrooms, the Gramercy Hotel and have even scared away tourists. Rats are on the subway and even someone's face. It's inevitable that someone was going to give our local celebrities a reality television show. But you too can be a part of the action!
Bring out your dead (animals)
There are two kinds of "WTF" stories we encounter regularly: The first is "WTF?" which implies a situation that we pointedly don't understand much if anything about, and are trying to make sense of. The other is "WTF." which implies a situation that is beyond absurd, terrifying, or otherwise ... More >>
Jumaane WilliamsPart of the ritual of every City Council hearing is the "we'll get back to you" response by city officials on the hot seat who are stuck for an answer. That was the steady refrain more than two months ago when the two top officials of NYC Media, the city's TV station (yes, the ... More >>
On Saturday, we showed you what media giant Viacom's employee guidelines regarding the press -- and social media presences -- were as per their employee handbook: pretty draconian, especially considering that Viacom doesn't pay for many of the email's recipients' health insurance. Jeremy Zwei ... More >>
After weeks of high-stakes brinksmanship and a last-minute extension, Time Warner Cable cut a deal Friday night to pay an unspecified per-viewer fee to transmit Fox programming from News Corporation-0wned stations broadcasting in New York, Los Angeles, and a number of other major cities. Fox ... More >>
Isabella Rossellini makes insect love
Our very own Chantal Martineau will be on your teevee tonight! She's one of five stars of the Travel Channel's Confessions of a Travel Writer, which airs tonight at 9pm, just before the new No Reservations. Tonight's episode finds Chantal in Chile, talking about wine. We think you ought to watch it ... More >>
The cash-strapped New York Times Company has sold WQXR-FM, its famously toney classical music station, to WNYC Radio and Univision. The Times Company gets $45 million in the deal. WNYC is kicking in $11.5 million, with $33.5 coming from Univision, which will put WQXR on its 105.9 FM signal and go to ... More >>
Back in December we told you Staten Island's Javed Iqbal was rousted by the feds for feeding transmissions from Al Manar, a Lebanon-based TV station backed by Hamas, into the free world. Today the U.S. Attorney's office announces Iqbal has been sentenced to 69 months for "providing material suppor ... More >>
photo courtesy of Travel ChannelOn No Reservations tonight (Travel Channel, 10 pm ET), Anthony Bourdain focuses on "Disappearing Manhattan" and New York institutions. On his blog, he makes mention of Katz's Deli, Keen's, Russ & Daughters, Manganaro's Grosseria, Hop Kee, Le Veau D'Or, ... More >>
Was #7 ("I get to hang with the Jonas Brothers. Have you seen those guys? They're adorable.") the closest this nation has ever come to seeing someone say "No homo" on network television?
Comedian Mike Birbiglia loves to milk his underdog status for laughs as a 30-year-old stand-up (today’s his birthday!) who gets no respect (his routine includes the humiliating story of the time he was introduced as a “middle-tier” comedian at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City). But now that he’s ... More >>
Comedy Central comes to Central Park
Be a fine-art connoisseur, or just act like one
The Metro North station at Fordham Road is braced for a huge rush—there's a team of cops there, a line of metal barricades channeling people to and from the busses on Webster Avenue, and a remote van from a local TV station. Rides downtown are a flat $4, and you can pay on the train. "No penalty t ... More >>
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