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“O.C.” how much you know

Sure, you think you know all there is to know about “The O.C.,” but we’re going to separate the core from the posers. Get these questions right, and you’ll be entered into a contest to win a special “O.C.” book bag with flashy comic-book character buttons from Seth’s “The Atomic County.”

Send the answers to before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 and we’ll do a random drawing from everyone who sends in the correct answers on Nov. 9.

1. What is Seth Cohen’s middle name?

2. Adam Brody played the love interest of which character on “Gilmore

3. What was Kaitlin’s pony’s name?

4. What did the poor pony suffer from?

5. What nickname did Summer call Kaitlin?

6. What band performs the show’s theme song and what is the title?

7. Who caused the car accident resulting in Marissa’s death?

8. Alan Dale, who played Kirsten’s dad and Julie’s husband, plays sinister
dads in what two top-10 network TV shows currently on the air?

9. What actress plays The Nana?

10. A super star’s son played the star of the fictional show, ‘The Valley,’
featured on “The O.C.” Who is he and what is his dad’s name?

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“House” a quack?

Could it be that my beloved “House” isn’t quite on the cutting edge of medicine?

My pal Elizabeth Jardina sent me this link, which she claims is the best thing to happen on the Internet since And I’ve got to agree.

At, a doctor watches “House” and analyzes what’s realistic and what’s not.

I could read these things all day, which is probably why the blog hasn’t been updated as often as it should be..

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Fox Late Night

For those you don’t remember Chevy Chase and his late-night Fox talk show, say a little prayer for dodging that bullet.

Chase did a legendary crash-and-burn.

But Fox is ready to test the waters again with “Talk Show with Spike Feresten” beginning Sept. 16, following “MADtv.”

This one actually looks promising: a combination of talk and comedy sketches

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Real live “Simpsons”

Just when you think “The Simpsons” might be running out of ideas for their opening, along comes a first: Real, live Simpsons.

For the first time ever, the opening sequence of “The Simpsons” at 8 p.m. Sunday on Fox-Channel 2 will have real people playing the animated characters.

From the Simpsons parting through the clouds to the infamous Bart writing on the chalkboard, Homer pulling the nuclear rod out of his shirt, Maggie scanned at the supermarket and the always-anticipated “couch gag” conclusion, the live-action opening mirrors each element of the animated sequence.

Said “The Simpsons” executive producer Al Jean, “I’m just amazed there are people who want to be known for looking like the Simpsons.”

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Sway Gone

The Bay Area lost its only “American Idol” rep on Thursday when it was revealed that Jose “Sway” Penala was voted off the show.

The judges on Wednesday did a thumbs down on his performance. The viewers obviously agreed

More than 42 million votes cast after Tuesday and Wednesday

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Sway Gone

The Bay Area lost its only “American Idol” rep on Thursday when it was revealed that Jose “Sway” Penala was voted off the show.

The judges on Wednesday did a thumbs down on his performance. The viewers obviously agreed

More than 42 million votes cast after Tuesday and Wednesday

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Laughs die on Fox

Three comedies won’t be returning to the Fox schedule this fall: “Arrested Development,” “Malcolm in the Middle” and “That ’70s Show.”

The eighth season of “That ’70s Show” ends on May 18, but no word yet as to whether Ashton Kutcher or Topher Grace will return to send off their old show.

And “Malcolm in the Middle” signs off on May 14.

As previously noted, the critical darling “Arrested Development” will have its final airing on Feb. 10 _ opposite the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.

Gee. Thanks Fox.

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Unjust Arrest

Could Fox make it any harder for

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Some bloated Bob Dylan

PBS says Bob Dylan songs are the most bootlegged tunes in history, which is why security was so tight around the screening of the Martin Scorsese documentary “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan.” And why these people love titles with colons is beyond me. Critics can’t watch it for review unless they buy the DVD, which goes on
sale a week before the film airs on PBS.

So after a day of back-to-back
sessions, critics boarded the shuttles to go to the Fox studios to watch the three-and-a-half hour film. It’s magical walking around the sound stages once inhabited by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe – even the hedges have the drama/comedy masks cut into them.

Sitting through a bloated film? Not so magical. Scorsese spends way too much time inflating the concert footage of Dylan playing in Newcastle, England, where people piled into a theater only to heckle Dylan for leaving his protest-song roots. After your seat has lost all feeling, as fellow critic Ellen Gray says, you want to yell “We get it. Electric instruments bad, acoustical good.”

No one would argue that Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D. is a serious guy. But what makes him such a fan of PBS? After a session on the PBS documentary, “Get Up, Stand Up: The Story of Pop and Protest,”Chuck D. expressed surprise that people might find it difficult to believe that he’s a PBS groupie.

“My mind is not geared toward the frivolous,” he says in a massive understatement. “I have to watch it, it’s the only thing on TV you can watch without losing your mind.” Which explains why TV critics seem like they’ve slipped a few brain gears.

To hear what Chuck D. thought about a recent awards show on BET, in which Beyonce did a lap dance on Magic Johnson with her dad in the audience, click here. Audio - MP3

To hear Sean “Puffy” Combs talking about changing his priorities in life, clickhere. Audio - MP3

Bob Newhart does deadpan like no other. So you can’t quite get the real feeling for his exquisite comic timing unless you hear him say it. In one, Newhart is praising the unique comic timing of Hollywood great Jack Benny,Audio - MP3 while in the other he sounds rather astonished at Oscar-winner George C. Scott’s Audio - MP3“Patton” assessment of his comic skills.

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