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TV channel Spike is no longer, so its social media manager had a field day

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Better to go out with a bang than a whimper, we guess.

TV channel Spike is going to be rebranded as the Paramount Network on Thursday, as owner Viacom looks to general entertainment programming on the 34-year old basic cable network.

So, as the days become numbered, Spike’s social media presence has decided to well, not really care anymore. 

Viacom is killing off Spike TV & their social media person is having a fun type of meltdown pic.twitter.com/Xhr8fFoNGJ

— Kate (@kate_m_C) January 17, 2018

We don’t know if this Twitter-led meltdown is all Viacom-approved (look, we’re sure it is), but it’s not everyday a TV channel ceases to exist for good. Read more…

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Entertainment

Oh yus, ‘Flight of the Conchords’ is returning to TV

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New Zealand’s best singing comedy duo is heading back to your screens.

HBO announced that Flight of the Conchords will make a return in the form of a one-hour special set to air in May.

The comedy special was taped in front of live sold-out audience during their UK visit, featuring classic songs and originals performed as part of the “Flight of the Conchords Sing Flight of the Conchords Tour.”

Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie first debuted on HBO in 2005 in an episode of the stand-up series “One Night Stand,” then reappeared again 2007 for their self-titled hit series.  Read more…

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Entertainment

The first draft of that steamed hams script from ‘The Simpsons’ was excellent too

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So, the steamed hams skit in The Simpsons’ “22 Short Films About Springfield” is a pretty hot meme right now.

Also known as “Skinner & The Superintendent,” the scene featuring Superintendent Chalmers and Principal Skinner is one of the show’s funniest, but has landed an extra bit of comedic oomph thanks to the plethora of remixes by people on the internet.

In case you haven’t been keeping up, here’s the steamed hams skit performed to a custom Guitar Hero song, for some reason.

Or this guy who hasn’t seen The Simpsons before, so he improvises the whole scene in one take. Read more…

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Travel

The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds on Holiday review: sort of I’m a Child Get Me Out of Here

It’s Cyprus ahoy for the kids from the Channel 4 show but it’s not all sunshine and water slides, for while there may be chocolate spread for brekkie, there’s also squid tasting to be done. Yuck, sort of!

I’m watching The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds on Holiday (Channel 4) with a five year old and a three year old. Then tomorrow we’re going on holiday. Perfect, maybe we’ll get some tips.

Oh, they’ve got passports (still red, I’m already beginning to feel nostalgic about them). We won’t be needing those where we’re going.

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Architecture

Dating show promotes openly sexist dude, and like, read the damn room

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If you lived under a rock during 2017 (can I come too?), it was a year in which various sexual harassers were outed for being awful.

It was a year that the conversation around harassment, power and abuse started to be taken seriously, but it seems like Australian television station Channel Nine — who had its own problems recently, missed the memo.

In a commercial for its upcoming season of Married at First Sight, it featured Dean, a man looking for a woman who will listen to him, and openly wants to be the “man in charge” in the household.  Read more…

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‘Game of Thrones’ murderous Red Wedding banger gets a beautiful dance treatment

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Game of Thrones and its music have gotten plenty of covers, from violins and vocals to instrumentals from around the world, and at least one kooky Kanye mashup… but we haven’t seen as much dancing – until now. Dancers Geatali Tampy and Priya Lupita Shah teamed up to perform a haunting duet to “The Rains of Castamere” – you know, that murderous Lannister banger from the Red Wedding.

The video, filmed by Alvin Alex, opens on Shah and Tampy as sisters in the North (we’d recognize those cloaks anywhere), inseparable until Shah receives a mysterious scroll. Tampy goes snooping (classic Arya) and finds out that the Lannisters want one sister to betray the other. Read more…

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Tragedy strikes the American Girl Store on ‘SNL,’ but everyone is fixated on this one dude

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Saturday Night Live checked in with shoppers after an underground gas main exploded at a Phoenix American Girl Store, and boy were they shaken up.

Reporter Ben Hartley (Kenan Thompson) spoke with customers Debbie Pritchard, a mother shopping with her daughter (played by Lady Bird’s Saoirse Ronan,) and Thomas Dean (Mikey Day) a grown-ass man who was just, you know, shopping for a doll. Alone.

They recounted the horrific experience of the explosion, explaining what brought each of them to the store to begin with.

Though Dean claimed he was “buying a gift” his weird doll obsession wound up overshadowing the explosion, and it wasn’t long before Hartley uncovered the real story: Grown Man Frequents American Girl Store Alone with Beloved Doll. Read more…

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