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Old 04-13-2012, 07:55 PM   #31
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...couldn't understand why Beek was on it as himself in the first place. Just seemed totally out of place. SP deleted.
Why? It's not like it's never been done before. There is a slideshow on EW.com with 30 celebs who have played themselves on TV/in movies. It allows them to bring in certain elements that wouldn't be available if he were simply playing another character.
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:34 PM   #32
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Why? It's not like it's never been done before. There is a slideshow on EW.com with 30 celebs who have played themselves on TV/in movies. It allows them to bring in certain elements that wouldn't be available if he were simply playing another character.
The number of celebs who have played themselves in a regular, weekly television role (as opposed to playing themselves for a single special appearance such as on various Ricky Gervais shows) is a very short list.
There is Jennifer Grey, Larry David, Matt Leblanc. Can anyone think of any others?
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:52 PM   #33
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FYI, he isn't really playing himself. I doubt he actually walks around with a red flannel when he wants to get something from a girl.

He could have easily played the character of a famous actor. I think the character being someone that people in the real world know adds something to it. Almost makes me wish I'd seen an episode of Dawson's Creek.
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Guess this isn't on Comcast On Demand??? I couldn't find it. Might have to watch it on the PC.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:28 PM   #35
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The number of celebs who have played themselves in a regular, weekly television role (as opposed to playing themselves for a single special appearance such as on various Ricky Gervais shows) is a very short list.
There is Jennifer Grey, Larry David, Matt Leblanc. Can anyone think of any others?
Perhaps the most popular one of all time: Jerry Seinfeld.
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Wasn't The Middle paired with it previously? I'd think of would capture a similar audience.
At one point, I thought it was.. at least with The Middle starting at 8:30..
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:30 PM   #37
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Guess this isn't on Comcast On Demand??? I couldn't find it. Might have to watch it on the PC.
YOU CAN GET THE FIRST TWO EPISODES ON YOUR TIVO FREE FROM AMAZON.

(if you don't have a Tivo, what are you doing here? only semi-serious question)
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:59 PM   #38
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The number of celebs who have played themselves in a regular, weekly television role (as opposed to playing themselves for a single special appearance such as on various Ricky Gervais shows) is a very short list.
There is Jennifer Grey, Larry David, Matt Leblanc. Can anyone think of any others?
Off the top of my head:
  • Louis C.K. in Louie.
  • Warwick Davis, Ricky Gervais, and Stephen Merchant in Life's Too Short.
  • Garry Shandling in Its Garry Shandling's Show.
  • Chris Isaak and his band in The Chris Isaak Show.

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Old 04-13-2012, 11:08 PM   #39
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YOU CAN GET THE FIRST TWO EPISODES ON YOUR TIVO FREE FROM AMAZON.

(if you don't have a Tivo, what are you doing here? only semi-serious question)
I don't have a TiVo any more. I use the DirecTV DVR. I USED to have a TiVo, though. I joined here when everyone with info on hacking my old Gen1 TiVo left the Usenet Group.
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Old 04-14-2012, 01:28 PM   #40
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The number of celebs who have played themselves in a regular, weekly television role (as opposed to playing themselves for a single special appearance such as on various Ricky Gervais shows) is a very short list.
There is Jennifer Grey, Larry David, Matt Leblanc. Can anyone think of any others?
Just for those who haven't watched Episodes, the show he plays himself in, it's awesome!
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:32 PM   #41
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What I learned is don't trust her or her show to be funny.

The James Vanderbeek stuff was amusing, though.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:24 PM   #42
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Louis C.K. in Louie.
I've only see one or two episodes of Louie, but I didn't think he played himself---he just played a guy named Louie who happened to be a comic. Does he really play the Louis C. K. who was a long-term writer on Late Night and who has been in movies and all that?

I mean, Seinfeld played a comic named Jerry Seinfeld, but he wasn't really playing himself.
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:09 AM   #43
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I've only see one or two episodes of Louie, but I didn't think he played himself---he just played a guy named Louie who happened to be a comic. Does he really play the Louis C. K. who was a long-term writer on Late Night and who has been in movies and all that?
Yes, he plays himself, they even had an episode where he and Dane Cook cleared the air over a feud they have had in real life for years.
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:23 AM   #44
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Surprisingly OK.....

This seems more like a lead-in for Revenge. Maybe ABC wants to bridge the two shows to solidify Revenge's ratings.
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:55 PM   #45
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Off the top of my head:
  • Louis C.K. in Louie.
  • Warwick Davis, Ricky Gervais, and Stephen Merchant in Life's Too Short.
  • Garry Shandling in Its Garry Shandling's Show.
  • Chris Isaak and his band in The Chris Isaak Show.
I was going to mention Garry Shandling.

Also... Lou Ferrigno in "King of Queens"... had a recurring role (probably around two dozen episodes) playing himself who was a next door neighbor.

And what about Jerry Seinfeld?
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:57 PM   #46
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I mean, Seinfeld played a comic named Jerry Seinfeld, but he wasn't really playing himself.
But he sort of was. A fictionalized version of himself, but so is Van Der Beek.
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:15 PM   #47
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Tori Spelling did a sitcom on VH-1 where she played herself. Not bad as VH-1 shows go. It was called So noTORIous (I had to IMDB the name). Only lasted one season.

Then there are of course all the people on Entourage for extended shots. Nobody in the regular cast was playing themselves, but Mandy Moore, Anna Farris, and Jamie-Lynn Sigler had extended multi-episode story arcs as themselves. Jamie-Lynn Sigler's lasted an entire season.
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:08 PM   #48
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Tori Spelling did a sitcom on VH-1 where she played herself. Not bad as VH-1 shows go. It was called So noTORIous (I had to IMDB the name). Only lasted one season.
Ah yes! Good one. And I really enjoyed that show.
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:09 PM   #49
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I finally watched the pilot today. I really liked it. Loved how blonde girl got her. At first I thought it was going to be all one-sided. Think I have a girl-crush on blonde girl - she is stunning!

I like K Ritter. I really enjoyed that one-season show she was in last year with all the suicide people. Forgot the name. I think it was on Starz. Guess nobody else watched as it died after one season.

Keeping season pass.
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:29 PM   #50
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I really enjoyed that one-season show she was in last year with all the suicide people. Forgot the name.
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:45 PM   #51
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Think I have a girl-crush on blonde girl - she is stunning!
Agreed. Dibs!
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:58 PM   #52
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Thanks, Amnesia! Too bad that show didn't go beyond the one season...or maybe everybody else was glad. I enjoyed it a lot.
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Agreed. Dibs!
D'oh!!
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Finally broke down and watched the first 2 episodes online. Seems decent. Now to see if my wife likes it.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:38 PM   #55
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Heh, I was thinking you were referring to the sci fi show that was on ABC within the past year or two.. (boy I hope my memory is right)
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:14 PM   #56
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Heh, I was thinking you were referring to the sci fi show that was on ABC within the past year or two.. (boy I hope my memory is right)
Defying Gravity, a show that had so much promise and never got to tell us where it was going, as they didn't even air the episodes that had been shot already!
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Defying Gravity, a show that had so much promise and never got to tell us where it was going, as they didn't even air the episodes that had been shot already!
It is available on DVD.
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Defying Gravity, a show that had so much promise and never got to tell us where it was going, as they didn't even air the episodes that had been shot already!
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It is available on DVD.
And there are online interviews with the creator that you can track down that at least tell you where they were going (of course they should be read after you've seen all the episodes)

I was surprisingly impressed after watching it.
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