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The Choob’s 12 Days Of Christmas: Aimee Mann’s Christmas Carol

On the fifth day of Christmas, The Cathode Ray Choob sent to you…
Aimee Mann’s lesson about the true meaning of Christmas.

Last year and the year before, singer-songwriter Aimee Mann made a couple of star-studded short comedy films that were screened during her Christmas gigs each year.

In 2008, she gave us her version of A Christmas Carol, with Mann playing the Scrooge role and her husband Michael Penn as Marley.

It also features some big-name actor friends including Michael Cera (Superbad, Juno, Arrested Development), John Krasinski (from the US version of The Office) and John C Reilly (Magnolia, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Step Brothers).

Particular highlights are part 3, with Cera, and part 4, with John C Reilly.

After the John Krasinski segment, he joined her on stage for a duet. Not sure if this was a one-off at the LA gig or if this happened throughout the tour, but here’s the video:

And here is the is the 2007 Christmas film, in which Aimee tries to convince various celebrities to appear at her gig.

Guest stars in this one include Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, John Krasinski (again) and Weird Al Yankovic:

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It’s Classic Clip Friday: Happy Days – Fonzie Jumps The Shark

This week’s classic clip honours a truly iconic TV moment that introduced a new phrase to the English language.

Most people know that when a TV show is said to have “Jumped The Shark“, it means it is on a downward spiral and has had to resort to ridiculously far-fetched, convoluted plotlines to boost ratings.

And it is also common knowledge that the phrase was derived from an episode of 50s-set sitcom Happy Days, in which Fonzie (Henry Winkler) did indeed jump over a shark on water skis (while wearing his trademark leather jacket, of course).

What’s perhaps less well-known is that the Happy Days episode that spawned the term aired at the beginning of the show’s fifth season, in 1977. Happy Days went on rack up 11 seasons (255 episodes) and of the later ones, only the 11th recorded a noticeable slide in ratings. So, ironically, it’s unfair to think of the shark-jumping episode as being the beginning of the end of the show.

However, the association will always be there – and in a little tip of the hat to his place in TV history, when Winkler was guest-starring in the excellent Arrested Development, the producers included a scene where his character, Barry Zuckercorn, jumps over a dead shark lying on a pier.

So anyway, here are the pertinent parts of the Happy Days shark-jumping episode, which was actually the final part of a three-episode story arc in which the characters left their usual Milwaukee stomping ground behind for a trip to Hollywood.

Oh, and talking of Happy Days, don’t forget to check out Weezer’s Happy Days-inspired music video for Buddy Holly, directed by Spike Jonze.

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TV Newsround

Fox’s new animated comedy Sit Down, Shut Up – produced by Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz  and with voices provided by that show’s Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Henry Winkler, along with Pushing DaisiesKristin Chenoweth – with debut on Sunday, April 19, according to Variety.
The Futon Critic further reveals that the show focuses on the dysfunctional faculty and staff at a high school in a small Florida fishing town as they strive to do anything but teach. It’s based on a popular live-action Australian series and, we are told, “lampoons modern society while exposing the dreams, flaws and struggling humanity of our first and most formative authority figures: teachers.” Um… okay, glad we cleared that up.

The Variety article also notes that an official announcement of the eagerly-awaited Arrested Development movie is “imminent”.

Damages star Glenn Close gets the 2,378th star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame.

Former Sopranos star James Gandolfini is returning to Broadway for the first time in 14 years. He’s signed up for a role alongside Marcia Gay Harden and Jeff Daniels in God Of Carnage, acomedy about two married couples who meet after their kids get into a playground brawl. The play enjoyed an acclaimed run in London last year, with Ralph Fiennes starring. The Broadway production opens on March 22, with previews starting on February 28.

Tom Cruise will be a guest on Jonathan Ross’s first BBC1 chatshow since serving his three-month suspension for leaving obscene messages on Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs‘ answerphone during a broadcast on BBC Radio 2. Friday Night With Jonathan Ross returns on January 23.

Just a few days after picking up The Line, a police drama produced by action movie maestro Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Dylan McDermott and Time Heals, a medical drama produced by and starring Jada Pinkett Smith, TNT has given a 10-episode order to Men of a Certain Age, starring and produced by Everybody Loves Raymond’s Ray Romano. The show, about three college friends in their 40s dealing with their midlife issues, co-stars Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher. It’s due to air in  January 2010.

It’s been reported that one of writer/producer’s Bryan Fuller‘s first acts after returning to work on Heroes was to write a role especially for Swoosie Kurtz, star of his cancelled show Pushing Daisies. Kurtz will play Millie, an old society friend of Angela Petrelli (Cristine Rose) in an episode due to air in April.

BBC1 drama Mistresses will make it’s US debut on BBC America on Friday February 20, the Futon Critic reports. A second season is due to air early this year in the UK.

 Melissa George, who plays intern Sadie Harris on Grey’s Anatomy, is leaving the show after just eight episodes, according to E! Online.

Eliza Dushku talks to SciFi Wire about Dollhouse.

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