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Checking In…with the Voice Cast of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

"A person should always choose a costume which is in direct contrast to her own personality."

If you don't like It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, featuring the gang from Peanuts, then, I'm sorry, you're a monster. It's a heartwarming tale about childhood belief, dogs fighting in World War I, getting dissapointed by well-meaning, yet idiotic adults, and not being able to stay awake through the night. In other words, it's perfect.

Great Pumpkin first aired on October 27, 1966 on CBS, and it's been re-aired on that network and, beginning in 2001, on ABC every year since. Like the comic strips themselves, it was written by brilliant [...]

Checking In…with the Recurring Characters of Arrested Development

You’re probably all sick of this by now, but what the heck? ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT IS (probably) COMING BACK. YAYYY. Almost nothing is known about the plot, when it will shoot, how it will be released, or even who’s involved, but as long as they don’t bring back Rita, I think we’re in for a mighty fine fourth season/movie. (Uncle Trevor can come back, though.)

One of the greatest things about AD (and there are many) was the show’s wide array of recurring characters, second only to The Simpsons in my mind. There’s, of course, Gene Parmesan, Ted, Office Taylor, Sally Sitwell, Larry Middleman, Lucille Austero…the list goes on [...]

Checking In…with the Cast of Clerks

Next week, on September 23, the world will at long last see Kevin Smith’s 10th feature film, Red State. Smith announced the horror-extremely-dark-comedy back in 2007, and over the next four years, the self-distributed film has screened at Sundance and had an entire speaking tour based around it. But that’s a horror movie, and we’re not exactly Ripsider (sorry, everyone), are we? No, we are not. We cover comedy, which brings us to a vastly influential film that has shaped the humor of millions of high school students since it was first released on October 19, 1994. No, not Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale. That came out October 28. I [...]

Checking In…with the Hosts of Talk Soup

Starting today, you can see Joel McHale earning a paycheck in the literally diaper-smelling Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World. Just kidding, Joel — I love you dearly, because you play Jeff Winger on Community, make fun of celebrities who deserve ridicule, and were in an episode of Pushing Daisies, and anyone who appeared on Pushing Daisies is good in my book. You are also the host of the always-excellent The Soup, which seems like it’s been on E! since the beginning of time. But lo and behold, there exists a pre-Soup era, one now referred to as the Talk Soup age. And over its [...]

Checking In with…the Creators of Nickelodeon's Golden-Era Shows

Whatever happened to predictability, the milkman, the paperboy, evening TV…and the creators of the Golden-Era shows of Nickelodeon?

Earlier this week, as you might have read about on every nostalgia-loving website on the Internet, Nickelodeon began airing episodes of All That, Clarissa Explains It All, Doug, and Kenan & Kel between midnight and 4 a.m. For anyone born in the early- to mid-1980s, it was a wonderful blast from the past, full of orange soda and banjos. And Nick will soon introduce other Golden-Era shows to the schedule, like Salute Your Shorts. But who are the minds behind Rocko’s Modern Life and Rugrats, and what are they doing today? [...]

Checking In…with the Creators of MTV's Animated Comedies

In t-minus six days, the guys who once called Pavement out on not trying hard enough will be back cornholio’ing our hearts all over again. I am, of course, talking about Beavis and Butt-head, the fire-and-boob loving stars of Beavis and Butt-head Do America. Oh yeah, and they also had that TV show, which ran on MTV from 1993-1997. It’ll be a welcome return not only for fans of the show, but also those who loved MTV’s slate of animated programming in the 1990s and 2000s. Let’s take a look at what the creators of Beavis and Butt-head, Daria, Celebrity Deathmatch, and 3 South are up to today.

Checking In…with the Cast of 3rd Rock from the Sun

Following in the long line of American Splendor and Funny People, the "cancer comedy" 50/50 is released in theaters today. It's written by Will Reiser, who was diagnosed with cancer in his 20s, and stars Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, or JGL for short. JGL's been in the public eye since the late 1980s, when he appeared in a number of made-for-TV movies and in two episodes of Family Ties. But his biggest break-out moment came when he was cast on 3rd Rock from the Sun, about a family of aliens living on Earth. The show ran for six seasons and was nominated for a plethora of Emmy Awards. [...]

Checking In…with the Cast of The Weird Al Show

Oh, this is a story 'bout a guy named Al, and he lived in a sewer with his hamster pal. But the sanitation workers really didn't approve, so he packed up his accordion and had to move to a city in Ohio where he lived in a tree, and he worked in a nasal decongestant factory, and he played on the company bowling team, and every single night he had a strange recurring dream where he was wearing lederhosen in a vat of sour cream. But that's really not important to the story.

Well, the very next year he met a dental hygienist with a spatula tattooed on her [...]

Checking In…with the Muppet Show Muppeteers

Whatever happened to predictability, the milkman, the paperboy, evening TV…and the talent behind all your favorite Muppets, and some you've forgotten, on The Muppet Show?

“Dad, what’s a Muppet?” “Well, it’s not quite a mop and it’s not quite a puppet, but man…so to answer your question, I don’t know.” Oh, but don’t worry Lisa, unlike Homer, we know that a Muppet, a word first used in 1956, is a combination of “marionette” and “puppet.” And since 1955, when Kermit the Frog showed up on Sam and Friends, the first of dozens of Jim Henson productions, the Muppets have appeared in TV shows, movies, books, toys, clothing lines, and [...]

Checking In…with the Girlfriends of George Costanza, Seasons 6-9

Whatever happened to predictability, the milkman, the paperboy, evening TV…and the girlfriends and lovers of George Costanza?

One of Seinfeld’s best unexplained jokes was why dozens of attractive women would fall for guys like Jerry and George. Especially George. (I get the Kramer thing.) With the exception of Susan, who lasted longer than any female should want to in the company of George, seemingly every episode brought a new girlfriend or lover for the diminutive, balding, angry, Yankees-employed momma’s boy. Below you can find what all of George’s lady lovers from season 6-9 have been up to. (For seasons 1-5, please click here.)

Checking In…with the Singers of Billboard-Charting Funny Novelty Songs

In 1978, America had King Tut fever. The Treasures of Tutankhamun exhibit, which had previously visited Washington DC, Chicago, and Seattle, among other major American cities, made its way to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Over 1.3 million people paid to see artifacts from the Boy King, and over 30 years later, it’s still the Met’s most popular exhibition in its 141-year history. Elsewhere, “King Tut,” a song written by Steve Martin (“Buried with a donkey, he’s my favorite honky”) and first performed on Saturday Night Live, hit #17 on the Billboard charts, a rather remarkable feat for a novelty song. But “King Tut” wasn’t the first [...]

Checking In…with the Stars of Fox’s Lesser-Known Sunday Night Shows

When you think of post-NFL Sunday nights on Fox, you think of The Simpsons and Family Guy first, then Malcolm in the Middle, Married…with Children, The Critic, King of the Hill, Futurama, Arrested Development, and American Dad in some order. (You might also think of The X-Files, but for the sake of this article, don't, and please, never think of The Cleveland Show.) But in the 17 years since The Simpsons moved into its 8 p.m. timeslot, many lesser sitcoms have come and quickly gone. Below are six such examples, with some faces you might just recognize. Heyyy, Casey Klein.

Checking In…with the Voice Cast of Home Movies

On September 2, 2001, Adult Swim premiered on Cartoon Network with an airing of the Home Movies’ episode “Director’s Cut." It's been a good decade since, with Adult Swim providing literally DOZENS of hours of entertainment, from shows like Robot Chicken and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. But it all goes back to Home Movies, about an eight-year-old and his homemade films, and the show's creators Loren Bouchard and Brenden Small, and Soup2Nuts, the animation studio that also worked on Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. Oh yeah, and the voice cast. Here's what they're up to today.

Checking In…with the Stars of Six of MTV's Early Comedies

Whatever happened to predictability, the milkman, the paperboy, evening TV…and the stars of MTV’s earliest comedies?

Monday, August 1 was the 30th anniversary of MTV’s first broadcast, and while most of the attention was along the lines of “REMEMBER WHEN MTV PLAYED MUSIC VIDEOS?!?” let’s not forget that the network has a long history of airing comedies, too. Below are the stars of six of MTV’s earliest comedies and what they’re up to now, with the exception of The State because who knows where that nobody Michael Ian Black is up to these days.