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An Ode To “Remote Control”


MTV’s first foray out of music videos came in 1987, when host Ken Ober launched a hysterical hybrid of sketch comedy meets game show called “Remote Control.” For five seasons, in a studio tricked out to look like his mother’s basement, Kenny carried out his lifelong dream of hosting a game show. Contestants sat in arm chairs with seat belts buckled around them, and got ejected, recliner-style, out the back (with their chairs) when they were eliminated.

Kenny went on to produce “Mind of Mencia” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” but has clicked the off button for the final time. He was found dead yesterday at his home in Los Angeles. This loss has us looking back at his debut effort, a show which reshaped a network and shaped us in a lot of ways. Keep reading »

Remote Control: What You’ll Want To Watch This Week Of November 9th 2009

Oh television, you pack so many hours of enjoyment into such a small package. This week, I’m excited to see Alan Thicke on “How I Met Your Mother,” Taylor Swift on the CMA Awards, and the final collections on “Project Runway.” And I am so ready to give “FlashForward” a shot. Keep reading »

Remote Control: What You’ll Want To Watch The Week Of November 2nd 2009

As the weather outside starts to get frightful, evenings parked in front of the TV are sounding more and more appealing. What will I be watching this week? The World freaking Series! But do not fear, even if you aren’t into baseball, there’s lots of exciting stuff happening this week: Samantha Ronson‘s cameo on “90210″; the premiere of “V,” which is being hailed as the new “Lost”; a new episode of “The Real Housewives of Orange County“; and, sigh, the season finale of “Mad Men.” Keep reading »

Remote Control: What You’ll Want To Watch The Week Of October 26th 2009

This week, your television has some exciting things in store for you. Mainly, the kick start of “Friday Night Lights” season four on Wednesday. Also exciting: the return of “Cake Boss,” Natalie Portman on “Top Chef,” Betty White on “30 Rock,” and the series premiere of “Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew.” Yeah, it’s gonna be a good one. Keep reading »

Remote Control: What You’ll Want To Watch The Week Of October 19th 2009

As it gets progressively colder and more blustery by the day, your television is probably seeming far more appealing than it did in the glory days of summer. Luckily, there’s tons of great stuff for you to watch. This week, Wil Wheaton returns to the small screen, the “Glee” kids bust a move, the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” say adios, and “My Super Sweet 16″ gets a horrifying makeover. Keep reading »

Remote Control: What You’ll Want To Watch The Week Of October 12th 2009

Over the past few weeks, there’s been so much new TV and so little time. But now that we’ve reached mid-October, it’s time to settle in and get comfortable with your old favorites. This week brings the season premieres of “30 Rock,” “Nip/Tuck,” and “Ugly Betty.” Oh, but there are a few new things, too. You definitely won’t want to miss DJ AM’s “Gone Too Far,” which promises to be “Intervention” turned up a few notches. Oh, and “The Newlywed Game” welcomes its first gay couple. Keep reading »

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