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Matt LeBlanc Auditions to Play … Matt LeBlanc

Showtime’s original series are among the best on TV (the hubby and I did a major catch-up with Dexter during the holidays – a fantastic way to get up to speed on a whole series, by the way, though I have to confess to a few weird dreams after the days we watched five or six episodes at a time), and this clip promises another one is on the way.

Check out Friends star Matt LeBlanc “auditioning” to play Matt LeBlanc – yes, himself – in the upcoming comedy Episodes, about a couple, British TV producers, who bring their hit show to the U.S. and hire LeBlanc to star in it. Sounds fun, and Gervais-ish, no?

‘Better Off Ted’: The Soooo NSFW Version

In tonight’s new episode of Better Off Ted (8:30PM ET, ABC), thanks to a typo in a corporate  memo, Veridian Dynamics employees think they are being encouraged to make inappropriate, offensive comments to each other.

Here’s the naughty outtakes video from that episode, and, I can’t stress strongly enough, though it is hilarious, you really, really shouldn’t watch it at work. Really.

By the way, the show has only gotten better in its second season, but with ABC’s freshman comedies making such a splash in primetime, Ted has kinda gotten kicked to the curb. That’s a shame, and tonight’s episode is a great time to start checking out the funny …

Jon Hamm Returning as ‘Saturday Night Live’ Host; Who Else Should Host?

Mad Men Emmy nominee Jon Hamm, one of the funniest Saturday Night Live hosts in the last couple of years, is returning to host the show in January.

It’s an especially welcome return since many of this season’s SNL eps have been pretty lackluster. It’s certainly time for an Alec Baldwin or Justin Timberlake return, but it would also be nice to see some new celebs take a shot at hosting. Glee star Jane Lynch‘s name has been mentioned again and again as a host fans would most like to see, and I would throw out one or all of the cast members of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia as nominees, too.

Other suggestions for SNL hosts:

Big Bang Theory Emmy nominee Jim Parsons. The show is more popular than ever, and Parsons is a major reason. It would be fun to see what he’d do in a live, sketch comedy venue

Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall. Right? We know him for playing such intense dramatic characters, but there’s always been a lot of dark, clever humor mixed in to both Six Feet Under and especially Dexter, so I’d love to see Hall host the show. Plus, there are so many silly things the SNL cast and writing staff could do with the Dexter character. Here’s a freebie: Have Dexter kill off the worst SNL characters of all time, starting with Kristen Wiig‘s Gilly, one of the most annoying, unfunniest SNL creations ever.

George Clooney. I know, not likely, but he has a great sense of humor, and it would be interesting to see how far he’d go in poking fun at himself and his fellow A-listers. Plus, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon cameos?

Which of the following would you most like to see as a Saturday Night Live host in 2010?
Glee‘s Jane Lynch
– The cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons
Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall
George Clooney

PS – The Saturday Night Live Christmas special airs on Dec. 17 (8PM ET) and will be hosted by Kristen Wiig … as Gilly. But it’s still promising, as Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin are making guest appearances, and the two-hour special will also include clips of some of the best holiday-themed skits from years past, including clips with Justin Timberlake, Adam Sandler and Eddie Murphy.

Did ‘The Office’ Jump the Shark Last Night?

Was last night’s installment of The Office, as Comic Book Guy would say, the worst. episode. ever? I’d argue yes. As The Star-Ledger‘s Alan Sepinwall points out, Michael’s done some crappy things, but lying about sending a whole class of students to college, and then avoiding telling them about it until the last possible minute was so icky that it was difficult to find any laughs in the storyline.

And the evil Dwight plot to destroy Jim (and now adding evil Ryan to the mix): also unfunny. It’s well established that both Dwight and Ryan are weasels, but why are they going after Jim now, now that he and Pam are expecting a child? What do they hope to gain? Jim’s job? Not likely, since David Wallace doesn’t like either of them, and has always been fond of Jim (and, as we learned in last night’s ep, even has a social relationship with Jim). Besides, given Dunder-Mifflin’s precarious standing as a company, shouldn’t both Dwight and Ryan (particularly Ryan, with his job history) be more concerned about keeping their own jobs and boosting the company, instead of focusing on Jim Halpert?

One of the main reasons the show has made us laugh so much through the seasons is because there’s been a certain amount of reality, even in the most over-the-top behavior, by the Dunder-Mifflin gang. How many times have you thought to yourself that you know someone just like grumpy Stanley in your office? Or someone kinda mealy-mouthed like Toby? Or someone uptight and uber-judgmental like Angela?

But Michael’s fraud with the high school kids (and the lack of outrage by those around him – Pam pushed him to tell the kids the truth, but how would anyone possibly be able to hang with Michael after hearing he’d done this? Let alone try to console him, like receptionist Erin did!) takes his selfish behavior, his obliviousness to a new level. A new, totally unfunny one.

So I ask … did The Office jump the shark with the “Scott’s Tots” episode? Or, at the very least, did Michael Scott jump the shark in the land of TV characters?

Neil Patrick Harris IS Frosty the Inappropriate Snowman! (& Other Holiday Spoofs)

Shout out to The Hollywood Reporter for pointing us to this CBS promo (how very edgy for the network!) for How I Met Your Mother and the Frosty the Snowman holiday specials. The clip is a combo of HIMYM‘s Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), putting his bro code ways (and dialogue) into the Frosty cartoon:

The clip reminds me of another great holiday ‘toon spoof: The Scrubs take on A Charlie Brown Christmas. Of all the Charlie Brown types in primetime, J.D. (Zach Braff) is the Charlie Browniest, and Dr. Cox’s (John C. McGinley) spin on Linus’ meaning of Christmas speech/rant is perfection:

Any other holiday cartoon spoofs floating around the Web?

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