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Channel Surfing – December 15, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– The Dexter season four finale earned the show its best ratings ever (up a whopping 71 percent versus the season three finale), but season five will carry on without longtime Dexter showrunner Clyde Phillips, who quit the show to spend more time with his family.

– More good ratings news: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s fifth season, which wrapped last Thursday, was the show’s highest-rated season ever.

– The New York Times has scoop on the ninth season of The Biggest Loser, which premieres on NBC on Jan. 5 and will include the first contestant who’ll start the show weighing more than 500 pounds.

– We’re all sick of hearing about Tiger Woods and his ever-growing list of dalliances, but Yahoo! Sports has a fun round-up of video clips of some of the best late-night TV humor related to the scandal. You have to love Jon Stewart‘s “Newzak.”

– Could self-adhesive gift wrap (SUCH a good idea!) be the next big product from the company that gave us the As Seen on TV classic, the PedEgg?

Tough Love mother-and-son matchmakers JoAnn and Steven Ward are starring in a VH1 spin-off series, where they’ll put couples who are about to get engaged through a boot camp to see if they’re really right for each other.

– Side effect of the recession: Not surprisingly, more people are staying home and watching TV.

– Nickelodeon has ordered 26 new episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants.

– Showtime will debut the final season of The Tudors in April, and they’ll follow it up with another family saga, about shipping and railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt and his wealthy relatives. PS – Check out the new Tudors videogame.

– NBC has announced its midseason sked, which includes a premiere date for the new season of Celebrity Apprentice: March 14.

– Is this enough reason to tune in to the painfully boring 90210 remake: Gilmore Girls‘ Luke, a.k.a. Scott Patterson will guest star? Hmmmm … Pretty much any GG alum is tops in my book, but 90210 is a really lame show.

– Two sad cancelations: Flight of the Conchords and On the Air with Alexa Chung.

Gossip Girl, the comic book? Uh huh, and it actually sounds kinda cool.

And tonight in primetime: It’s part one of the So You Think You Can Dance season finale at 8PM ET on Fox; The Waltons papa Ralph Waite pops in as Gibbs’ daddy on NCIS (8PM, CBS); ABC replays A Charlie Brown Christmas (8PM); Cookalong live with Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live (9PM, Fox), in which the grumpy chef cooks a meal, live, and invites the home audience to cook along with him (recipes and shopping list are at the show’s Website); Kelso says goodbye to Ted and Gooch on Scrubs (9PM, ABC); Linda sells a children’s cook on Better Off Ted (9:30PM, ABC); Natalie continues to be a bee-otch-y hot mess on The Bad Girls Club (10PM, Oxygen); Alicia Keys celebrates the release of her new CD with a concert on Fuse (10PM); New episode of Teen Mom on MTV (10PM); TBS debuts its annual Funniest Commercials of the Year special (10PM), hosted by Weeds star Kevin Nealon; and on The Good Wife (10PM, CBS), has Alicia run into a racist judge?

WIN THIS: It’s a Very Christmas 25-Day Giveaway, Day 21: ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Seasons 1-4 & the Christmas Special DVDs

HOORAY! We have our winner:

Rachel! Congrats, Rachel, and thanks for entering. Your awesome DVD package  will be on its way to your mailboxes shortly. Enjoy, and thanks again for checking us out at TV!

And everyone, keep entering in our Christmas giveaway section … we’ve got several more TV goodies to give away!

It should be no secret to regular readers: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is one of our favorite shows.

So, what better way to say thank you to our readers than to give one of you the chance to win the complete It’s Always Sunny DVD collection, seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4, plus the new It’s a Very Sunny Christmas special? If you’ve never seen the show, here’s your chance to catch up with what is, hands down, one of the funniest shows on TV. If you already love the show, these DVDs should be in your collection. And if you already own ’em all, here’s your chance to re-gift them and make a new Sunny fan.

And now, to enter for a chance to win this complete collection of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia DVDs, remember:
– Leave a comment on this post, with your name, your favorite It’s Always Sunny episode and an e-mail address where we can reach you
– Deadline to enter to win the It’s Always Sunny DVDs is December 14 at 8PM ET (according to recorded comment time)
– The winner will be chosen by random, using’s Random Number Generator
– The winner will be announced on the evening of December 14, as an update to this post

Good luck, Sunny fans, and stay tuned for the rest of our It’s a Very Christmas 25-Day Giveaway!

WIN THIS: It’s a Very Christmas 25-Day Giveaway, Day 1: ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: It’s a Very Sunny Christmas’ DVD

HOORAY! We have our winners:

lisa and TV Obsessed! Congrats, lisa and TV Obsessed, and thanks for entering. Your awesome It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Christmas special DVDs will be on their way to your mailbox shortly. Enjoy, and thanks again for checking us out at TV!

And everyone, keep checking our Christmas giveaway section … we’ve got lots more TV goodies coming your way!

Ho, ho, holy crap, a lot of great TV-related swag has landed in the mailbox this year. DVDs, books, video games, toys … honestly, it’s more than one girl, even a totally TV-lovin’ one, can hold. And that’s good news for you, because we’ve set aside some choice swag, added a few extra goodies to the mix, and have a list of 25 TV treats to fill your stockings.

Each day for the next 25 days (including weekends), will list a new TV-related treat for giveaway. Each giveaway will run for a week, giving us plenty of time to pop ’em the mail for winners to receive before December 25. By the way, it’s called a Christmas giveaway because that’s what we celebrate in the TVScreener household, but, of course, we hope all holiday celebrants – Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, Chrismukkah, Festivus, etc. – will join in the fun. Free stuff is free stuff, people!

Among the goodies we’re giving away:

– A Sons of Anarchy Blu-ray DVD box set
– All four seasons of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on DVD
– Seinfeld
– Glee
soundtrack CDs
– Wii, Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS TV tie-in games
– A Peanuts holiday specials DVD box set
– A Jack Bauer action figure
– Gift cards for TV-friendly treats like pizza and ice cream
– On Cyber Monday (Nov. 30), a giveaway so cool that it could totally make the Christmas morning of one Hannah Montana fan
– And lots, lots more!

All you’ll have to do to enter: Check back at every day, from today, November 17, through December 11, and leave a comment on the giveaway posts, with your name, your all-time favorite holiday TV special, and an e-mail address where we can reach you, and you may be a winner. Check the deadline to enter for each day’s giveaway, as, again, each giveaway will run for a week.

Now, the fun part. To kick off the It’s a Very Christmas 25-Day Giveaway, we’ve got a very appropriate DVD: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: It’s a Very Sunny Christmas. This direct-to-DVD release – it’s not airing on FX (and when you see it, you’ll know why) – finds The Gang celebrating the holidays as only they can, which means it involves a bloody Santa, a naked Frank, flashbacks to when Charlie, Mac, Dennis and Sweet Dee were kiddies and a surprisingly excited recipient of a Cabbage Patch Doll.

The hilarious story unfolds as Charlie and Mac try to plan a holiday celebration at Paddy’s, while Frank taunts Dee and Dennis with their dream gifts – which he buys for himself. We find out some interesting things about the Paddy’s crew’s past – suffice it to say we learn the origin of one of Charlie’s favorite recreational habits – and the whole thing wraps up with what, by Sunny measures, is actually kind of a sweet moment.

The DVD also includes deleted scenes with the young Charlie and Mac, a Sunny sing-a-long and a behind-the-scenes featurette. In short, though it’s all about Christmas, the Sunny special is more like a valentine to fans who love these crazy characters.

And to enter for a chance to win one of two copies of the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: It’s a Very Sunny Christmas DVD, remember:
– Leave a comment on this post, with your name, your all-time favorite holiday TV special and an e-mail address where we can reach you
– Deadline to enter to win a copy of the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: It’s a Very Sunny Christmas DVD is November 24 at 8PM ET (according to recorded comment time)
– The winner will be chosen by random, using’s Random Number Generator
– The winner will be announced on the evening of November 24, as an update to this post

Good luck, Sunny fans, and stay tuned for the rest of our It’s a Very Christmas 25-Day Giveaway!

‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’: Yep, the Towel Is Real The Website, and the towel, are real, and, yes, I’m not ashamed to admit it – I ordered one. C’mon … it’s hilarious. And even though I don’t own a cat and have no plans to, if the Sunny gang started selling Charlie’s Kitten Mittens (or Kitten “Mittons,” as they were spelled in his commercial), I’d totally buy ’em.

By the way, did you notice the reality star who played the hooker Charlie and Dee tried to use to pay The Lawyer (Brian Unger)? Yup, it was Rock of Love season one runner-up Heather Chadwell. Good casting. Great episode.

So, who else is buying one of those towels?

Talkin’ with … ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Guest Star and Wrestling Legend Rowdy Roddy Piper

If you were a wrestling or music fan in the 1980s, Rowdy Roddy Piper was on your radar, from his moves in the squared circle and his lively, often out-of-control “Piper’s Pit” interview segments to his feud with Hulk Hogan, Mr. T and Cyndi Lauper that led to the first WrestleMania event in 1985 and, later, Piper’s own Hollywood career.

Tonight, Piper pops up in an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (10PM ET, FX), playing – what else? – a wrestler. In “The Gang Wrestles for the Troops,” Charlie, Mac and Dennis decide to do their patriotic duty by putting on a wrestling show for the troops, including an appearance by Da Maniac (Piper) and fashioning themselves into a wrasslin’ trio. This, obviously, cannot end well for the Paddy’s Pub gang.

I had a chance to chat with Piper yesterday about his gig on Sunny, about his thriving movie career (including a recent flick with his daughter and Corey Feldman), about his feud and friendship with the late Captain Lou Albano, and, in just-announced news that took Rowdy Roddy by surprise, about Hulk Hogan’s announcement that he’s returning to wrestling.

Does that mean a Hulk vs. Roddy rematch could be in the works? Could be …

Hi, Roddy. Thanks for taking the time to do this today. I used to watch wrestling with my grandpa growing up and was a big fan of yours.
(Laughing) Oh, you must have been starved for entertainment then.

Tell me about your character on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia … His name is Da Maniac?
Yes, he’s an interesting character. He’s a take-off of the character Mickey Rourke played in The Wrestler, and putting him in a sitcom situation. You know, they’re very kind people, the Sunny cast, I’m a big fan of theirs. When they were growing up, they watched wrestling –
they were very sweet (to me) – and when this project came about, and I heard they wanted someone to play the part of “The Wrestler,” so to speak, it seemed like kind of a natural (thing) there, I guess.

The guys on It’s Always Sunny are obviously big fans of yours, too …
Yes, and they’re just really super people. When we did the first scene and I came out, they didn’t know me. And I was late, and jumped out onto the set just in time. And I guess I was being intimidating – I didn’t mean to be – and Charlie (Day) was the poor guy who suffered the most. There’s a scene where (Da Maniac) takes a helmet out of his station wagon, and it has barbed wire all over it, and I inadvertently hit Charlie in the groin with it. Poor Charlie suffered, you see. So I don’t know whether Charlie is still talking to me, but the rest of the cast is, and they’re all wonderful.

They have several recurring characters on It’s Always Sunny, so is there any chance you’ll go back after this episode?
I would love to go back and see them. I guess we’ll see how this episode plays out. I’m talking to some folks about doing a sitcom now, so that would be a lot of fun.

That’s something you would want to do, a regular weekly series?
Yeah, I think so. I’m talking to Bunim-Murray right now, talking about developing one. And I’m also hosting Monday Night Raw in November at Madison Square Garden. I don’t think I’ll be getting back in the ring again though. I was (in the ring) in April for Wrestlemania XXV – can you believe that?

I know! You were there back at the very first one …
Right! I was there when it didn’t even have a number, wasn’t I Kim? (Laughing). The event, Wrestlemania XXV, in Houston was a really nice one, and I think there was something like 70,000 people in attendance, but I just don’t think my time in the ring is much more. I think it’s time for me to grow up. May as well have people laugh with me and at me and do something in the entertainment world.

And you’re hosting Monday Night Raw in November?
Yes, with Jimmy Fallon. That one’s easy for me, but poor Jimmy … I hope he doesn’t speak to Charlie.

Now Hulk Hogan just announced that he is going to return to wrestling … does that change things for you? You two have such a long history of being rivals, there’s still no chance of you going back in?
Wow, you know what … did he announce that last night?

He announced it this (Wednesday) morning. He’s going to be wrestling with TNA.
Ah, okay. Wow, this is terrible, giving me openings like that … I only wrestle for the major leagues. I’m the reason (Hulk Hogan) has got no hair, you know. (Laughing). But if he’s going back, I might be willing to go back for a one-off. You know, to be honest with you Kim, this is the first I’ve heard about it. But right away my ears perked up when you said that. I beat him once and he’s never beaten me, and I know that drives him crazy. So yeah, maybe I could give him a chance to lose twice, I guess. Hahaha. See, these openings that you’re giving me? You’re gonna have to make this match with me now if I go.

I would be right there in your corner! One of your other big rivals from the first Wrestlemania, Captain Lou Albano, recently passed away – what was your relationship with him like more recently?
I had an on and off relationship with Lou. I respected and admired the talent. Quick story: The first time I went to Madison Square Garden, when I was 19-years-old, they called me “The Boy Wonder.” And I used to play the bagpipes before I wrestled. So I got there, and Lou came up to me and hugged me and said he’d seen me (wrestle) and said ‘Oh, you’re too good, we don’t want you here.’ And then Freddie Blassie, the manager, “Classy” Freddie Blassie, came up to me and said, ‘Aw, you’re a pencil-necked geek, we don’t want you’ and gave me a hug. And then, before I went on that night – there were promoters from everywhere who had come to see me – I went to play my bagpipes, and nothing came out. Freddie Blassie had stuffed rolls of toilet paper in them. When they said they didn’t want me there, they meant it. And when I went into the dressing room, Vince McMahon Sr. basically said, ‘Don’t call us, we’ll call you.’ And it took me another 10 years to get back there. It was a brutal business, very brutal business. So I always carried a grudge, but later in life I found out that Captain Lou hadn’t known anything about it. It was Freddie. So when I came back, it was during the Cyndi Lauper (feud), and I explained to him that I had thought he was involved with it, and apologized to him, and we became very dear friends after that. So it was a very sad day for me (when he died). I’ve lost too many friends.

In addition to wrestling and the It’s Always Sunny episode, your movie career is really thriving, with several movies coming up for you. In The Bloke Goes to Hollywood, you co-star with your daughter, and the movie was directed by Corey Feldman?
Yeah! My daughter Ariel Teal Toombs. She’s a working actress here in Los Angeles, and she’s a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy … cost me a fortune. (Laughing). She’s just one of the most beautiful kids. I have four beautiful children, and I have great relationships with them. Being able to be on the set with her was like a dream come true. She was always hugging onto my arm, and it was great to get to work with her.

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