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The Highlight Reel, 12/29: The Week's Best and Worst TV

The Highlight Reel, 12/29: The Week's Best and Worst TV

Every Friday, I round up the week's best, funniest, strangest, and most embarrassing moments in television for your amusement. It was slim pickings over the holidays this week, but I still found a few priceless bits to share.

  • Thanks to the year-end "clipdown" episode of E!'s "The Soup" for reminding me to revisit this too-funny moment from "Dancing with the Stars," in which Joey Lawrence ... um, I'm not sure there are really words for what he does. I'll borrow from one of the judges, who called it "George Michael meets the Village People on a cruise to Brazil."
  • OK, I admit it: I turned on the yule log in HD for a while on Christmas Eve. Here's the thing: Logs are really ugly in high definition.

  • Colie, the self-described "kissing slut" on "The Real World: Denver," learns she has mono. After her doctor asks how close people in the house get (wink, nudge), Colie says: "Theoretically speaking, everyone in the house could come down with mono in a month."

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  • A truly bizarre incident from the Christmas episode of "Deal or No Deal": Big Bird randomly appeared and sneaked up on contestant Lamar Wilson — who is, I should emphasize, a grown man. Wilson ran away, obviously not amused, but returned to face down the yellow puppet who clearly reminded him of some really traumatic childhood experience. Nobody else — not the audience, not host Howie Mandel — seemed to think this was the slightest bit strange.
  • You know the John Mellencamp song "Our Country" from those ubiquitous Chevy ads that are supposed to make us proud of America by juxtaposing weird images of puppies and war? Apparently Mellencamp's label is worried the ads have overexposed the song, thus dooming his new album. I still say that's nothing compared to the sheer annoyance the inescapable ad campaign has inflicted on TV-watchers everywhere.

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