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Author: Jae Curtis

Four Ways to Lower Your Cable TV Bill

According to Nielsen, 90 percent of Americans shell out for TV service each month. But let’s face it: times are tough. And when you have to cut spending in your home, cable is often the first to go. That’s because while you might love your precious Game of Thrones, it’s not exactly a necessity for your family. But before you go completely cold turkey from cable, try lowering your cable TV bill instead. You might be surprised at how affordable your service can be with the right tactics. Some serious negotiation skills and common-sense budgeting techniques work together so you don’t have to go without all of your favorite shows. 1. Ask for a Discount Here’s where your amazing negotiation skills need to come into play. First, check around and see what deals your cable provider is currently offering new customers. Then, call up your provider and instead of pressing the button for customer service, push whatever button gets you to “cancel service.” The reps in this apartment are authorized to give steep discounts to stop customers from leaving. When you get through to someone, don’t yell or lose your temper. Explain that you’re cutting back for budget reasons and can’t afford your plan anymore — hey, you can blame it on your spouse if you want. The rep will start by offering you some free movie channels for...

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“Ironside” and Other Fall TV Show Flops

Hey, they can’t all be winners – that’s never more evident as when dealing with new TV shows. It’s notoriously difficult to gain a following and have fans rabid for each week of TV, which is why it’s sink or swim for the new 2013 fall schedule. And while we’re only a month into the new season, there have already been some clear winners – and some clear fall TV show flops. See which shows have already gone the way of the dinosaur. Alas, Ironside and Lucky 7, we hardly knew ye. Ironside: In “not terribly surprising” news, Blair Underwood wasn’t able to catch a break with his latest dud, Ironside. Patterned after the much-easier-to-believe comic, Ironside is a wheelchair-bound cop with a dirty past. After just three episodes of seeing Underwood wheel after criminals and spot evidence on the floor, viewers weren’t into the idea and NBC was forced to put the show out of its misery, according to Deadline. It’s back to guest starring roles for you, Underwood! Lucky 7: Sometimes, producers take a show popular in Great Britain, reformat with Americans and it’s a huge success. See also: The Office. Unfortunately, a lot of times it’s a big mistake. See also: Coupling. Unfortunately, the tale of seven winners of a lottery falls into the latter category. American viewers simply didn’t gel with the storyline and the...

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Glee Cast Changes and 4 Other Shows with Character Conundrums

It’s part of the growing pains that all TV series experience – the exit of one character and the story line for someone new. And this fall won’t be any different. Sure, the producers will try and write exciting and captivating story lines to explain why one character suddenly went missing and a new actor is in his or her place, but the real-life tales of contracts, creative differences and the reasons behind Glee cast changes are just as dramatic as scripted TV. Here are some of the shows taking creative risks with new cast members this fall TV season. Glee: The Glee cast changes come after the most tragic of entertainment news: After actor Cory Monteith was found dead due to an apparent lethal overdose of heroin and alcohol in July, one of the central story lines of the show – the relationship between Finn and Rachel – was brought to an end. Without Finn, creator Ryan Murphy has the unenviable task of shooting the show with a reason for Finn’s disappearance. He has since confirmed that Finn will not die of a drug overdose, but the show will explain that Finn has died. It’s sure to be an emotional episode, while some of the secondary characters move up to take their turn in the Glee spotlight. Two and a Half Men: After Angus T. Jones experienced a...

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Why Would James Frano Want To Be Roasted – Seth Rogen Named Roadmaster

In one of the biggest modern roastings of all time, James Franco is set to hit the Friars Club to be skewered by a panel of his peers on September 2. While he’s bound to take a beating, Franco has seemed good-natured about the dubious honor, even announcing on Instagram that he’s “waited his whole life” to be roasted at the iconic club. While a night being made fun of by Seth Rogen sounds like torture to us, here are some of the reasons why celebs don’t mind being in the hot seat. It’s a Tradition It was Dean Martin who started the original celebrity roast and it was all in good fun. The roasts were produced by and aired on NBC, which meant that the content had to be clean. In fact, the first roasts were more like tributes to the celebs with a few funny lines thrown in. Nowadays, the roasts are aired on Comedy Central, which has a decidedly lower bar to clear when it comes to the censors. Still, roasting is a tradition, so some celebs see it as an honor to be featured. It’s Publicity They say that any publicity is good publicity, even if that publicity comes out of the fire-tongued mouth of Joan Rivers. To be honest, Franco is surprisingly A-list to be subjecting himself to a roasting. Past roastees have included...

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Man of Steel: Better on The Small Screen?

With the release of Man of Steel—it hit theaters on June 14—viewers are wondering if director Zack Snyder can give Clark Kent the kind of revival that Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark have gotten via the silver screen in past years. And while Henry Cavill’s Superman promises to be as memorable as other movie versions of the superhero, it’s important to remember that the big screen doesn’t hold a monopoly on the last son of Krypton. Check out some of the best and the worst versions of Superman to hit the small screen through the years. Adventures of Superman What it lacks in special effects, it makes up in heart—the first time Superman was seen on TV was after the release of the movie Superman and the Mole Men back in 1952. This Man of Steel was played by George Reeves, and the show was shot in black and white at first, transitioning into color after a few seasons. Unfortunately, comic purists were disappointed that the plot lines didn’t follow much of the original story line, and the show went off the air in 1958. Super Friends Any child of the ’70s or ’80s will remember tuning into Super Friends every Saturday morning. The second show to turn Superman into an animated figure—The New Adventures of Superman featured an animated Superman back in the ’60s—Super Friends was audiences’ first...

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