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Stop the presses! Carnie Wilson leaves 'The Newlywed Game'...and I'm the only one who cares.

Carnie-Wilson-Leaves-The-Newlywed-GameImage Credit: GSNI love the Game Show Network. I realize this is a bold statement coming from someone (way) under the age of 50. But in the two weeks after I graduated college, I literally sat on the couch all day every day watching GSN. I can’t help it! I’m obsessed with reruns of the classics ($25,000 Pyramid, Password, Card Sharks etc.), and I’m even a fan of some of the new shows (just try and give me a Lingo puzzle I can’t solve). So when the news broke that Carnie Wilson would be leaving her post as host of GSN’s The Newlywed Game, I had some mixed emotions.

My first feeling was one of joy. Have you seen GSN’s recent revival of the show? It pales in comparison to the days of Bob Eubanks. The questions are just downright silly. (Yes, even sillier than they used to be, if you can imagine that.) And there’s this ridiculous tie-in to eHarmony’s 29 dimensions of compatibility. I know we live in the digital age, but there’s no need to ruin a classic game show with 29 dimensions. So with Wilson out, I make a plea to the powers that be: Bring back Bob!

My second feeling was one of worry. (The kind of worrying I do about TV, not the real kind of worrying.) People reports that GSN plans to announce a new host “in the near future.” Who could this possibly be? READ FULL STORY

Who is the ultimate Sexy Beast? (Top 64, Part 3) Vote now!

sexy-beast-july-21-aImage Credit: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Illyria, Darla, The Doctor, Wikus) Justin Lubin/The WB; BBC; David BloomerAnother day, another brutal Sexy Beast showdown here at EW.com. Today, we’ve got characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, District 9, Beowulf, The Hunger, From Dusk Till Dawn, and a classic ’80s video game — all of whom will need your votes if they’re going to live to fight again in our single-elimination competition. Yes, math aficionados: That means only 32 of the 64 contenders chosen by a team of EW editors will advance to Round 2. So click here to see the entire bracket (then click again on the image for a zoomed-in view) and after the jump, vote in four ferocious matchups, plus get a look at lists of the 16 seeded players (and the actors who portray ‘em) in all four of our beastly divisions: TV Vampires and Their Friends; Mutants, Monsters, and Creatures; Aliens, Machines, and Their Ilk; and Movie Vampires and Werewolves. Polls are open for 84 hours only, so grab your mouses and start clicking! [Related: Part 2 of Sexy Beasts -- featuring characters from X-Men, Twilight, True Blood, V, and Battlestar Galactica; Part 1 of Sexy Beasts -- with characters from Kindred: The Embraced, Twilight, The Lost Boys, True Blood, Total Recall, X-Men, Splash, and Battlestar Galactica; to get updates on every Sexy Beast bracket, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak!] READ FULL STORY

Chad Ochocinco talks new Vh1 reality series, 'The Ultimate Catch'

ochocinco_catchImage Credit: VH1Chad Ochocinco may be best known for his skills on the field as a wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, but earlier this year, his appearance on Dancing With the Stars introduced the non-sports fans (they do exist!) to the football player’s wild personality. He might not have won the coveted mirror ball trophy — he placed fourth with partner Cheryl Burke — but that didn’t deter him from reality TV.

Tonight, at 9 p.m. ET, Ochocinco will head back to the small screen, this time looking for love in his new VH1 reality show, Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch. (The football star, who wears the number 85 on his back, begins his quest tonight with 85 women from all over the country.) Ochocinco wouldn’t give out any spoilers, but he said everyone can relate to his new show — even his football fans who might be skeptical of a dating show. “People know me when it comes to football. To be able to see me in a different light is what makes it interesting,” he says. Ochocinco took some time to tell us about the show and his dating style.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Where did the concept for your show come from?
CHAD OCHOCINCO: I’m not exactly sure how the concept came up. But when the idea was brought to me, I felt that it was a good opportunity to try something different. And since my traditional way of dating has failed me tremendously throughout my wonderful life, I thought ‘Why not?’ Why not try my hand at something different, and see if I can find that one out of 85? And it’s been awesome. When I say awesome, I mean awesome. READ FULL STORY

If you were forced to be on 'Wipeout,' would you try?

Over the weekend I had nightmares about being a contestant on ABC’s Wipeout. They were at first terrifying but ultimately harmless because I ended up using my powerful sense of reason (which clearly does not translate to daylight hours) to decide to just jump into the water immediately. Think about it. The contestants clearly aren’t required to “complete” in any of the tasks in the early rounds. The subtitles to your right don’t lie. It doesn’t hurt when you fall into a refreshing pit of muddy water. It would definitely hurt to get punched in the face by a reverse Whack-A-Mole board or have your spine tapped by a big fat ball that looks like a stranger’s gut swathed in a tight red tee. Why even try? You know what will happen if you try. READ FULL STORY

Most Satisfying 'Wipeout' of the Week: Renaissance Man

A lady won ABC’s Wipeout last night! Not just a lady, but “New Mom,” because everyone on Wipeout needs a memorable-for-44-minutes moniker that viewers can latch onto and real names are irrelevant on game shows in which objects repeatedly fly at one’s nose. Whoa, I just realized that what this show is missing is Amber from Clueless on the sidelines, just bitching the whole time about the big balls.

This week’s Most Satisfying Wipeout, a prestigious honor right up there with Dancing With the Stars‘ MVG (most valuable gem), goes to “Renaissance Man,” a Shakespeare-quoting buffoon who kept screaming things like “House of Capulet!!!!!!” out of context. Hey, I guess we do know his real name. Renaissance Man had a special knack for “propeller legs” a la Luigi in Super Mario Bros. 2. He will barely be missed.

To be or not to be on board with Wipeout, P-dubs? That is the question.

Read more:
Last week’s Most Satisfying Wipeout: The Fierce Dragon
‘Wipeout’: Host Jill Wagner talks spills, big red balls

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Best of E3: 'Rage' leads the Game Critics Awards nominations

rageImage Credit: Bethesda SoftworksSo what was all the rage at this year’s E3 videogaming convention? Well, the answer is apparently Rage (pictured), the post-apocalyptic first-person shooter from famed developer id Software (Doom, Quake). Rage received five nominations — more than any other game — when the Game Critics Awards announced its Best of E3 2010 nominees Tuesday morning. Along with Rage, the Best of Show category consisted of the motion-sensing dance game Dance Central, the action-adventure game Disney’s Epic Mickey, the puzzler Portal 2, and Nintendo’s upcoming 3-D-without-the-glasses handheld system, the Nintendo 3DS.

The nominations were chosen by an independent group of 31 media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly. We’re personally disappointed that Limbo, an eerily gorgeous indie platformer for the Xbox 360, didn’t receive any nods — but it was only one tiny game in a sea of hundreds, so it could have easily been overlooked. Winners will be announced on July 6, but until then, check out EW.com’s gallery featuring our picks for the 21 best games at E3 this year.

Gamers, did your favorite E3 title get recognized by the Game Critics Awards? What was the biggest snub? And what upcoming games are you craving to play the most?

What is Auto-Tune, Alex? Why, the greatest thing to come to 'Jeopardy!' in years!

On last night’s Jeopardy!, Alex met Auto-Tune. And believe me, PopWatchers, when I say it was the most pivotal and necessary meeting since Harry and Sally. Flotsam and Jetsam. Meat and Potatoes. Click here to watch Alex deliver the best rendition of “Go Down Moses” seen on television since this guy came along. You’re welcome. [Vulture]

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Pass the dutchie for $200, Alex Trebek

Game-show host cameos and Alex Trebek's extensive movie career

Ugo.com has up a fun gallery of game-show hosts and the movie roles they’ve played, both as themselves and — in some cases — in dramatic acting roles you might never have envisioned them in. (Dick Clark as a robber in 1968’s Killers Three? Ack!) What’s most notable to me, though, is the regularity with which Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek once popped up in various movies, from quick drive-bys in 1991’s Dying Young and 2000’s Charlie’s Angels to — my favorite — a hefty subplot in White Men Can’t Jump concerning Rosie Perez’s trivia savant character. (Jeopardy! announcer Johnny Gilbert: “A former disco queen, originally from Brooklyn, N.Y….Gloria Clemente.” See clip after the jump.) READ FULL STORY

Nintendo announces the 3DS: Get ready for 3-D gaming without 3-D glasses

E3-nintendo-DS3_240.jpg  Image Credit: Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesIf the folks at Nintendo were worried about Microsoft’s Kinect stealing its innovation thunder at this year’s E3, it was game over for those concerns yesterday after the venerable videogame company debuted the 3DS, a handheld gaming device that features a 3.5 inch 3-D screen that works without 3-D glasses. Just look at the screen with your plain old eyes, and a multi-dimensional Mario brightly smiles back at you. The 3DS case looks basically like the current Nintendo DS handheld device (including a second, 2-D touch screen), with a new analog controller, motion sensitivity, and two external cameras that let you take 3-D photos. I got to use a 3DS for all of 90 seconds after the show, and even though the demo was just a series of screens featuring classic Nintendo characters, I’m fairly certain I briefly achieved Nirvana while holding it.

Okay, not really, but it is an uncanny experience, looking at a flat screen and seeing depth with just your naked eyes. READ FULL STORY

E3: Sony sets its (3-D) eyes on hardcore gamers

E3-clownImage Credit: David McNew/Getty ImagesThe main message Sony conveyed during its two-hour E3 presentation Tuesday afternoon was this: “Hardcore gamers, we’re here for you.” While Microsoft has spent most of its energy (and money) touting its intuitive motion-detection device, Kinect, and Nintendo has continued to position its Wii and the new 3DS as family-friendly systems, Sony assured hardcore gamers (men in their 20s and 30s who crave ultraviolent shooters and prefer their controllers to include 84 buttons) that they hadn’t been forgotten. In fact, Sony brought out Kevin Butler, the company’s fictitious vice president in its TV ads, to issue a gaming manifesto. “Gaming is having a ridiculously huge TV in a tiny one-bedroom apartment,” Butler proclaimed to the audience, which erupted into laughter and applause. “(Gaming is) staying up till 3 a.m. to earn a trophy that isn’t real. And it’s girls who know that the way to a man’s heart is through a melee attack. I love gaming!”

True, Sony spent a significant chunk of time on its own motion controller, the PlayStation Move (out Sept. 19), which is basically a supercharged Wii Remote. But the tech giant knew what most of the assembled audience truly wanted to see, and it delivered on that front with demos and glimpses of READ FULL STORY

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