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As you'll soon see, this edition of "What people are talking about this week" is more like "What people are talking about today," because there are a lot of great things being discussed today. Let's get to it.

The NFL draft

The first round of the NFL draft happened last night, and today people are searching for information about it, a lot. So much so that at the time we took the screenshot below eleven out of the first twelve Google Trends spots were dedicated to it, and it had most of the real estate on the page:

Google Trends as of 4/27/12 2:30pm EDT

Complementing the discussion of who was picked is stats on how the NFL draft show fared. It did well, getting a Nielsen rating of 4.8, and doing better than last year. Its fortunes may have been to the detriment of some other shows, however. Not a great thing for those shows when networks are currently choosing which ones will be renewed and which will not be renewed.


People often say that deaths happen in threes and what's exactly what happened this past week. Jonathan Frid, who played vampire Barnabas Collins on the hit mid-60s series Dark Shadows, died aged 87 on April 13; producer and game show host Dick Clark died aged 82 on Wednesday; and Levon Helm, a member of the classic roots rock group The Band, died aged 71 on Thursday.

All three were masters of their respective trades. Here are some highlights from their careers:

Dick Clark

Interview with ABBA on American Bandstand

American Bandstand was perhaps Dick Clark's best known work, and he spent over three decades shaping the program. What I think stands out in this clip is how conversational and informal he made his interviews. You don't often see that now-a-days.

Interview with Stevie Wonder on American Bandstand

He interviewed a young Stevie Wonder in 1969.

Dick Clark's New Years Rockin' Eve

For 40 years, Dick Clark counted us down to the new year. He still did it every year despite a 2005 stroke that severely impacted his health and saw the majority of his hosting duties pass on to Ryan Seacrest.


Bring Back the Pack: What's inside celebrity fanny packs?

For the past week, we have talked extensively about fanny packs and all their uses as part of our Bring Back the Pack Contest (Only 2 days left, click here enter!). The wonders of fanny packs have not gone unnoticed by celebrities who have been caught on camera rockin' some sweet fanny packs.

So that got me wondering...what do these celebrities put inside their fanny packs? I found pictures of some celebs and took my best guess at what they needed to keep with them at all times.

Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough

Items Include:

  • Ryan Seacrest
  • Dancing shoes
  • Her self-titled album
  • Bronzer
  • Proactiv
Read more... March live events preview

March Events Image

Spring is right around the corner and with the temperature warming up, so will the sports, concert and theater events in March. This month features plenty of great holidays including St. Patrick's Day, If Pets Had Thumbs Day and International Fanny Pack Day. Whatever you're into, there are plenty of great things going on in March. Check out an overview below.


Bruce Springsteen: "The Boss" is back and about to embark on yet another tour with the E Street Band. The tour begins on March 18 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA.

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Straight No Chaser: The a cappella group that was originally created on the campus of Indiana University before becoming a YouTube sensation will head out on a North American tour starting March 6 in Winnipeg.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers: Having sold over 70 million albums during their storied career, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have fans worldwide. Those fans will have a chance to see RHCP in person when they start their tour March 29 in Tampa, FL.

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Are Transformers superheroes? Let the debate begin!

So yesterday we had quite a debate around the office about whether Transformers count as superheroes or not. It even came up in our team meeting, and the discussion got quite heated, with no clear winner. Transformers So we decided to take the debate to our blog and let you all weigh in. Tim and Mike both fought hard for their sides, so below you can see each of their arguments. Once you've decided which side of the line you fall on, take our poll and let us know whether YOU think Transformers should count as superheroes. And if you would like to expand upon your answer, tell us why you chose what you did in the comments. Let the debate begin!