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Top 5 reasons we love Psych

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"Psych" fans like me have been waiting what feels like forever for the show to return. It left us almost a whole year ago and we’ve been waiting for new episodes since. The wait was long and painstaking and it felt like a pop culture hole was missing in our hearts. And honestly? We missed the hijinx of fake-psychic-detective Shawn and his sidekick, Gus. Here are some of the reasons why we were so excited for the show’s seventh season premiere last night.

The silliness

The show's premise is a little silly, but "Psych" tries to show viewers the showrunners don't take themselves too seriously with funny things like Shawn’s never-ending list of nicknames for Gus. Some of my favorites: Galileo Humpkins, Ovaltine Jenkins, Chocolate Columbo, and Felicia Fancybottom.

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I watch a lot of television. I mean, way too much. So I have a few opinions on the recent Emmy Award nominations that took place earlier this week. In particular, these three glaring omissions that the folks over at the Emmys made:

Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson

Offerman has created one of the great characters on TV but was looked over in the Best Supporting Actor on a Comedy Series category. Few characters have had the cultural impact Ron Swanson has had over the past couple years, continually delivering memorable quotes. No offense to Max Greenfield of "New Girl" for his nod, but you, sir, are no Ron Swanson.

Conan

Conan O'Brien has been a fixture on late night for nearly two decades and has always been one of the funniest people out there. When he returned to New York for a week earlier this year he delivered some of his best shows ever. In my opinion, Conan definitely outperformed both Jimmy Fallon and Bill Maher for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series. TEAM COCO!

Parks and Recreation

Ok, so maybe I'm really showing my bias towards this show based on my earlier Ron Swanson snub, but really this is the funniest show on television! Not only should it have been nominated, but it should win! "Veep"? Really? Really? If you don't watch "Parks and Recreation," make sure you do so soon. That is all.


Are there any Emmy nominations or snubs you were surprised by? Let us know in the comments below!

There were a lot of big discussions this week, and it was difficult to choose only three. So you get an extra one this week!

LA Kings

They did it! After waiting a long 45 years, the LA Kings have clinched the Stanley Cup. Here's a team that, very early this year was practically on nobody's radar. Then they started winning a lot of games and that got people interested. The Kings' ascension has shined an even more powerful spotlight on Los Angeles, as the city of the stars is usually only well known for the Lakers. Will the Kings make LA a sports haven to rival some of those on the east coast? I guess we'll have to wait until next year to find out.

Dallas

How long will it be until we're asking, "Who shot John Ross?" The classic TV drama Dallas is back after 21 years off the air. The show, a continuation of the old one, centers around J.R. and Bobby's sons, John Ross and Christopher, and promises to re-ignite the old family rivalry that made the original series popular. J.R. and Bobby are also back, and played by their original actors.

Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong is in the news again, and not for anything good. The seven-time winner of the Tour de France risks having every one of the titles stripped from him and being banned from cycling if it is proven that blood samples from 2009 and 2010 show evidence of doping. Armstrong denies the allegations, and is currently trying to clear his name.

NBA Finals

Should the ref have called a foul on LeBron James? That's the mini-controversy to come out of last night's Oklahoma City Thunder-Miami Heat game. The lack of a whistle from the officials, as expected by Kevin Durant of the Thunder, robbed the team of a chance to tie up the score at the free-throw line. In the end, the Heat won, 100-96. Check out more of our coverage on the final series: Game 1; Game 2.

That's it. Have a good weekend, everybody!

Best actors on both stage and screen

Theatre stage

This was originally going to be a post about the best actors on television or in movies to make a career transition to the theatre, but as I did more research it turns out that many of them actually started in the theatre and then made seamless transitions back and forth. So these are the chameleons that can act on film and onstage, despite the vast differences in the two mediums.

Matthew Broderick: Mr. Broderick has done his fair share of acting both onstage and in movies. He won a Tony Award when he was 21 with a featured role in Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983). But, of course, he is most famous for the movie that came soon after, 1986’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. This really shot him to stardom, and he continued to dabble in films for several years. In the last 15 years or so most of his work has been back onstage, including 1995’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (for which he won a Tony) and 2001’s The Producers. His next project is Nice Work If You Can Get It, which begins previews March 29, 2012, at Imperial Theatre on Broadway.

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Best Super Bowl commercials of 2012

Since Tim already posted about the thing that happens in between all the great Super Bowl commercials, it's time to determine which of those great commercials were the best of the year. After much deliberation (read: not as much as you'd think) we've come up with our top five Super Bowl XLVI commercials. Check out our picks and then let us know if you think we missed any.

Volkswagen: The Bark Side

This has been one of our favorites since before the Super Bowl, since a teaser was released a few weeks ago. My personal favorites are the Princess Leia and Chewbacca dogs, which add a whole new layer to the spot. Such a creative and cute (and catchy) commercial!

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