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TV on DVD: September 15, 2009

Grey's Anatomy Season 5 DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday.

  • The Big Bang Theory (Season 2)
  • Bonanza (Season 1, Vol. 1 & 2)
  • Crash (Season 1)
  • CSI: Miami (Season 7)
  • Doctor Who: The Next Doctor (2008 Christmas Special)
  • Dragon Ball (Season 1)
  • Fame (Season 1 & 2)
  • Fear Itself (Season 1)
  • Grey’s Anatomy (Season 5)
  • Heartland (Season 1, Part 1)
  • The IT Crowd (Season 3)
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Season 4)

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Woman’s Death Probably Due to Laptop

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: PC / Laptop, Transportation,

Marilyn StoreyNext time you get in your car, remember to leave your laptop in the trunk or under a seat belt. Canadian Heather Storey was involved in a fatal collision with a tow truck while in her Volkswagen. Forensic experts believe that she might have survived the crash if her laptop, which was in the back seat and flew at her, hadn’t hit her in the back of the head. Heather had previously used the device to let her mom, (pictured here with the offending item,) know that she was leaving on a business trip.

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TV Extensions, Renewals and Cancellations (2/26)

The Simpsons

Here’s an update on the shows you’ll be seeing more of in the months to come:

RENEWALS
  • 90210 (CW) - Season 2
  • The Academy (FOX Reality) - Season 3
  • America’s Next Top Model (CW) - Seasons 13 & 14
  • Crash (Starz) - Season 2
  • Gossip Girl (CW) - Season 3
  • One Tree Hill (CW) - Season 7
  • The Simpsons (FOX) - Seasons 21 & 22 **It will now be TV’s longest-running primetime series**
  • Smallville (CW) - Season 9
  • Survivor (CBS) - Seasons 19 & 20

(To get a look at TV Envy’s Midseason Programming Schedule, click here.)

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This Week on TV (10/13-10/19)

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(You can view TV Envy’s Fall Television Programming Schedule here.)

 

MONDAY (10/13)
  • Chuck (NBC, 8pm):  “Sarah’s ex-flame and partner, Bryce Larkin, makes an unforeseen return and goes undercover with Sarah as an overly affectionate couple.” Unforeseen return? I predicted he would come back last year!
  • Little People, Big World (TLC, 9pm):  Season 5 premiere. “Matt travels to Baghdad to help dwarf children in need of medical attention.” By doing so, he has now milked new meaning out of the show’s title.
  • Samantha Who? (ABC, 9:30pm):  Season 2 premiere. “Sam teams with her mom in a dance competition against Regina’s nemesis (Cybill Shepherd) and her partner, who just happens to be a ringer.” Why do I always find myself rooting against Cybill Shepherd?
  • My Own Worst Enemy (NBC, 10pm):  Series premiere. “The implant in Henry Spivey’s brain that separates the two identities begins to malfunction, leaving each side fighting for dominance.” On one side, we have the who excelled in Heathers. On the other side, we have the Slater who stunk in Mobsters.

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Smart Car Aces Crash Tests

Smart Car

We were happy to find out that the new Smart Car did well during its recent crash tests. The 8 foot car received the highest rating in both front-end and side impact testing. It received the second highest rating for rear crashes. Adrian Lund, president of the IIHS that conducted the test, said that a small car may be safer in congested urban areas, where crashes occur less often.

“All things being equal in safety, bigger and heavier is always better. But among the smallest cars, the engineers of the Smart did their homework and designed a high level of safety into a very small package,” Lund said. Looking at the results, it’s even a smaller package now.

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UPDATE: Hulk Hogan’s Son Sentenced to Jail

Nick Bollea, mug shotAfter injuring his friend in a car crash last year, Nick Bollea pleaded no contest today to felony reckless driving.  The 17-year-old was then ordered to serve 8 months in jail.  That sentence nearly equals the amount of time since the crash. 

At the time of the incident, witnesses reported seeing Bollea drag racing against a friend.  His speeds were apparently in the neighborhood of 100 miles per hour.  Although Nick was quickly discharged from the hospital, the other occupant of his car was initially listed in critical condition.  That friend, John Graziano, will now require lifetime medical care.

Nick’s father, wrestler , spoke on behalf of his son - and his injured friend - to the sentencing judge.  (You can see that video after the jump.)  After speaking about his personal relationship with Graziano, Hulk said his son should not be given any preferential treatment.  He also said Bollea should not become a convicted felon.  He hoped the judge not to give up on his son.

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Burnout Paradise Gets Previewed

Burnout Paradise Screenshot

Tom Bramwell has a preview for the upcoming that is surprisingly thoughtful and critically considered as far as previews go. He discusses the challenges faced by in re-inventing a popular series practically from the ground up and asks some pertinent questions where they ought to be asked. For example, when the topic of the Crash mode comes up and Criterion mentions that they have scrapped the original concept of the popular mode, Bramwell presses the point, getting Criterion rep Matt Webster to confess they don’t yet know exactly how it will all work out:

Asked whether they’re opting for a Burnout 3 approach of trying to manoeuvre the car in slow motion between power-ups and Crashbreakers, or a Burnout Revenge “golf swing” of perfect start and target cars, Webster admits it’s not all there yet. “We’re still throwing ideas around. I think we’ll be talking about it more in the coming weeks.”

The preview isn’t about sticking it to the Burnout devs, though, it reads more like a fan of the series seeing drastic changes and slowly coming to the realization that if executed properly, these could make for a remarkable game. Among the more exciting aspects of Criterion’s open-world approach to Burnout is the focus on seamless online play that works the way most gamers prefer, by putting the folks in your Friends list first.

Burnout Paradise is scheduled to hit shelves early next year for and .

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Nick Hogan Out of Hospital

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Reality, Cable, News,

Nick HoganAfter being hospitalized for a car accident yesterday, ‘s son, Nick, has already been discharged.  Unfortunately, his friend is reportedly still in critical condition at this time.

The accident investigation is still ongoing so no charges, if any, have yet been filed against Nick.  Alcohol has so far been ruled out as a factor.

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Hulk Hogan’s Son In Serious Accident

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Reality, Cable, News,

The HogansNick Bollea (aka ) was involved a serious car accident Sunday afternoon in Clearwater, Florida.  Police report that Nick was driving a Toyota Supra that for some reason lost control and crashed into a median.  Both Bollea and a passenger had to be extricated from the damaged vehicle.  They were later airlifted to the hospital in ‘extremely serious’ conditions.  Although the accident is still being investigated, police say it’s obvious the Supra had been traveling at a high rate of speed.  Nick’s father, wrestler , was notified of the incident and arrived at the scene.

Nick, Hulk and the rest of the family can still be seen on their reality show .

You can see the video of the crash scene via the link below:

NOTE:  Click here to read an update on Nick’s condition.

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Halo 3 Beta To See Maintenance And Playlist Update

Halo 3 Master Chief

This week will showcase the first substantial change to Halo 3’s matchmaking playlist. Team Training is going bye-bye in order to be replaced by Big Team Training – 6v6 games of the objective and slayer variety on High Ground and Valhalla. Luke Smith also stated on Bungie.net, “… we’ve made some slight tweaks to the Team Skirmish playlist that should add greater variety in the opponents you’ll face.” If only that meant no slayer games in the skirmish playlist. Slayer is not an objective game! Go play Team Slayer if that’s what tickles your fancy.

In unrelated news, later today (May 23), some sort of proverbial flip will be temporarily switched between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. PST. It supposedly should have no impact, but Frankie warns of what may potentially happen:

Should your game encounter a rare crash, your Xbox 360 will give you an alert screen, explaining that it’s uploading data to Bungie servers. We actually need this data, and we need your cooperation too. Although you probably won’t see that screen, if you do, let it finish uploading the data. It may take some time – upwards of 10-20 seconds and perhaps longer. So we beg your patience. When the process has completed correctly this is the message you’ll see, “File upload complete. Visit http://www.bungie.net/forums/halo3beta for more information (safe to reboot).”

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