Tim Gunn is back

Fashion gurus and reality TV hounds are most likely familiar with Bravo’s hit show Project Runway. The dapper and debonair Tim Gunn is the witty pedagogical figure who acts as a mentor and gives the designers advice regarding their designs. Tonight is Bravo’s premiere of his new show: Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style.

Spoiler Alert!

Can’t wait for the fall television season to begin? Looking forward to intrigue on Wisteria Lane? Romance at Seattle Grace? Adventure on a remote island? Can’t wait to know what happens? Check out spoilerfix.com. The website is one stop shopping for an episode by episode “sneak peak” of what “may happen” on Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, and many other popular tv series. Be warned! If you don’t like knowing what is going to happen, not even a hint, this website isn’t for you.

Gee, Mr. Wizard

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Don Herbert, who taught those of us of a certain age how to Figure It Out with goofy science experiments on TV, died yesterday. The Mr. Wizard web site lets you watch video clips of the show, peek inside his science files and work on this week's Science Secret. Mr. Wizard's legacy of fun science is alive and well at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. The Museum, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, currently has an historical exhibit in the lower level of the Downtown library through July 14.

Pomp and Circumstance

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Cue the Elgar for the airing of the Ann Arbor high schools commencement ceremonies on CTN. CTV 19 will air the ceremonies for Community, Pioneer, Stone and Huron Monday, June 11th – Saturday, June 26th.

A Dangerous Mind Comes to Town

Part secret agent, part talent scout - Chuck Barris has lived a life most of us only dream about. Host of The Newlywed Game, The Dating Game, and The Gong Show, and a one-hit wonder with the 1962 hit "Palisades Park," Barris also wrote Confessions of a Dangerous Mind: The Unauthorized Autobiography, ("a remarkably well-crafted and entertaining book" Publishers Weekly) which includes a dubious "confession" of his double life as a decorated CIA assassin. (The book was later made into the 2003 film directed by George Clooney). Barris' most recent effort is the novel The Big Question.) Bang a gong with one of the more inventive minds of the television era next Tuesday, May 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the Downtown Multi-Purpose Room.

Welcome News on Wireless Washtenaw

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Wireless Washtenaw is almost ready for prime time. And to get you up to speed and ready to log on, CTN Channel 19 will be talking to the movers and shakers behind this county-wide initiative on Conversations beginning Wednesday, April 11th at 10:30 a.m. with daily replays. Check the CTN schedule for full details.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Groening!

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Matt Groening, cartoonist and creator of The Simpsons, turns 53 today.

He began drawing and self-publishing the comic strip Life in Hell in 1977. This got the attention of Producer James L. Brooks, and led to the creation of the television series The Simpsons, which debuted as shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987. Futurama began airing in 1999 (and was co-created by Groening and David X. Cohen).

The Simpsons Movie is due out this July.

Monk

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What do cheese, daisies, and reindeer have in common? Well, nothing really... But I betcha Monk could find a connection in order to solve a case!

Don't know about Monk? Check out Seasons 1-3 on DVD. Now watch every-single-episode... and-in-order... there will be a quiz...

BTW... Monk (Tony Shalhoub) played the voice of Luigi in the animated film Cars.

Local author's book featured on PBS today

Local author Nancy Shaw's, Sheep on a Ship will be featured on Between the Lions today at 1:30 p.m. on the Detroit station, WTVS, with a repeat next Tuesday, September 12, at the same time. Click here to find out the PBS schedule for channels 23 and 28.

What season are you watching?

According to Amazon.com's Top Sellers list, T.V. is tops. Check out these popular television series titles on DVD to find out what all the fuss is about or to catch up in time for next season.

1. Lost
2. Arrested Development
3. Grey's Anatomy
4. House M.D.
5. Desperate Housewives
6. Nip/Tuck
7. South Park
8. Rome
9. Veronica Mars

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