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Morning Shots: Joel McHale Is Not Deserting Us All For Greener Pastures

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Joel McHale is killing it on Community these days, but his old-school fans will be incredibly glad to hear that he also has a deal to do two more years of The Soup. Thank goodness!

Cinematical has this very good discussion of why good horror movies are suddenly not called "horror movies." This is a much broader argument that can be extended to "romance," "sci-fi," "fantasy," and just about every other popular genre. Good for them.

It's always worth hearing what Alan Cumming has to say, and when he's talking to Tasha Robinson from The A.V. Club, I'm totally there.

Steven Zeitchik of The Los Angeles Times talks about the possibility that there's a significant age divide with regard to reactions to Black Swan.

An update to yesterday's story about Digital Death and the fact that the celebrities who were "dead" on social media hadn't, er, raised quite as much money as maybe they thought as a result of depriving people of their tweeting: a billionaire basically bailed them out of fake death jail. Fortunately, the charity gets the money either way, but that's got to be a leeeettle bit embarrassing.

More streaming/DVD battle-to-the-death news: one analyst is saying that family-friendly DVDs aren't even selling all that well anymore, and honestly, if you can't sell DVDs to people whose kids want to watch Shrek Forever After four hundred billion times, you are experiencing a significant shift in the market.

I heartily enjoyed this interview with Dan Wilson of Semisonic about the current status of "Closing Time" for two reasons: It's charmingly self-deprecating in places, and that's actually kind of a good band.

If you liked Better Off Ted (and many did, though not enough), you'll be glad to hear that creator Victor Fresco has a new plan.

You never want to make too much out of one study, but this is a very interesting chunk of data from an analyst who asked consumers which TV channels they couldn't live without and would have to have access to before they would cancel their cable. Asking people to predict what economic decisions they'd theoretically make is kind of fraught with problems, but you've got to think that there's at least some significance in the high showing for Discovery and ESPN compared to, you know, everybody else in basic cable.

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