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Morning Shots: Farewell, Brenda Starr; Hello, Strange New Comedy Symbol

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On January 2, Brenda Starr will bow out when the comic Brenda Starr, Reporter ends its run of more than 70 years. Yes, yes, you probably weren't reading Brenda Starr, and according to The Chicago Tribune (her home), she doesn't appear in nearly as many places as she used to. But a 70-year institution is a 70-year institution.

Highly recommended: this A.V. Club interview with Paul Scheer, who you've seen in plenty of stuff, even if you think you haven't.

In quite an interesting update, TV Guide Canada has apologized for misquoting Ed O'Neill, whom it quoted as having said that Jane Lynch shouldn't have gotten an Emmy for her role on Glee as Sue Sylvester. On the one hand, he clearly was misquoted. On the other hand, the fuller quote makes clear that (1) the meaning is not THAT different; and (2) he commented on the "one-dimensional" nature of Lynch's character despite having seen Glee only once. So ... kind of a good-news/bad-news thing, there.

In weekly "what would you do if you had all the money in the world?" news, a copy of The Wizard Of Oz signed by most of the members of the cast — including Toto — is going up for auction.

Here's hoping you got to hear Neil Gaiman chat about The Best American Comics 2010 (an anthology he edited) yesterday on Talk Of The Nation. If you didn't, you might want to check that out.

Now, look. I'm the person who still thinks the new SyFy logo looks like branding for a stain-resistant carpet company, and that's worked out okay for them. But the new Comedy Central logo does not say "comedy" to this particular viewer. Furthermore, I simply must take extreme exception to the phrase "vibe reel."

Speaking as someone who sat through the first two episodes of The Hasselhoffs, I cannot say its apparent demise either surprises or disappoints me. It was very, very bad. Not even entertaining-bad. Just awkward-bad.

This just in: Winona Ryder doesn't use the Internet! She's heard of it, though, and how "apparently, you can find out everything on it." This is not a joke. (via The Hollywood Reporter)

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