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Seen here as a balloon in the 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, SpongeBob SquarePants — or a costume purporting to be same — got into some trouble with the police yesterday. i

Seen here as a balloon in the 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, SpongeBob SquarePants — or a costume purporting to be same — got into some trouble with the police yesterday. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Nickelodeon hide caption

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Seen here as a balloon in the 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, SpongeBob SquarePants — or a costume purporting to be same — got into some trouble with the police yesterday.

Seen here as a balloon in the 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, SpongeBob SquarePants — or a costume purporting to be same — got into some trouble with the police yesterday.

Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Nickelodeon

If this is not the best crime-scene photo you see this week, then you are seeing more crime-scene photos than is really healthy: Yesterday, the police detained a man dressed as SpongeBob SquarePants, and while I believe that this is a photo of the discarded costume lying in the street, I prefer to imagine that SpongeBob has been ordered to kiss the pavement.

There's not a lot of new ground covered in this New York Times piece on character actors, but it's always worth surveying the field to talk about who's doing great work and why it matters. I do wish the second-paragraph slam at reality television could have been avoided, since it seems to have nothing to do with anything except establishing the highbrow bona fides of the writers.

This summer at press tour, the panel for Fox's new The X Factor was very, very strange, as we told you at the time. I have to wonder if that contributed to the decision to hold a screening in L.A. last night to show some footage from the first two episodes. Unfortunately, by the time it got underway, it was an hour late. Furthermore, Simon Cowell is still pushing the narrative that female judges are relentlessly jealous of pretty female contestants, which is about the least appealing story he ever pushed on American Idol.

Having gotten all he can out of acting crazy (as of his recently taped Comedy Central roast), Charlie Sheen is trying to move on by claiming that he doesn't really understand how the bizarre interviews he granted over and over earlier this year turned into such a big deal. "There are portions of it I would have amended a little bit," he has told Matt Lauer in an interview that will air on Today Friday morning.

On yesterday's Ellen, Cher called in while her son Chaz Bono was a guest, to offer her support and to make the point that if there are people who have "that excess time and that amount of hostility" to call for boycotts of Dancing With The Stars simply because Chaz, who is transgender, is on the show, she doesn't think it's likely that she can "soothe [them] into not being terrified."

And finally: Is longtime Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton finished with kids and reading? Heck no. Check out the details on his follow-up to the iconic public television show.

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