Panel Round One Our panelists answer questions: starting with a Canadian TV network that shows nothing but breasts, thighs and drumsticks.
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Panel Round One

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Our panelists answer questions: starting with a Canadian TV network that shows nothing but breasts, thighs and drumsticks.

PETER SAGAL, Host:

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Right now, Panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Adam, a Canadian cable provider is pushing the envelope with TV entertainment. Starting this week, they are launching a channel that will show viewer what, 24 hour a day?

ADAM FELBER: Maple sugaring.

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SAGAL: Even more delicious.

FELBER: It's a long process.

SAGAL: Yes, even more delicious.

FELBER: Bacon? Sizzling bacon.

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SAGAL: You're getting there.

FELBER: It's the sizzling bacon channel.

SAGAL: It's screen-licking good.

FELBER: So it's a chicken, it's a fried chicken channel?

SAGAL: It's a roast chicken channel.

FELBER: Okay.

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SAGAL: Yeah, it's chickens roasting on a spit. So you're flipping through the channels and you find yourself watching dried-up birds rolling around under heat lamps. Well that's "Sex in the City" reruns, keep going.

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FELBER: That was somewhat unkind.

SAGAL: And you will get, when you keep going past that, to the Rotisserie Channel.

ROY BLOUNT: Poultry in motion.

SAGAL: Yes.

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FELBER: I think Roy just extended the life of that network by three weeks.

SAGAL: I think so.

FELBER: Giving them a slogan.

SAGAL: All chickens, all the time. It may not have the production values of other chicken shows like "Two and a Half Hen" or "Law and Order: Foul Play."

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SAGAL: But they save money by not having writers, actors, or a good idea for a TV channel.

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BLOUNT: Chickens don't want to be on TV.

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FELBER: They avoid the limelight.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: That's not true at all.

SAGAL: Is that a thing about fame or a thing about the medium.

BLOUNT: It's a thing about chickens.

POUNDSTONE: No.

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BLOUNT: If you know chickens.

SAGAL: All right.

POUNDSTONE: Chickens are desperate to be on TV.

FELBER: I was told this was a great career move.

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FELBER: I get advice of that caliber all the time out in L.A.

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POUNDSTONE: You know, I've remained kind of quiet during this story, because the truth is I was offered a job by this network.

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FELBER: And you were thinking about it?

POUNDSTONE: Well, yeah. It wasn't until you guys brought it up in this bad light that it occurred to me that maybe it wasn't that flattering an offer.

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