The Muppets' Five Weirdest Musical Collaborations

This Friday!
Rejoice, puppet freaks (and pretty much everyone over the age of 30, whose childhood memories are inevitably intertwined with The Muppet Show), for this Friday, the new Muppet movie comes out! Muppets Most Wanted has Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais, so it's bound to be good, but the Muppets have a long and rich history of rubbing shoulders with awesome humans, especially those of the musical persuasion. To celebrate, here are five of the weirdest musical collaborations in Muppet history.

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Will You Get All of Jeopardy's Alt-Rock Questions Right?

Categories: Nerds, Television

What do you think?
Jeopardy, the greatest game show in the history of the world, and the fourth-greatest TV show of all time (behind Salute Your Shorts, Alf, and The Golden Girls) is usually not looked upon as being cool. This is dumb, but whatever: Jeopardy is cool, and Jeopardy nerds know it, and this week, the show proved it. By having a category all about alt-rock.

This was in single Jeopardy, so with no questions about Sparklehorse or the Wipers here, serious "alt" fans are in for a cakewalk. Though it was still a delight to hear stodgy old Alex Trebek stumble over the word "alt" a bunch of times and to watch a contestant get one very easy question wrong. (IDIOT!) How will you do? Watch and/or read the questions below:

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The Voice Finals, Part 1: Praise Be! It's Almost Over!

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It's an unexpectedly somber start to the long-awaited finale of The Voice, with hosts, contestants and coaches all gathered for a heart-wrenching rendition of "Hallelujah." Each of them carries a card with the name and age of one of the victims of last Friday's horrific Newtown massacre. It's a sight so sobering that Carson Daly manages an actual facial expression.

Then, after the tribute, and a quick recap, it's back to the regular business of The Voice -- deciding who of the Top 3 -- Cassadee Pope, Terry McDermott or Nicholas David -- will win this year. (Trevin Hunte was voted off last Tuesday). Tonight is the last opportunity the contestants have to prove themselves. Each will perform three times -- a duet with their coach, a reprise of one of their best performances of the season and, finally, a brand new cover. Better make this good, kids...

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Too $hort Retires His Player Card on VH1's Couples Therapy

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Too $hort and Monica Payne.
After seven weeks of sifting through the eye-rolling antics of teenager Courtney Stodden and her 52-year-old husband Doug Hutchison on VH1's Couples Therapy just in order to get two-minute glimpses of the far more genuine explorations of Oakland-reared rapper Too $hort (aka Todd Shaw) and his on-again, off-again girlfriend Monica Payne, the latest episode finally centered on our rap hero and the woman he wants to call his own.

It was a shock to see $hort on this show at all, since he's spent the past quarter-century perfecting the image of a callous player, declaring the lifestyle with album titles like Born to Mack, $horty the Pimp, and Married to the Game. But at age 45 (and following an eye-opening Internet scandal earlier this year), he feels it's "time to man up," as he tells the program's counselor Dr. Jenn Berman, and put his player card down for Payne.

See Also:
* What The Hell Is Too $hort Doing on VH1's Couples Therapy?
* The New Too $hort: Oakland Rapper Reconsiders Image After Scandal
* Watch: E-40 and Too $hort Pretend They're Insensitive Men in 'Dump Truck'

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Why Doesn't MTV Play Music Videos Anymore? Brian Firenzi Knows Why (Hint: It's Filesharing)

Brian Firenzi in "Why Doesn't MTV Play Music Videos Anymore?"
Maybe you remember the hilarious video we (and lots of others) posted earlier this week, in which a (fake) MTV executive answered a question that bugs many of us: Why doesn't MTV play music videos anymore?

Brutally, cruelly funny -- and probably way too accurate -- the clip made by Brian Firenzi and Maria Del Carmen has officially gone viral. It's been posted on Gawker, made the front page of Reddit, and got responses from both Tommy Lee and MTV itself. While Firenzi's sketch comedy videos typically get 10,000 to 20,00 views, this one has so far been seen more than 1.2 million times.

To find out what inspired the video, how it came together, and what he really thinks of MTV, we fired off a few questions to Firenzi via email. Turns out he really does wish the channel would still play music videos.

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'Smells Like Teen Spirit' Is the Stunningly Original Title of a New CBS Comedy

Hope no one has any emotional attachment to the phrase "Smells Like Teen Spirit" -- either the song, its mystique, or the band that played it -- 'cause if so, they're about to get quite a mindfuck.

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" is the (working) title of a new family sitcom just sold to CBS, about "an 18-year-old budding entrepreneur who forgoes Harvard and instead opts to launch a multibillion-dollar Internet company from his garage with the assistance of his sister, best friend and his 1990s indie-rock parents," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Excuse us while we go puke on our Chuck Taylors?

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Billie Joe Armstrong Debuts on 'The Voice', Doesn't Say Much

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Billie Joe Armstrong on the Voice
You won't be seeing a lot of Billie Joe Armstrong in person these days -- the Green Day singer is currently in rehab working on some substance abuse issues. But the Oakland rocker's pretaped appearances on NBC singing competition the Voice began airing last night, giving us a first look at how the pop-punk frontman will help out Christina Aguilera's team

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What the Hell Is Too $hort Doing on VH1's Couples Therapy?

Categories: Television

Couples Therapy Season 2 premieres on October 3.
Legendary Oakland mack Too $hort has found himself in a very unlikely place: on the cast for the second season of VH1 reality show Couples Therapy 2, which premieres on Oct. 3. The pimp-tight rapper, whose real name is Todd Shaw, appears with Monica Payne, a music manager and former recording artist who's been described as his on-again, off-again love for some 15 years.

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Billie Joe Armstrong to Become Mentor on 'The Voice'

Categories: Television

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Billie Joe
Well, we certainly didn't see this coming: Rolling Stone reports today (via AP) that Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will be a mentor on the upcoming season of NBC's hit TV music competition The Voice, helping the members of Christina Aguilera's team sing their best.

His primetime TV arrival comes just as Green Day prepares to release a trio of new albums this fall, making it a rather genius promotional move, if we may say so ourselves.

Mentors on the voice are used by the judges -- Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Cee Lo Green -- to give their team members extra guidance and perspective on the songs they're preparing to sing in competition. Mary J. Blige will be a mentor for Adam Levine's team this fall as well.

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Duets Premieres on ABC: a Timeline of the Mediocrity

Categories: Television
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And here it is. The vocal talent show that America neither needed nor wanted. The only talent involved that we actually wanted to watch (Lionel Ritchie) is no longer part of the show, but we're ready to suffer through this nonsense regardless. 

0.00.3: A ridiculous plethora of dancers throw shapes in a sea of dry ice and part, as each of the judges emerges singing Robbie Williams' (mostly British) hit, "Let Me Entertain You". We're irritated already, but relieved the producers had the good sense to get Kelly Clarkson onto the stage first (she's the most interesting judge now).

0:01: That Jennifer Nettles woman has one of the most annoying voices on earth. Why does she sing like she's trying to not throw up? It's only making us want to vomit more.

0:02: The drum section of a motherfucking marching band is on stage. Bucket, please!

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