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Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” at the VMAs

Everyone is still talking about Miley’s performance at the MTV Music Video Awards. It’s been two days and we’re all still processing it. Did she appropriate a segment of black culture? Did Miley’s mom really approve of the things her daughter was doing with that foam finger? Yes and yes.

Instead of beating the dead horse that is Miley’s performance, Wait! What’s a Dial? has decided to take a look back at the performance that began the VMA’s reputation for crossing the line. While it was raunchy and shocking in 1984, Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” performance looks quaint in comparison to some of the acts today.

Bizarre Video of the Day: “The New Monkees”

In the 1980s, MTV wanted to recapture the magic that was The Monkees, which the network was rerunning at the time, so they created New Monkees. Brian Boone over at Splitsider wrote an excellent article about why the show didn’t work. Here is the opening of the show, which for some reason features an imitation of the Rocky Horror lips, and the video to New Monkees’ single “What I Want.”

If I can find a full episode, I will review the show.

Weekly TV Update: September 3

Seth MacFarlane

Why was Jersey Shore canceled? Entertainment Weekly has the lowdown.

Randy Jackson, who is American Idol‘s only original judge left, may have his role reduced to mentor.

After Utah’s NBC affiliate refused to air The New Normal, KUCW, the state’s CW affiliate, agreed to pick up the show.

FX orders 90 more episodes of Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management.

Seth MacFarlane will host the 38th season premiere of Saturday Night Live.

Cool TV Video of the Day: You + Me= Us

Boybands were everywhere in the 90s, so MTV decided to mock the phenomenon with the fictional boyband 2gether and their rivals, Whoa! and Unity. 2gether’s “U+Me=Us” was the breakout single from the show.

The lyrics to “U+Me=Us” may be funny. However, they cannot beat (pun not intended) the hilariously inappropriate lyrics of Whoa!’s “Rub One Out.” (NSFW)

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Weekly TV Update: July 2

Each week we bring you stories from around the Internet that you might have missed.

MTV has a recap of last night’s BET Awards performances. Entertainment Weekly has a full list of winners.

Dexter fans will be disappointed. Executive producer Sara Colleton confirmed that Dexter is definitely ending after season 8.

Erin Andrews leaves ESPN. She will now host her own show on Fox Sports.

If you’re still interested in The Newsroom, Vulture has a review of the latest episode.

Seth MacFarlane’s Ted topped the box office this weekend. How similar is it to Family Guy?

MTV Goes Retro

No, MTV hasn’t had a change of heart and decided to play music videos all day. However, MTV has announced its new “Retro Mania” block. The block, which will air weekdays from 9am to 12pm, will start on June 25 and will run until August 3.

The full schedule is:

June 25 – June 29: Laguna Beach (Seasons 1 and 2)

July 2 – July 27: The Hills (Seasons 1 – 6)

July 30 – August 3: Daria (MTV’s favorite episodes from the series)

After seeing the list, it looks like MTV has no idea what is considered retro. If MTV really wanted to go retro, it would have put Remote Control and old seasons of The Real World.

What shows would you like to see on MTV’s Retro Mania block?

I would like to see 2ge+her, which was about a fictional boy band, and the aforementioned Remote Control.

Weekly TV Update: June 18

Former reality show star and son of Sharon and Ozzy, Jack Osbourne is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

On Wednesday, ABC Family will air an all day marathon of Melissa and Joey. Old episodes will air from noon to 8pm with a new episode debuting immediately after.

CBS has ordered a Ryan Seacrest produced pilot based on the popular Zynga game Draw Something. The show will follow in the tradition of Win, Lose or Draw and Pictionary.

MTV has a rundown of five key moments from last night’s True Blood.

USA Today has a synopsis of the second season finale of The Killing, which reveals Rosie Larsen’s killer.

Weekly TV Update: June 4

Each week we bring you stories from around the Internet that you might have missed.

Rolling Stone has a recap of Sunday’s episode of Mad Men.

Are you a fan of Game of Thrones? The Los Angeles Times has you covered in the recap department.

E! has a list of crazy moments that happened at the MTV Movie Awards yesterday.

Richard Dawson, the original host of Family Feud, died on Saturday.

The voice of Gumby also died last week.

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