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It’s a TV-licious Edition of ‘The Mix’

Tonight on The Daily Mix, the boob tube finally gets the respect it deserves.

But don’t think for a moment that this will be the first and last TV-licious edition of the show that brings you the best moments from BlogTalkRadio’s unmatched mix of social-radio programming.

Nope. We’ve got more little-screen content sitting in our vaults than you can shake a remote control at.  So, as the cliché goes, stay tuned.

CAPTION: "If the right part came along, I definitely would take a long hard look at it," Taylor (above) tells us of tackling additional stage or screen roles.

"If the right part came along, I definitely would take a long hard look at it," Taylor (above) tells us of tackling additional stage or screen roles.

Until then, here are just some of the fascinating tidbits you’ll absorb this evening:

-In his role as Teen Angel in the national tour of Grease, which of the following instruments does American Idol champ Taylor Hicks play: (1) harpsichord, (2) bassoon, (3) viola da gamba or (4) harmonica?

-When Wendy Raquel Robinson, who played Principal Grier on The Steve Harvey Show, says, “I love you more, mama,” whose mama she’s talking about.

-Why Marla Sokoloff, who played Lucy Hatcher on The Practice, refers to one caller as a “pedophile on the loose.”

-How Aziz Ansari, who plays Tom Haverford on NBC’s Parks and Recreation responds when Continue reading

‘Freaks and Geeks’ Star Samm Levine: William Shatner Is a Gigantic %&?@$#!

Call it The Revenge of the Geek.

For years, Samm Levine – whose starring role in Judd Apatow‘s short-lived NBC series Freeks and Geeks rendered him a cult hero – had been a William Shatner fan.

CAPTION: Samm: Goin' where few Shatner fans have gone before.

Samm: Goin' where few Shatner fans have gone before.

But after coming face-to-face with the man, Samm isn’t exactly singing his praises.

Interviewed on BlogTalkRadio, the one-time standup comic recounts how his impersonation of the original Captain Kirk helped him land the role of geek Neal Schweiber on Freeks.

“I finished my read and I turned to the casting director and said, ‘Can I do it now?’  And I did – I did my Shatner,” Samm, who’s also featured in Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming WWII Nazi-hunting flick Inglourious Basterds, tells Movie Geeks United host Jamey DuVall.

“And then she showed that tape to Judd Apatow… He didn’t particularly care for my read, but he liked that I did the Shatner, and that I knew that [co-executive producer Paul Feig] was coming into New York the next week.

“So he put me on the call-back list, with the only intention of having me do Shatner for Paul to make him laugh. And, mercifully, Paul had the bright idea of having me read for the character Neil. And the rest is history.”

William: I'm moo-vin' out (of Samm's way).

Shatner: I'm moo-vin' out (of Samm's way).

Then, after Jamey asks, “Is Shatner aware that he’s responsible for your acting career?” Samm launches into this story:

“I don’t think he is. And I tried to talk to him recently. I ran into him at a Billy Joel-Elton John concert out in Anaheim [Calif.] and, apparently, he has mad cow disease.

“Because I said, ‘Oh, ah, William.’ And I’m standing, literally, right in front of him, and he did not turn to acknowledge me.

“And then I said, ‘Mr. Shatner.” And, again, he would not turn to acknowledge me.

“And then I finally said, ‘Bill!’ And he just walked on by, as if I wasn’t there.

“So there are only two reasonable excuses for that. One: He’s a gigantic a – – – – – -.

“Or two: He’s clearly just an old man with mad cow disease.

“And since he is beloved to us all, it must be the latter.”

To hear Samm’s full interview, click here.

Inglourious Basterds, starring Brad Pitt, opens Aug. 21.