December 18, 2006 12:00 PM

E! (Fridays, 10 p.m. ET)

TALK SHOW

So many shows, so little time. Which is why it’s far more entertaining to watch this weekly digest of otherwise expendable fare like Breaking Bonaduce and Celebrity Paranormal Project (trust me—it’s not as good as it sounds).

Kicking off each show (formerly known as Talk Soup) with celebrity news, host Joel McHale has easy prey, to be sure. After ribbing Britney Spears and Paris Hilton for their recent Las Vegas outing, he targets Kevin Federline: “Not to be outdone, K-Fed won six bucks on a scratch ticket and partied with Dustin Diamond,” he cracked. McHale’s running gags also amuse. Lou the Chihuahua (above) is a regular, as is his own version of Heroes‘ indestructible cheerleader (who at this point is missing an arm and wears an eye patch). It’s not sophisticated humor, but what better way to kick off the weekend than laughing at the expense of the rich and famous and a plucky cheerleader named Caitlin?

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