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For the last couple of years, Sesame Street has aggressively been getting in on the viral video game, posting videos to their YouTube channel that they know will have wide appeal online. No parody has more viral potential than the Old Spice Guy, so I'm only surprised it took this long for Grover to make his own version.
NBC's Thursday Night line-up had some solid offerings this week, particularly The Office's inspired Sweeney Todd episode. 30 Rock's take on diversity on TV was also a welcome meta-commentary. However, there seemed to be something missing on Community, which is often my favorite show of the night. Danny Pudi's Abed barely appeared in the episode, even missing out on the end credits where he always has a bit with Donald Glover's Troy. Instead, we got Betty White making a brief re-appearance to spoil the plot of Inception. It wasn't until a few days later when this compilation video appeared on YouTube did I realize the true brilliance of what I was missing in the background.
The Social Network continued to dominate the media last week, winning the weekend box office for the second consecutive week and popping up in both Frank Rich's and Maureen Dowd's Sunday columns. Saturday Night Live featured not one but two Facebook-themed segments. Andy Samberg as Mark Zuckerberg on Weekend Update was amusing, but the real winner was Jane Lynch as your annoying Mom in the ad for the "Damn It, My Mom is on Facebook" application.
Finally, I'm not sure this is as funny as it is awesomely disturbing, but the opening sequence from this week's episode of The Simpsons is probably the most widely seen piece by Banksy ever. Banksy was proud enough of the finished product to upload it directly to YouTube. Fox took that version down, but as of now, the video is being featured on Hulu's homepage. Please enjoy the most provocative couple of minutes The Simpsons has put out in years.