TV Stars Talk About What's on Their TVs

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(from left) Theo Wargo / Getty Images for Time Inc; Evan Agostini / AP; Chris Pizzello / AP

(left to right): Glenn Beck, Padma Lakshmi, Jimmy Fallon

With the fall TV season about to start, we wondered what the people we watch on TV watch on their TVs. Haven't you always wondered what cartoon character Glenn Beck most identifies with? What TV show reality star Bethenny Frankel has backlogged on her TiVo? Us, too. In honor of the Emmys and the approaching fall TV season, click to see what a handful of celebs had to tell us about their TV-watching habits.

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Host, Glenn Beck Program

What's your favorite current TV show, and why?  
30 Rock. The writing and actors are brilliant. Who knew Sarah Palin was so funny? Leave it to NBC. 

What's your secret, guilty-pleasure show?  
30 Rock. It's on NBC, which is owned by GE. Need I say more? 

Who's your favorite TV character?  
Easy: Homer Simpson. Mmmm, doughnuts. I have the same relationship with doughnuts.

--Johannah Cornblatt

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Star, Bethenny Getting Married? 

What's your favorite current TV show, and why?  
I absolutely love Mad Men. It is such an intelligent show, and like Tony Soprano, you relate to the main character in a unique way. You are conflicted because he is likable, corrupt, and immoral in ways.

Who's your favorite TV character?  
I love the father in Modern Family. He is such a lovable moron and I love how he always sees the glass half full. I myself have a very silly and moronic side, so I appreciate his goofiness.

Which TV character do you hate the most?  
I love to hate Spencer Pratt, and Celia on Weeds.

What are the most-backlogged shows on your DVR?
Intervention and Deadliest Catch

--Johannah Cornblatt

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Host, Top Chef

What's your favorite current TV show, and why?
Mad Men because the story, the characters, the costumes, and the plot lines are all well crafted by a deft hand. Every detail is lovingly thought out. 

Who's your favorite TV character?  
The women of Mad Men because they're all so interesting and complicated. It's riveting to watch them navigate their different and difficult lives.

--Johannah Cornblatt

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Bravo senior vice president; host, Watch What Happens: Live 

What's your favorite current TV show, and why?
I am really into Mad Men because even when it's boring (which is half the time), it is gorgeous to look at. 

What's your secret, guilty-pleasure show?  
I am obsessed with live talk: Hoda and Kathie Lee are often nuts, Wendy Williams is fun because she takes sides, and The View is like a Housewives reunion show every day of the week. 

What show are you most looking forward to in the new season?  
I'm excited--but sad--to see how Michael Scott leaves Dunder Mifflin. Also, I think Oprah is going to blow out her last season and go out with a big bang, and that will absolutely be on my DVR every day. 

--Alan Mascarenhas

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Host, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

What's your favorite current TV show, and why?
The Real Housewives of New Jersey. I love that show so much, we made our own version of it called Real Housewives of Late Night. It wasn't so much a parody as faithful adaptation. 

What's your favorite show no longer in production?  
Happy Days. "Sit on it" is the greatest insult of all time. Also, the Fonz was somehow the coolest dude ever, but he hung out with a bunch of high-school kids and had his office in the bathroom of a diner. What's not to love about how weird that is? 

What's your secret, guilty-pleasure show?  
Ask This Old House. 

Who's your favorite TV character?
Louie from Taxi. 

Who's your most hated character?
Most of the guys from The Bachelorette. I felt bad for Ali. She basically got a free round-trip ticket to a douche cruise for singles. 

What's the most backlogged show in your DVR?  
Ken Burns's The Civil War. Don't tell me how it ends! 

--Isia Jasiewicz
 

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Anchor/reporter, AC 360°

What's your favorite current TV show?
Mad Men, but everyone likes it, so I will say The Soup and Tosh.0.

What's your favorite show no longer in production?  
The Wire.

What's your secret, guilty-pleasure show?  
I have no guilt over bad TV. I embrace it. 

What you are looking forward to in the new season?
Breaking Bad.

Who's your favorite TV character?
Mr. White on Breaking Bad.

Who's your most hated character?
The bachelor or bachelorette. Every one of them seems dreadful. Take your pick.

What's the most backlogged show in your DVR?  
Nothing stays on there very long.  

--Tara A. Lewis

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