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On TV: Shaquille O'Neal, Phil Spector and Charlton Heston

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Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2013 3:30 am

Shaquille O'Neal is one busy retiree.

Since ending his pro-basketball career a couple of years ago, O'Neal, 41, hasn't exactly been on the sidelines. He's doing productive things, like surfing the Internet and looking at dumb people doing dumb things.

"Some are really funny," he said, "and some you wish you'd never seen in the first place."

The former is giving him a new career in TV. O'Neal is the star and producer of the new truTV Internet-clip show "Upload with Shaquille O'Neal," which follows a similar format as Comedy Central's "Tosh.0," with "Upload" mocking the latest comedy clips circulating around the web.

The show airs at 10:30 p.m. EDT Thursdays.

O'Neal and his staff pore over hours of clips for the show. Then he and comedians Gary Owen and Godfrey, who goes by the one name, poke fun at the funniest ones on "Upload."

O'Neal doesn't really mind his show's being compared to other video-clip shows on cable right now. "There are a lot of outrageous things out there," he said. "You can take the same clip and get a thousand different ways to look at it."

Fans also send him clips. A recent one that made him laugh was of a man trying to jump off a roof. "You see a lot of pleasant stuff, and you see a lot of unpleasant stuff," he said.

O'Neal occasionally tries to mimic what he's seen.

"I tried to climb a tree the other night, and I fell," he said.

Why did he do that?

"Because I wanted to climb a tree," he said.

Well, of course.

More highlights for the week of March 24-30:


-- "Phil Spector" (9 p.m., HBO). Starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren, the film delves into the relationship of the music impresario and his attorney during his first trial for murder.


-- "Revolution" (10 p.m., NBC). The electricity is still off around the world, but NBC, which is struggling for a hit these days, might be seeing a light at the end of the tunnel with the much-anticipated return of this series.


-- "Dancing with the Stars" (9 p.m., ABC). The first castoff does his/her walk of shame.


-- "The Neighbors" (8:30 p.m., ABC). Our national nightmare is over with the season finale of this crummy sitcom.


-- "General Hospital" (10 p.m., SoapNet). A 50-hour marathon marks the 50th anniversary of the soap opera.


-- "The Ten Commandments" (7 p.m. ABC). Charlton Heston, as Moses, leads a cast of jillions in this 1956 classic.

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