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The TV Column: As the clock sprang forward, viewers skipped past 'Glee'

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 11:33:03 EDT

This week's much-harrumphed-about "Glee" episode, featuring comic Kathy Griffin playing a Sarah Palin-esque character - and also featuring The Kiss - attracted just more than 1 million viewers on Tuesday, according to Nielsen stats.


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Sheen sues Warner for $100 million over 'Two and a Half Men' firing, closing

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 07:50:03 EDT

Charlie Sheen's suing Warner Bros. for $100 million over the decision to shutter CBS's "Two and a Half Men" and firing him.


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Sheen sues Warner for $100 million over 'Two and a Half Men' firing, closing

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 07:50:03 EDT

Charlie Sheen's suing Warner Bros. for $100 million over the decision to shutter CBS's "Two and a Half Men" and firing him.


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The TV Column: HBO announces new McCain/Palin film, 'Game Change'

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 22:24:03 EST

Julianne Moore is going to play Sarah Palin in HBO's new flick about Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign.
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The TV Column: Experts - lots of them - weigh in on Charlie Sheen

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 20:51:03 EST

Like the sight of relief workers pouring into devastated areas, nothing so heartens reporters chronicling the gut-wrenching story of a Hollywood celebrity crackup as the sight of e-mails streaming in to offer unsolicited assistance in the form of easy quotes from academics, lawyers, and other asp...


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Charlie Sheen fired from 'Two and a Half Men' for 'self destructive conduct'

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 21:43:03 EST

Charlie Sheen has been fired from CBS's "Two and a Half Men."


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The TV Column: Let the Charlie Sheen Backlash begin

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 21:57:04 EST

And so begins the Charlie Sheen Backlash. Charlie Sheen may be breaking world records with his tweeting, he may be attracting mondo ratings with the many interviews he's given on various TV and radio shows, but is he really, as he has suggested, "winning!" when it comes to the hearts and minds of...


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The TV Column: In media spotlight, Sheen the Actor is the man of a thousand faces

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 22:32:02 EST

Charlie Sheen, our generation's Laurence Olivier, took on yet another role Wednesday: Frantic Father - executing it brilliantly as he continued his Scorched Earth Media Tour.
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TV Column: Sheen keeps talking; CBS wishes he'd worked this hard 'for an Emmy'

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 23:20:03 EST

Tuesday will be known as the day we heard from The Receiving End of Charlie Sheen's Scorched Earth Media Tour.


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The TV Column: Charlie Sheen gets high Monday on the sound of his own voice

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 03:46:03 EST

"I am on a drug. It's called 'Charlie Sheen,' " Charlie Sheen told ABC on Monday in an Oscar-worthy performance that, sadly, happened the morning after the network's broadcast of the Academy Awards.


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The TV Column: Sheen's conduct spurs season shutdown of 'Two and a Half Men'

Thu, 24 Feb 2011 23:57:04 EST

CBS and Warner Bros. TV have taken the extraordinary step of scrapping production on the country's most popular comedy series, "Two and a Half Men," for the rest of the season after star Charlie Sheen went on his most breathtaking radio tear yet Thursday.


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Larry King's live comedy tour. Yes, really.

Wed, 23 Feb 2011 22:42:03 EST

"Larry King is taking his comedy on tour." Bet you never thought you'd read that sentence.
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Animal Planet's 'Hillbilly Handfishin' ': Using the old noodle

Tue, 22 Feb 2011 22:22:05 EST

Animal Planet - the network about things people do for, and to, animals - announced Tuesday that it had ordered a reality series in which city slickers pay good money to go to Oklahoma to noodle.


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'Criminal Minds' spinoff debuts well in ratings

Thu, 17 Feb 2011 22:35:03 EST

Once again demonstrating that a show's best lead-in is another episode of the same show - or the mothership show from which it was spun off - CBS's unveiling of "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" handily won its 10 p.m. time slot Wednesday by attracting 13 million viewers.


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On 'Jeopardy!,' rise of the machine: Computer competitor rakes in ratings

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 23:22:05 EST

"I for one welcome our new computer overlords," "Jeopardy!" competitor Ken Jennings wrote resignedly on his screen, as Watson the IBM computer thoroughly stomped on him and fellow super-geek Brad Rutter during Watson's final appearance on the syndicated game show.



CBS News: Lara Logan beaten and sexually assaulted in Egypt by Tahrir Square mob

Tue, 15 Feb 2011 20:15:03 EST

Lara Logan, CBS News's chief foreign correspondent, is back in the United States after being beaten and sexually assaulted by a mob in Tahrir Square last week while covering the celebrations surrounding the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo, CBS News said Tuesday.
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Like Justin Bieber, no big win for Grammycast

Mon, 14 Feb 2011 23:05:06 EST

Despite a lineup that was chockablock with such historic moments as . . .


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Matthew Perry's 'Mr. Sunshine' pulls in 10.5 million viewers

Thu, 10 Feb 2011 21:23:04 EST

Courteney Cox still has the lead in the " Friends " Alum Show-Down, after former castmate Matthew Perry's " Mr. Sunshine " opened with 10.5 million viewers on ABC at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.


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'American Idol' San Francisco auditions: We watch so you don't have to (video)

Thu, 10 Feb 2011 08:49:59 EST

"American Idol" opens documentary style. A pretty blond sobs and runs her hand through her hair as she walks briskly away from the auditions in San Francisco.



After post-Super Bowl spot, 'Glee' falls short of another big score

Wed, 09 Feb 2011 20:31:04 EST

After its highly hyped post-Super Bowl Sunday episode that attracted a whopping 27 million Gleeks, Fox's high school musical series "Glee" made its triumphant return to its regular Tuesday time slot, where it encountered a gigantic crowd of -
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The TV Column: Keith Olbermann gets charged up for his new role on Current TV

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 18:58:00 EST

Keith Olbermann, the sparky former anchor of MSNBC's most popular program, announced Tuesday that he will host a one-hour prime-time weeknight show on Current TV, the public-affairs network co-founded by former vice president Al Gore and Joel Hyatt.



Lisa de Moraes: Viewers of record-setting Super Bowl XLV tuned out for 'Glee'

Mon, 07 Feb 2011 23:43:01 EST

Sunday's Super Bowl clocked a historic 111 million viewers.


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Bravo unveils 'Real Housewives of Miami,' shelves 'New York City' till spring

Thu, 03 Feb 2011 22:21:03 EST

Instead of returning "The Real Housewives of New York City" on Feb. 15, as it had announced less than a month ago at Winter TV Press Tour 2011, the Bravo network has decided to unveil "The Real Housewives of Miami" on Feb. 22 at 10 p.m. ET, because it's the "sunny city where the party never stops."


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The TV Column: Can 'Georgetown' bring a bit of the 'O.C.' to D.C.?

Wed, 02 Feb 2011 22:25:03 EST

Add "The O.C." creator Josh Schwartz to the list of Hollywood producers looking for a way to do a scripted drama that taps into the Washington political scene.
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'Kennedys' miniseries to air after all, on ReelzChannel

Tue, 01 Feb 2011 21:55:03 EST

History Channel's aborted "The Kennedys" miniseries will be shown on a U.S. television network after all.


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The TV Column: 'Coal,' and Michelle Obama on 'Oprah'

Thu, 27 Jan 2011 23:35:01 EST

You know that West Virginia coal mine that's the star of Spike TV's new reality series "Coal," from the same guy who brings you Discovery's "Deadliest Catch"?



Audience was smaller for Obama's 2nd State of the Union

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 21:11:04 EST

About 43 million people tuned in to watch President Obama rally the nation to "win the future" Tuesday night in his State of the Union address across 11 television networks.


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TV Column: 'Skins' creator bares all to try to save MTV show

Tue, 25 Jan 2011 19:46:01 EST

The new MTV teen-angst series that advertisers are bailing out of - the one that a watchdog group claims is child pornography?
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When Winfrey family secrets and production schedules align, daytime TV magic

Tue, 25 Jan 2011 09:50:00 EST

Lest ratings lag this week, Oprah announced on her show Monday - after her triumphant visit to Australia - that she has a half sister she never knew about.



Racy 'Skins' prompts Parents Television Council to call for investigation

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Lisa de Moraes's TV column: "Skins" and "American Idol."



'Idol' judges weigh in - on each other

Wed, 19 Jan 2011 20:17:02 EST

"American Idol" is back - with new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, a new record-label CEO "mentor" and an overhauled format.


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The TV Column: Regis Philbin, like Oprah, signs off

Tue, 18 Jan 2011 22:52:04 EST

Rege is retiring! Regis Philbin announced Tuesday morning that this is his last season as host of his infotainment show "Live! With Regis and Whoever." His current contract to do the show expires this year.
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Sheen's off-screen antics apparently don't affect job on 'Two and a Half Men'

Sat, 15 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

PASADENA, CALIF. CBS is on Orange Alert over Charlie Sheen's partying ways, but his off-camera activities have not affected his job as star of the country's most popular comedy, CBS programming chief Nina Tassler told TV critics attending Winter Press Tour 2011. "We have a high level of concern -...


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'American Idol' talk is off the table for former judge Kara DioGuardi

Thu, 13 Jan 2011 21:39:01 EST

PASADENA, CALIF. Kara DioGuardi wants the press to pay - literally - to get quotes from her about her departure from "American Idol." DioGuardi came to TV's Winter Press Tour 2011 Thursday to talk about her new Bravo songwriting competition, "Platinum Hit." She will be the top judge on a panel th...


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Shamelessly, the press is cuckoo for Coco's stuff. Gamely, Conan can do humble.

Wed, 12 Jan 2011 23:00:01 EST

PASADENA, CALIF. The Reporters Who Cover Television are deeply, madly in love with Conan O'Brien.



Boring 'American Idol' winners? Show exec blames the audience.

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 23:40:03 EST

PASADENA, CALIF. The folks behind "American Idol" do not think they bear any responsibility for the fact that, since they started allowing "Idolettes" to perform with instruments, the annual competition has been won by a spate of utterly forgettable, virtually indistinguishable, scruffy-but-safe...
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ABC News chief fields questions, with careful pause, about Tucson shootings

Mon, 10 Jan 2011 22:26:00 EST

PASADENA, CALIF. "Do the media create - or did they have anything to do with - what happened in Tucson Saturday morning?" The Reporters Who Cover Television wanted Ben Sherwood to tell them at Winter Press Tour 2011 - his first press-tour appearance as new president of ABC News. Sherwood, who com...


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PBS fields controversy on press tour

Sun, 09 Jan 2011 23:03:03 EST

PASADENA, CALIF. PBS days at a TV press tour can be pretty controversial. This year, for instance, there was much debate as to whether PBS President Paula Kerger, during her Q&A, would be first asked:


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After Giffords tragedy, fingers point to the media model of confrontation

Sun, 09 Jan 2011 22:24:00 EST

On Saturday night, hours after a shooting spree in Tucson, Ariz., left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shot in the head and 19 others wounded or dead, Keith Olbermann weighed in.



Kennedy miniseries fails History Channel test

Fri, 07 Jan 2011 23:00:01 EST

PASADENA, CALIF. It's always such a pity when a media company spends a small fortune to present three of its TV networks' upcoming programs to TV critics at the Winter Press Tour, and then the whole investment gets blown out of the water - in this case, when word got out that the company had pulled...
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Oprah can't stop chattering at TV press tour

Thu, 06 Jan 2011 23:17:01 EST

PASADENA Just days after thousands of red-winged blackbirds dropped dead in Arkansas, more than 200 journalists were simultaneously lobotomized by Oprah Winfrey at television's Winter Press Tour 2011. Oprah talked and talked and talked and talked. And then, she talked some more. And some more. An...



At winter press tour, older actors and the basic cable TV that loves them

Wed, 05 Jan 2011 22:26:01 EST

PASADENA Basic cable loves old actors. They're such a hoot, and when you're up onstage with them at Winter Press Tour 2011, you can talk about them as if they're not there. Plus, they make adorable subjects of sex jokes.



TV Column: Paula Abdul's return to TV is as whacky you'd expect

Wed, 05 Jan 2011 00:17:05 EST

The seal clap, the Mad-Hatter's-tea-party-esque-speak, the ants-in-her-pants gyrations from the judges' desk, the too-glitzy-for-prime-time outfits.


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TV Column: OWN launches; John Roberts leaves CNN for Fox News Channel

Mon, 03 Jan 2011 21:49:00 EST

The numbers are in for the first day of Oprah Winfrey's network, and it turns out that what people most want to see on the network is Oprah.
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A plethora of local news for early risers

Sun, 02 Jan 2011 21:58:04 EST

Analysis of why all of Washington's TV stations have added 4:30 a.m. local newscasts


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'Glee,' HBO lead Golden Globe nominations

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 22:02:00 EST

The Golden Globe Awards gave a nice howdy-do to three freshmen TV series and planted a big ol' wet kiss on Fox's sophomore series "Glee" as it announced nominations Tuesday for its 68th annual trophy show.



Ahead of Golden Globe awards, lots of drama but few quality choices

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 21:18:01 EST

Nominations for Golden Globe Awards - that annual midseason shot in the arm for TV networks - will be announced Tuesday morning by NBC's made-for-TV POTUS Blair Underwood ("The Event"), Interchangeable Pretty Boy Actor Josh Duhamel and Mrs. Tom Cruise (a.k.a. Katie Holmes).



Barbara Walters calls Oprah the best interviewer ever - and then hears about it (video)

Thu, 09 Dec 2010 20:16:01 EST

Dear CBS, Please do the right thing by Barbara Walters and cut from your Dec. 28 broadcast of the Kennedy Center Honors her comment about Oprah being the best interviewer in the history of time. It'll be no skin off your nose - the ceremony always comes in too long anyway and has to be trimmed to...
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Aaron Sorkin blasts TLC for Sarah Palin reality show

Wed, 08 Dec 2010 21:55:25 EST

Sarah Palin is "deranged" and Silver Spring-based cable net TLC "should be ashamed of itself" for airing a program that's all about her - particularly this past Sunday's episode in which she "hunted, killed and carved up a Caribou during a segment of her truly awful reality show 'Sarah Palin's Al...


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TV Column: 'Rudolph' second in week's winners

Tue, 07 Dec 2010 22:15:01 EST

A red-nosed reindeer, an undies parade, an "NCIS" rerun - and, of course, those zombies - were high on America's Must See lists as holiday-viewing season began in earnest. Fa la la la la la . . . .



Made for TV: Which moments from the Kennedy Center Honors will make the CBS cut?

Mon, 06 Dec 2010 23:32:04 EST

Sunday night's Kennedy Center Honors was so bejeweled with political jabs and breathtaking moments that the ceremony had some in the audience speculating as to which of the juicier bits would survive when the producers once again whittle down the more than 21/2 hours of event to just 90 minutes...


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Rudolph, with your nose so bright, why didn't you guide the Grammys Wednesday night?

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 02:36:00 EST

Despite a performance by pouty-lipped, helmet-haired tweener heartthrob Justin Bieber - and another by PBS's least favorite pop star, Katy Perry - the size of the audience that watched this year's Grammy Nominations Concert on CBS plunged by about 20 percent compared with last year, to 5 million ...
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Animal Planet fundraiser for a pit bull shelter rakes in viewers over holiday

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 22:24:01 EST

Marketing smarties at Animal Planet have come up with the Practically Perfect viewer magnet.



"Early Show" anchors out as CBS shuffles its morning lineup

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 21:05:03 EST

CBS News announces that it is changing its on-air lineup for "The Early Show," dumping anchors Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez and weatherman Dave Price; news reader Erica Hill and Chris Wragge will become the new co-anchors as of Jan. 3, to be joined by news reader Jeff Glor and weatherperson Mary


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Anne Hathaway and James Franco, Oscar hosts unlikely to pull ratings win

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 01:00:02 EST

ABC announces that actors Anne Hathaway and James Franco will host the 2011 Academy Awards broadcast, leading to speculation that the Oscars telecast will be especially low-rated.


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Jennifer Grey's night to sparkle on 'Dancing With the Stars'

Wed, 24 Nov 2010 00:32:00 EST

Winning the competition "would mean a lot to me. It would feel like a big middle finger to all the people out there that hate my mom and hate me!" daughter-of-famous-politician Bristol Palin exclaimed at the start of Tuesday's "Dancing With the Stars" 11th-season finale.
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Poll numbers suggest Bristol Palin doesn't have 'Dancing' legs to stand on

Tue, 23 Nov 2010 00:07:00 EST

Just eight judging points separated "Dirty Dancing" star Jennifer Grey from daughter of famous politician Bristol Palin on Monday night as viewers began voting for their fave in the final round of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" competition.



'Dancing' up a political storm: Bristol Palin's feet have yet to meet defeat

Sun, 21 Nov 2010 22:40:00 EST

With just one more night of competition to go before we find out if Bristol Palin wins the hideous-yet-coveted Mirror Ball Trophy, the executive producer of "Dancing with the Stars" insists the show's security system is catching and expunging all those votes for her that are being cast by people ...



Former Fox, Showtime executive Greenblatt is named to turn around NBC

Thu, 18 Nov 2010 21:16:06 EST

Here in Washington we like to think that the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission are still reviewing the merger of Comcast and NBC Universal - so quaint. But out in the real world, Comcast went ahead Thursday and announced its new lineup of NBC Universal TV suits, so they...


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'Hurricane Bristol' kicks up a storm on 'Dancing With the Stars'

Wed, 17 Nov 2010 20:18:01 EST

Judging from the final moments of this week's elimination episode, things could get tense next week when the winner is named for this edition of the ABC dance competition series "Dancing With the Stars."
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