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The TV Column: April, 2011

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Royal wedding: In case you missed it

Many, many networks are covered the wedding, which is streaming online as well.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:40 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Fox postpones ‘Family Guy,’ American Dad’ and ‘Cleveland Show’ episodes because of storm storyline

The three shows were supposed to have crossover episodes on Sunday night, Fox postponed the event because of the recent tornadoes in the South.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:17 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 04/29/2011

...and Just Because It’s Friday [Video]

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice makes a guest appearance on “30 Rock.”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  02:59 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/29/2011

‘American Idol’ 2011: Casey out, cause dogs can’t vote

Judges can’t save Casey a second time as field narrows to Top 5.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 04/28/2011

Obama + Oprah + birth certificate = big ratings

The president and first lady’s appearance on Oprah should add up to big ratings.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:52 AM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/28/2011

‘American Idol’ 2011: Judge Randy Jackson calls it for James Durbin with weeks to go

The Top 6 contestants sing Carole King tunes on ‘American Idol’.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:56 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Want to watch the royal wedding? Here’s how:

The TV Column breaks down all of the various coverage across a slew of networks.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:56 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 04/27/2011

HBO casts Bristol Palin role in ‘Game Change’ movie

Melissa Farman, known from HBO’s “Temple Grandin,” snagged the role of Sarah Palin’s eldest daughter.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:22 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/27/2011

‘Dancing With the Stars’ 2011: WWE’s Chris Jericho smacked down

WWE star sent packing after getting fewest votes during Guilty Pleasures Week.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 04/27/2011

Supersized ‘Glee’: We watch so you don’t have to

A supersized, 90-minute episode features a performance of “Born This Way.”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:30 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:14 PM ET, 04/26/2011

CW renews five series, including ‘Vampire Diaries’ and ‘Gossip Girl’

“The Vampire Diaries,” “Supernatural,” “Gossip Girl,” “90210,” and “America’s Next Top Model” get another season.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:14 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:46 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Maryanne Culpepper named National Geographic Television president

She was most recently the executive vice president of editorial and new business development.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:46 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Katie Couric officially announces ‘CBS Evening News’ exit [Updated]

The anchor confirmed speculation that she will exit her role as anchor.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  02:55 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Keith Olbermann announces debut date for his new show on Current TV [Video]

The former MSNBC anchor made a video explaining all about his new show.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:31 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 04/26/2011

Jamie Foxx-produced sketch show gets a start date

Fox network announced that the comedy will launch in August, instead of June as originally planned.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:37 AM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/26/2011

‘Dancing With the Stars’: Another tumble, on Guilty Pleasure night

On “Dancing With the Stars,” Ralph and Karina take a tumble and Hanson performs.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 04/25/2011

Simon Cowell says he wants Paula Abdul on ‘X Factor’

Just as the new NBC singing competition series, “The Voice,” is about to start, Cowell gives a lengthy interview about his hopes and dreams for his new show.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:21 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 04/25/2011

NBC cancels ‘The Paul Reiser Show’ after two episodes

“Apparently networks like big numbers quickly. who knew?” the actor tweeted.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:19 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 04/22/2011

...and Just Because It’s Friday [Video]

Can Oprah save the soap operas? She explains.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  02:35 PM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 04/22/2011

Charlie Sheen D.C. police escort “under investigation” [Update]

Washington police looking into how Sheen got his police escort to Constitution Hall Tuesday night

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:23 AM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/22/2011

‘American Idol’ 2011: Stefano’s number is up

Frequent Bottom 3 dweller can’t cheat fate one more week.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 04/21/2011

NBC delays ‘SNL’ 2 minutes, Leno 12 minutes for ‘The Voice’ promos; press swoons [updated with video]

NBC to air 12 minute pre-Leno preview and 2-minute pre-”SNL” promo for new singing competition series

By Lisa de Moraes  |  04:03 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 04/21/2011

E! still fascinated by Sarah Palin, but TLC has so moved on [Video]

Documentary about the former Alaska governor airs Thursdayon E!; Palin’s reality show home, TLC, will air a new ‘Hoarding’-related special in the same timeslot.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:22 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/21/2011

‘American Idol’ 2011: Idolettes blossom singing songs they know

‘Idol’ judges awaken from deep sleep; Randy Jackson discovers, ‘critiquing really helps everyone.’

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 04/20/2011

‘SNL’s’ Andy Samberg this year’s Shark Week host

Discovery Communications goes with another late night comic to host biggest week.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  02:16 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/20/2011

‘Dancing With the Stars’ 2011: Pretty Petra pushed

Model sent packing; Maks Chmerkovskiy suffers another dance debacle during American Week.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 04/20/2011

‘Glee’ brings back the neglected: We watch so you don’t have to

The show features some forgotten guest stars, from Charice to Cheyenne Jackson.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:30 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 04/19/2011

HBO orders next season of “Game of Thrones”

The series’ first episode grossed 4.2 million viewers over multiple plays, and TV critics gave it a lot of thumbs up.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:51 AM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/19/2011

‘Dancing With the Stars’ 2011: America night

Celebs celebrate America with Viennese waltz, Brazilian samba and cowboy Ralph Macchio.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Dancing With the Stars

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/15/2011

‘American Idol’ 2011: Paul pays the piper

A guy is finally voted off the singing competition.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 04/15/2011

Tina Fey: Condoleezza Rice will appear on ‘30 Rock’

Tina Fey tells a Washington crowd the former Secretary of State would stop by the NBC comedy.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:30 AM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 04/14/2011

ABC cancels ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’

ABC killing both long-running soaps in favor of two new ‘The View’-like series.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:59 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 04/14/2011

Michelle Obama, Jill Biden to visit ‘The View’

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden will discuss campaign to better serve military families.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:33 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 04/14/2011

Ricky Gervais and cars stars of Discovery Communications’ future

Discovery Communications will roll out new programming today.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:16 AM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/14/2011

‘American Idol 2011’: Songs from the movies

Down to eight, contestants perform tunes from flicks with plenty of added drama.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 04/13/2011

Charlie Sheen wants his job back, says there have been “discussions” [Video]

The fired “Two and a Half Men” star says “there have been discussions” about him returning to work.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:23 AM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 04/13/2011

Katie Couric and Matt Lauer reunite on ‘Today,’ talk about the future (Video)

The two former co-anchors talked about Couric’s much-speculated plans for the future.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:06 AM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/13/2011

‘Dancing With the Stars’ 2011: Sugar Ray Leonard KO’d

Jennifer Hudson sings and Kendra Wilkinson blames performance on her hormones.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Dancing With the Stars

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 04/12/2011

30-second ad during ‘Oprah’ finale costs $1 million

Advertisers will have to pay $1 million for a 30-second spot — more than the “Lost” series finale.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:31 PM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 04/12/2011

TLC will air Chandra Levy docu-movie in May

The Silver Spring-based cable network sets a premiere for the docudrama.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:44 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 04/12/2011

Katie Couric makes the morning talk show rounds

The “CBS Evening News” is in heavy rotation on morning infotainment TV.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:58 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/12/2011

‘Dancing With the Stars’ 2011: Classical music week [Video]

Kirstie Alley watch: keeps her balance, loses her shoe.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Dancing With the Stars

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 04/11/2011

Today in “Whither Goest Katie Couric?” [updated]

Flurry of press reports reveal Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer may both exit.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:06 AM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/08/2011

‘American Idol’ 2011: Pia Toscano sent home

Voting stuns ‘American Idol’ judges.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 04/07/2011

Snooki and Pauly D get their own MTV series

Cable network unveils two “Jersey Shore” spinoff series for 2012.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:09 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 04/07/2011

Bravo officially pulls plug on ‘Real Housewives of D.C.’

Bethesda-based production company tells cast the docu-soap would not be picked up for a second season.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:16 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 04/07/2011

‘Conan’s’ Tuesday ad marathon explained [video]

23 minutes of nonstop ads was TBS glitch, Conan says

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:13 AM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 04/07/2011

Glenn Beck to non-fans: You thought THAT was bad [video]

After announcing his plans to leave his daily show, Beck talked more about his future.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:09 AM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 04/07/2011

TLC debuts ‘Extreme Couponing’ [video]

See video from the show, which shows people getting huge savings

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:42 AM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/07/2011

‘American Idol’ 2011: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame night

The contestants sing rock classics on performance night.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Glenn Beck ending Fox News Channel show

Beck says he intends to “transition” off his daily program “later this year.”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  02:09 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 04/06/2011

CBS News D.C. bureau chief denies web reports

Bureau chief Chris Isham addresses reports about his time at ABC News.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:27 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 04/06/2011

Sarah Palin now a subject of E! True Hollywood Story

Documentary, airing April 24, will look at the former governor’s rise to fame.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:30 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/06/2011

‘Dancing With the Stars’ 2011: Wendy Williams whacked

Despite on-stage fall, Kirstie Alley survives to dance another day.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/05/2011

‘Dancing With the Stars’ 2011: Storytelling night, and Maks takes a tumble [video]

Celebrities tell personal stories through dance, and one pro falls.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Dancing With the Stars

Posted at 06:46 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Charlie Sheen: Today’s good news and bad news

Sheen flopped during his first tour stop in Detroit, but luckily, someone in his camp reads a newspaper — and made some changes to the show.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:46 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 04/04/2011

Reports of Katie Couric newscast exit crescendo

The AP reports Couric will step down from “CBS Evening News.”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:27 AM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/01/2011

‘American Idol’ 2011: Double elimination

Two Idolettes were sent home on Thursday night’s results show.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 PM ET, 03/31/2011

James Franco and David Letterman exchange bad Oscar host tips [video]

The actor tells Letterman what went wrong during this year’s Oscars.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:15 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 PM ET, 03/31/2011

AMC’s ‘Mad Men’ back with Matt Weiner for three seasons

Matt Weiner returning to run his AMC series in compromise deal

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:44 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 03/31/2011

Lou Diamond Phillips hosts Military Channel show filmed in Silver Spring

The actor interviews active and retired members of the military in segments airing throughout military-themed movies.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  04:11 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 03/31/2011

Betty White: Star of a new hidden-camera series for NBC

The 89-year-old actress will star in a show in which senior citizens prank youngsters.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  02:17 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 03/31/2011

HBO will continue ‘Treatment’ -- of some sort

“It’s true that we have no plans to continue with ‘In Treatment’ as previously formatted,” HBO says.“However, we are in continued conversations...”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:16 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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