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The TV Column: December, 2011

Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 12/23/2011

‘X Factor’ finale: And the winner is...comeback kid Melanie Amaro

The winner of the first season of Simon Cowell’s singing competition will appear in a Super Bowl ad.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:00 AM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/22/2011

‘X Factor’: Final three perform

Chris Rene, Melanie Amaro, and Josh Krajcik sing on the final performance night.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 12/21/2011

HBO releases first trailer for ‘Game Change’; stars Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, Ed Harris as John McCain (Video)

WATCH | The HBO original movie HBO has officially released the first video from its upcoming original movie “Game Change,” which chronicles Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:45 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:36 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Most-watched TV of 2011: Football, football, more football, and ‘NCIS’

The most watched telecast of this year — like every year — was the Super Bowl.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:36 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 12/20/2011

What’s wrong with ‘X Factor’: Nicole Scherzinger, Steve Jones in the crosshairs of reboot

We know when we see that that x-factor some TV shows possess.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:27 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 12/20/2011

HBO renews ‘Enlightened,’ cancels ‘Hung,’ ‘Bored to Death,’ ‘How to Make it in America’

The pay cable network made the announcements on Tuesday.

By Emily Yahr  |  03:11 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Super Bowl to stream live online for the first time ever

NBC airs the Super Bowl on Feb. 5 from Indianapolis, and will also livestream the game on the Web.

By Emily Yahr  |  02:32 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Mitt Romney reads the Top 10 list on ‘Letterman’ (Video)

The GOP presidential candidate appeared on the late-night show Monday.

By Emily Yahr  |  12:59 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:42 PM ET, 12/16/2011

FX orders pilot for drama about Reagan-era KGB spies in Washington

Joe Weisberg, former CIA-er who penned thriller “An Ordinary Spy,” wrote pilot

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:42 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Poll: What’s wrong with ‘The X Factor’?

Steve Jones? Nicole Scherzinger? General singing competition fatigue?

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:35 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/16/2011

‘X Factor’: One more X-testant goes home

Next week, the final three will compete in the season finale.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:40 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Howard Stern joins ‘America’s Got Talent’ as a judge

The show will move to New York to accomodate the shock jock’s radio job.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:40 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Golden Globe nominations: ‘New Girl,’ ‘Homeland,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ pick up nods

TV nominations were filled with new faces, including dramas “American Horror Story” and “Boss.”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:13 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 12/15/2011

ABC’s ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ canceled as a weekly series

The network will air specials of the feel-good home improvement show.

By Emily Yahr  |  04:51 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 12/15/2011

FX signs Russell Brand to star in late night series

The test run will feature Brand’s take on current events, politics and pop culture.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:39 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 12/15/2011

CBS exhumes Edward R. Murrow’s ‘Person to Person’ celeb interview show

Charlie Rose, Lara Logan will host homey look at celebrities with their friends and family

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:00 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/15/2011

‘X Factor’: Final four perform

The last four X-testants belt out tunes on the penultimate performance night.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Another company pulls ads from TLC’s ‘All-American Muslim’

Kayak.com says that its chief marketing officer watched a couple of episodes and “just thought the show sucked.”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:11 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Walters to reveal most fascinating person of 2011

Interviews with her most fascinating list airs tonight on ABC.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:21 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:18 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Christiane Amanpour exits ‘This Week’ as George Stephanopoulos returns; Amanpour heads back to CNN

After about 16 months on the job, Christiane Amanpour has exited ABC’s Sunday Beltway show.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:18 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:14 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Press-phobic Chelsea Clinton debuts as ‘Rock Center’ correspondent, gets 4 million viewers [Update]

Bill and Hillary Clinton’s daughter featured her first report on the show.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:14 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:13 PM ET, 12/13/2011

And NBC’s most successful new-series launch this season is...‘Fear Factor’

A whopping 9 million viewers watched the resuscitation of NBC’s reality series after a five-year absence.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:13 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:39 PM ET, 12/12/2011

ABC News GOP debate grabs highest debate ratings yet with 7.6 million viewers

“Your Voice, Your Vote” also ranked as Saturday night’s most watched program.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:39 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:23 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Even without “vodka,” Chelsea Handler and Laura Prepon insist new sitcom is edgy

They couldn’t use “vodka” in a show title, so the show has been given the less-zippy name, “Are You There, Chelsea?”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:23 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Alec Baldwin gets PR advantage on ‘Saturday Night Live’ after airline incident

One of the big advantages to starring in a Lorne Michaels sitcom on NBC is that you get the considerable forum of Lorne Michaels’ “SNL.”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:08 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/09/2011

‘X Factor’: Shocking Rachel Crow elimination round narrows field to four

Judges throw final decision to viewers.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:51 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Ryan Seacrest seen with NBC News execs — let the stories begin

Jolted out of their end-of-the-year slumber, The Reporters Who Cover Television lept into action: Is Seacrest going to “Today” show?

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:51 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:35 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Bill Lord promoted to VP/GM at WJLA and NewsChannel 8

Lord has been station manager for the past eight years.

By Emily Yahr  |  06:35 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 12/08/2011

Allbritton renews ‘Anderson’ for season 2 on WJLA

It’s unclear whether “Anderson” will air in the 4 p.m. time slot when it returns on WJLA in the fall.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:57 AM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 12/08/2011

Discovery’s ‘Mythbusters’ accidentally shoots cannon into neighborhood [Updated]

‘Mythbusters’ accidentally shot a cannon into a neighborhood, narrowly escaping hurting residents.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:56 AM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 12/08/2011

T.J. Holmes leaving CNN for BET

The deal calls for Holmes to anchor “a new show on BET, as well as content on BET.com.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:55 AM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/08/2011

‘X Factor’: Final five perform

As the competition winds down, each X-testant sings two numbers.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 12/07/2011

Jon Stewart declares war on Christmas

“If there has been a war, Christmas is the aggressor nation,” Stewart announces from faux Oval Office.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:12 AM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:49 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Liberal Dems favor funny; conservative GOP-ers like huntin’, fishin’ TV

PBS has third highest indexing show among liberal Dems and second highest indexing among conservative Republicans.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:49 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 12/02/2011

Donald Trump on his GOP debate: “I hope it does as well as ‘The Apprentice.’” [Video]

The NBC reality show star will team up with Newsmax for a Dec. 27 debate on ION Television.

By Emily Yahr  |  03:50 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 12/02/2011

GOP hopeful Rick Perry talks brain freeze and Donald Trump to Jay Leno

Texas governor talks brain freeze, Ponzi schemes, and Donald Trump on NBC late night show.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:57 AM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/02/2011

‘X Factor’: Another double elimination night

Two more singers sent home on Thursday night.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Fox announces premiere dates for Kiefer Sutherland drama ‘Touch,’ JJ Abrams mystery ‘Alcatraz’

“American Idol” will also return to the schedule in January.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:03 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 12/01/2011

CBS’s new morning show called...‘CBS This Morning’

The “Early Show” replacement will start Jan .9.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Jon Stewart discusses fire alarm attack of Brian Williams’ newscast

Comedy Central faux newscaster wonders if Williams handled problem properly.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:01 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/01/2011

‘X Factor’: Top 7 tackle Michael Jackson tunes while his kids watch

Two X-testants will go home Thursday.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 11/30/2011

Christmas is back — see CBS’s ‘Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’ and ‘Rudolph’ for proof

Both specials got impressive ratings on Tuesday night.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:32 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:29 PM ET, 11/30/2011

David Milch signs deal to produce projects based on works of William Faulkner; HBO has first dibs

This includes the entire Faulkner bibliography — 19 novels, 125 short stories, some poetry, essays, and such.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:29 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 11/30/2011

Barbara Walters annual ‘Fascinating People’ special includes Kardashians, Simon Cowell, Pippa Middleton

Babs won’t say who’s No. 1 – she’s saving that reveal for the TV special.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:55 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 11/30/2011

Brian Williams keeps cool when fire alarm erupts during ‘Nightly News’

“We should remind our viewers that there’s no danger to us,” Williams said.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:43 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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