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The TV Column: February, 2012

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/29/2012

‘American Idol’ 2012: The 13 guys perform

Guy Idolettes perform songs of their choice in new “Idol” studio while judges ooh and aah.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  American Idol

Posted at 07:06 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Charlie Sheen makes his ‘Anger Management’ debut on June 28

NewsCorp cable net to debut its new Russell Brand late-night show that same night.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:06 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 02/28/2012

‘Dancing With the Stars’ politico-free, reality star-free cast unveiled [Updated]

Super-nice cast confirmed Tuesday morning on “Good Morning America.”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:30 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/28/2012

‘The Voice’ Season 2: Blind auditions come to an end

Adam, Christina, Cee Lo and Blake make their final decisions.

By Emily Yahr  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Oscars 2012 ratings: About 39 million viewers, slightly up from last year

Sunday’s Academy Awards ratings better than last year’s but short of record-setting Grammycast that featured Whitney Houston tributes.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:25 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 02/27/2012

‘Dancing With the Stars’ cast to be announced Tuesday, but the Internet already has a few ideas

Maria Menounos, Melissa Gilbert, Jack Wagner and Sherri Shepherd are the latest names making the rounds.

By Emily Yahr  |  05:03 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 02/27/2012

Should Jimmy Kimmel be next year’s Oscar host? (Video)

His movie montage during his post-show special was much funnier than Billy Crystal’s.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:28 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 02/24/2012

HBO’s Bill Maher throws a twist into webcast — a $1 million donation for Obama (Video)

The comedian pledged the money to Obama’s Super PAC.

By Emily Yahr  |  10:13 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:41 AM ET, 02/24/2012

‘American Idol’ 2012: And the Top 24 are...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:41 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:11 PM ET, 02/23/2012

And the winner in the Italian cruise ship disaster documentary ratings race is...

How many people tuned into Discovery and Nat Geo’s docus?

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:11 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:53 PM ET, 02/23/2012

‘Jeopardy!’ goes to Washington for another Power Players Week

Syndicated quiz show last power-played in 2004.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:53 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:51 PM ET, 02/23/2012

‘Downton Abbey’ season finale scores big numbers for PBS

About 5.4 million viewers tuned in for the end of the second season.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:51 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 02/23/2012

CBS to air Kennedy Center Honors ceremony through 2018

New deal continues relationship that began in 1978

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:26 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/23/2012

‘American Idol’ 2012: First semifinalists revealed

A few of the Top 24 contestants were named Wednesday night.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  American Idol

Posted at 06:51 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Simon Cowell rides ‘Idol,’ ‘Voice’ coattails to promote next ‘X Factor’

Cowell pitches singing-show battle among winners of his ‘X Factor’ and higher-rated ‘Idol’ and ‘The Voice.’

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:51 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Stephen Colbert returns to his Comedy Central show [Updated]

‘I’m sure you felt the same way I do when I’m in room with no mirrors,’ Colbert told fans of his absence.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:30 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 02/22/2012

TBS renews ‘Conan’ through 2014 [Updated]

Conan O’Brien’s self-titled late-night talk show has officially been renewed for another two years.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:10 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Rachel Crow to star in Nickelodeon series — is she the real ‘X Factor’ winner?

Is she the real ‘X Factor’ winner?

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:04 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 02/22/2012

PBS airs White House salute to the blues on Feb. 27 (Video)

Performers include Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and B.B. King.

By Emily Yahr  |  02:44 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Bill O’Reilly talks Whitney Houston, defending Ellen DeGeneres (Video)

By Emily Yahr  |  10:33 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:36 PM ET, 02/21/2012

‘Community’ returns to NBC schedule, Betty White’s show gets a premiere date

“Community” has been returned to NBC’s Thursday prime-time schedule. The republic is now safe.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:36 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:28 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Diddy, Magic Johnson land independent networks on Comcast

Back when Comcast was on its journey to a majority stake in NBCUniversal 2.0, the cable behemoth promised to launch minority-owned independent networks.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:28 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/21/2012

‘The Voice’ season 2: Blind auditions, part 4

In the penultimate blind auditions, the judges continued to add to their teams.

By Emily Yahr  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/17/2012

‘American Idol’ 2012: Viva Las Vegas!

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  American Idol

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Stephen Colbert’s show cancels taping this week [UPDATED]

Ticket holders informed of abrupt change of plans; Comedy Central continues coy.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  04:05 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 02/16/2012

Oprah — Jimmy, Jimmy — Oprah

Kimmel books Oprah, one of his favorite targets, for his annual post-Oscar show.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:42 AM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/16/2012

‘American Idol’ 2012: Hollywood Week stretches on

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  American Idol

Posted at 06:42 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Michele Bachmann: I will not be doing ‘Dancing with the Stars’

ABC dancing competition casting new edition, which debuts next month.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:42 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 02/15/2012

CBS dating show has 3 women simultaneously seek made-for-TV love

‘3’ is based on hit Israeli reality series.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:22 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 02/15/2012

CNN to telecast no more Larry King specials

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:08 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Mark Burdett succeeds Allan Horlick at WUSA

Former Baltimore Ravens sales vp succeeds Allan Horlick at Gannett’s CBS affiliate.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  02:57 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 02/15/2012

‘Glee’ fails to attract more Valentine’s Day viewers with Houston tribute

Fox musical series falls in ratings compared to previous week.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:51 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:52 PM ET, 02/14/2012

Comedy Central renews ‘Key & Peele’ for a second season

The show launched two weeks ago behind “Tosh.0” and snared about 2 million viewers.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:52 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:46 PM ET, 02/14/2012

‘Paula Zahn’ to air show about Jayna Murray case

Investigation Discovery channel will present its version of Jayna Murray’s murder in the season finale of “On the Case with Paula Zahn.”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:46 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 02/14/2012

With ‘The Voice’ coming on strong, ‘Dancing With the Stars’ under pressure for casting...and Herman Cain isn’t interested

...and Herman Cain isn’t interested. (They checked.)

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:41 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/14/2012

‘The Voice’ Season 2: Highlights from blind auditions, part 3

A singer from Gaithersburg, a 51-year-old crooner, and a star named Pip is born.

By Emily Yahr  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 02/14/2012

‘Smash’ has its Marilyn

Casting choice made in episode No. 2.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:30 AM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:37 PM ET, 02/13/2012

Oprah gets in trouble with Nielsen for Grammy night tweet

Winfrey tweeted asking Nielsen homes to watch OWN on Sunday — but network suits aren’t supposed to try to influence Nielsen households

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:37 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 02/13/2012

Nearly 40 million tune in to Grammy Awards in wake of Whitney Houston’s death [UPDATED]

Music academy’s trophy show clocks second biggest audience in its history

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:35 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 02/12/2012

Networks plan Whitney Houston tributes and specials; ‘The Bodyguard’ airs Monday

“The Bodyguard” airs Monday on Lifetime.

By Emily Yahr  |  02:45 PM ET, 02/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:25 PM ET, 02/10/2012

Fox unveils more midseason programing plans

Return of ‘Bones,’ actual start of Kiefer Sutherland’s ‘Touch,’ beginning of end of ‘House’ set.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  08:25 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 02/10/2012

Adele sings, post-surgery, for Anderson Cooper (Video)

The much Grammy-nominated singer sang a snippet from “Rolling in the Deep” before the awards show on Sunday.

By Emily Yahr  |  10:48 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/10/2012

‘American Idol’ 2012: Hollywood Week, take 2

The show picked up where it left off on Wednesday, as Symone Black took a tumble from the stage.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  American Idol

Posted at 07:51 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Fox Business Network scrubs low-rated primetime lineup

It will instead repeat its better-watched 5-8 p.m.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:51 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Clooney’s kitchen more interesting to viewers than JFK intern fling

Clooney’s kitchen walk through attracts nearly 1 million more viewers than Mimi Alford interview

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:20 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:18 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Bravo orders second season of ‘Real Housewives of Miami’

Season one wrapped up last spring.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:18 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Oprah to interview Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Jonah Hill for Oscar special

The two-hour special will feature “revealing” and “intimate” interviews with the nominees.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:17 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 02/09/2012

No ratings love for Mimi Alford on ‘Rock Center’

First chat with John F. Kennedy’s alleged teenage mistress finishes fourth in its timeslot.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:30 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Conan O’Brien puts his own spin on Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl (Video)

Watch the puppy version of “Conan.”

By Emily Yahr  |  02:38 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 02/09/2012

Snooki and JWoww find a home in Jersey City for ‘Jersey Shore’ spin-off

They won’t have to travel all the way to Pennsylvania for their show, after all.

By Emily Yahr  |  10:07 AM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/09/2012

‘American Idol’ 2012: Time for Hollywood

With the mass auditions wrapped, the contestants head to Hollywood.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:52 PM ET, 02/08/2012

CNN suspends Roland Martin over “regrettable and offensive” tweets

After three days of increasing pressure, CNN suspended Martin for a series of tweets that GLAAD and other groups condemned as homophobic.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:52 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 02/08/2012

Fox confirms ‘House’ will end after this season

In season 8, “House” clocks around 9 million viewers; in season 3, around 20 million were tuning in.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:34 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 02/08/2012

Michelle Obama and Jimmy Fallon compete in a fitness challenge

Will the First Lady defeat the late night host?

By Emily Yahr  |  10:16 AM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Discovery and NatGeo race to get Italian cruise ship disaster documentaries on air

NatGeo’s documentary beats Discovery’s premiere.by one week.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:45 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Nigel Lythgoe “thrilled” with ‘Idol’ ratings, talks ‘X Factor’ and ‘The Voice’ competition

The ‘American Idol’ exec producer says the show is doing quite well for being in its 11th year.

By Emily Yahr  |  06:34 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 02/07/2012

‘Modern Family’s’ Cam and Mitch weigh in on Prop 8 tossing

The actors expressed their thoughts in the form of a sign.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:18 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/07/2012

‘The Voice’ season 2: Blind auditions continue

Kicking off in its regular timeslot, “The Voice” featured more people singing for their lives.

By Emily Yahr  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 02/06/2012

Super Bowl XLVI: Biggest TV audience ever [Updated]

More reliable stats show Sunday's game inched ahead of last year's for new record 111.3 million viewers

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:30 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 02/06/2012

WTTG promotes Sarah Simmons to morning news anchor

Simmons is officially named co-anchor, as she had been filling the position since last March.

By Emily Yahr  |  02:45 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/06/2012

‘The Voice’ post-Super Bowl episode: Season 2 premiere

Judges Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine took the stage.

By Emily Yahr  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 02/03/2012

NBC yanks ‘The Firm’ reboot from Thursday night, skeds ‘Awake’

After John Grisham franchise attracts 3 million viewers, new cop show moves into timeslot

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:31 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/03/2012

‘American Idol 2012’: Final auditions, in St. Louis

Fox singing competition’s Hollywood elimination rounds start next week.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Madonna, first female Super Bowl halftime star since Janet Jackson, promises ‘no wardrobe malfunctions’

”How can you guarantee against a wardrobe malfunction, given your history?” a reporter asked suspiciously at a press conference.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:43 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:36 PM ET, 02/02/2012

‘Person to Person’ announces lineup: George Clooney, Jon Bon Jovi, Warren Buffett

Back in December, CBS News announced it was exhuming Edward R. Murrow’s celebrity at home interview series.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:36 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:31 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Snooki and JWoww not welcome in Hoboken, but Jersey Shore, Pa., would love to have them

Central Pennsylvania Film Office commissioner Lorena Beniquez thinks it sounds like a great idea.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:31 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:18 PM ET, 02/02/2012

‘Celebrity Apprentice’ star Donald Trump stirs up publicity with Romney endorsement

With just over two weeks before he returns to the TV board room, Trump announced he was endorsing GOP hopeful Mitt Romney.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:18 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Mark Halperin: Donald Trump won’t run if Mitt Romney is GOP pick

‘Celebrity Apprentice’ star may run as indie if Romney not nominated, MSNBC analyst tweets

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:14 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/02/2012

Ellen DeGeneres challenges Michelle Obama to a push-up contest (Video)

Guess who wins?

By Emily Yahr  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 02/02/2012

David Letterman celebrates 30 years in late night as longtime staffers read Top 10 list

“My therapist says I have Stockholm Syndrome,” says one.

By Emily Yahr  |  09:35 AM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/02/2012

‘American Idol’ 2012: Auditions go to Portland

The judges see the best and worse as the mass auditions start to wind down.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:45 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Like clockwork, reality TV goes to Washington at annual conference

For one week every January, the epicenter of reality TV is Washington at the Realscreen Summit.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:45 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Networks plan Don Cornelius TV tributes

BET and VH1 plan to air documentaries; Centric has a 24-hour “Soul Train” marathon.

By Emily Yahr  |  05:15 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 02/01/2012

‘Soul Train’ creator Don Cornelius dies

The 75-year-old died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

By Emily Yahr  |  11:02 AM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:54 PM ET, 01/31/2012

HBO’s full ‘Game Change’ trailer has arrived [Video]

Julianne Moore stars as Sarah Palin in the film, which debuts in March.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:54 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Fox News Channel celebrates 10 years as country’s most-watched cable news network

FNC first overtook CNN in January of 2002.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:08 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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