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The TV Column: April, 2012

Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 04/27/2012

Ryan Seacrest NBC News’s newest correspondent; election coverage just got 20 percent more interesting

Seacrest named “Today” “special correspondent” and contributor to primetime news shows

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:38 PM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ryan seacrest, today show, nbc, comcast

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 04/27/2012

‘30 Rock’ live: Which coast had the best show? [VIDEO]

Watch the guest stars from the East and West coast shows, and vote.

By Emily Yahr  |  09:48 AM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:06 AM ET, 04/27/2012

‘American Idol’ 2012: Elise Testone gets the hook

‘American Idol’ 2012: Elise Testone sent packing

By Lisa de Moraes  |  04:06 AM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  american idol, ryan seacrest, jennifer lopez, stephen tyler, randy jackson, jimmy iovine

Posted at 07:41 PM ET, 04/26/2012

Fox orders fifth and final season of J.J. Abrams’ ‘Fringe’

Network orders 13 more episodes of lower rated paranormal series from J.J. Abrams.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:41 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  jj abrams, fox, fringe

Posted at 06:46 PM ET, 04/26/2012

HBO to debut George H. W. Bush documentary in June

Network says it will present “an intimate look at the life and career of George H.W. Bush” in the film “41.”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:46 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 04/26/2012

Jon Stewart shocked (jealous?) that President Obama slow jammed the news with late-night rival Jimmy Fallon [VIDEO]

“You’re the president! You don’t have to do this [expletive] anymore.”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:57 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 04/26/2012

‘Good Morning America’ on track to beat ‘Today’ again

ABC morning infotainment show has 220,000 viewer lead over NBC’s, through Wednesday.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:46 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gma, today show, good morning america, matt lauer

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 04/26/2012

NBC announces Ryan Seacrest’s role in Olympics coverage

Plus, Bob Costas hangs on to the plum gig hosting the primetime portion of NBC’s Games coverage, and John McEnroe makes his Olympic broadcast debut.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:25 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/26/2012

‘American Idol’ : Ryan Seacrest sick on Queen night

Host Ryan Seacrest a near no-show, but keeps his 11-year hosting streak going.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:58 PM ET, 04/25/2012

‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ hosts President Obama, clocks best ratings in two years

It was Obama’s first ever appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” which traveled to UNC-Chapel Hill for the broadcast Tuesday night.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:58 PM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:48 PM ET, 04/25/2012

Gearing up for her fall talk show, Katie Couric launches new web series for ABC and Yahoo

In each episode of “Katie’s Take,” the ABC News special correspondent will provide her own “fun and unique” perspective on the subject of health, nutrition, parenting and “wellness.”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:48 PM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 04/25/2012

Bill O’Reilly signs new pact with Fox News Channel

The length of contract and salary were not disclosed.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:02 AM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/25/2012

Jimmy Fallon and President Obama slow jam the news

President Obama makes his first appearance on the late-night talk show.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  president obama, barack obama, jimmy fallon

Posted at 05:45 AM ET, 04/25/2012

‘Dancing With the Stars’ 2012: Gladys Knight says goodbye

The singer was sent home after low scores on Motown Week.

By Emily Yahr  |  05:45 AM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 04/24/2012

Jimmy Fallon hosts President Obama on late-night show

President Obama makes his first appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s NBC late night show at UNC-Chapel Hill Tuesday night

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:55 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 04/24/2012

HBO’s ‘Veep’ debuts with 1.4 million viewers

The number is up by 34 percent compared to the season average for “Eastbound & Down,” which formerly occupied the Sunday 10 p.m. timeslot

By Emily Yahr  |  11:19 AM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/24/2012

‘Dancing With the Stars’ 2012: Time for Motown Week

The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and Martha Reeves joined the show to perform live music during the dances.

By Emily Yahr  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:09 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Ryan Seacrest will continue to host ‘American Idol’

Fox announced late Monday that it had signed Seacrest to continue hosting its singing competition series for an unspecified number of years.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:09 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:19 PM ET, 04/23/2012

NBC pushes ‘The Voice’ finale back an hour. What’s going on here?

NBC would understandably want to goose the ratings for “The Voice” finale, which airs just days before the network’s May 14 presentation to advertisers.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:19 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:58 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Lifetime confirms Lindsay Lohan will star as Elizabeth Taylor in biopic

Negotiations for that bit of casting were first reported last fall, in the thick of Lohan’s interesting party, rehab, jail, house arrest, morgue-internship period.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:58 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 PM ET, 04/20/2012

NBC Thursday comedy block: how bad are things?

NBC comedy series struggle to achieve Betty White’s audience.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:02 PM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 04/20/2012

‘GMA’ beat ‘Today’? Not in Washington

Local numbers don’t mirror national stats.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:21 PM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  katie couric, matt lauer, good morning america, gma, today, today show

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 04/20/2012

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By Emily Yahr  |  11:55 AM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/20/2012

‘American Idol’ 2012: Colton Dixon out and we’re down to six Idolettes

Down to six Idolettes competing after one of presumed frontrunners gets the hook.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 04/19/2012

WETA unveils UK-centric channel and Martha Stewart cooking show

Martha’s new, weekly series “Martha Stewart’s Cooking School” will debut on PBS this fall

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:12 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 04/19/2012

‘Good Morning America’ beats ‘Today,’ take 2

It’s official: “GMA” officially beat “Today” by 31,000 viewers last week, ending the NBC show’s reign as the 16-year winner.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:28 AM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/19/2012

‘American Idol’ 2012: Jessica Sanchez gets another try

Show host Ryan Seacrest pays tribute to Dick Clark at top of Fox singing competition.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:12 PM ET, 04/18/2012

For the first time ever, NBC will live stream every Olympic event

Over the many years that it has broadcast the Olympics, NBC has taken a lot of heat for its practice of holding broadcast of the “glam” competitions until prime time.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:12 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:01 PM ET, 04/18/2012

BET unveils new late night series, “house husband” spoof at upfronts

BET showed its new-season programming plans Wednesday in New York.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:01 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:01 PM ET, 04/18/2012

Dick Clark’s legacy: Ryan Seacrest, ‘Bandstand’ and his years on TV

Before there was Ryan Seacrest, there was Dick Clark.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:01 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 04/18/2012

TV innovator Dick Clark dies at age 82

He died of a massive heart attack, confirms his publicist.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  04:08 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 04/18/2012

Nicollette Sheridan gets a second trial date for ‘Desperate Housewives’ lawsuit

INicollette Sheridan’s efforts to have ABC legally convicted of wrongfully sacking her from “Desperate Housewives” will live on.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:11 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 04/18/2012

Netflix plans to debut all 10 new ‘Arrested Development’ episodes at the same time

The vid service will start streaming its entire “AD” order on the same day, its chief Ted Sarandox said.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:01 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 04/18/2012

Current TV signs California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom for a new show

Newsom will launch his show in May on the network best known for recently canning Keith Olbermann.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:21 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 04/18/2012

Reporters Who Cover Television shocked to discover nepotism on HBO’s ‘Girls’

Turns out, nepotism in the TV industry doesn’t just extend to the hiring of children of former presidents to play journalists!

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:40 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/18/2012

‘Dancing With the Stars’ 2012: Gavin DeGraw eliminated as dance duel twist is introduced

Gavin and Karina battled Jaleel White and Kym Johnson on the dance floor.

By Emily Yahr  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 04/17/2012

Harry Shearer takes his Richard Nixon comedy series across the pond

“I knew it would not be done the way I wanted it in the U.S.,” said the actor about his show, which will be broadcast in London.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:17 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 04/17/2012

‘Jeopardy!’ returns to Washington with Power Players, goes against ‘Millionaire’ American Pride Week

CNBC’s David Faber. BBC World News America’s Kitty Kay, NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell, CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary and more round out the list.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:10 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 04/17/2012

Jon Stewart practices chimp greeting with primatologist Jane Goodall [VIDEO]

Goodall out promoting new Disney nature flick “Chimpanzee” about orphan chimp Oscar.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:51 AM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  jon stewart, the daily show, comedy central

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/17/2012

‘Dancing With the Stars’: The competition gets steamy on Latin Night

The competitors shimmy through sambas, as Derek and Maria make out on the dance floor.

By Emily Yahr  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 04/16/2012

‘GMA’ ends ‘Today’s’ 16-year run as weekly morning infotainment show ratings leader

Robin Roberts’ return to ABC’s ‘GMA’ edges out NBC’s ‘Today’.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:49 PM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  katie couric, good morning america, today show, robin roberts, matt lauer

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

Alec Baldwin tells Washington crowd he will stay with ‘30 Rock’ through next year

Presumably that means 2013, which would mean ‘30 Rock’ is being ordered for another season.

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

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 04/13/2012

Jon Stewart’s ‘Daily Show’ lays out Zimmerman charge media frenzy

Comedy Central faux news anchor lets TV pundits do the comedy heavy lifiting.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:32 AM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/13/2012

‘American Idol’: America boots Jessica Sanchez; judges overrule America

‘This girl is one of the best singers in America! Ever! Are you kidding me?’ Randy Jackson rants.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:42 PM ET, 04/12/2012

Final numbers: ‘Today’ beats Katie Couric-hosted 'GMA’ by 187,000 viewers

The 187,000-viewer gap is a whole lot better for “GMA” than a year ago.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:42 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:37 PM ET, 04/12/2012

‘Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt. 23’ has decent launch with 7 million people

ABC notes it was the best retention of “Modern Family’s” audience in the 9:30 p.m. time slot in a year.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:37 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:28 PM ET, 04/12/2012

Who needs singing competitions? CBS has puppies!

A winning talent competition show continues to elude CBS, so the network announced the next best thing.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:28 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:20 PM ET, 04/12/2012

Oprah’s ‘CBS This Morning’ appearance doesn’t move ratings needle

Only 2.6 million saw Oprah Winfrey — about half the crowd that was watching ‘Today’ and ‘GMA.’

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:20 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:11 PM ET, 04/12/2012

‘Breaking In’ pulled from Fox’s schedule, once again

“Breaking In” has become That Fox Sitcom That Got Canceled Twice.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:11 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/12/2012

‘American Idol’ 2012: Final 7 Idolettes sing songs from now

Guest mentor Akon says Jessica Sanchez is ‘The One.’

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 04/11/2012

ABC cancels ‘The Revolution,’ hangs on to ‘General Hospital’

“The Revolution” will no longer be televised.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:30 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 04/11/2012

Britney Spears joining ‘X Factor’

The tabloid darling reaches deal to become the new judge on the show — for around $15 million a season.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:53 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 04/11/2012

Alec Baldwin Tweets he’s leaving NBC — again

‘30 Rock’ star contradicts NBC chairman, who told press in January they’d signed Badlwin for another season.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:38 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 04/11/2012

Melissa Gilbert’s injury threatens to eclipse surprise elimination; plus, “dance duel” confusion explained

What happened to the twist that sounded like it would start this week?

By Emily Yahr  |  01:16 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 04/11/2012

PBS to air Ken Burns’ ‘The Dust Bowl’ docu during November sweep

Two part, six-hour documentary to face stiff competition from commercial broadcasters.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:21 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ken burns, pbs

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/11/2012

‘Dancing With the Stars’ 2012: Sherri Shepherd eliminated; Melissa Gilbert a no-show after concussion

“The View” co-host was booted from the show on a surprising results night.

By Emily Yahr  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:36 PM ET, 04/10/2012

‘The Ten Commandments’ pulls off a ratings miracle for ABC

It also pulled off ABC’s best non-sports Saturday among the younger viewers who are the currency of broadcast TV since Christmas Day of 2010.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:36 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:26 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Melissa Gilbert wins this season’s “trip to the emergency room” prize on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Former “Little House” cutie turned Screen Actors Guild president Melissa Gilbert is this year’s chosen star.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:26 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Miss Universe Pageant allows transgender women to participate, could mean big ratings for NBC telecast

Jenna Talackova: the gift that keeps on giving to the Miss Universe Pageant broadcast.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:21 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 04/10/2012

‘Dancing With the Stars’ 2012: Melissa Gilbert taken to the hospital with “mild concussion” [Updated]

Host Tom Bergeron promised to provide an update on what happened to Gilbert on Tuesday’s results show.

By Emily Yahr  |  09:15 AM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 04/09/2012

Will Fox’s ‘Cops’ meet the same fate as ‘America’s Most Wanted’?

Fox announced Monday that it will jam its Saturday nights with sports, leaving little room for its long-running police show.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:41 PM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 04/09/2012

‘Today’ narrowly beats ‘GMA’ in weekly ratings to maintain winning streak

For the week, “Today” averaged 5.109 million viewers, to “GMA’s” 4.899 million.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  04:13 PM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 04/09/2012

Fox renews ‘Glee,’ ‘New Girl,’ ‘Raising Hope’

And what of Fox’s other comedies?

By Lisa de Moraes  |  02:51 PM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 04/09/2012

CBS pays tribute to Mike Wallace, plans special ‘60 Minutes’ for next Sunday

“Face the Nation” and “CBS This Morning” also discussed the legendary broadcaster.

By Emily Yahr  |  11:34 AM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 04/06/2012

‘Today’ takes Thursday, hangs on to 16-year weekly ratings record

Katie Couric-anchored “Good Morning America’ won Wednesday but ‘Today’ took Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  04:23 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/06/2012

‘American Idol’ 2012: One more Idolette says goodbye

Judges hang on to their Save Card one more week.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  American Idol, American Idol 2012

Posted at 12:46 AM ET, 04/06/2012

Matt Lauer closes new contract with NBC’s ‘Today’ show [UPDATED]

‘Thank goodness,’ says Al Roker, ‘cause it was either you or Keith Olbermann!’

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:46 AM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:19 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Keith Olbermann sues Current TV for breach of contract, sabotage, disparagement

‘Olbermann thought he had made a deal with a legitimate network and instead got an unprofessional cable-access show,’ lawsuit claims.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:19 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Katie Couric co-anchored ‘GMA’ bags more viewers than ‘Today’ Wednesday

Ryan Seacrest announced he’d joined NBC ‘familiy’ but Couric had ‘Dancing with Stars’ evictee

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:08 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Oprah Winfrey Network orders game show, sextuplet series

Oprah Winfrey Network renews ‘Oprah’s Master Class’ and orders more ‘Sweetie Pies’

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:47 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/05/2012

‘American Idol’ 2012: Top 8 perform songs from the ’80s

The remaining eight contestants tried to impress the judges.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  American Idol, American Idol 2012

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 04/04/2012

Discovery dumps Planet Green for Destination America

Network to be rebranded, starting Memorial Day.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  04:17 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 04/04/2012

‘Today’ show with Sarah Palin increases edge over ‘GMA’ with Katie Couric

Both morning infotainment shows do better Tuesday than Monday, but NBC show widens gap.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  02:27 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 04/04/2012

First Lady Michelle Obama to re-visit ‘The Colbert Report’

First Lady making her first appearance on the show since taking up residence in White House.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:40 AM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 04/04/2012

Jon Stewart to Palin on ‘Today’: Matt and Ann aren’t Che and Lenin

Jon Stewart weighs in on Sarah Palin having gone rogue and infiltrated some turf — guest-hosting NBC’s “Today” show.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:40 AM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 04/04/2012

Ryan Seacrest to join NBC’s primetime coverage of summer Olympics from London

‘American Idol’ host and TV producer tells Matt Lauer he has no immediate plans to replace him on ‘Today.’

By Lisa de Moraes  |  08:46 AM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/04/2012

‘Dancing With the Stars’ 2012: One couple leaves, and the competition gets a new twist

Whose story on Sad Story Night wasn’t sad enough to stay on the show?

By Emily Yahr  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:37 PM ET, 04/03/2012

Ousted Current TV star Keith Olbermann visits David Letterman [VIDEO]

“If you buy a $10 million chandelier, you should have a house to put it in,” Olbermann told Dave.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:37 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:49 PM ET, 04/03/2012

President Obama to introduce USA network telecast of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:49 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 04/03/2012

Meredith Vieira on ‘Today’ trumps Katie Couric on ‘GMA,’ early stats say

Monday’s ‘GMA’ finished with 333,000 fewer viewers than Monday’s ‘Today’ show in fast national ratings.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:11 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/03/2012

David Letterman to become longest-running late-night host in TV history with new CBS deal

He surpasses Johnny Carson’s record; Craig Ferguson also gets a contract extension.

By Emily Yahr  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 04/03/2012

OWN announces new distribution deal with Comcast

As Discovery Communications upfronts get closer, OWN is trying to put a positive spin on the struggling network.

By Emily Yahr  |  11:21 AM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Katie Couric: Day 2 co-anchoring ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ [UPDATE to the UPDATE]

Ryan Seacrest cancels plans to make ‘big NBC announcement’ on ‘Today” Tuesday due to elbow surgery.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:43 AM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Neil Patrick Harris to host the Tony Awards — again

The CBS sitcom star also hosted in 2009 and 2011.

By Emily Yahr  |  09:10 AM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Sarah Palin joins “lamestream media” at ‘Today’; going head-to-head with Katie Couric

‘Today’ books Palin to hang on to its ratings lead as Katie Couric guest co-hosts ‘GMA’.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:40 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Ryan Seacrest delays his “big NBC announcement” on ‘Today’

‘American Idol’ host tweets that elbow surgery keeps him from traveling to New York to announce his NBC future.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:40 AM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/03/2012

‘Dancing With the Stars’ 2012: Everybody cries in Week 3

The celebs choose dances that relate to the most memorable year of their lives, and the majority break down in tears.

By Emily Yahr  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:51 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Couric wins congeniality prize but Oprah makes news in morning show battle

‘Had I known it was this difficult I might have done something else,” Oprah says of OWN launch.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:51 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Sarah Palin on ‘Today’ vs. Katie Couric on ‘GMA’: Who will you watch?

The women will both be co-hosting on Tuesday morning.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:23 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Katie Couric on ‘Good Morning America’: Taking on ‘Today,' NBC

While temporarily filling in on “Good Morning America,” Couric battles her former employer, the ”Today” show.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:51 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 04/02/2012

NBC’s ‘Today’ trots out “surprise legend” as it battles ‘GMA’s’ Katie Couric [UPDATED]

‘Today’ trots out ‘big gets’ as it tries to hang on to its more than 16-year weekly ratings win record.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:35 AM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 04/02/2012

Oprah on OWN network: “Had I known that it was this difficult, I might have done something else.”

The former Queen of Daytime TV talked about her struggles at the fledgling OWN during an interview with Charlie Rose and her BFF, Gayle King, on “CBS This Morning.”

By Emily Yahr  |  09:22 AM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 04/02/2012

Katie Couric is back! Live updates on ‘Good Morning America’

Katie Couric begins her week-long gust-hosting gig on ABC’s “Good Morning America” to the chagrin of NBC’s “Today” show which may end its ratings record run of more than 16 years

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:06 AM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:08 PM ET, 04/01/2012

Tyler Perry casts Whitney Houston’s daughter in his TBS sitcom

Second season of ‘For Better or Worse” debuts in July; Bobbi Kristina to have recurring role

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:08 PM ET, 04/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:40 PM ET, 04/01/2012

David Letterman books booted Current TV star Keith Olbermann

CBS late night host will ask why Current TV founders cut Olbermann, saying relationship no longer represented ‘the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers.’

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:40 PM ET, 04/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:44 PM ET, 04/01/2012

‘Today’ books Sarah Palin, “big announcement” from Ryan Seacrest against ‘GMA’s’ Katie Couric

Couric, filling in for Robin Roberts, expected to nuke ‘Today’ show’s more than 16 year ratings win.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  08:44 PM ET, 04/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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