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The TV Column: June, 2012

Posted at 07:01 PM ET, 06/29/2012

NBC to stage live broadcast of ‘Sound of Music’

‘Smash’ producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to produce live ‘Sound of Music’ special for NBC.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:01 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:56 PM ET, 06/29/2012

Lifetime drops ‘Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp’ from primetime

The reality show will now air at 11 p.m., following a repeat of ‘Dance Moms.’

By Emily Yahr  |  06:56 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 06/29/2012

Charlie Sheen’s ‘Anger Management’ sets cable, FX ratings records

Charlie Sheen’s ‘Anger Management’ premiere averages 5.5 million viewers.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:02 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 06/29/2012

Savannah Guthrie officially named ‘Today’ co-anchor

The NBC morning show newsreader will take the place of Ann Curry officially on July 9.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:28 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 06/29/2012

Stephen Colbert, Aaron Sorkin talk ‘The Newsroom’

Stephen Colbert takes issue with Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO show ‘The Newsroom’.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:09 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 06/29/2012

Stephen Colbert talks cable news gaffe on Obamacare Supreme Court ruling

Stephen Colbert: Reading Supreme Court ruling — like reading Dickens.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:15 AM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:34 PM ET, 06/28/2012

Ann Curry: Today is my last day co-hosting ‘Today’ [UPDATED]

Ann Curry exits ‘Today’; is named NBC News National and International Correspondent/Anchor and “Today” Anchor at Large.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:34 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

‘Today’ vs. ‘GMA’: Compare the dramatic couch moments (PHOTO)

Both morning news shows had very dramatic couch moments this month.

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

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 06/28/2012

CW announces new-season premiere dates

CW avoiding the crush of Premiere Week and rolling out new sked in October.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:32 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cw, vampire diaries, 90210, gossip girl, arrow

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 06/27/2012

‘America’s Got Talent’ eliminates controversial contestant Tim Poe

After Poe auditioned earlier this month, reports emerged that he lied about sustaining injuries as a soldier.

By Emily Yahr  |  11:02 AM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 06/27/2012

CNN sinks in second quarter

Cable news networks suffers smallest primetime audience in 21 years.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:39 AM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:48 PM ET, 06/26/2012

Ladies of ‘The View’ grill John Edwards mistress Rielle Hunter

After sailing through interviews earlier, Hunter got the scorching that some people felt she so richly deserved on Tuesday’s “The View”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:48 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:47 PM ET, 06/26/2012

‘General Hospital’ moves to 2 p.m. on Sept. 10

Long-running soap moves to 2 p.m. the day Couric’s new syndicated talk show premieres.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:47 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 06/26/2012

Savannah Guthrie reportedly set as Ann Curry’s replacement on NBC’s ‘Today’ show

Nearly a week after word got out that NBC News was working on a plan to replace Ann Curry, everyone’s been wondering who’s it gonna be.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:18 AM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:45 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Charlie Sheen chooses episodes of ‘Two and a Half Men’ to air before ‘Anger Management’ premiere

FX has cable rerun rights to (and does extremely well with) the show on which Sheen starred, until Warner Bros. TV sacked him for his all-around weirdsmobile behavior.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:45 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:32 PM ET, 06/25/2012

For third time in Comedy Central roast history, it will skewer a woman — Roseanne Barr

The Viacom-owned cable network said Monday that it would tape a roast of Roseanne Barr on Aug. 4 in Los Angeles

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:32 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Daytime Emmy Awards’ 912,000 viewers sets record for HLN and franchise — high and low, respectively.

Premiere audience of 912,000 is record for HLN and Daytime Emmys — high and low, respectively.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  04:36 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 06/25/2012

HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’ premiere snags 2.1 million viewers

Nearly 3 million people caught the launch of Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” Sunday, including 2.1 million for its 10 p.m. premiere.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  04:02 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 06/22/2012

Man who used Web site to “warn” ‘South Park’ creators sentenced to nearly 12 years

Jesse Curtis Morton was one of two men who issued “warnings” to ‘South Park’ creators, saying they risked death if they showed prophet Muhammad in a bear costume.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:14 PM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  comedy central, south park

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 06/22/2012

Justin Bieber TV special sinks in ratings

Wednesday night’s Bieber-cast clocked just 3.02 million viewers.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:39 PM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 06/22/2012

Lifetime orders Marc Cherry’s ‘Devious Maids’

Drama from ‘Desperate Housewives’ creator, for ABC, lands at Lifetime.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:04 PM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lifetime, ABC, Marc Cherry

Posted at 07:52 PM ET, 06/21/2012

A look back: ‘Today’ show hosts over the years [PHOTO GALLERY]

With the news that Ann Curry’s exit from the “Today” show is apparently imminent, here’s a look back at all the NBC morning hosts over the years:

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:52 PM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 06/21/2012

Mitt Romney’s five sons sit down for an interview on ‘Conan’ [VIDEO]

It’s their first interview of the campaign so far.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:45 PM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 06/21/2012

Stephen Colbert explains Operation Fast & Furious

Stephen Colbert explains government’s gun tracking operation.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:12 AM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  stephen colbert

Posted at 08:03 PM ET, 06/20/2012

Bristol Palin's reality show crashes and burns on Lifetime

The docu-soap attracted a meager 726,000 viewers — less than half the 1.8 million that watched a “Dance Moms” lead-in.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  08:03 PM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:18 PM ET, 06/20/2012

On the eve of morning ratings news, word gets out NBC is working to replace Ann Curry on ‘Today’

With falling numbers, NBC News is working on a plan to do what almost always happens in these situations — replace the female co-anchor.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:18 PM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 06/20/2012

CBS “announces” new reality series ‘Dancing On the Stars,’ will take place at famous Hollywood cemetery

The show will take place at a famous Hollywood cemetery, according to the release, days after a judge denied CBS’s bid to shut down ABC’s “Big Brother”-esque “Glass House.”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  04:55 PM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 06/20/2012

‘Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp’ producers sued by Kyle Massey and family, who claim credit for the show

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:15 AM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 06/19/2012

Doug Culver officially unveiled as WJLA’s new news director

WJLA’s new news director is Doug Culver.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:51 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 06/19/2012

‘The Glass House’ start fails to grip viewers

About 4 million caught unveiling of reality series CBS claims is ‘Big Brother’ knockoff.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  02:43 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 06/19/2012

Todd Palin among those competing in NBC’s reality series ‘Stars Earn Stripes’

Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe for NATO, will host with ”Entertainment Weekly’s” Samantha Harris.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:49 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sarah palin, dick wolf, mark burnett, nbc

Posted at 07:22 AM ET, 06/19/2012

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond appears — again — on Craig Ferguson’s late night show [VIDEO]

During his trip to Scotland last month, CBS late night host Craig Ferguson persuaded Scottish first minister Alex Salmond to make his first appearance on an American talk show.

By Emily Yahr  |  07:22 AM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:21 PM ET, 06/18/2012

Fox moves up ‘The X Factor’ premiere, ‘Glee’ to air against ‘America’s Got Talent’ finale

This seaon, “X Factor” will feature new chick judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:21 PM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:56 PM ET, 06/18/2012

Arsenio Hall returning to late-night talk TV two decades later

New show to launch in fall of 2013; re-teams Hall with his former talk show distributor.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:56 PM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  arsenio hall, celebrity apprentice, bill clinton, cbs

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 06/18/2012

‘American Idol’ winner Phillip Phillips will make his first post-show appearance in Washington

He hasn’t performed since the “Idol” finale in May, as he’s been recovering from kidney surgery.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:21 AM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 06/17/2012

Richmond’s WTVR big winner at TV academy’s National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter Emmy Awards

Richmond station WTVR takes home most Emmys at local-chapter ceremony.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:25 PM ET, 06/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 06/15/2012

Judge tentatively nixes CBS bid to block ‘Glass House' launch

Federal judge not buying CBS claims ABC reality show rips off its ‘Big Brother’

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:39 PM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 06/15/2012

Colbert: Obama, Romney need own TV channels as networks run out of political ad time [Video]

Obama and Romney need their own channels, like Senator Seacrest.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:27 AM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 06/14/2012

NBC will launch new comedies early to get Olympics-size boost

Matthew Perry’s “Go On” and Justin Kirk’s “Animal Practice” will get summer starts.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:13 PM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 06/14/2012

Washington casting call: Oxygen’s ‘Best Ink’

The reality show is coming to Washington to look for cast members on June 16.

By Emily Yahr  |  04:39 PM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 06/14/2012

Fox News: Another Miss USA contestant says she heard Top 5 finalists before Top 15 were announced [UPDATED with statements from Miss Universe Pageant and Ernst Young]

Miss Pennsylvania, Sheena Monnin last week claimed one of the other competitors told her she’d seen the lists of the Top 5 finalists before NBC’s Sunday broadcast.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  02:05 PM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 06/14/2012

‘Game of Thrones’ producers, HBO apologize for showing decapitated George W. Bush head [UPDATED]

“George Bush’s head appears in a couple beheading scenes... it’s not a political statement. It’s just, we had to use what heads we had around,” exec producer says in DVD commentary.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:35 PM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 06/14/2012

CNN’s ‘John King USA’ to end after this month

King, who joined CNN in ’97, will become lead national campaign correspondent.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:17 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 06/14/2012

‘Sons of Anarchy’ delves into merchandising, including motorcycles, hats and...stationery?

The biker gang’s rabid fanbase, which hit 5.5 million in its most recent season, apparently writes a lot of letters.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:12 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 06/14/2012

Snubbed by Emmys? No problem — CBS creates its own awards show

With some exceptions, the TV academy generally has little love for the programming on the country’s most popular television network.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:09 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 06/14/2012

Showtime confirms this is the last season of 'Weeds’

This summer’s eighth season of “Weeds” will be its last.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:06 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 06/14/2012

Jon Stewart: why President Obama is attending so many celebrity fundraisers [VIDEO]

Jon Stewart on Obama fundraisers: How many Hollywood celebrities does it take to match one casino billionaire with $10 million.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:58 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 06/14/2012

HGTV’s ‘House Hunters’ featured houses not for sale at the time in episode

HGTV acknowledges ruse following featured homeowners’ comments.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:56 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:24 PM ET, 06/12/2012

ABC’s ‘Glass House’ debuts live-stream as CBS tries to shut down the show

Turns out, ‘Glass House’ may actually just be a parody of CBS’s ‘Big Brother.’

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:24 PM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 PM ET, 06/12/2012

WJLA to pre-empt ABC’s ‘The Middle’ on Wednesday

Washington’s ABC affiliate station to pre-empt network comedy repeat for news recaps

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:15 PM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 06/11/2012

About 6 million people watch Tony Awards, believed to be show’s smallest audience ever

The previous record low was 6.22 million viewers, set in 2007.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:24 PM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tony Awards, Award Shows

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 06/11/2012

‘The View’ co-host Joy Behar lands Current TV show

‘The View’ co-host Joy Behar lands talk show on Current TV starting in the fall.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:51 PM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  current tv, joy behar, the view

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 06/11/2012

Robin Roberts diagnosed with rare blood disorder; tells ‘GMA’ viewers “I’m going to beat this”

Roberts will have a bone marrow transplant later this fall, she said.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:31 AM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 06/08/2012

Ex-Miss Pennsylvania not backing down on claims of Miss USA pageant fraud

Miss Universe Organization filed paperwork to battle claims by former Miss USA competitor that the pageant is rigged

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:24 PM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 06/08/2012

Stephen Colbert explains why U.S. canceled ‘Sesame Street’ in Pakistan

Stephen Colbert details ‘corruption’ at ‘Sesame Street’ production in Pakistan on his Comedy Central show.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:58 AM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:35 PM ET, 06/07/2012

TV critics shower ‘Homeland’ with award noms

‘Homeland,’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ rich in TV Critics Assn. Award noms.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:35 PM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 06/07/2012

‘America’s Got Talent’ producer apologizes for using photo of wrong soldier during audition episode

NBC talent competition producer says incorrect photo was provided by auditioning singer.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:21 PM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 06/07/2012

'CMT Music Awards' lines up President Obama, Mitt Romney for opening bit [VIDEO]

Once again, the race for the White House provided Viacom with the opening gag for its “CMT Music Awards.”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:58 AM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 06/07/2012

Stephen Colbert “threatened” by ‘Tony’ host Neil Patrick Harris [VIDEO]

Stephen Colbert and Neil Patrick Harris want theater competition in Olympics.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:28 AM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 06/07/2012

Stephen Colbert burns ‘Fahrenheit 451’ to honor Ray Bradbury [VIDEO]

Colbert pays tribute to acclaimed sci-fi author Ray Bradbury, who died at age 91, by burning book at end of Comedy Central’s ‘The Colbert Report.’

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:22 AM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  stephen colbert, ray bradbury

Posted at 07:47 PM ET, 06/06/2012

CW network sets first summer schedule of original shows

Network sets first ever summer schedule of original programming

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:47 PM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:31 PM ET, 06/06/2012

Internet-only HBO service? Network says: Don’t hold your breath.

HBO thanked fans who say they're pirating its programs because the network won't let them sign up for its streaming service HBO Go without signing up for the cable channel itself.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:31 PM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:16 PM ET, 06/06/2012

Barbara Walters “regrets” trying to help Syrian presidential aide land job at CNN, get into Columbia

The Daily Telegraphobtained e-mails in which Walters tried to help Sheherazad Jaafari.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:16 PM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Donald Trump says he’ll sue ex-Miss Pennsylvania over her claims of Miss USA fraud

Donald Trump says Miss Universe Organization will sue Sheena Monnin, who turned in her Miss Pennsylvania tiara Tuesday, claiming pageant shennanigans.

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

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 06/05/2012

‘Game of Thrones’ second season finale attracts more than 4 million

HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ second-season finale scores 38 percent more viewers than first-season wrap.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  08:57 AM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  game of thrones, hbo, GoT hbo, game of thrones second season finale, hbo

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 06/04/2012

A&E’s ‘Longmire’ premiere cops more than 4 million viewers

‘Longmire’ premiere is basic cable’s most successful series launch this year

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:22 PM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  longmire premiere a&e, katee sackhoff longmire, wyoming sheriff longmire, craig johnson, craig johnson longmire, katee sackhoff, history hatfields & mccoys, kevin costner hatfields and mccoys

Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 05/31/2012

History breaks own ratings record with conclusion of ‘Hatfields & McCoys’

The last installment on Wednesday night landed 14.3 million viewers, making it the most-watched, non-sports telecast in ad-supported cable history.

By Emily Yahr  |  06:41 PM ET, 05/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 05/31/2012

Emmy categories merge once again, will combine acting prizes for miniseries and TV movies

Say farewell to separate categories for lead actor/actress and supporting actor/actress in a miniseries or TV movie.

By Emily Yahr  |  04:15 PM ET, 05/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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