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The TV Column: July, 2012

Posted at 08:17 PM ET, 07/30/2012

‘Homeland’ producer says climate of fear in U.S. affects the storytelling

‘Homeland’ producer says climate of fear in U.S. affects the storytelling.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  08:17 PM ET, 07/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:54 PM ET, 07/30/2012

‘Daily Show’s’ Larry Wilmore filming political comedy show pilot for Showtime

Wilmore will host one-hour town-hall special filmed in Salt Lake City with studio audience.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:54 PM ET, 07/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:52 PM ET, 07/30/2012

ABC pulls ‘Trust Us With Your Life,’ hosted by Fred Willard, from its schedule

Right after his arrest, Willard appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s late night show just last week to plug the series.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:52 PM ET, 07/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 07/30/2012

Jeff Probst on Jeff Probst

‘Survivor’ host Jeff Probst came to Summer TV Press Tour 2012 to talk about his new talk show.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  04:22 PM ET, 07/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 07/30/2012

CW president explains lack of ‘Battle Royale,’ zombies, on the network

CW zombies have to look a lot better than AMC zombies, CW prez Mark Pedowitz joked.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:30 PM ET, 07/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 07/30/2012

CW to air ‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog’ in October

The video starring Neil Patrick Harris went viral back in 2008.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:45 PM ET, 07/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 07/30/2012

CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’ makes one-hour fomat permanent

‘Face the Nation’ with Bob Schieffer makes 1-hour format test its permanent format.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:44 AM ET, 07/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 07/30/2012

TV critics question bona fides of CBS Sherlock Holmes drama and ‘Partners’ comedy

CBS series ‘Elementary’ and ‘Partners’ put in hot seat by tv critics

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:31 AM ET, 07/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 PM ET, 07/29/2012

Martin Sheen to help Charlie deal with ‘Anger Management’

‘The West Wing’ president to join Charlie Sheen’s sitcom in recurring role of his dad.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:00 PM ET, 07/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 PM ET, 07/29/2012

‘Modern Family’ cast and producers settle differences, avoid a lawsuit

Shooting for Season 4 will start Monday, as planned.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:49 PM ET, 07/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:59 PM ET, 07/29/2012

David Letterman dodges TV critics trophy show because ‘it’s the night I eat glass’

David Letterman among the many no-shows at TV Critics Association trophy show.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:59 PM ET, 07/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 07/28/2012

London Games Opening Ceremony clocks record ratings

An average of 40.7 million people watched NBC’s coverage of the London Games Opening Ceremony — most watched Summer Games starter on record.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  02:38 PM ET, 07/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nbc, london summer ollympics

Posted at 11:04 PM ET, 07/27/2012

Jimmy Kimmel prefers ‘fellow shallow Hollywood stars’ to White House correspondents

Jimmy Kimmel would rather play to room of ‘fellow shallow Hollywood stars’ than White House correspondents.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:04 PM ET, 07/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 07/27/2012

Bristol Palin to ‘Dance’ again, since media won’t leave her alone

The Palins— the Barrymores of reality TV — took another giant step towards overtaking the Kardashians as the First Family of reality TV with ‘Dancing With the Stars.’

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:40 PM ET, 07/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 07/27/2012

CNN president Jim Walton tells staff he’s stepping down at the end of the year

CNN recently finished its lowest-rated second quarter in more than two decades.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  04:24 PM ET, 07/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 07/27/2012

‘Dancing With the Stars’ announces all-star cast: Bristol Palin, Kirstie Alley, Pamela Anderson and more

Bristol Palin, Kirstie Alley, Pamela Anderson and others named on ABC’s second day at the TCA press tour.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:17 PM ET, 07/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 07/27/2012

Fred Willard stops by ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’

The actor recently arrested at a porn theater in Hollywood stuck to his ‘this is all a misunderstanding’ line when he visited Fallon.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:06 AM ET, 07/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 07/27/2012

ABC sets fall premiere dates

“Suburgatory” will switch timeslots with “The Neighbors.”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:53 AM ET, 07/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:42 PM ET, 07/26/2012

Katie Couric discusses her new talk show, bucket lists, and inviting Sarah Palin for another interview

So far, “no response,” from the former Alaska governor, Couric said.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:42 PM ET, 07/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 07/26/2012

ABC News president addresses questions about network’s Colorado shooting coverage

“This was a breaking news situation and people are going to make mistakes,” Ben Sherwood said of Brian Ross’s mistake on-air.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  04:22 PM ET, 07/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 07/26/2012

Norah O’Donnell takes over Erica Hill’s co-host spot on ‘CBS This Morning’

Hill is in a state of “in discussions” about a “new role,” CBS News said Thursday morning.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:27 PM ET, 07/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 07/26/2012

Things fall apart with ‘Modern Family’ cast contract negotiations

The production company canceled a table read scheduled for Tuesday morning when they got word most of the cast would refuse to show up amid salary negotiations.

By Emily Yahr  |  11:32 AM ET, 07/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:53 PM ET, 07/25/2012

Sarah and Todd Palin attend NBC’s press tour party, compete for attention with a monkey

The Palins showed up at NBC’s TCA party on Tuesday, but may have been upstaged by Crystal the Monkey, star of “Animal Practice.”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:53 PM ET, 07/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 07/25/2012

Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert renew Comedy Central deals

Stewart is signed through 2015, Colbert through 2014.

By Emily Yahr  |  12:29 PM ET, 07/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 07/25/2012

TV Land plans tribute to Sherman Hemsley

The network will air his most memorable episodes of “The Jeffersons” this weekend.

By Emily Yahr  |  11:14 AM ET, 07/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/25/2012

Todd Palin explains why he’s on NBC, home of ‘Saturday Night Live’

Sarah Palin’s husband participating in new NBC reality series “Stars Earn Stripes.”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nbc, palin, saturday night live

Posted at 08:43 PM ET, 07/24/2012

NBC orders ‘Dracula’ drama starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Jonathan Rhys Meyers will play vampire Count Dracula in a TV series update of Bram Stoker’s late 1800’s Gothic horror novel, “Dracula.”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  08:43 PM ET, 07/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:02 PM ET, 07/24/2012

NBC boss says network is looking for comedies with a “broad” audience

Unlike the critically beloved, but barely watched, Thursday night comedies.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  08:02 PM ET, 07/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:34 PM ET, 07/24/2012

Sharon Osbourne leaving NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’?

“My darling @HowardStern, money is not the reason I’m not returning to @nbcagt, it’s because…” Osbourne wrote on Twitter.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:34 PM ET, 07/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 07/24/2012

Alex Trebek back on ‘Jeopardy!’ set after recovering from heart attack

Trebek, 72, returned to Sony Pictures Studios on Tuesday to tape the first episode of the show’s 29th season.

By Emily Yahr  |  06:16 PM ET, 07/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 07/24/2012

Conan O’Brien developing another late-night show for TBS

Pete Holmes — the guy behind podcast “You Made It Weird” — will host the series.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:14 PM ET, 07/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 07/24/2012

‘American Idol’ judges: A timeline (Mariah Carey, do you know what you’re in for?)

From Kara to Ellen, the country’s most popular show has had a long history with its judges.

By Emily Yahr  |  03:00 PM ET, 07/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  American Idol

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 07/24/2012

Mindy Kaling talks new rom-com for Fox, Indian actors on TV

“It sort of struck me when I was watching the pilot [episode] that I had never seen a woman who looked quite like you doing the things you were doing on television,” one TV critic asked Kaling/

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:41 PM ET, 07/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 07/24/2012

Nat Faxon locked to star in Fox’s ‘Ben and Kate’ before he realized he’d made a huge mistake

Oscar winning screenwriter locked to Fox sitcom ‘Ben and Kate’ before he realized he’d made a huge mistake, says show creator.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:16 AM ET, 07/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nat faxon, fox

Posted at 09:23 PM ET, 07/23/2012

Britney Spears doing ‘X Factor’ to ‘give back’

Britney Spears, reportedly being paid $15 mil a year as judge on X Factor,’ tells TV critics at Summer TV Press Tour 2012 she joined the show to “give back.’

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:23 PM ET, 07/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 07/23/2012

Mariah Carey replacing Jennifer Lopez on ‘American Idol’; Randy Jackson helped broker the deal [Updated]

“Idol” exec producer Nigel Lythgoe sad to lose Tyler; JLo, but wants to dump judges every year.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:30 PM ET, 07/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 07/23/2012

PBS chief defends firing of Fred Willard after his arrest

PBS feared Willard, arrested Wednesday, would become ‘distration’ for its new flea-market competition.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:45 PM ET, 07/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 07/23/2012

Keith Russell joins WRC as new midday co-anchor

Russell was previously a sports anchor for Philadelphia’s ABC station.

By Emily Yahr  |  03:27 PM ET, 07/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 07/23/2012

Meg Ryan, America Ferrera plug PBS docu on oppressed women while Diane Lane plugs herself

Meg Ryan, America Ferrera plug PBS docu on oppressed women while Diane Lane plugs herself at Summer TV Press Tour 2012.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:14 PM ET, 07/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 07/23/2012

TV critics to billionaire David Geffen: Buy our newspaper

Billionaire David Geffen comes to Summer TV Press Tour 2012 to plug PBS bio on him.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:12 PM ET, 07/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:37 PM ET, 07/21/2012

‘Downton Abbey’ third season: Crawley family goes bust

‘Downton Abbey’ third season includes family fortune lost, Shirley MacLaine.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:37 PM ET, 07/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  downton abbey, pbs

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 07/20/2012

Networks plan primetime, weekend coverage of Colorado shootings

Broadcast and cable nets will cover the tragedy through the weekend.

By Emily Yahr  |  05:43 PM ET, 07/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 07/19/2012

In wake of arrest, PBS drops Fred Willard from ‘Market Warriors’

Willard, 72, was arrested on Wednesday night on suspicion of committing a lewd act.

By Emily Yahr  |  04:43 PM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 07/19/2012

‘Mad Men’ poised to make Emmy history

“Man Men” is nominated again for best drama series; if it wins on Emmy night, it becomes the first drama to win five times, beating “Hill Street Blues,” “LA Law” and “The West Wing.”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:12 AM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 07/19/2012

Emmy nominations 2012: Betty White, instant reaction from Jimmy Kimmel, no Jeff Probst?

“Should I give a speech now?” cracked Kimmel, after hearing his first nomination.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:11 AM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 07/19/2012

Emmy nominations 2012 preview: Watch announcement live

Watch a livestream of the announcement from Kerry Washington and Jimmy Kimmel.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  08:34 AM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 AM ET, 07/19/2012

Emmy Awards host Jimmy Kimmel steps in to unveil glam category nominees

This year’s Emmy Awards host Jimmy Kimmel steps in at last minute to unveil glam category noms.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:52 AM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:39 PM ET, 07/18/2012

TLC developing reality show about Pete Rose and his fiancee

Show will focus on their road to wedded bliss, which TLC says already has developed some potholes.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:39 PM ET, 07/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 07/18/2012

Fox News Channel lands first TV interview with George Zimmerman

Zimmerman will sit down with Sean Hannity at 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

By Emily Yahr  |  02:48 PM ET, 07/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 07/17/2012

Jon Stewart reacts to DirecTV-Viacom battle with a few words of rage [VIDEO]

“Viacom, DirecTV, what are you doing here?!” Stewart demanded to know.

By Emily Yahr  |  03:34 PM ET, 07/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 07/17/2012

Emmy nominations 2012: So many questions

To start: Can any shows knock “Mad Men” and “Modern Family” off their respective thrones?

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:21 PM ET, 07/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 07/16/2012

Savannah Guthrie’s first week: ‘GMA’ beats ‘Today’ by highest weekly viewer margin in 17 years

“GMA” averaged 4.57 million viewers, with “Today” at 4.213 million.

By Emily Yahr  |  04:57 PM ET, 07/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 07/16/2012

‘Dancing With the Stars’ to announce all-star cast next week. Will Bristol Palin be included?

The reality competition series will reveal its lineup Friday, July 27.

By Emily Yahr  |  03:28 PM ET, 07/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 07/13/2012

Jennifer Lopez confirms she’s done with ‘American Idol'

The judge called “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest’s radio show Friday morning to share the news.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:45 PM ET, 07/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 07/12/2012

AMC vs. Dish, Viacom vs. DirecTV: Brawling satellite providers and cable companies take different tactics

AMC will stream ‘Breaking Bad’ premiere free for Dish customers; Viacom yanked episodes of popular shows offline.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:22 PM ET, 07/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 07/12/2012

Steven Tyler officially gone from ‘American Idol’

The Aerosmith rocker announced Thursday that he’s leaving the show after two seasons.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:27 PM ET, 07/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 07/12/2012

CBS unveils fall premiere dates

“Survivor” will get its debut one week early.

By Emily Yahr  |  11:24 AM ET, 07/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Study: Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are most memorable TV event of past 50 years [Updated]

Hurricane Katrina is ranked No. 2, according to a study conducted by Nielsen Research in collaboration with Sony Electronics.

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

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 07/11/2012

Fox releases first footage of Britney Spears from ‘X Factor’ auditions [VIDEO]

No word, however, on her fellow new judge Demi Lovato.

By Emily Yahr  |  02:48 PM ET, 07/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:54 PM ET, 07/10/2012

Seth Meyers says “No, no, no, no, no,” he’s not replacing Regis on ‘Live!’

The ‘SNL’ head writer denied a report that he’s the front-runner as Permanent Person to Be Upstaged by Kelly Ripa.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:54 PM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:48 PM ET, 07/10/2012

‘Good Afternoon America’ premiere attracts nearly 2 million viewers

ABC went with “glass half full” in announcing the ratings.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:48 PM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:33 PM ET, 07/10/2012

On Savannah Guthrie’s first day, ‘GMA’ beats ‘Today’ in the ratings

“Today” (4 million viewers) fell short of “GMA” (4.4 million), according to early stats.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:33 PM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 07/10/2012

Savannah Guthrie’s first day on ‘Today’ is carefully tailored

“It truly is a new day around here,” Matt Lauer told Savannah at the top of Monday’s show.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:58 AM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:37 PM ET, 07/09/2012

WTTG promotes two morning show co-anchors

Wisdom Martin and Tony Perkins have both been added to the Fox 5 morning broadcast.

By Emily Yahr  |  07:37 PM ET, 07/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 07/09/2012

HBO confirms premiere dates for ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ ‘Treme’

‘Boardwalk’ will debut Sept. 16; ‘Treme’ a week later on Sept. 23.

By Emily Yahr  |  04:47 PM ET, 07/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 07/09/2012

Networks line up tributes to Ernest Borgnine

Antenna TV and TCM plan marathons to honor the Oscar-winning actor.

By Emily Yahr  |  03:07 PM ET, 07/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:37 PM ET, 07/05/2012

NBC News execs deny David Gregory is out at ‘Meet the Press’

Last month, “Meet the Press’s” weekly rating hit a 20-year low among viewers between the ages of 25 and 54 — the currency of news programming.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:37 PM ET, 07/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:27 PM ET, 07/05/2012

Is Seth Meyers in lead to replace Regis as permanent Guy Upstaged by Kelly Ripa?

Meyers is guest-hosting the show with Kelly Ripa every day next week.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:27 PM ET, 07/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 07/05/2012

About 6.3 million people watch Washington fireworks on PBS’s ‘A Capitol Fourth’

The channel fell short of NBC’s July 4 special, but ranked ahead of CBS.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:31 PM ET, 07/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:26 PM ET, 07/03/2012

CBS moves dating show premiere to dodge ABC’s ‘Bachelorette’ finale

The escalating war between ABC and CBS over their respective fame-seeking-narcissists-live-in-totally-wired-house series now threatens to consume both networks’ dating shows.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:26 PM ET, 07/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:26 PM ET, 07/02/2012

Anderson Cooper — very carefully, cautiously — comes out of the closet on TV Take Out the Trash Day

It’s right before a national holiday, when potentially hot-and-maybe-not-in-a-good-way news is unveiled, in hopes that lots of people are on vacation and won’t notice.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:26 PM ET, 07/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 07/02/2012

HBO renews ‘The Newsroom,’ ‘True Blood’

Last week’s premiere drew 2.1 million viewers, one of HBO’s highest premieres in recent years.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:32 PM ET, 07/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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