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The TV Column: August, 2012

Posted at 08:19 PM ET, 08/30/2012

Robin Williams in talks to team up with David E. Kelley for comedy series

Though it’s being developed as a single-camera, laugh track-free comedy, expect it to show up on CBS’s development slate.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  08:19 PM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 08/30/2012

Ellen DeGeneres offers to play Ann Romney’s roommate on ‘Modern Family’

After Ann Romney said the ABC comedy was her favorite show, creator Steve Levitan said she can be the officiant at Mitch and Cam’s wedding — as soon as its legal.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  08:00 PM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:50 PM ET, 08/30/2012

Fox News Channel widens lead at RNC confab Day 2

Fox News Channel leads television coverage of RNC in Tampa

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:50 PM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  rnc, fox news channel, fnc, mitt romney

Posted at 06:46 PM ET, 08/30/2012

Robin Roberts says temporary goodbye to ‘Good Morning America’ as she goes on medical leave

“You’re the team captain and the team is going to run in your absence,” newsreader Josh Elliott said

By Emily Yahr  |  06:46 PM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 08/30/2012

‘Jersey Shore’ will end after this season

The sixth and final installment will debut Oct. 4, MTV announced.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:55 PM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 08/30/2012

Today in RNC TV: Where to watch the Republican National Convention on Thursday

Countless networks are covering the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week.

By Emily Yahr  |  05:00 AM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 08/29/2012

Fox News Channel lands most viewers on first night of Republican National Convention

About 6.9 million tuned in to FNC from 10-11 p.m. EDT Tuesday, to hear New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie give his pugnacious keynote speech.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:22 PM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 08/29/2012

Charlie Sheen’s ‘Anger Management’ picked up for 90 more episodes

FX announced the order on Wednesday.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:47 PM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 08/29/2012

‘The Daily Show’ thickest with Super Democrats; ESPN college football densest in Ultra Conservatives says study

New study tells politicians and PACS where to place their TV ads.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:07 AM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 08/29/2012

Today in RNC TV: Where to watch the Republican National Convention on Wednesday

Countless networks are covering the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week.

By Emily Yahr  |  05:00 AM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 08/28/2012

Katie Couric lines up Jessica Simpson as the first guest on new talk show

Simpson will be making her first post-baby TV appearance, and more importantly, is giving an indication about the direction of Couric’s new show.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:22 PM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 08/28/2012

Sharon Osbourne says she really is leaving ‘America’s Got Talent’ [VIDEO]

Osbourne told CBS late night star David Letterman she’s really most sincerely gone from the show.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:41 PM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 08/28/2012

Today in RNC TV: Where to watch the Republican National Convention on Tuesday

At least 13 networks are covering the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week.

By Emily Yahr  |  05:00 AM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:40 PM ET, 08/27/2012

Craig Ferguson debuts new set on ‘Late Late Show’ Monday

Ferguson landed the new set at the same time he got a contract extension through 2014, back in April.

By Emily Yahr  |  07:40 PM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:14 PM ET, 08/27/2012

Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Newsroom’ ends first season with series high

HBO’s ‘Newsroom’ scored biggest audience yet with first-season finale.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:14 PM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  hbo, aaron sorkin, newsroom, jane fonda

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 08/27/2012

NBC’s Salt Lake City affiliate refuses to air Ryan Murphy’s ‘The New Normal’

“For our brand, this program feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time,” an exec said about the gay couple-themed comedy.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:45 PM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 08/27/2012

Robin Roberts to start medical leave for bone marrow transplant next week (VIDEO)

Roberts revealed earlier this summer that she had been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a rare blood disorder.

By Emily Yahr  |  01:57 PM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 08/27/2012

‘Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars’ adds final contestant

Disney singer/actress Sabrina Bryan will be the 13th contestant for the upcoming season.

By Emily Yahr  |  11:02 AM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 08/24/2012

‘Stars Earn Stripes’ military operatives respond to show criticism: ‘We’re not glorifying war’

“We’re bringing some basic understanding of how difficult a job of our military and special operations communities are,” one said.

By Emily Yahr  |  06:01 PM ET, 08/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 08/23/2012

‘Smash’ execs to produce the Academy Awards

Zadan and Meron are known for adapting musicals and turning them into films.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:42 PM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 08/23/2012

‘Anger Management’ initial run ends tonight — will FX pick up another 90 episodes?

Last month, FX programming chief John Landgraf said episodes 2,4,5, and 6 had exceeded the ratings threshold that’s required for the “back 90” renewal.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  02:12 PM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 08/23/2012

CNN sets another new docu-series for next year, hosted by Morgan Spurlock

In the wake of its ratings problems, the cable network is turning to docu-series to turn things around.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:35 AM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 08/23/2012

ABC brings in Jimmy Kimmel to take on Jay and Dave in late night

In announcing that it would give Jimmy Kimmel the plum late-night time slot for which he’s been patiently waiting about a decade, ABC set up one of those Great Circle of Life stories.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:53 AM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 08/22/2012

‘R&B Divas’ breaks ratings records for TV One

About 479,000 viewers tuned in for the premiere episode Monday at 10 p.m.

By Emily Yahr  |  04:44 PM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 08/21/2012

Kelly Ripa will name permanent ‘Live!’ co-host on Sept. 4 [UPDATED]

Ripa has had 59 guest hosts since Regis Philbin stepped down almost a year ago.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:03 PM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 08/21/2012

‘The Office’ will officially end after this season

Season 9 will be the final season of the comedy, executive producer Greg Daniels confirmed.

By Emily Yahr  |  02:53 PM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 08/21/2012

It’s Jimmy Kimmel vs. Leno and Letterman in January; ABC moves ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ to 11:35, ‘Nightline’ to 12:35

The comedian will go right up against Jay Leno and David Letterman.

By Emily Yahr  |  02:00 PM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 08/21/2012

Jay Leno jabs NBC, Comcast about ‘Tonight Show’ budget cuts [VIDEO]

The comedian took some shots at the network and its parent company in his monologue.

By Emily Yahr  |  10:44 AM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:24 PM ET, 08/20/2012

Nicki Minaj in talks to join ‘American Idol’ — more importantly, could she bring the ratings?

Students of TV know the search for new judges on “Idol” has virtually nothing to do with the candidates’ ability to find star singers and everything to do with their ability to bag big ratings.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:24 PM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 08/20/2012

Michael J. Fox returning to series TV with a sitcom on NBC

Fox will play a husband and father of three from New York City dealing with family, career, and challenges — including Parkinson’s disease.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:43 PM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 08/20/2012

AMC enlists a zombie to run for president in its fight with Dish

The zombie candidate will stop by the political conventions in a the coming weeks with an anti-Dish message.

By Emily Yahr  |  12:00 PM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:58 PM ET, 08/16/2012

NBC to rerun ‘Animal Practice’ and ‘Go On’ Tuesday — with ads

NBC took heat for airing new comedies ‘Animal Practice’ and ‘Go On’ during London Games.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:58 PM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nbc, london olympics, london summer games, crystal the monkey, matthew perry, glee

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 08/16/2012

PBS CEO: Romney plans to cut funding ‘extremely disappointing’

PBS CEO to Mitt Romney: ‘Elimination of funding would have almost no impact on the nation’s debt. Yet the loss to the American public would be devastating.’

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:19 PM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 08/16/2012

London Olympics viewing: Washington ranks No. 17

NBC-owned WRC reports average home watched 25 hours of Games.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:49 PM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  london summer olympics, london games, summer olympics, nbc

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 08/16/2012

Mitt Romney says he would cut federal funding for PBS to trim budget

Romney adds that he “appreciates” what PBS does, but thinks the organization should stand on its own instead of relying on government money.

By Emily Yahr  |  11:21 AM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 08/16/2012

Kelsey Grammer on why he didn’t get an Emmy nomination: He’s a Republican [VIDEO]

Grammer shared his theory on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” on Wednesday.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:14 AM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 PM ET, 08/15/2012

Michael J. Fox to return to series TV

Fox is reportedly shopping a sitcom to the big four broadcast networks to debut in 2013, starring himself.

By Emily Yahr  |  10:03 PM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 08/15/2012

Chad Johnson: VH1’s loss — HBO’s gain [UPDATED]

HBO series “Hard Knocks” will show Dolphins coach Joe Philbin cutting Chad Johnson hours after his arrest for allegedly head-butting new wife Evelyn Lozada.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:48 AM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:37 PM ET, 08/14/2012

Robert Pattinson’s first TV appearance since KStew breakup attracts 1.8 million

Pattinson appears on ‘The Daily Show’ to dodge questions about KStew and plug new flick.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:37 PM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 08/14/2012

PBS celebrates Julia Child with a remix

In honor of what would have been Child’s 100th birthday, PBS has a new video to share.

By Emily Yahr  |  05:14 PM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 08/14/2012

NBC’s ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ earns smaller rating than TNT’s ‘Major Crimes’

‘Stars Earn Stripes’ opens with 5.2 million viewers after being heavily promoted during Summer Games.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:33 PM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 08/14/2012

Ryan Lochte books his first TV series appearance — CW’s ‘90210’

The Olympian will play himself on an episode of the drama.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:52 PM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 08/14/2012

Michelle Obama visits ‘Tonight Show,’ explains Kiss Cam incident [VIDEO]

Michelle Obama sat down with Jay Leno on Monday to discuss a range of topics, but really, doesn’t everyone just want to know about the Kiss Cam?

By Emily Yahr  |  09:47 AM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:39 PM ET, 08/13/2012

NBC proclaims London Olympics most-watched television event in U.S. history

Sunday’s Olympics finale was the most-watched Closing Ceremonies for a non-U.S. Summer Olympics in 36 years.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:39 PM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 08/13/2012

Kristin Chenoweth drops out of ‘The Good Wife’ role after head injury on set

By Emily Yahr  |  06:20 PM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 08/13/2012

VH1 cancels ‘Ev and Ocho’ after Ocho arrested for allegedly attacking Ev

VH1 on Monday yanked its new reality docu-soap “Ev and Ocho” starring two of its better-known reality stars, after one was arrested on a domestic violence charge.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  04:06 PM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 08/13/2012

Archbishop Desmond Tutu protests NBC reality series ‘Stars Earn Stripes’

Archbishop Desmond Tutu joins eight other Nobel Peace Prize Laureates blasting NBC competition show that ‘expands on an inglorious tradition of glorifying war and armed violence.’

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:37 PM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 08/13/2012

Presidential debates moderators already make news

Picks already making some news, two months before debates begin.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:12 PM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 08/13/2012

ABC announces pairings for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ all-star season

Bristol Palin, Kirstie Alley and Melissa Rycroft will all be dancing with their former partners.

By Emily Yahr  |  11:01 AM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 08/13/2012

Miley Cyrus reportedly to guest star on ‘Two and a Half Men’

The former Disney Channel star will apparently play a love interest for teenage Jake Harper.

By Emily Yahr  |  10:40 AM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 08/10/2012

Former CNN meteorologist Jacqui Jeras joins WJLA

After 13 years at CNN, Jeras joins Washington’s ABC station next month.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:42 PM ET, 08/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 08/09/2012

Matthew Perry post Olympics return to NBC comedy clocks 16 million viewers

Matthew Perry comedy preview after Wednesday Olympics coverage attracts more viewers than any comedy launch on NBC last fall.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:29 PM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nbc, london summer olympics, lorne michaels, nbc

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 08/09/2012

FX orders Reagan-era Washington-set KGB drama

Married KGB agents pose as travel agents in Washington suburb in FX Reagan-era drama.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:21 PM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fx, kgb, reagan

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 08/09/2012

TV stars still get stupid-money paychecks, according to TV Guide report

Salaries tighten for primetime stars but Dr. Judy making $45 mil a year.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:22 PM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bill o'reilly, jon stewart, crystal the monkey, matt lauer, david letterman, jay leno

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 08/09/2012

Jimmy Fallon and ABC don’t see eye to eye on hosting Oscars

Jimmy Fallon as Oscar host? Not on ABC’s time.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  02:19 PM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  academy awards, oscars, jimmy fallon

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 08/09/2012

Olympics poll: Seacrest earns 78 percent satisfied ratings at London Games

Ryan Seacrest no Bob Costas at London Games says new poll.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:38 AM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ryan seacrest

Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 08/03/2012

MTV renews ‘Snooki & JWoww,’ schedules sixth — and possibly final — season of ‘Jersey Shore’

“Jersey Shore” will launch its sixth season season on Oct. 4 at 10 p.m.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:54 PM ET, 08/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 08/03/2012

T.J. Holmes says new BET late night show will take on news that mainstream media ignores

“Something that drives me crazy is that we are not talking enough about the graduation rates of young black men in this country,” Holmes told TV critics.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:49 PM ET, 08/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 08/03/2012

TLC to debut ‘Breaking Amish’

“Breaking Amish” follows four Amish men and women and one Mennonite woman as they go give life a try — in the Big Apple!

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:12 AM ET, 08/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 PM ET, 08/02/2012

TV critics suspicious about Animal Planet’s ‘Finding Bigfoot’

One wondered whether Animal Planet “had run out of real animals” to profile.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:42 PM ET, 08/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 08/02/2012

Kelsey Grammer jokes about low ‘Boss’ ratings on Starz, takes phone call in the middle of panel

“There are some things that are more important than others and, in my world, the well-being of my wife sits on top of the charts,” Grammer said.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:13 PM ET, 08/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 08/02/2012

Aaron Sorkin meets his ‘Newsroom’ critics at TCA press tour

TV critics, bloggers and tweeters do not like Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama “Newsroom.”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:18 AM ET, 08/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:31 PM ET, 08/01/2012

Tippi Hedren’s Hitchcock flashback

“He ruined my career, but he didn’t ruin my life,” Tippi Hedren said of director Alfred Hitchcock on Wednesday.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:31 PM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:26 PM ET, 08/01/2012

Ethel Kennedy insists she did not set up her grandson, Conor Kennedy, with Taylor Swift

“Certainly not,” Ethel Kennedy responded to TV critics. She added: “We should be so lucky.”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:26 PM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 08/01/2012

‘American Horror Story’ will become ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ for Season 2

Jessica Lange, who’s returning for a second season, will play the woman running the sanitarium.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:59 PM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 08/01/2012

Anderson Cooper’s talk show planning many changes for Season 2, becomes ‘Anderson Live’

It’s a little more than a month to go before Katie Couric enters the syndicated talk show circuit as competition.

By Emily Yahr  |  02:30 PM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 08/01/2012

Larry King talks CNN’s low ratings: “They have a difficult problem, and I wish them nothing but the best.”

The talk show host was asked about his former network, which recently suffered historic ratings low.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:49 PM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 08/01/2012

Comedian John Fugelsang developing a primetime show with Current TV

“I focus on the hypocrisy of the Christian right. You don’t hear my point of view too much in the media,” the comic said at Summer TV Press Tour 2012.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:27 PM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:28 PM ET, 07/31/2012

Olympics clocks huge ratings while The Trashing of NBC becomes a popular sport

The network is getting great ratings for the Olympics, though there have been lots of complaints about the broadcast.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  08:28 PM ET, 07/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 07/31/2012

AMC sends in the zombies again — this time, in its fight against Dish Network [VIDEO]

Dish and AMC Networks have been embroiled in a feud since earlier this year.

By Emily Yahr  |  11:45 AM ET, 07/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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