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The TV Column: September, 2012

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/28/2012

‘The X Factor’: Final audition episode

Show reveals final batch of 125 contestants moving to the next round.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  X Factor

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 09/27/2012

CBS to air tribute to Whitney Houston, right after Houston family reality show debuts on Lifetime

The special will feature performances by Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, and Usher, with more names to come.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:02 PM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 09/27/2012

Kirstie Alley cast to star in a TV Land sitcom

TV Land announced on Thursday that the network has ordered a presentation of the script “Giant Baby,” a comedy starring Alley.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:01 PM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 09/27/2012

David Letterman quizzes David Cameron on ‘dumb American questions’

The British prime minister’s knowledge of British history fell short.

By Emily Yahr  |  10:51 AM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 09/27/2012

‘X Factor’: Gene Simmons pays a call

‘X Factor’: Kiss vet Gene Simmons visits as daughter auditions

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:31 AM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  X Factor

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/26/2012

‘Dancing With the Stars: All Stars’ eliminates its first contestant

A celeb was sent packing on the first results night of the season.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 09/25/2012

‘The Voice’ in the fall means competing shows take a hit on the first night of TV season

NBC, which has been mired in fourth place for the past eight TV seasons, averaged more than 11 million viewers Monday night.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:22 PM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 09/25/2012

Whitney Houston family reality series bows Oct. 24

Houston family helps daughter live life unscathed. In a reality series.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:43 PM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 09/25/2012

President Obama and Michelle Obama stop by ‘The View’

The couple sat for their first joint daytime show interview.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:37 PM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 09/25/2012

Katie Couric will interview American University professor who breast-fed baby during class

The interview will air Wednesday, Sept. 26.

By Emily Yahr  |  12:35 PM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/25/2012

‘Dancing With the Stars: All Stars’ premiere: Sarah Palin shows up, Kirstie Alley kisses Tom Bergeron

Former contestants returned on the first night of the 15th season.

By Emily Yahr  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:51 PM ET, 09/24/2012

About 13 million people watch Emmy Awards, slightly up from last year

Last year, 12.4 million people tuned in to the ceremony on Fox.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:51 PM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 09/24/2012

Sunday’s Emmy show filled with surprises. Honest.

Sunday’s Emmy Awards wasn’t as lackluster as some might think.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:30 AM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Emmy trivia: Things to know while watching this year’s award show

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

Posted at 08:54 PM ET, 09/23/2012

Emmy Creative Arts winners

By Lisa de Moraes  |  08:54 PM ET, 09/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 09/23/2012

Emmy Awards FAQ: Where to watch the show, the pre-shows, the fashion

The 64 Primetime Annual Emmy Awards will air at 8 p.m. on Sunday.

By Emily Yahr  |  08:00 AM ET, 09/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 09/21/2012

Poll: Test your Emmy Award predicting skills here

Will this year’s Emmy Awards include some big shake-ups?

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:57 AM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 09/21/2012

Report: Mario Lopez to co-host ‘X Factor’ with Khloe Kardashian

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:54 AM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/21/2012

‘The X Factor’: Lightning strikes

‘X Factor’: Lightning strikes.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:48 PM ET, 09/20/2012

Fox developing a new series based on ‘Hamlet,’ set in Washington

The new drama series is about a presidential hopeful.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:48 PM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:40 PM ET, 09/20/2012

Game on, Romneys — ‘The View’ announces Obamas will visit next week

One day after Romney said he would love to visit the program despite calling it “high risk,” the show announced that the Obamas will sit down for an interview next week.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:40 PM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 09/20/2012

Ann Romney will visit ‘The Tonight Show With Jay Leno’

It’s Mitt Romney’s wife’s first late-night talk show appearance, next Tuesday.

By Emily Yahr  |  01:47 PM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/20/2012

‘The X Factor’: Simon’s out sick

Some guy named Louis fills in for Simon on ‘X Factor’ and everyone likes him. A lot.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 PM ET, 09/19/2012

Dave Letterman tells Mitt Romney he doesn’t hate Leno, invites Romney to his show

Dave Letterman invites Mitt Romney to his show after insisting he doesn’t hate Leno.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:06 PM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 PM ET, 09/19/2012

After calling ‘The View’ “high-risk,” Mitt Romney now says he would love to visit the show

Though his comments at the fundraiser in Florida implied otherwise, Romney is all in for a visit to the show.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:02 PM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 09/19/2012

David Letterman or Kelly Ripa: Who did it better on TV Talk Show Super Tuesday? [VIDEO]

David Letterman or Kelly Ripa: Who did it better on TV Talk Show Super Tuesday

By Lisa de Moraes  |  09:23 AM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:37 PM ET, 09/18/2012

Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly to debate in Washington

The two TV personalities will do battle at George Washington University campus on Oct. 6.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:37 PM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 09/18/2012

FX orders more episodes of W. Kamau Bell’s late-night show

Bell’s show, produced by Chris Rock, is following a pattern similar to Russell Brand’s new FX late-night series.

By Emily Yahr  |  04:00 PM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 09/18/2012

Ann Romney, Michelle Obama may guest-host on ‘Good Morning America’

Looks as though Ann Romney fill in for Robin Roberts on ABC News’s “Good Morning America’ next month — and there’s slim chance the First Lady may pitch in as well.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:06 PM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 09/18/2012

Usher and Shakira will fill in for Cee Lo and Christina next season on ‘The Voice’

Blake Shelton and Adam Levine will remain on through the fourth season.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:26 AM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:52 PM ET, 09/17/2012

First week of Katie Couric’s talk show gets big ratings, early stats say

Katie Couricfinished first among new daytime talk shows during its premiere week, early stats suggest.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:52 PM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 09/17/2012

‘Kennedy Center Honors’ broadcast snags two Emmy awards

Over the weekend, CBS’s broadcast of “Kennedy Center Honors” copped the Emmy for Best Variety Special, as well as for Best Music Direction.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:45 PM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 09/17/2012

Kathy Bates wins first Emmy as Charlie Harper on ‘Two and a Half Men’

Kathy Bates succeeds where Charlie Sheen failed: Emmy win for playing Charlie Harper on CBS’s ‘Men.’

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:27 AM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 09/17/2012

Shirley MacLaine makes ‘Downton’ debut in UK; nearly 9 million watch

Third season ‘Downton’ debut down slightly from season 2 in UK.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:43 AM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 09/16/2012

It’s official: ‘American Idol’ judges are Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson

Fox made the announcement Sunday, confirming months of speculation.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:15 AM ET, 09/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 09/14/2012

WUSA to launch new Sunday show with Bloomberg

Bloomberg TV’s chief Washington correspondent Peter Cook hosts new Sunday show on WUSA

By Paul Farhi  |  05:34 PM ET, 09/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/14/2012

‘The X Factor’: Simon, Britney, Demi and LA on road

Part 2 of the second season premiere continued Thursday night.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 09/13/2012

Next Tuesday, Mitt Romney on ‘Live!,’ President Obama on ‘Letterman’

Next Tuesday is a big day for viewers who enjoy seeing presidents or presidential nominees on talk shows.

By Emily Yahr  |  04:19 PM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 09/13/2012

Simon Cowell’s ‘X Factor’ opens to second smallest crowd ever [UPDATED]

Britney Spears and Demi Lovato do not bring new viewers to ‘X Factor’

By Lisa de Moraes  |  02:43 PM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/13/2012

‘The X Factor’: Britney Spears, Demi Lovato make their debut

The singing competition kicked off its second season on Wednesday night.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:57 PM ET, 09/12/2012

Good news for NBC’s second night of the fall season — its shows did just fine

The second night of ‘The Voice,’ ‘The New Normal’ and ‘Go On’ all performed well for NBC.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:57 PM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:35 PM ET, 09/12/2012

Yes, David Letterman plans to show up to accept his Kennedy Center Honor

Letterman’s Worldwide Pants confirms that the notoriously reclusive figure plans to show up for the fete.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:35 PM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:29 PM ET, 09/12/2012

Glenn Beck returns to TV on Dish Network

Dish announced that it would begin carrying the conservative radio talk show host’s online network theBlaze that very afternoon.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:29 PM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:25 PM ET, 09/12/2012

Jason Sudeikis will stay on ‘Saturday Night Live’; plus, the show gets a new Obama

Sudeikis, who had been undecided about returning for another season, will be back at least through the election cycle.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:25 PM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 09/11/2012

‘The Voice’s’ first fall launch attracts 12.3 million viewers

‘The Voice’s’ first fall launch nearly matches audience of ‘X Factor’ debut last fall.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:43 PM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 09/11/2012

Katie Couric scores ratings triumph in return to daytime TV

“Katie” logs biggest daytime talk show launch audience since ‘Dr. Phil’ premiere in ‘02.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:34 PM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 09/11/2012

NBC’s ‘Today’ talks breast implants with Kris Jenner during Sept. 11 moment of silence

Viewers torch ‘Today’ on Twitter for airing Kardashian show promo during commemorative Sept. 11 moment of silence.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  02:49 PM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 09/10/2012

Katie Couric debuts her new daytime talk show: Live blog

Couric’s show kicked off Monday afternoon with guests Jessica Simpson and Sheryl Crow.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:49 PM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 09/10/2012

Ralph Lauren signs up as corporate sponsor for PBS’s ‘Masterpiece’

The franchise is now “sold out” for corporate sponsorship, for the first time in years.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:37 PM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 09/10/2012

‘Saturday Night Live’ adds three new cast members

Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong, all alums of Chicago’s famous Second City improv, will join “SNL” as featured players this month.

By Emily Yahr  |  12:34 PM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 09/07/2012

President Obama killed the VMA’s

VMA’s snag less than half of last year’s crowd after moving to 8, to end before Obama’s DNC address.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:15 PM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 09/07/2012

Comedy Central releases “attack ads” on CNN and Fox News Channel [VIDEO]

The cable network is trying to convince viewers to stick with them for election coverage.

By Emily Yahr  |  03:28 PM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 09/07/2012

NBC back big at DNC after taking football powder

NBC News’ coverage of Thursday’s DNC attracted around 8 million viewers, early stats show.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:17 PM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 09/07/2012

Robin Roberts’ drama pumps ‘Good Morning America’ ratings

‘GMA’ posts biggest lead over ‘Today’ in 18 years with Robin Roberts’ sudden early departure.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:05 PM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  robin roberts, good morning america, today show

Posted at 07:15 PM ET, 09/06/2012

Simon Cowell says it’s “mean-spirited” for NBC to launch ‘The Voice’ against ‘X Factor’

“I hope and I pray that it backfires on them,” Cowell ranted during a conference call Thursday.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:15 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 09/06/2012

Scott Smith joins WTTG as sports anchor

He replaces Dave Feldman, who left in May for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

By Emily Yahr  |  03:15 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 09/06/2012

Giants vs. Cowboys vs. Clinton — CIinton wins

Bill Clinton’s address at DNC pulls ahead of NFL season kickoff game as detailed ratings come in.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  02:03 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/06/2012

Today in DNC TV: Where to watch the Democratic National Convention on Thursday

Cable and broadcast networks continue with the last day of convention coverage in Charlotte.

By Emily Yahr  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Michelle Obama reads Top 10 list on Letterman, makes another “kiss cam” joke [VIDEO]

The show released a preview of Obama’s appearance, in which she reads the “Top Ten Reasons to Watch the Democratic National Convention.”

By Emily Yahr  |  06:43 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 09/05/2012

‘The Voice’ takes on ‘X Factor’ as NBC adds third audition episode

Audition episode No. 3 will air right in the teeth of “The X Factor” premiere on Fox next Wednesday.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:25 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 09/05/2012

What was the second most-watched TV program last week? Clint Eastwood & the Chair on Fox News Channel.

Romney, Eastwood & Chair finished the week trailing only Howard Stern & “America’s Got Talent” on NBC.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:59 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/05/2012

Today in DNC TV: Where to watch the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday

Cable and broadcast networks continue with convention coverage in Charlotte.

By Emily Yahr  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:01 PM ET, 09/04/2012

From 11 p.m. to midnight during the RNC, Comedy Central won key demographic

That said, more 18- to 49-year-olds got Republican convention analysis from Fox News Channel than from Comedy Central.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:01 PM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:40 PM ET, 09/04/2012

Michael Strahan officially joins Kelly Ripa as co-host of ‘Live!’

After 59 guest co-hosts auditioned, Strahan, a former New York Giants player, won the gig.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:40 PM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 09/04/2012

FX announces fall schedule: Russell Brand, ‘Always Sunny,’ ‘The League’ return Oct. 11

Russell Brand’s brief run with a late night show scored an extra seven episodes earlier this summer/

By Emily Yahr  |  02:26 PM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/04/2012

Today in DNC TV: Where to watch the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday

Many networks are covering the convention in Charlotte.

By Emily Yahr  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 PM ET, 09/02/2012

Is Randy Jackson done as judge on ‘American Idol’?

Reports say Jackson, who has been on the show since its inception, is out, but will continue with a mentoring role.

By Emily Yahr  |  11:47 PM ET, 09/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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