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The TV Column: December, 2012

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 12/21/2012

‘The Walking Dead’ renewed for fourth season, but showrunner steps down

Glen Mazzara won’t return after Season 3.

By Emily Yahr  |  02:06 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:41 AM ET, 12/21/2012

‘The X Factor’: Tate Stevens wins second season

‘The X Factor’ names Tate Stevens winner of second season.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:41 AM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 12/20/2012

Jake Tapper to jump from ABC to CNN

It’s the first big move since CNN announced Jeff Zucker was taking over.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:45 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 12/20/2012

Oprah lands Letterman interview but Charlie Rose gets it first

‘CBS This Morning’ beats Oprah Winfrey with Letterman interview.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:02 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 12/20/2012

CBS sets win-a-job competition reality show premiere for Feb. 8

‘The Job’ is kind of like “The Apprentice” only without The Donald.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  02:38 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/20/2012

‘The X Factor’: final performance night

‘X Factor’ pays tribute to Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims on final performance night.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:48 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Jimmy Kimmel talks Leno, move to 11:35, Letterman...and more Leno

“I don’t think much about [Leno], but people ask me about him constantly,” Kimmel said on a conference call.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:48 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 12/19/2012

UPDATE: Networks reschedule programming that was scrapped in wake of school shooting

Networks scramble to adjust schedules, programs, in wake of mass killing of students, staff at Connecticut elementary school.

By Emily Yahr  |  10:27 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 12/18/2012

‘1600 Penn’ snags about 7.2 million people for sneak preview

The NBC comedy will officially premiere in January.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:45 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 12/18/2012

About 1.5 million viewers watch ‘Gossip Girl’ say goodbye

While it’s “GG’s” most-watched episode since April of ’11, it’s nowhere near the numbers in the show’s heyday.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:37 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Donald Trump’s Miss Universe Organization wins $5 million in legal battle against contestant who called Miss USA pageant ‘rigged’

A judge called Monnin’s statements “defamatory” and said they were “harmful” to the organization’s reputation.

By Emily Yahr  |  04:03 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 12/18/2012

Freed NBC journalist Richard Engel big ‘get’ on Tuesday’s ‘Today’ show

NBC news had tried to enforce news blackout on Engel’s capture in Syria.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  11:30 AM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 12/18/2012

Late night TV hosts grapple with how to handle news of Newtown shooting [VIDEO]

“My job is to give you a little break from being sad and I will try my best to do that,” Jimmy Kimmel said.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  10:34 AM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 12/17/2012

TLC delays ‘Best Funeral Ever’ pilot after Connecticut shooting

The features the staff at a funeral home in Dallas staging home-going celebrations with Christmas, state fair and doo-wop themes.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:59 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 12/17/2012

HBO, Martin Scorsese collaborate on Bill Clinton doc

HBO, Martin Scorsese collaborate on Bill Clinton documentary.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  01:19 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

‘1600 Penn’: Yes, it’s just a coincidence that Bill Pullman and Jenna Elfman resemble the Romneys.

And other fun facts about the NBC comedy.

By Emily Yahr  |  12:07 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 12/16/2012

Silent Night: ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ somber Newtown commemoration

“Saturday Night Live” offers up a somber “Newtown” commemoration.

By David Beard  |  10:49 AM ET, 12/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/14/2012

‘The X Factor’: Emblem3 out; LA Reid leaving too

Simon Cowell’s boy band was tossed by viewers, LA Reid says he’s out too.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:27 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Golden Globe Awards all about the new shows: ‘Smash,’ ‘Girls,’ ‘Newsroom’ get nods

Bye, bye 2010 and 2011 Globe winner “Glee”!

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:27 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:45 AM ET, 12/13/2012

‘X Factor’: Who gets the hook? [POLL]

We ask America, who will be the next unlucky contestant to go on ‘X Factor’?

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:45 AM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:39 PM ET, 12/12/2012

Question of the SAG Awards noms — ‘American Horror Story’ isn’t a miniseries anymore?

Plus a few surprises from shows most thought were done, such as ‘Glee’ and ‘The Office’

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:39 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 12/12/2012

It’s that time of year again: Everything you need to know about the Yule Log

It’s that time of year again, when people that don’t have delightful wood-burning fireplaces can pretend they do.

By Emily Yahr  |  04:31 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 12/12/2012

‘Hell on Wheels’ finds showrunner; third-season pickup un-derailed

‘Hell on Wheels’ set to return to AMC in third quarter of ‘13.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  02:27 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/12/2012

Mick Jagger visits ‘Letterman’ to read Top 10 list [VIDEO]

The rocker stopped by the ‘Late Show’ studio on Tuesday night.

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

Posted at 07:05 PM ET, 12/11/2012

Former ‘Storage Wars’ star sues A&E, says reality show is fake

When Dave Hester was dropped from the show, some predicted it would wind up leading to a court case.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:05 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 12/11/2012

Looking for more comedy, CBS commissions another Chuck Lorre pilot

This one is about a sober single mother who moves to wine country.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:59 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 12/11/2012

Discovery greenlights first scripted show about Klondike prospectors, including Jack London

Discovery’s first scripted program is a miniseries about Klondike gold rush.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  02:31 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 12/11/2012

Stephen Colbert reacts to his ‘imminent appointment’ to Senate [VIDEO]

“I am the clear first choice here,” Colbert said on his show.

By Emily Yahr  |  10:46 AM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:58 PM ET, 12/10/2012

Stephen Colbert as senator? South Carolinians like the idea.

Colbert tops the list of replacements with 20 percent of respondents in a poll saying they want Colbert to represent them in the Senate.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:58 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:51 PM ET, 12/10/2012

Will Simon Cowell go back to the U.K. ‘X Factor’ next season?

Reports note that the show’s 10th edition will be its last under its current contract, and that it will have to undergo a major overhaul.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:51 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 12/07/2012

Dustin Hoffman dominates Dave Letterman’s show [VIDEO]

Dustin Hoffman steals One Direction spotlight on Dave Letterman’s show.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:56 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 12/07/2012

Two royal pregnancy TV specials and counting...

TLC and Lifetime have bought royal pregnancy specials, for next week.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  05:31 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 12/07/2012

MTV’s ‘Buckwild’ hits pay dirt with Sen. Joe Manchin’s angry letter

“Buckwild” is about a bunch of MTV-target-audience aged BFF’s doing MTV docu-series-ish things. Think “Jersey Shore.”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:50 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/07/2012

‘The X Factor’: So long Cece, Diamond

Two more go home on ‘X Factor’: Diamond and CeCe.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:54 PM ET, 12/06/2012

CBS announces return date for ‘Rules of Engagement,’ sets ‘Golden Boy’ on Friday nights

No word on midseason comedy ‘Friend Me,’ about two guys who move from Indiana to Los Angeles to work at Groupon.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:54 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:40 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Fox announces celeb diving special featuring JWoww, ‘Real Housewives’

Because celebrities diving into water is the hot new celebrity competition format.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:40 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:33 PM ET, 12/06/2012

George Zimmerman sues NBC for defamation

He says the network edited the recording of his 911 call to police about Trayvon Martin in order to make him sound like a “racist and predatory villain.”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:33 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

MTV finds possible ‘Jersey Shore’ replacement with ‘Washington Heights’

Only this time it will be in the “vibrant and diverse New York neighborhood of Washington Heights” at the north end of Manhattan.

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

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Catch up on the first two seasons of ‘Downton Abbey’ in five minutes [VIDEO]

Are you woefully behind on your ‘Downton’ viewing? This video will catch you up.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  04:29 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Lifetime picks up reality show about preachers’ daughters

Calling the show “profound” but also “often humorous,” the network wil debut the series in 2013.

By Emily Yahr  |  04:20 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

‘X Factor’: Demi and Simon slug it out

Two X-testants going home on ‘X Factor.’

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

Posted at 07:57 PM ET, 12/05/2012

PBS picks up second season of ‘Call the Midwife’

‘Midwife’ Christmas special to air Dec. 30; second season debuts March 31.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:57 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 PM ET, 12/05/2012

Rihanna gets her own fashion competition series

Aspiring designers to make outfits for celebrities.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:06 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:53 PM ET, 12/05/2012

Discovery jumps on doomsday bandwagon with ‘Zombie Apocalypse’

Three days after AMC telecast the mid-season finale of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Discovery Channel announced its new special.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:53 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/05/2012

‘Good Morning America’ unveils Miss America pageant judges, including three ABC stars

Miss America judges include three ABC show stars.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  12:00 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:56 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Michael Richards returns to series TV

Former ‘Seinfeld’ fave joins Kirstie Alley’s TV Land comedy.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:56 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Newt Gingrich lands guest spot on ‘Parks and Recreation’ after visiting restaurant where the show was filming — what are the odds?

“Parks and Rec,” of course, is the NBC sitcom that, just last month, featured Veep Joe Biden playing himself.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  04:58 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Fox adds ‘Murder Police’ to Sunday comedy slate

‘Murder Police’ to join Fox’s Sunday animation lineup next season

By Lisa de Moraes  |  02:47 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:52 PM ET, 12/03/2012

11 mil see ‘Walking Dead’ midseason-wrap premiere

AMC zombie-drama ranks behind only Sunday football among younger viewers this season.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  07:52 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Nick Lachey to host the Practically Perfect Singing Competition — no judges allowed

‘The Winner Is’ hails from the creator and one of the producers of NBC’s ‘The Voice.’

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:14 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:06 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Yes, Howard Stern will be back on ‘America's Got Talent’

Stern had previously said he wasn’t sure if he would return to the show.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:06 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Showtime orders climate change documentary produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.

Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Alec Baldwin are set to narrate “Years of Living Dangerously.”

By Lisa de Moraes  |  04:16 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 11/30/2012

Carrie Underwood cast as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s ‘Sound of Music’

‘American Idol’ winner Underwood to play aspiring nun turned baroness

By Lisa de Moraes  |  06:02 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 11/30/2012

‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ scores best sweep stats ever

Trip to Brooklyn during Hurricane Sandy catapults Kimmel’s late night show ratings for November sweep.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:51 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 11/30/2012

‘30 Rock’ ends Jan. 31; new doc drama gets ‘ER’ slot

NBC debuts new doc drama in ‘ER” timeslot same night as “30 Rock” end

By Lisa de Moraes  |  03:25 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 11/30/2012

David Letterman, Led Zeppelin reunite day after Kennedy Center Honors for an interview

Later in the month, other honorees (Dustin Hoffman and Natalia Makarova) will visit the show.

By Emily Yahr  |  03:13 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 11/30/2012

HBO releases trailer for ‘Girls’ Season 2

Plus, a brief glimpse of Rita Wilson as Marnie’s (Allison Williams) mom.

By Emily Yahr  |  02:12 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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