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Moraes on TV: January 14, 2007 - January 20, 2007

Chris Rocks the Critics

Chris Rock parts ways with Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson on the use of the n-word by African Americans. Sharpton and Jackson believe the word should be stricken from their vocabulary because it encourages others, like former "Seinfeld" actor Michael Richards, to use it, say, while on a rant in...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 20, 2007; 1:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Do the Line, Bob!

Bob Barker, who's retiring as host of the daytime game show "The Price is Right," stopped by Winter TV Press Tour 2007 to take questions from critics and one wondered why a 35-year-old show hosted by the 83-year-old Barker is so popular among college kids. " 'Happy Gilmore' helped," Barker...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 19, 2007; 1:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Winter TV Press Tour 2007  
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The Donald

Donald Trump came to Winter TV Press Tour 2007 to talk about his NBC reality series, "The Apprentice." But, naturally, TV critics wanted to hear the latest on his feud with "The View" co-host Rosie O'Donnell. You know, the dustup in which O'Donnell questioned his fitness to give Miss USA...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 18, 2007; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Winter TV Press Tour 2007  
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'American Idol' Personality Disorder

Talked with Fox reality guru Mike Darnell this afternoon about "Idol's" opening night numbers (show's best ever, more than 37 million viewers) and he promised Seattle would be the best worst-auditions town ever. He did not disappoint. Auditioners weren't just bad, they were Star Trek convention weird. They all appeared...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 18, 2007; 2:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  "American Idol"  
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'American Idol' : Nice Simon, Mean Randy

"American Idol" bad auditions season kicked off with the most bafflingly clueless yet highly resilient tone-deaf wannabes yet. That included the world's only female Bert Lahr/Cowardly Lion imitator, an "urban Amish" guy who claims not to watch television and yet knew all about "American Idol," and an Apollo Creed/Luciano Pavarotti...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 17, 2007; 2:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  "American Idol"  
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Calling the Decency Police

During an ABC Q&A at Winter TV Press Tour 2007 featuring show runners on some of its scripted series, the subject of the network's Decency Police kept coming up. "Desperate Housewives'" Marc Cherry said his strangest DP note came during production of the pilot, in which Eva Longoria's character has...

By Nancy Kerr  |  January 15, 2007; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Winter 2007 TV Press Tour  
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