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Moraes on TV: January 11, 2009 - January 17, 2009

Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato Honored; Press Thrilled

The Jonas Brothers came to the press tour to hawk their new Disney Channel TV series, "Jonas," and were asked "How do you feel about the honor" of performing the night before Barack Obama's inauguration. "First of all, it's absolutely an honor to be able to perform," Nick Jonas...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 16, 2009; 9:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Winter TV Press Tour 2009  
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Press at the Trough

When CBS late night host Craig Ferguson appeared at the press tour earlier this week, one TV critic asked if he would send pizza to the hotel -- like he'd done once before -- during NBC and ABC's day at the tour because, the critic complained, NBC and ABC...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 16, 2009; 9:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Winter TV Press Tour 2009  
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Izzie Necrophilia: It's Complicated

Denny the Ghost (and lover to Katherine Heigl's Izzie) on "Grey's Anatomy" isn't actually a ghost, ABC programming chief Steve McPherson revealed to a giddy press corps at I Think I'll Just Take Some of These Dinner Roles to Feed My Hungry Children Winter TV Press Tour 2009. Is...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 16, 2009; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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There's No Place Like Kansas City

The "American Idol" Aspirational Auditions Tour moves to Kansas City. Eleven thousand wannabe Idolettes turn out to audition, including -- just when you thought it was safe -- seventh season finalist Jason Castro, who is accompanying his younger brother, Michael, who's decided to audition this time around. Courtesy of...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 15, 2009; 6:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  "American Idol"  
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"Idol" Takes Tumble Despite Addition of Aspirational Bikinis

More than 30 million viewers caught the season premiere of the new "American Idol" on Fox Tuesday, according to early statistics -- making it still the most watched TV series debut this season by many laps. The kickoff of the singing competition's many promised changes -- including the introduction...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 14, 2009; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  "American Idol"  
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Lie to Me

Fox's upcoming "Lie to Me," the luckiest TV drama on broadcast TV, is about the world's leading deception expert, who can see if you are lying or telling the truth just by looking at your facial ticks, your voice, your speech pattern, your body language, the direction of your...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 14, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Winter TV Press Tour 2009  
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"Idol" Overhaul

What has Fox done to our "American Idol"? They warned us this season would be more aspirational, less cutthroat, in keeping with the times, but kicking off in Phoenix with Louie Armstrong singing "What a Wonderful World" over shots of judge Simon Cowell actually smiling, the traditional Weeping Winners...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 14, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Prison Break not Getting the Hook -- Officially

"Prison Break" did not get "the hook," as one TV critic suggested at the press tour, Fox programming chief Kevin Reilly said emphatically. Rather, it has "played out" and gotten to the point where "everyone feels enough stories were told creatively," he said, stating the obvious since, at four...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 13, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Winter TV Press Tour 2009  
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NBC: Kevin Reilly's Crazy Ex-Wife

"NBC for me is like the crazy ex-wife I can't get away from," Fox programming chief (and former NBC programming chief) Kevin Reilly told TV critics at I Think I'll Just Take Some of These Dinner Rolls to Feed My Hungry Children Winter TV Press Tour 2009 --- setting...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 13, 2009; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Will Ferrell and George W. Bush Stew

After the artful dodging of fallen evangelist Ted Haggard, the subject of an HBO "documentary," "SNL" alum Will Ferrell came as a relief to TV critics attending HBO's portion of I Think I'll Just Take Some of These Dinner Rolls Home to Feed My Hungry Children Winter TV Press...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 12, 2009; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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