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Moraes on TV: April 26, 2009 - May 2, 2009

Matt the Hat Gets Whacked -- Again -- on "American Idol"

Fox celebrates its decision not to air President Obama's news conference by starting "American Idol" one minute early -- at 8:59 p.m. -- which will inflate early ratings on "Lie To Me," Fox's Obamavision alternative, making the network's decision seem that much smarter. Nicely done, Fox! 'Idol's' Matt Giraud...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  April 30, 2009; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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When Presidents Talk Broadcasters Get Hurt

Producers of ABC's workplace comedy "Better off Ted" -- set at the morally-challenged mega-corporation Veridian Dynamics -- made this Public Service Announcement after learning their show would be preempted last night so ABC could carry President Obama's news conference. Broadcasters weren't entirely happy about the fourth primetime appearance of...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  April 30, 2009; 1:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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"American Idol" Sort of Salutes the Rat Pack

It's Rat Pack Week on "American Idol," amended to Rat-Pack-Themed night at some point, but even so we assume the surviving Idolettes will be expected to convey guys cutting up and behaving like they own the joint while singing boozy but classy versions of sophisticated tunes from that day....

By Lisa de Moraes  |  April 29, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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