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Moraes on TV: October 18, 2009 - October 24, 2009

DeLay finds another "reality" with ABC

NBC finally found the right reality show for ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. And ABC has finally found the right "reality" for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. ABC originally cast DeLay in "Dancing with the Stars," only he fractured both his feet during rehearsal and had to bow out...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  October 23, 2009; 8:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Fat is the new black on primetime TV

Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to stuff your child into the garage attic and phone 911 claiming the child is a stow-away in a runaway helium-filled weather balloon in order to get a primetime reality series these days. You just need to be obese. "Fat" is all...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  October 23, 2009; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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CW dumps downer "Melrose" cast members; adds cougar

CW confirms that Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Colin Egglesfield, who play Violet and Auggie on CW's struggling "Melrose Place" remake, are being written off the show, for which we are grateful. Simpson's removal, of course, is a no-brainer since she can't act. Besides, when scenery-chewing "Melrose: The Original" alum Heather Locklear...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  October 23, 2009; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fox pulls "Dollhouse"; Whedon philosophical

Just 10 days after Joss Whedon fans began to drink heavily from the Happy Cup upon learning Fox had promised to air all 13 episodes of his low-rated drama "Dollhouse," those fans had drained that Happy Cup -- and found a dead mouse at the bottom. Fox will yank the...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  October 22, 2009; 6:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Lifetime tosses Heene family "Wife Swap" episode overboard

Lifetime cable network, which spent a fortune stealing "Project Runway" away from Bravo in an attempt to goose its primetime ratings, has had a pot of ratings gold dumped in its lap but, weirdly, has said "no thanks." Lifetime has the rerun rights to ABC's reality series "Wife Swap"...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  October 21, 2009; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Gosselins trumped by clever Heene family's 15 minutes

When it comes to TV-trainwreck families, the Gosselins are suddenly total lightweights when stacked against the blinding glory that is the Heene family of Fort Collins, Colo. The Heene family last week apparently pulled off a made-for-Hollywood hoax of Capra-esque proportions: launching a homemade helium-filled balloon, claiming their little...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  October 21, 2009; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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"Glee" creator Ryan Murphy gets mad -- and gets even

"Glee" cast members were invited to perform at the Human Rights Campaign dinner attended by President Obama, and they'll get to perform the national anthem at Game 3 of the World Series (because "Glee" and the World Series both air on Fox -- but still, it's a pretty big...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  October 21, 2009; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Oprah to plug Palin book and maybe placate conservatives

Oprah Winfrey, on a campaign to climb back from last season's ratings slump, will attempt to kiss and make up with conservative viewers on Nov. 16 when she has Sarah Palin on her syndicated talk show. You may have noticed that the appearance by the former Alaska governor and Republican...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  October 20, 2009; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
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"So You Think You Can Dance" Judge to Produce Oscars

Adam Shankman, the guy who directed "Hairspray," and who is also an accomplished choreographer -- not to mention the new judge on Fox's dance competition series "So You Think You Can Dance" -- is going to produce the next Academy Awards broadcast for ABC. Shankman is going to be partnered...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  October 20, 2009; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Second CBS Reality Series Winner Tossed in Slammer

Is it that no good can come of winning a CBS reality series, or is CBS's casting department simply the Very Best Ever at finding folks who are dumb as hair to put into their reality shows? Or maybe Massachusetts is just not a good state for CBS reality show...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  October 20, 2009; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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