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Moraes on TV: January 10, 2010 - January 16, 2010

Ricky Gervais, Rosie O'Donnell rooting for Conan O'Brien

[This entry was updated] Pretty much anyone who has come to Winter TV Press Tour 2010 pitching this and that has been asked their thoughts on the NBC Late Night Kerfuffle. HBO stars appear to be of the Conan O'Brien camp, as opposed to Jay Leno's. RIcky Gervais, for instance,...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 15, 2010; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jay Leno set to return to "Tonight Show;" Conan set to walk

[This blog post has been updated] Jay Leno is set to return to "The Tonight Show" at 11:35 p.m. unless Conan O'Brien has a last-minute change of heart about hosting the show in a later time period. On Tuesday, Conan announced he would refuse to host "The Tonight Show" at...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 14, 2010; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Hosts ratchet up late night "war"; Tavis Smiley not amused

PBS's Tavis Smiley had appeared at Winter TV Press Tour 2010 to plug his new series "Tavis Smiley Reports," but, naturally, got asked about NBC's Great Late Night Trainwreck. "As a black guy on PBS, making what I make, it's hard to feel sorry for either one of these...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 14, 2010; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Patrick Stewart plays Macbeth for PBS; hates reality TV

Patrick Stewart shows up at the Winter TV Press Tour 2010 to discuss his role playing Macbeth on PBS's "Great Performances," but he gets questions about playing Capt. Jean-Luc Picard on "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Of course he does. One critic, for instance, wonders whether fans of his...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 14, 2010; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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"American Idol" discovers "Pants on the Ground" in Atlanta

'Idol' judges Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi, guest judge Mary J. Blige and Simon Cowell. (Michael Becker - Fox) When 'Idol' goes to Atlanta, they always come away with the best non-winners (Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken, etc.) and this year is no exception, though this year's Atlanta star will not...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 14, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Damon Lindelof on President Obama: That feather duster!

Winter TV Press Tour 2010 has been one of unprecedented browsing and sluicing for The Reporters Who Cover Television. Among the stories on which they have grazed at the tour: * NBC whacks Jay Leno's prime time show * NBC gives Jay back his 11:35 p.m. start time *...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 13, 2010; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Glutinous, Paula-less "American Idol" lacks danger

That splashing noise you hear is the sound of sharks being jumped on "American Idol" as it kicks off its ninth season. Paula Abdul is gone as an "Idol" judge, of course, after a money dispute with producers and the network -- and with her departed all sense of danger...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 13, 2010; 1:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Conan to NBC: No way

Two days after NBC announced it would move Jay Leno back to late night to host a half hour talk show that starts at 11:35 p.m. and move "The Tonight Show" to 12:05 a.m. with Conan O'Brien continuing to host, Conan has put out word - to the People of...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 12, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
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What's Jeremy Northam doing in new Bruckheimer doc drama?

So far the most cringe-inducing Q&A session of Winter TV Press Tour 2010 is, hands down, a little CBS session we like to call Why The Face Jeremy Northam. Northam ("Gosford Park," "Enigma," "The Winslow Boy," "Happy, Texas," "An Ideal Husband," we could go on and on) is an...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 12, 2010; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bradley Whitford grows moustache for new Fox cop comedy

Bradley Whitford has come to the press tour with a very abbreviated, bushy moustache on his upper lip and his signature pouffed-to-mask-balding hairdo. He looks like Hitler after a professional blow dry. The moustache is very ugly. Whitford's grown it for his role in the new Fox cop comedy...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 12, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Simon Cowell leaving "American Idol" after this season

Simon Cowell is bailing on "American Idol" after the coming season, but he will not leave the Fox network - he'll become a judge on his own like-minded singing competition series "The X Factor" starting in the fall of 2011. Which means this will be the last edition of...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 11, 2010; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Jerry Seinfeld defends NBC in Conan/Leno switcheroo

Jerry Seinfeld, whose new comedy/reality series, "The Marriage Ref," NBC will launch right after the Closing Ceremonies of the upcoming Winter Olympics -- a network first, BTW -- has absolutely no patience with TV critics/bloggers/reporters/columnists who are sobbing buckets over poor Conan O'Brien and what that mean old NBC...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 11, 2010; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  TV News , Winter TV Press Tour 2010  
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Lisa's lost blog entry: NBC yanks Jay Leno from primetime

This blog entry was first submitted on Sunday, Jan. 10. Why it did not turn up in the blog is a question for greater minds than ours. NBC finally confirmed it is killing its botched 10 o'clock "The Jay Leno Show" experiment and is moving the host back to...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 11, 2010; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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NBC's Jay Leno mistake makes good business sense for CBS

Television critics and bloggers, totally distracted by the Bright Shiny Light that is NBC's Jay Leno disaster, totally forgot to ask CBS Entertainment chief Nina Tassler about David Letterman having used CBS's airwaves last October to sway a whole country's worth of potential jurors when he presented his version...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 10, 2010; 2:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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