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Moraes on TV: January 17, 2010 - January 23, 2010

Jay Leno to keynote White House Correspondents Dinner [updated]

White House Correspondents Association has picked this week's most unpopular stand-up comic Jay Leno be the keynote speaker at this year's White House Correspondents DInner. An NBC rep confirmed the invitation to The TV Column. In fairness, the association asked Leno weeks ago -- when he was just the host...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 22, 2010; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Conan O'Brien: I can no longer make fun of NBC programming

The day NBC and Conan O'Brien announced they are breaking up, here's what Conan has to say in his "Tonight Show" opening monologue -- on NBC: "NBC and I hammered out an agreement for wrapping up my time here as host of the Tonight Show. The general terms of the...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 21, 2010; 9:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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It's official! Conan to leave NBC [updated]

[Updated 11:35 a.m.] Late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien and NBC have finally signed their deal for Conan to exit as host of "The Tonight Show,' NBC confirmed today. "NBC and Conan O'Brien have reached a resolution of the issues surrounding O'Brien's contract to host 'The Tonight Show with Conan...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 21, 2010; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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'American Idol' makes wishes come true in Orlando

Orlando is where dreams come true, "American Idol" announces at the start of Wednesday's auditions episode. 'Idol' judges Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell, and host Ryan Seacrest are, however, in Miami, boy-bonding. Which leaves judge Kara DioGuardi to cozy up to this night's Pretend Paula, Kristin Chenoweth. Theo Glinton in...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 21, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  "American Idol"  
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NBC's Jay vs. Conan war: No laughing matter

NBC's Great Late-Night Disaster of 2010 has been mostly blamed on NBC. Popular opinion has NBC at fault for Conan O'Brien's decision to leave "The Tonight Show" before the network could move it to midnight in order to squeeze Jay Leno back on to its late night lineup at 11:35...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 20, 2010; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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'American Idol' heads to Chicago

"American Idol" goes to Chicago which show host Ryan Seacrest calls President Obama's hometown, so he can rattle off comments like "his influence has been felt all over the country" and the 12,000 wannabe Idolettes who showed up to audition can be made to shout "Yes We Can" in unison....

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 20, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Jay Leno and "SNL" on NBC late night war: same script

Watch Jay Leno explain the Great NBC Late Night Disaster of 2010 to viewers -- it's from his Monday show. Then watch Seth Meyers explain the same kerfuffle between Jay and Conan O'Brien to viewers -- it's from the most recent edition of "Saturday Night Live." It's like they had...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 19, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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17 million watch NBC-bashing Golden Globes

The bad news: The experiment in which the Golden Globe Awards show aired live across the country - instead of the usual trophy-show time-shifting to start at 8 p.m. on both coasts - did boost the broadcast's audience by about 2 million viewers compared to last year's show, hitting 17...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 18, 2010; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Louis C.K.: Conan better than [poopy] old "Tonight Show"

Soon-to-be-former host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" Conan O'Brien never should have left "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" in the first place, because "The Tonight Show" Conan grew up wanting to be host of is "just this old [poopy] thing," says a comic who used to one of Conan's writers....

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 17, 2010; 5:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Winter TV Press Tour 2010  
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Gervais on hosting Golden Globes: "I've got very low standards."

Tonight's Golden Globe Awards host, Ricky Gervais, and his longtime collaborator, Stephen Merchant, came to Winter TV Press Tour 2010 Thursday to plug their new animated HBO series "The Ricky Gervais Show"-- but they also got asked a lot of questions about Gervais's plans for hosting Sunday night's trophy...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 17, 2010; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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FX chief Landgraf: We'd kill for Conan

Winter TV Press Tour 2010 and the Conan O'Brien Tragedy continue to intertwine as they wind their way to their ends. Today we learn that people who hail from the Fox family of television networks seem to think Conan is moving into their house. FX chief John Landgraf, who shows...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 17, 2010; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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