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Moraes on TV: July 25, 2010 - July 31, 2010

Emmys dump Probst for Clooney -- wouldn't you?

What with TV critics being consumed by all the brouhaha about "American Idol" judges getting whacked and the head of programming at ABC resigning suddenly and being replaced by the guy who foisted "Kyle XY" and "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" upon an unsuspecting public, you'd think...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 31, 2010; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Emmy Awards  
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'Law & Order: Los Angeles" gets cast, new premiere date

NBC's new "Law & Order: Los Angeles" is continuing to cast roles -- and yes it's still supposed to premiere in September though its debut just got moved one week later into the month, the network announced Friday. Terrence Howard is joining the cast of "LOLA," as the show...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 30, 2010; 7:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  TV News , Winter TV Press Tour 2010  
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Paul Lee named new ABC entertainment chief

ABC-parent Disney made it official Friday - the broadcast network is replacing its hastily departed entertainment chief Steve McPherson with Paul Lee - the guy who's been giving MTV a run for its money over at cable network ABC Family by redefining "Family" to mean 10-28 year old viewers....

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 30, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2010 , TV News  
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Seacrest talks about Ellen's "Idol" exit

The morning after Fox announced that Ellen DeGeneres was out as judge on "American Idol" (expected to be replaced by Jennifer Lopez), show host Ryan Seacrest was working like a little beaver on his nationally syndicated morning radio show to make sure everyone around the country knew Ellen made the...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 30, 2010; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  "American Idol"  
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Ellen DeGeneres out on "American Idol"; J-Lo in?

[This entry has been updated] Ellen DeGeneres is out on "American Idol." DeGeneres will not return as a judge on the hit singing competition series, Fox announced Thursday. And more judge changes are in store as the network tries to stem the show's alarming loss of viewers. Ellen DeGeneres says...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 29, 2010; 8:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  "American Idol" , TV News  
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Showtime's 'The Big C' combines cancer with comedy

You know what really sucks all the air out of the room at Summer TV Press Tour 2010? A Showtime Q&A session about cancer as comedy. "The Big C" debuting Aug. 16, stars Laura Linney as a reserved Minneapolis school teacher Cathy Jamison, who is diagnosed with terminal cancer...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 29, 2010; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2010  
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Steve McPherson still gone from ABC

[This entry has been updated to include statement from Steve McPherson and comment from CW programming chief Dawn Ostroff.] Thursday at Summer TV Press Tour 2010 kicked off with CBS's pay cable network Showtime which currently has no head of programming: Robert Greenblatt, who had the gig, is gone,...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 29, 2010; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2010 , TV News  
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WUSA's 'Defense News' to air on American Forces Network

Washington CBS affiliate WUSA's Sunday program "This Week in Defense News With Vago Muradian" will be available on the military-centric American Forces Network -- a radio and television network that serves military bases and U.S. Navy ships around the globe. The deal for the additional distribution starts on Aug. 2....

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 29, 2010; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local TV  
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D.C. sniper Malvo confesses to William Shatner on A&E -- seriously

Want to know how to get killers to make full confessions? Put them on a reality series. A&E announced today that William Shatner -- yes, that William Shatner -- got an interview with Lee Boyd Malvo during which, A&E says, Malvo said he and accomplice John Allen Muhammad committed...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 29, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2010 , TV News  
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CBS's new daytime show: It's not 'The View,' it's 'The Talk'

After grilling CBS entertainment chief Nina Tassler as to why her network did not get rid of its executives with greater regularity, like the other networks, TV critics wanted to know why the wife of the CEO of CBS is starring in not one, not two, but three of...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 28, 2010; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2010  
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Patient CBS programming chief faces McPherson questions

When ABC Entertainment chief Steve McPherson quit his job the night before Summer TV Press Tour 2010 officially got underway at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel, it became the leitmotif of every executive Q&A session that would follow. CBS programming chief Nina Tassler got her at bat with TV...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 28, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2010  
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CBS sends 'Undercover Boss' back to work

[This blog post has been updated.] The bar has been set impossibly high for networks at Summer TV Press Tour 2010- the head of ABC Entertainment has already up and left the building. CBS kicked things off Wednesday morning as well as it could, announcing four new companies whose bosses...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 28, 2010; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2010  
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ABC programming chief McPherson calls it quits

ABC entertainment chief Stephen McPherson totally upstaged everyone coming to Summer TV Press Tour 2010 this week and next when he up and quit on Tuesday. On the bright side, McPherson really, really hated coming to the press tour -- he was scheduled to appear in front of TV critics...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 27, 2010; 11:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  TV News  
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President Obama returns to "The View"

President Barack Obama has agreed to sit down with the ladies of "The View" this Thursday -- the first time a sitting president has appeared on a daytime talk show, ABC says. "View" den mother Barbara Walters, who has been out since May after undergoing open heart surgery, will "make...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 26, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  TV News  
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