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Moraes on TV: August 1, 2010 - August 7, 2010

Michaele Salahi's 'Real Housewives' real popular with viewers

More than 1.6 million people checked out the unveiling of "Real Housewives of DC" Thursday night at 9. That's slightly shy of last year's "Real Housewives of New Jersey" premiere which copped 1.7 million. On the other hand, "New Jersey" premiered in May (of '09) while "DC" is opening in...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 6, 2010; 8:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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David Attenborough makes his voice heard in 'First Life,' no matter what

World renowned and much beloved natural scientist Sir David Attenborough has finally figured out a way to thwart Discovery Channel's nasty habit of stripping his narration out of his own documentaries. Discovery likes to do this in order to re-do the narration using celebrities the company is in bed...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 6, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2010  
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Confirmed: Kate Plus 8 Plus Sarah Palin

TLC finally confirmed its worst-kept secret: Kate Gosselin and her brood of eight children did indeed recently travel to Alaska and did hook up with Sarah Palin, and that get-together will be seen on the cable network. But contrary to popular speculation, this historic meeting of America's Two Most...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 6, 2010; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2010 , TV News  
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Cute animals steal the show at PBS's Press Tour

Heading into the Cranky Phase of a TV Press Tour, smart network executives begin to bring out toys with which to distract grouchy TV critics. Small adorable animals, for instance. Clever PBS brought a lemur, a prehensile-tailed porcupine, and a Chihuahua to the tour Thursday. The first two were...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 5, 2010; 9:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2010  
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Rosie O'Donnell returns to daytime TV on Oprah's net

Want to know what Oprah Winfrey thinks of public television? Oprah Winfrey spits on public television. Oprah Winfrey announces that Rosie O'Donnell is returning to daytime TV in a talk show (gak) on The Oprah Winfrey Network, in the middle of PBS's day at Summer TV Press Tour 2010 when,...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 5, 2010; 8:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Michaele Salahi and Whoopi Goldberg tell their sides of the story

"I make no apology for my choice words," Whoopi Goldberg said firmly at the top of "The View" Thursday about her back-stage run-in with America's Favorite Alleged White House Party Crashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi the day before on the show. "Her husband got in my face, had his Blackberry...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 5, 2010; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Nigel Lythgoe officially returns to 'American Idol'

Fox finally confirmed what we, and others, have been reporting since last week: Nigel Lythgoe has returned to "American Idol" as executive producer. He's not replacing anyone; he's joining the show's current producers Simon Fuller, Cecile Frot-Coutaz and Ken Warwick. Thursday morning, Lythgoe waxed nostalgic about his history with the...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 5, 2010; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  "American Idol" , TV News  
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Salahis accuse Whoopi of "abuse" on 'The View'

On the eve of Michaele Salahi's debut on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of DC" -- and five days after her husband, Tareq Salahi threw a glass of wine at another cast member while the housewives were attending Summer TV Press Tour to promote their new show -- America's favorite alleged...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 4, 2010; 8:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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PBS chief: no regrets over Shultz three-parter

PBS chief Paula Kerger told TV critics Wednesday she did not regret airing "Turmoil & Triumph: The George Shultz Years" and the kerfuffle that arose over its funding does not highlight the difficulties PBS faces as it trolls non-stop for funding in a lousy economy. That was in response...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 4, 2010; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2010  
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"Rescue Me" producer Tolan: Anti-heroes -- so over

"Rescue Me" creator/writer/executive producer Peter Tolan is, to quote FX chief press wrangler, a "TCA superhero." His Q&A sessions at semi-annual Television Critics Association's press tours usually cough up the event's most politically incorrect moments. Sadly, by the time Tolan got to Summer TV Press Tour 2010, that distinction...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 4, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2010  
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'Sons of Anarchy' stars share how they really feel about (lack of) Emmy noms

FX is still smarting over the dearth of Emmy noms it received last month - particularly the complete shutout of its outlaw biker drama "Sons of Anarchy" for which it had launched a major Emmy-consideration campaign because it's the network's most watched series. Out of FX's mere nine noms...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 3, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2010  
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FX chief calls cable TV a "status symbol" for actors

Cable TV is now the ne plus ultra for movie stars and screenwriters who don't fit in to a big-screen industry obsessed with 3D and tweener guy audiences, FX suits and exec producers told TV critics Tuesday. They lapped it up. "It has become almost a status symbol for...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 3, 2010; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2010  
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Paul McCartney peddled his tunes to "Glee's" Ryan Murphy

"Glee" will do an episode that includes several Paul McCartney tunes, but it nearly didn't happen because when show co-creator Ryan Murphy got a "mix tape" from McCartney, he said, "I thought I was being punked." But, when Murphy opened the package and found inside two CDs and a...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 2, 2010; 9:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2010  
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TLC renews 'DC Cupcakes' for second season

TLC has picked up a second season of "DC Cupcakes," the network confirmed Monday, though it's unclear how many episodes that involves. Sophie La Montagne, left, and Katherine Kallinis get another season on TLC. (AP/TLC, DAYNA SMITH) The show stars 30-something sisters Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis, owners of Georgetown...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 2, 2010; 6:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fox suits: No "Idol" deals. Seriously. We mean it. For realsers.

Beverly Hills -- Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler may tell you he's joining "American Idol" as a judge, but Fox suits Monday told grief stricken TV critics no such deal is in place for any judges to join the network's singing competition series next season. "No one has signed...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 2, 2010; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  "American Idol" , Summer TV Press Tour 2010  
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"Idol" speculation rife as Fox press tour begins

Six months after Fox brought "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell to Winter TV Press Tour 2010 so 200 TV critics could hear him announce he was leaving the show - and exactly one year after "Idol" judge Paula Abdul announced during Summer TV Press Tour 2009 she was leaving...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 2, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  "American Idol" , Summer TV Press Tour 2010  | Tags: Aerosmith, American Idol, Jennifer Lopez, Kara DioGuardi, Kurt Warner, Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul, Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell, Steven Tyler  
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TV critics fawn over "Glee" at their trophy show

TV critics are mad about "Glee," showering the Fox musical dramedy it with three Television Critics Association awards, for Program of the Year, Outstanding New Program, and Best Individual Achievement in Comedy (to co-star Jane Lynch). "She is our joy and delight," show creator Ryan Murphy said of Lynch...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 1, 2010; 7:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2010  
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ABC scripted cop show dumps docu style in wake of death during reality-show taping

Disney-owned ABC's new scripted cop drama "Detroit 1-8-7" dropped its "documentary" conceit as a result of the shooting death of a Detroit child during a police raid being recorded by cameras for a reality series on a Disney co-owned cable network. In the wake of 7-year-old Aiyana Jones's death,...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 1, 2010; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2010  
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New ABC programming chief Paul Lee wows critics at press tour

When it finally came time for new ABC Entertainment chief Paul Lee to make his first appearance at the press tour as Steve McPherson's replacement, he knew he'd have a hard time topping a 4-foot-tall plush-toy elephant named Binky introduced earlier in the day by ABC Press Wrangling Big...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 1, 2010; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2010  
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ABC tells TV critics it sees elephant but won't discuss

It's Steve McPherson-less ABC's day at Summer TV Press Tour 2010. In case you missed it: *McPherson resigned abruptly on Tuesday as head of the Disney-owned network and head of the Disney-owned ABC Television Studio. *McPherson hired a pit bull attorney to deal with all the juicy speculation in...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 1, 2010; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2010  
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