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Moraes on TV: September 12, 2010 - September 18, 2010

Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert dueling Mall rallies set for Oct. 30

[This blog post has been updated] Comedy Central is going to stage the mother of all marketing stunts here in Washington -- oh wait, Fox News Channel already did that. Well, anyway, the Viacom-owned network will launch the second mother of all marketing stunts in Washington on Oct. 30 when...

By Lisa de Moraes  | September 17, 2010; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (157)
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Oprah forgives author Jonathan Franzen; gives his book her "O"

Oprah has forgiven Franzen! In this, the First Week of her Very Last Season as Queen of Daytime Talk TV, Oprah Winfrey continued making headlines Friday, when she, exactly 14 years to the day of announcing her first Book Club pick, officially forgave Jonathan Franzen for that unpleasantness back in...

By Lisa de Moraes  | September 17, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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WJLA fires anchorman Doug McKelway

[This blog entry has been updated.] WJLA-TV has fired veteran anchorman Doug McKelway for a verbal confrontation this summer with the station's news director that came after McKelway broadcast a sharply worded live report about Congressional Democrats and President Obama, reports The Post's Paul Farhi. Here's Farhi's report: McKelway was...

By Lisa de Moraes  | September 16, 2010; 6:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Discovery hostage on 'Oprah': gunman asked why he had kids

Hostage victims Chris Wood, left, and Jim McNulty discuss ordeal with Oprah. (Courtesy of Harpo Studios) This has post has been updated throughout: A Discovery Communications employee who was held hostage by an at company headquarters earlier this month by an armed man told Oprah Winfrey Thursday the gunman...

By Lisa de Moraes  | September 16, 2010; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Fox: We'll unveil "Idol" judges Wednesday. Whatevs.

*Fox issued a news release late Thursday announcing it will unveil its new "American Idol" judges panel and let show host Ryan Seacrest tag along, at a news conference on Wednesday morning in Los Angeles at the same forum where the show is going to hold its Los Angeles auditions...

By Lisa de Moraes  | September 16, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fox to "drop" wallets in Washington to plug 'Lone Star'

In what may be the most lame brained new-series marketing campaign since ABC tried to dispatch a fleet of skywriting planes to write large, ominous, red V's over U.S. landmarks to promote a new sci-fi show, Fox announced it will "drop" about 5,000 wallets in 10 cities around the country...

By Lisa de Moraes  | September 16, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Bristol Palin: Mom will show up on "Dancing"-- at some time

After a whole lot of blah, blah, blah-ing the three co-hosts of Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" finally got around Thursday morning to asking America's Most Famous Single Mom and new "Dancing with the Stars" celebrity Bristol Palin the question on everyone's mind: "Will your mother be in attendance,...

By Lisa de Moraes  | September 16, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Real Housewives' Michaele Salahi: I'm not anorexic, I have MS

Tareq and Michaele Salahi put Bravo network and the other cast members of "The Real Housewives of DC" on notice when Michaele announced on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" Wednesday morning that she suffers from Multiple Sclerosis.

By Lisa de Moraes  | September 15, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (123)
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TBS finally admits "My Boys" is toast

TBS waited until two days after telecasting the season finale of "My Boys," to finally confirm the show is dead. To be perfectly accurate, a TBS rep told The TV Column she could not confirm the show was canceled -- but she could confirm "it's not coming back." Yes, this...

By Lisa de Moraes  | September 14, 2010; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Oprah lands Discovery hostages

[This post has been updated.] Synergy is a beautiful thing. Oprah's people announced Tuesday, in all-caps: "FIRST TELEVISION INTERVIEW: DISCOVERY HEADQUARTERS HOSTAGES COME FORWARD" on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Thursday, Sept. 16. "Weeks after a gunman burst into Discovery [Communications] headquarters with explosive devices strapped to his body, the hostages...

By Lisa de Moraes  | September 14, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Oprah debut surprise: audience going Down Under

[This post has been updated.] Oprah promised the kickoff of her last season as Queen of Daytime would include "two of the most heart-pounding, head-spinning surprises of all time." No, she did not announce that cable TV's Oprah Winfrey Network co-venture with Discovery was all just a bad dream and...

By Lisa de Moraes  | September 13, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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