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Moraes on TV: December 5, 2010 - December 11, 2010

'The Closer', um, closing -- after next season

Do you have a favorite show and wonder how much longer it's going to be around? Check to see if it's about to hit its 100th episode. That's the dangerous age when a show has amassed enough episodes to be a strong player in syndication, etc., and executives at the...

By Lisa de Moraes  | December 10, 2010; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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A&E pulls The Hoff off the schedule

A&E has pulled David Hasselhoff's new reality series off its schedule after just two episodes. On the bright side, that's twice as long as he lasted on ABC's reality show, "Dancing With the Stars." Here's some footage from Hasselhoff's all-too-brief run on A&E in "The Hasselhoffs":...

By Lisa de Moraes  | December 10, 2010; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Will CBS cut Barbara Walters's KenCen comment about Oprah being the better interviewer?

Think twice before asking Barbara Walters to pay tribute to you at the Kennedy Center honors. Because Babs has no problem going on national TV and coyly suggesting people shouldn't necessarily believe some of the nice things she'd said. Barbara Walters at the Kennedy Center Honors. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin) Babs was...

By Lisa de Moraes  | December 9, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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[Updated] Aaron Sorkin lets TLC and Sarah Palin have it with both barrels

This post has been updated: Sarah Palin is "deranged" and Silver Spring-based cable net TLC "should be ashamed of itself" for airing a program that's all about her - particularly this past Sunday's episode in which she "hunted, killed and carved up a Caribou during a segment of her truly...

By Lisa de Moraes  | December 9, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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Washington's CW station names Ashley Messina general manager

Three months after Washington's CW affiliate named Ashley Messina interim general manager, the Tribune-owned station (Channel 50) is making the move permanent. Tribune announced Wednesday that Messina, the former head of sales who took over in September when vice president/general manager Eric Meyrowitz was promoted to the CW's flagship station...

By Lisa de Moraes  | December 8, 2010; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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President Obama visits Discovery's 'Mythbusters'

Tonight, President Obama makes his debut on Discovery Channel's "Mythbusters" at 9 p.m. Here's a preview:...

By Lisa de Moraes  | December 8, 2010; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A very 'Glee' Christmas: We watch so you don't have to

Sabotage, heartbreak, deception, gifts -- sounds like a Christmas episode of "Glee." Sudden, random dispensing of all sad plotlines to hurriedly wrap things up happily ever after -- sounds even MORE like a Christmas episode of "Glee"!

By Lisa de Moraes  | December 7, 2010; 10:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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[Updated] FX cancels 'Terriers,' helps TV critics grieve. Creator to hold wake. Yes, seriously.

[This blog post has been updated] FX canceled buddy/cop drama "Terriers," and TV critics mourned. (FX) Update: "Terriers" creator Shawn Ryan has tweeted that he's going to hold a "Twitter wake" for the now-canceled FX show, on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 10 p.m. ET and again at 10 p.m. PT.,...

By Lisa de Moraes  | December 7, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Oprah's audience sighted Down Under

Oprah's audience has touched down! ABC News in Australia reported breathlessly on Tuesday that Oprah Winfrey's audience -- the 300 or so lucky members of her season debut studio audience she's shipped to Australia as part of her final-season celebration -- began arriving Tuesday morning. Here's the video:...

By Lisa de Moraes  | December 7, 2010; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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'Little People, Big World' wraps up for good

TLC's "Little People, Big World," is no more. The fat lady sang for the long-running -- for TLC, anyway -- reality series Monday night. But don't despair, the Silver Spring-based network still has plenty of other reality series on its slate for fans of the "little people" genre, including "The...

By Lisa de Moraes  | December 7, 2010; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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ABC's 'Cougar Town' will rest so Matthew Perry can play

ABC will take Courteney Cox comedy "Cougar Town" off the air on Feb. 9 in order to give its new Matthew Perry series, "Mr. Sunshine" its best comedy time slot - 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, immediately following hit "Modern Family." Matthew Perry stars in "Mr. Sunshine" on ABC, starting in February....

By Lisa de Moraes  | December 6, 2010; 7:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'DWTS' 2nd runner up Bristol Palin blasts Margaret Cho with both barrels

"Dancing with the Stars" second runner-up Bristol Palin has fired back on her Facebook page, at a crack made by one of her competitors on the show, comic Margaret Cho, as to Bristol's reason for competing in the ABC series. Bristol Palin on "Dancing With the Stars" (ABC). Web Site...

By Lisa de Moraes  | December 6, 2010; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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