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Moraes on TV: January 2, 2011 - January 8, 2011

'Sarah Palin's Alaska' wraps up Sunday on TLC

Sarah Palin's TLC reality series is finally drawing to a close this Sunday, with Sarah and gang heading to Nome to hunt for gold. TLC wanted you to have access to this preview: For more Sarah Palin's Alaska videos, visit TLC.com....

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 7, 2011; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  TV News  
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Oprah Winfrey holds TV critics hostage at Winter TV Press Tour 2011

Just days after more than 2,000 red winged blackbirds all dropped dead in Arkansas, more than 200 journalists were simultaneously lobotomized by Oprah Winfrey at Winter TV Press Tour 2011. Oprah talked and talked, and talked, and talked. And then, she talked some more. And some more. And some...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 6, 2011; 10:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Winter TV Press Tour 2011  
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Ricky Gervais and pals wreak havoc, plug new show for Science Channel

"Where's the science?!" one exasperated TV critic demanded to know of Science Channel general manager Debbie Adler Myers, in re the network's new show "An Idiot Abroad," in which "The Office" creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant force their former radio producer pal Karl Pilkington to take a trip...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 6, 2011; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Winter TV Press Tour 2011  
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Pugnacious Piers Morgan chats up Oprah for his CNN debut

Piers Morgan, the pugnacious British tabloid editor turned talent show judge who's been charged with saving CNN came to Winter TV Press Tour 2011 to mouth off, bat TV critics around a bit, and announce that his very first "get" as Larry King's replacement is - Oprah Winfrey. Two...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 6, 2011; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Winter TV Press Tour 2011  
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'Deadliest Catch' producer taken down by Comedy Central star Daniel Tosh

As producer of such docu-series as "Ice Road Truckers," "Axe Men" and "Deadliest Catch," Thom Beers has seen plenty of danger. But nothing so scary as preceding Comedy Central star Daniel Tosh at a Winter TV Press Tour 2011 Q&A session. Daniel Tosh of "Tosh.0." (Comedy Central) Seated on...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 6, 2011; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Winter TV Press Tour 2011  
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Smithsonian Channel now available on Comcast in Washington

(This post has been updated.) Three years after the launch of a cable channel all about the Washington-based Smithsonian institution, Comcast is finally making the channel available to its customers in the Washington area. "Mystery of the Hope Diamond" airs on Smithsonian Channel. (Chip Clark/Smithsonian Institution) Smithsonian Channel, part of...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 6, 2011; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Old actors acting adorable on first day of Winter TV Press Tour 2011

Basic cable has fallen in love with old actors. They're such a hoot and when you're up on stage with them at Winter TV Press Tour 2011 you can talk about them like they're not there. Plus, they make adorable subjects of sex jokes. And nobody's better at pretending...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 5, 2011; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Winter TV Press Tour 2011  
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Paula Abdul makes her triumphant return on 'Live to Dance'

Left to right: Kimberly Wyatt, Paula Abdul and Travis Payne appear on "Live to Dance" as the panel of experts. (CBS/Monty Brinton) (This post has been updated with ratings.) The seal clap, the Mad-Hatter's-tea-party-esque-speak, the ants-in-her-pants gyrations from the judges' desk, the too-glitzy-for-prime-time outfits. Paula Abdul is back. Tuesday...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 5, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  "American Idol", TV News  
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What do Oprah Winfrey Network viewers want? Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah's new network launched on Saturday, Jan. 1. (Reuters) The numbers are in for the first day of Oprah Winfrey's network, and it turns out that what people most want to see on the network is: Oprah. About 1.2 million people watched the debut of "Season 25: Oprah Behind the...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 3, 2011; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Former CNN anchor John Roberts joins Fox News Channel

Another "American Morning" co-anchor has made his way to Fox News Channel. John Roberts has joined Fox News Channel as a senior national correspondent. (Fox News Channel) FNC announced Monday that John Roberts, who has anchored "American Morning" since 2007, is joining the network to become a senior national correspondent....

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 3, 2011; 6:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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