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Moraes on TV: January 9, 2011 - January 15, 2011

Showtime will not air canceled Kennedy miniseries

Major League Baseball Productions will produce a reality series for Showtime, documenting the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants during the 2011 baseball season, in a deal that got made in part because the team's manager is a big fan of "Friday Night Lights." Showtime's new programming chief...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 14, 2011; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Winter TV Press Tour 2011  
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TV critics to CBS: Charlie Sheen is a brazen reprobate -- what are you doing about it?

CBS is on orange alert over Charlie Sheen's partying ways, but his off-camera activities have not affected his job as star of the country's most popular comedy, CBS programming chief Nina Tassler told TV critics attending Winter TV Press Tour 2011. Charlie Sheen of "Two and a Half Men"...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 14, 2011; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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David E. Kelley knows his new show is a long shot

David E. Kelley's new drama series for NBC, "Harry's Law," debuting next week, is a very long shot, Kelley acknowledged Thursday at Winter TV Press Tour 2011. Kathy Bates stars as cranky patent lawyer who's sacked by her blue chip law firm and winds up practicing storefront law in...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 13, 2011; 8:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy stays busy with 'The Glee Project'

NBC Universal's Oxygen network announced Thursday that "Glee" executive producers Ryan Murphy and Dante Di Loreto have signed on to executive-produce its reality competition series "The Glee Project," in which tens of thousands of "Gleeks" compete for a multi-episode guest arc on the mothership Fox series that is "Glee."...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 13, 2011; 7:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Glee, Winter TV Press Tour 2011  
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Sure, Kara DioGuardi will tell you what she thinks of 'Idol' -- just buy her book

Kara DioGuardi wants the press to pay - literally - to get quotes from her about her departure from "American Idol." DioGuardi came to TV's Winter Press Tour 2011 to talk about her new Bravo songwriting competition, "Platinum Hit." She will be the top judge on a panel that...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 13, 2011; 7:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Winter TV Press Tour 2011  
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'The Game' returns with nearly 8 million viewers on BET

Nearly 8 million people tuned into BET at 10 p.m. Tuesday to watch the return of the former CW sitcom "The Game." "The Game," which stars Tia Mowry as a professional football player's wife, attracted the largest audience of 18-to-34 year olds of any series that night on cable or...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 12, 2011; 8:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Everybody loves Conan at Winter TV Press Tour

The Reporters Who Cover Television are deeply, madly in love with Conan O'Brien. Conan O'Brien, formerly of "The Tonight Show," held court at press tour. (NBC) Not figuratively - literally. They would probably, if asked, agree to have his children. Especially the guys. A Q&A session with Conan on...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 12, 2011; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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TV Press Tour's Fox executive session shockingly catastrophe-free

After suffering through ABC's super-cynical day at Winter TV Press Tour 2011, TV critics revived the next morning when the Fox network showed up, like drought-parched daisies in a gentle rain. Fox gave them a day jammed with lively face time with the casts and crews of its new,...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 11, 2011; 8:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'American Idol' producer: "The audience votes -- there's nothing we can do."

The folks behind "American Idol" do not think they bear any responsibility for that fact that, since they started allowing "Idolettes" to perform with instruments, the competition has been won each year by a spate of utterly forgettable, virtually indistinguishable, scruffy-but-safe white guys with big, soulful eyes, who stand...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 11, 2011; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Winter TV Press Tour 2011  
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Fox announces 'American Idol' launch schedule

"American Idol," and its new judges, kicks off Wednesday, Jan. 19. (Fox) Can Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez compete with Bristol Palin, or will ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" finally depose Fox's "American Idol" as the country's most popular show? "Idol" is returning this month minus Simon Cowell -...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 11, 2011; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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ABC renews sophomore sitcoms and some dramas

"Modern Family," "The Middle," and "Cougar Town" are all coming back to ABC next season. Likewise "Castle," "Grey's Anatomy" and, yes, even "Private Practice," the network announced Monday at Winter TV Press Tour 2011. ABC announced "Modern Family" will be back for a third season. (ABC) But fans of...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 10, 2011; 6:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Winter TV Press Tour 2011  
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ABC News prez: Too early to connect Giffords shooting to rhetoric in media

"Does the media create -- or did it have anything to do with - what happened in Tucson Saturday morning?" The Reporters Who Cover Television wanted Ben Sherwood to tell them at Winter TV Press Tour 2011 -- his first press tour appearance as new president of ABC News....

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 10, 2011; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Winter TV Press Tour 2011  
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Kennedy clan lobbied to kill History's JFK miniseries

[This post has been updated.] Did the Kennedy clan kill History's John F. Kennedy miniseries? Katie Holmes starred as Jackie Kennedy in the now-scrapped History miniseries, "The Kennedys." (AP) Last week, just hours after History and Lifetime president Nancy Dubuc appeared at Winter TV Press Tour 2011 to promote...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 10, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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PBS' corporate-sponsor-less "Masterpiece" to thank individual sponsors on-air

When PBS's latest "Masterpiece" crunchy-gravel drama, "Downton Abbey" premieres tonight, you may notice something called The Masterpiece Trust running briefly on the TV screen. Those are the names of people who have written substantial checks, specifically to finance this long-running franchise, which is one of PBS's most popular but...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 9, 2011; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Winter TV Press Tour 2011  
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PBS to new Congress: Americans think public TV is second best use of tax dollars

PBS days at a TV press tour can be pretty controversial. This year, for instance, there was much debate as to whether PBS president Paula Kerger, during her Q&A, would be first asked: a) Are you worried about federal funding, with a new GOP-controlled Congress coming in and all...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 9, 2011; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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PBS 'NewsHour' talent talks Tucson shooting, Juan Williams firing

The shooting outside a Safeway grocery store in Tucson, Arizona Saturday that left Rep. Gabrielle Gifford will a bullet to the head and at least two dead including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl, will lead to "long overdue conversation about the kind of political discourse we have...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 9, 2011; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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