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Moraes on TV: January 23, 2011 - January 29, 2011

TNT sorry for Tracy Morgan's Sarah Palin gag

TNT, the Time Warner-owned cable entertainment network, which markets itself as a drama destination, issued a statement late Thursday saying it was shocked -- shocked -- to have discovered that Tracy Morgan is, in fact, Tracy Morgan and is going to behave like Tracy Morgan when he appears on one...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 28, 2011; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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'American Idol': Season 10, episode 4

The judges get a wide range of talent during the Nashville auditions.(Fox) New American Idol judge Steven Tyler may not have completely gotten the hang of how the show works. The judges aren't supposed to pronounce one of the wannabe Idolettes the winner of the competition during the second...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 28, 2011; 12:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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CW to air return of 'Vampire Diaries' on Thursday and Friday night

CW late Thursday pulled the plug on plans to air "Smallville" and "Supernatural" Friday night and will instead rerun the same original episodes of "Vampire Diaries" and "Nikita" that will have aired just one night earlier. This had serious students of TV - and fans of all of the...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 27, 2011; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Michelle Obama stops by 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'

Two days after her husband delivered his much-talked about state of the Union Address, First Lady Michelle Obama will appear today on Oprah's last season as the Queen of Daytime TV, and talk about military families. UPDATE: Here's a look at Thursday's edition of "The Oprah Winfrey Show"....

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 27, 2011; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Feds cite mining company with safety violations while Spike TV crew films reality show

Cast of "Coal," Spike's new reality series. (Spike) You know that West Virginia coalmine that's the star of Spike TV's new reality series "Coal," from the same guy who brings you Discovery's "Deadliest Catch"? Federal inspectors have cited the Canadian coal company they say owns the mine for 19...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 27, 2011; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'American Idol': Season 10, episode 3

The judges look at the talent in Milwaukee. (Fox) "American Idol's" very first audition trip to Milwaukee sees a lot of other "firsts" for the long-running singing competition. Joe Repka, for instance, is the first wannabe Idolette to channel Jackie Gleason for the camera, giving us his best "straight...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 27, 2011; 12:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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43 million watch President Obama's State of the Union address

[This blog entry has been updated] About 43 million people tuned in to watch President Barack Obama rally to nation to "win the future" in his State of the Union Address Tuesday night across 11 television networks. "Sustaining the American dream has never been about standing pat...It has required each...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 26, 2011; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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WDCW's 'Direct Access' to be available in other cities in the fall

WDCW's weekly urban entertainment series, "Direct Access" is branching out into other markets in the fall. The half-hour weekly talk show, in which radio and TV personality Darian "Big Tigger" Morgan interviews celebs from music, sports, and entertainment, will continue to air on Washington's Tribune-owned CW station. It will also...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 25, 2011; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MTV: 'Skins' is old-fashioned TV series

[This blog post has been updated] Cast of "Skins" on MTV. (MTV) Viacom-owned MTV has responded to all those people -- and advertisers -- out there who have their undies in a bunch over its sexy teen drama "Skins," which employs "actors" as young as age 15. Turns out, "'Skins,"...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 25, 2011; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Oprah unveils previously undiscovered half-sister on her show

Oprah says she never knew her mother was pregnant. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post) Lest ratings lag this week, after her triumphant visit to Australia, Oprah announced on her show today (which is seen hours earlier in Harpo Productions's home-town Chicago than in Washington) that she has a half-sister she never...

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 24, 2011; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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