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Moraes on TV: February 13, 2011 - February 19, 2011

Serene Branson: stricken TV reporter explains her Grammys nightmare

Serene Branson -- the LA TV reporter who managed to upstage Lady Gaga on Grammy night -- is making the rounds of CBS infotainment shows on Friday. Branson is the reporter for the Los Angeles CBS station, who became a news story when she abruptly began speaking gibberish on air...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 18, 2011; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'American Idol' 2011 rolls on through Hollywood Week

Thank you "American Idol" 2011 for ratcheting down the drama on Thursday's solo night in Hollywood-on-Pasadena, so we can catch our breath after Wednesday's interpersonal relationship-a-thon.

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 18, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Adrianne Palicki is NBC's new Wonder Woman

NBC and Warner Bros. TV have cast "Friday Night Lights" vixen Adrianne Palicki as the subject of their "Wonder Woman" remake. Adrianne Palicki (via Comic Riffs) Yes, the new and improved and Comcast-owned NBC is giving CPR to this campy 1970s TV show, which trade papers have been assuring us...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 17, 2011; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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'American Idol' 2011 continues Hollywood Week [update -- video]

Check your back-stabbing weapons at the door, Idolettes -- it's "American Idol" group night auditions in Hollywood Week. In Pasadena. Why is this night different from all other nights? Because you're going to learn the important showbiz lesson of appearing to play nice with people you feel in every way superior to.

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 17, 2011; 6:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Charlie Sheen heading back to "Two and a Half Men" at end of month

Charlie Sheen returning to work on "Two and a Half Men" at the end of the month

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 16, 2011; 9:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Watson the IBM computer trounces humans in 'Jeopardy!' competition [Update of update]

"I for one welcome our new computer overlords," "Jeopardy!" competitor Ken Jennings wrote resignedly on his screen as Watson the IBM computer thoroughly stomped on him and fellow super-geek Brad Rutter during Watson's final appearance on the syndicated game show.

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 16, 2011; 8:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Lindsay Lohan: CBS confused when it said she would read Letterman's Top-10 list [updated with new video]

Lindsay Lohan arrives in court Feb. 9, and she'll be back -- apparently before we're going to see her on "Late Show." (Getty Images) [Update]: Lindsay Lohan says she will not -- repeat not -- appear on David Letterman's CBS late night talk show Thursday to read his top-10...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 16, 2011; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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[Update] Michael Vick pulls plug on Oprah interview

Oprah and Piers Morgan made a bet on who could land a Michael Vick interview first. (CNN) Two days after Oprah Winfrey won that bet she'd made with new CNN show host Piers Morgan, announcing she'd booked Michael Vick to her syndicated talk show on Thursday, Feb. 24 --...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 16, 2011; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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'Glee' hearts Justin Bieber: We watch so you don't have to [Updated]

The guys in glee club try to channel pop sensation Justin Bieber with The Justin Bieber Experience. (Adam Rose/Fox) [Update]: Bieber Fever fizzled on Fox. The network's "Glee" episode, billed as a tribute to Justin Bieber and his tunes, scored the high school musical's second smallest audience of this...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 16, 2011; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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CBS News: Lara Logan sexually assaulted, beaten while covering Egypt president Hosni Mubarak's exit for '60 Minutes'

CBS News Correspondent Lara Logan in Tahrir Square moments before she was assaulted. (CBS) CBS News has issued a statement about their correspondent Lara Logan: On Friday February 11, the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS Correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 15, 2011; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Aaron Sorkin's back on NBC

Aaron Sorkin's back on NBC this season! Sadly, the "West Wing" and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" creator/writer is not, however, doing a series for the ratings-starved network. He's just doing a cameo appearance on one of the network's lowest-rated but most critically-adored series, the sitcom "30 Rock," in...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 15, 2011; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Roseanne to raise macadamia nuts for Lifetime network

Lifetime network has ordered a 16-episode docu-soap in which Roseanne Barr and her boyfriend and son run a 40-acre macadamia-nut-and-livestock farm in Hawaii. One "Roseanne Barr is an undeniable force of nature" quote from Lifetime chief Nancy Dubuc later, the network revealed the show will make its debut some time...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 14, 2011; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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'Glee's' Justin Bieber bandwagon blows a tire while Babs Streisand fine tunes her 'Glee' snub

If "Glee" was hoping to capitalize on Justin Bieber's big Grammy wins with its Bieber-centric episode two nights later...well, that didn't work out so well. The Biebs went zero for two on Sunday night, losing Best New Artist to Esperanza Spalding, while Lady Gaga snagged the trophy for Best Pop...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 14, 2011; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Grammy Awards ratings up slightlycompared to last year [Updated]

UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: CBS has re-issued its Grammy ratings and now says the show attracted 26.66 million people instead of 26.55 million. So Sunday night's show attracted about 790,000 more viewers than last year's Grammycast -- still a small-ish increase compared to recent seasons. But it also becomes the...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 14, 2011; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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