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Moraes on TV: February 20, 2011 - February 26, 2011

CBS, Warner Bros cancel "Two and Half Men" season after Charlie Sheen self-destructs on radio show [updated with poll]

(Click through for a poll: Who do you think should replace Charlie Sheen on "Two and a Half Men?") CBS and Warner Bros. TV have taken the extraordinary step of scrapping production on the country's most popular comedy series, "Two and a Half Men," for the rest of the...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 25, 2011; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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'American Idol' introduces Top 24

(Fox) "American Idol" has completed the slow, torturous process of unveiling this season's Top 24. Click through to see the names and photos of all the contestants. (And here are recaps of the Wednesday and Thursday shows.)...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 25, 2011; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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'American Idol' 2011: Top 24 survive the Trail of Tears

The contestants sang in Vegas this week -- but would their performances be good enough to get them through to the Top 24? (Fox) Part Deux of "American Idol" 2011: Final Judgment starts Thursday with a reprisal of judge Jennifer Lopez's bad-news breakdown of Wednesday night, when she had...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 25, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Oscars renewed through 2020; Emmys mash miniseries w/ movies

James Franco and Anne Hathaway will host the Oscars, which just got renewed to stay on ABC until 2020. (Reuters) On the eve of Sunday's Oscarcast, ABC and the motion picture academy announced the network had locked exclusive broadcast rights to the trophy show through 2020. ABC's current contract...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 24, 2011; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Oscar hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway ape ancient film number

This "leaked" video is supposed to make you want to watch Sunday's Academy Awards, on ABC. Why this year's Oscar hosts are pretending they're John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as they appeared in the aged 70's flick "Grease" is anybody's guess. Seriously -- go ahead and guess:...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 24, 2011; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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'American Idol' heads to Las Vegas

The contestants perform in Vegas on "Idol." (Fox) "American Idol" opens Wednesday with some good news and some bad news. The good news: the singers who survived Hollywood Week are are going to Vegas. Okay, they're going by bus, but still... The bad news: Everybody's got to learn a...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 24, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Larry King taking his comedy routine on the road -- seriously [updated]

"Larry King is taking his comedy on tour" - bet you never thought you'd read THAT sentence.

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 23, 2011; 9:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Christine O'Donnell ponders 'Dancing With the Stars' gig

Former Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell. (Melina Mara Photo) Has "Dancing With the Stars" found its polarizing political figure for its spring edition? Christine O'Donnell, the "I'm not a witch" Tea Party candidate from Delaware who ran unsuccessfully for Senate in 2010, may be the one. On her Facebook page,...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 23, 2011; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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'Glee' blames it on the alcohol: We watch so you don't have to [updated with video]

The "Glee" cast performs during the "Blame It On the Alcohol" episode. (Fox) WaPo Team TV's Emily Yahr blogs: This week's, "Glee," titled "Blame It On the Alcohol," featured its high school characters doing body shots, chugging wine coolers and a guy drunkenly throwing dollar bills in the air...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 23, 2011; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Animal Planet unveils noodling with 'Hillbilly Handfishin''

Animal Planet - the network about things people do for, and to, animals, announced Tuesday it had ordered a reality series in which city slickers pay good money to go to Oklahoma to noodle. Animal Planet's new series "Hillbilly Handfishin'." (Animal Planet) "Noodling" is hillbilly for "catching catfish with your...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 22, 2011; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NBC renews 'Biggest Loser,' 'Sing-Off' and 'Who Do You Think You Are'

"The Sing-Off" renewed for another season. (NBC) NBC announced Tuesday it had picked up three reality series - fat farm show "The Biggest Loser," genealogy show "Who Do You Think You Are?" and singing competition "The Sing-off" for the 2011-12 TV season. NBC's new entertainment division chairman Bob Greenblatt...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 22, 2011; 6:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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On 'The View,' Jessica Hahn compares her affair to Barbara Walters'; Walters not amused

Barbara Walters was not pleased with Jessica Hahn's comment on "The View." (CBS) *Babs Walters went mano a mano with Jessica Hahn on "The View" Tuesday. All this week, The Ladies of 'The View' are, as a February sweep public service, attempt to answer the nagging question that is...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 22, 2011; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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'Glee' promises original tunes -- just not tonight

Rachel (Lea Michele) announced on "Glee" last week that the club needs to start performing original music if they want to actually, you know, win at Regionals -- but don't expect to see any of those tunes tonight. Original music will debut on "Glee" in the March 15 episode, Fox...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 22, 2011; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What if Watson auditioned for 'American Idol' 2011

Imagine Watson the IBM Computer competing on "American Idol."...or, let someone do the imagining for you, on YouTube......

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 22, 2011; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Larry King says something interesting at 'Anna Nicole' opera, will appear on 'Piers Morgan' Wednesday [update]

UPDATE: Has Piers Morgan's star fallen so fast that Larry King -- the guy he replaced on CNN -- has become a great February sweeps get for him? Piers Morgan. (Mario Anzuoni Photo) Following the interesting comments King made about Morgan's show, and its ratings, while in London attending the...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 22, 2011; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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