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Moraes on TV: February 27, 2011 - March 5, 2011

TV nets find more ways to poke and probe Charlie Sheen story

Charlie Sheen seems to have settled down a bit, or run out of breath, towards the end of the week. (AP) That's a great time for the media to take a break from chasing Charlie down the street and chew on it for a spell. CNN announced Friday it would...

By Lisa de Moraes  | March 4, 2011; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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'American Idol' 2011: 25 million watch unveiling of Top-13

The Top 13 on "Idol." (Fox) About 25 million people watched "American Idol" hold its very first finalists-unveiling-cum-costume party this week - judge Steven Tyler's pirate shirt won, hands down. The annual pouring of the season's big clump of "Idol" wannabes through the Tea Strainer of Fate to come up...

By Lisa de Moraes  | March 4, 2011; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  "American Idol"  
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'American Idol' 2011: Lucky 13 [Updated w/ Poll]

[Updated with Who Got Robbed poll question] Pia Toscano was put through as a finalist on "American Idol." (Fox) After the relentless piling on of back story upon back story -- she's the short house-cleaner condemned to a life of dirty work, she's the tall house-cleaner condemned to a...

By Lisa de Moraes  | March 4, 2011; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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'Two and a Half Men' star Jon Cryer: "This is a trainwreck"

Charlie Sheen's "Two and a Half Men" co-star has finally spoken out about Sheen's Scorched Earth Media Tour. Jon Cryer used comedy to make his point -- remember, it's supposed to be a comedy show? Here is a preview of Cryer making a guest appearance on Ellen DeGeneres's syndicated show...

By Lisa de Moraes  | March 3, 2011; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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'American Idol' 2011: Top 12 girls perform

Julie Zorrilla performs in front of the judges. (Fox) The Top-12 chicks sing for 5 spots on "American Idol" tonight. Ta-Tynisa Wilson attempts Rihanna's "Only Girl (In the World)." Well, anyway, she's leggy. Actually, her legs are stronger than her voice. On lower register she fades out almost completely. New...

By Lisa de Moraes  | March 3, 2011; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  "American Idol"  
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Charlie Sheen plays yet another role in Scorched Earth Media Tour

Charlie Sheen, our generation's Laurence Olivier, took on another yet another role Wednesday - Frantic Father -- and executed it brilliantly, as he continued his Scorched Earth Media Tour.

By Lisa de Moraes  | March 2, 2011; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Charlie Sheen's celebrity-studded Twitter army continues to grow

"@charliesheen can u please send me the address to ur house? Ive been dreamin about a party like this all my life #winning!" Charlie Sheen. (Rick Wilking/Reuters) That's hip-hop artist, music mogul, clothing line creator, Mercedes car ad star, and now Charlie Sheen follower Sean P. Puff Diddy Daddy Combs....

By Lisa de Moraes  | March 2, 2011; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Charlie Sheen's twins moving out [updated]

UPDATE: Charlie Sheen is not the star of CBS's "Two and a Half Men" for at least the rest of the season. He has, however, gotten a new gig as a regular contributor to NBC News. Charlie Sheen. (Getty) On Wednesday, Sheen appeared on the division's "Today" show for a...

By Lisa de Moraes  | March 2, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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'American Idol' 2011: Top 12 guys perform

Casey Abrams performs. (Fox) The guys sing for viewer votes for the first time Tuesday night on "American Idol." Clint "June Bug" Gamboa kicks things off. And, though the show's been around for years, the producers still have not figured out how to keep the band and backup singers from...

By Lisa de Moraes  | March 2, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Christine O'Donnell can't dance and write at same time

The day after ABC unveiled its Christine O'Donnell-less list of competitors for the spring 2011 edition of "Dancing with the Stars," O'Donnell posted a statement in re her decision to walk away from the offer to participate.

By Lisa de Moraes  | March 1, 2011; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Dancing With the Stars  
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Chuck Lorre: I understand that I'm under a lot of pressure to respond to certain statements...

At the end of Monday night's episode of the CBS sitcom "Mike & Molly," its creator Chuck Lorre -- who also is the creator of "Two and a Half Men" -- seemed to be responding to "Men" star Charlie Sheen's ongoing media tirade about that show and working with Lorre....

By Lisa de Moraes  | March 1, 2011; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Professional dieter Kirstie Alley, Steelers' star Hines Ward top new 'Dancing' lineup

Despite their best efforts, the producers of ABC's hit competition show "Dancing with the Stars" were not able to line up any polarizing political figure to participate in the spring edition, which starts March 21.

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 28, 2011; 11:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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James Franco and Anne Hathaway don't help Oscar ratings

About 37.6 million people watched Sunday's Academy Awards, at which there were no surprises, and fashion faux pas, but which had people all a 'twitter the next day, owing to the epic flame-out of show co-host James Franco. That's a hefty 4 million fewer viewers than watched last year's Oscarcast....

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 28, 2011; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2011 Academy Awards  
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ABC News's Christiane Amanpour lands interview with Gaddafi

What a week for ABC. It's got the Academy Awards, it's got Hollywood's latest meltdown, Charlie Sheen -- and it's got Col. Moammar Gaddafi. The network interrupted its regularly scheduled programming Monday to announce Christiane Amanpour had landed an exclusive (among U.S.-based TV networks, that is) interview with Libya's...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 28, 2011; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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James Franco as Oscars co-host: How bad was it? Poll

James Franco and Anne Hathaway hosting the Academy Awards. (AP) Biggest take away from Sunday night's Academy Awards broadcast on ABC? Certainly not the winners, who were pretty much the same people who'd been doing the winning throughout Trophy Season (of which the Academy Awards is the crowning, and...

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 28, 2011; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  2011 Academy Awards  
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The Charlie Sheen's Got Tiger Blood TV Tour has begun! [with must-see video]

Charlie Sheen is on a drug. The drug is called "Charlie Sheen."

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 28, 2011; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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