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NBC Pickups Announced

"Chuck" obsessives: Sorry, but you're going to have to keep chowing down on Subway foot-longs for at least another week. On the other hand, fans of the flick "Parenthood" can stop donating diapers to Octomom -- or whatever grassroots campaign it is you've launched to try to convince NBC...

By Lisa de Moraes | May 4, 2009; 12:34 PM ET | Comments (2)

When Presidents Talk Broadcasters Get Hurt

Producers of ABC's workplace comedy "Better off Ted" -- set at the morally-challenged mega-corporation Veridian Dynamics -- made this Public Service Announcement after learning their show would be preempted last night so ABC could carry President Obama's news conference. Broadcasters weren't entirely happy about the fourth primetime appearance of...

By Lisa de Moraes | April 30, 2009; 01:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Judge Blocks Blago's NBC Debut

An unfeeling federal judge in Chicago has denied us the opportunity to see former Illinois Gov Rod Blagojevich and former "American Idol" tweener heartthrob Sanjaya Malakar fight over hair care products in the wilds of Costa Rica. "I do not have confidence that things will not go astray if I...

By Lisa de Moraes | April 21, 2009; 02:52 PM ET | Comments (4)

NASA Astronauts to Run on COLBERT

NASA did not name its international space station module after Comedy Central's Greatest Living Gasbag, Stephen Colbert. They named the space station's treadmill after him. Technically, it will be called the Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill -- the COLBERT. Every day, someone on the space station will...

By Lisa de Moraes | April 15, 2009; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (3)

Blago Does NBC, Pending Court OK

NBC, which this summer will pick up with "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here" where ABC left off, has broadened the definition of "celebrity" to include indicted ex-governors, casting Illinois's Rod Blagojevich. Pending the court's approval, of course, NBC added in a statement. Impeached Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich....

By Lisa de Moraes | April 15, 2009; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (2)

Bravo Bravely Imagines Life After "Runway"

Bravo, NBC Universal's gonna-lose-"Project Runway"-anyway cable network, announced to advertisers in New York that it's jumping into the scripted drama business. The news comes about four months after NBC Universal's network NBC announced it's getting out of the scripted drama business --- at 10 p.m., anyway, where Jay Leno...

By Lisa de Moraes | April 14, 2009; 05:02 PM ET | Comments (1)

Sacked Employees To Provide Fox with Ratings -- Everyone Wins!

Coming to Fox: a reality series in which actual companies that are struggling to stay afloat in this lousy economy agree -- presumably in exchange for money -- to let their staffs decide which among them is going to get pink-slipped to save money. To populate its new "Lord...

By Lisa de Moraes | April 7, 2009; 04:59 PM ET | Comments (45)

D.C.'s "Blonde Charity Mafia" is Now CW's Reality

It's finally official: CW will foist Washington D.C.-based party-with-purpose reality series "Blonde Charity Mafia" on an unsuspecting public -- in July. Shayna, Krista, Katherine and Melani from the first episode of "Blonde Charity Mafia." (Brendan Hoffman / The CW)Enlarge Image Just six episodes have been ordered, which will air...

By Lisa de Moraes | April 6, 2009; 05:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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