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A&E Confirms Jackson Brothers Series After Footage "Leaks" to "ET"

A&E is confirming it's greenlit its Jackson family reality series, because, the network says, the celebrity suck-up show "Entertainment Tonight" "somehow" got its hands on some of the footage for the series' one-hour back-door pilot. "ET" is going to air that footage tonight. A&E would not cough up any details...

By Lisa de Moraes | August 25, 2009; 03:54 PM ET | Comments (2)

VH1 Reality Show Contestant/Murder Suspect Found Dead

Ryan Jenkins, the VH1 reality-show competitor suspected of having murdered his wife in California, was found dead in a hotel in British Columbia and preliminary evidence indicates he committed suicide, Canadian authorities announced Sunday. Hotel staff found Jenkins' body, Sgt. Duncan Pound of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told...

By Lisa de Moraes | August 23, 2009; 11:33 PM ET | Comments (23)

"Megan Wants a Millionaire" Producers: We Vetted Murder Suspect Jenkins

Can somebody please make a reality TV series about how TV networks vet contestants on reality series? Buena Park, Calif. Police chief Tom Monsoon held a news conference Thursday afternoon to announce they have a warrant for the arrest of "Megan Wants a Millionaire" contestant Ryan Alexander Jenkins for the...

By Lisa de Moraes | August 20, 2009; 10:19 PM ET | Comments (6)

"The View" lines up Hot Blonde Conservative Hasselbeck fill-ins

ABC's "The View" has started lining up Hot Blonde Conservatives to fill in for the show's regular HBC, Elisabeth Hasselbeck when the daytime talker returns on Sept. 8. First up: John McCain's daughter Meghan. "Yes, the rumors are true, I will be guest hosting 'The View' while Elisabeth is...

By Lisa de Moraes | August 20, 2009; 01:26 PM ET | Comments (2)

Tom DeLay Dances Around Cuomo on "GMA"

Former House majority leader Tom DeLay stopped by ABC News's "Good Morning America" this morning to answer probing questions about sequins and pink shirts. Yesterday, "Good Morning America" broke the story that DeLay would be among the D-listers competing on the next edition of ABC Entertainment's ballroom dance competition series,...

By Lisa de Moraes | August 18, 2009; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

Tom DeLay to Save "Dancing with Stars" From Old Fogey Smut

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay -- who has already suffered one gimongous embarrassment on ABC's dance competition series "Dancing with the Stars" -- is game to be humiliated again. This time, he's one of the dancers. While the show prides itself on the diversity of its "celebrity" competitors,...

By Lisa de Moraes | August 17, 2009; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (18)

'Today' Show Interviews Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle, the frumpy spinster singing sensation who forced the President of the United States to re-schedule a primetime news conference, got to breathe the rarified air of the "Today" show this morning. "I caught up with Susan Boyle in London," "Today" co-host Meredith Vieira told viewers at the start...

By Washington Post Editor | July 22, 2009; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (8)

Jackson Family Leaving Encino Estate for Funeral

At around 7:50 a.m. Pacific time, memorial organizers let the media take cameras inside the Staples Center to shoot images of the flower-edged stage, over which hangs a huge monitor. It read: In Loving Memory Michael Jackson King of Pop 1958 -- 2009 At 7:54, news channels began reporting the...

By Washington Post Editor | July 7, 2009; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (1)

LA Mayoral Aide Seeks Contributions for Funeral Costs

Journalists wondering all morning how the cash-strapped city of Los Angeles was going to pay for all those cops outside the Staples Center and other city services surrounding today's memorial got their answer when Matt Szabo, Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's senior press secretary, began panhandling at the site. "Los...

By Washington Post Editor | July 7, 2009; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Morning Shows: Memorial Service Will Include Casket

Michael Jackson's casket will be front and center during today's memorial service, morning infotainment shows reported early this morning. The presence of the actual remains of the King of Pop, who died suddenly and suspiciously last week at age 50, means "crowd control could become an even bigger issue," said...

By Washington Post Editor | July 7, 2009; 07:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Michael Jackson TV Watercooler

From Nielsen, here's a greatest-hits list of Michael Jackson TV appearances: Notable Michael Jackson TV Apperances NETWORK DATE SHOW DETAILS VIEWERS ABC 2/6/2003 20/20 Special Controversial documentary on Jackson by Martin Bashir 27,111,000 CBS 12/28/2003 60 Minutes Ed Bradley interviews Michael Jackson 18,784,000 CBS 11/13/2001 30th Anniv Special Michael...

By Lisa de Moraes | June 26, 2009; 05:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Michael Jackson Marathon

Can't get enough Michael Jackson on TV? You're in luck: TODAY * noon: VH1 Classic Jackson music video tribute runs through midnight Sunday. * 7 p.m.: MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew" featuring Michael Jackson music. * 8 p.m.: TV One's "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration" two-hour all-star concert salute....

By Lisa de Moraes | June 26, 2009; 03:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

All Obituary Thursday

*ABC and NBC are going virtually all-obit in primetime tonight. Both networks are airing dueling Farrah Fawcett specials at 10 p.m. Fawcett died this morning at St. John's hospital in Santa Monica after a long battle with cancer. ABC's "Farrah Fawcett: Her Life, Her Loves, Her Legacy" had originally been...

By Lisa de Moraes | June 25, 2009; 08:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

ABC News, NBC News Fight Over Farrah's Carcass

ABC News and NBC News have been fighting over Farrah Fawcett's carcass today. It all started at 10:18 a.m. ET today when ABC News announced that sources close to Farrah had told Barbara Walters "these could be her final hours." Of course we now know Farrah died at St. John's...

By Lisa de Moraes | June 25, 2009; 04:05 PM ET | Comments (3)

Gov. Sanford: Answer to Late Night Hosts' Prayers

Late night hosts prayed for fresh material. And god gave them Gov. Sanford: Craig Ferguson on "Late Late Show": Conan O'Brien on "Tonight Show": Dave Letterman on "Late Show": Stephen Colbert on "The Colbert Report": Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show":...

By Lisa de Moraes | June 25, 2009; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Academy Awards Boosts Best Pix Noms in Vie for Viewers

The motion picture academy hopes it has figured out a way to attract more viewers to its Academy Awards broadcast on ABC - up the number of Best-Flick nominees from 5 to 10. That way, fans of 10 films, instead of fans of five films, will tune in to see...

By Lisa de Moraes | June 24, 2009; 05:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sarah Palin's Traveling 'David Letterman's A Pervert' Tour

Alaska's Governess Sarah Palin took her David Letterman Is A Pervert Media Tour to NBC and CNN on Friday. On NBC's morning infotainment show, "Today," she told Matt Lauer how she'd found out Letterman had made a "comment" Monday on his CBS late-night show "about the statutory rape of...

By Lisa de Moraes | June 12, 2009; 09:15 PM ET | Comments (7)

MTV Discovers It's Coming to Washington for Next "Real World"

MTV finally got around to confirming what we've known for ages: the 23rd season of "The Real World" will explore the finer points of binge drinking and friends-with-benefits in our fair city of Washington, D.C. (Marissa Newhall -- The Washington Post) MTV said production starts "in the summer of...

By Lisa de Moraes | June 10, 2009; 03:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

Dave Bites Conan

CBS late-night star David Letterman took off his gloves and pounded his new NBC rival Conan O'Brien in preliminary ratings Tuesday night. Letterman clocked 3.4 percent of the TV homes in the metered markets, which represent about 70 percent of the country. Conan snagged 2.9 percent. It's the first...

By Lisa de Moraes | June 10, 2009; 02:32 PM ET | Comments (2)

Washington: "Real"-er by the minute

Late last week, we brought word that MTV's creaky "Real World" -- the series that is now older than MTV's target audience -- is finally coming to explore the finer points of binge drinking in our fair city of Washington, D.C. Over the weekend, Web sleuths skulked around a...

By Lisa de Moraes | June 8, 2009; 05:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

"Tony, She Won"

The return of Angela Lansbury -- patron saint of CBS -- drove 7.5 million viewers to the network's Sunday broadcast of the 63rd annual Tony Awards. That's the trophy show's biggest audience in three years and second biggest in the last five. The three-hour orgy of excess -- the...

By Lisa de Moraes | June 8, 2009; 03:32 PM ET | Comments (1)

D.C.'s "Blonde Charity Mafia" Deemed Too Good for Summer

The CW network has pulled "Blonde Charity Mafia" -- the first of a trilogy of reality series that will celebrate celebrating the fabulousness of Washington -- from its summer schedule. But wait -- it's not what you think! CW did not pull the show, about a bunch of 20-something alpha...

By Lisa de Moraes | June 5, 2009; 06:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Conan Debut Good, But No Leno Swan Song

Jay Leno beat Conan O'Brien on "The Tonight Show," according to early stats. In the metered markets, representing about 70 percent of the country, Conan's first night as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" clocked a 7.1 rating and a 17 share in preliminary over night numbers which, sadly, are...

By Lisa de Moraes | June 2, 2009; 09:33 AM ET | Comments (2)

Washington Officially the Prettiest Dress in the Reality-TV Store

Looks as if MTV's creaky "Real World" -- the series that is now older than MTV's target audience -- is finally coming to explore the finer points of binge drinking in our fair city of Washington, D.C. Word got out that the production house, Bunim-Murray, is staffing up with production...

By Lisa de Moraes | May 29, 2009; 07:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

In Pa., 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' Receives Labor Complaint

TLC's "Jon & Kate Plus 8" keeps on making the kind of news viewers love. Advertisers's reaction? Maybe not so much. In today's "Jon & Kate + Brood": Pennsylvania's Labor Department has opened an investigation into whether the show is complying with state child labor laws, the Associated Press reports....

By Lisa de Moraes | May 29, 2009; 07:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Washington D.C. Invaded by Real Housewives

This is our now, Washington. Bravo network's The Real Housewives of [Fill in the Blank] franchise is coming to our nation's capital. NBC Universal-owned Bravo network has planted its flag in the Washington market, announcing it is developing a "Real Housewives" reality series set "in the influential metropolitan region...

By Lisa de Moraes | May 26, 2009; 01:47 PM ET | Comments (33)

 

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