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August 29, 2014

ABC Goes for Gold With New Ice Dancing Reality Series

First, ABC danced with the stars, and now, they'll skate with them, too. According to the Hollywood Reporter, BBC Worldwide Productions and ABC will take to the ice to create a new reality-competition series, in which six celebrities team with a professional figure skater to perform in front of a panel of judges. (Memo to the contestants: Watch out for the French judge.) Izzie Pick will...

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Viacom to Pull 'Colbert,' 'Daily Show' From Hulu

And now for some not-so-funny news: On Mar. 10, Comedy Central will bid sayonara to Hulu, meaning it will no longer provide episodes of 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' or 'The Colbert Report' on its site. According to Variety, Comedy Central owner, Viacom, has concluded that not enough revenue is being generated through the commercial-supported site. Hulu is a joint venture of three media...

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Valerie Bertinelli, Betty White Head to TV Land in 'Hot in Cleveland'

'Hot in Cleveland,' starring Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick as best friends from Los Angeles whose flight to Paris makes an unscheduled landing in Ohio, has gotten a 10-episode order from TV Land. The 40-something ladies, who are all at a crossroads in their lives, end up staying when they discover how glamorous the Cleveland citizenry finds them. The legendary Betty White...

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TLC Renews 'Little Couple' for Third Season

'The Little Couple' continues to be a growing hit for TLC. On the heels of its second season finale, airing tonight, the network has announced that that the hit reality show will officially return for a third season. 'The Little Couple' follows the lives of newlyweds Dr. Jen Arnold and Bill Klein, both of whom have a condition called spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia, or SED....

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Nadya Suleman Books 'The View'

The most famous mother of 14 in America -- Nadya Suleman, better known as "Octomom" for giving birth to octuplets in January 2009 -- will join the ladies of ABC's 'The View' next Wed., Feb. 24, as a guest. Suleman's visit to 'The View' -- her first -- airs at 11AM EST, and the full roster of hosts, including Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd,...

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TBS Picks Up 'In Security,' 'Franklin and Bash'

Two more pilots have been picked up by TBS, bringing the number of new 60-minute comedies on the network's roster to four. According the Hollywood Reporter, the two new pilot orders were for 'In Security' and 'Franklin and Bash.' The first concerns two sisters who run a private-security business for the high-and-mighty while trying to manage insecure family matters of their own. 'Franklin and...

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CW News: 'High Society,' 'Fly Girls' Land Premiere Dates; Talley Joins 'Top Model'

The CW has finally announced premiere dates for two of its highly anticipated reality series. Also at CW, renowned fashionista Andre Leon Talley has been tapped to join the judges panel on season 14 of 'America's Next Top Model.' According to the Hollywood Reporter, 'High Society' will get its high-profile debut Wed., Mar. 10 at 9:30PM, following the 90-minute premiere of 'Top Model.' Then...

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CBS Orders John Wells Medical Drama Pilot, Yet Another Police Procedural

Not to suggest that CBS already has a drama-heavy primetime schedule, what with three 'CSI' franchises, two 'NCIS' franchises, 'Cold Case,' 'Criminal Minds' and so on, but the Eye is greenlighting two more drama pilots. Per the Hollywood Reporter, CBS has ordered one pilot for a police procedural called 'Reagan's Law,' which traces the lives of several generations of New York City police...

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'1000 Ways to Die' Lives On for Third Season

Coming soon to Spike TV: an original late-night talk show, new episodes of '1000 Ways to Die' and reality shows on hardcore little wrestlers and Brooklyn "scrappers." According to a network press release, the chat fest will be outside of the traditional late-night zone. Instead of stars promoting flicks, it will spotlight ordinary people in extraordinary situations, such as a "convenience store...

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10 TV Talk Shows We Wish Hadn't Bit the Dust

And another one bites the dust. Tyra Banks had long been contemplating ways to forge an Oprah-style media empire well before the debut of her eponymous talk show in 2005. Setting aside her guest shots on 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' in the 1990s, Banks decided to establish her TV-Q as a host by successfully launching 'America's Next Top Model' in 2003. That gave her the clout to fashion 'The...

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