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What's On Tonight: 'Big Bang Theory,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Castle,' and the New Jersey Housewives

by Rich Keller, posted May 3rd 2010 12:30PM
The second season of 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' premieres tonight at 10:00Here's tonight's lineup of new shows and events (all times Eastern). Check your local TV listings for additional information.

With all of the shows coming and going this month I'm going to start putting them at the top of this listing. Let me know if it works for all of you.

Tonight's Premieres
Bravo: 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' -- 10:00 start
National Geographic WILD: 'Swamp Men' -- 10:00 start
TLC: 'Best Food Ever' at 9:00 and 'Ultimate Chili Challenge' at 10:00

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ABC Has Plans for 'Old Christine' ... Maybe 'Ghost Whisperer,' Too

by Allison Waldman, posted May 3rd 2010 12:03PM
cbs_the_new_adventures_of_old_christine_julia_louis_dreyfusFor the past two years, ABC has expressed interest in picking up 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' if CBS decided to drop it. This year is no different. According to Deadline.com, if CBS cancels 'The New Adventures of Old Christine,' ABC will snap it up. The network even has a plan for where to program the Julia Louis Dreyfus sitcom. It'll be paired with Patricia Heaton's 'The Middle,' leading in to 'Modern Family' and 'Cougar Town.'

That would make for a very solid night of comedy, likely Wednesday again, which is what worked so well this season for ABC -- with the exception of Kelsey Grammer's woeful 'Hank,' which was mercifully axed by ABC last November.

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ABC Announces Its May Sweeps Highlights

by Rich Keller, posted May 3rd 2010 10:04AM

The series finale of 'Lost' is just one of the May Sweeps highlights for ABCFor the networks, the month of May means just one thing: Sweeps -- the time of year where the Big 4.5 networks pull out all the stops to end their seasons with high ratings and, hopefully, increased ad revenue.

For ABC, this is a particularly important Sweeps period. Not only are a number of renewed freshman and sophomore series ending in the next few weeks, but the network's flagship program -- 'Lost' -- is completing its long and complicated run. Needless to say, they've packed the schedule with guest-stars, trips to exotic locales, and a return of 'The Bachleorette.'

As mentioned, the series finale of 'Lost' is big doings. On Sunday, May 23rd, the network will air a two-hour 'Lost Recap Special' starting at 7:00 p.m. followed by the last episode at 9:00 p.m.. To the cap the night off, Jimmy Kimmel will interview the creators and cast of 'Lost' on a special Sunday edition of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.'

More highlights can be found after the jump. Be warned: minor spoilers ahead.

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Sheen, CBS Close to Making New Deal for 'Two and a Half Men'?

by Mike Moody, posted May 3rd 2010 9:21AM
charlie sheen two and a half men deal It looks like Charlie Sheen's uncle Joe won't be taking over his role on 'Two and a Half Men' after all (like that was ever going to happen). While lawyers hammer out a plea deal to end the troubled actor's legal woes comes news that he and CBS are ready to cut a deal to keep him on the hit sitcom.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Sheen and CBS are both "cautiously optimistic" about a new deal that would keep the star cracking wise in bowling shirts for two more seasons on 'Two and A Half Men.' This comes, of course, after Sheen publicly declared that he was ready to leave the show, leading us to speculate on who could replace him (my vote was for James Franco).

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Helen Wagner, 'As the World Turns' Legend, Dies at 91

by Allison Waldman, posted May 2nd 2010 10:00PM
helen_wagner_nancy_as_the_world_turns_cbsOne of the legendary actors of daytime television, 'As the World Turns' star Helen Wagner, passed away Saturday, May 1, 2010. She was 91 years old and still an active member of the CBS soap opera.

In fact, Helen Wagner was daytime marvel. She was on 'As the World Turns' when it premiered on April 2, 1956, and continued in the role of Nancy Hughes ever since. She's in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest run by an actor in a television show.

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Ex-'Tonight Show' Host Conan O'Brien Vents On '60 Minutes'

by Allison Waldman, posted May 2nd 2010 8:55PM
conan_o'brien_nbc_beard_close_upFor the first time since the end of his tenure on 'The Tonight Show,' Conan O'Brien had a chance to appear on camera and share his thoughts on the whole long, drawn out civil war between him and Jay Leno and NBC and GE and the late night industry at large.

For the record, Conan O'Brien's sit down with Steve Kroft on '60 Minutes' on May 2, 2010 -- the first date he was contractually allowed to discuss what happened -- clearly established that while he's disappointed about what happened, Conan O'Brien is not defeated. To paraphrase 'Evita,' "Don't cry for him, America."

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Who Should Host the Emmys?

by Allison Waldman, posted May 1st 2010 5:29PM
Jimmy_Fallon_Late_night_NBCThe Primetime Emmys are still months away – the night of Sunday, August 29, to be exact – but the talk in Hollywood has already started swirling about who's going to host the show. An announcement is expected next week and since NBC is doing the broadcast, 'Late Night' host Jimmy Fallon is being mentioned prominently.

According to Entertainment Weekly, NBC has urged the TV Academy board to give Jimmy Fallon the thumbs up. Fallon's presence, the network contends, would appeal to a younger demographic. Terms like Twitter and Facebook have been thrown around to prop up the argument.

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'NCIS' Contract Dispute Update: David McCallum's Signed

by Allison Waldman, posted May 1st 2010 2:30PM
david_mccallum_ncis_ducky_cbsReports of Ducky's departure have been premature. In an update on the 'NCIS' cast dispute that we reported the other day, David McCallum is signed for next season. That's right, his manager told TV Guide that the previous stories had incorrectly put him in the same boat with Michael Weatherly, Sean Murray and Pauley Perrette.

McCallum's manager explained, "I'm sure some of the others are negotiating, but he's not affected by it. He falls into the Mark Harmon/Rocky Carroll category. He's signed on for additional seasons. He's excited to be coming back to the show and can't wait to see everybody."

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What's On Tonight: 'Medium,' 'Stargate Universe,' 'Real Time,' 'Smallville'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 30th 2010 12:34PM
The season finale of 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' premieres at 9:00 on Cartoon Network
Here's tonight's lineup of new shows and events (all times Eastern). Check your local
TV listings for additional information.

8:00 to 9:00
ABC: 'Wife Swap'
CBS: 'Ghost Whisperer'
The CW: 'Smallville'
NBC: 'Who Do You Think You Are' -- Season finale
Cartoon Network: 'Ben 10: Ultimate Alien' and 'Generator Rex'
Disney: 'Wizards of Waverly Place' -- Two 30-minute episodes
HBO: 24/7 Mayweather/Mosley -- Season finale with 8:30 start
HGTV: 'Sell It Yourself'

9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Wife Swap'
CBS: 'Medium'
Animal Planet: 'I Shouldn't Be Alive' -- Season finale
Cartoon Network: 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' -- Two 30-minute episodes. Season finale
CMT: 'Gator 911' and 'Danger Coast'
HBO: 'The Ricky Gervais Show' and 'The Life and Times of Tim' -- Season finale for 'Tim'
HGTV: 'Bang for Your Buck' -- 9:30 start
History: 'Gangland'
National Geographic: 'Dog Whisperer'
SyFy: 'Stargate Universe'
Teen Nick: 'Degrassi: The Next Generation'
TLC: 'Say Yes to the Dress' -- Two 30-minute episodes

10:00 to 11:00
ABC: '20/20'
CBS: 'Miami Medical'
Discovery: 'Construction Intervention'
E!: 'Web Soup'
Food Network: 'Private Chefs of Beverly Hills'
National Geographic: 'Two Kenyan Guys'
Starz: 'Party Down' and 'Gravity'
SyFy: 'Merlin'
TLC: 'Four Weddings'

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Betty White Gets New 'SNL' Promos, GSN Marathon (VIDEO)

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 30th 2010 11:45AM
Betty WhiteAs the date for Betty White's hosting gig on 'Saturday Night Live' comes ever closer (May 8th), NBC is releasing more promos featuring the grande dame of television.

In the first promo, similar to one mentioned here earlier this week, Betty addresses rumors that have her dating Zac Efron. Apparently, as the camera pans around the room, those rumors are totally false. In the second promo, Ms. White wonders if her 'SNL' gig will lead to bigger and better hosting duties for, perhaps, the Academy Awards. To that end, she enlists a trio of computer nerds to fan the Internet rumor flames.

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OWN to Tackle Eating Disorders

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 29th 2010 8:05PM
Oprah Winfrey Daytime queen Oprah Winfrey has added some additional programming to her up-and-coming cable network.

According to the Live Feed, OWN (aka the Oprah Winfrey Network) will launch 'Inside Rehab,' an eight-episode series documenting patients inside an eating disorder treatment facility. No word yet on a premiere date.

'Inside Rehab' is just one of many shows set to join OWN, which officially launches on Jan. 1. Among the highlights: 'Behind the Scenes: The Oprah Show Final Season,' 'Breaking Down the Bars,' 'Enough Already,' 'In the Bedroom With Dr. Laura Berman' and 'Inside With Lisa Ling.'

As Inside TV previously reported, BFF Gayle King will also bring her radio show, 'Gayle King Live!', to the small screen, while Grammy-winning superstar (and recent 'American Idol' mentor) Shania Twain will star in the reality series 'Why Not? With Shania Twain.'

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Damon Lindelof Says 'Lost' Fans Will Still Have Questions After Finale

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 29th 2010 5:15PM
Damon Lindelof says not all questions will be answered in the 'Lost' finaleThe creators of 'Lost' are not nice people. Oh, they may entertain us with smoke monsters, islands that are not islands and time jumps that would trick even H.G. Wells, but they have left so many questions unanswered during the last five seasons that fans are still trying to figure out what the heck is going on. The only thing that's keeping them going is the feeling that all will be answered in the series finale.

Well, guess what? That's not happening, either.

So says co-creator Damon Lindelof. In an interview with the Live Feed, Lindelof states that they'll be as definitive as they can be with their ending; however, people are still going to say, "What did they mean by that?" That's not to say the finale is going to be like the still talked about cut-to-black ending of 'The Sopranos.'

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'Glee' and the Barbra Streisand Connection

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 29th 2010 2:02PM
barbra_streisand_high_school_yearbookEver since 'Glee' began, there's been a thread running through it that's always reminded me of Barbra Streisand. In last Tuesday's episode, the thread was more like a rope, as four characters did the medley "One Less Bell/A House Is Not A Home," just like Streisand did in the 1971 Burt Bacharach TV special.

Apparently, others have picked up on this connection, too. This review in New York magazine suggested that the 'Glee' should really do a Barbra Streisand episode -- like the Madonna show -- because Barbra is 'the patron saint' of 'Glee' kids.

Whether they do an all-Streisand show or not, the writer made a great point about how the kids in New Directions are more akin to Brooklyn Barbra than almost any other performer. Before she graduated Erasmus Hall High School in 1959, Barbra Streisand was in glee club. (So was Neil Diamond!) But Streisand wasn't the star of Choral Club. The director, Mr. De Pietto, preferred blonde soprano,Trudy Wallace, and gave her all the solos. Streisand was put in the back, in the alto section.

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This Year's Time 100 List Includes Several TV People

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 29th 2010 1:30PM
ConanAh, what a difference one year can make.

Last year, Time magazine did a cover story on Jay Leno and his big move to primetime, in which the magazine called him the "future of television."

But on this year's list of the 100 Most Influential People, Leno is nowhere to be found. Who made it instead? Yep, you guessed it: former 'Tonight Show' host Conan O'Brien.

There are eight other TV people on the list too, ranging from talk-show hosts, to a reality show judge to a couple of producers. See who made it after the jump.

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What's On Tonight: 'Community,' 'CSI,' 'Sober House,' 'Real Housewives'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 29th 2010 12:23PM
A new 'Community' anchors NBC's night of comedy starting at 8:00
Here's tonight's lineup of new shows and events (all times Eastern). Check your local
TV listings for additional information.

Welcome to the beginning of the May sweeps! Hopefully, other than Saturday, the schedule should be full of new shows until the middle of next month.

8:00 to 9:00
ABC" 'FlashForward'
CBS: 'Survivor'
The CW: 'The Vampire Diaries'
FOX: 'Bones'
NBC: 'Community' and 'Parks and Recreation'
Food Network: 'Good Eats'
HGTV: 'My First Place' -- Two 30-minute episodes
National Geographic: 'Naked Science'

9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Grey's Anatomy'
CBS: 'CSI'
The CW: 'Supernatural'
FOX: 'Fringe'
NBC: 'The Office' and '30 Rock'
A&E: 'The First 48'
Animal Planet: 'Weird, True & Freaky' -- Two 30-minute episodes
HGTV: 'Selling New York'
History: 'Modern Marvels'

10:00 to 11:00
ABC: 'Private Practice'
CBS: 'The Mentalist'
NBC: 'The Marriage Ref'
Bravo: 'The Real Housewives of New York City'
A&E: 'Fugitive Chronicles'
DIY: 'Yard Crashers'
HGTV: 'House Hunters International'
History: 'Sliced' -- Two 30-minute episodes
National Geographic: 'Known Universe'
TLC: 'LA Ink' -- Season finale
VH1: 'Sober House With Dr. Drew' -- Season finale

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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