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'Battle of the Blades': I'm a Believer

A couple of weeks ago, I made a few minor complaints about 'Battle of the Blades.' I take it all back. Not only did the show address a few of my issues (getting more comments from the female competitors, booking judges from the world of figure skating, like Kristy Yamaguchi and Katarina Witt), but they invited me to come see the Sunday night finale. I do like to get invited places. But never has an invitation made me feel quite so lucky to do what I do for a living (namely make snide comments about people who are more talented and ambitious than I am). Walking up to Maple Leaf Gardens from the parking spot I found in another time zone, a huge line of people are waiting for the ticket that will become available when people like me fail to show....

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Things I Hate About TV: When Keith Olbermann is on vacation

Keith Olbermann brings a certain... attitude... to his nightly newscast on MSNBC. He's bitingly sarcastic, self-deprecating and good-natured. The scripts for the newscast are heavily written by Olbermann himself, but his producers and writers obviously have his tone down and write the way he speaks. So, when Keith is on vacation and someone else fills in, the show really, really sucks. It used to be that Alex Witt filled in for Keith, but she didn't seem to know what she was reading. She read everything straight. Witt was apparently booted off in favor of Alison Stewart, who clearly understands Keith's wit and wisdom, but she still can't deliver his scripts. She tries too hard to be like Keith, but she obviously does not speak the way scripts are written. Bottom line: when Keith is on vacation, I don't watch. As far as I can see it, there are three options: 1) Keith works 52 weeks a year, 2) MSNBC replaces Countdown with something else when he's on vacation, 3) Keith clones! ...

Talk Talk: Who's on the late night shows tonight

Charlie Rose: Steve Wynn, Chairman and CEO of Wynn ResortsThe Late Show With David Letterman: Billy Crystal and Garbage (repeat)Jay Leno: Owen Wilson and Kem Jimmy Kimmel Live: Magic JohnsonLate Night With Conan O'Brien: Dan Ackroyd, Anthony Anderson, and AqualungThe Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Rachael Leigh Cook, Haunted author Chuck Palahniuk, and Layzie BoneLast Call With Carson Daly: Jessica Alba, Alicia Witt, Mitch Fatel, and The Allman Brothers Band (repeat)...

Law & Order's new faces; Bionic producer defends Washington casting - TCA report

NBC's got a lot of new shows this fall. The panels have been non-stop and swag-free today -- and not without a bit of controversy. First up was Law & Order creator Dick Wolf and new Law & Order cast members Alicia Witt (CI), Adam Beach (SVU), and Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order). Sisto's character on L&O comes with emotional baggage that makes the angst he carried around as Rachel Griffith's brother on Six Feet Under seem like a birthday party, which is interesting since Wolf is no fan of serial drama....

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Talk Talk: Amy Poehler, David Spade, Ashlee Simpson

Here's who's on the late night shows tonight. Charlie Rose: Randi Weingarten and Charlie Wilson The Daily Show: Colin Firth The Colbert Report: Maria Shriver The Late Show with David Letterman: Tina Fey, Brett Favre, and Estelle Jay Leno: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Marilu Henner, and Old 97's Jimmy Kimmel Live: David Spade, Ashlee Simpson, and Jean Smart Tavis Smiley: Phil Donahue Late Night with Conan O'Brien: Amy Poehler The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson: Ben Stein, Alicia Witt, and Andrew Norelli Last Call with Carson Daly: Dov Davidoff, Dylan Ratigan, and Airborne Toxic Event ...

Coming to FOX this fall: Ron Livingston, Victor Garber

Wahoo! Ron Livingston, of Office Space and Sex and the City fame, is going to be on the fall television schedule. Ahead of next week's upfronts, FOX has announced that it picked up Primary for the fall. The drama stars Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt as hostage negotiators with the hots for each other. FOX is also picking up American Crime, starring Alias veteran Victor Garber as part of an ensemble cast. The show is about high-profile defense attorneys. Good. Someone needs to counter all the adoration for prosecuting attorneys happening over at NBC on four different Law & Order franchises....

A fast Q&A with Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt of Standoff

On the new FOX drama Standoff, Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt play Matt Flannery and Emily Lehman, who are partners on one of the FBI's finest crisis negotiaton teams. They also happen to be sleeping together. The show examines how the personal aspect of their relationship mixes in with the high-stakes nature of their jobs. I was able to get a few minutes with the pair before the screening of the show's pilot at the New York Television Festival. Of course, no Ron Livingston interview could go by without my sneaking in an Office Space question or two, which I did at the end: ...

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Jane Pauley suing New York Times

Sorry I'm a few days late reporting this news, but I took some time off to volunteer at my neighborhood's annual Soup Kitchen and Hobo Scrub. This year I was on "soap and hose" duty, so it would have been total disaster had I not been there. At any rate, if you haven't heard yet, Jane Pauley is suing the New York Times because she claims she was duped into being interviewed for an ad supplement which she thought was an actual interview about her bout with bipolar disorder. The ad supplement was for pharmaceutical companies, and Pauley is suing both the Times and DeWitt Publications, saying she was tricked and that she has never appeared in an ad or endorsed any product before. A spokeswoman countered by saying Pauley's assistant was informed that the interview would be for an ad supplement in the New York Times Magazine....

Fox orders up more episodes of 'Til Death, Standoff

Fox has picked up the back nine episodes of the new comedy, 'Til Death, starring Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher. Even though the show hasn't done much in its Thursday night timeslot, Fox thinks there is an audience out there for this sitcom. Fox thinks that 24 and American Idol will draw in more viewers to the network when they begin in January. The network has also ordered six more episodes of Standoff, starring Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt (and Gina Torres for all you Firefly fans). A rep for the network says it didn't order the full back nine (considered a full season) because there isn't going to be any room for a full season once 24 and American Idol begin. ...

Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams to reunite for new show

Now here's an odd little news item. TV Land president Larry Jones says that a new TV show is in the works featuring former Laverne & Shirley stars Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams. The two would play themselves and live in Marshall's house, where the show would be filmed. This could be ... interesting -- or an utter disaster. But it does bring up a fun question: what other former TV pals would you like to see in a reality show? How about Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore living together? How about Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow? Jack Klugman and Tony Randall would be great, but Randall passed away several years ago. Readers? Maybe Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt would be up for it. [via Pop Candy]...

Uh oh: Standoff won't return until the summer

Fans of Standoff, the FOX hostage negotiator drama starring Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt, were worried when it was announced that the show was moving to Fridays. Now here's more to be concerned about: the show isn't returning at all until the summer. It was supposed to return in April, but FOX has decided the show won't be back until after the network announces its fall schedule in May. I wonder how this will affect their decision, since the show has been on hiatus for a while and they're not going to know what the summer numbers are until, well, the show airs in the summer. They insist the show isn't canceled, but this can't be seen as a "good" sign, that's for sure. It got pretty good numbers when it was on. For the record, I thought the show was so-so....

Talk Talk: Who's on the late night shows tonight

Charlie Rose: Steve WynnThe Late Show With David Letterman: Stephen Colbert, Heloise, and Black-Eyed PeasJay Leno: Katie Hudson, Faith Hill, and The Haydens (repeat)Jimmy Kimmel Live: Sarah Silverman, Michael Ian Black, David Wain, Michael Showalter, and BJ SnowdenLate Night With Conan O'Brien: Rudolph Guiliani, Colin Quinn, and Bloc Party (repeat)The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Jane Kaczmarek, Greg Proops, and John Carroll Lynch (repeat - starts late because of US Open highlights)Last Call With Carson Daly: Jessica Alba, Mitch Fatel, Alicia Witt, and The Allman Brothers Band (repeat)...

Esposito joins FOX comedy when lead drops out

The absolutely stunning (seriously, she's beautiful!) Jennifer Esposito has signed on for a leading role in a FOX comedy pilot. She'll replace actress Alicia Witt, who dropped out of the project last week due to "creative differences". The comedy is called More, Patience and it's about a New York (where else?) psychiatrist who can't handle her own life. Ah, the irony. Esposito is also on the WB's Related, which is currently fighting for a time slot on the new The CW network. Does that mean she'll be doing both shows? Busy lady....

'United States of Tara' Season 2 Interviews With Toni Collette & Rosemarie DeWitt (VIDEO)

At the end of season 1 of 'United States of Tara,' it seemed like Tara was finally ready to get back on her meds and get her life back under control. Of course, that won't last long -- according to Toni Collette, there are a couple of new alternate personalities for her character Tara this season, including a mentor of sorts named Shoshanna. Rosemarie DeWitt, who plays Tara's TV sister Charmaine, loves seeing the family happy, but admits that the other shoe drops "very quickly." We sat down with both stars to talk alters, big guest stars, engagements and love -- "there's a lot of lovin' going on!" laughs Collette. Check it out right here ......

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ABC Replacing Almost Entire Cast of 'Edgar Floats' Pilot

Tom Cavanagh can't catch a break these days. First, his TNT series 'Trust Me' was yanked after one season, and now, ABC is replacing him as the lead in the upcoming drama pilot 'Edgar Floats.' But Cavanagh isn't the only actor getting the boot from 'Life' creator Rand Ravich's upcoming character-driven procedural. The network has opted to replace almost everyone in the cast, including Alicia Witt, Derek Webster, Alex Solowitz and Raoul Trujillo, according to the Ausiello Files. The only survivor? Robert "T-1000" Patrick, who can seemingly still dodge a bullet almost 20 years after 'Terminator 2.'...

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