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October 8, 2015


First MDA Labor Day Telethon Held Without Jerry Lewis Raises $61.5 Million

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 5th 2011 7:15AM
Jerry LewisIt was the end of an era Sunday night as the first Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon was held without comedy legend Jerry Lewis at the helm. The good news is that this year's show raised almost $61.5 million for the MDA, up about $2.6 million from 2010.

However, the absent Lewis was on the minds of many, and Nigel Lythgoe, who co-hosted this year's telethon with Jann Carl said he was sad that his predecessor didn't participate, but that the MDA needs to move on to ensure the fundraiser continues.

Lythgoe also told the Associated Press that he'd been expecting Lewis to show up, either during the telecast, or to pre-tape his signature song 'You'll Never Walk Alone.'

"I was fully expecting him to turn up at any point and join that six hours -- and I'm sorry he didn't," Lythgoe said. "And hopefully another year he might. I mean, he knows that he is always welcome on the telethon. It's his baby."

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What to Watch Aug. 31-Sept. 6

by Kim Potts, posted Aug 30th 2009 3:00PM
This week on TV: The students of 'Greek' go back to school, FX puts out 'Rescue Me' and 'So You Think You Can Dance' celebrates its best pieces ever. -- By Kimberly Potts


Greek'Greek' (9PM, ABC Family) 3rd season premiere
When last we left the Cyprus-Rhodes gang, Casey had finally 'fessed up to her feelings for ex-boyfriend Cappie, only to have him turn her down. When we meet up with them in the season premiere, Casey's still trying to deal with the sting of Cappie's rejection, while Cappie is just finding out that Max isn't on campus. Rusty, meanwhile, has bigger issues on his plate, as his failing grade in organic chemistry puts him at risk of being kicked out of the honors program.

'Weeds' – 5th season finale (10PM, Showtime)
'Dance Your Ass Off' – 1st season finale (10PM, Oxygen)
'The T.O. Show' – Everyone heads to Vegas to celebrate Mo's upcoming wedding (10PM, VH1)
'CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock' – Taylor Swift, Sugarland and Brad Paisley perform (8PM, ABC)
'The Soup Presents: Duck! TV's Most Dysfunctional Couples' – Surprise – not – the Gosselins are among the couples (10PM, E!)

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Jerry Lewis telethon raises record donations

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 2nd 2008 8:04AM
Jerry LewisWell, it looks like I'm going to have to eat a little crow from one of my previous posts. The Jerry Lewis telethon made a whopping 65 million dollars this year for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Obviously, people are still watching.

Apparently, the show also pitched help for any MDA-registered families that are victims of Hurricane Gustav. It's a good idea and a brilliant P.R. move by Lewis and company. It did get me thinking: why should all that money only benefit those with muscular dystrophy? Why can't next year's donations go towards fighting cancer or some other charity?

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What to Watch Weekend Aug. 30 - 31

by Kim Potts, posted Aug 30th 2008 5:00AM
(Sun., 9PM, WE)
Move over bossy brides ... Carlos the Groomzilla is on the warpath, and like many a wedding 'zilla before him, Carlos is all about telling everyone else what to do, while not being willing to do much of the actual work himself.

That doesn't settle well with bride Mindy, but at least Carlos is going to show up at their wedding. That may not be the case with Megan, the domineering diva introduced two episodes ago. Megan's such a pill that friends of groom Cory urge him to reconsider whether to be with her 'til death do they part.

And we gotta agree ... to paraphrase a certain Tom Hanks big-screen classic, run, Cory, run!

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What's On Tonight: Fox Fall Preview, Big Brother, Entourage

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 2nd 2007 5:06PM
  • Jerry Lewis TelethonAt 7, USA has coverage of the U.S. Open.
  • FOX has a Fall Preview at 7.
  • At 8, CBS has a new Big Brother.
  • At 9, it's The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon (check local listings).
  • HGTV has a new Design Star at 9, then a new Living With Ed.
  • There's a new Ice Road Truckers on The History Channel at 9.
  • VH-1 has a new Rock of Love with Bret Michaels at 9, followed by a new Hogan Knows Best.
  • Also at 9: WE has a new Bridezillas.
  • At 9:15, IFC has The Cooler, with William H. Macy and Maria Bello.
  • At 10, Comedy Central has a new Mind of Mencia, then a new American Body Shop.
  • E! has a new Girls Next Door at 10, then a new Sunset Tan.
  • HBO has the season finale of Entourage at 10, then a new Flight of the Conchords.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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