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NBC Signs 3-Year Nuptials With 'Miss Universe,' 'Miss USA'

by Harley W. Lond, posted Mar 9th 2010 12:11AM
NBC is fond of 'Miss Universe' and 'Miss USA': The network has struck a new three-year deal with the Miss Universe Organization and Donald Trump to continue to broadcast the pageants, beginning in 2011, according to a report in Entertainment Weekly.

Last year's 'Miss USA' averaged around 5 million viewers, a record low for the pageant, but scored high on the buzz meter because of Carrie Prejean (Miss California) and her comments on gay marriage. The 2009 'Miss Universe' contest pulled in 5.9 million viewers, an improvement over previous outings.

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TLC Ends Deal With Miss America

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 1st 2010 3:39PM
Miss AmericaOnce again, Miss America is without a home.

The Wrap is reporting that cable network TLC has decided not to renew its deal with the 89-year-old pageant.

"This year we delivered record ratings, besting any of it's prior performances on cable. However, our three year deal has concluded and we have chosen not to renew. We wish the Miss America Organization well," TLC said in a statement, according to the Wrap.

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'Sex and the City' Creator Plans Anita Bryant Biopic

by Gary Susman, posted Feb 2nd 2010 1:15PM
Darren StarIn 1977, as now, gay rights initiatives were a contentious issue on many state ballots, and entertainers often drew harsh criticism for taking political stances. So it's no wonder HBO thinks the time is right for a biopic about Anita Bryant.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the cable channel is developing a movie about the singer-turned-activist. 'Sex and the City' creator Darren Star is directing and co-producing the film, whose writer is Chad Hodge (best known for the CW's fugitive-family drama series 'Runaway,' whose pilot Star produced).

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'Sex and the City' Director to Take on Anita Bryant

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 2nd 2010 10:27AM
anita_bryant_portraitToday, many people have no idea who Anita Bryant is. The Miss America contestant turned professional singer and commercial spokesperson turned anti-gay celebrity activist was a firebrand to a controversy that raged in the 1980s, but for entire generation -- maybe more -- she's unknown. Darren Star, creator of 'Sex and the City' will change that.

The upcoming HBO movie planned to tell the Anita Bryant story should be fascinating. 'Sex and the City's' Darren Star will direct the Bryant biopic and Chad Hodge is writing the script.

HBO has a track record for doing this type of real life docudrama very well, including the classic 'The Late Shift' which depicted David Letterman's exit from NBC and Jay Leno's seizing 'The Tonight Show.' More recently, 'Recount' told the story of the 2000 presidential election when Florida was thrust into the limelight because of voting irregularities.

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'Miss America' Contestants Vote for Miss Oregon as 15th Finalist (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 31st 2010 9:12PM
Miss America Pageant 2010 - Miss OregonThe 'Miss America Pageant' (Sat., 8PM ET on TLC) added some new twists on the festivities this year. One of those occurred when the remaining 39 contestants voted for the 15th finalist -- Miss Oregon, C.C. Barber. She was so cute and excited as she said, "I am so honored right now!"

By the end of the night, Miss Virginia -- 22-year-old Caressa Cameron -- was crowned Miss America 2010.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Miss America 2010 Winner Is Miss Virginia Caressa Cameron

by Andrew Scott, posted Jan 31st 2010 1:05AM
Caressa CameronCaressa Cameron of Fredericksburg, Virginia has been crowned the winner of Miss America 2010.

During the competition, the 22-year-old proved she had beauty, brains and vocal talent as she sang 'Listen' from the movie 'Dreamgirls' and later tackled a question about teen obesity.

In addition to the crown, Cameron was also awarded a $50,000 scholarship.

1st runner-up was Kristy Cavinder of California; 2nd runner-up was Miss Tennessee Stefanie Wittler.

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Rush Limbaugh to Judge Miss America Pageant

by Harley W. Lond, posted Jan 29th 2010 6:38PM
No one can ever say that Rush Limbaugh is heartless.

The conservative radio host has been tapped to be one of the judges for the 2010 Miss America pageant, which is underway and will conclude Saturday in Las Vegas with the crowning of this year's winner.

Limbaugh joins actress Vivica Fox, former Olympian Shawn Johnson, 2002 Miss America Katie Harman, jazz musician Dave Koz and American Idol season 7 finalist Brooke White on the panel.<

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Once proud Miss America pageant survives on cable

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 12th 2010 5:01PM
The Miss America pageant has gone from network to cable.Remember when the Miss America Pageant was a major event on the national television candle? The folks at TLC want it to be that kind of show again.

If you were born anywhere around the late 80s, you probably don't. But, throughout the 50s into the 80s, the annual televised event was more than just entertainment. It was news. And the winner, whether it was Lee Meriweather, Phyllis George or Vanessa Williams, had a shot at becoming a major celebrity.

But now? Name the current Miss America. Quickly. Don't look it up. Name last year's winner. Name any of the last five. Case closed. While it was once a proud contest/variety show, Miss America show is now overshadowed by other "rags to riches" battles like American Idol, America's Got Talent, etc. To get Miss America back on the pop culture map, the show's producers are mixing up the judges with a surreal mix of faces from through the media.

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Mario Lopez to Host Miss America 2010

by Meg Prossnitz, posted Nov 5th 2009 2:32PM
Mario LopezFrom AC to emcee!

The 'Extra' TV host formerly known as Slater on 'Saved by the Bell' will be master of ceremonies at the live Miss America pageant on Jan. 30. Lopez is no stranger to the competition, having hosted in 2007 and 2009. (And perhaps his experience on 'Dancing With the Stars' will help his commentary on the talent competition?)

Held at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, the pageant pits 53 contestants against each other as they compete in interview, swimsuit, evening wear, and talent competitions for the crown. Past hosts include James Denton from 'Desperate Housewives' and comedian Wayne Brady.

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What to Watch Weekend Jan. 24-25

by Kim Potts, posted Jan 24th 2009 5:00AM
Screen Actors Guild'15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards'
(Sun., 8PM, TBS and TNT)
More celebs, more red carpet, more rambling acceptance speeches, as the Screen Actors Guild doles out statues for the year's best film and TV performances, as voted by the stars themselves.

The 15th annual kudosfest includes a Lifetime Achievement Award for James Earl Jones, as well as a line-up of presenters that includes TV faves Christina Applegate, Jon Hamm, John Krasinski, Eric McCormack and Kyra Sedgwick.

The leading contenders for the tube awards: 'Mad Men,' '30 Rock,' 'Boston Legal,' 'The Closer' and the HBO miniseries 'John Adams' have three nominations each, while the Meryl Streep/Philip Seymour Hoffman/Amy Adams drama 'Doubt' leads the movie field with five nods.


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Is TLC the right place for Miss America?

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 14th 2007 10:42AM
miss americaMiss America is no longer homeless. The long-running pageant has found a new home on TLC, of all places, for the next three years. It's the first big programming move for TLC's new president and general manager, Angela Shapiro-Mathes. The pageant was at CMT for the last few years after ABC dropped it, but its ratings have been dismal.

TLC is giving the pageant its own treatment. The cable network is the king of the unscripted show, so it's creating a reality series about all 52 contestants as they prepare for the pageant.

If Miss America is going to survive on television (and I'm not saying it should), this TLC plan may be the only way it can happen. Ratings over the past few years have shown that Americans just aren't interested in beauty pageants. But, humanizing these women (and understanding why they do this?!?) could be enough to generate interest to see who wins the pageant.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Jul 10th 2007 5:19PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:
  • Mindfreak's Criss Angel is doing damage control about his relationship with Cameron Diaz. Cameron Diaz doesn't need this kind of drama - she just wants to be friends.
  • The Apprentice is coming back? Was there a candy bar campaign I didn't know about?
  • Miss New Jersey received another package of blackmail photos, and won't talk about what's in them except to say they contain nothing illegal.
The video's embedded below, or you can subscribe to this podcast via our feed. Plus, you can also download the file directly.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted May 1st 2007 5:56PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:
The video's embedded below, or you can download the file directly (Quicktime required). You can also subscribe to this podcast via our feed.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Apr 25th 2007 5:41PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:
The video's embedded below, or you can download the file directly (Quicktime required). You can also subscribe to this podcast via our feed.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Mar 30th 2007 4:55PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:
  • Chris Sligh was so like-able until he got eliminated this week on American Idol.
  • One is staying and one is going. But what's really the difference between Miss USA and Miss America?
  • Frankie Muniz is desperate to be known for something other than "Malcolm in the Middle," but I'm not sure if a Mohawk makes me believe him as a race car driver.
The video's embedded below, or you can download the file directly (Quicktime required). You can also subscribe to this podcast via our feed.

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