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Kara DioGuardi, Jewel Headline Bravo Music Competition Series, 'Rocky and Bullwinkle' Creator Dies and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 26th 2010 1:00PM
Kara DioGuardiKara DioGuardi fans: don't fret, because she'll be back on TV before you know it -- this time on Bravo.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the ousted 'American Idol' judge is teaming up with Jewel for a new singer/songwriter competition series. The 10-episode series, 'Going Platinum,' will see DioGuardi as head judge and Jewel as a host/mentor of sorts.

'Going Platinum,' previously announced as 'Hitmakers,' is currently in production in Los Angeles with 12 contestants vying for a $100,000 cash prize, a publishing deal with Sony, BMI Songwriters The Writing Camp and a recording deal with RCA/Jive.

Contestants will have to write and perform songs from various genres. The judges -- including popular recording artist guest judges -- will determine the winner.

"Hit songs are the backbone of the music industry, and as a publisher, nothing excites me more than finding new songwriting talent," DioGuardi said in a statement. "I am happy to be a part of a show that helps up and coming songwriters pursue their dreams, while giving the public a look into the creative process."

In other TV news ...

Alexander Anderson Jr., the creator of 'Rocky and Bullwinkle,' has died at the age of 90. Anderson had been battling Alzheimer's disease prior to this death. He teamed with his friend, Jay Ward, to create the low-budget cartoons that included Dudley Do-Right. [Variety]

NBC is developing a family drama based around NASCAR. The show follows a sibling racing team in the NASCAR world. NBC is negotiating to include NASCAR so the show can use logos, names, track footage and other trademarked racing elements. [Deadline]

Melissa Rauch has been promoted to series regular on 'The Big Bang Theory.' Rauch, who plays Howard's girlfriend Bernadette, isn't contracted for every episode and may not extend after this season. [Ausiello Files]

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That Gap ad has me screaming, too

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 13th 2009 3:03PM
gap_logoLet me start by apologizing for this post. I can't stand this commercial. It's a Gap holiday special which is called Talk to the Moose. I don't know why. There's no Rocky and Bullwinkle in the spot and no references to Northern Exposure. I might have liked the commercial if it had made some shout out to two of my TV faves.

Instead we have adorable little girls frolicking in winter wear. I have nothing against the little ladies. Like I said, they're adorable. They really make those sweaters work, so kudos to Gap for showing off their products in a positive way. If only the singing were as positive.

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Happy 50th Birthday, Rocky & Bullwinkle! Moose and Squirrel Through the Years

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 18th 2009 8:17PM
Wossamotta U? You didn't know that Thursday, Nov. 19, marks the 50th anniversary of all things Bullwinkle?

The dimwitted but beloved moose, along with flying squirrel pal Rocky, foes Boris and Natasha, 'Fractured Fairy Tales' and 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman,' debuted in 1959 on ABC's 'Rocky & His Friends,' a twice-a-week afternoon series that moved to primetime when it shifted to NBC and became 'The Bullwinkle Show' in 1961.

The series was created by Jay Ward, the U.C. Berkeley and Harvard grad who also created the Cap'n Crunch character. And though "moose and squir-rel," as baddies Boris and Natasha so often referred to them, are beloved today, Ward's daughter Tiffany Ward -- who was 11 when her dad created Bullwinkle and his buddies -- says the show wasn't a ratings smash during its original run.

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Burn Notice: Fearless Leader

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 26th 2009 9:33AM
Michael_Burn_Notice_Jeffrey_Donovan(S03E04) That pesky Detective Paxson of the Miami PD continued to be a thorn in Michael's side, to the point that Michael decided it was time to extract her from his life. To get Paxson -- one royal pain in the butt who doesn't believe that Michael's one of the good guys -- Michael concocts a plan to help her close her case against Rick Matheson, a real bad guy.

Matheson was a one-note Rock look-alike, without Dwayne Johnson's charm. Mostly Matheson was a scumbag who deserved to be brought down.

Tommy, on the other hand, wasn't really a nasty moke. He was broadly hammed up by former NYPD Blue star Nick Turturro, and turned out to be Michael's way into Matheson's organization.

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The Five: TV people and the cartoons they remind me of

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 17th 2006 9:00AM

teevee setSometimes I make weird associations in my head. That's really the only introduction I can think of that would explain why I've been amassing a list in my brain of all the TV stars who remind me of cartoon characters. This is the result of my research:

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