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Finally! A Settlement Reached on 'American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 30th 2011 2:14AM
'American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior'It's been a long time coming, but father and son's long-lasting dispute finally came to an amicable close on 'American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior' (Mon., 9PM ET on Discovery). The pair came together, with their lawyers, and finalized the deal that would see Paul Sr. buy out his son's remaining share of Orange County Choppers.

"I feel good about myself and I think that's the bottom line. I can go home and sleep better now," Paul Sr. said about the exchange.

"Maybe we can have some healthy competition now," he said to his son.

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'Smallville' Creators Sign Deal With Sony TV

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 21st 2010 9:45AM
Smallville'Smallville' creators Al Gough and Miles Millar have signed a two-year deal with Sony Pictures TV for the development of new programming, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The two have not been involved with 'Smallville' since 2008.

The pair was also involved in a number of big-screen projects, including 'Shanghai Noon,' 'Spider-Man 2' and the tween flick 'Hannah Montana: The Movie.'

The article does not specify the type of programming they will create for Sony's TV division. If they're consistent in terms of the shows they've previously worked on, then it will likely be material aimed at the CW type of audience (or those who appreciate teen angst).

On the other hand, 'Smallville' improved in quality once the two of them departed. That time coincided with the show concentrating more on the geek factor than the teen angst (which is useful since the characters aren't of teens anymore). As a result, it's tough to say whether this deal is more a boon for Gough and Millar or Sony.

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New Tonight Show deal for Leno?

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 14th 2010 5:47PM
Jay LenoAnd the hits in the new late-night war keep on coming:

(UPDATE: TV Guide Magazine says this deal is confirmed.)

TMZ is reporting that NBC signed Jay Leno to a contract to host The Tonight Show from 11:35 PM - 12:35 AM. Of course, TMZ being TMZ, this might just be a rumor.

However, given the fact that -- if Nikki Finke is to be believed -- that Jeff Zucker and the execs at NBC are trying to take a hard line with Conan, and Bill Simmons is saying that Conan's version of Tonight will end next Friday, the pieces of this puzzle might be falling into place.

I don't think we need to go over all the bloody details again, but we all know that Conan is getting the shaft here. Even if you weren't a fan of Conan's Tonight (Conan fan Bryan Curtis of The Daily Beast did a great piece today on why the show just isn't working), the guy doesn't deserve to get jerked around like this.

Now, here's the question: Did Jay get what he ultimately wanted, which was to never leave 11:35?

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Deal of the day: Slingbox AV for $70

by Brad Linder, posted Jul 3rd 2008 11:31AM
Slingbox AV Woot
Looking for a good deal on a Slingbox? Woot has the Slingbox AV for $70 today only. Shipping will set you back another $5, but that's still about $35 cheaper than the $110 you'd usually pay for a Slingbox AV.

Like its siblings in the Slingbox family, the Slingbox AV lets you stream media over the internet. That means you can plug the Slingbox AV into your home cable box, TiVo, or other audio/video equipment and then watch live or pre-recorded video on an internet-connected computer or mobile device.

The Slingbox AV is one of the cheapest models available. You can only plug in one audio/video device at a time using the S-Video or composite inputs. This box also does not support HD video. If you're looking for HD, you either need an adaptor or the Slingbox Solo. If you want multiple inputs and/or HD video, you should check out the Slingbox Pro. But if you're just looking to save money and stream content from your TiVo to your mobile phone, today's a good day to buy.

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Shear Genius officially married to Nexxus

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 23rd 2008 8:07PM
Jaclyn Smith hosts Shear Genius Much like the marriage of Top Chef and all things Glad, Bravo's Shear Genius has inked a deal with Nexxus Salon Hair Care to be the sole integrated sponsor of the upcoming season. And we're talking full immersion here. The salon that houses the competition will be called the "Shear Genius Nexxus Salon." There will be a Nexxus challenge in the show. The stylists will use only Nexxus products. And the winner of the Shear Genius will receive $100,000 furnished by Nexxus and an apprenticeship with the company.

Get ready to lather, rinse and compete. The second season of SG will premiere on Wednesday June 25th at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo. Jaclyn Smith will host. Celebrity stylist Kim Vo and Allure editor Kelly Atterton will helm the judges table. Rene Fris will be back again as the contestants' mentor.

Shear Genius
is the Bravo's first original series shot in high definition.

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AFTRA reaches TV deal with studios

by Brad Trechak, posted May 28th 2008 3:02PM

AFTRAIn an attempt to avoid a situation like the industry-wide mess that was the writers' strike, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) have reached a deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The tentative deal was completed on Wednesday and capped 17 days of negotiation.

Mind you, this is only half the battle for the AMPTP. They still have to reach a deal with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) before their contract expires. Both the SAG and AFTRA contracts are set to expire on June 30th.

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Save $100 on Linksys media extenders

by Brad Linder, posted Mar 14th 2008 12:29PM
Linksys media extender with DVDIf you've been meaning to pick up a new version 2 Windows Media Center Extender but you've been waiting for the price to drop by, oh say, $100 you might want to pull out your wallet. Michael Walker at The Green Button forums has discovered a promotional code that will knock $100 off the price of two different Linksys media extenders available from Amazon.

The Linksys Media Extender normally runs $250, while the version with a DVD player goes for $300. But if you use the promo code MSFTDEAL when you checkout, you can get the former for $150 and the latter for $200.

In case you're not familiar with Media Center Extenders, basically you can plop one of these boxes down by your TV set and hook it up to your home network via a wired or 802.11b/g/n connection. Then you can access all sorts of content stored on your Windows Vista PC elsewhere in the house. That includes live and recorded TV programs, photos, and music.

[via Chris Lanier]

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Gyration wireless $35 from Woot today

by Brad Linder, posted Feb 7th 2008 10:59AM
Gyration GyroTransport MouseIf you've taken the plunge and plugged your computer into your television, you've probably noticed something: Most web sites and applications are really not designed for a remote control. Whether you're using an Apple remote or one designed for Windows Media Center, anytime you venture outside of the software designed to work with that remote control, you're kind of lost.

Gyration makes a line of wireless remote controls and mice that attempt to solve this problem by letting you move a cursor across the screen by waving your hand. Yeah, I know, it sounds like a Wiimote, but Gyration's been in this business longer than Nintendo.

The Gyration GyroTransport mouse is actually one of the company's older models. It's since been replaced with an improved version with a few extra features. But the retailers that carry the GyroTransport mouse still sell it for $80 or more. So when I saw that Woot had it for $35 today, I thought I'd pass along the news. If you're not familiar with Woot, the company sells just one item per day, at a deep discount. When it sells out, it's gone. So if you're in the market for a motion-sensing wireless mouse, you might want to pick yours up quickly.

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DGA strikes a deal with the AMPTP

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 17th 2008 7:35PM
Director's Guild of AmericaThe DGA has accomplished what the WGA has not thus far. It has negotiated a new contract with the AMPTP.

The new contract does include a residual payment formula for new media including the Internet. Both the DGA and the AMPTP seem satisfied with the arrangement, based on statements by both sides.

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Family Guy comes to Xbox Live

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 30th 2007 3:01PM

chris griffinFOX recently signed on with Xbox Live Video Marketplace, and the first series available for the digital download-to-own service is Family Guy. FOX joins other television networks and movie studios on the service, including CBS, NBC Universal, Paramount, Warner Bros., MTV Networks and Lionsgate.

Family Guy was chosen to kick off the new content deal because of its attraction to the younger male demographic responsible for most of the downloads on the Xbox 360's Video Marketplace service. Starting next week, the series' first two seasons will become available, along with the Family Guy DVD movie/three-part episode, Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story. Newer seasons will follow, with fresh episodes hitting Video Martketplace the day after they debut on television.

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Mega South Park hub being developed for online fans

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 27th 2007 12:04PM

south parkIn addition to a recent contract signed by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker than will have us enjoying South Park episodes through at least 2011, fans will soon have an online destination through which to enjoy (legal) South Park material.

The New York Times article doesn't go into a lot of detail about what sort of material will be available at this new destination, though fans should recognize the URL: SouthParkStudios.com, which has been the official site for the series for quite some time now. The article does mention the possibility of "new applications" for the characters (whatever that means) and new concepts that could evolve into brand new comedy projects. There was no mention of streaming full episodes, though, which I'm sure is what fans want most of all.

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Goldberg and Shepherd in talks to join The View

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 27th 2007 9:55AM

whoopi goldbergVariety reports that negotiations to have actress Whoopi Goldberg join The View (she's been a guest host several times) are close to being finalized, though the network has made no official announcement just yet.

ABC is also apparently talking with comedian Sherri Shepherd about the possibility of joining the show. Currently the only three permanent hosts are Barbara Walters, Joy Behar and Elizabeth Hasselbeck.

Goldberg would replace Rosie O'Donnell, of course, who left the show a couple months ago.

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American Dad executive producers to develop new series for 20th Century Fox TV

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 4th 2007 3:02PM

tvRick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz, who both serve as executive producers on American Dad, have signed a development deal with 20th Century Fox TV.

The men won't have to leave American Dad under the deal, but will be allowed to develop new projects for the studio. Previously, the men worked on such shows as Two Guys and a Girl (which they co-created), Do Over and Like Family.

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Best Buy offers free TiVo with high speed internet orders

by Brad Linder, posted Jun 28th 2007 10:33AM
Best Buy TiVo dealBest Buy and TiVo are running a promotion that lets you get an 80-hour Series2 TiVo for free after rebate, or a dual-tuner box for $50 after rebate. They'll even through in a free Wireless G adapter.

What's the catch? You've got to sign up for high speed internet service through Best Buy. And you've got to print the coupon and take it into a store. This deal is not available through the TiVo or Best Buy websites.

No word on how long this promotion will last, but if you sign up before July 31st, you can get your first three months of TiVo service for free.

[via Troy on TiVo]

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Journeyman writer signs deal with 20th Century Fox TV

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 20th 2007 4:40PM

journeymanFirst, Journeyman director Alex Graves signed a deal with 20th Century Fox TV, and now Tom Szentgyorgyi, who recently joined the NBC series as a writer (coming off the short-lived Drive) has also inked a deal with the studio to develop new projects.

Szentgyorgyi apparently came highly recommend from such TV bigshots as Stephen Bochco, whom Szentgyorgyi worked with on NYPD Blue. Szentgyorgyi also wrote for Law and Order and The Nine, and began his television career as a writer on Sports Night.

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