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Joy Behar Crowned New Miss America Judge on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Dec 8th 2010 4:30PM
Joy Behar crowned by Miss America on 'The View' Miss America Caressa Cameron stopped by 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) to talk about the new pageant in January -- but she didn't come empty handed. No, Cameron came to announce 'View' co-host Joy Behar would be a judge in the next competition, plus she presented Behar with a crown of her very own.

But, does judging Miss America conflict with Behar's feminist ideals?

"My daughter said to me, 'You call yourself a feminist judging Miss America contest?" Behar said. "I said, 'Is it a beauty contest?' Because I thought maybe it was a job in Washington at first."

Cameron was quick to correct Behar on calling the competition a "beauty contest," but that didn't stop Behar from making this quick quip: "I will be looking for the one girl who has cellulite, I'm just warning you."

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Brooke Burke, Chris Harrison to Host Miss America Pageant on ABC

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 26th 2010 3:35PM
Brooke BurkeAfter a five-year foray into basic cable, Miss America is returning to ABC in 2011. To welcome the pageant back to its original home -- the first televised Miss America competition aired on ABC in 1954 -- ABC has tapped its own 'Dancing With the Stars' personality Brooke Burke to host the pageant alongside 'The Bachelor' guru Chris Harrison.

By hiring two of its most popular hosts from its two most popular reality show franchises, ABC is probably hoping to breathe life into the aging beauty. After suffering declining ratings, Miss America moved from broadcast to cable, from Atlantic City to Las Vegas, then from CMT to TLC before winding up back at ABC.

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'Miss America' Returning to ABC

by Andrew Scott, posted May 24th 2010 4:50PM
Miss America'Miss America' has booked a three-year deal with ABC that will bring the beauty pageant back to network television for the first time since 2004.

According to the AP, ABC plans to air next year's competition live on Jan. 15.

The news should come as a sigh of relief to fans of the longrunning pageant, which was dropped by TLC in March, despite a relatively decent performance in the ratings.

'Miss America' has shuffled across numerous channels over the years, including NBC, CBS and CMT.

This is just the latest pageant renewal in recent months. In March, NBC signed a three-year deal with the Miss Universe Organization to continue broadcasting the 'Miss Universe' and 'Miss USA' pageants.

'Miss America' will celebrate its 90th anniversary in January.

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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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What's On Tonight: Miss America, Suze Orman, Saturday Night Live

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 30th 2010 12:27PM
48 Hours MysteryHere's the TV lineup for tonight (all times Eastern).
  • Bravo has a House marathon all night.
  • At 8, FOX has a new Cops.
  • TLC has The Miss America Pageant at 8.
  • HGTV has a new Divine Design at 8.
  • TCM has Wuthering Heights at 8.
  • At 9, FOX has a new America's Most Wanted.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • Nickelodeon has a new episode of The Troop at 9.
  • Cartoon Network has a new episode of The Secret Saturdays at 9.
  • Lifetime has Lying To Be Perfect at 9.
  • Syfy has Meteor Storm at 9.
  • Also at 9: BBC America has a new Demons.
  • At 10, CBS has a new 48 Hours Mystery.
  • At 11, FOX has a new Wanda Sykes Show.
  • At 11:30, NBC has a new Saturday Night Live, with Jon Hamm and Michael Buble´.
  • At 3:30AM, ESPN2 has the men's final of The Australian Open.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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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's On Tonight: Everybody Hates Chris, Monk, Battlestar Galactica

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 23rd 2009 4:05PM
  • Joel McHaleAt 8, CBS has a new Ghost Whisperer, then new episodes of Flashpoint and Numb3rs.
  • NBC has two new episodes of Howie Do It, followed by new episodes of Friday Night Lights and Dateline.
  • FOX has new episodes of Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? and Don't Forget The Lyrics.
  • The CW has a new Everybody Hates Chris at 8, then new episodes of The Game and 13: Fear Is Real.
  • There's a new Washington Week on PBS at 8, then new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • MyNetwork TV has a new Smackdown! at 8.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Batman: The Bold and the Brave at 8.
  • At 9, ABC has a new Supernanny, followed by a new 20/20.
  • USA has a new Monk at 9, then a new Psych.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Clone Wars at 9.
  • Discovery has a new Survivorman at 9.
  • At 10, Sci-Fi has a new Battlestar Galactica.
  • TLC has a new Miss America: Countdown to the Crown at 10.
  • Food Network has The Best Thing I Ever Ate at 10.
  • Comedy Central has two new episodes of Comedy Central Presents at 10.
  • Also at 10: E! has a new episode of The Soup.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Sugar Bowl, Batman, Lipstick Jungle, Crash

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 2nd 2009 4:06PM
  • Stargate AtlantisAt 8, NBC has a new Deal Or No Deal, then a new Lipstick Jungle.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, followed by new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Batman: The Brave and the Bold at 8.
  • At 8:15, FOX has the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
  • At 9, Sci-Fi has a new Stargate Atlantis, then a new Sanctuary.
  • Hallmark has the movie A Kiss at Midnight at 9.
  • There's a new Clone Wars on Cartoon Network at 9.
  • At 10, ABC has a new 20/20.
  • TLC has Miss America: Countdown to the Crown at 10.
  • Travel Channel has a new Most Haunted USA at 10.
  • STARZ has a new Crash at 10.
  • Also at 10: E! has a new episode of The Soup.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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