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Goldie Hawn Eyes Return to TV With 'Viagra Diaries,' 'The Big C' Partners With American Cancer Society and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 16th 2011 11:27AM
Goldie HawnGoldie Hawn is readying her return to TV in an unusually named project: HBO's 'Viagra Diaries.'

According to Deadline, Hawn has been tapped to star in the half-hour comedy from 'Sex and the City' creator Darren Star. Hawn and Star will executive produce the project based on the book by Barbara Rose Brooker.

The pilot follows a woman, played by Hawn, whose husband leaves her, making her single for the first time in 35 years.

This will be Hawn's first role since the 2002 film 'The Banger Sisters.' The Oscar winner got her start on TV with 'Good Morning, World' and 'Laugh-In.'

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NHL Scores Big Ratings for Stanley Cup Final

by Chris Jordan, posted Jun 10th 2010 1:20PM
Stanley CupThe icemen cometh -- and they brought big ratings.

The Stanley Cup deciding Game 6 between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers on NBC Wednesday night scored a 5.8 household rating, which is the highest for a Stanley Cup final in 36 years, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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An Ode to Hockey Commentators

by Stephanie Earp, posted May 11th 2010 4:54PM


I didn't grow up watching hockey. I know, that makes me questionably Canadian, but I'm trying to make up for it. Last year, I joined an office hockey pool for the first time, and this year I came within four points of winning the regular season thanks to my judicious picks - both Sedins, Alexander Semin and Roberto Luongo.

I can now say that I love watching hockey. I think I've missed only one game since the playoffs started, though I'll grant you that I do a lot of knitting and laundry-folding during the east coast games (for some reason it's the teams in the west that I really dig). I now have an appreciation for the skill and heart it takes to play the game, but my true admiration is reserved for the announcers and commentators.

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What's On Tonight: Creature Comforts, Hell's Kitchen, Monday Night RAW

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 4th 2007 5:05PM
  • The RichesAt 7, WE starts airing Kate & Allie (two episodes).
  • At 8, CBS has the series premiere of Creature Comforts.
  • NBC has the Ducks/Senators game at 8.
  • TLC has two new episodes of Little People, Big World at 8.
  • The History Channel has two new episodes of Cities of the Underworld at 8.
  • Some private eye shows on American Life at 8: Harry O, 77 Sunset Strip, and Surfside 6.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus is interviewed on a new Inside The Actor's Studio on Bravo at 8.
  • At 9, ABC has a new Ex-Wives Club.
  • The new season of Hell's Kitchen starts on FOX at 9.
  • Larry King interviews Jack Kevorkian on CNN at 9.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • At 10, FX has the season finale of The Riches.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Cops, Emeril, Basketball, Hockey

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 2nd 2007 5:02PM
Oceans 12
  • WE is running a Kate & Allie marathon all day until 9.
  • At 8, FOX has a new Cops.
  • CBS has Ocean's 12 at 8, to prepare you for next Friday's opening of Ocean's 13.
  • NBC has the Ducks/Senators game at 8.
  • TNT has the Pistons/Cavliers game at 8.
  • Also at 8: Food Network has a new Emeril Live.
  • At 9, FOX has a new America's Most Wanted.
  • TBS has Ocean's 11 at 9 (see explanation above).
  • TLC has a new Real Estate Pros at 9, followed by a new Backyard Nation.
  • At 10, HGTV has a new Design on a Dime.
  • Travel Channel has a new 5 Takes at 10, focusing on Latin America.
  • BBC America has a new Graham Norton Show at 10, with guests Elijah Wood and Kim Cattrall.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Celebrities care about hockey for some reason

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 12th 2007 6:25PM

David BoreanazI can't remember the last time I paid attention to hockey. In the 70s and 80s it was really big in my home, but that's when the Boston Bruins were doing really well (same with the Celtics, but that's another story). Hockey is that "other" mainstream sport, one that you really have to be a fanatic to get into (unlike baseball and football, which even casual fans watch). And some of those fanatics turn out to be celebrities, and they're keeping blogs about the NHL playoffs.

Bones star David Boreanaz, Ed's Tom Cavanaugh, Christie Brinkley, William Fichtner from Prison Break, and Eddie Cahill from Friends share their views on the Eastern Conference teams, while The Office's Brian Baumgartner, Dancing with the Star's Willa Ford, and singer Amy Grant provide analysis of the Western Conference teams. I thought that it would be all Canadian celebs, but as far as I can find out only Cavanaugh is from our northern neighbor.

[via Pop Candy]

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NBC's new hockey strategy: market the young stars

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 24th 2006 3:57PM
NHL on NBCFOX had a flaming puck. ESPN had blanket coverage and Barry Melrose's mullet. And Versus has... well, since no one can see them, no one really knows what they have. Almost every network has tried to make hockey a more attractive game to national viewers, and they've universally failed. So what is NBC, in the second season of its broadcast deal with the NHL, going to try? Think youngsters in skates.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC's strategy this year will be to highlight the young stars of the league, especially in their primary game of the week. They will still show three regional games every week, but will concentrate marketing efforts on the main game, which will often feature up and coming players like Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. In fact, the Penguins will play the Philadelphia Flyers in the first NBC Game of the Week on January 13. Anything should help; the Peacock Network averaged a 1.0 rating in their games last year, down a tenth of a point from ABC's coverage in the pre-lockout season of 2003-04.

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The Five: Best sports to watch on TV

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 27th 2006 9:00AM

MLB logo1. Baseball: This sport was really made for television. It's slower than other team sports, perfect for those warm summer nights, a cold drink in your hand, maybe a breeze coming in the window as you watch. And unlike other team sports, the pace gives the viewer time to figure out their own strategies for the game (hockey and basketball are too fast, and football has too many players doing too many things at once for the average Joe).

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OLN not ESPN takes NHL

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 18th 2005 8:06PM
Hockey fans can now embrace the Outdoor Life Network and smack ESPN upside the head with a puck, because the former will be airing NHL games for the next two seasons while ESPN, well, won't. Of course, ESPN insists it's all business. The seminal sports network dropped the NHL after the lock-out last year, and while it maintained the right to match offers made by other stations, it decided not to match the $135 million offered by OLN, claiming that the ratings history and "prolonged work stoppage" simply wasn't worth it.

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