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Janet Jackson: 'Michael Isn't Ready For Jackson 5'

21st January 2008

R+B superstar JANET JACKSON has cast doubt on her brother MICHAEL's participation in a planned JACKSON 5 comeback tour, because she doesn't know if he's ready to go back to singing in a group. Elder...

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Dateline Praised, Condemned At Awards Program

18th January 2008

Columbia University, which hands out the annual Alfred I. duPont Awards for Journalism Excellence each year, presented one award Wednesday night to NBC's Dateline and another award to a Texas TV station for a feature...

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Idol On Top, But Ratings Fall On Night #2

17th January 2008

On its second night of the season, Fox's American Idol trounced every show in sight, but its audience was well below that for the comparable show a year ago. Wednesday night's two-hour Idol prelim averaged...

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Winfrey Has Network Of Her Own

16th January 2008

The Oprah Winfrey Network -- or OWN -- will take over what is now the Discovery Health Channel, currently carried by cable systems serving 70 million households, it was announced Tuesday. It was not immediately...

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Fox Leaps Forward

16th January 2008

Fox began making its annual mid-season move to the front ranks of the Nielsen ratings last week, scoring strongly among adults 18-49 with NFL football and the debut of its sci-fi drama Terminator: The Sarah...

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Keaton Uses "F" Word; Fcc Silent

16th January 2008

During an interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday, Diane Keaton blurted out the "f" word, then apologized. The incident might have triggered action by the FCC, but FCC Chairman Kevin Martin...

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Abc's Dance War Wins Monday Battle

16th January 2008

The second week of ABC's Dance Warproduced solid results Monday as it averaged a 7.3 rating and an 11 share between 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., outperforming NBC's American Gladiators, which finished with a 5.8/9...

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Pregnant Spears Inadvertently Becomes Peta Poster Girl

15th January 2008

The pregnancy scandal revolving around BRITNEY SPEARS' teenage sister, JAMIE LYNN, is being used as part of a campaign to urge pet owners to spay and neuter dogs and cats. Animal rights group People for...

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Disney Profits Soar; So Does Iger's Compensation

14th January 2008

Taking into account last year's resurging ratings of ABC, record ratings for Monday Night Football on ESPN, and the phenomenon that Disney Channel's High School Musical 2 has become -- not to mention solid box-office...

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Peacock Flies High

9th January 2008

The combination of football, a game show, and the two-hour return of Law and Order to Wednesday nights turned NBC, the usual fourth-place network, into last week's first-place network. The network placed six shows in...

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No Globes; Nbc Gives Back Gobs

9th January 2008

NBC is not waiting to see how its press-conference version of the Golden Globes will do on Sunday before reaching out to advertisers and offering to refund the money they paid for spots on the...

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Leno And Kimmel Turn To Each Other

8th January 2008

U.S. talk show hosts JAY LENO and JIMMY KIMMEL are struggling so much to find guests prepared to cross the Writer's Guild of America picket line - they've agreed to appear on each other's shows....

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Nbc And Wga Engage In Picket Fencing

8th January 2008

NBC claimed Friday that any attempt by the Writers Guild of America to enforce strike rules barring Jay Leno from writing his monologue for the Tonight show would violate federal labor laws. It did not...

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Christmas Ratings A Late Present For Cbs

4th January 2008

Nielsen Research got around to releasing ratings for Christmas week Thursday, and no network had much to boast about. CBS dominated the week with six of the top-ten shows, but its average 5.3 rating and...

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Hasselbeck Returns To The View

3rd January 2008

TV presenter ELISABETH HASSELBECK is to return to U.S. chatshow THE VIEW just weeks after giving birth to her son. The conservative co-host will be back at the table with Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy...

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Dick Clark Still Rockin' On New Year's Eve

2nd January 2008

Although his speech remained noticeably affected by the stroke that felled him in 2004, Dick Clark kidded co-host Ryan Seacrest and, as always, counted down the moments to 2008 in New York's Times Square Monday...

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Controversy Roars Over Wga-letterman Deal

31st December 2007

Following a deal that appeared to raise more questions than it answered, David Letterman's production company and the Writers Guild of America said Friday that Letterman's Late Show will be able to return to the...

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"We Interrupt This Program ..."

27th December 2007

All three major networks interrupted their programming at 8:30 a.m. this morning (Thursday) to present special reports on the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. The TVNewser website reported that NBC's report from...

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Couric's Loss May Be Gibson's Gain

26th December 2007

For Katie Couric, the news has not improved -- the news concerning The CBS Evening News, that is. According to Nielsen Research figures reported by the New York Times, her newscast drew one million fewer...

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Xmas Eve Will Find You ... Away From Tv

26th December 2007

Christmas eve turned out to be the lowest-rated night of the season (and perhaps the lowest-rated Tuesday of the year) as CBS won with an lowly average 3.2 rating and a 7 share. NBC ranked...

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Dateline Makes Impressive Come-back

24th December 2007

On a night of relatively light viewing, a two-hour edition of NBC's returning Dateline news magazine led between 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Friday. Each hour featured a "true crime" story, with the first hour...

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Cbs Snubbed By Actors Union

21st December 2007

CBS, the most-watched television network of 2007, received not a single nomination in any category for the Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony on January 27. ABC, on the other hand, received 11 nominations, three of...

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Apprentice On Mercury

21st December 2007

NBC has once again changed the start date for Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice. It had originally scheduled the series to debut on Thursday, January 3 at 9:00 p.m. After learning that ABC planned to air...

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All Talk Show Hosts To Return Jan. 2

19th December 2007

It now appears that all of the network late-night hosts will be back on the air on Jan. 2. ABC's Jimmy Kimmel was the last to join the returning crowd, saying in a statement Tuesday,...

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Cbs Returns To Top Spot In Ratings

19th December 2007

Ratings for CBS's Survivor: China may have been considerably lower than those for past Survivor series but they were strong enough last week to give the network an easy win over its rivals. Daily Variety...

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Abc Takes Wraps Off Mid-season

17th December 2007

ABC announced a new strike-affected midseason schedule on Friday. The most prominent change is the return of Lost on January 31, a Thursday. The show will air at 9:00 p.m., the time period ordinarily occupied...

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Critics Score Golden Globe Tv Nods

14th December 2007

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which has often raised eyebrows with its selection of movie nominees for its Golden Globes awards, did the same thing -- in spades -- with its selection of TV nominees...

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Jackson 5 To Reunite For Dupri's Nye Party

13th December 2007

THE JACKSON 5 will make their highly-anticipated comeback at a New Year's Eve party hosted by JERMAINE DUPRI, according to the hip-hop mogul himself. The ABC hitmakers are reportedly planning to embark on a reunion...

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Abc Shifts Stossel Interview To Web

12th December 2007

ABC has decided not to air an interview with Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul by 20/20 co-host John Stossel and instead present it as an online "exclusive." Paul advocates the kind of libertarian approach to...

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Abc's Losses Are Cbs's Gain

12th December 2007

CBS regained the title of most-watched network last week after ABC had to do without Dancing With the Stars, which has ended its current run, and Desperate Housewives, which has gone into hiatus due to...

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