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The TV Academy Gets It Right: Why Neil Patrick Harris is Such a Stunning Choice for Emmy Host

The folks at the TV Academy clearly have gotten the message. Variety has word tonight that "How I Met Your Mother" star Neil Patrick Harris is in final talks to serve as host as this year’s Emmys. It’s news that…

Michael Jackson, Syndication Star

Today’s sad news about Michael Jackson has also proven to be a boon for syndicated magazine shows. Telepictures’ TMZ, of course, first broke the news of Jackson’s passing (as well as his heart attack). Now, CBS Television Distribution’s "Entertainment Tonight"…

MTV’s Graden Exit: Maybe a Good Thing?

The man behind "The Osbournes" and "Jackass" is leaving MTV Networks. The New York Post  broke the news this afternoon that Brian Graden– president of entertainment, MTV Networks music channels– was exiting the company by year’s end, capping a 12-year…

Welches, Reveille Bring Good Things to Life for Microsoft

Sorry, Donald Trump: You’re so 2008. Meet Jack and Suzy Welch, the newest reality stars. The former GE chief and his wife have signed on to host "It’s Everybody’s Business," a new online business-themed reality series being launched today by…

The Early Bird Gets the Viewer?

Local newscasts have been starting earlier and earlier in recent years. Now, KNBC is upping the ante in the early bird wars. The NBC-owned station in Los Angeles this week moved the start time for “Today in LA” up– or…

The Unit: RIP

Not a shock: CBS has passed on picking up “The Unit.” It appears homeless at the moment. NBC has also, as expected, said goodbye to “Medium” and “My Name Is Earl.” “Medium” could jump to CBS. “Earl” producer 20th Century…

Jon Stewart: ‘Daily’ Love for ‘Chuck’

The Save “Chuck” campaign has picked up some unexpected support from… Jon Stewart? The host of “The Daily Show” threw in a random plug for the NBC bubble show Tuesday night during a segment ripping House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over…

‘Virtuality’: The Final Insult

Burnoff Theater is making a comeback this summer. A Fox spokeswoman confirmed today that the network will air the apparently failed two-hour pilot for “Virtuality” on Saturday, July 4. Website The Futon Critic first noted the scheduling earlier today. “Virtuality”…

Are Things Looking Up for ‘Chuck’?

Well, “Chuck” me. NBC still isn’t expected to make a final call on its bubble shows until May 19, when it reveals exact details of its fall schedule. But there are signs that things just might be looking up for…

Previously on ‘Lost’

I can still remember the first moment I heard about “Lost.” It was 2004 and my then-Variety colleague Mike Schneider and I were having lunch with Lloyd Braun, who then ran most of the ABC empire. We were in the…