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Daily Archives : Jun 3, 2009

Ouch! Reporters Rip ‘I’m a Celebrity’

TV critics aren’t generally fans of reality shows. But NBC’s reality megaseries "I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!" is generating particularly harsh scorn from a different subset of the media scribe tribe: reporters. Within the last few hours, two…

DirecTV Shells Out for ‘Lights” Emmy Campaign

DirecTV is helping NBC fund an Emmy campaign for the critically adored, but ratings challenged series “Friday Night Lights,” Variety reports. If nominated, DirecTV, which helps produce the series in exchange for first run broadcast rights on its The 101…

Fox Moves ‘Virtuality’ Up a Week

Fox has moved the airdate of “Virtuality” from July 4 to June 26, HitFix reports. The two-hour film, created by “Battlestar Galactica’s” Ronald D. Moore and Michael Taylor, was developed as a backdoor pilot, but was not picked it. By…

‘Real Housewives’: Read Anything Good Lately?

It’s official. I’m now loving The Real Housewives of New Jersey. It’s nowhere near as amazing and perfect as New York, but I think it can hold its own with the rest of the franchise. Last night’s episode was compelling…

Conan’s Second Night Perks Up

Yeah yeah yeah, I know the ratings were down about 30% from the first nightbut the good news is that the show was at least 30% better! Conan did afuller monologue, talking more about adjusting to life in L.A. and…

Extreme Social Climbing: An Advance Review of USA’s ‘Royal Pains’

I’ll admit that I was a bit wary of USA’s new summer series, Royal Pains, prior to watching the 90-minute pilot episode.   After all, Royal Pains‘ cutesy title, oddball casting, and fluffy subject matter could have made this either…

‘Biggest Loser’ to Receive NATPE’s Innovator Award

NATPE will present the second annual Innovator Award to NBC’s "The Biggest Loser." Executive producers JD Roth, Mark Koops and Dave Broome will accept the award at a cocktail reception on July 8 at LATV Fest. The Innovator Award recognizes…

Wilson, Parsons to Announce Emmy Nominations

Actors Chandra Wilson and Jim Parsons will announce the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards nominations on July 16. They will be joined by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Chairman-CEO John Shaffner for the announcement, which will take place at 5:30…

It’s Official: Carey Back at News Corp.

Chase Carey has been named deputy chairman, president and chief operating officer of News Corp., confirming days of speculation that he was in talks to join the company. Carey, head of DirecTV since 2003, starts his new job July 1…

USA Nearing ‘Covert Affairs’ Pilot Order

USA Network is moving closer to ordering a pilot for "Covert Affairs," hiring a casting director for the spy thriller and talking with talent agents about two of the project’s main characters, the Hollywood Reporter says. The project focuses on…