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David Letterman Through 2010

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Posted by Wendy Michaels
Categories: Comedy, Late Night, CBS, Ratings, Renewals,

CBS just extended David Letterman’s contract through 2010 for hosting duties of The Late Show with David Letterman. “I’m thrilled to be continuing on at CBS,” Letterman said in a statement.  “At my age, you really don’t want to have to learn a new commute.” A great day for Letterman fans, indeed. This will extend his hosting tour beyond competitor Jay Leno, who is planning to leave The Tonight Show in 2009 (passing duties on …

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Lohan Joins Alcoholics Anonymous

Lindsay Lohan (Mean Girls, Freaky Friday) has begun attending A.A. meetings, according to her publicist.  The twenty-year-old actress has been portrayed in recent years as a wreck, partying irresponsibly and brazenly feuding with other celebrity divas like Hillary Duff and Paris Hilton.  Her controversy recently culminated with an allegedly inebriated, Blackberry-mashed email to family members of the late director Robert Altman, with whom she recently worked on A Prairie Home Companion.  The email expressed her …

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30 Rock Gets a Full Season Order

OK, I can stop gushing about 30 Rock, NBC’s comedic behind-the-scenes look at a sketch show. NBC has finally given it the full season order. This comes the day after a colossal breakthrough in ratings, having moved to Thursday nights. 30 Rock now is the fourth show in a tight lineup on NBC—My Name is Earl, The Office, Scrubs, and 30 Rock provide the return of that “Must See” feeling. And must see they did. …

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Casino Royale Review: Craig Can’t Miss

Casino Royale, based on the first Bond novel by Ian Fleming, follows 007 in his very first mission – tracking down Le Chiffre, a notorious banker for terrorist organizations.  After halting Le Chiffre’s devious stock market swindle, James must enter a high-stakes poker tournament to prevent him from regaining his money.  With the help of the beautiful, yet mysterious Vesper Lynd, a government accountant overseeing the tournament buy-in money, James must win the game and …

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NBC May Webcast SNL Rehearsals

The possibility that NBC could broadcast Friday night rehearsals of Saturday Night Live may become a reality. NBC Universal chief digital officer George Kliavkoff spoke at a panel discussion on digital media at the Digital Entertainment Media & Marketing Excellence conference in Los Angeles. “Sometimes it’s a lot more interesting than the show. It’s something we watch on the cameras at 30 Rock,” said Kliavkoff. Currently, the Friday rehearsals are broadcast closed-circuit at NBC headquarters. NBC …

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Barbara Walters OK With DeVito’s Drunken Appearance

Danny DeVito appeared on The View yesterday, noticeably drunk after a night out with George Clooney. Rambling on and appearing to be suffering from lack of sleep (hey, who wants to sleep when they’re partying with Clooney?), the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-star managed to get through his interview. He was there to promote his upcoming Christmas film, Deck the Halls, also starring Matthew Broderick. Highlights of the interview included a never-ending blabberfest about the …

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3 Lbs.—We Hardly Knew Ya

Taking a page from the book of cancelling Smith, CBS has decided to axe yet another high profile drama. The medical drama 3 Lbs., starred Stanley Tucci, and aired for just three episodes. Variety reports that the network has not officially canceled the show, but most are speculating that with the show on hiatus, it’s not likely to come back. CBS executives have made no plans to produce additional episodes, although eight were already filmed. Ratings …

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Britney Spears Helps the Needy, Flashes Paparazzi

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Posted by Wendy Michaels
Categories: Music, Reality, Gossip,

That’s the news, folks. You can’t make this stuff up. I just read on Reality TV World that former Chaotic star and music diva Britney Spears is donating 170 personal items to help needy children. The December 4th online auction will be run by Christie’s and include such exciting items as a junior high school paper she wrote that earned her an 88. The proceeds will benefit the Britney Spears Foundation. Meanwhile, the latest Brit news …

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The Biggest Loser Renewed for Fourth Season

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Posted by Wendy Michaels
Categories: Prime Time, Reality, NBC, Ratings, Renewals,

The Biggest Loser will be back to fight the fat for a fourth season! NBC announced that the show would continue, despite a drop in viewership. The third season has seen a drop of over 2 million from the second season, averaging 7.4 million viewers. NBC exec Kevin Reilly said, “The Biggest Loser is a valuable franchise and proven competitor in a very challenging time period. The producing team has come up with unique ways to …

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The Wiggles’ Yellow Shirted Singer Leaves Group

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Posted by Wendy Michaels
Categories: Kids, Music, Cable, Cable/Satellite, News,

A sad day for fans of the popular kids’ show, The Wiggles. In a recorded statement, yellow shirted performer Greg Page said he would be leaving the group due to illness. Page has been diagnosed with orthostatic intolerance, which is a chronic condition, but not life-threatening. The 34-year-old singer said that due to the illness “I’ll no longer be able to sing and dance as I want to, and as a result I’ve decided to stop …

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