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TV Talk: Dora the Explorer Lawsuit, Awkward Family Photos Series

Dora the Explorer-Being labeled “half” a man can earn you serious dollars. Two and a Half Men‘s Angus T. Jones has just agreed to a $300,000-per episode deal. The 17-year-old—contracted for 26 more episodes—also got a $500,000 signing bonus.

-The original voice behind Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer says she was cheated out of millions. Caitlin Sanchez and her family claim they were forced to sign a “convoluted and inscrutable contract” without legal help.

-Is it possible to translate awkwardness for TV? ABC is developing a series based on Awkward Family Photos, a book—and website—created by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack.

-Ramona Singer reportedly punched a producer after getting “worked up over filming” a scene in her home. A source claims the Real Housewives of New York star “felt like the producers were ganging up on her.”


TV Talk: Better Off Ted’s Final Shows, Conan O’Brien’s New Name

Better Off Ted-Would you be better off with some Better Off Ted? The last two unaired episodes are now available for viewing on iTunes or Amazon’s On Demand service. They can also be streamed via Netflix.

-Domestic maven Martha Stewart has a new project in mind. “Who’s going to take (Larry King and Barbara Walters’] place as the serious, great interviewer? I’m throwing my name in there, because I love to talk to people.” She’s starting with a Sept. 19 Hallmark special.

-Bethenny Frankel might not be the only person MIA from The Real Housewives of New York City. The remaining ladies - who earn approx. $4000 per episode - reportedly want Snooki-sized paychecks. (The Jersey Shore star earns $30,000/episode.)

-Conan O’Brien finally has a name for his TBS show: Conan. “I’m just using ‘Conan’ and dropping the ‘O’Brien’ because I want to get away from the whole Irish thing,” the late night host explained.

TV Extensions, Renewals and Cancellations (9/2)


Here’s an update on the shows you’ll be seeing more of in the months to come:


  • America’s Got Talent (NBC) - Season 6
  • Hung (HBO) - Season 3
  • I Love Money (VH1) - Season 4
  • Memphis Beat (TNT) - Season 2
  • The Real Housewives of New Jersey (Bravo) - Season 3
  • The Real Housewives of New York City (Bravo) - Season 4
  • Say Yes to the Dress (TLC) - Season 6

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Bethenny Frankel Done with Real Housewives

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Prime Time, Reality, Bravo, Cable, Gossip,

Bethenny Frankel and babyWho needs a hit Bravo show—when you already have your own?

Despite recently becoming a mother and an official wife, has no interest in remaining one of the housewives. According to the Bethenny Getting Married? star, she’s calling it quits with her former reality show.

“Last season was scary and painful,” she said about . “It took all of the joy out of it.”

And though a reconciliation between Jill Zarin and Bethenny seemed like a (very slight) possibility, Frankel says she doesn’t “see any reason to go back.”

This doesn’t necessarily mean we’ve already seen the last of Frankel on Housewives. She’s reportedly contracted to appear a few more times.

Filming on Season 4 will begin September 20.

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TV Talk: Syfy to Air Greatest American Hero…and Cooking Show

The Greatest American Hero-Believe it or not, I’m walking on air! Syfy plans to air a 20-hour Greatest American Hero marathon on July 4. The show hasn’t been on TV since 1983.

-Speaking of Syfy, the channel plans to do something out of this world: air a cooking show. Former Top Chef contestant Marcel Vigneron will front Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen.

-Homer Simpson ranks #1 on Entertainment Weekly‘s list of the 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years. Harry Potter came in second; Buffy Summers was third.

-Rehab will have to wait for Tila Tequila and Jason Wahler. Due to a lack of notable participants, taping on the next edition of Celebrity Rehab has been postponed.

-Maybe Dr. Drew should talk to Sonja Morgan? The Real Housewives of New York City star was arrested over the holiday weekend for suspicion of DUI. She is expected in court on June 21.

This Week on TV (5/31-6/6)


MONDAY (5/31)
  • King of Dirt (DIY, 9pm):  “A couple celebrate their wedding anniversary by having the front yard of their home landscaped.” For their first anniversary, it was their bodies they had landscaped.
  • Kendra (E!, 10pm):  “Kendra works on her tell-all autobiography, which Hank believes is too revealing.” He thinks she should just stick to picture books.
  • True Beauty (ABC, 10pm):  Season premiere. “Ten contestants pose in lighted glass cases on the Las Vegas strip, thinking they’re competing for the title ‘The Face of Vegas,’ while actually both their outer and inner beauty are being judged.” The contestants, like Vegas, have a stylish exterior but are vacant inside.

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This Week on TV (5/3-5/9)

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MONDAY (5/3)
  • Romantically Challenged (ABC, 9:30):  “Shawn romances Lisa’s friend Vanessa because her cable system carries the hockey championship games and his doesn’t.” She didn’t realize what type of scoring he had in mind.
  • Castle (ABC, 10pm):  “Beckett and Castle investigate the death of a big-name chef found frozen in a restaurant’s kitchen.” This would not be a good time to be The Naked Chef.
  • Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood (Oxygen, 10pm):  “Tori and Dean’s relationship is tested after uneasy rider Dean takes a spill on the motorcycle racetrack, landing him in the hospital. The accident leaves the couple conflicted—until Dean issues an apology.” The one who should apologize is the one the audience cares about the least.

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This Week on TV (4/26-5/2)

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MONDAY (4/26)
  • 24 (FOX, 9pm):  “President Taylor enlists a private security firm led by Mark Bledsoe (D.B. Sweeney) to assist in the crisis.” She believes his experience with the “Pamchenko” could come handy in this situation.
  • Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (FOOD, 10pm):  “Guy visits a 40-year-old fish shack in Mayport, Fla., where shrimp is prepared nine different ways.” Thanks to the economy, employees aren’t the only thing Bubba Gump has had to cut back on.
  • United States of Tara (Showtime, 10:30pm):  “A tornado strikes the city and the Gregsons seek shelter in their basement, where Tara’s new alter, therapist Shoshana Schoenbaum, convenes a family meeting.” Misery always loves new company.

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This Week on TV (4/12-4/18)

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MONDAY (4/12)
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8pm):  “Marshall gets mugged, prompting Lily to want to get a gun.” Given her previous experiencing staking vampires, he knew she was handy with weapons.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS, 9pm):  “Alan tolerates Jake’s new friend, who is a bad influence, because he’s attracted to the boy’s mother, played by .” According to Jim, she’s got very low standards.
  • Pawn Stars (History, 10pm):  “Included: an archery bow; a full-size, hand-carved wooden motorcycle; and a pirate peg leg.” Life’s even hard for the Dread Pirate Roberts XL.

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MONDAY (4/5)
  • Life Unexpected (CW, 8pm):  “Cate, Lux and Baze go on a road trip to track down Cate’s long-absent father ().” When they realized he was the guy with the mullet, they kept on driving.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS, 8:30pm):  “Audrey tries to give her unattractive friend confidence by lying to her and telling her she’s on Jeff’s list of women he would sleep with if Audrey wasn’t around.” By lying about it, she ironically gave Jeff permission to possibly one day do it.
  • Runaway Squad (A&E, 10pm):  Series premiere. “In the opener of a series following a team that searches for runaways and reunites them with their families, a Long Island teen is sought.” He was eventually tracked down after becoming a mayor on Foursquare.

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