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This Week on TV (10/6-10/12)

The Real Housewives of Atlanta

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MONDAY (10/6)
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS, 9pm):  “Alan tries dating two women at the same time.” I remember when Ducky was pining over just Molly Ringwald. He’s all growns up now.
  • Prison Break (FOX, 9pm):  “Sara learns something disturbing about Michael.” She realizes that if it weren’t for his steely gaze and tattoos, Michael would just be your average white guy.
  • I Want to Work for Diddy (VH1, 9pm):  Series finale. “The final contestants train with Marcus Buckingham and are interviewed by Diddy.” If they mistakenly admit their loyalty for McCain, Diddy will retreat back under the covers.
  • Exiled (MTV, 10:30pm):  “A hip hop star’s daughter is sent to the island nation Vanuatu to live in a bug-filled jungle in the shadow of an active volcano.” Had she wasted her youth watching Survivor: Vanuatu, she would have been prepared.

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Project Runway’s Move to Lifetime Blocked

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Prime Time, Reality, NBC, News,

Project RunwayDespite Lifetime’s plans to unveil Project Runway this January, the reality hit’s future is now a big mystery. A New York Supreme Court judge has just temporarily blocked the reality program’s move to its new network.

This ruling comes months after The Weinstein Company announced it was ending Project‘s run on Bravo after five seasons. Believing the producers had violated a “right of first refusal” agreement, NBC Universal (Bravo’s parent company) filed suit. On Friday, the judge issued the preliminary injunction barring Lifetime from any marketing of the series until after the issue is settled.

Although NBC Universal was pleased by the ruling, the Weinsteins (who have vowed to appeal) also declared a minor victory. “We are glad that the court held that NBC Universal cannot exhibit the program on Bravo and that the court required NBC Universal to post a minimum $20 million bond,” a company statement read.

The season finale of ‘s current season will air on Wednesday, October 15. Meanwhile, production on the show’s sixth installment is scheduled to continue during the ongoing dispute.

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This Week on TV (9/15-9/21)

Robert Sean Leonard in House

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MONDAY (9/15)
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (FOX, 8pm): “John’s schoolwork suffers, but his social circle widens when he makes a new friend.” Uhh, what exactly does he need to learn? He already knows that he’s in charge of saving the world.
  • Prison Break (FOX, 9pm):  “Michael and Linc happen upon T-Bag by chance.” Seriously, by chance? That’s like saying I just stopped watching this show…by chance.
  • I Want to Work for Diddy (VH1, 9pm):  “The teams must each throw a party that meets the high standards of a Diddy event, attending to such details as theme, decor, signature cocktails and guest list.” How would they know how to throw a Diddy event if they’ve never been invited to a Diddy event?
  • Luke’s Parental Advisory (VH1, 10:30pm):  “Luke tells Lacresha and Luther Jr. that they have a 2-year-old half brother. Later, he tries to bond with the child during a weekend visit.” What would we do without television cameras to record special family moments like these?

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Jennifer Lopez Cancels on Project Runway Judging

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

Jennifer LopezAs they say, the show must go on.

The producers of Project Runway had planned to introduce another surprise judge for this season’s upcoming. And thanks to an interesting twist of fate, they now will.

As rumored, fashionista had been scheduled to play guest judge for the show’s Fashion Week finale. (Her appearance would have followed the job done by Victoria Beckham in Season 4.) Unfortunately, a last-minute foot injury forced the style icon to bow out of today’s taping.

It’s not known whether the injury was somehow related to Lopez’ current triathlon training. It also wasn’t made clear why Jennifer couldn’t still judge while sitting down.

Fortunately for the producers, they didn’t have to go far to find a knowledgeable replacement. For the first time in five installments, mentor will be given his chance to have a say in the final selection.

Now, really—wasn’t this the way it should have been anyway?

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Lifetime Delays Project Runway’s Start

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

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn on Project RunwayLifetime, the future home for Heidi Klum and crew, has just announced that the start of ‘s sixth season will be delayed.

Although Bravo is currently airing its last round of the series, another was scheduled to unfold just months from now. But Lifetime - probably realizing it had to handle this major coup with care - has decided to push their premiere until the beginning of next year.

This move will reportedly give the channel more time to promote Project. It will also allow the network a chance to overexpose the reality hit. (If that hasn’t been done already.) A spokesperson told EW the January 2009 debut will officially kick off twice a year installments of the program.

Assuming the pending lawsuit doesn’t screw up matters up altogether, production on the show’s upcoming season will be split between New York and LA.

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This Week on TV (8/25-8/31)



MONDAY (8/25)
  • General Hospital (ABC, check local listings):  wakes up from her catatonic state. Hurry up and ask her all your questions before she goes back under.
  • High School Musical: Get in the Picture (ABC, 8pm):  “The six finalists attempt to learn TV theme songs from the 1970s and ‘80s.” Should we really allow these teens to butcher classic songs from before they were born?
  • Deal or No Deal (NBC, 8pm):  Season 4 premiere. Could this be the day that someone wins the million? Pleez. Do you think they’d give it up that quickly?
  • America’s Toughest Jobs (NBC, 9pm):  Series premiere. “Average Joes perform dangerous and physically demanding jobs in this competition series. The winner is awarded the annual salary of each job completed.” Aren’t Average Joes the ones already performing these jobs?

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This Week on TV (8/18-8/24)

Danity Kane

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MONDAY (8/18)
  • I Want to Work for Diddy (VH1, 9pm):  “Two members from each team must go to Paris and convince a model that Diddy saw in a magazine to come back to NYC with them and pose for .” If you want to flatter a girl, don’t send one assistant - send four.
  • The Hills (MTV, 10pm): Season 4 premiere. I’m ashamed to say that I know what a ‘Lo’ is.
  • Paranormal State (A&E, 10pm):  “A family in Shrewsbury, Mass., claims to have been living with a spirit for 40 years, and all but one family member believe the spirit is malicious.” If they’ve managed to live with it for 40 years, how bad could this spirit possibly be?
  • Date My Ex: Jo & Slade (Bravo, 10pm):  “Juvenile tomfoolery back at he house irks Slade and may mean the expulsion of a suitor.” Had this been simply adult tomfoolery, things would have been fine.

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This Week on TV (8/11-8/17)

Kung Fu Killer

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MONDAY (8/11)
  • Sesame Street (PBS, check local listings):  Season 39 premiere. “One, two, three, four…chickens just back from the shore.
  • High School Musical: Get in the Picture (ABC, 8pm):  “The contestants get a lesson on how to express emotions without using words.” Tip #1: If you need to cry, cut a hole in your pocket, take a pair of tweezers, and just start pulling. (Thanks, Joey Tribbiani.)
  • The Closer (TNT, 9pm):  “Provenza gets in hot water when he loses evidence from a successfully executed sting operation.” Somebody better buy the boss a box a chocolates asap.
  • The Mole (ABC, 10pm):  “The mole’s last victim and the Mole are revealed in the fifth-season finale after all 12 players reunite.” If a mole is revealed but nobody’s there to see it, will a show get whacked?

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Hosting Quintet for 60th Annual Primetime Emmys

Tom BergeronIf you hated 2007’s Emmy Awards coverage, I have some good news and some bad news. The good news? The theater-in-the-round crap will be gone. (At least, I hope.) The bad news? Ryan Seacrest will once again be hosting. Though, in this case, he’ll be getting a little bit of help.

Instead of burdening one person with the ringleader task, the ceremony’s producers will be doling out the responsibility to five this time around. After all - who better to host a broadcast than the nominees for Outstanding Reality Host?

For the 60th Annual Primetime Emmys, those up for this year’s new category - (Dancing with the Stars), Heidi Klum (Project Runway), Howie Mandel (Deal or No Deal), Jeff Probst (Survivor) and Ryan Seacrest (American Idol) - will coincidentally be representing five different networks. Could this mean a much wider audience for ABC? They better hope so. Otherwise, one of them could be eliminated…

This fall’s telecast will be broadcast from Los Angeles on September 21.

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Project Runway’s Season 5 Cast and Judges

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

Project Runway's Season 5 cast

While it may be hard for to land style icons bigger than Sarah Jessica Parker or Victoria Beckham, the producers will always try to outdo themselves.

Here are the list of celebrity names we should expect to see on the reality show’s last season on : Diane Von Furstenberg, Sandra Bernhard, Apolo Ohno, Brooke Shields, LL Cool J, RuPaul, Rachel Zoe, Cynthia Rowley, and Francisco Costa.

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