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THE BACHELORETTE WINS MONDAY — ON ITS OWN

May 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It didn’t have the penultimate edition of Dancing with the Stars as a lead-in, but ABC’s two-hour The Bachelorette nevertheless drew solid ratings Monday night. With an average of 7.1 million viewers — peaking in the final half hour with nearly 8 million — the show walloped mostly rerun competition from the other major networks. […]

PRODUCERS WON’T PUT TWO AND A HALF MEN UP FOR EMMY NOD

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In what probably amounts to little more than another move to put the Charlie Sheen mess behind it, CBS and Warner Bros. TV have decided not to submit Two and a Half Men for consideration for an Emmy in the best comedy series category, Dateline.com reported on Monday. Although it has consistently pulled the top […]

WHERE’S CHERYL?

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The judging panel for the U.K. edition of Simon Cowell’s The X Factor was announced on Monday — and not only was Cheryl Cole’s name not listed; she was not even mentioned by anyone connected with the show. Those named include Gary Barlow of the British pop group Take That; Tulisa Contostavlos of the U.K. […]

FOR WARNER BROS.: FIRST THE HANGOVER, THEN THE PARTY

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TTalk about nursing a hangover! Moviegoers were doing just that in spades over the Memorial Day holiday as they spent $137.4 million between Thursday and Monday on The Hangover Part II, according to an estimate by Warner Bros. It marked the biggest gross for the debut of any R-rated comedy ever. While the film had […]

WITH THE HANGOVER, AUDIENCES SNUB CRITICS

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The success of The Hangover Part II demonstrates once again how far removed film critics can be from the tastes of the audience. The divergence usually becomes particularly striking in the case of sequels. But today’s (Tuesday) London Independent observed, “While journalists may scoff at a director or producer sticking to a tried and tested […]

CHINESE CRITICS BLAST KUNG FU PANDA

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Despite efforts by DreamWorks Animation to ensure that Chinese culture was treated with no disrespect in Kung Fu Panda 2, the film is already drawing condemnation on the Chinese mainland. Leading the critics is fashion designer Zhao Bandi, who sued DreamWorks Animation in 2008 for conspiring to undermine China’s national treasure. In an open letter […]

THE HOBBIT: WHAT YOU HEARD MONTHS AGO IS TRUE

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On a slow holiday news day, MGM, New Line and Warner Bros. confirmed what had already been bandied about for months: that the first of the Lord of the Rings prequels will be titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the second will be titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again. They will be released […]

OPRAH: BIG ON TV, BIGGER ONLINE

May 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Of all the regular TV shows broadcast this year, none was more talked about on the Internet than Oprah Winfrey’s final telecast last week. According to Long Island-based research firm General Sentiment, the final episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show generated more online discussion even than the finale of American Idol earlier in the week. […]

NBC NEWS LAUNCHES IPAD APP

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CBS News may have been first when it came to developing an app for the iPad that allows users to watch its news coverage on demand, but NBC, which boasts nearly twice the number of viewers for its nightly newscast, has now developed a similar app that anchor Brian Williams describes this way: “This app […]

REPORT: FOX REALITY CHIEF THE X FACTOR IN COLE’S FIRING

May 30, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Days after reports circulated on the Internet that Fox TV had forced Cheryl Cole off Simon Cowell’s upcoming U.S. version of The X Factor, the television network has yet to release a statement on the matter. Her dismissal, originally leaked to the gossip website TMZ, is being regarded as a fait accompli by most of […]

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