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'Today' goes to London

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert May 24, 2012 3:35PM

NBCUniversal will provide comprehensive coverage of the 2012 London Olympics, starting with the Opening Ceremony, Friday, July 27. Olympic fanatics will find 5,535 hours of Olympic action across NBCUniversal, including massive daytime and primetime blocks on NBC. The Peacock's regular programming will go dark, except for "Today," which will broadcast from England.


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“Whether on television or online, on broadcast or cable, in English or in Spanish, NBCUniversal has the London Olympics covered, providing the American viewer with more choices than ever to watch the Games," said Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group.


The Olympics will air on NBC, NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, Telemundo,, two specialty channels and the first-ever 3D platform.


NBC, in particular, will dedicate 272.5 hours of coverage to the games over 17 days. That means "Days of our Lives" and the NBC daytime talk show line-up will go dark during the Olympics, as will primetime dramas, reality shows and more.


Coverage will begin on most weekdays at 10 a.m. ET/PT, immediately following NBC's "Today." This may not bode well for "GMA" in the battle for ratings. On weekends, NBC’s daytime coverage will begin as early as 5 a.m. ET/PT.


NBC’s primetime will be dedicated to the network's traditional, award-winning Olympic storytelling coverage, airing 8 to 11:30 p.m. or Midnight ET/PT on most nights.


A one-hour late-night show will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the primetime program. Primetime will be replayed following the late-night show.


Bob Costas will anchor the events from London.


Science Channel to air repeats of FOX's supernatural drama

By Kenny Herzog May 24, 2012 9:58AM
Finally, there's a reason to watch the Science Channel aside from several-hour marathons of "How It's Made." Not that we don't advocate all things bookish and educational and such. Still, every fledgling network needs a scripted anchor, and Deadline and others have reported that Warner Bros. distribution has sold syndication rights for "Fringe" to the Discovery-owned SC. 



FOX's cult sci-fi drama was just picked up for 13 new episodes in the fall, making it an even more robust acquisition for Science Channel. No date has been set for when fans and potential converts can anticipate reruns to air, but there's whispers that WB is seeking a streaming partner for past seasons as well.  

In other words, if an audience doesn't catch on by this time next year, either viewers are just lazy, or not everything J.J. Abrams touches transforms into priceless primetime gold.

Season 5 of "Fringe" premieres this fall on FOX. 

Report: Amazon in talks to stream new episodes of ABC-canceled series

By Corey Levitan May 24, 2012 8:27AM

Could "Pan Am" be un-grounded? According to this report from Deadline, discussions are underway to revive the '60s drama by streaming it via

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"Pan Am" was canceled by ABC earlier this month after a steep takeoff (11 million viewers for the premiere) was followed by a steady loss of altitude (3.8 million viewers for the finale). However, according to Deadline, it is extremely popular in Europe, where it recently won best series at the Rose d'Or awards, the continent's top television honor.

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Produced by Sony Pictures TV, the series starred Christina Ricci, Kelli Garner,  Karine Vanasse and Margot Robbie as flight attendants exploring exotic locales, witnessing historical moments and intermingling with the spy world.

Amazon -- which already streams what looked to be "Pan Am's" only season -- is looking to follow Netflix and Hulu into the production of original content.


ABC daytime to get a double dose of the First Lady

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert May 23, 2012 12:51PM
Michelle Obama is coming to ABC's "Good Morning America" and "The View" on Tuesday, May 29. The First Lady will be promoting her new book, "White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America," along with the message that access to healthy, affordable food can promote better eating habits

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During her visits, Mrs. Obama will dish about the history of the White House garden and share some recipes from the book, along with tips for starting your own garden in any living condition.


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"GMA" will also call on students from New York City’s Public Schools 102 and 107 to prove her point. These youngsters successfully grew their own container gardens and will show viewers how easy it is to get started.


Then it's off to “The View” to chat with hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd. As with Barack Obama's May 15 appearance on “The View,” the First Lady’s appearance is part of the show’s continuing “Red, White & View” campaign. 

This won't be Mrs. Obama's first visit "the View." In addition to being a guest in April 2011, she made her daytime television debut as a special guest co-host in 2008, before her husband was elected, as seen in the clip above.

"GMA" and "The View" air weekdays on ABC.


Paula Abdul talks sex with Simon Cowell during the Louboutin and fishnet affair

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert May 23, 2012 12:22PM
Wendy Williams has been getting wiggy all month, but on Wednesday, May 23, she went all out to celebrate her 500th episode. "The Wendy Williams Show" host got dolled up, dished with Paula Abdul about having sex with Simon Cowell and boogied to a performance from the Trammps, featuring Earl Young. She also took a stroll down memory lane, as seen in the clip above.

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During the milestone episode, Williams shared a retrospective of guests, surprises and gaffs from the past 3 seasons. That included "The Soup" slams from Joel McHale, as well as several of her former guests trying to say her signature line, "How you doin'?" which she had said 2997 times on the show. This episode will have made 3000!


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Williams was dressed to the nines, wearing a silver Yazhi sequined gown by Diane von Furstenberg, customized by Camilla Huey for House of Execution, with a black corset lace belt and honey fishnet tights by Wolford. She finished off the look with Fred Leighton 18K white gold and diamond chandelier earrings, a platinum flexible honeycomb bracelet, a platinum deco asscher cut diamond bracelet, a platinum diamond bracelet, an Edwardian diamond filigree pendant necklace and a platinum 12.9 carat cushion-cut diamond and calibre ruby ring.

Her black satin "BB" pumps by Manolo Blahnik, however, were quickly out-shined by Paula Abdul's gift. Williams' "dream guest" brought a sparkling pair of silver Yolanda Pot Pourri Specchio peep-toe Christian Louboutin heels, along with some juicy dish.

During their chat, Abdul talked her exit from "American Idol." (Was it the money? "Of course," Abdul said.) When she got into talking the "X Factor," it was clear she felt bad about her ousting, even though she understood why it happened. She claimed she's excited to see Britney Spears and Demi Lovato take a seat at the judges table and bring in that younger demographic.

Abdul insisted there's a difference between business and friendship, contending that she and Cowell are still friends. They just don't hang out together, and they never have. "It would never ever happen, because he's selfish," she said. "He'd be a selfish lover and he'd call his own name out during sex, if it ever happened."

Tune in to hear what Abdul has to say about her new younger man and marriage. Plus, don't miss the "Disco Inferno" preview above.

"Wendy Williams Show" airs weekdays in syndication and at midnight on BET.


The June 5 premiere promises plenty more danger -- and drama!

By Sona Charaipotra May 23, 2012 9:41AM
Photo courtesy ABC Family
On the season two finale of "Pretty Little Liars," the fearful foursome finally found out who their "Gossip Girl"-from the grave stalker A was. Right? 

Wrong! As this sneak peek of season three's June 5th premiere reveals, they're still getting those evil texts -- and Rosewood's deadly drama is far from over. Yup, the real A is still after the girls. 
And after a summer apart, the girls reunite for their senior year, so there's bound to be plenty of other problems popping up -- including, perhaps, Emily's alcoholic tendencies (mourning her girlfriend Maya), Mona's secret visitor (turns out it's one of the girls!), and Officer Garrett's arrest and trial. In upcoming episodes, we'll also find out who the mysterious brunette at the masquerade ball was, see some new faces, and a fab Alice In Wonderland mad hatter-themed party (in episode five). We know bad things happen when the girls throw a bash, so get prepped for some super-sinister action.

Here's the sneak at the premiere: 
"Pretty Little Liars" returns Tuesday, June 5, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family. 

New study crowns Starz series as TV's deadliest show

By Corey Levitan May 23, 2012 9:18AM

"Game of Thrones" is not violent enough -- at least not to top a new study of the 40 bloodiest television shows that named "Spartacus: Vengeance" by far the highest in weekly body counts.

Starz' Roman Empire drama averaged 25 corpses a night, whereas HBO's "Thrones" had no game in comparison, delivering a mere 14 per episode.

The study -- which measured eight episodes of each show -- was a flash of marketing brilliance conducted by a funeral planning website called


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"There is a clear disconnect between the acceptance of death in popular culture and the acceptance of it in reality," a representative of the website told The Hollywood Reporter.

Among broadcast series, the deadliest was the CW spy thriller "Nikita," with nine dead bodies per episode.

The killing  of bodies that were already dead counted as a separate category in the study, with the CW's "Vampire Diaries" topping AMC's "The Walking Dead" by a score of 18 to 16.


"Game of Thrones" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.


Hip hop queen turned TV player to take on daytime in 2013

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert May 23, 2012 7:33AM

Five-time Emmy winner Corin Nelson has been tapped to executive producer Queen Latifah's upcoming syndicated talk show, initially announced back in October. Nelson's impressive resume boasts experience on "Chelsea Lately," "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," "The Tyra Banks Show" and "The Nate Berkus Show." That bodes well for Queen Latifah's second foray into daytime.

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"Given Queen Latifah's profile, stature and accomplishments, it was vital for us to find someone who complemented such a tremendous talent to helm this show," said Holly Jacobs, executive vice president, U.S. reality and syndicated programming, Sony Pictures Television. "We knew the diversity of Corin's experience in daytime and late night, her collaborative spirit, tremendous creative chops and passion for the medium made her a perfect match."


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Nelson has a strong history in both creating and running talk shows. She created, developed, launched and served as executive producer and show runner for the first three seasons of E!'s "Chelsea Lately." She also led "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" to five Best Show Emmys during her tenure as showrunner. More recently, she developed and produced the pilot for "The Tyra Banks Show" and executive produced the second season of "The Nate Berkus Show." 


Queen Latifah has also done her share of producing, via her company Flavor Unit Entertainment. The hip hop superstar is behind the BET series "Single Ladies" and is involved in Lifetime's upcoming all-black production of "Steel Magnolias," as well as several other TV projects. Queen Latifah also wrote the self-esteem book "Ladies First: Revelations of a Strong Woman." 

"Queen Latifah is that rare combination of a multi-talented performer and one of the warmest, most genuine women I've ever met," raved Corin Nelson. "This show is the perfect platform to showcase her tremendous range of talents and unique ability to connect with and entertain people. I'm thrilled to be working with the powerhouses of Flavor Unit, Overbrook and Sony Pictures Television, whose combined creative vision will truly help fuel the show."


Flavor Unit, Will Smith's Overbrook and Sony Pictures Television are teaming up to producer the new talker.

As mentioned, this will be Queen Latifah's second foray into daytime. "The Queen Latifah Show" was short-lived, however, running from 1999 to 2001. Her new syndicated talker will premiere fall 2013, allowing Katie Couric, Ricki Lake, Steve Harvey, Trisha Goddard , Marie Osmond and "Survivor" host Jeff Probst and possibly Bethanny Frankel to duke it out amongst themselves before she gets into the game.