Daily Archives: May 14, 2012

Howard Stern Enlivens ‘America’s Got Talent’

On a day when the role of judges on network talent competitions came into focus, as Britney Spears and Demi Lovato were called in as new judges on “The X Factor,” Howard Stern made his much bally-hooed debut on the season premiere of “America’s Got Talent.” Immediately, he set a tone of honesty generally absent […]

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Britney, Demi Joining Forces with Simon, L.A.

As if to underscore how ineffectual and indecisive Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger were as judges of “The X Factor” in its first season, two new pop singers turned vocal judges were named to replace them Monday. Britney Spears and Demi Lovato were unveiled as new judges for the singing show for their season starting […]

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Sixteen New Shows from NBC

In an attempt to kickstart something at its long struggling network, NBC announced a whopping 16 new shows for its 2012-2013 season – six comedies, five dramas and four new reality shows. It also said its one hit of the current season, “The Voice” will be returning again in the fall, though most reality competition […]

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Three New Comedies, Two Dramas from Fox

It’s the crush of network upfronts this week in New York, with the broadcast networks announcing what their fall slates will look like to potential advertisers. It’s when new shows are announced (and more quietly it becomes clear which shows won’t be returning). While rumor and unofficial word has been flying for weeks, Fox was […]

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Monday TV: Here’s Johnny …And Howard

The man who made late night TV what it is for 30 years, now nearly forgotten by younger audiences, is given his due in a fascinating and thorough biography on “American Masters” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings). “Johnny Carson: King of Late Night” was made with lots of incisive interviews with one of his […]

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Kim Wins ‘Survivor,’ Of Course

Thin and charming Kim Spradlin took her calculating plans of “Survivor” success right to the winner’s circle Sunday, winning both the $1 million and the $10,000 prize voted by viewers. She won immunity the final two challenges – earning four individual immunities overall this season. Not that anyone in the show’s first all female final […]

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