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March 5, 2009 | Jevon Phillips
Whether there's a fourth season for "Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew" is not yet known, but what is fairly certain is that the winner of tonight's third season finale -- either Beat Freaks or Quest Crew -- is probably in line for much more exposure. Both previous winners scored with lucrative commercial and promotional deals. Season 1 winner, the JabbaWockeez (Gatorade), entered the national spotlight for their "What's a G?" campaign and also helped Shaquille O'Neal produce his much talked-about entrance to the NBA All-Star game last month.
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September 3, 2013 | By Scott Collins
There isn't even a finished script yet, but NBC has already run into trouble with its planned biopic about Hillary Rodham Clinton. Executives in July announced plans for a miniseries starring Diane Lane that would look at the life and career of the former first lady, New York senator and secretary of State. What angle the miniseries will take is far from clear, but Clinton's political opponents, expecting her to run for president in 2016, aren't taking any chances. Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus called "Hillary" a "political ad masquerading as an unbiased production," and the RNC said it would nix NBC from its primary debates if the network went ahead with plans.
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November 16, 2007 | Claire Zulkey, Special to The Times
The next champion of "Dancing With the Stars" will not be an American, by the look of it. How the nation will react to such tumult is unknown. But judging by the way people have been voting, it appears they are ready for a bit of international influence. The show has had a lot of "All American" contestants this season, including Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton, and lifelong entertainer and collectible-doll maven Marie Osmond.
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July 11, 2013
'Orange Is the New Black' Where: http://www.netflix.com When: Starting Thursday Rating: Not rated
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October 22, 2007 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
First of all, what's with the goofy, soapy midepisode recap, sponsored by JC Penney? I realize that embedded advertising is the future in a DVR world. But please, I don't need to be told what's just happened in the first half-hour of "Friday Night Lights." The show has me at "hello"! The corporate-sponsored recaps are both no big deal and a microcosm of a sophomore jinx, demeaning a quality show with faux intrigue.
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March 1, 2007 | Richard Rushfield, Times Staff Writer
BEFORE getting into Tuesday night's March of the Duds on "American Idol," let me take you back to a special time, 10 days ago, when the Final 24 were still shrouded in mystery. To a special place -- a department store in Beverly Hills called Neiman Marcus. Where I came face to face with that giant of fashion and entertainment alike, Randy Jackson. For a moment, I gaped from afar in awe but didn't approach, considering the great judge wants his peace and solitude while at Neiman's.
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December 19, 2008 | Enid Portuguez
A little birdie told me that the Dec. 8 "Gossip Girl" episode was the last we'd see of Aaron Rose, Serena's artist boyfriend who had recently whisked her off to Argentina for the winter break. The CW confirmed the news, and as much as I detested the character, I felt compelled to write Aaron a proper breakup letter. Dear Aaron: It was good while it lasted . . . OK, maybe not. You did arrive bearing full potential -- what girl wouldn't swoon at some clever art installation that she didn't understand or melt at the fact you remembered her out of all the other pretty, rich girls at Camp Suisse?
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November 2, 2007 | Denise Martin, Special to The Times
An "is it scripted or isn't it?" storm is brewing around this season of "The Hills." Some sloppy editing in recent episodes, reported in several newspapers and blogs, have raised the question. And last week an online expose by its star Lauren Conrad's onetime date Gavin Beasley sent "Hills" fans into a tizzy trying to figure it out. MTV has always 'fessed to doing "pickup shots," staged scenes that address issues of continuity, not storylines.
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August 18, 2007 | Claire Zulkey, Special to The Times
Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," which just wrapped up its third installment, might be the best competition show on prime-time television. On what other program are viewers treated to a pool of talented contestants working as hard as they can on a beautiful art form, knowledgeable and caring judges, and noteworthy performances each and every week? This season's winner, crowned at the end of Thursday night's results show, Sabra Johnson typified everything that is wonderful about the show.
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November 16, 2007 | Jevon Phillips, Times Staff Writer
No need to pile on about the fact that Monday's "Heroes" episode, bridging last season to this season, should have been done a few episodes ago. There are enough critics doing that. The show's creator, Tim Kring, knows his mistake, and has admitted as much with his highly publicized apology in Entertainment Weekly. It's understandable to lead the season with a bit of intrigue and mystery, but sooner or later you have to bring everybody up to speed.
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May 1, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Television is an unusually fluid art. Because a TV series exists in time, over time, change and revision are in its blood. It's as if painters went back to work on their paintings after they were hung in museums. Series of films or books based on repeating characters also evolve - Sean Connery, meet Daniel Craig - but their progress is relatively glacial. TV series are fruit flies by comparison, mutating not just from season to season but week to week. The inauspiciously titled "Family Tools," which premieres Wednesday on ABC, is based on a middling British series called "White Van Man. " On the basis of its pilot episode, taken alone, I might have warned you to be out of the house Wednesday night in case you might see it even by accident.
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February 18, 2013 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles is still the center of television, but thanks to the rising power of cable, New York City is drawing ever closer. This month, The Times assembled a roundtable of leading East Coast television executives to discuss the dynamic technology-driven shifts that are rattling the industry. From Netflix's streaming new series "House of Cards" to the rising cost of sports programming, the four executives weighed in on what the rapid changes mean for their networks and ultimately what it means for viewers.
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October 17, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times
Based on Tuesday night's presidential debate at Hofstra University in New York, here is a five-point plan: -- Moderator Candy Crowley, like Supreme Court justices, should be appointed for life. -- The town hall format, which allows the candidates to circle each other like prize fighters or come nose-to-nose like bickering spouses, is the best. As the Sundance Kid so famously said, "I'm better when I move. " -- CNN, seriously, lose that undecided voter crawl. It is completely distracting and simply absurd - how much value can there be in the real-time reactions of 35 undecided voters in Ohio?
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September 24, 2012 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Viewers tuning in to the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards could be forgiven for thinking they were watching an updated version of "Groundhog Day. " The show was flavored with a taste of déjà vu. Despite a few surprise wins - notably freshman series "Homeland" ruining the win streak of "Mad Men" as outstanding drama series - the ceremony was dominated by victors who had previously made trips to the Emmys winners' circle. In upholding what has become an unofficial Emmy tradition, the results in the dramatic, comedy and reality categories demonstrated that Academy of Television Arts & Sciences voters continue to lean toward the familiar when it comes to handing out honors.
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September 5, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Television Critic
The multi-channel miniseries called "The Democratic National Convention" got underway Tuesday night in Charlotte, N.C. Unlike the comparable Republican miniseries, which was subject to some rescheduling (though not, really, shortening) due to the late-breaking news that was Hurricane Isaac, it has been planned from the start to last only three nights. In Charlotte, as in Tampa, much of the convention takes place out of view. The networks' disinclination to air more than an hour of it any night seemingly has been justified by the low ratings for last week's GOP meet, though ratings should not be what decides such coverage.
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August 26, 2012 | By Scott Collins
CNN is planning nearly round-the-clock coverage of the Democratic and Republican national conventions. Here's a look at what some other networks have in store: ABC: Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will co-anchor coverage during the 10 p.m. hour during both the Democratic and GOP conventions. In addition, ABC News is teaming with Yahoo to offer more than 30 hours of streaming coverage online. ABC will also tap a recent deal with Spanish-language broadcaster Univision for news content aimed at Latino viewers.
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October 26, 2007 | Denise Martin, Special to The Times
Ronald D. Moore, the executive producer who runs "Battlestar Galactica," is gearing up for the long goodbye by taking on a new task. He will take the director's chair for the first time next season as his dramatic reinvention of the hokey 1970s' space opera treks toward the end. The final 20-episode run will kick off in -- you read it here first -- early April.
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April 18, 2007 | Claire Zulkey, Special to The Times
Monday night, with the samba and rumba, the performers on "Dancing With the Stars" were encouraged to bring out the sexy. However, as Rose from the musical "Gypsy" would say, some people got it and make it pay; some people can't even give it away. Let's take a look at which people's got it, in the order the contestants danced: Ian Ziering and Cheryl Burke: There's no doubt that Ziering works hard and has a certain impish Steve Sanders appeal.
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August 22, 2012
It's hard to imagine anyone more different from Regis Philbin than Michael Strahan, the hulking, gap-toothed, 40-year-old former defensive end for the New York Giants. But after months of speculation and a rotating cast of temporary "Live!" guest hosts, Strahan has emerged as the clear favorite to fill the void left by the 80-year-old Philbin when he retired last November from the morning show. Strahan would become the co-host with Kelly Ripa. On Monday, ABC-Disney Domestic Television, producers of the syndicated talk show, announced that a permanent replacement had finally been selected and would be unveiled live on the air Sept.
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May 14, 2009 | Rene Lynch
"The Biggest Loser's" Helen Phillips said she knew what her more youthful competitors were thinking: "They never considered me a threat. . . . They just looked at me and said, 'You know what? She's 48. She's never going to make it.' " And that's just the way she wanted it. Mike Morelli, 19, and Tara Costa, 24, were considered by many to be the front-runners going into the Season 7 finale Tuesday night. But instead, victory was snatched by Helen, the retired retail manager and mother of two who showed up at the ranch at 257 pounds and went on to lose 140 pounds -- or more than 54% of her body weight.
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