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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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September 30, 2008 | Rene Lynch, Times Staff Writer
I'd like to take this moment to publicly apologize for all the times I watched the contestants working out on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" and thought: I could do that. I can't. The weight-loss reality show began shooting its seventh season outside Los Angeles last week. After a day-long press junket to introduce the new contestants, the media was invited to work out with the show's trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels. I jumped at the chance. I was a little concerned about the heat -- it was over 100 degrees -- but really, how hard could the workouts be if people who are 300 to 400-plus pounds can do them?
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July 6, 2008 | Choire Sicha
Last month, the Chicago Tribune's Maureen Ryan reported that as many as three "Battlestar Galactica" TV films were under discussion at the Sci Fi Channel and noted that it would make sense to make more "Battlestar" movies while the show's creative team was still together. Well, too late for that now -- the cast has been flung far and wide. But: "I just heard about the first 'Battlestar' movie being greenlit," said Grace Park, Cylon No. 8, by phone from Vancouver, Canada. "A TV movie, but still!
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June 21, 2008 | Stephanie Lysaght, Times Staff Writer
Looking back on the beginning of the night, I saw no signs that something truly sinister was afoot. When I picked up my press pass from will call on Thursday, I heard no frantically barking dogs; when I handed my ticket to the usher, I felt not a tinge of Santa Anas. And yet, a great atrocity was about to take place in the "So You Think You Can Dance" studio. Inside, everything seemed normal as well. I found my seat beside reporters from US Weekly and People, while Tommy the warmup guy recruited girls from the audience to dance to Sir Mix-a-Lot.
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May 31, 2008 | Patrick Kevin Day, Times Staff Writer
"Lost's" fourth season ended in a flurry of action, a few major revelations and some familiar beats. As a season ender, it ranks below last year's game-changing flash-forward and Season 2's four-toed statue and listening station surprise. But it's well above the disappointing hatch-opening at the end of Season 1. The biggest shock, of course, was the identity of the person in the coffin at the end of last season. As we learn at the beginning of the episode, the bearded Jack exists three years ahead of the just-rescued Jack.
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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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October 26, 2007 | Claire Zulkey, Special to The Times
Of all the characters on "The Office," none has undergone a more dramatic transformation than Jan Levenson, played by Melora Hardin. She's gone from the exasperated straight man to Michael (Steve Carell) and the entire Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin to a more self-destructive presence. She gave in to her inexplicable attraction to Michael, eventually allowing their relationship to jeopardize her career and, finally, to end it, explosively. The fourth season didn't start promisingly for Jan.
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