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  1. PaleyFest: Whedon talks 'Dollhouse' survival chances

    7:05 am 4/16/2009

    <p><a href="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e2011570235f9a970b-800wi.jpg" rel="lightbox" style="float: right;"><img alt="Eliza Dollhouse Whedon" class="at-xid-6a00d83451d69069e2011570235f9a970b " src="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e2011570235f9a970b-320wi.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px; width: 255px; height: 235px;" /></a> Joss Whedon <a href="http://reporter.blogs.com/paley/2009/04/dollhouse.html#more">talks at length</a> about the chances of Dollhouse getting a second-season order. Excerpt: </p><p class="blockquote" style="margin-left: 40px;">"So right now I’ve gone from a sort of place of ‘You don’t evencare, nobody loves me’ [laughs] to a place of God, I can’t believe I’msaying this ... hope.</p><p class="blockquote" style="margin-left: 40px;">"We might actually get the chance to dowhat we’re dying to do, which is tell more of these stories with thesecrazy people because we have so many more yet to come," Whedon said ofthe series in which Eliza Dushku (Buffy) plays an "active" whosememory is wiped and replaced to suit various "engagements." </p><p class="blockquote" style="margin-left: 40px;">"Basicallyit’s what happens in the next few weeks; we have a new lead-in(replacing &#39;Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles&#39;), we have a fewmore episodes coming up — whether it’s 12 or 13 — they are fierce," headded. "They are ridiculous; I am so proud of them. We’re going to goout this season with a bang, and hopefully we’ll get to come back forSeason 2."</p><p>Whedon makes a good point here, about Prison Break moving into the Terminator slot. Break should give Dollhouse a stronger lead-in, though Fox will also want to see Whedon&#39;s show take advantage of it. </p><p>Whedon also discusses the 12th and 13th episodes. One of which is scheduled to air, and the other is not, along with a a couple ever-amusing What the Silly Network Suits Said anecdotes:</p>Read more

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  2. 'Idol' wins night as judges save Giraud

    6:21 am 4/16/2009

    <p><a href="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e201157023371a970b-800wi.jpg" rel="lightbox" style="float: left;"><img alt="Matt idol" class="at-xid-6a00d83451d69069e201157023371a970b " src="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e201157023371a970b-320wi.jpg" style="margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; width: 214px; height: 229px;" /></a> This is the middle of the broadcast season, correct? </p><p>On Wednesday night, NBC aired nothing but repeats, the CW aired half repeats and CBS ran mostly repeats. Moving sweeps resulted in more repeats in April than usual, combined with some recent time period occupants being removed for not pulling their weight. </p><p>Fox won the night, slipping Bones (10.8 million viewers, 3.0 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) into the 8 p.m. Lie to Me spot for the evening. The ever-reliable detective series checked the time period&#39;s waterline and came up 20% higher than last week&#39;s Lie. The Idol results show (23.5 million, 8.0) matched last week&#39;s rating, which means it will likely show some week-to-week growth when the nationals come in.</p>Read more

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  3. Madden retires from broadcasting: 'It's time'

    5:07 am 4/16/2009

    <p><a href="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e201156f2c8b82970c-800wi.jpg" rel="lightbox" style="float: right;"><img alt="Madden" class="at-xid-6a00d83451d69069e201156f2c8b82970c " src="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e201156f2c8b82970c-320wi.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px; width: 187px; height: 181px;" /></a> Veteran football broadcaster John Madden, the longtime face and voice of NFL football coverage, is retiring.&quot;It&#39;s time,&quot; Madden said in a statement. &quot;I&#39;m 73 years old. My 50thwedding anniversary is this fall. I have two great sons and theirfamilies and my five grandchildren are at an age now when they knowwhen I&#39;m home and, more importantly, when I&#39;m not.&quot;During the course of a 30-year career, the former Oakland Raiders coachhas served as an analyst on all four the four major broadcast networks,winning 18 Emmy Awards. He most recently called the games for NBC on&quot;Sunday Night Football,&quot; where he&#39;s worked since 2006.NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol said Cris Collinsworth has been namedMadden&#39;s successor in the NBC broadcast booth and sought to reassurefans that the decision was entirely up to Madden. Ebersol said Maddenturned down an offer to work fewer games next season.</p>Read more

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  4. History recruits celebrities for documentary

    1:01 am 4/16/2009

    Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Viggo Mortensen, David Strathairn, Marisa Tomei and others will lend performances for the History doc "The People Speak."Read more

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  5. David Walton asking '100 Questions' at NBC

    9:00 pm 4/15/2009

    David Walton is set as the male lead on NBC's comedy pilot "100 Questions for Charlotte Payne," actress-singer Brandy has joined ABC's comedy pilot "This Little Piggy," and Merrin Dungey has been added to the Fox drama pilot "Masterwork."Read more

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  6. Jennifer Jason Leigh high on 'Weeds' role

    9:00 pm 4/15/2009

    In her biggest TV commitment, Jennifer Jason Leigh has been tapped to recur on Showtime's comedy series "Weeds," playing Mary-Louise Parker's estranged older sister.Read more

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  7. VH1 greenlights series with Fantasia

    9:00 pm 4/15/2009

    Former "American Idol" star Fantasia Barrino will return to reality TV in a VH1 series that will chronicle her life as a recording artist and young single mother.Read more

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  8. Cartoon Network sets up King Arthur movie

    9:00 pm 4/15/2009

    Cartoon Network is bringing the legend of King Arthur to the 21st century with a live-action movie from Lionsgate president of motion picture production Alli Shearmur.Read more

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  9. Actors Hall of Fame chooses 15 inductees

    9:00 pm 4/15/2009

    Fifteen actors, ranging alphabetically from Julie Andrews to Meryl Streep, will be inducted this year into the Actors Hall of Fame.Read more

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  10. Arts groups gain clout, money under Obama

    7:03 pm 4/15/2009

    Before President Obama was inaugurated, leaders of 21 arts service organizations sent his team a list of recommendations, which included increasing the budget of the National Endowment for the Arts. That the idea wasn't rejected immediately was seen as a welcome signal.Read more

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