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“Parks and Recreation,” “Homeland,” and “Game of Thrones” among Peabody winners

NBC’s popular comedy series, “Parks and Recreation,” is among the winners of the 71st Annual Peabody Awards, one of the most prestigious honors in electronic media. The list, announced today, includes other entertainment programs such as the Showtime’s terrorism drama, “Homeland,” and the dark fantasy-epic on HBO, “Game of Thrones.” The George Foster Peabody Awards recognizes excellence and distinguished achievement by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations, and individuals. The awards for the best in electronic media 2011 will be formally presented at a luncheon ceremony... Read More →

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Comcast announces deal with four new minority-owned networks

The nation’s largest cable company, Comcast, announced  a sweeping deal today with four new minority-owned network with some famous names like Earvin “Magic “Johnson, Sean “Diddy”Combs, and filmmaker, Robert Rodriguez. Comcast did not suddenly decide to reach out to minorities. The deal was part of the conditions of last month’s controversial approval by the government of that mega-merger of Comcast/NBC Universal. The Comcast press release, states the four proposals were selected from a field of over 100. Comcast agrees to distribute the selected networks... Read More →

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2011 Emmy nominations revealed today

Once again HBO is king of the Emmy nominations. The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced today and the pay channel topped the list with 104 — leaving the rest of the networks far behind.  The cabler’s miniseries, “Mildred Pierce,”  a remake of the 1940s classic, scored the most nominations with 21. Also, collecting a slew of nominations the following TV series: “Mad Men” with 19, “Modern Family” 17, and “Games of Thrones” 13.  For more on the nominations and reactions from some of the nominees, click... Read More →

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“Conan” debuts with solid ratings

Former “Tonight Show” Host/Comic, Conan O’Brien, appears to have made a triumphant return to late night TV. “Conan” debuted late night on TBS and according to The Wrap whipped the competition. In the Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, Conan rated a 2.8, Leno got a 2.7 , and Letterman a 2.5. On the TBS website today, the comedy network crowed about the late night talker’s young adult demographics as well. Here are those  numbers: 2, 451, 000 adults 18-34 watched 3, 285, 000 adults 18-49 watched 4, 155, 000 total viewers In a... Read More →

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ShowBiz Bits

 Lindsay Lohan’s brother speaks out Reports are out that troubled Actress, Lindsay Lohan, has voluntarily entered rehab. This will be the fifth time around for Lohan. Her brother, Michael Lohan Jr., says his sister is “fully committed” to making rehab work this time.  Also, he blamed Lohan’s past failures at getting clean on “leeches” in her social circle. More on the People website. Heroic pilot’s story optioned by Hollywood producers   Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s incredible story is going to be a movie. Captain Sully became a hero on January 15, 2009,... Read More →

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ShowBiz Bits: Lindsay Lohan free again, Jay-Z’s memoir & NBC Universal Prez bows out

 Lindsay Lohan back on the streets  After a freaky Friday that included court drama and a short stay in jail, Actress Lindsay Lohan is a free woman once again. After failing a court-ordered drug test, Lohan appeared in a Beverly Hills court yesterday. True to his word, Judge Elden Fox, sent her to the slammer for 30 days without bail. However within hours, Lohan’s lawyer got another Los Angeles Superior Court judge to reverse the bail ruling. Lohan’s lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, pointed out defendants convicted of misdemeanors are allowed... Read More →

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Entertainment: Jackson Browne, Disney profits soar, and “The Other Guys” win the battle at the Box Office

“Show Me the Polyester” If you look great in polyester and dig rock singer/songwriter, Jackson Browne, here’s a contest for you. Browne is touring the U.S. right now with musician David Lindley. Apparently, Browne and Lindley are sporting flashy polyester shirts on stage during their performances this summer. The duo is encouraging fans to show-off their best eye-catching polyester shirts in a photo contest going on at the “Show Me the Polyester” website, according to a PR Newswire press release. Fans have until August 25 to upload photos of themselves wearing  polyester shirts to the site. One winner will... Read More →

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Entertainment: Rosie O’Donnell joins Oprah’s new network, Nicholas Sparks gets multi-million dollar Hollywood deal & surprises and scandal in the new Angelina Jolie book

Rosie O’Donnell gets new daytime talk show   Comedienne/Talk Show Host Rosie O’Donnell is headed back to daytime television on the new Oprah Winfrey Network. O’Donnell’s new talker will debut next year on OWN. “Rosie is an undeniable talent who has captivated TV audiences for nearly 20 years,” said Oprah Winfrey in a PR Newswire press release. “She’s a true original, who brings her authentic voice, dynamic energy and pure passion to everything she does.” “It’s an honor and a privilege to work with Oprah Winfrey on... Read More →

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Julia Roberts, Forest Whitaker, and Goldie Hawn hook-up with Oprah’s new network

Some heavyweight stars have signed on to produce a series of two-hour documentaries with OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, scheduled to debut next January. Julia Roberts, Forest Whitaker, and Goldie Hawn will be joined by Gabriel Byrne and Mariel Hemingway in this venture.  The subjects range from:  a look inside a hospice at the Louisiana maximum security prison in Angola, to Hemingway’s exploration of her family’s legacy of suicide to an in depth report on extraordinary mothers and their desire to make a better world for all children. “All of these documentaries fundamentally explore human... Read More →

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Entertainment News Bits: “The A-Team” movie, Ex-Disney worker goes to court again & weird Emmy campaign for Conan O’Brien

“The A-Team” movie and the dish on its development “The A-Team” film re-do of the popular 1980s TV series reportedly has been in the works since the mid 1990s. No wonder there’s a long list of writers on the project. Nikki Finke over at has the dish on the behind the scenes dealings on the film and who got the best writer credit on it. “The A-Team” and the remake of “The Karate Kid” are the two major movies opening in theaters tomorrow, Friday, June 11. Moviegoers have been cool to sequels and... Read More →

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Entertainment News Bits: Box Office dilemma, James Cameron & the Comcast-NBCU Deal

Sequels stumble at the Box Office The four-day Memorial Day weekend was no thriller at the Box Office, and that has sparked a lot chatter about whether moviegoers are growing weary of the sequels. Ticket sales for the long weekend, $184.2 million compared to $213.8 million for the same holiday weekend last year. Many critics are putting the blame for this year’s disappointment on the weak performance of the sequels. The animation “Shrek Forever After” held onto the number one ranking, for a second week at the domestic Box Office, with a haul of... Read More →

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