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TV Ratings: 'The Closer' Rocks It In Finale

8/23/2012 9:28am EDT
'The Closer'
Without the Olympics to entertain us, viewers turned to cable last week. While shows like ‘America’s Got Talent’ on NBC topped the chart, the finale of ‘The Closer’ closed out its run with over 9 million viewers, and would have placed third on the overall charts. Its spinoff, ‘Major Crimes,’ had a good debut with 7.2 million.

Otherwise, it was business as usual. ‘The Big Bang Theory' was the top scripted program with 8 million viewers, good for 4th place. And Gordon Ramsey’s new reality series, ‘Hotel Hell,’ attracted 5.1 million viewers, typical of his other programs. It narrowly missed o...
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NBC Responds To Sharon Osbourne's Discrimination Allegations

8/7/2012 8:27am EDT
Sharon Osbourne
Bosses at NBC have responded to Sharon Osbourne's allegations she resigned from America's Got Talent over a dispute with company chiefs over her son Jack's multiple sclerosis diagnosis.

Sharon claims she felt compelled to quit her role as a talent show judge when Jack was allegedly dropped from new show Stars Earn Stripes, in which celebrities battle it out in military training sessions, after he revealed his heartbreaking news to the public earlier this year.

However, NBC executives insist they supported Jack following his diagnosis and, while they did not ask him to compete in the sho...
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Sharon Osbourne Quit 'America's Got Talent' Over Son's TV Dispute

8/6/2012 12:22pm EDT
Sharon Osbourne
Sharon Osbourne has opened up about her decision to quit America's Got Talent, insisting a dispute with TV chiefs over her son Jack's multiple sclerosis diagnosis prompted her resignation.

The British TV personality took to Twitter.com on July 24th to respond to remarks made by fellow judge Howard Stern about her departure - but did not expand on her reasons for quitting the show on NBC. She wrote, "My darling Howard Stern, money is not the reason I'm not returning to (America's Got Talent), it's because..."

Osbourne has now revealed she felt compelled to quit after her son Jack was al...
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Sharon Osbourne Tweets She's Leaving 'America's Got Talent'

7/25/2012 8:29am EDT
America's Got Talent
Yesterday Sharon Osbourne announced on Twitter she is leaving "America's Got Talent." She wrote, "My darling @HowardStern, money is not the reason I'm not returning to @nbcagt, it's because..."

Osbourne has not given further explanation for her departure.

Osbourne, who is also a co-host on daytime chat show, "The Talk," has been a judge on "America's Got Talent" since 2007. She reportedly has a multi-year contract to stay on the talent competition.

During the summer TV press tour, NBC Entertainmetn chairman Bob Greenblatt told TV critics, "I have nothing to say about Sharon Osbourne othe...
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TV Ratings: All Networks Have Something To Sing About

7/11/2012 7:45pm EDT
'America's Got Talent'
As our summer TV lineup limps along, the glory was spread across all networks, ratings-wise, last week. NBC claimed the top show with ‘America’s Got Talent’ and did well with its annual Fireworks show (good for 7th place) and more U.S. Olympic trials. CBS, meanwhile, held strong with repeats of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ (3rd and 4th place, respectively), ‘NCIS’ and ‘Person of Interest,’ among others. Its newsmagazines also fared well, topped by ’60 Minutes’ and ’48 Hours Mystery.’

FOX had four shows in the Top 10 in the 18-49 category – two editions each of ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ and ‘Masterchef.’ A...
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TV Ratings: ABC Is Tops With NBA Finals; NBC Strong With 'America's Got Talent'

6/27/2012 8:58pm EDT
'America's Got Talent'
It was a ho-hum TV week. Remember all that fuss about ABC airing ‘The Glass House’ over CBS’ objections? Americans shrugged their shoulders and the snow nabbed only about 4 million viewers. Even in the summer doldrums, that’s good for only 63rd place. CBS needn’t worry.

ABC did win the week among total viewers, but that’s only because the last two games of the NBA finals claimed the top 2 spots on the chart. CBS did just fine, thank you: Reruns of shows like ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘NCIS’ thrived, while ’60 Minutes’ placed in the Top 10.

Over on NBC, ‘America’s Got Talent’ came in 3rd, ...
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TV Ratings: CBS Dominates With 12 Of The Top 20 Shows

5/24/2012 12:33pm EDT
Mike & Molly
If the latest TV ratings week was a final exam, CBS would get an A+ and NCIS would graduate at the top of the class. The stalwart once again topped the Nielsen ratings, besting all other scripted and reality programming, even as American Idol geared up for its finale.

‘NCIS’ attracted over 19 million viewers and spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles got over 15 million. By comparison, the Wednesday and Thursday editions of "Idol' attracted 17.7 million and 16.4 million, respectively.

CBS had 12 of the Top 20 shows, including Person of Interest, The Mentalist and How I Met Your Mother. Mike & Molly ac...
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Howard Stern Makes Seven-Year-Old Aspiring Rapper Mir Money Cry On 'America's Got Talent'

5/22/2012 3:43pm EDT
America's Got Talent
Howard Stern found out how tough his new job is going to be during Monday night's episode of America's Got Talent.

During only his second show, the shock jock was thrown a curveball when seven-year-old aspiring rapper Mir Money took the stage to audition - and ended up in tears and with Stern questioning his decision to sign on with the show.

Stern pressed his "X" buzzer early on during the youngster's performance and was followed shortly after by fellow judge Sharon Osbourne

When Mir Money stopped his performance judge Howie Mandel asked the boy if he was angry, which he said he wasn't....
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Pizza Hut Stands By Howard Stern And 'America's Got Talent'

5/16/2012 8:30am EDT
Howard Stern
Pizza Hut is standing by Howard Stern after his well behaved debut judging performance on the family friendly show America's Got Talent. The company is facing pressure from the Parent Television Council to refrain from advertizing with the popular fox series, even threatening them with a boycott.

A rep for the Pizza company tells TMZ, "Pizza Hut has no plans to remove its ads from the show -- despite the Parents Television Council clamoring for sponsors to yank their support over the show's new judge ... shock jock Howard Stern."

The company rep continues "Pizza Hut strives to maintain t...
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Howard Stern's Best Quotes From 'America's Got Talent' Premiere

5/15/2012 4:07pm EDT
Howard Stern
Howard Stern more or less behaved himself last night on America's Got Talent, but that doesn't mean he was boring. Here are some of his best quotes from the show.

Stern first asked the audience if they thought he would last on the family-friendly show. "These executives at NBC must be out of their mind taking a risk on me... I say I won't make it through the first show -- what do you think?" He asked as he looked at the crowd, to cheers.

Howard has some glowing remarks for a few acts. He told a group using glowing costumes to simulate prehistoric life, "We are the greatest country in the ...
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Jennifer Lopez Gives Reality Show Rival Britney Spears Some Judging Tips

5/15/2012 3:00pm EDT
Britney Spears
Fox network execs officially revealed yesterday that Demi Lovato and Britney Spears are the two new judges on "The X Factor" alongside Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid.

Cowell famously stepped down from "American Idol" to helm "The X Factor," and it had disappointing ratings in its first season. That led him to fire pal Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger from the judging panel. He snagged Demi and Britney, who will probably bring some new life to the show.

Jennifer Lopez, who has been judging "American Idol" for two seasons, has a little advice for Spears.

Lopez told Entertainment Tonight, "J...
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Spidey Saves In Four Minute 'Amazing Spider-Man' Trailer

5/15/2012 12:19pm EDT
The Amazing Spider-Man
Last night, during America's Got Talent, Spider-Man got to show off his own talents in an extended four minute trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man. In the lengthy sneak peek, Spidey swings along the Brooklyn Bridge and tries to save civilians caught in the wake of destruction left by The Lizard.

Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) has to fight to save a young child left in a falling car, and hits an unexpected roadblock when he finds the kid is scared to death of a man in a costume.

The second half of the trailer is a blended mix of previously-seen footage, wherein many questions are asked abo...
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Howard Stern Makes An Excellent Addition To 'America's Got Talent'

5/15/2012 8:55am EDT
America's Got Talent
"America's Got Talent" kicked off its seventh season on Monday night with a new addition to the judging panel - Howard Stern. Skeptics weren't sure how he would respond to the (sometimes wacky) contestants, but he did surprisingly well.

The talent competition kicked off with a "magician" who required a ring to do his trick. After Nick Cannon claimed his wedding band (from wife Mariah Carey) wouldn't come off his finger, Howie Mandel reluctantly jumped on stage with the guy and handed his over.

The magician made a few bad jokes and was given the "X" by Stern twice (he pushed Mandel's bu...
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Can Howard Stern Stay Family-Friendly On 'America's Got Talent'?

5/14/2012 3:03pm EDT
Howard Stern
Can a man who once bared his backside as Fartman maintain a clean-shaven image on primetime television? NBC must be hoping Howard Stern displays a cleaner side on America's Got Talent, unless they are banking on controversy to up their ratings.

Stern is replacing Piers Morgan who, while brutal in his judging, was always professional. Stern says he has been judging for a while now, having had dozens of acts go on his radio show. "This really fit what I built a career on," Stern said at a press junket. "We've had people come on the radio show for years that are talented or really odd. We’ve ...
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Howard Stern Criticizes Simon Cowell For Hiring 'Train Wreck' Britney Spears

5/11/2012 10:10am EDT
Howard Stern
Howard Stern has slammed Simon Cowell for reportedly hiring Britney Spears for The X Factor as he fears the fragile star will be a "train wreck" on the show.

Cowell is rumored to have signed Spears as a judge on the show in a reported $15 million deal, and although he is yet to confirmed the news, his America's Got Talent star Stern is already angry about the singer's appointment.

Stern is worried Spears, who famously suffered numerous public meltdowns, won't be able to take the pressure of such a high-profile TV role and will have little to contribute.

He tells Access Hollywood, "Bri...
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Howard Stern Talks 'Nut Kicking' Fun On 'America's Got Talent,' Parent Television Council & More

5/10/2012 3:20pm EDT
Howard Stern - America's Got Talent
Howard Stern gave a press conference today about joining America’s Got Talent as a judge in New York. Describing some of his favorite Talent acts, he described a group that caught his fancy with a raunchy, injurious slapstick.

“It’s true Vaudeville,” Stern said. “One guy’s act is he gets kicked in the nuts. He comes out with three guys, takes off his pants, you can see he’s not wearing a cup and they start to kick him in the balls. I’m laughing like it’s the Three Stooges or Jackass. I say, ‘I‘m going to put you through but you’ve got to keep stepping it up. Do you have children?’ He had t...
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Nick Cannon: 'I Feel Blessed To Be Alive'

3/2/2012 7:29pm EST
Nick Cannon
Nick Cannon's recent health woes have been blamed on an autoimmune disease.

The America's Got Talent presenter has opened up about the condition, which came to light after he was hospitalized with acute kidney failure on a post-Christmas vacation.

He tells People.com the kidney disease was the result of an "autoimmune disease that (doctors) found in my system," adding, "They kind of say (my) autoimmune (disease) is - like a lupus type of thing, but no one else in my family has it."

However, Cannon admits his biggest scare came last month when doctors found blood clots in his lungs, wh...
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Nick Cannon Quits His Morning Radio Show

2/17/2012 12:21pm EST
Nick Cannon
Mariah Carey's husband Nick Cannon has quit his daily radio show on doctor's orders after he was hospitalized for the fourth time in three months last week.

The America's Got Talent presenter was recently diagnosed with acute kidney failure after falling ill while on a post-Christmas family vacation in Aspen, Colorado. He subsequently underwent surgery in Los Angeles and returned for further treatment in January.

He was back under doctors' care last Friday when he was diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs and an enlarged ventricle in his heart.

Cannon addressed his health woes on ai...
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Kids' Choice Nominations Announced - Katy Perry, Taylor Swift & More Make The List

2/17/2012 9:27am EST
Katy Perry
Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Daniel Radcliffe are among the top nominees for the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.

The boy wizard franchise's eighth and final film, "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2," will compete against "The Smurfs," "The Muppets" and "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" for Favorite Movie, while Radcliffe will face off against Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Jim Carrey (Mr. Popper's Penguins) and Adam Sandler (Jack & Jill).

Radcliffe's Potter co-star Emma Watson is shortlisted for Favorite Movie Actress alongside Kristen Ste...
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Nick Cannon Hospitalized Again For Blood Clots

2/16/2012 2:30pm EST
Nick Cannon'
Mariah Carey's husband Nick Cannon was hospitalized for the fourth time in three months last week after suffering pain in his chest and right arm.

The America's Got Talent presenter was recently diagnosed with acute kidney failure after falling ill while on a post-Christmas family vacation in Aspen, Colorado. He subsequently underwent surgery in Los Angeles and returned for further treatment in January.

However, Cannon had to seek doctors' help once again last Friday following another health crisis as a result of his busy work schedule between New York and Los Angeles.

This time, he w...
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Mariah Carey's Husband Hospitalized With Kidney Failure

1/4/2012 8:40am EST
Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey has asked fans to pray for her husband Nick Cannon after he was hospitalized with mild kidney failure.

The America's Got Talent star was taken ill earlier this week and has been admitted to a medical facility.

Carey took to her Twitter.com page on Wednesday and uploaded a picture of her and Cannon cuddling in his hospital bed while she gives him a drink through a straw.

Alongside the snap, Carey tweets, "Please pray for Nick as he's fighting to recover from a mild kidney failure. mybraveman."
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Howard Stern: 'I Will Give You An Honest Opinion'

12/19/2011 12:45pm EST
Howard Stern
Howard Stern has shrugged off concerns over his appointment as a judge on America's Got Talent, insisting complaints from parents' groups are unfounded as he will be taking his new role "seriously".

The controversial shock jock is set to replace Piers Morgan on the panel of the hit TV show, but campaigners at the Parents Television Council have accused NBC network bosses of "desperation" for hiring the foul-mouthed funnyman.

Stern has now appeared on Piers Morgan Tonight to rebuff concerns about his new job, telling the host, "Networks shudder for people like this. I guess they get thei...
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Howard Stern Joins 'America's Got Talent' For Season 7

12/15/2011 9:19am EST
Howard Stern
Radio personality Howard Stern will serve as the new judge on NBC's "America's Got Talent."

Stern, who is replacing Piers Morgan, will provide his feedback on the hopeful future stars who are currently auditioning in major cities around the country for the show's upcoming seventh season. Stern will join Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel on the judging panel.

Production of the live shows of "America's Got Talent" will be moving to New York, where Stern will continue to helm his SiriusXM radio program.

"America's Got Talent" is the only talent competition show that is open to any age and an...
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Music Talk: New Albums From Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. & Daughtry!

11/22/2011 1:00pm EST
America's Got Talent
This week in music: I give you the lowdown on new releases by America's Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. and Daughtry!

That's Life, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. (Columbia Records)

Having won this season of America's Got Talent just over two months ago, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. has been incredibly busy. He spent the last weekend in October headlining the America's Got Talent Live! tour at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and now he's back with That's Life, an album of Frank Sinatra covers.

Were it anyone else, there would be the temptation to say that this was more business than pleas...
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Nick Cannon Accuses L.A. Police Of Racial Profiling

11/17/2011 3:36pm EST
Nick Cannon
Rapper/actor Nick Cannon has accused Los Angeles police of racial profiling after his car was pulled over in the early hours of Thursday.

Mariah Carey's husband took to his Twitter.com blog to complain about the run-in, insisting he's constantly stopped by cops because he's always driving a luxury car.

The America's Got Talent host reveals he was let off with a warning about an unknown violation - but he claims that's not usually the case.

In a series of posts on Twitter.com, he writes, "Just got pulled over again. For the 1st time ever... The Cop let me go! He was a black man! 'Preci...
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Howard Stern Replacing Piers Morgan On 'America's Got Talent'?

11/14/2011 10:08pm EST
Howard Stern
Notorious shock jock Howard Stern has fueled reports he's in talks to replace newsman Piers Morgan as a judge on hit TV show America's Got Talent by telling radio listeners he's a big fan of the program.

Morgan announced he would be stepping down as a judge earlier this month and Stern quickly became the favorite to step in and join Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne on the talent show.

And during his daily satellite show on Monday, Stern admitted he was open to the idea of becoming a TV judge - but he didn't think it was in his future.

He told his listeners, "I love America's Got Talent.....
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Nick Cannon Talks His 'Mr. Showbiz' DVD, TV, Radio And Marrying His Celeb Crush

11/2/2011 2:00pm EDT
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Actor, host, comedian, father, radio vee-jay and entrepreneur Nick Cannon is juggling many hats in his busy life but always seems to have a big smile and a positive attitude towards life. Maybe it’s because he’s married to the gorgeous Mariah Carey and has two of the cutest babies in the world. Whatever it is, Nick is an amazing role model and inspiration to anyone who wants to make it in the industry- he and Ryan Seacrest seem to be taking over everything and anything entertainment. The thirty- one year old chatted with us about his life, being a father and husband and his new stand-up com...
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Q&A: Abby Lee Miller of Lifetime's 'Dance Moms'

10/6/2011 2:07pm EDT
Dance Moms
My colleague Lisa Siegfried recently spoke with Abby Lee Miller of Lifetime's Dance Moms, which just aired its finale last night. The show follows Abby Lee, several of her dancers, and of course, their parents - which is sometimes a recipe for difficulty.

Here are some of Abby's thoughts on the high-pressure world of youth dance.

What, in your opinion, makes the perfect “Dance Mom”? How involved is she, what kind of demeanor does she have, what are the most important traits she needs to possess?

The perfect dance mom would be respectful, thoughtful, doesn’t offer suggestions but i...
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'America's Got Talent': And The Winner Is...

9/15/2011 5:29am EDT
America's Got Talent
NBC's America's Got Talent crowned its latest champion Wednesday night, and the winner is...

Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.!

The West Virginia crooner beat out dance groups Silhouettes and Team iLuminate, as well as teen band Poplyfe, to claim the AGT title. Now, instead of detailing cars, he'll be headlining his own show in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace beginning October 28. (You can already purchase tickets for the show, which will include all of the top four acts.)

It was one heck of a night for Landau, who opened Wednesday's two-hour finale by singing with one of his heroes, the legendary...
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Ozzy Osbourne And Alan Jackson's Music Help Rescuers Find Lost Boy

9/14/2011 8:39am EDT
Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne and Alan Jackson's music has helped rescue workers find a severely autistic eight year old who went missing in the San Bernardino National Forest in California.

Joshua Robb was found alive and well on Tuesday after spending the night alone in the wilderness - and his estranged father claims his favorite two songs helped coax his son out of the woods.

Ozzy's No More Tears and Jackson's Good Times were blasted out of speakers driven through the forest on the back of a truck after autism experts told rescuers the tracks would help relax the frightened boy and convince him to ...
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