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TV Ratings Wars: Who's Winning?

October 31st, 2008 2:09pm EDT
There is plenty of conflict and drama on primetime television, but the real war is for viewers. The better ratings a show has, the more valuable its advertising slots are. So who are winning the first battles of the fall season?

Thursday has long been the biggest night for network television. A big reason for this is that movies come out on Fridays, so movie producers want to advertise heavily on Thursday nights to try to get you to come out and see their movie the following weekend.

So far, CBS has been winning big on Thursdays. The newest installment of Survivor has been ...

New TV On DVD, Sept. 23

September 23rd, 2008 8:00am EDT
Samantha Who?
In season 1 of Samantha Who? Sam Newly (Christina Applegate) wakes up from an eight-day coma and can't remember a thing - not her boyfriend her parents her job not even herself. Also on DVD: Boston Legal season 4, Brothers & Sisters season 2, Cashmere Mafia the complete series, CSI: New York, season 4, My Name is Earl season 3, Two & A Half Men season 4.

'My Name Is Earl' Season Three Arrives On DVD Sept. 30; Win A Copy!

September 12th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
My Name Is Earl
Everyone's favorite white-trash, dim-witted lovable loser, Earl Hickey continues his hilarious plight to make up for a lengthy list of detestable deeds in his quest to become a better person, as My Name Is Earl Season Three arrives on DVD September 30 from Fox Home Entertainment.

Earl's life has been full of poor choices and mistakes, but after winning a lottery jackpot he has an epiphany and vows to change his ways. In the third season of the Emmy® Award- winning series, Earl finds himself back in prison, where he attempts to end the war between two rival gangs and needs all the help...

Underrated & Overrated Returning TV Shows

September 5th, 2008 9:45am EDT
After a long and painful summer that saw only a handful of new scripted series due to the writers' strike, the fall TV season is finally here. Hallelujah.

In the coming weeks more than 50 scripted programs will return to the network and cable and airwaves with each making millions of people happy to once again hang out with their old friends. Sports fans always talk about the mythical quality of opening day in football, baseball or basketball. For TV fanatics, being able to watch the shows they love once again carries the same weight.

Still, some people are just plain wrong. S...

David Arquette Signs On To 'My Name Is Earl'

September 3rd, 2008 1:49pm EDT
David Arquette
David Arquette will be making the trip to Camden County when he plays a hapless amateur stuntman in an upcoming episode of NBC's "My Name is Earl."

In the episode, scheduled to air this fall, Earl decides it's time to make it up to local stunt man, Sweet Johnny (David Arquette) for sleeping with his girlfriend 10 years ago. When Earl finds Sweet Johnny, he discovers his friend has a permanent injury that makes righting the wrong seem almost impossible. Elsewhere, Joy buys a gun after someone carjacks the Brat, but Darnell does not approve of owning the firearm.

The fourth se...

Must See (Or At Least Must TiVo) New Comedies This Fall Season

August 25th, 2008 9:01am EDT
Kath & Kim
With the new fall season just around the corner (where did the summer go?), there are a slew of new comedies on the horizon that network marketing execs want you to believe are the most revolutionary things since the invention of color television.

Due to the recent writers' strike, a good chunk of these programs got pushed through to series without networks even seeing a pilot episode. So how can viewers weed through them to find the deep belly laughs amid piles of mere canned chuckles? That's where we come in. Here we break it down night by night and highlight what is worth a try ...

Jason Lee Is A Dad Again

August 23rd, 2008 8:40am EDT
Jason Lee
My Name Is Earl star Jason Lee is a father for the second time - his girlfriend Ceren Alkac has given birth to a baby girl.

A representative for the actor has confirmed to that Lee and Alkac's daughter was born on August 10, but released no further information.

Lee announced the pregnancy back in April. In June the couple sparked rumors they were planning to marry after they were spotted applying for a marriage license in California.

Lee, 38, has a four-year-old son, named Pilot Inspektor, with his ex, actress Beth Riesgraf. The baby girl is Alkac's first child.


2008-09 TV Premiere Dates

August 20th, 2008 8:54am EDT
Admit it. You can't wait to see if Meredith and Derek will finally make it work on "Grey's Anatomy." You're dying to know who the new baddie will be on "Heroes." And you wonder if Laurence Fishburne will be able to fill William Petersen's shoes on "CSI." Whatever your TV poison, you won't be waiting much longer. The new television season kicks off in September, and Starpulse is here to provide you with the premiere dates of new and returning shows so you won't miss a thing:

Monday, Sept. 1

Prison Break (8-10 p.m) FOX

Gossip Girl (8-9 p.m.) CW

One Tree Hill (9-10 p.m.) CW


The Demise of the Black Sitcom

August 13th, 2008 9:15am EDT
The Bernie Mac Show
African Americans have come a long way in a relatively short time in the entertainment industry. From Hattie McDaniel becoming the first black actor to win an Academy Award in 1939 to the trailblazing success of Sidney Poitier in the 1960s, African Americans have consistently broken through show business barriers on the march towards equality. As Frederick Douglass once said, "Without struggle, there is no progress."

Over the years, progress was certainly made in Hollywood, especially on the small screen. In fact, the year 1990 saw a great influx of black talent on television. That...

What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

July 7th, 2008 9:16am EDT
Enrico Colantoni
Monday, July 7

The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8 p.m.) - Penny must nurse a sick Sheldon in this rerun.

The Middleman (ABC Family, 10 p.m.) - Wendy and the Middleman stumble upon a subculture of exiled aliens addicted to plastic surgery. Hey, it's not easy being green.

Weeds (Showtime, 10 p.m.) - Doug finally joins the Botwins in Ren Mar, while Nancy asks Andy to join her on a little trip south of the border. Seven days of mourning sure does make Nancy antsy.

Secret Diary of a Call Girl (Showtime, 10:30 p.m.) - Belle does a lot of things in the bedroom, but there may be someth...

Jaime Pressly Sued Over Fashion Line

June 3rd, 2008 10:28am EDT
Jaime Pressly
A fashion designer is suing actress Jaime Pressly over claims she was unfairly axed from her fashion line.

Tami Smith claims the My Name Is Earl star hired her to design pieces for her J'aime fashion line.

In a lawsuit filed at Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday, Smith claims she made a deal with Pressly to "represent and market" her line and spent "substantial devotion of time and effort" doing so, only to have her commissions shelved by Jaime and her company.

She is suing the star for $150,000 in fees, reports A spokesman for Pressly was unavailable for...

NBC Announces Fall Premiere Dates, Including 3-Hour 'Heroes' Return

May 23rd, 2008 2:33pm EDT
NBC unveils the Fall 2008 series premiere dates for new programs and returning favorites including a three-hour launch of the hit drama "Heroes" on Monday, September 22, the Thursday night debut of the new comedy "Kath & Kim" (9:30-10 p.m. ET) on October 9.

"America's Toughest Jobs," the new extreme competition series, will debut with a two-hour premiere this Fall on September 12 (8-10 p.m. ET). In addition, the new drama series premieres include "Knight Rider" on September 24 (8-9 p.m. ET), "My Own Worst Enemy" on September 29 (10-11 p.m. ET) and "Crusoe" on October 17 (8-10 p.m. ET)...

Jaime Pressly Re-Thinks Baby Plans

May 18th, 2008 7:30am EDT
Jaime Pressly
Actress Jaime Pressly is holding off on extending her family - because she doesn't want to make her one-year-old son jealous with new siblings. The My Name Is Earl star celebrated Mother's Day the same day as her son Dezi's first birthday.

And the double celebration has made the 30-year-old - who is engaged to DJ Eric Calvo - re-consider her plans for more children.

She tells OK! magazine, "I want to give Dezi as much attention as possible and solidify our relationship. I want him to know… that we love him."

-Jaime Pressly Pictures

(This news article provided by World En...

Notes & Quotes: Mario Out, Mario In, Mila's A Hardcore Gamer And More

May 4th, 2008 12:00pm EDT
My Name Is Earl star Jason Lee is set to become a father again. The actor and girlfriend Ceren Alkac are expecting a baby at the end of 2008. It will be the first child for the couple, but Lee also has a four-year-old son, Pilot Inspektor, with his ex, actress Beth Riesgraf.

Actor Mario Lopez and his professional dancer girlfriend have split. Lopez met and fell for Karina Smirnoff when they partnered on hit TV show Dancing With The Stars and the couple moved in together last year. Now, the dancer, who has recently been romantically linked to her latest "Dancing With The Stars" partner ...

NBC Takes A Chance With 2008-09 Schedule, Year-Round Programming

April 3rd, 2008 8:36am EDT
You've got to hand it to NBC. The once mighty network has been reduced to a perennial loser, regularly coming in behind the rest of the Big Four in every conceivable metric. So instead of trying in vain to come from behind in a game being dominated by CBS and Fox, NBC co-chairman Ben Silverman and company are taking a different approach. They are changing the way the game is played.

Already breaking from convention (by unveiling their new schedule six weeks before the traditional upfront presentations), the hardworking folks at NBC proved that they sincerely meant it when they said ...

What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

March 31st, 2008 8:56am EDT
Criminal Minds
Monday, March 31

How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) - Forget basketball. March Madness is all about figuring out, bracket-style, which jilted woman has it out for Barney.

The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS, 9:31 p.m.) - Jury's still out on whether the Seinfeld curse has infected Julia Louis-Dreyfus - her show has yet to be renewed - so she better hope reuniting with Jason Alexander (as her gynecologist!) in tonight's season finale does more good than bad.

Medium (NBC, 10 p.m.) - The show wraps up its dark and twisted two-parter about Anjelica Huston's kidnapped daug...

Jason Lee Bemoans Life With His Mustache

March 24th, 2008 3:43pm EDT
Jason Lee
My Name Is Earl star Jason Lee is slightly begrudging of the comedy TV series' success - because he's "sick" of sporting his character's trademark mustache off set. The actor, who is currently shooting season three of the popular show, has to undertake meticulous pruning procedures to keep his facial hair in shape, and he admits he is growing tired of the process.

He says, "I gotta tell you, sometimes I regret the idea of having one for the show. It's a pretty damn good mustache but it's a commitment, you know? Once a week I have to get the clippers and trim it. I'm kind of sick of i...

Hoover High Class of '88 Showed Promising Sitcom Cast

March 5th, 2008 4:26pm EST
Dance Til Dawn: 20 Years Later: The fall of 1988 threw a bunch of up-and-coming sitcom stars into the great mixing pot equalizer of a made-for-TV movie. It didn't matter who was already on top with their own shows (like Tracey Gold in Growing Pains); it didn't matter who was virtually unknown (As The World Turns' Brian Bloom); and it didn't even matter who was completely green (Chris Young): suddenly, they were quite literally thrust back into high school (quite literally, actually), where any trace of awkwardness was exploited and popularity was simply a state of mind.

That movie was...

'My Name Is Earl' Delighted To Land Paris Hilton Cameo

March 5th, 2008 12:13pm EST
My Name Is Earl
The team behind hit TV show My Name Is Earl is delighted to have landed a guest appearance by Paris Hilton - insisting it will help boost the socialite's acting career.

The heiress, who is determined to reinvent herself as a thespian, has been given a cameo role in an episode due to air next month, playing herself in a dream sequence. And show creator Greg Garcia is pleased to have Hilton on board.

He says, "When we wrote the role of 'Paris Hilton' in the script, we weren't exactly sure who to go with for the role. But after an exhausting search we finally settled on a relativel...

Paris Hilton To Appear As Herself In 'My Name Is Earl' April 3

March 4th, 2008 1:02pm EST
Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton will guest-star as herself on NBC's "My Name Is Earl" in the one-hour episode marking the series' original broadcast return scheduled for Thursday, April 3, 8-9:00 p.m. ET.

In the episode "I Won't Die With A Little Help From My Friends," Earl (Jason Lee) is unconscious and various things from real life are bleeding into his unconscious mind -- which viewers will see. Paris Hilton is one of those things in Earl's fevered mind.

Said Greg Garcia, the series' creator and executive producer: "When we wrote the role of Paris Hilton in the script, we weren't exactly sure who...

What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

March 3rd, 2008 8:52am EST
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Monday, March 3

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (FOX, 8 p.m.) - It feel like only yesterday that the series premiered, but hopefully tonight's two-hour finale won't be the series finale. The show is a keeper for supporting players Summer Glau and Brian Austin Green (who would have thunk it?) alone.

Medium (NBC, 10 p.m.) - Gregory Itzin is downgraded from playing 24's president in this guest spot as a senator.

My Name Is Earl (TBS, 10 p.m.) - The NBC sitcom makes its syndication debut with an encore of its karmic pilot, complete with wise words of wisdom from Carson D...

Jaime Pressly Believes She's Related To Elvis

February 27th, 2008 9:10am EST
Jaime Pressly
Actress Jaime Pressly is convinced she is a distant cousin of Elvis Presley's thanks to a family legend passed down by her grandfather. The My Name Is Earl star can't prove a link, but she was won over when she compared pictures of her relatives and the King.

She explains, "When I was a little kid there was a lot of teasing going on about me being related to Elvis. I went to my granddad and asked him (about it), and he said that years ago there was a family feud between the Presleys and half the family changed the spelling (of their name).

"I asked my Uncle Tommy about it, and h...

'Melrose Place': Where Are They Now?

February 25th, 2008 12:00pm EST
Melrose Place
Sixteen years ago we were first introduced to Melrose Place, an innocent (at least it started that way) spin-off of Beverly Hills, 90210 that took place in a West Hollywood apartment complex. I know as an 8-year-old boy I was excited to see what the lives of 20-something people would be like. I assumed lots of swimming and talking about art. I was wrong, so very very wrong. Seeing as the show ended its run almost 10 years ago we should look back and see just where those over-sexed and off-kilter roommates have gone. Now I can relate to what the show was about!

Thomas Calabro (Dr. ...

'My Name Is Earl' To Air On TBS Starting March 3

February 21st, 2008 6:00pm EST
My Name Is Earl
The critically acclaimed and popular comedy My Name Is Earl is joining TBS's unbeatable line-up, giving viewers a chance to catch the series from the very beginning.

Back-to-back episodes will air Mondays at 10 and 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT), beginning March 3.

"My Name Is Earl" follows the story of Earl Hickey (Jason Lee), a man who has taken one too many wrong turns on the highway of life. In a twist of fate, Earl wins a small lottery, has an epiphany and sets out to right all the wrongs from his past. Joining Earl on his quest to cleanse his karma are his hapless brother Randy (Ethan S...

NBC Sets Return Dates Of Several Series With Original Episodes In April

February 14th, 2008 9:30am EST
30 Rock
NBC will resume the broadcast of many of its scripted series in April with new original episodes following the settlement of the Writers Guild of America strike, including "The Office," "30 Rock," "My Name Is Earl," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," among other programs.

The list of comedies and dramas includes: "My Name Is Earl" (Thursdays, 8-8:30 p.m. ET), which will return with a one-hour episode on Thursday, April 3; the Emmy Award-winning "30 Rock" (Thursdays, 8:30-9 p.m. ET) will begin on Thursday, April 10; likewise, the Emmy-winning "The Office" (Thursdays, 9-...

Grading The TV Networks: It's Report Card Time

February 6th, 2008 2:31pm EST
Ugly Betty
The last two television seasons have had it all. We've seen everything from the birth of a broadcast network (the CW) to the most debilitating industry work stoppage in 20 years. Now it's time to take a closer look at each of the five major broadcast networks and see what they are doing right, what needs improvement, and where they stand.

Like any true report card, we won't be judging the networks on any one category alone. Although overall ratings are a factor, they are not the only factor. Also, we will be looking at the time period from Fall of 2006 (when the CW debuted) to pres...

Jaime Pressly Denies Nudity

January 31st, 2008 9:39am EST
Jaime Pressly
Jaime Pressly has disappointed loyal fans of her hit TV show My Name Is Earl by denying she stripped off on-screen. The Emmy Award-winning actress, 30, admits that scenes showing her character Joy naked were fake.

She says, "I wasn't really naked. I'm the only girl on set so there's no way you are going to catch me running around naked. I'm considered one of the boys and want to keep it that way."

-More Non-Nude Pictures of Jaime

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

TV On DVD Recommendation: 'The Office' (British Version)

January 28th, 2008 10:01am EST
The Office
The American version of "The Office" has been in repeats longer than any show affected by the writers' strike. In fact, its last episode aired before Thanksgiving, creating a withdrawal that has lasted more than two months for fans.

This is the perfect opportunity for those obsessed with "The Office" to see where it all began, on the other side of the pond.

The U.K. version of "The Office" is in many ways dissimilar to its American counterpart. For example, the U.S. characters Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Michael (Steve Carell) (versus the British Gareth Kenan and David Brent), are...

Jason Lee's Son Loves His Unusual Name

January 14th, 2008 2:42pm EST
Jason Lee
My Name Is Earl star Jason Lee has defended his decision to call his young son Pilot Inspektor - because the tot loves it. The comedian and his fiancée Beth Riesgraf welcomed their first child together in 2003, and Lee admits his son has grown used to his peculiar name.

He says, "He loves it. He goes to a little hippy school where all the children have interesting names. He has a friend named Zoot. Then there's Cosmo..."

-More Jason Lee News

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

'Sweeney Todd' Wins Two Golden Globe Awards; See Full List Of Winners

January 14th, 2008 8:53am EST
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
Johnny Depp's dark musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street was a double winner at the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Depp himself claimed his first Globe after being nominated seven times - he took home gold in the Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical category and the Tim Burton film was named one of the night's two Best Films.

Acclaimed TV drama Mad Men also celebrated two awards, claiming the Best TV Drama Series and Best TV Actor honors at the Globes.

It was a semi-disappointing night for Kiera Knightley's period drama Atonem...

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