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POSTED: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 2:50 PM

Just when we thought television had blessedly forgotten all about “Dancing with the Stars” veteran Bristol Palin and the dubious-sounding “reality” show the Bio channel had threatened to air about her last year, Lifetime’s stepped in.

Or maybe just in it.

The women-oriented network’s ordered 10 half-hour episodes of “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp,” “an all-new docuseries that will provide an exclusive, rare glimpse into Bristol Palin's real life as a young, single mother forging her own way in the world while living under the constant spotlight as a member of one of America's most high-profile families.”

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 1:21 PM
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Charlie Sheen and "Raising Hope's" Cloris Leachman at a Fox/FX party in January

Charlie Sheen's new show has a premiere date.

"Anger Management," the former "Two and a Half Men" star's series for FX, in which he'll play a therapist with a few issues of his own, will launch June 28 with two back-to-back episodes, beginning at 9 p.m.

After that, the half-hour comedy will show new episodes at 9:30 p.m.Thursdays, preceded by a rerun of the previous week's show, FX said Tuesday.

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POSTED: Sunday, February 26, 2012, 9:49 PM

Three minutes, 26 seconds.

That's how long Cirque du Soleil got to interpret the moviegoing experience for an audience of millions of people who, we presume, have at least a passing interest in film, since they've stuck with the Oscars this long tonight.

How long did supporting actress winner Octavia Spencer of "The Help" get for what host Billy Crystal called a "moment [that is]...what the Oscars are all about?

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POSTED: Sunday, February 26, 2012, 9:00 PM

If Billy Crystal's ninth outing as Oscar host ("just call me 'War Horse'") got off to a not terribly exciting start, he has no one to blame but Billy Crystal.

And, OK, the nine -- count 'em, nine -- Best Picture nominees, which made his traditional musical medley more of  a long-distance obstacle course than ever.

Crystal, whose Oscar record has made life difficult for every other host in recent memory, is now in competition against only himself.

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 2:44 PM

HBO does not want "Game of Thrones" fans to forget that the show is returning April 1.

As if they could.

Following last week's  photos from the new season, the network's now released another teaser, behind-the-scenes video extolling the virtues of Iceland, which, it turns out, is what's beyond that humongous wall George R.R. Martin constructed around his imaginary kingdom.

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POSTED: Monday, February 13, 2012, 4:28 PM

As massive as the ratings were for CBS’ Whitney Houston tribute-filled Grammycast Sunday -- watched by an average 39.9 million viewers --  the annual awards show didn’t stop the zombies.

AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” returning from its long Season 2 holiday break, drew a record 8.1 million viewers at 9 p.m. and with its 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. encores, totaled 10.1 million for the night.

Some 5.4 million of those 9 p.m. viewers were the 18- to 49-year-olds advertisers target.

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POSTED: Monday, February 13, 2012, 12:23 PM

A Grammy Awards show fueled by tributes to Whitney Houston drew monster ratings Sunday night, with CBS, citing preliminary Nielsens reporting the largest audience for the show since 1984 and the second-highest viewership for the show ever. (According to Entertainment Weekly, that's a 44 percent increase from last year.)

The network said that preliminary reports indicated that the show drew more than 39 million viewers between 8 and 11 p.m.

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POSTED: Friday, February 10, 2012, 5:15 PM

Could Roseanne Barr and John Goodman strike gold twice? is reporting that Goodman's in "final negotiations" to join his former "Roseanne" co-star's new pilot, "Downwardly Mobile," in which Roseanne would run a mobile home park and Goodman would play someone who works there and has "a buddy relationship" with her.

The show's said to be the creation of its star, her boyfriend John Argent and former "Roseanne" exec producer Eric Gilliland. Given that Argent's listing seems to consist of credits involving his playing himself or otherwise working on shows with Roseanne, this sounds like a potential nightmare behind the scenes.

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