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Amazon nears debut of original TV shows

Amazon is letting viewers help choose its new lineup of TV shows, scuttling a secretive, wasteful process once reserved for Hollywood taste-makers... There used to be just one way for getting shows on TV. Networks would spend tens of millions of dollars ordering scripts and shooting pilots and then show the fruits of their labor to focus groups. A small group of executives would cherry-pick a few promising shows to put on TV, hoping they'd be a hit with bigger audiences. The process was unscientific, expensive, and often didn't work. It's still how most of the industry operates today.


'Catfish' focuses on fake relationships


Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick compared the alleged hoax about a "girlfriend" that ensnared linebacker Manti Te'o with the documentary "Catfish."


Michael J. Fox returning to series TV

Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox is planning a return to series TV, more than a decade after he left to concentrate on fighting Parkinson's disease. The actor, who first gained fame in the 1980s sitcom "Family Ties" and later headlined "Spin City," will star in a comedy that's in development at Sony Pictures Television for 2013, according to people with knowledge of the project.


Premiere of NBC comedy ‘Go On’ gets a post-Olympics win

Matthew Perry in "Go On"

More than 16 million of the 30 million-ish people who were still watching NBC’s London Olympics about 11 p.m. Wednesday stuck around to see the ad-free unveiling of the network’s new Matthew Perry comedy, “Go On.”


Charlie Sheen sitcom poised for 90-episode pickup

Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen says he's not insane anymore. Instead, these are good days for the "Anger Management" star, he declares, with his FX sitcom half-way through its initial 10-episode run and poised to get an order for 90 more. Sheen told reporters Saturday that the prospect of continuing is as "exciting as hell," and added cheerily, "I don't think 90's gonna be enough."


FX Likely to Order More of Sheen Comedy

The odds are "overwhelming" that FX Network will purchase an additional 90 episodes of Charlie Sheen's new comedy "Anger Management," the channel's president said Saturday.


'Family Feud' TV host Richard Dawson dies at 79

Richard Dawson

Richard Dawson, the wisecracking British entertainer who was among the schemers in the 1960s TV comedy "Hogan's Heroes" and a decade later began kissing thousands of female contestants as host of the game show "Family Feud" has died.


'New York Times Magazine' pans TNT’s new 'Dallas'

Dallas: Ewing

The former TV critic for Salon writes in this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine that the new series — it isn’t a “remake,” because it’s a “continuation” – is too slick, too insincere, too Hollywood, with its bland young stars who remind her of Abercrombie & Fitch models, or actors in “a swashbuckling high-capitalist adventure directed by Michael Bay,” or the cast of any prime-time soap: “just another gaggle of energetic, beautiful people with international ambitions and very little body hair, bedding and double-crossing one another…”


Turner Broadcasting CEO Sees Only Minor Netflix Effect on Kids TV Ratings

The availability of kids TV shows on Netflix is only a small, contributing factor in the recent ratings challenges of such networks as Viacom's Nickelodeon, Turner Broadcasting System chairman and CEO Phil Kent told an investor conference on Thursday.


ABC loads fall schedule with comedies

Add ABC to the list of broadcast networks loading up on comedy next season. In addition to its successful Wednesday comedy block, the network will launch another block on Tuesdays and will resurrect its Friday family comedy block, last seen during ABC’s “TGIF” days.


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