Emmys Host Jane Lynch: Don’t Expect Sue Sylvester

Don’t expect Jane Lynch to show up to this year’s Emmys in a tracksuit. The Emmy-winning actress says her notorious “Glee” character won’t have much of a presence when she steps up to host this year’s awards show. “I think a little bit of Sue Sylvester goes a long way,” Lynch joked during a TCA […]

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Blind Adventurist Hopes To Win ‘Expedition: Impossible’

The first blind man to reach the top of Mount Everest now hopes to emerge as the winner of ABC’s exciting — and dangerous — reality series “Expedition: Impossible” (Thursdays, 9/8c). Erik Weihenmayer, 42, is part of three-man team called No Limits, which will have to cross vast deserts, kayak dangerous rapids and repel down […]

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‘Expedition Impossible’ Is A Moroccan Adventure

BY: LYNN ELBER LOS ANGELES – LOS ANGELES — “Survivor” producer Mark Burnett has found yet another way to toy with gung-ho contestants in his new ABC series, “Expedition Impossible,” which sends 13 three-person teams on a trek across daunting Moroccan terrain. Burnett contends he’s doing the folks a favor. “I have an obligation to […]

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‘American Idol’s Top 15 Highlights

“American Idol” entered its 10th with a bunch of question marks for returning executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. The show had been losing ratings steam the last few years, but even more importantly, water cooler relevance. Lythgoe was faced with freshening up the format—and challenges from new competition like Mark Burnett’s “The Voice” and ex-“AI” judge […]

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History Channel Gives 10 Hours to ‘The Bible’

By LYNN ELBER LOS ANGELES — As a kid in the 1960s, reality TV king Mark Burnett was thrilled by the special-effects miracle of a sundered Red Sea in “The Ten Commandments.” “How cool was that?” said the producer of “Survivor” and “The Apprentice,” who watched Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 film when it aired on […]

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‘The Voice’ Tops Tuesday Ratings

By Philiana Ng LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – U.S. network’s NBC’s “The Voice” continued to top Tuesday ratings. In its fourth week, “The Voice” (9.9 million total viewers, 4.5 rating in adults 18-49 demographic) was the night’s top-rated primetime program on broadcast. Though the Mark Burnett-produced competition series did dip 4 percent compared with the […]

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Is Mark Burnett Trying To Kill His Wife?

Mark Burnett insists he is not trying to kill his wife of four years, actress Roma Downey. “I am trying to help my wife live,” the reality TV mogul says. “In the last ten years, I have convinced Roma to become a certified S.C.U.B.A. diver in open water.  Roma can propel down cliffs and she […]

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Preview: ‘The Voice’ Premiere Hits High Notes

Tonight’s premiere of NBC’s new singing show “The Voice” features a former “American Idol” star, a homeless hopeful from Atlanta, and a married couple who can’t afford to move out of the in-law’s basement. Each is hoping to be selected in blind auditions and groomed by one of four pop music superstars:  Maroon 5’s Adam […]

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Mark Burnett: No Presidential Reality Show For Trump

Mark Burnett – the super-producer behind “Survivor” and “Celebrity Apprentice” — says he won’t be making a reality show about Donald Trump’s expected run for the White House. “I tried that,” he says of blending politics into his shows – most recently, with  “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.” “There are very complicated laws in this country about […]

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