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If you're looking for "Swingtown" tonight, you'll be sorely disappointed. CBS has swapped the time slot of the 1970s series about swingers and changing attitudes about the roles of the sexes with the time slot of "Flashpoint," the Canadian-produced police drama series. "Flashpoint," which could have easily played in the 1970s, has had surpris…

   On Sunday, film critic Richard Roeper announced he wouldn't be returning to the syndicated series "At the Movies." On Monday, Roger Ebert made the same announcement. They have already been replaced.      Disney-ABC Domestic Television announced Tuesday that Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz will be taking over the show that was started in …

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- NBC announced a significant change in plans today. No, the popular Jay Leno isn't staying as the host of "The Tonight Show" beyond May of 2009. The change involved the "Office" spinoff that was supposed to premiere after NBC's coverage of the Super Bowl in February 2009. Ben Silverman, the co-chairman of NBC Entertainment, to…

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. --NBC is smartly bringing back “Saturday Night Live” a few weeks early next season to satirize the happenings in the presidential election campaign. The season premiere will be Sept. 13, the first of four Saturday shows in a row. "SNL" will air seven times before the November election and have 22 episodes next season compared to the…

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The Television Critics Association, which consists of 200 reporters and columnists, went mad about "Mad Men" Saturday night, giving the AMC series set in the New York advertising community three prestigious awards. The series, which received 16 Emmy nominations on Thursday, was honored as program of the year, outstanding new program and …

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Call them salary caps hit. The cast of "Friday Night Lights" will be losing two key players during the upcoming season when the critically acclaimed series begins its run on DirecTV. Scott Porter and Gaius Charles will be leaving the regular cast after each has a four-episode story arc, producer Jason Katims told the nation's television …

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Name recognition can only take you so far. Ask the "Bionic Woman," which got off to a promising start last season on NBC before crashing and burning. That's why it is hard to get excited about today's announcement by the producers of the "new" CW series, "90210," that Shannen Doherty is going to join former "Beve…

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- It's in the DNA of network executives to practice denial. So it is no surprise that CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler told critics today that she doesn't expect the popular series, "CSI," to miss a beat after William Petersen (who plays Gil Grissom) leaves the show after 10 episodes next season. After all, said Tassler, "Crim…

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- "Brothers & Sisters" producer Greg Berlanti admitted the show made a mistake in its season finale and asked for forgiveness. "Ugly Betty" producer Silvio Horta admitted his series spent too much time on romance last season. "Grey's Anatomy" producer Shonda Rhimes has forgiven Katherine Heigl for complaining about…

   It just earned 16 Emmy nominations and has already garnered a few Golden Globe awards. But if you've heard only a cursory description of the American Movie Classics drama "Mad Men" as being a series about the Madison Avenue advertising executives of the 1960s, you might wonder what all the fuss is about.      Well, to start with, Darr…

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Since Western New York still watches broadcast television shows at a higher rate than in most markets nationally, I'm guessing many people back home looked at cable's haul in the Emmy nominations today and asked: "Damages"? What's that, a reality show?" "Saving Grace"? Is that a religious show? "Mad Men?" Is t…

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- William Fichtner, the Western New York actor who currently is starring in Fox's "Prison Break," also has a cameo in the new "Batman" movie, "The Dark Knight." In an interview here, Fichtner explained that he was asked by writer-director Christopher Nolan – who he knew through a mutual friend -- to play a bank mana…

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- I got the most comments and emails last season about ABC's "Eli Stone," which stars Jonny Lee Miller as a lawyer who has visions that eventually led some people to believe he is a prophet. But I imagine many viewers didn't envision that in real life, Miller has a pretty thick British accent. It is so pronounced that a critic at meetings …

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.-- ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel was moonlighting as a reporter today, humorously trying to get to the bottom of a decision that could seriously affect his future. In what could have been another YouTube moment for Kimmel, he pretended to be a Sarasota, Fla., critic and asked ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson about his interest in Jay L…

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- One of the big topics of conversation here at the TV critics meetings is whether some long-running  television shows will be made into more feature films and sequels. HBO said the success of the "Sex and the City" movie means the studios that financed it have "enormous interest" in doing another movie. Matt Groening of &q…