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     America's new favorite dancer on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," Sabra Johnson, may owe her title to judge Nigel Lythgoe.At the end of Wednesday's taped final competition show, Lythgoe made a brief pitch for a female winner because there hadn't been one in two earlier seasons. "From the show's point of view, it would be good to see a …

Here's excellent news for fans of David Lynch's surreal television series "Twin Peaks." Paramount Home Studios is releasing the "Definitive Gold Box Edition" of the series on Oct. 30. So what, you ask? Here's what makes it so important: It will include the beautifully crafted series pilot that has previously been unavailable on home video here in the s…

While I was on vacation, it was nice to see Channel 2 News declare that County Executive Joel Giambra's feud with the station is over. Anchor Scott Levin said during a recent newscast that Giambra ended the practice of not advising the station of press conferences in advance because he felt he made his point.And what point is that? That he could be petty and punish the sta…

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Could the blame game have worked this week on Bravo's "Top Chef"? It certainly appeared that way. This week's elimination challenge featured two-person teams that had to create a frozen Mediterrnean meal that could be cooked in 10 minutes. Hung and Howie, the two most volatile personalities on "Top Chef," continued to take their failures out on others…

Here's the big news from the just-concluded July sweeps, considered the least important of the year.Channel 2's 6 a.m. newscast, "Daybreak," co-anchored by Jodi Johnston and Pete Gallivan, triumphed over News 4 Buffalo's "Wake Up," co-anchored by Victoria Hong and Lisa Scott, for the first time since meters began measuring viewership in 2000.Channel 2 w…

     It was hard to leave Beverly Hills 90210. Literally. I was ready to come back home to Buffalo after 11 days in California at the annual TV critics meetings. After all, you can only interview so many television stars and go to so many parties before longing for the real world.I suspect my 21-hour trip back home was a horror story that is being played out…

Fans of the canceled ABC series "The Nine" get the chance to watch the remainder of the unaired episodes beginning at 10 p.m. Wednesday. Tim Daly, Kim Raver, Scott Wolf and Chi McBride starred in the critically acclaimed drama about the lives of nine people who were taken hostage in a bank robbery. Seven episodes of the show had previously aired; ABC will now sho…

     BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- If there was a worst-kept secret than Monday's naming of Drew Carey as Bob Barker's replacement on "The Price Is Right," it is the entire cast of the Fox hit "House" will return this fall despite a cliff-hanger that suggested otherwise.That became obvious here Monday when the actors who play the former assist…

   BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton, who play Pittsburgh co-anchors in a new Fox series, "Back to You," don't exactly have a high opinion of local TV news.Asked if it was weird being back in broadcasting after playing radio psychiatrist Dr. Frasier on "Frasier," Grammer drew some laughs with his answer."Well, I l…

  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. … The great divide between television critics and Emmy voters was apparent Saturday night.   Two nights after "Friday Night Lights" was shut out of major Emmy nominations, The Television Critics Association named the NBC drama the outstanding new program of the year.    The new NBC drama "Heroes" was named p…

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Come on down, Drew Carey. CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler confirmed here that the network is negotiating with the standup comic and former sitcom star to replace the retired Bob Barker as the host of the popular daytime game show "The Price Is Right."I tried to pin Carey down about the likelihood he'd take the job at an interview…

NBC's incredible drama "Friday Night Lights" was thrown for another loss this morning in the Emmy nominations. And so am I.How could the voters ignore last season's best drama? It received only two minor nominations -- one for casting and one for direction. The incredible cast, including Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler as the best parents on television in recent…

Mandy Patinkin, who abruptly quit the hit CBS series, "Criminal Minds," is on everyone's mind here in Beverly Hills at the summer TV critics' press tour.His departure was a big subject at a news conference today (Wednesday) held by CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler. She didn't shed much insight into the mind of Patinkin, who years ago abruptly left another…

So you think it's all been said about Katie Couric's troubles after New York Magazine's Cover piece?Maybe not. OK, we learned that she entertains the occasional regret, now that CBS News' nightly ratings have tanked so decisively. And can get so put off by the sudden appearance of the word "sputum" in the day's script that she'll repeatedly and not-so-playfully p…

BEVERLY HILLS -- NBC has so many Scottish and British actors starring in its new series that you practically wonder if you stumbled into interview sessions here for the BBC.Kevin McKidd, the Scottish actor who starred in HBO's "Rome," is the lead in the new time travel series, "Journeyman." Damian Lewis, who starred in HBO's "Band of Brothers"…