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When fired Storage Wars star Dave Hester ("Yuuup!") filed suit in December against A&E and Original Productions, accusing them of rigging the show by planting valuable items in some storage units, he reignited an old debate questioning how "real" reality TV actually is. Other series, like TLC's Breaking Amish, have weathered criticism that participants' backgrounds were embellished. And it's now widely accepted that docusoaps like MTV's The Hills were heavily scripted.
Conan O'Brien is bringing the laughs to March Madness. The TBS late-night host will head to Atlanta to host a week of shows leading up to the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament. Conan will be taped April 1-4 at Atlanta's Tabernacle concert hall, an old Baptist church not far from the Georgia Dome, the site of this year's Final Four and championship game.
The dream of the '90s continues to thrive on Portlandia, the sketch comedy series from Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein that's back for a third season on IFC (Fridays 10/9c). Armisen has spent the past 11 years as a member of the Saturday Night Live ensemble, while Brownstein is best known as a member of indie rock groups Sleater-Kinney and Wild Flag. But during their off months, the comedy partners have created a whole new world of quirky characters, from militant bike messengers to feminist bookstore owners. Armisen answered our showrunner survey to explain why you should make a visit to Portlandia.
Bones is back. The long-running Fox series has been renewed for next season, which will mark the fan favorite show's ninth year on the air.
CBS is serious about tackling broadcast TV's summer problem, and to prove it, the network is hauling out two big names: Steven Spielberg and Stephen King.
The Steves are behind the upcoming 13-episode CBS summer series Under the Dome, based on King's best-selling thriller about a New England town that becomes sealed off from the rest of the world.
During his nine years at CNN, meteorologist Rob Marciano earned raves and a Peabody Award for his work covering disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. Now, as the new co-anchor of Entertainment Tonight, he'll be weathering a different kind of news. Marciano spoke to TV Guide Magazine about the transition from storm cells to stormy celebrities...
Soon after news broke of the horrific December 14 elementary-school shootings in Newtown, Conn., the broadcast and cable networks scoured their schedules for anything that might be deemed offensive or inappropriate in light of the massacre.
"Caution carries the day," says one network executive. "You look up and down the schedule for shows and promos that might be uncomfortably close to the subject matter. Then you ask yourself, 'Are we being sensitive in a correct way or are we being overly careful?'"