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Exclusive: Not So Fast, Here's Why House Is Unlikely to End Up at NBC

House

Is House grabbing his cane and jumping to NBC? Don't hire the moving vans just yet.

Fox's deal with Universal Media Studios, which produces the Hugh Laurie drama, is expiring, and as Variety reported Friday, there's no resolution in sight. That's led some to wonder whether Universal might ultimately move the show, entering its eighth season this fall, to sister network NBC.

Even though new NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt is high on his new development, the network could... read more

History Mounts New Taxidermy-Themed Alaska Reality Show

Mounted in Alaska

Hungry for yet another reality show set in the 49th State? We're stuffed — but then again, so are the animals in History's Mounted in Alaska, and that's the draw.

The show, which launches Thursday night at 10/9c on History, revolves around Alaskan taxidermist Russell Knight. The owner of Knight's Taxidermy, Knight and his team are asked to preserve wildlife ...
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Exclusive: Sleuth Gets a New Name; Meet Cloo

From the company that morphed Sci Fi into Syfy comes another channel name destined to wreak havoc with your computer's spell check.

TV Guide Magazine has confirmed that NBCUniversal will change the name of Sleuth, its crime and mystery cable channel, later this spring. The new name? Cloo TV.

Why the name change and quirky spelling? Just as NBCUniversal realized that it ...
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Exclusive: Home Edition's Ty Pennington Lands Auction-Themed Pilot at ABC

Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington has found the most extreme home of them all: The high-end auction house.

The host of TV's long-running feel-good reality series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Pennington has now signed on to host The Great Big American Auction — which just landed a pilot order from ABC. (Pennington's not moving far: ABC is also the network behind Home Edition.)

Think of Great Big American Auction as a more contemporary Antiques Roadshow. In this case, Great Big American Auction will feature personal treasures with a historic, artist or pop culture bent, all being auctioned off to the higher bidder (and all with a personal story to boot). Among the examples: A near-mint copy of Amazing Spider-Man #1; a ring once owned by Elvis Presley; and an autographed Les Paul guitar being auctioned off to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research.

The show is also touting a fully intact read more

Busy Dr. Drew Drops Medical Director Job To Focus More on TV

Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew Pinsky is finally practicing a little work/life balance.

Well, to be honest, it's more of a work/work balance. But for workaholic Pinsky, at least it's an acknowledgement that something had to give. As he turns even more attention toward TV, Pinsky confirms that he has wound down his medical practice.

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Mad Men's Matt Weiner Sets Firm End Date: "That's How Long the Story Is"

Matthew Weiner

Mad Men executive producer Matt Weiner says he's made up his mind: The critically acclaimed AMC drama will end its run after three more seasons.

"I think that's how long the story is," he tells TV Guide Magazine. "I'm not The Simpsons. They're amazing. I don't know how they do it. I look at TV shows that I admire, and I think this is the length that they should be. At a certain point you're driven to a desire not to repeat yourself. I want the show to end before the machinery has worn out."

Weiner, who struck a deal Thursday with AMC and production company Lionsgate that keeps him at the helm of a fifth and sixth season (with the option for that seventh), says he was ready to throw in the towel several times in recent weeks... read more

Exclusive: NBC Imports Australian Host for Summer Reality Show Love in the Wild

Darren McMullen

NBC has tapped Australian TV personality Darren McMullen to host its new summer "adventure dating" show Love in the Wild.

The show — a mashup of Survivor and The Bachelor, with a little Temptation Island sprinkled on top — follows ten single men and ten single women as they pair up each week to... read more

The Voice Taps G4's Alison Haislip To Attack Its Social Media

Alison Haislip

G4's Alison Haislip has a new show to attack: The self-professed "bad ass tech geek" will serve as the backstage online and social media host for NBC's new talent contest The Voice.

Haislip will juggle her day job on G4's Attack of the Show in order to bring some social media cred to The Voice. Not only will she be the online face to the show (a tech counterpart to series host Carson Daly), but she'll be occasionally be seen on The Voice, stationed off stage (in "The V-Room") to chat with the show's contestants and coaches via Twitter, Facebook and the show's website. NBC was set to launch ... read more

CBS Renews Sunday Reality Staples Amazing Race and Undercover Boss

Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race

CBS is keeping it real on Sundays, picking up another round of both The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss for next season.

The network hasn't yet determined whether both shows will remain in their Sunday slots this coming fall. But CBS is making a point of highlighting how well both shows did last fall vs. tough Sunday Night Football competition on NBC — which means it's very likely both shows will... read more

Science Channel Plans April Fool's Marathon and Twittercast of Ricky Gervais' An Idiot Abroad

An Idiot Abroad

They're no dummies at the Science Channel. The cable network's smart move to acquire and run Ricky Gervais' U.K. series An Idiot Abroad has resulted in the channel's highest ratings ever.

To celebrate, the channel plans to run a marathon of all eight An Idiot Abroad episodes — plus a 30-minute preview special — from 2:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on April Fool's Day (Friday, April 1).

Science Channel will also debut its first-ever Twitter event during the marathon: Starting at 8 p.m. that night, the channel will run Tweets from viewers (via the hashtag #AnIdiotAbroad) at the... read more

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