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Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, June 12, 2009

Good Morning America, The Jonas Brothers

Good Morning America
7 am/ET ABC
The Jonas Brothers are certainly no strangers to ABC. This will be the sixth time the preteen heartthrobs have been on GMA in the last year and a half, and they premiered the video for their latest single, "Fly with Me," on the Disney Channel last week. Don't be surprised if they play it during today's Central Park concert as well. And if you've seen Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, you probably also caught it there. By the way, their new CD, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, is slated for release Tuesday.

Read on for previews of Today, Mighty B, Adam Ferrara: Funny as Hell and Don't Forget the Lyrics!. read more

Is Ugly Betty Doomed?

Ugly Betty

Uh-oh! ABC announced Tuesday that it plans to move Ugly Betty to Fridays in the fall, wedged between wacky neighbors Supernanny and 20/20.

A move to Friday is often a show's last stop before cancellation, but ABC Entertainment president Steve McPherson expressed confidence in Betty during his presentation of the network's fall schedule. "I love the show," he said. "I'd love to see it have a great run on Friday night, the way Ghost Whisperer has." He said he hopes that Betty will hold on to Supernanny's lead-in. What's taking Betty's place? Read on to find out...

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Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, March 6, 2009

Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ghost Whisperer

Ghost Whisperer
8 pm/ET CBS
Ever since Jim's death, fans have been left to wonder where the whole Sam-Jim story line will lead. Tonight's episode seems to be moving closer to some closure as Melinda stuns Sam with a revelation about his identity that could leave the survival of their relationship with a ghost of a chance. — Bill Ecklund

Read on for previews of Good Morning America, Degrassi, 20/20, Battlestar Galactica and What Not to Wear. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, Jan. 2, 2009

Lindsay Price and Andrew McCarthy, Lipstick Jungle

Lipstick Jungle
9 pm/ET NBC
Natasha Bedingfield guest stars in tonight's episode and drives a wedge between Shane and Wendy.

Read on for previews of the Sugar Bowl, Stargate Atlantis, 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs and 20/20. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Monday, Dec. 15, 2008

Zachary Quinto and Cristine Rose, Heroes

Heroes
9 pm/ET NBC
The "Villains" volume wraps up tonight as the Petrelli family falls further into turmoil. With Arthur dead, Nathan is on the fast track to filling his poppa's shoes as he continues testing the formula to fulfill his vision of a new world.

Read on for previews of 20/20, Two and a Half Men, Cat Dancers and Intervention. read more

Ratings: 20/20 Feels the Love, Ghost Story Still Strong

Diane Sawyer with Ashley Dupre, 20/20

Friday's ratings round-up:

8 pm/ET
The unspooling saga of Ghost Whisperer's Jim had 11.36 million viewers enrapt, dipping just 300K from last week's season high. 5th Grader (six mil) placed second, up 11 percent week-to-week, followed by Deal or No Deal (5.7 mil) and Wife Swap (4.78 mil). Both the CW's Chris (1.78 mil) and The Game (1.62 mil) slipped a hair.

9 pm
Taking a cue from NCIS, a repeat of The Mentalist was a warmed-over force to be reckoned with, topping the whole night with 11.6 million viewers. NBC's Crusoe, which is due to set sail for Saturdays soon (say that 10 times fast!), plunged 16 percent, to 3.5 mil.

10 pm
Regaining a strong lead-in, Numbers notched a 21-percent surge, winning its time slot with 11.23 million viewers. Placing second was 20/20's sit-down with "Spitzer girl" Ashley Dupre, which at 8.24 mil represented a season high for the ABC news mag. (Just leave a twenty on the dresser, thanks.) Lipstick Jungle (3.33 mil), which is on its way to a Fridays-at-9 slot, dipped seven percent.

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Britney Bares (Almost) All in "Womanizer" Video

Britney Spears in "Womanizer"

Britney Spears' new video features the pop star in an array of costumes, but the most striking shots feature Brit's buff new body — in the buff.

The "Womanizer" video, which debuted on 20/20 Friday night, features some of the most strategically placed hands in music-video history, as Spears writhes around au naturel throughout most of the video.

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Network Upfronts Day 2: Surviving With the CW

Surviving the Filthy Rich by Joseph Viles/The CW

In one of those last-minute instances that occur in a network scheduling session, someone at the CW decided to change the title from one of its new series from How To Teach Filthy Rich Girls to Surviving the Filthy Rich.
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Thanks to Spitzer, Diane Sawyer's Shelved Piece on Pros Scores a Date

Diane Sawyer by Ida Mae Astute/ABC

A never-aired, two-year-old ABC News special examining Nevada's legal brothels will finally see the light of day, thanks to the Eliot Spitzer scandal and the attention it has drawn to prostitution rings. According to the New York Daily News, the Diane Sawyer-led undercover investigative piece was pegged to the famous Moonlite Bunny Ranch, but also interviewed high-priced Manhattan call girls (à la "Kristen"). Amid charges of base pandering, the project lived in limbo. But now, in light of the headlines surrounding the former New York governor, the special has been given a go, and will air this Friday on 20/20. read more

Studio 60, Ugly Betty, the Big Ten and More Short Cuts

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip box art courtesy Warner Home Video

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip arrives on DVD Oct. 16 in a six-disc, 22-episode set.... Tonight's the night that ABC's 20/20 sticks its nose in Dateline: To Catch a Predator's business. The sucker punches start at 10 pm/ET.... Marlo Thomas will guest on Ugly Betty this fall as a jewelry company owner with a "thing" for younger men — namely, Daniel.... ABC Family's Lincoln Heights set a series high with its Tuesday Season 2 premiere, drawing 1.6 million total viewers. That's a 14 percent increase over the show's January launch.... EchoStar's Dish Network has agreed to host the Big Ten Network, and just in time for this weekend's college football games, says TV Week. read more

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