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Oprah

Happy New Year! Or should we say: Happy Oprah Year!

I don't know how you spent your first few days of 2011, but I was immersed — or perhaps baptized is a better word — in the launch of OWN, which isn't just another cable channel. The Oprah Winfrey Network is a crusade, on a mission of unyielding and unapologetic uplift, inviting us into an electronic big-tent revival where each weepy show should come with its own supply of Kleenex and where all of Oprah's ambassadors stay relentlessly on message... read more

People's Choice, Live to Dance Ratings Tumble

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner

The 37th People's Choice Awards were not the people's first choice on TV.

The populist awards show, airing 9-11 p.m. on CBS, averaged less than 10 million, down 21 percent from last year.

Check out red carpet arrivals from the 2011 People's Choice Awards

The Middle took ... read more

Hot in Cleveland's Betty White: "You've Had Such an Overdose of Me Lately"

Hot in Cleveland

Betty White will be the first to tell you that she's overexposed.

"What is this Betty White business?" the 88-year-old, who turns 89 in two weeks, said of her continued praise during Wednesday's Television Critics Assn.'s winter preview. "It's really silly. You've had such an overdose of me lately. Trust me, I think I'm going to... read more

Special Report: Faith on TV

The Simpsons

They say that God works in mysterious ways. As proof, look no further than a recent story in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, which praised Homer Simpson for being a "true" Catholic. The publication cites The Simpsons for using "Christian faith, religion and questions about God" as recurring themes.

At first glance, it seems odd that a child-choking, beer-swilling glutton who has embodied all seven deadly sins could be considered a shining example of a man of faith. Then again, as the Vatican paper explained, the Simpson family "recites prayers before meals and, in their own way, believes in the life thereafter." Even Melissa Henson, director of communications for the Parents Television Council, says, "The Simpsons is one of the more balanced treatments of faith-based characters that you'll see... read more

Betty White Named Associated Press' Entertainer of the Year

Betty White

Betty White has been named The Associated Press' Entertainer of the Year.

The 88-year-old actress — who managed to boost the ratings of Saturday Night Live and set a TV Land record for her show Hot in Cleveland — beat out such competitors as cast of Glee, Conan O'Brien and James Cameron.

SAG nominations: Modern Family leads, Betty White still national treasure

"It's ridiculous," White said of the honor. "They haven't caught on to me, and I hope they never do."

The Golden Girls and Mary Tyler Moore Show star started 2010 with ... read more

Ratings: The Sing-Off Keeps Up Its Solid Run

Nick Lachey

The Sing-Off  kept up its solid ratings performance Wednesday, placing a strong second to its CBS competition, the penultimate episode of Survivor: Nicaragua and a new episode of Criminal Minds.

Survivor scored a 3.5 rating in the adults 18-to-49 demographic and 12.8 million viewers, followed by Minds at 9, which posted a 3.2 and 13.8 million. But the two-hour... read more

Ratings: Fans of Criminal Minds Act Alike

Criminal Minds

Fans of Criminal Minds were of one mind Wednesday night, leading CBS to a sweep in the 18-to-49 demographic.

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Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010

Survivor

Survivor: Nicaragua
8/7c CBS
Only seven castaways remain after last week's shocking tribal council where NaOnka and Purple Kelly quit the game, due to fatigue. Their voluntary exits put Sash in trouble, since he was in an alliance with both of them. Arguably, it's a plus for everyone else, except maybe for Dan, whose only chance of winning, presumably, was to go up against them in the finals. Tonight, it's a whole new game with sights set on new targets. It promises to be the beginning of a wild finish to the season. — Tim Holland

Read on for previews of The Middle, Human Target, Fashion Forward: Making It, MythBusters, College Basketball and Top Chef. read more

ABC Premiere Dates: Mr. Sunshine Bumps Cougar Town

Mr. Sunshine

It's a Friends war: Chandler has pushed Monica off the ABC schedule.

The network announced that the prized post-Modern Family timeslot will be filled by Mr. Sunshine, a new comedy starring Matthew Perry. The show will debut Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 9:30/8:30c, while the Courteney Cox comedy Cougar Town goes on hiatus until... read more

ABC Supersizes This Season of The Middle

The Middle

Sophomore sitcom The Middle has received an order for two more episodes this season, bringing the total to 24, a rep for ABC tells TVGuide.com.

Averaging 8.7 million weekly viewers, The Middle kicks off ABC's Wednesday comedy block that includes Modern Family and Cougar Town.

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