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'The Big Bang Theory' and its fellow CBS Thursday shows could benefit from starting 6 weeks later


"The Big Bang Theory" and its fellow CBS Thursday shows could benefit from starting 6 weeks later
The eight NFL games airing on Thursday nights, six of which will air during the TV season, would give CBS a huge promotional push for its Thursday primetime lineup. PLUS: Les Moonves expects the Thursday comedy block to continue after new NFL games.


"Ray Donovan" adds Hank Azaria and Sherilyn Fenn

"The Simpsons" star and "Twin Peaks" alum will play husband and wife on Season 2.


Clay Aiken already deleted controversial tweets ahead of his Congressional run

In fact, most of his tweets, including many targeting Republicans, have disappeared.


George Clooney pranked Matt Damon, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler over Golden Globes joke

Damon recounts to Letterman how Clooney got his elaborate revenge.


CBS orders a Wall Street drama from producer John Cusack
Cusack is teaming with several "Justified" writers on a project set in the world of Wall Street power and money.


What you didn't see from last week's "SNL": Lorne Michaels hugged Seth Meyers on stage

"Lorne was visibly very choked up," according to one audience member. PLUS: Rolling Stone ranks the Top 50 "SNL" sketches of all time.


"The Blacklist" books Lance Reddick

He'll play one of James Spader's character's many assets.


Andy Richter to visit "The Millers"

The Conan sidekick will try to control Will Arnett.


"Sherlock" cut a scene at a gay club from Season 3
Steven Moffat says the scene was cut from Episode 2 because the stag night was too long. As Martin Freeman recalls, "There were lots of topless men going past, and (Sherlock and John) are just like, 'Why are we here?'"


Lifetime to "Bring It" with a hip-hop majorette reality show

"Bring It!," premiering March 5, follows Miss D and her Dancing Dolls Troupe.


Why didn't "Today" address the shocking "Biggest Loser" weight-loss?

Rachel Frederickson was interviewed this morning, but the show ignored last night's controversy.


"Criminal Minds" celebrates 200 episodes
"We're not the media darling of the critics," says Joe Mantegna, "but more people, around the world, pee during our commercials than during all of those media darlings combined." PLUS: What's the secret to "Criminal Minds'" longevity?, and Paget Brewster talks Prentiss' return.


ABC orders "Astronaut Wives Club" to series

The drama about the wives of the pioneering American astronauts of the '60s is from "Gossip Girl" co-creator Stephanie Savage.


Sochi Olympics will be NBC's most-complicated games
Sochi is more off the beaten path than any other games that NBC's senior VP of operations has covered. "One of the things logistically challenging about Russia and Sochi is that from a marketplace point of view there is no Home Depot here, no Costco here, no city industrial base or any kind of base to draw from," says John Fritsche.


"Saved by the Bell" and "Punky Brewster" digital comics debut today
You can buy the comics through Amazon's Digital Bookstore.


Should "The Walking Dead" kill Rick?

He's become such a drag on the AMC series.


"New Girl" gave viewers an "alternate version Adam Brody"
The Adam Brody guest-starring this week wasn't the one Seth Cohen fans expected.


Watch an "Americans" blooper reel

From the Season 1 blu-ray, which comes out next week.


Sales of Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl cocktail are plummeting

The former Bravo star's liquor line, which Beam acquired in 2011, dropped 26% last year.


Check out "Psych" in the '60s

Is the Feb. 28 60s-themed episode "Mad Men"-esque?


Syfy to turn comic book "DMZ" into a TV series
"Mad Men" producers Andre and Maria Jacquemetton are set to write the comic book adaptation, which transforms NYC into a demilitarized zone.


"Top Chef" ends an underwhelming season
Has the Bravo reality show run out of "top chef"-quality contestants?


"Originals" star finds a new job

One cast member is jumping to NBC's "Odyssey" drama pilot.


Alan Tudyk is taking over "Children's Hospital" spinoff "Newsreaders"

He replaces Mather Zickel, who was cast on an NBC pilot.


Watch Austrian TV's "Game of Thrones"-themed Super Bowl promo
This follows Austrian TV's "Thrones"-themed NFL playoffs promo. PLUS: Meet the "Game of Thrones" production designer.


PBS tonight launches a "Super Skyscraper" series

The four-week series debuts with an examination of One World Trade Center.

Norman Weiss
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Norman Weiss has been doing TV Tattle since the week "Freaks and Geeks" was canceled. He is a Hollywood outsider who was born and raised in Hollywood. "American Idol" and "Dancing with the Stars" are broadcast 2 blocks from his high school.
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