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Dr. Oz Begins Oprah-esque Syndication This Fall

The doctor is in. For a long time.

The new Fall season begins today for the major networks, as well as the syndication market. Your favorite Daytime shows like ‘Judge Judy’, ‘Jeopardy’, and ‘Wheel of Fortune’ are airing brand-new episodes. Also, a new show enters the landscape, Anderson Cooper’s ‘Anderson’. Daytime television is going to go through some very tough times, entering it’s first year without Oprah Winfrey on the air in 25 years.

Even though Oprah isn’t on the air, she’s still banking in on the syndication market. Shows like ‘The Dr. Oz Show’, ‘The Nate Burkus Show’, and ‘Rachael Ray’ are all produced under Winfrey’s Harpo Productions. The most successful show of the three, ‘Dr. Oz’, is due to take Winfrey’s slot this Fall, which means that Dr. Oz will get the full-exposure and best times out there, presumably the 4PM timeslot before the local 5 o’clock news. It’ll be interesting to see the early ratings for all the new talk shows without Oprah. Expect to see a bruised Daytime landscape for a while. At least, until ABC attempts to save Daytime with Katie Couric. We’ll see.

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Showtime Renews ‘The Big C’ for a Third Season

In what is sure to be the best TV news of the week, Showtime has announced that it is bringing back its cancer dramedy ‘The Big C’ back for a third season. The Laura Linney-starrer has been stable and has performed well for the premium cable network, averaging about 600,000 viewers per episode in its second season. Speaking of Linney, she received an Emmy nomination for her performance on the show, and is considered the frontrunner. Production is expected to begin early next year with new episodes likely airing in the second quarter. ‘The Big C’ ends its second run on September 26th on Showtime.

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Most Wanted: ‘Switched at Birth’ ends it’s Summer run!

Hey all, we’re going to switch things up for a little while. For the first time, I won’t be posting descriptions of the topics for this week’s list. Instead, I will just list all 5 and that’s it! Why? I don’t have a valuable item that I use for the time being (my iPod!) but trust me: THIS IS TEMPORARY! Everything will turn back to normal soon, but this week, its a pretty solemn and simple one. Without further stalling, here’s the extremely bland list!

1. Switched at Birth – Summer Finale

2. Big Brother

3. Bachelor Pad

(I know. I never thought I’d see it here either)

4. iCarly

5. White Collar – Summer Finale

That’s a wrap! So yeah, its short. Hopefully, this won’t take too long, and everything will be back to normal. Come back next week for an all-new Most Wanted List!

CORRECTION – News Flash: Jersey Shore opens MASSIVE

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Many people estimated big numbers for Jersey Shore’s premiere, and those people were overwhelmingly correct. According to preliminary numbers from Nielsen media research, the season 4 premiere of MTV’s Jersey Shore attracted 9.7 million viewers and a huge 4.6 rating among adults 18-49. Even though its likely to be adjusted in the final numbers, it should become the highest rated show of the week.

Story developing…

CORRECTION: Final viewership numbers were just released, and it was averaged down to 8.8 million viewers and a 4.3 rating among Adults 18-49.

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Happy Birthday, MTV! Cable Network Turns 30 Today

To say that MTV has gone through a whirlwind ride in the last 30 years is an understatement. Going through the incredible decade that was the 80s with tons of music videos and crazy hairstyles to the 90s with colorfully wacky clothing and hip-hop experiencing its golden age. It then entered the 2000s with yet another reinvention, and it was its most ambitious–and most controversial–one yet. The network that once branded itself as “Music Television” began to air more non-musical programming, beginning with The Real World in 1992, which is running today, and was just renewed for its 26th and 27th seasons. For many, the nail in the coffin for its commitment to programming related to music was when its long-running music video countdown series Total Request Live (TRL) aired its final episode back in 2008. The official burial of MTV as a Music Television channel was when it cut off the “Music Television” part of its logo, marking the end of an era, and a new one filled with reality shows about pregnant teens and partying twenty-somethings at the Jersey Shore.

I’m not saying that this is a bad thing for MTV, but this can’t possibly be sustained in the long run. When it aired music videos, it had a core audience for it, and the viewers knew what to expect. MTV is running more like a broadcast network these days, picking up and cancelling original content and seeing what us teens would find interesting. Unfortunately, the guys making these decisions are middle-aged fat guys with no sense of what is actually popular. The only way they can make this work is if they get someone young and that young person knows what their doing at that particular time in the world of teens. If that means hiring a head of the network every few years, so be it, but Snooki and “The Situation can’t and won’t be on MTV forever. Aside from all my medium-ranting, MTV should be comended for stretching what was a small unknown group of young adults who where looking for their fifteen minutes to a blockbuster franchise that has been on for nearly four seasons and counting. Like I’ve mentioned before, they’re doing well, and I’m very happy with where MTV’s at, and where it could go. 30 years and still going strong.

Happy Birthday, MTV!

Amy Winehouse found dead at age 27

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English pop singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London apartment today. She was 27 years old.

Winehouse found early success with her debut album Back to Black which got her multiple Grammys, including Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal, and Record of the Year for the song “Rehab”. Winehouse has been known in recent years for her struggle with drug addiction and her erratic behavior, shown most recently at a tour in Belgrade, Serbia where she was booed off the stage.

Police found her body at 4PM local time and have not released any other details. Her cause of death is not yet known.

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