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Conan O'Brien approached about 'Idol Gives Back' appearance

The Hollywood Reporter‘s Live Feed is reporting that Conan O’Brien was approached to appear on the special American Idol episode, “Idol Gives Back” on April 21. Though it would appear O’Brien can’t accept given his settlement terms with NBC that prohibit him from making any TV appearances before May 1, the offer is still an intriguing development  in the ongoing talks with Fox about a potential late-night show for O’Brien on the network. O’Brien’s 30-city comedy tour—called the “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour — begins on April 12 in Eugene, Ore.

Oprah expected to testify at defamation trial

Oprah Winfrey is expected to testify at her upcoming defamation trial, which is set to begin March 29 in Philadelphia. Several students from Winfrey’s school in South Africa are also expected in court, according to the AP. Winfrey is being sued by the school’s former headmistress, who claims Winfrey defamed her after allegations of sexual abuse at the school surfaced in 2007.

Icahn launches bid for all of Lionsgate

Billionaire Carl Icahn offered to buy all the shares of Lionsgate today in a hostile takeover attempt that comes just as the studio bids to buy MGM. Icahn, who already owns 18.9 percent of the company, has been “a longtime critic of Lionsgate’s use of cash” and “has said the film company should allow its shareholders to approve such an acquisition before going forward,” according to the Wall Street Journal. Lionsgate rejected Icahn’s earlier attempt to buy a 30 percent stake in the company.

Ratings: Basketball dunks the competition, 'FlashForward' fizzles

Did you fill out a bracket? The rest of America did, with March Madness basketball sweeping the ratings for Thursday night. FlashForward‘s return? Not so flashy: its two-hour spring premiere was down about half a million viewers from its fall finale, and it lost another half million between its first and second half-hour. NBC comedies were relatively stable, and 30 Rock saw a major uptick — 6.9 is its biggest audience in months.

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8:00 p.m. 2010 NCAA Basketball (CBS)
FlashForward (ABC)
Bones (Fox)
Community (NBC)
The Vampire Diaries (The CW)
10.3
6.5
6.2 (repeat)
5.2
1.4 (repeat)
8:30 p.m. Parks and Recreation (NBC) 4.7
9:00 p.m. The Office (NBC)
Fringe (Fox)
Supernatural (The CW)
7.6
4.4 (repeat)
1.4 (repeat)
9:30 p.m. 30 Rock (NBC) 6.9
10:00 p.m. The Marriage Ref (NBC)
Private Practice (ABC)
7.4 (NBC)
4.0 (repeat)

Source: Nielsen

CBS orders new series 'Beat the Chefs'

CBS has announced a new food reality series called Beat the Chefs, in which everyday families and chefs face-off in a cooking challenge, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This is the network’s first reality cooking competition.

Abbie Cornish to star in Madonna's 'W.E.'

Variety reports Bright Star actress Abbie Cornish will star in W.E.the new period drama about the love affair between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson that Madonna is directing. Cornish has also signed on to co-star opposite Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro in the thriller Dark Fields, which focuses on a man trying out an experimental drug.

Panasonic 3-D TVs sell out

Panasonic Corp. has announced that its much-hyped 3-D televisions have already sold out in their first week on the market. The company is now reportedly taking back orders due to the high demand. Panasonic’s 3-D televisions went on sale March 10 for $2,899.99, which included 3-D glasses and a 3-D Blu-Ray player.

'Top Chef' tour announces dates for 2010

Bravo is once again taking its hit series Top Chef on tour beginning April 14 in St. Louis, MO. Fans can meet contestants from the series, get autographs, and taste dishes from the chefs. This year, the Top Chef tour will make stops in 21 U.S. cities.

Report: Google, Intel, and Sony teaming up for Google TV

Google, Intel, and Sony are joining forces to create Google TV, according to the New York Times. The open-source Android-based platform will integrate web functions onto a user’s TV screen, and could be available “as soon as this summer.”

Syfy expands its reality programming

Syfy announced at its upfront yesterday that it’s expanding its original programming: docuseries Paranormal Investigators, about, uh, paranormal investigators, and Mary Knows Best, about a psychic, will debut July 15, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Beast Legends, which will use CGI to explore the mythology of legendary creatures, will come out later this year, according to the LA Times. Tracy Morgan will return as the host of Scare Tactics, which is set to return this fall.

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