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With 'Salem,' WGN America hopes to put a spell on TV viewers

Janet Montgomery and Shane West star in WGN America's ''Salem,'' premiering Sunday. WGN America

With 'Salem,' the Chicago network is entering the increasingly crowded field of original content. The hope is the new programs can lift WGN America from being largely a regional player to a top-tier national cable channel. More

Morgan Spurlock documenting wide range of subjects for CNN

Morgan Spurlock hosts the CNN show 'Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man.' Mat Hayward / Getty Images

Documentarian Morgan Spurlock has focused his cameras on everything from the fast food industry to education. The new season of his CNN series, ' More

Fox executive fired over Flight 370 charity email

— A veteran Fox executive who used her company email account to plan aid for loved ones of the missing Malaysian airplane's passengers has been fired. More

'700 Sundays' is funny, nostalgic, 4-hankie sad

Billy Crystal's show '700 Sundays' uses a re-creation of his childhood home. Carol Rosegg

HBO, with whom Billy Crystal had done comedy specials as well as the Comic Relief shows, had long pursued him to tape the show. And in early January, nine cameras captured two performances of '700 Sundays' at the Imperial Theatre. More

'Orphan Black' star works five times as hard as other actors

Tatiana Maslany, right, accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for 'Orphan Black' at the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto. The show's second season starts Saturday. Chris Young / AP

Any television drama requires the star to put in long hours. Multiply those long hours by at least five and you have the crushing schedule Tatiana Maslany faces with the much-heralded BBC America series 'Orphan Black.' More

WTVS outsources programming but adds new communications positions

Detroit Public Television is outsourcing its programming to the Florida firm Public Television Programming, replacing programming director Dan Gaitens and assistant programming director Joann Havel. More

Michael Strahan's 'GMA' side job confirmed with his visit

Michael Strahan Evan Agostini / AP

New York — Michael Strahan has made good on reports that he's joining 'Good Morning America' by paying a visit to the ABC breakfast show on Tuesday. More

Maslow outshines Davis, White on 'Dancing'

While they weren't in jeopardy of being eliminated, Michigan Olympians Meryl Davis and Charlie White and their respective professional dance partners faced tough competition on this week's Disney-themed episode of 'Dancing with the Stars.' More

O'Brien: Colbert 'right person' to do 'Late Show'

Host Conan O'Brien speaks onstage during rehearsals for the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 11 in Los Angeles. Jason Merritt / Getty Images for MTV

Don't feel bad for Conan O'Brien. Again. The 50-year-old talk show host said he was never a contender to take over CBS' the 'Late Show' when David Letterman announced his retirement last week. More

No risk taken by naming Colbert host of 'Late Show'

Emmy-winner Stephen Colbert has been tapped as David Letterman's successor next year. Jason Merritt / Getty Images

It seems to me Colbert is way too smart and cutting edge to feed the traditionally bland late-night beast. And beyond that, isn't it about time someone other than a white male hosted a late-night broadcast talk show? More

CNN replacing Morgan talk show with specials

CNN will replace Piers Morgan's talk show slot with specials. Jeff Schear / Getty Images

— CNN is replacing Piers Morgan's prime-time talk show with not one program but several — featuring personalities like Mike Rowe, John Walsh, Lisa Ling, Anthony Bourdain and Morgan Spurlock. More

Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show' will face a different TV landscape

Stephen Colbert will be taking over in a wildly different latenight landscape than David Letterman did. Chris Pizzello / AP

The future is Stephen Colbert. But let's try for a little historical perspective by comparing the late night landscape that greets Colbert's announcement against the world in which 'Late Show' was born. More

AMC's 'Mad Men' is still dapper and hip as ever

Jon Hamm is still sharp as Don Draper in 'Mad Men's' seventh season. AMC

When the colorful season seven premiere of 'Mad Men' airs Sunday night, the cast will look as hip as ever. As many of the questions raised at the end of season six are answered, other uncertainties arise. More

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