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FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ SAG AWARDS/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE/ CASTING CALL

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 1/31/11)
HALLMARK: Martha Bakes (Premiere) at 11am
WEATHER: Weather Caught On Camera (Premiere) at 8pm
GOLF: Donald J. Trump’s Fabulous World Of Golf (Premiere) at 9pm
TLC: Cake Boss (Premiere) at 9pm
E!: Fashion Police: SAG Awards at 10pm
BIO CHANNEL: Shatner’s Raw Nerve (Premiere) at 10pm & 10:30pm
FOX: Lie To Me (Finale) at 9pm

On Saturday, Comcast and General Electric completed their joint venture transaction involving NBC Universal and Comcast’s cable networks and valued at $30 billion.  The new venture is called NBCUniversal with Comcast owning a 51% stake while GE has 49%.  Comcast will manage the venture and NBCUniversal’s headquarters will be retained in New York City with Steve Burke, who was formerly the COO of Comcast, as head of the company.  Last Thursday, Burke presided over a town hall meeting where he was introduced to NBCU staffers who all received a welcome package containing 25 shares of Comcast stock. 
(Source: Cynopsis)

Beginning tonight, TV One is celebrating Black History Month by presenting Way Black When, a month of primetime programming highlighting the golden age of black culture emanating from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s.  The four-weeks of programming revolves around a one-hour talk show, Way Black When: Prime Time airing at 10p weeknights showcasing black pop culture icons from the 1970s through the 1990s and hosted by different celebrities.  Sinbad will lead viewers through Way Black When: The ’70s airing tonight through February 4; Niecy Nash will host Way Black When: The ’80s February 7-11; and Chris “Kid” Reid will host Way Black When: The ’90s February 14-18.  During the fourth week, February 21-28, TV One will feature a “Best Of” week including interviews, comedy sketches and performances from the previous three weeks as well as original, never-before-seen content.  Way Black When will repeat each weeknight at 1a.  Additionally, TV One will air movies every weeknight during this month-long celebration that are decade-specific such as Cooley High and Cotton Comes to Harlem from the 1970s; Harlem Nights from the 1980s; and the film Juice from the 1990s.  Way Black When is produced by Kusza Productions and Rush Hour Productions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Late last week, CBS, Warner Bros. Television and executive producer Chuck Lorre said they were putting sitcom Two and a Half Men on production hiatus due to star Charlie Sheen’s decision to go into a rehabilitation center.  In a statement released, all three said, “We are profoundly concerned for his health and well-being, and support his decision.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV Land added Rita Moreno, Robert Walden and Tichina Arnold to its comedy pilot Happily Divorced headlined by Fran Drescher.  The comedy is based on Drescher’s real-life previous marriage and divorce about a woman (Drescher) who begins dating again after learning her husband is gay.  Moreno and Walden will play her parents while Arnold was cast as her best friend.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Jesse Eisenberg & Mark Zuckerberg in the opening monologue.
http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/jesse-eisenberg-monologue/1279517/

SNL Digital Short: The Creep (with Andy Samberg, Nicki Minaj and John Waters)
http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/snl-digital-short-the-creep/1279573/

SNL’s take on the MTV Skins’ Controversy
http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/mtv-skins/1279609/

SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS – 2011 WINNERS LIST
http://www.sag.org/screen-actors-guild-honors-outstanding-film-and-television-performances-17th-annual-screen-actors-g-0

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The Rite – $15 million
No Strings Attached – $13.7 million
The Mechanic – $11.5 million
The Green Hornet – $11.5 million
The King’s Speech – $11.1 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

CASTING CALL
NBC’s America’s Got Talent is looking for unique, extreme and classically-talented individuals to appear in the competition show’s sixth season.  Submit a 90-second Vegas-worthy act for the February 15 audition of America’s Got Talent for a chance to win $1 million.  Send an email with name, contact, photo (saved as name) and a video link to: castingamericasgottalent@gmail.com.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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