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  • Networks recognizes Black History Month with programs

    Television pays tribute to Black History Month with a range of programming. Among those worthy of attention: •“Adjust Your Color,” PBS, tonight (10 p.m., KSPS-7 in Spokane, KUID-12 in Moscow, …


  • ‘House’ hits milestone – the 100th episode

    Television is a brutal business. That’s why it’s often reason to celebrate when a show lasts even 10 episodes. It’s the rare series that can survive the ever-shifting interests of …


  • On the Air

    For 02-02-2009


  • ‘Heroes’ digresses from original premise

    Imagine if Superman got so sidetracked buying flowers for Lois Lane he failed to stop a nefarious plot by Lex Luther. Consider what would happen if Batman became so caught …


  • Couric finally making her mark as anchor

    For nearly two years, Katie Couric has been also-running and suffering a merciless press pummeling for her anchorship of “The CBS Evening News.” Signs now show an uptick in viewers …


  • Traffic cops star in ‘Speeders’

    On “Cops,” police officers chase shirtless suspects who have done some bad things. It’s dangerous, interesting and even a bit glamorous police work. But TV producers Barry Poznick and John …


  • On the Air

    For 01-30-2009


  • On the Air

    For 01-29-2009


  • New comedy ‘Motherhood’ bumps ‘Ugly Betty’ off Thursday slot

    ABC will yank “Ugly Betty” from its Thursday slot to make way for a new comedy block. Starting March 26, the new comedy “In the Motherhood” will kick off the …


  • ‘Lost’ end date liberates producers

    You can learn things about a TV show just by watching it with other people. At the television critics’ recent winter get-together, 200 of us watched the third episode of …


  • On the Air

    For 01-28-2009


  • CBS giving more air time to Couric

    Hoping to create more buzz for her third-place newscast, CBS is handing anchor Katie Couric some key prime-time real estate in the coming weeks. On Wednesday, the network will air …


  • On the Air

    For 01-27-2009


  • ‘Trust Me’ debuts tonight on TNT

    TNT’s gallery of characters – hard-nosed detectives, burdened lawyers, daredevil con artists – suffers the kind of ordeals that made Oedipus Rex poke his eyes out. Pure torture for them, …


  • Jenner competes for TV gold

    Life is a television show for Brody Jenner. At 21, he sold a reality show to FOX. Now, at 25, he’s a regular on “The Hills” and friends with its …


  • On the Air

    For 01-23-2009


  • CBS reveling in top ratings position

    When NBC announced in December that it was creating a nightly 10 o’clock show for Jay Leno, CBS executives had one response. “Our first reaction when they did that was …


  • On the Air

    For 01-22-2009


  • Moving to ‘Tonight,’ O’Brien doesn’t plan to change much

    Conan O’Brien says he doesn’t want to shave the edges off his comedy when he steps in as “Tonight Show” host, and doesn’t see the need for it. “I want …


  • More mysteries on fifth ‘Lost’ season

    “Lost” returns for its fifth season tonight (9 p.m., KXLY-4 in Spokane) with a continuation of the lingering mysteries that make the drama such a mind-bender. The ABC series began …


  • ‘Beast’ reveals ex-model’s wares

    Travis Fimmel is no household name, but he’s been known to stop traffic. The Australian actor, who stars with Patrick Swayze in A&E’s FBI drama “The Beast,” is better known …


  • On the Air

    For 01-21-2009


  • NBC announces season renewals

    NBC is renewing Tina Fey’s “30 Rock” for the 2009-10 season, along with “The Office” and “The Biggest Loser.” The network also announced that it has set a premiere date …


  • On the Air

    For 01-19-2009


  • Watching Obama’s inauguration at home

    Don’t worry if you aren’t brave – or lucky – enough to attend the historic presidential inauguration. There will be plenty of media coverage. Here’s a guide to making the …


  • Chelsea handles cable comedy with ease

    There aren’t many television talk-show hosts who would allow a guest to spank them. There aren’t many talk-show hosts like Chelsea Handler. As ringmaster for the organized comedy chaos of …


  • ‘Tara’ follows bizarre trend in comedies

    The family comedy has undergone some transformations, thanks mostly to cable television and its restless search for buttons and/or envelopes to push. “United States of Tara,” a new Showtime series …


  • Public, community broadcasters reevaluating futures

    Remember those PBS documentaries about explorers venturing off into the unknown? As 2009 begins, Spokane’s public and community broadcasting stations are doing that themselves. Here’s a roundup of the many …


  • On the Air

    For 01-16-2009


  • ‘CSI’ says goodbye to Grissom

    It’s been nine seasons, and a lot of people have gotten to know the guy. Now he’s leaving, and it had better be for love. Gil Grissom departs CBS’ “CSI” …

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