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August 22, 2008

Shopping 'Swingtown;' Olympics; 'Dancing' list

>> CBS Paramount is shopping "Swingtown" around for a cable home -- and CBS hasn't even canceled it yet. Fans shouldn't get their hopes up too high, however. "Swingtown" lacks a hugely passionate fan base like "Moonlight," or a loud lobbying critic contingent like "Friday Night Lights." Plus, it's a Parents Television Council target. Wrap all that with a broadcast-level production price tag and it makes for a difficult sell.

>> New Yorker's Anthony Lane on Week One at the Olympics: "What NBC chooses to broadcast is not the Olympic Games. They offer selected clips of selected American athletes, largely in major sports, sometimes hours after the event, whereas, if the bruised Olympic ideal still means anything, it means loosing yourself, for a couple of weeks, from the bonds of your immediate loyalties and tastes. It means watching live sports you didn't know you were interested in, played by countries you've never been to, at three o'clock in the morning."

>> Once again it's time for the semi-annual Leaking of The Rumored "Dancing With the Stars" Contestant List (ABC will announce actual lineup Monday). On the list is Olympic volleyball gold medal winner Misty-May Treanor. If she wins, will she scatter her mom's ashes on the ballroom floor? (For a sample of Treanor's prior dancing efforts, see video after the jump).

>> Travel Channel picks up repeats "Amazing Race," a show that perfectly illustrates the nightmarish frustrations and inconveniences of travel

>> Fake-fake-fake: NBC's graphics supplier says network lied about being unable to erase "Live" graphic – "Anyone with the proper NBC authorization -- even local stations or station groups -- can make changes on the fly. They have the discretion and it can be done simply."

>> Jimmy Page will perform in the Closing Ceremony (unless, of course, Chinese officials decide to secretly dub his performance with Eric Clapton)

>> AP declares TV stars don’t like to watch TV and proves it by quoting three TV stars who say they do like to watch TV

>> Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Chalke to slightly ease the pain of reporters forced to cover the Creative Arts Emmy Awards

>> Sharon Osborune misjudges the literary interest of reality TV fans  ... Late-night comics decide Barack Obama isn’t mockable enough

>> Fox to use a thriller drama to promote Japanese-inspired game show

>> As long as viewers keep watching, NBC plans to keep showing Michael Phelps swimming

>> Trio walks “LAPD” beat for NBC


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