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Slot switch works for Fox 'Lie to Me,' 'American Idol' top Wednesday

Fox effectively switched timeslots for " American Idol " and rookie drama " Lie to Me " on Wednesday, with the combo producing week-to-week gains despite the start of daylight-saving time, which results in fewer people watching television. CBS also was on the upswing, as both it and Fox took advantage of weak lineups on ABC and NBC. According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, "Lie to Me" easily led the 8 o'clock hour (3.4 rating/10 share in adults 18-49, 11.1 million viewers overall) and actually drew more viewers than the previous week when it followed "American Idol." And "Idol" itself shot up thanks to airing in the later 9 p.m. timeslot (8.8/22 in 18-49, 24.9 million viewers overall), more than doubling any other program in the hour. CBS, whose entire lineup ran original episodes for the first time in a month, racked up its best numbers on the night since December. It ran second with comedies " The New Adventures of Old Christine " (2.1/7 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall) and " Gary Unmarried " (2.3/7 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall) and drama " Criminal Minds " (3.5/9 in 18-49, 14.1 million viewers overall) and then easily led at 10 p.m. with " CSI: NY " (3.5/9 in 18-49, 13.5 million viewers overall). NBC fared poorly kicking off the night with the premiere of cooking contest "The Chopping Block " (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall), which came in about in line with the now-canceled drama " Knight Rider (2008) ," which had been airing at 8. " Life " followed with slightly improved numbers (1.8/4 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall), and 10 p.m. drama " Law & Order " picked up some from there (2.2/6 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall). The CW 's " America's Next Top Model " (1.9/6 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) was up a bit vs. its two-hour premiere of the previous week, logging the second largest audience of the season for the franchise -- behind only the fall finale. It ranked second to Fox in adults 18-34 (2.0/7). ABC was not a factor on the night, finishing behind Univision and CW with its lineup of " Scrubs " repeats (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), a " Lost " repeat (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) and an original " Life on Mars " (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall). Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 6.1/17; CBS, 3.1/8; NBC, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.7/5; ABC, 1.4/4; CW, 1.2/3. In total viewers: Fox, 18.0 million; CBS, 11.8 million; NBC, 5.6 million; ABC, 4.1 million; Univision, 4.0 million; CW, 2.7 million. Source Here

Tyra Banks: Top Model Is "Fiercer Than Ever"

Tyra Banks has kept the Top Model momentum going, with last week's ratings up 11 percent over those of the previous season premiere. And according to the show's host, the 12th cycle is as - you guessed it - fierce as they come. To Read The Complete Interview Click Here .

America's Next Top Model Cycle 12: Video Preview of Episode 3

This week's episode of America's Next Top Model is all about make-overs. Instead of making us wait a few eliminations for the always awesome make over episode, Tyra and Co. have cut right to the drama-filled dye jobs. This guarantees there will be at least: one make over meltdown, one awful weave, and at least two girls who should never go near a bottle of peroxide becoming platinum blonde. We're excited to see who Tyra waves her magic blonde wand over, though we are worried that she'll take the edge away from some of our favorite contestants if she turns them girl-next-door blonde. After their make overs the girls have their first photo shoot with acclaimed fashion photographer, ANTM judge, and all-around sexy British man, Nigel Barker. As long as it means we hear Nigel barking some orders with that British accent, we are all for a Nigel photo shoot. However, we're also excited that Nigel is making the girls participate in the photo shoot beyond sitting and looking pretty. For this photo challenge, Nigel will make the contestants do their own lighting, which could be both hilarious and disastrous. While a model can make or break a photo-shoot, so can lighting--so the girls have two ways to succeed and fail at this challenge. Beyond the make over and light-your-own-photo-shoot drama, it looks like the Evil African Queen Sandra will continue her reign as the most unlikable girl in the house. To Watch The Video Click Here . Source here

Interview: Isabella from America's Next Top Model Cycle 12

This morning I had the pleasure of chatting with Isabella, the first model hopeful sent home from Cycle 12 of America's Next Top Model . Isabella was just as she had appeared on the show: sweet, charming, and well-spoken. If ANTM was an interview contest, Isabella would win the thing hands down. We chatted about Tyra's dramatic entrance as the Goddess of Fierce, how long it takes to shoot an hour of ANTM, and what's next for Isabella. To Read The Full Interview Click Here .

Ratings: Top Model Is Still Lookin' Good - Featured

Wednesday's ratings roundup: * 8 pm/ET An audience of 22.5 million total viewers tuned in for American Idol , marking a 9 percent increase over last week's results show. (But really, Tatiana? Oh, the pain had best end tonight.) Knight Rider (2008) 's series finale managed a distant second with 5.76 million viewers, representing a 21-percent drop-off from the show's debut. Trailing repeats of CBS sitcoms and Lost , the season premiere of America's Next Top Model averaged 3.89 million viewers over its two-hour run, up 11 percent from its previous opener. Plus, to paraphrase Dr. Johnny Fever, you should see what it's doing with teenage girls! * 9 pm Opposite a Criminal Minds repeat, Lost won the hour and the demos with 10.61 million viewers, a gain of 800K from last week's Idol-ized outing. In third, Fox's [[Lie to Me] (10.2 mil) was down 9 percent. * 10 pm Even with CSI: NY and Law & Order serving leftovers, the freshly canceled Life on Mars (5.67 mil) managed just a 100K gain. Source here

Top Model Takes On Supermodel

It's a catwalk battle royale Wednesday night when both America's Next Top Model and Make Me a Supermodel unveil their new seasons. How do the similar shows compare? Check out our breakdown of each series as we size-up how their format, style and even their teeny-tiny waistlines - and be sure to weigh in one which you prefer. The premise: Make Me a Supermodel: Season 2 (Wednesday 10 pm/ET, Bravo) kicks off with 16 new models competing for model supremacy while living together in New York City by competing in photo-shoot challenges and runway walk-offs. Top Model: The 12th season (Wednesday 8 pm/ET, The CW ) begins in Las Vegas at Caesar's Palace with 34 wannabe models who are narrowed down to 13 who compete in photo shoots, fashion shows and other obscure challenges dreamt up by Tyra. To Read The Full Interview Click Here .

Tyra Discusses the Future of 'America's Next Top Model': Cycles 12 and 13, and Maybe Male Models?

Tyra Banks can't help but rave about the newest batch on America's Next Top Model , simply because each contestant stands out in truly unique ways. It's obvious by how they worked hard on the series premiere's photo shoot, dubbed Return to Innocence. The aspiring models showed off their skills, and the show's host didn't dare turn away. This is a very special group of girls, Tyra Banks exclaimed. I want them to connect with viewers, and not just with their looks, but with their personalities. Surely, every model has his or her quirks. For this group, one bears scars on her body from an accidental scalding during childhood, while another is a street preacher. And once again, Tyra Banks is pushing the boundaries to counter stereotypes. With that in mind, she also talked about how Cycle 13 will be featuring contestants 5'7'' and under. The new installment is due in September, but the hype has already been tremendous over this issue. Many fans of America's Next Top Model have expressed their skepticism regarding the Cycle 13 casting, but Tyra Banks seems certain that it will pull through. A couple of designer friends said, 'Look, girl, you better make sure that winner is fierce if it's not going to be a joke. You've got to make sure her face and body photographs like a tall model. She has to be really amazing. The host of the series has no qualms about her decision. It's harder to cast somebody who's 5-foot-10 and has personality and looks, she said. I feel like we've got 10 times more to choose from. But in case this gimmick won't sell, there's always another option. In this case, we've got the guys. America's Next Top Model casting director Michelle Mock-Falcon, and let slip that male models might have a chance to be on the show. Who knows? Mock-Falcon began. Maybe one of these days she's gonna give the guys an opportunity. We get guys that come to the auditions all the time. They're begging us to do males as well. Maybe they'll get their wish, too. Source here

Tonight's TV Hot List for Wednesday, March 4 - Featured

* America's Next Top Model (8 pm/ET The CW ) Top Model is back, baby! And tonight's playful two-hour 12th-season premiere brings together 34 gorgeous goddesses to Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Of course, only 13 will survive the initial hour and move into a luxurious Upper East Side apartment in New York City where the real fun and catty games begin. The beautiful baker's dozen walk their first runway and then bring classic childhood games to life in a joyous Central Park photo shoot. * Lost (9 pm/ET ABC) What an island! Locke even rose from the dead to return. More likely, he was resurrected (if that's what happened) because his body was returned. With transformative powers like that, you'd think that Ben and Widmore are fighting over it because they each want to open a spa there. No? You're right. Smoke monsters aren't tourist-friendly. And all the shooting! The powers don't work on everyone. There's more shoot-em-up tonight, and you'll also meet new folks. But the main focus is on Juliet and Sawyer. * High School Reunion (10 pm/ET TVLAND) The hijinks perpetrated last week by merry pranksters Dennis and Manny may have been all in good fun, but it was no laughing matter to some of their classmates, who go as far as to demand that the lead reunion-crasher, Dennis, be shown the door. Meanwhile, Tom is out of sorts and looking for an explanation when Scott H. asks Kara - Tom's ex-wife - out on a hall pass. * Make Me a Supermodel (10 pm/ET BRAVO) Bravo's got a passion for fashion: It's a new season of catwalks and catfights as Season 2 of the model-themed competition show kicks off tonight. Sixteen new model-wannabes invade New York City to learn about pose and poise, and they'll scale new heights in their very first challenge. Here, they must conjure up an intimate moment - in a glass box suspended high above New York. And the new season brings a new look. While Tyson Beckford returns as host, Season 1 cohost Niki Taylor does not. In addition, Nicole Trunfio is the models' mentor, and the judge panelists include designer Catherine Malandrino, model Jenny Shimizu, photographer Perou, and model scout Marlon. * Hudson Plane Crash - What Really Happened (10 pm/ET DISCOVERY CHANNEL) With a war on two fronts, rampant layoffs, foreclosures and bailout controversies headlining the news, it's safe to say this country has been aching for a story we can all feel good about. Enter US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger, the hero of Flight 1549, who, on Jan. 15, 2009, pulled off an emergency landing in the Hudson River without a single life lost. Film footage and interviews with crew members and other survivors highlight this look back at the miraculous landing. Source here

Week of 3/1 - Ten Things We Can't Wait For! - Featured

This week of television is brimming with awesome things. This year's February sweeps have been relocated to March, so all of our favorite shows will be loaded up with fun guest stars and big plots beginning this week! 10 things we are most excited for: 1. New episodes of How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory ! After a month off for the former and half that for the latter, it's exciting to see 2 of the best comedies on TV back with new episodes. 2. Premiere of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon ! I was as quick with the Jimmy Fallon Haterade as anyone else, but his pre-show vlogs have been progressively improving, so much so that I am kind of excited for tonight's premiere. Remember, all late night hosts need some time to find their rhythm... 3. The return of Reaper ! Reaper fans have been patiently waiting for months and the show is finally back with a cleverly Star Wars referenced episode title, "A New Hope". 4. New cycle of America's Next Top Model ! I am devastated that my favorite reality TV show, Top Chef , has finished up, but luckily my 2nd fave, Top Model, is back with a 2 hour premiere for its new cycle this Wednesday! 5. Lost ! - Needs pretty much no introduction (it has been that awesome lately)...just a disclaimer that you better soak up this all new Sawyer-centric episode as the show is breaking next week. 6. Make Me a Supermodel 2 premieres on Bravo! It's kind of the poor woman's ANTM, but I'm a sucker for any model-themed reality TV. This Wednesday, Make Me a Supermodel returns, and with a replacement co-host for Tyson Beckford; perhaps she's more exciting than the rather dry Nikki Taylor. 7. Top Chef Reunion episode! Watch the inevitable crowning of Fabio as this season's Fan Favorite and find out whatever juicy dirt Bravo has been saving up for us during this run of Top Chef. 8. All new NBC Thursday! For the first time in over a month, NBC's entire Thursday night line-up of My Name Is Earl , Kath and Kim , The Office , 30 Rock and ER are all All New. Yay! 9. Burn Notice concludes its season! Series star Jeffrey Donovan teases that we will finally meet the person who burned Michael in this week's Season 2 Finale. 10. New York, New York on Friday Night Lights ! If you're watching FNL this season on NBC as I am (as opposed to in the Fall on DirecTV), this Friday's episode sends beloved paraplegic quarterback Jason Street off to New York. What are you most looking forward to on television this week?

Cycle 13 of America's Next Top Model to Feature Twist

While we first thought this story might be a tall tale, it seems to be true. For Cycle 13 of America's Next Top Model , the producer's have added a twist: short models. While previous seasons have required ANTM hopefuls to stand over 5'7 , Cycle 13 will require all contestants to be 5'7 or shorter. According to Jeff Tobler, a publicist for The CW , "for this current cycle, they (contestants) must be 5 7 and under. Anyone over 5 7 would not be considered to be a contestant on this cycle." You did not hallucinate that last sentence. Despite the fact that the average working runway model is well over 5'8'', ANTM has decided to bring on the shorties. Seeing that ANTM has already had a difficult time getting it's competitors to transition from reality TV to the real runway, it would seem that the show has simply given up on crowning bookable high fashion models. We have to admit, this decision has left us scratching our head in confusion. The previous 11 Cycle's of ANTM have consistently talked down to catalog models and girls who look "too commercial." In the modeling world, catalog and "too commercial" are often interchangeable with "too short for the runway." So have Tyra and Co. decided to focus on finding America's Next Great Catalog Model, rather than America's Next Top Model? Furthermore, aren't there more important body and size related issues in fashion than height? It would make much more sense for Tyra and Co. to host a Cycle filled with Plus Sized contestants, for whom there is plenty of work both in catalogs and on the runway, rather than a season filled with short models. If Tyra really does want to change the face and figure of fashion, as she has claimed for the past 11 Cycle's on ANTM, she is certainly going about it in a strange way. While the world has long called for more realistic standards in the modeling industry, we don't think they were talking about height Tyra. Source here