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Matt Lauer is sticking with NBC's Today.

Ending any speculation that the top-rated show might have to face ABC's rising Good Morning America without him, Lauer signed a long-term contract with NBC.

Lauer plans to announce Friday on air that he's staying put, ending suggestions that he might reunite with Katie Couric on a syndicated show she's launching.

Many felt that Lauer was simply negotiating a better deal for himself all along, though, having been a fixture of the #1 ranked morning show since 1994.

Matt Lauer: King of Cool

For broadcast networks, morning represents one of the most important parts of the day. The shows are hugely profitable at a time of declining TV viewership.

Reports that Lauer could end up with a $25 million deal may not be exaggerated, as a result, though NBC has declined to comment on the deal's specifics.

It's been quite a week for Today, with Matt interviewing Octomom as well as Sarah Palin, while Couric guest hosts Good Morning America over on ABC.

NBC also apologized for Today bungling the Trayvon Martin 911 call, but that clearly wasn't seen as an impediment to cash cow Lauer's giant payday.

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Infamous 2008 nemeses Katie Couric and Sarah Palin went head to head on the morning show circuit Tuesday, with Couric filling in on Good Morning America and Sarah guest hosting Today with Matt Lauer (after being interviewed by him one-on-one).

Bristol Palin predicted "a pretty big bump the ratings" for her mom. Was she right?

Palin and Couric

She was. Her mother's presence on yesterday's Today pushed the show's viewership up from Monday, to 5.5 million viewers, the early Nielsen stats show.

Couric, however, was hardly defeated, as GMA was up almost as much from Monday to Tuesday as Today was, inching closer to long-reigning Today even.

Basically, Palin's brief tenure as a member of the "lamestream media" was a successful one, while her least favorite interviewer performed well also.

The only true disappointment? No mention of Levi Johnston and Sunny Oglesby having a baby. Now that would've guaranteed some record ratings.

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Vanity Fair pays tribute to the women of TV in its new issue.

Allow us to thank you personally for this tribute, Vanity Fair.

In the fold-out spread, Emily Deschanel (Bones), Archie Punjabi (The Good Wife), Grace Park (Hawaii Five-O), Kerry Washington (Scandal), Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls), Emmy Rossum (Shameless) and Emily VanCamp (Revenge) pose in lingerie:

TV Stars in Vanity Fair

The revealing apparel worn by some of these ladies is eye-opening, though in Rossum's case, she's often shown in a lot less on Shameless. So it's no thing.

Meanwhile, another quartet of additional beautiful, talented women - Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Claire Danes (Homeland), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) and Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) - grace the May cover.

Check it out after the jump:

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With the just-announced renewal of The Late Show through 2014, David Letterman is set to become the longest-running late-night host in TV history.

Letterman and Craig Ferguson both renewed contracts with CBS. Letterman’s Late Show and Ferguson’s Late Late Show will remain air through 2014.

Letterman has weathered a sex scandal, Sarah Palin, Rosie O'Donnell, and accusations of mailing it in to become a TV institution of incredible longevity.

Dave launched his career with NBC's Late Night in 1982. With this new deal, he’ll surpass Johnny Carson’s record of 30 years hosting a late night talk show.

Said CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler:

“David Letterman is a late night legend with an iconic show and Craig Ferguson continues to evolve the genre in exciting and innovative ways.” 

“These new agreements deliver ongoing high-quality entertainment for our audience and continued strength and stability for CBS in late night.”

Season to date, Letterman is averaging 3.3 million viewers and a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49, compared to rival Jay Leno’s 3.7 / 0.9 rating.

Dave never got Conan fired though. Just saying.

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Who knew Charlie Sheen may not have been the biggest sleazeball on the set of Two and a Half Men?!?

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, co-creator Lee Aronsohn said his sitcom is nearing a deal to bring Ashton Kutcher back for a 10th season, adding that he isn't a fan of many new comedic programs that feature women - such as Whitney and 2 Broke Girls - because they talk too much about their lady parts.

"Enough ladies. I get it. You have periods," Aronsohn complains. "We’re approaching peak vagina on television, the point of labia saturation."

Lee Aronsohn Picture

Aronsohn - who later tried to back away from his comments, saying Two and a Half Men specializes in fart jokes and he has no right to judge - added that he makes no apologies for his show's less-than-flattering depiction of women.

“Screw it,,, We're centering the show on two very damaged men. What makes men damaged? Sorry, it’s women. I never got my heart broken by a man."

What do you think of Aronsohn's critiques?

 

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We were created in God's flesh, not humans, and their flesh shall nourish yours.

So states an eerie, unknown voice in the first official trailer for season five of True Blood.

The HBO thriller returns with new episodes this June, installments that will apparently feature some grave digging; some kissing; and at least one major explosion. All these scenes and more are featured in the following preview, which is also notable for who is NOT featured.

Might the character shot to conclude season four truly be dead? Watch the first footage from season five now, and then visit our friends at TV Fanatic to read through a series of True Blood spoilers/teaser for what's to come...

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NeNe Leakes has landed a role on a series everyone can at least admit is scripted.

The Real Housewife of Atlanta, who actually hasn't been awful as a swim team coach on Glee, will team up again with Ryan Murphy for The New Normal.

NeNe Image

A comedic pilot, the show focuses on a gay couple - Book of Mormon's Andrew Rannells and The Hangover's Justin Bartha - who uses a surrogate mother to start a family. Ellen Barkin also plays a role and Leakes will recur as a character named Rocky.

Murphy created Glee and will serve as a producer on The New Normal.

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The CW has released the first promotional photo of AnnaSophia Robb from the set of The Carrie Diaries, that network's upcoming pilot based on the high school years of Carrie Bradshaw.

What do you think? Can she pull off the curly high? The designer clothing? The overall look that Sarah Jessica Parker made famous for years on HBO and then on the big screen? Compare the two actresses now:

  • AnnaSophia Robb as Young Carrie Bradshaw
  • As Carrie Bradshaw

Says executive producer Amy B. Harris of casting Robb in this huge role:

“Her grace, intelligence, sense of fun and her empathetic nature make her the perfect girl to bring [the character to life.] The fact that she loves a gorgeous pair of heels doesn’t hurt either.”

Will you be tuning in for The Carrie Diaries? What do you think of Robb as a high school version of Bradshaw?

 

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SPOILER ALERT: On last night's Pretty Little Liars season two finale, the ABC Family hit revealed the identity of the individual who has been stalking residents of Rosewood. Stop reading now if you wish to delay your surprise.

Four Pretty Little Liars

So... that was it?!?

After months of saying her show would plot a different course from the books on which it's based, Pretty Little Liars creator Marlene King revealed the identity of A to be Mona, the same person guilty of such crimes in the novel.

Moreover, is she even A? If she simply working for A? Should we refer to the anomyous individual to whom Mona spoke at the conclusion of the episode as B?

While any season finale needs to build momentum and mystery heading into a break, this one seems to have simply pretended to answer a major question while, in reality, just extending the same question as always to this summer when PLL returns.

Won't someone still be stalking the girls? Won't viewers still be wondering who is out there? What actually changed last night?

Sound off now: Were you satisfied with the reveal of A on Pretty Little Liars?

 

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Perhaps he should have spent more time in the negotiating room and less time in the amazon...

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Bear Grylls, star of the Discovery Channel's long-running hit Man vs. Wild, has been fired due to what a network executive describes as a "contractual dispute." As a result of this disagreement, this insider says:

"Discovery has terminated all current productions with him."

Man vs. Wild poster

Grylls, who is releasing a memoir in May, has anchored Man vs. Wild since March 2006. The series features the star showing viewers how to survive in all kinds of conditions, against all kinds of elements and enemies.

And it's earned Grylls quite the celebrity following. Jake Gyllenhaal, Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller have all tagged along for adventures with Bear. No one from his camp has commented yet on his ousting.