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Dear residents of the Pacific Time Zone: we are very sorry.

Last night, 30 Rock actually aired two episodes, both live, both featuring different versions. Those on the East Coast were treated to legendary musician Paul McCartney making a cameo. Those on the West Coast? Kim Kardashian.

Some might consider that a step down.

Kim Kardashian Paparazzi Pic

Dressed like a professional Kabletown worker, Kim first showed up for a scene in Jack's office, wandering in, shaking Alec Baldwin's hand and using the bathroom.

She then appeared later after one character proposed to another and Tina Fey's Liz Lemom mocked her own show's ratings by saying: "Wow, 2.5 million people just saw that."

Enter Kim and a video recorded and the line: "Now 14 million people just saw that. You're welcome."

"Anyone see 30 Rock tonight??? I had a blast!!!! Love this show!" Kim Tweeted following her surprise visit.

Sigh. Let's all relive the best 30 Rock quotes now at TV Fanatic and pretend like this cameo never existed.

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His career has taken many turns. So has his personal life.

But Charlie Sheen recently admitted in an interview with Matt Lauer that he isn't even sure who that reckless moron from the first half of 2011 was, and now he's asking TV viewers for another chance. A 24th, by the actor's count.

So Sheen jokes - it's not really a joke, is it? - in the following trailer, which promotes the June 28 premiere of his upcoming FX comedy, Anger Management.

The star anchors the sitcom as an athlete-turned-therapist. Will you give Sheen the opportunity he so desires? Watch the latest promo now and then decide:

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It has a stupid title, we can all agree on that.

But the Parents Television Council believes the problems with Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 - a new ABC sitcom that stars Krysten Ritter as a mean young woman in New York City and James Van Der Beek as her BFF - go far beyond it's name.

Don't Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 Poster

In a new statement, the PTCs says this series "is a sexist mixed-bag of hedonism, drug-use, alcohol abuse (including the main character plying a 13-year-old boy with alcohol to get him drunk) and explicit levels of promiscuity that are shocking even by today’s broadcast TV standards.”

The organization is urging advertisers AT&T and Volkswagen to boycott the program.

The PTC, of course, once trashed Glee for its depiction of teenage sex and also bashed Rihanna for her "Man Down" video.

What do you think? Is Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 inappropriate television?

 

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Itinerant news anchor and malcontent Keith Olbermann is suing Current TV, which fired him late last week, for violating his contract and torpedoing his show, to the tune of $70 million in damages and unpaid compensation.

Olbermann says that the inept "Al Gore, Joel Hyatt and the management of Current are no more than dilettantes portraying entertainment industry executives."

Keith claims his "public termination" was "the latest in a series of increasingly erratic and unprofessional actions undertaken by Current's senior management."

Keith Olbermann Photo

Hilariously, Olbermann actually accuses Current of enticing him to leave MSNBC - which unceremoniously canned him also - by making promises it failed to deliver on.

Keith says Current is so dysfunctional and broke after the network's first eight months on the air that is "still couldn't manage to, literally, keep the lights on."

Olbermann is suing for breach of contract, sabotage and disparagement.

Current responded that he's liar, a bully and a terrible person, basically.

The network has fired back at the Countdown host, claiming his $70 million lawsuit is "false and malicious" and Olbermann got fired for breach of contract.

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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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