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Manti Te’o has been dealing with all the fallout — and jokes — about his online girlfriend of three years who never really existed. He’s a top athlete at Notre Dame. I always thought it was only nerds who had imaginary online girlfriends.

To prove he was the victim of a hoax, Te’o has asked Steve McGarrett to look into the matter along with Inspector Clouseau, Miss Marple and Dick Tracy.

Interesting week for athletes. Lance Armstrong admitted to doping while Te’o was just a dope.

Landing the interview with Armstrong was big for Oprah Winfrey because her OWN network hasn’t been a big force in cable. The interview increased the viewership beyond just Gayle and Stedman.

“American Idol” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe told TMZ that the competition show would struggle to survive without Ryan Seacrest. Take that Brian Dunkleman.

Oxygen canceled the reality show “All My Babies’ Mamas,” a look at rapper Shawty Lo, his 11 children and their 10 mothers, after protests about the subject matter. Realizing all ideas for TV shows aren’t good, Animal Planet canceled “Hey, That’s My Puppy You’re Hitting” and the Food Network nixed “Road Kill Meals.”

TCA news: TV critics honor ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Modern Family’

AP on TV Emmys Aftertaste.JPG The 27th annual Television Critics Association awards were handed out tonight in Los Angeles. “Mad Men” was named top drama while “Modern Family” claimed the top comedy honor. Awards in 12 categories were handed out in comedy, drama, reality, mini-series, news and youth programming

Other 2011 TCA Award winners included:

Individual Achievement in Drama: Jon Hamm (“Mad Men,” AMC)

Individual Achievement in Comedy: Ty Burrell (“Modern Family,” ABC) and Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation,” NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: “Restrepo” (National Geographic Channel)

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: “Amazing Race” (CBS)

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: “Sesame Street” (PBS)

Outstanding New Program: “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: “Masterpiece: Sherlock” (PBS)

Career Achievement Award: Oprah Winfrey

Heritage Award: “The Dick Van Dyke Show”

Program of the Year: “Friday Night Lights” (DirecTV/NBC)

Maya Rudolph’s role changes

NUP_144770_0063[2].JPG To be ready for the TV tour, critics are sent the episodes of new TV shows that were used to lock down deals with the network. These are really only for informational use as things change. That’s exactly what happened with the new Christina Applegate – Will Arnett NBC series “Up All Night.”

In the episode sent out, former “Saturday Night Live” star Maya Rudolph played the head of a public relations firm. When you finally see the show, she will be the host of a daytime TV talk show. The change was made because the talk show format opened up more avenues for comedy.

Rudolph will have no problem with the change in her character. She played talk show legend Oprah Winfrey in several comedy sketches on “SNL.”

Winfrey’s reaction to her work was positive.

“She actually had me come to the show. The first time we did Oprah on ‘SNL,’ it was a parody of Oprah’s Favorite Things,” Rudolph says. “And she had me on which was really, really exciting, because you certainly don’t want the person that you’re playing to hate you. And she actually said she loved it, and she said she was really happy because I was the first women to actually play her in many years of ‘SNL’ history. And she enjoyed that I was a bit thin at the time.”

Winfrey thanked her for not wearing a fat suit to portray her.

2010: The Beehive Year in Review

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We couldn’t let 2011 begin without a look back at the year that was on The Beehive. Below you’ll find lists of the most commented and viewed posts, as well as our most prolific commenters.

Thanks to everybody who reads, comments and otherwise participates in our little corner of the Internet. OK, 2011, you can really begin now. Happy New Year all!

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Oprah in Fresno – update on show air date

UPDATE: During yesterday’s show, Oprah showed a clip of her trip to Yosemite and said her show on the trip will air on Oct. 29. Here is a link to our original story, which I forgot to add on Oct. 1 when she was spotted in Fresno.

ORIGINAL POST: We just got a call that Oprah is at the REI store at River Park. One of my colleagues spotted her and said she heard: “She is heading to hills — Yosemite — with Gayle (and cameras) to camp.” The REI officials are tight lipped but Rick Bentley is on the hunt. Any sightings? Photos? Send them in.

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Here’s the chatter from Twitter.

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