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TLC picks up Palin's Alaska tour series

Sarah Palin's travelogue series about Alaska has landed at the TLC network, and filming is set to begin this summer, The Associated Press reports. Network owner Discovery Communications announced yesterday that it had acquired rights to the eight-part series, produced by "Survivor" producer Mark Burnett. The deal lands "Sarah Palin's Alaska" on the network that also airs "Jon & Kate Plus 8," "Cake Boss" and "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant."The series tells stories of some of Alaska's unique features as seen through the eyes of its former governor.

Syndicate scrapping 'At the Movies'

After a revolving door of hosts and much backstage drama, it's finally a wrap for "At the Movies." The weekly syndicated program, which made celebrities out of its original hosts, dueling movie reviewers Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, has aired on local TV stations since 1986. But yesterday, Disney-ABC Domestic Television confirmed it would cancel the show in August, The Los Angeles Times reports. Its current hosts are film critics Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune and A.O. Scott of The New York Times. Meanwhile, Ebert told The Associated Press that he and his wife are going ahead with plans to produce a new movie review television program with the working title "Roger Ebert presents At the Movies." The famous movie reviewer wrote Thursday on his Chicago Sun-Times blog that he can't give details, but they're "deeply involved" in talks.

Oscars ceremony moves back to February

The Academy Awards are moving back to February. Awards organizers said yesterday next year's Oscar ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 27. That's about a week earlier than this season's awards show, which was held March 7 to avoid conflicting with the Winter Olympics, The Associated Press reports. Nominations for the 83rd annual Oscars will be announced Jan. 25.

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