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Host opens up about her big return to daytime, her competitors and 'Dancing'

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Aug 29, 2012 12:05PM
Ricki Lake is returning to daytime after eight years away from the talk show scene. MSN TV went straight to the source to find out what to expect when "The Ricki Lake Show" premieres Monday, Sept. 10.


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In an effort to get fans involved before her new talk show even launches, Ricki Lake has been inviting all Friends of Ricki to her production meetings (the next one is Thursday, Sept. 6, at 3 p.m. ET and 12 p.m. PT via Ustream) and local MeetUps. She's also been dropping videos via YouTube that share moments like her experience in an anti gravity yoga class and her sons recording her show's new theme song. With promos touting the message, "I have the same questions as you," she's also been getting fans involved by asking some of those questions on Facebook and Twitter


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In short, Lake hasn't kept her plans or energy under wraps, but MSN TV delved deeper into what she'd like to see for her new show, how it will compare to her often sensational '90s run in daytime, whether she's nervous about competing with Katie CouricSteve Harvey and Jeff Probst, and how "Dancing With the Stars" helped her get back to daytime.


MSN TV: "Dancing With the Stars" has been a comeback vehicle for so many stars. Did you join the competition to wake up your old fanbase and rebuild an audience for your premiere?


Ricki Lake: Anytime you have the audience once a week in the number one demo, it certainly gives you power. For me, it was really about selling the show. We needed to clear a certain amount of the country. But obviously I also wanted to connect with the audience and I'm hoping when we start the show, the audience that liked me on "Dancing With the Stars" is going to tune in and check out the show.

How did you feel when you realized you'd be launching your show in such a crowded market?


Well, I'm a pretty competitive person. I'm like, "Bring it on!" I'm a fan of everyone that has a show coming out this year. I'm very curious to see what Katie [Couric] is going to do, and Steve Harvey. He makes me laugh. And Jeff Probst, I've been following since Season 1 of "Survivor." Yes, there's a lot of competition right now, but I think we are just focused on doing the best show that we can for the audience that grew up with watching me, and then some.


In addition to having history in daytime, you are the only new host this season who is actually in the coveted daytime ratings demographic, which gives you an edge. But how concerned are you about bridging the gap with a younger audience that gets its entertainment and news in such a different way than the traditional daytime audience?


When you do a topic that everyone can relate to, it will keep people interested. Relationships, love, weight, makeovers and all those things, they span generations. The grandmother can relate, and the granddaughter can relate. But it's going to be interesting this year. This is all new for me as well -- the technology that exist now, the immediacy and the short attention span of the viewer. It's going to be trial and error. I'm just going to do what I do -- which is be true to myself, have a natural curiosity about people, humanity and behavior, and be candid about my own life and experiences.


You've been very open about your struggle with weight. Is daytime a good fit for a host who doesn't always like his or her weight?


Oprah [Winfrey], I really related to her and her weight battle. It made us feel like she was one of us. I think it makes me that much more relatable. Like it or not, I'm someone who struggles with wanting to look young and be a size whatever. I don't want to be a hypocrite. There days when I feel really good about myself and there's days when I wish I could change some things. It's about trying to reach a place with being happy where we are today. It's such a tricky thing, because I don't want to perpetuate this obsession that we have, but I also can't help but be human. It's going to be my thorn in my side forever, but for the most part, I'm a success story. To be in size 28 jeans? I definitely know I'm not fat, but I also know I still want to go further. 


What are some of the topics you have on "The Ricki Lake Show" schedule or wish list?


We're having a 41-year-old virgin, and she's on my staff! The idea that someone in their forties hasn't had sex: Who is that person? I'm fascinated. I can't imagine not having that in my life. I haven't talk to her about it yet, because I want to have it be a spontaneous and authentic as possible.


Losing a child ... And gun control is a huge issue that I'd love to talk about, from the standpoint of a mother. We're planning to do an hour on my movie, "The Business of Being Born." I would love to do an hour on the breast-feeding debate and on circumcision. Germany, Santa Monica and San Francisco have wanted to ban circumcision. It's a topic everyone can relate to. It's provocative. It applies to all of us if the laws are being changed [about] what we are allowed to do to our bodies or our children's bodies. It's worth talking about. I'm curious and passionate about a lot of women's issues that I want to talk about.


And when you have an opinion, are we going to hear it?


What do you think? I don't hold back, but I'm not about instilling my view on everyone. I want it to be an inclusive environment, for everyone to have an opinion and be heard.

Going back to the word "provocative." How will this talk show be different than your last run in daytime?


Before it might have been a lot more crazy, with DNA tests and all that. We had a formula. It's about aging it up a little bit. It's about doing stuff with a little more substance. Still a little fluff, but more substance.


Are there any topics that are off limits?


No, but I'm going to be very careful about- ... I'm certainly going to be open book, but keeping in mind that I have a 15-year-old whose friends might see it. It's just being conscious of my son's privacy, to a certain extent. But anything and everything can be discussed if we treat it with respect. One thing I pride myself in doing 2100 hours of television with my old show, I always treated everyone on my stage like they were part of my family and came with respect. Everyone has a voice and deserves to be heard.


"The Ricki Lake Show" premieres Monday, Sept. 10, in syndication. 


Plus, watch this DVD extra interview clip with James Earl Jones

By MSN TV Partner Sep 16, 2014 12:47PM
"The Big Bang Theory" begins its eighth season on Monday Sept. 22, then switches to its regular Thursday timeslot on October 30.

If that's too much to handle, why not get a copy of last season on DVD, now available in stores and online. Bazinga!

Now you can enter to win one of five DVDs of "The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Seventh Season," courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Best of all, one lucky winner will receive a signed copy of the Blu-Ray edition!

Here's how to enter:
  1. Follow MSN TV on Twitter or Facebook
  2. Tweet or comment the following message: "I want to win the #TBBT giveaway"
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Complete these steps by midnight PT Sept. 22, 2014. We will select up to five winners, plus one winner for the grand prize, at random by noon PT Sept. 23, 2014.

Watch this DVD extra clip featuring that dishes about how TBBT producers got the voice of Darth Vader himself guest star on the show:
"The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Seventh Season" is available in stores and online.
Season 8 of "The Big Bang Theory" premieres Sept 22 at 8 p.m. on CBS.

Other giveaway details:
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Plus, watch a DVD extra clip, 'Bound by blood'

By MSN TV Partner Sep 9, 2014 10:58AM
"Supernatural" returns this to The CW in October for its 10th season. If you need a fix now, "Supernatural: The Complete Ninth Season" arrives in stores and online today.

Even better, MSN TV is giving away the DVD to this fan favorite. Here's how to enter:
  1. Follow MSN TV on Twitter or Facebook
  2. Tweet or comment the following message: "I want to win the #Supernatural giveaway"
  3. Email with the following subject (include your twitter handle or Facebook name): "I want to win the #Supernatural giveaway"
Complete these steps by midnight PT Sept. 15, 2014. We will select up to five winners at random by noon PT Sept. 16, 2014.

But wait, there's more! Watch this DVD extra clip, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look into the life-or-death decisions Dean has to make about his brother:
"Supernatural: The Complete Ninth Season" is available in stores and online.
Season 10 of "Supernatural" returns to the CW on Oct. 7.

Other giveaway details:
  • Open to U.S. residents only.
  • NO P.O. boxes, please.
  • We will not distribute your email address.
  • Your email will only be used to notify you if you are the winner of this giveaway.
  • The prize will be shipped directly from Warner Bros. to the winners.


Will the E.R. doc win it all?

By MSN TV Partner Sep 5, 2014 12:59PM
Wannabe ninjas have been waiting for this moment all summer. The "American Ninja Warrior" finals, held in Las Vegas, will wrap up what's been a season of incredible feats and firsts.

Fan favorite Noah Kaufman is among the finalists. His appearance on the show last year was, as he says "from the couch" or without much training. For this season he got a little (or maybe a lot) more serious, and it shows in his performance.

Watch this exclusive clip of Noah's finals start here:

"American Ninja Warrior" airs Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
An encore presentation airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Esquire Network.


By MSN TV Partner Sep 3, 2014 10:30AM
Iin tonight's episode of "Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles" you'll see the story of of how Josh Flagg ended up in a golden wheelchair. Will this stop him from closing a big deal?

Meanwhile Josh Altman is getting caught up in wedding planning, but without Heather!? We've got this hilarious exclusive clip for you here:

"Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.


Wait, Donald's a nervous sailor? But that outfit...

By MSN TV Partner Aug 7, 2014 4:44PM
In homage to the classic Mickey Mouse cartoons, Disney Channel has been showing "Mickey Mouse" shorts, featuring Mickey and his BFFs, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto. Hilarious situations that are fun for kids and grown-ups alike.

In this new short premiering tomorrow, Donald reveals he doesn’t know how to sail - his outfit is purely due to the fact that Daisy loves a, um, man in uniform.

MSN TV has this exclusive image from the short. You can also view a clip here:

The Mickey Mouse short "Donald the Sailor" airs at 8:55 p.m. ET/PT on Friday August 8 on Disney Channel.

Geek alert: 'Mythbusters' hosts lend their voices in this special episode

By MSN TV Partner Jul 24, 2014 2:24PM
Loads of fans are getting their geek on at Comic-Con this weekend. For the rest of us, there is the upcoming "Star Wars" themed "Phineas & Ferb" special episode. The animated stepbrothers and their friends will find themselves in a parallel universe, during "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope". Expect encounters with the major players, including Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2.

MSN TV has this exclusive image of "Mythbusters" hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman as members of the Empire:

Creators and executive producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh expressed their excitement about adding Savage and Hyneman to the cast: "We’ve been wanting to do something with them for ages, because they are the living adult versions of Phineas and Ferb in the real world. We ran into them at Comic-Con last year and knew that they worked on the original 'Star Wars', so when this opportunity came up we asked if they could come voice a few characters for us. It was really cool for us; we're hoping it was cool for them."

It's definitely cool for us!

"Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars" premieres July 26 at 9PM ET/PT on Disney Channel.

The animated host reveals her thoughts on new twists for Season 16

By MSN TV Partner Jun 24, 2014 9:07AM
Last week CBS announced some new twists in the upcoming season of "Big Brother" and also introduced the new cast. Just in time for the two-night premiere, MSN TV has exclusive photos of host Julie Chen hamming it up for the cameras. Chen also shared a little bit more insight into what to expect this season.

Photos: Reality TV villains

Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBSOn which of the new twists will have the most impact on Houseguest survival week after week:
Julie Chen: "I think "Battle of the Block" will have the most impact on a Houseguest's ability to survive.  First, those competing in it will literally be fighting for their lives in the game.  Second, it will get one of the HOHs (Head of Households) into BIG trouble.  Let’s just say that if I were HOH, I would nominate two weak players."

Video: Meet the new 'Big Brother' houseguests

Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBS
On the rooms and design of this season's tree house theme:
"My favorite room in the urban tree house this year is the honeycomb room.  It's cozy and secluded.  A perfect spot to 'buzz' with your alliance members about your team's strategy.  The room has a door you can close for piracy from others.  This is key to have in the house if you want to scheme!"

Video: Take a tour of the 'Big Brother' Tree house

Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBSOn her most memorable "Big Brother" interview:
"One of my memorable Big Brother interviews was last year with Aaryn.   I had to check my feelings and ego at the door and set aside any personal bad feelings I had for her ugly comments.  I had to do my job and be fair and straight despite how personally offended I was.  It wasn't easy, but it was memorable." 

Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBS

"Big Brother" premieres June 25 at 8PM ET/PT on CBS.

(Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBS) 

Wayne Brady's improv skills nab a nomination for best original song, a first for the show

By MSN TV Partner Jun 18, 2014 11:06AM
The Daytime Emmy Awards are around the corner, and CBS' "Let's Make a Deal" has three nominations. In addition to Best Game Show, host Wayne Brady is nominated twice. No surprise that Brady picked up his fifth nomination for Best Game Show Host, but thanks to those stellar improv skills Brady also finds himself in the Best Original Song category. With the help of keyboardist Cat Gray, watch Brady create this impromptu tune for adoring fan and contestant Daphne:
Over the years, Brady has collected a number of Emmy nominations, and won twice for Best Talk Show Host (for "The Wayne Brady Show"). He also won a Primetime Emmy for his work on "Whose Line Is It Anyway."

The current version of "Let's Make A Deal" has been nominated for Best Game Show twice. This is the first time the show's been nominated in the Best Song category.

"Let's Make A Deal" airs weekdays on CBS. The 41st Daytime Emmys Awards will be live streamed at 8PM ET on June 22 at