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Daytime vets to vie for viewers in former 'Oprah Winfrey Show' timeslot

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert May 31, 2012 7:25AM

Enjoy your summers Ellen DeGeneres, Anderson Cooper, Wendy Williams, Dr. Oz and the ladies of "The View" and "The Talk," because Sept. 10 is shaping up to be a big day in daytime TV. Katie Couric, Ricki Lake, Steve Harvey and "Survivor" host Jeff Probst will launch their new talk shows that Monday, with Trisha Goddard and Marie Osmond also set to premiere this fall.


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The onslaught of new talkers may shake up the whole landscape, but the biggest daytime battle this fall will be between Couric and Lake, who will take on Oprah Winfrey’s vacated spot in the daytime line up. Syndication means the shows may air at any time chosen by local affiliates, but both are hitting that hallowed 3 p.m. timeslot as much as possible, which is also where "Anderson"and "Dr. Oz" air in many markets. 

Couric and Lake are well known in the daytime scene, but are also trying to rebrand a bit before they launch. Put simply, they’re each offering to be your new daytime girlfriend, in their own way, and hope to fill “The Oprah Winfrey Show” void.


Morning anchor turned primetime newswoman Couric is looking to combine her news chops with her charm for her daytime return. She is building steam by popping up around ABC with feel good pieces like her jaunt with the royals, "The Jubilee Queen With Katie Couric" She also spent a week co-hosting "GMA" and will likely visit the new spin off, “GAA,” this summer. She’s also making the rounds as a guest on daytime talkers like “The Wendy Williams Show” and launched her own a weekly mini program on Yahoo.


Couric's new show promises big interviews and will be, “somewhat elevated, without being too PBS-y,” Couric said at the May 29 Canadian Upfronts. "I don’t think I’m going to have Snooki on my show, but it’s not going to be Masterpiece Theatre either."

Newly married mom of two Lake, meanwhile, is efforting to show daytime fans she’s grown up since her last stint in daytime (1993-2004). “The Ricki Lake Show” isn’t going to get too sensational or ask, “Who’s the daddy?” Instead, the “Dancing with the Stars” alum is looking back to the early days of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for inspiration and wants her new show to feel like a conversation with the audience. 

Since Lake lacks a network promotion machine like Couric's, she has focused on parlaying her "DWTS" online following into a strong web presence for “The Ricki Lake Show.” She’s even letting fans get involved in creating her new talker by inviting them to monthly production meetings, via her Ustream page. The next meeting is Thursday, May 31, 7 p.m., ET.


“It’ll be interesting,” Lake said of the upcoming battle for viewers at the May 30 Canadian Upfronts. “I don’t know how we’ll fit in. These shows are personality driven, and Katie’s going to do a great, hard-hitting interview (show). I can’t wait to see it. But that’s not my style. I’m sort of more the girlfriend, the Everywoman . . . people think of me as one of their relatives… I think there’s enough audience for everyone.”


The New Guys

The guys coming to daytime Sept. 10 also have strong brands, but Steve Harvey and Jeff Probst are new to daytime TV scene. 


“Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” scribe Harvey has found success on morning radio, in print, on a TV game show and on the big screen. The comedian is clearly a formidable opponent who already has a strong fan-following. Not only can Harvey promote himself via his own radio show, but with so many ventures, he’s often making the rounds to promote something, which provides more opportunities to promote his upcoming talker.


Probst, meanwhile, is best known for leading the conversation on “Survivor.” He’s great at asking the contestants probing questions, but his brand has been almost entirely connected with the reality show. He's dipped his feet in as a "Live! With Kelly" guest hosts and since he's new to daytime, staffed his show with daytime vets. He’s executive producing with former “The Oprah Winfrey Show” supervising producer Amy Coleman and their team roster features players from "The Rosie Show," "Rachael Ray,” "Dr. Phil” and "The Dr. Oz Show.”

Like Lake, Probst is trying to get fans involved before the launch. “Very exciting to have your name in the title of a show - Also nerve-wracking,” Probst admitted in his website video (above). “We want it to be fun, we want it to be entertaining, we want it to be something you want to come watch, so I want your feedback… Don’t hold back. Let me know what you like, what you don’t like, what you hope you never see again and then we’ll try to build this show together.”                                   


Stay tuned for more on these shows, as well as Trisha Goddard’s and Marie Osmond’s upcoming talkers. 


Are Sarah and Hank getting back together?

By MSN TV Partner Apr 11, 2014 10:51AM
In this sneak peek of the "Parenthood" season finale, Hank (Ray Romano) impresses Amber (Mae Whitman) and Sarah (Lauren Graham) with his Hank-like concern as they deal with Ryan's hospitalization.

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This clip, along with the promo clip NBC showed for next week's episode, hints at a reunion for Sarah and Hank. Are you rooting for the couple? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook and Twitter.

The season finale of "Parenthood" airs Thursday April 17 at 10PM ET/PT on NBC.

Get a glimpse of Marsden’s character in the animated show starring Jack McBrayer

By MSN TV Partner Mar 25, 2014 10:04AM

In a new episode premiering March 31, James Marsden will guest start on Disney XD’s “Wander Over Yonder”.

Marsden reunites with "30 Rock" co-star Jack McBrayer in this episode where the hero Sir Brad Starlight (Marsden) enlists Wander (McBrayer) as his goofy sidekick and Sylvia as his noble steed on his quest to save Princess Demurra from the evil Dragon King, King Draykor.

See this pic first on MSN TV: Wander is ecstatic to fulfill his fairytale dream of rescuing a princess, but Sir Brad Starlight is not interested in sharing the spotlight and reminds Wander at every turn that there's only room for one hero.

“Wander Over Yonder” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD


Kim Kardashian, Wendy Williams hear what regular folk really think about them

By MSN TV Partner Mar 18, 2014 9:18AM
In the the new series from Oxygen, "Celebrities Undercover" will feature two celebrities concealing their true identity with the use of prosthetic make-up to find out what unsuspecting fans and friends really think of them without the distraction of their famous personas.

The season premiere will feature Kim Kardashian, and executive producer Wendy Williams will get a taste of her own medicine as well. In this clip watch Kim K. undergo an impressive make-up overhaul in prep for undercover work: going to a group job interview as a Kardashian fan hoping to become her own new assistant. 

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Other stars features this season include T-Pain, Fantasia, Joey Fatone, Lil’ Kim, Chili, Anthony Anderson, Jaleel White, Adrienne Bailon, Ice-T and Coco.

"Celebrities Undercover" premieres March 18 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen.


Host Justin Willman and Disney stars dish on the new show and offer up advice

By MSN TV Partner Mar 14, 2014 11:15AM

(Disney's Win, Lose or Draw /Adam Taylor, Disney Channel)By Minh Nguyen

It didn’t take long for memories of the original “Win, Lose or Draw” game show to come flooding back as soon as we stepped foot on the set of Disney’s resurrected show of the same name.  Gone was the ‘80s living room set, replaced with bright vibrant colors, fun props and technology everywhere. Host Justin Willman (“Cupcake Wars”) commanded the stage as Disney stars Dove Cameron and Joey Bragg from “Liv and Maddie” battled it out against each other with their teammates.

The premise is pretty simple: two teams of three players (with the Disney stars on each side) compete in drawing contests to win prizes. Thrown into the mix are special challenges (like Shake, Rattle and Draw; Sit and Spin; The Wand) that take advantage of oversized props and fun gadgets. This season will also feature stars from Disney shows "Kickin' It," "Lab Rats," "I Didn't Do It,"  "Austin & Ally," "Jessie," "Dog With a Blog" and "Mighty Med" as well as stars from "Teen Beach Movie."

Over lunch, we were able to speak to Willman, Cameron and Bragg.

For people that aren’t familiar with the original game, how are you describing this to them?

Willman: The simple idea is just that it’s drawing Charades. You get your teammates to guess what you’re drawing. We have a team of writers who write these clues, and the words that they have to draw are so clever.

It's super high-tech, so the old original version was more markers on pads of paper, which was great at the time but here they have these massive touch screens and tons of software they designed just for the games that’s completely interactive.

Contestants have to do a bunch of crazy challenges in round two. Like drawing with a helmet on, where they can’t see anything or drawing with a unicorn stylus and that makes it way tougher but also much more entertaining to watch.

How are you enjoying being a part of the show?

Willman: As a live performer, I’m used to having that instant gratification of a live audience and this feels a lot like that. We’ve got 150 screaming kids, who are having the time of their lives just being there. It’s great because the jokes get instant payback. The excitement, I feed off of it. Even if it’s first thing in the morning, I don’t even need to have my coffee. As soon as that crowd starts to roar, I’m ready to go. It’s a blast.

Bragg: I like the rapid round. I can’t remember what it’s called. Where there’s one person drawing, and two people guessing, then we just switch.

Cameron:  I think the best part for me has actually been, (I know this sounds like such a canned answer), but has been getting to meet these kids. There was this great moment where, it was at the end of the first round when they all kind of flooded in and they hugged us. And some of them were crying, and I wanted to cry. We didn’t realize the gravity of how huge this really is, and “Win, Lose, or Draw” has been great that way. We’ve gotten to interact with a lot of kids.

Justin, what’s the best advice you ever received?

Willman: “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”

Dove and Joey, you guys seem really polished. What kind of advice do you have for kids that get stage fright?

Bragg: Well, I was doing stand-up comedy, and I don’t mean to be that guy, but it’s one of the hardest things to go up there and say stuff that you’ve written. You don’t have music backing you. I wanted to do something that I’m going to remember. And I think a lot of that is “I’m going to embarrass myself,” but you’re never going to see those people that are watching you ever again. Just do it!

Cameron: I always had a fear of cameras because I grew up on stage. Most things in life are one of those things where once you try it, you realize how OK it is. I just don’t take life too seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyways. So, yeah. Just have fun. Do what you please.

“Disney’s Win, Lose or Draw” airs Mondays through Thursdays at 5 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.


She still lives with her parents!

By MSN TV Partner Mar 13, 2014 10:55AM
Later this month, "Extra" host Maria Menounos will premiere her new reality show. "Chasing Maria Menounos" will give fans a peek into her life, including living with her longtime boyfriend and her immigrant parents.

In this interview with Oxygen's On-Air Personality Susie Castillo, Menounos reveals more about her upbringing and what to expect on her new series. Watch this first on MSN TV:

"Chasing Maria Menounos" premieres March 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen.

Princess Aslaug brings surprise and intrigue to this scripted drama

By MSN TV Partner Mar 13, 2014 10:17AM
Season 2 of History's "Vikings" is underway. Princess Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) revealed she was carrying Ragnar's (Travis Fimmel) child, sending rippling effects into his kingdom. In this video extra, Sutherland talks more about her character and how filming went the second time around.

"Vikings" airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on History.

"It's not a good day, Mad Max"

By MSN TV Partner Mar 12, 2014 9:56AM

In this "Parenthood" clip, Max (Max Burkholder) wrecks havoc for Sarah (Lauren Graham) and Hank (Ray Romano) when he barges into the studio, interrupting their workflow.

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Parenthood airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

The classic game show has been upgraded with newer technology

By MSN TV Partner Mar 3, 2014 11:36AM

Who remembers the celebrity game show, "Win, Lose or Draw"? Disney Channel has recreated a kids version of it, premiering Monday, March 3. (The show will air Mondays through Thursdays).


On "Disney's Win, Lose or Draw" Disney Channel and Disney XD stars team up with kid contestants to compete and win prizes in a battle of drawing skills, creativity and wits. Justin Willman hosts the contemporary version of the popular game show, which also features new technology such as motion-control illustration, interactive multi-touch screen displays and other fun challenges.


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 "Disney’' Win, Lose or Draw" premieres Monday, March 3, at 5 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.