The cast performs a Beatles classic in honor of their anniversary
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Check out the live performance (above) and stay tuned for election talk with James Scott (EJ) and James Reynolds (Abe), Chandler Massey on his character Chad's coming out as gay and Galen Gering on the future of Rafe and Sami.
"Days of our Lives" airs weekdays on NBC.
The Duggar family makes news only in one way: "We're pregnant ... again!" Here comes Duggar No. 20
By Allison McDowell-Enstrom
Special to MSN TV
Doesn’t it really just make you roll your eyes? The Duggars are having another baby. Number 20, in case you’ve lost count. They announced it this morning on “The TODAY Show” because, after all, who doesn’t announce news like that on a nationally televised news program? Michelle and Jim Bob seem blissfully oblivious of the firestorm of criticism they ignite with each new pregnancy. They sound and look and answer Ann Curry’s questions as if we all should be as delighted as they are. I find the announcement of Baby #20 to be sad and wrong and maddening. Let me explain why.
I’ve written about this family before and gotten plenty of blowback for criticizing the way they go about single-handedly over-populating the world. It’s easy to pile on mega-mom Michelle Duggar because of her advanced maternal age (she’s 45). It’s even easier to knock the obscure branch of Christianity the Duggars practice (the Quiverfull Movement whose intention is to take “be fruitful and multiply” to the nth degree!). Those are obvious targets for criticism and I’ve launched my fair share of grenades at them. But I’m irritated by a couple other factors at hand, not the least of which is the severe medical challenges their 19th baby, Josie, had to face. Is the same thing in store for Baby No. 20?
Josie was extremely premature which hit a nerve for me since I had my own micro-preemie born just two weeks later and two ounces bigger than Josie. My husband and I always said if our preemie had been our first baby, we never would have had a second – it was the hardest, scariest experience of our lives. Josie Duggar, herself, had a very difficult entry into the world spending her first six months in the NICU, leaving the hospital only to be rushed back (while mom and dad were out of the country, no less!), and finally returning home with supplemental oxygen she needed through her first birthday. There is no shortage of medical drama for preemies and their parents. Every day there’s something new and serious and immediate to worry about: bowel perforations, brain bleeds, apnea and bradycardia, infections from all the tubes that go in and out of their bodies (even a minor infection can be fatal), daily blood transfusions, future diseases they may get from blood transfusions. And that’s the tip of the iceberg. Complications related to extreme prematurity are endless so it’s not just worry at the hospital. Those concerns last for years, sometimes for life. And that is what the Duggars want a repeat performance of? I find it offensive. Are they thinking not about the possible compromised health of the next baby they bring into the world, but instead the importance of adding to their quiver? What happens to one person in a family, happens to everyone in the family so on that note do the Duggars not worry about the impact this has on the rest of their kids? Hours, days, weeks at the hospital with a preemie is that much less time at home with the others. And while no one talks about cost when having a baby, preemies are expensive! Maybe cost isn’t an issue for them, but I’d be willing to bet any money used on the medical care of a special needs baby (or child) would be much appreciated in 19 other kids college funds!
The skeptic in me (which admittedly is a substantial part of my personality) wonders if TLC ratings were starting to sag and the Duggars needed a fresh new twist for “19 Kids and Counting…” It smacks a little of the Kardashian philosophy: when attention starts waning, do something dramatic. So this is the next problem I have with the announcement of Baby No. 20. Is it for ratings? Is it for money? Is it a stunt to get on magazine covers, to get paid interviews, to get paid for the first pictures? The decision to add to a family is generally between a mom and dad, it shouldn’t be paraded along to a national audience, yet that’s what they do with each new pregnancy. The entire Duggar family was on “The TODAY Show” to announce the news which will clearly be controversial among the public (not that Jim Bob and Michelle noticed!). Besides their TLC television program, they have a continually updated official family website. They have books (and book tours), well-publicized missions, speaking engagements and personal appearances. In addition to the official Duggar family Facebook page, there are tons of fan (and otherwise) pages devoted to them. This is not a family who is living a quiet life in their Arkansas country mansion and shying away from the publicity. Instead, for good or for bad, they embrace it. And as such, they’re getting unbridled criticism.
I’m an anti-fan of the Duggars but for Baby No. 20’s sake, I hope that s/he has a good healthy ride and entry into this world. Lord knows that baby, along with the other 19 kids, is going to need some guidance dealing with life having come from the freak show of a TV family Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have created. Now… any guesses on what "J" name Baby No. 20 will end up with?
The season finale of "19 Kids & Counting" airs Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on TLC.
Jon Cryer channels Charlie Sheen
In tonight's "Two and a Half Men," Jon Cryer becomes his dead brother, Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen).
You see, Cryer's Alan Harper hasn't truly dealt with the death, and the break (spoiler alert) will eventually lead to a mental institution where his roommate will be Gary Busey (playing himself!).
"The only reason people are worried about me is because they can't wrap their heads around how cool I am," Cryer's character says in a familiar voice, according to footage obtained by Entertainment Weekly.
Kutcher's character responds: "Yeah no, I don't think that's it."Cryer then announces he has tiger's blood, is addicted to winning and does a drug called Charlie Sheen.
Just kidding, of course. However, in addition to a break with reality, wouldn't a break with the fourth wall like that be a better reward for the legions who tune into the revamped series due to the ghost of a Charlie whose last name isn't Harper?
"Two and a Half Men" airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
'Where in the World Is Matt Lauer?' Not With the 'Twilight' hunks
Schedules subject to change
Mon: Gloria Vanderbilt
Tues: David Arquette & Padma Lakshmi
Wed: the Bengals Cheerleader who won a $11M slander case
Thurs: Toni Braxton
Fri: Hallie and Hillary Adams, “America’s Supernanny” Deborah Tillman
"Live! With Kelly"
Mon: Joan Rivers, Michael Buble
Tue: Katie Holmes, Peter Facinelli
Wed: Taylor Lautner
Thurs: Robert Pattinson
Fri: Adam Sandler
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"The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
Mon: Kate Walsh, Freida Pinto
Tues: Kirsten Dunst
Wed: Taye Diggs, Kermit the Frog
Thurs: Melissa McCarthy, Armie Hammer, Luke Bryan
Fri: Katy Perry
"The Rachael Ray Show"
Mon: Joy Behar; Guy Fieri co-hosts
Tues: no celebs announced yet
Wed: no celebs announced yet
Thurs: 50 Cent
Fri: Adam Sandler and Katie Holmes
Mon: Billy Gardell, Jack Osbourne
Tues: Kate Walsh; Nestor Carbonell
Wed: Dermot Mulroney, Il Divo performs
Thurs: Ellen Barkin; Kelly Monaco
Fri: Book Buzz: author Iris Krasnow talks "The Secret Lives of Wives"
Mon: (7-9 a.m.): Christina Applegate (9-11 a.m.): Laura, Jenna and Barbara Bush, Aiden Quinn
Tues (7-9 a.m.): The Duggar family, Stephen King
Wed (7-9 a.m.): Taylor Lautner, Daughtry performs
Thurs (7-9 a.m.): Robert Pattinson (10-11 a.m.): Il Divo performs.
Fri (7-9 a.m.): Adam Sandler (10-11 a.m.): Philip Galanes (“Social Q’s: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today")
Mon: Christina Applegate, Robin Roberts
Tues: Darrell Hammond
Wed: Caterina Scorsone, Ricardo Antonio Chavira
Thurs: Couple eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars," Chris Matthews ("Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero")
Fri: Tom Selleck; David Crosby and Graham Nash perform
"The Wendy Williams Show"
Mon: Kris Jenner, Lamman Rucker
Tues: The latest "Biggest Loser" castoff
Wed: The Braxton family, Kevin Clash
Thurs: Lisa Vanderpump, Randy Fenoli
Fri: Debbie Allen
Rapper, actress and host set to launch new syndicated talk show in 2013
The recently announced deal was driven by Latifah's Flavor Unit co-founder Shakim Compere and Overbrook’s Miguel Melendez, who will serve as executive producers of the upcoming syndicated talker, along with Latifah and Overbrook's James Lassiter, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.
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“Here at Overbrook, we have known and admired Latifah for over twenty years: dating back to our music days, to her first television role on ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,’ and years later when she worked with Jada on the film 'Set it Off," Melendez said. "This forum is the perfect place to showcase Latifah’s tremendous range of talents & unique ability to connect & inspire people.”
Latifah is one of many names trying to "connect" with Oprah Winfrey's former daytime fan base. She'll find the daytime market quite congested when she arrives, unless new and up and upcoming talkers like "Anderson," "The Chew," "Dr. Drew's LifeChangers," "The Revolution," "Steve Harvey" and "Katie" have already failed by the time she kicks off in 2013.
Like Katie Couric, Latifah does have and advantage over the competition: This isn't her first run as a daytime hosts. Her syndicated talker "The Queen Latifah Show" ran from September 1999 until August 2001 and welcomed some of the biggest names in hip hop, while also taking on every day issues. Here's a look back at a clip about racial profiling.
If Ava's watching Amy, who's watching Ava?
Ava ... babysits?
When Reagan (Christina Applegate) and Chris (Will Arnett) have a romantic night away to reignite the spark in their relationship, who steps in for baby duty with Amy? That's right. It's Reagan's boss, Ava (Maya Rudolph), who ends up connecting with a single dad (guest star Jason Lee) along the way. Catch this new episode on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
In the meantime, watch as Reagan tries to convince Chris that leaving Ava in charge is a good idea ... on their first night away from baby Amy. What do you think?
"Up All Night" airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
Kris Jenner visits talkers to plead her daughter's case and hawk her new book
Kris Jenner made the rounds in daytime Wednesday, Nov. 2, to promote her book "Kris Jenner ... And All Things Kardashian," but it was all about Kim and Kris' 72 days of marriage and divorce.
On "The View," Mama Kardashian went so far as to say she wasn't there to talk about her daughter, but then went ahead and did so, even tearing up as she opened up to Barbara Walters and her co-hosts about how hard it was to go through this drama is such a public space (as she was promoting her book!).
"It's a tough time for the family and for Kim and for everyone involved," she said. "It's really hard to go through this on such a public stage."
When Joy Behar asked about the blender she sent Kim and Kris as a wedding gift, Jenner laughed it off. She also sidestepped talking about the infamous engagement ring, but she did answer the big money question.
Jenner admitted there was a lot of wedding-related money coming in for the clan, especially for the E! wedding special, but reminded the hosts of how lavish the affair was. She was also quick to remind viewers that just because you see a number or factoid in print or online, doesn't mean it's true.
"Kim definitely made money [but] when it was all said and done, Kim had to pay a lot of money," Jenner told them. "The money that she made went to the wedding. She still owed money to make her fairy tale dream come true.
"Did they net or gross any amount of money?" Jenner added. "Absolutely not."
On "Today" (interview posted above), however, Jenner caught herself as she was saying "we" didn't profit from the fairy tale wedding and pics, saying instead that "they" didn't profit. Hmm...
Jenner kept her cool during her visit to the NBC talker, sharing some of the same sounds bites about the money and her support of and advice to her daughter. She also spoke to the backlash over the breakup.
"It makes me feel sad that some people are reacting that way," Jenner told "Today." "Certainly wasn't a sham. Certainly wasn't for TV. We have enough going on on our show that we don't have to make things up. She felt she was in love with him. It was an amazing time... I had no idea there was a problem, at the time. It saddens all of us."
Kim, herself, is set to visit to "The View" on Wednesday, Nov. 16, along with sisters Kourtney and Kimberly. The girls will presumably be promoting the newest Kardashian spin off, "Kourtney and Kim Take New York."
MSN TV hopes they stick to talking about that, or anything but the wedding disaster. Thus far, the media blitz seems to support allegations that, whether or not the Kardashian/Humphries marriage and breakup were a scam, the announcement was timed for Jenner's promotional tour and, well, it's enough already.
"The View" airs weekdays on ABC. "Today" airs weekdays on NBC.
Kelly Ripa's search for a new co-host is about to get serious
Since news broke that Regis Philbin was leaving "Live! With Regis and Kelly," there has been plenty of speculation about who will replace him, but the time for speculation is coming to an end. After 28 years as host, Reege's final day is Friday, Nov. 18, and Jerry Seinfeld is the first guest host lined up for the temporarily renamed "Live! With Kelly."
"Jerry is a great friend of ours, and a friend of Kelly's, and it doesn't hurt that he's an entertainment icon," executive producer Michael Gelman said in a statement. "It's a great way to kick off the new beginning of our show."
Fans may recall the revolving door of hosts after Kathie Lee Gifford's 2000 exit, which ended when "All My Children" alumna Ripa was permanently given her seat. In that same vein, Regis' name will be removed from the show title as the show tries out a stream of new co-hosts. Front-runners for the new "Live! With Kelly and ____" have been her hubby, Mark Consuelos, Bravo host Andy Cohen and Ryan Seacrest. But word is it's still anybody's game.
While Ripa tests out her chemistry with a stream of Hollywood men, daytime fans can also expect some shakeups to the show, which will be tweaked to match her style.
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As the first "Live!" post-Regis co-host, Seinfeld will sit down Monday, Nov. 21, through Wednesday, Nov. 23, to chat with guests Jason Segel, Kim Cattrall, Howie Mandel, "Naked Chef" Jamie Oliver and the one and only Miss Piggy.
Then, it's on to the next. The search for a permanent successor will continue ...
"Live!" airs weekdays in syndication.