The crooner and 'Office' star channel some classic variety-show charm for 'Bublé Christmas' promos
No to 'Celebrity Big Brother'
Expect the 25-year-old star of TV, movies and cell blocks to promote her spread in January's Playboy (out later this month) and her soon-to-relaunch clothing line, 6126, in addition to jokingly addressing her legal troubles -- the latest of which was a four-and-a-half hour incarceration last month for violating a probation order imposed after she was jailed in 2007 for DUI. (Ha ha ha!)
One TV location you will not see Lohan is on "Celebrity Big Brother" -- despite a report published yesterday in Britain's "Daily Mail" newspaper calling the deal close and noting that producers of the UK reality show already flew to L.A. to lure her.
"Lindsay is not doing 'Big Brother,'" a Lohan rep emphatically told E! Online in response to the report.
Even if she wanted to, it would be a difficult trick. In addition to her still-unfulfilled, court-ordered 423 hours of community service at the L.A. morgue and 18 psychotherapy sessions, Lohan isn't allowed to leave Cali without the approval of her probation officer.
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Soap fans are celebrating today, even though it won't save their shows
After completely changing the face of ABC daytime by replacing "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" with lifestyle talk shows "The Chew" and "The Revolution" and also landing Katie Couric's new talker for next fall, Brian Frons has stepped down as president, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group. Vicki Dummer, Senior VP of current series and specials, has been tapped to replace Frons in a new position.
“While my decision to try something new was not arrived at easily, nine years is a long time in television terms, Frons said in a statement. "I’m proud of the performance of ABC daytime over that time, and of all of the accomplishments that our team achieved along the way. I’ll miss my colleagues and the wonderful talent that makes our shows, but know they are in very capable hands with Vicki going forward.”
Many soaps fans who have been crushed by the cancellation of "All My Children" and impending January finale of "One Life to Live," have been slamming Frons over the changes to ABC Daytime. They are certainly cheering over his exit, even though it's too late to save their shows.
While ABC/Disney isn't cheering, they've decided to make the most of the shakeup by revamping the power structure. "While we understand his decision to leave at the end of his contract, we’re sad to see him go," Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group said. “We took this opportunity to rethink our business, and the result was the creation of Times Square Studios."
Times Square Studios will oversee current programming, as well as the development of new programming focused primarily in the areas of non-scripted lifestyle and health for Daytime and Syndication. The combination of daytime and syndication are a natural fit, as a healthy portion of the daytime scene is composed of syndicated shows these days.
"Having it be part of the ABC Entertainment Group, under the supervision of proven executives Vicki Dummer and Paul Lee, provides us the opportunity to bring greater creative resources, development strength and operational flexibility to this key area of our business," Sweeney said.
Vicki Dummer will be promoted to executive vice president, Times Square Studios, Current Series & Specials. She will continue to report to Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group, who, with this announcement, adds Times Square Studios to his portfolio. Abra Potkin, former CBS News and entertainment development executive, has been hired as senior vice president, East Coast Programming & Development, Times Square Studios; and ABC Daytime veteran Ann Lewis Roberts has been named senior vice president, West Coast Current Programming & Development, Times Square Studios. Both will report to Ms. Dummer.
Frons will stick around through the end of his contract in January 2012 to help the transition.
The cast pops up on 'Today' to celebrate their 'Homecoming' and make Matt Lauer's day
Who can blame Matt Lauer for being smitten and sentimental as he interviewed eight surviving cast members of classic CBS series "The Waltons" this morning on "Today"? After all, it was the first time that many Waltons had been together in one room in more than two decades, thanks to a 40th anniversary screening of their inaugural TV movie, "The Homecoming," tonight in New Jersey. For the first time in 30 years, the entire cast of the beloved series will reunite at the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre in Journal Square, N.J.
The OWN empress puts gabby Wendy Williams in her place ... adorably
Sometimes, we hire our friends and loved ones just to give them a break or to nurture their skills before they use it as a stepping stone toward their ultimate dream. Other times, we give those close to us an opportunity, and the moment someone else offers bigger bucks and wider acclaim, they flee to new environs without a minute of second thought.
The two-plus-minute teaser melodramatically sells the show's past and future legacy
What's old isn't always new again in prime-time drama. Just ask the folks behind 2009's "Melrose Place" redux. But TNT's impending re-launch of iconic family soap "Dallas" seems to have "hit" written all over it. And not just because its network managed to eke boffo ratings out of "Franklin & Bash."
Gloria Estefan reportedly in line to play Santana's mom
If negotiations succeed, Estefan should play the mother of Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera) in the same episode where Ricky Martin appears as a Spanish teacher with two musical numbers. (TVLine broke that story on Tuesday.)
A source told "EW" the "Glee" cast is "really really big fans of hers and we love her music and her husband's music."
But that's wishful thinking at this point.
"Glee" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
'Office' curmudgeon releases sex-crazed dance music video
We glimpsed the playa side to Stanley Hudson, the perpetually bored/annoyed lump of a character who can't wait to leave "The Office" and go home every week, when he had an extra-marital affair in Season 6. But are we ready for this?
Leslie David Baker, the 53-year-old actor behind Hudson, has released a dance music video casting him shockingly against type as, according to the closing credits, "Black Hugh Hefner."
The footage shows a bathrobe-clad Baker receiving more than food from his fridge as a party rages outside his mansion featuring scantily clad babes and lookalikes for Johnny Depp and Justin Timberlake (trying out his thing-in-a-box thing on guests).
"2 Be Simple" is the song, currently available on iTunes. In it, an Auto-Tuned Baker describes himself as a "luscious machine" who "wants it to be freaky," then admonishes the listener to "drip all over" him, among other disturbing admonishments.
Is it 5 o'clock yet?
"The Office" airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.