MSN TV's new weekly roundup of which stars are visiting which daytime talk shows!
Here's the lowdown on which shows to tune in to hang out with Michael Douglas, Angelina Jolie, Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Keira Knightly, Chelsea Handler, Andy Samberg, Padma Lakshmi, Susan Lucci, Ellen Pompeo, Mark Harmon and Chaz Bono the week of May 9-13 – as well as where to catch performances from Donny & Marie Osmond, Dionne Warwick and Broadway's "Anything Goes" cast. Guests subject to change.
Monday, May 9
"The Oprah Winfrey Show:" Chaz Bono (author, "Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man")
"Today:" Beth Holloway. Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph ("Bridesmaids"); Keira Knightly; Chelsea Handler ("Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me"); latest celebrity fired on "Celebrity Apprentice"; Marlo Thomas; David Goldman
"The Talk:" Guest host Padma Lakshmi; singer/songwriter Kara DioGuardi; Emmy Award-winning sports broadcaster Al Michaels
"The View:" Michael Douglas; musical guests Donny & Marie Osmond
Tuesday, May 10
"The Oprah Winfrey Show:" Oprah's Ultimate Weight Loss Finale
"Today:" Andy Samberg ("Saturday Night Live"); the latest eliminated "American Idol" contestant; the latest eliminated "The Biggest Loser" contestant; Chelsea Handler; Andy Samberg
"The Talk": Guest host Candace Cameron Bure ("Make it or Break It"); Jeff Probst ("Survivor")
"The View": Guest co-host Teri Hatcher ("Desperate Housewives"); Mark Harmon ("NCIS"); Albert Brooks ("Twenty Thirty").
Wednesday, May 11
"The Oprah Winfrey Show": Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson
"Today:" Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas ("Puss and Boots"); Jillian Michaels; Billy Bush
"The Talk:" Alex Trebek; Health Magazine editor-in-chief Ellen Kunes discusses "The Carb Lover's Diet"
"The View:" Susan Lucci ("All My Children," author, "All My Life"); Mary Hart
Thursday, May 12
"The Oprah Winfrey Show:" Oprah's Last-Ever Makeover Extravaganza!
"Today:" Jack Black, Angelia Jolie and Dustin Hoffman ("Kung Fu Panda 2"); Will Ferrell ("The Office"); Trey Parker and Matt Stone ("The Book of Mormon"); Wendi McLendon and Ellie Kemper
"The Talk:" Ginnifer Goodwin; Dionne Warwick performs
"The View:" Ellen Pompeo ("Grey's Anatomy"); Chaz Bono; musical performance from Broadway's Tony®-nominated cast of "Anything Goes."
Friday, May 13
"The Oprah Winfrey Show:" American Icon Ralph Lauren and His Fascinating Family
"Today:" Cuba Gooding Jr.
"The Talk:" Guest host Jennifer Love Hewitt; Jillian Michaels; author Hilary Winston
"The View:" Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy
Check out next week's listings to find out what Oprah has in store for her penultimate week and where to catch Cee Lo Green, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" and Martha Stewart.
A look back at the latest episode of 'Glee'
By Rachel Stuhler
Special to MSN TV
Prom season is upon us and all of the requisite fashion and drama have taken over the halls of McKinley High. When Principal Figgins' (Iqbal Theba) favorite band, Air Supply, is unable to perform at Junior Prom, he offers their $400 fee to Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) if New Directions is willing to take the job. The battle for prom king and queen rages on as the competition draws to a close, and Kurt (Chris Colfer) continues to struggle with acceptance.
"Rolling in the Deep"
Rachel (Lea Michele) tries out new material in the auditorium, but her solo unexpectedly becomes a duet when her former boyfriend, Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff) breezes back into her life. Their a cappella rendition of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” is a quicker way of recapping their pain and angst-filled goodbye.
"Isn’t She Lovely"
Artie (Kevin McHale) still won’t give up hope that Brittany (Heather Morris) will take him back, so he stages a romantic prom proposal. He rounds up the rest of the glee guys and serenades Brit with Stevie’s Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely.” Too bad the song is really about a baby and Brittany isn’t ready to forgive Artie for calling her stupid.
As prom starts, the boys assemble on stage first, taking on Rebecca Black’s Internet sensation, “Friday.” Though still a tad cheesy, it’s a decided improvement from the original. And after all, the prom is held on a Friday.
"Jar of Hearts"
Rachel’s next up on the stage with a maudlin version of Christina Perri’s "Jar of Hearts." Though it should be aimed squarely at the traitorous Jesse St. James, she can't keep her eyes off of Finn (Cory Monteith). But this time, the gazes aren't one-sided – Finn may be dancing with Quinn, but his attention is squarely on Rachel.
"I’m Not Going to Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You"
Blaine (Darren Criss) joins Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) and Brittany on stage for a spirited rendition of the Black Kids' "I'm Not Going to Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You." Out in the audience, things also start to heat up between Rachel and Jesse, prompting Finn to intervene. As the jealousies boil over, Finn puts an end to his own prom with a single fist to Jesse’s face.
The announcement of Prom King and Queen is more drama-filled than anyone expects when Kurt is elected Queen. It’s meant as a mean-spirited joke, but he decides to turn things around by accepting the crown with a smile and an "Eat your heart out, Kate Middleton." Kurt tries to talk the still-closeted King, Karofsky (Max Adler), into joining him for ABBA’s "Dancing Queen," but he storms off, leaving Kurt to enjoy the rest of the night with Blaine.
"Glee" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
Capitalizing on the werewolf trend, MTV breathes new life into the '80s throwback
There is very little forward momentum in a more pedestrian episode
For the first time, I have more sympathy for those who complain that nothing ever happens on "The Killing." Going back to the structure of "A Soundless Echo", the idea of Amber Ahmed being the accomplice is quickly dismissed, and Bennett Ahmed returns safely from his uneasy ride with Stan. Then nothing much happens, until the last five minutes when Linden and Holder get an anonymous tip that leads them to stumble into some sort of active FBI investigation. I still think it is wrong to compare it to more action oriented AMC series, like "Breaking Bad" or "Sons of Anarchy", but if there are many more episodes like this, it may be more accurate to replace descriptors like "measured" with "dull".
The police: It is really becoming unintentional comedy that Sarah Linden is trapped in Seattle, like a northwest version of the Hotel California. There were more hints dropped that this is not a new situation for her, with her friend mentioning a case from the past where she almost "lost custody of the kid" (Jack?), but it is irritating to have to spend time on the various ways she is thwarted in her attempts to relocate to Sonoma. You know you are in trouble when Holder's complaints start making more sense ("You got your commitment issues, that's fine. But don't be using them to mess up my career.")
The campaign: This was definitely the weakest part of the episode (and to be frank, for the series overall). There is just no way to ask viewers to get engaged with whether Richmond's afterschool projects will be denied funding, or whether he will distance himself from Ahmed after the leak of the investigation. Surely, any political candidate who was so unrealistic and self-sabotaging would have his entire staff quit in disgust, although apparently Gwen has forgiven the whole mole investigation pretty quick.
The family: Watching the strong and loving interaction of the surviving Larsens is the one area that is still interesting and compelling, as well as the one place that the slow pace doesn't translate into tired wheel-spinning. Stan and Mitch are still groping through the agony of their loss, but they are starting to reach out to each other, and starting to engage in the real world again. However, it appears that Mitch, rather than Stan, is the one with vengeance on her mind.
Christina Norman out, Peter Liguori in
By Deanna Barnert
Special to MSN TV
Less than six months after the launch of Oprah Winfrey's OWN, the network's president Christina Norman is out! With "The Oprah Winfrey" show winding down to its final episode on May 25, 2011, the queen of daytime plans to get more involved in the network she started with Discovery, while Discovery's Chief Operating Officer Peter Liguori will step in as the OWN head until Norman's successor is found.
"I want to thank Christina for her important accomplishments, incredible passion and many sacrifices in helping to launch the network," said Winfrey. "With the final taping of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' only a few weeks away, I will soon be able to devote my full energies to OWN."
"This is a natural point of transition, and I am confident that Peter, as an integral part of the launch of OWN, will be a terrific partner for me going forward. He is one of the smartest, most creative executives in media, and I look forward to his leadership as we build our development slate and work toward the launch of 'Oprah's Next Chapter'. Over the remainder of the year, Peter and I will work together to recruit a permanent CEO for OWN's next phase of growth."
In addition to "Oprah's Next Chapter," due out in early 2012, OWN's is set to launch "Why Not? With Shania Twain" this Sunday, May 8; the six part docu-series "Finding Sarah," with the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson on June 12; and Rosie O'Donnell's new talk show "Rosie" in October.
The network's current big performers include "Season 25: Oprah Behind The Scenes", "Our America With Lisa Ling" and "The Judds".
"Peter is Discovery's creative leader, and highly qualified to assume the leadership at OWN for the next phase of growth," Discovery CEO David Zaslav said. "Christina did a great job launching OWN with long-term support from both advertising and affiliate partners. Peter will now ensure that OWN reaches its full creative potential with great programming that delivers on Oprah's vision, mission and brand."
Before joining Discovery in 2009, Liguori served as president of entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company and during his five year stint as president and CEO of FX, from 1998 to 2005, he helped grow FX from an emerging network reaching 39 million homes to a top-five basic cable network reaching more than 84 million homes and recording all-time highs in ratings and revenue.
MSN is curious to see if Liguori's methods will work as well in this more female driven environment!
Parents, both real and surrogate, face conflict with their kids in another strong episode
"People can change…If I didn't believe that, I wouldn't even be alive." - Deacon
Being a good parent means playing many different roles over a child's lifetime. Sometimes you need to be the nurturing caregiver, protecting them from situations that may harm them. Sometimes you need to bite your tongue and step back, letting them make their own mistakes and learn from that. But one of the most important requirements is to never cop out on your responsibilities, even when it is difficult or challenging.
Tonight, we saw three teenagers who are struggling, each in their own way, with parental abandonment. Vince is still wary of his father, and with good reason. He has seen his former drug addict mother at her lowest, and he is terrified of her going back there. Becky's new makeshift home with the Mindy and Billy Riggins is threatened by her trashy father and stepmother; they don't really want her around, treating her like an annoyance they are wearily obliged to put up with for the present time. And Buddy Garrity tries to get reacquainted with the estranged Buddy Jr., whose sullen attitude can surely be at least partially traced back to the family break-up that his father selfishly caused. So far, Buddy is pinning his hopes on his belief that Buddy Jr. "loves football" but just doesn't know it yet.
Vince seems to be in the best position to rise above his surroundings, as she is (secretly, apparently, and at Luke's expense) recruited by TMU. He also makes some small steps to letting Ornette back into his – and by extension, his mother's – life again. The show is still keeping its cards close to the vest about this man who was reportedly "one of the baddest cats we had in town" is truly reformed, but dealing with him has put Vince on the fast track to discovering just how mature he can be when faced with these kind of challenges.
Rising to the occasion also (in her own way) is Mindy Riggins. She started out suspicious of the pretty teenager suddenly in her house, but the protective and maternal feelings she develops for Becky seem to be a surprise even to her. When Becky dissolves into tears in her arms, gratefully promising housework and constant babysitting in return for her indefinite stay with them, Stacey Oristano does a lovely job of showing those feelings flooding out of her hard-bitten exterior. However, seeing Becky gazing rapturously at Tim's photo gives me pause for the future of this happy little family.
Not a happy little family – the Buddies. Somehow, Buddy Jr. manages to have his own little crime spree of breaking and entering, underage drinking, and grand theft auto, after being in Dillon for barely two days. I certainly have less faith in the great restorative power of the pigskin that everyone in Dillon, as Buddy Jr. seems to be working through some real issues. But I'm willing to give the show the benefit of the doubt here; maybe being exposed to Coach Taylor will be the making of him.
- So, why does TMU have to resort to subfretuge in order to talk to him? Is it because he's a junior? Is there any chance they want Luke "Thank You Sir" McCafferty too, or is he just royally screwed?
- It would be great if Billy started having little secret meetings with Jess to get coaching tips.
- Tami Taylor continues to a totally awesome and terminally naïve guidance counselor. "It doesn't matter how much money we have. We can help these kids." HAHAHAHAHAHA. Oh Tami, you are adorable.
- I refuse to talk about Julie and Sleazy TA out there at Bad Judgment University.
- Kyle Chandler had some terrific throwaway line readings tonight, including "Your tiki people are here." and his deadpan "We know you can run." to Buddy Jr.
- A day shift at The Landing Strip! The horror!
- First The National moment of the season: "Start a War".
Pawnee isn't the only wacky town in this little corner of Indiana
"Leslie has a lot of qualities I find horrifying, but the worst one by far is how thoughtful she can be." - Ron Swanson
Look, we all know Leslie Knope is kind of a crazy lady. She is over-enthusiastic, impulsive, and delusional about her importance within the local government of her small town in Indiana. She is also a good citizen, a fantastic friend and an exemplary role model, which is why everyone loves her.
She even brings out the humanity (well, a wee bit at least) in her former best friend and head of the Parks Department of neighboring Eagleton, which is apparently made of rainbows, sunshine and artisanal crepes. By consistently taking the high road, Leslie manages to pretty much always get what she wants (in this case, a place for all the children of Pawnee and Eagleton to play whiffle ball) without having to step on others in order to get it. That's a tall order, particularly when you are faced with the intense condescension of Parker Posey as the horrible (and horribly funny) Lindsey Carlisle Shay, played with her feathery voice and her mahogany (no) purse. It might be soul satisfying to wrestle her to the ground in a pile of garbage bags, but that's not really who Leslie is deep inside.
Apparently, she is also a miracle worker who can build a baseball diamond in one das while also tormenting her boss. Discovering the secret of Ron Swanson's date of birth, she tortures him for a week by dropping hints of the big shindig she has planned. Any plot line that offers the opportunity for more Ron and April interactions is always a winner, particularly those that involve threats of inflatable saxophones and neon gangster fedora hats. The super-sweet payoff, where Leslie gives Ron an office to himself for the evening, complete with steak dinner, guy movies and scotch, was perfectly in character. It was just like the crazy lady we all know and love.
- "I command you to do nothing."
- "It has a lot of heart." "That's what people always say when something sucks."
- "That's arson." "Well, let's leave that up to the lawyers."
- "I would never make a work-related call. You know that."
- Lindsey Carlisle Shay referring to Ben's name: "It's unimportant. It won't come up again."
- Adam Scott didn't have much to do, but his awed expression at the vanilla cupcake scented air of Eagleton was cute.
- "The only thing they beat us in is life expectancy, beauty pageants and average income. Who cares?"
- "There is no street parking at my house. My house is not even on a street."
- I love how everyone applauded every time those Land's End looking people announced that they were a "citizen of Eagleton."
- "Here's to every Pawnee citizen who might have a bright future if they fundamentally change everything about themselves."
- "Don't you dare feed that waffle to that dog to make it poop."
- Lindsey Carlisle Shay can be summed up in three words: Kate Spade headband.
- "Did G. B. Shaw write your stupid fart face?"
- "I believe assault should be legal if the person is a stupid jerk."
- "Do you remember what you said to me?" "Do whatever you want. What the hell do I care?"
The show hits a new high in the first part of a follow-up to last year's 'Modern Warfare'
Well, that was incredibly enjoyable, wasn't it? Hitting an abundance of comedic high points and incorporating a pitch-perfect guest appearance by Josh Holloway, while addressing the ongoing irritant that is Pierce Hawthorne, it was a sublime start to the season closer.
Tackling the meta-theme first, it was an oddly cathartic episode at many points, as each person got to vent, rant and generally unload on Pierce for being the meanest jerk in the West. It was even revealed that the study group was preparing to vote him out of the inner circle. I highly doubt that there was really any thought to dumping Chevy Chase from the cast, but it was a refreshingly candid acknowledgment of the hole they have dug themselves into with Pierce's increasingly anti-social behavior. And they kept him nasty right to the end, when he faked a heart attack ("The gurgling's a nice touch) and gut-shot The Black Rider.
As that titular cowboy, Holloway brought exactly the right style, never winking at the audience and playing it absolutely straight. He was matched at every turn by Alison Brie's go-for-broke turn as the Ace of Hearts, who was funny, sexy and a thorough badass in every way. If only she didn't have that bean allergy.
There was so much to adore: the super-cool new title sequence, the fantastic Morricone-esque score, all of the hilarious paintball alliances like the cheerleaders and the math club, the expertly edited and exciting action sequences, the running gag about Josh Holloway's gorgeousness ("like network TV good-looking"), Dean Pelton's continued hysteria, and Troy's bright yellow cowboy outfit. And just the right amount of Chang. The only thing holding me back from declaring this my favorite is the fact that there is a hopefully slam-bang conclusion next week.
- "Free ice cream and that one guy having a heart attack aren't the only surprises today."
- "Yeah, and I want pants. A lot of people want a lot of things."
- Who is the holdout with the red card, who wants to keep Pierce in the study group? It seemed to be Jeff, unless he was just holding all the cards from everyone.
- "Obviously, they were practicing while the rest of us went on dates."
- "Like network TV good looking."
- Joel McHale's forehead just can't catch a break. ("It's not small.")
- Gay and Alive.
- I have no idea why Vicki dancing at Fort Hawthorne tickles me so much, but it really, really does.
- "Stop trying to fluster me with your handsomeness."
- "She's pretty awesome today."