Talking head calls recent visit with Barbara and company 'intense'
Star Jones has been working the morning talk show circuit. And when she visited "The Wendy Williams" show Wednesday, Feb. 29, her girl Wendy didn't hesitate to bring up the recent return to "The View." Wendy said the tense reunion "made for interesting TV," but Jones simply used the stressful moment to segway into talking heart health and plugging her current gig at "Today." As you can see in the clip above, Jones also dished about VH1's upcoming movie adaptation of her novel, "Satan Sisters," during her visit.
When Williams brought up the reunion, Jones admitted, "It was intense. But you know what, stressful work situations happen to all of us, whatever work we do – no matter if it's a big public stage or a private stage.
"And actually, stress is a leading risk factor for heart disease in women. As my friend and colleague Dr. Nancy said, you have to recognize the stress in the moment, acknowledge it, own it and then toss it back at people. That's really what it's all about."
Jones made it clear she has no interest in returning to "The View" as a panelist, because she already has a daytime gig. "I do 'The Today Show' Professionals with the best you can imagine, Donny Deutsch and Nancy Snyderman," she raved, insisting she wasn't being catty about it. "Every time I get on the television, I get to be a part of that family."
Donny actually made news for saying that the ladies of "The View" owe his co-Professional an apology, but Jones shrugged that off. "I was there for nine years. It's fine," she told Williams. "I do appreciate the fact that Donny had my back. You did [too, Wendy]? That's my sister!"
In the clip above, Jones goes on talk about “Satan Sisters," her novel about a panel of talk show ladies and who she'd like to see cast in the VH1 TV movie that's in the works.
"The Wendy Williams Show" airs weekdays in syndication.
Inside the Official Gift Lounge of the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards
By Minh Nguyen
Special to MSN TV
MSN TV was in for a treat on the Saturday before the Academy Awards when were invited to the The Official Presenter Gift Lounge at The 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards to mingle with the celebs (TV stars too!). The Independent Spirit Awards is dedicated to independent filmmakers. The awards show was in a big white tent along the beach in Santa Monica. When we arrived (which was during the middle of the Awards show) there was high security and a wait to get inside the gifting suite tent for media. There were a huge number of fans who were waiting outside in the wind, just to get a peak of the celebrities.
While we were waiting to get into the gifting suite we saw Stana Katic (“Castle”), Rashida Jones (who is quite tiny in person) and Giancarlo Esposito (Sidney Glass/Magic Mirror/the Genie from one of our favorite shows “Once Upon a Time”) walking around. Once inside the tent, we did not know which way to turn, there were celebrities everywhere we looked! Richard Kind, Beth Behrs (“Two Broke Girls), Wilmer Valderrama and Terence Howard to name a few; some of the stars we missed seeing were some of our favorites: Carson Kressley, Kim Johnson, Benjamin Bratt, Matt Bomer, Shailene Woodley and William Macy. The biggest surprise was ABC's "The Revolution" co-host/trainer, Harley Pasternak, dressed in gym clothes working the New Balance area.
The sponsors for the event included: Wella Professionals, Tree Hut, New Balance, Emergen-C, Fashion Forms, Votre Vu, Bratz, Bowers & Wilkins, AMC Theatres, Cult of Individuality, Carlos Falchi, The Ritz-Carlton New York, & Crunch.
Scorpio's heartbreak, Genoa City musings and a web series in the works
With word of Robin's demise spreading on "General Hospital," Robert Xavier Scorpio returns Wednesday, Feb. 29 to face the death of his daughter. The guilt and heartbreak would be enough to push any man over the edge, but there's something else brewing in Port Charles that will prove to be just as earth shattering. Tristan Rogers talked to MSN TV about Scorpio's return, life onset under the new "General Hospital" regime, his other projects and the future of soaps.
MSN TV: How's your visit to Port Charles going?
Tristan Rogers: It's always fun to come back. This time, it's a bit different, because of the gravity of the situation surrounding daytime and the fact that there's something of a shadow over "General Hospital," right now. It ups the ante. It puts the pressure on you. You want to do the best possible job you can to perhaps influence a rise in the ratings.
Considering that sentiment, what was it like to be back with Finola Hughes (Anna), Emma Samms (Holly) and the old crew?
A very solid comfort zone. I totally get and understand everything about that show. The only difference was, this time, we've got Frank (Valentini, executive producer) and Ron (Carlivati, head-writer) running the show. I never got to meet Ron, but it was wonderful to work with [Frank], a guy who's a real hands-on operator, who is on the floor watching the scenes.
How has the new team from "One Life to Live" affected the vibe onset?
The vibe is a very positive one, which it hasn't been in a long time. Having people running the show that know what they're doing is a great energy booster. It remains to be seen whether this translates to the public. I'm not going to sugarcoat the pill: The "General Hospital" audience has been bated and switched so many times over the last ten years. Now, they've got a confidence problem. Yes, this is going to be a whole lot better, but we need the public to give us a chance. These guys have only had this show for a month and it takes at least that to make any change stick.
I received a great question from a fan who wondered what fans can do to help daytime and "General Hospital" if they don't have a Nielsen box tracking their viewing.
It's important to put a positive spin on it. It's not going to perfect, and it never has been. Even back in the '80s, it wasn't perfect! The most important piece of social media out there is probably Twitter. I don't know why it's become such a mainstream thing, but it has and is something that the companies follow. They look at the twitter comments, whereas they don't seem to care about the soap websites. Little posts count for a lot. If someone twittering brings back five other viewers, and those five viewers speak to five other people, etc., etc., then you start to get a positive effect.
Let's talk story: How will Scorpio take the loss of his daughter?
It's going to hit him hard. There's a lot of guilt and blame. You know, this man has been missing in action from his daughter's life for 20 years and didn't have a whole lot to do with her. What kind of a father was he? What kind of a grandfather? This weighs very heavily on him. The same thing applied to Anna. When Fin' (Hughes) and I sat down and went through the semantics, we discovered we had mountains of stuff to play off here, which was wonderful.
Where has Scorpio been hiding out, most recently?
He's been off tracking some Banana Republic uprising somewhere. Scorpio's always found things to do, other than sit around with the family. The interesting thing was there was a scene where Robin basically said, "I understand." She understood him better than he understood himself.
Fans are sad you're only back for a short visit: Would you be up for a more substantial return?
Oh yeah. Absolutely. There's a big part of me connected to this show. The character, himself, has a lot of connection to the show. It's just a case of seeing how it plays out. I don't know what the master plan is for the show, but I'll help wherever I can.
Is there any talk about bringing you back to "The Young and the Restless"?
There's always that possibility, because my character hasn't been taken off the canvas. They've been mentioning him. I was told when I left that there was a possibility and they were going to work something out, and that's has been reinforced over the last three or four months. I said, "When you've worked it out, you tell me."
You've also gotten involved in the web series world. What's going on with "Through the Wire," your project with Drake Hogestyn (John, "Days of our Lives")?
Now Drake and I are linked through twitter and Facebook and I envisage it's going to go up, soon. It's behind schedule, so we're rushing to get the thing out there, but there's a few technical issues and we want it to be right. This is all money out of our own pockets, so we're going about it in a different way.
What can we expect?
It's a serial drama set in a fictitious town on the Arizona-Mexican border. It's going to be a 30 minute format, online, [with new episodes released] probably more than once a week. We've put this into a very dark, edgy story. All the characters are thoroughly reprehensible and I'm using nothing but daytime people in this.
Who else, besides you and Drake?
At the moment, I'm not at liberty to talk about that. You'll recognize the faces. I hope not to disappoint. Drake and I are totally different characters in this sucker.
How can we find it when it hits the net?
We don't have the "Through The Wire" website running, yet, so for now, you can follow me on twitter (@TristanRogers).
It sounds like you're keeping busy, even when we don't see your face in daytime.
Hell yeah. I've got a couple of shows that I'm about to pitch and can say, in all honesty, that I'm going to have something I'm attached to as a producer. The industry has changed so much you can't just depend on being on one side of the camera -- Certainly, you can't depend on just being on the actor's side. You have to be involved in the business as a business. The great thing is that we've got the web, which allows anybody to be a producer. That's what I'd like to see more of, out there.
"General Hospital" airs weekdays on ABC.
photo credits: Rick Rowell, ABC / "Through the Wire"
It's all secrets and lies as our fearful foursome hit the Rosewood High father-daughter dance
When we left Rosewood last week on “Pretty Little Liars,” a cop showed up at Emily’s door, looking for Maya St. Germain.
This week, Emily revealed that Maya was MIA -- and not in touch. “The police say she packed a bag,” Emily told Hanna. “But she hasn’t returned any of my texts.”
- Meanwhile, Melissa and Spencer finally had a talk about what she’s been doing with Garrett – talking about Ian. “I shared a lot with him,” Melissa said. “Maybe too much.” Like the fact that their parents stopped fighting the day Allison went missing. “One night, before she disappeared…I was a wreck, I caught Allison flirting with Ian. Dad just had this look, like he supported me.” Spencer told Melissa that she thought Allison had been blackmailing their dad – and that, when confronted, he denied it. “Do we believe that,” Melissa asked. Uh, no!
- Aria’s mom Ella Montgomery was trying to understand her daughter’s relationship with her former teacher Ezra – but in the meantime, she wanted Aria to go to the father-daughter dance with Byron. Hanna actually wanted to go to the dance – but her dad was MIA. So her mom suggested they go together, lame or not.
- When the girls finally met up, Spencer found herself defending her sister to the other girls – who all still thought Melissa might be A. When she got home, she found a fat diamond necklace from their father. “It’s called overcompensating,” Melissa said. “This necklace is nothing but his guilt talking. He has a lot to cover up for.” Then dad walked in. He made Spencer promise to wear it to the dance. When he left, Spencer snuck into his office and snooped through his 2009 tax files. She found a receipt for $15000 check – made out to CASH. Melissa caught her in the act. “I needed a stamp,” Spencer lied. “Got one.”
- Hanna’s mom Ashley met with Det. Wilden in his car – and he asked her to swipe Hanna’s phone. “If we want answers,” he said, “then you need to get me that phone.” Hanna, walking by with Mona (who complained about her community service), saw them in the car. Later, she confronted her mom, who said she needed answers and couldn’t get any from her. “Wilden has just as much at stake as we do – he could lose his job.” Hanna stormed out, but not before grabbing her phone. Later, Ashley demanded Hanna turn over her phone. So Hanna threw it into a sink of soapy water instead.
- Aria’s brother Mike told her she should go to the father-daughter dance – Holden would be there, and he’d keep the suspicions low. But he also asked why she stuck with Fitz – “it seems impossible that things will ever work out.” So she told him why: “When you love someone, it’s worth fighting for no matter what.” Later, Aria was getting ready for the dance when her dad stopped in. “This is the father-daughter dance,” he reminded her. “I need to take my little girl. Is that too much to ask?”
- Emily’s dad was back, conveniently, in time for the dance. But he didn’t know Maya was MIA. “She said she was going to crash with some friends in San Francisco,” she said. Her dad suggested they check the bus station – that’s how he ran away when he was a kid. They went to the station, and the guard, a former serviceman, told them Maya had bought a ticket to San Fran – but never got on the bus. She got into a dark-colored car instead. “She could be anywhere,” Emily said. Later, she got a missed call from Maya – but no voicemail, and no response when she called back.
- Then, at the dance, Emily’s dad told her that they were sending back to Afghanistan for six months. He was flying out that night. Aria, meanwhile, was dancing awkwardly with her dad when Hanna showed up – still in her sweats. She told the girls, Mona included, about her mom and Wilden. Mona had an idea: “Which one of you girls is best at hiding the truth from someone who is close to you?” They all pointed to Aria, who said, “What’s my lie?”
- Emily and her dad danced again, and she asked why he didn’t tell her earlier about leaving. “I just needed this weekend to dance with you.”
- And Spencer confronted her dad about the check. He tried to defend himself, but she bailed. Outside, she saw a man on a bike: “Toby?”
- Aria wanted to leave, too: “I’m not your little girl anymore,” she told him. And they left without even getting a photo. She went to Hanna’s house, then told Ashley she was the one who sent the police report. “Hanna wouldn’t listen to me when we begged her to stop [shoplifting], so I sent her the report to try and scare her straight. I’m A. A for anonymous, A for Aria. A for –” And Ashley said she got it, but it didn’t seem she was buying it.
- At the Montgomery house, Byron asked Mike if he had a good time – and Mike asked if he felt like he was being too hard on Aria. “Did she tell you why” she loved Fitz, he asked. When Byron said no, Mike suggested it was because he didn’t ask.
- At home in his office, Spencer’s dad called the cops – there was a gun missing from the locked drawer in his desk. On it, Spencer saw a folder full of photos – of Allison. Creepy! But Mr. Hastings said he’d paid a private investigator to follow Allison. “I was worried about your sister,” he said. “Melissa was harassing Allison, sending her texts and threats – and then she disappeared. I just needed peace of mind.” A few minutes later, Melissa asked what the cops were doing there, and Spencer told her that the gun was missing. Melissa said she was going back to the city – it was all too much. And she said if things got to be too much for Spencer, too, she could come stay with her. “I want you to know I’ll keep you safe,” Melissa said.
- Hanna’s mom Ashley went to Ella Montgomery to talk about A – which she knew didn’t stand for Aria. “This has gone on for far too long,” Ashley said. “We owe it to ourselves and our daughters to get some answers.” But they were getting in more trouble – because someone was spying on them as they talked.
- Aria, meanwhile, got a call from Jonah, who’d told her that Allison had been getting texts from more than one number. So all the girls went to an address in the city – an uber-creepy doll hospital. Aria went to go put on her jacket – a red trench, and a blonde guy called out to her – “Vivian?”
"Pretty Little Liars" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.
AnnaSophia Robb cast as a younger version of Sarah Jessica Parker's iconic character
Will LiLo leave the 'Today' host hanging yet again?
Bing: The latest on Lindsay Lohan
Lohan has already stood up two daytime dates over the last year. When Lauer flew to Malibu for a chat with her last May, the oft troubled star reportedly refused to come out of her room. Then in December, she was supposed to promote her "Playboy" cover on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," but missed a flight back from Hawaii and left DeGeneres hanging.
This time, Lohan is likely preparing to talk about her big comeback, starting with her March 3 guest-hosting appearance on "Saturday Night Live." Fans may also get the final word on whether she's actually landed the starring role in Lifetime's Elizabeth Taylor biopic.
After years of legal drama, Lohan recently received another pat on the back from Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner. With an end to her probation in sight, she shouldn't have a reason to cancel, but stay tuned.
"Today" airs weekday mornings on NBC.
Oscar recap, Justin Bieber and Lindsay Lohan
Schedules subject to change. Original airdate and repeat notation provided when available.
Mon: Adam Levine
Tues: Jane Velez-Mitchell, a report on Bobbi Kristina
Wed: Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Thurs: no celebs on the docket
Fri: Danny DeVito, Dr. Mike Dow
"Live! With Kelly"
Mon: "After Oscar Show" with red carpet fashion panel; guest-host Neil Patrick Harris
Tue: Poppy Montgomery; guest-host Lucy Liu
Wed: Larry the Cable Guy, Taylor Kitsch, Leaping Animals from Sea World & Busch Gardens; guest-host Alec Baldwin
Thurs: Don Cheadle, Kristin Chenoweth; guest-host Dan Abrams
Fri: Anjelica Huston, Donnie Wahlberg; guest-host Dan Abrams
Bing: Watch clips and episodes of 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
Mon: Meredith Vieira, Emily Van Camp
Tues: Kate Walsh, Sophia Grace and Rosie
Wed: “The Bachelor" castoff Kacie B, Science Guy Steve Spangler
Thurs: Justin Bieber, Megan Mullally, "American Idol" cast-off Lauren Gray
Fri: Steve Harvey, Jason Mraz performs
"The Rachael Ray Show"
Mon: no celebs on the docket
Tues: no celebs on the docket
Wed: Andrew Lincoln
Thurs: no celebs on the docket
Fri: Lisa Masterson
Mon: Patricia Heaton, Daniela Ruah
Tues: Penny Marshall, Tabatha Coffey
Wed: Emmy Rossum
Thurs: Jane Leeves, Lisa Lillien
Fri: David James Elliott, Debbie Gibson
Mon: Megan Hilty, Ed Helms
Tues: The Professionals
Wed: Danny DeVito
Thurs: Lindsay Lohan, Zac Efron
Fri: no celebs on the docket
Mon: Ed Helms, Kathy Gingrich Lubbers, Jackie Gingrich Cushman; Guest co-host Yvette Nicole Brown
Tues: Alan Rickman; Guest co-host Mary J. Blige
Wed: musical guest Lyle Lovett, Guest co-host Kathy Ireland
Thurs: Zac Efron ("Dr. Seuss' The Lorax"); Quanitta & Hazzauna Underwood; Guest co-host Nancy Grace
Fri: Jill Zarin, Michael Corbett, Dr. Gadget; Guest co-host Kris Jenner
"The Wendy Williams Show"
Mon: Ali Wentworth, Mary Alice Stephenson, last contestant fired from “Celebrity Apprentice"
Tues: Mike Epps, Estelle performs
Wed: Star Jones, Jackie Collins
Thurs: Don Cheadle, Tai Beauchamp
Fri: Isaac Mizrahi, Roblé Ali
Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young team up for love and music
Bing: More about "The Young and the Restless" | Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young
Two seasons of "American Idol" have come together to find love in the real world, thanks to time sharing the stage in Broadway's "Hair" (pictured above). Ace Young and DeGarmo are living together and in love, and they're also working together. Now, the couple, who created a music production company called "All Access," has a song set to premiere on "The Young and the Restless." There's been no talk, however, of bringing Young on canvas, as of yet.
The track "Good Goodbye," which is being touted as a heart-wrenching country ballad, will be revealed over several episodes featuring Angelina's breakout performance, starting on Friday, Mar. 23.
Fans of the soap can imagine the song has to do with Angelina getting real about her crazy machinations involving Kevin. With Angelina set to be taken seriously for her music, however, one has to wonder if "The Young and the Restless" will go down the rocking storyline road, ala Michael Damian's Danny Romalotti in the '80s and 90s.
"The Young and the Restless" airs weekdays on CBS.