Lady Gaga gets Simpson-ized in season finale
Lady Gaga's latest tour is bringing her to Springfield, (??)
Gaga voices her animated self in the finale of the 23rd "Simpsons" season, airing Sunday, May 20. In the episode, called "Lisa Goes Gaga," the pop sensation provides comfort when Lisa's plan to write positive things about herself on the school blog goes awry. Gaga will be seen donning her meat dress and other iconic outfits.
"I would say this is one of the coolest things I’ve ever done,” Gaga told Entertainment Weekly last August, when she recorded her lines. “My dad’s probably going to do 80 backflips when the episode comes out.”
See if any backflips result when you view the promo clip yourself:
But wait ... Isn't Lady Gaga already a cartoon character?
"The Simpsons" airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
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Why should Stephenie Meyer, Suzanne Collins and J.K. Rowling get to be the only female authors whose ongoing series of novels get re-imagined for the bigger arenas of film and television? FX has answered that rhetorical question by commencing development on a new original drama adapted from writer Chelsea Cain's "Heartsick" novels.
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Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc insist it won't happen
Speculation regarding either another television series or "Friends" movie has swirled since the show ended its 10-year run in 2004.
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"I don't think it will ever happen whether any of us want it to happen or not," Kudrow told E! Online, who explained that series co-creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman would have to write it "and I don't know how they could do it."
In a separate interview with Digital Spy, LeBlanc admitted that "everyone in their own mind imagines what has become of those characters" but that "it's best to leave it at that." (Obviously, someone is still smarting from "Joey.")
Ironically, this news comes as the only former cast mate to ride a sitcom three seasons may suddenly become available for a reunion. (Courteney Cox's "Cougar Town" is struggling for its network life, against what some observers like to call "the 'Friends' curse.")
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'Real Housewives of Orange County' star dishes on her soap opera debut and more
Alexis Bellino checks in to "General Hospital" Wednesday, May 9, but she doesn't need a doctor. The "Real Housewives from Orange County" star will slip behind an anchor's desk to drop breaking news on Port Charles locals.
Bellino talked to MSN TV about her soap opera cameo, the ups and downs of being part of Bravo's "Housewives" franchise and which daytime vet gave her a new perspective on things.
MSN TV: How was your "General Hospital" experience?
Alexis Bellino: I cannot even put it into words. First of all, I had no idea going on set that the studio would be so huge! It's an actual hospital. It was amazing and breathtaking. I was nervous, but it was an excited nervous. I had a great time.
How did you like playing anchorwoman?
I had a little news desk and the backdrop for a news counter. It was fun. I've been a Fox 5 San Diego lifestyle correspondent for awhile. I never sit at a desk, per say, but it felt like that. Only I knew I was acting! It was surreal. I got nervous and a little choked up the first take, but the second time I nailed it.
Can you tell us what news you're reporting?
I don't want to give too much away, but I get to break headline news about a local mishap. It's shocking for Port Charles, and it's a pretty big deal. Everyone's jaws are going to drop.
Did you get to work with any castmembers?
Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) and Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) are the other two characters in my scene, watching my news cast. I also met Kelly Monaco (Sam), Maurice Benard (Sonny), Chad Duell (Michael) and a couple others.
Any onset "Real Housewives" fans?
Nancy and Kelly. I didn't realize Kelly was until she tweeted me later, but Nancy and I had a long conversation about "Housewives." She had some really good advice for me, being at the level she is. It was refreshing. I left there like, "Wow that's a really good outlook. I'm going to take that with me." She totally inspired me.
I was just reading you husband's 'Keepin it Real' blog: How do you adjust to the "Real Housewives of Orange County" experience, where things aren't always represented the way you feel they happened?
I knew when I signed on the dotted line that I'd pretty much turned my life over to them. I've had to come to a resolution, internally, that it may not [reflect] what my husband and I feel our relationship is. And if you watched my Fox 5 segment, they completely spoofed it. My real segments look nothing like what they aired. I came to understand that's just the role I am on the show, and so be it. I have fun with it.
You never get frustrated or angry?
Of course. Like any career, there's times I'm frustrated, but you have to take the good with the bad. All and all, I love what I do. I do have fun with these women, even though they like to beat me up. I put a positive spin on everything. I know my goal and keep my eye on my prize, and that's it.
What is the biggest misconception about you that stems from your show?
It depends what season it is, but this year they're trying to play me as the [idiot.] Tamra and Heather are just going to town saying, "She might be stupid," and "She's an idiot." It's the furthest thing from the truth, but I'm not going to call them names back. That's not how I handle situations like that. Let them curse me and I'm going to bless them. It may not be the same in my mind, sometimes, but it's what I project. I am a mom and want to be a positive role model to my children, so I go that avenue.
Did you know this trash talking was going on before it aired?
No clue. Heather is sitting there, acting like she's my friend. Nice as can be to my face. Then every single episode I watched, she's berating me and talking bad about me. It's an icky phenomenon. You're stunned.
Do you miss your anonymity, let alone having control over your own persona? Or do you enjoy the craziness?
I think I like the craziness, because even when I wasn't on this television show, we still... I have that personality were I need a lot of chaos going on around me. Like Pigpen in "The Peanuts." I like fast-paced. I like being busy and constantly productive. If I have a lot of downtime, I feel bored.
The only thing I really do miss is going to the gas station with my hair in a ponytail. You always see someone who catches you, even if you're in shades and a hat. I miss those days you could just run in and run out, without talking to anyone or being noticed. But, again, you have to take the good with the bad. At my point in my career, because of everything occurring in my life, the good is definitely outweighing the bad.
Was acting on "General Hospital" a nice change of pace?
Yes. I loved it. The thing I like most about being on set was seeing these women and men performing their roles, and when they stepped away from the cameras, they're back to being who they really are. If you play a villain on the show, you're not really a villain and America knows that. You're acting. It was also fun to know that when I walked away from the desk, it was going to be portrayed just as it was filmed.
Might the good anchor return for another breaking story?
I don't know if he was joking, but the director said all the women in the back were saying I should be the permanent news anchor. I said, "Absolutely! I put an application in with you guys." I was so blessed for this experience and I hope I have another one.
"General Hospital" airs weekdays on ABC. "The Real Housewives of Orange County" airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.
Mother's Day mania, sweeps mayhem, primetime dish and Howard Stern
The week of May 7 promises Mother's Day mania, sweeps mayhem and lots of celebrities. Big screen stars from "Dark Shadows," "What to Expect When You're Expecting," "The Dictator," "Girl in Progress" and "The Avengers" are on the docket. From the small screen, watch for favorites from "Desperate Housewives," “Common Law,” "Dallas," "Grey's Anatomy," "GCB," "Once Upon a Time," "Heart of Dixie," "Modern Family," "The Client List" and “Hawaii Five-0." Howard Stern and the "America's Got Talent" crew are making the rounds; along with stars, contestants, castoffs and winners from "The Voice," "The Biggest Loser," “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” "Celebrity Apprentice," “Fashion Police” and “Around the World in 80 Plates." Authors touting new books include Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez, Suzanne Somers, Elizabeth Smart, Giada De Laurentiis, the “Sister Wives" and more. Other notables coming to daytime include Susan Sarandon, Tim Tebow, Hilary Duff, Molly Sims, Craig Ferguson, Ricky Martin, Audra McDonald, Andy Cohen and Christina Ricci. Plus, don't miss performances from Nicki Minaj, Flo Rida, Carrie Underwood, Courtney Love and Linda Perry, Norah Jones, Karmin, Glenn Frey, TANK, Mary Mary and Cirque du Soleil, not to mention a surprise from Lady Antebellum.
With sweeps in full affect, all the daytime talk shows have big plans for this week. After breaking the "Today" winning streak, "GMA" is taking on world records. "Today" is focusing on moms this week, and so is just about everyone else. "The Talk" is even hosting surprise celebrity guests with their mothers or children. "The View" will focus on finances. "The Wendy Williams Show" is still getting wiggy and throwing money at the audience. Anderson Cooper is launching the "Anderson Adoption Club" Monday, with guest host Kristin Chenoweth. "Live! with Kelly" calls in Michael Strahan and Nick Lachey as co-hosts, while "The Rachael Ray Show" has Carson Daly in the house for guest host Mondays. And that's just a taste of what's going on this week.
Schedules subject to change. Repeat notation provided when possible.
Mon: Fiona, the blind dog; Kristin Chenoweth co-hosts
Tues: Elizabeth Smart
Wed: Kelly Osbourne, Linda Grey and Josh Henderson, Lady Antebellum, cast of “Sister Wives"
Thurs: Kelly Cutrone, Susan Sarandon
Fri: Gloria Vanderbilt, Chandra Wilson, Jessica Alba
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
Mon: Eva Mendes, Beth Stern
Tues: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Moretz; Alison Sweeney; Flo Rida performs
Wed: Carrie Underwood talks and performs, Anna Kendrick
Thurs: Nicki Minaj talks and performs; Sophia Grace and Rosie
Fri: Hilary Duff, Nick Cannon, Molly Sims
"Good Morning America"
* Make it or Break it Week: GMA's World Record's Party *
Mon: Cast of “Sister Wives," Melissa Gilbert and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Wolfgang Puck
Tue: Eva Longoria, Elizabeth Gilbert, Ricki Lake; Karmin performs
Wed: Whoopi Goldberg, Rico Rodriguez, Tuesday's "Dancing with the Stars" castoffs; Mary Mary performs
Thurs: Ginnifer Goodwin, Missy Buchanan, Alton Brown
Fri: Felicity Huffman, Tim Tebow, Dr. Marty Becker
"Live! With Kelly"
Mon: Cameron Diaz; the latest "American Idol" castoff performs; Michael Strahan co-hosts
Tue: Stephen Colbert; 2012 Miss USA contestants; Michael Strahan co-hosts
Wed: Chace Crawford, Karmin performs; co-host Michael Strahan co-hosts
Thurs: Felicity Huffman; Nick Lachey co-hosts
Fri: Ginnifer Goodwin; Nick Lacheyco-hosts
"The Rachael Ray Show"
Mon: Cobie Smulders; Carson Daly guest co-hosts
Tues: Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, Buddy Valastro, Jessica Seinfeld
Wed: Clinton Kelly
Thurs: Bear Grylls
Fri: Suzanne Somers, Nancy O'Dell
* Mothers Mystery Week *
Mon: surprise guest; Carnie Wilson co-hosts
Tues: Ricky Martin, surprise guest; Courtney Love and Linda Perry perform; Carnie Wilson co-hosts
Wed: Craig Ferguson, surprise guest
Thurs: Daniel Dae Kim, surprise guest
Fri: Eva Mendes and Cierra Ramirez, surprise guest
* Mom's Rule week *
Mon: "The Voice” judges and finalists, Cameron Diaz, Sasha Baron Cohen; Glenn Frey performs
Tue: Suzanne Somers, Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez, Curtis Stone
Wed: Brooklyn Decker, Rita Wilson, "The Biggest Loser" winner, Chef Vanessa, Anne Geddes
Thurs: Howard Stern, Dave Zinczenko, Elizabeth Banks, Matthew Modine
Fri: “The Voice” winner, Mike Lupica
* Budget Week *
Mon: Dr. Phil; Norah Jones performs
Tues: Ricky Martin; Broadway’s “Evita” cast performs
Wed: Christina Ricci, John Stossel
Thurs: Howard Stern
Fri: Eva Longoria, El James, Robin Roberts; Bob Saget co-hosts
"The Wendy Williams Show"
* 500th Episode Countdown *
Mon: Kenan Thompson, Lolo Jones, latest fired “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant
Tues: Kathy Wakile and Melissa Gorga, Carrie Keagan; TANK performs
Wed: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Cat Cora
Thurs: Andy Cohen, Audra McDonald
Fri: Michael Ealy, Matthew Modine
Disputed report: Lorne Michaels was fuming
"Saturday Night Live" viewers detected nothing amiss about this week's musical guest. Rihanna looked and sounded great while performing the songs "Talk That Talk" (teased with a snippet of her Chris Brown duet, "Birthday Cake") and "Where Have You Been."
But looking and sounding great was exactly the trouble -- at least if you believe TMZ. You see, Rihanna called in sick to dress rehearsal and, according to the usually accurate gossip website, this angered "SNL" producers -- including head cheese Lorne Michaels -- because she did not appear sick.
According to the report, Rihanna's choreographer danced to her songs in front of the live dress-rehearsal audience because the singer "just felt too ill to do it," even requiring a shot of penicillin backstage for a sore throat.
Yet the R&B star later performed on the Eli Manning-manned episode without a vocal hitch and, according to unnamed sources, was seen walking around and eating an apple between songs.
Skipping a dress rehearsal without being deathly ill is a major no-no in live television. It denies not only performers the chance to identify potential trouble spots beforehand, but also producers, directors, lighting and sound people, stylists -- pretty much everyone who works on a show.
"The staff was shocked," TMZ quoted an unnamed source, "and felt she didn't appear sick enough to have missed the dress rehearsal ... though no one from the show called her on it."
Most major Internet news outlets trusted TMZ enough to reprint its story unchallenged. Gossip Cop was the exception. Its own unnamed "SNL" source claimed that Rihanna's voice was genuinely jacked and that "no one at the show was upset."
The best gauge of which report holds more water will be whether Rihanna is asked back to "SNL" to promote her next album.