President will discuss recent comments on same-sex marriage and more
President Barack Obama is coming to the "The View" on Tuesday, May 15. The President's recent comments on same-sex marriage is sure to be a hot topic during his sit down with Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd.
"It will be his very first interview since coming out in support of same-sex marriage," Walters said when she announced the visit on "The View." "I think we want to know what the reaction is, that he's had, especially since 30 states have bans on same-sex marriage."
Word is Obama had actually intended to make his big announcement during this visit to "The View." He decided to speak up sooner, however, after Vice President Joe Biden got ahead of him on Sunday's "Meet the Press," according to CNN.
If that buzz is accurate, Biden's premature reveal was a boon for Robin Roberts, anchor at ABC sister show "Good Morning America." With a sudden push to get the word out, President Obama called on Roberts to break his big news May 9.
"At a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married," Obama told Robins.
The President's appearance on "The View" is part of the show’s continuing “Red, White & View” campaign, which is committed to bringing political guests and discussions to daytime. President Obama was the first sitting United States President to visit a daytime talk show back when he appeared on "The View" July 29, 2010.
"The View" airs weekdays on ABC.
There's life after ABC for struggling Courteney Cox sitcom
"Cougar Town" has just received a reprieve from the governor -- Governor Ted Turner. According to Deadline, Turner's TBS network has ordered a fourth season of the Courtney Cox sitcom, scheduled to air in 2013.
Bing: More about 'Cougar Town'
"Cougar Town's" currently airing third season has been low-ratings town, ranking an abysmal 20th out of ABC's 22 primetime shows as of May 3. The sitcom had been kept off the network's fall and midseason schedules. It finally landed in the Tuesday 8:30 p.m. slot only after ABC canceled "Work It" after two episodes.
In announcing the move, head of TBS programming Michael Wright called the series "a smart, whimsical sitcom that draws its humor from likable, relatable characters.”
TBS has also landed the rights to air the first three seasons in repeats.
With the move, Cox officially breaks the so-called "'Friends' curse" by becoming the first former cast member to star in a sitcom lasting longer than three seasons. However, haters are likely to point out that it didn't last longer than three seasons on a major network.
"Cougar Town" airs Tuesday nights at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Recent tweets from Amber Riley and Dianna Agron put future in doubt
'Anderson' joins the race while 'Ellen,' ABC soaps and 'Days' make strong showings
The 39th annual Daytime Emmy nominations dropped May 9, reflecting last year's shifting daytime landscape. "General Hospital" once again leads the pack this year, and ABC pulled ahead of PBS. But the nominee list has to have ABC, in particular, reconsidering its daytime re-haul. The canceled soaps made a strong showing, as did NBC's "Days of Our Lives." The CBS sudsers aren't out of the running, however. "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" remains the most nominated talker, with "Anderson" the only new talk show that made the grade. "Today" and "GMA" take their ratings war to the ballots.
Here's a rundown on how the years daytime shakeups affected the Daytime Emmy races.
The Soap Opera Races
ABC leads the charge with 56 Daytime Emmy nominations for the 2011 season, with "General Hospital" responsible for a whopping 23. But the network has to again be questioning its decision to scrap "One Life to Live" and "All My Children."
The canceled soaps nabbed 22 nominations, including Outstanding Show and Writing noms for "All My Children," a Directing nom for "One Life to Live" and a good showing for both in the actor categories. Daytime icons Erika Slezak, Debbie Morgan, Darnell Williams and Robert S. Woods nabbed nominations.
Icons, in general, fared well this year.
All the love for "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" didn't earn daytime icon Susan Lucci a final nod, however. The queen of daytime snubs closed out her soap opera tenure with one final snub. She'll be laughing all the way to Marc Cherry's "Devious Maids" set.
Her former show, "All My Children," may take Outstanding Drama Series with the sentimental vote, but it will have to beat out "Days of Our Lives," "General Hospital" and "The Young and the Restless." It's anyone's game, except for "The Bold and the Beautiful." The soap won't get a chance to parlay its Outstanding Show three-peat into a four-peat.
CBS performed in the soap categories, althought not as well as last year. "Young and the Restless" earned 16 nominations (as compared to last year's 20), while "The Bold and the Beautiful" earned 11 (as compared to 14).
In contrast, NBC's "Days of Our Lives" saw a big upswing in nominations, and the absence of CBS' "As the World Turns" may have played a part. Last year, the NBC soap nabbed a mere five nominations. This year it landed 15, including Outstanding Drama Series, Writing Team and actor noms for Crystal Chappell, Matthew Ashford, Molly Burnett, Shelley Hennig and Chandler Massey.
Indie online soap "The Bay" bares mention for sharing the Outstanding Special Class Short Format Daytime Program nomination with efforts from power players Disney and Nickelodeon. With "General Hospital" alumnus Gregori J. Martin at the helm, "The Bay" cast includes soap faves like Matthew Ashford, Real Andrews, Mary Beth Evans and Charles Shaughnessy, not to mention guest stars like John Reilly and Jacklyn Zeman. That soap opera lineage could bode well for a win.
The Talk Show Races
"Today" and "GMA" will take their ratings battle royale to the Emmys as the only two Outstanding Morning Program nominees. New addition "CBS This Morning" wasn't a contender, since it launched in 2012.
"Anderson," another new daytime addition, bumped "Dr. Phil" out of the running for Informative Talk Show and will go up against "The Dr. Oz Show" and "The Doctors."
"The Talk" broke into the Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment category, pushing "The Rachael Ray Show" out of contention. The final season of "Live! With Regis & Kelly" also made the category, along with standards "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "The View."
While Rachael Ray's show may be off the list, she is back in contention for Best Talk Show Host. She just has to beat out Anderson Cooper, Dr. Oz, Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa and all of "The Doctors." Last year, this category was a tie, going to Dr. Oz and Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa.
Judge Judy remains queen of daytime and syndicated programming, but her show didn't land a nomination for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program. Those went to the less talked about "Last Shot with Judge Gunn," " Judge Joe Brown," "America's Court with Judge Ross" and "We the People with Gloria Allred."
NATAS has the full list of nominees posted here.
The Daytime Emmys will take place Beverly Hilton Saturday, June 23. As of now, there's still no broadcast or online partner announced, so it may turn out to be a private affair, after all.
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.
The network's latest drama adapts novels about serial killer-ess
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.
Here are six NBC shows coming soon to a small screen near you
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.
Bing: More about 'Friends'
"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.")