Katie Couric, Sarah Palin and Oprah Winfrey headline morning battles
The first week of April will be packed with visiting guest hosts, with the early morning ratings war kicking into high gear. Katie Couric is stepping in as co-host at "Good Morning America" for the week. "Today" is answering by calling in "surprise legend" Meredith Vieira on Monday and Sarah Palin on Tuesday, while also promising a big announcement from Ryan Seacrest on Tuesday. Is he ready to sign on to the morning team? Oprah Winfrey didn't guest host, but got up early to chat with "CBS This Morning" Monday. "Live! With Kelly" takes the show on the road, going on location in Banff, Alberta, Canada with guest hosts Mark Consuelos, Chris Harrison, Ben Mulroney and Neil Patrick Harris. "The Talk" invites Molly Sims, Gladys Knight, La Toya Jackson and Emily Procter to the table.
And that's just the guest hosts. Big screen stars from "American Pie," "The Amazing Spider-Man" and “Think Like a Man” are making the rounds. Primetimers peaking out before dark include Betty White, Edie Falco, Kerry Washington, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Debra Messing, Jayma Mays, David James Elliott, Marisol Nichols, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg and reality TV's Niecy Nash, Randy Jackson, Shannen Doherty, Tori Spelling, Toni Braxton, Bill and Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne and Lauren Conrad. Other notables coming to daytime include James Cameron, Colin Farrell, 50 Cent, Tom Selleck, Octavia Spencer, Christie Brinkley, Stedman Graham and Joe Mantegna and Joey Travolta are also on the docket. Plus, don't miss performances by Nicki Minaj, Lionel Richie, Kenny Chesney and Tim Mcgraw, Rascal Flatts, Once, Wilson Phillips and Colbie Caillat and Common.
Schedules subject to change. Repeat notation provided when possible.
Mon: Janet Jackson
Tues: no celebs on the docket
Thurs: no celebs on the docket
Fri: Dolly Parton
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
Mon: Colin Farrell, Seann William Scott; Lionel Richie performs
Tues: Andrew Garfield, Edie Falco, Mo Isom (LSU's first female football player)
Wed: Emma Stone; Kenny Chesney and Tim Mcgraw perform and Tim Salaz performs
Thurs: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kym Douglas; Rascal Flatts performs
Fri: Jason Biggs, Wayne Pacell; Colbie Caillat and Common perform
"Good Morning America"
Mon: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, James Cameron, Rachel Dratch, BHS at "Dancing with the Stars"
Tue: Camille Grammer, Emeril Lagasse
Wed: "Dancing with the Stars" couple voted off, Fabio Viviani
Thurs: Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria
Fri: Sam Champion; Rascal Flatts performs
"Live! With Kelly"
Mon: Jason Biggs; guest-host Mark Consuelos
Tue: Jayma Mays, Caroline Rhea, Far East Movement; guest-host Chris Harrison
Wed: Johnny Galecki; guest-host Peter Fancinelli
Thurs: David James Elliott, Melanie Fiona; guest-host Ben Mulroney
Fri: Octavia Spencer, Jean Dujardin, Isaac Mizrahi, Maria Menounos and Lawrence Zarian; guest-host Neil Patrick Harris
"The Rachael Ray Show"
Mon: 50 Cent
Tues: Timothy Olyphant
Wed: Tom Selleck
Thurs: Kiefer Sutherland
Fri: Alyson Hannigan, Rachel Dratch
Mon: Kelly Osbourne
Tues: Simon Helberg; guest-host Molly Sims
Wed: Mena Suvari; guest-host Gladys Knight
Thurs: Lionel Richie talks and performs; guest-host La Toya Jackson
Fri: Beverly Johnson and Anansa Sims, Joe Mantegna and Joey Travolta; guest-host Emily Procter
Mon: Bill and Giuliana Rancic, Stedman Graham, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Andy Cohen
Tues: The Professionals, Tori Spelling, Robert Hardman, Bill and Giuliana Rancic, Shannen Doherty; Wilson Phillips performs
Wed: Betty White, Martha Stewart, Tori Spelling
Thurs: Daniel Boulud
Fri: Kay Warren, Oliver Platt; Nicki Minaj performs and Once performs
Mon: Shannen Doherty, Rachel Dratch, Dolores Hart
Tues: Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley, Randy Jackson, Tori Spelling
Wed: Wilson Phillips
Thurs: Christie Brinkley, Jill Zarin, Kerry Washington
Fri: Debra Messing, Lara Spencer, Stedman Graham, Dr. Jorge Rodriguez
"The Wendy Williams Show"
Mon: Lauren Conrad, Toni Braxton, Stevie Harris
Tues: (repeat) Cheryl Tiegs, Taye Diggs, Angela “Big Ang” Raiola
Wed: Niecy Nash, Chris Klein, two latest contestants fired from “Celebrity Apprentice”
Thurs: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Jerry Ferrara and Terrence J
Fri: Marisol Nichols
Apparently, it's not such a tight-knit 'Community'
Chase reportedly left "Community" executive producer Dan Harmon a profanity-laden voicemail -- parts of which have found their way to the Internet -- after Harmon gave a speech at the NBC sitcom's season-ending wrap party in which he toasted Chase with "(Expletive) you," encouraging others to join him.
At issue, according to the report, was a walkout by Chase on the last day of shooting in March. In his voicemail, Chase claims he wasn't given a script beforehand, which is definitely bad form.
Unnamed sources quoted in the story say that tension between the "volatile" creative types was inevitable, especially considering that Chase has walked off multiple times before.
The real question is whether Chase will remain with the show if it is renewed for a fourth season. (No announcement has been made yet.)
Unlike Sheen, Chase at least is attempting to keep his dispute private. The "Saturday Night Live" veteran's last post to his Facebook page, on March 28, was a plea for his friends to follow the "Community" fan page. There was no mention of evil trolls.
"Community" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
Linden's dubious parenting, Holder's dirty tricks and more highlights from 'Reflections'/'My Lucky Day'
- As ever, and despite her passionate speech about the life she and Jack have built together, Linden is the worst mother on the planet.
- Stan could use some mentoring in the post-traumatic fathering department himself. You know you've lost sight of priorities when even hot-mess Terry gives you meritorious advice.
- As if this show weren't paranoid enough, now EVERYONE is somehow involved in Rosie's cover-up?
- It's hard to say if any TV character's been handled with less dignity in recent memory Bennet Ahmed.
- Are we the only ones who keep waiting for Mayor Adams to be dragged away in cuffs while screaming, "And I would've gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you damn, meddling kids!"?
- Some interesting new question marks arose (are Holder and Sloane's Richmond frame-job and Rosie's murder mutually exclusive? Did Gwen help exact some kind of lover's revenge on Rosie? Will Stan get to the killer before Holder and Linden, who are already working uphill against huge-scale corruption?). But with this show, that could just mean several more unanswered ellipses by season's end.
- It downpours basically every day on this show, yet none of the main characters own a raincoat?
- Belko's self-inflicted head shot was a bit, "Been there, killed that" for these types of desperate-inmate-with-a-screw-loose scenarios. But also, couldn't Holder have plugged Royce in the arm or something before he pulled the trigger?
- Richmond's shooting and recovery all feel a bit too "Sopranos" Season 6 for me. (Minus the whole paralysis thing.)
- Hey, it's Duck Phillips!
Actress discusses the showdown between Kate and Connie
Kate has finally figured out she has an alternate personality wreaking havoc on "General Hospital," which means Connie is going to have to step up her game. Portrayer Kelly Sullivan considers the battle Kate and Connie are waging over her body, previews the wild showdown ahead and talks about assuming the role created by Megan Ward.
MSN TV: How is life as a split personality treating you?
Kelly Sullivan: It's awesome. When I get my scripts, I can't wait to see what mischief I'm up to. I've been doing the most insane, exciting things and it's all culminating. It's coming to a head soon, and even now, I'm not sure where the writers are going to take this story. That, to me, is great storytelling.
What do you think pushed Kate over the edge?
DID (Dissociative identity disorder) stems from past trauma. We spent a bit of time talking about these issues she's never dealt with, regarding her family and her choice to run away and create this whole new reality for herself. Kate is her worst enemy in some ways. With her resistance to violence and guns, she's now neck deep in it again with Sonny. She loves this man so much, but she also has to marry into is his life.
Connie sees Johnny as a means to getting Kate out of Sonny's world, but isn't she just putting herself smack in the middle of that violence?
Exactly. If Connie was more stable, she would go about this in a different way than going to Sonny's worst enemy and inciting a mob war. It's hysterical. Connie is so determined to save herself and Kate that she'll probably do it with anyone that's willing – So why not just go for the postman?
How will things change now that Kate knows about Connie?
What's cool is that Kate doesn't have any awareness of what happens when Connie comes out, but Connie knows all. The way they were dropping these hints, like the lipstick, it's been fun to put the pieces together, slowly. The first time Ewen told her, she said, "You're crazy." Now, Kate's embracing it and trying to figure it out. With people who have this disease, a lot of the therapy and rehabilitation comes with hypnosis. The therapist is able to suss out what the alters want and talk to them. Unfortunately, when Ewen brings Connie out, she's so strong she's going to overpower him, in a sense. [The week of April 2] Kate wants him to hypnotize her again and it doesn't go well. She's not one to sit around and talk!
Connie's also going to start coming out to more people. That's when it gets really exciting. The responses are almost more interesting than what's going on with her. We're going to see some instances when Connie tries to fool people, and that never goes well. She doesn't do the best job.
Will Kate and Connie ever meet?
Soon. Without giving too much away, the episode between Kate and Connie is chilling. I call it my Gollum scenes from "Lord of the Rings," when he's having his moment on the log as Gollum and Smeagol. It's just so cool.
Connie always says how much of a fool Kate is and she feels many things about Kate that aren't positive, but she loves Kate and wants to help her. Ultimately, it's about finding out who's stronger. Connie is going to try to overpower Kate and take them over. "Just have a seat, and let me do this." Kate's going to have to find the strength to stop her, which is a beautiful story.
Do you think Connie could win?
Connie's not going to give us easily, but Kate has a life and career she's established in Port Charles. She's a strong woman. There's no victims here. With a sickness like this, the host personality is a bit of a victim, in the sense that she doesn't have control, but Kate is very strong-willed. It's more interesting, because Connie is so strong and determined that Kate has to step it up, too. You have to believe, as a viewer, that either one of them can win this battle.
Are you rooting for either of them?
I used to think I was Team Kate, but now I don't know! Connie's a broad and I always root for the underdog, the misunderstood person - Connie's not just "evil." She has a right to feel the way she does. She's hurt and scared. And also overtly sexual! (laughs) Kate is such an awesome character, but I have so much fun playing Connie. She comes from the gut. She's raw. She doesn't apologize for herself. She's just out there. But I love Maurice [Benard, Sonny] and the Kate/Sonny love story. I don't see how Connie and Sonny could work it out. Maybe if Kate and Connie merged...
Kate and her relationship with Sonny have always been very polarizing topics among "GH" fans. What was it like coming into this role as a recast and how has this new storyline affected your relationship with fans?
Recasting is never easy, for any party involved. Megan [Ward] created the role and set the bar very high. To be able to come in after that is the highest compliment, because she is an incredible actress. She established a strong presence and essence of the character. A lot of her fans were resistant, but it's different now, because we started recreating something that is mine. People have said on twitter and other places, "This is so interesting, where you're storyline's going. I see now why you were cast and what you bring to it." You'll always have the fans who will say, "No, this is not Kate!" But hopefully, as this storyline keeps getting more interesting and crazy, more people will get on board and just have fun. It's all about bringing people in for the common cause of "General Hospital." If I can do that at all, I love that. That's all I want.
(Image courtesy of JPI)
"General Hospital" airs weekdays on ABC.
Former 'Today' co-host returns to fill in for Robin Roberts
Katie Couric's new ABC talk show isn't set to premiere until September 10. As a part of the ABC news team, however, she's ready to get an early start of it -- really early! She'll step in as co-anchor at “Good Morning America” over the first week of April, going up against her former NBC home, "Today."
“Rise + shine! Excited to be back on morning TV next wk, guest hosting @GMA," Couric tweeted after "GMA" made the announcement Friday, March 30. “I’ll be keeping Robin’s seat warm next week - Can’t wait, George!”
"Serious pressure filling in for the fab @RobinRoberts!" Couric added.
It seems Couric is already in the house and getting familiar with her short term home, with help from Roberts, as you can see in this photo (right) she posted.
Couric also shared a cozy photo (above) of her and Pauly D, with the caption, "So....this happened. Never know who you'll run into at @GMA!"
During Couric's week at "GMA," she'll sit down with "Desperate Housewives" diva Eva Longoria and get to enjoy a live Rascal Flatts performance. Other guests lined up include James Cameron, Kerry Washington and Camille Grammer.
ABC has had its eye on taking down "Today," which has ruled the morning scene since 1995. "GMA" has been making serious ground with its ratings of late. The addition of former morning fave Couric could certainly do the trick and finally bring "GMA" the win, again, during her visit. Stay tuned.
"Good Morning America" airs weekday mornings on ABC.
Veteran actress discusses the world of fairy tales and her passion for acting
Award-winning actress Barbara Hershey enters the Fairytale Land in “Once Upon a Time,” airing Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. Playing the Evil Queen’s mother, Barbara discusses filming on set in Vancouver and gives us the inside scoop on what answers her character, Cora, will reveal on the show.
MSN TV: Your versatility and amazing acting abilities in films have landed you with several awards and nominations. What about TV acting did you enjoy that is different from acting in film?
Barbara Hershey: Each project is different. Television is much faster, but I enjoy that pace. But I’ve worked on some films where you have to shoot very quickly so the lines are disappearing. A lot of the content on television is more interesting than a lot of films out there.
What was your favorite fairy tale as a child?
It’s funny. To me this -- although it’s not an ancient fairy tale -- as a child, I loved “Wizard of Oz.” I loved all the “Oz” books as a child, which I am amazed they haven't all been made into films yet. I’ve always liked fairy tales. I think they are interesting: There are morality and life instructions. The stories are about all of us and the decisions we have to make and how we react to the world around us.
What was it like on set? Did it really feel like you were in a magical fairy tale land?
I mainly worked with Lana, and everyone on set was tremendously nice. The hours were quite long and it was cold in Vancouver and we were outside. The content, the people, it was really great.
Can you give us some insights into the episode you’re guest starring in?
I play the Evil Queen’s even more evil mother. In the episode, you’ll find out why the Evil Queen hates Snow White so much. Cora, my character very much wants her daughter to marry the King rather than the Stable Boy. It’s a mother-daughter conflict. My character is quite evil and can draw out tremendous magic.
Will we be seeing more of you on TV?
It’s open-ended so we’ll see how things evolve on “Once Upon a Time,” but I’m open to it completely. I love acting so it doesn’t matter to me what medium; it really is all about the project itself.
What other projects do you have in the works?
I’m talking to some people right now, but unfortunately, I can’t say much right now, but wish me luck, hopefully I have some stuff lined up soon.
As a veteran actress, what would be your best advice to give other aspiring young actors out there?
It’s funny: There’s celebrity and there’s acting. I would say if you decide what you want and if it’s really acting, don’t do anything you’re not the example of. Work hard and take it seriously.
“Once Upon a Time” airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
MTV2 to launch a hip-hop version of the classic game show
MTV2 is launching "Hip Hop Squares," a modern twist on the classic game show last seen when Tom Bergeron hosted a revamp in 2004.
According to Entertainment Weekly, square-fillers will include "America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon (playing the hip-hop Paul Lynde), Bam Margera of "Jackass," actress Kat Graham, radio host Khaled, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lamarr Woodley and, of course, rappers: Biz Markie, Ghostface Killah, Fat Joe, Mac Miller and MGK.
The series -- which an MTV2 exec calls "much more party than game show" -- has a 20-episode commitment, which seems dope to us.
"Hip Hop Squares" debuts Tuesday, May 22, at 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV2.
The brothers Salvatore come super close to killing the originals but are foiled (again) by an old friend
Last week on "The Vampire Diaries," just when they thought all was lost, Damon and Stefan found a way to really do some damage on those original vamps. The bridge may have burned to a crisp, but that sign Alaric had refurbished hadn’t made it back in time. And as Damon said, it was "game on, brother."
- So this week, Stefan, Damon and a seemingly-recovered Alaric sawed the sign down to stakes. Then Alaric, still feeling guilty for the murders he’d committed, said he wanted to turn himself in. But Stefan wasn’t hearing it. "Bonnie’s herbs are working and we have to killed some originals." And so Alaric put on the very ring that had turned him into a serial killer.
- When Caroline found out Alaric killed her father, she wanted revenge. But Elena reminded her that it wasn’t his fault. "Oh, Elena Gilbert," Caroline said. "The savior of the cursed and the damned."
- The whole gang met up – except for Bonnie, who was mourning the loss of her mom, again – so that Stefan and Damon could show them their secret weapon. "We’re all armed and they are all linked," Stefan said, "so we only need to kill one of them. And Rebecca is our target.” Damon added, quite pointedly looking at Elena, "No last minute attacks of pity for any of them."
- Klaus was in some big city tracking down Finn to see if he could find their mother. "You will come back with me or I will you back in that coffin where you rotted for 900 years." Finn tried to get away, but Rebecca was right there to help Klaus out. Back in Mystic Falls, Finn was reunited with Sage, his long lost love. "I took care of myself, but I never stopped loving you, Finn."
- Rebecca, meanwhile, had plans of her own. She attacked Alaric and then stabbed Damon so she could kidnap him. "You want to compel me to be your boyfriend?" Damon asked. But Rebecca said she’d rather compel him to kill his brother – or Elena.
- In the park, Elena and Matt saw Finn and Sage together. But they worried about where Bonnie was – and rightly so. Klaus had Bonnie. And Cole, his other brother, was keeping an eye on Jeremy in Chicago.
- Caroline brought Alaric another dose of herbs. "I heard you had a run-in with Buffy the vampire," she joked, before he apologized for, you know, killing her father. "I have blood on my hands, too. We all do. All I know is, I’m no better than you. So I'm going to take a page from the Elena Gilbert handbook and choose to believe that you can be saved."
- Stefan was still all about killing Finn to slaughter the originals – but Elena pointed out that they had Damon, so should, uh, save him first. Stefan charged ahead with his agenda, so Elena snuck into the originals mansion to save Damon herself – and let him drink from her. Or at least she did in Damon’s head. It was Rebecca messing with his mind.
- Bonnie heard his shouts and asked Klaus what was going on – and said he could bring back her mother if she helped him. Or just parts of her if he didn’t. Bonnie didn’t have a choice. She started the spell to unlink them.
- Meanwhile, Stefan eavesdropped at that bar as Finn questioned Sage about how many people she'd turned. Matt served them drinks spiked with vervain.. Stefan managed to stake Finn, but at that very moment he turned to ash, Bonnie was doing her spell. Dammit, foiled again!
- "Thank you, Bonnie," Rebecca said. "See you in physics class." Then Bonnie saw a bloodied Damon – and Klaus said she was welcome to help him. But she didn’t. Instead, she called Elena to tell her about Damon – and about the spell. "He threatened Jeremy and my mom," she said. "I have to go. I have to go." Then she bawled like a baby.
- Sage was pissed. She attacked Stefan for his plot and seemed very much about to kill him when she collapsed in a bloody mess, coughing up blood as did her own sire, Troy, before dying. Apparently Finn’s death triggered their own. The bloodline. "When an original dies, every vampire turned from their bloodline dies with them," Caroline figured. "So," said Elena, "if the originals die, so will all of you. The entire vampire species would just be dead."
- Stefan showed up at Klaus's mansion. "Finn’s dead," he told Klaus and Rebecca. He offered them the last eight white oak stakes in exchange for Damon. Klaus let him go, but it seemed like he’d compelled him to tell him how many stakes there actually were first. But Rebecca was annoyed. "I brought Damon here, I get to release him," she said. Then, to Stefan, "bring us the stakes and take him as a sign of good faith."
- Elena and Caroline still had the other three stakes, so they could they kill the others, if they could just figure out which bloodline was their own. But there would be some loss no matter which originals died.
- Later, Klaus called Finn "an embarrassment. Good riddance." And Rebecca finally called Klaus out. "The Salvatores might fight like dogs but in the end they’d still die for each other," she said. "At least they know what family means." Klaus said he was leaving and he’d take Elena. "I’m going to create a new family of hybrids." But Rebecca said she’d stay. "Then you’re just as pathetic as Finn," he said.
- Stefan mourned all the time he'd lost hating Klaus. "It allowed me to ignore everything that was happening all around me," he said. "I'll always have to deal with that." Elena told him she’d never stopped loving him. But he pointed out that she was also in love with Damon. "I love you, I will always love you," he said, "but I just want you to look me in the eyes and tell me that you don’t feel something for him." Elena could only respond with: "I don't know what I feel."
- Damon showed up at Alaric's loft to get the other stake. But it wasn’t in the spot he'd hid it. "I’m the only one who knew about it, Damon." Yup, Ric’s vampire-hating dark side was back.