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U.K. 'Queen of Chat' and 'Maury' guest host lands her own U.S. show
After her self-titled show "Trisha Goddard" wrapped in 2009, the U.K.'s "Queen of Chat" set her site on the U.S. market. After just a few years of playing guest host on shows like "Maury," she's getting her own show, again. NBCUniversal has sold the new syndicated daytime talker and aims to launch "Trisha" during the fall 2012 talk show boom, which includes new shows from Katie Couric, Ricki Lake, Steve Harvey, Marie Osmond, "Survivor" host Jeff Probst and possible Bethanny Frankel.
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"Over the past several seasons of appearing as a guest host and conflict-resolution expert on ‘Maury,’ Trisha has proven, time and again, that her brand of talk resonates with viewers," said Barry Wallach, President, NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution. "Trisha is the next hit from our experienced production team who are the leaders of syndicated drama-based talk shows and who have made 'Maury' the #1 talk show with Adults 18-49."
Goddard earned the title "Queen of Chat" in the U.K. as the host of a daytime talker that focused on relationships, families in crisis and reunions, and used infamous tools like the detector and DNA tests. She first broke into the business as a TV reporter/presenter in Australia, where she became the first black anchorwoman on Australian TV. While in Australia, Trisha also worked as a government advisor on mental health and continues her work as a mental health activist.
"Trisha" will help everyday people and their families navigate the tough issues they are struggling to overcome. She will take on topics important to women everywhere with her straight talk and no-excuses mentality. The new talker will be produced at the Stamford Media Center by the production team behind “The Jerry Springer Show,” “The Steve Wilkos Show" and “Maury," which certainly says something about what to expect.
NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution has sold “Trisha” to the Sinclair Station Group, including local broadcast stations in 27 major markets such as Tampa, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Columbus and San Antonio.
"Tisha" aims to launch in September 2012.
Plus, Wendy plays matchmaker and welcomes special co-hosts
“The Wendy Williams Show” promises "big names and bigger surprises" in February, but devoted fans may be most excited to hear about the return of “Hairpiece Theatre." Williams kicks off sweeps with R&B superstar Mary J. Blige Feb. 2. Then she sits down with a week of guest hosts, plays matchmaker for her audience and finally, hosts a limited run of “Hairpiece Theatre."
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The week of Feb. 6, Williams calls in celebrity co-hosts Mario Lopez, Joan Rivers, Mark McGrath and Hulk Hogan, in that order. Friday's guest, however, is a top secret surprise. Melissa Rivers and Howie Mandel will also be stopping by for visits.
Then, in honor of Valentine’s Day and the barrage of mail from female fans looking for love, Williams will play matchmaker for her viewers. During "How You Datin’?” week, which starts Feb. 13, single ladies will vie for a date with a hot bachelor hand-picked by Wendy. Hip hop hottie Ray J will also stop by for a visit that week.
Finally, “The Wendy Williams Show” viewers will get a fresh dose of the beloved and highly acclaimed “Hairpiece Theatre" during the week of Feb. 20. Williams and special guests will reenact classic scenes, as seen in the "Mob Wives" recreation with Queen Latifah, above. With the Academy Awards upon us, however, this run will all be classic movie scenes.
Donald Trump and Star Jones will also make special appearances that week.
"The Wendy Williams Show" airs weekdays in syndication, as well as at midnight ET/PT on BET.
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Dax Shepard's birthday gift sends fiancee into a happy tailspin
Kristen Bell shares one wild birthday story when she visits "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Tuesday, Jan. 31. After revealing she's a crier with a deep love of sloths, the "House of Lies" star shared a personal video of herself completely freaking out over a birthday surprise from fiance Dax Shepard. Then Ellen, perhaps not believing she'd get the response she does, almost pushes Bell over the edge again by teasing that there's a sloth in the studio.
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Bell's birthday meltdown started when Shepard told her he had a surprise for her and she somehow guessed what it was.
"I was immediately over come and thought, 'There's a sloth here. It's close. It's gonna happen,'" Bell recounts. "And I didn't know how to process that. Because my entire life had been waiting for this moment, where I would get to interact with a sloth -- I'm serious!"
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"I'm sitting on my bed, knowing that a sloth is here," she continues, her voice wavering. "I start to have a full fledged panic attic. I don't know how to compete with all this emotion, so I just kind of crawl up on the bed and I'm crying so hard."
How legit was this story? Just telling it to DeGeneres gets Bell a bit emotional, but wait till you see Shepard's home video in the clip above, not to mention the mini-freak out DeGeneres causes at the end of the clip.
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" airs weekdays in syndication.
HBO continues betting on poorly rated Dustin Hoffman drama
It was not the draw of the "Luck."
A disappointing first-run audience of 1.1 million tuned in for its premiere episode on Sunday. Yet "Luck" was still renewed by HBO.
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In a statement, HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo said: “We couldn’t be more thrilled with the critical response to this beautiful piece of work.”
So it's the critics, not the ratings, driving this filly home.
We need more networks like HBO.
"Luck" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.