The hip-hop icon was one surreal special guest on the CBS game show's 2012 premiere
New Year's resolutions and the 'Jersey Shore' girls
Schedules subject to change. Original airdate and repeat notation provided when available.
Mon: All-star experts and New Year's resolutions
Tues: Joy Behar (R 11/14/11)
Wed: TheDirty.com Founder Nik Richie & former Miss North Texas, Howard Bragman, Morgan Spurlock (11/10/11)
Thurs: Angelina Jolie and the cast from “In the Land of Blood and Honey" (R 12/19/11)
Fri: Gloria Vanderbilt (R)
"Live! With Kelly"
Mon: Tyra Banks, Ben Flajnik, Chalene Johnson; guest co-host Mark Consuelos
Tue: William H. Macy, Isaac Mizrahi, Tony Horton; guest co-host Jim Parsons
Wed: Terrence Howard, Brooke Burke; guest co-host David Duchovny
Thurs: Darren Criss, Alberto Perez; guest co-host Rob Lowe
Fri: Kristen Bell, Jennifer Morrison, Melanie Amaro; guest co-host Rob Lowe
Bing: Watch clips and episodes of 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
Mon: Justin Timberlake, Coldplay performs (R 10/27/11)
Tues: Howie Mandel, Elle Fanning
Wed: Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Jennifer "J-Woww" Farley, Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola and Deena Nicole Cortese
Thurs: Dennis Quaid, Justin Bieber, Ellie Kemper, Mindless Behavior performs
Fri: Kirstie Alley, Jordyn Wieber
"The Rachael Ray Show"
Mon: Top 10 Recipes of 2011
Tues: Paula Deen's son Bobby
Wed: Kyan Douglas
Thurs: Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos, Tyrese (10/26/2011)
Fri: Marcia Cross
Mon: Tyra Banks, Lucinda Scala Quinn (R 10/27/11)
Tues: Drew Carey, Melissa Rauch, Cynthia Pasquella
Wed: Peter Facinelli, Lynnette Khalfani-Cox
Thurs: Taye Diggs, Kristan Cunningham
Fri: Tom Selleck, Dolvett Quince
Mon (9-10 a.m.): Brad Goreski, Woman of the year.
Tues (7-9 a.m.): The Professionals, Kelly McGonigal
Wed (10-11 a.m.): Ed Burns
Thurs (7-9 a.m.): Georgia Pellegrini, TBD
Fri (7-9 a.m.): Prince Charles’ country house, John Grisham (9-10 a.m.): Barbara Corcoran, Dr. Nancy Snyderman
Tues: Meryl Streep & Phyllida Lloyd, Mario Cantone and NKOTB alum Joey McIntyre holiday duet. (R 12/23/11)
Wed: Gayle King, Lisa Ling (R 10/14/11)
Thurs: Viola Davis & Octavia Spencer (R 12/2/11)
Fri: Tom J.R. Martinez, Justin Bieber performs with Mary J. Blige, Ricki Lake & Rob Kardashian perform a dance (R 11/23/11)
"The Wendy Williams Show"
Mon: Whoopi Goldberg, Broadway's “Sister Act” cast performs (R 10/28/11)
Tues: Kyle Richards, Brad Goreski
Wed: Isaac Mizrahi, Roblé Ali
Thurs: Donny Deutsch, Lisa Niemi Swayze
Fri: Rosie Perez, the "Mob Wives" cast
The first week of January will be a real killer for Llanview
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When the clocks strike midnight in Llanview on New Year's Eve, the town falls into darkness and a slew of villains are set free. Mitch, Troy, Cole and Lindsay will show up in town on Tuesday, Jan. 3, along with a few surprises. By week's end, a gun will go off, and lives will hang in the balance.
But that won't be the end of the familiar faces. There are more returns slated for the week of Jan. 9, so stayed tuned for more on that.
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Ex-CBS news producer now working for Paula Zahn
The man who blackmailed David Letterman is back in the TV biz. According to this TVNewser report, disgraced television producer Robert "Joe" Halderman has landed a producing gig at Investigation Discovery's "On the Case With Paula Zahn."
In 2010, Halderman was sentenced to six months in jail for trying to extort $2 million from Letterman. Halderman had threatened to expose the embarrassing secret we eventually heard from the "Late Show" host himself: that he was sleeping with members of his staff (including a woman Halderman was dating).
"On the Case" exec producer Scott Weinberger said: ”We are confident that Halderman will make significant contributions to the success of our award-winning investigative newsmagazine.”
Here's something they can also be confident about: that his new co-workers will tell them nothing about their personal lives.
Halderman served four months at Riker's Island, gaining early release in Sept. 2010 for good behavior. While in jail, he was the only prisoner nominated for an Emmy Award for his work as a producer of CBS' "48 Hours Mystery."
Any guesses what the dude has on Paula Zahn?
A big year of goodbyes, hellos and shakeups
"The Oprah Winfrey Show": After 25 years of ruling daytime, Oprah Winfrey said goodbye to "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on May 25 so that she could focus on taking her OWN network to the next level. Winfrey's star-studded farewell show was the event of the season, but seven months later, the fledgling net is still struggling. Even Oprah's BFF Gayle King abandoned ship for a gig on to CBS's revamped "The Early Show," but Oprah knew launching a new network would be an uphill battle for the first few years. OWN is still in the game, especially with “Oprah’s Next Chapter" premiering Jan. 1 on OWN with the promise of "in-depth revealing interviews and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, from the ends of the big, beautiful earth to Oprah's own backyard."
Bing: More about Winfrey's OWN Network
"All My Children": The end of Erica Kane's reign on daytime was a massive hit to "All My Children" fans, but also to the soap opera genre, in general. Once ABC sister show "One Life to Live" takes its bow with a Jan. 13 finale, only four will remain, including "The Young and the Restless," "The Bold and the Beautiful," "General Hospital" and "Days of our Lives." That coupled with the talk show takeover has soap fans in a bit of a panic over the remaining shows, especially ABC's final soap, "General Hospital." Prospect Park's on again/off again/on again efforts to re-launch the exiting ABC soaps on the internet only confuses matters, while also forcing the shows to close with less satisfying cliffhangers, instead of happily ever afters. Stay tuned to see if Prospect Park can succeed in finding a new home for the soaps in 2012.
Bing: More about Prospect Park and 'All My Children'
Regis Philbin: After 28 years of good mornings, the daytime icon retired from “Live! With Regis and Kelly," with an eye on taking over primetime. The end of 2011 was spent building up to his exit and after a star studded finale, co-host Kelly Ripa started working with a revolving door of manly co-hosts in search of Reege's permanent replacement. So far, she's tested her chemistry with guys like Jerry Seinfeld, Neil Patrick Harris and her hubby Marc Consuelos. Stay tuned see who lands the spot in 2012.
Meredith Vieira: When Vieira stepped down from her post at "Today," she got a big star studded send out, while it also sent waves of speculation about the rest of the morning show's cast. Matt Lauer insisted he was staying put, but that hasn't stopped rumors about his exit or the show romancing Ryan Seacrest.
Anderson Cooper: The CNN newsman has taken on daytime with gusto since launching "Anderson" this fall. He's getting personal with viewers, which has meant everything from sharing his foibles to having his mom as a regular guest, but not speaking out on whether or not he's gay. After a year of debate over whether or not he "should" come out, new rumors from Gawker suggest he may make a big boyfriend reveal during February sweeps. Seems unlikely, but stay tuned...
"The Chew": After premiering to a maelstrom of anger from "All My Children" fans, the new food-centered talk show managed to kick off with surprisingly digestible ratings this fall -- because who doesn't love food? The fledgling show is still struggling to find itself -- not to mention room for its five co-hosts, Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz -- but it's getting there. Last Thursday's holiday episode featuring guest Dr. Mehmet Oz ranked as the series’ #1 telecast to date in total viewers (2.71 million). The show also grew its audience for the third consecutive week in the coveted group of women 18-34 and out-performed the year-ago weekly average for “All My Children” by 4 percent.
"Dr. Drew's LifeChangers": Dr. Drew brought self help to daytime this fall. He tends to avoid celeb-centered shows, but gives in for ratings. After Lindsay Lohan stood up both Matt Lauer and Ellen DeGeneres, for example, Dr. Drew made news for luring Michael Lohan to daytime on Wednesday, Dec. 29, to talk about Lindsay's Playboy shoot and his own drama.
The Soap Opera shuffle: With the soap genre in danger, the remaining shows are doing everything they can to keep viewers tuning in, which has mean a year stocked with behind the scenes shakeups and big cast changes on all the daytime soaps, but most publicly at "Days of Our Lives" and "General Hospital."
Talk about "The Talk": After rumors swirled about behind the scenes scuffles and Julie Chen's dominating hand, "The Talk" returned for its second season without co-hosts Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini at the table. Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler stepped in to replace them and just this week, cohost Sharon Osbourne revealed the recasts happened because the chemistry just wasn't there with Peete and Remini, who “don't really know who they are.”
"The Nate Berkus Show": Oprah faves Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Phil McGraw and Rachael Ray continue to prosper on their own talk show spinoffs, but Nate Berkus' design and celeb showcase won't be getting another season in daytime.
"The Revolution": Tim Gunn, Ty Pennington, Harley Pasternak, Dr. Jennifer Ashton and Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry clock in as daytime's newest cohosts. Their "inspiring lifestyle show" is set to premiere Monday, Jan. 16 on ABC.
Fall 2012 Talk Show Boom: Expect some big daytime action in Sept, 2012, when Katie Couric, Ricki Lake, Steve Harvey and "Survivor" host Jeff Probst will launch their new talkers. Queen Latifah is also set to join the talk show party in 2013.
Were 'The Talk' recasts really about 'weird' chemistry?
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Just before "The Talk" returned for a second season this September, rumors began swirling that the two co-hosts were out. As fans rallied around them, Peete and Remini tweeted their confusion and then sadness, and to this day, Peete claims she's not sure why she was ousted. Now, she might just have an idea ... or not.
When Howard Stern had the remaining hosts on his Sirius radio show on Monday, he got right to the heart of the matter, asking Julie Chen about "being painted as the witch in this." He was referring to rumors that as the wife of CBS head honcho Les Moonves, Chen was the dominating hand that sent Peete and Remini packing. Before Chen, could answer, however, Gilbert stepped in on her behalf.
"She's definitely not the bad guy," Gilbert insisted. "This show is run by the studio, the network, an EP [executive producer], and that's where the creative decisions are coming from. These kinds of changes happen all the time on these shows… When people are blaming Julie, they're looking for a scapegoat."
Stern fired back that that sounded like a cover up, to which Osbourne cried, "Let's get real!"
So what did Osbourne get real abut? After a bit of a sidetrack, she revealed she likes the ousted co-hosts, but the chemistry while they were on the show was, "Weird! Weird!"
"Some people don't really know who they are," Osbourne said (at the start of the recording above). "You have to know who you are when you're in something like this. You can't pretend to be something you're not. You have to know your brand. You can't be all things to everyone. And the other thing is, I always say, 'I'm not running for public office. I don't care if people like me or not.'"
Those are some seriously real insinuations! Osbourne clearly agreed with the decision to replace Peete and Remini and from the sound of it, so did Gilbert and Chen. They also made it clear they approve of the Season 2 additions, Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler, but again insisted that neither they nor Moonves had anything to do with the shakeup.
Well, at least Peete and Remini have an idea now … Or do they? Less than a day later, the rumor mill is already gearing up with new insinuations and secret sources claiming it was all a cover up, after all. We may never know why Peete and Remini weren't invited back, but as Stern points out, things like this happen in this biz.
"The Talk" airs weekdays on CBS.
Janet Hubert explains why she boycotts all reunions
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air has a fresh aunt. Janet Hubert -- the original Aunt Viv on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" -- boycotted a reunion of the famed TV sitcom last week because, as she is quoted in this TMZ report, "I will never do anything with an (expletive) like Will Smith." (We choose not to print the word, but suffice it to say that it refers to the part of the anatomy that she's ripped anew for Smith.)
"He is still an egomaniac and has not grown up," TMZ quotes Hubert. "This constant reunion thing will never ever happen in my lifetime unless there is an apology, which he doesn't know the word."
Last week, Smith reunited with former cast mates James Avery, Karyn Parsons, Alfonso Riberio and Tatyana Ali at a luncheon benefiting a Parsons charity called Sweet Blackberry. It was the first known reunion of the "Fresh Prince" cast since the show was canceled -- and "Independence Day" made Smith a ginormous movie star -- in 1996.
Smith posted the photo below on his Facebook fan page, writing: "Got the Holiday season started right with a 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' reunion…there's nothin' like spending Holidays with fam!" And indeed, everything seemed all peace on earth -- until fans started noticing the absence of Hubert and her replacement, Daphne Reid, in addition to Joseph Marcell, who played wisecracking butler Geoffrey. So tabloid reporters began asking questions of the absentees.
TMZ quotes Hubert as being "still upset with the way she was fired from the show." Hubert was replaced in 1993, midway through the show's run. According to TMZ, Smith turned on her because she "wouldn't kiss his butt."
So far, Smith has not commented. However, in 1993, he was quoted by the Atlanta Journal as telling a local radio station: “She said once, ‘I’ve been in the business for 10 years and this snotty-nosed punk comes along and gets a show.’ No matter what, to her I’m just the antichrist.”
New Year's roundups, hot repeats and George Clooney dish
Schedules subject to change. Original airdates provided for repeats when available.
Mon: Kathy Griffin & Gloria Vanderbilt, Patrick Dempsey
Tues: Hugh Jackman (R 11/18/11)
Wed: Dr. Rebecca Beaton and hoarders (12/1/11)
Thurs: Mark Whalberg (R 11/9/11)
Fri: Anderson’s Food Intervention (R 10/27/11)
"Live! With Kelly"
Mon: Seth Rogen, Kevin James, Patti Stanger, Brooke Shields, the cast of "Jerseylicious", guest co-host Mark Consuelos (R)
Tue: Heidi Klum, Garrett Hedlund, Jayma Mays, guest co-host Neil Patrick Harris (R)
Wed: Reese Witherspoon, Chace Crawford, guest co-host Michael Strahan (R)
Thurs: Zac Efron, Olivia Wilde, "Science Bob" Pflugfelder, guest co-host Josh Groban (R)
Fri: Halloween Headliners ball with Annalynne McCord, Heidi Klum, guest co-host Nick Lachey (R, with new footage added)
Bing: Watch clips and episodes of 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
Mon: Kirsten Dunst, Sophia Grace Brownlee & Rosie McClelland (R 11/8/11)
Tues: Rihanna, Drew & Brittany Brees, Steve Spangler (R 11/21/11)
Wed: Michelle Williams, Ariel Winter, Kevin Nealon (R 10/28/11)
Thurs: David Beckham, Maya Rudolph, Jane Lynch, Lady Antebellum performs (R)
Fri: Hilary Duff, J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff, Logan Lerman (R 10/17/11)
"The Rachael Ray Show"
Mon: New Years Bash on a budget with Ted Allen, David Tutera and Sabrina Soto (R 9/20/11)
Tues: Michael J. Fox, Regis Philbin, Denis Leary, performance by Jerry O'Connell, Regis and Joy Philbin (R 9/19/11)
Wed: President Bill Clinton (R 9/20/11)
Thurs: Hugh Jackman, Bobby Flay (R 10/14/11)
Fri: Lou Diamond Phillips vs. Joey Fatone, Stacy Keibler
Mon: Dr. Phil McGraw, Kim Raver (R 11/1/11)
Tues: Ana Gasteyer, Martina McBride (R 10/26/11)
Wed: Steve Harvey, guest co-hosts Camryn Manheim and Susie Essman (R 10/21/11)
Thurs: Ozzy Osbourne, Eric Christian Olsen (R 10/25/11)
Fri: Ted Danson (R 11/2/11)
Mon (7-9 a.m.): A very royal Christmas, (10-11 a.m.): Celebrity mishaps and happenings of 2011
Tues (7-9 a.m.): People magazine’s biggest stories of 2011 (10-11 a.m.): The best and worst of 2011
Wed (10-11 a.m.): Bret Michaels
Thurs (7-9 a.m.): Internet sensations of 2011, wacky and tacky 2011celebrity moments (10-11 a.m.): Jane Fonda
Fri (7-9 a.m.): 2011 Year Ender. Giuliana and Bill Rancic, Chef Cat Cora (10-11 a.m.): 2011Favorite funny moments
Mon: Hugh Jackman, Tim Gunn (R 11/22/11)
Tues: Eric Stonestreet, Amy Schumer, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. (R 11/18/11)
Wed: Gabourey Sidibe, Tom Brokaw (R 11/1/11)
Thurs: Diane Keaton, Sasha Grey (R 11/16/11)
Fri: Cannon, Whitney Cummings, Michael Corbett, Susan Boyle (R 11/4/11)
"The Wendy Williams Show"
Mon: Dina Manzo, Toby Keith (R 10/28/11)
Tues: Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks, and Sheree Whitfield and Pat & Gina Neely (R 11/3/11)
Wed: Kris Jenner, Gabourey Sidibe (R 11/4/11)
Thurs: Toni Braxton & her sisters (R 11/9/11)
Fri: Lisa Vanderpump, Randy Fenoli, Johnny Gill (R 11/10/11)