Plus, the baby rumors, Ali's weight loss and the love of his life
Lindsay Lohan may have stood up "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" last week, but her father Michael is happy to give daytime its Lohan Playboy fix. Michael Lohan is set to appear on the CW's "Dr. Drew's Lifechangers" on Wednesday, Dec. 28, to talk about Lindsay's Playboy shoot, Kate Major's rumored pregnancy and abuse accusations, Ali's weight loss and how Dina was the love of his life.
After Lindsay Lohan's Playboy pictures were leaked on the net, just about everyone got a glimpse of the Marilyn Monroe inspired shoot, but there are still two people who haven't seen the spread: Her father and Dr. Drew Pinsky.
"I haven't seen it and I won't look at it. I've never looked at it," Michael Lohan tells Dr. Drew in the preview above. "She did some movies that were a little risque at times and I couldn't even go to the movies and watch them. I wanted to, but I couldn't."
When Dr. Drew says he "heard" the Playboy spread was "appropriate," Lohan balks, reponding, "Appropriate? I heard it's 'classy.'"
While he can't look at the spread, Lohan reveals he approves of Lindsay's decision to pose for Playboy, because it came with a paycheck and put her back in the game.
"It's a move in a direction where she's working," Lohan explains. "As far as I'm concerned it is a good move. If she's happy with it, I'm happy with it."
In the past, Lohan has been accused of using his daughter's fame and fortune to his own ends, among other missteps, but he insists his relationship with Lindsay is on the mend and, "Getting a lot better. She's on a great path… I've been in touch with her."
With his own recovery underway, thanks in part to addiction recovery expert Dr. Drew, Lohan believes he can build a stronger relationship with his daughter and perhaps help her face her own demons.
While he's not as worried about her as he used to be, he admits he is still concerned about LiLo getting involved with the wrong people and apparently, her pill-popping. "This whole pill epidemic kills people," Lohan says.
As for the golden question: Whether or not he was a good father to Lindsay, Lohan maintains, "While I was married, I was the best father to all my kids. They called us the Brady Bunch. We were inseparable…"
To hear what Lohan has to say about Kate Major's rumored pregnancy and
domestic violence accusations, Ali's weight loss and Dina being the love of his life, tune into Wednesday's episode of "Dr. Drew's LifeChangers."
"Dr. Drew's Lifechangers" airs weekdays at 3:00 and 3:30pm ET/PT on The CW.
What to watch while you play with your new gifts from Santa
ABC Family's "25 Days of Christmas": After a morning mass at 6:30 a.m. ET/PT, ABC Family hosts its final day of non-stop Christmas movies. On the agenda are "The Polar Express," "The Santa Clause," "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" and more.
Bing: More about '25 Days of Christmas'
"A Christmas Story": The 24-hour marathon of this quirky '80s classic kicked off Christmas Eve at 8 p.m. ET/PT on TBS. Read more about it in MSN TV's Holiday Show Roundup
"Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade": Justin Bieber, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Jennifer Hudson, OneRepublic, "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery and more spread Christmas joy in the 28th annual Disney Christmas parade, which airs midday on ABC. Check local listings and get more info on the event in MSN TV's Holiday Show Roundup.
NFL Holiday Spectacular - Ian Petrella (“A Christmas Story") hosts a roundup of memorable and historic NFL moments that capture the holiday spirit, including sounds bytes from coaches and players; a look back at the greatest wintry moments in NFL history; the best and worst holiday greeting cards; and the items that top players’ and coaches’ holiday wish lists. Airs at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT on CBS
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" double feature: The classic 1966 animated tale and Ron Howard's 2000 reboot starring Jim Carrey will air back to back, starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
NBA Season Kick Off
Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks: 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT on TNT
Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks: 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT on ABC, with a countdown show starting 30 minutes before.
Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Lakers: 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT on ABC
Orlando Magic vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ESPN
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors: 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT on ESPN
Bing: More about the new NBA season
Sunday Night Football: Bears vs. Packers, starts at 8:15 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT on NBC
A stream of guest co-hosts help viewership jump 12 percent
Bing: More about 'Live! With Kelly'
While gossip jock Perez Hilton and The New York Post reported a massive 35 percent ratings drop for "Live! with Kelly" since Regis Philbin's exit episodes, ABC says their numbers are off, but more importantly, they may be missing the bigger picture.
Yes, "Live" has lost the excitement ratings surrounding the exit of a daytime icon, which peaked at a whopping 9.45 million viewers for Philbin's final episode, but Ripa is not expected to measure up to those major event ratings, even with the help of weighty co-hosts like Neil Patrick Harris, Jerry Seinfeld, Andy Cohen, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Jonah Hill and Kevin Jonas.
What more, when compared with last year's numbers in the same time period, “Live” is actually pulling ahead without Philbin, according to the New York Times and ABC. Ratings have climbed 14 percent among the coveted daytime audience of women ages 25 to 54 and 12 percent overall.
In raw numbers, "Live!" boasted 3.93 million viewers for Nov. 21 to Dec. 11, compared with 2010's 3.5 million in the same four-week period. At the same time, the audience of women ages 25 to 54 rose to one million from last year's 878,000.
The real test, of course, will come when Ripa has a permanent host at her side. In the meantime, "Live! With Kelly" is doing just fine with a revolving door of hot guys and when the show returns with new episodes in January, Ripa has a host of jocks on the schedule. Football star and former Kim Kardashian beau Reggie Bush will serve as guest host on Monday, Jan. 9, followed by Carl Edwards and Apolo Anton Ohno.
"Live! With Kelly" airs weekdays in syndication.
New HBO drama goes behind the scenes at cable news show
A brief first glimpse of Aaron Sorkin's upcoming drama, "The Newsroom," has arrived thanks to HBO's end-of-year-trailer, part of which highlights coming attractions for 2012.
The series, about a cable news show, will star Jeff Daniels as a principled yet stubborn Keith Olbermann-type who answers to show producer Emily Mortimer and their bosses, network president Sam Waterston and Jane Fonda (whose marriage to CNN founder Ted Turner will certainly inform her role as CEO of the network's parent company).
“Together they set out on a patriotic and quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles and their own personal entanglements,” reads the official description.
Here's the trailer:
Although he's coming off an Oscar win for writing "The Social Network," Sorkin has a mixed TV track record. His previous shows have gone behind the scenes at fictional versions of ESPN'S "Sportscenter" (ABC's "Sports Night"), the White House (NBC's "The West Wing") and "Saturday Night Live" (NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip").
"The West Wing" was a critical and commercial phenomenon, lasting seven seasons and racking up 26 Emmy Awards. The critics liked "Sports Night," yet low ratings forced its 2000 cancellation after two seasons. And few were sorry to bid goodbye to "Studio 60," Sorkin's last TV project, which barely rode out the 2006-2007 season.
While in development, "The Newsroom" was titled "More As This Story Develops."
No premiere date has been announced.
FX's fun, understated season finale gives way to whole new story for next year
Cooper's New Year's special with mom, Kathy Griffin and Patrick Dempsey
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Viewers curious to know more about Anderson Cooper, personally, should never miss a double team "Anderson" visit from Gloria Vanderbilt and Kathy Griffin, who've become fast friends since meeting through Cooper. This time, the girls talk New Year's memories and resolutions and reveal some surprising tidbits about Cooper.
"You should see the stuff that didn't make the tape, because I want to know how long you wet the bed," Griffin teases during Monday's show. "And also why did you sleep in the same bed with your mom till you were 18 -- kind of a long time?"
Cooper insists that's not true, but it's always fun to watch him squirm! "See this is why I don't want you two together, this is why it creeps me out," he cringes. "It is fascinating that you guys are legitimately friends."
Cooper and Griffin, who are also teaming up to co-host CNN’s New Year's Eve Celebration, will also do some dancing and learn to pop open a champagne bottle with a saber.
Fun and games aside, however, "Anderson" also celebrates New Year's by talking to two amazing kids, Madisyn & Katelyn, who used the CPR techniques they picked up from watching "Grey's Anatomy" to save one of their mothers. As seen in the teaser above, after the girls share their story, Cooper surprises them with a satellite visit from Patrick Dempsey.
"Well I wish I was there in person to be able to talk to everybody but I can't tell you what a remarkable story this is," Dempsey marvels in the clip above. "We heard about it during our table read yesterday on the set and everybody was so deeply moved and inspired by it -- just by your heroic behavior and your sort of grace under fire -- and to be able to stay calm and to function is quite remarkable. Then we also asked, you're awfully young to be watching 'Grey's Anatomy' at 10-years-old, but thank God you are!"
The "Grey's Anatomy" crew signed a scrubs top to give to the girls as a thank you for tuning into their show, as well as inspiring the cast with their story.
The "Anderson" New Year's Eve episode airs Monday, Dec. 26. Check the 'Anderson' website for local times.
Will the late North Korean dictator star this season?
The death of Kim Jong-Il casts doubt on more than just the future of Asia. The North Korean dictator, who died on Dec. 17 of a reported heart attack, was expected to play a major part on Season 6 of "30 Rock." The premiere was already shot and airs in less than a month.
Last season ended with the kidnapping of Jack's (Alec Baldwin) wife, Avery Jessup-Donaghy (Elizabeth Banks) by Jong-Il (Margaret Cho, pictured above). The news commentator -- who traveled to North Korea as part of NBC News ' "hot blondes in weird places initiative" -- was forced to star in propaganda films and marry Jong-Il's son/successor, Kim Jong-Un. Donaghy's string-pulling efforts to win her release included meeting with former U.S. secretary of state Condoleezza Rice (playing herself).
Due to Tina Fey's pregnancy, the new season's premiere was postponed from fall to midseason. However, it has been in production since October.
NBC.com already posted the following teaser for the season, in which Cho is not specifically shown but Jong-Un kisses Jessup-Donaghy while posing for a holiday card that reads: "Death to U.S. Imperialist Wolves and Happy Hanukkah."So far, no one from the show has commented on whether reshooting, or some other measure, will be employed to fix the asynchrony.
Without addressing the fate of "30 Rock," Cho posted a somewhat bitter Jong-Il eulogy on her website, and Banks tweeted the following non-answer: "Appreciate all the concern over Avery Jessup's fate now that Kim Jong Il has died. We're at a pivotal moment in history."
"30 Rock" returns Thursday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
There's only one outcome possible after Season 6 finale
In last night's electrifying Season 6 finale of "Dexter," Lois Lane finally discovered Clark Kent's secret identity. (Spoiler alert to DVR viewers: Bookmark this and come back after seeing the episode.)
While Lieutenant Deb's (Jennifer Carpenter) discovery of her brother, Dexter (Michael C. Hall), in the act of serial-offing sets up a minefield of possible outcomes, only one is possible dramatically.
The episode proved the final showdown for Dexter and the Doomsday Killer (Colin Hanks), with young Harrison (Evan and Luke Kruntchev) hanging in the balance. As if swimming to shore from the wreckage of a botched attempt on your life doesn't make for a bad enough day, Dexter soon realized Doomsday's intention to use his son as his final "sacrificial lamb." (Doomsday discovered Dexter's address -- and, by extension, the existence and whereabouts of his son -- from Dexter's wallet.)
Everything wrapped up nicely -- Dexter saved Harrison and exacted his vengeance -- until Deb walked into the kill room and "Dexter" painted itself into a corner.
As much as Hall and Carpenter will dread it -- being divorced in real life -- they are doomed to spend Season 7 as lovers and co-conspirators in Dexter's vigilante murders. I have no advance script knowledge, but there is no other possibility.
If Dexter kills Deb for the knowledge she now has, this will also kill any sympathy viewers have for Dexter, and prove a quick dramatic dead end to a series that supposedly has two more seasons in it. Likewise, if Deb honors her loyalty to career and arrests Dexter, the series is also kaput.
The road toward this eventuality was paved by the lecture given Deb last night by LaGuerta (Lauren Velez) at the site of Doomsday's final murder. Deb can be a great lieutenant, noted LaGuerta -- speaking entirely out of character, considering their recent animosity -- but only if she doesn't let herself be ruled by her emotions. And, as we all know from the last few "Dexter" episodes, Deb now has a deep-seated sexual desire for her non-biological sibling.
Adding to the predictability of the plot is the transparency of the writing. It's what perpetually keeps "Dexter" from transcending to, say, "Breaking Bad" brilliant. "Breaking Bad's" creators clearly plan out their story arcs at least a season in advance, if not more. So predicting individual plot elements -- other than the overriding requirement that Walt (Bryan Cranston) will break badder -- is a matter of random luck.
With "Dexter," a little detective work goes a long way. And last night's LaGuerta anomaly was nothing. For instance, it seems apparent that the writers didn't even know the finale until just before bringing Deb to a psychiatrist in Episode 8. Through these sessions emerged her love for Dexter, a left-field arc with absolutely no basis in previous episodes.
And was romantic love even necessary for Deb's loyalties to lean toward her cherished brother?
I'm not saying all this won't make for a highly dramatic and riveting Season 7 -- only that its main plot arc is predictable and, therefore, less than brilliant.