'Harry Potter,' Taylor Swift and summer's primetime stars come to daytime
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Here's the lowdown on which daytime shows will be hanging out with the "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2" stars, Glenn Close, Angie Harmon, Ted Danson, Denis Leary, Lisa Kudrow, Kyra Sedgwick, Roseanne Barr, Margaret Cho, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Vanessa Minnillo, Joss Stone and more during the week of July 11-15, 2011. Plus, Chris Brown and Colbie Caillat rock daytime!
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Stay tuned for the story on Tracey Bregman & Peter Bergman's "The Young and the Restless" crossover with "The Talk," which starts this week.
"Live with Regis and Kelly"
Monday: Kyra Sedgwick, Rupert Grint
Tuesday: Emma Watson
Wednesday: Glenn Close, Blake Shelton
Thursday: Daniel Radcliffe, Joss Stone
Friday: Lisa Kudrow, Tom Felton, Scott Conant
Monday: Angie Harmon, Ryan Smith
Tuesday: Laura Ingraham, Denis Leary, guest co-host Bethenny Frankel
Wednesday: Margaret Cho, Billy Ray Cyrus
Thursday: Roseanne Barr, guest co-host S.E. Cupp
Friday: Seth Green
"The Rachael Ray Show"
Monday: Non celebrity show
Tuesday: Taylor Swift
Wednesday: Non celebrity show
Thursday: Ted Danson
Friday: Vanessa Minnillo
Monday: Piers Morgan, Anna Deavere Smith
Tuesday: Cedric The Entertainer
Wednesday: Nigel Lythgoe
Thursday: Tim Daly, Tracey Bregman, Peter Bergman
Friday: Rita Moreno; Johnathon Schaech
Monday: Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Rosie Pope ("Pregnant In Heels"), Colbie Caillat performs in studio
Tuesday: Non celebrity show
Wednesday: Jeff Lewis ("Flipping Out"), Diane Farr
Thursday: Daniel Radcliffe
Friday: Ryan Seacrest, Chris Brown performs.
"The Ellen Degeneres Show"
"The Gayle King Show"
Here's what you need to know to get by at the water cooler
Conflict arises between Tami and Eric and Tim works through his confusion in the penultimate episode.
The heart of "Friday Night Lights" has always been the Taylor marriage; a strong, happy marriage where both people are kind, decent, and loving. But that doesn't mean they haven't had their share of bad times, and tonight we might have witnessed their lowest point. The combination of Eric's anxiety over the possible demise of the Lions, and his well-documented general stubbornness made him act as badly towards his wife as we have ever seen him act. And the edge in Tami's voice on that final "Congratulations, Eric" made it obvious she felt the same.
Making it even more frustrating is the fact that Coach is putting his wife's happiness at risk for the return of the Dillon Panthers. At the end of season three, he was pushed out of his beloved coaching job in a nasty and ugly way, and his first year as the Lions coached was marked by many humiliating encounters with the loathsome Panther boosters (the fact that the show has basically jettisoned any follow-up on J.D. McCoy and his father is one of the more regrettable shortcuts in this season's writing). But it goes farther back than that; remember the "For Sale" signs on the Taylors' front lawn after the first Panther loss? Remember the sleazy recruitment tactics for Ray "Voodoo" Tatum? Eric is so focused on stinging demise of his new team to see just who he is getting (back) into bed with in the long run. Hopefully, this will have a more positive ending next week.
The first beginnings of positivity for Tim Riggins are shining through, thanks to the return of the long legs and no-bull attitude of one Miss Tyra Collette. It may seem like just a dim memory, but Tyra and Tim were a pretty hot and heavy couple at the beginning of the show and have remained friends and stayed involved in each other's lives throughout the subsequent Landry/Lila affairs. Tyra has always had the most tangled relationship with Dillon, considering her dysfunctional family, her contempt for football and that traumatic assault that resulted in the unfortunate Season Two Plotline That Shall Not Be Spoken Of. But she is also a caring and smart woman, and it rang completely true that she would reconnect with #33, as well as remind him that no matter how bitter he feels, his brother Billy believed in him when nobody else did. Tyra can do more in two words ("Alaska, Tim?") than Billy can with all his sputtering inarticulateness, and it seems pretty sure that she'll convince our wayward Texan good old boy to stick around.
With only one more episode left, "Friday Night Lights" continues to spring emotional beats on us that resonate back over the last four years. Grandma Saracen's toe tapping on the worn carpet, Tyra sleepily cuddling with Tim in the warm morning sunlight, the Lion boys boozing it up on the field late at night and talking about the State championship– all of these moments directly duplicate or mirror scenes from the first season. "Texas Whatever" even used Tony Lucca's cover of "Devil Town", which is the unofficial theme song for most fans. All of this draws us deeper into our connection with this extraordinary show, and makes it even harder to say our final good-byes.
- Thank goodness Julie went back to school and seems to be back in the swing of things. And it was nice to be reminded of her friendship with Tyra as well.
- Burst into tears moment #1: "You are going to be the star quarterback of the Dillon Panthers next year. And you are going to shine." Eric Taylor doesn't do a lot of hugging, but when he does, it really counts.
- Poor, sweet Luke. The idea that no one has been looking out for this boy's future is quite depressing, and once again, Tim Riggins of all people has the best advice for him. However, I fear it is too late for Luke to simply "move on."
- Stacey Oristano continues to kill it as Mindy Riggins, particularly in her breakdown in their bed over the impending arrival of twins.
- Directed by Kyle Chandler. Nice job.
- Laugh out loud moment #1: The mention of Buddy's controversial "Jumbotron" as a reason for keeping the Panther program.
- Billy practicing speeches is never not funny.
- "Tim Riggins, what the hell is going on with you?"
- Burst into tears moment #2: Matt's homecoming. "Did you tell your Daddy you're home?" Heartbreaking.
- You guys! Hastings Ruckle...was also present.
- "Everything one could wish for. Everything."
Barbara and the ladies ask the hard-hitting questions
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Barbara Walters and "The View" crew have done it again. On the heels of talking tough with Paris Hilton last month, the ladies didn't go easy on yesterday's young celebutante guest, Bristol Palin. Unlike Paris, however, "The Dancing with the Stars" alum and daughter of Sarah Palin had no trouble speaking for herself on "The View."
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Bristol Palin is making the rounds to promote her book Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far, and on Thursday, she proved she's not afraid of "The View" crew. During her visit, the ladies asked tough questions and like her mother Sarah Palin, Bristol spoke her mind, for better or worse.
There was a bit of chit chat and a few coos over baby Tripp, who was in the audience, before Barbara Walters got right into talking sex with Bristol Palin. "You talk about the night you lost your virginity. You say you were on a camping trip with friends and you drank too much and that Levi [Johnston] stole your virginity," Walters posed. "Did you not consent to having intercourse with him?"
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Palin kept her cool, countering, "I'm not accusing him of date rape or anything with that. I just used that analogy of losing your virginity. That's why it's called losing your virginity."'
"It must not have been okay, because you kept on having sex with him, yeah?" quipped Waters.
After revealing she was actually under 17 years old for that landmark, Palin admitted, "We did it that one night and then I Just figured, 'If I did it once, I guess it's okay to do it again,' because I had already broken my moral code."
After more sex talk, Elizabeth Hasselbeck and Sheri Shepperd grilled Palin about how she dropped the pregnancy bombshell on her mom in the midst of the 2008 presidential campaign, as well as how things really went between Johnson and her family after that, since Palin's story differs from her exes.
Palin didn't go so far as to call Johnson a dead beat dad, but may as well have! Then, she spoke to Whoopi Goldberg's question about how she deals with all the flack she gets from the media.
It seemed there wasn't any question Palin wasn't willing to answer, from abortion to her renewed abstinence to her time on "Dancing with the Stars", but she did hedge on one subjects: When her mother Sarah Palin's potential White House run. She also treaded lightly in talking about the McCain family and her experiences on the campaign trail with them, though word is she not as easy on them in her book.
"The View" airs weekdays on ABC.
'The Voice' star and winner, Javier Colon, launch 5 Towers at Universal City Walk
By Minh Nguyen
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Fresh off the season finale of NBC's latest singing competition show, "The Voice," Singer/Judge/Coach Cee Lo Green and Season 1 winner Javier Colon took center stage at Universal CityWalk to open the venue’s new, state-of-the-art “5 Towers” outdoor concert plaza. Cee Lo Green’s free, live performance kick-started CityWalk’s “Plugged In” free summer music series, taking place every weekend through August 28.
Cee Lo rocked the crowed with all their favorites and MSN TV was up close to get some exclusive photos of the man, out of costume:
The debut of “5 Towers” marks Universal CityWalk’s most ambitious expansion in over a decade. The new interactive, next generation outdoor concert arena features a technologically advanced staging system equipped with thousands of LED fixtures, motion capture sensors, five soaring 42-foot light tower sculptures, a massive video monitor and a state-of-the-art audio system. More information at www.CityWalkHollywood.com
A concrete jungle where dreams are not always made
In a tight, funny and ultimately sweet 25 minutes, "Moving" touched on almost every facet of the ultimate New York dream/nightmare: real estate. Despite the occasional surrealistic flight of fancy, such as the homeless man abduction or the delirious waltz with the realtor, Louie's encounters during his Manhattan apartment hunt were barely exaggerated at all. It all rang true, from the blasé descriptions of nasty apartments as "modern" and "full of light" to the cheerfully unscrupulous bait and switch rental agent ("Yes, exactly. We have a nice apartment, we put it in the ad and then you come here and we show you something else."). Then comes that moment with the sensational $17 million five-bedroom with the breath-taking garden - the kind of place that would make even hard-headed and realistic men like Louis C.K. turn delusional. The absurd comedy of the first half of the show morphed into the wry comedy of the scene between Louie and his accountant, who has to gently but firmly point out that there is "less than ten times less than one mortgage payment on this house" in Louie's savings account. Ultimately, repainting your original apartment with your kids will have to do.
- Todd Barry, combining "your mother" insults with graphic scatological humor, amply supplied the required "Louie" filth quotient. Well done, sir.
- "We're done with the pickle."
- Louie's rambling opening bit was…odd, pushing at the boundaries of ethnic/sexual humor and the construction of joke telling itself. Still, I laughed out loud at "ummm, Moses."
- "B like Boratikashi."
- The railroad apartment with the old man actually looked pretty good. Except for the toilet in the kitchen, of course.
- Pamela Adlon's rants somehow keep getting better every time she appears.
- "You would be their favorite, and no one could judge you or say that you were anything but a wonderful, wonderful father."
- That house was truly spectacular.
- "What about Obama?"
Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you
Of course, actually choosing to get punched in the face by Spencer could only make sense after a series of set pieces that took the level of his horribleness to an excruciating level. Ethan Suplee managed to seem artlessly perverted and crazy most of the time, and the final moment when Ryan realized the pointlessness of trying to avoid confrontation felt earned. In addition, there were more highly amusing jokes about dogs, such as their color-blindness ("Why is the grass gray?"). But is it possible to sustain the low-key levity (and considerable scatological humor) of this premise without getting repetitive? Already there is a sense of sameness about the plot set-ups, although it may be too early to worry about the show spinning its wheels. For now, I'm willing to let the dog take the lead.
- Purple Thunder Paranoia is a great weed name.
- "Four hours. Yeah."
- Although Wilfred's misbehavior is funny, it is quite satisfying when Ryan is able to get a little revenge, such as watching him drive himself crazy over the laser pointer.