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News Roundup: Oprah Picks Jonathan Franzen for Her Book Club, J.J. Abrams' Second New Pilot Gets Picked Up and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 17th 2010 11:40AM
'Freedom'Is all forgiven between Oprah Winfrey and Jonathan Franzen?

The talk show host has reportedly chosen Franzen's newest novel, 'Freedom,' for her book club, although the announcement will not officially be made until later today, according to the AP.

This is the second time Franzen has been selected -- Oprah picked Franzen's 'The Corrections' in 2001, but the author denounced Oprah's previous book club choices by calling them "schmaltzy," which prompted her to cancel his appearance on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.' It seems nine years was enough time for both sides to work things out.

In other TV news...

MTV's 'The Real World' is heading back to Las Vegas. The show's 25th season will begin production next week. 'The Real World' filmed its 12th season there in 2002. [Variety]

'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy has teamed up with '24' showrunner Howard Gordon for a drama about phobias. Gordon previously worked on 'The X-Files,' so the pedigree sounds promising. Though Fox hasn't officially picked up the pilot yet, it will likely end up at the network. [Deadline]

The crime thriller from J.J. Abrams and 'The Dark Knight' writer Jonah Nolan has landed at CBS. The network has committed to a pilot for the series, called 'Person of Interest,' which is Nolan's first TV venture. Fox nabbed Abrams' Alcatraz show yesterday. [Vulture]

ABC has bought the rights to Stephanie Dolgoff's memoir, 'My Formerly Hot Life.' The book is based on Dolgoff's blog, which chronicles the author's life as she realizes she's not a hot young thing anymore. The potential series will likely be a half-hour single-camera comedy. [Deadline]

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Betty

No Lynn the author wasn't stupid, he was true to himself and didnt worship at the alter of Oprah. He obviously is doing ok without her endorsement.

September 19 2010 at 6:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve

meanwhile people you know nothing about you deride, defame, and judge without any hesitation. Hypocrit

September 19 2010 at 2:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve

Oprah's give-a-ways are always a publicity stunt. No real compassion, just show biz.

September 19 2010 at 2:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve

Oprah "annointed" Obama as "the chosen one." Has that wroking out for us? 9.6% unemployment, rising and record level forecluses. Record number of bank closings. Increaase the federal budget by 40% in 2 yrears and now our defict is $1.5 trillion every year. he is destroying America. Thanks Oprah, good job.

September 19 2010 at 2:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mobey

Who cares about Okrah...opps..Oprah and all of her loser followers and fans. Most of them all fat slobby houesewives who have too much time on their hands.

September 19 2010 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pz99999

I like to watch "Op" idolize the one thing she can't have that being our communist president Obama. She is in love with him. I wish the two would hook up and take over some island where he can be a tinpot dictator and she can be his slobbering wife.

September 19 2010 at 2:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
busterkittycat

I have no idea why people mostly woman need anyone to suggest a book for them, who is Operah nomome than a TV personality, wake up America and stop being led by the nose by talk show and mews media. Thank for your self.

September 19 2010 at 1:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
steve

i believe that she's gonna retire so she can play with her very own toy president (of the united states)

September 19 2010 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dean

There is only one reason Oprah does anything, Oprah.

September 19 2010 at 1:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ConnieJ

Does anyone really care????

September 19 2010 at 1:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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