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News Roundup: OWN Taps Hosts and Readies 'View' Competitor, Olivia Wilde's 'House' Hiatus and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 21st 2010 10:20AM
Mark BurnettFormer 'Access Hollywood' anchor Nancy O'Dell will host 'Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search For The Next TV Star' along with Carson Kressley on Oprah Winfrey's OWN.

According Entertainment Weekly, O'Dell and Kressley will work with 10 finalists out of the 15,000 entrants and put them through a boot camp designed to tackle the struggles of talk show hosting. Contestants will have to book guests, research stories and complete screen tests. The series is produced by Mark Burnett and will premiere in January. Each episode will feature a celebrity guest judge.

"I am so thrilled, grateful and excited to be a part of Your OWN Show," Kressley said in a statement. "Not only do I get to inspire and be inspired by an amazing group of very talented contestants, I will also have the privilege of working with seasoned pros like Nancy O'Dell, Mark Burnett, and of course, my hero, Oprah Winfrey. How lucky am I?!"

Burnett has also signed on to produce a morning talk show on OWN that will feature a panel similar to 'The View.' According to the New York Post, the series will also premiere in January.

In other TV news ...

Olivia Wilde will miss several episodes of 'House' this season. Her character, Thirteen, appeared in the Sept. 20 premiere, but will be missing until "well into this season," according to series creator David Shore. Wilde will miss episodes because of her movie shooting schedule for 'Cowboys and Aliens' and 'The Change Up.' [Ausiello Files]

'Live Free or Die Hard' writer Mark Bomback has received a put pilot deal at NBC from 'Legends.' The pilot, about a CIA agent who is an expert at false identities, is based on the novel of the same name by Robert Littell. Howard Gordon ('24') and Jonathan Levin ('Charmed') are on board as producers. [Hollywood Reporter]

'The Marriage Ref' is heading to China. The Jerry Seinfeld-produced series will get a 52-episode Chinese version with Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation. 'The Marriage Ref' has previous deals to expand to Argentina, Australia, Spain, the Middle East and Israel. [Hollywood Reporter]

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