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Chelsea Handler Signs New Two-Year Deal With E!

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 16th 2011 8:50AM
Last summer Chelsea Handler was feeling pretty relaxed about upcoming contract negotations with the E! Network, hinting that she might quit if things didn't work out to her satisfaction. "We'll see how it goes," she told 'THR.' "It may turn out that I'm done altogether. I can't keep doing the same thing, my brain is bleeding."

Well now it seems as thought things have gone her way. And how! Deadline reports that Handler's just inked a very lucrative two-year deal with E!, which will not only see her talk show, 'Chelsea Lately,' renewed through 2014, but also gives her production company, Borderline Amazing Prods, a first-look deal with E! and parent company NBC Universal.

The price tag? A whopping $25 million, which surely more than makes up for any feelings of boredom or fatigue that may arise. Announcing the new deal, Suzanne Kolb, President of E! said, "Chelsea is an extraordinary talent whose smart, clever, no-holds-barred point of view has clearly been embraced by viewers."

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Giuliana Rancic Has Breast Cancer

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 17th 2011 9:05AM
Giuliana RancicGiuliana Rancic stunned the 'Today' show this morning by announcing on air that she has breast cancer.

She sat down with host Ann Curry and revealed that a tumor was discovered when she had a mammogram as part of her ongoing IVF treatment.

"Through my attempt to get pregnant through IVF, we sadly found out that I have early stages of breast cancer," she said. "It's been a shock."

However, Rancic said that the prognosis is good. She will undergo surgery this week and then have six weeks of radiation therapy.

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Jada Pinkett Smith Teases Hot New Season of 'HawthoRNe' on 'Chelsea Lately' (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 14th 2011 4:05AM
jada pinkett smith chelsea latelyJada Pinkett Smith stopped by 'Chelsea Lately' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!) to chat with Chelsea Handler about the upcoming season of her TNT medical drama 'HawthoRNe.'

Pinkett Smith promised that things would heat up on the third season of 'HawthoRNe' thanks to her character's love triangle with Dr. Wakefield, played by 'Alias' alum Michael Vartan, and Detective Nick Renata, played by new cast member Marc Anthony, who Pinkett Smith dubbed "Brown thunder."

Anthony is also the show's new "executive music person," says Smith, who also revealed that she envied Vartan, because he go to use the "A" word on a recent episode.

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Another Girl Next Door gets a spin-off

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 15th 2010 4:30PM
The Girls Next DoorHolly Madison, one of the Playboy playmates from the series The Girls Next Door, will be getting her own reality series on E! called Holly's World. The show will follow her around as she does her daily routine and works in Las Vegas in her topless revue titled Peepshow. She plays Little Bo Peep. Get it? It's one of those double entendre things.

Since other playmates from the show have gotten their own successful spin-offs (Kendra), it makes sense that other such programs would, ahem, "arise" given the relatively low cost to produce and the extreme willingness of the women to expose themselves both literally and figuratively. It makes me wonder why such a concept hasn't made it to HBO or Showtime where certain body parts are less likely to be blurred.

Perhaps NBC could have solved it's problems by giving Holly or one of the other girls the 11:35 timeslot on NBC and get rid of Jay as well as Conan? Okay, maybe that's not such a good idea.

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2009's Trashy Reality Report Card

by Michael Pascua, posted Dec 28th 2009 10:05AM
The girls of Real/Chance of Love
While there are reality shows like The Amazing Race, Survivor, or even Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List garnering praise and Emmys for their quality level or American Idol, America's Next Top Model, or So You Think You Can Dance giving real people with potential to fulfill their dreams, trashy reality shows appear like the black sheep of the family. They are loud, brash, and sleazy. Like a car crash, you can't help but turn and look.

For reality television, 2009 has provided some of the biggest reasons why reality television gets a bad reputation. Four cable channels have become festering points for Trashy Reality in 2009: VH1, E!, MTV, and WE.

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Mad Men debuts huge, but almost gets beat by a couple of Kardashians

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 18th 2009 5:09PM
Mad Men (top) / Kourtney & Khloe Take MiamiSometimes ratings can paint such interesting portraits of the American audience. Mad Men set a series high and ranked as the top show on cable Sunday with its third season premiere. And yet, its victory on the night was only 0.1 million viewers over the premiere of E!s Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami.

Those K&K numbers make it the new highest premiere on E! since The Anna Nicole Show premiered. A record briefly held by Kendra's premiere earlier this summer.

So one the one hand we have one of the most deservedly acclaimed television shows of the past decade, and right there with it, running neck and neck, is yet another reality spin-off featuring rich people who are only famous because ... they're famous. I blame Paris Hilton. She was one of the first people who got famous for doing absolutely nothing.

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TV's Joel McHale riffing with Rifftrax on Red Dawn

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 27th 2009 3:03PM
Joel McHale, star of The Soup and CommunityActor, comedian and classically trained suit wearer Joel McHale has taken his talent for riffing to the next level.

The star of The Soup and the upcoming NBC sitcom Community has joined forces with Michael J. Nelson's Rifftrax.com to provide a running comedy commentary for the perennial craptastic 80s classic Red Dawn. Nelson announced the guest commentary on the Rifftrax site and his Twitter blog earlier this week.

Rifftrax, for those who may not be familiar with the site and are therefore in no way cool, is the comedy website that provides downloadable MP3s of funny movie commentaries featuring the voices and talents of the minds behind Mystery Science Theater 3000 including Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy. It is the only reason I still own all three Matrix films, that and the fact that my desk is missing part of a leg.

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