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Magic Johnson Guest Stars as Himself on 'The Game' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 9th 2011 6:21AM
Magic Johnson, 'The Game'Guest stars are certainly nothing new to 'The Game' (Tue., 10PM ET on BET). The show continues to be a huge ratings success for BET so it doesn't need the star power but, considering its premise, it's all too tempting to sprinkle in some sports celebrities at least from time to time.

The latest is one of the biggest of all-time. Basketball legend Magic Johnson swung by the house with Jason on their way to play some golf. While most everyone takes it in stride, Melanie is still a little starstruck.

"Pleasure's mine," he says upon meeting her. When she just keeps smiling and shaking his hand, he reverses course. "Pleasure's yours?"

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Magic Johnson: Joining with AEG to Bring NFL to L.A. (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 1st 2010 5:00AM
Magic Johnson Talks NFL in LA on 'Jimmy Kimmel'Magic Johnson recently sold his 4.5 percent stake in the Los Angeles Lakers for an estimated $27 million, as well as over 100 Starbucks franchises for a reported $75 million. What's he going to do with all that cash? Bring the NFL to Los Angeles, he said on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC), confirming earlier reports.

"I'm announcing this today: I've teamed up with Tim Leiweke at AEG, and we're gonna come together to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles," Johnson said.

Jimmy Kimmel replied, "I think the NFL likes to keep Los Angeles vacant because then they can play blackmail with the other teams and tell them, 'Oh, if you don't give us a stadium we're going to move the team to L.A.'"

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Magic Johnson Sells "Black Power Cookies" at His Version of Starbucks (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 30th 2010 3:10AM
Magic Johnson Sells 'Black Power Cookies' at His Version of StarbucksEarvin "Magic" Johnson is a retired NBA player, and one of the greatest point guards of all time. But since leaving the world of basketball, he's become quite the entrepreneur. Magic has his own chain of businesses and is worth around $700 million. On 'Lopez Tonight' (weeknights, 11PM ET on CBS), Johnson discussed one of his latest enterprises -- opening up an "urban" version of a Starbucks coffeehouse.

Apparently, until Magic came around, no one thought that a Starbucks would work in the inner city. In fact, he said that opening an urban Starbucks was initially a "tough sell." " ... [People thought] we didn't wanna pay three dollars for a cup of coffee," he told host George Lopez.

But that wasn't the problem. The problem was the uniquely "white bread" food that was sold at the Starbucks chain. "We [don't quite] know what 'scones' are," Magic said. So Johnson came up with a few unique wrinkles all his own -- including, yes, a "Black Power" cookie.

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Will Fallon be another Conan or another Magic Johnson? - VIDEOS

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 18th 2009 12:33PM
Jimmy FallonWould you say that Arsenio Hall's show was a bomb? Yeah, neither would I.

But The St. Peterburg Times lumps Hall's show into a group that includes Magic Johnson, Chevy Chase, Pat Sajak, and Alan Thicke. They all hosted late night talk shows that never quite made it. And when I say never quite I made it, I mean they were gone in the blink of an eye. But Hall's show lasted about 6 seasons, and if I remember correctly was quite popular with younger viewers and gave Carson, Leno and Letterman some good competition in that demographic. I also don't agree with another statement, that Jon Stewart's talk show "sucked." I kinda liked it.

So will Jimmy Fallon's show be another short-lived show that couldn't compete? Or is it a different time now? A lot of people thought that another Jimmy, Kimmel, wouldn't last that long either. But it looks like he's here for the long haul.

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Can she talk? Leah Remini in talks for a talk show

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 14th 2008 2:19PM
Rach and LeahQueen Latifah couldn't make it work. Megan Mullally struck out, too. In fact, if you think about it, more stars fail in their attempts to become talk show hosts than succeed. For every Ellen DeGeneres and Tyra Banks, there's a Caroline Rhea and Magic Johnson.

So, will sitcom star Leah Remini go from the King of Queens to the queen of daytime talk? CBS -- home of King of Queens for a very successful run from 1998-2007 -- is developing a daytime show for Leah Remini that's being called something different than a typical talk show.

If you tune in to The Rachael Ray Show today, you might get an idea of what Leah could bring to daytime -- she's Rach's guest.

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Jimmy Kimmel to air primetime specials

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 4th 2008 3:03PM
Jimmy KimmelThe late night comedian will be appearing during your primetime schedule. Starting tomorrow, Jimmy Kimmel LIve will run special half-hour shows each night that ABC airs the basketball finals. Special guests include: David Beckham, Edward Norton, Charles Barkley, Liv Tyler, Adam Sandler, Eminem, Shaquille O'Neil, Magic Johnson and New Orleans Hornets guard and 2008 MVP contender Chris Paul, among others.

Out of the celebrities mentioned, I'm most interested to see Eminem. I haven't seen the Real Slim Shady on TV in awhile. He's always a good interview though -- all that contrived hostility and testosterone in overdrive. Who are you looking forward to seeing? Or is Kimmel's fabulousness enough to get you to tune in?

The schedule is after the jump.

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Punk'd to end with a one-day marathon

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 28th 2007 12:43PM
ashton kutcherAshton Kutcher's prank show on MTV is coming to an end after eight seasons, according to Variety. MTV plans to air the entire final season during one day -- April 7th -- with back-to-back new episodes. The network is calling it a sneak preview, where it will air all eight episodes before the official premiere date of the last season of Punk'd. The episodes will also air weekly starting April 10 at 9 pm.

This season, Punk'd reportedly pranks Lost's Evangeline Lilly, Hilary Swank, Nelly Furtado, Magic Johnson, and... Ashton Kutcher. Hopefully that'll be the series finale, where Ashton gets his due for "punking" other celebs for so many years (the Justin Timberlake episode was legendary).

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Evangeline Lilly gets Punk'd

by Erin Martell, posted Mar 27th 2007 2:19PM

Evangeline LillyEvangeline Lilly has fallen victim to Ashton Kutcher and his Punk'd gang. The Lost actress will appear on the newest (and supposedly last) season of the MTV prank show, along with fellow celebrities Hilary Swank, Magic Johnson, and Nelly Furtado. Lilly's episode will be aired in an eight-episode marathon of the show on April 7. Each episode will be aired individually beginning on April 10.

No word yet on how Lilly was punk'd. Perhaps they switched Dominic Monaghan with Billy Boyd and waited for her to notice. MTV is promoting this season as the show's last, but fake announcements about the show's cancellation have been released before. A similar claim was made after the 2003 season of Punk'd, but the show returned in 2004. A Punk'd Awards highlight special covering all past seasons is scheduled for June 5.

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