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Bridget Moynahan: 'Blue Bloods' Sophomore Season Has Better Balance (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Dec 1st 2011 12:40PM
On 'Blue Bloods,' Bridget Moynahan plays Erin Raegen-Boyle, an assistant New York District Attorney in a family of cops. She stopped by 'The Early Show' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS) to talk about how the show's grown in its second season, and also discussed the charity work she does with the Paul Newman-founded organization The Hole in the Wall Gang.

Moynahan is pleased with the direction 'Blue Bloods' has taken in its sophomore season, which she said has better balanced the show's different elements. "We all have so many different layers, and I think this year they've been able to balance the procedural with the family and the individual dimensions a lot better," she explained.

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'Early' Takes Closer Look at Reality TV Study (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Nov 28th 2011 8:00PM
'Jersey Shore,' 'Bad Girls' Club' and 'The Hills' are incredibly popular reality shows, but what do they teach the young girls who watch them? 'Early' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS) correspondent Michelle Miller examined a survey done by The Girls Scout Research Institute, that concluded reality TV was harmful to teenage girls.

Miller interviewed high school students and educators in an attempt to get some first-hand perspective on the study. "You cringe at what they're laughing at or what they think was funny or okay," said Mark Otto, Assistant Principal of The Facing History High School in New York, where they use reality TV as cautionary tale. Stephanie Diaz, a senior at the high school, gave Miller her view of the shows. "You're a woman and you could be strong. You could be the best of the best of everything and you show people the worst part of you," she said.

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Charlie Rose and Gayle King to Host 'The Early Show'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 11th 2011 7:40AM
Gayle KingLast December there was a veritable bloodbath over at CBS when 'The Early Show' axed anchors Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez, plus meteorologist Dave Price, in a major reshuffle of CBS News on-air talent. Now it's been reported that early 2012 will see the show receive another makeover including a new set, maybe a new name, and two new hosts: PBS veteran Charlie Rose and Oprah's BFF Gayle King.

According to 'The New York Times' CBS will announce the planned revamp in New York on Tuesday. The network is expected to reveal a shift in direction away from the coffee klatch feel of most morning talk shows and towards a focus on hard news with the panel format of shows like MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' and ABC's 'The View.'

Current co-host Chris Wragge will reportedly lose his job in the reshuffle, but Erica Hill and Jeff Glor will keep theirs. Hill -- who was promoted when Smith et al. were fired -- will anchor the 7-8AM hour with '60 Minutes' contributor Rose. Meanwhile King will take on the 8--9AM slot with the aid of featured correspondents and contributors.

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'Early' Examines the Surging Popularity of Sitcoms (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 26th 2011 5:00PM
It's been a solid Fall TV season for comedies, with breakout hits 'New Girl' and '2 Broke Girls,' joining 'Modern Family' at the head of the pack. 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS) held a panel discussion to determine why sitcoms are once again surging in popularity.

'Early' host Erica Hill started the discussion with the premise that people may be looking for laughs because of the struggling economy. Mo Rocca disagreed, instead offering the theory that TV viewers are just getting tired of procedurals and reality shows. "It's cadavers and Kardashians ... we've had enough of them," he joked.

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Billy Gardell Tells 'Early' How 'Mike & Molly' Has Changed His Life (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Oct 24th 2011 5:30PM
In an interview with 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS) 'Mike & Molly' star Billy Gardell discussed how the CBS sitcom has rocketed his career to a new level of success. While his co-star Melissa McCarthy has had a truly epic year, winning an Emmy and starring in 'Bridesmaids,' Gardell told Mo Rocca that the show's fans have been steadily increasing the size of the crowds at his stand-up shows.

But while his comedy shows may be getting bigger in size, Gardell is decreasing in size himself. He's lost 25 pounds, or "one chin," since the show began. Gardell said that his producers were behind him in his weight-loss journey, assuring him that they would write the changes into his character's story. Even with the support, Gardell admitted that "sometimes the cake wins."

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Can '2 Broke Girls' Be TV's Next Great Female Buddy Comedy? (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 16th 2011 3:15PM
Kat Dennins and Beth Behr of '2 Broke Girls' on 'The Early Show'Could Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs of '2 Broke Girls' be the next Lucy and Ethel? 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) explored the question as Mo Rocca took a look back at female friends on television, from 'I Love Lucy' to Mary and Rhoda, and Laverne and Shirley to evaluate how the newcomers might stack up.

"With '2 Broke Girls,' one is this working class waitress and the other one is a Manhattan heiress who also had a fall from grace," said Jess Cagle, EW editor. That compares best with 'Laverne & Shirley,' he said, as the pair support each other despite their differences and bond as friends.

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Ashton Kutcher: 'Two and A Half Men' Role 'Seems Like the Best Job in the World' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 15th 2011 1:15PM
Ashton Kutcher talks 'Two and a Half Men' on 'The Early Show'Ashton Kutcher takes his first bow on 'Two and a Half Men' when the show makes its season premiere on Monday. Kutcher's casting is one of the most high-profile sitcom replacements in TV history, as Kutcher takes over for Charlie Sheen after his public meltdown. Kutcher, though, is just enjoying himself, as he told 'The Early Show'(weekdays, 7AM on CBS) in an interview.

"It's always sort of nice to jump on something that's already moving and successful and that people already have an appetite for," he said. "It seemed like the best job in the world."

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Dr. Stork Gives Stress-Relief Advice on 'The Early Show' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 13th 2011 4:15PM
Dr Travis Stork talks stress relief on 'The Early Show'One of the chief questions that preoccupies us in modern times is, how do we relieve stress? That question was put to Dr. Travis Stork of 'The Doctors' Tuesday morning on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) in a viewer Q&A segment. The man said he had a stressful job and found it hard to relax when he got home, and asked how he could tell he might need to see a doctor about it.

Dr. Stork's advice? "If you're getting to the point where you're emotionally exhausted," he said, "completely burnt out, you're starting to feel depressed and sad all the time, if you're having insomnia and you can't sleep at night, that's when you need to go seek help."

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'Early' Looks Back at Oscars Host Eddie Murphy's Career (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 7th 2011 12:45PM
'The Early Show' reports on Eddie Murphy hosting the OscarsBy now the news has spread that Eddie Murphy will host the 84th Academy Awards ceremonies in February of 2012. Wednesday morning, 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) took a look back at Murphy's career, from his early days in comedy through his more recent acting work.

They covered his work on 'Saturday Night Live,' where he played everyone from Stevie Wonder to Buckwheat, his hit stand-up specials like 'Delirious,' and blockbuster films like 'Beverly Hills Cop.'

The piece also showed an interview clip from shortly after Murphy's Golden Globe win for 'Dreamgirls' in which he indicated he wanted to try some new things. "I've been in the movie business for a while but still a relatively young man," he said, "so I want to get to try and do some different stuff. So when I look back on, when I'm really old I can look back and be like, wow, I did everything."

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Helen Mirren: Better Roles for Actresses Reflect Women's Real-World Progress (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 31st 2011 3:15PM
Helen Mirren on 'The Early Show''Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) co-anchor Erica Hill tried not to use the world "old" during her interview with Helen Mirren, but the actress wouldn't let her. Speaking about Mirren's role as a retired Mossad agent in her new film 'The Debt,' Hill said it used to be tough for women to find good, meaty roles, especially actresses later on in their careers.

"You mean an old woman, is that what you mean?" joked Mirren. She then went on to credit the greater variety of roles available to female actors to the fact that three generations of women have risen through the ranks in various professions.

"Now we have all of those women, they're all in their 50s and their 60s and they are incredibly powerful in the world," said Mirren. "And people are looking at that going, oh, I see. Yes, women count. Women are powerful. Women have a voice. And as soon as you get that, it's reflected in the world of drama."

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'The Early Show' Reports on the Life and Death of 'Real Housewives' Husband Russell Armstrong (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 17th 2011 2:00PM
Taylor and Russell Armstrong on 'The Early Show''The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' was supposed to premiere September 5. The apparent suicide of Russell Armstrong, ex-husband of Real Housewife Taylor Armstrong, has put that in doubt. According to The Hollywood Reporter, executives at Bravo are waiting at least a day or so to decide what to do with the season. Wednesday, 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) reported on Russell Armstrong's life and death.

The report covered Russell's split with Taylor, including Taylor's allegations of physical abuse, quoting an interview Russell did with Rumorflix.com. "The pressure of being in the TV spotlight was pretty overwhelming," said Russell. "It took our manageable problems and made them worse." They also spoke with Mike Fleeman, West Coast editor of People.com, who said, "We asked him about the allegations of physical abuse and he says, 'Look, things got out of hand, yeah maybe I did some of this stuff."

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Viola Davis On the Pressures of Starring in 'The Help' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 15th 2011 1:15PM
Viola Davis talks about 'The Help' on 'The Early Show'Playing a role in the movie adaptation of a bestselling novel can be great exposure, but it also brings its own unique set of problems, according to Viola Davis. Monday on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS), Davis spoke about playing Aibileen Clark in the new film 'The Help' based on the 2009 Kathryn Stockett novel of the same name.

"I want to rename this movie 'The Pressure Cooker,'" she said, "because so many people have read it, so many people have grown up with these surrogate mothers. And then there was a huge pressure with the African American community because I was playing a maid in 2011 and there's so much kind of stigma attached to playing a maid in movies."

Regardless, Davis said she was thrilled to be able to play the role. "It was such a joy to go on the journey," she said, "to just pay homage to these women who contributed so much to our culture." She was also happy it made anchor Chris Wragge cry. "I don't know if you want to say that on national television," she teased. Wragge didn't seem to mind.

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Gloria Steinem Discusses HBO Documentary, Says Feminist Movement Has Just Begun (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 10th 2011 3:45PM
Gloria Steinem talks about her HBO special 'Gloria: In Her Own Words' on 'The Early Show'The new HBO documentary 'Gloria: In Her Own Words' premieres Monday, and looks at Gloria Steinem's life and career as a feminist and co-founder of 'Ms. Magazine.' Steinem spoke about the work she's done over the decades fighting for abortion rights and against domestic violence, and said there is still much work left to do on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS).

A clip showed Steinem speaking about her goals as a feminist, "You understand it's not a role exchange," she said. "We're not trying to do to men what men have done to us. We're trying to humanize both worlds."

Steinem doesn't view the documentary as a retrospective or career wrap-up as much as a benchmark for progress. "I wanted to show how far we've come in 30 or 40 years," she said, "so people can think, okay, where do we want to be in 30 or 40 years? Because this movement has just begun."

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Mel Gibson Helps Formerly Conjoined Guatemalan Twins Celebrate 10th Birthday (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 8th 2011 2:15PM
Mel Gibson celebrates the 10th birthday of Guatemalan formerly conjoined twins on 'The Early Show'Mel Gibson has done a lot of questionable things in the last few years, but he's also done some good. In 2002, Guatemalan conjoined twins Maria de Jesus and Maria Teresa went through a 23-hour surgery at UCLA to be separated. 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) reported that Gibson and the Mending Kids organization partnered to finance the kids' surgery, and didn't release the information of Gibson's involvement publicly.

Gibson has reportedly remained close with the twins in the intervening years, and went to their 10th birthday party recently. "You only have to talk to that little girl to realize that she has this hunger for life and this enthusiasm and this joy," said Gibson.

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'The Early Show' Celebrates Lucille Ball for Her 100th Birthday (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 5th 2011 6:00PM
Lucille Ball on 'The Early Show'Saturday would have been Lucille Ball's 100th birthday. 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) took a look back at her influence and legacy with a few industry experts and celebrities to see what made her such an iconic figure in comedy and television history.

We're used to seeing sitcoms shot with multiple cameras these days, and that's thanks to 'I Love Lucy,' which was the first to do that, said Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly. The technique helped revolutionize the industry.

Joan Rivers credited Ball as a trailblazer for funny women. "She had a two-fold legacy," she said. "One, very simply, was 'own it.' She was the first one to own her sitcom. I mean, genius. Genius to figure that one out. And the second legacy really was, opening the door for good looking women to be funny."

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