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Amy Winehouse's Dad Breaks Down on the Series Premiere of 'Anderson' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 13th 2011 8:10AM
Mitch and Janis WinehouseSinger Amy Winehouse spent much of her short life in the public eye, enthralling fans and critics with her music, and attracting controversy for her substance abuse problems and messy personal life.

But behind the lurid headlines she was also a much-loved daughter. Her grieving parents sat down with Anderson Cooper on the series premiere of 'Anderson' (Weekdays, Syndicated) to talk about how they've been coping since her death.

Struggling to control her emotions, Amy's mom Janis comforted her ex-husband Mitch as he covered his face with a handkerchief and wept while Cooper played a clip of Amy singing 'To Know Him is to Love Him.'

The former taxi driver said they have struggled to go on since Amy died, and he broke down as he spoke of the special bond that existed between him and his daughter.

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Regis Philbin to Get His Own Reality Show?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 8th 2011 6:00AM
Regis PhilbinHas Kathie Lee Gifford got a working crystal ball? When Regis Philbin first announced his impending retirement, she said "He'll never retire ... I think his most enjoyable days are ahead of him."

Now it seems as though she was right. In an interview with 'USA Today' Philbin reveals that he's been mulling over the idea of taking on his own reality show after he steps down from 'Live!' in November.

"There are several things that interest me," he says. "You know these reality shows? I would love to do a real reality show where Regis goes out."

In fact, Philbin's already got the ball rolling on a potential new project -- "I did a little pilot for somebody last week in L.A." -- but says he'll wait to see the edited version before he says yes or no to continuing.

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'All My Children' Drama: Susan Lucci Blasts ABC Exec for Cancellation

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 3rd 2011 4:00PM
All My Children, Susan LucciWith only three weeks of 'All My Children' left to go in the soap opera's legendary 41-year run, the show's stars are finally starting to speak out. Susan Lucci blasts ABC daytime exec Brian Frons in an epilogue to the upcoming paperback edition of her book, 'All My Life,' saying "I watched Brian Frons' decisions destroy the production of our show and the lives of people on both sides of the country."

According to the New York Post, which obtained text from the epilogue, Lucci's criticisms weren't limited to Frons' business decisions -- she also says that Frons appeared "self-congratulatory" when he informed the 'AMC' cast of the decision to cancel the long-running soap, and that he "has what, for me, is that fatal combination of ignorance and arrogance. I cannot fathom any network executive choosing to alienate millions of loyal viewers in these economic times."

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'Regis and Kelly' to Celebrate 'Regis Farewell Celebration Season'

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 23rd 2011 6:15PM
Regis PhilbinHow do you pay tribute to an icon like Regis Philbin? You give him a a three-month goodbye celebration.

Starting Sept. 5, 'Live! With Regis and Kelly' will celebrate Philbin with ongoing new segments for the "Regis Farewell Celebration Season."

Philbin will depart the series after 28 seasons (including the time it was called 'The Morning Show') in November.

Throughout the fall, 'Live' will spotlight Philbin's top moments and reminisce about classic memories. The trivia staple of 'Live' will be rebranded so to be nostalgia-based and the show will announce a new contest to reward long-time viewers.

Plus, some of Philbin's favorite guests will return to sit-down with the host for one last time. Also be on the look out for special messages from today's biggest stars.

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'All My Children' Creator Agnes Nixon to Guest on the Canceled Soap This Fall

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 8th 2011 3:45PM
Agnes NixonWith many 'All My Children' alumni returning to the show for a final cameo before the long-running soap ends its 41-year run this September, it only makes sense that 'AMC' creator Agnes Nixon would get in on the nostalgia.

ABC announced today that Nixon will cameo on the soap as Agnes Eckhart, one of Pine Valley Hospital's long-standing board members, beginning Aug. 31. Nixon first appeared as Eckhart in 2005 to commemorate the show's 35th anniversary, and won a lifetime achievement award at the Daytime Emmys in 2010.

According to ABC, Agnes will be admitted to Pine Valley and treated by Cara and David. Naturally, she'll also encounter Erica Kane, and will reportedly have "a profound effect on all of the characters she interacts with that [will change] the course of their lives."

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See Josh Duhamel's Return to 'All My Children' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 2nd 2011 6:30PM
All My ChildrenJosh Duhamel is back on 'All My Children,' this Thurs., Aug. 4 and we're pretty excited.

Duhmael is just one of the many stars heading back to Pine Valley to pay respects to their former ABC soap home.

'All My Children' leaves ABC on Fri., Sept. 23. It will continue on a new, unnamed online network at an unspecified later date. Contract negotiations may delay 'AMC's' move online until 2012.

Duhamel's character, Leo du Pres, was last seen trying to save Rebecca Budig's character, Greenlee, during a waterfall accident.

In the clip below, it looks like Leo has seen better days, but when he sets his sights on Greenlee, well, see for yourself.

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EXCLUSIVE: Sharon Osbourne Confirms She's Taking a Break from 'The Talk'

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 21st 2011 1:45AM
Sharon Osbourne
The soap-themed Web site Daytime Confidential reported earlier this week that Sharon Osbourne, who's pulling double duty as a judge on 'America's Got Talent' and co-host of 'The Talk,' soon will be leaving the CBS daytime talk show.

Last night, Osbourne confirmed exclusively to AOL TV that the buzz is true -- however, she says that she won't be making a complete departure.

When the talk show returns from a summer vacation with new episodes in September, Osbourne will be taking a break from the show so she can spend more time with her rock star husband, Ozzy Osbourne.

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Deidre Hall Returning to 'Days of Our Lives'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 11th 2011 10:45AM
Deidre Hall, Days of Our LivesDeidre Hall will return to 'Days of Our Lives.'

Between Hall's return and the 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' online reprieve, the good news for soap opera fans keeps on coming.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Hall will return as Dr. Marlena Evans on Sept. 26.

Hall joined 'Days' in 1976 and left the first time in 1987. Following several guest star roles, Hall returned to the soap in 1991 and stayed until 2009 when NBC's 'Days' budget cuts booted her from the series.

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It's Official: 'All My Children' & 'One Life to Live' Heading Online

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 7th 2011 3:05PM
Susan Lucci, All My Children'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' will continue beyond their final ABC airdates, as previously reported. The soaps are heading online with a new multi-year and multi-platform deal with Prospect Park.

"'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' are iconic pieces of television history that captivated millions of fans since their beginning over 40 years ago," ABC's head of daytime Brian Frons said in a statement. "Each of the shows have made an indelible mark on our culture's history and informed our consciousness in their own way. We are so glad Prospect Park has assumed the mantel for these shows and that they will continue for the fans."

Under the new deal, the two soaps will live online and will be accessible via any Internet-enabled device. They'll be the same length and format, and, according to the press release, the same quality.

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New Life Online for 'All My Children' & 'One Life to Live'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 7th 2011 9:55AM
All My Children, One Life to LiveUPDATE: ABC has confirmed the news: 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' have been saved.

The New York Post reports ABC has sold the rights to the beloved soaps to Prospect Park, a TV, film and music company.

The soaps will reportedly continue right where the televised finales end -- via web-only series. The soaps will air on an unnamed online TV network, much like Hulu, which may become home to other TV shows.

The same cast -- yes, even Susan Lucci -- and crew are expected to return.

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Ann Curry to Interview 'Octomom' Nadya Suleman and Children on 'Today'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 7th 2011 8:00AM
Nadya SulemanNBC has announced that Nadya Suleman, a.k.a. "Octomom," will take part in her first-ever live TV interview Friday morning. Suleman will sit down with Ann Curry on NBC's 'Today' together with her two-year old octuplets and her two oldest children.

'Today' will also air Suleman's first at-home TV intervew since the octuplets were babies. The mom of 14 gave Amy Robach an up-close look into her La Habra, Ca. home, which has visibly deteriorated, and revealed what life is like in the house.

Portions of Robach's interview will air Thursday morning, with the full interview airing Friday. The much-critcized single mother told Robach, "I don't want to undo 14 kids. I love every single one of my children. I will for the rest of my life. I will die for them."

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Jeff Probst Inks Daytime Talk Show Deal

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 27th 2011 4:15PM
Jeff ProbstJeff Probst is bringing his khaki shorts to daytime TV with a new talk show. According to Entertainment Weekly, the new series will debut in 2012. Probst will continue to host CBS's 'Survivor.'

"I'm fascinated with human nature and thrilled that this show will allow me the opportunity to connect with real people and explore their stories on a personal level," Probst said in a statement.

"As I continue with 'Survivor,' I am excited to extend my relationship with CBS with this new adventure in the world of daytime."

The three-time Emmy winner has signed to host 'Survivor' for Seasons 23 and 24, keeping the competition series on CBS through 2012, the year Probst's talk show debuts.

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'Days of Our Lives' Readies Gay Storyline

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 17th 2011 3:30PM
Freddie Smith'Days of Our Lives' is prepping for its first gay storyline.

According to Entertainment Weekly, '90210' actor Freddie Smith will play Sonny, a character who returns home to his family. Which 'Days' family? Those details are being kept under wraps.

"He is the center of attention kind of guy but in a good way," Smith told EW. "He's very confident and mature, he's traveled the world and is very open-minded. I'm very excited to portray him."

The character Smith will be falling for is also being kept secret, and the actor said it could be a new character or an existing Salem resident.

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TV 101: The Post-Oprahpolyptic Era

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Jun 2nd 2011 4:00PM
Don't worry everyone! Oprah will be OK. But how will we do without her?

She has certainly changed the talk show game, fostering a relationship with fans and our culture that transcends that of most every other host that has come and gone during her tenure as the reigning overlord of daytime talk, with the exception of Jerry Springer who is more like the reigning "guy who cleans up after the strippers."

But what will TV look like in this Post-Oprahpolyptic (I'm trademarking that) time of confusion and sadness?

Let's take a look at what some of you are already experiencing: Life without Oprah.

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Dr. Oz Talks About Moving Into 'Oprah's' Time Slot on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted May 26th 2011 7:00PM
Dr. Mehmet Oz and 'The Dr. Oz Show' is moving into 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' time slot and the good doctor was on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) to talk about what that means to him and his show.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck kicked things off by asking him, "Do you feel pressure moving into that time zone? ... What's your mindset?"

Despite the fact that it's a mighty time slot to fill, Dr. Oz feels no pressure. Instead, he said he has a responsibility.

"At the end of the day what I'm really doing is carrying on the tradition she's crafted," he said. "Historically, there was always a healer or a teacher, someone in the village who connected everybody. They made them feel that they were worthy. That's what Oprah taught me how to do. I spent eight years at Oprah University," which is more years than he spent at college and med school.

He's made the commitment to make her proud. "That's my intention, my promise."

Lofty ideals indeed ...

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