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Nip/Tuck secures Joan Rivers for its last episode

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 31st 2009 7:09PM
Joan RiversThis isn't her first time, but I can't think of a better guest star for the final episode of Nip/Tuck than Joan Rivers. What her role will be in the finale remains to be seen; hopefully it won't have to do with semen-based facial creme. Rivers says even she doesn't know what the episode will be, explaining that "they only send you your pages for what you're filming."

That's like Lost-level secrecy. Nip/Tuck has had its shockers through the years, and since the creators knew this ending was coming, they've certainly had time to prepare. Supposedly Rivers won't be the only star making an appearance. "Star-studded" is the word I've seen being thrown about.

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Joan Rivers on 'How'd You Get So Rich?', Her Comedy Central Roast and Brooke Shields

by Kim Potts, posted Aug 31st 2009 6:00AM
Joan RiversIt's the perfect time for a show that shares the stories of "real people" entrepreneurs striking it rich, and outspoken comedian Joan Rivers is the perfect host for 'How'd You Get So Rich?' -- the TV Land show (Wednesdays, 10PM ET) that sheds light on the how-to successes of everyday people who invented such unlikely moneymakers as Billy Bob Teeth, the Slanket and Butt Paste.

The legendary Rivers, last season's 'Celebrity Apprentice' winner and the recent subject of a Comedy Central roast, isn't shy about asking the new millionaires how they made their cash or how they're spending it, and she's equally forthright (and self-deprecating) with AOL TV as she dishes on coming up with the idea for the show, who's at the top of her celebrity hit list, her return to 'Nip/Tuck' ... and the only way she'd get to host another talk show. -- By Kimberly Potts

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Ratings for Joan Rivers roast take a hit

by Brad Trechak, posted Aug 12th 2009 2:00PM
Comedy CentralDespite heavy promotion, The Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers was down 32% in the ratings compared to its last roast of Larry the Cable Guy. Most of the blame for the poor ratings is being shifted to ESPN which had the Yankees-Red Sox game on at the same time.

In general, it seems like the roasts are declining in the ratings. Joan got less than Larry who got less than Pamela Anderson who got less than Bill Engvall. Perhaps America is just getting sick of "C" level celebrity roasting (even though that level is probably all Comedy Central could afford).

For me, the roasts are kind of hit-and-miss. I liked the Shatner roast, and I caught some of the Joan Rivers roast and found it to be underwhelming. What do you think? Did you like the Joan Rivers roast? Do you think Comedy Central should lay off the whole roasting concept for a little while?

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'Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers' Quotes and Clips

by Andrew Scott, posted Aug 10th 2009 12:00PM
Comedy Central Roast of Joan RiversKathy Griffin, Carl Reiner and Brad Garrett were just a few of the stars featured in last night's hilarious 'Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers.'

The roasters took a number of jabs at Rivers' age, body and face -- enough to get back at anything she's ever said on the red carpet.

What were the night's best quotes? Check out some of the highlights below.

WARNING: The content you are about to read is intended for mature audiences only. If you are easily offended, please discontinue reading.

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Roasting Joan Rivers

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 9th 2009 10:00AM
Joan RiversA couple of years ago, I interviewed Joan Rivers for the Boston Globe. She was playing a local theatre, and I hadn't yet had a chance to talk to her, and I wanted to talk a bit about her past in Second City and as a pioneering female comic. But since a lot of her shtick is slamming celebrities, and she helped invent what I guess you'd call "red carpet comedy," I thought I'd try to find a couple of people to do a point/counterpoint. Funny thing is, I couldn't find anyone for the counterpoint, anyone who wanted to go on record saying anything uncomplimentary against Rivers.

You can find plenty of people who will make jokes about her plastic surgery, or her failed talk show from the 80s, or her TV marketing, but that all seems a bit superficial. No one seemed to have a terribly valid criticism outside of those clichés. And that's what I think you'll see at the Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers Roast Sunday (10PM). From the clips I've seen, some of the sharper comics have found a new approach to those tropes, and you'll see plenty of plastic surgery jokes. And I'm sure you'll hear plenty of them from Rivers herself (a debt, there, I think owed to Phyllis Diller).

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Joan Rivers wants to know How'd You Get So Rich?

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 6th 2009 9:31AM
How'd You Get So Rich?TV Land has a little gem on their hands, methinks with How'd You Get So Rich? When I was younger, I used to get a kick out of Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous. When your mother comes in and asks you which utility you want the most this month, it's kind of nice to imagine what it would be like to live in such opulence.

Joan Rivers was on Late Night earlier this week, and she spoke of the idea behind the show. When traveling around the country, she'd see these mansions scattered around and wonder what the story is behind them. These aren't celebrities, after all. They're just ordinary people. So the title question came to mind.

What's great about the show is that it's presented in such an uplifting way. It's telling you that all things are possible. You too could have these amazing houses and cars. All it takes is hard work and dedication, and sometimes a great idea like tonight's founder of Billy Bob Teeth.

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Joan Rivers takes her shots at David Tutera - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 30th 2009 7:29AM
Joan RiversI had the great honor of interviewing the legendary Joan Rivers after her TCA panel promoting her new TV Land show How'd You Get So Rich? While the panel was hilarious, Joan was in fine form during the interview, telling me a good story about why she doesn't dwell in the past, criticizing Sarah Palin and Brooke Shields, and giving her one-millionth rebuke of her Apprentice rival, Annie Duke, or "Annie Douche" as she called the poker star during the panel.

But Rivers also took some vicious shots at David Tutera, the party planner who left her and Duke high and dry on The Celebrity Apprentice's finale, quitting after Joan asked him to make some changes to his plan. Since Tutera is scheduled to do a panel on his show My Fair Wedding on Friday, I wanted to post what she said about him here and then give Tutera a chance to respond.

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Why the Joan Rivers Roast should be tighter and funnier than her current facelift

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 28th 2009 4:30PM
Joan RiversThe traditional comedy roast has been hijacked by the cable networks and reproduced with more disappointing results than a sperm bank run by General Motors.

Comedy Central has done the best job for the most part while others like A&E's extremely mismanaged Gene Simmons Roast made for lower quality television are as horrific as those painfully dated Dean Martin's Roasts that are sold on infomercials in the wee small hours of the morning.

The secret to doing a good roast isn't really that much of a secret: hire people who are actually paid to be funny. That's why the Roast of Joan Rivers could be the best one yet.

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Kathy Griffin: The TV Squad Interview

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 21st 2009 11:15AM
Kathy GriffinKathy Griffin is so ubiquitous these days, you might have to dust off an old cliché (and change it slightly) to describe her - The Queen of All Media.

Kathy Griffin: My Life On the D-List is getting the best ratings of its run, she was a guest on Privileged, her CD, For Your Consideration, was nominated for a Grammy, her book comes out in September, and she continues to tour as a stand-up comedian. She was also recently tapped to host the Shmemmys (The Creative Arts Emmys) and to roast her good friend Joan Rivers for Comedy Central. She may not be getting Ryan Seacrest's 45 million dollar paycheck, but she may be challenging him for most entertainment jobs held simultaneously.

I caught up with her by phone recently and had a long conversation. So long, in fact, that we have posted two different versions - this is the short one. There is an unedited version here, for those who need every last morsel of Griffin they can get.

Griffin actually started out by asking me a question.

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Kathy Griffin will be serving up Joan Rivers Flambé

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 7th 2009 3:02PM
Kathy GriffinKathy Griffin is no stranger to the anti-celebrity acerbic wit, particularly on her Bravo show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. Now she will need to call upon that talent as she has been selected to host The Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers on August 9th.

Truthfully, Joan Rivers' humor through the years has been pretty self-deprecating. Rivers will likely enjoy the attention. Given her own penchant for roasting celebrities (or kissing up to them, such as while working the red carpet), using Kathy Griffin as her roastmaster seems a pretty logical pairing. I wonder if, along with the Comedy Central regulars that are at every one of these, her daughter is going to be one of her roasters.

The Comedy Central roasts in general have been hit-and-miss for me, although they've been a ratings winner for the channel. I really enjoyed the William Shatner one (probably because the years of infighting between the Star Trek cast gave the insults a little more credence).

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Bravo Renews 'Real Housewives of New York City' & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Jul 7th 2009 2:00PM
The Real Housewives of New York City and Kathy Griffin

Bravo renews 'The Real Housewives of New York City,' Kathy Griffin will roast Joan Rivers, 'American Idol' wants Paula back and more of today's TV headlines.

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5 Questions With: Mark Burnett

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 16th 2009 6:00AM
Here come the brides and grooms, Mark Burnett style. The Emmy-winning 'Survivor' producer's latest show, 'Wedding Day' (June 16, 8PM ET, TNT), gives a chance at a dream wedding to 10 deserving couples -- including a bride who survived a near-fatal car crash, Army captains flown back from Iraq to say "I do" and a pair of LAPD officers with commendations for their community work.

Burnett, who'll receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame later this year, will reunite with 'Celebrity Apprentice' winner Joan Rivers on the upcoming TV Land reality show 'How'd You Get So Rich?' (August 6, 9PM ET). He talked to AOL TV about his new shows, why Joan Rivers is his role model and whether we'll ever see a season of 'Celebrity Survivor.' -- By Kimberly Potts

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Bravo's latest find is lost footage

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 7th 2009 10:18AM
K Griffin BravoYou know, I have to tip my cap -- yes, I'm wearing one -- to Bravo. It seems to me that everything NBC does wrong with their programming, the NBC Universal cable net Bravo does right. Case in point is this new innovation, if you want to call it that, the lost footage episode.

Suddenly, out of nowhere really, Bravo has been stretching their unscripted, reality shows by adding an extra show labeled The Lost Footage. The Real Housewives of New York City was the first I caught, but soon after there was Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Lost Footage. Coming up is one on The Real Housewives of Orange County.

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Greatest 'Tonight Show' Moments

by AOL TV Staff, posted May 13th 2009 6:00AM
Hugh Grant The Tonight Show'The Tonight Show' has been a late-night institution for more than 50 years (yes, that's right -- half a century).

Jack Paar, who took over the reins from Steve Allen in '57, put the show on the map, with big-name guests and outspoken antics. Johnny Carson, who stepped in when Paar left, made the show appointment viewing for millions of fans and became one of the most beloved TV hosts of all time.

Now, with Jay Leno's last 'Tonight Show' airing Fri., May 29, and Conan O'Brien taking the desk while Leno makes the unprecedented move to prime time, to a 10 PM slot in the fall, we look back and count down the top 20 moments of 'The Tonight Show.'


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Want to hear some celebrity ghost stories?

by Mike Moody, posted May 12th 2009 8:02PM
Carrie Fisher...the Bio channel hopes that you do. Bio is looking to expand its programming schedule for the new TV season with a number of new shows and pilots, including Celebrity Ghost Stories.

The show will offer eight hour-long episodes featuring celebs like Carrie Fisher, Joan Rivers and Scott Baio talking about their real-life run-ins with ghosts.

OK, this show sounds crazy, but I'm gonna watch it anyway. I'll skip the Joan Rivers ep (she's nuts, so I buy that she sees ghosts, giant purple elephants and God knows what else all day), but I'm curious to hear what Carrie Fisher has to say.

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