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Ryan Seacrest to Replace Matt Lauer on 'Today'?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 8th 2011 7:15AM
Ryan SeacrestIt's been reported that Ryan Seacrest is in talks to replace 'Today' anchor Matt Lauer if he steps down from the NBC morning show next year. 'The Wall Street Journal' first reported that Seacrest met network executives for preliminary talks earlier this week to discuss him joining the show.

That report has since been confirmed by 'The Hollywood Reporter,' which spoke to multiple sources who said that the meeting did indeed take place, but that it was part of ongoing discussions with Seacrest.

Executives who reportedly attended the meeting included 'Today' executive producer Jim Bell, NBC News President Steve Capus and senior vice president for marketing and communications Lauren Kapp.

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'A Very Gaga Thanksgiving': 5 Things We Want to See

by Maggie Furlong, posted Nov 23rd 2011 11:00AM
A Very Gaga ThanksgivingIt's Thanksgiving! The leaves are changing in certain parts of the country that still have seasons, the smell of butane from turkey fryers is filling the air and ABC is celebrating with ... Lady Gaga?

Because nothing says making the holidays "hip" like Gaga!

'A Very Gaga Thanksgiving' (Thurs., Nov. 24, 9:30PM ET on ABC) is a 90-minute TV special conceived and directed by Gaga herself that finds the queen of shock performing eight songs for a small audience that includes her friends and family. The songs range from her biggest hits to holiday classic 'White Christmas,' and she's even doing a duet of 'The Lady Is a Tramp' with Tony Bennett.

Yep, this is really a thing. ABC is calling it "Gaga-fied," I'm calling it awesomely random.

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Katie Couric Takes a Trip Down Memory Lane With Regis Philbin (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 18th 2011 3:00AM
Regis Philbin & Katie Couric, '20/20'If there was one thing you could take from Katie Couric's little video trip down memory lane with Regis Philbin on 'A Special Edition of 20/20' (Thu., 8PM ET on ABC) honoring his retirement, it might be that she seems to have a bit of a crush on him.

She spotlighted a video of him stripping down to a speedo and dancing with other male dancers. Another had him taking his shirt off, to which he retorted, "See what age does to you!"

"I think you look pretty good," Couric told him. And then, when a clip of him kissing Alicia Keys played, Couric said she was a bit jealous.

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'60 Minutes' Plans Andy Rooney Tribute

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 6th 2011 12:30PM
Andy Rooney'60 Minutes' will air a special segment devoted to the late Andy Rooney.

Rooney died Fri., Nov. 4 at the age of 92. He had stepped down from his '60 Minutes' post on Oct. 2, saying at the time "I wish I could do this forever. I can't, though."

Rooney's final essay, "My Lucky Life," was his 1,097th for the long-running news program.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Morley Safer will lead the tribute to the late writer. Rooney had been with '60 Minutes' since 1978.

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Katie Couric Still Wants to Be on 'Dancing With the Stars'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 26th 2011 11:20AM
Katie CouricIn the latest "I want to be on 'Dancing With the Stars'" news, Katie Couric has taken to Twitter to voice her desire to do the rumba on live TV.

"DWTS is my guilty pleasure!," she tweeted. "1 day hope I'll be on it...b4 I'm using a walker! Ha! But there might not be enuf anti perspirant on the planet!" [sic]

However, this isn't the first time Couric has spoken up about wanting to join the dancing competition. In September 2010, Couric said wanted to cha cha cha for the mirrorball trophy.

"My secret fantasy, sadly, is to be on 'Dancing With the Stars,'" she told UsMagazine.com. At the time she said she'd be worried about "those skimpy outfits!"

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Katie Couric Tapped for Regis Philbin's 'Live!' Exit Interview

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 24th 2011 11:05AM
Katie Couric Regis Philbin InterviewRegis Philbin will make his exit from 'Live! With Regis and Kelly' on Fri., Nov. 18, but not before sitting down with Katie Couric for a new special about his career.

According to Variety, Couric, ABC's newest addition, will chat with the 80-year-old veteran host on Nov. 17, 8PM ET in a special tentatively titled 'Katie Couric With a Regis Philbin Biography.' The date may change.

The Philbin interview will be one of Couric's first sitdowns since she left CBS for ABC. Couric has previously co-hosted 'Live!' and 'The View' for ABC. She's also sat down with Sarah Jessica Parker for 'Nightline.'

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Katie Couric Will Co-Host 'Regis & Kelly,' 'How I Met Your Mother' Welcomes Back Bevy of Guests & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 6th 2011 3:10PM
Katie CouricKatie Couric will join Kelly Ripa at the hosting table of 'Live! With Regis and Kelly' on Tues., Oct. 11.

The new ABC star will help Ripa interview Dylan McDermott and Anna Torv in addition to sharing her mom's pear and jello recipe during the 'Live' "Co-Host Cook-Off Week" segment.

Other upcoming 'Live' co-hosts include:
• Carson Kressley (Oct. 7)
• Michael Strahan (Oct. 12)
• Jerry O'Connell (Oct.13)
• Mark Feuerstein (Oct. 14)
• Josh Groban (Oct. 21)
• Nick Lachey (Oct. 31)

Yep, Regis won't be there for the show's famous Halloween spectacular.

In other casting news ...

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Katie Couric's Talk Show Gets a Name, Cheesy Poster

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 23rd 2011 11:10AM
Katie CouricJust call her 'Katie.' Katie Couric's new ABC daytime talk show is going the simple route for a title.

Premiering in fall 2012, the new talk show is part of a deal Couric signed with ABC after leaving her post at CBS. In addition to the talk show -- which may or may not boot 'General Hospital' from ABC's daytime schedule -- Couric will also be reporting for ABC News.

"I'm very happy to be returning to the network where I began my career as a desk assistant in 1979," Couric said in a statement when she joined the network. "It is tremendously exciting to have the creative freedom to develop my own show with Anne Sweeney, the Disney/ABC TV Group and Jeff, and to contribute to such a vibrant, innovative news division. I can't wait to be part of this incredibly talented, visionary team."

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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 Cast Wish List: Who Are Your Picks?

by AOL TV Staff, posted Aug 17th 2011 10:30AM
Dancing With the StarsThe quest for the mirrorball trophy -- and pop culture relevance -- is upon us once again.

'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 is right around the corner. Though ABC won't announce the cast until Aug. 29, we've heard plenty of casting rumors -- Kristin Cavallari, Snooki, Queen Latifah, Tiffani Thiessen, Chynna Phillips, Rob Kardashian -- but can't resist weighing in with our own dream contestants.

Last season saw Kirstie Alley charm the American public with her resilient 60-year-old moves, Chelsea Kane go from Disney star to 'Dancing' dynamo and Hines Ward win it all. Which celeb has it in 'em this fall to top Kane's Viennese Waltz? Alley's sexy Samba?

From the Playboy boss to ABC's newest talk show star, read on for our list of dream 'Dancing' contestants and weigh in with your picks!

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'Blue Bloods' Collars Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert Gets 'Behind The Music' Episode & More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 21st 2011 7:15PM
Carrie Underwood, Tony BennettCarrie Underwood and Tony Bennett have booked 'Blue Bloods' guest roles.

The Grammy winners will play themselves on the season premiere of the CBS police drama.

Look for the duo to perform at a fundraiser that Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) and Erin Reagan-Boyle (Bridget Moynahan) are attending in the new mayor's honor. Bennett and Underwood will sing 'It Had To Be You.'

"Having musical legend Tony Bennett and the hugely talented country music star Carrie Underwood perform on our show is a true gift. The talent that they bring together is amazing," Leonard Goldberg, 'Blue Bloods' executive producer, said in a statement. "We're looking forward to an exciting second season premiere with a story that is certain to provoke debate, and are thrilled that Tony and Carrie can be a part of it."

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Jimmy Kimmel Chastises Katie Couric for Ambushing Sarah Palin (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 8th 2011 2:06AM
Katie Couric, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night'Katie Couric appeared on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night' (Weeknights, 8PM ET on ABC) with excitement about her forthcoming daytime talk show in 2012, but Kimmel had his own theories as to what she was up to.

"It will be dedicated to destroying Sarah Palin once and for all, true?" Jimmy Kimmel joked.

They talked about how Couric didn't reach out to Palin for an essay when compiling her latest book, 'The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives.'

"She's not a big fan of mine," Couric said. "But it would have been interesting."

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What's the Future of 'General Hospital'?

by Michael Maloney, posted Jun 7th 2011 9:00AM
General HospitalABC's announcement today that it has signed Katie Couric to a multi-platform deal -- which includes a daytime talk show -- wasn't great news for fans of 'General Hospital.'

But it could have been far worse. ABC said in its statement that it "continues to support 'General Hospital.'"

Couric's show is set to take the 'GH' 3PM ET time slot in Sept. 2012. The network has already announced that 'The Chew' will replace 'All My Children' this fall, and 'The Revolution' will fill 'One Life to Live''s timeslot next year, but this doesn't necessarily mean that 'GH' is going to that great soap opera in the sky.

Read on for analysis of what the future holds for Luke, Tracy, Sonny, Jason and the rest of Port Charles ...

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Katie Couric Thinks Media Covers Palin Too Much, Trump Acted 'Like a Jacka**' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 7th 2011 5:27AM
Katie Couric, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'Katie Couric may no longer be the anchor for the 'CBS Evening News,' but she has plenty of opinions about some of the top political personalities. She talked a little about both Sarah Palin and Donald Trump on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC).

She hit the nail on the head when she said Palin is such a polarizing figure that she's equally fascinating to both her supporters and detractors. "She makes good copy and so they cover her incessantly and maybe more than they actually should," Couric admitted.

When Jay Leno asked her about Donald Trump, Couric indicated that his behavior while he was sort of running for president was aberrant. "He actually can be a very, very nice person with a good heart. But I think he was just acting like a jacka** for a while."

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Katie Couric Signs Deal With ABC for Daytime Talk Show

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 6th 2011 1:50PM
Katie CouricKatie Couric has officially joined ABC with a syndicated talk show and a role at ABC News, the network confirmed today.

Couric's new show reunites her with her former NBC boss Jeff Zucker, who will produce the new series. The untitled show will debut in September 2012 and film in New York.

"I'm very happy to be returning to the network where I began my career as a desk assistant in 1979," Couric said in a statement. "It is tremendously exciting to have the creative freedom to develop my own show with Anne Sweeney, the Disney/ABC TV Group and Jeff, and to contribute to such a vibrant, innovative news division. I can't wait to be part of this incredibly talented, visionary team."

Couric anchored 'CBS Evening News' for five years after leaving NBC, where she had worked since 1989. While her new talk show doesn't debut until next fall, Couric will begin anchoring ABC News specials starting this summer. She'll contribute to ABC News across all platforms and programs.

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Katie Couric Expected to Sign ABC Talk Show Deal Monday

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 6th 2011 7:00AM
Katie CouricKatie Couric's contract with CBS expires today, and she's widely expected to announce that she's signing a deal with ABC to host a syndicated daytime talk show.

'The New York Times' reports that both NBC and CBS held unsuccessful talks with Couric, who remains a hot property despite disappointing ratings during her tenure at 'The CBS Evening News.'

Rumors that she was close to a deal with ABC have been swirling for weeks, and according to the 'Times' the clincher was when ABC President Anne Sweeney sweetened the deal with the promise of a role in the news division.

For her part, Couric says she is happy with the end result of the protracted negotiations: "It is very gratifying that so many people were willing to meet with me and were interested," she said. "It made me think maybe a show like this could do reasonably well. We'll see."

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