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'Piers Morgan Tonight' Series Premiere Recap

by Piet Levy, posted Jan 18th 2011 10:25AM
Piers Morgan If brazen CNN ads and a self-serving Twitter feed are to be believed, Piers Morgan, the outspoken TV star from 'Celebrity Apprentice' and 'America's Got Talent,' promises to be a very different talk show host than his mild-mannered predecessor Larry King.

King abdicated his CNN throne last month after 25 years, leaving an illustrious legacy, even if it was no longer a very profitable one. His show 'Larry King Live' suffered a 39 percent drop in its audience last year, contributing to a 35 percent decline in primetime for the network, according to Nielsen.

CNN may have found the right kind of straight-shooting showman in Morgan to fix its prime time problems. But that remains to be seen.

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Larry King Returns to TV, Mischa Barton Wants On 'DWTS' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 12th 2011 1:00PM
Larry KingWell, that didn't take long. Weeks after ending his long-running CNN show, Larry King has booked another TV gig.

It's not what you'd expect, though. According to TV Guide, the newsman has booked a cameo as himself on the ABC sitcom 'Better With You.'

King will shoot the guest spot next week, and the episode is scheduled to air in March.

In other TV news ...

The latest on board the 'Dancing With the Stars' rumor train: Mischa Barton. According to a source, "Mischa watches the show religiously, and she thinks she can hold her own and maybe even win it. She likes the idea of being on a top-rated show, too." [Perez Hilton]

Former 'Deep End' star Ben Lawson will play one of the leads in the USA pilot 'Wild Card.' His character is a successful attorney who has a life-changing night in Las Vegas. [Entertainment Weekly]

Justin Long and his newly formed production company sold a half-hour script to CBS. The comedy is about two polar opposite high school science teacher roommates. [Deadline]

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Larry King: Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow Are 'Preachers of Their Own Opinion' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 27th 2010 1:00PM
On 'Reliable Sources' (Sundays, 9PM ET on CNN), Larry King spoke about Fox News' Sean Hannity and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, both of whom had been his cable news time slot competitors during the last few years of 'Larry King Live.'

King acknowledged they both used to beat him in the ratings, but said he did not regret not being more forthcoming with his own opinions, as Hannity and Maddow are.

"They're both very good at what they do" King explained. "But I never learned anything while I was talking. So what they are are preachers. They're preachers of their opinion. They're telling you what they know. They're not learning. There's no learning experience from either of those programs. They're just telling you what they know."

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Larry King Serenades 'Early Show' Anchor, Dedicates Song to Her 'Beautiful Brown Eyes' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 21st 2010 11:30AM
Of all the things 'Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS) anchor Erica Hill wants for Christmas, we're willing to bet a serenade from Larry King isn't one of them. And yet, King regaled Hill with a song dedicated to her "beautiful brown eyes" during an exclusive interview.

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Larry King Does Stand-Up Comedy on 'The Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 21st 2010 3:34AM
Larry King Does Stand-Up Comedy on 'The Tonight Show' Lots of comedians have used 'The Tonight Show' as a launching-pad to stardom -- including David Letterman and, obviously, Jay Leno. And on the latest episode (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC), we met a potential new comedy star, by the name of ... Mr. Larry King?

Yes, it's true. Now that he's retired from 'Larry King Live,' the longtime CNN host has expressed an interest in starting a career as a stand-up comic. We swear we are not making this up. So the 77-year-old decided to test his comedy chops on the biggest stage of all. And how did his 'Tonight Show' stand-up debut go?

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On His Final Show, Larry King Says Goodbye to ... Larry King (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 17th 2010 1:40AM
On His Final Show, Larry King Says Goodbye to ... Larry KingIt was like looking into a mirror -- a mirror of journalistic awesomeness. On the final episode of 'Larry King Live' (weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN), Larry welcomed a parade of special guests, including former President Bill Clinton, Tony Bennett, Regis Philbin, and Arnold Schwarzenegger -- all of whom paid their respects to the host, as he ended his CNN talk show after 25 years on the air.

But perhaps the most "special" guest was ... Mr. Larry King himself (played by comedian Fred Armisen). Fake "Larry" interviewed real Larry, and asked the host some probing but severely odd questions, including, "Now, Larry, what's been my favorite interview?" and "What's the most interesting thing about me?"

Real Larry also complimented fake "Larry" on his outfit -- which, of course, included his trademark glasses and some brightly colored suspenders.

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Larry King Always Wanted to be a Comedian: Making People Laugh Is 'Better Than Sex' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 17th 2010 12:35AM
Larry King Always Wanted to be a Comedian: Making People Laugh Is 'Better Than Sex'On 'The Fran Drescher Tawk Show' (weekdays, syndicated on Fox), Fran welcomed Larry King, who's stepping down after 25 years of 'Larry King Live.' While talking with Fran, Larry revealed that what he loves most in the world is making people laugh -- not necessarily a wise thing to say to Fran Drescher, but okay.

Larry said that if he hadn't fallen into the world of TV and radio, he would have become a stand-up comedian. (Which is a dream he still has, by the way.) Mr. King expressed respect for the difficult task of being a stand-up comic. He added that when you step on a stage as a comedian, no one can help you: "There's the audience and there's you -- and they're saying 'Make me laugh.'"

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Look at the First Episode of CNN's 'Larry King Live' and Try Not to Feel Old

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 16th 2010 4:00PM
Larry KingAre you feeling too young? Has the constant exuberance of youth made you wish you could stop and take stock of the fragility of human mortality? Take a look at this video featuring a young(ish) Larry King hosting his first 'Larry King Live' and the shock alone will give you hip pains.

Tonight marks the end of an era as King steps down to hand the reins of his show over to Piers Morgan, but CNN celebrated this momentous end by compiling some of the most memorable moments from King's interviews.

The video below posted by the Hollywood Reporter features a clip from King's very first show way back in 1985, along with excerpts from his chats with famous faces like Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, George Burns, Bill Cosby, H. Ross Perot, Elizabeth Taylor and (my favorite) Snoop Dogg and his "Snoopmobile." It also contains his legendary sit-down with the late Marlon Brando, which contains the most famous man-on-man kiss in television history (no, that's not a figure of speech).

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'Larry King Live' Tribute: The Show's 11 Greatest Moments

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 15th 2010 5:00PM
Larry King LiveThursday, Dec. 16, marks the final episode of CNN's 'Larry King Live.' It's been easy to say funny things about King over the show's 25-year-run -- he's out of touch, he should have left years ago, he's been married a lot, etc. -- but the list of guests he's hosted is truly amazing.

King has interviewed celebrities, sure, but because 'Larry King Live' is also a news show, he has hosted more newsmakers and politicians than anyone else you can think of (including Oprah).

We took a look back at the long, stories history of 'Larry King Live' and chose 11 greatest moments, plus a bonus selection that featured a memorable appearance by a certain late night talk show host while filling in for King.

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Conan O'Brien on Jay Leno: 'There's Nothing For Us to Talk About' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 14th 2010 6:08AM
Conan O'Brien on Jay Leno: 'There's Nothing For Us to Talk About' Someday, in the distant feature, TV viewers may still be talking about the Conan O'Brien vs. Jay Leno battle. Ages and ages hence, we might still be discussing the feud with a sigh -- talking about how two roads diverged, and about how two men feuded over the same talk show.

... But on 'Larry King Live' (weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN), Conan tried to emphasize that he was already over the whole 'Tonight Show' thing. When Larry King asked O'Brien if he had talked to Jay Leno recently, Conan made this reply: "No. ... There's nothing, really, for either of us to talk about."

So Conan was "over it" -- but was he over it in a "I don't want to think about it anymore" kind of way? Or has he made his peace with the whole affair?

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Totally True Story: Larry King Got in a Car Accident With John F. Kennedy (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 2nd 2010 5:19AM
Totally True Story: Larry King Got in a Car Accident With John F. KennedyNow that Larry King is retiring as a talk show host, he's mulling over his prospects. He's even considering a new job -- as a stand-up comic. Seriously. "I'm funny," he said in a recent interview. "I'm going to do stand up."

But sometimes, if you're going to prepare for the future, you need to look back into the past. On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC), King told a story which took place more than five decades ago -- when he was a 23-year-old.

At the time, Larry was a radio D.J. who had just moved to Miami. King had never been to glamorous Palm Beach, so he drove there one Sunday morning -- but then got distracted by the scenery. He took his attention off the road, and promptly rammed into a convertible driven by ... Senator John F. Kennedy.

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Larry King Shares His Mixed Emotions About Retirement on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 16th 2010 1:08PM
Larry King, 'The View'Since 1957, Larry King has been a part of the entertainment business, first doing interviews in local radio and television and Florida before going national on radio in 1978. In 1985, he came to CNN and he's been a fixture in cable news ever since. So it was with mixed emotions that he sat down with the women of 'The View' (Weekdays, Syndicated on ABC) to discuss his retirement.

So much of King's life has been about doing interviews to keep his finger on the pulse of America. How do you put that down and walk away? It's a similar conundrum to what Johnny Carson faced when he finally gave his farewell to television back in 1992.

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On the Premiere of 'Conan,' a Look Back Into the Tragic Past (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 9th 2010 2:05AM
On the Premiere of 'Conan,' a Look Back Into the Tragic Past It's been a rough year for Conan O'Brien. First, he got his dream job hosting 'The Tonight Show.' But after giving "Coco" the job, the "suits" at NBC changed their minds. Based on lower ratings, they wanted Conan to move into a new time-slot -- to accommodate rival Jay Leno.

O'Brien refused -- the rest is history. The host either quit or was fired (depending on who you believe). After eight months, his time on 'Tonight Show' was done. But you can't keep a good comic down. Now, Coco is back ... on basic cable. And on the premiere of 'Conan' (weeknights, 11PM ET on TBS), he peered back into the tragic past.

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Steven Slater Explains JetBlue Incident: 'Something Had to Give' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Oct 27th 2010 1:45PM
Steven Slater, the former JetBlue flight attendant who had an altercation with a passenger, then exited the plane via the emergency slide, said on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC) that he would probably behave differently if given the opportunity to relive that moment from August.

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Larry King Gives Jon Stewart a Porta Potty For 'Rally to Restore Sanity' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 21st 2010 3:35PM
Larry King is doing his part for Jon Stewart's 'Rally to Restore Sanity.' While Oprah and Arianna Huffington are providing people with transportation to Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Halloween-weekend event, on 'Larry King Live' (weekdays, 9 PM ET on CNN) King presented Stewart with something that could be of benefit to the folks once they get there:

A Porta Potty.

"Oh my god," Stewart yulped, when the curtain raised and his unusual gift was revealed.

"Please tell me that is not the capsule that they keep you in," Stewart quipped to King.

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