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Joan Rivers Buys a House, But Not For Her on 'Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 16th 2011 3:17AM
Joan Rivers, 'Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?'Joan Rivers definitely does whatever she sets her mind to do. At a nice picnic meal, she stood up on 'Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?' (Tue., 9PM ET on WE) and announced that she'd bought a house.

Melissa was immediately excited, thinking that her mother could still be nearby but maybe not as close as living under the same roof. But Joan wasn't done with her announcement.

"I think it's so beautiful and light and big and what I thought I would do is I'm going to let you have that house," she said to a stunned Melissa.

"I appreciate the thought but I don't want a new house," Melissa said. But that's not going to stop Joan Rivers. When she decides on something she generally gets her way. She even has a strategy.

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Netflix Buys Kevin Spacey / David Fincher Series, 'Joan and Melissa' Renewed and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 15th 2011 7:00PM
NetflixNot content to remain a middle man in the "getting quality television programming directly to consumers" game, Netflix is teaming up with Oscar-snubbed director David Fincher and Kevin Spacey to air the duo's original series 'House of Cards.'

Deadline reports that Neflix outbid premium cable networks for the drama by offering a two-season, 26-episode commitment. The company had previously said it wasn't interested in getting into original programming, but with competitors like Amazon nipping at their heels, it seems like a smart move.

In other TV news ...

Could Ricki Lake return to TV? Depends on what Katie Couric wants to do. If the CBS anchor doesn't renew her contract and heads to daytime instead, Lake's out of luck. [Broadcasting & Cable]

Joan and Melissa will be back for more hijinks in 2012. WE tv renewed the mother-daughter duo's reality show for a second season. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Another taxidermy show? As Sarah Palin might say, you betcha! The Discovery Channel announced a new special called 'Taxidermy USA' that's scheduled to air March 31. Do we really need to explain what it's about? [Discovery]

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Joan and Melissa Rivers Argue About Decorating on 'The Talk' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Mar 11th 2011 6:10PM
Joan and Melissa Rivers on 'The Talk'Joan and Melissa Rivers are housemates now on 'Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?' which has led to a bit of friction. The mother and daughter were on 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS) to talk about their latest row, this one over decorating.

'Talk' co-host Leah Remini said she was a fan of the show and complimented Joan on the redecorating job she had done in the shared house. Melissa took offense. "Mine was better," she said. Remini said Joan had "made it nice."

One of the issues was the fact that Joan donated Melissa's discarded furniture to charity -- Joan's charity, not Melissa's. Joan said she could have given the furniture to an osteoporosis charity; she then asked the audience not to applaud for fear she'd hear their wrist bones snapping.

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Joan Rivers Takes a Jab at Kirstie Alley on 'Martha Stewart' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 8th 2011 2:20PM
Joan Rivers Takes a Jab at Kirstie Alley on 'Martha Stewart'As Martha Stewart shows Joan and Melissa Rivers how to prepare hanger steak with shoestring fries, Joan can't resist taking a jab at actress Kirstie Alley on 'The Martha Stewart Show.'

"Did you ever have Kirstie Alley as a guest on the show? Because she would just eat it raw. She wouldn't even wait," Joan said, pretending to lick the ingredients from a bowl.

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Joan Rivers Falls, But Not for Her Date, on 'Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 2nd 2011 3:09AM
Joan Rivers falls on a date, 'Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?'You would think big-time celebrities don't have any trouble finding people willing to be with them, and that may be true. It's finding people worth being with that can be more of a challenge. On 'Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?' (Tue., 9PM ET on WE), Joan Rivers encountered a classic case of mismatched lovers.

She admitted that her date, Don, was a good-looking man, and she was certainly enjoying their dance lesson together. There was just one little problem.

"I'm having a lot of fun with him," she said. "Trouble is I think we're both looking for the same thing: A man to love us."

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Melissa and Joan Rivers Finally Make Up on 'Joan Knows Best?' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 23rd 2011 2:59AM
Joan Rivers, 'Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best'After a huge blowout last week, it was time for amends on 'Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?' (Tue., 9PM ET on WE). Joan Rivers went back to New York as she'd promised and the two didn't talk at all for awhile.

With both of them stubborn-headed, it was going to take one of them willing to make that phone call to get them back on speaking terms. When Melissa Rivers finally took the initiative to call her mother, you could tell both of them were so grateful the silence had been broken.

It started with Melissa asking Joan about her recent visit to Letterman, but that was just hedging arounded what they both wanted. Joan broke down, both women apologized and then Joan finally admitted what they both wanted.

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Joan and Melissa Rivers Have It Out in a Team-Building Fight on 'Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 16th 2011 2:55AM
Joan Rivers, 'Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?'It's only four episodes in, but Joan Rivers' grand cross-country move to be closer to her daughter may be over already. On the latest 'Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?' (Tue., 9PM on WE), Melissa has finally had enough of Joan's outrageous behavior after a disastrous interview with online gossip monger Perez Hilton.

With all the friction in the house, a team-building expert is brought in, but she quickly winds up as little more than a referee as Melissa and Joan finally started unloading all the tension that's been building between them.

Melissa told her mother that her constant criticism makes her feel like a failure, to which Joan responded, "Everything I say, Melissa, you take as negative."

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Joan Rivers Is Threatened When Trespassing at Judy Garland's House (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Feb 9th 2011 8:15AM
Joan Rivers Trespasses on 'Joan Knows Best'"Uncle" Tommy was Joan Rivers' dear friend for more than 40 years. He was Melissa's godfather and even walked her down the aisle. On 'Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?' (Tue., 9PM ET on WE), the comedienne wanted to honor him by spreading his ashes at meaningful spots in Los Angeles, including the Beverly Hills Hotel, Rodeo Drive and Judy Garland's house.

At the latter location ("He was a major fan of Judy Garland"), Joan charged confidently into the home's front yard and began sprinkling ashes on the ground and surrounding foliage. She wasn't worried about trespassing.

"Rest in peace, Uncle Tommy," she said before launching into 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow.' A resident stormed out and yelled, "What the hell are you doing!? Get outta here before I call the cops!"

As she left, a neighbor shouted, "Joan, we love you!" She replied, "Love you back! The person who lives in Judy Garland's house is not nice!"

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Joan Rivers Surprises Melissa Naked in the Shower With a Camera on 'Joan Knows Best?' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 2nd 2011 2:12AM

'Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?'Boundaries. In politics they can lead to war. On 'Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?' (Tue., 9PM ET on WE), we find that in family they mean much the same thing. And apparently Joan Rivers doesn't understand the concept at all.

After her daughter Melissa Rivers took the stance of "I'll think about it" to an offer from 'Girls Gone Wild' founder Joe Francis regarding a nude photo shoot, Joan decided to take matters into her own hands.

You could argue that she was perhaps well-intentioned, but there is no way anyone could think her tactics could work. Joan decided to take some surprise photos of Melissa in the nude to show her that it was no big deal.

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Joan Rivers Warns America: She Still Has Three Frozen Eggs Left (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Feb 1st 2011 6:25PM
Joan and Melissa Rivers on 'Rachael Ray'To call Joan Rivers a survivor would be an understatement. She had to fight just to get out of the gate in the male-dominated world of comedy in the 60s, and has weathered personal tragedy and career upheaval. Today on 'Rachael Ray' (Weekdays, Syndicated) Rivers talked about the survival of her family name.

Rivers said she would like her daughter, Melissa, to have another baby. But if that fails, the 77-year-old comedian and reality TV star has a back-up plan. "I still have three eggs left," she said. "I have them frozen. Betty White, that old [expletive], she told me where to freeze your eggs."

"I could just surprise everybody," she said. Not the least of which would be the kid, who would have to be raised Futurama-style by Rivers' preserved head in a jar.

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Kimmel to Joan Rivers: You Are Tormenting Your Daughter (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 25th 2011 5:00AM
Joan Rivers Talks New Show on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'Jimmy Kimmel has seen the first two episodes of 'Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?' -- the new reality series that features Joan moving in with her daughter Melissa. "It's very entertaining, but why are you tormenting your daughter?" he teased Joan when she visited 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC).

Melissa was offered $400,000 to pose naked in a "Hollywood Moms Gone Wild" video and turned it down. "Is she out of her mind?!" Joan said. So -- as evidenced by the clip Kimmel showed -- Joan took matters into her own hands. She snuck into the bathroom and filmed Melissa in the shower. "The title of the show should be 'My Mother Is a Maniac,'" said the host.

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Joan and Melissa Rivers Discuss Living Together on Their New Reality Show

by Kelly Woo, posted Jan 24th 2011 12:00PM
Joan and Melissa RiversIf parts of Joan and Melissa Rivers' new reality series seem incredible, well, that's just how they live.

"It's a normal life in very extraordinary circumstances," Melissa Rivers told us when the mother-daughter duo stopped by our office. "So what is normal is heightened. It's a cracked-out Norman Rockwell."

'Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?' (premiering Tuesday at 9PM ET on WE) follows Joan as she moves into Melissa's California home. And as close as they have been, mother and daughter soon realize that living together as adults is a pain in the you-know-what.

We talked to Joan and Melissa about what they learned living together, their thoughts on Ricky Gervais and the retiring Regis Philbin, and the confrontation they had with a certain 'Fashion Police' victim ...

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Johnny Carson 'Banned' Joan Rivers from Late-Night TV (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jul 23rd 2010 5:50AM
Joan Rivers Talks About Johnny Carson on 'Late Night'Joan Rivers brought her late husband's ashes to the 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS). "We were banned [from late-night TV] for so long, so I like to say, 'Look, we're back.'"

Technically she wasn't banned, but she got on Johnny Carson's blacklist. Years ago she was the permanent guest hostess who filled in for Carson on 'The Tonight Show.'

When she told him she was leaving to do her own (competing) show, "He slammed the phone down ... and never spoke to me again -- ever, ever, ever."

She hasn't been booked on the program since.


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Joan and Melissa Rivers to Star in New Reality Show

by Erika Milvy, posted Mar 31st 2010 2:37PM
Joan RiversCan she talk!

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Joan Rivers will once again team with daughter Melissa for the reality series 'Mother Knows Best,' set to air on WE. The show will follow Joan as she moves in with her daughter, her grandson and Melissa's boyfriend in Los Angeles, where hilarity is likely to ensue.

The announcement was part of a seven-series order by WE, which also includes 'Fix My Family,' about a doctor who fixes family relationships, and 'Sunset Daze,' a reality series set in a retirement complex.

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Joan Rivers is still working for E!

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 23rd 2009 2:30PM

Joan RiversThere have been three constants in this late stage of Joan Rivers' career. First, her project will involve her daughter Melissa. Second, she will work for E! Entertainment. Third, it will involve interviews on the red carpet of some awards show. All three of these are true in her new series of Fashion Police specials for E! Although in this case, Melissa Rivers is a producer and won't generally be appearing on screen.

I remember her best as the voice of Dot Matrix in Spaceballs. I did watch her Comedy Central Roast and found it to be lackluster. After all the plastic surgery, I'm surprised she can even move her mouth anymore. It's frozen in a grin like Jack Nicholson's Joker.

I'm fascinated to know why Joan Rivers' red carpet interviews are so popular that E! keeps asking her back. Does anybody out there watch and like the interviews? Isn't it like watching a train wreck?

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