In theory it sounds good: if you don't know the answer you call a friend to see if they know. You even get to choose a few friends for your list so you can have people with different specialties/knowledge. So why did it fail so often? Friends that contestants called either got the question wrong, weren't that sure of the answer at all (forcing the contestant to use another lifeline to narrow it down more, like 50/50), or they couldn't even get their answer out before time ran out and the call was cut off. It always made me nervous.
Notice I used the past tense there. "Phone-A-Friend" is being dropped from the show.
Also in the news today: Meredith Viera will sit down with 'Britain's Got Talent' runner-up Susan Boyle, while Tori Spelling books a guest spot on the fourth hour of 'Today.'
See more of today's top TV headlines after the jump.
The studio is quite different looking, and the layout itself seems to have taken a bit of an alteration as well. For one thing, there's an area that I swear looks a lot like The View's seating area, with a semi-circular layout of chairs and couches. I don't watch The View, but I have seem the set before. I really thought, "is that The View studio they're showing?" when the camera panned around to show how things were laid out.
Maybe they did an excellent video editing job and stuck Meredith's head on Katie's body, and this is an old goofy video they're using. And even then, when I say the promo's goofy, I mean GOOFY. I'm trying to imagine what the director was saying while trying to get the team to feel all chummy together, as if we're supposed to believe they're really that pally with Meredith: "OK now Al, you do a little hop and shuffle, then eat a beignet. Matt, you stick out your tongue, slap Ann on the ass and dip Meredith. No, on the ass, Matt. Meredith, you flex your biceps while Ann laughs hysterically in the background. No Ann, laugh. Like this 'hahaha.' There you go."
There's video here if you really feel the need to see it.
Specifically, the View host wants more than the $6 million dollars that she was going to get from Miramax Books to pen her autobiography. She wants to get the same amount of money that other high-profile authors got, including Bill Clinton and Alan Greenspan, who got in the $8 to $12 million range.
Obviously, I don't pretend to know all of the details, but how much money does a person need for one project, especially when they make millions in their day job?
The story also says that the "contract will expire in a few days." Does anyone know what that means? Do they mean the contract for Millionaire or the contract to make a documentary about Millionaire?
[via TV Tattle]
It probably doesn't help that GMA's surge has sort of waned in the battle with NBC's The Today Show, and when Meredith Viera comes on board ...
- On the cover: Ellen Pompeo of Grey's Anatomy. Maybe I'm mistaken, but hasn't this show been on the cover too many times?
- A behind the scenes video of Jamie Pressly's (My Name Is Earl) photo shoot.
- Critic Matt Roush loves House, doesn't love Texas Ranch House (is that a documentary or a salad dressing?), and really loves Stardust: The Bette Davis Story.
- After many attempts at a hit, it looks like Richard Burgi finally has one on Desperate Housewives.
- In the print edition only: an interview with Ryan Seacrest, a behind the scenes look at the Dynasty reunion, a guide to podcasting, and an interview with Meredith Viera on her new job at The Today Show.
Fearing it might be losing Katie Couric to CBS, NBC apparently is trying to woo Meredith Viera of The View and Who Wants to be a Millionaire to take over Couric's spot on The Today Show, should the pixie-ish personality decide to head to CBS. Now, understand that none of this is official, and Couric still has until May 10 to let NBC know whether or not she'll accept the anchor position on the CBS Evening News. However, given Viera's many meetings with NBC execs, it looks as if it's probably going to happen. Unless, of course, it doesn't.
While most of us know Viera for gossipy fare like The View, she does have a background in journalism. She helped develop the short-lived but well-respected news program West 57th, and also worked at CBS News, spending part of her time there as a co-editor on 60 Minutes in the early 1990s.
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