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Whitney on Oprah, day two

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 15th 2009 8:36PM
Whitney Houston on OprahIf you tuned in to watch the first part -- day one -- of Whitney Houston's interview with Oprah Winfrey yesterday, you weren't alone. The overnight ratings were gangbusters for The Oprah Winfrey Show, the best premiere in three years, which is just what Oprah had in mind when her producers booked Whitney on her comeback trail.

And Whitney benefited, too. Her new CD debuted at number one on the Billboard chart, a fact confirmed at the end of the second half that was broadcast today. So Whitney won and Oprah won and Clive Davis was happy and smiling, probably because he had orchestrated the whole thing behind the scenes.

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Joan Rivers on longevity, Brooke Shields, and not caring about Johnny Carson

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 10th 2009 3:02PM
Joan RiversJoan Rivers was in Pasadena in July to promote her show on TV Land, How'd You Get So Rich?, but when I spoke to her after her presentation, I was more interested in a couple of issues. First, her longevity in a business that takes even older comedians and tosses them to the side (Cosby, for instance, is more community activist than comedian these days). Second, I wanted to ask her about her experience on The Apprentice, which included her feuds with wedding planners, Clint Black, and Annie Duke.

But, Joan being Joan, she also randomly let loose on Brooke Shields, Sarah Palin, and whoever else was in her mind during the ten minutes we spoke.

We start off by talking about longevity. She feels one of the reasons she stays relevant is that she doesn't live in the past. "I don't give a shit about Johnny Carson," she said.

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Janet Jackson to Pay Tribute to Michael at MTV VMAs & More TV News

by Patricia Chui, posted Sep 9th 2009 3:05PM
Janet JacksonMiss Jackson to honor her late brother, Jerry Bruckheimer and the producer of 'Chuck' score new pilots, Judd Nelson and Gavin Rossdale make guest-starring appearances on the small screen and more of today's top TV headlines.

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Carrie Fisher spent last Christmas with Michael Jackson

by Jane Boursaw, posted Sep 4th 2009 12:22AM
Carrie Fisher - On the LotEver notice how goofy celebrities seem to gravitate towards each other? Ok, me either, but maybe that's because most celebrities are goofy in one way or another.

Got a note from CBS tonight with a fun little advance tidbit from The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Carrie Fisher tells a story about her brush with Michael Jackson, who was laid to rest today.

"They came to me to go on a travel junket for talking about Michael (Jackson), because I was with him on his last Christmas," the actress tells Ferguson. "”It was fantastic. He had a big tree, and I did the Princess Leia monologue for his children. Yeah, I got paid. …No, no, I got paid nothing. But I got a lot of it, and also he got me a cell phone.”"

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NBC Considered $10 Million Jackson Special for Leno's Premiere Week & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Jul 21st 2009 1:00PM
The Jay Leno ShowNBC wanted to pay a whopping $10 million to air a Michael Jackson memorial special, possibly to air during the week of 'The Jay Leno Show''s inaugural week.

Also in the news: 'Oprah''s ratings are down, while Jennie Garth and Brooke Burns book roles on two CW remakes.

See more of today's top TV headlines after the jump.

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Kathy Griffin: The TV Squad Interview (full transcript)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 21st 2009 11:15AM
Kathy GriffinThis is the full version of my interview with Kathy Griffin, for those who clicked over from the "short" version. Again, Griffin started out by asking me a question.

So is this interview going to run anywhere or is this just for your personal collection?

It's going to run on TVSquad, AOL's TV blog.

You know what? I have an exciting announcement. By the way, I'm looking at it myself, I knew, but it was officially announced today. I am hosting the Shmemmys this year. Now if you recall, two years ago when I won a Creative Arts Emmy, I got in a little trouble for telling Jesus to suck it. And now, two years later, when The D-List has its highest ratings ever, they want me to host. And that is what I love about Hollywood.

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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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1984 Pepsi ad turned out to be a lot of trouble for Michael Jackson

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 16th 2009 1:01PM
It's weird to look back at the Michael Jackson Pepsi ad from 1984 (the one that actually aired) and think that it caused so many problems in his life. US Weekly got hold of the footage that never aired, of Jackson's scalp catching on fire, causing second and third degree burns to his scalp and face. The magazine claims that this accident is what led to MJ's addiction to both painkillers and plastic surgery.

This is surreal footage, and at first I thought it was footage from the TV movie made about Jackson's life, but it's real. That's Miko Brando in the hat helping Jackson. Brando has been on Larry King Live many times recently. After the jump, the ad that aired. It's worth noting that Jackson went on to do other Pepsi ads after this.

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Is a Soul Train revival in the works?

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 13th 2009 8:04AM
Soul TrainThe old R&B dance show Soul Train seems to be coming back. It's being set up for a VH1 documentary, a BET awards show and a DVD release.

Given the recent passing of Michael Jackson, it wouldn't surprise me if this project was fast-tracked. Some of the Jackson 5's earliest appearances were on Soul Train. In fact, there's a website now dedicated to the show.

I never watched Soul Train when I was kid. I don't think I was in the correct demographic. But everyone at least heard of Soul Train. The show's final episodes aired in 2006 but (at least in my mind) the show is more associated with its beginnings in the 70's. If the show ends up getting fully revived (and not just an awards show), the logical network to show it would be BET.

Now that Time Life is releasing DVD's of the show, it will probably be in a "best of" format (much like their release of The Muppet Show DVDs) and not complete seasons. But, I could be wrong.

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A quick note to CNN's Larry King

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 9th 2009 6:01PM
Larry KingDear Larry,


Honestly, what else can you possibly say? You've already interviewed every Jackson lawyer (past and present), interviewed his dermatologist, talked to his friends, talked to Jermaine Jackson, given a live tour of Neverland Ranch (complete with ghosts), had Marlon Brando's son on almost every night, interviewed Jackson's former nurse, and you actually went to the memorial service itself and reported from there. What else can you possibly do? Are you going to have an exclusive interview with Michael Jackson's nose? Talk to his mailman?

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Remember the good times we had with (at) Michael Jackson('s expense)?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 9th 2009 5:04PM
South Park poking fun of Michael Jackson
A lot of memories have surfaced of the good times that pop icon and musical genius Michael Jackson provided the world in the wake of his untimely and unfortunate death. However, an elephant in the room has wedged its wide butt in between the happy memories that range from "Billy Jean" to "Rockin' Robin," other than the eye-bleedingly bad Moonwalker movie.

Jackson's life outside of the recording studio and in the blood-soaked pages of the supermarket tabloids provided a lot of fodder for comedies and comedians that turned the man into a punchline just as fast as the radio waves turned him into a legend.

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Michael Jackson Memorial Earns 31 Million Viewers & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Jul 9th 2009 12:00PM
Michael Jackson memorial and Top Chef Las Vegas

Michael Jackson memorial draws 31.1 million viewers, 'Top Chef: Las Vegas' finds a premiere date, Terry Kinney books 'The Mentalist' and more of today's top TV headlines.

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Brit viewers tell BBC to lay off the Jackson action

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 9th 2009 9:07AM
BBC viewers told the network to back off the Michael Jackson memorial.I wasn't the only guy wishing Michael Jackson's friends and family would have shown a little more decorum and restraint in turning the singer's funeral into a bad impersonation of The People's Choice Awards.

The BBC reported 473 complaints about its coverage of the Jackson memorial service. The calls "expressed unhappiness" at the way the BBC dedicated two of its networks to the Los Angeles ceremony.

Obviously, considering the millions of TVs trained on the Jackson farewell all around the world, a few hundred moans with British accents don't qualify as an avalanche of negativity. But, the BBC admitted that 91 of the calls were specifically about the "excessive" coverage, and many griped about the maudlin tone of the reporting.

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Craig Ferguson says farewell to Michael Jackson

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 8th 2009 8:05PM
Last night, Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson talked about the death of Michael Jackson, specifically about going to a Michael Jackson concert years ago. This clip gives a good example of what Ferguson's monologues are like, if you've never seen them before. He also inadvertently comes up with a great idea for a new MTV reality show, Surprise The Skank With A Camera. (Jackson part starts around 2:16).

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Breaking News: Betty White still not dead

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 8th 2009 5:24PM
I was watching Today's coverage of the Michael Jackson funeral yesterday, and after Michael Okwu's report about memorial preparation, I had to quickly rewind it (thank you DVRs) to make sure I heard what I thought I did. And I did. Okwu was listing some of the famous people buried at Forest Lawn, and he included Betty White. Meredith Vieira corrected a clearly confused Okwu, saying he probably meant Bette Davis.

Other people who are not buried at Forest Lawn: Betty Buckley and Ugly Betty.

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