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Bethenny Frankel Filming Talk Show Pilot

by PopEater Staff, posted Jun 16th 2011 7:30AM
Bethenny FrankelBethenny Frankel is one busy lady combining her role as wife and mother with successful careers in business and reality TV. Now she's taking on yet another project: It's been announced that she's started working on a pilot for her own daytime talk show.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Frankel started taping footage for an advice-based show earlier this month, and that she's been getting tips from Ellen DeGeneres, who is also involved in the project with Telepictures.

Frankel has long hinted that getting her own talk show -- as opposed to her Bravo reality series, 'Bethenny Ever After' -- was something she really wanted and saw in her future.

"I would like a daytime talk show because my conversation with my fans right now is through social networking, and my TV show communicates what I'm doing, but it isn't really a dialogue or a conversation," she told PopEater earlier this year, adding, "Most of my business wishes come true."

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James Frey Back on 'Oprah,' Says He Doesn't Respect Memoir Genre (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 16th 2011 9:30PM
James Frey on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'In 2003, James Frey established his contempt for the literary memoir format by releasing 'A Million Little Pieces,' a supposed memoir that turned out to be full of lies.

Oprah Winfrey helped make 'Pieces' into a bestseller in 2005 when she made it a selection of Oprah's Book Club and interviewed Frey on her show. In 2006, Frey went on the show again to admit that he had made up parts of the book.

On Monday's 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), Winfrey interview Frey again, and he reaffirmed his feelings about memoirs.

"I don't have a whole lot of respect for the genre. I think most writers of memoirs, and this is a very unpopular statement, do what I did."

Frey said he thinks most people who write memoirs manipulate and fabricate things and play with the truth, to tell the best story they can. But, you know, he might be exaggerating that just a little bit.

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Craig Ferguson on Stand-Up, Theme Shows and Sitting Out the Late-Night Wars

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 18th 2011 11:30AM
'Craig Ferguson: Does This Need to Be Said?' on Epix
Craig Ferguson has said it before, and he's sticking with his story: He is definitely not interested in starting or participating in another Late Night War.

"In order for there to be a war there would have to be something here that I was desirous of capturing. And there isn't," he told me yesterday.

On 'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson' every weeknight, he gets to dance to a modified 'Doctor Who' theme, banter with a robotic sidekick and pull out naughty puppets whenever he wants. And his improvisational monologue and casual, off-the-cuff interview style has drawn raves. Of all the late-night hosts, Ferguson seems to be the most comfortable in his own hosting skin.

Calling in to promote his new stand-up special, 'Craig Ferguson: Does This Need to Be Said?', which premieres on the EPIX network Saturday at 8PM ET, we talked about the way he writes stand-up, his love of dancing to Britney Spears, and how he really sees himself. But first, there was a need to congratulate him on a big event in his life.

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Can 'Live With Regis and Kelly' Survive Without Regis?

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 18th 2011 10:45AM
Regis and KellyOn this morning's "host chat" segment of 'Live With Regis and Kelly,' Regis Philbin made the somewhat surprising announcement that he will be leaving the show sometime in 2011. "This will be my last year on this show," he told the audience. While details on when exactly he'll depart are unclear, he made it clear during different parts of the show that he wasn't necessarily retiring, just "moving on," saying it was time.

Philbin has been doing the 'Live' show since 1983, when it was a local New York morning show; it's been nationally syndicated since 1988, when Regis' co-host was Kathie Lee Gifford.

There's no indication that 'Live' will end when Regis departs, and there's a good reason for that: Kelly Ripa, who's about to celebrate her 10th anniversary as Philbin's co-host, has increased her profile to the point where she can carry the show as its star. But, even if the format of the show stays exactly the same as it has for 28 years, it'll be a completely different vibe with Kelly at the center of things. The question, though, is whether that's going to be a good thing or not.

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Fran Drescher Gets a Daytime Talk Show

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 11th 2010 2:00PM
Fran DrescherYou can add Fran Drescher to the list of would-be Oprah replacements.

According to Vulture, the actress has signed a deal for a trial run of a self-titled daytime talk show set to launch right after Thanksgiving. The show, which will air on Fox affiliates in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Orlando and Phoenix, will run for three weeks. If it's successful, the production company will start taking steps toward making the show national.

The new series will have an entertainment bent, which Vulture describes as "'Ellen' with a little bit of 'The View''s love for current events."

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Singer Ne-Yo Is Having a Kid; Chelsea Handler Freaks, Knocks Stuff Over (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 7th 2010 1:55AM
Singer Ne-Yo Is Having a Kid; Chelsea Handler Freaks, Knocks Stuff OverWhen we last discussed Ms. Chelsea Handler, we mentioned that she was newly single -- and that she might be interested in dating hip-hop or R&B performers. Well, R&B singer Ne-Yo appeared on the new 'Chelsea Lately' (weeknights, 11PM ET on E!), but ... bad luck -- he was on the talk show to discuss the fact that he's having a baby. Oh well.

While she was talking to Ne-Yo, Chelsea did some passive-aggressive flirting, sort of. "You're not ... my favorite kind of body type. I usually like my R&B artists ... big, bulky, just all jacked up. OHHH!" she said. The "OHHH!" was for the moment when Chelsea grew a bit too animated in her discussion with Ne-Yo, and knocked over a bunch of stuff that was on the table next to her. So maybe Chelsea was a little flustered -- or a little enraptured with her guest.

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What Are Emmys Host Jimmy Fallon's Favorite Drinking Games?

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 25th 2010 5:02PM
Jimmy Fallon plays beer pong with Gabourey Sidibe on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'
Before Jimmy Fallon takes to the stage to host the Emmys this Sunday night, I wanted to pass along this fun conversation I had with him at the NBC TCA party last month. I didn't ask him about hosting the awards or his first year as the host of 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.' Maggie Furlong talked to him about all that, and you'll see her interview with him later this week.

No, I touched on a topic that's near and dear to the hearts of anyone who used to have fun in college: drinking games.

We got on the subject because Fallon has guests play beer pong on 'Late Night;' of course, it's the paddle-free latter-day version of beer pong that used to be called Beirut. When I asked when the change happened, he thought for a second. "I think in the late nineties? People in colleges just started calling it beer pong because it made more sense than Beirut. What is it? Beer pong. If you say 'Beirut,' people say, 'I don't know how to play that.'"

This sent Jimmy off on a conversation about various drinking games, starting with one that I had never heard of but it sounds like fun: Sink the Biz.

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Rosie Will Be a Huge Success Again and Here's Why

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 6th 2010 4:30PM
rosie_odonnell_smiling_new_yorkAs reported earlier, Rosie O'Donnell is coming back to daytime TV and Oprah's got her. The latest Rosie foray in daytime talk will be on OWN, and when you look at it from all angles, this is a brilliant move by Oprah Winfrey's camp, and a smart way for Rosie O'Donnell to come back to TV.

Here are three good reasons why the new Rosie daytime talk show is going to be a huge success:

1. Rosie knows success.

Rosie O'Donnell is no stranger to daytime television. That's her audience. Her syndicated talk show was a phenomenal success, winning the Emmy for outstanding show and outstanding talk show host six years in a row. When Rosie joined ABC's 'The View,' there was a 27 percent ratings increase.

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Confession: I Don't Like 'The Late Late Show'

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 19th 2010 10:30AM
Craig FergusonIs it enough to like a celebrity but not like the TV show that celebrity stars in? Can you love Jon Stewart but not love 'The Daily Show'? Can you love Simon Baker even though you can't stand 'The Mentalist'? Can you love Alex O'Loughlin but not love 'Three Rivers'?

The answer to that last question is, yes, because all women love O'Loughlin and they'd watch him even if he was just sitting in a La-Z-Boy chair, eating a block of cheese.

I believe that a person can like a celebrity even though they may not like their show. And I have to confess that's my attitude towards 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.'

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Craig Kilborn on ESPN, Women in Late Night, and His Comeback

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 14th 2010 2:08PM
Craig Kilborn on the set of 'The Kilborn File'
When Craig Kilborn and I spoke last week, LeBron James hadn't yet told sports fans around the country that he was going to play in Miami. So it's not a surprise that the topic was still on the mind of a guy who came to America's attention as an anchor of ESPN's 'SportsCenter' in the mid-'90s.

"I'll tell you what's odd, if he does leave Cleveland, he's going to drag the city through this announcement and then kick them in the gut and say 'I'm leaving,'" he told me.

Kilborn has had an interesting career, to say the least. He left 'The Daily Show' in 1999 to take 'The Late Late Show' over from Tom Snyder; his successor, Jon Stewart, has become a superstar. And five years later, he stepped away from 'Late Late' seemingly into obscurity. Craig Ferguson took over and has become the new star of late night TV.

Six years after leaving CBS, he's back with 'The Kilborn File,' a show that's being syndicated by Fox to a limited number of stations this summer on a trial run. The show is a fast-paced half-hour that has a lot of what Kilborn fans have come to expect: headlines, Five Questions, and the signature Kilborn style.

I talked to Kilborn about what he thinks of ESPN these days, if 'The Daily Show' is truly anti-women, and why he's been away from showbiz for all these years.

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Did 'The Doctors' Trick A Man Into Penis Surgery?

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 7th 2010 7:30PM
the_doctors_cbs_logo_2010If this story weren't so strange, you would swear it was a FunnyorDie.com sketch. It could be a 'Saturday Night Live' bit, but their stuff is rarely this hilarious. Tyler Bowling, a 21-year-old Minnesotan who had a condition that caused white pimples to appear on his penis, received a free laser treatment for removal of the penile papules when he consulted with Dr. William Groff in Los Angeles. The $4,500 procedure was done gratis in exchange for Tyler's story to be told on CBS's syndicated daytime show, 'The Doctors.'

However, Tyler Bowling is filing suit against the doctor, his practice, the producers of 'The Doctors' and even the company that created the laser that was used to fix his problems, claiming he was tricked into getting the work done and becoming the fodder for the TV show.

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Tyra Banks Show canceled by Tyra Banks

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 28th 2009 1:00PM
TyraTyra Banks has announced that the fifth season of her show will be the last season of her show.

That means no more episodes of Tyra dressing up in a fat suit. No more episodes where Tyra makes us squirm with discussions of bodily functions and weirdness that we really don't want to think about (let alone yet). And those are just the two episodes that I've seen. I'm sure you have your own memories of things that happened on the show.

Banks says that she will now focus more on her movie production company Bankable Films. She says she will continue to do things that will keep women and girls "fierce." Whatever that means. (Didn't someone on Project Runway say that?) You'll also get to see Banks on other shows, including The CW's America's Next Top Model and ABC's True Beauty.

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Sarah Palin on Oprah and the blinking of her eyes

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 17th 2009 4:29PM
sarah_palin_glasses_pinI watched The Oprah Winfrey Show yesterday to see the one on one between two of the most powerful and influential women in America. Whether you're a fan of Oprah Winfrey or Sarah Palin, there was no doubt that they command a large chunk of public opinion. How could I not see what they would be like in an interview setting?

My impression was that they both were completely civil and reserved. I didn't pick up the makings of a great friendship, not that that was likely considering Oprah's support for President Obama.

Still, what I found interesting was that if you read the body language experts, they're reporting that Sarah was not nervous. They're coming to that conclusion based on her ability to control her blinking. Over-blinking mean you're agitated and a normal blink per minute rate -- 30-40 blinks -- is normal. Sarah was blinking normally.

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What would you do if you were Oprah?

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 15th 2009 3:07PM
oprah_winfrey_headThere's a lot of speculation in the biz about what will Oprah do next. The daytime talk show giant supposedly made up her mind recently and decided that her syndicated show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, would end its run in syndication and move to OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network (formerly Discovery Health). An official announcement is anticipated before the end of the year, but is that really was Oprah has decided? Nobody knows for certain.

There are pros and cons on either side. The companies that syndicated her talk show stand to lose a significant asset if she wraps up the current incarnation and abandons the market. Think of all those afternoon hours around that country that count on Oprah at three or four o'clock, or the morning slots where Oprah leads in to noon newscasts. Companies like CBS Distribution and the Tribune Company have feasted on the robust ratings Oprah has consistently delivered.

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Jennifer Aniston looking to co-host a talk show with Oprah

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 26th 2009 2:30PM
Jennifer Aniston & Oprah WinfreyApparently, Jennifer Aniston has been hanging out with Chelsea Handler a lot. She's so impressed with Chelsea Lately and the format of her show, that she's found a reason to come back to the small screen. Aniston mentioned it to Oprah Winfrey, who took the idea and ran with it.

See, Oprah is launching The Oprah Winfrey Network in 2010. Now, suddenly, she could have a very high-profile project to help promote the new channel: a weekly talk show fronted by both Winfrey and Aniston. I've always found Aniston to be very friendly, funny and personable, so this could work out very well.

It's an interesting pairing, Oprah and Jen. I'm curious to see if the new venture will be formatted like a traditional late-night talk show, or more like the daytime staple Winfrey has mastered. I have a feeling Oprah will want to differentiate the two a bit more. Perhaps with Aniston's influence, there'll be a much more playful and comedic atmosphere. What do you think? Nothing's been signed yet, but would you watch Oprah and Jen helm a talk show?

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