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Though he’s probably more famously known as Mr. Ripa, plenty of fans will still recognize Mark Consuelos from ABC’s All My Children. The former daytime star will be in the spotlight as the host NBC’s new reality dating drama, Age of Love. Though the concept sounds frighteningly similar to the bevy of other love-related shows out there, Age of Love puts at least one twist on an age-old reality setup. Imagine one 30-year-old hunk (Australian tennis star Mark Philippoussis) and a group of women all vying for his affection. Now imagine that the women are separated into two distinct categories: 20-somethings and 40-somethings. Now, that might be something.
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The original American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, fired manager Jeff Kwatinetz today. The firing comes amid her disagreement with her record label, who are more intent on churning out cookie-cutter pop songs than letting the budding artist write her own material. Her upcoming third album, My December, has been a hot topic because of the disagreement between Clarkson and RCA chairman Clive Davis. Her Elle magazine cover story hit the newsstands today as well, with Kwatinetz commenting that “They don’t want her to be a songwriter. They just want her to shut up and sing. They want her to stay their little American Idol.” Clarkson added, “I could give a crap about being a star. I’ve always just wanted to sing and write.” At this point, you’d think Clive Davis would lay off Clarkson and focus on the newest American Idol. After all, Clarkson has proven that she can sell records and her upcoming release is likely to fly off of the shelves too. My December is scheduled for release on June 26.
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In light of all of the Paris Hilton news today, I’m taking a break from the hubbub about the latest starlet’s scandal and instead turning my attention to one of young Hollywood’s moms. Dina Lohan, who I recently reported was trying to get an E! reality show about exploiting… er, I mean “managing”... the other younger Lohan kids, has made headlines for a bit of fibbing. When mama Lohan first came on the scene, she claimed that she used to be a Radio City Music Hall Rockette—and forever more, that’s how she was referred to in magazine articles and bios. But it seems she never kicked with the famous dancers. I’m curious, however, why it took so long to figure out that she was lying? You would have thought that someone would have called her on this ages ago. Anyway, The Post reports that their contact with Radio City turned up no record of Dina Lohan (or her maiden name) ever gracing the Rockette lineup. Apparently, she’s also claimed to have acted on Broadway and appeared in commercials. Guess what? No truth in those claims either. Ruh-roh. Looks like someone has been padding their resume!
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Well, it’s over. This week, Bob Barker taped his very last episode of the CBS daytime hit The Price is Right. The bittersweet final episode will air on June 15, the last chance for fans to view Barker in all his hosting glory. Five decades, and no more daytime TV for Bob Barker. For the last thirty-five years, Barker has been a mainstay of both CBS and The Price is Right. But, the original Price didn’t start out with either Barker or the strength of CBS behind it. The show originally ran for eleven years (1956 to 1965) on NBC and ABC and was hosted by longtime TV personality Bob Cullen. It wasn’t until September 1972 that Price premiered on CBS, this time with Barker at the helm. Barker was already well-known on TV at the time as the host of popular game show Truth or Consequences (which gained such a big following, a town in New Mexico is named after it). The show ran from 1956 to 1975, but Barker found truly lasting fame with his coveted Price is Right gig. For as long as the show has been on CBS (and it’s the second-longest running game show in television history, being beat out by a Spanish show that does not run in the States), Bob Barker has been there. Until, of course, June 15, when TV viewing audiences will witness Barker’s last sign off.
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Never one to shy from the spotlight, Lindsay Lohan’s mother, Dina Lohan, is in discussions with E! entertainment television to develop a reality series. Mama Lohan, who manages Lindsay’s career, wants the cameras to follow her as she attempts to make stars of her other two children. Seeing that Lindsay’s life is in such turmoil right now (the starlet is undergoing her second round of rehab), it leads many to wonder if chronicaling her other kids’ rise to fame is such a healthy thing. The show, if it does see the light of day, may be titled Mom-ager, according to the New York Post, a title that reflects her role as mom and manager. Lindsay’s younger siblings, 14-year-old Ali and 11-year-old Cody, would be at the center of the series. And no doubt, Dina would be prominently featured because she can’t seem to shy away from the cameras either. Add to that the fact that the elder Lohan calls herself “the white Oprah,” and you’ve got a whole lotta crazy going on. Place your bets on whether or not her reality show will make it to the airwaves.
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For those of you chomping at the bit to see Victoria Beckham’s (aka Posh Spice) reality show that documents her and hubby David Beckham’s move to the U.S., sorry folks. You’re going to have to wait. How long? Well, Victoria has put things on hold while David finishes up his duties with the English national soccer team. Apparently, family comes before reality television, as the Posh one is putting the six-ep series on hold. It was originally reported that the entire show would be canceled, with a “source” telling People magazine that “It might end up being a one-hour special instead of a series.” In fact, the change of plan to complete the series is because she has “decided to put David and her children first.” Will she finish out her commitment and wrap up the series? Logic would tell us that yes, when there’s a multimillion-dollar deal at stake, she will most definitely complete the series. Of course, David’s deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy will bring the family bank account up another $250 million, so perhaps she’s not hurting for the extra reality show income. The family will get settled into their Beverly Hills home in mid-July. NBC execs will make the ultimate decision about the fate of the series.
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Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie enjoyed more than simple success with the first season of The Simple Life. The program brought in good numbers for FOX, one of the power players in the network ratings game. Hilton and Richie became more than celebutantes, known for shopping in sunny L.A. – they became bona fide reality stars. For three seasons, they enjoyed funny exploits for FOX. Then, the friendship fallout. Headlines were splashed everywhere, speculation ran heavy, and soon Richie was making her own headlines for rehab stints and startling weight losses. FOX wanted out of this not-so-simple mess when Paris and Nicole publicly stated they wouldn’t work with each other. The show was dropped, and the two famous-for-being-famous former friends might have lived the rest of their days as mere tabloid fodder. Instead, E! decided to pick the show up, formatting the fourth season of The Simple Life, this time subtitled ‘Til Death Do Us Part, so that the two wouldn’t have to actually spend time together on-screen. The simple show opened to record-breaking ratings on E!, though the same amount of viewers for the season would have been considered a huge flop for FOX. E! announced plans to renew the show even before the fourth season was finished airing. Early on, execs of the cable station said the girls would not get through the fifth season without sharing camera time. Conveniently, they didn’t have to worry about how they were going to pull it off – the girls reconciled, and now the dazzling ditzy duo will be featured together again for their fifth Simple season: The Simple Life Goes to Camp.
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Well, at least she went out with a bang. Snip, Snipe—she and co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck got into an on-air war of words Wednesday, complete with split screen debate (those clever producers). The political feud over Rosie’s view about the war in Iraq made headlines and, of course, web gossip. As a result, Rosie O’Donnell isn’t gonna hang around for her final three weeks on The View. ABC announced that O’Donnell won’t be back to complete her remaining contract, instead asking for an early leave. Barbara Walters commented, “Rosie contributed to one of our most exciting and successful years at The View. I am most appreciative. Our close and affectionate relationship will not change.” Can’t you just sense Walters’ relief over the early departure? It has been a turbulent year on the show, and although they enjoyed better ratings with Rosie, the numbers came at a cost—Rosie’s outspoken manner made many headlines, most notably her battle with Donald Trump. Unfortunately, her early departure leaves us without the typical Rosie musical spectacular that she would have likely commissioned on her last appearance. Am I upset about that? No way.
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Even though rehab is the new hip thing for young Hollywood, Nicole Richie is denying rumors that she is currently in rehab. Not that there’s anything wrong with it—The Simple Life star did her rehab stint in 2003. According to Richie’s rep, “She did go see her therapist, but she is sober. Sobriety is an ongoing process. She is not in rehab, and is home in Glendale.” Richie and heiress pal Paris Hilton have been making the headlines a lot these days. With Hilton facing a jail sentence (reduced from 45 days due to overcrowding), and other rumors about Richie’s weight loss, the pair have managed to stay firmly in the spotlight. Good thing too… we’re just on the heels of their reality show, The Simple Life, set to air on Monday on the E! network. This go around, the clueless gals will be taking on the role of camp counselors. Let the “so hot” comments begin.
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In a case of too good to be true… the highest bid on the General Lee car from Dukes of Hazzard was in fact a hoax. Don’t you think a bunch of red flags should have gone up when someone bid almost $10 million for a replica of the famous TV car? Former Dukes star John Schneider (Bo Duke) was selling the car on eBay to help fund a movie project. What to do? Try, try again—the car will be put back up for auction for a second go. Plus Schneider filed a “failure to pay” complaint with eBay and may sue the fraudulent buyer. The phony buyer is William Fisher, who of course did not respond to emails requesting a comment. Schneider will keep the bidding offline, this time opting for an auction house. And for all the crazy Dukes of Hazzard fanatics, there’s an event called DukesFest June 2nd and 3rd in Nashville. Schneider and Daisy Duke herself, Catherine Bach, will be on hand.
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