-Could Portia DeGeneres find herself waltzing with a female professional on Dancing with the Stars? It’s believed American audiences could soon see its first same-sex DWTS pairing since the Israeli version recently did the same.
-Is Disney's Sonny with a Chance in jeopardy? It’s unclear how Demi Lovato’s decision to seek treatment for personal issues will affect production. The show was set to resume filming in mid-January.
-Today will be Gene Shalit’s final morning on the Today show. The longtime film critic will be signing off the program after 40 years. “It’s enough already,” the 85-year-old said.
-Speaking of retirement, this will be Jo Frost’s last season as Supernanny. "[Having children] is not an option when you are traveling and working 46 weeks out of the year. Proper balance will allow me to date and have a relationship and look at my own future of having a family," she explained.
At 88 years-old, Betty White is finally hosting Saturday Night Live (thanks to much help from a Facebook fan page!). Of this week’s episode, White was asked about whether or not she draws the line at nudity.
“Very little nudity… Here and there… Mostly here,” she tells Today‘s Meredith Vieira (check out the video above to watch more of the interview).
Catch the humorous White this Saturday night, May 8th, at 11:30 on NBC!
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Justin Bieber recently had girls staying up late for his appearance on Saturday Night Live. Now, he’s going to have them up bright and early for a different NBC-related performance.
On June 4, the teen singing sensation will have girls screaming in Rockefeller Plaza for his musical appearance on the Today show. Bieber is just one of several hot acts that have been booked for the program’s 15th annual concert series.
Other names scheduled for the “Toyota Concert Series on TODAY” include Sting, Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Lady Gaga, James Taylor and Carole King. For a full list of dates, click here.
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If the Today show producers ever decided to replace Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb for an extra hour of this every day, I might actually start watching.
On today’s Halloween-themed broadcast, we all - even die-hard Stars Wars fans - learned a few new facts about those creatures called Ewoks.
- They don’t know crap about decoupage.
- They love drinking vodka in the morning.
- They know how to moonwalk.
- They will kick each other in front of the cameras, even before you even say “Action.”
- They will hump anything…whether it be Al Roker‘s leg or the ground.
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TMZ captured video of Heidi and Spencer Pratt arriving in LA after their stint in Costa Rica. The couple were part of the cast of I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, a show they left several times before they finally chose to leave for good.
Now that they’re back to their lavish lifestyles, Speidi is singing a different tune. They no longer seem angry at NBC and they are denying that they ever cried “torture” against the network in the first place. “I love NBC. I was never suing NBC,” Spencer told that paps as he made his way through the airport. “I guess since you sign a waiver…it’s not called torture.” Or some smart lawyer patiently explained to the newlyweds that they absolutely don’t have a case against the show.
The pair further soaked up the spotlight by appearing on Today, where they were questioned by Al Roker. He valiantly tried to get real answers out of the couple before finally putting an end to the entire Q and A (view the video above).
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UPDATE: You can watch the first portion of that interview now.
NBC may have recently lost a highly-coveted interview to CBS, but the network is now making up for it in a big way. This Friday, the Today show will begin airing clips from the first sit-down interview with Nadya Suleman.
While you might not be familiar with Suleman’s name, you’re probably quite familiar with her “accomplishments.” The California woman - already a mother of six - recently gave birth to octuplets. The 33-year-old’s interview with Ann Curry happened shortly after she left the hospital Thursday morning. (The newborns, still hospitalized, are currently in good condition.) Although it was rumored that Nadya would be selling her story for a big price, NBC says she was not paid for the exclusive.
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Oh what three years and a change in public perception can do to an actor.
Back in June 2005, Tom Cruise’s press tour for War of the Worlds turned into a war of words between the actor and Matt Lauer. During a memorable appearance on the Today show, Cruise got into a fairly heated discussion about psychiatry (“pseudo-science”), antidepressants (“There is no such thing as a chemical imbalance”) and his critics (“I have never worried, Matt, about what other people think and what other people say.”) Tom also brought the underused word “glib” to everyone’s attention.
Dr. Drew Pinsky, addiction specialist, recently sat down on Today to talk about the problems associated with this disease and the upcoming second season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. The season premieres Thursday, which somehow seems impossibly far away.
Pinsky said doing the show itself is “very stressful,” but not for the reasons you might think. The presence of cameras and the need to create a reality show might have added to the problem of overcoming addiction, but Dr. Drew says the cameras have a “positive effect” on the celebrity patients at the Pasadena Recovery Center. “It’s a hard reality,” Drew explained. “And that’s why we did this show.”
According to Pinsky, one in eight Americans will suffer or does suffer from substance addiction. An estimated sixteen million Americans currently need immediate treatment for this problem. That’s part of what Celebrity Rehab is all about - showing the public just how tough addiction can be, proving that addicts need serious treatment. According to Dr. Drew Pinsky, addiction is a “progressive illness” which needs to be stopped in its tracks.
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Apparently four extra months of rehearsal time wasn’t simply enough.
Although she was given a second chance to participate in Today‘s Summer Concert Series, Paula Abdul has just gone two-for-two. The American Idol judge has just canceled her live gig scheduled for August 29. This show-stopping move comes months after she was slated to perform on April 25.
Predictably, Abdul once again blames other commitments (this time for the FOX) as the reason for the decision. (As if the producers weren’t given plenty of notice about her morning show appearance.) Of course, an insider claims Paula’s busy calendar wasn’t really the issue. “Please. She can’t perform live. Her voice on the single is so mixed and electronicized you don’t know what she really sounds like any more,” said a source.
Wow. While I admittedly thought it was funny that Justin Guarini was doing free shows on Universal’s CityWalk, I must say he has now just earned a bit more of my respect. At least he has the guts to show up and face the public!
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The 22-year-old, who recently graduated from Boston College, demonstrated great poise and spoke articulately about his parent and friend. I’m sure somewhere out there Tim was feeling quite proud.
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