Discovery Channel has picked SNL veteran Andy Samberg to host their Shark Week… and already the ocean’s death machines are looking a whole lot funnier.
Samberg will also receive the title Chief Shark Officer for the event. It will be Discovery’s 24th Shark Week and its first with Andy Samberg. Last year’s event was watched by 31 million viewers, a high for the cable channel.
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Judging from the unkind comments in his blog, Perez Hilton wasn’t thrilled with Chelsea Handler as the VMA host…but the ratings tell a different tale. Sunday’s broadcast was the highest-rated VMA for MTV since 2002, a fact Handler herself pointed out to Perez on Twitter.
We think the numbers are well-earned. Chelsea Handler got the show off to great start with two very funny opening skits, one featuring a surprise Lindsay Lohan appearance (viewable in the video above). See more of Chelsea’s best VMA moments after the jump.
This summer is historic in television history: it’s the lowest-rated summer on record for The Tonight Show, which was hosted by Conan O’Brien this time last year.
Conan enjoyed the coveted hosting gig for only seven months before NBC made the well-publicized decision to replace him with Jay Leno … the host O’Brien formerly replaced.
Jay Leno is currently pulling in about 3.8 million viewers per episode, only 1 million of which are in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. But, though he may not be beating O’Brien in ratings, Leno is still getting more viewers than his late-night rival David Letterman - by about 22 percent.
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NBC hasn’t officially confirmed that Jane Lynch will be hosting SNL, but Ryan Murphy managed to spill the beans at Tuesday’s Eat Pray Love premiere. Murphy is the co-creator and mouthpiece of Glee, which Lynch stars in as Sue Sylvester.
“Saturday Night Live called to say, ‘Would you give us Jane [Lynch] for a week in October?’” Murphy told reporters. “We just don’t do that, but for Lorne Michaels, I said yes.” Sure, who wouldn’t?
Murphy sent a text to Jane Lynch right after the phone call, telling her she’ll be hosting the famous variety show. Lynch’s response? “What are you talking about?”
If the rumors pan out to be true, expect to see Jane on the October 9 broadcast of SNL.
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Update: Bob Barker has now withdrawn his earlier statements. He spoke to Entertainment Weekly hours after his comments, saying that Drew Carey has been “charming and complimentary, and he had me on [The Price is Right] to plug my book…to think that I would say anything derogatory about him is idiocy.”
“He does the show differently than I did,” Bob Barker said of his Price Is Right replacement Drew Carey. Barker was cornered by paparazzi recently, taking the time to answer questions about his old hosting gig and his one-time on-screen cameo with Adam Sandler.
“I tried to make the show really exciting…and [Drew Carey] doesn’t do that. He just plays the games,” Barker said. But at least he still uses the skinny microphone, right?
Bob Barker is now retired from the hosting biz, and spends much of his time golfing - but he’s still got it. When asked about his appearance in the Adam Sandler flick Happy Gilmore, Bob Barker smiled. “Young men love that movie…and they’re always asking me…could I beat up Adam Sandler?” He laughed. “Adam Sandler couldn’t even beat up Regis Philbin!”
Now, there’s a throwdown we’d like to see.
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Does anyone wonder what ever happened to American Idol co-host Brian Dunkleman? Current host with a million jobs, Ryan Seacrest, took it upon himself to bring this to light when he joked about his former co-worker on this past week’s episode.
Ryan joked that Dunkleman would appear in next week’s Idol Gives Back special; the audience applauded, failing to sense that Seacrest was joking. Dunkleman didn’t find anything funny about Seacrest’s remark:
“Yeah, I think so, sure—but it was a joke. Well, it was an attempt at a joke. But unfortunately for Ryan, instead of a laugh, he got applause. That’s never really been his strong suit. But it was a joke, and whether it was mean-spirited or not is irrelevant. A joke’s a joke; you can either take it or you can’t.”
No worries from Dunkleman, though—he almost seems numb to the jokes by now:
Ricky Gervais, the host of this weekend’s Golden Globes, doubts he’ll be asked back again. Therefore, he’ll enjoy the experience while he can.
“I’m going to be drunk. Everyone else is. They’re not going to invite me back, so I might as well have fun,” Gervais claimed. “They can’t censor me, it’s live. That’s the beauty of it. When they first offered me the job, I said, ‘I’m not going to rehearse. Can I say what I want?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ They haven’t seen the script, my ideas, so they can’t censor me. I suppose they could stop the show and replace me.”
Despite the lack of planned jokes, the comedian reveals he will be picking on tSteve Carell (again). “Oh yeah, he’s definitely in for it. Obviously, that’s a staple,” Ricky told Access Hollywood. “Anyone who isn’t concentrating will get it, so they better listen, they better not talk. They can talk when everyone else is on, but they better not talk when I’m on, because then they get my attention and then they’re in trouble.”
Up until now, most people recognized Camila Alves as the mother of Levi McConaughey, Matthew McConaughey’s ridiculously cute child. But in just a few months, the model/handbag designer may get recognition for an entirely different reason.
Come February, Alves - who is currently pregnant with Matthew’s second child - will front Season 3 of Shear Genius. This appointment comes after two years with Jaclyn Smith in the hosting role.
The program, which is essentially a Top Chef for hair stylists, will return with almost an entire makeover. Although famed colorist Kim Vo will be around for another round, other additions will include new judge Jonathan Antin (from old reality series Blow Out), new expert Orland Pita and an international cast.
Shear Genius premieres February 3 on Bravo.
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Looks like Ricky Gervais will have more than just a stolen statue to gripe about.
Although his hilarious performance at the September Emmys had many talking Oscar (you can see the clip here), The Office star will not be hosting the upcoming Academy Awards. Instead of going with one of the funniest men alive, the producers chose to pick the Sexiest Man Alive.
On February 22nd, Hugh Jackman will be the one Laurence Mark and Bill Condon count on to bring viewers back to the annual event. (Last year’s broadcast - which came after the writers’ strike - was the lowest-rated in history.) Even though the Australia star follows a long line of comedians, the 40-year-old is no stranger to hosting duties. Hugh fronted three Tonys telecasts between 2003-05 and won an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Performer in a Variety, Musical or Comedy program in 2005.
The 81st Annual Academy Awards airs Sunday, February 22 on ABC.
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Although Saturday Night Live has not yet guaranteed a debate sketch this weekend, we are one step closer to knowing what one might look like.
According to Entertainment Weekly, if the political parody makes Saturday’s cut (as if the show has anything better to creatively offer), Oscar-nominated actress Queen Latifah will be stepping in as Gwen Ifill. Ifill - a senior correspondent for The New Hour with Jim Lehrer and the managing editor of PBS’ Washington Week - was the moderator for Thursday’s debate.
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