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Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report"

CBS picks Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman on “Late Show”

CBS announced today its choice to replace David Letterman on the “Late Show.” The lucky selection is … Stephen Colbert of the award-winning satirical comedy show, “The Colbert Report.” Colbert is the writer, host, and executive producer of the show, which has a loyal following and has won a number of awards including Emmys, Writers Guild trophies, and a Peabody. Colbert got a five-year deal and is expected to take over the CBS late night show when Letterman retires next year. Letterman sent shockwaves through the entertainment world... Read More →

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David Letterman announces surprise retirement from “Late Show”

The late night TV talk show landscape is about to change again. In a surprise announcement today, veteran talker, David Letterman, says he’s calling it quits in 2015 when his contract expires. Letterman announced  his retirement today in front of a studio audience before Thursday’s taping of  the CBS “Late Show” in the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City’s Times Square. After more than 20 years, Letterman will be moving on next year. He didn’t give an exact date. In true Letterman style, he made the announcement... Read More →

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“Late Night with Seth Meyers” debuts with good ratings; Jimmy Fallon still strong

NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” got off to a nice start. The late night talker premiere last night with special guests Veepee Joe Biden and funny lady, Amy Poehler. “Late Night with Seth Meyers” debuted with an average of 3.4 million viewers that’s better than the 2,8 million who tuned in for Jimmy Fallon’s first night as host of “Late Night” back in March of 2009. Fallon is doing all right on the “Tonight Show.” Last night, the second week kicked off with 6.2 million viewers. Both... Read More →

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Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon to do “Today Show” interview

  Once again, outgoing “Tonight Show” host, Jay Leno, is caught up in another battle. This time it’s the dueling interviews. First out of the gate,  CBS putting out a teaser about Leno going one-on-one with Steve Kroft on “60 minutes” and talking about getting the boot from the “Tonight Show” not once, but twice! That’s coming up this Sunday. Then late this afternoon, NBC posted an announcement saying Leno and incoming “Tonight Show” host, Jimmy Fallon, would be doing their first joint interview... Read More →

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Jay Leno talks about being dumped from the “Tonight Show”

  Jay Leno’s days behind the desk of  the “Tonight Show” are number. His last day is February 6. This Sunday on CBS, Leno speaks out about how it feels to be kicked to the curb by NBC. As you might remember,  the veteran talk show host was booted from the “Tonight Show” previously in 2009. Despite being pushed aside once again, Leno gives props to in-coming “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon. More on The Wrap, including a video teaser for Leno’s appearance on... Read More →

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Dr.Phil’s new book “Life Code” and the new rules for being a player

Popular TV host and six-time New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Phil McGraw, has a new book being released tomorrow. “Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World” is supposed to empower readers to deal with the real world and how it works. “Life is a game – and you will either be a player or be the one played,” explained Dr. Phil in a PR news release. “Yesterday’s rules and expectations about relationships, emotions and interacting just simply don’t apply any more, not like they used... Read More →

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Book cover for Ricki Lake's new book "Never say never"

Ricki Lake’s new book hits store shelves

Actress and TV talk show host, Ricki Lake, has had plenty of life drama. In her new memoir, “Never say never: Finding a life that fits,” Lake shares the lessons learned from a painful childhood, weight issues, divorce, and the struggle to find a comfort level in her own skin. “Never say never” hit stores last week. Lake is out and about promoting her new book with TV appearances as well as stops in stores. Tonight at 7 p.m., she’ll be at the Barnes & Noble... Read More →

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“Conan” debuts with solid ratings

Former “Tonight Show” Host/Comic, Conan O’Brien, appears to have made a triumphant return to late night TV. “Conan” debuted late night on TBS and according to The Wrap whipped the competition. In the Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, Conan rated a 2.8, Leno got a 2.7 , and Letterman a 2.5. On the TBS website today, the comedy network crowed about the late night talker’s young adult demographics as well. Here are those  numbers: 2, 451, 000 adults 18-34 watched 3, 285, 000 adults 18-49 watched 4, 155, 000 total viewers In a... Read More →

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- President shares a light moment with Late Night Host Jon Stewart during a taping in Washington DC, October 27, 2010

UPDATED: Photo Gallery: President Obama on “The Daily Show”

President Obama appears on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” tonight. The show taped at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington DC, earlier today. President Obama stuck to his agenda of touting his administration’ achievements, days before next Tuesday’s mid-term election.  USA Today has more on Stewart’s interview with President Obama here. UPDATED: Thursday, October 28, 2010 If you missed President Obama’s appearance on the “The Daily Show” last night, click over to The Wrap. There’s a nice post about the interview as well as a... Read More →

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Book cover for "Mockingjay"

ShowBiz Bits: A replacement for Larry King announced, “The Hunger Games” connects with book buyers and Hollywood & George Clooney is at the top of the Box Office

TV reality show judge wins Larry King’s job The British Talk Show host-turned- “America’s Got Talent” Judge, Piers Morgan, is Larry King’s replacement. Rumors about the deal have been in the wind for weeks. Today CNN made the official announcement.  Earlier this summer, King announced he would be retiring from his high-profile interview program, “Larry King Live,” this fall, after 25 years. has a report on the behind the scenes wheeling and dealing that got Morgan the job. Hollywood and book readers hot for “The Hunger Games” series  The final installment... Read More →

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Photo Radio Talk Show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger

Entertainment Catch-Up: Madonna sued, Dr. Laura’s controversy, & Betty White’s gets a new book deal and a 5th Emmy.

Madonna sued over “Material Girl”  clothing line Entertainer, Madonna, has launched a “Material Girl” clothing line with daughter, Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon. Oops!  L.A. Triumph, claims it’s been selling clothes under that label since around 1997 and at some of the same high-ended retailers involved in the new Madonna deal. This week, the California company sued Madonna. More details in a story on The Los Angeles Times website. Dr. Laura’s controversial farewell   In the wake of a controversy over her use of the N-word on the air, Conservative... Read More →

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Jay Leno to do stand-up for Gulf Coast victims

Late Night TV host, Jay Leno, will soon be heading down South to perform a benefit for some victims of that devastating Gulf Coast oil spill. The host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” will take to the stage in a theater at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,  next month, on Saturday, August 21. “It’s great to be able to do shows like this,” Leno said in a PR Newswire press release. “We did it for flood victims in Iowa; we did it... Read More →

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Jay Leno’s monologue on first night back on “The Tonight Show”

  File Photo: Jay Leno Jay Leno returned to his old gig as host of “The Tonight Show” on Monday.  I guess it’s going to take a while before Leno and staff get their “Tonight Show” groove back.  Last night’s monologue seemed a bit stiff and light on the throw-down funny jokes. Still, there were a few smile-worthy zingers. Jay Leno ”It’s good to be home.  I’m Jay Leno your host… at least for a while.  ” “This is something you may have heard on ’60 Minutes.’  Blackwater Worldwide, the State Department’s largest contractor… those guys we... Read More →

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Jay Leno tells his side of “The Tonight Show controversy”

Look who’s talking? Oprah interviewed Jay Leno yesterday about the much debated “Tonight Show” debacle. NBC executives jerked around both Leno and fellow talk show host Conan O’Brien. Last Friday, O’Brien gave up “The Tonight Show” rather than see it compromised. Oh, O’Brien walked away with a huge chunk of money and a ton of favorable publicity as well. On the other hand, Leno did not come out the clear winner, either. He gets to host “The Tonight Show” again, but has become the target of bad press and dissing from fans for not... Read More →

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More trouble for NBC: Conan O’Brien rejects new late night scheme

The plot thickens over at troubled NBC. “Tonight Show” host, Conan O’Brien, issued a statement today, in which he turns thumbs down on the NBC plan to give Jay Leno a half-hour comedy show at 11:35 p.m. In the statement, O’Brien claims shifting the  “Tonight Show” to 12:05 a.m. is not an option he can accept:”For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I... Read More →

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It’s official: NBC kicks Jay Leno out of prime time

It’s a mess. That’s about the nicest way to describe the situation that NBC finds itself in right now with three of its talk show hosts, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, and Jimmy Fallon. Rumors of the demise of Jay Leno’s low rated prime time talk show have been swirling around for a while. Then last week, those rumors, all over the Internet and elsewhere, became a firestorm, fueled by leaks that Leno was headed back to late night. Today, Jeff Gaspin, chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment, made... Read More →

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