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On Friday, Oct. 9, at 10 p.m., ID will bow “Death by Gossip With Wendy Williams,” executive produced and hosted by the daytime media personality. According to ID, the series uncovers crimes fueled by rumors and sordid half-truths that lead to betrayal and even murder, with six stories of harmless whispers turned deadly acts.
“There’s nobody better than the daring diva of daytime, Wendy Williams, to offer this cautionary tale to those who indulge in chatter and innuendo,” said Henry Schleiff, group president, Discovery Networks. “Jealousy, drama and betrayal — no one tells those tales like ID, and now with Wendy on board, our arsenal of homegrown experts has grown that much more entertaining.”
“Everyone loves a little dish now and then, but in these cases, »
- Laura Prudom
Barbara Walters can’t quit some of her biggest “gets,” including parental-killing Menendez brothers, John Lennon-murdering Mark David Chapman, and celebrity diet doctor-offing Jean Harris. Lucky for Discovery Communications’ ID network, which this morning announced Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals, debuting November 2 at 10 Pm. Discovery Networks Group President Henry Schleiff called it the network’s “crown jewel,” explaining Walters will revise, update and give… »
Sherri Shepherd has reportedly closed a deal with ABC to return to The View for its 19th season, and it seems she may be the only former co-host to do so. In an interview with Wbaz's Walker Vreeland, Joy Behar—who left the morning talk show in 2013 after 16 seasons—said she was approached about the possibility of returning this fall. "They've come to me, and we couldn't make a deal," the funny lady said. (ABC, for what it's worth, has not confirmed that Shepherd will return.) Still, there is hope. "We'll see how it goes," Behar said. Asked about rumors that executive producer Barbara Walters was pushing for Behar's return, she said matter-of-factly, "Don't »
I have learned that Sherri Shepherd has closed a deal to return to The View as a lead contributor for the upcoming 19th season. I hear she is expected to appear in about 50 episodes. The addition of Shepherd is part of The View overhaul this summer as ABC News is looking to reignite the veteran daytime talk show to its former ratings glory after a turbulent 18th season, the first without co-creator Barbara Walters. Shepherd was among the most popular View co-hosts of the… »
As “The View” heads toward its summer hiatus, ABC is in final negotiations to add Candace Cameron Bure and “Gma Weekend” anchor Paula Faris as co-hosts of the daytime talk show in the fall, Variety has learned. Both personalities have previously filled in on the show, and if the deals close, the women would complete the Hot Topics table for season 19, which will feature moderator Whoopi Goldberg, Raven Symone and comedian Michelle Collins.
A spokesperson for ABC declined to comment on staffing changes, as did talent reps.
According to a source, Faris’ deal would feature her on “The View” Monday through Thursday, and she would take Fridays off so she could juggle her second gig as the co-anchor of “Gma Weekend.” The network is hoping Faris can fill the show’s “journalist spot,” by offering the perspective of a news personality. But those familiar with Faris’ thinking note she wants to continue her news career, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
ABC’s “The View” has named Sarah de la O as its new director, replacing Ashley S. Gorman in the job. With the hiring, De la O perhaps surprisingly becomes the show’s first-ever female director. Gorman, who left early last month, is male. Executive Producer Bill Wolff, a veteran of “Rachel Maddow” who this season replaced Barbara Walters’ producing partner Bill Geddie, is staying with the program, which is entering its 19th season in September. “We are very excited to have Sarah join the show,” Wolff said. “She has an excellent eye and a keen understanding of both visual presentation and editorial content. »
- Tony Maglio
Nicolle Wallace is leaving her daily chair at “The View.” The 43-year-old Republican political commentator and former White House staffer under President George W. Bush will not return as a permanent co-host next season, an insider with knowledge tells “The Wrap.” Wallace exits the show just one week after ABC announced that colleague Rosie Perez would also depart. Wallace and Perez were added to a revamped co-host panel at the beginning of the current season, along with Rosie O’Donnell, who left the show in February, and returning moderator Whoopie Goldberg. That lineup was introduced following the departures of co-creator Barbara Walters, »
- Daniel Holloway and Tony Maglio
Paula Faris, the co-anchor of “Gma Weekend,” is in talks to join “The View,” as ABC executives are preparing for another major shakeup on the morning talk show for its 19th season, Variety has learned.
The network has been testing out news-oriented personalities that could fill the void left by Barbara Walters’ retirement last year, and they are hoping that Faris—who has been at ABC News since 2012—could take on a role similar to the one that Meredith Vieira occupied on the show.
A spokesperson for ABC News declined to comment on staffing changes.
If Faris joins “The View,” she’d potentially continue her “Gma Weekend” duties, while still sitting in on the talk show on the weekdays. She has appeared on the program several times as a fill-in co-host in the last season.
It hasn’t yet been decided if Faris would appear on “The View” every day »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, All My Children star Susan Lucci, Disney Animator Andreas Deja and other beloved contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2015 at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 14, in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The ceremony will be hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, and will include special musical performances. There will be eight individuals in total introduced as Disney Legends next month.
The Disney Legends Awards program is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. The three-day Expo provides the opportunity for Disney fans to be a part of the memorable and prestigious event. Here's what Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger had to say about the Disney Legends in a statement. »
Collins will make regular appearances on the show until the break for its summer hiatus in early August. She comes to “View” as it is still trying to find its footing following the departure last year of creator and exec producer Barbara Walters.
This season, “View” has had plenty of turbulence with Rosie O’Donnell leaving just a few months into the season and Rosie Perez confirming her departure last week after just one season at the table. Raven- Symone was hired just last month as another permanent co-host.
“These past few months have been the most fun and exciting of my career, and I couldn’t be happier to join such an awesome, smart, accomplished and funny group of women, »
- Cynthia Littleton
The big announcement, which technically leaked last week, was made official during Monday’s live episode, with the latest addition to the ABC talk show making her grand entrance to the tune of Jay-z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind.”
These past few months have been the most fun and exciting of my career, and I couldn’t be happier to join such an awesome, smart, accomplished and funny group of women. »
ABC and the show announced on Monday that Collins was officially named the 15th co-host in the show's history, and will join the cast as a permanent member beginning during "The View"'s 19th season, which starts in September. Collins will still appear on the program for the rest of its summer run, before "The View" starts its hiatus in August.
"We've had so much fun hanging out with this young lady," Whoopi Goldberg said on Monday's show, calling Collins "amazing and very, very funny." Collins, who was greeted with a shower of confetti and thunderous applause from the crowd, said she was "so excited" for the opportunity, and praised her co-hosts Goldberg, Nicolle Wallace, Rosie Perez, and Raven-Symoné.
"I feel so lucky that I get »
- Katie Roberts
Lucky No. 15? Since its premiere back in 1997, The View has had a revolving door of co-hosts, including — but not limited to — Rosie O'Donnell, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Star Jones, Jenny McCarthy, and now Michelle Collins, who was announced as the newest member of the panel on Monday, July 13. The comedienne, 33, has been a guest host on the ABC talk show for several weeks, but will have a more permanent place at the table beginning in September, when The View [...] »
Michelle Collins, a comedienne who has appeared on Bravo and VH1, will join ABC’s “The View” as a co-host, according to a person familiar with the program, the latest talent change at the mature morning-tv staple.
Collins’ hiring is set to be announced on the show at a future date, this person said. Rosie Perez, the actress who joined the program as a co-host in September of last year, bid audiences farewell during Wednesday’s broadcast of the show.
The arrival of Collins will mark the newest shift in what has become a revolving-door panel at the program, which launched in 1997 under the aegis of Barbara Walters. While host Whoopi Goldberg has been a steadfast member of the program, a gambit to add Rosie O’Donnell to the mix for a second time proved to be a misfire and Perez and co-host Nicole Wallace have come under scrutiny as well. »
- Brian Steinberg
Just a few weeks after formally adding Raven-Symone to its ranks, The View is losing another member of its panel: Rosie Perez. Executive producer Bill Wolff informed staff of the ABC News daytime show on Tuesday evening in the below memo. Perez's exit follows the recent departure of Rosie O'Donnell after both joined at the top of the 2014-15 season as part of a post-Barbara Walters reboot. Our friend Rosie Perez has decided to leave the show at the conclusion of this season to pursue full time her love for acting. Stepping into the role of talk show
- Michael O'Connell
ABC executives are finalizing a plan to reboot “The View” next fall, for the second consecutive year, with a flurry of changes that could include the departure of at least one of its regular hosts, Variety has learned.
While moderator Whoopi Goldberg will remain as the face of the struggling daytime talker, the future of two of her co-hosts, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez, is in doubt. One or both women could be dropped because network execs are underwhelmed with their contributions to the show’s signature Hot Topics segment, which is expected to shift focus permanently toward more lighthearted celebrity fluff.
The changes come as instability behind-the-scenes at the show continues, say insiders, which probably isn’t what Disney/ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood was hoping for when he shifted oversight of the program from ABC’s daytime division to its ABC News unit as part of a »
- Ramin Setoodeh
When Jazz Jennings was 6 years old, she showed Barbara Walters and a 20/20 crew her ultra-girlie room, then warbled a bit of her favorite song, “In My Own Little Corner” from Cinderella: “In my own little corner, in my own little chair, I can be whatever I want to be. On the wings of my fancy, I can fly anywhere, and the world will open its arms to me.” It was a poignant moment for reasons well beyond the charming sight of a pretty little girl singing a princess song to her famous guest — because Jazz Jennings was … Continue reading →
The post We talk TLC’s I Am Jazz with transgender teen activist Jazz Jennings! appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Lori Acken
“Some transgender people do undergo hormone therapy or sexual reassignment surgery as part of their transition; some do not. And interestingly, their decision on this matter is, medically speaking, none of your f*cking business,” John Oliver said on HBO’s Last Week Tonight, in re media questioning of transgender interview guests’ body parts. Singled out for shaming: Barbara Walters, Wendy Williams, Katie Couric, Larry King, etc. Oliver’s note to media: “If you're still… »
It's been a progressive year for the transgender community – from Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair reveal to Miley Cyrus' InstaPride campaign to the continued success of Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox. But as John Oliver observes, it's important not to become "complacent about how far we've come." In the above segment from Sunday's Last Week Tonight, the host breaks down a number of prevalent issues transgender people face – from the media's frequent insensitivity to various civil rights injustices.
After showing a transgender faux pas montage featuring TV personalities like Barbara Walters, »
The one-hour shows, which launch early next year, will be similar to the Barbara Walters interviews with world leaders and celebrities that turned the iconic journalist into a mega-star for ABC in the ’80s and ’90s.
Kelly’s specials will focus on newsmakers in politics, sports and Hollywood. Fox News Channel chairman Roger Ailes intends to build each hour around a single sponsor. “Listen, Megyn is so good today that there is no interview I would not want her to do,” Ailes tells Variety.
Kellly’s interview with Joe Bob and Michelle Duggar, which aired during the anchor’s primetime evening show “The Kelly Files” in early June, scored 3.1 million viewers. And as Kelly told Variety in this week’s cover story, she »
- Brian Steinberg and Ramin Setoodeh
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