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ABC Cancels Katie Couric’s Talk Show

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Daytime, Talk Shows, ABC, Cancellations, News,

Katie CouricAfter just two seasons on the air, Katie - Katie Couric's talk show - will be coming to an end.

Couric and Disney/ABC released a joint statement about the announcement, claiming that the cancellation was mutual between them: "We're very proud of everyone's contributions to making Katie the No. 1 new syndicated talk show of 2012-13 and we look forward to the rest of the season."

Although the talk show was one of the highest-rated programs that premiered in syndication last Fall 2012, subsequent ratings have not been too kind. Combined with the series' production costs, industry analysts point to these factors in the show's cancellation.

Katie is expected to finish out its second season, airing its final episode in June.

Couric left CBS News in 2011 to launch Katie and will now be heading over to Yahoo News next year to be their global anchor.

Read More | The Hollywood Reporter via People


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Glee’s Super Bowl Episode Kicks Off New Drama

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Comedy, Music, Prime Time, Specials, FOX, Gossip, Video,

 


Few events have been as highly-anticipated as the Glee Super Bowl episode, titled “The Sue Sylvester Shuffle.”

Jane Lynch, who plays Sue, featured heavily on the show -- and that would make any episode a success. But since Glee also gave us an epic musical number, a big guest star and an eye-popping twist, we’re glad to say the wait for the next new episode won’t be quite as long as the last one.

The show opened with the original audio of Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” set to a new Cheerios routine featuring pyrotechnics, blue wigs . . . and an angry Sue Sylvester. Unhappy with the routine, Coach Sue made some of the girls hit themselves with chicken cutlets to try and cheer herself up. Sue’s problem is not that the routine is bad -- it’s that she has to find a way to top herself, as Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) pointed out.

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Glee: Looking Ahead to the February Return

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Comedy, Music, Prime Time, FOX, Gossip, Rumors, Spoilers,

Glee’s Christmas episode was packed with laughs, tears and fantastic performances … and, it’s going to have to hold us over until the much-anticipated Super Bowl episode that airs in February.

Until then, the show is on break, but we’ve got some spoilers and show gossip to help cure those no-Glee blues. Read on, and find out what Harry Shum, Jr. and Katie Couric have revealed ...

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Read More | E! Online

Glee Gossip: Katie Couric Booked for Guest Spot

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Comedy, Music, Prime Time, FOX, Gossip,

Glee continues to pull in big names from all corners of the entertainment industry.

CBS Evening News anchor is the latest famous face scheduled to drop by the halls of William McKinley High.

Couric will be playing herself, and we can only hope it’s because she’ll be in school to talk to Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch).

The appearance is scheduled for the glittering post-Super Bowl episode airing February 6, 2011. 

Read More | Star Magazine

Sneak Peek: Sarah Palin’s Interview with Oprah


Carrie Prejean, take notes. This is how your “hero” Sarah Palin addresses difficult questions.

Based on snippets released, it appears the long-awaited interview between Oprah Winfrey and the former Alaskan governor was a lot less tense than some may have feared. The chat, which covered a number of topics, will air one day before Palin’s book, Going Rogue, is released.

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Television Coverage of Jackson’s Star-Studded Memorial

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Daytime, Specials, ABC, Cable, CBS, MTV, NBC, News,

Staples Center

UPDATE: CBS and NBC have now decided to jump on the live coverage bandwagon.

Not a winner in the Michael Jackson memorial lottery? Not a problem. You can still get a front row viewing while sparing yourself the cost of a flight.

Although 17,500 get the chance to be in either the Staples Center or the Nokia Theater, free television coverage will allow everyone an opportunity to witness the events as they unfold.

According to a release from the Jackson family, participants at Tuesday’s memorial include Kobe Bryant, , Berry Gordy, Jennifer Hudson, Shaheen Jafargholi (finalist on Britain’s Got Talent), Magic Johnson, Martin Luther King III, Bernice A. King, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Brooke Shields, Usher and Stevie Wonder.

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Read More | Hollywood Reporter

Wednesday Ratings: Lie to Me Remains Strong

After several weeks, the battle between Lie to Me and Lost remains tight. Last night, a Katie Couric special (yes, another one) helped the FOX series catch its ABC competitor in the demos.

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  • (26.3 million, 9.9/27 in 18-49) gave up 700,000.
  • * (8.5 million, 1.7/5) lost 2.1 million.
  • (4.9 million, 1.4/4) saw 1.2 million speed off.
  • * (1.7/5) kicked off the evening with 4.8 million.
  • * (920,000. 0.3/1) slipped by 900,000.

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Read More | Variety

This Week on TV (2/2-2/8)

Chuck in 3-D

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MONDAY 2/2)
  • Chuck (NBC, 8pm):  “In a 3-D edition, global rock star Tyler Martin () is marked for murder, so the agents kidnap the musician to discover who’s behind the deadly plot.”  Unfortunately, they don’t understand his “My-plane-crashed-on-an-island-and-there-were-these-Others” story either.
  • Heroes (NBC, 9pm):  “The newly powerless Hiro resolves to help Ando become a true superhero.” Sorry, Suresh. You’re stuck with creating powers for yourself.
  • Medium (NBC, 10pm):  Season premiere. “Daughter Bridgette lands in trouble at school for drawing nude pictures of her art teacher.” She earned an “A” for technique, but an “F” for accuracy.
  • For the Love of Ray J (VH1, 10:30pm):  Series premiere. “The actor, singer-songwriter and brother of Brandy moves 14 beautiful women into his mansion and starts his search for love.” If can get a reality show, I guess her sex tape partner should get one too.

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Wednesday Ratings: Katie Couric No Star in Primetime

For some reason, CBS chose last night - an American Idol night - to test out a primetime edition of their evening news. Needless to say, the experiment bombed.

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  • (27 million, 10.1/25 in 18-49) picked up 1.1 million.
  • Outside of repeats, the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric (6.5 million, 1.2/3) had the worst demos of the night.
  • (6.1 million, 1.9/5) grew by 1.1 million.
  • * (1.7/4) refreshed 5.3 million.
  • * (4.9 million, 1.1/3) fell by 2.4 million.
  • * (1.1 million, 0.4/1) did 300,000 less than 13: Fear is Real.

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Read More | Variety

Captain Sullenberger to Visit CBS Programs

Captain Chelsey SullenbergerUPDATE: CBS’ The Early Show will also devote its entire broadcast on Monday to the Hudson River landing.

After weeks of minimal public appearances, Capt. Chelsey Sullenberger is ready to tell his story.

The heroic pilot of Flight 1549 will have his first sit-down chat with Katie Couric on Sunday, February 8th. Although he was once scheduled to speak with Matt Lauer about that Hudson River landing, CBS somehow managed to steal that exclusive right out from under NBC’s foot.

Two days after that interview, “Sully,” along with the rest of his US Airways crew, will hit up the Late Show with David Letterman.

Read More | TV Guide

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