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Regis Philbin (Finally!) Announces His Retirement

The day I first dreamed about over two years ago has finally came true.

This morning on Live with Regis and Kelly, said this would be his “last year on this show.”

Philbin, who is just two years shy of hitting his 30-year anniversary on the program, gave no specific reason for deciding to retire now.

“It's been a long time," he explained. "It's been 28 years since I’ve been here and it was the biggest thrill of my life to come back to New York, where I grew up as a kid watching TV in the early days, you know -- never even dreaming that I would one day have the ability, or whatever it takes, to get in front of the camera and talk to it.”

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This Week on TV (6/21-6/27)


MONDAY (6/21)
  • Saving Grace (TNT, 9pm):  “Grace shuts herself off completely from family and friends as a past tragic event continues to haunt her.” Those sex scenes in Crash are going to be hard to live down.
  • Behind the Music (VH1, 10pm):  “ is profiled using interviews and archival clips.” The unused footage will provide VH1 enough material for a whole new series: Rocky Love.
  • All Worked Up (truTV, 10pm):  “Observing people whose occupations involve communicating bad news, such as parking-ticket writers and tow-truck drivers, and the unpleasant reactions of the recipients.” The first episode will be entirely devoted to BP CEO Tony Hayward.

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Awkward TV: Kate Gosselin and Regis Philbin

I’m not sure what’s more painful to watch—Jon Gosselin going through a midlife crisis or making uneducated statements (again).

During a pre-taped interview with , Philbin openly admitted that he was not a follower of Jon & Kate Plus Eight. Although that reveal should have immediately disqualified him from the conversation, the Live with Regis and Kelly host then proceeded to add his two cents to the divorce matter.

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Regis Philbin Returns to Millionaire

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Games, Prime Time, Specials, ABC,

Regis PhilbinRegis Philbin will once again host on ABC’s ten-year anniversary celebration for the show.

“For me it’s just a pleasure to come in and go through the whole thing again, and hopefully to give away a million-dollar check one more time before we wrap it up,” Philbin said of the event, which promises to be a Millionaire spectacular.

New and former contestants and a star-studded gallery will highlight the episode. Experts like Wolf Blitzer and Connie Chung will serve as experts for lifelines. The two week event will begin on August 9, carrying on for a full eleven nights before it ends August 23.

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This Week on TV (8/3-8/9)

The cast of Psych and Monk

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MONDAY (8/3)
  • The Closer (TNT, 9pm):  “Brenda reopens a murder case when it’s surmised that a father may have offered a false confession to cover for his schizophrenic son. Sosie Bacon (daughter of and Kyra Sedgwick) guest stars.” Thanks to the Bernie Madoff scam, the whole Bacon family is now being put to work.
  • Jon & Kate Plus 8 (TLC, 9pm):  “Jon stays home to oversee kitchen renovations while Kate and the kids head to the beach as the series returns with its first all-new episode after a five-week hiatus spurred by a marital breakup.” The show will be followed by a new series: Jon Plus His 8 Dates.
  • Making His Band (MTV, 10pm):  “The finalists move into their new pad and tensions arise between the trained musicians and those who were self-taught.” There are some who are born talented, there are some who are taught. Then there are those who buy record companies and call themselves singers.
  • Weeds (Showtime, 10pm):  “Coworkers Celia and Dean develop a new marketing scheme after discovering they have a surplus of product.” Who knew one had to create a need for weed?

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An Open Letter to Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa

Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa

Dear Regis and Kelly,

I have something I really need to get off my chest. Even though I continue to watch on a fairly regular basis (usually out of habit), I find myself increasingly more annoyed as the days go by.

You can call me bitter and jealous all you want, but this is something I’ve been bothered by long before the economy started to tank. The current climate has only made it worse.

Earlier this week, I flipped on your program while Regis was talking about the AIG bonuses. Kelly followed that up with a story about a group of teachers who opted to take a 5% pay cut to help save their coworkers. That discussion then led to an unnecessary confession from Regis: He recently took a pay cut as well. (Uhh - did he want us to pat him on the back?) When the topic was redirected back to Kelly, she then joked, “Some of us don’t need a pay cut!”

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Slumdog Breathes New Life Into Millionaire Game Show

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Games, Prime Time, ABC, News, Renewals,

Slumdog Millonaire

Next month’s Oscars broadcast may benefit ABC in more ways than one. A potential win for Slumdog Millionaire in February could bring heightened interest to the network’s summer schedule. That’s when may briefly return.

According to TV Week, ABC had already been considering a 10th anniversary-run for the game show. (The program debuted back on August 16, 1999.) Now the movie about a contestant on an Indian version of Millionaire would make the decision even more timely. The current economic climate could also help as well. Viewers - like those in the Golden Globe winner - may root for someone on hard times.

Although he is not confirmed for the gig at this point, it’s expected would be part of any Millionaire return.

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This Week on TV (12/22-12/28)

The Sound of Music

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MONDAY 12/22)
  • Prison Break (FOX, 9pm):  “Sara is waiting for news of Michael in a luxury hotel, and she’s not enjoying the luxury.” She becomes unreasonably paranoid anytime someone offers to turn down her bed.
  • Momma’s Boys (NBC, 9pm):  “The guys go on group dates planned by their moms and individual dates they planned.” Until the big move, NBC will just run MTV’s hand-me-downs.
  • The Hills (MTV, 10pm):  Season 4 finale. “Lauren and Heidi run into each other and are reminded of why they used to be friends.” I, quite frankly, could use a reminder as well.
  • 17 Kids & Counting (TLC, 10pm):  “The family welcomes the arrival of Jordyn-Grace Makiya Duggar.” Wake me up when they get to “J.Lo.”

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More Reasons Why Regis Philbin Should Retire

A few months ago, I listed 8 reasons why I thought Regis Philbin should start making his retirement plans. Now I would like to add a #9 and #10.

#9. Back in May, the talk show host was talking about the recent American Idol finale when he said, “What happened to the past winners? Where are they today?”  When told by co-host that they come on their show “all the time,” Regis responded, “Really? I haven’t noticed.”

#10. Philbin, who actually went to the premiere of yesterday evening, sadly referenced Heath Ledger as ‘Keith Ledger’. (You can see that clip from today’s show below.)

Sunday Ratings: Regis Philbin A Primetime Hit

Apparently Regis Philbin’s appeal is not limited to daytime hours. The host (and his Million Dollar Password) helped CBS win the viewers last night. Meanwhile, NBC - the only other network with originals yesterday - placed first in the demos.

Regis Philbin, Million Dollar Password

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