Keith Olbermann has been bounced by Current TV, a year and a month after joining the network. And in a statement he just tweeted, Olbermann says he plans to sue his former partner.
Meanwhile, he will be replaced by — sitting down? -- good: Eliot Spitzer. The former governor's show, entitled "Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer," begins at 8. [Olbermann will be on "Letterman"... » more
In the off-chance anyone has missed the news that Katie Couric is returning to morning TV next week via "Good Morning America," than "Good Morning America" is now making efforts to re-dress that grievous lack of awareness. It's promotion time! The show had a segment devoted to this very subject this morning, and now that segment has been turned into a promotional campaign. Yes, "GMA" can smell blood - just ironically ironic it has to use the former host of its arch-rival to make the kill. (If it makes the kill. We'll all be watching the numbers closely next week - none more closely than Katie):
"Game of Thrones" returns Sunday, and fans are about to meet a whole range of new characters. The new season is extraordinary, by the way, and my review is here...
One of the newcomers is a priestess by the name of Melisandre -- you'll meet her on a desolate beach as she guides Stannis Baracheon (brother of Robert, deceased) to his desired goal -- the Iron Throne. He's played by Stephen Dillane, a wonderful actor from "The Hours" (who also appeared in HBO's "John Adams.") Melisandre is quite the exotic character, played by Dutch actress Carice van Houten, who is largely unknown to U.S. viewers. So let's meet Melisandre, shall we? (And Stannis, too.) HBO has been filling the YouTube pipeline with all sorts of clips; here's one...
What a deeply curious Tracy Morgan interview on "Late Show with David Letterman" last night! It wasn't exactly an interview, but one of those interactions (which Dave and the usually reliable Morgan do so well) in which soft balls are served, and guest shags 'em over the rightfield wall. The one clip CBS has posted from this encounter, which seemed to mystify both Dave and the audience, in which Morgan talks about the recent Sundance fainting spell...
Charlie Sheen's new FX comedy, "Anger Management," is months away (June 28) but no reason not to start promoting right away, which Sheen has done on "Today" (yesterday) and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (last night.) Check out Fallons' very good Sheen impression in this "clone" sketch that's been making the rounds on the web this morning (and which also sneaks in an "AM" plug. . .):
As part of its long, long, long campaign to unseat "Today," "Good Morning America" just enlisted Katie Couric's services. The former "Today Show" host will co-host next week, taking the place of Robin Roberts, who's on vacation. She'll be hanging with George Stephanopoulos. . .
No official announcement just yet, but both Katie and George have tweeted, so I guess that's "official." Why are they doing this at "GMA"? Publicity! Oh glorious publicity. . .the coin of the TV realm, the mother's milk of TV. . .and so on. If enough people write about this (me!) then enough people will tune in, and maybe just enough to unseat "Today" for the first time in 500-plus weeks. And if that somehow happens, and the splendid irony is then pointed out (by the press, which of course would), then Katie would have a wonderful promotional (that word again) boost for her new ABC talk show bowing in September.
(And if "GMA's" ratings sink next week, then we'll never hear about this again. . .ABC and Katie will make certain of that.)
"Anchorman" -- a vastly overpraised but still funny and beloved movie from yesteryear (2004), starring Ron Burgundy, and Will Ferrell (whoever that is) will have a sequel! The announcement Wednesday night on "Conan," as Conan just reported...Here's the clip, and you don't see that many sequal announcements..ummm...announced on late night TV:
The Lindsay Lohan Comeback tour continues: She is going to appear on "Glee" as herself in a late episode this season, according to reports.
Lohan's rep Steve Honig confirmed the news to People magazine on Wednesday.
No comment from Fox -- which would be unusual anyway as networks rarely confirm talent negotiations. This was first reported on TVline.com Tuesday, and the website said Lohan would likely be a celebrity judge for the Nationals along with (per the Hollywood Reporter) Kathy Griffin, Josh Groban and Loretta Devine.
Meanwhile, here is some official Gleek news -- Whoopi Goldberg will appear in a three-episode arc later this season; she'll be associated with the music school Kurt and Rachel want to get into.
Oprah Winfrey will appear on "CBS This Morning" Monday -- a morning show booking otherwise known around the halls of CBS News as "The Gayle King hire is paying off."
Per CBS: In a candid conversation Winfrey will discuss everything from the latest developments at OWN, her Leadership Academy, and life after her daytime talk show. Winfrey is in New York for a live taping of her “Lifeclass” series, which is in its second season on OWN.
(Question: How candid can it be when Oprah BFF is doing the asking? And isn't Gayle something of a question herself -- as in, why did she leave OWN and her own talk show for CBS?)
But that's neither here nor there: This is a big deal and should make some news. If Oprah is genuinely candid, and doesn't go on about how "things are looking up at OWN," or how "these things take time..."
The place has endured endless executive turnover....just went through a massive failure-to-launch with Rosie O'Donnell, and laid off 30 percent of the staff. There are a few good questions in there. Moreover, this: When is Oprah going to restart her daytime talk show on OWN? She is, after all, the greatest daytime talk show host in history, currently playing at being a network executive. Oprah needs to get back to doing what she does best, and in a role that viewers want to see her in.
I for one miss "Oprah" -- yes, there, I admitted it. I do. And I imagine a few million others do as well.
Mitt Romney did what all presidential candidates must ultimately do, whether they want to or not -- pay tribute to the late night TV hosts, beginning with Jay Leno.
But in a neat sleight of hand, Romney managed to pay tribute to both Jay and arch-rival-nemesis-etc. David Letterman at the same time. Who'd Romney pick as his running mate, Jay wondered? "I'll make it easy for you," he said. "David Letterman." Leno did not laugh, though smiled, which made me think this joke was not precooked backstage (but maybe it was.).
It was a good outing for Romney, by the way. You never want to go on these shows and appear like a stiff and he did not; Ron Paul was on a week or so ago, and likewise, had a good meet and greet with Jay, who's easily the most conservative of the late nighters -- or to put it another way, the one who doesn't reflexively batter GOP candidates, like Dave.