Don't expect Katherine Heigl to return to Seattle Grace anytime soon. Grey's Anatomy showrunner Shonda Rhimes spoke with Oprah Winfrey Sunday night to discuss her latest primetime drama Scandal, featuring Kerry Washington. The Mighty O asked Rhimes about Heigl's controversial 2008 decision to pull her name from Emmy nominations. Fans of the series recall Heigl told the press she wasn't submitting since the writing for her character wasn't up to snuff. Ouch. Rhimes has kept mum on Heigl's diss until now. Said Rhimes on Oprah's Next Chapter:
On some level it stung, and on some level I was not surprised. When people show you who they are, believe them. I carry that with me a lot. It has served me well. READ MORE
Publishers and authors love Oprah because the books she picks sell like hot cakes. Now Ayana Mathis has had the good fortune of having her book, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, chosen as the latest Oprah’s Book Club selection.
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is a debut of extraordinary distinction, telling the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family. Following the indomitable Hattie Shepherd and her nine children through sixty years of desolation, passion, courage and salvation, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is wondrous from first to last—glorious, harrowing, unexpectedly uplifting, and blazing with life.
Could Oprah Winfrey put a fork in the popular O Magazine? The New York Times is reporting Winfrey's thoughts on the state of her magazine and how it has been impacted by the end of her long running talk show.
When it comes to the magazine, Ms. Winfrey said her staff prepared her to expect a 25 percent decline in newsstand sales after the talk show ended. (It has been closer to 22 percent.) And while she acknowledged that she enjoyed “holding the magazine in my hand,” she was pragmatic about print’s future and said she would stop publishing a print magazine if it were not profitable.
“Obviously, the show was helping in ways that you know I hadn’t accounted for,” Ms. Winfrey said. “I’m not interested, you know, in bleeding money.”
Rosie O’Donnell has revealed her love for headline-snatching, TLC reality series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo in a hilarious new chat with People. She even went as far as to compare Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson to legendary child star Shirley Temple!
O'Donnell praises the show's 7-year-old star, Alana Thompson, and compares her to the ultimate child star, Shirley Temple. "She has a presence and an intellect that goes way beyond her years," says O'Donnell. READ MORE
BFF's Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry are in business together once again. Deadline is reporting OWN and Perry have signed a multi-year deal for two scripted series. Perry will write, direct and executive produce the series for a mid-2013 debut on OWN. This is the first venture into scripted development for OWN. Said Winfrey:
I have been looking forward to the day when we would be in the position to enter the world of scripted television. That day has come. We are all energized by the opportunity to collaborate with Tyler who has a proven track record for producing highly successful cable series.