Even trash television programs have milestones to celebrate, right? Maury is gearing up to commemorate his 2,500th episode, and 100 consecutive weeks as the number one syndicated talk show among Women 18-34, adults 18-34 and 18-49.
On May 17, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Shaquille O'Neal, Joan Rivers, the ladies of The Talk, Kathy Griffin, Wendy Williams, Steve Harvey, NeNe Leakes, Jack Hanna, Donald Trump, Access Hollywood Live hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover, ESPN's Pardon The Interruption's Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, Jerry Springer, Steve Wilkos and Trisha Goddard will congratulate Maury Povich on the show's accomplishments. READ MORE
Say arrivederci to Judge Joe Brown. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 15-year-old syndicated court show has been cancelled.
Despite it being the second highest-rated court show in syndication; CBS Television Distribution axed the series after contract negotiations over Brown's salary reached an impasse. The trade paper alleges Brown was making $20 million a year. CBS Television Distribution was trying to cut his salary, since the show had been declining in ratings.
In a released statement, CBS TD said,
We would like to thank Joe for 15 great years, as well as executive producer John Terenzio and the entire staff for all their hard work and dedication to the show.
To continue with the celebration of General Hospital’s 50th anniversary, Finola Hughes and Jason Thompson will take part in a two-day special episode of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire with host Meredith Vieira, starting April 1. Both Hughes and Thompson will partner up on the game show and donate their winnings to The Art of Elysium, a non-profit organization that encourages musicians, actors and artists to volunteer their talents and time with sick children.
Vieira will also return to GH to tie in with the show’s anniversary as former madam-turned-cosmetics exec Bree Flanders. Take a peek at Vieira slipping back into her old role after the jump! READ MORE
Bad news for deadbeat dads and hot-in-the-tail girls. Broadcast & Cable is reporting Maury, the long-running, trash-tacular, daytime chatfest, has been renewed for three more years by NBCUniversal. In a released statement, Ted Harbert, NBC Broadcasting Chairman, stated:
Maury's hard work and endearing personality combined with the fantastic production team behind the scenes is what draws millions of loyal viewers year after year. READ MORE
No, you aren't reading a typo. Oprah Winfrey stopped by Steve Harvey's talk show to clear the air on a very interesting topic. The Mighty O discussed with Harvey the upcoming all-star movie, The Butler, where she has a love scene with Terrence Howard. Recently, Howard was asked what it was like filming a steamy romantic scene with the talk show maven, where he remarked:
To be able to make out with Oprah, to have love scenes with her and those tig ol' bitties — she's such a lovely and voluptuous woman. ... She's very, very, very beautiful, and that was wonderful.
Word got back to Winfrey about what Howard said about her chest, and she fired back:
Some people called me saying that they all were offended and I go, ‘Well, I do have big breastesses."
Oprah's got jokes! Watch the conversation after the jump! READ MORE
Get out your dancing shoes. Ellen DeGeneres’ self-titled talk show has been renewed through the 2016-17 season in 96 percent of the country. The renewal includes all 10 NBC-owned and operated and an additional 179 stations. In a released statement, Said President of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution Ken Werner:
Ellen is quite simply the best,” Werner said in a statement. “Day in and day out she and her team produce a unique and compelling hour of entertainment which is appointment television for legions of women. We are absolutely thrilled that NBC, Ellen, Warner Bros. and all of our station partners will be continuing our successful relationship for years to come. READ MORE