After 25 years, Barbara Walters is leaving her signature gig as host of ABC's 20/20 this fall. But the 72-year-old TV icon is not retiring from the news biz. She'll keep her day job as producer/cohost of The View and continue doing prime-time specials for the network. "I want to have more flexibility in my life," she says, "without the responsibilities of a weekly newsmagazine." It must be nice.
Regis Philbin is being enlisted to save ABC again. The network is bringing Who Wants to Be a Millionaire back to prime time with Philbin in the hot seat. For one week next month, ABC will air a one-week Super Millionaire with a jackpot up to $10 million. If successful, the network plans to run it into the ground again.
Live from the Red Carpet: The 2004 Golden Globe Awards
Joan Rivers lets us know that when she scratches her cheek, it means the celeb she's talking to looks "like crap." Why can't TV be two-way so she can see me eyeing her Cruella DeVil-in-a-thrift-shop get-up and clawing my way through to my molars?
Golden Globe Arrivals
All this time I've mocked Joan, Melissa and E! for their tradition of flubs and naming mishaps, and here we have NBC, Dick Clark and a notably slicker, smoother, more professional production. And my God, but it's coma-inducingly dull. There ain't enough espresso in the world. Back to Joan and her sequined-yenta routine.
Golden Globe Awards
Three hours and counting, people:
8:00 It just occurred to me: Why is all this tape-delayed on the West Coast? We're being punished for being here? Do they realize we can tell the sun's out on TV, but not outside, or
It's a good thing that Shawn Christian has a good sense of humor. Otherwise, he could get really bummed out over the fact that he's landed recurring roles on one doomed show (Birds of Prey) after another (Pacific Palisades). This week, it's the same-old, same-old: He makes his first and only appearance as Jamie Luner's new love interest on ABC's ill-fated 10-8 (airing Sunday at 8 pm/ET).
"I play a rough-riding, leather-wearing vintage-bike owner," he tells TV Guide Online. "Basically, my bike is stripped of its motor, and Jamie [who plays a cop] intervenes." In no time, the odd couple are revving one another's engines. "When you start talking about your '59 Stroker Panhead," Christian chuckles, "the sex is already there. [Our story] is pretty much loaded with innuendo."
Told you the former As the World Turns heartthrob had a fully functional funny bone. Soon, he may even get the last laugh. Having given off sparks o
NBC blinked. In the wake of The Apprentice's crushing defeat against Fox's American Idol Wednesday night, the network is moving its Donald Trump-helmed reality show back to Thursday night starting next week. Apprentice will air at 9 pm/ET following Friends and Will & Grace. Scrubs, meanwhile, shifts to Tuesdays at 9:30 pm/ET following Frasier. That leaves the struggling Tracy Morgan Show with no place to go but Saturday at 8 pm/ET a fate worse than cancellation.
Legendary Hollywood hoofer/actress Ann Miller, who shared the screen with such dancing greats as Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Bob Fosse, died Thursday of lung cancer. She was 81. Miller was last seen as landlady Catherine "Coco" Lenoix in David Lynch's 2001 mind-bender Mulholland Dr.
Another hint that the long-term outlook for Everybody Loves Raymond isn't great... Asked whether we'd see more Raymond next season, creator Phil Rosenthal told Mediaweek's Marc Berman: "If I had to predict right now, I would say no. I'm not really sure how many more stories there are left to tell."