"I'm not going anywhere! I'm staying right here!" Robin Roberts declared Thursday at the Television Critics Association fall TV previews.
The Good Morning America newscaster was in high spirits, joking with reporters about her upcoming medical leave to undergo a bone-marrow transplant sometime around late August or early September. She revealed that ABC News' Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters and Katie Couric would be filling in during her absence. "I will be happy to help out," Couric later confirmed during a preview of her new talk show Katie.
The cast of NBC's upcoming fall comedy Animal Practice ignored W.C. Fields' advice to "Never work with animals or children," and the result was a Tuesday's monkey-centric Television Critics Association TV fall previews panel.
In particular, reporters wanted the dirt on acting opposite famous capuchin Crystal (The Hangover Part II), who plays the miniature-scrubs-wearing Dr. Rizzo at the quirky veterinarian's office on Animal Practice. "I love the monkey, but I put it in my contract not to be in any scene with it because she is a scene-stealer," cast member Kym Whitley told reporters. "Dr. Rizzo is a mess just like the rest of them."
NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt is pleased with the network's third-place finish for the 2011-2012 season and is looking forward to the Olympics and fall. "We had a great spring. I couldn't be happier with what happened," he told reporters assembled for the the Television Critics Association's fall previews Tuesday.
Part of that optimism will extend to how the network will utilize the Summer Olympics as a springboard to promote full episodes of its fall shows, revamping The Voice, Community and Smash and re-evaluating its overall comedy strategy. Let's break it down:
Britney Spears, Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid
It's all about prickly, teasing chemistry and banter among Simon Cowell and new The X Factor judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.
"Demi is a brat, but there's something really likable about her as well" Cowell says at the Television Critics Association fall previews for Fox on Monday. "and Britney's quite mean, which you'll discover."
Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy
So You Think You Can Dance changed up its format for its current ninth season, and judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy weigh in on why the new single-episode format is actually a good thing.
"For me, it gives me much more of an opportunity to make my decision," Lythgoe says at the Television Critics Association fall TV previews on Monday.
At the Television Critics Association fall previews for the Emmy-nominated Downton Abbey, PBS screened a trailer for Season 3 to a packed room in Beverly Hills Saturday. Judging from the sneak peek, when the show returns, the Crawleys will once again endure broken hearts, social hardship and Lady Violet's clever tongue.
Here are nine spoilers from the upcoming season...
Daniel Baker, Janaya French and Nick Bloxsom-Carter
In So You Think You Can Dance's first elimination episode of the season, the judges sent Alexa Anderson, Daniel Baker, Nick Bloxsom-Carter and Janaya French home Wednesday night.
Although Anderson was not available, the other three spoke to reporters about their time on the show and thoughts on the new once-weekly episode format. Do they like the season's changes? Which dancer is taking off for Mexico? Who is setting their sights on Dancing with the Stars? Check out the interview below:
Cheryl Strayed's account, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, inspired Oprah Winfrey enough to revive her book club, and on Sunday, fans will get to meet the author herself in a two-hour interview on the Emmy-winning Super Soul Sunday at 11 am/ET on OWN.
As the first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0, Wild has climbed to the top of the New York Times bestseller list for two straight weeks, and there are talks of the book being made into a movie.
The Top 20 danced their feet off again this week on So You Think You Can Dance, but it will be a bloodbath when it comes to elimination time. Based on last week's votes, the judges will only be able to save two dancers from the Bottom 3 girls and Bottom 3 guys. Yup, that means a whopping four dancers will be beating feet off stage tonight.
But let's not mourn quite yet. On to the dancing!
It's business as usual for the milestone 10th season of Project Runway, which will premiere on Thursday at 9/8c on Lifetime.
"I started Project Runway from the very beginning, going around New York City trying to sell the show to networks and trying to explain what the show was all about," host Heidi Klum told reporters on a call. "I'm very proud of it. It's...