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Ratings: The Talk Premiere Boosts CBS Daytime

The Talk

CBS' new daytime talk show The Talk premiered Monday to 2.25 million viewers, according to the network.

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The roundtable women's series, hosted by Julie Chen among others, was up 29 percent in its time period among women 18-49 and up 22 percent in women overall compared to... read more

Cheers & Jeers: The Talk is Cheap

The Talk

Jeers to The Talk for filling an hour of daytime TV with not-so-hot air.

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CBS' new View wannabe got off to an awkward start, to say the least. Despite Julie Chen's insistence that she and her five — count 'em! — cohosts had "instant chemistry," mostly it just came off as forced merriment.... read more

The Talk Welcomes Christie Brinkley, Jennifer Lopez as First Guests

The Talk

The Talk, CBS' new daytime talk show, will welcome model Christie Brinkley and Jennifer Lopez, among others during their first week of taping, CBS announced Friday.

Brinkley will be the show's first guest, followed on Tuesday by... read more

Stand Up to Cancer's Laura Ziskin: "Let's Get Cancer Out of the Closet"

Laura Ziskin

Laura Ziskin has a tough job — and not just as one of Hollywood's most successful producers.

Ziskin, a breast cancer survivor who produced the Spider-Man trilogy, Pretty Woman and the Academy Awards — twice — also co-created Stand Up to Cancer, a special that has to engage audiences while dealing with one of the most sensitive subjects imaginable.

"I joke that I have to make cancer entertaining," Ziskin tells "It's a tough challenge, but I'm up for it. And I can promise you our show will be entertaining."

Stand Up To Cancer fundraiser returning in September

Friday's telethon will focus on survivors — including celebrities who haven't spoken out ...
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Stand Up to Cancer Special Aligns Its Stars

Stevie Wonder

Cancer survivors Christina Applegate and Maura Tierney will be among the cavalcade of stars appearing on next month's Stand Up to Cancer TV special.

And among the musical performances on the one-hour fundraiser will be an all-star collaboration led by.... read more

CBS Orders Daytime Talk Show to Replace As the World Turns

Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen

A new daytime talk show co-hosted by former Roseanne co-star Sara Gilbert will replace departing longtime soap opera As the World Turns later this year, CBS announced Wednesday.

The show, which aims to examine current issues through the eyes of mothers, also features America's Got Talent judge Sharon Osbourne, Big Brother host Julie Chen, actresses Holly Robinson Peete (runner-up on the most recent Celebrity Apprentice) and Leah Remini (of The King of Queens) and Broadway star Marissa Jaret Winokur as panelists.

Yet another CBS show for Julie Chen?

In announcing the move, Barbara Bloom, CBS' senior vice president of daytime, said daytime is "evolving" with... read more

Dance Your Ass Off While Shedding Pounds On Oxygen's New Competition Show

Marissa Jaret Winokur

Dancing and weight loss are two popular reality show themes these days, so why not combine them?

That's the idea behind Oxygen's Dance Your Ass Off [Mondays, 10 pm/ET], a competition show in which 12 plus-size players will compete on the dance floor for a $100,000 prize while also shedding pounds. Host (and former Dancing with the Stars contestant) Marissa Jaret Winokur and producer Sally-Ann Salsano spoke to about why dancing peels off the pounds. Is Dance Your Ass Off more about the dance or the weight loss?
Sally Ann Salsano:
It's a complete combination, [which] makes it fun. People that love a straight stage-competition show are going to love it, but then the weight-loss element gives it...

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Dance Your Ass Off Brings Together Diet and Dance

Marissa Jaret Winokur

What do you get when you combine elements of Dancing with Stars and The Biggest Loser? A whole lot of bodies shaking and rattling on Oxygen's upcoming series Dance Your Ass Off.

What do you get when you combine elements of Dancing with the Stars and The Biggest Loser? A whole lot of bodies shaking and rattling on Oxygen's upcoming series Dance Your Ass Off.

The new series, which was announced during Oxygen's upfront presentations on Wednesday in New York, follows overweight contestants who compete to lose weight by literally dancing their asses off.

Marissa Jaret Winokur, best known for her Tony Award-winning performance in Hairspray, hosts the show, which is... read more

Dancing Alum to Helm Dance Fitness Show

Marissa Jaret Winokur

Marissa Jaret Winokur may not have won a disco ball, but she might be winning over dance and fitness converts with her new TV series.

The Dancing with the Stars alumna will be helming Oxygen's new weight-loss reality show, Dance Your Ass Off. Winokur will introduce new dance routines to the contestants each week, as well as help usher them toward healthier lifestyles.

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Dancing Alum Marissa Jaret Winokur Welcomes Son

Marissa Jaret Winokur by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/

Marissa Jaret Winokur, the peppy Energizer bunny of last season's Dancing with the Stars, welcomed the birth of a son on Tuesday. According to ET, Zev Isaac Miller was delivered via surrogate, weighing in at 8 lbs., 7 oz.Winokur this past April inked a deal to front a new daytime talker for Sony Pictures Television, to premiere in fall 2009. Her Husband, comedy writer Judah Miller, recently netted an Emmy nod for his work on King of the Hill. — Matt MitovichRelated:• Winokur the Latest to Dance into Talk-show Gig • Backstage Report: Derek's Setback, Lots of Baby Talk • Dancing's Winokur to Have a Tiny Dancer of Her Own read more

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The Biggest Loser
"It inspires me to work out. I always watch it when I am at the gym or on the treadmill at home. I just notice that there was a new season starting. Crap. That means I haven't been working out. "

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