Next on Katie: How to survive in the syndicated-TV jungle.
The daytime talk show hosted by former Today and CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric was the highest-rated new syndicated talker of last season. This season, Katie is averaging...
Stuffed from eating too much barbecue? Sunburned from laying out at the beach? Then head inside this Fourth of July weekend to log in some serious time watching your favorite TV shows. Trust us, you'll have plenty of choices. Check out your options:
(All times are ET/PT)
Thursday, July 4
American Ninja Warrior (9 a.m.-4 p.m., G4)
BBQ Pitmasters (6 a.m.-6 a.m. Friday, Destination America)
Cake Boss (6 a.m.-1:30 p.m., TLC)
Call of the Wildman (6 p.m.-6 a.m. Friday, Animal Planet)
Castle (10 a.m.-8 p.m., TNT)
Dr. Phil McGraw
Phil McGraw's production company, Peteski Productions, has sued Gawker Media for publishing footage from Dr. Phil's interview with the man behind the Manti Te'o hoax, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Jay Leno will leave The Tonight Show (again) next spring. What's he doing after that? More stand-up, he tells The New York Times, but no TV — for now. "I've done this job for a long time and I really enjoy it," he tells the paper. "Would I do it again? Believe me, the phone's not ringing off the hook. It will be nice if people seem interested. But I'll let it sit where it is."
Even if no one is calling right now (doubtful), it's hard to believe that Leno — who hasn't hinted at retirement since the Conan O'Brien Tonight Show succession plan was announced in 2004 — will be off our screens for too long. So what are his options? We weigh the possibilities...
If Tracy Jordan were eulogizing NBC's 30 Rock, which is closing shop Thursday after seven wacky seasons of satirical bite-the-hand-that-keeps-you-on-the-air bliss — but not before we learn what acronym "bliss" represents for boss man Jack Donaghy — the fictional star of the thankfully fictional TGS would likely call it the end of an error.
A lot of new big names have moved into the daytime neighborhood this fall, but viewers are choosing to spend more time with a familiar friend. The Ellen DeGeneres Show is off to its best start in its 10-year history, ranking as the No. 1 syndicated talk program among the advertiser-favored audience of women ages 25-54 through the first two weeks of the TV season. Its overall average of 3.3 million viewers is up 6 percent from a year ago, putting it behind Dr. Phil (3.8 million) and Live With Kelly and Michael (3.4 million).
When Oprah Winfrey ended her program in 2011, insiders in the syndication business wondered where her viewers would go. No program last year took immediate advantage of the upheaval, but daytime habits change glacially. "All the research indicated that after Oprah left there was a large opportunity for Ellen, and that may be playing itself out," says Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, which syndicates Ellen.
CariDee English, Jael Strauss
America's Next Top Model alum Jael Strauss will appear on Thursday's Dr.Phil to undergo an intervention for her meth addiction.
In the preview, the model is barely recognizable after battling the addiction for the past six years. Strauss, who placed sixth in Cycle 8, appeared on the reality show only five years ago.
Cycle 7 winner CariDee English took to Gawker's comment section to share her thoughts on Strauss' illness, and she calls out Top Model for allowing an addict on reality TV in the first place.
CeeLo Green, Christina Aguilera
The Season 3 premiere of The Voice easily topped Monday, but also posted the series' lowest-rated premiere ever.
The two-hour telecast, the show's first in the fall, was predictably down from its Super Bowl-boosted Season 2 premiere, averaging 12 million viewers and a 4.1 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic — dropping 39 percent and 25 percent, respectively. The episode also took a 15 percent dip from last season's Monday night ...
Robert Gibbs and Dr. Phil McGraw
It took two medical vans and five EMTs, but 23-year-old Robert Gibbs made it from Northern California to the Los Angeles set of The Dr. Phil Show to get help for his morbid obesity.
Gibbs, who weighs 700 pounds, gained national attention when a video plea he sent to Dr. Phil received more than one million hits on YouTube. Now Gibbs seems willing to do whatever it takes to get his life back on track and get his weight down for good. "I think that if I don't...
Anderson Cooper and Courteney Cox
Courteney Cox believes that "everything is better" with ranch dressing, but that may not be the case with Anderson Cooper.
On Tuesday's Anderson, Cooper surprises the Cougar Town star with a huge bowl of her favorite salad condiment ...