Famed psychologist, TV personality and columnist Joyce Brothers has died, according to The Associated Press. She was 85.
Laugh if you want, but Carson Daly may have started the social TV movement way back in 1998 with MTV's interactive call-in countdown show Total Request Live. Today, he hosts NBC's fiercely social singing competition The Voice. (In between, he has hosted NBC's late-late-night show Last Call with Carson Daly.) TRL and The Voice may feel miles apart on the music-show spectrum, but they've both contributed to the socialization of TV. We talked to Daly about his role in shaping TRL, adapting the Dutch formula for The Voice and the role of quality in social success...
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Could "Gene Gene the Dancing Machine" be waiting in the wings? The Gong Show is making a return to Comedy Central in July.Dave Attell, star of the network's Insomniac series, will host the offbeat talent show. "Stars will be made. Feelings will be hurt," he said.Win Ben Stein's Money producer Andrew Golder is producing the show along with Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions. J.R. Whalen
South Park's Wednesday-night Season 10 premiere, featuring the horrific demise of Chef, drew 3.5 million total viewers, making it the series' highest-rated season debut since 2002.... Per the New York Post, Gong Show creator and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind author Chuck Barris is shopping around a book about a reality series in which a contestant can either win $100 million — or be executed. Cool.... Shakira will launch her world tour, running from June until the end of the year, in Spain. As for dates and venues, I'm guessing whenever, wherever.