That funny sound you hear is the bottom of the barrel being scraped. ABC has resurrected The Mole after four years, ordering 10 episodes to air this summer. With Anderson Cooper booked by CNN and Ahmad Rashad not being asked back, there's the question of who will host. Producer Scott Stone tells Variety, "We're looking for someone in the Anderson mode, a little mysterious but full of comedy. It could be a breakout role for someone." Casting for players is underway at MoleCasting.com.... Bravo has OK'd a Kitchen Nightmares-type pilot in which nasty Shear Genius also-ran Tabatha Coffey gives makeovers not to individuals but to entire salons.... On Jan. 14, just a few hours after we'll get to see it, our enlisted men and women overseas will get to watch Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles on the American Forces Network. Let's pray that they'll all be back. Ben Katner
Whether he's keeping 'em honest on his nightly newsmagazine, Anderson Cooper 360 (10 pm/ET on CNN), or tackling personal demons amid the horrors of Iraq and Katrina in his new book, Dispatches from the Edge, Anderson Cooper has a style all his own.
TV Guide: I spent the weekend reading your book and let me tell you, it's pretty dark. Working out some issues here, huh?Cooper: [Laughs] Well, yeah... I guess.
TV Guide: Of course, between covering wars and natural disasters, this has been a tough year for you.Cooper:
Meredith Vieira, The View
History is about to repeat itself at NBC's Today.
Any minute now, The View's Meredith Vieira will sign on as coanchor to replace Katie Couric after she leaves to join the CBS Evening News. But it looks like Vieira will keep her other gig as host of the syndicated