From Oprah's surprisingly low-key farewell to the year's most soul-crushing break-up on The Good Wife (Kalicia, no!), the year was packed with fantastic hours of television — pretty much all of which we watched. There were teary goodbyes (Friday Night Lights' Texas forever! Smallville's tights and flights!), tense face-offs (why can't all CIA interrogations take place on the front porch of a cabin, like on Homeland?) and of course we made room for a little Glee (because certain underdogs deserved it). Which made the list. Tune in all week for our top 25.
Here's the first batch in our weeklong countdown of 2011's best episodes...
After 25 years of celebrities and newsmakers coming to The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah Winfrey will now go to them.
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Premiering Sunday, Jan. 1 at 9/8c on OWN, Oprah's Next Chapter will see the prolific host venturing out in the field to conduct in-depth interviews and hold thought-provoking conversations.
"After 25 years I...
"It's The Rosie Show!" shouts a blonde lady sitting at a desk in the middle of the studio formerly known for hosting Oprah Winfrey's talk show during the Monday premiere of Rosie O'Donnell's latest foray into the genre. We cut to Rosie on a stage, doing stand-up that's eerily reminiscent of the early Seinfeld days. Except that jokes about puffy shirts and Halloween candy are funny, and this is not. I was hoping to include Rosie's funniest one-liner here, but there weren't any.
She takes audience questions. "What are you ...
Last Friday, Rosie O'Donnell composed some poetry about her return to television. Included are lines about how she had blown the deadline for publishing the poem online, as well as observations about the people she met that same night while eating dinner at Gibsons Steak House in Chicago.
As for what's to come on her new talk show, she wrote only this: "as I prepare to return / 2 something much bigger than a show / I am reminded how lucky I am / have always been / thank u oprah / here we go." O'Donnell says, so far, she feels no pressure. "I feel nothing but privilege, truthfully," she told reporters during a conference call Wednesday. ""For Oprah to not only ask me to be on ...
Times have been tough for OWN. So one way to jump-start the meager ratings the network has gotten in its first year is to offer its wares on other outlets; hence, the premieres of The Rosie Show and Oprah's Lifeclass will be simulcast across five networks on Monday.
Kirstie Alley has lost 100 pounds, she tells Entertainment Tonight.
"I feel like I'm back in my element," she said. "I honestly didn't even realize what I looked like."
The Dancing with the Stars runner-up has long talked about her body struggles. In 2004, she became the spokeswoman for Jenny Craig and in 2006, she showed off her slimmed down figure in a bikini on Oprah. She regained weight before mambo-ing off the pounds last spring.
Cameron Wake and Tom Brady
Monday Night Football had a big night in the ratings, just like Tom Brady on the field.
The regular season debut of the venerable franchise on ESPN decimated the competition on both cable and broadcast television, attracting 14.57 million viewers for the NFL game between the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins and a 6.3 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds. Brady made the hot South Florida night hotter, passing for 517 yards — merely the fifth-best in league history. And with the promise of more excitement like that, ESPN is sure to lure solid numbers throughout the season.
George and Cindy Anthony, Dr. Phil
This September marks the first time in 25 years without The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in the battle to assume the Oprah throne, Dr. Phil has fired the opening salvo. The talk show beat out the network and cable news operations to land a heavily touted interview with George and Cindy Anthony, the parents of Casey Anthony, who was acquitted on charges of killing her toddler, Caylee.
Phil McGraw recently spent more than nine hours with the Anthonys, and...
The Oprah Winfrey Network's next cycle of programming will begin Oct. 10 with the one-two punch of The Rosie Show and Oprah's Lifeclass, the network has announced in a release.
Both are set to air daily. The former finds Rosie O'Donnell once again hosting a talk show, in which she is expected to cover "current events, spotlight hometown heroes and newsmakers, showcase the arts, celebrate kids and families, as well as feature well-known and upcoming talent"...
Tina Fey and Jeffrey Richmond
It's a baby girl for Tina Fey and her husband Jeffrey Richmond.
Penelope Athena Richmond was born on Wednesday, the couple's rep tells People. She joins 5-year-old sister Alice, who famously coined Liz Lemon's catchphrase "I want to go to there."
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