Larry King will once again assume the interviewer’s set.
The former longtime CNN host will host a show for the online network Ora.TV, which is backed by Mexican communications billionaire Carlos Slim. The network will provide programming for tablets, cellphones, computers and Internet-connected TVs.
No date has been set for when Ora.TV will become available. The company says it has other programs besides King’s in development, but wouldn’t discuss them on Monday.
Queen Latifah will co-produce a singing competition TV show for The CW — tentatively called The Star Next Door — featuring Gloria Estefan as one of the mentors.
The show will air later this year, and will also be produced by Dave Broome, the creator of The Biggest Loser on NBC. The network has ordered 10 episodes of the series for the summer season.
According to Rolling Stone, producers “will slightly tweak the formula of other popular singing competitions by placing an emphasis on the home towns of contestants. The show will begin with a nationwide talent search, and then the mentors will head to the top singers’ homes and immerse themselves in the local culture.”
The first ‘Jersey Shore’ spin-off — starring Snooki & JWOWW — kicked off filming today in Jersey City, N.J. Filming will last six weeks.
Filming of the as-yet-untitled show will center around the pair moving into an old, converted firehouse in downtown Jersey City.
And so far, their neighbors have been pretty welcoming. “They’re doing a good job,” a resident of Mercer Street told The Jersey Journal, where the former firehouse is located, of the production crew’s etiquette so far. “They have been organized and respectful so far, so I plan on being a good neighbor in return.”
Another resident told the newspaper, “I am a little concerned about how this affects the parking and the noise levels at night. Still, I’m trying to be open-minded about the whole situation.”
“The Colbert Report” will return to production on Monday, Comedy Central announced Sunday, following the cancellation of tapings last Wednesday and Thursday without any explanation.
Colbert reportedly took time off to care for his ailing 91-year-old mother, Lorna.
But a Comedy Central rep said, “We are not commenting on any speculation about the nature of the cancellations last week.”
Colbert broke his 3-day Twitter silence by thanking his fans on Friday: “My family and I would like to thank everyone who has offered their thoughts and prayers. We are grateful and touched by your concern.”
Get ready for a National Enquirer reality TV show!
The publication has teamed up with the U.K.’s Zig Zag Productions to produce a series that follows around its reporters in New York, L.A. and Florida.
This isn’t the first time that Enquirer publisher American Media Inc., has flirted with producing a reality show: About six years ago, a sizzle reel was shot at Star‘s offices in New York for a series to be called One Park—a nod to AMI’s then-office location of One Park Avenue. But it didn’t reach the pilot stage.
Leila Monks at Zig Zag said, “We are incredibly excited about this new partnership—our production background and contacts paired with The National Enquirer‘s access and library is going to make for some pretty explosive viewing.”
Co-executive producers for AMI of the TV show are David Pecker, the chairman, ceo and president of AMI, and Barry Levine, the executive editor and director of news of The National Enquirer. The coordinating producer is Patricia Gonzalez.
Justin Bieber is confirmed to host Saturday Night Live!
Alec Baldwin spilled the beans during an interview with WNYC on Tuesday. Baldwin said Bieber will host the show for the first time, and be its musical guest.
Baldwin spoke of a visit he paid to SNL head Lorne Michaels‘ office, and saw a bulletin board with the names of SNL hosts for the upcoming season.
“The biggest names in the business are coming…to host the show,” Baldwin said. “You have Ben Stiller, Melissa McCarthy, (who) won the Emmy award, and Katy Perry’s coming and Jimmy Fallon, who’s obviously double-dipping on your payroll, Jonah Hill, and I don’t want to ruin any other names … Bieber’s confirmed, he’s the music and the (host)”