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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.”
Stephen Colbert‘s coming back!
“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.”
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Courtney Stodden‘s landed a new gig: Star of freedebitreport.com’s new TV commercial called “Wet.”
In the spot, Courtney plays a mermaid who gets caught by a pair of kids. Just watch it, it’s too much.