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2012 March 08 — TV Tattle

Thursday, March 8, 2012

March 8, 2012

"Glee" shooting a Whitney Houston tribute episode, featuring 8 of her songs
It won't be a typical tribute, a source tells E! "It's using Whitney's music as a way to say goodbye," the source says. "A way to respectfully say thank you for her music."

"Bones" expects to be renewed for Seasons 8 and 9

Speaking at PaleyFest, Hart Hanson said, "I hate to say this, in many, many ways, 'Bones' is Fox's most successful hour-long scripted drama. I'm pretty confident that we'll be back for Seasons 8 and 9."

Bill O'Reilly outraged over teen sex on "Parenthood"

"What we are about to show you is very explicit," O'Reilly said on his show Thursday, before showing a scene of Drew from the season finale.

Stephen Lang: Canceling "Terra Nova" is like scrapping the Hubble Space Telescope

"Failing to renew 'Terra Nova' is shortsighted," he says, "as myopic as it would have been to scrap the Hubble. Terra Nova is the Hubble Telescope of television."

Illness forces Tristan Wilds to miss the final episodes of the "90210" season

Wilds could miss as many as four episodes due to his illness, which has yet to be revealed.

"60 Minutes" profiles Steven Tyler

"I'm going to be big-headed right now, OK?" he tells Lara Logan on Sunday's episode.

"Let's Make a Deal" audience member sues CBS after injuring herself on a seat

Mary Hutchinson, 75, says she fell down when she put her hand on a seat that wasn't bolted down.

Watch as Jessica Simpson gets offended on "Fashion Star"

"I really want to hit you across the face right now!" she says, half-jokingly, to a cocky designer.

"Desperate Housewives" considered axing Teri Hatcher and James Denton years ago

During the Nicollette Sheridan trial, it was revealed that both actors were on the chopping block in an effort to save money.

Pilot castings: "Dexter" alums Julie Benz & Jamie Murray reunite on Syfy

The real-life best friends will co-star in "Defiance." PLUS: Neal McDonough joins TNT's "LA Noir," Kyle MacLachlan joins "Baby Big Shot" and Steven Bauer joins "Ray Donovan."

"Teen Mom" Amber Portwood avoids prison

She will, instead, have to undergo an extra 30 days of daily drug testing.

Dwight Schrute's "The Farm" spinoff won't have crossovers with "The Office" cast

Paul Lieberstein also reveals that Mose Schrute is coming back to "The Office."

"Breaking Bad": The RPG

What if the AMC series looked like an old video game?

Denise Richards joins Lifetime's "Blue Lagoon" remake

The film will also feature a cameo by original "Lagoon" star Christopher Atkins.

Lindsay Lohan is a redhead again

Days after her much-criticized "SNL" performance, Lohan has opted to change her look.

Carrie Bradshaw's home is for sale

You can buy the four-story town house from "Sex and the City."

Watch Bob Odenkirk's entire Adult Swim pilot

"Let’s Do This!" is set in a North Hollywood strip mall.

Martha Stewart is a grandma again

Her daughter Alexis welcomed a 2nd child, a son named Truman, born via surrogate.

Snooki makes her first post-pregnancy announcement appearance at a nightclub

Tonight she hosted a club night in New Jersey with Jionni.


March 8, 2012

Britney Spears is poised to join "The X Factor" after $10M offer
Spears is in talks to join Simon Cowell on the "X Factor" panel.

March 8, 2012

"Desperate Housewives" star: My character is dying on Sunday
Who gets killed off? The show has allowed the cast member who's getting axed to speak ahead of Sunday's death scene.

March 8, 2012

"Idol's" Phillip Phillips rushed to the hospital
According to TMZ, Phillips had intense pain in his abdomen — "and his future on the show is in question." UPDATE: Phillips has rejoined "Idol" — he has a kidney stone problem.

Watch "Idol's" Jessica Sanchez on "America's Got Talent"

Last night, Sanchez was the talk of "Idol" with her rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You." "I grew up listening to her, and she's one of the people who just taught me how to sing," says Sanchez. PLUS: "Idol" achieves greatness with Episode 400.

Jamie Oliver calls a reporter a "bitch" for questing his weight gain

"Are you from a tabloid? Thank you for noticing, you bitch," he said.

CBS renews "The Talk"

Everybody will be back for Season 3.

Nick Offerman on writing tonight's "Parks and Rec" and loving "The Bachelor"

"It was incredibly fun and really hard," Offerman says of writing tonight's episode, adding, "As far as writing for myself, I just really tried hard not to be too self-indulgent. When I suddenly had a page-and-a-half monologue, I was like, 'This is not going to look good.'" As for "The Bachelor," Offerman says, "I love it," as does his wife Megan Mullally. PLUS: Nick Offerman joins Twitter, big-screen movie will reunite Amy Poehler & Adam Scott, and Poehler reacts to Malia Obama watching "Parks and Rec."

Florida Family Association boasts about helping cancel "All-American Muslim"

"Your emails made a difference," the conservative group that sparked the controversy over the TLC series says in an e-mail to its members. PLUS: Was "All-American Muslim" too boring, too good, too controversial?

"Homeland" promotes its VP

Jamey Sheridan, who plays the vice president of the United States, will become a series regular next season.

Are bisexual women all the rage on TV?

"The Good Wife's" Kalinda may be sparking a new trend.

Check out the "TV Taboos" from 1949

Including "Too Much Leg" and "Too-Gay Kissing."

Jennifer Love Hewitt talks to Maxim about her "lingerie-heavy show"

"It’s a lingerie-heavy show every episode, for my character in particular," she says of "The Client List. "It's not going to be your mother’s Lifetime."

Patricia Heaton has been going on conservative Twitter tirades for years

"The Middle" star's tirade against Sandra Fluke was no anomaly.

Ali Fedotowsky explains why her "Bachelorette" relationship ended

"We were unhappy more than we were happy, and something needed to change," she says of her romance with Roberto. PLUS: Ellen spoofs "The Women Tell All."

Rosie couldn't get big-time celebs to fly to Chicago

Rosie O'Donnell is moving her OWN show to New York City to get the guests she couldn't book because she didn't have Oprah's clout.

How to write for reality TV

A class by an ex-"Bachelor" and "Real Housewives" writer will reveal what it takes to write reality television.

In praise of "Parenthood's" Amber Holt

Unlike other teenagers on TV, Mae Whitman's character isn't following the stereotypical TV-character trajectory.

Maya Rudolph says "SNL" has "a very gentle and lovely group of dudes"

Rudolph talks about transitioning from "SNL" to "Up All Night."

"Fringe" casts another blonde Aussie

Australian actress Georgina Haig will play a a new agent.

What "Saved by the Bell" got wrong about sports

Were A.C. Slater's wrestling matches even legit?

"Win a Day with Davy Jones" contest winner recalls going out with the Monkee

Alanna Nash was 17 in 1966 when she won a radio station contest to hang with Davy Jones.


March 8, 2012

Report: Matt Lauer will get $25 million a year to stay at "Today"
A new deal could be announced soon.

"Jersey Shore" getting the VH1 "Pop Up Video" treatment

Season 1 episodes will be combined with "Pop Up Video" for a special marathon airing next week. PLUS: Landlord sues JWoww for $150K for allowing "Jersey" filming in her home.

Steven Seagal sued over his A&E reality show

Jesus Llovera claims the "Steven Seagal: Lawman" raid on his Phoenix home was unlawful.

Kathy Griffin's talk show "Kathy" premieres next month

Bravo will debut "Kathy" on April 19.

"Mad Men's" Matthew Weiner closely followed AMC's "growing pains"

"Oh my God, absolutely," he says of following the issues with "The Killing," "Walking Dead" and "Breaking Bad." "That's my brand, I work for them. I'm so proud of the fact that they went from being the third-choice, second-run movie channel, to a competitor with HBO. But there are growing pains."

"Real World/Road Rules Challenge" cast member puts on blackface

One white cast member imitated a black cast member last night by putting chocolate on her face, though she had never heard of the term "blackface."

Cindy McCain is also not happy with "Game Change," though she hasn't seen it

"I can go to Disneyland for fiction," John McCain's wife tells Piers Morgan.

Watch the 2nd "Community" animated webisode

"Abed's Master Key," Part 2.

Older celebs find a 2nd career as TV pitchmen

From Henry Winkler to Alex Trebek, stars are finding new ways to make money by pitching products to people over 62.

Food Network gives Trisha Yearwood her own show

The country star will debut "Trisha's Southern Kitchen" on April 14.

Bobby Flay's new Food Network show seeking food entrepreneurs

Will it become more successful than "America's Next Great Restaurant"?


March 8, 2012

ABC orders a "Duets" singing competition with Kelly Clarkson and Lionel Richie
Robin Thicke and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles will also serve as mentors on the reality show, debuting this summer.

Comedy Central orders 3 new shows, including Jeffrey Ross' "The Burn"

"Roastmaster General" Ross will "burn" the latest news in their new show "The Burn." Other new shows include "Review with Forrest MacNeil," starring Andrew Daly and "Nathan For You."

Elisabeth Moss slams ex-hubby Fred Armisen

"One of the greatest things I heard someone say about him is, 'He's so great at doing impersonations. But the greatest impersonation he does is that of a normal person,'" she says. "To me, that sums it up."

Jeremy Piven is heading to British TV

The "Entourage" alum is in talks to star in ITV's "Mr. Selfridge," playing an American entrepreneur in the title role.

Ashley Olsen, 25, is retiring from acting

The former "Full House" star plans to focus on her and her sister's fashion line.

"Survivor" Russell Hantz's A&E reality show "Flipped Off" debuts next month

Hantz and his older brother will flip houses in the Houston area, starting on April 9.