Channel Surfing – January 21, 2010

Channel Surfing – January 21, 2010

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Thursday nights will be, sadly, a little less cheesy when the first season of Jersey Shore comes to a close tonight (10PM ET, MTV). Snooki, we hardly knew ye (or what the heck ye was saying half the time). Meanwhile, two Joisey boys, filmmaker Kevin Smith and Time mag’s hilarious Joel Stein, are among the show’s many fans.

– It’s official: Conan‘s gone, Leno‘s back in at The Tonight Show. Sigh. O’Brien’s final Tonight Show will air Jan. 22.

– BTW, Leno in primetime tops Entertainment Weekly‘s list of the 50 Biggest TV Bombs Ever.

– Also gone from his latest series: Rob Lowe from the cast of Brothers & Sisters. The current season will be his last.

Another scandal on The Bachelor this season? Yup, and Bachelor Jake says it’s even bigger than Rozlyn allegedly hooking up with a producer or “emotional” Michelle getting bounced before the rose ceremony.

David Hasselhoff is starring in a new reality show, and no, it isn’t Celebrity Rehab. The Hoff will star in a 10-episode A&E series that finds him trying to help his daughters break into the music industry.

– Comedian Steve Harvey is taking over from J. Peterman, a.k.a. John O’Hurley, as host of Family Feud.

GQ has an interesting little chat with Damages/Bored to Death/Curb Your Enthusiasm star Ted Danson, who talks about how fun it is to play a jerk.

– My fellow Lifetime movie fans have no doubt seen the Betty Broderick movies, A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story and Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, The Last Chapter, starring Family Ties mom Meredith Baxter as the San Diego socialite who murdered her ex-husband and his new wife in 1989. The real-life Broderick has her first parole hearing today.

– Famous celeb biographer Kitty Kelley, who’s penned bios on Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, the British royal family and the Bush family, will release a bio on Oprah Winfrey in April, based on more than 800 interviews she conducted (none with Winfrey herself).

– The Reno 911! crew is headed back to TV with a new NBC sitcom.

– And Billy Baldwin will play Serena’s (Blake Lively) papa on Gossip Girl.

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