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Channel Surfing – February 15, 2010

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– In honor of President’s Day, here’s MSN‘s list of the top TV POTUSes, which includes, of course, West Wing‘s Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen) and 24‘s David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert), my pick for the best TV POTUS of all time. Who did MSN forget about? Glen Allen Walken (John Goodman) on The West Wing, Mike Brady (Gary Cole) in the made-for-TV flick The Brady Bunch in the White House and Lisa Simpson, who, in the “Bart to the Future” episode of The Simpsons, becomes POTUS and appoints slacker brother Bart the “Secretary of Keeping It Real.” Now, of course, we can also add 24‘s President Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones) to the list.

Madonna, Larry David, Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais are among the celebs who will act as guest judges for Jerry Seinfeld‘s new reality series The Marriage Ref. The show, which premieres March 4 on NBC, will find the celebs helping to mediate disputes – some really wacky disputes – between real-life husbands and wives.

– Speaking of Tina Fey, the Emmy-winning 30 Rock star is the Vogue cover girl for March, and she brings her irreverent humor to the uptight fashion mag, saying, “… at awards shows, I wear a deep V. Because it makes the triangles go the right way. Not good on me? Spaghetti straps. It looks like when you tie up a roast before you put it in the oven.” The article also includes Fey’s explanation – autobiographical, of course – of how she coined the phrase “mom jeans.”

– Get well soon wishes to Kiefer Sutherland … even Jack Bauer is susceptible to kidney cysts, apparently, as production on the season ender of 24 has halted for a week while Sutherland has surgery for a ruptured cyst.

– Do you love her or hate her? Either way, you have to admire Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson for her work ethic, which she talks about in an interview in the Los Angeles Times.

– We’re not even through Hollywood rounds yet, and already an American Idol contestant’s legal woes are creeping up. Danielle Harris, who wowed judges in Denver with her tales of struggling to make it as a singer and her performance of Melissa Etheridge‘s “I’m the Only One,” has been kicked off the show because she’s on probation.

– By the way, reports that a partial list of the top 24 contenders will be revealed on Tuesday night’s Idol episode, with the remainder announced on Wednesday’s ep.

– Actress Beau Garrett, who’s guest starred on Entourage and House, will be the female lead of CBS’ upcoming Criminal Minds spin-off.

– Oscar winner Kate Winslet will star in HBO’s miniseries remake of Mildred Pierce, the movie that won Joan Crawford a Best Actress Oscar in 1946.

The Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels is standing by her self-named diet supplement, which is the subject of a false advertising lawsuit.

– Is your favorite show on the bubble for next season? Ratings and buzz reports mean Scrubs, Better Off Ted, Cold Case and FlashForward are amongst the shows most in need of fan support to survive another season. Most insiders agree that Heroes will mercifully be put out of its convoluted storyline misery, and even 24 isn’t a lock for the 2010-11 season.

– One show we know will end this season: Ugly Betty. And show star Ana Ortiz dropped some scoop on what will happen in the series finale. If you want the spoiler, click here, but a hint: Someone’s setting married.

– And World Wrestling Entertainment hopes to have its own cable network in play within the next year and a half.

Channel Surfing – February 10, 2010

It’s a slow news day so far, but here’s all the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– What did you think of Ellen DeGeneres‘ big premiere as an American Idol judge last night? Check out my full review at AOL TV, but bottom line: I think she was awesome, and will really freshen up what was threatening to become a very tired show.

Portia De Rossi, star of Better Off Ted and wife of the aforementioned Ellen DeGeneres, is writing a book where she’ll dish on her relationship and her struggles with bulimia. Here’s hoping she’ll give readers scoop on her time on Ally McBeal, where most of the female cast seemed to be anorexic.

The Bachelor host Chris Harrison confirms we haven’t seen the last of Ali, who left the show to return to her job in Monday’s episode.

– You’ve been warned, South Beach: The Jersey Shore cast is heading your way for season two.

– Sad news from the Discovery Channel: Deadliest Catch‘s Captain Phil Harris died Tuesday after suffering complications from a stroke.

– Emmy-winning Survivor host Jeff Probst has signed on for two more seasons of hosting and exec producing the CBS reality series.

– And American Idol season four winner Carrie Underwood has already won more awards and sold more records than her fellow AI alums, and now she’s going to become the first AI-er to inspire her own Sesame Street character: Carrie Underworm.

Channel Surfing – February 9, 2010

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– So, last night’s Bachelor … whoa! Didn’t see that one coming, but who else thinks that may not be the last we see of Ali?

Ellen DeGeneres makes her big debut as the newest American Idol judge tonight (8PM ET, Fox) … will she be able to stick to her plan to be “brutally honest” without sounding mean?

Howard Stern has confirmed Fox is interested in making him Simon‘s replacement on American Idol, and he says it’ll only cost the network $100 million. Is he – or anyone – worth it?

– As the ratings for 24‘s eighth season are down and a decision on a ninth season is still up in the air, says a 24 big-screen movie is closer to becoming a realityBattlestar Galactica‘s Katee Sackhoff is really a big wet blanket on the new season so far, but I still hope there are many future Jack Bauer adventures minus the wooden, hair-flipping Dana Walsh.

Lost‘s Daniel Dae Kim has been (perfectly) cast in CBS’ upcoming Hawaii Five-O remake, though I still think there’s a better choice than Moonlight/Three Rivers star Alex O’Loughlin for the role of Det. Steve McGarrett.

– The Fonz is a daddy! Henry Winkler will play the father of Hank and Evan on the second season of USA’s Royal Pains.

The reports that Fox and Conan O’Brien are serious about potentially getting Coco back on the air by January.

– More late-night news: Craig Ferguson is Twittering. Follow him tout de suite.

– When I heard The Shield star Michael Chiklis was heading back to TV in a family-themed show, it brought back memories of the dreadful Daddio. Thankfully, dreck like that sitcom is a thing of the past for the Emmy winner, who has signed on to star in the ABC drama pilot No Ordinary Family, about a family of superheroes.

– Legendary game show host Wink Martindale is headed to Game Show Network with a new show, Instant Recall.

– Want to be a fashionable couch potato? Perhaps PajamaJeans are just the thing you’re looking for …

Are Andy and Erin going to be the new Jim and Pam? They’re cute, but not quite Jim-and-Pam level. Speaking of, the Halperts will welcome Baby Halpert in a special hour-long ep of The Office on March 4.

– Thursday night’s American Chopper episode (9PM, TLC): It’s the series finale.

– There’ll be a new judge in town when season 14 of America’s Next Top Model premieres on March 10: Vogue legend Andre Leon Talley.

– I (ashamedly) love Jersey Shore as much as the next girl, but really, who would pay $50,000 to have fist-pumpin’ DJ Pauly D walk them down the aisle at her wedding? Well, this girl, and even wackier: He rejected the offer, because he’s “a serious DJ.”

– More Joisey Shore news: Snooki got a makeover. For reals.

– And, a Super Bowl wrap up: It’s the most watched TV show ever, here are the commercials viewers loved best and here are the commercials that were banned from this year’s telecast.

Channel Surfing – February 5, 2010

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

Howard Stern as Simon Cowell‘s replacement on American Idol? It’s such an out-of-left field idea, but potentially interesting enough that I’d definitely watch. You?

– More Idol buzz: Fox released a snippet of footage of Ellen DeGeneres in action as the newest judge. Her official AI debut is Feb. 9 (8PM ET).

– It’s about time: The always awesome Gary Cole is getting his own series again. He’ll play a Philly homicide detective who partners with his rookie nephew in the TBS comedy Uncle Nigel.

– Who will fill James Arness‘ boots in the big-screen movie version of Gunsmoke? Brad Pitt and Ryan Reynolds are reportedly the top contenders.

– HBO is developing a comedy about a female Hollywood blogger.

– Start planning your send-off party now: The Lost series finale will air on May 23.

– Wish as we might, the Simpson family (not Homer and company) isn’t going away anytime soon: Papa Joe Simpson is developing an autobiographical comedy for Nickelodeon, while Jessica Simpson‘s VH1 reality series The Price of Beauty debuts on March 15.

Charlie Sheen‘s legal woes continue, as TMZ reports that he’ll be charged with felony menacing re: that Christmas Day incident with his wife.

– The cast of Jersey Shore will guest on The View on Feb. 23.

– R.I.P. Days of Our Lives star Frances Reid, a.k.a. Grandma Alice Horton, who died on Wednesday at age 95. Reid’s last appearance on DOOL was in 2007, but her character will always be remembered for keeping her family together (she was always a key supporter of supercouple Bo and Hope) and for her homemade doughnuts.

– Rumor has it that Tiger Woods may return to golf later this month, in an Arizona tournament that will be broadcast by NBC. Who would have imagined the PGA tour turning into an US Weekly hotspot?

– It’s a bummer that Bryan Batt won’t be back on Mad Men as Sal next season, but the actor/interior designer is keeping busy: He just designed “The Hef,” a loveseat to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Playboy Clubs.

– Though its fourth season has some iffy storylines unfolding – really, you didn’t think anyone would find out about that whole polygamy thing until after the election, polygamist/state Senate candidate Bill?!? – Big Love has gotten a thumbs up for a fifth season at HBO.

– The next cast of Dancing With the Stars will be revealed during the March 1 season finale of The Bachelor, but rumor has it that Pam Anderson will be one of the D-list top tappers when the new season of DWTS premieres on March 22.

– And Jonas brother Joe is going to be a flashback guest on Brothers & Sisters, playing the younger version of Balthazar Getty‘s Tommy Walker.

Channel Surfing – January 25, 2010

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– R.I.P. Trapper John, M.D. and Bonanza star Pernell Roberts, who died Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 81.

Michael Lynche‘s dad probably shouldn’t be expecting a great Father’s Day gift this year. Lynche has reportedly been bounced from the American Idol top 24 for season nine after his dad broke a confidentiality agreement and talked about his son’s participation to a newspaper. Meanwhile, if you want more AI spoilers, check out for names and photos of the alleged top 24.

Conan O’Brien‘s ratings for his final Tonight Show on Friday? Triple what he had been averaging, and better than most primetime shows in the coveted 18-49 demo for the week. Hopefully that’ll help him land a great post-Tonight Show gig. And about that, Fox, FX, USA, TNT, TBS, Comedy Central, HBO and Showtime are among those who’ve expressed interest in a new Coco show.

– Returning Tonight Show host Jay Leno, meanwhile, will chat with Oprah on Thursday. Hope it’s not a fluff piece and that she asks him about his hypocritical decision to return to the show after saying no one but Johnny Carson could host the late-night series in their 60s.

– Is Twitter the new way to audition for a TV role? It worked for American Idol season six winner Jordin Sparks, who’ll guest star on Bones after Twittering her love of the show.

– Meanwhile, AI season four winner Carrie Underwood is guest starring on a March episode of How I Met Your Mother.

Liza Minnelli will play Justin’s drama teacher on Ugly Betty.

– And, another sad TV death: All My Children star James Mitchell, who played plotting business tycoon Palmer Cortland on the ABC soap for 30 years.

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