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Kelly Ripa Returns To 'Live!' Alongside Michael Strahan After A Week's Absence

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Following a week of tense drama and speculation, Kelly Ripa finally returned to ‘Live!’ on Tuesday (April 26th) for the first time since her co-host Michael Strahan announced his departure to ‘Good Morning America’.

Walking out hand-in-hand with Strahan in a show of unity that not all viewers thought was entirely convincing, Ripa addressed the potentially awkward situation head on by speaking to the audience before starting the show.

“Guys, guys, guys – our long national nightmare is over,” she quipped to laughs from the studio. “Look, I am fairly certain that there are trained professional snipers with tranquilizer darts in case I drift too far off message.”

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ABC Cancels 'Selfie'

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The latest cancellation in this fall’s bonfire of TV sitcoms has been announced. Network ABC has decided not to renew Tuesday night’s ‘Selfie’ beyond its initial run of thirteen episodes.

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'Selfie', starring Karen Gillan (above), was axed by ABC on Friday

The John Cho and Karen Gillan comedy joins its fellow Tuesday night companion ‘Manhattan Love Story’ on the scrapheap, although ‘Selfie’ will at least be seen through its existing commission. ‘Manhattan Love Story’, by contrast, was pulled immediately mid-season. Ouch.

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Getting Ready For SHIELD Ahead Of Tonight's Premiere - Who's Watching?

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It’s been called the first network superhero show to rival Arrow, which was a surprise success in its own right. That’s right, Agents of SHIELD debuts tonight on ABC, taking place after the monumental battle that left Midtown Manhattan in ruins at the end of Marvel’s The Avengers.

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Joss Wheldon is the executive producer of the show

Perhaps the most important thing to say is that Joss Whedon is very much involved, in fact, he directed the first episode, which has received warm reviews so far. The show, while carrying on from the last Avengers movie, is totally separate from the films; it exists in the same universe.

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Final Views: Barbara Walters Set To Retire On Monday Morning

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Ground-breaking television journalist Barbara Walters is to announce her retirement on Monday's episode of The View. Walters, 83, will finally say goodbye to the news industry next summer, an ABC spokesperson confirmed to the Los Angeles Times on Sunday evening (May 12, 2013).

The network still plans to make good use of Walters' talents until then, with the TV personality continuing to anchor and report for ABC as well as appearing on The View. "I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead both on 'The View' and with ABC News," she said in a statement, "I created 'The View' and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it."  Walters will also retain her executive producer role on the long-running weekday show gabfest.

Speculation of Walters' retirement first emerged in March after she underwent a health scare that included a brief stay in hospital. It later turned out she had been diagnosed with chicken pox, though made no announcement at the time. 

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Networks To Announce Fall Line-Ups, Will 'CSI:NY,' 'Touch' And 'Go On' Survive?

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Crime drama CSI NY, Matthew Perry's 'Go On' and Fox's 'Touch,' starring Kiefer Sutherland are amongst the television shows in danger of being cancelled when the networks announce their fall line-ups in the coming weeks. The clock is very much ticking, and it's getting louder with every passing second.

It's a familiar Hollywood plot, with actors, producers, writers and directors waiting nervously to hear whether their shows have made it onto the fall line-ups. If the ratings are not there, the show disappears. Simple. NBC unveils its plans on Sunday May 12, while Fox announce on Monday, ABC Tuesday and CBS on Wednesday. CW fans have to wait until Thursday for that announcement. 

As reported by the Plain Dealer, we already know that Animal Practice, Made in Jersey, Last Resort and The Mob Doctor are getting in, though there are several more high profile shows that are in danger of being handed a pink slip. They include the CBS crime dramas CSI:NY and Criminal Minds. Ratings suggest the latter might survive, but CSI looks to be a goner. A year ago, it was suggested that NY might get cancelled and CSI: Miami could survive though the reverse happened.

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Difficult Mutual Decision: Mike Kelley, 'Revenge' Creator Leaves Show


Mike Kelley, the creator of Revenge will be leaving the show, regardless of whether or not it gets re-commissioned, has reported. There’s speculation over why exactly he’s come to the end of the road on the successful show but Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva has her suspicions: “I hear Kelley… had been lobbying for shorter seasons for the heavily serialized drama,” reports Andreeva. “From the get-go, he had argued with ABC and ABC Studios that Revenge was much better suited for cable-style orders instead of the standard broadcast 22-episode seasons… I hear the pressure to churn out 22 episodes a season while maintaining the quality has taken a toll, sometime causing tension on the set and ultimately leading to Kelley’s decision to move on.”

Kelley has described the decision to move on as a “difficult mutual one” between himself and ABC Studios. He thanked members of the cast and crew for their performances and dedicated approach to working on Revenge, saying “Helming this series has been the ride of a lifetime, and my producing partner, Melissa Loy, and I will look back on our Revenge time with deep gratitude and respect for Emily (VanCamp) and (Madeleine Stowe) and the rest of the incredible cast, our heroic crew, the dedicated and imaginative producing and writing team, and the tireless post production department… I’m excited about finishing post-production on the season two finale, which I hope will stand among the best episodes of the series thus far. Continued success to all.”

It’s been rumored that the show’s writer and executive producer Sunil Nayar will be the most logical choice to step into Kelley’s shoes, although the show’s producers have stressed that no decisions have been made.

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Splash: Did You Enjoy Watching D-List Celebs Jump Into A Swimming Pool?

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Splash, ABC's new reality diving competition, premiered on Tuesday evening (March 19, 2013), to a mixed response on Twitter. Based on the UK version hosted by Olympic diver Tom Daley, Splash sees 10 celebrities train for six weeks and perform at least one dive for a live audience each way. The dives are usually terrible.

Though the UK version was recently renewed for series two, the show was derided for its slow pacing, bad diving, poor celebrity names and clueless judges. The problem is, clearly, that a dive into a swimming pool lasts about one second, while the show lasts for about, one hour. As such, the show is filled with a whole lot of nothing.

Last night saw actress Keshia Knight Pulliam perform a frankly dismal dive, before Louie Anderson did a little better. Model Katherine Webb also leapt into the pool, while Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did, err, his best. Judging the contestants is Dave Boudia and Steve Foley, two Olympians who lack any sort of on-screen charisma, which makes things worse. 

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Sofia Vergara Looks To The Future, Begins Freezing Her Eggs

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Sofia Vergara, the Colombian actress and star of Modern Family, has revealed she is having her eggs frozen as she looks to the future with fiance Nick Loeb. Vergara, 40, told Vogue magazine that she's taking hormone pills as part of the process. "I have to be careful what I eat because they're freezing my eggs!" she said.

Vergara, the highest paid actress on American television, explained of her egg freezing, "They want to get as many good eggs as they can because usually you produce them but they're not good. They have to be perfect, perfect, perfect ones. My boyfriend [Nick Loeb] is 37, younger than me, never had kids."

The sultry actress , who previously told In Style magazine that she was considering freezing her eggs, has one son, Manolo Gonzales, from a previous marriage in her native South America. She named him after a character from the Al Pacino movie Scarface, "I looooved that movie, and I was in looove with Steven Bauer.And then my son, when he grew up, he was like, 'Oh yeah, Mom, how amazing you named me after a drug-dealer junkie!'" she joked. Manolo is well aware of his mother's plans for another child, though wishes it had come sooner. "You know, sometimes he used to scream at me when he was younger," Sofia explained, "Why can't you have another baby, so you can stop focusing on me?'"

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Tapper Leaves ABC – New Role At CNN Beckons For Jake Tapper


Jake Tapper leaves ABC, The Hollywood Reporter has informed us. The network’s White House correspondent will be leaving to join CNN, where he will become their own chief Washington correspondent.

Tapper will also be hosting a weekday program on CNN. The move marks the end of four years as the White House link at ABC, where he has worked since the 2008 political elections. Tapper was also sent to cover Obama’s campaign during the 2012 elections.

The news of Tapper’s departure was broken by ABC’s president Ben Sherwood, who sent an email to the network’s staffers yesterday (December 20, 2012). The email also announced that Jonathan Karl would be promoted to the slot left vacant by Jake’s departure. “For years, Jake has set the pace for the White House press corps," the email read. "A ferocious reporter – and now a best-selling author - he has built a reputation as one of the most prolific and multi-talented journalists on the beat, scoring scoop after scoop.”

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ABC Veteran Sam Donaldson Arrested For DUI In Delaware


The veteran ABC News reporter Sam Donaldson has been charged with driving under the influence in Lewes, Delaware Online reports. The ABC staple may be more accustomed to reporting the headlines than being featured in them but the 78 year-old found himself on the wrong side of the law earlier this month when cops caught stopped him for a traffic violation and he subsequently failed a sobriety test.

The newsreader was stopped by police on December 1, 2012 just before 8pm. The officers on the scene suspected that he may have been drinking, so they ordered him to take a sobriety test, which he subsequently failed. He was arrested and charged at the scene, for driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to remain in a single lane. He was then released, pending a court appearance. Donaldson’s actual blood / alcohol level is not known, as the local police chief Jeffrey Horvath has stated that it’s against their departmental policy to release such data. Horvath did comment, however, that “the only thing I can say is the officer said he was very polite and cooperative.”

Donaldson wasn’t available for comment. Donaldson has been a news reporter at ABC for many years and in 1977 became the White House’s chief correspondent, covering Jimmy Carter’s incoming administration. He went on to anchor other shows, including World News Sunday. In 1987, he published a memoir, entitled Hold On Mr President.

Video - Snooki Rocks Oversized Glasses At ABC Studios

Snooki, the star of MTV's reality show Jersey Shore, spotted arriving at the ABC studios for her appearance on 'Live with Regis and Kelly'. Arriving with boyfriend Jionni LaValle, the controversial socialite donned a black dress with sparkling necklace and a pair of oversized black framed glasses.

During a recent interview with MTV News, Jersey Shore star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino claimed season four of the show makes the previous episodes "look like Sesame Street". The cast have recently been filming on the streets of Florence, Italy.

Video - Emma Stone Promises To Read Letter From Fan

Emma Stone, the American actress currently starring in 'The Help', spotted at the 'Live with Regis and Kelly' studio in New York City. Wearing pink heels by Brian Atwood and a grey dress, Stone signed autographs and posed for pictures with the large group of fans waiting outside the venue.

The actress, who attended the premiere for 'The Help' in Los Angeles on Tuesday (9th August 2011), was asked by one fan whether she had read the letter sent to her, to which she replied, "Yes.I put it in my bag.I haven't read it it from you?.I absolutely [will read it].I do have it though".

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ABC Apologise For Outrageous 'Commander In Chief' Episode

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Following a recent episode of 'Commander in Chief''s depiction of particular city, ABC has come under fire from the city's residents. ABC was forced to apologise to the citizens of Hyattsville, Maryland, a suburb of Washington DC in Prince George County, after the episode in question took certain liberties with the crime rates in the area. 

Geena Davis plays President Mackenzie Allen in Commander in Chief
Geena Davis plays President Mackenzie Allen in 'Commander in Chief'

The episode depicted Hyattsville as a crime-ridden place, with one character mentioning that 11 homicides had occurred in the area of Hyattsville in the past six months. But, unsurprisingly, the area took issues with this. Jim Keary, a spokesman for the County Executive Jack. B. Johnson, told the Associated Press: "We haven't had 11 homicides in Hyattsville in the past 10 years".

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