June 23rd, 2009
06:21 PM ET

Production halts on 'Jon and Kate'

TLC is temporarily shutting down production on Jon and Kate plus Eight in order to let the family have some time to deal with their current situation.  A spokesman for TLC told Showbiz Tonight:

“TLC continues to support the Gosselin family and will work closely with them to determine the best way to continue to tell their story as they navigate through this difficult time. Following a retrospective of Jon and Kate's first 10 years airing on June 29th, the show will be on hiatus until August 3rd. During this time the family will take some time off to regroup and then a modified schedule will be in place to support the family's transition.”

Is this too little too late? Should TLC have pulled the plug on the show sooner? What do you think?

Tune in to Showbiz Tonight at 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN for all of the latest breaking developments in the Jon and Kate saga- don’t miss it!

June 23rd, 2009
05:44 PM ET

Sarah Jessica and Matthew welcome twin girls!

After voicing concern for the safety of her surrogate mom and unborn twins, Sarah Jessica Parker can finally rest easy.  Sarah Jessica and her husband Matthew Broderick welcomed their bouncing baby girls yesterday.  Their representatives told Showbiz Tonight;

“Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are delighted to announce the healthy arrival of their two daughters at 3:58 pm on June 22 in Ohio. Marion Loretta Elwell Broderick weighed 5 lbs, 11 oz and Tabitha Hodge Broderick weighed 6 pounds. Both Hodge and Elwell are family names on Parker's side.  The babies are doing beautifully and the entire family is over the moon.”

I have to say, I am pretty envious of the hand me downs those little girls are going to be wearing- especially those famous Carrie Bradshaw Manolo Blahniks! Congrats to the recently expanded family.

Be sure to tune in to Showbiz Tonight at 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN for more on this story.

June 23rd, 2009
03:57 PM ET

Stars react to Ed McMahon

Ed McMahon's friends and colleagues in the entertainment world are reacting to his death at age 86.  It's clear he's being remembered fondly.   What are your memories of Ed?

"He was a star in his own right.  Being a sidekick didn't mean he was any less.  Johnny defined what the host should be and Ed defined what the sidekick was."

     –Doc Severinsen, "Tonight Show" bandleader

"Ed McMahon was a friend from the day I first walked on a stage on the Johnny Carson show and sat down between Johnny and Ed.  That kind of fun will never be repeated.  Ed was the best at what he did and will never be replaced.  Another giant is gone."

     –Don Rickles, comedian and frequent "Tonight Show" guest

"Fifty years ago, Ed and I were next-door neighbors.  Over the years, our friendship grew while he became one of America's favorite television personalities.  We were together for years.  Ed was a big man, had big talent and a really big heart.  We'll all miss him."

     –Dick Clark, McMahon's co-host on "TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes"

"I remember him with great affection.  I remember him (as) very solid whenever I hosted the show... When you needed him, he was a rock, a real rock.  He went beyond "The Tonight Show" and had his own identity and America liked him very much.  He was a good guy.  He was the neighbor."

      Joan Rivers, comedian and frequent "Tonight Show" guest host

"Ed McMahon defined professionalism in broadcasting.  We'll miss him!"

     –Paul Shaffer, "The Late Show with David Letterman" bandleader

"He was always a welcome guest.  He was a wonderful storyteller, a wonderful straight man, the ideal straight man for Carson."

     –Larry King, interviewed McMahon 16 times on CNN's "Larry King Live"

"America has lost one its greatest and most memorable television personalities today.  From Dick Clark's 'Bandstand' to 'Star Search' and the 30 years he spent in our living rooms as an integral part of the 'Tonight Show', Ed brought joy and laughter to millions of Americans.   Maria and I were deeply saddened to learn of his death and send our thoughts and prayers to Ed's wife, Pam, and children, Claudia, Katherine, Linda, Jeffrey and Lex.  Today we join the rest of the country in mourning the loss of this icon who was truly woven into the fabric of America."

     –Calif. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

June 23rd, 2009
11:30 AM ET

With 'Jon & Kate' can the show go on?

After announcing that they are splitting up, both Jon and Kate Gosselin said they will continue their reality series, “Jon & Kate Plus 8” - albeit separately.

But can such a show succeed?

The appeal of the series had been watching the couple grapple with the trials of raising twins and a set of multiples. Now, with the pair planning to film her with the kids and him with the kids, will interest dwindle?

On HLN's “Showbiz Tonight,” investigative journalist Pat Lalama told host A.J. Hammer after the announcement that she believed the show might actually benefit from the breakup. “Come on, A.J., we all know this guarantees seven more seasons,” she said. “We’ve got the custody battle. We’ve got Jon’s visitation on the weekends. We’ve got Kate’s first date and the kids meet the guy. We’ve got all kinds of stuff going on here.”

Sasha Pasulka, head writer and founder of the site Evil Beet Gossip, has been following the show and said it  has taken a huge hit in the ratings since its premiere.

Pasulka predicts that decline will continue and theorizes the big announcement episode was a way to try and revive the ratings. "I expect the 'Jon & Kate' viewership will continue to plummet, and TLC will have to wait until Kate takes up with a much-younger lover to finagle another quick ratings boost," she said.

Variety reported that TLC has ordered 40 shows for the fifth season. That’s a great deal of air time to fill with parents who are going through a divorce and seem to be struggling with communicating.

Will you be watching?

–Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer


Filed under: Jon & Kate Plus Eight • television
June 23rd, 2009
08:50 AM ET

Take a listen to albums out this week

R&B singer Ginuwine releases an album that has a classic Marvin Gaye sound. Pete Yorn traveled to Nebraska to get inspired and record his new CD. And The Mars Volta is making headlines with its "adventurous" act. Take a listen:

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