Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Does TV glorify teen pregnancy?
September 8th, 2010
01:07 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Does TV glorify teen pregnancy?

This morning in the "Showbiz Tonight" meeting the big buzz centered on programs like MTV’s reality show “Teen Mom” and ABC Family’s drama, “The Secret Life of an American Teenager.”

Are these shows glorifying teen pregnancy? Or are they just raising awareness of the struggles in the lives of these young mothers? The debate was on in today's meeting!

"Showbiz Tonight" producer Natasha Haynes-Smith doesn’t believe these shows glorify teen motherhood. She said this morning, “I think it shows how hard it is to be a mom at any age. The show completely breaks my heart but I can’t stop watching. It’s train wreck T.V. in a heart-wrenching sort of way.”

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Katy Perry to perform on 'SNL' season premiere
September 8th, 2010
12:23 PM ET

Katy Perry to perform on 'SNL' season premiere

This isn't just a "Teenage Dream" for Katy Perry - the singer really is appearing on the season opener of "Saturday Night Live."

After tweeting on September 2 that she had "some exciting news to share with you tomorrow............ Let the anticipation build," Perry, 25, then informed fans that she was told to wait a few more days before making her revelation - and she definitely didn't disappoint.

"OKAY! My BIG surprise is I'm opening the season of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE on Sept 25 W/SNL Alum Amy Poehler!!!" she announced on Twitter yesterday, also dropping a not-so-subtle hint that she would like to appear in a skit with the "Parks and Recreation" star.

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How much Twitter server space goes to Bieber?
September 8th, 2010
11:06 AM ET

How much Twitter server space goes to Bieber?

With Justin Bieber's millions of followers and consistent Twitter popularity, just how much space does Bieber Fever use up on the social networking site?

According to recent reports, the teen idol and his multitude of Beliebers might take up three percent of Twitter's resources.

"At any moment, Justin Bieber uses 3% of our infrastructure. Racks of servers are dedicated to him," a Twitter employee reportedly told web designer/blogger Dustin Curtis, according to a tweet posted by Curtis on September 6.

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Oprah wants to make dreams come true
September 8th, 2010
10:41 AM ET

Oprah wants to make dreams come true

With her 25th and final season, Oprah Winfrey is looking to grant a few wishes.

The “premiere week,” which kicks off on September 13, will feature an appearance by country stars Naomi and Wynonna Judd; a return visit to Williamson, West Virginia, where Winfrey did an episode on HIV/AIDS in 1987, to talk with the guests of that show; a one-on-one with Bethany Storro, a victim of an acid attack caused by a stranger; and the announcement of Winfrey’s latest book club selection, according to a press release.

The premiere episode is supposed to be filled with celebrity guests and a surprise musical performance, but of course you’ll have to tune in to find out who exactly will be swinging by. Apparently this is also the episode in which “dreams will come true” for some of Winfrey’s viewers.

Premiere week launches Monday – will you be watching?


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Billy Ray Cyrus developing Syfy reality show
September 8th, 2010
09:42 AM ET

Billy Ray Cyrus developing Syfy reality show

While he may not be able to explain teen daughter Miley's sometimes outrageous antics, Billy Ray Cyrus believes he can uncover the truth about aliens and inhabitants of the underworld.

That's just what he and rocker son Trace, 21, plan to do in their upcoming reality series "UFO: Unbelievably Freakin' Obvious."

TV Guide reports that the show, which is being developed by the Syfy network, will follow the Cyrus men as they travel across the country investigating conspiracy theories and paranormal phenomena, offering their own solutions to the spooky goings-on.

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Whoopi Goldberg on losing her mother
September 8th, 2010
08:26 AM ET

Whoopi Goldberg on losing her mother

As the hosts of “The View” launched into another season this morning, Whoopi Goldberg shared some sad news. It turns out the 54-year-old host’s mother passed away on August 29 after suffering a stroke, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"My brother and I were very, very lucky to have her in our lives," Goldberg said during the show, "so I'm not sad, because she had a great time."

Her mother "was a great adventure person, so she loved to go on adventures and my brother and I made sure that her life was full and rich," she added.

But, Goldberg admitted, that doesn’t mean she’s not still dealing with residual pain.

"I think I'm just sad sometimes that I think, 'Who will love me the way that she did?' But I realize that my brother and I have each other and so we're OK,” she said.


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