'Daily Show' No. 1 late-night show among adults
November 4th, 2010
07:05 PM ET

'Daily Show' No. 1 late-night show among adults

It looks like Conan O’Brien will have some serious competition when “Conan” debuts at 11 p.m. on Monday.

The current king of late night is none other than “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart, as the Comedy Central mock newscast closed out October as the No. 1 late night talk show among adults 18-49.

This makes the “Daily Show” the first program that wasn’t “The Tonight Show” or“The Late Show with David Letterman” to do so since at least 2000, according to a press release from Comedy Central.

But ratings website TVByTheNumbers.com offers a few grains of salt with this news, pointing out that during the week of October 18, all three of the late night programs mentioned were airing repeats. The site suggests that if that week had been included, “Daily Show” would’ve been behind both Letterman and Leno.


Filed under: Late Night comedy • television
Is Rocco DiSpirito cooking up a reality show?
November 4th, 2010
06:51 PM ET

Is Rocco DiSpirito cooking up a reality show?

Though he caught heat for his 2003 NBC series "The Restaurant," celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito is cooking up another reality show. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the 43-year-old foodie favorite will serve as host of Bravo's upcoming "Rocco's Dinner Party."

The cooking competition, currently in development, will feature four aspiring chefs per episode, with DiSpirito playing judge. The hopefuls will be asked to prepare their favorite dish, a themed appetizer, and a complete dinner-party menu, with one chef being cut after each task.

Whoever doesn't make it onto the chopping block gets the opportunity to whip up courses for a private dinner party attended by DiSpirito and his very discriminating guests.

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#WelcomeHomeWeezy celebration plans set
November 4th, 2010
06:49 PM ET

#WelcomeHomeWeezy celebration plans set

Early Thursday morning, Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, was released from an eight month stint at Riker’s Island, tweeting "#WelcomeHomeWeezy" and "aaaaaaahhhhhhmmmmm baaaaakkkkkkkkkk" within hours of his release. Back in March, Wayne was sentenced to a year in prison on gun charges, with news of his projected November 4 release date arriving in July.

The anticipation for the 28-year-old artist to be "free at last" extended far past what his loved ones must have felt. Between the #freeweezy t-shirts and hashtags, and even MTV’s Weezy Watch, an around-the-clock catalog of everything to do with Wayne’s release, it’s clear that the fans have been ready.

So ready, in fact, the makers of life-size celebrity wall posters claim the frenzied demands of “millions” of Weezy lovers caused them to have to release a Lil Wayne Fathead earlier than expected. “We just kept getting bombarded by Weezy fans demanding that we release his Fathead immediately, so we caved and his Fathead is officially free”, said a Fathead spokesman.  “We even sent his Fathead along with a special code to say no hard feelings”. Okay then.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Lil Wayne • Music
'Storm Chaser' remembered with 'Dedication' episode
November 4th, 2010
05:56 PM ET

'Storm Chaser' remembered with 'Dedication' episode

There was unexpected news folded into last night’s episode of the Discovery channel reality show, “Storm Chasers.”

After watching meteorologist Matt Hughes triumphantly track down a tornado in the fourth episode of the season, viewers learned that Hughes had passed away in Wichita, Kansas, on May 26.

According to a statement posted on the network's website, he died "due to an injury unrelated to his chasing activities."

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Filed under: television
Scarlett Johansson cast as alien temptress
November 4th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Scarlett Johansson cast as alien temptress

If you thought Scarlett Johansson's beauty was out of this world, just wait till you hear about her new movie.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the 25-year-old actress is set to star in "Under the Skin," a sci-fi drama in which she'll play a sexy alien who comes to earth and uses her feminine wiles to catch her victims.

"She scours remote highways and desolate scenery looking to use her greatest weapon to snare human prey - her voracious sexuality," explains FilmNation, the company selling the project.

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Down with the sickness on 'Modern Family'
November 4th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

Down with the sickness on 'Modern Family'

One thing "Modern Family" is so great about capturing are those little moments we can all relate to. I have to say, I've felt Phil's frustration on Wednesday night's episode at trying to figure out which smoke detector was beeping around the house on many occasions.

When he finally lost it and attacked the smoke detectors with the "business end" of his old college cheerleading baton (complete with Schwarzenegger-esque one-liners), I'm sure a lot of people have been tempted to do the same (especially in the middle of the night).

Meanwhile, in the Dunphy house, both Claire and Haley spent some time together, sick in bed. Claire took the opportunity to finally confront Haley about her boyfriend, Dylan (who responded to Phil's warning not to get close to the sick Claire with, "Haley told you about that? It's just a dream!").

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