'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Should Oprah be worried?
January 7th, 2011
03:17 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Should Oprah be worried?

You would think that Oprah Winfrey would be delighted with how her brand-new network OWN took off in its debut week. It performed brilliantly out of the blocks on New Year’s Day.

But in an interview with "Showbiz Tonight," Oprah says she wants everyone to “calm down” and that it’s not time to do “the hula” yet! I think a lot of people are going to wonder why she seems, well, kind of worried! Oprah, I think you should feel excited.

I’ll have more of what she said on "Showbiz Tonight" today, but I have to ask you in our "Showbiz" Flashpoint: Should Oprah be worried about her new network's future? Post your comments below.

Another story I’ve got today on "Showbiz Tonight" is about the homeless man with the golden voice, who reunited with his mom in front of TV cameras!

See you on "Showbiz Tonight" live at 5 p.m. ET and again at 11 p.m. ET/PT on HLN today!

Ed Asner disses Cloris Leachman, Betty White
January 7th, 2011
03:04 PM ET

Ed Asner disses Cloris Leachman, Betty White

Maybe love wasn't all around on the set of the "Mary Tyler Moore" show. During a recent appearance at the Television Critics Association event, Ed Asner took a few swings at former co-stars Cloris Leachman and Betty White.

TV Guide reports that the actor, who played gruff WJM newsroom boss Lou Grant on the hit '70s sitcom, dissed Leachman during a discussion about the success of older actors.

"Cloris Leachman has eight Emmys? Is that true? Bitch," he said of the 84-year-old star, who played snobby Phyllis Lindstrom. "Well, if you wanna act nuts like she does..."

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Katy Perry to guest on 'How I Met Your Mother'
January 7th, 2011
02:15 PM ET

Katy Perry to guest on 'How I Met Your Mother'

Is Katy Perry about to become a mom? It could happen! The newlywed singer is planning a guest stint as Ted's love interest on "How I Met Your Mother."

The hit CBS series, of course, is based on the premise of Ted (Josh Radnor) recounting to his children the events that led up to his meeting their mother. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Perry's character will have a romance with Ted later this season.

In the episode—titled "Oh, Honey"—Perry, 26, will portray the cousin of Jennifer Morrison's character Zoey. Her role is described as "a beautiful, naive girl who the gang resorts to calling 'honey.'" Says "How I Met Your Mother" co-creator Carter Bays, "Katy is a tremendous talent and we are delighted to be able to work with her."

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TLC orders 'Extreme Couponing' series
January 7th, 2011
01:30 PM ET

TLC orders 'Extreme Couponing' series

And you thought paying attention to grocery store sales was enough. Ladies and gentlemen, get ready for some “Extreme Couponing.”

For those of you who caught TLC’s special on December 29, you’ve already witnessed the money-saving shenanigans on this reality show, which has just been ordered as a full series, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The “Extreme Couponing” special followed four of the nation’s most hardcore coupon clippers, one of whom is so serious with her coupon game that she paid only $2.64 for more than $600 worth of items.

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Was 'Big Bang Theory' app-ropos?
January 7th, 2011
12:52 PM ET

Was 'Big Bang Theory' app-ropos?

Sometimes a formula just doesn't really work the way you might expect.

Such was the case with this week's "Big Bang Theory." It had all of the elements (yes, pun intended), but something was off.

Our guys try and design an app that is equal parts handwriting recognition and differential equation solving. (And let the geeks say amen.)

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'Jersey Shore' season premiere a 'blast in a glass'
January 7th, 2011
12:03 PM ET

'Jersey Shore' season premiere a 'blast in a glass'

My how things have changed since season one.

Last night we watched as Snooki and the gang hopped in their BMWs, Range Rovers and Cadillacs and headed toward Seaside Heights, New Jersey - where it all began in 2009.

After Angelina ducked out early (for the second time) in Miami, there was no chance of the “Staten Island Dump” returning for season three. Long story short: the role of most hated person in the house officially belongs to Sammi, who accepted the honor with open arms.

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