While you were working...
May 14th, 2012
06:13 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Coachella just ended, we know, but we're assuming it was so much fun that some are already trying to score tickets to next year's fest. (We say we assume, because alas, we didn't go. Sigh.) Advance sale for 2013 tickets starts this Thursday at 10 a.m. PT for the two consecutive festival weekends, which will be held April 12-14, 2013 and April 19-21, 2013. [Coachella]
  • So, what's Jon Gosselin up to these days? Getting caught by a camera DJ'ing a middle school dance. [Radar Online]
  • Jessica Simpson will continue to make more money than you as she gets ready to launch a maternity line. (After she has the baby, oddly. We guess she was pregnant for so long, she figured she might as well get backpay for it.) [Celebuzz]
  • Speaking of celebrity brands, noted fist-pumping, party-loving DJ Pauly D is preparing to launch a ready-to-drink cocktail called "Remix," a "pre-game" beverage. If there's anything we'd trust a "Jersey Shore" star to do, it would be to make us a drink. See: Ron Ron Juice.
  • Neil Patrick Harris accidentally "outed" his mom as a cannibal on Mother's Day. We're betting she forgave him, because he's so adorable! [BuzzFeed]
  • We haven't heard nearly enough from Adele lately, so the news that she's preparing a June 5 special that will include performances makes our day.  [Idolator]
  • And lastly, Travie McCoy of "Gym Class Heroes" apparently shags just as much as he sleeps. The more you know! [Popdust]

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'30 Rock' to end next season
May 14th, 2012
05:43 PM ET

'30 Rock' to end next season

After much back-and-forth, it seems that "30 Rock" is, as was previously suspected, headed into its final season.

Last week it was widely reported that the sitcom was going to be picked up for one final, 13-episode season, although NBC didn't comment at the time.

But on Sunday there seemed to be a shred of hope for fans of the series, as the chairman of NBC Entertainment, Bob Greenblatt, said the show wasn't definitively ending next season. By Monday, that hope was lost.

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Britney, Demi Lovato join 'X Factor' as Fox shuffles schedule
May 14th, 2012
05:04 PM ET

Britney, Demi Lovato join 'X Factor' as Fox shuffles schedule

Fox is adding three new shows and two familiar faces to its schedule this fall. As expected, Demi Lovato and Britney Spears will join "X Factor's" judges' table, taking the spots left vacant by season 1 judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.

Both pop stars said in a statement that they're "excited" and "thrilled" with their new gigs, as is Simon Cowell. (We, on the other hand, are "thrilled" the endless speculation about who would judge can now be put to rest.)

“I'm absolutely delighted Britney and Demi are joining us,” he said in a statement. “Britney remains one of the biggest stars in the world, she's talented, fascinating – and I believe she knows exactly how to spot 'The X Factor.'"

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Jay-Z announces two-day music fest in Philadelphia
May 14th, 2012
04:52 PM ET

Jay-Z announces two-day music fest in Philadelphia

Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z announced Monday that he's headed to the City of Brotherly Love this Labor Day weekend to headline the "Budweiser Made in America" festival, which he's also curated.

In partnership with Budweiser and the United Way, Jay-Z has developed a showcase of almost 30 acts from across the musical spectrum, including rock, R&B, Latin, dance and hip-hop. The official lineup will be announced on May 21.

Tickets to the event will go on sale May 23, with Budweiser Facebook fans being able to access the pre-sale on May 22. The concert is expected to cover three stages inside Philly’s Fairmount Park on September 1 and 2.

Jay-Z will wear two hats for the occasion, that of artist as well as that of fundraiser. Proceeds from the event, which is produced by Live Nation, will go to United Way outposts in greater Philadelphia and southern New Jersey, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and of course Jay’s beloved New York City. The organization invests cash in local communities and education.

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'Survivor' winner on what she'll do with the dough
May 14th, 2012
03:32 PM ET

'Survivor' winner on what she'll do with the dough

The "Survivor: One World" finale didn't earn a ton of viewers - Entertainment Weekly reports it was the series' lowest-rated finale of all time - but those who did tune in watched 29-year-old Kim Spradlin seal the win.

The bridal shop owner told MTV that in her mind it really boiled down to luck, saying she was "shocked" to find out that she's seen as one of the best "Survivor's" had.

"I feel like people are giving me too much credit sometimes," she said of her ability to survive on the CBS reality show. "It just came naturally to me. And I got lucky - I think that's a big part of this game. I've heard people refer to the butterfly effect out there - If someone stumbles upon a little thing, everything could end up totally differently. I think that's very true."

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Filed under: television
May 14th, 2012
02:05 PM ET

'Modern Family's' Sarah Hyland reveals kidney transplant

You wouldn't know it from her sunny (and often hilarious) disposition on red carpets, but "Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland has been fighting kidney disease since she was a kid.

The 21-year-old actress revealed on "Good Morning America" Monday that she was diagnosed with abnormal kidney development at 9 years old, a health issue that left her fatigued.

"I would be in a lot of pain a lot of the time. If I didn't get, like, 12 hours of sleep, it felt like none at all," Hyland revealed. But being in the industry she's in, she had to push forward, accommodating by often sitting down during a scene to give her body a break.

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