Katharine McPhee: From 'Idol' runner-up to a 'Smash' hit
Former 'American Idol' contestant and actress Katharine McPhee stars in NBC's 'Smash.'
April 24th, 2012
03:52 PM ET

Katharine McPhee: From 'Idol' runner-up to a 'Smash' hit

Singer and now actress Katharine McPhee is enjoying life as an "American Idol" alum. Since finishing season 5 as the runner-up, McPhee has sold more than 400,000 albums, and she's launched an acting career.

On NBC's freshman series "Smash," she plays wannabe Broadway star Karen Cartwright, who has the technical training to make it on stage but learns that the off-stage drama might stand in her way.

She recently sat down with "Showbiz Tonight's" Kareen Wynter to talk about life on set, her work with the non-profit group Malaria No More, and if she'd be good at judging an "Idol"-esque competition.


Katharine McPhee: I'd be too mean

Katharine McPhee talks to Showbiz Tonight's Kareen Wynter about watching the new singing competitions.


McPhee: You can make a difference

Singer and actress Katharine McPhee talks about the importance of being involved in helping others.


'Smash' made me a morning person

Singer and actress Katharine McPhee tells CNN why working on the NBC show "Smash" makes it easy to get up in the morning.

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February 14th, 2012
09:58 AM ET

Chaka Khan speaks on Clive Davis party

Chaka Khan is criticizing Clive Davis for continuing to host his pre-Grammys gala at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, although Whitney Houston had died there hours before.

"I thought that was complete insanity," she said on "Piers Morgan Tonight" Monday. "And knowing Whitney, I don't believe she would've said, the show must go on. She's the kind of woman who would've said, 'Stop everything, I'm not going to be there.'

The Los Angeles Times reports that Davis, who gave Houston a record deal and became her mentor, told the crowd gathered that the 48-year-old deceased legend would've wanted the party to go on.


Filed under: Celebrities • TV-Piers Morgan • Whitney Houston
February 8th, 2012
11:16 AM ET

Tony Cornelius: I don't think my dad knew how much he was loved

[Editor's Note: "Showbiz Tonight's" interview with Tony Cornelius will air tonight at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on HLN.]

Don Cornelius' death last week has been ruled a suicide, and the "Soul Train" legend's son Tony tells "Showbiz Tonight" that he never saw an indication that his father was capable of taking his own life.

"Not at all. I mean...we all have disappointments, we all go through things, [and] when the lights go down, all you have is family," Tony says. "There weren't any indications, other than his health was failing a bit. Nothing that would make me say, you know, that he would want to end his life this way. It's hard to believe."

When Don Cornelius died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound last Wednesday, several entertainment icons mourned the loss of a man who contributed so much, on top of the outpouring of grief from friends and fans.


November 10th, 2011
11:57 AM ET

Piers Morgan leaves 'America's Got Talent'

As we wait to hear who will host the Oscars, Piers Morgan has announced that he just might be available.

As the CNN host put it on Wednesday's show, "his schedule has cleared a little bit" since he's no longer going to be a judge on "America's Got Talent."

"I've been a judge since the show began six years ago, and I've loved every single second," Morgan said. "I've discovered that juggling, to my surprise, really is a bit more difficult than I thought."


Filed under: television • TV-Piers Morgan
'Showbiz Tonight': Will MJ end up on trial instead of Conrad Murray?
September 27th, 2011
03:15 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight': Will MJ end up on trial instead of Conrad Murray?

Opening statements began today in the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray, and "Showbiz Tonight's" big question is whether Jackson will end up being on trial instead of Murray.

I think it is impossible to conceive that MJ’s history and behavior won’t be “on trial.” At the end of the day, though, the actions of Conrad Murray are what will matter.

The defense said today that Michael Jackson caused his own death while Dr. Murray was out of town and that Michael self-administered extra doses of propofol.


Kendra Wilkinson Baskett spills reality TV secrets
September 23rd, 2011
02:33 PM ET

Kendra Wilkinson Baskett spills reality TV secrets

It’s no secret that reality TV has completely taken over, but what is it like to actually star in one? "Showbiz Tonight" asked some of the biggest names in reality television exactly that.

Kendra Wilkinson Baskett, star of E's "Kendra" and “The Girls Next Door” and a former contestant on “Dancing with the Stars" will be here today on "Showbiz Tonight." We'll be asking her all of the questions everyone is dying to know. For example: Just how real is reality TV?

We're also going behind the scenes with “DWTS'” Kelly Monaco, “The Bachelor’s” Bob Guiney and “Real Housewives of OC” star Jeana Keough.

Tune in to "Showbiz Tonight" today at 11 p.m. ET

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