December 7th, 2009
09:19 PM ET

Zachary Levi: Fans saved "Chuck"

Zachary Levi is having quite the busy holiday season. Not only is he starring in "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," out December 23rd, but "Chuck" is returning on January 10th. I had a chance to sit down with him this weekend at the junket for "Alvin" and he told me all about the new season of  his TV show, how it has changed his daily life, and how he says the fans saved "Chuck."

December 7th, 2009
06:21 PM ET

Oprah reaching out to Tiger Woods

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When Oprah Winfrey announced that she would be ending her talk show in 2011 she promised fans that she would be going out with a bang, producing some great shows with the most provocative guests.

Now the Queen of Daytime television is targeting the most sought-after man in the news right now, Tiger Woods.

“We have reached out to him but nothing is confirmed,” a spokesperson for Harpo, the production company responsible for "The Oprah Winfrey Show," told CNN. FULL POST

December 7th, 2009
02:51 PM ET

ABC invites Adam Lambert back for 'The View'

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ABC is finally extending an olive branch to Adam Lambert after the network canceled three performances by the singer in the wake of his controversial American Music Awards appearance.

Lambert will appear with the ladies of “The View” talk show on Thursday in a taped interview and performance, according to the show’s Web site. The episode airs after Wednesday night’s Barbara Walters primetime special, which features Lambert as one of the year’s “Most Fascinating People.”

Following Lambert’s AMA performance, where he shocked the network and viewers with his salacious dance moves that included simulating oral sex with a dancer and kissing a male keyboardist on the mouth, ABC canceled the singer’s live performance on its morning show “Good Morning America.” FULL POST

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December 7th, 2009
11:44 AM ET

'SNL' has some fun with Tiger

The Tiger Woods scandal provided plenty of comedic fodder for "Saturday Night Live" this week as the cast mocked Woods’ car crash and affair allegations.

This weekend’s show was hosted by “Gossip Girl” cast-member Blake Lively, who - with her long blonde hair - stepped in as the perfect double in skits involving Woods’ wife, Elin Nordegren.

In a skit featuring  a Tiger Woods’ press conference with CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” Lively stood by cast member Kenan Thompson, who played Woods. In the skit Tiger is portrayed as apologizing for his “multiple transgressions,” to which Lively’s Nordegrin looks angry and shocked.

The scene then cut away to a news studio before rejoining an injured Woods holding another press conference outside his Florida home. The supposedly terrified Woods, played by Thompson with his arm in a sling, held up covert signs for camera that were hidden from his wife saying, “I’m scared.”

The skit continued with Lively's Nordegren chasing Woods from the press conference in a rage.

The jabs continued in the “Weekend Update” news report where anchor Seth Meyers referred to Woods’ car accident and said: “Last Friday, Tiger Woods hit a tree and a bunch of ladies fell out.”

The jokes come as women continue to allege that they had affairs with the professional golfer following his admission of “transgressions” last week. The controversy first erupted over the Thanksgiving holiday when Woods sustained injuries in a car accident outside his Florida home.

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December 7th, 2009
10:39 AM ET

Thrilling finale in Vegas for 'Amazing Race'

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After a memorable 15th season (which had not one, but three teams giving up on a challenge) for "The Amazing Race," the three remaining teams fought it out in Las Vegas for the $1 million prize. Through it all, Meghan and Cheyne, a.k.a. "Barbie and Ken," remained dominant, but this final leg threatened to keep them from finishing first. As a fan of two eliminated teams Gary and Matt, and Globetrotters Flight Time and Big Easy (that is, until their inexplicable abandonment of a Roadblock last week), I didn't really have a clear favorite going in.

First, former Miss America Ericka and her husband Brian had a particularly good cab driver who took them on a shortcut to Mandalay Bay, where one team member each would rappel down the front of the building. The other two teams eventually caught up with them, but it looked to me like they could manage an unlikely come-from-behind victory - that is, until they arrived at The Mirage, home of the Cirque du Soleil Beatles-inspired "Love" show.

Ericka had to be bungeed toward a bouquet of flowers, like the acrobats in the show, but this proved no easy task for them. At one point, a panicking Ericka asked to switch places with Brian as Meghan and Cheyne and bickering brothers Sam and Dan caught up with them. Ericka had a complete meltdown, switching again with Brian once they were left in last place.

At this point, I started to have a real fear that Sam and Dan, two of the most annoying racers in the show's history, might have a shot at the prize, especially once Meghan and Cheyne started having trouble figuring out that their next destination was the Monte Carlo casino. After asking around to anyone who would listen, though, they finally figured it out, but not before Sam and Dan had already started the final challenge.

It was quite disappointing to see that this challenge didn't involve remembering previous legs of the race, but instead - counting poker chips? (Professional poker players Maria and Tiffany were probably wishing they could have pulled off that Detour in Amsterdam even more now.)

This challenge was like kryptonite to Sam and Dan, who previously had problems with numbers in Dubai, and despite a worthy effort at organized counting, Meghan and Cheyne beat them out, as well as Brian and Ericka, who counted quickly, but not correctly.

It was on to the MGM Grand, where teams met with Wayne Newton, who told them the finish line was at his house. When Sam and Dan arrived, they couldn't figure out Newton's name, and he had to tell them. Though at the same time, I'm not entirely sure that Meghan and Cheyne would have known it without it being told to them beforehand.

Either way, Meghan and Cheyne's math skills proved crucial as they edged out Sam and Dan to cross the finish line.

Despite the predictability of this outcome, it was certainly one of the best final legs in quite a while as the lead kept changing, and all three teams remained in it until the last challenge.

What did you think of the finale and this "Amazing Race" season as a whole? Share your thoughts on video, or in the comments below.

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