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 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.


'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

September 22nd, 2011
06:35 PM ET

Anna Nicole's former doc defends Conrad Murray

From one celebrity doctor to another, Anna Nicole Smith's former physician is coming to the defense of Conrad Murray.

Murray, who was treating Michael Jackson and has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death, faces up to four years in prison if found guilty. Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, who was acquitted on charges of illegally providing drugs to the late Smith, says he feels sympathy for Murray.

“I think I do just based on the fact that there isn't a whole lot of medicine that is being talked about here. And it's very unclear about the history of how much he knew about his medical history, and how much he was told about his medical history," Kapoor tells "Showbiz Tonight" in an exclusive interview. "So I think that not knowing a lot of that could, potentially, have put him in a really bad situation. A bad situation where he did the best he could, and, obviously, it did not have a good outcome.”


Louis van Amstel talks Chaz Bono and 'DWTS'
September 16th, 2011
05:32 PM ET

Louis van Amstel talks Chaz Bono and 'DWTS'

Brad Pitt is getting a lot of heat for an interview with Parade magazine! Brad opened up about his relationship with Angelina Jolie and his past marriage to Jennifer Aniston, but a lot of people aren’t happy with what Brad said about Jen.

Immediately after the interview was released, the Brad backlash started and it became so great that Brad backtracked and said he was misquoted. "It grieves me that this was interpreted this way," he said in a statement. "Jen is an incredibly giving, loving and hilarious woman...The point I was trying to make is not that Jen was dull, but that I was becoming dull to myself – and that, I am responsible for.”

I think Brad is usually very careful in choosing his words about his private life, so I do think he regrets answering the question the way he did. I’m inclined to cut him slack here. As long as Jen understands where he was coming from, that should be all that matters. What do you think about Brad’s quotes to Parade? Was it a simple misunderstanding? Or do you think Brad should have just kept quiet?

Tonight, we also have a "Showbiz Tonight" exclusive interview with former “Dancing With the Stars” pro Louis van Amstel. He is disgusted by Chaz Bono’s haters – the people who are lashing out at Chaz over his sex change. Plus, Louis reveals how he thinks HLN’s own Nancy Grace will do on the show. See you tonight, exclusively at 11 p.m. ET/PT on HLN.

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