- Oprah Winfrey returns to chat in her next TV chapter
- Elisabeth Shue to replace Marg Helgenberger on 'CSI'
- New 'Arrested Development' episodes coming to Netflix
Posted: 18 Nov 2011 08:27 PM PST
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey is moving on to her next chapter, going out of the TV studio to meet and chat with celebrities on their own turf.
Less than a year after she ended "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in May after 25 years, Winfrey will launch "Oprah's Next Chapter" in January on her fledgling cable TV channel OWN.
The two-hour debut episode on January 1 will feature Winfrey talking with Aerosmith frontman and "American Idol" judge Steven Tyler at his family home in New Hampshire.
Tyler, 63, will talk about his drug addiction, his love life and his new-found fame on "American Idol", OWN said on Friday.
Tyler found new fans after signing up for the TV talent show with Jennifer Lopez last year, helping to boost audiences.
In future weeks, Oprah will go to Haiti with actor Senn Penn to look at recovery efforts from the 2010 earthquake, tour Skywalker Ranch with "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, and "celebrate the power of God and community" with televangelist Joel Osteen.
"After 25 years I got myself out of the studio chairs. I moved into the next chapter, and I am having more fun than ever -- moving around the country and the world talking to people I'm really interested in getting to know and I think viewers will be, too," Winfrey said in a statement.
Winfrey, regarded as the most influential woman on television, launched the Oprah Winfrey Network in January 2011 with an uplifting menu of lifestyle, documentaries and advice programming.
After disappointing viewing figures, she took over as chief executive officer in July to refocus the channel's direction and put more of herself on screen.
"Oprah's Next Chapter" follows the launch in October of "Oprah's Lifeclass" in which Winfrey shared insights, life lessons and old clips from her 25-year run on U.S. television.Full content generated by Get Full RSS.
Posted: 18 Nov 2011 05:45 PM PST
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - In a long and varied film and television career, Elisabeth Shue has played a stripper with a heart of gold, a babysitter lost in the big city and Marty McFly's love interest.
But she's never nailed a serial killer using DNA evidence while The Who blared on the soundtrack - until now.
Cue up ''Who Are You,'' the Oscar nominee is joining the cast of ''CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,'' CBS announced Friday.
The ''Leaving Las Vegas'' star replaces Marg Helgenberger, who is exiting the show after playing a blood splatter analyst for 12 seasons.
Shue will first appear on the series on Feb. 15.
Shue will play the newest CSI, fresh off an anger management course, amid rumors that D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) fired her when she worked for him in Seattle. Danson is himself a recent transplant to the Las Vegas crime lab. The ''Cheers'' star replaced Laurence Fishburne as top investigator this season.
Shue's film credits include ''Adventures in Babysitting,'' ''Back to the Future Part II,'' ''Mysterious Skin,'' ''Hollow Man,'' ''The Karate Kid.'' She next stars in the upcoming film ''House at the End of the Street'' opposite Jennifer Lawrence and is currently filming ''Of Men And Mavericks,'' directed by Curtis Hanson.
Her television credits include ''Call to Glory,'' and guest starring roles on ''Curb Your Enthusiasm'' and ''Dream On.''Full content generated by Get Full RSS.
Posted: 18 Nov 2011 05:43 PM PST
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - The Bluths are back. For the first time since ''Arrested Development'' was canceled ii 2006, the dysfunctional and ethically challenged Southern California clan will return for all new episodes.
The show will be available exclusively to Netflix members beginning in 2013.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Twentieth Century Fox Television and Imagine Television will produce the show.
The move is a huge boost to Netflix, which has been trying to establish a presence in the original content world. Last summer, the subscription service beat out the likes of HBO for the rights to the David Fincher and Kevin Spacey political series ''House of Cards.''
The cult hit aired for three seasons, 2003-2006, on Fox and won an Emmy for ''Best Comedy.'' Showtime had reportedly been pursuing rights to air the show, as well.
In a releasing announcing the shows, Netflix made no mention about whether the entire cast, which includes Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, David Cross, and Michael Cera, will return for another round. However, Cross, Bateman and Arnett have spoken enthusiastically about a reunion.
''Netflix's bold entrance into original programming presents an exciting new opportunity for our two companies'' Peter Levinsohn, Fox Filmed Entertainment's President of New Media & Digital Distribution, said in a statement. ''Bringing a classic show back to production on new episodes exclusively for Netflix customers is a game changer, and illustrates the incredible potential the new digital landscape affords great content providers like Twentieth Century Fox Television and Imagine.''
News that ''Arrested Development'' was getting a revival, broke after co-creator and executive producer Mitch Hurwitz announced at a New Yorker Festival reunion in October that he planned to bring back the show for an abbreviated season to lead into a long-awaited ''Arrested Development'' movie.
At the time, Hurwitz said that the show would catch up viewers on what the members of the deeply disturbed Bluth family have done since the series ended, and would run for nine to ten episodes.Full content generated by Get Full RSS.
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