Hello. I hope the summer isn’t too hot for you, because we’re gonna heat things up today.
* From TV Week, it looks like somebody else is going to enter the daytime talk show game in Fall 2012, and this is going to shock you. It’s Jeff Probst. This comes from a statement by Aaron Meyerson, the president of progamming and development at CBS Television Distribution:
“With the same adventure Jeff approaches [in] his own life, the show will take the same path. Whether it’s a newsmaker-of-the-day, a celebrity or ordinary folks, Jeff will go further than typical discussion. The show will cover a range of topics from relationships to human interest. And like Jeff, the show will encourage action, change and discovery.”
For the love of all humanity, why? First we have Anderson Cooper, then Katie Couric, then Randy Jackson, and now Jeff Probst!??! I’d just like to know how he’s going to balance his show with his duties on Survivor. Could we see someone else host a few cycles? I just don’t see how this is going to work. Somebody please explain it to me.
* This one comes from Digital Spy. The producers of MasterChef would like to apologize for faking scenes of large crowds. Thousands of people did audition for the show, but Reveille claims “We have reviewed the footage and it’s clear that the scene was enhanced in post-production. We sincerely apologize to our viewers and hope that they still enjoyed the show.”
It’s nice to know some studios in Hollywood have the integrity and courage to admit they’ve made a mistake.
* This one is from The Hollywood Reporter, and I think it’s an interesting story. It looks like Charlie Sheen isn’t going to return to Two and a Half Men. In fact, producers are going to give Charlie Harper the Henry Blake treatment and kill him off….. literally. As you know, Sheen threw a temper tantrum some time ago, reportedly calling creator Chuck Lorre a “maggot”. He was fired and the season ended early.
Now, the only reason I bring this up is because there’s an interesting comparison. McLean Stevenson voluntarily left M*A*S*H at the end of Season 3, and didn’t wish to return. So, the producers killed his character off, creating one of the most enduring moments of TV. I’m curious as to how this is going to play out. Will we have applause from Sheen haters or just a moment of silence?
* Speaking of “moment of silence” and death, I’ve got another death to report. Elaine Stewart, actress and former co-host of Gambit and High Rollers, has passed away at her home in Beverly Hills after a long illness. She was 81 years old. She is survived by producer and husband Merrill Heatter and 2 children.
In her honor, here is the only episode of Gambit currently in circulation (courtesy of NVGameShowFan):
So long, Elaine.
And so long for now.