Entries in Show (8)


Controversial Madonna Paris Show Wasn't Meant to Be a Full Concert, Says Rep

Ragnar Singsaas/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- A spokesperson for Madonna is defending the star from complaints by French fans that her show at Paris' Olympia club was a ripoff because it only lasted 45 minutes.   After the show ended Thursday night, fans booed Madonna, called her nasty names and, reportedly, chanted "refund!"  But according to spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg, the show was never meant to be a full-fledged Madonna concert.

In a statement provided to ABC News Radio, Rosenberg says, "Madonna's Paris club show was planned as her heartfelt thank you to France which she expressed at the start of her show. … The show was not billed as her full MDNA concert and tremendous effort was made to keep the ticket prices reasonable ($100 for 2000 floor seats) and keep them strictly for her fans."

Rosenberg goes on to say,  "She has done a handful of club dates in the past and they were never more than 45 minutes.  And by the way, she put on a fabulous show which was streamed for millions of fans around the world."

According to Rosenberg, Madonna wanted to take time out from her "grueling" concert tour to do the intimate club show in Paris as a way of honoring "her love for French artists, French cinema and a tribute to France's long history of welcoming and inspiring artists, authors, painters, poets and minorities from other countries over the years."

Madonna closed the Olympia show with a version of "Je T'aime … Moi Non Plus," a  song by the late French music icon Serge Gainsbourg which was controversial at the time of its release in 1969 due to its sexual content.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Regis Philbin Bids Farewell to 'Live!'

David Russell/Disney-ABC Domestic TV(NEW YORK) -- Regis Philbin made good on his promise -- and on a $10 bet with Katie Couric -- that he wouldn’t cry as he bade farewell to Live! With Regis and Kelly in a star-packed studio in New York City on Friday.  Philbin closed the show, and this chapter of his career, by thanking his fans for “these great years together” and telling them, “I hope I see you again real soon.”

“I’ll always remember spending these mornings with all of you,” he said.

Couric -- who made the bet during a Nightline interview with him, and who was seated among the other stars in the audience -- did cry.

Philbin, who holds the record for the most time on the air at 16,780 hours and has been a fixture on television for half a century, hosted Live! for 28 years including 15 beside Kathie Lee Gifford, who was in the audience filled with friends, family, and famous fans on Friday.

Excited fans chased Philbin as he crossed the street from his apartment to the studio on Manhattan's West Side, and celebrity guests walked a red carpet before the show they attended to pay tribute to the TV icon.  ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, Meredith Viera and Couric were among those who feted their friend and colleague while speaking with journalists at the event.  Regis was also praised by Jane Krakowski, Alan Alda and Tony Danza, as well as real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump, who called Philbin "an institution."

Live! staffers were in tears as Regis and Ripa walked out holding hands at the start of the show, which featured New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg presenting the New York native with a key to the city.  Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, gave Philbin another surprise, a bronze plaque on the building in Philbin’s honor.

The show also included a montage of celebrity impersonations of Philbin, a performance by the cast of the Broadway show Rent and a tribute from his two daughters J.J. and Joanna, and his wife Joy.

Ripa was emotional throughout the show.  She ignored her co-host’s advice to, “Never write anything down and speak from the heart,” as she read a message about the “43 steps” from her dressing room to the stage -- which Philbin took with her every morning -- telling her friend how much he changed her life.  She said she wished Philbin's next 43 steps will “fill you with the joy that you’ve filled us with for all these years.”

Executive Producer Michael Gelman told reporters before the show, “We’re starting the dating process” to select a new co-host.  Jerry Seinfeld will be Ripa’s first co-host for three episodes next week, other celebrities will also be filling in, including Neil Patrick Harris.

As for any potential replacements, Ripa told ABC News any potential co-host should be "easy to work with," which, she admitted is a nice way to say someone who's "not a pain in the butt."  Any names at the top of the list?  "I know what you know," Kelly exclaimed, saying she only found out about Seinfeld's participation by reading the newspaper, "like everyone else."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


'Pan Am:' What Critics Are Saying

ABC, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Pan Am, the new ABC series set in the 1960s whose focus is the lives of stewardesses, played by Christina Ricci, Kelli Garner, Margot Robbie and Karine Vanasse, premiered Sunday night.

Critics drew comparisons to Mad Men and NBC’s The Playboy Club, other series also set in the ’60s. Here’s what they had to say:

The Hollywood Reporter:  “Pan Am seems most intent on making the idea of the ’60s and stewardesses and ‘the jet age’ more glamorous than real. It has neither the exactitude of the times nor the talent of the writers to get at the issues, a la Mad Men, that illuminate the issues of the day. It only has the magazine ad dreams of the times – girls don’t have to be their mothers; they can also be modern women who get weighed at work and dumped at 32 for being too old.” — Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter

The New York Times:  “Mad Men, which returns for a fifth season next year, is unquestionably a far better show, but Pan Am,  like The Playboy Club, which began on NBC this week, may be a more accurate reflection of our own insecurities. Viewers may not see anything particularly fresh about this show’s foursome of stewardesses, however. The Pan Am heroines represent the dawning of the women’s movement, and they are not fully formed characters so much as stick figures borrowed from a Rona Jaffe novel.” – Alessandra Stanley, The New York Times

The New Yorker:  “Pan Am has a bit of style to it, and a note of darkness, and the formula might just work. … The show makes me think of the difference between Truman Capote’s novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the movie version: Pan Am feels like a watchable version of something whose core has been removed.” — Nancy Franklin, The New Yorker

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Meredith Vieira Leaving NBC's 'Today' Show

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Meredith Vieira confirmed Monday what had been rumored for the last few weeks: she's leaving NBC's Today show to spend more time with her family.

"After months of personal reflection and private conversations between my family and my friends, I've decided to leave Today, in June," Vieira said on Monday’s show.

"I'm really sad because...for the past 10 years this has been my second home."

Vieira replaced Katie Couric as anchor five years ago when Couric left NBC to anchor the CBS Evening News.

NBC wasted no time in naming Ann Curry the program's new co-host. Natalie Morales will replace Curry as the show's news reader.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Leona Lewis, Donna Summer and Others to Guest-Judge 'Platinum Hit'

SonyBMG/Syco(NEW YORK) -- Former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi is lining up some top talent for her new reality competition show Platinum Hit, debuting on Bravo May 30.

Billboard reports that Leona Lewis, Natasha Bedingfield, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and Donna Summer will all serve as guest judges for the show.

As previously reported, the show features 12 aspiring songwriters who have to compete in challenges, with DioGuardi, who's written a string of hits for the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Celine Dion, acting as head judge.  Jewel will host the show and give the contestants feedback.  The winner receives $100,000, a publishing deal and a recording deal.

The contestants for the show have also been announced and USA Today reports that at least two of them previously appeared on DioGuardi's old show -- American Idol.  They include Jes Hudak, who made it to the Hollywood round in season five, and Jackie Tohn, who was a top 36 semi-finalist in season eight, Dioguardi's first year as a judge.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


ABC's 'Secret Millionaire' Premieres Sunday Night

George Doyle/Stockbyte(NEW YORK) -- The secret's out – ABC's new series Secret Millionaire debuts Sunday night.

Based on a hit British program that previously inspired a Fox series, Secret Millionaire follows some wealthy people as they go undercover in impoverished neighborhoods in order to meet people in need. The millionaires eventually reveal their true identities and donate money to their new friends.

Secret Millionaire airs Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Oprah Reveals 'Bombshell' Family Secret

Photo Courtesy - Oprah Winfrey/ABC News(CHICAGO) -- Oprah Winfrey promised to reveal a family secret on Monday's edition of her talk show and she certainly delivered.

The talk show queen revealed she has a half-sister -- a 47-year-old mother-of-two named Patricia who lives in Milwaukee.  

Oprah said she had learned the "bombshell family secret," which "shook her to her core," right before Thanksgiving.  Patricia had been given up for adoption as a baby in 1963, but didn't get information about her biological family until recently when she began trying to track down her birth mother.  That's when Patricia came to learn she shares the same mother as Oprah.  They have different fathers.

Oprah drove to Milwaukee over Thanksgiving to meet Patricia.  She also said their mother, Vernita Lee, never told anyone she had given Patricia up for adoption.

Oprah said she revealed the news because there was no way the media wouldn't get hold of the story and she wanted to disclose the information to her viewers herself.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Parents Television Council Calls for Investigation of MTV Series 'Skins'

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/MTV Networks International(LOS ANGELES) -- MTV got under the skin of the Parents Television Council with the debut of its new series Skins, about high school teens dealing with issues such as sex and drugs.

The PTC is asking the chairmen of the U.S. Senate and House Judiciary Committees, as well as the Department of Justice, to investigate the show for child pornography and exploitation.

The organization says, "In addition to the sexual content on the show involving cast members as young as 15, PTC counted 42 depictions and references to drugs and alcohol in the premiere episode," which aired Monday.

The controversy has already turned off Taco Bell, which has pulled its ads from the show.  A rep for the fast-food chain tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Upon further review, we’ve decided that the show is not a fit for our brand and have moved our advertising to other MTV programming."

The New York Times reported that network executives met Tuesday to discuss whether the show could violate pornography laws.  Skins is based on a British TV series of the same name.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio