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Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift on Grammys special

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Snippets of Katie Couric's pre-Grammys special -- airing at 8 p.m. Feb. 4 on CBS -- are leaking here and there, like these ...


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For Timberlake's comments, also see this.


More video after the jump ...

TV Talk Today: Friday's chat-show lineups

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A selection of guests scheduled on today's talk shows:

TV Talk Today: Thursday's chat-show lineups

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A selection of guests scheduled on today's talk shows:

Osmond backtracks on 'Dancing with the Stars' appearance

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What a difference a day makes!

Donny Osmond is telling ETOnline that he won't be appearing on the new season of "Dancing with the Stars" after all.

"I'm definitely not doing this upcoming season," Donny told ET. "If there was an offer on the table, I'd do it in the fall. I would make room for it. Absolutely!"

Wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that he's contracted with Harrah's to do his brother-sister show with Marie at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas (one of the hottest tickets on the Las Vegas Strip). Methinks Harrah's would be none-too-pleased to give him "time off" for 12 weeks to participate in "DWTS."

Stay tuned.

Hey, Danny Bonaduce's still available!

Justin Timberlake dropped his robe for Beyonce ...

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One visit to Beyonce's dressing room was all it took for Justin Timberlake to ease her concerns about a "Saturday Night Live" skit featuring the two of them.

When Beyonce told him she was having second thoughts about a sketch where Timberlake was to "audition" for a video, he showed up at her dressing room in a robe covering a leotard. He dropped the robe and stood there, staring into space.

Beyonce's reply: "I can't look anywhere but your face right now," Timberlake told CBS' Katie Couric in an interview for next week's pre-Grammy special.

Watch a clip of the interview here.

More video after the jump ...

Donny Osmond headed to 'Dancing with the Stars'

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I had predicted that Donny Osmond would soon be heading to the 'DWTS' ballroom two seasons ago, judging by the longing looks he donned as his sister Marie kicked up her heels to the finals.

Well, seems Donny will be passo doble-ing sooner than we think.

On today's "Bonnie Hunt" show, he reveals (during an interview with his sister Marie) that he will be "busy doing 'Dancing with the Stars' on top of their Las Vegas show at Harrah's.

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Donny Osmond will follow in his sister's dancing footsteps when he joins season 8's celebrity lineup on "Dancing with the Stars." AP

There you have it. Tune in today and hear the news for yourself.

Here's a transcript from the show, which was taped Monday, of the big reveal:

When asked by Bonnie if he would ever strut his moves on the dance floor, Donny smiled and said, "Well, I guess I am making an announcement. I'll say I am seriously considering doing it, let's put it that way."

Unable to keep the secret in, Donny added, "I guess I just let the cat out of the bag!" Donny said Marie, who competed on the fifth season of "Dancing" and also appeared on the Monday taping of the talk show, wasn't going to be the only Osmond in the "Dancing" spotlight.

"I can't let my sister upstage me. Besides, who do you think taught her how to dance?" he joked.

"That's not fair!" Marie said. "The men do half the work." "That's why I'm doing it, baby," Donny replied.

"It is going to be very difficult because I am going to be doing [the Osmonds' Las Vegas show] on top of doing 'Dancing with the Stars.'"

"Dancing With the Stars" returns March 9.

TV Talk Today: Tuesday's chat-show lineup

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A selection of guests scheduled on today's talk show:

TV Talk Today: Monday's chat-show lineups

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A selection of guests on tonight's talk shows:

Justin Timberlake, Lil' Wayne, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift will join Katie Couric for her "All Access Grammy Special," to air Feb. 4 on CBS.

The Jonas Brothers, Carrie Underwood, Metallica, Ne-Yo, John Legend, Rascal Flatts, Duffy, Adele, Kid Rock, Jazmine Sullivan, Jordin Sparks and T-Pain will also appear on the program.

TV Talk Today: Friday's chat-show lineups

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A selection of guests scheduled on today's talk shows:

TV Talk Today: Thursday's chat-show lineups

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A selection of guests scheduled on today's talk shows:

Instead of geeking out with a lot of hand-wringing analysis of tonight's "Lost" season-five premiere, allow me to simply post a song that may or may not have some meaning to fellow fans of the show, especially now ...

TV Talk Today: Wednesday's chat-show lineups

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A selection of guests scheduled on today's talk shows:

'Lost' in space ... and now time

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Jack (Matthew Fox) ponders the enormity of his task in the season premiere of "Lost." (ABC)


"Lost" is found again Wednesday night -- a recap special at 7 p.m., then the two-hour fifth season premiere at 8 p.m. on ABC (WLS-Channel 7).

Here's our review of the premiere -- time-traveling madness! -- plus some other goodies:

We posted a couple of sneak peek scenes from the premiere here. And here are six more ... watch only if spoiling is not an issue!

The NYTimes has an interesting profile of Gregg Nations, the script supervisor for the show. He's the one who has to keep track of every crazy reveal, every plot twist, even the hairs on Jack's chest. And he keeps it all in one enormous text file. And he'd better be planning to publish it someday.

Part of what he has to keep track of are the various flash-forwards that have taken place thus far -- which a blogger at Chicago's branch of The Examiner compiled yesterday in a handy timeline.

One of the Honolulu papers (on the island where "Lost" is filmed) rounds up some new details and rumors, including reports that people did indeed see Michelle Rodriguez (the late Ana Lucia) filming on the set. Further proof that dying does not end your career on "Lost."

TV Talk Today: Monday's chat-show lineups

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A selection of guests on tonight's talk shows:

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Aaron Douglas as Chief Tyrol (and conflicted Cylon) tries to wrap his mind around the fact that Earth is a wasteland.


Holy frak, "Battlestar Galactica" begins its heroic end tonight! The first of the acclaimed sci-fi series' last 10 episodes, "Sometimes a Great Notion," launches at 9 p.m. on the Sci Fi channel.

What other show could survive a six-month break in the middle of a season? Here's a quick recap of where we left the Colonials and Cylons, and what's coming on tonight's harrowing return ...

(Spoiler alert! Do not click through if storyline purity is desired.)

Keanu Reeves lands in 'Cowboy Bebop' movie

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Spike Spiegel from the animated "Cowboy Bebop" (left) and the forever typecast Keanu Reeves. (File)


In other sci-fi TV news, Keanu Reeves has been cast as Spike Spiegel in an upcoming live-action movie adaptation of the inanely cool Japanese anime series "Cowboy Bebop," according to Variety.

"Bebop" found its way to America via Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block a few years ago. The show follows the adventures of three bounty hunters aboard the spaceship Bebop in 2071.

Sigh. They'd better not "Aeon Flux" this one.

TV Talk Today: Friday's chat-show lineups

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A selection of guests scheduled on today's talk shows:

15 Days of 'ER': Season 13

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Here's a scene from "ER's" 13th season, an episode called "The Honeymoon Is Over," via YouTube ...

... and now watch a local fan's video of that same scene being filmed on the streets of Chicago, via YouTube:

If you've enjoyed the last three years of David Letterman's "Great Moments in Presidential Speeches" -- a nightly sound bite from our blunder-in-chief that's probably done as much if not more to succinctly calculate the president's IQ than even "The Daily Show" -- the final segment will appear tomorrow night on "The Late Show With David Letterman." In fact, the segment exits via a three-minute collection of the best moments. Here's a lil' preview ...

Letterman's on CBS (WBBM-Channel 2) at 10:35 p.m.

Live from New York! It's ... the John Mayer show?!

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The weirdest news out of this week's meeting of the Television Critics Association in L.A.? That John Mayer is the latest star angling to host a TV variety show.

CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler told a meeting of the Television Critics Association that the project is under development and an agreement is near. She didn't provide details.

She did, however, tell People ...

TV Talk Today: Thursday's chat-show lineups

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A selection of guests scheduled on today's talk shows:

Watch the premiere of 'United States of Tara'

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Showtime's new series, starting Sunday, starring Toni Collette as a suburban mom with multiple personalities -- and here's the full (well, edited) series premiere ...

'Idol' season premiere top-rated show yet again

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An estimated 30.1 million people watched the season debut of "American Idol" on Tuesday night, making it the most-watched prime-time show of the TV season so far.

Nielsen Media Research said that audience is down 10 percent from the 33.4 million who watched the season opener of the Fox network show in 2008. The 37.4 million who watched the 2007 debut represents the series' high point.

TV Talk Today: Wednesday's chat-show lineups

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A selection of guests scheduled on today's talk shows:

Where to watch the Obama inauguration and events

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At least it won't look like this ... (AP file)


Not feeling crazy enough to hit the road and drive to our nation's capital to watch history unfold? We're not, either. So as you comfort yourself with the realization that all those people will be watching the inauguration of President Obama on TV, too (on Jumbotrons, shivering in the cold), you can plan where and when you'll watch the events on TV.

Here's a round-up of inauguration coverage on TV, online, even in local movie theaters ...

My fellow Americans .. I am outta here!

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Variety reports that President Bush has asked the networks for a final 15-minute goodbye address this Thursday.

The White House made the request on Monday of the four major broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC.

Variety's report:

The nets were officially noncommittal as of late Monday, but it seems likely that most, if not all, will grant the request, although some may argue that the address may not be especially newsworthy and will have plenty of coverage on cable and other outlets.

If the address sticks with tradition and goes at 9 p.m. ET, it would preempt or delay in East Coast markets tentpole shows including ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," NBC's "The Office" and CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

TV Talk Today: Tuesday's chat-show lineup

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A selection of guests scheduled on today's talk shows:

15 Days of 'ER': Season 10

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Well, this is the Windy City, after all. And in just over one minute, a simple change of wind wrecked a medical helicopter on "ER" and caused all kinds of mayhem ...

Taylor Swift to appear on 'CSI'

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CBS says pop star Taylor Swift will appear on an episode of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

Swift will play a teenage girl whose family manages a seedy Las Vegas motel and who undergoes personal changes that have tragic consequences. CBS didn't announce the air date for the "CSI" episode.

Golden Globes ratings just bronze

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The glitz and glamor returned to the Golden Globes, but not all the audience.

An estimated 14.6 million people watched Sunday night's ceremony from Hollywood. That's certainly better than the star-free Globes from last year, held during the writer's strike. Only 6 million watched in 2008.

15 Days of 'ER': The pranksters

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The cast of "ER" is known for its on-set pranks. George Clooney was a real devil at this, but others soon got in on the act.

Here's a brief explanation of once such gotcha ...

There's a great video here, too, about the pranks -- booby traps, clowning around, greasy balls and more.

You can see Clooney's pranks galore in the gag reel posted here, too.

ER chief Kerry Weaver (Laura Innes) was the longest-running lesbian character on TV. Here are the scenes in "ER" that helped make history ...


The kiss that started it all -- with staff psychiatrist Kim Legaspi (Elizabeth Mitchell, who now plays Juliet on "Lost")


More after the jump ...

New 'Idol' judge is ready for the warbling

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She's the new kid on the block, but she's ready for the spotlight. The newest judge on "American Idol," songwriter-producer Kara DioGuardi, gave reporters a preview of what to expect during the eighth season of the show, which debuts Tuesday on Fox ...

15 Days of 'ER': Season 6

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His name is Luka, he lived on the sixth season of "ER" ...

Is this introduction utterly charming or totally creepy?

TV Talk Today: Friday's chat-show lineups

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A selection of guests scheduled on today's talk shows:

Patrick Swayze's interview on ABC

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The Patrick Swayze interview with Barbara Walters:

More after the jump ...

15 Days of 'ER': Season 5

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Here's another highlights reel, complete with music.

Season 5 ... oh yeah, Noah Wylie's beard ...

HBO lands exclusive rights to inauguration hoopla

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And where will you be watching the inauguration of President Obama (if you're not road-tripping it to the capital next week)?

On HBO, it seems. The cable network has landed exclusive rights to broadcast the ceremony an all the hoopla surrounding it.

But don't worry if you don't subscribe to HBO. You won't have to in order to watch ...

TV Talk Today: Wednesday's chat-show lineups

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A selection of guests scheduled on today's talk shows:

15 Days of 'ER': Season 4

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Season four was George Clooney's last full season on "ER." In this blooper reel, you can see what a cut-up prankster he was to work with ...

Obama's 'Check, Please!' finally will be served

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Years ago, before Obama was Obama, the up-and-coming State Senator appeared on an up-and-coming public TV show, WTTW's "Check, Please!" As the story goes, if I remember correctly, Obama was so erudite and eloquent that ... well, it didn't make for the best episode, so it was shelved and never aired.

Now, of course, everything Obama is in play ...

'Idol's' new judge says the men have it on season 8

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"American Idol" judges Simon Cowell (from left), Kara DioGuardi, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson arrive at a promotional event for the show in August in New York. (AP file)

New "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi says the singing contest's eighth year begins with the balance tilted in favor of male contestants.

DioGuardi says she spotted some unique performers during auditions for the Fox TV show, especially among the men. But the pressure is on them to keep improving or they'll leave the door open for an underdog, she says.

Patrick Swayze speaks out about his cancer battle

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Barbara Walters (right) poses with actor Patrick Swayze at his California ranch on Dec. 6. (ABC)


Patrick Swayze's new cop drama, "The Beast," premieres next week on A&E -- check it out, it's got some great noir-ish Chicago location shots -- but Wednesday night he talks to Barbara Walters on ABC in an interview special about the actor's battle with inoperable pancreatic cancer (it's his first TV interview since the diagnosis) and how he shot a whole series of the new show anyway.

Because, you know, he was only shooting full grueling 12-hour workdays, and taking chemotherapy sessions on the weekends. (Wow.)

Here's what we know is coming in the BabaWawa interview, airing 9 p.m. Wednesday ...

TV Talk Today: Tuesday's chat-show lineup

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A selection of guests scheduled on today's talk shows:

15 Days of 'ER': Season 3

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The season began with Dr. Carter entering the surgical internship (i.e., hell) and manny of our other favorite moments in this highlight reel ...

WWYD: ABC asks the question -- and tapes it

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Tuesday night is the premiere of "What Would You Do?" -- an ABC hidden-camera show that sets up fake, shocking (or sometimes funny) situations and records how people react to them. It's one big social experiment, the inevitable result of years of reality TV fixation.

To get an idea of what the show will be like, here's a sample from the show's origins as a popular segment on the "Primetime" news magazine show ...

'Bachelor' says show works -- he's engaged!

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Jason Mesnick lost "The Bachelorette," but now he's "The Bachelor."


Though he wasn't picked in the finale of "The Bachelorette," Jason Mesnick isn't just giving love another shot -- he says he's found it.

Mesnick, ABC's newest "Bachelor," says he's engaged to one of the women who compete for his affection on the 13th season of the reality series, which premieres tonight.

15 Days of 'ER': Season 2

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A highlight reel from season 2 ...

15 Days of 'ER': Season 1

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A scene from the 'ER' pilot ...

More after the jump ...

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