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Larry King: 'I want to be frozen when I die.' Seth MacFarlane: 'You want to live forever?'

Oh, my, what a shocker that Larry King: Dinner with King special was on Sunday night. King hosted a dinner at his house with his wife Shawn and a camera crew, with guests Conan O’Brien, Seth MacFarlane, Tyra Banks, Shaquille O’Neal, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Quincy Jones and Russell Brand. READ FULL STORY

'Live! with Kelly' premiere with no Regis, but Jerry Seinfeld snipes at Miss Piggy: Plus, 'a big announcement!'

Kelly Ripa began the post-Regis Philbin era by breaking out new coffee cups and a new logo: Live! with Kelly. “Oh my gosh, that was abrupt,” she said when the applause died away quickly after she was first announced. This energetic self-deprecation will serve her well. Jerry Seinfeld was the guest cohost, a perfect choice since he is funny and has absolutely no designs on taking Regis’ place permanently, and therefore exhibited not a trace of audience-pleasing desperation. READ FULL STORY

Regis Philbin exited 'Live' old: A review of a final show and a career, plus an anecdote

The mayor of New York gave him the key to the city. Tony Danza, sitting in the audience, shouted, “We love you, Regis!” He finally told “the honeymoon story” you didn’t know you wanted to hear. The studio was filled not with citizen-fans but with family, celebs, and the great orange face of Donald Trump. It was the final new Live for old Regis.

The last, heavily scripted Live hour was loaded with pre-taped segments (“Regis Reflects” moments?) that contained nary a second of what made Regis Regis: spontaneity. Well, not entirely: “A little long but okay,” was Regis’ abrupt dismissal of that awful “You Make Me Smile” montage. As Disney mogul Bob Iger was introduced to deliver some verbiage, Regis muttered craftily, “Oh, he’s still here?” The best non-Regis moment came from Kelly Ripa’s speech to him, so genuinely emotional she had to read it from notes she held in her shaking hand; it was touching. Not so touching? The ad immediately afterward touting “the first Live with Kelly show on Monday!” The machine must roll on… READ FULL STORY

Darrell Hammond on crack, cutting, and vicious abuse by his mother: This is some book tour: VIDEO

Don’t know if you’ve been following Darrell Hammond as he tours to promote his new book God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m F—ed, but he’s been giving some eye- and ear-opening interviews. The former Saturday Night Live cast member was interviewed yesterday by Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air, and had to stop at various moments to collect himself, brought to tears at recounting the abuse he suffered at the hands of his mother, his compulsive cutting, and the humane treatment he received from Lorne Michaels and SNL. READ FULL STORY

'The Five': The Fox News Channel's most delightfully crazy show

Imagine my surprise last Friday when I turned on my favorite guilty pleasure — Fox News’ The Five, its five-person, 5 p.m. five-days-a-week replacement for the full-fathom-five insanity of Glenn Beck — and saw little ol’ me getting slammed by the panel. There on screen was the cover of the new Muppetastic Entertainment Weekly alongside a pic of my ugly mug, as one of the Five, Greg Gutfeld, criticized me for my review suggesting that last week’s South Park was slightly weaker than some of its recent, sterling efforts. READ FULL STORY

Neil Gaiman, Stephin Merritt, and Moby helped Craig Ferguson celebrate Halloween: VIDEO

The unholy trio of writer Neil Gaiman, Magnetic Fields genius Stephin Merritt, and Moby helped Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer bring “Science Fiction/Double Feature” to The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson last night. READ FULL STORY

David Letterman 'loves' the Occupy Wall Street protests: 'I'm very sympathetic' -- with Leno UPDATE

David Letterman did not pussyfoot around in making clear his feelings about the Occupy Wall Street protestors. “I love these people causin’ trouble,” he said on Monday night’s Late Show. “Increasingly, this is the way we get change in this country.” READ FULL STORY

Sheen says he 'adores' Obama, criticizes 'corporate America' for not 'investing back'

Describing President Obama as “still the only adult in the room,” Martin Sheen will tell Joy Behar tonight that liberals in Hollywood should hold back on criticizing the President: “Steady, steady,” he warns recent celebrity Obama critics such as Michael Moore and Matt Damon, “you’re talking about a very special man.” READ FULL STORY

'The Rosie Show': The first week was terrific; now all she needs is more viewers: You.

The first week of The Rosie Show was a happy mess, two words I didn’t expect to be writing about a show featuring the mercurial O’Donnell and her tightly-controlled cable network, Oprah Winfrey’s OWN. On Friday’s edition, O’Donnell even spent some time re-playing some of the technical gaffes the live broadcast endured (faulty microphones, wrong clips shown), every one of which only increased the entertainment factor. READ FULL STORY

The Emmy Awards show review: Jane Lynch, 'Modern Family,' 'Downton Abbey,' and some genuine surprises

It’s rare that an awards show both rewards the people who really deserve those awards and is itself a rewarding show. But this year’s Emmy Awards was both. Led by spunky, clever host Jane Lynch, the Emmys were delightfully surprising — Margo Martindale! Kyle Chandler! Melissa McCarthy plus all the other Best Comedy Actress nominees onstage together! — and, in most ways, quite satisfactory. READ FULL STORY

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