Mother’s Day is right around the corner and the Oprah Winfrey Network is going all out. Five all-new specials and series featuring an array of stars will air this Mother’s Day Weekend.
On May 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET, viewers can see Julia Roberts as host and executive producer of “Extraordinary Moms.” The show highlights mothers who are devoted to not only their children, but also the well-being of all children. Such women include Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rosie O’Donnell, and Christiane Amanpour.
“No Woman, No Cry” will air May 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET. The special shares the stories of expectant mothers from four different countries doing all they can to survive childbirth. Christy Turlington Burns directs this insightful documentary.
As “The Oprah Winfrey Show” nears its end, viewers can get a unique view of the show through “Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes.” On May 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET, Oprah and her staff will reveal unseen footage as well as share their feelings about being in front of the camera.
The final two shows airing in this Mother’s Day weekend line-up feature three of country’s most well-known female singers. “The Judds,” featuring Naomi and Wynonna Judd, airs May 8 at 10 p.m. ET. The episode will focus on their final tour performance as well as the depths of the relationship between mother and daughter. “Why Not? With Shania Twain” on May 8 at 11 p.m. ET reveals details of the singer’s life, including an abusive childhood and a painful divorce.
These Mother’s Day shows air May 7-8 on OWN.
2010 New York Comedy Festival Announces Lineup. The 2010 New York Comedy Festival has announced the upcoming lineup for the year and fans won’t be disappointed in this year’s schedule of sure-to-bring laughs. The festival will kick off on November 3 rd and will run until November 7th. Fans will get to catch comedians such as Aziz Ansari, Adam Carolla, Margaret Cho, Louis CK, Kevin Hart, Gabriel Iglesias, Luis Jimenez, Maz Jobrani, Joel McHale, Rosie O’Donnell, Brian Regan and Nick Swardson are all scheduled to perform. All included in the festival will be more than 150 other comedians that will perform at more than 10 venues throughout the run of the five day festival. “The New York Comedy Festival has become THE destination for legendary and rising comedic talent,” says Caroline Hirsch, founder of the Festival and owner of the famed Carolines on Broadway. “We are excited about this year’s programming that features an array of performers that are distinct, visionary and downright hilarious.” “I’m thrilled to give the New York Comedy Festival another try this November,” says comedian Joel McHale. “To be playing Carnegie Hall is a milestone in the Festival’s misjudgment, but for me it is a dream come true.”
Jay Leno doesn’t appear to be winning anyone over with his move to retake “The Tonight Show,” as Jimmy Kimmel and Rosie O’Donnell tell him to let Conan O’Brien keep the show. “Shame on Jay Leno,” O’Donnell told reporters Thursday night after an HBO Television Critics Association panel, according to MSNBC. “I have been a big fan of Conan O’Brien,” she said, directing her comments to Leno. “And if you’re privileged enough to be asked to drive the bus, you should say thank you and drive it to the best of your ability and when it’s time for them to hire a new driver, you should say, ‘Thank you for allowing me to drive this for as long as I did,’ and pass the keys to the new guy.” “I think the best prank I ever pulled was… I told a guy once that five years from now I’m gonna give you my show,” Kimmel said. “And then when the five years came, I gave it to him, and then took it back almost instantly. It was hilarious.” Kimmel knocked Leno several times for reportedly taking “The Tonight Show” away from O’Brien, joking: “Listen, Jay, Conan and I have children, all you have to take care of is cars. I mean, who have lives to lead here. You’ve got $800 million, for God’s sakes… leave our shows alone.” mThe late night monologue jabs continued with O’Brien and David Letterman. “There’s a rumor that NBC is so upset with me, they want to keep me off the air for 3 years,” the “Tonight Show” host – for now – said. “My response to that is, if NBC doesn’t want people to see me, just leave me on NBC.” “No matter what happens,” Conan noted, “it’s been a real honor to sit in the same chair as Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, and Jay Leno.” Letterman, who went through his own late night shuffle long ago with NBC and Leno, seemed to delight in the new brouhaha. “Do you folks know what’s going on with NBC and the trouble they’re having with Jay Leno and Conan O’ Brien?” he asked his audience. “Are you getting tired of hearing about it? Me neither.” He went on to joke: “Let me define a couple of terms for you: bypass surgery is when doctors, surgeons restore blood flow to your heart. A bypass, a bypass is what’s happening to Conan O’Brien.” Reports on Thursday suggested Leno has already struck a deal to take over “The Tonight Show” once again, booting O’Brien, who will possibly find a home at another network. However, NBC sources have denied any deal was struck.
MADONNA has reportedly moved her new boyfriend into her New York flat. The singer, who has reportedly been dating Jesus Luz since January since she split from husband Guy Ritchie. The 50-year-old introduced Luz to her three children, 12-year-old daughter Lourdes, son Rocco, eight, and adopted tot David Banda, three, last month. A source told the Sunday Mirror: “Jesus has left his old life and his old friends behind. His whole world has turned on its head since he met Madonna. ‘A few months ago he was living at his mum’s place in one of the poorest cities in the world. Now he’s got his feet under the table in a massive mansion block overlooking Central Park. And he’s on the books of the biggest modelling agency in the world. ‘Madonna has changed too. She’s mellowed into a completely different person from the one who was married to Guy Ritchie. She never used to like cooking but now she has really got into it. They laugh a lot and enjoy staying in.’
More about Madonna
Name at birth: Madonna Louise Ciccone
Madonna used a mixture of talent, pulchritude and relentless self-promotion to become one of the most famous recording artists of the 20th century. She released her self-titled first album in 1983 in the guise of a streetwise pop ragamuffin, and over time she kept one step ahead of the game by jumping from persona to persona: dance club queen, balladeer, cowgirl, channeler of the Mysterious East. Her other albums have included Like a Virgin (1984, with the hit single “Material Girl” giving her a new nickname), Ray of Light (1998), Music (2000), American Life (2003), Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005) and Hard Candy (released in 2008, the year she turned 50). She has also acted in over a dozen movies, including Dick Tracy (1990, with Warren Beatty) and A League of Their Own (1992, with Rosie O’Donnell). No stranger to controversy, Madonna has long been a favorite of the tabloids on topics ranging from her racy videos and TV appearances to her sometimes-mystical religious beliefs to her marriages to actor Sean Penn (1985-89) and filmmaker Guy Ritchie (they married in 2000, and announced in 2008 that they would divorce). Her daughter Lourdes was born in October of 1996, fathered by Madonna’s personal trainer, Carlos Leon. In August of 2000 Madonna and Ritchie had a son, Rocco. In October of 2006 they adopted a a motherless 13-month-old child, David Banda, from the African country of Malawi.
Extra credit: Madonna attended the University of Michigan on a dance scholarship… Her daughter Lourdes is named for the site where Bernadette Soubirous saw visions of the Virgin Mary… A fall from a horse in 2005 left the pop star with a broken collarbone and three cracked ribs… The RIAA reported in 2008 that Madonna had sold over 63 million albums in her career.
Madonna appears with Marilyn Monroe in our loop Mole Mania.
Britney Spears may have put her head-shaving, hell-raising days behind her – but people still don’t want to be her neighbor.
Despite her recent comeback, the pop star topped the list of worst celebrities of 2008 in a thoroughly unscientific survey.
Sarah Palin, on the other hand, was named the most desirable neighbor in the Zillow.com poll. Maybe folks just want a clear view of Russia.
Some 2,000 people were questioned for the real-estate site’s survey, and one in five said they wouldn’t want to live near Spears.
Loudmouth comedian Rosie O’Donnell was a close second. It’s not clear why – but perhaps her former “View” colleagues got extra votes.
Filling out the list of folks who need really big fences were Joe the Plumber of 2008 election fame, Lindsay Lohan, Pacman Jones and disgraced ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
On the upside, 13% of those surveyed said Oprah Winfrey would make a good neighbor, followed by Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and Tina Fey.
About 3% of the group said they’d love to live near Britney – most of them men.