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Friday, September 14, 2007

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The View’s rosy ratings
I never saw this coming. Whoopi Goldberg’s first week on The View scored huge ratings, tying Rosie O’Donnell’s debut to earn the highest ratings ever in the show’s history, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The addition of Sherri Shepherd brought even more viewers to the chatfest, an impressive 3.9 million on Monday, compared to 3.1 million last year.

Watch new fall shows early
You can watch several new fall shows for free, before they air. NBC is offering its new pilots, Bionic Woman, Chuck, Life and Journeyman, and CBS is offering The Big Bang Theory at Amazon Unbox, for free, before they air on TV. Once downloaded, viewers can watch the shows on their computers or TiVo box. Not to be left out, The CW is offering Gossip Girl at iTunes.

Former Buffy star does The Apprentice
vs. the business world? Yes, it’s true. Former Buffy and Angel star Charisma Carpenter has signed on for the celebrity version of The Apprentice, according to TV Guide. I’ve seen her slay a vampire. Her fellow job applicants had better watch their backs.

Former O.C. star guests on Chuck
Rachel Bilson, known to many as Summer Roberts from The OC, will guest star on the new NBC show Chuck for several episodes, according to show runner Josh Schwartz. I’d heard that Chuck was this season’s Seth Cohen, but I didn’t believe it until now.

Jon Stewart to host Oscars
Jon Stewart is set to return as the host of The Oscars this year. He’s been asked to pull hosting duties again when the show airs on Feb. 24, 2008. I love Stewart, but I guess this officially means that Billy Crystal is done.


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