Bits and Pieces - August 11, 2011
August 11, 2011
It was another wild day on Wall Street yesterday as stocks plunged 520 points. It's down 634, then up 430, then down 520. It's like Kirstie Alley's weight.
Yesterday TBS announced that they were pulling the plug on GEORGE LOPEZ'S talk show. If the story of a new talk show brought in to precede an existing one and driving down the original talk show's ratings story sounds familiar, it should. When CONAN O'BRIEN took over the Tonight Show and NBC moved Jay Leno into prime time, Jay's show tanked and took Conan down with it. Now Conan has pretty much done the same thing to Lopez. Since Conan arrived, Lopez's ratings dropped 40 percent and Conan's numbers are pretty weak, too.
It's been reported for some time, but now AMERICAN IDOL executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has confirmed JENNIFER LOPEZ will return to the show next season. Word is she got a hefty raise to a tad over $20 million per year.
- All of RADIOHEAD'S limited edition 12-inch singles remixes from The King of Limbs that were released this summer will be compiled onto one 19-track set called TKOL RMX 1234567. It'll be out on October 11th.
- JAY-Z and KANYE WEST'S video for 'Otis' will premiere tonight on MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV.com and BET at 8:56 p.m. Eastern and Pacific.
- TIM MCGRAW and wife FAITH HILL will headline the "CMC Rock the Hunter 2012" tour in Australia starting next March. It'll be the first time the couple has performed together outside the U.S. and Faith's first concerts in Australia.
- Today: The Rockettes perform; actress Susie Essman
- Good Morning America: Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi; musicians Joey Fatone and Carnie Wilson; chef Emeril Lagasse.
- Regis & Kelly: Actress Emma Stone; reality-TV star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi
- The View: Miss South Carolina Bree Boyce; Seth Green; TV host Marc Summers
- The Talk: Actress Jessica Alba; chef Duff Goldman
- Ellen DeGeneres: Tyra Banks; Jerrod Niemann performs; reality-TV stars Kody, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn Brown
Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 31 games last night. It's the longest streak in the majors this season and tied for the longest in Atlanta Braves history. Rico Carty hit in 31 straight in 1970, while Tommy Holmes holds the franchise record with 37 straight games when they were the Milwaukee Braves in 1945.
Don't you hate it when you forget something in the taxi? That recently happened to Evanston, Illinois' 19-year-old Christopher Porter. When the cab driver dropped Porter at his destination, instead of paying, he hit the pavement and ran away. Unfortunately for Porter, he left behind his backpack containing, among other things, his bong and his I.D. The cabbie took it to police, who contacted Porter's father, who sent his son to the police station. Porter was cited with possession of marijuana and, after paying the fare, the cabbie dropped the charges.
1966: The first Chevy Camaro drove off the assembly line
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