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9 Spin-Off Shows That Were Real Hits

4/15/2014 4:00pm EDT
9 Spin-Off Shows That Were Real Hits
Remember what it was like when you were dedicated to one show only, you never missed an episode and hoped your favorite characters (or personalities) would get their turn in the spotlight? Well that did happen to these classic spin-offs, who found their niche in television history and rightly remain some of the most unique and diverse group of programming ever made for television.

1. "The Simpsons"

(Spun off of "The Tracey Ullman Show")

"The Simpsons" was a cartoon short utilized in the series "The Tracey Ullman Show" during its run from 1987-1990. The show took on a life of its own i...

'General Hospital' Leads 2012 Daytime Emmy Award Nominations

5/9/2012 3:13pm EDT
General Hospital
Soap opera General Hospital has been tipped for glory at the 2012 Daytime Emmy Awards after scooping a whopping 23 nominations.

The long-running medical drama, which is up for the highly-coveted Outstanding Drama Series trophy, also landed nods in the best lead actor and actress categories for Maurice Bernard, Anthony Geary and Laura Wright.

Tying for second place were children's show Sesame Street and TV soap The Young and the Restless, which received 16 nominations a piece, while Days of Our Lives is up for 15.

Also receiving mentions were All My Children, One Life to Live, The Bold...

TV Goodbye: Shows That Ended & Shows That Were Cancelled In 2011

12/31/2011 12:00pm EST
Canceled and Ended Shows in 2011
Ask the typical American to name 20 currently airing primetime television shows and they probably can't without doing some serious thinking. They'd probably even ramble off a few that were cancelled during the year or the year before without even realizing it.

In 2011 a myriad of television shows come to an end with over 80 leaving the airwaves, most of which you probably never even heard of (some were so small we didn't even include them in this year-end roundup).

Some had tearful goodbyes after long runs (Oprah, Big Love, Rescue Me), and others were canceled so fast we hardly even knew ...

'Jump Shipp' Debuts On Halogen Tonight

10/21/2011 3:00pm EDT
Jump Shipp
In September, I introduced you to Josh Shipp, the motivational speaker who turned his own difficult past into the ability to constructively help others change their lives.

Tonight on Halogen TV, Josh's new series Jump Shipp arrives (9 PM ET/PT). On Jump Shipp, Josh helps people make that "jump" from the career they have to the one they want.

"Ultimately, my goal is to help the person that I'm working with. When I'm at my best, I'm solely focused on, how can I help this individual go from working at a shipping company to his dream job of being a police officer?" Josh told me during...

Q&A: Josh Shipp Wants To Help You Change Your Life

9/10/2011 1:00pm EDT
Josh Shipp
Most everyone has big ambitions at one point in our lives. What if you had someone who could help you make those a reality? That's what Josh Shipp is trying to do.

Having been through more pitfalls and trials than most of us can imagine, Josh has devoted his life to helping other people get out of the doldrums and realize their dreams. He's recently partnered with Halogen TV for Jump Shipp, a new series bowing on October 21 (9/8c) that will show the world how he helps individuals get from the life they have to the one they want. Before then, though, he sat down with me to talk abo...

Is Oprah Feuding With Natalie Portman?

6/4/2011 8:30am EDT
Oprah & Natalie Portman
Don't invite Oprah Winfrey and Natalie Portman to the same party. The rumor is that talk show queen and very pregnant Oscar winner are on the outs.

Us Weekly says Portman was supposed to be a part of Oprah's After Oscar show but cancelled just two hours before her appearance. The actress said she was "pregnant and exhausted."

However, in a behind-the-scenes episode of her talk show, Oprah appeared to be very understanding about the whole thing.

But a source tells CelebTV there was some bad blood between the two. Find out why in the video below:

Oprah Gets A Surprise From Paul Simon During Emotional Final Show

5/25/2011 11:05pm EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Veteran musician Paul Simon helped Oprah Winfrey bring her hit talk show to an emotional end after 25 years on air by recording a special song especially for her.

The media mogul wrapped up 25 years of The Oprah Winfrey Show by recalling the highs and lows of her talk show career on the grand finale, which aired in the U.S. on Wednesday. Viewers were taken to commercial breaks to the sounds of Twenty-Five Years, a ballad Simon wrote to mark Winfrey's momentous occasion.

She fought back tears as she took fans on a trip down memory lane, with Winfrey calling her fans her "safe harbor" as sh...

What To Watch: Viewers Say Bye To Oprah; 'Dancing With The Stars'’ & 'Idol' Crown Winners (May 22-28, 2011)

5/22/2011 9:58am EDT
It seemed impossible to pick just one must-watch show this week with some of the biggest moments of the season happening and, more importantly, one of the biggest moments of the decade happening.

On Wednesday, viewers will say goodbye to probably the most loved talk show ever – “Oprah.” After 25 seasons, Oprah will grace viewers’ homes one last time – at least one last non-repeat time – for an intimate chat and the opportunity to thank those who have stood by her through the years. Don’t forget to tune in on Monday and Tuesday as well, as those episodes will feature special guests, includi...

Oprahgeddon: The End Is Here (Video)

5/21/2011 9:00am EDT
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Did you hear something about the world ending today? Is it just a coincidence that Oprah's talk show is also ending its 25 year run? Maybe, but either way, take a look at this video from UCBComedy.com and start preparing for the hilariously grim future that awaits us all.

Sarah Ferguson Felt Ostracized, Went To Jungle On Royal Wedding Day

5/11/2011 8:27am EDT
Sarah Ferguson
Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess Of York, insists the royal family was quite right not to invite her to Prince William's wedding last month because she has ostracized herself from The Queen and company.

The former wife of Prince Andrew and mother of princesses Beatrice and Eugenie spent the royal wedding day in a remote Thai jungle trying to come to terms with the royal snub, and she admits she wasn't really expecting an invite because of all the mistakes she has made.

No longer an official member of the royal family, Fergie has battled longtime legal woes and was famously exposed for attempti...

Chaz Bono's Girlfriend: 'The Sex Is Better Now He Is A Man'

5/10/2011 8:13am EDT
Chaz Bono
Transgender celebrity Chaz Bono is better in bed now he is a man, according to his longtime girlfriend.

Speaking out about their romance on Monday's Oprah Winfrey Show, Cher's son Chaz and his partner Jenny Elia admitted there have been post sex-change challenges, but neither considered leaving the other - and Elia revealed the sex is better.

Asked if sex is different with Chaz the man, Elia said, "Yes, absolutely. It's better, I have to say... Mentally and emotionally, he is more alive."

Bono has had his breasts removed and testosterone shots have made him feel more manly - and his v...

Tom Hanks Will Be Guest Speaker At Yale Graduation

5/7/2011 2:00pm EDT
Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks will bring a touch of Hollywood glamour to Yale University's graduation ceremonies this year after he was invited to attend as the guest speaker.

The star will send the class of 2011 off with a bang when he addresses graduating students on Class Day, on the eve of the prestigious school's annual commencement.

And Hanks admits he's honored to take on the task.

He tells TV mogul Oprah Winfrey, "It's pretty cool, it's a big responsibility. I'm scribbling down notes, seeing what's gonna work, what's not gonna work. I'll come up with something."

Yale guest speakers traditionally ap...

Shania Twain Releases 'Pathetic' Email She Sent To Husband-Stealing Assistant (Video)

5/4/2011 9:08am EDT
Shania Twain
Singer Shania Twain has published the "pathetic" email she sent to her one-time best friend after she ran off with the star's husband Mutt Lange in her new memoir, "From This Moment On."

The country beauty was left devastated when she discovered her husband was romancing her former assistant and confidante Marie-Anne Thiebaud the day after Lange filed for divorce - and admits she begged her friend to give up the music mogul.

Going public with the letter she sent during an appearance on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" on Tuesday, Twain read, "Please leave us in peace...I'm begging you. I am so l...

Shania Twain Still Hurting Over Marriage Betrayal

5/3/2011 11:43pm EDT
Shania Twain
Country music star Shania Twain has spoken out about the devastating end of her marriage to producer Mutt Lange, revealing she opened up about her worst fears to his mistress.

Unknown to the singer, her best friend and assistant, Marie-Anne Thiebaud, was romancing Lange behind her back.

Opening up about the betrayal for her upcoming TV special, Why Not?, Twain recalls turning to her pal when she first started suspecting something was wrong.

She says, "She was my confidante, somebody who understood.

"I said, 'Marie-Anne, don't you think that my husband is acting strange?' and she said, '...

Shame From Sex Tape Made Rob Lowe 'Finally Get Sober'

4/29/2011 8:41am EDT
Rob Lowe
Rob Lowe has credited his 1989 sex tape scandal for sparking his sobriety because the drama made the him realize his life was spiralling out of control.

The actor hit the headlines after a sexual encounter with a 16 year old was caught on tape, and he immediately feared his career as a Hollywood golden boy was over.

But not everything that came out of the scandal was bad - it made him seek help to get sober.

Speaking about the sex tape drama on Thursday's "Oprah Winfrey Show," the star said, "What it ends up doing is accelerating my alcohol stuff to where I finally get sober and I've bee...

Interview: Dr. Carole Lieberman On "Bad Girls"

4/15/2011 4:05pm EDT
Carole Lieberman
For me, analyzing the media is even more fun than watching it. I don't want to be just a passive viewer - I want to know what makes it tick, and what it can do for me. So I sat down for a chat with self-described "media psychiatrist" Dr. Carole Lieberman, whose major focus in her work is described on her website as "the psychology of showbiz and the influence of media." Exactly the kind of stuff I spend far too much time talking about.

Dr. Lieberman and I discussed her new book, Bad Girls: Why Men Love Them and How Good Girls Can Learn Their Secrets, as well as gender issues within t...

Shirley MacLaine Admits To Sleeping With Three Men In One Day

4/12/2011 8:27am EDT
Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine discovered she was a fan of monogamy after bedding three men in one day.

The Oscar winner has opened up about her scandalous love life and open 30-year marriage to businessman Steve Parker in new book "I'm Over All That" and accepts her three men in one day tale may shock many fans.

She says, "I wasn't into 'sexcapades', although I tried it once; I had three people in one day. It was on a political campaign, where everybody was doing the same thing (and) I just didn't wanna be left out. It was not my style at all; I'm a serial monogamist."

But that isn't to say MacLaine ...

Tina Fey Expecting Her Second Child

4/7/2011 8:13am EDT
Tina Fey
Comedienne Tina Fey is pregnant with her second child.

The Date Night star announced her happy news during a taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show on Wednesday and her spokesperson confirms she is five months into her pregnancy.

Fey and her composer husband Jeff Richmond are already parents to a five-year-old daughter, Alice.

The baby news comes just a day after Fey's 30 Rock co-star Alec Baldwin revealed their hit sitcom will come to an end next year.

Fey's interview with Winfrey is due to air on Tuesday.

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Oprah Dodges $100 Million Plagiarism Lawsuit

3/29/2011 8:19am EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey is celebrating a legal victory after a U.S. judge dismissed a $100 million lawsuit which alleged she violated copyright during an episode of her hit talk show.

Author Charles Harris filed suit against the media mogul last year, alleging Winfrey read questions from his political booklet, How America Elects Her Presidents, during an installment of The Oprah Winfrey Show that aired in February 2009.

He claimed to have sent her copies of the publication back in 2008 when she began supporting Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

Harris filed suit in Pennsylvania accusing her...

Ricky Martin Triumphs At GLAAD Media Awards

3/20/2011 4:30pm EDT
Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin was a double winner at the 22nd annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards in New York on Saturday night.

The pop star, who 'came out' as a gay man last year, landed the Vito Russo Award and the Outstanding Talk Show Episode for his Oprah Winfrey Show appearance, during which he revealed all about his sexuality.

Other winners at the Marriott Marquis Times Square ceremony included hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, who claimed the Excellence in Media Award, and True Blood, which was named Outstanding Drama Series.

Additional awards will be presented in ...

Oprah Not Filming Her Show In Egypt

3/5/2011 11:11am EST
Representatives for Oprah Winfrey have shot down reports the talk show queen is taping a future episode of her show in Egypt.

The country's new tourism minister Munir Fakhri Abdelnur reportedly told a local news station in Cairo that Winfrey was planning to broadcast a live show from Tahrir Square on "a Friday in March".

Tahrir Square became famous earlier this year when it turned into a meeting place for activists protesting the dictatorship of Egypt's now-ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

But Oprah's aides insist the talk show queen is not planning a trip to the Middle East.

A spokesper...

David Arquette Tweets He's 'Fine' After Car Accident

3/5/2011 8:04am EST
David Arquette
David Arquette has assured fans he's fine following a head-on car crash in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon.

The star has taken to his Twitter account to let followers know he's alright after driving his Cadillac into oncoming traffic in West Hollywood and colliding with another car.

Arquette swerved to avoid hitting a vehicle that had stopped suddenly in front of him.

There were concerns shortly after the crash when photos of Arquette lying on the ground by the side of his smashed car, awaiting emergency services, were posted online.

But he has assured fans he's OK, and made light of t...

Willow Smith Sings New Song '21st Century Girl' On Oprah (Video)

3/2/2011 8:32am EST
Willow Smith
She's whipped her hair back and forth for Justin Bieber and even sat on Lady Gaga's lap.

Willow Smith just hit Oprah's stage to debut her new single, "21st Century Girl." And of course she also sang her hit song "Whip My Hair."

The 10 year old talked about the meaning of her popular song. "Whipping you hair is the new 'I am me.' I don't know what you're doing, but I am me...just being yourself and not caring what other people say about you.

See more in the video below:

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Did Hosting the Oscars Create bad Blood Between James Franco & Anne Hathaway?

3/1/2011 11:57pm EST
James Franco and Anne Hathaway
James Franco's representative has shot down reports the actor fled the Oscars on Sunday night after falling out with co-host Anne Hathaway and producers during the ceremony.

Reports suggest the actors weren't exactly best friends backstage at the Academy Awards - and tabloid reports suggest Franco and Hathaway didn't get along at all.

They appeared all smiles in promotional skits for the Oscars and onstage during the ceremony, although Franco appeared to be less than happy as the evening wore on.

When the show was over, Hathaway partied in Hollywood and joined the Oscar winners who were ...

Diana Ross Reunited With Billy Dee Williams on Oprah's Show

2/27/2011 1:12pm EST
Diana Ross
Superstar Diana Ross was left in awe during a recently taped episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show after she was reunited with her Mahogany co-star Billy Dee Williams, 35 years after the movie was released.

The iconic singer/actress, 66, sat down for the first time with her five children and her grandson for a TV special with Winfrey, and the media mogul took Ross back in time when she surprised her by introducing Williams to the stage.

Appearing on the show, which aired on Friday, Ross gasped, "Are you kidding me?" before warmly embracing the actor, saying, "Where have you been?"

The old pa...

Rosanna & Patricia Arquette Say Their Mother Stabbed & Choked Them

2/25/2011 10:00am EST
Rosana & Patricia Arquette
Siblings Rosanna and Patricia Arquette have opened up about their violent upbringing during a hard-hitting TV special about the family.

The two actresses agreed to appear on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" as part of brother David's first indepth TV chat since completing a 28-day rehab stint in January.

The taped special aired on Thursday and shattered myths the five Arquette kids grew up on an idyllic commune their actor father, Louis, and poet mother helped found in Virginia.

The sisters revealed there was a dark side to their creative parents - their mother was violent and dad had addiction ...

David Arquette Believed Courteney Cox Was Having An Affair

2/25/2011 8:54am EST
David Arquette
David Arquette feared his wife Courteney Cox was cheating on him as their 11-year marriage began to fall apart last summer.

The estranged couple were separated for months before news leaked about the break-up, but actor Arquette can still clearly remember how his wife fell into a deep depression after hinting the marriage was over.

In a candid TV interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired in America on Thursday, Arquette revealed he felt sure Cox had found another man.

He explained, "She said, 'I don't want to be your mother anymore'... (and then) she came down (stairs) really depressed o...

David Arquette Opens Up To Oprah, Says He Had A Drinking Problem In High School

2/24/2011 8:30am EST
David Arquette
David Arquette has opened up about a family intervention which sparked his post-Christmas rehab stint, revealing he arrived home from a Christmas party trip to Miami, Florida, to find his actress sister Patricia and estranged wife Courteney Cox at his bedside as he awoke from a nap.

Arquette checked into rehab at the beginning of January and has now spoken about the moment he knew it was time to get sober during a taped chat with Oprah Winfrey, which will air today.

He explains, "I came back from Miami and I'd taken a nap and I woke up and Patricia and Courteney were at my bed.


Dead Baby Found at Oprah Winfrey's School

2/18/2011 3:57pm EST
Oprah | Photo Credits: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
A dead baby has been found in the bag of a student at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Johannesburg, South Africa, ABC News reports.

The body was found last Wednesday when the 17-year-old girl brought the bag to a local hospital where she was being treated for excessive bleeding, police Lt. Col. Lungelo Dlamini told ABC News in a statement.

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It is believed that the girl, who has not been identified, gave birth ...

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Michael Vick Backs Out Of Oprah Interview

2/17/2011 8:26am EST
Michael Vick
Disgraced football star Michael Vick has scrapped his appearance on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" for personal reasons.

Winfrey had to withdraw her bet with CNN newsman Piers Morgan over who would land the first in-depth interview with the sportsman, who was jailed in 2007 for his part in a dog fighting ring, in order to land the big get - but now Vick has backed out of the TV chat, which was scheduled to air next week.

Vick was expected to discuss his 18-month prison stint and his image makeover as the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles on the show.

A statement from him reads, "After ca...