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Oprah, Morgan Freeman and Mythbusters: Discovery Woos Advertisers and Media Buyers at Upfront Soiree

Yesterday evening Discovery Communications held its annual upfront presentation, wooing advertisers and media buyers, while previewing upcoming programming and networks.

With a suite of channels that includes Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet and OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, there was plenty of ground to cover.

Luckily, they had Oprah there to sell it.

Yes, talk show queen turned media mogul Oprah Winfrey herself was in attendance at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and revealed the 2011/2012 OWN programming slate on stage.

She was joined by Rosie O’Donnell, who will be making her return to daytime with a talk show on OWN later this year. O’Donnell performed a song and dance routine with a troupe of male dancers.

Discovery had other big names in attendance, inducing actor Morgan Freeman, who hosts and produces the program “Through the Wormhole” on Science, and magicians Penn & Teller, who have a new show “Penn & teller’s Secrets of the Universe” on Discovery later this year. Billy Ray Cyrus also unveiled his new show for TLC, “Homecoming,” which reunites military men and women with their families, while SNL’s Andy Samberg told some jokes in advance of his gig as “Chief Shark Officer” during 2011′s Shark Week.

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Billy Ray Cyrus Wishes Hannah Montana Had Never Happened

In an interview appearing in the March issue of GQ, Billy Ray Cyrus speaks openly about the troubles that have recently plagued his family. In case you haven’t been reading the tabloids, highlights include: Billy Ray and his wife have split after 17 years of marriage, and his 18-year-old daughter Miley Cyrus has been spotted drinking, smoking a bong, and cavorting in clubs.

Billy Ray places much of the blame on Hannah Montana, the Disney TV show in which he and Miley both starred. He tells to GQ, “I’ll tell you right now—the damn show destroyed my family.” When asked if he wishes Hannah Montana had never happened, he replys:

I hate to say it, but yes, I do. Yeah. I’d take it back in a second. For my family to be here and just be everybody okay, safe and sound and happy and normal, would have been fantastic. Heck, yeah. I’d erase it all in a second if I could.

The full article is available on the GQ website.

Maybe Limbaugh Is Right; Obama Kids Might Meet Hannah Montana

obamadaughters.jpgWhile arch conservatives like Rush Limbaugh thunder on about President-elect Barack Obama’s links to Hollywood (whether through his White House chief of staff’s family members or just Obama’s natural charisma), one of Hollywood’s most popular TV shows, “Hannah Montana,” wants to invite Obama’s kids to appear, MSNBC claims.

Most Miley Cyrus fans would die for a chance to meet the “Hannah Montana” star, but when your dad has just been elected President of the United States, you have a little extra pull. Eat your heart out, Rush Limbaugh.

Billy Ray Cyrus told Access Hollywood that “Hannah” might get a visit from future first daughters Malia and Sasha Obama.

“They probably will. The invitation is there,” Miley’s dad said. “The ‘Hannah Montana’ film comes out in April. Maybe something might happen around then. Maybe not. I don’t know… I have got to keep a secret.”

Miley Cyrus said she didn’t know if the offer had been extended yet to the White House’s new resident “Hannah Montana” fans.

“I think that would be really cool and if anything, have them visit the set,” Cyrus noted. “They could see what we do and we could hear about what they do.”

But what kind of storyline does Cyrus envision for the girls if they do appear on her show?

“They are kind of like me before I started my own career. You are kind of put in it because their dad and because of my dad… so I would want it to be normal and they could come hang out on the set with normal girls. I think that would be fun for them,” she explained.

As the Obama daughters get ready for a life in a much larger spotlight, Cyrus offered some advice on how to handle the attention when one of your parents is a superstar in their own right.

“I think, more than anything, it would be to find your own identity,” Cyrus said. “Something that makes you stand out where you can be like, ‘This is Miley and she does this.’ I think that is a cool way to be if you can have your identity away from your parents, away from a friend or brother or sister.”