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Bravo’s Andy Cohen Eyes Madonna, Michelle Obama

As Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live celebrates five years, the numbers are better than ever.

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Per a Q&A with show star Andy Cohen by Hollywood Reporter TV editor Lacey Rose, the program this year is up five percent compared to the same period last year with a weekly viewership of 997,000.

When asked who is at the top of his guest wish-list, Cohen came up with four immediate answers:

“I love music people. I’d love Beyonce or Justin Timberlake. I’d still love Madonna, and I think that’ll happen.”

“The best guests for me are people who I’m actually a big fan of and very invested in. And we’re working on the first lady, too. She and I spoke about it, and she said, “I think that’s a thing we could do later in Barack’s second term.” I loved that answer because what that said to me is, when she comes, she’s going to go for it.”

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Demetria Lucas Explains How Her Blog, ‘A Belle in Brooklyn,’ Was Born

Demetria-Lucas-ArticleDemetria Lucas‘ road to reality TV stardom is an unusual one. She started as a writer and a journalist, working for the likes of Honeymag.com, Harlequin and BET Books, before her uber-successful blog, A Belle in Brooklyn, exploded onto the scene. Dubbed the “black Carrie Bradshaw” by the Washington Post, Lucas’ career took off.

She has since worked as the relationships editor and dating columnist at Essence, written two books and now stars on Bravo’s Blood Sweat and Heels. In the latest interview for Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do series, Lucas reveals how her writing career prepared her for the TV spotlight and how she came to start her blog:

Sex and the City was still on the air, and black women who watched it took issue like, ‘This is New York City. There are amazing people of all colors here, including fabulous black women with great careers. Why isn’t there one on the show?’ I was looking for a site, a book, something that filled that gap. I complained to one of my writer friends about it and he said, ‘Well, you’re a writer. Why don’t you write it?’ That’s how A Belle in Brooklyn was born. I started doing it on MySpace and it quickly became popular. Then I went to a networking event and pitched the idea of writing about dating and relationships as a single black woman in Brooklyn to the editor of Honeymag.com. She loved it. The first piece I did for her site got around 4,000 visitors and she called me like, ‘Oh my God. We’ve struck gold.’

For more from Lucas, including how she uses social media to interact with her fans, read: So What Do You Do, Demetria Lucas, Writer and Reality Show Star?

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Stephen Colbert to Succeed David Letterman as Host of The Late Show (TVNewser)
It’s official: Stephen Colbert will take over as the host of CBS’ The Late Show when David Letterman retires next year. Specifics of Colbert’s show — including the premiere date, producers and location — will be determined after the timeline is decided for Letterman’s retirement, CBS said. Capital New York The rank and file at The Colbert Report, his Comedy Central show, are operating on the assumption they are invited to follow the comedian to staff The Late Show and stay in New York, someone familiar with Colbert’s transition plan said. Variety When Colbert sits behind the desk of the CBS program, he will do it with a new presentation — not as the right-wing caricature he plays in his current perch on Comedy Central. “He is not going to play that character,” said Nina Tassler, chairman of CBS Entertainment, in an interview. THR / The Live Feed The Colbert Report, which launched in 2005, has earned an Emmy win for outstanding variety series (2013) and three Emmy wins for writing for a variety, music or comedy program (2013, 2010, 2008). Before that, Colbert spent eight years as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart as an on-air personality and writer of news satire. He also has written two books — I Am America (And So Can You!) and America Again: Re-Becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t — and won a Grammy for spoken word for America Again earlier this year. Mashable Several media outlets quoted network executives saying the deal came together quickly after Letterman’s retirement, including breakneck negotiations with several candidates. Craig Ferguson, whose Late Late Show comes on after Letterman’s, was never seen as a true contender for the slot; it remains to be seen whether he’ll stick around after being passed over. Other names thrown in the mix were Chelsea Handler and Neil Patrick Harris — but even as top contenders, they were dark horses at best. For nearly 18 months, Colbert was always CBS’ guy.

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James Lipton Puts a Bow on Boxing Day

Shutterstock_BruceLauraDernCannesThis is pretty cool. On December 26, fans of Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio will get to enjoy a very special holiday treat – the first-ever episode featuring a father and daughter.

Bruce Dern, gathering momentum each day for a second Oscar nomination for his role in Nebraska, was joined on stage by his Oscar nominated daughter Laura. Set your DVR for 7 p.m. From today’s announcement, which followed the exclusive tip to THR‘s Scott Feinberg:

Viewers will learn what it was like for Laura to grow up with both her father and mother, Diane Ladd, in the industry, and to be the first and only family to each have a star side by side on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Jets Sunday Night Preseason Loss Tops Weekly Ratings

America got its first look at Tim Tebow in action for the Jets Sunday night. Curiosity also got the best of New Yorkers, making the NBC game, with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth at the mic, number one. The matchup with Carolina drew an estimated 839,000 WNBC viewers with a 4.3 rating, according to Nielsen.

The Giants also performed well in the ratings, tuning up for the regular season. It was another case of  the national exposure, as the G-Men hosted the Bears on CBS. The sixth-rated show of the week had 526,000 fans and a 2.7 rating.

America’s Got Talent pulled in huge numbers again, placing second and third. The competition averaged approximately 670,000 viewers and a 3.5 rating.

The season finale of HBO’s vampire series, True Blood, was fourth (602,000/3.1), while CBS’ 60 Minutes grabbed fifth place (587,000/3.0).

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All That Glitters is NBC’s Olympic Coverage

The London Olympics proved to the most watched television event in history. So, of course, WNBC reaped golden results from the Games.

The Nielsen weekly ratings, once again, were ”top-heavy” with Olympics prime time action. It was the Closing Ceremony, however, that took the gold, as the top program of the week. An estimated 2.3 million Channel 4 viewers watched Sunday night  with an 11.8 rating.

The 90-minute lead-in to NBC’s Closing Ceremony had a sixth-place finish (1.4 million/7.5).

Coverage from the U.K. capital averaged 1.7 million viewers and a nearly a 9.0 rating.

Venerable 60 Minutes still squeezed its way into the Top 10. In going against the Olympics’ final night, the CBS mainstay had 484,000 viewers and a 2.5 ratings.

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Baseball All-Star Game Hits Home Run in Weekly Ratings for WNYW

The summer is quiet time for TV viewing habits. But last week’s Baseball All-Star Game had big numbers to finish at number one. The game, on WNYW/Channel 5, had an estimated 900,000 viewers and a 4.6 rating, according to Nielsen.  The pre-game show had a ninth-place finish (473,000/2.4).

ESPN also used the All-Star Break to its advantage. The Home-Run Derby was third (681,000/3.5). The pre-game show also did well in a tie for sixth (509,000/2.6).

NBC also had a good week from America’s Got Talent, landing at number two (694,000/3.6).

CBS’ tried and true 60 Minutes had 567,000 WCBS viewers with a 2.9 rating, good enough for fourth place, while HBO’s True Blood was fifth (526,000/2.7).

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Lebron and Co. Lift WABC to Winning Week with NBA Finals

With the storyline of Lebron James gunning for his first NBA title, the Finals took the Top 3 spots for the week.

Game 1 of ABC’s coverage between the Heat and Thunder had estimated 1.4 million Channel 7 viewers, according to Nielsen, with a 7.1 rating.

Game 2 also performed well with 1.2 million fans and a 6.4 rating. Sunday night’s Game 3 had a slightly smaller audience with 1.2 million viewers and a 6.1 rating.

No basketball for ABC Friday, but the network still scored a big win, thanks to Nik Wallenda. His exhilarating walk above Niagara Falls on a wire was number four with 722,000 people watching the two-hour live broadcast. The special presentation managed a 3.7 rating.

CBS made it’s first appearance on the survey with 60 Minutes at five (626,000/3.2), while NBC cracked the Top 10 with America’s Got Talent (614,000/3.1) in sixth place.

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James Lipton: From Struggling New York Actor to Master Interviewer

Isn’t it nice to know that even someone like James Lipton struggled to pay his bills while living in our fair city? Makes you feel good about spending a small salary to live in your own tiny apartment, no?

In mediabistro.com’s latest So What Do You  Do? interview, the host of Inside the Actor’s Studio talked about why he ditched law school for acting and studying under greats like Stella Adler and Harold Clurman of New York’s legendary Group Theatre.

“When I moved out to New York, I was going to go to continue my education in the law. That was always the intention; I was going to be a lawyer. But I had to work as well, you see, and so I looked around me and I saw that the [acting] track was pretty fast. And I thought that if I was going to work in New York as an actor I should study some of that at least. Otherwise, I’d be unemployed and I’d starve to death and terrible things would happen.”

Of course, we all know now that that didn’t happen.  Find out which ensemble cast will kick off Inside‘s 18th season and the legendary actor who refused to appear on the show in So What Do You  Do, James Lipton?

How James Lipton Brings Your Favorite Actors to Tears

James Lipton has been interviewing some of the greatest actors in TV, film and theater for his hit Bravo show, Inside the Actor’s Studio. So, how exactly does he get notoriously guarded celebs to not only open up, but to actually end up crying?

For 18 seasons, “If I were to ask you about the turning points in your life, about whatever lead you to wherever you are now, who are the people and what are the moments and the events that shaped you…  as a person, you would find the same thing as everybody on the show: that the most painful moments are often the most emotional,” he explained in mediabistro.com’s So What Do You  Do? interview.

“And that’s why we’ve kept the reputation of reducing our guests to tears, but I didn’t expect that. It wasn’t something I had anticipated. Bradley Cooper couldn’t stop crying for the whole time we were on our stage. He was trained by us; he’s a graduate of our school.”

To find out the only actor who refused to be on the show read So What Do You  Do, James Lipton?

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