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Two Dozen Women of TV News, Barbara Walters’ Legacy, Join Her on Her Final View (TVNewser)
Thursday afternoon, the legacy of Barbara Walters came to life in the finale of her final The View, taped at ABC’s Westside studios and set to air Friday. Mediaite All 11 current and former co-hosts of The View turned up to send off Walters. In an emotional segment, the hosts shared their fondest memories of the program’s founding member and some of the advice that they said guides them in their present careers. THR / The Live Feed Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton were among the surprise guests who showed up to say goodbye. After more than 50 years in TV news, Walters is officially retiring, leaving her co-hosting gig on The View, but she’ll continue to serve as the show’s executive producer and contribute to ABC News on an as-needed basis. The Associated Press Walters brought the hour to a close with a heartfelt statement looking back with amazement on her career, then signing off with a pledge to “take a deep breath and enjoy my View.” But a more telling moment took place during a break, as the throng of women she had paved the way for posed with her for a group portrait. TheWrap The cadre of A-List media stars who gathered for the photo included Winfrey, Katie Couric, Joan Lunden, Robin Roberts, Connie Chung, Gayle King, Maria Shriver, Paula Zahn, Jane Pauley, Savannah Guthrie, Elizabeth Vargas, Lara Spencer, Tamron Hall, Diane Sawyer, Cynthia McFadden, Natalie Morales, JuJu Chang, Amy Robach, Deborah Norville and Hoda Kotb, as well as Walters’ co-hosts, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Rosie O’Donnell, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Debbie Matenopoulos, Lisa Ling, Star Jones, Jenny McCarthy and Meredith Vieira.

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Joel McHale Digs Up Some Bachelor Rose Dirt

Chances are 60 Minutes will never shrink by half, replace its august roster of correspondents with a group of stand-up comics and focus exclusively on reality TV and pop culture. But fear not, Sunday night dreamers; Joel McHale is coming to the rescue this Wednesday.

Airing June 19 at 10:30 p.m., The Soup Investigates is a spinoff special of McHale’s slap-happy ten-year-old E! clips compilation show The Soup. He will deadpan-introduce three reports including a look at one of the boob tube’s most iconic blooms. From the good folks at E!:

Correspondent Michael Kosta traces the dramatic path of one of reality TV’s most enduring symbols: the rose from The Bachelor. From a manure-caked greenhouse to its ultimate destination at a picturesque rental mansion in Agoura Hills – we follow a lone rose from humble beginnings, to its moment in the spotlight… to its bittersweet end as a stagehand scoops it out of a pool filter and tosses it in the trash.

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Phil Hendrie Bobbie Dooley Podcast Off to a Roaring Start

The name of Phil Hendrie’s latest hilarious enterprise sounds a lot like the sort of New York City nightclub Stefon might rave about on Weekend Update. It’s called Mmm Hmmm and really rolls off the tongue when Hendrie, as female alter ego Bobbie Dooley, pronounces those words.

The weekly podcast launched February 15 on the Sideshow Network, home of the Bravo-focused Watch What Crappens, George Lopez‘s Tell Me Your Story and more. The first episode with Patricia Arquette got 15,000 downloads in three days and the show continues today with Jay Mohr.

Other guests so far have been Joel McHale (like Mohr, a two-parter) and Sugar Ray Leonard. During the McHale interview, Dooley asked the Community and Talk Soup actor what advice he might give Hendrie about finally getting a TV pilot picked up. The pair quickly came up with a new pitch for Les Moonves involving Hendrie and McHale as cops who solve crimes committed by the latter’s character. “It writes itself,” McHale raved.

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Dan Harmon Sounds Off on Being Fired from Community

The Hollywood media was abuzz this weekend over the news that Dan Harmon was being replaced as showrunner of NBC’s Community. Not that the TV execs wanted it that way when they announced the news on Friday evening after most reporters had gone home.

But Harmon’s not the sort of fellow to go quietly. Via Tumblr, he swiftly responded to the network spin with his typical frankness.

On the news he will remain on the show as a consulting producer:

I am technically “signed on,” by default, to be an executive consulting something or other – which is a relatively standard protective clause for a creator in my position.  Guys like me can’t actually just be shot and left in a ditch by Skynet, we’re still allowed to have a title on the things we create and “help out,” like, I guess sharpening pencils and stuff.

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Diablo Cody Goes Day for Mamma Mia! Night

For the past month or so, Oscar winning screenwriter Diablo Cody has been doubling as a talk show host for Lexus’ L/Studio portal. Her Hollywood Hills backyard gabfest is called Red Band Trailer and welcomes to an Airstream trailer and Tiki bar a single celebrity guest each week.

For Episode #5, Cody chatted with actress Amanda Seyfried, not only the co-star of her Jennifer’s Body flick but also a key player in the host’s first date with husband-slash-show-director-co-producer Daniel Maurio. Go to the five-minute mark of the video below and watch as she puts hubby on the spot regarding their first date involving an ArcLight showing of Mamma Mia! and cheap grub at a nearby Denny’s:

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Movieline Has Found Something Else Tragic About Community

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We’ve been coping with the fact Community with Joel McHale and Chevy Chase misses all of its marks. This has been very hard on us. We think Dr. Ken or Ken Jeong is one of the funniest people on the planet. So much talent. So much possibility.

And yet, Community stinks. It’s maudlin, cliche and lame. It’s the kind of show where the only charm is it can be easily translated into other languages. Yes, in South American Fran Drescher‘s The Nanny is huge.

We tried to like Community again last night. We gave it another chance. As we were watching it, we thought to ourselves,”Hm, the opening credits are pretty clever.”

And then a Movieline fan caught this. A (ahem) knife drawn through Nicole Brown? Very classy.

Get it? “Classy?” It’s a show about school. Huh? Yep, that’s still funnier than the show.

Who’s A WGA Strike Winner? Gimme An E!

150.kardashians.logo.101907.jpg Well, we guess there’s a benefit to putting all your eggs in Kim Kardashian’s ass after all.

As the writers’ strike simmers, the network that boasts virtually no writers (nope, that 11-year-old on a stripper pole thing was not scripted), is expected to get a few more viewers, or so says Broadcasting and Cable:

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The Last Word on Studio 60?

E! Network’s The Soup produced this hilarious riff on Hollywood’s love-it-or-hate-it reaction to Studio 60. As FBLA has drawn a line down our fishbowl on this brilliant program (our other half is so wrong to hate this show), we greatly appreciate this charming sketch.

But we had one question for K.P. Anderson (he’s the one in the clip who isn’t Joel McHale): What side of the fence is he on? Also, (OK, maybe we had two questions), what can Sorkin do to make people stop hating him so damn much?

We like what Anderson had to say so much, we’re printing it in full:

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