OnMedia: It's looking like Piers Morgan
American TV viewers know Piers Morgan as a judge on NBC's frequently silly summer amateur competition "America's Got Talent."
But if all the signs are true, he's going to be taking over Larry King's nightly CNN spot this fall.
So far, nothing is official, and there's still talk that folks like Ryan Seacrest and Katie Couric are in the running for the job.
That talk is likely to continue until the word comes from CNN.
And the talk on Morgan is intensifying.
Morgan is more than just a judge on a "reality" show. His British TV resume includes stints as editor of tabloids News of the World and the Daily Mirror, and he's done interview shows on British television.
He has a smooth on-camera persona, and will bring the nightly one-hour King show into the 21st century. It would be a different show, of course, with the former tabloid editor asking the kinds of in-your-face questions that King never could.
But with King's numbers -- he averaged 677,000 viewers a night during the second quarter of this year, according to Nielsen Media Research numbers -- a different show is just what CNN needs.
Betty White's victory tour continues: NBC says Betty White will drop by this falls season premiere of "Community" The hardest working octogenarian in show business will play a "slightly unhinged" anthropology professor.
Last week, she picked up an Emmy nomination for her May hosting gig on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."
On TV: Singer/songwriter/actor Ryan Cabrera, who was part of the just-completed final season of MTV's "The Hills," is scheduled to celebrate his 28th birthday Friday night at 10 at Downtown Milwaukee's SUITE Nightclub.
- "Next Food Network Star" finalist -- and former Wisconsinite -- Aria Kagan returns to Hotel Metro, where she was an intern, to team up with chef John Chitko to prepare a five-course tasting menu for a July 28 benefit dinner for LGBT-Milwaukee. Tickets are $65 in advance, $85 at the door.
- Kagan will also do a live cooking demonstration at 11 a.m. July 24 at the Milwaukee Public Market. Tickets are $24 and available by calling (414) 336-1111. It's not clear whether you can read anything into these appearances about Kagan's future on the Food Network competition, which airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m.
- Speaking of TV and Milwaukee restaurants, Bacchus is offering the dishes prepared by executive chef Adam Siegel for Anthony Bourdain on Monday's "No Reservations." Among the items: Strauss veal sweetbreads with root vegetables and braised marrow for $16.
- If you're up tonight at midnight, I'll join Steve King and Johnnie Putman on Chicago's WGN-AM (720) to talk about TV.
We report, you shut up, part 2: That video I posted yesterday of Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly has become such a topic of discussion, that Kelly picked up the issue Wednesday.
Here's that segment:
Wow. Betty White picked up an Emmy nomination for her SNL performance? With all due respect, the episode (much like the entire season) wasn't very good. Sounds like the nomination was a gratuitous gesture.
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