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Ellen DeGeneres, Gwen Stefani, more say goodbye to 'Chelsea Lately'

Ellen DeGeneres never appeared on Chelsea Lately during the show’s seven-year run, so she took the series finale as an opportunity to ask host Chelsea Handler why—while Handler was showering. READ FULL STORY

AOL picks up Web series from James Franco, Steve Buscemi

AOL has tapped a diverse lineup of celebrities to contribute to its original programming slate, ordering 12 new Web series from the likes of James Franco, Steve Buscemi, and Zoe Saldana.

At its NewFront presentation Tuesday night in Brooklyn, the company showed a commitment to short-form programming with a roster of 16 mostly unscripted programs with episode lengths of 10 minutes or less. The one exception is Connected, AOL’s first long-form series, which is slated for a 20-episode initial run of half-hour episodes. It follows five seemingly unconnected New Yorkers as their individual stories are woven together.

But star power is the strength of this AOL Originals lineup. New celebrity-focused series include Making a Scene with James Franco, during which the actor and his pals talk about some of their favorite films and re-create iconic scenes; previously announced Park Bench, featuring Buscemi striking up conversations with famous friends — as well as strangers — on the streets of New York City; and My Hero from executive producer Saldana, which allows celebrities to pay a surprise tribute to someone who inspired and changed their lives. READ FULL STORY

Chelsea Handler denies CBS rumors on 'Ellen' -- VIDEO

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Earlier this week, Chelsea Handler posted a photo on her Instagram of a large dog sitting on her lap — but the dog isn’t what got people talking. It was the CBS logo on the piece of paper Handler’s holding in the photo that sparked rumors she was in talks with the network for a new talk show.

With all the recent changes in late night TV, Handler had been one of the names being tossed around as a replacement for David Letterman — before Stephen Colbert was officially named last week. But, Handler squashed those CBS rumors on The Ellen Degeneres Show Thursday saying she has no plans to go on a regular network.

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President Obama to make first appearance on 'Ellen'

President Barack Obama wants to make sure all uninsured Americans know about the deadline to sign up for healthcare coverage — so, naturally, that means turning to Ellen DeGeneres for help.

Obama will appear on Thursday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show via live shot from the White House. He’ll be reminding viewers that the deadline to sign up for Obamacare is March 31.

Though he made a memorable guest appearance on the talk show when he was campaigning for president (see below for video), this will be Obama’s first time on Ellen as commander-in-chief.

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Lauren Graham novel being adapted for TV

Lauren Graham’s debut novel is getting adapted for TV.

EW has confirmed a Deadline report that the Parenthood actress’ book, Someday, Someday, Maybe, which was released earlier this year, is in the early stages of development, with Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production and Warner Bros. TV set to produce.

Graham will pen the script and executive produce the hour-long drama, which is about a young woman with six months left on her three-year plan to have a career as an actress in New York City.

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Martha Stewart on new PBS series, her binge-watch picks, and returning to reality TV

Somewhere between tweeting, blogging, and bringing her instructional series Martha Bakes and Martha’s Cooking School to PBS (check local listings), Martha Stewart has managed to squeeze in a few more passions. Namely, marathon viewings of Homeland and Ryan Gosling.

But what elevates the domestic goddess’s binge-watching from that of your everyday entertainment junkie is her method: “I have a big TV in my kitchen, so I can do canning or make jam. That takes hours and hours, and I can watch Homeland, all 13 episodes [at once].” READ FULL STORY

'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' show renewed through 2017

Ellen DeGeneres has one more reason to dance like no one is watching! The Ellen DeGeneres Show just got picked up through the 2016-17 season.

“Ellen is quite simply the best,” said Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, in a press release.  “Day in and day out she and her team produce a unique and compelling hour of entertainment which is appointment television for legions of women. “

This announcement means four more years of DeGeneres scaring unsuspecting celebrities and hopefully a lot more of Kate McKinnon‘s excellent SNL  impression.

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'New Normal' tweaks One Million Moms -- VIDEO

The socially conservative organization One Million Moms — which first made waves protesting Ellen DeGeneres’ role as a spokesperson for JCPenney’s — is not a fan of the Ryan Murphy universe. Over the summer, the protested his yet-to-be-seen sitcom, The New Normal, saying, “NBC is using public airwaves to continue to subject families to the decay of morals and values, and the sanctity of marriage in attempting to redefine marriage. These things are harmful to our society, and this program is damaging to our culture.”

On tonight’s The New Normal, Murphy responds. Jane (Ellen Barkin) is rallying the conservative troops (a.k.a some middle schoolers whose parents have Romney bumper stickers on their car) to protest a fake wedding between Jane’s granddaughter Shania and another classmate. She calls the girls “Future One Million Moms” as the girls repeat right-wing talking points such as “Marriage is between Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve,” and “Gay marriage is currently legal in six states. My mom says that’s six too many.”

Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Kimmel, Kristin Chenoweth to honor Ellen DeGeneres at Mark Twain Prize ceremony

Get ready for some dancing in Washington, D.C.

The celebrity speakers celebrating Ellen DeGeneres when she wins the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor later this month have been announced, and much like DeGeneres’ eclectic show biz credits, it’s a wide array of performers. The event will feature fellow talk show hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Steve Harvey, musicians like Jason Mraz and Kristin Chenoweth, actors including John Krasinski and Sean Hayes, and living comedy legend Lily Tomlin (who herself won the prize in 2003). The show will tape Oct. 22 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and highlights will air on PBS Oct. 30.

In addition to her Emmy-winning daily talk show, DeGeneres — the fourth woman to win the prize — is a successful stand-up comic. She began her career as a comedy club emcee in her native New Orleans. Soon after, she became the first female comedian stopping by Johnny Carson’s desk to chat, according to the AP. On her sitcom Ellen in the ’90s, she broke ground when both she and her character came out as lesbian. In addition to being an American Idol judge for one season, she’s also hosted both the Emmy Awards and the Academy Awards.

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'Bethenny' talk show secures national syndication for 2013

After its six-affiliate summer test run on Fox, Bethenny Frankel’s talk show Bethenny will premiere nationally at the start of 2013, EW has confirmed. Produced by Ellen DeGeneres’s A Very Good Production and Telepictures Productions, Bethenny will almost triple its presence as it airs on 17 affiliates in major markets that now include Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, D.C., and Austin, among others.

“This summer’s test proves Bethenny has a distinctive unique appeal that woman flock to,” said Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, which sold the show to Fox. “We always believed that Bethenny had the talent, popularity and credibility with daytime viewers to become appointment television and are thrilled to be bringing her to the rest of the country.” Added Hilary Estey McLoughlin, Telepictures’ President, “Bethenny was born to do this. … She has rabid fans who can’t get enough of her.”

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Clint Eastwood talks RNC, gay marriage on 'Ellen'

Clint Eastwood is still talking…although this time, it’s not to an empty chair.

The 82-year-old Oscar winner was on Ellen today, and the host — after asking him about his “quiet summer” — wondered if he wanted to clear anything up regarding his controversial statements at the Republican National Convention a few weeks ago.

“The Democrats who were watching thought I was going senile,” Eastwood told Degeneres.  “And the Republicans knew I was!”

He also had some tough words for members of both parties’ behavior over the last couple of years, referring to the whole lot as “drunken sailors.”

Eastwood also clarified exactly where he stands on certain issues. He stated that he was a Libertarian moreso than a Republican, and, after some prompting by Ellen about what that meant for his stance on gay marriage, said, ” [It's] a part of the libertarian idea: Leave everybody alone!”

Check out Eastwood talk about his beliefs — as well as his thoughts on his family’s reality show, Mrs. Eastwood and Company, below: READ FULL STORY

Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Simon Helberg, Adam Scott among presenters at Do Something Awards -- EXCLUSIVE

DoSomething.org is gearing up to put a spotlight on celebs, along with some not-quite-as-famous young adults, who commit themselves to various charitable and activist causes. Later this month the annual Do Something Awards will air on VH1.

EW can exclusively report four actors who are signed on to present at the awards ceremony: celeb couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, Parks and Recreation star Adam Scott, and The Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg.

They join previously announced presenter Ashley Greene. READ FULL STORY

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