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First promo for new Arsenio Hall show features nothing but the woof -- VIDEO

“Some say he’s only a legend,” a deep, Don LaFontaine-esque voice intones as sirens blare and a frightened woman hurries down a dark city street. “Some say he never existed at all. But others swear that when night grips the city, if you close your eyes and listen — really listen — you can still hear the pulse-pounding, hair-raising, spine-chilling sounds of… the Wolfman.”

Wait. Strike that. What the voice meant to say was “the Woofman,” as in Arsenio Hall — who’s returning to late night next fall with an all-new syndicated talk show. Can this new series survive in a TV landscape that barely resembles that of Hall’s early ’90s heyday? We won’t know for months — but this first promo for the show proves that there’s life in the old dog pound yet.

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This week's 'SNL' brought to you by Anne Hathaway's hair -- VIDEO

Anne Hathaway is a divisive figure. Some praise her whole-hearted commitment to every role; others sneer that she always seems like she’s trying too hard. But either way, everyone should agree on one thing: She’s really pulling off that Audrey Hepburn crop.

Perhaps that’s why Hathaway’s hair gets third billing — right after Jason Sudeikis — in the promos for her upcoming Saturday Night Live stint. As a third-time host, Hathaway should be goofy, charming, and a little bit nerdy, if this video is any indication — and we can also expect her pixie cut to get plenty of attention. Get a first look at the Les Mis star’s SNL return engagement here:

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Jimmy Fallon to broadcast new show tonight, despite Sandy

Hurricane Sandy hasn’t bested every late night Jimmy.

Earlier today, Jimmy Kimmel Live announced that it was canceling tonight’s show, which was to be taped at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, on account of the storm that’s raging across the East Coast. But Kimmel’s rival Jimmy Fallon still plans to tape tonight’s Late Night no matter what — even if he has to do it without his customary live audience.

“Midtown NYC is empty, but we are still doing a live show!” Fallon tweeted this morning, attaching a photo of a barren Manhattan avenue. He followed that message with a promise to give every member of tonight’s audience a free pint of Ben & Jerry’s before revealing that he’d have no live spectators after all: “We sent our audience home just to be safe,” he explained via Twitter this afternoon. “But we are doing our show tonight anyway. Should be fun.”

SNL‘s Seth Meyers, Top Chef‘s Padma Lakshmi, and the band Imagine Dragons will all appear on Late Night tonight.

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'Jimmy Kimmel Live' Brooklyn shows to go on despite storm

At least there’s plenty of material for monologues. Jimmy Kimmel Live will still film this week’s shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music starting Monday, as scheduled, despite Hurricane Sandy. “We are bringing in back-up generators and will be able to do our show in the event of a power failure,” a rep for the show tells EW in a statement. “We are also flying staff and crew out earlier to beat the storm. We have had no audience drop-outs so far despite news of the storm.” Earlier today, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ordered the suspension of all subway, bus and commuter railroad service starting at 7 p.m. ET Sunday.

Scheduled guests include Chris Rock, Kelly Ripa, and Alicia Keys on Oct. 29; Howard Stern, Tracy Morgan, and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings on Oct. 30; David Letterman and Vampire Weekend on Oct. 31; and Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and the Avett Brothers featuring the Brooklyn Philharmonic on Nov. 1. Guests for Nov. 2 are still to be announced.

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Jimmy Fallon and 'Guys with Kids' cast sing TV theme-song medley -- VIDEO

On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the cast of Guys With Kids – Anthony Anderson, Jesse Bradford, and Zach Cregger – along with Fallon (who is the executive producer of Guys with Kids) sang through a “History of TV Theme Songs,” a five-minute medley of many of television’s classic tunes, from The Jeffersons to Golden Girls to Friends.

It is, obviously, awesome. Let’s start the petition to get some harmonizing on Guys with Kids, stat. Also, who else is nostalgic for Fallon’s similar “History of Rap?”

Check out the musical montage below:

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Howard Stern to NBC: I will talk about Jay Leno if you tell me not to

Howard Stern’s comments about the budget cuts at Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show may have earned him a talking-to, but the shock jock isn’t backing down.

“I did hear from [NBC]. I got a threatening kinda comment from one of the executives,” Stern said on his radio show last week.

According to reports, Stern recently took to his radio show and claimed that reports of Jay Leno taking a pay cut to limit staff reductions was not the entire truth. “Jay wanted to cut staff. He’s embarrassed to do it. He didn’t want to come off as a bad guy. NBC took the hit for him, because they’re a corporation…My bullsh-t meter is going off all over the place,” he had said.

Meanwhile, Stern, who admitted that he’s had a feud with Leno “for years,” maintains he has the right to say as he wishes on his Sirius XM program. “I said, ‘Do not ask me not to talk about Jay Leno. I will f–king talk about Jay for four hours if you tell me not to. I was done with Jay. Now I’m all fired up again. F–k Jay. Take my job away from me. Who cares?”

It wasn’t all volcanic fire being spewed, however. Stern assured listeners that he enjoys his gig as a judge on America’s Got Talent, a position he’s had for less than a year. But he asked the network to not “tell me what to say.” He added: “I’m sure it was a joke, actually. No one in their right mind would tell me not to talk about something.”

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Report: Abby Elliott is leaving 'Saturday Night Live'

Another one bites the dust?

Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg revealed this spring that they will not return to Studio 8H for Saturday Night Live‘s upcoming 38th season. Their costar Jason Sudeikis has indicated that he may leave the show as well. Now one more SNL cast member is reportedly out: Abby Elliott has told Splitsider that she is also leaving the late night comedy showcase. READ FULL STORY

Olympic stars head to late-night: Let the (talk-show) games begin!

Two weeks ago, you hardly knew Ryan Lochte, and you most likely would’ve walked right past Missy Franklin and Gabrielle Douglas without flinching unless they were wearing gold medals around their necks. But the Olympics have made them huge celebrities — albeit the rare breed of celebrity that only blooms once every four years. But before they begin to wilt in the shade, you can expect to see them take their victory laps on the talk-show circuit, beginning tonight. Douglas will sit down with Jay Leno, while David Letterman welcomes decathlon champ Ashton Eaton. The entire women’s gymnastics team will visit Letterman tomorrow, and Leno will host Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte later this week.

For these athletes, these close-ups are almost as crucial as their Olympic performances themselves, for America is now watching to see if their favorite Olympian has the aura and magnetism to appear in lackluster movies, dance in a reality show contest, or become a morning-show correspondent. America truly loves its heroes.

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'The Daily Show' snags Robert Pattinson's first post-KStew appearance

Sorry, Good Morning America: You just got scooped by Jon Stewart. EW has confirmed that Monday’s episode of The Daily Show will feature a guest appearance by Robert Pattinson — the actor’s first talk show visit since the world learned his girlfriend, fellow Twilight star Kristen Stewart, had cheated on him with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. Pattinson is also scheduled to appear on GMA on Aug. 15, two days after he chats up Stewart.

In both appearances, Pattinson will be promoting Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s 2003 novel. The film will premiere in theaters Aug. 17. The actor previously visited The Daily Show in March 2010.

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ESPN takes a swing at late-night with social-savvy 'UNITE' -- EXCLUSIVE

The late-night landscape is about to receive a jolt of testosterone. On Aug. 27, ESPN will plant its flag with UNITE, a 60-minute entertainment show geared towards the college-aged male sports fan. Airing each weeknight at midnight on ESPNU, the new program aspires to bring a focus on social media to the sports-viewing experience. “The way that we consume sports television is different than it was 15 years ago — than it was two years ago,” says Yaron Deskalo, UNITE‘s coordinating producer. “Our audience already knows the headlines before they tune in, so they are no longer tuning in at midnight to wait 20 minutes to watch a 45-second highlight. What we need to do to be successful is to find the social conversation in these events, to find that little nugget that will keep people around.” READ FULL STORY

Arsenio Hall returning to late night

CBS Television Distribution is hoping a blast from the past can add some flavor to the late-night lineup.

The company has tapped comedian Arsenio Hall to develop a syndicated late-night talk show, set to debut fall 2013.

Tribune Broadcasting will partner with CTD for the project. Hall’s last late-night talker, The Arsenio Hall Show (1989-1994), was produced by what later became CTD.

Most recently, Hall was seen on Celebrity Apprentice, where he walked away victorious, beating out former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken.

Jimmy Fallon returns to 'Downton Sixbey' tonight -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Downton Abbey addicts going through withdrawal will get a fix tonight as Late Night With Jimmy Fallon premieres the second episode of its spoof series, Downtown Sixbey. A.D. Miles returns as the Dowager Countess, Fred Armisen is back as Lady Edith, and, of course, ?uestlove remains the heir. But, we’re told to expect new guest stars. Watch an exclusive tease below. READ FULL STORY

Conan O'Brien making first Letterman visit in 13 years

Conan O’Brien, who once replaced David Letterman as host of NBC’s Late Night and later went head-to-head with his idol during his short stint as host of the Tonight Show, will visit Letterman’s CBS program on Thursday night. It will be the first time the now-TBS late-night host has guested on Letterman’s program in 13 years. Both men, of course, famously lost very public battles with Jay Leno, who ultimately edged Letterman to succeed Johnny Carson as host of the Tonight Show in 1992 and then returned to the late-night showcase after O’Brien failed to generate high-enough ratings.

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