Buzz: New Talk Shows, VMAs, Olympians
This past Thursday was the one-day-a-year event in which MTV pretends to still care about music: the Video Music Awards. Following in Beyonce’s footsteps, Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa announced on the red carpet that they are expecting their first child together. Later that night, Katy Perry presented One Direction with their Best Pop Video Moonman for “What Makes You Beautiful” and became Niall Horan’s real-life “teenage dream” by sharing an innocent smooch on the lips. Nearly 10 years his senior, Katy later tweeted that she would be Horan’s “Mrs. Robinson.” Just like her best friend, Rihanna ended the night with a kiss that left the audience raising their eyebrows in shock. After accepting her Video of the Year Moonman, Rihanna celebrated by embracing and kissing Chris Brown on the lips, despite the fact that he has been dating model Karrueche Tran.
Starting Sept. 10, three new talk shows will be launched to fill those awkwardly-long afternoon breaks in-between classes. America’s first lady of TV, Katie Couric, will be flying solo in “Katie,” a news-driven show mixed with celebrity and lifestyle topics.
Former “Survivor” host Jeff Probst will head his own self-titled show, which will appropriately tackle stories of adventure.
Also back in the game is Ricki Lake, who has been in and out of the television spotlight since her first show premiered in 1993. Titled “The Rickie Lake Show,” Lake has described the show as an everywoman’s show. Stay tuned until next season to see if these hosts will be able to keep up their charm with these new shows.
Olympians Steal Spotlight
Also attending the VMAs were America’s newest set of Olympic sweethearts, “The Fierce Five.” Gabby Douglas took the stage to perform a tumbling routine during Alicia Keys’ debut of her new song “Girl on Fire.” Gabby, however, isn’t the only one shooting for show biz. At a press junket, McKayla Maroney told reporters that she hopes to become a small screen actress before segueing to Hollywood’s bigscreen. Meanwhile, E! News has hired Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte as a fashion correspondent for Fashion Week despite his awkward on-camera Olympic interviews. Page Six reports that the network is regretting its decision to bring him onto the team, even after he went through a round of media training. If Regina George were alive to see this she would most likely give him a “stop trying to make ‘jeah’ happen. It’s not going to happen!”