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“Dancing With the Stars” Welcomes Back Three
Julianne Hough and her brother Derek, along with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, are returning for the next edition of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” which opens on Monday, Sept. 12. Julianne will return as one of the judges, with Derek and Maksim back as pro judges. Reported celebrity contestants, which will be unveiled tomorrow on “Good Morning America,” include Ryan Lochte, 16-year old Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez, crooner Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, “Wizards of Waverly Place” actor Jake T. Austin, “Little Women” star Terra Jole, “General Hospital” actress Emma Samms, former “Brady Bunch” star Maureen McCormick and “7th Heaven” alum Beverley Mitchell.
Jennifer Lopez to Produce Legal Drama for CBS
Current “Shades of Blue” star Jennifer Lopez will be switching networks as the executive producer through her Nuyorican Productions of an untitled legal drama for CBS. The proposed series will center around identical twin brothers who are polar opposites and duke it out in their personal lives but are at their best teaming up in the courtroom. Michael Rauch (“Life Is Wild,” “Love Monkey”) will both pen the script and executive produce the series, which will be co-produced by CBS Television Studios and Universal Television.
Charles Osgood Announces Retirement from “CBS Sunday Morning”
Charles Osgood has announced his retirement as anchor of “CBS Sunday Morning,” ending a 22-year run on the series. Osgood will continue as the anchor of “The Osgood File,” his daily news commentaries broadcast on the CBS Radio Network and stations around the country. He will also make occasional appearances on “CBS Sunday Morning.”
Said Osgood on yesterday’s broadcast: “Some of you may have heard rumors lately that I won’t be hosting these ‘Sunday Morning’ broadcasts very much longer. Well, I’m here to tell you that the rumors are true. For years now people — even friends and family — have been asking me why I keep doing this considering my age. I am pushing 84. It’s just that it’s been such a joy doing it! Who wouldn’t want to be the one who gets to introduce these terrific storytellers and the producers and writers and others who put this wonderful show together. I want to thank all of them and all of you in our still-growing audience for your support and encouragement. It’s been a great run, but after nearly 50 years at CBS, including the last 22 years here on ‘Sunday Morning,’ the time has come.”
A 90-minute special edition of “CBS Sunday Morning” on Sept. 25 honoring Osgood will feature a look at his career and will include surprise guests, interviews and comments from well-wishers and special performances. There is no word at press time who will replace him.
AT&T and HBO Sign Multi-Platform Programming Agreement
AT&T and Home Box Office, Inc. have reached a multi-year, strategic agreement that will extend HBO’s content across all AT&T products. The agreement, which is expected to begin by the end of the year, renews HBO’s existing contract with the AT&T DIRECTV and U-verse services, and will also make all HBO and Cinemax content available on DIRECTV NOW.