Tony Danza has been named to host this year's 81st annual Miss America pageant, set for Sept. 22 in Atlantic City, NJ. The annual contest has been in a ratings free-fall for a number of years. In 1997, it pulled a 13.8 rating and a 24 share. By last year, with Donny and Marie Osmond hosting, it was down to an 8.7/15. In making the announcement, pageant producer Bob Bain said, "Tony's charm, enthusiasm and energy perfectly complement the changes we are making in the show. We believe Tony's talent and intelligence will be real assets to our efforts revitalizing and updating the Miss America telecast."
In a special ceremony broadcast from the Rainbow Room on NBC News' Today Show, the 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards nominations were announced. Maury Povich of the Maury Povich Show and John Cannon, president of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences hosted the ceremony.
The list of nominees for Outstanding Drama Series includes ABC's All My Children and General Hospital and CBS' As the World Turns and The Young and the Restless.
Susan Lucci once again makes an appearance on the list of nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work as Erica Kane on ABC's All My Children. Joining her are Julia Barr from All My Children, Marcy Walker from All My Children, Martha Byrne from As The World Turns and Susan Flannery from The Bold and the Beautiful.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series nominees include David Canary from All My Children, Tom Eplin from As the World Turns, Jon Hensley from As the World Turns, John McCook from The Bold and the Beautiful and Peter Bergman from The Young and the Restless.
The Osmonds really have something to smile about now after today. The syndicated talk show Donny and Marie is nominated for Outstanding Talk Show, as well as a nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host(s). Joining the family duo on the list are the syndicated Live With Regis, with Regis Philbin receiving an nod for talk show host, The Montel Williams Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show (O'Donnell also got a nomination for host) and ABC's The View, whose co-hosts Barbara Walters, Meredith Viera, Star Jones, Joy Behar and Lisa Ling all received nods as well.
The Outstanding Children's Series nominees encompass a wide spectrum in children's programming including PBS' Between the Lion, The Disney Channel's Even Stevens, PBS' Reading Rainbow, The Discovery Channel's Real Kids, Real Adventures and PBS' Zoom.
The awards presentation will be broadcast on NBC, live from the Radio City Music Hall on Friday, May 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Daytime Emmys voters apparently feel they've paid their debt to Susan Lucci. The soap opera diva, who broke America's most infamous losing streak last year when she finally claimed the best drama actress trophy, got zippo today as nominations were announced in New York for the 2000 edition of the Daytime Emmys.
Moving into the unlucky Lucci spotlight this year is none other than Regis Philbin. Up for two Emmys, including a curious daytime nod as host of a nighttime game show (for -- what else? -- "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire"), Philbin has never, ever won. Not even a combat-pay trophy for doing time with Kathie Lee Gifford all these years.
For the record, Kathie Lee Gifford has never won a Daytime Emmy for "Live! With Regis & Kathie Lee," either, but no one really seems to get choked up over Kathie Lee, so let's move on.
"Live!" is up again for best talk show. They'll compete against "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" (syndicated), "The View" (ABC), "Donny & Marie" (syndicated) and the soon-to-be-late "Martin Short Show" (syndicated). (Note: Oprah removed herself from the competition last year, figuring there were only so many shiny paperweights her mantle could hold.) Regis and Kathie Lee, meanwhile, are also jointly nominated for best talk-show host.
The Daytime Emmys -- as opposed to the Primetime Emmys -- honors shows (cartoons, talk shows, soap operas, etc.) that traditionally air during, yes, the day. Don't ask us about the "Millionaire" thing. Regis doesn't understand it, either. Said so himself: "I don't know why a primetime game show ends up on the Daytime Emmys," Philbin told The Associated Press today.
In the battle of the soap opera drama queens, Finola Hughes ("All My Children, ABC), Susan Flannery ("The Bold and the Beautiful," CBS), Hillary B. Smith ("One Life to Live," ABC), Jeanne Cooper ("The Young and the Restless," CBS) and Jess Walton ("The Young and the Restless," CBS) will compete where Lucci won't. (Translation: They're all up for best lead drama actress.)
Nominated for best lead drama actor: David Canary ("All My Children," ABC), Anthony Geary ("General Hospital," ABC), Robert Woods ("One Life to Live, ABC), Peter Bergman ("The Young and the Restless," CBS) and Eric Braeden ("The Young and the Restless," CBS).
Arnold Schwarzenegger has settled his $50 million lawsuit against the Globe tabloid over a 1998 story concerning his health, his publicist said Tuesday.
After the 52-year-old Schwarzenegger’s 1997 surgery to repair a heart valve, doctors had said there was no reason the star could not continue his active lifestyle. The Globe printed an article saying he was in ill health and in danger of a heart attack. The Terminator himself then sued the tabloid, alleging that the article defamed him by saying his heart was a "ticking time bomb in his chest" and that he was "living in fear that … his heart will suddenly quit."
The Globe will donate an undisclosed amount of money to Schwarzenegger’s charity, the Inner City Games Foundation, admit the story was wrong and publish a retraction, correction and apology, according to Catherine Olim, the actor’s publicist.
END OF (PLANET HOLLYWOOD) DAYS: While we have your attention, we also bring you word that Arnold Schwarzenegger is out of Planet Hollywood, and he won’t be back.
The action star announced in a statement issued by his publicist Tuesday that he is severing his relationship with the theme restaurant chain now that his five-year contract with the company has expired. His announcement arrives four days after Planet Hollywood recovered from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and made plans to focus on its current restaurants rather than open new ones. It will also announce new celebrity affiliations in the next few weeks. Schwarzenegger’s spokeswoman said there was no connection between his departure and the announcement.
"Of course, I am disappointed that the company did not continue with the success I had expected and hoped for," Schwarzenegger said. "I wish Planet Hollywood well, but I want to focus my attention now on new U.S. and global business ventures, and on my movie career.''
The other investors ? Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg -- remain.
SUDDENLY STALKED?: A Los Angeles man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to stalking Brooke Shields. Mark Bailey, 41, also pleaded not guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm with its identification numbers filed off.
Prosecutors say Bailey, 41, followed the "Suddenly Susan" star several times between Oct. 21, 1999, and Jan. 10. when he was arrested. The criminal complaint alleged Bailey ``did maliciously and repeatedly follow and harass Brooke Shields and made a credible threat with the intent that she be placed in reasonable fear for her safety and the safety of her immediate family," according to Reuters.
A preliminary hearing was set for Thursday to see if there is enough evidence to try Bailey; no word on if Shields, 34, will be presented as a witness.
TEARFUL TELEVISION: Marie Osmond addressed her marital heartache on her talk show, and the response was an emotional one.
"No outside parties or influences'' prompted her to separate from husband Brian Blosil, a music producer, Osmond said at the beginning of the syndicated "Donny & Marie" show Monday. Osmond and Blosil were married 13 years.
She called the separation ``a very private family issue,'' but said she didn't want to be secretive about it. She fought tears when she spoke of her seven children, and Donny Osmond, her brother and co-host, cried as he told Marie he loves and supports her.
QUICK TAKES: Robert De Niro will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Berlin Film Festival, which takes place Feb. 9-20 and will feature 12 of his films…
… Mike Myers’ chest hair will compete against Eddie Murphy’s wrinkles for the makeup Oscar nomination Feb. 12. Five films -- "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," "Bicentennial Man," "Blast From the Past," "Life" and "Topsy-Turvy" -- will be screened for the makeup award committee, which will either nominate up to three films, recommend one for a Special Achievement award or decide none of them deserve it…
…Globe winner Hilary Swank has just been named ShoWest’s Female Star of Tomorrow. The "Boys Don’t Cry" star joins past winners Nicole Kidman, Cameron Diaz and Winona Ryder…
…Rocker Mick Jagger has applied to the European Union to register his name as a trademark to sell items such as cologne, deodorant, fingernail treatments, footwear and headgear, according to Reuters. Sorry, Mick, but we can’t imagine anyone wanting to buy Jagger Press-On Nails.