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TYRA, OPRAH, TYLER AMONG TV’S ‘SMARTEST’ December 9, 2008

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Whoopi Goldberg, Tyra Banks, Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry appear on Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Smartest People in TV, a list of small-screen titans who are driving today’s sharpest shows and deals.

 

       Goldberg and her co-hosts on “The View” were listed at No. 25.5 for “juicing their ratings by pumping up their political banter.”  During election week, “The View” reached No. 1 in total daytime viewers for the first time in 12 seasons.

 

       Banks, 35, ranked No. 23 on the list. EW noted, “She’s still in the running towards becoming America’s next top TV mogul. Her talk show (moving from syndication to The CW next fall) has the youngest median age in daytime, and ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ which just completed its 11th cycle, remains The CW’s highest-rated series. (Spin-off ‘Operation Fabulous’ launches next year.) Now the Emmy winner is developing other reality projects that fit the Banks ‘brand,’ like ABC’s upcoming ‘True Beauty,’ and she recently branched into film with the direct-to-DVD tween drama ‘The Clique.'”     

       Winfrey came in 6th on the tally because “her talk show still rules daytime, her first foray into reality (‘Oprah’s Big Give’) averaged 11.6 million viewers, and she’ll launch her own network — appropriately named OWN — in 2009,” said EW. “Her production company, Harpo, responsible for daytime hits ‘Dr. Phil’ and ‘Rachael Ray,’ will debut a new series next fall with Oprah staple Dr. Mehmet Oz. All this and she was funny on 30 Rock (‘Sweater capes!’).”

 

       Atlanta-based mogul Perry ranked 4th for proving that “one need not exist within the borders of Hollywood to become an industry heavyweight. Through his Tyler Perry Studios, he created and produced ‘Tyler Perry’s House of Payne’ — and persuaded TBS to buy 90 additional episodes in 2006 after a 10-show run earned major ratings. Then in August, he struck a deal with the cable net to produce a new sitcom, ‘Meet the Browns,’ based on his hit play and movie. The biggest sign of his growing success? This fall, Perry ditched his 70,000-square-foot studio for a twice-the-size production complex in Atlanta, which includes five soundstages and a backlot.”      

       Seth MacFarlane, the executive producer of “Family Guy,” “American Dad” and the forthcoming “The Cleveland Show,” topped the list. EW noted: “The apple-faced prankster secured a full-season order for a ‘Guy’ spin-off called ‘The Cleveland Show,’ and he still manages to find time to shoot his Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy Web shorts (and animated ads) for a separate deal with Google. With Guy reruns airing approximately 20 hours a week on various networks, it’s no wonder MacFarlane is now the highest-paid writer in TV.

 

TYRA REJECTS ‘MOGUL’ TITLE – FOR NOW December 1, 2008

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In the new issue of Ebony magazine, Tyra Banks says she’s flattered when referred to as a media mogul in the press, but hesitates to embrace it completely – insisting she is not yet worthy of the title.

 

      “Don’t get me wrong, ego-wise, when I see the cover of the magazines and they say that (I’m a mogul), I’m like, ‘Oh, that looks popping and it looks hot,’ but it ain’t true,” she tells the magazine.     

       “Oprah’s been doing this for 30 years. Mogul? That’s like Martha Stewart. That’s like going public. Mogul? Not yet,” she says.      

       The Emmy-winning celeb has scored TV hits with “The Tyra Banks Show” and her reality program “America’s Next Top Model,” which has spawned international versions across the globe.      

        Banks says her sights are actually set higher than the “mogul” status. She adds, “I think I’ll have an empire.”

 

TYRA’S TALK SHOW MOVING TO CW November 25, 2008

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Tyra Banks’ Daytime Emmy-winning talk show will be taken out of syndication and moved to the CW for its fifth season, which is scheduled to begin in September 2009, reports Variety.

 

       The shift places “The Tyra Banks Show” with her other programs “America’s Next Top Model” and “Stylista” all within the CW family.      

       “I’m thrilled to have The Tyra Banks Show join the CW, where I already have an amazing partnership and where my audience knows to look for me,” Banks said in a statement Friday. “With ‘Top Model’ in prime-time and ‘The Tyra Banks Show’ in daytime, it’s a match made in heaven.”      

       The cover girl’s chatfest won a Daytime Emmy earlier this year for Outstanding Talk Show/Informative. Her upcoming reality show “True Beauty,” with co-executive producer Ashton Kutcher, is set to debut Monday, Jan. 5 on ABC.      

       Meanwhile, Wednesday’s victory of McKey Sullivan as “America’s Next Top Model” drew 4.8 million viewers, the show’s largest audience in a year. At 9, “Stylista” attracted 2.1 million, earning its best numbers since the season premiere.

 

‘TOP MODEL’S’ ISIS TO GET DREAM SURGERY November 21, 2008

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Tyra Banks is giving one of her former contestants on “America’s Next Top Model” a gift that keeps on giving.

 

      Isis King, the CW show’s first transgendered contestant, will have her long-desired sex reassignment surgery paid for by Banks, who announced the gift during King’s appearance on “The Tyra Banks Show” this week.

 

      “This is not happening!” King said in disbelief. “I feel like I really was born in the wrong body, and it’s just the one thing that makes me feel uncomfortable.”

 

      Although King had been taking hormone replacement therapy — as seen on an episode of “Top Model” — she couldn’t afford the full surgery, which runs from $20,000-$35,000. On the episode, Banks introduces King, 22, to Dr. Marci Bowers, a gender reassignment surgeon who will be performing the procedure.

 

       King was born Darrell Walls and was living in a homeless shelter when Banks discovered her and featured her in a photo shoot for the 10th cycle of “Top Model.” King returned as a full-fledged contestant this season, but was eliminated because she couldn’t convey emotion through her eyes and was uncomfortable in a swimsuit.

 

NEW TYRA-PRODUCED SHOW TO BEGIN JAN. 5 November 6, 2008

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The new reality show from executive producers Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher has just received a plum slot on ABC’s winter schedule, reports Variety.

 

      Titled “True Beauty,” the series will make its debut on Monday, Jan. 5 at 10 p.m. following the two-hour season premiere of “The Bachelor.” 

 

       The following week, “The Bachelor” will shrink down to its normal 90-minute frame, leaving room for “Samantha Who?” in its regular 9:30 p.m. slot. “True Beauty” continues at 10.       

       ABC has kept details of “True Beauty” under wraps. But, the show from Warner Horizon, Bankable Prods. and Katalyst, revolves around people who live in a house together and compete in a beauty pageant.

 

SURPRISE – TYRA ENDORSES OBAMA November 3, 2008

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After months of praising Sen. Barack Obama, Tyra Banks has finally given her official endorsement of the Democratic presidential nominee.

 

      The creator of “America’s Next Top Model” and host of “The Tyra Banks Show” released a statement over the weekend supporting Obams’s run for the White House.

 

       “Throughout this historic presidential campaign, I have been inspired by Senator Barack Obama and his message of change,” she said. “I believe he will uplift all Americans during these critical times. I will be voting for Obama because I feel America is not only ready for this change, we are in need of it.”      

       In September, Tyra was featured in Harper’s Bazaar posing as Michelle Obama with a Barack look-a-like in the Oval Office.

 

TYRA BANKS OFFERS ‘HOT BAGS & COLD CASH’ October 18, 2008

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Next month, “The Tyra Banks Show” is providing a little economic stimulus with Tyra’s Hot Bags and Cold Cash Giveaway.        

       From Monday, (Oct. 20) through Friday, Nov. 14, viewers can tune in each day to learn the “keyword of the day” necessary to enter and win cash, including a grand prize of $10,000. Fans simply have to enter the correct “keyword of the day” online at http://tyrashow.warnerbros.com/ or text 42107 for a chance to win.       

       Users who enter the correct keyword are entered into daily prize drawings and the grand prize drawing. Each weekday, a lucky winner will be chosen randomly from the entries and receive a Botkier bag filled with $300 in cash, a $200 gift card from trendy footwear and apparel retailer Underground Station, and a $100 gift card and one-year membership to Avelle, a luxury accessories rental company.        

       The grand prize winner will receive a Prada bag valued at $1,100 from Avelle and filled with $10,000 in cash, a $100 Avelle gift card and one year membership, plus a $200 Underground Station gift card.  Tyra will call the lucky grand prize winner on the Nov. 19 broadcast of “The Tyra Banks Show.”

 

       From Monday, (Oct. 20) through Friday, Nov. 14, viewers can tune in each day to learn the “keyword of the day” necessary to enter and win cash, including a grand prize of $10,000. Fans simply have to enter the correct “keyword of the day” online at http://tyrashow.warnerbros.com/ or text 42107 for a chance to win.       

       Users who enter the correct keyword are entered into daily prize drawings and the grand prize drawing. Each weekday, a lucky winner will be chosen randomly from the entries and receive a Botkier bag filled with $300 in cash, a $200 gift card from trendy footwear and apparel retailer Underground Station, and a $100 gift card and one-year membership to Avelle, a luxury accessories rental company.        

       The grand prize winner will receive a Prada bag valued at $1,100 from Avelle and filled with $10,000 in cash, a $100 Avelle gift card and one year membership, plus a $200 Underground Station gift card.  Tyra will call the lucky grand prize winner on the Nov. 19 broadcast of “The Tyra Banks Show.”