TVLine Items: Regis Delays Exit, True Blood Star Sounds Off, and Other TV News to Know

Is Regis Philbin rethinking retirement already?!

Not quite (sadface!), but Crain’s New York has learned that the longtime Live with Regis and Kelly host will now leave the show at the end of November, rather than his previously announced August departure.

This bodes well for ABC, allowing the network more time to give Reeg a proper sendoff after 29 years of morning show memories.

What else is happening in TV today? Well…

• “Vampire king” Dennis O’Hare stands by True Blood‘s more traditional take on bloodsuckers, telling, “Real vampires don’t sparkle.” (And somewhere in the Northwest Edward Cullen goes, “Ouch!”) Read O’Hare’s full rant here.

• Lifetime’s controversial decision to make a movie on the Amanda Knox Italian murder case, starring Hayden Panettiere and Marcia Gay Harden, has hit a snag, says Deadline. Lawyers for Knox’s family — who was not consulted during the making of the film — have sent a formal letter to the network asking that they quash the film, and if it’s not done so by February 10, they’ve threatened legal action.

• Once The Hills‘ leading lady, Lauren Conrad has been busy shooting her latest reality venture for MTV. But the Jersey Shore network announced Friday that they’re scrapping the project due to audience interest. Conrad’s retort, per Us Weekly? “MTV felt the subject matter was too high brow for their audience and offered me the opportunity to change the show by incorporating more of my personal life…[We] are sorry MTV didn’t feel their viewers were savvy enough to appreciate it.” Burn notice!

• Rose McGowan will appear on an upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVU, says TV Guide Magazine, as a “bombshell…who frequents sex clubs.”

Arrested Development movie news (?): Mitch Hurwitz recently told Digital Spy that he expects the AD film to be in theaters by the end of this year. So, yeah. We’ll believe it when we see it…but our fingers are crossed!

Which TVLine Items have you excited today?

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  1. AlistairCrane says:

    PLEASE let the AD movie news turn out to be a reality.

    Glad that we get more Reege. Daytime sure is changing what with both him and Oprah leaving.

  2. Tabby says:

    Cool points for LC. I’m sure they can exploit some more teenage moms in her place.

  3. Dirk says:

    I look forward to watching the Arrested Development movie in 2015.

  4. Garry says:

    Oh gee!
    Amanda Knox’s lawyers have sent a letter to Lifetime telling them to kill the movie.
    1. If Lifetime bases the movie on news stories & the public record of the trial, these shysters haven’t a leg to stand on!
    2. No order of prior restraint has ever held up in this country.
    All this is, is a desperate attempt to try to influence the producers to film it as Amanda’s story & not as it played out in the media.
    And there’s also a very high probability of a shakedown for cash from Lifetime!