TVLine Items: Regis Plots Primetime Talent Show, Once's Beauty Is Revealed and More!

The just-retired Regis Philbin is already eying his next big gig. Or gigs plural, even,

Speaking with New York Post‘s Page Six, the former Live! co-host announced that he and his team are “contemplating a show that is sort of a talent show…a family competition.” Philbin added that this latest project is “going to be on primetime” when and if it comes to fruition. Reege also says he has been approached about reviving the variety show format.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• As previously reported, Emilie de Ravin will bring Beauty and the Beast’s beloved Belle to life in a February episode of ABC’s Once Upon a Time, and TV Guide Magazine has your first look at the Lost alumna all prettified.

• TNT’s Mystery Movie Night franchise — which launches this Tuesday/Wednesday with Innocent (based on the novel by Scott Turow and starring Bill Pullman) and Ricochet (based on the book by Sandra Brown and starring John Corbett and Julie Benz) — has added to its slate Hornet’s Nest, based on the bestseller from Patricia Cornwell. ER‘s Sherry Stringfield and Scoundrels‘ Virginia Madsen will star.

• Dying to get your hands on some actual Dunder Mifflin paper? Staples’ Quill.com is making it possible by selling reams of copy paper from The Office‘s famed fictional company. Tell ‘em Dwight Schrute sent you!

CSI/All My Children alumna Liz Vassey has sold a half-hour comedy project to NBC, Deadline reports. Titled Four Play, the potential series centers on an unlikely family raising a newly adopted child.

The Revolution, ABC Daytime’s replacement for the now permanently-axed One Life to Live, will premiere Monday, Jan. 16 at 2 pm EST.

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13 Comments
  1. Joanna says:

    Emille better be a brunette in the show…

    • Sarah says:

      Joanna, the link they provided with the pic shows that she is indeed a brunette.

    • Maggie says:

      Aw, I love Emilie. That’s such a bummer they used her for Belle though. She could work as just about any other princess besides Belle. Hair color aside (not that it was ever an issue), she’s rather short, has gorgeous blue eyes and a very unique face. She’s not going to be a huge character in the series (i assume), so why can’t we just get someone who fits the physical appearance of Belle? That should be priority number one I feel.

      • Maddy says:

        You guys do realize that the Beauty and the Beast existed before Disney.

        • Lyria says:

          Of course, but Gaston was not in the original fairy tale and he is in the episode according to the previous tvline article. Since the show is on ABC, I guess they’re taking the Disney version as canon. And really, look at her dress. That’s almost straight out of the animated version.

  2. Lisa says:

    Regis, please don’t.

  3. Miffy says:

    A. Regis didn’t retire. He left the show in a contract dispute.

    B. Regis is fooling himself if he thinks a broadcast network is going to build a show around an 80-year-old man.

    He had a great gig, and if he thinks he’s going to somehow move up to something better, then he’s really kidding himself.

    • jennrae says:

      I hate to say it, but I agree with you. Even on Live! he never really seemed to be all there for the last few years, and if Live! wouldn’t pay him what he wanted, who else is going to? He doesn’t exactly bring in the young demographic.

      • Linda says:

        We are so innundated with reality talent shows these days and it seems every network has to get on the bandwagon…I’ve practically stopped watching network TV. I prefer the scripted cable shows over reality any day!!

  4. JohnDoe says:

    I’d rather him do another season of primetime “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”. With original rules and lifelines and everything.

  5. K.S. says:

    Obviously none of you clicked on the TV Guide Magazine link in story or you would have seen that Emilie de Ravin as “Belle” has dark hair & looks gorgeous!! Can’t wait to see what ONCE has in store for her.

  6. ThePit says:

    The Revolution sounds horrible.

  7. Tee says:

    The Revolution is kind of a dumb name. And by kind of, I mean really.

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