TVLine Items: Alec Baldwin Goes Live! With Kelly, CBS Plays the Dating (Show) Game and More!

Live! With Kelly is in for a lively hour when, on Feb. 29, 30 Rocks Alec Baldwin drops by to guest co-host.

Also set to fill Regis Philbin’s former seat during the last week of the month are How I Met Your Mother‘s Neil Patrick Harris (for a special post-Oscar show), Southland‘s Lucy Liu and ABC News’ Dan Abrams.

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

• CBS has picked up 3, a dating reality series set to debut this summer. Based on the Israeli format, the show follows three women in three different stages of life searching for love.

• Two Lost vets have booked guest spots in the same episode of USA Network’s upcoming drama Common Law. Per, Jeff Fahey (who played Lapidus) will appear as a “hard-drinking narcotics detective” who was a mentor of sorts to Michael Ealy’s character, while Kevin Tighe (who played John Locke’s dad) is a detective who helped jumpstart the career of Warren Kole’s cop.

• TBS has ordered 35 additional episodes of Tyler Perry’s latest comedy, Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse, which premiered last November.

• Looks like Lip’s competition on Shameless isn’t going anywhere. Deadline reports that Zach McGowan, who plays Karen’s fiancé Jody, has been promoted to series regular, beginning with the Showtime series’ third season.

• Behind the Music returns to VH1 beginning Thursday, March 15 with the first of six new episodes. This season’s featured artists include Pitbull, Game, T-Pain, Akon, Brandy and Nas.

• VH1 is also developing a talk show for blonde bombshell Jenny McCarthy, aptly titled The Jenny McCarthy Show. The potential series — which sounds an awful lot like E!’s late-night gabfest Chelsea Lately — will feature McCarthy skewering anything and everything pop culture-related, conducting celeb interviews and leading guest panels.

• Discovery has renewed one of The Soup‘s favorite shows, Gold Rush, for a third season, per The Hollywood Reporter.

• HBO has purchased 44th Street, a Broadway-themed comedy from NewsRadio helmer Paul Simms, Deadline reports.

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  1. lostgirl says:

    Behind the Music really needs to try a different genre, besides R&B and rap.

  2. Tina says:

    I’m happy that Jenny McCarthy will be able to spread more false information about autism!
    Oh wait, no I’m not

  3. Meri says:

    Kelly needs a regular partner. I’m getting bored by the revolving door that is Kelly and ???????

    • Nancy says:

      I agree, and most of the co-hosts have been people we know aren’t looking to be the permanent co-host. Personally, I thought Michael Strahan and Jerry O’Connell did a great job last week, they looked like they were actually having a good time.

  4. Annabelle says:

    Can’t wait for Alec to be on Live!!!! I think he’s an absolute comic genius :) He and NPH are just totally awesome as guest-hosts…that subtle humor they both have about them is fantastic!!! Kelly needs a super person sitting next to her – and if it can’t be Reg, bring on Alec :) Thanks Gelman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Bobby says:

    I wish they’d find a replacement already…sick of the constant newbie’s!!! Come on people, pick someone – PS totally psyched about Alec being a co-host; he’d make a great sidekick and he and Kelly have wonderful chemistry!! Set my TiVo for Leap Day for sure

  6. Annie says:

    MAKE ALEC THE PERMANENT CO-HOST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He’s awesome and would keep things rockin for sure :) LOVE YOU ALEC xoxo

  7. Jason says:

    It amazes me that The CW has never developed a dating reality series, and here comes their parent, CBS, with three of them.
    Frankly, CW’s young adult audience (with lots of female eyes) would probably make a dating show the most-watched reality program in the network’s history. But, alas, we can’t even persuade CW to have Tyra do even ONE cycle of male models…you know, since MALES are what attract female viewers…so I guess I’m beating my head against the wall.

  8. geraldine walsh says:

    Alec Baldwin is the best fill in for Regis, Alec, is young enough,and old enough, to have older stories to tell, I feel Alec is the best fit for the great REGIS, Kelly needs some-one muture.