TVLine Items: Paula Deen Books Today Do-Over, Desperate Twins Join HBO's Leftovers and More

Paula Deen Today AppearanceAfter being dropped by the Food Network amid controversy last Friday, Paula Deen is set once more to make an appearance on Today.

Matt Lauer first announced the news during Monday’s show, insisting that Deen “told us she will be here” on Wednesday.

Deen was previously scheduled to appear on NBC’s morning show on Friday. However, the Southern-fried chef abruptly canceled her appearance following the fallout from a recent deposition in which she admitted to using the N-word and expressed a desire to throw a southern-style wedding with black waiters acting as pre-Civil War-era “slaves.”

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In other news, E! Online confirmed that QVC may also part ways with the embattled Deen. “QVC shares the concerns being raised around the unfortunate Paula Deen situation,” the shopping network — which features her many products — said in a statement. “QVC does not tolerate discriminatory behavior. We are closely monitoring these events and the ongoing litigation. We are reviewing our business relationship with Ms. Deen, and in the meantime, we have no immediate plans to have her appear on QVC.”

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

• Desperate Housewives vets Max and Charlie Carver have joined HBO’s buzzy drama pilot The Leftovers. Based on the 2011 novel of the same name, the prospective series — from Damon Lindelof (Lost) and Tom Perrotta (Election) — examines life on Earth after a Rapture-like event occurs. The twins, who will play laid-back teen brothers, co-star alongside the previously cast Justin Theroux (The District) and Liv Tyler (Armageddon).

• Sunday ratings snippet: Among broadcast fare, ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap (4.4 mil/1.3 rating) dropped 16 percent from its last out; leading out of that, the Whodunnit? premiere retained 4 mil/1.3. NBC’s Crossing Lines opened to 4.4 mil/0.7, tying Saving Hope for the lowest-rated Big 4 drama launch ever. (Mad Men and Devious Maids ratings coming later, under separate cover.)

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30 Comments
  1. Midori says:

    If Paula Dean went on Today Friday and said “sorry” I believe The Food Network wouldn’t have fired her.

    • knd says:

      Completely agree. Also if she didn’t release those youtube videos. She needs to fire her PR people ASAP.

      • Midori says:

        Yeah, it seems like Food Network was waiting and seeing because they knew it was coming with the lawsuit happening in May. If they really wanted her they wouldn’t have waited this long for a new contract.

        Then she ditch Today, released a dumb video, deletes it, releases another, deletes it and keeps the one where she comes off as an ahole.

  2. Someone says:

    I guess the Carver twins won’t last long on Teen Wolf then.

  3. Tess says:

    I wonder how fast Oprah would have gotten fired if she made a disparaging remark about a white person 30 years before???? I find it odd how racism only seems to go one way..

    • dean says:

      Lol at you thinking racism is about equality.

    • yeah ok says:

      What does Oprah have to do with this? Why can’t you people ever allow the wrong person to take ownership of their actions? I love it when people try to make excuses and turn the situation around on the people who did nothing wrong. Derail and excuse as always.

    • Midori says:

      Oprah never went around calling her workers crackers and then got sued for it.

    • mia says:

      Racism is systemic. And people can make as many derogatory comments about white people as they want; white people have priviledge. That priviledge keeps anything from happening to us when someone with less priviledge says something nasty. It doesn’t reflect a systemic thing. But the other way around, white people saying racist stuff IS systemic – meaning its built into the way the world is. Same thing as any comments from women about men; from queer people about straights, etc. Its called priviledge and power….and you need to check yours. (And I’m white, just to be transparent).

    • AmbidextrousAspie says:

      Oh, so white people have been held as slaves and were, just 60 years ago, less than a full person?

      Really?

      Maybe if we white people try, we can have 40+ presidents in a row and a Congress that shows us…oh, wait.

    • TV Gord says:

      Slavery and lynchings only went one way, too.. The idea that you and others can’t see the difference boggles my mind.

  4. Amanda says:

    Those Carver twins are everywhere!

  5. Tori says:

    Yeah Ok and Midori, I could not have said it better, thank you.

  6. Tru says:

    I don’t think Paula Deen should do the today show. I think she should to bow out of the spotlight for a while, until the heat dies down and then coming back and do an interview a sit down interview with Oprah or Robin Roberts

  7. leigh says:

    Watched crossing lines. Its not that bad. I hope with the summer it gets a chance. We will see I guess.

  8. tara says:

    I think all this is crap go read the depositions Paula’s and ms jacksons where she said herself she never heard ms deen say the n word people are always looking for something to get money and what better way than the race card

    • TV Gord says:

      This went beyond the facts of the lawsuit when Deen herself admitted to using the word, and all of the other things she said. Her whole attitude of “of COURSE” she used the word was what got her into the controversy she’s in now.

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