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Attention-grabbing gambits on talk TV

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HOST Jimmy Fallon performed a crazy stunt with an A-lister. AP

TV hosts with daily or nightly shows are fully aware that familiarity breeds, if not contempt, then the constant bugaboos of predictability and consequent boredom. So, they literally stay awake at night thinking of unusual attention-grabbers to keep their shows’ regular viewers happy—and surprised!

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Fonda, Kardashian voice Fox animated episodes

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Jane Fonda, Sarah Silverman and Nick Offerman are among the guest voices on “The Simpsons” this fall, while Kim Kardashian lends her voice in the final episode of “American Dad.”

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Actor Tyler Posey to host Teen Choice Awards

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Actor Tyler Posey will host Teen Choice 2014, with musical groups Magic and Rixton performing on the show that awards popular teens in television, music, film, sports and fashion.

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Fox admits ‘Idol’ has lacked engaging contestants

In this Jan. 13, 2014 file photo, judges, from left, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick Jr. are seen during the panel of "American Idol" at the FOX Winter 2014 TCA, at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. Lopez, Urban, and Connick Jr. will return as judges with Ryan Seacrest hosting for the 14th season of Fox's "American Idol." AP

“American Idol” needs to find contestants the audience cares about.

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Philippine comedy after Dolphy

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DOLPHY chose an inviting, inveigling approach,  establishing a smiling, “winking” camaraderie with audiences.

King comic Dolphy is being lovingly remembered on his birth and death anniversaries this month, so he may no longer be with us—but, what do you know, he’s still very much around!

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