Oprah Winfrey has tapped La Toya Jackson to star in her own reality show.
Life with La Toya is described as a candid look inside Jackson’s life as she juggles family, friends and business. It will air next year on Winfrey’s TV network, OWN.
On Thursday, OWN also announced a slate of celebrities sitting down with Winfrey for upcoming episodes of Oprah’s Next Chapter. They include Stephen Colbert, Bette Midler, Jennifer Hudson and Kelsey Grammer.
New David film
Larry David is coming back to HBO – but not in a new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
The cable channel told the Television Critics Association on Wednesday that the 65-year-old will write, executively produce and star in an HBO film directed by Greg Mottola. The network didn’t announce a title.
HBO programming president Michael Lombardo says the Seinfeld co-creator hasn’t closed the door on a possible ninth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
CMA hosts return
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are hosting the Country Music Association Awards for a fifth time.
Underwood started the online buzz about their return with a tweet Wednesday, saying she was hanging out with Paisley.
CMA confirmed the news on Twitter and Facebook shortly after with a picture of the two stars during a photo shoot.
The CMA Awards will air live Nov. 1 on ABC.
Lorre book due
Fans of Chuck Lorre’s vanity cards, which appear at the end of his TV shows, will no longer have to hit pause on their DVRs to study his vanity cards.
Lorre, who writes, produces and is a co-creator of sitcoms such as Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and Mike and Molly, is publishing a coffee-table book of the cards titled, What Doesn’t Kill Us, Makes Us Bitter.
Vanity cards are the graphics that air for a second or two at the end of his shows.
The book will be published by Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS Corp., in October.
Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Tony Bennett is 86. Actor Martin Sheen is 72. Singer Beverly Lee is 71. Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is 71. Movie director John Landis is 62. Guitarist Randy Scruggs is 59. Actor John C. McGinley is 53. Singer-guitarist James Hetfield is 49. Singer Ed Roland is 49. Actor Isaiah Washington is 49. Musician Spinderella is 41. Actress Brigid Brannagh is 40. Actress Evangeline Lilly is 33.