Regis Philbin said today during the season premiere of his syndicated morning talk show Live With Regis and Kelly that his last day on the Disney-ABC program will be Nov. 18. The 80-year-old had announced back in January that his was retiring from Live after 28 years. As for his replacement, producer Michael Gelman said during the show this morning that there is no short list of candidates, and a guest-host rotation will continue until a permanent host is found.
– ABC today revealed that Katie Couric’s first news assignment at her new home will air tonight on Nightline, when the former CBS News anchor interviews Sarah Jessica Parker ahead of the actress’ upcoming feature I Don’t Know How She Does It. Sure, these are the types of guests Couric will nab for her upcoming ABC talk show, but it’s a curious debut for her owing to her much-publicized negotiations with potential suitors that centered on her insisting she stay close to hard news, like covering the 2012 presidential elections.
– Anderson Cooper’s new daily talk show has set its first guests for its premiere Sept. 12: The family of Amy Winehouse. The host of the Telepictures Prods strip confirmed the news on his Twitter feed today: “On @anderson Sept. 12: Amy Winehouse’s family — her dad, mom, stepmom, boyfriend — speak for the 1st time since her death.” Also slated as guests for Cooper’s first week are Kathy Griffin, Snooki, Daniel Radcliffe and the cast of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills sans Taylor Armstrong.