Hollywood Dirt 10/8/10 Ryan Seacrest Following Oprah/ America’s Favorite Author

ryan seacrest Hollywood Dirt 10/8/10 Ryan Seacrest Following Oprah/ Americas Favorite Author

Looks like Oprah Winfrey won’t be the only TV celebrity with her own network…

The “Hollywood Reporter” is reporting that Ryan Seacrest is in, “early talks” to launch his own cable network. For now all I know is that the plan is to make the channel “music, pop culture, and lifestyle-oriented.” Ryan would have an “on-air presence”…but he’d mostly serve as a producer behind-the-scenes. If it does end up happening, it would be in addition to his work with E! . It’s unclear if Ryan is trying to get a brand new network cleared for distribution or go the Oprah route and re-brand  an existing, struggling channel. (Oprah’s OWN Network is replacing Discovery Health. It’ll launch in January.)

Speaking of things, “Idol”, American Idol winner Lee DeWyze will release his first post-“Idol”  album on November 16th. It will be called “Live It Up“. No details yet on runner-up Crystal Bowersox’s album…but usually, the runner-up’s abum comes out around the same time as the winner’s.

Former “Idol” runner-up David Archuleta was on “The Wendy Williams Show” yesterday and when he looked at a picture of Idol’s new judges standing together, he thought Steven Tyler was a woman. He said “Who’s that other girl?”, then tried to claim he was talking about [lastfm]Jennifer Lopez[/lastfm]. Wendy didn’t buy it. Judge for yourself:

I catch a lot of crap for being a “reader” but I am sure I’m not alone so…according to a new poll, Horrormeister Stephen King is America’s favorite author. Here’s the rest of the top ten: #2 James Patterson (my personal favorite), #3 John Grisham, #4 Nora Roberts, #5 Tom Clancy, #6 Dean Koontz, #7 Danielle Steel, #8 Dan Brown, #9 (tie) J. K. Rowling and J.R.R. Tolkien. (You may have noticed that Stephenie Meyer isn’t on the list. It’s probably because they only polled ADULTS 18 and over.)

Elizabeth Hasselbeck is joining “Good Morning America” as a contributor. She’ll provide reports on family and parenting topics. Look for her debut Monday with a story on how to handle kids that want tattoos. This will not affect her bread and butter gigi on “The View“. 

Wilmer Valderrama…who played Fez on “That 70’s Show“…has a new sitcom in development at ABC. It’s said to be a ” live-action comedy” with a “musical component” that was created by a couple of producers from “American Dad“.

Facebook Founder Marc Zuckerberg had said that he didn’t want to see “The Social Network” (in theaters now). He wasn’t too happy that it was even made in the first place, and he’s described it as “fiction”. Apparently he had a change of heart. Because according to “Us Weekly“,  he took his entire Facebook staff to see it last Friday.

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