Smith to croon at music show
Breakthrough newcomers Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer will take the stage at the 2014 American Music Awards.
Dick Clark Productions announced Thursday that Mary J. Blige will join the British pop crooner and Australian boy band at the Nov. 23 event at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. It will air live on ABC.
Smith and 5SOS will compete for new artist of the year.
Bye-bye for Honey Boo Boo?
TLC is “reassessing” the future of its hit reality show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” after a disturbing TMZ report that one of the stars, Mama June, is dating a convicted child molester.
“TLC is not currently in production on ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.’ We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series,” a network spokesperson said in a statement.
The series, which follows child beauty pageant contestant Alana Thompson, mother Mama June and the rest of the outspoken, quirky family in central Georgia, wrapped up Season 4 in August. While rumored to be picked up for more episodes, the network never officially announced a fifth season.
TMZ reports that since Mama June broke up with partner Sugar Bear in September, she’s been seeing Mark McDaniel, a Georgia man convicted of aggravated child molestation (allegedly against one of June’s relatives) in 2004. He served 10 years in prison, according to TMZ, and he was just released in March.
New ‘Late, Late’ host debut set
CBS has set March 9 for the debut of James Corden as host of “The Late Late Show.”
Corden is replacing Craig Ferguson, who after a decade in the host chair exits on Dec. 18. The show will continue to originate from Los Angeles.
Corden, a 36-year-old British star, won a Tony Award in 2012 for his role in the play “One Man, Two Guvnors” and appeared in the recent film “Begin Again” with Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. He hosts a sports-oriented game show in Britain, and also acts in and writes the BBC series “The Wrong Mans.”
His arrival is part of CBS’s late-night overhaul, which also next year will see David Letterman depart the “Late Show” (which airs an hour earlier), to be replaced by Stephen Colbert.
Priests dance way to viral fame
A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keys-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract.
The Rev. David Rider, 29, of Hyde Park, New York, and the Rev. John Gibson, 28, of Milwaukee, first shot to Internet fame when they were filmed in April during a fundraiser at the North American College, the elite American seminary up the hill from the Vatican.
Rider warmed up the crowd with a lively tap-dance routine, only to be pushed aside by Gibson’s fast-footed Irish dance. Soon they were battling it out, trying to impress the crowd.
At the back of the room, journalist Joan Lewis recorded the event and later posted on YouTube.