Stephen Colbert, who will succeed David Letterman when he retires in 2015, will join the talk-show legend on the "Late Show," CBS announced Tuesday, E! News reports. Letterman will welcome his late-night protege to the CBS stage Tuesday for their first sit-down since the news was announced that Colbert would be the next host of "Late Night."
To date, Colbert has appeared as a guest on the "Late Show" alongside Letterman a total of 12 times.
Letterman, TV's longest-running late-night talk-show host in television history, announced his retirement from the "Late Show" earlier this month. After the news was announced that the Comedy Central comedian would be taking his place, Letterman admitted that he was thrilled by CBS's choice.
"Stephen has always been a real friend to me," Letterman said in a statement. "I'm very excited for him, and I'm flattered that CBS chose him. I also happen to know they wanted another guy with glasses."
And Colbert is equally excited to be stepping into Letterman's prestigious shoes. "Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career," Colbert said in a statement last week. "I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth."
Michael Strahan has made good on reports that he's joining "Good Morning America" by paying a visit to the ABC breakfast show on Tuesday, The Associated Press reports.
The former football star and current co-host with Kelly Ripa of "Live With Kelly and Michael" got a red-carpet welcome from the "GMA" team.
Anchor Robin Roberts expressed excitement that Strahan will be there "a couple of days a week."
Then the cast presented him with an alarm clock and a huge coffee cup.
His brief appearance ended with promises he'll be back "next week."
Strahan joins Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Amy Robach, Lara Spencer and Ginger Zee on television's top-rated morning show.
Unconfirmed reports of Strahan's new part-time gig surfaced early this month. He has said this side job won't affect his daily duties hosting "Live."
"Glee" creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy has dropped quite the unexpected little bomb about the Fox hit's sixth and final season, E! News reports.
It won't be New York-centric. It will jump forward in time. And it will directly involve only a handful of core characters -- although Murphy insists that for the final year, "anybody who wants to come back can come back."
"Everything sort of builds to a head [in the current season's finale]," Murphy explained to a small group of reporters Monday. "I would say explosion is too harsh of a word, but something big happens, and then the final season is the aftermath of that."
Tuesday's episode, "Tested," gave fans a flavor of what the new "young adult" era of "Glee" is about: The storylines are heartfelt, intimate and at times funny and center on more mature topics, such as STD testing, and complex relationship drama for Blaine (Darren Criss) and Kurt (Chris Colfer), and Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Mercedes (Amber Riley).
Murphy admits the current season of "Glee" has had its kinks but believes the show is undergoing a significant creative resurgence in the next few episodes.
"When 'Glee' first started out, there were six kids in glee club as I recall," Murphy told reporters. "At one point, I felt like it was a cast of thousands, and the Lima stories were all supposed to be through the prism of Cory [Monteith]'s character, and that didn't work out. So you know, we had to punt for a little bit, but I think once we got our bearings back, the idea of let's concentrate on six people that we know and love and really work hard on their evolution I think has really served the show well. And that's where we're going."
Murphy also revealed that writers are still grappling with the question of whether Rachel (Lea Michele) should get a new love interest after the tragic passing of Finn (Monteith), saying, "To be quite honest, we just haven't been able to crack it," and adding that he will once again look to Lea for direction. "She's always been so sensitive and so wise in how to handle that stuff," Murphy says.
Former pro wrestler The Ultimate Warrior died of cardiovascular disease, authorities in Phoenix said Monday, the AP reports.
Maricopa County spokeswoman Cari Gerchick said that's the finding from an autopsy conducted Thursday by the county medical examiner's office.
The 54-year-old wrestler's given name was James Hellwig. He collapsed April 8 while walking with his wife to their car at a Scottsdale hotel and was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Scottsdale police have said there were no signs of foul play.
The Ultimate Warrior was one of pro wrestling's biggest stars in the late 1980s.