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Even Jimmy Kimmel was no match for Frankenstorm, E! News reports.
The late-night host planned to bring "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Back to Brooklyn, N.Y., all this week, but Hurricane Sandy caused the funnyman to cancel Monday night's show.
"Though it pains us to do it, JKLfrom #Brooklyn tonight is cancelled," Kimmel tweeted Monday. "I'm disappointed too, but we want you to be safe."
The show's publicist told the Hollywood Reporter that "Jimmy Kimmel Live's" staff is "hopeful to be back on the air [Tuesday] night with Howard Stern, Tracy Morgan and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings."
Neither Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" nor Stephen Colbert's "The Colbert Report" taped Monday night, and Comedy Central aired repeats. Today's show status is still TBD, depending on how the storm evolves.
Monday afternoon, David Letterman still planned to tape "The Late Show," but without an audience, and previously scheduled guests Denzel Washington and Paul Banks will appear.
While the brunt of the storm was expected to hit NYC Monday night, by midday Monday Sandy already had caused numerous Broadway and TV productions to shut down.
Anderson Cooper is leaving his day job, People reports.
The newsman's daily talk show, "Anderson Live," will not return for a third season due to discouraging ratings, the syndication arm of Warner Bros. TV decided, according to The New York Times.
"I am very proud of the work that our terrific staff has put into launching and sustaining our show for two seasons," Cooper, 45, said in a statement. "I look forward to doing more great shows this season, and though I'm sorry we won't be continuing, I have truly enjoyed it."
The cancelation, set to take effect after the summer of 2013, is more of a testament to the market than a reflection on the veteran journalist, an anonymous studio executive explained to The Times. Even changes to the show for its sophomore season, including a live format and the introduction of co-hosts, did not increase its popularity.
But Cooper, a prime-time fixture on CNN, is clearly keeping busy covering Hurricane Sandy (aka Frankenstorm). "I will be along the New Jersey shore tonight," he tweeted Monday.
Taylor Swift will co-host the Grammy nominations television special, The Associated Press reports.
Grammy officials say the pop star will join LL Cool J as hosts of the Dec. 5 special, airing live on CBS from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. This is the first year the nominations special has been broadcast from Music City.
Grammy officials also announced Monday that rising country star Luke Bryan has been added to the telecast as a performer, joining Maroon 5 as the only acts announced so far. More performers will be revealed at a future date.
Swift has won six Grammys. She released her latest album, "Red," last week.
The 55th annual Grammy Awards will be held Feb. 10 in Los Angeles.
The singing group 3TG (aka Three Talented Girlz) won the WAMO Local Love Talent Showcase Saturday night at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, Downtown. The group -- which includes Imani Chisom, 14, Bryce Chisom, 12, and "Summerlove" Summer Helvy, 12 -- beat out 15 other acts to win an artist profile on WAMO100.com, the opportunity to have its song played on air in an AT&T radio commercial and the chance to perform as an opening act for a national artist and have an original song played on air, the radio station reports.
Authorities say a security guard at Tom Cruise's Beverly Hills, Calif., mansion used a stun gun on a trespasser who turned out to be an intoxicated neighbor who may have mistakenly entered the property, the AP reports.
Police say 41-year-old Jason Sullivan was shot with a Taser at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the home on Calle Vista Drive. He was then treated at a hospital and arrested on suspicion of trespassing.
Police say neither Cruise nor his family were at the home when a guard saw a man climbing a fence to get onto the grounds. A guard shocked the man and held him for police.
It wasn't immediately known if Sullivan has an attorney.
Chloe Sevigny has landed another to-die-for role, signing on to headline the A&E drama pilot "Those Who Kill," TVLine.com reports. The "Big Love" actress -- whose DirecTV murder-for-hire series "Hit & Miss" will not be returning for a second season -- will play Catherine, a detective who possesses a deep understanding of the serial killers she hunts. "X-Files" vet Glen Morgan penned the script for the pilot, which is based on the Danish series "Den Som Dræber." Morgan will serve as an exec producer alongside Imagine TV's Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo. The pilot shoots this fall in Pittsburgh under the direction of Joe Carnahan ("The Grey"). Sevigny is currently co-starring as a psycho nymph in FX's "American Horror Story: Asylum."
Khaled Hosseini's next novel will be a journey across time and space.
The author of the million-sellers "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns" has finished his third book, "And the Mountains Echoed." Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) and publisher of his first two novels, announced Monday that "And the Mountains Echoed" comes out May 21, the AP reports.
"I am forever drawn to family as a recurring central theme of my writing," Hosseini, the Afghan-born author and physician, said in a statement. "My earlier novels were at heart tales of fatherhood and motherhood. My new novel is a multi-generational family story as well, this time revolving around brothers and sisters, and the ways in which they love, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for each other. I am thrilled at the chance to share this book with my readers."
Penguin president Susan Petersen Kennedy is one of the few people to have read the novel. She said during an interview Monday that "And the Mountains Echoed" would take place "in different parts of the world" and, as with his previous books, offers "such a clear experience and characters you can identify with even if their lives are very different from your own."
"He really opens you up to what it means to be human," she said.
First Published October 30, 2012 12:00 am