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July 11, 2013


July 11--Tulsa's Bill Hader is following up his retirement from "Saturday Night Live" with a new online venture that includes old friends.

Hader is voicing a character in Seth Meyers' new animated adult comedy "The Awesomes," coming Aug. 1 to The voice cast also includes "SNL" alumni including Kenan Thompson, Rachel Dratch and Taran Killam along with comic actors Paula Pell, Ike Barinholtz and Emily Spivey.

The series, created by Meyers and Mike Shoemaker ("Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"), is all about a group of not-so-superheroes who have to take over and figure out a way to save the world after all the really good superheroes have quit the team.

Hader's character, who has yet to be fully revealed, will be "an evil villain with the power to control minds and whip up a flawless quiche," according a description (

Meyers plays the new leader, Professor Doctor Prock, who must choose from auditions and the rejects file for those who will fill out his new superhero team. The cast includes Rashida Jones as Hotwire, Killam as Frantic, Bobby Lee as Sumo, Pell as Gadget Girl, Barinholtz as Muscleman and Thompson as Impresario.

The 10-episode series will stream on

Hasselbeck leaves 'View' for new friends at Fox News Channel

Elisabeth Hasselbeck bid farewell to ABC's "The View" Wednesday and plugged her new gig at Fox News on her way out, reports.

"I'm really happy and excited to confirm I will be joining the 'Fox & Friends' team in September, and I would first like to thank Mr. (Roger) Ailes, Bill Shine, and the entire Fox (News) Channel for this incredible opportunity," she said on "The View."

The conservative Hasselbeck received a standing ovation from the studio audience, and she praised the show's liberals -- calling Whoopi Goldberg "the most talented artist on the planet" and saying she had "an insane amount of respect" for Joy Behar.

She called Sherri Shepherd "my sister in Christ" and told co-host and show creator Barbara Walters that "I've attended the Barbara Walters School of Broadcasting and Journalism."

The former "Survivor" contestant, who made a name for herself as a conservative-leaning host on Walters' popular weekday morning show, made her last appearance Wednesday, reported. In September, Hasselbeck takes over for co-host Gretchen Carlson on the Fox News morning show "Fox & Friends." Carlson is moving on to an as-yet-unnamed one-hour show on the same network, according to the website.

"Elisabeth's warm and engaging personality made her a star on 'The View,' " Fox News President Roger Ailes said in a statement. "She has proven to be an excellent conversationalist, and I am certain she will make a great addition to our already successful morning franchise."

She is the third co-host to announce her departure from the "The View." Walters is retiring, and Behar is also leaving. No official word from ABC about filling the show's empty seats.

"The View" airs weekdays at 10 a.m. on ABC, channel 8, in Tulsa.

Shelton, Lambert, Underwood among CMA fest headliners

Oklahoma's own Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood will be among the headliners on stage at "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock," airing at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 on ABC, channel 8.

Little Big Town will host the three-hour event also featuring performances and appearances by Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, the cast of "Duck Dynasty," "Nashville" star Charles Esten, Hunter Hayes, "Dancing with the Stars" champion Derek Hough, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Lady Antebellum, Lennon and Maisy Stella of "Nashville," Tim McGraw, Kip Moore, Jason Mraz, Kacey Musgraves, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, The Band Perry, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band.

Filmed June 6-9, the special also includes behind-the-ropes access and interviews, day-in-the life segments, late-night jams, performances, and surprise collaborations.

This is the 10th anniversary of this special, which showcases America's biggest country music bash.

Lambert special to stream online

The "CMA Songwriters Series" on Thursday will feature transplanted Oklahoman Miranda Lambert.

The show, also with songwriters Kip Moore and Brett James and host Bob DiPiero, will stream live from Boston at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at

The series features successful songwriters who line up on stage with their guitar and take turns telling the stories behind their hit songs and performing them in the raw as originally written, according to the Country Music Association.

Lambert and husband Blake Shelton live on a ranch near Tishomingo.

Lando Calrissian sings for charity

In a galaxy far, far away where karaoke is cool and cellphones can capture anything -- wait, that's here and now -- Lando Calrissian (aka Billy Dee Williams) and friends perform for charity at the "Star Wars" Cantina.

The charity is Nerdist and Lucasfilm's Course of the Force, the Olympic-style lightsaber relay run, which started its second annual event Tuesday at the famous Skywalker Ranch and ends at San Diego's Comic-Con on Tuesday. It benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Lando's "friends" -- Jason Schwartzman, Patton Oswalt, Carrie Keagan, Chris Hardwick and Mike Phirman -- make appearances in the video while Williams performs "West Coast."

For more information on the run, go to See the video at

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World Television Editor Rita Sherrow


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