ΓÇó Jay Leno is leaving his 10 p.m. timeslot Feb. 12, according to NBC executives, who want him to do a half-hour late night show instead. Don’t worry, Jay, I’ll still wait up for you at 11:35 p.m.! (THR)
ΓÇó Dance Your Ass Off has a new host. Former Spice Girl Mel B will be announcing which contestants have dropped the most pounds when the show returns to Oxygen later this year.
ΓÇóHowie Mandel is a new judge on America’s Got Talent, NBC has announced, replacing David Hasselhoff. I’m not
sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.
ΓÇó Show You Gotta Watch Tonight: Chuck in its new timeslot, at 8 p.m. on NBC. He’s a superspy now. He’ll know if you’re not watching!
ΓÇó And this about FOX… You’re going to be seeing a lot of Ellen DeGeneres on American Idol this season, according to my good friend, Naughty But Nice‘s Rob Shuter. The show is shifting its focus to the comedian to make way for a downsized Simon Cowell exit. Not sure how other original host Randy “Dawg” Jackson feels about that. (Popeater)