‘Anderson’ Gets Season 2 Makeover; Stephen Colbert Announces Summer Concert Series

By: Jethro Nededog / August 1, 2012

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Anderson Cooper will be back on daytime for a second season, but not without a pretty big overhaul. Renamed Anderson Live, Cooper returns with a more social media-friendly live format and he won’t have to carry it off alone.

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He’ll be joined by daily co-hosts. And with the addition of new co-executive producer George Davilas (The Doctors), the new “live” format will make better use of Cooper’s journalistic inclinations allowing him to update his audience with breaking news and updates as well as interact with fans via Twitter. That doesn’t mean they’re abandoning celebrity guests for serious news. They’ve already booked Richard Gere, Emma Watson, Modern Family’s Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell, among others. The new revamped Anderson Live returns Monday, Sept. 10. [Anderson]

Comedy Central announced a summer concert series called – and say this three times fast — Pepsi Presents StePhest Colbchella ‘012: Rocktaugustfest. The series will feature performances and interviews from several artists including The Flaming Lips, fun., Grandmaster Flash, Grizzly Bear and Santigold. It will shoot on New York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Friday, August 10 and begin airing nightly on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report during the week of August 13 at 11:30 PM. [Comedy Central]

Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts is taking a little break before actually taking medical leave for a bone marrow transplant in late-August or early-September. The newswoman felt ill while shooting Wednesday’s show and said, “Well, a full disclosure here, I’m not feeling too well. In fact, I’m going to leave, and let you all do the rest of the program on your own. I’m going to take a little time off, just to get some va-cay. I’ll see you in a couple of weeks.” ABC has made it clear that she’ll return to the show before taking official medical leave. Roberts suffers from blood and bone marrow disease. As Celebuzz previously reported, colleages Katie Couric, Kelly Ripa, Barbara Walters, among others have offered to step in for Roberts while she’s away. [The Wrap]

HBO made a couple announcements during the TCA press tour in Beverly Hills on Wednesday. Firstly, critically acclaimed Girls and Enlightened are scheduled to kick off ten-episode second seasons in January of 2013. Co-President Richard Pepler and Programming President Michael Lombardo also announced a Larry David movie in the works, which is currently in the writing stage. [HBO]