Saturday December 8, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- New York’s Times Square is getting a little bit Jersey for New Year’s Eve.

MTV says "Jersey Shore" stars Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWOWW" Farley and comedian Jeff Dye will host the network’s live New Year’s Eve special from Times Square.

"MTV’s Club NYE 2013" will also feature performances from Ke$ha, Ne-Yo, Sean Kingston, Rita Ora and others.

Polizzi said she is hoping to use "a leopard bedazzled microphone" for her hosting duties.

The special is set to air at 11 p.m. on Dec. 31.

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NEW YORK -- CBS is giving a special platform to a new cop drama that it will premiere in February.

The drama, "Golden Boy," features Theo James as the youngest police commissioner in New York City, examining what he needs to do to get the opportunity.

The series is debuting on Tuesday night, Feb. 26, taking advantage of the network’s big audience that night with "NCIS," television’s most popular drama. It will air on Tuesday the next week, too, before being moved to its regular time slot on Friday nights.

"Golden Boy" will be paired with "Blue Bloods," another show about a New York police commissioner.

CBS will also bring back the comedy "Rules of Engagement" on Feb. 4. It replaces the now-canceled sitcom "Partners."

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NEW YORK -- NBC’s "Today" show gradually expanded from two hours to four. Now competitor "Good Morning America" is stretching -- if only online.

ABC said it will launch a 15-minute "GMA Live" program online that will "bring everyone backstage" right after the television show ends at 9 a.m. Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer, Sam Champion and Amy Robach will be the hosts, talking about the day’s hot topics in a more conversational manner.

The show will stream on the "Good Morning America" and ABC News websites.

The morning show has been riding high in recent months, having wrested the ratings lead from its longtime competitor at NBC.

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NEW YORK -- The mtvU network is honoring a rap superstar who detailed his love for another man and a Pakistani girl shot for her education advocacy as its Man and Woman of the Year.

Frank Ocean, who earned six Grammy nominations Wednesday, published a letter online about his first love, a man, just as his "channel ORANGE" disc was being released. MtvU called it "an incredibly brave move for an artist on the verge of superstardom."

Fifteen-year-old Malala Yousufzai (mah-LAH’-lah YOO’-suf-ZAY’) blogged about her support of education for girls in Pakistan. For that, Taliban militants stormed her school bus and shot her in the head and neck, but she survived.

The mtvU network is geared toward college students and is seen on more than 750 campuses.

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CHICAGO -- Famed Chicago movie critic Roger Ebert has been hospitalized with a hip fracture.

His wife, Chaz Ebert, told The Associated Press on Thursday that her 70-year-old husband was doing much better and "doctors are making assessments" about when he could leave the hospital.

Roger Ebert then posted on Twitter that he does not need surgery.

Chaz Ebert tweeted earlier in the day that her Pulitzer Prize-winning husband was doing well and "asking for computer, will probably tweet." She jokingly attributed the fracture to "tricky disco dance moves."