For AOL TV: Gibson, Salahis, Raising the Bar, Ellis, Oprah, Edwards


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Charles Gibson to Leave ‘World News’ Dec. 18

Including tonight’s broadcast, Charles Gibson will occupy the anchor’s chair at ‘World News’ just 11 more times before signing off permanently on Dec. 18, according to Variety.

In a statement posted on ABC’s blog, ‘The World Newser,’ Jon Banner, executive producer of ‘World News,’ lauded Gibson, who has anchored the program since 2006. He noted how ABC is “preparing to see our very good friend and anchor off as he begins a new journey.”

Who Are Michaele Salahi and Tareq Salahi?

Everyone’s talking about Michaele Salahi and Tareq Salahi — but who are they?

They are said to have “crashed” the White House state dinner on Nov. 24.

They have gone on ‘The Today Show’ to deny they’re crashers, yet haven’t produced one of those much-sought-after embossed invitations.

They have appeared in photos with Pres. Obama, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Vice President Biden.

They have sent the Secret Service into a frenzy regarding the President’s security — and soon, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, will interrogate them before Congress.

What’s their deal, exactly?

TNT Cancels ‘Raising the Bar’

That jolting sound you hear is the smack of a metaphorical gavel.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, TNT has sentenced ‘Raising the Bar’ to immediate cancellation, with a low probability of appeal.

The struggling hourlong legal drama, starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Gloria Reuben and Jane Kaczmarek, premiered in 2008. It was then returned for a second season, with episodes that began to air last June. 12 of season 2’s 15 episodes have been broadcast thus far — the last being Aug. 24 — so the cancellation will leave fans wondering when the final three will air, or if it’s get-the-DVD time. A look at the TNT’s webpage for the show literally shows nothing.

Aunjanue Ellis Joins ‘The Mentalist’ as CBI’s New Boss

Can Patrick Jane already see her coming?

That’s a question for the title character on ‘The Mentalist,’ since Aunjanue Ellis will join the cast of the second-year CBS drama as the alluring and utterly hard-as-nails new head of the California Bureau of Investigation.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ellis, who appeared on Broadway earlier this year in a revival of August Wilson’s play ‘Joe Turner’s Come and Gone’ and had a featured spot in ‘The Taking of Pelham 1 t2 3′ remake, will play a career law-enforcer aiming to shake things up at the ever-emotional CBI. She’ll replace actor Gregory Itzin, whose character, Virgil Minelli, retired after the murders of three CBI agents, including Terry Kenney’s edgy Sam Bosco — a quick way for Itzin to return to his gig playing a former president on ’24.’

Oprah to Interview Barack Obama for ABC Christmas Special

For the first time since his inauguration last January, Oprah Winfrey will do a televised sit-down interview with President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, at the White House.

Called ‘Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special,’ the program will air on Sun., Dec. 13, at 10PM EST. The hourlong chat is widely expected to stay mainly on the softball side, though it will feature an exclusive one-on-one talk with the President, an interview with the First Couple together, and a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the White House getting all gussied up for the holiday season.

Kelly Edwards on Decorating Jesse Palmer’s Pad for ABC’s ‘Holiday of Stars’

Even successful sports stars need an assist sometimes.

On the upcoming special ‘Holiday of Stars’ (Sun., Dec. 6, at 5PM on ABC), celebrities from the entertainment and sports worlds share their holiday ideas and traditions. Kelly Edwards, home decorating expert for AOL Living and co-host and design coordinator for HGTV’s ‘Design on a Dime,’ was brought on board to huddle with former Giants and 49ers quarterback Jesse Palmer (now a sportscaster for ESPN) to spruce up his New York apartment.

It was the perfect assignment for Edwards, whose style is all about giving the appearance of being high-end while being both value-conscious and sensitive to the personal taste of the home dweller.

Read our Q&A with Edwards after the jump.