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You'll Never Guess Who the Highest-Paid TV Host of 2018 Is. The ruling is in: Judge Judy is the world's highest-paid TV host for 2018. Forbes released its final list on Monday and reported that the TV court star, otherwise known as Judy Sheindlin, earned $147 million pretax last year. According to the publication, Sheindlin sold the rights to Judge Judy's 5,200-episode library and future show episodes to CBS for an approximate $100 million. She also reportedly raked in about $47 million for hosting Judge Judy and for producing the Hot Bench. So, who got second place? This prize went to Ellen DeGeneres, who reportedly earned $87.5 million pretax last year. Per the magazine, The Ellen DeGeneres Show host made history when she became the first woman to receive $20 million from Netflix for her stand-up special. She also produces several shows, including Splitting Up Together, and has licensing deals with several major retailers, including Bed, Bath and Beyond. Dr. Phil McGraw came in third place with an estimated pretax earnings of $77.5 million. Not only does he host Dr. Phil, but he also is an executive producer for several shows, including The Doctors. In addition, Forbes noted he cofounded the Doctors on Demand app. Next up was Ryan Seacrest, who reportedly made pretax earnings of $74 million last year. In addition to hosting American Idol and Live With Kelly and Ryan, Seacrest is a producer for Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Steve Harvey capped off the list with estimated pretax earnings of $44 million. The TV star makes bank from hosting both Steve and Family Feud. Forbes based its earnings estimates on pretax figures for the June 2017 to June 2018 year. These numbers were calculated based on a number of sources, including Nielsen, IMDB, Box Office Mojo and "industry insiders." (Eonline)

This Is Us Reveals Who "Her" Is and More in Fall Finale. Don't you just love a This Is Us ending montage? Tuesday night's was a true doozy. It solved some mysteries, announced some happy news (it's a boy!), and introduced a whole new mystery we've never been so excited to solve. For once, someone's alive instead of dead, but we'll get to that in a moment. First, we finally know that future Randall and Tess are on their way to see Rebecca, but we've still got a whole lot of worried questions. In the present, we got a somewhat devastating scene of Randall (Sterling K. Brown) being banished to the couch. He and Beth were fighting over his refusal to drop out of the city council race, despite the fact that his poll numbers were dismal and despite the fact that Beth asked him to drop out after he had promised he would if she wanted him to. We jumped right from that scene to Future Randall asking Tess (Iantha Richardson) to let her mom know they were on their way, which of course made us start worrying that Randall and Beth aren't together anymore, because this show is rude. We then saw future Beth, a fabulous older lady running a dance studio, tell her assistant they were going to visit Randall's mother, and then ask if she had brought her the game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey from her office. The addition of that childhood game, which the Big 3 used to play at their childhood birthday parties, gives us this horrible sinking feeling that Rebecca might not be doing so well, and might be mentally stuck in a time when her kids still play Pin the Tail on the Donkey. And now we're gonna cry, so let's move on to some happier news. We've spent most of this season hoping that Nicky (Michael Angarano) is alive, since that made for a more interesting direction for all those scenes with him and Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) during the war. We saw that Jack believed Nicky had died when a boat exploded and he went running into the water, but all we saw after that was Kevin learning that no Nicholas Pearson appeared in the database of those who died in the war. Then, we saw a blurry man in a small house, with a closeup on a piece of mail addressed to Nicholas Pearson, meaning Nicky is still alive and getting mail! He lives at 2125 Songbird Rd., Bradford, PA, 16701, and according to our Google maps search of that address, it's smack dab in the middle of a forest. Now, we just have to wait for the show to return to explain why Nicky lives in the middle of a forest and why his family hasn't heard from him in 50 years. We also get to find out what Michael Angarano looks like in old age makeup, which we are weirdly excited about! UPDATE: Turns out Angarano won't be getting in the makeup chair after all. Deadline reports that Griffin Dunne will play present day Nicky when the show returns in January. Elsewhere, after a lot of anxiety and worry, Kate and Toby found out that their baby is a boy. Kate also decided to go back to school to finish her college degree, so she can be a music teacher, but all of that only happened because the doctor didn't want her sitting in her car so much while driving to her Adele-o-gram gigs. So instead, she'll be sitting in a classroom, but hopefully not for too long. And finally, after some encouragement and a beautiful speech on not holding things in by Rebecca, Tess (Eris Baker) came out to her parents, and they reacted exactly as you'd expect Randall and Beth to react by saying they loved her and supported her. The fact that Randall and Beth didn't see this coming and had been so busy and uninvolved in their kids' lives lately is what sort of started their argument, and what later landed Randall on the couch. So now we've got two months to wait and wonder what happens next, and it's gonna be a long two months. This Is Us will return to NBC in 2019. (Eonline)

Fuller House Season 4 Trailer Is All About DJ and Steve. The Tanners are back once again, and while there's a baby on the way and many shenanigans to be had, we gotta say we're mostly here for DJ (Candace Cameron Bure) and Steve(Scott Weinger). Based on the new trailer for season four, the iconic couple from Full House is back on for real now, and it's all our early 90s hearts have ever wanted. "We've been waiting 25 years. We owe it to ourselves once and for all just to see how we are as a couple," Steve says early on in the trailer. Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) calls them "America's couple," and then as they head out on a date, she yells "Have a good time! You have to!" Clearly, the rest of the fam is in agreement with us that this couple has to stick around this time. The trailer has a lot more than just DJ and Steve. There's a musical number, Kimmy's (Andrea Barber) very pregnant with Stephanie's (Jodie Sweetin) baby, and John Stamos(with a guitar), Bob Saget, Dave Coulier(dressed as Santa), and Lori Loughlin are all there too, still hanging out on and around that extremely small couch. Plus, DJ appears to be competing in a budget version of American Ninja Warrior, and preggo Kimmy is floss dancing, naturally. Fuller House season four debuts Friday, December 14 on Netflix. (Eonline)

Julie Chen Moonves to return as host of 'Big Brother: Celebrity Edition'. CBS has confirmed what had been speculated. Julie Chen Moonves will be back as host of "Big Brother: Celebrity Edition" when it returns for a second season on Jan. 21. As Deadline previously reported, sources close to Chen Moonves had said she planned to continue hosting "Big Brother" and its "Celebrity" counterpart for years to come, but questions obviously arose when her husband, Leslie Moonves, was ousted as CBS CEO amid allegations of sexual misconduct, followed by her exit as host of CBS' "The Talk." While "Big Brother" hasn't been renewed officially for a 21st season by CBS, Chen Moonves' contract runs for the upcoming edition of the "Celebrity" midseason spinoff and one more season of the mothership show. "Big Brother: Celebrity Edition" features a group of celebrities living together in the Big Brother house outfitted with 94 HD cameras and 113 microphones, recording their every move 24 hours a day. Following its Season 2 Jan. 21 (8 p.m.) premiere, "Big Brother: Celebrity Edition" will air on multiple nights each week for three weeks, with the two-hour finale on Wednesday, Feb. 13. (PageSix)

Herman Melville Novella 'Benito Cereno' Being Adapted as Sci-Fi Series. 'The Knick' veteran Steven Katz will transplant Melville's 1855 high-seas story to outer space. The Knick and Manhunt: Unabomber veteran Steven Katz is taking Herman Melville where the author has never been before: outer space. Katz will adapt Melville's 1855 novella Benito Cereno as a sci-fi thriller about a chance encounter between two vessels -- a human commercial ship and an alien slave freighter -- in deep space. The project is in development at First Look Media's Topic Studios (Spotlight, Roman J. Israel, Esq.) and does not yet have a buyer. "Benito Cereno is one of Melville's most thought-provoking short stories, and Steven has been able to retain its essence, while reimagining it for modern audiences," said Lisa Leingang, senior vp programming and content for Topic Studios. "The result will be something so innovative and radical that we can't wait for audiences to see it." Added Katz, "It's an incredibly thrilling tale from Melville, a writer we normally think of as being cerebral, although it does plumb his classic themes of good vs. evil and dark vs. light." Melville's story is set in 1799 and follows the captain of a merchant ship as he comes to the aid of another vessel in distress. He discovers it's a slave ship and that its Spanish captain, Don Benito Cereno, is acting oddly, but he dismisses Cereno's behavior. He later learns the slaves had rebelled and were holding Cereno hostage. The story is known for its use of unreliable narration. Katz will write Benito Cereno. Topic Studios is executive producing along with Dan Halsted and Corinne Hayoun of Manage-ment. Katz is repped by CAA, Manage-ment and Sloss Eckhouse (Hollywood Reporter)

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