December 10, 2010 in Features

Behar, Henner among Miss America judges panel

Associated Press

“The View” host Joy Behar and actress Marilu Henner are among seven judges who will decide the next Miss America.

Judges for the beauty pageant, in its 90th year, also include country singer Mark Wills, “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry and Miss America 1990 Debbye Turner Bell. “Dancing With the Stars” choreographer Tony Dovolani and shoe designer Taryn Rose round out the panel.

ABC is airing the pageant live Jan. 15 from Las Vegas at the start of a three-year TV deal.

Franco returns to ‘GH’

James Franco, who’ll co-host next year’s Oscars on ABC along with Anne Hathaway, is making a conveniently timed return visit to the network’s “General Hospital.”

Franco will guest star on the soap opera Feb. 25 and Feb. 28, sandwiching the Feb. 27 Academy Awards. He appears occasionally as an oddball artist named Franco.

Snooki to have a ball

You know it’s New Year’s Eve when the Snooki drops – or at least you will this year.

MTV plans to put “Jersey Shore” star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi inside a ball that drops in New York’s Times Square to ring in 2011 as part of its “MTV New Year’s Bash” special.

Other stars from the hit reality show will lead the crowd in a collective fist pump in hopes of breaking the Guinness world record.

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