TV News & Notes: ‘The Talk’ Renewed, Diddy To Guest On ‘Hawaii Five-O,’ ‘Pawn Stars’ Sets Record & More

'The Talk' (Photo: CBS)

'The Talk' (Photo: CBS)

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Renewed: The buzz has been good on and off the screen, and so it’s not surprising to hear CBS has renewed “The Talk” for the 2011-2012 season. The show is hosted by Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini. “After only a few months on the air, ‘The Talk’ has delivered creative and ratings growth and established a strong profile in daytime,” said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. “The co-hosts have clicked together, the topics have connected with the audience and the show has added a new dimension to our top-rated daytime line-up. We’re excited about its current success and the potential to grow and evolve ‘The Talk’ even further.”

Double Diddy: Talk about a mash-up of hot properties. Sean “Puffy” Combs is set to guest-star on an upcoming episode of “Hawaii Five-O.” The episode is slated to air this spring on the CBS Television Network. In it, Combs plays an NYPD Detective who hunts the streets of Honolulu for the men responsible for a crime against his family, but his one-man war for justice sets this fellow cop on a collision course with Five-0. Yikes, it almost sounds like a page out of Dog the Bounty Hunter. According to TV Guide, Combs is going to train with a Navy SEAL. The episode will also feature Combs’ music.

Ratings Record: The History Channel had a record-setting night Monday thanks to back-to-back hours of “Pawn Stars” and “American Pickers.” The 10:30 p.m. season premiere of “Pawn Stars” drew 7 million viewers, making it the most-watched show in the history of the network, as well as the top show on cable that night. Earlier, the 9 p.m. premiere of “American Pickers” drew 6.2 million viewers, making it the third most-viewed program on cable that evening. The second most viewed? A 10 p.m. airing of “Pawn Stars.” As for reaction from “Pawn Stars”s Rick Harrison, well, he tweeted, “The hardest part about reaching your goal is deciding what exactly it is”…

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Happy Hour: Whether there’s a happy hour in “Bar Karma,” the new series Current TV has cooked up with gaming guru Will Wright, will be up to viewers. According to Wright, who created the game designer who created SimCity, users create the show’s characters and storylines by registering with Current TV’s online Creation Studios. Thus far, 5 million people have helped create the first three episodes. Now how is that royalty check split? Read an interview with Wright here…

Lookalikes: At what point is Matthew Perry no longer referred to as a former “Friends” star? Not yet. Speaking to the L.A. Times about “Mr. Sunshine,” his new ABC sitcom about a 40-year-old manager of a San Diego sports arena, Perry acknowledged it’s going to be difficult to escape comparison to Chandler Bing. Why? “Because we obviously look almost exactly alike,” he quipped. Perry created, wrote and stars in show, along with Allison Janney, Andrea Anders, and James Lesure. Perry joked that he’s eager to get back to work after spending the past two years playing the same video game. The show premieres February 9 – set your DVR here

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Nice Touch: Tim Conway will introduce the tribute to Screen Actors Guild’s 47th Life Achievement Award recipient Ernest Borgnine at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, according to executive producer and director Jeff Margolis. The SAG Awards air Sunday Jan. 30 on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. Set your DVR here

Nothing’s Off Limits: That’s the boast of ad man turned media personality Donny Deutsch who will provide love and dating advice, as well as insight into the male mind on his new Bravo show, “Love Calling,” starting Thursday, January 27, at 11 p.m. Is the male mind so complicated that it requires a full 30 minutes? Deutsch will answer viewer questions via phone, email, Twitter, Facebook and video chat. “I have been married and divorced twice, I have three great daughters and my best friend is a woman,” he says. “I love women and I think they’re the stronger sex, but the mistake they make is talking to each other when they have a relationship problem when they should talk to a guy who’s been there before.”

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