TV: Regis and Kelly: Mom's Dream Come True

'Live with Regis and Kelly's' 'Mom's Dream Come True' Special Ends With a Shocking Surprise for the In-Studio Audience

Audience of Deserving Moms to Join Regis and Kelly on Pride of America Cruise

"Live with Regis and Kelly's" annual "Mom's Dream Come True" show ended with a thrilling surprise for the 138 audience members. In "Live's" Manhattan studio for the taping of the 15th annual special -- in which Regis and Kelly surprise five deserving moms by making their special dreams come true -- those watching in the studio got a huge surprise of their own.

The audience, comprised of deserving mothers who themselves had been considered for "Mom's Dream," and the loved ones who nominated them, was stunned when Regis and Kelly revealed that each of them plus a guest would be joining "Live's" exciting June cruise on the maiden voyage of NCL America's Pride of America.

From June 18-24, "Live" is partnering with NCL America and their stunning new ship, Pride of America, cruising the historic ports of the Eastern United States on her maiden voyage, becoming the first nationally-syndicated program to broadcast a full week of shows (airing June 20-24) from aboard a cruise ship.

Regis and Kelly have commandeered the whole ship, and are giving away free cruises to 1,000 contest winners and fans to join them for this spectacular weeklong vacation at sea through "Live's Pride of America Cruisin' Reunion" watch-to-win contest. And today it was pandemonium on the "Live" set when Regis and Kelly announced that the lucky members of the "Mom's Dream" audience also will be aboard when Pride of America sets sail.

"Each year, it always feels great to pay tribute to a select number of deserving moms, but this year it was a thrill for us to have the chance to expand our horizons ... to not only honor the five women in the show, but also bring in more than 100 other moms and honor them as well," explained Michael Gelman, executive producer of "Live." "And with the Pride of America cruise coming up in June, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to tie the two together."

A few stats on the lucky audience: all were deserving mothers whose nomination letters had been considered by "Live" producers for "Mom's Dream Come True." All together, they have 205 children, 179 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

"Live with Regis and Kelly" airs live every weekday in national syndication.

Source: Buena Vista Television
NEW YORK, May 6 /PRNewswire/

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Who Wants to Be Me?

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By Regis Philbin

From Publishers Weekly: The morning talk show Live with Regis and Kathie Lee has been so successful in building a huge base of loyal fans that it requires no crystal ball to predict that Regis's account of the year 1994 in his life will sell very well. With gentle, self-deprecating humor, the performer, assisted by freelancer Zehme, recalls his youth in the Bronx, his education at Notre Dame, his early years on TV in San Diego and Los Angeles, his stint as second banana to comic Joey Bishop and his eventual triumph in New York. He relates many anecdotes about his friends among the famous and the lesser-known and about working with co-star Kathie Lee Gifford and producer Michael Gelman, who serves as his mock whipping boy on camera. And he describes the almost incredibly frantic pace of his daily existence, aptly referring to himself as a "commercial machine." Still, as he notes, after a long climb, his life is "pretty darn good."

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When You're Smiling

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By Regis Philbin

No on can accuse Regis Philbin of not having a sense of humor. Why else would the 73-year-old raconteur/talk show host kick off his CD with an arch version of Myron and Gordon's "You Make Me Feel So Young" on his first recording in over 37 years? But despite that initial eyebrow-raising rendition, his famous ribald sense of humor and sense of absurd comic timing is absent from the rest of the recording. Instead, Philbin plays it completely straight on these rather pedestrian standards, his ragged but mightily recognizable tenor--from thousands of on air duets--often strains for notes, but his delivery is sure-footed and never coy. In fact, if you don't watch yourself, you'll feel a tug at your tear ducts during his version of "Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral" with renowned Irish tenor Ronan Tynan. His other coupling is with wife Joy Philbin, who will surprise listeners with her nuanced and deft singing. Although he may not be the world's best singer, Philbin does have a tonality that is not unlike Bing Crosby's and his oversized, warm personality and the elegant instrumentation of his backing combo--with guest appearance by world class trumpeter Warren Vaché--seems to make everything work. --Jaan Uhelszki,