January 07, 2012 11:21am PT by Lacey Rose
TCA: 'Watch What Happens Live' Kicks Off New Year With Jimmy Fallon, Holly Hunter
Andy Cohen's late night effort is not only bulking up its time period but also its number of brand name guests including Jimmy Fallon, Rosie O'Donnell and Holly Hunter.
Watch What Happens Live, which will expand from two to five nights a week on Jan. 8, will also add Sandra Bernhard as a contributor. Beginning on night two, the comedienne will stop by weekly to serve up “Sandrology,” her uncensored rant about recent pop culture events.
The 11 p.m. live show kicks off the new year with singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss and The Roots' Questlove on Sunday. The week will continue with Anderson Cooper and Camille Grammer, set to discuss the latest episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on Jan. 9, and singer Robin Thicke and Oxygen's Tori Spelling the following night. The remainder of the week will bring Rosie Perez, Top Chef's Hugh Acheson and O'Donnell.
Looking ahead to the rest of January, Cohen will continue his push to broaden the guest list beyond the traditional Bravo stars with Ru Paul, Ralph Fiennes, Hunter and Fallon stopping by the clubhouse. Not that the series will stray too far from its roots: Real Housewives staples Nene Leakes, Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky, will each appear on the late night show in the second half of the month.