Today — Monday, October 4th, 2010 — the E! network's flagship, E! News, will expand to a full hour, as Ryan Seacrest's empire gradually absorbs the entirety of the solar system. Its companion program, The Daily Ten, has been canceled.
The US TV schedule is lousy with "entertainment newsmagazine" shows, so The Daily Ten's disappearance is not in danger of creating any sort of vacuum. Amongst those magazines, however, the D10 stood out, primarily due to the honest chemistry and general irreverence of its hosts, Sal Masekela and Catt Sadler.
This commitment to silliness provided Gawker.TV with a lot of great material over the past year or so, and today is no different. The Daily Ten was thoughtful enough to spend much of last week replaying bloopers and other candid moments from its four-and-a-half year history, and we've edited them together for your enjoyment.
Here's the first batch, culled from Monday through Thursday:
Friday's Daily Ten featured no news, and it was essentially just a pre-game for the series's wrap party. Here are the best moments from the show's innumerable press junkets and set visits:
And that, as they say, is that. Catt Sadler, ace junketeer Ben Lyons, and some of the D10's production staffers will continue on with the new, expanded E! News, while Sal Masekela will seek his fortunes elsewhere. Since he's something of a showbiz polymath, equally at home discussing movies/TV, sports, and music, we're confident that Sal's career is far from over.
Moreover, we think that Sal may have revealed the true significance of The Daily Ten program in a casual remark near the end of Friday's show. After Ben Lyons joined Catt and Sal at the desk to say his own farewells, Sal made a comment regarding Ben's personality that could just as easily apply to the D10 experience as a whole:
The E! network needs the cooperation of this nation's celebrities in order to survive, and somewhere along the way the conventional perception of it shifted from just another parasitic tabloid organization to a mutually-beneficial, Hollywood version of CNN or ESPN. The old cliche goes that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar, and the humor and charm of The Daily Ten have made a lot of honey over the years.
Catt: "Do they like us now?" Sal: "Yeah, they do."