Rod and Patti Blagojevich to appear on 'The View'

NEW YORK - ABC says Rod Blagojevich, the indicted former governor of Illinois, will be a guest next month on 'The View.' He'll be joined by his wife, Patti.

The joint appearance is set for Sept. 9.

Blagojevich, who first appeared on the daytime talk show last January, will be promoting his new book, 'The Governor.'

Earlier this summer, Patti Blagojevich was a contestant on the NBC reality show 'I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!'

Beyonce to perform at MTV Video Awards

NEW YORK - Beyonce is set to give a dreamy performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.

MTV announced Thursday that the superstar singer will sing her latest hit, 'Sweet Dreams,' at the Sept. 13 event. Beyonce is nominated for nine trophies, tying Lady Gaga for the most nominations.

Rapper Wale is also set to perform with the band UCB as the official 'house band' at the VMAs.

Among the performers already announced are Jay-Z, Green Day, Taylor Swift, and Lady Gaga.

A&E trying to obtain Lifetime

LOS ANGELES - A&E Television Networks said Thursday it is acquiring Lifetime Entertainment Services, bringing the home of 'Project Runway' into a stable of profitable channels that includes A&E and the History channel.

Terms of the deal, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year, were not disclosed.

A&E Television Networks is a joint venture between The Walt Disney Co., Hearst Corp. and General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal. Lifetime is already owned 50-50 by Disney and Hearst.

Under the terms of the deal, NBC Universal may elect or be required to exit the venture within 15 years, which would make Disney and Hearst 50-50 partners in the larger group.

- From wire reports