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Jul 29, 2012

NBC gets Twitter backlash over Olympics, but record TV audience

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – NBC on Sunday announced more record audiences for its prime-time TV coverage of the London Olympics, even as the Twitterverse erupted in complaints about the U.S. network’s online streaming efforts and delays in broadcasting key competitions.

Contributions to the Twitter hashtags #NBCfail and #NBCsucks surged on Sunday, with many posters complaining about the quality of NBCUniversal’s online platform, which promised to show every sporting contest live for those unwilling to wait hours for the network’s main primetime coverage of the day’s events.

Jul 29, 2012

CBS says no fear of TV shows getting drowned out by monkeys

LOS ANGELES, July 29 (Reuters) – CBS won’t be monkeying
around with its traditional fall TV show roll out, despite rival
networks moving up the premieres of many of their new comedies
and dramas to late August or early September.

CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler told television
reporters on Sunday that the No. 1 U.S. network had no concerns
about its new shows being drowned out by rivals like NBC’s
“Animal Practice,” which features a cute monkey and will debut
in August.

Jul 26, 2012

Katie Couric aims for humanity, intelligence in TV talk show

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Katie Couric said on Thursday she hopes to bring “humanity and intelligence” to her new daytime talk show, but acknowledged she would have to re-acquaint viewers with the softer side she showed in her 15 years on NBC’s “Today” show.

Calling herself a “natural born extrovert,” Couric told television reporters at a gathering of critics in Beverly Hills that she was looking forward to interacting with a live studio audience in her new syndicated show “Katie” – a lifestyle program aimed mostly at women.

Jul 26, 2012

Michael Jackson’s mother denies kidnap in family power struggle

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Michael Jackson’s three children were given a new guardian on Wednesday in an escalating power struggle within the famous musical family involving the singer’s multimillion-dollar estate and the well-being of his elderly mother.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff gave temporary guardianship of the children to their cousin Tito Jackson Jr., 34, at his request, after a chaotic week of conflicting reports over the health and whereabouts of family matriarch Katherine Jackson

Jul 25, 2012

Jackson kids get new guardian in family power struggle

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Michael Jackson’s three children were given a new guardian on Wednesday in an escalating power struggle within the famous musical family involving the singer’s multimillion-dollar estate and the well-being of his elderly mother.

Los Angeles Superior Court judge Mitchell Beckloff gave temporary guardianship of the children to their cousin Tito Jackson Jr., 34, at his request, after a chaotic week of conflicting reports over the health and whereabouts of family matriarch Katherine Jackson

Jul 25, 2012

Judge appoints new guardian to Michael Jackson’s kids

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Michael Jackson’s three children were given a new guardian on Wednesday in an escalating power struggle within the famous musical family involving the singer’s multimillion-dollar estate and the well-being of his elderly mother.

Los Angeles Superior Court judge Mitchell Beckloff gave temporary guardianship of the children to their cousin Tito Jackson Jr., 34, at his request, after a chaotic week of conflicting reports over the health and whereabouts of family matriarch Katherine Jackson

Jul 25, 2012

Matthew Perry in latest bid for comeback after “Friends”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former “Friends” star Matthew Perry, making another bid for a television comeback, says his characters have got more likeable with every attempt to find success.

The 42-year-old actor, who has largely failed to follow up his fame as the hapless Chandler Bing in the comedy that ended in 2004, returns to television in September as a sports talks radio host who joins a grief counseling group after the death of his wife.

Jul 25, 2012

Ryan Murphy shrugs off protest of gay adoption TV comedy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Television writer and producer Ryan Murphy on Tuesday shrugged off calls for a boycott of his new TV show about gay adoption, saying members of the conservative group behind the protest would probably like the program if only they watched it.

Ryan also revealed that one of the characters in “The New Normal” was portrayed as a member of One Million Moms – the small but vocal group that last week claimed the TV comedy was harmful and damaging to U.S. culture.

Jul 24, 2012

NBC turns to capuchin monkey in broader comedy drive

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – NBC said on Tuesday it is broadening its comedies to bring in bigger audiences, and drove home the point by bringing out what could be the network’s newest star – a scene-stealing monkey called Dr. Rizzo.

Rizzo, a capuchin monkey whose Hollywood resume includes the movie “The Hangover Part 2,” is just one animal in a cast of tigers, cats, owls, boa constrictors and dogs in the upcoming “Animal Practice” – a comedy set in a veterinary hospital that NBC hopes will have mass appeal.

Jul 24, 2012

NBC banks on Olympics to help lure fall TV audience to new shows

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – NBC said on Tuesday will use the summer Olympics to promote its new fall television shows, running sneak previews and pilot programs and making several comedies available early online to help lure viewers to the struggling network.

NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told TV writers that, after a rough start to last year’s season in September and the cancellation of high-profile shows such as “The Playboy Club” and “Prime Suspect,” the network saw a better spring and he was optimistic about the coming fall.

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      "I'm a British import to Los Angeles who still hasn't managed to lose the accent after 10 years. I cover all things celebrity -- Hollywood award shows, stars in trouble, U.S. television and California lifestyle. Before arriving in Los Angeles, I worked for Reuters in London and Italy, covering stories like the death of Princess Diana, the Italian Mafia, and the Good Friday Northern Ireland peace agreement."
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