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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.

Jul 24, 2012

Cowell calls Spears “sweet as a lemon” on “X Factor”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Looks like Simon Cowell has a challenger on his hands in a competition for who can be the most nasty television judge.

Former pop princess Britney Spears is giving Cowell, the brutal British TV celebrity judge, a run for his money in her new job on the panel of U.S. talent show “The X Factor.”

Jul 23, 2012

Mariah Carey brings superstar status to ‘American Idol’

LOS ANGELES, July 23 (Reuters) – Grammy-winning pop star
Mariah Carey will join Fox television’s “American Idol” singing
contest as a judge next season as the highly rated show fights
to regain its slumping audiences.

Kevin Reilly, president of entertainment for Fox
Broadcasting, told television critics on Monday in Los Angeles
that popular singer Carey will be one of the replacements for
departing judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.

Jul 5, 2012

“Will & Grace” star returns to TV in “Perception”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sometimes all it takes to solve a puzzle is a different way of looking at it.

Former “Will & Grace” actor Eric McCormack is hoping audiences will do just that when he returns to television next week, not as a witty gay lawyer but as an eccentric professor with paranoid schizophrenia.

Jun 28, 2012

Russell Brand returns to stand-up on TV’s ‘Brand X’

LOS ANGELES, June 28 (Reuters) – He’s played an
out-of-control rocker in Hollywood movie “Get Him to the Greek”
and a drunken playboy in “Arthur,” but in his first U.S.
television show, Americans will see raucous British comedian
Russell Brand as they haven’t before – doing stand-up.

Brand returns to his roots in new show “Brand X,” a
late-night, once-a-week program debuting on the FX network on
Thursday. It shows off the comedian’s sexually charged humor, as
well as his more serious take on spirituality, consumerism and
celebrity culture in front of a live audience.

Jun 26, 2012

Sheen winks at bad boy past in “Anger Management”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The first episode of Charlie Sheen’s new comedy “Anger Management” opens with the actor hitting a punching bag and shouting: “You can’t fire me. I quit!” It ends with his character jumping into bed with a hot chick.

That behavior may look and sound like the character on his old TV show, hit comedy “Two And a Half Men,” as well as the real-life Sheen. But the Hollywood bad boy who was fired from “Men” last year in a public dispute with its makers, insists that “Anger Management,” which debuts on the FX network on Thursday, is different.

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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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