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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.

Jun 15, 2012

Bristol Palin returns to reality TV spotlight

LOS ANGELES, June 15 (Reuters) – Bristol Palin says she is
just a “grounded, normal mom”, and is hoping her new reality TV
show will prove it.

“Life’s a Tripp”, which premieres on the Lifetime channel on
Tuesday, June 19, is being promoted as an inside look at the
life of “America’s most famous teen mom” in the face of intense
media scrutiny.

Jun 13, 2012

Bristol Palin sued for defamation by bar heckler

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A man who heckled Bristol Palin in a Los Angeles bar and insulted her conservative politician mother, Sarah Palin, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday accusing the single mom of defamation.

Talent manager Stephen Hanks also sued cable channel Lifetime, which includes film of the 2011 incident in Bristol Palin’s upcoming reality TV show, claiming he had not given the program’s makers his permission to be filmed.

Jun 12, 2012

Playing J.R. “like coming home,” says Larry Hagman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Larry Hagman’s conniving Texas oil baron J.R. Ewing helped turn “Dallas” into a worldwide hit more than 30 years ago, and gave television one of its most alluring and dastardly villains.

Hagman, now 80, is putting on his boots, his wicked grin and 10-gallon cowboy hat for a new version of the TV series, starting June 13 on cable channel TNT.

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