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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.

Jun 11, 2012

Low-key “Mad Men” finale gets record audience

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Emmy-winning drama “Mad Men” drew a record 2.7 million viewers for its low-key Season 5 finale, bringing to an end its most watched and most controversial season yet.

Cable channel AMC said on Monday that the TV show set in a 1960s New York advertising agency enjoyed its biggest weekly audiences during a season to date, drawing an average 2.6 million U.S. viewers, up 15 percent over last season.

Jun 11, 2012

Big oil, hats, money, scheming? “Dallas” is back

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – America’s most ruthless, scheming TV family is back, bigger and badder than ever.

More than 20 years after conniving oil baron J.R. Ewing put a gun to his head in the 1991 series finale, “Dallas” returns to television on Wednesday in a new version for cable channel TNT with a younger generation joining iconic actors Larry Hagman (J.R.), Linda Gray (Sue Ellen) and Patrick Duffy (Bobby).

Jun 4, 2012

Graphic “Mad Men” suicide kept under wraps for months

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Mad Men” actor Jared Harris said on Monday the graphic suicide of his English gentleman TV character Lane Pryce in the season’s penultimate episode, was intended as a “fuck you” gesture to his fellow advertising executives.

And in a season of shocks on the Emmy-winning TV drama, Harris said he had kept the macabre plot twist secret for months, even from his own agent and manager.

Jun 3, 2012

TV’s ”Push Girls” break wheelchair boundaries

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Angela is a stunning model, Auti is a dancer who is trying for a baby, Tiphany is designing a clothes line and Mia works as a graphic designer.

And all four women are paralyzed from the neck or waist down and are about to shatter widespread notions of what it’s like to spend life in a wheelchair.

May 30, 2012

Ricki Lake bids for buzz in packed daytime TV field

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two is company and three’s a crowd on any TV show schedule but September will see the launch of four new daytime talk shows – all on the same day – forcing producers to start early with innovative ways of finding and engaging audiences.

Ricki Lake, Katie Couric, “Survivor” host Jeff Probst and comedian Steve Harvey all kick off their daytime ventures on September 10. They will enter a female-dominated market for chat, lifestyle, health and cooking already occupied by the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Anderson Cooper, Wendy Williams, Dr. Phil McGraw and the ladies of “The View” and “The Talk”.

May 24, 2012

‘Idol’ finale slumps, but Phillips tops iTunes

LOS ANGELES, May 24 (Reuters) – The “American Idol” finale
audience slumped to a record low, but the show’s newly crowned
champion Phillip Phillips hit No.1 on iTunes on Thursday with
his first single “Home.”

The 11-year-old Fox singing contest, once a TV industry
juggernaut whose finale attracted more than 30 million viewers
in 2006 and 2007, was watched by just 21.5 million viewers on
Wednesday night, according to ratings data.

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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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