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May 16, 2012

Britney is back – and so are the brickbats

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Britney Spears hasn’t even taken her seat as the new judge of “The X Factor,” but the pop icon is already getting a lesson in the media glare of live, talent show television.

Spears had barely wrapped up an appearance in New York confirming she is joining the singing contest before the celebrity knives were out, raising the question of how well the singer, who went through a public meltdown in 2007, can handle all the newfound attention.

May 15, 2012

U.S. “X Factor” may be singing “Oops!…” over Britney

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Simon Cowell and Fox television are gambling on pop icon Britney Spears and teen singer Demi Lovato to revive “The X Factor”, but for many media watchers it could be a case of “Oops!…” did they do it again?

Spears, 30, and former Disney Channel star Lovato, 19, are expected to bring in bigger, and more importantly younger, audiences when the singing contest returns for its second season on U.S. television in September after a weaker-than-expected debut in 2011.

May 15, 2012

‘X Factor’ may be singing “Oops!…” over Britney

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Simon Cowell and Fox television are gambling on pop icon Britney Spears and teen singer Demi Lovato to revive “The X Factor”, but for many media watchers it could be a case of “Oops!…” did they do it again?

Spears, 30, and former Disney Channel star Lovato, 19, are expected to bring in bigger, and more importantly younger, audiences when the singing contest returns for its second season on U.S. television in September after a weaker-than-expected debut in 2011.

May 13, 2012

NBC bets on comedy, to air ‘Voice’ twice a season

LOS ANGELES, May 13 (Reuters) – The struggling NBC network
on Sunday announced 16 new TV shows – seven of them comedies -
for the 2012-2013 season, and in a show of confidence said it
will broadcast singing contest “The Voice” in the fall as well
as the spring.

NBC, which has been the least-watched of the four major U.S.
TV networks for several years, said it hoped the slew of new
comedies would capture the young viewers most coveted by
advertisers because of their spending power.

May 10, 2012

“House” finale bittersweet: “Everybody Dies”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – TV medical drama “House” ends on a bittersweet note this month in a series finale titled “Everybody Dies” that sees cantankerous but brilliant Dr. Gregory House examining his future and personal demons, show creator David Shore said on Thursday.

But Shore refused to give details of the final episode, or how returning characters including doctors Alison Cameron (Jennifer Morrison), Remy “Thirteen” Hadley (Olivia Wilde) or the dead Lawrence Kutner (Kal Penn) will make their mark as “House” ends its run after eight years.

May 9, 2012

A Minute With: The softer side of Sharon Osbourne

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sharon Osbourne made a name for herself as the tough, plain-speaking manager who revived the career of her rocker husband Ozzy, and put the crazy life of her family on view in reality series “The Osbournes.”

Now the British celebrity, a judge on “America’s Got Talent” and member of morning female chat show “The Talk”, has taken on a rare character role, lending her voice to four episodes of the pre-school Disney Junior series “Jake and the Neverland Pirates,” starting on Saturday.

May 1, 2012

Spoofs take steam out of “Fifty Shades of Grey”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Spanking, sex and submission are raking in profits for erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey”, reinvigorating marriages and sparking anguished debates among feminists, but there has been one unintended result of the novel – laughter.

The best-selling book by British writer E.L. James that has taken pop culture by storm also has become ripe for spoofs and parodies, even as Hollywood is agog over who will play the leads in an upcoming movie.

Apr 20, 2012

At 25, maverick Fox TV enjoys hits, faces challenges

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Fox, the start-up broadcast network of 1987 that within a few years changed the face of U.S. television with edgy comedy and youth programming, has finally grown up.

Scoffed at from its start for setting itself up as a rival to the stodgy, old CBS, NBC and ABC, Fox celebrates 25 years on the air this Sunday with a two-hour special featuring cast reunions, re-runs, highlights and some major trumpet blowing.

Apr 17, 2012

Dark political satire “Veep” takes aim at Washington

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Selina Meyer is a U.S. vice president whose office has anti-suicide windows, whose boss never calls, and whose jaded press secretary pretends to have a dog (dubbed a ‘bull-shitzu’) so that he won’t have to stay late at work.

Sounds familiar? Armando Iannucci, the creator of HBO’s new satirical TV series “Veep”, hopes it all rings true because he knows Washington will be watching his cynical view of a political system where idealism has been trumped by compromise and endless damage control.

Apr 13, 2012

Seven years, six kids, Brad and Angelina agree to wed

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, one of the world’s best known couples, are engaged to marry, ending a fevered, seven-year celebrity media dance over whether they will ever say “I do.”

A spokeswoman for Pitt on Friday confirmed the pair had agreed to wed after Jolie was photographed in Los Angeles wearing a large diamond ring, designed by Pitt, on her engagement finger.

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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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