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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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”.
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.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Kevin Costner is back in the saddle, brandishing a gun and sporting a grizzled beard.
It’s nine years since “Open Range”, his last Western movie, and Costner relished the chance to get back on a horse for work rather than riding for pleasure on his Colorado ranch.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Indie artist Phillip Phillips won “American Idol” on Wednesday, becoming the fifth male singer in a row to take the title and a guaranteed recording contract.
The 21-year-old guitar player from Georgia, who brought an indie vibe to the top-rated TV contest, beat ballad singer Jessica Sanchez, 16, of California in the public vote.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Jessica Sanchez, the teen with the big voice, chose power ballads while Phillip Phillips went with an indie vibe as the two diverse “American Idol” finalists sang on Tuesday for the hearts and votes of America.
Sanchez, 16, bidding to become the youngest ever winner of America’s most-watched TV show, was deemed ahead after performing songs made famous by Whitney Houston and Celine Dion.