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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.

May 24, 2012

Kevin Costner back in saddle for “Hatfields & McCoys”

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.

May 24, 2012

Phillip Phillips crowned “American Idol”

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.

May 23, 2012

Power ballad Sanchez vs. “genius” Phillips on “Idol”

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.

May 22, 2012

“House” bows out with a funeral and plenty of twists

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Medical drama “House” bowed out on Monday after eight years on television with a funeral, a friendship and multiple devious plot twists.

As the curtain fell on one of the most popular TV series in the world, the misanthropic but brilliant diagnostician Dr. Gregory House, played by Hugh Laurie, solved the most perplexing puzzle of them all – himself.

May 18, 2012

Make your mind up J.Lo, says “American Idol” producer

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Jennifer Lopez and “American Idol” producers played a cat-and- mouse game on Friday over the singer’s future on the TV talent show that revived her career and sent her to the top of a global celebrity power list.

“American Idol” producer Nigel Lythgoe said on Friday that Lopez must decide whether to sign up as a judge for a third year or go off in a new direction.

May 17, 2012

Contestants? It’s TV talent judges basking in fame, cash

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Time was when TV talent shows set out to turn wannabes into stars.

These days? Not so much. It’s the celebrity judges who are raking in the cash and using TV contests not only as a way to re-launch a fading career, but to further boost a thriving one.

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.

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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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