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Feb 2, 2012

“Smash” – Will it splash or crash for NBC?

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – NBC’s new musical drama “Smash” could hardly have a stronger pedigree: Idea by Steven Spielberg, songs by award-winning Broadway producers, stars including Anjelica Huston and Debra Messing, and screen icon Marilyn Monroe holding the whole show-within-a show together.

Yet success couldn’t be harder to assess in the high stakes prime-time TV gamble for NBC as the struggling network looks for its first scripted series hit since 2006.

Feb 1, 2012

A Minute With: Katharine McPhee star of “Smash”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Life has been full of ups and downs for Katharine McPhee since she ended “American Idol” as runner-up in 2006.

Dropped by her record label in 2008 after her debut album, McPhee has struggled to establish a mainstream career as a singer, and after co-starring in the comedy “The House Bunny” several other movie projects proved disappointing or failed to get off the ground.

Jan 31, 2012

It’s “Ex-Factor” for Abdul, Scherzinger, Jones

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Simon Cowell gave his talent show “The X Factor” a major shake-up, showing the door to host Steve Jones, judge Nicole Scherzinger, and even his old friend Paula Abdul after a lackluster first season on U.S. television.

Cowell and broadcaster Fox confirmed on Tuesday that British host Jones, and former Pussycat Dolls singer Scherzinger would not be returning for the second season of the show in September.

Jan 24, 2012

Oscar’s big snub: Uggie the dog, a true “Artist”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – He steals the show on the red carpet, his co-stars regard him as a solid actor, and his director believes he is an essential character in “The Artist.”

But Uggie, the playful, loyal Jack Russell terrier who stars in the silent movie, was left out in the cold by Oscar organizers on Tuesday despite having won the hearts and minds of millions of movie-goers.

Jan 17, 2012

Competition heats up as “American Idol” returns

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “American Idol” returns on Wednesday for an 11th season, facing a new wolf at the door as it tries to retain its place as the No. 1 U.S. TV program — not so much age, but competition.

Rejuvenated by a judging panel makeover and the discovery of its biggest star in years in country singer Scotty McCreery, the Fox talent show last season saw a four percent increase in audience, reversing a trend that had seen viewership slip.

Jan 16, 2012

Ricky Gervais sprinkles Globes barbs with charm

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “It’s going well, isn’t it?” Ricky Gervais told the Golden Globes Awards gathering on Sunday. “You’re so much better than last year’s audience”.

Gervais had it about right. With jokes ranging from Kim Kardashian’s short-lived marriage to Jodie Foster’s box-office flop “The Beaver,” his third stint as Golden Globes host proved more of a charm than his controversial and acid comments a year ago.

Jan 16, 2012

Golden Globes crown new galaxy of new TV stars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Golden Globes crowned a new galaxy of television stars on Sunday, honoring a slew of shows in their first season and leaving old favorites out in the cold

Psychological thriller “Homeland,” which premiered on cable channel Showtime in October, won best TV drama series and best actress for Claire Danes in her role as a suspicious bi-polar CIA agent tracking a possible home-grown terrorist.

Jan 13, 2012

“The Artist”, “The Help” big Critics’ Choice winners

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Silent film “The Artist” was the top winner at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Thursday, boosting its profile as the Hollywood season heats up ahead of the Oscars.

The comedy, shot in black and white, picked up four awards, including best picture and best director for Frenchman Michel Hazanavicius, who called it “a love letter to American cinema.”

Jan 12, 2012

“Harry Potter,” Katy Perry big People’s Choice winners

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Harry Potter” cast a spell at the People’s Choice awards on Wednesday on a night that also saw big wins for singer Katy Perry at the start of the Hollywood awards season.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ — the last installment of the hit movie franchise about the British boy wizard — won four awards, including best movie and favorite ensemble cast.

Jan 6, 2012

Management consultants get bashed in “House of Lies”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Big business took a bashing in 2011 from Occupy Wall Street protesters and others, but it’s management consultants — the highly-paid fixers hired by companies in trouble — who get a drubbing in new TV series “House of Lies.”

The dark comedy making its debut on cable channel Showtime on Sunday, January 8, portrays management consultants as sleazy, money-grubbing executives who are as ethically challenged as the corporate clients signing their paychecks.

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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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