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Nov 3, 2011

Westerns saddle up for TV comeback

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The TV Western is saddling up for a big comeback, and actor Anson Mount couldn’t be happier.

Mount, 38, plays a rugged post-Civil War soldier with revenge on his mind in the new series “Hell on Wheels”, making its debut on cable channel AMC on Sunday and heralding a revival of a genre that dominated U.S. television in the 1950s and ’60s.

Oct 18, 2011

Forget “Frasier.” Meet Kelsey Grammer’s brooding “Boss”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Kelsey Grammer doesn’t want to turn off audiences for his dark new TV drama “Boss” by comparing it to Shakespeare. But he just can’t help saying the S word.

Grammer’s ruthless, power-hungry Chicago Mayor Tom Kane is an abrupt change of direction from the jaunty “Frasier” persona that gave the actor 20 years of TV comedy success.

Oct 14, 2011

Doctor’s defence faces tough task in Michael Jackson trial

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The defence in the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor takes centre stage next week with a major question still to be answered: will Dr Conrad Murray take the witness stand?

After three weeks of often damaging evidence against the doctor accused of involuntary manslaughter in the singer’s death, legal experts say Murray’s version of events is riddled with inconsistencies.

Oct 14, 2011

Doctor’s defense faces tough task in Jackson trial

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The defense in the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor takes center stage next week with a major question still to be answered: will Dr Conrad Murray take the witness stand?

After three weeks of often damaging evidence against the doctor accused of involuntary manslaughter in the singer’s death, legal experts say Murray’s version of events is riddled with inconsistencies.

Oct 10, 2011

Burton-Taylor romance puts sparkle in diamonds auction

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but for Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor they were a lifelong passion that could now strike gold for the AIDS sufferers she championed.

Rubies, sapphires, emeralds and pearls — many of them given to Taylor by her two-time husband Richard Burton during their stormy romance — are among the 269 jewels up for auction in December following the death in March of the legendary film actress.

Oct 8, 2011

‘The Simpsons’ to stay around for two more seasons

LOS ANGELES, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Fox Television said on
Friday it had renewed animated TV series “The Simpsons” for
another two seasons after settling a pay stand-off that had
threatened to end the satirical parody of working-class
American life.

“Fox has renewed ‘The Simpsons,’ the longest-running comedy
in television history, for an incredible 24th and 25th season,”
the network said in a statement.

Oct 4, 2011

Controversial “Playboy Club” first victim of TV season

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Controversial new drama “The Playboy Club” was axed on Tuesday by NBC after just three episodes, making it the first victim of the new fall TV season.

NBC announced that its new, news magazine show “Rock Center with Brian Williams”, will take the place of the 1960s era show on Monday evening, starting on October 31. New police drama “Prime Suspect” will fill the slot in the meantime.

Oct 3, 2011

Fox News Channel marks 15 years, still the underdog

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Fox News Channel marks its 15th anniversary this week having changed the face of television news in the United States, yet still considering itself an underdog.

With its colorful graphics, news alerts, scrolling text, big personalities, fast pace and punditry, Fox News established a style that since 1996 has spawned many imitators along with plenty of controversy.

Oct 1, 2011

Week 1: winners, losers in Michael Jackson trial

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The trial of the doctor accused of responsibility for the June 2009 death of pop star Michael Jackson ended its first week, after an emotional start covered on television and making headlines worldwide.

Dr. Conrad Murray denies a charge of involuntary manslaughter against him in the death of the “Thriller” singer through an overdose of the anesthetic propofol and prescription drugs.

Sep 28, 2011

A Minute With: Thomas Jane and his role on “Hung”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Thomas Jane has been making a living by getting naked for two years on HBO’s dark comedy “Hung.” And so has his character — broke, divorced, middle-aged, recession-hit Detroit teacher Ray Drecker.

Jane, 42, who starred in the 2004 action movie “The Punisher”, talked with Reuters about portraying a male prostitute ahead of the ‘Hung” Season Three debut on Sunday. The Season 2 DVD and Blu-ray set was released this week.

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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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