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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.

Sep 21, 2011

‘Glee’ debut loses TV fans but wins over critics

LOS ANGELES, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Television musical comedy
“Glee” returned to smaller audiences but warm reviews after a
summer of confusion over the future of its stars, a box-office
flop of a concert movie and disappointment at the Emmys.

The Fox show attracted just 8.9 million viewers, a 30
percent drop on last year’s season two opener, according to
figures on Wednesday from media research company Nielsen.

Sep 20, 2011

Charlie Sheen draws record viewers for “Men”, TV roast

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Dead or alive, Charlie Sheen ruled the TV airwaves on Monday, pulling in record audiences for his Comedy Central roast and more than 28 million Americans to his “Two and A Half Men” TV funeral.

Some 28.7 million watched CBS bury Sheen’s wayward TV character Charlie Harper and introduce new star Ashton Kutcher in an all-time series high audience for the lucrative comedy, according to updated figures from research company Nielsen.

Sep 20, 2011

Sheen draws record viewers for “Men” and TV roast

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Dead or alive, Charlie Sheen ruled the TV airwaves on Monday, pulling in record audiences for his Comedy Central roast and more than 28 million Americans to his “Two and A Half Men” TV funeral.

Some 28.7 million watched CBS bury Sheen’s wayward TV character Charlie Harper and introduce new star Ashton Kutcher in an all-time series high audience for the lucrative comedy, according to updated figures from research company Nielsen.

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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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