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Sep 14, 2011

Few sure winners seen at the Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES, Sept 14 (Reuters) – If there are any sure bets
at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, they are
“Modern Family” again being crowned TV’s best comedy series and
Kate Winslet winning for her role in “Mildred Pierce”.

Most everything else is up for grabs at the TV industry’s
highest honors in what awards watchers call one of the closest
Emmys in years.

Sep 14, 2011

A Minute With: Marilu Henner’s “Unforgettable” life

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actress Marilu Henner has enjoyed living with a fantastic memory since she was a child, but it was only recently that her special powers were diagnosed as real-life condition and given a name.

Now the “Taxi” actress and self-help author is a consultant on the new TV crime drama “Unforgettable” featuring a detective played by Poppy Montgomery who can’t forget the past. Henner also has been cast on the show in a very different role.

Sep 11, 2011

Timberlake, “Boardwalk Empire” win at Creative Emmys

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Singer Justin Timberlake took home two more Emmys on Saturday in his burgeoning career as a comedic actor, while Gwyneth Paltrow added a television honor to a life spent mostly in the movies.

The 30-year-old, who started out as a pop singer, already has two Emmys for his previous work on “Saturday Night Live.”

Sep 9, 2011

Wimps and wusses? Men flounder in new U.S. TV shows

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Wimps, wusses, or just plain weaklings — men are in for a tough time in the next few months on U.S. television.

Both at home and at work, men are either emasculated, out maneuvered, or searching for what it means to be a modern man in a slew of new TV comedies and dramas that feature women firmly in charge while men flounder.

Sep 8, 2011

Cranky Miss Blankenship takes Randee Heller to the Emmys

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Randee Heller is walking the Emmy red carpet for the first time this year, but hoping that her many fans — some of whom created a Facebook page in her honor — won’t recognize her.

That’s because the “Mad Men” actress is nominated for her guest role in the 1960s TV drama as the cantankerous, racist, octogenarian secretary Miss Blankenship — a character that added 20 years and hours of make-up to Heller’s real self.

Sep 7, 2011

Still painful, Sept 11 has few rewards for Hollywood

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – It was a disastrous attack that played out live on television 10 years ago, riveting a horrified nation for days.

But the thought-provoking films and TV shows that followed, depicting the fiery attacks of September 11, 2001 and their aftermath, have mostly been shunned by American audiences who favored escapist movies and almost-reality TV while wars raged in Iraq and Afghanistan in the decade that followed.

Sep 6, 2011

Winehouse family gives interview to Anderson Cooper

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The family of Amy Winehouse will give their first major television interview since the British singer’s death in June to American journalist Anderson Cooper for the September 12 launch of his new TV program.

Cooper, who launches his own syndicated daytime talk show next week, said in a Twitter message on Tuesday that he would be speaking with Winehouse’s father Mitch, her mother, stepmother and boyfriend for the launch of “Anderson.”

Sep 6, 2011

“Real Housewives” draws fire from TV critics

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The tragedy-marred “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” reality show went ahead with a ‘life must go on’ attitude Monday night, but the newly-edited version left an uncomfortable taste in the mouth of many TV viewers and critics.

Los Angeles Times TV writer Mary McNamara said the second season of the Bravo show — shot months ago — should have been scrapped after the suicide last month of Russell Taylor, the estranged and reportedly deeply indebted husband of cast member Taylor Armstrong.

Aug 30, 2011

Kids of 9/11 get a voice on TV as 10th anniversary looms

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Lucas Brody was just 10 years-old when he watched the Twin Towers fall to the ground one block from his New York home on September 11, 2001; Caitlin Langone was 12 when her police officer dad died that day trying to rescue people from the scene.

Millions of other children in the United States were not born in 2001, or were too young to remember — still less comprehend — the traumatic events of September11.

Aug 24, 2011

Jackson concert organizers reach out to unhappy fans

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The organizers of a controversial Michael Jackson Tribute concert said on Tuesday they were going ahead with the event, but they offered disgruntled fans the chance to air their concerns in a global conference call.

“We are 100 percent going ahead. We will continue to announce names for the line-up. We are moving forward and now we will try to address issues that have been raised by fans,” Juliette Harris, a spokeswoman for Global Events Live told Reuters.

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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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