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Aug 23, 2011

“Mad Men” inspires look back for new TV hits

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Basically, it’s ‘Mad Men’, with boobs,” quipped Joel McHale.

The actor and comedian was joking recently about the upcoming drama series “The Playboy Club”. But McHale could just as easily have been referring to much of the new fall season on U.S. television, as writers revisit the Swinging Sixties (and even the Seventies) in search of 21st century hits.

Aug 22, 2011

Jackson fans say tribute concert “doomed to fai”‘

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A group of 35 Michael Jackson fan clubs have joined forces to lobby for the cancellation of a Michael Jackson tribute concert, saying the October event is “doomed to fail”.

In an open letter to organizers Global Live Events, the fan clubs representing thousands of die-hard Jackson followers in Europe, Australia, China and Russia, said they had multiple concerns with the October8 event in Wales.

Aug 16, 2011

Suicide rocks Beverly Hills “Real Housewives”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The estranged husband of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast member Taylor Armstrong has been found dead in what police on Tuesday said appeared to be a suicide.

Venture capitalist Russell Armstrong was found dead on Monday evening at a house on Los Angeles’ famous Mulholland Drive, a Los Angeles police spokesman said.

Aug 15, 2011

BBC America travels beyond “Doctor Who” for new hits

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – If you thought BBC America was all about time-traveling doctors and men behaving badly in cars, get ready to adjust your TV set.

The cable network that introduced Americans to colorful British talent like Ricky Gervais, chef Gordon Ramsay and the car series “Top Gear” is making a big push into original programing in a bid to better compete with fast-growing U.S. channels.

Aug 11, 2011

Feminist Gloria Steinem hopes TV doc inspires

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Gloria Steinem may no longer be making the kind of national headlines she drew in the 1970s during the heady days of the women’s rights movement.

But she is hoping that a TV documentary about her 40 years on the frontlines of feminism will inspire a new generation to continue the fight because, she says, there is still plenty of work to be done.

Aug 9, 2011

Gloria Steinem hopes for TV boycott of “Playboy Club”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Veteran women’s rights campaigner Gloria Steinem said on Friday she hoped TV viewers would boycott “The Playboy Club”, calling the 1960s nightclubs tacky and far from the glamorous places depicted in the show.

“Clearly ‘The Playboy Club’ is not going to be accurate. It was the tackiest place on earth. It was not glamorous at all,” Steinem told Reuters in an interview.

Aug 8, 2011

Tim Allen searches for real men in return to TV

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Tim Allen is headed back to television in his first network comedy in 12 years, feeling like the last real man in a woman’s world.

Or at least, that’s what his character Mike is experiencing in “Last Man Standing” — a family man surrounded by three headstrong daughters and a wife who has gone back to work, turning him into the stay at home dad.

Aug 7, 2011

“Charlie’s Angels” find solid ground in TV remake

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – If you thought “Charlie’s Angels” were just kick-ass female superheroes, think again.

“Charlie’s Angels” are storming back to U.S. television in September in a high-stakes remake of the classic 1970s series that producers say will bring the crime-fighting trio back down to earth.

Aug 7, 2011

Fox sees family, not sci-fi, at heart of “Terra Nova”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – It may have started out as a time-travel mystery starring dinosaurs, but Fox television now appears to be repositioning its pricey new “Terra Nova” series as a family adventure.

The opening two-hour premiere of the ambitious and much-delayed TV series, executive produced by Steven Spielberg, has been tweaked and partly re-shot ahead of its debut in September to put more emphasis on character, producers say.

Aug 6, 2011

Emmy show aims for laughs, including for the dead

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – This year’s Primetime Emmy Awards will feature a healthy dose of irreverence — and that may even extend to remembering TV performers who have died.

“I think the in memoriam segment doesn’t need to be a bummer. It can be a celebration of what is left behind,” Mark Burnett, who is producing the 2011 Emmy show, told reporters on Friday.

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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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