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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.

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.

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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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