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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.

Aug 5, 2011

Fox tries to play down furor over ‘Glee’ graduates

LOS ANGELES, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Fox television on Friday
confirmed that three lead characters of its high school musical
comedy “Glee” would be “graduating” at the end of the upcoming
season, but tried to play down a fan furor over their exit.

Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said the show’s
Emmy Award-winning creator Ryan Murphy “probably regrets” going
public with the news, and the subsequent confusion over a
possible spin-off show for some of the departing “Glee” stars.

Aug 5, 2011

Simon Cowell predicts ‘X Factor’ will thrash rivals

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Big, brash and confident as ever, Simon Cowell said on Friday that his upcoming “The X Factor” would thrash the competition on U.S. television and topple “American Idol” as the nation’s most-watched show.

Cowell, both executive producer and acid-tongued judge on the U.S. version of “The X Factor” called the singing contest a “game changer” and said it was “completely different” in style and content from his old vehicle “American Idol”.

Aug 4, 2011

McCartney recalls fear after 9/11, says music heals

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Paul McCartney on Thursday recalled the shock and fear that engulfed New York in the aftermath of the Sept 11 attacks and what he called the magical power of music in helping to heal those wounds.

Speaking ahead of the television broadcast of his 9/11 documentary “The Love We Make”, the former Beatle said that the concert he helped organize after the attacks was one of the most worthwhile moments of his career.

Aug 4, 2011

Paul McCartney says appears to be phone hacking victim

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former Beatle Paul McCartney said on Thursday that he appears to be a victim of the newspaper phone hacking scandal in Britain and will be talking to police when he finishes a U.S. tour.

Speaking to journalists in Los Angeles via satellite from Ohio, McCartney said he did not have the full facts but called phone hacking by British newspaper journalists a “horrendous invasion of privacy.”

Aug 4, 2011

Showtime adds 2 million subscribers, expands original shows

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Premium cable channel Showtime said on Thursday it has gained another two million subscribers this year and announced two new comedies in its bid to expand its slate of edgy, sophisticated programing.

“Laughing Stock”, produced by former “The Office” star Steve Carell, will debut in early 2012 as an in-depth interview series with some of the biggest names in comedy including Jerry Seinfeld, Mel Brooks, Larry David and Judd Apatow.

Aug 3, 2011

Marg Helgenberger is saying goodbye to ‘CSI’

LOS ANGELES, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Long-running TV series
“CSI:Crime Scene Investigation” will take on a less serious
tone this season as former “Cheers” actor Ted Danson joins the
cast of forensic detectives, producers said on Wednesday.

But in a surprise announcement, lead actress Marg
Helgenberger told reporters that she plans to leave at the end
of the upcoming 12th season of what CBS says is the most
watched TV series in the world.

Aug 3, 2011

Ashton Kutcher to play Internet mogul in revamped ‘Men’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – New “Two and A Half Men” star Ashton Kutcher will play an Internet billionaire with a broken heart when he makes his debut on the hit TV comedy in September, CBS entertainment chief Nina Tassler said on Wednesday.

But Tassler declined to confirm or deny reports that the character played by the show’s fired star Charlie Sheen would be killed off and given a funeral in the new season premiere.

Aug 3, 2011

Kutcher to play Internet mogul in revamped “Men”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – New “Two and A Half Men” star Ashton Kutcher will play an Internet billionaire with a broken heart when he makes his debut on the hit TV comedy in September, CBS entertainment chief Nina Tassler said on Wednesday.

But Tassler declined to confirm or deny reports that the character played by the show’s fired star Charlie Sheen would be killed off and given a funeral in the new season premiere.

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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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