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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.

Aug 2, 2011

U.S. remake of “Prime Suspect” gets British blessing

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Producers of the U.S. remake of award-winning British crime drama “Prime Suspect” said on Monday the new series was lighter and with more humor than the original, but that it had won the blessing of both its creator and star Helen Mirren.

Maria Bello stars as the tough homicide detective who fights crime on the streets of New York, as well as sexism in the police force in the series, which gets its debut on NBC in September.

Aug 1, 2011

NBC looks to rebuild quality TV shows under Comcast

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – NBC’s new entertainment chairman said on Monday that new owners Comcast Corp were serious about investing in the struggling TV network, and would be patient about seeing results as it tries to regain its former glory.

Former Showtime chief Robert Greenblatt, who is now NBC’s top programing executive, said he plans to develop original, quality TV shows that appeal to upscale viewers whom advertisers covet.

Jul 30, 2011

Kelsey Grammer ditches comedy for dark drama “Boss”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer makes an abrupt change of direction in his upcoming new TV series, playing a ruthless, power-hungry mayor in a drama series that he calls “the greatest time of my life creatively.”

After years of playing comedy roles on television, Grammer, 56, said on Thursday he had decided to return to his roots for the October drama series “Boss” on cable channel Starz.

Jul 29, 2011

Rosie O’Donnell puts laughter at center of new show

By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) – Rosie O’Donnell said Thursday her upcoming daily talk show on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel would blend celebrity chat, game shows, news topics and a big dose of her own brand of humor.

As for controversy? Well, maybe.

“We are going to have a controversy segment,” the often outspoken O’Donnell deadpanned. “No, we’re not!”

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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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