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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!”

Jul 29, 2011

“Entourage” creator says movie of hit show will happen

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – It seems only fitting that Vince Chase and his buddies may soon be seen on movie theater screens after ending their successful run on television,

“Entourage” creator Doug Ellin said on Thursday he sees a feature film spinoff from the popular HBO series, which is now in its eighth and final season.

Jul 28, 2011

Bush explains slow reaction to September 11 attacks

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former President George W. Bush says his apparent lack of reaction to the first news of the September 11 2001 attacks was a conscious decision to project an aura of calm in a crisis.

In a rare interview with the National Geographic Channel, Bush reflects on what was going through his mind at the most dramatic moment of his presidency when he was informed that a second passenger jet had hit New York’s World Trade Center.

Jul 22, 2011

David Hasselhoff swaps life with namesake for TV show

LOS ANGELES, July 22 (Reuters) – Everyone knows David
Hasselhoff, right? The acting, singing former “Baywatch” star
with a 30-year Hollywood career.

Think again. David Haseloff is a 27 year-old electrical
technician and landscaper from a small Texas town who has never
set foot in Los Angeles. That is, he never had until TV
producers with their next big idea came calling.

Jul 21, 2011

Cash-strapped Lohan hit with $1 million lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Lindsay Lohan on Thursday added financial woes to four years of legal problems when she was slapped with a $1 million assault lawsuit and a court heard she was having problems paying for private counseling.

Lohan, 25, whose Hollywood career has been derailed since 2007 by drug and alcohol problems and repeated trips to jail, was ordered to undergo psychological counseling earlier this year as part of her sentence for stealing a gold necklace in January.

Jul 14, 2011

Young plus skinny = hot? Think again, say Emmy voters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Who says you have to be skinny, young and glamorous to make it in Hollywood?

Not the voters at the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences who spread the love in their Primetime Emmy Award nominations on Thursday to a slew of actors who smash the stereotype of wafer-thin blondes and tall, dark handsome men.

Jul 14, 2011

“Mad Men,” “Modern Family” to defend Emmy wins

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Stylish 1960s advertising drama “Mad Men” and mockumentary comedy “Modern Family” will vie again for the top prizes at the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards in a field packed with newcomers and veteran actors in new roles.

“Mad Men,” the three-time Emmy winner for best dramatic show, scored 19 nominations on Thursday for TV’s highest honors, including best drama series and acting nods for its stars Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss.

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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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