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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.

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.

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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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