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Sep 6, 2012

Simon Cowell lashes out over “Voice,” “X Factor” showdown

LOS ANGELES, Sept 6 (Reuters) – An angry Simon Cowell hit
back at NBC on Thursday for a late decision to pit singing
contest “The Voice” in direct competition with his revamped “The
X Factor” season premiere next week, calling it a mean-spirited
spoiling tactic.

NBC fired a new round in the ratings war in the crowded TV
talent show market by announcing it would air a third night of
“The Voice” next Wednesday – the very night “X Factor” returns
to Fox with new judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.

Sep 6, 2012

Football blitzes Bill Clinton speech in TV match-up

LOS ANGELES, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Former President Bill
Clinton fired up the Democratic National Convention and sparked
more than 22,000 tweets per minute, but millions more Americans
tuned into football than watched him on television.

Some 21 million Americans watched the National Football
League’s season kickoff game on NBC between the Dallas Cowboys
and the New York Giants on Wednesday night, dwarfing the 7.5
million who watched Clinton’s lengthy, humorous and detail-heavy
address on the ABC and CBS networks, according to Nielsen data.

Aug 2, 2012

Jackson’s mom cut off from world in mystery Arizona stay

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Katherine Jackson was unaware she had been reported missing or that her pop star son’s three children were trying to contact her during a stay in Arizona last month in which she was unable to communicate with the outside world.

The Jackson family matriarch, who on Thursday was reinstated as guardian of the “Thriller” singer’s children, said in a court document that she was told the kids were fine.

Aug 2, 2012

Kennedys open up for TV documentary on RFK’s widow

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Kennedys may be America’s most famous political dynasty, but it took one of their own to get them to open up about their private lives and their place in U.S. history.

Filmmaker Rory Kennedy, 43, the youngest of the 11 children of slain U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and his wife, Ethel, persuaded her mother to give her first extended interview in more than 20 years for an upcoming HBO documentary that is also the first film about the Kennedys to come from within the family.

Aug 2, 2012

Sorkin stands by “Newsroom”, denies firing writing staff

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Oscar-winning writer Aaron Sorkin on Wednesday vigorously defended his controversial show set in a fictional cable TV newsroom, and refuted reports that he fired his writing staff.

Sorkin said that “Newsroom,” which mixes real news stories with fictional characters in a workplace drama, was not intended to thumb its nose at the way established television channels have covered big news events.

Jul 31, 2012

“Homeland” TV drama to focus on relationships in 2nd season

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Emmy-nominated psychological thriller “Homeland” will focus more on personal relationships in its second season, but will play out once more against real-life geo-political tensions between the United States and the Middle East, producers said on Monday.

The Showtime drama – one of U.S. President Barack Obama’s television favorites – played out its first award-winning season in a post 9/11 world of suspicion, war-damaged soldiers and extremist tensions.

Jul 29, 2012

NBC gets Twitter backlash over Olympics, but record TV audience

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – NBC on Sunday announced more record audiences for its prime-time TV coverage of the London Olympics, even as the Twitterverse erupted in complaints about the U.S. network’s online streaming efforts and delays in broadcasting key competitions.

Contributions to the Twitter hashtags #NBCfail and #NBCsucks surged on Sunday, with many posters complaining about the quality of NBCUniversal’s online platform, which promised to show every sporting contest live for those unwilling to wait hours for the network’s main primetime coverage of the day’s events.

Jul 29, 2012

CBS says no fear of TV shows getting drowned out by monkeys

LOS ANGELES, July 29 (Reuters) – CBS won’t be monkeying
around with its traditional fall TV show roll out, despite rival
networks moving up the premieres of many of their new comedies
and dramas to late August or early September.

CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler told television
reporters on Sunday that the No. 1 U.S. network had no concerns
about its new shows being drowned out by rivals like NBC’s
“Animal Practice,” which features a cute monkey and will debut
in August.

Jul 26, 2012

Katie Couric aims for humanity, intelligence in TV talk show

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Katie Couric said on Thursday she hopes to bring “humanity and intelligence” to her new daytime talk show, but acknowledged she would have to re-acquaint viewers with the softer side she showed in her 15 years on NBC’s “Today” show.

Calling herself a “natural born extrovert,” Couric told television reporters at a gathering of critics in Beverly Hills that she was looking forward to interacting with a live studio audience in her new syndicated show “Katie” – a lifestyle program aimed mostly at women.

Jul 26, 2012

Michael Jackson’s mother denies kidnap in family power struggle

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Michael Jackson’s three children were given a new guardian on Wednesday in an escalating power struggle within the famous musical family involving the singer’s multimillion-dollar estate and the well-being of his elderly mother.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff gave temporary guardianship of the children to their cousin Tito Jackson Jr., 34, at his request, after a chaotic week of conflicting reports over the health and whereabouts of family matriarch Katherine Jackson

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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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