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A Tiresome ‘Utopia’: They Argue, They Make Rules, They Argue Some More On Fox’s New Reality Show

A Tiresome ‘Utopia’: They Argue, They Make Rules, They Argue Some More On Fox’s New Reality Show

September 9, 2014


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By Robert Lloyd Los Angeles Times (MCT) In “Utopia,” which is not an adaptation of Thomas More’s 1516 work of philosophical speculative fiction but a reality show from the creator of “Big Brother,” 15 people volunteer to live together for a year without indoor plumbing. As is the custom, th...

Vieira Returns To Daytime TV

Vieira Returns To Daytime TV

September 9, 2014


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By Neal Justin Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT) If it were up to Meredith Vieira, her new talk show would have taken place in her living room with an intimate audience bused in for every episode. Her husband nixed it. The compromise: hauling one of her oldest chairs, tattered over the years by famil...

FX’s ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Rides Into Final Season With Deadly Intent

FX’s ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Rides Into Final Season With Deadly Intent

September 4, 2014


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By Greg Braxton Los Angeles Times (MCT) Seven years have passed since the members of Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original locked the picturesque hamlet of Charming, Calif., in their lawless grip, filling the streets with murder, mayhem and all manner of reckless havoc. But now the rambu...

Police Say ‘Cops’ TV Show Crew Member Killed By Friendly Fire During Taping

Police Say ‘Cops’ TV Show Crew Member Killed By Friendly Fire During Taping

August 28, 2014


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By Ryan Parker Los Angeles Times (MCT) A crew member for the TV show “Cops” died after he was shot by friendly fire while filming an episode for the long-running reality series when Omaha, Neb., police responded to an armed robbery Tuesday night, officials said Wednesday. Omaha Police Chief To...

Barbara Walters Sets Retirement Date From ‘The View’

Barbara Walters Sets Retirement Date From ‘The View’

April 8, 2014


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By Meredith Blake Los Angeles Times (MCT) NEW YORK — Veteran TV journalist Barbara Walters will make her last scheduled appearance on “The View” on May 16, ABC announced Monday. The network will honor Walters’ five decades in broadcasting with a week-long celebration. “The View,” th...

TV picks for the week of April 6-12

TV picks for the week of April 6-12

April 5, 2014


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By Dale Roe Austin American-Statesman (MCT) Ladies and lords — sharpen your swords! “Game of Thrones” is back. Elsewhere, country artists get back pats and Gordon Ramsay revisits a psycho bakery. Here’s what caught my eye on television this week: —Sunday: “Academy of Country M...

Pharrell Williams Joins ‘The Voice’ As A Coach

Pharrell Williams Joins ‘The Voice’ As A Coach

April 1, 2014


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By Patrick Kevin Day Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — Pharrell Williams will be joining the coaching lineup of NBC’s “The Voice” when that reality singing competition show returns in the fall. NBC made the announcement Monday, though the rest of the show’s seventh season coach...

Neal Justin: Jimmy Fallon wants ‘Tonight’ to stay ‘goofy and fun’

Neal Justin: Jimmy Fallon wants ‘Tonight’ to stay ‘goofy and fun’

February 24, 2014


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By Neal Justin Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT) LOS ANGELES — Jimmy Fallon has convinced Bruce Springsteen to cover “Whip My Hair,” Tom Cruise to smash a raw egg on his own forehead and President Barack Obama to “slow jam” the news. With a record like that, taking over “The Tonigh...

‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ inducted into Broadcasting Hall of Fame

‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ inducted into Broadcasting Hall of Fame

January 28, 2014


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By Patrick Kevin Day Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — “Everybody Loves Raymond” ended in 2005, but the love persists. This spring, the Ray Romano sitcom will be inducted into the National Assn. of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the NAB Show Television Luncheon on April ...

‘American Idol’ 13th season premiere slides in the ratings

‘American Idol’ 13th season premiere slides in the ratings

January 16, 2014


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By Ryan Faughnder Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — Fox’s long-running “American Idol” continued to show its age with the ratings from its season premiere Wednesday night. The 13th season opener of “Idol” drew an average 15 million viewers overall and earned a rating of 4.6 among k...

Could Charlie Sheen end up back on ‘Two and a Half Men’?

March 24, 2011


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LOS ANGELES (MCT) -- Is Charlie Sheen headed back to "Two and a Half Men"? Don't hold your breath for it happening any time soon. The Web rumor mill was busy Monday with word that CBS was ready to take Sheen back, even though he was fired from TV's No. 1 comedy earlier this month after ridiculing...

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