Daily Archives : Dec 29, 2011

Actress on ‘Two and a Half Men’ Is Glad Charlie Sheen is Off the Show — but Don’t Get the Wrong Idea

One of the regulars on CBS’s "Two and a Half Men," who formerly co-starred with Charlie Sheen on the show, is grateful that Sheen left the sitcom, Reuters reports. Actress Holland Taylor, who plays Evelyn Harper on the show, said…

It’s the New Year’s Holiday: Time to Cuddle Up in Front of the TV and Watch Some Fun Movies. A Suggestion. And Yes, It Really Is the Kind of Movie They Do Not Make Anymore. The Man with the Touch

Of all the genres of movies, the hardest to make just might be the sophisticated comedy. Much easier to make the in-you-face “Hangover” movies, or “Something About Mary.” They are funny for sure, and pretty high on the crass level…

TV Land Introduces New Tagline Linked to Results of Behavioral Study

TV Land is rolling out a new tagline, which the cable channel says is tied in with the results of a breakthrough study by Dr. Lee Berk titled “The Power of Laughter.” The new tagline is simply: “Laugh More.” The…

It’s the New Year’s Holiday: Time to Cuddle Up in Front of the TV and Watch Some Fun Movies. A Suggestion. And Yes, It Really Is the Kind of Movie They Do Not Make Anymore

TVWeek Open Mic blogger Chuck Ross writes about a movie he’s sure you’ll enjoy over the New Year’s holiday, if you click here.

Letterman Extortionist Gets a TV Job

The former CBS News producer who went to prison for attempting to blackmail David Letterman in 2009 has a new job in television, TVNewser reports. Joe Halderman, who was released from prison in late 2010, joins the staff of the…

TVWeek’s New Year’s Holiday Schedule

TVWeek will mark the New Year’s  holiday with an abbreviated publishing schedule, starting today, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. We are publishing our morning TVBizWire e-newsletter today but will not publish the Daily Viral Video or E-Daily newsletters. We’re taking off…

Roger Ebert Explains 2011′s Feeble Box Office Results

Movie ticket sales in 2011 fell far short of 2010, according to media reports, and now veteran movie critic Roger Ebert is sounding off with his top theories on why it happened. According to some reports, the movie audience in…

‘Beverly Hillbillies’ Star Settles Lawsuit Over Elly May Doll

The actress who played Elly May Clampett in the 1960s CBS hit “The Beverly Hillbillies” has settled a lawsuit over a doll based on the character, Reuters reports. Elly May Barbie doll Donna Douglas sued Mattel in May over the…

How Television Broke Ground in 2011 (Hint: It’s Not Pretty)

Television this year broke ground in at least one way, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker blog. The story singles out an industry trend toward depicting gruesome deaths. Some of the deaths were so explicit that "even viewers who…

Good News, Bad News for Fox News

Fox News Channel, which continues to dominate the cable news ratings, has something to be concerned about in the year-end ratings, the Associated Press reports. Fox was the only cable news network to finish the year with a loss of…