Daily Archives : Jun 4, 2012

Pay-Cable Channel Cancels Drama Series

A pay-cable channel has pulled the plug on a drama series, announcing the show won’t be back after its upcoming third season, TVLine.com reports. The third season of "Spartacus" on Starz will mark the end of the show’s run, the…

NBC’s ‘Hannibal’ Lands Cannes’ Best Actor Winner to Play Title Role

NBC has cast the role of Hannibal Lecter, the notorious cannibal and serial killer, in its upcoming drama series “Hannibal,” Deadline.com reports. The part goes to Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, who just won the best actor award at the Cannes…

Disney Channel Renews Comedy Series

Disney Channel has announced it is bringing back a comedy series for another season, Deadline.com reports. Returning for season three will be "Shake It Up," the dance-oriented girl comedy show. The tween sitcom premiered in November 2010 and was the…

CBS News Names New Correspondent

CBS News has announced that a former Bloomberg TV anchor and CNBC correspondent is joining the network as a correspondent, B&C reports. Margaret Brennan will start at CBS News in July, the story says. She is slated to mainly cover…

HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Goes Out With a Ratings Bang

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” set a series high for its season-two finale, which aired Sunday night, Deadline.com reports. The telecast drew 4.2 million viewers — up a whopping 38% from the first-season finale. Another 910,000 viewers turned up for the…

DirecTV CEO, Vowing to Push Back Against Higher Fees, Says Blackouts May Be Necessary

DirecTV Chief Executive Michael White said he won’t step away from station blackouts as part of his company’s push to aggressively fight higher content fees, reports MediaPost’s MediaDailyNews. "I don’t like it, but when necessary, we’ll do whatever it takes….

Two Hollywood Stars Square Off in Court in Odd Case Over Oil Spill Devices

Jury selection started today in an unusual court case that has two Hollywood stars pitted against each other over investments related to oil-separation devices used in the cleanup of the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, CBS News reports. The stars are…

Shirley MacLaine Plans to Give ‘Downton Abbey’ a Jolt

As the American mother of Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern), Oscar-winning actress Shirley MacLaine promises to bring a jolt to "Downton Abbey" when new episodes air on PBS early next year, reports TV Guide. MacLaine told the publication about her character,…

Emmy-Winning ‘Desperate Housewives’ Actress Dies

An actress who won two Emmy Awards for her work on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” has died, ABCNews.com reports. Kathryn Joosten, who played Karen McCluskey on the show, was 72. Joosten died Saturday in Los Angeles after fighting lung cancer for…

What the Rabbi Knew. A Radical Idea About Sports in L.A.

In the last few days I’ve been asking a bunch of folks here in Los Angeles if they know what the Kings are about to do. Out of the dozen or so of my fellow Angelenos that I spoke to,…