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Disney's 'Sonny With a Chance' returns as 'So Random!' in June

2011-05-17 10:40:35

Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - With Disney Channel's "Sonny With a Chance" and its star Demi Lovato out, the rest of the "Sonny" cast is returning to star in the show-within-a-show, "So Random!," which will be back with all new comedy sketches and musical performances.

The show's young cast, including Tiffany Thornton, Sterling Knight, and Brandon Mychal Smith, will all be returning for brand new episodes of junior variety show "So Random!," which has previously been featured on the Disney Channel for special Halloween and holiday specials.

Already having introduced popular characters such as Roadkill McGill, Sally Jensen: Kid Lawyer, and the Real Princesses of New Jersey, they'll also introduce new characters like Mc Grammar, Bracey Girrlz and a familiar-sounding Jack Sparrow.

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Fran Drescher's new sitcom "Happily Divorced" coming to TV Land this June

2011-05-16 19:27:53

Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - Production has started on "Happily Divorced", TV Land's newest sitcom starring and co-written by Fran Drescher.

Premiering on June 15 at 10:30pm ET, "Happily Divorced" hosts a talented cast that includes comedy veterans and acclaimed actors John Michael Higgins, Tichina Arnold, Rita Moreno, Robert Walden and Valente Rodriguez. "Happily Divorced" will follow TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland."

Co-written by Drescher and her real-life ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobson, who also co-created and wrote "The Nanny", "Happily Divorced" will follow Fran (Drescher) and her husband (Higgins) of 18 years who decides to inform her that he is gay.

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NBC's "30 Rock," "The Voice" won't be back until mid-season

2011-05-16 14:58:31

Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - NBC has announced its 2011-2012 primetime schedule. While "30 Rock" has been given a renewal for its sixth season, fans will have to wait longer for the return of its other shows. The Tina Fey-starring comedy won't be back until the mid-season.

Instead, NBC's Thursday night returns as a regular two-hour comedy block, featuring the returns of "Community," "Parks and Recreation," and the first season of "The Office" sans Steve Carrell. ("Parks and Recreation" was held off until the mid-season last year.)

The Thursday night comedy line-up will also include the new show "Whitney," a starring vehicle for hot comedian and frequent "Chelsea Lately" roundtable guest Whitney Cummings. She'll take over the 9:30 p.m. slot.

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Morissette, Womack among Judge's Choice picks for "American Idol" finalists

2011-05-16 14:10:24

Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - After months of obsessive watching and voting, the 10th season of "American Idol" is down to its last three finalists. While we've seen quite a few changes this season, Haley Reinhart, Lauren Alaina, and Scotty McCreery will all be performing a song of the judge's choice.

The three finalists were able to visit their hometowns to much fanfare over the past week, and now it's back to work for the trio, who are prepping their final performances on the Idol stage.

The Judge's Choice pick for Haley Reinhart is none other than Alanis Morissette's career-making classic, 1996's "You Oughta Know." They decided to play it safe with Scotty McCreery's pick, choosing Kenny Rogers' #1 country single "She Believes In Me."

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Jennifer Love Hewitt eyed to replace Mariska Hargitay in "L&O: SVU"

2011-05-16 11:18:23

Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - Jennifer Love Hewitt is reportedly being tapped to replace Mariska Hargitay in "Law & Order: SVU." Although there's no formal offer, the former "Ghost Whisperer" star is allegedly being courted by the NBC crime drama's producers to lead the cast.

According to Deadline, Hargitay has already closed a deal to return to the show's upcoming 13th season, but she has asked to have her workload on the show shortened. The producers agreed, allowing her to work for fewer hours and retain her $385,000-per-episode salary.

During the season's first 13 episodes, her character, Olivia Benson, will continue to solve sex crimes alongside her partner. She will then be promoted to a supervisor position, with a new female detective taking her place.

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It's no punk: Ashton to replace Charlie on 'Two and a Half Men'

2011-05-13 14:09:11

Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - Ashton Kutcher is officially aboard "Two and a Half Men." The former "That '70s Show" actor is replacing fired star Charlie Sheen on the CBS Emmy-winning sitcom, it has been announced.

Just a few hours after rumors that Ashton was all but signed into the show, CBS and Warner Bros. Television announced that he is officially a cast member of the hit comedy series.

He will join Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones on the ninth season of the sitcom, as well as Holland Taylor, Marin Hinkle and Conchata Ferrell. Production will begin this summer.

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"American Idol" haunted mansion on the market for million

2011-05-13 12:58:22

Bel Air, Calif., United States (AHN Entertainment) - The "haunted" mansion that once housed this season's "American Idol" contestants is up for sale.

The nine-bedroom pad in Bel Air, where the top 13 young singers had reported of hearing strange noises and seeing bizarre flickering lights, is on the market for $12 million, announced Beverly Glen real estate.

TMZ first reported that the contestants were experiencing paranormal activity inside the mansion, including an infestation of spiders and unexplained sightings.

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Wonder Woman pilot turned down by NBC

2011-05-13 12:32:02

Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - Wonder Woman may not be able to see the light of day. NBC has turned down the "Wonder Woman" pilot from David E. Kelley and Warner Bros. TV after giving the show mixed reviews at the test screening.

The planned series was penned by Kelley ("Ally McBeal," "Boston Legal"), giving the comic book character named Diana Prince an updated role as the CEO of a major conglomerate by day and a superhero by night.

Relatively unknown actress Adrienne Palicki, whose notable credit is a role in "Friday Night Lights," has been given the role first made famous by Lynda Carter in the '70s series.

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Michael Moore to contribute to Keith Olbermann's new Current TV show

2011-05-13 11:15:02

New York, NY, United States (AHN Entertainment) - Docu-filmmaker Michael Moore is joining Keith Olbermann's new show as a contributor. Moore will be joined by other regular contributors, including comedian Richard Lewis, filmmaker Ken Burns, National Association of Free Clinics exec director Nicole D. Lamoureux, and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas on the upcoming Current TV commentary show "Countdown with Keith Olbermann."

Olbermann debuted "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" in MSNBC in 2003, but he parted ways with the network earlier this year.

The network said it ended its contract with Olbermann, offering no further explanation, although it has been said that the decision was made soon after the end of his suspension.

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Ke$ha, Ne-Yo join Billboard Music Awards line-up

2011-05-13 10:26:14

Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - The lineup for this year's Billboard Music Awards just keeps getting bigger. Following a five-year hiatus, the show returns, packed with performers, including new additions Ke$ha and Ne-Yo.

Ke$ha, a six-time nominee this year in categories including Top New Artist, Top Female Artist, and Top Pop Album, will perform, as will Ne-Yo, Far East Movement, and OneRepublic.

They join an already star-studded list of performers, which includes the Black Eyed Peas, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Lady Antebellum, Cee Lo Green, Taio Cruz, Keith Urban and Pitbull.

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Ashley Judd stars in new ABC drama 'Missing'

2011-05-13 09:43:15

Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - ABC's new drama "Missing" starring Ashley Judd has begun filming in Europe. The series follows Ashley Judd as an ex-CIA agent whose son goes missing while studying abroad in Rome.

Written by Gregory Pointer ("National Treasure: Book of Secrets"), the series will start with 10 episodes and lead viewers to exotic locations throughout Europe as a mother proves that she will stop at nothing to save her son.

"Missing" begins when Becca's (Judd) husband, a fellow CIA agent, is killed in front of their 8-year-old son Michael. Becca has kept him close, but as a teenager allows him to study abroad in Rome. Weeks after his arrival in Rome, Michael mysteriously goes missing and Becca sets out to find him.

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Ashton Kutcher tapped to replace Charlie Sheen on "Two and a Half Men"

2011-05-13 06:30:52

Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - Ashton Kutcher is said to be Charlie Sheen's replacement on "Two and a Half Men." The "Punk'd" star is reportedly in final talks with Warner Bros. to star in the CBS sitcom.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the only thing lacking in the deal is the parties' signatures. And while the agreed upon salary is not known, a source said that Mr. Demi Moore is getting a "huge payday" to join the show.

Co-creator Chuck Lorre's first choice was Hugh Grant, but negotiations with the British actor slumped. He has two other prospects, according to TMZ, although the two actors were not named.

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Oprah gets street in Chicago named after her

2011-05-12 21:01:15

Chicago, IL, United States (AHN Entertainment) - After hosting her popular daytime talk show in Chicago for 25 years, Oprah Winfrey is finally getting her own way: a street name, that is.

The 100 block of Borth Carpenter Avenue, which lines directly in front of the home of Harpo Studios has been renamed Oprah Winfrey Way, reports The Daily Mail.

During an outdoor ceremony, Mayor Richard M. Daley presented the talk-show host with a sign Wednesday after a street was named in her honor.

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"Real Housewives" star Alexis Bellino reveals she has an eating disorder

2011-05-12 20:41:30

Malibu, Calif., United States (AHN Entertainment) - Reality star Alexis Bellino says she has had an eating disorder since she was 12 years old and only eats 900 calories a day.

In an interview with Life&Style magazine, the "Real Housewives of Orange County" star said she is in a better place now, but revealed she still has eating issues.

The 34-year-old mother of three said her issues with food started after the divorce of parents and before the collapse of her first marriage in 2002.

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Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin reveals she owes ,000 in back taxes

2011-05-12 17:44:52

New York City, NY, United States (AHN Entertainment) - Marlee Matlin is proving to be a force to be reckoned with as a contestant on "Celebrity Apprentice" this season, but it seems like the Academy Award-winning actress is also battling against Uncle Sam.

According to People magazine, the 45-year-old actress owes about $50,000 in back taxes from 2009, and she's working out a schedule to make good on her commitment to the IRS.

"I'm paying it back. I'm not shying away from it and I'm certainly not ashamed of it," Matlin said.. "It doesn't mean I'm a bad person. It's reality. It's the reality that a lot of people in America are facing."

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Two of Nickelodeon's Hit Shows Come Together for Special

2011-05-11 20:42:23

LA, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - Nickelodeon brings together the stars of iCarly and Victorious for a very special event that is sure to excite fans.

"iParty with Victorious" will feature Carly and Tori, the main characters of the hit shows, who are planning revenge against an unfaithful boyfriend.

This will be a first-time event for Nickelodeon as these two casts have never been brought together before. Carly and Tori, along with the iCarly and Hollywood Arts crews, will compete in an epic singing competition.

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ABC's "Karaoke Battle USA" casting now

2011-05-11 20:35:38

Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - ABC's newest summer reality show is looking for talented singers and karaoke lovers to compete in this year's Karaoke World Championship USA.

"Karaoke Battle USA" will debut Monday, August 8 at 10:00pm ET.

Think you have what it takes? Qualifying competitions are happening around the country right now.

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Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino's estranged father writing tell-all book

2011-05-11 19:49:10

New York City, NY, United States (AHN Entertainment) - The father of Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is selling the rights to a tell-all-book about his famous son.

Frank Sorrentino, whose son stars in MTV's popular reality show "Jersey Shore," told People magazine Wednesday he has been there for his son, but "when I needed his help he left me hanging."

The disgruntled father said the book will include dark details of his son's life such as "hardcore partying, drugs, sex, crime elements, you name it."

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Reality Star Bethenny Frankel's ex-manager files 0 Million Suit over liquor deal

2011-05-11 19:44:40

New York City, NY, United States (AHN Entertainment) - Reality star Bethenny Frankel is being sued by her ex-manager for $100 million after they say they were cut out of a lucrative deal.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Raw Talent president Doug Wald filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming he helped the former "Real Houswives of New York" star broker her pairing with her Skinnygirl Margarita brand and was cut out of the rich deal that followed.

Last month, Frankel, who stars in her own reality show "Bethenny Ever After" on Bravo, made headlines when her cocktail brand, which is a low-calorie cocktail, was acquired by Fortune Brands' Beam Global Spirits and Wine for approximately $120 million.

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Chelsea Handler finally opens up about relationship with rapper 50 Cent

2011-05-11 17:34:51

New York City, NY, United States (AHN Entertainment) - Late night talk show host Chelsea Handler is finally coming clean about her romance with rapper 50 Cent.

While promoting her new book "Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me," the 36-year-old comedienne told Piers Morgan on CNN Tuesday that the two were indeed an item, reports The Daily Mail.

"We dated, very casually," she admitted. " He's a very sweet, nice guy. I was sampling, kind of, the atmosphere, seeing what was out there, and I was satiated."

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