- - Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Cedric the Entertainer may get spinoff show

TV Land is looking at Cedric the Entertainer as a series star, Associated Press reports.

The channel said Monday it’s developing a possible spinoff of its “Hot in Cleveland” sitcom to star the actor-comedian.

Cedric’s character, a minister, is to be introduced when “Hot in Cleveland” begins a new season June 15. The sitcom stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White, whose characters will mix it up with Cedric.

TV Land said whether the proposed, untitled series gets a green light depends on the pilot script to be written by Cedric and “Hot in Cleveland” creator Suzanne Martin.

Hoover pulls ads from ABC to protest cancellation

Soap-opera fans and stars aren’t the only ones upset over ABC’s decision to cancel its long-running daytime dramas “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, vacuum maker Hoover said Monday that it’s “disappointed” over the news and, as a result, plans to pull its ads from the network.

“We will discontinue our advertising with ABC this Friday, 4/22,” Hoover Vice President of Marketing Brian Kirkendall wrote on the company’s Facebook page Monday. “We’re making every attempt to pull our spots from these programs sooner.”

He also said the company has set up a special email address, SaveTheSoaps@Hoover.com, in an effort to “help pull together the mass emotional outpouring of support for our beloved ABC soaps and get it to our contacts at ABC.”

Larry Hagman, Citigroup settle investment suit

Former “Dallas” star Larry Hagman has reached a settlement with Citigroup in a long-running dispute over investment losses, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The settlement was for an undisclosed amount, according to the Hollywood Reporter. It came after a judge threw out an $11.6 million award that an arbitration panel had awarded Mr. Hagman in the fall.

The judge said the panel’s chairman was conflicted but hadn’t disclosed that he had an interest in a similar case. Mr. Hagman appealed, and the settlement was reached.

The actor filed his claim of breach of fiduciary duty and civil fraud against Citigroup — related to unspecified securities and a life insurance policy — in May 2009.

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