- - Monday, July 11, 2011

Big Brother‘s’ ‘Evel Dick’ leaves show unexpectedly

“Big Brother” contestant Richard Donato has cut short his return to the CBS reality series, according to the Associated Press.

The network said the season-eight winner known as “Evel Dick” exited unexpectedly Thursday because of a “personal matter.” The network said Mr. Donato’s exit will be addressed on Wednesday’s episode.

“Big Brother” gathers a group of people in a camera-filled house, with one contestant voted out by the others each week. The last contestant standing wins $500,000.

The 13th season premiered Thursday night.

This time, eight new players are joined by three pairs of returning contestants. Mr. Donato was paired with his estranged daughter, Danielle Donato, who was also a past contestant.

Survivor‘s’ Richard Hatch still wrangling over taxes

Reality TV star Richard Hatch has filed notice he’ll appeal a federal court decision upholding his nine-month prison sentence for failing to pay taxes on his $1 million “Survivor” winnings.

According to the Associated Press, Hatch filed the handwritten appeal notice June 29 in U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I. He is representing himself.

Federal Judge William E. Smith on May 9 rejected Hatch’s request to vacate his prison sentence.

Hatch spent more than three years in prison for not paying taxes on the $1 million he won on the first season of “Survivor.” He was released in 2009 and was ordered to refile his 2000 and 2001 taxes and pay what he owed. A judge in March ruled that he never did and returned him to prison.

TNT plans ‘Dallas’ reboot, including Hagman’s J.R.

A new generation of “Dallas” is headed for the airwaves.

According to the Associated Press, TNT said it is moving ahead with an updated version of the prime-time soap that aired on CBS from 1978 to 1991. The network announced Friday that the 10-episode season will be broadcast next summer.

“Dallas” veteran Larry Hagman will be back at Southfork Ranch, as will his long-ago co-stars Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy. Mr. Hagman will reprise his role as villainous oil baron J.R. Ewing. Miss Gray will again play J.R.’s wife, Sue Ellen, and Mr. Duffy returns as J.R.’s younger brother, Bobby.

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