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Tuning in to TV
A Mexican judge on Wednesday ordered a U.S. reality television producer to stand trial in the killing of his wife at a Cancun resort in 2010, and a defense lawyer said his client fainted when he heard the ruling.
The producer has said he is innocent. If convicted, he could face between 12 and 30 years in prison.
The body of Monica Beresford-Redman was found in a sewer cistern at a resort during a family vacation. The couple had gone there with their young children in an attempt to save their marriage after she learned her husband was cheating on her.
Lawyers for the “Two and a Half Men” studio, which in September settled Mr. Sheen’s $100 million wrongful termination lawsuit over his firing from the hit sitcom, have sent a cease-and-desist letter to the actor, the FX network and production company Debmar-Mercury demanding that they stop using Warner-owned photos in connection with Mr. Sheen’s upcoming comedy, “Anger Management.”
At least two shots of Mr. Sheen from his “Men” days were included in a promotional publication distributed in January at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference in Miami, where Mr. Sheen and his new partners were busy pitching the June debut of their show.
Harmless mistake? Copyright infringement, says Warner.
“That you are using Warner’s intellectual property for a commercial purpose - namely, to sell another show - is especially egregious,” studio lawyer Katherine Chilton wrote in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by the Hollywood Reporter.
A source close to “Anger Management” said the use of the “Men” images was inadvertent.
Hoboken mayor honored for snubbing ‘Shore’ spinoff
An Italian-American group is responding to Hoboken’s rejection of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” reality show - by giving the city’s mayor an award, the Associated Press reports.
The Italian American One Voice Coalition is presenting Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer with its “Una Voce” award Wednesday for denying film permits to a show the group feels promotes negative stereotypes of Italian Americans.
Ms. Zimmer says the decision to deny permits was made based on safety and quality-of-life concerns for residents of Hoboken. The show has been issued permits to film in Jersey City.
A&E is taking CBS‘ “Undercover Boss” a step further. The cable network has ordered seven hour-long episodes of “Be the Boss,” which will feature contestants competing to run their own franchise, the Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
From “Undercover Boss” executive producers Stephen Lambert and Eli Holzman, the series was inspired by a 2010 “Undercover Boss” episode that featured 7-Eleven CEO Joe DePino giving a Texas driver control of his own storefront.
The series, which the producers initially shopped at CBS, will feature different CEOs every week identifying a pair of worthy employees competing for a promotion to management who are assigned to open a new franchise.
What the candidates don’t know - but the audience does - is that the CEO is looking for the best person who can run the franchise as the winner will the franchise he/she sets up.
A premiere date has yet to be determined.
“Be the Boss” joins an A&E lineup that includes unscripted fare such as “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” “Intervention,” “Shipping Wars” and “Hoarders.”
The 42-year-old actress took a temporary break from the hit procedural in 2011, but CBS has confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that she officially will end her run at the conclusion of the current season.
Her character, Emily Prentiss, originally exited the series last year, when it was revealed she faked her death, but Miss Brewster and co-star A.J. Cook returned as series regulars during the current season.
Miss Brewster, who joined the series in the middle of the second season, also starred in “Andy Richter Controls the Universe” and Showtime’s “Huff” and started her career with a memorable arc as Joey’s girlfriend - and then Chandler’s girlfriend - on “Friends.”
Chris Rock joins Cruise, Hanks, Jolie on Oscars
Brian Grazer and Don Mischer, producers of the 84th Academy Awards telecast, announced Wednesday that Chris Rock will be a presenter at the ceremony.
Mr. Rock joins Bradley Cooper, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lopez and the cast of “Bridesmaids” as a presenter in the ceremony on Feb. 26. Mr. Rock hosted the Academy Awards telecast in 2005.
2010’s “Grown Ups” was Mr. Rock’s last film. He has two high-profile projects coming up this year, an adaptation of the book “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” and “Madagascar 3.”
• Compiled from Web and wire service reports.
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