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Tuning in to TV: ‘Jersey Shore’s‘ Cortese pleads guilty in street incident
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Dancing in the streets might have been fun to do in the days of Motown, but it landed a “Jersey Shore” cast member in court.
Appearing Tuesday in Seaside Heights Municipal Court, Deena Cortese pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to use the sidewalk and apologized for “causing any trouble.” She was fined $106 and must pay $33 in court costs.
Police say Miss Cortese was dancing in a roadway last month and interfering with the flow of traffic. She is the latest member of the MTV reality show to run afoul of the law.
Cast member Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi pleaded guilty to disturbing beachgoers after having a few cocktails in 2010, and Ronnie Ortiz-Magro avoided prosecution on an assault charge during the show’s first season in 2009.
Entire cast of ‘Glee’ will return next season
It’s official: The entire cast of “Glee” is poised to return for season four, but the number of episodes in which they will appear remains to be seen.
Co-creator Ryan Murphy left the door open for the swelling cast to return, with all 15 regulars — including Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer — accepting the gig.
In addition, recurring player Chord Overstreet (Sam) is in talks to rejoin the show as a series regular. Whether the first-season winners of “The Glee Project,” Damian McGinty (Rory) and Samuel Larsen (Joe), will return is not clear.
The “Glee” writers are working on episodes for the fourth season that will feature a show-within-a-show concept, splitting time between McKinley High in Ohio and following Miss Michele’s Rachel Berry in New York as she pursues her Broadway dreams.
While the status of many of the show’s graduating seniors — Amber Riley (Mercedes), Mark Salling (Puck), Harry Shum Jr. (Mike), Naya Rivera (Santana) and Dianna Agron (Quinn) — was left up in the air after the season-three finale, all are confirmed to return to the Fox juggernaut. How many episodes each will tape remains unclear.
“We’re literally just writing the first script now,” Mr. Murphy has told the Hollywood Reporter. “We’re figuring out who’s doing what, who’s coming back. We haven’t figured it out, but I know what the stories are; I just don’t know how many episodes. We want to keep all our options open.”
The unique arrangement allows cast members to return to “Glee” as well as continue to explore other projects. Miss Michele, Mr. Colfer, Miss Agron and others have landed big-screen roles, while Darren Criss departed the Fox series briefly for Broadway’s “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Miss Riley, meanwhile, is focusing on her music career.
Also poised to return are Matthew Morrison (Will), Jane Lynch (Sue), Jayma Mays (Emma), Kevin McHale (Artie), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Mr. Criss (Blaine) and Heather Morris (Brittany), who will join recurring guests, including Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker.
“Glee’s” fourth season premieres in September.
HBO issues renewal to ‘Eastbound & Down’
Batter up! HBO is keeping the baseball comedy “Eastbound & Down” in its starting lineup.
The series, starring Danny McBride, has been renewed for a fourth season.
The critical darling, which wrapped its third-season run in April, has been picked up for eight additional episodes that will air next year.
The series, which featured guests including Matthew McConaughey and “Saturday Night Live’s” Jason Sudeikis last season, returned in February to 1.3 million total viewers and wrapped its run with 1.1 million.
Produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, “Eastbound” stars Mr. McBride as Kenny Powers, a former Major League pitcher who returns to his suburban hometown.
HBO also confirmed that it is bringing back “The Newsroom” and “True Blood” for another season each.
The network announced Monday that “True Blood,” HBO’s hit vampire drama, will return for a sixth season next year. Its stars include Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer.
“The Newsroom,” created and written by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin, won a green light for a second season after just two episodes aired. Though getting mixed reviews from critics, the show attracted a healthy audience for its premiere, totaling 2.1 million viewers.
Set at a cable news network, “The Newsroom” features Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill and Sam Waterston.
The trio of shows join newly renewed comedies “Girls” and “Veep” on HBO’s schedule.
Former NBC chief Goodman dies in Florida at age 90
Former NBC President Julian Goodman, who helped establish Chet Huntley and David Brinkley as a well-known news team and led the network from 1966 to 1974, died Monday. He was 90.
Mr. Goodman died in Juno Beach, Fla., where he lived after retiring as chairman of NBC’s board in 1979, according to NBC.
Mr. Goodman joined the network at the night news desk in Washington in 1945. He rose through the ranks to become executive vice president of NBC News at the time Huntley and Brinkley were competitors to Walter Cronkite on CBS.
As network president, he later gave Johnny Carson a long-term contract to stay on the “Tonight” show and helped make the American Football League a force by broadcasting the upstart league. NBC televised the 1969 Super Bowl, in which the New York Jets beat the highly favored Baltimore Colts. Mr. Goodman was also at the helm during an infamous football incident: when NBC switched to the movie “Heidi” in 1968 and missed the exciting finish to a Jets-Raiders game.
Mr. Goodman later expressed pride at being included on President Nixon’s “enemies list.”
“Julian was one of the great statesmen of network television, a journalist who rose through the ranks to the highest levels of NBC — and always stayed true to the place of public service as an obligation of what we do,” former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw said.
• Complied from Web and wire reports
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