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Ariel’s mother has denied all accusations that she was abusive to her daughter.

Ariel’s father, Glenn Workman, filed an objection to the guardianship late Monday, stating he wants a better relationship with his daughter and would be willing to care for her. Judge Levanas said Mr. Workman’s filing was in conflict with statements he gave to investigators and that he could not give him custody of the young actress. He also noted that Mr. Workman described his estranged wife to investigators as “controlling and driven.”

“A controlling mother does not mean she’s unfit,” Mrs. Workman’s attorney Anita Gumm said Tuesday. Ms. Gumm said after the hearing that the allegations of emotional abuse also would be proved false.

Ms. Gray was taken from Mrs. Workman’s care in the 1990s amid accusations of abuse. Mrs. Workman contends that Ms. Gray was a rebellious teen who left home and that she is contending with a similar situation with Ariel, who has been acting since age 7 and stars as Alex Dunphy on the hit ABC series “Modern Family.”

Gov. Chris Christie among Walters’ ‘most fascinating’

Veteran TV newswoman Barbara Walters paid a visit Tuesday to the New Jersey Statehouse to talk with a man she finds “pleasant, smart, funny” and even “good-natured.”

Gov. Chris Christie is on her list this year of the “10 Most Fascinating People.” Her 90-minute special will air Dec. 12 on ABC.

Ms. Walters told The Associated Press that the Republican governor made the list because of his handling of Superstorm Sandy and because “he’s probably now the best-known governor in America.”

She and her crew shot about an hour of tape with the governor and his wife, Mary Pat.

Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and “50 Shades of Grey” author E.L. James are also on Ms. Walters’ list of fascinating people.

Kelsey Grammer’s ‘Boss’ canceled after two seasons

Starz television network has decided not to give Kelsey Grammer another term as mayor of Chicago.

The cable network said Tuesday that it was canceling the drama “Boss” after two seasons. The show premiered to critical acclaim, starring Mr. Grammer as tyrannical Chicago Mayor Tom Kane. The role earned Mr. Grammer a Golden Globe this year for best actor in a drama.

Starz said in a statement that although the network is proud of the show, it has “made the difficult decision to not proceed with ‘Boss.’” The move was a flip-flop for Starz, which renewed the show for a second season before its first season even began.

“Boss” also stars Martin Donovan, Connie Nielsen and Kathleen Robertson.

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