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Tuning in to TV: ‘Honey Boo Boo’ family seeks season-two pay bump
"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" — again.
Seven-year-old pageant contestant Alana Thompson and her self-proclaimed "redneck" family are in talks to return to TLC for a second season of the hit reality series.
The show — which follows the daily life of the Georgia-based clan, which includes bobbing for pig feet, flatulence jokes and extreme couponing — has become a ratings sensation for the network, with more than 2.1 million viewers tuning into its Sept. 13 episode. The show even topped all individual cable and network broadcasts of the Republican National Convention on Aug. 19.
According to a source, the Shannon-Thompson family is negotiating with the network and producers to film a second season of the controversial show, which was spun off from TLC's popular series "Toddlers & Tiaras" after Alana's interview clips gathered more than 5 million viewers on YouTube.
A source says the cast — including Alana's 17-year-old sister, who recently gave birth to her first child — is asking for a $10,000-an-episode payday; however, another insider suggests the family most likely will land closer to an $8,000-an-episode salary after negotiations with the network conclude. (That would double their season-one salary of $4,000 an episode and a possible built-in location fee, as the Hollywood Reporter first reported.)
The show's six-episode first season ends with a one-hour season finale on Wednesday.
A TLC rep declined to comment on a possible second season or salaries. Discovery Communications president Eileen O'Neill said a second season of the series is likely, but a final decision has not been made.
Jon Cryer wipes out on bike in L.A. triathlon
Jon Cryer cracks up viewers every week on his hit CBS sitcom. But now the "Two and a Half Men" star is aching from a crackup of his own.
During the cycling part of a triathlon on Sunday, Mr. Cryer lost control of his bicycle and skidded across the pavement. Nothing was broken, but he scraped his left side along a Los Angeles roadway.
And his difficulties didn't end there. During an Associated Press interview in New York on Tuesday, he displayed one more injury he had discovered just that morning: a hangnail on his scraped-up hand.
Mr. Cryer said, "When I saw it, I said, 'Really?!' "
"Two and a Half Men" stars Mr. Cryer along with Ashton Kutcher. It begins its 10th season on Sept. 27.
Norah Jones tapped for 'Artists Den' premiere
Singer Norah Jones will perform in a former Brooklyn brass foundry near her home in the opening of a new season of PBS' "Live From the Artists Den" in two weeks.
Public television's music performance series kicks off its fifth season with Miss Jones on Oct. 5. Check local listings for air times. The four-episode season also will feature Rufus Wainwright, the Wallflowers and Mayer Hawthorne.
The series specializes in filming artists in unusual settings. Mr. Wainwright will sing at the Church of the Ascension in Manhattan and Mr. Hawthorne was filmed at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
Despite the short season, PBS said producers are already at work preparing another season for next year.
Fox to release digital movies before DVD, Blu-ray
In an effort to kick-start still nascent sales of digital movies, 20th Century Fox has begun selling digital versions of the sci-fi thriller "Prometheus" three weeks ahead of the movie's release on Blu-ray and DVD.
The move is a reflection of the industry's effort to promote the concept of movie ownership on digital platforms.
Movie purchases from online retailers like Apple Inc.'s iTunes and Amazon.com are growing. But those sales still represented less than 4 percent of U.S. home video spending in the first half of the year, according to the Digital Entertainment Group, a movie-industry association.
"Prometheus" is now on sale through iTunes, Amazon.com and Google's Play store for about $15.
Fox said it will push digital movie sales this way in a campaign it is calling "Digital HD." For future releases, it plans to give high-definition digital sales a two-week head start before the disc release.
The digital versions of Fox titles don't come with all the extras included with Blu-ray copies, such as deleted scenes, and they are not as high-quality. The iTunes version of "Prometheus" in HD offers viewing in 720p, a standard which is not as sharp as the 1080p offered on Blu-ray. An "SD," or standard definition version, was available from iTunes for pre-order for $13.
R. Kelly breaks record for Soul Train nominations
R. Kelly is nominated for two awards at this year's Soul Train Awards, making him the most nominated act ever at the awards show.
He is up for the Ashford & Simpson songwriter's award and album of the year, bringing his career total to 21 nominations.
Usher leads this year's awards with five nominations. Estelle, Nas, Trey Songz and John Legend are also multiple nominees.
Whitney Houston is nominated for best gospel inspirational performance and Amy Winehouse is nominated for best international performance. New Edition will receive a lifetime achievement award.
The Soul Train Awards, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, will be taped Nov. 8 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The show will air Nov. 25 on BET and Centric.
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