Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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POSTED: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 4:48 PM
Filed Under: Television
Alyssa Milano attends TRESemme at Marissa Webb fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 at The Salon at Lincoln Center on February 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for TRESemme)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Alyssa Milano is departing "Mistresses," the actress announced today, saying that the ABC drama's plans to move production from Los Angeles to Vancouver for the recently announced third season would be too hard on her home life.

"Being a mother and wife comes first and I just can not uproot my children and separate the family by moving away," Milano wrote on her personal blog.

An ABC source confirmed Milano's departure. The summer sudser aired its second season finale in September.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 10:09 AM

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the agency is considering a petition to issue sanctions against broadcast stations that use the term "Redskins" when referring to Washington D.C.'s professional football team.

In comments to reporters, Wheeler said that the FCC "will be looking at that petition, we will be dealing with that issue on the merits and we'll be responding accordingly." But he personally believes that the term is "offensive and derogatory," according to an interview he gave earlier this month to Broadcasting & Cable. 

The idea of punishing stations for using the word came about in a petition filed by George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf earlier this month. He is challenging the license of team owner Dan Snyder's WWXX-FM radio station, and contends that the word is an "offensive demeaning racial swear word." The FCC has authority to sanction stations for indecent or obscene content. A decision against the station would have ramifications across broadcast sports coverage. 

POSTED: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 12:54 PM
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 21: Television personalities Ashley Hebert (L) and J.P. Rosenbaum attend Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum Celebrate Brancott Estate Chill Houron at Catch Roof on May 21, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Brancott Estate Wine)

Former Penn dental student Ashley Hebert, a/k/a the season seven "Bachelorette," gave birth to her first child, Fordham Rhys Rosenbaum, with season seven victor/husband JP Rosenbaum, today according to US Weekly. Herbert completed her residency at Philly's St. Christopher's Children's Hospital.

The couple got married in December 2012. They reside in Princeton, although they revealed that they will be moving to Miami on the "Men Tell All" episode of the most recent season, starring Andi Dorfman, who is dating the brother of former Fox 29 doyenne Kacie McDonnell. "It was a brutal winter for us and I think we just needed a change, something where we could just have a good quality of life year round. I just want to be able to go outside all year and enjoy life," Herbert said on the special

POSTED: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 8:04 AM
Filed Under: Television
Cody Calafiore on "Big Brother"

Cody Calafiore laid on the Head of Household bed while Derrick Levasseur sat on the couch alongside the wall. The two discussed a pact, an alliance that eventually would be referred to as "The Hitmen." That moment, which occurred on the second day of a 97-day journey, would prove to be the catalyst for the entire season and lead to more memories and rewards than the two could have ever imagined.

During the summer reality series, "Big Brother 16," it was that alliance which resulted in both guys coming out No. 1 and No. 2 this season. Levasseur, a Rhode Island undercover cop, would win on finale night by a 7-2 vote, and it was the North Jersey-turned-Philadelphian who placed second and scored himself a $50,000 check.

For Calafiore, there was an opportunity for him to pull off what would have been one of the biggest backdoor-evictions in Big Brother history after he won the final Head of Household, which granted him the right to pick which contestant he wanted to sit next to in the final vote. Had he decided to choose Victoria, a houseguest whom he more than likely would have won against in the final, over his best friend, Derrick, Calafiore could have come out with the grand prize of $500,000.


POSTED: Saturday, September 27, 2014, 2:36 PM
Filed Under: Television
Chef Anthony Bourdain attends the Treme, The Heart Of New Orleans dinner hosted by Anthony Bourdain, Susan Spicer, Wylie Dufresne, & Emeril Lagasse during the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival at National Hotel on February 22, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Dylan Rives/Getty Images for Food Network SoBe Wine & Food Festival)

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Anthony Bourdain's television travelogue "Parts Unknown" goes to Iran to discover how people live behind the geopolitical smoke screen and to small-town Massachusetts to chronicle the heroin scourge.

But even if the fourth season of his Emmy Award-winning CNN show fosters cultural diplomacy or raises drug awareness, this outspoken New York chef insists he is on no kind of socially minded mission. And he's not an advocate, activist, journalist or expert on anything.

"There have been times I have had an agenda or developed an agenda or came back feeling very strongly about something, but I am not out to make the world a better place or inspire people to do one thing or the other," Bourdain told Reuters ahead of the Season 4 premiere on Sunday.

POSTED: Thursday, September 25, 2014, 12:58 PM

Cyndi Lauper and Sara Bareilles joined Hoda Kotb on the Today Show this morning for the premiere of "Truly Brave," a music video featuring pediatric cancer patients at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In a phrase, heartrending.

Created as part of Kotb's "Project Truly Brave," the video is a mash-up of Lauper's "True Colors" and Bareilles "Brave," and hopes to raise money and awareness for fighting pediatric cancer. Kotb herself is a cancer survivor.

Check out the video, complete with CHOP patients in-studio for the premiere, below:



POSTED: Thursday, September 25, 2014, 12:23 PM
Cody Calafiore

Temple alum Cody Calafiore took home the runner-up prize on last night's finale of the 16th season of "Big Brother." So what will the Howell, NJ native do with his cash? "I was already talking to my brother about reinvesting it," Calafiore said. "I wanted to pay off all of my student loans but unfortunately $50,000 is not even enough"

C'mon, nothing fun?

"I have to. The loans a real ball and chain every month," Calafiore said.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 4:00 PM
Former Phillies pitcher Mitch Williams. (Steven M. Falk/ Staff Photographer)

Former Phillie Mitch Williams is suing his former employer MLB Network for breach of contract, wrongful termination and defamation and Gawker Media, the company that owns sports news site Deadspin, for defamation, stemming from a story Deadspin reported about Williams’ behavior at his 10-year-old son’s baseball tournament. The suit was filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Camden County.

“We are aware that Mitch Williams has filed a law suit against MLB Network. We have not received it, but we have reviewed the reported claims in the statement issued today by his lawyer and there are inaccuracies included throughout,” a spokesman for MLB Network said. “We can confirm that Mitch Williams is no longer an MLB Network analyst. We believe that the behavior he demonstrated at the youth baseball tournament speaks for itself.” 

Gawker Media has yet to return a statement. 

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