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.
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.
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.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - HBO at long last has confirmed the first specifics about season two of drama series "True Detective," including the casting of Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn in lead roles.
Story will revolve around three cops and career criminal who navigate a web of conspiracy after a murder.
Farrell plays Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him. Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a man in danger of losing his criminal empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.
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E! has come to a decision on the fate of “Fashion Police,” saying that the fashion-focused talk show will continue despite the passing of co-host Joan Rivers.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Joan Rivers and, for the last two weeks, have turned our attention to honoring her memory on all of our platforms,” the network said in a statement. “We have also thought long and hard about what Joan would have wanted as it pertains to the future of ‘Fashion Police.’ We decided, with Melissa Rivers’ blessing, that Joan would have wanted the franchise to continue. Fashion Police will return in 2015 commencing with Golden Globes coverage on Monday, January 12.”
Since 2010 “Fashion Police” has hosted a celebrity fashion commentary surrounding red carpet events, with Rivers offering critiques alongside E! personalities such as Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopoulos.
Variety.comLOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - NBC's "Dateline" has produced its first-ever full-length documentary exclusively for digital, with the newsmagazine show set to premiere "Oscar Pistorius: The Verdict" Friday about the murder trial of the South African Olympic runner who was found guilty of shooting his girlfriend to death.
The original documentary will go live on DatelineNBC.com tonight at 7 p.m. Eastern and will be available only online. "Oscar Pistorius: The Verdict" tells the story of the case -- which has been closely tracked by media worldwide -- from the night Reeva Steenkamp was killed to the verdicts issued in this week. Docu is broken into six segments, totaling about 40 minutes of runtime.
An NBC News rep did not respond to requests for comment about why "Oscar Pistorius: The Verdict" was being distributed only online.
Variety.comIn light of the upcoming vote on Scottish independence, "The Simpsons" has released a video featuring noted Scot Groundskeeper Willie sharing his views on the issue. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Willie -- who is voiced by Dan Castellaneta -- and his "AYE OR DIE" birthmark lean toward independence.
This is not the first time the Fox animated series has ventured into political and social debates. It has produced episodes on hot-button issues like gay rights and immigration. A season nine episode that deals with patriarch Homer's purchase of a gun allows the show to depict arguments for both sides of the gun rights debate:
The 26th season of "The Simpsons" will air at 8 p.m. on Sept. 28 on Fox.
The Sports Xchange
Tim Tebow has another job. Not in the NFL as a quarterback but as a contributor to "Good Morning America."
ABC announced Thursday that it was adding the former Heisman Trophy winner to the show as part of its new "Motivate Me Monday" segment that focuses on uplifting stories of people. Tebow will be in studio and also on location throughout the country.
The former NFL quarterback, who led to the Denver Broncos to the playoffs in 2012, began work in television earlier this summer as an college football analyst for ESPN and the SEC Network that launched last month.