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Brett Butler on Addiction, Charlie Sheen and Working with Chuck Lorre

Brett Butler

Charlie Sheen may think that he's winning, but Brett Butler knows he's fighting a losing battle.

It was 13 years ago that ABC and producers Carsey-Werner opted to pull the plug on Butler's hit sitcom, Grace Under Fire, after deciding that her addiction to painkillers left her in no condition to continue working. Now living on a farm in Georgia and celebrating 12 years of sobriety, Butler says she's still aghast at the events that led to her show's... read more

Is This the End for Two And A Half Men?

Charlie Sheen

Does Two and a Half Men minus Charlie Sheen equal zero?

Executives at CBS and Warner Bros. TV — who on February 24 decided to shut down production for the remainder of the season — are just beginning to sift through the carnage left in the wake of Sheen's tirades, in which the actor trashed his boss, Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre, among other targets. But so far, the prognosis isn't good for TV's most-watched comedy.

Every time Sheen throws another slur at Lorre — whose given name is Charles Michael Levine, even though Sheen insists on calling him "Chaim" — the door to a ninth season ofthe show comes closer to shutting for good.... read more

Dr. Drew on Charlie Sheen's Woes: Further Trouble Ahead?

Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen's bizarre comments on Thursday came with some dire consequences ­­­— and addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky saw it coming.

Pinsky told TV Guide Magazine earlier this week that he found Sheen's recent erratic behavior to be troubling, and not the sign of someone in proper recovery.

"It's very manic, very grandiose," Pinsky says.

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Fox Renews American Dad

American Dad

Good morning, U.S.A.: It's going to be a wonderful day for the team behind Fox's American Dad. The network has given an early seventh season renewal to the animated Seth MacFarlane series, which will now air at least ...
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Breaking: Kiefer Sutherland Returns to TV!

Kiefer Sutherland

It's official: Just one year after 24 ended, Kiefer Sutherland is plotting his return to TV.

Sutherland has signed on to star in the Fox drama pilot Touch, in which he will play a man who discovers that his autistic son can predict the future. Word of Sutherland's interest in the pilot, written by Heroes creator Tim Kring, first emerged last week. But there was a big snag: Sutherland's Broadway commitment — the actor currently stars on stage in the play That Championship Season — threatened to derail any immediate TV possibility.

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Howie Mandel Brings Hidden Cameras to Fox

Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel is back in the hidden camera business, this time at Fox.

Mandel is the host and an executive producer of Mobbed, which incorporates "flash mob" ...
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Discovery Sets Human Planet Airdate

Human Planet

Discovery has assigned an airdate to Human Planet, its next epic series in the vein of recent hits Planet Earth and Life. The six-part Human Planet will air from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on three consecutive Sundays this spring: April 10, 17 and 24. Human Planet, a co-production between Discovery and the BBC, will look at how humans live in a wide variety of habitats — including the Arctic, rivers and oceans, mountains, grasslands ...
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Friday Night Lights' Adrianne Palicki is Wonder Woman

Adrianne Palicki

Friday Night Lights alum Adrianne Palicki has lassoed the starring role in NBC's reworking of Wonder Woman. In the new series pilot from David E. Kelley (Harry's Law), Palicki will play Wonder Woman (aka Diana Prince), a Los Angeles-based crime fighter who leads a double life as a corporate executive.

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Discovery Plans to Revamp Planet Green

Green Planet

It's not easy being green, as Discovery Communications has discovered.

Planet Green, the eco-friendly channel that Discovery launched with much ballyhoo in 2008, turned out to not be as viewer-friendly as the company had hoped. Now, Discovery is planning to either revamp or completely replace the channel all together.

"We think we can probably ...
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Producer Defends Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy

Hayden Panettiere

The executive producer behind Lifetime's controversial Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial in Italy is defending the project, calling it a nonjudgmental look at the American convicted of killing her roommate in Italy.

"This is a factual drama and we feel we did a very fair and balanced telling of the story, crafting a script from court records and other public documents," executive producer Craig Piligian tells TV Guide Magazine. "At the end of the movie people will be wondering whether she really did or didn't do the things she's accused of," he says... read more

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