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The Biz: A TV Producer for All Seasons

Blue Bloods

Viewers of the CBS hit Blue Bloods may feel like they've gone through a time warp when they see executive producer Leonard Goldberg's credit on the screen. One of network TV's most successful execs, he oversaw programming at ABC in the 1960s, produced such hits as Charlie's Angels and Starsky & Hutch with Aaron Spelling in the 1970s and was responsible for some of the most memorable made-for-TV movies of the '80s before heading into film. Goldberg, who turns 77 this month, told us what it's like to be back on the front lines of prime time.

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Report: Beverly Hills Housewife Lisa Vanderpump Attacked at L.A. Restaurant

Lisa Vanderpump

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member Lisa Vanderpump says she was verbally attacked at the Beverly Hills Polo Lounge on Christmas Eve.

VanderPump told TMZ that she was having dinner with her husband, two elderly people, and Los Angeles news reporter Robert Kovacik when a man walked up to her table and began berating her. When Kovacik, a longtime reporter at the NBC affiliate in L.A., stood up and asked the man to stop, Vanderpump says the man punched Kovacik and shoved her husband to the floor.

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Little Fockers Wins Holiday Weekend Box Office

Little Fockers

This holiday weekend, many moviegoers opted to spend time with the Focker family.

Little Fockers, the second sequel to the 2000 film Meet the Parents starring Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman, led the Christmas weekend box office, pulling in $48.3 million since its Wednesday debut, according to Box Office Mojo. read more

Olympic Filmmaker Bud Greenspan Dies at 84

Bud Greenspan

Bud Greenspan, the Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker who chronicled the journeys of Olympic athletes for six decades, has died. He was 84.

Greenspan died Saturday in his New York City home from complications of Parkinson's disease, according to The Associated Press. read more

Report: Simon Baker Strikes $30 Million Deal with Warner Bros.

Simon Baker

The Mentalist's Simon Baker is finalizing a deal with Warner Bros. Television for more than $30 million, Deadline.com reports.

That figure includes money already promised to Baker in his current contract. As part of the new deal with Warner Bros., which produces The Mentalist, Baker will add another year to his six-season contract. He'll also get a producer credit on the series beginning in Season 5 and he will receive an additional piece of the show's royalties. Warner Bros. sold the syndication rights to TNT in November 2009 for $2.2 million per episode.

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Hugh Hefner Proposes to Girlfriend on Christmas Eve

Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris

Hugh Hefner gave his girlfriend a pretty good Christmas gift.

The 84-year-old Playboy founder proposed to his 24-year-old girlfriend, Crystal Harris Friday night. "I gave Crystal a ring. A truly memorable Christmas Eve," Hefner  tweeted. "When I gave Crystal the ring, she burst into tears. This is the happiest Christmas weekend in memory."

Hefner later clarified that he did indeed ask Harris to marry him. "Yes, the ring I gave Crystal is an engagement ring," he wrote. "I didn't mean to make a mystery out of it. A very merry Christmas to all."

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Tonight's TV Hot List: Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010

Family Guy

Family Guy
9/8c Fox
Hugh Laurie lends his House voice (if not his dignity) to this repeat from last December, in which Peter grabs the reins of Pewterschmidt Industries after Lois' dad, Carter, suffers a heart attack and lapses into a coma (that's where House comes in). Peter's management style certainly won't surprise regular Family Guy viewers, and taxpayers can be relieved that Pewterschmidt Industries didn't receive a bailout. Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons have voice cameos in their Big Bang Theory roles.  — Paul Droesch

Read on for previews of Brian Boitano Skating Spectacular, The Sound of Music, Sunday Night Football, Little Caesars Bowl, Masterpiece Contemporary and My Kid Survived. read more

Tyler Perry Pledges to Rebuild an Atlanta Woman's Burned Home

Tyler Perry

Filmmaker and TV producer Tyler Perry is bringing a Christmas miracle to an Atlanta grandmother who recently lost her home in a fire.

Rosa Lee Ransby and her 4-year-old great-granddaughter escaped a fire Tuesday in her Coweta County, Ga., home, The Associated Press reports. Firefighters began soliciting donations soon after for the 88-year-old woman.

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Report: Battery Charges Against Lindsay Lohan Dropped

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan's Christmas wish came true. Dawn Holland, a former Betty Ford staffer who accused Lohan of battery, has dropped the charges.

"Dawn will not continue to press charges against Lindsay, nor will she be assisting any further in the investigation or prosecution," Holland's lawyer told TMZ. "A crime has quite simply not been committed by Ms. Lohan."

Lindsay Lohan accuser fired from rehab clinic

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VIDEO: Conan Apologizes to Jimmy Kimmel Over Sarah Palin Skit

Conan O'Brien

Conan O'Brien is saying sorry to Jimmy Kimmel for stealing his joke.

In an online apology, O'Brien admits that a skit showing Sarah Palin shooting Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was very similar to something done two weeks earlier on Kimmel's show.

Top Moments: Conan goes Coco for Christmas, Survivor gets dumb and dumber

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