A federal appeals court has ruled that the Federal Communications Commission cannot fine ABC and selected affiliates $1.2 million for airing a 2003 episode of NYPD Blue that showed actress Charlotte Ross' nude buttocks, citing the FCC's unconstitutionally vague rules, The Associated Press reports.
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The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said Tuesday that the decision was in line with its previous ruling that TV stations can no longer be fined for fleeting, unscripted profanities uttered during live broadcasts. In July, the appeals court ruled that the FCC's indecency policy violated First Amendment rights and was unconstitutionally vague.
In its Tuesday ruling, the three-judge panel wrote that there was "no significant distinction" between its decision in the expletives case and the NYPD Blue case.
Court rules FCC indecency policy "unconstitutionally vague"
"According to the FCC, 'nudity itself is not per se indecent,'" the judges wrote. "The FCC, therefore, decides in which ...
Bravo just can't get enough of Kathy Griffin: The network announced Wednesday that it will air four new Griffin stand-up comedy specials in 2011.
"I went to Bravo and told them I thought I was being a little too nice in my stand up specials. They agreed... and gave me four more. Let the fur fly," Kathy Griffin said in a statement.
Cancer survivor Kathryn Joosten is taking her real-life drama to a daytime soap. The veteran actress, a two-time Emmy winner as feisty Karen McCluskey on Desperate Housewives, will appear as herself on the 6000th episode of The Bold and the Beautiful (airing February 7). The show's matriarch Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery) is currently battling lung cancer, which Joosten has kicked twice — in 2001 and 2009. The anniversary plot finds Stephanie going online to try to form a lung-cancer support group. Joosten decides to join up, as do several other real-life lung-cancer survivors who will also appear in the episode. TV Guide Magazine spoke with Joosten about her very Bold guest stint...
Anna and her amphibious minions returned on V last night and wow, did those scaly freaks launch Season 2 in fittingly cold-blooded fashion. There were crazy acid-rain nightmares. A hybrid baby that looked like a floating Yoda. A V skeleton. Oh, and there was a death that has got to beat The Bachelor's "bat wing" body-waxing conversation for grossest moment of the week. In other words, while it wasn't exactly bliss, the season premiere was pretty great.
More so, it was a lot of what we spent last year waiting for and never got...
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A trio of impressive guest stars ushers in new episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which resumes Season 12 with back-to-back cases that, according to executive producer Neal Baer, "really dig into the psyches" of the show's two main characters.
To get things started at 9/8c, Drea de Matteo (Desperate Housewives) and Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck) cross paths with Christopher Meloni's Stabler as he investigates a fight club for teens run by their fathers...
Jeers to Southland for turning into LAPD Rehab.
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I have no doubt that police officers and their spouses suffer from substance-abuse issues at a high rate along with the rest of the population, but it seems like everyone's copping on Season 3 of TNT's crime drama...
Back for her fifth consecutive gig, Queen Latifah reigns tonight as host of the 37th annual People's Choice Awards, which has added some new categories, such as Favorite TV Family and Favorite Horror Movie. We polled her on her plans for the fan-based kudofest and what any potential Kanyes should expect if they act up...
Former talk show host Montel Williams was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, Wisconsin authorities tell The Associated Press.
What's Montel Williams up to these days?
Williams was found with a pipe commonly used for marijuana while walking through the security checkpoint at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee on Tuesday. He paid the $484 citation and was able to continue on with his travel plans...
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, a Chicago-based film critic who writes for Mubi.com and the Chicago Reader, will co-host Roger Ebert's revamped At the Movies.
Date set for Roger Ebert's TV return
Vishnevetsky, 24, joins Christy Lemire, who has been a critic for The Associated Press for 12 years. Vishnevetsky replaces Elvis Mitchell, who was originally announced as Lemire's co-host...