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Jan112011

ABC Exec. Looks Forward to Next 'Dancing with the Stars'

Photo Courtesy - ABC/ADAM LARKEY(PASADENA, Calif.) -- The cast for the new season of Dancing with the Stars hasn't been set, but one thing is certain: you won't see the kind of controversy we saw last season. 

According to Access Hollywood, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee told reporters Monday that the show's upcoming season "will have something different; we won’t have Bristol Palin.” The daughter of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin made it to the finals of the competition, despite consistently low scores, leading many to speculate her mother's political base kept her chances alive.

Lee said the network is, however, aiming to bring in a "really interesting cast." When asked if it would consider a same-sex ballroom couple, as has been rumored, Lee replied, "Not decided, not there."

Lee was speaking at a Television Critics Association meeting in Pasadena, Calif.  The 12th season of Dancing with the Stars will kick off in March.

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Tuesday
Jan112011

Arianna Huffington's Mile-High Incident

Photo Courtesy - Joe Corrigan/Getty Images for Macy's(NEW YORK) -- Arianna Huffington, the woman behind The Huffington Post, got into a bit of trouble over the weekend when she reportedly refused to shut down her BlackBerry on a flight from Washington to New York.

A fellow passenger got very upset, especially when he learned that the phone was on after takeoff.

The argument became heated and police met the plane after landing. There were no arrests.

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Tuesday
Jan112011

Jewel Expecting First Child

Photo Copyright Lynda Churilla(NEW YORK) -- Jewel is pregnant.  The 36-year-old singer tells People she and hubby Ty Murray are expecting.  She is in her second trimester, although it's unclear when she is due.  It will be the first child for the couple, who married in 2008.

Jewel said she learned the news her first day as host of Bravo's upcoming series Going Platinum, adding, "I took a pregnancy test and it was positive!  It was so hard to keep it a secret.  I was worried I'd start throwing up on set and everyone would be like, 'Oh, she's pregnant.'"  She also said she hopes to enjoy the experience, noting, "I'm trying to be in the moment and really enjoy my pregnancy.  I feel really lucky."

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Tuesday
Jan112011

Michael Douglas: 'Odds Are' He's Beaten Cancer

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Michael Douglas says he's been on a "wild six-month ride" with throat cancer that may have come to an end.  In an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer, the Oscar-winning actor says his tumor is gone.

He says, "I think the odds are with the tumor gone and what I know about this particular type of cancer that I've got it beat."

The 66-year-old Douglas, who announced his cancer diagnosis in August, said he lost about 32 pounds while undergoing treatment for the disease, but has gained back about 12 pounds.  He said he still has to be checked out by a doctor once a month for the next few months.

Douglas says he's celebrated his improved health condition with his family, including his two children with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones.  He also says the kids may have been affected by the paparazzi's interest in his cancer battle.

Douglas declares, "I resent the amount of imposition on our children, too, because it used to be at least they would try to keep them out of that, and they don't at all.  They were having -- there was sort of a macabre enjoyment out of sort of watching me go down there for a while I felt by the paparazzi."

Douglas has a 10-year-old son and a seven-year-old daughter with Zeta-Jones.

A part of Lauer's interview with Douglas will air on NBC's Today show Tuesday morning.  The full interview will air Sunday, Jan. 23 on Dateline NBC.

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Tuesday
Jan112011

Pharmacist Testifies He Sent Large Amounts of Propofol to Dr. Murray

Photo Courtesy - David McNew-Pool/ Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Dr. Conrad Murray's preliminary involuntary manslaughter hearing continued Monday in Los Angeles, where a pharmacist took the stand and leveled new allegations against Michael Jackson's former personal physician.

Pharmacist Tim Lopez said Dr. Murray ordered 255 vials of the powerful anesthetic propofol, the drug that reportedly killed the singer.  The order was so large, Lopez believed it was for use by Murray's entire clinic.  Lopez testified Murray never mentioned the King of Pop was his only patient.  The pharmacist also said Murray insisted he ship the powerful drug to him via FedEx.

Los Angeles Police Detective Orlando Martinez also took the stand, testifying that Dr. Murray admitted giving Jackson propofol at least six nights a week for the two months before Jackson died.

Jackson died on June 25, 2009, after Murray gave him propofol, which is usually used to render patients unconscious before surgery, as a sleep aid.  Murray's defense lawyers insist the amounts Murray gave the pop icon weren't enough to kill him.

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Tuesday
Jan112011

ABC Renews Six Shows for Next Season; Two Shows Still Uncertain

Photo Courtesy - Disney/ABC Television Group(PASADENA, Calif.) -- ABC's schedule for the 2011-2012 season is already taking shape.  The network announced Monday that it has renewed Grey's Anatomy, Modern Family, Castle, Cougar Town, Private Practice and The Middle for another season.

The fate of Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters is a little less certain.

Speaking at a Television Critics Association panel in Pasadena, California on Monday, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee said, "Desperate Housewives is doing a great job, as you know.  We have ambitions to pick it up.  We are not quite there, ready to do so.  And Brothers & Sisters has gotten really good numbers this year...But we have not made decisions on them yet, and we are not necessarily ready for them, but we'll see as we go forward."

Also on Monday, ABC Family picked up Pretty Little Liars and The Secret Life of the American Teenager for the 2011-2012 season.

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Tuesday
Jan112011

Janet Jackson Announces North American Tour Dates

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Janet Jackson's forthcoming Number Ones -- Up Close and Personal tour will kick off in February in the Philippines, but she'll bring the tour to America starting March 7 and 8 with two shows in Chicago.

As of now, she has dates scheduled through April 23, with the tour wrapping up with a two-night Las Vegas stand at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.  The singer will only be performing songs from her 2009 CD, Number Ones.

Jackson said in a statement on her website, "These concerts are not about special effects.  This is a love affair between me and those of you who have supported me and my work for all these years.  I'll be singing and dancing from my heart.  The music will be all the songs that you've made number ones for me...let's go!"

Here are Jackson's tour dates:

3/7-8 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
3/12 -- Toronto, ON, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
3/16 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
3/18 -- New York, N.Y., Radio City Music Hall
3/22 -- Washington, D.C., DAR Constitution Hall
3/25-26 -- Atlantic City, N.J., Borgata Spa & Resort Event Center
3/29 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
3/31 -- St. Louis, MO, Fox Theatre
4/2 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre
4/6 -- Denver, CO, Wells Fargo Theatre
4/8 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
4/9 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
4/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, Gibson Amphitheatre
4/19 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
4/22-23 -- Las Vegas, NV, Caesar's Palace - The Colosseum

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Tuesday
Jan112011

New Duo Steel Magnolia's Debut Album in Stores Now

Photo Courtesy - Big Machine Records(NEW YORK) -- New duo Steel Magnolia releases their self-titled debut album Tuesday, featuring their top-10 hit "Keep On Lovin' You."

Their new single, "Last Night Again," is also on the project, but duo members Joshua Scott Jones and Meghan Linsey told ABC News Radio it took a village to put this album together.

"We had the best musicians, and we are so grateful," said Jones.  Their record label staff and producer also helped them branch out musically and find great songs.  Jones adds, "Everybody just came together to really make a special project, and we're just really grateful to have it be finally coming out."

Linsey chimed in, saying, "We wanted to make a record that had a little something for everybody and still kept the Steel Magnolia sound and was cohesive altogether.  So, I feel like we accomplished that."

Steel Magnolia is celebrating the release of their album with concerts in New York City and Boston this week.

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Monday
Jan102011

Lindsay's New Roomie a Former Betty Ford Resident

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Lindsay Lohan has just celebrated her fourth month of sobriety. To both help her on her journey and surround herself with more positive influences, she's invited an fellow Betty Ford veteran to live with her rent-free, TMZ reports. The gossip site says the two women hit it off at the rehab center, so LiLo invited her to live with her in her new digs in Venice, California.

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Monday
Jan102011

'Dancing with the Stars' Pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy to Star in Ukrainian Version of 'The Bachelor'

Photo Courtesy - ABC (NEW YORK) -- Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovsky will be the next star of The Bachelor -- but not in the U.S. He's revealed on his blog that he will star in the Ukrainian version of The Bachelor. He listed a few reasons for his participation in the show, including a chance to "give back" to his native country as well as a desire to do something that he'll personally enjoy without worrying if others will criticize him.

Maksim implies on his blog that he was offered a spot on the U.S. version of The Bachelor but declined. He writes, "The fact that I've turned down the American version has NOTHING to do with my 'dislike' of American women. (The statement is so absurd that I can't believe I'm even dignifying it with a reply)." 

Entertainment Weekly
reports that while ABC did discuss an opportunity on The Bachelor with Maksim, it never made him a formal offer. The magazine also notes that the shooting schedule for The Bachelor would have conflicted with Maksim's regular gig on Dancing with the Stars.

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