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Comedian Conan O'Brien to host MTV Movie Awards
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian and late-night talk-show host Conan O'Brien will host this year's MTV Movie Awards, the unbuttoned show that irreverently honors Hollywood's best kisses and best fight scenes, the MTV network said on Wednesday. It will be the first time that O'Brien, 50, has hosted the annual show, which will take place on April 13 at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles and which serves as lead-in to the summer movie season.
Oscars telecast audience revised up, highest in 14 years
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The audience that tuned in to watch ABC's live telecast of the Oscars hosted by Ellen DeGeneres on Sunday was the show's highest in 14 years after ratings were upwardly revised. Nielsen ratings data on Tuesday showed that the audience for the telecast was 43.7 million, versus the 43 million reported on Monday, the highest since 2000 and 8 percent higher than last year.
Toronto Mayor Ford drops in on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night talk show
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Toronto's self-admitted, crack-experimenting mayor Rob Ford hit the late night talk show circuit on Monday, telling ABC's Jimmy Kimmel he "wasn't elected to be perfect" but that his record running Canada's biggest city spoke for itself. Ford, who became a popular target for late-night TV hosts including Kimmel after admitting to smoking crack cocaine in a "drunken stupor", appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" where they looked at videos and photos of some of his more colorful antics during his years in office.
Highmore goes a little 'Psycho' as 'Bates Motel' starts second season
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - While most college students often use their year abroad to embrace the culture and nightlife of new countries, British actor Freddie Highmore opted to play one of the most notorious fictional serial killers, Norman Bates. Highmore, 22, plays a teenage version of Norman Bates who helps his erratic mother run a hotel in modern-day Oregon in the A&E series "Bates Motel," which returns for a second season on Monday.
'Real Housewives of New Jersey' couple admit to financial fraud
NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - Husband-and-wife cast members of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" reality television show pleaded guilty on Tuesday to mail and wire fraud conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud stemming from what prosecutors said was years of hiding income and lying to obtain financial loans. Teresa Giudice, 41, and her husband, Giuseppe - or Joe - Giudice, 43, face prison sentences and fines after pleading guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas in federal court in Newark.
South Carolina reality TV series raises eyebrows in polite society
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Bravo TV's new reality show "Southern Charm," set in Charleston's historic downtown among the moss-draped oaks and mansions on the South Carolina coast, promises to reveal "the Neverland of the South, where men don't want to grow up." The show is raising eyebrows in the refined city ahead of its premier on Monday night. It features a cast of six wealthy, single, hard-partying local "aristocrats," including Thomas Ravenel, a polo-playing former South Carolina politician and state treasurer.
U.S. top court denies FilmOn X role in Aereo case
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday that online television service FilmOn X LLC cannot intervene in support of competitor Aereo Inc, which is being challenged by the four major U.S. broadcasters over its use of television broadcast signals. The case, to be argued on April 22, will determine whether both online companies can continue with their practice of using network content without paying licensing fees.
A Minute With: Patton Oswalt on Spirit Awards and playing host
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When it comes to hosting an awards show, Patton Oswalt has a few tricks up his sleeve that include keeping a celebrity-filled crowd on edge. The Virginia-born Oswalt, 45, has forged a career in comedy, with roles in TV sitcoms "The King of Queens" and "Two and a Half Men," and films such as 2011's "Young Adult" and last year's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."
Jim Lange, host of "Dating Game" TV show dies at 81
(Reuters) - Jim Lange, the host of the "Dating Game" TV show, died on Tuesday at his home in California at the age of 81 after suffering a heart attack, his wife said on Tuesday. Lange, who was born in St. Paul, Minn., worked in radio and as a disc jockey before joining the "Dating Game". Contestants on the show, which debuted in 1965, chose a date from three candidates after asking a series of questions.
Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' debut draws biggest audience since 2005
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comedian Seth Meyers' debut as the host of NBC's "Late Night" talk show on Monday pulled in about 3.4 million viewers, the show's highest numbers overall as well as in the 18-49 age group coveted by advertisers since 2005, the television network said on Tuesday. With a mixture of banter and jokes and guests comedian Amy Poehler and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Meyers managed to top the premiere audience numbers of his predecessor Jimmy Fallon, who left the show to replace Jay Leno as host of NBC's flagship late-night program "The Tonight Show" a week ago.