October 19th, 2009
12:28 PM ET

Your pop culture cheat sheet

Here's what's happening in the world of entertainment today:

  • Roman Polanski has been moved from jail for medical treatment, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Polanski was arrested in Switzerland on charges related to allegedly having sex with an underage girl in 1977. Polanski pleaded guilty at the time.
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  • If you've watched any ABC lately, you know that they have big plans for the upcoming remake of the 1980s sci-fi miniseries/series "V." The Hollywood Reporter says that they are bringing new meaning to the term "going all out" by sending skywriters all over the country to place "V" in the sky over 26 U.S. landmarks on Friday.
  • Professional dog trainer and reality show star Cesar Millan will be portrayed by Wilmer Valderrama in an upcoming comedy series, Variety reports. "The Dog Whisperer" star has inspired the show, and it's yet to be seen how closely the show will reflect real life and if Valderrama's character will have the same name.
  • "Ugly Betty's" move to Friday nights does not appear to be a successful one, as Variety reports a "quiet" start for it in the ratings, saying it was "down sharply" from what it was bringing in on Thursday nights. Meanwhile, despite a strong start, "Project Runway" is flat on Lifetime compared to the ratings it was getting on Bravo, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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  1. Mary

    Why couldn't they just leave Ugly Betty on Thursdays? Someone just wants it to die - that's what Corporate does, easy way out – "not enough ratings" when they know that is what's going to happen. NBC pushed Medium to CBS, where the ratings will stay because of the good lineup they have with Ghost Whisper before and Numbers after. Betty doesn't belong on a Friday night. Enough with the sci-fi – you can find it on cable, on Fox, now they're taking over regular tv. Sheez!! Oh wait, forgive me. This has all got to do with Demographics – if your 49 and over your opinion doesn't count – almost forgot about that!!

    October 20, 2009 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    M.R., You are correct, he pled guilty to illegal intercouse. The victim was 13 at the time of the offense. In his statements to police, Mr. Polanski admitted providing her with champagne and qualudes as well as to performing oral sex and anal sex, in additon to sexual intercouse. These facts have never been in dispute, therefore are not alleged. Whatever the formal charges brought were, this set of facts constitute statutory rape in all fifty states, even in 1970's California. Any ordinary person admitting to these facts would be looking at 10 to 20 years hard sodomy.

    To those who thought the Judge was wrong to want to impose prison for these acts, should think of what they would want if it happens to their child. To those who think that the victims current wishes mitigate the circumstances should realize this was a crime against society and therefore justice must still be served, late better than never.

    October 20, 2009 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. Debra R

    Chad: i love how all you enablers like to use the words "witchhunt". As for Polanski getting "screwed" by the legal system...your words, not mine...let the punishment fit the crime....he should have been locked up with other sexual preditors and let, er "nature" take it's course...he would have had about as much ability to consent as the child he brutalized.

    October 20, 2009 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Debra R

    M.R. in L.A.: Since Polanski admitted to doing those things...it is not alleged..then he ran instead of serving his sentence. I stand by my post. Polanski is a cowardly pedephile. He should be DEAD in my opinion, however that is not on the table. ANYONE who stands up for this twisted freak Polanski is standing up for and condoning CHILD RAPE. A 13 year old CANNOT give consent. Quit re-raping the victim and place Polanski where he belongs...jail.

    October 20, 2009 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. GA_girl

    Chad = "I love how everybody is screaming for Polanski's head on a plate, yet refuse to look at the FACTS of the case. He wasn't "found" guilty. He pleaded guilty when his lawyers and the judicial system agreed on a plea bargain WHICH INCLUDED time served for his jail time. That's the reason he pleaded guilty. But then a renegade judge tried to undercut the deal and was in fact going to give Polanski MORE jail time, which totally went against the laws and the judicial system. THAT'S WHY HE FLED, and I'm sure you wold too, if the legal system tried to screw you over like that.
    Everyone needs to stop the witchhunt and acknowledge how corrupt our legal system is, or we wouldn't even be discussing his case in the first place, because it would have been put to bed 40 years ago."

    Let's have him come live with you and your 13 yr old daughter and see if you still have the same opinion! (Scumbag!) A paedophile never changes his disgusting thoughts.

    October 20, 2009 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. siobhan

    Polanski is guilty of a crime.
    That crime has a victim.
    He fled the country, showed no respect for our justice system or remorse for his perverted actions.
    There is no "expiration date" for a criminal evading his punishment.
    If he was just an average guy, if he had drugged and raped you, if this man had hurt your daughter or sister...
    would there be ANY need for discussion?
    HELL NO. The only thing that needs to be reported about Polanski is when he is booked into a jail cell. He deserves no recognition or attention from the public.

    October 20, 2009 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. greg

    And I'm excited by V, too. ;)

    October 19, 2009 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. greg

    "Allegedly." What a moron. Is this a journalist or some schill who apes the hollywood elite (most of whom are uneducated) in their embracing of any artistically gifted person regardless of their past transgressions. Don Henley liked the young girls too, but that has effectively been erased from the public domain by his power broker buddies. Poor Polanski. His character is almost as bad as the blogger's understanding of basic legal concepts.

    October 19, 2009 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chad

    I love how everybody is screaming for Polanski's head on a plate, yet refuse to look at the FACTS of the case. He wasn't "found" guilty. He pleaded guilty when his lawyers and the judicial system agreed on a plea bargain WHICH INCLUDED time served for his jail time. That's the reason he pleaded guilty. But then a renegade judge tried to undercut the deal and was in fact going to give Polanski MORE jail time, which totally went against the laws and the judicial system. THAT'S WHY HE FLED, and I'm sure you wold too, if the legal system tried to screw you over like that.

    Everyone needs to stop the witchhunt and acknowledge how corrupt our legal system is, or we wouldn't even be discussing his case in the first place, because it would have been put to bed 40 years ago.

    October 19, 2009 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Leslie

    I do not agree with the actions of Roman Polanski and generally I do think that he should do jail time for the crime. But in this case the victim now in her 30's or 40's have asked that the charges against him be dropped. When the media is covering this story, it opens fresh wounds for her and she simply wants the whole thing behind her. So I think that they should do exactly what the victim has pleaded for them to do and drop the charges against her.

    October 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Alicia

    The media's portrayal (including this post!) of Polanski is DISGUSTING. He did not "allegedly" rape that girl...he DID rape her.

    October 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Eddie Velez

    Awesome! I cannot wait!

    October 19, 2009 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. M.R. in L.A.

    I was watching the Flash Forward replay on Friday nights when they went and ruined it with Ugly Betty. Hope they pull UB and get back to playing the best new show twice a week.

    And to Bill, Mike, R, & Debra – Polanski plead guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse. The other charges of rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under fourteen, and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor are still 'alleged'.

    October 19, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. T. Regan

    Finally, a good sci-fi show is coming back to TV. Welcome V! I know the upgrade should be very interesting.

    October 19, 2009 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Janae

    Roman Polanski should be in jail, I d on't care how many years ago it was or how many celebs think he's a great producer. BUt on the other hand, wouldn't break my heart if he never sets foot in the US ever again.

    October 19, 2009 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Bill

    Your pop culture cheat sheet states that Roman Polanski "allegedly" had sex with an underage girl and then goes on to state that he pled guilty at the time. What does allegedlly have to do with this story? By his own admission, he drugged, raped and sodomized a 13 year old girl and tried to pass it off a "consentual" relationship. He then fled the country after he was convicted, when he realized he was going to prison like anyone else would committed such a heinous act. The only justice that will probably not be served is that at his current age, he probably won't be passed around the cell block when he gets to San Quentin.

    October 19, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Jonathan

    Why do networks feel the need to move popular shows around? People get used to them on a certain day and time...they work! Then some wizard at the networks gets it in their head to move the program and it bombs. Happens time and again and no one seems to learn.

    October 19, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Dabe

    Too bad Ugly Betty didn't get higher ratings. The season debut was the show at it's very best! Finally there is something worth watching on Friday night and the ratings are down? I hope they move it to a better timeslot because it deserves to be in the top of the ratings.

    October 19, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Nan

    Can't wait for "V" !!!! Loved it in the 80's and I am sure it will wow old fans as well as make lots of new ones!

    October 19, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Debra R

    Just thinkin' don't they have medical facilities in the Swiss hospitals? I know we have them here. Would love to get this cowardly, nasty pedephile in our jail where he belongs.

    October 19, 2009 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Mike Dodd

    Why do you say "to allegedly having sex with an underage girl in 1977" regarding Polanski. This is not alleged. Everyone know it happend and he was found guilty.

    October 19, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  22. R

    As for the Roman Polanski item, it's offensive that it reads "related to allegedly having sex with an underage girl ". This is language reserved for those who haven't been convicted. He was convicted of this crime, he just left the country before he could be sentenced. He has been found guilty, there is nothing alleged about it. He just seems to think he is too important to be punished.

    October 19, 2009 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |

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