Is '1-8-7' good news for Detroit?
September 22nd, 2010
05:10 PM ET

Is '1-8-7' good news for Detroit?

Detroit sometimes gets a bad rap. So when Metro Detroiters first heard about ABC’s new crime drama, “Detroit 1-8-7” - with 1-8-7 being the police code for homicide - many people were concerned the show would cast an even darker shadow on their beloved city.

But, since the show’s Tuesday night premiere, viewers seem more at ease.

John Roach, a former spokesperson for the Detroit Police Department told the Detroit Free Press: “The ending was a grabber ... I think the show portrayed Detroit's police officers as real people, dedicated, even heroic, which is entirely deserved.”

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Jodie Foster defends Mel Gibson
September 22nd, 2010
03:33 PM ET

Jodie Foster defends Mel Gibson

Whether or not Hollywood turns its back on Mel Gibson, he'll always have Jodie Foster in his corner.

Foster, who directed and co-stars with Gibson in the upcoming dramedy "The Beaver," tells October's More magazine she is standing by the troubled actor throughout his ongoing battle with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

Foster, 47, says that she and Gibson – who portrays a man who rescues himself from depression by wearing and speaking through a beaver puppet in the film - immediately clicked when they first teamed up for the 1994 Western "Maverick." The 54-year-old star was the "easiest, nicest person I've ever worked with," she explains. "The second I met him, I said, 'I will love this man for the rest of my life.'"

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Being nice gets you nowhere on 'Parenthood'
September 22nd, 2010
03:30 PM ET

Being nice gets you nowhere on 'Parenthood'

The title of last night's episode of "Parenthood" is "No Good Deed," as in "no good deed goes unpunished," and that was certainly the case for the Bravermans. Trying to be nice didn't get them anywhere.

Last season, Adam and Kristina made friends with the Lessings, another family with a child on the autism spectrum, and Mrs. Lessing arrived at their door in tears. She’s getting divorced, partially because Mr. Lessing says the Mrs. is obsessed with raising their son Noel. What he calls “obsessed” I think most people would call parenting.

Then Mr. Lessing showed up at Adam’s job, also in tears. Having acquaintances split up is bad enough, but Kristina seemed to be unnerved by the idea that caring for her son could put a wedge in her marriage. That's probably why she agreed to watch Noel after school and sat and listened to Mrs. Lessing cry for a couple of days.

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Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Demi and Ashton fight back
September 22nd, 2010
03:17 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Demi and Ashton fight back

What a mess for Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore!

In this morning's "Showbiz Tonight" editorial meeting, we couldn’t stop talking about the new People magazine article with Demi and Ashton fighting back at widespread reports that Ashton is cheating on Demi. More than anything, the staff of "Showbiz Tonight" wants to separate the facts from fiction – which is exactly what we’re working on today.

Also on our radar is more Paris Hilton drama! She’s been refused entry into Japan because of her admission to cocaine possession. Is Hilton now a total pariah? Plus, we'll also reveal Lady Gaga's deepest secrets in our one-on-one interview with the author of “Poker Face: The Rise and Fall of Lady Gaga."

Watch "Showbiz Tonight" live at 5 p.m. ET today. And remember, we’re still TV’s most provocative entertainment news show seven days a week at 11 p.m. ET/PT!

'Boardwalk Empire' gets a second season
September 22nd, 2010
02:18 PM ET

'Boardwalk Empire' gets a second season

Only one episode has aired of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” but one episode was all the network needed to see that it was a bonafide hit.

The series, which launched on September 19, has been picked up for a second season, the network confirmed Tuesday.

“All the ingredients aligned for this one, from Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson’s initial pitch to Martin Scorsese’s enormous contributions as director and executive producer, to the genius of Terry Winter and the expertise of Tim Van Patten, to a stellar cast led by Steve Buscemi,” said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO’s programming.

Critics have been raving about the show seemingly before it even began, and the audience response was just as positive, with 4.8 million viewers tuning in on Sunday night. If you missed it on Sunday and want to catch up from your desk, check out our recap here.


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About that other big 'Idol' announcement...
September 22nd, 2010
01:57 PM ET

About that other big 'Idol' announcement...

"American Idol" is adding some big names for its 10th season, and Jimmy Iovine is one of them.

For those of you unfamiliar with Iovine, the Interscope Geffen A&M Records chairman has been a celebrated figure since the 1970’s, and has worked with artists such as John Lennon, U2, Eminem and 50 Cent.

Iovine joins "American Idol" as an in-house mentor, where he will lend his expertise and creativity to contestants backstage (Fast Company named him as one of the top 100 Most Creative People in Business this year).

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