Charlie Sheen Sitcom Poised for 90-Episode Pickup

These are good days for the “Anger Management” star Charlie Sheen, whose FX sitcom is halfway through its initial 10-episode run and poised to get an order for 90 more.

Sheen told reporters Saturday that doing the show is as “exciting as hell,” cheerily adding that 90 more episodes may not be enough.

FX announced plans to bring on Sheen’s dad, Martin Sheen, as a regular cast member. He will play the father of Charlie Goodson, the anger-management therapist played by Charlie Sheen.

Sheen likened last year’s tumultuous departure from “Two and a Half Men” and its stormy aftermath to a dream he couldn’t wake up from.

He was speaking to a session of the Television Critics Association.   (AP)

Stewart, Colbert Re-up with Comedy Central

Comedy Central’s late-night duo is sticking around for at least a few more years.

The network announced Wednesday that Jon Stewart has extended his contract to host “The Daily Show” through the middle of 2015. Stephen Colbert also signed an extension that takes him through the end of 2014 as host of “The Colbert Report.”

Last week, each show was nominated for four Emmy Awards.

Colbert has hosted “The Colbert Report” since 2005. Stewart has presided at “The Daily Show” since 1999. Both are also producers and writers of their shows. (AP)

‘SNL’ to Air Prime-Time Election Spoofs This Fall

NBC will air two “Saturday Night Live” prime-time election specials, and it’s leaving the door open to cult-favorite comedy “Community” to return after next season’s abbreviated run.

NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt announced Tuesday that the “SNL” specials will air Sept. 20 and 27.

He says “Community,” which hovered near cancellation before being renewed for 13 weeks, could live beyond next season if it proves itself in its new Friday slot.

Greenblatt told reporters at the Television Critics Association conference that he would love nothing more than for “Community” to continue.

He also says he was proud that NBC was in third-place last season among adults 18 to 49. It’s the network’s best performance in eight years. (AP)

‘Dark Knight Rises’ Reportedly Earns $160 Million

“The Dark Knight Rises” is on track to earn $160 million after a shooting that left 12 dead and 58 wounded at a midnight screening of the Batman sequel in Colorado.

The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times, New York Times and other media outlets reported Sunday that the film earned $160 to $162 million, based on box-office insiders.

Hollywood studios joined “Dark Knight Rises” distributor Warner Bros. in publicly withholding their box-office numbers for the weekend. Box-office tracking service Rentrak also did not report figures this weekend.

An opening of $160 million would give the 2-D “Dark Knight Rises” the third-highest opening ever after the 3-D films “The Avengers” with $207.4 million and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” with $169.2 million. (AP)

The Who Plan U.S. Tour, Talk Olympics performance

I could not be more excited about the new tour – I saw them a few years back in Reno – and was just in heaven. I had wanted to see them on their 1989, but that didn’t work out – was definitely on my bucket list.

The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are taking “Quadrophenia” and other Who classics on the road for a U.S. tour this fall, but first plan what Daltrey calls a great finale for the Olympic Games in London.

The group made the announcement Wednesday during an online video conference.

The surviving members of the legendary band will play “Quadrophenia” in its entirety, as well as other Who classics.

The pair also said they were scheduled to close out the Olympics. Daltrey says the music the group has recorded shows the great music that has come out of Great Britain.

The London Olympics start July 27 and run until Aug. 12.

The Who tour kicks off in Sunrise, Florida, on Nov. 1.

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Online: http://www.thewho.com

Dark Knight Cast Heads Home; Reno Man Killed in Tragedy

I found out this weekend one of the victims, Jonathan Blunk, 26, went to an area high school. I never met him, but he sounds like a great guy, down to earth. The military veteran shielded his girlfriend when shots rang out.

Blunk leaves behind two young children, a girl, 4, and a boy, 2.

His body will be brought home to Reno, where he will be buried with military honors. An account has been set up through Wells Fargo to raise money for the funeral and transportation costs.

I can’t tell you the profound sadness I’ve felt all weekend about this senseless tragedy. All these people were doing was enjoying something we all take for granted – entertainment. Just sad. Now even watching movies will be forever changed in this country.

And – I just found this on people.com so I thought I’d share. I was wondering how many Dark Knight cast-related statements would be released concerning the shooting.

Shocked and “keeping victims’ families in their thoughts,” The Dark Knight Rises cast jetted back to the states after Friday’s horrific shooting at a screening of their new film.

Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were in France for the canceled Paris premiere, but took a Warner Brothers plane bound for Los Angeles on Saturday.

“The cast was completely shocked and several – Anne and Marion [Cotillard], a couple of the men – were in tears,” a source tells PEOPLE. “There was enormous, enormous sadness.”

While en route, Bale, who plays Batman, released a statement:

“Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.”

Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan earlier released a statement expressing “profound sorrow” for the Aurora, Colo., shooting that left 12 dead and more than 50 wounded.

“Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families,” Nolan said in the statement.

Once back in the U.S., Hathaway issued a statement in addition to the one Nolan sent on behalf of the cast.

“My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act.  I am at a loss for words how to express my sorrow.  My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”

Warner Brothers has also decided to withhold box office numbers for Dark Knight, saying in another statement that they will wait until Monday “out of respect for the victims and their families.”

(People Magazine, Reno Gazette-Journal)

Defining ‘Classic’ Films

While waiting for a video to download at work, I looked up to ‘The Talk’ airing on CBS. The closed captioning read ‘…Jason Biggs starred in the classic film American Pie….’

I was stunned.

It’s not a classic!

After my initial pissyness I then started thinking about what defines ‘classic film.’ When I hear those words I think of Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Casablanca…but obviously someone thought otherwise.

Maybe the person who wrote that for the teleprompter is really young – meaning they actually think it is a classic film. You know, like how 1987 is ancient history. To them ‘classic’ means something else entirely. Which also means they’re changing the definition of the word – and maybe for the worse.

Only time will tell, but I don’t think American Pie will ever be placed in the same sentence as those movies. As it shouldn’t.

What do you think? Am I wrong in my assumption?