CBS Renews ‘Two and a Half Men’ for Another Year


CBS says it’s bringing “Two and a Half Men” back next season.

The network announced the decision Friday on Twitter. It didn’t address whether the full cast would return.

The series stars Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones as Cryer’s son.

Jones’ character is serving in the Army this season and has been somewhat less visible on “Two and a Half Men.”

In January, the 19-year-old actor apologized to CBS after calling the popular sitcom “filth” and “very inappropriate.”

CBS declined comment on Jones’ future with the sitcom, now in its 10th season.This will be the show’s 11th season. That ties “Cheers” and “Frasier” as the third-longest-running live action scripted sitcom. “Ozzie and Harriet” holds the record with 14 seasons, followed by “My Three Sons” with 12 seasons.

“Two and a Half Men” has dealt with cast changes before, when Kutcher came aboard in 2011 after Charlie Sheen’s firing. (AP)


To Win or to Not Win


While I’m blatantly exploiting Shakespeare’s most famous play line, it does bring up a good point writing-wise, at least where the upcoming season finale of The Good Wife is concerned.
If you don’t watch the show – first of all you should it’s amazing, but I’ll give you a quick cliff notes version: ‘the good wife’s’ husband is running for the governor of Illinois – and now it’s finally time for his election.
A definite end.
But now that also brings up its own set of problems.
What happens if he wins? How will that affect his relationship with his wife?
What happens if he loses? Will he go back to being Illinois Attorney General? And will the new governor be addressed? Will she play a longer, more drawn out story line?
That I can remember, most characters who run for election – win, like Woody Boyd for Boston City Council and Leslie Knope for her city council. But there is one major loss that for the life I can’t remember of me who it is right now, but the point is, most go on to this new chapter.
As a writer, both options should be explored and fleshed out before committing to a real decision.
‘Course there is always the recall card, but really? Doesn’t that kind of seem like a cop out? I think so.
I didn’t think about any of this until after my eyes widened at the juiciness next week’s promo set up. And then I started to guess which way it will end.
But maybe for all I know, maybe the writers will draw it out and make it like a cliffhanger, meaning polls would close – and a result would not take place until September, next season. Remember, elections sometimes don’t end in one day anymore!
Whatever happens, it needs to fit the character. Even if it’s not really an outcome we want and wish for, it needs to fit the purpose.
I’ll say it right now – I think he’ll win. Too much time has been spent on this one storyline for it all to disappear.
But I could be wrong too – which makes this show great.

Captioner Sorry for Calling Deschanel Bomb Suspect


A TV captioning service has apologized for misidentifying “New Girl” star Zooey Deschanel (ZOH’-ee deh-shuh-NEHL’) as one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects on a Texas news broadcast.

Lawrence, Kan.-based Caption Solutions says it and its captioner “deeply regret” the mistake. Company president Kala J. Patterson says in a statement issued Tuesday they “sincerely apologize for this error.”

The erroneous onscreen text appeared during coverage by the Fox network affiliate KDFW in Dallas-Fort Worth of Friday’s manhunt for a bombing suspect. It declared: “Marathon Bomber. He is 19-year-old Zooey Deschanel.”

The suspect was 19-year-old college student Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-KHAR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv), who later was arrested and hospitalized.

Hackers Compromise AP Twitter Account


Hackers have compromised the main Twitter account of The Associated Press, sending out an erroneous tweet about an attack at the White House.

The tweet, which said that there had been two explosions at the White House and President Barack Obama was injured, came after hackers made repeated attempts to steal the passwords of AP journalists.

The AP said Tuesday that its Twitter account had been suspended following a hack and said it was working to correct the issue.

The cyberattack is the latest in a string targeting international media organizations.

The tweet put out by hackers briefly sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average sharply lower.

Twitter accounts of CBS shows’ ’60 Minutes’ and ’48 Hours’ were hacked over the weekend. (AP)

John Galliano to Teach Master Class at Parsons


John Galliano is continuing his path back to the fashion world with a planned stop at Parsons The New School of Design in New York City.

The college said Monday that Galliano will teach a master class that will address the “challenges and complications” of leading a design house.

Parsons said the spring workshop will give students the opportunity to have a “frank conversation” with the designer.

Galliano was creative director at Christian Dior when he was fired in 2011 for an anti-Semitic rant, which is a crime in France. He’s currently involved in a lawsuit against his former employer.

He began a temporary artist residency at the studio of Oscar de la Renta in New York earlier this year.

The Parsons statement said Galliano has tried to make amends for his behavior. (AP)

Golden Globes Set for Jan. 12, Starts Award Season

With the Golden Globes ceremony scheduled for next January, Hollywood’s 2014 awards season is set.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association said Thursday that the Golden Globe Awards will be presented on Jan. 12.
Awards shows face additional scheduling challenges to avoid overlap with the 2014 Winter Olympics, set for Feb. 7 to 23 in Sochi, Russia.
Globes organizers snatched up the last available weekend in January for the 71st annual ceremony. The Screen Actors Guild Awards are set for Jan. 18. The Producers Guild of America will hold its awards ceremony on Jan. 19. And the Directors Guild will present its annual honors on Jan. 25.
The 86th annual Academy Awards are set for March 2.
Golden Globe nominations will be announced Dec. 12.

Producer: New York Best Home for Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’

Lorne Michaels says the “Tonight Show” is moving back to New York because it’s the right place for its next host, Jimmy Fallon.
Michaels will produce “Tonight” when Fallon takes the show over from Jay Leno next year. The longtime force behind Manhattan-based “Saturday Night Live” says Fallon has “the energy of the city.”
Fallon has been hosting NBC’s “Late Night” from New York’s Rockefeller Center since 2009.
Michaels said Tuesday that the show’s move also is a tribute to New York itself. He says public opinion of the city has changed since Johnny Carson took the “Tonight Show” from New York to California in 1972.
Michaels made his comments during a Q&A session with comedian Martin Short at a Hollywood Radio Television & Society lunch in Beverly Hills. (AP)