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Mary Steenburgen Jokes With 'The Talk' Ladies About Ted Danson's In-Bed Interview (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 21st 2011 4:30PM
When Ted Danson was on 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS) a few weeks ago, he conducted his interview from bed, in pajamas, surrounded by the talkshow's group of female hosts. As it turns out, Danson's wife, actress Mary Steenburgen, wasn't watching the interview live, but she did hear about it ... right before boarding an airplane.

Steenburgen described getting a text from a friend with the message, "Oh my god, I'm laughing so hard at your husband in bed with all those women," right before she had to shut her phone down for a five-hour flight.

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CBS Chief Les Moonves Thinks 'Two and a Half Men' Could Last for 'Many Years'

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 18th 2011 3:30PM
Les MoonvesYou could forgive CBS CEO Leslie Moonves for being a little stressed; after Charlie Sheen's acrimonious exit from 'Two and a Half Men' earlier this year, America's biggest sitcom was in serious danger of imploding, leaving the network wondering if they might have to slaughter their golden goose just to save face.

Against all odds, 'Two and a Half Men' bounced back bigger than ever with the addition of Ashton Kutcher this season, but lately it seems as though Moonves has simply traded one headline-grabber for another. From engaging in a war of words with the Village Voice over sex trafficking to making a twit of himself on Twitter with an uninformed comment about Joe Paterno, Kutcher is developing a reputation almost as noisy as Sheen's -- and his impending divorce from Demi Moore over rumors of infidelity won't help matters much.

Still, despite Kutcher's antics, Moonves apparently doesn't think his golden goose is in danger any longer. According to Deadline, the CEO spoke confidently about the future of 'Two and a Half Men' at the recent Hollywood Radio and Television Society Newsmaker Luncheon in Beverly Hills.

"With these numbers, I'm hoping this show will last for many, many years," he insisted, also praising Kutcher's performance. "We're more than happy with how well Ashton has done, other than his comments about Penn State."

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Craig Ferguson Wants Julie Chen to Yell at Him in Mandarin And Pull His Hair (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 13th 2011 5:46AM
Julie Chen, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Craig Ferguson was genuinely impressed when he found out that Mandarin was Julie Chen's first language on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS). But then he slipped into his creepy mode and seemed to want her to help fulfill some Asian fantasy he has.

"Say, 'Craig, you're a very naughty boy' at me in Mandarin," he asked her. However, as she only speaks conversational Mandarin, she said she can't say that exactly.

She did, however, come up with a substitute, at which point he wanted her to add the stimulus of pulling his hair. See what we mean about this being some kind of strange fetish/fantasy?

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'Two and a Half Men' Won't Compete at The Emmys

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 31st 2011 7:20AM
Charlie SheenIt's been announced that 'Two and a Half Men' won't be in the running for the Best Comedy Series award at this year's Emmys.

According to Deadline.com, Warner Bros. TV confirmed that the show had not been submitted despite having produced and aired enough episodes in its eighth season to be eligible. Sources close to the show said producers decided the show should not be submitted due to the controversies surrounding former star Charlie Sheen.

Production on the series had to be suspended in January when Sheen was hospitalized after an allegedly drug-fuelled bender. Then, following Sheen's series of bizarre public rants, in which he relentlessly attacked 'Two and Half Men' co-creator Chuck Lorre, Warner Bros. and CBS, production on the show was halted for the season.

Sheen was subsequently fired, and Ashton Kutcher was hired as his replacement.

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Ashton Kutcher to Replace Charlie Sheen on 'Two and a Half Men'

by Harley W. Lond, posted May 12th 2011 8:30PM
UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter has just confirmed that Ashton Kutcher will replace Charlie Sheen on 'Two and a Half Men.' The Hollywood trade reported that "two sources close to the deal-making (said) that the actor is putting the final touches on a deal to replace Charlie Sheen ... The exact dollar figure he will be paid is not known but a source says Kutcher is getting a 'huge payday'."

Earlier: The soap opera known as 'Two and a Half Men' keeps getting better and better. No, we don't mean the TV show, we mean the behind-the-scenes casting show.

TV Squad previously reported that Brit Hugh Grant had been in negotiations to replace errant Charlie Sheen in the blockbuster series that has been gilding Warner Bros.' and CBS' coffers for years. The latest news, however, is that Grant is out and -- ready for this? -- Ashton Kutcher is next in line for the role.

Grant's name reportedly came up about a month ago and CBS boss Les Moonves and CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler thought it was a good idea. Talks began and, allegedly, Grant was offered $1 million per episode (though later, insiders at WB downplayed that figure). Grant was close to sealing a deal when the thought of the grind of TV series work made him reconsider and he backed away.

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Hugh Grant In Talks to Replace Charlie Sheen in 'Two and a Half Men'

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 12th 2011 7:00AM
Hugh GrantYes, you read that right. British actor Hugh Grant, all-around posh boy and rom-com A-lister has reportedly been in talks to replace Charlie Sheen in 'Two and a Half Men.'

According to Deadline, the 'Bridget Jones' star first entered the running about a month ago when CBS boss Les Moonves and President Nina Tassler approved him as a candidate.

Warner Bros. Studio execs and 'Men' creator Chuck Lorre have been searching for a way to continue the money-spinning comedy without Sheen, and word is that they're still looking for a solid A-lister.

Deadline reports that after being offered $1 million per episode, Grant was close to signing a deal when he backed out unexpectedly, supposely because he balked at the demanding work schedule of a weekly TV series.

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Charlie Sheen Needs Warner Bros. Approval to Return to 'Two and a Half Men'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 22nd 2011 8:45AM
Charlie SheenWe reported yesterday how CBS is keen to lure Charlie Sheen back to 'Two and a Half Men' if a deal can be done. Now comes word that any possible deal hinges on Warner Bros., the studio who actually makes the comedy, agreeing to have Sheen back.

Plus, amid rumors that Sheen's been meeting with other networks to discuss his future, Mark Cuban, billionaire owner of HDNet, has thrown his hat into the ring and says he and Sheen are in talks about doing a reality TV series.

Jeff Rossen, the NBC 'Today' reporter who landed the first TV interview with Sheen to air since the controversy started, Tweeted Monday that, "To be clear, there are 2 companies involved. Sources say, CBS would be happy to take Charlie back, but he still needs to reach [a] deal with WB."

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CBS Wants Charlie Sheen Back on 'Two and a Half Men' ... If He Makes Nice

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 21st 2011 3:51PM
Charlie SheenIf the prospect of 'Two and a Half Men' without Charlie Sheen seemed like a weird idea to you, then be assured that the folks at CBS were likely tying their stomachs in knots thinking about the same thing.

How do we know? Because apparently CBS wants Sheen to come back to 'Men,' with network honcho Les Moonves personally spearheading the negotiations to get him back.

"Moonves wants to get the show back on the air. He's all for it," a network insider told Radar Online. "He says certain people need to forget anything and everything Charlie's done recently and just move on with the business at hand."

Basically, he wants his underlings at CBS and the folks at Warner Bros., the studio that produces the show and fired Sheen earlier this month, to repair the fractured relationship between Sheen and producer Chuck Lorre. Jeff Rossen of NBC, whom Sheen called a "rock star" after their infamous interview, confirmed the negotiations from Sheen's side.

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Charlie Sheen Says He Was Fired by Text Message, Claims 'Two and a Half Men' Bosses Still Have to Pay Him

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 8th 2011 7:05AM
Charlie SheenIt's been a busy 24 hours in the world of Charlie Sheen. Since being fired by Warner Bros. yesterday for alleged "moral turpitude," Sheen's gone on the offensive. And how.

He's unleashed some "Truth Torpedoes" online, he's downed a bottle of "tiger blood," wielded a machete whilst yelling "Free at last!", advertised for a "winning" intern (form an orderly line), said he was fired by text and claimed that his termination breaches the terms of his contract.

So what's going on? Why was he fired? How was he fired? And does he really have a "Michael J. Fox" clause in his contract?

All will be revealed after the jump ...

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Charlie Sheen Update: Says 'Good Joke' to Les Moonves, Boosts Ratings for 'Piers Morgan Tonight'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 2nd 2011 9:05AM
Charlie Sheen on 'Piers Morgan Tonight'The war of words continues between Charlie Sheen and Les Moonves. And hey, now super-producer Harvey Weinstein has weighed in on which one's playing "a losing game." (Hint: It's not Les Moonves.)

Yesterday we reported how CBS boss Moonves had spoken out at a business conference, criticizing the actor's conduct. Moonves said he wished that Sheen had "worked [as] hard to promote himself for an Emmy," as he did bringing his dispute with 'Two and a Half Men' to the media.

So what exactly did Sheen make of it? In an interview with Access Hollywood, Sheen told Billy Bush, "That's funny. That's good, a good joke." And as for Moonves's assertion that CBS is still making money off of his sitcom, Sheen says that he wants a piece of the action.

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CBS Honcho Les Moonves Breaks Silence on Charlie Sheen

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 1st 2011 4:30PM
CBS Honcho Les Moonves Breaks Silence on Charlie SheenLes Moonves, president and CEO of CBS, broke his silence regarding Charlie Sheen and the 'Two and a Half Men' situation.

"I wish [Sheen] would have worked this hard to promote himself for an Emmy," Moonves said at Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco.

Sheen continued his rants against CBS today with stops on 'Piers Morgan Tonight,' 'Today' and 'The Howard Stern Show.'

"I never cost the production or the show or the studio or the network any money, as far as missing a show or missing a day that was a money day," Sheen told CNN's Morgan. However, Sheen did say he would apologize to Moonves for not reining in his personal behavior.

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Julie Chen Brings Homework for 'The Talk' to 'Late Show' Visit (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Oct 7th 2010 4:30AM
Julie Chen Talks 'The Talk' on 'Late Show'Julie Chen strolled onto the 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS) stage with a video camera, and filmed herself hugging host David Letterman. She explained that for the new mom's roundtable show 'The Talk,' "We're given homework assignments where we have to Flip Video things that happen in our life outside of the studio."

He didn't seem too thrilled about being included in the requirement, but his job is in the hands of Chen's husband -- CBS President Leslie Moonves.

Speaking of, Moonves' birthday was that very day. When Letterman asked Chen how old he was, she smirked: "You and I both want to keep our jobs. You know better, Dave." He said, "But let's just say when you bring out the cake with the candles, is the fire department standing by?"

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Julie Chen to Chair TV Mom Roundtable

by Scott Harris, posted Apr 22nd 2010 10:15AM
Get ready to hear Julie Chen's point of view.

According to the New York Post, the Chenbot will be filming a pilot for a new 'View'-style daytime talk show whose panel of experts will have a slight twist: They will all be moms discussing things from a mom point of view. The series, which has yet to receive a title, could potentially fill the time slot being vacated this summer by the cancellation of the long-running soap opera 'As the World Turns.'

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CBS Locks Up CEO Les Moonves Through 2015 - UPDATE

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 24th 2010 9:41PM
les_moonves_ceo_cbsIf Les Moonves were a playing craps at a Las Vegas casino, he'd be the guy with the dice on a hot streak. You would put your chips down to let it ride and that's exactly what the CBS Corporation did. CBS has given president and CEO Leslie Moonves a new contract through February 22, 2015. He's being asked to keep on doing just what he's been doing, that is keeping CBS as a powerhouse network. They want him to continue being the anti-Jeff Zucker. Moonves with the Midas Touch is how you might describe him because things are just good and getting better at the Tiffany network.

Executive Chairman Sumner Redstone had nothing but good things to say about Moonves in the Wall Street Journal story about the new contract. He said, "This agreement not only secures the future of the company for many years to come, it also further aligns and strengthens the interests of the chief executive with those of our shareholders."

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Alan Alda's Take on the Super Bowl Besting 'M*A*S*H' Record

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 9th 2010 11:41AM
MASH_hawkeye_trapper_cbsYou gotta love the feisty attitude of former 'M*A*S*H' stars Alan Alda and Wayne Rogers about Sunday's Super Bowl broadcast being a record-breaker. Alda was gracious about the 'M*A*S*H' finale being topped by the Super Bowl broadcast. The New Orleans Saints victory over the Indianapolis Colts had more total viewers than the 1983 'M*A*S*H' finale. But Alda and Rogers both added a shot of vinegar to their honey coated responses.

Alda said in a statement to the L.A. Times, "If they broke our record, I'm happy for New Orleans and I hope it gives even more to cheer about to a city I love." However, he did wonder about how Nielsen measured the audience. It's a good question and one many people ask.

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