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Sheen Leaving 'Two and a Half Men?'

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 1st 2010 6:34PM
Charlie SheenThis is only at the rumor stage, but if it's true then it's a pretty big story. People.com is saying that Charlie Sheen is quietly telling his friends that he won't be returning to 'Two and a Half Men' after this season.

Given his high profile addiction and marital problems, this move is not an entire surprise. However, 'Two and a Half Men' still remains a ratings powerhouse and Sheen is one of the centerpieces (if not the centerpiece) of it. On the other hand, it would be a better idea for the show to go out on top. CBS has 'The Big Bang Theory' waiting in the wings to take its place on Monday nights.

So what do you think? Would Charlie be nuts to give up one of the highest rated comedies on television or should he just take some time off from the spotlight and concentrate on his personal problems? And what would a show without him look like?

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TV 101: How Keith Olbermann And Glenn Beck Eat Your Soul

by Jay Black, posted Mar 3rd 2010 2:02PM
Are these the two most evil people in America? Trick question: they aren't human!America, we need to talk.

There was a time when you were my favorite country in the world. Sure, you invented the Snuggie and insisted on airing multiple shows about making cakes for some reason, but you were always pretty stable. Well, that's changed and I think I know why.

You're addicted, America. You're addicted to something more insidious than nicotine or cocaine or Pokémon: you're addicted to Opinion Based News Shows.

Don't deny it! I've seen the signs! What started as an innocent attempt to have more talking points at parties has begun to rage out of control. Sometimes it seems you can't even make a move without a little taste of Keith or Glenn just to get you "right".

Well, I'm not going to watch my friend go down without a fight. This is your wake-up call America. This is your intervention.

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Jeff Garlin is a Food Addict (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 24th 2010 5:05AM
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Jeff Garlin Jeff Garlin knows he's "really screwed up," but once he accepted the fact that he's a food addict, that Oprah lightbulb went off in his head.

"I haven't had sugar in over a year," he told Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart' (weeknights, 11PM ET on COM). "I haven't had fast food in over a year ... if you have a cookie and go, 'here just have a piece,' that's like me taking my first drink,' so I don't do it."

Good for you, Jeff! Stay the course, because you look fabulous.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Intervention is back for a fifth season

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 4th 2008 8:01AM
InterventionA&E is bringing back its award-winning documentary series Intervention for a fifth season. The series follows people who are estranged from the friends and family and in personal crisis because of their addiction to drugs, alcohol or other compulsive behaviors. At the end of each episode, the addict is surprised with an intervention led by family, close friends and one of these experts: Jeff VanVonderen, Candy Finningan or Ken Seeley.

The season premiere will profile Chad, a gifted athlete who suffers from an addiction to crack cocaine. Chad, once a part of Lance Armstrong's cycling team, now spends his days panhandling, abusing drugs, and drinking. Also on the slate for later this season is Intervention: After Treatment. This one-hour special will feature a panel of past addicts brought together in a Los Angeles studio for a candid discussion about how the intervention changed their lives.

Intervention returns on Monday June 16th at 9 pm. ET/PT on A&E.

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A&E has a new scripted series, their first in six years

by Kristin Sample, posted May 28th 2008 7:03PM
Benjamin BrattThis summer, A&E will launch its first scripted drama series in six years. The Cleaner stars Benjamin Bratt (Law and Order, Miss Congeniality), Amy Price-Francis (Californication), Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica), Kevin Michael Richardson (Knights of Prosperity), Esteban Powell (Dazed and Confused, Powder), Brett DelBuono (Balls of Fury) and Liliana Mumy (Cheaper by the Dozen).

Bratt will play William Banks, a recovered drug addict who helps others kick their habits. After hitting rock-bottom because of his own problems with addiction, Banks makes a deal with God when his daughter is born. He vows to help others. However, his means of intervention are unconventional and unrelenting to say the least. In the series premiere, Banks helps high school meth addict Zach, a once-promising young athlete. Along the way, Banks discovers the cause of Zach's addiction, a fracture in the family after Zach's father died. He also uncovers a drug-fencing operation.

The Cleaner premieres Tuesday July 15th at 10 p.m. ET. Will you be watching?

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Lindsay Lohan on Ugly Betty? Stranger things have happened

by Richard Keller, posted Nov 7th 2007 2:24PM

Lindsay, meet Betty. Possibly.So, the redemption tour of former teenage star turned uncontrollable addict Lindsay Lohan begins on network television, does it? According to an article in The New York Observer that may certainly be the case. And, I guess there's no better place to get back in the public's good graces then on a high-profile show like Ugly Betty.

According to unidentified sources on the set of Betty, Lohan's people are in serious talks to have her appear in a three-episode arc. She would portray the assistant manager of the fast food restaurant where Betty's father currently works. Our darling Betty would take pity on the hapless manager, who would be a former high school beauty queen who has hit hard times, and get her a job at Mode.

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TiVo addiction strikes at an early age - VIDEO

by Brad Linder, posted Jun 14th 2007 11:25AM
If you've got kids or have spent any time babysitting, you know what a joy it can be to see a little face smiling. You also probably know how much children love watching their favorite cartoons or movies. Over and over again. And over again.

Watching Peter Pan 6 times in one sitting is one thing. But if you've got a TiVo, here's a cautionary tale:



The moral of this story? Don't teach your child how to use the TiVo remote control. At least not until they're 21 and able to handle it responsibly.

[via TiVo Blog]

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What's On Tonight: March Madness, Smackdown, Wedding Bells, Paula Deen

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 16th 2007 5:01PM
  • Bill MaherAt 8, PBS has a new NOW, followed by a new Washington Week.
  • NBC has a new 1 vs. 100 at 8, then the return of Identity.
  • CBS has March Madness all night.
  • The CW has a new Smackdown! at 8.
  • AMC has Cool Hand Luke at 8, with Paul Newman.
  • Also at 8: HBO has a marathon of new episodes of Addiction.
  • At 9, FOX has a new episode of The Wedding Bells.
  • TLC has a new What Not To Wear at 9.
  • At 9:30, Food Network has a new Giada's Weekend Getaways (in Napa/Sonoma), then a new ep of Paula's Party.
  • At 10, ABC has new 20/20.
  • A&E has a new Intervention at 10.
  • At 11, HBO has a new Real Time With Bill Maher, with guests Jason Alexander, Chris Rock, Dan Rather, Martha Raddatz, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Andy Barker, Raines, October Road, Poker, Tennis

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 15th 2007 5:02PM
  • David SpadeAt 8, ABC has a new Ugly Betty, followed by a new Grey's Anatomy and the premiere of October Road.
  • CBS has March Madness all night.
  • NBC has a "newpeat" of The Office and a new Scrubs, then the premieres of both Andy Barker, P.I. and Raines.
  • There's a new Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? at 8 on FOX.
  • The CW has a new Smallville at 8, then a new Supernatural.
  • At 9, ESPN has a new U.S. Poker Championships, followed by coverage of the Pacific Life Open tennis tournament.
  • History Channel has a new Decoding The Past at 9.
  • Also at 9: HBO has the Addiction special.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay, then a new Ace of Cakes.
  • Comedy Central has a new Showbiz Show with David Spade at 10:30.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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HBO to put addiction documentary online for free

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 14th 2007 1:02PM

addiction projectHBO is doing a multi-platform launch for The Addiction Project, which will focus on various addictions as a treatable brain disease. The 14-part documentary Addiction premieres tonight at 9:00 p.m., which also happened to coincide with HBO's free weekend preview that runs through this Sunday, so you may be able to catch it even if you don't normally receive HBO.

In addition, Lost Remote writes that all fourteen parts will be made available online for free, so keep an eye on the official site.

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What to Watch March 12 - 18

by Kelly Woo, posted Mar 12th 2007 9:32AM

The Riches on FX and Addiction on HBOThe Riches (Mon., 10PM ET, FX)
With its provocative premise, deep characters and balance between drama and comedy, this new show is reminiscent of Six Feet Under. The Malloys are your average, loving, dysfunctional family -- except they're itinerant con artists who scam people for a living. Even the three kids get in on the act. But when a car accident gives them the chance to live the American Dream, father Wayne (Eddie Izzard) and mother Dahlia (Minnie Driver) decide to take it.

American Idol (Tue., 8PM ET, Fox)
Is Votefortheworst.com affecting the outcome of Idol? Because I can't figure out how else Sanjaya is still in the competition. Either the tween set can't get enough of the shaggy-haired singer, or the web site has truly achieved its nefarious goal. Hopefully, as the top 12 start performing, talent will prevail. There are some truly gifted singers, like Lakisha and Melinda. But the most successful Idols also had unique styles, so that's why I'm betting on Blake. Disagree? Take our poll!

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UK Big Brother creators planning Rock Star Rehab

by Julia Ward, posted Jan 29th 2007 4:03PM
Pete DohertyMaybe it's our culture's litigiousness that inhibits American tabloids. Don't get me wrong. American tabloids, paparazzi and reality shows will definitely be held up by future archaeologists as evidence of the rapid decline of our civilization, but it is the British equivalent of these outlets that get the high marks for tastelessness. Case in point, the producers of the UK's Big Brother have announced plans for another reality outing - Rock Stars in Rehab. (Technically, it's the Dutch company Endemol producing the show, but it's being made for British TV.)

The company has approached high profile heroin addict Pete Doherty, the crack-addicted Dominic Masters of The Others and ex-Celeb Big Brother contestant Donny Tourette to appear in the series. The show would essentially lock all these addicts in a house together and film them 24-7. Critics have chastised Endemol for "using drug problems as entertainment and treating addiction like a joke." Really, if you want to be entertained by a bunch of recovering heroin addicts, rent Trainspotting.

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Justice: Addicts

by Anna Johns, posted Sep 21st 2006 3:01PM
justice; kerr smith
(S01E04) I really enjoyed Tom Nicholson's (Kerr Smith) storyline in this episode. We get to see his weaknesses as he loses sight of his job when his relationship with a client clouds his judgment. Plus, someone else gets to try a case for once.

The episode opens with a man falling from a skyscraper and then the shaky camera work begins. This week's victim is Daniel Benson, son of legendary studio head Scott Benson. The victim's girlfriend, Molly Larusa, is missing. The two were dating in rehab, which is where Benson plummeted to his death. TNT&G fits into the equation because the missing girl's father is their client, Frank Larusa.

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Swank tells magazine of Chad Lowe's addiction

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 6th 2006 9:23AM
chad loweOscar-winning actress Hilary Swank spoke in very general terms during an interview with Vanity Fair magazine about her soon-to-be ex-husband, Chad Lowe. She actually dropped a bombshell: saying he struggles with addiction. She doesn't mention what he's addicted to (drugs? alcohol? sex? video games?), but says that his "substance addiction" played a minor role in their break-up. She says, "When I found out, it was such a shock because I never thought he'd keep something from me. And yet, on another level, it was a confirmation of something I was feeling that was keeping us from being completely solid." Sad. Lowe, who works primarily in television, did not give any comment.

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Full House's Sweetin -- Little Stephanie! -- discusses meth addiction

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 2nd 2006 5:42PM
Jodie Sweetin talks about her meth addictionAnd we thought we'd be hearing about this from one of the Olsen twins first...

Jodie Sweetin, who played middle child Stephanie on Full House, discussed her addiction to methamphetamines on Good Morning America yesteday morning. Apparently, after the show ended in 1995, she wanted to go back to being a normal kid, but found the "normal life" a little boring. She married a police officer at 20, and by 22 had a raging meth habit that got so bad she needed an intervention from John Stamos, Bob Saget, and yes, the aforementioned Olsens to straighten her out (I wonder if they then turned the tables and had an intervention for Mary-Kate about her eating disorder).

She's sober now, in the process of divorcing her husband, and wants to pick her acting career up again at the ripe old age of 24. We wish her luck.

Can we take bets on the next child star to either get arrested or go to rehab? I'll take Jonathan Lipnicki if no one else wants him.

[via Pop Candy]

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