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Charlie Sheen Calls Chuck Lorre a 'Clown,' 'Lisa Ling' & 'Todd Margaret' Renewed and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 24th 2011 6:20PM
Charlie SheenAnother day, another nutso Charlie Sheen radio rant.

The targets this time? 'Two and a Half Men' creator Chuck Lorre, Alcoholics Anonymous and ... Thomas Jefferson?

Yep. When Sheen called into 'The Alex Jones Show' this morning, he said the founding father is a [insert euphemism for kitty cat here], A.A. is a "cult," and Lorre is a "clown."

On Lorre: "Last I checked, [Lorre], I spent close to the last decade effortlessly and magically converting your tin cans into pure gold. And the gratitude I get is this charlatan chose not to do his job, which is to write. Clearly someone who believes he's above the law."

In other TV news ...

The Oscars are quite comfortable at their ABC home, thankyouverymuch. The award show to end all award shows just re-upped its contract with the network until 2020. [Deadline]

One 'True Blood' vampire is coming back from the undead-dead. Allan Hyde, the actor otherwise known as suicidal vampire Godric, will return in season 4. We're betting it's in flashbacks, otherwise the show would have a lot of 'splaining to do regarding its re-writing of vampire mythology. (Godric killed himself by burning up in sunlight in season 2.) [TV Line]

OWN wants to explore Lisa Ling's America some more. The network renewed 'Our America With Lisa Ling' for six more episodes. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Lisa Ling Explains Her New Show, 'Our America,' on 'Oprah' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Feb 22nd 2011 5:55PM
Lisa Ling on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'Lisa Ling has been making the rounds on talk shows to discuss her new show, 'Our America,' which premiered last week on Oprah Winfrey's OWN. The show features stories about faith healers and those who feel people can be "cured" of being gay through prayer, among other things. Today, she went on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated) to give people a better understanding of what the show is about.

Winfrey asked Ling what she thought the common thread might be between the different stories. "The common thread really is that all of these people are Americans," Ling replied. "They're people who could be living right next door to you -- they're people who could be in your own home.

Ling said she thought the more people know about each other, the more involved they are as a society. "The reason why I wanted to call it 'Our America' is I really wanted to take ownership of what it means to be an American," she said. "So, yes, some of the issues and the people we cover have controversial lives, but at the end of the day, this really is our story."

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Lisa Ling Talks Tackling Tough Issues on 'Our America' & Her Pop Culture Obsessions

by Maggie Furlong, posted Feb 21st 2011 12:00PM
Lisa Ling, 'Our America'Lisa Ling's latest project, 'Our America with Lisa Ling,' is her most thought-provoking work yet.

Ling has proven herself in the journalism world over nearly two decades in the business, from her start on Channel One and her stint on 'The View,' to her more recent work for National Geographic, 'Nightline' and 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.' But nothing comes close to how in-depth she's going on her new OWN series.

Each week, 'Our America' (Tuesdays, 10PM ET on OWN) introduces a taboo topic in our society, and then proceeds to break down the walls to get to the heart of the issues. From faith healing and people who believe you can pray gay away, to the transgender community, sex offenders, mail-order brides and those with debilitating drug addictions, Ling doesn't shy away from any topic, no matter how controversial it is.

But the real reason these episodes resonate, says Ling, is "there's hope in every one of them."

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Wendy Williams Gives Lisa Ling Life-Size Bruce Lee Poster (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Feb 16th 2011 5:20PM
Lisa Ling on 'The Wendy Williams Show'On Wednesday's 'Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated), journalist Lisa Ling admitted that not only is she a fan of Bruce Lee, but she owns an entire collection of Bruce Lee action figures. So Williams surprised her with a new addition: a life-sized 'Fathead' poster of Lee in a fighting stance.

"There's no fat on that," said Ling. "That's my man."

Ling explained that she began to idolize Lee when she was growing up as one of the only Asian kids in her community. Struggling to deal with schoolmates making fun of her on the playground because of her ethnicity, Lee's image as a strong, Asian, "butt-kicking man" gave her the strength to get through some tough times.

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You Get a Show! And You Get a Show! Oprah & Her Stars Talk OWN (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jan 11th 2011 12:00PM
Oprah Winfrey, OWNOprah Winfrey's OWN network launched less than two weeks ago, and it's already produced some appointment viewing for many avid TV watchers.

I caught up with Lady O and her stars on the TCA red carpet -- including BFF Gayle King, Lisa Ling, Cat Cora, Dr. Laura Berman, Suze Orman, 'Your OWN Show' hosts Carson Kressley and Nancy O'Dell, and the show's producer Mark Burnett -- to hear all about their big launch and what's up next.

What do you think of OWN so far? And are you excited about what new shows are teased in this video? Sound off in the comments.

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On 'Oprah,' an Interview With an Ape Who Can "Talk" to Humans (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 5th 2010 12:01AM
On 'Oprah,' an Interview With an Ape Who Can 'Talk' to HumansOn today's 'Oprah' (weekdays, syndicated), correspondent Lisa Ling met Kanzi, a 29-year-old ape who has lived with humans for his entire life. Kanzi is a Bonobo -- an endangered ape that can only be found in the Congo. Amazingly, Kanzi can talk with people. He can understand human speech and form sentences of his own. Incredible.

Ms. Ling meets Kanzi and his human trainer, Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh. Dr. Sue taught Kanzi to speak using "lexigrams," which are symbols on a computer. Kanzi presses the buttons to form full thoughts. For example, if he was hungry for pizza, he would combine the symbols for "cheese," "tomato," and "bread."

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Laura Ling's North Korean Rescue on 'Oprah' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 18th 2010 10:00PM
Laura Ling's North Korean Rescue on 'Oprah'Journalist Laura Ling appeared on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), where she discussed her imprisonment in a North Korean jail. While doing an uncover report in Korea, Laura was captured -- along with her colleague Euna Lee -- and was held captive for 140 days.

In the end, Laura was freed due to some help at the highest level. Specifically, she was released with aid from former President Bill Clinton. Laura told Oprah Winfrey about the experience of being saved by an ex-President: "It was unreal; it was surreal," she said. "[I was] ushered into a room, and standing before [me] was President Clinton. And I seriously felt like it was this angelic figure that had come to save [me]."

It was a lucky release for Ling. She had been sentenced to 12 years of hard labor, and was held captive without running water, in prison cells that were often pitch black.

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The Ultimate 'View' Quiz

by Andrew Scott, posted Jan 28th 2009 6:00AM
How sharp is your view?

After nearly 12 years on the air, 'The View' has become one of daytime television's lightning rod shows, spawning feuds (both on-air and off), controversy and enough revolving hosts to rival 'Saturday Night Live.'

But how well do you really know the ladies of 'The View'?

Take our quiz to test your knowledge on some of the show's hottest topics.

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Lisa Ling joins ABC's Nightline

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 11th 2008 8:23AM
Lisa Ling ABCIf you're a regular watcher of The Oprah Winfrey Show, you -- like me -- will recall the powerful reports created by Lisa Ling. The journalist attacks interesting stories and is intrepid and dogged in her reporting. She's found a new place to do her work. Lisa Ling is joining Nightline.

"I have wanted to work with Lisa for a long time," said James Goldston, ABC News and Nightlines' executive producer. "She is a terrific journalist with a very distinctive style that fits really well with the Nightline sensibility."

Lisa will continue with her Oprah appearances. She will also host National Geographic Ultimate Explorer.

Lisa's initial report for Nightline debuts tonight. It's a look at the growth of luxury retirement communities. If you're thinking Del Boca Vista, the Seinfeld show condominium where Jerry's parents lived, so did I.

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