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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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