Monday, September 20, 2010

NEWS: LONE STAR Premiere, HOME AND AWAY, Benard, Jonas

LONE STAR: Two Lives, Two Loves, One Con Man
The New York Times opines: "LONE STAR offers an amusing and novel television conceit, but in an age of Enron and Bernard Madoff, it takes a very persuasive actor to keep viewers rooting for a swindler. Mr. Wolk is well cast. It’s not clear how long LONE STAR can keep Bob’s phony lives aloft, and that suspense is the allure of a drama that straddles the oil rigs of Midland and the skyscrapers of Houston. Texas gave the world the repellently wicked J. R. Ewing in DALLAS and, more recently, the endearingly decent high school football coach of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. With LONE STAR, Fox offers a little of both: a con man who is wicked but endearing. "

HOME AND AWAY scene too raunchy for New Zealand television standards
A "raunchy and sexually charged" scene on Australian soap opera HOME AND AWAY, along with a graphic scene depicting oral sex in comedy-drama series HUNG, breached broadcasting standards, New Zealand's Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) has ruled. The complaint was the first about sexual content in HOME AND AWAY to be upheld.

Maurice Benard puts Hollywood Hills-area home on the market
Benard and his wife, Paula, have listed a Hollywood Hills-area house for $1.55 million. The pair bought the place in 2007 to live in while remodeling their larger primary residence and, in the meantime, worked on customizing the smaller house too.

"We dove into fixing this one up," Paula Benard said, "to the point that we almost rebuilt the house."

Joe Jonas heads to 90210 as...
Jonas will be Adrianna’s (Jessica Lowndes) date to a magazine cover party (she’s the one on the cover). Natch, he’ll give the wannabe pop star some good advice on being in the music biz.

EW.COM: 10 Shows That Changed TV Since '90
Included on the list are TWIN PEAKS, BUFFY and LOST.

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