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Bravo's 'Princesses Long Island' gets the 'Today Show' treatment

The cast of "Princesses: Long Island" in Great

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"Princesses: Long Island" got its "Today" show close-up Thursday morning on the program's third hour. The clip is below.

Not much new out of this, but Chanel Omari had this interesting comment, probably an indication that they are now aware that the show has a bit of notoriety beyond the usual confines of a typical Bravo reality series:

"We're not responsible for representing a subculture or religion -- we're only responsible for representing ourselves."

The series' launch is Sunday at 9 p.m.

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'The Voice's' Adam Levine tries to dig self out of 'hate my country' hole


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Oh the holes we dig, and Adam Levine dug a doozy for himself on Tuesday night's "The Voice" when he muttered, sotto voce, "I hate my country," following the ouster of proteges Judith Hill and Sarah  Simmon.

Those are fightin' words on a nationally televised program — and Levine instantly tried to extricate himself from the brawl that ensued on Twitter. He said he was just making a joke, etc. though that apparently mollified no one, because a statement  has  now been released to the press:  

"I obviously love my country very much and my comments last night were made purely out of frustration," Levine said in a statement. "Being a part of The Voice, I am passionately invested in my team and want to see my artists succeed. Last night's elimination of Judith and Sarah was confusing and downright emotional for me and my comments were made based on my personal dissatisfaction with the results. I am very connected to my artists and know they have long careers ahead, regardless of their outcome on the show."

'The Killing' returns, plus more dead shows worthy of revivals

Actors Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos in a

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In this week of the dearly departed coming back to life -- "Arrested Development" -- it's probably appropriate that AMC's "The Killing" is about to be reborn as well. It was a fate not foretold: AMC canceled the show last summer, no one in the critical community (or of greater importance needless to say, the viewing one) seemed to complain too loudly and that was that. Except...

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Rob Lowe to play JFK in adaptation of Bill O'Reilly book

Rob Lowe, soon to play JFK. (April 25,

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And now this: The National Geographic Channel earlier today announced Rob Lowe will play John F. Kennedy in the adaptation of the Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard book, "Killing Kennedy." Other actors who have played JFK over the years? Have to jump to the end of this post to find out! 

  The Nat Geo statement: 

“We are thrilled to be working with Rob Lowe, Ginnifer...

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Billy Joel: The Motorcyle man

Billy Joel listens as Rick, who restores everything

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Billy Joel turns up on "American Restoration" tonight in a bid to get Rick Dale to re-furbish a rare 1967 BSA Royal Star -- sort of like the one he grew up riding as a  young hell-raising lad on Long Island. Here's a review if you care to read a bit more about that. But...did you know he's gone to the reality well before to get his cycles re-cycled, so to speak? Where else would he go for that? Ah yes, "American Chopper." Check out the Joel starring role on the series back in the day -- that day being in 2006. ...

'Inside the Actors Studio' turns 250 (episodes) Wednesday

James Lipton arrives at the HBO Emmy party

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After 19 years -- 19! -- "Inside the Actors Studio" and its redoubtable ringmaster James Lipton will celebrate 250 episodes Wednesday night with a two-hour special that'll feature the reclusive Dave Chappelle -- a Lipton pal -- and others not so reclusive.

 "Studio," if you are not aware, but almost certainly are, is an iconic cable series that reaches back to the very earliest days of Bravo -- long before "Real  Housewives" and Tabitha and so on. Lipton, a trained actor and dean emeritus of Pace's Actors Studio Drama School, got to this benchmark by running a smart show, being extremely well-informed, non-judgmental and always always curious. The result was at times more of a shrink's couch than an interview show because Lipton asked the right questions and secured responses that weren't the usual spin or balderdash.

It's been quite a run indeed, and a mere lad of 86, Lipton has had an interesting run too.

Here's a clip (below)  but per Bravo, the 7 p.m. series will feature "new interviews with former guests including Actors Studio alumnus Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, Jennifer Lopez, Christopher Walken, Barbara Walters, Dave Chappelle, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, Ellen Burstyn and Spike Lee..."


Review: The return of 'Arrested Development'

A mid-'00s classic comedy from Mitchell Hurwitz, "Arrested

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"Arrested Development," a beloved series by a very few number of people, last aired on Fox, Feb. 10, 2006, closing with the words — entirely facetious — by producer and narrator Ron Howard that "maybe there should be a movie."

No movie (yet) but the long-aborning series reprisal began this morning on Netflix — all 15 4th-season episodes were available for download at 3...

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CBS's 'Brooklyn DA:' Well, an 'infomercial?'

Christine Figoski, daughter of NYPD Officer Peter Figoski,

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Maybe you've heard of the forthcoming CBS reality series, "Brooklyn DA:'  It's got some notoreity in the midst of a campaign for DA, with some charging that it's an infomercial. Here's my take, in next week's Newsday: 

THE SHOW "Brooklyn DA" WHEN | WHERE Tuesday night at 10 on CBS/2 WHAT IT'S ABOUT This six-part series goes inside the nation's largest urban District...

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Blake Shelton to headline NBC Oklahoma tornado telethon

Singer Blake Shelton performs at the 48th Annual

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NBC just announced that Blake Shelton of "The Voice" has organized a telethon to benefit the victims of the Monday tornado that devastated Moore, Okla., and killed at least 24 people. Details: "Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert" on May 29, to take place at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.; Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire and Vince Gill will perform, more guests to come. Also: Live telecast at  9, and simulcast on Style, G4, Bravo, E! and CMT "on either a live or delayed basis."

 Per Shelton: "Everyone has their way to help, and mine as an entertainer is to perform to help raise money and awareness for this tragedy. This is why I want to do this special and especially hold it in Oklahoma City, which is near ground zero."

Mike Darnell, Fox reality chief, leaving network

Mike Darnell, Fox reality chief and the (oft-called) dark prince behind some of the genre's worst excesses  - oh yes, and some of its biggest successes - the last couple of decades, is leaving the network, Fox just announced. 

  Call this a surprise, conveniently released on the day before a long weekend, all the better to bury any suggestion that his departure is linked to...

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