Bits and Pieces - August 19, 2011
August 19, 2011
The Dow Jones average was down another 419 points yesterday. Stocks fell on fears of another recession and another Conan the Barbarian movie.
The good news for KAT VON D is that she and JESSE JAMES are back together and engaged again. The bad news for Kat is that the TLC channel announced her reality show "LA INK" has been canceled. Or was it? Kat seemed to say she was the one that pulled the plug on the show when she later Tweeted: "I love how me deciding to not continue doing LA Ink turns into being 'cancelled,' Thanks @TLC." She later told People magazine, "In an effort to capitalize on my recent breakup, the network has decided to focus their energy on re-editing events that didn't happen while filming. In my opinion, any attempt to compromise the honesty of that would be an insult to my fans and viewers." In any case, the finale will air on September 15th.
SARAH SILVERMAN has signed with NBC to do a sitcom that's loosely based on her own life as a newly single woman who just got out of a decade-long relationship.
- U2 is donating $7.2 million dollars to fund music schooling for Irish children. The funds will mainly go toward musical equipment and salaries for music teachers. The band made the donation after the Irish government made some pretty deep cuts in education spending.
- LIL WAYNE lived up to his nickname 'Weezy' the other night in Montreal. He was hosting an after party at a nightclub called La Mouche when someone released pepper spray into the ventilation system and the club had to be evacuated. A rep for Lil Wayne says he's okay and gearing for his next stop in Toronto.
- SUGARLAND performed for the first time last night since the Indiana State Fair stage collapse. They asked their Albuquerque audience for a moment of silence and were joined on stage by their entire crew as Nettles sang "Love," from their "Love on the Inside" album. After that they took a break before starting the show. They had to use new equipment and only had some basic lighting because their gear was lost in the collapse.
- ABC: A Shark Tank rerun, plus Karaoke Battle USA and 20/20 are new
- CBS: Flashpoint is new; CSI: NY and Blue Bloods are reruns
- Fox: NFL pre-season football with the Falcons at Jaguars
- NBC: A new pair of Friends with Benefits and Dateline episodes
- CW: Nikita and Supernatural reruns
The NFL has decided that former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor will be eligible for the supplemental draft, which will be held Monday. However, Commissioner Roger Goodell ruled that Pryor ineligible for the first five regular-season games and he can't practice during that period, although he can participate in the pre-season if drafted.
Lonnie Nunley was wearing an ankle monitor as a condition of his release after he was charged with stealing $300,000 in oilfield equipment in Oklahoma. Nunley didn't learn his lesson behind bars because after his release he allegedly stole more oilfield equipment. While Nunley may understand how oilfield equipment works, he's apparently not too keen on how an ankle monitor functions as his placed him at the crime scene and also pinpointed his location so police could come arrest him.
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actress Diana Muldaur (Star Trek: The Next Generation, L.A. Law, McCloud) 73