Critics laud the British crime series Prime Suspect for paving the way for smart television roles for women. NBC's remake stars Maria Bello as the strong-willed detective Jame Timoney. Bello talks about her role and what she hopes the remake will bring to American audiences.
Ted Danson and James Spader join the casts of CSI and The Office this season — and Simon Cowell returns to TV with an Americanized version of his British hit The X-Factor. Critic David Bianculli says the three TV vets each bring something else to their roles: a likability factor.
Susan Lucci is the most famous actress in daytime drama, but her reign comes to an end on Friday, when her soap — ABC's All My Children — airs its final episode. Lucci joins NPR's Linda Wertheimer to reflect on her time with the show.
Georgia executed Troy Davis Wednesday night for the shooting death of a police officer, despite widespread opposition to the execution and Davis' innocence plea. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist's new book says the Obama White House was a hostile workplace for women. And Dominique Strauss-Kahn confesses to "moral failing." The Beauty Shop women weigh in.
Simon Cowell of American Idol fame is back on Fox with the debut of The X Factor. On NBC, two new shows air for the first time: Free Agents and Up All Night which stars Christina Applegate and Will Arnett. David Greene talks to Kim Masters of the Hollywood Reporter, and she also hosts The Business on member station KCRW.
For decades, tourists have come to Los Angeles from all over the world to go on "star tours," where they could drive past Grauman's Chinese Theatre or get a glimpse of a favorite celebrity's mansion. But in the new world of 24-7 star-filled gossip, a new TMZ tour bus has stepped up to the plate.
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