Ashton Kutcher, the new star of "Two and a Half Men," has kept viewers coming to the hit CBS sitcom in the wake of Charlie Sheen's departure. But almost as soon as the ratings reports came out for the show's second week, so did the bad news.
Kutcher's character, a broken-hearted Internet billionaire, talked to his wife while surfing on his laptop, a laptop that happened to feature stickers of Internet companies in which Kutcher holds an interest. CBS reportedly is not pleased: "This was not part of any advertising transaction with CBS," a network official told E! Online. "Our policy is to disclose such financial interests in a credit at the end of the broadcast." Future showings will have the labels fuzzed out. Sort of like Kutcher's appearance in the buff at the end of Episode 1.
The other show dropped Wednesday as the Internet buzzed with a Star magazine report that Demi Moore was splitting with Kutcher and others that the couple had lived apart for months and that Kutcher had reportedly strayed on their six-year marriage. One news story estimated the Hollywood power couple's divorce would have to split up at least $290 million in assets. Not to mention their charitable efforts, like the partnership announced over the weekend with Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
So maybe Kutcher had a reason to be thinking about his business interests...
News of a $420,000 tax credit to the makers of MTV's "Jersey Shore" drew objections and statements that nothing could be done. But New Jesey Gov. Chris Christie, before failing to address whether he would run for the Republican presidential nomination, found a way to kill it. The rationale:
"I have no interest in policing the content of such projects," the governor said in a news release. "However, as chief executive I am duty-bound to ensure that taxpayers are not footing a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the state and its citizens."
Word is trickling out that Andy Rooney's "60 Minutes" commentary this Sunday will be his last regular appearance on the CBS newsmagazine show. It's no secret to regular viewers that Rooney isn't mellowing with age, a point that often makes him the target of lampooning.
For the record, Rooney is 92. But if you need that put in perspective, consider this: His first CBS job, in 1949, was as a writer on "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts." You will recognize it today as not much different from "American Idol." Along with the video above, here's more on Godfrey, a figure almost forgotten today. But some of the stars he helped launch aren't: Pat Boone, Tony Bennett, Eddie Fisher, Connie Francis and Patsy Cline.
Hard to believe, but as of Tuesday, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries have been married for a month. She told E! while at Bloomingdale's NYC on Wednesday night to promote her jewelry line about her sly test of her husband:
"I wanted to see if he would say anything, so I didn't say anything all day ... And then at the end of the night when we were going to bed, I kissed him goodnight and I was like, 'Happy one-month anniversary.' He was like, "How did you remember?'"
Kim's response to his query? "Check the calendar!" she laughed.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail was featuring photos of the couple while in Minnesota over Labor Day weekend: a set of them getting affectionate while boating, another of them leaving a gym after playing some basketball and one of them heading to see Kris' parents. Be sure to check out Kim's outfit in the last set, which the Daily Mail described as "a two-in-one ensemble, with a thigh-skimming mini dress complimented by the more modest floor-length chiffon material. The silver neckline added a splash of bling, but also resembled a vicar's collar as it wrapped around her."
This "Sesame Street" clip was making a splash on Facebook on Thursday, a take-off of "Glee" complete with Jane Lynch-like character and a "Journey"-like song as the "G Club" prepares for "G-ionals."
Even though it's aimed at the toddler set, the "Sesame Street" writers appear to have made better use of their Lynch character than the Emmy writers did.
Kirstie Alley is on the latest cover of People talking about her 100-pound weight loss. She celebrated that milestone with a trip to Italy, where we admit we'd probably eat.
Her secrets? Her organic diet and continuing the dancing she started when she went on "Dancing With the Stars." In fact, Alley says she dances every day.
But the TV and screen star also had another motivation: "I didn't like the way I looked, and I didn't want to have fat sex!" So now, buoyed by the weight loss and wearing a size 6, Alley is ready for love, telling People:
"For the first time in my life, I know exactly what I want in a man," she says. "I want someone who has my back, who is courageous and brave."