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CBS strikes down 'Angels'
HOLLYWOOD, California -- "City of Angels" has fallen. CBS on Tuesday told producer Steven Bochco that it would not order a full season of the medical drama.
"Angels," which features a predominately minority cast, premiered in January with high hopes. The network promoted the show heavily, just as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and other organizations took networks to task for a perceived lack of minorities in front of and behind the camera.
But besides low-ratings and a difficult time slot -- Thursdays at 9 p.m. EST -- "Angels" was also troubled behind the scenes. A new executive producer came on board mid-season, and two writers sued Bochco, alleging the show was based on their script and treatment.
Prince Charles thanks his 'Angels'
LONDON, England -- "Charlie's Angels"' Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu got a royal thanks for their work from a different Charles -- the fellow who lives at St. James Palace.
Prince Charles hosted a palace dinner in honor of the two "angels" on Tuesday. Cameron Diaz, who also stars in the film, is currently shooting a film in the United States and could not attend.
The London premiere of the film will benefit the Prince's Trust charity. "Charlie's Angels" opens Wednesday night at London's Leicester Square.
Dennis Hopper heads up Hollywood Christmas Parade
LOS ANGELES, California -- Actor Dennis Hopper will be riding easy during the Hollywood Christmas Parade this year. Hopper was tapped to be the parade's grand marshal and received the marshal's red jacket at a ceremony Tuesday.
It wasn't a hard for Hopper to accept the invitation. "First of all I was shocked, and then I looked at my 10-year-old son and I said yes," he said. "It was that easy."
Henry, Hopper's son, will ride with him Sunday in the parade, which wends two miles through Hollywood. Actor Frankie Muniz, star of "Malcolm in the Middle," will be the junior marshal.
Christopher Lowell designs niche on the tube
LOS ANGELES, California -- Look out, Martha Stewart. Decorator Christopher Lowell is hot on your trail. Like you, he's got his own decorating show and a line of products.
The flamboyant Lowell -- he's been known to dress in drag while the cameras capture his every antic -- hosts a decorating series, "The Christopher Lowell Show," on the Discovery Channel. The show is currently one of the highest-rated series on daytime TV.
He doesn't teach you how to make homemade candles, how to set a table for 24 properly or how to raise free-range chickens. The son of a Seventh Day Adventist minister, Lowell uses his show to preach another, more practical, gospel -- his products sell at Burlington Coat Factory stores, and the colors in his line of paints are based on the major food groups.
But Lowell feels he's not merely offering decorating tips. "I believe as you change the interior of your home you're also changing the interior of your head," says the lifestyle guru.
And, be forewarned, Ms. Stewart: Lowell is said to be developing his own talk show.
Tuesday: Magician David Blaine planning to get iced
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