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16 items from 2002


Drug Charges Dropped Against 'West Wing' Creator

19 December 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin will be able to sleep easier this Christmas after drug charges against him were dropped yesterday. Sorkin was arrested last year for possession of cocaine, marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms, but he won a dismissal of the case after completing drug rehabilitation. Superior Court Commissioner Kirkland Nyby dismissed the case against Sorkin on the recommendation of probation officials during a brief hearing that the acclaimed writer and producer did not attend. His attorney, Steve Sitkoff, says, "He can stand straight in his life now and feels that for the first time in a long time he feels good about himself." »

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No 'West Wing' for Hagrid

28 October 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British actor Robbie Coltrane was forced to turn down a role in hit TV show The West Wing - to reprise his Harry Potter role. The Scot, who plays cuddly Hagrid in the highly successful Potter franchise, had to pass over the chance of a role in the political drama, due to his Potter commitments. Coltrane had to decline the offer when Potter producers required him on set to work on special effects for Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets. Coltrane, who rose to fame playing a tough Scottish psychologist in TV series Cracker, says, "There was a very nice part in The West Wing I couldn't do which kind of broke my heart. I'm not complaining - as jobs go there's worse than playing Hagrid. Playing Hagrid has changed my life because 10-year-olds come up to me now. That's been quite weird, to have doe-eyed children say, 'My daddy says you are Hagrid.'" »

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ABC's 'Bachelor' zings NBC's 'Wing' again Thurs.

17 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

ABC's romance reality series The Bachelor proved its demo win over NBC's The West Wing last week was not a fluke with another time slot victory among adults 18-49. ABC controlled the demo race from 8-10 p.m., but NBC's powerhouse Law & Order single-handedly erased ABC's lead and gave NBC the nightly win in the coveted demographic. ABC's My Wife & Kids (13.6 million viewers, 5.2/15) at 8 p.m. and George Lopez (12.7 million, 5.2/14) at 8:30 p.m. topped the 8-9 p.m. hour in total viewers and adults 18-49, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research. NBC's Ed (10.3 million, 3.3/9) and CBS' 60 Minutes II battled it out for second place. The Bachelor (12.5 million, 5.9/15) at 9 p.m. was down 8% from last week in 18-49, but still overcame easily The West Wing (15.8 million, 5.1/13) in the demo, while NBC's White House drama got the popular vote in total viewers. CBS' The Amazing Race kept steady at 9.2 million viewers and a 3.8/10. »

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ABC getting back in rating game

16 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Has ABC finally turned the corner? Three weeks into the new season, the Walt Disney Co.-owned network has hardly repaired all the damage from the implosion of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and the resulting double-digit declines last season. Indeed, NBC won the crucial 18-49 demo and CBS took the prize for total viewers for the week ending Oct. 13, according to figures from Nielsen Media Research. ABC was actually off 3% in 18-49, compared with the same period last year. Still, there's no denying that the alphabet net has been spelling comeback lately. Virtually shut out of the top 20 during last year's doldrums, ABC now has several contenders there. Perhaps most notably, the mating call of The Bachelor drowned out NBC's The West Wing by 3 share points last week. The family sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, meanwhile, is building again after the typical post-premiere drop-off; last week's fourth episode was up 9% from the third. Even The Practice, which wobbled last season, looks like a solid winner in its Sunday slot. Of course, the net still has some major holes, having axed the low-rated new dramas Push, Nevada and That Was Then. Thursday nights in particular are likely to remain problematic for some time. But ABC now stands a good chance of remaining flat in the November sweep, which few thought likely even a few weeks ago. »

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'Bachelor' elopes with 18-49 demo Wed.; NBC wins night

10 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Bachelor is the new commander-in-chief of the young demographic on Wednesday night. ABC's match-making reality series (12.8 million, 6.4 rating/16 share in 18-49) scored its first win in the 9 p.m. time period against NBC's White House drama The West Wing (15.7 million, 5.2/13) among adults 18-49 by a commanding 31%, according to preliminary Nielsen data. Two episodes into the new Bachelor batch, the series scored its second-highest 18-49 marks behind the season finale of the first arc last year. Against West Wing and The Bachelor, CBS' globe-trotting reality series The Amazing Race managed 8.3 million viewers and a 3.6/9. »

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New season, same champs: NBC in demo, eye in viewers

2 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Last season, NBC dominated ratings in the key 18-49 demo, while the peacock and CBS often battled for the crown in total viewers. For the first week of the 2002-03 season, it was more of the same. Thanks to a record-setting 16.6 rating/41 share for the ninth-season opener of Friends, plus some exceptional series debuts, NBC won the demo for the week ending Sept. 29. Meanwhile, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (a series record 30.5 million viewers) and its new spinoff CSI: Miami (23.1 million) helped CBS capture the glory for total viewers, according to figures from Nielsen Media Research. Overall, NBC averaged a 5.4/15 in the demo, with 13.4 million total viewers. Following were CBS (4.6/12, 13.9 million), ABC (3.8/10, 9.9 million) and Fox (3.1/9, 7.1 million). In addition to such stalwarts as Friends and ER (13.2/32), NBC delivered strong openings for the new Sunday drama American Dreams (4.7/12) and such returning shows as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (5.3/17), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (4.9/11) and a two-hour fourth-season opener of The West Wing (6.7/17). Meanwhile, the new suburban comedy Hidden Hills (7.4/18) hung on to an impressive 84% of the huge audience for the special Niles and Daphne wedding episode of Frasier (8.8/22). »

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NBC wins Wed. night as ABC's 'Kids' whacks Fox's 'Mac'

26 September 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

ABC's My Wife and Kids, NBC's The West Wing and CBS' Big Brother 3 finale were the big winners on Wednesday as the major broadcast networks continue their premiere week rollout of new and returning series. In the long-awaited 8 p.m. showdown between Damon Wayans My Wife and Kids and Fox's The Bernie Mac Show, Wife & Kids opened up with 13.4 million viewers and 5.6 rating/17 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. Bernie Mac took a 17% drop from its premiere last week to finish in second place in the 18-49 demo with 3.8/11 and 7.9 million viewers. Fox's 8:30 p.m. sketch comedy Cedric the Entertainer Presents (8.1 million, 3.9/11) was down from its premiere last week but held its lead-in. »

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Stars Donate Emmy Outfits To Charity

25 September 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

A host of stars are being pulled together to donate their lavish outfits from galas and shows to charity. While parading the red carpet at Sunday's Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, Malcolm In The Middle star Jane Kaczmarek announced that she would be putting her black lace maternity gown on website Ubid.com to benefit Cure Autism Now, while her husband, Bradley Whitford of The West Wing, said he was donating his Ralph Lauren tuxedo. Tracey Shaffer, the couple's publicist, says, "Last year, after so many were discouraged because they'd selected their dresses for the Emmys, and then September 11 changed everything, including the dress code - Jane got the genesis for the idea of donating this year's clothing to charity. She and her husband sent letters to all the nominees and presenters and got a great response." Among the 16 already on the site is West Wing star Martin Sheen's tuxedo, which he hopes will raise cash for the Union Of Concerned Scientists, while Alias beauty Jennfier Garner's outfit has been donated to raise money for Heifer International and Unicef. »

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Lowe Insists He Won't Be Staying in 'West Wing'

4 September 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Rob Lowe is ignoring his castmates' bids to keep him from walking away from hit political drama The West Wing - insisting he can't work with the TV show's producers. Martin Sheen - who plays President Josiah Bartlet - has been leading a bid to persuade Lowe to reconsider his plans to walk away from the show next March. The veteran actor has been staging off-set summit meetings with cast members to try and show Lowe how much he's loved. But Lowe is determined to say goodbye to the cast to concentrate on his charity work. He says, "No one is more disappointed than me but it has been made clear to me that I've got to go. I have very specific reasons why it's clear to me that I don't have a future there, but I don't want to get into them out of respect for the show and the people and what we've accomplished." Lowe admits he's touched and flattered with the wealth of websites set up by fans trying to keep his character Sam Seaborn on the show. He adds, "It has been unbelievable. The really great thing that has come out of this is to see what Sam has meant to people." Lowe plans to spend his post-West Wing time dedicating himself to the By My Side cancer charity, which strives to find a network of cancer sufferers who can talk with others about their problems. »

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Sheen Persuades Lowe To Think Again

30 August 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Martin Sheen is staging a desperate last-minute bid to persuade pal Rob Lowe not to walk away from hit political TV drama The West Wing. Sheen was close to tears in a recent TV interview when he was asked about his thoughts following Lowe's decision to quit the show over an on-going salary dispute. And, following a heartfelt chat with Lowe, who grew up next door to the actor and his family in California, it seems the younger star is rethinking his departure. Sheen says, "I told him that this is a good show and the grass isn't much greener anywhere else." Sheen arranged a summit meeting with Lowe and his castmates in a bid to show Lowe just how much he was loved by his co-stars, and the meeting was enough to reopen negotiations between the unhappy actor and the show's producers. Lowe has just completed filming the fourth episode of the new West Wing season. He has previously announced he'll bow out on the show after the 16th show of the season. »

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'West Wing' Fans Want Downey Jr.

30 July 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Fans of American TV's political drama The West Wing want Robert Downey, Jr. to replace departing Rob Lowe on the show. In a USA Today online poll, Downey Jr. and Benjamin Bratt were among the favorites to be added to the cast, with reformed drug addict Downey Jr. winning 34 per cent of all votes to appear in the program, set in the White House. »

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'West Wing' Furor Over Lowe's Resignation

30 July 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Insiders on the set of political drama The West Wing are appalled with the way Rob Lowe has been treated by the series producers. The actor quit the show last week after a row about a promised pay hike, and sources on the show claim he was secretly forced out of the series. Insiders claim Lowe's co-stars are appalled with the way a story was leaked to the press about Lowe's pay demands, prompting him to resign. One unnamed source says, "I've never seen an actor treated so shabbily. Last year, when so many of the cast received raises, Rob was told to be patient, that his turn would come. Now, not to even be willing to discuss the issue and for a story to be planted that is so negative to Rob. It's so unfair." Lowe's co-star John Spencer says, "I'm angry they've done that to Rob." »

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'Malcolm' Mother's Bump Gets A Starring Role

27 July 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Malcolm In The Middle actress Jane Kaczmarek is delighted her real-life pregnancy is going to be written into the hit Fox comedy. While Sarah Jessica Parker's expectant bump is being disguised in Sex And The City, Jane's matriarch character Lois will expose her blooming motherhood on the show. Jane says, "I've been told they're going to work the pregnancy into the show. The plan is to do some episodes not pregnant, and then some pregnant." Jane and her West Wing star husband Bradley Whitford are expecting their third child in November. The couple already have a four-year-old daughter Frances and tow-year-old son George. The actress was starring in Malcolm In The Middle while pregnant with George, but editors covered her expanding waistline behind chairs, frying pans and refrigerator doors. »

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Charlie Sheen Weds Denise Richards

17 June 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Spin City star Charlie Sheen has married actress Denise Richards in an evening ceremony at the Los Angeles home of the ABC show's producer, reports Reuters. The couple was wed in a Catholic ceremony attended by family members, including the groom's father, West Wing actor Martin Sheen, said spokeswoman Tracy Shaffer. The bride and groom both wore garments designed for them by Giorgio Armani: a two-button tuxedo jacket for Sheen and a white satin gown and crystal-beaded jacket for Richards. It is the first marriage for James Bond babe Richards and the second for Sheen, who won a Golden Globe acting award this year for the recently canceled series. Sheen, 36, has a daughter by a previous relationship. The couple met on the set of the independent film Good Advice in 2000 and began dating after Richards, 31, made a guest appearance on Spin City last year. »

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West Wing President Backing Bush Brother's Rival

7 June 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The real-life President of The United States of America is facing a tough battle with one of the most popular fictional ones ever, as Martin Sheen takes on George W. Bush. Sheen, who plays President Josiah Bartlett in the acclaimed TV drama The West Wing, will lend some star power to Janet Reno's bid to unseat Florida Governor Jeb Bush, whose own campaign is getting a little help from the real U.S. president, his brother George W. Sheen will join the former U.S. attorney general for three days of campaigning and fund-raising in West Palm Beach, Miami, Tampa and Orlando starting Friday. But Jeb Bush's campaign spokesman Todd Harris poked fun at longtime Democrat Sheen's support, saying. "This is what you have to do when you can't get a real president for your campaign." Polls show Reno leading the race to become Florida's Democratic gubernatorial candidate. If she wins the September primary, she will face the popular Republican incumbent in the November general election. »

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Russell And Halle Triumphant At Eighth SAG Awards

12 March 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Russell Crowe has virtually sealed his second consecutive Best Actor Oscar, after winning the category at the Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday. Crowe added a SAG to his Bafta and Golden Globe wins this year to clinch the red-hot favorite slot at the Academy Awards on March 24th. Crowe beat out Denzel Washington, Sean Penn, Tom Wilkinson, and Kevin Kline to win. Halle Berry surprised many by picking up the Best Actress award for her role in Monster's Ball. Elsewhere it was a good night for the Brits, with the ensemble cast of Gosford Park winning the Best Cast prize, Helen Mirren (Gosford Park) the Best Supporting Actress award and Sir Ian McKellen (Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring) the Best Supporting Actor gong. Newly-knighted Sir Ben Kingsley also took home an award for Best Actor in A TV Movie or Mini-series for his role as Otto Frank in American TV movie Anne Frank. In the TV awards, it was a clean sweep for The West Wing in the drama categories - the show's stars Martin Sheen and Alison Janney claimed the Best Actor and Best Actress awards, and the show's cast won the Best Ensemble prize. The full awards list is: Film Awards: Cast of A Theatrical Motion Picture - Gosford Park, Male Actor in A Supporting Role - Sir Ian McKellen for The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, Female Actor in A Supporting Role - Helen Mirren for Gosford Park Male Actor in A Leading Role - Russell Crowe for A Beautiful Mind, Female Actor in A Leading Role - Halle Berry for Monster's Ball. TV Awards: Male Actor in A TV Comedy Series - Sean Hayes for "Will & Grace", Female Actor in A TV Comedy Series - Megan Mullally for "Will & Grace", Outstanding Ensemble in A TV Comedy Series - "Sex & The City", Female Actor in A TV Drama Series - Alison Janney for "The West Wing", Male Actor in A TV Drama Series - Martin Sheen for "The West Wing", Outstanding Ensemble in A TV Drama Series - "The West Wing", Male Actor in A TV Movie/Miniseries - Sir Ben Kingsley for Anne Frank, Female Actor in A TV Movie/Miniseries - Judy Davis for Life With Judy Garland: Me & My Shadows, Life Achievement Award - Ed Asner »

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