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Post-talk show King will look at Alzheimer’s

Fri., April 29, 2011

Larry King will explore Alzheimer’s disease in his first CNN special since stepping down from his nightly talk show.

“Unthinkable: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic,” airing Sunday at 8 p.m., features interviews with several celebrities touched by the disease, including Maria Shriver, whose father, Sargent Shriver, had it, and actor Seth Rogen, whose fiancée’s mother was diagnosed at age 55.

King, who is 77, said he is healthy but, like many older people, Alzheimer’s is in the back of his mind. He is close with former first lady Nancy Reagan, who took care of her husband during his struggle with Alzheimer’s.

He says he has future CNN specials planned with Johnny Depp and on baseball.

Keith’s Current whereabouts

Keith Olbermann will return to the air June 20 on cable network Current TV in a weeknight news-commentary hour called “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.”

“Countdown” was the name of the program Olbermann hosted on MSNBC until his heated departure from that network in January.

Current TV is a public affairs channel launched in 2005 by former Vice President Al Gore and Joel Hyatt.

Oscars will stay put

The Academy Awards are sticking to the last weekend in February rather than moving to an earlier date.

Oscar organizers have considered moving up the show, saying that earlier film awards might be stealing some of the thunder of Hollywood’s biggest night.

Next year’s 84th Oscars will be held Feb. 26. Nominations will be announced Jan. 24.

From ‘SNL’ to MTV

Jason Sudeikis of “Saturday Night Live” will host the 2011 MTV Movie Awards, which will be telecast live June 5.

The awards show gives out statuettes in such categories as “Best Jaw-Dropping Moment” and “Best Line from a Movie.”

Said Sudeikis: “I look forward to keeping the streak of flawless and critically lauded movie award show hosting in 2011 alive.”

The fall of Reiser

NBC has yanked “The Paul Reiser Show” after just two little-watched airings.

The comedy, an attempted TV comeback for the former “Mad About You” star, attracted a dismal 3.4 million viewers for its April 14 premiere. That dropped last week to 2.4 million.

NBC will instead air repeats of “The Office” in the 8:30 p.m. Thursday time slot.

‘Atlas’ audience shrugs

The producer of the Ayn Rand adaptation “Atlas Shrugged: Part 1” says he’s reconsidering plans to make Parts 2 and 3 because of scathing reviews and flagging box office returns.

“Critics, you won,” said John Aglialoro, the businessman who spent 18 years and more than $20 million of his own money to make, distribute and market “Part 1,” which covers the first third of Rand’s dystopian novel.

“I’m having deep second thoughts on why I should do Part 2.”

“Atlas Shrugged” was the top-grossing limited release in its opening weekend, generating $1.7 million on 299 screens, but its box office dropped off by almost half in its second week in release.

The film has a dismal 7 percent “fresh” rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.


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