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'My Boys' won't return for 5th season

Los Angeles -- TBS says it will not renew its U.S. comedy series "My Boys," starring Jordana Spiro, for a fifth season, reported Tuesday.

The show followed a female Chicago sportswriter who spends most of her time with surrounded by male friends. said the show was canceled due to low ratings, despite the fact it had a small, loyal following.

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Broadway's Marquis to house 'Wonderland'

New York -- "Wonderland: A New Alice. A New Musical Adventure" is to open next spring at Broadway's Marquis Theatre, the show's producers said.

Previews are to begin March 21 at the theater, while performances are set to start April 17.

The stage musical will be directed by Gregory Boyd, the artistic director of the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas. It has a book by Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy, lyrics by Murphy, music by Frank Wildhorn and choreography by Marguerite Derricks.

"Wonderland" is to play a pre-Broadway engagement at the Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Fla. from Jan. 4-16.

'Top Chef' winner maries fellow foodie

Atlanta -- The man who won the first "Top Chef" competition has married an Atlanta woman he met as a result of the show, People magazine says.

Harold Dieterle and fellow foodie Meredith Lynn Davies were married in Atlanta and celebrated with a reception at the city's Capital City Country Club, People reported.
The pair met at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colo., which was part of the prize package from his "Top Chef" win, the magazine said Saturday.

"Top Chef," produced by the Bravo television network, pits top chefs against each other. A panel of celebrity chefs -- such as Tom Colicchio -- then judges the food productions.

Colicchio was unable to attend the ceremony, but Dieterle spoke to him about the wedding.

PBS to animate 'Cat in the Hat'

New York -- Children know and love the Dr. Seuss book "The Cat in the Hat," but until now there's never been an animated children's TV series, his former editor says.

Starting Monday, PBS will begin airing a series based on Theodor Geisel's wildly popular children's book, calling it "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That," the New York Daily News reported.

Geisel's last editor, Kate Klimo, said the cartoonist accomplished his goal of encouraging children to read, and later wanted to help them learn about science.

"Ted wanted to deploy the Cat to turn kids on to science. His great fear was that American kids were falling behind the rest of the world," Klimo said.

'Detroit 1-8-7' red-carpet event in works

Detroit-- The Motor City is preparing a red-carpet premiere for "Detroit 1-8-7," the first prime-time drama produced in the city, a show representative said.

The party, scheduled for Sept. 7, is expected to showcase red carpet arrivals of the drama's stars and a special screening of the inaugural episode, the Detroit Free Press reported Monday.

"Detroit 1-8-7," starring Michael Imperioli of "The Sopranos," James McDaniel from "NYPD Blue" and Erin Cummings of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," debuts Sept.
21 on ABC. The crime drama follows the men and women of Detroit Police Department's homicide unit.

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Anderson helps roast Hasselhoff

New York -- Pamela Anderson helped roast her former "Baywatch" co-star David Hasselhoff for a U.S. television special, Comedy Central said Wednesday.

The 90-minute program, "Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff," is to premiere Sunday night with Seth MacFarlane serving as roast master.

In line to skewer Hasselhoff were Whitney Cummings, Greg Giraldo, Gilbert Gottfried, George Hamilton, Hulk Hogan, Lisa Lampanelli, Jeffrey Ross and Jerry Springer.

An uncensored version of the event will be available Monday for download on iTunes and xBox Live Marketplace, Zune, PlayStation and

'Twilight' flicks win big at Teen Choice

Los Angeles -- "New Moon" and "Eclipse," the second and third chapters in the "Twilight" film franchise, collected 15 Teen Choice awards in Los Angeles.

The star-studded Sunday show, which included appearances by Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Megan Fox, Channing Tatum, Sandra Bullock and David Beckham, is to air on Fox Monday night.

Bullock was a big winner, collecting the prizes for Choice Movie Actress for her work in "The Blind Side" and "The Proposal," as well as the trophy for Choice Movie Dance with her "Proposal" co-star, Betty White, said.

Beckham won the award for Choice Male Athlete.

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Bob Barker sued by ex 'Price' model

Los Angeles -- A former model on the "Price is Right" has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles accusing host Bob Barker of running her out of a job after she became pregnant.

The suit filed by Shane Stirling contends Barker had a major role in getting her bounced from the show shortly after she announced she was pregnant in 2006, said Sunday.

"The host of the game show had always been very kind and generous to Stirling until he learned that she was pregnant," the lawsuit said.

Stirling, who is seeking more than $25,000 in damages, alleged Barker insisted she not work while pregnant because of liability issues.

'Mamma Mia!' heading to Brazil

New York -- A production of the wildly popular stage musical "Mamma Mia!" is to open in Brazil in November, the show's producers said.

It is to play for a season at Teatro Abril, presented by Bradesco Seguros e Previdencia, with co-sponsorship from Cielo and Telefonica.

The wedding-themed show, featuring many of ABBA's biggest hits, has been translated into 14 languages, including Japanese, Italian, Swedish, Korean, Danish, French, German, Spanish and Russian.

When it opens in Sao Paulo, it will be presented in Portuguese. Its premiere is slated for Nov. 10, while it will open to the public Nov. 11.

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Pianist cancels U.K. shows amid rape claim

London -- Russian pianist Mikhail Pletnev, who is accused of raping a 14-year-old boy in Thailand, has canceled planned concerts in Edinburgh and London, the BBC said.

Pletnev, a 53-year-old musician, composer and conductor, said he scrapped this month's U.K. shows with the Russian National Orchestra so he could deal with the rape charges brought against him last month.

Andrey Boreyko is to replace him at both concerts, the BBC said.