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Quick Takes: Angus T. Jones qualifies remarks

November 28, 2012
  • Angus T. Jones, 19, has been on the sitcom "Two and a Half Men" for 10 seasons.
Angus T. Jones, 19, has been on the sitcom "Two and a Half Men"… (Associated Press )

Rather than launch a follow-up to Charlie Sheen's "Violent Torpedo of Truth" live tour, "Two and a Half Men" star Angus T. Jones is partially apologizing for his recent comments against the successful CBS sitcom.

The 19-year-old actor made headlines Monday after appearing in a testimonial posted by the Forerunner Christian Church in which he labeled the long-running program "filth" and urged people not to watch it — in addition to noting his desire to no longer be part of the series.

On Tuesday evening, Jones issued a statement in which he apologized to people who work on the series, without backtracking on the show's content.

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Jones said he has "the highest regard and respect for all of the wonderful people on 'Two and a Half Men' with whom I have worked over the past 10 years and who have become an extension of my family."

—Yvonne Villarreal

A 'Boy Meets' spinoff in works

"Cory & Topanga 4Ever" is no longer a silly scribble in a notebook. Disney Channel confirmed Tuesday that it's developing a spinoff of the 1990s ABC comedy "Boy Meets World" — and that the original show's central couple will be back.

After weeks of rumors, the network acknowledged that it is working on a pilot called "Girl Meets World," a sequel to the popular sitcom that aired from 1993 through 2000.

Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel will reprise their roles as Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence, the Ross and Rachel of the TGIF crowd. More than a decade later, they'll be the parents of a 13-year-old daughter named Riley, the protagonist of the new show.

—Yvonne Villarreal

Saluting makers of 'Hoosiers'

The Indiana natives who created the basketball movie "Hoosiers" are being inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Organizers announced Tuesday that director David Anspaugh and screenplay writer Angelo Pizzo will be inducted in March as recipients of the St. Vincent Health Silver Medal for contributions to Indiana high school basketball other than as a player or coach.

The 1986 movie is loosely based on the 1954 state championship team from tiny Milan High School and often tops lists of best all-time sports films. Anspaugh grew up in Decatur and Pizzo is from Bloomington. They also collaborated on the Notre Dame football movie "Rudy."

—Associated Press

Fellowes takes on robber barons

Julian Fellowes is going to repaint "The Gilded Age" for NBC.

Fellowes, the writer-producer behind PBS' smash period drama "Downton Abbey," will team with NBC for a series about the robber barons who monopolized American business in the 1880s.

"This was a vivid time, with dizzying, brilliant ascents and calamitous falls, of record-breaking ostentation and savage rivalry; a time when money was king," Fellowes said in a statement.

The project would be Fellowes' first U.S.-produced TV series, although it is not guaranteed to go into production.

He will continue his writing and producing chores on "Downton Abbey," which has been picked up for a fourth season.

—Scott Collins

Ingraham seeks new syndicator

Syndicated talk radio host Laura Ingraham has temporarily left the airwaves to "expand and retool" her show and look for a new syndicator.

The host said in a posting on her website Tuesday that she has decided to "move on" after nine years of distribution by the Talk Radio Network, which also features hosts Tammy Bruce, Monica Crowley and Rusty Humphries.

Ingraham said that she expects her hiatus to be brief and that she will continue to deliver commentary in the interim via her lauraingraham.com website and on Fox News.

—James Rainey

McDonald to host PBS shows

Broadway superstar Audra McDonald is adding a new chapter to her long history with Lincoln Center: The singer-actress is the new host of PBS' "Live From Lincoln Center," the center said Tuesday.

McDonald will emcee seven broadcasts from December through spring 2013, starting Dec. 13 with "The Richard Tucker Opera Gala" and Dec. 31 with the New York Philharmonic's New Year's Eve gala.

—Associated Press

Finally

Casting: Lenny Kravitz has signed for his first leading film role, playing Marvin Gaye in a biopic of the late singer that will be shot next year.

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