David Hasselhoff gets a reality show
Hasselhoff as stage dad
As he teased earlier this month when he quit “America’s Got Talent,” David Hasselhoff is in fact getting his own reality show.
A&E has signed the former “Baywatch” and “Knight Rider” star to an as-yet-untitled series about his life as a stage dad. Apparently when he’s not turning up in the tabloids and gossip news sites, the Hoff has been helping his daughters, Taylor-Ann, 19, and Haley, 17, pursue singing careers.
The series will premiere later this year, A&E said.
-- Denise Martin Fox News’ Kelly gets own show
In a rare programming change, Fox News is giving morning anchor Megyn Kelly her own two-hour daily show when she returns Feb. 1 from maternity leave and tapping Martha MacCallum to replace her as Bill Hemmer’s partner on the 6-8 a.m. PST show “America’s Newsroom.”
“We’ve been incredibly fortunate to develop two valuable assets in Bill Hemmer and Megyn Kelly -- dividing their journalistic expertise across our daytime lineup will only serve to broaden our strength as a network,” Michael Clemente, senior vice president of news editorial, said in a statement.
Kelly’s new show will air from 10 a.m. to noon PST, replacing “The Live Desk,” which had been anchored by MacCallum and Trace Gallagher. (Gallagher will continue serving as a reporter and anchor across the network’s programming.) Kelly, a former litigator, will keep doing her legal segment, “Kelly’s Court,” in her new program, and continue her regular guest appearances on “The O’Reilly Factor” every Thursday for “The Kelly File.”
-- Matea Gold Judge fines Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse admits it went beyond seasonal spirit.
The soul diva pleaded guilty Wednesday to assaulting a theater manager who asked her to leave a family Christmas show starring Mickey Rooney because she’d had too much to drink.
The singer, whose scrapes with the law often overshadow her music, was given a fine and a warning to stay out of trouble by a judge who praised her for trying to clean up her act.
District Judge Peter Crabtree ordered Winehouse to pay her victim $300 in costs and compensation, and handed down a conditional discharge, meaning the singer will avoid further punishment as long as she does not commit any more offenses for two years.
"[That] may be harder than a fine, because you have now got to stay on the straight and narrow for the next two years,” the judge said.
-- associated press Charlie Daniels suffers stroke
Fiddler-guitarist Charlie Daniels said he suffered a mild stroke while snowmobiling in Colorado and has some stiffness and numbness in his left hand and arm.
Daniels, 73, suffered the stroke Friday just outside Durango, about 230 miles southwest of Denver. He was treated at a local hospital then airlifted to a Denver hospital, where he was released on Sunday.
In a posting on his website Wednesday, Daniels said he was starting physical therapy. He didn’t say whether his playing had been affected but wrote, “I’m doing fine.”
Another statement on the website says he doesn’t plan to cancel any concerts. His next appearance is scheduled for Feb. 27 in Fort Pierce, Fla.
Daniels is best known for his 1979 hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” The Charlie Daniels Band was awarded a Grammy for best country vocal for the song.
-- associated press Foreign language film list is pared
Nine foreign-language films are on the short list in this year’s Oscar race.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says a committee of “several hundred” members selected the nine films from 65 that qualified in the category.
Still in contention for an Academy Award nomination are “El Secreto de Sus Ojos” from Argentina, “Samson & Delilah” from Australia, Bulgaria’s “The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner,” “Un Prophete” from France, Golden Globe winner “The White Ribbon” from Germany, Israel’s “Ajami,” Kazakhstan’s “Kelin,” “Winter in Wartime” from the Netherlands and Peru’s “Milk of Sorrow.”
Nominations for the 82nd annual Academy Awards will be announced Feb. 2.
-- associated press AFI veteran goes to Santa Fe fest
Rose Kuo, one of three organizers of the American Film Institute’s AFI Fest who resigned last week, on Wednesday was named co-executive director of the Santa Fe Film Festival.
She’ll share responsibility for the October event with Michael Hare, a Santa Fe, N.M.-based production executive.
Kuo had been artistic director of the last three L.A.-based AFI Fests. She left the post last week, along with festival producer David Rogers and publicist John Wildman. They cited budget reductions as their primary reason for departing.
-- Lee Margulies