People: Kelsey Grammer, Kenan Thompson, Prince William, Robert Redford, Sharon Pinkenson
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Starz television network has decided not to give Kelsey Grammer another term as mayor of Chicago, The Associated Press reports.
The cable network said Tuesday that it was canceling the drama "Boss" after two seasons. The show premiered to critical acclaim, starring Grammer as tyrannical Chicago mayor Tom Kane. The role earned Grammer a Golden Globe for best actor in a drama earlier this year.
Starz says in a statement that although the network is proud of the show, it has "made the difficult decision to not proceed with 'Boss.' " The move was a flip-flop for Starz, which renewed the show for a second season even before its first season began.
"Boss" also stars Martin Donovan, Connie Nielsen and Kathleen Robertson. Farhad Safinia is the show's creator and executive producer.
In other Grammer news, something tells us he won't be having playdates with Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett any time soon, E! News reports.
After Hugh Hefner's ex said she was disgusted that the former "Cheers" star brought his 31/2-month-old daughter Faith to the Playboy Mansion for a Halloween party, his rep is speaking out on behalf of the actor.
"Then, that settles it. He must be disgusting," Stan Rosenfield joked to the Huffington Post about Wilkinson-Baskett's comments regarding his client.
The onetime "Girls Next Door" star was caught on camera over the weekend expressing how angry she felt after seeing Grammer at the party last month with his little one.
"Oh, he knows how I feel, trust me ... I gave him that eye and I left because of that," Wilkinson-Baskett is heard saying, adding: "I'm like, 'This is disgusting.' "
In addition to Rosenfield, a friend of Grammer's also told the Huffington Post, "It's remarkable that Kendra would judge anyone's life. Who does she think she is? Kelsey doesn't judge her life or the fact that she once worked as a stripper."
Is "Saturday Night Live" losing another veteran?
Kenan Thompson, who has been with the NBC staple series since 2003, is teaming up with Lorne Michaels to write, executive producer and star in a comedy series, a source confirms to E! News.
Those duties would surely take him away from the rigorous schedule of SNL, but the insider tells us that while Thompson and Lorne's script has been picked up, no other plans have been made regarding his departure.
The comedy series in development, which is untitled at the moment, will have Thompson playing a guy who leaves New York City to move in with his in-law's in the suburbs.
Thompson would end a 10-year run on "SNL" if he exited, leaving behind such memorable sketches as "What's Up With That?", and his impersonations of Rev. Al Sharpton, Whoopi Goldberg and Charles Barkley. Other "SNL" vets who have recently exited the show for other projects include Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg, and it's rumored that Jason Sudekis is on his way out come the new year.
Now that Kenan is possibly free of "SNL," someone get Kel Mitchell on the phone.
As if Prince William and his friends haven't had enough of flying helicopters over the mountains and sea of North Wales, they sit down to play military-style video games in their spare time, People reports.
A favorite is "Call of Duty," a new blog post on the royal family's revamped website reveals.
Also on the brand-new site: the details of a day in the life of the man known in the RAF Search and Rescue squadron as Flight Lieutenant Wales -- as well as 10 new images.
In the personal pictures, William is shown making the bed he naps in away from wife Kate during 24-hour shifts on the military base. And he is seen working at a computer, a hot drink by his side.
He has been stationed on Anglesey since 2010, and the couple live at a rented four-room farmhouse on the island. His current tour ends in late summer/early fall 2013 and, like all crew members, he is set to make a decision before the end of the year about whether to sign-up for another few years.
On Wednesday, even more new images will be published on the site -- these ones by Kate, 30, during the tour she and William took to Asia in September. The shots are from their time in the jungle of Borneo.
A California college is teaming up with Robert Redford to create a program where students can combine environmental studies with media and liberal arts, the AP reports.
The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday that Pitzer College, one of the seven Claremont Colleges, is creating the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability with a $10 million gift from Nicholas and Susan Pritzker, parents of a Pitzer graduate who support environmental causes.
Redford is a trustee of the college and serves as its special adviser on the environment.
The program's aim is to create environmental communicators and advocates. Its centerpiece will be a 12-acre coastal sage scrub ecosystem, an endangered habitat where students can study problems and come up with solutions.
Pennsylvania film officials say the state could have more lights, cameras, action and jobs if lawmakers expand the $60 million movie tax credit, the AP reports.
Greater Philadelphia Film Office executive director Sharon Pinkenson says she is frustrated that Pennsylvania is losing business to other states. She wants the credit increased to $150 million.
The push for more funding comes as the Philadelphia-based movie "Silver Linings Playbook" opens in wide release Wednesday. The Pittsburgh-filmed Tom Cruise movie "Jack Reacher" will be in theaters next month.
Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi supports the credit but says the weak economy means the state continues to face tough funding decisions.
State officials estimate film and TV productions have injected $1.4 billion into the Pennsylvania economy since 2007, based on $300 million in tax credits.
First Published November 21, 2012 12:00 am