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Published: Tue, October 2, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Winfrey signs deal with Tyler Perry

NEW YORK

Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network is venturing into scripted programming for the first time through a deal with Tyler Perry.

OWN said Monday that Perry will produce, write and direct two series for the cable network to premiere next year. Perry is the creative force behind movies such as “Madea’s Family Reunion” and the TBS series “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.”

Perry credits advice from Winfrey for helping him write his first musical, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” in 1992.

After its slow start, OWN has been improving its ratings performance recently — in large part through Winfrey’s more aggressive booking of interviews for her own show.

Lohan’s ‘Liz & Dick’ to air on Lifetime

NEW YORK

Lindsay Lohan’s campaign for a career comeback will take another step when her new film, “Liz & Dick,” airs next month.

Lifetime network says the film will premiere on the network on Nov. 25.

Lohan plays screen diva Elizabeth Taylor in this story of her quarter-century love affair with celebrated leading man Richard Burton, whom she married and divorced twice. They met on the set of the film “Cleopatra,” with Taylor in the title role.

Grant Bowler, whose credits include the TV series “True Blood” and “Lost,” plays Burton.

The 26-year-old Lohan has been plagued by legal and substance-abuse problems in recent years. During filming of “Liz & Dick,” she crashed her Porsche into a dump truck. A week later she was treated by paramedics for exhaustion and dehydration.

Aldean apologizes after photos released

NASHVILLE, Tenn.

Country star Jason Aldean has apologized to fans after pictures of him acting “inappropriately” last week popped up.

Aldean tweeted Sunday that he wanted to talk to fans directly instead of letting gossip web sites tell his story. The tweet comes after photos appeared showing Aldean and former “American Idol” contestant Brittany Kerr together at a bar last Wednesday in Los Angeles. In one photo, they appear to kiss.

Aldean says “the truth is, I screwed up,” had too much to drink and acted inappropriately at the bar. He noted he left alone and added “ultimately, I ended up embarrassing myself and my family.” Aldean is married with two children. A publicist says there will be no further comment.

The multi-platinum singer releases his fifth album “Night Train” on Oct. 16.

Wire reports


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