CBS chief saving by canceling 'Men'
CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves is shrugging off the effect of canceling some episodes of Charlie Sheen's popular sitcom "Two and a Half Men." In fact, he says the move is saving money, The Associated Press reports. Moonves told an investors conference in San Francisco Tuesday that stopping production on the final eight episodes of this season is "financially a gainer." He says reruns take in less advertising revenue, but not making new episodes saves CBS Corp. money, at least in the short term. As for Sheen's public pronouncements, Moonves said, "I wish he would have worked this hard to promote himself for an Emmy."
Baxter opens up about abuse
Meredith Baxter - who before the 1980s hit "Family Ties" co-starred with future husband David Birney on the sitcom "Bridget Loves Bernie" - says in her new memoir "Untitled" that Birney battered her on more than one occasion, Newsday contributor Frank Lovece reports. "It was so sudden and unexpected, I couldn't tell you which hand hit me, or even how hard," Baxter, 63, writes of one instance. "I do recall thinking, 'I'd better not get up because he's going to hit me again.' " When asked by Matt Lauer on "Today" Tuesday why she didn't leave, Baxter told him, "I didn't know I could go." Birney, 71, with whom she had three children, has denied the allegations, Lauer said.
Gilbert separates from husband
Melissa Gilbert, 46, has separated from her husband of 16 years, Bruce Boxleitner, 60, People magazine reports. Wed in 1995 after a stormy courtship, the couple have one son, Michael, 15, named for Michael Landon, Gilbert's co-star, mentor and father figure during her stint as Laura Ingalls on TV's "Little House on the Prairie."