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'Khloe & Lamar': Romance, renewal and relocation

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The second season of "Khloe & Lamar," the reality show featuring Khloe Kardashian and her basketball player husband, Lamar Odom, will be heavy on love and new beginnings.

A press release from E! detailing story lines for the upcoming season, which starts Feb. 19, says that the couple's devotion is put to the test when Odom is suddenly traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks.

"Khloe's been a California girl all her life, so the adjustment is sure to be one of her greatest challenges yes, and one that will be a shock to the whole Kardashian family dynamic," said the release.

Among other story lines: Rob Kardashian moves to Dallas to join his big sister and brother-in-law, Odom attempts to repair his strained relationship with his father, Kardashian and Odom try to start a family and Khloe "revisits her passion for radio" when she begins hosting a daily radio show in Dallas.

After the drama of "Kourtney & Kim Take New York," which chronicled the deterioration of Kim Kardashian's short marriage to Kris Humphries, "Khloe & Lamar" will have its own share of drama.

Will you be watching?


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--Greg Braxton

PHOTO: Khloe Kardashian Odom attends a game between the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers in January.

Credit: Danny Moloshok/AP


Kat Von D Storms Off 'Good Day L.A.' after Jesse James clip [Updated]

Photo: TV personalities Kat Von D and Jesse James. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images. Kat Von D, the tattoo artist who just announced her breakup with fiance Jesse James, stormed off the set of Fox 11's "Good Day L.A." Wednesday just before she was going on the set to promote her TLC reality series "L.A. Ink."

Von D fled the station when she was being introduced with a clip from the show in which she surprises James with showing him a new tattoo on her of a picture of him as a youth. The clip is included in the TLC series.

Her abrupt departure left the show's anchors and producers confused over what had upset her. She had been booked on the show before the couple's split, and producers had said her only request for the planned interview was that the subject of James' ex-wife, Oscar winner Sandra Bullock, not be brought up.

But anchor and weather reporter Jillian Barberie added that Von D had told her in the commercial break just before the segment that she did not want to discuss her breakup with James.

[Updated at 9:55 a.m.: Von D tweeted her comments about her walkout: "Dear Good Day L.A, Thanks for the waste of a perfecty good morning. Lack of compassion and respect for each other never fails to disappoint me."

Barbarie pointed out that TLC sent the clip, which was designed to promote the tattoo artist's show.]


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-- Greg Braxton

Photo: TV personalities Kat Von D and Jesse James. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images.

Lucy Noland Joins KNBC Channel 4 as anchor and reporter

Noland head shot Lucy Noland, coanchor of the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. newcasts at CBS affiliate KHOU-TV in Houston will join KNBC Channel 4 News on July 11 as an anchor and a reporter.

Noland has worked at KHOU since 2007. She previously cohosted "Good Day New York," the morning show at the Fox owned- and-operated WNYW-TV in New York. She also briefly anchored that station's midday newscast.

"Lucy is smart, warm funny and a definite people person -- all qualities that are perfect for a career in journalism," said KNBC Vice President of News Vickie Burns. "She is an engaging and dynamic reporter who brings a strong commitment to her community."

-- Greg Braxton

Photo credit: KNBC 

KTLA Channel 5 expands morning news block to weekends [Updated]

KTLA Channel 5 will launch a weekend edition of its weekday morning news starting April 9.

The Saturday and Sunday versions of the news will be anchored by Chris Burrous and Mary Beth McDade. The newscasts will air 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Saturdays and 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Sundays.

Burrous most recently co-anchored "PIX Morning News," the morning newscast for KTLA's sister station WPIX in New York City. McDade has been a reporter at KTLA since 2009, preceded by stints at KCAL/KCBS and Fox 11 KTTV.

[Updated at 1:50 p.m.] An earlier version of this story said the newscasts would launch tomorrow.

— Greg Braxton


Serene Branson returns to the red carpet two weeks after Grammy scare

Serene Branson is thankful she did not have another YouTube moment on Oscar night.

The KCBS-TV Channel 2 reporter who became an unwitting media sensation two weeks ago when she began to speak incoherently during a live report following the Grammy Awards returned to the Hollywood red carpet scene Sunday, filing several live reports before and after the Academy Awards.

"It was great, and it felt so good to be back on the red carpet," Branson said Monday. "It was a long day, but everything went well." She added that she nabbed a little bit of celebrity status  from publicists, other journalists and even an actor from "The Fighter" who recognized her.

Branson pointed out that the ceremony marked the end of a week when she'd returned to work full time, filing reports of several stories ranging from the Somali pirate hijacking to the troubles surrounding Charlie Sheen. But many of her colleagues were openly concerned about her handling the demands of covering the Oscars and kept checking in with her to make sure she felt OK.

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KTLA weatherman Mark Kriski to return Monday after long illness (Updated)

Mark KTLA-TV Channel 5 weatherman Mark Kriski, who has been out since November after being stricken with pneumonia and a hospital-borne bacterial infection, is on the mend and is planning to return to the station on Monday.

"I'm doing great, but what a ride it's been," Kriski said Friday during a phone interview from his home. "I''m down a few pounds, and I will have to put on a little weight. But my energy is back and my color is back."

The 20-year veteran, who appears on the "KTLA Morning News," was hospitalized in early November with pneumonia. He later contracted vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE), a "super bug" he caught at the hospital, which was resistent to medication and antibiotics. His lungs became so full of fluid they collapsed, and his heart was also in jeopardy.

"The fluid just exploded, and I  had to be placed in the intensive care unit," said Kriski. "I was on the operating table and had to drain all this fluid."

He said he also had to be intubated for almost two weeks and sedated when doctors feared he might get infected. He had to undergo a second operation to remove more fluid.

"It was like a domino effect," said Jennifer Gould, a reporter at KTLA who is Kriski's girlfriend. "His body was like a war zone."

Kriski called his illness "a life and death experience that has given me a new perspective: On one hand, this was the worst thing that has ever happened to me. On the other hand, it is the best thing that has ever happened. You really do start to appreciate the little things in life."

His return to the station will be gradual: Kriski said he will work on the 7 to 10 a.m. edition of the morning news for two or three days a week  while he gains strength.

Don Corsini, president and general manager of KTLA, said, "We are pleased that Mark's health and strength is improving daily, and we all look forward to his return."

[Corrected at 3:15 p.m.: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that Kriski had been incubated for four days, rather than intubated.]

[Corrected at 3:34 p.m : A previous version of this post incorrected stated that Kriski was intubated for four days, instead of two weeks.}

--Greg Braxton




KCBS reporter Serene Branson speaks about her Grammy night experience

Branson2KCBS-TV Channel 2 reporter Serene Branson says she finds her instant celebrity -- due to her post-Grammy live report in which she started talking incoherently -- "surreal." In an exclusive interview she told The Times that she can't wait to get back to being just "a general assignment reporter."

Branson until Thursday had not seen the clip that made her a media sensation. She was too worried following the incident on Sunday about possible health concerns, and thought that viewing the clip might cause her added stress.

She was greatly relieved when her doctor at UCLA told her that her episode was not caused by a stroke, but by a "migraine with aura." Symptoms can include weakness, loss of vision and difficulty speaking.

The 31-year-old Branson said she was eager to get back to her job next week, "where I can report on stories, not be the story."

Read more about her ordeal and plans for the future in this report.


Serene Branson's doctor says she did not have a stroke on Grammy night

KCBS reporter talks her way into post-Grammy drama

 --Greg Braxton

Photo: Serene Branson in the KCBS newsroom Thursday. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times.

Serene Branson's doctor says she did not have a stroke on Grammy night

Branson KCBS-TV reporter Serene Branson became a national topic of conversation following the Grammy Awards last weekend, when her speech became garbled during a live report. A station spokesperson noted that she had been examined by paramedics on the scene and sent home, but there was widespread speculation and concern that she had suffered some kind of stroke. 

Now Branson's doctor, chief of neurosurgery at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, is speaking up, telling the L.A. Times that her speech problem was not a stroke but a symptom of a "complex migraine." For more, read the report here.


Serene Branson: On-air episode a 'complex migraine'

KCBS reporter talks her way into post-Grammy drama

--Joy Press

 Photo: Serene Branson on Grammy night. Credit: KCBS TV/Associated Press

KCBS reporter Serene Branson says she's feeling OK

KCBS reporter Serene Branson, who has sparked a Web sensation with her live post-Grammy Award report in which she is talking gibberish [video here], has told her bosses that she is feeling fine and that her mangled speech was not indicative of a serious medical problem.

Branson on Monday was responding to concerns that she may have suffered a stroke or some other seizure while launching into a report outside Staples Center at the top of KCBS' 11:30 p.m. news. The live broadcast of the Grammys had ended about three hours earlier when Branson started her report on the drama surrounding the ceremony.

Branson was immediately examined by paramedics on the scene following the report, and was not hospitalized. She was reported to be resting at home Monday.

While Branson told station executives there was no indication of a serious medical problem, it remained unclear when she would return to work.

Meanwhile, the Web had exploded with videos of the report, with observers making fun or blasting Branson for her flub.

Branson, who started working at the station in July 2006,  is a two-time Emmy nominee and a recipient of the Frank Shakespeare Award for Outstanding Achievement in Journalism, according to her bio on the station's website. A graduate of UCLA and a "proud Bruin," she "is thrilled to be reporting on stories in her hometown," where she was born and raised.

The sudden attention surrounding Branson recalls to some extent the hoopla that surrounded Caitlin Upton, a 2007 Miss South Carolina Teen USA who became an unwitting national celebrity when she provided a rambling, nonsensical answer to a question posed to her during the Miss Teen USA 2007 pageant.


KCBS reporter Serene Branson talks her way into post-Grammy drama

-- Greg Braxton

KNBC, KTTV big winners at Golden Mike Awards

KNBC and KTTV won top honors Saturday at the 61st Annual Golden Mike Awards, which salutes excellence in broadcast and Internet journalism.

The Radio and Television News Assn. honored KNBC for daytime and half-hour newscasts, while KTTV won for 60-minute newscast.

Regis Philbin, the host of "Live with Regis and Kelly" who announced his retirement from that show last week, was presented with the first-ever broadcast legend award.

Veteran local news anchors Kelly Lange and Jose A. Ronstadt were presented with lifetime achievement awards. Lange, who retired from KNBC, is currently a novelist while Ronstadt is an anchor at Telemundo.

In the radio division, KNX-AM  won for top newscast over 15 minutes, while KFI-AM won for newscasts under 15 minutes.

-- Greg Braxton



Lu Parker goes from reporter to special correspondent at KTLA

Luparker KTLA News reporter Lu Parker, who is best known for being the girlfriend of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, announced on Monday that she is going from covering breaking news to working as a "special feature correspondent" at the Los Angeles station.

Parker, who has been at KTLA-TV Channel 5 for six years, said in a statement that the job change is by mutual agreement, and that she will focus on stories of interest to her while also getting "more freedom to pursue additional projects."

Said Parker: "I am excited at this juncture of my career and am grateful to KTLA for supporting my wishes to evolve in new areas."

Those areas include stories "that inspire and represent residents in Los Angeles" while pursuing several upcoming TV projects and continuing her animal advocacy work through her organization, the Lu Parker Project.

-- Greg Braxton

Photo: Lu Parker. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times



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