Lesbian soap gets green light

New York -- "The L Word" has gotten the "R" word: renewed.

The Showtime series, about the lesbian and straight love lives of a group of Los Angeles women, will be back for a second season, the premium cable channel announced Thursday.

Showtime ordered 13 more episodes less than two weeks after "The L Word," starring Jennifer Beals, aired Jan. 18, making its renewal the fastest ever for a Showtime series.

"The decision to renew 'The L Word' was a no-brainer," Robert Greenblatt, Showtime's president of Entertainment, said.

The one-hour drama airs at 9 p.m. Sundays.

Brown's arrest may cost honors

Augusta, Ga. -- The city of Augusta doesn't feel good about James Brown.

Plans to build a statue of the Godfather of Soul and to rename an annual music festival for him are on hold after Brown's arrest on a domestic violence charge Wednesday.

Brown, 70, was released from jail Thursday.

The singer has denied accusations that he pushed his wife to the floor and threatened her with a chair in their Beech Island, S.C., home. If convicted of the domestic violence charge, he could face a $500 fine and 30 days in jail.

Mayor Bob Young said he is awaiting the outcome of the case before deciding whether to erect the statue of Brown, who grew up in Augusta.

Stone lauded while on location

Bangkok, Thailand -- Oscar-winning Hollywood director Oliver Stone, in Thailand shooting a movie about Alexander the Great, received a career achievement award Saturday at an international film festival.

Stone was presented with a Golden Kinnaree at a ceremony closing the 2004 Bangkok International Film Festival.

A kinnaree is a revered figure in Thai mythology that combines the attributes of a woman and a bird and is believed to come from heaven.

Stone, 57, is filming scenes for his epic on the life of Alexander the Great, starring Colin Farrell as the Macedonian conqueror.

Super lineup not super enough

Houston -- Janet Jackson, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Kid Rock and Nelly apparently weren't enough for the 12 1/2-minute Super Bowl halftime show.

Another act is poised to join the MTV-produced extravaganza. Who that is will remain a mystery until the program. The New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers play today in Reliant Stadium.

Combs said that as big a deal as the halftime show had become, the musicians were just a sideshow.

"This is all about the players," he said.


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