MC Hammer Gets Reality Show, Protesters Storm American Idol, Rourke’s Pooch Passes

by | February 18, 2009 at 9:47 AM | The Ticker

Here’s today’s news:

It’s hammertime in primetime! 1990′s rapper MC Hammer has signed on to star in his own reality show on A&E. The series will follow the life of the rapper, his five kids and his wife, whom he has been married to for 23 years (which is 50 years in rapper time).

The WGA will take to the streets during TV’s biggest night this week – the American Idol live show on Wednesday. The organization will call for FremantleMedia North America, which produces Idol, to “treat its “reality” TV writers and other workers with respect by improving working conditions and providing health care and pension benefits.”

Sparks flew between Whoopi Goldberg and Bill O’Reilly over at The O’Reilly Factor last night. The ‘View‘ comedianne told the anchor she had been angered when he compared Helen Thomas to Oz’s Wicked Witch of the East on a previous show. “If you’re going to do a little humor, learn how to do it,” she said during the show.

Nadya Suleman’s stint on reality TV was a short one, with TLC now pulling the plug on an Octo-Mom reality show. President of the network Eileen O’Neil had originally indicated that they might offer the infamous mother her own series, but “like the rest of America, [are] waiting to see how this develops.” She has since nixed the idea, telling Usmagazine.com that they “wish the family well.”

One of the pups responsible for Mickey Rourke’s Golden Globe wins and Oscar noms has passed away. The actor’s Chihuahua, Loki, died last night at the age of 18. Rourke talks about his dogs in Barbara Walter’s upcoming Oscar special, telling her that his pups had saved his life. The award winning actor’s probable upcoming Oscar win will be a bittersweet win.