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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - Updated: 5:16 AM

Britney announces Las Vegas residency

NEW YORK (AP) -- After months of rumors and hint-dropping, pop icon Britney Spears revealed she's heading to Las Vegas.

The 31-year-old pop star confirmed a two-year residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday. "Britney: Piece of Me" will debut Dec. 27, just in time for Las Vegas' massive New Year's crowds. Spears announced 16 dates, but she will perform 50 shows each in 2014 and 2015.

Spears was airlifted to a dry lake bed in the Nevada desert for the pre-dawn announcement. About 1,300 people had been bused to the remote location in the wee hours of the morning, and were waiting for her dressed in Britney Spears T-shirts or the singer's signature schoolgirl look from her "... Baby One More Time" music video.

Tickets for "Britney: Piece of Me" go on sale Sept. 20. Prices range from $59 to $179.

NBC's 'Million Second Quiz' moves slowly

NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC's game show "The Million Second Quiz" is running out of time to make an impact.

The network hoped to make a big splash in the two weeks before the start of the TV season with the game show hosted by Ryan Seacrest. But some critics said the game was confusing, and over six airings last week, the show's viewership dropped every night.

The Nielsen company said the show drew just over 6.5 million viewers for its debut last Monday. It dropped to 5.8 million the next night and kept sinking.

NBC hasn't said whether the show will be back after it ends this week.

'Mad Men' to wrap its run with 2-part final season

NEW YORK (AP) -- AMC is keeping "Mad Men" around an extra year, expanding the final season of this acclaimed drama series to 14 episodes and portioning them equally in 2014 and 2015.

The network said Tuesday that seven episodes will air next spring and another seven in 2015. Previous "Mad Men" seasons have spanned 13 episodes.

Series creator Matthew Weiner said the two-part season will enable "a more elaborate story" to be told.

The arrangement mirrors that of another AMC series, "Breaking Bad," whose final season was split in two.

"Mad Men," which premiered in 2007, has won four Emmy awards for outstanding drama series. It heads into Sunday's awards night with four major Emmy nominations, including best actor for Jon Hamm, who has never won.

NYC's Rainbow Room will reopen to public in 2014

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's Rainbow Room, where music greats Tommy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo and others performed, will reopen to the public in the fall of 2014.

The iconic nightclub at Rockefeller Center closed in 2009 amid a landlord-tenant dispute. Tishman Speyer, which operates Rockefeller Center, made the reopening announcement Tuesday.

The Rainbow Room opened as a supper club in 1934 after the repeal of Prohibition. Over the years, legendary performers including Louis Armstrong and Tony Bennett have entertained there. The city granted it landmark status in October 2012, saying its art deco-style decor "came to epitomize New York City."

The restaurant development company Blau + Associates will oversee the reopening process.

     

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