Grapevine: Celebrity News
Sarah Hyland, who plays teen Haley Dunphy on the hit show “Modern Family,” has obtained a restraining order against her boyfriend, Matthew Prokop, TMZ reports. The documents state that Hyland claims Prokop choked and pushed her, threatened her life, verbally abused her and pinned her against a car. The report says Hyland, 23, once asked her co-star, Julie Bowen (who plays her mom on the show), for help in dealing with Prokop, 24, who is also an actor.
Oxygen announces ‘Preachers of Detroit’ reality show
A spinoff of the “Preachers of L.A.” reality show, “Preachers of Detroit,” will premiere on the Oxygen network in the winter of 2015. According to Eurweb.com, the show will follow the professional and home life of seven area preachers, including Bishop Charles Ellis, Pastor David Bullock, Evangelist Dorinda Clark-Cole, Pastor Don Shelby, Bishop Corletta Vaughn, Bishop-Elect Clarence Langston and Pastor Tim Alden. The L.A. version of the show has been a ratings boom for the network, which is geared toward young, multicultural women. Unscripted “Preacher” shows are also being looked at for New York, Atlanta and Dallas. Also debuting soon on Oxygen are the shows “The Investment Club,” “The Prancing Elite Project,” “Finding My Father” and “The Wilkersons.” The latter follows Rich Wilkerson, the pastor who married Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
M-1 Rail construction won’t affect Parade route
The 88th America’s Thanksgiving Parade will step off at 9 a.m. Nov. 27. As announced in June, ice dancing Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White of Michigan are this year’s Co-Grand Marshals. The Parade Company announced Wednesday that the organization is working with M-1 Rail officials to make sure the parade’s three mile route down Woodward will not be changed due to construction. The parade is free to view; $40 grandstand seats are on sale at theparade.org. The festivities will air on WDIV-TV (Channel 4) and on 760 WJR-AM.
Joey Travolta to speak in Troy Friday
Actor and director Joey Travolta, brother of John Travolta, will host the Futures Foundation’s 16th annual gala fundraiser Friday at the San Marino Club in Troy. Travolta is the Celebrity Chairperson and the founder of Inclusion Films, which helps people with special needs get involved in the filmmaking process. The gala starts at 6 p.m. and includes dinner, dancing and entertainment. Tickets, $100, can be purchased at thefuturesfoundation.org.
■Model Amber Rose has filed for divorce from her husband of one year, rapper Wiz Khalifa. She’s seeking custody of their 1-year-old son.
■Jeremy Renner confirmed that he married girlfriend Sonni Pacheco, but tried to keep the news quiet for her privacy, and for the privacy of their baby girl.
■Country star Randy Travis, who suffered a stroke last year, was spotted at a charity event in Texas last week, apparently on the road to recovery. He was seen walking with a cane.
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