TRENTON - A New Jersey lawmaker wants towns to have a say in the filming of reality TV shows within their boundaries before a Situation develops.
Ocean County Republican Assemblyman Ronald Dancer on Monday introduced legislation for a Snookiville Law. The law would let towns impose conditions including requiring TV crews to pay for additional police officers to assure public safety during filming.
Dancer named the bill after "Jersey Shore" cast member Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, whose show with Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and others recently ended its three-year run in Seaside Heights.
The MTV show's cast members were involved in scuffles and drunken public displays. Police officers routinely were assigned to areas where filming occurred.
Bonnie Franklin cancer
LOS ANGELES - The family of actress Bonnie Franklin says the "One Day At a Time" star has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
In a statement released by CBS, the family says Franklin is undergoing treatment and continuing her normal schedule.
The statement released Monday says Franklin and her family "remain extremely positive" and ask that her privacy be respected. The 68-year-old Franklin starred as single mom Ann Romano in the hit CBS comedy "One Day at a Time," which aired from 1975 to 1984. Her co-stars included Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli.
Franklin's recent credits include appearances on "The Young and the Restless" and "Hot in Cleveland." The actress lives in Los Angeles.
Blaine plans stunt
NEW YORK - Magician-daredevil David Blaine is ready to shock people.
Blaine is returning to New York City on Oct. 5 for a three-day, three-night stunt called "Electrified: One Million Volts Always On." It will be streamed live.
A trailer for the stunt shows the 39-year-old endurance artist wearing a futuristic-looking bodysuit in between two conductors.
Blaine's last stunt was hanging upside down without a net high over New York's Central Park for 60 hours in 2008. But the grand finale of the "Dive of Death" stunt didn't go according to plan.
His other stunts include holding his breath underwater for 17 minutes and 4 seconds, being buried alive for a week in a see-through coffin and being encased in a block of ice for 63 hours.
Vegas sherrif honored
LAS VEGAS - Gov. Brian Sandoval has proclaimed Tuesday "Sheriff Ralph Lamb Day" in conjunction with the premier of the CBS drama "Vegas" that was inspired by the former Clark County sheriff.
Lamb was the sheriff from 1961 to 1979. He'll be honored during a party at Green Valley Ranch on Tuesday when former Nevada Gov. and U.S. Sen. Richard Bryan will make the presentation. Sheriff Doug Gillespie and former sheriff Bill Young will co-host the event, a benefit for the Injured Police Officers fund.
Mickey Hart drums for AARP
NEW ORLEANS - Longtime Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart came to New Orleans with a message for thousands of attendees at the AARP's national convention: Music has therapeutic powers.
Hart spoke about the importance of music and playing instruments. He led a drum circle with hundreds of drummers at the convention, which ended Saturday.
Hart and neurologist Adam Gazzaley a professor at the University of California at San Francisco, spoke about research showing music has a positive effect on the brain and how playing music can help offset the mental declines of aging.
Armstrong seeks treatment
NEW YORK - Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong is headed to treatment for substance abuse.
Sunday's announcement by the band's rep comes after the 40-year-old frontman had a meltdown onstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Friday. As Green Day was wrapping up its performance during the all-star, two-day concert, Armstrong profanely complained that the band's time was being cut short.
Armstrong smashed his guitar before leaving the stage.
In a statement, Green Day apologized "to those they offended at the iHeartRadio Festival" and said its set was not cut short by Clear Channel, the host of the two-day festival.
The Grammy winning band also is canceling some of its promotional appearances. It is due to release the album "Uno" on Tuesday, the follow-up to "21st Century Breakdown," released three years ago. "Uno" is the first in a trilogy of albums; the second is to be out in November, and the last in January. The band is due to kick off a nationwide tour Nov. 26 in Seattle.
It's unclear what Armstrong is receiving treatment for; in 2003, he was arrested for DUI, and has acknowledged in the past taking various drugs but has said he now eschews them.