Alec Baldwin’s show ending on MSNBC

NEW YORK — Alec Baldwin has his Friday nights back. He and MSNBC said they were ending his weekly talk show after the actor had been suspended for two weeks for using an anti-gay slur in a New York City street encounter.

MSNBC said it was a “mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.”

“Up Late With Alec Baldwin” had aired only five episodes. The first three attracted a little more than a half-million viewers, but the last two dipped under 400,000 viewers.

FX orders 13 episodes of series ‘The Strain’

LOS ANGELES — The FX channel says it’s ordering 13 episodes of a drama series based on “The Strain” trilogy of vampire novels.

FX said that the series will be produced by the books’ authors, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan.

Del Toro, whose film credits include “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Hellboy,” co-wrote and directed the pilot episode. Writer-producer Carlton Cuse of “Lost” and “Bates Motel” will be the producer in charge.

FX says the series follows a New York disease control team investigating a mysterious viral outbreak that’s linked to “an evil strain of vampirism.”

Corey Stoll of “House of Cards” and “Midnight in Paris” plays the head of the team. Others in the ensemble cast include Mia Maestro and Sean Astin.

“The Strain” is scheduled to debut next July on FX.

Court acquits pianist of ‘noise pollution’

A Spanish court has acquitted a 28-year-old concert pianist on charges of causing noise pollution and psychological damage to a neighbor.

The court in northeastern Girona absolved professional pianist Laia Martin and her parents of both charges, according to a written ruling issued Tuesday.

The trial this month caused a storm of ridicule and disbelief when prosecutors sought a sentence of seven years. They later reduced this to 20 months.

Martin’s neighbor, Sonia Bonsom, complained the pianist practiced five days a week for eight hours at a time between 2003 and 2007 in an apartment building in the nearby town of Puigcerda. Bonsom told the court she now hated pianos so much she can’t even stand to see them in movies.

The court said it found Bonsom’s claims unreliable and exaggerated. It said there was no proof that Martin’s playing surpassed the 30-decibel limit laid down for musical instruments in the town, as the prosecution claimed, or that the playing was the direct cause of Bonsom’s problems.

Associated Press