Body pulled from river that of ‘Treme’ actor

Posted Aug. 25, 2011, at 8:21 p.m.

Police on Thursday began searching for the car belonging to actor Michael Showers. The body of the actor in the HBO series “Treme” was pulled from the Mississippi River on Wednesday after it was spotted by the captain of the riverboat Natchez.

Showers played a police officer on the cable drama.

His work also includes “The Vampire Diaries,” “Traffic,” and the coming film “Colombiana.”

A St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s spokesman says the 44-year-old man lived in Chalmette with his girlfriend. He said she reported him missing Tuesday after he didn’t return from a night out with a friend in the French Quarter.

The woman told police that Showers suffered from severe depression and was diagnosed in March with multiple sclerosis.

Jon Stewart to host session with Nirvana members

Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart will host a Q&A session with the surviving members of rock band Nirvana to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its album “Nevermind.”

Stewart will host the event on SiriusXM for two hours on Sept. 24. It will feature fans, Nirvana band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, and Butch Vig, the producer behind “Nevermind.” Kurt Cobain, the band’s lead singer, committed suicide in 1994.

“Nevermind” was the band’s second album and has sold 10 million units in the United States. It features Nirvana’s biggest hit, “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

Grohl is now the lead singer of the Foo Fighters.

SiriusXM will also launch the all-Nirvana channel, Nevermind Radio, on Sept. 23 until Sept. 28.

RI ‘Survivor’ winner won’t get free lawyer

A Rhode Island judge is refusing to grant free legal counsel to help the winner of the first season of the CBS reality show “Survivor” appeal a nine-month prison sentence.

Judge William Smith on Thursday rejected 50-year-old Richard Hatch’s request for a court-appointed attorney to help him fight the sentence handed down in March for violating the terms of his supervised release by failing to settle his tax bill.

Hatch, of Newport, spent more than three years in prison for not paying taxes on his $1 million “Survivor” winnings. He was released in 2009 and ordered to refile his 2000 and 2001 taxes and pay what he owed. Smith ruled he never did and returned him to prison.

Hatch, who claims he is “destitute,” is scheduled to be released in December.

 

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