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TBS extends O'Brien

Conan O'Brien has his desk job for at least two more years.

TBS said Wednesday that its late-night host, who premiered with "Conan" in November 2010, has won an extension through April 2014.

O'Brien says, "I'll be taping episodes of 'Conan' well into the Ron Paul presidency."

He originally signed with TBS after a brief, tumultuous promotion to be host of NBC's "Tonight" show.

TBS says "Conan" has recently charted a third consecutive month of audience growth. During 2012, it is averaging 1.1 million viewers.

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Bonham Carter honored

Actress Helena Bonham Carter, whose regal roles include the Red Queen in "Alice in Wonderland" and the mother of Queen Elizabeth II in "The King's Speech," has been honored by the British monarch for services to drama.

Bonham Carter was made a commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, by the queen at a Buckingham Palace ceremony. She was there with her husband, director Tim Burton, and children, Billy Ray, 8, and Nell, 4.

Her films range from costumes dramas such as "A Room With a View" to "Fight Club" and "Planet of the Apes." She also played scheming witch Bellatrix Lestrange in the "Harry Potter" films.

Renowned for her bohemian style sense, the 45-year-old attended the ceremony Wednesday in a red tartan patterned dress and miniature top hat.

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Something to crow about

Rachel Crow was a tearful runner-up on "The X Factor," but she's a winner now.

The 14-year-old singer has signed a series deal with the Nickelodeon channel and a recording contract with Sony's Columbia Records-Syco.

Nickelodeon said Wednesday its agreement with Crow includes development of a comedy series for the teenager. She'll also have a recurring role in Nickelodeon's new program "Fred: The Show."

Crow's recording deal puts her in business with "X Factor" creator Simon Cowell's Syco enterprise.

The big-voiced teenager made a dramatic exit from "X Factor" last December: Crow collapsed onstage after she was voted off by viewers.

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Judge praises Lohan

Lindsay Lohan drew praise Wednesday from a judge who said the actress was one court hearing away from putting a long-running drunken driving case behind her.

"Ms. Lohan, you're in the home stretch," Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner told the actress. "The probation officer is pleased with your progress."

The former Disney star has progressed under strict probation guidelines imposed by Sautner last year, including weekly stints working at the morgue and therapy sessions.

Lohan, 25, now has to work 14 days at the morgue and attend five therapy sessions before the judge ends her probation on a 2007 drunken driving case that has dogged Lohan for years.

She is due back in court March 29 for what could be her final court appearance if she stays out of trouble.

-- From News and wire services