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zaterdag 31 december 2011

Happy New year from The Lime TV News

Happy New year from The Lime TV News

A super year in television has ended, shows like Dexter, the Walking Dead, Homeland, Breaking Bad and American Horror Story blew our minds.

A lot new shows to look forward to when the mid season shows hit our screens, almost a dozen new shows will air, and I will keep informing you about all.

So all a happy new year and be sure to check back daily.

TV Tonight 31th of December 2011: Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia.

TV Tonight 31th of December 2011: Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia.

The daily list in alphabetical order, of all the new episodes airing in Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia.

    Alan Carr: Chatty Man S07E08: "New Year Special"
    Alaska Outdoors Television S01E01: "Black Shale Sheep"
    Austin City Limits S37E11: "Cold Play New Years Eve: An Austin City Limits Special"
    Cardfight!! Vanguard S01E51: "Episode 51"
    Cardfight!! Vanguard S01E52: "Episode 52"
    Formula 1 S03E58: "2011 Season Review"
    It'll be Alright on the Night S01E33: "t'll Be Alright on the Night 23"
    Last Exile (JP) S02E11: "Backward Pawn"
    Match of The Day S47E25: "Season 47, Show 25"
    Metal Evolution S01E06: "Trash"
    Oddities S03E05: "BEST of Oddities"
    Pokémon S14E47: "Crisis from the Underground Up!"
    Saturday Kitchen S10E27: "December 31, 2011"
    Strange Sex S02E11: "Strange Sex: The Year's Best"
    That Metal Show S09E07: "Tracii Guns / Michael Monroe"
    The Cube S04E09: "Series 4, Episode 9"
    Top 2000 S13E07: "Top 2000 à gogo"
    Top 2000 S13E09: "Top 2000 in concert"
    Top 2000 S13E08: "Top 2000 de covers finale"
    Total Wipeout S05E05: "Winter Wipeout (3)"
    Wereld draait door, De S07E86: "Jaaroverzicht"

Channel Changing: Versus Becomes NBC Sports Network

Channel Changing: Versus Becomes NBC Sports Network

The new year brings a new identity for Versus, the cable sports network best known for hunting and fishing shows, the Tour de France and the National Hockey League. Now a part of the NBC Universal empire (following the merger with Comcast, which owned Versus), the channel — currently available in more than 75 million households — becomes the NBC Sports Network at 4 p.m. ET on Monday, January 2 and will undergo an extreme makeover throughout the year. "It's going to be radically different over time," says Jon Miller, the president of programming, who is building what he calls "a full-service sports network," that will include live events, news and talk shows and original programming.

Versus, which was once known as the Outdoor Life Network, has slowly transitioned into a player in the TV sports world. But some unusual programming choices — like The T. Ocho Show, a train wreck of a talk show featuring flamboyant NFL stars Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco — undermined the network's credibility. "When we took over Versus, there was a lot of programming on the network that we didn't think was consistent with what NBC Sports was about," Miller says. "And so the first thing we did was we jettisoned some properties like Wacked Out Sports and T. Ocho and Sports Soup."

But overhauling the network hasn't only been about getting rid of junk. "Right off the bat we made a long term deal to extend the NHL for 10 years, we acquired broadcast and cable rights for Major League Soccer and then we started to created some of our original programming," Miller says. (As for the hunting and fishing shows, "they will continue to have a role in this new channel going forward," Miller promises, "but they probably won't have a dominant as role as they've had in the past.")

The NHL continues to be a major part of the schedule with games and studio shows several nights a week, as well as the All-Star Game on Jan. 29 and the Stanley Cup playoffs in the spring (along with NBC). Also staying on board are Mountain West Conference basketball games and the Tour de France.

As for new acquisitions, soccer will become a prominent part of the line-up, starting with the championship game of the women's Olympic qualifying tournament for the CONCACAF region (including North and Central America) on Jan. 29. Other U.S. men's and women's national team games are planned, and the first of the network's roughly 40 MLS contests will be televised on March 11 (additional games will air on NBC). "It has all the markings of a sport that is on the rise," Miller says of MLS. "If you look at the attendance figures and the way it's growing, we think it was perfect for us. We made an aggressive bid for it. It's a good property that's sending a message to everybody that they're here and they're here to stay."

This summer's London Olympics also provide the channel with a bounty of programming, including U.S. team trials and pre-Olympic competition in sports like swimming, diving, gymnastics, water polo, field hockey, track and field and volleyball. During the Games the network will cover a variety of events, including cycling, basketball and soccer.

Original programming initiatives began last fall with NBC Sports Talk (weeknights at 6/5c). As the name implies, the emphasis is more on talk — and opinion. "There's a lot places where you can get highlights, but here we tell you what to make of the news," Miller says. Another show that premiered in the fall is CNBC Sports Biz (Fridays at 7/6c), hosted by CNBC's manic, Twitter-obsessed reporter Darren Rovell, who focuses on dollars and cents rather than X's and O's. And in perhaps the network's biggest statement, Bob Costas will host a monthly interview show, Costas Tonight, premiering in the spring, and quarterly town hall specials, beginning with Costas Tonight: Live From the Super Bowl, on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Bridesmaids' Chris O'Dowd Pops the Question

Bridesmaids' Chris O'Dowd Pops the Question

Bridesmaids' breakout star Chris O'Dowd proposed to his girlfriend Dawn Porter.

"I'm so bored of all this happiness and sex. I'm getting married. #engaged," O'Dowd tweeted.

See other celebs who've gotten engaged this year

Porter, a British television personality, also shared her excitement via Twitter. "I guess he liked it, coz he put a ring on it #engaged," she wrote.

O'Dowd and Porter, both 32, were on vacation on the British island of Guernsey when the Irish actor proposed.

Debra Messing, Will Chase & Other TV Stars Who Dated Their Co-Stars

Debra Messing, Will Chase & Other TV Stars Who Dated Their Co-Stars

Debra Messing may be hooking up with her "Smash" co-star Will Chase, but she's hardly the only TV star to find love on set. Back in 2003, sparks flew for co-stars Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody on the set of "The OC," and who could ever forget Joanie (Erin Moran) and Chachi's (Scott Baio) real-life romance that was worthy of a spin-off?

Plus, only in the world of TV is it ever acceptable to fall in love with your small-screen brother. Just ask Katherine Heigl, who dated her "Roswell" on-screen sibling Jason Behr in 2000. Meanwhile, Lauren Graham and her current boyfriend Peter Krause, who plays her TV brother Adam Braverman on "Parenthood," have been spotted vacationing in Venice together.

Katy Perry, Russell Brand Divorce

Katy Perry, Russell Brand Divorce

Russell Brand filed for divorce from Katy Perry on Friday on Dec. 30, just weeks after telling Ellen DeGeneres that he and his popstar wife were in it "until death do us part" on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Dec. 2.

Brand called the Internet "a wicked little liar," adding that “being famous is like a little bit of you is taken away, and goes off, and lives on its own and does what it wants."

But just 28 days later, Brand told AP, "Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I'll always adore her and I know we'll remain friends," and offered no other details.

Brand and Perry were married in October 2010 at a resort inside a tiger reserve in India. Over the course of their relationship, the couple has made numerous TV appearances, declaring their love for audiences across the world to see. From Brand talking about his proposal with the ladies of "The View" to Perry talking about marriage across the pond on "The Graham Norton Show," this celebrity couple was never very shy about their love for one another.

'Extreme Clutter' Season 2 Premiere: Mackenzie Phillips Lets Go Of Her Past With Peter Walsh

'Extreme Clutter' Season 2 Premiere: Mackenzie Phillips Lets Go Of Her Past With Peter Walsh

Former "One Day at a Time" star Mackenzie Phillips has had a difficult few years, between a stint on Vh1's "Celebrity Rehab" and being in the media spotlight over an alleged sexual relationship with her famous father. But she’s intent on moving forward.

In her latest effort, Phillips is getting somewhat of a makeover thanks to OWN's "Extreme Clutter." On Part 2 of the show's Season 2 premiere, which airs Jan. 2, organization expert Peter Walsh visits the actress to help her gain control of her home. It's crowded with material representations of painful memories that stem from years of substance abuse and emotional family upheaval.

"I think it's the last vestige of the junkie I used to be," Phillips says of her cluttered home in this exclusive video interview. "But why am I hanging onto the past?"

Phillips's home doesn’t appear particularly overloaded with objects. "It's not like 'Hoarders,'" she explains, noting that her problem is "hidden clutter." In sorting through her things, Phillips picks up a doll from her father, John of The Mamas and The Papas, and boots from her actress/model sister, Bijou.

Walsh notes that the actress's house is "filled with disturbing reminders of her days as a drug addict." Throughout the series, Walsh helps people whose lives have been dramatically affected by overwhelming clutter. He guides families through the emotional journey of overcoming their attachment to material items by pinpointing the root of their problems and guiding them towards a clutter-free life.

And seemingly, it works with Phillips. "You let go of the things that have negative power and keep the things that fit into your future," she says about what she's learned at the end of the interview.

"Extreme Clutter" will have a two-night premiere beginning Sun., Jan. 1 at 11 p.m. EST on OWN and then Mon., Jan. 2 in its regular time slot at 10 p.m. EST with Mackenzie Phillips's episode.

Michael Jordan Gets Engaged

Michael Jordan Gets Engaged

Michael Jordan is engaged to marry his girlfriend, Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto, The Associated Press reports.

The NBA legend, 48, popped the question over Christmas weekend. The couple has been together for three years.

Check out photos of Michael Jordan

This will be Jordan's second marriage — he was married to Juanita Vanoy for 16 years. They have three children together: two sons, Jeffrey Michael and Marcus James, and a daughter, Jasmine.

Following his 19-year career in basketball — during which he helped the Chicago Bulls win six championships and was named most valuable player five times — Jordan is now majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.

Selena Gomez Helped Pay The Rent With First 'Wizards Of Waverly Place' Paycheck

Selena Gomez Helped Pay The Rent With First 'Wizards Of Waverly Place' Paycheck

Just because she's dating the world's most sought-after teen heartthrob, is finishing a five year run on a hit Disney Channel show and has a successful music career, don't think for a second that Selena Gomez is a diva.

With "Wizards of Waverly Place" -- the show that made Gomez a household name -- set to air its final episode on Jan. 6th, the 19-year-old singer and actress opened up to "Access Hollywood" along with her cast mates David Henrie and Jake T. Austin, about how life has changed since starting the hit show.

We learned that money hasn't changed Selena and she clearly leaves the flashy spending to boyfriend Justin Bieber.

Despite commanding $100,000 per concert according to her 2010 tour rider, the star says she has yet to make any really big purchases. When asked what was the first thing she splurged on was, she told "Access Hollywood":

"Shoes .... I didn't really buy anything. I got my Ford Escape," she offered, but seemed unsure if that qualified as a big splurge. Selena was referring to the 2009 black Hybrid she received for her 16th birthday.

For one of the world's most famous teenagers, a $34,000 car seems pretty sensible, especially comparing it to say the $90,000 Range Rover reality star Kendall Jenner just received for her 16th birthday.

Even more surprising, Gomez admitted that her first paycheck from 'Wizards' went to helping out her family.

"I think [my first paycheck] went into living [in Los Angeles] because we had to move from Texas, so I think we just had to pay for it," she said.

Her castmate 17-year-old Jake T. Austin, who plays her younger brother, also said his first paycheck from Disney went to helping out with the rent and to "[helping] my family out a bit, it just goes into living and typical everyday expenses."

It's not surprising that Gomez hasn't gone crazy with her Disney cash -- she's actually known for being pretty low key and has been spotted on the red carpet wearing a $23 dress from teen clothier Forever 21 and has even been spotted stocking up on trendy items at the budget-friendly store.

'Hook, Line, And Sisters' Premiere: Anderson Family Boat Gets Hit Hard In Collision

'Hook, Line, And Sisters' Premiere: Anderson Family Boat Gets Hit Hard In Collision

TLC knows there's more reality entertainment to be mined out of both fishing and Alaska, so they combined the two in their latest reality entry "Hook, Line, and Sisters" (Thu., 10 p.m. EST on TLC). The show follows the Anderson family, who have been fishing the seas around Alaska for four generations.

The show centers on sisters are Sierra and Memry, but their parents are key figures as well. While Mom runs the finances for the operation, Dad still serves as the ship's captain. Someday, though, that responsibility might fall to Sierra. The Dec. 29 premiere focused on a four-day herring crusade that showcased just how cutthroat the fishing business can be.

Post-tsunami, Japanese demand dropped, meaning prices are lower and the competition is even more brutal. Since that makes for some dangerous navigating -- as boats are just as dangerous as motor vehicles on land, but far more difficult to stop or turn -- the Andersons suffered a brutal collision when another boat simply plowed into them rather than stopping.

'Boardwalk Empire' Star Aleksa Palladino On Angela Darmody's Death & Her New Band Exitmusic

'Boardwalk Empire' Star Aleksa Palladino On Angela Darmody's Death & Her New Band Exitmusic

On "Boardwalk Empire," Aleksa Palladino played Angela Darmody, the most modern woman in the Prohibition era drama. As Jimmy Darmody's (Michael Pitt) 1920s bohemian common-law wife, she sleeps with women and is pursuing a painting career.

"She's sort of a controversial one because she has ambitions that are still very unique for the time," Palladino told "Good Day NY" in September. "She's a painter and she's exploring her own sexuality ... with women and with men."

But sadly, late in "Boardwalk Empire's" second season, Angela met her fate as a casualty of her husband's mob dealings.

Palladino, who told Fast Company she was in mourning for three months after Angela's death, has taken it as an opportunity to focus on her music career. She is one half the band Exitmusic -- the other half is her husband Devon Church -- and she recently talked to Spinner about how her two artistic careers intersect.

"When I'm really into a character, it winds up bringing up so much emotional stuff and so much of my own experience that it's just a natural thing to me, to write out of it," Palladino said. "[Music and acting] have only heightened the experience of the other. I feel like the point is to become better at expressing truer things about yourself, so they both do that. It's like the same muscle kinda gets exercised. So yeah, it's not like a different part of the brain takes over doing one or the other, for me. They're the same."

A&E Posts Best Year in Network History

A&E Posts Best Year in Network History

A&E is wrapping up the best year in the network's history among all key demographics, including adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers. This achievement will mark an astonishing eighth straight year of growth among the key adult 25-54 demographics, the longest streak in cable.

Among all entertainment cable networks in 2011, A&E ranks number 5 in adults 25-54 and total viewers, and number 6 in adults 18-49. A&E is averaging 1.5 million total viewers in prime, up 7% over 2010 and has also out-delivered 2010 impressions among adults 25-54 (744,000) and 18-49 (709,000), up 5% and 6% respectively.

"2011 was marked by the strong performance of A&E's unparalleled slate of original programming," said Bob DeBitetto, President and General Manager of A&E and BIO. "It has truly been an outstanding year for the network with strong growth in an increasingly competitive landscape. Our exceptional performance in 2011 was fueled by record setting performances by original hit series 'Storage Wars' and 'Storage Wars Texas,' as well as the strength of our established franchises such as 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels,' 'The Glades,' 'Breakout Kings,' 'Beyond Scared Straight,' 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' and 'The First 48,' giving us great momentum heading into 2012."

2011 also marks the seventh year in a row that A&E finished as a top 10 network in adults 25-54 and total viewers and the sixth year in a row finishing as a top 10 network among adults 18-49. A&E has seven non-fiction shows in the top 50 among 25-54 and the top five crime & justice programs on cable in both adults 25-54 and total viewers.

Several records were achieved by A&E in December 2011, including the launch of "Storage Wars Texas," which became A&E's best series debut ever among total viewers (4.1 million) and adults 25 - 54 (2.1 million). Next, an all-time record was set when an episode of "Storage Wars" scored A&E's #1 telecast ever with adults 18-49 (3.0 million) and tied for A&E's #1 telecast ever among adults 25-54 (2.9 million). On the scripted side, "Stephen King's Bag of Bones," starring Pierce Brosnan, became the best performing mini-series event on cable since A&E's own "Andromeda Strain" premiered in 2008.

A&E closed out the year with nice momentum leading into 2012. For December 2011, the network posted double-digit gains in the key demos, up 21% among total viewers (1.7 million), 15% among adults 25-54 (854,000) and 14% among adults 18-49 (818,000), versus December 2010.

Syfy Will Launch Being Human "Temptation Is a Beast" Marketing Campaign in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve

Syfy Will Launch Being Human "Temptation Is a Beast" Marketing Campaign in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve

To launch the second season of its provocative hit series Being Human (Monday, January 16 at 10PM), Syfy will kick off the Temptation is a Beast marketing campaign on New Year's Eve in the ultimate temptation destination - Las Vegas.

A cornerstone of Syfy's nationwide, multi-media campaign, the Be Tempted partnership with the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas will encourage consumers to yield to their temptations on the most indulgent night of the year.

In addition to sponsoring the Palms Casino Resort's annual New Year's Eve Party at its exclusive Moon Nightclub - complete with custom elevator wraps, in-elevator key art, branded table tops, bar signage and napkins - the Temptation is a Beast Promotion will feature:

· Being Human travel package offering VIP access to hotel entertainment experiences

· Palms building wrap and custom made Being Human video which will be showcased on the Hotel's marquee video, casino floor and in-room promotional channel

· Being Human drink menus

· In-hotel room advertising including branded Being Human door hangers and key cards

· Digital and social extensions such as a guide to hosting the perfect Be Tempted viewing party complete with drink recipes and playlists

Said Michael Engleman, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Global Brand Strategy, Syfy: "The television culture has a seemingly insatiable appetite for supernatural-based stories. Coming off a successful first year, Being Human's edgy characters and plot engages the imagination while confronting the many temptations we all face, whether a vampire, werewolf, ghost or a mere human being. What more fitting place to launch this new season and a new year than in Las Vegas, the capital of temptation?"

As part of its robust media buy (along with out-of-home in major cities, blockbuster holiday movies, multicultural outlets, radio/local cable/broadcast), Temptation is a Beast will join the cultural conversation with a specially designed ad insert in the January/February issue of Playboy - Lindsay Lohan posing as Marilyn Monroe on the cover.

Online, will let users know just how likely they are to give into temptation with the Temptation is a Beast quiz, along with opportunities to tempt their friends on social media and video featurettes throughout the season.

In Being Human, leading normal lives is a lot harder than it looks for three roommates - vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer), ghost Sally (Meaghan Rath) and werewolf Josh (Sam Huntington) - who share their secrets and a Boston brownstone. The action picks up nearly a month after last season's explosive finale as the three continue to struggle with their supernatural double lives.

'Pretty Little Liars' premiere: 5 things to look forward to

'Pretty Little Liars' premiere: 5 things to look forward to

"Pretty Little Liars" is back for the second half of its second season Monday, Jan. 2 on ABC Family. We've seen the premiere episode and let us tell you - it's fabulous. There's some trickeration, some fighting and a killer ending.

So here are five things PLL fans can look forward to for the premiere, which debuts at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family Monday night, following an all-day PLL marathon.

"A" offers a deal to one of the liars ... and she accepts.

Things get physical all over Rosewood. As you can see above, Spencer and Emily are not getting along. In addition, a punch is thrown in the Montgomery house, though we won't tell you by whom or at who. And one Liar's "A" encounter is more physical than ever before.

One of the liars makes Garrett the Cop sweat a little.

One liar's nemesis is moving to town. Cheers!

A VIP is lost (very important phone)

'Celebrity Cook-Off's' Joey Fatone: 'I cut my finger pretty badly one day'

'Celebrity Cook-Off's' Joey Fatone: 'I cut my finger pretty badly one day'

Singer Joey Fatone is one of eight celebrity chef-testants taking part in Rachael Ray vs. Guy Fieri's "Celebrity Cook-Off," which debuts Sunday night, Jan. 1, at 9 p.m. ET on the Food Network.

Joey's Quick Bite, "If you combine good flavors, food turns into an orchestra."

Joey's Behind-the-Scenes Dish:

"I cut my finger pretty badly one day, but I couldn't stop working or I'd lose time. So while the doctor was bandaging one of my hands, I was chopping with the other!"

Was Rachael or Guy more competitive?

"Even though you could tell that both of them wanted their teams to win, they were very supportive of everyone on the show."

Joey before the show, "I only chopped with small knives."

And now, "I use a chef's knife. Guy would yell at me to grab the 'big-boy knife.' I was intimidated at first because it's really sharp, but now I have no fear."

'The Vampire Diaries' spoilers: 'The New Deal' brings big changes

'The Vampire Diaries' spoilers: 'The New Deal' brings big changes

Okay, vamp fans! Here's the deal: Yes, we've watched "The New Deal" -- Thursday's  mid-season premiere of "The Vampire Diaries." And yes, The CW has us on lockdown with some very specific details we're not allowed to reveal to you. Juicy ones.

But don't worry; we won't leave you hanging completely. Here are five things you can look forward to (and/or dread) in Thursday's episode.

1. Klaus (Joseph Morgan) has a domestic side. We're almost nervous to admit it, but our big bad wolf has become one of the most complex characters on television right now. The way that his vulnerability and villainy tangle up together is fascinating to watch. With his father out of the picture, Klaus has big plans to reunite his remaining family members -- complete with a dream house in the town where they last loved each other as humans. It's poetic, really.

2. Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) spirals out of control. We're talking old school Jeremy, minus the nail polish. He's flunking out of school, he got fired from his job... and things go from bad to worse when he starts hanging out with Tyler (Michael Trevino) again. Elena (Nina Dobrev) tries to intervene, but when she sees Jeremy in a gruesome confrontation with a hybrid, it becomes pretty clear that he's on the verge of losing any chance at happiness.

3. The romantic tension between Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena gets even more epic. The connection between them now runs deeper than the whole lusty, let's-stand-a-little-too-close-together-and-stare-at-each-other's-mouths thing that they've been doing for the last two years. While their loyalty to Stefan (Paul Wesley) may be threadbare at this point, it is there -- particularly once Damon learns that Stefan only saved Klaus to spare Damon. Delena has a dilemma, y'all! Before the hour is over, one of them is going to make a major decision that has to do with their relationship and their relationship with Stefan.

4. A little clarity. We'll find out much more about siring and what it means to Tyler that Klaus is his sire -- he'll even explain the key differences between compulsion and siring. (Sort of. Let's just say the line is a little blurry.) Tyler's loyalty is tested several times in the episode... and as far as Elena and Alaric (Matt Davis) are concerned, he definitely fails some of the tests. We're not sure this bodes well for his relationship with Caroline (Candice Accola), who isn't in this episode.

5. Say goodbye. One of our favorite characters is saying goodbye to Mystic Falls -- possibly forever, in a scene that totally made us cry, and is making us cry again right now, just writing about it. (We know there are rumors out there that Damon does something unpleasant to force the character out of town -- this isn't the case, Damon fans. Your boy is a true gentleman in this episode.)

After a long break, this episode is well worth the wait. Make sure you're in front of your TV on January 5 at 8:00 p.m. EST -- and West Coasters, you stay off Twitter! Just trust us that you won't want to be spoiled for this one.

Big Screen Version of British TV cult comedy ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ In the Works

Big Screen Version of British TV cult comedy ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ In the Works

Co-creator Jennifer Saunders and co-star Joanna Lumley to star in movie version.

Jennifer Saunders, the co-creator of the BBC award-winning series Absolutely Fabulous, has said she plans to make a big screen version of the TV show.

Saunders has set the Internet alight with reports that she is planning a movie version of the show, which returned to the small screen over the Christmas season on BBC to ratings success and a posititve critical reception.

The comedy show featuring Saunders as Eddy, her sidekick Patsy played by Joanna Lumley and copious amounts of champagne, aims to capitalize on the show’s long-running popularity.

First airing on BBC in 1992, the comedy about a fashionista PR and her hard-drinking, smoking sidekick has scored numerous awards including a best comedy show BAFTA in 1993 and an Emmy for best popular arts program the following year.

This year’s Christmas special, penned by Saunders, marked the show’s return to the small screen after an absence of six years.

The Christmas special garnered around nine million viewers with another episode to air on New Year’s Day.

According to reports, Saunders said she is “definitely going to do” a movie version.

“I’m aiming to shoot this in a beautiful part of the Riviera. I fancy the south of France in the spring,” Saunders said.

There is another Ab Fab TV outing planned for 2012.

Oprah Discusses Future of OWN

Oprah Discusses Future of OWN

"If this doesn't work out, I'm going to go into organic farming in Maui," the former talk show queen said of her Oprah Winfrey Network's struggles.

Oprah Winfrey's cable venture, OWN,  wasn't exactly a ratings hit in its first year.

As The Hollywood Reporter reported, there were executive turnovers, increased pressure to raise carriage fees and over $245 million has been spent funding the venture in the last year.

The media personality is now returning to television in a new show on the network, Oprah's Next Chapter, which debuts on the channel's first anniversary, Jan. 1, in the hopes that it will bring in viewers.

In a new interview with the Associated Press, Winfrey was frank about the struggles she's faced trying to take a successful image and turn it into a network.

"I would absolutely say it is and was not where I want it to be for year one," Winfrey said. "My focus up until (last) May was doing what I do best, which is 'The Oprah Winfrey Show,' and giving that my full attention" until its conclusion."

But, she says she's also confused by the attitude that OWN is a failure.

"Somebody was talking to me in that kind of saddened, 'How are you?' tone, and I was thinking, 'I'm fine,'" said Winfrey, adding, "Everybody has told me — Ted Turner has told me, Barry Diller has told me, Lorne Michaels has told me, David Geffen has told me — anybody who's ever worked with a channel, who's ever done anything, has said it takes three to five years," she said, adding, "You have to do the work. ... You do not have to pay attention to the criticism."

So far this year, OWN is averaging just 136,000 viewers per day (Monday through Sunday, 6 a.m.-6 a.m.), a decline of 8 percent compared to predecessor Discovery Health in 2010. Among women 18 to 49, OWN is down 12 percent. In primetime, OWN actually is up slightly among total viewers -- 2 percent, to 258,000 -- and is up 8 percent among women 25 to 54. But OWN is flat among younger women 18 to 49.

"I don't understand what anybody was thinking," she said of the network's original roll-out plan. "You're going on the air, you've got four shows. What do you think you're going to do by Tuesday? Did they think people were going to turn on the channel just because it had my name on it?" she said. "People didn't turn on The Oprah Winfrey Show because my name was on it. It was absolutely topic driven every day," she said.

And, despite being committed to turning OWN into a success, Winfrey says she's got a Plan B.

"If this doesn't work out, I'm going to go into organic farming in Maui. And I'm not kidding."

CNN's 'American Morning' Ends After 10 Years

CNN's 'American Morning' Ends After 10 Years

The cable news network debuts its new morning lineup on Jan. 2.

As CNN readies its new morning lineup next week, long-running series American Morning signed off for the last time on Friday.

Anchors Alina Cho and Deborah Feyerick, brought staff members to set for its final broadcast, TV Newser reports, thanking everyone for their efforts on the morning series, ending after 10 years on the cable news network due to weak ratings.

"These are the folks who get up in the middle of the night when everyone is sleeping to bring you this show," said Feyerick, "and they do it when a lot of enthusiasm and love and energy."

Prior to the telecast, Feyerick tweeted, teasing the new changes to mornings at CNN: "Final American morning of 2011. It gets a facelift in 2012." Two hours later, she wrote of the final telecast: "#CNNAM back on the couch as we head into home stretch!"

American Morning premiered the day after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001 with Paula Zahn, who now anchors a weekly crime newsmagazine On the Case for the Investigation Discovery channel. (THR reported that On the Case recently hired David Letterman's blackmailer Joe Halderman to serve as a producer on the series.) American Morning was originally set to debut five months later.

Anchor John Roberts left his post at the end of 2010 with Kiran Chetry departing at the end of July 2011.

CNN is looking to break through the morning show clutter dominated by the Today show, Good Morning America as well as Fox & Friends and Morning Joe with Ashleigh Banfield and Zoralda Sambolin's Early Start from 5-7 a.m. and Soledad O'Brien's Starting Point taking the 7-9 a.m. hours.

Banfield is a former ABC News co-anchor, while Sambolin is a former early morning anchor from Chicago.

Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane Welcome Second Child

Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane Welcome Second Child

The couple added a baby girl to their growing family on Dec. 28.

Rebecca Gayheart came in just shy of having a New Year's baby.

The 40-year-old actress gave birth to her second child with husband Eric Dane on Wednesday, as first reported by People.

Baby girl Georgia Geraldine joins the actress and the Grey's Anatomy star's growing family, which welcomed first daughter Billie Beatrice in March 2010.

"Rebecca Gayheart and husband Eric Dane welcomed Georgia Geraldine Dane on Dec. 28, just in time for the New Year!" said a rep Gayheart. "Both mom and baby girl are happy and healthy, Billie is thrilled to be a big sister, and dad is getting ready to live in a house full of ladies!"

Gayheart is perhaps best known for roles in '90s teen films such as Urban Legend and Jawbreaker, while Dane has stared as Dr. Mark "McSteamy" Sloan on ABC's Grey's Anatomy since 2006. Last year he appeared in the Cher/Christina Aguilera musical Burlesque.

The couple, who wed in Las Vegas in 2004, confirmed the pregnancy in July 2011.

NBC Accused of Editing Religion Out of Ben Breedlove Viral Clip

NBC Accused of Editing Religion Out of Ben Breedlove Viral Clip

documented his rare heart condition before it killed him on Christmas, admitted believing in God and angels -- something MSNBC seemingly skirted over in a televised report.

Ben Breedlove, a 18-year-old from Austin, Texas, gained national attention this week when a video he made before his Dec. 25 death went viral.

Documenting his life, advice for other teenagers and the rare heart condition that killed him in a series of YouTube clips, Breedlove's final video focused on how his many near-death experiences shaped his life. It surpassed 2 million views and found its way onto several televised news broadcasts. But an NBC report skipped one of his key points.

Conservative blog Daily Rushbo notes that MSNBC's segment on Breedlove seemed to edit out his admission of faith in God.

At one point in the video, which is narrated, silently, through messages on note cards, Breedlove asks viewers if they believe in "Angels and God." In the YouTube video, he follows that card with one that reads "I do." The original MSNBC broadcast, however, fades out just as he begins to pull it up.

The segment, as it originally aired, is still available on YouTube, where the apparent edit is visible. On MSNBC's website, there is an altered version that shows the "I do" card. What remains unclear is whether the fade out was accidental or intentional.

ABC shuffles execs at Stephanopoulos' "This Week"

ABC shuffles execs at Stephanopoulos' "This Week"

With George Stephanopoulos taking the reins back from Christiane Amanpour on "This Week," ABC News is staging another renovation of the Sunday morning show.

Jon Banner, who oversaw the show from 2000 to 2003, will return, taking the place of Rick Kaplan. The new version of "This Week" debuts January 8.

Banner, senior executive producer for "division wide initiatives," will continue to oversee big projects for the network.

"Jon and George have a long history working together," ABC News President Ben Sherwood said in a note to ABC News staff. "They share an editorial vision for the broadcast and when they teamed up last they steadily expanded the program's audience. As partners again, I am confident they will produce excellent results."

Banner ran the nightly newscast "World News" for almost a decade. He took on his current role in September.

Kaplan, who has had multiple stops at ABC and CBS as well as stints at CNN and MSNBC, just left CBS to return to ABC News in May.

He will remain with the network, overseeing ABC's debate in New Hampshire January 7. He will also "take on other big projects and continue to offer a critical voice in our news and election coverage," according to Sherwood's note.

Banner takes over a show that has struggled from a ratings perspective, often performing worse than both CBS' "Face the Nation" and NBC's "Meet the Press" in recent months.

Amanpour announced she was leaving the show earlier in December as she splits her time between ABC and CNN.

Stephanopoulos will now pull double duty between "This Week" and his co-hosting position at "Good Morning America," which by contrast has had a strong year of ratings.