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Will the Supreme Court Finally Lift Ban on 'Seven Dirty Words' You Can't Say on TV?

Will the Supreme Court Finally Lift Ban on 'Seven Dirty Words' You Can't Say on TV?

Tuesday will be a very vulgar day at the U.S. Supreme Court.

For the second time in the last four years, the justices of the high court will consider the FCC's authority in policing curse words on broadcast television. In 2009, the Supreme Court decided narrowly (5-4) that the FCC's ban on fleeting vulgarity was "entirely rational," while side-stepping the constitutional challenges brought by network broadcasters. This time around, after the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal said the FCC policy was unconstitutionally vague, the Supreme Court will likely make a landmark ruling about how to square First Amendment rights with the government's interest in protecting families from indecent speech.

The battle stretches back more than 30 years, since comedian George Carlin gave his famous monologue, "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television."

In the aftermath, the Supreme Court took up an examination of the government's role in regulating indecency over the public airwaves. In the famous 1978 decision in FCC vs. Pacifica Foundation, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens upheld the FCC's authority while preaching some vague restraint. "We simply hold that when the Commission finds that a pig has entered the parlor, the exercise of its regulatory power does not depend on proof that the pig is obscene," he wrote.

Over the next two decades, indecency came up here and there, with rules being tweaked and complaints being made, but it wasn't until the early part of this new century, when the FCC got aggressive under the George W.  Bush administration, that broad constitutional challenges were presented again about the FCC's authority to regulate indecency.

The FCC warned Fox over expletives uttered by Cher and Nicole Richie on awards shows, and also fined ABC for fleeting nudity on the drama NYPD Blue. That led to a lawsuit by Fox and other broadcasters against the FCC for imposing rules that were "arbitrary and capricious."

In 2009, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia upheld the FCC's ban, taking a shot at “foul-mouthed glitteratae from Hollywood,” but passed on an opportunity to issue a broad ruling on the First Amendment challenges brought by broadcasters.

Instead, the case (Fox vs. FCC) went back to the 2nd Circuit, which took another opportunity to strike down the ban. The appellate circuit hinted that the time had come to re-examine indecency on broadcast television in light of the development of cable television, YouTube, Twitter and various new media since the 1978 Pacfica decision.  "The past thirty years has seen an explosion of media sources, and broadcast television has become only one voice in the chorus," wrote Circuit Judge Rosemary Pooler in a 2010 decision.

At the same time, Judge Pooler said that it was up to the Supreme Court to overrule Pacifica and constrained the lifting of the FCC's ban merely because it was too vague.

Now, the U.S. Supreme Court gets another bite at the apple as the Obama administration defends the FCC's authority to provide children a safe harbor on broadcast television from indecency.

The government is supported by conservative family groups like the Parents TV Council, which points to a proliferation of curse words on broadcast TV (1,227 bleeped and unbleeped utterances of "fuck" and "shit" last year, according to the group) and warns that if networks get their way at the high court, it will mean that "the American people are going to get a rude awakening when broadcast TV becomes indistinguishable from Cinemax, HBO or something even more explicit."

The forthcoming ruling could go either way.

On one hand, the U.S. Supreme Court has shown an interest in expanding the scope of the First Amendment, ruling in Citizens United that government regulations on campaign expenditures violated constitutional protections for free speech. And very notably, last year, the Supreme Court struck down a California ban on violent video games, saying that "basic principals of free speech" shouldn't be restricted without a "compelling government interest."

On the other hand, recent research has suggested that the Supreme Court's image as a defender of free speech is overstated, as the justices have heard fewer First Amendment cases and ruled in favor of free speech with less frequency than any time in the past 50 years. Plus, this is still a court that tends to be conservative and/or squeamish on social issues. As proof, compare the Supreme Court's 2009 decision with the subsequent ruling by the 2nd Circuit the following year. Guess which one decided to use the "S-Word" in the written opinion and which one decided to spell it out.

Russell Brand gets late night U.S. comedy show

Russell Brand gets late night U.S. comedy show

Irreverent British comedian Russell Brand has signed up for a new late night TV comedy show on the FX network, starting later this year, FX said on Monday.

The brash "Get Him to the Greek" star, who last month split with singer Katy Perry after 14 months of marriage, will give U.S. audiences his take on politics, news and pop culture in a six episode show shot before a live audience.

The as yet untitled venture is Brand's foray into U.S. television following movie roles in Hollywood comedies "Arthur" and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."

Brand, 36, began his career as a stand-up comic in Britain and went on to prove a lively if controversial voice on British radio and television.

He hosted a short-lived UK talk show in 2006 and was forced to resign as a BBC radio host in 2008 after making lewd, prank phone calls.

"We're very excited to add Russell Brand's bracingly funny, original, and honest voice to the FX comedy line-up," Nick Grad, original programming chief at FX, said in a statement.

Grad said the show aimed to "strip down the hosted comedy format to its most fundamental elements and to create something daring and unfiltered for the FX audience."

FX, the cable TV arm of Fox television, said the 30-minute show would draw heavily on audience interaction.

Brand, a self-confessed former sex, drug and alcohol addict, said he was "excited" about the new venture.

Brand in December filed for divorce from "Teenage Dream" singer Perry, citing irreconcilable differences. The pair married in October 2010 in a lavish wedding in India.

Lindsay Lohan In Talks to Play Elizabeth Taylor for Lifetime

Lindsay Lohan In Talks to Play Elizabeth Taylor for Lifetime

Lindsay Lohan might not have ended up playing XXX actress Linda Lovelace -- but she just might end up portraying another iconic screen presence.

Lohan, 25, is in talks to play Elizabeth Taylor in the upcoming Lifetime biopic "Elizabeth & Richard: A Love Story." An individual familiar with the negotiations told TheWrap that Lohan is in early conversations about the project.

The film will chronicle the romance between Taylor and Richard Burton, to whom she was married twice, from 1964 to 1974 and again from 1975 to 1976.

Improbable as it might seem, Lohan has had her experience playing -- or at least channeling -- screen legends lately, namely in her Marilyn Monroe-inspired nude pictorial for the January/February 2012 issue of Playboy.

Taylor died of congestive heart failure in March 2011, at the age of 79.

Lohan's spokesperson offered no comment on the talks.

TV Tonight 10th of January 2012

TV Tonight 10th of January 2012

The daily list in alphabetical order, of all the new episodes airing.

    24 Hour Catwalk S01E02: "Active Wear"
    Ano Natsu de Matteru S01E01: "Episode 1"
    Another S01E01: "Episode 1"
    Arctic Air S01E01: "Out of a Clear Blue Sky"
    Bargain Hunt S31E07: "Series 31, Episode 7"
    Bleach (JP) S16E13
    Body Of Proof S02E12: "Shades of Blue"
    Campus PD S04E02
    Celebrity Big Brother S09E06: "Series 9, Episode 6"
    Chopped S10E03: "Far Far Out!"
    Conan S02E30: "Chelsea Handler"
    Countdown with Keith Olbermann S10E05: "Season 10, Episode 5"
    Cowboy Builders S06E02: "Pontefract"
    Dance Moms S02E01: "Everyone's Replaceable"
    Days of our Lives S47E43: "Ep. #11753"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E129: "Episode 1809"
    Dickinson's Real Deal S08E26: "Series 8, Episode 26"
    Dirty Jobs S08E05: "Barber's Assistant"
    DIY SOS S21E08: "The Big Build - Chesterfield"
    Doctors S13E173: "Yesterday"
    EastEnders S28E07: "January 10, 2012"
    Emmerdale S41E08: "January 10, 2012"
    Escape To The Country S12E06: "Oxon/Wilts"
    Extreme Couponing S03E05: "All-Stars: Jessica vs. Perry"
    Flip Men S01E12: "Million Dollar Money Pit"
    General Hospital (US) S49E196: "#12470"
    Got to Dance S03E13: "Series 3, Episode 13"
    Great British Railway Journeys S03E07: "Reading to Alton"
    Hardcore Pawn S05E08: "TBA"
    Hidden City S01E06
    Holby City S14E13: "Hide Your Love Away"
    Hollyoaks S18E07: "January 10, 2012"
    Hotel cæsar S28E131: "Season 28, Episode 131"
    House of Anubis S02E04: "House of Blackmail"
    House of Anubis S02E03: "House of Spirits"
    Inside Nature's Giants S04E01: "Baboon"
    Jane By Design S01E02: "The Runway"
    Jeopardy! S28E82: "Show #6287"
    Jimmy Kimmel Live S09E183
    Last Man Standing S01E13: "Take Your Daughter To Work"
    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon S02E201
    Late Show with David Letterman S19E06
    Let's Stay Together S02E01: "Let's Do It Again"
    My First Place S20E17: "The Value of a Realtor"
    Natsume Yūjin-Chō S04E02: "The Eastern Forest"
    NCIS S09E13: "A Desperate Man"
    NCIS: Los Angeles S03E13: "Exit Strategy"
    Nederland van boven S01E06: "Water: Vriend of vijand"
    Neighbours S28E02: "Episode 6312"
    NFL Films Presents S45E19: "Greatest Games of 2011"
    One Life to Live S44E123: "Ep. #11102"
    Parenthood (2010) S03E13: "Just Smile"
    Pointless S05E91: "Series 5, Episode 91"
    Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is S05E07: "Series 5, Episode 7"
    Ruben vs Sophie S02E05: "Season 2, Episode 5"
    Saints and Scroungers S03E07: "Series 3, Episode 7"
    Shameless S09E02: "Series 9, Episode 2"
    Shipping Wars S01E02: "Double Down and Bean Town"
    Shipping Wars S01E01: "Shipping Wars"
    Storage Hunters S01E16: "TBA"
    Storage Wars S02E27: "Don't Bid So Close to Me"
    Storage Wars S02E28: "Not Your Average Bear"
    Storage Wars: Texas S01E06: "Remember the Alamo?"
    Stromberg S05E07: "Cheyenne"
    Sveriges mästerkock S02E02: "Juryn är i Umeå på auditionturné"
    Swamp Loggers S04E13: "On the Move Again"
    Switched at Birth S01E12: "The Tempest"
    Tabatha’s Salon Takeover S04E01: "Jungle Red: Minneapolis, MN"
    Taboo S08E02: "Odd Couples"
    Teen Mom 2 S02E06: "Lean on Me"
    Teen Mom 2 S02E07: "Breaking Point"
    Texas Multi Mamas S01E06: "Holy S... I've Got Boobs!"
    Texas Multi Mamas S01E05: "Road Trippin'"
    The Biggest Loser S13E02: "Season 13, Episode 2"
    The Biggest Loser (2009) S03E02: "Series 3, Episode 2"
    The Bold and the Beautiful S25E206: "Ep. #6235"
    The Chase (2009) S05E06: "Series 5, Episode 6"
    The Colbert Report S08E05: "Bill Moyers"
    The Daily Show S17E05: "Judge Andrew Napolitano"
    The Ellen DeGeneres Show S09E75
    The Game S05E02: "The Truth Pact"
    The Game S05E01: "Skeletons"
    The Jeremy Kyle Show S07E82: "January 10, 2012"
    The L.A. Complex S01E01: "Pilot"
    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson S08E07: "Isaac Mizrahi, Sophia Bush"
    The Mystery of Edwin Drood S01E01: "Episode 1"
    The Rosie Show S01E46: "Saturday Night Live Star Darrell Hammond
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno S19E222
    The Young and the Restless S39E203: "Ep. #9818"
    Thuis S17E97: "Season 17, Episode 97"
    Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood S06E06: "The Pregnancy Police"
    Unforgettable S01E13: "Brotherhood"
    Wanted Down Under S06E07: "Series 6, Episode 7"
    Watch What Happens: Live S06E03: "Robin Thicke and Tori Spelling"
    Wereld draait door, De S07E88: "Season 7, Episode 88"
    Wife Swap S07E03: "Flavor Flav/Dee Snider"
    Work It S01E02: "Shake Your Money Maker"

Rob McElhenney Pilot Gets Fox Pickup

Rob McElhenney Pilot Gets Fox Pickup

"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" star and creator Robert McElhenney has sold a comedy pilot to Fox.

The pilot, "Living Loaded," is from 3 Arts and FX Productions. It is Fox's first foray into pilot production with FX Productions.

McElhenney created it with "Always Sunny" co-producer Rob Rosell. They are also working together on the FX animated series "Unsupervised," which debuts Jan. 19.

"Always Sunny" recently wrapped its seventh season, for which McElhenney gained 50 pounds because he thought it would be funny. (An aside: We saw him at a Fox party Sunday night, and he's lost it all.)

Paul Rudd to Play Leslie Knope's 'Parks and Rec' Opponent

Paul Rudd to Play Leslie Knope's 'Parks and Rec' Opponent

It looks like Leslie Knope will have a formidable opponent in her "Parks and Recreation" run for city council.

Vulture reports that Paul Rudd will play her political rival, and that the actor shot scenes late last year. The "Role Models" and "I Love You Man" star will appear in at least one episode, the site said.

The pairing would re-team "Wet Hot American Summer" castmates Rudd and Amy Poehler, who plays Knope.

Disney Junior Gets Launch Date; Disney XD Plans Marvel Block

Disney Junior Gets Launch Date; Disney XD Plans Marvel Block

Disney will launch Disney Junior, a 24-hour basic cable and satellite channel targeting kids 2 to 7, on Friday, March 23.

The move comes as Disney's channels try to close ground on lead kids network Nickelodeon, which slid in the ratings last quarter. The announcement came at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, where Disney also announced plans for an all-Marvel block on Disney XD.

The Disney Channel's Disney Junior daily programming block, which began in February 2010, will continue. Its ratings are up 26 percent year-over-year in kids 2 to 5 and 36 percent among boys in that age group.

Disney Junior will air through cable and satellite providers including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Bright House Networks and Verizon, among others.

"Ultimate Spider-Man" will anchor the new Marvel block, which will debut Sunday, April 1. (If you'll indulge your friendly neighborhood spider-reporter some editorializing, it looks really cool.) The block will also feature the series return of "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes."

The "Spider-Man" creative team includes Marvel Entertainment chief creative officer Joe Quesada, Paul Dini ("Batman: The Animated Series," "Lost") and Man of Action Studios (creators of "Ben 10" and "Generator Rex.") The series will feature a teenage Peter Parker joining Nick Fury's S.H.I.E.L.D. and fighting alongside fellow heroes, including Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

The voice talent includes Drake Bell ("Superhero," "Drake & Josh") as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Chi McBride ("Boston Public," "Pushing Daisies") as Nick Fury, JK Simmons ("Spider-Man") as J. Jonah Jameson, Stan Lee as Stan the Janitor, Clark Gregg ("Iron Man", "Thor," "The Avengers") as Agent Coulson and Steven Weber ("Wings") as Norman Osborn.

LG Electronics Shines Spotlight on New 55-inch, 3D OLED TV at Consumer Electronics Show

LG Electronics Shines Spotlight on New 55-inch, 3D OLED TV at Consumer Electronics Show

In 2012, 50% of the company's displays will support 3D TV.

LG Electronics spotlighted it new 55-inch 3D OLED TV at a press conference in Las Vegas on Monday as the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show opened.

The OLED display, which had been anticipated, is just 4mm thick and is part of LG’s 2012 home entertainment product lines announced at the show.

“2011 was challenging for economies around the world, but was a pivotal year for LG,” Wayne Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics USA, said. “In a difficult economy LG US increased revenues by 8%, sales exceeded $12 billion in North America.”

In 2012, 50% of LG’s displays will support 3D and will be Smart TVs, including the 55-inch OLED display and new 84-inch “Ultra Definition” 3D Smart TV.

LG’s director of new product development Tim Alessi said that when it comes to 3D, “people vote with the pocketbook, and more and more of that is going toward passive 3D.” He reported that passive displays now represent more than 33% of the market, and added that LG’s share has exceeded Sony’s and that Samsung “is square in our sights.”

Newly-announced features in LG’s Cinema 3D TV technology include a 3D depth control option and improvements to its 2D-to-3D conversion feature. For single-view use, LG will preview a glasses-free display monitor and laptop.

Underscoring another CES trend—a more natural interface--LG revealed that it will offer new voice recognition and gestural control features for its Magic Remote remote control for its Cinema3D Smart TVs.

In the mobile phone category, LG previewed its Spectrum smartphone, exclusively for Verizon Wireless.

LG also announced a partnership with ESPN to offer 720p HD mobile video on the new Spectrum through ESPN’s ScoreCenter app while connected to the Verizon 4G LTE network or Wi-Fi.

Spectrum features include a 4.5 inch True HD In-Plane Switching (IPS) display; Full HD (1080p) video; Android 2.3 (upgradable to Android 4.0); and Dolby Digital Plus which allows users to stream up to 7.1 channels of surround sound.

The Spectrum, slated for Jan. 19 availability, will list for $200 with a two-year contract. Spectrum features include a 4.5 inch True HD In-Plane Switching (IPS) display; Full HD (1080p) video; Android 2.3 (upgradable to Android 4.0); and Dolby Digital Plus which allows users to stream up to 7.1 channels of surround sound.

ABC's 'Revolution' Cast Sympathizes With Soaps, Promises One-Stop Shopping

ABC's 'Revolution' Cast Sympathizes With Soaps, Promises One-Stop Shopping

Ty Pennington laments the cancellation of "Extreme Home Makeover," while his fellow co-hosts assure viewers that "Tim Gunn in a three-piece suit is reason enough to tune in."

Four months after the debut of The Chew, ABC launches its second post-soap series, The Revolution, on Jan. 16 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Instead of just focusing on food, however, the lifestyles series will cover different facets of healthy living for women, with therapist Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry, style guru Tim Gunn, home design specialist Ty Pennington, OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton and trainer Harley Pasternak representing their own fields.

But at the series' Television Critics Association winter press tour panel, the first question naturally focused to the demise of the network's soap operas -- particularly One Life to Live, which airs its final episode this Friday before making room for The Revolution.

"We can't replace that show. What we offer is something different," said Pennington. "I come from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. That show got canceled too, and that's something that's very very special to me."

The reality series' recent demise might not directly compare to the nearly 44-year run of One Life to Live, but Pennington said he understood what those involved were going through.

Executive producer JD Roth and the cast didn't seem keen to dwell on their outgoing predecessor, so they spent the bulk of the panel trying to explain the series' unique format while being mindful to use the word "revolution" more times than easily counted.

"We're trying to show people how to make changes in their lives, how to connect in different ways," said Roth, confirming that each week will include the narrative of a different woman trying to better her life. "Over the course of five days, you see five months of her journey. By Friday, you get to see the end of her five-month transformation. And the next week you get to see another story."

Those stories will be anchored by segments from the different co-hosts, focusing on their own area of expertise, translating methods used by the highlighted women to the viewer.

Five different experts in different fields in one place is something Roth said similar lifestyles programs couldn't offer.

And at the very least, there's always Tim Gunn. Most of his co-hosts, at one point or another, pointed to the appeal and authority of the Project Runway mentor and former fashion chair at Parsons School for Design as the real hook of the show.

Henry seemed to sum up their sentiments, telling reporters that "Tim Gunn in a three-piece suit is reason enough to tune in."

'The Voice': Adam Levine calls 'American Idol' camp's insults 'a little cheap'

'The Voice': Adam Levine calls 'American Idol' camp's insults 'a little cheap'

So says Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine about charges made over the weekend by FOX's "American Idol" team, particularly Randy Jackson, at TV critics' winter TCA gathering that NBC's singing competition "The Voice" -- on which Levine is a judge -- uses "second-chance people" as contestants and has a set that, with its rotating high-backed chairs, is a "rip off" of "Star Trek."

"People try out for whatever shows they want to try out for," Levine reasons to Zap2it about his series, which NBC is giving a second-season launch immediately after Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, Feb. 5. "It's not like Publishers Clearing House shows up at your house and says, 'Congratulations! You've won the chance to be on this show.' That's bulldshit, and everyone knows that.

"Any sort of personal attack, to me, is just a form of vulnerability and insecurity," adds Levine. "To poke fun is one thing, and we've fired back and forth at each other, but there's never been any malicious intent.

"Naturally, a competition does exist, because the shows are similar ... but it's 'American Idol.' It's not going anywhere. It's the biggest show on Planet Earth. We're just interested in doing our thing."

That "thing" now involves Levine striving for a better balance between his "Voice" duties and his own recording and touring obligations. "It was a nightmare for me last year," he admits. "It's very, very difficult to be on the road and commit fully to doing that as well as you can, and also to doing this.

"We've hopefully rigged it this year so that I can focus on both individually. I'll devote all my time to 'The Voice,' then once that's finished, we'll go abroad."

Consider Levine ready, then, to meet FOX reality-show chief Mike Darnell's declaration that "American Idol" is the "gold standard" of such competitions. "If they're the gold standard," Levine says, "then we can be the platinum standard. I'll play nice."

'Glee': Cory Monteith and Lea Michele tease 'something big' for Finn and Rachel, Season 4

'Glee': Cory Monteith and Lea Michele tease 'something big' for Finn and Rachel, Season 4

We know that the "Glee" spinoff is officially dead -- but not only will Lea Michele be back for Season 4, Cory Monteith confirmed to Zap2it that he'll be back after Finn Hudson graduates too. "There's no way I can't graduate. I'm, like, 30 next year," he cracks.

Seriously, though, Monteith says that he welcomes the big changes coming to "Glee" next season.

"Season 4 is going to be a whole different show. It's going to be something a lot different than what people saw. It's still very much the same show, the same formula that I think has found viewership, it's just going to be a little bit of a shakeup. Ryan and the creators have come up with a really cool way to incorporate a lot of graduates-- [they] can still be a part of the show but not change the entire paradigm of the series."

Michele tells Zap2it that although her status was publicly up in the air, she always intended to return to the show.

 "I always knew in the back of my mind, like, 'I'm coming back whether they want it or not! I'm going to be a janitor in the background. Be in the choir room window like [makes face].' I 'm thankful every single day," she says. "Not only are we happy that we have our incredible jobs, but we're a part of a television show that's funny but at the same time is helping people and is doing something important."

So that's settled -- Monteith and Michele will definitely be back. But will their characters stay together as they approach graduation? Michele teases that there's "something big" coming up for Finn and Rachel.

Monteith expands, saying, "I think this season in particular is a lot more about Rachel's ambition and Finn's lack of direction. Is Finn going to be brought along on her path, or is he going to figure out what he wants to do? And what is it that Finn wants to do? I think these are all questions that he's asking himself and will be continuing to ask himself through Season 3, and it's going to get shaken up a lot near the end of Season 3."

IFC Orders Two Comedy Series, Plans June Premieres

IFC Orders Two Comedy Series, Plans June Premieres

Move over, "Portlandia," you have some company.

IFC has ordered two more series to bolster its comedy lineup, the cable network said Monday.

The first, "Comedy Bang! Bang!" (pictured) is a sketch variety show hosted by Scott Aukerman, co-creator of the "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis" video series and a former writer and performer with "Mr. Show." Based on Aukerman's podcast of the same name, the series will deliver a mish-mash of celebrity guest appearances, comedy sketches and animation.

The second offering, currently bearing the working title "Bunk," will be a game-show parody in which comedian contestants perform "absurd comedy challenges." The series, discovered by IFC at 2010's New York Television Festival, was co-created by Ethan T. Berlin and Eric Bryant, and will be hosted by stand-up comedian Kurt Braunohler.

Both series have been greenlit for 10 episode seasons, and will premiere in June 2012.

“With popular shows like 'Portlandia' and 'Todd Margaret' currently on our air and now the addition of 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' and 'Bunk,' IFC is quickly becoming known as a destination for top comedic talent,” IFC senior vice president of original programming Debbie DeMontreux of the acquisitions. “These shows fit perfectly with IFC’s mission to create fresh, original, off-kilter comedies, and we’re thrilled to add them to our 2012 line up.”

Discovery Names Andrew Warren CFO, Shuffles Executives

Discovery Names Andrew Warren CFO, Shuffles Executives

Discovery Communications has appointed former Liz Claiborne and General Electric/NBC Universal executive Andrew Warren as its senior executive vice president and chief financial officer, replacing Brad Singer, who previously announced he would leave the company at the end of March.

Warren will join the company March 26, after Singer's exit, and be based at the company's Silver Spring, Md., headquarters.

Warren is leaving Liz Claiborne, Inc., where he has been CFO since 2007. In 2008, he was promoted to executive vice president. In 2010, he was named to the Treasury & Risk list of the "100 Most Influential People in Finance."

Prior to working for Liz Claiborne, he spent 18 years at General Electric, where he held several positions, including and executive vice president and CFO of the NBC Universal Television Group.

Discovery also announced it is reshuffling several executives. Here are the changes, as described in a Discovery release:

David Leavy has been promoted to the position of Chief Communications Officer and Senior Executive Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Affairs, reporting to President and CEO David Zaslav. In his new role, Leavy adds centralized marketing functions, including Corporate Research and Consumer Insights, Media Planning and Partnerships, Corporate Marketing, and Discovery Creative, the company’s in-house creative services group, to his existing responsibilities for Global Communications and Corporate Affairs. The new organization will focus on further amplifying Discovery’s messaging, promotion and research initiatives around the world.

Bruce Campbell, Chief Development Officer and General Counsel, adds Business Affairs and Global Production Management to his portfolio, with Lee Bartlett, Executive Vice President, Global Production Management and Business Affairs reporting to him. Campbell retains his existing responsibilities leading global business development, strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions, and overseeing all legal affairs and litigation for the company. In his expanded role, Campbell will work with Bartlett to continue attracting top producers and on-air talent for Discovery’s networks and increasing the company’s presence in the creative television community.

JB Perrette, Chief Digital Officer, adds oversight of Discovery’s Enterprise Operational Services department to his role as leader of the company's digital strategy, including Discovery's U.S. websites (ex:,, and, etc.), Interactive Technology and Digital Operations and Programming, as well as the company’s digital distribution efforts with non-traditional affiliates (ex: Apple, Netflix, Amazon, etc.). Perrette also is responsible for Discovery Commerce, including Licensing, Home Entertainment and Footage and Music Services. The new structure aligns Discovery’s digital assets, social media platforms and information technology services in a single organization to focus on opportunities presented by emerging technologies.

DISH, Univision Sign Multi-Platform Deal

DISH, Univision Sign Multi-Platform Deal

DISH Network and Univision Communications have signed a mutli-year, multi-platform deal that will bring Univision networks and shows to DISH Latino customers.

The deal, annnounced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, will bring Univision Deportes, Univision tlnovelas, and Univision Noticias, and Univision Deportes Dos to subscribers. Terms were not disclosed.

The deal also includes thousands of hours of novelas and Spanish-language movies for DISH’s Blockbuster @Home package. It also includes the distribution of the Univision Network, TeleFutura, Galavisión and six TV channel offerings: De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit and Clásico TV.

"We are pleased to have reached an innovative deal with Univision for their newest channels and their primetime novelas on demand," said Dave Shull, senior vice president of Programming for DISH, the nation's third largest pay-TV provider. "DISH is the leading provider of Latino content in the United States. This deal for exclusive linear and VOD content from Univision provides our customers with the broadest selection of top quality Spanish-language content."

Added Tonia O'Connor, president of Univision Distribution Sales and Marketing. "DISH is a great innovator. The distribution of these new Univision networks, and the thousands of hours of Spanish-language content that can be streamed in and out of home for the first time ever behind a pay-wall, demonstrates DISH’s commitment to deliver Hispanic subscribers the most robust content offering across multiple screens."

Former 'Walking Dead' Showrunner Frank Darabont Lands TNT Pilot

Former 'Walking Dead' Showrunner Frank Darabont Lands TNT Pilot

Frank Darabont has landed another project, a little more than half a year after his surprising exit from the AMC zombie drama "The Walking Dead."

TNT has ordered a pilot from Darabont for the drama "L.A. Noir," which Darabont will executive-produce, direct and write.

The project, which comes via TNT Original Productions, is based on the John Buntin book "L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City," which details the decades-long battle between Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker and mob figure Mickey Cohen.

Sharing executive-producer duties with Darabont are Michael De Luca (of "The Social Network"), Elliot Webb ("Tall Time Tales") and Michael De Luca Productions' Alissa Phillips.

"The Shawshank Redemption" director noted that the project will only be loosely based on Buntin's book.

"John Buntin’s superb book, though non-fiction, is our touchstone and inspiration for the stories we’ll be telling, weaving fiction throughout the facts and facts throughout the fiction," Darabont -- who says that the noir genre is "a passion of mine" -- noted of the project. "The book provides elements that are irresistible, a big canvas with endless possibilities. The goal is to deliver on the tone that the title 'L.A. Noir' promises: a smart, gritty, authentic, period noir drama."

Darabont vacated the role of "Walking Dead" showrunner in late July, early into production of the series' second season. He was replaced by Glen Mazzara, a former executive producer of "HawthoRNe" and "The Shield."

Jon Hamm: 'Mad Men' Season 5 Premiering March 25

Jon Hamm: 'Mad Men' Season 5 Premiering March 25

It's already more than a year since AMC has aired a new episode of "Mad Men," but series star Jon Hamm has revealed when Don Draper will finally re-enter our living rooms: March 25.

During a guest appearance on Friday's episode of the "Doug Loves Movies" podcast -- hosted by comedian Doug Benson -- Hamm said "Mad Men" will debut its fifth season on March 25.

AMC reps have not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment.

"Mad Men" creator Matt Weiner and his cast have been tight-lipped on details regarding the new season, though Hamm did direct the first episode of season five.

Season four of the Emmy-winning drama ended in October 2010, with divorced ladies man Draper proposing to Megan (Jessica Paré), his secretary.

'Gossip Girl': Billy Baldwin is back

'Gossip Girl': Billy Baldwin is back

Billy Baldwin is making his way back to the Upper East Side, E! Online is reporting. Baldwin will reprise his role as William Van Der Woodsen, Serena's (Blake Lively) father.

The actor has made a number of visits to the series since first being introduced in 2010. The report states that Baldwin's episode will air sometime in February. It adds that Baldwin will be brought back because of "a crisis."

Baldwin's return will, no doubt, be a thorn in the side for Rufus. So be prepared.

But before Baldwin joins the show, much will happen on "Gossip Girl." First and foremost, we'll find out the outcome of the car wreck that headlined the mid-season cliffhanger. We're guessing Chuck (Ed Westwick) survived but is in a coma and that Blair (Leighton Meester) loses the baby.

The series returns Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. ET.

ABC Family exec: 'Chloe King' movie in the works, 'Secret Life' & 'MIOBI' premiere date announced

ABC Family exec: 'Chloe King' movie in the works, 'Secret Life' & 'MIOBI' premiere date announced

"Secret Life of the American Teenager" and "Make it or Break It" will return to ABC Family on March 26, network president Michael Riley says.

Riley praised his Golden Globe-nominated actress Shailene Woodley -- uh, not for your show, buddy -- for a room of reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour, and also announced that the network has branched out into musicals. Chelsea Kane and Jane Seymour will star in in the "Mama Mia"-like "Elixr" later in 2012.

Most importantly, though, Riley said that much like Chloe King and her many lives, "The Nine Lives of Chloe King" could return for a TV movie. Nothing's official, but the network is working on developing the project.

Of choosing not to move forward with the show, Riley says, "We never talk about canceling shows at ABC Family. We always make sure we air all of our productions because for us, it's very much a long-term view. Honestly, we love all of our shows, and 'Chloe King' is such a great example of just an amazing show. We loved the cast, we loved the writing in that show. For us, it was about making some decisions. We had to choose between what we thought was resonating stronger with the audience."

In fact, the network loved the show so much (despite canceling it) that it's working on a TV movie continuation of the story.

"We are actually on the verge of putting a movie into development. For us, we are always looking at the intellectual property that we're capitalizing on and making sure there is opportunity," Riley says.

But it's only in development stage, and is not necessarily moving forward. "We are just looking at it in development right now," Riley says. "The idea is very much to capitalize on the storytelling that's already been in place."

"Chloe King" star Grey Damon spoke recently and gave us an idea of where the show would've gone in Season 2 -- perhaps this could apply to the potential movie as well. "The idea that they were moving toward was that I was going to be in a coma after the kiss. They were going to play it so that because Chloe and Ben were really in true love, it somehow broke the spell, it was the exception to the rule," Damon says. "I was really looking forward to exploring it, but that's the way the cookie crumbles."

Damian McGinty Talks Returning For 'Glee' Season 4, New Love Interest (Or Two) & 'The Glee Project'

Damian McGinty Talks Returning For 'Glee' Season 4, New Love Interest (Or Two) & 'The Glee Project'

In real life, Damian McGinty is just as sweet as he was on "The Glee Project," and just as adorable as he's been as Rory Flanagan on "Glee" this season.

And yes, the boy can sing, which is why they've kept him around on "Glee" even longer than his prize as the winner of "The Glee Project" initially called for. But how many more episodes will he be on? Is he coming back next season? And when is he going to get a love interest?

I caught up with McGinty at Fox's Television Critics Association party to get all that scoop and more, including whether or not he plans to return to the Oxygen reality show that made him a star, and which of the leading ladies on "Glee" fans want to see him with.

When is Rory going to get some really good stuff to do?
You know, it's weird this season because so many of the core characters are graduating -- there hasn't been any new characters this season apart from me. It's hard for a new character to come in because the "Glee" audience wants to see the originals before they graduate. I think Ryan [Murphy] is nurturing me; he's growing me.

Do you feel that?
Yeah, I really do. So far I've been in six episodes, and three of them I've had a big part in. For me, that's good because I've never done this before ... I've never done acting before. It's crazy, but it's really helpful for me to sit back and watch Lea [Michele] do her thing. I'm loving it -- it's what I needed.

So next season you'll be ready to really go all out?
I hope so! That's my plan. It's a done deal!

Is it? Are you for sure coming back for next season?
No, that's not a done deal yet ... it hasn't been made official. I did win seven episodes, I'm on my tenth, so ... things are going good. [Laughs]

You mentioned Lea -- does she understand you now? I know she was having a really hard time with your accent ...
Yes! She worked on it for like three or four months -- we're now in the fifth or sixth month and she almost has me. [Laughs] I love Lea ... she's so inspirational. She's so professional in what she does. She's amazing. She's welcomed me with open arms. On set, she's like my big sister. I didn't imagine that happening, but she really is.

But your boys are still your boys ...
My boys -- oh yeah, absolutely! Kevin McHale is probably one of my best friends. Chord Overstreet is such a good guy; Cory Monteith and Mark Salling, hilarious; Chris Colfer, such a nice guy; Darren Criss, amazing. I can't speak highly enough of them -- they're all amazing.

For the next season of "The Glee Project," will you be back as a mentor?
We're having talks ... talks are ongoing. I hope to be back because I feel like last season I had ... whatever the ultimate "Glee Project" experience is, I think I had it. I also believe I could give them a lot of good advice because I know exactly what's going to come their way.

There's no way to prepare!
No, there's no way to prepare for this. "The Glee Project" really helped -- what I didn't realize was how much work is involved outside of work. I'm such a normal, small-time guy, and I'm not used to red carpet events and Hollywood freaking parties. I'd rather sit in and play Xbox! [Laughs] It's crazy. But I realize that it's part of my job, and I will never say no to anything.

What about a love interest for Rory? I think it's time!
It is time! At the minute, I don't know exactly what's going to happen, but I spoke to Ryan on Friday and there's a storyline coming up with me and a few other characters, so we'll see what happens.

Wait, multiple love interests?
We'll see! [Laughs] That's "Glee XXX." I don't think Rory's a threesome kind of guy!

I don't know if he'd know how to handle even one girl! Who would be your choice, or who do fans say they'd like to see Rory with most?
They're all beautiful, but I get Quinn a lot -- a lot of people tell me, "You should turn Quinn good." [Laughs] She needs a little Irish person -- a little Irish leprechaun. We'll see what happens.