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woensdag 11 januari 2012

Kim Kardashian replaced by dog in Super Bowl ad

Kim Kardashian replaced by dog in Super Bowl ad

Kim Kardashian isn't going to the dogs. It's actually worse -- she's being replaced by a dog.

The reality TV starlet -- who raised eyebrows and more than a few pulses with her Super Bowl ad for Skechers' Shape-Up shoe in 2011 -- won't be repeating her shilling duties for the footwear company this year. Instead, Skechers is going with a spot featuring a French bulldog.

Woof -- that's gotta hurt.

Kardashian earned negative publicity from her 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries, but a Skechers executive said that split had nothing to do with this one.

"Kim got us more attention than we ever dreamed," Skechers Fitness president Leonard Armato told USA Today. "We have to establish Skechers as more than a lifestyle company."

The new ad will feature the Skechers' spokes-pooch wearing the company's new high-tech GOrun shoes and racing a pack of greyhounds. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will also appear in the ad.

"I'm not Kim Kardashian," Cuban acknowledges to the newspaper. "But one of the things I do know is high technology and how to use it."

Kardashian's Super Bowl ad for the shoe company last year featured the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star writhing on the floor in a revealing workout outfit, before breaking up with her trainer in favor of Skechers' Shape-Ups.

Dermot Mulroney: New Love Interest for 'New Girl'

Dermot Mulroney: New Love Interest for 'New Girl'

He once played a work rival-turned-love interest for Jennifer Aniston's Rachel on "Friends." And now Dermot Mulroney has a new girl -- actually, the "New Girl" -- to romance on TV.

The actor will guest star for a multi-episode stint on Fox's breakout hit comedy "New Girl" in March, a Fox rep confirms to TheWrap.

Mulroney's character is the father of one of the students taught by Jess, played by "New Girl" star Zooey Deschanel. Daddy and Jess will butt heads initially, but the two soon begin dating.

News of the guest appearance was first reported by TVLine, which describes Mulroney's character as a "handsome, intelligent and wealthy gentleman."

Justin Long has already appeared on the freshman series as a Deschanel love interest, while "True Blood" star Ryan Kwanten guest stars as a potential hookup for Jess in the show's Feb. 14 episode.

'Bachelor' Hits Series Low, But ABC Still Wins Repeat-Heavy Night

'Bachelor' Hits Series Low, But ABC Still Wins Repeat-Heavy Night

Despite ABC's "The Bachelor" dropping to a series low Monday night, a repeat-heavy roster from the competition still gave the network an overall ratings win, according to preliminary numbers.

With Fox and CBS both airing reruns through the night (a repeat of CBS' "2 Broke Girls" at 8:30 took the top ratings, with a 2.4/6 in the adults 18-49 demo and 7.2 million total viewers), ABC ran "The Bachelor" from 8 to 10 p.m., which slipped to a 2.2/5 in the demo and 7.2 million total viewers, its poorest showing to date.

The network rebounded at 10 with "Castle," which saw a 15 percent improvement over its last original airing five weeks ago, taking a 2.3/6 in the demo and 9.7 million total viewers (making it the most-watched program of the night).

Overall, the network averaged a 2.2/5 in the demo for highest-rated status, and 8 million total viewers to take most-watched honors.

At NBC, "Who's Still Standing?" at 8 saw a modest increase over last week for a 1.6/4 in the demo and 6.1 million total viewers, while "Fear Factor" the following hour dipped from last week with a 2.2/5 in the demo and 5.4 million total viewers.

"Rock Center With Brian Williams" closed out the night for the network on a down note, dropping 27 percent to hit a season low with a 0.8/2 and 3 million total viewers.

'The Kennedys' Producer to Remake French TV Series 'Braquo' for U.S.

'The Kennedys' Producer to Remake French TV Series 'Braquo' for U.S.

Steven Michaels and Jonathan Koch will serve as executive producers on the project.

The Kennedys producer Asylum Entertainment has cemented its next project.

The Los Angeles-based entertainment company has snagged North American remake rights to the French television show Braquo for a potential U.S. series in a deal negotiated by U.K.'s Zodiak Rights. Steven Michaels, Asylum's president and CEO, and Jonathan Koch, president and CCO, will serve as executive producers.

Created by Olivier Marchal and executive produced by Claude Chelli and Herve Chabalier at Capa Drama, Braquo is a dark police series that follows a Paris cop squad who live on the edge of the law, often using violence and intimidation to complete the job. But the cops' lives are dramatically changed when the squad leader commits suicide after being wrongly accused of corruption.

"We've had some initial conversations about it," Jonathan Koch tells The Hollywood Reporter of adapting the property to U.S. sensibilities. "But I think when we have an opportunity to understand where it's going to land here in the U.S., we'll have a better chance to decide how we need to adapt. Our goals going in is to keep it as much like the original as possible."

He adds: "It's important that we keep all the elements. Whatever distributor we end up with, that's going to be part of the conversation we have with them."

But Koch acknowledged that could also mean, in effect, modifying the format slightly. "There is some appetite at the U.S. networks and distributors to have some standalone elements in there that could come to a conclusion in every episode," Koch says. "We may be able to embed some of those opportunities into the first season."

The French series averaged 1.3 million total viewers, the highest number for an original scripted drama on France's premium cable channel Canal+ and won the best fiction prize at the 2011 Prix De L' Export. The series' second season, consisting of eight episodes, launched in November 2011.

AMC Developing 'Goodfellas' TV Series

AMC Developing 'Goodfellas' TV Series

Nicholas Pileggi is among the executive producers on the project, based on the 1990 Martin Scorsese-directed feature.

AMC is developing a television series based on the 1990 film Goodfellas, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.

Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the Oscar-winning film with Martin Scorsese and penned the book the movie was based on, is set to executive produce the project.

Homicide: Life on the Street producer Jorma Zamacona will also executive produce, along with original producer Irwin Winkler and David Winkler.

Goodfellas starred Robert DeNiro, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco and Joe Pesci, and followed Henry (Liotta) and his friends as they move up the mob hierarchy.

The film garnered six Academy Award nominations, including best picture, with Pesci winning a supporting actor Oscar as Tommy.

'Grimm': An ogre is on the loose, and he wants revenge

'Grimm': An ogre is on the loose, and he wants revenge

Guess what TV series came back just in time to creep you out on Friday the 13th? If you guessed "Grimm," you're right. And now you're probably hiding under your sheets.


In the upcoming episode, a prison escapee (Eric Edelstein) looks to exact his revenge on Hank (Russell Hornsby) for sending him to the big house. And he's not just your run-of-the-mill terrifying prison escapee either. He's an ogre.

Things get hairy (no pun intended) for Nick (David Giuntoli) and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) when the ogre looks to put the hurt on them. This leaves Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) in the awkward position having to actually help a Grimm, his mortal enemy.

It seems that Nick's two worlds are slowly starting to collide. And it's getting increasingly dangerous for Nick and those around him. How long until he cracks?

We'll find out on Friday, Jan. 13 at 9 p.m. ET.

Whoopi Goldberg Signs On to The Middle

Whoopi Goldberg Signs On to The Middle

Whoopi Goldberg will guest-star on an upcoming episode of ABC's The Middle, the show's executive producer announced Wednesday at the winter TV previews.

Get more scoop on your favorite shows in our Winter TV preview

Goldberg will appear on the 21st episode as the guidance counselor of Sue (Eden Shur), executive producer Eileen Heisler said during a panel that also featured the showrunners of ABC's other Wednesday night comedies, Suburgatory, Modern Family and Happy Endings.

Also coming soon to visit the Heck family is TV veteran Ed Asner. "We're kind of playing Mary Tyler Moore tic-tac-toe," Heisler said, although she didn't elaborate on what role Asner would play.

The other showrunners also touted some of their upcoming guest stars. Steve Levitan confirmed that Kevin Hart would return as one of Phil's friends for at least one more episode. Also coming up on Modern Family: Greg Kinnear will play a business associate of Phil's who kisses Claire (Julie Bowen) on the mouth. Ellen Barkin will play Phil's rival real estate agent and Bobby Cannavale will play Louis, the former clown partner of Cam's Fizbo.

As previously reported, Wilmer Valderrama and Alicia Silverstone will guest-star on Suburgatory. Upcoming Happy Endings guest stars include Michael McKean, Megan Mullally, Ed Begley Jr. (as himself) and Lone Star's James Wolk as a "serious-ish boyfriend" for Max (Adam Pally), according to Endings executive producer David Caspe.

And what's the biggest spoiler coming up on any of these shows? "Next week, Lily says fuck," Levitan said. We kind of hope he's not kidding.

'Scandal,' 'Apartment 23' Get Premiere Dates, 'Cougar Town' Doesn't

'Scandal,' 'Apartment 23' Get Premiere Dates, 'Cougar Town' Doesn't

ABC announced premiere dates for the new Shonda Rhimes drama "Scandal," and the upcoming sitcom "Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23," but the network's entertainment president, Paul Lee, said there's no return date yet for "Cougar Town," though he hopes to bring it back in March.

Lee spoke to the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Tuesday, the morning after "Cougar Town" show runner Bill Lawrence staged a party for the show after it wasn't included in ABC's press tour schedule. The staging of the event underlined the push-pull between the network and the show, which was sometimes named as a candidate for cancellation before ABC announced its return.

"We haven't yet landed where it's going to go but it's tentatively in there for March," Lee said.

He acknowledged Lawrence's efforts to whip up critical support for "Cougar Town," describing him as a great "pirate" for his show.

"I used to be a pirate when I ran a show, and now I'm in the Navy," Lee said.

"Scandal" will debut Thursday, April 5, after the Rhimes-produced "Grey's Anatomy." The comedy "Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23," starring "Breaking Bad" guest Krysten Ritter as a ruthless roommate and James Van Der Beek as himself, will debut Wednesday, April 11, with a plum lead-in from "Modern Family." (The show is one of two ABC midseason shows that initially had the word "bitch" in the title; the other is GCB, which was briefly called "Good Christian Bitches.")

Lee opened his remarks by saying, "We felt we had a really strong fall." That was in contrast to NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, who acknowledged NBC had "a really bad fall." NBC, the fourth-highest rated network, hopes to displace ABC as the third-highest rated.

Lee also addressed the middling ratings for ABC's critically reviled cross-dressing comedy "Work It," noting one blogger who said they were neither as good as the network hoped or as bad as critics expected. He said the network would continue to keep an eye on them before making any decision about the show's future.

Asked about a Variety ad by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocates that said the show would hurt transgender people, Lee noted his network's positive portrayal of gays. He said of the "Work It" complaints, "I didn't get it."

'Occupy'-ers Protest at Supreme Court's Indecency-on-TV Hearing

'Occupy'-ers Protest at Supreme Court's Indecency-on-TV Hearing

Occupy Wall Street moved to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, with a tiny but very vocal group of protestors reeling off Carlin's famous “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television."

The Court on Tuesday was hearing oral arguments for and against the Federal Communications Commission's tougher enforcement protocol announced in 2004 in reaction to separate instances of foul language and nudity on both Fox and ABC television networks.

About half a dozen protestors were in front of the court, yelling slogans like: "You can kill people half a world away, but you can't say 'fuck.'"

The protest provided a bizarre sideshow, while inside the justices wrestled with whether the FCC has the constitutional right to enforce rules prohibiting obscene language and nudity on broadcast television and radio.

The case arrives nearly a decade after Cher first dropped an “F-bomb” at the Fox-televised Billboard Awards in 2002, followed by Nicole Richie reciting a selection of naughty words on air a year later.

Also in the picture are actress Charlotte Ross’ buttocks, which appeared in a 2003 “NYPD Blue” episode. The FCC fined dozens of ABC affiliates $27,500 each -- totaling more than $1 million -- for broadcasting the bare backside to the public.

In that decade, different aspects of both the Fox and ABC matters have traveled up and down the court-system food chain.

The Supreme Court court upheld the FCC's right to impose fines two years ago but did not address whether the fines violate free speech protections. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed that decision, saying it was unconstitutionally vague. Both Fox Television and ABC maintain that the FCC rules are so vaguely written they constitute a violation of the First Amendment. The Supreme Court agreed last summer to combine the issues in both the Fox and ABC cases in order to render a final judgment on the question of constitutionality as it applies to free speech.

And that is the issue it is hearing now.

U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. argued that it was not “futile” to maintain the FCC’s indecency rules because a “safe haven is important, especially in the new environment.”Justice Antonin Scalia and Chief Justice John Roberts argued that it was reasonable in this universe of cable and satellite television, where anything goes, that there should be some sort of safe haven. And since broadcasters are granted a license by the government, it's not too much to ask them to adhere to certain rules, they said.

Seth Waxman, representing ABC, pointed to the “starkly inconsistent manner” in which the FCC enforced the indecency rules. Ross’s buttocks are off limits, while much more nudity in the film “Catch-22” is allowed, Waxman said, calling the inconsistency “constitutionally intolerable.”

Roberts said it seemed reasonable that the FCC could take context into account when differentiating between a lewd remark from Paris Hilton and those used in the film “Private Ryan.”

Justice Steven Breyer said that the entire "NYPD" episode featuring the naked Ross was about sexual awakening. “The whole thing is titillating,” he said.

Waxman argued that it was not about sexual awakening at all, but rather about the complications inherent in certain living situations. When a young boy accidentally walks in on Ross, said Waxman, she was engaged “in the quotidian act of preparing her morning shower.”

Waxman went on to say that there had been many other instances in other programs, including more than a dozen on "NYPD Blue," where the FCC took no action in regard to nudity.

What followed was a surreal exchange. Waxman mentioned that the FCC is weighing complaints about images of bare breasts and buttocks on statues in the opening ceremonies of the last Olympics. He pointed to some of the bas reliefs along the ceiling of the courtroom itself, which depicted similar images of undress.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg offered that, “the appearance of arbitrariness is the issue. One cannot tell what is indecent and what is not, she said.

Justice Elena Kagan agreed that there remained “some amount of uncertainty. Sometimes it’s allowed, sometimes it’s not.”

Ginsberg noted that the films “Schindler’s List” and “Private Ryan” were broadcast complete with lewd language and nudity, but did not get flagged by the FCC.

As for vagueness as arbitrary enforcement, Verrilli conceded the FCC context-based enforcement regime did not provide “perfect clarity” as to what is objectionable — “something less than absolute precision.” But, he added, “the alternative is worse.”Justice Samuel Alito said the FCC's rules apply to such a dwindling part of the media landscape, "why not let this die a natural death"?

Justice Anthony Kennedy asked if in a world of multi-channel cable and satellite television there “is still a value in having a higher standard for broadcast media?” Does maintaining such a standard provide “an important symbol for our society” that would “aspire to a culture that is not vulgar in a very small segment?”

Verrilli argued that there was a value in providing a safe haven for parents where they could be assured their children would not be bombarded with obscene language or images.

Justice Scalia agreed that there was symbolic value in maintaining standards. Just as the court requires a dress code so should the government be “entitled to ask for a certain modicum of decency.”

Ginsberg, though, said that in this day and age children hear “expletives in the common parlance. They’re not going to be shocked by them.”

But Verrilli argued that if the language was “presented as appropriate,” then it would be perceived by children as OK.

The court will render its decision before its recess in June.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor recused herself Tuesday because she previously had sat on the Second Circuit bench.

That said, the issue does not lend itself to ideological predetermination, as conservative justices like Scalia and Clarence Thomas have previously agreed government regulation is necessary in this instance, while Reagan appointee Kennedy has expressed his adamant objection to any trampling of First Amendment rights.

ABC Chief on LGBT 'Work It' Complaints: 'I Didn't Get It'

ABC Chief on LGBT 'Work It' Complaints: 'I Didn't Get It'

ABC president Paul Lee said Tuesday that he didn't understand complaints from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists about ABC's new cross-dresssing comedy "Work It."

Speaking to reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Lee said he was proud of ABC's portrayal of gay and lesbian characters and compared the sitcom, which debuted to middling ratings, to the 1982 comedy "Tootsie."

"In terms of the lesbian and gay community, we're incredibly proud of the work that ABC does," he told TheWrap. "That's not just 'Modern Family,' it's 'Grey's Anatomy,' it's 'Private Practice,' it's 'Dancing With the Stars.' But in that particular case... I didn't really get it. I love 'Tootsie.' ... I still love 'Tootsie.' I don't find it to be offensive. So in that particular case I didn't get it. But that's probably me."

He also defended the show's inclusion in ABC's slate, saying it was one "very, very, very, very silly show" among many more ambitious ones. Yes, he said "very" four times.

"Certainly I wanted to bring some new types of shows," he said. "We certainly thought there was room... for some ambitious shows, for some really sexy, sticky shows, like 'Revenge' and 'Scandal,' and for some really sophisticatred, smart shows like 'Suburgatory.' I thought there was room personally for a very, very, very, very silly show."

He also said the show "wasn't our priority" when ABC picked up pilots for this season but "became a cause for discussion."

Before the show aired, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the Human Rights Campaign took out an ad in Variety saying "Work It" would harm transfender people.

"By encouraging the audience to laugh at the characters' attempts at womanhood, the show gives license to similar treatment of transgender women," the ad read.

Lee was noncommital on whether the show will remain on ABC's schedule given its soft debut ratings, and said he would wait and see how the show performs.

Oprah's OWN Scores Highest Ratings Ever … With Oprah

Oprah's OWN Scores Highest Ratings Ever … With Oprah

Oprah's OWN cable network just earned its highest ratings ever -- and the feat came courtesy, of course, of Oprah herself.

The former daytime talk diva drew 1.6 million viewers for the second episode of her new interview series, "Oprah's Next Chapter," in which she "steps outside of the studio for riveting, enlightening and in-depth conversations with newsmakers, celebrities, thought leaders and real-life families."

The ratings-grabbing installment featured Winfrey's interview with pastor Joel Osteen at his home in Houston, and drew 45 percent more total viewers than the series' premiere episode, in which Winfrey interviewed rocker and "American Idol" judge Steven Tyler.

Next up on "Oprah's Next Chapter": She travels to New Jersey to interview governor Chris Christie in Sunday's episode, followed by a visit to the Skywalker Ranch to chat with George Lucas for the Jan. 22 episode.

Future season one episodes will include Winfrey's trip to Haiti with Sean Penn and her slumber party with Food Network star Paula Deen at Deen's Georgia home.

Paul Bettany Pulls Out of Showtime Pilot 'Masters of Sex'

Paul Bettany Pulls Out of Showtime Pilot 'Masters of Sex'

Paul Bettany has decided to employ the withdrawal method on Showtime's upcoming pilot "Masters of Sex."

The "A Beautiful Mind" star has bowed out of the pilot, which would have seen Bettany play sex-research pioneer William Masters, an individual with knowledge of the situation confirms to TheWrap. The pilot would have been Bettany's first effort to penetrate the American TV-series market.

It is not yet known why Bettany bowed out of the pilot. However, his departure has created difficulty for the production on multiple fronts, as he had input as to who would play the lead female role of Virginia Johnson.

Based on the Thomas Maier book "Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love," the Showtime pilot was written by "The Pacific" writer-producer Michelle Ashford. Sarah Timberman and Carly Beverly ("Justified," "A Gifted Man") are executive-producing via their Timberman-Beverly Productions, with the pilot being produced by Sony Pictures Television.

No word on who might be in the running to replace Bettany.

Showtime declined to comment on the story. A spokesperson for Bettany has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment.

Deadline first reported the news.

TV Tonight 11th of January 2012

TV Tonight 11th of January 2012

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

    American Restoration S02E02: "Ridin' Route 66"
    American Restoration S02E01: "Pain in the Gas"
    Anno 1790 S01E02: "The Perfumed Pistol"
    Are You There, Chelsea? S01E01: "Pilot"
    Bargain Hunt S31E08: "Series 31, Episode 8"
    Biggest loser Sverige S01E01: "De fjorton deltagarna anländer"
    Black Gold S04E07: "Season 4, Episode 7"
    Bomb Girls S01E02: "Season 1, Episode 2"
    Celebrity Big Brother S09E07: "Series 9, Episode 7"
    Chihayafuru S01E14: "Episode 14"
    Conan S02E31: "Jack McBrayer, Justin Verlander"
    Countdown with Keith Olbermann S10E06: "Season 10, Episode 6"
    Days of our Lives S47E44: "Ep. #11754"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E130: "Episode 1810"
    Dickinson's Real Deal S08E27: "Series 8, Episode 27"
    Doctors S13E174: "One Under"
    Dog the Bounty Hunter S08E04: "The Tender Trap (2)"
    Dog the Bounty Hunter S08E03: "The Tender Trap (1)"
    Dragons' Den (CA) S06E12: "Season 6, Episode 12"
    Drinking Made Easy S02E15: "Nashville"
    Efterlyst S44E01: "11/1-2012"
    Emmerdale S41E09: "January 11, 2012"
    Escape To The Country S12E07: "Carmarthenshire"
    Face Off S02E01: "Return To Oz"
    Full Throttle Saloon S03E07: "There Is No Plan B"
    General Hospital (US) S49E197: "#12471"
    Ghost Hunters S07E26: "Roller Ghoster"
    Got to Dance S03E14: "Series 3, Episode 14"
    Great British Railway Journeys S03E08: "Winchester to Isle of Wight"
    Happy Endings S02E11: "Meet the Parrots"
    Harry's Law S02E11: "Gorilla My Dreams"
    Hollyoaks S18E08: "January 11, 2012"
    Homes Under the Hammer S14E167: "Series 14, Show 167"
    Hot In Cleveland S03E07: "Two Girls and a Rhino"
    Hotel cæsar S28E132: "Season 28, Episode 132"
    House of Anubis S02E06: "House of Faces"
    House of Anubis S02E05: "House of Rivals"
    How to Cook Like Heston S01E02: "Episode 2"
    Inside the NFL S35E19: "19 11-12"
    Jeopardy! S28E83: "Show #6288"
    Jimmy Kimmel Live S09E184
    Johnny Test S05E33: "Roller Johnny"
    Kiekens S01E07: "Season 1, Episode 7"
    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon S02E202
    Late Show with David Letterman S19E07: "Dolly Parton, Alan Zweibel"
    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit S13E11: "Theatre Tricks"
    LEGO NinjaGo: Masters of Spinjitzu S02E01: "Rise of the Snakes"
    Match of The Day S47E28: "Manchester City v Liverpool Live"
    Midsomer Murders S14E08: "A Rare Bird"
    Mobbed S01E04: "Episode 1231"
    Modern Family S03E12: "Egg Drop"
    Nature S30E05: "Kangaroo Mob"
    Neighbours S28E03: "Episode 6313"
    Not My Mama's Meals S01E02: "The Bag Lady's Son"
    NOVA S39E10: "Bombing Hitler's Dams"
    One Born Every Minute S03E02: "Series 3, Episode 2"
    One Life to Live S44E124: "Ep. #11103"
    One Tree Hill S09E01: "Know This, We've Noticed"
    Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy S02E01: "Alaska Road Trip"
    Papa no Iukoto o Kikinasai! S01E01: "Episode 1"
    People's Choice Awards S37E02: "The 38th Annual People's Choice Awards"
    Pointless S05E92: "Series 5, Episode 92"
    Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is S05E08: "Series 5, Episode 8"
    Republic of Doyle S03E01: "Streets of St. John's"
    Restaurant: Impossible S02E18: "Hoffman's"
    Revenge S01E12: "Infamy"
    Saints and Scroungers S03E08: "Series 3, Episode 8"
    Sons of Guns S03E06: "Mortars and Mayhem"
    Suburgatory S01E11: "Out in the Burbs"
    Sveriges mästerkock S02E03: "Slutkvalet startar i Gävle"
    The Bold and the Beautiful S25E207: "Ep. #6236"
    The Chase (2009) S05E07: "Series 5, Episode 7"
    The Colbert Report S08E06: "George Stephanopoulos"
    The Daily Show S17E06: "Sen. Jim DeMint"
    The Ellen DeGeneres Show S09E76
    The Exes S01E07: "Lost in Translation"
    The Fabulous Baker Brothers S01E02: "Series 1, Episode 2"
    The Jeremy Kyle Show S07E83: "January 11, 2012"
    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson S08E08: "Adam Goldberg"
    The Middle S03E13: "The Map"
    The Mystery of Edwin Drood S01E02: "Episode 2"
    The Real World/Road Rules Challenge S22E01: "Battle of the Exes"
    The Rosie Show S01E47: "Jackée Harry, Rosie Performs with Styx"
    The Soup S09E02: "January 11, 2012"
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno S19E223: "Liam Neeson, Jack's Mannequin"
    The Young and the Restless S39E204: "Ep. #9819"
    Thuis S17E98: "Season 17, Episode 98"
    Toddlers and Tiaras S05E02: "Lollipops and Gumdrops Pageant"
    Top Chef S09E10: "Restaurant Wars"
    True Life S12E09: "I'm A Chubby Chaser"
    True Life S12E08: "I Can't Please My Parents"
    Wanted Down Under S06E08: "Series 6, Episode 8"
    Watch What Happens: Live S06E04: "Rosie Perez and Hugh Acheson"
    Wereld draait door, De S07E89: "Season 7, Episode 89"
    Whitney S01E11: "Private Parts"

Steven Tyler Makes Expletive-Laden Plea for Decency on TV

Steven Tyler Makes Expletive-Laden Plea for Decency on TV

Should the U.S. Supreme Court let free speech run rampant on the nation's airwarves?

Fuck no, according to Steven Tyler.

With the highest court in the land hearing a case on Tuesday that will determine the constitutionality of the FCC's current standards about profanity and nudity on television, Aerosmith frontman and "American Idol" judge Tyler made an impassioned plea for restraint and decorum via Fox 411.

And he did so with language that would make a sailor blush.

"If you start surfing channel to channel and you're on NBC and it's (expletive) and channel 4 and it's (expletive) and channel 7 and it's (expletive), it wouldn't be fun to surf," Tyler told Fox.

And as far as graphic displays of flesh go, Tyler opines, "There's a certain charm and passion and magic in not showing full-frontal nudity."

Of course, Tyler doesn't always practice what he preaches -- in April 2011, he famously dropped an F-bomb after watching "Idol" contestant Casey Abrams perform.

"I have (cursed on air) a couple times, because it is 2012," Tyler conceded to Fox, but a constant barrage of salty talk " "turns it into something crass," the singer opines.

The case, which the Supreme Court began hearing Tuesday, stems from the rules that the FCC announced in 2004, in reaction to separate instances of profanity and nudity aired on Fox and ABC. (Fox's infractions included Cher uttering the F-word on the Billboard Music Awards in 2002, followed by Nicole Richie letting fly with the potty-talk a year later; ABC drew the commission's wrath by airing actress Charlotte Ross' buttocks on an episode of "NYPD Blue.")

The networks argue that the FCC guidelines are so vague as to constitute a First Amendment violation.

As Chief Justice John Roberts and his benchmates began to hear the case Tuesday, a small group of protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement showed up in front of the Supreme Court to stump for free speech, shouting slogans such as, "You can kill people half a world away, but you can't say 'fuck.'"

As for Tyler's prediction, the ample-lipped warbler believes that the court will allow "certain words, and that's that."

Shonda Rhimes on Why TV Has So Few African-American Leads

Shonda Rhimes on Why TV Has So Few African-American Leads

Why does network television have so few African-American lead actors? The team behind ABC's "Scandal," the only current network series with an African-American lead, has a few ideas.

Creator Shonda Rhimes, who cast Kerry Washington (left) as a Washington, D.C., crisis PR expert, said the country has been ready for African-American leads for years. (She referenced Diahann Carroll's lead turn on "Julia" more than four decades ago.) The problem, she said, is that "people have failed to cast the actors that they should have been casting."

Rhimes and the cast spoke during a panel Tuesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

After decades of African-Americans leading some of television's biggest shows -- including "The Cosby Show" -- series have increasingly featured African-American actors only in multi-racial casts that appeal to as many demographics as possible.

Laurence Fishburne was the key character on "CSI" before he departed at the end of last season, but even his show was an ensemble. NBC's "Undercovers," with two African-American leads, was quickly canceled last season.

"Scandal" co-star Columbus Short said minorities have been marginalized on television, and that he hopes Washington's work on "Scandal" will encourage more colorblind casting.

"I think there's a way people want to perceive people of color," he said. "This is what they are, this is how they work, this is how we accept them. Which is a completely gross overassumption of people. And i think this show... tells the story of people. It has nothing to do with color."

ABC announced Tuesday that "Scandal" will debut Thursday, April 5, after the Rhimes-produced "Grey's Anatomy."

Marc Cherry Plans 'Hitchcock' Cameo in 'Desperate Housewives' Finale -- and No Movie

Marc Cherry Plans 'Hitchcock' Cameo in 'Desperate Housewives' Finale -- and No Movie

Marc Cherry is staying true to his longstanding plans for the "Desperate Housewives" finale: He's had the ending in mind for more than seven years, and he's going to follow through on plans to cameo in the episode.

"I'm gonna do a Hitchcock, and the hair and makeup people will go through more hell that day than ever," he joked at the Television Critics Association winter press tour Tuesday, where he and the cast talked about the show's final season.

He also said he didn't have any hopes for a "Desperate Housewives" movie. He said that he thinks he's told all of their stories already and that it got harder and harder not to repeat storylines as the show went on.

"I'm just never sending these gals to Dubai, that's all I'm saying," he said, referring to the second "Sex in the City" movie.

Cherry first said at a TCA panel years ago that he would appear in the last episode of the show he launched in 2004. He said he is also staying true to the ending he's planned all along.

"The last act, which I've had in my head for the last seven-and-a-half years, is definitely going to happen," he said, adding that he wouldn't drop any hints about it: "I've got it in my head, but it is very much a surprise."

Cherry said the show's writers have added to his plans while keeping the core idea.  He also said that in the final episode he "hoped to do something... that would pay an homage to some of the characters" who are no longer on the show.

He declined to say whether those characters would include Edie Britt, played by Nicollette Sheridan. The actress sued ABC and Cherry in 2010, claiming Cherry slapped her during a 2008 argument and that she was unfairly ousted from the series after she complained. Her character was killed off.

One of the panel's funniest moments came as Felicity Huffman talked about the ups and downs in the show's relationships. She cited a statistic that 60 percent of first marriages and 80 percent of second marriages end in divorce.

Exclaimed Eva Longoria, who filed for divorce in 2010: "It gets higher?"

USA's 'Psych' Picked Up for Seventh Season

USA's 'Psych' Picked Up for Seventh Season

James Roday and Dule Hill will be back to solve more mysteries on a seventh season of USA Network's "Psych" -- and they had a mysterious way of revealing it Tuesday.

USA announced the renewal of the series for a 16-episode seventh season -- but not before Roday and Hill informed fans via the series' Facebook page and Twitter account.

USA released four pieces of a puzzle -- depicting a pineapple -- on Facebook and Twitter throughout the day. When the final piece of the puzzle was put in place, it unlocked a video in which Roday and Hill announced the pickup.

The video starts with Roday, in character as Shawn Spencer, informing fans that he needs a new belt.

"Oh, and also, 'Psych' is officially coming back for a seventh season, which is very cool," Roday adds, "but I'm kinda working on this belt situation right now.”

"We are always trying to find ways to reward our 'Psych' brand ambassadors for their loyalty and passion and social media plays a critical role in how we connect with the people who matter most -- the fans,” USA Co-Presidents Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel said of the sneaky reveal. "It was exciting to deliver this historical news to them first and before traditional media.”

"Psych," which is currently USA's longest-running series on the air, delivered its strongest performance on record in 2011, delivering 2.3 million Live+7 viewers in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic.

Uncle Sam Wants Lindsay Lohan ... to Pay Her Tax Bill

Uncle Sam Wants Lindsay Lohan ... to Pay Her Tax Bill

Lindsay Lohan has encountered -- and been responsible for -- many taxing situations. And now the IRS has another one for her.

According to TMZ, the IRS has filed a lien against the "Just My Luck" actress for $93,701.57, claiming that she never paid her income tax for 2009.

Should Lohan fail to make good on the debt, the IRS could go after her possessions -- property, vehicles, bank accounts -- in an effort to collect.

It's unclear how Lohan managed to rack up a $93,000 tax bill in 2009 -- according to the 25-year-old's IMDB page, her acting work that year was limited to "Labor Pains," which was originally intended for theatrical release, but ended up airing on ABC Family. (The film did end up running in theaters in scattered foreign countries.)

The tax lien comes at a time when Lohan is taking pains to pay her other debt to society, performing community service and attending therapy sessions per a judge's orders, after violating her probation.

Luckily for Lohan, she's received a cash infusion of late, in the form of the nearly $1 million she received to pose nude for Playboy.

A spokesperson for the IRS declined comment to TheWrap. Lohan's spokesperson also offered no comment, telling TheWrap, "Lindsay's personal financial situation is her business and no one else's."

Revenge's Paolo Says Declan Will Become An Important Piece in the Grayson Divorce

Revenge's Paolo Says Declan Will Become An Important Piece in the Grayson Divorce

Revenge's Conrad (Henry Czerny) and Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) may have never warmed up to the fact that their daughter Charlotte (Christa B. Allen) is dating a townie, but Connor Paolo, who plays Declan, says that the Graysons will soon be fighting for his affection.  

"Conrad and Victoria are looking for leverage, and Charlotte's big leverage," Paolo says. "Whoever keeps Charlotte happy has a big point over the other one, and being nice to Declan makes Charlotte happy."

Bryan Cranston Joins 'Archer' Cast For Epic Season Finale

Bryan Cranston Joins 'Archer' Cast For Epic Season Finale

He is the one who knocks -- on the door of the International Space Station.

The Huffington Post can exclusively reveal that "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston will guest-star on this year's two-part season finale of "Archer," the animated spy comedy that returns Jan. 19 on FX. According to "Archer" creator and executive producer Adam Reed, Cranston will play Commander Drake, an "earnest, conscientious astronaut" fighting to quell a mutiny on the space platform.

Reed spoke for an hour about his show's third season on the latest "Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan" podcast, available here and on iTunes. (Reed's previous Talking TV chat can be found here.) My podcast co-host Ryan McGee and I grilled him about who would be accompanying Sterling Archer on that crucial space mission, and though Reed didn't name names, he said that quite a few Isis employees will experience astronaut training (that's the first part of the finale) and end up in orbit with Drake (during part two).

"I love it when everybody gets to go [on a mission], so a lot more people than you would think get to go to outer space," Reed said.

Reed also revealed that Jack McBrayer of "30 Rock" and Michael Rooker of "The Walking Dead" will guest in another upcoming episode as the brother of Isis employee Ray Gillette and a corrupt sheriff, respectively. In that outing, the Isis team heads to West Virginia to help Gillette's brother, a marijuana farmer.

Other upcoming episodes include Archer getting lost in a South American jungle, Cyril receiving dangerous new assignments, a typically disastrous train ride to Canada and a jaunt to Venice. The season's strong first four are packed with the show's distinctive mix of dry humor, surreal segues and energetic, frequently goofy spy action.

After speaking to Reed, I'm especially looking forward to an upcoming Pam-centered episode laying out her history as an underground drift racer with ties to the Japanese yakuza. Reed also mentioned that one of my favorite characters, hilariously terrifying office techie Krieger, will be the "catalyst" for the return of another prominent guest star, whose identity Reed would not disclose.

Reed did, however, talk at length about the guest appearance by Burt Reynolds, who voices himself in Jan. 19 "Archer" season premiere. As is fitting for a handsome, square-jawed super-spy, Archer can often be cool and dismissive, but the secret agent is endearingly starstruck in the presence of Reynolds, who is also one of Reed's pop-culture heroes.

"The script was, like, writing about Archer's hero and my hero. There was a lot of adulation," Reed said, but Reynolds let Reed know that he wanted to include some self-deprecatory lines about the less successful aspects of the "Gator" star's career. "He was like, 'Let's talk about how some of my movies weren't good.' He made a lot of jokes at his own expense, so if I could think he was any cooler, that did it," Reed said.

Reed added that members of the "Archer" production staff went down to Jupiter, Fla., where Reynolds lives, in order to record the actor's lines. "I think we told him that we always do that, so that he wouldn't be creeped out that we were [there]," Reed said with a laugh.

In other Isis news, the tie-in book "How to Archer" comes out Jan. 17. (You can find a sample from it here.)

"From what I understand, HarperCollins got Archer to write a book, and he blew the advance," Reed joked. "But he was contractually obligated to turn in a book that was 30,000 words long," and so the publisher got a guide to dating, personal grooming, spycraft and style that is exactly that length.

"I've read the book, and it's very begrudgingly written, like Archer does not want to be writing this book," Reed said. Still, he said, there are definite draws for the hardcore "Archer" fan, from spy tips and romantic advice to "a ton of delicious cocktail recipes." Plus, he said, "Malory wrote the foreword, but it's not really a glowing recommendation of the book."

Darren Criss May Miss More 'Glee' Due To 'How To Succeed In Business'

Darren Criss May Miss More 'Glee' Due To 'How To Succeed In Business'

Darren Criss might be missing from more than one episode of "Glee."

In a new interview with VH1, the current "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" star revealed his character, Blaine, might be missing from two episodes of the Fox hit.

"When I get back, I'll probably miss about two episodes, I'll get those scripts and see what happens," Criss said. "Who knows what they're up to? I'm gone so maybe Grant [Gustin] and Chris Colfer's characters are doing stuff. Who knows? But don't even run with that! I have no idea! I'm gone!"

Rumor has it bad boy Sebastian, played by Grant Gustin, will be joining the cast of "Glee" full-time in Season 4. Criss told VH1 that Gustin is a great addition to the cast. "I really like him a lot and I think his character's such a great addition to the show and he's such a talented guy," he said.

Criss will be part of the upcoming Michael Jackson tribute episode. He told Kelly Ripa and Rob Lowe on "Live! With Kelly" that he'd be singing Jackson's "Wanna Be Starting Something," but there won't be any moon-walking. "I'll walk on a conveyor belt, and it'll look like I'm doing something," he said.

Though Blaine is not a senior yet, "Glee" won't be spinning off its graduating students for a Season 4. Despite talk of several characters moving to New York for a spin-off, most of the graduating seniors will return. So far Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith have announced they are staying with the show. "The Glee Project" winner Damian McGinty, who has already stuck around for longer than planned, hopes to be back next season.

"No, that's not a done deal yet ... it hasn't been made official," McGinty told The Huffington Post regarding Season 4. "I did win seven episodes, I'm on my tenth, so ... things are going good."