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zaterdag 14 januari 2012

George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Added to Golden Globes Presenters List

George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Added to Golden Globes Presenters List

Other new additions to the broadcast include Madonna, Nicole Kidman, Channing Tatum and Jane Fonda.

George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will all be in attendance during Sunday's 69th annual Golden Globe Awards.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Friday night that the trio are among the latest to join the list of presenters, as are Madonna, Nicole Kidman, Channing Tatum, Jane Fonda, Harrison Ford, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Dustin Hoffman, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Colin Firth and several others.

Aiding host Ricky Gervais, they join the the growing roster of previously announced presenters that already includes Robert Downey Jr., Jimmy Fallon, Ashton Kutcher, Reese Witherspoon, Antonio Banderas, Jake Gyllenhaal, Salma Hayek, Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, Clive Owen, Freida Pinto and Natalie Portman.

Louis J. Horvitz serves as Globes director for the second in year in a row. It will be broadcast live coast-to-coast on NBC from 5-8 p.m. PT/8-11 p.m. ET from the Beverly Hilton, with a pre-show airing between 4-5 p.m. PT/7-8 p.m. ET.

Take Me Out: ITV bosses 'infuriated by totally unacceptable scandals'

Take Me Out: ITV bosses 'infuriated by totally unacceptable scandals'

ITV bosses have reportedly become infuriated over the string of Take Me Out scandals that emerged this week.

The show came under fire after the revelation that contestant Aaron Withers was convicted of assault last year and used to work as an escort, which was followed by his date Wen-Jing Mo's admission that she was once a £200 per-hour prostitute.

Senior figures at ITV are said to have blamed the controversy on Take Me Out production company Talkback Thames, accusing them of failing to uncover the pair's "extremely embarrassing" pasts during background checks.

"These revelations are being taken extremely seriously. It is infuriating to be learning about a different scandal every day," an insider told The Mirror. "Letting these types of people on to what is supposed to be an early evening family show is totally unacceptable. Things need to change - and fast.

"The ITV brand is being dragged through the mud. The experienced people who are making these shows have been left in no doubt as to the level of disappointment and dismay here. They accept there are ways in which these scandals can be prevented. This whole incident has been extremely embarrassing."

A representative for Talkback Thames confirmed that the company "will be reviewing procedures" in light of the scandal.

The spokesperson added: "During the application process we ask contestants to declare any convictions and background checks are carried out on each individual. Aaron's criminal record did not come to light."

It has been revealed that footage of Withers and Mo on a date will be cut from tomorrow's (January 14) edition of the show.

'Game of Thrones' Returns April 1 -- HBO Also Sets Dates for 'Veep,' 'Girls'

'Game of Thrones' Returns April 1 -- HBO Also Sets Dates for 'Veep,' 'Girls'

HBO's fantasy drama "Game of Thrones" will return Sunday, April 1, the network announced Friday.

The network also announced that the movie "Game Change," about John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008, will debut Saturday, March 10. It stars Ed Harris as McCain and Julianne Moore as Palin, with Woody Harrelson as campaign strategist Steve Schmidt.

The new series "Girls," from "Tiny Furniture" star and creator Lena Durham, will debut Sunday, April 15. "Veep," which stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a beleaguered vice president, debuts Sunday, April 22.

HBO also announced that "The Weight of the Nation," a four-part documentary about the nation's obesity epidemic, will debut Monday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 15, with two parts airing each night.

Vinny Guadagnino leaves 'Jersey Shore'

Vinny Guadagnino leaves 'Jersey Shore'

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Vinny Guadagnino has revealed that he is suffering from anxiety and exhaustion and has left MTV's Jersey Shore.

In last night's episode of the reality show, Vinny was seen being taken away from the Seaside Heights shared home in a cab. Earlier, Guadagnino told his co-stars that he was unhappy living in the house and had to leave.

"It's best for me. I've got to get myself better and here I'm suffering," Vinny told his best friend Pauly D.

"I'm not happy. I'm doing what's best for myself and that's it."

Speaking to his family, Vinny said: "I want you to come and get me. I've been strong, I'm a fighter but there is no fight left in me. So I've made the decision, I'm going to leave here."

Pauly D and Ronnie Ortiz-Magro had attempted to lift Vinny's spirits and persuade him to stay by organising a man day, but their efforts failed and Vinny was later shown talking to Shore Store owner Danny about his clinical anxiety and the fact that working on the show wasn't a healthy environment for him.

It has not been revealed whether Vinny will return to Jersey Shore later in the season.

'Dracula' soap opera in development at NBC

'Dracula' soap opera in development at NBC

NBC is developing a new drama series based on iconic vampire Count Dracula.

The adaptation, scripted by Cole Haddon, will be set in the 1890s and has been pitched as a "soap opera", according to Deadline.

Colin Callender and 24's Tony Krantz will produce the project, which has also been described as "young, sexy and supernatural" and resembling "Dangerous Liaisons meets The Tudors".

The show has a script-to-series commitment with NBC, meaning that it will bypass a filmed pilot and go straight to series if the network approves of Haddon's pilot script.

Famous adaptations of Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula include a 1931 film version starring Bela Lugosi, a 1958 release with Christopher Lee and Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 adaptation.

NBC is developing a number of horror-themed shows for the 2012-13 television season, including a remake of The Munsters from Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller.

X-Men and Superman Returns director Bryan Singer is in line to produce and direct the pilot.

Fuller is also working on a series featuring cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter, the character famously played by Anthony Hopkins in 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs.

Celebrity Big Brother: Cocozza, Giggs, Salpa play Spin the Bottle

Celebrity Big Brother: Cocozza, Giggs, Salpa play Spin the Bottle

Frankie Cocozza, Georgia Salpa, Natasha Giggs, Kirk Norcross and Denise Welch played a game of Spin the Bottle in the Celebrity Big Brother house last night (January 12).

The fivesome exchanged kisses and tongue licks after their Playboy party ended.

Norcross eventually ended the game when he grew increasingly frustrated at Salpa's unwillingness to share a proper kiss with him.

Axed X Factor contestant Cocozza kissed everyone, including Norcross, during the game.

The second Celebrity Big Brother eviction airs tonight (January 13) on Channel 5. Nicola McLean and Natasha Giggs face the public vote.

McLean is currently the bookmakers' favourite to be given the chop by viewers.

Ratings: 'Rob!' Premieres Big for CBS

Ratings: 'Rob!' Premieres Big for CBS

CBS's new sitcom "Rob!," starring Rob Schneider as a man who marries into a large Mexican family, had a big debut Thursday, scoring the network's best numbers for a regularly scheduled program in its time slot since May 2010. Fox's "The Finder," meanwhile, had a very soft debut as CBS won the night overall.

"Rob!" had a 4.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 11 share, and scored 13.5 million total viewers. "The Finder" had a 1.7/4 and 5.5 million total viewers, losing much of its lead-in from "Bones."

CBS's night started at 8 p.m. with "The Big Bang Theory," which was the highest-rated and most-viewed show of the night with a 5.2/15 and 16 million total viewers. "Rob!" held on to much of that strong lead-in at 8:30. At 9, "Person of Interest" scored a 3.2/8 and 14.7 million total viewers. "The Mentalist" at 10 scored a 2.7/7 and 13.4 million total viewers.

ABC was the second-highest-rated network. "Wipeout" at 8 scored a 2.2/6 and 7.1 million total viewers. "Grey's Anatomy" at 9 had a 3.8/9 and 10.6 million total viewers, and "Private Practice" had a 2.4/6 and 6.7 million.

Fox, which was third, had a 2.4/6 and 8.6 million for "Bones" at 8. "The Finder" is a spin-off of the show.

NBC was fourth. The return of "30 Rock" -- premiering in midseason for the first time -- scored a soft 1.8/5 and 4.6 million total viewers at 8. "Parks and Recreation" at 8:30 had a 1.9/5 and 4.1 million total viewers. "The Office" at 9 had a 2.9/7 and 5.9 million, and "Up All Night" at 9:30 had a 2.0/5 and 4.3 million.

"The Firm," meanwhile, had a dismal 1.0/3 and 4.2 million, down from its premiere Sunday, when it had a 1.4/3 and 6.2 million total viewers.

'Only Way Is Essex' Maria Fowler: 'I don't have PIP breast implants'

'Only Way Is Essex' Maria Fowler: 'I don't have PIP breast implants'

Maria Fowler has denied reports that she has Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) breast implants.

It had been reported that Fowler was one of the 40,000 UK women given the implants supplied by a French company, which have been the subject of a health scare due to reports of a high rupture rate.

The former Only Way Is Essex star wrote on Twitter: "Why are gossip websites saying I have pip implants.... ?? I suggest they take it down asap...."

She added to one site: "I do NOT have pip implants. Your story is misleading."

Fowler's TOWIE colleague Lauren Pope revealed earlier this week that she was fitted with PIP implants.

"I just thought like, how the hell has this happened?" she said. "How can 40,000 women be in the same situation now; where we'll either not have an operation and keep them in us and think it might be fine, it might not."

Fowler this week confirmed her exit from The Only Way Is Essex, along with cast member Harry Derbidge.

Ricky Gervais on Globes: 'I Don't Care What People Think'

Ricky Gervais on Globes: 'I Don't Care What People Think'

Ricky Gervais says he's hosting the Golden Globes for the third time to annoy his critics.

"I did it the first time because I thought, that's fun. It's fun for a comedian to have a global audience like that. And I set it on the proviso that I do all my own material," he said Friday. "And they kept to that. And I did it the second time because I thought I could improve on the first and I think I did that. And I wasn't going to do it a third time, but then I kept reading reports, press saying, 'He'll never be invited back.' So I did it to annoy them."

Gervais talked about his Globes gig Sunday during a panel at the Television Critics Association winter press tour for "Life's Too Short," his new HBO show with Warwick Davis and Stephen Merchant.

He said he isn't worried about offending people with his monologue. Some of his jokes last year -- including about "The Tourist" -- were seen as going to far.

"If you get final edit, which I do and I demand... nothing else matters. You're bulletproof," he said. "I'm not one of those people who think comedy is your conscience taking the day off. My conscience never takes the day off. I know what I'm going to say. ... I can justify it, I stand by it, as I do every joke I did last year, and I don't care. I don't care what people think."

Asked if he had already chosen his "targets" for Sunday's monologue, Gervais took issue with the word.

"Targets is a word I wouldn't use -- subjects," he said. "I've got nothing against any of those  people in the room. I've worked with many of them. I like many of them. I admire most of them. It's like, they're just gags. I'm not trying to hurt anyone's feelings or give them a bad night or undermine the moral fabric of America."

He added: "I'd rather they laugh than gasp. But I cherish the gasps along with the laughs."

NBC Greenlights Western Drama 'Frontier'

NBC Greenlights Western Drama 'Frontier'

The 1840s-set project centers on a group that follows their dreams and heads west from Missouri across the uncharted country.

NBC is saddling up for a Western.

The network has ordered to pilot The Frontier, one of a handful of Western projects at various stages of development at NBC.

The projects, set in the 1840s, centers on a group that follows their dreams and heads west from Missouri across the uncharted country.

Cold Case executive producer Shaun Cassidy will executive produce the project, with Prospect Park's Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry along with The West Wing’s Thomas Schlamme, who will direct the pilot. The project hails from Sony Pictures Television.

Last summer, NBC ordered a script from Universal Television and Friday Night Lights producers Pete Berg and Liz Heldens described as a Western story told from a female point of view.

Among the other Western efforts in development at the networks: ABC has David Zabel’s Gunslinger and CBS has James Mangold’s Ralph Lamb.

'Doctor Who': is Sophia Myles the new companion?

'Doctor Who': is Sophia Myles the new companion?

"Doctor Who" show runner Steven Moffat just tweeted something that set the Whovians all atwitter. He may have just revealed the identity of the newest companion. Fans of "Doctor Who" are still in mourning for the departure of companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) but a fan favorite might be joining the cast.

Now, we're not sure if this is the way to interpret the tweet from @steven_moffat, but judge for yourself.

Right EVERYBODY who follows me, go and follow @SophiaMyles - spin that fireplace. NOW. I'll explain later. Or not.

Sophia Myles tweeted back: "Watch this (fire)place," and "The plot thickens..."

If you recall, Myles played Mme. Pompadour in "The Girl in the Fireplace," which is widely touted as one of the show's best episodes. (We'd also add "The Doctor's Wife" in there.) While we'd love to see her back, we're not sure the famous character would be a full companion. We'd love to hear your thoughts. Give us a shout and tell us what you think.

'Star Wars' TV series 'is Empire Strikes Back on steroids'

'Star Wars' TV series 'is Empire Strikes Back on steroids'

Star Wars producer Rick McCallum has described planned TV spinoff Underworld as "Empire Strikes Back on steroids".

McCallum recently confirmed the working title for the project and later revealed that the final series would include "smugglers, gangsters [and] bounty hunters".

"It's much darker [than the movies]," he told Collider. "It's a much more adult series. I think, thematically, in terms of characters and what they go through, it will be… the most awesome part of the whole franchise."

McCallum also compared Underworld to "[HBO drama] Deadwood in space".

He explained: "It was to be serious performances, very complicated relationships, unbelievable issues of power and corruption, greed, vanity, pride, ego manifesting itself at levels that only equal the world that we live in now, but, as I said, on steroids."

Adding that production would not commence for "the next year or two years", McCallum explained that George Lucas plans to populate Underworld with "extraordinary digital characters", making the show financially prohibitive in the current economic climate.

"Most people who love movies and... understand the process realise that if you do a character like Gollum or Jar Jar or any major digital character, that costs twice as much as having Tom Cruise in a movie," he suggested.

"You get 150 people working for two years on a 40-minute performance and they all make serious money [so] that's gonna be a serious $20-30 million character. That's our problem, how do we get that down?

"It's not a challenge that I think can be dealt with in the next year or two years, I think it's gonna be a little bit more longer term goal."

Toby Whithouse on series 4 of Being Human

Toby Whithouse on series 4 of Being Human

With yet more casting departures announced, what does series creator Toby Whithouse have to say on the future of Being Human?

It's been changing times for Being Human fans. We already knew that brooding Irish vamp Mitchell was dust, with actor Aidan Turner off to Middle-earth to film The Hobbit, but recent weeks have brought the possibly more shocking news that fans will soon have seen the last of werewolf sweeties George (Russell Tovey) and Nina (Sinead Keenan).

Series creator Toby Whithouse told The Guardian yesterday, "Losing Russell and Sinead so suddenly was very difficult. But it never occurred to us for a moment to stop making the show. Not because we need the cash, but because we knew there were 1,000 stories left to tell and 10,000 characters left to create.

"But if I'm honest, the reaction of some of the fans is depressingly predictable. People are perfectly entitled to watch something and say 'I didn't like it'. But to say 'I'm not going to like that thing I haven't seen yet' is blatantly bonkers."

As guessed by everyone who saw these shots, it won't just be left to Annie to carry the beloved show on her ghostly shoulders. A new group of misfits have been assembled, including last year's recurring werewolf Tom (Michael Socha) and newcomer Hal (Damien Moloney).

With a new ensemble in place, there's a sense that the show could return to its original remit, that of a ghost, a werewolf, and a vampire sharing a pokey bedsit. For a series that upped its game week after week, this could either be a return to the simplicity that made it great, or a step backwards that regular viewers may not tolerate lightly.

"Every twist in the life of Being Human has been met with wails of anguish," Whithouse also said. "When they announced one of the pilots was about a werewolf vampire and a ghost sharing a house, people said: 'That sounds shit, I'm not watching that'. Then they did and they loved it."

It sounds like a man tired of the constant backlash that comes hand in hand with audience passion, but with changes this huge (Sinead Keenan won't even have an exit scene, apparently), it's unclear what route the show will take from here.

Series four, which we can't wait for, starts at the end of the month...

Ex-BBC presenter Peter Rowell pleads guilty to indecent assault

Ex-BBC presenter Peter Rowell pleads guilty to indecent assault

Former BBC and ITV presenter Peter Rowell has today pleaded guilty to a string of sexual assault charges against girls under the age of 16, but not guilty to one of rape.

At Bristol Crown Court, the 53-year-old confessed to making indecent photographs of children, along with possessing more than 400 images.

He pleaded guilty to 12 counts of indecent assault against five young women, but not guilty to a charge of rape, which was changed to indecent assault.

Former BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Somerset presenter Rowell was charged last April with a range of offenses dating back to the late 1980s and early 1990s.

He spoke today only to confirm his name and enter his pleas. He has been remanded in custody until sentencing on March 2.

Prosecuting lawyer Ian Fenny told Judge David Ticehurst: "Your Honour is right to say that this defendant accepts all the serious allegations against him."

Fenny said that the prosecution accepted the four not guilty pleas, including the rape charge that was changed to indecent assault.

Edward Burgess, the lawyer representing Rowell, told the court that his client was aware a custodial sentence was expected to follow.

Judge Ticehurst said it was "only right" that Rowell's victims, who cannot be named due to legal reasons, should be in court to see him sentenced in March.

Rowell hit the headlines in March 2011 after failing to turn up to work at BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Somerset. Fears were raised after his car was found left in a supermarket car park.

However, the father-of-one was later found in Cumbria, after which he was arrested by police, who had already raided his home and found the indecent images on his computer

Rowell had read the news bulletin on ITV West for ten years, but most recently presented the Afternoon Show on BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Somerset.

Starz Announces 'Marco Polo' Series

Starz Announces 'Marco Polo' Series

Starz announced "Marco Polo," a new series that will follow the legendary 13th century explorer as he uses martial arts to survive and his wits to maintain the favor of Kublai Khan.

Created and written by John Fusco ("Hidalgo," "Young Guns"), the series is produced by The Weinstein Company's Harvey and Bob Weinstein and Electus' Ben Silverman, as well as Fusco. Weinstein originally developed the idea and brought in Fusco to write the script. The project was then taken to Electus, and together the parties delivered it to Starz.

Starz Entertainment will own the domestic premium pay TV rights and certain digital rights for its flagship STARZ network, while Starz's Anchor Bay will distribute it in the United States in home video. The Weinstein Company and Electus’ global distribution arm, Electus International, will control the remaining rights.

"Marco Polo has captivated imaginations for centuries, and John’s script brings this fantastical story to life," said Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht. "In addition to a remarkable story, we share a joint creative vision with our partners at The Weinstein Company and Electus to deliver a larger than life cinematic adventure for audiences in the United States and around the world."

"The stories and adventures of Marco Polo are timeless and we couldn’t be more excited to work with Starz and Electus on this project,” added Harvey Weinstein. "We look forward to beginning production next year on what is sure to be a fascinating, martial-arts filled telling of one of history’s greatest explorers."

"We are thrilled to be able to work with an exceptional creative team to tell this amazing story in an updated and unique way," said Electus chairman Ben Silverman. "Starz has been a tremendous partner in allowing us maximum creative freedom to bring audiences a fresh perspective on history and John Fusco, who lives and breathes this material, is uniquely qualified to bring this story to life."

Celebrity Big Brother: Denise Welch, Michael Madsen tension continues

Celebrity Big Brother: Denise Welch, Michael Madsen tension continues

Celebrity Big Brother contestants Denise Welch and Michael Madsen have clashed for a second time in successive days.

While eating dinner in the living room, Loose Women's Welch launched a group discussion on what housemates would eat for their 'last supper'.

Natalie Cassidy and Nicola McLean all partook in the group chat, before the attention turned to Michael Madsen.

While Welch reiterated the question, the Hollywood actor paused, shook his head, and said: "It makes no sense to me."

As the table erupted with laughter, with the exception of Welch, Madsen added: "Why would you want to eat before you die?"

"I just said, if you were hungry before you died, I gave you the option. Okay, let's just say, we're not going to die. Michael... Michael, Michael, Michael," Welch stressed.

With Madsen again failing to answer, she grew tired and moved the question on to Frankie Cocozza

Retiring to the bedroom, he told Georgia Salpa: "She's trying too hard to be entertaining and it's just not working - she thinks it's an entertainment test. Jesus Christ."

Susan Lucci Hosting Real-Life Soap 'Deadly Affairs' on ID

Susan Lucci Hosting Real-Life Soap 'Deadly Affairs' on ID

Drama and romantic intrigue are her business, so it's very appropriate that Emmy-winning daytime diva Susan Lucci will host Investigation Discovery's upcoming romance-themed reality series "Deadly Affairs."

The series, which begins filming in March for a fall 2012 debut, will cover everything from "love triangles that implode to office romances exposed; from sleeping with the enemy to bedding your best friend’s husband; and from grooms ditching the ceremony with a bridesmaid in tow to swingers deciding the grass actually is greener."

"All My Children" star Lucci will serve as host and narrator for unfolding the crimes of passion.

"There is simply no other actress in the world more qualified than Susan Lucci to host 'Deadly Affairs,'" ID president Henry Schleiff said.

"After all, Susan’s alter ego, Erica Kane, created her fair share of steamy scandals and deadly dalliances, often all in one hour. While our series, of course, has the added benefit of featuring real stories of betrayal, we are delighted that Susan will bring her own distinctive voice and dramatic flair to our real life soap."

The ID series is Lucci's first regular TV gig since "AMC" ended its 42-season run on ABC last September. The actress -- who famously won her first Daytime Emmy in 1999, after 18 nominations -- joined the show just days after it premiered in January 1970, and was its leading lady when it was canceled by ABC.

TV Tonight 14th of January 2012

TV Tonight 14th of January 2012

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

    Austin City Limits S37E13: "Arcade Fire"
    Bakugan Battle Brawlers S04E46: "End of the Line"
    Bakuman. S02E15: "Episode 15"
    Behind The Music S12E32: "Styx"
    Cardfight!! Vanguard S02E02: "Episode 2"
    Celebrity Big Brother S09E10: "Series 9, Episode 10"
    Color Splash S10E08
    Cops S24E14: "Wild & Crazy"
    Cops S24E13: "Taken into Custody #2"
    Detective Conan S18E42: "A Critical Moment from the Karuta Cards (Part 2)"
    Fairy Tail S03E18: "The Tenrou Tree"
    Harry Hill's TV Burp S11E12: "Series 11, Episode 12"
    Ich bin ein Star - Holt mich hier raus! S06E02: "Folge 2"
    Live At The Apollo S07E07: "Jason Manford, Jimeoin, Tom Stade"
    Match of The Day S47E29: "Season 47, Show 29"
    Metal Evolution S01E08: "Nu Metal"
    My Cat From Hell S02E02: "Mad Max"
    NFL on CBS S14E82
    NFL On FOX S18E93
    Phineas and Ferb S03E21: "100th Episode: Doof Dynasty"
    Pit Boss S03E01: "Trouble in Shortywood"
    Pit Bulls and Parolees S03E08: "Pushing the Limits"
    Putous S03E02: "Season 3, Episode 2"
    R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour S02E16: "Stage Fright"
    Saturday Kitchen S10E29: "January 14, 2012"
    Saturday Night Live S37E12: "Daniel Radcliffe/Lana Del Rey"
    Saw Dogs S01E03: "TBA"
    Shakugan no Shana S03E14: "Episode 14"
    Ski Sunday S34E02: "Series 34, Episode 2"
    Take Me Out (UK) S03E02: "Series 3, Episode 2"
    Take Me Out: The Gossip S01E02: "Episode 2"
    That Metal Show S09E09: "Herman Rarebell / Andrew Dice Clay"
    The Dog Whisperer S08E03: "Mascot Mayhem"
    The Football League Show S03E20: "Series 3, Episode 20"
    The Jonathan Ross Show S02E02
    The Magicians (2011) S02E02: "Series 2, Episode 2"
    The Million Pound Drop Live S08E02: "Series 8, Episode 2"
    The Nerdist S01E03: "The Fades"
    Total Wipeout S05E07: "Winter Wipeout (5)"
    UFC PPV Events S20E01: "UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes"
    Ultimate Factories S04E10: "Mack Truck"
    You've Been Framed S19E18: "January 14, 2012"
    Zero no Tsukaima S04E02: "The Maidens of Akuireia"

Next on A&E: 'Bates Motel,' Norman Bates, the Teenage Years

Next on A&E: 'Bates Motel,' Norman Bates, the Teenage Years

A&E has a pair of -- pun ahead -- killer new dramas in development.

"Bates Motel" will revisit classic "Psycho" serial killer Norman Bates, during his disturbing formative years. The series, produced by Universal Television, will serve as a "Psycho" prequel, examining the life of Norman Bates from his childhood through to his teen years, giving viewers access to "the dark, twisted backstory," to learn how Bates' mama and her lover turned him into, well, a psycho.

Also on tap at the network now best known for reality fare like "Storage Wars" and "Dog the Bounty Hunter": "Those Who Kill," an adaptation of a Danish crime series. Fox21 and Ron Howard/Brian Grazer's Imagine Television will produce the drama, which revolves around serial killers and the two lead characters -- a police detective and a criminal profiler -- who track them.

The characters "possess a deep psychological understanding that connects them to the killer's victims and to the killer himself, driving them to pursue each case to the end of the line, again and again," according to A&E's description of the show.

The new series will expand on A&E's recent foray into scripted fare, which includes the breakout cop drama "The Glades" and "Breakout Kings," about former fugitives who help U.S. marshals catch current criminals on the run.

OWN Announces Shows on Female Firefighters, Matchmaking, and Normalcy

OWN Announces Shows on Female Firefighters, Matchmaking, and Normalcy

Oprah Winfrey's OWN network announced three new series Friday about female firefighters, matchmakers unleashed on a small town, and what constitutes normalcy.

"Lives on Fire" follows female firefighters in California who battle fires even as they keep the home fires burning. "Lovetown, U.S.A. features matchmakers who visit Kingstown, Ga., to try to match up singles.

"Are You Normal, America?" is a game show in which contestants try to guess what their fellow Americans do, and how common different behaviors are.

The network announced the show at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. The new shows come as OWN tries to improve its audience in its second year, which kicked off with "Oprah's Next Chapter" scoring the network's best ratings yet.

Frankie Cocozza to be tutored by Romeo Dunn in Celeb Big Brother task

Frankie Cocozza to be tutored by Romeo Dunn in Celeb Big Brother task

Celebrity Big Brother's Romeo Dunn has been challenged to turn Frankie Cocozza into 'Mr Perfect'.

Cocozza's failed attempts to woo the Shannon twins and Georgia Salpa have prompted Big Brother to call Dunn to assist in his quest for female company.

They will both be summoned to the Diary Room where Big Brother will inform them of the task later today.

During the next few days, Cocozza will go on separate dates with Playboy's Karissa and Kristina, who will each mark the X Factor star out of ten.

So Solid Crew star Dunn will don a clipboard with a list of categories, such as chat-up lines, body language and flirting, all of which Cocozza must improve on.

If Cocozza scores higher marks for his second date with Kristina than he did with Karissa, housemates will win an evening's worth of alcohol.

Celebrity Big Brother continues live tonight from 9pm as either Natasha Giggs or Nicola McLean will exit the Channel 5 show.

New 'Spartacus' Liam McIntyre Had to Work Out to Win Role

New 'Spartacus' Liam McIntyre Had to Work Out to Win Role

Liam McIntyre said he had to work out to prove to Starz that he could handle he lead role on "Spartacus."

McIntyre replaced Andy Whitfield for the second season of the show, called "Spartacus: Vengeance," so Whitfield could battle non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Whitfield died of the disease in September.

"From the start I think I was able to tackle the role because I knew he'd get better," McIntyre said at the Television Critics Association winter press tour Friday. When he learned of Whitfield's death, he said, "You can't imagine how sad that day was."

Network executives spent months deciding whether to keep the show going after Whitfield left -- and who should play him.

To earn the role, McIntyre had to work out intensely by lifting heavy weights -- sometimes while running, he said. Executives received regular updates on his physique, and eventually he beefed up enough to win them over.

"It was like nothing I'd ever experienced before," McIntyre said.

Brian Austin Green Sues Ex-'90210' Co-Star, Says She Stole $200K

Brian Austin Green Sues Ex-'90210' Co-Star, Says She Stole $200K

Brian Austin Green and wife Megan Fox are doing just fine, thank you. But the former "Beverly Hills, 90210" actor does have beef with one of his ex-girlfriends.

Green claims that, while he was dating Vanessa Marcil-Giovinazzo early last decade, he lent her $200,000. Marcil-Giovinazzo was also in "90210" (remember Donna's half-sister?) and is the mother of Green's 9-year-old son.

Now Green wants his green back.

Green filed a lawsuit against Marcil-Giovinazzo in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday. In the complaint, which was obtained by TheWrap, he claims breach of contract and breach of oral agreement, among other charges.

(Read the full lawsuit here.)

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Green and Marcil-Giovinazzo -- then just Marcil; she later married "CSI: NY" actor Carmine Giovinazzo -- met on the set of "90210" in the late 1990s. Green claims that, starting in January 2000, he wrote her checks of up to $50,000 at a time. She allegedly promised to promptly pay him back the borrowed money, which Green says totaled $200,000.

Green and Marcil-Giovinazzo were in agreement that "the monies were not gifts," the suit says.

In November, Green reached out to her, asking for the money back, according to the suit. But Marcil-Giovinazzo -- who won an Emmy in 2003 for her portrayal of Brenda Barrett on "General Hospital" -- refused to pay him back.

Green is seeking the alleged $200,000 that Marcil-Giovinazzo allegedly borrowed. He is also seeking additional, unspecified damages, and requesting a jury trial.

A representative for Marcil-Giovinazzo had no comment.

FX President Talks Russell Brand's New Talk Show, Sheen's 'Anger Management'

FX President Talks Russell Brand's New Talk Show, Sheen's 'Anger Management'

Coming off a year that saw his network's viewership rise 21 percent, FX president John Landgraf talked to TheWrap about Russell Brand's stripped down and raw talk show, whether or not working with Charlie Sheen on the upcoming sitcom "Anger Management" is a risky move and the sport he's programming on FX Friday nights.

Did you pause at all when you heard Ryan Murphy's idea for "American Horror Story"? Were you concerned that viewers might not stick with it for a whole season, take the time to find out what it was really about?
No, I really didn't. For whatever reason, with "American Horror Story," I just felt really confident from the beginning that it was going to be very successful. Notwithstanding the fact that I knew it would be polarizing, and some people would get it, and some people won't. Some people would like it, some people wouldn't like it. I just really genuinely believed that an audience would really dig that show.

You have "Anger Management" with Charlie Sheen coming up next summer. "Two and a Half Men" does really well on FX, but just given his personal history in the last year, how much of a risk is it to do this new series with him?
Well, I guess I know what little I know, which is that I've had a couple conversations with Charlie, and conversations with the producers, with Joe Roth and with the folks at Lionsgate, and I think Charlie really, really wants to make a good show.

I think he really, really wants to get back up and prove that he is what he is, which is a really big TV star. We're only licensing the show, so the production challenges of the show, in all aspects, really lie with Lionsgate. But all I can say is I like the show. I really think it's a terrific pitch. Bruce Helford, from what I've seen, I think he and the writers are doing a terrific job on it. And Charlie's a really good actor. I'm quite optimistic that there will be something very entertaining in that show and very good.

You also have a limited series, a late night show, coming up with Russell Brand. It's been described as a talk show, but is it going to be a traditional, late-night talk show?
No, it isn't. I think part of what we've been thinking about in terms of late‑night is, OK, so you have these traditional talk shows, and you have some very good ones, and you have these enormously experienced hosts in Conan and Jay and David Letterman, but the format is a format that's been around now for 50 years. And then you have these topical shows, Colbert and Stewart, that are more topical and more politically oriented.

For me, the fact that Russell is willing to go in front of a live audience and take an enormous amount of risk, do an enormous amount of improvisation and audience interaction, and willing to have a much, much more loosely structured format that requires more of him in the moment, more real‑time presence and improvisation, is great. I mean, it almost is to a talk show what "The Shield" is to a drama.

(Brand's production partner) Troy Miller has this very nimble setup with 13 cameras that can move anywhere. And it's a rather small audience: it's about 140 people, as many as you can fit on three buses. So, literally, the show can be taped anywhere in the world that Russell is, in any kind of space or venue or auditorium. You pull in a local audience. You can transport the audience in the middle of the show if you want to, because it's relatively small.

I think it's only about what's essential, in a performer who's willing to go out and be present and be topical and be funny and be improvisational, and he's really, really good at this.

And that's for the spring?
Yeah. We're going to launch a half‑dozen episodes in the spring. And then, knock wood, if it works, and we've structured this like a lot of our comedies, so it's quite inexpensive, because we really want to give these things time to grow and time to find an audience. Assuming it goes well and he's happy and we're happy creatively, we could easily turn around another cycle next year. I could see us making six episodes in the spring and then another 13 in the fall.

"Justified" season three premieres on Jan. 17. I've seen the first four episodes that were sent for review, and it promises to be another great season, with more outstanding performances following last year's Emmy-winning performance by Margo Martindale. How involved are you with casting for the network?
Pretty involved in some decisions and not as involved in others. ("Justified" star) Timothy Olyphant's casting was something I was very involved in. Elijah's casting was something I was very involved in. Margo Martindale? Not at all. That was all Graham (Yost, "Justified producer) and his team. And Graham, of course, and his team, the executive producer, would be involved in any decision we've made. I was pretty involved in bringing Glenn Close to "The Shield" and ultimately developing "Damages" for her.

But it's kind of a collective effort. This whole process of making really good television does not work without a great writer and a great actor, and there has to be an almost perfect mesh between the writer and the actor for it to work.