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zondag 15 januari 2012

Glee the Music from the Yes-No Episode airing January 17th

Glee the Music from the Yes-No Episode airing January 17th

"Yes/No" is the upcoming tenth episode of the third season of the American musical television series Glee, and the 54th overall. Directed by Eric Stoltz, and set to air on Fox in the United States on January 17, 2012, the episode will be a big one for Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) and Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays)

Listen to the music from this episode below:

Moves Like Jagger

We Found Love

Summer Nights

Wedding Bells Blues

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

Without You

Nickelodeon Greenlights Two Comedy Projects Starring Internet Sensation Lucas Cruikshank AKA Fred

Nickelodeon Greenlights Two Comedy Projects Starring Internet Sensation Lucas Cruikshank AKA Fred

Nickelodeon has licensed 21 episodes of FRED: THE SHOW, a new live-action, short-form comedy series created by and starring internet sensation Lucas Cruikshank ("Fred Figglehorn") and ordered a new pilot Marvin, Marvin as a starring vehicle for Cruikshank, it was announced today by Marjorie Cohn, President, Original Programming and Development, Nickelodeon.

Based on one of the most popular internet characters of all time, the single-camera, 11-minute FRED: THE SHOW episodes build on the network's hugely successful Fred television movies, Fred: The Movie and Fred: Night of the Living Fred. Set to premiere in early 2012, Fred: The Show follows the character on his latest hilarious adventures at home and in school. Production on the series has begun in Los Angeles.

A multi-camera, half-hour comedy, the Marvin, Marvin pilot stars Cruikshank as a quirky, intergalactic new kid in school who clumsily tries to adapt to his new life as a human teenager.

"Lucas is an immensely talented actor and comedian whose unique brand of humor is a proven winner with our audience," said Cohn. "The 11-minute format of FRED: THE SHOW will be a great showcase for more of his signature adventures."

The projects come on the heels of the success of Cruikshank's most recent original television movie for Nickelodeon, Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred, which debuted on Oct. 22 and delivered 5.7 million total viewers for its primetime premiere, ranking as that week's number-one telecast with kids 6-11 and kids 2-11. Cruikshank made his TV debut in the mega-hit series iCarly in 2009, with his episode, "iMeet Fred" drawing 5.1 million total viewers. He later brought Fred to life in the 2010 smash hit Fred: The Movie which delivered 8.7 million total viewers, landing the two-hour premiere in the top spot as the number-one TV cable movie with kids 6-11 and kids 2-11. The Nickelodeon TV movie also ranked as the year's number-two entertainment telecast with kids 6-11 and kids 2-11 on all TV. In 2010, Cruikshank was named one of "10 Comics to Watch" by Daily Variety and was listed among the 50 Top Digital Power Players by The Hollywood Reporter.

FRED: THE SHOW is created and executive produced by Cruikshank. Brian Robbins and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett of Varsity Pictures and Gary Binkow and Evan Weiss of The Collective also serve as executive producers.

Marvin, Marvin is created by Jon Ross (10 Things I Hate About You) and is being executive produced by show-runner Jeff Bushell (Beverly Hills Chihuahua). Evan Weiss and Gary Binkow are also executive producing through their company, The Collective.

AMC's New Unscripted Series, "Comic Book Men," Debuts February 12 at 10 PM

AMC's New Unscripted Series, "Comic Book Men," Debuts February 12 at 10 PM

AMC has something special in store with its newest unscripted series "Comic Book Men" (formerly "Secret Stash") debuting on Sunday, February 12 at 10pm ET/PT. Executive produced by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Chasing Amy), Charlie Corwin's Original Media (LA Ink, Storm Chasers, Swamp People) and Elyse Seiden (Red State), the six-part series dives deep into fanboy culture by following the antics in and around master fanboy Kevin Smith's New Jersey comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, where both staff and customers geek out over mind-blowing pop culture artifacts and the legends behind them.

"Draper. Meth. Zombies. This show couldn't be on a better network. AMC is to television what Miramax was to cinema back when I first got in the game: they're the premier destination for any story-teller looking to spin an offbeat yarn that no other outlet has the stones to touch," said Smith. "And as if I didn't love them enough, now they're putting my friends on TV! I'm ecstatic, proud, and extremely lucky to be in bed with a network I watch religiously anyway. And if they'd pushed just a little harder in the negotiations, I'd have done this show for no payment beyond early access to every episode of 'Mad Men,' 'Breaking Bad' and 'The Walking Dead.'"

"The comic book store is, in many ways, the corner bar for comic book fans. It is still this place where everybody knows your name, and you can go and geek out with like minded people. If I lived closer, I'd want to hang out here. It's got great energy, great personality and is a perfect portal into the world of comic book culture," said Joel Stillerman, AMC's SVP of original programming, production and digital content.

Leading the crew behind the Secret Stash counter are moody manager Walt, uber-nerd Mike, career slacker Brian, and Ming, the shop's go-to whipping boy. As the team buys, sells and discovers the treasures of the comic collecting world, they share all the juicy details with Kevin through their outrageous podcast, which is woven throughout the series.

Complementing the premiere will be a host of online activities and extra video scenes at Users will also be able to vote in polls related to the show's content, read blogs posted by the cast that discuss what happened after the cameras stopped rolling, and check out episode sneak peeks, extra/extended scenes, photo galleries and a talk forum.

AMC's Stillerman, Jason Fisher, SVP of Production, Mary Conlon, Vice President of Non-Scripted Original Programming, and Ari Mark, Director of Development, oversee development and production for the network's unscripted series.

Sundance Channel's "Top of the Lake" Begins Production on February 7th in New Zealand

Sundance Channel's "Top of the Lake" Begins Production on February 7th in New Zealand

Sundance Channel announced today its upcoming mini-series "Top of the Lake" will begin production on February 7, 2012. The seven-part mini-series will be directed by Oscar(R) winner Jane Campion (The Piano, Portrait of a Lady) and Australian director Garth Davis, and written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee (Sweetie). The project stars SAG(R) Award winner and three time Emmy(R) Award nominated actress Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men," On the Road). Holly Hunter, who won a Best Actress Oscar(R) for her performance in Campion's The Piano, also stars alongside BAFTA(R) nominee Peter Mullan (War Horse, Trainspotting) and AFI Award winning actor David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings, Australia).

Produced by Academy Award(R) winners Emile Sherman and Iain Canning (The King's Speech, Shame) of See-Saw Films, and Philippa Campbell (Black Sheep) of Escapade Pictures, "Top of the Lake" is a powerful and haunting mystery about the search for happiness in a paradise where honest work is hard to find. Set in the remote mountains of New Zealand, the story follows the disappearance of a five months pregnant 12-year-old named Tui who was last seen standing chest deep in a frozen lake. In this classic mythic struggle, investigating detective, Robin Griffin (Moss), must lose herself in order to find the missing girl. During the investigation, she collides with Matt Mitcham (Mullan), Tui's father, a local drug lord, and G.J (Hunter), a guru at a local women's camp. Robin will find this the case that tests her limits and sends her on a journey of self-discovery.

"Top of the Lake" Executive Producer for Sundance Channel is Christian Vesper. "Top of the Lake" is co-produced by Sundance Channel, BBC TWO, and UKTV in Australia and New Zealand. BBC Worldwide distributes the television series internationally.

'Spartacus: Vengeance': Buckets of bloody torment

'Spartacus: Vengeance': Buckets of bloody torment

"Spartacus: Vengeance" is about to return with it's third season and a new star. After star Andy Whitfield's battle with cancer, the role of Spartacus was re-cast with Liam McIntyre. He's taken over the role with a passion and we got to hear about his experience at the Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, CA. Along with McIntyre, Lucy Lawless and show runner Steven DeKnight let us in on secrets from Season 3.

Before his death, Whitfield gave his blessing to McIntyre, telling him that this is "a family." McIntyre, who had to train for months before they let him know he had the part, said that it really is and that he'd be embraced by the cast. "It's probably the saddest thing I've ever had to be part of.  From the start, I was able to tackle the role ... he made his choice to get better," said McIntyre. He said he'd never seen a sadder producer than the day they told the cast about Andy's passing.

On a happier note, we have some incredibly impressive stunts and set pieces to look forward to this year.It all starts with an impressive slaughter scene in a brothel in the first episode. DeKnight said, "In the writers' room, we had the title, 'Brothel attack.' You just can't go wrong with a title like that." We were treated to a scene from episode 5 where the rebels set a fire underneath the arena and the entire thing collapses, killing hundreds. Oh, and there are intestines pulled out of someone's guts. We love this show! McIntyre does too, calling himself a fan boy. He said, "The first four months there wasn't a moment that I didn't smile incredulously at the opportunity I had."

Lawless told the crowd that Lucretia has some major torment coming her way. ""Buckets of bloody torment," she said. Still, Lucretia isn't going to fall apart. She said, "Somebody falls in love with Lucretia.  In the end, all her dreams come true.  She enters into a relationship with someone she never noticed before." We can't wait to see who that is. Anyone want to speculate? But don't worry. She's still the crazy woman we know and love. She called character a "softer, gentler Lucretia." The crowed laughed and she replied, "That's not funny. For about 2 seconds, she is."

We'll have some one on one interviews for you with McIntyre, DeKnight and Lawless coming your way soon. Stay tuned!

VH1 admits non-famous people into 'Rehab with Dr. Drew'

VH1 admits non-famous people into 'Rehab with Dr. Drew'

After five seasons of "Celebrity Rehab," VH1 will open the treatment center doors to people who aren't famous.

The cable network has ordered eight episodes of what it's now calling "Rehab with Dr. Drew" to premiere in the summer. The show will follow a group of young adults as they enter the Pasadena Recovery Center to go through treatment for addiction.

"I'm so excited to once again have the opportunity to educate viewers about the deadly disease of addiction," Dr. Drew Pinsky says. "It is my sincere hope that this show will encourage people who are struggling to seek the help."

VH1 says "Celebrity Rehab" led "many viewers" to contact the network in search of help, so it wanted to reach out to some of those people.

"We feel this expanded format will hold up a mirror to our core audience and hopefully give them some new insight to this disease that touches almost everyone -- whether they are struggling with addiction themselves or know someone who is," says Jeff Olde, VH1's head of original programming.

TV Land renews 'Hot in Cleveland,' picks up spinoff 'Have Faith'

TV Land renews 'Hot in Cleveland,' picks up spinoff 'Have Faith'

TV Land has picked up a fourth season of "Hot in Cleveland," and it's given the green light to a spinoff series with Cedric the Entertainer called "Have Faith."

The "Hot in Cleveland" pickup is for 24 episodes, which will begin airing in November. The show is in the midst of its third season now.

The renewal brings "Hot in Cleveland's" total number of episodes to 80, and the show recently locked in a syndication deal to take the show to broadcast stations.

"Have Faith" stars Cedric the Entertainer as the Rev. Boyce Ballentine, an R&B singer-turned-minister who takes over his father's church (the character first appeared on "Hot in Cleveland's" second season). It also stars Niecy Nash as his wife, Lolli, and John Beasley ("Everwood") as his dad.

"Hot" creator Suzanne Martin and Cedric co-created "Have Faith" and will executive produce. The show's 12-episode season kicks off in June.

'Stevie TV': Sketch comedy with a female perspective

'Stevie TV': Sketch comedy with a female perspective

YouTube is becoming fertile soil for the entertainment industry. It's helped launched the careers of of Justin Bieber and Rebecca Black among many others. VH1 is hoping lightning continues to strike with its sketch comedy show from Internet star Stevie Ryan.

"Stevie TV," which debuts on the cable network March 4, will offer comedy bits featuring mix of celebrity parodies and original characters. Some of Ryan's recurring impersonations will include pop culture darlings like Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton and Lady Gaga. As far as original personalities, Ryan will reprise some from her YouTube videos as well as create new ones.

This step to the national stage is big one for the 26-year-old Ryan, a self-proclaimed "poor girl from Victorville (CA) that was just messing around with a camera."

At the Television Critics Association Winter press tour, Ryan explains that while she's excited about the show's prospects, the move from the Internet to the small screen has offered some challenges.

"I was worried because when you're on the Internet, you don't have censors. You can do whatever you want, you can say whatever you want. You are your own censor," Ryan says. "But then with VH1, it was like, 'Oh. We're censored to an extent.'"

She adds that one other area of adjustment is relinquishing control over certain areas of the production. This is a far cry from how things worked in her YouTube days, when she ran all facets of the shoot.

"It's a lot to get used to because you kind of become a control freak when you're doing every single thing," Ryan says.

Ryan's made a huge first step in her jump from YouTube to the tube. But whether she'll achieve stardom on the level of Bieber or Black, only time will tell.

'Alcatraz' Stars Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill & Sarah Jones Tease Big Mysteries & Twists

'Alcatraz' Stars Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill & Sarah Jones Tease Big Mysteries & Twists

Alcatraz has always had an air of mystery surrounding it, but what if none of it happened the way we've all been told? "Alcatraz" (two-hour premiere airs Mon., Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. EST on Fox) presents an entirely new story for the Rock: 302 of the prison's most hardcore inmates and guards vanished and now, 50 years later, they're starting to reappear, having not aged a day, and they seem to be on a mission.

From executive producer J.J. Abrams -- the man who made the mysteries of another island last for six seasons with "Lost" -- the show is guaranteed to be not at all what it seems at the outset.

I caught up with stars Jorge Garcia, who plays Alcatraz expert Dr. Diego Soto; Sarah Jones, whose Det. Rebecca Madsen has close personal ties to some of these time-traveling Alcatraz adventures; and Sam Neill, who plays government agent Emerson Hauser, the man who teams Soto and Madsen together to help him catch the criminals and imprison them again.

This show is not easy to explain -- how are you guys "pitching" it?
Jorge Garcia: Man ... a bunch of bad guys disappeared off of Alcatraz, and now they're back. And it's up to the three of us to grab them and put 'em away again ... meanwhile, trying to figure out who's behind the whole thing.
Sarah Jones: Yes -- crime!
JG: Intrigue.
Sam Neill: Punishment.
JG & SJ: Redemption!
SN: Violence. Rage.
JG: Oh, there's violence.
SN: Revenge.

Those are all words! There's a lot of action, but it's the mystery that I think is going to keep people coming back. Sam, your character is the most mysterious. What's his deal?
SN: Well, you see, that's the mystery, isn't it? I certainly know more than you, but my character knows more than I do. We are given a certain amount to work with, but not all of it. Some of it, I wouldn't want to divulge anyway ... it's kind of ... I can't even tease it.

Well, Jorge and Sarah, your characters have now been tasked with working for this man, Emerson, and you haven't been given nearly enough information.
JG: Right. We sit there like, "Is he with us or against us? What's going on?"
SJ: Yeah, we can't figure it out.
JG: But he lies, and I lie right back at him.
SJ & SN: [Laughs]
JG: It's us against him.

It's an interesting team -- what other TV duo could you compare them to?
SN: Dick Van Dyke and ... [to Sarah] you're Dick Van Dyke ...
SJ: [Laughs]
SN: I don't know -- that's an interesting question. Are there any other partnerships that come to mind?
JG: Maybe "Pinky & the Brain."
SJ: Wait ... who's Pinky and who's the Brain?

See a sneak peak of Alcatraz below:

NBC's 'Grimm' slides down to all-time low

NBC's 'Grimm' slides down to all-time low

NBC's Grimm fell to a series low last night, Nielsen overnight data indicates.

Starring David Giuntoli and Russell Hornsby, the fantasy crime serial's latest instalment grabbed 4.6m (1.4) at 9pm for NBC.

However, it still outperformed Fox's Fringe (2.9m/1.1), and easily got the better of The CW's Supernatural (1.6m/0.6).

CSI: NY led the 9pm hour for CBS with 10.5m (1.7), while 6.5m (1.7) watched Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC.

Home Edition also did well in its 8pm timeslot with 6m (1.7), but was unable to better Kitchen Nightmares's 3.8m (1.7) for Fox.

Meanwhile, A Gifted Man took 8.7m (1.3) for CBS, 3.2m (0.9) tuned in for Chuck on NBC, and Nikita drew 1.5m (0.5) for The CW.

At 10pm, the ever-dependable Blue Bloods delivered 11.9m (1.8) for CBS, the highest audience in terms of both demo rating and overall number.

Current affairs duo 20/20 (ABC) and Dateline (NBC) lagged behind with 5.6m (1.7) and 5.2m (1.3) respectively.

'Key & Peele': Comedy Central's new sketch show leverages familiar format

'Key & Peele': Comedy Central's new sketch show leverages familiar format

It's been nearly six years since "Chappelle's Show" left Comedy Central, and the cable network has been looking for a breakthrough sketch show ever since. Their newest entry features a couple of "MADtv" alums, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.

"Key & Peele" will offer edgy comedy bits mixed in with stand up routines. If this structure sounds familiar, it's exactly what Dave Chappelle delivered when he was on the network. The two comics acknowledge the Chappelle's influence and the similarities, but they have a explanation for this comparable format.

"The world doesn't really know us, and we just felt like there needed to be some kind of connection to introduce us to the world," Peele says at the Television Critics Association Winter press tour. He adds that the stand up numbers allow them to do that.

The comics says that their sketches will satirize broader societal issues, race and politics.

"Part of the sketch, is you have to be pushing the boundary of sketch...You have to be saying something new," Peele says. "We can explore stereotypes or the lack thereof from a new way."

But even with the sharp satire they promise, the one thing viewers of the show won't see is anything mean spirited.

"We hate people being mean in comedy for no reason," Key says. "Everything we do, we always grind, grind, grind on the game of the scene to try to figure out a funny foundation first...and then we'll put whatever the filter is on top of it."

The series debuts on Comedy Central on Jan 31. 

'Major Crimes': TNT's 'Closer' spinoff will follow the rules

'Major Crimes': TNT's 'Closer' spinoff will follow the rules

When it premieres in the summer, TNT's "The Closer" spinoff "Major Crimes" will feature that rare thing in a TV crime show: A lead character who's not a rogue or a rule-breaker.

Capt. Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell), in fact, is pretty much the opposite of the maverick-cop archetype. "The Closer" and "Major Crimes" creator James Duff says part of what he wants to explore in the new show is the dynamic of the Major Crimes squad working under a very different kind of boss.

"It will be interesting to see how each one of them responds to Raydor," Duff said Saturday (Jan. 14) at the TV critics' press tour. "Provenza [G.W. Bailey] wants to pursue a scorched-earth policy to get rid of her. He expected he was going to be left in charge, and his hopes were dashed. He has to be brought back into the fold a little bit."

McDonnell says she's looking forward to seeing how her character, whose job until now has been primarily to "police the police," as she puts it, will respond to the demands of her new position.

"[She] understands policy and procedure, but she has a position now that demands of her a more instinctive response," McDonnell says. "... That's the nut of it -- how you bring a person like this into this situation, and can they accommodate that situation."

"Major Crimes" is set to premiere on TNT in the summer, one week after "The Closer's" series finale.

Miss America 2012 is Laura Kaeppeler, Miss Wisconsin

Miss America 2012 is Laura Kaeppeler, Miss Wisconsin

The 2012 Miss America was crowned Saturday night (Jan. 14) in Las Vegas - Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler. She wore perhaps the most elegant evening gown, looking simple and chic in black with a lace bodice. She compared the top of her dress to Kate Middleton's wedding dress.

For her talent, this 23-year-old from Kenosha, WI sang an Italian aria, with an absolutely gorgeous operatic voice. She also looked stunning in a red dress. And for her question in the Q&A portion, she was asked if Miss Americas should voice their political views. Laura gave a very diplomatic answer about how Miss America represents everyone and therefore should not thrust her views onto the public.

She also acts as a mentor to children with incarcerated parents, since she was one of those herself. You can see her below in a video that she made for the America's Choice vote. It's her Top 10 reasons why she should be Miss America and it's pretty cute. Congratulations to Laura Kaeppeler!

Maria Fowler: 'Leaving TOWIE is a weight off my shoulders'

Maria Fowler: 'Leaving TOWIE is a weight off my shoulders'

The Only Way Is Essex star Maria Fowler has admitted that her departure from the show is a weight off her shoulders.

It was confirmed earlier this week that Fowler has been axed from the ITV2 reality show alongside Harry Derbidge after they met with producers.

To celebrate her time on the series, Fowler was joined by the TOWIE cast at Nu Bar in Essex for a night out and tweeted that she can finally be herself now that she is no longer on the show.

"Amazing night in Nubar but gotta sat I miss my Crofty [boyfriend Lee Croft] massively n excited for our move this week!" she said. "So happy right now... & leaving towie for me is a massive weight off my shoulders. I can go out, be myself n get drunk lol... N I got my man 2 go home 2 2moro (sic).

"Such an amazing leaving do @ nubar..... Love the gang so much but rwady for new adventures. You will all know about it!! Xxxxxx."

She then tweeted Derbidge saying: "hahaaha harry I actually feel free! I can drink n be myself n no arsey phone calls in morning. The world Is oursI love u. X"

Joey Essex, Lauren Goodger and Jessica Wright were among the TOWIE cast members at the party.

Matthew Wolfenden: 'Dancing on Ice win would be like Olympic gold'

Matthew Wolfenden: 'Dancing on Ice win would be like Olympic gold'

Emmerdale star Matthew Wolfenden has admitted that he'd like to win Dancing on Ice to make up for his gymnastic career ending prematurely.

The actor, who started training as a gymnast at the age of four, broke his back in a training accident aged 17 and was forced to give up his dream of winning a gold medal at the Olympics, turning instead to acting.

"Gymnastics was my life and then one mistake and it was all over," he told The Sun. "I was in the British team when I was 14, stayed until 17 and was ready to go to the next level, which would have been getting to the Olympic standard.

"Unfortunately, I was training late at night on the rings and I was tired. I lost concentration and landed on my head instead of on my feet. I fractured two vertebrae in my spine. I spent a good few weeks in bed and couldn't walk very well.

"They knew I would walk, but my back was so bruised and damaged. I had about three years of constant therapy to fully recover. I tried to go back to gymnastics but my back wouldn't do the things it used to.

"But training for Dancing on Ice helps because it improves your core strength. I'd have loved to have been in the Olympics but it would be as good as winning an Olympic gold if I won Dancing on Ice!"

Wolfenden will be skating to 'Give Me Everything' by Pitbull on tomorrow night's (Sunday) show.

Good Wife Exclusive: Nurse Jackie's Merritt Wever Cast as Will's

Good Wife Exclusive: Nurse Jackie's Merritt Wever Cast as Will's

The Good Wife‘s most eligible bachelor is about to get a couple of new women in his life.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Nurse Jackie scene-stealer Merritt Wever has been cast in the recurring role of Will’s younger sister Audra; the search for a second actress to play the older of Will’s sisters is ongoing.

The Gardner gals will apparently show up on Will’s doorstep determined to repair his personal life — and get him a new girlfriend — and not surprisingly, their meddling will work his last nerve.

A show insider says Audra is a 33-year-old “free-spirited rebel with a rock-and-roll edge,” whose love of a good time provides a stark contrast to “bean-counting” older sis Sara.

“Will’s younger sister is sort of the irresponsible one,” says executive producer Robert King. “Will was the one who followed their parents’ directive to get a job that paid. [Audra] was the one who was allowed to be a little more rebellious.”

Excited about Wever joining the stellar Good Wife ensemble? Worried she might actually find a match for Will whose name is not Alicia? Sound off in the comments!

Celeb Apprentice Premiere Delay

Celeb Apprentice Premiere Delay

NBC is pushing back The Celebrity Apprentice‘s Season 12 premiere, making countless fans of select D-list participants wait a little longer to watch the trainwreck unfold.

Idol alum Clay Aiken, Real Housewife Teresa Giudice and 16 other “stars” will now begin their Donald Trump-led battle on Sunday, Feb 19 at 9/8c, a week behind schedule. A new two-hour episode of Fear Factor will now be broadcast on Feb. 12.

Grey's First Look: Alt Reality Features Shiny Mer, Geeky Alex, a Dead Man Walking and Others

Grey's First Look: Alt Reality Features Shiny Mer, Geeky Alex, a Dead Man Walking and Others

Whereas the alt realities on Fringe tend to be eerie and scary, the one being presented on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy this Feb. 2 appears to be made of awesome and fun.

As Shonda Rhimes shared as part of our in-depth Q&A last week, the “If/Then” episode will explore how Meredith’s world — and the lives of others — might have been different had her mother, Ellis, not developed Alzheimer’s.

For one, Rhimes noted, Meredith is “bright and shiny” versus dark and twisty, making her not an automatic BFF for Cristina Yang. And because Mer’s mom stayed with Richard, the Chief had less time to mind Bailey, leaving her to not evolve into the “Nazi” but remain meek. Also keep an eye out for Derek and Addison, who remained together, and Callie and Owen, who apparently became a “thing.”

But I don’t think anyone prepared us for what Alex is looking like in this scenario — and yet nonetheless he got the girl, as evidenced by the sparkler Mer is waving around in front of her gal pals (while Mercy West transplant Dr. Denman looks on, alive and well).

Hart of Dixie Exclusive: Smallville's Justin Hartley Cast as Love Interest For.....

Hart of Dixie Exclusive: Smallville's Justin Hartley Cast as Love Interest For.....

Smallville‘s Justin Hartley is headed back to The CW fold with a plum gig on Hart of Dixie, sources confirm to TVLine exclusively.

The once (and future?) Green Arrow has targeted the role of Jesse, a charming Southerner and war hero who becomes a potential love interest for Rachel Bilson’s Zoe.

Hartley will turn up on Dixie this spring.

In the meantime, you can catch the actor in the Jan. 23 episode of Castle playing the boyfriend of a Kim Kardashian-like reality-TV starlet who is famous just for being famous.

Celebrity Big Brother housemates fight for immunity in task

Celebrity Big Brother housemates fight for immunity in task

The Celebrity Big Brother housemates will battle for immunity from tomorrow's nominations in today's task.

The housemates will form five pairs - with Karissa and Kristina Shannon forming a team of three with another celebrity - and battle to find teddy bears inside pillows on a giant bed.

They will dress in team-coloured sleep suits and must run a relay race to complete the task, sending one team member at a time through a vat of golden syrup to the bed to rip open their pillows and find a team-coloured teddy bear.

All of the pillows contain feathers but only some contain a teddy bear.

The fastest team to find all four teddies will win immunity from Sunday's nominations, guaranteeing their place in the Celebrity Big Brother house for another six days.

The last team to find all their bears will receive a punishment.

Natasha Giggs became the second housemate to be evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother house last night after receiving fewer public votes than Nicola McLean.

Paddy McGuinness 'glad Take Me Out channelled Britain's Got Talent'

Paddy McGuinness 'glad Take Me Out channelled Britain's Got Talent'

Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness has said that he is happy to see Britain's Got Talent's influence on his show.

The comedian stated that he is enjoying the programme more than ever now that it has been "vamped up" for its newly launched third series.

"The set's been vamped up a bit and I think it's now a mix between a dating show and Britain's Got Talent," More quotes him as saying.

"We've had some very elaborate specialist skills from the lads this series. In one episode, we have a 20-foot birthday present lowered from the ceiling, which opens up to reveal a Stevie Wonder impressionist on a keyboard."

However, McGuinness admitted that there were a few downsides to the increased popularity of the show, such as hearing variations of his catchphrases wherever he goes.

"I was at a funeral for this guy I didn't know too well but I wanted to pay my respects," he said. "So I'm stood in the crematorium, and as the coffin's going in this bloke behind me goes, 'Let the ashes, see the urn'.

"I couldn't believe it. I tell the story on tour and people think I'm joking but I'm like, 'No, this actually happened'."

Take Me Out has come under fire this week following the revelation that contestant Aaron Withers was convicted of assault and worked as an escort, while his date Wen-Jing Mo admitted to prostituting herself in the past.

TNT's Dallas: 10 Highlights From the Show's Nostalgia-Heavy TCA Press Tour Panel

TNT's Dallas: 10 Highlights From the Show's Nostalgia-Heavy TCA Press Tour Panel

Jokes about showers, shootings and senior citizenship set the tone for a lighthearted, nostalgia-heavy Dallas panel Sunday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour.

Joining Southfork veterans Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray to talk up the forthcoming TNT update (premiering this summer) were the next generation of Ewings, including Jesse Metcalfe, Josh Henderson, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo and Brenda Strong.

Here are 10 highlights from the session:

01 | TNT’s top exec, Michael Wright, insisted the show was neither a reboot nor a remake, but rather, “A continuation of the story of the Ewings.”

02 | A palpable chill could be felt (and a smattering of snickers heard) when a reporter asked whether Victoria Principal would make an appearance as Bobby’s first wife, Pam. “I don’t know yet,” responded exec producer Cynthia Cidre rather icily. (FYI: The show is set to wrap production on its first season on Jan. 31).

03 | Cidre later confirmed that Pam is alive. “The mythology that we carry forward is that after she had that crash with the oil tanker [in the '80s], and left the family and abandoned [her son] Christopher (now played by Metcalfe), she went and eventually had plastic surgery and married [her surgeon].” (Bobby, meanwhile, has similarly moved on with Strong’s character.)

04 | Further underscoring the huge generational gap between the old and new guard, Brewster announced that she was “born the year J.R. was shot.”

05 |  The series does not marginalize the original cast post-pilot. “It was never our intent to use the big three as bait,” maintained Cidre. “It was really to integrate them with the full cast.” Added Duffy: “So far we’ve been in every episode.”

06 | Hagman’s recent cancer diagnosis has had little impact on production. “They gave me a little time off, but in this biz you can shoot three or four episodes at the same time,” he told TVLine. “My treatment is going very well. They’re not writing me out, I can tell you that.”

07 | Asked why he agreed to resurrect J.R., a still-spry Hagman cracked, “Working at 80 years old! How many people can say that?” (He later joked that the Friends cast “owes me at least 10 percent” for the precedent-setting hard line he took during contract negotiations during Dallas‘ original run.)

08 | J.R. and Sue Ellen’s relationship remains as tempestuous as ever. “Yesterday we did a scene after 13 years and she gave me my first slap,” revealed Hagman. Gray quickly added with a laugh, “It was great.”

09 | Metcalfe took a subtle dig at Desperate Housewives while raving about the bond he shares with his Dallas co-stars. “I’ve had great experiences [before],” he said, “but I never felt that my cast was my family, and it makes for great chemistry and bleeds into the work.” Less subtle was his reaction when a reporter reminded him that he remains best known for playing a shirtless gardener on DH. “Please don’t tell me that,” he sighed.

10 | Asked about his iconic season-erasing shower scene during the original Dallas, Duffy gamely replied, “I don’t do showers anymore,” before turning to Henderson and Metcalfe and adding, “That’s these guys.”

Mad Men Boss Matthew Weiner on Season 5′s Theme and Kicking Off With a 'Big Movie'

Mad Men Boss Matthew Weiner on Season 5′s Theme and Kicking Off With a 'Big Movie'

Mad Men‘s famously spoiler-averse creator is breaking his silence about the plot of the show’s long-delayed fifth season.

“A couple of [themes] have emerged as we have gone on, one of them [being] ‘It’s every man for himself,’” Matthew Weiner said at a cocktail reception held Saturday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. “There’s a line in the third episode where somebody says, ‘When is everything going to get back to normal?’

“There’s a feeling of being in the midst of change,” Weiner added. “I love that feeling of, ‘Right when I think I’m on top of something, right when I think that I have some wisdom from life experience, you just sort of feel things slip away.’ And there’s this sensation, which I think people have right now — I know I do — [that] there is just so much change going on. I write from what I’m feeling, and I have this feeling right now of like, ‘Enough already! Let’s just get our feet on the ground and go back to the way it was.’ I don’t know if anybody else identifies with that, but that’s a big part of the season. Just trying to hold on.”

Weiner also revealed that the two-hour opener, airing Sunday, March 25, is not two individual installments sandwiched together but rather one super-sized episode. “As I started writing [the premiere], it started spreading and spreading and spreading…,” he said. “I was like, ‘There is too much story. I could either cut this thing down, or I think I have a Mad Men movie here.’ I had a great team helping me develop this story and we just sort of went for it. And the network was excited. I was like, ‘We’ve been gone for so long, let’s give [fans] a big Mad Men movie to start the season.”

One detail Weiner refused to part with was how how much time had lapsed between seasons. “I can’t tell you when it picks up,” he said. “You’ll have to watch.”

"Girls" explore the reality of "Sex and the City"

"Girls" explore the reality of "Sex and the City"

Ever wondered whether single life in New York is really like "Sex and the City?"

"Girls," written, directed and starring Lena Dunham, is a bittersweet homage to HBO's influential hit TV series "Sex and the City".

It follows the lives of four young college graduates trying to find jobs and love in a big city but who find it's not quite the fairytale life enjoyed by Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte in the freewheeling 1990s.

"This is about girls who aren't from New York, but they grew up watching 'Sex and the City' and thought they were going to live the dream, and now that they've arrived, it's something decidedly different," Dunham told television critics on Friday.

Dunham, 25, first made an impact in 2010 with her debut independent film, "Tiny Furniture," which she wrote, directed and starred in as a young graduate struggling to adapt after returning home to New York City after college.

Dunham said "Girls", which debuts on HBO in April, was "closely based" on her own experiences. She plays a character who has to deal with reality when her parents cut her off financially and she loses her unpaid internship.

"We've all been really conscious of making sure that it's clear that they're trying their hardest and that they make mistakes, but they're also working towards something," said Dunham.

"You realize that it's ok to be annoyed by them, that they're making terrible mistakes, there's a sense of self-entitlement," said executive producer Judd Apatow.

Apatow, producer of the female-led box-office hit comedy "Bridesmaids," said he loved the geeky aspect of "Girls".

"It's really a golden era for talented women in comedy," he said. "I love underdogs and people making awful mistakes. There's a female geekdom to the show that I appreciate."

'Dancing On Ice' Jennifer Ellison defends quit threat

'Dancing On Ice' Jennifer Ellison defends quit threat

Dancing On Ice contestant Jennifer Ellison has defended her threat to quit the show if partner Daniel Whiston is forced to pull out.

The actress wrote on Twitter this week that she would be "hanging up her boots" without even performing if Whiston was unable to recover from a hamstring injury before tomorrow's (January 15) episode.

With the pro skater apparently well enough to compete, Ellison explained that she was serious about completing the experience alongside her original partner or not at all.

"I have made the decision to pull out of the show if I can't skate with Dan," she told The Mirror. "People may think I am being dramatic. But it's too late in the day to skate with a new partner.

"I'm doing this for the enjoyment rather than to win and I wouldn't enjoy it with anyone else."

Recalling the moment of Whiston's mishap, Ellison said: "I saw the accident on the monitor and everyone went silent. Dan was screaming in pain and there were paramedics everywhere.

"I can only describe it as if you were driving past a car crash and saw something so upsetting - and then you found out it is someone you love."

Ellison admitted in the same interview to feeling guilty about leaving her family for the show.

Natasha Giggs eviction secures 2.2m for Celebrity Big Brother

Natasha Giggs eviction secures 2.2m for Celebrity Big Brother

The eviction of Natasha Giggs from the Celebrity Big Brother house drew 2.19m for Channel 5 last night, with a 9% audience share.

Viewers saw Giggs describe former sparring partner Nicola McLean as a "great girl" in her exit interview with Brian Dowling. A further 611k (5.1%) stayed on Channel 5 to watch Celebrity Big Brother's Bit On The Side.

Earlier on the Richard Desmond-owned broadcaster, World's Toughest Trucker nabbed 1.15m (4.7%) at 8pm and Celebrity Wedding Planner took 801k (4.2%).

On BBC One, Fake Britain retained 3.11m (12.6%) of a bumper 9.1m EastEnders audience, and Hustle snatched 5.07m (20.8%) at 9pm.

The Great Sport Relief Bake Off fared well with 3.05m (12.4%) from 8pm on BBC Two. It was followed by Sicily Unpacked, which brought in 1.41m (5.8%).

ITV1's Safari Vet School was adventurous enough for 2.58m (10.7%), while Law and Order: UK gripped 4.55m (18.7%) as well as an extra 367k (1.9%) on +1.

Channel 4's New Girl continued with 820k (3.2%), landing a strong 237k (1%) on timeshift. The Million Pound Drop increased the audience to 1.49m (6.4%) at 9pm, adding 203k (1.2%) an hour later.

Overall, BBC One took the primetime crown with 22.6%, followed by ITV1 on 20.8%. BBC Two, Channel 5 and Channel 4 brought up the rear with 8.7%, 5.2% and 4.3% respectively.

Yahoo to debut pranking series from Collegehumor

Yahoo to debut pranking series from Collegehumor

Yahoo Sports, Electus and Collegehumor have partnered on "Blindsided," a new original series that will prank athletes and fans, much like MTV's "Punk'd" did with celebrities.

The pranking will go both ways, with athletes pranking fans and teammates and vice versa. Among the athletes participating are Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, New York Knicks shooting guard Landry Fields and Ravens' offensive tackle Bryant Mckinnie.

The show, which debuts January 19, is part of Yahoo's continued push into original content. Yahoo held a private event in Las Vegas Tuesday during the Consumer Electronics Show to promote its upcoming "Electric City," an animated web series made in conjunction with Tom Hanks and Reliance Entertainment.

Yahoo has also announced a new Comedy Channel that will debut with a Bill Maher stand-up performance, as well as a slate of women's programming.

Yahoo Sports is the single biggest sports website in the country, drawing 53.2 million unique visitors in December.

The series is sponsored exclusively by Dr. Pepper TEN.

'The Killing' to Return April 1, 'Walking Dead' Season 3 Extended

'The Killing' to Return April 1, 'Walking Dead' Season 3 Extended

One of last year's most divisive cliffhangers is about to get a resolution -- or at least offer you more to fume about: AMC's "The Killing" will return Sunday, April 1, with a two-hour season premiere.

The announcement was one of several from the network Saturday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. AMC also said "Breaking Bad" will return for its fifth season in the third quarter of this year, and that the third season of "The Walking Dead" will be 16 episodes, rather than the 13 episodes for the current, second season.

"The Killing" return date will seem appropriate to viewers who felt fooled by the first season's finale. It seemed to solve the season-long mystery of who killed Rosie Larsen, then suddenly threw viewers a final twist that made us question everything we had seen before.

While the premiere will address some lingering questions, it won't answer the big one: AMC also said Saturday that Larsen's killer won't be revealed until the second season finale.

"The Killing" Season 2 premiere will air at 8 p.m., with future episodes airing at 9 p.m.

The network also confirmed that "Mad Men" will return Sunday, March 25, at 9 p.m. -- with another two-hour premiere. It will be the first two-hour premiere for the show.

Star Jon Hamm previously announced the date during an interview with the "Doug Loves Movies" podcast. The show will return to its normal 10 p.m. timeslot after the season premiere.

The network also confirmed the Feb. 12 debut date for Kevin Smith's new unscripted series "Comic Book Men." It will premiere at 10 p.m., after "The Walking Dead" returns at 9 for the second half of its second season.

'Jersey Shore' cast all upset over Vinny exit, says The Situation

'Jersey Shore' cast all upset over Vinny exit, says The Situation

Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino has claimed that the Jersey Shore cast are distraught over the departure of Vinny Guadagnino.

Thursday night's episode of the reality show saw Vinny leave Seaside Heights in a cab.

Guadagnino revealed to his co-stars that he has been suffering with anxiety and exhaustion, and is unhappy in the house.

The Situation told MTV: "I know [best friend Pauly D] was genuinely upset. We were all upset, but Pauly took it to heart, I know that for a fact.

"We almost had a blow-up when he left. You just expect him to be there; you don't realise what you got till it's gone, I'll tell you that."

Meanwhile, JWoww said: "It hit home for a lot of us because we all had to kind of face our emotions.

"Because Vinny's the person that's always our voice of reasoning and [now he] is saying, 'I can't take it anymore'.

"This is a family, when you have a brother or sister leave, it's heartbreaking, it's sad. You really do feel
like something is missing in the house."

TV Tonight 15th of January 2012

TV Tonight 15th of January 2012

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

    60 Minutes (US) S44E17: "Season 44, Episode 17"
    Alaska State Troopers S03E08: "Gun N Hide"
    America's Funniest Home Videos S22E10: "Season 22, Episode 10"
    Austin & Ally S01E05: "Bloggers & Butterflies"
    AX Men S05E02: "Damage Control"
    Bakemonogatari S02E02: "Episode 2"
    Baseball Wives S01E06: "Season 1, Episode 6"
    Beelzebub S02E01: "Today I`m Different on the Inside"
    Brave 10 S01E02: "Episode 2"
    Cajun Pawn Stars S01E04: "Money Bzzzness"
    Cajun Pawn Stars S01E03: "Shoeshine Mike"
    Californication S05E02: "The Way Of The Fist"
    Call The Midwife S01E01: "Episode 1"
    Celebrity Big Brother S09E11: "Series 9, Episode 11"
    Chef Roblé & Co S01E07: "If You Can't Stand the Heat…"
    Country Tracks S03E26: "Episode 102"
    Cupcake Wars S04E06: "American Music Awards"
    Dancing on Ice S07E04: "Series 7, Show 2 (Result)"
    Dancing on Ice S07E03: "Series 7, Show 2"
    De Pappenheimers S10E10: "Season 10, Episode 10"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E133: "Episode 1813"
    Desperate Housewives S08E11: "Who Can Say What's True?"
    Drugs, Inc. S02E04: "Hallucinogens"
    Family Guy S10E11: "The Blind Side"
    Finding Bigfoot S02E03: "Peeping Bigfoot"
    Gator Boys S01E02: "Mama Gator Mayhem"
    Glam Fairy S01E10: "Billboard Beauties"
    Got to Dance S03E18: "Series 3, Episode 18"
    Got to Dance S03E17: "Series 3, Episode 17"
    Great Barrier Reef S01E03: "Reef And Beyond"
    Heartland (CA) S05E11: "Fool's Gold"
    Hell on Wheels S01E10: "God of Chaos"
    Hoarding: Buried Alive S03E12: "Owned By The Roaches"
    Holmes Inspection S03E21: "Bigger Bungle"
    House of Lies S01E02: "Amsterdam"
    Hunter X Hunter Remake S01E15: "Explosion x Of x Deception"
    I Survived S06E19: "Jessica / Jeff and Mark / Kerri"
    I Survived...Beyond and Back S01E12: "Mesiah, Susan"
    Ich bin ein Star - Holt mich hier raus! S06E03: "Folge 3"
    Iron Chef America S09E26: "Garces vs. Raij"
    Kidou Senshi Gundam Age S01E14: "Flash of Sorrow"
    Kourtney and Kim Take New York S02E08: "Family Therapy"
    Leverage S04E18: "The Last Dam Job"
    Masterpiece S42E02: "Downton Abbey II: (Episode 2)"
    Million Dollar Contractor S01E09
    Mob Wives S02E03: "Make-Ups and Break-Ups"
    Moretsu Uchuu Kaizoku S01E02: "My Power, The Power of the Pirates"
    My Fair Wedding S05E09: "Picnic Wedding Bride"
    Napoleon Dynamite S01E01: "Thundercone"
    Napoleon Dynamite S01E02: "Scantronica Love"
    NFL on CBS S14E83: "AFC Divisional Playoff Game
    NFL On FOX S18E94: "NFC Divisional Playoff Game
    Nightmare Next Door S02E02: "House of Horror"
    NOS Studio Voetbal S10E22: "Season 10, Episode 22"
    On The Case With Paula Zahn S05E09: "Secrets From The Grave"
    Once Upon a Time S01E09: "True North"
    One Piece (JP) S06E15: "Episode 15"
    Pan Am S01E11: "Diplomatic Relations"
    Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle S01E15: "Episode 15"
    Phineas and Ferb S03E22: "Excaliferb!"
    Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook Off S01E03: "Chopping Block"
    Rinne no Lagrange S01E02: "Episode 2"
    Robot Chicken S05E19: "100th Episode: Fight Club Paradise"
    Shameless (US) S02E02: "Summer Loving"
    Sherlock S02E03: "The Reichenbach Fall"
    Ski Sunday S34E03: "Series 34, Episode 3"
    Something For The Weekend S07E02: "Series 7, Show 2"
    That Sunday Night Show S03E02: "Series 3, Episode 2"
    The Golden Globes S69E00: "2012 Golden Globe arrivals special"
    The Golden Globes S69E01: "The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards"
    The Good Wife S03E13: "Bitcoin For Dummies"
    The Hotel S02E03: "Series 2, Episode 3"
    The Real Housewives Of Atlanta S04E11: "TBA"
    The Simpsons S23E11: "The D'oh-cial Network"
    Toriko S01E40: "Episode 40"
    Undercover Boss S03E01: "Diamond Resorts International"
    Unique Eats S04E05: "Eat & Sleep"
    Watch What Happens: Live S06E06: "Nene Leakes"
    Wild at Heart S07E02: "Series 7, Episode 2"
    Witse S09E02: "Sans-papiers"
    Под прикритие S02E09: "Season 2, Episode 9"

Big Brother Andrew Stone: 'Simon Cowell devastated by my X Factor axe'

Big Brother Andrew Stone: 'Simon Cowell devastated by my X Factor axe'

Celebrity Big Brother star Andrew Stone has claimed that Simon Cowell became furious when he discovered X Factor producers turned him down at an audition.

The Pineapple Dance Studios performer said Cowell was devastated to lose him from a previous series of the show, apparently considering him to be "TV gold".

"Simon wasn't aware that I had auditioned for The X Factor many years ago," he said during a Daybreak appearance this week.

"It was about seven or eight years ago - and when he found out that I had auditioned for it and had obviously slipped through the net, he wasn't too pleased. He did say, 'that guy is TV gold' - which is a massive compliment."

Stone said several times during his Celebrity Big Brother stint that he would like to become a judge on The X Factor.

The singer and choreographer was the first to be evicted from the show on Wednesday (January 11) after losing a public vote to fellow nominee Georgia Salpa.

Russell Grant replacing Alesha Dixon as 'Strictly Come Dancing' judge?

Russell Grant replacing Alesha Dixon as 'Strictly Come Dancing' judge?

Strictly Come Dancing star Russell Grant has been touted as a possible replacement for Alesha Dixon on the show's judging panel.

The celebrity astrologer, who competed in last year's series, has been added to a shortlist drawn up by BBC chiefs following Dixon's defection to Britain's Got Talent earlier this month.

"Russell made a huge impression on Strictly last year - not only with viewers but with bosses too," an insider told The Sun.

"There was a big groundswell in favour of Russell taking over Alesha's judging role, and executives contacted him to see whether he would be up for it and he gave them a resounding yes."

Although Dixon's replacement is expected to be female so as to prevent an all-male panel, the source insisted that anybody was capable of landing the spot next to Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.

"There are some concerns that Alesha's replacement should be a woman as an all-male panel would be too lop-sided, but executives will decide on that in the spring."

Grant's Strictly co-stars Nancy Dell'Olio and Chelsee Healey have also been linked to the role recently, though pro dancer Karen Hardy has long been established as favourite to replace Dixon.

J. Lo, Marc Anthony Run Out the Clock at Awkward 'Q'Viva' Panel

J. Lo, Marc Anthony Run Out the Clock at Awkward 'Q'Viva' Panel

Think it's awkward when you and your ex show up at the same party? Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez have no sympathy.

The newly split couple had to appear together before a roomful of reporters Saturday morning for a panel about their new Univision musical reality show, "Q'Viva! The Chosen," which they host and produce.

Anthony and Lopez used a tried-and-true strategy for avoiding any uncomfortable questions about their personal lives: running out the clock.

It was only a mixed success.

The former couple managed not to look awkward together or make any tabloid-fodder comments as they sat side-by-side on-stage. As the assembled press watched carefully for any sign of discord, they displayed none. At one point, Anthony held Lopez's hand to look at the four huge rings on her fingers. After he let go, she briefly stroked his arm.

But that doesn't mean there was no awkwardness: It arose from the obviousness of the efforts to run out the clock. As the panel wore on, it became the second elephant in the room, even larger than the original elephant.

The reporters reacted to the attempt to shut out questions as if the state of the J.Lo-Anthony dynamic was -- how to put this delicately? -- important. It didn't help that it occurred at the cranky hour of 7:30 a.m. -- and started late -- on the 12th day of the 13-day Television Critics Association winter press tour. The circumstances made for the second most-awkward panel of the tour.

It wasn't as if the assembled press were trying to delve into the panelist's personal lives as Univision struggled nobly to keep the focus on the show. A sizzle reel previewing the series, shown at the start of the panel, asked, "What would you do to bring Marc and Jennifer together again?"

That reel ate up some of the allotted time for the session, and the panelists devoured several more minutes by questioning each other.

But then Philadelphia Inquirer veteran Jonathan Storm (affectionately dubbed "Stormy" by some of his colleagues) decided he'd had enough. Calling out from his seat, he demanded to know when reporters would be allowed to ask questions.

It was an edge-of-your-seat moment, but the panelists relented, and allowed Storm to ask his question, which was this: Will the show translate to English speaking audiences?

The answer: Yes. It features English, Spanish, and Portuguese speakers, and will appeal to all of them.

That established, Anthony tried to defuse the tension.

"This is a tough crowd," he said. "It's too early for this."

Added co-host Jamie King: "I feel like we're being roasted."

The next question, for Anthony and Lopez, delicately stepped on the very ground the panelists were so obviously trying to avoid: Can you talk about working together? And will the show be back for a second season if it succeeds?

Lopez seized on the second half of the question, ignoring the first: "It will be successful and there will be a season two."

Then the panelists and Univision organizers apologized that time was running short, ending the questions. But there was still time for another sizzle reel, the music of which cut out abruptly, and an eight-minute musical number.

As Lopez and Anthony remained on-stage, talented musicians and dancers performed some of the music from the show. The number including some intense swing dancing that featured three female dancers clinging to one male one by their thighs as he played the buttocks of the first two women like drums. It was impressive.

Then the panel was over. But during the butt drums, one heroic journalist (full disclosure: me) had maneuvered to the front of the stage to ask Anthony and Lopez the oh-so-pressing question of the day:

So, um, what's it like to work together again?

Lopez spoke into her microphone so the whole room could hear her answer.

"Same as it was any other time we worked together," she said. "We have a great time working together."

As the reporters filed out, several questioned Univision spokeswoman Monica Talan about why there were so few opportunities for questions. She took the bullet for her stars, saying the panel had started late because of technical difficulties.

"Why did you not dispense with your own canned questions?" one reporter asked. "This is a press conference. That's where the press asks questions."

She said the panelsts took as many questions as time allowed.

Another reporter said the schedule should have been adjusted.

"You're right," Talan said. "We made some mistakes due to trying to adjust to the technical difficulties."

But Univision had done one thing right: Lopez and Anthony had made their way backstage, guided by a large bodyguard, their privacy intact.

Not that anyone necessarily would have asked about their divorce anyway.

'Work It' Pulled By ABC After 2 Episodes -- Could 'Cougar Town' Replace It?

'Work It' Pulled By ABC After 2 Episodes -- Could 'Cougar Town' Replace It?

"Work It," the cross-dressing comedy despised by transgender activists and critics, has been pulled from ABC's schedule after just two episodes.

The show followed Tim Allen's "Last Man Standing" on Tuesdays at 8:30. "Last Man Standing" repeats will air in the show's place for now.

The show's absence could create an opening for the third season of ABC's "Cougar Town," which does not yet have a place on the network's schedule. Its executive producer, Bill Lawrence, tweeted Friday night: "Hoping CT's premiere date will be announced Tuesday. Fingers crossed..."

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocates objected to "Work It" even before it aired, taking out an ad in Variety that said it would hurt transgendered people.

ABC entertainment president Paul Lee was one of the show's few defenders. He said at the Television Critics Association winter press tour this week that he "didn't get," the objections to the show, comparing it to "Tootsie."

"I thought there was room personally for a very, very, very, very silly show," he said.

It was unclear whether the network will air the remaining episodes of "Work It," perhaps by burning them off in the summer. It scored a 2.0 rating in the 18-to-49 demographic in its debut last week, and slipped 20 percent in its second airing.

Matt Lauer Mocks Ryan Seacrest 'Today' Speculation

Matt Lauer Mocks Ryan Seacrest 'Today' Speculation

Matt Lauer doesn't seem to be taking the talk of Ryan Seacrest replacing him very seriously.

The "Today" host joked about Seacrest joining the show at a celebration Thursday celebrating its 60th anniversary.

“The people in the room right now, their names are so closely associated with the 'Today' show,” Lauer said at the party, according to the New York Post. "Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters, Tom Brokaw and Jane Pauley, Deborah Norville, Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric . . . Ryan Seacrest."

The room exploded in laughter, the Post reported.

NBC executives have said they hope Lauer will remain with "Today" at the end of his contract. But the Wall Street Journal reported in December that NBCUniversal was courting Seacrest as a possible replacement for Lauer if Lauer gives up his "Today" job.

Seacrest already works for NBCUniversal company as a host of E! News. At a panel for "American Idol" last Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, he declined to comment on the "Today" report.

Though his contract with "Idol" is up after this season, he seemed eager to return to the Fox show.

"I can't imagine life without 'American Idol,'" he said.

Melissa Rycroft Doesn't Expect Long-Term Fame

Melissa Rycroft Doesn't Expect Long-Term Fame

Melissa Rycroft is the rarest of rarities in the world of reality television: a star who doesn't want to act or record an album, and doesn't expect reality fame to last forever.

Her new CMT series, "Melissa and Tye: A New Reality," finds her and husband Tye Strickland managing a commuter marriage: While she pursues a TV career in Los Angeles, he travels to Dallas to build his insurance company -- because the couple considers his work crucial to their long-term success.

"This world out here is really silly to us," said Rycroft, speaking at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena on Saturday. "His job is our long-term income, if you will. ... I'm a reality TV girl, and I think we've all seen that it comes and then it just falls right out from under you. So I think it's silly to say I've so got this in the bag and this is my career for the rest of my life."

Strickland says he has more faith in her long-term TV career than she does. Rycroft is also a correspondent for "Good Morning America," but joked during the session about releasing an album -- and said she has no desire to act.

Rycroft and Strickland, who are new parents, first dated before she became famous on "The Bachelor." Jason Mesnick proposed to Rycroft before dumping her for his initial second choice, Molly Malaney. Mesnick and Malaney are now married.

Strickland said he watched only the first and last episode of Rycroft's season on "The Bachelor."

"It just absolutely crushed me," he said, "and so I didn't watch any more of that. But on 'Dancing With the Stars,' I just couldn't have been more proud of her."

"Melissa and Tye: A New Reality" debuts in April.

'Call The Midwife' Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart Q&A: 'You will wince'

'Call The Midwife' Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart Q&A: 'You will wince'

Sunday nights are all about comforting drama, so start preparing the sofa now for brand new BBC One show Call The Midwife!

Yes, things are about to get a lot more maternal at the weekends as the show - based on the memoirs by Jennifer Worth - follows the lives of a group of midwives in 1950s East London.

Stars Jessica Raine, Helen George, Bryony Hannah and Miranda Hart recently chatted to reporters after a screening of the first episode, so read on to find out whether the show made them broody, who found the prosthetic babies "spooky" and why they ended up eating a lot of cake...

Did you get to meet or speak to Jennifer Worth before she passed away?
Jessica: "No, I was really upset about that. I think it was the day after it was locked into place and it was definitely going to happen and I was really excited about it, and along with that news was the news that Jennifer had passed away. So it was a really odd feeling. I was so looking forward to meeting her because I had read the books years before I knew this was going to be made into a TV series... I was upset not to meet her, but meeting her family was good."

Miranda, Jennifer Worth picked you, didn't she? How was that?
Miranda: "Amazing. She sent me the book and said, 'When I first saw you on telly, I thought Chummy'.' I thought, 'Ooh, that's intriguing' so I flipped straight to Chummy's entrance in the book. You would, wouldn't you? And I thought, 'I really hope I get to play this'. So I was thrilled."

Jessica, the part of Jenny must have been highly sought-after. Did you have to audition for the role?
Jessica: "I auditioned for it... I got one phone call going, 'Can you ride a bike?' I thought, 'A bike? What does that mean?' and then heard nothing for another week or so, so I was climbing the walls. Then I found out and I was just very excited and then scared."

Why scared?
Jessica: "I'd spoken a bit in the audition about how I hadn't done much filming before and I was a bit scared of the camera, and overcoming that would be a great thing. And then getting the role and going, 'OK, I'm going to have to overcome it!' It was just terrifying, but everyone was very supportive. Me and Bryony were in the same drama school, so that was great. And then there was this group of experienced actresses with Miranda in the middle bridging the gap, making everyone laugh. It just all clicked."

Bryony, you've done a lot of theatre work. Did you notice the difference between theatre and television?
Bryony: "There were lots of things like hitting marks which are quite simple when you know what you're doing, but at first you're not thinking about the acting, you're just thinking, 'Move here, stand there, pick that cup up'. Especially the dinner scenes - they were hilarious with this awful onion soup. On the first take you'd really go for it - you'd have loads of soup, bread, sandwiches, pouring tea. And then for the next take, you're thinking, 'Oh God, what order was everything in?' And three hours later you're stuffing sandwiches down you. But you learn as you go!"

Did you have midwifery lessons?
Jessica: "We had a week of blocking the births and also being introduced to the 1950s equipment. It was quite scary looking, like the glass enema. I watched a lot of One Born Every Minute! What struck me was how different the births are and also how amazing midwives are. Jenny's so inexperienced and acts calm but is like, 'Oh God, I don't know what I'm doing'. You realise how responsible you are in that situation. I don't know if I could really do it!"

Become a midwife or have a child?
Jessica: "Either now! It's too much information."

Did you do any research?
Bryony: "My niece is training to be a midwife, so I went to her hospital. They were so excited - they knew the books and they were delighted it was being made. They were just thrilled about it and they showed me a real placenta! It was nice to have the privilege. It's huge! I'm so broody - it's unbelievable. One Born Every Minute is sort of terrifying, but absolutely enlightening in the best way. Yeah, I'm well up for it!"
Helen: "A lot of my friends are having babies so I did all my practice on them and measured their bumps. I said I could deliver all their children, which I probably couldn't! It hit home the sense of responsibility, because I'd never really thought about it."

What was it like working with the babies?
Bryony: "It was wonderful. There's a story about a white mother who has a mixed race child with a white husband, which is so moving. I got to do it and I couldn't believe it. My boyfriend is black and we would have a mixed race child and it was just... holding him, so beautiful. And doing the birthing sequences we realised we'd feel quite faint because we got so involved. You sort of forget to breathe a bit! It was such a privilege to be trusted to hold them."
Jessica: "We don't get to handle babies unless they're your own anymore really because families have moved, so I'm pretty inexperienced. At the beginning I was a little like, 'Agh!' and then sort of felt this massive ease by the end. You could just sort of scoop them up! That was really nice."
Helen: "We had these prosthetic babies the whole way through and we were taught to treat them as if they were real babies, so we had a practice with them before we had the real thing. They were so wonderful and so real looking."
Miranda: "I found them quite spooky! They're really real, and they're very heavy... It was quite terrifying learning how to deliver a baby. Quite intense."

Did you get broody, Miranda?
Miranda: "No, I was too in the moment. And one [baby] did p*ss in my glove... no thanks!"

Do you think this will be compared to other period dramas?
Helen: "I don't think there can be that many comparisons. Yes, it's a period drama, but it is fundamentally about midwives and there's nothing really for my money that does that... It's about time they should be celebrated. Yes, it happens to be a story set in the '50s but I don't think you can compare them. It's very different from Downton and all those projects.

Did any of the conditions in the show shock you?
Jessica: "When I read the script, I thought, 'This can't be true'. It's extraordinary. I cannot fathom the conditions they lived in. All of the women have a resilience and humour."

Are there any similarities between you and your characters?
Miranda: "We look alike! It feels entirely different, actually. I suppose you could say in terms of characters I've played before, that sort of fish out of water, plunged into a world that she doesn't really fit into. But not personally."
Jessica: "It was a weird parallel, because I was scared and Jenny doesn't know what she was doing and I didn't know what I was doing! That experience was similar. And she's quite private and doesn't really want to talk about the big love in her life. I suppose I'm quite private in a similar way."
Bryony: "I think Cynthia's more like a younger me - quite optimistic and hard-working. I've gone off! It wasn't one where you create an imaginary suit and step into it - I suppose it was more of a little side step."

Miranda, we see you struggling with a bike. Was it hard for you to pretend not to be able to cycle?
Miranda: "I thought, 'That's an acting challenge' because apparently once you've learnt to ride a bike you don't forget. But it turns out - no offence girls - I was by far the best! They were really heavy old bikes with no gears at all. So actually it worked out. Though I say it myself - and here's a showbiz exclusive - I'm a natural cyclist. I had the confidence to wobble about whereas Helen would actually have fallen over. It was quite fun - I call it stunt work."

What was it like walking on to set and into 1950s East End London?
Helen: "The sets were beautiful. They were just incredible. They really took you back. The scenes with all the kids running round in the little ragged jumpers and all the sheets hung up - it was great."
Miranda: "They were the biggest set-ups I'd ever seen. It felt like a film, it was amazing."
Jessica: "It was exactly how I'd pictured it, which I don't think happens very often. You read a book and you've got it in your head. It's just phenomenal and the detail of the set and that kitchen with the Horlicks and biscuits and cakes. I imagine people watching this on a Sunday night thinking, 'I have to have cake!'"
Helen: "It's all we do. Just eat cake."
Miranda: "That's a contractual thing of mine."

There's a really warm friendship between the midwives - does that continue?
Helen: "They're all quite supportive of each other. Fundamentally they are there as a vocation and they're there to get on with the work and yes, there are men coming in and all of those things, but they're friends through and through and there's a strong network of support. Even if there's tension with the older nuns there's still a sense of love between them."
Miranda: "There had to be really."
Jessica: "There's no room for any bitchiness because you're so tired. They're going out on their bikes on eight square miles of East London. And it was rough, there were meths drinkers everywhere. All of them - which I thought was so refreshing - they're so empathetic, not only with each other, but with all of the women. You don't often see that. There's a real heart and a real love."

Were there any moments when you were surprised about how graphic it was? Do you think viewers will wince?
Helen: "I hope so - I want them to wince a bit! Every birth is different. They're not pretty and there's a certain sense of that. It's very modest. Everything's covered up as it was in the '50s. There's no flesh on show, there's no funny shots or anything like that! It's sensitively done."
Jessica: "I remember wanting it to just be real and not prettify it or not make it gruesome and just make it real and... you're going to wince!"

Call The Midwife begins on today at 8pm on BBC One.

'Walking Dead' Writers: We Don't Know What Created Walkers

'Walking Dead' Writers: We Don't Know What Created Walkers

Wondering what caused the apocalypic outbreak of walkers on "The Walking Dead"? Keep wondering. Because the show's writers say they don't know either -- and aren't terribly worried about it.

"Internally, we don't know where the zombie outbreak started, how to cure it, anything like that," show runner Glen Mazzara told TheWrap. "We haven't really discussed it. We're more interested in the continuing storylines."

The comic series that inspired the show doesn't address what caused the outbreak of zombiedom. The show's writers -- including comic book creator Robert Kirkman -- say they won't address it either, even though they feel free to split from comic book storylines.

"That's something that's not really addressed in the book. And that's something that we'd like to keep," Mazzara said. "This show is about our characters. And about them trying to stay alive, hold on to their humanity, find a safe place, hopefully rebuild civilization. Just everything's collapsed. So they're under incredible duress. It doesn't feel right that they would have those answers, and even if they did have those answers, what would they do with them?"

He added: "I think part of the success of the show is that it feels immediate. It feels like we're following the little guys. And they don't have the answers and they desperately need them to survive."

The show's writers spoke Saturday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, where AMC also announced that the series -- its biggest hit -- will get 16 episodes in its third season. The current, 13-episode second season continues Feb. 12 after a midseason break.

Celebrity Big Brother Natasha Giggs: 'Nicola McLean is a great girl'

Celebrity Big Brother Natasha Giggs: 'Nicola McLean is a great girl'

Evicted Celebrity Big Brother housemate Natasha Giggs has said that she thinks that one-time rival Nicola McLean is a "great girl".

The former mistress of Ryan Giggs was the second to leave the house this evening, after losing out to McLean in the public vote. The two had previously had a public spat after McLean commented that Natasha would be "making money from ruining people's lives" if she took part in the show.

After being asked by host Brian Dowling about her feelings toward McLean, Giggs said: "She's a great girl, she really is a great girl. I was so nervous about going in, because obviously we had a little bit of a thing, but she came straight up to me, and we squared it out and we were fine."

When Dowling lamented the lack of a "Dynasty-style bitchfight" between the pair, Giggs elaborated: "There was never a fight - there was just a comment that was made that was blown out of proportion. I answered back, but it wasn't a fight, wasn't an argument.

"I was a bit anxious going in there, thinking I didn't really want to carry it on; not only for us, but because it would have made it really awkward for everyone else. I was so pleased that she came up to me and she straightened it out - I was so grateful for that."

On her flirtation with The Only Way is Essex star Kirk Norcross while in the house, she also played down any hints at a potential romance, saying: "I love Kirk, Kirk is amazing. Anyone flirts with Kirk - Kirk is the biggest flirt ever, and you cannot help but flirt back."

Celebrity Big Brother continues tomorrow night at 8.30pm on Channel Five.