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'Shameless': Jeremy Allen White On Lip Becoming Frank, Karen's New Man & Gallagher Family Troubles

'Shameless': Jeremy Allen White On Lip Becoming Frank, Karen's New Man & Gallagher Family Troubles

At first glance, Lip Gallagher (Jeremy Allen White) is just your average punk. He's a scamming, chain-smoking, horny teenager, who takes after his deadbeat, alcoholic dad Frank (William H. Macy). Yet White's vulnerable performance in the first season of "Shameless" proved that when it comes to Lip, there's more than meets the eye.

He's incredibly smart, fiercely loyal to his family, and hopelessly in love with the girl he's hooking up with, Karen (Laura Wiggins). But all of that will be jeopardized in Season 2 of "Shameless" when Lip finally reaches his breaking point. "It's incredibly frustrating for Lip because he's done so much for the family, and the first time that he asks for any help in return, the family comes up somewhat empty-handed," White told HuffPost TV. "I think that there's a great sense of betrayal that Lip feels halfway through the season."

Not only does Lip have some serious family drama to deal with, especially when he goes head-to-head with big sister Fiona (Emmy Rossum), but he's also hung up on Karen, who's hung up Jody (Zach McGowan), a member of her Sex Addicts Anonymous group. Although he finds out that Karen and Jody aren't having sex, that doesn't ease Lip's nerves, thanks to some advice from Kev (Steve Howey).

So how does Lip deal with his family's betrayal? And what about his new threat, Jody? Read on to find out, as White dishes on what to expect in Season 2 of "Shameless."

I hear that this season Lip is going to tap into his inner Frank, which scares me a little. What's going to happen with that?
It is scary! I've thought about it before, even during the first season. And Frank, as silly and [as much of a] fuck up and as much of a drunk he is, he's still very smart, so I got to thinking that Frank probably wasn't so different than Lip when Frank was Lip's age. Then, in the writing this season, there are situations where Lip kind of gets cut off from his family. He's had this great safety net of Fiona and Ian, and even Karen at times, and that all gets pulled out from underneath him. He's starts looking for a place to stay for a day, and he's not in the house. And all I could think about was the second episode of the first season where my character is following his dad on a bike, asking his dad to come home, while his dad is running around the neighborhood, knocking on doors and seeing if he can crash on a couch. So Lip definitely seems to be heading in that direction. Things get a little self-destructive with him this season, as well as Fiona. I think they're both headed there. I think it's because all three of them have had very similar childhoods.

That's where Grammy Gallagher comes in, right?
Yes. You definitely see more of how Frank was brought up in this season. Louise Fletcher, who plays Frank's mom, comes back for a few episodes this season and stays with us in the house, and we get to see her relationship with Frank, which is really great. One of my favorite scenes of the second season is this scene with Louise. Bill [WIlliam H. Macy] and I are in a bathroom, and it's very strange. He's forced to bathe his mother, and I come in to use the toilet. First of all, it's strange because the family is so close in that way, but then Louise kind of makes fun of Lip. She's like, "Wow, that's such a tiny pecker. Do you have sex with girls with that thing?" And then I come back and say something funny. Then, Bill comes in and says, "Yeah, it's so tiny!" It's just this weird, vicious cycle of family cruelty that doesn't stop. I think that's kind of setting in, and Lip and Fiona are coming to terms with the possibility that as much as they're trying to fight it, they're turning into Frank.

Well, it's not like the Gallagher children have had any other role model.
Exactly! I think that's something the writers have addressed in Season 2. Where is Lip's father figure? For a moment, in the first season, you thought that maybe Steve (Justin Chatwin) could be a really good role model for Lip in a way. But then he turns out to be a car thief and he leaves Fiona and runs away, instead of dealing with the cops, and he gets Lip arrested. That doesn't turn out right, and you never want to mold yourself out of Frank. What's really sweet this season, I think, are these scenes that I have with Steve Howey, who plays Kev, that we have in the ice cream truck. It's so interesting because while Kev and Lip couldn't be more different intelligence-wise, Lip still goes to Kev and is still very vulnerable and asks him for advice and life lessons, and he's the last person that you think would be teaching Lip anything. Kev has a loving relationship with Veronica (Shanola Hampton), which is more than Frank or Fiona can say for any of their relationships. He also has a job, and while he's not the best at it, he's passionate about it and gets there on time. When you get right down to it, he's really the most legitimate male figure in Lip's life.

There was this great scene in this week's upcoming episode between Kev and Lip in the ice cream truck, where Lip comes to Kev asking for a bit of relationship advice, and his response is: "Watch out for the girls who don't sleep with you because that means that they're in love with you." It's such a funny scene.
Yeah, and Lip really takes that answer to heart because he doesn't know where else to go.

Lip has never really had that fatherly figure in his life, so does he take on the responsibility of being a role model to his younger siblings this season? There are a lot of great moments between Lip and Ian (Cameron Monaghan), especially when Lip helps him get into West Point.
You definitely see Lip start to help Fiona out with the burden of the family this season. He's definitely starting to fill out these kind of father shoes, which is great because I think he does a very good job. He loves his family, and he's very loyal to them. But at the same time, he was deprived of a childhood or any kind of real father figure. I think that there's some animosity there that comes out later in the second season, where he's having trouble and there's no one to go to. Not even Fiona can help. It's incredibly frustrating for Lip because he's done so much for the family, and the first time that he asks for any help in return, the family comes up somewhat empty-handed. I think that there's a great sense of betrayal that Lip feels halfway through the season.

What kind of trouble is he having?
He's just being swallowed up by this idea of leaving the neighborhood. His family are pushing all of these expectations on him, like going to college and getting a job. He starts to feel a bit taken advantage of, like he's supposed to go out there and make money for everyone else. Is that the plan? I think he's so smart, and has so many great gifts, but he doesn't necessarily want to do anything with them, and that's his choice. He doesn't feel like the family is supporting him, and instead, they're trying to force him into things. He doesn't want to be forced. And it's not even anyone's fault. That's what makes it so frustrating. There's a lot of conflict between Lip and Fiona because she's really pushing for him to do something with himself, and he's shying away from it, getting aggressive toward her for suggesting it. But really, they just want the best for each other. They just can't seem to reach a common ground. No one is wrong in this situation, which is why it's so funny to watch. It's a fight where both sides are right, but they are so adamant in how they feel about the situation.

Is that where Professor Hearst (Dennis Boutsikaris) comes into play? Will Lip start to listen to him?
He's kind of like the great foreshadower for the show. He mentions all of these things that Lip has kind of blown off, the idea of working in a McDonalds or getting a girl pregnant. He's brought them up, and Lip will face some of these issues soon, and he didn't take those warnings to heart. He totally blew him off. He even goes to the professor for help, but the professor is kind of like, "I told you so." So it leaves Lip in a very difficult situation where he has no one else to turn to.

I think another weakness for Lip is Karen. Where is that relationship headed?
I think in this relationship Lip is going about it as if he were a 10-year-old with a huge sex drive. He's really like a school boy in a relationship, and it's hard. I think Karen is probably his first and only love, and I think he probably sees a lot of his mother there, which is hard. He really needs that acceptance from a female in his life, and he just doesn't want to give up on Karen. They're of very similar breeds, Karen and Lip. I had a very hard time in the first season where Karen slept with Frank, and we're on the rooftop, and he's really quite accepting of Karen. I had a very hard time trying to wrap my head around it. Lip is very empathetic. As angry as he was, he wanted to be there for her and take care of her. He loves her.

That being said, how does Lip deal with Jody, Karen's new boyfriend?
Lip tries his best to destroy their relationship and to destroy Jody. He devises several plots to try and screw up the relationship, but then he comes to the realization that he won't be successful. Jody turns out to be such a great guy, and he succeeds in places where Lip could not. He's not the most intelligent guy, but he loves Karen. He knows what to do in a relationship, where Lip doesn't have a clue. I think that there's even a point of acceptance of Jody being in Karen's life. While Lip still loves her, he accepts Jody. He's come up with all of these plots to ruin Jody, but Jody always comes out on top, so it's like he earned it. He's a great guy, and Lip has to accept that.

What kind of plots does Lip devise to ruin Jody?
At one point, he uses a girl that he's sleeping with to come over to the Jackson's and try and seduce Jody, and Jody invites the girl in, and he sits down with her, and she tries to jump him, but he doesn't go for it. That's just an example of how Jody won't be manipulated by Lip. He's finally met his match.

"Shameless" airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on Showtime.

Celebrity Big Brother Frankie Cocozza, Nicola McLean win immunity

Celebrity Big Brother Frankie Cocozza, Nicola McLean win immunity

Celebrity Big Brother housemates Frankie Cocozza and Nicola McLean have won immunity from the next eviction.

The pair secured the prize after winning yesterday's task, involving a relay race through golden syrup to find four team-coloured teddy bears which were hidden in pillows on a giant bed.

The pink team, consisting of Cocozza and McLean, finished the task in 11 minutes 33 seconds, while green team members Romeo Dunn and Denise Welch came last with a time of 27 minutes 40 seconds, meaning they will be punished.

They must spend tonight together in the small task room, which will be all white with one single bed. Big Brother will play a soundtrack of Michael Madsen's snoring on loop.

The Yellow team - Karissa and Kristina Shannon and Georgia Salpa - was second with a time of 12 minutes 7 seconds, followed by the Red team Michael Madsen and Kirk Norcross, who came in at 12 minutes 11 seconds.

The blue team Gareth Thomas and Natalie Cassidy finished the task just three seconds ahead of the losers.

Welch and Cassidy found the task particularly hard, with Thomas helping the former find her final bear.

'Take Me Out' entertains 4.7m on ITV1

'Take Me Out' entertains 4.7m on ITV1

Take Me Out's ratings were only slightly down on last week's 4.86m, according to the latest overnight data.

In a week where ITV resolved to choose contestants more carefully after a series of scandals, the dating show took 4.73m (20.6%) and a further 270k (1.1%) on timeshift. The Mark Wright-fronted Take Me Out: The Gossip saw 535k (2.2%) switch over to ITV2 at 8.30pm.

On ITV1, The Talent Show Story continued with 2.38m and a 10% audience share (+1: 136k, 0.6%) and The Jonathan Ross Show mustered 2.4m (11.2%) at 9.30pm. An additional 117k (0.7%) chose to watch an hour later.

BBC One dominated the primetime schedule. The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins took 5.71m (24.4%) at 8pm before Casualty upped the broadcaster's viewing figures to 6.07m (25.6%). Live at the Apollo managed 3.64m (16.9%) at 9.30pm.

On BBC Two, The Man Who Made Eric and Ernie intrigued 1.83m (7.8%). Ken Russell: A Bit of a Devil followed with 890k (3.8%).

A successful night for Channel 4 began with Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which grabbed 1.41m (6%) from 7.45pm. The blockbuster film generated an extra 280k (1.2%) on timeshift. The Million Pound Drop Live increased the audience to 1.86m (9%) from 9pm (+1: 145k, 0.9%).

On Channel 5, NCIS took 969k (4.2%) before Celebrity Big Brother and Along Came Polly nabbed 1.71m (7.2%) and 925k (4.6%) respectively.

Foyle's War predictably took the largest multichannel audience of the evening, scoring 1.34m (6.3%) from 9pm on ITV3.

BBC One conjured an overall 22.1% share, followed by ITV1's 13.7%. In a reversal of traditional ratings protocol, Channel 4 pipped BBC Two to third place, though both amassed 6.7%. Channel 5 trailed on 5.3%.

'Powers': FX pilot not picked up, but not dead either

'Powers': FX pilot not picked up, but not dead either

FX's pilot for a series based on the comic book "Powers" is in limbo. The cable channel hasn't picked up the show to series, but it's not dead in the water either.

The pilot, based on Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming's comic, shot last summer, and at the time FX president and general manager John Landgraf was fairly positive about the early footage he had seen. He sounded a little less enthused Sunday (Jan. 15) at the TV critics' press tour.

He says the pilot hasn't been picked up, but writer Charles Eglee ("The Shield," "Dexter") has done extensive rewrites on the script. FX is considering whether to go ahead with reshooting scenes based on Eglee's new script.

Landgraf calls the project, which stars Jason Patric as a homicide detective/former superhero and Lucy Punch as his new partner, "as difficult an adaptation as I've ever worked on."

The goal with "Powers," he says is to make a serious drama with superhero elements, and that's not something he's ever really seen before.

"If you think about a 10 o'clock drama, a 'Sopranos'-esque drama ... there's never been either a theatrical feature film or a television series that's taken the superhero genre into that type of tonality," Landgraf says. "It's never been done, and it's just really a struggle."

(You could argue that movies like "The Dark Knight" had as serious a tone as what Landgraf is talking about, but he's pretty much correct on the TV front.)

He does think it can be done, citing what "Game of Thrones" has done with fantasy as an example. "It's just proving really difficult," he says.

'The Fades': Extra, extra British

'The Fades': Extra, extra British

"The Fades" premiered on BBC America on Saturday (Jan. 14th), and made us wish we grew up in England. Not because of the fascinating history or the crumpets. It's mostly because we could barely understand a word they were saying. This is coming from people who are huge fans of "Doctor Who" and the BBC version of "Being Human."

The premise is a lot of fun and familiar to fans of things like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" with teens saving the world from supernatural foes. Paul (Iain De Caestecker) is an adorable geek who discovers that he's "angelic" and able to see and battle "fades," who are spirits who missed their "door." (Remind anyone of "Being Human?") Natalie Dormer from "The Tudors" just happens to be one of them.

Not all fades are nice. One of them is trying to lead the rest in a bit of a rebellion/war. Paul has to save the world, all the while geeking out with his best buddy Mac (Daniel Kaluuya), who's accent is so thick, we almost missed his references to Terry Pratchett, Alan Moore and Tolkein.

The show looks like it could be a lot of fun after some of the details get worked out and the writers hit their stride. We'd also recommend recording this on your DVR so you can rewind if you miss a line. Please understand that we're not saying they should speak differently because we can't quite make out the words. We're just saying that this British show is very, very British. It might take a bit of time to get used to the super-thick accents.

'Strictly' Bruno Tonioli backs Kara Tointon to replace Alesha Dixon

'Strictly' Bruno Tonioli backs Kara Tointon to replace Alesha Dixon

Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli has backed Kara Tointon to replace Alesha Dixon.

It was revealed earlier this month that Dixon had quit the BBC One show to join ITV1's Britain's Got Talent.

Various names have since been linked to the show and Tonioli has recommended former winners Tointon and Jill Halfpenny for the role.

Speaking of Dixon's departure, Tonioli told the Sunday Mirror: "It's showbiz, these things happen. I was in the Caribbean sunbathing when I heard.

"I think Kara would be very good as a replacement as she is a ­champion and feisty. Jill Halfpenny would also be very good for the same reasons. I don't think a decision will be made until June or July when we have regrouped.

"I'm surprised Alesha quit, but that's the industry and I think she will be great on Britain's Got Talent. We'll carry on and we will come back bigger and better than ever."

Tointon won the show in 2010 with her dance partner and now fiancé Artem Chigvintsev, while Halfpenny danced to victory with Darren ­Bennett in 2004.

It was recently reported that last year's contestant Russell Grant is being considered as Alesha Dixon's replacement on Strictly Come Dancing.

Former Strictly Come Dancing professional Karen Hardy and ex-judge Arlene Phillips have also been linked to the vacant role.

Ashton Kutcher eyes 'Two and a Half Men' return

Ashton Kutcher eyes 'Two and a Half Men' return

Two and a Half Men star Ashton Kutcher has revealed that he hopes the show is renewed for another series.

The actor, who replaced Charlie Sheen in the sitcom last year, said that he sees his current movie roles as merely "a hiatus" between series.

Kutcher's debut in the ninth season of Two and a Half Men attracted 27.8 million viewers in September, a record for the CBS programme.

"The deal that we structured for the show was kind of a test deal: Can we get the show up? Can we get it going? The show's outperforming the numbers from before I was here and so I think that people responded to it," said Kutcher.

CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler added that "in spirit and intent, everybody is very motivated" to bring back Two and a Half Men for a tenth series.

Sheen was dismissed from the show in March last year after months of reported drug use and a public row with its creator Chuck Lorre.

'Being Human' is darker, jucier and more evil

'Being Human' is darker, jucier and more evil

"Being Human" is back for it's second season on Syfy and it's going to be much darker. We've got sex, possession, more blood and some seriously scary vampire politics. We're also going to get a look at Aidan (Sam Witwer) and his past.

We chatted with Witwer at the Winter Press tour, where he told us that he's a bit concerned about what the audience is going to think of where Aidan is going. "I don't know what they'll think," he said. "I mean, Aidan has been a bad guy for most of his history. We're going to see more of that and where he comes from in. The last time we saw him in a flashback, in the fifties, he was a bit of a thug. He wasn't always like that. You'll get to see how he got to that point."

Bishop (Mark Pellegrino) was killed last season, but Witwer says he'll be back. He didn't give details, but he implied that it won't just be in flashbacks. "He comes back in a really interesting way. I can't tell you more than that, but trust me, it's going to be cool." Witwer was actually heading off to meet Pellegrino and play video games.

This season, "Dollhouse" alum Dichen Lachman joins the cast as the daughter of the head of the vampires. In the past, Aidan was her second, and he's about to have to deal with this girl who was pulled out of the ground again. Now that he's a "vegetarian," this isn't going to be easy. Witwer said, "Sally (Meaghan Rath) and Josh (Sam Huntington) are going to get more of a look a who he's been and it won't be easy for them."

We can't wait to see how this all plays out. We've seen the first few episodes, and believe us when we say, if you weren't hooked the first season, you absolutely will be this time around. "Being Human" Season 2 premieres tonight (Jan.16th) on Syfy.

Louis C.K. on his FX Comedy: “I Don’t Need this Shit"

Louis C.K. on his FX Comedy: “I Don’t Need this Shit"

The comedian opens up about his success, his freedom as a storyteller and his disgust for award shows and the celebrity humor they traffic in.

If Louis C.K. were running FX, he jokes he wouldn’t have allowed himself the freedom that the network has given him.

“It was irresponsible,” quips the star of Louie during his stop on the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour Sunday. That freedom has entailed Louis C.K. serving as creator, writer, director, editor and star of his comedy, for which he delivers his FX bosses finished copies on an enviably low budget.

But to hear Louis C.K. tell it, he wouldn’t have agreed to do the show any other way. He recalls those initial conversations he had with FX brass, during which he outllined precisely how he wanted to do the series -- or more specifically, how he didn’t want to do the series.

“You have to be willing not to do the show,” he says of his desire for control trumping his desire to get his series greenlit, adding: “If you’re concerned with success too much, you make all kinds of decisions and compromises than you hurt the story that you’re doing.”

Working in Louis C.K.’s favor: he was not only willing but also able not to do the show. “I don’t need this s---, I really don’t,” he deadpans, referencing a hugely lucrative side-career as a touring stand-up comic. “This is the greatest thing that ever happened to me. But I don’t need it.”

That reality became that much more apparent late last year, when the comedian's self-distributed stand-up album earned more than $1 million in a matter of days. He acknowledges that his rising profile –along with his technical aptitude and his relationship with his fans-- played a significant part in making the DIY experiment a success.

Going forward, what you won’t see Louis C.K. try is to host an award show, unless, he jokes, the show is for movies from the 1970's. “I’d have to go see everything and pretend to give a s---, and I don’t,” cracks the comedian, who says he prefers to spend what little free time he has with his children. What's more, he’s not particularly interested in the more current, rip-on-celebrities style of comedy, a format he has hated since his days working as a late night comedy writer for Conan O’Brien, Chris Rock and David Letterman.

For those who worry that all of Louis C.K.'s success will alter his comedic tone, he will assure you that that won’t happen. In fact, he argues that the first 20 of his 27 years in the stand-up business, which were marked by “suffering,” “poverty” and “ego destruction,” will always outweigh the five good and two great years he’s just had. (For those keeping track, he insists a decline is coming. He jokes, “I’ve got five to eight years where it’ll be great, and then it will start to degenerate, like uranium.")

Still, he’s the first to acknowledge he’s in an incredible place. “I’d be a real a--hole if I didn’t realize what a great life I lead,” he says of his current positioning at the top of the comedy food chain, before adding that even with that success he’s not lacking for fodder: “It’s a weird time to be American and to be a human, so there’s a lot of things to keep me depressed.”

'Justified' Cast, EP Talk Season Three, Missing Margot Martindale

'Justified' Cast, EP Talk Season Three, Missing Margot Martindale

New villains Neal McDonough and Mykelti Williamson admit to being "nervous" about filling Emmy-winner Martindale's shoes.

As the new baddies on FX’s Justified, Neal McDonough and Mykelti Williamson have some big shoes to fill – those of Margot Martindale, whose dastardly Mags Bennett offed herself in the second season finale.

“The first time I showed up on the set I was extremely nervous,” said Williamson at the show’s press tour session on Sunday. “There’s a lot to live up to.”

McDonough, who has four children under the age of six, admitted that he hadn’t followed the first two seasons of the show.

“It’s Teletubbies, Sesame Street and once in a while I’ll sneak in some ESPN,” said McDonough. “When [executive producer] Graham Yost asked me to be a villain on the show last year, I purposely didn’t watch what [Martindale] did last year because I didn’t want to get nervous. Then last week I watched all the episodes and now I’m extremely nervous.”

McDonough (Desperate Housewives) and Williamson (24) both worked with Yost on his critically hailed but quickly canceled NBC series Boomtown. In Justified, McDonough plays a slick Detroit gangster who attempts to bring organized crime to Kentucky and quickly clashes with Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins). And Williamson plays a Harlan County local trying to cultivate his own patch of turf, by any means necessary.

Yost is philosophical about the death of Mags, though he admits it wasn't exactly a difficult decision.

“We can’t just accumulate bad guys and have them all sitting around in a room together like teachers on probation in New York,” said Yost, referring to the New York City school’s so-called “rubber rooms.”

“I don’t regret that we killed Mags,” he added. “I do regret not having Margot around. She’s just a great person and a great friend and has a great attitude and really got a kick out of the part.”

The part also earned Martindale last year’s Emmy for supporting actress in a drama. These days, she's starring on the CBS drama A Gifted Man, which is on the bubble for a second-season pickup.

But Yost still gets to see Martindale every time he turns on his computer. Apparently, Gifted Man executive producer Sarah Timberman, who was an ep on Justified, sent Yost a picture of Martindale that Yost now uses as his wallpaper on his computer. Said Yost: “It’s Margot giving me the finger.”

Celebrity Big Brother Georgia, Michael face eviction

Celebrity Big Brother Georgia, Michael face eviction

The results of this morning's Celebrity Big Brother nominations have been revealed.

Georgia Salpa and Michael Madsen received the most votes from their fellow housemates and will face eviction on Wednesday night.

It's the second time that Salpa has been nominated for eviction, after she previously survived last week's public vote against Andrew Stone.

She was then forced to nominate two housemates for eviction and chose Nicola McLean and Natasha Giggs, resulting in the latter leaving the house on Friday.

McLean and Frankie Cocozza had previously won immunity from eviction in a special task yesterday.

Madsen has clashed with Loose Women star Denise Welch in recent days and accused her of "trying too hard to be entertaining".

Reactions to this week's nominations will air on Bit On The Side tonight at 11pm on 5*.

Laila Morse leaves 'Dancing on Ice'

Laila Morse leaves 'Dancing on Ice'

Laila Morse has become the second celebrity to leave Dancing on Ice.

The EastEnders star was eliminated from the contest following a skate-off with Corey Feldman.

Rosemary Conley, Matthew Wolfenden, Jennifer Ellison, Chico, Sébastien Foucan and Sam Nixon earlier made it through based on viewer votes and judges' scores.

In the judges' vote, Louie Spence chose to save Feldman for having given "the strongest overall performance in the skate-off", while Katarina Witt also chose to send home the injury-stricken actress "for the sake of [her] health".

Head panellist Robin Cousins confirmed that he too would have eliminated Morse, telling the 66-year-old: "I admire your courage for having a go, but I'm quite excited to see what we might see from you, Corey."

Morse earlier admitted to hosts Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley that she was not disappointed to land in the skate-off, echoing her previous comment to Digital Spy that she was hoping for an early exit.

Dancing on Ice continues next Sunday (January 22) at 6.10pm on ITV1, with all 13 remaining contestants skating together for the first time.

TV Tonight 16th of January 2012

TV Tonight 16th of January 2012

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

    112 - på liv och död S05E01: "Del 1 av 36"
    2 Broke Girls S01E14: "And the Upstairs Neighbor"
    A Question of Sport S43E05: "January 16, 2012"
    A.N.T. Farm S01E20: "Some EnchANTed Evening"
    Above Suspicion S04E02: "Silent Scream (2)"
    Adventure Time with Finn and Jake S03E22: "Paper Wars"
    Aguila Roja S04E11: "Capítulo 50"
    Alaska Wing Men S02E03: "Sky Fishing"
    Alcatraz S01E01: "Pilot"
    Alcatraz S01E02: "Ernest Cobb"
    American Pickers S04E08: "Picker Man Blues"
    Antiques Roadshow (US) S16E03: "Tulsa (Hour Three)"
    Austin & Ally S01E06: "Tickets & Trashbags"
    Bargain Hunt S31E11: "Series 31, Episode 11"
    Being Human (US) S02E01: "Turn This Mother Out"
    Betty White's Off Their Rockers S01E01: "Pilot"
    Caged S01E02: "Season 1, Episode 2"
    Cake Boss: Next Great Baker S02E08: "Headbanging Bakers"
    Canadian Pickers S02E02: "Guys & Gas"
    Castle (2009) S04E12: "Dial M for Mayor"
    Celebrity Big Brother S09E12: "Series 9, Episode 12"
    Chelsea Lately S05E201
    Come Dine With Me S18E01: "Series 18, Episode 1"
    Conan S02E33: "Kate Beckinsale, Stephen Merchant, St. Vincent"
    Coppers S02E02: "Public Order"
    Cornwall S01E03: "Episode 3"
    Coronation Street S53E12: "Mon Jan 16, 2012 [Episode 2]"
    Coronation Street S53E11: "Mon Jan 16, 2012 [Episode 1]"
    Days of our Lives S47E47: "Ep. #11757"
    DC Cupcakes S02E15: "One Ton Cupcake"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E134: "Episode 1814"
    Desperate Scousewives S01E08: "Series 1, Episode 8"
    Dickinson's Real Deal S08E30: "Series 8, Episode 30"
    Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives S13E06: "Meat Madness"
    Disappeared S04E12: "Dancing into Darkness"
    EastEnders S28E10: "January 16, 2012"
    Emmerdale S41E13: "January 16, 2012"
    Escape To The Country S12E10: "Llyn Peninsula, North Wales"
    Extreme Clutter S02E05: "A Double Intervention"
    First Week In S01E02: "Assault with a Deadly Weapon"
    Fort Boyard - Ultimate Challenge S02E01: "Season 2, Episode 1"
    General Hospital (US) S49E200: "#12474"
    Gintama S05E41: "Episode 41"
    Gossip Girl S05E11: "The End of The Affair?"
    Got to Dance S03E19: "Series 3, Episode 19"
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Most of 'Wilfred' Cliffhanger To Be Answered in Season 2 Opener

Most of 'Wilfred' Cliffhanger To Be Answered in Season 2 Opener

"Ninety-five percent of the cliffhanger is resolved in the premiere," showrunner David Zuckerman tells reporters.

Is Wilfred (Jason Gann) real? Was Ryan (Elijah Wood) successful in his suicide attempt? If the dog who appears as a human in a costume does exist, will he remember Ryan? What consequences will Ryan pay for ruining his sister's marriage?

The freshman season finale of Wilfred set up a number of cliffhangers, most of which will be answered when the dark comedy returns to FX in June, showrunner David Zuckerman told reporters Sunday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour.

"Ninety-five percent of the cliffhanger is resolved in the premiere," he told reporters. "That's not to say there aren't new questions asked, but we'll definitely address the cliffhanger in the premiere."

After going above and beyond to get Jenna (Fiona Gubelmann) her job back after she accidentally ate a brownie laced with pot, Wilfred was hit by a car and wound up at the vet and didn't recognize Ryan when he woke up.

Afterward, Ryan questions if Wilfred appeared to him at all, setting up an existential crisis of epic proportions that was made worse when he returned home to find the door to the basement where Wilfred would spend much of his time lead to only a closet.

While the cast was tight-lipped on spoilers -- Gann called himself a "story Grinch" --Zuckerman said the sophomore season would continue to "explore Ryan's journey toward enlightenment, with Wilfred tripping him up along the way."

Writers are currently breaking stories, with Zuckerman, Gann and Wood all hoping to see the return of Mary Steenburgen as Ryan's nutty mother -- whose cat, Mittens, appears to her as a woman (Rhea Perlman) in a cat suit, similar to how Ryan sees Wilfred.

"We do explore her relationship with ryan and their unique shared traits in sort of a fun arena," Zuckerman said.

Also among the cast's wish-list to return: Dwight Yoakam's Bruce, who also "sees" Wilfred and appeared to test Ryan's faith in Wilfred.

Zuckerman and Gann also teased a guest star "event" they've got their fingers crossed for in the June premiere and the potential for a podcast as a partner to episodes, allowing the cast and creators to provide hints along the way.

And for the curious, Gann -- who created the Australian series and subsequent short film on which the FX series is based -- isn't waiting for his phone to ring when nominations for the Golden Collar Awards are announced. "I'd be pretty pissed off if I had a dog in a dog awards show and he lost out to a dude in a dog suit," he joked.

Hulu challenges cable with first original drama

Hulu challenges cable with first original drama

Hulu, the popular online video service, has taken another step to becoming a full-fledged alternative to cable television by commissioning its first scripted original TV show to go live next month.

The new political documentary-style drama "Battleground" is set in Wisconsin and executive-produced by JD Walsh, Hagai Shaham and Marc Webb. It follows Hulu's first original documentary series Morgan Spurlock's "A Day In The Life."

The majority of Hulu's programming to date has been licensed from its parent companies, News Corp, Walt Disney Co and Comcast Corp's NBC Universal, as well as other program makers.

Andy Forsell, Hulu's programming executive, said Spurlock's show had been a success based on data it collected on its audience, but he declined to reveal the program's view counts.

Spurlock's series is being followed up with a second season and being joined by another six-episode documentary series called "Up to Speed" by Richard Linklater, who is perhaps best known for movies "Dazed and Confused" and "School of Rock".

The challenge for Hulu is to ensure it can generate a return on investment in expensive content like scripted drama, which is typically more costly than producing a documentary or reality show.

"We can make the economics work, I've got a budget for originals but there's not the same pressure as a traditional network since we don't have worry about filling airtime," Forsell said.

The original shows will be available on Hulu's free Web service rather than just to its paying Hulu Plus subscribers as the start-up increases its user base and builds its reputation for original programming. But Hulu Chief Executive Jason Kilar said the dual revenue model of advertising and subscription fees is key to Hulu's future.

"At scale, our model allows us to profitably pay content owners approximately 50 percent more in content licensing fees per subscriber when compared to other similarly priced online subscription services," Kilar said in a blog post on Friday.

Hulu said on Friday it had more than 1.5 million paying subscribers at the end of 2011, and revenue grew 60 percent to $420 million.

Early last year, Kilar forecast that Hulu would generate around $500 million in revenue during 2011. The revenue miss was indirectly blamed on a "soft advertising market" in the second half of the year.

Like other Web companies trying to bring more TV shows and movies online, Hulu is in a race with rival Netflix Inc to buy and develop more content to add to and maintain its subscriber base.

Kilar said the company will spend around $500 million on content in 2012 covering new content acquisition, re-licensing existing content on the service and originals. It is an increase from the $375 million it said it spent last year.

Netflix, which has some 23 million U.S. subscribers, said last March it had secured exclusive rights to the 26-episode television series "House of Cards" a political thriller starring Kevin Spacey and directed by David Fincher.

It was reported last year that Netflix would spend around $100 million to produce the show.

Services like Netflix are increasingly being recognized as direct competition or replacements for premium cable channels such as Time Warner Inc's HBO and CBS Corp's Showtime.

FX President on Charlie Sheen's 'Anger Management': We Like Risks

FX President on Charlie Sheen's 'Anger Management': We Like Risks

FX president John Landgraf said the network picked up Charlie Sheen's new series, "Anger Management," based solely on a pitch and brief outlines for 15 episodes -- but believes it is worth the risk.

"We're a network that likes to take risks," he said at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Sunday.

Landgraf says the network generally doesn't pick up shows that haven't shot pilots, but made an exception for "Anger Management" in part because the show is inexpensive to produce. Lionsgate, the studio behind it, covers much of the cost, he said.

Landgraf is known for giving FX shows an unusual degree of creative freedom, and "Anger Management" has even "more leeway and more creative freedom than most," he said. He stressed that the network didn't just pick up the series to exploit Sheen's notoriety.

"I walked into the pitch as skeptical as you might imagine I would be. Charlie was there, as was the creator the and showrunner [Bruce Helford]. It was just a really excellent pitch," Landgraf said.

He noted that Sheen had turned up the weekend before at a party where he was decidely more mellow than he was in media apprearances last year.

"I think some of you saw Charlie last weekend and I think you saw a very different Charlie Sheen than you had been seeing in the press through the whole end of his relationship with 'Two and a Half Men.' And I saw that guy," Landgraf said.

"And what I heard was a really good pitch for a comedy series," he added. "Funny, complicated, and I think the character that Charlie ought to be playing at this point in the sense that he is a character who has a checkered past but is pretty self aware, is struggling in a very honest way with that checkered past and desire to do more positive things in his life."

Asked during a Q&A whether Sheen deserves a place on television given his past violence against women, Landgraf said the character on the show was trying to improve himself, as Sheen is in real life. The character has a positive relationship with his ex-wife and is trying to raise his 13-year-old daughter.

"I believe in redemption," Landgraf said.

In other FX news, Landgraf said the network has not picked up the pilot for the comic book adaptation "Powers." But he said the network is reconsidering it now that it has been largely rewritten and reshot.

Russell Brand Cites Kurt Vonnegut to Address Katy Perry Breakup

Russell Brand Cites Kurt Vonnegut to Address Katy Perry Breakup

Celebrities, take note: This is how you handle intrusions into your personal life.

Reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour tried gamely to ask Russell Brand on Sunday about his New Year's Eve divorce filing from Katy Perry. He went the intensely intellectual route, first euphemistically referring to the breakup as "events" and referencing Kurt Vonnegut.

"Well I suppose what you're doing is you're making the mistake of seeing time as linear," he told one questioner. "The brilliant American author Kurt Vonnegut, he'll tell ya that if you imagine reality as experienced simultaneously, events become redundant."

Moments later, the British comedian delivered the best "no comment" in the history of celebrity breakups.

"I don't want to further celebrate the overly elaborate, brittle plastic structures of nonsense that are constantly fired into our minds to distract us from what's really important," he said. "So if I'd done something actually newsworthy... then I'd cover it. But if it was just more laquered nonsense, designed to distract us from truth, then I would wisely ignore it."

That's what J. Lo and Marc Anthony should have said during an awkward joint appearance Saturday.

Brand kept reporters rolling with laughter during a panel for his upcoming FX series, "Strangely Uplifting," where he was also asked for his take on the Republican presidential candidates. He said of Mitt Romney: "He's so rich that even the one percent would seem to him like peasants."

He also commented on the shock over Marines urinating on Taliban corpses: "It is bad to wee on a dead body. But it's worse to kill a live one."

Gervais Gives Globes Nothing to Complain About -- Except a Sedate Show

Gervais Gives Globes Nothing to Complain About -- Except a Sedate Show

Ricky Gervais gave the Golden Globes nothing to complain about Sunday night -- except, perhaps, for a sedate show.

Gervais told solid jokes, but none as harsh as the ones last year, when he said nominations for "The Tourist" proved the Globes voters took bribes and claimed that "famous Scientologists" are gay. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts on the show, initially seemed hesitant to invite him back -- but wisely asked him to return and host for a third time.

Because even toned down, Gervais was still the best part of a decidely slow show. Harsher jokes could only have helped. As it was, Gervais' funniest lines were also his surliest, and came again at the expense of the press association.

Describing HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" in his monologue, he intoned, "It's about a load of immigrants who came to America about a hundred years ago and they got involved in bribery and corruption, and they worked themselves up into high society. But enough about the Hollywood Foreign Press."

He also said the Globes were "just like the Oscars, but without all that esteem."

While it felt a little dangerous last year for Gervais to take on Hollywood sacred cows like Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie (and dangerously mean to drag Cher into it), this time out Gervais went for lots of easy targets, and didn't hit them very hard.

"The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton," he said in one of several Kardashian jokes. "Bit louder, bit trashier, bit drunker, and more easily bought. Allegedly. Nothing's been proved."

He also joked with Depp, the first presenter, about whether he had seen "The Tourist" yet. Depp will appear in Gervais' new HBO series, "Life's Too Short."

Gervais' most risqué joke, like his Scientology joke last year, seemed to question a star's sexuality.

"I musn't mention Mel Gibson this year," Gervais said. "Not his private life, his politics, his recent films, and especially not Jodie Foster's "Beaver." I haven't seen it myself. I've spoken for a lot of guys who haven't seen it either. But that doesn't mean it's not any good."

One of Gervais' jokes, about Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek's accents, was so censored by NBC that the punchline was indecipherable for people watching at home. The show was presented with a standard five-second delay, an NBC spokesman told TheWrap.

Gervais also touched on his own well-known agnosticism after urging winners to thank only God and their agents in their acceptance speeches. "God and my agent had exactly the same amount of input into my career," he said.

Meryl Streep, the rare winner who gave an entertaining speech -- even without her notes -- later riffed on the joke. She wittily thanked both her agent and "God -- Harvey Weinstein."

Madonna had another good one. After Gervais introduced her as "just like a virgin," and made a face, she offered a quick and almost certainly scripted retort.

"If I'm just like a virgin, Ricky, then why don't you come over here and do something about it?" she said. "I haven't kissed a girl in a few years."

She added as an aside: "On TV."

But Streep and Madonna were the rare people, aside from Gervais, who could inject life into the show. Among the many slow moments was an uncharacteristically meandering joke from Helen Mirren about Morgan Freeman's "Driving Miss Daisy" as he received the Cecile B. De Mille award.

In another of Gervais' best jokes, he said, "The Hollywood Foreign Press have warned me that if I insult any of you, or any of them, or offend any viewers or cause any controversy whatsoever, they'll definitely invite me back next year as well."

They should. On the condition that he be more insulting.