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Updated Winter/Spring 2012 US Premiere Dates

Updated Winter/Spring 2012 US Premiere Dates


The Bachelor (Season Premiere) - January 2nd
Wife Swap (Season Premiere) - January 2nd
Last Man Standing (Return from hiatus) - January 3rd
Work It ( Season Premiere) - January 3rd
Body of Proof (Return from hiatus) - January 3rd
The Middle (Return from hiatus) - January 4th
Suburgatory (Return from hiatus) - January 4th
Modern Family (Return from hiatus) - January 4th
Happy Endings (Return from hiatus) - January 4th
Revenge (Return from hiatus) - January 4th
Wipeout (Season Premiere) - January 5th
Grey's Anatomy (Return from hiatus) - January 5th
Private Practice (Return from hiatus) - January 5th
Once Upon A Time (Return from hiatus) - January 8th
Desperate Housewives (Return from hiatus) - January 8th
Pan Am (Return from hiatus) - January 8th
Castle (Return from hiatus) - January 9th
Shark Tank (Season Premiere) - January 20th
The River (Series Premiere) - February 7th
Cougar Town (Season Premiere) - February 14th
The 84th Annual Academy Awards (Award Ceremony) - February 26th
Good Christian Belles (Series Premiere) - March 4th
Missing (Series Premiere) - March 15th
Dancing With The Stars (Season Premiere) - March 19th


How I Met Your Mother (Return from hiatus) - January 2nd
2 Broke Girls (Return from hiatus) - January 2nd
Two and a Half Men (Return from hiatus) - January 2nd
Mike and Molly (Return from hiatus) - January 2nd
Hawaii Five-O (Return from hiatus) - January 2nd
NCIS ( Return from hiatus) - January 3rd
NCIS: Los Angeles ( Return from hiatus) - January 3rd
Unforgettable (Return from hiatus) - January 3rd
I Get That Alot (Special Presentation) - January 4th
A Gifted Man (Return from hiatus) - January 6th
CSI: NY (Return from hiatus) - January 6th
Blue Bloods (Return from hiatus) - January 6th
The Good Wife (Return from hiatus) - January 8th
CSI: Miami (Return from hiatus) - January 8th
Big Bang Theory (Return from hiatus) - January 12th
Rob (Series Premiere) - January 12th
Person of Interest (Return from hiatus) - January 12th
The Mentalist (Return from hiatus) - January 12th
Undercover Boss (Season Premiere) - January 15th
Criminal Minds (Return from hiatus) - January 18th
CSI (Return from hiatus) - January 18th
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards (Award Ceremony) - February 12th
Survivor: One World (Season Premiere) - February 15th
Amazing Race 20 (Season Premiere) - February 19th


The Biggest Loser (Season Premiere) - January 3rd
Parenthood (Return from hiatus) - January 3rd
The Firm (Series Premiere/Special Day) - January 8th
Whitney (Return from hiatus/new timeslot) - January 11th
Are You There Chelsea? (Series Premiere) - January 11th
Law and Order: SVU (Return from hiatus) - January 11th
30 Rock (Season Premiere) - January 12th
Park & Recreation (Return from hiatus) - January 12th
The Office (Return from hiatus) - January 12th
Up All Night (Return from hiatus/New night) - January 12th
The 69th Golden Globe Awards (Awards Ceremony) - January 15th
Betty White's 90th Birthday Special (Special Presentation) - January 16th
Betty White's Off the Rockers (Series Premiere) - January 16th
The Voice (Season Premiere/Special Night) - February 5th *After the Super Bowl*
Smash (Series Premiere) - February 6th
The Celebrity Apprentice (Season Premiere) - February 12th
Fashion Star (Series Premiere) - March 6th
Awake (Series Premiere) - March TBD


Mobbed (Special Presentation) - January 4th / 11th
The Cleveland Show (Return from hiatus) - January 8th
The Finder (Series Premiere) - January 12th
Fringe (Return from hiatus) - January 13th
Napoleon Dynamite (Series Premiere) - January 15th
Alacatraz (Series Premiere) - January 16th
American Idol (Season Premiere) - January 18th
House (Return from hiatus) - January 23rd
Touch (Series Premiere/Special Night) - January 25th
Breaking In (Season Premiere) - March 6th
Bob's Burgers (Season Premiere) - March 11th


The Vampire Diaries (Return from hiatus) - January 5th
The Secret Circle (Return from hiatus) - January 5th
Nikita (Return from hiatus) - January 6th
Supernatural (Return from hiatus) - January 6th
One Tree Hill (Season Premiere) - January 11th
Gossip Girl (Return from hiatus) - January 16th
90210 (Return from hiatus) - January 17th
Remodeled (Series Premiere) - January 17th
Hart of Dixie (Return from hiatus) - January 23rd
Ringer (Return from hiatus) - January 31st


Nova (Season Premiere) - January 4th


Angry Boys (Series Premiere) - January 1st
Paradise Lost 3 (Special Presentation) - January 12th
Real Time (not Talk) with Bill Maher (Season Premiere) - January 13th
Luck (Series Premiere) - January 29th
Eastbound and Down (Season Premiere) - February 19th
Life's Too Short (Series Premiere) - February 19th


Shameless (Season Premiere) - January 8th
House of Lies (Season Premiere) - January 8th
Californication (Season Premiere) - January 8th


Spartacus: Vengeance (Season Premiere) - January 27th

Independant Film Channel

Portlandia (Season Premiere) - January 6th
The Incredibly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (Season Premiere) - January 6th


Intervention (Season Premiere) - January 2nd
Hoarders (Season Premiere) - January 2nd
Dog The Bounty Hunter (Season Premiere) - January 4th
Steven Seagal: Lawman (Season Premiere) - January 4th


The Walking Dead (Winter Premiere) - February 12th
Mad Men (Season Premiere) - March 16th


Justified (Season Premiere) - January 17th
Archer (Winter Premiere) - Janaury 19th
Unsupervised (Series Premiere) - January 19th


Southland (Season Premiere) - January 17th
The 18th Annual SAG Awards (Award Ceremony) - January 29th


White Collar (Season Premiere) - January 17th
Royal Pains (Winter Premiere) - January 18th
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (Special Event) - February 13th
Psych (Winter Premiere) - February 29th

ABC Family

The Lying Game (Winter Premiere) - January 2nd
Pretty Little Liars (Winter Premiere) - January 2nd
Switched at Birth (Winter Premiere) - January 3rd
Jane by Design (Series Premiere) - January 3rd

Comedy Central

Tosh.O (Season Premiere) - January 31st
South Park (Season Premiere) - March 14th


Project Runway: All-Stars (Season Premiere) - January 5th


Jersey Shore (Season Premiere) - January 5th


Ghost Hunters (Season Premiere) - January 11th
Face/Off (Season Premiere) - January 11th
Being Human (Season Premiere) - January 16th
Lost Girl (Series/U.S. Premiere) - January 16th


The Game (Season Premiere) - January 10th

Travel Channel

Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern (Season Premiere) - January 23rd


Blade: Anime (Series Premiere) - January 13th

Glee Exclusive: Rachel's Gay Dads Revealed!

Glee Exclusive: Rachel's Gay Dads Revealed!

As far as parental cliffhangers go, it’s second only to the identity of the Mother on a certain CBS sitcom: Glee has finally cast Rachel’s gay dads, and we can reveal which musically-inclined actors landed the plum parts.

A show insider confirms exclusively that onetime Law & Order: Criminal Intent detective Jeff Goldblum and Broadway veteran Brian Stokes Mitchell have been tapped to play Hiram and LeRoy Berry, the adoptive parents of Lea Michele’s character.

The duo will first appear in the show’s Valentine’s Day episode — which as luck would have it will actually air on Feb. 14, and is titled “Heart.” And yes, they will sing.

Although Goldblum is best known for his movie and TV work, he’s also an accomplished jazz pianist who made his Broadway debut back in 1971 in the Tony-winning musical Two Gentleman in Verona.

Mitchell, meanwhile, is something of a Great White Way legend, having appeared in dozens of high-profile productions including Jelly’s Last Jam, Ragtime, Man of La Macha and Kiss Me Kate (for which he won a 2000 Tony Award for Best Actor.) His TV credits include playing Kelsey Grammer’s onscreen nemesis on Frasier and a love interest for Vanessa Williams’ Wilhelmina on Ugly Betty.

Bravo Casting for New Beverly Hills Housewives, Says Camille Grammer

Bravo Casting for New Beverly Hills Housewives, Says Camille Grammer

The new divorcee says she hasn't been asked back for Season 3 and that the network is looking for new wives.

After firing four New York housewives in one fell swoop last year, it’s entirely believable to me that Bravo’s eye is already roving for new cast members for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as it’s reaching its Season 2 finale next Monday. But, it’s especially believable when one of the housewives says it.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Camille Grammer reveals that she hasn’t been asked back for next season and that she’s been told the production is casting new housewives.

"I had a good year, so I would want to go back for a third season. But they haven't asked me yet. So, I wonder what's going on with that," Camille tells the site.

"I guess they decided who they want and I guess they are going to start casting, looking for new housewives,” she continues. “They told me they were going to start looking, so it wasn't behind my back. They were like, 'Sorry we are doing a big casting call.' I was like, 'Thanks.'"

Truth be told, I'm not all that surprised that Camille has been placed on hold while the production searches for possible wives. Last season, she was lightning rod for controversy among the women, especially Kyle Richards. This season, that’s all dissipated and her only beef has been with Taylor Armstrong. And in light of her husband Russell’s suicide after production, and the obvious signs of physical abuse in the marriage during shooting, Camille comes off at times like a soft-core bully (emphasis on the soft).

The situation she describes sounds very close to the one that went down with the New York City cast last year. The women were told they were still on hold until further notice while casting went on for other wives. Offers went out to the women they wanted to keep and to the ones they wanted to add. And depending on whether the women accepted Bravo’s offers, Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, and Cindy Barshop would learn their fate. We all know how that turned out.

A Bravo rep tells THR that the network doesn’t comment on cast negotiations and that no official announcement of a third season has been made.

It’s certainly risky (and a bit badass) that Camille is talking about the casting shakeup at all knowing that she’s already close to the cutting block.What are your thoughts on Camille’s possible departure and the chance of new cast members next season?

Spoilers on NCIS, Grey's, Glee, House, HIMYM, Five-0, Gossip Girl and More!

Spoilers on NCIS, Grey's, Glee, House, HIMYM, Five-0, Gossip Girl and More!

Question: How is it that whenever I ask for NCIS: LA scoop, you give me zippo? Mister, you better be holding out on me because you have something especially awesome. —Amy
Answer: Is it too early to start teasing the season finale? No? Splendid. “Someone’s gonna die that we know well,” confirms exec producer Shane Brennan. “I’ve got the target, I’m just choosing which missile to fire. And there’s a character or two coming back to tie some things up.”

Question: It’s about time you gives us a scoop for NCIS: LA. —Gisela
Answer: There’s a big Kensi-centric double episode coming up titled “Blye, K.” that Brennan says “goes to the very heart of why she joined NCIS” and sets the stage for the big NCIS: LA/Hawaii Five-0 crossover during May sweeps. In possibly related news, the show is looking for an actress in her late 40s to play the estranged mother of one of the show’s female characters. Hmm…

Question: I would love some scoop on Addison from Private Practice. Got any? —Laura
Answer: Kate Walsh says “there’s some craziness” in the upcoming episode that finds Addison and Jake traveling to Palm Springs for a medical conference, adding, “Addison is a little out there. Shonda Rhimes wrote some fun stuff for us to do. She really wrote the hell out of that episode.”

Question: Do you have any scoop on Addison’s baby plans on Private Practice? —Laura
Answer: Don’t assume there will be a man in the picture when motherhood comes calling. Rhimes, herself a single mother, says the end game for Addison won’t necessarily involve “a husband and a typical nuclear family… That’s not the goal for that character.” While we’re on the subject of Private Practice‘s end game, Rhimes is optimistic the show will be back next season. And if not? “I would hope that if this is Private Practice‘s last season I would know that well in advance before we were cracking the final episodes so we could really give some closure to characters,” she says. “But I don’t know what the plans are for the show at this moment. It does well in the ratings and [ABC] seems happy about it, but we’ll see.”

Question: Any scoop on what’s coming for Private Practice‘s Charlotte and Cooper? Are we going to see Cooper’s son Mason factor more into their lives? —Allison
Answer: Yes, but not in a negative way. “I’ve been getting some tweets from [fans] who are like, ‘We hate Mason,’ which I think is odd to hate an 8-year-old, but whatever,” Rhimes shrugs. “I think it’s because they somehow believe that Charlotte and Cooper are going to break up or something, and that’s not what this story is about. It’s about watching Cooper find parts of himself that he didn’t know existed, and Charlotte finding parts of herself that she didn’t know existed. Watching Charlotte learn to become a mother and realize that this relationship [with Cooper] is exactly where she wants to be and there’s nothing better on the horizon… is a beautiful journey for her. I love where she’s grown to and where we’re going to continue to see her grow to. The Charlotte that we first knew would have walked away [from this child]. But the Charlotte that we know now is such a very different person it’s really beautiful.”

Question: I just watched Season 1 of Shameless in one day and am itching for some Season 2 spoilers!  Can you help me out? —Elizabeth
Answer: Sure can. Look for the family to put some “pressure” on Lip to flee the flock and “go to school and make something of himself,” Jeremy Allen White tells us. “I think the conflict there is Lip really wants to be one of the working class, one of the neighborhood. He loves it there. So there’s tension with Lip and the family.” Bonus tease: Mom Monica is coming back, which can only mean one thing: trouble!

Question: I’m a big fan and have been for a while. Also, I’ve been trying to figure out who could be the subject of your latest blind item… Any chance it could be Booth? There might be something Smurfy in it for you —Virginia
Answer: Really? You think Bones is going to kill off David Boreanaz? Really? Especially after Sue Sylvester’s shout-out? Try again, Virg.

Question: So I just caught up on four weeks’ worth of NCIS in one day (as well as working a nine-hour shift) and now I’m desperate for some spoilers! —Megan
Answer: The arrival of Tony’s ex-fiancée, Wendy (played by Entourage‘s Perrey Reeves), “comes out of left field for him,” previews NCIS EP Gary Glasberg, adding that the reunion takes place in the Feb. 14 episode written by co-executive producer Steve Binder. As for nitpicking that Wendy was long ago established to be a music teacher versus a journalist, Glasberg says, “Steve speaks to that in the script — she decided that she wanted more out of life, so she took on a journalism job. She wants to write for TVLine!” That would explain the letter I got yesterday from CBS asking for permission to mention TVLine in an episode! Amazing! If only it were true. Sigh…

Question: I just watched the pilot for Smash and I’m dying for some more. Any scoop you can part with? —Ellie
Answer: The second episode is just as good. I’ve seen many a promising pilot crash and burn in Episode 2, so it was an enormous relief that Smash maintained its quality week-to-week — save for one glaring plot contrivance involving Katharine McPhee standing up her onscreen boyfriend. Note to producers: There’s still time to reshoot that scene!

Question: I was just wondering if what you do is your job or if it’s a side job or even a hobbie. —Rachel
Answer: As it happens, Rachel, it is my job. And sometimes, when I’m leaning, it becomes a side job (though left or right side depends on the direction in which I lean). My hobby is actually correcting the spellings of words like “hobbie.”

Question: Any news on how long Kal Penn is sticking around on How I Met Your Mother? – Monica
Answer: I don’t think much longer. Exec producer Craig Thomas says an upcoming episode will find Robin realizing that “the waters don’t run as deep with Kevin as they do with Barney.” Or, for that matter, Ted, who come February will be forced to deal with his unresolved feelings for Robin. “Stuff happens that makes Ted and Robin question their living arrangements,” adds fellow EP Carter Bays. “When they broke up back in Season 2 they asked themselves the question, ‘Where do you see yourself in five years?’ Robin thought she’d be living [overseas]. And now it’s five years later and she is still in this apartment, exactly where she was when Ted asked that question. There’s an episode where they literally do the five-year reassessment off that one line in their breakup in Season 2.”

Question: Will we definitely learn in the HIMYM season finale who Barney is marrying? —Doug
Answer: Yes. And that’s not the only precious piece of intel we’ll uncover during the flash-forward. “There’s a huge thing we’re going to learn going back to the future wedding day,” teases Bays. “I don’t want to say what it is though.”

Question: You got anything on the Grey’s Anatomy alternate reality episode about Meredith and Derek? —Jessica
Answer: As if the photos from the can’t-miss hour left any doubt, the episode features “hilarious performances” from the cast, raves Shonda Rhimes. “They fully embody their characters in completely new ways. Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey all bright and shiny is one of my most favorite things to see because it’s painful but it’s also really funny.”

Question: Got any Grey’s Anatomy scoop on Callie and Arizona? —Tim
Answer: Rhimes says they will remain the show’s “stable couple,” adding, “We’re exploring Callie as a doctor, which has been really fun. To see her being a badass bone surgeon has been great. And Arizona is dealing with training Alex and what all that means.” Looking ahead to the show’s “really fun” Valentine’s-themed episode, Rhimes says Calzona “fight for some sexy alone time together.”

Question: I was wondering if you had any scoops on Hawaii Five-0? —Samantha
Answer: Is it too early to start teasing the season finale? No? Splendid. The ongoing Shelburne mystery that seemingly concluded in this Monday’s episode will rear its ugly head again in May. “It’s not over yet,” reveals exec producer Peter Lenkov. “It’s going to wrap up at the end of [the season] and it’s a pretty significant turn in our show.”

Question: Please, any information about Ringer? I need it! —Mark
Answer: Bridget’s gonna spill the beans to Andrew, the only question is which beans will she be spilling. “Bridget has to come clean to Andrew on some really major secret that deals with identity,” says exec producer Pam Veasey.

Question: There will be a huge hole in my life after Chuck ends on January 27. Any last bit of final season spoilers out there? —Chuck
Answer: Zachary Levi breaks down the two-hour swan song thusly: “The first hour is super-intense drama and action and some tears are shed. And the second half also has some drama, but there’s a lot of comedy, too.”

Question? How long before Kalinda and Alicia are officially friends again on The Good Wife? —Ingmar
Answer: Oooh, good question! Let’s ask exec producer Robert King. “That [relationship] is the driving force of the season,” he says. “These are two people who probably have the biggest betrayal between them. Is it possible for them to come back from that? Other events will impact that. Because right now they’ve warmed up a bit. But they’re not there yet. But Alicia misses it, and Kalinda misses it, too.” And me three!

Question: What can we expect from the epic 100th episode of The Big Bang Theory? —Tim
Answer: You can expect to have a very strong reaction to it. “If it’s not hated, it will be loved,” predicts exec producer Bill Prady. “There’s an odd thing that happens in it, but at the moment you realize the odd thing, you also realize you’re not [being] gypped. It has consequence. I think it’s neat.” Put another way, “This episode feels like we had a lot of fans coming over to our house for a party for the 100th episode, and we went and looked at some recipes and we tried something ambitious,” Prady explains metaphorically. “And now we’re watching you eat it and we hope you like it because we worked really hard on it and we really want you to.” I like parties with lots of food, so this episode sounds right up my alley.

Question: So if I’m to understand this week’s Gossip Girl correctly, the new man to come between Chuck and Blair is… God? —Aram
Answer: Yes, and exec producer Josh Safran is here with an explanation. “Religion has [always] been a part of Blair’s life,” he argues. “She went to confession as far back as Season 1. Even though she didn’t fully believe in it, she was there. We really did believe, especially in light of what has happened to Blair after the accident, that she feels even more strongly about this connection and this pull. It’s something that we’re not shying away from. It’s something that we will delve into in future episodes.” Safran concedes that the heavenly roadblock “is definitely a different thing in our show. But we believe in it, and we believe that this is where Blair is right now. Belief is a very personal thing, and it’s also very monumental. We’re not treating it lightly.”

Question: Serena is starting to feel like a guest star on Gossip Girl. What gives? —Emily
Answer: That’s pretty much the question I posed to Safran. “If you feel like Serena has been lighter this year, it’s honestly just where the story has taken us,” he tells me. “Last season was very much about Serena. That was the way we sort of looked at it. She had Juliet last year and that was the big driving story. This year we gave Blair the big driving story. And next season — if there is a next season — I would imagine the driving story, should it be the last season, will be the two of them and their friendship.”

Question: Is there any hope of Lisa Edelstein (Cuddy) returning to House for a couple of episodes? —Anaiis
Answer: Depends if this turns out to be the last season. If it does, “that is a conversation” that will probably happen, says exec producer Greg Yaitanes. “If it’s not the end, I don’t think it’ll happen [this season]. But that’s just my personal opinion. We would love to have her back.”

Question: Do we know yet how Finn will figure into Glee next season? —Robin
Answer: No, but Cory Monteith sure sounds pumped about it. “I’m really excited,” he tells TVLine. “I think that the idea they came up with, Ryan Murphy specifically, to incorporate the people who are graduating and still keep the paradigm of the McKinley High School active is great. It’s still very much the show that people know and love, but incorporates people who aren’t at the school anymore. I think it’s going to be very interesting to see how it all develops and I’m really excited about it.”

Question: Having recently devoured all the episodes of Grimm since the winter semester ended, I am left wondering one thing: Has the engagement ring Nick purchased in the pilot been forgotten about? According to the story, he was proposing to Juliet that night, but I haven’t spied a ring on that finger. —Erin
Answer: “Nick did buy the ring, but his newfound Grimm abilities have interrupted his romantic plans — and his life in general,” responds EP David Greenwalt. “Nick and Juliette’s relationship will be tested this season as Nick continues to hide his new abilities — yet Juliette’s suspicions keep rising after she finds something of Nick’s…and also finds herself in danger.”

Question: Got anything on Suburgatory? —Claudia
Answer: Jeremy Sisto’s reunion with Clueless crush Alicia Silverstone gets off to a rough start. Word is their characters first date ends with a trip to the emergency room.

Question: I loved the Alcatraz premiere! Do you have any scoop? —Lily
Answer: An upcoming episode will focus on the “segregated block” of prisoners, says EP Jack Bender. “All of the black prisoners were not allowed to mingle, eat with [the rest of the inmates]. This was 1963, so we’re starting to deal with those issues.”

Exclusive: The Vampire Diaries Casts Smallville Alum in ‘Sexy, Devilish’ Role

Question: The official CW description for an upcoming episode of Vampire Diaries said Klaus holds a dinner party. Any intel on what goes down? —Julia
Answer: Sounds like there will be blood for dessert. “There’s always a little bit of violence involved in anything Klaus does — even if it starts as a sit down meal, it’s all going to end in violence,” reveals the host himself, Joseph Morgan. “There will be some things which aren’t strictly within dinner party etiquette. Also, it’s incredibly charged. Imagine having this powerful hybrid hosting a little dinner party. Who will be his guests? And what will the conversation be? And what will he serve for dinner? What will his table etiquette be? It’s a really interesting idea. We’ve seen so much of him in physical confrontation with people, it’s interesting to see a little bit more of his cultured side, his charm and his elegance there at the dinner table.”

Melissa McCarthy Sells Second Comedy Project to CBS

Melissa McCarthy Sells Second Comedy Project to CBS

The spec script centers on David Gell, who learns that there's no place like home... unless home is your parents' house and you're 37 years old.

CBS is moving in with Melissa McCarthy… again.

The Mike & Molly network has bought an untitled half-hour comedy script from Larry Dorf (MadTV) and McCarthy’s husband and Bridesmaids co-star Ben Falcone.

The project, which hails from Warner Brothers TV, centers on the character of David Gell, who learns that there's no place like home... unless home is your parents' house and you're 37 years old.

Falcone and Dorf, Groundlings alums who co-wrote the spec project, will have supervising producer and co-writer credits. McCarthy is taking a non-writing co-executive producer credit.

The news comes some four months after Emmy winner McCarthy and Falcone sold a multicamera comedy about a woman in her mid-40s who has a midlife crisis to CBS. The pair is on board to co-write and co-executive produce.

Oxygen Renews The Glee Project for Season 2

Oxygen Renews The Glee Project for Season 2

Brace yourselves for more fresh-faced triple-threats battling to become 2012′s answer to Darren Criss and Lea Michele.

Oxygen has renewed The Glee Project, its reality competition series that rewards its winner with a seven-episode arc on the Glee mothership, for a second season, to air this summer.

Season 2 will feature 14 contestants — two more than last year — singing, dancing, and acting for a judges’ panel of behind-the-scenes players from Glee: executive producer Ryan Murphy, casting director Robert Ulrich, choreographer and co-producer Zach Woodlee, and vocal coach Nikki Anders.

According to an Oxygen release, “second season casting recently wrapped up, with thousands of hopefuls auditioning online and in a multi-city casting tour.”

Season 1 of The Glee Project ended with Murphy naming two winners: Damian McGinty, who has already begun his stint as exchange student Rory Flanagan, and Samuel Larsen, whose arc is expected to air in the second half of Glee‘s third season. A pair of runners-up, Lindsay Pearce and Alex Newell, also scored roles on the show.

'Remodeled': Is it 'Kitchen Nightmares' for 'Top Model' fans?

'Remodeled': Is it 'Kitchen Nightmares' for 'Top Model' fans?

The CW is kicking off "Remodeled," which is like "Kitchen Nightmares" and "America's Next Top Model" had a baby. Or something. Going in, it was kind of unclear what we were in for.

The Simon Cowell/Gordon Ramsey of this show is Paul Fisher, who is trying to link together small-town modeling agencies and make them over. He is flanked by Olga, a stern VP, and Joseph who probably pronounces it JoSEPH and looks to be an emo hobo.

Fashion Week

The show kicks off with four models that they're going to take with them to New York Fashion Week - Meghan, a sort-of Missy Pyle-looking girl but with big eyes like those velvet paintings of children you see at garage sales; Mariana, who is apparently a "baby gazelle" ... or Gisele; and Bobby, who by next year will be singing and dancing on "Glee." Then they take a chance on Annelise, who looks like she should be busking in a New York subway.

Meghan reveals that her dream is to have a "compound" for her family. Um, would that "compound" include a joy book and sister wives? Yikes.

They go on a bunch of casting calls and nobody seems to like Annalise much. Olga wants to leave her there and see what happens, but some other lackey wants to send Annalise packing. Paul says it was a mistake to bring her and says to send her home. Bummer.

Olga has to break the news. Annalise calls her mom and cries.


Meanwhile, the agency they're going to give a makeover to is an agency in Minneapolis that has lost 16 models in six months. JoSeph snots, "How do you lose 16 models? What are you, blind?" and then he cuts himself off camera. But also, JoSeph - we don't think they mean the agency literally "lost" the models, like they are now modeling on milk cartons, ya feel us?

Paul and cronies immediately criticize the blah sign, with Joseph contributing one of his bon mots, "It looked like a dentist office, like I could get my fangs cleaned." Like if he actually saw a person with fangs, he wouldn't burst into tears.

They go over exclusive vs. non-exclusive contracts and JoSeph again with the "She needs a dictionary to look up the word 'exclusive.'" Then she can toss it to you so you can look up the words "cliche" and "affectation."

Upon meeting the models who aren't exclusive, we like Paul's mixed metaphor of the too many chiefs/not enough indians and too many chefs in the kitchen. He has chiefs making chili, apparently.

Paul gives Britta a little therapy about how she Britta'd the whole agency and then they re-sign some plus-sized model named Kayla. Paul then gives them a makeover of their office space and a stable of new models. So all things are great, apparently. JoSeph lurks.

So, that was "Remodeled." We can't say it was as bad as, say, "H8R," but we didn't really find it that fun to watch. It was certainly not the trashy awesomeness of "America's Next Top Model."

Big Brother Brazil participant probed for rape

Big Brother Brazil participant probed for rape

A participant in the Brazilian version of reality TV show "Big Brother" is being investigated for suspected rape of a fellow housemate while she apparently was asleep during the program.

Police on Tuesday questioned male model Daniel Echaniz, 30, who was shown in live images in bed with 23-year-old Monique Amin apparently having sex under the covers.

"The young woman denies she was raped and has not pressed charges," Rio police spokeswoman Edileide Macedo said. "We continue to investigate the case because it is a public matter."

Television network Rede Globo expelled Echaniz from the program on Monday after a seven-minute video of the bed scene was posted on the Internet and police were called in to investigate.

Police collected possible evidence from the set of the reality show, including the bed sheets, the police spokeswoman said.

"Big Brother" is a television show in which a group of people live together in a large house, isolated from the outside world but are continuously watched by television cameras. Housemates try to win by avoiding periodic evictions from the house. Localized versions run in countries around the world.

It was not clear from the images taken with a night camera whether Amin was asleep. In the video, she barely moves. Brazilian media reported she had passed out from drinking alcohol at a party before going to bed.

Her mother was sure she was out of it. "Without any doubt, my daughter was asleep," Claudia Amin told a local newspaper.

Factbox: List of Golden Globe winners

Factbox: List of Golden Globe winners

ollowing is a list of winners on Sunday at the Golden Globe Awards, which annually is among the most-watched Hollywood honors programs and a precursor to the Oscars. Winners are grouped into separate categories for film and television.



"The Descendants"


George Clooney, "The Descendants"


Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"


"The Artist"


Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"


Michelle Williams, "My Week With Marilyn"


Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"


Octavia Spencer, "The Help"


Martin Scorsese, "Hugo"


Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"


Ludovic Bource, "The Artist"


"Masterpiece" from the film, "W.E."


"The Adventures of Tintin"


"A Separation," Iran





Kelsey Grammer, "Boss"


Claire Danes, "Homeland"


"Modern Family"


Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes"


Laura Dern, "Enlightened"


"Downton Abbey"


Idris Elba, "Luther"


Kate Winslet, "Mildred Pierce"


Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story"


Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"

Cecil B. DeMille Award

Morgan Freeman

As social media hits TV, 2012 the year of "must-tweet TV"

As social media hits TV, 2012 the year of "must-tweet TV"

Forget about the age of must-see television, 2012 will be the year of must-tweet TV.

Networks large and small are using social media to engage second-screen viewers like never before. A few of the most high-profile recent examples include:

* Monday, Fox News used Twitter to measure viewer reaction to its GOP debate and encourage online interaction based on the candidates' answers.

* NBC partnered with Facebook for its "Meet the Press" debate January 8.

* VH1 offered a four-hour live stream of analysis during its Critics' Choice Movie Awards broadcast last week.

"Particularly over the last year, we've seen social media grow from just being the latest shiny new toy to being a really powerful tool that is integral to gathering news and telling stories," Ryan Osborn, senior director of digital media for NBC News, told TheWrap.

Integrating social media from viewers following along with computers and smartphones fosters greater engagement while also broadening the audience for programming. Best of all, it provides consumer data.

With that, networks can better target advertisers.

The question now is not whether networks should utilize social media but how they can use it most effectively and monetize it.

Osborn cited Twitter reaction to the 2009 U.S. Airways crash into New York's Hudson River as one of the first times the social media service influenced NBC News coverage. Osborn, then a "junior official," told his bosses about a tweeted photo. The network news team quickly determined the story was legitimate and got a jump on what became a major story.

Fox has used Twitter to measure popular sentiment on issues and candidates, with the metrics finding their way onto Fox's website and into its on-screen post-debate analysis.

Other networks, like Bravo and VH1, have encouraged stars to tweet during their shows, hoping to build buzz at key moments. Still more have show-specific hash tags that can become trending topics and convince those not viewing to tune in.

Frank Radice, managing partner of consulting firm VIDA F.R., and former president of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, said that even more methods of using social media will emerge.

"It's only going to come through experimentation," Radice told TheWrap. "You need to try everything. I don't want to say it's a guy throwing confetti against the side of a refrigerator, but it sort of is. You want to know if something will work, and if people will engage."

Facebook pages promoting shows and their stars are a given at this point. But using Comcast's Xfinity, a viewer can access program guides based on Facebook trending topics, and networks are also integrating Facebook into their shows. During NBC's "Meet the Press" debate earlier this month, viewers were able to see Facebook comments and queries on screen.

"The convergence of social and on-air is the result of over a year's worth of groundwork -- getting people used to it, learning how to talk about it, not mentioning platforms as if they have air quotes around them," Osborn said. "They are actual viewers, just engaging with you in a new way."

Osborn noted that the debate generated 860,000 total online streams between January 8 and 12 and more than 45,000 Facebook comments.

For viewers, it's not necessarily a question of Facebook or Twitter. The most online-engaged can integrate multiple social media platforms at once. The practice of using a computer, tablet or smart phone while watching TV exploded in 2011.

Data suggests that anywhere from 25 percent to 75 percent of people watching TV today are engaging with another screen at the same time. That's a wide variance, but whatever number in that range is most accurate, it's a significant percentage.

"TV is more like radio; consumers are engaging with their ears instead of their eyes," Greg Artzt, co-founder of General Sentiment, a social media analytics and consulting firm, told TheWrap.

That may sound heretical to traditionalists, but executives say companies have no choice but to embrace second-screen viewing as a way of further engaging and extending their audience.

"You look at behavior, and it indicates that an awful lot of people are on two screens at once," David Westin, former President of ABC News, told TheWrap. "If you can compete with yourself, that's better than competing with someone else. I'd rather have both screens than give it up to someone else."

As a result, second screen start-ups have exploded and networks tap into different new avenues of engaging viewers.

Some, like GetGlue, primarily let viewers check-in so they can find other people watching the same show and earn discounts. Others, like Umami, facilitate tweeting while also offering content related to the show, such as character biographies, related articles and episode summaries.

Some of the more recent campaigns, like VH1's Critics Choice experiment, include video. During the show, VH1 aired four hours of different "influencers" and experts like Slate's Dana Stevens and New York Magazine's Will Leitch providing commentary.

"It is a compelling way to add a new dimension to the second screen," Dan Sacher, VP of Digital for VH1 and Logo, told TheWrap. "It makes it even more social than it has been in the past and the field is so wide open that there is a lot to talk about."

Are these initiatives best handled by the network or by an outside technology or social media company? Most seem to think it will require a collaboration between the two, such as what happened during Monday night's debate.

Regardless of who controls social television, there are pitfalls and concerns about the process.

Networks want to engage viewers without being intrusive. Having video may work for an awards show like the CCMAs, but with a network drama, even an on-screen tweet is likely to irk the viewer.

Ovation COO Chad Gutstein, for example, was irritated by the Facebook comments popping up onscreen while he watched NBC's debate.

"Over and over again I had to hit rewind on my DVR because I wanted to hear what (candidates) were actually answering," he said at the Consumer Electronics Show last week.

Radice believes this problem can be addressed. One solution is limiting some of the social media integration to friends and people the viewer actually care about. But that has risks, too.

"The pitfall is in the execution," Radice said. "If you're interacting with friends, people you know that are in your community, you are more likely to allow something to divert your attention for a moment."

Of course, the ultimate quest is monetizing all this interaction. Networks increasingly include not just Nielsen ratings but Twitter mentions, second screen streaming and other supplemental numbers when pitching to advertisers.

"A year and a half ago it was about, how can social media buzz be predictive of Nielsen ratings," Artzt said. "It has taken that leap to where it is more of a central story. It has become a reason to say, 'Hey this is why you're paying this CPM for his show."

"They are real-time focus groups," Osborn said.

Not surprisingly, advertisers have been slower to pick up on the trend.

"The networks have been ahead of the game," Artzt said.

Whether advertisers embrace social media this year or not, one thing is for sure: audiences and the networks already have. Advertisers will likely follow the viewers.

"I absolutely know that each and every one of the major advertising agencies, all the networks and cable channels have big department figuring this out right now," Radice said. "They will get it figured out, and turn it into money."

Netflix hit with class action suit over stock plunge

Netflix hit with class action suit over stock plunge

Netflix's stock has suffered a much-publicized nosedive in recent months, and now a group of shareholders is hitting the subscription service with a class action suit.

Filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the suit alleges that the home entertainment company gave false and misleading statements about its business practices and contracts with studios that propped up its share price.

Netflix executives sold 388,661 shares of their own Netflix stock while the stock was at a high, netting $90.2 million, according to the complaint.

"Later, when the defendants' prior misrepresentations and fraudulent conduct became apparent to the market, the price of Netflix common stock fell precipitously, as the prior artificial inflation came out of the price over time," the suit reads.

Netflix Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings, Chief Financial Officer David Wells, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, Chief Marketing Officer Leslie Kilgore, and Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt are named as defendants.

The plaintiffs seek unspecified damages and attorney's fees.

A spokesman for Netflix did not immediately respond to requests for comment, nor did Darren Robbins, an attorney for the plaintiffs.

Before Netflix instituted a 60 percent price increase to its most popular subscription platform and launched an aborted plan to spin off its DVD-by-mail arm into a separate company called Qwikster, the company's stock was trading at $300. Despite abandoning the scheme to spin off its DVD business and apologizing to customers, Netflix announced that it had lost nearly 1 million subscribers during its most recent quarter.

Markets were closed for the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday, but shares of the company were trading at $94.38 in after hours trading on Friday.

The lawsuit claims that Netflix knew that it had short-term contracts with the studios that provided it with films and television shows to stream. It also knew that those pacts would have to be renewed at a substantially higher cost, necessitating its price hike, according to the suit.

The suit claims that despite their public statements, Netflix executives knew that it would not meet its earnings forecasts, allowing them to sell shares at a high price.

'The Secret Circle' casting exclusive: Lee LaBeque's ex wakes up from her coma

'The Secret Circle' casting exclusive: Lee LaBeque's ex wakes up from her coma

How hot were Faye (Phoebe Tonkin) and Lee LaBeque (Grey Damon) in last week's episode of "The Secret Circle"? Sure, they stirred up a whole lot of trouble together -- and nearly took out the rest of the circle -- but we can totally forgive them their mischief when it brews that much chemistry.

Unfortunately for the troubling twosome, Lee has a past... and that past is about to wake up from her coma. We have learned exclusively that beginning in episode 115, titled "Return," Alexia Fast is set to star as Eva, Lee's ex-girlfriend, whose drug-induced coma naptime is up. The role is recurring.

Though she was once "sweet and demure," upon opening her eyes after the coma, Eva has some "cracks" in her personality. Something is seriously not right with her -- which only becomes more apparent when she meets the new lady in Lee's life, Faye. (Cue ominous music now!)

Fast is a Vancouver-based actress who fans of "The 4400" will recognize as Lindsey Hammond. She starred alongside "Secret Circle's" Jessica Parker Kennedy and "Glee's" Cory Monteith in MTV's "Kaya," and longtime "Supernatural" viewers may remember her as the creepy human-hunting child, Missy Bender, from a first-season episode.

Tune in to "The Secret Circle" Thursday nights at 9 p.m. EST on The CW -- seriously. It just gets better and better.

Barack Obama asks Betty White for long-form birth certificate

Barack Obama asks Betty White for long-form birth certificate

US president Barack Obama has recorded a humourous tribute to Betty White for her birthday.

Obama is seen sending up "birther" theorists who demanded to see his long-form birth certificate in the video, as he claims that White cannot really be 90 years of age.

Penning a card for the Hot in Cleveland star in the Oval Office, the president says in voiceover: "Dear Betty. You look so fantastic and full of energy, I can't believe you're 90 years old. In fact, I don't believe it. That's why I'm writing to ask if you will be willing to produce a copy of your long-form birth certificate."

"Thanks, and happy birthday - no matter how old you are."

Obama is then seen placing a framed photograph of White alongside pictures of his family and listening to the Golden Girls theme tune thought headphones at his desk, nodding in time.

The clip aired as part of an NBC special Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl. The show attracted 13.85m viewers to the network on Monday evening (January 16), while her new series Betty White's Off Their Rockers pulled in 12.23m.

Obama's wife Michelle shares her birthday with White - the first lady turned 48 on Tuesday (January 17).

Andrew Lloyd Webber's ITV 'Jesus Christ Superstar' search confirmed

Andrew Lloyd Webber's ITV 'Jesus Christ Superstar' search confirmed

Andrew Lloyd Webber is to search for the lead role for a touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar on a new ITV1 show.

Superstar, which was first rumoured earlier this month, will see the iconic composer and a team of judges look for a new talent to play the character of Jesus in an upcoming arena tour of the rock opera.

The public will ultimately decide who takes on the starring role in the musical, which was written by Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

Lloyd Webber said: "Presenting a new 2012 version of Jesus Christ Superstar for arenas is truly exciting.

"Some of the best performances of this show have been in rock venues and I'm thrilled to see the show return to its roots. ITV is providing the perfect platform for us to find a new British Superstar."

The 63-year-old has previously been involved in BBC musical competitions How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do, I'd Do Anything and Over the Rainbow.

"It is the public who lead the casting process and they've got it absolutely right four times already," he added. "It's been wonderful to see the careers of so many of the contestants blossom, so it will be especially fascinating to see who the public chooses as their Superstar."

Auditions will take place between February and March in London, Dublin, Belfast, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff, with the most promising applicants going forward to the live shows.

Jesus Christ Superstar will kick off its tour at London's O2 Arena.

Big Brother confines Kirk Norcross with 'Playboy' twins, Georgia Salpa

Big Brother confines Kirk Norcross with 'Playboy' twins, Georgia Salpa

Kirk Norcross has been ordered by Big Brother to spend an uncomfortable few minutes with the two housemates he nominated.

The Only Way Is Essex star, who sat in an indoor boat with Georgia Salpa and the Shannon twins, clashed with the Playboy duo over his decisions.

Norcross told the pair that he nominated them due to the fact he "doesn't like awkward silences", while he told Georgia Salpa that they had drifted from each other.

However, the Shannons did not believe him, with Kristina saying he chose them because "they don't flirt with him", adding, "You just talk about your c**k all the time."

Insulted by the accusations, Norcross swiped: "No offence, you're not my type."

Frankie Cocozza defended the 23-year-old by insisting that his romantic streak is typical of most "boys".

Chipping in, Irish model Salpa criticised Norcross for his perceived "lack of sensitivity".

'Top Gear' producers defend India special: 'Jokes at expense of hosts'

'Top Gear' producers defend India special: 'Jokes at expense of hosts'

Top Gear producers have responded to the recent criticism over its India special.

The programme, which aired on December 28, was criticised by some viewers for playing on Indian stereotypes, with presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond joking about food, illness and trains.

The Indian High Commission later described the episode as "offensive" and "tasteless" in an open letter to BBC director general Mark Thompson.

Producers have now responded that the special's jokes were at the expense of its presenters rather than India itself, saying that it was "filled with incidents but none of them were an insult to the Indian people or the culture of the country".

A statement from the BBC read: "Our film showed the charm, the beauty, the wealth, the poverty and the idiosyncrasies of India, but there's a vast difference between showing a country, warts and all, and insulting it.

"It's simply not the case that we displayed a hostile or superior attitude to our hosts and that's very clear from the way the presenters can be seen to interact with them along the way.

"We genuinely loved our time in India and if there were any jokes to be had they were, as ever, reflected back on the presenters rather than the Indian people."

The special episode received 188 complaints of the total 4.38 million viewers.

Competition heats up as "American Idol" returns

Competition heats up as "American Idol" returns

"American Idol" returns on Wednesday for an 11th season, facing a new wolf at the door as it tries to retain its place as the No. 1 U.S. TV program -- not so much age, but competition.

Rejuvenated by a judging panel makeover and the discovery of its biggest star in years in country singer Scotty McCreery, the Fox talent show last season saw a four percent increase in audience, reversing a trend that had seen viewership slip.

But that was before NBC launched its surprise 2011 summer hit "The Voice" and Simon Cowell brought his "The X Factor" to Fox in September with outsize hype but underwhelming critical reviews. Each show attracted about half the average 25.2 million viewers who watched "American Idol" in 2011.

Brian Mansfield, who covers "American Idol" for USA Today, said the contest faces more competition this year than ever.

"You are a month away from the end of 'X Factor' and a month away from the beginning of 'The Voice'. And so you do wonder if, even though 'X Factor' was not as big a success as Simon Cowell had anticipated, if it managed to cannibalize viewers from 'Idol.' And I think that is the big question going in," Mansfield said.

"Idol's twice-a-week, five month search for a new singing star won't be going to head to head with "The Voice," which makes its second season premiere after the 2012 Superbowl on February 5 before settling in to a regular Monday night slot. This year, "Idol" will air on Wednesday and Thursday.

Yet, that means reality singing contest fans will face three nights a week of auditions, performances and exits if they want to keep up with both shows.

Fox says it is not overly concerned about the competition, calling "American Idol" the "gold standard" of TV singing contests which has produced bona-fide stars like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson.

"We've had several waves of competitors over the last 10 years, and this show ('Idol') has stood up extraordinarily tall," Fox reality programming chief Mike Darnell told TV reporters last week.


Darnell recalled that a year ago, TV critics were predicting the demise of "Idol" following the exit of acerbic judge Cowell. But, thanks partly to the addition of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and pop star Jennifer Lopez as judges, "it came roaring back."

"This is the show the audience loves, and this is the show the audience wants to come back to," Darnell said.

Fox executives note that even if "American Idol" were to lose 10 percent of its audience from now on, it would still be a Top 3 show until 2015, if all the other shows on TV continued their current performance.

Yet this year, more than ever, questions are being raised about viewer fatigue, given the new, rival shows.

"That is the thing I am really curious about. Is there going to be singing competition burn out?" said Mansfield.

Mansfield wasn't talking so much about "The Voice", which put a twist on the format with blind auditions and live performances by its superstar judges Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

"X Factor," however, was so similar to "Idol" that viewers might have little appetite for another singing binge so soon, Mansfield said.

"I would be less concerned about direct competition from 'The Voice' than having viewers siphoned by 'X Factor' who now go, enough of the singing competitions," he said.

The verdict is unlikely to come during the first few weeks of the program, as audiences often don't connect until late in a season when they get a say in which contestants stay or go.

"Idol" caught fire in 2011 as teen country stars Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina emerged as likely finalists. McCreery, 17, the eventual winner, went straight to the top of the Billboard album charts in October in the best debut by an Idol champion since 2008. Last week, McCreery's "Clear As Day" album went platinum after selling more than one million copies.

"Last year, we had nearly twice the numbers to our Idol Chatter website around the final than we have ever had. For us, it was a jaw-dropping number," said Mansfield.

Fox television is a unit of News Corp; NBC is majority owned by Comcast Corp.

Newcomer being eyed for Clint Eastwood drama

Newcomer being eyed for Clint Eastwood drama

Warner Bros. is circling Joe Massingill, a young actor with a handful of television credits, to star with Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams in the Warner Bros. drama "Trouble With the Curve"

"The Descendants" star Matthew Lillard is in talks with the studio to join the cast, as well.

In "Trouble With the Curve," Eastwood plays an ailing baseball scout who takes his daughter on one last recruiting trip to Atlanta.

Lillard is in talks to play another scout.

Massingill grew up in Georgia and is a graduate of that state's Valdosta State University. It is unclear what role the studio is looking at him to play.

Eastwood's long-time producing partner, Robert Lorenz, is making his directorial debut with the movie, which Randy Brown wrote.

Adams will play the daughter.

Massingill appeared on one episode of "Glee," an episode of "Courage, New Hampshire" and an episode of "Zeke and Luther," all in 2011.

Todd Glass Comes Out as Gay on 'WTF' Podcast

Todd Glass Comes Out as Gay on 'WTF' Podcast

Todd Glass, a veteran of "Last Comic Standing" who has appeared on "Louie" and other shows, came out as gay in an interview for Marc Maron's "WTF" podcast.

Glass, 47, said he wanted to come out because of recent suicides by gay teens. "I cannot listen to stories about kids killing themselves any longer without thinking, 'When are you going to have a little blood on your shirt for not being honest about who you are?'" he said.

Maron had promised last week that the show, which aired Monday, would be a first. The interview futher established "WTF" as the comedy world's go-to show for serious introspection.

Glass, a native of the Philadelphia area, is a fixture of the L.A. comedy scene and hosts his own podcast. He suffered a heart attack after a show in April 2010 with Sarah Silverman and Jeff Ross.

Ratings: 'Alcatraz' Locks Up Rock-Solid Debut

Ratings: 'Alcatraz' Locks Up Rock-Solid Debut

J.J. Abrams' latest offering, "Alcatraz," was off to a good start Monday night, posting encouraging numbers with its two-hour premiere. But "Two and a Half Men" predictably took the night's top ratings slot, according to preliminary numbers.

The "Alcatraz" premiere, airing from 8 to 10 p.m., posted a 3.3 rating/8 share in the adults 18-49 demographic -- a 38 percent jump from the network's mid-season premiere of Chicago Code" a year ago, and the highest-rated drama debut for Fox since "Lie to Me" in January 2009 -- and 10 million total viewers.

The "Alcatraz" premiere pushed Fox to second place in the ratings for the night, but CBS won the Monday night overall -- as it almost always does. At 8, "How I Met Your Mother" climbed 13 percent from its last original airing two weeks ago, taking a 4.4/11 in the demo and 10.1 million total viewers. "2 Broke Girls" at 8:30 was flat compared to two weeks ago, posting a 4.5/11 and 11.2 million total viewers. At 9, "Two and a Half Men" grabbed the brass ring with a 4.6/10 in the demo and 12.8 million total viewers, while "Mike & Molly" at 9:30 received a 3.8/9 in the demo and 11.1 million total viewers. The night closed for the network with "Hawaii 5-0" at 10, which received a 2.8/7 and 10.5 million total viewers. Overall the network averaged a 3.8/9 in the demo and 11 million total viewers.

On NBC, "Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl" from 8 to 9:30 gave the network the night's largest audience, 13.8 million total viewers. It had a 2.7/7 in the demo. A preview airing of "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" followed, landing a 2.6/6 in the demo and 12.2 million total viewers. The two-hour block of White-related programming appeared to give "Rock Center With Brian Williams" a boost -- the news program, airing at 10, enjoyed an 86 percent leap in the demo with a 1.3/3 and 5.5 million total viewers.

ABC aired "The Bachelor" at 8, which drew a 2.4/8 in the demo and 7.3 million total viewers, followed by 'Castle" at 10, which posted a 2.3/6 in the demo and 9.4 million total viewers.

Daniel Radcliffe Defends Lana Del Rey Over 'SNL' Debacle

Daniel Radcliffe Defends Lana Del Rey Over 'SNL' Debacle

The public at large might have given a collective thumbs-down -- when they weren't plugging their fingers in their ears -- to Lana Del Rey's "Saturday Night Live" performance, but the "Video Games" songbird has at least one defender: "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe.

Radcliffe -- who hosted the "Saturday Night Live" episode on which Del Rey appeared -- played white knight for the singer after a flood of negative reaction, telling the BBC that Del Rey's "SNL" appearance didn't warrant "anywhere near that reaction.

"It was unfortunate that people seemed to turn on her so quickly," Radcliffe said, speaking at the BAFTA awards nominations.

Though plenty of viewers took exception to Del Rey's listless rendition of her single "Video Games," Radcliffe, 22, added that much of the criticism stemmed from complaints that had nothing to do with music.

"I also think people are making it about things other than the performance," the actor said. "If you read what people are saying about her online, it's all about her past and her family, and stuff that's nobody else's business."

Born Elizabeth Grant, Del Rey is the daughter of millionaire domain investor Rob Grant and boasts a boarding-school background, leading some to brand her as a poseur. Del Rey has also yet to release her major-label debut, "Born to Die," which goes on sale Jan. 30, prompting some detractors -- including "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams -- to suggest that she wasn't nearly ready for the high-profile "SNL" gig.

"The Firm" star Juliette Lewis -- who herself has embarked on a musical career -- tweeted, "Wow watching this 'singer' on SNL is like watching a 12 year old in their bedroom when they're pretending to sing and perform. #signofourtimes."

Lewis' fellow actress Eliza Dushku, meanwhile, chimed in, " wack-a-doodle chick performing on #SNL..? Whaaaa?"

It's a shame that Radcliffe can't cast a spell to make the Twitter-verse more kind toward Del Rey.

'Cougar Town' Replaces Axed 'Work It'

'Cougar Town' Replaces Axed 'Work It'

Courteney Cox will get a whole lot of love from ABC for Valentine's Day.

The third season of Cox's comedy "Cougar Town" will premiere its third season on Feb. 14 at 8:30 p.m. -- in place of the network's ill-fated cross-dressing comedy "Work It."

Also: "Work It" Puled After 2 Episodes -- Could "Cougar Town" Replace It?

Though "Cougar Town" had not yet received a season-premiere date as of late last week, when ABC "Work It" -- the series' executive producer, Bill Lawrence, hinted at the scheduling move Friday night, tweeting, "Hoping CT's premiere date will be announced Tuesday. Fingers crossed..."

"Work It" lasted just two episodes before ABC pulled the plug. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender groups ripped it before it even aired, saying it would hurt transgender people.

On the "Cougar Town" premiere -- dubbed "Ain't Love Strange" -- Cox's character, Jules, becomes angered when her neighbor Grayson, working under an ulterior motive, calls her "predictable," while Ellie (Christa Miller) worries that her son Stan could be developing into a "devil child."

And everyone cross-dresses. Just kidding.

TV Tonight 18th of January 2012

TV Tonight 18th of January 2012

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

    112 - på liv och död S05E03: "Del 3 av 36"
    Amazing Eats S01E02: "Beefy Burgers"
    American Idol S11E01: "Auditions #1"
    American Restoration S02E04: "Slick Pick"
    American Restoration S02E03: "Double Trouble"
    Anno 1790 S01E03: "Fickle Woman"
    Are You There, Chelsea? S01E02: "Sloane's Ex"
    Bargain Hunt S31E13: "Series 31, Episode 13"
    Black Gold S04E08: "Season 4, Episode 8"
    Bomb Girls S01E03: "How You Trust"
    Celebrity Big Brother S09E14: "Series 9, Episode 14"
    Celebrity Coach Trip S03E03: "Series 3, Day 3"
    Chelsea Lately S05E203
    Chihayafuru S01E15: "Episode 15"
    Come Dine With Me S18E03: "Series 18, Episode 3"
    Conan S02E35: "Shaun White, Sammy Adams"
    Criminal Minds S07E11: "True Genius"
    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation S12E11: "Ms. Willows Regrets"
    Days of our Lives S47E49: "Ep. #11759"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E136: "Episode 1816"
    Dickinson's Real Deal S08E32: "Series 8, Episode 32"
    DIY SOS S21E09: "The Big Build - Conwy"
    Dog the Bounty Hunter S08E06: "Greed Is Good (2)"
    Dog the Bounty Hunter S08E05: "Greed Is Good (1)"
    Dragons' Den (CA) S06E13: "Season 6, Episode 13"
    Drinking Made Easy S02E16: "Asheville, NC"
    Efterlyst S44E02: "18/1-12"
    Emmerdale S41E15: "January 18, 2012"
    Escape To The Country S12E12: "Lancashire"
    Face Off S02E02: "Water World"
    Film 2012 with Claudia Winkleman S01E02: "Episode 2"
    Fort Boyard - Ultimate Challenge S02E03: "Season 2, Episode 3"
    Full Throttle Saloon S03E08: "The Bridge"
    General Hospital (US) S49E202: "#12476"
    Ghost Hunters S08E02: "Buyer Beware"
    Got to Dance S03E21: "Series 3, Episode 21"
    Great British Railway Journeys S03E13: "Lydney to Newport"
    Greatest Tank Battles S02E02: "Bauer"
    Happy Endings S02E12: "Makin' Changes!"
    Harry's Law S02E12: "New Kidney on the Block"
    Hollyoaks S18E13: "January 18, 2012"
    Homes Under the Hammer S14E172: "Series 14, Show 172"
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'Family Guy' to Air in Spanish On Univision's TeleFutura

'Family Guy' to Air in Spanish On Univision's TeleFutura

Peter Griffin and company are about to cluelessly offend in a second language: Seth MacFarlane's "Family Guy" will air in Spanish in the U.S. for the first time on Univision's TeleFutura channel.

The airing is part of an expansion of TeleFutura announced Tuesday. It also includes a new talk show for TV host Charytín and the appointment of two new executives: Luis Fernández-Rocha was named senior vice president of TeleFutura and Carlos Bardasano was named vice president of programming and original productions for TeleFutura, effective immediately.

"Family Guy" will air in primetime and Charytín's show will air in daytime. No airdates have been announced.

Fernández-Rocha, most recently the senior vice president and regional director of Univision Television Group in the southeast, will now oversee all operations of the network. He will report to Luis Fernández, president of entertainment and Univision Studios. Bardasano, who was previously a managing director at Spanish media management company Kastuera, will handle entertainment programming for the network, reporting to Fernández-Rocha. Both will be based in Miami.

"I am pleased to welcome two of the most talented executives in the business to our growing TeleFutura Network. Both Luis and Carlos bring extensive experience with an understanding of the U.S. Hispanic community that will be instrumental in their leadership of the Network and its continued development," said Fernández. "With such strong track records, I am confident that these are the ideal executives to usher in a new era of programming prominence for TeleFutura, which builds on the momentum of the exciting lineup expansion announcements we made today."

Fernández-Rocha has more than 25 years of experience in Spanish-language broadcasting, including serving as vice president and general manager of WLTV 23 and WAMI 69 since 2002.

Before working at Kastuera, Bardasano was executive vice president of entertainment for Telemundo. He also previously served as vice president of programming development for Univision Television Networks, where he developed pilot programs and co-productions. He started his broadcast career at Universal Studios, working on NBC primetime sitcoms.

CBS Picks Up Sherlock Holmes Revamp and Legal Drama Pilots

CBS Picks Up Sherlock Holmes Revamp and Legal Drama Pilots

Sherlock Holmes is relocating from 221B Baker St. to an as-yet-undisclosed address in New York City.

CBS has greenlighted two new pilots, with one of them being a revamp that will place the legendary sleuth in modern-day New York. (Perhaps, while he's there, he can solve the Mystery of Why the Rent Is Too Damn High.)

The pilot, currently titled "Elementary," comes via CBS Television Studios and Timberman-Beverly Productions, the company behind the network's current series "A Gifted Man" and "Unforgettable." Robert Doherty, whose credits include "Medium" and "Ringer" will write the pilot and executive-produce. Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly will also executive-produce.

The other pilot, "Baby Big Shot," will also be set in New York, and is described as following "[a] working-class woman who uses her street smarts to compete with her more polished colleagues at a Manhattan law firm." Dana Calvo, a veteran of the USA Network series "Covert Affairs" and writer for TNT's legal series "Franklin & Bash," will write and co-executive produce. Former "West Wing" co-executive producer Kevin Falls will serve as executive producer and showrunner, with Jamie Tarses and Julia Frans of Fan Fare also executive-producing. The series comes via Sony Studios and CBS Television Studios.

'Skins' is just for teenagers, says Chris Addison

'Skins' is just for teenagers, says Chris Addison

Chris Addison has said that people are too old for Skins once they are in their 20s.

The comedian, who plays Professor David Blood in the E4 show, told Metro that fans of the first series may well have moved on from the drama.

Asked if the show gives the youth of Britain a bad name, Addison said: "Not particularly, it's just a drama show. Once you're in your 20s, Skins isn't for you anymore.

"This is the sixth series, so there must be people who were 18 when it first came out who are 24 now, who might feel they're too old for it."

He added: "If you're older than that you can look at it and feel a mix of jealousy, lust and fear.

"It's brilliant, though. I love it because it's much more alive than a lot of British TV drama."

Freya Mavor, who plays Mini in the current series, said last year that it was "amazing" to work with Addison and that he was "like one of us" on the set of the show.

Miranda Hart: 'I'm now more of a comedy actress than a stand-up'

Miranda Hart: 'I'm now more of a comedy actress than a stand-up'

Miranda Hart has said that she is more of a comedy actress than a stand-up.

The Miranda star, who made her name in character-based stand-up, hopes that Call The Midwife viewers will appreciate her performance as Chummy.

She told the Radio Times: "It's hard to know whether people will think... oh, it's just me. Because being on panel shows, you are seen as yourself.

"But I hope people will see that what I have done with Chummy is different, and go with it. And my background is comedy acting."

"I see myself more as a comedy actress than a stand-up," Hart added. "Playing 'Miranda' is playing a role."

Call The Midwife continues on Sunday from 8pm on BBC One.

'Dancing on Ice' Matthew Wolfenden: 'I won't skate topless'

'Dancing on Ice' Matthew Wolfenden: 'I won't skate topless'

Dancing on Ice's Matthew Wolfenden has ruled out skating topless on the show.

The Emmerdale actor stormed to the top of the judges' scoreboard on Sunday's show, picking up 20.5 points for his routine to 'Give You Everything' with Nina Ulanova.

Robin Cousins described the soap star as fantastic, while Louie Spence claimed that he gave an "explosive performance".

Judge Katarina Witt was impressed by Wolfenden's physique as well as his skating, adding: "I gave the seven for all the right reasons, your skating, definitely not for how sexy you are, how great your body looked - it was about the steps!

"I admit - I am a woman - get rid of the leather, get into jeans and a white shirt and you will be even hotter."

Speaking to Digital Spy about whether he would be willing to skate without a shirt to entertain his admirers, Wolfenden ruled out revealing all.

"I won't be taking my shirt off on the ice," said Wolfenden. "I saw clips of Danny Young doing that a couple of years ago and I definitely don't have the physique to match him.

"I do work out, but nobody needs to be inflicted with my chest. I'm not as well built as Danny."

Wolfenden is the 5/4 bookmakers' favourite to win this year's series following last Sunday's skate. Hollyoaks' Jorgie Porter is 9/4 with Ladbrokes, while Chico and Sebastien Foucan are also getting plenty of backing at 8/1.

This week's Dancing on Ice will feature all the celebrity skaters performing on the same night for the first time.

Should he skate shirtless? you decide.

Chris Colfer: 'Glee season four is revolutionary'

Chris Colfer: 'Glee season four is revolutionary'

Chris Colfer has described the concept for the fourth season of Glee as "revolutionary".

Fox recently announced that there will be no spinoff for characters on the show who are graduating, but confirmed that stars including Colfer, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith will return.

Colfer has now joked that the writers "can't get rid of" him in an interview with E! Online.

"I think I've always known [I'd be back]," he said. "They're going to do something revolutionary... It's a very new idea that I'm actually very, very excited about."

Colfer teased: "I think the show's kind of going down this path. There are options A and B they could have gone after, but now they're combining [them]."

Glee airs on Tuesdays at 8/7c on Fox.

'Will & Grace' star Sean Hayes lands 'Parks and Recreation' role

'Will & Grace' star Sean Hayes lands 'Parks and Recreation' role

Sean Hayes has landed a role on Parks and Recreation.

The former Will & Grace star will play a respected TV journalist on the NBC comedy, according to TVLine.

His character will share an awkward interview with Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) as part of her run for political office.

Hayes is currently developing a new sitcom with NBC, in which he will play one half of a gay couple who are raising a 12-year-old.

"The... show is called Us, and it's a half-hour sitcom," he revealed in October. "I would play one of the dads, Patrick."

The actor's former Will & Grace castmate Megan Mullally is married to Parks and Rec star Nick Offerman and also recurs on the show as Tammy, the ex-wife of Offerman's Ron Swanson.

Hollywood star Paul Rudd also recently signed up for a guest role on Parks and Recreation, while series star Amy Poehler will also make her directorial debut on a forthcoming episode.

The series continues on Thursdays at 8.30/7.30c.

Frankie Cocozza celebrates birthday in Celebrity Big Brother house

Frankie Cocozza celebrates birthday in Celebrity Big Brother house

Frankie Cocozza has celebrated his 19th birthday in the Celebrity Big Brother house.

Big Brother rewarded Cocozza with a monster-sized sponge birthday cake in the garden. However, there was a twist to the gift involving this week's 'Minute To Get In It' task.

Cocozza was challenged to dress up in a giant candle outfit and balance himself on the cake until Big Brother told him he could leave.

After completing the task, Cocozza and Kirk Norcross stuck their heads in the mammoth cake and then divided up the sponge for the other housemates.

Natalie Cassidy gave the controversial X Factor contestant a new lemon to play with in the house as a present.

Joking about the fact that there is only nine years of age between himself and Cassidy now, Cocozza laughed: "That's got sex written all over it."

Michael Madsen and Georgia Salpa are nominated for the next eviction, which will air on Wednesday (January 18) on Channel 5.

Damian McGinty confirms 'Glee' romance

Damian McGinty confirms 'Glee' romance

Damian McGinty has confirmed that Rory will get a romance in upcoming episodes of Glee.

The Glee Project winner told E! Online that he does not expect Rory's crush on Brittany (Heather Morris) to come to anything.

"I mean, Brittany's with Santana," he said. "She's kind of off the market. But I want Rory to have a girlfriend and it could happen pretty soon, so watch out."

McGinty, who previously confessed that he was hoping for a romance on the show, confirmed that he has just read a script in which Rory gets a love interest.

"I'm excited, because it's not as simple as Rory just getting a girl," he teased. "He doesn't quite have the girl, but he kind of does, then there's a whole story behind it that's going to continue through the season where people might see a different side of Rory.

"I was interested reading it. I only get half the script, and when I saw the end of the first half my reaction was, 'Uh oh. Oh no'. It's a big shock."

McGinty, who has had his stay on Glee extended, recently admitted that he would love to become a series regular.

The show airs on Tuesdays at 8/7c on Fox.

Steven Spielberg on 'Smash': 'It makes a compelling story for TV'

Steven Spielberg on 'Smash': 'It makes a compelling story for TV'

Steven Spielberg has admitted that most people wouldn't think of him in connection to a programme about Broadway musicals, but insists he has always had an interest in the stage.

The legendary filmmaker is an executive producer on NBC's upcoming musical series Smash, which premieres following The Voice on Monday, February 6 at 10/9c on NBC.

Speaking to the official website about the project, Spielberg said: "I've worked in a lot of genres and I'm sure I'm not the first person who comes to mind when you think of Broadway musical theatre. The truth is I've always had an interest in theatre, but what goes on behind all of that, before the curtain even goes up, is something that's all together different.

"It's that creative process that really fascinated me. [I thought] the competition, the creativity, the fights, arguments, dreams, egos, disappointments, energy would make a very compelling story, and a compelling story on a weekly basis, one that a television series could probably most effectively tell."

War Horse director Spielberg added that audiences will be able to relate to Smash whether or not they have ever seen a Broadway show because it's "about the drama of the characters" rather than the show.

Smash, which stars Debra Messing, Katharine McPhee and Anjelica Huston, revolves around preparations to stage a new Broadway musical focusing on the life of Marilyn Monroe.

Smash premieres February 6 at 10/9c on NBC.