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Vampire Diaries Hot Shots: Klaus and Caroline Get Close, Stefan Sweeps Elena Off Her Feet!

Vampire Diaries Hot Shots: Klaus and Caroline Get Close, Stefan Sweeps Elena Off Her Feet!

Guess that smokin’ hot chemistry between Klaus and Caroline in the latest installment of The Vampire Diaries wasn’t just a fluke.

In the episode airing Feb. 9, the Mystic Falls gang attends a formal of sorts, one that finds the pretty blonde vamp and the big bad who recently saved her life sharing what looks to be an intimate dance. Meanwhile, the brothers Salvatore appear to be putting the moves on Elena… again.

“It’s very grand, very beautiful,” Klaus’ portrayer, Joseph Morgan, tells TVLine of the “cinematic” ep. “You can expect to learn a lot more about me and, indeed, my whole family.”

5 Web Series Worth Watching

5 Web Series Worth Watching

This week, Martin Starr turns up on a new web series about dating and iPhone apps, one Failure Club participant gets an F in failing in my book, Kourtney Kardash struggles to find a fresh topic to discuss with the parents of the world, and we’re still geeking out over Minute Physics.

Dating Rules From My Future Self | Alloy Entertainment has culled together a cast of young people who look like they are fresh off the set of a CW show (probably because some of them are). The series follows the exploits of Lucy (Shiri Appleby), who, upon getting engaged to the (apparently) wrong guy, begins receiving texts from her future self as a means to help right her ship. Party Down fans will delight in the brief, sporadic moments that Martin Starr’s character pops up on the show.

Failure Club | Meg, easily the most charming of the group, performs a short stand-up set at her office Christmas party. We’re really not seeing much failure in her future. Is that a good or bad thing?

Reluctantly Healthy | Judy Greer punches up the breakfast bran muffin with … wait for it. … bacon. This ain’t your grandmother’s web show. No really, it’s not. (The Interweb wasn’t around back then.)

Kourtney’s Mommy Blog | Kourtney films this episode on the set of her The More You Know public service announcement. (Insert dazed look and record-scratching sound.)

Minute Physics | This week’s episode tackles the subject of why some stones are round and others are flat. The topic may sound pedestrian, but trust us, there are always tidbits in these science ditties that you can throw out at your next dinner party. Plus, SMBC’s Zach Weiner guest illustrates!

Echo Bridge Takes Worldwide Distribution Rights to 'The L.A. Complex'

Echo Bridge Takes Worldwide Distribution Rights to 'The L.A. Complex'

The U.S. distributor will shop the Canadian soap from Epitome Pictures that is set to bow on The CW in spring 2012.

Echo Bridge Entertainment has picked up the international distribution rights for The CW/MuchMusic soap The L.A. Complex from Canadian indie producer Epitome Pictures.

The distribution agreement adds the Canadian drama to Echo Bridge’s 2012 programming slate that already includes ten TV movies, three documentaries and a new lifestyle series.

Echo Bridge handled international sales for previous Epitome Pictures series, including Degrassi and Instant Star.

The CW earlier this month bought six episodes of The L.A. Complex, a one-hour series about Canadians chasing the Hollywood dream that was shot in Toronto and Los Angeles in summer 2011.

Another seven episodes of the soap are expected if the initial six episodes connects with North American viewers.

The CW plans a spring bow for The L.A. Complex, which was created and is executive produced by Martin Gero, who wrote for HBO’s Bored to Death before returning to Canada to write the homegrown drama tailored for the U.S. market.

Josh Radnor Writing Memoir About Taking Drugs in the Amazon

Josh Radnor Writing Memoir About Taking Drugs in the Amazon

The actor tells about drinking ayahuasca, a hallucinatory tea, in the Amazon with a shaman.

Josh Radnor, the star of CBS' How I Met Your Mother, is writing One Big Blissful Thing, a memoir that goes from his childhood in suburban Ohio to his experiences taking ayahuasca in the Amazon valley. The book is expected to be published this year by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, but no firm date has been set.

Little is known about the book beyond the brief catalog copy:

"The story of one man’s unlikely spiritual awakening — this is Eat, Pray, Love for those who would rather be reading McSweeney’s. Josh Radnor grew up in Ohio. He was driven to school in a big yellow bus. He watched The Cosby Show and John Hughes movies. He also went on to become a successful actor in Hollywood. How then, in 2007, did he end up drinking an indigenous plant medicine called ayahuasca with a shaman in Brazil?"

Ayahuasca is a thick brown tea that combines the ayahuasca vine, tree bark and other plants. It is said to taste terrible and be hard on the stomach but produce hallucinations and a trancelike state. Amazonian people have drunk it for centuries for religious reasons. Sting, Tori Amos and Paul Simon have confessed to trying it. Beat novelist William Burroughs wrote that he threw up and tried to hurl himself at a tree after drinking it in the early 1960s.

Radnor has starred as the lead character Ted Mosby on How I Met Your Mother since 2005. He is debuting his latest movie, Liberal Arts, at this month's Sundance Film Festival. Radnor wrote, directed and stars in the story of a 35-year-old man who returns to his alma mater and falls in love with a 19-year-old student played by Elizabeth Olsen. His directorial debut happythankyoumoreplease captured the 2010 dramatic Audience Award at Sundance.

'Twilight's' Christopher Heyerdahl Joins 'True Blood' Season 5

'Twilight's' Christopher Heyerdahl Joins 'True Blood' Season 5

The veteran actor will play one of the members of the HBO series' Vampire Authority.

Type casting isn’t such a bad thing when it lands you on the hit HBO series, True Blood.

An HBO spokesperson confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that Christopher Heyerdahl is joining True Blood’s fifth season as one of the five members of the Vampire Authority, Dieter Braun.

Members of the Vampire Authority are the highest ranking beings in vampire society. Dieter Braun is described as having a special talent for creative interrogation techniques.

This isn’t Heyerdahl’s first role as a powerful vampire leader: He played Volturi member Marcus in The Twilight Saga. Currently he appears on AMC’s Hell on Wheels and he has also starred in recurring roles on Sanctuary, Caprica, and Stargate: Atlantis. His film credits include Affliction, The Hunger, and Catwoman.

Heyerdahl’s casting would seem to put to rest theories that recently cast SVU’s Chris Meloni will also play an Authority member as the two other male members are a vampire who was turned when he was nine years old and another who is of African descent.

'Revenge' EP on Managing Viewer Expectations and How Fans Killed a Possible Story Line

'Revenge' EP on Managing Viewer Expectations and How Fans Killed a Possible Story Line

From the romance-oriented "shippers" to his worst network note, writer and showrunner Mike Kelley gives THR a look into writing the ABC drama.

Writer and executive producer Mike Kelley has been around the soapy TV block -- his credits include Swingtown, The O.C., and One Tree Hill. Yet as the head of ABC’s new hit drama, Revenge, the showrunner admits that plotting the series has been tougher than he expected.

"I didn’t have any idea frankly when I jumped into this how complicated the serialized nature of this can get,” Kelley tells The Hollywood Reporter. “And as fun as it is to watch, there’s a lot of trickery going on that takes a lot of thought.”

Part of the challenge for Kelley – and any showrunner for that matter – is keeping the fans happy with where the series is going. So, THR spoke to Kelley about his writing process and how much viewers’ expectations affect what happens on the series.

I was sure the original Emily Clarke (Margarita Levieva) would be gone now. What was your reasoning for keeping her on this long?
Mike Kelley: Well we have a long-term, midterm, and short-term plan for that character and she’s definitely stretched beyond the midterm. So, that’s the other fun of the show is that we keep discovering it as we go along. We have a blueprint but we try to allow for adventure and discovery as we’re telling these stories. I knew who the players were and where we wanted this season to end and where we want it to go from there. But we really, really are taking care to enjoy the ride along with the audience. And we find if we go down a certain rabbit hole that feels fun, we don’t stop ourselves. We go all the way.

How do you manage fan expectations? For example, all the rumors that were flying about the sibling relationship emerging?
Kelley: Well, I love when the fans are right and I hate when they’re wrong. When you’re in touch with what the fans are hoping to see there’s a symbiotic relationship and I feel like that’s happening right now. So, I hope I don’t disappoint anybody. Anytime that the fans are guessing something, it’s good. It might not play out exactly how they were hoping, but maybe with an extra twist that they didn’t see coming. So, you want to satisfy people but you also want to hold back just enough or reveal something that’s doubly surprising. So, that’s what we’re hoping that we’ve accomplished.

Whenever a show like this resonates with fans, there’s going to be ones that start to want certain characters to hook up romantically – the “shippers.” Are you aware of what the “shippers” want and how do you manage their expectations?
Kelley: I try to limit my exposure to the fans, because it can become such a compelling force for choosing the stories I want to tell. But, I get a lot of it through my family. And my friends and family are the ones that really tell me what people are responding to – and, also, the people that work with me. I try to stay off the boards. I try to just appreciate that people seem to be connecting to the show.

But having been down this road a few times, people like to stir up trouble sometimes -- I can give you a really specific scenario. There’s a thread on a particular website where basically they say if we reveal that Emily’s [Emily VanCamp] father is not dead we have ruined the show and that was an option for me. At this point, I’m no longer considering that option. So, I try not to let what fans want decide what the show is going to be. But, I also want to respect what people are responding too. It’s complicated.

And then you have network bosses you have to please. What’s the worst network note that you’ve received in your career?
Kelley: A lot of times logic becomes your enemy. The worst note that I ever get is something that is a note that begins with the phrase “we’re very afraid that” or “we’re terribly worried about,” because fear is not a great environment for hatching a good story. You try to be fearless. You try to be motivated by a little bit of bravery, maybe a little bit of recklessness. But, fear notes are the ones that hurt projects in my experience.

CBS Greenlights Comedy From 'The Muppets' Scribe

CBS Greenlights Comedy From 'The Muppets' Scribe

The network has ordered a twentysomething ensemble comedy pilot loosely based on Nick Stoller’s real-life experience.

CBS is getting into business with feature writer Nick Stoller.

The network has ordered his untitled multi-camera comedy to pilot. The project, which hails from Chernin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television, is loosely based on Stoller’s real-life experiences.

In keeping with the Two Broke Girls and How I Met Your Mother comic sensibility, the project has been described as a twenty-something ensemble comedy about a guy who gets his heart broken by his girlfriend and now has to work one cubicle away from her at an ad agency.

Stoller will write and direct the pilot as well as serve as an executive producer alongside Chernin’s Katherine Pope and Peter Chernin.

This marks the network’s second comedy pickup behind Jon Favreau’s Tweaked.

Stoller, who got his break on Fox's Underdeclared before shifting to the big screen with such projects as The Muppets and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, is repped by y UTA and Ziffren Brittenham.

Andrew Lloyd Webber: 'Superstar' reality show and 'Phantom of the Opera' sequel

Andrew Lloyd Webber: 'Superstar' reality show and 'Phantom of the Opera' sequel

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Broadway and West End hit-maker has a couple of projects in the works. He may have made his mark with musicals on the stage, but he's branching out into reality television for the first time ... in America anyway.

He's already collaborated with the BBC on four talent search shows. Now he's bringing the contest across the pond. His new show "Superstar" will search the country for someone to play the title role in an arena tour of his hit rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar." According to Deadline, Lloyd Webber will act as a judge with 3 other as yet unannounced people. The show's host hasn't been announced yet either.. The casting of Mary and Judas for the tour will not be part of the show.

Webber is also working on getting the sequel to his hit show "Phantom of the Opera" to Broadway. "Love Never Dies" (called "Paint Never Dries" by one critic) didn't do very well when it premiered on London's West End, but according to Playbill, the retooled version of the show might be headed to the Great White Way. Screenings of an Australian film version of the musical have been held, supposedly to garner interest in getting the production underway.

Set ten years after "The Phantom of the Opera," "Love Never Dies" follows soprano Christine Daae to New York's Coney Island, where she is invited to perform for the mysterious Mr. Y. Characters from her past begin to emerge, including one with whom she shares a dark secret.

Celeb Big Brother Georgia Salpa: 'I don't care everyone nominated me'

Celeb Big Brother Georgia Salpa: 'I don't care everyone nominated me'

Evicted Celebrity Big Brother housemate Georgia Salpa has said that she fully expected to be nominated for eviction this week.

The Irish model was the third housemate to be evicted earlier this evening ahead of Michael Madsen. She told host Brian Dowling that she didn't "care" about being put up for the vote and that she entered the house to "have fun".

"I knew everyone was going to nominate me. I actually don't care," she said.

"I'm just not the one to start arguments, some of it was pointless. I was there to have fun."

When asked about her "shy" persona, she responded: "I'm not shy. The first few days I was really shy and I took a while to settle in.

"There were a lot of loud overpowering people in the house."

On the subject of her possible romance and arguments with Kirk Norcross, she said: "He has a girlfriend. He was too full on at the start.

"Who flirts with someone that has a girl on the outside? If I had a boyfriend I wouldn't be acting like him."

She named the Shannon twins as her favourite housemates, saying: "I definitely want to see the twins again, we really clicked."

Caroline Quentin: 'I've hated most of my TV roles'

Caroline Quentin: 'I've hated most of my TV roles'

Caroline Quentin has admitted that she regrets the majority of her acting choices.

Speaking to The Guardian, the Men Behaving Badly star revealed that she was not impressed with her recent TV roles.

When asked whether she had any career regrets, Quentin replied: "Oh God, most of it.

"I hear radio plays that I did 20 years ago and I can't bear it; I see things on telly that I made six months ago and I just hate them.

"I could name on one hand the things that I think are okay; the rest of it is just rubbish and embarrassing."

Quentin filmed the last series of BBC sitcom Life of Riley last year, and currently hosts ITV1's Cornwall.

'Book of Mormon' Star Lands Lead in NBC Comedy From 'Glee' Duo

'Book of Mormon' Star Lands Lead in NBC Comedy From 'Glee' Duo

Andrew Rannells would play one of the three stars in the blended family comedy from Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler should the project receive a pilot order.

Andrew Rannells could be going from Broadway to NBC.

The Book of Mormon Tony nominee has inked a talent deal with 20th Television and NBC that would see him star in the untitled blended family comedy from Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy and his new Season 3 scribe Ali Adler.

The single-camera project, described as a comedy about a gay couple and the woman who becomes their surrogate as they start a family, landed at the network with a significant penalty commitment after a multiple network bidding war.

Murphy and Adler are exec producing and penning 20th Television the script for the project alongside Dante Di Loreto, who also produces Murphy's FX horror anthology American Horror Story. Murphy will direct the pilot should it move forward. A decision on the status of the project is expected soon.

Rannells and his Book of Mormon co-star, Josh Gad, each earned Tony nominations for their roles in the Broadway production. The theater veteran, whose credits also include Hairspray and Jersey Boys, will also guest star on HBO's upcoming Lena Dunham comedy Girls.

Rob Lowe's Peyton Manning Retirement Tweet Sparks Internet Frenzy

Rob Lowe's Peyton Manning Retirement Tweet Sparks Internet Frenzy

The "Parks and Recreation" actor tweeted on Wednesday to his followers that his "people" said star QB is retiring.

Parks and Recreation actor and longtime footbal fan Rob Lowe tweeted Wed. Jan. 18, 2012 that he heard a rumor from his "people," saying NFL star Peyton Manning, quaterback of the Indianapolis Colts, was retiring due to his 2011 season-ending neck injury.

Though Lowe did not confirm his source, the actor has been pictured with Bob Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts. Veteran NFL reporters quickly shot down the rumor, but not before others retweeted the news, poking fun at Lowe. In addition to the numerous retweets, the exchanged quickly prompted the hashtag #robloweisreporting to start trending on the popular social media site.

'The Lying Game' Hits Another Ratings High, 'White Collar' Down in Return

'The Lying Game' Hits Another Ratings High, 'White Collar' Down in Return

"Pretty Little Liars" averaged 2.8 million viewers on Monday night against heavier broadcast and cable offerings.

ABC Family may have found its solution for The Lying Game.

Since airing behind Pretty Little Liars, the freshman drama series has seen an uptick in its ratings compared to its run last year. The most recent episode that aired Monday night hit another series high among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic, posting a 0.7 rating (or 903,000). Among the younger adults 18-34 demo, Lying Game also set a high with a 1.0 (695,000) and in total viewers, nearly matched the winter premiere's audience with 1.7 million viewers.

Pretty Little Liars continued to draw good numbers, averaging 2.8 million against heavier broadcast and cable competition. Thus far this seaso, season 2.5 has been outperforming the first half of the season by double digits across all categories, including total viewers (3 million vs. 2.6 million).

USA Network's White Collar returned for the final six episodes of season 3 on Tuesday evening and racked up 3.2 million viewers at 10 p.m. That's down more than 1 million from the summer finale in August that lured 4.3 million and 700,000 compared to the season premiere in June.

Among adults 18-49, White Collar drew 1.4 million and in the older adults 25-54 demo, 1.5 million.

Paula Deen's diabetes solution: lighter gooey butter cake

Paula Deen's diabetes solution: lighter gooey butter cake

She may not be able to find a way to make her famous burger on a bun of glazed donuts recipe healthy, but Paula Deen is following up her announcement about being a Type II diabetic by offering up some lighter versions of her butteriest, gooiest Southern dishes.

First up: her Gooey Butter Cake recipe, now available in a lighter version that knocks a whopping 665 calories, 90 grams of carbohydrates and 71 grams of sugar from the original dessert.

The original cake comes in at nearly 1,000 calories per serving, with 99 grams of sugar and 137 grams of carbohydrates. The American Diabetes Association recommends eating between 135-180 carbohydrates -- per day.

Deen, who has launched a "Diabetes in a New Light" campaign with Novo Nordisk, is partnering with her sons and frequent Food Network co-stars, Jamie and Bobby, on her new healthier cooking venture.

Bobby Deen is hosting "Not My Mama's Meals," a new Cooking Channel series in which he makes "Lighter and Leaner Pimento Cheese Sandwiches," "Bobby's Lighter Frozen Chocolate Mousse Pie" and the aforementioned less-gooey butter cake.

Deen, along with her sons, appeared on ABC's daytime food series "The Chew" to discuss her diabetes and plans for recipe makeovers, but that may not be enough to satisfy some of her most vocal critics.

Fellow chef and reality TV star Anthony Bourdain, who once called Deen the "most dangerous person to America" because of her sugar and fat-laden fare, tweeted on Tuesday, "Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later."

The missive came after Deen's "Today" appearance, in which she confirmed she'd been diagnosed with Type II diabetes three years ago and is now a paid spokesperson for pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk.

Meanwhile, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which named her "Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible" one of the five unhealthiest cookbooks of 2011, issued a public letter to Deen, addressing her Southern cooking and urging her to try a 21-day vegan diet.

"Many people initially balk at the idea of setting aside meat and cheese. But as a native Alabamian who grew up on Southern cooking, I can assure you that Southern classics such as mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese translate very well into hearty, delicious vegan dishes," writes PCRM director of Nutrition education Susan Levin.

Disney Spanked With 'Good Luck Charlie' Sexual-Assault Lawsuit

Disney Spanked With 'Good Luck Charlie' Sexual-Assault Lawsuit

The Walt Disney Company was hit with a sexual-assault lawsuit Tuesday, by a woman who claimed she was spanked against her will and kissed inappropriately during a taping of the Disney Channel's "Good Luck Charlie."

Read the full lawsuit here.

In the suit -- filed in Los Angeles Superior Court -- Kellie Rodriguez says she attended a December 2011 taping of the kids' sitcom with her minor children, her sister-in-law and her sister-in-law's daughters. But instead of a wholesome, family-friendly experience, Rodriguez says that she was subjected to leering and sexual misconduct at the eyes, hands and mouth of crowd entertainer Ron Pearson.

The lurid saga began when Rodriguez went to use the restroom and noticed Pearson "looking up and down Plaintiff's body in a lewd manner," the lawsuit says. Things went from "ewww" to worse when, according to Rodriguez, she was chosen by Pearson, along with two other audience members, to take the stage and participate in a contest that involved doing a "silly dance" to the Village People chestnut "YMCA."

But what happened next was anything but silly, Rodriguez claims.

According to suit, during the "silly dance," Pearson began spanking Rodriguez while her back was turned to him.

"This unwarranted and unconsented spanking was relentless, and did not cease until Plaintiff physically turned around to stop it," the suit says.

Following the contest, Rodriguez claims, Pearson asked her for a kiss on the cheek. "Being a good sport," rhe suit says, she consented, but when she went in to give him the peck, Pearson "turned his face and kissed Plaintiff fully on the mouth."

Perhaps the worst part? Rodriguez didn't even win the contest.

Now she claims that her "health, mental well-being, trust and confidence has [sic] been harmed," resulting in medical expenses and loss of income, among other injuries.

Claiming sexual assault, battery, negligence, negligent hiring, and a host of other charges, Rodriguez is seeking unspecified damages, along with medical expenses, compensation for loss of earnings, legal costs and interest.

Pearson and It's a Laugh Productions -- "Good Luck Charlie"'s production company -- are also named in the suit.

The CW Orders Pilots for Green Arrow Project, 'Sex and the City' Prequel, 'Beauty and the Beast' Revamp

The CW Orders Pilots for Green Arrow Project, 'Sex and the City' Prequel, 'Beauty and the Beast' Revamp

The CW ordered up a diverse trio of pilots Wednesday, giving the go-ahead to projects based on the "Green Arrow" comic-book character and Candace Bushnell's "Sex and the City" prequel book, along with an adaptation of the 1980s television series "Beauty and the Beast."

"Arrow" will be an hour-long drama based on DC Comics' "Green Arrow," and promises a "modern retelling" of the comic-book legend. Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg will write and executive-produce, via Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

"The Carries Diaries," meanwhile, is based on Candace Bushnell's novel and imagines a young Carrie Bradshaw coming of age in the 1980s, "asking her first questions about love, sex, friendship and family while exploring the worlds of high school and Manhattan."

Amy Harris is on board to write and executive-produce, with Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Len Goldstein and Bushnell also executive-produce. The project comes via Fake Empire, in association with Warner Bros. Television.

"Beauty and the Beast," meanwhile, is loosely based on the CBS series starring Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton, will deliver "a modern day romantic love story with a procedural twist." Jennifer Levin ("Without a Trace," "Felicity") and Sherri Cooper ("Brothers and Sisters") will write and executive-produce, with Paul J. Witt, C. Anthony Thomas, Ron Koslow and Bill Haber also executive-producing. The pilot will be produced by CBS Television Studios.

Ryan Seacrest Joins AEG, CAA to Relaunch Mark Cuban's HDNet

Ryan Seacrest Joins AEG, CAA to Relaunch Mark Cuban's HDNet

Ryan Seacrest, CAA and AEG are folding their hopes of a new network into a plan to relaunch and rebrand Mark Cuban's HDNet as a new, pop-culture oriented network called AXS TV.

Seacrest began talks with agency CAA and entertainment company AEG in 2010 about launching a new network that sounds like it will target some of the same audience as E!, the network for which Seacrest anchors news.

Rather than begin fresh, Seacrest, CAA and AEG will team with Cuban to premiere a rebranded version of his network this summer, they announced Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed.

AXS, pronounced Access, will use AEG's live events presence and affiliation with more than 100 venues to cover live concerts and festivals, red carpet premieres, award shows and parties. The network will also have celebrity interviews, and continue to air HDNet programs including HDNet Fights, Inside MMA, Dan Rather Reports, Sunday concert series, and non-scripted series.

It will have productions facilities at AEG-owned-and-operated L.A. LIVE.

Ryan Seacrest Media holds an ownership stake in the new network, and will provide access to multi-media platforms, celebrities, and brands. Besides his E! and radio duties, Seacrest is the host of Fox's "American Idol," a job he has expressed interest in keeping after his contract ends this year.

CAA, which represents Seacrest, will contribute its experience, expertise, and entertainment relationships, the companies said.

"I’m incredibly excited to be in business with AEG, Ryan Seacrest, and CAA," said Cuban, the co-founder and chairman of HDNet. "This is a major step on our way to offering more live programming than any other entertainment and lifestyle network."

Timothy J. Leiweke, president & CEO of AEG, said the network would provide opportunities for tie-ins but would not limit them to those in business with AEG. "This is a platform for all agents, all promoters and all managers. It is not the creation of an AEG channel. It is about the fans and bringing the live experience to them,” he said.

Dermot O'Leary, Fearne Cotton to play celeb 'Million Pound Drop'

Dermot O'Leary, Fearne Cotton to play celeb 'Million Pound Drop'

Dermot O'Leary and Fearne Cotton will star in a new celebrity version of Million Pound Drop.

Davina McCall's Channel 4 quiz show will have a celeb edition on Friday, February 3.

O'Leary and Cotton will be competing to win money for the CoppaFeel! charity, which aims to erase the late detection and misdiagnosis of breast cancer.

Previous celebrities on the hit show have included Larry and George Lamb and Jack Whitehall and his dad Michael.

Million Pound Drop is currently airing on Friday and Saturday nights on Channel 4.

Celebrity Big Brother: Welch, Cocozza, Norcross get naked

Celebrity Big Brother: Welch, Cocozza, Norcross get naked

Several Celebrity Big Brother housemates undressed after a night of partying for Frankie Cocozza's birthday yesterday (January 17).

Denise Welch climbed into the hot tub with Frankie Cocozza and Kirk Norcross, exposing her breasts and revealing a gift for the X Factor contestant, who turned 19 on Tuesday.

Cocozza, Norcross and Gareth Thomas also revealed some flesh for their housemates, performing a party piece involving only balloons covering their genitalia.

Celebrity Big Brother continues tonight with a live eviction.

Michael Madsen and Georgia Salpa face becoming the third housemate evicted from the Channel 5 reality show.

TV Tonight 19th of January 2012

TV Tonight 19th of January 2012

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

    24 Hour Catwalk S01E03: "Costume"
    30 Rock S06E02: "Idiots Are People Two!"
    Alaska: The Last Frontier S01E04: "TBA"
    American Idol S11E02: "Auditions #2"
    American Stuffers S01E03: "How to Stuff a Chihuahua"
    Archer (2009) S03E04: "The Man from Jupiter"
    Bargain Hunt S31E14: "Series 31, Episode 14"
    Beyond Scared Straight S02E12: "Hampton Roads Regional Jail, VA"
    Braxton Family Values S02E10: "Sisters at War"
    Celebrity Big Brother S09E15: "Series 9, Episode 15"
    Celebrity Coach Trip S03E04: "Series 3, Day 4"
    Chelsea Lately S05E204
    Come Dine With Me S18E04: "Series 18, Episode 4"
    Conan S02E36: "Norm Macdonald, Gina Carano, Owen Smith"
    Coronation Street S53E13: "Thu Jan 19, 2012"
    Days of our Lives S47E50: "Ep. #11760"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E137: "Episode 1817"
    Dickinson's Real Deal S08E33: "Series 8, Episode 33"
    Doctors S13E180: "The Cat's Meow"
    Earthflight S01E04: "South America"
    EastEnders S28E12: "January 19, 2012"
    Emmerdale S41E17: "January 19, 2012 [Episode 2]"
    Emmerdale S41E16: "January 19, 2012"
    Escape To The Country S12E13: "Powys"
    Eternal Law S01E03: "Series 1, Episode 3"
    Fort Boyard - Ultimate Challenge S02E04: "Season 2, Episode 34"
    General Hospital (US) S49E203: "#12477"
    Got to Dance S03E22: "Series 3, Episode 22"
    Great British Railway Journeys S03E14: "Cardiff to Brecon"
    Grey's Anatomy S08E12: "Hope For The Hopeless"
    Hole in the Wall S03E30: "Holla for the Ballas vs. The Shamrockers"
    Hollyoaks S18E14: "January 19, 2012"
    Homes Under the Hammer S14E173: "Series 14, Show 173"
    Hotel cæsar S28E137: "Season 28, Episode 137"
    House of Anubis S02E18: "House of Divides"
    House of Anubis S02E17: "House of Chance"
    Ich bin ein Star - Holt mich hier raus! S06E07: "Folge 7"
    Ikke gjør dette hjemme S02E03: "Season 2, Episode 3"
    Impact Wrestling S08E68: "Season 8, Episode 68"
    Impractical Jokers S01E07: "Season 1, Episode 7"
    It's All About Amy S01E07: "Episode 7"
    Jeopardy! S28E89: "Show #6294"
    Jersey Shore S05E03: "Dropping Like Flies"
    Jimmy Kimmel Live S09E190: "Tom Arnold, Keke Palmer, Filter"
    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon S02E208
    Late Show with David Letterman S19E13: "Kathy Griffin, Joseph Arthur"
    Live with Regis and Kelly S29E103
    Location Location Location S14E03: "Series 14, Episode 3"
    Mad Dogs S02E01: "Series 2, Episode 1"
    Man, Woman, Wild S02E12: "Scottish Highlands Peril"
    Masterchef (UK) S16E03: "Series 16, Episode 3"
    Naruto: Shippuuden S11E03: "Naruto vs. The Nine-Tails!!"
    Neighbours S28E09: "Episode 6319"
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'Doctor Who' anniversary will be amazing for fans, says Steven Moffat

'Doctor Who' anniversary will be amazing for fans, says Steven Moffat

Steven Moffat has admitted that he is excited about plans for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.

The BBC sci-fi drama first aired in 1963, with a new series of "at least 14" episodes expected to debut in the autumn.

"There will never be a better time, I promise you," Moffat told the Radio Times.

"I'm saying this as a Doctor Who fan myself, and knowing a certain amount about what's coming."

He continued: "For so many reasons I can't talk about yet, there will never be a better time to be a Doctor Who fan, I absolutely promise that."

The showrunner previously insisted that he has "huge" and "extensive" plans for the anniversary year.

Doctor Who star Matt Smith has admitted that he would like to film a special 3D episode, and also expressed his desire to appear alongside former Who stars such as Tom Baker, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant.

Elmore Leonard's New 'Justified' Novel: It Was Timothy Olyphant's Idea

Elmore Leonard's New 'Justified' Novel: It Was Timothy Olyphant's Idea

Timothy Olyphant doesn't just star in "Justified."

He also gives famed author Elmore Leonard -- who introduced Olyphant's character Raylan Givens and company in his works -- ideas for books.

Leonard has just released "Raylan," a new novel devoted to the U.S. marshal. And the idea for book came from Olyphant.

"It started when (Leonard) was visiting the set in the first season and Tim said to him, 'Hey, why don't you write another Raylan short story?'" "Justified" series creator Graham Yost said.

"'And so he started on one and kept going. And wrote a second one and tied it into the first one. Things work better in threes, so he came up with a third story that tied into the first two. And now he has a novel."

No spoilers for the book or the series, but suffice it to say that certain plot points from the book do carry over to the TV show, including a big "Justified" season three storyline involving hapless Dewey Crowe.

"(Leonard) wrote this novel … and said, 'Hang it up and strip it for parts,'" Yost said. "And so we did. There were two big chunks that we took from it last year, and thematic things and characters. And there's a couple of big things we're taking this season. If there's a fourth season, there's a few more things we'd like to mine from the book as well."

Still, there are also big differences between the TV and book universes of Raylan Givens. While TV Raylan is about to have his first child, with ex-wife/current love Winona, the Leonard book version of the character is a divorced father of two with an eye for the ladies.

"These are two alternate universes. One in which we're writing Raylan Givens and another one in which Elmore is doing it," said Yost. "And there's points where they cross and we'll use stuff, and other points where they're probably not going to cross, and there's things we're probably not going to do. But we'll still find pages of dialogue and stuff that we can repurpose and use whenever we want it."

The dialogue in "Raylan," as in all of Leonard's writing, is nuanced and pitch perfect, and with Olyphant's performance of the character on TV comes the added pleasure of almost being able to hear the actor say the words as you're reading.

"Oh, yeah, especially reading the 'Raylan' novel, you can just hear (Tim) saying them," Yost agreed. "And it's interesting, (Tim's) Raylan has changed a little bit from Elmore's original depiction of Raylan, to what Tim has now brought to it and what we've written for Tim.

'Survivor: One World' Cast Members Announced

'Survivor: One World' Cast Members Announced

A 51-year-old retired police officer, a San Diego phlebotomist, a Miami swimsuit photographer and a stand-up comedian from freak-friendly Venice, Calif., will be among those competing on the next season of "Survivor."

CBS announced the cast for the upcoming "Survivor: One World" Wednesday, revealing a diverse array of 18 castaways who will compete to outwit, outplay and outlast on the reality television mainstay's 24th season.

This year, the two tribes -- dubbed the Salani Tribe and the Manono Tribe, after islands in Samoa -- will be divided along gender lines, with both tribes living together on the same beach.

"The castaways must fight the elements, adapt to their new surroundings and vie against each other to stay in the game or be voted out by their peers, all while living together on the same beach. Tribes, separated by men versus women, will have to decide whether to share their resources with each other or leave the opposing tribe to fend for themselves," the network said of the new configuration. "This ultimate social game becomes even more difficult to navigate because alliances could be formed between members of different tribes much earlier, adding yet another layer of intrigue to this competitive game."

"Survivor: One World" will premiere Wednesday, Feb, 15 at 8 p.m. Read the full lineup of new contestants below.

Salani:                                                                         Manono:

Nina Acosta                                                                Jay Byars

Age: 51                                                                        Age: 25

Current Residence: Clovis, Calif.                                 Current Residence: Gaffney, S.C.

Occupation: Retired LAPD Officer                               Occupation: Model

Christina Cha                                                             Colton Cumbie                                             

Age: 29                                                                        Age: 21

Current Residence: West Hollywood, Calif.                 Current Residence: Monroeville, Ala.

Occupation: Career Consultant                                  Occupation: College Student

Monica Culpepper                                                     Michael Jefferson                                        

Age: 41                                                                        Age: 30

Current Residence: Tampa, Fla.                                 Current Residence: Seattle

Occupation: Ex-NFL Player’s Wife                              Occupation: Banker

Kat Edorsson                                                             Leif Manson

Age: 22                                                                        Age: 27

Current Residence: Orlando, Fla.                                Current Residence: San Diego

Occupation: Timeshare Rep                                        Occupation: Phlebotomist

Chelsea Meissner                                                     Jonas Otsuji

Age: 26                                                                        Age: 37

Current Residence: Charleston, S.C.                          Current Residence: Lehi, Utah

Occupation: Medical Sales                                          Occupation: Sushi Chef


Kourtney Moon                                                         Bill Posley

Age: 29                                                                        Age: 28

Current Residence: Austin, Texas                              Current Residence: Venice, Calif.

Occupation: Motorcycle Repair                                  Occupation: Stand-Up Comedian

Alicia Rosa                                                                 Matt Quinlan

Age: 25                                                                        Age: 33

Current Residence: Chicago, Ill.                                  Current Residence: San Francisco,

Occupation: Special Ed Teacher                                 Occupation: Attorney

Kim Spradlin                                                              Troy Robertson        

Age: 29                                                                        Age: 50

Current Residence: San Antonio, Texas                     Current Residence: Miami            

Occupation: Bridal Shop Owner                                  Occupation: Swimsuit Photographer

Sabrina Thompson                                                     Greg Smith

Age: 33                                                                         Age: 64

Current Residence: Brooklyn, N.Y.                               Current Residence: Houston, Texas

Occupation: High School Teacher                               Occupation: Plastic Surgeon

LL Cool J to Be First Grammy Host in 7 Years

LL Cool J to Be First Grammy Host in 7 Years

Okay, you can call it a comeback: LL Cool J will host the 54th annual Grammy Awards.

It's not a comeback to Cool J, of course: The two-time Grammy winner stars on CBS's highly rated "NCIS: LA." But it's a return to the notion of having a host. He'll be the first for the ceremony in seven years.

The awards show takes place at 8 p.m. on Feb. 12 and will be broadcast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Would you believe it will air on CBS?

The rapper/actor joins Grammy nominees and previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift.