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zaterdag 21 januari 2012

Nicola McLean: 'It would be amazing to make Celeb Big Brother final'

Nicola McLean: 'It would be amazing to make Celeb Big Brother final'

Nicola McLean has revealed that she would not mind reaching the final of Celebrity Big Brother.

The 30-year-old glamour model has had an emotional week, telling her fellow housemates that she is missing footballer husband Tom Williams.

She claimed: "I'm not saying I wouldn't like to get to the end, but I've never thought it would be possible for me to do that.

"So that's never been in my mind. I've always felt like I'd be first out. That's me, that's the way I think."

However, she admitted: "If I could make the final, that would be amazing, but I really [feel ready to leave]."

McLean, who broke down earlier after receiving a letter from Williams, continued: "Tom gives me a lot of reassurance and a lot of confidence I don't have naturally. I look to him for a lot in all different ways."

To a shocked Gareth Thomas and Denise Welch, McLean added: "I like approval from people, and when I go in the bath and he hasn't texted me in ten minutes, I get pissed off.

"I just want him to text me telling me how much he loves me and stuff. I'm really demanding - is that really weird?"

McLean will have to survive tonight's double eviction to make it into the final week.

George Lamb's 'Bank Job' renewed for second run, to return in February

George Lamb's 'Bank Job' renewed for second run, to return in February

Channel 4 has recommissioned The Bank Job for a second run.

The George Lamb gameshow will return in February, having already aired six episodes in early January.

The format, a cross between Deal or No Deal and Take It or Leave It, sees two contestants battle it out to win money inside giant vaults.

Justin Gorman, head of entertainment at Channel 4, confirmed in a statement: "The Bank Job is a brand new kind of game show and we're very excited to be bringing it back for a second run, once again combining online and TV for a truly gripping programme."

The Bank Job's online game has been played over 4.6 million times to date.

However, the programme fell below 1 million viewers when shown on Channel 4 between January 2 and January 7.

'The Big C' to return in April, Victor Garber to guest star

'The Big C' to return in April, Victor Garber to guest star

Victor Garber will guest star in the new season of The Big C, it has been revealed.

The Emmy award-winning actor, known for appearing in James Cameron blockbuster Titanic, will play a man who causes trouble for Sean (John Benjamin Hickey) when an accidental phone call leads to a harassing situation.

Although it is not yet known whether Garber will appear in more than one episode, previous guest actors Hugh Dancy and Parker Posey took on multi-episode arcs in season two.

The Laura Linney sitcom, a comedy-drama centring around terminal cancer sufferer Cathy, will return for its third season on Sunday, April 8.

Cable network Showtime renewed the original series following continuing popularity for the show.

Meanwhile, More4 is currently screening its second season in the UK every Thursday night at 10pm.

Lead actress Linney recently claimed that The Big C, Showtime's highest-rated scripted show in nearly a decade, would not have been made five years ago.

Celebrity Big Brother's Gareth Thomas set pep talk task to win letter

Celebrity Big Brother's Gareth Thomas set pep talk task to win letter

Gareth Thomas has been handed a secret mission from Big Brother.

The Welsh rugby star has been challenged to spout sporting clichés to motivate tonight's nominated housemates.

Included are phrases such as, 'Put your game face on', 'It's a game of two halves', 'You're in a league of your own' and 'You think it's all over, it could be tonight'.

If he manages to use all 13 clichés, Big Brother will hand over another copy of his letter from home, which was shredded earlier by Nicola McLean.

For tonight's eviction, Thomas is the only contestant who was not nominated, following a shock twist from Big Brother.

The 37-year-old is currently the bookmakers' favourite to win the reality show, which concludes next Thursday.

Joshua Jackson: 'Fringe axe would bum me out'

Joshua Jackson: 'Fringe axe would bum me out'

Fringe star Joshua Jackson has expressed his hopes for the show's future.

Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly recently revealed that the sci-fi drama is losing money for Fox on Friday nights.

Jackson told IGN: "I think Kevin was being pretty honest. If we're not making them money on Friday then that show is going to get cancelled. Whether it's Fringe or American Idol, when it stops making money, you know, it's show business."

He continued: "Whether [the show ends] this year, whether we get a half-season next year, whether we get a whole season next year, whether we run for ten more years, at the end of the day... what will be important is not how long it runs but if the whole story finishes. So I'm more concerned about the finish than anything else."

Jackson previously insisted that Fringe deserves a real ending, calling on Fox to give the show's writing team enough time to reach a suitable conclusion.

"I just want to take Kevin Reilly's word that if they are going to end it this year, that they give the guys enough of a heads-up [to] get that whole endgame out," he reiterated.

"Because at this point, the most important thing to me - and this is so maudlin - but the most important thing to me about Fringe is that it finishes properly. Because you can't bring people along a journey like that for all those years and then just cut it off. It sucks."

He concluded: "That would really bum me out at the end of what's been a pretty cool experience, to not have the finish."

Fringe continues on Fridays at 9/8c on Fox. Sky1 airs the show in the UK.

SOPA, PIPA votes postponed: Congress halts controversial piracy acts

SOPA, PIPA votes postponed: Congress halts controversial piracy acts

The US Congress has officially postponed the votes on two controversial anti-piracy bills, the Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid delayed Tuesday's scheduled vote on PIPA "in light of recent events", after which House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith announced that his panel would not consider SOPA until there is wider agreement on the legislation.

The two acts aim to help service providers tackle websites deemed to be in violation of copyright infringement, although critics argue that they could have devastating repercussions for legitimate websites if passed.

Earlier this week, Wikipedia went down for 24 hours in protest at the proposed legislation. The site's founder Jimmy Wales later celebrated the impact of the blackout, claiming that at least 162 million people saw its message calling for the protection of a free and open internet.

Following Wikipedia's action, a number of Senators withdrew their support for the bill, while more than 4.5 million people signed a Google petition, which claimed the acts would endanger net neutrality and put a burden on legitimate sites.

Explaining his decision today, Smith noted: "I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy.

"It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products."

Reid said on Twitter: "In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday's vote on the PROTECT IP Act."

However, he added: "There's no reason that legitimate issues raised about PROTECT IP can't be resolved. Counterfeiting & piracy cost 1000s of #jobs yearly. Americans rightfully expect to be fairly compensated 4 their work. I'm optimistic that we can reach compromise on PROTECT IP in coming weeks."

Barack Obama's administration had previously declared that the bills would not be passed in their current state, as the government would not support any anti-piracy legislation that facilitates online censorship.

Under current US law, only the creators of copyright-infringing material can be sued by the copyright owners, but SOPA proposes extending the powers to any websites that carry the material.

It could ultimately mean that anyone using a website or online forum who posted material infringing copyright would potentially make the site owners liable for a lawsuit, resulting in costly legal proceedings.

Universal, Warner Bros, Viacom, ESPN, ABC, Major League Baseball and the National Football League are among SOPA's key supporters, while Marvel Entertainment and its parent company Disney are also in favour.

Facebook, Google, AOL, Yahoo, Twitter and eBay are among the opposition.

'Mythbusters' Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage on new Discovery show

'Mythbusters' Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage on new Discovery show

Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, the hosts/executive producers of the Discovery Channel's Emmy-nominated show "Mythbusters" will be part of a new show called "Unchained Reaction," according to Deadline.

The two will serve as judges on the series, which has two teams of varying backgrounds like artists, rocket scientists, animatronic specialists, engineers and regular people, against each other to build an elaborate chain reaction machine. The teams are given five days to complete a series of mechanisms based on a specific theme. According to the network, "refined mechanical movements, pyrotechnics and large-scale destruction are encouraged." At the end of the the five days, Savage and Hyneman, along with a new judge every week, will pick a winner.

"Unchained Reaction" will premiere in March, with Savage and Hyneman executive producing. "We wanted to craft a show that puts the process of problem solving and ingenuity front and center, and we've done exactly that with "Unchained Reaction," Savage said. Hyneman added, "The innovative solutions and boundless energy demonstrated by the contestants surprised us every single time."

'Project Runway All Stars': Gordana Gehlhausen on the difficulties of designing for Miss Piggy

'Project Runway All Stars': Gordana Gehlhausen on the difficulties of designing for Miss Piggy

When Gordana Gehlhausen got the axe on "Project Runway All Stars" Jan. 19, she was actually a little relieved. It's not that she wasn't enjoying herself, it's that she was actually quite sick.

"The second episode I had to take so many breaks and get oxygen and stuff," Gehlhausen tells Zap2it on a conference call with reporters after her elimination. "I was almost relieved to get out, I think, because I wasn't feeling good. I think you can see it on my face."

Don't get Gehlhausen wrong -- she was pleased to be back on the show, and obviously wanted to make it all the way to Fashion week. "I wanted to return because I felt in my season I was a little bit robbed [due to the tension between Bravo and Lifetime]," she says.

She was hoping to make it further than she did, but Gehlhausen says she's gained plenty of confidence between her first and second stints on "Project Runway." She's also impressed with the caliber of her competitors. "It's nice to be put together with such talented people," she says.

Gehlhausen, who's opening another boutique in Los Angeles, says that designing for someone like Miss Piggy wasn't any different than designing for any other client. Besides, she wasn't really familiar with Miss Piggy because she didn't have the Muppets growing up in Yugoslavia.

"In this situation it was pretty much like being judged by a client. She told me that she did like my dress, it was just not appropriate for what she needed it for," Gehlhausen says.

Although perhaps she could've tweaked her design after her meeting with Joanna Coles, Gehlhausen says that she could only change so much. "You can change a little bit, but I only had that fabric and I liked that for my design. I didn't want to change anything. I knew where I was going."

Besides, plenty of people still loved the dress. "I have gotten so many comments through my website and Facebook already having people asking me to make the dress for them. Obviously it didn't work for Miss Piggy ... but there are a lot of other people who want me to make it for them."

Here's the trailer for Being Human series 4

Here's the trailer for Being Human series 4

Being Human series 4 is heading to our screens shortly. And the BBC has released a new trailer...

It's not long to go now before the fourth series of Being Human arrives on BBC Three in the UK. And to note this fact, the BBC has released a trailer for what we've got to come.

Take a look at this, and see what you reck

Big Brother's Natalie Cassidy: 'Playboy twins are vicious, arrogant'

Big Brother's Natalie Cassidy: 'Playboy twins are vicious, arrogant'

Celebrity Big Brother evictee Natalie Cassidy has confessed that she was on a mission to outlast the "vicious" Shannon twins.

The ex-EastEnders actress, who was nominated alongside the siblings and six other housemates, became motivated after overhearing the Playboy models suggest that she had no chance of winning the show.

Though she first defended the twins for making the sole nominations against herself and previous evictee Kirk Norcross, Cassidy then brought up their hurtful comment and declared: "After that I was like, the game's on.

"My game was to stay after the twins... sometimes confidence can turn to arrogance for me and they absolutely adore themselves. They're sweet girls but they're a different world from me. They've got $9,000 shoes on and I'm like, 'Man, [mine] are from Dorothy Perkins'."

She later added that although the twins had not ruined her "brilliant time" in the house, there were occasions when she could "have lost [her] rag" with them.

"Them two are vicious... they are confident, they say 'We are a business'. You just go, 'Wow'. They will be massive over here."

Cassidy said at the beginning of the interview that she wanted to make the final to justify leaving her 15-month-old daughter behind.

"I would have liked to have made the final," she said. "I've done two weeks and I've had a really hard time because I missed my daughter really badly. I'm not gonna bulls**t about that, I wanted to make the final."

Cassidy also spoke to host Brian Dowling about her other relationships in the house, saying that she had "mixed emotions" about Michael Madsen and couldn't understand why Nicola McLean received such a negative reaction from the crowd.

When Dowling suggested that some viewers saw the model as deceitful, Cassidy noted: "I'd like to see if she's two-faced. I'd like to see if she's said anything about me. I'll be very upset."

The 28-year-old finished by saying that she wanted Gareth Thomas to win and naming the Shannon twins as her ideal next evictees.

Shocker: Nikita Boss to 'Start Killing People Off'

Shocker: Nikita Boss to 'Start Killing People Off'

Nikita fans, take note: Death, it is-a-comin’.

Without revealing who (or how many) would get the ax, showrunner Craig Silverstein tells that the body count is about to rise on the CW thriller.

“We’ve built up a lot of [cast members], and so we’ve got to start killing them off,” Silverstein warns, adding with a laugh, “Frankly, I can’t afford them all!”

While secondary characters like Roan and one of the many Guardians would seem to be most vulnerable, Silverstein insists a “series regular” title does not equate to safety. “Yes, some of those guys will die,” he teased ominously, “but remember, Ashton Holmes’ Thom was a regular.”

But before you start preparing your permanent goodbyes, the Nikita boss adds that some characters will merely “go away” instead of meeting their maker.

Here are a few more seriously scoopy tidbits from Silverstein:

• Much more Owen is on the way! Silverstein tells us that Devon Sawa hasn’t shot anything new just yet, but, “I want him back for some big stuff near the end of the season.”

• Cassandra won’t actually rear her ugly pretty head again until Episode 17, but she’ll continue to be a thorn in Mikita’s side from afar. “The reality is, this is Michael’s kid” Silverstein confirms. “There’s no twist coming up to refute that.” The EP adds that he is very aware that “a kid shouldn’t be in a spy show” because — simply put — “it’s just not sexy.” That said, “I’m not going to kill the kid or leave him without a mother, so we need to resolve this in a satisfying way — and we will.”

• A cagey Silverstein revealed that Nikita will discover her dear pal Ryan is still alive “very soon.”

• There’s still a small possibility the aforementioned (and very much dead) Thom will pop up again someday, but only if “Ashton’s character, Tyler, dies on Revenge,” Silverstein jokes.

• Sarah Clarke will appear again as Alex’s estranged mother, Katya. “You’re going to see more of her,” he shares. “Alex is going to have to come to figure out what she’s going to do about her mom, how culpable she is and if she is worth saving.”

Revenge Scoop: Rome Star to Romance Victoria

Revenge Scoop: Rome Star to Romance Victoria

It’s out with the old (later, Conrad) and in with the new (hello, hunk from Rome!) for Victoria Grayson.

James Purefoy has landed a recurring gig on ABC’s Revenge playing a new love interest for Madeline Stowe’s Hamptons schemer.

Beginning in Episode 17, the soon-to-be-divorced Victoria is “going to have a big, passionate love affair” with Purefoy’s mystery man, Stowe tells The (which first broke the casting scoop).

Purefoy joins an ever-growing list of Revenge guest stars, which include Courtney B. Vance as a high-powered defense attorney in the upcoming murder trial, and William Devane as the Grayson family patriarch.

Is Parenthood Too Chatty? What Is Finn Thinking? Is J.Lo Dissing Randy? And More TV Questions!

Is Parenthood Too Chatty? What Is Finn Thinking? Is J.Lo Dissing Randy? And More TV Questions!

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, here are some queries we are going to throw at you, from shows including How I Met Your Mother, Glee, Parenthood, American Idol and Happy Endings!

1 | Who else loved the Memento homage on Chuck? And Sarah Walker as the Intersect 3.0? Holy. Crap.

2 | Is Once Upon a Time‘s Evil Queen exclusively styled by Jean-Paul Gaultier? (Not that we’re complaining. At all.)

3 | Is there any living being that The Good Wife‘s Kalinda does not have chemistry with? And on a related note, how about Life on Mars alum Jennifer Ferrin’s transformation from mousy Unforgettable guest star to “hottie geek woman”?

4 | For a spy-in-training, shouldn’t Pan Am‘s Kate be more aware of her loud, clacking heels?

5 | Are Desperate Housewives‘ writers trying to cement Susan’s position as the dumbest character in TV history? Seriously, you go to the home of the man whose body you helped bury in the woods, engage in suspicious conversation with his widow and stepdaughter, then leave a signed check with your name and address in their possession?

6 | Was How I Met Your Mother paying homage to this low-budget Russian version of the show? And was anyone else expecting American Horror Story‘s Tate to pop up when Marshall invaded the basement?

7 | Hawaii Five-0‘s Kamekona sure likes his [FAST FOOD CHAIN NAME REDACTED UNTIL WE SEE A RED CENT] sandwiches, doesn’t he?

8 | Should we all work to make Bachelor bait Elyse’s wild-eyed, incredulous “Who is she?” the first big TV catchphrase of 2012? (These girls have already gotten the ball rolling.)

9 | So, Pretty Little Liars‘ Lucas has been acting like a creepy, psychotic “A” ripoff because… he felt bad about losing Caleb’s money? C’mon.

10 | Is the Parenthood cast encouraged by producers to jump on their co-stars’ lines, or is that just a creative decision they collectively made to drive home the show’s authentic vibe? Either way, it’s getting really out of hand. To the point where it’s almost impossible to understand what anyone is saying.

11 | Why do so many teens on TV – from Gilmore Girls to One Tree Hill to now Glee — think getting married while still in high school or just barely out of it is a good idea? And was anyone else too distracted by the sight of Artie rolling into the pool to focus on the Will/Emma proposal?

12 | Anyone else pleasantly surprised by 90210‘s really well-executed baby twist?

13 | Did Raising Hope boss Greg Garcia have any difficulty sliding by the Fox brass Virginia’s plug for NBC’s “smart” comedies?

14 | Is Happy Endings‘ Alex getting progressively dumber? Elisha Cuthbert is really funny with her deliveries, but we don’t remember Alex being this much of an airhead in Season 1.

15 | Harry Connick Jr. is usually bubbling over with charisma, so why was his new Law & Order: SVU stud a bit of a dud? We’re happy to see Liv gettin’ some action, but this guy needs to emote.

16 | We get it, Charlize Theron is stunning, but why did Top Chef‘s Tom Colicchio deem it appropriate to relentlessly flirt with the guest judge during the elimination challenge?

17 | Was it just the editing, or is American Idol‘s Jennifer Lopez starting to show open disdain for Randy Jackson’s singular brand of verbal diarrhea?

18 | Who else shrieked with excitement during the last seconds of this week’s Vampire Diaries? Wish fulfilled!

19 | Zachary Quinto kinda sorta has to now pop up on The Big Bang Theory, right? Does Evil Wil Wheaton need a sidekick?

20 | This has been nagging us for a few weeks, but why did Up All Night change its marvelous opening credits — which quickly recapped Reagan and Chris’ life — to a hodgepodge of pics that paint them as party animals and highlight Reagan’s work buddies? Perhaps a more grievous offense: Is baby Amy getting a lot less face time?

21 | Just to be clear: Project Runway All Stars doesn’t feature Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia or Michael Kors? Perhaps they should titled it Project Runway All Substitutes?

22 | Did The Soup‘s (admittedly very amusing) merkin shtick between Joel McHale and Lucy Lawless ring any bells for anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Ausiello?

23 | Anyone else rooting for Bobby Newport on Parks and Recreation, if only to see Paul Rudd on a weekly basis?

24 | Really? Entertainment Tonight‘s top two stories on Thursday were about the severed head found near the Hollywood sign and the cruise ship disaster in Italy? What does either have to do with showbiz?

Simon Cowell on Britain's Got Talent: The Voice is competition for us

Simon Cowell on Britain's Got Talent: The Voice is competition for us

Simon Cowell has admitted that BBC One's The Voice will provide a challenge to Britain's Got Talent's ratings supremacy this year.

Cowell has returned to Britain's Got Talent in 2012 after confessing that last year's series with Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff on the panel "wasn't a great year".

The Syco boss will be joined by David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon for the audition shows around the UK, but confessed that he did have concerns about the arrival of the rival musical talent show on the BBC.

Kirk Norcross evicted from Celebrity Big Brother

Kirk Norcross evicted from Celebrity Big Brother

Kirk Norcross has become the fourth person to be evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother house.

The Only Way Is Essex star was named as the first victim of tonight's double eviction after finishing bottom of an eight-way public vote.

He was put up alongside Denise Welch, Frankie Cocozza, the Shannon twins, Michael Madsen, Natalie Cassidy, Nicola McLean and Romeo Dunn in a surprise round of face-to-face nominations on Wednesday (January 18).

Upon hearing the news, Norcross enthusiastically leapt to his feet and hugged his close friend Cocozza.

Saying that he was looking forward to reuniting with his girlfriend, the nightclub promoter told the group: "Don't worry, don't worry... everyone just keep it going."

Norcross left the house to a largely positive reception and waved at audience members as he met host Brian Dowling.

Speaking to Dowling afterwards, Norcross said that he wasn't too sad to be leaving the competition.

"I was ready to go because it was an emotional rollercoaster and it was at the best height today - everyone was getting on with everyone - but there are far better people in [the house] that deserve [to win]," he noted.

Norcross denied that he ever wanted a long-term relationship with fellow housemate Georgia Salpa, even revealing that he has chosen to make up with his former girlfriend.

Discussing his behaviour around Salpa, he said: "That's what I do, I flirt. If you really want a girlfriend you play it a bit cooler, you're not just like, 'Kiss me!' I wanted to have a laugh."

Jennifer Ellison's 2-year-old not allowed in 'Dancing on Ice' audience

Jennifer Ellison's 2-year-old not allowed in 'Dancing on Ice' audience

Jennifer Ellison has spoken out against a Dancing on Ice rule change that prevents her son from seeing her in action.

The former Brookside actress revealed on Twitter that producers have decided children under 6 are no longer allowed to spectate - meaning that her 2-year-old son Bobby will be forced to stay at home.

"Just been told no under 6s allowed in Dancing on Ice audience! Bobbys got his t shirt and thumbs up all ready too! ;(," she wrote, attaching a picture of her child wearing a "vote for my mummy" T-shirt.

"Its a new rule from God at ITV!!! Think it probably coz of the child crying at the top of last weeks show xxx So sad...Absolutely gutted!!! My little man can't watch his mummy in the audience! Bit late in the day to change the rules if u ask me! X"

Ellison later claimed that the stipulation would have a knock-on effect for the rest of her family.

"Oh and to make things worse now my mum can't watch me perform as I have nobody else to leave him with!" she explained. "So no mum and no son in the audience!"

Throughout the night, Ellison has retweeted messages from more than 40 outraged followers.

The 28-year-old previously threatened to pull out of Dancing on Ice over her partner Daniel Whiston's hamstring injury.

Ellison has said before that she feels guilty leaving Bobby and her husband Robbie Tickle to do the show.

Time Warner Cable Launches TWC TV for iPhone

Time Warner Cable Launches TWC TV for iPhone

The latest offer from the second-largest U.S. cable operator allows subscribers to watch live TV from within the home, change channels on their set-top box and manage their DVR from their iPhone.

Time Warner Cable said on Friday that it has launched TWC TV for Apple's iPhone.

TWC TV allows subscribers of the second-largest U.S. cable operator to watch live TV from within the home, change channels on their set-top box and manage their DVR from their iPhone.

The features are available at no additional cost to Time Warner Cable video customers that have a broadband connection. The interactive program guide, channel tuning and DVR management features require a set-top box or DVR using the “Navigator” interactive program guide. The company said the TWC TV app is now available for download from the App Store. It didn't say how many users it expects to draw.

TW Cable was one of the most visible pay TV providers at CES 2012 this month, which drew a positive review from Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker.

Last year, TW Cable ended up in disputes with such cable network owners as Viacom over streamed content on iPads that the cable operator had made available.

'Homeland' EP Howard Gordon on Possibly Killing Brody: 'Everyone's Been on the Chopping Block'

'Homeland' EP Howard Gordon on Possibly Killing Brody: 'Everyone's Been on the Chopping Block'

The Showtime series' boss tells THR's Kim Masters that they weren't sure Damian Lewis' character would survive the season.

There’s apparently a myriad of possible choices when planning a thriller like Showtime’s Golden Globe-winning drama, Homeland. But, imagine if one of its key characters were killed during the first season? Well, that could have been a reality at one point in time.

Showrunner Howard Gordon spoke with KCRW’s The Business host and The Hollywood Reporter’s Editor at Large Kim Masters about reports that the series was planning to kill off Golden Globe nominee Damian Lewis’ character, Sgt. Nicholas Brody.

“In our earliest iterations we weren’t sure the Brody story would last past the year,” Gordon says. “Obviously, everyone has been on the chopping block at one point or another in the story room…. He’s not going anywhere for the foreseeable future, no.”

The former 24 exec producer also speaks about Globe winner Claire Danes’ inspired acting as CIA agent Carrie Mathison, who believed that Brody had been turned by al-Qaeda, his upcoming NBC series Awake, and why he turned away from a career as a novelist.

Listen to the full podcast on KCRW's The Business airing on New York City's WNYC on Jan. 29 and then in L.A. on KCRW Jan. 30.

Three Spike TV Shows to Be Sold By Ben Silverman's Electus

Three Spike TV Shows to Be Sold By Ben Silverman's Electus

"Flip Men," "American Digger" and "Car Lot Cowboys" will be showcased at NATPE for international sale.

The Spike TV shows Flip Men, American Digger and Car Lot Cowboy will be sold outside the U.S. at NATPE by Electus International, the global distribution arm of Ben Silverman’s Electus multimedia entertainment studio.

In an announcement Friday, Electus said it will also be the producer of Car Lot Cowboy, along with 5x5 Media in association with Vem’s Sweatshop Media, which created the series.

“The Spike TV brand has always been synonymous with smart, inventive content which has quickly become a sought-after commodity in the international marketplace,” said John Pollak President of Electus International.

Flip Men, about two young entrepreneurs from Utah,  is a half hour unscripted series created and exec produced by Dave Broome (The Biggest Loser). It premiered on Spike in Oct. 2011.

American Digger, which starts airing on Spike in March, follows a former professional wrestler, Rick Savage, who is a modern day relic hunter. He goes to historic sites and battlefields hoping to unearth a bit of American history which will make him rich. It is created and exec produced by Gurney Productions (Auction Hunters).

Car Lot Cowboy, which starts to air on Spike in April, is about an auto dealership “doctor” whose methods have made him famous in the auto industry. In each episode he will help a different car dealership that is in trouble. It s crated and developed by Vern Miller in association with Vem’s Sweatshop Media and 5x5, which produced Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

Other shows Electus International will be selling at NATPE in Miami Beach next week include Fashion Star, Mob Wives and Chopped.

'Sherlock' series three could air this year, says Steven Moffat

'Sherlock' series three could air this year, says Steven Moffat

Steven Moffat has claimed that Sherlock could return to screens later this year.

The writer also told The Guardian that some of Sherlock's survival scenes have already been filmed.

Last Sunday's series finale 'The Reichenbach Fall' saw the detective (Benedict Cumberbatch) seemingly plummet to his death, only for the character to reappear unharmed in the last scene.

"We've worked out how Sherlock survives," Moffat revealed. "And actually shot part of what really happened. It all makes sense."

The Doctor Who showrunner also joked that he and co-creator Mark Gatiss have imagined a better ending than author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Referring to the plot of Doyle's Final Problem, Moffat added: "He cheated outrageously. He has Watson deduce that Holmes fell off a waterfall. But there was no body. And it only means one thing in a detective show when there's no body.

"We had to have Holmes dying in Watson's arms - and get away with that, which we have."

BBC developing World War II period drama 'Whittington Manor'?

BBC developing World War II period drama 'Whittington Manor'?

The BBC is reportedly developing a new period drama titled Whittington Manor.

The project, based on author Claire Voet's debut novel, follows 16-year-old Sarah Whittington as she finds love in Portsmouth during World War II.

Voet told imediamonkey that an eight-part dramatisation is currently in the works.

"I can confirm that Whittington Manor is being developed into a TV series... and at the moment is being produced by the BBC," she said.

"The first series will be made into eight episodes, and will cover the book in its entirety, with the following series being written by myself and a professional screenwriter from the BBC."

Voet admitted that some comparisons can be made between her series and ITV's hit period drama Downton Abbey.

"[The novel] was likened by critics to current period dramas such as Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs," she said. "But I tried to stay clear of that."

ITV picked up Downton Abbey for a third series in November.

TV historian Simon Schama recently criticised the Golden Globe-winning series, branding it "cultural necrophilia".

'Britain's Got Talent' launch: Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon - pictures

'Britain's Got Talent' launch: Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon - pictures

The new-look Britain's Got Talent judging panel have kicked off auditions in Manchester.

Returning as a full-time judge, Simon Cowell was joined by Amanda Holden and newcomers Alesha Dixon and David Walliams on the red carpet at The Lowry Theatre, where the first hopefuls will take to the stage. Presenters Ant & Dec were also in attendance, along with Britain's Got More Talent host Stephen Mulhern.

ABC Orders Supernatural Drama Pilot From 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Gossip Girl' Producers

ABC Orders Supernatural Drama Pilot From 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Gossip Girl' Producers

"666 Park Ave." revolves around a young couple tasked with managing a historical New York apartment building where the residents have all made deals with the Devil.

The network has picked up to pilot 666 Park Ave., an hourlong drama from Alloy Entertainment, the producers of The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle and Gossip Girl.

From Warner Bros. Television and Alloy, 666 Park is based on the book series by Gabriella Pierce. Like the books, the drama centers on an innocent couple from the midwest that moves to New York and gets hired to be resident managers of a building on the Upper East Side. There, unbeknownst to the couple, the residents have all unwittingly made deals with the Devil to have their deepest needs, ambitions and desires fulfilled.

David Wilcox is attached to adapt the project and executive produce alongside Alloy's Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo.

The project marks a reunion of sorts for ABC entertainment chief Paul Lee and Alloy executives, who worked together when Lee was at ABC Family.

666 Park joins a growing crop of Alloy dramas that include ABC Family's The Lying Game, Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game. It marks the fourth drama ordered to pilot at the network this season, joining Shawn Ryan's Last Resort, the untitled Roland Emmerich election project and Shonda Rhimes' period hotel piece Gilded Lillys.

TV Tonight 21st of January 2012

TV Tonight 21st of January 2012

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

    48 Hours Mystery S25E12: "Showdown in the Bedroom"
    Area no Kishi S01E03: "Episode 3"
    Austin City Limits S37E14: "Fleet Foxes / Joanna Newsom"
    Bakuman. S02E16: "Episode 16"
    Behind The Music S12E33: "TBA"
    Bleach (US) S13E09: "Friendship? Hatred? Haineko & Tobiume"
    Cardfight!! Vanguard S02E03: "Caesar's Empress"
    Casualty S26E19: "Trust"
    Celebrity Big Brother S09E18: "Series 9, Episode 18"
    Color Splash S10E09
    Cops S24E16: "A Crash, An Arrest & A Baby"
    Cops S24E15: "Off-Campus Arrests"
    Fairy Tail S03E19: "Elza vs. Azuma!"
    Harry Hill's TV Burp S11E13: "Series 11, Episode 13"
    Ich bin ein Star - Holt mich hier raus! S06E09: "Folge 9"
    Kinderen geen bezwaar S08E03: "Aflevering 3"
    Live At The Apollo S07E08
    Match of The Day S47E30: "Season 47, Show 30"
    Metal Evolution S01E09: "Shock Rock"
    My Big Redneck Vacation S01E01: "I Like to Move it Move it"
    My Cat From Hell S02E03: "On the War Path"
    My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic S02E14: "The Last Roundup"
    Oddities S03E07: "Fingernails and Just For Males"
    Oddities S03E06: "The Smoking Lung"
    Pit Boss S03E02: "Crossroads"
    Pit Bulls and Parolees S03E09: "Cut Loose"
    R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour S02E17: "Night of the Mummy"
    Saturday Kitchen S10E30: "January 21, 2012"
    Shakugan no Shana S03E15: "Rout in the Rain"
    Take Me Out (UK) S03E03: "Series 3, Episode 3"
    Take Me Out: The Gossip S01E03: "Episode 3"
    The Dog Whisperer S08E04: "Army Brats"
    The Football League Show S03E21: "Series 3, Episode 21"
    The Jonathan Ross Show S02E03
    The Magicians (2011) S02E03: "Series 2, Episode 3"
    The Million Pound Drop Live S08E04: "Series 8, Episode 4"
    Total Wipeout S05E08: "Winter Wipeout (6)"
    Ultimate Factories S04E11: "Lego"
    Who The (Bleep) Did I Marry? S02E14: "No Bigger Gamble"
    Who The (Bleep) Did I Marry? S02E13: "Duty, Honor, Lies"
    You've Been Framed S19E19: "January 21, 2012"
    Zero no Tsukaima S04E03: "The Insanity of the King of Ignorance"

Matthew McConaughey Gets 'Dazed and Confused' Again for Butch Walker Clip

Matthew McConaughey Gets 'Dazed and Confused' Again for Butch Walker Clip

This is what we love about Matthew McConaughey; we get older, he stays the same age. Or at least he seems to in the new video for the Butch Walker song "Synthesizers."

"Lincoln Lawyer" star McConaughey, 42, reprises his role of lecherous stoner Wooderson, from the 1993 film "Dazed and Confused," for the Walker clip. In the video, McConaughey rolls up his T-shirt sleeves, slaps on the 'stache and goes on the prowl in a nightclub to get down and check out the action.

"If you love 'Dazed' and you loved Wooderson, you'll see this and you'll probably get the tickle box pretty quick," McConaughey said of the video in an interview with VH1.

All right, all right, all right.

William Shatner's Priceline Negotiator: Don't Be So Sure He's Dead

William Shatner's Priceline Negotiator: Don't Be So Sure He's Dead

Like James T. Kirk at the end of "Star Trek: Generations," William Shatner's character, The Negotiator, plunges to his death at the end of a new commercial.

But don't count The Negotiator out just yet ...

The new ad spot -- which you can see below and which begins airing on TV Monday -- finds the "Boston Legal" Emmy winner on a bus that flies off a bridge and explodes in a fiery heap below.

But spokesman Brian Ek confirms to TheWrap that Shatner, who has been the company's celebrity spokesman for 14 years, remains under contract with

Ek said the travel site wanted a bold spot to promote its published-price hotel service, which accompanies its name-your-own price service.

"Our agency recommended that, if we really wanted to grab people's attention, we needed to do a spot that was truly over the top," he said. "We did."

The spot will also air twice during the Super Bowl pre-show on Feb. 5, and the company will debut a new commercial during the game. But note that the title of the commercial doesn't say The Negotiator is dead; it only says this is his "last deal."

Tracy Morgan Mocks Gay Rant Controversy on '30 Rock' -- But GLAAD Is Laughing

Tracy Morgan Mocks Gay Rant Controversy on '30 Rock' -- But GLAAD Is Laughing

Tracy Morgan sent up his gay slur controversy on Thursday's "30 Rock," but this time GLAAD is laughing.

Morgan landed in the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation organization's crosshairs last summer when he joked during a standup routine that he would stab his son to death if he were gay. After the remarks went viral, NBC programming chief Robert Greenblatt and "30 Rock" creator Tina Fey issued statements condemning the act.

Morgan apologized to the gay community for the routine and met with GLAAD and victims of anti-gay violence.

The rainbow tour of remorse's final stop may have been on Thursday's "30 Rock."

In the episode, Tracy Jordan (Morgan's clueless onscreen ego) sparks a protest after he angers audiences with a homophobic standup routine.

His boss, Liz Lemon (Fey) demands he apologize, telling him, “You’re a public figure and, believe it or not, the dumb things you say may influence or hurt people."

But Morgan mistakenly apologizes to the makers of Glad bags, rather than to the anti-defamation group.

GLAAD appeared to be in on the joke.

GLAAD’s Senior Director of Programs Herndon Graddick told The New York Times, “I thought it was hilarious. We’ve been called worse than trash bag manufacturers and look forward to seeing the second part next week.”

Ratings: 'American Idol' Down Again; 'The Firm' Slips Further

Ratings: 'American Idol' Down Again; 'The Firm' Slips Further

"American Idol" continued to slip Thursday night after dropping with its season premiere Wednesday night, while NBC's new drama "The Firm" continued its slide, according to preliminary numbers.

Fox's "American Idol," which Wednesday night premiered to a 24 percent decline versus last season's premiere, dropped off another 19 percent with Thursday's installment, clocking a 5.7/15 in the adults 18-49 demographic and receiving 14 million total viewers. That was similar to the percentage dip that the show experienced between last season's first and second night. "Idol" was still the night's top-rated program, and pushed Fox to a ratings win with an average 3.9/10 in the demo. It also boosted "The Finder" at 9 p.m., which grew 29 percent from last week's premiere with a 2.2/5 in the demo and 6.7 million total viewers.

CBS took the second-highest ratings of the week with "The Big Bang Theory" at 8, which scored a 5.3/15 in the demo and 15.7 million total viewers. "Rob" at 8:30 dropped 12 percent from its strong premiere last week, hitting a 3.6/9 in the demo and drawing 11.7 million total viewers. "Person of Interest" at 9 received a 3.3/8 in the demo and 14.3 million total viewers, while "The Mentalist" the following hour drew a 2.9/8 and 14 million total viewers. The network took most-watched status for the night with an average 14 million total viewers.

At NBC, "30 Rock" at 8 fell 11 percent from last week's season premiere to a series low of 1.6/4 in the demo, and 4 million total viewers. "Parks & Recreation" at 8:30 increased slightly for a 2.0/5 in the demo and 4.3 million total viewers, while "The Office" ran flat with last week for a 2.9/7 in the demo and 5.9 million total viewers. "Up All Night" followed at 9:30, posting a 1.9/5 in the demo and 4 million total viewers. The night closed with "The Firm" at 10, which dropped 10 percent compared to last week with a 0.9/2 in the demo and 3.4 million total viewers.

ABC's night began on a down note, with "Wipeout" at 8 dropping 18 percent for a 1.8/5 and 5.8 million total viewers. "Grey's Anatomy" the following hour was also down, slipping 11 percent for a 3.4/8 and 9.3 million total viewers. "Private Practice" ended the evening with a 2.1/5 in the demo and 6 million total viewers.

Real Life Beavis and Butt-Head Will Haunt Your Dreams

Real Life Beavis and Butt-Head Will Haunt Your Dreams

Makeup effects artist Kevin Kirkpatrick ("Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," "American Horror Story") recently decided to build models reflecting what animated MTV delinquents Beavis and Butt-Head would look like if they were actual people, because ... well, apparently because he hates us all very much and never wants us to sleep ever again.

The results would probably speak for themselves, if they weren't drowned out by the horrified screams of whoever gazes upon these images.

Hopefully Kirkpatrick doesn't decide to do the same thing with "Daria."