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zondag 5 februari 2012

Another Development Update......

Another Development Update......

BAD FAIRY (Nickelodeon, New!) - Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas ("My Super Psycho Sweet 16") have landed a pilot commitment for their multi-camera comedy, about "the unlikely friendship between a rebellious teen fairy and an 'adorkable' 14-year-old girl who form a bond as they help each other navigate the perils of both teenage and fairy life." Production on the pilot starts next week in Los Angeles with Eric Seaton set to direct. (

BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE (NBC) - Ernie Hudson has landed a role on the pilot, an imaginative and thematically rich ensemble "what if" drama set 10 minutes in the future where families of mechanical human beings exist to service the human population -- that is until some of the mechanicals begin to "awaken." He'll recur as Jack, the senior partner of Gregory's (James Murray) law firm. Also starring in the project are Andrea Parker, Cody Christian, David Conrad, Frances Conroy, Jud Tylor, Madisen Beaty, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Patrick Heusinger and Tovah Feldshuh. Stephen Hopkins is directing from a script by Michael McDonald. (

CHELSEA GENERAL (TNT) - Jamie Bamber ("Battlestar Galactica") is the latest addition to the David E. Kelley-penned drama pilot, about the lives of five surgeons as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings. He's on board as supernova vascular neurosurgeon Dr. Tyler Wilson, who has a fling with a fellow neurosurgeon Dr. Tina Ridgeway (Jennifer Finnigan). Bill D'Elia is directing the hour, which is based on Sanjay Gupta's upcoming novel "Monday Mornings." (

QUEAN (CBS) - Spanish helmer Jaume Collet-Serra ("The River") has been tapped to direct the drama pilot, about a female hacker who teams with Oakland police to help solve crimes. He'll work from a script by Ilene Chaiken, who executive producing alongside Joel Silver for Warner Bros. Television. (

- Eric Kripke's drama, about "a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist," has officially been ordered to pilot by the Peacock. Said hour is set up at the Warner Bros. Television-based Bad Robot with J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk executive producing alongside Kripke. NBC had previously given the project a production commitment with a $2 million penalty. (

UNTITLED DANA GOULD PROJECT (FX, New!) - Dana Gould is set to star, write and executive produce a new comedy for the cable channel about "a rock band on the verge of mega-stardom who finds itself on the verge of breaking up and is forced to seek professional help in a last-ditch effort to stay together." Foo Fighters' lead vocalist/songwriter Dave Grohl is also on board to executive produce the half-hour as are 3 Arts Entertainment's Tom Lassally and Gerber Pictures' Dave Becky and Bill Gerber. No studio was indicated. (

UNTITLED JOHN LEGUIZAMO PROJECT (ABC, New!) - John Leguizamo is set to star and executive produce a potential single-camera comedy at the Alphabet inspired by his professional, personal and family life in New York City. The half-hour is set up at ABC Studios and the search is underway for a writer. Executive producing alongside Leguizamo will be his manager Jeff Golenberg as well as David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films and Television. (

UNTITLED SARAH SILVERMAN PROJECT (NBC) - Comedian Tig Notaro and former "Lost" star Ken Leung are the latest additions to the comedy pilot, which stars Silverman as Susan Farrow, a woman who returns to her old life after a breakup, ready to pick up where she left off and finds it's not as easy as she thought because those around her have moved on. Notaro will play one of Susan's new friends, Beth Ann, "a tenant in the building who has a 4 year-old daughter"; while Leung is set to recur as Gene, "a shut-in who spends most of his time of his time on his couch, wrapped in a blanket and watching TV." Harris Wittels and June Diane Raphael also star in the 20th Century Fox Television-based half-hour, which Ken Kwapis is directing from a script by Silverman, Dan Sterling and Jon Schroeder. (

Eve Myles interview: future of Torchwood, Gwen Cooper, theatre and Zach Braff

Eve Myles interview: future of Torchwood, Gwen Cooper, theatre and Zach Braff

The magnificent Eve Myles is back in the UK, following several months living in Los Angeles while Torchwood: Miracle Day was being filmed. And, what's more, she's treading the boards, starring in a new play with Zach Braff (who wrote it), by the name of All New People.

Here, Eve tells us about the play, about working with Zach, and then chats about the future of Torchwood, and of Gwen Cooper...

I should start by telling you that I've read a book.

Well done! [claps]

Thanks! It’s by a man called David Weston, called Covering McKellen, and in it, he charts understudying Sir Ian McKellen as King Lear on an RSC world tour for a year.

And what he really gets across is the day to day variance of a theatre performance. One, for instance, that stuck with me was the absence of a director on a daily basis, once the show is set up.

Given what you’ve just come from, and the weight of TV work you’ve been doing, is it that differing culture that’s brought you back?

I think the kind of need I had to come back was that I’d done so much theatre up until the point of doing the first series of Torchwood, which kind of took over my life for five years. It was a wonderful, wonderful experience.

But with a play, for me, there’s no time to sit back on it. You’re living on your instincts. And, every night there are subtle changes and adjustments, because what’s in front of you is a living, breathing audience. They will tell you, straight away, what works and what doesn’t work.

It’s a very strange partnership, they are like your silent partner. You’re doing a performance so that they enjoy it. They don’t care whether I enjoy it. I don’t care whether I enjoy it! I want them to come to the theatre.

This play is 90 minutes. Every play should be 90 minutes. There would be so many more theatre-goers if plays were shorter.

Do you really think that?

I do, because 90 minutes is a blast of fun. This play has a very dark undercurrent to it, but that’s what makes it as funny as it is, because you’re dealing with real people. Heightened situations, but dealing with being young, lonely, and needing.

Is it almost a 90 minute exercise then in holding your nerve? You talk about the audience giving you instant feedback, presumably the discipline for you is not overreacting to that?

Sometimes with comedy you can fall into the trap of trying to please the audience too much. You can’t do that. We’ve still got to tell the story of All New People. We’ve still got to tell what we’ve been doing in rehearsals.

If certain gags get bigger laughs than we expect, then there’s a certain discipline you’ve got to have, not to tip it over the edge. Because if you start expecting that big laugh every night, you start playing it differently. Suddenly, the laughs get smaller, because you’re playing it for a laugh, you’re not playing it for real.

What Zach is drumming into us, and Peter, the best director I’ve ever worked with, what they’re drumming into us constantly is that we play everything straight. We play everything for real. As an actor, that goes against everything in your body, because you know it’s funny, you know the lines are funny, but the situation is even funnier. Played straight, it’s brilliant.

Do you remember when Stephen Fry was in the play Cell Mates? I remember reading what Simon Gray wrote about one of the performances, where he was livid, because he thought his leading man had gone for an easier laugh, damaging the tone of the rest of the play.

Did you read the book he wrote about Cell Mates? I did a study on it in college.

You can’t do too many things. If you stay truthful to what you’ve done in rehearsals, and truthful to the script, then you can’t go wrong?

Presumably, you also have to always be aware that it’s the audience’s first night, even if it’s your last?

Exactly. And you’ve got to go in there and give them 90 minutes of a great time. Because they’ve spent a lot of money to get there, to sit there, and look forward to it all day. To go out there and be able to do that live for people is the best job in the world.

My favourite bit in Zach’s Garden State is where Natalie Portman tugs her ear. Does he give you an ear tug moment in this?

He doesn’t.

I’d drop out, then.

Yeah. Better cancel. He didn’t tug anything, unfortunately. [Laughs]

We last met up just as Torchwood: Miracle Day was about to start, you’d been living in Los Angeles for months. Was the play giving you something to get back to some sort of normality?

Since I’ve come back I’ve done Baker Boys for the BBC. Afterwards, last year had been such a whirlwind of events, just incredible, I was having lots of stuff sent, and there was nothing that I wanted to do. As a jobbing actor, I never get a script and go I can’t be bothered with this. Life doesn’t work like that. For a movie star, maybe, but for a jobbing actor, that doesn’t happen.

When this came up, I kept saying that next year, I want to go back to theatre. I’d done six years of television, I don’t want to fall into the rut of just being a TV actor. The discipline you have to come back to with theatre is massive. It’s brilliant for an actor, it reminds you why you did this job in the first place.

I’ve never done comedy, so my idea was to do a play, hopefully with some comedy in it, and it would be great to do it in the West End. So when this came about, a comedy for Sky came about too. My agent said there’s a script coming through for you, and you may have an audition on Monday. They’re going to have a think about you.

She explained who it was, and I thought I’m not going to read a script that I may have an audtion for on Monday. I’d rather go to the park with my daughter. I don’t have time for that.

But the script came through on the Friday. And on the second page, I was reading it out loud. It was brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. 40 minutes, I’d read it, and I was like, I’d better be seen for this on Monday. This is what I want to do next. This is what I need to do.

So I did the audition on Skype, which was probably the most bizarre evening of my life, with Matilda [Eve’s daughter] watching Alice In Wonderland in the background...

The Tim Burton/Johnny Depp one?

No! The proper one, the proper one!

She’s shouting “I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date!” in the background, with me doing a big, heavy scene.

You know, in one line, you’ve cost yourself a role in the next Tim Burton film, don’t you?

Literally. Yes!

I had to do this. I’m petrified, but that’s why I need to do it. I don’t want to ever feel that I’m going to work, and I can do it. I want to be like, can I do this?

Torchwood, then! Where is it?

It’s in limbo. It went down sensationally well, better than we’d hoped. I know that Russell has put out what his situation is at the moment, so things have been on hold for a while. And that’s all I know. There’s no closure on it at all at the moment.

Do you think we’ll see it again?

This happens every time! All the time! There was never going to be a second, there was never going to be a third...

What does your gut say?

Yes. It says that it definitely won’t be 2012, I’m guessing 2013. A movie, to draw a line under it.

You think that’ll be it, one last hurrah?

We appreciate our fans too much. And Russell appreciates his fans too much, and all the support they’ve given us from day one. If Russell wanted to do another one, he’d do it. And he’d do it as a thank you to everyone who supported us. I know that they mean the world to him.

What format do you think? An American television movie, or a big screen release?

I’d imagine it’d be a screen release. Then, that’d be the end of a massive chapter for all of us. The fans, Russell, Julie, me, John. It’d close it.

Do you think Gwen has to die in the end? You have almost the Jack Bauer challenge with her?

No, I don’t. And I am looking at it as an outsider. Every year, you’re expecting to turn to page 16, and go, oh I’ve been shot in the face. You just expect it, it’s Torchwood. But no. I don’t think so.

I think they’ve really developed that character into a fantastic everyday hero. I don’t think that it would be right to take somebody like her out of the equation.

My reading of Gwen has always been that living is harder for her than dying.

Yes, absolutely. She lives, especially from when Ianto died, in complete guilt. And she loses people around her all the time. It’s always the ones who are left behind who suffer. So I don’t think they’d kill her off. But saying that, we never knew that Tosh, and Owen, and Ianto, Alexa, they would be killed off. It depends on what story [Russell] wants to tell. If he tells the story of, in the first scene, Gwen gets shot in the face, and it’s then backstory...

That’d be the Hitchcock way to do it.

Wouldn’t it?! It’d be great.

So I’ll write down that you want to be shot in the face, Zach Braff tugs things, and you don’t want to work with Tim Burton. You know how the Internet works, I’ll distill everything you’ve said down to that.

[Laughs] Oh Christ!

I think if she does die, she’s going to die fantastically.

Beyond Torchwood, beyond theatre, looking ahead, I’d imagine that once you’d been exposed in America, to coin a phrase, for six months or so, the offers must change.

The general rule from talking to others is that once you’ve had success in a female sci-fi role, 90% of anything you get through is a watered down derivative of what you’ve done. Has that been the case with you, and have the offers been changing? What are you looking for?

Inevitably, offers do change. Scripts get sent, and are you interested, rather than the other way around. It also happens because I didn’t start a year ago. I started in my second year of drama school, doing television.

You did Shakespeare early, too.

Yeah, I did it straight out of drama school. I did four television jobs, then straight into the RSC. So I’ve done it for a long time, I’m in it for the marathon and not the sprint. I also understand that you’re very popular one moment, and not the next. So I’m a stickler for good scripts.

I wouldn’t do anything because it’s money, or it’s the next big blockbuster. I do it because it challenges me, it’s a good piece of writing, and it frightens me a bit.

Future-wise, I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing. Stay grounded, and try to enjoy the work I do. As soon as I start feeling miserable, then I need to change the work I do, or try another medium. Maybe a radio play, or something completely different.

My goal is to stay happy in my work, and to do quality work. For people to see me in different things that they did not expect me to do. If they come to see me in All New People, they will be able to go, I can’t believe that’s Gwen Cooper.

Fox Shifts 'Raising Hope,' 'Teenage Daughter' Returns to Schedule

Fox Shifts 'Raising Hope,' 'Teenage Daughter' Returns to Schedule

The network's two-hour comedy block begins March 6.

Fox is making some changes to its new two-hour comedy block this March, while Glee is on hiatus.

Beginning Tuesday, March 6, Raising Hope will lead off the the night with its new time slot premiere at 8 p.m., followed by the return of I Hate My Teenage Daughter at 8:30 p.m. Teenage Daughter, which has only aired four episodes, has been off the air since Dec. 21 and Hope normally follows New Girl.

Anchoring the 9 p.m slot, New Girl continues with new episodes followed by the season premiere of Breaking In at 9:30 p.m.

In December, Fox released its midseason schedule announcing that Breaking In would air following New Girl encores in the 8 p.m. hour, followed by New Girl and Hope.

Glee will air its winter finale on Feb. 21 before returning with new episodes April 10.

Development Update.....

Development Update.....

1600 PENN (NBC) - Josh Gad and Jon Lovett's comedy, about "a dysfunctional First Family where the out-of-control oldest son returns home and becomes not only it's biggest liability but also the glue holding everyone together," is on track for a pilot commitment. Gad is also on board to star in the half-hour as the aforementioned son. Jason Winer will direct the single-camera project, which is set up at 20th Century Fox Television, as well as executive produce alongside the duo. (

ANGER MANAGEMENT (FX) - Selma Blair has been tapped to star in the Charlie Sheen-led comedy, about a former baseball player with anger issues who winds up as an unconventional anger management therapist. She'll play his therapist, who's envisioned as a love interest for him. She joins Shawnee Smith, who was cast last week as Charlie's ex-wife. Production on the Lionsgate Television-based series begins in March. (

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (The CW) - Gary Fleder ("Life Unexpected") is set to direct and executive produce the drama pilot, about Catherine Chandler, a police detective who teams with Vincent Koslow, a genetically altered Afghanistan war veteran, to solve crimes in New York City. Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper are behind the hour, which is set up at CBS Television Studios. Fleder is also executive producing - but not directing - ABC's own take on "Beauty and the Beast," which is set in the mythical city of Kendan and concerns itself with a princess tasked with quelling a rebellion. Jonathan E. Steinberg penned said take, which comes from ABC Studios. (

COLUMBINE (Lifetime, New!) - Dave Cullen's 2009 book about the tragic events surrounding the deadly 1999 school shootings in Columbine is being developed as a mini-series by the cable channel. Said tome is detailed as "a portrait of hatred, which delves into the shooting's effects on the survivors, victims' families and the community." Tommy O'Haver ("An American Crime") is on track to write and direct the project with Michael DeLuca ("Moneyball"), Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler ("Mildred Pierce") in talks to produce should it move forward. (

FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER (NBC) - Ken Kwapis has closed his deal to direct the comedy pilot, about a quirky family that has dinner together every Friday night. He'll work from a script by Greg Daniels who's executive producing alongside Howard Klein for Big Talk Productions and Universal Television. David Koechner is in talks to star as part of his talent deal with the studio. (

LAST RESORT (ABC) - Andre Braugher ("Men of a Certain Age") has booked a lead role on the drama pilot, about "the crew of the U.S.S. Nevada, a nuclear submarine, who, after disobeying a suspicious order, become fugitives, ultimately taking over the NATO Listening Station and declare themselves an independent nuclear nation." He'll play the sub's commander, Captain Marcus Chaplin, who's detailed as "a veteran of real combat, a leader by nature; nerves of steel; a patriot, but will not follow any man blindly." Daniel Lissing also stars in the Sony Pictures Television-based hour, which Martin Campbell is directing from a script by Karl Gajdusek and Shawn Ryan. (

LET IT GO (A.K.A. UNTITLED DJ NASH PROJECT) (FOX) - D.J. Nash has landed a pilot order for his single-camera comedy, about "a married couple, his best friend, and her sister as they try to navigate, negotiate, and sometimes manipulate society's unspoken rules." Said half-hour is set up at the Sony Pictures Television-based Fedora Entertainment with the company's Peter Tolan and Michael Wimer executive producing alongside Nash. (

MUST HIRE (A.K.A. UNTITLED AGNEW & JORNE PROJECT) (FOX) - Reed Agnew and Eli Jorne's comedy, about "an uptight, young executive who hires his dad for an entry level position and is shocked to discover that his new hire is a disruptive office clown," has snagged a pilot commitment from the network. Sony Pictures Television is behind the half-hour with FanFare's Jamie Tarses and Julia Franz executive producing alongside the duo. (

MY IDIOTIC TWENTIES (CBS) - Michael Angarano ("Will & Grace") has booked the lead role on the comedy pilot, about "a commitment phobic ad agency exec who, after breaking up with his girlfriend, realizes he has to continue working with her one cubicle away." He'll play said fellow, Jake, who's detailed as "good-looking in a nerdy way, supplements any confidence issues with humor, think John Krasinski, just a bit more confused." Nick Stoller is writing and directing the single-camera half-hour for the 20th Century Fox Television-based Chernin Entertainment. (

OH F---, IT'S YOU (CBS) - JoAnna Garcia Swisher ("Better With You") is set to star in the comedy pilot, about a guy who has a health scare and realizes that his best friend and business partner of 15 years is "the one" and now must figure out how to break it to her. She'll play the gal in question, Wendy Cooke ("an adorable bundle of energy"), in the Warner Bros. Television-based project, which comes from executive producers Greg Malins and Greg Berlanti. The actress was previously attached to an untitled effort from Shana Goldberg-Meehan at ABC that didn't move forward. (

REBOUNDING (FOX) - Joe Port and Joe Wiseman's single-camera spec, described as "an uplifting comedy about a man recovering from the death of his fiance with help from friends on his pick-up basketball team," has landed a pilot order at the network. Steve Levitan is also on board to executive produce the half-hour with Jason Winer directing for 20th Century Fox Television. (

THE SMART ONE (A.K.A. UNTITLED PORTI DE ROSSI PROJECT) (ABC) - The Portia de Rossi-led multi-camera comedy has found a new home at ABC, where it has a pilot commitment. The Don Todd-penned half-hour revolves around "a brilliant and successful woman who has to go to work for her less brainy but more popular sister - a former beauty queen, weather girl and now big city Mayor." Said effort was originally set up at NBC in September with a put pilot commitment however the Peacock ultimately passed on the project. Todd, Ellen DeGeneres and Lauren Corrao then are executive producing via DeGeneres's Warner Bros. Television-based A Very Good Production. (

UNTITLED DAVID AYER PROJECT (HBO, New!) - "Training Day" writer David Ayer and producer John Lesher are set to team for a potential drama at the pay channel about "U.S. Special Forces soldiers who take on new lives undercover inside the LA underworld, blurring the line between the war on terror and the war on drugs." Ayer will write, direct and executive produce with Lesher likewise serving as an executive producer. (

Channing Tatum: 'I'm more nervous than I can say about hosting SNL'

Channing Tatum: 'I'm more nervous than I can say about hosting SNL'

Channing Tatum has confessed that he is incredibly nervous about hosting Saturday Night Live.

The Haywire actor will guest on the NBC sketch comedy series tonight (February 4) for the first time alongside the Grammy-nominated Bon Iver.

"I'm more nervous then I could probably tell you," Tatum said to MTV News.

"It happened so sort of constant and fast, you don't really get a chance to think about it all too much. Like, you go home, you think and think and think, then you pass out and your alarm goes off, and then you come and do it again."

However, Tatum went on to say that the Saturday Night Live cast members have helped put him at ease, adding: "They take care of you so much, so they really set you up to succeed.

"Everyone is so at the top of their game as far as writing and acting, and this is a machine like I've never seen before. I wish movies ran this efficient; we would make them better."

Harry Hill 'to sign £2m movie deal with Channel 4'

Harry Hill 'to sign £2m movie deal with Channel 4'

Harry Hill is reportedly planning a move to Channel 4 to make a feature-length film.

The comedian quit his long-running ITV1 series TV Burp back in September after rejecting a £1m pay rise which would have seen his salary top £4m.

He is now said to be in talks with Channel 4 boss Jay Hunt about a movie and a sketch show and hopes to sign a £2m deal when his golden handcuffs contract with ITV ends in April.

"Harry has lots of ideas and fancies doing something different for a while, especially his own film. That doesn't really fit in with ITV's plans for him so he is interested in doing a deal with Channel 4," a source told The Mirror.

"They have offered him big budgets and a lot of creative freedom to make what he wants, and that's what attracts him to the offer more than the pay cheque.

"He has been earning millions with ITV for years so it is not all about the money. For Harry it's all about doing projects he loves so it seems almost certain he'll head to Channel 4. And all his fans would love to see a Harry Hill movie."

The film could be released in cinemas and on DVD as well as being shown on Channel 4. A new Harry Hill television series is likely to launch around the channel's 30th anniversary in November.

Hill originally rose to prominence on Channel 4 with The Harry Hill Show, which ran for three series from 1997 before he moved to ITV.

Hill's move back to Channel 4 is said to have been prompted by creative differences with agent Jon Thoday, managing director of TV Burp producer Avalon. He was at the centre of a bidding war between Sky and the BBC after splitting from Thoday last year.

Russell Kane, Greg James for BBC Three quiz show

Russell Kane, Greg James for BBC Three quiz show

Russell Kane has reportedly signed up to host a new BBC Three show.

Look At The State Of You will see people answer a series of unusual questions such as 'How much would you need to be paid to chop off your toe?'

BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James will also present the six-part series, according to The Sun.

Other questions asked on Look At The State Of You include: "Where in the country are people most likely to have slept with a friend's partner?"

Kane was recently hired to front BBC Three's Live At The Electric, featuring young comedians performing stand-up routines.

James has previously presented Sun, Sex and Holiday Madness and Young, Jobless and Living at Home on BBC Three.

He split from Ellie Goulding last month following an 18-month romance.

'Strictly' Bruno Tonioli: 'Nancy Dell'Olio lawsuit was nonsense'

'Strictly' Bruno Tonioli: 'Nancy Dell'Olio lawsuit was nonsense'

Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli has dismissed Nancy Dell'Olio's threat to sue him over comments made on the show as "nonsense".

Dell'Olio stated that she was considering legal action against Tonioli after he quipped that she appeared to have "inhaled two gallons of Veuve Clicquot" for a performance on last year's series.

The Italian entrepreneur also demanded an apology from Alesha Dixon for describing her as "not very feminine".

However, Tonioli has since branded Dell'Olio's warnings as "all talk" and claimed that none of his Strictly comments are ever meant to be personal.

"It was nonsense. Once the performance is over, I don't discuss it. It's nothing personal," he told the Daily Mail. "All the dancers know they'll get hit like a ton of bricks if they try and bring something up with me afterwards.

"I'd only have taken it seriously if it came from my lawyer, and I never heard a thing. It was all talk. And I know more people than she does!"

Tonioli also laughed of Dell'Olio's claim to have been responsible for Strictly's ratings success.

"Oh, she must be joking! She can't mean that seriously," he scoffed. "People have the opportunity to raise their profile through our show. I never played it that way, but good for her. There are people who make careers out of doing that."

LA Reid signs up for second season of 'X Factor' USA

LA Reid signs up for second season of 'X Factor' USA

LA Reid will reportedly be returning to The X Factor USA.

The Epic Records chairman signed a contract on Friday (February 3) tying him into resuming his role as judge on the show for its second season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fellow judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, as well as host Steve Jones, have all confirmed their exit from the show within the last week.

Mariah Carey was recently reported to have been approached by Simon Cowell to fill one of the vacant spots on the judges' panel.

However, Carey's husband Nick Cannon denied the suggestions, saying that the role would be a "step down" for the singer.

It was also alleged that Cowell has offered Beyoncé $100m (£63m) to join The X Factor USA.

Sarah Chalke To Star In ABC’s ‘How To Live With Your Parents’ Comedy Pilot

Sarah Chalke To Star In ABC’s ‘How To Live With Your Parents’ Comedy Pilot

Scrubs alumna Sarah Chalke is set as the lead in the ABC comedy pilot How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life, from Accidentally on Purpose creator Claudia Lonow. The multi-camera/hybrid comedy, produced by 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Imagine Television, is in the mold of another 20th TV comedy, How I Met Your Mother – a multi-camera comedy that is shot without live audience and features more scenes than a regular sitcom. Based on Lonow’s own life, How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life, which can certainly vie for the longest series title crown, is described as an outrageous comedy with lots of heart. It centers on Polly (Chalke), a recently divorced, single mom, who moves in with her eccentric parents, Elaine and Max, a couple who’s full of life but knows no boundaries. The casting stems from the development/talent holding deal Chalke signed with 20th TV in the summer. It keeps Chalke, repped by UTA and John Carrabino, on ABC where she is recurring on the upcoming season of Cougar Town. She recently co-starred on the short-lived CBS comedy series Mad Love.

Ratings Rat Race: ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ Down In Return; ‘Gifted Man’, ‘Fringe’, ‘Grimm’, ‘Nikita & ‘Supernatural’ Tie Lows

Ratings Rat Race: ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ Down In Return; ‘Gifted Man’, ‘Fringe’, ‘Grimm’, ‘Nikita & ‘Supernatural’ Tie Lows

Friday night poses a lot of questions, and not only the network propensity to schedule shows with questions as titles on the night, like Who Do You Think You Are? or What Would You Do?. Questions like: Is the night doomed for regular-budget fare, especially scripted originals? Can anything besides older-skewing shows like Blue Bloods or newsmagazines thrive on Friday? Last night provided some more food for thought.

With a lineup of reality/newsmagaines, ABC tied CBS’ scripted dramas, the second time this season that ABC has done it with CBS’ Friday lineup in originals. Additionally, all younger-skewing shows tied their season/series lows last night: Fox’s Fringe (1.1/3), which was down a tenth from last week; NBC’s Grimm (1.4/4), which tumbled 22% from its last original 2 weeks ago as the show transitions from a Chuck to a Who Do You Think You Are? lead-in; the CW’s Nikita (0.5/2), even with its last new episode 3 weeks ago; and Supernatural (0.7/2), also flat with its season low 2 weeks ago. They were joined by CBS’ freshman A Gifted Man (1.2/4), which matched its series low in its return to originals after 2 weeks off. The network’s other 2 Friday dramas, CSI: NY (1.6/5, 10.2 million) and Blue Bloods (1.7/5, 11.3 million) were both down a tenth in 18-49 from their last originals 2 weeks ago. CBS, the only Big 4 to maintain an all-scripted Friday lineup, is taking a first step toward changing that this midseason, with the introduction of Undercover Boss to the night in 2 weeks.

At 8 PM, the third season premiere of NBC’s  docu-reality series Who Do You Think You Are? (1.1/4, 6 million) was down 15% from the show’s second-season premiere the same night last year. Still, given that Who Do You Think You Are? replaced the low-rated Chuck, it posted NBC’s largest audience and tied the second highest 18-49 rating in the hour this season. Fox’s newly renewed Kitchen Nightmares (1.6/5, 3.8 million) was up 14% from last week to take back the demo lead in the hour from ABC’s Shark Tank (1.5/5, 5.2 million) which was flat with last week. Among the newsmagazines, ABC’s Primetime: What Would You Do? (1.4/4) was down 18%, 20/20 (1.7/5) was up 13%. NBC’s Dateline (1.1/3) was down a tenth.

Fox Picks Up Two Sony TV Comedy Pilots Produced By Peter Tolan & Jamie Tarses

Fox Picks Up Two Sony TV Comedy Pilots Produced By Peter Tolan & Jamie Tarses

Fox has handed two more comedy pilot orders, both cast-contingent.

Let It Go, written/executive produced by DJ Nash (Traffic Light) and executive produced by Peter Tolan, is an ensemble comedy about a married couple, his best friend, and her sister as they try to navigate, negotiate, and sometimes manipulate society’s unspoken rules. CAA-repped DJ Nash, currently co-executive producer on NBC’s Bent, is exec producing with Tolan and Tolan producing partner Michael Wimer. Sony TV is producing with Tolan’s Fedora banner.

Must Hire, from Sony TV and Jamie Tarses’ Fanfare, was written by Reed Agnew and Eli Jorne (Wilfred) who executive produce with Tarses and Julia Franz. It centers on an uptight, young executive who hires his dad for an entry level position and is shocked to discover that his new hire is a disruptive office clown.

Bobby Cannavale Joins HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ As New Regular In Season 3

Bobby Cannavale Joins HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ As New Regular In Season 3

A new man will be threatening Nucky Thompson’s reign on the upcoming third season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Bobby Cannavale has joined the cast of the mob drama as a series regular. He will play Gyp Rosetti, a charming but ruthless gangster who challenges Nucky (Steve Buscemi). The cast of Boardwalk Empire, created by Terence Winter and executive produced by Winter, Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson, is a regular short following the demise of Michael Pitt’s character in the second season finale. The series repeated as a double SAG Award winner this past weekend in the best drama ensemble and best actor (Buscemi) categories. Cannavale, Emmy-winner for his recurring role on Will & Grace, recently completed a ten-episode arc on Nurse Jackie and wrapped production on the feature Lovelace. The actor, repped by ICM and Framework, starred alongside Chris Rock on Broadway last year in The Motherfucker With The Hat.

Bill Maher Performs 'Unbaptism' on Mitt Romney's Dead Father-in-Law

Bill Maher Performs 'Unbaptism' on Mitt Romney's Dead Father-in-Law

The outspoken atheist took it upon himself to free the late scientist of his posthumous Mormon baptism.

Bill Maher is making waves (and history) after performing the very first "unbaptism" live on HBO.

The outspoken atheist took it upon himself to free the late father of Mitt Romney's wife from his posthumous baptism, in which he was named a member of the Mormon religion.

"In case you didn't hear, it was discovered last week that Edward Davies, Ann Romney's father -- an enthusiastically anti-religious scientist who called organized faith 'hogwash,' was posthumously baptized in the Mormon tradition 14 months after he died," he said on Friday's episode of Real Time With Bill Maher. "They tried to do it sooner, but he wouldn't stop spinning in his grave."

Donning a sorcerer's hat and wielding a magic wand, Maher then produced a black and white photograph of Davies, on which he performed his mystical ritual. The brief ceremony was made complete with references to Laverne and Shirley, Harry Potter and The Blair Witch Project.

"By the power granted in me by the Blair Witch," he declared, "I call upon the Mormon spirits to leave your body the fuck alone."

"Brother Edward, in this world you had to put up with Mitt Romney," he concluded. "You've suffered enough."

'The Only Way Is Essex' Lucy and Mario on rocks, Arg skates

'The Only Way Is Essex' Lucy and Mario on rocks, Arg skates

The Only Way Is Essex continues with more laughs, romances and bust-ups this weekend on ITV2.

James 'Arg' Argent is given a rollerskating treat by Joey Essex and Diags to help him get over his sad break-up from Lydia Bright.

Meanwhile, new cast member Cara Kilbey stirs up matters between Lucy Mecklenburgh and Mario Falcone further by revealing that she was one of the girls that Falcone has been sexting

Confronting Falcone later in the episode, Mecklenburgh says: "I don't understand though, Mario. Why was I not enough in the first place? You're messaging absolute skanks.

"They're disgusting. Why are you messaging them? Why?"

Talking about her previous affair with Mark Wright, she adds: "I was drunk and I made a stupid mistake. You're stone cold sober messaging girls to meet them…"

The Only Way Is Essex airs Sunday at 10pm on ITV2

Mark Wright, Dougie Poynter pitching 'fun-packed' TV show

Mark Wright, Dougie Poynter pitching 'fun-packed' TV show

I'm a Celebrity stars Dougie Poynter and Mark Wright are reportedly hoping to land their own TV show.

The former TOWIE castmember has been pitching to producers "a high-energy, fun-packed entertainment" format featuring himself and the McFly bassist, the Daily Star reports.

"Mark and Doug are itching to land their own TV show, something they can front together as a duo," a source said. "Mark has loads of ideas and is really serious about trying to get producers to consider them.

"They're both really active and sporty so a high-energy, fun-packed entertainment show would be ideal. They have a huge fan base, individually and together. Most girls fancy them but they also appeal to men as they've got the blokey banter."

The insider claimed that Poynter and Wright, who finished winner and runner-up respectively of last year's I'm a Celeb, are hoping to channel the reality show's hosts for their new project.

"Mark has admitted Ant & Dec are a huge inspiration," they said.

In recent times, Wright has also been tipped to release a dating book and star in a British crime film alongside Kelly Brook and Danny Dyer.

TV Tonight 5th of February 2012

TV Tonight 5th of February 2012

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

    Äkta Människor S01E04: "Episode 4"
    Alaska State Troopers S03E11: "Warrant Wonderland"
    Bakemonogatari S02E05: "Episode 5"
    Beelzebub S02E04
    Being Human (UK) S04E01: "Eve of the War"
    Brave 10 S01E05: "Episode 5"
    Californication S05E05: "The Ride-Along"
    Call The Midwife S01E04: "Series 1, Episode 4"
    Country Tracks S03E29: "Episode 105"
    Cupcake Wars S04E09: "Year of the Cupcake"
    Dancing on Ice S07E09: "Series 7, Show 5"
    Dancing on Ice S07E10: "Series 7, Show 5 (Result)"
    De Pappenheimers S10E13: "Season 10, Episode 13"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E151: "Episode 1831"
    Digimon Xros Wars S03E18
    Got to Dance S03E37: "Live Semi Finals - 2"
    Heartland (CA) S05E13: "Aftermath"
    House of Lies S01E05: "Utah"
    Hugh's Three Hungry Boys S01E04: "Episode 4"
    Hunter X Hunter Remake S01E18: "Big x Time x Interview"
    Ingen Grenser S02E06: "Season 2, Episode 6"
    Kidou Senshi Gundam Age S01E17: "Friendship, Love and Mobile Suits"
    Less Than Kind S03E06: "Lawyers and Cougars and Bankers, Oh My!"
    Luck S01E02: "Episode 2"
    Masterpiece S42E05: "Downton Abbey II: (Episode 5)"
    Match of The Day S47E34: "Derby City v Nottingham Forest Live"
    Mirai Nikki S01E17: "Episode 17"
    Moretsu Uchuu Kaizoku S01E05: "Episode 5"
    My Fair Wedding S05E12: "TBA"
    One Piece (JP) S06E18r
    Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle S01E18: "Treason Against the Light"
    Rinne no Lagrange S01E05: "Episode 5"
    Shameless (US) S02E05: "Father's Day"
    Ski Sunday S34E06: "Series 34, Episode 6"
    Something For The Weekend S07E05: "Series 7, Show 5"
    Super Bowl S46E01
    That Sunday Night Show S03E05: "Series 3, Episode 5"
    The Hotel S02E06: "Series 2, Episode 6"
    The Only Way Is Essex S04E03: "Series 4, Episode 3"
    The Voice (US) S02E01: "Post-Super Bowl Episode"
    Time Team S19E03: "Dunwich"
    Top Gear S18E02: "Series 18, Episode 2"
    Toriko S01E43: "Episode 43"
    Toughest Place To Be A .... S02E02: "Fisherman"
    Wild at Heart S07E05: "Series 7, Episode 5"
    Witse S09E05: "Blauwe droom"
    Под прикритие S02E12: "Season 2, Episode 12"

'The Big C': Gabourey Sidibe becomes series regular

'The Big C': Gabourey Sidibe becomes series regular

Gabourey Sidibe has been promoted to series regular on The Big C.

Sidibe has appeared in the show since the first season as Andrea, who strikes up a friendship with her teacher Cathy (Laura Linney).

She will now become a main cast member in the third season, TV Line reports.

Sidibe was previously nominated for an Oscar for her role in the movie Precious and also recently appeared in the film Tower Heist.

News of her promotion comes shortly after Showtime announced that Susan Sarandon has landed a major role in the show. Victor Garber has already signed up for a guest spot.

The third season of The Big C will return to Showtime on April 8. The second season is currently airing in the UK on Thursdays at 10pm on More4.

'Dallas' Charlene Tilton considers quitting 'Dancing on Ice' every day

'Dallas' Charlene Tilton considers quitting 'Dancing on Ice' every day

Dallas actress Charlene Tilton has admitted that she has considered quitting Dancing on Ice.

The 53-year-old US star told Lorraine that the fear of getting a bad injury was making her seriously doubt her place on the ITV1 reality show during training.

"At my age it doesn't take a huge fall to really get hurt, it could take something really that simple," said Tilton. "Every day, I say I want to quit and I think 'I'm done, I'm finished, I can't do it.'"

Tilton claimed that it was only her part-time work with people with disabilities that was motivating her not to withdraw from the competition.

"Back in LA I work with actors with autism and I teach acting to a group of people with disabilities, and I'm getting so many lovely texts, emails and messages," she said.

"I can't be hypocritical and quit and not try my best when my students who have so many more struggles than I do are doing so well. I have to practise what I preach."

Tilton is the 4/5 bookies favourite to be axed from the show this week, ahead of Rosemary Conley (2/1), Sam Nixon (6/1) and Heidi Range (10/1).

Dancing on Ice continues on Sunday nights on ITV1.

Jamie Bamber joins David E Kelley's medical drama 'Chelsea General'

Jamie Bamber joins David E Kelley's medical drama 'Chelsea General'

Jamie Bamber has won a lead role in TNT medical drama pilot Chelsea General.

The project - from Harry's Law creator David E Kelley - is based on CNN medical correspondent Dr Sanjay Gupta's novel Monday Mornings.

It will chart the careers and personal lives of five surgeons working in a high-pressure environment, according to Deadline.

Bamber will play Dr Tyler Wilson, a neurosurgeon who had a romantic fling with a colleague, played by Better with You's Jennifer Finnigan.

Best known for playing Lee 'Apollo' Adama on Battlestar Galactica, Bamber appeared on Law & Order: UK from 2009 to 2011 and has since featured in episodes of House and CSI: Miami.

Kelly and Gupta will executive produce Chelsea General, with Boston Legal's Bill D'Elia hired to direct the pilot.

Other projects in the works at TNT include Frank Darabont's L.A. Noir and police dog drama Scent of the Missing starring Tricia Helfer.

Adam Levine: 'I would audition for The Voice'

Adam Levine: 'I would audition for The Voice'

Adam Levine has revealed that he would audition for The Voice if he were a struggling musician today.

The 'Moves Like Jagger' singer dropped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (February 2) to discuss The Voice's second season premiere, which debuts after the Super Bowl on Sunday (February 5).

Levine told Jimmy Fallon during the interview that he thinks he could succeed much more easily on The Voice than on similar talent shows like American Idol and The X Factor USA.

"I think if I was ever going to do one of those shows, I would do The Voice," Levine said. "I really trust the people that are doing the coaching… I love everybody else on the show. It's just a great vibe and everyone's a singer - everyone's a great singer, at that. I just kind of trust it."

Levine also confirmed rumours that he will duet with fellow Voice coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton on a medley of Prince's greatest hits in the second episode of The Voice, airing Monday (February 6).

'Game of Thrones' Kit Harington teases 'tempestuous' Jon Snow romance

'Game of Thrones' Kit Harington teases 'tempestuous' Jon Snow romance

Kit Harington has revealed new details about the second season of Game of Thrones.

The actor - who plays Jon Snow on the HBO fantasy drama - told MTV News that his character will have a "tempestuous relationship" with new character Ygritte (Rose Leslie).

"I'm not allowed to go into details... but I will say that it's nice for Jon to meet a woman," he teased. "Watch this space, honestly - [Rose is] amazing."

Harington also hinted that Jon will have a more action-packed role in the new episodes.

"Jon gets to fight more," he confirmed. "In the first season, it was all training yard stuff, and the world he's going into [this season] is very much more real. The fighting he has to do, it's for real. It's not play fighting."

He added that the popularity of Game of Thrones seems to be "snowballing" throughout the world.

"It keeps getting more momentum," he admitted. "I think it's one of those things - a TV show, the longer it's out there and is doing well, word of mouth spreads it around, and then more and more people watch it. It's... fantastic for us."

Game of Thrones will return on April 1 on HBO in the US and on April 2 on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

Madonna to Joe Francis: Nyah, Nyah, I Wasn't Performing 'Girls Gone Wild' at the Super Bowl Anyway!

Madonna to Joe Francis: Nyah, Nyah, I Wasn't Performing 'Girls Gone Wild' at the Super Bowl Anyway!

Sorry, Joe Francis; Madonna won't give you a chance to rake in a Super Bowl payday.

On Friday, David R. Houston, attorney for "Girls Gone Wild" mogul Francis, sent Madonna a letter, threatening legal action if she performs her new song of the same name at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday. The letter was obtained by TMZ.

Houston told the singer, "[Y]our misappropriation of my clients' trademark will not be tolerated" and accused her of trying to take a "free ride" on "the valuable consumer goodwill and brand recognition of my clients' trademark." ("Girls Gone Wild?" Goodwill?)

Noting that Francis is "ready and willing to pursue legal action," Houston is demanding that Madonna "negotiate an immediate licensing agreement for use of the Trademark" and pay Francis' attorney's fees in the matter.

Oh, and he also insisted that the Material Mom promise not to "perform or market the song at the Super Bowl this Sunday."

As it turns out, Francis could have given his lawyer the day off, because Madge doesn't plan to perform the song -- and never did.

"The song will not be performed at Super Bowl halftime show," Madonna's publicist told TheWrap. "It was never a possibility. She has confirmed she will be performing her new single and three of her gems from the past."

Her new single, of course, being "Give Me All Your Luvin'," which was released Friday.

"Girls Gone Wild" is on Madonna's upcoming album "MDNA," which is scheduled for a March 26 release but went on presale at iTunes on Friday.

In the letter, Houston said that his "research" indicated that Madonna would be performing the song at the Super Bowl.

Perhaps now Francis can get back to what he should really be outraged about over Madonna's halftime show -- the singer's vow that there won't be any wardrobe malfunctions this year.