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vrijdag 17 februari 2012

Going on Vacation....

Going on Vacation....

I am going on a short vacation to London, to visit the BBC studios and to audition for Big Brother UK 2012.

TV News will be back on Monday the 20th.

MSNBC Parts Ways with Pat Buchanan

MSNBC Parts Ways with Pat Buchanan

Pat Buchanan is officially out as a commentator for MSNBC, after being suspended from the network for controversial statements in his most recent book.

The network confirmed that it had severed ties with conservative icon and former presidential candidate Buchanan, saying in a statement, "After ten years, we've parted ways with Pat Buchanan. We wish him well."

Buchanan had not appeared on MSNBC since late last year.

He was suspended from the network following the publication of "Suicide of a Superpower," which bore such eye-catching chapter titles as "The End of White America" and "The Death of Christian America." Some detractors deemed the book racist and anti-Semitic, though Buchanan denied the allegations.

The writing appeared to be on the wall for Buchanan in January, when MSNBC president Phil Griffin said that he didn't believe the book "should be part of the national dialogue, much lass part of the dialogue on MSNBC, according to the Huffington Post.

In a column penned on Thursday, Buchanan blasted his detractors, writing, "All the while prattling about their love of dissent and devotion to the First Amendment, they seek systematically to silence and censor dissent."

Developement Update.....

Developement Update.....

44TH STREET (HBO, New!) - "NewsRadio" creator Paul Simms has booked a potential Broadway-themed single-camera comedy at the pay channel about "two veteran theatre actors struggle to find success amidst a world of upstarts and critics." Simms penned the half-hour on spec specifically for the network. No other details were given. (

666 PARK AVENUE (ABC) - Terry O'Quinn ("Lost") is the first to land a role on the drama pilot, about "a young couple who accept an offer to manage one of the most historic apartment buildings in New York City where they begin to experience supernatural occurrences, which complicate and endanger the lives of everyone in the building." He's been cast as Gavin Doran, the building's elegantly dressed owner. David Wilcox is behind the Warner Bros. Television-based hour, to be helmed by Alex Graves. (

AMERICAN JUDY (ABC) - Mimi Kennedy ("Dharma & Greg") has been cast in the Judy Greer-led comedy pilot, about "a cosmopolitan woman who gets married and becomes a fish out of water in the suburbs having to juggle stepkids, her mother-in-law and the ex-wife of her husband, who also happens to be the town sheriff." She'll play said mother-in-law, who also happens to be named Judy. Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont and Greer herself co-created the half-hour, which is set up at ABC Studios. (

ARROW (The CW) - "Gossip Girl" alums Katie Cassidy and Willa Holland have both been cast in the drama pilot, a modern retelling of the story of DC Comics character Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), better known as Green Arrow. Holland will play Thea Queen, "Oliver's celebutante younger sister who's testing the boundaries of acceptable behavior," whom he nicknamed "Speedy" as a child. Cassidy then is set as Dinah "Laurel" Lance, "a young legal clinic attorney who shares a romantic past with Oliver." David Ramsey and Susanna Thompson also star in the Warner Bros. Television-based project, from co-creators Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim. David Nutter is directing. (

THE ASSET (FOX) - Ali Larter ("Heroes") has booked the title role on the drama pilot, about Anna King, a globe-trotting CIA agent whose cover is that of a renowned photojournalist. 20th Century Fox Television is behind the hour, which Neil Burger is directing from a script by Josh Friedman. (

BABY BIG SHOT (CBS) - Toni Trucks ("The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2") is the first to be cast in the drama pilot, about Martina Garretti, "a working-class woman who uses her street smarts to compete with her more polished colleagues at a top New York law firm." She's set as Cyndi Leary ("if Cyndi weren't Martina's secretary, the two women could be besties") in the hour, which comes from Sony Pictures Television and creator Dana Calvo. (

THE CARRIE DIARIES (The CW) - Stefania Owen ("Running Wilde") is the first to be cast in the "Sex and the City" prequel, which follows Bradshaw in high school during the 1980s. She'll play Dorrit, Carrie's gawky 14-year-old sister who's "rebelling in the most obvious of ways: dying her hair, getting arrested, acting out." Miguel Arteta is directing the project from a script by Amy B. Harris for the Warner Bros. Television-based Fake Empire. (

DADDY'S GIRLS (NBC) - Nicky Whelan ("Hall Pass") has scored a role on the comedy pilot, about Penelope "Pen" Morton (Christine Woods), a young doctor who returns home from Doctors Without Borders to find her father is seriously dating the "mean girl" from her high school. She'll play said girl, Holly Timmons ("29, the blond bombshell of every guy's dreams; fun, demonstrative, at ease"), in the 20th Century Fox Television-based half-hour, which also stars Brenda Song. Pamela Fryman is directing from a script by creator Dana Klein. (

- Dania Ramirez ("Heroes") is likewise the first to board the drama pilot, about four maids with ambition and dreams of their own while they work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. She's set as one of the quartet, Rosie Falta ("35, sweet and vulnerable"), "a single mother who left her son back in Mexico when her husband died, slipped into El Norte and now works as the housemaid/nanny for a pair of self-absorbed and successful actors." Marc Cherry is behind the ABC Studios-based hour, to be directed by Paul McGuigan. (

DO NO HARM (NBC) - Steven Pasquale ("Rescue Me") has booked the lead role in the drama pilot, about Jeffrey Kohn, "a brilliant neurosurgeon who wrestles with his dangerous alter-ego Ian Price that threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and professional life." Alana De La Garza and Ruta Gedmintas co-star in the Universal Television-based hour, from director Michael Mayer and writer David Schulner. Pasquale had been attached to the USA pilot "Over/Under," which presumably is not moving forward. (

FRIEND ME (CBS) - Parvesh Cheena ("Outsourced") has scored a role on the comedy pilot, about best pals Rob and Evan (both yet to be cast) who have just moved to L.A. from Indiana to start new jobs at Groupon. He'll play Mike, an Indian-American grad student in mathematics who'll spend his entire life on university campuses, one of their friends from back home. Ajay Sahgal and Alan Kirschenbaum penned the half-hour, which comes from CBS Television Studios. (

MAJOR CRIMES (TNT) - Kearran Giovanni ("One Life to Live") has scored a role on the Mary McDonnell-led "The Closer" spin-off, due this summer on the cable channel. She'll play Detective Amy Skyes, "an ambitious undercover police detective and military veteran who served in Afghanistan." G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz and Phillip P. Keene also star in the project, with Robert Gossett, Jon Tenney and Jonathan Del Arco also set to recur. (

- Benjamin Walker ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter") is in talks to star in the original movie, about the boxing legend's battle with the Supreme Court over his Muslim beliefs as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. He would play Kevin Kennedy, "a Supreme Court clerk who championed the issue and wrote the briefs that ultimately resulted in approving Ali's status as a conscientious objector." Ali - who will appear in the film via actual news footage - ultimately was "convicted by a Houston court in 1967 and spent three years exiled from the ring as his case journeyed to the Supreme Court." Stephen Frears is helming the project from a script by Shawn Slovo. Frank Doelger, Tracey Scoffield and Jonathan Cameron are the executive producers with Scott Ferguson producing. (

MY IDIOTIC TWENTIES (CBS) - Adam Campbell and Amanda Lund have both scored roles on the comedy pilot, about Jake (Michael Angarano), a commitment phobic ad agency exec who, after breaking up with his girlfriend, realizes he has to continue working with her one cubicle away. They'll play his co-workers Will ("mid-30s, in denial of adulthood and so dresses and acts too young") and Hannah ("20s, beautiful perma-temp but with crazy eyes") in the project, which also stars Chris Smith and Randall Park. 20th Century Fox Television is behind the project, from writer/director Nicholas Stoller. (

PRAIRIE DOGS (ABC) - Kal Penn ("How I Met Your Mother") has snagged the lead role on the comedy pilot, about Neil, an uncool cubicle worker at one of the coolest companies in the world who becomes the victim of identity theft and ultimately engages the charismatic conman to help him change his life. Said role ("late twenties, just on the nerdy side of handsome") reportedly includes a development component should the project not make it to series. Michaela Watkins also stars in the ABC Studios-based half-hour, from co-creators Jackie and Jeff Filgo. (

REBOUNDING (FOX) - Hayes MacArthur ("Perfect Couples") and Malcolm Barrett ("Better Off Ted") are the first to board the comedy pilot, about Danny Markle, "a man recovering from the death of his fiance with the help of the idiots on his pickup basketball team." They'll play two of said fellows: Dave Teller ("tall, good-looking guy's guy; by far the best athlete in this crew") and presumably, the character formerly known as Ravi Shah ("29, Indian American, mannered, fastidious, a little uptight"). Jason Winer is directing the 20th Century Fox Television-based project, from co-creators Joe Port and Joe Wiseman as well as executive producer Steve Levitan. (

UNTITLED HILARY WINSTON PROJECT (NBC) - Aubrey Dollar ("Women's Murder Club") has boarded the comedy pilot, about Agnes Little, "a shy, focused woman who, after being dumped by her fiance, leans on her co-workers to help her come out of her shell and plot her revenge." She'll presumably play one of her chemist co-workers, either Hope ("27, an eager narcissist") or Lizzy ("sexy and seems out of place in a tight dress and high heels"). Adam Shankman is directing the Sony Pictures Television-based half-hour from a script by Hilary Winston. (

Charlie Sheen: 'Ashton Kutcher sucks on Two and a Half Men'

Charlie Sheen: 'Ashton Kutcher sucks on Two and a Half Men'

Charlie Sheen said that he does not approve of Ashton Kutcher in Two and a Half Men, blaming the show's writers for his performance.

The actor - who was replaced on the CBS sitcom because of behaviour deemed inappropriate in his personal life - said he thought that the show has gone downhill since his departure.

Sheen told TMZ Live: "I'm tired of lying, I'm tired of pretending like the show doesn't suck, I'm tired of pretending like Ashton doesn't suck, I'm tired of pretending like they're not completely adrift.

"When you take away the anchor from your show, which they stupidly did, you go adrift."

Sheen was fired from Two and a Half Men last year after publicly ridiculing producer Chuck Lorre.

The 46-year-old actor was reportedly seeing several women at a time - who he referred to as his "goddesses" - and was urged to get help for other personal problems by those close to him.

Sheen added: "It's nothing personal. I just feel bad for [Kutcher], he's saddled with such bad writing. I mean, I had some pretty bad writing over the years.

"You know, when the show was good, it was so great... but now, it's like there's no... there's just nothing about it that's fresh or interesting. I mean, I forget that it's on the air."

Sheen's outburst comes after being threatened with legal action by Warner Bros for using an image associated with his former show in promotion for his upcoming programme Anger Management.

TV Tonight 17th of Febuary 2012

TV Tonight 17th of Febuary 2012

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

    20/20 S34E24: "One Moment in Time: The Life of Whitney Houston"
    A Gifted Man S01E14: "In Case of Co-Dependents"
    Air Crash Investigation S11E11: "Nowhere to Land"
    Alaska Wing Men S02E07: "Deadly Descent"
    Amagami SS S02E07: "Episode 7"
    America's Most Wanted S25E12: "Season 25, Episode 12"
    Ancient Aliens S04E01: "The Mayan Conspiracy"
    Ancient Aliens S04E02: "The Doomsday Prophecies"
    Anderson S01E100: "New Toddlers & Tiaras Controversy"
    Antiques Road Trip S04E05: "Series 4, Episode 5"
    Bering Sea Gold S01E04: "A Viking Funeral"
    Black Rock Shooter S01E03: "Episode 3"
    Blade Anime S01E06: "Bad Blood"
    Blue Bloods S02E14: "Parenthood"
    Coach Trip S09E15: "Series 9, Day 15"
    Come Dine With Me S18E29: "Series 18, Series 25"
    Come Dine With Me S18E30: "Series 18, Come Dine With Me"
    Coronation Street S53E33: "Fri Feb 17, 2012 [Episode 1]"
    Coronation Street S53E34: "Fri Feb 17, 2012 [Episode 2]"
    Dateline NBC S21E23: "FR2123"
    Days of our Lives S47E71: "Ep. #11781"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E162: "Episode 1842"
    Dickinson's Real Deal S08E54: "Series 8, Episode 54"
    Doctors S13E201: "A Taste of Honey"
    EastEnders S28E29: "February 17, 2012"
    Emmerdale S41E41: "February 17, 2012"
    Escape To The Country S12E34: "Somerset"
    Flikken Maastricht S06E03: "Gif"
    Four Weddings (2010) S03E28: "...and Men in Kilts"
    Fringe S04E13: "A Better Human Being"
    General Hospital (US) S49E224: "#12498"
    Generator Rex S03E14: "Hermanos"
    Generator Rex S03E13: "Mind Games"
    Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden S22E120: "Season 22, Episode 120"
    Gold Rush: Alaska S02E15: "Frozen Out"
    Got to Dance S03E48: "Series 3, Episode 48"
    Guilty Crown S01E17: "Episode 17"
    High School DxD S01E07: "Episode 7"
    Hollyoaks S18E35: "February 17, 2012"
    Home and Away (AU) S25E20: "Episode 5455"
    House Hunters S48E34: "Looking For a Home In Austin"
    House Hunters International S25E37
    House of Anubis S02E60: "House of Reckoning"
    House of Anubis S02E59: "House of Zodiacs"
    Hustle S08E06: "Series 8, Episode 6"
    I Shouldn't Be Alive S05E11: "Lost in the Jungle"
    Infested S02E08: "The Most Horrifying"
    Inu x Boku SS S01E06: "Rather Than Thinking"
    Jeopardy! S28E110: "Show #6315"
    Kill Me Baby S01E07: "Episode 7"
    Kitchen Nightmares S04E14: "Charlie's"
    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon S02E223
    Late Show with David Letterman S19E29
    Law & Order: UK S06E07: "Fault Lines"
    Live From the Artists Den S04E03: "Death Cab for Cutie"
    Live with Regis and Kelly S29E124
    Mastermind (UK) S40E17: "Series 40, Show 17"
    Mastermind (UK) S40E16: "Series 40, Show 16"
    Michael Feinstein's American Songbook S02E03: "Saloon Singers"
    Neighbours S28E30: "Episode 6340"
    Nikita S02E15: "Origins"
    On Freddie Roach S01E05: "TBA"
    Persona 4 The Animation S01E19: "It's School Festival Day! Time to Have Fun!"
    Pointless S05E119: "Series 5, Episode 119"
    Popstokk S02E07
    Portlandia S02E07: "Motorcycle"
    Real Time With Bill Maher S10E06: "Season 10, Episode 6"
    Romanii au Talent S02E01: "Auditii #1"
    Room 101 S12E05: "Alistair McGowan, Hilary Devey, Josh Groban"
    Safari Vet School S01E07: "Episode 7"
    Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta S03E11: "Live for Today, Hope for Tomorrow"
    Senhime Zesshou Symphogear S01E07: "Episode 7"
    Shark Tank S03E05: "Season 3, Episode 5"
    Spartacus: Blood and Sand S02E04: "Empty Hands"
    Stella (UK) S01E07: "Episode 7"
    Supernatural S07E15: "Repo Man"
    Sweet Home Alabama S03E06: "A Love Song"
    The Chase (2009) S05E34: "Series 5, Episode 34"
    The Ellen DeGeneres Show S09E103: "Reese Witherspoon, Nathan Lane"
    The Graham Norton Show S10E16
    The Jeremy Kyle Show S07E110: "February 17, 2012"
    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson S08E30: "Margaret Cho"
    The Life and Times of Tim S03E10: "The Smug Chiropractor / Corporate Disaster"
    The Real Hustle (UK) S11E04: "Celebrity Chancers: Episode 4"
    The Revolution (2012) S01E25: "Season 1, Episode 25"
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno S19E244: "Dave Salmoni, the Fray"
    The View S15E108: "The fourth annual mutt show"
    The Young and the Restless S39E231: "Ep. #9846"
    Thuis S17E125: "Season 17, Episode 125"
    Tyler Perry's House of Payne S07E49: "Pills and Thrills"
    Tyler Perry's House of Payne S07E52: "Guess Who Came to Breakfast"
    Tyler Perry's House of Payne S07E51: "Payne vs. Payne"
    Tyler Perry's House of Payne S07E50: "Scars of Payne"
    Undercover Boss S03E04: "Checkers & Rally’s"
    Wanted Down Under S06E35: "Series 6, Episode 35"
    World's Toughest Trucker S01E07: "Episode 7"
    WWE Friday Night SmackDown! S12E73: "Season 12, Episode 73"

Eamonn Holmes, Harry Hill, Amy Childs, James May top TV rich list

Eamonn Holmes, Harry Hill, Amy Childs, James May top TV rich list

Eamonn Holmes has topped a new TV rich list after reportedly earning nearly £3 million last year.

Compiled by OK magazine, Holmes's £2.8 million for his contracts with Sky News for Sunrise and ITV for This Morning made him 2011's highest-paid television star.

TV Burp's Harry Hill and reality star Amy Childs came joint second with £2.75 million, while Top Gear's James May ties with BBC Two's Hairy Bikers in fourth place.

Richard Hammond, May's fellow Top Gear presenter, sits sixth with an alleged £2.4 million annual pay package, while X Factor host Dermot O'Leary and Baking Made Easy's Lorraine Pascale are joint seventh with £2 million each.

Match of the Day's Alan Hansen (£1.8m) and ITV's Adrian Chiles (£1.6m) round off the list in ninth and tenth respectively.

'True Blood's Alexander Skarsgård: 'Christopher Meloni is so hot'

'True Blood's Alexander Skarsgård: 'Christopher Meloni is so hot'

Alexander Skarsgård has described his new True Blood co-star Christopher Meloni as "so hot".

The 35-year-old, who plays the Viking vampire Eric Northman on the HBO series, praised the former Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star.

"He's really, really good," Skarsgård told MTV News. "And a great guy."

He went on to say that Meloni could be shirtless in his new role on the supernatural series.

"Maybe, maybe not," Skarsgård said. "He's so hot."

Skarsgård recently suggested that Eric and Bill (Stephen Moyer) will develop a "bromance" on the fifth season of True Blood.

Meloni will play an ancient and powerful vampire with control over Eric and Bill.

'Voice' Judges All Returning for 3rd Season -- in the Fall

'Voice' Judges All Returning for 3rd Season -- in the Fall

All four "Voice" judges will return to the NBC hit for a third season that will air -- for the first time -- in the fall, TheWrap has learned.

TheWrap reported previously that Christina Aguilera had agreed to return for $10 million for the season.

Now, Cee-Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton have all agreed to return as well, all with substantial pay raises, according to two individuals close to the negotiations. They have arranged their schedules for a fall debut, which NBC is preparing to announce shortly.

The individuals said that Green, Levine and Shelton will see their pay roughly doubled to $6 million.

A spokeswoman for NBC said that the judges were not settled upon yet. "No final decisions have been made," she told TheWrap.

Representatives for the judges declined to comment or did not immediately return calls for comment Thursday.

But insiders told TheWrap that Levine of "Maroon 5" had been holding out because of the scheduling issue. He and his band have an album nearing completion, and tour dates and promotion of the album had to move to accommodate the show's move to the fall.

"The Voice" was a breakout midseason hit for NBC when it debuted in April 2011. This season, the show -- which has aired three episodes -- has the highest averaging ratings on television. It averages an 8.4 rating/21 share in the crucial 18-49 demographic and 21.3 million viewers overall. It owes that average largely to huge ratings for the premiere, which aired in the plum spot after the Super Bowl.

We previously reported that NBC was considering moving the show to the fall. Now, with the agreement to bring back the four-judge panel, that decision has been made, according to knowledgeable individuals.

The network is expected to announce the decision in the next two weeks.

That scheduling decision would have the show, now a midseason hit, airing at the same time of year as Fox's "X Factor."

'Mad Men' delay was 'incredibly frustrating', says Jon Hamm

'Mad Men' delay was 'incredibly frustrating', says Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm has described the 18-month Mad Men hiatus as "incredibly frustrating".

Hamm, who stars as Don Draper in the 1960s ad agency drama, spoke about the disputes between AMC, Lionsgate TV and show creator Matthew Weiner, which meant that the gap between the fourth and fifth season has been extended.

Mad Men's fourth season ended in the US in October 2010. It returns to screens in March on AMC in the US and on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

Speaking at a BAFTA Q&A event at the Curzon Mayfair, Hamm commented on the delay: "I think there are studio people here so I have to watch my ass. The show was picked up piecemeal. So the pilot was made and then they had to wait for a season to be made.

"The first season was made, won awards and then they had to wait for a second season. After the second season they made two more seasons and then we had to wait again.

"The wonderful thing about the world of media consumption we live in now is that everything is monetised. The people who own things have to determine how the money gets split up. That was a discussion at a far higher level than my pay grade. The deals had to be made for the people who write in the show and then all the people who act in the show. And that took a long while."

He added: "It was incredibly frustrating, but it's part of the business. I wish at the start of the show we had just said that we were picking up for seven years. I understand it's frustrating as a fan of a show. The closest I can remember is when The Sopranos was off the air for a year and a half. I remember saying, 'Make the show again, goddamit'."

Season five of Mad Men starts on AMC on March 25. It premieres in the UK on Sky Atlantic on March 27.

Donald Trump on Celebrity Apprentice: 'Clay Aiken not what I expected'

Donald Trump on Celebrity Apprentice: 'Clay Aiken not what I expected'

Donald Trump has said that Celebrity Apprentice contestant Clay Aiken is nothing like he expected he would be when the singer was first cast.

Aiken is one of the 18 celebrities - the largest-ever Celebrity Apprentice cast - who can be seen battling to impress Trump when the NBC business competition returns for its new season on Sunday, February 19.

Speaking on Today this morning, Trump said: "I figured that he wouldn't be that strong a player but he is a really strong player. A great singer, a tough guy, and nasty - and you wouldn't think it.

"We have an amazing cast and when you put them all together - and we're not completed [filming] yet - it's amazing."

Matt Lauer also asked Trump what qualities a contestant needed in order to win Celebrity Apprentice.

"Toughness, intelligence and you can never, ever quit," he replied. "You have to be really, really smart, you have to be cunning - maybe above all else. Those seem to be the ones who go all the way."

Among the other stars competing on this season of Celebrity Apprentice are George Takei, Debbie Gibson, Adam Carolla, Aubrey O'Day, Arsenio Hall and Lou Ferrigno.

Celebrity Apprentice returns Sunday, February 19 on NBC.

Janet Jackson in Preliminary Talks to Join 'The X Factor'

Janet Jackson in Preliminary Talks to Join 'The X Factor'

Sources tell THR that the pop icon has expressed interest in the show, but discussions are still in the early stages.

Could Janet Jackson be joining The X Factor?

Just one week after The Hollywood Reporter broke news that Whitney Houston was under consideration for a judge’s seat on the show, reports have surfaced that another pop icon is throwing her hat in the ring.

After an awkward interaction with Anderson Cooper on Thursday, in which Jackson tiptoed around the subject, sources tell THR that the singer has expressed interest in joining the show.

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“Oh my God,” the 45-year-old laughed on-air. “No I’m not a judge on The X Factor.”

“You’re not currently a judge on The X Factor,” responded Cooper.

“No, I am not,” said Jackson. “But that’s all I really think I should say.”

Any talks are currently in the preliminary stages, as Simon Cowell holds meetings this week with potential candidates to fill the shoes of ousted judges Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones.

Another source tells THR that pop bad girl Pink is high on Cowell’s wish list. The singer, whose real name is Alicia Moore, has credibility, Grammy Awards and sass, plus “she can take on Simon.” Cowell has also acknowledged an interest in “I Kissed a Girl” singer Katy Perry, telling Extra, “I worked with Katy once. I think she would be fun because she is hard -- in a good way -- and she’s feisty.”

“She would be great,” he continued. “In terms of experience, success… brilliant.”

Santorum Backer Suggests Bayer as Birth Control: 'Gals Put It Between Their Knees'

Santorum Backer Suggests Bayer as Birth Control: 'Gals Put It Between Their Knees'

The chief backer of Rick Santorum's super PAC stunned MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell -- and much of the Twitterverse as well -- with an old-timey joke about what women should use for birth control.

"Back in my days they'd use Bayer aspirin for contraceptions," said millionaire conservative Foster Friess. "The gals put it between their knees and it wasn't that costly."

Get it, ladies? Just keep your knees locked at all times. Hahaha. It works for "contraceptions," and even contraception.

Yeah. Mitchell wasn't amused, either.

"Excuse me. I'm just trying to catch my breath from that, Mr. Friess, frankly," she said after a pause, before changing the subject.

Friess' comments aren't likely to help Santorum overcome the frequent impression that he holds antiquated views about a great many things.

In a recently unearthed 2006 interview, the Republican presidential contender said that contraception "hurts women." (That's the quote that has circulated most widely, though it came as he was trying to make the wider -- and perhaps equally inflammatory -- argument that birth control allows sex outside of marriage, which is harmful to women and all society.)

The former Pennsylvania senator also recently suggested that women shouldn't be in combat because men could become overly emotional if they saw them harmed.

(Also: It would be hard for them to fight with Bayer between their knees.)

Soon after Friess' comments, Bayer jokes abounded on Twitter.

"Democrats should get behind this aspirin-as-contraceptive idea. At long last, single-Bayer health care!" tweeted @delrayser.

"#nextGOPhearing," tweeted political satirist @LOLGOP. "Should pregnant women be allowed to wear shoes in the kitchen?"

'Smallville' Alum Kristin Kreuk Takes Lead in CW's 'Beauty and the Beast'

'Smallville' Alum Kristin Kreuk Takes Lead in CW's 'Beauty and the Beast'

"Smallville" star Kristin Kreuk is returning to the CW -- and once again, she'll be hanging around with a superhero.

Kreuk -- who played Lana Lang on the CW's take on the Superman myth -- has landed the female lead in the network's upcoming "Beauty and the Beast" pilot.

Kreuk will play Catherine, an NYPD homicide detective who witnessed her mother's murder nine years earlier, and eventually tracks down the Beast who avenged her mother's death by killing her murderers. Catherine then helps the Beast protect his superhero identity.

Loosely based on the CBS series starring Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton, the CW's "Beast" pilot is written and executive produced by Jennifer Levin ("Without a Trace," "Felicity") and Sherri Cooper ("Brothers and Sisters"), with Paul J. Witt, C. Anthony Thomas, Ron Koslow and Bill Haber also executive-producing. CBS Television Studios is producing.

'Celebrity Apprentice' Aubrey O'Day: "Us girls just may win"

'Celebrity Apprentice' Aubrey O'Day: "Us girls just may win"

Aubrey O'Day has said that the female Celebrity Apprentice contestants stand a good chance of winning the competition.

The reality star said that while she has not thought up a game plan, she has a feeling that the women may come out ahead if they stick together.

"I'm just so excited to get in there and start getting down to business that I haven't sat to develop a strategy. I think I have know-how in a lot of different areas, though, so I'm just going to give it 100%, that's my only strategy," O'Day told Digital Spy.

"The girls seem to be stronger than the guys at first glance. They've got some great guys, of course, but us girls might just win and I feel good about having them on my side, for now. I think [Lisa Lampanelli] will do really well and Arsenio [Hall] and Adam [Carolla] will really take things up a notch for the men.

"Really, everyone, from what I've seen so far, has a lot to offer! It is going to be a tough one!"

Ratings: 'CSI' Grows With Elisabeth Shue Debut While a Steady 'Idol' Gives Fox a Win

Ratings: 'CSI' Grows With Elisabeth Shue Debut While a Steady 'Idol' Gives Fox a Win

"American Idol" continued its stabilization pattern after a rough start to the season, taking the night's top ratings spot and pushing Fox to an overall win, while Elisabeth Shue's debut on CBS's "CSI" gave the series a slight boost, according to preliminary numbers.

CBS' "Survivor," meanwhile, returned slightly down from last February's season premiere, dipping 6 percent in the key adults 18-49 demographic.

"American Idol" from 8 to 10 p.m., which constituted the network's primetime schedule Wednesday night, drew a 6.0 rating/16 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, nearly identical to last week's 6.0/17, and is projected to adjust to a 6.1 in final numbers. The show was also the most-watched by far Wednesday night, with 18.6 million total viewers.

CBS came in second in ratings and total viewership, with an average 2.9/8 in the demo and 11.2 million total viewers. The season premiere of "Survivor" at 8 saw a modest decline from last February's premiere, taking a 3.0/8 in the demo and 10.7 million total viewers. "Criminal Minds" the following hour was down slightly from last week for a 3.0/7 in the demo and 11.9 million total viewers. The night closed out with "CSI" at 10, which saw the debut of Shue on the series, had an 8 percent uptick in the demo, drawing a 2.7/7 with 11 million total viewers.

Third-place ABC averaged a 2.8/7 in the demo and 7.9 million total viewers for the night. "The Middle" at 8 drew a 2.5/7 in the demo and 8 million total viewers, while "Suburgatory" at 8:30 slipped to a series low of 2.4/6 in the demo with 6.9 million total viewers. "Modern Family" at 9 dropped 15 percent from last week, hitting a season low excluding Thanksgiving Eve, while "Happy Endings" at 9:30 dropped 14 percent to hit a season low. "Revenge" at 10 dipped slightly to tie its series low, posting a 2.4/6 in the demo and 7.6 million total viewers.

NBC, coming in fourth for the night with an average 1.3/3 in the demo and 4.3 million total viewers, ran "Whitney" at 8, which drew a 1.6/5 in the demo and 4.5 million total viewers, followed by "Are You There, Chelsea?" at 8:30, which dipped to a series low with a 1.4/4 in the demo and 3.5 million total viewers. "Rock Center With Brian Williams" was down 27 percent for a 0.8/2 in the demo and 3 million total viewers, while "Law & Order: SVU" at 10 dropped 15 percent to a series low of 1.7/4 in the demo and 5.8 million total viewers.

'Colbert' Cancels Tapings Without Explanation; New Episodes Expected 'Soon'

'Colbert' Cancels Tapings Without Explanation; New Episodes Expected 'Soon'

"The Colbert Report" canceled tapings Wednesday and Thursday, citing "unforeseen circumstances."

Stephen Colbert show, Colbert Report, canceled for rest of week without explanation.

The Wednesday cancellation came at the last minute: A fan who had planned to attend Wednesday's taping tweeted an email from the show saying the taping had been canceled.

Comedy Central said in a statement simply that "Due to unforeseen circumstances, the show will air repeat episodes on Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16."

A person close to the show told TheWrap that it planned to resume original episodes "soon," but did not say when.

Colbert's publicist did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Colbert has been silent on Twitter since sending this message Tuesday: "Happy Valentine's Day! Hope you're enjoying your flowers, or chocolates, or smug self-satisfaction at not celebrating Valentine's Day." His silence is nothing unusual, as he often goes days without tweeting.

Let the wild speculation begin. Here's hoping all is well in the Colbert Nation.

Oprah Winfrey Joins Jimmy Kimmel's Oscar Aftershow

Oprah Winfrey Joins Jimmy Kimmel's Oscar Aftershow

Will Oprah Winfrey be a part of Jimmy Kimmel's annual post-Oscar show celebrity comedy sketch? Winfrey is confirmed to be a guest on "Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards" special on Feb. 26, marking her first-ever appearance on Kimmel's show.

Winfrey, an Emmy winner, Oscar nominee for "The Color Purple" and recipient of the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award last year, will join a line-up of Kimmel guests that will also include George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Martin Scorsese, Tom Hanks, Helen Mirren, Don Cheadle, Charlize Theron, Cameron Diaz, Samuel L. Jackson and Kimmel's neighbors, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.

Oscar telecast host Billy Crystal will also be on hand to help Kimmel kick off his seventh post-Oscars show, while Coldplay will end the special with a performance on the "JKL" outdoor stage.