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woensdag 22 februari 2012

'Downton Abbey' Julian Fellowes admits Mary, Matthew 'concern'

'Downton Abbey' Julian Fellowes admits Mary, Matthew 'concern'

Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes has admitted that he has some concerns about Mary and Matthew being together.

The couple, played by Michelle Dockery and Dan Stevens, got engaged in the show's Christmas special.

Fellowes has admitted that the potential lack of tension between the duo now that they are together is a "concern".

"But by the same token, shows can also run out of path when they go on with [a will-they-won't-they storyline] too long," he told the New York Times.

"There is a moment when the audience just thinks, 'Oh, for [goodness'] sake'. You somehow have to pre-empt that."

Fellowes also insisted that Bates (Brendan Coyle) is one of his "favourite characters" and explained his reasons for causing problems for Bates and Anna (Joanne Froggatt).

"These are two people who have not been given all that much in life, but what they have been given is a real love," he said. "I wouldn't ever want to undermine that. But they've got to suffer a little. Nothing [is] harder to dramatise than happiness."

Earlier today, Digital Spy learned that War Horse star Matt Milne has joined the show's cast. Shirley MacLaine has also signed up for a role in the third series.

'Big Fat Gypsy Weddings' campaign 'concerns' sponsor Honda

'Big Fat Gypsy Weddings' campaign 'concerns' sponsor Honda

Channel 4 documentaries sponsor Honda has admitted that it has "concerns" about the broadcaster's advertising campaign for Big Fat Gypsy Weddings.

The programme has faced controversy recently after members of the public and the London Gypsy and Traveller Unit complained about the "Bigger. Fatter. Gypsier" advertisements used to promote the programme.

The criticism intensified after 17-year-old blogger Pipopotamus, a member of the Romany community, wrote an open letter complaining about the programme.

Honda, which sponsors all of Channel 4's documentary programming, has now confirmed that it was unhappy about the advertising campaign and revealed that it had received around 35 complaints about its association with Big Fat Gypsy Weddings.

"We have had concerned members of the public ringing us thinking we have some control over editorial content," Honda's Paul Ormond told The Guardian.

"We have responded by saying we have no control over content but we have made our concerns known to Channel 4 that we are unhappy that we are being linked to this through the tone of the advertising campaign."

Ormond confirmed that Honda had "informed Channel 4 of [its] unhappiness with this poster campaign" and said: "We are working with them very positively, we have had a long association with them. We felt it right and proper to tell them our concerns."

Channel 4, which recently defended the series, said that they have an "excellent relationship" with Honda and are in "regular contact" with them.

"We have had a small number of complaints about the poster campaign and are confident that all aspects of it fully comply with ASA guidelines," a spokesperson added. "We also are in regular contact with the Gypsy and Traveller communities featured in the programme and have had very positive feedback."

Lionsgate's 'Blue Mountain State' Cancelled By Spike

Lionsgate's 'Blue Mountain State' Cancelled By Spike

The football themed comedy shot in Montreal was not renewed by the Viacom-owned net after three seasons.

Lionsgate's football-themed sitcom Blue Mountain State has been cancelled after Viacom-owned Spike passed on a fourth season.

The college football comedy was shot in Montreal.

Blue Mountain State, which ran for 39 episodes over three seasons, portrayed three freshmen at Midwestern football powerhouse Blue Mountain State adapting to college life while juggling football, women, classes and hazing.

News of the cancellation was first reported by Zap2it.

Blue Mountain State, from Lionsgate Television and Varsity Pictures, was executive produced by Brian Robbins (Smallville) and Sharla Sumpter-Bridgett (Wild Hogs).

Starz's 'Magic City' Headed to Canada's Super Channel

Starz's 'Magic City' Headed to Canada's Super Channel

he Canadian pay TV operator also struck a movie licensing deal as it fends off competition from local rivals TMN and Movie Central and their Showtime and HBO supply deals.

Canadian pay TV operator Super Channel is doubling down on programming from Starz Media.

A multi-year licensing and programming deal with Starz Media Worldwide Distribution will see Super Channel debut the Starz period mob drama Magic City on April 6, day and date with its U.S. release.

Set in Miami’s Miramar Playa Hotel in 1959, Magic City stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko and Danny Huston.

The ensemble cast includes Steven Strait, Christian Cooke, Jessica Marais, Yul Vazquez, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Kelly Lynch and Elena Satine (Just Go With It).

Magic City was created by writer Mitch Glazer, who will executive produce the series with Geyer Kosinski, Ed Bianchi and Dwayne Shattuck.

Super Channel earlier acquired the Starz series Boss from Lionsgate Television, which will air back-to-back with Magic City.

The Canadian premium TV service is also taking around a dozen movie titles from Starz, to include Beautiful Boy, Kill the Irishman, Meet Monica Velour and Sinners and Saints.

Super Channel acquired earlier Starz Media product like Onion News Network, Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-Up, and documentary and TV specials.

The pay TV operator faces stiff competition from rivals The Movie Network and Movie Central, which have long-standing output deals with Showtime and HBO.

'Lost' Alum Dominic Monaghan Lands Travel Series on BBC America

'Lost' Alum Dominic Monaghan Lands Travel Series on BBC America

The network announces production of "Wild Things," which sends the British actor around the globe in search of big and bizarre insects.

Domonic Monaghan is getting lost again.

BBC America, OLN and Channel 5 announced Tuesday that the Lost and Lord of the Rings actor will star in a new travel-adventure series, already in production.

Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan will find the British actor globetrotting in search of "the biggest, scariest and weirdest insects on the planet."

In a statement from BBC America, Monaghan explained that this isn't a new interest for him. "I have been obsessed and interested in nature all my life," he said. "This show brings together years of excited preparation by finally creating a series that demonstrates my love for travel, animals, adventure and people."

The latest original in a new slate from the anglophile cable net, Wild Things was co-commissioned by Canada's OLN and the UK's Channel 5. It's being produced by Cream Productions and Wildfire Television and distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

“Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan introduces our audience to creatures typically only seen in fantasy or science fiction," said Perry Simon, BBC Worldwide America GM, channels. "We are among the many fans of Dominic’s work, and it is his genuine love and knowledge of these creatures and the production team’s global ambition that inspired us to make this series an important part of our slate of new originals.”

The series will premiere on BBC America later in 2012.

Ratings: 'The Voice' Powers NBC to 3rd Monday Win

Ratings: 'The Voice' Powers NBC to 3rd Monday Win

"The Voice" powered NBC to a third consecutive Monday night win in ratings and total viewers, though ratings for NBC's new musical drama "Smash" continued to slip, according to preliminary numbers.

NBC received an average 4.6 rating/11 share in the adults 18-49 demographic and 12.6 million total viewers. Though "The Voice" from 8 to 10 was slightly down from last week, the singing competition was the night's highest-rated program with a 5.8/14 in the demo, and the most-watched with 15.7 million total viewers. "Smash" at 10 was down 18 percent in the demo from last week, taking a 2.3/6. The show received 6.5 million total viewers.

CBS, which dominated Mondays this season until the arrival three weeks ago of "The Voice," was second in ratings and total viewers with a 3.5/9 in the demo and 11 million. It enjoyed modest week-to-week growth across the board, save for "Mike & Molly," which was flat compared to last week. "How I Met Your Mother" at 8 was up 12 percent in the demo versus last week with a 3.8/10, and had 9.8 million total viewers. "2 Broke Girls" at 8:30 took a 4.0/10 in the demo and 11.3 million total viewers, while "Two and a Half Men" at 9 drew a 4.1/10 and 13.2 million. "Mike & Molly" at 9:30 posted a 3.4/8 in the demo to match last week's season low and drew 11.3 million total viewers, while "Hawaii 5-0" finished the night at 10 with a 2.8/7 in the demo and 10.2 million.

ABC was third in ratings and total viewers with a 2.4/6 and 8.6 million. "The Bachelor" at 8 was flat in the demo with a 2.5/6 and 8 million total viewers. "Castle" at 10 was up slightly from the previous week with a 2.1/5 in the demo and 9.7 million total viewers.

Fox landed in fourth in ratings and viewers with a 2.1/5 and 6.5 million. "House" -- which announced earlier this month that this season would be its last -- at 8 was down a tenth in the demo versus last week, posting a 2.5/6. It had 7 million total viewers. "Alcatraz" was also down a tenth in the demo, receiving a 1.8/4. It had 6 million total viewers.

Sean Combs Plans New Music Channel -- Revolt

Sean Combs Plans New Music Channel -- Revolt

Sean Combs plans to announce a new music channel, Revolt, that will be influenced by the pace of social networking sites, The New York Times reported.

With the new network, the music mogul will follow in the footsteps of Oprah Winfrey, who launched her own network last year. OWN has since struggled for ratings. Combs' Revolt will challenge Viacom's MTV and VH1, which have largely abdicated their dominance of music television in favor of documentaries, reality shows, and, in the case of MTV, scripted series.

Combs, the chief executive of Bad Boy Entertainment, has produced reality competitions including "Making the Band," "I Want to Work for Diddy," and "StarMaker."

Comcast, the country's largest cable company, will carry Revolt on some of its local cable systems, the Times said. The company promised to carry more minority-owned channels as it was seeking government approval for its majority acquisition of NBCUniversal.

Combs' channel is one of the ones it decided to carry, the Times said. Comcast declined comment.

'Eternal Law' axed by ITV after one series

'Eternal Law' axed by ITV after one series

Eternal Law has been axed by ITV, according to star Samuel West.

The fantasy drama, from Life On Mars creators Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah, followed two angels who work as barristers to help troubled humans.

West played Zak Gist on the show and broke the news of its cancellation on Twitter.

"Alas there will be no more Eternal Law," he confirmed. "Not enough people watched it. A thousand thanks to those of you who did, and said such kind things."

He added: "I'll miss Zak and the gang enormously, but I'm very proud of the work we did. And we'll always have York. Onward!"

Also starring Orla Brady, Ukweli Roach and Tobias Menzies, Eternal Law drew 5.43m viewers when it premiered on ITV1 in January.

However, by the sixth and final episode, audience numbers had dropped to just 2.95m.

Kyle Gallner, Madeleine Martin to guest in 'Criminal Minds'

Kyle Gallner, Madeleine Martin to guest in 'Criminal Minds'

Kyle Gallner and Madeleine Martin have signed up for guest roles in Criminal Minds.

The duo will both appear in the 19th episode of the season, TV Guide reports.

They will play James and Lara, a brother and sister who believe the strange ideas that their mother instilled in them before she died.

Gallner has previously starred in shows such as Veronica Mars, Big Love and CSI: NY, while Martin is probably best known for her role as Becca in Californication.

Their episode of Criminal Minds will be directed by Matthew Gray Gubler, who appears in the show as Dr Spencer Reid.

Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer recently denied rumours that Homeland star Mandy Patinkin was planning to return to the show.

Meanwhile, Paget Brewster - who stars as Emily Prentiss - announced last week that she will leave the series at the end of the season.

Criminal Minds airs on Wednesdays at 9/8c on CBS.

BBC weatherman Alex Deakin makes cunt gaffe

BBC weatherman Alex Deakin makes cunt gaffe

BBC weatherman Alex Deakin made an unfortunate blooper on Saturday's BBC World weather forecast, uttering the word cunt in error.

Deakin joked on Twitter afterwards that he might be collecting his P45 soon following his swear word blunder.

"I think the less said the better about that last broadcast," he wrote.

During the forecast for Sunday, Deakin said: "It is simply a lovely winter's day tomorrow, buckets loads of cunt...sunshine across central and Eastern England."

'Harry Potter' star Mark Williams to appear on 'Doctor Who'?

'Harry Potter' star Mark Williams to appear on 'Doctor Who'?

Mark Williams has reportedly won a role in the next series of Doctor Who.

The sci-fi drama is currently filming its seventh run in Wales, with Harry Potter actor Williams having been spotted on set during filming of episode two.

Recording recently took place inside a private house in Church Road, Penarth, with resident Grace Jenkins charting the shoot on Twitter.

"Living room has been cruelly disfigured so they can film Doctor Who in it," she wrote. "Rory and Amy Pond's wedding photos are now on my living room wall and will be all weekend as they're filming Monday [February 20]."

Jenkins later posted a photo of herself with Williams, referencing the actor's Harry Potter role: "I just met Mr Weasley!"

In addition to the Harry Potter films, comedian and actor Williams is known for appearing on BBC sketch series The Fast Show and currently plays a recurring role on Being Human.

Doctor Who will return to BBC One in the autumn.

TV Tonight 22nd of February 2012

TV Tonight 22nd of February 2012

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

    10 O'Clock Live S02E03: "Series 2, Episode 3"
    1000 Ways to Die S03E39: "Death - Putting The "Fun" In "Funeral""
    112 - på liv och död S05E18: "Del 18 av 36"
    20/20 S34E25: "Before They Were Famous, with Robin Roberts"
    Adam Hills in Gordon St Tonight S02E03: "Season 2, Episode 3"
    Amazing Eats S01E08: "Savory Seafood"
    American Idol S11E12: "Final Judgement, Part 1"
    Anno 1790 S01E08: "The Die Is Cast"
    Antiques Road Trip S04E08: "Series 4, Episode 8"
    Are You There, Chelsea? S01E07: "Dee Dee's Pillow"
    Bees, Butterflies and Blooms S01E03: "Cities"
    Big Brother Sverige S08E04: "Season 8, Episode 4"
    Bitchin’ Kitchen S02E14: "(Dysfunctional) Family Night Pizza"
    Chihayafuru S01E20: "Episode 20"
    Coach Trip S09E18: "Series 9, Day 18"
    Come Dine With Me S18E33: "Series 18, Series 28"
    Conan S02E54: "Jennifer Aniston, Ron & Amy Shirley"
    Criminal Minds S07E15: "A Thin Line"
    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation S12E15: "Stealing Home"
    Dark Minds S01E05: "Double Initial Murder"
    Days of our Lives S47E74: "Ep. #11784"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E166: "Episode 1846"
    Dickinson's Real Deal S08E57: "Series 8, Episode 57"
    Doctors S13E204: "The Ones We Leave Behind"
    Dumbest Stuff on Wheels S02E05
    Efterlyst S44E07: "22/2-12"
    Emmerdale S41E44: "February 22, 2012"
    Escape To The Country S12E37: "Gloucestershire"
    Face Off S02E07: "TBA"
    Film 2012 with Claudia Winkleman S01E07: "Episode 7"
    General Hospital (US) S49E227: "#12501"
    Ghost Hunters International S03E07: "Temple Of Doom: Peru"
    Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden S22E123: "Season 22, Episode 123"
    Got to Dance S03E52: "Series 3, Episode 52"
    Greatest Tank Battles S02E07: "The Battle for the Baltics"
    Halv åtta hos mig S08E19: "Umeå - Anki"
    Happy Endings S02E15: "The Butterfly Effect Effect"
    Hellstrøm Inviterer S01E19: "Vera Micaelsen"
    Hollyoaks S18E38: "February 22, 2012"
    Home and Away (AU) S25E23: "Episode 5458"
    Homes Under the Hammer S14E176: "Series 14, Show 176"
    Hotel cæsar S28E156: "Season 28, Episode 156"
    House Hunters S48E37: "First Time Buyers Seek Forever House in Motor City"
    House Hunters International S25E40: "A Dream Home on Roatan"
    Jeopardy! S28E113: "Show #6318"
    Jimmy Kimmel Live S09E210
    Johnny Test S05E39: "Extra Credit Johnny"
    Kevin Bridges: What's The Story? S01E03: "School"
    Kiekens S01E13: "Season 1, Episode 13"
    Last Call with Carson Daly S10E19
    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon S02E226
    Late Show with David Letterman S19E32
    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit S13E15: "Hunting Ground"
    LEGO NinjaGo: Masters of Spinjitzu S02E07: "Tick Tock"
    Lilyhammer S01E05: "My Kind of Town"
    Live with Regis and Kelly S29E127
    Masterchef (UK) S16E10: "Series 16, Episode 10"
    Modern Family S03E16: "Virgin Territory"
    Nature S30E08: "Ocean Giants: Giant Lives"
    Nature S30E10: "Ocean Giants: Voices of the Sea"
    Nature S30E09: "Ocean Giants: Deep Thinkers"
    Neighbours S28E33: "Episode 6343"
    Not My Mama's Meals S01E07: "Sweet & Savory"
    On The Spot: Törzsek S01E01: "1. rész"
    One Born Every Minute S03E08: "Series 3, Episode 8"
    One Tree Hill S09E07: "Last Known Surroundings"
    Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy S02E07: "TBA"
    Operation Repo S09E17: "TBA"
    Outland S01E03: "Andy"
    Papa no Iukoto o Kikinasai! S01E07: "Episode 7"
    Pointless S05E122: "Series 5, Episode 122"
    Prophets Of Science Fiction S01E06: "Jules Verne"
    Recorder to Randoseru S01E08: "Episode 8"
    ReModeled S01E06: "Sending the Wrong Image"
    Republic of Doyle S03E07: "High School Confidential"
    Roger And Val Have Just Got In S02E03: "Surprise!"
    Royal Pains S03E16: "This One's For Jack"
    South Beach Tow S01E10: "TBA"
    Suburgatory S01E15: "Fire with Fire"
    Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents S02E05: "Ibiza"
    Survivor S24E02: "Total Dysfunction"
    Sveriges mästerkock S02E10: "Hemliga låda"
    The Bold and the Beautiful S25E236: "Ep. #6266"
    The Chase (2009) S05E37: "Series 5, Episode 37"
    The Colbert Report S08E26: "Rep. Nancy Pelosi"
    The Daily Show S17E62: "Bruce Bartlett"
    The Ellen DeGeneres Show S09E106
    The Jeremy Kyle Show S07E113: "February 22, 2012"
    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson S08E33: "Carson Kressley, Anne Rice"
    The Middle S03E17: "The Sit Down"
    The Only Way Is Essex S04E08: "Series 4, Episode 8"
    The Real World/Road Rules Challenge S22E06: "300th Episode: Crazy in Love"
    The Soup S09E08: "February 22, 2012"
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno S19E247
    The View S15E111: "Star Jones"
    The Young and the Restless S39E234: "Ep. #9849"
    Thuis S17E128: "Season 17, Episode 128"
    Top Chef S09E16: "Fire and Ice"
    Top Guns S01E20: "TBA"
    Tunnelbanan S01E05: "Del 5"
    UEFA Champions League S09E19: "Extra Time - Knock Out Matches"
    UEFA Champions League S09E18: "Marseille v Inter Milan"
    Watch What Happens: Live S06E33: "John Legend and Chrissy Teigen"
    Waterloo Road S07E21: "Series 7, Episode 21"
    Whitney S01E17: "Mad Women"

'Got Talent': Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon in auditions bust-up

'Got Talent': Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon in auditions bust-up

Simon Cowell and Alesha Dixon have reportedly had a bust-up at the Britain's Got Talent Birmingham auditions.

Cowell apparently taunted his new co-star by asking her, "Who are you?" after they fell out over a dance group act called Lil' Diamondz.

Lil' Diamondz have appeared on Dixon's CBBC series Street Dance Stars and the reality TV judge told the act that they "hadn't let her down" following their audition.

However, Cowell mocked Dixon for her comments, complaining: "What a silly comment to make. That's a silly thing to say, Alesha... Sorry, who are you, anyway?"

According to The Mirror, the spat continued backstage and Dixon "stormed off to her dressing room".

A source close to Cowell insisted that his remarks were "harmless banter".

Britain's Got Talent returns to ITV1 in the spring.

'Big Fat Gypsy Weddings' defended by Channel 4

'Big Fat Gypsy Weddings' defended by Channel 4

Channel 4's commissioning editor Nick Hornby has defended Big Fat Gypsy Weddings following criticism from the gypsy community.

After London Gypsy and Traveller Unit complained about the stereotypes in the show and its "Bigger Fatter Gypsier" billboard campaign, blogger Pipopotamus wrote an open letter urging the broadcaster to "stop ruining my life" with the series.

In the letter, the 17-year-old Romany writer claimed that the popular Channel 4 series is a "work of fiction".

He also criticised the series' narrow focus on the Irish gypsy community, noted that he and his family had been subject to abuse during the broadcast of the previous series and took issue with the show's "unhealthy obsession with little girls".

"I am not after 5 minutes of fame, but what I am asking for, is for you to put humans above ratings. You can't ignore us forever," he concluded.

Hornby responded with his own open letter on the Channel 4 website where he defended the show and added that the broadcaster has confidence that "the programme is fair and accurate".

"It is not and was never the intention of any of the films to encourage negative feelings towards Gypsies or Travellers," he said.

"Despite your fear that people are watching the documentaries simply to laugh at Gypsies and Travellers, I think the films are celebratory and I hope never derogatory."

Hornby added: "You also say in your letter that the series is a 'work of fiction'. I'm afraid we don't agree.

"The programme makers have worked with people from these communities across the UK and Ireland to ensure that there is a wide range of voices sharing their lives and views on what it means to be a Gypsy or Traveller in Britain and Ireland today."

Overnight data showed that the series premiere of Big Fat Gypsy Weddings won its 9pm timeslot in last week's ratings.

David Walliams 'Mr Stink' books adapted for BBC One comedy TV series

David Walliams 'Mr Stink' books adapted for BBC One comedy TV series

BBC One is adapting David Walliams's Mr Stink books for a comedy TV series.

The Little Britain comic's children's novel has sold 250,000 copies and was shortlisted for Blue Peter's 'Book of the Decade' title.

"I am beyond thrilled that BBC One is adapting my children's book Mr Stink into a family film. I have written the script and can't wait to see actors bring it to life," said Walliams.

Mr Stink follows the story of a schoolgirl who forges a friendship with a homeless man that hides in her family's garden shed.

The Britain's Got Talent judge has penned other children's books including The Boy in the Dress, Billionaire Boy and Gangsta Granny.

BBC One controller Danny Cohen said that Mr Stink was a "heart-warming, nose-clenching and funny tale which will appeal to viewers of all ages".

Head of BBC comedy Mark Freeland commented: "I am delighted that the BBC is continuing its relationship with the multi-talented David Walliams. Mr Stink has become an instant classic and it's so exciting to see it come to life on TV."

'Archer' Chris Parnell: 'I'm not like Cyril'

'Archer' Chris Parnell: 'I'm not like Cyril'

Archer star Chris Parnell has said that he doesn't see much of himself in his character Cyril.

The actor, who has lent his voice to Cyril in the FX animated comedy since the first episode, added that the lack of similarity between them makes playing him all the more fun.

Parnell said during a conference call: "Certainly there's some insecurity there that I can relate to. I don't think I'm too much like Cyril otherwise.

"I'm not whiny, I don't think. God, I hope not. I do not commit infidelities. I haven't gone on any missions like an agent. And I don't really know that much about accounting and comptrolling and such. So he's a pretty different person than me, which is also part of what's fun about doing it."

Parnell also said he loves interacting with the characters of Malory (Jessica Walter), Lana (Aisha Tyler) and Archer (H Jon Benjamin).

"Malory is such an evil bitch, so that's very specific to respond to and to deal with - although we did have a romance, a bit of an afternoon of love last season," he commented. "Lana is a very strong, interesting character, and we of course have our history.

"With Archer, Archer is also not the nicest guy and it's fun to play that reaction to him and just let all my feelings about him come out."

Parnell continued: "Cheryl/Carol and Pam and Gillette - they also make me laugh a lot. I don't interact with them as much, I guess, but I don't know that I could pick favourites exactly."

Archer season three continues on Thursdays on FX.

Archer: Season 2 is released on Blu-ray and DVD from March 12 in the UK, courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

'The Simpsons: Tapped Out' announced: Free-to-play iOS game

'The Simpsons: Tapped Out' announced: Free-to-play iOS game

The Simpsons: Tapped Out has been announced by EA.

The free-to-play title has been developed in collaboration with show writers, animators and voice talent.

It sees Homer accidentally cause a meltdown that wipes out Springfield and scatters its residents.

As well as rebuilding the town and finding characters from the show, other activities include making Apu working long shifts at the Kwik-E-Mart, growing Tomaccos and partying with Duffman.

The Simpsons: Tapped Out will be available for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad, iPad 2, iPod touch 3 (3rd generation) and iPod touch (4th generation), and requires an internet connection to play.

A spokesperson for EA has told Digital Spy that no release date has been set.

Simpsons creator Matt Groening was recently awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame ahead of the 500th episode of his hit animated sitcom.

'Dancing on Ice' Heidi Range: Katarina Witt comments felt personal'

'Dancing on Ice' Heidi Range: Katarina Witt comments felt personal'

Dancing on Ice star Heidi Range has said she believes that judge Katarina Witt was biased against her.

The Sugababes singer, who was eliminated from the ITV contest along with Sebastien Foucan on Sunday (February 19), took issue with Witt's statement that she was unable to get herself into lifts like the other girls.

"It was unfair because it was never said to any of the other girls, 'Oh he puts you in your lifts'," Range told The Sun. "With the other girls it was always acknowledged what they'd done to hold themselves and get into that lift.

"But with mine she seemed to dismiss how much effort I put into them. You have to go for it and hold yourself in there and it is terrifying. It was never said to any of the other girls. I took it personally because it was a point she made every week."

Range added that she didn't appreciate Witt's comments given how much work she has put in to overcome her fear of lifts.

"Your skating is important but for the audience at home, they want to see the big lifts," she explained. "[Partner] Andrei Lipanov and I would go and practise for an hour each day off the ice - lifts, so I was getting used to the feelings so we could put those big elements into the routine.

"So I worked really hard on them and then it wasn't [noted], it was just like, 'Oh he put you there'. I don't think [Witt's] done lifts, she's an amazing, incredible skater but it did get to me a little bit."

Dancing on Ice continues Sunday (February 26) at 6.50pm on ITV1.

Charlie Sheen sorry for "disrespectful" Ashton Kutcher comments

Charlie Sheen sorry for "disrespectful" Ashton Kutcher comments

Charlie Sheen has apologised for his "disrespectful" comments about his Two and a Half Men successor Ashton Kutcher.

The 46-year-old, who was fired from the sitcom last year after a series of public outbursts, said last week that he was "tired of pretending that [Kutcher] doesn't suck" and accused writers of letting the show "go adrift".

Sheen has since published an open letter to Kutcher saying that he was sorry for throwing the actor "into the crossfire" when expressing his distaste for the show.

"Dear Ashton, my bad," the letter obtained by TMZ started. "I was disrespectful to a man doing his best.

"I got excited and I threw you into the crossfire, but the rest of my statement I stand behind. You however, deserve better. Safety in your travels good sir."

Sheen has previously spoken highly of Kutcher's performance in Two and a Half Men.

Last month, he called for the CBS sitcom to be axed after the latest season.

Amy Childs, Harry Derbidge to remake Paris Hilton's 'The Simple Life'?

Amy Childs, Harry Derbidge to remake Paris Hilton's 'The Simple Life'?

Former The Only Way Is Essex stars Amy Childs and Harry Derbidge are reportedly remaking Paris Hilton's reality show The Simple Life.

The cousins' new Channel 5 format will see them try their hand at a variety of different careers and tackle everyday challenges, just like Hilton and Nicole Richie in the US original.

Tasks set for Childs and Derbidge will include going deep-sea fishing in the Outer Hebrides, heading underground in a Welsh mine and experiencing life on an American ranch.

The pair were recently snapped working at a pizza chain for what was believed to be a new advertising campaign, though this has now apparently been identified as another Simple Life assignment.

Childs wrote when the images were published: "busy day today with @MrHarryDerbidge all I'm gonna say is we can't wait to tell you what were doing #allwillberevealvedsoon (sic)."

Derbidge, meanwhile, teased: "On way to the new project with @MissAmyChilds #allwillberevealved."

"The show will be just like The Simple Life but, dare I say it, even more ridiculous," a source told The Sun. "Amy and Harry are not exactly known for their ability to do everyday tasks so it's a car crash waiting to happen.

"In fairness, they are quite funny as a duo and bosses are hoping their daft chemistry will keep people entertained."

Childs denied rumours earlier this month that she was returning to TOWIE following the end of her Channel 5 solo project It's All About Amy.

Development Update.....

Development Update.....

CHICAGO FIRE (NBC) - Taylor Kinney ("Trauma") has scored a lead role on the pilot, an action-driven drama about the complex and heroic men and women of the Chicago Fire Department. He'll play Kelly Severide ("built like a strong safety; his hair is close-cropped; and his demeanor is more Navy Seal than Old Navy"), a Lieutenant in the show's Squad 3. He joins the previously cast Eamonn Walker in the Universal Television-based hour, which Jeffrey Nachmanoff is directing from a script by Derek Haas and Michael Brandt. (

DILFS (NBC) - Zach Cregger ("Friends With Benefits") has been tapped as one of the leads in the comedy pilot, about a trio of thirty-something guys enjoying the adventures of parenting despite the fact they haven't grown up themselves. He'll play Nick ("a laid-back programmer/super dad struggling to balance work, marriage and two kids"), one of said men. Charlie Grandy is behind the multi-camera project, to be directed by Scott Ellis for Universal Television. (

THE GILDED LILYS (ABC) - Brían F. O'Byrne ("Prime Suspect") has joined the cast of the pilot, a period drama revolving around the family who owns New York's first true luxury hotel, the staff who work there and the people who pass through. He'll play Edwin Falterhaus Lily ("late 40's, serious, tidy, and socially ungifted"), the man behind the Lillian Hotel. Blythe Danner, Madeline Zima and Sarah Bolger also star in the K.J. Steinberg-penned hour, to be directed by Brian Kirk. ABC Studios is producing. (

GOLDEN BOY (CBS) - Stella Maeve has scored a role on the pilot, a drama which tracks one man's (Ryan Phillippe) meteoric rise from uniform cop at age 26 to police commissioner at 34. She'll play his younger sister Agnes ("cute, punky, awful skinny"). Chi McBride and Kevin Alejandro also star in the Warner Bros. Television-based hour, from director Richard Shepard and writer Nick Wootton. (

RAY DONOVAN (Showtime) - Peter Jacobson ("House") is the latest addition to the drama pilot, about the title character (Liev Schreiber), Hollywood's best professional "fixer" - the one called in to solve the complicated, confidential and controversial problems of the city's elite. He'll recur as Lee Drexler, "a hard-driving, foul-mouthed wheeler-dealer who relies on Ray as Mr. Fixit whenever his high-profile clients get into hot water." Director Allen Coulter and writer Ann Biderman are behind the project, which also stars Dash Mihok, Eddie Marsan, Elliott Gould, Jon Voight, Katherine Moennig, Paula Malcomson and Pooch Hall. (

THE UNPROFESSIONAL (ABC) - Mary McCormack ("In Plain Sight") has booked the lead role on the comedy pilot, about Hilary Pfeiffer-Dunne, a powerful female executive who suddenly finds herself as a stay-at-home mom with teenage kids and with no idea how to function in her new role. She'll play said woman ("attractive, intense, emotional, overachiever") in the Kari Lizer-penned half-hour, which comes from Warner Bros. Television. (

THE WIDOW DETECTIVE (CBS) - Conor Leslie and Natalie Martinez are the first to be cast in the drama pilot, about Denny Brennan, a decorated detective who has lost three partners in the line of duty and serves as the male figure in the lives of his fallen partners' families. Martinez will play Maya Davis ("28, Hispanic, a knockout"), one of said widows, who has a five-year-old son that looks up to Denny. Leslie then is presumably set as Amanda, the eldest daughter of widow Jill Jaworski, who's set to marry a young detective who works with Denny. Davis Guggenheim is directing the CBS Television Studios-based hour from a script by David Hubbard. (