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zondag 26 februari 2012

Avril Lavigne to join 'X Factor' USA?

Avril Lavigne to join 'X Factor' USA?

Avril Lavigne is reportedly in the running to become a judge on The X Factor USA.

The singer, who was discovered by current judge LA Reid, has apparently contacted the show's producers to inform them that she's interested in the job.

Lavigne believes she can mentor the X Factor USA acts as she entered the music industry at an early age, TMZ reports.

Show bosses are said to be negotiating a deal with the 'Sk8er Boi' star.

Lavigne performed with contestant Chris Rene on the season one finale of The X Factor USA and has previously served as a guest judge on American Idol.

There are two slots to fill on the judging panel after both Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger were axed from the show.

Host Steve Jones will also be replaced, with Simon Cowell confirming that he plans to hire two new hosts.

Steve Jones 'groped' by Alice Barry on 'Let's Dance for Sport Relief'

Steve Jones 'groped' by Alice Barry on 'Let's Dance for Sport Relief'

Steve Jones has been 'groped' by Shameless actress Alice Barry after her performance for Let's Dance for Sport Relief.

The former US X Factor host, who agreed to take part in the charity BBC show, looked shocked when Barry grabbed his crotch while dressed as a policewoman following a raunchy dance routine to George Michael's 'Outside'.

According to Metro, Jones recoiled away from Barry while the audience cheered in surprise, but the star apologised to Jones immediately afterwards and insisted that she hadn't meant to actually grab him. Jones added that he didn't think she was being serious when she touched him.

Although a commentator on the Sport Relief Twitter page praised Jones for "handl[ing] that well", other fans on the microblogging site complained about the incident, with many saying that there would have been a public backlash if a man had done that to a female celebrity.

One wrote: "Did she actually just gripe Steve Jones' crotch?! Can you imagine if it was the other way around? (sic)." Another added: "I can't believe Alice Barry just groped Steve Jones! Sexual harrassment if he had done it to her!"

Barry was voted off Let's Dance for Sport Relief in favour of Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards and Miles Jupp.

Peter Andre, Chris Moyles for 'Take Me Out' celebrity special?

Peter Andre, Chris Moyles for 'Take Me Out' celebrity special?

Paddy McGuinness has revealed that he would love Peter Andre and Chris Moyles to take part in a Take Me Out celebrity special.

The 38-year-old TV personality, who hosts the popular dating show, said that producers are already in the planning stages for a charity episode that sets up famous guests with a girl.

McGuinness told The Mirror: "We're thinking about doing a special edition where single girls donate money to charity in order to appear on the show. We'd have single male celebrities coming down the 'love lift', and the winning girl would get to go on a fantastic date with them.

"I'd like to get Peter Andre and Chris Moyles to do it. I am thinking of single guys here, but an understanding wife might let their husband go on. Someone like Phillip Schofield would be a treat."

Last year, McGuinness revealed for the first time that he would love to feature Andre and Moyles on the show, adding that he would also like to see "the little one from JLS, Aston Merrygold" taking part.

McGuinness, who is tipped to be hosting a new primetime show on ITV, said that his worst experience in his career so far was when he "caught TV presenter Charlie Dimmock having a poo behind a tent" while filming adventure programme 71 Degrees North.

He added: "If something like that ever happens on Take Me Out, it'll certainly get people talking."

Breaking Bad Stars Talk Final Season

Breaking Bad Stars Talk Final Season

Now they're cooking! The cast of AMC's Breaking Bad gathered at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on February 23 for a panel celebrating the show's legacy and previewing the upcoming fifth and final season.

"It's bittersweet," Aaron Paul (Jesse) tells TV Guide Magazine. "I'm very happy that we know an end date and we're going to be able to tell our story rather than have it cut short. We're not going to stretch the storylines out, so it's going to stay pure, honest and genuine to the story that we've been telling."

In last season's shocking finale, partners Jesse and Walt (Bryan Cranston) were seen parting ways after Walt successfully killed nemesis Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), but that does not necessarily mean their business together is complete.

"One of the very central relationships of the show is the relationship between teacher and pupil, between Walt and Jesse," says series creator Vince Gilligan. "I personally missed them having all the interactions they had in previous seasons last season when they were kept quite a bit apart by Gustavo Fring. So maybe you'll see them a bit more together this season."

As for the rest of the cast, they are all in the dark about what to expect in the final 16 episodes. "I have no idea what's going to happen," says Anna Gunn (Skyler). "Getting a new script is like Christmas morning." However, Betsy Brandt (Marie) did confirm that the network is "breaking it up into two short seasons."

One actor who hopes to be back is Esposito, whose chilling portrayal of drug kingpin Gus Fring haunted the characters and viewers alike. Even with his death, Esposito says there's "a distinct possibility" he could return. "I would love to explore how Gustavo got to where he is in the end, but more particularly his influence on Walter White, how that could be lasting and how that could be indelible in his passing," says Esposito. "I think that would be fascinating."

With many more major questions to tackle in the final season (Will Jesse discover Walt poisoned Brock? Will Hank ever uncover Walt's secret?), Gilligan insists the commitment from the cast and crew is as strong as ever. "I hope we're going to end this thing in as satisfying a manner as possible and stay as true as we can to the extent of the show from day one," says Gilligan. "And we've just got some crazy s--t coming up!"

Social Power Rankings: Don't Shoot the Messenger, Fringe Fans!

Social Power Rankings: Don't Shoot the Messenger, Fringe Fans!

Our recent Fall TV Scorecard (in which we offer our take on various shows' chances for renewal or cancellation) merely suggested that things might not be looking so good for the low-rated Fringe  — and boy, did we hear about it! Your outpouring of support for the Fox drama made it the No. 1 show in our Social Power Rankings.

Seriously though. Fringe freaks went cray-zy at the mere mention of its potential cancellation. @drebombay tweeted, "OMG, if @FringeOnFox got canceled, I would cry, full out. It fills the hole in my heart left by #TheXFiles. Best show out there!" On, ChristineTV also fears for her own emotional stability. "I will likely enter a fugue state when Fringe is canceled. It is the best show on television! Fox, I will quit you for good if you cancel Fringe."

Is an uproar against Fox imminent? Quite possibly! "We should flood the network with emails to keep Fringe on the air!" said amish2000.

Paula Deen Won't Change On-Air Cooking Style Much After Diabetes Reveal

Paula Deen Won't Change On-Air Cooking Style Much After Diabetes Reveal

Paula Deen, the butter queen, will continue to spread her Southern style on television... but perhaps not as thick.

After revealing that she has Type 2 diabetes in January, Deen is ready to move on and promote her slightly less fatty cuisine. Just don't expect her to throw out that tub of butter completely.

"I am who I am. But what I will be doing is offering up lighter versions of my recipes," the Food Network star told The Associated Press at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival on Friday. "I will have a broader platform now, trying to do something for everybody. But you know, I'm Southern by roots. I was taught [to cook] by my grandmother and nothing I can do would change that."

Paula Deen: I have Type 2 diabetes

Deen stands by her on-air cooking style, but clarifies that she'll also include healthier recipes into the mix to appeal to more people. The cook has made some other changes in her personal life, including walking on a treadmill, quitting smoking and cutting out sweet tea.

Deen received backlash in January when she revealed she had known about her diabetes for three years prior but had continued to promote her butter- and fat-laden recipes. "It took me 20 years to come out and stand up and say, 'Hey, my name's Paula and I'm agoraphobic,'" she said. "I was so ashamed, so embarrassed. So to [reveal my diabetes] in two-and-a-half years, I thought it was pretty good."

She also received criticism for capitalizing on her diagnosis by becoming the paid spokesperson for Novo Nordisk's drug Victoza and online program, Diabetes in a New Light. Deen shrugged it off, however, and said, "It's the way of the world. It's the American way. But I am taking a portion of that compensation and giving it back to the [American] Diabetes Association."

Anthony Bourdain's celebrity chef smackdown: Paula Deen's food sucks

At the time she revealed her diabetes, fellow food TV personality Anthony Bourdain was very vocal about his disapproval, telling, "When your signature dish is hamburger in between a doughnut, and you've been cheerfully selling this stuff knowing all along that you've got Type 2 diabetes ... It's in bad taste if nothing else."

"I think a few people who have access to a TV camera and ink kind of wanted to hate on me for coming down with something," she told the AP. "But I so don't worry about it."

Would you watch Paula Deen's new cooking show?

Oscar Predictions: Who Will Win?

Oscar Predictions: Who Will Win?

Fun fact: No movie about movie-making has won Best Picture at the Oscars. Will The Artist break that tradition at the 84th Academy Awards? We'll have to wait until Sunday (8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT, ABC) to find out, but in the meantime, let's make some predictions. Check out the nominees here, print out your ballot, make your picks and compare them to the below.

Hugo, The Artist lead Oscar nominations

Who will win: The Artist
Done deal. After sweeping almost every major precursor, the black-and-white valentine to the silent film era is poised to become the first silent film to win Best Picture since Wings triumphed at the first Academy Awards in 1929. Stylish, warm and a feel-good delight, it's executed so skillfully that you forget there is no dialogue. Plus, it has the best secret weapon of all: Uggie.
Watch out for: The Descendants
Alexander Payne's tale of human imperfection, which took home the Golden Globe for Best Picture on the drama side, picked up some last-minute steam with some industry trophies over the weekend, including the Writers Guild Award. But it's probably too little too late.
Did you know? The Artist, which has 10 nominations (Hugo leads with 11), would be the first entirely black-and-white film to win Best Picture since 1960's The Apartment. Schindler's List, which won 18 years ago, was not completely in black and white.

Who will win: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
He's the only first-time nominee in the group, but the Frenchman, who's also nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing, ought to cruise to an easy victory here. Regardless of whether The Artist is your cup of tea, you can't deny that it's an enormous gamble that could've come off as a disingenuous gimmick. Hazanavicius pays homage to Hollywood's past while also imbuing the film with his own artistic vision. He's claimed nearly every big precursor so far, including the most reliable predictor, the Directors Guild Award, which has mismatched with the Oscars only six times since its inception in 1949.
Watch out for: Martin Scorsese, Hugo
One of Hazavanicius' few losses came at the hands of Scorsese at the Globes, which isn't that huge of a shock since the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is big on the star factor. Had Scorsese, nominated for his own love letter to movie-making, not finally won his first Oscar five years ago for The Departed, he might stand at a better chance for an upset.
Did you know? In Oscars' 83-year history, there's been a Best Picture and Best Director split 21 times, most recently six years ago when Crash won the top prize, while Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) claimed the latter.

Who will win: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
For a while, this seemed to be a race between best buds George Clooney (The Descendants) and Brad Pitt (Moneyball) until Dujardin shifted into pole position with his mild Screen Actors Guild Award upset. (The SAGs are voted by actors, who represent the largest voting bloc in the academy.) Dujardin, who also snagged the comedy Globe and the BAFTA, is peaking at the right time, charming the pants off everyone with his talk show appearances and Funny or Die video, and you can make the argument that his role is the most difficult. With no dialogue, he carries The Artist and captivates as George Valentin, making the 1920s star a fully realized character with solely his facial expressions and body movement that put scenery-chewing performances to shame.
Watch out for: George Clooney, The Descendants
The academy loves Clooney — nominating him, at least. He scored two nods this year (he's also up in Best Adapted Screenplay for The Ides of March) for a total of seven in six years, with one win (Best Supporting Actor for 2005's Syriana). His subtle, nuanced performance is worthy of a second statuette, but this narrative sounds a little familiar. Two years ago, Clooney seemed primed to win for Up in the Air early in the season, but he was eventually overtaken by someone with more momentum: an overdue Jeff Bridges. But at the rate he's racking up these nominations, a second win can't be that far off, right?
Did you know? Jane Wyman was the first person to win an Oscar for a silent performance in the sound era for 1948's Johnny Belinda.

Who will win: Viola Davis, The Help
Davis' poignant, sympathetic turn as a put-upon maid tugs at your heart long after the credits roll. Performance aside, if you saw the overwhelming crowd — aka her peers — reaction to her SAG victory last month, you can clearly see that they all want this for her. Even Meryl Streep wants it for her, espousing plaudits on her Doubt co-star and pal almost every chance she gets. Davis, who was nominated in the supporting category for 2008's Doubt, is a respected, longtime character actress who's getting her day in the sun. And with a film about racial inequality, there would be history tied to a Davis win: Only the second black actress to receive multiple Oscar nominations (Whoopi Goldberg being the other), she would also be only the second to win Best Actress — 10 years after Halle Berry became the first.
Watch out for: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
The 17-time nominee and two-time champ is still seeking her third trophy, and this is her best chance to add to her collection in nearly 10 years. Streep's technically proficient transformation into Margaret Thatcher — spanning decades — is the stuff of which Oscars are made and reinforces the theory that there is nothing she can't do. She's already picked up the Globe and (predictably) the BAFTA, and with producer/awards shark Harvey Weinstein in her corner this year, her campaign has ratcheted up too.
Did you know? If Streep wins, her 29-year drought between victories would be the third longest, behind Helen Hayes (39 years) and Katharine Hepburn (34 years).

Supporting Actor
Who will win: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Heartbreakingly funny, sad and moving, Plummer gives a career-best performance as a late-blooming gay man. His name has been engraved on the trophy for months, and a win would also recognize Plummer's six-decade film career, which was overlooked by the Oscars until his first nomination two years ago for The Last Station. At 82, Plummer would be the oldest acting Oscar winner ever, dethroning Jessica Tandy, who was 80 when she struck gold for Driving Miss Daisy.
Watch out for: Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Von Sydow, who was previously nominated 23 years ago for Pelle the Conqueror, has been untested against Plummer on the bigger awards stages, but he should not be underestimated. Armed with a stirring, first-class mute performance, Von Sydow also has the benefit of being in a Best Picture-nominated film. Both his and the film's nods were somewhat surprising, which indicate strong support within the academy. Von Sydow is also 82 (he's eight months older than Plummer), so he would become the oldest acting winner as well.
Did you know? Plummer and Von Sydow are the oldest nominees on the male side, but they still trail the oldest performer ever to be nominated, Titanic's Gloria Stuart, who was 87.

Supporting Actress
Who will win: Octavia Spencer, The Help
Spencer has dominated all awards season and has shown no signs of vulnerability. Her feisty Minny has you reaching for the Kleenex and doubling over with laughter, and it is truly a breakthrough performance for the 41-year-old, whose long, hard-working years in the biz have earned her a lot of goodwill and admiration — let alone pals. (Remember her date to the SAGs?)
Watch out for: Berenice Bejo, The Artist
If voters are really gaga for The Artist, Bejo — and her radiant and peppy overnight sensation Peppy — could ride the momentum to a win. Helping her cause: Bejo, who's married to Hazanavicius, is arguably a lead in the film, and extra screen time is never a bad thing.
Did you know? If Davis and Spencer win, it would be the first time in 13 years that one film has won both actress awards. The sweep has occurred 10 times: Jezebel, Gone with the Wind, Mrs. Miniver, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Miracle Worker, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Network, Moonstruck, The Piano and Shakespeare in Love.

Spartacus, Episode 5: Things That Made Us Go "Ew!"

Spartacus, Episode 5: Things That Made Us Go "Ew!"

On Friday's Spartacus: Vengeance, Gannicus is back! But what havoc does the former Champion of Capua wreak in his old gladiator stomping grounds? Don't look at Gannicus. Turns out that it's Spartacus' men who are behind the biggest, baddest arena bloodbath to date.

Spartacus and Co. find new digs at an abandoned structure and learn that Rhaskos, Crixus and Oenomaus are to be executed. Spartacus can't resist trying to save them, even if this means sneaking into an arena full of Romans who have been hunting him. Meanwhile, Gannicus has returned to Capua and in his mind, acting as Oenomaus' executioner will give the former Doctore the glorious, noble gladiator's death he deserves. That will totally make up for sleeping with his wife before she died! Not an awkward reunion at all. Sparty and Agron disguise themselves as part of the Roman guard, while Mira leads a group of men to set fire to the arena infrastructure. At the height of the fighting, the stadium begins to collapse.

Row upon row of spectators drop into the fiery death below. Mayhem! Panic! In the chaos, Spartacus accidentally spears Cossutius (he was aiming for Glaber) and Albinius dies in the rubble... by Glaber's scheming hand after he had uncovered his disloyal wife's plan to divorce him and marry Varinius. But her father Albinius can't grant the divorce now that he's dead! The rescue party leaves with Gannicus, an unconscious Oenomaus and injured Crixus, who finally will be reunited with Naevia. Aww!

Enough story... on to the good stuff!

The Bodies - Gannicus likes his wine and women, and this visit to a brothel is decidedly less bloody than that massacre from the premiere. And according to the prostitute, he's definitely a god in her womanly arena. That said, the episode was somewhat light on sex to make way for the slaughter.

The Blood - Most of the death was implied since the spectators who perished were consumed by flames offscreen. But there's still plenty of gross onscreen bloodshed to relish. With so much to choose from, here are the standouts:

1. One gladiator with the highest pain threshold ever is actually able to slowly remove a spear that impaled his torso, stand up and wield it. Wow.

2. The new retiarus (net and trident guy) leaps on another victim and there's much distance covered by the blood spurting from the poor guy's neck

3. Welcome to the Spoliarium, where we will take care of all your dead gladiator disposal needs. Just drag the unfortunate fellow in, chop up the limbs, pull out the entrails... and dump them in the underground water reservoir?!?

4. At one point Spartacus slashes at one fighter's belly, and in the helpful overhead shot, we see part of the guy's innards peeking out. We think we could identify what he had for lunch (as we're losing ours)!

5. Glaber killing Albinius wasn't an explicitly gory scene, but it was still disturbing to see the prater coldly pick up a heavy stone spar from the arena wreckage and then slam it down on his dear father-in-law's face. If Ilithiya knew what was good for her, she wouldn't mess with Glaber!

Which scenes disturbed you most? Which were your favorite deaths?

Spartacus: Vengeance airs on Fridays at 10/9c on Starz.

Chris Brown & Rihanna Reuniting on American Idol?!

Chris Brown & Rihanna Reuniting on American Idol?!

American Idol producers are in talks with Chris Brown and Rihanna about possibly performing together on the show this season, a source close to the situation exclusively tells E! News.

"They want Chris and Rihanna to reunite on the show," the insider says. If they were to duet on Idol, it would be their first public appearance together (on purpose, at the same time), let alone their first live collaboration, since early 2009, when Brown was arrested for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

Wow, how do you think the people who object to their latest projects together will react to that?!

MORE: Chris Brown Sends Rihanna Birthday Wishes on Twitter

The last time they appeared onstage together was in 2008—and, judging by the controversy kicked up by Brown's performance (and win) at the Grammys this month, plenty of critics would react harshly to the pair collaborating on stage.

But if this did happen, which song would they do—assuming that the pair's two just-released remixes would be the likely choices? It's unlikely they could perform Rihanna's sexually charged "Birthday Cake," which may be too risqué for prime time, so maybe they'd do Brown's "Turn Up the Music"? Or something else entirely?

Rihanna's rep denied the rumor, saying, "It's not true."

But in any case, Fox has not yet approved the pairing, our source tells us, adding that the idea is still in the very early stages of discussion.

The network had no comment.

"I just hope my music inspires people to really come together," Brown tweeted a few days ago. "LOVE and POSITIVITY."

Would you watch if Chris Brown and Rihanna perform together on American Idol? Sound off in the comments section!

'Days Of Our Lives' Gay Kiss: Will And Neil's Steamy Smooch Makes Daytime Soap History

'Days Of Our Lives' Gay Kiss: Will And Neil's Steamy Smooch Makes Daytime Soap History

Daytime soap opera "Days of our Lives" made TV history yesterday by airing the show's first same-sex kiss.

Thursday's episode featured Will (played by Chandler Massey) snogging a handsome stranger named Neil (Jesse Kristofferson) outside at a party, Entertainment Weekly is noting. And fortunately for us, the much-hyped moment is actually more of a steamy make-out session than just a smooch!

“After living with self-loathing and disgust over not being able to accept himself, compounded by everything else that is going on in Will’s life, he’s tightly wound,” Massey told Soap Opera Digest, according to Radar Online. "Will allows himself to do something he wouldn’t normally do in a sober situation.”

Fun gay-relevant fact: Jesse Kristofferson's famous father, Kris, co-starred with Barbra Streisand in 1976's "A Star is Born."

Miles Jupp, Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards in 'Let's Dance' final

Miles Jupp, Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards in 'Let's Dance' final

Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards and Miles Jupp have been voted through to the final of Let's Dance for Sport Relief.

With the greatest number of public votes, former Olympic skier Edwards was the first celebrity chosen to progress to compete for the Let's Dance gong on March 17.

He opened the show with a routine performed to 'Soul Bossa Nova' from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, dressed as the titular spy in a pinstriped suit, brown wig, black glasses and prominent front teeth.

Comedian Jupp was chosen by judges Iain Lee and Vic Reeves to advance over former The Only Way is Essex star Amy Childs and partner Harry Derbidge. Jupp danced to The Prodigy's 'Firestarter', beginning his performance seemingly struggling to get out of a straitjacket.

Childs and Derbidge were also praised by the panel for their routine to Madonna and Britney Spears's 2003 single 'Me Against the Music'.

The other celebrities on tonight's show were Shameless star Alice Barry, who danced to George Michael's 'Outside' and comedian Ava Vidal, who performed a routine to 'Get Happy' by Judy Garland.

Let's Dance for Sport Relief continues next Saturday (March 3) at 7pm on BBC1.

'Smash' Review: A New Plea To Watch The Show's Best Episode Yet

'Smash' Review: A New Plea To Watch The Show's Best Episode Yet

I may be the one who told you to avoid "Smash" Episode 3 at all costs and you're welcome for that; but now I've got something positive to say about the show: Episode 4, titled "The Cost of Art," is the most entertaining episode of "Smash" so far and you all can and should tune in again to see what this show is capable of (Mon., Feb. 27, 10 p.m. EST on NBC).

Of course, if you're not into the Broadway behind-the-scenes-ness of it all, then you still won't like it. And that's totally fine -- "Smash" is not for everyone. But if you are, this episode establishes a tone that I hope continues through the remainder of the first season.

The politics! The cattiness! The drama! The singing and dancing! It's all here, with just the right amount of momentum to get the story going again and a dash of over-the-top attitude. And, for the record, I'd much rather hear Broadway people call Karen "Iowa" than Iowa people call her "Broadway baby!" God, Iowa really took it out of me ... but I digress.

The episode opens with Day 1 of the "Marilyn" workshop and all the key players are in place, with sweeping camera moves around the rehearsal room to set the stage. But beyond finally looking and feeling like a show about making a musical, this episode will cement your feelings about quite a few characters, ensuring that your hatred for some will grow (ahem, Ellis) and your love for others will, too.

Here are some non-spoilery reasons to watch -- and even if they don't feel like reasons to you, trust me, they are:

- There's an intervention.

- There's a Jonas Brother! Nick, to be exact. And next to "Bonus Jonas" little brother Frankie, he is the best Jonas, no question.

- It's the second episode in a row without a single mention of adopting a baby from China.

- Eileen gets to serious scheming, and doesn't throw a single drink in anyone's face.

- There's Adele.

- We get a few looks at the show's howl-tastic "I've Never Met A Wolf Who Didn't Love to Howl," which is a big "Marilyn" number for a USO set piece. (Although our weekly "Smash" eyeroll recap will likely tear the party performance apart -- musicians just "following along" without music; characters singing who probably shouldn't be singing; an ad-libbed song verse that fits a little too perfectly -- I got caught up in the fun of it all and loved it.)

'Project Runway All Stars': Cut designer Mila Hermanovski has a new gig on 'Star Trek'

'Project Runway All Stars': Cut designer Mila Hermanovski has a new gig on 'Star Trek'

Don't feel too bad for Mila Hermanovski now that she's been booted from "Project Runway All Stars." The axed designer is doing just fine preparing her new collection for Los Angeles Fashion Week and working on a little film you might've heard of -- the upcoming "Star Trek" sequel.

"I am very lucky to have been invited to contribute to the film 'Star Trek.' It's right up my alley," she tells Zap2it on a conference call the morning after her elimination. "It's been a pretty awesome job. The costume designer is Michael Kaplan and he's got quite the resume. It's just been awesome to be a part of the team."

That's a pretty nice consolation prize after Hermanovski's design inspired by the Papua New Guinea flag didn't get her through to the next round, a decision the designer isn't quite comfortable with. "I couldn't see how [the judges] couldn't appreciate my risk-taking, and I feel like perhaps my design was too conceptual for them. I didn't agree with most of what they said, frankly," she says.

She continues: "If I'd had more time to develop my design, I could've fine-tuned it maybe more to their liking. The parameters of the challenge, too, were pretty strict. Sometimes when you get a challenge like that, we're all faced with 'Okay, are they going to criticize me for not using all the colors in the flag? Are they going to criticize me for not reflecting the culture of the country?' That kind of thing. You sort of have to pick what you are going to be most inspired by. For me it was important to show my point of view as a designer, and I absolutely was inspired by that country, contrary to what they might've thought."

Hermanovski isn't afraid to admit when she doesn't do her best work, but she doesn't feel her Papua New Guinea dress deserved to send her home. "Usually I'm able to look at things objectively and accept responsibility if my design sucks, basically. For example, I know my design was not so great on the Broadway challenge, and that was definitely my least favorite of everything that I had done on 'All Stars.' However, I really do stand behind my [flag] design. I feel like Austin could've been eliminated before me, I feel like Jerell certainly could've been eliminated before me. I wasn't a fan of Kenley's design either, I felt like it didn't reflect the Latin culture as much and the flag, but honestly, I was very shocked that I was eliminated for that design."

Ultimately, Hermanovski says she signed on to do "Project Runway" again for a couple of reasons. "I think that there's a little bit of a masochist in me, first of all. Secondly, for as much as I was criticized for this in a way, I'm trying to develop a collection and a line and from a professional standpoint I wanted to showcase what I'm doing and show more about who I am as a designer."

Of the designers left in the competition, Hermanovski says she's rooting for Mondo Guerra. "I definitely feel like Mondo is the strongest of the designers, so he would be the one I'm rooting for," she confesses.

As for one of her more publicized "Project Runway" plot points -- discouraging competitors from helping each other out in the work room -- Hermanovski says the editing made her out to be a little stricter than she really is on the matter. "Well, I obviously feel like they wanted to create a story out of that and it's unfortunate that people might've thought that I was jealous or that I was a sourpuss because of the camaraderie in the workroom," she says.

"Hey, there's nothing wrong with being friends," she continues. "I developed friendships on the show. But I do feel that when it comes to the competition, I've said it before and I'll say it again -- I wouldn't ask anyone to finish my garment for me. That's not my work ethic. It is a competition. Like I said, if I finished early, I would gladly help someone do a hem on their dress. There's a big difference between finishing a garment -- like, sewing it for them -- and helping them with a little last-minute touch."

'Breaking Bad': Bryan Cranston and creator Vince Gilligan on what knowing the endpoint means

'Breaking Bad': Bryan Cranston and creator Vince Gilligan on what knowing the endpoint means

"Breaking Bad's" writers have only mapped out the first few stories of the show's last season, and production doesn't begin until late March. So there's very little to divulge at this point about where the show is headed -- not that creator Vince Gilligan would say even if there were.

One thing Gilligan and star Bryan Cranston are willing to discuss, though, is that knowing they'll be done after 16 more episodes is a good thing for the show's creative direction.

"The best thing e could have hoped for is to give the gift of knowing to our creator, Vince Gilligan," Cranston told Zap2it Thursday evening (Feb. 23) at an Academy of Television Arts and Sciences event spotlighting the series.

Gilligan, for his part, says knowing the endpoint is "a blessing."

"It allows us to measure out Walt's [Cranston] behavior and know where the whole thing ends," Gilligan says. "... When you have an indefinite number of episodes left, especially with a show like this where you're charting a guy's descent from good guy to bad guy, you lose track of where you are in the continuum of good to bad. But when you know you've got a finite number more, then you can have an easier time charting that progression."

We note that "Breaking Bad" has aired 46 episodes so far, and the 16-episode final run (AMC hasn't said yet how it will schedule those episodes, by the way) will bring the show to 62 episodes. So does that mean Walter White is only about three-quarters of the way through the good-to-bad progression?

"Well, mathematically speaking, I suppose you could make that assumption. Maybe," Gilligan says. "It remains to be seen, but that's not a bad assumption."

That's quite a thing to consider, given that Season 4 of "Breaking Bad" ended with Walt killing his nemesis Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) with a bomb -- followed by the revelation that he set Gus up in part by poisoning Brock, the young son of Jesse's (Aaron Paul) girlfriend. If Walt still has further lines to cross, we can't wait to see what they are.

Cranston recalls getting the final script last season and having a "holy c**p" moment when he came to the last page.

"I saw the climax with Gus and how it played out. The last scene -- there are no [other] actors, it's just a familiar scene in my back yard, and it panned over and pushed into that flower pot, the lily of the valley" that Walt used to poison Brock. "On that page of script there were only three lines of black ink and a full page of white," he says. "I didn't even completely turn over the page to see it. I almost gave it an insignificant little thing, and then I held it, and when I read it I realized the impact of what that meant. Until that moment, I didn't know."

Gilligan wouldn't reveal any specifics about the coming season, although he did hint that we may see a little more about how Walt managed to pull off his masterstroke. "I can't be too specific with any particulars, because that would give some fun away," he says.

"All I can say for sure is, I just want the show to end in as satisfying a way as possible. That's all that matters to me, no matter what the specifics are," Gilligan adds. "At the end of the day, that's all we're working toward, is to make this show as satisfying as possible so it ends as it began."

"Breaking Bad" will most likely return in the summer on AMC.

Charlie Brooker interview: Black Mirror, videogames, Gameswipe and A Touch Of Cloth

Charlie Brooker interview: Black Mirror, videogames, Gameswipe and A Touch Of Cloth

Ahead of the release of Black Mirror on DVD, writer Charlie Brooker spoke about his work on the series, future episodes, and what he’s up to next…

Earlier this year, Channel Four screened Black Mirror, a three-part series in the tradition of The Outer Limits of The Twilight Zone, where each instalment introduced its own characters and nightmarish scenarios. The first was about a British Prime Minister forced to perform a hideous act on live television. The second and third were both about relationships torn apart by two very different forms of future technology.

Although not written solely by Charlie Brooker – he wrote the first, co-wrote the second with his wife, Konnie Huq, while Peep Show co-writer Jesse Armstrong wrote the third – his dry wit and fascination with technology means it’s entirely in keeping with his lengthy body of newspaper columns and television shows, including topical series Newswipe, and zombie horror Dead Set. The first episode of Black Mirror may even have distant echoes of Brooker’s early work as a cartoonist on the controversial 80s comic, Oink, though we'll let readers discover that connection for themselves, assuming they haven't seen the episode already.

With Black Mirror out on DVD later this month, we caught up with Mr Brooker to talk about the process of writing the series, as well as videogames, and what he’s up to next…

The logical place to start, I suppose, is with Black Mirror, which is out on DVD this month, I understand.

That’s true. That’s definitely true. On the 27th, I believe.

So where did the inspiration for it come from?

After I’d done Dead Set, I thought I’d like to do another drama of some description. I was doing Newswipe and all sorts of other things, and I wanted for a long time to do a Twilight Zone-style anthology series. I’m a big admirer of the Twilight Zone series, and I remember when I was younger, watching Tales Of The Unexpected and really enjoying the fact that they brought a creepy story each week. So it was an attempt to do a modern take on one of those, I would say. So that was basically the main inspiration, and then it followed on from there.

In both the episodes you wrote, the premises and the characters are both really strong. So which came first, the premise or the characters?

Probably the premise, actually. Obviously, in the first one, you know the main character is the Prime Minister. Although actually, in an earlier version, it was kind of a combination – it was about lots and lots of people, but in the end, the focus became on the Prime Minister. It didn’t work if you didn’t sympathise with him.

As you say, he’s sympathetic, which you wouldn’t expect in a modern drama about a Prime Minister…

Yeah, and he becomes quite human. In a way, it’s relatively simple, I think, because he’s on the receiving end of something so awful. It’s kind of a horror movie, in a way. I didn’t find that particularly difficult [to write], because you’re dealing with someone in a completely new situation, I think they’d react like any normal human would react.

Were Channel Four quite supportive of the first episode's rather taboo story element?

Oh, very. That episode wasn’t written or even discussed when the series had been commissioned. Because the second episode was the first script to be done, and there was originally a completely different episode that Channel Four weren’t so keen on, so I wrote The National Anthem in quite a hurry actually. The first draft – the first 25 pages or so – were written over the course of a feverish weekend.

But they couldn’t have been more supportive, really, of the whole series. I couldn’t fault them. They didn’t say you can’t do that or you can’t do this. They were good!

Had you anticipated the complaints the first episode received?

There weren’t many, really, on balance. If you compare it to other controversial programmes of the past. I think, when people saw it, it was clear that it wasn’t a farcical… it presented a deliberately stupid situation, and then played it straight. It wasn’t played for laughs, basically.

I find [I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’s] Bushtucker Trial more offensive, frankly, where there’s someone performing a gross act, and it’s live. That’s meant to be funny – ho, ho everyone, let’s laugh at this. I’m not surprised that people complained, but then people complain about newsreaders’ ties. It’s part and parcel, really. If anything I thought we could have had more complaints.

I particularly liked the second episode, Fifteen Million Merits. What inspired the future dystopia you wrote about?

My wife was watching me using an iPad and watching TV and using a mobile phone – and I think I may have had a laptop open at the same time. And she pointed out that in the future I’d have every wall of my house as an iPad screen. On top of that, I had a thought where it’s a sarcastic version of now, where there are a lot of people who do a job they hate for little reward, and one of the main means of salvation that’s held up is to become an overnight star. That’s the narrative in talent shows: here you are, plucked from your normal life. It’s a lottery, basically.

So those two thoughts came together. Like I said, that was the first episode written. And it’s very unusual, in TV terms, because there’s very little dialogue for 30 minutes, almost, which I’m sure drove some people up the wall. But fuck ‘em.

I thought Euros Lyn’s direction was fantastic. It didn’t look like a typical TV show.

He did a fantastic job. We were very lucky – I say lucky, I mean, we were lucky to find such good directors. Euros very much got it, and all the directors improved what was on the page, to sound like a ponce for a second. Because there are bits in that episode that deliberately border on cheese. Early on, the romance between Abi and Bing is very deliberate, with the strings and everything. And Euros embraced that wholeheartedly.

The visuals there – he was working with some fantastic designers – he really knows his stuff, technically, and he gave it a heart. We were all blown away when we saw the initial cut. It changed very little, from that cut to the final one that aired.

Have you any more episodes of Black Mirror planned?

Oh yeah. Many. I’m going through those at the moment. I can’t say what they are, obviously, but they’re in a similar vein, I’d say. You want a similar mix. The National Anthem was set in the present, and Fifteen Million Merits was set God knows when. So there’s a right mix of ideas, put it that way.

Would you look to make a longer run of episodes, or keep it to just three?

I don’t know, to be honest. Originally, the idea was to do about eight, and they were going to be half-hour episodes. Then there was a point when it became six, and then it became three one-hour episodes. But it came out better as a result.

I’ve been reading your articles about your visit to Japan recently. Did that perhaps serve as an inspiration for future episodes?

It certainly augmented an idea I’d already had. It is a bit Black Mirror, when you see people on trains wearing face masks and staring at little screens. And there are people playing things, and I’ve no conception of what they were – which takes a lot, really, because I’m quite a nerdy guy. It did have an inspiration, but I can’t say what it is.

I thought just getting a reference to an obscure PC Engine game into the Guardian was an achievement in itself.

I think I once wrote about that before, actually, but it was just in some little geek corner section somewhere. It’s quite strange talking about videogames in any sort of mainstream media, which is a bit odd, really, when you consider how massive the games industry is. It’s sort of like it happens in an alternate dimension somewhere.

But in Japan, that’s not the case, is it? Games are embraced much more readily.

Yeah, there’s much more casual acceptance of stuff like that. And I don’t know why that is. I think we’re catching up, though, I really do. Everyone’s got an iPhone or an iPad, or playing games on Facebook. There’s been a much  more casual acceptance in the UK and the west in general in the last five years, certainly. Which is what Black Mirror’s about.

I’ve long hoped you’d do more episodes of Gameswipe – is that something you might return to maybe?

I wouldn’t rule it out. There are things I can’t really say about things I may be doing. I wouldn’t entirely rule it out, though – it just depends if I’ve got time. Put it that way.

You’ve been working on a comedy called A Touch Of Cloth, I understand.

Yes. It’s all been done. It had quite a long gestation period, in that it was a script that was originally written around 2004 or so, and the pilot was 30 minutes long, originally, but that was thrown away and rewritten. And it kept not getting made, which was really frustrating. It nearly got made by the BBC, then it nearly got made by ITV, then it nearly got made by Channel Four – I can’t even remember if that was the order in which it was nearly made.

Then I forgot about it, but Sky remembered it. They remembered having seen it, and liked it, and asked if we’d expand it. It’s me and Dan Mayer, Ben Cordell and Peter Holmes and John Morris. It’s Police Squad humour. It’s Airplane humour – very different to Black Mirror.

And when is it likely to air?

I don’t know! I know it’s going to be on soon-ish. I know you won’t be able to miss it – Sky will make a big song and dance about it, put it that way. They’re very pleased with it. Insanely pleased with it. Disgustingly pleased with it. So I think they’ll wheel it out with the biggest ad campaign they can. Unless they’re lying, and they’re going to bury it in a quarry!

Charlie Brooker, thank you very much.

Doctor Who: a celebration of the Master

Doctor Who: a celebration of the Master

Andrew celebrates the many incarnations of the Doctor's arch-nemesis in his look back at the role of the Master in Doctor Who...

It's pointless trying to make sense of the Master.

Over the years he's been so varied in his ambitions, methods and madness that all you can do is rationalise his actions glibly. So, here goes: he's the Doctor's (very) arch-nemesis. They studied at the Time Lord Academy together, where their class consisted of other renegades with a penchant for portentous sobriquets (who calls themselves the Meddling Monk? Or, for that matter, the Doctor?). He claims to be in the pursuit of absolute power, dominion over all things, and to rule the universe.

It's quite clear that he's mad, especially considering the varying quality of his plans. All he really wants is to annoy the Doctor, so no wonder the possibility of their being brothers was mooted several times. The Master has taken 'Annoying Little Brother' to previously unfathomable levels of Nietzsche-inspired ambition, and that's why it's best not to delve into his character.

Whether he's a time-travelling Bond villain, hate-inspired skeletal nightmare or psychopathic man-child, he's still an important fixture in the show – let's not diminish him by trying to make him sensible. Let's just say it was the sound of drums or the Doctor's childhood mistake that drove him insane, and leave it at that. The fun of the character lies partly in seeing how well the story can convince us that this time, just once, he might win.

The Master first arrived on screen in 1971's Terror Of The Autons, seemingly a Moriarty to the Doctor's Sherlock Holmes. He was charming, cunning, and utterly vicious. Roger Delgado was a perfect foil to Jon Pertwee's Doctor. After a whole season of stories featuring the character there could've been a case of diminishing returns, but the Master's presence could lift a story that was flagging. Brilliant as it is to watch Delgado charm his way through a story, it's when he's on edge that you really get a glimpse of the Master's sadism. Never anything less than entertaining, and sometimes a chilling psychopath, Delgado's untimely death in a car crash meant his farewell at the end of Frontier In Space is not the moment it should be.

The Master only meets Tom Baker's Doctor twice. The effect this has is that it makes each appearance special. The Keeper Of Traken was apparently ludicrously exciting on initial broadcast, back in the days where spoilers were easily kept. Fans look back on the character's return, with Anthony Ainley having enormous fun being evil, as stupendous event television of its time.

Logopolis may contain some of the stupidest things ever broadcast, but you can't deny the impact the return of the Master had, and the implications of part three's cliffhanger: he and the Doctor must work together to save the universe. Previously hypothetical faeces have been verified epistemologically. Shit just got real.

More interesting was the version of the character played by Peter Pratt and Geoffrey Beevers, part of Robert Holmes' fondness for disfigured operatic villains.

Pratt was a singer by trade, and Beevers has a voice of purest silken evil. Hidden behind blistered skull make up, this Master is driven entirely by anger, rage and loathing. In order to do this, he puts the Doctor through one of the most nightmarish scenarios the series has ever come up with, while Holmes invents the concept of the Matrix before Neuromancer or the Wachowskis ever got near it. We see Gallifrey for the first time as a place of stagnation, but Holmes still devises a potent mythology around this and devises instruments of awesome power for the Master to try to harness.

As ever though, the Master needlessly brings the Doctor into things. Yes, he needs a patsy, and he's still incredibly dangerous, but if he'd used anyone else then his plan would have worked. This is a long-term problem. How are we supposed to treat him as anything more than an enjoyably daft obstacle if, even in a story where he very nearly succeeds, he does something as pointless as this? Even his biggest death toll (Logopolis' trillions) is achieved by accident.

Perhaps it is no surprise that under Anthony Ainley's tenure in the role he is there for entertainment value rather than to pose a threat. You can read the 80s Master as a clever piece of meta-commentary on the character, acting as if he knows he is always doomed to be defeated, and is popular enough to be invincible, so why bother doing anything too strenuous? Why not just have fun? Dress up? Turn up during the Doctor's trial on a giant screen and casually mention something of drawer-dropping significance? Sure. Bring popcorn. It's the Master, and he's not exactly dangerous, but hell, it's going to be a blast.

It's not until his final and indeed the original series' final story, that Ainley gets to tone down the parody version (He survives certain deaths with no explanation! He disguises himself in ridiculous costumes! He pretends to be a scarecrow for no apparent reason and then kills a dog!) and turn it into something more animalistic and cunning. While part three of Survival is a bit bewildering, it's nice to see the Master return to his hypnotic, sadistically violent roots again, before we go back to something infamous for its camp value.

Eric Roberts was cast as the Master for the Doctor Who TV movie after it was decided that Christopher Lloyd might be too expensive. In the end, Roberts cost more and was decidedly camper than Lloyd might have been.

It's not as if Roberts plays the role like an oil-slicked deviant for the entire thing, but the bits where he does contain enough camp quotient for about a dozen Christmas specials. He does have fun with the role, and initially invests it with enough lingering malevolence that you can overlook the obviously Terminator-inspired costume, and enjoy him correcting people's grammar.

Other elements of the Master's modus operandi are present and correct too: a tortuously complicated plan, lots of collateral damage, needless involvement of the Doctor, and a weapon that looks vaguely sexual when taken out of context.

Speaking of things that look vaguely sexual when taken out of context, the return of the character to our screens in 2007 was so exciting that it managed to popularise the use of the word 'Whogasm' after a certain YouTube video did the rounds.

As with the Delgado and Pertwee match up in 1971, John Simm's Master was a twisted version of David Tennant's 10th Doctor, and one who - take note, aspiring writers - didn't deliberately involve the Doctor in his plans, but made arrangements in case he turned up anyway.

Simm has a ball playing a less restrained character than usual, and the Master is probably the best thing about the episodes he's in. It's a shame that we'd have to wait another few years for a longer confrontation between the two, in 2009's immensely popular but uneven The End Of Time, where the character had again developed new and inexplicable superpowers as he did in the TV movie. However, by the end of the story, the Master had sacrificed himself to save the Doctor and revenge himself on one mother of a retcon.

While the mania irked some, Simm's Master did manage to really stretch the Doctor some way before he inevitably won, as well as being funnier and more entertaining than him for most of the story. The Joker to his Batman, so to speak.

While it feels right to have the character turn up in huge event storylines, it also makes clear the fun of having him turn up in mid-season episodes of no huge importance, just for some banter. It's a tough balancing act involving the Master. Where does the character go from here? Does he even have a future? It's clear that death is no obstacle to his return, but what approach to take? Does he turn up for an entire series, on and off, as a recurring foe that we get to know a bit more over time, or is he a series finale kinda guy? Is he still John Simm? Is Reece Shearsmith busy? He could work in so many different ways, it's surely a matter of time before he returns.

Sure, he's going to lose, but don't tell me you aren't looking forward to it anyway.

'Once Upon a Time' EPs Give Clues to David and Mary Margaret's Cursed Romance

'Once Upon a Time' EPs Give Clues to David and Mary Margaret's Cursed Romance

What's the plan for the star-crossed lovers? Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis address some burning questions on the ABC series' complicated romance.

In Fairytale Land, Snow White and Prince Charming live happily ever after. But on ABC’s freshman series, Once Upon a Time, their Storybrooke alter egos, Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) and David (Josh Dallas), are clearly struggling for even a moment of happiness together.

“The whole idea of the show is that Storybrooke is cursed,” series co-creator Edward Kitsis says. “And therefore what we love is the idea that their love is so strong it keeps pulling them together no matter how hard we try to keep them apart.”

And while it seems the series reunites them constantly only to break them apart, the show’s creators hope fans understand why they put the couple through the ringer.

“We do have a plan for them and we are building to something with them this season and we’re excited to share that with you, just not today,” co-creator Adam Horowitz teases. “But yes there is a plan and a definite build that we’re trying to do and we hope people enjoy wherever we take them.”

The show's co-creators addressed a couple other viewer questions and concerns about Mary Margaret and David’s storylines in a discussion with reporters earlier this week.

On the uproar over David cheating with Mary Margaret: “One of our favorite things is the fact that I love that the audience is mad that David cheated,” Kitsis says. “But he’s married to Snow White. And in Storybrooke, he has all this guilt of cheating on Kathryn [Anastasia Griffith]. But, the truth is that’s the curse.”

“Yeah, and is he cheating on Snow White by being with Kathryn?” Horowitz adds. “To us there’s a level of complexity that we’re trying to build with these relationships and making nothing easy for our characters. So, when they do achieve the things they want to achieve its all the more satisfying hopefully.”

On why “true love’s kiss” hasn’t broken the spell on David and Mary Margaret: “I think it wasn’t an ‘aha moment’ for them because the curse hasn’t been broken yet,” Kitsis says. “And clearly they’re not the keys to breaking it, they were just the keys to making the savior [Emma, played by Jennifer Morrison].”

Ratings Rat Race: ‘Boss’ Slips, ‘Shark Tank’ Rises, ‘Fringe’ Inches Up In Winter Finale

Ratings Rat Race: ‘Boss’ Slips, ‘Shark Tank’ Rises, ‘Fringe’ Inches Up In Winter Finale

CBS’ Undercover Boss (1.9/9 in adults 18-49, 8.6 million viewers) dropped 21% in 18-49 from its big Friday premiere last week but still ranked as the top program of the night in the 18-49 demographic. The reality series was also the most watched show last week but that title went back to CBS’ Friday staple Blue Bloods (1.7/5, 11.2 million), which was up 6% in the demo from last week. Sandwiched between Undercover Boss and Blue Bloods at 9 PM was A Gifted Man (1.3/4, 9.1 million) which didn’t help its renewal chances with a 13% drop from last week’s time slot premiere.

As Undercover Boss declined, ABC’s Shark Tank (1.8/6) and Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares (1.5/5) bounced back, up 20% and 15%, respectively, from last week when they were pushed down by Undercover Boss’ debut. Shark Tank matched its best 18-49 result for a regularly scheduled episode. The Friday 8 PM hour is shaping up as one of the most competitive in the unscripted arena with 3 solid shows, Undercover Boss, Shark Tank and Kitchen Nightmares, duking it out.

NBC’s Grimm (1.5/5) was down a tenth returning from yet another preemption. (NBC’s scheduling team must really hate the fairytale/horror drama, never allowing it to run uninterrupted for more than 2-3 weeks.) Grimm still won the 9 PM hour in 18-49. Its lead-in, Who Do You Think You Are? (0.9/3), was down 25%. Meanwhile, in its winter finale, Fox’s Fringe (1.2/4) showed signs of life, up a tenth from the series low it had been stuck at for weeks. From 9-11 PM, ABC dropped from the highly-rated two-hour 20/20 special about Whiteney Houston last week (2.0/6) with What Would You Do? (1.4/4) and 20/20 (1.2/4). That helped NBC’s Dateline (1.3/4), which was up 2 tenths at 10 PM. The CW aired repeats.

'Downton Abbey' added to drama series race at Emmys

'Downton Abbey' added to drama series race at Emmys

Downton Abbey will be switching over to the 'Outstanding Drama Series' category at this year's Emmy Awards, it has been reported.

The first season of Downton Abbey in America was cut to four episodes out of the original seven that aired on ITV, but the most recent season included all seven episodes - exceeding the six that constitute a miniseries at the Emmys.

The show, which airs on PBS in the US, earned an 'Outstanding Miniseries' award at the Emmys last year.

TV Academy Awards chief John Leverence told Gold Derby: "After starting out as a miniseries, Downton Abbey caught fire and so now it moves over to the drama series category as it plans for future TV seasons. It follows the trajectory of previous shows like The Starter Wife that started out as a miniseries and then became a regular series."

Downton Abbey has enjoyed enormous success in the US, with this past season finale becoming one of the highest-rated television events on PBS.

The third season of the programme is currently filming, with the return of stars like Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Dan Stevens.

Shirley MacLaine has joined the cast as Lady Grantham's mother.

'Strictly Come Dancing' choreographer Karen Bruce tipped as new judge

'Strictly Come Dancing' choreographer Karen Bruce tipped as new judge

Choreographer Karen Bruce has been tipped to become a judge on Strictly Come Dancing.

Bruce, who has also worked on the Take That musical Never Forget and So You Think You Can Dance, is reportedly the front runner to replace Alesha Dixon after impressing bosses with two screen tests.

As well as being on the shortlist for the job, alongside Karen Hardy and previous winner Kara Tointon, she has also received backing from the show's professional dancers, The Sun reports.

"Karen has really impressed bosses. She is gutsy and ballsy and not afraid to give her opinion or say what she thinks - which is just what Strictly needs," an insider told the paper. "She also comes with an expert knowledge of dance.

"Alesha had a high profile but she never had that detailed knowledge. But the major concern is that Bruce is far from a household name - and this could still get in the way of her getting the job."

A decision is expected within the next few weeks when the BBC replaces executive producer Moira Ross, who recently left Strictly Come Dancing for The Voice.

Paula Abdul denies 'X Factor' axe feud: 'Simon Cowell still my friend'

Paula Abdul denies 'X Factor' axe feud: 'Simon Cowell still my friend'

Paula Abdul has denied reports that she "went ballistic" after being told of her axing from The X Factor USA.

The 'Opposites Attract' singer confirmed her departure from the competition last month, claiming in a statement that she had an "absolute understanding of the situation".

"Simon Cowell and I, along with Fox and Fremantle, have been communicating about this for a while now," she explained at the time. "Simon is, and will remain, a dear friend of mine and I've treasured my experience working this past season."

However, a report in The New York Daily News alleged that Abdul "told Simon that she felt used" when the decision was made for her to leave the panel and threatened to "rant and rave on Twitter" about it.

Taking to the social networking site in the wake of the article, Abdul hit at "gossip mills" for "churning out a steady stream of fiction about me".

"Truth is, I parted ways amicably & remain friends w/ Fremantle, Fox & Simon," she wrote. "Just saw all my Fox friends the other day... I know it's boring & under-whelming (sic), but hey, the truth usually is."

Nicole Scherzinger has also confirmed that she will be leaving The X Factor USA, while Steve Jones will not return to host a second season.

Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry and LeAnn Rimes have been tipped as possible replacements for Abdul and Scherzinger.

Cowell confirmed this week that the two new judges will both be female.

'Benidorm' still a hit for ITV1, returns with 6.6 million

'Benidorm' still a hit for ITV1, returns with 6.6 million

ITV's Benidorm returned with strong numbers last night, according to the latest overnight data.

The Derren Litten sitcom's fifth series launch grabbed 6.24m (26.7%) for ITV1, adding 406k (2.3%) on +1.

However, despite blitzing the 9pm hour, ratings were down by over a million on last year's record-breaking opener.

BBC One's old episode of New Tricks was closest to the holiday comedy, drawing 3.96m (16.9%), while The Mentalist took 1.31m (5.6%) for Channel 5.

A Melvyn Bragg documentary on BBC Two, Class and Culture, interested 1.32m (5.7%), and 990k (4.2%) watched George Lamb's The Bank Job on Channel 4 (+1: 185k/1%).

At 10pm, Castle logged 1.02m (5.6%) for Channel 5, but was beaten in the hour overall by BBC Two, which had 2.03m (10.4%) for a QI repeat.

The Graham Norton Show rounded off BBC One's night with 3.39m (23.6%) at 10.35pm, prior to which Room 101 entertained 3.24m (13.7%).

BBC Two's Mastermind held 1.83m (7.9%) across the 8pm hour for its double bill, while World's Toughest Trucker was seen by 1.11m (4.7%).

Channel 4's latest screening of New Girl appealed to 920k (3.9%) at 8.30pm (+1: 208k/0.9%), and 487k (2.7%) tuned in for The Mad Bad Ad Show at 10pm.

Overall, ITV1 cruised primetime with 24.9% (+1: 0.8%), beating BBC One's 20.4%. BBC Two claimed third place with 6%, ahead of Channel 5's 4.8%, and Channel 4's 3.8% (+1: 0.8%).

Ruth Jones comedy Stella continued on Sky1 with 570k (2.4%) at 9pm. The Big Bang Theory fetched 601k (3%) for E4 at 6.30pm.

Which Axed 'Idol' Boy Will Come Back?

Which Axed 'Idol' Boy Will Come Back?

American Idol pulled back the curtain on your Top 24 last night and in addition to driving my spellcheck insane (I mean ... Creighton Fraker? Eben Franckewitz? I've got more red squiggles than a Mortimer The Marker coloring book), the closing moments of the show revealed that one of the eliminated boys would be getting a second chance as their Top 12 was turning into a Top 13!

Jermaine Jones, Johnny Keyser, Richie Law and David Leathers are the four boys in contention for a comeback and while Idol will reveal which one is joining the Top 13 on Tuesday's live show, I feel pretty confident saying right now who it will be.

Here's why.

This choice was obviously made long after the Top 24 was assembled. That means the judges & producers felt something was missing from their competition. It also means they got the chance to watch fan reaction to the season and probably made this choice with that in mind.

Using that logic, I will say that we won't be seeing cowboy Richie Law again since he came off rude, egotistical and a Scotty McCreery-wannabe throughout Hollywood Week. And while that didn't stop them from putting the equally off-putting Brielle Von Hugel through to the semi-finals, I doubt they'll bring back another contestant America won't Dial Idol for.

And as much as I love me some Jermaine Jones (I was crying at his elimination too J.Lo, come rest your keppe on my shoulder girl), the fact remains that his voice isn't as good as his personality, so let's crown him Miss Congeniality and move on.

That leaves us with the equally talented and equally charismatic David Leathers and Johnny Keyser.

David barely missed out on the Top 24 last night when he was brought up to the stage alongside Eben Franckewitz for final judgment. But Johnny was eliminated waaaaaay back in Hollywood -- he didn't even make it to Las Vegas, so his inclusion in this Second Chance Final Four is the most telling.

There were countless other boys cut in Vegas that aren't being considered for reinstatement, so the simple fact that his name is in the mix should be enough to say he's lucky number 13, right? I'm not so sure anymore.

Let's all rewind to Group Round when Johnny performed alongside Bryce Garcia, Kristi Krause and Imani Handy. You may remember them as "those two other people and the girl who had a full-body seizure mid-song" [relive that moment here]. Now, while her collapse was shocking, leaving fans and the judges reeling, let's all be honest, you also rewound that moment more than once. And it was on one of those repeat viewings that I realized Johnny walks away from her slumped over body and continues to perform!

Hell, Randy Jackson had to tell him to stop singing! Randy. Jackson. The least empathetic person on this show recognized the need for decorum and halted Johnny's audition. That's saying something.

Now, while that Rachel Berry dedication to success is admirable, it also tarnished the All-American Boy I previously predicted would win the whole competition. I mean, that audition -- ooh boy!

But I'm guessing that given his previous performances and those Tiger Beat-esque good looks (which none of the other male finalists are bringing to the table) the judges are willing to overlook Johnny's heartless Hollywood moment and welcome him with open arms back into the competition!

Shannen Doherty's Witchy New Movie

Shannen Doherty's Witchy New Movie

For three seasons, Shannen Doherty brought one of the small screen's finest witches to life on Charmed. And while she's getting behind her cauldron for a new Syfy TV movie, her witchy woman isn't quite as nice this time around.

On February 25, Shannen offers up a riff on the classic Hansel & Gretl fable with Witchslayer Gretl. Set 20 years after their gingerbread house horror, Hansel returns home where he's confronted by a pair of shocks -- the witch didn't die in that oven and his sister is now her apprentice.

Witchslayer Gretl airs February 25 on Syfy at 9 p.m.

'Apprentice' winner Yasmina Siadatan quits

'Apprentice' winner Yasmina Siadatan quits

Apprentice winner Yasmina Siadatan has quit her job with Lord Sugar, it has been revealed.

Siadatan secured the £100,000-a-year position in 2009 and was given a job as a business development manager at Amscreen Healthcare.

She announced her pregnancy in August 2010 following a whirlwind romance with colleague Andrew Hepburn, and went on maternity leave during Christmas 2010.

The couple welcomed their first child in January 2011 and Siadatan was due to return to work last month, but informed bosses that she is pregnant again and decided to leave the company, the Daily Mail reports.

"Yasmina never even came back to work. She handed in her notice recently and said that she was pregnant again," a source said. "Yasmina had a great future at the company and Lord Sugar had great faith in her, but she is concentrating on her family."

Lord Sugar's spokesman added: "When she became pregnant again, Yasmina took the decision to leave the company but remains on good terms with everyone at Amscreen.

"Of course, both sides would have liked to work with each other for longer but Lord Sugar knows that family must come first. Yasmina did a great job during her two years in the healthcare division of Amscreen and the door is always open should she ever want to return."

Siadatan's departure means no former Apprentice winners are still working for Lord Sugar. Tom Pellereau won last year's show and was given a £250,000 investment rather than a job.

Stella English, the show's 2010 winner, is currently suing Lord Sugar for constructive dismissal, claiming she was forced to quit her job when her £100,000-a-year contract wasn't renewed.

'X Factor' rule change allows acts with managers

'X Factor' rule change allows acts with managers

X Factor bosses have changed the rules to allow acts with managers to audition.

For the first time in the show's history, anyone can enter the ITV1 singing competition, regardless of their professional background or current representation.

Gary Barlow, who is yet to sign a contract for the next series, told the Radio 2 Breakfast show yesterday: "They're letting people apply who already have managers. They're hoping for a more developed artist, more developed group, if they have management."

Thames TV chief Richard Holloway confirmed the news, telling The Sun: "The change means we won't miss out on any talent."

He added that anyone aged 16 and over can enter The X Factor, whether they are "an amateur artist, have had a management deal in the past or have one now".

Auditions with producers start in Liverpool next weekend and continue in Manchester, Cardiff, Glasgow, London and Newcastle over the coming weeks.

Simon Cowell recently confirmed a similar move for The X Factor USA, announcing that he has "torn up the rulebook" to improve the show.

TV Tonight 26th of February 2012

TV Tonight 26th of February 2012

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

    60 Minutes (US) S44E22: "Season 44, Episode 22"
    Äkta Människor S01E07: "Episode 7"
    Alaska State Troopers S03E13: "Alaskan Standoff"
    Antiques Roadshow S34E16: "Hartland Abbey (2)"
    Austin & Ally S01E09: "Deejays & Demos"
    AX Men S05E07: "Wake-up Call"
    Bakemonogatari S02E08: "Episode 8"
    Beelzebub S02E07: "Are You a Traitor? / Is This a Job for Men..."
    Being Human (UK) S04E04: "A Spectre Calls"
    Big Brother Sverige S08E07: "Season 8, Episode 7"
    Brave 10 S01E08: "Episode 8"
    China, IL S01E09: "Dream Reamer"
    Comic Book Men S01E03: "Season 1, Episode 3"
    Country Tracks S03E32: "Episode 108"
    Cupcake Wars S04E12: "Scream Fest"
    Dancing on Ice S07E16: "Series 7, Show 8 (Result)"
    Dancing on Ice S07E15: "Series 7, Show 8"
    Dateline NBC S21E25: "SU2123"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E169: "Episode 1849"
    Descending S01E02: "The Poor Knights"
    Eastbound & Down S03E02: "Chapter 15"
    Finding Bigfoot S02E08: "Finding Bigfoot Special"
    Full Metal Jousting S01E03: "Death Sticks & a Coffin"
    Got to Dance S03E55: "Live Semi Finals - 5"
    Heartland (CA) S05E14: "Working on a Dream"
    Hillbilly Handfishin' S01E13: "Shake, Rattle, and Roll"
    Hoarding: Buried Alive S03E17: "UPDATE Special"
    Home of the Future S01E03: "Episode 3"
    Iron Chef America S09E30: "Flay vs. Hastings"
    Kidou Senshi Gundam Age S01E20: "Episode 20"
    Kontoret S01E03: "Jämställdhetsföreläsaren"
    Less Than Kind S03E09: "The Fwomp"
    Luck S01E05: "Episode Five"
    Match of The Day S47E37: "Carling Cup Final Live"
    Million Dollar Contractor S01E12: "$2 Million Listening Room"
    Mirai Nikki S01E20: "Episode 20"
    Moretsu Uchuu Kaizoku S01E08: "Episode 8"
    Nightmare Next Door S02E06: "Road to Hell"
    One Piece (JP) S06E21: "Episode 21"
    Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle S01E21: "Shining Tears"
    Rinne no Lagrange S01E08: "Episode 8"
    Secret Stash S01E03: "Season 1, Episode 3"
    Shake It Up S02E16: "Egg It Up"
    Snapped S08E38: "Amy Bosley"
    So Random! S01E24: "The New Boyz"
    Something For The Weekend S07E08: "SSeries 7, Show 8"
    Swimming with Crocodiles S01E02: "Australia"
    That Sunday Night Show S03E08: "Series 3, Episode 8"
    The Academy Awards S84E01: "The 84th Annual Academy Awards"
    The Amazing Race S20E02
    The Apprentice (US) S12E02: "Getting Medievil"
    The Hotel S02E09: "Series 2, Episode 9"
    The Only Way Is Essex S04E09: "Series 4, Episode 9"
    The Walking Dead S02E10: "18 Miles Out"
    Time Team S19E06: "Swansea"
    Tomtesterom S03E02: "El Capitan beklimmen"
    Top Gear S18E05: "Series 18, Episode 5"
    Toriko S01E46: "Episode 46"
    Unique Eats S04E09: "Dirt Cheap & Delicious"
    Unique Sweets S02E06: "After School Favorites"
    Upstairs Downstairs (2010) S02E02: "Series 2, Episode 2"
    Vegas Strip S02E08: "Season 2, Episode 8"
    Wegmisbruikers S14E08: "Season 14, Episode 8"
    Wild at Heart S07E08: "Series 7, Episode 8"
    Witse S09E08: "Vijf (deel 1)"
    Worst Cooks in America S03E03: "Flavor Combos"

'Dancing on Ice' star Matthew Wolfenden: 'I respect Jorgie Porter'

'Dancing on Ice' star Matthew Wolfenden: 'I respect Jorgie Porter'

Dancing on Ice star Matthew Wolfenden has said that he has the "utmost respect" for rival skater Jorgie Porter.

The soap stars have jostled for position atop the leaderboard over the last seven weeks of the ITV show, but Wolfenden insisted that there are no ill feelings outside of the rink.

"I've got the utmost respect for Jorgie," he told The Sun's Buzz magazine.

"People think it's harder for the boys because you've got to do lifts, but I'd much rather be doing lifts than be up in the air like Jorgie when she's spun around above [professional partner] Matt Evers's head."

Wolfenden went on to rule out a Dancing on Ice appearance for his Emmerdale co-star and fiancée Charley Webb (Debbie Dingle).

"Me and Charley have always watched Dancing on Ice, and last year I suddenly thought, 'Why not!'" he said.

"Charley's great - she comes down every Sunday to support me, then drives back on three hours' sleep. But she's definitely not up for doing the show herself, even though I've tried to persuade her."

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

Oscars 2012 to plant backstage hidden cameras

Oscars 2012 to plant backstage hidden cameras

The Academy Awards will feature added online footage this year.

Nominees and guests will be captured on a series of hidden cameras placed backstage in the lobby, the green room, the winners' walk and at the annual Governors Ball.

There will also be cameras trained on the front row within the awards auditorium, allowing viewers to watch celebrities mingle during advert breaks.

The footage will be available for viewers at, and will not be a part of the main broadcast.

Visitors to the website may then pick what angles and locations they would like to view at any given moment.

"We want to encourage [fans] to be a part of the experience," said chief marketing office of the Academy, Christina Kounelias.

Stars slated to be attending the Oscars include presenters Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Colin Firth, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Michael Douglas and Angelina Jolie.

Billy Crystal is set to host for the first time since 2003.

The Oscars air this Sunday, February 26, on ABC in the US and Sky Movies in the UK.

Olly Murs 'told to choose between Xtra Factor and music career'

Olly Murs 'told to choose between Xtra Factor and music career'

Olly Murs has reportedly been told to choose between hosting The Xtra Factor and his music career.

The singer is hoping to return to the show alongside Caroline Flack in the summer, but it clashes with a number of commitments in Europe and the US where he plans to launch his new album.

Simon Cowell apparently wants both Murs and Flack back to host a second series of the ITV2 spin-off, and has told the former X Factor contestant to put his international music career on hold.

"I really want to do it but when I asked Simon if I could just do the live shows, he said, 'No, it wouldn't be possible'," Murs told The Mirror.

Flack added: "They asked me if I'd consider presenting with someone else. But that'd feel just weird - I love Olly!"

Murs previously admitted that he may quit The Xtra Factor over fears of being "typecast" by the role.

Murs recently debuted the video for his new single 'Oh My Goodness', which will be officially released on April 1 .

Development Update: February 26th

Development Update: February 26th

1600 PENN (NBC) - Bill Pullman and Brittany Snow are the latest additions to the pilot, a single-camera comedy about a dysfunctional First Family where Skip (Josh Gad), the out-of-control oldest son, returns home and becomes not only it's biggest liability but also the glue holding everyone together. He'll play the President, Dale Gilchrist ("confident, heroic ex-Marine; believes we each create our own destiny; craves competition"), while she's set as eldest daughter Becca ("overachiever and perfectionist who puts a ton of pressure on herself; helped raise her siblings"). Jon Lovett, Josh Gad and Jason Winer co-created the 20th Century Fox Television-based half-hour, which Winer will direct from a teleplay by Lovett. (

666 PARK AVENUE (ABC) - Dave Annable ("Brothers & Sisters") has booked the male lead on the drama pilot, about Jane Van Veen and Henry Martin, a young couple who accept an offer to manage a historic apartment building in New York City where they begin to experience supernatural occurrences. He'll play Henry in the Warner Bros. Television-based hour, which also features Terry O'Quinn as Gavin Doran, the building's owner. Alex Graves is directing from a script by David Wilcox based on the book by Gabriella Pierce. (

AMERICAN JUDY (ABC) - Elaine Hendrix ("90210") has scored a role on 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 (Mimi Kennedy) and the ex-wife of her husband. She'll play The Sheriff, the ex-wife in said equation ("40, busty & blonde"), who's - you guessed it - the town's sheriff. Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont and Greer herself co-created the ABC Studios-based half-hour, to be directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller. (

ANTICHRIST (ABC) - Veteran character actor Martin Landau has been cast in the drama pilot, about Carter Henderson (Max Thieriot), an astrophysics grad student who, after his father is killed, learns that he is the chosen one to destroy the forces of evil. He'll play Mister Armin, a blind World War II veteran and the executor Carter's father's estate. Gabriella Wilde and Yaya DaCosta co-star in the ABC Studios-based project, from co-creators Roland Emmerich and Harald Kloser. (

BAD GIRLS (NBC) - Rick Gonzalez and Zoe Boyle are both set to join the cast of the drama pilot, which follows the ins and outs of a group of unlikely women at Santa Del Mar Women's Federal Correctional Institute. He'll play Troy Thayer, a buff correctional officer who's the object of lust among the inmates; while she's on board as Cate Patterson, a pretty, naif single mother who takes a job as a nurse at the prison. Nancy Marie Pimental penned the hour for the Warner Bros. Television-based John Wells Productions. Jurnee Smollett also stars. (

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (ABC) - Scottish actor/singer Darius Campbell has booked one of the title roles on the pilot, a drama set in the mythical city of Kendan where its princess, Grace, is tasked with quelling a rebellion. He'll play the beast, Shiro ("features a bit like a bull, a bit like a wolf; but the eyes... there's nothing animal about them"), once the Holy Protector to the Emperor, now a mercenary for the rebels. Chris Egan also stars in the ABC Studios-based hour, from director Yves Simoneau and writer Jonathan E. Steinberg. (

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (The CW) - Nina Lisandrello and Nicole Gale Anderson are the latest additions to the drama pilot, about Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk), a police detective who teams with Vincent Koslow (yet to be cast), a genetically altered Afghanistan war veteran to solve crimes in New York City. The former will play Tess O'Malley ("all the brass and sass that comes from being in a family of cops"), Catherine's partner and friend; while Anderson is set as Heather, Catherine's younger sister/roommate. Austin Basis also stars in the hour, from CBS Television Studios and co-creators Sherri Cooper and Jennifer Levin. Gary Fleder is directing. (

BEN FOX IS MY MANNY (FOX) - Lucy Punch ("Bad Teacher") has scored a role on the single-camera comedy pilot, about Kate (Abby Elliott), an uptight single mom whose aimless brother Ben moves in to help her raise her five-year-old daughter, Maddie (Maggie Jones). She's on board as BJ, Kate's co-worker and friend. Echo Kellum also stars in the Dana Fox-penned half-hour, to be directed by Jake Kasdan for 20th Century Fox Television. (

DO NO HARM (NBC) - Michael Esper has joined the cast of the drama pilot, about Jeffrey Kohn (Steven Pasquale), a brilliant neurosurgeon who wrestles with his dangerous alter ego, Ian Price, who threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and professional life. He'll play Alex Jordan ("30s, prick"), Jeffrey's rival at the hospital. Also starring in the Universal Television-based hour are Alana De La Garza, Mousa Kraish and Ruta Gedmintas. Michael Mayer is helming off a script by David Schulner. (

- Clancy Brown, Mustafa Shakir and Chaske Spencer have all landed roles on the pilot, a period drama about a diverse group of people who set out from Missouri on an incredible adventure across the western landscape to Oregon in the 1840. Brown is on board as Jack Ramsay ("British, enigmatic, secretive"), the wagon Captain who butts heads with Cooper (Jake McLaughlin); with Shakir as Rossignol, Emily's (Gina Bramhill) fiancé, and Spencer as Nico ("earnest and Raphaelian"), the group's resident cook who's traveling with his fragile and more complicated sister, Luisa (yet to be cast). Al Weaver, Bridget Regan, Erik Jensen, Ethan Embry and Megan Ferguson also star in the Sony Pictures Television-based hour, from Shaun Cassidy and Thomas Schlamme. (,

THE GILDED LILYS (ABC) - Matt Long, Brigid Brannagh and Maury Sterling have all scored roles on 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. Long is on board as John Kidd ("20's, a lower-class survivor of Scottish descent"), whose adventurous spirit and romantic soul captures the heart of Violet Langton Lily (Sarah Bolger), who's engaged to a wealthy family friend. Brannagh then is set as Violet's mother, Elizabeth Langton Lily, who's risen from Upper Middle Class to High Society with hidden claws; while Sterling will play Jasper Kravetz ("20's, a sharp-tongued shit-stirrer"), a hotel footman. Blythe Danner and Brían F. O'Byrne also star in the ABC Studios-based hour, from writer K.J. Steinberg and director Brian Kirk. (

GOOD VIBES (MTV) - The cable channel has pulled the plug on the animated comedy, about "transplanted Jersey boy Mondo (Josh Gad) and his best bud Woodie (Adam Brody) as they surf the biggest waves, hit the wildest parties and chase the prettiest girls in Play Del Toro - a colorful California beach community." Primetime airings of the series averaged a modest 953,000 viewers and a 0.5 rating among adults 18-49 on Thursday nights, well short of its lead-in "Beavis and Butt-Head" (1.637 million viewers, 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 in prime airings). Originally a pilot for FOX during the 2008-09 season, the half-hour eventually found a home at MTV earlier this season. (

THE GOODWIN GAMES (FOX) - Felisha Terrell ("Days of Our Lives") has booked a role on the comedy pilot, about three siblings - Henry (Scott Foley), Coney (Becki Newton) and Jimmy (yet to be cast) - who must heed to the idiosyncratic terms of their father's will to inherit his fortune. She'll play Lucinda Hobbes, the attractive minister of the church who used to date - and was dumped by - Henry. Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Chris Harris are all behind the 20th Century Fox Television-based half-hour, to be directed by Peyton Reed. (

LIVING LOADED (FOX) - Sugar Lyn Beard has booked the final principal role on the comedy pilot, about Dan Deegan (Mike Vogel), a hard-partying blogger who changes his ways when he goes to work at his father's (Donald Sutherland) radio station. She'll set as Dan's pal Maureen ("a blue collar Megan Mullaly") in the project, which also stars Michael Marc Friedman, Larry Wilmore, Anna Maria Horsford and Kaitlyn Black. Rob McElhenney and Rob Rosell penned the script for FX Productions. (

- James Earl III and Amanda Crew have both been cast in the comedy pilot, about a group of twentysomethings in the suburbs of Seattle, "a mecca for the folks who have happily put on the cruise control of life." Earl is set as Oliver, an aspiring sex addict and Andrew's (the previously cast Nick Kocher) long-time best friend. Crew then will play Sam, who "wears the balls and the brains in this crew." Adam Sztykiel is behind the single-camera project, which is set up at 20th Century Fox Television. (

NEXT CALLER PLEASE (NBC) - Joy Osmanski ("Allen Gregory") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, about a mismatched duo - Stella (Collette Wolfe) and Cam (yet to be cast) - who host a relationship call-in show in New York City. She's set as Winnie Hyde ("total fan-girl, pigtails, crazy eyes, wearing something weird like a vintage dress over a t-shirt, basically: intense"), the producer of said program, "Orbit Lifestyle." Writer Stephen Falk and director Marc Buckland are behind the single-camera project, which is based at Lionsgate Television. (

OH F---, IT'S YOU (CBS) - Bryan Greenberg and Ryan Gaul have both been cast in the pilot, a multi-camera comedy about a notorious womanizer who, after surviving a health scare, realizes that "the one" is his ex-turned-gal pal/business partner (JoAnna Garcia Swisher), who's already engaged to a nice guy. They'll play the said fellows: Nick Miller ("good looking in an easy-going kind of way") and Warren Culp ("Wendy's kind, unassuming fiancé"), respectively. Greg Grunberg also stars as Charlie, Nick's best guy friend. Greg Berlanti and Greg Malins are behind the Warner Bros. Television-based half-hour, to be directed by James Burrows. (

REVOLUTION (NBC) - Graham Rogers, Tracy Spiradakos and Anna Lise Phillips are all the first to be cast in the drama pilot, 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. They'll play Danny Matheson ("a capable, cunning hunter with a good heart"), Charlie ("a warrior") and "a doctor," respectively, in the top-secret project, from writer Eric Kripke, director Jon Favreau and the Warner Bros. Television-based Bad Robot Productions. (

UNTITLED MANDY MOORE PROJECT (ABC) - Erinn Hayes ("Childrens Hospital") has joined the cast of the Mandy Moore-led comedy, about "newlyweds Annie (Moore) and Ben who get the opportunity of a lifetime to run a hip, new restaurant in Annie's hometown bringing her closer to her needy and high maintenance family." She'll play Annie's beautiful lesbian sister in the 20th Century Fox Television-based half-hour, from co-creators Bob Fisher and Stacy Traub. Shawn Levy is directing the single-camera project. (

UNTITLED MARTIN LAWRENCE PROJECT (CBS) - The Eye has greenlit production on a pilot for its Martin Lawrence-led comedy, which will now revolve around "a widowed father of two teenagers who, after losing his job in construction, decides to go to the police academy and become a cop at the age of 46." Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger ("How to Be a Gentleman") are behind the multi-camera project, which was selected after the network chose to pass on efforts specifically written for Lawrence by Tom Hertz and Larry Wilmore. CBS Television Studios is producing. (

- Edi Gathegi and Johnny Pemberton are the latest to board the comedy pilot, about Jack (Kyle Bornheimer), a man who is forced to put his business dreams on hold in order to take over the family handyman business from his father, Tony (Kyle Bornheimer). Gathegi will play Darren ("glasses, skater shorts and a hoodie, brilliant and couldn't care less"), one of Tony's workers; while Pemberton is set as Mason ("a young Josh Gad with wild hair, tiny mustache"), Tony's teen nephew. Michael Fresco is directing the ABC Studios-based half-hour from a script by Bobby Bowman. (