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Netflix in Talks to Continue 'Terra Nova'

Netflix in Talks to Continue 'Terra Nova'

The streaming service has expressed interest in reviving the recently canceled Fox dinosaur drama.

Just two days after Fox lowered the ax on Terra Nova, studio 20th Television could have found a new home for the dinosaur drama.

Streaming service Netflix has expressed interest in reviving the time-traveling series from executive producer Steven Spielberg, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Fox late Monday opted not to move forward with the pricey Australia-shot drama -- whose two-hour premiere was pegged at a price tag between $10 million and $20 million. Noting the Jason O'Mara-Stephen Lang starrer's international appeal, studio 20th Television announced it would shop the big-budget series to other networks.

While discussions are early, the move could make sense for Netflix as it continues its push into original scripted programming with fare including 20th Television's Arrested Development, which the company resurrected in November.

While Terra Nova averaged 7.5 million total viewers and 2.6 million in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo in its 11-episode first season, it failed to catch on the way the network had hoped. Its two-hour finale matched a series low in the demo, drawing a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49 and an audience of 7.2 million.

Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly told reporters in January at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour that the network was waiting to make big decisions as the fate of the Spielberg series until they had a better sense for midseason and development projects. "I do feel fortunate that we have some high-class problems," he said at the time. "[Terra Nova] was an exciting bet to take and it's proven that it was worthwhile."

Meanwhile, 20th Television still holds an option on cast members including Lang and O'Mara. Co-star Christine Adams, meanwhile, has already found her next potential gig, joining ABC's fashion drama pilot Americana.

'Desperate Housewives' Trial: Nicollette Sheridan's Lawyer Calls Writer Testimony 'Devastating' to ABC

'Desperate Housewives' Trial: Nicollette Sheridan's Lawyer Calls Writer Testimony 'Devastating' to ABC

Talking to reporters, Mark Baute also said testimony from witnesses for the network and Marc Cherry is "fantasy" and "delusion"; "they are all protecting the studio.”

Nicollette Sheridan’s attorney was jubilant today after testimony ended in his client's $6 million wrongful termination trial against Desperate Housewives executive producer Marc Cherry and ABC.

Mark Baute said testimony by a former writer on the show, Lori Kirkland Baker, was “devastating” to the other side. He also said the testimony at the end of the day by Sabrina Wind, an executive producer on the show and Cherry’s partner in a production company, showed that Cherry and ABC are lying about what really happened during a 2008 altercation that Sheridan believes led to her firing from the hit show.

“Call it selective recollection,” Baute told a gaggle of news people and cameras after the court session, “or call it fantasy or call it delusion, they are all protecting the studio.”

“Nobody wants to disappoint the moneymen,” he added. “A woman who gets bopped in the head is not going to be the focus of the studio.”

Adam Levin, lead lawyer for ABC and Cherry, did not address reporters after court adjourned for the day.

Baute said Baker was the first person to tell the truth about when the decision was made to kill off Sheridan's character, ending her employment on the show after its fifth season. Baker testified that the first time she heard about that decision was in December 2008, seven months after Cherry's altercation with Sheridan on the Housewives set. When Cherry revealed the news to a closed-door meeting of the show’s writing staff, Baker testified that Cherry said they had “just” gotten permission from ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson to kill off that character.

Baker also looked at writers notes that indicated the storyline ending Sheridan's character's life was in the works as early as May 2008 but said she did not recognize the part about the Sheridan character being killed off.

When Baute was asked by reporters if Baker's testimony indicated Cherry and ABC had falsified part of the documents, the lawyer said he will answer the question in his closing remarks to the jury.

Baute’s law partner Patrick Maloney, who led the questioning of that witness, said Baker’s “story didn’t vary” from what she said in her earlier deposition.

“There’s a moment in a trial which is an inflection point when everything changes,” said Baute, suggesting Baker represented such a moment. “You could feel the goose bumps,” he added. “It’s the first testimony that shows the corporation was willing to lie.”

When asked if he meant ABC and Cherry were lying, Baute said yes. He said Cherry had been carefully coached and that was why he sounded rehearsed on the stand.

Baute openly mocked testimony Wednesday afternoon by Wind, who said the decision to fire Sheridan was made before the Cherry incident.

“She tried to make stuff up for the first five minutes and then saw that we had her so she said ‘I do not recall’ over and over,” said Baute, adding that her testimony “shows extreme bias. It shows she had been asked to take the stand and say ‘I don’t recall,’ so there is no contradiction with (Cherry’s) story.”

Wind, however, did contradict Cherry at times. For instance, Cherry had testified that immediately after the Sheridan incident the first person he called was Wind. She said she had no memory of such a call, and said the first she heard of the incident was when Cherry later returned to the writers room, after he had already apologized to Sheridan.

Wind said that there was no discussion about how cutting the Sheridan character would help the show's budget issues; but she did indicate there were discussions about Sheridan’s professional competence. More of that may come up when she returns to the stand on Thursday.

Wind also said she was the one who, along with another producer, notified ABC human resources about the Sheridan incident right after it happened. However, she said she did not know anything about the investigation that cleared Cherry until it was over; and did not keep him informed. Baute insisted that was not a true statement.

'X Factor': Page 3 girl impresses at producer auditions

'X Factor': Page 3 girl impresses at producer auditions

Page 3 girl Emily O'Hara was one of the stand out X Factor auditionees in Liverpool, according to tabloid reports.

O'Hara, 21, caught the eye of producers and the show's host Dermot O'Leary when she was queuing at Liverpool's Echo Arena with thousands of other hopefuls.

"Emily really stuck out as she was extremely glamorous," a source told The Sun.

"Producers grilled her to find out where she was from and who she was and she told them she was a Page 3 girl."

The X Factor's first-round auditions are currently touring the UK and will visit Newcastle's Metro Arena this weekend (March 10).

They will also call at Manchester (March 17), Cardiff (March 26), Glasgow (March 31) and London (April 7).

'Big Fat Gypsy Weddings' soars to 5.3 million for Channel 4

'Big Fat Gypsy Weddings' soars to 5.3 million for Channel 4

Big Fat Gypsy Weddings turned up the heat in last night's ratings, pulling in a total of over 5.3 million viewers.

The Channel 4 juggernaut averaged a slot-winning 4.48m (17.8%) over the 9pm hour and a hefty 852k (5%) on +1.

However, Gypsy Weddings is down heavily on last year's equivalent episode, which had a combined audience of 8.2m.

Shameless grew to 1.77m (10.4%) at 10pm (+1: 276k/3.1%), while Supersize v Superskinny was steady with 2.27m (9.3%) at 8pm (+1: 235k/0.9%).

Prisoners' Wives (4.28m/17%) on BBC One and Body of Proof (1.4m/5.5%) on Channel 5 both bowed out with respectable numbers. The latter grabbed 108k (0.6%) on timeshift.

Elsewhere on Channel 5, Nazi Titanic thrilled 1.28m (5.3%) in the 8pm hour, and CSI: NY mustered 1.01m (5.7%) from 10pm.

Over on BBC Two, Alex Polizzi: The Fixer (2.02m/8.3%) and Horizon (1.82m/7.2%) attracted decent numbers, while ITV1's FA Cup coverage scored 3.4m (13.9%).

BBC One retained its Tuesday lead in primetime with 21.8%, once again overpowering ITV1 which had a much-improved share of 15% (+1: 0.3%).

Channel 4 claimed a strong third place with 10.5% (+1: 1.5%), ahead of BBC Two's 6.7% and Channel 5's 4.8% (+1: 0.2%).

The Vampire Diaries continued with a solid 393k (1.6%) for ITV2 at 10pm (+1: 103k/0.6%), beating Geordie Shore's 312k (1.8%) at the same time.

'The Sopranos' creator David Chase: 'It's difficult to end a series'

'The Sopranos' creator David Chase: 'It's difficult to end a series'

The Sopranos creator David Chase has admitted that he found it "difficult" to end the show.

The acclaimed HBO gangster drama ended on a controversial note, leaving the fate of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) unresolved.

"It's just very difficult to end a series," Chase told The New York Times. "For example, Seinfeld, they ended it with them all going to jail.

"Now that's the ending we should have had. And they should have had ours, where it blacked out in a diner."

The Sopranos series finale 'Made in America' - which aired on June 10, 2007 - concluded with the screen fading to black for several seconds.

Series star Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti) later suggested that the last scene was intended to represent the death of the Tony Soprano character.

"I think he's dead," said the actor. "That's what happens when it goes black, right?"

Last month, Steven Van Zandt - who played mob enforcer Silvio Dante - claimed that a proposed Sopranos movie is unlikely to emerge.

"I don't think so," he said. "Just in case the movie does happen, Silvio will be there, but... it doesn't look likely, it really doesn't."

'GCB's Kristin Chenoweth: 'I'm so proud of my LP Some Lessons Learned'

'GCB's Kristin Chenoweth: 'I'm so proud of my LP Some Lessons Learned'

Kristin Chenoweth has said she is overwhelmed by the positive response to her first country music album Some Lessons Learned.

Some Lessons Learned reached the top 20 of the US country music chart, which surprised Chenoweth because she is primarily known for opera and show-tunes.

"When you make it, or when you're known for one thing, like opera or musical theatre, a lot of times people don't want to hear you do something else," the singer explained to Parade. "Country was actually how I began, so I'm happy that the record is becoming more and more accepted."

She continued: "I'm just so happy that people are embracing it. I guess the bottom line is a good song is a good song, and I've got a lot of good songs on that record!"

Chenoweth also revealed that she will be singing in her new sitcom GCB in a very different style than her fans are used to.

"I will be singing as [my character] Carlene, not Kristin," she noted. "And there'll be other singers that come and go in the show and I love that because the role lends itself so well to having music because it's set in church."

The actress recently defended GCB against claims that the series makes fun of Christianity by insisting that she would never mock religion.

GCB airs Sundays at 10/9c on ABC.

Vampire Diaries' Matt Davis: The Sexual Tension Between Elena and Alaric is Undeniable

Vampire Diaries' Matt Davis: The Sexual Tension Between Elena and Alaric is Undeniable

Most Vampire Diaries fans want Elena (Nina Dobrev) to be with either Damon (Ian Somerhalder) or Stefan (Paul Wesley), but Matt Davis thinks there's room for a third possible pairing: Elena and Alaric.

"There's a lot of sexual tension between Alaric and Elena; you can't deny it," Davis told "I'm surprised he hasn't snuck into her bed already." 

Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder: Damon and Stefan's rift will be explained in "1912"

In this week's Vampire Diaries Bite, Davis shares more from the Atlanta set, including why the upcoming episode "Break on Through" is a huge episode for his character. Plus: Will Alaric will shape up, quit drinking and get back to teaching?

The Vampire Diaries returns Thursday, March 15, at 8/7c on The CW.

Exclusive: As the World Turns Vet Jon Hensley Visits The Bold and the Beautiful

Exclusive: As the World Turns Vet Jon Hensley Visits The Bold and the Beautiful

Holden Snyder is back, baby! Well, at least for two episodes. Former As the World Turns star Jon Hensley is heading to CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful where he will play a doctor involved in the Hope-Liam-Steffy triangle. Hensley's character doesn't have a name yet but a rep for B&B tells TV Guide Magazine that the doc will come to the rescue when one of the three young characters is involved in a life-threatening accident in Aspen.

B&B will shoot for the second time in the Colorado city the week of March 12 — taking advantage of Aspen Fashion Week — and the episodes will begin airing April 20. Hensley's appearances air May 1-2. Would B&B exec producer Bradley Bell hire a fab audience fave like Hensley just for two days? Or does the boss have something more in mind?

Jake Humphrey on 'Free Speech': 'We need more TV for young people'

Jake Humphrey on 'Free Speech': 'We need more TV for young people'

BBC Sport presenter Jake Humphrey has claimed that his new live debate show Free Speech is filling a gap in the schedules because not enough political TV caters for young people.

Humphrey's new series, which will feature BAFTA-winner Adam Deacon and Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney on the panel, is intended to create a talking shop for issues directly affecting young people.

"There are loads of issues directly impacting on young people at the moment, the riots, work experience schemes, rising unemployment, so why not have a show for young people with young people?" Humphrey told Digital Spy.

"Young kids are very well catered for TV-wise in this country and also again when you get to your mid-30s. But I think there is a real need for something that caters for and is controlled by young people.

"We want young people to develop and decide how this show works. I won't be going on with a running order. The audience and people at home will direct the way that the show goes.

"As a broadcaster it's exciting to do something that challenges you and moves you away from regular stuff. This couldn't be any more different from standing in the pit lane or covering the Olympics."

Explaining the show's format, he added: "The simplest thing to say is that it's like Question Time for younger people.

"The young audience will hopefully share their views and voice, but the biggest thing that this show has going for it is that quite often shows will discuss unemployment, young people not being empowered in politics and the riots, but it's filled with old people and there's not a young person in sight.

"But on this show, not only do we have the 100 or so people in the studio, but also we open the debate up on Twitter. That's something I'm excited about. Through hashtags people will be able to affect a power bar in our studio and as our panel speak, the power bar can go up or down.

"It's instant and honest. People can react and we can discuss why a power bar is going up or down. It's anonymous and I think we'll get some real honesty."

Humphrey also said that he hoped he could be an inspiration for young viewers, commenting: "I didn't go to university, I set up my own business, I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth.

"Everything that I achieved has come from being the son of a teacher and charity worker in Norfolk. There was no reason to suggest when I failed my A-Levels as a teenager that I would end up in London as a TV presenter so I hope that can be inspiring.

"We'll have young people on the panel as well like DJ Gemma Cairney, actor Adam Deacon, so these won't be old men and women talking down, these are young people themselves. And I just about have my foot in the young person category as well. Just."

Free Speech airs tonight (March 7) at 10pm on BBC Three. Viewers can get involved via,, @bbcfreespeech, and #freespeech.

'Skins' to bow out with final series in 2013, former stars to return

'Skins' to bow out with final series in 2013, former stars to return

Channel 4 has announced that Skins will bow out with one final series.

The E4 teen drama has been recommissioned for a special seventh run - made up of three films broken up into six parts - to be broadcast in 2013, Digital Spy can confirm.

Famous Skins characters from the past five years will appear in the 'celebratory' series.

Nicholas Hoult (Tony), Kaya Scodelario (Effy), Jack O'Connell (Cook) and Luke Pasqualino (Freddie) are among those who could return.

"Channel 4 today confirmed that next year's series of E4's teen drama Skins will be its last," the broadcaster said this evening.

"The new series will be a celebration of this truly iconic series, and will go to air in early 2013."

"Skins is a brilliant show which has defined a generation and will go down as a game-changing piece of television," the statement added.

"But after seven series it is time for E4 to make way for the next generation of the bold, the new and the innovative."

Skins, which launched in 2007, is currently airing its sixth series every Monday at 10pm on E4.

'The Voice' for two live shows a week from April, 'AGT' premiere set

'The Voice' for two live shows a week from April, 'AGT' premiere set

NBC has announced that The Voice will gain an extra live show each week from April, while America's Got Talent will premiere in May.

The talent show - which began its battle rounds earlier this week - will air live on Mondays and Tuesdays from April 2.

Monday episodes will be a two-hour show at 8pm, while Tuesdays will be a one-hour elimination special.

The Voice's final live show will air on Monday, May 7, with the winner being announced during a two-hour special finale the following day.

Meanwhile, America's Got Talent - with new judge DJ Howard Stern - will premiere the following week on May 14, with two-hour episodes on both Monday and Tuesday.

The reality show will then return to its usual one-hour slot on Mondays and Tuesdays the week after.

From April 3, NBC's Tuesday lineup will be The Biggest Loser at 8pm, followed by The Voice at 9pm, and Fashion Star at 10pm, which will premiere on March 13.

The Wanted accosted by police on MTV's 'Punk'd'

The Wanted accosted by police on MTV's 'Punk'd'

The prank show - originally hosted by Ashton Kutcher - will see several celebrities hosting each episode when it premieres on March 29.

In the upcoming skit, the British boyband are warned by Los Angeles police officers for trespassing on private property, reports the Daily Mail.

Jay McGuiness, who is believed to have been in on the prank, gets handcuffed and taken away by officers, much to the shock of his bandmates. Tom Parker is later told to lie on the ground with his hands on the floor.

The Wanted recently claimed their first US top five hit with 'Glad You Came', which has been covered by the cast of Glee.

Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift are among the celebrities to feature in the new Punk'd, while Kutcher remains as executive producer.

Krysten Ritter, 'Repo Men' writer Eric Garcia developing MTV drama

Krysten Ritter, 'Repo Men' writer Eric Garcia developing MTV drama

Krysten Ritter has started developing a new drama for MTV.

The network ordered a pilot of Cassandra French's Finishing School For Boys, which is based on a novel of the same name by Eric Garcia.

Garcia is now working with Ritter on the television adaptation, Deadline reports.

The show focuses on Cassie French, a bright young woman who lands her dream job as a Hollywood lawyer but can't find any men willing to enter a committed relationship with her.

Eventually, she ends up locking a man in her basement to train him to become the perfect man.

This is the first project Ritter has sold as a producer. As an actress, she has appeared in shows such as Veronica Mars, Gilmore Girls and Breaking Bad and will star in ABC's upcoming comedy Don't Trust The B---- In Apartment 23, which premieres in April.

Meanwhile, Garcia penned the screenplay for Repo Men and wrote the Anonymous Rex book series and novel Matchstick Men.

Other projects in the works at MTV include a comedy show from Jennifer Lopez and a remake of British series The Inbetweeners.

TV Tonight 8th of March 2012

TV Tonight 8th of March 2012

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

    30 Rock S06E11: "Standards and Practises"
    American Idol S11E18: "1 of 13 Voted Off"
    Antiques Road Trip S04E19: "Series 4, Episode 19"
    Archer (2009) S03E08: "Skin Game"
    Awake S01E02: "The Little Guy"
    Big Brother Sverige S08E17: "Del 17"
    Biggest loser Sverige S01E10: "Avsnitt 10"
    Blik op de weg S27E04: "Season 27, Episode 4"
    Braxton Family Values S02E17: "TBA"
    Celebrity Juice S07E05: "Jason Donovan, Robbie Savage, Gino D'Acampo"
    Chelsea Lately S06E48
    Chelsea Lately S06E49
    Cleverdicks S01E09: "Episode 9"
    Coach Trip S09E29: "Series 9, Day 29"
    Come Dine With Me S18E46: "Series 18, Series 39"
    Conan S02E63: "Rob Riggle"
    Coronation Street S53E48: "Thu Mar 8, 2012"
    Countdown with Keith Olbermann S10E46: "Season 10, Episode 46"
    Days of our Lives S47E84: "Ep. #11794"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E179: "Episode 1859"
    Delocated S03E06: "TBA"
    Dickinson's Real Deal S08E68: "Series 8, Episode 68"
    Doctors S13E215: "Anger Management"
    EastEnders S28E40: "March 8, 2012"
    Emmerdale S41E58: "March 8, 2012 [Episode 2]"
    Emmerdale S41E57: "March 8, 2012"
    General Hospital (US) S49E238: "#12512"
    Germany's Next Top Model S07E03: "Folge 3"
    Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden S22E134: "Season 22, Episode 134"
    Golden Goal S12E05: "Season 12, Episode 5"
    Halv åtta hos mig S08E28: "Örnsköldsvik - Karina"
    Holiday Heaven on Earth S01E05: "Episode 5"
    Hollyoaks S18E49: "March 8, 2012"
    Home and Away (AU) S25E34: "Episode 5469"
    Hotel cæsar S28E165: "Season 28, Episode 165"
    House Hunters S48E48
    House Hunters International S25E51
    House of Anubis S02E86: "House of Stakes"
    House of Anubis S02E85: "House of Traps"
    I Just Want My Pants Back S01E08: "The Blackout"
    Impact Wrestling S08E75: "Season 8, Episode 75"
    Inside Comedy S01E07: "TBA"
    Jeopardy! S28E124: "Show #6329"
    Jersey Shore S05E10: "Seaside Shaked Up"
    Kidnap & Ransom S02E03: "Series 2, Episode 3"
    Leave It To Bryan S01E13: "Reno Apocalypse"
    Live with Regis and Kelly S29E138
    Location Location Location S14E10: "Series 14, Episode 10"
    Los protegidos S03E01: "Season 3, Episode 1"
    Naruto: Shippuuden S11E11: "The Bridge to Peace"
    Natural World S32E03: "Grizzlies of Alaska"
    Neighbours S28E44: "Episode 6354"
    New Prince of Tennis S01E10: "Episode 10"
    Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy S01E07: "Bbq Breakdown"
    Parks and Recreation S04E18: "Lucky"
    Person of Interest S01E17: "Baby Blue"
    Pointless S06E19: "Series 6, Episode 19"
    Pramface S01E03: "Edinburgh... In Scotland"
    Project Runway All-Stars S01E10: "TBA"
    Question Time S32E23: "March 8, 2012"
    Reguły gry S01E04: "Męska interwencja"
    Selling New York S04E20: "Creative Tactics"
    Sket Dance S01E48: "Episode 48"
    The Big Bang Theory S05E19: "The Weekend Vortex"
    The Biggest Loser (AU) S07E28: "Season 7, Episode 28"
    The Bold and the Beautiful S25E246: "Ep. #6276"
    The Chase (2009) S05E28: "Series 5, Episode 28"
    The Colbert Report S08E35: "Don Fleming, Emmylou Harris"
    The Daily Show S17E71: "Trita Parsi"
    The Ellen DeGeneres Show S09E117
    The Finder S01E07: "Eye of the Storm"
    The Jeremy Kyle Show S07E124: "March 8, 2012"
    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson S08E44
    The Mentalist S04E17: "Cheap Burgundy"
    The Office (US) S08E18: "Last Day In Florida"
    The Revolution (2012) S01E39: "Season 1, Episode 39"
    The Sarah Millican Television Programme S01E01: "Episode 1"
    The Straits S01E07: "Poison"
    The View S15E122: "Bill O'Reilly, Adam Scott"
    The Young and the Restless S39E245: "Ep. #9860"
    This Week (2003) S10E22: "March 8, 2012"
    Thuis S17E139: "Season 17, Episode 139"
    Tonight with Trevor McDonald S14E09: "2012 Pride and Punishment"
    Undercover Boss (CA) S01E06: "Molson Coors Canada"
    Unsupervised S01E08: "My Brother Brian"
    Up All Night (2011) S01E19: "Couple Friends"
    Watch What Happens: Live S06E43: "TBA"
    White Heat S01E01: "The Past Is A Foreign Country"
    White Van Man (2011) S02E03: "Cupboard"
    Wie is... de Mol? S12E10: "De Ontknoping"

'Doctor Who' casts 'Farscape' star Ben Browder

'Doctor Who' casts 'Farscape' star Ben Browder

Ben Browder has reportedly signed up to appear on Doctor Who.

The Farscape star will appear in the sci-fi drama's seventh series, according to Doctor Who Magazine.

The episode - written by Being Human creator Toby Whithouse - is said to be set in the Wild West. Upstairs Downstairs director Saul Metzstein will helm the instalment.

Best known for playing John Crichton on Farscape from 1999 to 2003, Browder later starred in Stargate SG-1 and appeared in a recent episode of Chuck.

Other guest stars confirmed for the next series of Doctor Who include Upstairs Downstairs star Adrian Scarborough, Sherlock's Rupert Graves and Harry Potter's David Bradley.

Mark Williams (The Fast Show) will also appear in a forthcoming episode as a character named Brian Williams.

Doctor Who will return to BBC One in the autumn.

Ratings: Fox Tops With 'New Girl,' But 'Breaking In' Returns Soft

Ratings: Fox Tops With 'New Girl,' But 'Breaking In' Returns Soft

Fox was the top-rated network in the key demographic Tuesday on the strength of "The New Girl," but "Breaking In" returned to soft numbers after barely escaping cancellation last season. CBS was the most-watched network and an "NCIS" rerun the most-watched show, according to preliminary numbers.

Despite leading in the 18-49 demographic with a 2.1 rating/6 share, Fox was only the fourth most-watched network with 4.5 million total viewers. "Raising Hope" at 8 p.m. had a 2.1/6 in the demo and 4.8 million total viewers, flat with its last episode two weeks ago. "I Hate My Teenage Daughter" had a 1.6/4 and 3.8 million, down 20 percent from its last airing Dec. 21, when it had an "X Factor" lead-in. "The New Girl" at 9 had a 3.0/8 and 6 million, flat with its last episode two weeks ago. "Breaking In" returned to a 1.7/4 and 3.6 million. Though 1.7 isn't an impressive rating, it was up 31 percent from its season one finale May 17.

CBS was the second-highest rated network and the most watched with a 1.9/5 and 11.5 million total viewers, despite airing all repeats. An "NCIS" rerun at 8 was the second highest-rated show with a 2.4/7 and the most-watched show with 14.4 million total viewers.

NBC was the third-highest rated network with a 1.6/4 in the demo and the second most-watched network with 4.9 million total viewers. "The Biggest Loser" at 8 had a 1.9/5 and 5.7 million total viewers. Super Tuesday coverage beginning at 9 had a 1.0/3 and 3.1 million.

ABC was the fourth highest-rated network with a 1.3/4 rating in the demo and the third-most watched with 4.6 million total viewers. It aired reruns at 8 and 10. At 8:30, "Cougar Town" had a 1.5/4 and 4.4 million, hitting a series low. At 9, "The River" also had a 1.5/4 and had 4.2 million total viewers. The rating tied its lowest.

'Mob Wives Chicago' Cast Revealed

'Mob Wives Chicago' Cast Revealed

VH1 has announced the five cast members who'll star in "Mob Wives Chicago," the spin-off series the network hopes will be its next -- pun intended -- big hit this spring.

"Mob Wives Chicago" was created by original series creator Jennifer Graziano (pictured at left with "Mob Wives" star Karen Gravano), whose sister, Renee Graziano, is a cast member on the Staten Island, N.Y.-based "Mob Wives."

The lineup for the Windy City spin-off:

-- Renee Fecarotta Russo, who was raised by her uncle "Big John" Fecarotta, an alleged loan collector and hit man, according to a network release, who was whacked by a fellow member of "The Outfit";

-- Nora Schweihs, daughter of Frank “The German” Schweihs, who the network describes as a reputed Mafia hit man connected to the death of Marilyn Monroe. Schweihs died in 2008 and his body was confiscated by the government, so his daughter is returning to the Windy City to locate his remains;

-- Pia Rizza, the daughter of Vincent Rizza, a crooked cop who testified against "The Outfit" and then went into the Witness Protection Program;

-- Christina Scoleri, an unemployed single mom who has a distant relationship with her father, Raymond Janek, who served 20 years for various crimes;

-- Leah DeSimone, daughter of William "Wolf" DeSimone, who the network describes as an alleged associate of the Mob. Leah DeSimone says she was never aware of what her father did for a living and never asked questions about it, despite the fact that he would frequently leave their home in a suit and return several days later wearing street clothes.

"Mob Wives" is currently airing its second season on VH1.

'All-American Muslim' Canceled by TLC

'All-American Muslim' Canceled by TLC

"All-American Muslim," the TLC reality show that gained attention when hardware chain Lowe's pulled ads under pressure from an evangelical group, will not be back for another season, the network said Wednesday.

The show, which followed Muslim families in Michigan, was targeted by a Florida group that claimed it was "propaganda clearly designed to counter legitimate and present-day concerns about many Muslims."

Lowe's almost immediately buckled, canceling its ads. Celebrities including Jon Stewart, Mia Farrow and Russell Simmons then came to the show's defense, painting its critics as intolerant. Thousands of people signed an online petition calling for Lowe's to resume its ads, and Farrow and Simmons called for a Lowe's boycott.

Stewart mock-challenged TLC to perpetuate more stereotypes, saying on "The Daily Show" that TLC's "Little People, Big World" should feature more characters who whistle while they work and make candy for Willy Wonka.

But not all of the division over the show was about its lack of stereotypes.

The travel site Kayak said the attention on the show prompted it to examine whether it should continue airing advertising on it. Robert Birge, Kayak's chief marketing officer, said he decided to pull ads not because "All-American Muslim" was propaganda, but because "the show sucked."

Though the show completed its first season, its finale had 729,000 total viewers, a 58 percent decline from its premiere.

Ellen DeGeneres: 'Bully' Movie 'Can Save Lives,' Should Be Rated PG-13

Ellen DeGeneres: 'Bully' Movie 'Can Save Lives,' Should Be Rated PG-13

Ellen DeGeneres spent a little more than a minute advocating for The Weinstein Company documentary "Bully" on her nationally televised talk show Wednesday.

"Last month I got to see a new documentary that's coming out called 'Bully,'" DeGeneres said. "It's an important movie for everyone to see -- especially kids. The problem is, they've given the movie an R rating."

DeGeneres said that "there is some language in the movie. It's mature but it's not gratuitous because it's part of the real story of bullying and it's real language that bullies are using -- but having an R rating makes it difficult for anyone under 17 to see it."

The talk show host said that "after seeing it, I can tell you that the lessons that the kids learn from this movie are more important than any words that they might hear -- and they're words that they know already anyway."

She said that "You can't show R rated movies in schools -- and that's exactly where the movie needs to be shown. So I think it's important for the movie to be rated PG-13."

In the audience for the taping was Katy Butler (right), a 17-year-old Michigan girl who started an online petition through to change the rating to PG -- and who delivered more than 200,000 signatures to the MPAA headquarters on Wednesday morning.

"I have signed the petition," DeGeneres said. "And I hope you will, too."

See DeGeneres talking about "Bully" and welcoming Butler here.

'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner: 'I quit the show'

'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner: 'I quit the show'

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has admitted that he briefly quit the show.

Weiner was involved in a dispute with AMC and Lionsgate TV, which led to the fifth season of the '60s-set drama being delayed.

"I quit, at the negotiation," the showrunner told The New York Times. "And in the end, everything worked out."

Weiner added that he had "come to terms with the fact that [Mad Men] was over" after four seasons.

"I always end every season like it's the end of the show," he explained. "There was a terror in me that someone else would come in and do it. And I don't know how they would do it, but I would have to live with that."

He added: "I did not feel that it was worth going back to work to make a show that was not the show I'd been making."

Mad Men star Jon Hamm (Don Draper) recently criticised the "billionaires" he believed to be responsible for the 18-month gap between Mad Men's fourth and fifth seasons.

"When billionaires fight, it takes a lot longer to... settle," he said. "So we had some very wealthy people determining how long we would be off the air."

Mad Men returns to AMC in the US on March 25 and will air in the UK two days later on Sky Atlantic.

Developement Update: the 8th of March

Developement Update: the 8th of March

AMERICANA (ABC) - Christine Adams ("Terra Nova") and David Alpay ("The Tudors") have both been cast in the drama pilot, about Robert Soulter (Anthony LaPaglia), creator of the most iconic fashion brand in the world. She's on board as his current wife Sierra Delon-Soulter, an ex-supermodel whose legendary cat-like eyes still sparkle; while he's set as Robert's grown son Jesse, who serves as the co-president of Americana. The previously cast Natalie Mendoza plays Robert's ex-wife Wendy, with whom he has an eight-year-old son; with Emilie de Ravin as Jesse's sister Francesca, who come from Robert's first marriage. Writer Michael Seitzman and director Phillip Noyce are behind the ABC Studios-based project, which also stars Annabeth Gish, Ashley Greene, Ken Olin and Tiffany Hines. (

CASSANDRA FRENCH'S FINISHING SCHOOL FOR BOYS (MTV) - Eric Garcia's drama - about a 22-year-old overachiever who gets her dream job as a lawyer for a Hollywood studio but can't find a guy ready for a real, mature relationship that decides to lock one up in her basement in order to train him to become the perfect gentleman - has been ordered to pilot by the cable channel. Krysten Ritter also serves as an executive producer on the project, which is based on Garcia's novel of the same name. (

DEVIOUS MAIDS (ABC) - Brianna Brown ("General Hospital") has joined the cast of the drama pilot, about four maids (Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, Roselyn Sanchez and Dania Ramirez) with ambition and dreams of their own while they work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. She'll play Taylor Slate ("beautiful and willful"), a trophy wife who employs one of them (Ortiz). Angelique Cabral, Edy Ganem and Rebecca Wisocky also star in the ABC Studios-based hour, from writer Marc Cherry and director Paul McGuigan. (

DILFS (NBC) - Jesse Bradford ("Outlaw") has booked the remaining lead role on the comedy pilot, about a trio of thirtysomething guys who live in the same high-rise - Nick (Zach Cregger), Chris (Bradford) and Gary (Anthony Anderson) - dealing with parenthood despite the fact they haven't grown up themselves. He'll play Chris, "a handsome and recently divorced lawyer who is confident in everything except parenting his 9-month-old son, Ernie." Jamie-Lynn Sigler also stars in the Universal Television-based half-hour, from co-creators Amy Ozols, Charlie Grandy and Jimmy Fallon. Scott Ellis is directing. (

DOWNWARDLY MOBILE (NBC) - Romy Rosemont and Mary Birdsong have both been cast in the Roseanne Barr-led comedy pilot, about Rose Davis (Barr), the proprietor of a mobile home park and surrogate mother to all of the unique people who live there in a challenging economy. Birdsong will play Kathie Lee, an ex hooker Rose once rescued and now totally controls; while Rosemont is set as Shelia, a lesbian nurse at an old persons' home. John Goodman also stars in the 20th Century Fox Television-based half-hour, to be directed by Gail Mancuso. (

THE GILDED LILYS (ABC) - John Barrowman ("Torchwood") 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's set as Julius Ashford Lily ("golden boy, he's mama's favorite, charming, optimistic, lucky, and loose"), Caroline's (Blythe Danner) playboy son who helped design and staff The Lillian Hotel, the brainchild of his brother Edwin (Brían F. O'Byrne). Brigid Brannagh, Madeline Zima, Matt Lauira, Matt Long, Maury Sterling and Sarah Bolger also star in the ABC Studios-based hour, from writer K.J. Steinberg and director Brian Kirk. (

L.A. NOIR (TNT) - Jeremy Strong ("The Good Wife") is the latest addition to the drama pilot, which chronicles the epic battle between Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker and mobster Mickey Cohen in the 1950s and 1960s. He'll play Mike Hendry, Mickey's second in command. Jon Bernthal and Milo Ventimiglia co-star in the project, from writer/director Frank Darabont. (

MISTRESSES (ABC) - Australian director Cherie Nowlan ("90210") has been tapped to helm the pilot for the upcoming drama, which follows the lives of four female friends and their involvement in an array of illicit and complex relationships. She'll work from a script by K.J. Steinberg, who's executive producing alongside Douglas Rae, Rina Mimoun and Robert M. Sertner for ABC Studios. The network ordered the project directly to series last month. (

NASHVILLE (ABC) - Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights") has booked the lead role on the drama pilot, which centers around the Nashville music scene and its stars, both rising and fading. She'll play aging superstar Rayna James, a married mother of two, who's forced to team up with teen sensation Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) on tour to keep her label's support going. Clare Bowen, Eric Close, Jonathan Jackson, Powers Boothe, Robert Wisdom and Sam Palladio also star in the project, from ABC Studios and Lionsgate Television. R.J. Cutler is directing from a script by Callie Khouri. (

OVER AND OUT (CBS) - Actor-turned-director Fred Savage ("2 Broke Girls") has been tapped to helm the Martin Lawrence-led comedy pilot, about Ray Barker, 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. Savage, who has an overall deal with producer CBS Television Studios, will work from a script by Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger. (

UNTITLED RALPH LAMB PROJECT (CBS) - Carrie-Anne Moss ("Chuck") has booked the female lead on the pilot, a period drama about Ralph Lamb (Dennis Quaid), the cowboy-turned-Las Vegas sheriff in the 1960s. She'll play Assistant District Attorney Katherine O'Connell ("pretty, whip smart; a woman playing a man's game"), the daughter of a local rancher who grew up next to the Lambs who's more Ivy league than Western now. Michael Chiklis and Taylor Handley also star in the CBS Television Studios-based hour, from director James Mangold and co-creators Nicholas Pileggi and Greg Walker. (

THE UNPROFESSIONAL (ABC) - Greg Germann ("House of Lies") has booked a role on the Mary McCormack-led comedy pilot, about Hilary Pfeiffer-Dunne, "a high-powered executive who, having dominated the corporate America for years, now faces the biggest challenge of her life when she finds herself unemployed and acting as a full-time mom to her two teenagers." He'll play her husband Griffin ("handsome and likable - much more easy going than Hilary, but equally successful"), who has a playful relationship with the kids that sometimes makes her feel left out. Craig Zisk is directing the Warner Bros. Television-based half-hour from a script by Kari Lizer. (

Lindsay Lohan thanks Zooey Deschanel for 'SNL' support

Lindsay Lohan thanks Zooey Deschanel for 'SNL' support

Lindsay Lohan has thanked Zooey Deschanel for supporting her Saturday Night Live hosting stint.

Lohan's fourth time hosting the NBC sketch show on Saturday, March 3 received a mixed reaction from viewers, with some suggesting she relied too heavily on cue cards, although New Girl actress Deschanel spoke out in her defence.

Deschanel told Entertainment Weekly: "I thought she did a really good job. Everyone reads off cue cards. There were some people saying, 'She read off cue cards!' Everyone - the cast members, the host - everyone reads off cue cards."

Lohan has now thanked Deschanel in a Twitter post, which also thanked Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno for their support. "It meant so much to me," she wrote.

The Mean Girls star had promoted her SNL stint with an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where she asked the host if he would make an appearance in her episode.

In another message to a follower, the actress revealed her nerves at being on camera, writing: "I was so nervous at first! ahh... it's been a bit since i hosted last! (sic)"

Responding to another message of congratulations on her performance, she said: "It means a lot to know that people enjoyed it. That's why I wanted to be an actress/entertainer in the first place!"

Jonah Hill will serve as the host of this weekend's SNL, which features musical guest The Shins.

SNL airs Saturdays at 10.30/9.30c on NBC.

Fashion Star mentor John Varvatos: Elle Macpherson is enduring beauty

Fashion Star mentor John Varvatos: Elle Macpherson is enduring beauty

Fashion Star mentor John Varvatos has described the show's host Elle Macpherson as "one of the most beautiful women" in the world.

The designer will work alongside Macpherson and fellow mentors Jessica Simpson and Nicole Richie on the NBC design competition, which premieres Tuesday, March 13.

Discussing his fashion icons in an NBC video, he said: "My icons are more past icons like Steve McQueen, growing up with Robert Plant and Jimmy Paige, the rock icon, that kind of thing. Those were kind of my muses when I started out, then the fashion icons today who kind of create their own style for sure.

"To me it's not about being a follower, it's about being a leader. It's less about people in general than kind of the past and how I can bring that to the future, and in beauty, there are so many great, beautiful women out there."

He added: "We have one of the most beautiful women in the world on this show, Elle. We were sitting on stage filming the first show and I leaned over to Nicole and said, 'That's why they call her a supermodel'.

"She is so articulate and smart and gorgeous. When you talk about beauty, that is enduring beauty, that's amazing."

Fashion Star's format will see Varvatos, Simpson and Richie offering guidance to the designer contestants as they battle to win a multi-million prize that will allow them to launch their collection in one of America's top retailers.

'Misfits' US remake to shoot in late 2012?

'Misfits' US remake to shoot in late 2012?

A US remake of Misfits could enter production later this year.

It was first announced in October that Gossip Girl co-creator Josh Schwartz was in talks to adapt the E4 drama.

Clerkenwell Films, the company behind the UK series, has now confirmed that a deal has been struck with Schwartz's Fake Empire production company.

"Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl, The O.C.) has co-written an American pilot of Misfits with [UK creator] Howard Overman," the company wrote on its website. "Production is anticipated in 2012 / early 2013."

A US broadcaster for the Misfits remake has yet to be confirmed.

A fourth series of the UK original will debut on E4 in late 2012, with three new series regulars being introduced to replace departing stars Iwan Rheon (Simon) and Antonia Thomas (Alisha).

Joe Gilgun recently announced that he will reprise his role as Rudy in the new episodes.

"I'm looking forward to [the next series] 'cos there's going to be some new characters and I think that's a really good thing," said Gilgun. "[It'll give the show] a fresh outlook."