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Jenna-Louise Coleman in 'Doctor Who': First official picture released

Jenna-Louise Coleman in 'Doctor Who': First official picture released

The first official Doctor Who photograph of Jenna-Louise Coleman has been released.

The British actress, who is best known for her previous role as Jasmine in Emmerdale, was recently announced as the latest female sidekick for the Time Lord.

In the image - revealed on BBC America's Tumblr page - Coleman can be seen wearing a multi-coloured jumper and standing in front of the legendary TARDIS.

When Coleman joins Doctor Who in series seven, she will replace The Doctor's current companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill). Her first scenes will air around Christmas.

Doctor Who star Matt Smith recently praised the "exciting" appointment of Coleman, saying that she gave the "most interesting" audition in front of showrunner Steven Moffat.

Coleman added: "I'm beyond excited, I can't wait to get cracking; working alongside Matt I know is going to be enormous fun and a huge adventure. [He] did my audition with me. It was fun and I felt like we were in it together."

'SNL' Vet Jenny Slate Joins CBS Comedy Pilot 'Super Fun Night'

'SNL' Vet Jenny Slate Joins CBS Comedy Pilot 'Super Fun Night'

She joins the previously cast Rebel Wilson, Alan Ritchson and Kevin Bishop in the project about three nerdy friends looking to have "super fun" every Friday night.

The Saturday Night Live comedian has joined the CBS comedy, centered on three nerdy female friends on their “funcomfortable” quest to have “super fun” every Friday night. The project hails from writer, co-executive producer and star Rebel Wilson.

Slate will play Helen-Alice, best friend to Wilson’s Kimmie, in the multicamera comedy from Conan O’Brien’s Conaco in association with Warner Bros. Television. In addition to Wilson, she joins the previously cast Alan Ritchson and Kevin Bishop.

The half-hour project counts O'Brien, Jeff Ross (Conan) and David Kissinger (Eagleheart, Andy Barker, P.I.) as executive producers.

Slate, whose other credits include Bored to Death and Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, is repped by WME.

'Dolphin Tale' Star Nathan Gamble Joins NBC's 'The Frontier' Pilot (Exclusive)

'Dolphin Tale' Star Nathan Gamble Joins NBC's 'The Frontier' Pilot (Exclusive)

The 14-year-old will play a series regular if the network picks up the series.

NBC’s western drama pilot has added a new member to its pioneering cast.

Nathan Gamble has joined The Frontier. He’ll play one of the lead roles, Samuel Hale, a young  boy who sets off with his family on a dangerous trip. Haunted by dreams of a lost loved one, Samuel takes off on his own quest to follow his visions. If NBC picks up the series, Gamble will be a regular.

The pilot, from writer/executive producer Shaun Cassidy, revolves around a group who follows their dreams and heads West from Missouri across the unchartered country in the 1840s.

He joins the project’s ensemble cast, which includes Ethan Embry, Megan Ferguson, Jake McLaughlin, Bridget Regan, Al Weaver, Chaske Spencer, and Gina Bramhill.

Thomas Schlamme will direct and exec produce the drama from Sony Pictures Television and Prospect Park.

Gamble, 14, played Sawyer Nelson in the movie Dolphin Tale, and appeared in The Dark Knight. His TV credits include NCIS: Los Angeles, CSI, Private Practice, and House.

He is represented by Paradigm, Strong Management, and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein & Kohner.

'Hell on Wheels' Ups Robin McLeavy to Series Regular

'Hell on Wheels' Ups Robin McLeavy to Series Regular

The actress plays the tattooed Eva on the Western drama, a character based on Olive Oatman.

Actress Robin McLeavy has been upped from recurring to series regular on the Western drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

McLeavy plays the tattooed Eva, who in the season finale of the drama based on the building of the first transcontinental railroad was last seen parting ways with Common's Elam and setting up a potential new love interest in Irishman Toole (Duncan Ollerenshaw). The character is based on the life of Olive Oatman.

AMC renewed the drama, which ranks as its second-highest original series premiere, in December.

The Western marked the fifth of six original series to stretch beyond freshman seasons as AMC continues to find success with scripted fare, joining Walking Dead, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Killing. In addition, the series has proven a valuable property internationally.

McLeavy, who appeared in eight of the series' 10 freshman season episodes, next has Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter due in June. She's repped by UTA, Wishlab and attorney Jodi Peikoff.

A premiere date for Season 2 of Hell on Wheels has not yet been determined.

Variety For Sale!

Variety For Sale!

Reed can see that Variety’s best days are behind it: that awards advertising has slumped, that its paywall isn’t the panacea now that its print edition is too thin and its online posting not a priority, and that its showbiz reporting is increasingly inaccurate. (Just today, Variety wrongly claimed that The Hunger Games‘ midnight shows grossed $25M when the real number was $19.75M.) Why, just the other month, I was having a conversation with Neil Stiles where he admitted to me that a recent survey conducted by Variety showed that Deadline was the most consumed online trade by the entertainment industry: way more than Variety, and way way more than The Hollywood Reporter. (Stiles also confirmed to me he’s working without a contract but denies rumors that he’s on the way out and about to retire to his new home in Florida.) Meanwhile, other media outlets keep reporting that investor Guggenheim Partners wants to sell The Hollywood Reporter and would love any decent offer for the red ink-hemorrhaging celebrity sheet since its parent company Prometheus Global Media is so embattled right now. On the other hand, lean and mean and thriving Deadline Hollywood is not for sale by parent company Penske Media Corp.

This month marks the 6th anniversary of my founding of online Deadline Hollywood, and it constantly amazes me how far we’ve come compared to Variety’s 100+year and The Hollywood Reporter’s 80+year ossified histories. In fact we continue to expand. Deadline Hollywood’s content from our must-read online edition now goes into print publications (7 issues apiece for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 movie awards seasons, 3 issues for the 2011 Emmy season and 6 upcoming for the 2012 Emmy season), and television (deals continue to be made for the parent company PMC’s new ENTV division with studios in both Los Angeles and New York City), and YouTube (PMC deal struck with Google for YouTube primary channel specializing in breaking entertainment news), and content syndication (deals signed with newspapers and Internet giants), etc. Thank you, readers.

Delta Burke To Star In ‘Counter Culture’, ‘How To Live’ & ‘Mistresses’ Add To Casts

Delta Burke To Star In ‘Counter Culture’, ‘How To Live’ & ‘Mistresses’ Add To Casts

Designing women alumna Delta Burke is set as a lead of another comedy about sisters running a business together, ABC/Sony TV’s multi-camera pilot Counter Culture. Written and executive produced by writer-actress Stephnie Weir and executive produced by Claudia Lonow, Counter Culture revolves around three sisters, Billie (Kerri Kenney), Nonie (Burke) and Joyce (Margo Martindale), running their family diner together in West Texas who find that sibling dynamics are always getting in the way of getting the job done. Nonie is the put upon middle sister, a dreamer.

Orlando Jones has joined Claudia Lonow’s other ABC comedy pilot, How to Live With Your Parents For The Rest Of Your Life, which she wrote. The multi-camera/hybrid comedy, from 20th TV and Imagine, centers on Polly (Sarah Chalke), a recently divorced single mom, who moves in with her eccentric parents, Elaine and Max, (Brad Garrett, Elizabeth Perkins) a couple who’s full of life but knows no boundaries. Jones, repped by Paradigm and New Wave, will play Gregg, Polly’s best friend and boss, the only one who truly understands her and is there for her in the midst of the insanity. He also did an ABC pilot last year, drama Identity, and recently did an arc on USA’s Necessary Roughness.

Jason George and Brett Tucker have been cast as regulars in ABC’s drama series Mistresses. The soap, written by KJ Steinberg, is based on the British format. It centers on four women, April (Rochelle Aytes), Josslyn (Jes Macallan), Katie (Yunjin Kim) and Josslyn’s older sister Sarah (Milano), chronicling their sometimes scandalous romantic lives. George, repped by APA and Management 360, will play the handsome Dominic, who works in the same law office with Sarah and eventually has an affair with her. Aussie Tucker, repped by UTA, Evolution and Australia’s Aran Michael, will play Harry, Sarah’s loving husband, a successful restaurant owner.

EMMYS: FX’s ‘American Horror Story’ To Compete In Miniseries Category

EMMYS: FX’s ‘American Horror Story’ To Compete In Miniseries Category

FX’s anthology drama series American Horror Story will be submitted as a miniseries for Emmy consideration. FX made an inquiry, and after The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Awards Committee and Board of Governors ruled that AHS is eligible for both the Drama Series and Miniseries categories, the network has opted to enter it as a mini.

That will obviously increase the show’s chances for trophies as the drama series field will be crowded this season with the addition of Downton Abbey, which won the best movie/miniseries Emmy last year and has now moved to the best drama series category, and the return of Breaking Bad in Emmy contention. Of course, AHS co-star Jessica Lange, who already won a Golden Globe and a SAG Award in the drama series categories, is a frontrunner for an Emmy regardless of the field she is submitted in.

Because of its anthology format, meaning new storylines, characters and cast each season, a season of AHS could be perceived as a miniseries/limited series.

Kim Kardashian Gets Flour Bombed at Perfume Launch

Kim Kardashian Gets Flour Bombed at Perfume Launch

A woman tossed flour at reality TV star Kim Kardashian Thursday in Los Angeles, where Kardashian was launching her newest perfume.

While walking the red carpet at The London West Hollywood, Kardashian was covered in flour by a woman who was detained by security immediately after she threw the flour.

The woman was later released at the scene after Kardashian told Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies she did not want to press charges, the Associated Press reported. But authorities took a non-criminal battery report, the AP said.

Kardashian, who removed the powder from her hair and returned to the event, told E! Online, "That probably is the craziest, unexpected, weird thing that ever happened to me. Like I said to my makeup artist, I wanted more powder and that's a whole lot of translucent powder right there."

Ratings: 'Touch' Down From Preview but Premieres Solidly as Fox Wins Night

Ratings: 'Touch' Down From Preview but Premieres Solidly as Fox Wins Night

The premiere of Kiefer Sutherland's new Fox drama "Touch" put in a solid performance on a night that saw declines across the board, according to preliminary numbers.

Fox took first place in the advertiser-cherished 18-49 demographic and total viewers with an average 3.6 rating/10 share in the demo and 13.3 million. "American Idol" at 8 took a predictable ratings win for the night but was down 13 percent from last week in the demo with a 4.0/13. It had 15 million total viewers, which also made it the most-watched program of the night. The "Touch" premiere aired at 9, taking a 3.3/9 in the demo -- lower than the 3.9 rating it received for its January preview. But it was still the second-highest-rated show of the night, and had 11.6 million total viewers.

CBS, in second place in ratings and total viewership with an average 2.3/7 and 6.7 million, aired NCAA basketball playoff coverage throughout primetime. Though the nature of live sports renders the network's numbers for the night approximate, preliminary data indicates that the coverage was down slightly from the same night last year.

NBC took third place in ratings and fourth in total viewers with an average 1.4/4 in the demo and 3.8 million. "Community" at 8 was down 23 percent from last week with a 1.7/6 and 3.9 million total viewers. (Even so, it was the show's second-highest-rated episode for the series since September.) "30 Rock" at 8:30 slipped 25 percent in the demo from last week to a 1.5/4 and 3.3 million total viewers. A special airing of "30 Rock" at 9 also received a 1.5/4 -- down 38 percent from last week's 9 o'clock airing of "The Office" -- and 3.4 million total viewers. "Up All Night" at 9:30 was down 18 percent in the demo with a 1.4/4 and 3.2 million total viewers. "Awake" slid 25 percent in the demo for a 1.2/3 and 4.6 million total viewers.

ABC was fourth in ratings and third in total viewers with an average 1.2/3 and 5.6 million. Aside from "Missing" at 8, which was down 24 percent from last week's premiere with a 1.6/5 in the demo and 8.7 million total viewers, the network ran repeats.

Jesse James Returns to TV With New Discovery Show

Jesse James Returns to TV With New Discovery Show

Having mostly kept a low profile after a series of tabloid-sized scandals, Jesse James is ready to return to TV. The rebel motorcycle and car customizer will star in The Jesse James Project (working title), a special for Discovery Channel set to air Monday, April 9 at 10 p.m/9c.

The special will serve as a pilot to a new James series that, in success, Discovery —which ran the James-hosted Monster Garage from 2002 to 2006 — is keen on greenlighting. Discovery will air a sneak preview of the new special during next Wednesday's Sons of Guns, which features a guest appearance by James.

James hasn't had a regular series since Jesse James Is A Dead Man, ran on Spike TV in 2009. That was before his headline-grabbing divorce from Sandra Bullock and tumultuous relationship with Kat Von D. Now living in Austin, James is a partner in the Austin Speed Shop, where the new show will be set. "People like to see me build stuff," James says. "The further away from that concept I go, the less popular it is. Let's just go back to basics and build custom bikes and custom cars again."

Discovery first approached him last year about getting back into business together. First up, James agreed in December to compete against American Chopper stars Paul Teutel Jr. and Paul Teutel Sr. on Discovery's live special American Chopper: The Build-Off. Since then, cameras have followed James and his new crew as they rebuilt a 1932 Ford Roadster.

The custom job was done in time for a Bonnie and Clyde-themed reliability run. "We had a month to do it and they did it," James says. "They did what they didn't even think they could do, which is awesome."

James says the Austin Speed Shop crew was not necessarily thrilled with going on camera. "I like guys who don't want to be on TV," he says. "They just want to go to work and do a good job. We'll be a fly on the wall and cover what they do and get their honest feelings, not feed them a bunch of bulls--t. I think it's refreshing to see some of these kids. California and Hollywood brings a kind of pre-programmed state of mind, and Austin doesn't have that. It's real people — a little bit country and a little bit honest."

For the new show, James will work with American Chopper executive producer Craig Piligian, who's producing it through his Pilgrim Films production company. "He makes successful shows that last a long time," James says. "He and I have a great relationship and the show we did is on its way to being really good."

James says the Chopper special went a long way toward re-introducing him to both the channel and viewers. "I think everybody at Discovery and everybody that watches me on TV kind of forgot what a d--khead I am," he says. "How much I tell it like it is. I think they've only seen me on a tabloid level. I don't candy coat anything. You want an honest opinion, I'm going to give it to you."

The star brags: "I think people really dug it, especially Discovery, because I brought a whole new popularity to the network, and they forgot, 'Oh yeah, that's what Jesse does here, he breaks records and melts down our website.'"

James says he's heard rumblings that Discovery would also like to air an American Chopper: The Build-Off rematch. "But I want to compete against some one good," he trash talks.

As for the media frenzy over his personal life, James admits, "they're still chomping at the bit. It's a business, that's how they're making money. Everybody got their free shot; I stood there and took punches from everybody. And guess what, I'm still standing. I've shifted my life around full circle; it became all about my kids first and work second. Everything else is a distant third. For everything that happened, for me to come out way better than I was before is pretty awesome, I think."

TV Tonight 24th of March 2012

TV Tonight 24th of March 2012

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

    20/20 S34E34: "My Strange Affliction (4)"
    48 Hours Mystery S25E21: "Arturo Gatti's Last Fight"
    America's Book of Secrets S01E10: "Black Ops"
    Area no Kishi S01E12: "Enoshima Soccer Club Reborn"
    Bakuman. S02E25: "Votes and Charts"
    Bayou Billionaires S01E10: "Albert and the Aliens"
    Ben 10: Ultimate Alien S02E31: "The Ultimate Enemy"
    Beyblade: Metal Fusion S02E33: "Violent! Ray Gil"
    Bleach (US) S13E17
    Britain's Got More Talent S06E01: "Series 6, Episode 1"
    Britain's Got Talent S06E01: "Series 6 - Auditions 1"
    Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures S01E19: "Epic Crashers"
    Cardfight!! Vanguard S01E64: "The Truth of PSY Qualia"
    Casualty S26E28: "Lest Ye Be Judged"
    Color Splash S10E18
    Detective Conan S19E06
    Fairy Tail S03E28: "(7 years later arc)Fairy Tail, X791"
    Formula 1 S04E03: "Malaysian Grand Prix Qualifying Highlights"
    Green Lantern: The Animated Series S01E04: "Into the Abyss"
    Harry Hill's TV Burp S14E08: "Series 14, Episode 8"
    How to Rock S01E08: "How to Rock a Prank"
    Last Exile (JP) S02E21: "Grand Master"
    Match of The Day S47E43: "Season 47, Show 43"
    Must Love Cats S02E03: "English Kitties and Stowaway Cats"
    My Big Redneck Vacation S01E10: "Beerly Beloved"
    Pok√©mon S15E06: "The Four Seasons of Sawsbuck!"
    Power Rangers S19E06: "The Bullzord"
    Q'Viva! The Chosen S01E04: "Season 1, Episode 4"
    Saturday Kitchen S10E39: "March 24, 2012"
    Shakugan no Shana S03E24: "The End in the Distance"
    Soccer AM S16E33: "Series 16, Episode 33"
    Take Me Out (UK) S03E12: "Series 3, Episode 12"
    Take Me Out: The Gossip S01E12: "Episode 12"
    The Aquabats Super Show S01E04: "Laundry Day!"
    The Bronson Pinchot Project S01E07: "Perfect Parlor"
    The Firm S01E11: "Chapter Eleven"
    The Football League Show S03E30: "Series 3, Episode 30"
    The Jonathan Ross Show S02E12
    The Million Pound Drop Live S09E01: "Series 9, Episode 1"
    The Voice (UK) S01E01: "Auditions - 1"
    Thundercats (2011) S01E14: "New Alliances"
    Total Wipeout S05E13: "Winter Wipeout (11)"
    Transformers: Prime S02E06: "Loose Cannons"
    Vanilla Ice Project S02E12: "Elevator up to the Mega Den"
    Young Justice S01E22: "Agendas"
    Zero no Tsukaima S04E12: "The Familiar of Zero"

'Love Life' episode two manages 3.4m on ITV1

'Love Life' episode two manages 3.4m on ITV1

Episode two of ITV1's Love Life dipped to 3.4 million viewers, according to overnight data.

The drama, which premiered to 3.93m last week, fell to 3.39m (14.7%) in the 9pm hour. A further 129k tuned in on timeshift.

Love Life was beaten by BBC One's John Bishop's Sport Relief Hell, which got 5.2m (22.5%) and was preceded by Watchdog (3.84m/16.4%).

BBC Two's Hairy Bikers' Bakeation grabbed 1.11m (5.2%) from 7pm. It was followed by Natural World (1.68m/7.2%) and White Heat (1.1m/4.7%).

On Channel 4, Get Your House in Order took 1.08m (4.6%) from 8pm (+1: 190k/0.8%), with Mary's Bottom Line managing 1.52m (6.6%) from 9pm (+1: 221k/1.3%).

Channel 5 showed a two-hour long Inside the Titanic, averaging 1.44m (6.2%) and 113k (0.6%) on timeshift.

Overall, BBC One won primetime with 22.9% ahead of ITV1's 20.9% (+1: 0.6%). BBC Two came third with 5.8% beating Channel 4's 4.8% (+1: 0.9%) and Channel 5's 4.7% (+1: 0.3%).

On the multichannels, ITV2's Celebrity Juice continued with 1.41m (7.9%) in the 10pm hour and 221k (2.2%) on +1. Sky1's Glee had 331k (1.4%) from 9pm, beaten by BBC Three's combination of Pramface (374k/1.6%) and White Van Man (360k/1.6%).

Lennox Lewis, Killa Kella for Virgin's 'Britain's Got Talent' idents

Lennox Lewis, Killa Kella for Virgin's 'Britain's Got Talent' idents

Lennox Lewis, a talented dog, a coin trick and a beat-boxer are all to appear in Virgin Media's promotional short clips around the return of Britain's Got Talent this weekend.

Virgin Media, the main sponsor of Simon Cowell's talent show in 2012, intends to showcase the particular talents of its customers, staff and various celebrities in promotional 'idents' around the show.

Britain's Got Talent returns to television screens on ITV1 at 8pm tomorrow, featuring Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden being joined by new judges David Walliams and Alesha Dixon.

Virgin Media has created a series of ten-second idents featuring a range of skills, in the hope that it will inspire viewers to try out the talents for themselves.

The clips will be shown around Britain's Got Talent on ITV1, as well as spinoff show Britain's Got More Talent and America's Got Talent, both on ITV2.

They include former world champion boxer Lennox Lewis, apparently a Virgin Media customer, showing off his skipping skills, and rapper Killa Kella beat-boxing.

Jacob Hill, one of Virgin Media's young 'Pioneers', will perform a "dazzling coin trick", while a Virgin Media customer named Joanna will introduce her talented dog Bella and another named Tarryn Algar will demonstrate his basketball skills.

A further ident will feature Virgin Media staff member Aileen Brady showing how to Irish dance.

Virgin Media has set up a YouTube channel offering tutorials, hints and tips across the skills for people to try them out themselves.

Viewers can also upload videos of their own versions of the ident talents, or add new skills of their own for the chance of winning tickets to the Britain's Got Talent final later this year.

"Britain's Got Talent is a highlight of the TV schedule and we're delighted to be showing off our amazing customers, employees, Virgin Media Pioneers and fans on primetime TV," said Nigel Gilbert, chief marketing officer at Virgin Media.

"This year's show promises to be bigger and better than ever and our idents will add to the stellar lineup of unforgettable talent and memorable moments."

Virgin Media Pioneers is an online peer-to-peer community of over 2,000 talented young entrepreneurs, enabling people to access mentoring, training and support.

Tennant: 'Jenna-Louise Coleman will have a great time on Doctor Who'

Tennant: 'Jenna-Louise Coleman will have a great time on Doctor Who'

Former Doctor Who star David Tennant has congratulated new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman.

The 25-year-old actress was unveiled to the public on Wednesday (March 21) and will join the sci-fi drama at Christmas.

Tennant told. "She'll have a brilliant time. I'm very jealous of [someone] starting out on that extraordinary journey."

'The Carrie Diaries': First Photos of AnnaSophia Robb as a Young Carrie Bradshaw Surface

'The Carrie Diaries': First Photos of AnnaSophia Robb as a Young Carrie Bradshaw Surface

The CW's prequel to HBO's hit show is filming in New York.

When it was announced that The CW had made a pilot order for The Carrie Diaries, a prequel to HBO’s highly popular series Sex and the City, many couldn’t help but wonder what a young Carrie Bradshaw would look like.

The first photos of AnnaSophia Robb as a teenage Bradshaw have surfaced. From the look of the photos, it seems that Robb will emulate Sarah Jessica Parker’s untamed wavy blonde hair.

Robb, 18, was photographed on set in Manhattan wearing a blue dress, with a blue hoodie over it. There wasn’t a Manolo Blahnik in sight, as Robb wore Uggs instead.

Based on the novel by Candace Bushnell, Carrie Diaries revolves around a young Carrie Bradshaw as she comes of age in the 1980s, asking her first questions about love, sex, friendship and family while exploring the worlds of high school and Manhattan.

Robb is best known for playing Violet in the 2005 Tim Burton feature Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

David Walliams, Alesha Dixon admit to Carmen Electra tensions

David Walliams, Alesha Dixon admit to Carmen Electra tensions

David Walliams and Alesha Dixon have admitted that they didn't get on with guest judge Carmen Electra during this year's Britain's Got Talent auditions.

Electra replaced Amanda Holden during the London try-outs while the West End star was on maternity leave. However, the Baywatch actress's stint on the panel didn't run smoothly, it was revealed at a Q&A screening yesterday (March 22).

"Carmen has the best set of.... teeth," joked Simon Cowell, when asked why he appointed her to the panel.

"I met Carmen in America. I really, really liked her. I like the idea of bringing an American over to the UK, because she sees the show from an American perspective, which actually makes it quite funny."

Defending her credentials, Cowell added: "She's an actress....She was in Baywatch, one of the biggest TV shows in the world."

However, he conceded: "She didn't get on great with David and Alesha."

Complaining about Electra's rude behaviour backstage, Walliams said: "We tried. We were talking to her and she was just flicking though a magazine."

Dixon added: "She didn't know our names even when they were written in big bold letters in front of us."

When Cowell was asked if Electra would be considered for a full-time role, Holden interrupted: "I can answer that. No. I don't have anything to worry about."

Britain's Got Talent starts on Saturday (March 24) at 8pm on ITV1.

Harry Hill's 'TV Burp' to air last ever edition this Saturday

Harry Hill's 'TV Burp' to air last ever edition this Saturday

Harry Hill's TV Burp is airing its final edition this Saturday after 11 years, according to fans who claim they watched the live recording.

Despite a tabloid rumour earlier this week claiming the comedian had changed his mind, a telling picture of the TV Burp cast and crew posing in front of the audience for the last time has emerged on Twitter.

Ex-EastEnders star Cheryl Fergison appears in the shot, as well as TV Burp's version of the much-loved, now-deceased soap character.

Classic TV Burp icon and Big Brother 8 star Brian Belo is also visible in the front row, while recurring puppet Lord Sugar and monstrous wild child Wagbo are both tipped to make final cameos.

Digital Spy forum member ZoeMcCallister posted: "Definitely the last ever one. Just been in the audience. Harry said not to take notice of The Sun rumours.

"Without giving too much away, the final scene is epic for TV Burp diehards and is definite closure for the show. Also, probably the best episode of TV Burp in years. Harry's really put effort into the final one."

Jason100 added in the TV Burp thread: "I was there tonight and there were a few surprises. Not sure about anyone else who went but I felt a bit teary at the end."

Back in January, Hill said that the satirical clip show would bow out with a "huge" finale.

Following his split with his agent from TV Burp producer Avalon, it was reported that Channel 4 had lined up a £2 million deal for a sketch show and film.

The 47-year-old former stand-up, who had rejected a deal with ITV worth a reported extra £1 million, is working on a new sports panel game with Alistair McGowan.

WME Signs Comedian Hannibal Buress

WME Signs Comedian Hannibal Buress

Standup comedian-writer Hannibal Buress has signed with WME. He was with ICM. Buress is co-writing with Jonah Hill a comedy project for Fox and 20th, to which he is also attached to star and produce. Buress’ writing credits include Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. His standup has been featured on several Comedy Central programs and latenight talk shows, including The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Additionally, Buress, who is based in New York, hosts a free weekly stand-up comedy show at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY. Buress, nominated last week for Best Club Comedian at the Comedy Central Awards, is managed by Dave Becky at 3 Arts.

CBS Series To Cross Finish Line Early Again: Is Broadcast Season Too Long?

CBS Series To Cross Finish Line Early Again: Is Broadcast Season Too Long?

CBS announced its finale dates today, and the last of them are on May 17, a full week before the end of the broadcast season and the end of the May sweeps. This is not the first time the network has done this — it similarly wrapped things up on the series side a week early the last couple of years. With sweep months losing their importance in the era of People Meters, the networks are being more strategic about scheduling their series. “You have a limited number of original episodes for the season, and they’re worth more in November, December, January, February or even March then they are in May when HUT levels are lower,” one observer said. Airing originals in earlier months of the season provides “more bang for your buck” and helps maximize the ratings for each original episode, the observer said.

It feels like, with a marathon eight-month-long broadcast season, viewers’ interest eventually starts to wane, especially after the introduction of the daylight savings time. We are in Week 2 after the switch, and HUT levels, measuring the number of hourseholds watching television, are still depressed from 8-10 PM. Somewhat surprisingly, a whopping six new broadcast series are being launched in the current lower-trafficked period, NBC’s Bent, which premiered to very low numbers on Tuesday, Fox’s Touch, which premiered tonight and the upcoming BFF (NBC), Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (NBC), NYC 22 (CBS) and Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23 (ABC). As for CBS, it is expected to air original programming, mostly specials, in the final week of the season, including a new Jesse Stone movie. But its decision to end its series earlier season after season begs the question: Is the broadcast season in its current form too long?

An arrest is made at Heather's wake

An arrest is made at Heather's wake

It's the day of Heather's funeral and the residents of Albert Square turn out to say goodbye. Shirley is furious when she sees that Andrew is planning to attend, and she makes it clear that he is not wanted.

After Shirley's discovery, Ben desperately tries to cover his tracks, but all the Mitchell men panic when DS Crisp arrives at the wake to make an arrest.

Meanwhile, Janine becomes frustrated with Michael when he doesn't get excited over their wedding plans, although he later tells her exactly what she wants to hear.

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson: 'We're not doing Nickelodeon TV show'

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson: 'We're not doing Nickelodeon TV show'

One Direction have denied any involvement in an upcoming TV show on Nickelodeon.

Singer Louis Tomlinson told US radio station In Demand that he is not "personally" keen on a television career alongside his music commitments.

Responding to the rumours, he said: "I think there must have been some misunderstanding.

"We are doing the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, but as far as a TV show goes we haven't sat down and had that conversation."

Nickelodeon posted on Twitter earlier this month that the Up All Night group are involved in a "development project".

Tomlinson later admitted: "To be honest, if it was up to me personally; I just want to focus on the music for now."

However, bandmate Niall Horan was quick to add: "Nickelodeon have been amazing to us. They have helped us out so much while we've been here."

The 'What Makes You Beautiful' boyband are to guest star in Miranda Cosgrove's iCarly on the network.