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zaterdag 31 maart 2012

This TV Week in Review

This TV Week in Review

There's music that sticks with you — like Megan's can't-get-it-out-of-your-head "Zou Bisou Bisou" birthday party bump and grind from Mad Men — and music you can't wait to forget: as in whatever the hell Katharine McPhee was screaming on that revolving mattress-prison during the ambush production number on Smash's worst episode to date.

Which seems an appropriate way to begin our medley of some of the week's notable hits and misses.

MAD ABOUT MEN: I had the good fortune to be asked to co-host a live screening of Mad Men's two-hour premiere Sunday night at New York's Paley Center, and it was a gas. Much of the audience in the overflow crowd came dressed for the occasion — I even broke out my one skinny tie — with bouffanted hair and psychedelic prints (how very Megan!) as the guests posed next to posters of the iconic characters from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. It was a perfect episode to screen in front of an audience, brimming as it was with wry, sometimes bitter humor in a comedy of bad manners, reaching its apex in Megan's raucous surprise party for a mortified Don. ("I saw his soul leave his body," Lane later gossiped to Joan, as he mimicked the dance — an instant GIF — to which Joan echoed everyone's thoughts: "I can't even imagine how handsome that man must be blushing.") If only Megan had listened to Peggy: "Men hate surprises. Didn't you have Lucy in Canada?"

How smart of Matthew Weiner to ease us back into the lives of these characters after such a long absence, with a light touch that nevertheless manages to illuminate the darker side of '60s metropolitan life. The laughter rang out with satisfying consistency from beginning to end, including the bookends dealing with the civil-rights protesters being water-bombed by Y&R hooligans, and then showing up at SCDP for job interviews when the satirical "equal opportunity" ad backfires. "Is it just me, or is the lobby full of Negroes?" quips Roger, who was on fire throughout the episode. High point: "There's my baby!" he shouts when Joan brings their infant into the office. "Now move that brat out of the way so I can see her." Said brat ends up being held by a most reluctant Peggy ("My hands are dirty!" Ahem) while Joan has her debriefing with Lane. But it's the Don-Megan relationship that gets most of the scrutiny, the "dirty old man" turning 40 and the toothsome embodiment of his midlife crisis who tags along awkwardly at work, a source of relentless titillation among the young Turks, especially after her exhibitionistic show-stopper. "What is wrong with you people?" Megan eventually cries to a chastened Peggy. "You're all so cynical. You don't smile, you smirk." You just noticed?

So much to enjoy: Power player Pete Campbell finally whining so loudly (after bloodying his nose on the intrusive support beam: another big slapstick laugh) that he takes over Harry's office, and he's still not satisfied, because he'll never be as well-liked as Roger. Harry being so petrified at his racy gaffe in front of Mrs. Draper that he thinks Roger is about to fire him as they negotiate over office space. Don with his kids, telling little Bobby (now being played by Mason Vale Cotton, better known as Susan and Mike's "M.J." on Desperate Housewives) that he's turning 40. "When you're 40, how old will I be?" Bobby: "You'll be dead." Time to send the kids off to Morticia and Lurch (nice Addams Family shout-out). The poignant interlude, nearly approaching phone sex, as Lane bonds with Dolores, the woman whose fetching snapshot is the real treasure in the wallet he finds in a cab.

Mad Men is off to such a promising start, I don't even mind watching this Sunday's episode at home.

SUCH A GREAT WIFE: "How many Florricks are there?" wonders the real-estate agent when Alicia's house is sold from under her on another fabulous episode of The Good Wife (which is to network drama what Mad Men is to basic cable: a peerless class act). Alicia blames Peter, forgetting there's a third Florrick: ice-queen mother-in-law Jackie. "Where are you going?" Peter asks when Alicia realizes her mistake. "To buy a gun." Last we see, Alicia is confronting the smug old lady at the beauty parlor. Don't stop there! (But the hour is up. Cliffhanger alert!)

The rest of this marvelously entertaining episode, titled "Blue Ribbon Panel" (and deserving a blue ribbon of its own), finds Alicia sitting as the "token female" (in lieu of Diane) on an exclusive panel of power brokers, chaired by an excellent and unexpectedly sinister Matthew Perry, examining a police-involved shooting case that screams of cover-up — Alicia going all 12 Angry (Wo)Men to see that justice is done — which gets sticky when it seems that Peter and Eli had something to do with not pursuing the case. Alicia ultimately recuses herself, but not before making a new enemy in our former favorite Friend. Because she isn't busy enough, Alicia also represents Kalinda at her IRS hearing, which is being monitored via laptop by someone — who turns out to be Alicia's admirer Dana from the FBI. Not the best way to rekindle a romance with this vixen, gotta say. And what about the power struggle back at the firm over Will's vacated seat? Will pulls a fast one on Eli, David Lee and Julius by nominating doddering old Howard (Jerry Adler, better known as The Sopranos' Hesh).

If it weren't for cable, The Good Wife would have won several Best Drama Emmys by now. Why can't more network TV aim this high?

SOUR NOTES: From the Smush pile-on: Even with all the ups and downs of its freshman season, it's pretty clear this week's Smash hit rock bottom. Written by outgoing show-runner/creator Theresa Rebeck, this episode ("The Coup") should have been titled "Last Nail in the Coffin." Hard to imagine more subplots being of less interest: Karen's boyfriend Dev scheming against a rival to become the mayor's press secretary. Yawn. Julia's son Leo taken to court, where Julia insults the judge. Huh? Eileen's daughter (Meryl Streep spawn and lookalike Grace Gummer), a trust-fund do-gooder, lecturing her squabbling parents, and then ranting about Eileen and Derek's ambush of Julia and Tom: "It's this kind of crap that made me want to flee to Micronesia." (A line that made Twitter explode, by the way.) The chorus kids, plus Ivy, blowing off post-workshop steam and anxiety with a group sing (cut-rate Glee ripoff) at a bowling alley. And horrible Ellis, Ellis everywhere.

"How did he get here?" Julia erupts, speaking for all of us, when the creep shows up in the warehouse after the aforementioned McPhee "Touch Me" number lays a goose egg. And yet he's rewarded with a gig as Eileen's assistant, before Tom can actually fire this snooping little Franken-weenie. Wake up, lady. Send the twerp to Micronesia, or better yet, Siberia. A dinner theater in Harlan County, Ky., is too good for this twerp.

Only the blow-up between Tom and Derek (Jack Davenport, still somehow managing to rise above the material every week) had the Smash vibe we crave for: a blistering, theatrically heightened moment of arising from actual creative conflict. More of that, I beg of Smash.

JUST BRILLIANT: FX's Justified hurtles toward this season's end game with Neal McDonough (the unhinged Quarles) and Jeremy Davies (deranged, disheveled Dickie) duking it out for top honors as the most pathetically desperate villain in all of Harlan County. Quarles is on a murderous rampage, slaughtering two of Boyd's drug mules, while hit men from Detroit seek to bring him down. Nice cameo by Adam Arkin as Quarles' vengeful boss, Theo Tonin, and I sure do hope we get to see him talk into the ear he carries around with him before it's over. Favorite line, as Raylan takes down the Detroit thugs, coming up empty on the Quarles hunt: "Ever get the feeling God's laughin' at ya?" To which Art, along for the ride, responds: "Why? Just 'cause we shot the guy that's looking to kill they guy that you're just dyin' to see dead?" Yeah, something like that.

We leave the twisty story with Quarles as Boyd's prisoner, tasered and chained to a bed in the whore-trailer. With a bounty on his head — $100,000 dead, double that if he's brought in alive — Duffy advises Boyd to snuff the psycho now. But do they ever listen?

TWISTS AND TURNS: As our Watercooler rightly noted, excellent game-changer on The Vampire Diaries, as the season-long hunt to kill those dastardly Originals (most especially Klaus) took an unexpected turn. And not just because Klaus had Bonnie cast a spell (using a threat against Jeremy as leverage) to break the curse linking the Original family, meaning that killing one — in this case, Finn — won't kill all the others. Good thing, too, because after our heroes took down Finn, all those he turned, including the feisty Sage, expired. Which means (cue Elena exposition): "If the Originals die, so do all of you. The entire vampire species would just be dead." No more Salvatores? No more show. Time to round up the rest of those white-oak stakes — except Alaric's is missing. Damn his psycho alter ego! If/when he snaps, he could do some serious damage to eons of bloodsuckers.

Things aren't nearly as satisfying on The CW's dreary Ringer, where another tease that twins Bridget and Siobhan (Sarah Michelle Gellar) would finally meet again turns out to be just another fake: "Shiv" imagining an encounter with the sis who stole her husband and life — "What do you have that I don't?" — ending in murder. Sadly, nothing that exciting actually happens, though we do discover that Andrew's greedy witch of an ex (Andrea Roth) is the one who sent the hit man after Shiv/Bridge in the first place. Like we even care at this point.

From the "shipper" corner, yet another wrinkle in Castle's Castle-Beckett will-they-or-won't-they dance marathon. After a public bombing that makes them realize "nobody's tomorrows are guaranteed," Castle comes thisclose to revealing his true feelings to Beckett, then overhears her telling a suspect who was at the bombing site: "Do you want to know about trauma? I was shot in the chest and I remember every second of it!" (Including Castle's "I love you" declaration over her body?) Castle spends the rest of the hour sulking: "Come to find out it's all a big joke. She knew the whole time. ... She was embarrassed. She doesn't feel the same way. I'm such a fool." So he pulls away, refusing to go for a drink after they close the case. Can't these two just get along? Ever?

From last Friday: Loved Fringe's manifesto on the power of love — with the guest mutant trying to concoct a chemical formula for love (much like Once Upon a Time's Rumplestiltskin), but going about it in all the worst macabre ways — which takes on new meaning as the resurrected Observer known as September tells Peter, "You have been home all along." Take that, one-too-many-timelines. Just like Dorothy and the ruby slippers, only not. What gives? "You could not be fully erased because the people who care about you the most would not let them go. I believe you call it love." Even if you believe we should call that schmaltzy, as Peter and (no longer faux) Olivia finally go in for the rapturous kiss-and-embrace, we're reminded how deeply grounded Fringe is in the emotional ties of its main characters (including this week, Olivia and Nina).

REALITY CHECK: Kind of hard to empathize with Cee Lo Green's tears as he made two tough calls on the final "battle round" of The Voice, given that he pitted his two worst singers (Erin Martin and the Shields Brothers) against each other a week ago, ensuring one of them would get through. The Tony Vincent-Justin Hopkins sing-off to "Faithfully" was especially rough. They should both be finalists. ... Note to American Idol judges: Sit down, you're rockin' the ego. Way too many standing O's in this week's show, rewarding the likes of DeAndre and Heejun (who was sent home anyway, and it's about time). ... Yes, Martina Navratilova served into the net (paraphrasing Bruno) with her clumsy jive on Dancing With the Stars, but would she have been the first one out if she hadn't been wearing those horrific fringed pants?

LAUGHING MATTERS: "The bread is stale!" With those words, the "corpo-humanoid" known as "Subway" (the human embodiment of a thriving sandwich business) is removed, leaving Britta bereft on another inspired Community: "Corporate America has destroyed love," she cries. ("Again?" muses Annie.) This Orwellian love story between the anti-establishment babe and the dude forced to "live within the rules" of his corporate Subway overlord — the most twisted product placement I can remember — was destined to end badly. But we're confident Troy and Abed will eventually heal their blanket-vs-pillow fort-war rift.

"How can we be passé? We're only in 4th grade!" On the funniest episode to date this spring of South Park, Kyle and the gang learn just how hard it is to keep up with mindless Internet memes, from Faith Hill-ing (pulling your shirt out to look like breasts) to Taylor Swift-ing (dragging your behind on the ground like a dog). When cats get in on the act, "proving to be about as intelligent as we are," as everyone apes the "Oh Long Johnson" drawling cat of YouTube infamy, the satire on this pandering trend is just about purr-fect.

I could watch a whole hour of Jim Parsons' Sheldon mixing it up with "Tiny Spock" (the voice of Leonard Nimoy), as they did on The Big Bang Theory, with Spock convincing Sheldon of the logic of playing with a Star Trek transporter toy, despite it being "mint in box." When it breaks, and Sheldon switches his broke toy for Leonard's, Tiny Spock acts as Sheldon's conscience: "You're a green-blooded buzzkill." One of Parsons' best moments in a while as he attempts, clumsily, to confess the truth to Leonard and Penny: "I regret my actions towards the two of you. That's a lie."

AS HEARD ON TV: "I'll do you a favor. I'll choose David Letterman... [to] help us both out." — Mitt Romney with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, ducking the "running mate" question and leaving the host temporarily speechless. ... "No one in the entire world can explain that." — New Girl's Winston, discovering to his horror that Schmidt and CeCe are huddled together in the back of his car. It's enough to make you stop singing along to Wicked. ... "We got a Jeers in Corporate Blimps Weekly." — 30 Rock's Jack Donaghy, lamenting the state of things at Kabletown. Hey, I thought those Jeers were copyrighted!

'Breaking Bad': Vince Gilligan talks the final episodes

'Breaking Bad': Vince Gilligan talks the final episodes

A few journalists spoke to Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan - via video conference call - about his plans for the show's final 16 episodes, the possibility of more flashbacks and dealing with fan reaction...

How is work going on the final two seasons of Breaking Bad?
"Work is going very well. We are working away on the last 16 episodes and we just finished breaking episode five yesterday. We're starting today on episode six. And we started shooting the first of the episodes two days ago, in Albuquerque, and I was there for the first day - that was a lot of fun. It's just very frantic and very exciting and we're looking forward to doing the best job we can do on the last 16 and ending the series in a satisfying manner, in the right way."

Do you know how the show will end, and if so how long have you had that ending in mind?
"I have had, for a couple of seasons now, hopes and dreams for the characters. I've had very broad-stroke ideas of how I want individual characters to end up. Having said that, I've had no hard and fast ideas about how things should end until this season, with the help of my six excellent writers.

"The seven of us, putting our heads together for the past several months, have indeed come up with how we think the show's gonna end. That's what we're working towards, but we're still somewhat in the early days - we've outlined about the first third of the last 16 episodes.

"As such, these ideas that we have for the endgame of our series become more and more defined, and more and more a reality. But there's still room at this point to change things up if we get a better idea of how to end things! But as it stands, we have a pretty good idea of where it's all going to end up."

The show's featured flashback scenes in the past - can we expect more of those?
"I'm trying very hard not to give anything away, but I can tell you for sure that we have talked for many hours about doing just that. Looking back at Walt's 'Grey Matter' days - when he helped found the company 'Grey Matter' - and worked with Gretchen and Elliott.

"At the risk of sounding a bit coy, I don't want to say whether or not we did much more than talk about it. But we try to never forget about characters' pasts on the show. We try to remember details, no matter how small, and bring them back in current episodes.

"We have a great deal of fun doing that, so we do indeed love those flashback scenes. We use 'every bit of the Buffalo' on this show - we mine those moments from the past as much as we can, because they make the show feel more real and have a resonance. So yeah, look for more of those kind of moments as the series progresses."

As Walt grows darker, do you think it's still possible - or even necessary - for the audience to sympathise with him?
"That's a very good question, one that I think about a lot. In the early days, I worried very much about Walt being sympathetic. As the show has progressed, I have relaxed a bit and not worried as much about that. We had a great stroke of luck in casting Bryan Cranston to play Walt.

"I recognised from the beginning... his great range of talent, and also his humanity. He can play a very nasty, mean character who nonetheless you sympathise with. Bryan Cranston has that ability - it's like magic. I don't know quite how he maintains a likeability to the extent that he does in playing Walter White, who as the series progresses becomes a very unpleasant character at times!

"That was a concern in the early days, but I guess at this point, if we continue to understand that he has flaws as a human being and makes decisions out of pride and ego, as long as we understand why he does it, it is my hope that he'll remain interesting to the audience. At the end of the day, interesting will hopefully be enough."

As the show delves more into Walt's criminal life, is it important for you to keep including the more domestic scenes with his family?
"It is, for a couple of reasons. As you indicated, it's a bit of a tricky balance. The criminal life that he leads, that's only one part of his personality - he's a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde character, I suppose. And if you have a Jekyll and Hyde story, you need both sides of that story - you need the more domestic side and the more outrageous, living-on-the-edge side. For that reason, we do our best to balance those two aspects of the story.

"And there's another more pragmatic reason - we love Anna Gunn, who plays Walter's wife Skyler. She's a wonderful actress, we enjoy working with her immensely and we like coming up with scenes for her to play. Sometimes we have episodes in which Skyler's somewhat light. A few of them along the way don't bother us too much, but if too much time goes by and we're somewhat light on Skyler, we feel bad about it because we like her so much! She's a pleasure to work with."

Are you ever worried about the show becoming too dark?
"Indeed I am. It occurred to me when I was writing the pilot episode that this is a very dark show indeed - a middle-aged man finds out he's dying of cancer before the first act break! It occurred to me that I'd better leaven it with as much humour as I could get away with, otherwise people would want to slit their wrists watching this thing!

"The show is not a funny show, but there are moments of humour and we try to milk them for as much as we can get out of them! Characters are never intentionally funny. From time to time, not often, they're in situations that the writers and myself find humour in, and hopefully the audience does as well. But we do indeed look for humour wherever we can find it, because otherwise it would be a very grim show indeed."

Do you pay attention to fan reaction or do you write Breaking Bad in a 'bubble'?
"Well, I learned a long time ago working on The X-Files to basically not go on the internet. I live in a bit of a bubble, though you don't have to and a lot of my writers do not. A lot of my writers and editors will indeed get on the internet and on the various chat rooms to pile through various fan reactions after a show airs.

"I know anecdotally people love our show and I feel very blessed for that. But human nature being what it is, you can read a thousand posts that tell you how wonderful whatever you've done is, and all you'll remember is the one that didn't like it so much. I'm particularly neurotic that way so I just stay away from it."

Which is more important to you - critical acclaim or audience numbers?
"Well, since we have critical acclaim and not audience, I would say critical acclaim! They're both important, certainly, and without audience, all the critical acclaim in the world would not help, as we witnessed here in the States with wonderful shows like Freaks & Geeks and Arrested Development - shows of that sort have had critical acclaim, but not quite enough viewership to stay on the air.

"They're both important, and I love what audience we do have - God bless every one of them for watching and enjoying the show. But I have to say the critical acclaim has been marvellous and has gotten us through some rough times in the early days of our series when we had even fewer viewers than we have now.

"It's very heartening to see that the viewership has indeed grown here in the States from year to year, as more people hear about the show. So both are important, but we have been so very lucky to have the critical acclaim. We appreciate it very much and we don't take it for granted."

Development Update: the 31st of March

Development Update: the 31st of March

BANSHEE (Cinemax) - Ryann Shane ("Lights Out") and Ben Cross ("Star Trek") are the latest additions to the ever-expanding cast of the original drama, about Lucas (Antony Starr), an ex-convict and master thief who assumes the identity of a small town sheriff and continues to carry out his criminal activities even as shadowy gangsters hunt him. Shane will play Deva Hopewell, "the goth-rebel teenage daughter of Lucas' old flame Carrie (Ivana Milicevic) and her DA husband Gordon (Rus Blackwell)"; while Cross is set as Mr. Rabbit, "a ruthless Ukrainian gangster who's been hunting Lucas and Carrie for 15 years." Director Greg Yaitanes and co-creators Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler are behind the Alan Ball-produced hour, which also features Daniel Ross, Demetrius Grosse, Frankie Faison, Hoon Lee, Matt Servitto, Trieste Dunn and Ulrich Thomsen. (

ECHO CHAMBER (HBO, New!) - Feature helmer Rupert Wyatt ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes") is developing a potential mini-series at the pay channel about a British soldier who is sent undercover in the Irish Republican Army by British intelligence in the 1980s. Wyatt is penning the script to the project - envisioned as three 90-minute telecasts - and is likewise attached to direct. Alan Moloney ("Albert Hobbs") is set to produce with Sky Atlantic on board as a co-producer. (

GUYS WITH KIDS (A.K.A. DILFS) (NBC) - Sara Rue ("Rules of Engagement") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, about a trio of thirtysomething guys who live in the same high-rise - Nick (Zach Cregger), Chris (Jesse Bradford) and Gary (Anthony Anderson) - dealing with parenthood despite the fact they haven't grown up themselves. She's on board as Sheila - Chris's ex-wife, who's now dating former NBA star Patrick Ewing - where she'll take over for the previously cast Courtney Henggeler. Said role is in second position to her duties on the ABC comedy pilot "Malibu Country." Tempestt Bledsoe and Jamie-Lynn Sigler also star in the Universal Television-based half-hour, which Scott Ellis is helming off a script by Charlie Grandy. (

HANNIBAL (NBC) - David Slade ("Awake") has been tapped to direct the premiere installment of the upcoming drama, about the early days of Thomas Harris's signature characters FBI agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Bryan Fuller is behind the Gaumont-based project, which is also executive produced by Katie O'Connell and Martha De Laurentiis. (

INSIDE (FX, New!) - Kyle Jarrow ("Armless") has booked a new drama at the cable channel about "a San Francisco homicide detective who discovers his real father is a convicted serial killer who claims to be innocent of murdering the cop's mother." Philip Seymour Hoffman and Emily Ziff Cooper are on board to executive produce the hour via their Town Productions banner alongside Jarrow with Sara Murphy also producing. No other specifics were given. (

MOCKINGBIRD LANE (NBC) - British actress Charity Wakefield is the latest to board the drama pilot, an imaginative reinvention of "The Munsters" as a visually spectacular one-hour drama. She'll play Marilyn, the only "normal" Munster, "a college student who believes in good manners and congeniality toward the new neighbors." Beverly Owen and Pat Priest both played the role in the franchise's original incarnation. Wakefield joins the previously cast Eddie Izzard as Grandpa. Bryan Singer is helming the Universal Television-based hour from a script by Bryan Fuller. (

SHELTER (The CW) - Zachary Abel ("Make It or Break It") and Malese Jow ("The Vampire Diaries") have both been cast in the Mark Schwahn-penned drama pilot, about the staff and guests at Shelter Bay, a historic New England summer resort. Abel will play the "hopelessly romantic Mitchell Taylor, a 23-year-old former local baseball hero who now works the concierge desk at the Shelter Bay Inn"; with Jow as Morgan, "Shelter Bay's resident party girl." Eka Darville, Elizabeth Henstridge, Hannah New and Trent Ford also star in the project, from the Warner Bros. Television-based Bad Robot Productions and to be directed by Liz Friedlander. (

TALHOTBLOND (Lifetime, New!) - Ashley Hinshaw ("Chronicle") has booked the title role on the Courteney Cox-helmed original movie, about "a married, blue-collar father who finds himself caught up in the fantasy of his online romance with a beautiful teenager." Garret Dillahunt and Laura San Giacomo also star in the project, which was penned by Trent Haaga and is based on Barbara Schroeder's 2009 documentary. Hinshaw is also set to guest star on HBO's "Enlightened" as Danielle, a flirtatious friend of Levi (Luke Wilson) who he meets in rehab. (

New Doctor Who series 7 pictures tease Daleks

New Doctor Who series 7 pictures tease Daleks

Some new pictures from behind the scenes of Doctor Who series 7 have popped up, and we've got them here...

Appreciating that the return of the Daleks has already been announced and widely publicised, we've left the spoiler tag off this story. But if you don't want to know more - not that there's much to know yet - then it's probably best we part company here, temporarily of course.

To business, then. A new update at the official Doctor Who Facebook page has been teasing the previously-announced return of the Daleks. At first glance, you might think there’s nothing too much to the images that have been released. But look closer, and it appears that Daleks of all flavours are set to appear in the new series, both classic, and the multi-coloured variants.

As the accompanying text reads: “Here are some sneaky pictures fresh from the set of Doctor Who where the Daleks are being wheeled before the cameras once again. But which design? The answer is ALL OF THEM!”

'Glee' Cory Monteith has "positive effect" on girlfriend Lea Michele

'Glee' Cory Monteith has "positive effect" on girlfriend Lea Michele

Cory Monteith has reportedly been having a positive impact on girlfriend Lea Michele's happiness.

The Glee stars, who play couple Finn and Rachel on the Fox musical drama, have apparently taken their relationship off-screen and begun dating in real life following Michele's split from former boyfriend and Broadway star Theo Stockman in September 2011.

According to Us Weekly, Monteith and Michele recently took a weekend trip to New York City together, as the actress "didn't want to be away from him for just those few days".

A source told the publication: "Cory is definitely having a positive effect on Lea. She's much less miserable these days.

"Even when she was with Theo, she was always depressed being so far away from him and not getting to see him. She likes having someone with her that's actually there. Long-distance is not her thing."

Michele said in October 2011 that she was happy to be single after ending her relationship with Stockman.

New Mad Man Joins AMC Period Drama

New Mad Man Joins AMC Period Drama

Ben Feldman (Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva) has quietly joined the cast of AMC’s hot drama series Mad Men for its current Season 5. Like everything related to Mad Man, Feldman’s character is shrouded in secrecy but I hear he is playing a new employee at ad agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. He will make his debut on the show on Sunday.

Anjelica Huston on 'Smash' finale: 'It's epic'

Anjelica Huston on 'Smash' finale: 'It's epic'

Anjelica Huston has promised that Smash fans will love the show's upcoming season finale.

The actress – who plays a cunning Broadway producer on Smash - said she was very impressed by talented cast who perform The Marilyn Musical in the season-ending episode.

Anjelica Huston receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood Los Angeles, California.

"The dancers are so great. And getting to watch Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty do what they do so well has been a delight. It's really something," she disclosed to ET Online. "I get a bit jealous [laughs] and then I see how tired they are."

Huston went on to reveal that she will sing for the first time on Smash very soon.

"We have [the] big full cast musical number coming up that I get to sing in, so that's fun," the star said. "I look forward to more next season, that's for sure!"

It was reported last week that Theresa Rebeck will be stepping down as Smash's showrunner prior to the second season.

Smash airs Mondays at 10/9c on NBC.

Dermot Mulroney Joins HBO’s ‘Enlightened’, Bobbi Kristina Cast In ‘For Better Or Worse’

Dermot Mulroney Joins HBO’s ‘Enlightened’, Bobbi Kristina Cast In ‘For Better Or Worse’

Dermot Mulroney has been tapped for a major recurring role on the upcoming second season of Mike White’s HBO series Enlightened. The single-camera comedy stars Laura Dern as Amy, a self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening and decides to live an enlightened life, which creates havoc at home and work. Mulroney will play Jeff Flender, an investigative reporter Amy enlists to help her bring down Abaddonn, who eventually becomes her love interest. Additionally, ICM-repped Mulroney has been been offered the title role in the Calvin Reeder-directed feature The Rambler, distributed by Anchor Bay/Starz. In addition to Mulroney, Enlightened also recently enlisted Molly Shannon for a major arc on Season 2.

Tyler Perry, who lent his private jet to transport Whitney Houston’s body after her shocking death and delivered an eulogy at her funeral, is now giving Houston’s daughter her acting break. Perry has tapped Bobbi Kristina for a recurring role on his TBS comedy series For Better Or Worse. A rep for the mogul confirmed the casting, declining details about her role. This marks the first acting gig for the 19-year-old daughter of Houston and Bobby Brown.

'Cougar Town' Ian Gomez for 'Touch' guest role

'Cougar Town' Ian Gomez for 'Touch' guest role

Cougar Town star Ian Gomez has landed a guest role in Touch.

The actor is set to appear in a May episode of the Kiefer Sutherland series, according to Vulture.

His character Wade will apparently be a tsunami survivor obsessed with returning items from the debris to their rightful owners

Gomez currently stars as Andy, the husband of Christa Miller's character Ellie Torres, on ABC comedy Cougar Town.

Speaking ahead of Touch's UK launch, Sutherland said his character Martin Bohm is as courageous as 24 protagonist Jack Bauer.

Touch airs in the US Thursdays at 9/8c on Fox. UK viewers can catch it Tuesdays at 8pm on Sky1.

'30 Rock' live episode storyline details revealed

'30 Rock' live episode storyline details revealed

Details about the upcoming 30 Rock live episode have been revealed.

The April 26 episode will see Kabletown refuse to allow Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) to air her sketch comedy series TGS live due to the expensive cost.

Liz and Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) at first appear content to pre-tape TGS, but Kenneth the Page (Jack McBrayer) raises objections and leads the pair on a madcap journey through the history of live television.

Beth McCarthy-Miller will direct the instalment, just as she did with 30 Rock's first live episode in October 2010.

Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski and Judah Friedlander will all perform the episode twice on April 26, once for the East Coast and then a second time for the West Coast.

That 2010 live show featured cameos from Matt Damon and Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader. Julia Louis Dreyfus also guest-starred as Liz Lemon in flashback sequences.

30 Rock airs Thursdays at 8.30/7.30c on NBC.

Stewart Lee's 'Comedy Vehicle' third series to air in 2014, says BBC

Stewart Lee's 'Comedy Vehicle' third series to air in 2014, says BBC

The BBC has announced that the third series of Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle will not air until 2014.

BBC Two's BAFTA-nominated series, which began in 2009, is expected to then broadcast its fourth run a year later in 2015.

Armando Iannucci revealed on Twitter last week that the corporation had recommissioned Comedy Vehicle for two series.

British Comedy Award-winning stand-up Lee said in a statement: "I am delighted to be returning to BBC Two, TV's historic home of smart-ass comedy, for two more series, with the same multi-gong-grabbing team as before. I can't really believe this opportunity has been presented to me, and I certainly wasn't expecting it.

"I hope to repay this unprecedented act of blind faith by donning my too-tight jacket to hone another six hours of densely irritating stand-up over the next four years, spliced with aggressive Armando grillings and obtuse filmic codas.

"It will be amazing to be able to move forward and experiment in this unprecedentedly secure position. Thanks to everyone out there who watched the series, wrote about them, or lobbied for their return. I will make you proud. Peace! I'm outta here! You shoulda killed me last year!"

Mark Freeland (Mrs Brown's Boys) has replaced Iannucci as executive producer, while Richard Webb and Tim Kirkby both continue as director and producer.

It is not yet known whether Chris Morris, who acted as script editor for last year's shows, will contribute again.

'Panorama' Honeymoon Murder special wins 9pm slot for BBC One

'Panorama' Honeymoon Murder special wins 9pm slot for BBC One

Last night's Panorama pulled in one of its biggest audiences in recent years, overnight data reveals.

The 'Honeymoon Murder', examining the mysterious death of Anni Dewani, intrigued 4.62m (21%) in the 9pm hour, topping BBC One's slot average for the past 12 months.

Panorama, normally watched by around 2 million on Monday nights, built to a peak of 5.1m (23.1%) as Jeremy Vine's investigation came to a close.

ITV1's three-part Love Life concluded with a modest 3.22m (14.6%), adding 193k (1.2%) on +1, while Mary's Bottom Line held a steady 1.51m (6.9%) for Channel 4 (+1: 244k/1.5%), and 902k (1.4%) watched BBC Two's White Heat.

Sarah Millican's Television Programme amused 1.33m (7%) for BBC Two at 10pm.

The BBC was solid against ITV's soaps in the 8pm hour, with One's Watchdog drawing 3.87m (17.2%), and Two's Natural World interesting 1.4m (6.2%). Get Your House in Order had 949k (4.2%) and 242k (1.1%) on timeshift.

Elsewhere, Channel 5's Europa League football coverage scored 937k (4.2%) between 8pm and 10pm.

Overall, BBC One retained its lead over ITV1 with 22.3% against 21% (+1: 0.7%). BBC Two claimed third place with 5.3%, ahead of Channel 4's 4.6% (+1: 1%) and Channel 5's 3.4% (+1: 0.1%).

Celebrity Juice soared to 1.56m (8.7%) for ITV2 at 10pm, appealing to a further 254k (2.6%) an hour later, to cement its place as the most-watched multichannel of the night.

Meanwhile, The Big Bang Theory grabbed a decent 677k (3.1%) at 8pm (+1: 261k/1.2%), and Glee continued with 313k (1.4%) on Sky1.

Nicki Minaj on 'feud' with Jennifer Lopez: 'I love and respect Jennifer'

Nicki Minaj on 'feud' with Jennifer Lopez: 'I love and respect Jennifer'

Nicki Minaj has said that she "loves and respects" Jennifer Lopez after their short playful banter on American Idol.

Minaj was the musical guest at American Idol during its elimination episode on Thursday (March 29), to promote her new album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.

Nicki Minaj the MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam Party at Stage 37 New York City, USA - 15.02.12

Minaj expressed her desire to appear on the show again but this time as a guest judge.

"I was hoping maybe I could come back and be a guest judge," Minaj said. "J-Lo, can you scoot over a little bit?"

Jennifer Lopez shot back: "I don't know if there's enough room for both of us."

"She didn't seem to be having it but she gonna have it!" Minaj told The Hollywood Reporter.

"No, actually, I love J-Lo. I love what she's done for pop culture, I have nothing but respect for her, and we were just joking around. I'm sure I'll have lots of fun with them when I'm guest judging."

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded will be released on April 2 in the UK and April 3 in the US.

'Game of Thrones' Kit Harington: 'People on street call me bastard'

'Game of Thrones' Kit Harington: 'People on street call me bastard'

Game of Thrones's Kit Harington has revealed that people outside the show call him "bastard".

Harington stars in the HBO series as Jon Snow, an illegitimate son of Eddard Stark (Sean Bean).

"They do say it with affection, but yeah, people come up and go, 'You bastard!'," the actor told Vulture.

"It's always interesting when one person does that, and the other person who might be there doesn't know why. It's really a weird thing."

Harington also revealed that the new season will be more explicit in its sex scenes "because sex is being used as a weapon".

Downton Abbey's Rose Leslie will appear in the second season as a love interest for Harington's Snow.

Game of Thrones returns for a second season this Sunday, April 1 on HBO.

JJ Abrams' CW pilot 'Shelter' casts Zachary Abel for lead role

JJ Abrams' CW pilot 'Shelter' casts Zachary Abel for lead role

Zachary Abel has been cast in the lead role for JJ Abrams and Mark Schwahn's new drama pilot Shelter.

The CW pilot follows the lives of the staff and guests of the historic New England summer resort Shelter Bay.

Abel will play Mitchell Taylor, a hopelessly romantic 23-year-old who was once his hometown's baseball hero, reports Deadline. Taylor now works at the Shelter Bay Inn at the concierge desk.

Shelter will also feature Malese Jow as the party girl Morgan.

Jow will be joined by her The Vampire Diaries co-star Trent Ford, who was previously announced to play British rock star Tyler Green in Shelter.

Abel appeared in ABC Family's Make It or Break It, a drama series about teen gymnasts who hope to make it to the Olympics.

Good Riddance, Keith Olbermann

Good Riddance, Keith Olbermann

Current TV just made itself more credible.

When Keith Olbermann joined Current TV less than a year ago, he brought a high-profile name and little else of value. Sure, he brought his powers of self-promotion. But he didn't seize on the vast potential of the network's already capable news department.

His new position made him the network's head of news, and his performances night after night suggested that he was more interested in being a talking head than in breaking stories. Like a fleeting reality star, looking for a shortcut to the spotlight, he made an impression with feuds and insults rather than through lasting contributions.

Olbermann placed the blame for the failings of his news report on Current's founders, Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, saying on Twitter that they had not made good on their promises to invest "in a quality news program." Rather, he said, they "thought it was more economical to try to get out of my contract."

If that's the case, they have an even richer opportunity now to make Current into the news organization it could be.

Olbermann said when he joined Current that he would finally have a forum for truly independent news. The implication seemed to be that the corporate interests that ruled past employers like ESPN, Fox News and MSNBC, the network he helped build with "Countdown," had somehow compromised his ability to expose hard truths.

With his newfound freedom, Olbermann didn't delve into the kind of gritty, street-level reporting practiced by PBS' Frontline and Current's own Vanguard. Instead, he kept doing what he did on MSNBC: Delivering petty attacks on people he didn't like, while occasionally feuding with his bosses at yet another network.

His replacement is Eliot Spitzer, who was dull on CNN. It should be former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who brings a reassuring sobriety to her political analysis on "The War Room." She takes a measured, logical approach, avoiding silly attacks -- while never hiding her Democratic leanings.

She comes off like someone dedicated to a cause, rather than her own self-aggrandizement.

What does it say about Olbermann's devotion to the liberalism he espouses that he can't even get along with Gore, a boss who praised him up and down and promised him the freedom to do whatever he wanted?

If you have a string of failed relationships, you have to consider, at some point, that perhaps you are the problem -- and not all of your your exes.

Olbermann tapped an attorney to "determine his rights" in his five-year contract with Current during a rift over Iowa caucuses coverage, an person close to Olbermann told TheWrap in January.

Current TV president David Bohrman later said Olbermann was offered the chance to lead election coverage months ahead of time, but turned it down. Olbermann later changed his mind, Bohrman said.

Even after that, Gore, Current's co-founder, had a one-word answer when asked in January if he anticipated Olbermann staying with the network. "Yes," he told TheWrap.

But everyone has their limits. Distancing itself from its high-profile rhetorical bomb-thrower will allow Current to go back to doing what it does best: patient, in-depth explaining that may not win rubberneckers, but does build a reputation over time.

Assuming, of course, they're willing to make the investments Olbermann says they weren't. They would be much better off investing in serious news than they were investing in him.

TV Tonight 31th of March 2012

TV Tonight 31th of March 2012

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

    20/20 S34E36: "My Strange Affliction (5)"
    America's Book of Secrets S01E11: "The Pentagon"
    Area no Kishi S01E13: "Raising the Curtain! Inter-High Qualifiers"
    Bayou Billionaires S01E11: "The Getaways"
    Ben 10: Ultimate Alien S02E32: "The Ultimate Enemy (2)"
    Beyblade: Metal Fusion S02E34: "My Friend's Name is Zeo"
    Bleach (US) S13E18: "Deceived Shinigami! The World Collapse Crisis"
    Britain's Got More Talent S06E02: "Series 6, Episode 2"
    Britain's Got Talent S06E02: "Series 6 - Auditions 2"
    Cardfight!! Vanguard S01E65: "Awakening of Twin Blades"
    Casualty S26E29: "Saturday Night Fever"
    Dan vs. S02E10: "Dan Vs. The Catburglar"
    Fairy Tail S03E29: "The Seven-Year Gap"
    Fred: The Show S01E11: "Six Degrees of Kevin's Bacon"
    Fred: The Show S01E12: "The Tutor"
    Green Lantern: The Animated Series S01E05: "Heir Apparent"
    Harry Hill's TV Burp S14E09: "Very Best of TV Burp"
    Kid's Choice Awards S24E01: "25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2012"
    Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness S01E22: "Has-Been Hero"
    Match of The Day S47E45: "Season 47, Show 45"
    Match of The Day S47E44: "Blackpool v Southampton Live"
    Mesternes Mester S04E07: "Season 4, Episode 7"
    Must Love Cats S02E04: "Kitty Kidney Transplants and the Cat Who Jogs"
    My Big Redneck Vacation S02E01: "Going Back To Shreveport"
    Ozuma S01E03: "Episode 3"
    Pokémon S15E07: "Scraggy and the Demanding Gothita!"
    Power Rangers S19E07: "He Ain't Heavy Metal, He's My Brother"
    Q'Viva! The Chosen S01E05: "Season 1, Episode 5"
    Saturday Kitchen S10E40: "March 31, 2012"
    Soccer AM S16E34: "Series 16, Episode 34"
    T.U.F.F. Puppy S02E02: "Mission: Really Big Mission"
    Take Me Out (UK) S03E13: "Series 3, Episode 13"
    Take Me Out: The Gossip S01E13: "Episode 13"
    The Aquabats Super Show S01E05: "Ladyfingers!"
    The Bronson Pinchot Project S01E08: "Last But Not Least"
    The Firm S01E12: "Chapter Twelve"
    The Football League Show S03E31: "Series 3, Episode 31"
    The Million Pound Drop Live S09E04: "Series 9, Episode 4"
    The Penguins of Madagascar S02E67: "Alienated"
    The Voice (UK) S01E02: "Blind Auditions 2"
    Thundercats (2011) S01E15: "The Trials of Lion-O Pt. 1"
    Total Wipeout S05E14: "Winter Wipeout (12)"
    Transformers: Prime S02E07: "Crossfire"
    Vanilla Ice Project S02E13: "Boom-Boom Screening Room"
    You've Been Framed S19E26: "March 31, 2012"
    Young Justice S01E23: "Insecurity"

Nick Cannon, Bam Margera and More Join Hip-Hop Version of 'Hollywood Squares'

Nick Cannon, Bam Margera and More Join Hip-Hop Version of 'Hollywood Squares'

Nick Cannon and Bam Margera are about to find out if it truly is hip to be square.

Actor-musician Cannon, "Jackass" prankster Margera and singer-songwriter Kat Graham are among those participating in the new MTV2 offering "Hip Hop Squares," a revamp of the iconic game show "Hollywood Squares" that places the competition in a hip-hop context.

The original series was essentially a tic-tac-toe game, with contestants attempting to win by determining if celebrities, who occupied squares on the game grid, had answered trivia questions correctly.

MTV2 said the new offering "stays true to the tic-tac-toe format of the original game show, while infusing it with some of the biggest and most charismatic personalities in Hip Hop culture today."

And Paul Ricci, MTV2's head of programming, promised "a fun, dynamic series that’s unpredictable, heavy on personality and much more ‘party’ than ‘game show’.”

Also taking part in the sure-to-be raucous proceedings: record producer DJ Khaled, rappers Fat Joe, Biz Markie, Ghostface Killah, Mac Miller and MGK, and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley. Further guests will be announced.

Peter Rosenberg, a DJ on New York hip-hop radio station Hot 97, will host the proceedings.

"Hip Hop Squares" will premiere on Tuesday, May 22 at 11 p.m.

"Punk'd" and "Pauly D" Are a Winning Combination on Thursday Night for MTV

"Punk'd" and "Pauly D" Are a Winning Combination on Thursday Night for MTV

Last Night's Premieres Ranked as the Top Social Series of the Night, With "Punk'd" And "Pauly D" Trending on Twitter, Along with Multiple Related Topics From Each Show

MTV's new night of "Punk'd" and "The Pauly D Project" is off to a stellar start, with "Punk'd" earning a 2.7 P12-34 rating and 3.2 million total viewers in its premiere at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, and "Pauly D" garnering a 2.72 P12-34 rating and 2.9 million total viewers at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, making them the top two cable series of the day among P12-34.

Last night's premieres also dominated the social conversation, ranking as the most social series - with "Punk'd" #1 and "Pauly D" #2 - on the night, according to In addition, both series not only trended on Twitter, but multiple related topics from each show trended as well.

Next week's all-new episode of "Punk'd" at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT will feature celebrity host Bam Margera, punking "Teen Wolf's" Tyler Posey, "Jersey Shore's" Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, and Tyler, The Creator. Click here for a special sneak peek.

MTV's pop culture phenomenon series "Punk'd" is back for an all-new season, featuring the hottest celebrities in Hollywood, and the most hilarious and crazy moments in "Punk'd" history. This time Ashton Kutcher has handed over the hosting reins to a new celebrity each week, including Justin Bieber, Nick Cannon, Miley Cyrus, Lucy Hale, Kellan Lutz, Bam Margera, Mac Miller, Heather Morris, Hayden Panettiere, "Punk'd" alumni Dax Shepard, and Tyler, The Creator. Rounding out the ranks of unsuspecting celebrity marks are Dianna Agron, Ron Artest, Lauren Conrad, "Fantasy Factory's" Rob Dyrdek, Zac Efron, Shenae Grimes, Ian Harding, Liam Hemsworth, Vanessa Hudgens, Josh Hutcherson, Khloe Kardashian Odom, Sean Kingston, Demi Lovato, "Jersey Shore's" Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Chloe Moretz, New Boyz, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, "Teen Wolf's" Tyler Posey, Darrelle Revis, Emma Roberts, Cody Simpson, Taylor Swift and The Wanted.

"Punk'd" is executive produced by Katalyst's Jason Goldberg and Ashton Kutcher. Lauren Dolgen, Colin Nash, Kristina Edwards and Jennifer Russakoff are the Executives in Charge for MTV.

On next week's all-new episode of "The Pauly D Project" at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, Ryan's fight at Ultra makes everyone tense, as the crew says goodbye to Rhode Island and moves into their Las Vegas suite. While enjoying their first night out at the clubs, Ryan has another meltdown, possibly putting Pauly's residency in jeopardy. Click here for a special sneak peek.

"The Pauly D Project" is produced by 495 Productions, the production company behind "Jersey Shore." SallyAnn Salsano serves as executive producer of the series for 495 Productions, and Jacquelyn French executive produces for MTV. Janay Dutton is Executive in Charge of Production for MTV. Larry Rudolph and Adam Leber serve as executive producers of the "The Pauly D Project" for ReignDeer Entertainment.

"The Pauly D Project" will also air internationally on MTV channels around the world starting in June 2012.

'30 Rock': Elizabeth Banks' Avery Lives, But 'TGS' May Not Live as a Live Show

'30 Rock': Elizabeth Banks' Avery Lives, But 'TGS' May Not Live as a Live Show

At last, Jack Donaghy may get Avery Jessup back from North Korea: TheWrap has confirmed that "Hunger Games" star Elizabeth Banks will return to "30 Rock" in May.

But while Banks' Avery lives, "TGS" -- the "Saturday Night Live"-ish sketch comedy show-within-the-show -- is in danger of becoming a taped series.

In the April 26 live episode of "30 Rock," Kabletown bosses decide to save some cash and film "TGS." Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) and Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) realize taping the show would make their lives easier, but TV-loving Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) rallies his co-workers to try to save the show's live format.

The April 26 episode will be the series' second live installment. "30 Rock" aired a live episode on Oct. 14, 2010, and the episode's director, Beth McCarthy-Miller, will return to direct the season six live show.

As the network did with the 2010 live episode, NBC will air two versions of the April 26 episode, one of the East Coast and one for the West Coast.

When last viewers saw Avery, she had been kidnapped to become the bride of North Korea leader Kim Jong-un.

A recurring season six storyline has revolved around Jack's efforts to secure her release and return her home to him and their infant daughter, Liddy, while Jack and Avery's mother (guest star Mary Steenburgen) have fought a mutual attraction.

Production Powers Up on Season 2 of Syfy's "Alphas" from Universal Cable Productions and BermanBraun Television

Production Powers Up on Season 2 of Syfy's "Alphas" from Universal Cable Productions and BermanBraun Television

Production begins this week in Toronto on the second season of Syfy's super-powered original drama series Alphas starring David Strathairn, Malik Yoba, Warren Christie, Azita Ghanizada, Ryan Cartwright and Laura Mennell. Joining the cast this season is Erin Way (Detroit 187, Private Practice) as "Kat" the newest addition to the team of quirky superhuman investigators. Alphas is produced by Universal Cable Productions and BermanBraun Television. The season will consist of 13 episodes and is slated to premiere on Syfy in July 2012.

Alphas follows a clandestine group of ordinary people whose unique neurological condition equips them with extraordinary mental and physical abilities. Led by preeminent neurologist and psychiatrist Dr. Lee Rosen (Emmy Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn) this unlikely team takes on cases the CIA, FBI and Pentagon are unwilling or unable to solve and go head-to-head with many of the criminal Alphas released from the Binghamton facility in last season's finale episode. When the series debuted last summer, it became Syfy's most-watched original scripted series premiere in two years. Overall the show averaged 3.3 million total viewers during its first season.

Erin Way joins the ensemble as "Kat," a mysterious, free-spirited young loner whose Alpha ability allows her to pick up any skill at a glance. The downside to her condition, which has plagued her for her entire life, is that her memories are short-lived and her experiences fade away after a short amount of time. Becoming a member of the team provides a purpose and direction for Kat and working with Dr. Rosen may help her reclaim her lost past.

Way became familiar to television audiences playing the offbeat "Wendy Chapin-Lowmeister" on the ABC drama Detroit 187. Her previous television credits include Hawaii Five-0, Private Practice and Girlfriends. In film, she has worked with directors Joe Dante, Ron Howard, Bryce Dallas-Howard and Mark Ruffalo and can be seen this summer in the features The Collection, Not That Funny and Donnby.

Erin Way is represented by Gloria Hinojosa at Amsel, Eisenstadt and Frazier and managed by Kay Liberman of Liberman-Zerman Management.

Bruce Miller (Eureka) joins Alphas this season as Executive Producer and Showrunner. Executive Producers are Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein for BermanBraun and Zak Penn. The series was created by Zak Penn and Michael Karnow.

Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' Down But Still Tops; Fox Wins Night With 'American Idol'

Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' Down But Still Tops; Fox Wins Night With 'American Idol'

Despite tying a season low Thursday night, CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" drew the night's top ratings, while Fox took an overall ratings win for the night on the strength of "American Idol," according to preliminary numbers.

Fox came in first in ratings and second in total viewership with an average 3.5 rating/10 share in the advertiser-cherished 18-49 demographic and 12.2 million total viewers. "American Idol" at 8 inched up from last Thursday's airing with a 4.2/13 in the demo and 15.3 million total viewers. "Touch" at 9 was down 15 percent from last week's premiere, posting a 2.8/7 in the demo and 9.1 million total viewers.

CBS came in second in the demo and first in total viewers with an average 3.2/9 and 13 million. "The Big Bang Theory" at 8 dropped 13 percent in the demo to tie a season low of 4.5/15 with 13.6 million total viewers. "Rules of Engagement" at 8:30 posted a 2.8/8 in the demo and 8.8 million total viewers. "Person of Interest" at 9 drew a 3.3/9 in the demo and 14.4 million total viewers, while "The Mentalist" the following hour received a 2.7/8 in the demo and 13.5 million total viewers.

NBC took third place in the demo and fourth in total viewership with an average 1.3/4 and 3.1 million. "Community" at 8 was flat with last week for a 1.7/6 in the demo and 3.6 million total viewers. "30 Rock" at 8:30 also drew even with last week with a 1.5/4 in the demo and 3.2 million total viewers. Following a repeat of "The Office" at 9, "Up All Night" at 9:30 took a 13 percent hit for a series low in the demo for a 1.3/4, with 2.9 million total viewers. "Awake" also hit a low in the demo, dropping 17 percent to a 1.0/3 with 3.1 million total viewers.

ABC was fourth in the demo and third in total viewers with an average 1.2/3 and 4.9 million. With the exception of "Missing" at 8 -- which was down 13 percent in the demo for a 1.4/4, with 7.7 million total viewers -- the network aired repeats.

Hugh Bonneville: 'Boris Johnson wanted Twenty Twelve cameo'

Hugh Bonneville: 'Boris Johnson wanted Twenty Twelve cameo'

Hugh Bonneville has revealed that Boris Johnson was set to cameo in Twenty Twelve.

The Downtown Abbey star claimed the London mayor had been "pencilled in" for an appearance on the BBC Olympic Games mockumentary.

"I know Boris wanted to," he told the Radio Times. "But when it came to the day, or the day before, something came up - like London had to be organised.

"So Boris was pencilled in, but couldn't turn up. It would be nice to think that he could come on, he'd be a good sport."

Bonneville added that he couldn't cope with being "judged" by the media like his Twenty Twelve character Ian Fletcher, Head of Deliverance at the Olympic Deliverance Commission.

"Everyone in politics, and the public eye, these days is desperately in that duck-paddling syndrome of giving the sense that everything is calm when, in fact, chaos reigns underneath," he argued.

"In this world of spin and soundbites, you can't even say 'Calm down, dear' without it becoming a sort of 'sexist, fascist pig' headline.

"I wouldn't like to be in my character's shoes - he's in the PR spotlight the whole time and anything he says will be judged not only by Seb Coe and Boris Johnson, but by the nation."

Twenty Twelve returns for a second series tonight (March 30) at 10pm on BBC Two. A third series will air before the Olympics begin in July.

'Doctor Who' casts 'White Heat' actor David Gyasi

'Doctor Who' casts 'White Heat' actor David Gyasi

David Gyasi has reportedly won a role in the next series of Doctor Who.

The White Heat actor will appear in the sci-fi drama's seventh run, according to the Evening Standard.

Gyasi's past credits include episodes of Waking the Dead, Silent Witness and Law & Order: UK.

He also played a minor role in a 2006 episode of Who spinoff Torchwood.

Other guest stars confirmed for the next series of Doctor Who include Ben Browder (Farscape), Rupert Graves (Sherlock), David Bradley (Harry Potter) and Mark Williams (Being Human).

It was recently confirmed that the Daleks will reappear in the new episodes, as well as the monstrous Weeping Angels.

Doctor Who will return to BBC One and BBC America in the autumn.

'My Kitchen Rules' filmed two alternative endings

'My Kitchen Rules' filmed two alternative endings

My Kitchen Rules bosses filmed two different endings to the final of the show, it has been revealed.

Leigh Sexton and Jennifer Evans were crowned the winners of this year's season of the reality cooking show, but in another unaired sequence, runners-up Nic Mazzone and Rocco La Bella won.

According to TV Tonight, the Seven Network filmed two alternate endings for My Kitchen Rules in order to keep the result a secret from viewers, and none of the four finalists knew who had won until they watched it on air on Tuesday night (March 27).

A Seven spokesperson said: "Until the final moments of the grand final edition of MKR, only a handful of people knew the actual, final result.

"It was important to let the magic of television and storytelling carry the day. Two endings were recorded in order to preserve the actual result, which is not unusual in the business of television production."

The past two seasons of My Kitchen Rules have not had two alternative sequences filmed. Reality shows such as The Celebrity Apprentice Australia have also previously filmed two outcomes.

'Home and Away' is a factory, says former cast member Jordan Rodrigues

'Home and Away' is a factory, says former cast member Jordan Rodrigues

Former Home and Away actor Jordan Rodrigues has described the show as a "factory".

The 19-year-old, who played Jai Fernandez in the soap, said that he prefers being in the cast of ABC show Dance Academy because they "care" about their scenes more.

Rodrigues told TV Tonight: "Home and Away is a factory. It's exactly like a factory. It's nonstop, three shots, boom, boom, boom.

"Coming on this show it's a lot better, because you get to workshop ideas and the shots are really quite unique, so they take quite a while to set up. We take a lot more care into our scenes."

Rodrigues added that he is starting to discover the pitfalls of fame, saying: "On Twitter, I'm getting really good responses from [fans] saying that they love the show and they want us to come over [to their country].

"But I've got a couple of fake people pretending to be me online and stuff. Yeah, it's a serious issue. Some are being me, some are the character, but mainly me. I'm learning to live with it, definitely."

Rodrigues also said that acting out a gay crush storyline in season one of Dance Academy was "not hard at all", adding: "We're both mates and we have gay friends, so [we] didn't make too much of a deal with it.

"It was a very risky move... but still that's what I like about the show. It takes a lot of risks."

Dance Academy airs on weeknights at 6:30pm on ABC3.

'The Voice' UK 'banned from being mentioned on ITV'

'The Voice' UK 'banned from being mentioned on ITV'

ITV bosses have reportedly banned its shows from mentioning rival BBC One series The Voice UK.

Various interviews and features on programmes including Daybreak, Loose Women and This Morning have been axed, The Mirror claims.

The Voice UK coach Danny O'Donoghue was due to appear on Daybreak this morning (March 30), but his interview was allegedly cancelled.

This Morning host Holly Willoughby has also reportedly been told to not discuss her other presenting gig on The Voice UK.

An ITV source said: "Instructions have come from the very top at ITV - nothing on the network is allowed to promote The Voice in any way.

"The bosses have gone ballistic that shows on our channels have been plugging a rival. ITV are doing everything they possibly can to make sure The Voice isn't the huge hit the BBC hopes for."

Another insider at the channel also alleged: "The BBC regularly bans our stars from promoting ITV shows on their channel."

Britain's Got Talent and The Voice UK launched on Saturday (March 24) to huge ratings.

The Voice UK has beaten its ITV rival in terms of online searches since its launch on Saturday.

'Got Talent' Sugar Dandies: 'Strictly should have same-sex dancers'

'Got Talent' Sugar Dandies: 'Strictly should have same-sex dancers'

Britain's Got Talent ballroom dancing duo the Sugar Dandies have called for Strictly Come Dancing to include same-sex pairings this year.

The gay couple, Soren and Bradley, were one of the most memorable acts on last weekend's Got Talent launch, when they danced to Westlife's 'You Raise Me Up'.

Speaking to Digital Spy, the pair said that they hope they can inspire the BBC to attempt same-sex pairings on their flagship reality series in the future, citing instances where it has happened elsewhere in Europe on Dancing with the Stars.

"Absolutely we think it's time that Strictly had a same-sex couple. It is something that they haven't really showcased yet," said the dancers.

"If we can even play a small part in making it possible and showing that it is possible to impress a large audience with same-sex couples that would be brilliant. They have done it on some of the other shows in Israel and Croatia, so let's just hope the BBC get on to it."

Teasing a possible semi-final routine for Britain's Got Talent, they added: "We have the technique of ballroom, but we always try to bring it some Sugar Dandies flair.

"There is more. That is one of the wonderful things about dance. There is always more."

Britain's Got Talent airs on Saturdays at 8pm on ITV1.