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Jessie J "living in fear" of stalker

Jessie J "living in fear" of stalker

Jessie J is reportedly "living in fear" after a teenage stalker claimed to have broken her own leg to look like the star.

The fan obtained The Voice UK coach's private details and sent a picture of her injured leg, stating that she purposely hurt herself so she could wear a cast like Jessie J had to last year.

Jessie J has increased security after the fan, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also sent her a series of disturbing messages, including: "I will do anything to be just like you."

"She's horrified this happened. Jessie's a really, really sensitive and kind girl who loves keeping in touch with her fans. But this incident was just too much for her and she ended up getting really frightened and upset," a source told The Sun.

"She was sad that a fan hurt herself to look like her - but she was also scared for her own safety. Now Jessie's on The Voice and getting bigger and bigger, she knows it is time to review security and the risks to her.

"She loves her fans but these things are unavoidable in this day and age. It happens to all pop stars as they become bigger. It's one of the downfalls of fame. Jessie would prefer it wasn't this way."

Jessie J revealed last year that she will always suffer from arthritis after injuring her foot in a stage fall.

'True Blood', 'House' execs' drama casts Ryann Shane, Ben Cross

'True Blood', 'House' execs' drama casts Ryann Shane, Ben Cross

Alan Ball's upcoming Cinemax drama Banshee has cast Ryann Shane and Ben Cross.

The ten-episode series is executive produced by True Blood and Six Feet Under creator Ball, alongside former House exec Greg Yaitanes.

TV Line reports that Shane (Lights Out) will play the rebellious teenage daughter to Ivana Milicevic and Rus Blackwell's characters, while Cross (Star Trek) is taking the role of ruthless Ukranian gangster Mr Rabbit.

Written by authors Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler, Banshee will follow an ex-convict called Lucas (Antony Starr) who assumes the identity of a murdered sheriff in the Pennsylvanian town of Banshee.

Several other cast members have already been announced, including Demetrius Grosse (Justified), Ulrich Thomsen (The Thing) and Matt Servitto (Harry's Law).

The show has been picked up for a full season and will begin shooting this spring, to debut on Cinemax in 2013.

James Van Der Beek talks 'Apartment 23', 'Dawson's Creek' reunion

James Van Der Beek talks 'Apartment 23', 'Dawson's Creek' reunion

James Van Der Beek has said that he relishes the "ego assassination" that comes with playing 'himself' in upcoming ABC comedy series Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23.

The Dawson's Creek star will play a heightened, womanising version of James Van Der Beek with his own clothing label, Beek Jeans.

His character is also the ex-boyfriend and best friend of the eponymous 'bitch' in Apartment 23, Chloe (Krysten Ritter).

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Van Der Beek said: "I love doing it. I love the ego assassination that comes with it. It's just so healthy and so good for me."

Asked about the possibility of a Dawson's Creek reunion, Van Der Beek replied: "I mean, if somebody came up with a brilliant idea how to do it, why not?

"I always love that Michelle [Williams] is like, 'I definitely wanna do it! I'm in!' which is so easy for her to say because her character is dead. I always smile when I see that."

Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 follows small-town girl June (Dreama Walker) who arrives in New York for the first time and moves in with Ritter's Chloe.

Dean Cain and Kevin Sorbo will also play themselves in the series, as will Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka in a guest starring role.

Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 premieres on April 11 on ABC.

'The Real World', 'The Challenge' new seasons picked up by MTV

'The Real World', 'The Challenge' new seasons picked up by MTV

MTV has renewed The Real World for a 28th season and The Challenge for a 23rd season.

After The Real World made its debut on the cable network in 1992, it was praised for bringing a spotlight to issues relevant to young adults, such as sexuality, substance abuse and AIDS.

The Real World's 27th season, The Real World: St Thomas, will air later this year, Deadline reports.

The Challenge is a competition show that was created as a spin-off from MTV's two reality series The Real World and Road Rules. It recently wrapped up its season Challenge: Battle of the Exes, which was the highest-rated cycle of the last seven seasons with an average of nearly two million viewers a week.

Last week, MTV aired its Spring Break special, with musical guests Big Sean, B.o.B, The Wanted and Young Jeezy.

The cable network also capped off the recent season of Jersey Shore earlier this month.

Philip Seymour Hoffman producing FX cop drama 'Inside'

Philip Seymour Hoffman producing FX cop drama 'Inside'

FX is developing a new Philip Seymour Hoffman-produced police drama, it has been reported.

Titled Inside, the project has been penned by screenwriter and playwright Kyle Jarrow.

The drama, set in San Francisco, will focus on a homicide detective who discovers his father is an imprisoned serial killer who claims innocence in the murder of the detective's mother.

According to Deadline, Hoffman and his partner Emily Ziff are producing the project through their company Cooper's Town Productions. The company has thus far produced Hoffman's Oscar-nominated movie Capote and the comedy drama Jack Goes Boating.

As the series is in the early stages of development, it is not yet known who will be starring.

Connie Britton, star of the first instalment of anthology series American Horror Story, is allegedly in talks to develop a new series on the FX network with The Fighter director David O. Russell.

A series based on the Coen brothers' film Fargo is also in the works.

Philip Seymour Hoffman most recently starred in Moneyball, and is currently filming the political thriller A Most Wanted Man.

Charlie Sheen: Martin Sheen Will Play My Dad on Anger Management

Charlie Sheen: Martin Sheen Will Play My Dad on Anger Management

Charlie Sheen says his father, Martin Sheen, will play his dad on the upcoming FX comedy Anger Management, according to Access Hollywood.

On Anger Management, the former Two and a Half Men star plays Charlie Goodson, an ex-baseball player-turned-therapist. Selma Blair will play Charlie's therapist and Shawnee Smith will play his ex-wife.

"As the show's developed, we're discovering who my family is as I discuss them," Sheen said. "We're going to find out this guy does have major issues with his pop and when that character does finally show up, it will be my dad."

Anger Management premieres on Thursday, June 28th at 9/8c on FX.

'Jersey Shore' Meets the South of France

'Jersey Shore' Meets the South of France

Julian Fellowes' "Titanic" miniseries and co-productions are among the topics at the annual gathering that ends April 4.

The success and influence of MTV's reality blockbuster Jersey Shore is spreading across continents and the buzz on the Cote D’Azur as the MIPTV market opens is that a major European market is rumored to be next up -- a nice fillip as Deena Nicole Cortese and Vincenzo "Vinny" Guadagnino are bringing some of the Jersey magic to France.

More countries are looking closely at the structured reality format especially after U.K.'s Geordie Shore has become a massive hit.

A sixth season of the low-cost -- critics say low-class -- Jersey Shore has been announced and MIP visitors will be given a master class on how localization can build audiences by MTV execs.

The popular format that has wowed younger audiences and also made a splash in social media has its own problems. Jersey Shore cast members have had run-ins with legal authorities and some Italian Americans dislike the caricatures on the reality series, even as some TV broadcasters are attracted to the economics of a show that builds its own talent.

Jersey Shore stars may be "high maintenance," but the structured reality phenomenon comes at a time when live TV viewing audiences are at record highs around the world, despite the proliferation of alternative home entertainment options from gaming to archive video services like Netflix.

That doesn’t mean budgets aren’t tight and production companies attending MIPTV are becoming increasingly skilled at creating partnerships to develop and fund programming ideas. The latest example is Titanic, a four-parter from the pen of Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, which premiered in the U.K. to 7 million viewers on ITV1 last week and is having an international MIPTV premiere. The screening and Fellowes' presence in Cannes will be talking points as broadcasters rethink their appetite for big dramas in the wake of Downton’s international success.

A key topic in regards to co-production is where the best place financially to make programming, based on tax breaks and IP rights regimes on offer. Sky 1’s Mad Dogs, starring U.K.'s John Simm, Max Beesley, Phil Glenister and Marc Warren, is a case in point. Made with a long list of co-producers led by Left Bank Pictures, the latest series wrapped shooting Friday in South Africa, chosen because of its tax breaks.

On the subject of money as producers prepare to travel to Cannes, the co-founder and chairman of independent U.K. production company Hartswood Films, Beryl Vertue (Men Behaving Badly: Jekyll, Sherlock), speaking at the Broadcasting Press Guild awards in London where she received a lifetime achievement award, welcomed the U.K. government’s announcement that it will offer tax breaks to high-end dramas shot in the region. Vertue said that it is important for U.K. producers to “take advantage of the tax breaks because, if we don't, the Americans will do it first."

Beyond the money to make the programs is the increasingly complex subject of how new distributors from Google TV, Netflix and YouTube, to Amazon and Internet-connected TVs, are changing the way programming is consumed and the impact this is having on how TV programming may be financed as well as the role of more traditional broadcasters and pay TV platforms.

Head of global video for Amazon Anthony Bay’s keynote about how the online retailer is “open for business” as it prepares to roll out its new Kindle Fire video-capable tablets outside the U.S. sometime soon, is attracting as much attention as the announcement that YouTube is rolling out “hundreds” of channels of programming and offering producers financial guarantees to create them. On the Croisette, the face of Sopranos star Steven Van Zandt beams down on the gathering attendees as he promotes his new Norwegian drama Lillyhammer, with lead funding by Netflix, and now on sale to international buyers.

'Gossip Girl' exec teases love triangle resolution, "exciting" finale

'Gossip Girl' exec teases love triangle resolution, "exciting" finale

Gossip Girl showrunner Josh Safran has revealed that the Blair/Dan/Chuck love triangle "comes to the end point" in a "really exciting" season finale.

Safran explained that Blair (Leighton Meester) and Dan (Penn Badgley) will have an "uneasy" relationship in the CW show's remaining episodes, while Serena (Blake Lively) is set to face a "very huge turning point" after their romance goes public.

"Dan knows just how big of a presence Chuck (Ed Westwick) has been in Blair's life," he told TV Line. "The harder she works at putting Dan at ease about that the more uneasy he feels.

"And, obviously, their relationship is hard for everybody around them because Serena was and maybe still is in love with Dan. And Chuck has his issues that he's dealing with. And whenever Chuck is dealing with issues, Blair often wants to help.

"That triangle definitely comes to the end point. But the episode revolves around Serena quite heavily. It's a very huge turning point for Serena - probably the biggest one she's had since season one... it ends with many cliffhangers. We always try to make our finales really exciting and juicy and fun. But in this one, it's like a bomb gets detonated and levels everything."

However, Safran declined to confirm whether the identity of Gossip Girl will be revealed at the end of the season.

"This storyline is something we did not tread lightly about," he hinted. "We knew if we were going to open this door we had to see it through. And we will be seeing it through."

Safran recently declared that "Chuck and Blair are never over" and said that Dan may be a mere "thorn in the side".

Spartacus Vengeance Finale: Things That Made Us Go "Ew!" and the Shocking Death!

Spartacus Vengeance Finale: Things That Made Us Go "Ew!" and the Shocking Death!

Forget Ilithyia and Glaber. In Friday's bloody Spartacus: Vengeance finale, we met the biggest monster of them all: Lucretia. The bloodthirsty Roman went off the deep end in more ways than one, and only an oracle of the gods could have foreseen her insane actions.

But more on that later.

By comparison, the rest of the violence in the episode seemed downright rational. The early loss of Mira provided the necessary fire under Spartacus' gladiator-toned butt to start getting his crew off the mountain, but not before Naevia finally paid back Ashur in blood for his betrayal that sent her from the House of Batiatus. His number was up anyway, since Ilithyia had framed him with Seppius' death-bringing cuff, earning Glaber's displeasure. In the finale's climactic battle, lives were lost on both the Roman and fugitives' side, but most importantly, Spartacus had the pleasure of sending Glaber off to the afterlife.

This brings us back to Lucretia, who went on a killing spree and then took Ilithyia's newborn baby so she and "her" child (provided by the gods, natch) could... topple off a cliff together, joining her dear-departed Quintus in the afterlife!

Yup, Lucretia is no more.

Bring on the nunchakus and Bruce Lee! The stars of Spartacus pick their weapons and wingmen

When you recover from the shock, let's move on to the blood! Here's a breakdown of the finale's most heinous "Ew!"-inducing highlights:

1. Yes, war is brutal, but we were still freaked out when Mira was felled by an ax in her neck and chest, causing gallons of dark blood to gush out. At least it was a quick death, but we wish it were a more elegant one, considering the thankless job she had of loving the emotionally unavailable Spartacus.

2. Lucretia's stabbing frenzy of the slave Amara. Isn't one clean cut enough? This isn't a frozen dinner; the steam does not need to vent!

3. Avenging Oenomaus' death, Gannicus takes his own Flying Squirrel Monkey leap at the Egyptian and takes out a wedge-shaped chunk from his head. Pie, anyone?

4. Even though Lucretia's attack on Ilithyia takes place off-screen, just the implication -- that she' using a freshly-blooded knife to give her pal an impromptu Caesarean -- is enough to give us the willies. Later, when Ilithyia drags herself across the dirt, we couldn't help but wonder what state her womb was in. (Idaho, perhaps?)

5. "It's no easy task to cleave a man's head from his shoulders in a single blow," Naevia told Crixus. No joke! Naevia was hacking away at Ashur's neck as if she were a lumberjack wielding a butterknife. With each increasing amount of daylight peeking through the gaps between head and body, we hoped that last bit of flesh would give so the head would just fall off already.

6. There's an art to sword-swallowing, and Glaber sure hasn't perfected the skill... and he never will! After exchanging a few choice words (Freedom! Rome!) with the praetor, Spartacus lovingly propped up Glaber's chin with his sword hilt and then proceeded to feed him three feet of already bloodied metal, "spitting" him on the sword. Thanks, we'll pass on this BBQ.

'The Killing' murder reveal explained: 'Fans should enjoy the ride'

'The Killing' murder reveal explained: 'Fans should enjoy the ride'

AMC has explained the decision to reveal when in season two of The Killing the murder of Rosie Larsen will be solved.

Responding to fan backlash over the failure to expose the culprit in its first edition, showrunner Veena Sud announced in January that the mystery will be resolved in the show's second season finale.

Speaking to TV Guide, AMC exec Joel Stillerman admitted the decision was made after they "underestimated the hunger for closure" among The Killing fans in season one.

"When the series was launching, we made a very conscious decision not to tell people when the mystery was going to resolve because that just seemed counterintuitive," he said.

"I think if people had known, I'm not sure how they would have responded to the series in the first place. We underestimated the hunger for closure on that show, and the combination of how we chose to tell the story and how we chose to market it... The first thing we did was say, 'Here's when you're going to find out. Hopefully that won't impact your ability to enjoy the show'."

Stillerman brushed off suggestions that the spoiler has removed the element of surprise from The Killing, predicting that viewers will still "enjoy the ride".

"If people had said, 'You're going to find out what happened to Lisbeth Salander at the end of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo', would you not read the book?" he asked.

"This has always been a show that's been aimed at the people that really like the crime drama genre and for them, we tried something different. I hope they'll be back and I hope they'll enjoy the ride."

TV Tonight 1st of April 2012

TV Tonight 1st of April 2012

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

    60 Minutes (US) S44E27: "Season 44, Episode 27"
    Aida (PL) S01E05: "Season 1, Episode 5"
    Alaska y Mario S02E03: "Season 2, Episode 3"
    American Dad! S07E16: "The Kidney Stays In The Picture"
    Antiques Roadshow S34E22: "Wimbledon (1)"
    Army Wives S06E06: "Viral"
    Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes S02E01
    AX Men S05E12: "Burning the Bear"
    Behzat Ç. S02E20: "Başım Belada"
    Big Brother Sverige S08E37: "Del 37 (Veckofinal)"
    Big Rich Texas S02E07: "Siblings With Benefits"
    Bob's Burgers S02E04: "Burgerboss"
    Breakout Kings S02E05: "Self Help"
    Californication S05E12: "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be"
    Canada's Got Talent S01E10: "TBA"
    Canada's Got Talent S01E09: "TBA"
    Coming Home (US) S02E04: "TBA"
    Country Tracks S03E36: "Episode 112"
    Cupcake Wars S05E04: "Funny Or Die"
    Dateline NBC S21E35: "SU2128"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E199: "Episode 1879"
    Descending S01E07: "The Big Six"
    Desperate Housewives S08E19: "With So Little to Be Sure Of"
    Family Guy S10E18: "You Can’t Do That On Television, Peter"
    Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. S01E03
    Full Metal Jousting S01E08: "Go to War"
    Game of Thrones S02E01: "The North Remembers"
    GCB S01E05: "Forbidden Fruit"
    House of Lies S01E12: "The Mayan Apocalypse"
    Hunter X Hunter Remake S01E25: "Can`t See x If x You`re a Blind!"
    Hvem kan slå Aamodt og Kjus? S02E05
    Ice Loves Coco S02E06: "Baby Got Guest Star"
    Jerseylicious S04E07: "Who's Knocked Up"
    Kidou Senshi Gundam Age S01E25: "The Dreaded Mu-szell"
    Kontoret S01E08: "Säsongsavslutning"
    Loiter Squad S01E02: "Episode 2"
    Long Island Medium S02E04: "Poor Petey"
    Long Island Medium S02E03: "Losing It"
    Lost Girl S02E22: "Flesh and Blood"
    Mad Men S05E03: "Tea Leaves"
    Masterpiece S42E08: "Great Expectations: (Episode 1)"
    Mirai Nikki S01E24: "Episode 24"
    Mob Wives S02E12: "The Ultimate Betrayal"
    Moretsu Uchuu Kaizoku S01E13: "Episode 13"
    My Fair Wedding S05E18: "Paint The Wedding Red Bride"
    My First Place S21E15: "Right Price, But at What Cost?"
    MythBusters S10E02: "Fire vs Ice"
    Nightmare Next Door S02E10: "TBA"
    Once Upon a Time S01E18: "The Stable Boy"
    One Piece (JP) S06E25: "Episode 25"
    Oprah's Next Chapter S01E14: "India"
    River Monsters S04E01: "American Killers"
    Robot Chicken S06E01: "TBA"
    Shahs of Sunset S01E04: "Waiting for MJ"
    Shameless (US) S02E12: "Fiona Interrupted"
    Silent Witness S15E01: "Death Has No Dominion (1)"
    Tangle S03E02: "Season 3, Episode 2"
    The Apprentice (US) S12E07: "Walking Papers, Parts 1 and 2"
    The Cleveland Show S03E16: "Frapp Attack"
    The Killing S02E02: "My Lucky Day"
    The Killing S02E01: "Reflections"
    Time Team S19E11: "Castle Hill"
    Titanic (2012) S01E02: "Episode 2"
    Tomtesterom S03E07: "Schansspringen"
    Top Gear S18E10: "Compilation - 3"
    Toriko S02E01: "Episode 1"
    Ultimate Dance Battle, The S02E05: "Dance Camp 3"
    Ultimate Spider-man S01E02: "Great Responsibility"
    Ultimate Spider-man S01E01: "Great Power"
    Unchained Reaction S01E03: "Take Flight"
    Unique Eats S04E13: "TBA"
    Unusual Suspects S03E05: "TBA"
    Watch What Happens: Live S06E54
    Wild Justice S02E05: "Operation Impostor"
    Witse S09E13: "Zinloos"
    Worst Cooks in America S03E08
    WWE Pay-Per-View S28E03: "WrestleMania XXVIII"

Keith Olbermann planned to quit Current TV?

Keith Olbermann planned to quit Current TV?

Keith Olbermann may have already been planning to quit Current TV, it has been reported.

The political commentator has been released from a five-year contract with Current TV, with his show Countdown with Keith Olbermann to be replaced by a new programme featuring former New York governor Elliott Spitzer.

Olbermann was also fired last year by MSNBC, where his Countdown programme launched, due to tensions between him and the network.

TMZ reports that Olbermann had been ready to leave the network before the recent axe, as he had come to blows with execs over what he believed were bad production values and constant technical difficulties. Sources also say that Olbermann described the Current TV network as a disorganized, "ragtag operation".

Olbermann has also revealed that he had ongoing issues with Current TV creators Al Gore and Joel Hyatt for more than a year prior to his firing, adding in a statement: "It goes almost without saying that the claims against me implied in Current's statement are untrue and will be proved so in the legal actions I will be filing against them presently."

The 53-year-old anchor is due to make his first television appearance since the announcement on Late Night with David Letterman this Tuesday (April 3) on CBS.

Chevy Chase 'in feud with Community writer Dan Harmon'

Chevy Chase 'in feud with Community writer Dan Harmon'

Chevy Chase and the creator of NBC comedy Community are reportedly in the midst of a bitter feud.

Chase plays Pierce Hawthorn on the comedy, a crass billionaire and member of the Greendale Community College study group which is made up of stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie and Donald Glover.

Deadline reports that Chase and Community showrunner Dan Harmon have been feuding since Chase stormed off the set of the show on the last day of filming, failing to film a scene that was to conclude the season finale.

At the series wrap party, Harmon allegedly gave an explicit speech in which he encouraged the crew to join him in saying "Fuck you, Chevy", in front of Chase's wife and child.

Chase then left an angry voice message for Harmon which Deadline has provided here (Warning: bad language).

Sources say that the veteran comedy actor has gotten into arguments with Community's executive producers Anthony and Joe Russo many times, and that he has stormed off the set of the show on several occasions.

Community, which has just returned after a long hiatus from NBC, has been in danger of cancellation in the past due to slumping ratings.

Fan campaigns to keep the show on the air as well as better numbers have made executives more confident in the possibility of a fourth season.

It is unclear what this current feud between Chase and Harmon means for the future of the series and its current lineup.

'Game of Thrones' Kit Harington: 'Sex is important to the show'

'Game of Thrones' Kit Harington: 'Sex is important to the show'

Game of Thrones star Kit Harington has claimed that sex is "very important" to the show.

The actor, who plays Jon Snow, hinted that the forthcoming second season would be even more explicit than the first.

"The second season doesn't hold back in that area," he told Vulture. "We go even further in our explicitness, because sex is being used as a weapon. It's such an important part of the series."

Downton Abbey actress Rose Leslie will appear in the new episodes as Ygritte, a wildling woman who has a "tempestuous" relationship with Snow.

"All I can say is there is a girl," he explained. "Whether they fall in love, I can't say. I wouldn't call it love.

"But I can say that Rose can really take the p*ss out of you. We got into some healthy scraps."

New Game of Thrones cast addition Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth) recently admitted to Digital Spy that the sex scenes on the show are "extraordinary".

"You couldn't do it on network," he said. "[But] it reflects the spirit of the books."

Game of Thrones returns to HBO in the US on April 1 and to Sky Atlantic in the UK on April 2.

Friday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Slips Past ABC in Viewers, Demos

Friday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Slips Past ABC in Viewers, Demos

CBS (9.38 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) edged out the competition on Friday thanks to a new "Undercover Boss" (8.10 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), the return of "CSI: NY" (9.44 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and a new "Blue Bloods" (10.60 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3).

ABC (5.58 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a close second place with a repeat of "Shark Tank" (4.80 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) followed by new episodes of "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (5.02 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and "20/20" (6.92 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) - a season high.

Next up was FOX (3.00 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with the season finale of "Kitchen Nightmares" (2.90 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) alongside a new "Fringe" (3.11 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.61 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up originals of "Who Do You Think You Are?" (5.08 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11), "Grimm" (4.16 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (4.58 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

And finally on The CW (1.52 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5), new episodes of "Nikita" (1.32 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "Supernatural" (1.72 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) closed out the evening.

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 4.0/9; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.4/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market household) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-4) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2 with an encore).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 with an encore in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

CBS (9.13 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) won the tight demo race on Friday with the premiere of "Chaos" (6.43 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8) followed by the post-NCAA returns of "CSI: NY" (10.26 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) and "Blue Bloods" (10.69 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1). Said launch was down more than 26% from the season finale of previous time period holder "The Defenders" (9.03 million viewers; adults 18-49: 1.5 on 3/11/11).

ABC (5.34 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then took home a competitive second place with a new "Shark Tank" (4.80 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) followed by a special two-hour "20/20" (5.61 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3).

Next up was NBC (5.98 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with new episodes of "Who Do You Think You Are?" (6.01 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "Dateline NBC" (5.96 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.41 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up repeats of "Kitchen Nightmares" (2.85 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "Fringe" (1.97 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

And finally, The CW (1.26 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) did the same with "Smallville" (1.23 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "Supernatural" (1.28 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): 20/20 (8.90%), Who Do You Think You Are? (0.00%), Shark Tank (0.00%), Blue Bloods (-10.50% vs. 3/11/11), CSI: NY (-15.00% vs. 3/11/11), Dateline NBC (-29.20%).

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.1/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.0/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/2 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).

Sara Rue joins Jimmy Fallon pilot 'Guys with Kids'

Sara Rue joins Jimmy Fallon pilot 'Guys with Kids'

Sara Rue has signed on to guest star in NBC's Jimmy Fallon comedy pilot.

The show, titled Guys With Kids, centers on three immature fathers played by Jesse Bradford, Zach Cregger and Anthony Anderson.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rue replaces the previously-cast Courtney Henggeler as an ex-wife of Bradford's character named Sheila. The character is described as a controlling divorce attorney who has shared custody of the former couple's 9-month-old baby.

Tempestt Bledsoe and Jamie-Lynn Sigler have also been cast in the Fallon-produced comedy.

The pilot is apparently in second position to the ABC comedy pilot Malibu Country, for which Rue has also signed on for a role.

Rue will star opposite Reba McEntire, who will play a Nashville woman who moves to Malibu with her rock star husband and three kids.

The 33-year-old actress currently stars as Brenda on the comedy series Rules of Engagement.

'Britain's Got Talent' winner Jai McDowall dropped from Sony

'Britain's Got Talent' winner Jai McDowall dropped from Sony

Britain's Got Talent winner Jai McDowall has been dropped by his record label.

The singer, who won the show last year, signed a joint deal with Syco and Sony back in August 2011 and reached number 54 on the UK album chart with his debut record Believe.

However, McDowall, who met Simon Cowell just once following his victory, was recently informed via his management that Sony would not be renewing his one-album deal.

"I don't think I got as much support as I was hoping to get. When you're on a show like Britain's Got Talent, it's one of the biggest shows in the country at the time. But it got to the stage where I started thinking, 'What went wrong?', especially when you see all these other stars coming out of reality shows," he told the Daily Mail.

"[Believe] came out around the same time as The X Factor was reaching its climax and you had big name stars like Michael Buble bringing out their Christmas albums. I didn't really ask for more support from Sony and Simon Cowell, and I kind of feel like I should have said something.

"I was just going along with it, because I didn't really know what I was doing. I did what I was told. I feel I could have pushed them a bit more, but I think they could have worked a bit harder with the promotion."

McDowall used some of his £100,000 winnings to buy his £52,000 three-bedroom house outright.

He added: "My advice to anyone on the show is try and enjoy it, because I was a nervous wreck. Take it in your stride, because at the end of the day the music business is ruthless. If it's not what you expect, you should be grateful for whatever you do get.

"Things were much better than they were if you'd asked me a year before Britain's Got Talent. You've got to be grateful for what you've got because sometimes life doesn't always work out the way you expect."

A Sony spokesman confirmed the news, adding that the label wishes him well in his future career.

Cowell revealed in January that he was "disappointed" with McDowall, claiming that he wasn't a "genuine star".

'Apprentice' Nick Hewer: "I might have Botox"

'Apprentice' Nick Hewer: "I might have Botox"

The Apprentice star Nick Hewer has joked that he'll have Botox to control his famed facial expressions.

Lord Sugar's sidekick is often seen raising his eyebrows at the contestants' questionable decisions.

"I don't realise when I'm doing the frown. I've got a very mobile face and I think the cameramen pick up on it. I'm thinking I might have Botox to make it impossible to raise my eyebrows," he told The Sun.

"It's not like I practise it in the mirror. No one makes me raise my eyebrows on cue. I am what I am. Nobody would have the nerve to ask me to do something to suit the cameras and there are no retakes."

Lord Sugar apparently had the bags around his eyes removed.

Speaking of the firing process onThe Apprentice, Hewer added: "If anyone dared to tell Alan who to fire, he'd hit the roof. We never know who he is going to fire right up until the very moment he does it."

Maria O'Connor was fired on Wednesday after being branded a "very noisy young woman" by Hewer.

'The Voice' UK winner to work with Guy Chambers?

'The Voice' UK winner to work with Guy Chambers?

Guy Chambers reportedly wants to work with the eventual winner of The Voice UK.

The songwriter is apparently so impressed with the new BBC show that he reached out to producers to get involved.

He has previously worked with the likes of Kylie Minogue, Will Young and, most notably, Robbie Williams.

"Guy is impressed with the show. It is a long way down the line yet but he likes what he sees and would be up for having some kind of role with the winner," a source told The Sun.

The winner of The Voice UK, which features coaches Sir Tom Jones,, Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue, will be announced in June. They will be awarded a record deal with Universal.

Chambers most recently worked with Katy B on material for her new album.

'BGT' auditionee in trouble over role in rival show 'The Voice'

'BGT' auditionee in trouble over role in rival show 'The Voice'

Britain's Got Talent hopeful Ryan O'Shaughnessy is in trouble following revelations that he featured on rival show The Voice of Ireland.

The 19-year old singer impressed judges with his performance of 'No Name' this evening (March 31), but angered Voice producers who were unaware that he had signed up for Britain's Got Talent, The Irish Sun reports.

Fortunately for O'Shaughnessy, he was kicked out of The Voice of Ireland on his first night.

Larry Bass, CEO of production company Shinawil which produces The Voice Of Ireland, said: "We weren't aware of anything about Britain's Got Talent until the day of the first live shows.

"I'm sure that they must have been just as p*ssed off as us when they found out about it.

"Ryan had signed our contract first and we told him he was obliged to sing with us, even though he had progressed in Britain's Got Talent."

Bass continued: "[The Voice of Ireland coach] Brian [Kennedy] knew nothing about anything that was going on with BGT and, if he had chosen to keep Ryan in, he would've had to continue with us or face legal consequences."

Prior to his talent search auditions, O'Shaughnessy acted in Irish soap Fair City.

Hugh Bonneville comedy 'Twenty Twelve' attracts nearly 1m to BBC Two

Hugh Bonneville comedy 'Twenty Twelve' attracts nearly 1m to BBC Two

Olympics comedy Twenty Twelve returned for its second series with nearly a million viewers last night (March 30).

Starring Hugh Bonneville as the London Games' hapless boss Ian Fletcher, the mockumentary made its terrestrial debut with 974k (5.2%), having aired on BBC Four last March.

The British Comedy Award-winning show, despite achieving its best audience to date, was quite a way short of what BBC Two normally averages in the half-hour between 10pm and 10.30pm.

However, a lead-in of just 623k (2.9%) from 9pm's Reverse Missionaries did not help. In contrast, Mastermind (1.96m/9%) and Gardeners' World continued to flourish in the 8pm hour.

Elsewhere on Friday night, Benidorm's ratings rebounded to 5.58m (25.6%) at 9pm, adding 310k (1.8%) on ITV1 +1, its slightly lacklustre performance last week having been a result of facing Sport Relief.

BBC One was second in the hour with 3.94m (18.1%), as the channel reverted to its New Tricks repeats formula, prior to which Len Goodman's Titanic documentary set sail with 2.98m (13.1%) against Coronation Street.

Meanwhile, ITV's Poms in Paradise performed slightly worse against EastEnders with 2.78m (12.1%) at 8pm (+1: 166k/0.8%).

The Million Pound Drop Live anchored Channel 4's schedule with 1.57m (7.6%) from 9pm (+1: 167k/1.1%). Rude Tube followed with a commendable 1.04m (8.1%) at 10.30pm (+1: 167k/1.1%).

Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers secured 1.28m (5.7%) for Channel 5 at 8pm, then 1.42m (6.5%) watched The Mentalist.

Overall, ITV1 clawed back its primetime lead with 24.4% (+1: 0.8%) against BBC One's 19.9%. BBC Two claimed third place with 6%, ahead of Channel 4's 5.5% (+1: 0.7%) and Channel 5's 4.8% (+1: 0.2%).