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'Game of Thrones' Recap: Throwing the Babies Out With the Bathwater

'Game of Thrones' Recap: Throwing the Babies Out With the Bathwater

HBO's fantasy hit returns for Season 2 with dragons, wolves, war and a boiling tension between the series' growing number of players.

Winter is still making its way to Westeros in the premiere of Game of Thrones' second season. And while the war sparked by King Robert Baratheon's death and Ned Stark's beheading is in full swing, viewers reentry into the world of the HBO series saved much of the action for the rather shocking end.

Sure, there were dragons and dire wolves -- but there was also a small-scale genocide of the late Robert's apparently numerous bastard children.

To best catch up with the events that led to the massacre, here's what happened, house by house:

The Night's Watch
Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and the rest of the Night's Watch head further past the Wall where they set up camp with a rather inhospitable host. Craster (Robert Pugh) keeps his daughters as wives and, for some reason, has managed to not join the other wildling disappearances. During an awkward meeting, Jon questions Craster's definition of the "real" north. The perceived insolence prompts a talking-to from Commander Mormont (James Cosmo) and a raised eyebrow the Northerner who warns Snow to not so much as look at one of his women.

House Targaryen
Dragons aren't good for much when you're wandering around the desert without a drop to drink or a clue what to do with them. Daenerys' (Emilia Clarke) huge power play during the Season 1 finale left her with an advantage she's clearly a long way from being able to use. She's stuck in the Red Waste with a dwindling number of followers, but she's still very good at rousing speeches. She sends her last three horsemen, including the doting Rakharo (Elyes Gabel), off in different directions to look for salvation.

House Baratheon
All of Westeros got the memo about King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) not technically being a Baratheon, and that means the major forces in that family are Renly (Gethin Anthony) and Stannis (Stephen Dillane) -- both of whom are making a claim for the throne. Renly remains off camera with his self-given title of "King" and 100,000 soldiers. Stannis' troops seem less formidable, but he does have a sorceress. Melisandre (Carice van Houten) makes her big entrance at a good, old-fashioned idol burning and then manages to gulp down a poisoned glass of wine without suffering the same bloody demise as her conspiring drinking buddy. That has to count for something.

House Stark
The Starks remain a house divided, if only by space. While Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) has wolf dreams and oversees the bureaucracy at Winterfell, Robb (Richard Madden) continues to wear his father's shoes as leader of the Northern army. He's notched three victories against the Lannisters. His mother (Michelle Fairley) questions his proposed treaty and attempts to get his sisters Arya (Maisie Williams) and Sansa (Sophie Turner) back from their enemies, but he reassures her and sends her off to make an alliance with Renly. Arya, posing as a boy on the way to the Wall, gets nearly no screen time, but she's better off than Sansa who's still stuck playing an reluctant game of house with Joffrey.

House Greyjoy
Not much on the Greyjoy front, but expect more now that Theon (Alfie Allen) is leaving his adopted home with the Starks to seek out his long lost Lord father to find more allies for Robb.

House Lannister
Tyrion's (Peter Dinklage) return to King's Landing is only a welcome one for the viewers as he fulfills his father's request to be the temporary hand of the king. Cersei (Lena Headey) doesn't handle the news well, causing her to unspool just enough to threaten to kill Baelish (Aidan Gillen) and slap Joffrey across the face not 10 feet away from his own throne. He was just curious about how many children his father had with other women.

And that readily available list brings us to the outbreak of infanticide. Though it's not yet clear who made the order, Cersei or Joffrey, someone demanded all of Robert's illegitimate children be dispatched -- and that includes stabbed babies, drowned adolescents and grown men getting swords through their middles. Robert got around.

One son that managed to slip away from all the carnage, however, is Gendry (Joe Dempsie). The unknowing heir to the throne is on the back of a donkey cart with Arya, heading up the King's Road towards the Wall.

Jason Isaacs, Paddy McGuinness, John Bishop for Soccer Aid 2012

Jason Isaacs, Paddy McGuinness, John Bishop for Soccer Aid 2012

Jason Isaacs and comedian John Bishop are the latest stars to have signed up for this year's Soccer Aid.

Take Me Out presenter Paddy McGuinness will also take to the field as part of Robbie Williams's England lineup.

Awake actor Isaacs spoke of his excitement and nervousness ahead of the game in May.

"Having spent most of my youth watching games from the substitute's bench, it's a surreal nightmare to imagine playing alongside some of the world's greatest footballers," said Isaacs.

"However it's such a privilege to be asked to help UNICEF in any way, that my best hope is to take a couple of them out of the game before I'm stretchered off myself. It's for a great cause so how wrong can that be?!"

Soccer Aid 2012 will bring together a host of celebrities and past footballers for a match at Old Trafford on May 27, with Williams and Michael Sheen captaining England and Rest of the World sides, respectively.

Gerard Butler, Will Ferrell and Mike Myers are some of the Hollywood names who will play part of the match, while Edwin Van der Sar, Ruud van Nistelrooy, David Seaman and Teddy Sheringham will be among the legendary footballers.

Olly Murs confirmed his return to the charity event last month after he played the game in 2010.

'Sinbad' to premiere on Sky1 in July

'Sinbad' to premiere on Sky1 in July

Sky1's new fantasy drama Sinbad will premiere in July.

The 12-part series, which was first announced in August 2010, will star newcomer Elliot Knight in the title role.

Naveen Andrews (Lost), Orla Brady (Fringe), Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) and Timothy Spall (Harry Potter) are also among the cast.

"I was thrilled when I heard I'd got the role of Sinbad," said Knight. "This is exactly what I have wanted to do since I was big enough to run around the garden waving a toy sword!

"Sinbad is a great character for any actor to be able to play: impulsive, adventurous, passionate, loyal and brave - a true hero. His story is packed with action, adventure and fantasy and I am looking forward to the exciting challenge of bringing him to life for a new generation."

Sinbad will follow the legendary sailor as he embarks on an epic quest to rid himself of the curse placed on him by his own grandmother (Dame Janet Suzman), and embrace his destiny.

'Family Guy' viewers to choose all-time best episodes

'Family Guy' viewers to choose all-time best episodes

BBC Three viewers have been given the chance to vote for their favourite Family Guy episodes.

From today, fans can vote on the BBC website to determine 25 of the 'Best Freakin' Episodes of All Time'.

Then a countdown of the top ten episodes will be shown over one 'Viewers' Choice Weekend', to be aired in May on the digital channel.

The Seth MacFarlane US comedy has found a devoted following in Britain, as it regularly continues to bring in audiences of over 1 million.

Following the lives of the dysfunctional Griffin family, the animated sitcom - loved for its black humour and cutaway gags - is into its tenth season on American network Fox.

Lenny Henry: 'Shakespeare is like hip-hop'

Lenny Henry: 'Shakespeare is like hip-hop'

Lenny Henry has compared the works of William Shakespeare to modern hip-hop.

The comedian will explore the bard's work in school productions in his upcoming ITV1 documentary Finding Shakespeare.

Henry explained that he found Shakespeare "dull" when he studied him at school, and he hoped to improve today's schoolchildren's perception of the author.

He told Daybreak: "It's about my first antipathy towards Shakespeare, I hated Romeo and Juliet at school, it sounded dull when we read it out.

"I thought wouldn't it be great if we could encounter Shakespeare in a different way when we were young?"

Henry collaborates with MOBO-winning rapper Akala for the project to bring in elements of hip-hop to modernise Shakespeare plays.

"We get in a MOBO-winning DJ in to help the kids. Shakespeare is very similar to hip-hop, it's pretty funky when we do it."

He added: "It takes me all over the country talking about the way in which Shakespeare is important to the country. If you can pass things on to kids and they can get it then that's the best thing."

Lenny Henry received high acclaim for his performance in Othello in the West End in 2009.

He had previously said of the documentary: "People misunderstand both Shakespeare and hip-hop. And misunderstanding these human stories or these vehicles for human stories, they're missing out on, I suppose, self-expression.

"The moment it's kind of humanised, we find there's a certain confidence, like, 'If I can get Shakespeare, and I'm told he's the most unattainable guy in the world, then I can get anything'."

Gemma McCluskie death: Second man arrested

Gemma McCluskie death: Second man arrested

A second man has been arrested in connection with the death of Gemma McCluskie.

The 35-year-old was arrested on Friday (March 30). He was released on bail yesterday until a date in May, the BBC reports.

The torso of the former EastEnders actress was discovered in Regent's Canal, near Broadway Market, east London, on March 6.

Her brother Tony was charged with her murder on March 10 following his arrest.

More body parts belonging to Gemma, who played Kerry Skinner in the BBC One soap, have subsequently been found in the canal.

Former co-stars including Dean Gaffney, Brooke Kinsella and Joe Swash have all paid tribute to Gemma since her death.

Barbara Hershey: 'Once Upon a Time character is deliciously evil'

Barbara Hershey: 'Once Upon a Time character is deliciously evil'

Barbara Hershey has promised that her character in Once Upon a Time is different from the mother in Black Swan.

The actress, who starred in the Oscar-winning film, will appear in Sunday (April 1) night's episode of the ABC series, playing the mother of the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla).

"I guess the only comparison is that they're both mothers and both love their daughters in their strange ways," Hershey told Entertainment Weekly.

"But the character in Black Swan was really mentally ill, I think," she continued. "And this one is just deliciously evil. It's a fairytale; it's very different."

She went on to speak about her character's relationship with the Evil Queen, insisting it is similar to any other mother-daughter relationship.

"What's interesting to me is that it's like any mother-daughter relationship that's conflictual," Hershey said. "The mother wants something the daughter doesn't want."

Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8pm on ABC.

Mel B's 'DWTS' co-host Daniel MacPherson: 'I preferred Sporty Spice'

Mel B's 'DWTS' co-host Daniel MacPherson: 'I preferred Sporty Spice'

Mel B's Dancing with the Stars co-host Daniel MacPherson has revealed that he used to prefer Sporty Spice to her alter ego Scary.

The former Neighbours actor, who will host the show with Sonia Kruger's replacement Mel B when it returns next month, joked that he used to be more of a "fan" of her bandmates Melanie Chisholm and Emma Bunton.

MacPherson said to The Daily Telegraph: "Mate, obviously I was a fan of Sporty Spice. Either her or Baby. I met Mel for the first time last week and I honestly can't wait to start working on the new series with her.

"Obviously Son [Kruger] is a big loss, but Mel has her own spunk, fire and her own cheek; she's going to be just as much of a handful as Son was."

MacPherson said of this year's Dancing with the Stars contestants: "[Kerri-Anne Kennerley] is here to have fun and I think people will respond. I also think [ironman] Caine Eckstein is a bit of a dark horse.

"The guy's got muscles on his muscles but he's also humble, down-to-earth, just a good Aussie bloke and I think he'll get support from both guys and girls."

MacPherson said that he hoped his girlfriend and former Wild Boys co-star Zoe Ventoura will come and watch Dancing with the Stars, but admitted that he wasn't sure if she will make it to the series premiere because it clashes with the Logie Awards.

He said: "I honestly don't know whether she'll go and represent Wild Boys or whether she'll come and see me do my stuff. We'll see, hey?"

TV Trailers: HBO’s ‘Newsroom’, ‘True Blood’

TV Trailers: HBO’s ‘Newsroom’, ‘True Blood’

HBO has received first trailers for Aaron Sorkin’s new drama series The Newsroom and for the upcoming fifth season of Alan Ball’s True Blood.

The Newsroom stars Jeff Daniels as the anchor of a primetime program on a cable news network whom the trailer portrays as outspoken, controversial and volatile. Great timing on the heels of the public firing by Current TV of Keith Olbermann who reportedly was one of the anchors Sorkin shadowed in his research for the show. The trailer also gives a glimpse at Newsroom‘s supporting cast, Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill, John Gallagher Jr, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel and Thomas Sadoski, as well as Sam Waterston as the network’s president and Jane Fonda in the guest-starring role of the CEO of the network’s parent company.

As for True Blood, this is a first look at what will be the last season of the vampire drama shepherded by its creator Ball who is stepping down as showrunner.

'Packed to the Rafters' boss denies Gibney, Thomson quitting show

'Packed to the Rafters' boss denies Gibney, Thomson quitting show

Packed to the Rafters chief executive Tim Worner has hit back at rumours that his two lead stars have quit the show.

Rebecca Gibney and Erik Thomson, who play Julie and Dave Rafter in the Seven Network family drama, are rumoured to have asked to leave the series at the end of this season.

Worner told The Daily Telegraph that the network plans to follow Julie and Dave for years to come, saying: "The latest planning discussions we've had are for late 2013 and early 2014 and the storylines are very strong with Dave and Julie Rafter right in the middle of them.

"Time is our friend when it comes to sifting through the ideas we have in front of us.

"Of all those ideas, and there are a lot of them, the notion of wrapping [Rafters] up and putting a nice bow on it would be at the bottom of the list."

Angus McLaren, who plays Nathan Rafter in Packed to the Rafters, was recently rumoured to have taken "extended leave" from the show in order to concentrate on his music career.

Jessica Marais, who used to portray his on-screen sister Rachel, left the series last year.

A number of new cast members have made their debuts on Packed to the Rafters in recent weeks, such as former Neighbours star Brooke Satchwell, Jacob Allen, Samantha Tolj and Cameron Daddo.

Jason Akermanis axed from 'Celebrity Apprentice' Australia?

Jason Akermanis axed from 'Celebrity Apprentice' Australia?

Jason Akermanis is believed to have been axed from Celebrity Apprentice.

The Australian Football League player, who was thought to have been taking part in the reality TV show alongside stars such as David Hasselhoff and Patti Newton, may have been cut from footage after his recent slurs against late sports star Jim Stynes.

According to The Daily Telegraph, a "sneak peak" promo clip of Celebrity Apprentice has been revealed which does not appear to feature Akermanis at all.

After allegedly being eliminated from the series in February, messages appeared on Ackermanis's Twitter account directed at Celebrity Apprentice boss Mark Bouris and fellow contestants Nathan Joliffe and Lauryn Eagle.

The message for Bouris said: "@markbouris I have a long memory mate. I hope I see you real soon," while the message directed at Joliffe and Eagle read: "I have a long memory! I don't forget easily. Good luck you will need it."

Akermanis also wrote on the social networking site that he "can't say either way for who won or lost" the programme, but promised "a cracking show".

Stynes passed away last month after a long battle with cancer. Akermanis caused controversy when he referred to Stynes as a "nasty" person, but he later said that he "apologise[s] wholeheartedly" for his "inappropriate words" and insisted that he only meant that Stynes was brutal on the pitch.

'The Biggest Loser' eliminates another contestant

'The Biggest Loser' eliminates another contestant

The tourism manager from Tasmania, who lost 38.6kg during her time on the Australian weight loss reality TV show, was eliminated from the competition after falling below the yellow line alongside Michelle Cortesao.

Hantke gained 400g and lost immunity after eating eight cupcakes during a temptation challenge. She was also unable to train for 24 hours after suffering a knee injury.

Despite being eliminated, the 34-year-old was asked to join trainer Shannan Ponton's secret group of eliminated contestants, which currently features old competitors such as Selena Brown, Luke Stephens and Lisa Ritherdon. As part of this team, Hantke could win the right to return into the game.

She said: "Tonight was elimination day for me, but much to my surprise I walked out and there was Shannan waiting to greet me. He let me know that we were going to a secret location and he had some amazing news for me.

"Before I knew it, I was with the other eliminated contestants who had formed a team, and apparently we're going to have a chance to maybe get a pass back in this competition. It's been an astonishing day."

The Biggest Loser airs on Sundays at 6.30pm and Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm on Channel Ten.

Billy Campbell on 'The Killing' season one: 'Fan outcry surprised me'

Billy Campbell on 'The Killing' season one: 'Fan outcry surprised me'

Billy Campbell has talked about the finale of The Killing season one.

The AMC crime drama follows the investigation into local teenager Rosie Larsen's death, in which politician Darren Richmond (Campbell) is suggested to be involved with her murder.

"I think I was surprised by the fan outcry," he told Collider. I watched the Danish version, before I did this series, and they do the same thing. You don't find out until the end of the second season, and there was no outcry over there.

"So, I'm thinking that the big difference must've been that the log line and slogan 'Who killed Rosie Larsen?' must've built a certain expectation. Otherwise, the story's being unfolded exactly as it was conceived to be unfolded. There's not a real difference in the length of the season or in much of anything, except our story is slightly different because we can't have the same killer."

The Killing, which will return to AMC tonight (April 1), is based on the Danish series Forbrydelsen, which is said to be filming a third season.

"I don't know if he might be an outright, absolute, horrible, heinous killer," Campbell said about his character. "He's either this great guy who is a force for good in the world, or he sees himself that way. I don't know. I have to play it as if I could be either thing."

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2012: Winners in full

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2012: Winners in full


Favourite TV Show
Good Luck Charlie
Victorious - WINNER!
Wizards of Waverly Place

Favourite Reality Show
American Idol
America's Funniest Home Videos
America's Got Talent
Wipeout - WINNER!

Favourite TV Actor
Tim Allen
Ty Burrell
Alex Heartman
Jake Short - WINNER!

Favourite TV Actress
Miranda Cosgrove
Selena Gomez - WINNER!
Victoria Justice
Bridgit Mendler

Funniest TV Sidekick
Nathan Kress
Jennette McCurdy - WINNER!
Jennifer Stone
Jerry Trainor

Favourite Cartoon
Kung Fu Panda
Phineas & Ferb
Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated
SpongeBob SquarePants - WINNER!


Favourite Movie
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked - WINNER!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Muppets
The Smurfs

Favourite Movie Actor
Jim Carrey (Mr. Popper's Penguins)
Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides)
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2)
Adam Sandler (Jack & Jill) - WINNER!

Favourite Movie Actress
Amy Adams (The Muppets)
Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1) - WINNER!
Sofia Vergara (The Smurfs)
Emma Watson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2)

Favourite Animated Movie
Cars 2
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots - WINNER!

Favourite Voice From An Animated Movie
Antonio Banderas (Puss in Boots)
Jack Black (Kung Fu Panda 2)
Johnny Depp (Rango)
Katy Perry (The Smurfs) - WINNER!


Favourite Music Group
Big Time Rush - WINNER!
Black Eyed Peas
Lady Antebellum

Favourite Male Singer
Justin Bieber - WINNER!
Toby Keith
Bruno Mars

Favourite Female Singer
Lady GaGa
Selena Gomez - WINNER!
Katy Perry
Taylor Swift

Favourite Song
Lady GaGa - 'Born This Way'
Katy Perry - 'Firework'
LMFAO - 'Party Rock Anthem' - WINNER!
Taylor Swift - 'Sparks Fly'

Other Categories

Favourite Book
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series) - WINNER!
Harry Potter (series)
The Hunger Games (series)
Twilight (series)

Favourite Video Game
Just Dance 3 - WINNER!
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Mario Kart 7
Super Mario Galaxy

Favourite Buttkicker
Jessica Alba
Tom Cruise
Kelly Kelly
Taylor Lautner - - WINNER!

Favourite Male Athlete
Derek Jeter
Michael Phelps
Tim Tebow - WINNER!
Shaun White

Favourite Female Athlete
Kelly Clark
Danica Patrick - WINNER!
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Special Awards

The Big Help Award
Presented in recognition of an individual or group's humanitarian work
Taylor Swift - WINNER!

UK Categories

Favourite UK Band
One Direction - WINNER!
The Wanted
Little Mix

Favourite UK Female Artist
Jessie J
Adele - WINNER!
Pixie Lott
Cher Lloyd

Favourite UK Male Artist
Olly Murs - WINNER!
Tinie Tempah
Ed Sheeran
Professor Green

Favourite UK TV Show
House of Anubis (Nickelodeon)
The X Factor (ITV) - WINNER!
Doctor Who (BBC One)
Tracey Beaker Returns (CBBC)

Favourite UK Newcomer
Little Mix
Cher Lloyd
One Direction - WINNER!

Favourite UK Actor
Brad Kavanagh (House of Anubis)
Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1) - WINNER!
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2)
Matt Smith (Doctor Who)

Favourite UK Actress
Emma Watson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2) - WINNER!
Karen Gillan (Doctor Who)
Ana Mulvoy-Ten (House of Anubis)
Pixie Lott (Fred the Movie)

'Sex and the City' costume designer Patricia Field styles 'Americana'

'Sex and the City' costume designer Patricia Field styles 'Americana'

Ashley Greene has revealed that Sex and the City's Patricia Field is the costume designer for her ABC drama pilot Americana.

The Breaking Dawn actress stars in Americana as Alice Clarke, a young fashion designer who is seen as a threat to legendary designer Robert Soulter (Anthony LaPaglia).

When Greene was asked by Women's Wear Daily if she learned any fashion tricks on the set, Greene replied: "Pat Field is the costume designer and she took a vintage coat and turned it inside out and then belted it, which gave it a really vintage distressed look, which was great."

Field was the costume designer for ABC's Ugly Betty as well as movies Confessions of a Shopaholic and The Devil Wears Prada, for which she was nominated for 'Best Costume Design' at the Oscars in 2007.

Americana also features Emilie de Ravin, Natalie Mendoza, Ken Olin, Christine Adams, David Alpay, Tiffany Hines and Annabeth Gish.

Greene previously appeared in another ABC series Pan Am for three episodes.

Tulisa Contostavlos 'to quit UK over sex tape'

Tulisa Contostavlos 'to quit UK over sex tape'

Tulisa Contostavlos is reportedly planning a move to the US to escape her sex tape scandal.

The X Factor judge has booked a flight ticket to America and is said to be looking for an apartment in Miami, Florida.

A clip of Contostavlos performing a sex act on MC Ultra - real name Justin Edwards - leaked last month, prompting the singer to obtain a gagging order.

"The sex tape scandal has hit her hard. Behind closed doors she's been an absolute mess and she's found all the attention over it really tough to take," a source told the Daily Star Sunday.

"She's desperate to get out of Britain and away from it all. Everywhere she goes here people are whispering and making jokes about the tape, which really upsets her. Going to America means she'll be able to escape everything for a while.

"Tulisa has even considered moving to America full-time and quitting life over here. She is desperate for a fresh start and she thinks this could be the answer. She's already on the hunt for somewhere to live so no one would be surprised if she turned her back on Britain for good.

"She says she's never been happier than during the month she had in Miami. She was really relaxed, had fun with friends and made some great industry contacts. No one can blame her for wanting to go there for good, especially with all the sex tape scandal rumbling on in the UK."

The scandal is also said to have jeopardised her rumoured relationship with Skins actor Jack O'Connell.

"Jack has been a massive ­support but Tulisa is convinced he has judged her just like everyone else," the source added. "She wants to start a new life and thinks staying with Jack will mean she won't be able to move forward."

US rapper Terius Nash will reportedly help Contostavlos find a suitable home in Miami and has already recommended a long-term let in the Roney Palace Condo complex.

The former N-Dubz star apparently recently left a Drake afterparty early after feeling embarrassed about the sex tape.

TV Tonight 2nd of April 2012

TV Tonight 2nd of April 2012

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

    1000 Ways to Die S04E04: "A New App Called Death"
    112 - på liv och död S05E34: "Del 34 av 36"
    30 grader i februari S01E09: "Season 1, Episode 9"
    60 Minute Makeover S09E06: "Series 9, Episode 6"
    A Question of Sport S43E16: "April 2, 2012"
    Adventure Time with Finn and Jake S04E01: "Hot to the Touch"
    American Masters S25E04: "Harper Lee: Hey, Boo!"
    American Masters S25E03: "Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel"
    Animal 24:7 S08E01: "Series 8, Episode 1"
    Antiques Roadshow (US) S16E11: "El Paso (Hour Two)"
    Bang Goes The Theory S06E04: "Crowds"
    Basketball Wives S04E07: "Season 4, Episode 7"
    Being Human (US) S02E12: "TBA"
    Bethenny Ever After S03E07: "All Da Boats"
    Big Brother Sverige S08E38: "Del 38"
    Blade Anime S01E12: "The Final Glory of Deacon Frost"
    Bones S07E07: "Prisoner in the Pipe"
    Brooklyn 11223 S01E02: "There’s Always Drama at the Glass Shop"
    Canadian Pickers S02E12: "Capital Region"
    Castle (2009) S04E20: "The Limey"
    Chaplains: Angels of Mersey S01E02: "Episode 2"
    Check It Out (US) S02E03: "Money"
    Cleverdicks S01E26: "Episode 26"
    Come Dine With Me S18E67: "Series 18, Episode 56"
    Conan S02E71: "Episode 71"
    Coronation Street S53E67: "Mon Apr 2, 2012 [Episode 2]"
    Coronation Street S53E66: "Mon Apr 2, 2012 [Episode 1]"
    Dance Academy S02E13: "Backstab"
    Dancing With the Stars (US) S14E04: "Season 14, Episode 4"
    Danger 5 S01E06: "Final Victory"
    Danni Lowinski S03E09: "Lesen und Schreiben"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E200: "Episode 1880"
    Der Letzte Bulle S03E09: "Alles Verräter"
    Dickinson's Real Deal S08E85: "Series 8, Episode 85"
    Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives S14E01: "Triple D All Stars"
    Disappeared S04E23: "Too Young For Love"
    Doctors S14E01: "Full Time"
    Dokter Deen S01E10: "De zwerver"
    EastEnders S28E54: "April 2, 2012"
    Een laatste groet S01E10: "Paul Jambers"
    Embarrassing Bodies S06E05: "North East"
    Emmerdale S41E78: "April 2, 2012"
    Exotische Liefde S02E06: "Season 2, Episode 6"
    Feuten S02E10: "Auto Vincere, Aut Mori!"
    Four In A Bed S03E16: "Vista Del Torcal"
    Gadget Geeks S01E12: "Series 1, Episode 12"
    General Hospital (US) S50E01: "#12529"
    Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden S22E151: "Season 22, Episode 151"
    Gossip Girl S05E18: "Con-Heir"
    Hacktion S02E08: "Apák és lányaik"
    Hollyoaks S18E66: "April 2, 2012"
    Home and Away (AU) S25E51: "Episode 5486"
    House S08E15: "Blowing the Whistle"
    Jeopardy! S28E141: "Show #6346"
    Jimmy Kimmel Live S09E229
    Just A Minute (1212) S01E06: "Episode 6"
    Karatefylla S02E07: "Season 2, Episode 7"
    Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness S01E23: "Love Stings"
    La La's Full Court Life S02E03: "TBA"
    Late Kick Off S03E11: "Series 3, Episode 11"
    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon S02E244
    Late Show with David Letterman S19E50: "TBA"
    Little Mosque on the Prairie S06E11: "The Best of Times"
    Live with Regis and Kelly S29E155
    Mad S02E23: "TBA"
    Made in Chelsea S03E01: "Series 3, Episode 1"
    Make It or Break It S03E02: "It Takes Two"
    Ministry of Curious Stuff S01E13: "Episode 13"
    Mr. D S01E12: "Charity Day"
    Navajo Cops S01E05: "Family Feuds"
    Neighbours S28E61: "Episode 6371"
    Pointless S06E35: "Series 6, Episode 35"
    Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is S06E06: "Series 6, Episode 6"
    Regular Show S03E21: "TBA"
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Trayvon Martin Tape Editing Prompts Internal Probe at NBC

Trayvon Martin Tape Editing Prompts Internal Probe at NBC

NBC News has reportedly begun an internal investigation after it appears it aired a misleadingly edited 911 call tape involving George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin.

The internal investigation was reported by The Washington Post.

The edited call, which aired on NBC’s "Today Show" on March 27, featured Zimmerman talking to a 911 dispatcher.

“This guy looks like he’s up to no good … he looks black,” Zimmerman said in the edited segment.

That, it turns out, appears to be only part of the exchange. The complete exchange went like this:

Zimmerman: "This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about."

Dispatcher: "OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?"

Zimmerman: "He looks black."

Brent Bozell, president of the conservative Media Research Center, called this mistake worse than a distortion or a misrepresentation and "an all-out falsehood.." He made the comment on the March 29 edition of the Fox News show "Hannity."

“When you hear him say, ‘he looks black,’ anyone watching that believes that there are racial overtones to what this man did,” Bozell says. “How could you not believe that? It goes with the narrative of the profiling. The only problem is, they edited out the dispatcher asking him, ‘what does he look like?’”

Much of the public discussion over the past week has settled on how conflicting facts and interpretations call into question whether Zimmerman acted justifiably or criminally. The interplay between Zimmerman and the dispatcher has been a critical part of the discussion.

Oprah Winfrey Network, Comcast Cut New Distribution Deal: Report

Oprah Winfrey Network, Comcast Cut New Distribution Deal: Report

Oprah Winfrey's cable channel has gotten a much-needed shot in the arm. OWN will see a boost in the number of homes in which the network can be seen as a result of a new distribution deal with Comcast, according to a new report.

The agreement will mean an extra three million viewers for OWN, which will now be available in 83 million homes, and Comcast will begin paying subscriber fees for the network next year, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The recent news has been mostly bad for Winfrey's network. SNL Kagan estimated it could lose more than $140 million this year and suggested it might tempt co-owner Discovery to pull the plug.

A Rosie O'Donnell talk show failed to provide ratings juice and was canceled recently and 30 employees were laid off in a cost-cutting move.

But Discovery spokesman David Leavy told TheWrap that SNL Kagan's report was "riddled with inaccuracies and bad information."

"The venture is on more solid ground with more business momentum than ever before," Leavy said. "We remain confident in the future of OWN, and the long-term value we are building."

Some analysts suggest OWN will make it if it can weather this year's storm. Several of OWN's other distribution agreements with cable and satellite operators provide for rate increases next year.

SNL Kagan estimated OWN's average subscription fee will rise to 15 cents a subscriber per month, amounting to more than $153 million for next year, up from $29 million this year. It is not known what Comcast will be paying.

Kids' Choice Awards: Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Justin Bieber Have Slime of Their Life

Kids' Choice Awards: Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Justin Bieber Have Slime of Their Life

The Kids' Choice Awards are primetime for slime, and the 25th edition of Nickelodeon's annual celebration for kids didn't disappoint. Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Justin Bieber supplied the star power and the green goo made for the fun.

Halle Berry was the first to be covered (left), but that was just the beginning. She was joined by "Twilight" star Lautner (below, who won the Kids Choice Blimp for favorite "buttkicker"), "Glee" star Chris Colfer and male singer winner Bieber, who was utterly drenched along with host Will Smith at the end of the show.

Smith started the show with a digitally-animated skydive from Nickelodeon's trademark blimp. He was then hoisted from the rafters to the stage of the Galen Center at the USC, where thousands of glow-stick waving fans — including first lady Michelle Obama -- cheered

Obama later presented "the big help" award for charity work to Taylor Swift. "I am freaking out," the pop start said.

Winners are chosen from voting online. Selena Gomez won for both favorite TV actress and female singer. Adam Sandler took home the award for favorite movie actor. And Katy Perry, shortly after performing, was given the award for favorite voice in an animated movie.

"The only reason why I'm still here today — and remember this — is because I've never grown up!" Perry told the young audience.

Unlike other awards show, there was not much thanking of agents.

"This is, like, the coolest award show ever," said "Twilight" star Stewart, accepting the honor for favorite movie actress.

Nickelodeon's "Victorious" won best TV show. Jake Short, star of the Disney Channel's "A.N.T. Farm," won best TV actor.

The show ended with -- what else? -- a mega-sliming of host Smith and Bieber.

Matt LeBlanc's 'Episodes' to air globally in 150 countries

Matt LeBlanc's 'Episodes' to air globally in 150 countries

Episodes's second season has been sold to 150 countries including France, Spain and Japan.

The sitcom follows British writer-producers Beverly and Sean Lincoln (Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan), who move to Hollywood to recreate their hit television series for the American audience, only to discover that life in Hollywood is not all they had expected.

Former Friends actor Matt LeBlanc, playing himself, gets the role in the Lincolns' show.

Other countries that bought the second season include Greece, Israel, Russia, Turkey, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal and Sweden, reports Deadline.

The programme's production company Hat Trick has also sold the series to areas in Africa, Asia, Benelux, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Earlier this year, LeBlanc took home the Golden Globe for 'Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical' for his role.

Episodes, which ended its first season in February 2011, will return on July 1 on BBC Two in the UK and Showtime in the US.

'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.

'Excess Baggage' winners announced

'Excess Baggage' winners announced

Ajay Rochester and Matthew Palmer have won Excess Baggage.

The Australian television presenter, who is best known for her role as the former host of The Biggest Loser, was teamed up with regular man Palmer in the reality weight loss series.

Rochester and Palmer scored 102.8 points for their combined weight loss, body fat loss, waist loss and fitness levels, beating other celebrity finalists Darryn Lyons, Robert DiPierdomenico, Kevin Federline and their partners.

The duo won $100,000 (£65,000), half of which will go towards Rochester's chosen charity No Hate Campaign.

After their defeat, Rochester wrote on her Twitter page: "@mattpalmerEB we did it matty….all those extra workouts…no one will ever know how hard we worked! Oh wait! We won! yes they will!!!! (sic)."

Shortly after Excess Baggage premiered, the Nine Network passed it over to digital channel Go! because of poor viewer ratings. Rochester slammed the network for giving up on the show so easily, telling them to "dig deep", "fight" and "have a little faith".

'X Factor' Dermot O'Leary: 'I love The Voice UK'

'X Factor' Dermot O'Leary: 'I love The Voice UK'

Dermot O'Leary has admitted that he is a fan of The Voice UK.

The X Factor host revealed that boss Simon Cowell, whose other show Britain's Got Talent is competing with The Voice UK, would probably be a fan if he created it.

"I loved The Voice, I honestly thought it was terrific. I especially thought Tom Jones and Jessie J were incredible," O'Leary told the Daily Star Sunday.

"I want the show to do well. I think it is good for TV and I also think it's good for The X Factor because it will make us up our game.

"Simon may say there's no room for another singing show but I'm sure he'd think differently if he had come up with the idea."

Cowell described the BBC show as a "wake-up call" for his ITV formats. BGT was said to be in chaos prior to last night's show after he demanded last-minute re-edits.

Both shows have enjoyed huge ratings, although ITV has apparently banned its shows from mentioning The Voice UK.

O'Leary had previously insisted that The X Factor was still bigger than The Voice UK.

Speaking of X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos's sex tape, O'Leary added: "I haven't watched it - I swear to god I haven't looked. I'm well aware what happened but I promise I didn't watch it."

Charlie Pickering: 'Talkin Bout Your Generation' could've been better'

Charlie Pickering: 'Talkin Bout Your Generation' could've been better'

Charlie Pickering has slammed Channel Ten bosses for changing the air time of Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation.

The Australian television personality, who hosts the comedy panel show, said that he believes that ratings would not have suffered if it had been left in its original timeslot and it could have been as "successful" as Adam Hills' Spicks and Specks.

Pickering told TV Tonight: "8pm [as an airtime] is pretty unconventional. I don't often criticise the decisions of my masters, because I don't think it's politics. And the fact is everyone is an expert programmer when they're not actually programming a network.

"So I'll just say Spicks and Specks was an extremely successful, broadly appealing panel/game show that was allowed to enjoy the same timeslot for the entirety of its existence. And its numbers reflected that.

"I would never claim that we were ever as good as Spicks and Specks. They had a staggering achievement in what they did. But if we'd been left at 7.30pm on a Tuesday night for the entirety of four seasons, I think that maybe those numbers would have been different."

Pickering also hosts The Project, which suffered a timeslot change earlier this year, but said that the show was not affected because it is on every night.

"When you're on five, [or] now six nights a week," he said, "it's much easier for an audience to pick up where you are."

Pickering added that he and his co-hosts Carrie Bickmore and Dave Hughes are "very passionate" about The Project and are "willing to make sacrifices" to ensure it is a big success.