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vrijdag 13 april 2012

'I'm Spazticus' groping prank axed after police contacted

'I'm Spazticus' groping prank axed after police contacted

Channel 4 has axed a sketch from disabled prank show I'm Spazticus after horrified onlookers called police during filming.

Students at Southend Adult Community College in Essex contacted authorities after a blind performer started groping a life model during an art class. Though both the disabled man and the model were in on the joke, others in the room were unaware that they were being filmed.

Police did respond to emergency calls, but no further action was taken, according to the BBC.

College Principal Stephen Layman said that they agreed to participate after being told that I'm Spazticus "was aimed at challenging people's attitudes to disability".

He added: "We were shocked and surprised to discover the filming that took place within the class did not reflect the brief supplied.

"Since this incident took place three weeks ago we have received categorical assurance from both [producers] Zeitgeist Television and Channel 4 that none of this material will be used."

A spokesperson for the channel confirmed: "[Students] didn't see the funny side, so as a gesture of goodwill we won't be broadcasting the footage."

I'm Spazticus producer Jamie O'Leary said upon its commissioning in February that he hoped the show would be "both barrier and ground-breaking".

'Only Way Is Essex' axes Dino and Georgio, hires Gemma Collins mum

'Only Way Is Essex' axes Dino and Georgio, hires Gemma Collins mum

The Only Way Is Essex producers have dumped brothers Dino and Georgio Georgiades from the show's cast.

Ahead of the show's fifth series, which launches on Sunday at 10pm, the twins have been officially dropped from the programme, reports The Sun.

"Producers are pulling out all the stops for the new series, but Dino and Georgio have been told their services are no longer required," a source told the newspaper.

"They never made much of an impact and bosses want to focus on other characters."

Georgina Dorsett, who joined the show in series four, has also apparently been told to "raise her game" if she wants to stay on board.

A new addition to the TOWIE cast in series five will be Gemma Collins's mum Joan, who is being billed as "upbeat, fun and bubbly".

Russell Howard on 'Good News' return: 'It takes over my life'

Russell Howard on 'Good News' return: 'It takes over my life'

Russell Howard has said that he feels under pressure to please viewers with his new series of Good News.

The comedian explained that he would rather throw himself into work on his BBC Three show than "feel terrible" about disappointing fans.

"My personal life suffers," he admitted to Digital Spy. "If you do something that has your name on it, it has to be good.

"It's like an extension of your dissertation. I've not worked as hard on anything since being at university. Because it says Russell Howard's Good News it has to be good, or else I just feel terrible about myself.

"So I might as well just do it well. Then see my girlfriend and go on holiday after... try to patch it up."

Howard also said that he would "love" his own sketch show, as long as it was fast-paced liked the scenes on Good News.

"We put a lot of effort into the sketches," he said. "I've watched other sketch shows and they're so laboured and floppy.

"But maybe that's the nature of the show we do. It's just disposable telly, you can watch it doing the ironing or eating food... so the sketches have to be the same."

Russell Howard's Good News returns tonight (April 12) at 9pm on BBC Three.

Simon Cowell 'running scared' of 'The Voice' UK, say BBC

Simon Cowell 'running scared' of 'The Voice' UK, say BBC

The BBC has allegedly accused Simon Cowell of "running scared" after Britain's Got Talent was moved to avoid clashing with The Voice UK.

It was announced yesterday (April 11) that Cowell's ITV programme has been pushed back half an hour to 8.30pm next Saturday (April 21), meaning that viewers will be able to watch both shows live for the first time.

The Voice has triumphed every time the two programmes have clashed and last week came out on top in the overnight ratings (excluding +1 viewers).

In response to the scheduling change, an apparent BBC insider commented to The Mirror: "Cowell tried to disrupt the launch of The Voice and failed and now he's running scared. It's great news for us and for TV viewers that there will be no overlap."

Meanwhile, an ITV source accepted that Cowell's attempts to diminish The Voice's audience had "backfired spectacularly".

"Simon and ITV boss Peter Fincham hoped to ruin the start of The Voice but the clash has backfired spectacularly," they said. "By going to a later slot they are waving the white flag.

"Cowell will not be happy and hates to be second-best. He has never moved The X Factor for Strictly Come Dancing and is used to calling the shots. This is very much a first - and a humiliating one at that."

The Syco boss tweeted a "slightly irritated congrats" to BBC One controller Danny Cohen last Sunday after The Voice's ratings victory.

The Voice UK and Britain's Got Talent will clash in the schedules again this weekend (Saturday, April 14). The Voice UK kicks off with another 80-minute episode at 7pm on BBC One, while BGT launches at 8pm on ITV1.

CBS Goes to the Dogs With New Reality Series

CBS Goes to the Dogs With New Reality Series

CBS is totally dogging it with its latest reality TV venture.

"Dogs in the City," a new unscripted offering, will premiere May 30 at 8 p.m., the network said Thursday. The show will star "New York City dog guru" Justin Silver, who's a "master at resolving issues between canines and their owners -- no matter whose behavior is at fault," according to the network.

"In each episode, he meets with clients who present a range of relationship problems, lifestyle changes or domestic issues – from a couple looking to move in together, but she’s terrified of his golden retriever, to a recently divorced couple whose dog is having a rough time adjusting to joint custody," a CBS press release revealed.

The series is produced by CBS's Raquel Productions Inc., in association with Shed Media US Inc. and Carol Mendelsohn Productions. Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz, Jen O’Connell and Nick Emmerson serve as executive producers.

“Dogs are at the center of the story here, but this is a show that reveals as much about human nature as man’s best friend,” Mendelsohn said of "Dogs in the City." “Dogs are often a lightning rod for their owners’ emotions and dysfunction at home. Justin has an amazing gift to break down these complex issues with incredible heart, humor and, sometimes, much-needed candor.”

Time will tell if CBS follows up "Dogs in the City" with such canine-related fare as "Two and a Half Mutts" and "The Big Bone Theory." That will probably depend on whether the new show's ratings go through the woof or not.

Sky Tyne and Wear service launches mobile app

Sky Tyne and Wear service launches mobile app

Sky Tyne and Wear, the satellite broadcaster's local news service currently being piloted in the North-East of England, has today launched a new mobile app for people to access its content on the go.

In February this year, Sky launched the Sky Tyne and Wear service to serve people in the area with region-specific news, sport and events listings on the move.

The move, similar to the STV Local service operated in Scotland by broadcaster STV, is intended as a way of serving communities with more tailored news and information.

Following the launch, Sky Tyne and Wear built an audience of nearly 180,000 monthly unique visitors in March and racked up around 106,000 video views, including popular content such as 'Fight breaks out in Whitley Warriors ice hockey match against Blackburn Hawks' and 'Singer could be the third X Factor winner from South Shields'.

After observing that nearly one in four visitors came to the service via a mobile device, Sky has decided to extend the pilot by investing in a dedicated Sky Tyne and Wear mobile app.

The full-screen app is available to download now for free on the iPhone, and will soon expand to Android devices. The Sky Tyne and Wear website has also been optimised for mobile smartphones and tablets, said Sky.

Users of the mobile app will get the most up-to-date news and views from across the region, covering local stories and sports.

People can even contribute to the news by uploading photos, videos or reports via the app, as well as see what events are close by them via GPS.

Simon Bucks, the associate editor at Sky, said: "We are really pleased with the reception which Sky Tyne and Wear has had since launch. There is a great buzz about it in the area, and we are especially gratified that our videos have had 100,000 plus views.

"It confirms our belief that there is a real appetite for high quality video coverage of local news, sports and events. Our reporting of sport, especially at a grass root level, has attracted a lot of interest and has been widely shared via social media.

"This new iPhone app means people will be able to access the service more easily when they are on the move. It will also be even simpler for them to upload their own photos and videos."

As national news services on TV and online become ever more saturated, many media organisations view local news as an important tool for more effectively serving consumers, as long as it can be done in a financially sustainable way.

Negotiations are currently underway over the creation of a raft of new local TV services across the UK, but that could take a while to come into operation. In the mean time there is demand for alternative news services to the BBC.

It is unclear at present whether Sky intends to expand the Tyne and Wear beta to other areas, but this will presumably depend on whether the experiment has been deemed a success at the end of the pilot.

'Neighbours' casts Sebastian Gregory as maths genius Ed Lee

'Neighbours' casts Sebastian Gregory as maths genius Ed Lee

Neighbours bosses have announced that actor and musician Sebastian Gregory is currently filming a guest role on the soap.

The 22-year-old is playing the part of Ed Lee, a mathematics genius who becomes an unlikely ally for Natasha Williams (Valentina Novakovic) in an upcoming storyline.

Ed will appear on screens for four months, and has been tipped to make a big impact on Ramsay Street life as he introduces Tash to "some of his unusual pastimes".

Gregory commented: "He is very different but also likeable - I'm really enjoying playing him."

Neighbours fans previously saw Gregory in Erinsborough briefly a few years ago, when he appeared as a boyfriend for Rachel Kinski (Caitlin Stasey).

Gregory joked: "It was a very short romance - about three episodes!"

Ed's first scenes will air in late June on Channel 5 in the UK.

Stephen Fry heads up ITV1 Ian Rankin crime drama

Stephen Fry heads up ITV1 Ian Rankin crime drama

Stephen Fry and Primeval star Dougie Henshall will lead the cast of ITV1's Ian Rankin adaptation Doors Open.

The two-hour film, which has been adapted by James Mavor and Sandi Toksvig, is based around an audacious arts heist and is set in Edinburgh's corporate banking and fine art world.

One of Rankin's best-selling books, Doors Open follows Mike Mackenzie (Henshall), who becomes bored by his millions and business. After an evening drinking, Mackenzie teams up with close friend Professor Gissing (Fry) and the love of his life Laura Stanton to come up with a plan to swap priceless masterpieces for accurate forgeries.

Laura Mackie, director of drama at ITV, said: "Doors Open is full of excitement with many twists and turns and it is as much of a love story as an art heist. We have an A list cast lined up to bring Ian Rankin's great characters to life."

Marc Evans (Collision, Hunky Dory) will direct the project.

Fry described Rankin's novel as "breathless and ingenious", revealing that he picked it up at an airport a year ago.

"As I read I just knew it would make a thrilling, charming and original TV drama," he said.

"I also adored the character of Professor Gissing and a shamefully vain part of me refused to see anyone else in the role. I am so thrilled that ITV were of the same opinion and that all of us at Sprout Pictures have managed to put together what I believe will be an entertaining, suspenseful art heist thriller which will appeal to audiences at home and abroad."

Filming on Doors Open begins on April 23.

Joss Whedon on 'Buffy' remake: "If they do it I hope they do it well"

Joss Whedon on 'Buffy' remake: "If they do it I hope they do it well"

Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon has admitted that he "grumbles" about the thought of a film reboot going ahead without his involvement.

Warner Bros announced in 2010 that it was planning to revive Buffy Summers on the big screen with Whit Anderson penning the script. The project has since stalled, with TV series cast members Nicholas Brendon and Anthony Head speaking out against the idea.

Whedon told Digital Spy: "Everybody grumbles. I basically say it's out of my control, so if they do it I hope they do it well."

Asked if he thinks the Sarah Michelle Gellar-led Buffy TV cast will ever reunite on screen, Whedon responded: "I can imagine it, they're all still really good at acting.

"I feel that way about most of the things I've done. If I have a talent it's for finding really, really extraordinary ensembles and they're all very dear [to me]."

Whedon's latest movie The Cabin in the Woods will open in cinemas on April 13.

Gordon Ramsay's 'Hell's Kitchen' Gets a Double Season Order From Fox

Gordon Ramsay's 'Hell's Kitchen' Gets a Double Season Order From Fox

"Hell's Kitchen" has cooked up another couple of seasons.

Fox has renewed the series for an 11th and 12th season, the network said Thursday, ensuring that fans will be treated to the sight of Gordon Ramsay bellowing at terrified aspiring chefs for a long time to come.

The 10th season of "Hell's Kitchen" premieres May 29 at 8 p.m.

The 9th season of "Hell's Kitchen," which aired from July to Sept. 2011, averaged a 3.4/10 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 7.5 million total viewers -- identical in the demo to the season before that, and up three percent in total viewership from the season before.

The series, which is produced by ITV Studios America in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions, is executive-produced by Ramsay, Arthur Smith and Kent Weed.

Ramsay's other Fox series, "Kitchen Nightmares," was recently renewed for a sixth season by the network.

'The Voice' UK Vince Kidd denies record deal claims

'The Voice' UK Vince Kidd denies record deal claims

The Voice UK star Vince Kidd has denied claims that he has a record deal.

Numerous reports have suggested that the singer entered the contest despite already having a recording deal with Sony ATV.

However, while Kidd does have a contract with Sony, it is with its publishing division for his songwriting rather than with the recording sector for his own project.

A spokesperson told Digital Spy: "Vince has a publishing deal with Sony ATV for his songwriting and remains unsigned to a record label.

"Like millions of other people Vince chose to participate in The Voice UK to showcase his talent on the biggest platform possible.

"The show's only prerequisite is that contestants must not have an existing record contract which has always been the case."

It is common practice in the music industry for musicians to have publishing deals without securing a recording contract.

Kidd's Voice coach Jessie J wrote songs for Miley Cyrus before securing her own deal, while Emeli Sandé penned tracks for Cheryl Cole and Leona Lewis before signing a record deal with EMI.

Kidd - real name Matthew Protheroe - previously entered The X Factor as part of boyband Futureproof.

The Voice UK continues with another 80-minute episode at 7pm on BBC One this Saturday.

Aidan Farrell to receive BAFTA TV Craft Special Award

Aidan Farrell to receive BAFTA TV Craft Special Award

BAFTA has announced that Aidan Farrell is to receive special recognition at this year's British Academy Television Craft Awards.

The colourist, who has worked on Downton Abbey and The Shadow Line, will be given a BAFTA Special Award "recognising his outstanding creative contribution to the industry and his extensive work and accomplishments in this field".

"I am so delighted by this honour," said Farrell. "I have been lucky enough to work on some fantastic programmes over the years and have worked with the best directors and creatives in the business.

"I hope that any legacy of my work will be the fact that British television is now the most beautiful and stylish in the world!"

Farrell's list of credits also includes Sugar Rush, Primeval, Hustle and Wallander.

"Aidan is a master of his craft and audiences have been enjoying his work for many years unaware of the sheer technical, artistic and creative lengths he's gone to," said BAFTA's Television committee chairman Andrew Newman.

"This Award recognises and celebrates the impact his work has had within our industry."

The full nominations for this year's British Academy Television Craft Awards will be announced on Monday, April 16. The ceremony takes place on Sunday, May 13.

Denise Richards Will Guest Star on Charlie Sheen's 'Anger Management'

Denise Richards Will Guest Star on Charlie Sheen's 'Anger Management'

Following Charlie Sheen's announcement that his real-life dad, Martin Sheen, will play his dad on "Anger Management," the actor is making his new FX comedy more of a family affair: Sheen's ex-wife, Denise Richards, will guest star in an episode of the show.

FX confirms to TheWrap that Richards will guest star on the series, which is set to premiere on the network on June 28.

Richards will play Lori, a new business partner for Sheen's on-screen ex, played by Shawnee Smith, reports.

"Anger," loosely based on the movie comedy of the same title, will star Sheen as Charlie Goodson, a former pro baseball player who deals with his own anger issues by becoming an anger management therapist once his sports career ends.

Selma Blair plays his love interest, a fellow therapist. In addition to Richards and Martin Sheen, the cast for the first season will also include "Grace Under Fire" star Brett Butler as a bartender at Charlie Goodson's favorite restaurant.

Richards, who has two daughters with Sheen from a four-year marriage that ended in 2006, is also starring in Lifetime's upcoming "Blue Lagoon" movie remake. Richards plays the mother of Indiana Evans, the actress portraying a high school teen who gets lost on a deserted island with one of her male classmates.

'Life's Too Short' Warwick Davis: 'Audience matters more than critics'

'Life's Too Short' Warwick Davis: 'Audience matters more than critics'

Warwick Davis has said that he was not worried about the critical response to his sitcom Life's Too Short.

Speaking at the launch of the Harry Potter studio tour, the actor confirmed to Digital Spy that he, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant are currently writing a follow-up one-off special, rather than a second series.

"The critics' response was kind of predicted anyway," Davis said. "A lot of it aimed towards Ricky. To me that's not what matters, it's the people.

"Everywhere I go people are just embracing the series and absolutely love it. People from teenagers all the way up to couples in their 80s have been writing.

"A couple grabbed me in a car park the other day and the woman just wanted to hug me!"

He added that a comedy show broadcast in people's home really makes "a connection" with an audience.

Ratings: 'Apt. 23' Has Solid Debut; Fox Wins Night With 'American Idol'

Ratings: 'Apt. 23' Has Solid Debut; Fox Wins Night With 'American Idol'

ABC's "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23" got off to a solid if not stellar start Wednesday night, while "American Idol" inched up in the ratings and secured an overall win for Fox, according to preliminary numbers.

Fox came in first in ratings and total viewers for the night, with an average 4.9 rating/14 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 16.4 million. "American Idol" filled the network's primetime roster, growing 4 percent over last week.

CBS took a distant second in ratings and total viewership with an average 2.6/7 in the demo and 10.4 million. "Survivor" at 8 posted a 2.6/8 in the demo and 9.6 million total viewers, while "Criminal Minds" the following hour received a 3.0/8 and 11.8 million total viewers. "CSI" at 10 dropped 21 percent to a series low, receiving a 2.9/8 in the demo and 9.8 million total viewers.

ABC came in third in ratings and total viewers with an average 2.4/7 and 6.9 million. "The Middle" at 8 and "Suburgatory" at 8:30 both matched last week's season lows. "The Middle" had a 2.1/7 and 7 million, and "Suburgatory" a 2.1/6 and 6.1 million. "Modern Family" at 9 also hit a season low, dropping 9 percent in the demo to a 4.1/11 -- pretty great for a low --- and 10.3 million total viewers. The premiere of "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23" drew a 2.9/7 in the demo and 7 million total viewers. At 10, a special "Revenge" clip show posted a 1.6/4 in the demo and 5.6 million total viewers.

Univision took fourth place in the demo and fifth in total viewers with an average 1.4/4 and 3.7 million. "Una Familia Con Suerte" at 8 drew a 1.4/4 in the demo and 3.6 million, while "Abismo de Pasion" the following hour posted a 1.5/4 and 3.9 million. "La Que No Podia Amar" at 10 received a 1.4/4 in the demo and 3.7 million total viewers.

NBC came in fifth in the demo and fourth in total viewers with an average 1.1/3 and 4.2 million. "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" at 8 dipped 16 percent in the demo from last week's premiere, posting a 1.6/5 with 6.2 million total viewers. "Best Friends Forever" at 8:30 posted a 0.9/3 in the demo -- down 25 percent from last week -- and 2.9 million total viewers. At 9, "Rock Center With Brian Williams" was down 25 percent in the demo, receiving a 0.6/2 with 2.8 million total viewers. "Law & Order: SVU" at 10 matched the series low that it received the previous two weeks, taking a 1.6/4 in the demo and 5.4 million total viewers

Simon Amstell reveals 'Grandma's House' on-screen kiss

Simon Amstell reveals 'Grandma's House' on-screen kiss

Simon Amstell has revealed that he and co-star Oliver Coopersmith kiss in next week's opening episode of Grandma's House.

Amstell, who plays himself, will embrace teenager Mark (Coopersmith) in an improvised bathroom scene in the BBC sitcom.

Speaking about the moment, the comic told What's on TV: "I said to the director, 'Should I tell the actor that I don't fancy him?' And she was like, 'No that's rude, don't say that!'

"But the actor was really cool about it and we called each other dude quite a lot. But he was a lovely kisser. I just kissed him how I'd normally kiss someone.

"Simon sort of gets kissed as opposed to instigating it, so I could appear a bit tense and anxious about it so that was alright. But watching it back I was like, 'Oh my God!' That's a strange thing to see'."

Amstell further explained: "I was very tense and I think we filmed that scene at about 8am. It was also something that hadn't appeared in the script when the actor auditioned.

"The bathroom scene where it takes place did not exist in the original script. So we improvised some fabulously awkward stuff handing over this towel in the bathroom."

Ricky Gervais's 'Derek' review: Touching comedy or offensive error?

Ricky Gervais's 'Derek' review: Touching comedy or offensive error?

The biggest problem that Ricky Gervais's new comedy pilot Derek has faced is preconceptions. Gervais remains a firmly divisive character. Some love him and lavish praise on everything he touches. Others fail to see the joke, branding him smug and a one-trick pony.

Derek brings with it even more baggage, following on from the ugly mong-gate incident that Gervais sparked on Twitter thanks to his regretful pastime of posting pictures of himself pulling the sorts of faces that would have been best left in 1980s children's playgrounds.

Gervais has denied that his new comic creation Derek Noakes has a disability, although his verbal tics, sticking out jaw and waddling walk would suggest to the average viewer otherwise.

Regardless of the actual facts behind Derek's character, it was certainly a risky move centring a comedy around a social outcast, a man happiest spending his days at an old people's home and watching Secret Millionaire and silly YouTube videos.

But Derek never laughs or pokes fun at its central character. There are a few physical gags and slapstick moments, but Derek is a warm creation and one you root for. Gervais proved that he could do tragedy, pathos and softness in The Office, but has steered clear from such areas ever since. If nothing else, Gervais should be applauded for stepping away from his comfort zone of mocking celebs, cringe laughs and egotistical characters.

A dabble into a murky area or an attempt at something different is a rare occurrence in British TV comedy. The revival of the classic sitcom format (Miranda, Not Going Out) and the continuing dominance of panel shows mean that anything slightly out of kilt with the mainstream is struggling to get commissioned.

It's pleasing therefore that Gervais - a man who can get a new series on the air with the click of his fingers - is trying new avenues for his writing skills and comic sensibilities such as Sky1's An Idiot Abroad and now Derek.

The biggest issue with Derek appears not to be a matter of taste or political correctness. The relief that Gervais hasn't chosen to go headfirst down an unfortunate alleyway of nasty humour can't disguise the fact that there aren't actually that many laughs in the show.

Derek is an intriguing proposition without question, but much like Gervais's other recent comedy TV project - Life's Too Short - at present it feels like half a great idea. And like Life's Too Short, which appeared to make up for a lack of strength in the Warwick Davis character by shoe-horning in Gervais, Stephen Merchant and various Extras celebs, Derek manages to find a home for Gervais's comic buddy Karl Pilkington to cover up the gaps in the plot and holes in the humour department.

Pilkington is no actor by any stretch of the imagination, but alongside Kerry Godliman as care worker Hannah, he was one of the stronger parts of the pilot. Both will need to be utilised more if a full series gets the greenlight.

The scene where the previously soft-spoken and heartwarming Hannah headbutts a sniggering yobbo girl in the pub to defend Derek's honour had elements of David Brent's final "f**k off" to Finchy in The Office and appeared to be a knowing nod from Gervais to those who doubt his intentions with the project. The outcasts, oddballs and elderly are not the butt of the joke, we're just glimpsing into their world and witnessing the gentle humour within it.

Whether that's a strong enough premise to last an entire series remains to be seen. The pilot worked on its own, reaching a logical conclusion with Hannah starting a bumbling romance and Derek hitting the highs of a £10 scratchcard win and the lows of the death of one his closest friends in the care home.

If Gervais wants the show to return as he has suggested, he doesn't need to convince us anymore that the show isn't nasty and that the show is PC. But he does need to find a comedy hook that makes the show more than fuzzy sweet caricatures and spilt custard on trousers gags.

TV Tonight 13th of April 2012

TV Tonight 13th of April 2012

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

    20/20 S34E38: "Season 34, Episode 38"
    60 Minute Makeover S09E13: "Series 9, Episode 13"
    7 Days (NZ) S04E09: "Season 4, Episode 9"
    A.N.T. Farm S01E25: "Body of EvidANTs"
    Accel World S01E02: "TBA"
    Air Crash Investigation S11E13: "Impossible Landing"
    America's Most Wanted S25E20: "Season 25, Episode 20"
    Ancient Aliens S04E09: "The Time Travelers"
    Animal 24:7 S08E10: "Series 8, Episode 10"
    Art in the Twenty-First Century S06E01: "Change"
    Bellator Fighting Championships S06E06: "Bellator 65"
    Big Brother Sverige S08E48: "Del 48"
    Come Dine With Me S18E78: "Series 18, Come Dine With Me"
    Come Dine With Me S18E77: "Series 18, Episode 65"
    Coronation Street S53E75: "Fri Apr 13, 2012 [Episode 2]"
    Coronation Street S53E74: "Fri Apr 13, 2012 [Episode 1]"
    Dateline NBC S21E39: "FR2130"
    Dateline NBC S21E38: "FR2130"
    Days of our Lives S47E110: "Ep. #11820"
    De Zonen van Van As S01E04: "Season 1, Episode 4"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E210: "Episode 1890"
    Degrassi S11E40: "Smash Into You (1)"
    Doctors S14E08: "Upper Crust"
    EastEnders S28E61: "April 13, 2012"
    Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers S03E07
    Emmerdale S41E89: "April 13, 2012"
    Eureka 7 (JP) S02E01: "Episode 1"
    Fairly Legal S02E05: "Gimme Shelter"
    Fish Hooks S02E15: "Science Fair Detective Mystery"
    Four In A Bed S03E25: "Payment Day"
    Fred: The Show S01E14: "Class Election, Part II"
    Fringe S04E18: "The Consultant"
    Funny As Hell S02E08: "Season 2, Episode 8"
    Gardeners' World S45E06: "April 13, 2012"
    General Hospital (US) S50E10: "#12538"
    Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden S22E160
    Great British Menu S07E05: "The Olympic Feast - 5"
    Grimm S01E17: "Love Sick"
    Have I Got News for You S43E01
    Hollyoaks S18E75: "April 13, 2012"
    Home and Away (AU) S25E60: "Episode 5495"
    Horrible Histories S04E05: "Series 4, Episode 5"
    House Hunters S48E74
    House Hunters International S25E77
    In Plain Sight S05E05: "Drag Me to Hell"
    Jeopardy! S28E150: "Show #6355"
    Jessie (2011) S01E16: "Glue Dunnit: A Sticky Situation"
    Killer Trials: Judgment Day S01E19: "The Mad Scientist"
    King (2011) S02E07: "Jared and Stacey Cooper"
    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon S02E253
    Late Show with David Letterman S19E57
    Let's Dance (DE) S05E05: "Folge 5"
    Live with Regis and Kelly S29E163
    Magic City S01E02: "Feeding Frenzy"
    Mastermind (UK) S40E29: "Series 40, Show 29"
    Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries S01E08
    Neighbours S28E70: "Episode 6380"
    North Woods Law S01E06: "On Thin Ice"
    Not Going Out S05E01: "Band"
    Nytt På Nytt S26E14: "Frithjof Jacobsen og Gunnar Stavrum"
    Piers Morgan's Life Stories S07E01: "William Roache"
    Pointless S06E43: "Series 6, Episode 43"
    Poms in Paradise S02E03: "Series 2, Episode 3"
    Popstokk S02E13
    Primetime S23E12: "What Would You Do? (12)"
    Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is S06E15
    Real Time With Bill Maher S10E12: "Season 10, Episode 12"
    Romanii au Talent S02E09: "Semifinala #2"
    Sakamichi no Apollon S01E01: "Episode 1"
    Shark Tank S03E11: "Season 3, Episode 11"
    Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan S01E01: "Episode 1"
    SpongeBob SquarePants S08E26: "Karen 2.0"
    The Bold and the Beautiful S26E16: "Ep. #6300"
    The Chase (2009) S05E49: "Series 5, Episode 49"
    The Ellen DeGeneres Show S09E138
    The Finder S01E09: "The Last Meal"
    The Graham Norton Show S11E01
    The Jeremy Kyle Show S07E148
    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson S08E61
    The Mad Bad Ad Show S01E06: "Series 1, Episode 6"
    The Million Pound Drop Live S09E07
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Development Update: the 13th of April

Development Update: the 13th of April

REWIND (Syfy) - Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jennifer Ferrin, Robbie Jones and Keon Mohajeri have all been cast in the two-hour drama pilot, about "a team of military field operatives and civilian scientists who must use untested technology to travel back in time to alter past events in order to change the future and avoid a devastating terrorist attack." Shane stars as Henry Knox, ex-Special Forces who ranks as a field operative in a special division of the Department of Homeland Security.

Castle-Hughes then will play Priya, "the team's a-typical historian, a behavioral anthropologist who provides analytical context to the project and the missions"; with Ferrin as Bryce, "a brilliant scientist who graduated MIT when she was 18"; Jones, as Danny, "the man Knox trusts most to help him get the job done as they embark on their perilous mission into the past"; and Mohajeri as Charlie, "a mathematician who has patented an innovative piece of technology that can reduce history to mathematics, in order to measure the team's actions in the past." Jack Bender is helming the Universal Cable Productions-based project from a script by Justin Marks. Tom Spezialy, Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein also serve as executive producers. (

Seth MacFarlane's 'Flintstones' Reboot Put on Indefinite Hold

Seth MacFarlane's 'Flintstones' Reboot Put on Indefinite Hold

Sorry, Seth MacFarlane fans: when it comes to his planned "Flintstones" reboot, the operative phrase is now, "Yabba Dabba Don't."

The revamp of the classic cartoon about a prehistoric working schlub and his family, which was to air on Fox, has been put on ice indefinitely, due to schedule concerns on MacFarlane's part.

Fox announced the series last May, with a plan to premiere the new "Flintstones" in 2013.

Though the news may disappoint, it's hardly surprising that MacFarlane should find his plate too full. He already has three series -- "Family Guy," "American Dad" and "The Cleveland Show" -- running on the network, for which he provides multiple voices.

Pauly D Lawsuit Reveals 'Jersey Shore' Pay - He Makes HOW Much?!

Pauly D Lawsuit Reveals 'Jersey Shore' Pay - He Makes HOW Much?!

"Jersey Shore" star Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio is being sued by International Creative Management, which claims it is owed a chunk of DelVecchio's "Jersey Shore" pay -- and as the lawsuit points out, that's a boatload of money.

The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, claims that DelVecchio and his company, Blowout Enterprises, entered into a representation agreement in January 2010 -- shortly after "Jersey Shore" premiered on MTV.

According to ICM, the agency negotiated increasingly large fees for DelVecchio as the popularity of "Jersey Shore" ballooned, in exchange for 10 percent of DelVecchio's gross compensation. The suit says that the agreement worked out until season 4 of the show, when DelVecchio stopped paying the commission, the suit alleges.

And given the numbers involved, that commission adds up to a pretty penny.

The suit claims that, for Season 4 of "Jersey Shore," Pauly D's compensation was $100,000 for each of the 12 episodes, plus a $400,000 signing bonus, adding up to a cool $1.6 million -- and that's not including compensation for after-shows, a launch special, reunion show, merchandising and other compensation. (According to the complaint, DelVecchio received $200,000 as a "thank you" bonus for Season 4.)

And it gets even richer. ICM claims that for the upcoming Season 6 of "Jersey Shore," DelVecchio will rake in $175,000 for each of 12 episodes -- making for a total of $2.1 million. And again, that's not including after-shows, etc.

DelVecchio's lawyer, Hillary H. Hughes, contends that the "Jersey Shore" star owes ICM nothing, and accuses ICM of trying to "take advantage" of its former association with Pauly D.

"We are surprised by ICM’s contention that it is due commissions after ICM was terminated in favor of William Morris Endeavor," Hughes said in a statement provided to TheWrap. "ICM was paid for its services.  It is even more disappointing that an agency like ICM would choose to take advantage of its former relationship with a client and disclose his confidential business affairs to the public in disregard of any duties it owes as a talent agency."

The suit says that DelVecchio and ICM parted ways in May 2011, but that ICM is still due a 10 percent commission on any deals it put in play. 

According to ICM, DelVecchio owes the agency $370,703.73 in back commission for Seasons 4 and 5, plus 10 percent of whatever DelVecchio takes in from Season 6.

The suit also calls for a written accounting of DelVecchio's compensation, pre-judgment interest, costs of the suit, and "such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper."

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.