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maandag 16 april 2012

Tricia O'Kelley replaces 'Eureka' star in Roseanne Barr comedy pilot

Tricia O'Kelley replaces 'Eureka' star in Roseanne Barr comedy pilot

Tricia O'Kelley has joined Roseanne Barr's comedy pilot Downwardly Mobile due to the recasting of a character.

Downwardly Mobile is set at a mobile home park, with Barr playing the park's owner and a surrogate mother to the residents.

O'Kelley will portray a new resident to the home park as her character Mrs Denby is the wife of of a hedge fund administrator (Greg Cromer) who recently lost everything in a Ponzi scheme. They moved into the park to start over, but Mrs Denby isn't too happy with her new surroundings.

Mrs Denby was originally set to be played by Eureka actress Salli Richardson, but Richardshon, who has never acted in a comedy series, "didn't feel quite comfortable at the table read" on Friday (April 13), reports Deadline.

Barr apparently stood up for Richardson and she was kept for the role, but the recasting for Mrs Denby was done at the end of the pilot's run-though today (April 14).

O'Kelley's past sitcoms include The New Adventures of Old Christine, Malcolm in the Middle, Two and a Half Men and Everybody Loves Raymond.

Downwardly Mobile also features Jason Antoon as a stay-at-home dad to his daughter (Kendra Jain) with wife Sheila (Romy Rosemont).

John Goodman is also cast in the pilot, making it a reunion for him and Barr, as they played husband and wife in Roseanne.

Debra Messing: 'Working in television is terrifying, exciting'

Debra Messing: 'Working in television is terrifying, exciting'

Debra Messing has explained why she thinks working in television is "terrifying" but "exciting".

Messing, who previously starred on Will & Grace, can be seen in Smash, the NBC series that revolves around a musical based on Marilyn Monroe.

"Every week, we would be called together as a full cast to read the next week's script, and every week inevitably I would exclaim in the middle of the reading, 'Oh my God, are you kidding me?' because there would be some revelation that was completely unexpected, and everyone would laugh, and it became like a running joke," she told Elle magazine.

"That's kind of one of the wonderful things about television, the thing that makes television terrifying. It's something that Uma Thurman and I spoke about because it was the first time she had done television. She was like when you're in a film, it's a finite thing, it's a two-hour story, you know how it ends, and you can craft your character, you have all the information.

Messing added: "In television you only have the information that's been given to you so far, and at any moment your character can become something completely opposite from what you thought it was. That requires a completely different kind of muscle, and I think it's exciting."

Messing previously talked about her wardrobe in Smash, describing it as creative but practical since her character is both a mum and the musical's co-writer.

Mitt Romney to appear on 'Saturday Night Live'?

Mitt Romney to appear on 'Saturday Night Live'?

Mitt Romney could be appearing on Saturday Night Live.

The US Republican presidential candidate has been invited to host the sketch comedy series by the show's executive producer Lorne Michaels, according to The New York Times.

"He was funny on Letterman, giving the Top Ten list," show writer Jim Downey said of Romney.

Romney has yet to answer the proposal. Should he elect to take the offer, he will likely be hosting next September.

Steven Spielberg made a cameo appearance on last night's (April 15) episode of SNL.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will host the next episode of the series, with musical guest Rihanna, on May 5.

'Vampire Diaries' Daniel Gillies: 'I was Charlie Sheen as a kid'

'Vampire Diaries' Daniel Gillies: 'I was Charlie Sheen as a kid'

Daniel Gillies has compared himself to Charlie Sheen.

The Vampire Diaries star, who plays the Original Elijah, took the stage at a Chicago convention for the show this weekend, where he talked about his escapades as a child.

"I was just so naughty," he said of his childhood. "I was bad. I was Charlie Sheen."

The actor went on to praise his co-star Joseph Morgan, who plays his brother the Original Klaus on the show.

"Joseph Morgan is so good, he's so mischievous," Gillies said. "He's sort of Napoleonic, he has this thirst for power… and I like that Elijah is the Consigliere to him.

"I love watching their two energies together," he continued. "I don't think power is as important to Elijah as stability is, and he hopes he'll achieve that."

When asked what his power would be if he were a superhero, Gillies answered: "To be Joseph Morgan."

'The Voice' Erin Martin: 'I'm over this competition'

'The Voice' Erin Martin: 'I'm over this competition'

Erin Martin has claimed that she is "so glad" to no longer be competing on The Voice.

The model turned singer, who was eliminated from the Top 24 during last Tuesday's live results show, defended her performances on the singing competition and insisted that she is "over it".

"Oh my God, I'm so glad to be over this competition. Yes, I'm over it," Martin told Access Hollywood following her exit.

"[For] the blind audition, I gave a fabulous performance and for my last song I gave a fabulous performance, and for both of those songs, I chose my song and the chips - not the chips, but like, the control was in my hands of the song and like, you know, how I sang it."

Martin, who was coached by Cee Lo Green, went on to claim that lack of proper mentoring also contributed to her lack of success on The Voice, adding: "When I gave that creative control over, it kind of just didn't really go so well.

"I think it was a good lesson for Cee Lo in this particular instance that, you know, when you come across a voice like mine, you have to really nurture it and he wasn't the right person to do that. No offence to him, it just, he wasn't… I'm the right person to nurture my voice."

The Voice also revealed its Top 16 contestants during last Tuesday's broadcast.

Development Update: the 16th of April

Development Update: the 16th of April

BERLIN NOIR (HBO, New!) - Author Philip Kerr's trilogy is on track to become a television series at the pay channel. Said hour would focus on Bernie Gunther, a police detective in 1930s Germany, with the political climate and run-up to WWII and then the Cold War as the backdrop. "March Violets," "The Pale Criminal" and "A German Requiem" were published in successive years beginning in 1989. Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are on board to executive produce the project via their Playtone banner. No other auspices were given. (

DOWNWARDLY MOBILE (NBC) - Tricia O'Kelley ("The New Adventures of Old Christine") has been cast in the comedy pilot, about Rose Davis (Roseanne Barr), the proprietor of a mobile home park and surrogate mother to all of the unique people who live there in a challenging economy. She'll play Mrs. Denby who, along with her husband (Greg Cromer), lost everything in a Ponzi scheme and must start anew at said park. She'll take over for Salli Richardson-Whitfield, who exited the project after its run-through this afternoon. Hector Duran, Jason Antoon, John Goodman, Kendra Jain, Mary Birdsong and Romy Rosemont also star in the 20th Century Fox Television-based half-hour, to be directed by Gail Mancuso. (

TV Tonight 16th of April 2012

TV Tonight 16th of April 2012

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

    10 Things You Don't Know S01E10: "Caligula"
    2 Broke Girls S01E21: "And the Messy Purse Smackdown"
    60 Minute Makeover S09E14: "Series 9, Episode 14"
    71 Grader Nord: Norges Tøffeste Kjendis S03E07
    A Question of Sport S43E18: "April 16, 2012"
    Adventure Time with Finn and Jake S04E03: "Web Weirdos"
    American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior S03E09: "A Meeting Is Set"
    American Pickers S04E15: "The Return of Hobo Jack"
    Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations S08E02: "Kansas City"
    Antiques Roadshow (US) S16E13: "Atlanta (Hour One)"
    Australia's Got Talent S06E01: "Auditions 1"
    Australian Story S17E11: "Rags To Riches"
    Bang Goes The Theory S06E05: "Wireless Signals"
    Basketball Wives S04E09: "Season 4, Episode 9"
    Bethenny Ever After S03E09: "My Bad Self"
    Big Brother Sverige S08E50: "Del 50"
    Bondi Rescue S07E10: "Season 7, Episode 10"
    Bones S07E09: "The Don't in the Do"
    Breakthrough with Tony Robbins S01E05: "Juaquim Hawkins"
    Brooklyn 11223 S01E04: "Miami, Brooklyn’s Here!"
    Canada's Got Talent S01E14: "Results Show Week 3"
    Canadian Pickers S02E13: "Cowboy Country"
    Castle (2009) S04E21: "Headhunters"
    Chaplains: Angels of Mersey S01E04: "Episode 4"
    Check It Out (US) S02E05: "Animals"
    Chelsea Lately S06E64
    Come Dine With Me S18E79: "Series 18, Episode 66"
    Conan S02E79: "Kevin Hart, Brittany Snow, First Aid Kit"
    Coronation Street S53E77: "Mon Apr 16, 2012 [Episode 2]"
    Coronation Street S53E76: "Mon Apr 16, 2012 [Episode 1]"
    Dance Academy S02E21: "Ladder Theory"
    Dancing With the Stars (US) S14E08: "Season 14, Episode 8"
    Danni Lowinski S03E10: "Nazi"
    Dara O'Briain: School of Hard Sums S01E01: "Series 1, Episode 1"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E212: "Episode 1892"
    Der Letzte Bulle S03E10: "Hühnerabend"
    Dickinson's Real Deal S08E89: "Series 8, Episode 89"
    Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives S14E03: "Crankin' Up the Classics"
    Disappeared S04E25: "Just a Nice Guy"
    Doctors S14E09: "Short Changed"
    EastEnders S28E62: "April 16, 2012"
    Éden Hotel S02E25: "Season 2, Episode 25"
    Een laatste groet S01E11: "Rani De Coninck"
    Embarrassing Bodies S06E07: "Brighton"
    Emmerdale S41E90: "April 16, 2012"
    En stark resa med Morgan & Ola-Conny S01E03: "Marocko"
    Eureka S05E01: "Lost"
    Exotische Liefde S02E08: "Season 2, Episode 8"
    Four In A Bed S03E26: "Oakfield Lodge Guest House"
    General Hospital (US) S50E11: "#12539"
    Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden S22E161: "Season 22, Episode 161"
    Gossip Girl S05E20: "Salon of the Dead"
    Great British Menu S07E06: "The Olympic Feast - 6"
    Hacktion S02E09: "Összefüggések"
    Haiyore! Nyaruko-san S01E02: "Goodbye, Nyaruko"
    Hart Of Dixie S01E18: "Bachelorettes & Bullets"
    Heir Hunters (UK) S06E01: "Series 6, Episode 1"
    Helt Perfekt S02E07: "Season 2, Episode 7"
    Hollyoaks S18E76: "April 16, 2012"
    Home and Away (AU) S25E61: "Episode 5496"
    Homes Under the Hammer S15E03: "Series 15, Show 3"
    Horrible Histories S04E06: "Series 4, Episode 6"
    Hotel cæsar S28E182: "Season 28, Episode 182"
    Hotel Impossible S01E02: "The Penguin Hotel - South Beach, FL"
    House S08E17: "We Need the Eggs"
    House Hunters S48E75
    House Hunters International S25E78
    How I Met Your Mother S07E21: "Now We're Even"
    Jeopardy! S28E151: "Show #6356"
    Jimmy Kimmel Live S09E238
    Karatefylla S02E09: "Avsnitt 9"
    Kickin' It S01E24: "We Are Family"
    Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness S01E28
    La La's Full Court Life S02E05: "Maybe Baby?"
    Late Kick Off S03E12: "Series 3, Episode 12"
    Live with Regis and Kelly S29E164
    Mad S02E25: "Addition Impossible; New Gill"
    Made in Chelsea S03E03: "Series 3, Episode 3"
    Make It or Break It S03E04: "Growing Pains"
    Mike & Molly S02E20: "The Dress"
    Morgan Spurlock's New Britannia S01E03: "Episode 3"
    Navajo Cops S01E06: "Axe Attack"
    Neighbours S28E71: "Episode 6381"
    Operation Repo S09E24: "TBA"
    Our Crime S01E03: "Episode 3"
    Pair of Kings S02E24: "The Evil King, Parts 1 & 2"
    Panorama S60E15: "Billionaires Behaving Badly?"
    Pawn Star$ S04E85: "Wild Thing"
    Pawn Star$ S04E86: "To the Moon"
    Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is S06E16
    Regular Show S03E23: "Replaced"
    Richard Hammond's Crash Course S01E01: "Abrams Tank"
    Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory S05E10: "Dyrdek Day"
    Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory S05E09
    Robson's Extreme Fishing Challenge S01E02: "USA"
    RuPaul's Drag Race S04E12: "RuPaul Rewind"
    Saki (JP) S02E02: "Beginning"
    Scott and Bailey S02E06: "Series 2, Episode 6"
    Showder Klub S09E04: "Season 9, Episode 4"
    Silent Witness S15E06: "Paradise Lost (2)"
    Smash S01E11: "The Movie Star"
    Sousei no Aquarion S02E16: "Episode 16"
    Tasogare Otome x Amnesia S01E02: "The Maiden`s Meeting"
    The Amazing Race Norway S01E02: "Season 1, Episode 2"
    The Bad Girls Club S08E12: "Breakup Breakdown"
    The Biggest Loser (AU) S07E58: "Season 7, Episode 58"
    The Block S05E01: "Elimination Night 1"
    The Bold and the Beautiful S26E17: "Ep. #6301"
    The Chase (2009) S05E50: "Series 5, Episode 50"
    The Colbert Report S08E52: "Bonnie Raitt"
    The Daily Show S17E88: "Jane Goodall"
    The Dales S02E08: "Series 2, Episode 8"
    The Ellen DeGeneres Show S09E139
    The Jeremy Kyle Show S07E149
    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson S08E62: "Kathy Griffin"
    The Little Paris Kitchen
    The Penguins of Madagascar S02E69: "Feline Fervor"
    The Project S04E90: "Season 4, Episode 90"
    The Secret Life of the American Teenager S04E17
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno S19E280
    The View S15E139: "Meredith Vieira, Aziz Ansari"
    The Voice (AU) S01E02: "Blind Auditions 2"
    The Voice (US) S02E14
    The Young and the Restless S40E16: "Ep. #9885"
    Thuis S17E166: "Season 17, Episode 166"
    Two and a Half Men S09E21: "Mr. Hose Says 'Yes'"
    Undercover Boss: Abroad S01E10:
    Undercover Boss: Abroad S01E09
    Watch What Happens: Live S06E65
    WWE Raw S20E16: "Episode #986"
    Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal S01E51
    Zone stad S07E08: "Season 7, Episode 8"
    Интерны S06E13: "Season 6, Episode 13"

'The Voice' UK overtakes 'Britain's Got Talent' in ratings

'The Voice' UK overtakes 'Britain's Got Talent' in ratings

The Voice UK completely overtook Britain's Got Talent in the ratings last night, early viewing figures reveal.

Saturday's final Blind Auditions were seen by 10.68m (45.5%) between 7pm and 8.20pm, attracting a huge peak of 12m (45.7%) in the final 15 minutes.

Britain's Got Talent pulled in 10.04m (39.5%) between 8pm and 9.15pm, peaking with 11.3m (44.7%) and adding 541k (2.3%) on ITV1 +1.

Both talent shows are picking up extra viewers week-on-week, with The Voice UK gaining 700k and Got Talent getting a 600k increase.

Britain's Got More Talent on ITV2, hosted by Stephen Mulhern, entertained 948k (4.1%) from 9.15pm (+1: 241k/1.3%).

Philip Schofield's The Cube kicked off a new series with 4.09m (17.5%) and 152k (0.8%) on ITV1 +1, while Lemonaid (2.93m/15.9%) and All Star Family Fortunes (3.31m/14.8%) aired earlier in the evening.

Over on BBC One, movie Wall-E logged 3.41m (19.9%) before The Voice, then 4.29m (17.2%) watched Dale Winton's In It To Win It, and Casualty scored 4.91m (20.6%).

Elsewhere, BBC Two's Titanic commemoration touched 1.09m (4.5%) between 8.30pm and 10pm, while The Million Pound Drop was Channel 4's highest-rated programme with 1.12m (5.1%) from 9.15pm (+1: 176k/1.1%).

Meanwhile, moved forward to 9pm, CSI: NY held 1.47m (6.1%) on Channel 5, then live boxing averaged 1.24m (6.7%).

Overall, BBC One led primetime with 28%, increasing its lead over ITV1 which had 22.6% (+1: 1.1%). BBC Two claimed third place with 5%, ahead of Channel 5's 4.3% (+1: 0.3%), and Channel 4's 3.4% (+1: 0.4%).

Sir Tom Jones completes 'Voice' UK team with Ruth Brown

Sir Tom Jones completes 'Voice' UK team with Ruth Brown

19-year-old Ruth Brown completed Sir Tom Jones's Voice UK team this evening, wowing the Welsh pop icon with her rendition of 'When Love Takes Over'.

Brown revealed before her audition that she was dedicating her Blind Audition to her late father, who died before Christmas. The singer claimed that her dad had given her his approval to appear on the BBC talent show. "He wanted me to give it everything," she said.

Sir Tom Jones was the only coach who turned his chair for Brown. However, Jessie J applauded the teenager for her "insane" voice and "style".

Jones commented: "She's got some voice... I heard something in that girl's voice I haven't heard in a long while."

The 'Green Green Grass of Home' singer claimed that it was Brown's "big note" in the song that sealed the deal for him pressing his buzzer.

"Anyone with lungs that big has to be something special," said Jones.

The Voice UK continues next weekend with a double bill on Saturday and Sunday as the show enters the Battle Round stages.

Maggie Smith On the Way Out of 'Downton Abbey'

Maggie Smith On the Way Out of 'Downton Abbey'

Maggie Smith has reportedly told "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes that she wants out of the hit British drama.

"Maggie has asked Julian to write her character out," the U.K.'s Daily Mail is reporting. "She is filming until August and then wants to leave, going out on a high. She thinks that three series is enough and she wants to get back to the stage and big screen."

Smith's Dowager Countess, a master of the potent one-line put-down, is one of the show's pivotal characters. The Daily Mail's source says she is likely to be struck down by a fatal illness at the end of the third season, which ITV is currently filming in the U.K.

Smith, 77, won a a Best Actress Oscar for playing a troubled teacher in the 1969 film "The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie." She may be best known to today's audiences for her roles in the Harry Potter movies

In November, she'll be seen in the BBC Films comedy "Quartet."

'SNL': Steven Spielberg's 'Laser Cats' -- and Meet 'The Californians'

'SNL': Steven Spielberg's 'Laser Cats' -- and Meet 'The Californians'

Of course Steven Spielberg's "Laser Cats" would be the best one.

Bill Hader and Andy Samberg enlisted the director's help for "Laser Cats 7," the latest in their extremely low-budget saga about a future where lasers fire from cats mouths. It quickly turned into an homage to Spielberg's films, with an E.T. doll at the center of the action, host Josh Brolin bringing back one of the creeepiest "Raiders of the Lost Arc" villains, and Spielberg himself making a "Hitchcockian" cameo... that was somewhat less subtle than Hitchcock's.

An aside: Californians came in for a lot of derision this episode, from hilarious "The Californians" soap opera to Bobby Moynihan's San Diego burrito lover in the "Empire State of Mind" skit. In another skit, "We Got More Bounce in California" functioned as a sort of theme song for two obnoxiously popular kids. Maybe the writers couldn't help but notice Brolin's thorough California-ness.