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zaterdag 21 april 2012

Glee - Music from the Dance with Somebody Episode

Glee - Music from the Dance with Somebody Episode

"Dance with Somebody" is the upcoming seventeenth episode of the third season of the American musical television series Glee, and the 61st overall. The episode is set to air on Fox in the United States on April 24, 2012. It is a special tribute episode to Whitney Houston, and features seven of her songs.

The New Directions pay tribute to the late Whitney Houston. With Burt admitting to Kurt that he doesn't want to see him go, Santana expressing sadness for Rachel's departure and the Glee guys toasting to the good times that they've spent together, anticipation for graduation is arising quickly. Meanwhile, Will and Emma's wedding keeps building. Kurt and Blaine receive couples' counselling from Emma.

Listen to the songs here:








John Barrowman on 'Doctor Who' return: 'Matt Smith and I discussed it'

John Barrowman on 'Doctor Who' return: 'Matt Smith and I discussed it'

John Barrowman has said that it would be "a shame" if he were not involved in Doctor Who's 50th anniversary.

The actor - who plays Captain Jack Harkness - has previously made clear his desire to be part of the sci-fi drama's celebratory episodes.

"Matt [Smith] and I actually had a conversation at the BBC once, sitting around a table - [we both] thought it would be a great idea," he told MTV Geek. "[Showrunner] Steven [Moffat] thought it would be a great idea.

"This is my opinion - I think it would be a shame if Captain Jack wasn't involved in the 50th anniversary, because he was such a... big presence within the show itself and also within [spinoff series] Torchwood."

Barrowman called on Doctor Who fans to campaign for Jack's return in time for the milestone.

"It's not up to me, it's up to the executives, and it's also kind of up to the fans, because if they want it, all they have to do is... start writing," he suggested. "[The fans] have been known to change things."

Last year, Barrowman told Digital Spy that fans should "send e-mails and write to" the BBC to bring Jack back.

The star recently signed up for ABC drama pilot Gilded Lilys from Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes.




CBS Sues FamilyNet, ComStar for $1.5M Over 'Happy Days,' 'Family Ties' and Others

CBS Sues FamilyNet, ComStar for $1.5M Over 'Happy Days,' 'Family Ties' and Others

Surely, this is a situation that the Fonz would give a thumbs-down to.

CBS Television Distribution is suing ComStar Media and FamilyNet for allegedly airing several series, including "Happy Days" and "Family Ties," without paying licensing fees for the programs.

Also read: "Happy Days" Lawsuit: Four Actors Say They Were Stiffed on Payments

CBS is seeking more than $1.5 million in the suit, which was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in California.

According to the suit, CBS and FamilyNet entered a licensing agreement in Dec. 2008, to license the series "Happy Days," "Family Ties," "My Three Sons" and "Early Edition," with FamilyNet paying license fees in both a down payment and monthly installments.

However, the suit says, after ComStar Media -- a company owned by GodTube founder Chris Wyatt and "Hour of Power" minister Robert Schuller -- acquired FamilyNet, the payments soon stopped coming in.

CBS claims that ComStar made a payment of somewhere over $100,000 in June 2010, but haven't made any installments since then. According to the suit, ComCast says that it isn't obligated to pay the license fees, because they didn't acquire FamilyNet's liabilities when they purchased it.

The suit names FamilyNet, ComStar Media, ComStar Networks, FamilyNet Management – which was set up by ComStar to acquire FamilyNet – and Resolute Media Atlanta.

Alleging breach of contract and copyright infringement, CBS is seeking damages "at least in the amount of $1,546,880.08," plus court costs, attorney fees, and an injunction against the defendants.

FamilyNet bills itself as "America's trusted entertainment network dedicated to providing responsible, relevant, and entertaining viewing choices for today's diverse family."

ComStar emphasizes that it's a "family based business" on the company's website.


Girls Aloud's Nadine Coyle linked to Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother

Girls Aloud's Nadine Coyle linked to Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother

Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle is the latest star to be linked to this summer's Celebrity Big Brother.

Coyle is apparently considering the Channel 5 reality series because she wants to "clear all her debts", according to the Daily Mail.

The 26-year-old popstar has allegedly been offered £500,000 to take part in the show, the highest fee since Jedward were reportedly given £1 million in 2011.

It's an offer "she couldn't refuse", an insider told the newspaper.

Coyle's solo career has failed to reach the same heights as Girls Aloud managed, with her debut album Insatiable only reaching number 47 in the UK charts.

Julian Clary and Coronation Street's Julie Goodyear are two other names tipped for the series in the report.

Other stars linked to the series include Samantha Brick, ex-News of the World journalist Paul McMullen, Swedish footballer Freddie Ljungberg, Bachelor star Carianne Barrow, and glamour models Rhian Sugden and Jakki Degg.

Celebrity Big Brother will return at the end of the summer on Channel 5. A traditional non-celeb series will air for 10 weeks beforehand.


'Merlin': 'Game of Thrones' Liam Cunningham confirmed for series five

'Merlin': 'Game of Thrones' Liam Cunningham confirmed for series five

Liam Cunningham has won a role in the BBC's Merlin.

The Game of Thrones star will appear in the fantasy drama's fifth series, we can exclusively reveal.

"We can confirm that... Liam Cunningham is going to appear in series five, along with returning guest stars Lindsay Duncan (Queen Annis) and Janet Montgomery (Princess Mithian)," the BBC said.

Merlin creators Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy previously told DS that the series could continue beyond the upcoming fifth run.

"We've always planned five series, but it depends on how popular the show is," said the pair. "There's every possibility it could continue."


Johnny Depp on Jonathan Frid: 'Elegant and Magical'

Johnny Depp on Jonathan Frid: 'Elegant and Magical'

Johnny Depp paid tribute to his "Dark Shadows" predecessor Jonathan Frid on Thursday, telling the Los Angeles Times that the first time he met Frid was "elegant and magical."

Frid, who played vampire Barnabas Collins from 1967 to 1971 on the soap opera, died April 13 at the age of 87, though news of his death began to filter out on Thursday.

“Jonathan Frid was the reason I used to run home from school to watch ‘Dark Shadows,’” Depp told the paper. ”His elegance and grace was an inspiration then and will continue to remain one forever more. When I had the honor to finally meet him … [he] generously passed the torch of Barnabas.”

Depp, who called Frid "a true original," plays Collins in the big-screen adaptation of "Dark Shadows," which hits theaters on May 11. Frid has a bit part in the film, as a party guest.

According to Depp, when he met Frid, the elder actor was "[a]s elegant and magical as I had always imagined.”

"Pirates of the Caribbean" star Depp is currently filming "The Lone Ranger." Depp plays Tonto in the film, opposite Armie Hammer in the titular role.



Lana Del Rey to perform on first 'The Voice' UK results show

Lana Del Rey to perform on first 'The Voice' UK results show

Lana Del Rey collects her International Breakthrough award during the 2012 Brit awards at The O2 Arena, London

Lana Del Rey will sing as a special guest on The Voice UK next Sunday, the BBC has announced.

The 'Video Games' and 'Born To Die' singer is to perform on the BBC One talent contest's first ever results show on April 29.

The Voice's Twitter feed also revealed that Emeli Sande - first announced earlier this month - will perform the following Sunday (May 6).

"To clarify: @LanaDelRey is performing on the results show next Sunday (April 29th) & @emelisande the Sunday after (May 6th). Happy Sundays," said the statement.

Following the blind auditions, the competition now moves on to the Battle Rounds, where the remaining 20 acts will be looking to impress their coaches Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am, Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue.

This weekend, the judges will have Battle Advisors, who include Ana Matronic, Cerys Matthews and Paloma Faith.

The Voice UK airs Saturday and Sunday from 7pm on BBC One.



Alan Carr wants to write sitcom: 'It's that or I'm A Celebrity...'

Alan Carr wants to write sitcom: 'It's that or I'm A Celebrity...'

Alan Carr has admitted that he would like to write a sitcom.

The Chatty Man star suggested that his own show or a stint on I'm A Celebrity would keep him in the "fickle" world of showbusiness.

Alan Carr with the award for Best Talk Show on stage during the 2012 NTA Awards

"I haven't written anything yet, but it's something I'd like to do because comedy is fickle," he told The Sun's TV Buzz.

"I feel like I'm flavour of the month at the moment. Of course, I've always got the jungle to fall back on - and Celebrity Come Dine With Me.

"But if I do write something and am asked, 'Will you be in it?' Yeah. I'm hardly going to be the sexy brooding lead, but I wouldn't mind acting."

Carr also addressed Michael Parkinson's recent complaints that modern chat shows are too concerned with being funny.

"I know he's happy selling his insurance... and he's got right to moan, but it's a bit undignified," the Tooth Fairy star commented. "Things have changed now, publicists have so much power.

"If I say to Angelina Jolie, 'Have you had Botox? Are those chicken fillets down your top?' I'd get tasered.

"Besides, I'm not like Piers Morgan's 'Life Sentences' - I don't want crying or anyone telling me where the man touched them. Let's just have a laugh, life's too short."

Alan Carr's Chatty Man returns next Friday (April 27) at 10pm on Channel 4.






Development Update: the 21st of April

Development Update: the 21st of April

CALIFORNICATION (Showtime) - The pay channel's veteran comedy will seed a potential spin-off during its upcoming sixth season about "what happens when an innocent young Catholic school girl is exposed to the evils of rock and roll and falls heads over heels in love with the music and the men who make it." Said character - twentysomething professional groupie Faith, who despite a fondness for sex, drugs and rock and roll, remains quite religious - will recur during a nine-episode arc and, assuming critical and ratings success, continue on her own series thereafter. "Californication" creator Tom Kapinos will presumably executive produce the half-hour. (EW.com)

HEMLOCK GROVE (Netflix) - Dougray Scott ("Desperate Housewives") is in talks to play the male lead on the upcoming drama, "a gripping tale of murder, mystery and monsters set in a ravaged Pennsylvania steel town." He'd play Norman Godfrey, "the older brother of Olivia's (Famke Janssen) late husband, JR, one of the founders of the Godfrey Center for Biomedical Technologies; wealthy, but with modest tastes and an equally modest home, Norman is sickened by Olivia's displays of ostentation and the way in which she spoils her son." Bill Skarsgard, Landon Liboiron and Penelope Mitchell also star in the Gaumont-based project, from director Eli Roth and co-creators Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman. (Deadline.com)

ROYAL (HBO, New!) - Feature writer Nick Schenk ("Gran Torino") has booked a potential comedy at the pay channel about "a working-class, old-school, politically incorrect, tell-it-as-it-is biker who is forced back into 'the real world' to take guardianship over his nieces and nephew, executing a highly unorthodox parenting style - and inhabits a place he doesn't want to be where everyone's soft and overly PC." Said half-hour is set up at the Sony Pictures Television-based Fedora Entertainment with the company's Peter Tolan and Michael Wimer executive producing alongside Schenk and Television 360's Guymon Casady and Brandon Brito. (Deadline.com)

WHIPPED (FX, New!) - Shawna Kenney's memoir "I Was a Teenage Dominatrix" - about her experience of doing just that for various politicos and elected officials to pay for college at the American University in Washington, D.C. - is being developed as a potential series at the cable channel. Gina Fattore ("Californication") is spearheading the adaptation, which is set up at Vince Vaughn and Peter Billingsley's Wild West Picture Show Productions. No other details were given. (Vulture.com)

BAD ADVICE FROM MY BROTHER (Comedy Central, New!)
- Jordan Pope Roush's blog is being developed as a comedy at the cable channel about two brothers who move in together: - "Jason, the older, not necessarily wiser brother who has spent most of his post-college life chasing women and the almighty dollar on Wall Street, and Ben, his younger brother who wants to follow in his footsteps." Roush himself is penning the potential half-hour, which is being produced by Trevor Engleson of Underground Films. (Deadline.com)

BANSHEE (Cinemax) - Lili Simmons ("Geek Charming") is the latest to be cast in the upcoming drama, about Lucas (Antony Starr), an ex-convict and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pennsylvania, and continues to carry out his criminal activities even as shadowy gangsters hunt him. She'll play Rebecca Bowman, "a local Amish girl in her early 20s who lives a devout life by day but is a rebellious, sexually adventurous party girl by night." Ben Cross, Daniel Ross, Demetrius Grosse, Frankie Faison, Hoon Lee, Ivana Milicevic, Matt Servitto, Rus Blackwell, Ryann Shane, Trieste Dunn and Ulrich Thomsen also star in the Alan Ball-produced hour, which was created by David Schickler and Jonathan Tropper. (TVLine.com)

BEING MARY JANE (BET) - Latarsha Rose and Omari Hardwick are the latest additions to the drama pilot, about Mary Jane Paul (Gabrielle Union), a successful talk show host looking to one day become a top nightly news anchor while searching for Mr. Right. She'll play Dr. Lisa Hudson, her "best friend from college who is a professional yet conflicted single woman whose strong religious values have driven her to a life of celibacy"; while he's set as Mary Jane's love interest. Aaron D. Spears, Lisa Vidal and Richard Roundtree also star in the project, from writer Mara Brock Akil and director Salim Akil. (Deadline.com)

MUHAMMAD ALI'S GREATEST FIGHT (HBO) - Danny Glover, Barry Levinson, Pablo Schreiber, Ed Begley Jr., Bob Balaban and Kathleen Chalfant have all boarded the telefilm, which "dramatizes the machinations of the Supreme Court as Ali pursued Conscientious Objector status." They'll play various justices - Thurgood Marshall (Glover), Potter Stewart (Levinson), Harry Blackmun (Begley Jr.) - joining the previously cast Christopher Plummer as John Marshall Harlan and Frank Langella as Warren Burger. Balaban then will play "an Advocate for Vietnam Veterans who argues a case before the Court"; with Schreiber as Covert Becker, "a Supreme Court clerk who doesn't hide his contempt for liberals"; and Kathleen Chalfant as Ethel Harlan, Justice Harlan's wife. Benjamin Walker also stars as Kevin Kennedy, a Supreme Court clerk who championed the issue. Frank Doelger, Tracey Scoffield, and Jonathan Cameron are the executive producers while Stephen Frears is directing from a script by Shawn Slovo. (Deadline.com)

TRUE DETECTIVE (New!) - Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are set to star in a potential eight-part series about two detectives - Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson) - whose "lives collide and entwine during a 17-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana." Writer Nic Pizzolatto ("The Killing") and director Cary Fukunaga ("Jane Eyre") are behind the project, which takes place in 1995 but is "framed and interlaced with testimony from the detectives in 2012, when the case has been reopened." Producer Anonymous Content is currently shopping the effort with two written episodes and a bible. The company's Richard Brown, Steve Golin and Bard Dorros then will executive produce alongside Pizzolatto and Fukunaga. (Deadline.com)

OVER AND OUT (CBS) - John Amos, Ethan Suplee and Sydney Park have all been cast in the comedy pilot, about Ray Barker (Martin Lawrence), a widowed father of two teenagers who, after losing his job in construction, decides to go to the police academy and become a cop at the age of 46. She'll play Holly, his 16 going on 25 daughter; with Amos as Lorenzo Bunch, the station's erudite captain; and Suplee as Travis Farmer ("straight-laced, earnest, exuberant"), Ray's partner. Colleen Smith, P.J. Byrne and Regina Hall also star in the CBS Television Studios-based half-hour, from co-creators Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger. Fred Savage is directing. (Deadline.com)

ANGER MANAGEMENT (FX) - Noureen DeWulf ("Hawthorne") has been cast in the upcoming Charlie Sheen-led comedy, about "a former baseball player with anger issues who winds up as an unconventional anger management therapist." She'll play one of the members of his therapy group, "a spoiled rich girl who was sent to a court-appointed anger management classes after shooting her boyfriend who cheated on her." Selma Blair and Shawnee Smith also star in the Lionsgate Television-based project. (Deadline.com)

CULT (The CW) - Jessica Lucas has scored a lead role on the drama pilot, about "an inquisitive, young female production assistant on a wildly popular television show called 'Cult' who, after a rash of disappearances and a likely murder, joins a journalist blogger in investigating the rabid fans of the series who might be re-creating crimes seen on the program in real life." She'll play the former, Skye Yarrow ("late 20s, smart-cute"), in the Warner Bros. Television-based hour, which comes from writer Rockne S. O'Bannon and director Jason Ensler. (Deadline.com)

EL JEFE (FOX) - Michael Patrick Jann ("Emily's Reasons Why Not") is set to helm the comedy pilot, about "an upper-middle class 30-year-old guy who finally gets booted out of his dad and step-mom's house and moves in with his cleaning woman's family since he had nowhere else to go." David Guarascio and Moses Port co-wrote the half-hour for Sony Pictures Television. (Deadline.com)

THE FAMILY TRAP (A.K.A. UNTITLED MANDY MOORE PROJECT) (ABC) - The Mandy Moore-led comedy - about newlyweds who get the opportunity of a lifetime to run a hip, new restaurant in her hometown bringing her closer to her needy and high maintenance family - has been ordered to pilot by the Alphabet. Bob Fisher and Stacy Traub penned the single-camera project, which Shawn Levy will direct for 20th Century Fox Television. Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements will also executive produce alongside said auspices with Moore's manager John Leshay serving as a producer. (Deadline.com)

FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER (NBC) - Allison Janney and Tony Shalhoub are on track to star in the comedy pilot, about a quirky family that has dinner together every Friday night. They'll play the clan's parents, Barbara ("has trouble fitting into the society of mature, responsible middle-aged women because her sons and husband suck her into their shit") and Gene (whose "inappropriate behavior and disconnection from modernity has only increased" with retirement), respectively. David Koechner also stars as their neighbor, "a lonely weirdo with an odd fixation on Barbara." Ken Kwapis is directing the Universal Television-based half-hour from a script by Greg Daniels. (Deadline.com)

MISTRESSES (ABC, New!) - The Alphabet has given a straight-to-series pickup for a domestic take on the U.K. drama, which follows the lives of four female friends and their involvement in an array of illicit and complex relationships. The original, from S.J. Clarkson and Lowri Glain, ran for seasons on BBC One from 2008 to 2010 with BBC America carrying the series in the States (the finale for which airs tomorrow night). Lifetime previously shot a pilot for the project in 2008, which starred Brooke Burns, Camille Sullivan, Holly Marie Combs, Rochelle Aytes and Sarah Glendening. Sergio Mimica-Gezzan directed from a script by Melissa Carter for Fox 21. As for the new incarnation, K.J. Steinberg penned the script for ABC Studios with Bob Sertner and Ecosse Films' Douglas Rae also serving as executive producers. (Deadline.com)

SAVE ME (NBC) - Michael Landes and Alexandra Breckenridge have each scored roles on the comedy pilot, about Beth Harper (Anne Heche), a woman who lets herself go while in a broken marriage goes through a transformation where she becomes the best version of herself and creates miracles along the way. He'll play her husband Tom ("40-ish and real-world handsome"), a manager at an upscale hotel; while she's set as Carly Brugano ("hot without any effort"), "a laid-off high school student counselor with a master's in psychology who works as a concierge at Tom's hotel and serves as his therapist and lover." John Scott Shepherd is behind the Sony Pictures Television-based half-hour, to be directed by Scott Winant. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED JOHN LEGEND PROJECT (Showtime, New!) - John Legend is set to host and executive produce a backdoor pilot special for the pay channel which "features top artists from different genres who discuss their careers and perform an original musical collaboration before live studio audience." Jesse Dylan directed the pilot, which recently taped at the historic EastWest Studios in Los Angeles with Faith Hill ("You're The One Whose Waiting") and B.o.B ("Ghost in the Machine") among the guests. Hill and B.o.B likewise performed a live rendition of "Son of a Preacher Man" alongside Legend. Get Lifted Film Co.'s Mike Jackson; Tollin Productions' Michael Tollin; Station3's R.D. Robb and Tom Carter; and Wondros' Priscilla Cohen are executive producing alongside Legend. (Deadline.com)

WHITE VAN MAN (ABC) - Kyle Bornheimer ("Perfect Couples") has been tapped to topline the comedy pilot, based on the U.K. series about "a man who is forced to put his dreams on hold in order to take over the family handyman business from his father." His casting lifts said contingency off the pilot's production. In addition, Michael Fresco has signed on to direct the single-camera project, from writer Bobby Bowman and the ABC Studios-based Mark Gordon Co. Bornheimer and his brother Ryan previously sold a comedy pitch to ABC earlier this development cycle that didn't move forward. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED HILARY WINSTON PROJECT (NBC) - Adam Shankman ("Rock of Ages") has signed on to direct the comedy pilot, about "a shy, focused woman who, after being dumped by her fiance, leans on her co-workers to help her come out of her shell and plot her revenge." He'll work from a script by Hilary Winston, who's executive producing via Jamie Tarses's Sony Pictures Television-based FanFare banner. (Deadline.com)

THE BLUE LAGOON (Lifetime) - Australian actors Brenton Thwaites and Indiana Evans have booked the lead roles on the network's contemporary remake of the 1980 film, which featured Christopher Atkins and Brooke Shields as a boy and a girl marooned on a tropical island where they grow up together, fall in love and discover sexuality. Thwaites and Evans will play Dane and Emma in the project, which is slated to begin this month in Puerto Rico. Neil Meron, Craig Zadan and Judith Verno are executive producing for Sony Pictures Television. A director was not indicated. (Deadline.com)

THE CARRIE DIARIES (The CW)
- Miguel Arteta ("Cedar Rapids") has been tapped to direct and executive produce the netlet's "Sex and the City" prequel. He'll work from a script by Amy B. Harris, who's likewise executive producing alongside Candace Bushnell, Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Len Goldstein for the latter's Warner Bros. Television-based Fake Empire banner. (Deadline.com)

DADDY'S GIRLS (NBC)/FRIEND ME (CBS) - Pamela Fryman ("How I Met Your Mother") is set to direct both half-hour pilots. The CBS Television Studios-based latter, from Alan Kirschenbaum and Ajay Sahgal, follows two twentysomething best friends who move from their hometown of Bloomington, Indiana, to Los Angeles to begin their exciting new lives working at Groupon. The 20th Century Fox Television-based former, from Dana Klein, centers on a young woman who returns home from overseas to find that her father is seriously dating the "mean girl" from high school. (Deadline.com)

GOLDEN BOY (CBS) - Chi McBride ("Human Target") is the first to be cast while Richard Shepard ("Ringer") is on board to direct and executive produce the drama pilot, which tracks one man's meteoric rise of a uniform cop to detective to police commissioner. McBride will play Don Owen ("black, gruff, in a worn suit, bit of a gut"), the fellow's partner during his detective years. Shepard, who is being loaned out from CBS Television Studios, then will direct from a script by Nicholas Wootton for the Warner Bros. Television. Greg Berlanti is also executive producing via his studio-based banner. (Deadline.com)

HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix) - Corey Stoll ("Law & Order: LA") is the latest addition to the upcoming Kevin Spacey-led drama, about Frank Underwood, the Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives who after being passed over for Secretary of State hatches a plot to bring down the new president. He'll play Patrick Russo, "a loose-cannon, womanizing three-term Italian-American congressman, divorced with two kids, who is having a torrid affair with his secretary (Kristen Connolly)." Robin Wright and Kate Mara also star in the project, from Media Rights Capital, Sony Pictures Television and Trigger Street Productions. (Deadline.com)

HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE (ABC) - Sarah Chalke ("Mad Love") has booked the lead role on the comedy pilot, about a recently divorced, single mom, who moves in with her eccentric parents, a couple who's full of life but knows no boundaries. She'll play said woman, Polly ("a pretty, funny, quirky, messy single mom who wants to be the mother she never had"), in the Claudia Lonow-penned half-hour, from 20th Century Fox Television-based Imagine Television. (Deadline.com)

OH F---, IT'S YOU/PARTNERS (CBS) - James Burrows ("Mike & Molly") has signed on to direct both comedy pilots. The former, from Greg Malins and Greg Berlanti, revolves around a notorious womanizer who, after surviving a health scare, realizes that "the one" is his ex-turned-gal pal/business partner (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) who's already engaged to a nice guy. The latter, from Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, tracks two male best friends - one gay, one straight - who both are in serious relationships. Both come from Warner Bros. Television. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED KARYN USHER PROJECT (FOX) - Brett Ratner ("Chaos") is set to direct and executive produce the drama pilot, about "the orphaned 17-year-old daughter of a CIA operative who is recruited to become an operative herself." He'll work from a script by Usher who's likewise executive producing alongside Marty Adelstein, Shawn Levy and Becky Clements for 20th Century Fox Television. Ratner previously inked an overall deal with the studio back in August. (Deadline.com)



Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, LMFAO and The Wanted to Perform at "2012 Billboard Music Awards"

Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, LMFAO and The Wanted to Perform at "2012 Billboard Music Awards"

Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, LMFAO and The Wanted have been announced as the first artists to perform at "The 2012 Billboard Music Awards," which airs live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on SUNDAY, MAY 20 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

With more than 14 million albums sold worldwide, 14 No. 1 singles (with six as co-writes), five Grammys and countless other accolades - all achieved with three albums in less than seven years - Carrie Underwood remains ever-passionate, fueled by a restless creative spirit, good-natured competitive streak and an abundance of God-given talent. Now Underwood unleashes her most ambitious project yet with "Blown Away," available May 1. Her 2005 debut, "Some Hearts," topped Billboard's Country Albums chart for 27 weeks, has sold over 7 million copies and was voted No. 1 Country Album of the Decade by Billboard. Her 2007 sophomore album, "Carnival Ride," and 2009's "Play On" each debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Country and All-Genre Album Charts. Over the course of three albums, Underwood has saturated country radio with such hits as "Jesus, Take the Wheel," "Before He Cheats," "So Small," "Last Name," "Just a Dream," "Cowboy Casanova," "Temporary Home," "All-American Girl," "Undo It" and "Mama's Song."

Justin Bieber is a global phenomenon who has sold over 15 million albums worldwide to date and has amassed over 2.7 billion video views on YouTube, over 42 million Facebook fans and has more than 20 million Twitter followers. His new single, "Boyfriend," hit #1 on iTunes the second it was released and is the lead track from his upcoming album, "Believe," coming June 19th. "Believe" follows Bieber's #1 Christmas album, "Under the Mistletoe" (his third #1 album debut in just 18 months), "My World 2.0" (April, 2010) and "Never Say Never: The Remixes" (February, 2011). "Never Say Never: The Remixes" was the accompaniment to his concert documentary film, "Never Say Never," which went on to become the highest grossing concert film in U.S. history.

LMFAO's sophomore set, "Sorry for Party Rocking" (Party Rock/will.i.am/ Cherrytree/Interscope), was certified gold earlier this year and is quickly approaching platinum. The album has produced two #1 singles, "Party Rock Anthem" and "Sexy and I Know It." LMFAO's videos combined have seen over 950 million views on VEVO. "Party Rock Anthem" has surpassed 13.5 million units in total sales worldwide and was the #2 top selling song of 2011 on iTunes in the U.S. behind Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," and it was the #1 selling song on iTunes in the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden. Their music has been licensed by movie and television shows, including 20th Century Fox's holiday hit, "Chipwrecked," Fox's TV hits "Glee" and "Touch," Universal Pictures' "American Reunion" and the top charting game "Just Dance 3." LMFAO has performed on numerous television shows, including "Dancing with the Stars," "So You Think You Can Dance," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Good Morning America," "The American Music Awards" and "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest," and Redfoo and Sky Blu have shared the stage with Madonna at the Bridgestone Super Bowl Halftime Show. LMFAO will set out on a North American summer tour on May 22nd.

British Pop Vocal sensations "The Wanted" are taking the world by storm! Their lead single, "Glad You Came," just crossed 2 million mark in sales and hit #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 chart, becoming the first boy band to rule that chart with a debut single in almost 15 years! The guys are hot off performances on "American Idol," "The Voice," "The Tonight Show," "The Today Show" and "The View," and have just released their first U.S. self-titled EP.






"Auction Kings" Returns to Discovery Channel April 25

"Auction Kings" Returns to Discovery Channel April 25

Paul Brown and his intrepid Gallery 63 crew in Atlanta are back on Wednesday nights at 10:00/9:00c.

Paul Brown and his intrepid Gallery 63 crew in Atlanta are back for an all-new season of Discovery Channel's AUCTION KINGS, returning Wednesday, April 25 at 10PM ET/PT.

Paul brings big energy and a sharp, well trained eye to the auction floor as a wide range of rare treasures and off-the-wall objects cross his path this season. Paul's the go-to guy for buyers from across the U.S. and around the world who seek a range of extraordinary items that can only be found at a Gallery 63 auction.

Season three opens up with two back-to-back episodes featuring exciting and entertaining auctions of items ripped from the headlines of pop-history, including a commemorative John Wayne gun collection, a 1917 Model T Bucket Roadster, an Omnibot 2000, and a circa 1890 Iron Maiden. Are they real? What are they worth? Who are the buyers and sellers? What's the winning bid? Each week Paul and his AUCTION KINGS crew, Cindy Shook, Jon Hammond, and Delfino Ramos, assist in digging into each item's history with the help of experts, breathe new life into some objects, and answer all these questions, and more!

Joining AUCTION KINGS this season is Jamie Breese, the audacious and cheeky London-based authenticator and collectibles expert seen regularly across the UK on networks and programs that include BBC, ITV and GMTV. He's the author of the one stop best-selling antiques guide, Make a Mint, and provides indispensable knowledge of all things collectible. Also joining the series are pickers Ernie and Steve Garrett, aka the Garrett Brothers, an outspoken and outlandish duo who venture around the country and hunt down overlooked treasures from out-of-the way places.

Other historic and mind-blowing items that can be seen on AUCTION KINGS this season include an authentic Elvis Presley gold and diamond bracelet, a document signed by President Abraham Lincoln, a French and Indian war cannon, a 1955 mint condition Ford Thunderbird, a 1960s Barbie doll, a rare Harley Davidson bicycle, a 1985 Rolls Royce, an 18th century ship's cannon, a Hudson automobile, a 1923 Martin 0-18 guitar, an authentic confederate sword, and boxing gloves signed by legends Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Also this season there will be an auction for Oliver North's Navy dress sword, with a special appearance by Oliver North.


TLC Greenlights Season Two of Hit Series "My Crazy Obsession"

TLC Greenlights Season Two of Hit Series "My Crazy Obsession"

The series, from Sharp Entertainment, will return with new episodes in early 2013.

TLC will continue its obsession with the obsessed in early 2013 with a second season of MY CRAZY OBSESSION. In what became an overnight pop culture sensation, trending number one for hours on Twitter on Thursday, March 8, season one pulled back the curtains to reveal some of the nation's most extreme and unique obsessions. From a couple with a collection of over 5,000 Cabbage Patch Kids to a woman with dozens of carrot tattoos, MY CRAZY OBSESSION provided a candid look inside the lives of those whose majority of time, money and effort are dedicated to fulfilling and maintaining their uncommon passions. Season two will follow suit as it highlights even more of the most unusual obsessions across the country.



TV Tonight 21th of April 2012

TV Tonight 21th of April 2012

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

    20/20 S34E34001: "Sunset Boulevard"
    24/7 S16E02: "Mayweather/Cotto (2)"
    48 Hours Mystery S25E24: "Mystery on Twin Peaks Drive"
    Area no Kishi S01E16: "Episode 16"
    Bakugan Battle Brawlers S05E03: "Mastering the Shoot!"
    Beyblade: Metal Fusion S02E37: "The Byxis of Destiny"
    Bleach (US) S13E21: "That Man, for the Sake of the Kuchiki"
    Britain's Got More Talent S06E05: "Series 6, Episode 5"
    Britain's Got Talent S06E05: "Series 6 - Auditions 5"
    Casualty S26E32: "Desperate Remedies"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E217: "Episode 1897"
    Escape Routes S01E04: "Season 1, Episode 4"
    Fairy Tail S03E32: "The Terror of Invisible Lucy"
    Fate/Zero S02E03: "TBA"
    Formula 1 S04E08: "Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying Highlights"
    Green Lantern: The Animated Series S01E08: "Fear Itself"
    How to Rock S01E12: "How to Rock a Part-Time Job"
    iCarly S06E03: "iOpen a Restaurant"
    Ik hou van Holland S09E08: "Season 9, Episode 8"
    Jongens tegen de Meisjes, De S02E01: "Season 2, Episode 1"
    Keith Lemon's Lemon Aid S01E03: "Series 1, Episode 3"
    Match of The Day S47E51: "Season 47, Show 51"
    Mesternes Mester S04E09: "Season 4, Episode 9"
    My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic S02E26: "A Canterlot Wedding (2)"
    My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic S02E25: "A Canterlot Wedding (1)"
    Ozuma S01E06: "Episode 6"
    Parking Wars S06E13: "Season 6, Episode 13"
    Parking Wars S06E12: "Season 6, Episode 12"
    Pok√©mon S15E10: "A Call for Brotherly Love!"
    Power Rangers S19E10: "The Strange Case of the Munchies"
    Saturday Kitchen S10E43: "April 21, 2012"
    Southern Nights S01E03: "Southern Discomfort"
    T.U.F.F. Puppy S02E03: "Monkey Business | Diary of a Mad Cat"
    Tanked S02E02: "Old School vs. New School"
    Texas Women S02E03: "Looking for Love"
    That Metal Show S10E04: "Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)"
    The Aquabats Super Show S01E08: "Uberchaun!"
    The Cube S05E02: "Series 5, Episode 2"
    The Firm S01E14: "Chapter Fourteen"
    The Football League Show S03E35: "Series 3, Episode 35"
    The Legend of Korra S01E03: "The Revelation"
    The Million Pound Drop Live S09E10: "Series 9, Episode 10"
    The Voice (UK) S01E05: "Battle Round"
    Thundercats (2011) S01E18: "Survival of the Fittest"
    Top Gear Australia S04E06: "Cars as Beach Buggys"
    Transformers: Prime S02E10: "Armada"
    UFC PPV Events S20E04: "UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans"
    Upotte!! S01E03: "Wash it. Wipe it."
    You've Been Framed S19E28: "April 21, 2012"
    Young Justice S01E26: "Auld Acquaintance"


The Wanted to perform new single 'Chasing The Sun' on 'BGT' live show

The Wanted to perform new single 'Chasing The Sun' on 'BGT' live show

The Wanted have confirmed that they will perform their new single on Britain's Got Talent.

The boyband will sing 'Chasing The Sun' for the first time on UK television during the May 7 live show of the talent contest.

The group tweeted: "Really excited to announce we're performing #ChasingTheSun for the first time in the UK on Britain's Got Talent on Monday 7th May!! #TWonBGT"

'Chasing The Sun' was written by Example and will be released in the UK on May 20. It's available to download in the US now.

The accompanying music video was shot in Los Angeles and will include The Wanted performing the track on a rooftop.

Max George revealed that they all look "rather disheveled" in the clip, which will see them partying through the night.

Tulisa Contostavlos recently confirmed that she will also perform her debut single 'Young' on a Britain's Got Talent live show next month.


Matthew Perry Comedy Pilot 'Go On' Picked Up for NBC Series

Matthew Perry Comedy Pilot 'Go On' Picked Up for NBC Series

Matthew Perry officially has a new NBC series.

The former "Friends" star's comedy pilot, "Go On," has been picked up to series by the network, an individual with knowledge of the situation confirmed to TheWrap.

On the show, written and executive-produced by "Friends" alum Scott Silveri, Perry will play "an irreverent yet charming sportscaster" who finds solace from the members of his group therapy sessions as he attempts to recover from a loss.

The series co-stars "Transformers" star Julie White, Laura Benanti of "The Playboy Club," "Men of a Certain Age" actress Suzy Nakamura and Khary Payton.

Perry's most-recent series, the short-lived ABC offering "Mr. Sunshine," was canceled last May.


Simon Cowell, ITV 'risk self-destructive war' over 'X Factor', 'BGT'

Simon Cowell, ITV 'risk self-destructive war' over 'X Factor', 'BGT'

Simon Cowell is upset and annoyed with ITV over its lack of support for Britain's Got Talent and The X Factor, according to the TV mogul's unofficial biographer Tom Bower.

Bower's book Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell has been trailed in The Sun all week and has revealed information about the TV star's love life, including an affair with former X Factor co-star Dannii Minogue.

The writer's latest revelations about Cowell are based on his relationship with ITV, who he has worked with on talent shows for over a decade. Bower has alleged that Cowell is annoyed at ITV for not being more supportive following the news about his private life.

"ITV are shooting themselves in the foot by criticising Cowell," said Bower.

"They are risking a self-destructive war by not respecting the man who has saved their channel from bad ratings when they have failed to create other original and attractive programmes. Without Cowell their ratings would sink.

"At the same time he is suffering because of the poor programmes that screen before his shows that they're responsible for. Cowell's view is that he is doing an amazing amount for them. He is relentless and knows the business better than anyone else.

"He is a perfectionist and they are certainly ungrateful."

Earlier this week, it was claimed that Cowell was annoyed at ITV's decision to rehire Gary Barlow as a judge on The X Factor for a second year, while ITV director Peter Fincham apparently prefers not to have Cowell involved directly in the talent shows.



London Marathon staying on BBC through to 2018

London Marathon staying on BBC through to 2018

The BBC and the London Marathon have announced a deal that will see the annual showpiece event remain on the BBC through to 2018.

Under the new agreement, the BBC will continue as the exclusive UK broadcaster of the London Marathon on TV, radio, the internet, mobile and BBC iPlayer.

The marathon has aired on the BBC since it started on 1981, and despite recently losing other sporting events, the corporation has ensured that it retains the rights to the sporting celebration.

The deal also comes ahead of live coverage of the 2012 Virgin London Marathon, which starts at 8.30am on April 22 on BBC television, Radio 5 Live and online.

BBC director sport Barbara Slater, who has had to cope with a 15% cut in the corporation's budget for sports rights under an efficiency drive, said that the marathon is a "key part of BBC Sport's calendar".

"We're delighted to continue our longstanding partnership with the London Marathon," she said.

"This prestigious race is a hugely important national event and a key part of BBC Sport's calendar. We look forward to bringing the full spectacle live to audiences through to 2018 across the BBC platforms."

Virgin London Marathon joint race director David Bedford added: "The BBC has been a vital partner of the London Marathon since it started in 1981 and its unrivalled coverage is a key ingredient of the event's success and popularity, not only in Britain but across the world.

"We are delighted with this new agreement which ensures the event will continue to enjoy the profile it deserves over the coming years."

Sue Barker will present the TV coverage of the London Marathon this Sunday on BBC One and BBC One HD, backed up by reporting from Jonathan Edwards, Colin Jackson, Denise Lewis, Phil Jones and Sonali Shah.

Digital TV viewers will be able to use the Red Button to select which parts of the race they want to watch, along with choose from a range commentaries. A highlights programme will be aired on BBC Two at 5pm and offered on BBC iPlayer.


Simon Amstell's 'Grandma's House' revisited by nearly 1m

Simon Amstell's 'Grandma's House' revisited by nearly 1m

Simon Amstell sitcom Grandma's House began its second series with a modest audience last night, early viewing figures reveal.

The BBC Two show's opening episode - featuring a gay kiss between Simon and Oliver - amused 979k (4.9%) at 10pm, a drop of 600k on its 2010 premiere rating.

Earlier on the channel, Louis Theroux's piece on autism intrigued 1.91m (8.1%) at 9pm, prior to which 1.41m (5.9%) tuned in to new food show Two Greedy Italians at 8pm.

Over on ITV1, Long Lost Family kept up its strong start with 4.69m (19.9%) watching its second instalment, as well as 299k (1.7%) on +1.

BBC One appealed to a loyal 4.31m (18.2%) for 8pm's Watchdog and 4.27m (18.3%) for a New Tricks repeat.

Documentary 9/11: The Lost Tapes was Channel 4's most-watched broadcast with 1.82m (7.8%) at 9pm (+1: 355k/2%), after which Extreme A&E had 1.11m (6.4%) and 147k (1.5%) on timeshift.

Elsewhere, a Europa League semi-final match on Channel 5 scored 1.07m (4.6%) for just over two hours from 8pm.

Overall on the terrestrials, ITV1 led primetime with a share of 22.3% (+1: 0.8%), beating BBC One which averaged 21%.

BBC Two claimed third place with 6.5%, followed by Channel 4 with 5.1% (+1: 1%), and Channel 5 with 3.8% (+1: 0.1%).



'2 Broke Girls' debuts with 1.1m for E4

'2 Broke Girls' debuts with 1.1m for E4

US sitcom 2 Broke Girls made a highly impressive start on E4 last night, overnight data indicates.

Following the lives of roommates Max and Caroline, the comedy premiered with 824k (3.5%) at 9pm and 253k (1.3%) on E4 +1.

The Big Bang Theory gave the show a huge lead after an 8pm hour double-bill secured 1.23m (5.3%) and 1.24m (5.1%). The episodes added 245k (1.1%) and 360k (1.5%) on timeshift.

However, Celebrity Juice remained Thursday's most-watched multichannel show, grabbing a colossal 1.67m (8.8%) at 10pm (+1: 286k/2.6%).

Nevertheless, E4 won the night with 2.9% (+1: 1%), ahead of ITV2's 2.6% (+1: 0.3%), and even matched Channel 5.

Russell Howard's Good News aired on BBC Three with a relatively mediocre 712k (3.1%) at 9pm.

However, remarkably the stand-up clip show attracted a further 458k (12.1%) at 12.30am, winning its slot against every other show at that time of night.


Dick Clark Cremated, Memorial Plans Still Pending

Dick Clark Cremated, Memorial Plans Still Pending

Dick Clark has been cremated.

According to the publicist, plans for a memorial service are "still being discussed."

While memorial plans have not yet been finalized, the New York Post reports that Clark will be honored next New Year's Eve in Times Square, where he televised the ball-dropping ceremony for decades. Fans will be invited to share memories of Clark on one-inch-square pieces of confetti, which will be among the confetti that's tossed out on Times Square when the year turns.

The former "American Bandstand" host died Wednesday at the age of 82 after suffering a heart attack.

Clark's death, after decades as a television icon, drew numerous remembrances in Hollywood. Ryan Seacrest, who took over hosting duties for "New Year's Rockin' Eve" from Clark after the latter suffered a heart attack, tweeted, "I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life."


Vernon Kay sex text girl Rhian Sugden linked to Celebrity Big Brother

Vernon Kay sex text girl Rhian Sugden linked to Celebrity Big Brother

Glamour model Rhian Sugden, who famously ended up in a sex text scandal with Vernon Kay, is the latest star linked to this year's Celebrity Big Brother.

Sugden hit the headlines in 2010 when a tabloid discovered that she had flirted with the married Family Fortunes host.

According to the Daily Star, the 25-year-old's latest career move is to take part in Channel 5's reality show, which returns at the end of the summer.

Speaking about her relationship with Kay back in 2010, Sugden said: "It's all been blown out of proportion. It's not what everyone thinks. It was just a few flirty texts. If I could turn the clock back and not send or receive those messages then I definitely would do.

"I regret receiving them from Vernon and I regret replying but it was all just a bit of harmless fun."

The broadcaster ordered a second celebrity series to air in 2012 following the ratings success of the Denise Welch and Frankie Cocozza instalment in January.

Ex-News of the World journalist Paul McMullen, Swedish footballer Freddie Ljungberg, Bachelor star Carianne Barrow and controversial journalist and TV producer Samantha Brick are also among the rumoured lineup.

Model and DJ Jakki Degg is also reportedly taking part.


'The Voice' UK's top contestants to go on tour this autumn?

'The Voice' UK's top contestants to go on tour this autumn?

The Voice format creators Talpa Productions have entered talks with Live Nation about a series of arena shows later this year, The Sun claims.

"Everyone has been taken aback by how successful The Voice has been, so a tour is a no-brainer," a source said. "Discussions about a series of arena shows in the autumn are underway."

The insider also quipped that talk of a Voice live tour "probably won't go down well with Simon Cowell", whose reality show The X Factor is due to return for a new season in the autumn.

The top eight contestants from the first US series of The Voice performed at a string of shows in locations including New York City, Las Vegas and Los Angeles last summer. The dates were organised in association with Live Nation.

Strictly Come Dancing, Britain's Got Talent and The X Factor stage annual live arena tours featuring past contestants.


President Obama to Appear on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon'

President Obama to Appear on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon'

President Barack Obama will trade the jokers in Washington for another funnyman next Tuesday.

The commander-in-chief will make his maiden appearance on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on April 24, NBC said Friday. The episode will be taped earlier in the day at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Fallon's house band The Roots will also be on hand for the taping. Dave Matthews will be the musical guest. No word on whether Obama plans to bust out his considerable vocal skills for the performance. There's also no word if The Roots will attempt an encoded message in their song choices, as they infamously did with fellow political guest Michele Bachmann.

Obama's appearance on "Fallon" follows his wife Michelle's guest spot on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" in January.


Ratings: 'Missing,' 'Touch' and 'Awake' Hit New Lows

Ratings: 'Missing,' 'Touch' and 'Awake' Hit New Lows

ABC's "Missing" and NBC's "Awake" hit series lows Thursday night, while "American Idol" took a dip but still pushed Fox to an overall win for the night, according to preliminary numbers.

Fox took first place in ratings and total viewers with an average 3.0 rating/9 share in the advertiser-friendly 18-49 demographic and 11 million.

"American Idol" at 8 was down 7 percent from last Thursday but still took the night's top ratings and total viewership, posting a 3.9/13 in the demo with 14.6 million total viewers.

"Touch" the following hour was also down, slipping 9 percent in the demo for a series low of 2.1/6 and 7.3 million total viewers.

ABC came in second in ratings and third in total viewers with an average 2.2/6 and 8.4 million. The freshman drama "Missing" at 8 was slipped 7 percent to its lowest rating so far, receiving a 1.3/4 in the demo with 7 million total viewers. "Grey's Anatomy" at 9 climbed 10 percent in the demo from last week for a 3.2/9 and 9.7 million total viewers. The new series "Scandal" the following hour was also up slightly, taking a 2.1/6 with 7.4 million total viewers.

CBS drew third place in ratings and second in total viewers with an average 1.8/5 and 8.4 million. Sandwiched by repeats, "Rules of Engagement" at 8:30, the network's only original programming for the night, dropped 19 percent for a 2.2/7 in the demo and 8.7 million total viewers.

Univision grabbed fourth in the demo and total viewers with an average 1.6/5 and 3.8 million. "Una Familia Con Suerte" at 8 posted a 1.5/5 in the demo and 3.6 million, while "Un Abismo de Pasion" drew a 1.6/4 in the demo and 3.9 million total viewers. "La Que No Podia Amar" at 10 received a 1.7/5 and 4 million total viewers.

NBC took fifth place in ratings and total viewers with an average 1.4/4 and 3.2 million. "Community" at 8 dipped to a 1.3/5 in the demo and 2.9 million total viewers, while "30 Rock" climbed to a 1.5/5 and 3.2 million total viewers.

"The Office" at 9 drew even with last week for a 2.2/6 in the demo and 4.3 million total viewers, while "Parks and Recreation" at 9:30 was even with its last original episode six weeks ago, pulling a 1.8/5 in the demo and 3.5 million total viewers. ("Parks" retained 82 percent of its "Office" lead-in, up from its 69 percent average retention in the time slot last season.) "Awake" at 10 dropped 11 percent from last week, hitting a series low of 0.8/2 with 2.7 million total viewers.


Why John Hawkes Turned Down 'Walking Dead'

Why John Hawkes Turned Down 'Walking Dead'

Did John Hawkes turn down the role of The Governor on "The Walking Dead" because he's not into basic cable?

"I have to be careful of what TV shows I choose, particularly ones that have commercials in them, because it's going to be a different kind of television show," Hawkes told MovieWeb.com.

"There are going to be sponsors. No matter how good the show is, if there are commercials, it's going to be a different show, to me. That's just my personal feeling."

The role of The Governor -- who will likely stir up trouble for the survivors when they take up residence at an abandoned (or is it?) prison in season three -- will be played by David Morrissey.

"It was nice of them to ask, and it's a good show, but, again, I just didn't feel I was the guy," Hawkes said. "They came to me and sent me the graphic novel and the first two seasons. I took a look at them, and just didn't feel like it was for me."

Hawkes co-starred on HBO's "Eastbound & Down" and played Sol Starr on the network's "Deadwood." He has also worked in on ad-supported TV shows before, including "Lost," "Psych," "CSI" and "24." He also had a role in the FX pilot "Outlaw Country," which the network passed on last fall.

He was nominated for a supporting actor Oscar last year for "Winter's Bone."

His latest movie, the drama "The Playroom," premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival Saturday.