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vrijdag 27 april 2012

Tyra Banks on 'America's Next Top Model' exits: 'The show needs boost'

Tyra Banks on 'America's Next Top Model' exits: 'The show needs boost'

Tyra Banks has spoken out about the recent trio of departures from America's Next Top Model.

It was announced last week that Jay Manuel, Nigel Barker and J Alexander would not be returning for the show's next cycle. All three have been mainstays on the show since it began.

Speaking to Access Hollywood, Banks said: "We reached a point where we feel the show needs a new boost.

"It's very difficult because I love my guys, they're my guys. They've been there since the beginning of the show."

Following the announcement, Banks posted a message on her Facebook page thanking the trio for their work on the show.

She wrote: "To my Nigel Barker, Miss J, and Mr Jay: Thank you for all of our years together on America's Next Top Model!

"Working with you is always an absolute pleasure. Excited for what the future holds for us. XOXO, TyTy."

Nigel Barker has since suggested that it will be difficult to find a replacement for him on the show.

'Grey Legion' to be adapted for TV by Syfy

'Grey Legion' to be adapted for TV by Syfy

Grey Legion is to be adapted for television by Syfy.

The network is developing a show called Seeing Things, based on Scott Mitchell Rosenberg's Platinum Studios comic.

Grey Legion tells the story of a police officer who is killed, but forced to come back as a ghost and carry out covert missions for a government agency.

Its synopsis reads: "A top-secret agency has found a way to force ghosts to carry out covert missions... whether they want to or not. Now one of these unwilling spies will do anything to reclaim his soul - and be reunited with the love he thought he had lost forever."

Rosenberg will serve as executive producer on the series, according to Entertainment Weekly. A cast and director are yet to be appointed.

Syfy has also acquired the rights to adapt Stephen King's sword and sorcery novel The Eyes Of The Dragon, though it is not yet known whether the network plans to turn it into a film or series.

'The Walking Dead' Xbox 360 release date announced

'The Walking Dead' Xbox 360 release date announced

The Walking Dead game has received an Xbox 360 release date from Telltale Games.

The first episode - titled 'A New Day' - will arrive this Friday (April 27) on Xbox Live Arcade for 400 MS points (£3.40 / $5).

The video game spinoff of the popular comic book and TV series features a brand new character named Lee Everett, a convicted murderer with a chance of redemption in the aftermath of the zombie outbreak.

Players will meet familiar characters such as Glenn, as well as new ones who can live or die in a branching story based on the choices in each episode.

The first episode launched today on PlayStation Network, PC and Mac, along with the option to order a season pass. An iOS port, meanwhile, launches in the summer.

Syfy moving ahead with 'Booster Gold'

Syfy moving ahead with 'Booster Gold'

Syfy is moving ahead with its Booster Gold series.

The DC Comics adaptation has been added to the channel's production slate alongside True Blood writer Charlaine Harris's Grave Sight.

It also joins the adaptation of Platinum Studios comic Grey Legion, a series spinning out of 2011 action thriller The Adjustment Bureau and a project based on Stephen King's Eyes of the Dragon novel.

Syfy ordered a pilot script for a show based on DC's 25th century superhero last year.

Fringe writer Andrew Kreisberg was reported to have delivered the screenplay earlier in the week.

The show will star Michael Jon Carter, the morally dubious, publicity hungry hero who previously appeared in the final season of Smallville in the episode 'Booster'.

Lindsay Lohan 'angers Glee cast by showing up late'

Lindsay Lohan 'angers Glee cast by showing up late'

Lindsay Lohan reportedly arrived late to the set of Glee after a night out.

Lohan will make a guest appearance as herself in the third season finale, but angered some of the show's cast by throwing off a day's schedule with her late arrival, TMZ reports.

Dot Marie Jones, who plays Coach Beiste, tweeted: "Gonna be a long day!! Some ppl show up late and just throw a wrench in things. Not cool! I'd rather be an hour early (I was) than 5 minutes late!"

The tweet has since been deleted, but the latecomer in question has reportedly been confirmed as Lohan.

Another source connected to the production, however, claimed that Lohan nailed her dialogue during the scenes she has already filmed, and was very polite to cast and crew.

The episode's director Eric Stoltz has called her "very professional".

It was also suggested that Lohan was only on set on the day in question to shoot reaction shots, and thus her late arrival did not delay production.

'Smash': 'Gossip Girl's Josh Safran to replace creator as showrunner?

'Smash': 'Gossip Girl's Josh Safran to replace creator as showrunner?

Smash is to recruit Gossip Girl showrunner Josh Safran as a replacement for co-creator Theresa Rebeck, according to reports.

Safran has been with the CW show - based on a series of novels aimed at teenagers - as an executive producer and consulting producer since 2008.

Safran is in talks to replace Rebeck, who stepped down as day-to-day showrunner in March, reports Entertainment Weekly.

Rebeck is expected to remain a writer and executive producer on Smash's second season. She wrote the first three episodes of the series, and is an established Broadway playwright.

She has been involved with the series from the start, adapting the script initially for Showtime and then later at NBC.

Debra Messing's Smash character Julia is said to be based on Rebeck's own life and career.

The CW has not yet revealed whether Gossip Girl will be picked up for a new season.

'The Lying Game' picked up for second season by ABC Family

'The Lying Game' picked up for second season by ABC Family

ABC Family has renewed The Lying Game for a second season.

The teen mystery, based on a series of Sara Shepard novels of the same name, will return in the winter.

Speaking about The Lying Game's chances of renewal last month, lead actress Alexandra Chando said: "We feel great about [the future]. Our ratings have been really great. We love this show."

She also suggested that The Lying Game "could take on a whole new direction" after the events of the season finale.

Fellow cast member Charisma Carpenter recently told TV Line that she will return as Rebecca Sewell if asked.

The Lying Game, which also stars Adrian Pasdar, Blair Redford and Allie Gonino, is broadcast in the UK on 5*.

'The Syndicate' picked up for second series by BBC One

'The Syndicate' picked up for second series by BBC One

The Syndicate has been picked up for a second series.

The BBC One drama concluded on Tuesday night, drawing in nearly 5.4m viewers.

Sam Hodges, head of comms at BBC Television, announced the renewal on Twitter: "Great news for fans of The Syndicate - a second series has been commissioned for BBC One next year."

The show - written by Kay Mellor - followed five supermarket workers who enter into a lottery syndicate and win the top prize.

Each episode focused on a different character, with Timothy Spall, Joanna Page, Matthew McNulty, Lorraine Bruce and Matthew Lewis playing the leads.

Harry Potter star Lewis previously commented on the "fantastic" reaction to The Syndicate.

"People seem to have really taken to the programme," he said. "Most people aren't too fond of my character Jamie, though, and they¹ve let me know."

The Syndicate will return to BBC One in 2013.

'Coronation Street', 'EastEnders', 'Emmerdale' - schedule changes

'Coronation Street', 'EastEnders', 'Emmerdale' - schedule changes

Coronation Street, EastEnders and Emmerdale all have some schedule changes early next month - for one week only.

In the week commencing Monday, May 7, soap fans can expect six episodes of Coronation Street - some of which will air post-watershed at 9pm.

As with previous years, high drama is on the way for Weatherfield to coincide with Britain's Got Talent airing its live semi-final stages. This time around, the big plots are Terry launching a shocking plan to fix his financial mess and the conclusion to Lesley's storyline.

Emmerdale, meanwhile, will only air five episodes across the week due to the changes.

Elsewhere, EastEnders will air at 7.30pm on Monday, May 7 rather than the usual time of 8pm.

The full schedule for the affected shows is as follows:

Monday, May 7
7.00pm: Emmerdale
7.30pm: EastEnders
9.00pm: Coronation Street

Tuesday, May 8
7.00pm: Emmerdale
7.30pm: EastEnders
9.00pm: Coronation Street

Wednesday, May 9
7.00pm: Emmerdale
9.00pm: Coronation Street

Thursday, May 10
7.00pm: Emmerdale
7.30pm: EastEnders
9.00pm: Coronation Street

Friday, May 11
7.00pm: Emmerdale
7.30pm: Coronation Street
8.00pm: EastEnders
8.30pm: Coronation Street

'Made in Chelsea' rises to 460,000 on E4

'Made in Chelsea' rises to 460,000 on E4

The latest instalment of Made in Chelsea improved to more than 460,000 viewers, according to overnight data.

The E4 reality show drew 461k (2.7%) in the 10pm hour, nearly 50k up from last week.

Elsewhere, Sky Atlantic's Game of Thrones and Watch's Grimm both managed 340k (1.4%) from 9pm.

On the terrestrials, ITV1's Scott & Bailey (4.86/19.5%) continued to narrowly beat BBC One's Silent Witness (4.72m/18.9%) in the 9pm battle, with the former picking up a further 412k (2.4%) on timeshift.

Earlier on BBC One, Panorama was watched by 3.7m (15.3%) from 8.30pm. On ITV1, The Dales grabbed 4.09m (17.9%) from 8pm (+1: 176k/0.7%).

BBC Two showed Chaplains: Angels of Mersey (708k/3.1%), The Little Paris Kitchen: Cooking with Rachel Khoo (1.27m/5.2%) and The 70s (2.21m/8.9%).

Channel 4's Inside Nature's Giants attracted 901k (3.8%) with Embarrassing Bodies averaging 2.29m (9.2%) afterwards (+1: 441k/2.6%). Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA served 1.5m (9%) in the 10pm hour (+1: 200k/2.4%).

Channel 5's The Gadget Show took 873k (3.7%) from 8pm. Robson's Extreme Fishing Challenge and 10 Things I Hate About... garnered 974k (3.9%) and 655k (3.8%) respectively.

Overall, ITV1 secured primetime victory with 23.7% (+1: 1%) beating BBC One's 19.9%. BBC Two came third with 6.8% ahead of Channel 4's 6.3% (+1: 0.9%) and Channel 5's 3.5% (+1: 0.2%).

'Made in Chelsea' star Spencer Matthews 'photographed taking cocaine'

'Made in Chelsea' star Spencer Matthews 'photographed taking cocaine'

Made in Chelsea's Spencer Matthews has been caught in a possible drugs scandal.

According to The Sun, the celebrity stock broker was seen at an after-party using cocaine before offering the class A substance to other guests.

One Made in Chelsea fan, said to be among the group on the night out in Bath, recalled: "He produced a bag of cocaine, grabbed a DVD case and did a line.

"It made me feel really uncomfortable - but he acted like it was the most natural thing in the world."

"I was disgusted and surprised that he'd do it with people he did not know," the supposed witness added.

Matthews's position on the popular E4 reality show could be under threat, with a source claiming: "Spencer was about to sign a big deal but this could put a spanner in the works."

Made in Chelsea continues next Monday at 10pm on E4.

TV Tonight 27th of April 2012

TV Tonight 27th of April 2012

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

    60 Minute Makeover S09E23: "Series 9, Episode 23"
    7 Days (NZ) S04E11: "Comedy Festival Special - New Zealand vs. World"
    8 out of 10 cats S13E01: "Series 13, Episode 1"
    A League of Their Own (UK) S05E02: "Series 5, Episode 2"
    Accel World S01E04: "Declaration"
    Alan Carr: Chatty Man S08E01: "Tulisa Contostavlos, Jimmy Carr, Paul Weller"
    America's Most Wanted S25E22: "Season 25, Episode 22"
    Ancient Aliens S04E10: "Aliens and Dinosaurs"
    Anderson S01E145: "DWTS Castoff; True Crime Stories; Anderson's Mystery Guest"
    Art in the Twenty-First Century S06E03: "History"
    Better Homes and Gardens S14E13: "Series 14, Episode 13"
    Big Brother Sverige S08E60: "Del 60"
    Blue Bloods S02E20: "Working Girls"
    Come Dine With Me S18E85: "Series 18, Come Dine With Me"
    Coronation Street S53E85: "Fri Apr 27, 2012 [Episode 2]"
    Coronation Street S53E84: "Fri Apr 27, 2012 [Episode 1]"
    CSI: NY S08E16: "Sláinte"
    Dateline NBC S21E43: "Fr2132"
    Days of our Lives S47E120: "Ep. #11830"
    De Zonen van Van As S01E06: "Season 1, Episode 6"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E222: "Episode 1902"
    Degrassi S11E42: "Hollaback Girl (1)"
    Dickinson's Real Deal S08E98: "Series 8, Episode 98"
    Doctors S14E18: "The Lunatics, the Lover and the Poet"
    EastEnders S28E69: "April 27, 2012"
    Emmerdale S41E101: "April 27, 2012"
    Escape To The Country S12E45: "Kent"
    Eureka 7 (JP) S02E03: "Still Fighting (Secret Operation)"
    Fairly Legal S02E07: "Teenage Wasteland"
    Fish Hooks S02E16: "Guys' Night Out"
    Fred: The Show S01E18: "The Battle of Little Figglehorn"
    Fringe S04E20: "Worlds Apart"
    Gardeners' World S45E08: "April 27, 2012"
    General Hospital (US) S50E20: "#12548"
    Ghost Adventures S06E07: "The Riviera Hotel"
    Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden S22E170: "Season 22, Episode 170"
    Great British Menu S07E15: "The Olympic Feast - 15"
    Grimm S01E19: "Leave It to Beavers"
    Have I Got News for You S43E03: "Damian Lewis, Susan Calman"
    Heir Hunters (UK) S06E10: "Series 6, Episode 10"
    Hollyoaks S18E85: "April 27, 2012"
    Home and Away (AU) S25E70: "Episode 5505"
    Horrible Histories S04E07: "Series 4, Episode 7"
    House Hunters S48E84
    House Hunters International S25E87: "Family of Six in Belize"
    In Plain Sight S05E07: "Sacrificial Lam"
    Jennie Garth: Little Bit Country S01E02: "Luca Sings"
    Jeopardy! S28E160: "Show #6365"
    Jessie (2011) S01E17: "Badfellas"
    Killer Trials: Judgment Day S01E21: "TBA"
    King (2011) S02E09: "Chris Harris"
    Ladykracher S07E04: "Folge 4"
    Ladykracher S07E03: "Folge 3"
    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon S02E258
    Late Show with David Letterman S19E62
    Later... with Jools Holland S40E02
    Let's Dance (DE) S05E07: "Folge 7"
    Lip Service S02E02: "Series 2, Episode 2"
    Live with Regis and Kelly S29E173
    Magic City S01E04: "Atonement"
    Mastermind (UK) S40E31: "Series 40, Show 31"
    Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries S01E10: "Death by Miss Adventure"
    Neighbours S28E80: "Episode 6390"
    Nikita S02E20: "Shadow Walker"
    Not Going Out S05E03: "Camping"
    Nytt På Nytt S26E16: "Håvard Lilleheie og Kristine Riis"
    Phineas and Ferb S03E3011: "Delivery of Destiny / Buford Confidential"
    Piers Morgan Tonight S02E66: "Episode 66"
    Piers Morgan's Life Stories S07E03: "Carol Vorderman"
    Poms in Paradise S02E05: "Series 2, Episode 5"
    Primetime S23E14: "What Would You Do? (14)"
    Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is S06E25: "Series 6, Episode 25"
    QI S09E17: "The Immortal Bard"
    Real Time With Bill Maher S10E14: "Season 10, Episode 14"
    Romanii au Talent S02E11: "Semifinala #4"
    Sakamichi no Apollon S01E03: "Some Day My Prince Will Come"
    Sankarea S01E04: "Normal...Girl"
    Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids S02E06: "Maids Against Modesty"
    Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids S02E05: "It's A Drag Being A Bridesmaid"
    Shark Tank S03E12: "Season 3, Episode 12"
    Stand Up for the Week S04E01: "Series 4, Episode 1"
    Supernatural S07E20: "The Girl With the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo"
    The Block S05E10: "Day 10"
    The Bold and the Beautiful S26E26: "Ep. #6310"
    The Chase (2009) S05E59: "Series 5, Episode 59"
    The Dead Files S01E09: "Scandal in the South"
    The Ellen DeGeneres Show S09E148: "Hugh Grant"
    The Finder S01E11: "The Inheritance"
    The Graham Norton Show S11E03
    The Jeremy Kyle Show S07E158
    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson S08E68: "Patton Oswalt, Phoebe Tonkin"
    The Project S04E100: "Season 4, Episode 100"
    The Revolution (2012) S01E65: "Season 1, Episode 65"
    The Ricky Gervais Show S03E02: "Comic Relief"
    The Talk S02E155: "Season 2, Episode 155"
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno S19E289: "Mel Gibson, Jeremy Minnier, the Wanted"
    The Ultimate Fighter S15E08: "Season 15, Episode 8"
    The View S15E148
    The Young and the Restless S40E25: "Ep. #9894"
    Thuis S17E175: "Season 17, Episode 175"
    True Justice S01E05: "Dark Vengeance (Part 2)"
    Undercover Boss S03E11: "Philly Pretzel Factory"
    Who Do You Think You Are? (US) S03E09: "Rob Lowe"
    Would I Lie To You? S06E03: "Miranda Hart, Clare Balding, Dale Winton, Richard Bacon"
    WWE Friday Night SmackDown! S12E83: "Season 12, Episode 83"

Cheryl Cole admits to watching 'Geordie Shore': 'It's fascinating'

Cheryl Cole admits to watching 'Geordie Shore': 'It's fascinating'

Cheryl Cole has confessed that controversial MTV reality show Geordie Shore is her TV "guilty pleasure".

The Geordie popstar claimed that she even sometimes watched the show to help her get to sleep because she likes the familiar North-East accents.

Speaking to Chris Moyles's Radio 1 show, the 'Call My Name' singer said: "I watch it. Honest to God it's like unbelievable viewing.

"It's addictive. Charlotte is my favourite. It's fascinating... You can't not watch though. It's a guilty pleasure."

She continued: "I Sky+ them. Geordie Shore, when I watch that it makes me feel like I have familiar accents and I can go to sleep. Is that weird?"

Moyles teased Cole about potentially appearing on the show, joking: "It would be interesting to put you in that house and see how long it took you to go back to Geordie girl, proper Geordie girl, sweat pants, eating a bowl of cornflakes in the morning going, 'I hate her, I absolutely hate her'."

Cole replied: "I was just doing that this morning Chris, in my sweat pants and a bowl of cornflakes. Going to the supermarket in your pyjamas and all that."

Syfy Ignites the Imagination With Most Original Primetime Programming Hours in History

Syfy Ignites the Imagination With Most Original Primetime Programming Hours in History

Among the projects: "Defiance," the visionary transmedia experience that will unite television and Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) gaming for the very first time.

Coming off Syfy's most watched First Quarter ever in total viewers, Adults 18-34 and key women demos, Syfy and Chiller President Dave Howe today ignited the imagination of the advertising community by unveiling the next phase of the channel's largest original programming slate in history. This will feature Syfy's most original primetime hours ever, a record 28 scripted and reality development projects and the 2013 premiere of the highly-anticipated Defiance, the visionary transmedia experience that will unite television and Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) gaming for the very first time.

Said Howe: "Syfy's Upfront celebrates the power of Igniters, our influential audience who has the highly coveted ability to move brands forward faster. This audience Imagines Greater and, as a result, we will be bringing them the most groundbreaking entertainment phenomenon in 2013. Nearly four years in the making, Defiance is the first ever, weekly scripted television and Massively Multiplayer Online game, converging to create a singular, interactive and epic story. Along with this unprecedented experience, we will be unveiling our most ambitious development slate ever of relevant and contemporary original programming."

The diverse Syfy reality slate features six new series: School Sprits, Paranormal Highway, Collection Intervention, Viral Video Showdown, Ghost Mine and, from the producers of the smash hit series Face Off, Hot Set. Unscripted development projects include a chilling "found footage" paranormal experiment; an extreme concierge company; Destination Truth's Josh Gates transforming awesome ideas into awesome reality and the unearthly challenges of selling haunted houses.

Among the scripted development projects are adaptations of popular works by best-selling novelists such as Stephen King (Eyes of the Dragon), John Christopher (The Lotus Caves) and Charlaine Harris (Grave Sight), as well as the hit movie The Adjustment Bureau and the DC Entertainment Comic Booster Gold. Syfy further announced shows about a Fifth Column of feuding aliens and a time-traveling elite military squad.

This record expansion, including eight scripted development projects from Universal Cable Productions, builds upon the channel's powerhouse lineup of hit series such as Warehouse 13, Being Human, Alphas, Face Off and Ghost Hunters. These programs have transformed Syfy into a top 10 cable entertainment network among Adults 25-54 for 16 consecutive years.

Said Mark Stern, President Original Content, Syfy, and Co-Head Original Content, Universal Cable Productions: "Over its 20 year history, Syfy has always pushed the boundaries of our genre and the entertainment experience. This new crop of innovative, thought-provoking, emotionally-charged programming will propel us even farther as we imagine all the greater possibilities ahead for the powerful Syfy brand."

For the gala, star-studded Upfront event at the American Museum of Natural History, Syfy created an opportunity for guests to live like an Igniter - highly imaginative people who move brands forward as showcased in the channel's groundbreaking study with Simmons/PSFK -- along with celebrity Igniters from the worlds of business innovation (Sir Richard Branson), music (Young the Giant, DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid) and the culinary arts (Marcus Samuelsson).

Syfy is also expanding its multi-platform growth. Syfy Ventures announced a partnership with Hasbro to develop the first online social game based on the iconic G.I. JOE franchise. G.I. Joe: Special Ops, published by Syfy Games, will debut in June on Facebook and Syfy, among other platforms worldwide.

Continuing its expansion of original video content, mobile reach to new platforms and commitment to cutting edge technology, Syfy Digital unveiled four new initiatives, from its first ever unscripted program, new apps for Windows Phone and Roku and the upcoming addition of sync-to-broadcast functionality to its successful Syfy app for iPads and Android tablets for season three of the hit series Face Off.

A global brand, Syfy is currently available in 75 countries, reaching nearly 150 million households.


Defiance - 2013 - Defiance is in collaboration with Trion Worlds, with the Syfy series and Trion's multi-platform shooter MMO poised to debut simultaneously. The series stars Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Fionnula Flanagan, Mia Kirshner and Oscar-nominee Graham Greene. Set in the near future, Defiance introduces a completely transformed planet Earth, inhabited by the survivors of a universal war. Forced to co-habitate, the disparate group struggles to build a new society among the devastation. The dramatic tapestry of the series and the intense action of the game will exist in a single universe where their respective narratives will inform one another and evolve together into one overall story. Defiance is directed by Scott Stewart (Legion, Priest) and written/executive produced by Rockne O'Bannon (Farscape), Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica, Hellcats) and Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica). Kevin Murphy serves as showrunner. Defiance is produced by Universal Cable Productions.


School Spirits - Premieres June 2012 - School Spirits will tell true ghost stories of hauntings that have happened at schools across the country. The stories will be told in first person narratives through the testimonials of real students, teachers, parents and staff that have encountered the paranormal activity, blended with bone-chilling cinematic reenactments to further bring the haunting experiences to life. Executive producers: Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice) and Seth Jarrett & Julie Insogna Jarrett (Celebrity Ghost Stories).

Paranormal Highway - Summer 2012 - Paranormal Highway puts the pedal to the metal as Jack Osbourne and Dana Workman investigate the most frightening claims of paranormal activity along America's remote back roads. Fueled by eyewitness interviews and evidence collected by state-of-the-art equipment, Jack and Dana will travel alone, self-documenting their harrowing road trip while coming face-to-face with paranormal legends. Production company: BASE Productions. Executive producers: John Brenkus, Mickey Stern, Ron Ziskin.

Collection Intervention - Collection Intervention follows Elyse Luray, a sharp and to-the-point collectibles expert as she helps couples who are divided over what to do with an overwhelming collection of memorabilia. Whether it's a husband's collection of mint-condition G.I. JOE action figures worth thousands of dollars or a girlfriend's treasure trove of Star Wars movie posters, Elyse helps couples decide what's worth keeping and what they can sell. For each couple, their new cash windfall will make their dream come true, whether it's an engagement ring, a down payment for a home, or the honeymoon they never had. Production company: High Noon Entertainment. Executive producers: Pam Healey, Elizabeth Grizzle Voorhees, Jim Berger.

Hot Set - From the producers of Syfy's hit series Face Off, Hot Set is an extreme design challenge pitting two Hollywood production designers each week in a head-to-head battle to design, build, decorate and ultimately create an original and signature movie set that transports the viewer into an immersive world. Production company: Mission Control Media. Executive producers: Michael Agbabian and Dwight Smith.

Viral Video Showdown - The greatest viral video creators on the planet go head-to-head each week in an epic battle for bragging rights and a cash prize. Two teams will have to dig deep into their bag of viral tricks to create a video that best captures that week's theme and impresses the expert panel of viral video judges. Production company: 495 Productions. Executive producers: SallyAnn Salsano, Kevin Pereira.

Ghost Mine - In the remote woods of Oregon lays one of the richest gold mines in the United States. For the last 100 years, it has remained abandoned -- until now. Soon to be re-opened by a scraggly group of miners, these hardy souls will battle the elements to find their fortune. But with a rich history of paranormal activity surrounding the mine, they may just find something else. Production company: 51 Minds. Executive producer: Mark Cronin.


Rewind - Rewind revolves around a team of military field operatives and civilian scientists who must use untested technology to travel back in time to alter events and change the future -- and avoid a devastating terrorist attack. Shane McRae stars as Sean Knox, ex-Special Forces who ranks as a field operative in a special division of the Department of Homeland Security. The pilot also stars Jennifer Ferrin, Academy Award nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider), Robbie Jones and Keon Mohajeri, and is currently in production in Toronto. Jack Bender (Lost, Alphas) is directing the pilot, written by Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li), who will also executive produce with Tom Spezialy, Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein. A production of BermanBraun and Universal Cable Productions.

The Adjustment Bureau - In this drama, based on the hit movie starring Matt Damon, guardian angel-type agents work to keep the world according to The Plan. They create everything from plane crashes to coffee spills in order to steer people to realize their true destiny. But there is one thing the operatives and their Chairman can't control -- free will. Writers: Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer (Melrose Place, Smallville). Executive producers: George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau, The Bourne Ultimatum), MRC, Slavkin and Swimmer. A production of Universal Cable Productions.

High Moon - Based on the novel, The Lotus Caves, by John Christopher, this imaginative, out-of-this-world series explores a world where the countries of Earth have established colonies to mine the Moon's resources. When a new life form is discovered, chaos erupts as various factions race to uncover its powerful secrets. Executive producer: Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies). Co-executive producer: Jim Danger Gray (Pushing Daisies). Writers: Bryan Fuller and Jim Danger Gray. Executive producer: Granat Entertainment. A production of Universal Cable Productions.

Untitled Booster Gold Project - Based on the best-selling DC Entertainment Comic, this is the story of a washed-up athlete from the future who travels back to the present in hopes of becoming the greatest superhero of all time. But instead of chasing criminals, his main priority is chasing fame and money. Booster Gold discovers that being a hero takes more than just a megawatt smile. Writer: Andrew Kreisberg (Arrow, Warehouse 13). Executive producers: Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern, Arrow) and Andrew Kreisberg. Producers: Greg Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television. The Booster Gold comic book series is published by DC Entertainment, which will also act as an executive producer.

Grave Sight - From the best-selling author of True Blood, this Charlaine Harris book series follows Harper Connelly - a young woman with a unique gift. After being struck by lightning as a teenager, Harper can sense the location and last memories of dead people. She teams up with her protective stepbrother, Tolliver Lang, to help find a missing teenage girl -- only to uncover a network of lies and murders throughout a small town in the Ozarks. Writer: Kam Miller (Law and Order: SVU). A production of Universal Cable Productions.

Seeing Things - Based on the comic Grey Legion from Platinum Studios, after a cop meets his violent demise, he returns as a ghost to close his last case. But the only person who can help him is a socially awkward man who is realizing for the first time that his hallucinations may not be all in his head. Writers: David Slack (Person of Interest, Lie To Me) and Gabrielle Stanton (Haven, The Vampire Diaries). Executive producers: David Slack, Robert Cort and Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. A production of Fox Television Studios.

Defender - In the aftermath of an intergalactic war between humans and transhumans, the starship Defender, populated by a combustible mix of former enemies, is sent on a seemingly simple goodwill mission, which turns into a fight for their lives and for the safety of the Universe at large. Executive producer/writer: Robert Hewitt Wolfe (Alphas). A production of Universal Cable Productions.

The Family - For generations, an alien family has hid amongst humans in plain sight using their advanced intellect to carve out a life for themselves as their family grew. But when the family patriarch that kept peace amongst the factions dies, a war begins to brew with some members believing the time has come to reveal themselves, and their superior power, to the inferior human race. Writer: Dan Harris (Superman Returns, X2). Executive producers: Neal Moritz (21 Jump Street, Total Recall), Mark Verheiden (Falling Skies, Battlestar Galactica). A production of Sony Pictures TV.


Eyes Of The Dragon - Based on Stephen King's best-selling novel. A kingdom is in turmoil as the old king dies and his successor must battle for the throne. Pitted against an evil wizard and a would-be rival, Prince Peter makes a daring escape and rallies the forces of good to fight for what is rightfully his. Writers: Michael Taylor (Defiance, Battlestar Galactica) and Jeff Vintar (I, Robot). Executive producers: Michael Taylor and Bill Haber. A production of Universal Cable Productions and Ostar Productions.

Darkfall - When, without warning, modern forms of power and technology become a thing of the past, Los Angeles, and the world at large, becomes a place where magic rules and life as we know it is turned upside down. Writers: Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris (Kung Fu Panda, Sleeper Cell). A production of The Jim Henson Company and Universal Cable Productions.

One Mile Straight Down - When a powerful earthquake hits California and opens up a chasm bigger than the Grand Canyon, it reveals an enormous hidden ocean lying deep beneath the earth's crust. Billionaire adventurer James Exeter works with the government to take an advanced nuclear submarine down to explore it and discovers more than he ever could have imagined. Writers: Skip Woods (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Naren Shankar (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and Deran Sarafian (CSI: NY). Executive producers: Skip Woods, Naren Shankar and Deran Sarafian. A production of Universal Cable Productions.


The Genie - The Genie follows Steve Sims and his extreme concierge company, Blue Fish, as they make outlandish experiences and imaginative adventures come to life for their clients. Whether it's rebuilding the chocolate river from Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory or experiencing life as a Hobbit, making the impossible possible is the job of "The Genie." Production company: Smart Dog Media. Executive producer: Craig Plestis.

Stranded - In each episode of this frightening paranormal social experiment, a family or group of friends moves into an infamously haunted location, self-documenting their experience in total isolation. Production company: Ping Pong Productions. Executive producers: Brad Kuhlman, Casey Brummels, Josh Gates.

Awesome Foundation - In this new project starring Destination Truth's Josh Gates, each week inventors, artists and regular people from all over the country pitch their amazing and imaginative ideas to the Awesome Foundation, a group dedicated to turning awesome ideas into awesome reality. The members grant their own money to the lucky three people with the best ideas, leading to a race to complete the projects in the given time and budget. Production company: Idiot Box Productions. Executive producer: Dan Taberski.

Exit - Based on the hit Japanese format, Exit is a nail-biting game show where two teams of contestants battle to escape three diabolical rooms. To do so, they must beat the clock while solving rapid-fire brain games and navigating booby-traps and bottomless pits. Production company: Zig Zag Productions. Executive producer: Danny Fenton.

Buyer Beware - What does someone do when they need to sell their house -- but it's haunted? They call in a real estate professional who specializes in matching haunted properties with eager buyers. In each episode, viewers will see what it takes to sell a home -- still occupied by the spirits -- and what kind of buyers have the guts to take it off the market. Production company: Zodiak USA. Executive producers: Natalka Znak, Claire O'Donohue.

Untitled Mark Burnett Project (wt) - From acclaimed producer Mark Burnett comes a competition show where fans of science fiction/fantasy books and movies compete to create the most flavorful and inspired dishes from the foods featured in the imaginary worlds that they love. Production company: Mark Burnett Productions. Executive producer: Mark Burnett.

Deadfinder - When the morgue drawer closes on a Jane or John Doe, rarely is it reopened. Deadfinder follows a group of mediums as they search through the vaults of cold cases using their paranormal skills to bring the mysteries of the murdered back to life. Production company: NorthSouth. Executive producers: Charlie DeBevoise, Mark Hickman.

Ghost Town, USA - Settled in 1677, Mount Holly, New Jersey, is a town teeming with reports of paranormal activity. And for the residents of this town, that's just the way they like it. Ghost Town, USA follows the colorful characters and real drama that plays out among the town's living residents, from renovating a haunted house to organizing the annual Witches Ball. Production company: Cream Productions. Executive producers: David Brady, Christopher Rowley.

The Wrights - Joe and Chris Wright are relatives of the famous Wright Brothers, but instead of building airplanes, this father-and-son-duo build paranormal contraptions to communicate with the dead. Each week the show follows the Wrights as they use their inventing ability to gain answers from the "other side." Production company: Jarrett Creative Group. Executive producers: Julie Insogna Jarrett, Seth Jarrett.

Chris Cox Project - Young and charming, Chris Cox is the mind reader who can't read minds. Cox has the mind-manipulating abilities of Derren Brown, the mischief of Ferris Bueller and the comic eccentricity of Mr. Bean all wrapped in a style uniquely his own. In everyday situations and locations - at a coffee shop, the post office, or just walking down the street - Chris amazes and confounds real people. Production company: Mission Control Media. Executive producers: Dwight Smith, Michael Agbabian, Erich Recker.

Divas of Dress Up - This program follows the six hottest cos-play stars as they push the boundaries of creativity and costuming in this docu-series that takes viewers inside the amazingly creative world of cos-play competition. Each week, the top women competitors transform themselves into fictional characters with visually arresting costumes, pushing the boundary between fantasy and reality. Production company: Skip Films. Executive producers: Skip Chaisson, Brian Gallagher.

Fan Girl/Fan Boy Project - From the producer of Jersey Shore comes a docu-series that celebrates the incredibly unique, often misunderstood and infinitely fascinating fan girl and fan boy cultures. Production company: 495 Productions. Executive producer: SallyAnn Salsano.

Limitless - Limitless is a cutting-edge series that recounts firsthand, true-life tales of ordinary men and women who discovered hidden powers - that they never knew existed - when faced with extreme life and death circumstances. Every story will explore the often unexplainable potential of the human body and psyche, leaving viewers to wonder what hidden abilities humans might possess. Production company: Karga 7. Executive producers: Kelly McPherson, Miriam Leffert, Sarah Wetherbee, Emre Sahin.

Superhumans - Superhumans uncovers the secrets of unbelievable stunts, record-breaking abilities and exceptional feats of human power and skill by putting real people through physical on-location challenges and a series of tests in a high-tech lab to answer the question: "How did they do that?" Production company: BASE Productions. Executive producers: John Brenkus, Mickey Stern.

Toy Traveler - Shane Turgeon, the Indiana Jones of toy collectors, travels to remote corners of the world to find the rarest and most valuable toys and collectibles. Whether it's in an old toy warehouse in a remote Guatemalan town or a small swap meet in the Ukraine, Shane will go to all lengths to find the most unique and collectible toys. Production company: Jarrett Creative Group. Executive producers: Seth Jarrett, Julie Insogna Jarrett.

Master Control - Master Control is a weekly competition that pits user-generated videos against each other in a battle for viewer popularity. Each week, self-submitted videos must entertain the host, celebrity panel and the entire viewing audience, who are all simultaneously rating the video and anointing a winner. Production company: The Gurin Co. Executive producers: Phil Gurin, Kevin Pereira.

Stranger than Fiction - Stranger than Fiction is the only viral video clip show where comedians compete for laughs while commenting on and arguing over the strangest clips from the web. Good jokes earn points, while lame jokes lose them. At the end of the show, one comedian is crowned the irreverent victor. Production company: BASE Productions. Executive producers: John Brenkus, Mickey Stern.

Development Update: the 27th of April

Development Update: the 27th of April

DEFIANCE (Syfy) - Mia Kirshner and Fionnula Flanagan are the latest to board the near future drama, about a completely transformed planet Earth, inhabited by the survivors of a universal war. Kirshner will play Kenya, "the self-assured, dauntless town madam whose unvarying devotion to the town of Defiance has inexorably woven her into many of its complicated affairs," with Flanagan as Nicky, "the popular ex-mayor of the town whose intrinsic expertise from her years on the job have made her a trusted mentor to her successor, Amanda (Julie Benz)." Graham Greene, Grant Bowler, Jaime Murray, Stephanie Leonidas and Tony Curran also star in the Universal Cable Productions-based project, from writer Rockne S. O'Bannon and director Scott Charles Stewart. (

GO ON (NBC) - The Peacock has ordered the Matthew Perry-led comedy pilot - about an irreverent yet charming sportscaster, who after his wife dies, finds surprising solace from the members of his support group - to series. Scott Silveri is behind the Universal Television-based half-hour, which also stars Allison Miller, Bill Cobbs, Julie White, Khary Payton, Laura Benanti and Suzy Nakamura. Todd Holland directed and executive produced alongside Silveri and Dark Toy's Karey Burke. (

- The pay channel has once again pulled the plug on the animated comedy. The show's third season averaged a very modest 123,000 viewers during its 10-episode run. HBO previously axed the series in June of 2010 before issuing a resurrection two months later. (@SteveDildarian)

SECOND GENERATION WAYANS (BET) - Tatyana Ali ("Love That Girl") has joined the cast of the freshly ordered comedy, a scripted take on the lives of siblings Craig Wayans, Damien Dante Wayans and George O. Gore II. She'll play Maya, "Damien's quick-witted personal assistant who struggles to keep the guys in line." Devon Shepard, Marlon Wayans and Rick Alvarez are the executive producers. (

HURT PEOPLE (Cinemax) - The potential William Petersen-led drama has found a home at the pay channel, which has a commissioned a pilot for the project. Said hour revolves around Hollis Brown (Petersen), "a veteran hitman employed by the crime family that killed his wife [who] has been enlisted to hunt down his estranged daughter who is intent on destroying those responsible for her mother's death." Peter Macmanus penned the hour and is executive producing alongside Petersen and Cynthia Chvatal as well as GK-tv's Graham King, Tim Headington and Craig Cegielski. (

Simon Cowell 'thinks Britain's Got Talent's Alesha Dixon is beautiful'

Simon Cowell 'thinks Britain's Got Talent's Alesha Dixon is beautiful'

Simon Cowell reportedly has a romantic interest in his Britain's Got Talent colleague Alesha Dixon

According to Heat, the X Factor boss is attracted to the woman he hired from the Strictly Come Dancing panel for his own show.

"Simon thinks she's beautiful," a supposed friend told the magazine. "He's always complimenting her hair, and her hands.

"As soon as he saw her on Strictly he knew he wanted her for BGT, and he even sent her 20 white roses to charm her."

They added: "Since they've been working together Simon's become even more keen.

"He's really turned on by feisty, gutsy women. Like Cheryl [Cole], Alesha bounced back from a painful divorce and Simon thinks she's really something."

Tom Bower's unauthorised biography of Cowell claims that the show boss had a fling with Dannii Minogue. The affair was later confirmed by Cowell's PR agent Max Clifford.

Cowell was also said to be "mesmerised" by Cole and "would have liked an affair" with her, prompting claims that she would reveal all about him in her own book.

'Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern: 'Series two not to my taste'

'Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern: 'Series two not to my taste'

Downton Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern has admitted to feeling underwhelmed by the show's second series.

The actress, who plays Lady Cora Grantham, said that the ITV period drama wasn't fully equipped to tackle the gravity of WWI.

"There is a slightly different tone to the second season," she explained to LA Times. "It's kind of a taste thing. And the show in the first season was more to my taste than the show in the second season.

"[We had to] deal with this huge elephant. In some ways, Downton Abbey wasn't set up for that."

It has been announced that Shirley MacLaine will portray Lady Grantham's mother in the upcoming third series.

'The Only Way Is Essex' Lauren Goodger responds to axe rumours

'The Only Way Is Essex' Lauren Goodger responds to axe rumours

The Only Way Is Essex star Lauren Goodger has responded to rumours that she is to be axed from the show.

it was reported yesterday that Goodger could be facing the axe following a row with producers about her lack of screentime.

Goodger gave a video interview to Exclusive TV in which she discussed the speculation, saying: "There've been some issues which are currently being looked into while TOWIE's on a break, and that's all I can say at the moment, unfortunately."

She also said that she is still enjoying the show, adding: "TOWIE's been good this series. I think it's been more about being 'independent, single Lauren', having a bit of banter with the girls. There's a bigger group of us now, which is nice to see."

'The Voice' UK breaks BBC iPlayer record

'The Voice' UK breaks BBC iPlayer record

he Voice UK has pipped hit drama Sherlock to become the most requested programme ever in a day on BBC iPlayer.

The first Battle Round edition of the talent show was viewed 764,000 times in one 24-hour period, as the singers went head-to-head for a spot on the live shows.

Demand for The Voice UK outstripped the previous single-day iPlayer record of 623,000 requests set by Sherlock episode 'A Scandal in Belgravia' in early January, reports Radio Times.

Linear TV ratings for The Voice UK on April 21 were down by around 800,000 viewers on the previous week's show, but it appears that many people used iPlayer to catch up on the show.

This follows a blog post last week by acting Sky Atlantic controller Naomi Gibney, in which she claimed that linear TV ratings are "far less important than once was the case".

Gibney made the comments while defending the low ratings for the fifth season of Mad Men on the pay-TV channel, saying that the programme actually attracted a larger audience when factoring in Sky+ recordings and video on-demand.

The BBC regularly reports its audience figures using a Live+7 system, which collates the overall consumption of programmes across live, catch-up TV and PVRs.

For example, an episode of The Apprentice aired on May 25 last year commanded a total audience of 10.15m viewers over its seven-day period using Live+7 data, considerably more than the 7.46m on just overnight figures.

BAFTA Television Awards 2012: The nominees in full

BAFTA Television Awards 2012: The nominees in full

The list of nominees for the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2012, to be held at the Royal Festival Hall in London on May 27, 2012:

Leading Actor
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock)
Dominic West (Appropriate Adult)
John Simm (Exile)
Joseph Gilgun (This Is England '88)

Leading Actress
Emily Watson (Appropriate Adult)
Nadine Marshall (Random)
Romola Garai (The Crimson Petal and the White)
Vicky McClure (This Is England '88)

Supporting Actor
Andrew Scott (Sherlock)
Joseph Mawle (Birdsong)
Martin Freeman (Sherlock)
Stephen Rea (The Shadow Line)

Supporting Actress
Anna Chancellor (The Hour)
Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
Miranda Hart (Call the Midwife)
Monica Dolan (Appropriate Adult)

Entertainment Performance
Alan Carr (Alan Carr: Chatty Man)
Dara O'Briain (Mock The Week)
Graham Norton (The Graham Norton Show)
Harry Hill (Harry Hill's TV Burp)

Female Performance In A Comedy Programme
Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous)
Olivia Colman (Twenty Twelve)
Ruth Jones (Stella)
Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner)

Male Performance In A Comedy Programme
Brendan O'Carroll (Mrs Brown's Boys)
Darren Boyd (Spy)
Hugh Bonneville (Twenty Twelve)
Tom Hollander (Rev.)

Single Drama
Holy Flying Circus
Page Eight

Appropriate Adult
The Crimson Petal and the White
This is England '88
Top Boy

Drama Series
The Fades
Scott and Bailey

Soap and Continuing Drama
Coronation Street
Holby City

International Programme
Forbrydelsen (The Killing)
Modern Family
The Slap

Factual Series
The Choir: Military Wives
Educating Essex
Our War
Protecting Our Children: Damned If We Do Damned If We Don't

Specialist Factual
British Masters
Frozen Planet
Mummifying Alan: Egypt's Last Secret
Wonders of the Universe

Single Documentary
9/11: The Day That Changed the World
The Fight of Their Lives
Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die
We Need To Talk About Dad (Cutting Edge)

DIY SOS: The Big Build
Hairy Bikers' Meals on Wheels
The Great British Bake-Off
Timothy Spall: Somewhere at Sea

Reality And Constructed Factual
An Idiot Abroad
Don't Tell The Bride
Made in Chelsea
The Young Apprentice

Current Affairs
Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark
Sri Lanka's Killing Fields
'The Truth About Adoption' (Panorama)
'Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed' (Panorama)

News Coverage
BBC News at Ten: Siege of Homs
Channel 4 News: Japanese earthquake
ITV News at Ten: Battle of Misrata
Sky News: Libya rebel convoy – live

Sport And Live Event
Frankenstein's Wedding: Live in Leeds
The Royal Wedding (BBC)
Rugby World Cup Final
Tour De France 2011

New Media
The Bank Job

Entertainment Programme
Celebrity Juice
Derren Brown: The Experiments
Harry Hill's TV Burp
Michael McIntyre's Christmas Comedy Roadshow

Comedy Programme
Charlie Brooker's 2011 Wipe
Comic Strip: The Hunt for Tony Blair
The Cricklewood Greats
Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle

Situation Comedy
Fresh Meat
Mrs Brown's Boys
Friday Night Dinner

'Steps: On the Road Again' review: 'Hilariously silly telly'

'Steps: On the Road Again' review: 'Hilariously silly telly'

Last year's Steps Reunion was our guilty pleasure TV pick of 2011. In fact, it was pretty much everyone's guilty pleasure TV pick.

The '90s all-singing (and miming), all-dancing, shiny-teethed pop collective split acrimoniously in 2001. After much persuasion and cajoling (and presumably the lack of a phone call from Strictly or I'm a Celebrity), the gang got back together and filmed all the tears and tantrums of their reunion over what appeared to be the longest (and most awkward) dinner party of all time.

Revelations and glaring evils flashed across the dinner table, as well as awkward moments where everyone had to pretend they hadn't noticed Claire's weight gain. It was part TV comedy, part fascinating insight into the behind-the-scenes dramas and ridiculous behaviours of popstars. Bickering about who sings what line, secret affairs with managers, more bickering about lines.

The success of the show and a healthy dose of nostalgia meant that Steps sold out a monster-sized arena tour, they returned to the No.1 spot on the album charts and they've got a second series. Hurrah!

In fact, there's so much love for the Steps that there were over 500 auditioning dancers for the tour. "Steps are my all-time favourite band," says one chap, without a whiff of irony. "I always wanted to be Lisa," says one girl. Another super-fan ends up performing her routine in tears as she discovers that her height (5ft2) doesn't meet the requirements (5ft6). Her hysterics and wonky elbow dance moves are what can only be described as a 'tragedy' (sorry, we couldn't resist).

On the Road Again follows the strict - but brilliant - format of series one and the end product is the same. Hilariously silly telly.

Lisa Scott-Lee weeps every two minutes, even at one point bordering on tears when she remembering former tears. Meanwhile, Lee Latchford-Evans does a cracking David Brent ("That's where I shine - on stage. That's what people have always told me").

Faye Tozer plays mumsy of the group, clearly annoying the rest senseless by taking everything so bloody seriously. H remains the most likely candidate to get punched by one of his bandmates, but Claire Richards is pushing him close for that accolade.

Whether banging on about her weight ("Some people can go on a treadmill for an hour and feel better. I like to eat pizza"), talking about her weight some more ("I've spent most of the last four years losing loads of weight, putting back it on") or having to deal with stares and glares from Faye and Lisa over decade old tensions over who gets the first verse in 'One For Sorrow', she remains the centre point for most of the show's funniest moments.

Claire's decision to release an autobiography potentially spilling the beans on the rest of the group's worst behaviour looks the most likely skewer to the group's big tour plans. The fact that she still hasn't even told the group that she's doing it makes her literary debut the likely blue touch paper for future tantrums in the series.

Throw in Lee's engagement, H starting a family, Faye putting off her family and the fact that Lisa can't even be bothered to get off her arse in Dubai and join the rehearsals and you've got a whole new web of storylines, inter-band hatred and blubbering bust-ups to look forward to.

"At the moment... I want to say goodbye," said H at the end of tonight's episode. Bring on the tears!

'The X Factor' introduces mobile auditions

'The X Factor' introduces mobile auditions

The X Factor will host mobile auditions in order to widen its talent search for 2012, producer Thames has announced.

Sponsored by TalkTalk, the singing show will send its own van out to towns and cities not included in the arena auditions.

Commencing from later this week on Wednesday, April 25 in Plymouth, the search will visit Bangor and Aberystwyth in Wales, Dublin in Ireland, as well as Edinburgh, Inverness, Aberdeen and Dundee in Scotland.

In England, the mobile auditions will go to Blackpool, Carlisle, Middlesbrough, Wakefield, Derby, Norwich, Colchester, Southend and Chatham, before ending at Brighton on Sunday, May 13.

Gary Barlow, the only judge confirmed so far to return this autumn, said in a statement: "We want to make sure we find all the talent the country has to offer and the extra auditions allow even more people to try out."

Unlike previous series, auditions will be open to applicants who have had record deals in the past, a precedent set by The X Factor USA.

Hopefuls can enter on The X Factor's Facebook page to win an audition in front of the panel until ITV's deadline of May 8.

'Torchwood' writer Jane Espenson 'proud' of 'Miracle Day'

'Torchwood' writer Jane Espenson 'proud' of 'Miracle Day'

Torchwood writer Jane Espenson has defended the last run of episodes.

The ten-part Miracle Day received a mixed reaction, with Espenson calling the show's fans "passionate".

"I've never dealt with a more passionate group of fans, so they weighed in very loudly about this last season," she told The Hollywood Reporter.

"[The last season] was the only season I was involved in. I was very proud of what we did."

Espenson argued that the final episodes had turned out "amazingly well", but suggested that Miracle Day had failed to match the quality of 2009 mini-series Children of Earth.

"I don't think you can ever beat Children of Earth.... which was an absolute masterwork," she said.

"But I thought we did very well. I thought we did things with that show that are not normally seen on American television."

Torchwood star John Barrowman (Jack Harkness) claimed last year that the show was "in limbo", though Starz CEO Chris Albrecht later indicated that a revival of the sci-fi drama is still possible.

Voice reject J Marie Cooper critical of edit: Age should not be factor

Voice reject J Marie Cooper critical of edit: Age should not be factor

Rejected Voice UK singer J Marie Cooper has taken a swipe at the series on Twitter, hitting out at the focus on her age on the show.

Cooper was edged out of the Top 20 by 17-year-old Sophie Griffin, following their Battle Round performance of 'Firework'. opted for Griffin and suggested that her youth was the deciding factor in his verdict. Jessie J agreed with the Black Eyed Peas star's decision, claiming that there wasn't much more room for Cooper to grow as an artist.

The 27-year-old hit out at the BBC show's edit of her Battle Round, saying that they cut out large amounts of her backstory, and was critical of the comments about her age.

"Hey peeps, there was a lot cut from my final edit of The Voice, including any emotion or story I might have had," she wrote.

"I don't feel I was portrayed entirely correctly. I have experience as a singer yes, but needed this opportunity too. I am still working for £7:50 an hour.

"So the whole 'she's so experienced' thing is a bit much. I am, but don't think that should be a reason not to go through."

Cooper continued: "The fact that I am 27, should not have even been a factor. It's called 'The Voice' not 'The Age'. I'm stating facts here.

"'She's as good as she can get' is also an assumption. Anyone knows as an artist/singer you never stop learning. I always think I can grow more.

"I have also said all of this to . I am a very honest, real person. Always gonna say it as it is."

The singer insisted that her comments were not a dig at rival Sophie Griffin, describing the teenager as "a great singer". "I just think the comments should have not been about age!" she said.

Ofcom to investigate Sky News email hacking

Ofcom to investigate Sky News email hacking

Ofcom has said it will launch an investigation into an admission by Sky News that it hacked into private email accounts for stories.

Earlier in the month, Sky News confirmed that it had accessed the accounts of 'canoe man' John Darwin and his wife Anne, along with a suspected paedophile.

However, the head of Sky News John Ryley insisted that the action was justified in the "public interest", particularly in the John Darwin case as the information gained was used to help show his wife's involvement in the insurance fraud.

Ryley said that the broadcaster was focused on "responsible journalism" and also questioned the "double standards" of The Guardian, which highlighted the email hacking.

An Ofcom spokesman said that the media regulator is probing the admission in regard to potential "fairness and privacy" breaches by the broadcaster.

"Ofcom is investigating the fairness and privacy issues raised by Sky News' statement that it had accessed without prior authorisation private email accounts during the course of its news investigations," he said. "We will make the outcome known in due course."

Under Ofcom's broadcasting code, Rule 9.1 states that: "Any infringement of privacy in programmes, or in connection with obtaining material included in programmes, must be warranted."

It is expected that the regulator will report back in the Sky News investigation within 90 days.

Ryley is currently giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics and standards in London.

Intercepting emails is illegal under the Computer Misuse Act, and public interest is not technically a viable defence.

However, Ryley noted earlier in the month that the Crown Prosecution Service has said that it can sometimes be justified for a journalist to commit the offence where the story is in the public interest.

He pointed to the Daily Telegraph exposé of the MPs' expenses scandal, which came about after the paper paid for stolen data, while The Guardian has also admitted hacking a phone for a story.

The Metropolitan Police is also currently investigating instances of computer hacking and email interception as part of its Operation Tuleta probe.