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'The Voice' UK contestants 'told to change image'

'The Voice' UK contestants 'told to change image'

The Voice UK contestants have reportedly come under pressure to change their appearance.

Matt Clubb clashed with stylists after they tried to cut off his long hair, while Jaz Ellington has hired a personal trainer to help him lose weight over fears he's not "pop star material", the Daily Star reports.

"They tried to cut my hair and shave my beard and I said, 'I can probably take two or three of you down before you pin me down and shave it'. I said, 'No, it's part of me'," Clubb commented.

Ellington confessed: "I know it's The Voice but I want to be the whole package. I do feel the pressure to make myself look good."

The Voice has differentiated itself from other shows like The X Factor by claiming to focus on vocal talent rather than appearance, particularly during the blind auditions.

Meanwhile, is said to have spent most of the week in America, only communicating with his team via email.

"We saw him a few days ago but he is a busy man. He will nip back to America for two days. But we can tweet him and we have his email," Tyler James said.

His singers have apparently spent a total of one hour with their coach. It has also been reported that one of his acts, Joelle Moses, was unable to choose her own song and was instead given a track she had never heard before - 'I'm Going Down' by Mary J Blige.

" did go to the States but was available on email and by Saturday he will have had as much time with his acts as the others," a BBC insider told the paper.

"There was a suggestion that Matt lose a couple of inches off his hair and he declined. And as for song choices, the coaches work with their acts to choose the songs they feel best suit them."

Team and Team Tom Jones will perform on the first Voice UK live show, which airs tonight (April 28) at 7pm on BBC One.

Two acts - one from each team - will be voted off the reality programme on Sunday's (April 29) results show.

Oprah Winfrey's Struggling OWN Announces 6 New Series, Summer Schedule

Oprah Winfrey's Struggling OWN Announces 6 New Series, Summer Schedule

Oprah Winfrey's struggling OWN network announced on Friday the launch of six new series that will debut during its summer schedule.

The push for new programming comes amid a prolonged period of tumult for the flegdling network. OWN has seen a number of high-level personnel shakeups, layoffs and disappointing ratings that included Rosie O'Donnell's talk show, which was canceled in March, after just five months. (The network is, however, up 14 percent year-to-date in its key demo of women 25-54, and 9 percent in total viewers.)

First of the new programming to debut, at 9 p.m. June 4, is "Are You Normal, America?" -- a game show in which two contestants  compete to determine their normalcy. "Along the way, audiences will be entertained, enlightened and ultimately comforted by the fact that we’re all pretty abnormal … but that’s what makes life fun!" is how the network describes it.

Next to premiere will be "Lives on Fire," which explores " the extraordinary worlds of four remarkable women who risk their lives every day to take command during California’s most dangerous disasters." That will debut June 8 at 9 p.m.

Other additions to the roster include: "Million Dollar Neighborhood" (June 9 at 9 p.m.), in which a debt-ridden town is challenged to increase its net worth by $1 million in three months; "Real Life: The Musical" (June 9 at 10 p.m.), where amateur singers team with a vocal coach and choreographer to stage a live "flash musical" that "surprises someone they love."

"Super Saver Showdown," a July competition reality series that pits " two obsessed bargain hunters competing to see whose coupon clipping, super saving, and DIY skills are THE BEST!"; and "Lovetown, USA" (August), which chronicles Winfrey's visit to Kingsland, Georgia, where she called on the community to holda "love rally" and challenged the populace to "open their arms and hearts to the possibilities of all kinds of love."

"Oprah's Next Chapter" and the documentary series "Our America With Lisa Ling" will also be returning. Winfrey's interview show "Oprah's Next Chapter" will feature episodes devoted to Neil Patrick Harris and spiritual healer John of God.

Read the full summer schedule below.


FRIDAYS (beginning June 8)
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. LIVES ON FIRE

SATURDAYS (beginning June 9)
10:00 – 11:00 p.m. REAL LIFE: THE MUSICAL

9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Oprah’s Next Chapter
10:00 – 11:00 p.m. Our America with Lisa Ling (returns June 10)

MONDAYS (beginning June 4)
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ARE YOU NORMAL, AMERICA? (sneak preview after “Oprah’s Next Chapter” Sun., June 3, 10:00 p.m.)

Celebrity Big Brother targets Janice Dickinson

Celebrity Big Brother targets Janice Dickinson

Janice Dickinson is being lined up for an appearance on this year's Celebrity Big Brother, according to tabloid reports.

The 57-year-old has reality TV experience as a judge on America's Next Top Model and found fame in the UK thanks to her stint on I'm A Celebrity in 2007 when she ended up taking part in ten bushtucker trials in a row.

Other TV roles have included spots on Celebrity Come Dine With Me and Celebrity Rehab, as well as acting cameos in Charmed and 90210.

Her rumoured list of celebrity lovers include Mick Jagger, Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty and Dolph Lundgren.

EastEnders actress Cheryl Fergison, Corrie's Julie Goodyear and comic Julian Clary are among the names linked to the latest series of Celebrity Big Brother. 'Beautiful' journalist Samantha Brick has also reportedly been offered £50,000 to take part.

This year's second series of Celebrity Big Brother, as ordered by Channel 5, will air in late summer after the regular series.

Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' Tops a Night of Lows; Fox Wins Night With 'Idol'

Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' Tops a Night of Lows; Fox Wins Night With 'Idol'

CBS' "Big Bang Theory" won the ratings race on a Thursday night that was marked by series lows, while Fox took an overall ratings win on the strength of "American Idol," according to preliminary numbers.

Fox took first place in ratings and second in total viewers with an average 2.9 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 10.5 million.

"American Idol" at 8 p.m. remained steady in the demo compared to last week with a 3.9/12 and 14.4 million total viewers (the largest total viewership of the night). "Touch" the following hour dropped 10 percent in the demo from last week's low, drawing a 1.9/5 with 6.5 million total viewers.

CBS drew second place in ratings and first in total viewers with an average 2.6/7 and 11.6 million. "The Big Bang Theory" at 8 dropped 9 percent from its last original two weeks ago, hitting a season low of 4.0/13 in the demo but still grabbing the top ratings spot. "Big Bang" had 12.5 million total viewers.

"Rules of Engagement" grew 14 percent versus last week, receiving a 2.5/7 in the demo and 8.3 million total viewers. "Person of Interest" at 9 dropped 20 percent from its last original two weeks ago for a series low of 2.4/6 in the demo, with with 12.5 million total viewers. "The Mentalist" the following hour was also down, dropping 13 percent in the demo for a 2.1/6 with 11.9 million total viewers.

ABC was third in ratings and total viewers with an average 2.2/6 and 7.7 million. "Missing" at 8 inched down to demo a low of 1.3/4 with 6.9 million total viewers, while "Grey's Anatomy" the following hour received a 3.2/8 with 9.3 million total viewers. The network's new offering "Scandal" continued its modestly upward trajectory, inching up to a 2.1/6 with 7 million total viewers.

Univision came in fourth in ratings and total viewers with an average 1.5/4 in the demo and 3.7 million. "Una Familia Con Suerte" drew a 1.5/4 with 3.9 million total viewers, while "Abismo de Pasion" the following hour drew a 1.5/4 in the demo and 3.6 million total viewers. "La Que No Podia Amar" at 10:30 received a 1.5/4 in the demo and 3.6 million total viewers.

NBC took fifth place in ratings and total viewers with an average 1.4/4 and 3 million. "Community" at 8 grew 8 percent from last week for a 1.4/4 and 3.3 million total viewers, while "30 Rock" at 8:30 was also up slightly with its much-hyped live episode, receiving a 1.6/5 an 3.5 million total viewers.

"The Office" at 9 saw a minor dip from last week but still touched a series low of 2.1/6 with 4.1 million total viewers. "Parks and Recreation" at 9:30 also had a minor drop to a series low, posting a 1.6/4 with 3.2 million total viewers.

Development Update: the 29th of April

Development Update: the 29th of April

THE AUDIENCE (CBS, New!) - The Eye has ordered a pilot for a new reality series in which "a troubled participant, who is at a crossroad in their life, opens up to 50 people, who offer counsel to get them back on the right track." ITV Studios is behind the project, the format of which was developed by London-based The Garden Productions. No other details were given. (

NANCY GRAVE'S ELEVENTH VICTIM (LMN, New!) - Jennie Garth is set to star in a new telefilm at the cable channel based on Nancy Grace's debut novel of the same name. She'll play Hailey Dean, a highly successful Atlanta assistant D.A. who, after her fiance is murdered, relocates to Manhattan for a new career as a therapist only to have a serial killer she put away be released and begin stalking her and killing her patients. John Fasano penned the adaptation which Grace is executive producing alongside Ted Bauman and Josh Sabarra. (

RECTIFY (Sundance) - Abigail Spencer, Clayne Crawford, Adelaide Clements, Jonah Lotan and J. Smith Cameron are the first to be cast in the network's upcoming original drama, about "the life of Daniel Holden upon his release from jail after serving nineteen years on Georgia's Death Row before DNA evidence disputed the State's original case." Cameron will play Daniel's mother; with Spencer as his sister; Crawford as his step-brother Ted; Clements as Ted's wife; and Lotan as Daniel's lawyer, who works for the non-profit Justice Row. Ray McKinnon is behind the hour, which he'll executive produce alongside Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein of Gran Via Productions. (

TERMINALES (ABC Family) - Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz (HBO's "Washingtonienne") have been tapped to pen the cable channel's import of Miguel Angel Fox's Mexican drama. They'll take over from Del Shores on the hour which "chronicles the life of young and successful publicist April Marquez who is diagnosed with terminal cancer." Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan and Televisa's Paul Presburger are also executive producing for Lionsgate Television. (

SUPER CITY (ABC, New!) - Madeleine Sami is looking to import her New Zealand comedy of the same name at the Alphabet, which has given the project a pilot presentation order. Said half-hour, from the ABC Studios' new low-cost division, follows five different characters (all played by Sami) whose lives intersect - "an aging cheerleader, an immigrant taxi driver, a closeted lesbian gym instructor, a woman fostering impoverished artists, and a homeless girl who finds and adopts a baby." Taika Waititi (MTV's "The Inbetweeners") is on board to direct from a script by Sami with Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan and Fumes' Carthew Neal also serving as executive producers. Production is expected to begin later this year. (

UNTITLED TONY DANZA PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Tony Danza is on track to star and executive produce a potential comedy at the Alphabet about three old friends who "looking for a fresh start, move into a bachelor pad near their children and grandkids." The multi-camera project is set up at Wild West Picture Show Productions with the company's Vince Vaughn and Peter Billingsley executive producing alongside Danza and his manager Dan Farah. The search is underway for a writer. (

'Piers Morgan's Life Stories' closes in on 'Have I Got News For You'

'Piers Morgan's Life Stories' closes in on 'Have I Got News For You'

Piers Morgan's Life Stories moved within touching distance of overtaking Have I Got News For You last night (April 27), overnight data shows.

The CNN anchor's Carol Vorderman interview interested 4.43m (19.1%) on ITV1 in the 9pm hour, adding 243k (1.3%) an hour later on +1.

Have I Got News For You, meanwhile, averaged 4.67m (20.2%) for BBC One between 9pm and 9.30pm, a drop of over 600,000 viewers week-on-week.

Lee Mack's Not Going Out maintained a respectable 4.06m (17.6%) at 9.30pm, then The Graham Norton Show entertained 3.3m (22.8%) from 10.35pm.

Would I Lie To You? amused 3.15m (13.8%) at 8.30pm, while ITV1's respective 8pm filler Poms and Paradise picked up 2.94m (13.3%).

Channel 4's new spring comedy night made a slow start: 8 Out of 10 Cats kicked off with 1.11m (4.8%) at 9pm (+1: 202k), after which 1.05m (4.5%) stuck around for brand new sketch show Very Important People at 9.30pm (+1: 188k/1.1%).

Anchoring the 10pm slot, Alan Carr: Chatty Man attracted 1.65m (9.2%) and 223k on timeshift, the network's highest audience of the night.

BBC Two fared much better, with its Mastermind (1.84m/8.3%) and Gardeners' World (1.98m/8.7%) combination coming up trumps as usual in the 8pm hour.

John Le Mesurier documentary It's All Been Rather Lovely was seen by 2.2m (9.5%) at 9pm, before QI quizzed 2.46m (12.3%) at 10pm.

The Mentalist led Channel 5's evening with 1.41m (6.1%) at 9pm, while Dirty Great Machines mustered 999k (4.5%) an hour earlier.

Overall, ITV1 topped primetime with 21.9% (+1: 0.8%), ahead of BBC One's 19.4%. BBC Two claimed third place with 8.8%, followed by Channel 4's 5.1% (+1: 0.7%), and Channel 5's 4.1% (+1: 0.1%).

A League of their Own scored 447k (1.9%) on Sky1, down slightly on its premiere last week.

Madonna to perform on 'The Voice' UK?

Madonna to perform on 'The Voice' UK?

Madonna is reportedly being lined up to perform on The Voice UK.

Producers are trying to get the 'Hung Up' singer on an upcoming Sunday night results show in a bid to attract record ratings, the Daily Star Sunday reports.

"Getting Madge on to sing is bound to pull in the viewers. You don't get much bigger than her - she's a living legend," a source told the paper.

"The show has regularly been getting ratings of over ten million. Having Madonna, plus the all-important results, could push it past the 12 million mark.

"X Factor's finest hour was getting Britney Spears on - but there's no doubt Madonna is a much bigger name. Simon Cowell will be furious if The Voice upstages him with a massive guest performer like Madonna in its first series."

Lana Del Rey will perform on tonight's results show (April 29), while Emeli Sandé will sing next weekend.

Madonna recently claimed her 9th UK number one album with her latest release MDNA.

Ryan Seacrest Signs on as 'Today' Correspondent

Ryan Seacrest Signs on as 'Today' Correspondent

Ryan Seacrest has officially joined up with Matt Lauer and the rest of the "Today" show team.

Seacrest will serve as a special correspondent on the morning-TV staple, NBC said Friday.

The correspondent job is part of a new multi-platform deal with NBCUniversal.

The two-year deal also extends Seacrest's on-air hosting duties for NBCU property E!, as well has his broadcasting and producing duties for NBC, which include news, entertainment and sports programming. Seacrest contributes to NBC primetime news and NBC entertainment programming. Beginning with this summer's London games, the "American Idol" host will also pitch in with the network's Olympics coverage.

"I am humbled to have the confidence of [NBCUniversal CEO] Steve Burke, Ted Harbert, Bonnie Hammer and many others within the NBCUniversal family, to strategically extend my relationship to encompass NBC programming," Seacrest said, adding that he's "eager and excited to take on this broader new role."

Speculation had swirled for some time that Seacrest would be joining the "Today" crew, with chatter that he might succeed "Today" anchor Matt Lauer. Lauer scoffed at the very notion during an event for the show's 60th anniversary in January.

“The people in the room right now, their names are so closely associated with the 'Today' show,” Lauer said at the party, according to the New York Post. "Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters, Tom Brokaw and Jane Pauley, Deborah Norville, Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric . . . Ryan Seacrest."

According to the paper, Lauer's line got a big laugh from the crowd.

The pair joked about the possible succession during Seacrest's appearance on "Today" in April. During the meet-up -- when Seacrest announced that he'd be covering the Olympics for NBC -- Lauer pressed Seacrest about reports that he'd be taking over.

"I see you doing this for as long as you want to," Seacrest said -- before asking Lauer how long he planned to stay with the show.

TV Tonight 29th of April 2012

TV Tonight 29th of April 2012

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

    60 Minutes (US) S44E31: "Season 44, Episode 31"
    Aida (PL) S01E08: "Season 1, Episode 8"
    AKB0048 S01E01: "Episode 1"
    Alaska y Mario S02E07: "TBA"
    America's Funniest Home Videos S22E20: "Season 22, Episode 20"
    Antiques Roadshow S34E25: "Shakespeare Special"
    Army Wives S06E10: "After Action Report"
    Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes S02E05: "To Steal an Ant-Man"
    AX Men S05E16: "Family Rivalry"
    Behzat Ç. S02E24: "Kentsel Bölüşüm"
    Big Brother Sverige S08E61: "Del 61 (Veckofinal)"
    Big Rich Texas S02E11: "Clash of the Texans"
    Bob's Burgers S02E06: "Dr. Yap"
    Breakout Kings S02E10: "Served Cold"
    Breakout Kings S02E09: "Freakshow"
    Canada's Got Talent S01E17: "Live Performance Show Week 5"
    Cardfight!! Vanguard S02E04: "TBA"
    Chopped S11E13: "All Stars: Judge Remix"
    Cupcake Wars S05E08: "Country Music Awards"
    Dancing With the Stars (AU) S12E03: "Season 12, Episode 3"
    Dateline NBC S21E43: "SU2132"
    Descending S01E11: "The Great Lakes"
    Desperate Housewives S08E20: "Lost My Power"
    Ewan McGregor: Cold Chain Mission S01E02: "Episode 2"
    Family Guy S10E19: "Mr. and Mrs. Stewie"
    Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. S01E07
    Game of Thrones S02E05: "The Ghost Of Harrenhal"
    GCB S01E09: "Adam & Eve’s Rib"
    Girls S01E03: "All Adventurous Women Do"
    Harry's Law S02E19: "And The Band Played On"
    Have I Got a Bit More News for You S44E03: "Series 44, Episode 3"
    Hunter X Hunter Remake S01E29: "Awakening X And X Potential"
    Hvem kan slå Aamodt og Kjus? S02E08
    I Survived S06E28: "Donna/Michael/Sheila"
    I Survived...Beyond and Back S02E05: "Marcus, Michelle, Debbie"
    Ice Loves Coco S02E10: "Baby Got Puppies"
    Indian Ocean With Simon Reeve S01E02: "Episode 2"
    Jerseylicious S04E11: "Olivia's Beauty Betrayal"
    Khloe & Lamar S02E10: "Family Reunion"
    Kidou Senshi Gundam Age S01E29: "(Kio's Arc)Grandpa's Gundam"
    Loiter Squad S01E06: "Episode 6"
    Long Island Medium S02E11: "Bellies & Babies"
    Long Island Medium S02E12: "Apply Yourself"
    Mad Men S05E07: "At the Codfish Ball"
    Masterpiece S42E12: "Birdsong: (Episode 2)"
    Metalocalypse S04E01: "Fanklok"
    Mob Wives S02E15: "Taking the Rap"
    Moretsu Uchuu Kaizoku S01E17: "Episode 17"
    My First Place S22E05: "TBA"
    Nurse Jackie S04E04: "Slow Growing Monsters"
    NYC 22 S01E03: "Thugs and Lovers"
    Once Upon a Time S01E20: "The Stranger"
    One Piece (JP) S06E29: "Episode 29"
    Oprah's Next Chapter S01E18: "TBA"
    Peking Express S06E05: "Koppensnellers"
    Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle S02E04: "Night of the Nights"
    River Monsters S04E05: "Deadliest Sharks and Rays"
    Scheire en de Schepping S01E03: "Season 1, Episode 3"
    Silent Witness S15E09: "Fear (1)"
    Tangle S03E06: "Season 3, Episode 6"
    The Amazing Race S20E10: "TBA: Leg 10 - TBD → TBD"
    The Apprentice (US) S12E11: "Jingle All the Way Home"
    The Big C S03E04: "Family Matters"
    The Biggest Loser (AU) S07E66: "Season 7, Episode 66"
    The Borgias S02E04: "Stray Dogs"
    The Cleveland Show S03E19: "Jesus Walks"
    The Cleveland Show S03E18: "B.M.O.C."
    The Client List S01E04: "Ring True"
    The Good Wife S03E22: "The Dream Team"
    The Killing S02E06: "Openings"
    The Only Way Is Essex S05E05: "Series 5, Episode 5"
    The Project S04E101: "Season 4, Episode 101"
    The Real Housewives of New Jersey S04E02: "Poker Face"
    The Simpsons S23E19
    The Voice (UK) S01E08: "Live Show 1 Results"
    Time Team S19E13: "Time Team's Guide To Burial"
    Toriko S02E04: "Episode 4"
    Tough Love S04E03: "TBA"
    Uchuu Kyoudai S01E05: "Days of Missing"
    Ultimate Dance Battle, The S02E09: "Liveshow 3"
    Ultimate Spider-man S01E06: "Why I Hate Gym"
    Unique Eats S04E17: "Frozen Treats"
    Unusual Suspects S03E09: "Hotel Homicides"
    Van God Los S02E05: "Season 2, Episode 5"
    Veep S01E02: "Frozen Yoghurt"
    Vera S02E02: "Silent Voices"
    Watch What Happens: Live S06E74
    Wicked Tuna S01E05: "Greed, Ego & Jealousy"
    Wild Justice S02E08: "Gator Invader"
    Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On S01E05: "A Rocking Charity"
    WWE Pay-Per-View S28E04

Dannii Minogue to make X Factor return after Kelly Rowland departure?

Dannii Minogue to make X Factor return after Kelly Rowland departure?

Dannii Minogue will reportedly be returning to The X Factor.

The Australian singer and fashion designer, who was previously a judge on the talent contest from 2007 to 2010, will replace Kelly Rowland on the panel, according to the Sunday Mirror.

The newspaper reports that Simon Cowell is keen to see Minogue, who is allegedly in negotiations with ITV, return to the show.

He is also said to have recruited Katy Perry as a guest judge for the new series. The 'Part of Me' popstar previously acted as a guest judge during Minogue's maternity leave in 2010.

A source close to the music mogul said: "Simon thinks she's great. They are still friends. If it works out, then it will be fantastic for X Factor. No formal offer has yet gone out, but this is likely to happen in the next few days."

The report comes just under two weeks after a controversial new biography of Cowell by Tom Bower revealed that he and Minogue had a secret affair during The X Factor's 2007 run.

Both Louis Walsh and Gary Barlow have confirmed that they will be returning to the judges' panel for the 2012 series of the show, with Tulisa Contostavlos also expected to continue in her role.

Howard Stern on 'America's Got Talent' Gig: 'I'm Going to Be a Strict Judge'

Howard Stern on 'America's Got Talent' Gig: 'I'm Going to Be a Strict Judge'

Howard Stern has never been one to hold his opinion back, and that apparently extends to his upcoming stint as a judge on "America's Got Talent."

The first footage of outspoken radio host Stern in his new capacity as "AGT" judge has emerged, and the self-proclaimed King of All Media makes it clear that he won't be coddling any contestants if they don't make the grade.

"I've gotta stick to my guns," Stern asserts in the clip. "You gotta get the very best talent. I don't want to go buzzer-crazy, but I'm going to be a strict judge, and I've gotta stick to that."

Indeed, shots of Stern in action on the upcoming season indicate that he isn't afraid to throw out a zinger or two. "I haven't seen anything like that ever, and I hope I never do again," he tells one would-be entertainer. To a musical group playing instruments fashioned out of suitcases, he cracks, "Wouldn't the suitcases be better used for you packing up and getting off the stage?"

Another musician, whose harp-like instrument is strung throughout the performance space, fares much better in Stern's estimation.

"You turned this whole theater into an instrument," Stern raves. "That's originality, and I made my career on originality, and I bow to you." 'Cheryl Cole wasted her talent on X Factor' 'Cheryl Cole wasted her talent on X Factor' has claimed that Cheryl Cole was wasting her talent during her time on The X Factor.

The Voice UK coach, who manages Cole's career, said he is pleased the Girls Aloud star is focusing on music again following her axe from The X Factor USA and subsequent refusal to rejoin the UK version.

"Cheryl is a great artist and ­performer and to see that go away just for TV - it wasn't cool. It was a waste of talent," he told the Daily Star Sunday.

"Being on the show might have made her a star but if she wasn't singing any more or writing then she had abandoned her basics.

"Cheryl to me is not like Kim Kardashian or Paris Hilton - she has a ­different talent. She can't just be some tabloid TV star. She needs to get back to music."

Speaking of Cole's X Factor USA departure, he added: "I'm glad we both went through it but it was hard. Since the American X ­Factor stuff I've learned a lot about ­myself and the music industry.

"At first it would bring my emotions down. But now when things come up we giggle and laugh about them together."

Cole is currently preparing for the release of her new single 'Call My Name', which she is expected to perform on The Voice UK.

'Daybreak' to be 'axed by ITV'

'Daybreak' to be 'axed by ITV'

ITV is axing Daybreak, it has been reported.

The Mirror has revealed that the breakfast show is being dropped just two years after its £10 million launch.

Bosses apparently plan to return to the GMTV-style look that Daybreak was brought in to replace.

Lorraine Kelly is reportedly lined up to host the new show. Current hosts Kate Garraway and Dan Lobb may still be involved in the new format, which will likely focus on news for the first hour until 7am.

GMTV's Richard Arnold is also believed to be returning as a showbiz reporter.

ITV is said to fear that the programme is still associated with presenters Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley, who left the show at the end of last year.

A source told the newspaper: "If anything this shows that GMTV wasn't a failing formula after all and should never have been axed."

Lorraine Kelly arriving at The Glamour Women of the Year Awards in London

An insider added of the new show: "One working title is Lorraine but that's not popular with everyone and may not stay. There are plenty of other possibilities

"It wasn't the name that didn't work out, but the programme itself. All the focus is on getting the show right this time."

ITV admitted in March 2011 that Daybreak had not performed as well as hoped following the launch of the series.

After moving on from the show, Chiles said that he accepted "a lot of blame" for its failure, admitting he was "dead wrong" for it.

This Week's Must-See TV: 5 Shows You Shouldn't Miss

This Week's Must-See TV: 5 Shows You Shouldn't Miss

Struggling to decide what to watch this week? Never fear, Tube Talk is here with our rundown of the biggest shows of the next seven days.

This time around we've singled out the premieres and finales of some compelling US dramas, as well as an ambitious wildlife event and a piece on everyone's favourite spouses - Wills and Kate. Read on for the details!

William and Kate - The First Year: Tuesday at 8pm on ITV1
OK, we appreciate that this pick may not be to everyone's taste. But there are plenty of monarchists out there and even the most cynical of us got swept up in the Royal Wedding excitement last spring, so shhh... One year (and a pesky two days) after the landmark event, the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton is celebrated with the usual talking heads and probably more shots of that dress. Oh, and someone describes them as a "very sexy" couple. We're more into Harry and Pippa, really.

The Killing: Wednesday at 10pm on Channel 4
Season three of the Danish original may be a while off yet, but at least The Killing's US remake is back to keep us occupied. Since season one controversially failed to identify Rosie Larsen's murderer, we're thrown right back into the action in the first episode, as Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) cancels her move to California and uncovers a deeper conspiracy behind the case. And don't worry about being let down a second time - The Killing's showrunner has revealed exactly when the culprit will be named.

Awake: Friday at 10pm on Sky Atlantic
From one quality US drama to another. We're thrilled that Awake is finally hitting our screens this week, because it's an absolutely fascinating programme. It stars Jason Isaacs as Detective Michael Britten, a car crash survivor who enters one of two different realities every time he falls asleep - one where his wife Hannah (Laura Allen) died in the accident and one where his son Rex (Dylan Minnette) perished instead. If you don't want to feel left out of the office chatter next Monday, make sure you give it a watch.

Planet Earth Live: Sunday at 8pm on BBC One
The original Planet Earth documentary series from Sir David Attenborough was a glorious, awe-inspiring production. So we've got high hopes for this ambitious three-week event, in which the lives of a few young animals are told in real time. The launch episode sees Richard Hammond provide updates on lions and elephants in Kenya, while Julia Bradbury reports back about North American bears, otters and whales. Should be touching.

Homeland: Sunday at 9pm on Channel 4
Once you're done watching the cuddly meerkats and monkeys, why not switch over to Channel 4 for a programme that's enthralling in an altogether different way. Can you believe we're at the final episode of Homeland's first season already? What will we do with our Sundays now? At least we're getting 90 whole minutes of Carrie (Claire Danes) and Brody (Damian Lewis) before the long wait for season two begins. We wish we could tell you more about the plot, but as the penultimate episode hasn't aired in the UK yet, we don't really want to be lynched. Let's just say...things are about to get real!

Simon Cowell mocks Amanda Holden on 'Britain's Got Talent'

Simon Cowell mocks Amanda Holden on 'Britain's Got Talent'

Simon Cowell pokes fun at Amanda Holden on tomorrow night's Britain's Got Talent auditions show, criticising her work as 'head judge' on last year's series.

Holden was the most experienced member of the panel on last year's series, following the departures of Piers Morgan and Cowell.

However, Cowell reveals on this week's show that he wasn't impressed with her efforts in 2011 when she was teamed up with Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff.

"It was kind of annoying seeing Amanda stop songs and try to do what I do. She is annoying when she tries to be like me," says Cowell.

When Holden claims that she liked being in charge, Cowell replies: "That didn't work."

"But I liked it," comments Holden. Cowell then repeats the line: "That didn't work."

Amanda Holden has reportedly told friends that she feels frozen out on Britain's Got Talent and is concerned that she may be ditched from next year's show.

Olly Murs's 'Life on Murs' still struggling to take off

Olly Murs's 'Life on Murs' still struggling to take off

Olly Murs's new fly-on-the-wall documentary Life on Murs picked up just over 360,000 last night (Thursday), early viewing figures show.

The ITV2 show pulled in 365k (1.6%) at 9pm and 107k on +1, overall a tiny improvement on its opening audience last week.

However, the programme's performance has so far been poor when compared to the 1 million viewers watching Peter Andre's biopic on Wednesday nights.

Predictably, Celebrity Juice topped the multichannels with a colossal 1.6m (8.7%) at 10pm, adding 220k on ITV2 +1.

Benefiting from Juice's lead-in, the Matt Edmondson-narrated Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records slipped into the top ten multichannel shows for the day, logging 536k (4.1%) at 10.45pm.

The Big Bang Theory also maintained its strong form for E4 with 1.06m (4.7%) at 8pm (+1: 288k), although its later edition fell to 637k (2.7%) at 9pm (+1: 276k/1.2%).

Following its big launch last week, fellow US sitcom 2 Broke Girls dropped off to 608k (2.6%) and 216k on E4 +1.

Russell Howard's Good News, traditionally a ratings winner, continued with 603k (2.6%) - but the show will most likely double that audience in repeats over the course of the week.

Sarah Millican's BBC Two 'Television Programme' handed second series

Sarah Millican's BBC Two 'Television Programme' handed second series

Sarah Millican's BBC Two Television Programme has been handed a second series.

The Geordie comedienne's show, which has just finished its first run, combined her own stand-up routines with special guests.

The 36-year-old said in a statement: "I am thrilled everyone liked the show enough to invite us back! It was a joy to make the first series with such a great team of people and I can't wait to get cracking on the second."

Sarah Millican's Television Programme, which launched on March 8, aired on Thursday nights with an average audience of 1.5 million.

Executive producer Graham Stuart, the director of So Television, added: "The BBC asked me what I wanted for Christmas and it appears there is a Santa Claus!"

Meanwhile, the BBC's executive editor for entertainment commissioning, Alan Tyler, commented: "Sarah is one of the best comic performers in the UK.

"Following the success of the first series we are delighted to be bringing her back to the BBC Two audience."

Since winning 'Best Newcomer' at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe, Millican has gone on to appear on Live at the Apollo and host her own Radio 4 series Sarah Millican's Support Group.

'30 Rock' Live Cameos: East Coast Gets McCartney, West Coast Gets a Kardashian

'30 Rock' Live Cameos: East Coast Gets McCartney, West Coast Gets a Kardashian

Thursday night's live "30 Rock" episodes pitted East Coast against West Coast, with a cameo by Beatle legend Paul McCartney on the east, while the west got reality star Kim Kardashian.

Both were led into the office of Kabletown honcho Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) as they were looking to make a pit stop in Donaghy's private bathroom. Both McCartney and Kardashian broke the fourth wall and waved to the cheering audience, though McCartney also gave Donaghy a playful slap on the cheek.

Kardashian appeared a second time in the West Coast episode, after Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) joked about how 2.5 million viewers had just witnessed Jenna Maroney's boyfriend,  Paul, propose. "Now 14 million people just saw that," a camera-wielding Kardashian said, referring to her Twitter followers. "You're welcome."

Meanwhile, "Mad Men" star, and former "30 Rock" guest star, Jon Hamm took on two roles in the live episode -- including one in which he appeared in blackface -- while Amy Poehler appeared as a young Lemon via flashback and Jimmy Fallon played a flashback version of Donaghy. Even the song "Zou Bisou Bisou" from "Mad Men" made a cameo.

FCC to TV Stations: Put Political-Ad Information Online

FCC to TV Stations: Put Political-Ad Information Online

The Federal Communications Commission on Friday voted to phase in requirements that local TV stations put information about political advertising online.

Under the rules, TV stations affiliated with the four top TV networks in the nation's 50 largest markets will be required to file political information online first. All other TV stations will be exempt from the new requirements until July 1, 2014, to give the FCC the opportunity to see how the changes work.

The vote came as a rebuff to broadcast station owners, who had been lobbying vigorously against the change.

Though FCC rules already require broadcasters to document their political ad sales in publicly accessible files at their stations, you have to visit a station in person to get the data.

Under the new requirement, you can access in the information at the click of a mouse.

Broadcasters are expected to reap $3 billion from political ad sales this year, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in an April 16 speech at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas.

The new rule adopted by the FCC also will require broadcasters to publish online other information that they currently keep in the public files in their stations, including network-affiliation agreements and contracts affecting station ownership.

"In putting these files online, the FCC is requiring broadcasters to take a step that innumerable other entities have opted for since the World Wide Web became a part of our daily lives, and putting public files on the Internet in 2012 makes sense," Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn said in a statement. "It is the expected means of data viewing, and this action requires no unreasonable amount of production or disclosure."

He added: I see no reason to limit the reach of the online public file. We do not restrict, in any way, shape or form, who can access the existing paper files, and I see no need to do so for this new regime."

At a news conference after the vote, Genachowski rejected TV station arguments that the online revelations could hurt broadcasters financially.

“The record does not show that there’s any likelihood of ... commercial harms coming out of this, because we’re talking about information that is already publicly available,” he said. “While it’s information that is difficult for an ordinary consumer to access, it’s not difficult for commercial businesses to access. So any existing commercial business that believes there’s value in those rates is already getting them.”

Consumer advocacy group the Free Press applauded the decision. “Today’s vote is a win for transparency, open access to information and the public," Free Press Senior Policy Counsel said in a statement. "For over a decade, public interest groups have been asking the FCC to give people unfettered access to the information they already have a legal right to see. Free Press applauds the FCC for bringing the public files online and into the 21st century

Broadcasters were not so positive.

"NAB respectfully disagrees with today's FCC decision and we're disappointed that the Commission rejected compromise proposals proffered by broadcasters that would have brought greater transparency to political ad buying," National Association of Broadcasters Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton said in a statement.

"By forcing broadcasters to be the only medium to disclose on the Internet our political advertising rates, the FCC jeopardizes the competitive standing of stations that provide local news, entertainment, sports and life-saving weather information free of charge to tens of millions of Americans daily," he added.

Before the vote, broadcasters had complained that the full disclosure on the internet would make sensitive pricing information about station ad rates too readily available to competitors in their markets -- including local cable TV systems, which also sell political ads but aren’t required to file their own political sales data online.

In addition, broadcasters expressed concern that the requirement would make detailed ad pricing too easy for the station’s commercial advertisers to get.

Many broadcasters wanted the agency to accept a compromise that would have required stations to post only general summary information.

Part of the reason that the broadcasters have been concerned is that the law requires them to sell candidates ads at the lowest rate that the station offers to its best commercial advertising customers during the 60 days preceding a general election and in the 45 days before a primary.

“Placing the individual rate information online could cause harm to stations when they negotiate with commercial advertisers, who would know, at the click of a button, the rates that a station is charging its most favored commercial advertisers, at every station, in very market in the country,” said Maureen O’Connell, News Corp. senior vice president, regulatory and government affairs, in an April 23 letter at the FCC. 

“There is an extraordinary difference ... between making this commercially sensitive information available upon request at a station’s studio and publishing it for all to see on the Internet,” O’Connell said.

Supporters of the FCC’s proposed change argued that the public’s interest in the disclosure of spending by political campaigns outweighed the broadcast industry’s business concerns.

“The vigor with which broadcasters are objecting to the FCC’s proposals suggest they have something to hide,” said Angela Campbell, co-director of the Institute for Public Representation, in an April 20 filing at the FCC. “Could it be the huge amount of money they are making from election-related advertising?”

“The argument against moving the public file online is that required public disclosures shouldn’t be too public,” added FCC Chairman Genachowski. “But in a world where everything is going digital, why have a special exemption for broadcasters’ political disclosure obligation?”