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maandag 30 april 2012

Fox Picks up 'Axe Cop' for Saturday-Night Animation Block

Fox Picks up 'Axe Cop' for Saturday-Night Animation Block

"Axe Cop" has locked up a TV deal.

Fox has acquired the rights to Malachai and Ethan Nicolle's web comic "Axe Cop" for its upcoming Saturday night animated block Animation Domination HD. "Axe Cop" is the first addition to the slate, which will air from 11 to 12:30 on Saturday nights beginning in 2013.

"Axe Cop," which premiered online in January 2010, follows "the adventures of an axe-wielding police officer and his loyal team of allies as they fight bad guys." With an axe.

Animation Domination HD is being led by former Adult Swim executive Nick Weidenfeld and will also air across Fox's digital platforms. Further additions to the slate are to be announced.

New 'Dexter' Bad Guy: 'Rome' Star Ray Stevenson

New 'Dexter' Bad Guy: 'Rome' Star Ray Stevenson

As if Dexter Morgan doesn't have enough problems, now he'll face a new bad guy, too: Ray Stevenson will play the head of a Russian crime syndicate in a multi-episode arc on the seventh season of "Dexter."

Stevenson has starred in TV's "Rome" and in movies like "Thor" and "Punisher: War Zone," will also star in the "Thor" sequel and this summer's "G.I. Joe: Retaliation." He also stars in Billy Bob Thorton's latest directorial effort, the drama "Jayne Mansfield's Car."

"Dexter," which was renewed for a seventh and eighth season by Showtime in November, will begin its seventh season on Sept. 30. It will pick up with Dexter being caught in the act of murder by his sister-through-adoption, Deb -- who also happens to be in love with him

'The Voice' UK's Tyler James praised by Dionne Bromfield

'The Voice' UK's Tyler James praised by Dionne Bromfield

The Voice UK finalist Tyler James has been praised on Twitter by Dionne Bromfield.

The singer and god-daughter of Amy Winehouse took to the social networking site to publicly back James, who was also a close friend of the late star.

Bromfield described James's version of Steve Winwood's 'Higher Love' as "amazing" before stating that she hopes to meet up with him soon.

She wrote: "Hey @TylerJames777 Just seen your performance #TheVoiceUK You were amazing.. I'm there on the 12th So hopefully we can catch up!!!! (sic)."

James replied: "Luv ya darling", to which she responded "Love you trouble;".

Tyler James was voted through to the next round of the singing competition by the viewing public earlier this evening (April 29).

James was also voted the third best performer on Saturday's first live show by Digital Spy readers behind Ruth Brown and Jaz Ellington.

'Smash' Gets a New Showrunner: 'Gossip Girl's' Josh Safran

'Smash' Gets a New Showrunner: 'Gossip Girl's' Josh Safran

A loss for "Gossip Girl" is a gain for "Smash."

"GG" showrunner Josh Safran will take over as the showrunner for its musical drama, which has been up and down in the ratings during its first season, NBC has announced.

Safran, who has worked on the CW's "Gossip Girl" since 2008, will take over the "Smash" duties from series creator Theresa Rebeck, who stepped down in March. NBC last month renewed the backstage-Broadway-themed series for a second season.

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Rebeck, who wrote the first three episodes of "Smash," is a Broadway playwright who based the show's lead character, Julia (Debra Messing), on herself. Rebeck will remain with the show as an executive producer and writer.

Meanwhile, Safran's departure leaves another question mark on the future of "Gossip Girl," which has yet to be renewed for a sixth season.

The show, which often drew more than three million viewers during its second season, drew under one million for its most recent new episode on April 23.

ITV heralds the 'chatmercial' with new shopping format

ITV heralds the 'chatmercial' with new shopping format

ITV has partnered with TV home shopping specialist JML for a new show that will enable people to buy products direct from ITV1.

The new late night programme, called The Store with JML, will premiere tomorrow morning on ITV1 from 12.30am to 2.30am. It will fill the late night teleshopping slot on Saturdays, Sundays and Monday.

Dubbed the "chatmercial", The Store will combine the format of a chatshow with home TV shopping in front of a studio audience.

The presenter-led programme will feature a range of experts and be split into a series of "bite-size" chunks focusing on a different product from JML every 15 minutes.

The experts include celebrity make-up artist Jerome Alexander, ITV This Morning's fashion expert Wendy Elsmore and celebrity chef Tony Tobin.

Presented by Sarah Heaney, the programme will feature the experts discussing products ranging from cookware to DIY, along with celebrity brands such as Myleene Klass Nails.

"This partnership between ITV and JML enables viewers to see some of JML's best-loved products being used by presenter and audience, giving them a full review of the product before their purchase decision, all from the comfort of their home," said JML's commercial director Hannah Treble.

"It combines a chatshow style format with shopping TV and audience interaction. This UK first is another step towards making us Britain's leading multi-channel retailer/distributor."

ITV director commercial & ventures William van Rest added: "ITV are delighted to be working with JML on this new style of TV Shopping output, and we are looking forward to JML bringing some innovative products and fantastic deals to the ITV1 audience."

ITV1 launched its first late night teleshopping programe The Zone in 2010, featuring QVC product offers and casino-style games.

SyFy Plans Haunted Real Estate Show -- Plus Stephen King, 'Adjustment Bureau' Projects

SyFy Plans Haunted Real Estate Show -- Plus Stephen King, 'Adjustment Bureau' Projects

SyFy announced a new scripted video game tie-in and six new reality shows, plus a development slate of 28 new projects that include an "Adjustment Bureau" series, shows based on Stephen King and Charlaine Harris novels, and a reality series about trying to sell haunted houses.

The network announces its lineup at its upfront presentation to advertisers Tuesday.

The new series "Defiance," expected to premiere next year, will debut at the same time as Trion’s video game. It stars Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Fionnula Flanagan, Mia Kirshner and Oscar nominee Graham Greene as survivors of a universal war. It will be directed by Scott Stewart "Legion" and written/executive produced by Rockne O’Bannon ("Farscape"), Kevin Murphy ("Desperate Housewives," "Caprica") and Michael Taylor ("Battlestar Galactica." Murphy will be the showrunner of the series, produced by Universal Cable Productions.

The network's upcoming reality shows include six new series, three of them about hauntings: "School Sprits," "Paranormal Highway," and "Ghost Mine" are about paranormal activity in schools, highways, and a mine. "Collection Intervention" is about couples divided by obsessive collecting, and the competition "Viral Video Showdown" pits one video against another. "Hot Set" stages faceoffs between Hollywood production designers.

Scripted projects in development include adaptations of popular works by Stephen King ("Eyes of the Dragon"), John Christopher ("The Lotus Caves") and Charlaine Harris ("Grave Sight"), as well as shows based on the movie "The Adjustment Bureau" and the DC comic Booster Gold, about a futuristic athlete who returns to modern times in search of fame and fortune.

And watch out, HGTV: "Buyer Beware" is about the difficulty of selling homes that may be packed with ghosts. Another reality show, "Jersey Shore" producer SallyAnn Salsano's "Fan Girl/Fan Boy Project," focuses on hardcore but often misunderstood fans.

Here's the list of new and planned shows, as described by SyFy:


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.

'Big Brother' Return, 'Dogs in the City' and '3' Premieres Announced by CBS

'Big Brother' Return, 'Dogs in the City' and '3' Premieres Announced by CBS

"Big Brother," the long-running reality TV staple, will return to the airwaves Thursday, July 12 at 9 p.m., CBS announced Tuesday. The network also unveiled the premiere dates for its new reality offerings "Dogs in the City" and "3."

"Big Brother" will air Wednesdays at 8, Thursdays at 9 and Sundays at 8, beginning with the Sunday episode on July 15. The live eviction shows will air on Thursday.

"Dogs in the City," which stars New York City-based "dog guru" Justin Silver as he resolves issues between pooches and their owners, will premiere Wednesday, May 30, at 8 p.m.

The dating series "3," meanwhile, will kick off Sunday, July 22, with a 90-premiere at 9 p.m., and switch to hour-long episodes following the premiere, running Sundays back-to-back with "Big Brother." The series follows three single women of varying ages and backgrounds as they "meet for the first time with a common goal – finding true love," according to CBS.

Rosie O'Donnell Slams Casting Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor

Rosie O'Donnell Slams Casting Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor

Think Lindsay Lohan is a terrible choice to play screen icon Elizabeth Taylor? You're not alone -- Rosie O'Donnell is right there with you.

O'Donnell -- whose talk show on OWN was recently axed -- did a guest stint on NBC's "Today" Tuesday, as a guest panelist on the show's "Today's Professionals" segment. One of the hot topics up for discussion? Lohan's upcoming portrayal of Taylor in the Lifetime biopic "Liz & Dick."

O'Donnell made it unmistakably clear that Lohan -- who has recently been trying to keep herself on the straight and narrow, after a prolonged period of personal trouble -- doesn't belong anywhere near the role.

"[S]he's had a lot of trouble doing every single movie, including 'SNL,'" O'Donnell said, referring to Lohan's guest-hosting stint last month on "Saturday Night Live." "She was out and not at rehearsal. I think she's not in a place to work."

O'Donnell added, " I don't think she's right for the role and I don't think she's capable at this point of doing what's needed to portray that character."

Lohan's spokesman blasted O'Donnell's comments in a statement provided to TheWrap, saying, "I think Rosie should be focused on her own career right now and not everyone else's. It's a shame she has to be so cruel towards another person in order to keep herself in the news."

When regular "Today's Professionals" panelist Donny Deutsch suggested that Lohan might be the Elizabeth Taylor of the current generation, O'Donnell shot back, "You're out of your mind."

Fellow "Today's Professionals" regular Star Jones suggested that "Liz & Dick" would attract viewers due to Lohan's "train wreck" factor, O'Donnell suggested otherwise, saying, "the interest level in her has waned ... On 'SNL' it wasn't as though she delivered. People watched expecting, hoping, wishing, but she needs a lot of help."

HBO Re-Ups 'Real Time With Bill Maher' for 2 More Seasons

HBO Re-Ups 'Real Time With Bill Maher' for 2 More Seasons

Bill Maher's long-running political talk show, "Real Time with Bill Maher," has been renewed for its 11th and 12th seasons, HBO announced Tuesday. The renewal will keep the show on the air until at least 2014.

The show is averaging 4.1 million viewers per episode in its current 10th season, a three-year high for the series.

“Bill Maher’s irreverent wit and fearless insights make him the perfect observer for these unpredictable times,” Michael Lombardo, president, HBO programming, said while announcing the renewal. “I’m delighted that we can continue to offer an uncensored forum for his original and thoughtful humor.”

The hour-long show, which features Maher hosting lively roundtable discussions on contemporary topics, airs Fridays at 10 p.m. on HBO. 'Voice UK live show as nervewracking as Super Bowl' 'Voice UK live show as nervewracking as Super Bowl' has claimed that he's as nervous about tomorrow night's Voice UK live show as he was when he played with the Black Eyed Peas at the Super Bowl halftime show.

The singer also compared his nerves to the first time he toured with the Peas and when he played concerts in Brazil at the opening of the football World Cup,

Writing on Twitter, the singer and producer said: "I'm nervous for the first live battles.

"I haven't been this nervous since we played a concert in Brazil in front of 1.5million people."

He continued: "The second time I was this nervous is when we opened the World Cup in South Africa and a billion people watched on TV.

"The 3rd time I was this nervous is when we played the Super Bowl in America and more than 200million people watched on TV.

"The 4th time I was this nervous is when I had to ask my mum for permission to go on tour in 98...I was afraid she would say no."'s five acts - Joelle Moses, Sophie Griffin, Jaz Ellington, Frances Wood and Tyler James - will all perform in the live show tomorrow night (April 28). One of them will be voted out of the competition in Sunday's results show.

'Britain's Got Talent' Malakai's mum: 'He'll cope just fine'

'Britain's Got Talent' Malakai's mum: 'He'll cope just fine'

Britain's Got Talent star Malakai Paul will cope with the pressure of the show, according to his mum Toni Ann.

The 9-year-old, who said he was inspired to audition by former contestants Shaheen Jafargholi and Diversity, broke down in tears during his performance of Beyoncé's 'Listen' on last night's show (April 28).

"Obviously as his mum I felt very emotional watching him cry but I knew it was nothing more than a bit of stage fright and nerves as he had never performed in front of that many people before," Toni Ann told ITV.

Asked if she had regrets, she continued: "No, not at all. It's something he's always wanted to do. He auditioned for Britain's Got Talent two years ago and didn't get through to see the judges, so ever since then he's been saying, 'Mummy I want to go back', so I just supported him all the way.

"He loves singing and he loves his music. I'm not going to stop him; I'm going to support him all the way. I think he will cope just fine as he has a very strong network behind him. Not only does he have our family but a very strong network of support from his school.

"We all want to keep him grounded and happy. Lots and lots of practice will help him overcome nerves. I've always sung since I was little, it's something I've always loved doing. We're a very musical family."

Malakai revealed he has been singing in front of as many people as he can to avoid being overcome by nerves during his next performance.

"My mum inspires me to sing," he said. "I wasn't that nervous until I got to the side of the stage. I don't know why I got nervous as there was a good crowd there and they were all clapping and cheering for me. The judges were really nice to me too.

"['Listen' is] special to me because the song says to me in the words - "My time has come for my dreams to be heard" - so it makes me want to follow my dreams which are to win Britain's Got Talent and to go on to be a recording artist and to sell albums and work with lots of other big artists like Beyoncé."

MTV Movie Awards Shake-Up: New Categories, Including 'Best Dirt-Bag'

MTV Movie Awards Shake-Up: New Categories, Including 'Best Dirt-Bag'

The MTV Movie Awards are shaking things up this year.

With the addition of new executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves, the awards ceremony is undergoing some reinvention for its 21st go-round, which takes place June 3 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California.

Among the biggest change: Five new categories have been introduced -- with one of the new categories to be awarded exclusively by a special academy of directors.

The new categories are Best Music, Best On-Screen Transformation, Best Gut-Wrenching Performance, Best Cast and Best On-Screen Dirtbag and Breakthrough Performance, which will be awarded by the panel of directors.

They join pre-existing categories Movie of the Year, Best Female Performance, Best Male Performance, Breakthrough Performance, Best Comedic Performance, Best Kiss and Best Fight.

“The Movie Awards will be a re-imagined celebration of the most popular films and performances from the past year,” MTV president Stephen Friedman said of the shakeup. “This year, we’ve overhauled categories and added a Breakthrough Performance award that will be chosen by some of the best directors in the world."

MTV also announced that this year's awards ceremony will include a performance by "We Are Young" band fun., in the hopes of "making music a more central experience to the overall show," according to Friedman.

'The Voice' vs. 'American Idol': Who's the Social Media Champ?

'The Voice' vs. 'American Idol': Who's the Social Media Champ?

"The Voice" has proven to be a formidable foe to the formerly untouchable "American Idol" on the ratings front. But how do the two shows compare when it comes to social media?

Advertising Age recently teamed with social-media monitoring firm Trendrr in an effort to determine which show is creating the most buzz in the social-media world. And while the results aren't entirely conclusive (and quite possibly not entirely scientific), it appears that NBC's "The Voice" is coming out ahead.

Looking at Twitter and Facebook conversations, as well as check-ins at GetClue and Miso, Trendrr calculated that "The Voice" has generated 21 percent more social activity per episode on average this season,

Looking at their entire seasons so far, though, "The Voice" has been averaging 21 percent more social activity per episode than "Idol." And it seems that "The Voice" has the bigger momentum on the social-media front: Season 2 of "The Voice" has averaged 30 percent more social-media activity per episode than it did for its maiden season, versus just a 10 percent gain over last season for "Idol."

Oddly, "Idol" started the season with an advantage: The Jan. 18 premiere of the show's 11th season amassed 39 percent more social-media activity than the Season 2 premiere of "The Voice" on Feb. 12.

As far as Twitter followers are concerned, the two shows are fairly even, with "The Voice"'s 538,000 followers narrowly besting 516,000 for "Idol." "Idol," however, rules Facebook, with 8,835,000 likes, compared to 2,614,000 for "The Voice."

Social-media activity for both shows is nearly identical when divided along gender lines; "Idol" activity is 65 percent female 35 percent male, while "The Voice" has a 69 percent female to 31 percent male split.

'Drop Dead Diva' Gets Return Date With Kim Kardashian Episode

'Drop Dead Diva' Gets Return Date With Kim Kardashian Episode

Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva" is returning to the airwaves in June -- and it's bringing Kim Kardashian along with it.

The show's fourth, 13-episode season will kick off June 3 at 9 p.m. with a season premiere featuring reality TV queen Kim Kardashian, who's beginning a multiple-episode run with the show.

The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star will have a recurring role this season as Nikki LePree, a famed relationship guru (something of an irony, given Kardashian's track record on that front) who Stacy turns to for advice after her former flame Fred moves on with a new love interest.

Other guest stars for the season include Serena Williams, Brandy Norwood, Patty Duke, Valerie Harper and former "Cheers" star John Ratzenberger, who will hopefully regale the cast with useless trivia of suspect accuracy.

In addition to the guest stars, "Drop Dead Diva" has added two regular cast members this season, Carter MacIntyre and Lex Medlin.

"Drop Dead Diva" tells the story of a shallow wannabe model who dies in a sudden accident only to find her soul resurfacing in the body of a brilliant, plus-size and recently deceased attorney, Jane. The upcoming season begins with Jane vacationing in Italy while her firm flounders back at home under the leadership of a colleague.

Watch 56 Episodes of 'Star Trek' at the Same Time, With Sound

Watch 56 Episodes of 'Star Trek' at the Same Time, With Sound

Ever wanted to watch two seasons worth of the original "Star Trek" series at once? Sure, it seems, as Spock would say, illogical, but thanks to an ambitious Trekkie on YouTube, one 50-minute YouTube clip will unspool 56 "Trek" episodes at the same time, with sound.

The video, compiled by YouTube user twilight1138, features the complete first and second seasons of the 1966-69 series, with one exception: points out twilight1138 swapped the first episode of season three in for the first episode for season one, in the interest of episode length parity.

Here's hoping twilight1138 puts his episode collage design to work on those 20 seasons of "Law & Order" we'd love to watch someday. And that no one who watches this has a seizure.

TV Tonight 30th of April 2012

TV Tonight 30th of April 2012

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

    10 Things You Don't Know S01E11: "Adolf Hitler"
    1000 Ways to Die S04E05: "TBA"
    2 Broke Girls S01E22: "And The Big Buttercream Breakthrough"
    60 Minute Makeover S09E24: "Series 9, Episode 24"
    71 Grader Nord: Norges Tøffeste Kjendis S03E09: "Season 3, Episode 9"
    Adventure Time with Finn and Jake S04E05
    American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior S03E11: "TBA"
    Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations S08E04: "Lisbon"
    Australia's Got Talent S06E07: "Auditions 7"
    Australian Story S17E13: "Return To Wooleen"
    Bang Goes The Theory S06E07: "Travel Nightmares"
    Basketball Wives S04E11: "Season 4, Episode 11"
    Bethenny Ever After S03E11: "Paradise Lost"
    Big Brother Sverige S08E62: "Del 62"
    Bondi Rescue S07E12: "Season 7, Episode 12"
    Bones S07E11: "The Family in the Feud"
    Breakthrough with Tony Robbins S01E06: "TBA"
    Brooklyn 11223 S01E06: "It'll Never Be Over"
    Canada's Got Talent S01E18: "Results Show Week 5"
    Castle (2009) S04E22: "Undead Again"
    Chaplains: Angels of Mersey S01E06: "Episode 6"
    Chelsea Lately S06E72
    Coronation Street S53E87: "Mon Apr 30, 2012 [Episode 2]"
    Coronation Street S53E86: "Mon Apr 30, 2012 [Episode 1]"
    Dancing With the Stars (US) S14E12: "Season 14, Episode 12"
    Danni Lowinski S03E12: "Bittere Pille"
    Dara O'Briain: School of Hard Sums S01E03: "Series 1, Episode 3"
    Days of our Lives S47E121: "Ep. #11831"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E224: "Episode 1904"
    Der Letzte Bulle S03E12: "Ich sag's nicht weiter"
    Dickinson's Real Deal S08E99: "Series 8, Episode 99"
    Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives S14E05: "Big Time Flavor"
    Disappeared S04E27: "Missing By Design"
    Doctors S14E19: "Just the Way You Are"
    EastEnders S28E70: "April 30, 2012"
    Éden Hotel S02E33: "Season 2, Episode 33"
    Een laatste groet S01E13: "Compilatie"
    Embarrassing Bodies S06E09: "Memorable Cases"
    Emmerdale S41E102: "April 30, 2012"
    En stark resa med Morgan & Ola-Conny S01E05: "Polen"
    Escape To The Country S12E46: "Dorset"
    Eureka S05E03: "Force Quit"
    Exotische Liefde S02E10: "Season 2, Episode 10"
    General Hospital (US) S50E21: "#12549"
    Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden S22E171: "Season 22, Episode 171"
    Gossip Girl S05E22: "Raiders of the Lost Art"
    Great British Menu S07E16: "The Olympic Feast - 16"
    Hacktion S02E11: "Összecsapások"
    Halv åtta hos mig S08E45: "Göteborg - Anna"
    Hart Of Dixie S01E20: "The Race & the Relationship"
    Hawaii Five-0 (2010) S02E21: "Pa Make Loa (Touch of Death) (1)"
    Heir Hunters (UK) S06E11: "Series 6, Episode 11"
    Helt Perfekt S02E09: "Season 2, Episode 9"
    Hollyoaks S18E86: "April 30, 2012"
    Home and Away (AU) S25E71: "Episode 5506"
    Hotel cæsar S29E05: "Season 29, Episode 5"
    Hotel Impossible S01E04: "TBA"
    House S08E19: "The C-Word"
    House Hunters S48E85: "TBA"
    House Hunters International S25E88: "TBA"
    How I Met Your Mother S07E22: "Good Crazy"
    Hyouka S01E02
    Ik hou van Holland S09E09: "Koninginnedag-special"
    Jeopardy! S28E161: "Show #6366"
    Jimmy Kimmel Live S09E246
    Kickin' It S01E26: "Skate Rat"
    Kimi to Boku S02E05: "The Hem of the Sky"
    La La's Full Court Life S02E07: "TBA"
    Lab Rats (2012) S01E07: "Exoskeleton vs. Grandma"
    Last Call with Carson Daly S10E46
    Late Kick Off S03E14: "Series 3, Episode 14"
    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon S02E259
    Late Show with David Letterman S19E63
    Live with Regis and Kelly S29E174
    Mad S02E27: "TBA"
    Made in Chelsea S03E05: "Series 3, Episode 5"
    Make It or Break It S03E06: "Listen to the Universe"
    Match of The Day S47E54: "Season 47, Show 54"
    Mike & Molly S02E21: "Bachelor/Bachelorette"
    Morgan Spurlock's New Britannia S01E05: "Episode 5"
    My First Place S22E06: "TBA"
    Neighbours S28E81: "Episode 6391"
    Pointless S06E39: "Series 6, Episode 39"
    Richard Hammond's Crash Course S01E03: "Landfill"
    Ridiculousness S02E01: "Justin Bieber"
    Robson's Extreme Fishing Challenge S01E04: "Canada"
    RuPaul's Drag Race S04E14: "Reunion"
    Saki (JP) S02E04: "Nationals"
    Scott and Bailey S02E08: "Series 2, Episode 8"
    Silent Witness S15E10: "Fear (2)"
    Smash S01E13: "Tech"
    Sousei no Aquarion S02E18: "Episode 18"
    The 70s S01E03: "Goodbye Great Britain 75-77"
    The Amazing Race Norway S01E06: "Season 1, Episode 6"
    The Bad Girls Club S08E14: "Reunion (1)"
    The Biggest Loser (AU) S07E67: "Season 7, Episode 67"
    The Block S05E14: "Day 13"
    The Bold and the Beautiful S26E27: "Ep. #6311"
    The Chase (2009) S05E60: "Series 5, Episode 60"
    The Colbert Report S08E58: "Diane Keaton"
    The Daily Show S17E96: "Zach Wahls"
    The Dales S02E10: "Series 2, Episode 10"
    The Dr. Phil Show S10E148: "Grand Canyon Child Abuse"
    The Ellen DeGeneres Show S09E149
    The Gadget Show: World Tour S01E02: "The Alps"
    The Jeremy Kyle Show S07E159
    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson S08E69: "Jim Gaffigan, Cat Cora"
    The Pitch S01E02: "Waste Management: SK+G & The Ad Store"
    The Project S04E102: "Season 4, Episode 102"
    The Revolution (2012) S01E66: "Season 1, Episode 66"
    The Secret Life of the American Teenager S04E19: "The Splits"
    The Talk S02E156: "Season 2, Episode 156"
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno S19E290
    The View S15E149: "Lady Colin Campbell, Dr. Adam Ostrzenski, B.o.B."
    The Voice (AU) S01E07: "Let the Battles Begin - Part 1"
    The Voice (US) S02E18: "Live Semi-Final Performances"
    The Young and the Restless S40E26: "Ep. #9895"
    Two and a Half Men S09E22: "Why We Gave Up Women"
    Undercover Boss: Abroad S01E14: "Sodexo (JohnPaul Dimech)"
    Undercover Boss: Abroad S01E13: "TBA"
    Watch What Happens: Live S06E75: "Kathleen Turner and Jennifer Tilly"
    WWE Raw S20E18: "Episode #988"
    Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal S01E53: "The Fated Rail: Try Your Luck On A Trap Card!?"
    Zone stad S07E10: "Season 7, Episode 10"
    Интерны S07E01: "Желание вари"

'Game of Thrones' Aidan Gillen in BBC thriller 'Mayday'

'Game of Thrones' Aidan Gillen in BBC thriller 'Mayday'

Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen has been cast in new BBC One thriller Mayday.

The actor, who plays Littlefinger in the HBO series, will appear alongside the likes of Sophie Okonedo, Peter Firth and Lesley Manville in the five-part drama from the writers of Whitechapel.

Mayday focuses on the disappearance of a young girl from an idyllic community, which prompts neighbours and friends to suspect each other of wrongdoing.

Gillen will portray a single father named Everitt, while Okonedo has been cast as a mother-turned-spy. Firth will star as a community leader, with Manville playing his wife.

Ben Stephenson, controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, said: "[Writers] Ben Court and Caroline Ip have crafted a gripping thriller that takes us behind the scenes of a murder and examines the impact a devastating crime has on an ordinary neighbourhood."

Jane Featherstone, chief executive of Mayday producers Kudos Film and Television, said: "Mayday has attracted a brilliant cast and takes an original look at a familiar story.

"There are no police incident rooms, autopsies or crime scene investigations, instead this is about a town facing the reality that the killer is among them, one of them."

Mayday is directed by Black Mirror's Brain Welsh and produced by Chris Fry of Spooks.

BBC defends 'Silent Witness' violence after complaints

BBC defends 'Silent Witness' violence after complaints

The BBC has defended the inclusion of violent scenes in BBC One's Silent Witness, after almost 500 viewers complained about the programme last weekend.

The post-watershed episode of Silent Witness aired last Sunday and featured prison officer Daniel Kessler, played by Lee Gregory, savagely beating and then sodomising an inmate on the floor of a toilet block.

Around 6.1m people watched the episode on April 22 while around 4.7m tuned in for the second part on the following day. Both episodes carried a warning about their violent and potentially upsetting scenes.

But 483 people have complained to the BBC about the "too violent" nature of the sex attack scene. Media regulator Ofcom has received a further 35 complaints, and viewers also used online message boards to express their discontent.

Writing on the Digital Spy forums on April 23, one viewer said: "Last night's sodomising incident was a bit too graphic for me."

Another wrote: "I love Silent Witness and am not shy to a nice gritty drama...but i have to say that scene in the toilet with the guy being violently sodomized by the dodgy policeman went too far.

"It's been playing on my mind since i watched it and that doesn't ever happen to me..and I watch all sorts of hard dramas etc..

"[I am] surprised that they put it in really as we were already told about the incident when Harry saw the photos. That was enough to get the point across. quite disturbing indeed."

Another viewer added: "I don't want this series to turn into one of those dreadful torture porn dramas we see elsewhere on television."

In a statement, the BBC said that it takes its responsibility to the audience "extremely seriously" and always tries to "strike the right balance between compelling drama without being unnecessarily graphic".

"Towards the end of the first episode we had established that DI Bridges and Officer Kessler had previously worked together and that he was the one very much in control," said the corporation.

"The final scene was not an attempt to gratuitously shock the audience; it was rooted in character and research, showing just what DI Bridges was prepared to do for her colleague for the sake of her family, as well as the brutality that Kessler was capable of.

"We acknowledge that certain scenes may have been challenging, but we filmed and presented them in such a way as to make sure that although as a viewer the implication was there, it was never actually shown."

The BBC added that Silent Witness, now into its 15th series, is well known for its "general tone and content".

"It's fair to say the show is known for tackling challenging stories and exploring adult themes and we don't feel the content of these episodes would have gone beyond viewer's expectations," the corporation said.

"As well as scheduling the series after the 9pm watershed, we made sure the content was widely publicised and gave a warning before both episodes."

ITV1, BBC Three out to retain crowns at 'Channel of the Year' awards

ITV1, BBC Three out to retain crowns at 'Channel of the Year' awards

The Edinburgh International TV Festival has announced the shortlists for the 2012 'Channel of the Year' Awards, including The Voice UK and Got to Dance going head-to-head for the multi-platform prize.

'Terrestrial Channel of the Year' will see ITV1 attempt to retain its 2011 crown ahead of BBC One, BBC Two, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

BBC Four, BBC Three, E4, ITV2 and Sky1 HD are in the running for 'Digital Channel of the Year', which was won last year by BBC Three.

The 'Cross Platform Innovation' award celebrates television shows which have demonstrated particular excellence in multi-platform or online extensions, such as games.

Sky's Got to Dance Online and BBC One's The Voice UK Online will vie for the award, alongside Channel 4's The Bank Job Head To Head Game and Embarrassing Bodies Live From The Clinic.

Last year's award was picked up by Channel 4's Million Pound Drop play-along game, created by Endemol Games.

Hit BBC talent show The Voice UK, currently airing its first series in Britain, is also up for 'Terrestrial Programme of the Year'.

The 'Producer or Director Debut' will go to either Grace Reynolds for Educating Essex, Dan Albion for Watch series Dynamo: Magician Impossible or Richard Senior, the director of Doctor Who episode 'Let's Kill Hitler'.

Big Talk, TalkBack, The Garden, Twofour and Wall to Wall will compete for the 'Indie of the Year' award.

The winners will be announced at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, which runs from August 23 to 25 in the Scottish capital.

Chloe Sevigny Joins 'American Horror Story' for Season 2

Chloe Sevigny Joins 'American Horror Story' for Season 2

Ryan Murphy's sophomore season of "American Horror Story" may boil down to a battle at the insane asylum.

"Big Love" alum Chloe Sevigny will join the cast as a character who butts heads with a mental institution leader played by season returnee Jessica Lange, FX has confirmed to TheWrap.

Sevigny will play Shelly the Nymphomaniac, a bitter rival of Lange, who won Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards for her role as Constance Langdon on the show's first season but plays a new character in season two.

"AHS" writers created the role of Shelly with Sevigny in mind, reports, and she'll be joined in the new season by previously announced cast members Lange, Zachary Quinto, "The Voice" judge and Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lizzie Brocheré and Lily Rabe.

Murphy has said that season two, which begins production this summer, will be set in the East Coast asylum for the criminally insane.