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'Two and a Half Men' Co-Creator Lee Aronsohn Steps Down as Showrunner

'Two and a Half Men' Co-Creator Lee Aronsohn Steps Down as Showrunner

There's been another "Two and a Half Men" shakeup -- but this one has nothing to do with volatile cast members.

Lee Aronsohn, who created the hit CBS series with Chuck Lorre, is stepping down as the series' showrunner, an individual with knowledge of the decision confirms to TheWrap.

Aronsohn, who has been with the series for nine years, is in final negotiations to remain on as an executive consultant for the show.

No reason was given for Aronsohn's decision.

Don Reo and Jim Patterson, who began serving as executive producers for the series in 2011, in time for Ashton Kutcher's replacement of series star Charlie Sheen, are in final talks to become co-show runners with Lorre. (Patterson has been involved with the series in a variety of capacities since 2005.)

"Two and a Half Men" executive producer Eddie Gorodetsky is expected to remain on the series, as well as to maintain his duties as consulting producer on Lorre's other hit series, "The Big Bang Theory."

All of this is pending CBS' renewal of the series for a 10th season, which has not yet been formally announced. scolded by 'Voice' UK bosses for texting during live show? scolded by 'Voice' UK bosses for texting during live show?

The Voice UK star has apparently been told off by BBC bosses for texting during the programme.

The Black Eyed Peas singer was caught on camera using his phone during Saturday's live show.

According to The Sunday Express, producers told the coach that he appeared "unprofessional" as well as "rude and disrespectful" by not paying attention to the stage.

The 37-year-old insisted that he "wasn't being rude" and was simply conforming to the "new way" fans follow the singing contest.

He wrote on Twitter on Saturday: "If you saw me on my phone I wasn't being rude... I was connecting to people watching."

On Sunday, the star added: "TV, phone, laptop, & tablet... its a new day... if I don't tweet during live TV I'm not connecting to people watching in the new way." axed contestant Sophie Griffin on last night's Voice results show.

Susan Boyle for 'Britain's Got Talent' final?

Susan Boyle for 'Britain's Got Talent' final?

Susan Boyle has been tipped for a return to Britain's Got Talent.

The singer, who rose to fame when she impressed judges and viewers with her first audition performance of 'I Dreamed A Dream' in 2009, has been linked with an appearance on the ITV1 talent show's grand final next month.

"Susan is the most successful reality contestant of all time," a show insider told The Sun. "It will be a huge coup to get her back on the show. Fans won't want to miss her.

"The Susan that was on the show has changed so much. If they can make the schedules work, then it will be unmissable telly."

Since finishing in second place on Britain's Got Talent in 2009, Boyle has sold over 18 million albums and achieved international fame.

If her appearance is confirmed, it will be the first time she has returned to the show.

I Dreamed A Dream, a musical based on Boyle's life story, recently received its world premiere at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle.

2012 Tony Award Nominations Announced

2012 Tony Award Nominations Announced

Nominations in 26 competitive categories for THE 66th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS(R) were announced today by Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jim Parsons and Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth at the Tony Award Nominations Announcement. The nominees were selected by an independent committee of 22 theater professionals appointed by the Tony Awards Administration Committee. The 2012 Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. (The list of nominations follows.)

THE 66TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS(R) will be broadcast live from The Beacon Theater, Sunday, June 10 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. The awards honor theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway.

This year marks the 66th anniversary of the TONY Awards, which were first held on April 6, 1947, at the Waldorf Astoria's Grand Ballroom. The American Theatre Wing's TONY Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. The Tonys were founded in memorial to Antoinette ("Tony") Perry, the American Theatre Wing's World War II chairperson.

Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return as executive producers. Weiss will also serve as director for the 13th consecutive year. In 2010, Kirshner and Weiss, along with host Neil Patrick Harris, earned an Emmy Award on behalf of THE 63RD ANNUAL TONY AWARDS in the category of Outstanding Special Class Program.

Nominations for the 2012 American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards(R):

Best Play

Clybourne Park Author: Bruce Norris Producers: Jujamcyn Theaters, Jane Bergére, Roger Berlind/Quintet Productions, Eric Falkenstein/Dan Frishwasser, Ruth Hendel/Harris Karma Productions, JTG Theatricals, Daryl Roth, Jon B. Platt, Center Theatre Group, Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons

Other Desert Cities Author: Jon Robin Baitz Producers: Lincoln Center Theater, André Bishop, Bernard Gersten, Bob Boyett

Peter and the Starcatcher Author: Rick Elice Producers: Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, Disney Theatrical Productions, Suzan & Ken Wirth/DeBartolo Miggs, Catherine Schreiber/Daveed Frazier & Mark Thompson, Jack Lane, Jane Dubin, Allan S. Gordon/Adam S. Gordon, Baer & Casserly/Nathan Vernon, Rich Affanato/Peter Stern, Brunish & Trinchero/Laura Little Productions, Larry Hirschhorn/Hummel & Greene, Jamie deRoy & Probo Prods./Radio Mouse Ent., Hugh Hysell/Freedberg & Dale, New York Theatre Workshop

Venus in Fur Author: David Ives Producers: Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove, Jon B. Platt, Scott Landis, Classic Stage Company

Best Musical

Leap of Faith Producers: Michael Manheim, James D. Stern, Douglas L. Meyer, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch, Annette Niemtzow, Daryl Roth, Robert G. Bartner, Steven and Shanna Silva, Endgame Entertainment, Patricia Monaco, Debi Coleman, Dancap Productions, Inc., Steve Kaplan, Relativity Media, LLC, Rich/Caudwell, Center Theatre Group, Michael Palitz, Richard J. Stern, Melissa Pinsly/Celine Rosenthal, Independent Presenters Network, Diana Buckhantz, Pamela Cooper, Vera Guerin, Leading Investment Co., Ltd., Christina Papagjika, Victor Syrmis, Semlitz/Glaser Productions, Jujamcyn Theaters

Newsies Producers: Disney Theatrical Productions, Thomas Schumacher

Nice Work If You Can Get It Producers: Scott Landis, Roger Berlind, Sonia Friedman Productions, Roy Furman, Standing CO Vation, Candy Spelling, Freddy DeMann, Ronald Frankel, Harold Newman, Jon B. Platt, Raise the Roof 8, Takonkiet Viravan, William Berlind/Ed Burke, Carole L. Haber/Susan Carusi, Buddy and Barbara Freitag/Sanford Robertson, Jim Herbert/Under the Wire, Emanuel Azenberg, The Shubert Organization

Once Producers: Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart, Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson, Orin Wolf, The Shubert Organization, Robert Cole, New York Theatre Workshop

Best Revival of a Play

Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Producers: Scott Rudin, Stuart Thompson, Jon B. Platt, Columbia Pictures, Jean Doumanian, Merritt Forrest Baer, Roger Berlind, Scott M. Delman, Sonia Friedman Productions, Ruth Hendel, Carl Moellenberg, Scott & Brian Zeilinger, Eli Bush

Gore Vidal's The Best Man Producers: Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, INFINITY Stages, Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Barbara Manocherian/ Michael Palitz, Kathleen K. Johnson, Andy Sandberg, Ken Mahoney/The Broadway Consortium, Fifty Church Street Productions, Larry Hirschhorn/Bennu Productions, Patty Baker, Paul Boskind and Martian Entertainment, Wendy Federman, Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Cricket Hooper Jiranek, Stewart F. Lane & Bonnie Comley, Carl Moellenberg, Harold Thau, Will Trice

Master Class Producers: Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove, Max Cooper, Maberry Theatricals, Marks-Moore-Turnbull Group, Ted Snowdon

Wit Producers: Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove

Best Revival of a Musical

Evita Producers: Hal Luftig, Scott Sanders Productions, Roy Furman, Yasuhiro Kawana, Allan S. Gordon/Adam S. Gordon, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Gutterman Fuld Chernoff/Pittsburgh CLO, Thousand Stars Productions, Adam Blanshay, Adam Zotovich, Robert Ahrens, Stephanie P. McClelland, Carole L. Haber, Richardo Hornos, Carol Fineman, Brian Smith, Warren & Jalé Trepp

Follies Producers: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, David M. Rubenstein, Michael A. Kaiser, Max A. Woodward, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Adrienne Arsht, HRH Foundation, Allan Williams

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess Producers: Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Rebecca Gold, Howard Kagan, Cheryl Wiesenfeld/Brunish Trinchero/Lucio Simons TBC, Joseph & Matthew Deitch, Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Terry Schnuck, Freitag Productions/Koenigsberg Filerman, The Leonore S. Gershwin 1987 Trust, Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Ken Mahoney, Judith Resnick, Tulchin/Bartner/ATG, Paper Boy Productions, Christopher Hart, Alden Badway, Broadway Across America, Irene Gandy, Will Trice, American Repertory Theater

Jesus Christ Superstar Producers: The Dodgers and The Really Useful Group, Latitude Link, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, Waxman-Dokton, Joe Corcoran, Detsky/Sokolowski/Kassie, Florin-Blanshay-Fan/Broadway Across America, Rich/Caudwell, Shin/Coleman, TheatreDreams North America, LLC, Stratford Shakespeare Festival

Best Book of a Musical

Lysistrata Jones

Douglas Carter Beane


Harvey Fierstein

Nice Work If You Can Get It

Joe DiPietro


Enda Walsh

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Bonnie & Clyde Music: Frank Wildhorn Lyrics: Don Black

Newsies Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Jack Feldman

One Man, Two Guvnors Music and Lyrics: Grant Olding

Peter and the Starcatcher Music: Wayne Barker Lyrics: Rick Elice

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
James Corden, One Man, Two Guvnors
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
James Earl Jones, Gore Vidal's The Best Man
Frank Langella, Man and Boy
John Lithgow, The Columnist

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Nina Arianda, Venus in Fur
Tracie Bennett, End of the Rainbow
Stockard Channing, Other Desert Cities
Linda Lavin, The Lyons
Cynthia Nixon, Wit

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Danny Burstein, Follies
Jeremy Jordan, Newsies
Steve Kazee, Once
Norm Lewis, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Ron Raines, Follies

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Jan Maxwell, Follies
Audra McDonald, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Cristin Milioti, Once
Kelli O'Hara, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Laura Osnes, Bonnie & Clyde

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Christian Borle, Peter and the Starcatcher
Michael Cumpsty, End of the Rainbow
Tom Edden, One Man, Two Guvnors
Andrew Garfield, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
Jeremy Shamos, Clybourne Park

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Linda Emond, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
Spencer Kayden, Don't Dress for Dinner
Celia Keenan-Bolger, Peter and the Starcatcher
Judith Light, Other Desert Cities
Condola Rashad, Stick Fly

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Phillip Boykin, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Michael Cerveris, Evita
David Alan Grier, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Michael McGrath, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Josh Young, Jesus Christ Superstar

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Elizabeth A. Davis, Once
Jayne Houdyshell, Follies
Judy Kaye, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Jessie Mueller, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever
Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Ghost the Musical

Best Scenic Design of a Play
John Lee Beatty, Other Desert Cities
Daniel Ostling, Clybourne Park
Mark Thompson, One Man, Two Guvnors
Donyale Werle, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Bob Crowley, Once
Rob Howell and Jon Driscoll, Ghost the Musical
Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel, Newsies
George Tsypin, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark

Best Costume Design of a Play
William Ivey Long, Don't Dress for Dinner
Paul Tazewell, A Streetcar Named Desire
Mark Thompson, One Man, Two Guvnors
Paloma Young, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Follies
ESosa, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Eiko Ishioka, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark
Martin Pakledinaz, Nice Work If You Can Get It

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Jeff Croiter, Peter and the Starcatcher
Peter Kaczorowski, The Road to Mecca
Brian MacDevitt, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
Kenneth Posner, Other Desert Cities

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Christopher Akerlind, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Natasha Katz, Follies
Natasha Katz, Once
Hugh Vanstone, Ghost the Musical

Best Sound Design of a Play
Paul Arditti, One Man, Two Guvnors
Scott Lehrer, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
Gareth Owen, End of the Rainbow
Darron L. West, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Acme Sound Partners, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Clive Goodwin, Once
Kai Harada, Follies
Brian Ronan, Nice Work If You Can Get It

Best Choreography
Rob Ashford, Evita
Christopher Gattelli, Newsies
Steven Hoggett, Once
Kathleen Marshall, Nice Work If You Can Get It

Best Direction of a Play
Nicholas Hytner, One Man, Two Guvnors
Pam MacKinnon, Clybourne Park
Mike Nichols, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Direction of a Musical
Jeff Calhoun, Newsies
Kathleen Marshall, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Diane Paulus, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
John Tiffany, Once

Best Orchestrations
William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnke, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Bill Elliott, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Martin Lowe, Once
Danny Troob, Newsies

Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Emanuel Azenberg

Regional Theatre Award
The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.

Isabelle Stevenson Award
Bernadette Peters

Special Tony Award
Actors' Equity Association
Hugh Jackman

Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre
Freddie Gershon
Artie Siccardi
TDF Open Doors

Amy Childs: 'Lauren Goodger should quit Only Way Is Essex'

Amy Childs: 'Lauren Goodger should quit Only Way Is Essex'

Former The Only Way Is Essex star Amy Childs has supported Lauren Goodger's potential departure from the show.

Goodger's future on the ITV2 programme has been put in doubt following a row with producers last week and she is not mentioned as part of the cast for a special episode in Marbella.

Amy Childs at the launch of Amy Childs' SS12 Clothing Collection launch at the Gilgamesh Bar

Childs, who quit TOWIE after its second series at the beginning of 2011, has now urged her ex co-star to "move on" from the show.

"I don't know the ins and outs of what happened as obviously I'm not a part of that anymore," she wrote in her New column. "But if she has quit or has been axed then I think this could be a good thing.

"I reckon it's a good time for Lauren to move on from TOWIE. She has a successful business and lots of fans, so she'll be just fine with or without the show."

Goodger has declined to confirm her TOWIE status, saying only that she is discussing "some issues" with bosses.

However, she seemingly hinted at her departure in a Twitter message on Sunday (April 29), which read: "Sometimes in life everything happens for a reason I don't no why but all u can be is true 2 yourself and do what makes u happy #loyal."

Wilbur Smith's 'Courtney' Books Acquired for TV by Corona Pictures

Wilbur Smith's 'Courtney' Books Acquired for TV by Corona Pictures

The first three books in Wilbur Smith's best-selling "Courtney" series of novels have been acquired by Corona Pictures for TV adaptation.

"Birds of Prey," "Monsoon" and "Blue Horizon" will be adapted into several series for a worldwide television audience, the company said Tuesday.

Spanning three generations of the Courtney family, the novel series chronicles the clan's battles to secure its fortunes in 17th-century Africa, where "sea-faring empires, marauding pirates and the people who already live there" fight it out for control of the land and its treasures.

In all, Rhodesian-born author Smith has sold about 130 million copies of his books worldwide.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to bring Wilbur's work to the screen," Corona principals Richard Johns and Rupert Jermyn said of the acquisition. "So many people in so many countries have loved his books, and we now see a great new audience for his stories."

Added Jeremy Trevathan, Smith's publisher at Pan Macmillan, "It's terrific to see that the potential for film and TV drama in Wilbur's fiction is being recognized and we're delighted to be working with Corona to bring the Courtney novels to a new generation whether it be on the small screen or through his fantastic backlist."

Gary Barlow 'signs £2 million X Factor return deal'

Gary Barlow 'signs £2 million X Factor return deal'

Gary Barlow has reportedly signed his new X Factor deal.

The Take That singer, who recently confirmed his return to the panel, is said to have agreed a £2 million contract to return for a second year, reports The Sun.

Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh are expected to also sign new deals later this week.

The 'Young' singer - who is currently top of the UK iTunes chart with her debut single - will reportedly see her fee doubled to £500,000.

Simon Cowell has said that Contostavlos's job on the show is safe despite the recent release of a sex tape featuring the star.

Louis Walsh was the first X Factor judge to confirm his return for a ninth series last month.

Kelly Rowland is the only judge not to confirm a return from last year's series, with former judge Dannii Minogue rumoured to be signing a deal to replace her.

Barlow and his wife Dawn are currently expecting their fourth child together.

'New Girl's Jake Johnson: 'Nick is an idiot'

'New Girl's Jake Johnson: 'Nick is an idiot'

New Girl star Jake Johnson has revealed that he hopes for more screen time with Zooey Deschanel.

The actor plays Nick in the Fox sitcom, and stated that fans have responded positively to his character's romantic tension with Deschanel's Jess.

Johnson explained that he had asked the show's writers about more scenes with the pair, but they had expressed concerns over fans getting tired of a 'will they, won't they?' storyline.

However, he said that scripts have now focused on more scenes between the couple as per fans' requests.

"Personally, I love the Nick-Jess stuff as an actor," he told The Hollywood Reporter.

"At the Paley Festival, every other question from the crowd was, 'How come there's not more of Nick and Jess?' The next script we got was, 'OK, these characters are back to being in love with each other'.

"Part of me thinks that the people spoke, and the writers listened. In my little conspiracy theory world, that's what happened."

Speaking about his character, he added: "I feel like Nick, at the beginning, was very solid and grumpy and kept everybody together.

"And now when I watch episodes, I'm thinking, 'This guy is an idiot, he's not keeping anyone together'. But I think it's more fun this way."

New Girl was recently renewed for a second season by Fox.

The show will air its first season finale on May 8, 2012.

'True Blood' Alexander Skarsgård: 'Eric and Bill have a bromance'

'True Blood' Alexander Skarsgård: 'Eric and Bill have a bromance'

True Blood's Alexander Skarsgård has hinted that fans can expect a "bromance" between Eric Northman and Bill Compton.

The relationship between the rival vampires will soften in the HBO drama's fifth season, Skarsgård told E! Online.

"There's a bit of a bromance going on this year between [my character] Eric and Bill (Stephen Moyer)," said the Swedish actor.

"It's fun because I love Stephen Moyer to death and after four years of butting heads, this is more like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. We have a common enemy and we have to team up this year."

Lucy Griffiths will join True Blood next season as Eric's sister Nora. The actress recently revealed that the two siblings have "a fiery love/hate relationship".

True Blood returns to HBO on June 10 in the US. In the UK, the fifth season will air on FX in the autumn.

'Jericho' to be revived by Netflix?

'Jericho' to be revived by Netflix?

Netflix is in talks with CBS to revive cult drama Jericho.

The series - which starred Skeet Ulrich and Lennie James - followed the residents of the fictional town of Jericho, Kansas, as they struggle to survive in the aftermath of nuclear attacks on the US.

CBS originally axed the show in 2007 after one season, but later reversed their decision following a fan campaign. After a seven-part second run, Jericho was cancelled once again due to low ratings.

Netflix has now approached CBS TV Studios about the possibility of a third season, reports TV Guide.

The move is fuelled by the success of Jericho repeats on Netflix's on-demand service, four years after the show's second cancellation.

Netflix is also producing a revival of axed Fox comedy Arrested Development, and was reportedly in talks to pick up ABC's low-rating supernatural drama The River.

In March, the company declined the chance to produce a second season of cancelled Fox drama Terra Nova.

'Walking Dead' star Jeffrey DeMunn joins Frank Darabont's 'LA Noir'

'Walking Dead' star Jeffrey DeMunn joins Frank Darabont's 'LA Noir'

Jeffrey DeMunn and Andrew Rothenberg have joined the cast of Frank Darabont's pilot LA Noir.

The TNT drama, set in the '40s and '50s, will focus on the conflict between the LAPD and the mob, led by gangster Mickey Cohen.

Both DeMunn and Rothenberg previously worked with Darabont on zombie series The Walking Dead.

Rothenberg wrote on Twitter: "Get ready Walking Dead fans, I'll be working with Frank Darabont, Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey DeMunn on LA Noir, a pilot for TNT!"

Rothenberg's character Jim was killed off in the The Walking Dead's first season, while DeMunn's Dale died in season two's 'Judge, Jury, Executioner'.

Darabont himself was fired from his role as the AMC drama's showrunner, reportedly following a dispute over budget.

Jon Bernthal - who played Shane on The Walking Dead - was previously cast in LA Noir as Los Angeles cop Joe Teague.

The pilot also stars Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Neal McDonough (Justified), Alexa Davalos (Clash of the Titans) and Simon Pegg (Star Trek).

'The Voice' UK revamp ordered after viewing figures fall?

'The Voice' UK revamp ordered after viewing figures fall?

The Voice UK will reportedly be revamped following concerns about the most recent instalments of the show.

According to the Daily Star, producers are planning dramatic changes aimed at regaining viewers after the programme's figures dropped last weekend.

The Voice UK Results Show 1: and Jessie J react to the results.

The coaches will reportedly no longer perform a song together at the start of the show, after criticism of their rendition of U2's 'Beautiful Day'. Instead they will sing with their own acts, following the lead of the US version of the programme.

A string of guest stars, including Adele, are also apparently being lined up to perform alongside the contestants.

In addition, double eliminations from each team will be introduced to create more drama.

The coaches have also reportedly been asked to become more critical and cruel, and have been told to 'do their homework' following an incident when Sir Tom Jones called contestant Joelle Moses "Jolene".

A source said: "The BBC know that The Voice is liked by fans but the first live show didn't quite go as planned.

"They're ordering a shake-up because they cannot afford to lose viewers."

Jerry Seinfeld's Next Project Involves Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Alec Baldwin and Cars

Jerry Seinfeld's Next Project Involves Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Alec Baldwin and Cars

What's the deal with all those cryptic tweets Jerry Seinfeld's been posting in the last few weeks? They're leading up to Seinfeld's announcement of his next big project, which includes Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Alec Baldwin and some very cool cars.

The project the comedian has been referring to on Twitter is not a TV commercial, but the aforementioned celebs are "indeed elements of the project," a rep for Seinfeld told TheWrap.

Seinfeld's latest tweets on the project came on Monday, when he posted a pair of photos -- one of him walking with David and another of he and David getting into a 1952 VW Bug -- along with the tweets "Seiny and LD back together again? What could this mean?" and "Here's a clue: A 1952 VW."

On April 17, Seinfeld tweeted "New Seiny Gig Update: Always lovable Ricky Gervais and myself shooting today in City Island, NY," along with a photo of Gervais and him in a vintage sports car.

On April 9, Seinfeld tweeted "My New Project: Shooting today in Battery Park City," along with a photo of himself inside a DeLorean, and on March 9, he tweeted, "Working on my New Thing. Shooting in Manhattan with the Great @alecbaldwin," along with a photo of him walking with Baldwin on the Upper West Side in New York City.

Seinfeld, who was the first guest co-host on the post-Regis Philbin "Live! With Kelly" last November, is currently touring with his latest standup show.

Ratings: CBS Wins Monday for First Time Since 'Voice' Premiere

Ratings: CBS Wins Monday for First Time Since 'Voice' Premiere

CBS was the top-rated Monday network for the first time since "The Voice" season premiere in February, according to preliminary numbers.

The network took an overall ratings win thanks largely to the top-rated "Two and a Half Men," while NBC's "The Voice" and "Smash" and ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" all dipped. CBS had an average 3.1 rating/8 share in the advertiser-cherished 18-49 demographic. It was the second most-watched network in total viewers with 10 million, behind ABC, which had 14.4 million total viewers.

CBS's "How I Met Your Mother" at 8 p.m. inched up from its last original two weeks ago for a 3.2/10 in the demo and 7.9 million total viewers. "2 Broke Girls" at 8:30 was also up slightly, drawing a 3.5/9 in the demo and 9.1 million total viewers. Though down slightly from its last original airing two weeks ago, "Two and a Half Men" at 9 was the night's highest-rated program with a 3.7/9 in the demo, and 11.2 million total viewers. "Mike & Molly" at 9 saw a slight bump up in the demo for a 3.2/8, and 10.2 million total viewers. "Hawaii 5-0" at 10 slipped slightly from its last original three weeks ago, posting a 2.5/6 in the demo and 10.8 million total viewers.

NBC took second place in the ratings and third in total viewers, averaging 2.9/8 in the demo and 8 million. Both of its offerings showed minor downturns, starting with "The Voice" at 8, which dipped 8 percent in the demo to a 3.5/9. It had 9.4 million total viewers. "Smash" at 10 dropped to a series low of 1.8/5, and had 5.4 million total viewers.

ABC came in third in ratings, averaging 2.6/7 in the demo. "Dancing With the Stars" at 8 was down 16 percent in the demo with a 2.7/7 but was the night's most-watched program with 15.8 million total viewers. "Castle" at 10 enjoyed a 14 percent boost in the demo from its last original two weeks ago, posting a 2.4/6. It had 11.3 million total viewers.

Fox took fourth place in the demo and total viewers with an average 2.0/5 and 6.8 million. "Bones" at 8 posted a 1.9/6 -- a series low -- and 7 million total viewers. "House" at 9 drew a 2.1/5 and 6.6 million total viewers.

The CW enjoyed a night of growth, with "Gossip Girl" at 8 jumping 20 percent in the demo for 0.6/2 with 1.1 million total viewers and "Hart of Dixie" also growing 20 percent in the demo, receiving a 0.6/1 and 1.3 million total viewers.

'The Voice' UK live tour dates confirmed

'The Voice' UK live tour dates confirmed

The Voice UK has confirmed details of its nationwide tour later this year.

The most popular contestants on the BBC talent show will head out on a Live Nation jaunt from September 12.

Acts, who have been coached by Jessie J,, Tom Jones and Danny O'Donoghue, will visit Bournemouth, Cardiff, Manchester and Liverpool, as well as a date at London's O2 Arena.

The show's winner and seven runners-up will be allowed on the tour.

"You've watched them in the blind auditions, seen them sing their hearts out in the battles, supported them, tweeted them, now it's your chance to see for yourself the singer who is eventually crowned champion of the show and the seven fellow finalists - a group of the most talented singers in the UK, live on stage," read a message about the tour.

There are currently 18 singers left in the competition, following the exits of Sam Buttery and Sophie Griffin at the weekend.

The full tour dates:

September 12 - Bournemouth, International Centre
September 13 - Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
September 15 - London, O2 Arena
September 17 - Brighton, Brighton Centre
September 19 - Birmingham, LG Arena
September 21 - Glasgow, SECC Arena
September 22 - Aberdeen, AECC
September 23 - Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
September 25 - Liverpool, Echo Arena
September 26 - Manchester, Manchester Arena
September 27 - Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena

Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson Starring in 'True Detective' at HBO

Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson Starring in 'True Detective' at HBO

"EDtv" co-stars and real-life pals Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are nearing a deal to co-star in "True Detective," an anthology crime series at HBO.

Multiple sources confirm to TheWrap that the series, written by "The Killing" writer Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Fukunaga ("Jane Eyre"), would star the duo as Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson), a pair of detectives whose paths cross when they're both trying to solve a 17-year-old serial murder mystery in Louisiana.

The project was developed by Anonymous Content, and will be produced by Richard Brown, Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Pizzolatto and Fukunaga.

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The story would begin with the 1995 murder and pick up when the case is reopened in 2012. McConaughey and Harrelson would star in eight episodes for the show's first season, which would end with the case being solved. first reported the story.

Subsequent seasons would revolve around new stories and characters, not unlike FX's "American Horror Story." Given the potential for a limited time commitment, "True Detective," like "AHS," would be likely to attract a longer list of possible stars for future seasons.

McConaughey and Harrelson also co-starred in the movie "Surfer, Dude" and both made cameos in "Welcome to Hollywood."

Tulisa Contostavlos: 'X Factor will likely have shocks this year'

Tulisa Contostavlos: 'X Factor will likely have shocks this year'

Tulisa Contostavlos has predicted that X Factor producers will aim to provide "shocks" for this year's series.

The X Factor judge warned fans that the show will likely "reinvent" itself in order to remain fresh and compete with Strictly Come Dancing when it returns.

"Every day is a competition whether you're in television or music - you're always fighting to be the best," she told The Sun.

"You need to keep reinventing yourself and changing things up and keeping people entertained. So I'm sure they will do something that either shocks people or just gets the viewers excited this year."

Contostavlos is expected to return as a judge for her second year with a rumoured pay increase to £500,000.

Gary Barlow has confirmed his return for the latest run, with Louis Walsh also expected to sign up soon, although Kelly Rowland will not be a judge this series.

Simon Cowell has reportedly championed former judge Dannii Minogue as his preferred choice for Rowland's replacement.

Tulisa Contostavlos has spoken of her approval of Minogue's possible appointment.

The former N-Dubz singer is currently number one in the iTunes UK chart with her debut solo single 'Young'.

TV Tonight 2nd of May 2012

TV Tonight 2nd of May 2012

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

    60 Minute Makeover S09E26: "Series 9, Episode 26"
    America Revealed S01E04: "Made In the USA"
    America's Next Top Model S18E09: "Barney Cheng"
    American Guns S02E02: "TBA"
    American Idol S11E33: "5 Finalists Compete"
    American Restoration S02E19: "Cannonball Safe"
    Anderson S01E148: "Straight From the Headlines; Aziz Ansari"
    Arga snickaren S07E05: "Jon och Helena"
    Auction Hunters S03E08: "Bowling Pin Payday"
    Auction Kings S03E03: "TBA"
    Auction Kings S03E04: "TBA"
    Baggage Battles S01E05: "New Jersey"
    Betty White's Off Their Rockers S01E06: "Season 1, Episode 6"
    Betty White's Off Their Rockers S01E07: "Season 1, Episode 7"
    Big Brother Sverige S08E64: "Del 64"
    Car Warriors S02E11: "Nova"
    Chelsea Lately S06E74
    Couples Therapy S01E07: "Following Your Heart"
    Cowboy Traders S01E05: "Series 1, Episode 5"
    Criminal Minds S07E21: "Divining Rod"
    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation S12E21: "Dune and Gloom"
    Days of our Lives S47E123: "Ep. #11833"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E226: "Episode 1906"
    Dickinson's Real Deal S08E101: "Series 8, Episode 101"
    Doctors S14E21: "Responsibilities"
    Dog the Bounty Hunter S08E22: "Who's the Boss"
    Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 S01E04: "The Wedding..."
    Duck Dynasty S01E11: "Daddy's Got a Gun"
    Éden Hotel S02E35: "Season 2, Episode 35"
    Emmerdale S41E104: "May 2, 2012"
    Escape To The Country S12E48: "Pembrokeshire"
    FBI: Criminal Pursuit S03E09: "TBA"
    Four Rooms S02E07: "Series 2, Episode 7"
    General Hospital (US) S50E23: "#12551"
    Ghost Hunters S08E10: "Haunted By Heroes"
    Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden S22E173: "Season 22, Episode 173"
    Great British Menu S07E18: "The Olympic Feast - 18"
    Halv åtta hos mig S08E47: "Göteborg - Annika"
    Happily Divorced S02E08: "Time in a Bottle"
    Heir Hunters (UK) S06E13: "Series 6, Episode 13"
    Hollyoaks S18E88: "May 2, 2012"
    Home and Away (AU) S25E73: "Episode 5508"
    Hot In Cleveland S03E20: "The Gateway Friend"
    Hotel cæsar S29E07: "Season 29, Episode 7"
    House Hunters International S25E90: "TBA"
    I Almost Got Away with It S05E04: "Got to Build a Meth Lab"
    Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis S01E08: "Mismatched"
    Jeopardy! S28E163: "Show #6368"
    Jimmy Kimmel Live S09E248: "William H. Macy, Eva Green, Brad"
    Krew z krwi S01E04: "Season 1, Episode 4"
    Laid S02E01: "Episode 201"
    Last Call with Carson Daly S10E48
    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon S02E261
    Late Show with David Letterman S19E65: "Johnny Galecki, Norah Jones"
    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit S13E20: "Father Dearest"
    Let's Dance (DE) S05E08: "Folge 8"
    Live with Regis and Kelly S29E176
    Locked Up Abroad S06E02: "The Juggler Smuggler"
    Million Dollar Listing: NY S01E09: "Look Me in the Eye"
    Modern Family S03E21: "Planes, Train and Cars"
    NAV S01E08: "Season 1, Episode 8"
    Neighbours S28E83: "Episode 6393"
    Offspring S03E03: "Episode 303"
    Park Secrets S01E04: "TBA"
    Peter Andre: My Life S02E04: "Series 2, Episode 4"
    Pointless S06E41: "Series 6, Episode 41"
    Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew S07E04
    Recorder to Randoseru S02E05: "Episode 5"
    Restaurant: Impossible S03E06: "Mama Lee's"
    Revenge S01E19: "Absolution"
    Rock Center with Brian Williams S01E26: "Season 1, Episode 26"
    Sold! S01E07: "Down and Dirty"
    South Beach Tow S01E18: "TBA"
    Suburgatory S01E20: "Hear No Evil"
    Survivor S24E12: "Season 24, Episode 12"
    The Almighty Johnsons S02E10: "Magical Fluffy Bunny World"
    The Amazing Race Norway S01E07: "Season 1, Episode 7"
    The Apprentice (UK) S08E07: "Flip it in Essex"
    The Apprentice: You're Fired! S07E07: "Series 7, Episode 7"
    The Biggest Loser (AU) S07E69: "Season 7, Episode 69"
    The Block S05E16: "Day 15"
    The Bold and the Beautiful S26E29: "Ep. #6313"
    The Celebrity Apprentice (AU) S02E05: "The Buzz"
    The Chase (2009) S05E62: "Series 5, Episode 62"
    The Colbert Report S08E60: "Jonathan Haidt"
    The Daily Show S17E98: "Sen. Tom Coburn"
    The Dr. Phil Show S10E150
    The Ellen DeGeneres Show S09E151
    The Jeremy Kyle Show S07E161
    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson S08E71
    The Middle S03E21: "The Guidance Councilor"
    The Project S04E104: "Season 4, Episode 104"
    The Real Housewives of Vancouver S01E06: "Hot Cars and Cold Shoulders"
    The Revolution (2012) S01E68: "Season 1, Episode 68"
    The Soup S09E18: "May 2"
    The Talk S02E158: "Season 2, Episode 158"
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno S19E292
    The View S15E151: "Bethenny Frankel, guest co-host Eden Sher"
    The Young and the Restless S40E28: "Ep. #9897"
    Thuis S17E178: "Season 17, Episode 178"
    Toddlers and Tiaras S05E09: "Storybook Pageant: Diamonds"
    Total Blackout (US) S01E04: "Good With Your Hands, Good With Your Nose"
    Total Blackout (US) S01E03: "Touch, Sniff & Transfer"
    Traffic Cops S13E01: "Worse for Wear"
    Watch What Happens: Live S06E77: "Ryan Serhant, Fredrik Eklund, Michael Lorber"
    Интерны S07E03: "Season 7, Episode 3"

The Kumars returning to TV in autumn for new series on Sky1

The Kumars returning to TV in autumn for new series on Sky1

The Kumars will make a TV return on Sky1 this autumn, it has been announced.

The fictional Indian family will reform for a new run of the comedy chat show, which will see the Kumars downsize to a new flat in Hounslow as a result of the recession.

They originally appeared in The Kumars at No. 42 between 2001 and 2006 on BBC Two and later on BBC One, in a run totalling 53 episodes.

Stars Sanjeev Bhaskar (Sanjeev), Meera Syal (Ummi), Indira Joshi (Madhuri) and Vincent Ebrahim (Ashwin) have all reunited for the show.

Bhaskar commented: "It's incredibly exciting to revisit these warm, oddball characters and to be given the opportunity to bring them up to date.

"We've tried to retain what viewers loved about the original show and to inject new characters and elements in a slightly new format that we hope will appeal to an even broader audience."

Bill O'Reilly Inks Multi-Year Contract With Fox

Bill O'Reilly Inks Multi-Year Contract With Fox

Bill O'Reilly fans, take heart: the host of "The O'Reilly Factor" isn't going anywhere soon.

O'Reilly has re-upped with the Fox News Channel with a multi-year deal that will keep him with the network for a while.

Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes hailed O'Reilly in a statement released by Fox News.

"Bill’s immense talent, intellect and raw convictions are an extremely rare combination in television and exemplify why 'The O’Reilly Factor' has been the number one program in cable news for more than a decade," Ailes said. "He is a tremendous force in the business and has helped to make Fox News the success story it is today.”

Added O'Reilly, “It’s been great fun in challenging the establishment and exposing the corruption across the nation. 'The Factor' takes pride in holding people accountable and I especially look forward to the exciting news cycle ahead. Fox News has become the primary force in television news under Roger’s leadership and I’m delighted to continue there for years to come.”

O'Reilly first signed on with Fox in 1996, with "The O'Reilly Report" (which was later re-dubbed "The O'Reilly Factor"). "The O'Reilly Factor," which has been the most-watched program in cable news for 125 consecutive months, currently averages 4.5 million viewers daily.

Kim Kardashian and Family Ink New 3-Year Deal With E!

Kim Kardashian and Family Ink New 3-Year Deal With E!

Kim Kardashian and her clan of reality-TV royalty have re-upped with E! in a deal that ensures that "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" will continue to run for at least another three seasons.

The deal, which covers seasons seven, eight and nine of the show, also extends to the network's first-look deal with the family for new reality ventures and covers the multi-generational span of Kardashians, from Kris and Bruce Jenner on down to Kim and her siblings, including stepsisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

Season 7 of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," which has been a reliable ratings winner for E!, will premiere May 20. The show has spawned a host of spinoffs featuring the Kardashian crew, including "Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami," "Kourtney and Kim Take New York," and "Khloe and Lamar."

Telemundo Plans Social Firsts for Billboard Latin Music Awards

Telemundo Plans Social Firsts for Billboard Latin Music Awards

Telemundo has announced a series of social TV firsts for the Billboard Latin Music Awards, airing April 26 at 7 p.m.

The Hispanic broadcaster has partnered with three heavyweights in the social community – Shazam, Trendrr and Klout – for a series of initiatives it champions as a landmark for the U.S. Hispanic audience.

“This is an overload of social experiences,” Borja Perez, SVP of Digital and Social Media for Telemundo Media, told TheWrap. “We’re extremely committed to social media and it’s not us, it’s the consumer. The U.S. Hispanic community is uber-social.

“What well see the night of the Billboards is really cool,” Perez added. “It’s the first time it’s been done in the U.S. Hispanic market.”

So what is Telemundo doing?

It has partnered with Klout in naming the top 12 scorers influencers in “the music, entertainment and Latino categories.” Klout analyzes a user’s engagement across social networks and gives them a ranking based off that.

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Those influencers will spend Thursday with Telemundo Media, meeting various executives and talent. The hope is that those influencers will then talk about the show online.

Telemundo has also partnered with Shazam, the music and TV discovery app, making this the first Shazam-able show on the network.

Sponsored by State Farm, viewers can Shazam interviews with the talent attending, such as Pitbull and Shakira. Once they Shazam the show, viewers can access information about their favorite artists on the talent, including videos and pictures.

As for Trendrr, a social media analytics company, Telemundo will partner with them to offer a ranking of the most buzzed-about celebrities the night of the show.

Trendrr will not only help Telemundo measure the social sentiment around the show but will curate a ranking of the hottest topics and top five artists during the show. Trendrr’s service filters data from Twitter and Facebook in both Spanish and English.

“When we saw the Oscars and how they were creating these raknings, I met with my team and said, ‘How and when can we do something like this?” Perez said.

Now they have, but the real test will be whether this builds buzz around and ratings for the show, which has aired on Telemundo since 1999.

And what does the growing Spanish-language network think all these social intiatives will do?

"Right now, we are totally in the development phases of our strategy, working very close with the NBC Universal team," Perez said. "My role is, I want to deliver the maximum amount of engeagement between platforms."