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zaterdag 5 mei 2012

New trailer here for Disney’s TRON: Uprising TV series

New trailer here for Disney’s TRON: Uprising TV series

In advance of its June premiere, Disney has released a pretty exciting new trailer for its TRON: Uprising TV series...

“There’s a war raging”

It certainly looks like it. Disney’s new animated series TRON: Uprising follows the story of lanky young Beck, a program voiced by Elijah Wood who leads a revolution inside The Grid against the oppressive reign of Lord Clu and General Tesler.

Tron (sporting the voice of original cast member Bruce Boxleitner) is tasked with training Beck, and turning him from a cocky youth into a powerful leader à la Luke and Yoda and countless other such pairings.

Disney is evidently hoping for a Clone Wars/Avatar: The Last Airbender-style success from TRON: Uprising, which comes to Disney XD on June 7th, and by the looks of this trailer they might just get it.

TOWIE star Maria Fowler sparks Celebrity Big Brother, I'm A Celeb 'bidding war'

TOWIE star Maria Fowler sparks Celebrity Big Brother, I'm A Celeb 'bidding war'

Big Brother 2012Former The Only Way Is Essex cast member Maria Fowler is reportedly at the centre of a bidding war between Celebrity Big Brother and I’m A Celebrity…

According to the Daily Star, Fowler – who left the ITV2 docusoap earlier this year amid claims that she worked as an escort – is in ‘hot demand’ after she revealed that she’d be up for taking part in the reality shows.

In an interview, the 25-year-old model admitted: “I do want to get back on TV – perhaps in I’m A Celebrity or Big Brother.”

Maria – who has since quit Essex to move to Scotland with her boyfriend Lee Croft – is now said to be preparing for her ‘TV comeback’.

A source said: “Producers are digging deep to try to get her. There is talk of offers on the table of up to £250,000.”

Celebrity Big Brother returns to our screens later this summer, while the twelfth series of I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here will air in November.

Development Update: the 5th of May

Development Update: the 5th of May

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

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

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

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

When does Big Brother 2012 start? Later than ever, says Marcus Bentley

When does Big Brother 2012 start? Later than ever, says Marcus Bentley

While we were getting excited for the launch of Big Brother 2012 later this month, it seems that the show may not be starting until the middle of June!

Narrator Marcus Bentley revealed on Twitter that this summer’s show would the latest ever summer start.

It puts the launch date of Big Brother 2012 some time after June 9, the start of Big Brother 11 back on Channel 4 in 2010.

We’re not sure we can wait much longer!

Meanwhile, the Big Brother presenters spent yesterday filming a trailer for the new series.

Jamie East tweeted: “Just finished recording the new Big Brother trailer. Amazing. #bbuk”

Marcus added: “Just been told I’m voicing the new Big Brother trail next Tuesday!! Here we go!”

Lorraine Kelly, Aled Jones unveiled as new hosts of 'Daybreak'

Lorraine Kelly, Aled Jones unveiled as new hosts of 'Daybreak'

Daybreak will be relaunched with Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones as presenters, it has been announced.

The ITV breakfast show, which replaced GMTV in September 2010, is currently fronted by Kate Garraway and Dan Lobb.

Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley were the franchise's first presenters, but were dropped towards the end of last year.

Kelly, who was first linked to the hosting role in March, said: "I'm really looking forward to this challenge and to working with Aled who is a warm, funny and a thoroughly decent bloke and is already a good friend."

Meanwhile, Jones added: "I am so thrilled to be joining ITV for their breakfast show. I am thoroughly looking forward to sharing the sofa every morning with such a consummate professional as Lorraine Kelly.

"We've known each other for a very long time and have always had a lot of fun together. We hope that the viewers enjoy being part of our breakfast family."

The news appears to rule out Daybreak changing its name completely due to low ratings, as had previously been speculated.

Breakfast TV favourite Kelly hosts Lorraine after the Daybreak junction between 8.30am and 9.25am, while Jones is best known for fronting BBC One's Songs of Praise.

ITV's factual and daytime commissioner, Katy Thorogood, expects the pair to become a "formidable partnership".

Both stars will take up their positions on the programme later this year.

'Game of Thrones' star Rose Leslie: 'I'm open to Downton Abbey return'

'Game of Thrones' star Rose Leslie: 'I'm open to Downton Abbey return'

Rose Leslie has said that she is open to returning to Downton Abbey.

The actress starred in the first series of Downton Abbey as Gwen, who Lady Sybil helped to advance from a housemaid to a secretary.

In an interview with Access Hollywood, Leslie revealed that she's not opposed to reprising the role of Gwen in the future.

"There is no way I would ever say, 'No'," the star declared. "I had the most fantastic time filming Downton. I really did, so I would love to go back, but... I was always told that I would only ever be in the first series."

Leslie added: "I always knew that my character would have a happy ending at the end of it all. [Leaving Downton Abbey] didn't come as a shock... But it was fantastic. I loved it."

She went on to credit Downton Abbey with helping her land her current job as Ygritte on Game of Thrones.

"I definitely think it opened doors for me and what was so fantastic about Downton being showed over in the States, was that it helped get me noticed," Leslie explained.

"I know that [Game of Thrones executive producer] David Benioff actually mentioned it to me, I think it was on my first kind of audition going for Ygritte.

"He was like, 'We've seen you in Downton Abbey and we like the whole, like, Northern accents thing'. And I [thought], 'Oh! Great! Well, obviously that was working in my favour'. So, yeah... I definitely think it helped me, which is lovely."

Downton Abbey returns for a third series this summer on ITV in the UK and PBS in the US.

Beastie Boys Rapper Adam Yauch to Be Remembered With MTV Special

Beastie Boys Rapper Adam Yauch to Be Remembered With MTV Special

Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch, who died Friday morning at the age of 47 after a battle with cancer, will be honored with an MTV special Friday night.

"Adam Yauch: Remembering a Beastie Boy," a one-hour special hosted by MTV News' Sway Callowy, will include videos, performances and remembrances from his peers, such as Biz Markie.

The special will air at 8 p.m., and will also be simulcast on

"Adam Yauch: Remembering a Beastie Boy" will re-air at 11 p.m. on MTV2; additional re-airing will occur throughout the weekend on MTV Hits and MTV Jams.

'Britain's Got Talent' gets in-app voting for live shows

'Britain's Got Talent' gets in-app voting for live shows

Britain's Got Talent fans will be able to access two new ways to vote on the 2012 live shows, including in-app voting and a new system for cheaper mobile votes.

Starting this weekend with the first live shows, viewers of the ITV1 programme will be able to vote for their favourite contestants via the existing Britain's Got Talent app on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

The app has already racked up 500,000 downloads and saw peak traffic of 130,000 users per episode, accessing its trademark 'buzzer' feature.

Developed by ITV and production company FremantleMedia in partnership with the Mobile Interactive Group (MIG) and app developer Tellybug, the in-app voting system allows audiences to vote from the app when prompted on the live shows. At this point, the voting button will automatically replace the buzzer.

Votes will be available in bundles of three, priced at £1.49, making the cost of each vote around 50p, the same as traditional voting phone lines.

Version 2.0 of the BGT app will also give users the chance to purchase access to a live stream from four exclusive backstage cameras placed around the Britain's Got Talent studio. A series pass will be available starting from £1.99 at the beginning of the live shows.

Media regulator Ofcom permitted broadcasters to introduce paid voting on TV shows via mobile applications in 2010, as a complement to premium rate services (PRS) via phone or text lines.

Alongside the in-app voting, the Britain's Got Talent live shows will also introduce Mobile Short Dial Codes, which allow UK mobile users to dial a seven digit number from their phones for a fixed price of 50p per vote, regardless of their network provider.

Previously, the show used '09' premium rate lines, which could cost significantly more when phoning from a mobile.

Provided by BT Agilemedia, Short Dial Codes - also known as Voice Short Codes - are intended to give mobile users confidence over how much they will be charged for each vote.

ITV said that 15p of each vote lodged via the app or Mobile Short Dial Codes would be donated to Royal Variety Charity, The Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund.

"We know that today's viewers like engaging and interacting with our biggest shows via new platforms and on many devices," said Ann Cook, the director of interactive at ITV.

"Therefore it makes sense for us to explore introducing voting to the places where large numbers of viewers are already engaged.

"We're really looking forward to seeing how audiences respond to both these two new voting platforms, alongside the existing landline platform, as Britain's Got Talent moves into its exciting live final phase this weekend."

FremantleMedia UK head of interactive Peter Cassidy added: "The apps around our shows are becoming more and more integrated with live broadcast so including in-app voting and live backstage cameras for the first time is a huge step towards delivering a truly second-screen experience to fans of BGT. We're delighted to be working with ITV, MIG and Tellybug to make this happen."

Dish Dropping AMC Networks After Legal Setback

Dish Dropping AMC Networks After Legal Setback

Dish subscribers may have to look elsewhere for "Mad Men," "The Walking Dead," "Portlandia" and a host of other shows: The satellite distributor says it will drop AMC Networks from its lineup, following a setback in a lawsuit with AMC.

Dish denied in a statement Friday that the decision not to renew the contract when it ends in June had anything to do with the setback. It said AMC Networks drew low ratings and were charging too much in renewal costs.

AMC Networks owns IFC, WE tv, and the Sundance Channel, as well as the network that bears its name and airs the Emmy favorites as "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad," as well as "The Walking Dead."

The zombie drama is the highest-rated basic cable drama in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, and is also, according to AMC, the top scripted show among Dish subscribers. But shows on other AMC networks don't perform nearly as well.

AMC tried to cast doubt on Dish's statement that ratings were its reason for cutting ties. It noted that Dish's decision not to renew its contract came just days after a legal ruling against Dish.

"It is unfortunate that, because of setbacks in an unrelated litigation, Dish even suggests that they might deny their customers access to some of their favorite networks and shows that are offered by every other major satellite and cable TV provider," AMC said in a statement.

The lawsuit began when Voom HD, an indirect subsidiary of AMC Networks, sued Dish for breach of contract. The case involves a contract in which Dish agreed to carry Voom's suite of HD networks for 15 years. Voom contends that Dish improperly terminated the contract in 2008 and is seeking more than $2.5 billion in damages.

In a pretrial ruling, AMC said, a judge determined that Dish had destroyed evidence in the Voom case. Last week, the Appelate Division of the New York State Supreme Court denied an application by Dish to appeal the decision -- leaving the case to be set for trial.

Dish said in its statement that AMC Network's "very limited popular programming is non-exclusive, and available to our customers through multiple other outlets such as, iTunes and Netflix." It also said it would make "alternative high-value channels available to our customers as replacements.”

In the Voom matter, it said the company did not keep a promise to make "substantial investments in compelling content."

'Fox Mole' Scores Six-Figure Deal for Memoir

'Fox Mole' Scores Six-Figure Deal for Memoir

Joe Muto, perhaps better known as the "Fox Mole," has burrowed his way into a six-figure book deal, according to Gawker, the site that made him (in)famous.

Muto, the former Fox News employee who fed embarrassing information about his employer to Gawker last month, has struck a deal with Penguin imprint Dutton to pen a memoir, tentatively titled "An Atheist in the Foxhole," about his eight-year tenure at the broadcasting company, which came to an end after he was discovered as the source of information and terminated.

Gawker says that the deal comes with "a low six-figure advance."

Dutton did not immediately respond to TheWrap's requests for comment.

The website cites a press release stating, "'An Atheist in the Foxhole' describes how Muto, an NPR-listening, Obama-loving liberal, took a job at Fox News expecting he'd only stay for a few months. But eight years later he was still there, working as a producer for Bill O'Reilly, a man with 'fair and balanced' views that made Muto cringe on a daily basis."

The release also reportedly states that, since Muto "was only able to share a few tidbits on Gawker," there is "much, much more to tell."

Muto's book will be released in early 2013, according to the Washington Post.

Muto's leaks included a video of Fox News personality Sean Hannity engaging in goofy banter with GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney before an interview. In his inaugural column, Muto also describes the web site Fox Nation as "an unholy mashup of the Drudge Report, the Huffington Post and a Klan meeting."

'Sherlock' Benedict Cumberbatch 'not bitter about Elementary pilot'

'Sherlock' Benedict Cumberbatch 'not bitter about Elementary pilot'

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has insisted that he does not object to CBS pilot Elementary.

The US project will follow a modern day Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) as he solves crimes in contemporary New York, in a format similar to the Cumberbatch BBC drama.

"As we already know with the Downey Jr movie franchise that there's room enough for two [Sherlock Holmes projects], so why not three?" the actor said at a Q&A session in New York to promote Sherlock series two airing on PBS.

Cumberbatch added that he considers Trainspotting star Miller - with whom he starred in the play Frankenstein at the National Theatre - a "friend".

"[Elementary will] be different and I don't think it'll take away the love for ours, and there's no reason to be churlish or bitter about them or what they're trying to do," he said.

In March, Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat revealed that CBS had been denied permission to remake the show, before embarking on its own Conan Doyle adaptation.

A third series of Sherlock is expected to begin filming in early 2013, while Elementary is a strong contender for the CBS 2012-13 television season.

'Russell Howard's Good News' soars to 850,000 on BBC Three

'Russell Howard's Good News' soars to 850,000 on BBC Three

Russell Howard's Good News programme soared to a series high last night (Thursday), overnight data reveals.

Howard's topical comedy series grabbed 845k (3.5%) in the 9pm hour for BBC Three, adding 363k (8.7%) at 12.30am.

The figures suggest that the stand-up's show may be returning to its 2010 peak, when first showings were breaking the 1m mark.

Only Celebrity Juice and The Big Bang Theory performed better on the night, but Good News will likely double its audience with repeats over the coming week.

Celebrity Juice was the most-watched multichannel show of the night with 1.65m (8.5%) for ITV2, beating programming on BBC Two, Channel 4 and Channel 5. The Keith Lemon gameshow added 221k on ITV2 +1.

Matt Edmondson's Totally Bonkers World Records followed Juice with 514k (3.7%), while Olly Murs's Life on Murs had 293k (1.2%) at 9pm.

The Big Bang Theory continued to perform well, grabbing 1.15m (5%) at 8pm and 367k an hour later on E4 +1. A second instalment half an hour later at 8.30pm fetched 680k (2.8%) and 311k on timeshift.

Finally, 2 Broke Girls pulled in 509k (2.1%) at 9pm, down another hundred thousand week-on-week.

Overall, ITV2 was the top digital channel with a share of 2.5% (+1: 0.3%) across primetime, edging E4's 2.1% (+1: 1.1%). BBC Three, meanwhile, averaged 2%.

CBS Calls ABC's 'Big Brother'-Like 'Glass House' a 'Classic Case of Copyright Infringement'

CBS Calls ABC's 'Big Brother'-Like 'Glass House' a 'Classic Case of Copyright Infringement'

CBS's lawyers have threatened ABC that its upcoming summer reality series, "Glass House," is copying CBS's "Big Brother" in a way that constitutes "a classic case of copyright infringement."

Saying that they will pursue "all available remedies if this course of action continues" (you'll recognize that as lawyer talk for "we'll sue"), the attorneys demanded a stop to ABC's plans.

ABC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The letter, from the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, comes just three days after ABC announced plans for "Glass House," due to debut June 18. In its release about the show, ABC said it would feature "14 contestants [who] will live and compete for a quarter million dollars in a totally wired, state-of-the-art house, playing not just against each other, but also playing to win over the viewing audience each week."

CBS noted several similarities to "Big Brother," which features 12-14 people living in a wired, state-of-the-art house, competing to avoid eviction, with input from viewers at home. It also said "Glass House" is being led and staffed largely by "Big Brother" veterans, who have signed non-disclosure agreements barring them from revealing proprietary information or trade secrets.

To signal how serious they are about litigation, they also demanded that ABC preserve all documents, including texts and emails, about the creation of the show. If the matter goes to court, CBS's lawyers would scour them for evidence that the show ripped off ideas from "Big Brother."

Showtime Picks Up Season 3 of 'The Borgias'

Showtime Picks Up Season 3 of 'The Borgias'

Showtime is throwing in for another round of unholy intrigue with "The Borgias." The cable channel has picked up the show's third season, with production on the next 10 episodes slated to begin this summer in Budapest, Showtime's President of Entertainment David Nevins announced on Friday.

The new season will premiere in 2013. Currently, Showtime is nearing the halfway mark of the show's second season, with episode 5 of the Renaissance-era drama airing Sunday.

Jeremy Irons will reprise his scenery-chewing starring role as the corrupt Pope Alexander VI, paterfamilias of the 15th-century Italian clan that inspired creator-executive producer Neil Jordan to reboot history. Jordan will also make his mark on season 3 as a writer and director of select episodes.

The second season of "The Borgias" concludes on Sunday, June 17.

TV Tonight 5th of May 2012

TV Tonight 5th of May 2012

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

    48 Hours Mystery S25E26: "The Writing on the Wall"
    Air Crash Investigation S11E00: "Special: Crash of the Century"
    Area no Kishi S01E18: "Seven's Rival"
    Beyblade: Metal Fusion S02E39: "The Hell Kerbecs"
    Bleach (US) S13E23: "Byakuya, the Truth Behind His Betrayal"
    Britain's Got More Talent S06E07: "Series 6, Episode 7"
    Britain's Got Talent S06E07: "Series 6 - Auditions 7"
    Casualty S26E34: "Happily Ever After"
    Conspiracy 365 S01E05: "May"
    Dan vs. S02E13: "TBA"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E229: "Episode 1909"
    Detective Conan S19E09: "The Design of Poison and Illusion (Poison)"
    Escape Routes S01E06: "Season 1, Episode 6"
    Fairy Tail S03E34: "Showdown of Raging Waves: Natsu vs. Laxus"
    Fate/Zero S02E05: "TBA"
    Flipped Off S01E02: "Family Feud"
    Green Lantern: The Animated Series S01E10: "Regime Change"
    Have I Got a Bit More News for You S44E04: "Series 44, Episode 4"
    How to Rock S01E14: "How to Rock a Basketball Team"
    Jongens tegen de Meisjes, De S02E03: "Season 2, Episode 3"
    Kuroko no Basuke S01E05: "Your Basketball"
    My Ghost Story S03E16: "Caught on Camera: #33"
    My Ghost Story S03E15: "Caught on Camera: #32"
    Pokémon S15E12: "Stopping the Rage of Legends! (Part 1)"
    Power Rangers S19E12: "Trust Me"
    Saturday Kitchen S10E45: "May 5, 2012"
    Saturday Night Live S37E20: "Eli Manning/Rihanna"
    Soccer AM S16E39: "Series 16, Episode 39"
    Southern Nights S01E05: "A Glitterkiss and Huckapoo"
    Tanked S02E04: "Polar Opposites"
    Texas Women S02E05: "Bulls, Boys & Toys"
    That Metal Show S10E06: "Michael Schenker and Mike McCready"
    The Aquabats Super Show S01E10: "Floating Eye of Death!"
    The Cube S05E04: "Series 5, Episode 4"
    The Football League Show S03E37: "Series 3, Episode 37"
    The Legend of Korra S01E05: "The Spirit of Competition"
    The Voice (UK) S01E09: "Live Show 2"
    The Voice: La Plus Belle Voix S01E11: "Demi-Finale"
    Thundercats (2011) S01E20: "Curse of Ratilla"
    Transformers: Prime S02E12: "Tunnel Vision"
    UFC on FOX S01E03: "UFC on FOX 3: Diaz vs. Miller"
    Upotte!! S01E05: "Episode 5"
    Victorious S03E09: "The Squid and the Coconut"
    Young Justice S02E02: "Earthlings"

'The Hoarder Next Door' starts brightly for Channel 4 with 3.3m

'The Hoarder Next Door' starts brightly for Channel 4 with 3.3m

The Hoarder Next Door, a series exploring the most extreme clutter in Britain, supplied Channel 4 with the ammunition to beat BBC Two last night (May 3).

Starring psychotherapist Stelios Kiosses, the programme averaged 2.73m (11.6%) in the 9pm hour, adding 473k on Channel 4 +1 - overall a rapid improvement on last week's factual offering.

Elsewhere on the broadcaster, The World's Largest Snake terrified 1.56m (6.6%) at 8pm (+1: 462k), and Extreme A&E interested 1.29m (7.2%) later on at 10pm (+1: 173k).

Long Lost Family continued to perform solidly with 4.44m (18.9%) for ITV1 in the 9pm hour (+1: 276k), maintaining its lead over BBC One's New Tricks repeats, the latest of which had 4.15m (17.5%).

Watchdog retained a loyal 4.15m (17.4%) at 8pm, while 2.87m (22.2%) watched Question Time from 10.35pm. ITV1's Tonight programme logged 2.84m (13.4%) at 7.30pm.

With it generally being a quiet night on the terrestrial channels, BBC Two's Shakespeare in Italy - part of a season on the poet and playwright - mustered 901k (3.8%) at 9pm. Grandma's House followed with 615k (3%).

World's Scariest Flights (839k/3.5%) and The Restaurant Inspector (705k/3%) aired on Channel 5 between 8pm and 10pm.

Overall, ITV1 led primetime with 21.2% (+1: 0.7%), ahead of BBC One's 20.6%. Channel 4 claimed third place with 7.2% (+1: 1.4%), beating BBC Two's 5.5% and Channel 5's 3.2% (+1: 0.1%).

Celebrity Big Brother: 'Mario Balotelli WAG Holly Henderson in talks'

Celebrity Big Brother: 'Mario Balotelli WAG Holly Henderson in talks'

Celebrity Big Brother is reportedly in talks with a WAG who had an affair with Manchester City footballer Mario Balotelli.

According to the Daily Star, insiders are hoping that Holly Henderson, who is a second cousin of Wayne Rooney, will have a similar appeal to Natasha Giggs in the last series.

The 33-year-old model is alleged to have secretly dated the famously eccentric Balotelli while he was involved with long-term Italian girlfriend Raffaella Fico. It has been claimed that he proposed marriage to Henderson.

A show source said: "Holly won't think twice about stripping off in the hot tub and her antics would make Denise Welch look like a nun.

"She also has plenty of secrets to spill."

Henderson today (May 4) retweeted the message: "Holly henderson who opened her legs for balotelli is being lined up for celeb big brother r they being serious how the f**k is she a celeb! (sic)"

She followed the tweet with a prediction: "Suppose today will be another day of jealous haters on here an to my kids!!! Such a sad word full of bullies!"

Henderson will star in Channel 4 documentary Sex, Lies And Rinsing Guys on May 15, a programme about girls who use their charms to profit from men.

'Celebrity Juice' star Keith Lemon eyes 'Coronation Street' cameo

'Celebrity Juice' star Keith Lemon eyes 'Coronation Street' cameo

Celebrity Juice's Keith Lemon has revealed that he wants a cameo in Coronation Street.

The TV personality, the fictional creation of Leigh Francis, suggested that Maria Connor actress Samia Ghadie will persuade ITV producers to give him a chance.

Lemon told PA: "I suppose my favourite soap would be Coronation Street because I know more people in Corrie than I know in any other soaps.

"I'm like, 'Hey how's it going, Michelle Keegan?', 'Are you alright, Samia Ghadie?', that sort of thing. I'm always telling Samia Ghadie [I want a cameo] because she seems to be my gateway into Coronation Street and she always introduces me to the producers and writers at showbiz event."

He added: "She says, 'I'm going to get you in' but all I want to do is be in the hairdressers and go, 'You've cut it too short, I'm never coming here again'. That's all I want to do."

Lemon appeared at last Sunday's British Soap Awards, presenting the award for 'Sexiest Female' to Michelle Keegan.

'Southland' Renewed by TNT

'Southland' Renewed by TNT

TNT's cop drama "Southland" has been renewed for a fifth season, the network said Friday. The 10-episode season will premiere in Feb. 2013.

The series, which stars Michael Cudlitz as Los Angeles police officer John Cooper, who struggled to beat an addiction to painkillers following back surgery, featured a number of notable guest appearances its fourth season, including Lucy Liu, Lou Diamond Phillips and C. Thomas Howell.

"We are very proud of 'Southland' and grateful to everyone involved in the series, including executive producers John Wells, Chris Chulack and Jonathan Lisco; creator Ann Biderman; and our partners at Warner Bros. Television," Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, said of the renewal. "We look forward to going deeper into the lives of 'Southland'‘s extraordinary characters and the streets they struggle to keep safe next year."

The series was initially aired by NBC but was cancelled by the network before finding a second home at TNT.

Jason Donovan: 'Drugs still tempt me'

Jason Donovan: 'Drugs still tempt me'

Jason Donovan has opened up about his former addiction to drugs, admitting that he is still tempted.

The Strictly Come Dancing star was speaking to Piers Morgan on Life Stories, in an episode that will be screened tonight (May 4) at 9pm on ITV1.

Donovan described how he ended up in hospital after a drug-induced seizure during Kate Moss's 21st birthday party in 1995 at LA's The Viper Room, saying: "I'd been in Sydney taking drugs and then I flew to LA. I got hold of some coke there, I'm jet-lagged, it's an extremely strong consistency of the drug and I spent my entire time in the hotel room. The only time I went out was to the party.

"It was an embarrassing situation to be in but I was a drug addict at the time."

The 'Especially For You' singer said he continued using cocaine immediately after leaving hospital: "I just went back to the hotel after they'd checked me out of the hospital and got back on it.

"You don't think rationally when you're on drugs. They control your world. It's sad, extremely sad."

Donovan added that he still has to fight to stay clean, commenting: "Temptation is always there with everything in life."

The star recently announced that he is "delighted" to be returning to the 'War of the Worlds' musical in a new role as Parson Nathaniel, adding: "It's going to be a whole new show and a whole new experience."

David Hasselhoff leaves 'Celebrity Apprentice' Australia

David Hasselhoff leaves 'Celebrity Apprentice' Australia

David Hasselhoff left The Celebrity Apprentice Australia after three episodes due to family commitments in the US, it has been revealed.

Viewers of the Nine Network programme saw the actor leaving the Mark Bouris-hosted show in the boardroom during Wednesday night's broadcast (April 25).

Hasselhoff told his fellow contestants: "I have to leave. It's not business-related, it is a personal commitment that I made to my family and it involves honour... it only came up last night."

An unhappy Jason Akermanis said: "I can't tell you my disgust when he just said, 'Hey guys, I'm out'. You're leaving us in the lurch and if we lose this - if we don't win this challenge - there's four dudes and three of them [have to] come to the boardroom."

A spokesperson for Nine told the Adelaide Advertiser: "David revealed to [Mark] Bouris and contestants that he had made a promise of a personal nature and had been called on to honour it.

"Although it turned out The Hoff could only participate in the series for three challenges, he made an enormous contribution to the money raised for charity in the first few episodes, helping to raise, with his fellow celebrities, in excess of AU $500,000 (£320,000)."

Comedian Fiona O'Loughlin and former MasterChef contestant Marion Grasby have already been eliminated from the competition.

Jessie J: 'I don't watch 'The Voice'

Jessie J: 'I don't watch 'The Voice'

Jessie J has said that she does not watch episodes of The Voice back.

The 24-year-old 'Who You Are' singer has confessed to not even having seen herself in her coaching role for the BBC1 show.

Speaking on a forthcoming episode of The Graham Norton Show, Jessie J admitted that she followed commentary on the show via her Twitter account.

She said: "I get to see enough of it. People send photos of myself and tell me what I'm wearing like it wasn't me."

Jessie J also hit out at producers who made her wear the same outfit for all of the blind auditions.

She added: "It was lame and not thought through. It was so they could edit it."

Jessie J appears on The Graham Norton Show this evening (Friday, May 4) on BBC One alongside comedian Simon Amstell, actress Julie Walters and footballer Didier Drogba.

'Simpsons' Go 'High Fidelity' as Bart Visits Exes Zooey Deschanel, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway and More

'Simpsons' Go 'High Fidelity' as Bart Visits Exes Zooey Deschanel, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway and More

Bart Simpson, ladies man? You might not think so, but he'll go "High Fidelity" when he revisits a bevy of exes -- played by Zooey Deschanel, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sarah Silverman -- next season.

Fox confirms to TheWrap that the actresses will reprise their guest roles as Bart's former love interests, in an episode called "Moonshine River." It will find the 10-year-old wondering if he let the love of his life slip away. first reported the guest appearances.

The exes -- Deschanel as Mary (pictured at bottom, right), Portman as season 18's Darcy, Hathaway as season 20's Jenny, Gellar as season 15's Gina and Silverman as season 21's Nikki -- make quick appearances that spark Bart to wonder if maybe the old "it's not you, it's me" breakup line is actually true, and whether he is actually to blame for why all his romances went kaput.

"It was a way to acknowledge that for a 10-year-old boy, Bart has gotten a lot of action," "Simpsons" consulting producer Tim Long, who wrote the episode, told "We thought it might be fun to borrow/pay homage to/steal an idea from 'High Fidelity' and have him go on a romantic pilgrimage and visit the girls that he dated and try to figure out how the hell he screwed things up with each of them. I don’t want to give away too much, but he realizes that maybe there’s something wrong with him after all."

Ultimately, Bart heads off on a road trip to New York to find Mary -- daughter of hillbilly Cleetus and the girl Bart almost married in season 19 -- which will include Mary/Deschanel singing an original song to him.

"Any resemblance between this episode and 'Breakfast at Tiffany’s' is completely coincidental, Long told EW.

Meanwhile, other guest stars already lined up for season 24 include Steve Carell (who'll play Fat Tony's accountant), "Portlandia" stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, Jennifer Tilly, Joe Mantegna and Anika Noni Rose, who'll play a former girlfriend of Grandpa Simpson.

"Simpsons" producer Al Jean also spilled in an interview with that the series' next Halloween episode, "Treehouse of Horror XXIII," will include a "Back to the Future"-inspired segment about Marge and Homer's marriage, featuring the return of Artie Ziff (Jon Lovitz).

Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory,' 'Touch' Bounce Back; Fox Wins Night With 'American Idol'

Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory,' 'Touch' Bounce Back; Fox Wins Night With 'American Idol'

CBS's "The Big Bang Theory" and Fox's "Touch" rebounded from last week's series lows Thursday night, while NBC's "Awake" and ABC's "Missing" hit lows and Fox took an overall ratings win on the strength of "American Idol," according to preliminary numbers.

Fox took first place in ratings with an average 3.0 rating/9 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second place in total viewers with 10.9 million. "American Idol" at 8 p.m. held steady with last week, posting a 3.9/12 in the demo and 15 million total viewers -- the highest total viewership of the night. "Touch" the following hour, which last week experienced a ratings low, climbed 11 percent in the demo for a 2.1/6. It had 6.8 million total  viewers.

CBS came in second in ratings and first in total viewers with an average 2.8/8 in the demo and 12.3 million. The network saw increases in the key demo across the board. "The Big Bang Theory" at 8, which last week posted a series low, grew 12 percent for a 4.6/15 -- making it the night's highest-rated show in the demo --  and had 13.6 million total viewers. "Rules of Engagement" at 8:30 was also up from last week, receiving a 2.7/8 and 9 million total viewers. "Person of Interest" at 9 ticked up to a 2.5/7 in the demo and 13 million total viewers, while "The Mentalist" the following hour grew in the demo to a 2.4/7 and 12.7 million total viewers.

ABC was third in ratings and total viewers with an average 2.1/6 in the demo and 7.4 million total viewers. "Missing" at 8 took a 21 percent tumble in the demo from last week to hit a series low of 1.1/4, with 6.3 million total viewers. "Grey's Anatomy" the following hour was down slightly in the demo for a 3.2/9 and 9 million total viewers. The new series "Scandal" at 10 grew modestly in the demo, taking a 2.1/8 with 6.8 million total viewers.

NBC took a fourth-place tie in ratings and came in fifth in total viewers with an average 1.4/4 in the demo and 3 million total viewers. "Community" at 8 was even in the demo with last week, taking a 1.4/5 and 3.3 million total viewers. "30 Rock" at 8:30 dropped 13 percent in the demo for a 1.4/4 and 3 million total viewers. "The Office" at 9 grew 10 percent in the demo to a 2.3/7 and 4.4 million total viewers, while "Parks and Recreation" at 9:30 was up slightly with a 1.7/5 in the demo and 3.3 million total viewers. "Awake" at 10 dropped 13 percent in the demo to hit a series low of 0.7/2, with 2.1 million total viewers.

Univision shared fourth place in ratings with NBC and took fourth in total viewers with an average 1.4/4 and 3.6 million. "Una Familia Con Suerte" at 8 drew a 1.3/4 in the demo and 3.2 million total viewers, while "Abismo de Pasion" the following hour drew a 1.4/4 and 3.7 million total viewers. "La Que No Podia Amar" at 10 received a 1.6/4 in the demo and 3.8 million total viewers.