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dinsdag 29 mei 2012

My top 25 of picked up fall 2012 shows

Here is my own personal top 25 of picked up shows for this fall. At the moment it only has the American major network pick ups in it, but I added Defiance as number 25 because I think it will be huge. 

List in no particular order:

666 Park Avenue (ABC)
An innocent Midwestern couple (Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor) get hired as resident managers of an Upper East Side apartment building in New York, with the owner played by Lost's Terry O'Quinn. Unbeknownst to them, the residents have all made deals with the Devil to have their desires fulfilled. David Wilcox will adapt Gabrielle Pierce's book series and executive-produce, alongside Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo. Vanessa Williams, Mercedes Masohn, Helena Mattsson and Robert Buckley will also star. Erik Palladino will guest-star.

1600 Penn (NBC)
What happens when you're the most ordinary family in the world, but your father is the President of the United States (Bill Pullman)? Book of Mormon's Josh Gad will star, write and executive-produce with Modern Family's Jason Winer. Martha MacIsaac, Jenna Elfman, Amara Miller, Benjamin Stockham and Andre Holland will also star.

Animal Practice (NBC)
An office-based comedy featuring a House-like veterinarian (Weeds' Justin Kirk) who loves the animals but hates their owners. Executive-produced by Hangover Part II writer Scot Armstrong. Tyler Labine, Amy Huberman and Bobby Lee will also star.

Arrow (CW)
Hung's Stephen Amell stars as DC superhero Green Arrow in this modern retelling of the legendary archer's adventures. Brothers & Sisters' Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim will executive-produce with The Vampire Diaries' Andrew Kreisberg. Katie Cassidy, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Paul Blackthorne, Jamey Sheridan, Colin Donnell and Susanna Thompson will also star. Colin Salmon will recur.

Beauty and the Beast (CW)
Loosely based on the 1987 CBS series about an ADA and a noble man-beast who make a connection, the updated love story — with Smallville's Kristin Kreuk as the Beauty and Jay Ryan as the Beast — includes a procedural twist. Felicity's Jennifer Levin and Brothers & Sisters' Sherri Cooper will write and executive-produce. Austin Basis, Nicole Gale Anderson, Max Brown, Brian White and Nina Lisandrello will also star.

The Carrie Diaries (CW)
Based on the novel by Candace Bushnell, a younger Carrie Bradshaw (AnnaSophia Robb) steps into the limelight as she comes of age in the '80s, asking her first questions about love, sex, friendship and family while exploring the worlds of high school and Manhattan. Bushnell will executive-produce alongside Gossip Girl duo Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, Len Goldstein and Sex and the City writer Amy Harris. Stefania Owen, Austin Butler, Matt Letscher, Brendan Dooling, Freema Agyeman, Katie Findlay, Chloe Bridges and Ellen Wong will also star.

From Luther creator Neil Cross, this drama is set in 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, where the notorious pirate Blackbeard leads a nation of thieves and outlaws. To regain control, a trained undercover assassin named Tom Lowe is sent to take down Blackbeard, but Lowe soon becomes an admirer of the swashbuckler's, charisma, intelligence and political ideals. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (Gladiator, Men In Black) will executive-produce along with Three Rivers' Ted Gold and Cross.

After a rash of disappearances and a likely murder, an inquisitive, young female production assistant (Melrose Place reboot star Jessica Lucas) on a wildly popular television show called Cult joins a journalist blogger (Matt Davis) in investigating the rabid fans of the series who might be re-creating crimes seen on the program in real life. Rockne O'Bannon will write and executive-produce alongside Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Len Goldstein. Robert Knepper and Alona Tal will also star.

Do No Harm (NBC)
A brilliant neurosurgeon (Steven Pasquale) wrestles with his dangerous alter-ego that threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and professional life. The Event's David Schulner will write and executive-produce with Samantha Who?'s Peter Traugott. Alana de la Garza, Phylicia Rashad, Michael Esper, Mousa Kraish and Ruta Gedmintas will also star.

Elementary (CBS)
A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes in which Sherlock (Eli Stone's Jonny Lee Miller) is a recovering addict and consultant for the NYPD. Lucy Liu will portray his Watson. Robert Doherty (Medium) will write and executive-produce with Justified duo Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. Aidan Quinn will also star.

Emily Owens, M.D. (CW)
Glad to leave her nerdy past behind for a fresh start in the adult professional world, a newly minted doctor (Mamie Gummer) discovers that, sadly and comically, life at the hospital where she works is no different than high school. Gilmore Girls' Jennie Snyder Urman will write and executive-produce with Pushing Daisies' Dan Jinks. Justin Hartley, Michael Rady, Jack Coleman, Necar Zadegan, Aja Naomi King and Kelly McCreary will star.

The Family Tools (ABC)
A man (Worst Week's Kyle Bornheimer) puts his dreams on hold in order to take over the family handyman business from his father (The Closer's J.K. Simmons). Bobby Bowman (My Name is Earl) will write and executive-produce alongside Mark Gordon and Andrea Shay. Leah Remini, Edi Gathegi, Danielle Nicolet and Johnny Pemberton will also star.

The Following (Fox)
An edge-of-your-seat thriller about the complex relationship between diabolical serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) and the damaged FBI profiler, Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon), who once took him down. After Joe escapes, Hardy is reactivated and discovers that he is no longer just hunting one man, but a massive cult of serial killers created and manipulated during Carroll's time in prison. Kevin Williamson will write and executive-produce. Natalie Zea, Nico Tortorella, Jeananne Goossen, Shawn Ashmore, Adan Canto, Billy Brown, Kyle Catlett and Valorie Curry will also star.

Friend Me (CBS)
Twentysomething best friends (Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Nicholas Braun) move to Los Angeles to begin their exciting new lives working at Groupon. Raising Hope's Alan Kirschenbaum and Ajay Sahgal will executive-produce with Kim and Eric Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men). Parvesh Cheena, Dan Ahdoot and Tim Robinson will also star. Liz Holtan will guest-star.

Infamous (NBC)
An opulent soap in which a female detective (Meagan Good) returns to the wealthy family in which she grew up — only she's undercover as the maid's daughter — to solve the murder of the notorious heiress who was once her closest friend. Mercy's Liz Heldens will write and executive-produce. Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Neil Jackson, Laz Alonso, Ella Rae Peck and Katherine LaNasa will also star.

The Job (CBS)
This reality series from Survivor creator Mark Burnett and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire's Michael Davies will pit applicants against each other in an attempt to land their dream job. Lisa Ling will host.

Last Resort (ABC)
A renegade crew of a nuclear submarine, led by Men of a Certain Age's Andre Braugher, go on the run after defying an order to fire nuclear missiles. They find sanctuary at a NATO base where they declare themselves the world's smallest nuclear nation. The Shield's Shawn Ryan will executive-produce the pilot, which he wrote with Karl Gajdusek (Dead Like Me). Autumn Reeser, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts, Sahr Ngaujau, Dichen Lachman, Jessy Schram, Robert Patrick, Camille de Pazzis and Dan Lissing will also star.

The Mindy Project (Fox)
The Office's Mindy Kaling stars as a young Bridget Jones-type OB/GYN trying to navigate both her personal and professional life. Kaling will write and executive-produce with Office producer

The New Normal (NBC)
A gay couple — Book of Mormon's Andrew Rannells and The Hangover's Justin Bartha — try to start a family with the help of a surrogate (Georgia King). Along with fellow Glee producer Ali Adler, Ryan Murphy will co-write and executive-produce the project. Ellen Barkin and Bebe Wood will also star. Nene Leakes and Jayson Blair will recur.

Partners (CBS)
The personal story of two lifelong friends and business partners — one straight (David Krumholtz) and one gay (Michael Urie) — whose friendship has lasted longer than any of their romantic relationships. When one decides to propose to his girlfriend (Sophia Bush), the other's neurotic attempts to be supportive nearly result in a breakup. Will & Grace duo David Kohan and Max Mutchnick will executive-produce. Brandon Routh and Tracy Vilar will also star. Molly Shannon will guest-star.

Red Widow (ABC)
The widow (Radha Mitchell) of an assassinated criminal is forced to adopt her husband's role in a crime syndicate in order to protect her family. Dexter's Melissa Rosenberg will write, based on the Dutch format, and executive-produce alongside The Office's Howard Klein. Lee Tergesen, Rade Sherbedzija, Wil Traval, Luke Goss, Suleka Mathew, Jaime Ray Newman, Sterling Beaumon, Jacob Salvati, Erin Moriarty and Mido Hamada will also star. Anson Mount will guest-star.

Revolution (NBC)
A high-octane action drama that follows a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist. Supernatural's Eric Kripke will write and executive-produce with J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk. Giancarlo Esposito, Billy Burke, David Lyons, Tim Guinee, Graham Rogers, Tracy Spiridakos, Andrea Roth, JD Pardo, Zak Orth and Anna Lise Philips will star.

Save Me (NBC)
Anne Heche stars as a woman who starts to believe that she is channeling God after she has an accident. Heche will also serve as a producer on the project. John Scott Shepherd, Neal Moritz, Vivian Cannon and Scott Winant executive-produce. Alexandra Breckenridge, Heather Burns, Madison Davenport, Lamman Rucker and Michael Landes will also star.

Zero Hour (ABC)
A skeptics magazine editor (Anthony Edwards) gets pulled into one of the most compelling conspiracies in human history. Prison Break's Paul Scheuring wrote the pilot and executive-produces with Lorenzo DiBonaventura and Dan McDermott. Scott Michael Foster, Addison Timlin, Jacinda Barrett, Michael Nyqvist and Carmen Ejogo will star.

Defiance (SyFy)
The series is set in the near future, where aliens known collectively as Votans have come to Earth seeking a new home after their solar system was destroyed. However, when they reached Earth they discovered that despite a prolonged negotiation with the government on Earth they were not welcome. Defiance is an upcoming American science fiction television series which is being developed for television by Rockne S. O'Bannon. The series is being produced in colloaboration with Trion Worlds who are producing a Defiance MMO video game which will be connected to the series. Defiance stars Grant Bowler as Jeb Nolan, the local lawman in a refugee camp known as Defiance. The series will be broadcast in the United States on the cable channel Syfy, and is being produced by Universal Cable Productions

'Big Fat Gypsy Weddings' adverts to be investigated

The UK advertising watchdog has confirmed that it intends to investigate a controversial ad campaign for Channel 4's Big Fat Gypsy Weddings.

The campaign, using the slogan "Bigger. Fatter. Gypsier." over images of Gypsy boys and girls, triggered 372 complaints and a protest at Channel 4's London headquarters.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) had initially said that it would not probe the adverts as they were 'in keeping' with the tone and content of the hit series.

In a judgement earlier in the year, the ASA said that the ads "might not be to everyone's taste", but they were unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence.

However, the ASA has now changed its position following a request by the Irish Traveller Movement in Britain.

The regulator took the recommendation of its independent review council that its original judgement was "flawed" and a formal investigation was required.

In a statement, the ASA said: "In their evaluation, the council noted that it had made its original decision without the benefit of knowing that the Irish Traveller Movement of Britain had complained and that this was a material fact to which they should have had regard."

Yvonne MacNamara, the director of the Irish Traveller Movement in Britain, said that the decision marks a "great victory" for travellers and gypsies, which "may prove a turning point as to how travellers and gypsies are portrayed in the media".

"Channel 4 has made a fortune out of their documentaries, which many travellers and gypsies believe have invaded and misrepresented their lives," she said.

"We hope this decision may herald an end to the negative caricaturing of travellers and gypsies in the wider media."

Channel 4 and Honda UK, the sponsor of documentaries on Channel 4, each said: 'We will await the outcome of the investigation'."

'Room at the Top': BBC Four drama to air following legal dispute

BBC Four's adaptation of Room at the Top will finally be broadcast after a legal dispute was resolved.

The two-part drama - based on the 1957 novel by John Braine - was pulled from the channel's schedule last year due to a copyright wrangle between Braine's estate and producers Remus Films.

The dispute has now been resolved and Room at the Top will air "in the near future", BBC News reports.

The original novel - which was also adapted into an Oscar-winning 1959 film - follows the working class Joe Lampton, who leaves his village with aspirations to become part of high society.

BBC Four's version stars Matthew McNulty (Misfits) as Lampton and also includes Maxine Peake (Silk) and Jenna-Louise Coleman (Doctor Who) in its cast.

In a statement, production company Great Meadow Productions said: "The producer of the TV adaptation of Room At The Top, Great Meadow Productions, is pleased to announce that the issue of copyright between Remus Films and the Estate of John Braine, represented by David Higham Associates, has been resolved. The TV adaptation will be broadcast on BBC Four in the near future."

'Revenge' kicks off with 750,000 viewers on E4

The series premiere of Revenge pulled in decent numbers for E4 last night (May 29), managing almost 750k, according to overnight data.

The popular US drama took 613k (2.8%) on E4 and an additional 135k (0.8%) on timeshift.

It also boosted Made in Chelsea's numbers - the reality show improved to 635k (3.6%) from 10pm and 143k (1.5%) on +1 and helped E4 top the multichannels overall.

On the terrestrials, Chatsworth drew 3.78m (17.2%) on BBC One in the 9pm hour but was narrowly beaten live by ITV1's 56 Up, which had 3.85m (17.5%) as well as a further 243k (1.4%) on timeshift.

Spencer Matthews and Oliver Proudlock at a point to point seen on 'Made In Chelsea', shown on E4

Earlier on BBC One, Panorama was watched by 3.5m (15.7%). An average of 3.16m (15%) saw The Queen and I on ITV1 (+1: 105k/0.5%).

BBC Two showed Springwatch (2.22m/10.2%), Afghanistan: The Great Game (1.03m/4.7%) and Sounds of the '70s (621k/3.2%).

Dispatches drew 834k on Channel 4 from 8pm (+1: 122k/0.6%) before Gok Cooks Chinese served 947k (4.2%) from 8.30pm (+1: 157k/0.7%). The Secret Millionaire had 1.56m (7.1%) from 9pm (+1: 189k/1.1%).

The Walking Dead continued with 815k for Channel 5, with The Gadget Show: World Tour and Robson's Extreme Fishing Challenge taking 686k (3.2%) and 1.02m (4.6%) respectively.

Overall, ITV1 secured primetime victory with 21.8% (+1: 0.7%), beating BBC One's 20.4%. BBC Two came third with 6.4% ahead of Channel 4's 4.8% (+1: 0.7%) and Channel 5's 3.9% (+1: 0.2%).

Clarice Starling Series in Development at Lifetime

NBC is looking at Hannibal Lecter's early years in its upcoming drama "Hannibal," and now Lifetime is developing a drama that will shed light on Lecter's "Silence of the Lambs" foe, FBI agent Clarice Starling.

"Clarice" will follow Starling as she begins her career after graduating from the FBI academy, TV Guide reports. Jodie Foster won a best actress Oscar for portraying the young agent.

Lifetime reps did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.

MGM will produce "Clarice," which Lifetime is developing just as NBC prepares "Hannibal," a drama that will focus on the relationship between Hannibal Lecter -- a role that earned a best actor Oscar for Anthony Hopkins in "Silence of the Lambs" -- and FBI criminal profiler Will Graham.

Hugh Dancy will play Graham in "Hannibal," which was created by "Heroes"/"Pushing Daisies"/"Wonderfalls" producer Bryan Fuller, who's also producing NBC's remake of "The Munsters."

Lecter and Graham first appeared in author Thomas Harris' 1981 novel "Red Dragon," while Starling originated in the 1988 sequel "Silence of the Lambs."

Lifetime, which has been adding more original programming to its lineup with the Jennifer Love Hewitt series "The Client List" and continuing seasons of "Drop Dead Diva," "Project Runway" and "Army Wives," is also focusing on star-packed made-for-TV movies.

Lindsay Lohan begins filming next month on the network's Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton biopic "Liz & Dick." Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Jill Scott and Alfre Woodard are starring in Lifetime's "Steel Magnolias" remake. And Mary J. Blige will star in "Parallel Lives," a movie about the lives of Coretta Scott King and Dr. Betty Shabazz, the widows of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

Flirty Rita Ora impresses London crowds at 'X Factor' auditions

Rita Ora impressed the crowds with a feisty and flirtatious performance at today's X Factor auditions.

The popstar guest judged at London's O2 today and was given plenty of support from fellow judge Tulisa Contostavlos, who told the crowds that Ora has "years of experience" in the business, even if she has only just reached the top of the charts.

Ora - who wore a white dress and jacket at today's auditions - won huge cheers from the O2 audience, who warmed to her confident and witty approach on the judging panel.

The West London singer flirted with a number of the male acts throughout the day, telling one singer: "I think you're really good looking, so it's a yes from me!" She also teased several other male acts, describing them as "cute" and giving one lucky lad a hug.

An X Factor fan told Digital Spy: "Rita fitted in brilliantly on the panel and was a natural.

"She had great chemistry with Gary and Louis and she was feisty enough to keep up with Tulisa."

The 'RIP' singer became the third guest judge of the series, following stints from Leona Lewis and former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell.

Ora is believed to be in the running to get the X Factor job full-time alongside Halliwell.

'The Voice' UK kids spinoff could air on BBC

The Voice creator John De Mol has revealed that he is planning talks with the BBC about a 'Kids' spinoff of the talent show.

A Voice Kids series has aired in the show's original country Holland and according to De Mol it was a huge success.

"There was a big emotional reaction from the parents of the children talking part, more so than on any other talent show," De Mol told The Guardian.

He claimed that there is a "fair chance" the series, which would feature acts aged 8-14, would air in the UK.

De Mol, who also helped create Big Brother, has sold the Voice format to over 50 countries around the world. The TV producer claimed that he is a fan of the UK's panel of coaches, but admitted that like in other regions, the live show format may need tweaking for upcoming series.

The Voice UK started strongly in the ratings, beating Simon Cowell's Britain's Got Talent regularly when the shows' schedules overlapped. However, during the live shows, The Voice's ratings have slipped significantly and reached a new low of 4.49m viewers last weekend.

Tashie Jackson's sex tape boyfriend for Big Brother 2012?

The boyfriend of former Big Brother housemate Tashie Jackson could join the line up of housemates for the new series.

Tashie Jackson appeared on the first Channel 5 Big Brother last year, with a sex tape quickly hitting the internet after she entered the house.

Speaking to us ahead of the launch of Big Brother next month, BB host Brian Dowling revealed that not only had he watched it, but that the boyfriend that appeared in the tape had auditioned for the show this year!

Brian gossiped: “I think her boyfriend from the sex tape auditioned for the show!”

Ad Brian let slip that he and the whole of the BB team watched her sex tape!

Speaking about the video, Brian said: “She was like a magician because it just disappeared!

“I watched it, it was so weird watching her have sex knowing she was in the house. How can someone so small take something so big and make it disappear? We watched down at the show!”

'Awake' creator on axe: 'We won't get picked up by another network'

Awake creator Kyle Killen has claimed that the series is unlikely to be revived.

Killen told Entertainment Weekly that he does not expect another network to pick up the Jason Isaacs drama after it was axed by NBC.

"It'd be difficult given the ratings that we had to justify [a pick-up by another network]," he suggested.

The showrunner instead encouraged fans to campaign for Isaacs to receive awards recognition for his performance.

"The incredible support and enthusiasm from fans - if they wanted to use that energy for something - I would say it's better spent trying to see that Jason is recognised," he said. "That's a better campaign to wage."

Killen - who also created short-lived Fox drama Lone Star - added that he may have been "cavalier" in thinking Awake could work on network television.

"It feels like there's becoming two very distinct camps," he argued. "So I think if I show up on network again, I would bring a more network-specific idea.

"If I have ideas that feel like they belong on cable, then I think at this point, I'll probably start to take them to cable."

Gillian Anderson series 'The Fall' eyed by BBC America

BBC America is reportedly eyeing the upcoming drama series The Fall.

The series, starring X-Files actress Gillian Anderson, focuses on a serial killer on the loose in Belfast and the female detective superintendent in charge of the investigation.

According to TV Wise, BBC America is considering adding the upcoming series to its 'Dramaville' block later this year, which in the past has included shows like Luther and The Hour.

While no deals have been made to pick up the series yet, sources say that the network is very close to signing a deal for the five-part drama.

The Fall also stars Once Upon a Time actor Jamie Dornan, ex-Hollyoaks star Gerard McCarthy, Holby City's Niamh McGrady, and Emmy-winning Good Wife actress Archie Panjabi.

Hollyoaks actors Emmett Scanlan and Karen Hassan have also signed on to star.

The Fall debuts this winter on BBC Two in the UK.

Celebrity Big Brother 2012: Emma Willis doesn't want Nadine Coyle in the house!

Big Brother presenter Emma Willis has said she doesn’t want to see Nadine Coyle in the Celebrity Big Brother house.

Speaking to us ahead of the new series next month, Emma hit out at A-list stars in the house.

She said: “With people like Nadine and your Lindsay Lohans, they’re so media trained that you’re never going to get anything from them.

“People go, ‘Oh My God, Nadine’s going in, we’re going to find out all about Girls Aloud’, but you’re not. ”

Slightly ranting, Emma went on: “She’s not going to do that, she’s still a part of it, you don’t s**t where you eat, do you?”

She added: “Sorry… please don’t quote that. Put a muzzle on me!”

In our chat, which featured rather a lot of swearing and strong opinions from the uber BB fan, Emma said that the casting of Celebrity Big Brother shouldn’t focus on huge stars.

“I say this every time, but you’re not going to get A-listers on board because they don’t need to do it,” Emma told us. “It’s not about how famous someone is, it’s their personality.

“Nadine Coyle, realistically, what are we going to get from her as a housmate? She may be real famous, but we need content.”

'Homeland' star Damian Lewis: 'I don't mind playing unlikeable roles'

Homeland star Damian Lewis has insisted that he enjoys playing the conflicted Nicholas Brody.

The actor told TVLine that he is happy for his performance to have provoked a mixed reaction.

"I don't mind playing unlikeable roles," he explained. "I've done it before. One of the things you should seek to achieve as an actor is that your character is understood somehow.

"I've had people come up to me and say, 'You're a guy who is going to blow up the vice president, you're lying to your wife and you just generally scare the hell out of us, because you are unpredictable and unknown - and yet we oddly kind of liked you'."

The actor added that it is the viewer's "choice" to decide whether or not Brody's actions can be justified.

"Some people will... choose to not like you, and that's fine," he said. "But... we were at great pains to find motivations for him, and [the writers] successfully did that.

"In the 17th century, when actors were given a play, 'the argument' was the word for the script, and I approach characters like that. I put forward my side of the argument."

Homeland exec Howard Gordon recently revealed that Brody's daughter Dana (Morgan Saylor) will grow suspicious of her father in the show's second season.

"She's processed a lot," said Gordon. "We don't quite know what she thinks of that last call she made to him, so we'll find out!"

Homeland will return to Showtime in the US on September 30. Channel 4 has picked up the rights to air season two in the UK, with a late 2012 broadcast planned.

'Dirk Gently' axed by BBC Four, confirms star Stephen Mangan

Stephen Mangan has revealed that the BBC has axed Dirk Gently.

The comedy drama - based on the Douglas Adams novels - began with a pilot episode in 2010, with three hour-long episodes following in March this year.

However, Mangan - who played the title role - revealed on Twitter that the show will not return to BBC Four.

He wrote: "It gives me no pleasure whatsoever to report that the BBC have decided not to make any more Dirk Gently."

The Dirk Gently pilot episode attracted 1.1m in December 2010, but the third and final episode saw just 592,000 viewers tune in.

Darren Boyd, Helen Baxendale, Jason Watkins and Lisa Jackson also appeared in the series alongside Mangan, while Howard Overman (Misfits) adapted Adams's books for television.

In 2011, Mangan admitted that he would be "heartbroken" if BBC Four ever cancelled Dirk Gently.

"If they axe [the series], I'll go round there and smash the place up with my bare hands," he joked.

Emily VanCamp on 'Revenge' season two: 'I want more flashbacks'

Revenge star Emily VanCamp has revealed that she wants more flashbacks in season two.

The actress told E! Online that she is keen to delve into her character Emily's past in future episodes.

"I love the flashbacks," admitted VanCamp. "I like seeing where [Emily] went in that eight years that she was training and finding out more about her past."

The 26-year-old also suggested that she is eager for the mysterious 'white-haired man' to return in a second season.

"I would love to see more of the white-haired man - I think he is such an awesome villain for the show," she said.

Revenge - which also stars Madeleine Stowe and Gabriel Mann - was picked up for a second season by ABC earlier this month.

Big Brother 2012 housemates to include couples?

Brian Dowling has revealed that Big Brother 2012 may feature couples as housemates.

The BB host spoke to us earlier this month about the upcoming series, and gossiped on plans about the housemates.

As well as confirming they had all been chosen three weeks ago, Brian revealed: “The housemates will be varied in age, this year for sure they’re mixing up the age groups.

“I heard something about maybe couples going in, but people don’t know they’re couples… I’m not sure how that works!

“That would be amazing, and they had to pretend they weren’t couples, and had to get off with other people!”

But Brian also admitted that he didn’t want the series to get too rude and too focused on sex.

He said: “I don’t like it when it gets too rude, when Denise [Welch] was in the jacuzzi with her tits out, I thought that was funny, I didn’t think that was rude.

“But I don’t like it when, like Jay and Louise had that sex den. I don’t like it if it gets too rude.”

TV Tonight 29th of May 2012

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

    16 & Pregnant S04E12: "Kristina"
    20/20 S34E45
    48 Hours Mystery S25E30: "Murder in the O.C."
    Allerslechtste Chauffeur Van Nederland, De S02E07
    America's Got Talent S07E06: "St. Louis Auditions"
    Amish: Out of Order S01E07: "Change of Faith"
    Ancient X-Files S02E05: "Holy Shroud"
    Big Brother Sverige S08E87: "Del 87"
    Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms S01E03: "Season 1, Episode 3"
    Blockbusters (2012) S01E12: "Series 1, Show 12"
    Britain Unzipped S01E05: "Series 1, Episode 5"
    Chasing Classic Cars S05E10: "Amelia Island: Get Some, Give Some"
    Chelsea Lately S06E89
    Chopped S12E01: "Grilltastic!"
    Cougar Town S03E15: "Your World"
    Cougar Town S03E14: "My Life"
    Dance Moms: Miami S01E08: "Move Over, I'm the Star"
    Dangerous Flights S01E04: "Fear Factor"
    Dating In The Dark Australia S02E08: "Season 2, Episode 8"
    Days of our Lives S47E142: "Ep. #11852"
    Deadliest Catch S08E08: "The Aftermath"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E249: "Episode 1929"
    Design Star S07E01
    Diagnosis Live From the Clinic S02E03: "Series 2, Episode 3"
    Doctors S14E39: "Smash the System"
    EastEnders S28E87: "May 29, 2012"
    Emmerdale S41E127: "May 29, 2012"
    Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files S02E19
    Fake Britain S03E07: "Series 3, Episode 7"
    Frontline (US) S30E14: "Fast Times at West Philly High"
    General Hospital (US) S50E41: "#12569"
    Giuliana & Bill S05E09: "What Happens in Cabo..."
    Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden S22E192: "Season 22, Episode 192"
    Good Game S08E16: "Season 8, Episode 16"
    Great British Menu S07E37: "The Olympic Feast - 37"
    Haiyore! Nyaruko-san S01E08: "TBA"
    Halv åtta hos mig S08E62: "Norrköping - Agneta"
    Hardcore Pawn S05E23: "Cash Money Moron"
    Hatfields & McCoys S01E02: "Part 2 of 3"
    Hidden Talent S01E06: "Episode 6"
    Hit & Miss S01E02: "Episode 2"
    Holby City S14E33: "Kids' Stuff"
    Hollyoaks S18E107: "May 29, 2012"
    Hollywood Treasure S02E02: "Chamber of Secrets"
    Home and Away (AU) S25E92: "Episode 5527"
    Hotel cæsar S29E22: "Season 29, Episode 22"
    House Hunters S48E106: "Mainlanders Settle Down in Maui"
    House Hunters International S25E109: "Sizing up the Parisian Suburbs"
    Jeopardy! S28E182: "Show #6387"
    Killer Trials: Judgment Day S01E26: "The Beast of Bastille"
    Kuba Wojewódzki S18E13: "Schejbal i Hardkorowy Koksu"
    Let's Stay Together S02E21: "Creepers"
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BBC mystery 'Mayday' like 'The Killing', says Sam Spruell

Mayday star Sam Spruell has likened the forthcoming BBC drama to The Killing.

The actor will appear alongside stars including Sophie Okonedo, Peter Firth and Aidan Gillen in the series, which focuses on the disappearance of a young girl from an idyllic community.

Speaking to Digital Spy about the project, Spruell explained: "It's great because [in] this quaint village suddenly the facade comes down and the monsters are shown. I think it could be really exciting.

"On the face of it, it's like a Midsomer Murders, but I'd say it's much more The Killing. You get to kind of meet a whole range of people and work out how they are connected to the crime that is taking place. You see all their personal situations and the difficulties they are facing."

However, Spruell was not prepared to suggest that Mayday will become as popular as the Danish format.

"It'd be stupid and arrogant to say it's going to be as big as The Killing is," he noted. "I think The Killing is brilliant. If we can get anywhere near that, it'll be wonderful. That's a tall ask. We're gonna try, dammit!"

Spruell is currently starring in movie Snow White and the Huntsman, which also features Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth.

The fairytale film is released in the UK and US on July 1.

eOne Confirms Talks To Purchase Alliance

Entertainment One confirmed today that the distributor has held negotiations about purchasing Alliance Films, as Deadline reported last week from the Cannes Film Festival. Both companies had remained publicly mum about the negotiations but eOne said today it wanted to comment because of market speculation, according to the Toronto Globe and Mail. Both companies are Canadian-based. Alliance is owned by Goldman Sachs. “The board confirms it has held discussions with the shareholders of Alliance Films but there can be no certainty this will lead to a transaction,” eOne said in statement. “The company would only undertake such a transaction on acceptable terms, and on the basis that the directors believe it would be financially and strategically value enhancing for the company and its shareholders.” If a deal were to come to pass, eEon said it would finance the transaction with a combination of debt and equity.

The statement about Alliance came as eOne reported earnings for last fiscal year. The company said profit before taxes increased 103% to $37 million with revenue up 7% to $809 million. Much of the revenue was from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, to which it owns Canadian rights. Purchasing Alliance would give eOne Canadian rights to 11,000 titles including The Hunger Games. Alliance also owns 50% of the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation TV franchise, which Goldman doesn’t intend to include in the deal.

Misty May-Treanor Wants Back on 'Dancing With the Stars'

No one should question the competitive fire burning within Olympic volleyball gold medalist Misty May-Treanor, even when it comes to "Dancing With the Stars."

The beach volleyball champion wants another shot at the ABC dance competition. She was on the show in 2008, but her hopes of winning were spiked when she was forced out of the competition with an Achilles tendon injury suffered in rehearsal.

May-Treanor asked fans on her Facebook page to campaign for her to perform next season, when the show will bring back stars from previous seasons.

"I would love to finish what I wasn't able to when I was on the show the last time," she posted.

No word on when the decision will be made by ABC. The months of speculation about who will be back is part of the hype machine surrounding the show.

Before doing any Lindy Hopping however, May-Treanor will compete in London with partner Kerri Walsh. It will be the duo's third Olympics, after winning gold medals in Athens and Beijing.

Alistair McGowan: 'Roy Hodgson, Gary Neville perfect for new show'

Alistair McGowan has teased some of his sporting impressions for his new ITV show.

The comedian will begin hosting a new series of You Cannot Be Serious! this weekend, which includes topical impersonations of sportsmen and women, along with various other celebrities.

McGowan described new England manager Roy Hodgson and one of his assistants Gary Neville as "gifts" for the new series.

"Roy is a gift, he has this habit where he bounces up and down," he told Lorraine Kelly. "We're very lucky with Gary Neville, he's become his coach.

"Gary always makes me laugh because his voice hasn't quite broken yet, and he sounds like Dave in The Royle Family."

The impressionist also praised TV Burp's Harry Hill, who will act as an executive producer on the project, saying: "He has so much experience on making shows that are close to the wire."

On his eight-year hiatus from his previous impression show, he added: "Ronni [Ancona] and I did the show and we loved it. It was fatigue on my part and I wanted to do something different."

You Cannot Be Serious!, produced by Clyde Holcroft (Fantasy Football) and directed by Paul Wheeler (Have I Got News For You), premieres on Saturday, June 2 at 7.30pm on ITV1.

Robbie Williams's Soccer Aid more popular than BAFTAs on Sunday night

ITV1's four-hour coverage of Soccer Aid 2012 scored an average audience of 4.5m last night (Sunday, May 27), slightly less than its previous match.

The Robbie Williams charity football match, won by England, took 4.33m (22.9%) from 6pm and 180k on +1, peaking with 6.7m at around 9.30pm.

Meanwhile, the BAFTA TV Awards dazzled 3.53m (16.2%) on BBC One between 8pm and 10pm, down almost 2 million viewers on last year's ceremony.

The Voice UK's semi-final results show grabbed 4.68m (26.5%) at 7.15pm, prior to which 4.01m (27.2%) watched Countryfile.

Rolf Harris with the Bafta Fellowship Award at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2012 at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

Once Upon a Time continued steadily on Channel 5 with 1.09m (5.2%) in the 8pm junction and 107k an hour later on +1. Countdown show Britain's Funniest Comedy Characters followed the American fairytale drama with 740k (4.3%). Test cricket highlights had 847k (4.9%) at 7pm.

Meanwhile, BBC Two's factual combination of Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve (1.8m/8.5%) and Coast (1.98m/8.8%) continued to pay dividends with decent figures.

Channel 4's Come Dine with Me served up 1.09m (5.1%) from 8pm (+1: 274k), then movie The Lovely Bones appealed to 958k (5.2%) at 9pm, adding 193k on timeshift.

Overall, ITV1 topped primetime with 22.3% (+1: 0.9%), beating BBC One's 19.2%. BBC Two claimed third place with 6.9%, ahead of Channel 4's 4.9% (+1: 1.1%), and Channel 5's 4.4% (+1: 0.3%).

Elsewhere, Family Guy maintained a strong 1.26m (6.1%) and 987k (5.6%) for BBC Three, while The Only Way Is Essex logged 930k (3%) for ITV2 and 231k on +1, and Desperate Housewives attracted 597k (3.4%) to E4 (+1: 163k).

Gordon Ramsay Injured in Charity Soccer Match

Gordon Ramsay, head chef on the Fox reality show "Hell's Kitchen," had to be carried off the field after absorbing a big hit in a charity soccer match Sunday in Manchester, England.

Ramsay was given oxygen and carted off the field on a stretcher during the celebrity benefit Soccer Aid. He was taken to the hospital and released a few hours later. His spokesman released the following statement:

"Gordon was taken to hospital after injuring his back during the game. He was released after receiving treatment and although he's in pain today, there shouldn't be any long term damage."

Ramsay wasn't the only one hurting. "Anchorman" star Will Farrell had to leave the match early with leg injury.

Other U.S. celebs playing including Mike Myers, Gerard Butler, Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson and Michael Sheen. They took on an England team that included Take That's Mark Owen and JLS singers Aston Merrygold and Marvin Humes.

While he recuperates, Ramsay can take heart in the fact that it was for a good cause. The event, set up by Take That star Robbie Williams, raised more than $6.4 million for UNICEF.