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New Doctor Who series 7 casting news

Who's signing up for the new series of Doctor Who now?

Filming - as you probably well know - is heavily underway on series 7 of the revived Doctor Who, and right now, episodes featuring new companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman, are before the cameras.

More details of one of those episodes appeared earlier in the week, too, courtesy of Doctor Who Magazine. For the first standalone episode for Coleman (outside of the Christmas special, which is yet to film) is being penned by Neil Cross. Cross previously wrote for Spooks, and created the terrific Luther.

Furthermore, a bit of casting news for said episode has appeared, too. Dougray Scott, he of Mission: Impossible II and Desperate Housewives fame (amongst many other credits) is the latest guest star. As always, his exact role remains under wraps for the time being.

In other casting news, it's also been revealed that Steven Berkoff is set to appear in the new series. He's scheduled to appear in the fourth episode of the new run, alongside Jemma Redgrave (Howards' End).

Big Brother 2012: We chat Bit On The Side with Emma Willis!

With The Big Brother 2012 launch just a couple of days away, we caught up with Emma Willis to chat all things about Bit On The Side!

The loveable telly host was hyped up for the new series when we spoke to her, and couldn’t wait for it to kick off.

And Emma promised more fun, interaction and exclusives, but probably a lot less swearing.

“It didn’t go unnoticed that the last series was very rude,” Emma admitted. “It was quite rude, I think that’s the beauty of having a show on late night, especially on Channel 5, you can kind of get away with stuff.”

But Emma defended the swearing, saying: “I think people were quite shocked when they heard me say certain words, but don’t we all say it? And I don’t think I swore excessively, but when it naturally comes out, it comes out, and I say it quite a lot anyway.

“I think it was rude but on the side of fun rather than graphic or unnecessary.”

Emma also revealed that the new series would see a lot more exclusive footage from the house and interaction with the audience via Twitter.

“Our show will have a lot more audience participation, I think we felt that we didn’t read out enough of what people sent in [last year],” she explained. “We’re going to have a lot more direct access to the housemates, putting viewer’s questions to them in the Diary Room.

“We want as much Twitter interaction as possible and I think our digital box will have a lot more to do with the show. ”

Emma’s BOTS sidekicks Jamie East and Alice Levine will also be back, but the traditional Sunday game show has been axed in favour of a psychology special.

“Our weekends are changing, weeknights stay the same with me,” Emma told us. “Saturdays are Alice and Jamie, and on Sunday the game show has gone and psych is coming back.”

“I love a bit of psych!”

Emma has come under criticism from she viewers about being biased, but she insisted: “I don’t care who wins, I just enjoy watching it!”

She added: “This is a fanzine show and it’s hosted by a long term dedicated fan.”

Big Brother’s Bit On The Side airs straight after the main show on Chanel 5 and 5*. It starts at 10:45PM on Channel 5 on June 5.

'Lost' creator Damon Lindelof "ready to come back to TV full-time"

Lost creator Damon Lindelof has said that he wants to return to the small screen full-time.

The writer and producer, who penned Ridley Scott's new movie Prometheus, is said to be close to finalising a three-year deal with Warner Brothers Television, also home to Lost co-creator JJ Abrams.

"This [deal] is about me creating my next show," Lindelof said in an interview with Deadline.

"Movie life is nice and different, but I missed the energy and excitement of doing series television... I'm ready to come back to TV full-time."

Since the last episode of Lost aired in 2010, Lindelof has been involved in the development of several high-profile movies, including Prometheus, the upcoming Star Trek 2 and 1952, a sci-fi adventure written by Lindelof and to be directed by Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol helmer Brad Bird.

Lindelof expressed an interest in creating programmes for cable television as well as for the networks.

He also claimed that he "won't be the person to come up with the next Lost", adding that he is not interested in making more shows with "wackadoo mythology".

Vanessa Redgrave joins Sigourney Weaver in 'Political Animals'

Vanessa Redgrave is set to star on the upcoming USA Network drama series Political Animals.

The six-episode series will focus on an ex-First Lady and newly-appointed Secretary of State played by Sigourney Weaver, who throws herself into her new appointment in order to cope with her divorce.

Deadline reports that Redgrave will play a lesbian Supreme Court justice in the series, alongside Weaver, Carla Gugino, Ciaran Hinds and Ellen Burstyn.

Political Animals is scheduled for broadcast on Sunday, July 15 at 10pm EST.

This will mark Redgrave's first return to television since her appearance on the FX drama Nip/Tuck.

The 75-year-old actress recently had to scale back her movie work due to health concerns.

Leanne Mitchell wins 'The Voice' UK

Leanne Mitchell has won the first series of The Voice UK.

The Team Tom Jones member triumphed over fellow finalists Bo Bruce (Team Danny O'Donoghue), Tyler James (Team and Vince Kidd (Team Jessie J) to become the first ever victor of the reality show tonight (June 2).

After being asked by host Holly Willoughby for her reaction to the news, a clearly overwhelmed Mitchell said: "Oh my God, I can't believe it."

Upon making his way to the stage to accompany his act, Jones replied: "Well, it's true, and you deserve it. It gives me confidence that there is justice in this world."

Willoughby then asked Mitchell if she had now begun to believe in her vocal abilities, to which the 28-year-old said: "I'm starting to, yeah."

A cloud of confetti then enveloped the stage, with Mitchell's fellow contestants and coaches O'Donoghue, Jessie J and running up to congratulate and hug her.

Earlier in the evening, Mitchell had sung versions of James Brown classic 'It's a Man's Man's Man's World' and a reprise of Whitney Houston's 'Run to You', which she had chosen as her favourite song of the series. She also teamed up with her coach on a cover of Jones's 'Mama Told Me Not to Come'.

She will now receive the show's prize of £100,000 and a record deal with Universal Republic.

The night also saw a medley from the coaches on each other's songs, with guest spots from Ed Sheeran, who performed new single 'Small Bump', and Maroon 5, who played both 'Payphone' and 'Moves Like Jagger'.

Nicole Scherzinger to be permanent 'X Factor' judge?

Nicole Scherzinger has reportedly been offered a permanent job on The X Factor.

The singer impressed with her guest judge stint during the show's London auditions, according to The Sun.

Scherzinger, who was axed from the US version of the show after the first series, has allegedly been offered £500,000 to fill the final spot on the panel in the UK.

A source said: "We are talking to Nicole about taking on the job full-time. She is the only person in the frame.

"It's now down to money and whether she can commit to the show, which takes up most of the rest of the year.

"She has given us positive signs. But no-one is counting their chickens after what happened with Dannii Minogue."

The issue of who will complete this year's panel has been the subject of speculation since Kelly Rowland confirmed in April that she will not be returning.

Dannii Minogue was recently tipped for a comeback but reportedly rejected a £1 million offer.

Geri Halliwell was also said to be in the running to become a permanent judge but failed to impress during her guest stint in Liverpool.

Simon Cowell questions Britney Spears 'X Factor' USA hire?

Simon Cowell is allegedly having doubts over hiring Britney Spears for The X Factor USA.

In May, the singer signed a $15m (£9.6m) deal to join the Fox series after reportedly initially asking for $20m (£12.7m).

However, ever since the show began holding auditions in Austin for its second season, reports have emerged suggesting that Spears is being driven to a meltdown by her judging role.

"He [Cowell] wonders if hiring her was a mistake," a source told Us Weekly. "I don't know how she's going to handle the live shows!"

A witness insisted that the 30-year-old is a poor addition to the series, saying that she refuses to criticise even the worst contestants.

"[Spears] always said nice things, even telling one mediocre singer he could be 'bigger than Justin Bieber'. Simon was shocked!" the insider said.

However, an X Factor USA source told the website that Cowell is perfectly happy with Spears.

"Simon doesn't regret hiring Britney, and as a judge, she had strong opinions," the source said.

Cheryl Cole: 'I knew Joe McElderry was gay before he did'

Cheryl Cole has claimed that she knew Joe McElderry was gay before he came out.

The Girls Aloud star mentored the singer to victory on the 2010 series of The X Factor and insisted that she had a suspicion he was homosexual during the competition.

Asked if she knew McElderry was gay during his time on The X Factor, Cole told Attitude: "Yeah, I think I knew before he did.

"He didn't tell me. I had a chat with my boys and I just told them they could tell us whatever they wanted and I was there for them."

She continued: "I really don't know if Joe knew. I had deep conversations with Joe and he never, ever suggested it, and he never said, 'That guy's fit'.

"I think he actually said a girl was one time. But I kinda knew."

Cole's new single 'Call My Name' will be released in the UK on June 10, while her third studio album A Million Lights follows on June 18. 'The Voice UK doesn't make great TV'

The Voice UK coach has admitted that the show "doesn't make great TV", but insisted that it will find credible and successful artists.

The Black Eyed Peas star defended the BBC format from claims that there isn't enough drama, saying that he doesn't want to see singers have "their souls crushed" like on The X Factor.

Speaking to journalists including Digital Spy, noted: "With this format because you made a bond with the people on your team, it's like you're coaching them. A coach doesn't beat the athlete up, the coach tries to instil some type of faith and courage.

"When singers go on the other shows, you're probably never going to hear from those people again. Why? Because their souls and their whole world has been crushed and they've been embarassed in front of everybody. This one's different. I want to see every single person that walked off that stage proud and not battered and bruised, because this is their passion.

"That's why I like this show and this format. Maybe it doesn't make great TV, but it's gonna make great artists. Do you want TV or do you want artists that are gonna go and perform for people and make people forget about their problems for five minutes in a song? TV's great, but there's lots of it."

His fellow coach Danny O'Donoghue agreed that he does not want The Voice UK to become about warring judges and humiliation.

"I think there's a certain amount that has been force-fed to the UK that that's the way to act," he argued. "We created a show where you can give people bad news in a really good way.

"If you had a talent show for 5-year-olds, and all [of them] were going 'off off off' to another 6 or 7-year-old, you'd probably give them all detention, give them a good speaking to. With us, it's not a pantomime. You can't create a circus or a show around what we do. That's not our thing, we go in and we speak from the heart."

Andy Samberg Confirms SNL Exit, Calls It 'One of the Hardest Decisions I've Ever Made'

We may never be privy to Nicolas Cage’s psyche again.

Calling it “one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made,” Andy Samberg on Friday officially announced his decision to leave NBC’s Saturday Night Live after six seasons.

Acknowledging that the news was “not a huge shock” in the wake of two months’ worth of rumors, Samberg nonetheless told the New York Times, “It’s an incredibly emotional and strange moment in my life.”

During his SNL tenure, which began in the fall of 2005, Samberg shepherded the late-night series’ Digital Shorts segments, amassing a total of seven Emmy nominations along the way for Original Music and Lyrics. He, his partners in the Lonely Island hip-hop group and guest performer Justin Timberlake converted on the first of those nods, in 2007, for the extremely viral “D–k in a Box.”

Samberg’s formal farewell comes just weeks after the SNL season finale that marked castmate Kristin Wiig’s own exit from the series.

In an April a poll asking which rumored-to-be-leaving SNLer you’d miss most, Samberg placed second behind Wiig, ahead of Jason Sudeikis 

Big Brother 2012 to feature Twitter voting?

After introducing Facebook voting last year, Channel 5 are set to use Twitter voting for Big Brother 2012.

The series was the first ever UK TV show to make use of social networking as opposed to phone voting last summer, and will continue those innovations this series.

Testing on the Twitter voting app is currently underway, with work being carried by social media company Telescope, who have provided similar solutions for American shows such as The X Factor USA.

It’s unclear if votes will cost anything, and if they do how they will be charged, but leaked screenshots show that only one vote will be allowed per Twitter user.

Meanwhile, Facebook voting will also return although the cost for a vote will increase by more four times.

Last year’s series charged approximately 7p per vote or one Facebook credit, which increases this year to 5 credits, or around 31p.

Viewers will still be able to vote via their landlines, with calls charged at 36p.

Mobile users however will have some good news this summer, with the prices of votes being fixed at 35p thanks to Mobile Short Codes. The special six digit numbers, which have been used for the first time by The Voice UK and Britain’s Got Talent this year, reduces the cost of premium voting lines from mobile phones, regardless of network.

'Desperate Housewives' Emmy-Winning Actress Kathryn Joosten Dies at 72

Kathryn Joosten, who won two Emmys for her work on “Desperate Housewives,” died Friday after a long battle with lung cancer. She was 72.

Joosten also had a memorable role on another long-running series: She played Martin Sheen’s secretary Mrs. Landingham on the first two seasons of “The West Wing.”

She also appeared in such recent movies as “Wedding Crashers” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” and a long string of guest-starring roles in such series as “Monk,” “The Mentalist,” “The Closer” and “Malcolm in the Middle.”

Joosten’s death came shortly after the series finale of “Housewives,” in which her character, Karen McKluskey died.

An advocate for lung cancer awareness, Joosten had been dealing with the disease since 2001.

“Housewife” Dana Delany said of Joosten on Twitter: Very sad to hear of @KathyJoosten's death. She was a salt-of-the earth nurse who became a brilliant actor. Her comic timing was nonpareil.

Born in December 1939, Joosten worked as a psychiatric nurse in Chicago, until she started taking acting classes at the city's Steppenwolf Theater at age 42. She moved to Los Angeles in the '90s, and started appearing on TV shows like "Roseanne" and "ER."

She received her two Emmys in 2005 and 2008, for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series and was also nominated again in 2010.

TV Tonight 3rd of June 2012

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

    60 Minutes (US) S44E37: "Season 44, Episode 37"
    Acayip Hikayeler S01E08: "Dört Dakika / Four Minutes"
    American Ninja Warrior S04E08
    American Ninja Warrior S04E07
    BBQ Pitmasters S03E02: "Baby Light My Fire"
    Behzat Ç. S02E29: "Sular Bulanırken"
    Big Brother Sverige S08E91: "Final"
    Call of the Wildman S02E02: "Killer at Shaker Village"
    Call of the Wildman S02E01: "Miner Threat"
    Cardfight!! Vanguard S02E09: "TBA"
    Coast S07E04: "Peril From the Seas"
    Continuum S01E02: "Fast Times"
    Coronation Street S53E112: "Sun Jun 3, 2012"
    Cupcake Wars S06E04: "Cupcake Champions: Pixar's Brave"
    Dancing With the Stars (AU) S12E08: "Season 12, Episode 8"
    Dateline NBC S21E53: "SU2137"
    Drop Dead Diva S04E01: "Welcome Back"
    Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition S02E01: "Tony"
    Game of Thrones S02E10: "Valar Morghulis"
    Girls S01E08: "Weirdos Need Girlfriends Too"
    Good Luck Charlie S03E06: "Name That Baby"
    Hunter X Hunter Remake S01E34: "Power x To x Avenge"
    Ice Road Truckers S06E01: "Aces and Jokers"
    Indian Ocean With Simon Reeve S01E06: "Sumatra to Australia"
    Iron Chef America S09E38: "Garces vs. Becker"
    Jerseylicious S04E15: "Girl Code"
    Kidou Senshi Gundam Age S01E34: "Episode 34"
    Loiter Squad S01E11: "Episode 11"
    Longmire S01E01: "Pilot"
    Mad Men S05E12: "Commissions and Fees"
    Masterchef Australia S04E25: "Mystery Box: Flavour Matching"
    Mrs. Eastwood & Company S01E04: "TBA"
    MTV Movie Awards S18E21: "2012 MTV Movie Awards - 21st Annual"
    My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding S01E06: "Showdown at the Altar"
    My First Place S22E09: "Finicky Couple Must Find Stylish Home"
    MythBusters S10E10: "Bubble Pack Plunge"
    Nazo no Kanojo X S01E09: "Mysterious "For Some Reason, That Kind of...""
    Nurse Jackie S04E08: "Chaud & Froid"
    On The Case With Paula Zahn S06E01: "Mystery In The Desert"
    One Piece (JP) S06E34: "Hody`s Accident. The True Power of the Evil Drug!"
    Oprah's Next Chapter S01E21
    Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle S02E09: "Episode 9"
    Preamar S01E05: "Appearance and Charisma"
    Punk'd S09E11: "Ashton Kutcher (Kim Kardashian, Drake)"
    Quiz Me Quick S01E06: "Season 1, Episode 6"
    Sand Masters S02E09: "World's Strongest Man"
    Scheire en de Schepping S01E08: "Season 1, Episode 8"
    Secret Millionaire S03E01: "Scott And Alexa Jacobs: Newark, New Jersey"
    Shake It Up S02E22: "Wrestle It Up"
    Sister Wives S03E06: "4 Wives, 4 Valentines"
    Sister Wives S03E05: "Infertility & Nesting"
    Snapped S09E09: "Tyonne Palmer"
    Starlings S01E04: "Episode 4"
    T.U.F.F. Puppy S02E08: "Pup Daddy | Candy Cane-ine"
    Tasogare Otome x Amnesia S01E09: "TBA"
    Teen Wolf S02E01: "Omega"
    The Amazing Race Norway S01E14: "Season 1, Highlights"
    The Apprentice (UK) S08E14: "Series 8 Finale"
    The Apprentice: You're Fired! S07E12: "You're Hired!"
    The Big C S03E08: "Killjoy"
    The Block S05E43: "Room Reveal"
    The Borgias S02E08: "Truth and Lies"
    The Client List S01E08: "Games People Play"
    The Glades S03E01: "Close Encounters"
    The Killing S02E11: "Bulldog"
    The Next Food Network Star S08E04: "Fashion Week Food Makeover"
    The Penguins of Madagascar S03E15: "High Moltage"
    The Penguins of Madagascar S03E14: "A Kipper for Skipper"
    The Pitch S01E07: "C. Wonder: WomenKind & DIGO"
    The Project S04E131: "Season 4, Episode 131"
    The Real Housewives of New Jersey S04E06: "Uncivil Union"
    The Ultimate Fighter (BR) S01E11: "Season 1, Episode 11"
    The Universe S07E05: "Microscopic Universe"
    The Voice (UK) S01E18: "Live Final Results"
    Toriko S02E09: "Episode 9"
    Uchuu Kyoudai S01E10: "Episode 10"
    Van God Los S02E10: "Season 2, Episode 10"
    Veep S01E07: "Full Disclosure"
    Vera S02E03: "Sandancers"
    Wicked Tuna S01E10: "Good to the Last Bite"

"Glee" Stars Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera Join Oxygen's "The Glee Project" as Season Two Guest Mentors

They'll appear on the show's June 19 and June 26 episodes, respectively.

Oxygen's "The Glee Project" gains "Glee" guest mentors Samuel Larsen, Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera (June 12, June 19 and June 26, respectively). Hot off his season one win, Larsen will return to the set where it all began with "Dance-ability." Monteith will follow in an emotionally driven episode, "Vulnerability," which will focus primarily on bullying. Then, Rivera will help the contenders bring a spark to the screen with the theme of "Sexuality" for the fourth episode of the series. "The Glee Project" season two will premiere on Tuesday, June 5 at 10 PM ET/PT with Lea Michele as the first guest mentor.

On Tuesday, June 12, freshman winner Samuel Larsen will come back to the classroom for the same homework assignment he won last year, "Dance-ability." This time Larsen returns as the seasoned "Glee" star who plays Joseph Hart, exceeding his initial seven-episode win throughout the show's third season.

The following week, Tuesday, June 19, "Glee" veteran Cory Monteith will join "The Glee Project" for the "Vulnerability" episode. Centered on the topic of bullying, this episode will dive into the emotional insecurities of each contender. Monteith has been on "Glee" throughout the series run as Finn Hudson, the multi-talented athlete who broke the stereotypical high school mold by incorporating his passion for music with his love for football.

Naya Rivera, "Glee's" sassy but strong-willed and diverse Santana Lopez, will head to "The Glee Project" classroom on Tuesday, June 26 for "Sexuality" week. Tapping into her character's on-screen sensuality, Rivera helps the contestants explore their emotions and physical chemistry. Rivera is no stranger to the spotlight, and has been seen as one of "Glee's" leading ladies throughout the series run.

"The Glee Project" is produced by Ryan Murphy Television and Embassy Row with Ryan Murphy, Dante Di Loreto, Michael Davies and Shauna Minoprio serving as executive producers.

HGTV Offers New Series and Specials in Its June 2012 Programming Lineup

Throughout June, HGTV offers an exciting lineup of new programming, including the series premiere of Selling London on Thursday, June 7, at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, and fresh episodes of popular series, such as House Hunters, House Hunters International and Property Brothers. Several new one-hour specials also premiere next month, including Celebrity Motor Homes, during which host Carter Oosterhouse visits the extravagant RVs of award-winning hip-hop producer Timbaland, country superstar Ronnie Dunn and X Factor judge Simon Cowell; Posh Pets: The Lifestyles of the Rich & Furry with host Beth Stern; and a one-hour special episode of Kitchen Cousins, where designers Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri highlight a makeover they completed for contest winners on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

HGTV's June programming premieres include:


House Hunters
New episodes beginning Monday, June 4, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
House Hunters, long-time viewer favorite and a pop culture phenomenon, follows real buyers behind the scenes as they tour homes for sale, learn what to look for and decide to make an offer on the home of their dreams.

House Hunters International
New episodes beginning Monday, June 4, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT
In this spin-off of HGTV's wildly popular House Hunters, buyers and their realtors explore charming homes in picturesque locations while working through the challenges of buying real estate in foreign countries. The show demonstrates that international home buying can be a difficult, but often rewarding, experience.

Property Brothers
New episodes beginning Wednesday, June 6, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
A broken-down home with rotten flooring, missing ceilings and exposed wiring would horrify most homebuyers looking for their dream house, but real estate agent Drew Scott and contractor Jonathan Scott instead see a diamond in the rough. In HGTV's Property Brothers, the dashing twin brothers execute property search-and-rescue missions to help potential homebuyers find, purchase and transform extreme fixer-uppers.

Selling London
Premieres Thursday, June 7, at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT
London is one of the world's most sophisticated cities, but the competitive real estate market isn't always regal. From luxury mansions to modest flats, the city's buyers and sellers receive the royal treatment in HGTV's Selling London. Just in time for the 2012 summer games, HGTV follows London's most elite agents as they attempt to sell some of the most beautiful homes in the world.


Celebrity Motor Homes
Premieres Friday, June 8, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Ordinary buses, trailers and motor homes are nothing compared to these celebrity homes on wheels. Host Carter Oosterhouse visits the extravagant RVs of award-winning hip-hop producer Timbaland, country superstar Ronnie Dunn and X Factor judge Simon Cowell and reveals a look inside the private spaces where they relax and unwind on the road.

Income Property: Buyer's Edition
Premieres Wednesday, June 13, at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Income Property: Buyer's Edition is a real estate and renovation series featuring host and licensed contractor Scott McGillivray. This one-hour version of Income Property follows homeowners as Scott helps them find and purchase a home with the best income property potential. Scott also renovates the space with clever design ideas, architectural elements and creative renovation solutions. With unexpected safety issues, repairs and unforeseen challenges, Income Property: Buyer's Edition features all the drama and emotions of a difficult renovation, while also showing viewers how to transform unused rooms into stunning rental properties.

Kitchen Cousins
Special Episode Wednesday, June 20, at 8 p.m. ET/PT
HGTV's Kitchen Cousins follows contractor Anthony Carrino and designer John Colaneri as they run their family-owned construction company based in New Jersey. While construction and renovation are the mainstays of their business, designing and building dream kitchens is their passion. During this special one-hour episode, fans of Cousins and The Ellen DeGeneres Show will see the incredible whole-home makeover that one lucky family received when they leave home to attend an Ellen taping.

Posh Pets: Lifestyles of the Rich & Furry
Premieres Friday, June 22, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Whether it's touring a sprawling Southern California resort designed just for dogs or checking into the suites of the swankiest pet-friendly hotels, host Beth Stern introduces viewers to America's most pampered pets. Beth also meets Sabrina Soto's labradoodle, Harper, and catches up with HGTV's Antonio Ballatore as he immortalizes his bulldog, Chewie, with a photo shoot by a celebrity pet photographer. Plus, DIY Network host Anitra Mecadon demonstrates how to build a luxury doghouse without breaking the bank.

Celebrity Vacation Homes
Premieres Friday, June 29, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Celebrity Vacation Homes tours the amazing vacation homes of the rich and famous, including Jennifer Aniston's oasis in Cabo San Lucas, President Obama's Hawaiian family retreat and Kathy Ireland's Palm Springs getaway.

House Hunters World Tour: Tropical Getaway
Premieres Friday, June 29, at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT
House Hunters World Tour follows the stories of seven people making the biggest change of their lives: moving to a foreign country. These potential buyers have some tough decisions to make as they search for the homes of their dreams in England, Norway, France, Switzerland, Italy, Israel and Mexico. From the rustic stone structures of the Italian countryside to 100-year-old French farmhouses, these homes have character, history and amazing upgrades.

Big Brother tasks need to be meaner, say Alice Levine an Jamie East

Big Brother’s Bit On The Side hosts Alice Levine and Jamie East have called on this year’s BB tasks be meaner.

Speaking ahead of the new series, which starts on Channel 5 on Tuesday, the pair claimed last year’s challenges were too easy.

“The tasks need to be meaner, they were almost too easy,” Alice said.

Jamie East agreed, adding: “It was almost like Big Brother was sacred of the housemates last year I think a little bit.”

Asked for what he’d have the housemates do, Jamie suggested: “Anything that tests their endurance in terms of hunger rather than them paying snap and everyone wining a pizza.”

It seems as though BB’s task team have been listening to the feedback, with the show’s senior task producer teasing more ‘evil’ tasks this week.

Ben Riley said: “This year it’s going to be different to the usual big costume tasks, it’s going to be a little bit cleverer with a few more twist and turns for the housemates.”

'The Voice' UK Tyler James: 'Amy Winehouse would have been a coach'

The Voice UK finalist Tyler James has said that his friend the late Amy Winehouse would have loved to be a coach on the show.

The last remaining member of Team claimed that the 'Love is a Losing Game' singer, who died in July 2011 aged 27, had a lot of respect for contestants on TV talent shows.

"I think originally if I'd told her I was going for [The Voice] she'd have thought I was mental," James told journalists including Digital Spy.

"She had the same kind of view that I had of shows like this, which is 'How do people do it... get up and sing and be judged in that way and voted for?' I don't know how I'm doing it.

"I think maybe [she'd do] something like this, yeah. Amy's the kind of person if someone can sing she's got all the time in the world for them. She'd love so many people on this show because she's like us. If we hear someone who can really sing, it excites you.

"I know Amy would have liked it because she'd have got off on certain people in it, definitely."

James also confirmed that he still speaks to the 'Rehab' star's parents Mitch and Janis "all the time".

"[Mitch] is really proud of me and he's done a lot for me in the last year," he said. "Mitch and Janis, especially Janis because Janis looks so much like Amy, they're what I have left."

Meanwhile, James's fellow Voice finalist Vince Kidd revealed that he too knew Amy during her lifetime, adding that he received a message of support from Mitch and Janis after he covered her song 'Back to Black' on last week's show.

"I was apprehensive to sing Amy because she was such an incredible artist and I think Amy is quite a hard artist to cover," he explained. "I was just celebrating her incredible music.

"[Her family] texted me after the performance to say how well I did and that they felt proud."

No Retrial For Nicollette Sheridan ‘Desperate Housewives’ Case, Appeals Court Rules

The pending retrial of Nicollette Sheridan’s Desperate Housewives wrongful dismissal case has been put on ice by the California Court of Appeals. In a ruling issued Friday the court said, “it is further ordered that the retrial currently set for Sept. 10 is hereby stayed pending further order of the court.” The appeals court ruling seems to agree with defendant Touchstone Television Productions and ABC Studios that it is not wrongful termination under state law when a contract renewal is not exercised. However, Sheridan’s lawyer Mark Baute points out the court order notes the case can be examined under Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s labor code violations. Baute also says the court wants the wrongful termination claim more fully laid out and he will be filing those briefs soon. “The temporary stay is designed to clarify and resolve those issues before the September trial starts,” says Baute. Adam Levin, ABC’s main lawyer in the case, did not respond to a request for comment. A hearing is set for August 9 for trial Judge Elizabeth Allen White to make her case for a retrial.

Sheridan’s first case against Touchstone, ABC Studios, ABC Entertainment and Desperate Housewives’ Executive Producer Marc Cherry ended in a mistrial on March 19 when the jury was deadlocked. Cherry was dismissed as a defendant before the end of the first trial and would not have been a defendant in any retrial. Sheridan has contended that her character was suddenly killed off in early 2009 because of complaints she made over an alleged head-hitting incident on the Desperate Housewives set with executive producer and series creator Cherry on Sept. 24, 2008. The three weeks of the first trial saw a parade of former ABC executives, such as former ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson and former ABC Studios boss Mark Pedowitz, and both Sheridan and Cherry, among others, take the stand. Desperate Housewives aired its final episode on May 13, 2012.