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zondag 8 juli 2012

‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Adds Radha Mitchell

Radha Mitchell has joined the cast of Olympus Has Fallen. The actress will play “Leah” the wife of Gerard Butler‘s Secret Service character in the White House thriller. Mitchell, who starts filming next week in Shreveport, Louisiana, joins Butler, Angela Bassett and Aaron Eckhart in the film. Olympus Has Fallen sees the president, played by Eckhart, and key members of his administration taken hostage. Butler’s character tries to stop the terrorist plot. Antoine Fuqua is directing. Mark Gill, Alan Siegel and Butler are producing the Millennium Films project.

Avi Lerner and Trevor Short are executive producing. Mitchell also plays the lead in ABC’s new drama series Red Widow. (see the trailer here) Based on an Dutch series, Red Widow is about a woman pulled back into her family’s criminal past. The show, written and executive produced by The Twilight Saga screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg and produced by ABC Studios, starts filming its season in Vancouver in August. Radha Mitchell is repped by ICM Partners and managed by Rick Ax.

Diogo Morgado Is Jesus In ‘The Bible’ Miniseries, Sarah Bolger Joins ‘Once Upon A Time’

Diogo Morgado Bible HistoryPortugal’s Diogo Morgado is playing Jesus in The Bible, the History miniseries being produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. Principal photography is now wrapping on the 10-hour, five-part mini, which is set to premiere next year. It will tell some of the best-known stories from the most popular book in human history, from Noah’s Ark and the Exodus to Daniel in the Lion’s Den to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Morgado’s previous U.S. credits include the feature film Red Butterfly, and he plays the lead male role in the telenovela Laços De Sangre, Portugal’s top-rated series. He is repped in the U.S. by The Park Noack Agency and Spellbound Entertainment.

Sarah Bolger Once Upon A TimeSarah Bolger will recur on Once Upon A Time this coming season playing Sleeping Beauty in the fantastical ABC drama. Our pals over at TVLine reported the casting exclusively. The Irish-born Bolger starred on Showtime’s The Tudors and in the 2002 feature In America, which earned her a Spirit Award nomination. ABC has not announced a Season 2 premiere date yet for Once, which was last season’s highest-rated freshman drama.

First Look: Walking Dead Unveils Season 3 Key Art Featuring Rick, Michonne and The Governor

AMC gave Walking Dead fans a pre-Comic-Con treat Friday when it unveiled key art for the zombie drama’s upcoming third season (launching in October) — but who’s front and center on the promotional piece this time around?

Packmaster Rick (played by Andrew Lincoln) is, per usual, the centerpiece of the shot; however, he’s no longer alone or surrounded by walkers. The Season 3 art instead finds the sometime-martyr flanked by the series’ newest imports: the sword-wielding mystery woman named Michonne (Danai Gurira) and the yet-to-be-seen, feather-ruffling Governor (David Morrissey).

Take a peek at the photo below, and then hit the comments with your thoughts on the killer First Look. And don’t forget to tune in to AMC this weekend (beginning Saturday, July 8) to catch up on The Walking Dead‘s first two seasons and see a never-before-broadcast, black-and-white version of the pilot episode.

What to Watch Sunday: Walking Dead Dish, Andy Griffith Tribute, Life Goes On Reunion and More!

On TV this Sunday: TV Land continues its Andy Griffith tribute, Army Wives reunites “Becca” with “Libby,” there’s talking about new Walking Dead, Jim on The Glades deals with his ex and Longmire is feeling bearish. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

11 am – 8 pm The Andy Griffith Show marathon (TV Land) | Go back to Mayberry with TV Land’s latest collection of episodes from the recently departed actor’s eponymous sitcom.

9 pm True Blood (HBO) | Bill and Eric need Sookie’s help to find Russell, and Patrick and Terry are held hostage by their Iraq War “buddy,” Brian.

9 pm Talking Dead (AMC) |Capping the weekend’s two-season marathon (which resumes Sunday at 11:30 am with Season 2 Episode 5 aka Daryl/arrow/ouch!), this hour-long special previews Season 3 and tees up a never-before-broadcast black-and-white version of the pilot (at 10 pm).

9 pm Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) | Joan Rivers and Serena Williams guest-star, as Jane wonders about Owen’s whereabouts and what it means for their upcoming wedding (watch video). Yeah yeah, enough about you, Jane: I’d love to hear what Rivers thinks about the tennis champ’s wardrobe, especially this.

9 pm The Glades (A&E) | Jim and his former partner — who is now a convicted murderer (and played by Body of Proof alum John Carroll Lynch) — must work together when a woman trying to exonerate a death-row inmate is killed. Also, Callie and Miranda bond over a shared (icky) experience.

9 pm Falling Skies (TNT) | A familiar face returns to the 2nd Mass, but what does s/he want? And a captured Skitter is brought to the camp at the same time. Coincidence?

10 pm Longmire (A&E) | A body found in the woods turns out to be the victim of a suspicious bear attack. Remember this, kids, the next time someone tells you pic-a-nic baskets aren’t a gateway drug.

10 pm Army Wives (Lifetime) | Life Goes On Reunion Alert! Kellie Martin and Patti LuPone (aka “Becca” and “Libby”) guest-star on an episode that finds Trevor urging Hector to go to marriage counseling and Kevin leaving Frank’s brigade during a deployment. Ob-la-di, ob-la-da…

10 pm Weeds (Showtime) | Nancy’s brush with death earns her some serious street cred, which she uses for good while recuperating in the hospital. Meanwhile, Jill’s husband is back from India — so where does that leave Andy?

10:30 pm Episodes (Showtime) | As everyone reacts to the Week 2 numbers for Pucks!, Matt surprises Sean and Beverly with expensive gifts. Also: Merc’s Mrs. asks Matt to give her a hand with something.

Why We Love TV Bad Boys

The Backstreet Boys said it best: "If you want it to be good girl, get yourself a bad boy." Need proof? Just look at the untrustworthy, yet irresistible leads who have taken over your TV. From White Collar's Neal Caffrey to The Vampire Diaries' Damon Salvatore, bad boys seem like they're here to stay — and we aren't complaining! But what is it about a bad boy that's so appealing?

The Hope to Reform
No one knows how hard it is to reform a bad boy more than Neal's (Matt Bomer) FBI partner on White Collar, Peter Burke (Tim DeKay). So what makes him keep trying? Pure pride and optimism. It's that simple. The people who love a bad boy imagine that a guy like Neal is simply hurt and misunderstood. They like to believe that they're the missing piece in his life that will make everything — even him — better. Too bad Neal has proven Peter's idealistic views of him wrong on more than one occasion.

The best television shows aren't predictable, and neither are the bad boys who star in them. The inability to envisage the next move by Gossip Girl's Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) is what gives him such a sense of adventure. Bad boys are risktakers. Even if things don't always work out as planned, the "He loves me, he loves me not" speculation is always an exciting, albeit emotionally exhausting, escapade. Unfortunately, this type of instability is also what makes relationships with bad boys like Chuck so volatile (just ask Blair).

Living vicariously
Even the biggest goody-two-shoes has a repressed bad boy in them somewhere deep down. Just look at Sam Winchester (Jared Padelecki). When Supernatural started, Sam was about as sweet and innocent as a person could get and even though he would chide his brother Dean (Jensen Ackles) for his love 'em and leave 'em lifestyle, it was clear he also secretly admired big bro's tough guy attitude. Of course, a few seasons into The CW drama, Sam's inner bad boy was eventually revealed in full force, proving that he wasn't as different from Dean as he originally thought.

The Vampire Diaries' features one of the fiercest rivalries television has ever known: Team Damon vs. Team Stefan. For many, it isn't a debate at all. The bad boy charm of Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) has won over most viewers' hearts. And not to discredit Damon's personality (best described as charming with a side of murderous), but the majority of his appeal is fairly superficial. Damon's best feature? Not his striking blue eyes or his chiseled jaw. It's his deliciously sexy leather jacket. There's just something about a man in leather that is so seductively edgy. It's as though he could whisk you off on the back of his motorcycle at a moment's notice. Now all Damon needs is that motorcycle...

Hotter hookups
Bad boys aren't tentative about breaking the rules and they definitely aren't tentative about love and lust, either! True Blood's Area 5 sheriff and resident bad boy Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) is used to getting his way. Maybe that's why he had no qualms propositioning Sookie (Anna Paquin) season upon season even though she wasn't technically "his." When they did finally hook up in Season 4, it was everything we could have imagined — steamy on top of sexy on top of hot! There's just something so much better about hooking up with a bad boy. Maybe it's the taboo. Maybe it's the six-pack abs. Maybe we just don't care. Eric isn't afraid to take what he wants and he has every guy and girl wishing he wanted them.

True Blood: Has Lafayette Lost His Mojo?

When True Blood first premiered, Lafayette Reyonds (Nelsan Ellis) added some much needed comedic relief to the HBO drama. His debaucherous — and often illegal — activities provided a nice change of pace from the whole Bill and Eric whinefest that is Sookie Stackhouse's terribly depressing life. But after five seasons, it seems Lafayette may have lost his mojo.

As an openly gay black character, Lafayette was celebrated when the series came out for destroying stereotypes and separating himself from the typical gay sidekicks you see on TV. There's no running around to the hairdressers or mall, selecting fashion-forward outfits for Sookie and Tara. Oh no. Instead, Lafayette — while extremely flamboyant — is undeniably masculine and shown to be one of the strongest characters on the show (at least originally).

Case in point is one of our first introductions to the Merlotte's cook in Season 1. After a customer complains about not wanting a burger "with AIDS" — a jab at Lafayette's homosexuality -- he takes off his earrings in true bad girl fashion and shows the table of rednecks that just because he's gay, doesn't mean he's someone you want to mess with. "In this restaurant, a hamburger deluxe comes with french fries, lettuce, tomato, mayo and AIDS. Do anybody got a problem with that?" Lafayette shouts, before licking the bun and planting the soiled bread right on the customers face. "Tip yo' waitress," he quips before strutting off.

Now that is a character to love.

Both political and entertaining, Lafayette was everything a viewer could wish for. Now, however, he's about as messed up as Iraq War veteran Terry Bellefleur — and that dude is messed up! It all started in Season 3, when Lafayette started dating Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) and, consequently, started losing his edge. While it was nice to see the character relax a little and start to grow beyond colorful one-liners, in typical True Blood fashion, it all just went a little too far.

Lafayette soon added witch and medium to his already stacked resume (which includes short-order cook, prostitute and drug dealer, to name a few). These new abilities brought nothing but trouble for our favorite Bon Temps native, culminating in his forced murder of his beloved Jesus.

Gone are the days of bling-bling and jaw-dropping dance moves. Lafayette's just too busy grieving over Jesus and dealing with his own crazy brujo issues to be the hustler we fell in love with. But unless Sookie plans on getting drunk every week, we want the old Lafayette back to help lighten the mood down in Bon Temps!

Maybe he should try listening to his own advice: "Take two Vicodin with a big glass of red wine. Then smoke some badass ganja, baby. By the time you wake up... Mmm! All healed."

Then again, we don't know if even that ill-advised cocktail could fix all of Lafayette's problems.

Broadway Vet Krysta Rodriguez Joins Smash as Series Regular

NBC continues to add more real-life Broadway stars to its musical series Smash.

Krysta Rodriguez is the latest addition, signing on as a series regular for Season 2, has confirmed. Rodriguez, whose stage credits include The Addams Family and A Chorus Line, will play Ana, the new roommate to Karen (Katharine McPhee). Like her new roomie, Ana is trying to make a name for herself on Broadway.

Rodriguez — who appeared in one episode of Gossip Girl, where she worked with new Smash showrunner Josh Safran — joins the previously cast Broadway vets Andy Mientus and Jeremy Jordan, along with Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson.

Falling Skies: Hal Finds Love Amidst War — But There's a Catch!

Aliens may have invaded the Earth, but that doesn't mean life can't go on — and with it, the blossoming of young love.

This Sunday's episode of Falling Skies will explore the intense relationship between Hal (Drew Roy) and Maggie (Sarah Carter) that has developed over the last three months while they were out on high-risk scouting missions. Staring into the face of death, Hal will finally realize how much Maggie means to him, especially considering he already lost his first love Karen (Jessy Schram). Will Maggie return his feelings? Will that even matter when — dun, dun, dunnnn — Karen returns in an upcoming episode? turned to Roy to get the scoop on this post-apocalyptic love triangle:

In this week's episode, we'll finally get to see what Hal and Maggie have been doing on missions. What can you tease?
Drew Roy: Over these past three months from when the first season stopped off until now, this relationship has been developing between Hal and Maggie. It's not necessarily shown, but these two have been paired up to go out on missions together and they've really found this deep friendship between the two of them and this deep amount of trust.

Is there something more going on between them?
Roy: I don't think they even really think of it as anything more than a friendship. There's a little flirtation that goes on, but I don't think they've ever seriously thought about what would life be like if they were together until this episode comes along. They have a couple of different situations where they're looking death right in the face, and Hal has a realization that if he lost this girl that would be a horrible thing to have to go through again after having lost Karen. I believe that it brings a couple different emotions to the surface and a couple realizations to make him pursue her a little more directly this episode.

Considering he's already lost Karen, how does Hal deal with these feelings for Maggie? Does he feel guilty?
Roy: He definitely felt guilty back when Karen was taken by the aliens because it happened right in front of him, even though he was powerless because of what had just happened. He always will feel like it was him not rising to the occasion to save her. But at this point, it's a good six months later, and while he still feels like Karen was the first girl he ever fell in love with, at this day and age that they live in, people are dying all the time and being taken. At the same time, I do believe that's why he hasn't jumped on with Maggie or any of these other girls because there is a sense of loyalty there to Karen.

But Hal will soon find himself in a love triangle!
Roy: It's like real life. If something looks good with one of your girls, another girl shows up from out of town. [Laughs] That was a pretty tricky situation playing that between those two girls because the way that it's going to end up [this] week between Hal and Maggie, it's not going to be all tied up with a bow on top and nice and pretty. It ends a little bit messy. He's trying to figure out where exactly do these two stand with each other now. Some things happened that are good. Some things happened that are bad. Then they come and shake it up a little more and Karen gets thrown back into the picture.

How will the 2nd Mass feel about Karen returning?
Roy: Just like with Ben (Connor Jessup) and Tom (Noah Wyle), her allegiance is in question as to what the aliens have done to her. What does she know? What does she not know? Hal will go back to that anchor of loyalty of love, instantly wanting to take Karen's side and he thinks everybody is acting ridiculous by the fact that they're not embracing her with warm welcome and happy to see her again. But, rightly so, the Massachusetts is a little bit wary and skeptical just because here's somebody who once again has been involved with the aliens and even under their control, helping them tweak their master plan, whatever that is.

How will that affect his relationship with Maggie?
Roy: Things get shaken up a little more between Hal and Maggie. You're going to see them leaning on each other and that trust that they've built up to help figure out what the situation is and what's the best way to go about it. Even though that they might not see eye-to-eye, she's one of few people that can get to Hal in this time and who can speak the truth to him when he needs to hear it.

So Karen's return might ultimately bring Maggie and Hal closer?
Roy: Yeah. It does in a long, roundabout way. But he never loses that love that he has for Karen. That's still something that all three of them are having to deal with. What is this now? There's not one way to define any of their relationships, because they all have a strain on them and time has passed and different things are affecting each of the different triangle sides.

Falling Skies airs Sundays at 9/8c on TNT.

Leslie Odom Jr. Bumped to Series Regular on Smash

It looks like love will continue to be in the air for Smash's second season. Leslie Odom Jr. has been promoted to series regular, Deadline reports.

Odom was introduced in the first season as Sam, one of Ivy's chorus friends who started dating composer Tom Levitt (Christian Borle).

Broadway vet Krysta Rodriguez joins Smash as series regular

With both Karen and Julia's love interests not returning next season, it's nice to know at least one couple has a shot at a happy ending.

Smash returns midseason to NBC.

Lost Alum Andrea Gabriel Joins Gossip Girl

Andrea Gabriel has landed a recurring role on CW's Gossip Girl, Variety reports.

Gabriel, famous for her portrayal of Sayid's love Nadia on Lost, will play a Dubai businesswoman in the sixth and final season of The CW hit.

Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester wins in legal claim against her mother

The actress has also appeared on Franklin & Bash and will be seen in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 (in theaters Nov. 16).

Acting seems to run in Gabriel's family. She is the daughter of All My Children's Sandy Gabriel and Ryan's Hope's John Gabriel.

Gossip Girl returns Monday, Oct. 8 at 9/8c on The CW.

Natalie Wood Death Case 'Open and Ongoing,' Police Say

Nearly nine months after re-opening the investigation into the death of actress Natalie Wood, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is still looking into the case, the Sheriff's department said Friday night, noting that their investigation is "open and ongoing."

"We have received many calls from the news media today asking about the status of the Natalie Wood death investigation case," the Sheriff's Department said. "It remains an open and ongoing investigation. There are no further details."

TMZ reported on Friday that the Los Angeles County Coroner had filed papers in late June to change the cause of Wood's death from "accidental" to "undetermined," and that detectives from the Sheriff's Department visited family members on Friday, telling them that bruises on Wood's body were inconsistent with death by drowning. According to the family members, detectives could not say for certain whether Woods' drowning resulted from an accident or foul play.

A spokesman for the coroner's department confirmed to TheWrap that Wood's case is on "security hold," and that the coroner's office is cooperating with law enforcement.

"The case is currently on security hold at the request of the Sheriff’s Dept. It is an open investigation and we are cooperating fully with the Sheriff’s Department," the spokesman said. "This Department is making no comments at this time."

Wood drowned near Catalina Island in Southern California on November 29, 1981 at the age of 43. She had been vacationing with her husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken, her co-star in the film "Brainstorm," which was in production at the time. Her drowning was reportedly preceded by a drunken argument between Wagner and Walken. It has been theorized that Wood was either trying to leave the Splendour, the yacht that the trio was staying on, or may have been trying to secure a rubber dinghy that had been banging against the hull of the boat when she drowned.

The coroner's department determined that Wood had consumed numerous glasses of wine before her death.

The Sheriff's Department  re-opened the investigation in November, shortly before the 30th anniversary of Wood's death, in part because of increased media interest in the case. CBS' "48 Hours" was preparing to air a segment on her death. Dennis Davern, who had earlier co-authored a book questioning the account of Wood's death, had also begun making the interview rounds.

Though a Sheriff's Department spokesman said that Davern's book, "Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour" did not "have an impact in the decision" to re-open the case, Davern claimed in an interview with  NBC's "Today" that Wagner was responsible for Wood's death. Davern's account of the night of her drowning has been hazy, however, and he has admitted to drinking heavily that night.

The Sheriff's Department has said that Wagner is not a suspect in the investigation.

TV Tonight 8th of July 2012

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

    AKB0048 S01E11: "Season 1, Episode 11"
    American Ninja Warrior S04E20: "Las Vegas Finals Part 2 (of 6)"
    American Ninja Warrior S04E19: "Las Vegas Finals Part 1 (of 6)"
    American Ninja Warrior S04E21: "Las Vegas Finals Part 3 (of 6)"
    Antiques Roadshow S34E29: "Weald & Downland Museum (2)"
    Aqua Teen Hunger Force S09E03: "Shirt Herpes"
    Arcana Famiglia S01E02: "Commander of The Animal Protection Team"
    Army Wives S06E16: "Battle Scars"
    Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes S02E11: "Infiltration"
    Avondetappe, De S08E09: "Season 8, Episode 9"
    Big Ang S01E01: "Big Shots"
    Big Brother (UK) S14E36: "BB 13, Episode 36"
    Big Brother's Bit on the Side S04E34: "Series 4, Show 34"
    Bridezillas S09E05: "Rochelle & Ashanti"
    Call of the Wildman S02E08: "Baby Mama Drama"
    Cardfight!! Vanguard S02E14: "Episode 14"
    Continuum S01E06: "Time's Up"
    Coronation Street S53E131: "Sun July 8, 2012"
    Cupcake Wars S06E09: "Tony Hawk"
    Dateline NBC S21E59: "SU2142"
    Drop Dead Diva S04E06: "Rigged"
    Emmerdale S41E157: "July 8, 2012"
    Empire Girls: Julissa & Adrienne S01E05: "Fingertip Fetish"
    Episodes S02E02: "Season 2, Episode 2"
    Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition S02E04: "Ashley"
    Falling Skies S02E05: "Love and Other Acts of Courage"
    Formula 1 S04E24: "British Grand Prix Highlights"
    Formula 1 S04E23: "British Grand Prix"
    Formula 1 S04E22: "British Grand Prix - The Build Up"
    Gator Boys S01E10: "Love at First Bite"
    Hunter X Hunter Remake S01E38: "Reply x From x Dad"
    I Survived S06E29: "Mijalina and Yvonne/Peter"
    Ice Road Truckers S06E06: "Blood, Sweat, and Gears"
    Iron Chef America S09E39: "Flay vs. Isidori"
    Jerseylicious S04E18: "Solo-Livia"
    Keeping Up with the Kardashians S07E08: "Sometimes You Need to Adjust"
    Kidou Senshi Gundam Age S01E39: "The Door to the New World"
    Kokoro Connect S01E01: "Episode 1"
    Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon S02E01: "Episode 1"
    Longmire S01E06: "The Worst Kind of Hunter"
    Masterchef Australia S04E55: "Invention Test: Rome"
    Masterpiece S42E17: "Inspector Lewis, V: (1) The Soul of Genius"
    Mega Dens S02E13: "Showing Some Leg at the Hotel Bar"
    Mob Wives: Chicago S01E05: "Heartbreak and Betrayal"
    Mrs. Eastwood & Company S01E08: "Defensive Shields"
    My First Place S22E14: "City vs. Country Living Debate"
    Nightmare Next Door S02E16: "Newlywed Nightmare"
    On The Case With Paula Zahn S06E06: "The Rivers Edge"
    One Piece (JP) S06E39: "Episode 39"
    Oprah's Next Chapter S01E27
    Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle S02E14: "Episode 14"
    Rinne no Lagrange S02E02: "Welcome, Kamogawa!"
    Saint Seiya Omega S01E15
    Sand Masters S02E13: "Daytona 500"
    Secret Millionaire S03E04: "Hilary Decesare, Long Beach, CA"
    Shark Wranglers S01E02: "Bay of the Fighting Sharks"
    Sinbad S01E01: "Episode 1"
    Snapped S09E13: "Martha Freeman"
    Storage Hunters S02E05: "Once in a Lifetime"
    Sword Art Online S01E01: "Episode 1"
    Taboo S09E04: "Teen Sex"
    Talking Dead S02E00: "Season 3 Preview Weekend"
    The Best of… Derrick Beckles S01E01: "Pilot"
    The Glades S03E06: "Old Times"
    The Great Escape S01E03: "Escape From the Institution"
    The Newsroom (2012) S01E03: "The 112th Congress"
    The Next Food Network Star S08E09: "Deliciously Unpredictable Demos"
    The Project S04E161: "Season 4, Episode 161"
    The Real Housewives of New Jersey S04E11: "The Sniff Test"
    Titanic: Blood and Steel S01E09: "Season 1, Episode 9"
    Toriko S02E14: "Episode 14"
    True Blood S05E05: "Let's Boot & Rally"
    Uchuu Kyoudai S01E15: "Let`s Talk About Space"
    Ultimate Spider-Man S01E13: "Strange Days"
    Unique Eats S05E05: "Hot & Spicy"
    Wallander S03E01: "An Event in Autumn"
    Watch What Happens: Live S07E11: "Mike Tyson and Melissa Gorga"
    Weeds S08E02: "A Beam of Sunshine"
    Winx Club S05E20: "Diana’s Redemption"
    Winx Club S05E19: "In the Amazon Forest"
    World's Most Dangerous Roads S02E01: "Siberia"

'Happy Days' Cast Settles With CBS Over Merchandise Suit

Surely the Fonz is giving the thumbs-up and a hearty "Ayyyy" right now.

Cast members of "Happy Days" have settled a lawsuit against CBS over merchandise inspired by the sitcom, which ran from 1974 to 1984.

"Happy Days" actors Marion Ross, Don Most, Anson Williams and Erin Moran, along with the estate of Tom Bosley -- who played patriarch Howard Cunningham, and died in Oct. 2010 -- filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court in April 2011.

The actors claimed that they had been stiffed on compensation for merchandise including comic books, T-shirts, scrapbooks, trading cards, games, lunch boxes, dolls, toy cars, magnets, greeting cards and DVD covers. They said they began wondering why they weren't being paid more when their faces appeared on slot machines.

The case has been settled," CBS told TheWrap in a statement. "All contractual obligations will be honored, as we had promised from the beginning. We appreciate the Court’s earlier dismissal of the far-reaching claims, which paved the way for an ordinary settlement based on contractual issues."

The cast members initially sought $10 million. However, in October, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White handed the actors a setback when she struck down the fraud portion of the suit, disallowing the punitive damages that they had sought. A source familiar with the settlement told TheWrap that the cast members will receive $60,000 to $65,000 each in the settlement.

Jon Pfeiffer, the attorney for the "Happy Days" cast members, told TheWrap, "we are satisfied with the outcome. We will continue to receive all of the merchandising royalties promised to us in our contracts.”

Jodie Marsh & Kirk Norcross share snogging pictures on Twitter

Jodie Marsh and former TOWIE star Kirk Norcross have shared intimate snaps of them snogging on Twitter.

The glamour model-turned-bodybuilder, who recently declared that women love her new-found muscular physique, posted several images of her kissing 22-year-old Norcross on the micro-blogging site, along with the tweets: "Snogs :-) first kiss I've had in about a year. Yikes. Was very nice actually. He's good @kirk_official x x"

She added later: "Night babe :-) thanks for the snogs @kirk_official x x x"

The red-haired star, who's currently starring in a reality TV show about bodybuilding in the US, met Norcross when he was a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother and she entered the house to host a fitness task.

Marsh later confessed that the pair were just friends, tweeting: ":-) it was only a little snog between friends ;-) x x x"

Karla Crome: 'My Misfits character is a tough cookie'

Misfits newcomer Karla Crome has hinted at what fans of the show can expect from her character Jess.

Hit and Miss actress Crome will join the cast in its fourth series later this year.

"I suppose Jess says what she thinks and can see through people's bulls**t," Crome told CultBox.

"Because she's so straightforward, she gets frustrated when people aren't honest with her. She's a tough cookie, but she's quite vulnerable too."

Crome also revealed that she has been enjoying working in a comedic role having previously assumed that comedy was not her "strong point", and spoke highly of fellow Misfits cast members Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Joseph Gilgun.

"Nathan and Joe have both been lovely," she added. "I didn't ever feel I had to try too hard with them because they've been so open and welcoming, as have the crew."

Big Brother housemates continue 'Turf War' with Breathalyser challenge

The Big Brother housemates have continued their 'Turf Wars' by playing an unusual game of 'Chinese Whispers'.

In the 'Breathalyser' challenge, both the blue and green teams sat in a row of cubicles behind ten plates of various foods, with the blue team starting off the task.

Conor McIntyre was the first in line to take part, opening an envelope to reveal that he must consume coffee before breathing down an oxygen mask to next player Luke Anderson.

Luke A then had to guess which of the foods Conor had eaten, before eating the same himself and breathing down the mask to Shievonne Robinson, who appeared in some discomfort after smelling her fellow housemate's breath.

Shievonne, however, correctly guessed that the others had been consuming coffee, earning the blue team one point.

Both teams underwent six rounds each, with a point given for each correct answer at the end of the chain. The blue team managed to score five points in total, while the green team could only grab two points.

This earned the blue team the opportunity to enter a mysterious secret room later this evening (July 7), the contents of which are unknown by the housemates, while the green team would be banned from entering the room.

'Killing' director Birger Larsen for new Nottingham-shot BBC drama

The Killing director Birger Larsen has opened up about his new BBC show.

Murder was shot in Nottingham through a red filter, a move which Larsen said was made as it is "the colour of blood".

He added to The Guardian: "I don't know Nottingham, so it was a huge surprise to me when I went there for the exterior filming we did. I sensed this hostile vibe. It might just have been me, but there was this mean vibe in the streets.

"I don't know why. They have got two universities there, so I was quite surprised because sometimes having a lot of youth around softens things in a city."

The drama, which was created by Robert Jones and Kath Mattock, the team behind BAFTA award-winning Channel 4 series Buried, also uses CCTV, mobile phone footage and actors talking directly to the camera.

Larsen said of the mix of creative techniques: "We did change it a bit and had more of people listening while others talked. But we were all thrown by how well it worked."

Murder tracks the events following the death of a young woman - played by new Misfits castmember Karla Crome - and the accompanying court trial, where the truth of her killing is revealed.

Ratings: 'GMA,' 'Today' Tie in Ann Curry's Final Week

"Good Morning America" continued to even the field with "Today" by tying the NBC broadcast in total viewers in Ann Curry's last week as "Today" co-host, according to preliminary numbers.

Curry was bumped from hosting duties as "Today" tries to increase its lead over "GMA." ABC's morning show has steadily gained on NBC's over the last year.

Last week, "GMA" and "Today" both averaged 4.6 million total viewers, though "Today" beat "GMA," as it typically does, among the viewers aged 25-54 who are most important to news advertisers. In that demo, "Today" had 1.95 million viewers compared to 1.67 million for "GMA."

In one potentially bad sign for NBC, "GMA" beat "Today" on Friday, Savannah Guthrie's first day as Curry's replacement. Friday's "GMA" was the most-watched morning news broadcast of the week, scoring 4.85 million total viewers compared to 4.19 million for "Today." It also won in the key demo, scoring 1.86 million to 1.75 million for "Today."

Ratings: 'Saving Hope' Plunges, 'The Choice' Rises, CBS Wins With Repeats

NBC's medical drama "Saving Hope" plunged in the ratings Thursday night, while Fox's dating shows "Take Me Out" and "The Choice" saw dramatic growth and CBS won the night with repeats, according to preliminary numbers.

CBS took first place in both the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic with a 1.7 rating/5 share and total viewership with 7.8 million total viewers. A "Big Bang Theory" repeat at 8:30  was the night's highest-rated and most-watched program with a 2.4/8 and 8.9 million total viewers.

Fox took a narrow second place in the demo with a 1.4/5 and fourth place in total viewers with 3.4 million. "Take Me Out" at 8 jumped 30 percent from last week, matching its series premiere with a 1.3/4, and drew 3.1 million total viewers. "The Choice" grew 33 percent in the demo to a 1.6/5 and drew 3.8 million total viewers.

Univision grabbed third place in ratings and total viewers with an average 1.4/4 and 3.5 million.

ABC took fourth place in ratings and second in total viewers with a 1.3/4 and 5.2 million. The singing competition "Duets" at 8 held steady with last week, though it tied its series low with a 1.0/3, and had 4.8 million total viewers. "Wipeout" the following hour dipped 15 percent from last week for a 1.7/5 and took 5.5 million total viewers. "Rookie Blue" at 10 saw an 18 percent increase in the demo with a 1.3/4 and grabbed 5.1 million total viewers.

NBC came in fifth in ratings and total viewers with a 0.6/2 and 2.4 million. Following repeats of "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation," "Saving Hope" at 9 dropped 43 percent from last week, hitting a series low of 0.4/1, and drew 2.2 million total viewers. "Rock Center With Brian Williams" the following hour saw a 13 percent gain over last week with a 0.9/3 and received 3.3 million total viewers.

'Hangover 2' Star Jamie Chung Lands 'Once Upon a Time' Role

Jamie Chung, who starred as Stu's fiancee Lauren in "The Hangover: Part II" and Amber in "Sucker Punch," will play a recurring role in the second season of ABC's fairy-tale drama "Once Upon a Time," TheWrap has confirmed.

Chung will play the warrior Mulan, a character based on Hua Mulan, a legendary character from ancient China. As described in the poem "Ballad of Mulan," Mulan takes her father's place in the army, fighting for 12 years and refusing any reward despite her impressive record.

"Once Upon a Time," airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m.

Disney, which owns ABC, offered an animated take on the legend in the 1998 film "Mulan."

Chung's other upcoming roles include the martial arts film "The Man With the Iron Fists," in which she'll co-star as Lady Silk alongside Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu.

Syfy Announces Promotional Blitz for Groundbreaking World of "Defiance"

From touchdown to takeoff, Syfy is planning an all-out assault in order to give fans their first introduction to the visionary transmedia experience Defiance at San Diego Comic-Con 2012. Defiance, a partnership between Syfy and Trion Worlds, unites, for the first time, a television series and a Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) game, which will debut in April 2013. In addition to Defiance, Syfy will also showcase original series Alphas, Being Human and Warehouse 13 with star-studded panels. Convention-goers will get their first "taste" of Defiance as Syfy transforms Hard Rock Hotel San Diego restaurant, Maryjane's into Defiance Café where fans can "Watch. Play. Eat." and completely immerse themselves in the world of the show and game.

The following are Syfy's San Diego Comic-Con 2012 events and initiatives:


Fans will have the opportunity to see their favorite Syfy stars at each of the following panels:

Friday, July 13


Syfy and Trion unite television and gaming with Defiance, the biggest entertainment event of 2013 which defies everything we know about traditional storytelling. Panelists to include stars Grant Bowler (Nolan), Julie Benz (Amanda Rosewater), Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa), Tony Curran (Datak Tarr), Jaime Murray (Stahma Tarr), Mia Kirshner (Kenya), Executive Producer Kevin Murphy, Nick Beliaeff (SVP, Development, Trion Worlds), Rob Hill (Senior Producer, Trion Worlds) and Mark Stern (President, Syfy Original Content & Co-Head of Content, Universal Cable Productions). Moderated by Los Angeles Times/Hero Complex writer Geoff Boucher.

Saturday, July 14

WAREHOUSE 13 10:00AM - 10:45AM BALLROOM 20

America's top-secret, artifact-finding agents have landed at Comic Con. Join stars Eddie McClintock (Pete Lattimer), Joanne Kelly (Myka Bering), Saul Rubinek (Artie Nielsen), and Allison Scagliotti (Claudia Donovan) along with Executive Producer Jack Kenny for a look inside the new season of Syfy's blockbuster series Warehouse 13. Moderated by TV Guide magazine's Damian Holbrook.


Alphas are among us... especially at Comic Con. Join a panel featuring the stars of Syfy's Alphas as they discuss their super but human characters and the exciting new season premiering Monday, July 23rd. Scheduled to appear are David Strathairn (Dr. Lee Rosen), Malik Yoba (Bill Harken), Ryan Cartwright (Gary Bell), Warren Christie (Cameron Hicks), Azita Ghanizada (Rachel Pirzad) and Laura Mennell (Nina Theroux). Moderated by Los Angeles Times/Hero Complex writer Geoff Boucher.


This panel is a beast. Stars Sam Witwer (Aidan) Meaghan Rath (Sally), and Sam Huntington (Josh) join Executive Producer Anna Fricke to discuss the forthcoming third season of Syfy's hit series about a vampire, ghost and werewolf - all just trying to be human. Moderated by Drusilla Moorhouse of


From arrival to departure, visitors to Comic-Con 2012 will have every opportunity to experience Defiance.

"Syfy has never launched a media campaign of this magnitude at Comic-Con and we defy fans to miss out on Defiance," said Michael Engleman, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Global Brand Strategy, Syfy. "Nearly four years in the making, Defiance is a groundbreaking weekly scripted television series and Massively Multiplayer Online game, converging to create a singular, interactive and epic story. Comic-Con is the largest gathering of savvy superfans and they comprise our audience of Igniters. It is the perfect platform to unleash the seismic, multi-pronged messaging behind this extraordinary program."

Highlights of Syfy's Defiance campaign include:

· San Diego Airport - Throughout the entire Airport, from arrivals and departures to baggage claim and security, Syfy will present special Defiance elements. This will include branded security bins, video units, spectaculars and wall wraps in Terminals 1 and 2, along with Defiance bags at all HMS retail locations.

· Rental Cars - Defiance messaging will be displayed on nearly 1,500 Hertz Never Lost navigation systems, reaching every consumer while the navigation device loads.

· Defiance Café - Hard Rock Hotel San Diego restaurant Maryjane's will be transformed into Defiance Café, the official hub for Defiance at Comic-Con inviting attendees to "Watch. Play. Eat." For the duration of the convention, hungry fans will enjoy all things Defiance - including the opportunity for exclusive gameplay - as they take in set pieces from the show and become immersed in the rich world that will come to life in both the game and show next April. Defiance Café will also be the site of an exclusive, star-studded press event.

· TV Guide Magazine's Yacht - The TV Guide Magazine yacht is a celebrity destination Thursday through Saturday of the convention and this year offers Defiance experiences from game play to co-branded gift bags.

· G4 - Syfy teams with G4 as a Comic-Con broadcast partner with on the ground Defiance coverage and shared interstitial content.

· WIRED Café - Syfy and Trion put Defiance directly into the hands of celebs and VIP's with a presence at WIRED's popular hangout.

· Mobile Billboards - Upper decker buses, to and from the airport as well as around San Diego, will serve as mobile billboards.

· Building Wrap - Syfy and Trion will partner on a massive Defiance building wrap on the Marriot Marquee hotel adjacent to the Convention Center.

· National Print Media - Syfy will have ads for Defiance in special Comic-Con issues of Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide.

· Social Media - The #DiscoverDefiance Sweepstakes will challenge Comic-Con attendees to find Defiance promotions, take a picture and upload it to Facebook or tweet it out via Twitter with #DiscoverDefiance. Participants will be entered for a chance to win a trip to the premier of Defiance in April 2013.

· Facebook - On Sunday, July 15th, Syfy will host its first ever Social Media viewing party on and For four hours consumers can watch videos of Defiance panel from Comic-Con, the official Defiance television show trailer, exclusive one-on-one interviews with Defiance cast, crew and developers and Defiance coverage developed exclusively for Syfy by G4.

· The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Syfy will sponsor of the 24th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - the "Oscars" of the comic book industry.

Fall TV Grid: What's on When? And Versus What?

It’s never too early to start planning your fall TV viewing habits — and get a jump on any new DVR conflicts! — so we presents thus day-by-day, hour-by-hour grid of the schedules for each network.

Programming for the 2012-13 TV season is shown in bold, with new series in red.  Details on the schedules (including what’s held for midseason) can be found at these links: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS and The CW.