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One Million Moms Calling for Boycott of NBC's The New Normal

One Million Moms, the organization that attacked JC Penny for hiring openly gay Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson, is turning its attention to NBC's new series The New Normal. From Ryan Murphy, the series follows a gay couple — Book of Mormon's Andrew Rannells and The Hangover's Justin Bartha — who try to start a family with the help of a surrogate (Georgia King).

On their website, One Million Moms accused NBC of "using public airwaves to continue to subject families to the decay of morals and values, and the sanctity of marriage in attempting to redefine marriage. These things are harmful to our society, and this program is damaging to our culture."

The organization is calling on sponsors to boycott the program. "It is proven this strategy works!" their statement continues. "It was not too long ago that NBC announced The Playboy Club was canceled after only three episodes because of lack of advertisers!

"Millions of Americans strongly believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman. NBC's The New Normal is attempting to desensitize America and our children. It is the opposite of how families are designed and created. You cannot recreate the biological wheel."

Co-written by fellow Glee producer Ali Adler, the comedy also stars Ellen Barkin, Bebe Wood, Nene Leakes and Jayson Blair.

The Walking Dead Scoop: Will Rick and Lori's Marriage Survive?

The prison setting for the third season of The Walking Dead may offer Rick (Andrew Lincoln) & Co. some semblance of safety, but if the group ever expects to survive, the group's new dictator — or Ricktator — must first get his own house in order.

At the end of Season 2, Rick's wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) pulled a Lady MacBeth and essentially told him to kill Shane (Jon Bernthal), lest the group fall victim to his increasingly manic, dangerous behavior. However, once Rick murdered Shane — whose zombie reincarnation was then killed by Rick's son Carl (Chandler Riggs) — Lori turned her back on him. What does this mean for the "first family" of the survivors?

"Part of that horror you saw in that last episode was revulsion in her part in that," executive producer Glen Mazzara explains. "I think she blames herself. I don't know if she did intend to put Rick in motion, but she did. They have to deal with that."

Repairing a marriage during a zombie apocalypse won't be easy, especially considering Shane could be the father of Lori's child. "They don't know whose child that is," Mazzara continues. "They have to figure out what they can do. They can't get divorced. How do you repair that marriage in front of everybody? It's such a tight group. It affects everybody in the group, that strife within that marriage."

Their first step to recovery will be finding common ground, Callies says. "Lori's fear is that, in killing Shane, Rick became Shane and that he's turned into a man who's not a humane, compassionate person, but somebody who is now somewhat cold and bloodthirsty," she says. "But Rick's fear is that Lori will reject him and will refuse to see that everything he's doing for her he's doing out of love for her and his family. The two of them are so mired in self-hatred and shame right now that they can't reach out to one another. That's a big rift to find a way to cross."

That certainly won't be an easy road for Rick to walk down, considering he told the group in that finale that he'll be solely responsible for making all the major decisions from now on. "I think he's become more uncompromising certainly in the third season," Lincoln says. "He's sick and tired of people dragging their heels and talking. He's had to kill his best friend for this group of people. He's furious and he's conflicted. That's human. Certainly in the first six episodes of Season 3, the pressure that they're under is enormous."

Still, Lincoln says Rick won't completely go down the same path as Shane.  "[Rick] is a man that begins in one place as a sheriff — he couldn't be more of an embodiment of law and order — and he just gets thrown into this leadership role," Lincoln says of Rick's journey throughout the series. "You're sort of still rooting for this guy, though actually he hasn't made some of the greatest decisions, because he's driven by a moral center still."

While Rick is leading the group to what will hopefully be a safe place, Callies says Lori's role in the third season will be more subdued considering her pregnancy. "A big role for her is seeking redemption and she's very anxious to make sure that her pregnancy doesn't end up putting anyone in jeopardy," Callie says. "She wants to make sure that good people don't put themselves in danger to protect her because she feels deeply unworthy of that right now. At the same time, she's got a real desire to create a home. Whereas Rick can see a fortress, Lori is the one who turns that fortress into a home. That's her goal."

Lori won't be the only one of Shane's former lovers that Rick will have to make amends with in the third season. Presumed dead after the group escaped from the farm, Andrea (Laurie Holden) will hopefully intersect with the group again — the new trailer shows her and new ally Michonne (Danai Gurira) in the clutches of The Governor (David Morrissey) in the town of Woodbury. "I can't wait to find out what happens between those two characters because of the betrayal," Lincoln says.

While Rick and Lori attempt to repair their marriage, an even more pressing matter lies on the horizon. The group's arrival at the prison marks a huge turning point in the comic series. It's the setting where Lori, along with her newborn child, meets her maker in one of the more gruesome sections of the comics. Though the AMC series has continued to stray from the source material, Callies says she's been preparing herself for the inevitable.

"On a show like The Walking Dead, you know that your very first scene brings you one scene closer to the scene where you're going to get iced," Callies says. "That's just the nature of the beast. [Former showrunner] Frank Darabont and I actually -- before he was tragically and unfairly removed from the show -- we used to argue about it. I argued that it was necessary to kill Lori. I feel very strongly that for all of the other deviations that we have from the script that we may have from the comic book, killing Lori does something to Rick that is vital for the story and that can't be done any other way. I've said from the beginning, not only am I OK with Lori dying, but I think she has to. I've played this character with an eye toward an end."

Would you be sad if that happened? Hit the comments with your thoughts on the third season of The Walking Dead, which premieres Sunday, Oct. 14 at 9/8c on AMC.

True Blood's Deborah Ann Woll: Roman's Death, Lilith's Arrival Will Change Everything

Ding dong! The Guardian is dead!

True Blood bid farewell to Christopher Meloni on Sunday after Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare) turned the tables on Vampire Authority Guardian Roman, staking him in the heart and seemingly driving a nail in the coffin of the mainstreaming movement, which has seen centuries-old vampires assimilate into the human world on the HBO series.

How will Roman's death affect the war between the mainstreamers led by the supposedly devoted Authority and the ruthless Sanguinistas, who wouldn't hesitate to rip out your spine on live television and drink your blood for sport (Hello, Russell!)?

To get the scoop, turned to Deborah Ann Woll, who plays teenage vamp Jessica, who says Roman's death and the arrival of original vampire Lilith will impact the rest of the season. Plus: How will Jason (Ryan Kwanten) feel towards Jessica now that he knows vampires were the cause of his parents' death?

How will Roman's death change the war?
Deborah Ann Woll: In the previous episodes, when Roman is walking around the table and he knows there's a traitor in his midst, it sort of looked like everybody thought it was going to be them. So I don't know how much our Authority members really believe in mainstreaming. Do they believe in it because they actually believe in it? Or do they believe in it because they were afraid of Roman? Or do they believe in it because it's what is vogue right now? We don't know where everyone's loyalties lie. In the aftermath of the death of Roman, we'll see more clearly who will fall where.

What will we see of war between the mainstreamers and the Sanguinistas?
Woll: The tension so far has been between the Guardian, who is so extremely mainstream that it's self-hating in a way, and the Sanguinistas, who are so extremely pro-vampire that it's elitist. We have people on both sides of the extremes and they're going to have to fight it out at some point. Then people like Jessica, who are really right down the middle, are going to get caught in the middle of all that.

While that war is building, so is the inevitable one between the vampires and the faeries. What can you tell us about how that is ramping up this season?
Woll: Right now the faeries are pretty safe. They have the portal to their club where they can stay away from vampires. We also know, we have Russell now, who appears to be stronger than we thought he was. He looks all weak at the hospital, but he was able to take down the Guardian of the Authority. We know how much he likes faeries and he likes faerie blood, so that's a strong adversary. He had Sookie's (Anna Paquin) blood and probably hasn't forgot about it.

What interaction will Jessica have with Russell, if any?
Woll: A little bit, certainly her maker [Bill] is in the presence of Russell, and we'll see how long he lets Jessica stay home alone, particularly if there are big changes to come in the power structure. I think she's scared of [Russell]. He's made life very hard for her as a vampire. Here's this guy who was on television and killed a human being in a very violent manner and made the entire world very scared of who Jessica is. They're going to be on opposite sides.

We haven't seen a lot of Jessica and her maker Bill (Stephen Moyer) this season. What can you tell us about what's to come?
Woll: They'll have to connect at some point. He's in a very difficult situation with the different political power structures and he has to get his progeny involved to make sure she's not a liability in any way. He has to get that under control. I do think it's going to be more dangerous for her.

Considering Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) released Pam (Kristin Bauer), was there any worry in Jessica's mind that that might happen with Bill?
Woll: Oh, yes, and it doesn't necessarily just have to be a release thing either. He could just become a different person. Like they said, Bill's looking for something to believe in, and so far Jessica's been a good anchor for him. He's lost Sookie, he's lost his family, but he has this progeny that surprisingly he's very proud of and happy to have made. They really only have each other right now, and it would be devastating for either of them to find out that the other one isn't who they fought for.

Do you think the arrival of Lilith might affect Bill?
Woll: I think the arrival of Lilith is going to change everything. It's going to change everyone, and that certainly includes Bill, it includes Jessica, it includes Russell, it includes Jason. Yes, I think everybody's going to change with the arrival of such a strong, powerful icon. It'll be like the second coming of Christ, in a way. This powerful force is actually going to impact her life in a very real way.

How will Jason feel towards Jessica now that he knows vampires killed his parents?
Woll: It's definitely confusing for him, because he also has strong feelings for Jess and there's an attraction there, but he's also discovering that the sexual side of his personality is something that has gotten him into a lot of trouble. Now he's finding out that his parents had to deal with a vampire, and now here's this vampire girl he's attracted to. It's all wrapped up in one as part of these negative parts of his life. It'll be hard for him to come to terms with.

Hoyt (Jim Parrack) was kidnapped in last Sunday's episode. Will she try to find him?
Woll: Yes, I think that even though Jessica doesn't really love Hoyt anymore, she certainly cares for him, she wants him to be happy in his life, and she certainly still feels protective of him. She doesn't want Tara (Rutina Wesley) to hurt him. It depends if Hoyt calls her, too. She can't find him if he doesn't let her know.

These supernatural killers have already killed shifters and vampires alike. Would Jessica risk her life for Hoyt?
Woll: She might. I imagine she feels sorry about how their relationship ended, but it might be an opportunity for her to make some amends. She's very alone right now. She doesn't have Bill, she doesn't have Jason really either to help her navigate these things. She still is very young. I mean we saw Tara was able to beat her up because Tara has more skills. Even if Jessica was older, Tara has more anger, more training.

Speaking of Tara, will she and Jessica be able to reconcile or is that the end of their short-lived friendship?
Woll: It's definitely strained, I'd say. I think Jessica's desperate for any kind of friend, just somebody who will understand her and listen to her. Jessica will probably fight to the ends of the earth to find someone to be her friend.

True Blood airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.

TBS’ ‘Sullivan & Son’ Debuts With 2.5M Viewers

Sullivan & Son TBS‘ new comedy series Sullivan & Son premiered last night with 2.5 million viewers, with 1.3 million in the 18-49 demo and 612K in adults 18-34. In a double-play TBS followed the series debut with a second new episode that averaged more than 2 million viewers.

In the 18-49 demo, the second episode attracted 1 million viewers 18-49 and 456K adults 18-34. Sullivan & Son stars Steve Byrne as a corporate attorney who departs Manhattan to take over his parents’ Pittsburgh pub. Other members of the cast are Dan Lauria, Jodi Long, Christine Ebersole, Owen Benjamin, Valerie Azlynn, Vivian Bang and Brian Doyle-Murray. Series was create by Long and Byrne and is exec produced by Vince Vaughn, Peter Billingsley and showrunner Rob Long. It’s produced by Wild West Picture Show Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television.

Mariah Carey Nears Deal As New ‘American Idol’ Judge

I have learned that Mariah Carey is finalizing a deal to join Fox’s American Idol as a new judge. I hear Carey would command a salary of more than $17 million for next season, which would set a new record for talent on a reality series, eclipsing the paycheck of Idol‘s Jennifer Lopez.

Carey had been rumored as a potential new judge on the veteran Fox reality series, which is overhauling its panel coming off a season that saw ratings declines in a crowded marketplace and failed to land a best reality-competition Emmy nomination for the first time in the show’s history. Fox announced the departure of Steven Tyler, while fellow judge Lopez stated publicly that she would leave too.

I hear Fox moved quickly to secure Carey, who was previously courted for the network’s other singing competition, Simon Cowell’s The X Factor, as Idol has to set its taped auditions.

American Idol was the first major reality series to bring star power to its judging panel with the hire of JLo two years ago. NBC’s The Voice then landed Christina Aguilera, while Fox’s X Factor brought in Britney Spears. Idol, which for years had the singing competition market for itself, now has to share the space with The Voice and X Factor.

TOWIE gossip: Fifty Shades of Grey is the talk of Essex!

Lucy talks to Lydia about Fifty Shades of Grey, and reveals: “It’s the first book I have ever read.”

Lydia reacts to Lucy’s revelation, joking: “Your first book was something about sex. Says a lot about you Luce”

Lydia then moves the subject on and tells Lucy she loves Tom.

She gushes: “He is so amazing Luce, he is just romantic and puts so much thought into everything. Luce he is literally like perfect, and I love him and he is so like beautiful.

Lydia adds: “He obviously knew I had quite a lot of trust issues from my previous relationship. And before I could have any issues he banished all possibilities.”

And it’s not only Lydia and Tom who are loved up on tonight’s opening episode.

Gemma tells Sam & Billie how she and Arg are the new Posh and Becks

“We are like the new Posh and Becks,” she claims. “We discovered that twisters are our favourite ice lollies.”

'Hulk' TV show still in the works, Guillermo Del Toro confirms

Guillermo del Toro has given an update on the Hulk TV series.

The Pacific Rim director's take on the Marvel Comics character was first announced in 2010.

"I have had a couple of minutes with Marvel since Avengers and they have the screenplay [for the TV pilot]," he told MTV.

"We're waiting for a particular writer to do a rewrite on the pilot. That's where we are right now. But we're still on."

Del Toro also voiced his appreciation of Joss Whedon's Avengers movie, which saw Mark Ruffalo assume the role of Bruce Banner/The Hulk.

"I think Avengers is beautiful," he said. "[They gave] a movie like that - that size, that scope - to a guy that has the tone and the pulse of those things dead on."

ABC president Paul Lee announced back in May that the Hulk TV series will likely form part of the network's 2013 schedule.

TV Tonight 22th of July 2012

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

    AKB0048 S01E13: "Episode 13"
    Aqua Teen Hunger Force S09E05: "The Granite Family"
    Arcana Famiglia S01E04: "TBA"
    Army Wives S06E18: "Baby Steps"
    Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes S02E13: "Along Came a Spider..."
    Avondetappe, De S08E23: "Season 8, Episode 23"
    Big Ang S01E03: "Big Dogs"
    Big Brother (UK) S14E52: "BB 13, Episode 52"
    Big Brother (US) S14E05
    Big Brother After Dark S07E11: "Season 7, Episode 11"
    Big Brother's Bit on the Side S04E48: "Series 4, Show 48"
    Black Dynamite S01E02: "Bullhorn Nights or Mandingo's Got a Pink Toe"
    Bounty Wars S01E03: "Ruse It Or Lose It"
    Breaking Bad S05E02: "Madrigal"
    Bridezillas S09E07: "Liza & Brittany"
    Call of the Wildman S02E10: "Trailer Park Stink Bomb"
    Cardfight!! Vanguard S02E16: "Rematch of the Knights!"
    Casualty S26E42: "Holby Riot - Part Two"
    Chopped S12E09: "Grill Masters (1)"
    Chopped S12E08: "Food Network Stars"
    Combat Pawn S01E02: "Season 1, Episode 2"
    Come Dine With Me S19E32: "Series 19, Come Dine With Me"
    Continuum S01E08: "Game Time"
    Dancing on Ice S07E00: "Dancing on Ice Goes Gold"
    Dateline NBC S21E63: "SU2144"
    Drop Dead Diva S04E08: "Road Trip"
    Empire Girls: Julissa & Adrienne S01E07: "It's Hot in Miami"
    Engineering Giants S01E02: "Gas Rig Strip Down"
    Episodes S02E04: "Season 2, Episode 4"
    Falling Skies S02E07: "Molon Labe"
    Formula 1 S04E26: "German Grand Prix Highlights"
    Gator Boys S01E12: "See You Later, Alligators"
    Golden S01E06: "TBA"
    Hoarding: Buried Alive S04E03: "Sleeping in a Dumpster"
    Hunter X Hunter Remake S01E40: "Nen x Users x Unite?"
    I Survived S06E31: "Lenore/Steven/Ellen & Jim"
    Ice Road Truckers S06E08: "Proving Ground"
    Jerseylicious S04E20: "Blast From Jersey Past"
    Keeping Up with the Kardashians S07E11: "Affairs of the Everhart"
    Kidou Senshi Gundam Age S01E41: "Episode 41"
    Kokoro Connect S01E03: "Jobber and Low Blow"
    Kuroko no Basuke S01E16: "Episode 16"
    Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon S02E03
    Leverage S05E02: "The Blue Line Job"
    Longmire S01E08: "An Incredibly Beautiful Thing"
    Masterchef Australia S04E67: "Finals Week: Guillaume at Bennelong"
    Masterpiece S42E19: "Inspector Lewis, V: (3) Fearful Symmetry"
    Mega Dens S03E02: "Crouching Table Hidden Flatscreen"
    Mob Wives: Chicago S01E07: "Sticks and Stones"
    Mrs. Eastwood & Company S01E10: "Splash of Freedom"
    My First Place S22E16
    Nightmare Next Door S02E18: "Heartland Homicide"
    On The Case With Paula Zahn S06E08: "No Exit"
    One Piece (JP) S06E41: "Iron Pirate! Entry of Franky Shogun"
    Oprah's Next Chapter S01E29: "Oprah Salutes Superstar Olympians"
    Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle S02E16: "Episode 16"
    Political Animals S01E02: "Second Time Around"
    Rinne no Lagrange S02E03: "Episode 3"
    Saint Seiya Omega S01E16
    Shark Wranglers S01E04: "Monster of Bird Island"
    Sinbad S01E03: "House of Games"
    Small Town Security S01E02: "The Testosterone Triangle"
    Storage Hunters S02E07: "TBA"
    Strange Sex S03E04: "Erotic Aroma & From Pleasure to Pain"
    Strange Sex S03E03: "160lb Scrotum & Dominatrix in Training"
    Sunday Best (2007) S05E05: "Stay Encouraged"
    Sword Art Online S01E03: "The Red-Nosed Reindeer"
    Taboo S09E06: "Ugly"
    Tari Tari S01E04: "Getting Angry and Dancing"
    Teen Choice Awards S12E03: "The 14th Annual Teen Choice Awards"
    The Bachelorette S08E12: "After The Final Rose"
    The Bachelorette S08E11: "The Final Rose"
    The Glades S03E08: "Fountain Of Youth"
    The Great Escape S01E05: "Escape From Air Force Boneyard"
    The Newsroom (2012) S01E05: "Amen"
    The Next Food Network Star S08E11: "Finale - A Star is Born"
    The Only Way Is Essex S06E01: "Series 6, Episode 1"
    The Project S04E173: "Season 4, Episode 173"
    The Real Housewives of New Jersey S04E13: "Sit Down and Man Up"
    Thelma's Gypsy Girls S01E03: "Episode 3"
    Titanic: Blood and Steel S01E11: "Season 1, Episode 11"
    Toriko S02E16: "Episode 16"
    True Blood S05E07: "In The Beginning"
    Uchuu Kyoudai S01E17: "Episode 17"
    Ultimate Spider-Man S01E15: "For Your Eye Only"
    Unique Eats S05E07: "Vegas"
    Wallander S03E03: "Before the Frost"
    Watch What Happens: Live S07E21: "Caroline Manzo and Megan McCain"
    Weeds S08E04: "Only Judy Can Judge"
    Winx Club S05E24: "The Wizard's Trap"
    Winx Club S05E23: "Bloom's Challenge"
    World's Most Dangerous Roads S02E03: "Ethiopia"
    Xtreme Waterparks S01E04: "Getting Wet in Italy"

Comic-Con 2012: Steven Moffat, Matt Smith, and more talk Doctor Who

Doctor Who's showrunner, executive producer, and cast have shared a few words at Comic-Con about the new series, new companion, the mooted movie version, and the forthcoming fiftieth anniversary episode...

After the Doctor Who panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Steven Moffat, Caroline Skinner, Matt Smith and the Ponds were caught for a few chats with roving reporters, the interesting tidbits of which we’ve scooped up for you below.

As you can imagine, Moffat and co. were characteristically tight-lipped on a number of subjects, but one or two of these post-panel comments courtesy of SFX and Collider should give us something to chew over until Asylum of the Daleks arrives on the BBC next month, in particular Matt Smith’s teasing instruction that those wanting to know more about Amy and Rory’s departure should go back and study The Eleventh Hour closely…

On how much of a plot arc there will be in series 7:

Steven Moffat: “There’ll be something going on, yes. Last time we went for a very big arc, this is a much more lightly sketched one this time, but there is something yeah, to reward the one who watches it every week.”

Will the series 7 story arc continue between the two chunks of episodes?

SM: “There’s obviously the story of the Doctor saying goodbye to the Ponds and there’s obviously him saying hello to someone else, but wait and see, wait and see how we do that. I can’t say something else without giving everything away.”

On how Amy and Rory will re-join the show:

SM: “What you’ve seen is them leave the TARDIS. What you’ve seen is a decision, ‘let’s go and get on with our lives’. It’s not that they then move back in as it were, it’s a continued relationship with the Doctor. Something that’s always intrigued me about the Doctor, certainly in the old series you know, someone would leave the TARDIS and he’d never see them again, I mean, who does that? You’d go and visit.”

On Asylum of the Daleks:

SM: “You’ll be seeing more generations of Daleks than you’ve ever seen before”

Matt Smith: “My favourite Dalek is one from, I think it was the Troughton era, the sort of blue and white one. We had to draw in every Dalek that had ever been made around the world so we could fill a room full of Daleks, and it was sort of incredible. I think we’ve made them scary again in a way that perhaps we didn’t achieve in my first season, and that’s really exciting.”

Arthur Darvill: “They’re really, really scary in this one. They’re really, genuinely, brilliantly scary. That is such a great episode.”

Karen Gillan: “Asylum of the Daleks is such a great episode. And then we have four more, we have five, epic, movie-style episodes and we’re going to leave in the fifth one.”

On how the new companion changes the show’s dynamic:

SM: “It does, and in some ways having a new companion about is the biggest change, bigger than even changing the Doctor. It’s always about how their life is changed because of that, so yes, it does give a new dynamic, it’s brilliant and brings out a very new side to him, pretty much a different Doctor really.”

MS: “The show remains the show. The Doctors come and go, the companions come and go, that’s the nature of the beast, that is what happens. By its very nature it’s a show that regenerates itself so you’ve got to move with that and you’ve got to go with the times. Of course we will miss Karen and Arthur, they’re great friends of mine, but Jenna’s doing a wonderful job, she’s a wonderful actress, very dedicated and I think Steven’s writing her in a very interesting way, in a very different way to Amy Pond.”

On the thinking behind the Doctor’s new costume:

SM: “Well that is plot-driven, so the reason is… he goes through stuff.”

Caroline Skinner: “It kind of just works, you’ll see next year.”

MS: “Weirdly enough, when I started I always wanted a sort of purple-y coat, but they felt it was too much like the Joker, and I liked it being a bit longer to the leg. It’s still tweed. I always thought that the costume would evolve year after year. I’m absolutely part of those conversations, we have a wonderful costume designer who comes in and does great work, you know, different hats every year, it’s fun to keep it moving.”

On plans for the 50th anniversary episode:

SM: “We know what we’re doing, but we’ll tell you when the time is right. Every time when you sit down in meetings about the next episode of Doctor Who, it’s the same size of challenge, because they’re always different, they’re always huge. So we set ourselves the task of never making an ordinary episode, they all have to be exceptional.”

On the rumoured big-screen Doctor Who movie:

MS: “I don’t know. There’s talk of it. I think David Yates was attached to do something. For my money, whoever is playing the Doctor should be in the movie. I don’t think there should be two Doctors. I think it would take four or five years to get something like that off the ground, and I don’t anticipate that I’ll be playing the Doctor then. […] I think they should get Steven to write it because he’s the best.”

On the Ponds’ farewell episode:

MS: […] If you go back and revisit The Eleventh Hour and study it closely, that’s all I will say.”

KG: “It’s probably the most epic of all the episodes we’ve shot so far. The sheer scale of it. New York looks incredible for a start.”

KG: “Their relationship is in a sticky situation, shall we say.”

AD: “Yeah, that’s something we haven’t explored so far.”

The official trailer for Red Dwarf X

Catch your first glimpse at the new series of Red Dwarf right here...

With a theme tune that still brings requisite goosebumps with it, and the promise of the show firing back near the time of its game, we stand happy and excited about the forthcoming full series of Red Dwarf.

Commissioned by and showing on Dave later this year, we've spoken to a few people who went along to the recording of the series itself, and off the back of that, we've been hearing a lot of enthusiasm for Red Dwarf X.

'Sleepy Hollow' series 'being touted, Total Recall director attached'

A Sleepy Hollow television series is reportedly being touted.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was a 19th-century Washington Irving short story which went on to inspire a 1999 Tim Burton film treatment starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci.

Deadline reports that Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, along with 20th Century Fox, are currently pitching a TV show based on the supernatural story.

The series would apparently be set in the modern day, with Ichabod Crane partnering Sleepy Hollow's female sheriff to solve mysterious happenings in the town.

Kurtzman and Orci are planning to write the script alongside the little-known Phillip Iscove, who came up with the idea.

Total Recall director Len Wiseman, who was also recently linked to movie adaptation The Darkness, is attached to direct.

Thom Evans wants to follow Kelly Brook onto Strictly Come Dancing

Ex-rugby player Thom Evans has said he wants to follow girlfriend Kelly Brook onto Strictly Come Dancing.

Thom, who has dated model Kelly since 2010, admitted he’d love to join this year’s line up.

Kelly appeared in the show back in 2007, and made it through to week nine when she withdrew following the death of her father at the beginning of the week.

But Thom dismissed any idea of him trying anything like Celebrity Big Brother like his rugby pal Gareth Thomas earlier this year.

He told Attitude magazine: “No, I don’t think so. Gareth is a much better known person than I am, he deserves to be there. If it was ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ I’d do it in a heartbeat.

“I love dancing. I’ve never done ballroom but I’ve got a really good eye for dance moves. Kelly was great on it.”

The hunky 27-year-old also hinted he may well also try swapping his spot on the rugby field for a place on the big screen.

He revealed: “I did an acting course when I was in LA. I was with there with Kelly.”

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One this September.

Carson Daly teases 'The Voice' season three

Carson Daly has spoken of the changes being made for the upcoming season of The Voice.

It had been rumoured that the show would introduce the spinning chairs into the Battle Rounds when it returns for a fall run later in the year.

"We're tweaking the Battle Rounds a little bit for season three," Daly told TVLine. "The best way to categorize the changes is that we're playing with some potential interchangeability."

The host went on to hint that the coaches may be able to 'steal' at least one Battle Round evictee from a competing judge.

He continued: "We had too many people in the live rounds, and it was hard to keep track of them, and it was hard to fall in love because there were so many. When we get to the live shows, we want America to be a little more invested in fewer singers."

Speaking of reports that Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine are now on good terms following their on-screen feud, Daly concluded: "I didn't know what to expect in frame one of season three. I was curious to know if the first time they had an exchange, would you be able to feel any resentment, but it just wasn't there. It's better. It's like they went to couples therapy."

Filming for season three's Blind Auditions is currently underway.

Luke S and Ashleigh fall out... again

The Big Brother romance between Luke S and Ashleigh looked close to collapsing once again last night.

The duo clashed over dinner, with Ashleigh fretting once more that the pair had nothing in common.

Conor was quick to comfort a sobbing Ashleigh and tried to get to the bottom of the argument.

And it turns out that Luke’s huge faux pas was cooking steak for dinner instead of mince.

Needless to say, Luke wasn’t too happy with Ashleigh’s moaning having spent all afternoon cooking up a batch of chilli for the group.

A rather honest Conor told Ashleigh as they hugged: “You were being ungrateful. You told him to cook mince for you instead. You were acting like a spoilt brat.”

The spat was enough for Ashleigh to worry some more if her and Luke were ever meant to be, telling Sara she didn’t feel as though she had anything in common with the hunky model.

He meanwhile was bitching about the incident to Caroline and Conor a little later, branding Ashleigh ungrateful.

The pair did eventually start talking to one another and decided to kiss and make up, but now long the peace will last we’re unsure…

Luke A and Becky make up... for now

Following their recent clash after Lauren’s eviction, Big Brother housemates Luke A and Becky sat down yesterday to try and sort their differences out.

Last night we saw Becky rant about Luke A in the Diary Room after the pair argued over her apparent acting up to the cameras.

She moaned to Big Brother: “For him to feel I’m fake…I felt so belittled and embarrassed! I wanted the ground to swallow me up.”

Becky sobbed: “I don’t want to resolve it ‘cos he doesn’t know me. I’m not fake. It’s the worse thing ever.”

Luke A confronted Becky in the bathroom over their argument yesterday, and the duo tried to patch things up.

They agreed that they would “civil”, with Luke A apologising for being “aggressive” to the 19-year-old.

But he insisted: “I haven’t done nothing to you, but you have made me feel horrible this week. And Lauren.”

Giancarlo Esposito reacts to Emmy nomination for 'Breaking Bad' role

Giancarlo Esposito has talked about how he found out about his Emmy nominations.

The 2012 Emmy nominations were recently announced, with Esposito's Breaking Bad series garnering a total of 13 nominations.

Esposito, who plays Gus Fring in the AMC series, received a nod for 'Supporting Actor In A Drama Series'.

He will compete against six other actors, including his Breaking Bad co-star Aaron Paul.

Speaking to Vulture about his Emmy nomination, Esposito said: "I found out from my publicist Lee Wallman. Then my children at the same moment were calling, so I knew something was going on.

"All four of my girls got me on speakerphone to yell, 'Congratulations, Papa, we knew you could do it!' None of them watch the show except my eldest, of course."

Esposito's eldest daughter is 16 years old, and apparently wants to be a pathologist when she grows up.

He said: "Shayne, she's 16. I had to make a big decision about allowing her to see the screening in Albuquerque of the fourth season opener, 'Box Cutter'. I was nervous about that. But she really took it well.

"I turned to her before it started and said, 'Just remember something, Shayne. The guy you're looking at right here is your papa. The guy up there is the guy your papa is channeling'. She said to me afterward, 'I thought it was okay, but I gotta say, I thought that was a great kill'."

Carrie Underwood would be a good 'Idol' judge, says Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson has revealed who she would like to see on the judges' panel on American Idol.

The first season Idol winner shared that Carrie Underwood, who triumphed in the Fox reality competition's fourth season, would be a good judge on the show.

Speaking about Underwood, Clarkson told Us Weekly: "Didn't she major in journalism or something? And she can have that face... that bluff face! She can put that on! She would be good."

Underwood graduated at Oklahoma's Northeastern State University in 2006 as the magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and an emphasis in journalism.

As for Clarkson, she says she would rather mentor the contestants than seat on the judging panel.

"I don't want to be a judge. Mentor is more my style," she said. "And not just mentoring, getting to be a part of the song with them, getting them amped up - from our rehearsals to stage, it's so exciting being onstage. It's fun!"

Both Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez recently announced their departure as Idol's judges.

'American Horror Story' casts 'Carnivàle's Clea Duvall for season two

Clea Duvall has joined the cast of American Horror Story.

It's not clear who the actress will be playing, but she will act in scenes opposite returning co-star Sarah Paulson in the upcoming second season, reports TV Line.

The Carnivàle actress, who also starred in The Faculty and Girl, Interrupted, will appear in multiple episodes.

The new season will take place in the '60s at an asylum for the criminally insane run by Jessica Lange, who also appeared in the show's freshman run.

American Horror Story recently cast All My Children star Mark Consuelos as one of the asylum's patients, named Spivey.

Other stars who have previously joined the series include Adam Levine, Chloe Sevigny, Zachary Quinto and Joseph Fiennes.

Glenn Hoddle to appear on 'Dancing on Ice'?

Glenn Hoddle is reportedly being lined up to appear as a contestant on Dancing on Ice.

The former England manager is said to be auditioning to compete on the ITV show when it returns in 2013.

According to The Mirror, ITV bosses are very keen to sign up the 54-year-old former Tottenham player, with an insider saying: "We would love Glenn to be part of the new show. He is a football legend and a guaranteed ratings winner."

Ex-boxing world champion Steve Collins, 47, Winter Olympics gold medallist Amy Williams, 29, and The Mirror's gardening expert Diarmuid Gavin, 48, are among the other names reported to be auditioning after being spotted at an ice rink rehearsing in front of researchers.

Reggae Reggae Sauce creator Levi Roots is also reportedly in talks with producers to appear when the show returns.

Previous celebrities who have been rumoured to have auditioned are Jodie Marsh, EastEnders' Matt Lapinskas and Ian 'H' Watkins from Steps.

Hoddle won 53 caps for England and managed the national team from 1996 to '99, before being sacked for saying in an interview that disabled people received their conditions as a result of sins in a previous life.

'X Factor': Jade Richards, Sian Phillips among returning acts

A number of rejected former X Factor contestants will reportedly join Jade Richards in returning for the next series.

Richards, who made Kelly Rowland cry with her performance of Adele's 'Someone Like You', was booted from the show by Rowland before the final 16, leading to a furious fan campaign to have her reinstated.

The Sun reports that she will be back for another shot this year, and will be accompanied by fellow second-timers Carolynne Poole, Joe Cox, Melanie McCabe and Sian Phillips, who was kicked out of the show when she was refused a US visa after admitting jail time.

A source told the paper: "There are a lot of familiar faces but they all deserve to be here. Everyone will be thrilled to see Jade back. If she makes it to the live shows she'll have loads of support.

"It would be silly to say no to such talent just because they've been on before, even if it does run the risk of being a bit repetitive.

"The known acts aren't getting any special treatment but if they impress they will go through to Judges' Houses again."

The show recently revealed a new twist at the Boot Camp stage, where contestants are asked to leave before they even have the chance to sing for the judges.

'Superstar' contestants hit with alcohol ban by Lord Webber

Contestants on ITV's Superstar have reportedly been hit with an alcohol ban for the remainder of the show.

The wannabe musical stars (with the exception of David Hunter, who is tee-total) had allegedly been over-indulging in after-show drinking, with some turning up to rehearsals the next day with hangovers.

A source told The Sun: "For a show about finding the new Jesus Christ Superstar, some of the behaviour has been distinctly un-godly.

"Some of them have been whingeing that they are being worked too hard on the nightly series and were hitting the bottle to relax, but this is not on."

The behaviour has reportedly resulted in Lord Webber implementing new rules, with the source confirming: "Alcohol has been banned for the rest of the series in a bid to get the boys to knuckle down.

"They love their beer and with them all living together they were getting into big drinking sessions."

A show insider also alleged that former Voice contestant Nathan James is getting a reputation as a backstage diva, claiming: "Nathan is a loud character backstage and has been vocal in his opinions and it hasn't gone down well with some of the production staff."

Nathan is currently 8/5 favourite to win with bookmakers, after John Moses and Jeff Anderson were eliminated from the show last night (July 20).