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zondag 12 augustus 2012

Tim Allen's 'Last Man Standing' Undergoes Casting Overhaul

The title of Tim Allen's latest sitcom "Last Man Standing" is starting to look pretty prophetic.

Allen's ABC comedy is going through a casting overhaul, following "Rules of Engagement" executive producer Tim Doyle coming aboard as showrunner in June, the network told TheWrap.

The role of Kristin, the eldest daughter of Allen's Mike Baxter character, has been recast, with "Grey's Anatomy" alum Amanda Fuller taking the role over from Alexandra Krosney. Kristin's son, Boyd, will also have a new face to go with the character, with newcomer Flynn Morrison stepping into the role, which was played by twin toddlers Luke and Evan Kruntchev during the series' first season.

In addition, the show is looking for a new actor to play Ryan, Boyd's father. The part was played on a recurring basis during the series' first season by Jonas Brothers singer Nick Jonas, who recently revealed that he is in the running for a spot on the judges' panel of "American Idol."

"Last Man Standing" premieres its second season Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m.

Stacy Keibler to Host Lifetime Reality Show

Stacy Keibler's career is really starting to cook, judging by her latest project.

The former WWE Diva and "Dancing With the Stars" alum (and current George Clooney girlfriend) will host "Supermarket Superstars," a new reality series for Lifetime, the network said Friday.

The series will feature aspiring food entrepreneurs pitching their food-product inventions to a panel of industry experts, with the ultimate victor receiving a nationwide launch in a major grocery-store chain.

The panelists will act as mentors to the contestants, offering their critiques as the competitors hone their ideas before presenting their concepts to a top supermarket buyer.

The series, which has been picked up for 10 episodes by Lifetime, is produced by the Weinstein Company (also responsible for the similarly structured "Project Runway") and Studio Lambert ("Undercover Boss").

'New Girl' casts 'ANTM' alum Keenyah Hill as Winston's sister

Keenyah Hill is to guest star on season two of New Girl.

The America's Next Top Model star will play Alisha, Winston's (Lamorne Morris) sister who is also a professional basketball player, reports TV Guide.

Hill's character visits her brother when her basketball team comes to town and hates that she becomes the latest object of interest for Schmidt (Max Greenfield), who challenges her to a one-on-one game of basketball.

Hill will appear in the second episode of season two, which will premiere on Tuesday, September 25 on Fox.

New Girl is also set to introduce Winston's mother - to be played by Anna Maria Horsford - who doesn't like Schmidt either.

Hill joins previously announced guest stars Parker Posey, David Walton, Niecy Nash and Raymond Barry.

Hill appeared as a finalist on America's Next Top Model's Cycle 4.

Nicole Scherzinger 'to spend £750k on flights to see Lewis Hamilton'

Nicole Scherzinger will spend most of her £750,000 X Factor fee chartering private jets, it has been claimed.

The singer, who replaced Kelly Rowland back in June, wants to remain close to boyfriend Lewis Hamilton during the X Factor live shows, The Sun reports.

She will apparently attend his Grand Prix race meetings in the likes of Abu Dhabi and Brazil, at a cost of at least £50,000 a time, to keep their relationship on track.

"Lewis will sort some flights out for her, but she's booking some herself and they're eye-wateringly expensive," a friend said.

"If she has any cash left at the end of this I'd be surprised."

Scherzinger reportedly wants Tinie Tempah to join her for the Judges' Houses stage of this year's X Factor.

She previously confessed that she won't wear her heart on her sleeve as much when she returns to the show.

TOWIE's Gemma Collins accuses James Argent of cheating on Twitter

The Only Way is Essex's Gemma Collins has accused boyfriend James Argent of cheating on her on Twitter.

The 24-year old was pictured leaving Faces nightclub in Essex last night (August 10) with two girls after a night out with former TOWIE star Mark Wright.

The Daily Mail reports that the night was preceded by a tweet from Argent to his girlfriend saying: "@gemmacollins got nothing to worry about! me n Mark Wright drunk n goin Faces, Wat could go wrong?"

After pictures were published the next day of Argent with the mystery women, Collins replied with the tweet: "@RealJamesArgent You slept with someone else last night you disgust me you cheat !!!!"

Collins then retweeted messages condemning Argent and supporting her from her followers, before Argent responded, claiming that the pictures were of his cousin and his cousins.

He ended his tweet by saying: "Call before u take 2 Twitter, So unfair!"

Collins deleted her original messages to Argent and tweeted to her followers: "Taking a twitter break for a while guys due to personal upset will be back soon x".

The pair had recently discussed that marriage might potentially be on the cards for them in the future.

Argent ended the evening on a philosophical note, tweeting: "'Im sure a curry with TOWIE producer @thebunning will solve my problems!"

Nickelodeon Cancels 'Victorious'

The bad news for fans of the Victoria Justice sitcom "Victorious"? Nickelodeon has canceled the series.

The good news? The show will air for one more season before getting yanked.

"Victorious" creator Dan Schneider confirmed the cancelation on his blog Friday, emphasizing that it was the network's decision to pull the plug.

"By now, a lot of you have heard that Victorious will not be returning for a 4th season," Schneider wrote. "That is true. This was the network's decision – not mine."

Schneider also confirmed that the show will run for another season.

"There is a whole NEW season of 'Victorious' coming your way," he wrote. "We just finished shooting 15 new episodes, and they're amazing. If you love 'Victorious,' I feel sure you will love the NEW episodes coming!"

Schneider -- who also created Nickelodeon fare such as "iCarly" and "Zoey 101" -- said he understood fans' disappointment, but urged them not to begrudge the show's stars.

"I know that some of you are upset and angry – and while I feel terrible about that, I'm also flattered by it. I really appreciate that you care so much. It means you love the show, which makes me feel very proud," Schneider wrote. "But I ask that you please not be angry with Victoria, or Leon, Liz, Ariana, Avan ... or ANY of the 'Victorious' cast members or staff. They all wanted 'Victorious' to continue – so did I."

Big Brother's Scott Mason: "I must be the forgettable character"

Scott Mason told Brian Dowling on Friday night (August 10) that his eviction made him think he must be "forgettable".

The history student had left the house earlier to an overwhelmingly positive reception.

Asked to explain why he was out when the crowd had given him "not one boo", Scott laughed and said: "I must be the forgettable character."

He added about the crowd's response: "I love it, it's great," but admitted that it was "awful" to have departed in the first public vote he had faced, and that it was painful to leave at such a late stage.

When Scott was shown which housemates had nominated him, he explained it by saying that he was "not in anyone's group".

The wannabe 'celebrity historian' had little to say about the house's bitchiness, seeming genuinely surprised that it was perceived that way and commenting: "I didn't think it was that bad."

He then ended the interview in a more upbeat mood after being shown his 'best bits', describing them as "so good".

Ryan Lochte Wants a Reality Show, Fashion Line

Ryan Lochte is in search of a wife -- or at least a dancing partner.

Lochte told NBC's Matt Lauer on Friday's "Today" show that he wants to appear on “Dancing With the Stars” or “The Bachelor,” two popular ABC reality shows.

The Olympic swimmer, winner of five medals at this summer’s London games, is looking to take some time off after his triumphs. He has already made a video for Will Ferrell's Funny or Die making light of his penchant for urinating in the pool, but the Rochester, N.Y.-native has grander ambitions.

Moving to LA is his first priority, though it is unclear whether that will happen before or after the next Olympics.

“I definitely want to move to LA, that’s been a big goal of mine -- getting into fashion,” said Lochte, who now lives in Florida. “That is my passion. When swimming is all said and done, I want to get into fashion and design my own clothing line.”

Reality TV could come first, as Lochte’s agent Erika Wright has said that the swimmer is already fielding TV offers.

For the right athlete, the Olympics can be a springboard to numerous endorsement opportunities.

Kellogg's has already put gymnast Gabby Douglas, winner of two gold medals, on a box of corn flakes. Sports marketing experts predict she could earn as much as $4 million annually over the next couple of years.

Lochte, who already has a series of major endorsement deals, seems set on reality TV – at least until his fashion career gets going.

"I'm definitely looking towards 'Dancing with the Stars' and 'The Bachelor," he told Lauer. Paging ABC.

As for what Lochte might bring to “The Bachelor,” it was Lochte’s own mother who said her son did not have time for relationships. He’s a one-night stand kind of guy.

His mother Ike then qualified those comments, saying Ryan just goes on one or two dates to protect the girls.

The 11-time medalist spent his birthday hanging on a couch with his family. A family man indeed.

Charlie Sheen's 'Anger Management' Likely to Get 90 Episode Pick-Up, Lionsgate Says

Charlie Sheen's  "Anger Management" will likely get picked up for its full 90-episode order, Lionsgate executives told analysts on Friday.

So far, the show appears likely to achieve the ratings threshold it needs to hit in order to trigger a deal with FX, which broadcasts the critically panned sitcom, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said.

“Anger Management” has attracted 3.4 million viewers on and 1.7 million in the key 18-to-49 year-old demographic during its first seven episodes. Lionsgate has not disclosed what numbers it must achieve in order to secure an order for more episodes.

Feltheimer said there will be "a significantly larger amount of episodes" being produced, and Lionsgate Television Group President Kevin Beggs said that writers were already at work on new episodes with shooting scheduled to start in September.

The company is anticipating producing 40 episodes annually, which FX could air at its discretion.

Feltheimer also announced that Sheen's father, "The West Wing" star Martin Sheen, will join the show in a recurring role.

'Royle Family' 2012 Christmas special confirmed by Sue Johnston

Sue Johnston has confirmed that another special of The Royle Family will air this Christmas.

Speaking to The Sun, the actress - who plays Barbara - said that the planned episode is "definitely happening this year".

Co-creator Craig Cash assured Digital Spy last summer that a festive episode would air in 2011.

However, it later emerged that he and co-writer Caroline Aherne had run out of time finishing the feature-length edition, which would probably have aired in its traditional 9pm slot on Christmas Day.

Absolutely Fabulous became BBC One's Christmas Day offering instead, marking its 20th anniversary.

The Royle Family's 2010 special - 'Joe's Crackers' - pulled in an audience of 9.9 million. Before that, 2009's special had 10.2m, while 2008's logged 10m.

The BAFTA Award-winning sitcom also stars Ricky Tomlinson as Jim, Ralf Little as Antony, Cash as Dave and Aherne as Denise.

'Hot Tub Time Machine's Rob Corddry joins ABC comedy 'Happy Endings'

Corddry will play a car dealership owner who Penny (Casey Wilson) and Jane (Eliza Coupe) meet when Penny goes to buy a car, reports TVLine.

His character ends up hiring Jane after being impressed with her knowledge of automobiles.

Corddry will appear in a multiple-episode arc on the ABC comedy when it returns for a third season on Tuesday, October 23.

Happy Endings follows six friends in Chicago, and also stars Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally and Damon Wayans Jr.

Corddry has appeared in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Hot Tub Time Machine and Cedar Rapids.

Jason Sudeikis on possible 'SNL' return: 'I want bigger creative role'

Jason Sudeikis has said that he has not yet decided if he will return to Saturday Night Live this year.

Sudeikis has remained tight-lipped on whether he will be back on SNL this autumn, but there has been speculation that he will at least reprise his Mitt Romney impression for the pre-election shows.

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Speaking to The Los Angeles Times, the actor suggested that he would like a greater creative role if he returns to the sketch comedy series.

"I'd like the opportunity to use creative muscles that... haven't been asked of me for the first nine years that I've worked there," Sudeikis explained, adding: "It could be some sort of title change."

He went on to say: "The least of the concerns is anything financial. I'm not buying a boat because of writing skits. It's more having a desire to give more to a place I really believe in. To stay just for the juice of being in the public eye - of being Mitt Romney - is not enough."

Sudeikis further commented that his frequent movie roles have led him to contemplate life after Saturday Night Live.

"You start at SNL when you're young and hungry, but I don't want my pro years to be my SNL years," the comic said as he compared sketch comedy to basketball.

"[SNL] is me getting to play for KU or Duke or North Carolina, with pro-calibre people, but I don't want this to be it."

Saturday Night Live's 38th season is expected to begin in September on NBC.

Ben Affleck to give away $100,000 at VH1 Do Something Awards

Ben Affleck is to give away a $100,000 (£63,804) prize at this weekend's VH1 Do Something Awards.

The Argo director is to present the cheque to a youth activist at the annual gala, which is taped on Sunday (August 12) in Santa Monica, CA.

Affleck is also nominated in the 'Do Something Facebook' category for his work with the Eastern Congo Initiative. The group seeks to improve political and social conditions in the African nation.

Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Matt Damon, Amy Poehler and Channing Tatum are among other celebrity nominees.

A full list of the VH1 Do Something Awards 2012 nominee is available here.

New Girl's Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield and Lamorne Morris host the VH1 Do Something Awards 2012, airing Tuesday, August 21 on VH1 at 9/8c.

AOL Overhauls Connected TV App

AOL is rolling out a new version of its connected TV app and expanding the list of platforms that will carry its video content, the company said Friday.

The new version will be available on Samsung Smart TVs, Roku and Sony. The app will also be available in a beta phase on TiVo through its premiere DVRs.

The upgraded AOL On app will have a redesigned user interface and will feature high-definition videos from the AOL On Network’s  content partners like Reuters, AP, BBC, Newsy, Entertainment Tonight, Sugar, E!, Splash News, CNET and Gourmet TV.

In addition, AOL will host its own content through its Huffington Post, Moviefone and Engadget brands.

The company said that the expanded offerings and platforms will help it appeal to advertisers, particularly as the number of internet enabled TVs increases. According to a recent study by ABI Research, more than one in five U.S. households currently have connected televisions.

"Digital advertising has really been relegated to online, as well as mobile," said Rob DelaCruz, General Manager, Connected TV and Mobile Video, The AOL On Network. "It's really a new aspect to have scale and distribution on TV sets. AOL can now reach across PCs and mobile, as well as TVs to have multiple screen distribution across one [advertising] campaign."

'Doctor Who' Origin Movie Commissioned for 50th Anniversary

"Doctor Who" turns 50 years old next year, and to celebrate, BBC Two has commissioned a 90-minute film that will explore the origins of the series, the BBC said Thursday.

"An Adventure in Space and Time" will "tell the story of the genesis of 'Doctor Who,'" the BBC said. "Exploring all aspects of the longest-running science fiction series to date, the special one-off 90-minute drama will also look at the many personalities involved in bringing the series to life."

Doctor Who was first broadcast in November 1963, and has gone through several iterations, with numerous actors playing the Doctor. (Matt Smith, the 11th actor to tackle the role, is the latest.)

"Doctor Who" writer/actor Mark Gatiss penned the 90-minute special, with "Doctor Who" showrunner Steven Moffat and executive producer Caroline Skinner executive producing.

"This is the story of how an unlikely set of brilliant people created a true television original," Gatiss said. "And how an actor -- [original Doctor] William Hartnell -- stereotyped in hard-man roles became a hero to millions of children. I've wanted to tell this story for more years than I can remember! To make it happen for Doctor Who's 50th birthday is quite simply a dream come true."

Casting for the movie will be announced next year, along with production and broadcast schedules.

London 2012 closing ceremony to have Britpop theme

London 2012 organisers have revealed that tomorrow night's Olympics closing ceremony will celebrate 50 years of Britpop.

Titled 'A Symphony of British Music', the event will also see athletes form a mosh pit in front of the stage.

Lord Coe urged the nation to "party, party, party" ahead of the celebration, scheduled to run for two hours and 45 minutes with sounds from Elgar as well as The Kinks' 'Waterloo Sunset.

It has also been confirmed that a total of 3,500 performers will appear at Sunday's ceremony.

Artistic director Kim Gavin said: "We want it to be the best after-show party there has ever been.

"I want it to be a celebration, I want people to have fun and I want it to be colourful. To remind you of certain eras of music collected over 50 years, but not only popular music, fashion, culture."

The BBC's London 2012 Twitter account posted at midday: "Organisers reveal the Olympics closing ceremony is called 'Symphony of British Music' and celebrates the last 50 years of Britpop.

"The closing ceremony will see athletes come into the Stadium and form a mosh pit and 3,500 performers will take part.

"It is about British creativity in the arts. There is a hell of a lot of talent and music and a hell of a lot of show in the show."

Gavin added that the lineup has not yet been finalised.

The Spice Girls, Muse, Ed Sheeran and George Michael are confirmed to be appearing, while Take That are expected to take part despite Gary Barlow's recent baby loss.

The Who, Kate Bush and One Direction, Annie Lennox, Queen guitarist Brian May, the Pet Shop Boys, Jessie J and Monty Python member Eric Idle are also expected to be involved in some way.

Matt Smith: 'Doctor Who series eight will be emotional'

Matt Smith has said that Steven Moffat's plans for the next series of Doctor Who will leave fans teary-eyed.

Series seven of the long-running sci-fi show is due to begin later this month, with six episodes airing this year and eight in 2013.

Smith revealed to The Sun that Moffat has already pitched ideas for the next series to him, and that fans are in for a treat.

The 29-year-old said: "His first episode sounds great.

"It hasn't been written yet but the idea is as brilliant and as mental as you'd expect from Steven. So there's a lot to look forward to.

"When Steven was going to pitch the next season to me not long ago, he said, 'Are you ready to cry?'"

Smith also discussed the ongoing plans for the show's 50th anniversary celebrations next year, and claims that fans won't be disappointed with what's in store.

He says: "We want to do 50 years - and everyone that's been associated with the show - justice. We want to go, 'Look, world, here is Doctor Who. It's 50 years old, a science fiction show, still going and going from strength to strength'.

"Steven will do something brilliant. He'll do something grand, or maybe something very simple, but he'll come to it as a fan.

"He'll go, 'What would I want to see?'"

Big Brother housemates given 'media training' task

Big Brother housemates were given a task on how to deal with their post-house fame today.

They were given a one-on-one session with 'media guru' Nina Myskow, where she talked them through their strengths and weaknesses.

The group were then given a session together in general media training, where they were taken through a series of exercises and role plays to help them deal with a number of situations.

Exercises included how to walk down stairs gracefully, how to appear gracious with a 'loser face', how to get out of a car gracefully, how to greet a housemate they didn't get on with and how to have the perfect hug with Big Brother host Brian Dowling.

Myskow was suitably impressed with the housemates and passed them on the task, meaning that they have won a cocktail and canapés party for this evening to be soundtracked with a selection of their favourite songs.

According to the media expert, Luke Scrase and Deana Uppal were the standout performers, and won a dinner for two in the garden.

It remains to be seen how Luke S's girlfriend Ashleigh Hughes will react to the intimate meal, after her eviction yesterday.

Jessica Ennis to appear on 'The Jonathan Ross Show'

London 2012 star Jessica Ennis will be a guest on The Jonathan Ross Show when it returns next week.

The Olympic athlete will discuss winning her gold medal in the Heptathlon, as well as her upcoming wedding to fiancé Andy.

ITV bosses are said to be "delighted" to have secured Ennis for the first show, which will also feature Colin Farrell, Kelly Brook and Rita Ora.

"Jessica is the woman of the moment. To have her confirmed for the show's comeback next Saturday night is fantastic," a source told The Sun.

"Despite her huge success, she is very down-to-earth and humble. Viewers will lover her."

Justin Bieber and Liam Neeson will appear on The Jonathan Ross Show later in the series.

It was recently reported that producers of Strictly Come Dancing, I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here and Dancing on Ice are battling to sign Olympic medallists from Team GB.

David Tennant on Doctor Who 50th anniversary

The tenth Doctor has been wagging tongues with US TV’s Attack Of The Show about Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, being cut from the Olympics opening ceremony, and more…

After next year’s 50th anniversary special has aired, interviewers are going to have to think of a new question to ask the former Doctors. For the past six months and probably for the next, Baker, Davison, McCoy, and the rest of them haven’t been able to go and buy a pint of milk without being asked whether or not they’re returning for the anniversary.

Their replies have veered from the straightforward: “They don’t need us”, (Colin Baker), and “There’s been no invites” (Paul McGann), to the guarded “If they ask me nicely” (Tom Baker).

David Tennant’s the most recent of the lot to have been subjected to the question, and his jovial response (watch the clip courtesy of Attack Of The Show here) came as follows:

"I cannot be drawn on anything. Who knows what will happen next year? I’m sure there are lots of plans being discussed in quiet rooms by men with long beards and great power.”

When told that was being taken as a yes, Tennant, laughing, replied “Well you can take it any way you like. I’m not confirming or denying anything. Twitter nothing, nothing to do with me". Well played Tennant. When asked if he still had the pin-striped suit on stand-by though, the tenth Doctor joked yes, “I do have it in a very secure location”.

In the same interview, Tennant expressed his (not entirely serious, we should say) fury at life not imitating art when he wasn’t the one to light the 2012 Olympic flame à la Fear Her, and at the Doctor Who sequence being left out of the recent Olympics opening ceremony, saying, “…there was this Doctor Who sequence that was cleared, we all had to sign off on it and they cut it the day before!”

TV Tonight 12th of August 2012

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

    Animal Practice S01E01: "Pilot"
    Aqua Teen Hunger Force S09E08: "TBA"
    Arcana Famiglia S01E07: "Secrets"
    Army Wives S06E20: "The War at Home"
    Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes S02E16: "Ultron Unlimited"
    Bar Rescue S02E04: "Mystique or Murder?"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E206: "Olympic Games - 206"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E210: "Olympic Games - 210"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E205: "Olympic Games - 205"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E209: "Olympic Games - 209"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E213: "Olympic Sportsday"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E204: "Olympic Games - 204"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E208: "Olympic Games - 208"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E212: "Closing Ceremony"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E207: "Olympic Games - 207"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E211: "Olympic Games - 211"
    Big Ang S01E06: "Big Time"
    Big Brother (UK) S14E73: "BB 13, Episode 73"
    Big Brother (US) S14E14: "Episode 14 - Nominations #5"
    Big Brother After Dark S07E32: "Season 7, Episode 32"
    Big Brother's Bit on the Side S04E69: "Series 4, Show 69"
    Black Dynamite S01E05
    Breaking Bad S05E05: "Dead Freight"
    Bridezillas S09E10: "Tasha & Tracy"
    Cardfight!! Vanguard S02E19: "Invitation to Everlasting Summer"
    Chopped S12E14: "Grill Masters (4)"
    Combat Pawn S01E05: "TBA"
    Come Dine With Me S19E45: "Series 19, Come Dine With Me"
    Cupcake Wars S06E13: "Kristin Cavallari's Baby Shower"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E313: "Episode 1993"
    Drop Dead Diva S04E10: "Lady Parts"
    Episodes S02E07: "Season 2, Episode 7"
    Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition S02E07: "Sally"
    Falling Skies S02E09: "The Price of Greatness"
    Flip Men S02E04: "Hoarder House"
    Flip Men S02E03: "Bee House"
    Good Luck Charlie S03E12: "Baby Steps"
    Hell on Wheels S02E01: "Viva La Mexico"
    Hoarding: Buried Alive S04E06: "Twenty of Everything"
    Hunter X Hunter Remake S01E43: "A x Shocking x Tragedy"
    Ice Road Truckers S06E11: "Hurricane Alley"
    Insane Coaster Wars S01E07: "The Top Ten"
    Iron Chef America S09E42: "Zakarian vs. Schenker"
    Jerseylicious S04E22: "Reunion Show, Part 2"
    Kidou Senshi Gundam Age S01E44: "Episode 44"
    Kokoro Connect S01E06
    Kuroko no Basuke S01E19: "On to a New Challenge"
    Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon S02E06: "Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon"
    Leverage S05E04: "The French Connection Job"
    Longmire S01E10: "Unfinished Business"
    Masterchef Australia S05E12: "All Stars - 12"
    Mega Dens S03E04: "A Gold-Medal Mega Den"
    Mob Wives: Chicago S01E10: "Walk Away Renee"
    My First Place S22E19: "The Never-Ending Budget Battle"
    NFL Thursday Night Football S07E05
    Nightmare Next Door S02E21: "Silent Night, Violent Night"
    Off the Hook: Extreme Catches S01E03: "Running With the Devil"
    On The Case With Paula Zahn S06E10: "Fatal Footage"
    One Piece (JP) S06E43
    Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle S02E19: "Episode 19"
    Political Animals S01E05: "16 Hours"
    Rinne no Lagrange S02E06: "Episode 6"
    Saint Seiya Omega S01E19
    Secret Millionaire S03E07: "Sean Belnick: New York, NY"
    Shake It Up S02E28: "Embarrass It Up"
    Shark Week S25E02: "Shark Week's Impossible Shot"
    Shark Week S25E01: "Air Jaws Apocalypse"
    Shark Wranglers S01E07: "TBA"
    Sinbad S01E06: "The Siren"
    Small Town Security S01E05: "Sneak Attack!"
    Storage Hunters S02E10: "TBA"
    Strange Sex S03E09: "Erection Correction & Sex Furniture"
    Sunday Best (2007) S05E08: "No Fear...All Faith"
    T.U.F.F. Puppy S02E09: "Dog House | Time Waits for No Mutt"
    Tari Tari S01E07: "Spinning in Circles and Losing Sight"
    The 2012 Summer Olympics S01E17: "Closing Ceremonies"
    The Dark: Nature's Nighttime World S01E03: "Patagonian Mountains"
    The Glades S03E10: "Endless Summer"
    The Great Escape S01E07: "Escape from the Power Station"
    The Newsroom (2012) S01E08: "The Blackout, Part 1: Tragedy Porn"
    The Only Way Is Essex S06E07: "Series 6, Episode 7"
    The Project S04E191: "Season 4, Episode 191"
    The Real Housewives of New Jersey S04E15: "If This RV Is a Rockin'"
    Thelma's Gypsy Girls S01E06: "Episode 6"
    TNA Pay-Per-View S10E08: "Hardcore Justice 2012"
    Toriko S02E18: "Episode 18"
    True Blood S05E10: "Gone, Gone, Gone"
    Uchuu Kyoudai S01E20: "The Worst Possible Punishment"
    UFC PPV Events S20E09: "UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II"
    Ultimate Spider-Man S01E18: "Damage"
    Weeds S08E07: "Unfreeze"
    Xtreme Waterparks S01E07: "World's Best Rides"

Cancelled too soon: Miracles

If this is the first you've heard about cancelled ABC show, Miracles, no one could blame you. If you've heard of, or seen, the series since it aired back in 2003, I'd guess you had some sort of opinion on it. Dealing with issues surrounding religion, the Catholic church and various other existential dilemmas not often seen on network television, the series stands out as a controversial, divisive, but much-loved entry into the 'cancelled too soon' category.

Many shows never make it past their first series, but Miracles was something special, and was plagued by circumstance and a lack of network faith to the point where it was pulled before it could make any sort of lasting impact.

Hitting screens in a time period when US television was keen to cover the war in Iraq in as much detail as possible, an unsettled schedule and disrupted running-order meant that few saw Miracles when it originally aired, and low ratings couldn't justify more than six episodes. The DVD box-set contains all 13 filmed instalments of the series, and the impressive collection really makes a case for bringing it back in some form. After almost a decade, however, this is as much of a lost cause as other programmes that have faded into obscurity, but Miracles was a surprising and different show featuring themes and ideas that haven't really been recreated since.

The premise of the show combines issues of faith and religion with a procedural structure and overriding mythology. Creator Richard Hatem calls the series a "spiritual X-Files" and that's as good a nutshell description as any. What separates Miracles from its various paranormal investigation predecessors is its guts to delve into the delicate area of Catholicism, and following a leading man who, in the pilot, is alienated by corporate thinking deep in the structure of the church. Paul Callan (Skeet Ulrich) is that man, and he goes through a helluva spiritual journey over 13 weeks.

When we meet Paul, he's working at proving or disproving (which is more often the case) alleged miracles across the country. Tired of never witnessing the hand of God for himself, Paul is alienated and frustrated, until he meets a young boy named Tommy (Jacob Smith). Tommy can apparently heal people, but is slowly dying from a rare disease. When Paul is hit by a train, dangerously close to death, Tommy chooses to save him, ending his own life. From this point on, Paul is haunted by his guilt over the event, and the apparition of the boy himself, and continues to wrestle with his faith from week to week.

He is eventually tracked down by the mysterious Alva Keel (Angus MacFadyen), an independent investigator who's been following Paul for some time. Questioning him over his experience at the crash, we learn that the words he saw spelled out in his own blood - "God is now here" - are a variation on others' experiences where they saw the words "God is nowhere". This forms the ongoing mythology for Paul's character and the show overall, and, though we never get these questions fully answered, it's a delightfully evocative seed to plant in the audience's mind. Where this would have gone, we'll never know, but we're encouraged to bring our own experiences to absolutely everything.

Paul joins Alva's organisation, and works with him and Evelyn (Marisa Ramirez) looking into strange goings-on and searching for his own answers. Skeet Ulrich is perfect for the show as, looking and performing like a movie star, he has the ability to carry a show from week to week. Paul is a deeply troubled and broken figure throughout, and never truly recovers his faith in God or peace with the many losses he's suffered. He and Tommy are set up as equals in the pilot, mainly for the stock they put in others' expectations, and Ulrich portrays the crippling effect of this character trait so comfortably.

Despite the interesting, or not so (every series has some mundane filler episodes), things going on elsewhere, we always want to watch him, and the writers do a great job in sprinkling little nuggets of the overriding story throughout every episode. As part of the three-part team, he is by far the strongest, with MacFadyen in particular coming across a little uneven at times. Closed-off and mysterious figures are hard to pull off without becoming detached or humorously hammy and, for every moment of insight into the character of Alva, there's a moment in which he is archetypal just to serve the story at hand.

Further problems occur with the only female character, Evelyn, who is missing from far too much of the series. Not cast for the pilot episode (in which she only appears in the final shot, played by a different actress), Ramirez dithers almost every week with the bare minimum to do. When the trio are investigating, she serves the purpose of covering more ground, but she's never really given her own meaty storyline, and the popular brotherly relationship between Paul and Alva may have contributed to her sidelining. What we did see was interesting, as a single mother and ex-policewoman, but the series didn't have time to delve into her past in any substantial way.

As previously stated, Miracles was essentially a procedural series with a paranormal twist, and it really shone in its standalone instalments. Certain episodes are simply magnificent in their storytelling, performances, and sheer guts, and still stand up today as fresh and inventive examples of television. The Ferguson Syndrome, though not the best episode it produced, is a great example of how to properly set up a show while still being able to stand alone; Hand of God was the most mythology-rich instalment of the run, and managed to combine it with the episodic structure and character development, and Mother's Daughter dealt with ideas of re-incarnation within a living host, set through the prism of a mother's undying attachment.

But the best example of Miracles was almost certainly The Friendly Skies, which is breathtaking in its execution of a story's inherent emotional drama. Following a group of passengers who all experienced a phenomenon when their plane temporarily disappeared, Paul, Alva and Evelyn are enlisted to investigate. Every single story, detailed through admirably mundane interviews, is fascinating and heartbreaking in its own specific way, and the episode is a rollercoaster of experiences even on multiple viewings. As with the rest of the series, the statement was less interested in why the incident happened, and much more concerned with how it affected the people involved.

With shades of Stephen King, The Exorcist, The X-Files, The Twilight Zone, and many other examples of horror cinema and television, Miracles was a special blip in ABC's 2003 schedule, and the potential for a fascinating and influential genre series was ripped away with its cancellation. Though it reached a small and vocal audience during its time on the air, their tireless campaigning wasn't enough to save the show, and it faded away with little fanfare. Still, unlike other cancelled series before and after, Miracles works perfectly well as a standalone mini-series and, for those interesting in horror or fantasy television, or just darn good storytelling, it's essential viewing.

'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Is the Bomb With Guantanamo Bay Prisoners

'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' is experiencing a resurgence -- and its emerging fanbase gives new meaning to the phrase "captive audience."

The Miami Herald reports that Will Smith's 1990s comedy has become a big hit with the suspected terrorists being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, supplanting the "Harry Potter" books as the preferred form of diversion for the inmates.

"I just ordered all six seasons,” a librarian at the detention camp told the  Herald.

The series, which aired on NBC from 1990 to 1996, followed Will Smith as a teenager from West Philadelphia who's sent to live with his wealthy relatives in Bel-Air, Calif., in order to distance him from the rough streets of his hometown.

In the meantime, the "Harry Potter" titles, once hot items among the detention center's 28,000-title library, sit largely unwanted on the library's shelves.

“They’re over that; it’s been more than a year [since 'Potter' was popular],” the librarian told the newspaper.

Another popular title among the inmates? The Oxford English Dictionary, as the prisoners attempt to brush up on their language skills while incarcerated. According to the librarian, he's had to order 10 copies of the reference book -- nearly one for every cell block of the facility.

Whether the dictionaries will help the prisoners translate a sentence like "Yo homes, smell ya later" is anyone's guess.

Development Update: the 12th of August

BACKSTROM (A.K.A. UNTITLED EVERT BACKSTROM PROJECT) (CBS) - The Eye has laid claim to 20th Century Fox Television's small screen take on the Backstrom books by renowned Swedish criminologist/novelist Leif G.W. Persson. Said project was originally set up FOX - where it landed a put pilot commitment last year - with Stephen Gaghan attached to pen the adaptation. Hart Hanson ("Bones") has since stepped in to spearhead the hour, about "an overweight, offensive, irascible detective as he tries and fails to change his self-destructive behavior," which now has a pilot production commitment. Hanson will pen the script and executive produce with Persson and his agent Niclas Salomonsson also receiving executive producer credits. (

CONQUEST (Showtime, New!) - Director Ron Howard and screenwriter Jose Rivera ("The Motorcycle Diaries") are set to team for a potential period drama which "tells the story of famed Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes, who led the Spanish conquest in Mexico, and his clash with Moctezuma II, the last ruler of the Aztec Empire which fell at the hands of Cortes and his men." Fox 21 is behind the hour, which Rivera and Howard will executive produce alongside David Nevins and Francie Calfo for their Imagine Television banner. Hans Beimler ("The Middleman") will also serve as a consultant. (

LOWE ROLLERS (FOX, New!) - Writer/director Ash Brannon ("Surf's Up") has booked a potential animated comedy at the network about "a family that tries to maintain a semblance of civility while struggling to run a sinking Titanic-themed casino in the heart of Sin City." Mark Torgove and Paul Kaplan ("Outsourced") are also on board to co-write the 20th Century Fox Television-based project, which they'll likewise executive produce alongside Brannon and DarkFire's Ryan Reynolds, Allan Loeb, Jonathon Komack Martin and Steven Pearl. (

HARD UP (FOX, New!) - The ever-busy John Wells has set up a new single-camera comedy at the network about "four twentysomething, cash-strapped close friends willing to do anything for each other - especially if it means breaking the rules as they fight against the odds to keep their home in a gentrifying neighborhood." Etan Frankel ("Shameless") is on board to co-write the half-hour, which is based on Hanan Savyon and Guy Amir's Israeli series "Asfur." Wells and Frankel then will executive produce alongside Savyon, Amir, Andrew Stearn, Mark Mylod and Mirit Toovi for Warner Bros. Television. (

UNTITLED NOAH HAWLEY PROJECT (ABC, New!) - "My Generation" creator Noah Hawley is back in business with the Alphabet for "a high-script drama revolving around a mysterious game." 20th Century Fox Television-based K.O. Paper Products is behind the hour, which has a script commitment with a penalty attached. The company's Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Heather Kadin then will executive produce alongside writer Hawley. (

UNTITLED MATT MANFREDI/PHIL HAY PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Feature writers Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay ("Clash of the Titans") are developing a new comedy at the network about "a disgraced hotel-industry hotshot who is exiled to a lower-rung airport hotel, where he is forced to manage an oddball staff in his quest to will the hotel (and his life) to 4-star greatness." 20th Century Fox Television is behind the presumably single-camera half-hour, which the duo will executive produce alongside DarkFire's Ryan Reynolds, Allan Loeb, Jonathon Komack Martin and Steven Pearl. (

THE BRADY BUNCH (CBS, New!) - Mike Mariano ("Raising Hope") is spearheading a revival of the 1969-1974 comedy, in which "a divorced Bobby Brady, with children of his own, is remarried to a woman who also has kids, and together they also share a child. In addition, their ex-spouses are still part of their lives." Vince Vaughn, Victoria Vaughn and Peter Billingsley of Wild West Picture Show Productions are executive producing the multi-camera project alongside Mariano and Lloyd Schwartz, son of the late Sherwood Schwartz, for CBS Television Studios. (

- Feature writer Richard D'Ovidio ("Thir13en Ghosts") has landed a new drama at the network about Nick Keating who, "after serving a third tour in Afghanistan, returns home to find his small Texas town under the control of a militia group led by his older foster brother. After being seduced by the militia's surprisingly community-based motives, he accepts a rare invitation to join the group [where] unbeknownst to his new 'family,' Nick has a secret agenda that will put his life in jeopardy and lead him to question his allegiances." ABC Studios-based Di Bonaventura Pictures Television is behind the hour, with the company's Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott executive producing alongside D'Ovidio. (

UNTITLED DAN HARMON PROJECT (FOX, New!) - "Community" creator Dan Harmon has inked a second blind script deal in as many weeks, this time at the Eye. CBS Television Studios will produce the potential half-hour, also a multi-camera comedy project. Harmon previously signed a similar deal with FOX last week. (

HANNIBAL (NBC) - Caroline Dhavernas ("Off the Map") has boarded the upcoming drama, a contemporary take on the Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) characters from Thomas Harris's novels. She'll play a psychology professor/consultant profiler who "would like to be Will's friend and fears that his recruitment by FBI agent Jack Crawford's (Laurence Fishburne) will put him in harm's way." Bryan Fuller is behind the project, from Gaumont International Television. (

LOW WINTER SUN (AMC) - Ruben Santiago Hudson and Athena Karkanis are the latest additions to the drama pilot, a serial which begins with the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective. The former will play Lt. George Torrance, "a 25-year veteran of the force who has, thus far, survived the down and dirty arena of Detroit crime and politics"; with the latter as Dani Kahlil, "a beautiful and highly intelligent detective who is a bright light on the force." In addition, Ernest R. Dickerson ("The Walking Dead") is in talks to direct the hour, from writer Chris Mundy, AMC Studios, Endemol Studios and Tiger Aspect Productions. James Ransone and Mark Strong also star. (

UNTITLED RUSSEL FRIEND/GARRETT LERNER PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner ("House") have booked a potential new drama at the network about the "Upstairs, Downstairs"-esque dynamic on a naval aircraft carrier between the newly enlisted and the veteran officers. 20th Century Fox Television is behind the hour, which has a script commitment with a penalty attached should it not move forward to pilot. (

HOTEL CALIFORNIA (NBC, New!) - Ol Parker ("The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel") has scored a script order from the Peacock for a new drama about "a high-end Los Angeles hotel and its general manager and permanent resident Jamie Jones, who's determined to keep the property as the place to stay in the city." Universal Television and Working Title Television are behind the project, with Daniel Pipski executive producing alongside Parker. (

UNTITLED JOSH MEYERS/SETH MEYERS PROJECT (NBC, New!) - "Saturday Night Live" head writer Seth Meyers is set to team with his younger brother, Josh Meyers, for a new multi-camera comedy at the Peacock. Universal Television-based Broadway Video is behind the half-hour with Lorne Michaels and Peter Grosz ("The Colbert Report") executive producing alongside the duo. No other details were given. (

UNTITLED TOM BRADY PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Tom Brady ("Hell on Wheels") is set to pen a potential United Nations-set drama at the Peacock about "an interpreter at the international organization's New York HQ working with ambassadors and politicians from various countries as they deal with political and military crisis around the world." Said hour comes from Parkes-MacDonald Productions with the company's Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Ted Gold serving as executive producers. (

UNTITLED CHRIS LEVINSON PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Chris Levinson ("Touch") has landed a script commitment from the network for a new drama about "a major crimes detective who starts slowly losing his memory" and opts to put his entire life under surveillance, creating a world where nothing is ever as it appears. 20th Century Fox Television-based Chernin Entertainment is behind the hour, with the company's Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope executive producing alongside Levinson. (

THE BEACH (FOX, New!) - Alex Garland's 1996 novel-turned-2000 movie is being developed as a potential drama at the network. Andrew Miller ("The Secret Circle") is spearheading the project, which would track "a group of young people feeling disconnected and disenchanted from society who try to start over in paradise but discover that while creating the perfect world is hard, protecting it is even harder." 20th Century Fox Television, where Miller has a blind script deal, is producing. (

UNTITLED BYRON BALASCO PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Byron Balasco ("Detroit 1-8-7") has landed a put pilot commitment from the Alphabet for a "Romeo and Juliet"-esque drama about "two rival families and a forbidden and dangerous romance emerging between them as the two families battle for control of Venice, California." Warner Bros. Television-based Wonderland Sound and Vision is behind the hour, which the company's McG and Peter Johnson will executive produce alongside Balasco. (

UNTITLED NORMAN MAILER PROJECT (HBO, New!) - Stephen Schiff ("Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps") is spearheading a potential telefilm at the pay channel about the late literary icon Norman Mailer's relationship with prisoner Jack Abbot, who helped the author with his 1980 Pultizer Prize-winning book "The Executioner's Song." Tina Brown is executive producing the project alongside Mailer's son Michael Mailer and Lydia Pilcher while another Mailer son, John, is co-producing with Lawrence Schiller. (

UNTITLED RAND RAVICH PROJECT (NBC, New!) - "Life" creator Rand Ravich is returning the Peacock, this time for a new Washington, D.C.-set drama about "an idealistic secret service agent who finds himself at the epicenter of an international crisis on his first day on the job." Ravich will pen and executive produce the project alongside his producing partner Far Shariat for 20th Century Fox Television. (

UNTITLED SID QUASHIE PROJECT (FX, New!) - Feature writer Sid Quashie ("The Boston College Fix") is set to team with music mogul Andre Romelle Young (a.k.a. Dr. Dre) for a potential drama at the cable channel. The untitled hour "explores present day Los Angeles through the lenses of the music business and the crime business." Quashie will pen the script and executive produce alongside Crucial Television's Dre and Daniel Schnider with Brad Bertner serving as a co-executive producer. (

PARIAH (NBC, New!) - Kevin Fox ("Lie to Me") has booked a new drama at the Peacock in which "the Mayor of San Diego appoints a rogue academic with no law enforcement background to run a task force using alternative methods of policing." Said effort, from Lionsgate Television, features characters inspired by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner's book "Freakonomics." Kelsey Grammer, Stella Stolper and Brian Sher of Grammnet Productions will also serve as executive producers alongside Fox with Levitt and Dubner also receiving producing credits. (

UNTITLED JOSS WHEDON PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Joss Whedon has signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Studios for film and television through the end of June 2015. Said pact calls for Whedon to write and direct "The Avengers 2" as well as, according to a statement from the company, "help develop a new live action series for Marvel Television at ABC. He will also contribute creatively to the next phase of Marvel's cinematic universe."(

BROTHERS-IN-LAW (TV Land) - Jay Mohr and Ellen Woglom have joined the cast of the multi-camera comedy pilot, which revolves around the family dynamic between a husband (Josh Cooke) and the eccentric fiance of his wife's twin sister. They'll play the latter couple in the project, which comes from co-creators Bill Martin and Mike Schiff. Stuber Productions is producing. (

BUDA BRIDGE (HBO, New!) - Oscar-nominee Michael R. Roskam ("Bullhead") has booked a Belgian-set drama at the pay channel about "a series of violent crimes and strange science that bring mayhem to the dark capital of the European state" after a woman is found dead on Buda Bridge. Roskam will write, direct and serve as a co-executive producer on the potential hour with Michael Mann and Mark Johnson executive producing. (

CLANDESTINE (Syfy, New!) - Todd Stashwick and Dennis Calero have sold a potential drama to the cable channel "described as a swash-buckling space drama/adventure and revolves around mercenaries who masquerade as part of an Intergalactic fleet." John Shiban is attached to supervise the script and executive produce for Universal Cable Productions with Stashwick and Calero serving as co-executive producers. (

GUN MACHINE (FOX, New!) - Warren Ellis's upcoming novel, about "a beleaguered New York City detective who stumbles upon a cache of hundreds of guns that trace back to a wide array of seemingly unrelated unsolved murders," of the same name is being developed as a drama at the network. Dario Scardapane is on board to pen the adaptation for the 20th Century Fox Television-based Chernin Entertainment, with Ellis, Scardapane, Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope all serving as executive producers. (

I'M NOT DEAD YET (TV Land) - Ben Falcone ("What to Expect When You're Expecting ") has booked the lead role on the comedy pilot, about a man who finds out that he has a rare heart condition that could cause him to die at any moment, and so he decides to finally start speaking his mind and live life to the fullest. Jon Sherman is behind the single-camera project, which is co-produced by DBS Satellite Services and Electus. (

FAMILY TRADE (GSN, New!) - The cable channel has ordered eight episodes of a new reality series about "the quirky barter system employed by G-Stone Motors, a GMC and Ford dealership in Middlebury, Vermont." Lionsgate Television-based Rogue State Productions is behind the project, with Eli Frankel executive producing. Said effort is targeted for a 2013 premiere. (

UNTITLED SANYA RICHARDS-ROSS PROJECT (WE tv, New!) - The life of Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross is set to be the focus of a potential reality series at the cable channel. Good Clean Fun is behind the project, which also reveals the often intense rivalry between Richards-Ross and her husband, two-time Super Bowl champion Aaron Ross, who recently signed a three-year, $15.3 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. A pilot was shot prior to this year's Summer Games. (

WHISPER OF FEAR (Lifetime, New!) - Rhonda Saunders's book, subtitled "The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Stalks the Stalkers," is being developed a backdoor pilot telefilm at the cable channel. Said effort would revolve around "a criminal prosecutor who penned the law on stalking in California and is based on the true story of a hot-head cop and polished district attorney who team to bring a stalker obsessed with her former lover to justice." David Wiener is on board to pen the Pilgrim Studios-based project with the company's Craig Piligian executive producing. (

Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones, Adele, Pink Floyd, George Michael, Queen to Close Olympics?

The closing ceremony for the London Olympics will be a star-studded affair filled with top-rate musical talent including Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and Adele. Probably. Possibly. If Telegraph reporter Neil McCormick is to be believed.

McCormick interviewed David Arnold, musical director of Sunday's closing ceremony of the Olympics, and while Arnold didn't come right out and confirm the musical guests for the bash, that didn't stop McCormick from dishing out the details of who'll supposedly be playing, albeit with more than a grain of salt.

Since Arnold called an earlier story by McCormick about the ceremony "scarily accurate," the writer takes license to suppose that Kinks frontman Ray Davies, Paul McCartney, the Spice Girls, Adele, Take That, The Who, Muse, George Michael, Pink Floyd, Queen, former the Jam/Style Council maestro Paul Weller, boy-band sensation One Direction, George Michael, Elton John and the Rolling Stones will all be participating in the festivities.

"But I’m just guessing," McCormick hedges.

Of course, it's questionable whether McCartney, who already performed at the London games' opening ceremony, would double-dip on the Olympics glory. And the International Olympic Committee has remained tight-lipped about the lineup for the closing ceremony.

Arnold did say, however, that the closing ceremony will be "beautiful, cheeky, cheesy, camp, silly and thrilling." And that it "should be the greatest after-party in the world ... If the Opening Ceremony was the wedding, then we're the wedding reception."

Whether that reception includes the Stones and the rest of the stellar lineup that McCormick half-reports will be there remains to be seen.

Nicollette Sheridan's 'Desperate Housewives' Case Heard by Appeals Court

Nicollette Sheridan's drawn-out legal battle with her former "Desperate Housewives" bosses began another chapter Thursday, as her attorney attempted to make the case in a Los Angeles courtroom that the actress was wrongfully terminated.

Sheridan, her attorney Mark Baute, and ABC/Touchstone attorney Adam Levin appeared before judges Nora Manella, Norman Epstein and Thomas Willhite Jr. at the Court of Appeals, 2nd Appellate District in Los Angeles to plead their sides of the case. The legal saga began in 2010 with a $20 million lawsuit filed by Sheridan. That action ended in a mistrial in March, 2012.

During Thursday's hearing, Levin argued that all of the evidence showed that Sheridan's employment on "Desperate Housewives" came to an end naturally with the end of her contract, and that she wasn't terminated.

Baute, meanwhile, countered that Sheridan was fired mid-season, mid-contract as an act of retaliation by "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry. Baute noted that she was the only actor out of the main cast not to be renewed for the series, and she had recently complained of being slapped by Cherry.

He also claimed that it was unprecedented in television history for a character to be terminated mid-season, though Judge Manella said that point was irrelevant.

Judge Willhite questioned how Sheridan's departure could be considered a wrongful termination if her contract contained an option to renew.

Baute told the court, "We want reality to govern the outcome of this," adding that "Desperate Housewives" production company Touchstone is trying to characterize Sheridan's departure as "a routine non-renewal as opposed to retaliatory termination."

Sheridan originally sued Touchstone and ABC for $20 million for being improperly fired after she said she was slapped by Cherry in a dispute. Cherry countered that he was merely attempting to give Sheridan stage direction, and that the decision to kill off her character, Edie Britt, was made months before the incident.

A retrial in the case had been scheduled for Sept. 10, before Judge Elizabeth Allen White of Los Angeles Superior Court vacated the date. White wanted the appeals court to clarify language in a writ it had issued, preventing Sheridan's legal team from pursuing its wrongful termination claim. White said that she found language in the writ "puzzling."

The appeals court did say that Sheridan could amend her complaint and make a claim under California Labor Code 6310 (b), which protects employees from being terminated or threatened with termination if they make a complaint about workplace safety.

"We are optimistic that the court of appeal will recognize the validity of the wrongful termination claim," Baute told