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woensdag 15 augustus 2012

Will Mellor on 'Broadchurch': 'It's the biggest drama I've ever done'

Will Mellor has spoken about his role in new ITV drama Broadchurch.

The crime thriller stars Doctor Who actors David Tennant and Arthur Darvill, as well as Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur) and Vicky McClure (This Is England).

Mellor told Digital Spy that he is "really excited" to be a part of the eight-part series, which he described as "the biggest drama I've ever done".

"I don't want to give anything away about my character, but all I can say is, it's the most different character I've ever played," he hinted. "I will look and be a lot different than how you're used to seeing me."

Mellor - who stars in BBC sitcom In with the Flynns - added that he is keen to balance comedy and drama in his career.

"I'm really grateful that ITV have given me another chance to do a drama," the 36-year-old said. "It means that I don't get stuck in the pigeonhole of being a comedy actor."

The second series of Will Mellor's BBC One comedy In with the Flynns begins on Friday, August 17 at 9.30pm on BBC One.

TV Tonight 15th of August 2012

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

    20/20 S34E53: "Season 34, Episode 53"
    24 Hours in A&E S02E14: "Series 2, Episode 14"
    America's Got Talent S07E23: "4 You Tube acts advance to the top 24"
    American Hoggers S02E02: "When Push Comes To Shove"
    American Hoggers S02E01: "Over The Hill"
    Auction Hunters S03E18: "Ton's Hot Commodity"
    Baby Daddy S01E08: "The Daddy Whisperer"
    Best Sandwich in America S01E11: "Championship Finale"
    Big Brother (AU) S09E03: "Season 9, Episode 3"
    Big Brother (US) S14E15: "Episode 15 - Veto Competition #5"
    Big Brother After Dark S07E35: "Season 7, Episode 35"
    Big Brother's Bit on the Side S05E01
    Celebrity Big Brother S10E02: "Series 10 - Live from the House"
    Celebrity Big Brother S10E01: "Series 10 - Live Launch"
    Celebrity Masterchef S07E03: "Series 7, Episode 3"
    Chelsea Lately S06E129
    Damages S05E06: "I Need to win"
    Daybreak S02E242: "August 15, 2012"
    Days of our Lives S47E187: "Ep. #11897"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S08E03: "Episode 1996"
    Degrassi S12E19: "Scream (1)"
    Doctors S14E68: "Art and Soul"
    EastEnders S28E127: "August 15, 2012"
    Emergency with Angela Griffin S02E07: "Series 2, Episode 7"
    Emmerdale S41E191: "August 15, 2012"
    Futurama S07E10: "Near-Death Wish"
    General Hospital (US) S50E96: "#12624"
    Haunted Collector S02E10: "Firestarter/Haunted Museum"
    Hollyoaks S18E163: "August 15, 2012"
    Hollywood Exes S01E09: "Episode 9"
    Hollywood Heights S01E43: "Loren's Recording Session"
    Home and Away (AU) S25E148: "Episode 5583"
    House Hunters S50E38
    House Hunters International S34E34
    I Married a Mobster S02E02: "Scarred for Life"
    I Married a Mobster S02E01: "Breaking Bulger"
    Jimmy Kimmel Live S09E289
    Johnny Test S05E53: "Green Johnny"
    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon S02E316
    Late Show with David Letterman S19E111
    LEGO NinjaGo: Masters of Spinjitzu S02E18: "Child's Play"
    Mama Drama S01E06: "Shingle Ladies"
    Masterchef Australia S05E15: "All Stars - 15"
    Melissa & Joey S02E13: "Wherefore Art Lennox"
    Million Dollar Listing S05E10
    Monkey Life S05E13: "Series 5, Episode 13"
    Necessary Roughness S02E09: "Might as Well Face it"
    Neighbours S28E158: "Episode 6468"
    Not My Mama's Meals S02E01: "Boys Night"
    Operation Repo S10E13: "TBA"
    Paranormal Witness S02E02: "Brooklyn Haunting"
    Picked Off S01E06: "Battle in the Big Easy"
    Pointless S06E63: "Series 6, Episode 63"
    Property Brothers: Supersized S04E12: "Extended Family Fun"
    Restoration Home S02E05: "Abbey Lane"
    Retired at 35 S02E08: "Knocked Up"
    Royal Pains S04E09: "Business And Pleasure"
    Scooby-Doo - Mystery, Inc. S02E13: "Wrath of the Krampus"
    Secret Dealers S03E18: "Series 3, Episode 18"
    Shark Week S25E07: "World's Scariest Animal Attacks"
    Shark Week S25E06: "Shark Fight"
    So You Think You Can Dance S09E10: "Top 14 Perform / Third Elimination"
    Storage Wars: Texas S02E02: "Mary Had a Little Blom"
    Storage Wars: Texas S02E01: "Flight of the GrumbleBee"
    Superscrimpers: Waste Not, Want Not S03E04: "Series 3, Episode 4"
    The Amazing Race Australia S02E12: "Leg 12 (China → Australia)"
    The Block (NZ) S01E13: "Episode 13"
    The Bold and the Beautiful S26E103: "Ep. #6387"
    The Colbert Report S08E103: "Santigold"
    The Culture Show S17E07: "The Edinburgh Festival - 1"
    The Daily Show S17E141: "Brian Williams"
    The Exes S02E09: "The Party"
    The Farmer Wants A Wife (AU) S08E01: "Season 8, Episode 1"
    The Franchise S02E06: "Miami Marlins (6)"
    The Jeremy Kyle Show S07E231: "August 15, 2012"
    The Listener S03E09: "Crossed"
    The Only Way Is Essex S06E08: "Series 6, Episode 8"
    The Project S04E194: "Season 4, Episode 194"
    The Real World S27E08: "Hurts So Good"
    The Shire S01E07: "Episode 7"
    The Soul Man S01E09: "How To Be a Church Lady"
    The Soup S09E33: "August 15"
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno S20E131
    The Young and the Restless S40E102: "Ep. #9971"
    Toddlers and Tiaras S05E19: "Universal Royalty Motown"
    Top Chef: Masters S04E04: "Grand Canyon Cookout"
    Toy hunters S01E02: "North Carolina"
    Toy hunters S01E01: "Jedi Shore"
    Vexed S02E03: "Series 2, Episode 3"
    Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) S09E01: "Samantha Womack"
    Who The (Bleep) Did I Marry? S03E08: "One Night Affair"

'Take Me Out' renewed for two more series by ITV

Take Me Out has been renewed for two more series by ITV.

The Paddy McGuinness dating show will return to screens later this year accompanied again by its spinoff show Take Me Out: The Gossip, which has become ITV2's third most-popular series behind Celebrity Juice and The Only Way Is Essex.

Reacting to the news, McGuinness commented: "I'm looking forward to warming up those winter nights with some hot dates."

Suzy Lamb, Head of Entertainment at production company Thames, said: "We're delighted to be returning and proud that ITV see the series as a key part of their primetime schedules.

"To date, Take Me Out has produced three engagements, with possibly more to come - almost a better hit rate than most online dating websites."

Take Me Out, which first aired in 2010, features 30 single girls who judge prospective dates by either keeping on or turning off their lights.

Take Me Out: The Gossip launched alongside the main show's third series earlier this year with TOWIE's Mark Wright and Zoe Hardman as hosts. Both will return for future editions.

Take Me Out's renewal comes despite controversies over contestant Aaron Withers's assault conviction and past as an escort and his date Wen-Jing Mo's admission that she once worked as a £200-an-hour prostitute.

Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat coy on multi-Doctor anniversary episode

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has remained coy about rumours that the show's 50th anniversary will involve a multi-Doctor episode.

BBC Radio 5 Live's Richard Bacon probed Moffat on the subject this afternoon, but the TV writer refused to confirm or deny suggestions that previous Doctors such as David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston could return.

"I'm not telling you," said Moffat. When Bacon replied: "That means a yes," Moffat added: "Is it? Oh good."

Bacon continued to try to tease information from Moffat on the subject, discovering that the show boss recently had dinner with Tennant,

"I saw [David] the other night, he's in very good form," said Moffat.

"He's a mate of mine. We went for the dinner the other night. I showed him photos of the new series."

After describing Sylvester McCoy as a "cracking Doctor", Bacon jokingly asked if he would also be involved in a multi-Doctor special. Moffat still refused to play ball on the subject.

Speaking about a possible return last week, Tennant added fuel to fan speculation, commenting: "I cannot be drawn on anything.

"Who knows what will happen next year? I'm sure there are lots of plans being discussed. I am not confirming nor denying anything."

Tennant was the show's Tenth Doctor between 2005 and 2010.

Matt Smith has spoken on numerous occasions about his support for a multi-Doctor episode and his desire to work alongside Tennant and Eccleston.

Ratings: 'The Closer' Finale Hits Summer High for Cable, With 9.1M Viewers

TNT's "The Closer" ended its seven-season run Monday night, with the series finale drawing in nearly 9.1 million total viewers.

That makes it cable's No. 1 series telecast so far this summer.

Though impressive, Monday's series finale drew the second-highest total viewership in "The Closer"'s history -- the September 2007 mid-season finale amassed 9.2 million total viewers.

In terms of key demos, Monday night's swan song for "The Closer" -- which starred Kyra Sedgwick as Brenda Leigh Johnson, deputy chief of the LAPD's Major Crimes Unit -- averaged more than 2 million viewers in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 2.7 viewers in the 25-54 demo.

"The Closer" finale also helped to boost TNT's new offering "Major Crimes," which premiered following the "Closer" finale.

The "Major Crimes" debut brought in 7.2 million total viewers, making it cable's most-watched new series launch this year.

Next Monday, "Major Crimes" -- a spinoff of "The Closer," which stars Mary McDonnell in her "Closer" role of Captain Sharon Raydor -- will take "The Closer"'s 9 p.m. timeslot, followed by new episodes of "Perception."

"The Closer," which premiered in June 2005, was produced for TNT by The Shephard/Robin Company, in association with Warner Bros. Television.

In addition to McConnell -- who was nominated for an Emmy for her work on "The Closer" -- "Major Crimes" stars "Closer" alum G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz and Phillip P. Keene.

Benedict Cumberbatch on posh-bashing: I'm castigated as a rich b**tard

Benedict Cumberbatch has said that he is not happy about the "posh-bashing" he sometimes suffers.

The actor told the Radio Times that such attention makes him consider moving to the US.

"All the posh-bashing that goes on," Cumberbatch said. "I wasn't born into land or titles, or new money, or an oil rig.

"[I'm] castigated as a moaning, rich public school b**tard, complaining about only getting posh roles."

He added: "So domestic, and so dumb. It makes me think I want to go to America."

Cumberbatch has previously complained about being typecast because of his upbringing.

"Being a posh actor in England, you can't escape class-typing, from whatever side you look at it," he said last year.

"I realised quite early on that, although I wasn't trying to make a career speciality of it, I was playing slightly asexual, sociopathic intellectuals."

When it was suggested that drinking green tea had turned him 'all LA', Cumberbatch said: "No, I'm just being good today.

"And actually, you know, LA is not all that abstemious. There's much more drinking and partying going on than I thought there would be.

"It's all about extremes with that place, so you get the worst excesses of everything - the health-kick thing, over-indulgence, recreational drug use, everything. It's paradise!"

'Doctor Who' complexity should be celebrated, says Steven Moffat

Steven Moffat has hit back at critics of recent series of Doctor Who, claiming that fans should celebrate the show's more complex plotlines.

The showrunner also claimed that he got no "actual feedback" from viewers that the show had become too complicated.

Moffat did acknowledge that the criticism existed among fans, but claimed that none of it came from children who watched the show, which satisfied him.

"It's demanding television, but isn't that something to celebrate?" Moffat told Richard Bacon's BBC Radio 5 Live show.

"We are doing the opposite of dumbing down. Shouldn't that be celebrated and not criticised?"

Commenting on the subject of whether the BBC sci-fi series is a children's show or an adult drama, he joked: "Everyone by the end of the opening music is a kid!

"It is watched by more adults than kids, but there is something at its heart, which belongs to children.

"All the best stuff is children's. You look at a risotto on a menu and you see the children's menu and there's sausage and chips. All the good stuff belongs to children."

Doctor Who's new series starts soon on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US.

'Only Way Is Essex's Lucy Mecklenburgh: 'Sam Faiers is not my friend'

The Only Way Is Essex's Lucy Mecklenburgh has claimed that Sam Faiers has "stabbed her in the back" again.

The reality star has been feuding with Faiers in the latest series of the ITV2 show over claims that she has proof Mario Falcone cheated on Mecklenburgh.

The pair previously tried to resolve the situation, but in tomorrow night's show, Mecklenburgh tells co-stars Lydia Bright and Danni Park-Dempsey: "If she had proof, when I went round to her house, why didn't she give me the proof then, rather than make up with me and carry on starting it all up again?

"Let's be fair - it's not the first time she has stabbed me in the back.

"I broke up with Mark Wright and then that night she got in a cab with him and slept with him. That's not a friend."

Meanwhile, Charlie King is angry when he finds out that Bobby Norris confided in his ex-girlfriend Gemma Collins about his feelings for King.

Mecklenburgh previously admitted that Faiers's claims tarnished her engagement to Falcone.

The Only Way Is Essex continues tomorrow (August 15) at 10pm on ITV2.

Charlie Sheen Returns to Twitter, Plugs 'Anger Management'

Breaking an agonizing silence, Charlie Sheen has returned to Twitter after a month-long absence.

But don't look for any proclamations regarding tiger blood, à la last March, when he first signed onto the social media service.

Sheen blew the dust off his Twitter account Tuesday to promote his father Martin Sheen's guest appearance on Thursday's episode of Charlie's FX sitcom "Anger Management."

"It's on! My pop guest stars Thursday on Anger Management," Charlie tweeted. "Watch my dad show up as my dad 9:30p on FX. Best yet!!"

He also linked to a photo of him with his father laughing it up on the set of the show.

The elder Sheen will play the father of Charlie's therapist character, Charlie Goodson.

Prior to Tuesday's plug, Charlie had last tweeted July 13, offering the cryptic message, "Reach for the stars everyone. Dogspeed cadre. C out."

Last week, Lionsgate executives said that "Anger Management," which has averaged 3.4 million total viewers through its first seven episodes, will likely get its full 90-episode order from FX after its 10-episode trial run is through.

Ryan Lochte to Make a Splash With '90210' Cameo

Ryan Lochte is dipping his toe into the waters of scripted television.

Olympic swimmer Lochte, who just racked up five medals at the London games, will follow up his triumph at the Olympics with an appearance on the CW's "90210," CBS said on Tuesday.

Lochte will cameo as a guest at a resort where Naomi Clark (AnnaLynne McCord) and Max Miller (Josh Zuckerman) are staying in an effort to strengthen their relationship.

The episode will air Oct. 29 at 8 p.m.

Alas, Lochte won't be showing off his swimming skills during his appearance.

“We only wish the episode was a surf event so we could have gotten him in the water, but he deserves a little rest on dry land,” "90210" executive producers Patti Carr and Lara Olsen said of his cameo.

Lochte expressed interest in competing on a reality series during an interview with "Today" host Matt Lauer last week.

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