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dinsdag 2 oktober 2012

'Dexter' Podcast Debuts

Desperately seeking more "Dexter" detail? Time to strap yourself down in plastic wrap and put on your headphones.

Following the lead of shows like AMC's "Breaking Bad," Showtime's "Dexter" is debuting its own officially sanctioned podcast, which will feature host Scott Reynolds, one of the show's producers, interviewing its actors and producers.

The first installment of "Dexter Wrap-Up" features Reynolds interviewing Jennifer Carpenter, whose character, Deb, made a series of unpleasant discoveries in Sunday's season premiere. The podcast is available now on iTunes by clicking here.

Future guests will include stars Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, Lauren Velez, David Zayas and James Remar, special guest stars Ray Stevenson and Yvonne Strahovski, and series executive producers Manny Coto and Wendy West.

Buck will also answer questions submitted via Facebook and Twitter. Future episodes will post after each new episode of "Dexter."

"Dexter" also unveiled the new social media trivia game "Dexter's Disciples" on Facebook.

It is also integrated into the existing Dexter apps for iPhone and iPad and Android.

E! Reups Joel McHale Through 2014

The actor/comedian will continue as host of "The Soup" through the end of 2014.

Comedian Will Remain Host of The Soup, Develop New Projects, With E! Getting First-Look Rights

Los Angeles, CA - October 1, 2012 - E! Entertainment has renewed its deal with The Soup host Joel McHale, keeping the actor/comedian as host of the weekly topical comedy show through Dec. 31, 2014. In addition, E! is backing McHale in a production development deal that will give the network first look at any ideas or program concepts from McHale and his team.

"Joel McHale is a one-of-a-kind talent with a unique perspective and a great rapport with the audience on The Soup," said Suzanne Kolb, President of E! Entertainment. "With E! constantly looking for new shows that celebrate a pop of culture, we're very excited to see what new ideas Joel develops."

"Although this derails my plans to be a replacement ref in the NFL, I'm thrilled to be continuing The Soup for two more years especially now with the emergence of Honey Boo Boo Child. One can't just sit by," Joel McHale said of the expanded deal. "I'm also excited about the production deal with E! I'm hoping to make shows that I can make fun of on The Soup. This way we'll never be short of clips to show."

Seth MacFarlane to Host Oscars

"Ted" director and "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, better known for his work behind the camera than in front of it, will host the Oscars.

MacFarlane is no stranger to performing: He voices many of his "Family Guy" characters and hosted "Saturday Night Live" for the first time with this season's premiere. He also hosted last year's Comedy Central roast of Charlie Sheen. But his selection still breaks a long tradition of choosing an actor or comedian with an instantly recognizable face to host the ceremony.

MacFarlane, 38, injects youthful energy into a ceremony that has struggled to appeal to a younger audience. James Franco and Anne Hathaway received poor marks for their attempt to do that two years ago. Eddie Murphy dropped out last year, leaving Billy Crystal to once again take up his familiar role as host.

MacFarlane's show, "Family Guy," has a young following, as did his summer hit, "Ted," which paired Mark Wahlberg with a grown-up teddy bear voiced by MacFarlane. The film has earned $420 million worldwide.

Telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced MacFarlane's new gig Monday.

"We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars. His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh," said Zadan and Meron. "He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him."

"It's truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars," said MacFarlane. "My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don't find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen Roast."

Academy President Hawk Koch praised MacFarlane as "unbelievably talented."

"We couldn't be happier with the creative team we've assembled," he said. "With Craig, Neil, and now Seth, we're off to a great start."

The 85th Academy Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, Feb. 24, on the ABC Television Network.

"The Simpsons" Challenges Fans to Submit Original Couch Gag Ideas at

One lucky contest winner will have his or her submission brought to life in the season finale episode airing in May of 2013.

Contest Runs Through November 15

In celebration of the 24th season of THE SIMPSONS, FOX is giving fans of the animated series the opportunity to submit their written ideas for the iconic "couch gag" that appears during the opening credits of THE SIMPSONS. One lucky contest winner will have his or her submission brought to life in the season finale episode airing in May of 2013.

Announced last night during the season premiere, fans can submit a description of their couch gag ideas to by Thursday, Nov. 15 at 11:59 PM (ET).

Said Homer Simpson, "We are looking for a brilliant, original way to get my butt on a davenport."

To watch/share a clip of the contest announcement, click here:

As chosen by THE SIMPSONS producers, up to three finalists' submissions will be announced in January 2013, and an illustration of each submission will be posted to Fans then will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist. The fan-favorite submission will be animated by THE SIMPSONS animation house Film Roman and debut during the season finale episode in May 2013.

The winner, in addition to having his or her couch gag featured in the season finale episode, will receive a four-day/three-night trip for two to Los Angeles to visit THE SIMPSONS animation studio Film Roman, a coveted seat at a script read with THE SIMPSONS cast and crew, a one-of-a-kind illustration from his/her winning couch gag plus a special prize pack.

There is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The submission period began Sept. 30, 2012 and ends Nov. 15, 2012 at 11:59 pm ET. Open to U.S. residents 18+ in compliance with the rules. For additional info on eligibility, submission requirements, judging and complete Official Rules, visit Void in AK, HI and where prohibited. Sponsored by Fox Broadcasting Company.

Tune in next Sunday, Oct. 7 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) for THE SIMPSONS' 23rd annual "Treehouse of Horror." In the opening segment of yet another Halloween-themed classic, THE SIMPSONS goes back to ancient times when a Mayan Homer and Marge are witnesses to the prediction by ancient calendar makers that 2012 will be the end of the world. In "The Greatest Story Ever Holed," the first of three spine-chilling stories, the Springfield Subatomic Supercollider creates a black hole that terrorizes the city, sucking up everything in its path. Then, in "UNnormal Activity" the Simpsons install cameras all over the house when things start to go bump in the night, and Marge discovers it may have to do with an unholy pact she made some years prior. In the final thrilling tale, "Bart & Homer's Excellent Adventure," Bart time-travels back to 1974 to buy a comic book at cover price, but inadvertently disrupts Homer and Marge's courtship and becomes the son of Marge and Artie Ziff (guest voice Jon Lovitz) in present-day Springfield

"SNL" Returns October 6 with Host Daniel Craig and Musical Guest Muse

Then look for Christina Applegate and Passion Pit on October 13 and Bruno Mars in double duty on October 20.

October 6- Daniel Craig/ Muse; October 13 - Christina Applegate/ Passion Pit; October 20 - Bruno Mars/ Bruno Mars

SNL returns with three back to back shows, starting October 6 with host Daniel Craig and musical guest Muse.

Christina Applegate returns as host on October 13. Applegate currently stars in NBC's comedy "Up All Night" alongside Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett.

Passion Pit will make their musical guest debut. The critically acclaimed group released their sophomore album, "Gossamer," to rave reviews with the album debuting at number four and their singles topping the Billboard Alternative charts.

On October 20, multi-platinum singer/songwriter/producer Bruno Mars will pull double duty as host and musical guest. The Grammy Award-winning singer will release his second album, "Unorthodox Jukebox," on December 11 and the first single "Locked Out Of Heaven" on October 1.

'Strictly' Johnny Ball: 'Zoe won't get me preferential treatment'

Johnny Ball has said that his daughter being on the Strictly Come Dancing spinoff will not get him preferential treatment on the show.

The TV presenter's daughter Zoe competed on the show in 2005 and last year took over from Claudia Winkleman as the host of It Takes Two and returns this year.

Asked if he would get any preferential treatment, Johnny told Metro: "Absolutely not. She didn't know I was doing it until two days before the lineup was announced.

"They wanted to have a camera there when they told her I was doing it but it never happened. I don't want anyone to have the idea Zoe said, 'Please have my dad', because that didn't happen."

Of whether Zoe had given him any tips, he added: "Not with the dancing. She's just told me to enjoy it and go with the flow.

"Everyone who's gone on before comes out the other end saying it's a fantastic experience."

Johnny's professional dance partner Aliona Vilani has suffered an ankle injury which will force her out of the first live show.

'Downton Abbey' overtakes 'The X Factor' in ratings

Downton Abbey commanded a huge audience on Sunday night (September 30), peaking with 10 million viewers.

Yesterday's latest instalment averaged 9.66m (36.9%) for ITV1 in the 9pm hour, before adding 325k (1.8%) on ITV1 +1.

Episode three of the third series, which centred around the disastrous wedding day of Lady Edith and Sir Anthony, ranks as Downton's third most popular - behind only last year's penultimate week and finale.

On those two occasions, however, Downton Abbey inherited an audience of 12m from The X Factor - last night the ITV singing contest drew 9.46m (35.4%) for the judges' pick of the final 12 ahead of the live shows in the 8pm hour.

Downton Abbey was the day's most-watched broadcast, overtaking X Factor for the first time in its history - never previously has Simon Cowell's show not topped the Sunday ratings.

The X Factor, which achieved a series high in its slot between 7.45pm and 9pm, added 382k (1.4%) on ITV1 +1 while The Xtra Factor took 735k (2.8%) on ITV2 (+1: 111k/0.6%).

Over on BBC One, Fake or Fortune? (4.25m/18.1%), Countryfile (5.4m/19.9%) and Andrew Marr's History of the World (2.54m/9.7%) all suffered dips.

On the other terrestrial channels, Big Fat Quiz of the 00s managed 1.45m (6%) for Channel 4 (+1: 276k/1.3%), while Dragons' Den entertained 1.47m (5.6%) on BBC Two, and 863k (3.2%) caught Channel 5's screening of Spider-Man 2.

Europe's dramatic victory over the USA in the Ryder Cup gave Sky Sports a gigantic audience across the day, averaging 1.28m (6.8%) from 4pm until 12.30am. Between 10.45pm and midnight, it was the top-rated show in its slot with over 2m.

Overall, ITV1 thrashed BBC One in primetime with 29.6% (+1: 1.1%) versus 15.8%. Sky Sports 1 rose to third due to its Ryder Cup coverage, while Channel 4 edged into fourth with 5.4% (+1: 1.2%), just ahead of BBC Two's 5.1%, and well clear of Channel 5's 3.5% (+1: 0.2%).

Kirk Norcross's surprise return to The Only Way Is Essex was seen by 844k (4.2%) in ITV2's 10pm slot, adding 183k (1.7%)

Axl Rose Doing 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' in TV Return

Axl Rose is returning to the TV jungle.

The notoriously reclusive Guns N' Roses frontman will appear on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," the band's official web site announced Monday.

The Oct. 24 appearance will mark the singer's first live television broadcast interview in more than 20 years -- if Rose actually shows up. The singer has famously delayed countless concerts.

"Live" did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

It's anybody's guess as to what Rose and Kimmel will discuss. With Rose's legacy, there are plenty of topics ripe for exploration. But there's a good chance he'll discuss the band's upcoming Appetite for Democracy residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, which runs Oct. 31 to Nov. 24.

'Kony 2012' Director to Make First Post-Breakdown Appearance on 'Oprah's Next Chapter'

"Kony 2012" filmmaker Jason Russell, who suffered a very public meltdown in March drawing attention to the atrocities of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony following the release of his video, will appear in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on the next episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter," an OWN spokeswoman told TheWrap on Monday.

The episode, which will air on OWN on Oct. 7 at 9 p.m., will also include Russell's wife Danica, who will discuss her husband's meltdown as well.

Russell, a co-founder of the nonprofit organization Invisible Children, was placed in a medical facility for care after being detained by San Diego, Calif. police, who said that Russell was acting irrationally and erratically. Though reports indicated that Russell engaged in public nudity, masturbation and vandalism during his rampage in the streets of San Diego, police said that there was nothing to substantiate the reports of masturbation and vandalism.

Following Russell's detainment, his wife blamed the incident on "reactive psychosis."

“Though new to us, the doctors say this is a common experience given the great mental, emotional and physical shock his body has gone through in these last two weeks," Danica wrote in a blog post earlier this year. "Even for us, it’s hard to understand the sudden transition from relative anonymity to worldwide attention -- both raves and ridicules, in a matter of days."

Russell's video about Kony drew more than 100 million viewers on the Internet within weeks of its release, but his organization was also met with criticism from detractors who claimed that Invisible Children supports the Ugandan government's army, and brushes aside the Ugandan army's own atrocities.

TV Tonight 2nd of October 2012

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

    112 - på liv och död S06E18: "Del 18 av 36"
    19 Kids and Counting S06E19: "Grand Ole Duggars"
    19 Kids and Counting S06E20: "Hunting and House Guests"
    30 For 30 S02E01: "Broke (Billy Corben)"
    Abby & Brittany S01E08: "The Real World"
    Addicted S02E06: "Phil"
    Alaska: The Last Frontier S02E01: "Dead of Winter"
    Antiques Road Trip S05E02: "Series 5, Episode 2"
    Aspe S08E05: "Lüger"
    Ben and Kate S01E02: "Bad Cop/Bad Cop"
    Big Brother (AU) S09E44: "Daily Show 29"
    Brickleberry S01E02: "2 Weeks Notice"
    Chef Race: UK vs U.S. S01E02: "Bison Battle"
    Chelsea Lately S06E156
    Chopped S13E04: "No Kidding"
    Come Dine With Me S20E18: "Series 20, Episode 17"
    Conan S02E149: "Ashley Greene, Hari Kondabolu"
    Cuckoo S01E02: "Family Meeting"
    Dancing With the Stars (US) S15E04: "Season 15, Episode 4"
    Dancing With the Stars (US) S15E00: "Defining Dances"
    Daybreak S03E22: "October 2, 2012"
    Days of our Lives S47E220: "Ep. #11930"
    De vijfhoek S01E05: "Season 1, Episode 5"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S08E44: "Episode 2037"
    Doctors S14E101: "Reports of My Death"
    Don't Tell the Bride S06E09: "Anthony and Holly"
    Double Your House for Half the Money S01E04: "Surrey and Liverpool"
    EastEnders S28E156: "October 2, 2012"
    Emmerdale S41E232: "October 2, 2012"
    Face Off S03E07: "Monster Twist"
    Flipping Out S06E05: "House of Lies"
    General Hospital (US) S50E129: "#12657"
    Giuliana & Bill S05E11: "The Countdown Begins"
    Go On S01E05: "Do You Believe In Ghosts...Yes!"
    Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden S23E22: "Season 23, Episode 22"
    Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course S01E17: "TV Dinners"
    Halv åtta hos mig S09E26: "Dalsland - Maria"
    Hard Time S03E16: "Revolving Door"
    Hardcore Pawn S06E13: "Oh Yes He Did"
    Hart Of Dixie S02E01: "I Fall To Pieces"
    Helicopter Heroes S06E02: "Series 6, Episode 2"
    Highway Thru Hell S01E05: "No Tears in Towing"
    History Detectives S10E06: "TBA"
    Holby City S14E51: "Blood Money"
    Hollyoaks S18E197: "October 2, 2012"
    Hollywood Heights S01E77: "Jetsetter"
    Home and Away (AU) S25E182: "Episode 5617"
    Hot Set S01E03: "Android Bordello"
    Hotel cæsar S29E58: "Season 29, Episode 58"
    House Hunters S50E72
    House Hunters International S34E68
    How We Won the War S01E07: "Episode 7"
    I Almost Got Away with It S05E13: "Most Elusive Criminals"
    I Hate My Bath S02E11: "One Bourbon, One Bath, One Brilliant Space"
    I Hate My Kitchen S04E12: "Warming Up Arts and Crafts"
    Inside the Actors Studio S18E04: "Liam Neeson"
    Jimmy Kimmel Live S09E312
    Kuba Wojewódzki S19E05: "Łowcy.B, Iwona Węgrowska"
    Last Call with Carson Daly S10E68
    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon S02E343
    Late Show with David Letterman S20E14: "Martin Short, Kat Dennings"
    Later Live - With Jools Holland S10E02: "Series 10, Show 2"
    Live with Kelly S30E17: "Tom Selleck, Mamie Gummer, Heart"
    Love and Marriage: A 20th Century Romance S01E03: "To Have and to Hold"
    Million Dollar Rooms S03E01
    Mord mit Aussicht S02E05: "Scharfe Bräute, ganze Kerle"
    Mr. Young S02E24: "Mr. 1812"
    Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden S01E27
    NCIS S10E02: "Recovery"
    NCIS: Los Angeles S04E02: "Recruit"
    Neighbours S28E192: "Episode 6502"
    New Girl S02E03: "Fluffer"
    Oh Oh Europa S01E27: "Season 1, Episode 27"
    Overhaulin' S06E01: "1965 Impala"
    Parenthood (2010) S04E04: "The Talk"
    Pointless S07E25: "Series 7, Episode 25"
    Private Practice S06E02: "100th Episode: Mourning Sickness"
    Raising Hope S03E01: "Not Indecent, But Not Quite Decent Enough Proposal"
    Rude Tube S05E04: "Daft Stunts"
    Salatut elämät S15E22: "Auf Wiedersehen, Cindy!"
    Shipping Wars S02E14: "Crusin' for a Bruisin'"
    Shipping Wars S02E13: "Big Idea, Bad Idea"
    Sinnasnekker'n S03E05: "Season 3, Episode 5"
    Sons of Anarchy S05E04: "Stolen Huffy"
    Styled to Rock S01E08: "Episode 8"
    Taboo S09E14: "Weird Collections"
    Teen Mom S05E16: "Teen Mom Farewell Special"
    The Big Break S18E02: "Big Break Greenbrier - Almost Heaven"
    The Bold and the Beautiful S26E135: "Ep. #6419"
    The Chase (2009) S05E106: "Series 5, Episode 101"
    The Chew S02E17: "Episode 255"
    The Colbert Report S08E121: "Jorge Ramos"
    The Daily Show S17E159: "Liam Neeson"
    The Dr. Phil Show S11E21: "Missing: The Mystery of Baby Kate"
    The Ellen DeGeneres Show S10E17: "Matchbox Twenty"
    The Great British Bake Off S03E08: "Biscuits"
    The Jeremy Kyle Show S08E22: "October 2, 2012"
    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson S08E152
    The Looney Tunes Show (2011) S02E01: "Bobcats on Three!"
    The Mindy Project S01E02: "Hiring and Firing"
    The New Normal S01E05: "Nanagasm"
    The Paradise S01E02: "Episode 2"
    The Project S04E235: "Season 4, Episode 235"
    The Rickey Smiley Show S01E04: "Cleaning Crisis"
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno S20E159
    The View S16E21: "Jenny McCarthy, Keke Palmer"
    The Voice (US) S03E09: "The Best of The Blind Auditions"
    The X Factor (AU) S04E19: "Season 4, Live Finals 3 (Result)"
    The Young and the Restless S40E134: "Ep. #10003"
    Thuis S18E27: "Season 18, Episode 27"
    Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun S01E01: "Episode 1"
    Tosh.0 S04E22: "TBA"
    Twisted (US) S04E04: "The Gay Slayer"
    UEFA Champions League S10E08: "Extra Time - Group Matches"
    UEFA Champions League S10E07: "CFR Cluj v Manchester United"
    Vegas S01E02: "Money Plays"
    Vocea României S02E02: "Blind Auditions #2"
    Watch What Happens: Live S08E18
    Wereld draait door, De S08E22: "Season 8, Episode 22"
    Wheeler Dealers (2003) S11E03: "Willy's Jeep"
    Winners & Losers S02E15: "Footprints"
    Wolfblood S01E08: "Episode 8"
    World Series of Poker S44E11: "WSOP Main Event"
    World Without End S01E05: "Pawns"

'Inbetweeners' Joe Thomas in Comedy Central's 'Threesome'

The Inbetweeners star Joe Thomas is to appear on Comedy Central series Threesome.

The 28-year-old Fresh Meat actor will play a maths teacher in the sitcom's series two premiere, which airs tonight at 9.30pm.

The episode - which sees Mitch (Stephen Wight) decide to return to life as a student and resit his exams - also features a guest appearance from Outnumbered's Tyger Drew-Honey, who plays a school bully.

The new series of Threesome follows Mitch, Alice (Amy Huberman) and Richie (Emun Elliott) as they attempt to raise their newborn baby.

Huberman recently told Digital Spy that series creator Tom MacRae has "come up with a really original and really funny way of looking at new parenting that isn't [what] you would expect".

"It's just seeing how they do deal with parenthood, but they've done it in a way that it isn't regular clichés," said the actress.

Destination America Looks to Blingy Houses, Bacon, Moving to Alaska

Discovery's new Destination America network says it aims to "celebrate the people, places, and stories of the United States" -- stories that include buying property in the wild, blinging out your home, and eating lots of bacon.

The network announced Monday that it has greenlit three new shows, one of which will debut in just three weeks. It's part of the network's transformation from the eco-conscious Planet Green.

"Buying Alaska," premiering Oct. 21, examines the decision to live in a land of wild and beautiful surroundings -- where dangerous animals and brutal winters are just part of the deal.

"Epic," meanwhile, looks at extravagant homes with such features as helicopter landing pads and underwater speakers for pools. It premieres Dec. 16.

"United States of Bacon," an offshoot of the three-part series "United States of Food," is a 12-episode series about new approaches to bacon, from sea to shining sea. It is slated for a December premiere.

Formerly Planet Green, Destination America has been rebranded as a network that explores America's work ethic, lost mysteries, and, of course, fatty foods.

'Dragons' Den' star Duncan Bannatyne suffers suspected heart attack

Dragons' Den star Duncan Bannatyne has been rushed to hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack.

The millionaire businessman, 63, fell ill earlier today (October 1) while at work in Darlington. He was taken to hospital to undergo a series of tests.

Bannatyne has since tweeted: "In hospital attached to a few wires feeling tired but am sure I will be discharged tomorrow fit & well (fit a pensioner can be anyway).

"Today was my first trip inside an ambulance & with siren wailing. Hope it is the last. LOL."

A spokesperson for The Bannatyne Group said: "Everyone at the company is very concerned and upset but we know that Duncan is a very strong person and we are confident he will make a full recovery.

"Everyone wishes him well. We'd like to thank the quick and professional actions of the paramedics who attended to Duncan and thank the staff at the Memorial Hospital for his ongoing care."

The official Twitter account for Dragons' Den also wished him a speedy recovery.

Ratings: 'Homeland,' 'Dexter' Score Big for Showtime

Showtime announced its biggest Sunday audience ever as "Dexter" scored its highest-rated premiere so far and "Homeland" was up 60 percent from its first season premiere.

"Homeland" returned for its second season a week after winning a slew of Emmy awards that helped boost the terrorism drama's profile.

Sunday's season 2 opener of "Homeland" at 10 p.m. drew 1.73 million total viewers, besting by far the series premiere of the show, with drew 1.08 million. The episode also set a Showtime record for season two premieres, which had previously been held by Shameless."

When encore airings of the premiere are factored in, Sunday's "Homeland" premiere pulled in 2.07 million total viewers -- a 50 percent jump from the season one premiere.

"Homeland" also surpassed the first season's finale.

The season 7 premiere of "Dexter," meanwhile, gave the series its highest-rated season debut to date, delivering 3.04 million total viewers for the night -- a 10 percent climb over its previous season premiere, and also an improvement over its season 6 finale, which drew 2.71 million total viewers.

Sunday night's "Dexter" premiere us currently Showtime's highest-rated telecast of the year, a distinction that was previously held by a March episode of "Shameless," which posted 1.6 million total viewers.

Kirk Norcross makes surprise return to 'The Only Way Is Essex'

Kirk Norcross made a surprise return to The Only Way is Essex last night (September 30).

The reality TV star appeared in the seventh series premiere, having departed the ITV2 show after its third run in 2011.

The Celebrity Big Brother star has now reportedly returned to the show as a regular for its current series, the Daily Mail reports.

Norcross was reunited with his estranged nightclub owner father Mick in the season opener.

The pair discussed their difficult relationship over the past few years, with the 24-year-old stating that their discussions always end in arguments.

However, Norcross told his father that he hopes to repair the relationship by spending more time together.

They were later seen shopping together in the episode while Mick said he would help his son exchange his car for a new model.

Mick Norcross has continued to appear in The Only Way is Essex since his son's departure, as his club the Sugar Hut remained a regular setting.

Kirk Norcross thanked his fans on Twitter for their support following his return, saying: ''Thanks for the support guys!!!! Love you all!!! ... I'm glad to be back!!! #KirksBack (sic)."

The seventh series premiere also included James 'Arg' Argent and Gemma Collins's break-up aftermath, Frankie Essex's new boob job and Joey Essex's plans to move in with Sam Faiers.

The Only Way is Essex continues on Wednesday, October 3 at 10pm on ITV2.

Development Update: The 2nd of October

ATHENA (FOX, New!) - Lisa Joy ("Burn Notice") has booked a coming-of-age drama at the network based on her graphic novel about "a 23-year-old woman who discovers she's Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and warfare. Each week she must maintain her secret identity while battling a slew of ancient monsters from Greek mythology and searching to uncover which of the other Greek gods is secretly plotting against her to take over the Earth." 20th Century Fox Television-based Chernin Entertainment is behind the hour with the company's Peter Chernin and Kathrine Pope executive producing alongside Joy. (

BATES MOTEL (A&E) - Oscar-nominee Vera Farmiga ("Up in the Air") is the first to be cast in the upcoming drama, a contemporary exploration of the formative years of Norman Bates, relationship with his mother, Norma, and the world they inhabit. She'll play said matriarch, described "as passionate, and compelling, a smart, multidimensional character who is always capable of surprising us." Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin are behind the Universal Television-based hour, which was ordered directly to series last month. (

BETRAYAL (ABC, New!) - David Zabel ("Detroit 1-8-7") is looking to import the Dutch series "Overspel," about "an unhappily married woman who begins a torrid affair with the lawyer for a powerful family. When he turns out to be the legal counsel for a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband, the affair and the case begin a spiraling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone involved." Rob Golenberg and Alon Aranya ("Red Widow") are also on board to executive produce the hour, which is set up at ABC Studios. (

THE FARM (NBC) - Veteran character actor Tom Bower is the latest addition to the proposed "The Office" spin-off, which has Dwight (Rainn Wilson) living at the Schrute family beet farm/bed and breakfast. He'll play his great uncle Heinrich Manheim, "who is charming, greedy, manipulative... and may have had to spend time in Argentina following World War II, thanks to his German National Socialist roots." Majandra Delfino, Thomas Middleditch and Matt Jones co-star in the Universal Television-based project, from co-creators Wilson and Paul Lieberstein. (

HOW TO ROCK (Nickelodeon) - Co-creator David M. Israel has posted to his Tumblr account that the freshman comedy won't be returning for a second season. "Nickelodeon has decided, unfortunately, not to give How To Rock a second season," he wrote. "I know this news will be very disappointing for many of you. Believe me, it's disappointing for me, too." The first of its six remaining episodes will air on Saturday, September 22 ("How To Rock a Singing Telegram") culminating in the finale on Saturday, December 8 ("How To Rock Christmas"). (

UNTITLED INGRID HAAS PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Ingrid Haas ("Scott Pilgrim vs. the World") is set to star in a semi-autobiographical comedy at the network in which "Ingrid's parents come to visit her in Los Angeles, she accidentally breaks up their marriage, forcing Ingrid's dad, Wayne, to move in with her and her roommate in their Melrose Place-style apartment building." Haas herself will pen the half-hour with Brad Wollack, Chelsea Handler and Tom Brunelle of Borderline Amazing Productions also executive producing for Universal Television. (

FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES (CBS, New!) - Dana Klein ("Kath & Kim") has sold a potential comedy - with a penalty attached - to the Eye about "a group of 35-year-old friends who each think that the other has it better." The multi-camera project - which will have some single-camera elements - is set up at 20th Century Fox Television with Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan executive producing alongside Klein. (

INTELLIGENCE (CBS, New!) - Michael Seitzman ("North Country") has booked a potential hour at the Eye, about "a man gifted and cursed with a top-secret experimental microchip implanted in his brain that makes him computer-like in the way he sees and processes information." The drama, from ABC Studios, is based on the unpublished book "Dissident" by John Dixon. Tripp Vinson ("Red Dawn") will also executive produce alongside Seitzman. (

A KNIGHT'S TALE (ABC, New!) - Brian Helgeland's 2001 feature - about a peasant squire (played by the late Heath Ledger) who creates a new identity for himself as a knight after his master dies - is being developed as a TV series at the Alphabet. Ronald D. Moore ("Battlestar Galactica") is spearheading the adaptation, which like the film will incorporate modern music into its 14th century romantic adventure. Sony Pictures Television, where Moore's Tall Ship Productions is based, is behind the hour with Helgeland, Maril Davis and Todd Black executive producing alongside Moore. (

KNOCK, KNOCK (ABC, New!) - Kevin Napier (FOX's "The Station") has sold a single-camera comedy to the Alphabet about Mitch Fuller, "an A-list actor who realizes he's losing touch with reality and his family, and moves back to the same building he grew up in in New York, where his parents still live." Ben Stiller, Stuart Cornfeld and Debbie Liebling are also on board to executive produce the project via their Red Hour Television banner for ABC Studios. (

LIVE FROM OUR LIVING ROOM (FOX, New!) - "'Til Death" creators Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith are back in business with the network for "a re-imagining of the domestic family multi-cam sitcom shot and aired live every week." 20th Century Fox Television is behind the half-hour, which has a penalty attached and the duo will write and executive produce. (

MIDDLE AGE RAGE (ABC, New!) - Cheryl Holliday ("Mike & Molly") has sold a single-camera comedy to the Alphabet about "what happens when a middle-aged wife and mother is fed up with feeling invisible and begins to speak up and demand the respect she feels she's earned." Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and ABC Studios are behind the half-hour, which Holliday will write and executive produce alongside Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. (

MUST BE NICE (FOX, New!) - J.J. Philbin ("New Girl") has booked a new comedy at the network which "explores the generation gap between two women who are only 7 years apart when a single, chaotic, 27 year-old moves in with her more responsible, 34-year-old, married sister." The presumably single-camera project is set up at the 20th Century Fox Television-based Chernin Entertainment with the company's Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope executive producing alongside Philbin as well as Zooey Deschanel, Sophia Rossi and Molly McAleer via their Hello Giggles banner. (

THE NOTORIOUS MOLLIE FLOWERS (ABC, New!) - Adam Resnick (FOX's "Cop House") has booked a potential half-hour at the Alphabet about Cape May, New Jersey's "sweetest, cutest, most selfless do-gooder" who is falsely accused of a crime and - after being exonerated - "decides it's time to start focusing on her own needs for once, much to the dismay of everyone around her." ABC Studios is behind the single-camera project with Red Hour Television's Ben Stiller, Stuart Cornfeld and Debbie Liebling also among the executive producers. (

OXYGEN (The CW, New!) - Meredith Averill ("The Good Wife") has sold a potential drama to the netlet about the prejudices and competing agendas that arise from a high school pilot program, "the first attempt to integrate a group of humanoid aliens stranded on earth who until now have been living in forced segregation." Space Floor Television's Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg as well as Olé's Richard Shepard, Sean Furst and Bryan Furst are on board to executive produce the hour, which is based on a Spanish format from Isla Producciones and Powwow Media Partners. The aforementioned group then will all executive produce alongside Averill and Daniel Gutman for CBS Television Studios. (

SUPER FUN NIGHT (ABC) - John Riggi ("30 Rock") has signed on to supervise the network's single-camera take on Rebel Wilson's multi-camera comedy for CBS this past development cycle, about three nerdy female friends on a quest to have super fun every Friday night. Wilson penned the Warner Bros. Television-based half-hour - directed by Mark Cendrowski - and starred alongside Edi Patterson and Jenny Slate. It's understood the latter roles will be recast while Riggi succeeds original showrunners Ted Cohen and Andrew Reich. Conan O'Brien, Jeff Ross and David Kissinger however will remain as executive producers - via their Conaco banner - with Wilson as a co-executive producer. (

UNTITLED ALEC SULKIN/WELLESLEY WILD PROJECT (FOX, New!) - "Ted" co-writers Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild and Seth MacFarlane are set to reteam for a multi-camera comedy at the network about "two successful guys in their 30s who have their lives turned upside down when their nightmare dads unexpectedly move in with them." Sulkin and Wild will pen the 20th Century Fox Television-based half-hour, which has a put pilot commitment, as well as executive produce alongside MacFarlane. (

UNTITLED ALFONSO CUARON/MARK FRIEDMAN PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Oscar-nominee Alfonso Cuarón ("Children of Men") and "The Forgotten" creator Mark Friedman are set to team for a new drama at the Peacock about "a girl in possession of a great gift/powers - which will come into their own in seven years - and the man who is sprung from prison to protect her from those trying to hunt her down." The project, from the Warner Bros. Television-based Bad Robot Productions, has a pilot production commitment with Cuarón directing from a script he co-wrote with Friedman. Said duo will likewise executive produce alongside J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk with Kathy Lingg serving as a co-executive producer. (

BLACK SAILS (Starz) - Neil Marshall ("Game of Thrones") is set to direct the debut installment of the Michael Bay-produced drama, a pirate adventure centering on the tales of Captain Flint and his men, 20 years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "Treasure Island." He'll work from a script by Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine who are executive producing alongside Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller. Eight episodes have been ordered for a 2014 premiere on the pay channel. (

GATES (NBC, New!) - "'Til Death" co-creators Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith have snagged a pilot order from the Peacock for a domestic take on the British comedy about "the parents, the school staff and the 15-minute social minefield they have to navigate at the beginning and end of each school day." The single-camera project comes from 20th Century Fox Television with Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan and Feelgood Fiction's Laurence Bowen and Philip Clarke serving as executive producers alongside the duo. (

I'M NOT DEAD YET (TV Land) - Rachel G. Fox ("Melissa & Joey") has joined the cast of the single-camera comedy pilot, about Sandy Lazarus (Ben Falcone), a driving instructor who, after learning he has a potentially fatal heart condition, decides to start speaking his mind and grab life by the horns. She'll play his daughter Melanie Lazarus, "a goth-looking 13-year-old who was recently betrayed by a best friend." Missi Pyle and Elliott Gould also star in the half-hour, from Ben Silverman's Electus banner and creator Jon Sherman. (

UNTITLED JOSS WHEDON PROJECT (ABC) - Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen ("Spartacus: Gods of the Arena") have been tapped to co-write Joss Whedon's proposed drama from Marvel Television and ABC Studios. Said hour, which has been greenlit to produce a pilot, will follow the small screen adventures of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, better known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb are also on board to executive produce with Joss Whedon attached to direct should his schedule permit. (

GIRLS WITH GUNS (Showtime, New!) - "The Good Wife" creators Robert and Michelle King have booked a new drama at the pay channel about "two Los Angeles sisters whose family moves to the one place in the world where women are drafted into the military - Israel." CBS Television Studios, where the duo is based, is producing. Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker of Scott Free Productions will also executive produce alongside the Kings. (

THE MAKEOVER (ABC, New!) - Julia Stiles ("Dexter") and David Walton ("Bent") are set to topline the latest Hallmark Hall of Fame original at the Alphabet, billed as a modern twist on George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion." She'll play Hannah Higgins, a professor who, after an unsuccessful bid for Congress, recruits the sincere yet unpolished Elliott Doolittle (Walton) to run in her place during the next election. John Gray is directing the project with Brent Shields serving as an executive producer. (

THE SECOND COMING OF ROB (CBS, New!) - Newly anointed "The Big Bang Theory" series regular Kevin Sussman and recurring player John Ross Bowie have sold a potential multi-camera comedy to the Eye about "a recent divorcee looking for a do-over on his twenties when he reunites with his college buddies after seven years of marital 'incarceration.'" Said half-hour, which is loosely based on Bowie's life, comes from Sony Pictures Television with the duo writing and serving as co-executive producers. Principato-Young Entertainment's Peter Principato, Paul Young and Joel Zadak then will executive produce with Sussman's manager Jill McGrath receiving a producer credit. (

UNTITLED BARBARA HALL PROJECT (CBS, New!) - "Joan of Arcadia" creator Barbara Hall is back in business with the network, landing a script order for a new drama about "three generations of empowered women who all live together under one roof." She'll write and executive produce for CBS Television Studios with Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker of Scott Free Productions also executive producing. (

UNTITLED MIRANDA LAMBERT PROJECT (NBC) - Miranda Lambert's proposed private investigator drama has found a new home at the Peacock. Chad Hodge ("The Playboy Club") will spearhead said incarnation, "inspired by Lambert's experience growing up and centers on a couple who run a highly successful detective agency while also trying to raise two teenagers." He'll take over for Scott Kaufer, who was attached as part of its original sale to ABC Family. Lambert, Marion Kraft and Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan are also among the executive producers with Lambert's mother, Beverly June Lambert, serving as a consultant. (

AT EASE (NBC, New!) - Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener ("Happy Endings") have landed a put pilot commitment from the Peacock for a new documentary-style comedy about the "the relationships, jobs, bosses and social lives of a group of young people who happen to live and work on an active military base in the middle of a desert country that is just coming out of a war." Warner Bros. Television-based Jerry Bruckheimer Television is behind the single-camera project, with Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman executive producing alongside the duo. KristieAnne Reed will serve as a co-executive producer with Dan Conley, Aaron Hendricks and Martie Cook as consulting producers. (

BATES MOTEL (A&E) - Olivia Cooke and Nicola Peltz have both landed roles on the upcoming drama, a contemporary exploration of the formative years of Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore), relationship with his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), and the world they inhabit. Peltz will play Bradley Kenner, "a girl Norman takes a liking to at school who's described as bright and effortlessly sexy with a depth that makes her seem older than she really is," while Cooke is set as "the eccentric and extremely bright Emma, who has a disease that could take her life early and gives her a sense of adventure and that time is of the essence." Max Thieriot also stars in the Universal Television-based hour, from executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin. (,

CHOSEN (ABC, New!) - Screenwriter John August ("Frankenweenie") has sold a potential drama to the Alphabet which "explores how a family's life is upended when their 15-year-old daughter is identified as the reincarnated prophet of a mysterious South American religion." He'll write and executive produce the 20th Century Fox Television-based project, which has a penalty attached, alongside Josh Friedman ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles"). (

CRIMINAL JUSTICE (HBO, New!) - Emmy-winner James Gandolfini ("The Sopranos"), Oscar-winner Steven Zaillian ("Schindler's List") and Oscar-nominee Richard Price ("The Color of Money") are set to team for a domestic take on Peter Moffat's U.K. series, which followed the journey of an individual through the justice system over the course of its five-episode season. Zaillian will helm the project, which has a pilot order, from a script by he co-wrote with Price. Gandolfini then will play Jack Stone, "a disheveled jailhouse lawyer wearing cheap suits and sandals, who trolls for clients at police precincts" with Rizwan Ahmed as his client, Naz, an American-born Pakistani. Also cast are Bill Camp as the lead detective on the case with Peyman Moadi and Poorna Jagannathan as Naz's parents. Executive producing are Gandolfini (Attaboy), Zaillian (Film Rites), Price, Moffat, Jane Tranter, Nancy Sanders and Mark Armstrong are executive producing for BBC Worldwide Productions with Garrett Basch serving as a producer. (

DEREK (Netflix, New!) - The distributor has acquired Ricky Gervais's new series for the U.K.'s Channel 4, "a bittersweet one-off comedy drama about a group of outsiders living on society's margins." Gervais stars as the title character - a naively simple man who works in a nursing home - as well as wrote, directed and executive produced the pilot. Also starring are Kerry Godliman as his colleague and friend Hannah; Karl Pilkington as caretaker/bus driver Dougie; and David Earl as Derek's friend Kev who does not work in the home. Channel 4 aired the pilot back in April and subsequently commissioned the series, due sometime next year. (

GASLIGHT (ABC, New!) - Feature writer Michael Cooney ("Identity") has scored a script order from the Alphabet for a potential drama "set in a present-day Steampunk World in which three rival families battle for power and redemption in a re-imagined San Francisco." ABC Studios and Sander Moses Productions are behind the hour with the latter's Ian Sander and Kim Moses executive producing alongside Cooney. (

LEGENDS (TNT) - David Semel ("Person of Interest") is on track to direct the drama pilot, about a deep-cover operative named Martin Odum, who has an uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job. Howard Gordon, Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Alexander Cary and Jonathan Levin are executive producing the Fox 21-based hour, which is based on the book by Robert Littell. (

MIDNIGHT, MASS (NBC) - The Peacock is taking a second stab at bringing John Rozum's comic book - about married occult experts Adam and Julia Kadmon as they deal with supernatural cases around America - to the small screen. Evan Daugherty ("Snow White and the Huntsman") is set to pen the adaptation, taking over for Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, who penned the previous 2009 take. Warner Bros. Television and Gerber Pictures are behind the hour with Bill Gerber serving as an executive producer and Daugherty co-executive producer. Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks, who executive produced the aforementioned incarnation, are no longer attached. (

MY INAPPROPRIATE LIFE (FOX, New!) - "Chelsea Lately" mainstay Heather McDonald is set to star in a potential comedy at the network based on her upcoming book of the same name. Dava Savel ("So Random!") will co-write the single-camera project alongside co-executive producer McDonald, which will track her life as a working mom with "parents who live next door; a stay-at-home husband who doesn't give an inch; a sister who keeps asking for one of her eggs; and a group of neighborhood moms who stopped talking to her when she took her kids to a stripper pool party in Vegas." Warner Bros Television is behind the half-hour with Savel, Werner Entertainment's Tom Werner and Mike Clements and Borderline Amazing's Chelsea Handler and Tom Brunelle also among the executive producers. (

PAGING DR. FREED (USA) - Dorian Missick ("Southland") has scored a role on the comedy pilot, about two gynecologist brothers - David (Kyle Howard) and Jonathan (Joel David Moore) - who inherit their father's thriving medical practice after he suffers a heart attack during an attempt at "playing" doctor with his young secretary. He'll recur as "an anesthesiologist and friend of the Freed brothers who attended medical school with David." Annie Potts and Leslie Grossman also star in the Fox 21-based project, from director Marc Buckland and writer Michael Feldman. (

RECKLESS (CBS, New!) - "What About Brian" creator Dana Stevens has landed a potential drama at the Eye "set in Charleston where sex and crime walk hand in hand as two adversaries, a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a Southern city attorney, struggle to hide their attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal that threatens to implode the city." CBS Television Studios is behind the hour with Ian Sander and Kim Moses of Sander Moses Productions also serving as executive producers. (

RESTLESS VIRGINS (Lifetime, New!) - Vanessa Marano ("Switched at Birth") and Charlie Carver ("Desperate Housewives") are set to star in a small screen take on Abigail Jones and Marissa Miley's book of the same name, about a sex scandal which rocked venerable Massachusetts prep school Milton Academy during the 2004-05 school year. Marano plays "a scholarship student and the editor of the school newspaper who exposes a sex tape made by the senior hockey players that blows the lid off the controversy"; while Carver is set as "one of the students embroiled in the scandal - a wealthy and calculating senator's son." Jason LaPeyre is directing from a script by Andrew Cochran with production slated to begin in Vancouver next month. (

THE WHITE QUEEN (Starz) - Tom McKay ("Hatfields & McCoys") has joined the cast of the 10-episode period drama, the thrilling story of the women caught up in the ongoing conflict for the throne in 1464 England. He'll play Jasper Tudor, "who schemes with Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale) to make her son Henry the future king." Said effort, from director James Kent and writer Emma Frost, is based on Philippa Gregory's trilogy "The Cousins War." Rebecca Ferguson, Amanda Hale and Faye Marsay co-star as Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville, respectively. (

WITCHES OF EAST END (Lifetime) - Rachel Boston and Killian Gardiner have both boarded the drama pilot, about a mother (Julia Ormond) and her two adult daughters (Boston, Jenna Dewan) - both of whom unknowingly are their family's next generation of witches - who lead seemingly quiet, uneventful modern day lives in Long Island's secluded seaside town of North Hampton. Boston will play eldest sister Ingrid with Ditomasso as Freya's (Dewan) future brother-in-law. Patrick Heusinger also stars in the Fox 21-based hour, from Maggie Friedman. (

Ant & Dec's 'Red or Black?' axe denied by ITV

ITV has denied claims that Red or Black? has been axed.

Reports surfaced last month that the broadcaster planned to drop the Simon Cowell-created show after it struggled in the ratings.

The rumours were fuelled by an announcement at the end of Saturday's (September 29) show stating that it was the "last in the series", rather than the "current series".

An ITV spokesman told the Daily Star: "This run has finished and we will make any announcement about another series in due course."

ITV apparently wants to end Red or Black? because of its high costs, while Ant & Dec are looking to focus on other projects.

"Ant & Dec have a huge, loyal fanbase but if a format doesn't interest people then there is only so much they can do", a source said. "Their focus is on I'm a Celebrity and Saturday Night Takeaway."

Gordon Ramsay bends over for a Brazilian in 'Hotel GB'

Gordon Ramsay has been given a demonstration in Brazilians and intimate waxing by his Hotel GB co-star Katie Piper.

The TV chef and Piper are two of the celebrities taking part in Channel 4's week-long project, which involves the stars taking on unemployed civilians and training them in hospitality skills and trying to find them work.

Yesterday, Ramsay, who is running the Hotel GB kitchen, visited Piper in the hotel spa and ended up getting a hands-on explanation of how male genital grooming works.

Ramsay was shown the differences between "a small landing strip" and "a Brazilian" that male customers can select from.

A naive Ramsay was given a diagram of the different patterns available for men who want some "modern grooming". Piper then made the Scotsman bend over and get on fours and revealed thee best practice for tidying up a man's nether regions.

Don Johnson's Payout in Nash Bridges Case Reduced by $35M

Don Johnson's award in a lawsuit over "Nash Bridges" has been cut from more than $50 million to $15 million, plus interest.

In 2010, Rysher Productions, which produced the cop drama, was ordered to pay Johnson $23 million in profits for the show and interest. Rysher was also ordered to pay an additional $28.5 million in interest.

But Rysher appealed, alleging jury misconduct and that the amount of interest to which Johnson was entitled was calculated incorrectly. Jurors had initially decided to award Johnson $15 million before deciding, through their calculations, that he was entitled to far more.

On Monday, the California Court of Appeal agreed with Rysher, saying Johnson should receive just $15 million, plus interest as of July 2010, when the verdict was handed down. The larger dollar amount factored in interest that would have started accruing years before the verdict.