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vrijdag 5 oktober 2012

'Merlin: A Servant of Two Masters' announced for Nintendo DS

Merlin: A Servant of Two Masters has been announced for the Nintendo DS.

Based on the series four episode of the same name, the game sees Merlin fall under Morgana's spell.

Developed by Avanquest, A Servant of Two Masters will feature 15 puzzle and action mini-games, as well as a number of hidden-object adventure scenes.

Players will control characters such as Arthur, Gaius and Guinevere, as they attempt to stop Morgana using Merlin as a tool for evil.

The game's development team is said to have worked closely with Merlin creators Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy during the production of the title.

Merlin: A Servant of Two Masters will be released exclusively for the Nintendo DS on October 26, three weeks after the season five premiere on October 6.

The show's future remains uncertain after Merlin star Bradley James told Digital Spy that he wants the BBC fantasy drama to end "on a high", adding that he would only continue on the show "if everyone still has the passion for it".

Jimmy Savile 'Top of the Pops' shows pulled from schedules by BBC

The BBC has announced that all programmes featuring the late Sir Jimmy Savile are to be pulled.

In the wake of recent allegation of sexual abuse by the broadcaster, several shows will be axed from the TV schedules.

Two classic editions of Top of the Pops hosted by Savile are among those to be axed, along with a repeat of the documentary The Story of Light Entertainment.

The BBC confirmed that all archive Top of the Pops episodes are "postponed" over the next two Thursdays, as they feature Savile as host.

BBC Four has been broadcasting old episodes of the show every week for the past 18 months.

Jimmy Savile has been accused of several cases of indecent assault by a number of women, some of whom were underage at the time of the alleged incidents.

The ITV documentary which sparked the allegations about Savile's past actions was watched by 1.72 million people last night (October 3).

A plaque at the home of the late star has been vandalised with the words "paedophile" and "rapist".

Ann Romney to Sub for Robin Roberts on 'Good Morning America' as Guest Host

Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, is about to join the ranks of the mainstream media.

Romney will guest-host on ABC morning show "Good Morning America" on Oct. 10, filling in for Robin Roberts, who is on medical leave, an ABC spokeswoman told TheWrap.

Romney will sub for Roberts in the 8 o'clock hour.

Roberts went on medical leave in late August, after announcing that she had been diagnosed with the blood and bone-marrow disease myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS. She underwent a bone-marrow transplant in September, using marrow donated by her sister Sally-Ann.

"GMA" producers have also been speaking with First Lady Michelle Obama about guest-hosting the show, but her schedule does not currently permit it.

Since Roberts' departure, a number of high-profile names have been enlisted to fill in for her, including "Colbert Report" host Stephen Colbert, the cast of the ABC sitcom "Modern Family," and Rob Lowe.

Development Update: The 5th of October

ABOUT A BOY (NBC, New!) - The Peacock is taking a new stab at bringing the 2002 film starring Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult to the small screen courtesy of Jason Katims ("Parenthood"). The proposed single-camera comedy "follows the relationship between a bachelor man-child and the young boy who moves in next-door with his kooky single mother." Patrick Dempsey and Max Kirsch toplined a 2003 effort at FOX - written by Matthew Carlson and directed by Ken Kwapis - that didn't move forward to series. Katims will pen the half-hour with Michelle Lee of Katims's True Jack Productions serving as a producer. Universal Television, Working Title and Tribeca Productions are co-producing. (

BONNIE & CLYDE (Lifetime/History, New!) - "Hannah Montana" alum Miley Cyrus is in talks to topline a new four-hour mini-series based on the true story of bank robbing couple Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Storyline Entertainment's Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are executive producing the Sony Pictures Television-based project, which was written by John Rice and Joe Batteer. The proposed effort would be aired on A+E Networks siblings Lifetime and History. (

THE BUREAU (CBS, New!) - Aron Eli Coleite ("The River") has scored a put pilot commitment from the network for a new drama described as "a character drama set at the NY field office of the FBI." The Warner Bros. Television-based Jerry Bruckheimer Television is behind the hour with Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman executive producing alongside Coleite and KristieAnne Reed serving as a co-executive producer. Said auspices previously teamed for "Trooper" this past development cycle at the Eye, a project which is being re-piloted at TNT. (

NERDS IN LOVE (CBS, New!) - Kourtney Kang and Tami Sagher ("How I Met Your Mother") have landed a pilot production commitment for a single-camera comedy about "the dating lives of the social haves and have-nots at a marketing firm." Jason Winer ("1600 Penn") is on board to direct and executive produce the 20th Century Fox Television-based project, which is inspired by the unlikely real-life friendship of former mathlete Sagher and former cheerleader Kang. (

UNTITLED ADAM CHASE PROJECT (CBS, New!) - Adam Chase ("How to Be a Gentleman") has sold a multi-camera comedy to the Eye about "a group of male friends in their early 30s who decide to defy convention and try to stay single as long as possible even though everyone they know is getting married and having kids." The project is set up at the CBS Television Studios-based Green Mountain West banner with Craig Ferguson executive producing alongside Chase and Rebecca Tucker serving as a producer. (

- Aaron Shure ("The Office") has booked a new multi-camera comedy at the network about "a charming reformed party animal who tries to deal with his new family while living next door to his ex-wife." CBS Television Studios is behind the half-hour with Green Mountain West's Craig Ferguson also serving as an executive producer and Rebecca Tucker as a producer. (

'Once Upon a Time' Colin O'Donoghue made series regular

Once Upon a Time newcomer Colin O'Donoghue has been promoted to a series regular before even appearing on the show.

The actor, who plays Peter Pan villain Captain Hook in ABC's fairytale drama, will be promoted for the second half of season two, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Cast member Colin O'Donoghue arrives at the premiere of "The Rite" in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011.

O'Donoghue was absent from Once Upon a Time's season premiere, which aired in the US last Sunday (September 30), and will not make his debut as Hook until October 21 episode 'The Crocodile'.

The Two Doctors together: Matt Smith, David Tennant unite

With Doctor Who's 50th anniversary coming up next year, there have been inevitable clamours for a multi-Doctor story.

Not counting the infinitesimal crossover of regenerations, the most recent time we've seen two Doctors in the same place was 2007's 'Time Crash' mini episode for Children in Need.

David Tennant's Tenth Doctor and Peter Davison's Fifth Doctor enjoyed some banter on the deck of the TARDIS. Perhaps this picture hints at a return for Ten in 2013?

The stars got close after attending an after-party for the press night of Our Boys at the Duchess Theatre in London.

Jonathan Lewis's play features among its cast former Hogwarts alumnus Matthew Lewis, and a certain Arthur Darvill, who of course bid farewell to Smith not too long ago.

Rutger Hauer Sinks His Teeth Into 'True Blood' for Season 6

Rutger Hauer has just landed himself a bloody good role.

The "Blade Runner" star has signed on as a regular on the upcoming sixth season of HBO's vampire hit "True Blood," a spokeswoman for the network told TheWrap.

Hauer, whose TV work includes appearances on "Smallville" and "Alias," will play a character named Macklyn, a shady character with a longstanding connection to Sookie Stackhouse and her brother, Jason.

When "True Blood" returns for its sixth season, it will do so with a new showrunner in the form of Mark Hudis, who's taking the reins from creator Alan Ball as Ball moves on to concentrate on other projects. (He'll stay on with "True Blood" in a consulting capacity.)

Hudis currently serves as a co-executive producer of the series.

Tracy-Ann Oberman: 'We've discovered a British Jewish comedy voice'

Tracy-Ann Oberman has said that there has been a discovery of a British Jewish comedy voice in TV and movies in recent years.

The Monroe actress returns to Friday Night Dinner to reprise the role of Val, the best friend of mum Jackie (Tamsin Greig).

"All the references, especially in comedy, had come from America," Oberman told Digital Spy about openly Jewish characters in British culture.

"From the old-style comics - you think of Lenny Bruce, Woody Allen, Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, all of that.

"The only characters in this country who were Jewish were Fagin, Shylock, Dr Legg in EastEnders and Maureen Lipman's BT character."

Oberman continued: "There's suddenly been a change, with David Baddiel's film The Infidel, then you had Grandma's House and Friday Night Dinner.

"Then you had things like Strictly Kosher and Jewish Mum of the Year coming up, which I'm involved with. There's been a real discovery of a British Jewish comedy voice, which is great."

Asked about her return to the Channel 4 sitcom, Oberman said: "I'm really excited. It's been a busy year and the cherry on the cake was Auntie Val coming back - I love Auntie Val.

"In the new episode she's in, you see just how close that friendship goes, in that she'll back Jackie to the hilt in everything."

Quizzed on whether Val would ever recover from the burning of her red dress in series one, she said: "I don't think she'll ever recover from that - screaming in that bonfire!

"I think it was a bonding experience for her and Jackie."

Of how the show crossed over beyond the north-west London Jewish community, Oberman said: "People from the community either completely recognised it or didn't recognise it at all.

"Certain aspects of it were really real, but by adding the Mark Heap character made it more cartoony. It takes reality and then blows it up into an extreme. I think it's so beautifully acted that it does make it so realistic.

"Potentially you could set that as an Asian family, a Muslim family - families are families, aren't they? And you have that same dynamic whatever your cultural background."

Friday Night Dinner returns to Channel 4 on October 7. Tracy-Ann Oberman's play Rock, Doris & Elizabeth airs on October 16 on Radio 4.

Which of these 80s TV shows is next for the reboot treatment?

Following the news that Manimal is being rebooted, which other 80s single-series wonders might benefit from a modern-day makeover?

Just in case you hadn’t heard, 1980s TV series Manimal, about a man who could change into an animal, is going to be made into a live action/CG hybrid film. Sony Pictures Animation has picked up the movie rights and the show's creator Glen A. Larson, one of the most prolific TV producers of the 80s, is attached as a producer on the feature.

Manimal followed Dr. Jonathan Chase, a wealthy doctor with a mysterious past, who morphed into animals in order to help the police fight crime. The show - which starred Cambridgeshire-born Simon MacCorkindale and Melody Anderson - was slaughtered by critics and trounced when it aired in 1983, before being cancelled after just eight episodes. At the time, the NBC network was experimenting with high-concept ideas such as Knight Rider and The A-Team to see what might become popular. Unfortunately, that only came years later when Manimal developed something of a cult following, as is often the case.

And like The A-Team and Knight Rider, it’s become the latest retro TV series to undergo a modern-day makeover. So which other 80s TV series might benefit?

Cover Up (1984-1985)

The life of world-renowned photographer Dani Reynolds changes after her husband dies. She learns that in reality he was a government agent, and after she found out that he was murdered, she recruits former Vietnam Vet Mac Harper to help find her husband's killers. After which, she is offered her husband’s job as an undercover operative.

Best remembered for: Handsome 26-year-old co-star Jon-Erik Hexum becoming bored with the extensive delays on shooting the pilot episode and jokingly putting a prop .44 magnum revolver to his temple and pulling the trigger. The gun fired, and the wadding from the blank cartridge shattered his skull, killing him. He was replaced by Antony Hamilton for the remainder of the season.

Number of seasons: 1

Automan (1983–1984)

Hardworking and unappreciated Walter Nebicher is the police department's resident computer expert, although his immediate superior doesn't respect his contribution to the force. To fix that, he creates a special program that creates Automan, an artificially intelligent computer construct that looks real, sounds reals and, given enough power, can have an actual physical presence outside the computer that feels real. Together, Walter and Automan along with Cursor, a small floating droid that can create any object Automan needs, battle the criminal elements of the city. It's Tron, the TV series in other words.

Best remembered for: A car that could make 90-degree turns to take corners, which usually result in unwitting passengers performing a face plant against the side window every time.

Number of seasons: 1

Tales Of The Gold Monkey (1982–1983)

Series creator Donald P. Bellisario insists the idea for Tales Of The Gold Monkey was inspired by the 1939 movie Only Angels Have Wings, and he'd apparently been pitching it to the studios since the 70s. This underrated show was set in the South Pacific in 1938 and followed the weekly adventures of an ex-Flying Tigers pilot named Jake Cutter. Now the operator of an air cargo delivery service based on the fictional South Seas island Bora Gora, Cutter flies a red and white Grumman Goose called Cutter's Goose. Jake's best friend is his mechanic Corky, a good-hearted alcoholic whose memory is hazy as a result of the quantity of booze he consumes.

Best remembered for: A one-eyed Jack Russell terrier named Jack, who barks once for “no” and twice for “yes”.

Number of seasons: 1

Bring 'Em Back Alive (1982-1983)

Set in Singapore, Bring 'Em Back Alive was one of several shows, like Tales Of The Gold Monkey, to try to capture the success of Raiders Of The Lost Ark. It focused on Frank Buck (played by Bruce Boxleitner), a real-life big game trapper who was very famous in the 1930s and who wrote a book entitled Bring 'Em Back Alive. He appeared in several movies including a 1932 adaptation of the book and is remembered by serial fans as the star of Jungle Menace.

Best remembered for: Reuniting the awesome Bruce Boxleitner and the gorgeous Cindy Morgan, last seen together in Tron.

Number of seasons: 1

Matt Houston (1982–1985)

This super-slick detective drama managed to last three series, but we loved it so much, we thought it was worth including. Lee Horsley starred as a wealthy mustachioed Texas oilman named Matlock “Matt” Houston who worked as a private investigator in Los Angeles in his abundant free time. The show also stars Pamela Hensley as his lawyer sidekick CJ, and George Wyner as his continuously frustrated business manager.

Best remembered for: CJ had access to an Apple III computer named “Baby” that contained a remarkable database on virtually all living and deceased persons, allowing her to provide all necessary information.

Number of seasons: 3

It's Your Move (1984-1985)

More of a half-hour comedy than an hour-long drama, but the series that launched the career of Jason Bateman still only lasted one season. The show centred on Matthew Burton (Bateman), a particularly devious teenager living with his older sister and widowed mother in an apartment in Van Nuys, California. Burton’s world changes forever in the pilot episode when Norman Lamb moves into the apartment across the hall. He strikes up a friendship with Burton’s mum and the two were soon dating. Dismayed that his mother had chosen someone so far beneath her, Matt set upon sabotaging their relationship, but soon finds he has met his match - Norman reveals himself to be cut from the same cloth as Matthew, and foils plot after plot.

Best remembered for: The Dregs of Humanity two-part episode in which Burton creates a fictitious rock band that are suddenly catapulted into global stardom.

Number of seasons: 1

The Highwayman (1987)

Melody Anderson wasn’t the only ex-Flash Gordon star to struggle with hit-and-miss TV in the 80s. This made-for-TV movie and subsequent series starred Sam J. Jones and followed the adventures of “The Highwayman”, one of a mysterious group, presumably of US Marshals, conducting crime-fighting missions and solving bizarre mysteries. Each Highwayman in this group is equipped with a high-tech, multi-function truck. It was summed up by many reviewers as a cross between Mad Max and Knight Rider.

Best remembered for: Starring a host of as-yet unknowns in the world of cult sci-fi, including Claudia Christian (Babylon 5), Jane Badler (V) and Tim Russ (Star Trek: Voyager).

Number of seasons: 1

Street Hawk (1985)

The show is about a police officer and former amateur dirt-bike racer named Jesse Mach who is secretly chosen to test a top-secret project - an all-terrain attack motorcycle capable of speeds in excess of 300 miles per hour. Backing the motorcycle was a computerized command system that allowed its operator to provide the motorcycle's rider with real-time information from various sources, and even operate the motorcycle on “autopilot” during its high-speed runs, achieved through a process called “hyperthrust”. Mach began to lead a double life, a police public relations officer by day, and crimefighter by night. Street Hawk (actually “The Street Hawk”) was regarded as a lawless vigilante, and hence a fugitive from justice, by the police.

Best remembered for: The opening sequence, which promised at first glance to be offering a slightly darker series as the mysterious helmeted figure looks menacingly at the camera… then the family-friendly music kicks in.

Number of seasons: 1

Blue Thunder (1984)

Chronologically speaking, the Roy Scheider movie came first, then the short-lived TV series starring James Farentino and Dana Carvey (better known as Garth from Wayne’s World) which competed directly against the much more successful Airwolf interpretation of the Super Helicopter story. This series more or less took off straight where the movie finished - though naturally they would’ve had to build another helicopter – and the flying unit was accompanied by a ground unit called Rolling Thunder, which was driven by NFL players-turned-actors Bubba Smith and Dick Butkus.

Best remembered for: Lots of re-used footage of planes being blown up.

Number of seasons: 1

Benji, Zax & the Alien Prince (1983)

Prince Yubi has escaped to Earth with his droid Zax from the distant, red planet of Antars. When Yubi and Zax land on Earth they are befriended by a stray dog named Benji who remains their companion, but two Antarian bounty hunters are sent to Earth to find and to capture Yubi. Most of the plot involves said bounty hunters chasing Benji, Zax and Yubi in a black Chevy van, though their efforts almost always end in failure, usually due to some failure of one or both of them combined with Benji's quick thinking and loyal assistance.

Best remembered for: Zax bearing more than a passing resemblance to Wall-E.

Number of seasons: 1

So, we’ll have just have to wait and see what the Manimal reboot brings, following in the footsteps of other series that have undergone the same big-screen treatment, including Miami Vice, The Dukes of Hazzard, Starsky and Hutch, The A-Team…and on the smaller screen Hawaii Five-O, Dallas, Knight Rider, Battlestar Galactica (although that was awesome)…and so on.

'X Factor' Kye Sones 'dumps girlfriend'

X Factor contestant Kye Sones has reportedly dumped his girlfriend.

The 30-year-old singer ended his relationship with American beauty editor Halle Carlson to focus on the ITV1 show, The Sun reports.

Sones is said to have told friends that he believes he ruined his chances of a date with Cheryl Cole by telling her he had a girlfriend while at Judges' Houses.

"Halle supported him all the way to Boot Camp. But Kye thinks X Factor will change his life forever and it's given him the push he needed to end the relationship," a source said.

"If he had a second chance with Cheryl, he'd jump at the chance."

An X Factor spokesman confirmed the split, adding that the former couple "remain good friends".

Fox Moves 'Touch' Premiere to January, Gives 'Kitchen Nightmares' Its Time Slot

Fans of the Kiefer Sutherland drama "Touch" will have to wait a little longer for the series to kick off its second season.

Fox has moved the series' season premiere to a to-be-determined date and time in January. New episodes of the Gordon Ramsay reality hit "Kitchen Nightmares" will now kick off on Friday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m., when "Touch" was originally scheduled to resume.

The shift allows "Touch" to have an uninterrupted run and means that the series will benefit from strong promotional platforms. With NFC football leading into the midseason and "American Idol" and the new Kevin Bacon drama "The Following" both bowing in January as well, "Touch" will have the opportunity for better promotion.

The series, which stars Sutherland as Martin Bohm, a reporter and single father with an emotionally disturbed but extraordinarily gifted son Jake (David Mazouz), premiered in March to a strong 3.3 rating/9 share in the advertiser-cherished 18-49 demographic, it dropped to a low of 1.3 in the demo with its June finale.

TV Tonight 5th of October 2012

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

    20/20 S35E04: "Season 35, Episode 4"
    7 Days (NZ) S04E23: "100th episode special"
    A.N.T. Farm S02E13: "MutANT Farm (2)"
    Alan Carr: Chatty Man S09E04
    America's Most Wanted S25E41: "Season 25, Episode 41"
    America's Next Top Model S19E07: "The Girl Who Licks the Floor"
    Anderson Live S02E20: "Co-Host Keke Palmer | Stephen Colbert"
    Antiques Road Trip S05E05: "Series 5, Episode 5"
    Are We There Yet? S03E15: "The Control Issue Episode"
    Astrid in Wonderland S03E03: "Season 3, Episode 3"
    Behzat Ç. S03E03: "Kesişme"
    Bellator Fighting Championships S07E02: "Bellator 75"
    Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice S01E07: "After The Dredge (2)"
    Better Homes and Gardens S14E36: "Season 14, Episode 36"
    Big Brother (AU) S09E47: "Daily Show 31"
    Blue Bloods S03E02: "Domestic Disturbance"
    Boss S02E08: "Consequence"
    Cheer S01E05: "Make That Storybook Ending Happen"
    College Tour S07E05: "David Sedaris"
    Come Dine With Me S20E21: "Series 20, Episode 20"
    Coronation Street S53E198: "Fri Oct 5, 2012 [Episode 2]"
    Coronation Street S53E197: "Fri Oct 5, 2012 [Episode 1]"
    CSI: NY S09E02: "Where There's Smoke..."
    Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team S07E05: "Week Five"
    Dateline NBC S22E03: "Season 22, Episode 3"
    Daybreak S03E25: "October 5, 2012"
    Days of our Lives S47E223: "Ep. #11933"
    Deadly Women S06E08: "No Good Reason"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S08E47: "Episode 2040"
    Doctors S14E104: "Affairs of the Heart"
    EastEnders S28E158: "October 5, 2012"
    Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers S04E04: "Series 4, Episode 4"
    Emmerdale S41E236: "October 5, 2012"
    Family Guns S01E04: "Grim Reaper"
    Fashion Police S07E39: "Season 7, Episode 39"
    Fish Hooks S02E31: "Chicks Dig Vampires"
    Fish Hooks S02E30: "Unfinished Doll Business"
    Fringe S05E02: "In Absentia"
    Gardeners' World S45E26: "October 5, 2012"
    General Hospital (US) S50E132: "#12660"
    Ghost Adventures S07E04: "Palmer House Hotel"
    Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden S23E25: "Season 23, Episode 25"
    Golden Goal S13E04: "Season 13, Episode 4"
    Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course S01E20
    Gravity Falls S01E12: "Summerween"
    Grimm S02E06: "Over My Dead Body"
    Haven S03E03: "The Farmer"
    Helicopter Heroes S06E05: "Series 6, Episode 5"
    Hidamari Sketch S04E01: "Episode 1"
    Hollyoaks S18E200: "October 5, 2012"
    Hollywood Heights S01E80: "The Final Concert"
    Home and Away (AU) S25E185: "Episode 5620"
    Hotel GB S01E05: "Episode 5"
    House Hunters S50E75
    House Hunters International S34E71
    How We Won the War S01E10: "Episode 10"
    I Cesaroni S05E07: "Lontano dai pregiudizi"
    Jessie (2011) S02E01: "The Whining"
    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon S02E346
    Late Show with David Letterman S20E17
    Later... with Jools Holland S41E02
    Lightning Point S01E16: "Family Ties"
    Live with Kelly S30E20: "Chace Crawford, Mindy Kaling, Mary Giles"
    Made in Jersey S01E02: "Cacti"
    Mastermind (UK) S41E08: "Series 41, Show 8"
    Monsters Inside Me S03E01: "My Child Will Only Eat Cat Food"
    Moone Boy S01E05: "Episode 5"
    My Babysitter's a Vampire S02E13: "The Date to End All Dates, Part Two"
    Neighbours S28E195: "Episode 6505"
    Norske Talenter S05E06: "Season 5, Episode 6"
    NTSF:SD:SUV S02E09: "The Return of Dragon Shumway"
    Nytt På Nytt S27E05: "Season 27, Episode 5"
    Oh Oh Europa S01E30: "Season 1, Episode 30"
    Oniichan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai Yo Ne! S01E01: "Episode 1"
    Paranormal Paparazzi S01E03: "Will Ferrell Haunted"
    Pastewka S06E03: "Die Lesung"
    Piers Morgan's Life Stories S08E04: "Ronan Keating"
    Pointless S07E28: "Series 7, Episode 28"
    Primetime S24E03: "What Would You Do? (20)"
    QI S10E04: "Jack and Jill"
    Real Time With Bill Maher S10E29: "Season 10, Episode 29" S03E10: "Walka z lenistwem" S03E09: "Biznes is Biznes"
    Salatut elämät S15E25: "Seksi vie ja taksi vie"
    Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta S04E14: "Bridal Floor Bullies"
    Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta S04E13: "Mama Gets Her Groove Back"
    Secret Princes S01E03: "The Glass Slipper"
    Senkveld S22E05: "Season 22, Episode 5"
    Servants - The True Story Of Life Below Stairs S01E02: "Episode 2"
    Shark Tank S04E04: "Season 4, Episode 4"
    Strictly Come Dancing S10E02: "Series 10, Week 1, Show 1"
    The Bold and the Beautiful S26E138: "Ep. #6422"
    The Chase (2009) S05E109: "Series 5, Episode 104"
    The Chew S02E20: "Episode 258"
    The Dead Files S03E04: "Blood and Gold & Pandora's Box"
    The Dr. Phil Show S11E24: "Children of Affairs"
    The Ellen DeGeneres Show S10E20
    The First Family S01E01: "Pilot"
    The Jeremy Kyle Show S08E25: "October 5, 2012"
    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson S08E155
    The Project S04E238: "Season 4, Episode 238"
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno S20E162
    The Ultimate Fighter S16E04
    The View S16E24: "Ethan Hawke, Lewis Black, Jackie Evancho"
    The Voice of Holland S03E07: "Audities 7"
    The Young and the Restless S40E137: "Ep. #10006"
    Thuis S18E30: "Season 18, Episode 30"
    Transformers: Prime S02E22: "Hard Knocks"
    Trollied S02E07: "Series 2, Episode 7"
    UFC on Fuel TV S01E06: "UFC on Fuel TV 6: Browne vs. Bigfoot"
    UFC on FX S01E05: "UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot"
    Van Der Vorst Ziet Sterren S06E02: "Season 6, Episode 2"
    Wereld draait door, De S08E25: "Season 8, Episode 25"
    WWE Friday Night SmackDown! S12E106: "Season 12, Episode 106"
    Yukon Men S01E07: "Logjam"
    Zetsuen no Tempest S01E01: "Episode 1"

Debate Ratings: Fox News Sets Record

While Democratic and Republican partisans can argue about who came out on top during Wednesday night's debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, there's no denying who the victor was when it came to cable ratings.

Fox News Channel took home the ratings gold for Wednesday night's political back-and-forth, according to Nielsen Media Research, easily besting its cable competition CNN and MSNBC, and surpassing the networks' total viewership during the actual debate.

Wednesday's debate, which was Fox's highest-rated president debate, drew 10.4 million total viewers, with 2.9 million of them in the key news demographic of 25-54. That put the network far ahead of CNN, which drew 6 million total viewers (with 2.4 million in the 25-54 demo) and MSNBC, which posted 4.7 million total viewers and 1.9 million in the demo.

In terms of total viewers, Fox News also topped most of the networks, save for ABC, which drew 11.3 million total viewers for the debate .

Overall, in Wednesday night's primetime (the debate ran from 9 to 10:30 p.m. EDT), Fox News topped its cable competition with an average 8.2 million total viewers, with 2.2 million in the demo.

'Red Dwarf' new series kicks off with 1.5 million

Red Dwarf's first new series in 13 years opened with a colossal audience last night (October 4).

Red Dwarf X premiered on UKTV channel Dave to an average audience of 1.46m (6.3%) in the 9pm slot, according to early ratings figures.

The new episode, 'Trojan', represents UKTV's second most-watched broadcast in its 20-year history, behind Red Dwarf's 21st reunion special in 2009.

However, the sci-fi comedy had tough competition from the Europa League on ITV4, coverage of which scored 1.39m (6.9%) between 5.30pm and 10.30pm, and stayed above 2m during the 9pm hour when Red Dwarf was on air.

At the same time, BBC Four's repeat of Norman Wisdom: His Story interested 774k (3.3%), Russell Howard's Good News fell to 669k (2.9%) on BBC Three, and The X Factor USA took 685k (3%) between 8pm and 10pm (+1: 126k/0.6%) as it entered its second week.

Celebrity Juice, despite pulling in 1.31m (7.3%) at 10pm (+1: 225k/2.3%), fell to third place in the multichannel league table.

Over on the terrestrial channels, new drama Hunted launched with 4.46m (19.3%) on BBC One, thrashing ITV1's Homefront in the 9pm battle - the military drama mustered 2.3m (10%) as well as 268k (1.6%) on ITV1 +1.

Meanwhile, The Choir dipped to 2.27m (9.9%), and Hotel GB continued with 1.37m (5.9%) on Channel 4 (+1: 209k/1.2%).

Heroes of the Skies was Channel 5's best audience of the evening with 817k (3.6%) at 8pm, but finished bottom in its slot behind Wartime Farm (2.32m/10.3%) and Location, Location, Location, which grabbed 1.82m (8%) for Channel 4 (+1: 228k/1%).

Overall, BBC One topped primetime with 20.1% over ITV1's 14.5% (+1: 0.7%). BBC Two claimed third place with 8.2%, above ITV4's 7.5%, Channel 4's 5.5% (+1: 0.8%), ITV2's 3.4% (+1: 0.5%) and Channel 5's 3.2% (+1: 0.2%).

'Strictly' Johnny Ball's new partner Iveta Lukosiute: 'He's amazing'

Strictly Come Dancing professional Iveta Lukosiute has praised her celebrity partner Johnny Ball.

The Lithuanian star was drafted in to partner the TV presenter earlier this week after Aliona Vilani suffered a serious ankle injury.

Lukosiute - who appeared on last year's So You Think You Can Dance? in the US - recalled how she became involved in the BBC show after receiving a surprise phone call.

"I was getting ready for work and I received a phone call from the producers, and they asked me, 'What am I doing this week?'" she told BBC Breakfast.

"I was like, 'Yes I can do this, how soon?' [They said,] 'In two days'. [I replied,] 'OK, let's do this!'"

She added that she had no idea who she was dancing with at first, but soon researched Johnny Ball's career and was pleased to meet him.

"After the first phone call, I didn't know who I was going to dance with or what had happened," she explained.

"I haven't seen his shows in Lithuania, but I've seen lots of things he's done [since] and I've read all about him and I think he's amazing."

Ball also dismissed claims that he injured Vilani's ankle, saying: "I was static when it happened, so the papers stating I broke her leg are ludicrous."

Strictly Come Dancing starts tonight (Friday, October 5) at 9pm on BBC One.

'Pretty Little Liars' Gets Fourth Season From ABC Family

ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars" will be back for more fibbing.

The hit series has been greenlit for a fourth season, ABC Family president Michael Riley said Thursday. The 24-episode season will premiere in mid-2013.

Meanwhile, ABC Family will air a "Pretty Little Liars" Halloween special Oct. 23 at 8 p.m.

The renewal is hardly surprising, as "Pretty Little Liars," which wrapped its third season Aug. 28, is the cable network's top-performing series. It also was cable's top summer show this year in multiple demographics, including viewers 12-34 (with a 2.8 rating) and females 12-34 (with a 5.0 rating).

The series, loosely based on the young-adult novels by Sara Shepard, follows a quartet of girls whose clique falls apart after the disappearance of its leader.

Big Bird Thought the Debate Was a Big Snooze

Beloved Sesame Street creature Big Bird might have been a topic of interest in Wednesday night's debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, but don't ask him for his opinion on the political showdown, because he slept right through it.

The feathered yellow icon logged onto Twitter on Thursday morning to admit that he missed his big moment in the political arena, saying that he was tucked away in his nest, catching some much-needed shut-eye.

"My bed time is usually 7:45, but I was really tired yesterday and fell asleep at 7!" Big Bird tweeted. "Did I miss anything last night?"

The aviary giant was thrust into the cesspool of partisan politics when Republican presidential candidate Romney re-asserted his intention to cut federal funding to PBS, home to "Sesame Street," during the debate.

"“I’m sorry, Jim," Romney told moderator Jim Lehrer, who also works for PBS. "I’m going to the stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too. But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.”

Sesame Workshop, which produces "Sesame Street," was similarly nonchalant about Romney's threat to cut the purse strings, expressing gratitude that Romney is a fan.

"Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, educational organization. We do not comment on campaigns, but we're happy we can all agree that everyone likes Big Bird," the company said in a statement.

PBS CEO Paula Kerger was less forgiving of Romney's comment, calling the presidential contender's obsession with choking off the funding for public television "unbelievable."

"With the enormous problems facing our country, the fact that we are the focus is unbelievable to me, particularly given the fact that at another part of the debate, both candidates talked about the importance of education," Kerger said on CNN Newsroom. "We're America's biggest classroom."