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donderdag 11 oktober 2012

Matt Bomer to Guest Star on 'The New Normal'

The "White Collar" star will guest on NBC's freshman comedy, series co-creator Ryan Murphy said Wednesday.

Bomer will play the former beau of Bryan, whose efforts to have a child with his boyfriend David sit at the center of the show.

"Guess who's coming on The New Normal as Bryan's sexy ex-boyfriend?" Murphy announced via his Twitter account. "The one and only Matt Bomer!!!"

It is not yet known how many episodes Bomer will appear on, or when he will make his "New Normal" debut.

This won't be the first time that Bomer has worked with Murphy -- he appeared on Murphy's musical series "Glee" in the spring, as TV pitchman Cooper Anderson, the big brother of Blaine Anderson.

Murphy has been on a guest-confirming spree Wednesday; earlier in the day, he told his Twitter followers that "Deadwood" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" star Ian McShane will appear in the upcoming season of his FX drama "American Horror Story," to "tussle" with Jessica Lange's character.

'X Factor's Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh 'still not speaking'

X Factor judges Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh still aren't speaking after Sunday's Deadlock drama, it has been reported.

Barlow stormed off stage after Walsh changed his mind about saving Carolynne Poole, instead opting to keep Rylan Clark, who went on to stay in the competition.

The X Factor judges and producers attended a crisis meeting last night, but the pair refused to speak all evening, The Sun reports.

"Everyone was hoping for peace talks between Gary and Louis but they sat at opposite ends of the table and didn't speak all night," a source said.

X Factor executive producer Richard Holloway was forced to deny claims that he fixed the vote after he was spotted speaking to Walsh while the show was live on air.

Barlow has since reportedly vowed to quit The X Factor if the "pantomime" continues.

'The Voice' Adds Another Hour to October Episodes

"The Voice" has a special treat for its fans in the days leading up to Halloween.

NBC's hit singing competition has added another hour to its Oct. 30 episode, making for four hours of the show that week, with the inclusion of the two-hour Monday episode that week.

The expansion will accommodate the show's new "knockout" rounds, which "The Voice" added to the format of its current third season.

In the knockout rounds, singers are paired up against members of their own team, only finding out moments beforehand who they'll be competing against. Performing a song of their own choosing while their competitor waits and watches, the artists vie to prove to their coach that they're ready for the live rounds. The loser of the knockout round is sent home.

This isn't the first time that "The Voice" has expanded this season. The show's September premiere was expanded to a third night, putting it in direct competition with Fox's singing competition "The X Factor." (The two shows tied in head-to-head competition, though Fox won the night overall.)

Kurt Sutter: 'No More Niche, Bitches' as 'Sons of Anarchy' Beats Networks Again

"Sons of Anarchy" continues to roll over its network competition, and series creator Kurt Sutter is feeling pretty proud.

"SOA crushes all three broadcast networks in key demos second week in a row," Sutter tweeted. "No more niche, bitches."

It's very rare for a cable show to beat the networks. But as Sutter noted, "SOA" -- FX's top-rated show -- has done it for two consecutive weeks.

In the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic Tuesday night, the biker drama drew a 2.3 rating. NBC's "Parenthood" and CBS's "Vegas" each drew a 2.0, and ABC's "Private Practice" received a 1.6.

Last week, "Sons of Anarchy" scored a 2.9 rating in the demo. "Vegas" scored a 2.1, "Parenthood" a 1.7, and "Private Practice" a 1.6.

Will ABC Return to Twin Peaks?

Despite having been off the air for nearly two decades, the series Twin Peaks remains a cult favorite that continues to seduce new fans with its mix of horror, mystery, and offbeat humor. If series writer/co-producer/executive story editor Robert Engels has anything to say about it, you haven’t seen the last of that puzzling town and its quirky cast of characters.

In an interview, Engels indicates his desire to resurrect Twin Peaks in some fashion:

I think if we could figure out a way to do it, I think everybody would have fun going back. You just don’t want to do Return to Mayberry. It’d be a miracle to get the whole group back together again but I think, all things being equal, they’d say ‘I’m in’. I certainly would.

Apparently this goes beyond Engels’ own optimistic speculation – the network is interested as well:

The network will come to me and say ‘What do you think about this?’ Thing is, all the writers and directors from the show have gone to have nice careers, and none of them will want to come back and do, as I said, Return to Mayberry. When people think of Twin Peaks they usually think of it as this show about a town full of weird people… and that it was quirky. But I think what they’re forgetting is that it also had a lot of heart. There was so much emotion to it. It’s a quirky town, sure, but there’s so much more in it – and it gets lost when people try to revisit that.

Twin Peaks originally aired on ABC – the network that bid farewell to Lost. Engels touches on the fact that Lost owed a great deal to Twin Peaks and would probably never have existed without it. So as ABC tries to find a way to fill the void left by that pop-culture juggernaut, it seems natural that there’d be some discussion about the possibility of resurrecting Twin Peaks.

Engels stresses that all of this is conditional on the participation of series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost, but goes on to confirm that Lynch has long maintained his interest in these characters and their world.

While there are no concrete plans at the moment, the fact that there’s even interest in bringing back Twin Peaks is pretty exciting. If you ask me, the first season is some of the best television ever produced. I know fans remain divided on the second season, and while it definitely falters a bit, they had some intriguing ideas in play. It’s common knowledge that with declining ratings, the network required them to reveal the identity of Laura Palmer’s killer halfway through the season in an attempt to lure viewers back. Unfortunately, this severely complicated and hindered other story lines that were developing.

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I’m not sure how much of a difference the original story arc would have made on viewer’s reactions, but it’s a shame that Twin Peaks was axed before it had a chance to find its footing again. Say what you will about the movie, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, but I enjoyed quite a bit of that as well.

Check out the rest of the interview for more of Engels’ insights into the show, the film, and the future of Twin Peaks.

Would you be up for a return to Twin Peaks? Would the show fare better now than it did in the early nineties? Would you prefer they leave it as it is? Sound off below.

Holly Willoughby's 'Surprise Surprise' revamp airdate confirmed by ITV

ITV has confirmed the comeback details of Surprise Surprise.

The revamped show, hosted by Holly Willoughby, starts on Sunday, October 21 at 7pm on ITV1.

Holly Willoughby leaving the Riverside Studios having filmed an episode of 'Celebrity Juice'. London, England

Westlife's Kian Egan, who recently helped out on The Xtra Factor, and Capital Breakfast's Dave Berry have also joined the show as roving reporters.

The revived version of Surprise Surprise was originally intended to be a one-off special, but will now air over six hour-long episodes.

"What an incredible honour to be asked to present Surprise Surprise for ITV1," Willoughby said. "I can't wait to get out there delivering new surprises to the nation."

Guests featured in the first episode include Kim Gumble, who nominates son Luke, 24, for a Formula 1-themed surprise after he donated part of his liver to childhood friend Billy-Joe Sewell.

Teenage carer Jodie Williams dedicates her time to sister Faye, who suffers from cerebral palsy. The Saturdays take Jodie on a unique shopping trip as a special thank you from Faye.

Surprise Surprise originally aired between 1984 and 1997 and was hosted by Cilla Black, who reunited families and made dreams come true on the series.

'Made in Jersey' Pulled by CBS

CBS has plucked "Made in Jersey" from its schedule and will replace it with the fourth season of "Undercover Boss" in November.

The series is the first casualty of the new fall season. CBS, the most-watched network, has a low tolerance for underperforming shows. It did not say the show is canceled, and episodes may be burned off later. "Undercover Boss" will premiere on Friday, Nov. 2.

"Made in Jersey," about a street-smart Jersey girl at a snooty Manhattan law firm, premiered Sept. 28 to a disappointing 1.1/4 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, down 21 percent from last fall's series debut on the night, the now-canceled "A Gifted Man."

The series starred Janet Montgomery (pictured) and Kyle MacLachlan, who is now available for that "Twin Peaks" reboot we've been dying for.

'Merlin' star Bradley James: 'Arthur is ready to learn about magic'

Merlin star Bradley James has admitted that he wants Arthur to learn about Merlin's magic.

On the BBC fantasy drama, the king of Camelot (James) remains ignorant of the special powers possessed by his wizard friend (Colin Morgan).

"He's well ready [to learn the truth]," the actor told TV Choice. "It's something that - because of the dynamic of the show - the creators are probably wanting to hold onto.

"It's worked in the past, and that's effectively the tease for the audience. But I'm hoping that it doesn't go on too much longer... we'll see."

However, James added that he is pleased with how the storytelling on Merlin has evolved, suggesting that the show has "become more about political wars, as opposed to fighting mythical creatures".

"I think shows like this need to develop, and that's what's happened," he said. "Otherwise, it can get stale and audiences switch off, but that hasn't happened. The audiences have grown for us, so we've been very fortunate."

The 28-year-old recently told Digital Spy that he would be happy to make a sixth series of Merlin "if everyone still has the passion for it".

"We've got two weeks left of filming [on series five], we'll all get a break and see how we feel," he explained. "When the passion goes, that's when you need to stop."

'Grey's Anatomy' writer's new show 'Scandal' heads to UK on More4

Shonda Rhimes's (Grey's Anatomy) political thriller Scandal has found a home on UK TV on More4.

Kerry Washington stars as former White House communications director Olivia Pope in the ABC show. Her character is partially based on George Bush press aide Judy Smith.

Based in Washington DC, the show centres on Pope's new crisis management firm and its staff.

Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz, Jeff Perry and Tony Goldwyn also star in the first season.

It premieres in the UK on Thursday, October 25.

The show's second season started in the US last month.

More4 has also picked up the rights to highly-rated ABC drama Nashville, which stars Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) and Hayden Panettiere (Heroes).

'Innocence of Muslims' Not a Factor in Ambassador's Death?

A moment-by-moment account of the Sept. 11 attack that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three others didn't indicate that the propaganda film "The Innocence of Muslims" was a significant factor in the assault.

State Department officals spoke to reporters Tuesday, on the eve of department officials testifying to Congress about the attack in Benghazi. Rioting over the "Muslims" film was widely blamed for a role in Stevens' killing. But the officials did not blame it for the assault that killed Stevens and three others, which coincided with the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

On Sept. 13, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the video "appears to have a deeply cynical purpose, to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage." She didn't directly blame it for Stevens' death.

With Tuesday's briefing, it remains unclear whether the men who killed Stevens and three other Americans were motivated by the video, which portrays the Muslim Prophet Muhammad as a gay, philandering pedophile. They may have simply used the protests outside the embassy as a distraction.

News outlets including The Associated Press provided a detailed breakdown of the attack that killed Stevens. As The AP noted, "The account answers some questions and leaves others unanswered. Chief among them is why for several days the Obama administration said the assault stemmed from a protest against an American-made Internet video ridiculing Islam, and whether the consulate had adequate security."

Part of the problem is sorting out whether the people protesting the video and people who killed Stevens were the same people. At the time of the attack on the Libyan embassy, The New York Times interviewed men it said were "fighters involved in the assault." They said they were "moved to attack the mission by anger over" the video.

State Department officials provided their account of the embassy attack on condition of anonymity. They told the AP that Stevens was holding all meetings inside the compound because of the increased security threat of the 9/11 anniversary.

At 9:40 p.m., people inside the compound heard explosions, gunshots, and other noises at the gate. They called Washington and local officials for help, and tried to find safety. But their attackers broke down a gate and set Stevens' building on fire. He became separated from the U.S. agents trying to protect him, according to the department's account.

Although they searched through smoke on their hands and knees for Stevens and other missing Americans, they couldn't find them. With reinforcements from Libyan authorities, the Americans tried to hold the compound but were forced to flee. It took hours from them to escape as they were attacked with guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

Alex Karras, 'Webster' and NFL Star, Dead at 77

Alex Karras, a former star NFL lineman whose affable nature and comedic flair propelled him to even greater fame in movies and TV, including the sitcom "Webster," died  in Los Angeles Wednesday of kidney failure. He was 77.

He died “after a heroic fight with kidney disease, heart disease, dementia and for the last two years, stomach cancer,” a family spokesman said.

Karras was among the first pro sports stars to transition to movies and TV. He punched out a horse in the 1974 Mel Brooks film comedy “Blazing Saddles,” then went on to star in the ABC sitcom “Webster” from 1983-87 alongside his wife Susan Clark. He played the title character’s adoptive father.

The same year “Blazing Saddles” debuted, Karras began a three-year stint as a commentator on ABC’s “Monday Night Football.”

next played a closeted homosexual bodyguard in the movie “Victor Victoria” and a tough guy in 1984’s “Against All Odds.”

Karras also guest-starred on “M*A*S*H*” and did short stint on “Match Game ’75."  He and Clark were also in the 1975 CBS movie “Babe,” in which he played George Zaharias to her Babe Didrickson. He also starred in the 1980 TV film “Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story.”

His “Blazing Saddles” role was minor but memorable. As a very strong but very dim sidekick, he famously responded to a difficult question with the response, "Don't know ... Mongo only pawn in game of life."

The six-foot-two, 250-pound Karras started his film career while still playing for the Detroit Lions. He portrayed himself in the film adaptation of George Plimpton’s book “Paper Lion.”

After graduating from Iowa University and before his NFL career began in 1957, he wrestled professionally for six months. He was a standout defensive lineman with Detroit Lions until his retirement in 1971.

The league forced him to give up his interest in a Detroit bar, citing reports of gambling and organized crime influence. It also suspended him for a year after he admitted placing bets on NFL games.

Karras suffered from symptoms of dementia for years. He and Clark were part of lawsuit against the NFL filed in Philadelphia earlier this year. The suit alleged that the league had failed to make clear the dangers of head injuries and and to protect players.

TV Tonight 11th of October 2012

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

    112 - på liv och död S06E24: "Del 24 av 36"
    30 Rock S07E02: "Governor Dunston"
    AFP: Australian Federal Police S02E02: "TBA"
    Alarm für Cobra 11 - Die Autobahnpolizei S32E06: "Unter Druck"
    Anderson Live S02E24
    Antiques Road Trip S05E09: "Series 5, Episode 9"
    Are We There Yet? S03E19: "The Tit for Tat Episode"
    Art Mann Presents S08E19: "TV Gumbo"
    Beautiful Homes S01E37: "Classic Estates and Inspired Style"
    Beauty and the Beast (2012) S01E01: "Pilot"
    Beauty and the Geek Australia S04E02: "Season 4, Episode 2"
    Beyond Scared Straight S03E04: "Hudson County, NJ"
    Big Brother (AU) S09E52: "Daily Show 34"
    Big Brother: Confidential S01E08: "Episode 8"
    Brand X With Russell Brand S01E07: "Episode 7"
    Btooom! S01E02: "Episode 2"
    Celebrity Juice S08E07: "Chris Ramsey, Conor Maynard"
    Chelsea Lately S06E161
    Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! S01E02: "Episode 2"
    Code 37 S03E07: "Gigolo"
    Daybreak S03E29: "October 11, 2012"
    Days of our Lives S47E227: "Ep. #11937"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S08E52: "Episode 2045"
    Doctors S14E108: "The Collectors"
    EastEnders S28E161: "October 11, 2012"
    Emmerdale S41E241: "October 11, 2012 [Episode 2]"
    Emmerdale S41E240: "October 11, 2012"
    Expeditie Robinson S14E07: "Season 14, Episode 6"
    Extreme Homes S07E05: "Season 7, Episode 5"
    Flashpoint S05E04: "Season 5, Episode 4"
    Four Weddings (2010) S04E21: "...and a Pig Dance"
    Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand Up Revolution S02E02
    General Hospital (US) S50E136: "#12664"
    Gigolos S03E07: "Black Cock Down"
    Gintama S06E02: "Kintoki and Gintoki"
    Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden S23E29: "Season 23, Episode 29"
    Halv åtta hos mig S09E32: "Stockholm - Pierre"
    Hayate the Combat Butler S03E02: "Season 3, Episode 2"
    Hela Sverige bakar S01E04: "Småkakor"
    Helicopter Heroes S06E09: "Series 6, Episode 9"
    Hollyoaks S18E204: "October 11, 2012"
    Home and Away (AU) S25E189: "Episode 5624"
    Homefront (UK) S01E03: "Episode 3"
    Hotel cæsar S29E64: "Season 29, Episode 64"
    House Hunters S50E79
    House Hunters International S34E75
    Hunted S01E02: "LB"
    Impact Wrestling S08E106: "Season 8, Episode 106"
    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia S08E01: "Pop-Pop: The Final Solution"
    Jersey Shore S06E03: "Toxic Shots Syndrome"
    Jimmy Kimmel Live S09E318: "Kevin James, Ezra Miller"
    Judge Judy S17E34: "Bailed, Gas, X-Gifts; Property Lockout?"
    Las Fierbinti S02E04: "TBA"
    Last Call with Carson Daly S10E74: "Sam Rockwell, Jordan Roberts, Kimbra"
    Last Resort S01E03: "Eight Bells"
    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon S02E350
    Late Show with David Letterman S20E21: "Lucy Liu, Daughter"
    Live with Kelly and Michael S30E24: "Bryan Cranston, Stanley Tucci"
    Location Location Location S15E06: "Series 15, Episode 6"
    Lowdown S02E06: "Bubble Trouble"
    Mad S03E14: "Attagascar / Fiends"
    Mock The Week S11E12
    Naruto: Shippuuden S11E41: "Two Suns!!"
    Nattskiftet S01E04: "Season 1, Episode 4"
    Neighbours S28E199: "Episode 6509"
    NFL Thursday Night Football S07E16
    Oh Oh Europa S01E34: "Season 1, Episode 34"
    Ojciec Mateusz S08E06: "Tajemnica Cmentarza"
    Pointless S07E32: "Series 7, Episode 32"
    Project Runway S10E13: "Finale, Part I"
    Question Time S33E03: "Birmingham"
    Rake S02E06: "R vs Alford"
    Red Dwarf S10E02: "Fathers and Suns"
    Romania's next top model S03E04: "Season 3, Episode 4"
    Russell Howard's Good News S07E03: "Series 7, Episode 3"
    Salatut elämät S15E29: "Talelle tulee jälleen suru puseroon"
    Secretly Pregnant S02E01: "Charity / Natasha"
    Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two S09E04: "Series 9, Episode 4"
    Tamar & Vince S01E04: "Trouble in Paradise"
    Texas Car Wars S01E06: "The El Camino King"
    The American Bible Challenge S01E08: "Season 1, Episode 8"
    The Big Bang Theory S06E03: "The Higgs Boson Observation"
    The Bold and the Beautiful S26E142: "Ep. #6426"
    The British S01E06: "Tale of Two Cities"
    The Chase (2009) S05E114: "Series 5, Episode 108"
    The Chew S02E24: "Episode 262"
    The Choir S05E04: "Severn Trent Water"
    The Colbert Report S08E127: "Chrystia Freeland"
    The Corrie Years S02E06: "After The Street"
    The Daily Show S17E165: "Paul Thomas Anderson"
    The Dr. Phil Show S11E28: "Scared of My Son"
    The Ellen DeGeneres Show S10E24: "Bethenny Frankel, Octavia Spencer"
    The First 48 S12E27: "Schoolgirls / Out of the Shadows"
    The Jeff Probst Show S01E24: "Can They Keep Their Baby?"
    The Jeremy Kyle Show S08E29: "October 11, 2012"
    The League S04E01: "Training Camp"
    The Project S04E243: "Season 4, Episode 243"
    The Real Housewives of Miami S02E05: "Eager Beaver"
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno S20E166
    The Vampire Diaries S04E01: "Growing Pains"
    The View S16E28
    The X Factor (US) S02E10: "Judge's House #1"
    The Young and the Restless S40E141: "Ep. #10010"
    This Week (2003) S11E03: "October 11, 2012"
    Thuis S18E34: "Season 18, Episode 34"
    Tonight S14E39: "The Property Trap"
    Torsdag kveld fra Nydalen S08E04: "Season 8, Episode 04"
    Totally Biased with W Kamau Bell S01E07: "Season 1, Episode 7"
    Two and a Half Men S10E03: "Four Balls, Two Bats and One Mitt"
    Undercover Boss (CA) S02E06: "Tervita Corporation"
    Up All Night (2011) S02E04: "Jerry Duty"
    Wartime Farm S01E06: "Episode 6"
    Watch What Happens: Live S08E25: "Kate Gosselin and Morgan Fairchild"
    Waterloo Road S08E08: "Series 8, Episode 8"
    Wereld draait door, De S08E29: "Season 8, Episode 29"
    Интерны S07E08: "Бывшая жена Купитмана"

'Arrested Development' Signs a Total Stooge for Season 4

"Arrested Development" has added one more actor to its upcoming fourth season.

Or, rather, one Moe actor.

Chris Diamantopoulos, who played alpha-Stooge Moe in the Farrelly brothers' "The Three Stooges" earlier this year, has signed on to appear in multiple episodes of the revived cult favorite "Arrested Development," which will premiere next year on Netflix, an individual with knowledge of the casting told TheWrap.

Details about Diamantopoulos' character were not available.

The actor has also appeared recurrently in ABC's "Up All Night," and will star in the upcoming film "Empire State," alongside Liam Hemsworth and Dwayne Johnson.

With Diamantopoulos' casting, "Arrested Development" takes one step closer to booking every actor ever for its upcoming revival. Liza Grinnell and Henry Winkler are set to reprise their roles from the original run of the series, which aired on Fox, and "Mad Men" star John Slattery will also appear, though details on his character are nebulous. (There's also a contest that Netflix is running, which will give six walk-on parts to fans.)

Originally slated for 10 episodes, the revived "Arrested Development" could receive an extra 3 episodes, series star David Cross revealed in August.

'Catchphrase': ITV orders full series with Stephen Mulhern

ITV1 has commissioned a full series of its Catchphrase revival.

A pilot for the revamped quiz show was first ordered in July, with a full 8 x 45min episodes - hosted by Britain's Got More Talent presenter Stephen Mulhern - being confirmed today (October 9).

"We're delighted that this highly popular classic game show is returning to ITV and will once again give our viewers a chance to 'say what they see'," said the channel's Controller of Entertainment John Kaye Cooper.

"Stephen will be presenting an updated and state-of-the-art version of Catchphrase and we welcome its return to our schedules."

The new Catchphrase is being eyed for a primetime Saturday night slot and will reportedly feature "a brand new set, exciting 3D graphics and a dynamic new end game".

Last month, Mulhern told Digital Spy that it would be "a real shame" if his Catchphrase pilot were not picked up to series.

"It's been off screens for so long," said the host. "I know there's been reruns of [the original show], but young kids wouldn't have been aware of it so it's a new game for them."

Catchphrase originally ran on ITV in the UK between January 1986 and December 2002. The show's first and most famous host was Northern Irish comedian Roy Walker, who was followed by Nick Weir and later Mark Curry.

'Strictly' Craig Revel Horwood celebrates Lisa Riley's "inner motor"

Craig Revel Horwood has paid tribute to former soap star Lisa Riley after her opening Strictly Come Dancing performance, which saw her topping the judge's leaderboard.

The ex-Emmerdale actress and her pro partner upset the odds and picked up a total of 30 from the judges after an impressive cha-cha-cha at the weekend.

Speaking on It Takes Two about Riley's opening routine, Horwood said: "I loved the fact that she has natural rhythm and she really actually dances.

"She has an inner motor. That's fascinating and we were not expecting it all."

However, he did offer some words of caution, adding: "I don't know how that will transfer in the ballroom. She'll be able to get her slow, quick, quicks right, but it's her posture and things like that she'll have to watch out for."

The judge also insisted that he enjoyed the first weekend of live shows, despite his "face and comments".

"I loved it. It was fantastic," he said.