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'Attack of the Show!' 'X-Play' Canceled

G4 is cancelling "Attack of the Show!" and "X-Play," two giddily nerdy shows that helped define the network.

Both shows will end production at the end of the year after 1,700 episodes of "Attack of the Show" and 1,300 episodes of "X-Play."

"Attack of the Show!," perhaps best known for launching the career of former host Olivia Munn, has focused since its 2005 debut on technology, games, pop culture, movies and videos. Candace Bailey and Sara Underwood now host.

The gaming-obsessed "X-Play" debuted in 2003 on G4's previous incarnation, TechTV. It is now hosted by Morgan Webb and Blair Herter.

G4 said several guest co-hosts -- including John Barrowman, Michael Ian Black, Josh Myers, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel and Horatio Sanz -- would appear in the last two months of episodes for both shows.

"'Attack of the Show!' and "X-Play" have been important for G4, and we want to acknowledge the creative people who have helped inspire and showcase the phenomenon of gamer culture,” G4 Media general manager Adam Stotsky said. “With more than 3,000 episodes aired between them, we have more than enough great material to honor these innovators and their amazing contributions as we bring both shows to a close.”

Mira Sorvino, Rebecca Romijn Cast in TNT Pilots

"Mimic" star Mira Sorvino and "X2" actress Rebecca Romijn have both landed leads in upcoming TNT pilots, the network told TheWrap on Friday.

Sorvino will star in "Trooper," a procedural drama executive-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The project, which had earlier received a pilot order from CBS but did not go forward, follows a recently divorced female state trooper. The mother of three takes an unconventional approach to her work, but is paired with a by-the-books partner.

Aron Eli Coleite ("Heroes," "The River") is writing the project which comes via Warner Horizon Television.

Romijn, meanwhile, will star in "King and Maxwell" as Michelle Maxwell, a former secret service agent, who takes on politically sensitive cases in Washington, DC. With her striking beauty, athletic prowess and her Beltway connections, Maxwell is a formidable investigator, determined to prove herself after being forced to resign from the secret service.

Jon Tenney ("The Closer") will play Maxwell's partner, Sean King.

Adapted from characters created by author David Baldacci, "King and Maxwell" is being  being produced for TNT by CBS Television Studios and Shane Brennan Productions, with Shane Brennan (of "NCIS," "NCIS: LA") as executive producer and Karen Spiegel ("Absolute Power") and Grant Anderson ("Third Watch") as producers.

Baldacci serves as a consultant on the project.

A third pilot ordered by TNT, "Legends," will star Brendan Fraser as undercover operative Martin Odum, who has a chameleon-like ability to transform himself into a different person for each mission.

NYTVF Announces Award Winners

The New York Television Festival, which brings together independent TV producers with networks and studios, announced its winners Saturday.

The networks, studios and other companies participating in the festival are handing out 26 development deals this year. They include seven deals handed out through the festival's Pitch Partners competition, five from Lifetime, and additional deals with Fox, Samsung, A&E, IFC, MTV, VH1 and SyFy.

Six development deals were previously announced.

Here are the winners announced Saturday.

Pitch Partner awards:

- Sundance Channel: “I Want A New Life"” created by Stephen Soroka and Will Bozarth (New York, NY)

- Red Arrow International: “Barely Legal” created by Kynan Griffin and Jason Faller (Provo, UT)

- BIO Channel: “Para-Not-So-Normal” created by Nick Armstrong and Trevor Tevel (Los Angeles, CA)

- Channel 4: “Celebrities Solving Crimes” created by Melge Media (Brooklyn, NY)

- Hasbro Studios: “Buckle and Swash” created by Sarah Courtauld (London, UK)

- Logo: “Burly Q's” created by Carrie Preston and Daisy 3 Pictures (New York, NY)

- truTV: “Lords of the Land: NYC” created by Frank Mosca (City Island, NY)

Fox Comedy Script Contest: “Here to Stay” from Andrew Shafer (New York, NY)

A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline: “Private Eyes” (originally titled “Deadbeats”) from Frank Mosca, John Morena, Stephen Franciosa Jr., and Vinny Parco (New York, NY)

Finalists in the Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline:

- “American Bombshells” from Steven Ryan (New York, NY)

- “Cake Lush to the Stars” from Cee French Harth, Paul Harth and Jeff Schubert (New York, NY)

- “Comediennes” from Tim Paul (Chicago, IL)

- “Junk Mom” from Pat Taggart (Philadelphia, PA)

- “Ladies on the Loose” from Jenn Dlugos and Andrea Henry (Boston, MA)

2012 Independent Pilot Competition Sponsored Awards:

- IFC “Out of the Box” Award: “Hamsters” from Damian Lanigan (Brooklyn, NY)

- MTV Comedy Development Deal: “Galaxy Comics” from Kevin McMullin and Jacey Heldrich (New York, NY)

- Syfy “Imagine Greater” Award: “Time Trials” from Lee Jordan and Clay Lapari (Los Angeles, CA)

- VH1 “Theory of Creativity” Award: “Actors Anonymous” from René Ashton (Studio City, CA)

- Amazon Studios Audience Award: “Captain Cornelius Cartoon's Cartoon Lagoon” from Manny Galán (New York, NY)

Additional IPC winners:

- NYTVF Critics Award: “Shrink” from Ted Tremper (Chicago, IL)

- Best Comedy Pilot: “Shrink” from Ted Tremper (Chicago, IL)

- Best Drama or Dramedy Pilot: “Books” from Joe Webb (Los Angeles, CA)

- Best Animation Pilot: “Pockets Universe” from John Cantlie and Edmond Melnychuk (Richmond, BC)

- Best Web Series Pilot: “Lovin' Lakin” from Dave Mahanes and Christine Lakin (Los Angeles, CA)

- Best Nonscripted Pilot: “Newton's Law” from Sean O'Riordan (London, UK)

- Best Actress: Zandy Hartig in “American Viral” (New York, NY)

- Best Actor: Jonathan Pessin in “In Session with Jonathan Pessin” (Los Angeles, CA)

- Nonscripted Character or Host: Alec Pinkston in “How to Get Lost” (Chicago, IL)

- Best Directing: (tie) Kevin McMullin for “Galaxy Comics” (New York, NY) and John Lyde for “The Shadow Cabal” (Provo, UT)

-Best Writing: Scott Eckert, Chris Grace, Rich Hollman, Chris O'Brien, and Nate Williams for “Actualized” (New York, NY)

Samsung Second Screen Storytellers Challenge: “D-TEC” from Joseph Saroufim, Peter Saroufim, and Stephen Interrante (Los Angeles, CA)

Gillian Anderson denies David Duchovny romance rumours

Gillian Anderson has denied recent reports that she and X-Files co-star David Duchovny had recently begun dating.

Gossip site Celebrity Dirty Laundry claimed in the summer that the pair had been in a "serious relationship" for some time, after Anderson split from partner Mark Griffiths.

Duchovny's representative denied the rumours at the time, but Anderson confirmed in an interview with the Guardian that the pair were never romantically involved.

The 44-year-old said: "No, there wasn't any truth in that. I was enjoying the ludicracy [sic] of it for a while, but then he started denying it publicly and so I lost all my enjoyment of it."

When told that she had potentially broken the hearts of X-Files fans who had always hoped for their characters Mulder and Scully to get together, she replied "I know", then joked: "I emailed him at one point and said: 'You left the toilet seat up again'."

Anderson can be seen in the film Sister, released in UK cinemas this week, and her voice will also be heard in the English dub of Studio Ghibli animation From Up on Poppy Hill.

Howie Mandel's Latest Game Show Gets a Premiere Date

Howie Mandel's latest entry into the game-show genre will premiere Dec. 10 on NBC, the network said Friday.

"Take it All" (formerly titled "Howie Mandel's White Elephant") will air Dec. 10-14 at 9 p.m. ET, wrapping up its run with back-to-back episodes on Dec. 17, starting at 9 p.m.

The show will feature a contestant selecting and opening a high-end prize, with the next player having to decide if they will steal the prize or take a chance with a second, unopened prize, which could be worth more than the first prize. When the contestants have been narrowed down to two players, they will be forced to decide if they want to keep what they've won, or take all of the prizes.

In what basically amounts to a high-stakes game of rock-paper-scissors, if one player chooses to keep their prizes and the other chooses to take all of the prizes, the "take it all" player goes home with all of the prizes. However, if they both choose to take all of the prizes, they both go home empty-handed.

The airing of "Take it All" means that "The Voice" will run a one-hour episode rather than a two-hour episode at 8 p.m. on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.

"Take It All" comes via Universal Television and Alevy Productions, with Mandel, Scott St. John and Mike Marks as the executive producers.

TV Tonight 28th of October 2012

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

    60 Minutes (US) S45E05: "Season 45, Episode 5"
    666 Park Avenue S01E05: "A Crowd Of Demons"
    Alaska State Troopers S04E05: "Armed and Bootlegging"
    America's Funniest Home Videos S23E04: "Season 23, Episode 4"
    Andrew Marr's History Of The World S01E06: "Revolution"
    Antiques Roadshow S35E04: "St Andrews University"
    Austin & Ally S02E03: "Magazines & Made-Up Stuff"
    Behind The Music S13E14: "Toni Braxton"
    Being: Liverpool S01E06: "Red Crusade"
    Big Brother (AU) S09E68: "Live Eviction"
    Big Rich Texas S03E04: "Cowboy Crazy"
    Boardwalk Empire S03E07: "Sunday Best"
    Border Security S12E26: "Wardrobe Malfunctions"
    Breaking Amish S01E08: "Decision Time"
    Bridezillas S09E21: "Natalie & Danielle"
    Call Me Fitz S03E07: "The Totally Legitimate Death Of Meghan Fitzpatrick"
    Cardfight!! Vanguard S02E30: "TBA"
    Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew S06E08: "TBA"
    Code: Breaker S01E04: "Voices of Time"
    Comic Book Men S02E03: "Ghostbusting at the Stash"
    Cupcake Wars S07E04: "Magical Cupcakes"
    Curiosity S02E04: "Brainwashed"
    Czas honoru S05E09: "Major Zwonariew"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S08E66: "Episode 2059"
    Destination Fear S01E06: "Sterling Opera House Ghost"
    Dexter S07E05: "Swim Deep"
    Downton Abbey S03E07: "Series 3, Episode 7"
    Dragons' Den (UK) S10E08: "Series 10, Episode 8"
    Drugs, Inc. S03E02: "Alaska Heroin Rush"
    Farmen S08E09: "Season 8, Episode 9"
    Football Night in America S07E08: "Week 8"
    Forbrydelsen S03E06: "Day 6"
    Formula 1 S04E43: "Indian Grand Prix Highlights"
    Friday Night Dinner S02E04: "The New Car"
    Glam Fairy S02E04: "Under the Glam Top"
    Good Luck Charlie S03E18: "Nurse Blankenhooper"
    Halloween Wars S02E04: "Zombie Wedding"
    Heartland (CA) S06E05: "Trial Run"
    Hellstrøm Rydder Opp - Hjemme S02E08: "Season 2, Episode 8"
    Homeland S02E05: "Q&A"
    House Husbands S01E09: "Episode 9"
    Hunter X Hunter Remake S02E04: "Fake x And x Psyche"
    I Cesaroni S05E14: "Milano andata e ritorno"
    I Kveld Med Ylvis S02E14: "Season 2, Episode 14"
    I Survived S06E42: "Kim, John, and Charlene"
    Ice Loves Coco S03E01: "Baby Got Haters"
    Keeping Up with the Kardashians S07E19: "Dishing it Out"
    Killing Time S02E04: "Season 2, Episode 4"
    Long Island Medium S03E14: "Like Father, Not Like Daughter"
    Long Island Medium S03E13: "Theresa and the Tent"
    Magi S01E04: "Episode 4"
    Making Monsters S02E10: "Mega Monsters"
    Making Monsters S02E09: "A Monster in Malibu"
    Married to Jonas S01E10: "When In-Laws Collide"
    MasterChef S01E09: "Season 1, Episode 9"

    Masterpiece S42E27: "Upstairs Downstairs, II: (4) All The Things You Are"
    Mega Dens S03E12: "A Mega Tale from the Crypt"
    Million Dollar Contractor S02E09: "Museum View Duplex (Part I)"
    Misfits S04E01: "Series 4, Episode 1"
    Misja Afganistan S01E04: "Akcja ratunkowa"
    Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse S01E17: "Episode 17"
    MythBusters S11E04: "Fright Night"
    NOS Studio Voetbal S12E12: "Season 12, Episode 12"
    Nothing Trivial S02E10: "Season 2, Episode 10"
    Once Upon a Time S02E05: "The Doctor"
    One Piece (JP) S06E54: "The Crew Is Surprised! The New Marine Fleet Admiral!"
    Outback Hunters S01E02: "Bad Moon"
    Points Of View S40E07: "October 28, 2012"
    Revenge S02E05: "Forgiveness"
    Robot Chicken S06E07: "In Bed Surrounded by Loved Ones"
    Rove LA S02E05: "Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Wayne Brady"
    See Dad Run S01E04: "See Dad Rise From the Dead"
    Shake It Up S03E02: "Funk It Up"
    Sins & Secrets S03E09: "Plattsburgh"
    Snapped S09E24: "Velma Ogden-Whitehead"
    So You Think You Can Dance (NL/BE) S05E09: "Season 5, Episode 9; Liveshow 2"
    Solsidan S03E04: "TBA"
    SpongeBob SquarePants S08E37: "Eek! An Urchin"
    Strictly Come Dancing S10E09: "Series 10, Week 4 (Results)"
    Strike Back: Vengeance S03E09: "Vengeance, Episode 9"
    Suki-tte Ii na yo. S01E04: "They Have Scars"
    Sunday Night Football S07E11: "New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos"
    Talking Dead S02E03: "TBA"
    Tatort S43E27: "Ein neues Leben"
    The Amazing Race S21E05: "Chill Out, Freak: Leg 5 - Dhaka, Bangladesh ? Bangladesh"
    The Good Wife S04E05: "Waiting for the Knock"
    The Mentalist S05E05: "Red Dawn"
    The Only Way Is Essex S07E09: "Series 7, Episode 9"
    The Project S04E257: "Season 4, Episode 257"
    The Real Housewives Of Atlanta S05E00: "Hairstylists Tell All"
    The Real Housewives of Miami S02E08: "Bras and Brawls, Part 2"
    The Venture Bros. S05E01: "A Very Venture Halloween"
    The Walking Dead S03E03: "Walk with Me"
    The X Factor (UK) S09E19: "Series 9 - Elimination - 4 (Result)"
    The Xtra Factor S09E19: "Series 9, Live Show Extra 4 (Result)"
    Toriko S02E29: "Episode 29"
    Treme S03E06: "Careless Love"
    Uchuu Kyoudai S01E30: "Episode 30"
    Ultimate Spider-Man S01E26: "Rise of the Goblin"
    Ultimate Spider-Man S01E25: "Revealed"
    Unique Eats S05E12: "Coffee Break"
    Unusual Suspects S04E08: "Murder on the Menu"
    Watch What Happens: Live S08E36: "Joanna Krupa & Karent Sierra"
    WWE Pay-Per-View S28E10: "Hell in a Cell - Philips Arena - Atlanta, Georgia"
    X Factor Romania S02E07: "Season 2, Episode 7"

'The Thick of It' team on show finalé: 'Leave them wanting more'

Armando Iannucci has confirmed that the current run of The Thick of It will "definitely" be the last.

The show has run for four series with a pair of specials between the second and third, and the final episode of the current run will air this weekend.

Iannucci told The Guardian: "It's definitely the last series. I've known from past experience to never say never.

"I don't think it's going to change politics. In terms of comedy hopefully it will inspire someone in the same way that I remember listening to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy or watching Not the Nine O'Clock News and thinking, 'I want to do something like that'."

The Thick of It: Malcolm Tucker (PETER CAPALDI), Olly Reeder (CHRIS ADDISON), Helen Hawkins (REBECCA GETHINGS), Nicola Murray (REBECCA FRONT)

Writer Sean Gray added: "It's a shame to stop but it also makes sense because hopefully we haven't outstayed our welcome.

"It's great to leave at a point where people are hopefully wanting more. That's the best way."

Various members of The Thick of It team including Chris Addison had previously confirmed on Twitter that the show would end with the fourth series finalé.

The seventh and final episode in the fourth series of The Thick of It airs this Saturday (October 27) at 9.30pm on BBC Two.

Hayley Atwell to lead three-part ITV crime drama 'Life of Crime'

Hayley Atwell is to star in a new ITV crime drama.

The three-part series, entitled Life of Crime and scripted by Waking the Dead scribe Declan Croghan, will span three decades of a police officer's career.

Atwell will take the lead role of rookie policewoman Denise Woods, who becomes obsessed with one particular case involving the murder of a teenage girl.

Beginning with the Brixton riots in 1985, the three instalments will follow Denise's professional development through the police force, her single-minded and frequently reckless pursuit of justice, and her struggle to be accepted in a male-dominated environment.

The second and third episodes will be set in 1997 and 2013 respectively.

Life of Crime will begin shooting in Brixton and Dublin from November.

Matt Smith wants 'Doctor Who', 'Breaking Bad' crossover

Matt Smith has said that he would "love" a crossover episode between Doctor Who and Breaking Bad.

The actor named the dark AMC drama when asked about his dream crossover by Radio 1's Fearne Cotton.

"I've been loving Breaking Bad... I'd love the Doctor to meet Heisenberg in Breaking Bad," Smith enthused, referring to the pseudonym used by Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in his criminal dealings.

"Breaking Bad flips your world upside down."

In a crossover closer to home, Smith was recently pictured alongside his predecessor as the Doctor, David Tennant.

Letterman to Trump: President Should Be 'Above Coercion or Simple Blackmail'

Donald Trump visited the "Late Show With David Letterman" to repeat his vow to give $5 million to the charity of Barack Obama's choice if the president will hand over his college and travel records.

Trump says the offer is about encouraging transparency. But Letterman didn't exactly sound all in.

"I like to think of the president as being above coercion or simple blackmail here," he said.

"Well, it's not blackmail," Trump replied.

Letterman asked why Mitt Romney hasn't released all of its tax returns, prompting Trump to think of yet another deal.

"I'll tell you, the swap I like?" Trump said. "His tax returns for President Obama's college records and passport records."

Nanny Deaths: Comcast CEO Extends Condolences to Executive Whose Children Were Murdered

Comcast CEO Brian L. Roberts extended his condolences Friday to the family of a CNBC executive whose two children, police say, were murdered by their nanny in Manhattan.

"I just want to say on behalf of all of us at CNBC and Comcast and NBCUniversal and many others around the nation how touched and sad we are by this unspeakable act, and that we'll do everything we can to support the family in their awful time," Roberts (pictured) said at the end of Comcast's earnings call Friday. "We'll go back to our jobs but have them in our thoughts and prayers."

Two of Kevin Krim's children, ages 2 and 6, were stabbed to death Thursday. Their mother, Marina, discovered them in a bathtub, and their nanny was found unconscious with stab wounds police believe were self-inflicted. No charges have been filed yet against the nanny, 50-year-old Yoselyn Ortega.

Krim, CNBC’s digital general manager, was reportedly on a business trip to San Francisco at the time of the killings and returned home to be with his wife and their other child.

Comcast and NBCU also released a statement Friday.

"A member of the CNBC family has suffered an unimaginable loss," it said. "The sadness that we all feel for Kevin, Marina and their family is without measure. Our thoughts, prayers and unwavering support are with them all."

Earnings: Olympics Help Comcast Earn Higher 3Q Profits

Comcast Corp. posted a higher quarterly profit on Friday thanks in large part to increased revenues from NBCUniversal's Olympics coverage.

Comcast's third-quarter net income was $2.1 billion, or 78 cents a share, compared with $908 million, or 33 cents a share a year earlier.

Revenue for NBCUniversal increased 31.2 percent to $6.8 billion in the third quarter of 2012 compared to $5.2 billion in the third quarter of 2011, primarily driven by 2012 London Olympics revenue of $1.2 billion in the Broadcast Television segment. Excluding the Olympics, NBCUniversal revenue increased 8.3 percent.

"Steve Burke and his team are making steady progress thorughout all of NBCUniversal," Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said of the NBCU CEO.

Roberts said NBC's ratings are up 17 percent over last season and up 31 percent in entertainment. It is the first time it has led the broadcast networks in the ratings in the first four weeks of the season since 2002. NBC spent years in fourth place.

"It's certainy early but I believe and hope we are seeing the beginning of a turnaround at NBC," Roberts said.

Comcast also lost fewer video customers and gained more online customers than analysts expected.

Excluding gains from sales of spectrum and a stake in A&E Networks, earnings came to 46 cents a share -- up 39 percent. That matched analysts' average estimate, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Revenue rose 15 percent to $16.54 billion, beating Wall Street estimates of $16.08 billion.

The games drew a record audience that averaged 31.1 million viewers per night, 12 percent more than the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Strong Olympics ratings mean Comcast will at least break even on its $1.18 billion deal for Olympics broadcast rights, while analysts had initially expected it to lose money from the agreement.

Comcast took a 51 percent controlling stake in NBC Universal in January 2011. It holds the U.S. broadcast rights for the next four Olympic contests.

The cable unit, which includes video and Internet, earned $9.98 billion in revenues, up 6.9 percent. The company lost 117,000 video customers, which beat StreetAccount estimates of a loss of 133,000. Its 287,000 new Internet customers also beat expectations.

Adam Carolla Joins Fox News Channel as a Contributor

Adam Carolla has found a new gig on the Fox News Channel.

The "Dancing With the Stars" alum, podcast star and perennial loudmouth has signed up with Fox News as a contributor, a spokesperson for Fox told TheWrap.  Carolla will appear primarily on "The O'Reilly Factor," but will also contribute to other Fox News shows.

Carolla, who has occasionally appeared on Fox in the past, will make his first appearance as a contributor on "The O'Reilly Factor" on Monday.

Though Carolla's political ideology isn't completely rigid he does tend to lean conservative on certain topics.

"I don't really have one group where I can subscribe to all of their dogma wholeheartedly," Carolla has said. "I guess I would be Republican, in the sense that I want a secure border, I'm not into the welfare state, I'm not into all those freebie lunch programs. It just kind of demeans people. On the other hand, I'd like pot to be legalized and I'm against semi-automatic and automatic weapons."

'X Factor' Christopher Maloney responds to missing masterclass

X Factor contestant Christopher Maloney has responded to reports that he fled to Liverpool during the week and missed a masterclass with Robbie Williams.

The 34-year-old singer was asked by Caroline Flack and Olly Murs on The Xtra Factor tonight (October 27) whether it was true he didn't tell the producers of the show that he was going to Liverpool.

Maloney responded: "No, it wasn't true."

Flack then clarified the question, and Maloney admitted that he did go back to his hometown during the week, but that he had sought permission to do so.

He said: "I did go back to see my family in Liverpool because my nanna wasn't very well, so I had the afternoon off."

Flack then said it "was good to clear things up".

Maloney was also asked whether he was solely in the competition due to the people of Liverpool voting for him.

He said their support had been "absolutely fantastic" and that he "couldn't thank them enough", but added that he believed he had fans across the UK.

X Factor's Lucy Spraggan 'too ill to perform'

Lucy Spraggan will not take part in this week's X Factor live shows.

The 'Tea and Toast' singer fell ill earlier this week and show bosses made the decision today (October 26) not to include her in the performance lineup.

"NEWS: @lspraggan is just too unwell to perform on tonight's #xfactor," tweeted the official X Factor account, before adding: "Lucy will proceed to next weekend's show as happened with @diana_music [past contestant Diana Vickers]."

Vickers was issued a bye during the fifth week of the 2008 series after suffering with laryngitis. As a result, she was not subjected to the public vote and automatically progressed to the sixth round of the competition.

Spraggan, who is reportedly suffering from "severe flu", was last seen in public on Wednesday night (October 24), when she attended fellow contestant Rylan Clark's Halloween-themed birthday party dressed as a pumpkin.

The 21-year-old from Sheffield has not updated her own Twitter account since before the celebrations. Clark - who along with Spraggan is currently staying in a nearby hotel after being kicked out of the official contestants' lodgings following drunken behaviour - took to his account earlier today and posted an update that read: "F**k I'm ill."

No announcement has yet been made about whether Clark will compete in this evening's live show.

Alan Cumming to Host BAFTA's Britannia Awards Again This Year

If the whole acting thing doesn't work out for Alan Cumming, it looks like he has a steady backup gig as the host of the Britannia Awards.

"X2" star Cumming will once again host the awards ceremony this year, the British Academy of Television Arts (BAFTA) Los Angeles said Thursday. This will mark the fourth time that Cumming will preside over the ceremony, described by BAFTA Los Angeles as the organization's "highest accolade, a celebration of achievements honoring individuals and companies that have dedicated their careers to advancing the entertainment arts."

"I'm so happy to be back hosting my fourth Britannia Awards,” the Scottish actor said. “It's 15 years since I first came to Hollywood and what better way to commemorate that than to be hosting a celebration of the best of British and Tinseltown. I'm excited to see old friends and raise a few glasses to the best in our business – and be a bit mischievous too of course.”

BAFTA Los Angeles also said that Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford and Josh Gad will be among this year's presenters.

The 2012 Britannia Awards will take place Nov. 7 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and will air on BBC America on Nov. 11.