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dinsdag 30 oktober 2012

Torchwood hasn't been cancelled, says Russell T Davies

Russell T Davies has revealed that Torchwood has not been cancelled.

During an interview on BBC's The Graham Norton Show, the writer and producer said that the series is in "a nice limbo".

"I loved making it over there [in the US], and I would have carried on if circumstances hadn't brought me back to this country, so it's kind of in limbo for me at the moment," he explained.

"I'm not working on it at the moment. I'm only working on [new children's TV show] Wizards vs Aliens - when I get back to work one day, I don't know, it'll be old news to the BBC!"

He added: "It's not officially [cancelled]. It's in a nice limbo where it can stew - those shows can come back in ten, 20 years time."

Davies's comments echo those of star John Barrowman and executive producer Julie Gardner, who also described the show as being "in limbo" last autumn.

Barrowman said: "We've pushed the pause button now because we don't know what's happening. It's beyond my control."

"[Torchwood] has been across so many different channels and so many international audiences, across so many different story structures, and so many numbers of episodes," said Gardner.

"There's no single way forward for the show."

'Up All Night' Takes a Page From 'Happy Days'

"Up All Night" is switching from a single camera to multicam format, making a transition formerly made by the classic sitcom "Happy Days."

The series, which stars Christina Applegate and Will Arnett as harried new parents and Maya Rudolph as Applegate's self-absorbed boss, will shut down for three months after taping its final single-camera episode next week. It will use that time to convert its stage and set for the show to be recorded in front of a live audience with multiple cameras.

It will go back into production in February on five multi-camera episodes, bringing the total number of episodes for this season to 16.

All of the season's 11 remaining single-camera episodes will air by December, and the multicam episodes will return in April or May. The show has earned only passable ratings since debuting last season.

There was no word on what will fill the show's 8:30 Thursday timeslot in the interim, but NBC has "Community" in its bullpen. The planned Friday debut for "Community" was delayed earlier this month.

The series' creator, Emily Spivey, is a veteran of the three-camera format thanks to her work on "Saturday Night Live." Showrunner Tucker Cawley worked previously on the multicam "Everybody Loves Raymond." NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said the network and executive producer Lorne Michaels agreed the format change would "infuse the show with
more energy."

"We know what the multi-camera audience does for the live episodes of '30 Rock,' plus after seeing both Maya and Christina do SNL within the past few months, we knew we had the kind of performers -- Will Arnett included -- who love the reaction from a live audience," Greenblatt said. "We think we can make a seamless tradition to the new format. Also, we're committed to the multi-camera form and this will give us another show to consider for next season in this new format."

NBC pointed to "Happy Days" as a precedent for the shift. The show's first two seasons were filmed using a single-camera setup and laugh track, but one episode of Season 2 ("Fonzie Gets Married") was filmed in front of a studio audience with three cameras as a test

From the third season on, the show was shot with three cameras. Tom Bosley or another cast member would usually inform viewers that it was filmed in front of a live audience.

'X Factor' First Live Show Bumped Up After Early World Series Win

Major League Baseball has once again shaken up the schedule for "The X Factor."

Fox's singing competition will hold its first live show of the season early, due to the early wrap-up of the 2012 World Series, which saw the San Francisco Giants sweep the Detroit Tigers four games to zero.

The first live show of the season will now air Oct. 31. It will be a special two-hour, seven-minute episode that will begin at 8 p.m. ET. It will air at 8 PT on a tape delay.

The scheduling change also means that new hosts Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez will be making their debuts earlier than expected. They will replace "X Factor" host Steve Jones with the Oct. 31 episode. Jones was ousted after the first season.

Thursday's episode will feature the reveal of the top finalists, with the audience voting on the finalists next week.

Earlier this month, a rain delay of the National League Championship created chaos for Fox's schedule. After originally hearing that the delay was likely to continue past primetime, Fox began airing "The X Factor," but when the delay was canceled about an hour later, the network pulled back "The X Factor" feed to switch to the game. However, a delay in the switch also caused "The Mindy Show" to briefly air for some viewers.

'Elementary, '30 Rock' halt filming due to Hurricane Sandy

Production of TV shows based in New York is to be affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The vast hurricane - currently closing in on areas of the US East Coast - has brought filming on the likes of Elementary and 30 Rock to a halt.

Public transport in New York, Washington DC and Philadelphia has also been suspended and the New York Stock Exchange shut, while thousands have already evacuated New York City.

Other shows affected by the extreme weather include Showtime's Nurse Jackie and CBS series The Good Wife and Person of Interest, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Comedian Louis CK - star of FX series Louie - cancelled a stand-up show in New York City on Sunday (October 28) amid fears for the safety of the audience, while Jimmy Kimmel Live! is currently expected to tape this week's shows in Brooklyn as planned in spite of Hurricane Sandy

'X Factor' Lucy Spraggan 'tired of being told off', threatens to quit?

Lucy Spraggan is not entirely happy on The X Factor and has threatened to quit the show, it has been claimed.

The 21-year-old singer is reportedly upset because she does not want to keep singing cover versions on the show. Spraggan auditioned with her own material, and also performed original track 'Mountains' during the first live show of the series.

"Lucy might quit - she's tired of being told off," an insider claimed to The Mirror. "She doesn't want to sing covers. She was loving it but she's unwell, which is making her negative."

The insider also claimed that Spraggan wants to "be paid for the songs which she wrote that are selling on iTunes".

However, a show spokesperson has insisted that Spraggan "is very happy show-wise", while another source claimed that she is simply "still feeling unwell".

The X Factor has claimed in an official statement that "Lucy is committed to the show and is hoping to return to perform this coming weekend".

Spraggan was excused from performing this week as she had flu and was too ill to sing.

Derren Brown 'Apocalypse' star revealed as fake?

Derren Brown's latest TV project is facing allegations of fakery after its star was reportedly revealed to be an actor.

The illusionist's new Channel 4 show Apocalypse features Brown attempting to convince Steve Brosnan that the world had been struck by a meteorite, and that zombies had taken over.

Derren Brown stars in his new show Svengali at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London

Brown described the 21-year-old as having a "dead-end job", and that he was "stuck in a rut".

However, fans have claimed that Brosnan may be a stooge, after it was allegedly discovered that he belonged to a professional actors' casting website.

Brosnan's Twitter account was said to have been linked to his page on the Casting Call Pro site, but was later altered to the names Craig Harwood and Jerrin Matthews, before being taken down.

However, Channel 4 has since denied any reports that Brosnan has ever been an actor, and that the Casting Call Pro page was likely a fake.

A spokesman told The Sun: "Steven is not and never has been a professional actor. He was chosen purely because he fitted the characteristics needed for the show."

TV Tonight 28th of October 2012

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

    19 Kids and Counting S06E27: "TBA"
    19 Kids and Counting S06E26: "Michelle's Birthday Makeover"
    30 For 30 S02E05: "Ghosts of Ole Miss (Fritz Mitchell)"
    A History Of Horror With Mark Gatiss S01E04: "Horror Europa"
    Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition S01E04: "In a New York Minute"
    Airport 24/7: Miami S01E06: "Fuel Fire"
    Alaska: The Last Frontier S02E05: "The River Wild"
    Anderson Live S02E37: "Co-Host Iyanla Vanzant | True Crime Tuesday"
    Antiques Road Trip S05E22: "Series 5, Episode 22"
    Are We There Yet? S03E32: "The Blockbuster Movie Episode"
    Aspe S08E09: "Vigilante"
    Attack Of The Show! S09E17: "Season 9, Episode 17"
    Autumnwatch S07E01: "Series 7, Episode 1"
    Ben and Kate S01E06: "Scaredy Kate"
    Big Brother (AU) S09E70: "Daily Show 44"
    Brickleberry S01E06: "Gay Bomb"
    Chasing Classic Cars S06E04: "Buy? Sell? Hold?"
    Chef Race: UK vs U.S. S01E06: "Hot Sauce Hustle"
    Chelsea Lately S06E171
    Chicagolicious S01E13: "Couture Catastrophe"
    Come Dine With Me S20E29: "Series 20, Episode 27"
    Conan S03E14
    Conan S02E161: "Katey Sagal | Tom Nardone | Tommy Johnagin"
    Covert Affairs S03E13: "Man in the Middle"
    Cuckoo S01E06: "The Wedding"
    Dancing With the Stars (US) S15E12: "Week 6 Results show"
    Daybreak S03E42: "October 30, 2012"
    Days of our Lives S47E240: "Ep. #11950"
    De slimste mens ter wereld S10E26: "Season 10, Episode 26"
    De vijfhoek S01E09: "Season 1, Episode 9"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S08E68: "Episode 2061"
    Doctors S14E121: "The First Among Equals"
    Don't Tell the Bride S06E13: "Mike and Becky"
    Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 S02E02: "Love and Monsters..."
    EastEnders S28E172: "October 30, 2012"
    Emily Owens, M.D. S01E03: "Emily and... The Outbreak"
    Emmerdale S41E256: "October 30, 2012"
    Extreme Cheapskates S01E06: "Roy & Ben"
    Extreme Cheapskates S01E05: "Jeff"
    Face Off S03E11: "Immortal Enemies"
    Figure It Out S06E11: "Featuring Rachel Crow"
    Flipping Out S06E09: "Barbie Bitch"
    Fresh Meat S02E04: "Series 2, Episode 4"
    Frontline (US) S30E25: "Big Sky, Big Money"
    General Hospital (US) S50E149: "#12677"
    George Clarke's Amazing Spaces S01E02: "Episode 2"
    Girls und Panzer S01E04: "Episode 4"
    Giuliana & Bill S05E15: "Who's Your Nanny?"
    Great British Food Revival S03E05: "Mushrooms and Offal"
    Halv åtta hos mig S09E42: "Småland - Simon"
    Happy Endings S03E02: "Sabado Free-Gante"
    Hard Time S03E20: "Stress Box"
    Hart Of Dixie S02E05: "Walkin' After Midnight"
    Helicopter Heroes S06E22: "Series 6, Episode 22"
    Hellfjord S01E04: "Season 1, Episode 4"
    Hip Hop Squares S02E03
    Hip Hop Squares S02E04
    Holby City S15E03: "Follow My Leader"
    Hollyoaks S18E217: "October 30, 2012"
    Home and Away (AU) S25E202: "Episode 5637"
    Hotel cæsar S29E74: "Season 29, Episode 74"
    House Hunters S50E92
    House Hunters International S34E88: "Returning Home to Brisbane"
    Iconoclasts S06E04: "Christy Turlington Burns & Tory Burch"
    Ink Master S02E05: "Trick or Freak"
    İşler Güçler S01E18: "Season 1, Episode 18"
    Jamie's 15 Minute Meals S01E07: "Chicken Dim Sum and Crab Briks"
    Jews at Ten S01E04: "Food"
    Jimmy Kimmel Live S09E327
    Kuba Wojewódzki S19E09: "Piotr Rogucki i Robert Biedroń"
    Last Call with Carson Daly S10E76: "Citizen Cope, Atlas Genius, Wolfgang"
    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon S02E358
    Late Show with David Letterman S20E29
    Later Live - With Jools Holland S10E06: "Series 10, Show 6"
    Level Up S02E02: "Lice Guys Bathe Last"
    Live with Kelly and Michael S30E37: "Jimmy Kimmel"
    Loose Women S17E42: "Series 17, Show 42"
    Million Dollar Rooms S03E05
    Mord mit Aussicht S02E08: "Die Saat des Bösen"
    NCIS S10E05: "Namesake"
    NCIS: Los Angeles S04E05: "Out of the Past (Part 1)"
    Neighbours S28E212: "Episode 6522"
    New Girl S02E06: "Halloween"
    Oh Oh Europa S01E47: "Season 1, Episode 47"
    Overhaulin' S06E05: "1965 Impala"
    Pointless S07E45: "Series 7, Episode 45"
    Pranked S05E02: "TBA"
    Private Practice S06E05: "The Next Episode"
    Property Virgins S12E08: "Great Expectations"
    Raising Hope S03E05: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Me What To Do"
    River City S11E06: "Episode 804"
    Sakura-sou no Petto na Kanojo S01E04: "The World is Changing Colors"
    Salatut elämät S15E46: "Joonatanilla on kiero oljenkorsi kukkarossa"
    Salatut elämät S15E42: "Joonatanilla on kiero oljenkorsi kukkarossa"
    Sinnasnekker'n S03E09: "Season 3, Episode 9"
    SlugTerra S01E12: "Undertow"
    Sons of Anarchy S05E08: "Ablation"
    Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two S09E17: "Series 9, Episode 17"
    Taboo S09E17: "Bizarre Burials"
    Tattoo Nightmares S01E03: "Pinup Problems"
    Terápia S01E07: "Máté - 2."
    The Amazing World of Gumball S02E09: "The Treasure"
    The Big Break S18E06: "Big Break Greenbrier - A Very Tall Order"
    The Bold and the Beautiful S26E155: "Ep. #6439"
    The Chase (2009) S06E02: "Series 6, Episode 2"
    The Chew S02E37: "Episode 275"
    The Colbert Report S08E136: "Alan Simpson"
    The Daily Show S17E174: "John Goodman"
    The Dr. Phil Show S11E41: "Bully Backlash"
    The Ellen DeGeneres Show S10E36: "Steve Harvey, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis"
    The Jeremy Kyle Show S08E42: "October 30, 2012"
    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson S08E167: "Jay Leno"
    The Looney Tunes Show (2011) S02E05: "Semper Lie"
    The Men Who Built America S01E03: "Changing the Game"
    The Mindy Project S01E04: "Halloween"
    The New Normal S01E08: "Para-New Normal Activity"
    The Paradise S01E06: "Episode 6"
    The Project S04E259: "Season 4, Episode 259"
    The Strange Calls S01E03: "Phantom"
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno S20E174
    The Troop S02E10: "A Sniff Too Far"
    The Troop S02E11: "The Eris Returns"
    The View S16E41: "Lucy Liu, J.R. Martinez"
    The Voice (US) S03E17: "The Knockouts, Part 2"
    The X Factor (AU) S04E27: "Season 4, Live Finals 7 (Result)"
    The Young and the Restless S40E154: "Ep. #10023"
    Thuis S18E47: "Season 18, Episode 47"
    Tia & Tamera S02E14: "Bahamas Mamas"
    Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun S01E05: "Yoshida Family Matters"
    Tosh.0 S04E26: "TBA"
    Total Blackout (US) S02E01: "Don't Burst Your Bubble Helmet"
    Underemployed S01E03: "The Roommate"
    Vegas S01E05: "Solid Citizens"
    Viral Video Showdown S01E01: "Real Life Movie Trailer (Pilot)"
    Vocea României S02E06: "Blind Auditions #6"
    Watch What Happens: Live S08E38: "Ryan Murphy & Mark Consuelos"
    Wereld draait door, De S08E42: "Season 8, Episode 42"
    Wheeler Dealers (2003) S11E07: "Mustang"
    Winners & Losers S02E19: "To Have and To Hold"
    Wizards vs Aliens S01E02: "Dawn Of The Nekross - Part 2"
    World Series of Poker S44E15: "WSOP Main Event Final Table (near live)"
    X-Play S15E111: "Season 15, Episode 111"
    Интерны S07E18: "Пластическая операция"
    Пятницкий S03E21: "Прозрение"
    Пятницкий S03E20: "Один долгий день"

Mary Berry 'unsure about US Bake Off role'

Mary Berry is reportedly unsure about whether she would appear on the planned US version of The Great British Bake Off.

CBS announced the show, which has the working title Bake Off, earlier this month.

The Sun quotes Berry as saying: "I have no idea if I will be asked. I've not thought about it and I'm not going to think about it, as it would mean being away a lot."

However, Berry's fellow judge Paul Hollywood has apparently said that he would be interested in a role on the show, potentially as its host.

An insider recently claimed that executives are "desperate" for Berry and Hollywood to be involved in CBS's Bake Off, as they believe that the pair's "lightness of touch" will be popular with viewers in the United States.

Richard McKerrow, who launched the series in the UK as executive producer, will oversee Bake Off for Love Productions USA.

International versions of the show have already launched in countries such as Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and Poland. The format will also premiere in Australia, Ireland and France during 2013.

'Strictly Come Dancing' Louis Smith in trouble over spoiler tweet

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Louis Smith has reportedly been given a warning by BBC bosses regarding spoilers.

The Olympic gymnast tweeted to his thousands of followers about Sid Owen's exit from the competition before it aired on Sunday (October 28).

The EastEnders actor was eliminated on Sunday's (October 28) results show, which was filmed immediately after the initial performances on Saturday.

Smith accidentally revealed who had exited the competition on Saturday night, tweeting: "Wat an amazing but emotional roller coaster (sic).

"So much luv for @FlaviaCacace & it's so sad to say bye to @sidowen5 & @The_OlaJordan #crewlove."

The tweet was later deleted after BBC producers contacted Smith about his error, reports The Sun.

A BBC source said: "Saturday night can be quite overwhelming and emotional for the celebrities, especially when someone leaves the contest.

"Louis was so caught up in the show that he totally forgot that TV audiences - along with fans who follow him on Twitter - hadn't seen the result.

"Luckily the tweet was noticed quickly and taken down, and the importance of keeping the show result secret has been impressed upon Louis.

"He is embarrassed about it, but at the end of the day it was an honest mistake."

Louis Smith topped the Strictly leaderboard with partner Flavia Cacace after their tango routine to Rihanna's track 'Disturbia'.

No 'Office' Spinoff, Rainn Wilson Says

Dwight Schrute won't be getting any dirt under his fingernails on "The Farm."

"Farm Update: NBC has passed on moving forward with The Farm TV show," would-be star Rainnn Wilson tweeted Monday. "Had a blast making the pilot - onwards & upwards!"

The series would have followed life on a beet farm maintained by Wilson's "Office" character, Schrute, and his family. Matt Jones, who plays Badger on "Breaking Bad," was to play Schrute's cousin Zeke.

The series would have continued the legacy of NBC's longrunning "The Office," which is in its ninth and last season.

Wilson has previously promised that "The Farm" would be "even more far out and weird" than "The Office." But NBC has lately expressed a taste for more mainstream comedy.

The network has said it is seeking broader sitcoms than its Thursday night shows, which tend to score critical acclaim but not high ratings.

"The Office" is usually by far the highest-rated of its Thursday shows, but has declined since the exit of star Steve Carell.

Baltasar Kormakur to Direct Pilot of HBO and Mark Wahlberg's 'The Missionary'

Baltasar Kormakur will direct the pilot of HBO’s “The Missionary,” a spy thriller that Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Malcolm Gladwell are executive producing.

Set in Cold War-era Berlin, the project follows a young American missionary who becomes involved in the CIA.

Charles Randolph wrote the script, with Levinson's Leverage and Wahlberg's Closest to the Hole Production producing.

Kormakur (left) and Wahlberg have struck up a healthy working relationship dating to 2012’s “Contraband.” Kormakur directed that crime thriller, which Wahlberg starred in. It grossed almost $100 million at the worldwide box office.

The two teamed up again for “2 Guns,” another crime thriller that stars Wahlberg and Denzel Washington. It just finished production and is due for release next August

Kormakur is an Icelandic director who mixes big-studio productions with more independent fare, such as "The Deep," Iceland's nominee for a 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

More television projects are bringing high-profile directors aboard to direct the pilot, perhaps most notably with Martin Scorsese on "Boardwalk Empire." "Boardwalk" is one of four HBO shows produced by Wahlberg over the years, a list that also includes "Entourage," "In Treatment" and "How to Make it in America."

'Merlin: The Game' open beta launches

Merlin: The Game is now available to play as an open beta.

Developed by Bossa Studios, the Facebook video game adaptation of the BBC television series features real-time co-operative play, allowing players to explore quests with six other friends.

The role-playing social game involves players travelling across Camelot, fighting monsters and levelling up.

Bossa Studios' creator-in-chief Imre Jele had previously told Digital Spy that Merlin: The Game will also be accessible to those unfamiliar with the show.

"Not everyone knows the TV show," he said. "So we've designed it in a way that if you know the show, you're going to find a lot of little things that are relevant for the game."

Merlin: The Game can be accessed on the title's official website.

A Nintendo DS game based on Merlin will be available later this month.

Russell T Davies: 'I won't be involved in Doctor Who 50th anniversary'

Russell T Davies has confirmed that he will not be involved in Doctor Who's 50th anniversary.

Davies served as head writer on the BBC sci-fi drama between 2005 and 2010, but told What's on TV that he is unlikely to contribute a new episode in 2013.

"I think I'd be like the ghost at the feast," he said. "What would I do - turn up and make the tea?"

Davies added: "I have asked current boss Steven Moffat not to tell me what they are planning."

The Welsh writer also insisted that there will be no Doctor Who references in his new CBBC show Wizards Vs Aliens.

"I drew the line at Doctor Who - it would feel like the most awful in-joke!" he explained. "Even though I'd love the Daleks to turn up one day, we couldn't do it. They are separate universes."

Wizards Vs Aliens begins on October 29 on CBBC at 5.15pm.

'EastEnders' June Brown, Dawn French to star in new BBC Two sitcom

EastEnders legend June Brown and Dawn French are to star in a new BBC Two sitcom, written by Sue Perkins.

Great British Bake-Off host Perkins will also feature alongside Benidorm's Steve Pemberton and Drop the Dead Donkey's Jeff Rawle in Heading Out.

Heading Out will tell the story of Sara (Perkins), a vet who is given an ultimatum by her friends to tell her parents that she is gay after she turns 40.

Perkins has said of the comedy: "I think once the gnawing terror, sleepless nights and relentless self-doubt has subsided, this might well be the thing that I'm most proud of."

The show's executive editor Kristian Smith said: "Audiences can expect a super-sized, well-baked comedy from one of our very finest."

Heading Out, a six-part series, will air sometime next year.

Ben Stiller Executive-Producing Comedy for ABC

ABC has purchased a comedy project to be executive-produced by Ben Stiller, a spokeswoman for the network told TheWrap.

The series, entitled "Complikated," will star  Bonnie Hunt as Kate, a confidently insecure woman with a complicated life.

Hunt, who previously starred in "The Bonnie Hunt Show,"  is also co-writing with her Bob & Alice Productions partner Don Lake.

Stiller's Red Hour Television is developing the project with Bob & Alice. Red Hour's Debbie Liebling and Stuart Cornfeld will also executive-produce.

Deadline first reported the news of "Complikated"'s sale to ABC.

Current TV Evaluating Sale Offers

"Current has been approached many times by media companies interested in acquiring our company," Current said in a statement. "This year alone, we have had three inquiries. As a consequence, we thought it might be useful to engage expertise to help us evaluate our strategic options."

A Current spokeswoman, who asked that her name not be used, says the company has enlisted its bankers -- JP Morgan Chase and the Raine Group -- to evaluate the possibility of a sale. The spokeswoman said she did not know who the suitors were or how many of the offers remain on the table.

The network is also considering fundraising with new investors or forming new partnerships, the spokeswoman said.

The New York Post reported Friday that the liberal network founded by former Vice President Al Gore and Joel Hyatt was for sale. But the Current spokeswoman said that the company had not put itself on the block or sought any of the offers.

Current has struggled for viewers since its 2005 debut. Hiring Keith Olbermann last year was expected to give it a ratings jolt, but the combustible host left the network in less than a year after feuding with management.

It has sought to reinvent itself with shows led by politicians and veterans of other networks, including former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, and ex-MSNBC host Cenk Uygur.