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woensdag 9 januari 2013

Seth Rogen, Mindy Kaling to Rekindle Their Romance on 'The Mindy Project'

Seth Rogen is taking a slight diversion from "The Guilt Trip" in order to make some romance with Mindy Kaling.

"Knocked Up" and "Pineapple Express" star Rogen, who's currently starring with Barbara Streisand in the road comedy "The Guilt Trip," will drop in on Kaling's Fox comedy "The Mindy Project" for a Feb. 19 guest spot, the network said Tuesday.

In the episode, Rogen will play Sam, who gave Kaling's character her first kiss at a summer camp for Jewish kids. The two reunite and reminisce about the experience before deciding to rekindle their romance. (We're going to go out on a limb and assume that they're unable to recapture the magic for one reason or another.)

Though Rogen has primarily been focused on film work since his days in "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared," he did guest on the HBO baseball comedy "Eastbound & Down" last year, playing a pitcher.

Kaling appeared alongside Rogen in the 2005 big-screen comedy "The 40 Year Old Virgin."

Casting Rogen, known for such male-centric fare as "Pineapple Express" and "The Green Hornet," could be part of the network's effort to draw more of a male audience to the show. During the Television Critics Association winter tour on Tuesday, Fox chairman of entertainment Kevin Reilly expressed his frustration in drawing viewers to the network's Tuesday night comedy block, which includes "The Mindy Project," noting that he hopes more men can be drawn to the shows in the future.

'Great British Bake Off' first Comic Relief celebrities revealed

Great British Bake Off will return later this month with a four-part Comic Relief special on BBC Two.

Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry will judge the stars' cakes, pastries and sweet treats, while Mel Giedroyc will host on her own without usual co-presenter Sue Perkins.

Comedian Jo Brand, stand-up Stephen K Amos and TV double act Lorna Watson and Ingrid Oliver are the first celebrities taking part in the challenges, which will involve Signature Bake shortbreads, Technical Bake custard slices and Showstopper Bakes with chocolate cakes.

Some of the dishes served for the judges include Brand's black forest cake, Amos's experimental flourless chocolate and stem ginger cake, Watson's white chocolate and raspberry cake and Oliver's lady grey tea and lavender shortbread.

Great British Bake Off's Comic Relief specials start on Monday, January 21 at 8pm on BBC Two.

Fox to Launch Late-Night 'Animation Domination High-Def' Block in July

Fox will launch Animation Domination High-Def, a late-night offshoot of its Sunday night Animation Domination comedy block, on July 27, the network said.

The block, which will feature the voice talents of Mandy Moore, Ken Marino, Patton Oswalt and others, will run from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Saturday nights.

The first season of Animation Domination High-Def will include several 15-minute animated programs, including "Axe Cop," "High School USA" and an as-yet-untitled project from sibling comedy duo Kenny and Keith Lucas, aka The Lucas Brothers.

During a panel on the new animation block on Tuesday, Animation Domination High-Def head Nick Weidenfeld, formerly the head of development for the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, said that the block will provide a forum for "experimental and more interesting forms of animation." He also noted that it's possible that some of the projects could end up transitioning to the network's primetime Animation Domination block.

However, he added, "the stuff that we're making is not the exact same fare as a Sunday night broad comedy show... those shows need to be huge hits."

Featuring a cast that includes Oswalt, "Breaking Bad" alum Giancarlo Esposito and Jonathan Banks, and "Community" creator Dan Harmon, "Axe Cop" is the brainchild of five-year-old Malachai Nicolle and his 30-year-old brother, Ethan Nicolle. The series will follow a superhero who lives on a steady diet of birthday cake and dispenses his own unique brand of vigilante justice. Weidenfeld and "American Dad" vet Judah Miller developed the series, with Matt Silverstein and Dave Jeser of "Drawn Together" serving as executive producers and showrunners.

Meanwhile, "High School USA" revolves around a group of super-positive millennial students as they tackle modern perils such as cyber-bullying, Adderall addiction and embarrassing sexting incidents. "Community" and "TV Funhouse" veteran Dino Stamatopoulos created and is writing the show, which boasts a cast including Vincent Kartheiser of "Mad Men" and "Mandy Moore."

The untitled Lucas Brothers project, which is based on the siblings' stand-up comedy routine, follows the pair as they attempt to run a moving company, dubbed Va¢ation Boy$, after inheriting an old van from their uncle.

'Honey Boo Boo' Hits Its Ratings High, But Don't Panic

If you're like most Americans, you don't watch "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" -- but you do see lots of headlines about its ratings, shake your head, and mutter something about the apocalypse.

So prepare to do that again, because the show has beaten its previous ratings record. But take heart, because the apocalypse isn't coming. The "Boo Boo" numbers are good, but they aren't as good as the show's barrage of hype might lead non-viewers to believe.

"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo: A Very Boo Halloween" earned 3.1 million viewer Sunday. Those are great numbers for a cable show. But not that great.

Even as "Boo Boo" hit a ratings high, it wasn't even the top-rated show on ad-supported cable Sunday. That would be "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," which had its highest-rated episode of the season with 3.7 million.

There's a legitimate debate to be had about whether "Boo Boo" or "Housewives" is the more reprehensible show. One follows silly adults' trumped-up conflicts, while the other makes fun of a small child.

Both shows, by the way, were handily beaten by PBS' "Downton Abbey," which had 7.9 million viewers. That's right: Far more people tuned into a critically beloved public television show about England in the early 20th century than watched either basic-cable reality show.

Remember "Jersey Shore," the last show that was supposed to mark the end of Western Civilization? In its final season, it averaged 3 million viewers. And that was well after the height of its popularity. Overall, it averaged 5.5 million.

We survived that, and we'll survive this.

One more heartening number: 308 million Americans did not tune into "Boo Boo" on Sunday.

Tina Malone: 'Splash! is garbage, don't vote for me'

Tina Malone has described Splash! as "garbage" television, despite being a contestant on it.

The Shameless actress is one of several celebrities taking part in the ITV reality series, which sees stars attempting high dives each week under Tom Daley's mentorship.

Malone admitted that she signed up for the show - along with several other reality shows in the past - for the "big fat cheque" that went with it.

"Diving off a three-metre board into an 18ft pool is absolutely horrendous," she told Liverpool radio station Juice FM.

"I'm 50 years of age in two weeks. I haven't seen my final swimming costume yet – but I hope it's going to be a tent. But on a serious note I'm an actor, not a celebrity. It's the big fat cheques that make me happy.

"That's why I've done Celebrity Come Dine With Me, Celebrity Four Weddings – which I won – and Celebrity Big Brother, which I knew I'd only be in for 15 days. But, unfortunately, you have to do this garbage."

> Splash!: TV belly flop or guilty Saturday night pleasure?

Malone also pleaded with viewers not to vote for her in Splash!, saying she still gets her cheque if she only does one dive.

She said: "Don't keep me in Splash!. I still get the same money if I do one heat or three heats, so don't vote for Tina Malone. Thank you!"

Sugababes singer Jade Ewen, comedians Dom Joly and Omid Djalili and model Caprice are among the stars taking part in the show.

Obama to Host Screening of '1600 Penn' on Wednesday

Hey, even the Leader of the Free World needs to kick back and have a laugh once in a while.

President Barack Obama will host a screening of NBC's new presidential comedy "1600 Penn" on Wednesday, the network said Tuesday.

The show's cast and crew will also be on hand for the late-afternoon screening, and will receive a tour of the White House. The National Press Club will also host a screening and panel for the sitcom on Wednesday.

The comedy, which premieres Thursday, stars Bill Pullman as the president and Jenna Elfman as the first lady. "1600 Penn," which was co-created by and co-stars "Book of Mormon" veteran Josh Gad, imagines a dysfunctional first family residing in the White House.

Aside from the subject matter of the series, "1600 Penn" boasts an additional tie to the White House -- series co-creator Jon Lovett, who also executive-produces the series, is a former member of Obama's speech-writing team.

Obama also hosted a screening of the Steven Spielberg biopic "Lincoln" last year.

Dermot O'Leary wants to bring back 'This Is Your Life'

Dermot O'Leary has revealed that he wants to bring back This Is Your Life.

The X Factor host told Digital Spy that he thinks "there's room... in the schedules" for the classic biographical programme, providing that the celebrities honoured with its famous red books don't "scrape the bottom of the barrel".

"Maybe [I'll bring back] This Is Your Life, I'd quite like to do that," he said. "I think there's room for This Is Your Life.

"I think there's room for it in the schedules, but you have to be over about 45 I think is the qualification.

"You wouldn't want to scrape the bottom of the barrel with the guests, you've got to have proper legends doing it. And you'd have to reinvent it as well."

O'Leary also revealed that he dreams of landing his own chatshow.

"I'd like one eventually, but I think there's quite a few around at the moment so there's no room for another one," he said.

This Is Your Life was hosted by Eamonn Andrews from 1955 until his death in 1987. Michael Aspel took over presenting duties until the show was axed in 2003.

A one-off special fronted by Trevor McDonald aired in 2007.

O'Leary was speaking to Digital Spy in his capacity as host of the National Television Awards. The ceremony will air live on January 23 on ITV. Fans can vote for their favourite shows now on the NTAs website.

TV Drama Production in L.A. Plunges by 20% in 2012

The filming of TV dramas and reality shows in Los Angeles plummeted in 2012, according to figures released Tuesday by FilmL.A., the non-profit agency that coordinates location shoots in the region.

TV drama shoots were off by 20 percent from 2011, while the filming of reality shows dropped by 11.8 percent. Those numbers overshadowed the report's good news on overall location shooting, movie production and commercial filming, all of which were up from the previous year.

The TV drama number is critical to the overall health of local filming, because those shows -- mainly hour-long, high-end and multiple episodes -- employ more people and bring more economic benefits than other types of productions. A typical 22-episode-a-year network series has a budget of $60 million and generates 840 direct and indirect jobs, according to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.

The numbers confirm what many had feared since a midyear FilmL.A. report indicated that L.A. was losing its grip on this critical production sector.

Of 23 TV drama pilots launched last year, just two were based in L.A., with the rest being shot in Canada, and other U.S. states including New York and North Carolina.

The TV drama figures clouded the otherwise positive report. Paced by upticks in feature film and commercial shoots, overall on-location production in 2012 rose 4.7 percent from the previous year, to its highest level since 2008.

FilmLA measures filming activity by permitted production days. Last year there were 46,254, compared to 45,484 in the previous year.

Overall TV production was dragged down by the drama and reality losses, falling 3.4 percent for the year (16,762 PPD in 2012 vs.17,349 in 2011). It would have been worse, but for a surge in sitcom production that powered an 11.9 percent fourth quarter increase.

L.A. still dominates in terms of sitcom production, but those are mainly half-hour shows shot primarily on soundstages. Comedy pilots employ fewer people and cost about $2 million to produce, compared to $5.5 million for drama pilots, the agency said.

“We know that part of the decline in our TV drama figures stems from producers’ desire to cut costs by filming more on studio back-lots and soundstages,” said FilmLA president Paul Audley. “Unfortunately, last year we also saw a record number of new TV drama series shot out of state, resulting in negative economic consequences.”

On-location movie production increased 3.7 percent for the year (5,892 PPD in 2012 vs. 5,682 PPD in 2011). This was the category’s best year since 2008, the year before feature production declined precipitously and state lawmakers enacted the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program.

The Warner Bros.' movie "Gangster Squad," which qualified for the state tax credit, provided a bright spot for the program. The film, which opens Friday, was shot entirely in the city of Los Angeles and prominently features a number of local landmarks including City Hall and Union Station.

It reversed a trend that had seen L.A.-set period films "Hollywoodland" and "Black Dahlia" go elsewhere to film. Those 2006 movies shot some exteriors in Los Angeles, but "Hollywoodland" was produced mainly in Toronto and "The Black Dahlia" was filmed in Bulgaria.

In all, projects that qualified for the state tax credit accounted for 5.9 percent of the total movie shoots last year. Among the films that were shot utilizing the program were "10 Things I Hate About Life," "Baggage Claim," "The Bling Ring," "Dark Skies," "The Hive," "Jesus in Cowboy Boots," "Look of Love," and "Plush."

Other projects driving a significant amount of location filming in the L.A..area in 2012 included "Bad Words" and "Star Trek Into Darkness" from director J.J. Abrams.

“Last year saw our industry rocked by dramatic changes in the local production landscape,” Audley said. “If we seek a more secure future for filming in Los Angeles, we must continue to innovate and expand upon the programs proven to attract new projects to California.”

Lawmakers last year voted to extend the program, which has been over-subscribed and provides lesser breaks than several competing states, through the 2016-17 fiscal year. New York in particular has become a major lure for producers, having added post-production tax credits last year, on top of filming incentives.

The tax credit plan isn’t much help when it comes to keeping network TV dramas in California. When the program was launched in 2009, the focus was on retaining basic cable TV shows, which were exiting for other states, and network shows aren't eligible for the breaks.

Commercials production was another bright spot. Commercial shoots increased 14.1 percent for the year (8,078 PPD in 2012 vs. 7,079 in 2011), driven in part by a surge in the number of locally produced Internet commercial projects. Their production accounted for 7.9 percent of the commercials total, well up from the 1.7 percent web-based commercials generated when FilmL.A. first began tracking them in 2008.

Roughly 585,850 jobs directly or indirectly tied to the entertainment industry brought in $43.3 billion in labor income in 2011, according to the most recent figures from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Commission. That's equivalent to 17.6 percent of L.A. County's 3.3 million jobs. The industry generated $5.6 billion in state and local taxes that year.

Lance Armstrong to Discuss Doping Scandal With Oprah

Disgraced bicycling legend Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and lost a number of endorsements amid allegations that he had used performance-enhancing drugs during his career, will discusses the scandal with Oprah Winfrey in an interview that will air on the Jan. 17 edition of "Oprah's Next Chapter," Winfrey's network OWN said Tuesday.

During the 90-minute episode, Armstrong will talk about "the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating, and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied cycling career," the network said.

The interview, which airs at 9:30 p.m., is Armstrong's first since he was stripped of his titles last year, after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a report alleging that he had used performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career. The sit-down took place in Armstrong's Austin, Texas home.

The episode will also stream simultaneously on Winfrey's website,

In addition to being stripped of his titles and losing lucrative endorsement deals, Armstrong was compelled to step down as chairman of his charitable foundation Livestrong, which benefits cancer victims, in light of the scandal. (Armstrong is a survivor of testicular cancer.)

'Top Gear' series 19 start date confirmed for January

Top Gear will return for its 19th series at the end of January, it has been confirmed.

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will be back for another run of the factual entertainment series on Sunday, January 27 at 9pm on BBC Two, the official Top Gear magazine announced.

The show will open with a long-awaited Christmas special. Series 19 will follow immediately afterwards.

Features expected in the new series include a road trip across the US in the new SRT Viper, a Lexus LFA and an Aston Martin Vanquish, a race from Wembley to Milan to watch a football match, and James May rallying in a Bentley Continental GT, driven by ex-Mini WRC driver Kris Meeke.

There will also apparently be an Africa special where Clarkson, Hammond and May buy a station wagon and have to drive to the source of the Nile.

Last year, the presenters were reported to have signed up for at least three more series of the BBC car show.

Fox Chief Kevin Reilly: We 'Limped' Out of Fall Season

Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly has a self-deprecating take on his network's fall season, saying it "limped" into the New Year. But he said he plans for the network to pick up more male viewers and "put a little more Fox back in Fox."

Later, he joked with a reporter that everyone makes mistakes: "Look at my fall," he said.

Reilly spoke at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Tuesday, where he also said he expects Britney Spears to return as an "X Factor" judge and that his network's Tuesday night comedy block was a major source of frustration.

He said he remains confident in the quality of the Tuesday night shows, but that audiences may need time to find them. For that reason, he said, he will hold off on airing "The Goodwin Games," a sitcom in the Fox bullpen awaiting an airdate. He said the show may not debut until summer.

He also said he hopes the show's Tuesday night lineup can appeal to more men. The current lineup includes "Raising Hope," "Ben & Kate," "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project."

Reilly brought up his network's ratings troubles straight off, before critics had the chance. The network, which spent several seasons as the top-rated in the key 18-49 demographic, lost that honor to NBC this fall. Every broadcast network except for NBC lost ratings and viewers.

Fox's "X Factor" was down in the fall ratings despite the addition of Spears, who was supposed to inject drama and star power into the musical competition.

But as Reilly noted, the network's hopes look brighter in the new year. First, "American Idol" is returning. And Reilly has high hopes for the Kevin Bacon serial killer drama "The Following," debuting this month.

"The Following" is part of his network's attempt to capture some of the "intensity" of cable shows, he said. He praised AMC's "Breaking Bad" and "The Walking Dead," and said he bought an early script for the zombie drama when he was at NBC, though it later ended up on cable.

"The Walking Dead" was television's top drama this fall. Reilly said no network could air a show so graphic, but said he hoped to return to the says when viewers looked to Fox for edgy programming.

"Before there was cable, Fox was cable," he said.

He later told reporters: "The best of Fox makes noise. Some of that is being just a little bolder, a little louder."

He also praised "Wayward Pines," a limited-run series in development from M. Night Shyamalan he called "the closest thing to 'Twin Peaks' I've ever seen." He said Shyamalan has pitched several projects to Fox in the past, and that this one would be a high-quality production in the vein of HBO's films and miniseries.

He also answered a question about his feelings on NBC airing an episode of its hit singing show, "The Voice," opposite the premiere of "X Factor."

"It went in the file for later reference," he said, to laughter. "The score will be settled at some point. I don't know when. It's fine. That's their network, they're free to do what they want with it. But you know, slightly on the cheesy side? Yeah."

Celebrity Big Brother: Paula Hamilton has angry straitjacket rant

Paula Hamilton had an angry rant in the Celebrity Big Brother house last night and threatened to kick down the Diary Room door.

The former supermodel shouted that she wanted a "straitjacket" after a guessing game from Big Brother had unfortunate results.

During the latest Big Brother task, it was revealed that Gillian Taylforth had made disparaging comments about the fact Paula always has to outdo everyone when it comes to telling stories.

When Gillian's comments were revealed to Paula, she raged about producers' behaviour and treatment of her on the show.

According to the Daily Star, she told Big Brother in the Diary Room: "Get me a straitjacket and take me out of here!

"Open the door now or I will kick it down and you'll have to call the police. Open it! You're all liars. I hope I'm out of here. Have me evicted! You can throw me out! I wanna go!"

Gillian was apparently "terrified" by Paula's response and said that the show had put her "life in jeopardy".

It was revealed at the start of the series that Paula had failed psychological evaluation tests to enter the reality show when it was on Channel 4.

Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj Made to Say Nice Things About Each Other

Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj say they're done feuding. Though they don't necessarily agree on the details of their feud.

"It was kind of one-sided," Carey said Tuesday.

"No, it wasn't," said Minaj.

The two appeared together at a Television Critics Association panel Tuesday, where several questions focused on their much-hyped supposed disagreement. We know: You may be skeptical of whether their feud is even real. Fox president of alternative entertainment Mike Darnell said Tuesday that it was.

Carey and Minaj found themselves on the spot when one clever reporter asked them to say something nice about each other. There was no denying at least a little awkwardness. (Really though, they got off easy: At an earlier TCA panel Tuesday, a reporter said she wished "The Following" stars Kevin Bacon and James Purfefoy kiss on the show. They happily acquiesced.)

Minaj was up first when it came time for compliments.

"That actually is easy. I say nice things about Mariah all the time. I even tell her all the time how much a fan I am of her. She's one of my favorite artists of all time. She's really shaped a generation of singers," Mijan said.

She added that it was kind of "crazy" to be on a panel with Carey, given that so many competitors on the show "aspire to be a Mariah Carey."

"And that was obviously a very sweet thing to say," Carey responded. "Um."

There was some nervous laughter from the assembled critics. Was Carey stalling?

"It was," Carey added, and then delayed her answer a bit more. "And please forgive me, everybody, because I have a little sinus infection that I got from the babies. ... We all hate, as a panel, when people make excuses. So I'm gonna do that."

"No, but, Nicki and I worked together very early on in her career and did a song from an album that I had done called 'Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel,'" Carey continued. "It's called 'Up Out My Face,' ironically. Actually it was one of my favorite videos and songs. And I did feel that she was going to go very far and still have that feeling and am grateful for anything nice that she or anyone were to say about me."

Carey also said it was "unfair" to the contestants to focus on judges' feuds. Added Minaj: "We're professionals. You ever have an argument with someone you worked with?"

Carey said in an interview with Barbara Walters that she beefed up her security in the fall after a spat with Minaj.

"It felt like an unsafe work environment," Carey said. "Anytime anybody's reeling threats at somebody, you know, it's not appropriate. I'm a professional. I'm not used to that type of environment."

Walters reported that Carey reportedly said Minaj said off-camera, "If I had a gun, I would shoot that bitch."

Minaj has taken to Twitter to mock the notion that she threatened to shoot Carey.

The "Idol" judges were arranged Tuesday so that the two women didn't sit side by side. Read into that what you will.

Returning judge Randy Jackson sat stage left, with Carey, then new judge Keith Urban, and then Minaj seated down the line.

At one point during the panel, as Carey and Minaj spoke over each other as they disagreed on whether their supposed dispute was one-sided, judge Randy Jackson called to Urban.

"Keith, how are you man?" he said, leaning past Carey. "What's going on?"

John McCririck sues Channel 4 for £3 million over 'age discrimination'

John McCririck has started legal action against Channel 4 over allegations that he was dropped from the broadcaster's racing coverage due to age.

McCririck was one of the channel's presenters to be axed when it switched production teams from Highflyer to IMG in 2012.

Derek Thompson, Mike Cattermole and Alastair Down were also dropped in the handover. Veteran form expert Jim McGrath has remained on the team, alongside new anchor Clare Balding.

McCririck spoke out about Channel 4's decision last October and is now suing the channel with the services of employment and sports law specialist solicitor Stephen Beverley, of the London West End Cavendish Legal Group.

In a statement, the TV star said: "Channel 4 and production company IMG Sports Media were yesterday each served a letter before action for age discrimination.

"After 29 years with Channel 4 Racing, on a rolling annual contract, I have been sacked without any consultation or cogent explanation. I am 72.

"For loss of future earnings, unfair career damaging, public humiliation, stress and mental anguish, I will be seeking £500,000.

"Ageism is illegal. For tens of thousands of employees it has become the feared scourge of our society.

"This litigation should prove to be a watershed. There's no upper limit to the amount of damages employment tribunals can award under the Equality Act 2010.

"I am seeking a further exemplary, punitive £2.5m, part of which will be donated to charitable organisations helping to prevent negative prejudice in the workplace."

McCririck is a divisive personality with a unique and boisterous presenting style, who famously appeared twice on Celebrity Big Brother when it was on Channel 4.

Speaking about the changes to the racing lineup last year, a Channel 4 rep said: "It hasn't been an easy process and there have been complications on the way but, with regards to the choice of the squad, we were conscious that the programme will have a very different feel.

"Behind Clare Balding as lead presenter and Nick Luck in a supporting role, we were looking for a more journalistic approach to the content."

From 2013, Channel 4 Racing will be the new home of horse racing on TV. It will broadcast 88 days of coverage a year and show nearly 300 hours of live action.

This includes a range of premium events, including the Cheltenham Festival, Aintree's three-day John Smith's Grand National meeting, the Investec Derby Festival from Epsom Downs, Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood.

Ben Miller's 'Worst Week of My Life' to return as stage play?

BBC One comedy The Worst Week of My Life could be revived on stage.

The original series - which aired between 2004 and 2006 - starred Ben Miller as the unfortunate Howard Steel, a groom-to-be caught up in a string of humiliating situations.

Co-creators Mark Bussell told Radio 4's Front Row that he and fellow writer Justin Sbresni are developing a stage prequel to the sitcom, which also starred Sarah Alexander and Geoffrey Whitehead.

"There's some talk at the moment about doing a stage play, which would be the prequel of the television series, so we would see that moment when Howard meets his prospective father-in-law for the first time," the writer revealed. "We would love to do it on television again, but it might well be that the stage version happens first."

Miller also told Front Row that he would be "delighted" to reprise his role in a stage adaptation of Worst Week.

"I've been badgering them to do something like that for such a long time and I think, uniquely, The Worst Week of My Life would make a fantastic stage play," said the comic.

"It's set in the same place. It's farce; it's a great character farce, so I'm hopeful that they are writing as they say they are, and that I'll see something soon."

The series was previously remade for US audiences - Worst Week starring Kyle Bornheimer aired for a single season on CBS in 2008.

'Bones' Gets Ninth Season

Fox has renewed "Bones" for a ninth season, the network announced Tuesday.

“After more than 150 episodes, 'Bones' continues to be one of television’s most dynamic and consistent dramas,” said Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly. “We at Fox, along with millions of zealous fans, look forward to seeing where the incredible creative team takes the series next season.”

The show returns with a special two-hour winter premiere on Monday at 8 p.m.

The series, from Far Field Productions and Josephson Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox Television, was created by Hart Hanson.

Fox Plans 'Twin Peaks'-Like Project From M. Night Shyamalan

Laura Palmer is rolling over in her plastic wrap: Fox is developing "Wayward Pines," a "Twin Peaks"-like, ten-to-twelve episode series from M. Night Shyamalan, the network annonced Tuesday.

Fox is also developing another limited-run series called "Blood Brothers" from producers for "Band of Brothers," "The Glades," and "Touched."

Fox is calling both series "long-form event series," meaning they are longer than traditional miniseries but aren't planned as ongoing series. Fox will announce its first event series pilot pickups later this year, with plans to debut them in 2014.

“With top-notch auspices and feature-quality production plans, 'Wayward Pines' and 'Blood Brothers' represent exactly the kind of high-impact, 10- to 12-part events we set out to develop when we entered the limited series business,” said Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment for Fox. “These two series are the first of many big ideas, big names and big talent that you can anticipate will be on our air in the next 12-24 months.”

Based on the best-selling novel, “Pines,” by Blake Crouch, Pines is described by Fox as an "intense, mind-bending thriller evocative of the classic cult hit 'Twin Peaks.'" It finds Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arriving in bucolic Wayward Pines, Idado, in search of two missing federal agents. Would you believe he uncovers more mysteries along the way?

The project is based on a spec script written by Chad Hodge (“The Playboy Club”) and executive-produced by Shyamalan, Hodge, Donald De Line (“Green Lantern,” “The Italian Job”) and Ashwin Rajan (“After Earth”).

"Blood Brothers," meanwhile, is billed as the true story of the West Point Class of 1861. It follows comrades who find themselves on opposite of the Civil War. The project is written and executive produced by Bruce C. McKenna (“Band of Brothers,” “The Pacific”) and also executive produced by Gary Randall (“The Glades,” “Saving Grace”) and Timothy Scott Bogart (“Majors & Minors,” “Touched”). It comes from Boardwalk Entertainment Group and Fox Television Studios.

TV Tonight 9th of January 2013

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

A Question of Sport S44E09: "January 9, 2013"
Africa S01E02: "Savannah"
American Horror Story S02E11: "Spilt Milk"
American Restoration S02E46: "Escorter Service"
American Restoration S02E47: "Bear Down"
Amish Mafia S01E05: "Holy War"
Antiques Road Trip S06E03: "Series 6, Episode 3"
Arctic Air S02E01: "Wildfire"
Baggage Battles S02E08: "Crate Expectations"
Bargain Hunt S33E05: "Series 33, Episode 5"
Barter Kings S02E01: "Snakes On A Trade"
Belga Sport S07E01: "Werder Bremen-Anderlecht. Droom aan diggelen"
Big Brother's Bit on the Side S06E07: "Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side - 7"
Big Rich Texas S03E11: "Season 3 Reunion Special Part 1"
Black Gold S05E04: "Season 5, Episode 4"
Bomb Girls S02E02: "Roses Red"
Border Wars S05E09: "Smuggler's Stash"
Celebrity Big Brother S11E08: "Series 11 - Day 6 Highlights, Live Eviction #1"
Charley Boorman's Extreme Frontiers S02E01: "Series 2, Episode 1"
Chelsea Lately S06E209
Chicago Fire S01E12: "Under The Knife"
Coast Guard Alaska S02E12: "TBA"
Come Dine With Me S20E81: "Series 20, Episode 63"
Conan S03E26: "Ricky Gervais, Deepak Chopra, Imagine Dragons"
Coronation Street S54E06: "Wed 9 Jan, 2013"
Daybreak S03E86: "January 9, 2013"
Days of our Lives S48E42: "Ep. #11998"
Deal Or No Deal (UK) S08E129: "Episode 2122"
Doctors S14E165: "Brother's Keeper (Part 2)"
Dr. Livingstone S01E07: "Aflevering 7"
Emmerdale S42E08: "January 9, 2013"
Escape To The Country S13E33: "Monmouthshire"
Face the Clock S01E03: "Episode 3"
Food Inspectors S02E01: "Series 2, Episode 1"
Food Paradise S03E14: "Hot Dog Paradise 2"
Four In A Bed S04E03: "Series 4, Episode 3"
Full Throttle Saloon S04E04: "TBA"
General Hospital (US) S50E193: "#12721"
Got to Dance S04E06: "Series 4, Episode 6"
Great British Railway Journeys S04E03: "Stoke-on-Trent to Winsford"
Growing Up Poor S01E01: "Girls"
Guys With Kids S01E12: "Marny's Dad"
Happily Divorced S02E19: "The Biggest Chill"
Hell on the Highway S01E07: "Hell Freezes Over"
Hollyoaks S19E06: "January 9, 2013"
Hot In Cleveland S04E07: "Magic Diet Candy"
House Hunters S51E07: "Kenyala and Jody Search for a Bigger Home in Alabama"
I Get That A Lot S01E06
Ice Pilots S04E09: "Water Wings"
Inside the NFL S36E18: "Week 18"
Jimmy Kimmel Live S11E03: "Ryan Gosling, Brad Paisley"
Judge Judy S17E107: "Baby Daddy Payback? | BB Gun Shootout"
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon S04E06
Late Show with David Letterman S20E65
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit S14E11: "Beautiful Frame"
Loose Women S17E76: "Series 17, Show 76"
Love You, Mean It With Whitney Cummings S01E07: "TBA"
Midsomer Murders S15E05: "The Sicilian Defence"
Modern Family S04E11: "New Year’s Eve"
Moonshiners S02E09: "Adios, Mr. Still"
Nashville (2012) S01E09: "Be Careful of Stones That You Throw"
Nattpatruljen S01E03: "Season 1, Episode 3"
Neighbours S29E03: "Episode 6553"
NFL Turning Point S02E18: "Week 18"
Not My Mama's Meals S03E02: "Quick and Easy"
NOVA S40E07: "Decoding Neanderthals"
One Born Every Minute S04E02: "Series 4, Episode 2"
People's Choice Awards S37E03: "The 39th Annual People's Choice Awards"
Pointless S08E06: "Series 8, Episode 6"
Pramface S02E01: "The Edge of Hell"
Privates S01E03: "Episode 3"
Property Brothers S05E01: "Kristi & Jay"
Psycho-Pass S01E12: "Devil's crossroad"
Shipping Wars S02E21: "Damaged Goods"
Shipping Wars S02E20: "Frankenship Horrors"
Stargazing Live S03E02: "Series 3, Episode 2"
Stargazing Live 'Back to Earth' S02E02: "Series 2, Episode 2"
Storage Hoarders S01E13: "Episode 13"
Stranger Than Nature S01E08: "American Lake Monster"
Suburgatory S02E08: "Black Thai"
Sveriges mästerkock S03E03: "Slutkval i Gävle"
The Bold and the Beautiful S26E201: "Ep. #6485"
The Chase (2009) S06E46: "Series 6, Episode 46"
The Chew S02E86: "Episode 324"
The Colbert Report S09E03: "Neil Shubin"
The Daily Show S18E41: "Jeff Bridges"
The Dr. Phil Show S11E82: "Teenage Rage"
The Ellen DeGeneres Show S10E78: "Bethenny Frankel, Ricky Gervais, Kevin Nealon"
The Jeremy Kyle Show S08E81: "January 9, 2013"
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson S09E03: "Steven Wright, Genesis Rodriguez"
The Middle S04E11: "Life Skills"
The Neighbors (2012) S01E11: "The Gingerbread Man"
The Project S05E07: "Season 5, Episode 7"
The Soup S09E54: "January 9"
The Spies Of Warsaw S01E01: "Episode 1"
The Talk S03E81: "Kaley Cuoco, Dr. Michelle Callahan"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno S21E16: "Dave Salmoni, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy"
The View S16E80: "Jeff Bridges, Lisa Lillien"
The Young and the Restless S40E202: "Ep. #10071"
Thuis S18E98: "Season 18, Episode 98"
Tipping Point S02E06: "Series 2, Episode 6"
Toddlers and Tiaras S05E27: "California Tropic: Under the Sea Pageant"
Top Chef S10E10: "Battle Before The War"
Wanted Down Under S07E06: "Series 7, Episode 6"
Washington Heights S01E02: "TBA"
Washington Heights S01E01: "Pilot"
Watch What Happens: Live S09E04: "TBA"
Whitney S02E06: "2 Broke Hearts"
World's Most Dangerous Roads S03E03: "Bolivia"
WWE Main Event S01E15: "Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler"