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dinsdag 22 januari 2013

Celebrity Big Brother viewers react to Rylan Clark scandal

Gillian Taylforth surprised viewers of Channel 5's The Wright Stuff today (January 21) when she revealed that Rylan Clark had been regularly exiting the Celebrity Big Brother house to rehearse for the X Factor live tour.

The ex-contestant, who was evicted from the show on Friday (January 18), seemed unaware that Clark's jaunts were against a major principle of the closed-house reality competition.

Channel 5 has since confirmed that Clark has been leaving the house for rehearsals.

Digital Spy readers, our forum users and Twitter followers have been vocal since the news broke of what is seen as a deception.

Former contestant and Reveal Big Brother columnist Nicola McLean said: "I am furious - this defeats the entire point of the show. No exceptions have ever been made before. This is Rylan Clark, not Michael Jackson."

Journalist and TV presenter Grace Dent joked on Twitter: "@mrjamieeast Is it true Rylan comes to your house every night for Shepherds Pie and Malbec? I heard this... This has made my day #rylan."

"Not only does it show a complete lack of respect for the format, but in covering it up they're showing a complete lack of respect for the viewers," Brekkie said.

"Most 'fix' scandals are exactly the opposite of that - but C5 deserve everything they get for this one."

"What?? No way is that fair?! They're meant to be in isolation!!" said Leeya on our forums.

2shy2007 agreed: "This is a disgrace, C5 have no idea how to handle BB, and have ruined it completely."

holly3271 quipped: "Oh no, I feel cheated. Everything about the show always feels so real but now it's fine reputation has been tarnished."

molliepops suggested this was not the first time such actions had occurred, saying: "We have seen people from earlier series going off to do things this isn't new or purely a ch5 problem.

"Not something they should allow IMO but I doubt he saw family and friends he would have been escorted to the show and back with no contact I would imagine."

MadameLaMinx said: "Whilst I dont approve of this somewhat understandable choice not to make that public knowledge and spoil the illusion, there is a vast and obvious editing difference between how C4 handled BB and how C5 handle it ANYWAY.

"Those of us old enough to remember the earliest C4 series will most likely always look back on those as the best - as they were FAR more 'naturally' edited. C5s version is just a step away from TOWIE as far as I can tell."

'Celebrity Juice' in hot water over Example 'dildo' in trailer

Celebrity Juice has been criticised by the UK media regulator after it aired a trailer before the 9pm watershed that featured popstar Example wearing an object that looked like a strap-on dildo.

Ofcom received a number of complaints about the show's promotional trailer, which was aired on ITV2 and ITV4 in October last year, including numerous times before 9pm.

The complaints all related to a brief shot of Example (Elliot Gleave) wearing a pink object around his waist which Ofcom judged to "resemble a strap-on dildo". He then thrust the object towards host Keith Lemon.

After being contacted by Ofcom, ITV acknowledged that Example was wearing a "phallic object" attached to a strap around his waist, which it said was "clearly a large inflated balloon intended to provoke mildly bawdy humour".

The broadcaster said that the item was previously featured on Celebrity Juice as the "pricket bat" and used in an invented game called "Pricket", involving guests on the show trying to burst balloons.

ITV insisted that the pricket bat was "not a strap-on prosthetic phallus, which might suggest an actual sex toy, nor did we consider that it bore any close resemblance to the anatomical shape of an actual penis".

The broadcaster added: "If it had been a strap-on dildo, we would obviously never even considered including it in a pre-watershed trailer."

Whilst ITV acknowledged that the pelvic thrusting motion by Example was "very mild innuendo", it noted that both he and Lemon were clothed in the trailer and there was "no overtly sexual content".

Nevertheless, ITV has confirmed that it will not use this shot, or any similar shots, in future promotions for Celebrity Juice.

Ofcom said that pre-watershed trailers "must have room for innovation and creativity", but it felt that the shot of Example thrusting the phallic object forward was not suitable to be aired when children could have been watching.

The watchdog noted that ITV had restricted the trailer from being shown around kids' programmes, but found that it had been broadcast 164 times before the 9pm watershed.

"In Ofcom's opinion, the nature of this image was likely to have exceeded the expectations of the audience (and especially parents) for the content of trailers shown pre-watershed on these channels, particularly in light of that fact that broadcasters cannot give warnings in advance to viewers about the content of trailers as they can do for programmes," Ofcom said.

"Children were therefore not protected by appropriate scheduling from this unsuitable material. Ofcom notes and welcomes ITV's decision not to use this shot again or similar shots of this nature in future promotions for Celebrity Juice broadcast pre-watershed."

‘Teen Wolf’ spoiler: Season 3 will feature at least one gay sex scene

Season 3 of Teen Wolf is fast approaching, and today we’ve learned that we’ll be seeing at least one gay sex scene this year. But the big question is, between who?

According to Zap2it, the scene involves Danny (sorry Sterek shippers), who will apparently have a larger role this season despite the fact that Jackson has left Beacon Hills for now.

Teen Wolf fans have consistently been impressed with the way in which the show has handled not only sexuality, but homosexuality in particular. The fact that it is a complete non-issue is both refreshing and impressive, and we can’t wait to see them continue that into the next season. Danny is, of course, a fan-favorite, and it’s great to hear that we’ll be seeing more of him.

But who will Danny be hooking up with? It’s a possibility that it could just be his new boyfriend and someone that has no significance to the plot. But, and this is infinitely more likely, it’s also possible that it could be one of the members of the Alpha Pack. We learned back in November that the Alpha Pack twins will each be given a target, and that their aim might not be to harm, but to seduce. Could Danny be one of these targets? Could this scene be the product of a manipulation? Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a while to find out!

Meet the new faces of ‘Teen Wolf’

New characters seem to be coming into season 3 left and right, amidst departures of some old cast members. Both Colton Haynes (Jackson) and Gage Golightly (Erica) will not be returning for another season.

However, a whole slew of new characters and new cast members have been added to the roster. The major casting announcement came back in November, when it was announced that Max and Charlie Carver would be playing Ethan and Aiden, the Alpha Pack twins; Adelaide Kane would be playing Cora, a mysterious woman; Felisha Terrell would be playing Kali, the female member of the Alpha Pack; and Gideon Emery would be playing Deucalion, the Alpha Pack’s leader.

Characters Ennis and Heather have not been announced yet, though some believe that Caitlin Custer could be portraying Stiles’ childhood friend. Hayley Webb will also have a recurring role, portraying someone’s love interest – possibly Derek’s. We also know that Meagan Tandy has been on set, although her role remains mysterious as well. (Check her out wielding a weapon in the locker room in this video.)

Lastly, Zelda Williams, daughter of Robin Williams, has also joined the cast in an unknown role.

‘The Vampire Diaries’ spinoff ‘The Originals’ adds new main female character

Read more details about The Originals, the Klaus-centric spinoff of The Vampire Diaries! Showrunner Julie Plec reveals a new main character…

The Originals is a planned spinoff of The Vampire Diaries which, if picked up for the fall season by The CW, will star Joseph Morgan (Klaus) and Phoebe Tonkin (Hayley). No firm word yet on Daniel Gillies (Elijah) or Claire Holt (Rebekah), although Julie Plec is interested in including both.

The series will also feature a character named Marcel (who has yet to be cast), and now Plec tells Zap2It of another original (get it?) character: Cami.

The episode of The Vampire Diaries airing April 25 (4×20) will serve as a backdoor pilot of this drama, and introduce the setting (the French Quarter of New Orleans) and the cast of characters.

Klaus travels to New Orleans where he meets his old protege Marcel, who has taken over as the supernatural leader of the town. Now we know that he also meets Cami, a young and keen phychology student who has no idea about the existence of supernatural creatures, and who will be intrigued by Klaus and the all-important question: what makes someone evil?

Also worth noting is that The Originals will film both in New Orleans and in Atlanta, where The Vampire Diaries is also being shot. Having the same location will certainly facilitate crossovers more easily, which means we could see characters like Rebekah pop up on both shows, or The Originals could more easily feature Katherine if the writers so chose.

We can’t wait to see what else Plec has planned for this intriguing new series! Hear what we had to say about the news when it first broke on Hypable’s Vampire Hype podcast.

‘Arrow’ to add Dinah, Laurel’s mother

Arrow will be adding Dinah, Laurel Lance’s mother. Dinah will return to Starling City in 1×16.

According to Zap2it, Dinah will return to Starling City in 1×16 to try to reconnect with her daughter, Laurel. Dinah obviously abandoned her husband, Quentin, and her daughter, Laurel, after the death of her other daughter, Sara.

In the comics, Dinah’s last name was Drake, but there’s no word on if it will stay the same in Arrow. In the comics, Dinah was, of course, the original Black Canary before Laurel takes over. We highly doubt that Dinah will become the Black Canary in Arrow, and we expect it will be a long time before Laurel does, if at all. In the comics Dinah also dates Oliver, but we really don’t see that happening.

Zap2it also notes that Kelly Hu will be back as China White a few more times this season. “I can tell you that I do get to speak — I get to talk a little bit more. And I do have a lot more action going on too,” Hu says.

'Call the Midwife's Miranda Hart: 'I really admire Chummy'

Miranda Hart has said that she "admires" her Call the Midwife character Chummy.

The Miranda actress portrays Camilla Fortescue-Cholmondeley-Browne in the BBC drama, a midwife based on one of writer Jennifer Worth's real-life colleagues, who passed away in 2011.

Worth personally recommended Hart as "perfect" for the part, with the actress explaining that she was instantly interested in the project upon reading the original book.

"The producers sent me the book and of course I went straight to the chapter where Chummy makes her entrance at Nonnatus House," she told the Radio Times.

"I was really intrigued, thinking, 'Who is this woman I apparently remind the writer of?' and that was me immediately hooked."

Speaking about her character, she sad: "I really admire Chummy. It can't have been easy to step out of her own world - that extreme upper-class background - to become a midwife in the East End.

"I read an article recently about the five things people are most likely to say before they die, and number two was, 'I wish I had been able to be myself'.

"I'm sure there are still lots of people who think, 'I wish I had said to my parents: actually, this is what I want to do with my life'. So Chummy was extremely brave."

Hart added that she was pleased to be playing someone who is married, having played Miranda in the BBC comedy of the same name for a number of years, a character known for being rather hopeless with men.

"It's good, isn't it? Normally, I'm the one fawning over the man, but in Call the Midwife I'm the experienced woman.

"There's a bit in the new series where the girls and I go to see South Pacific at the cinema. And during the love scene, Chummy leans down and whispers to her friends, 'Yes girls, I know all about that'. I love it that sweet Chummy gets there first!"

Call the Midwife returns for its second series on Sunday, January 27 at 8pm on BBC One.

Helen Flanagan "ran off" Corrie set due to "severe depression"

Helen Flanagan has claimed that the Coronation Street cast and crew used to laugh at her on the set.

The I'm a Celebrity star believes writers destroyed her self-confidence when giving her character Rosie Webster "silly costumes".

Flanagan told the Daily Mail: "I felt people were taking the mickey out of me. I felt Rosie had become a cartoon character and I wasn't being taken seriously.

"At times, when I was asked to wear silly costumes, I felt a bit degraded and demoralised and there were times when I ran off set because I couldn't stand it anymore."

She continued: "I just wanted to be myself. I wanted to get rid of this sexy image. I felt I was being laughed at.

"I thought people at work didn't like me anymore and considered me a drama queen, a brattish diva, but I was severely depressed. I was crying my eyes out all the time.

"Eventually, someone at work pulled me aside and said, 'I really don't think you can do this anymore', because I was not well at all."

The actress pinpointed one particular moment of upset, recalling: "Once, on Corrie, I had to do this really sexy scene with loads of dialogue. I'd hardly been sleeping and couldn't concentrate so I was struggling to remember the words.

"I was wearing a bra and knickers, feeling very self-conscious, going through really bad depression. I felt knackered and just burst into tears. It was too much pressure."

Flanagan stood down from Corrie in October 2011 before her character departed Weatherfield in February 2012.

'Tweenies' Jimmy Savile spoof gets 216 complaints to BBC

The BBC has received more than 200 complaints about an episode of Tweenies aired on Sunday (June 20) on Cbeebies, which featured a character dressed as disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile.

Originally filmed in 2001 but repeated yesterday at 9am, the episode featured the Max character impersonating Savile as part of a Top of the Pops-style sequence.

He was shown wearing a white-blonde wig and one of Savile's trademark tracksuits, as well as using his mannerisms and catchphrases, such as "Now then, guys and gals".

The BBC said that 216 complaints have been submitted so far over the broadcast, and 34 people have contacted the corporation to comment on the programme.

In a post on the BBC Complaints website, the BBC said that the complainants felt that it was "inappropriate" to feature a character dressed as Savile, who has been exposed as a "prolific, predatory sex offender".

The BBC said in a statement that it was "very sorry" for any offence caused by the broadcast, and the Cbeebies team have been warned to ensure such a mistake does not happen again.

"On 20 January 2013, CBeebies broadcast a repeat of an episode of the Tweenies, originally made in 2001, featuring a character dressed as a DJ impersonating Jimmy Savile," it said.

"This programme will not be repeated and we are very sorry for any offence caused. We have spoken to the team to ensure this mistake cannot be repeated."

BBC News reports that Ofcom has received "tens, rather than hundreds" of complaints about the Tweenies episode.

The media regulator has confirmed that it is assessing whether the BBC broke any broadcasting rules, but has not yet launched an official investigation.

Former BBC TV and radio star Savile died in October 2011. A recent Metropolitan Police report concluded that he may have abused more than 200 people over a 60-year period.

'The Following' Review: Art Imitates Death

The creator of Monday night's new Kevin Bacon series, "The Following," writes what he knows. And what he knows is writing. So it makes sense that his on-screen villains try to honor horror conventions by killing the right characters in the right ways, like the slashers in his "Scream" films. The victims, many of them wise to the rules of horror, try to subvert conventions by staying alive.

Williamson's latest bad guy, college–professor turned serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), may be Williamson's biggest horror traditionalist. Rather than replicating 80s slasher flicks, he pays homage to the stories of Edgar Allen Poe.

The literary angle is supposed to class up the following, and add an intellectual sheen to Williamson again doing what he's been doing for years. By acknowledging his repetition of horror clichés, he gets to have it both ways: To scare us while acknowledging we're falling for very old scares.

We can be generous (and pretentious) and call it a meta-critique of the genre, or we can just admit that every story, to succeed, has to acknowledge the ones that came before, and do something new.

The main hook of the "The Following" is the idea that Carroll is so unique and charming a killer that he has hordes of groupies willing to give their lives to carry out his schemes, even as he manipulates them from behind bars. You've seen this idea before, if you've seen "Manhunter" or its remake, "Red Dragon," both based on Thomas Harris' first book about Hannibal Lecter.

Lecter, while locked up, had to use some clever manipulation of telephone operators to send messages to murderer Francis Dolarhyde. Because one convention of serial killer dramas is that they are sometimes blessed with shockingly lax security once captured, Carroll is able to reach his followers online.

Sure, why not.

Carroll has other similarities to Lecter, who would no doubt be perturbed that Fox's "The Following" made it to air before his own upcoming NBC series, "Hannibal." Both Carroll and Lecter are charming intellectuals who see murder as some sort of higher calling. For Carroll, murder is supposed to be art.

The writer-as-killer notion will be tolerable and maybe even interesting if "The Following" does more than just reintroduce it. We get the idea: Both writers and murders seek total control over the poor characters they forcefully enlist in their narratives. And both inspire others.

Williamson's influence is obvious in the horror genre: Since "Scream," nearly all horror movie characters have to acknowledge that they feel stuck in a horror movie. And Carroll, like Lecter, Charles Manson and countless other killers real and fake, unfortunately draws his imitators.

But in "The Following," Williamson feels like he's occasionally simplifying some of his ideas, and selling them by having characters say silly things. Bacon, as tortured, hard-drinking ex-FBI agent Ryan Hardy, has to tell Carroll: "If this book ends with anything other than your death, you better plan on a rewrite."

The frequent reminders that all of this is fiction are helpful given the bloodshed onscreen. Prison guards are slashed, many women are stabbed, eyes are plucked out. I'm hard pressed to think of a bloodier broadcast TV show.

Interestingly, "The Following" arrives in the midst of yet another debate about whether screen violence perpetuates real violence. We're worried about whether death imitates art, as it does in "The Following."

Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly has largely begged off on the issue of whether fake violence begets real violence, while pledging to keep his shows within broadcast-TV limits. Talking to reporters and critics earlier this month, he was peppered with questions about the Newtown, Conn., killings. Eventually he demurred, saying he didn't want to say any more on the subject.

Your humble correspondent tried to take a different approach: Did he believe that any film or TV show had ever inspired someone to kill who wouldn't have otherwise?

"Are you serious?" Reilly responded, begging off again.

Well, yes, I was. I find it hard to believe that any healthy, normal person has been inspired to lash out because of something they've seen on TV or film. But it does seem possible that someone with existing violent tendencies might think of new ways to act them out after seeing some novel form of violence onscreen. (After Monday night's episode of "The Following," protect your eyes in the presence of psychos.)

It will be nice if "The Following" can say something about the effects of violent entertainment -- or say something about anything, really -- so that its fake bloodshed will serve some greater purpose than entertainment.

"Silence of the Lambs" isn't about cannibalism, but about empathy and lack of it. Bad guy Buffalo Bill, as Clarice Starling notes in the novel, is a thing that feeds on human tears. Lecter instantly understands most people he meets, but has zero affection for them. Clarice, his opposite, thrives by relating to others: She alone knows where to look in a victim's bedroom for the clue that leads to the killer. The bloodshed gets our attention, but what stays with us are the characters.

In Charlie Kaufman's "Adaptation," Charlie's brother, Donald, sells one of those terrible psychological-thriller spec scripts that "Silence" begat by the thousands. His script, called "The Three," is about a killer, victim and chief investigator who are all the same person.

Charlie presses Donald on what it means, and Donald explains that is doesn't mean anything – it's just "f---ed up." He means it in a good way – it's a crazy idea to blow minds.

So far, "The Following" is kind of f---ed up, in the Donald Kaufman sense. There's a concept there, yes, but it doesn't really blow our minds.

And that concept leaves us to wonder, like Charlie did: Is that really all there is to it?

Celebrity Big Brother: Paula Hamilton to return for fashion task

Paula Hamilton is to make a surprise return to the Celebrity Big Brother house.

The former supermodel was the first celebrity to be evicted from the show after losing out to Frankie Dettori and Speidi (Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag) in the public vote.

Hamilton will return to the house as part of a fashion task. A Big Brother source confirmed that the 51-year-old will spend most of her time in the task room but "may get a chance to mingle" with the other housemates.

She will be asked to choose who she thinks is the most fashionable housemate, then set a task for them to make over the two they think are the most unfashionable.

Hamilton proved a controversial figure during her short time in the house, threatening to leave after being nominated and being issued a warning for comparing the Big Brother house to Auschwitz.

A TV psychologist who worked on previous series of Celebrity Big Brother claimed that Hamilton had failed a psychological evaluation when being lined up to appear on an earlier run.

Lara Pulver: 'I'd absolutely return to Sherlock'

Lara Pulver has said that she would love to return to Sherlock.

Pulver appeared as Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch)'s love interest Irene Adler in 'A Scandal in Belgravia', which concluded with Adler facing an ambiguous future.

The British actress is currently appearing in Da Vinci's Demons, but recently told Access Hollywood that she would love for Adler to appear on Baker Street once again.

"The response [to my Sherlock show] has been quite enormous, to be honest," she said.

"If the potential is there for the character to return [I'd come back]."

Pulver went on to suggest that there would be a valid explanation for Adler to aid Sherlock and Watson again.

"She is alive. [Sherlock] did save her," the actress teased. "It would be an absolute pleasure to return."

Pulver was romantically linked to Cumberbatch last year, but swiftly took to Twitter to insist that they are just friends.

'Episodes' to spoof Matt LeBlanc 'Graham Norton Show' appearance

Showtime's Episodes is to spoof Matt LeBlanc's appearance on The Graham Norton Show.

An April 2012 edition of the BBC chatshow saw LeBlanc - who plays a fictional version of himself on Episodes - appear alongside Zac Efron.

"Zac Efron was in first position," LeBlanc explained. "We actually came out at the same time, but Zac got to sit closest to Graham on the couch."

LeBlanc insisted that he was "fine" with the seating plan, but Episodes co-creator David Crane revealed that the show's fictional Matt will be offended when a similar scenario unfolds on The Tonight Show.

"It's the first time [he's been slotted in second] and it sends him into a tailspin," Crane said.

Episodes airs on Showtime in the US and on BBC Two in the UK. The show's third season is expected to premiere in 2014.

'Game of Thrones' Characters Face 'Tremendous Reversals of Fortune' in Season 3

"Game of Thrones" is shifting the odds in favor of the underdogs in season three: A new behind-the-scenes featurette promises that the powerful shall fall and the weak will rise.

"This is the rise and fall season because there are so many characters who come into the season with power of some kind, who lose everything," executive producer David Benioff explains. "And other characters who enter with almost nothing and achieve great power."

"This is a season of tremendous reversals of fortune," co-creator D.B. Weiss adds. "I think you will be pleasantly surprised and horrified, in equal measure."

HBO's hit fantasy series returns on March 31 with an even bigger cast to fill up longer episodes.

Celeb Big Brother: Channel 5 confirms Rylan secret X Factor rehearsals

Channel 5 has confirmed that Rylan Clark has been secretly leaving the Celebrity Big Brother house to complete X Factor rehearsals.

Evicted housemate Gillian Taylforth accidentally revealed information about Clark's departures from the compound during an appearance on The Wright Stuff earlier today.

Following Taylforth's comments, the broadcaster said in a statement: "Rylan has rehearsed for his tour on site with a choreographer, escorted by a Big Brother producer."

When asked by Digital Spy why Taylforth had mentioned "a driver" in her comments about Clark, a show rep said that the singer may have been driven around Elstree Studios.

Clark's exits from the house break from the main principle of the show - that contestants live in complete isolation without any contact from the outside world.

On the subject of whether it broke the show's rules, a rep told "It's Celebrity Big Brother", claimed that they didn't think Clark had left the house more than four times, and added that it would have been agreed with producers when the X Factor star signed a contract to take part.

The Wright Stuff 'Mic Man' Eric Johnson claimed that Taylforth had confirmed to him off-camera that Clark was leaving the house every Sunday.

"Recently evicted housemate just told me Rylan has been leaving the CBB house for XFactor tour rehearsals EVERY SUNDAY. Ooops!" he wrote on Twitter.

Geri Halliwell, Brian Blessed, Brenda Blethyn for Henry Hugglemonster

Geri Halliwell has been added to the voice cast of Disney Junior show Henry Hugglemonster.

The Spice Girl will play "spirited and popular monster popstar" Isabella Roarsome in the programme.

"Being involved in Henry Hugglemonster has been such a joy!" said Halliwell.

"The show has a truly positive message, teaching kids to be themselves and reminding them of the importance of family values."

She added: "This is a fun, sweet and lively TV show that invites everybody in and appeals on a number of different levels for little ones and mums alike.

"What's more, it's been so lovely to share this experience with my own daughter. She even helped me learn the songs for my role as Isabella and she can't wait to catch the show on Disney Junior!"

Developed by Disney's London-based production hub and produced by Dublin's Brown Bag Films, Henry Hugglemonster will premiere on Disney Junior UK on February 8.

It will then roll out to channels in over 150 countries worldwide.

Also in the cast are British acting icons Brian Blessed and Brenda Blethyn.

Henry Hugglemonster is a 5-year-old middle child in the monster family the Hugglemonsters of Roarsville.

The series has been developed from Niahmh Sharkey's children's book I'm a Happy Hugglewug, published by Walker Books

NRA Takes Gun Advocacy to Cable TV Airwaves

The National Rifle Association is using six cable TV shows its produces or sponsors to convey its talking points to viewers in more than 30 million homes, Reuters reported.

The shows, which air on the Outdoor and Sportsman channels, have ramped up their pro-NRA rhetoric as President Barack Obama has pushed for gun control. Last week he signed an executive order aimed at curbing gun violence.

"Assault weapon is a made-up name for a gun I can ban," Cam Edwards (pictured left), host of the Sportsman Channel's "Cam & Company," said on a recent show. Later in the program, he read the NRA's statement responding to Obama.

Edwards has good reason to toe the party line -- NRA News produces his show.

The NRA has ramped up its gun advocacy campaigns to fight the tide of public opinion in favor of controlling guns after the Newtown, Conn. school shootings that killed twenty children and six women who tried to protect them.

Other programs on Outdoor Channel are not subtle about their attachment to the NRA, Reuters noted.

"Friends of the NRA," hosted by former baseball player Matt Duff and champion shooter Jessie Harrison Duff, has raised more than $200 million for the NRA's training and education programs, according to the lobbying group's website.

The two hosts visit NRA banquets around the country.

On his show, Edwards claims he is "not a spokesman for the NRA," according to Reuters.

The NRA did not immediately respond to emails from TheWrap requesting comment.

Among advertisers buying time from the NRA are Smith & Wesson and Remington Arms Co., Reuters said.

Graig Hale, the Sportsman Channel's vice president of programming, said the audience makeup is mostly men 25 to 54, a desirable demographic that allows the channel to charge high rates.

Dish Closing 300 More Blockbuster Stores

Dish Network is closing another 300 Blockbuster video stores in the next few weeks, bringing its total number of locations to about 500, the company announced Monday.

The move comes after Blockbuster closings last year that included the shutdown of 500 locations last February. The company said Monday, as it did last year, that it would close unprofitable stores.

No locations for the closings have been announced. Some of the stores are reaching the end of their building leases, while others will close because of their performance, Dish spokesman John W. Hall told TheWrap.

The closures come as little surprise as more consumers watch streaming videos or buy them on-demand through their cable company rather than trekking to the brick-and-mortar stores that were so packed with customers in the 1990s.

Dish, which purchased the video chain for $320 million in 2011, is increasingly using Blockbuster's remaining physical locations to hawk its Dish services.

Charlie Brooker's 'Black Mirror' series two details revealed

Hayley Atwell, Jason Flemyng and Lenora Crichlow are to star in the second series of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror.

The dark drama anthology will return with three new films on Channel 4 in the near future.

'Be Right Back' involves a terrifying twist on the world of social media, with Martha (Atwell) using a new online service to 'communicate' with her dead boyfriend Ash (Domhnall Gleeson).

'The Waldo Moment' will star Daniel Rigby as Jamie Salter, a failed comedian who becomes the voice of Waldo - an anarchic animated character on a satirical late-night topical comedy show.

Salter's life spirals out of control as he becomes frustrated with the world of politics and blue bear Waldo becomes a very real candidate in the upcoming by-election. Jason Flemyng also stars as TV exec Jack Napier.

Being Human actress Crichlow will play the amnesic Toni - a woman on the run from a hostile figure (Michael Smiley) - in third instalment 'White Bear'. Ian Bonar (Skyfall) and Tuppence Middleton (Spies of Warsaw) will also star in the dystopian thriller.

Series creator Charlie Brooker previously hinted at what to expect from series two of Black Mirror.

"Like the last series we've done three stories that are three different genres," he said in December. "We've also got all sorts of unpleasant things and also one of them is very sad."

TV Tonight 22nd of January 2013

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

America's Supernanny S02E03: "The Miller Family"
American Experience S24E11
Antiques Road Trip S06E12: "Series 6, Episode 12"
Ben and Kate S01E13: "Bake Off"
Betty White's Off Their Rockers S02E06: "Season 2, Episode 6"
Betty White's Off Their Rockers S02E05: "Season 2, Episode 5"
Big Brother's Bit on the Side S06E20
Celebrity Big Brother S11E23: "Series 11 - Day 19 Highlights"
Chasing Classic Cars S06E13: "TBA"
Chelsea Lately S07E10
Chopped S14E03: "Chopped Champions: Part 2"
Come Dine With Me S20E92: "Series 20, Episode 72"
Conan S03E33: "Julia Stiles, The Lone Bellow"
Cougar Town S04E03: "Between Two Worlds"
Courtesy of Zettai Karen Children: The Unlimited S01E03: "Episode 3"
Cracked S01E03: "What We Can't See"
Dance Moms S03E04: "Liar Liar Dance Mom On Fire!"
Daybreak S03E95: "January 22, 2013"
Days of our Lives S48E50: "Ep. #12006"
De Gouden Eeuw S01E07: "Moderne manieren"
Deal Or No Deal (UK) S08E140: "Episode 2133"
Death In Paradise S02E03: "Series 2, Episode 3"
Diggers S01E08: "Whiskey Rebellion"
Diggers S01E07: "Hatfields & McCoys"
Doctors S14E174: "Dark Horse"
Dual Survival S03E04: "Trouble in Paradise"
EastEnders S29E14: "January 22, 2013"
Emily Owens, M.D. S01E11: "Emily and... the Teapot"
Emmerdale S42E19: "January 22, 2013"
Escape To The Country S13E42: "Kent"
Face Off S04E02: "Heroic Proportions"
Face the Clock S01E12: "Episode 12"
Father Brown (2013) S01E07: "The Devil's Dust"
Four In A Bed S04E12: "Series 4, Episode 12"
Frontline (US) S31E08: "The Untouchables"
General Hospital (US) S50E201: "#12729"
Ginga e Kickoff!! S01E34: "To Barcelona"
Go On S01E14: "Comeback Player of the Year"
Got to Dance S04E19: "Series 4, Episode 19"
Great British Railway Journeys S04E12: "Dundee to Aberdeen"
Hardcore Pawn S06E24: "TBA"
Hardcore Pawn: Chicago S01E04: "TBA"
Hart Of Dixie S02E12: "Islands in the Stream"
Holby City S15E15: "Push the Button - Part Two"
Hollyoaks S19E15: "January 22, 2013"
Home and Away (AU) S26E02: "Episode 5662"
House Hunters S51E16: "Wanting It All in Destin, Florida"
House Hunters International S35E08
Ich bin ein Star - Holt mich hier raus! S07E12: "Tag 12"
Jimmy Kimmel Live S11E21: "Julie Bowen, LeAnn Rimes"
Jimmy Kimmel Live S11E12: "Julie Bowen, LeAnn Rimes"
Justified S04E03: "Reckon"
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness S02E17: "Shoot the Messenger"
Locomotion: Dan Snow's History of Railways S01E02: "Episode 2"
Loose Women S17E85: "Series 17, Show 85"
MasterChef: The Professionals (AU) S01E03: "Last Chance Invention Test"
MTV2's Guy Code S03E02: "TBA"
Nattpatruljen S01E10: "Season 1, Episode 10"
Neighbours S29E12: "Episode 6562"
New Girl S02E14: "Pepperwood"
Nightmare Next Door S03E07: "Last Call"
Parenthood (2010) S04E15: "Because You're My Sister"
Pioneers of Television S03E02: "Primetime Soaps"
Pointless S08E15: "Series 8, Episode 15"
Pramface S02E03: "Supermum and Hardguy2000"
Pretty Little Liars S03E16: "Misery Loves Company"
Primeval: New World S01E09: "Breakthrough"
Private Practice S06E13: "In Which We Say Goodbye"
Raising Hope S03E13: "What Happens At Howdy's Doesn't Stay At Howdy's"
Real Husbands of Hollywood S01E02: "Thicke and Tired"
Redrum S01E04: "Triangle of Death"
Redrum S01E03: "Love At any Price"
River City S11E18: "Episode 816"
Sakura-sou no Petto na Kanojo S01E15: "Where is the Normal Myself?"
Salatut elämät S15E91: "Ossilla ei ole enää vaihtoehtoa"
School 2013 S01E15: "Season 1, Episode 15"
Second Generation Wayans S01E02: "Rolling With Second Gen"
Snooki and JWoww S02E03: "TBA"
Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents S03E03: "Zante"
Supersize vs Superskinny S06E03: "Julie Menzies v Zoe Hughes-Blinston"
The Bad Girls Club S10E02: "Houston, We Have a Problem"
The Bold and the Beautiful S26E209: "Ep. #6493"
The Burn S02E03: "Season 2, Episode 3"
The Chase (2009) S06E55: "Series 6, Episode 55"
The Chew S02E95: "Episode 333"
The Colbert Report S09E10: "Kathryn Bigelow"
The Daily Show S18E48: "Jennifer Lopez"
The Dr. Phil Show S11E91: "Children Sent Away: Trapped and Tortured?"
The Ellen DeGeneres Show S10E87: "Michael Chiklis"
The Jeremy Kyle Show (UK) S08E90: "January 22, 2013"
The Joe Schmo Show S03E04: "Say Hey to Ray Ray"
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson S09E12
The Lying Game S02E03: "Advantage Sutton"
The Mindy Project S01E12: "Hooking Up Is Hard"
The New Normal S01E14: "Gaydar"
The Project S05E16: "Season 5, Episode 16"
The Sarah Millican Television Programme S02E02: "Series 2, Episode 2"
The Sheriffs are Coming S02E07: "Series 2, Episode 7"
The Sisterhood S01E04: "Thou Shalt Not Condemn Your Friend"
The Talk S03E89: "William H. Macy, Miranda Lambert, Dr. Tess Mauricio"
The Taste S01E01: "Auditions Part 1"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno S21E25
The Ultimate Fighter S17E01: "Season 17, Episode 1"
The Undateables S02E03: "Series 2, Episode 3"
The View S16E88: "New Kids on the Block"
The Young and the Restless S40E210: "Ep. #10079"
Thuis S18E107: "Season 18, Episode 107"
Tipping Point S02E15: "Series 2, Episode 15"
Total Blackout (US) S02E05: "Tub Of Terror"
Utopia S01E02: "Episode 2"
Wanted Down Under S07E15: "Series 7, Episode 15"
Wereld draait door, De S08E82: "Season 8, Episode 82"
White Collar S04E11: "Family Business"
Wolven S01E07: "Season 1, Episode 6"
Универ. Новая общага S04E02: "Season 4, Episode 2"