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maandag 28 januari 2013

ABC Announces the First Round of Celebrities Diving Into the Debut Season of "Splash"

ABC announces the first round of celebrities to join the cast of "Splash" (formerly titled "Celebrity Diving"). From one of the most beautiful women on the planet to a legendary athlete and a larger-than-life comedian, these celebrities will look fear in the face as they leap off the 10-meter high dive, pair off to complete synchronized stunts, and flip, twist and spin into the depths of the pool below. Each week the competition will get stiffer as the dives and challenges increase in difficulty.

"Splash" marks the first time 10 celebrities will train and compete in regulation platform and springboard diving at dizzying heights in front of a weekly poolside audience. Leading up to the competition, the world's most decorated and medaled diving legend, Greg Louganis, will give each celebrity weeks of training. Each dive will be critiqued by the judges, London Olympic U.S. Gold medalist David Boudia and Australian Olympic athlete and USA Dive Team director Steve Foley. The final two celebrities joining the cast will be announced closer to premiere. "Splash" premieres TUESDAY, MARCH 19 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on The ABC Television Network.

Eight of the ten celebrities joining the "Splash" cast, in alphabetical order, are:

LOUIE ANDERSON -- Emmy Award-winning comedian Louie Anderson is one of the most versatile and successful comedians working in Hollywood today. Sharing the ups and downs of his childhood experiences as one of 11 children in Minnesota, Louie crafted comedy routines that rang true for his early club audiences, while reducing them to helpless fits of laughter. Johnny Carson invited Louie to make his national television debut on the "The Tonight Show" in 1984, and the rest is history. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Late Show with David Letterman," "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," "Comic Relief" and Showtime and HBO specials followed, making Louie a household name. He has guest-starred in numerous sitcoms and dramas on television, and has had memorable feature film roles in "Coming to America," opposite of Eddie Murphy, and the classic "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." In 1995 Louie put his creative energies to work on the Saturday morning award winning animated series, "Life with Louie." The long-running series, based on Louie's own childhood, won three Humanitas Prizes for writing on a children's animated series, making him the only three-time recipient of this award. It also earned a Genesis Award for its depiction of the humane treatment of animals and, most significantly, two Emmy Awards. His bestselling books include Dear Dad - Letters from an Adult Child, a collection of alternately touching and outrageous letters from Louie to his late father; and Good-bye Jumbo... Hello Cruel World, self-help for those who struggle with self-esteem issues, as only an award-winning comedian could write it. Louie recently finished writing his newest installment on family, The F Word, How to Survive Your Family, and starred on his own standup special, "Big Baby Boomer," on CMT.

DRAKE BELL -- Since becoming a household name via the hit Nickelodeon series "Drake & Josh," Drake Bell has evolved into an international music, television and film star. He was most recently seen paying homage to the network that launched his career as star of Nickelodeon's live-action/CG adaptation of "The Fairly Odd Parents," "A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!," opposite Daniella Monet, and is currently starring as Peter Parker in Disney XD's new animated series "Ultimate Spider-Man." His 10 U.S. and International Nickelodeon Kids' Choice and Teen Choice Awards have proven Drake a fan favorite over the years in both acting and music. As a musician with two successful albums under his belt -- the indie release "Telegraph" and "It's Only Time" -- a chart-topping single, "I Know," and past tour sell-outs of 3,000-8,000 seat venues, Drake released a new independent EP, "A Reminder," last June, which became a Top 5 release on iTunes. This last fall he was also able to mix both his love of acting and his love of music in his first ever Broadway endeavor; he performed as the lead in the theatrical workshop production of "A Moment in Time," the new musical from five-time Tony Award-winning producer Stewart F. Lane. Drake's other acting credits include playing John Cusack's son in the HBO film "The Jack Bull," as well as his memorable role in "Jerry Maguire" as the son of a hospitalized hockey player client of Tom Cruise's sports agent. He then went on to roles in the feature films "High Fidelity" and "Yours, Mine and Ours," as well as on the TV series "Seinfeld," "The Drew Carey Show," "The Pretender" and "Home Improvement." Since 2009, Drake has also supported The Thirst Project, a non-profit organization that exists to raise awareness of and bring solutions to the clean water crisis globally through educational outreach and fundraising initiatives.

CHUY BRAVO -- Launched into the limelight five years ago as the personal assistant to TV hostess Chelsea Handler, Chuy Bravo has come far, but his journey to Hollywood stardom was long. As Chelsea's sidekick on E!'s No. 1-rated show, "Chelsea Lately," Chuy is the first Latino talk show sidekick ever, and his one-liners have become a favorite staple on the hit show he now calls home. The youngest of seven brothers and sisters, Chuy moved with his family to the U.S. from Mexico at the age of 15. Bitten by the Hollywood bug, he was determined to pursue his dream of big-screen stardom. He landed his first role in "Austin Powers 3: Goldmember," and can also be seen in "The Rundown," starring The Rock, and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End." In April 2010, Chuy added another hat to his collection, that of published author. His first book, Little Nuggets of Wisdom, has shown how anyone can live and love the Chuy Bravo way thanks to his bite sized advice covering family, finances, friendship, fashion, travel, food, fitness and more. His next adventures are the launch of his national comedy tour in April, a signature line of chips and salsa in the fall, and a new line of merchandise available soon on He also decided this year to take his health seriously, and on a $10k bet with Chelsea, is hoping to shed those extra pounds. He has hired a nutritionist to help with this task. If he is successful, he will donate the money to various charities and hopes to motivate others.

NICOLE EGGERT -- Born in Southern California, Nicole Eggert was Miss Universe in the petite division at age 5, which landed her in a Johnson's & Johnson's television commercial, one of many to come. In 1980 Nicole, only eight at the time, landed a role in the movie "Rich and Famous," opposite Jacqueline Bisset and Candice Bergen, playing a young Meg Ryan, directed by George Cukor. She also co-starred with Darryl Hannah in "Clan of the Cave Bear," directed by Michael Chapman. After re-occurring roles in both hit TV shows "TJ Hooker" and "Who's The Boss," she appeared as a regular on the hit television show "Charles in Charge" as Jamie Powell, when it was syndicated for five years between 1987 to 1992. After the show ended, Nicole went on to star as Lifeguard Summer Quinn on Seasons 1 and 2 on "Baywatch," at the height of its popularity between 1992 and 1994. She has appeared in numerous films for television and the big screen, including the Lifetime TV hit "Holiday Switch" and "National Lampoon's Cattle Call." She has also guest starred on such series as "Gilmore Girls," "The Outer Limits" and "Boy Meets World." Today Nicole is enjoying raising her two daughters, and has recently been in the media for her struggle with weight loss, for which she created a "Funny or Die" spoof that received millions of hits and was voted as one of the funniest "Funny or Die" videos ever, making her a great role model for the "real" women in the world.

KESHIA KNIGHT PULLIAM -- Keshia Knight Pulliam began her career at the age of nine months in a national print ad for Johnson's & Johnson's baby products. By the age of four, Keshia appeared in several national commercials, was a regular on "Sesame Street" and had the feature film the "Last Dragon" on her resume. It was at the age of four that she landed the role of Rudy Huxtable, the youngest daughter of Clair and Cliff Huxtable, on the iconic television series "The Cosby Show." For her work on "The Cosby Show," Keshia received several NAACP Image Awards, Young Artist Awards, a People's Choice Award, a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award and a host of other honors. To date, she is the youngest actress ever nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Emmy Award. During the run of "The Cosby Show," Keshia also starred in a host of TV movies, including the period holiday drama "The Little Match Girl," the Mark Twain update "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," Debbie Allen's musical version of Pollyanna, "Polly," and the sequel, "Polly: Comin' Home!" After "The Cosby Show" wrapped, Keshia took several years away from acting to concentrate on school. In 2001 she graduated with honors from Spelman College with a B.A. in sociology and a concentration in film. Since graduating, she has resumed her acting career in both television and film. She co-starred alongside Queen Latifah in "Beauty Shop," with Boris Kodjoe and Idris Elba in "The Gospel," and most recently starred with Tyler Perry and Derek Luke as the female lead Candace in "Madea Goes to Jail." Currently, Keshia stars as Miranda on the TBS sitcom "The House of Payne," which is entering its 5th year of production. For her work on "The House of Payne" she has won three NAACP Image Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Additionally she has an Atlanta-based production company, Kizzy Productions, and the non-profit organization Kamp Kizzy. Keshia divides her time between her suburban Atlanta home and her LA residence.

NDAMUKONG SUH -- Ndamukong Suh was born on January 6th, 1987 to a Jamaican mother, Bernadette, and a Cameroonian father, Michael. In the Ngema tribe in Cameroon, Ndamukong means "House of Spears." At Grant High School in Portland, Suh was a two-way star on the football team, earning Parade Magazine All-American honors and Portland Interscholastic League Defensive Player of the Year. Considered among the nation's best defensive tackle prospects, he chose to attend the University of Nebraska to study Engineering. During his junior year at Nebraska, he was the first Nebraska defensive lineman to lead the team in tackles since 1973. In 2009, his senior year, he registered 82 tackles, 12 sacks and helped lead the Cornhuskers to the top ranking scoring defense in the nation - yielding only 10.4 points per game. Upon his graduation, Suh donated $2.6 million to the University of Nebraska, including $600K towards an endowed engineering scholarship. In the 2010 NFL draft, he was selected second overall by the Detroit Lions. His rare combination of strength, agility and speed made him an instant force in the NFL. He was selected Rookie of the Year and named to the NFL's All-Pro team. Suh was also voted a Pro-Bowl starter, which was the first time for a rookie defensive player in NFL history. In 2011 he helped lead the Detroit Lions to their first playoff appearance since 1999. After the 2012 season, he was named to the NFL's All-Pro team, and will represent the NFC in the Pro Bowl for his second time in three seasons. In addition to making an to making an impact on the field, Suh has made his presence felt in the local community, including partnering with the Detroit Medical Center and adopting a school in Cameroon, Africa, through his foundation, The Suh Family Foundation.

KATHERINE WEBB -- Katherine Webb was born in Montgomery, Alabama and recently graduated from Auburn University with a degree in business management and administration. In 2007 Katherine ranked in the Top 15 for the title of Miss Georgia USA. She was crowned Miss Alabama USA in 2012, and then went on to finish in the Top 10 of the Miss USA 2012 competition. She recently gained national attention during the 2013 BCS National Championship Game telecast in which she was supporting boyfriend and University of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron. Since captivating the spotlight, Katherine has signed on to multiple projects, including shooting for Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition, as well as covering 2013's Super Bowl XLVII for the entertainment news program "Inside Edition." She is also heavily involved in Rebuilding Together New Orleans, which helps to restore that city in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

KENDRA WILKINSON -- Television personality and glamour girl Kendra Wilkinson is best known from her self-titled E! hit reality series, "Kendra," previously from E!'s "The Girls Next Door," and currently from her series on WE TV, "Kendra on Top." The new series follows Kendra, NFL player husband Hank Baskett and son Hank IV through their crazy lives as they balance celebrity life with everyday parenting. Kendra got her start on one of E! Entertainment's highest rated television shows, "The Girls Next Door." She co-starred on the reality hit for five seasons, until 2009, when she closed that chapter in her life and opened a new one: that year she got married, welcomed the birth of her son, Hank IV, and of course debuted her show, "Kendra." Originally from San Diego, Kendra knew little about the world of Playboy before her move to Los Angeles, but she quickly found herself attracted to the carefree, frolicking lifestyle that it offers. She first met Hef while being body painted for his 78th birthday party at the Playboy Mansion. Hef asked Kendra to move in and live as one of his girlfriends. Since the debut of "The Girls Next Door," Kendra has appeared on the cover of numerous magazines and has enjoyed everything from television to movie appearances. Most recently she was part of the cast of the popular ABC show "Dancing with the Stars" with professional dance partner Louis Van Amstel. Her first book, Sliding in to Home, debuted at No 4 on the New York Times Bestseller list when released in 2010, and her follow-up, Being Kendra, was released in September 2011, also becoming a bestseller.

"Splash" is from Eyeworks USA and is based on the breakout hit and Dutch format, "Celebrity Splash." The series is executive-produced by JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Brant Pinvidic and Josh Greenberg.

Syfy Sets World Television Premiere of "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome"

Fans will get to see it for the first time in its film version entirety, including additional scenes not included in the online release.

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, prequel to popular blockbuster franchise Battlestar Galactica, will have its world television premiere as a 2-hour full-length TV movie on Syfy on Sunday, February 10, 2013 from 9 to 11PM ET/PT.

This highly anticipated chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga from Universal Cable Productions originally debuted as a weekly web series on YouTube's premium channel Machinima Prime, drawing upwards of 8 million total views. On February 10, fans will get to see it for the first time in its film version entirety, including additional scenes not included in the online release. The unrated edition from Universal Studios Home Entertainment will then be available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download on February 19th.

Blood & Chrome takes place in the midst of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, gifted fighter pilot, William Adama (Luke Pasqualino, The Borgias), finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and hungry for action, Adama quickly finds himself at odds with his co-pilot, the battle-weary officer Coker (Ben Cotton, Alcatraz). With only 47 days left in his tour of duty, Coker desires an end to battle as much as Adama craves its onset. Lili Bordán (Silent Witness) also stars.

Leveraging cutting edge CGI and virtual set technology, Blood & Chrome is produced by Universal Cable Productions, a division of NBCUniversal, and the award-winning producing team of Battlestar Galactica. David Eick (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica) is executive producer along with Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica), who wrote the teleplay from a story by Taylor, Eick, Bradley Thompson (Battlestar Galactica, Falling Skies) and David Weddle (Battlestar Galactica, Falling Skies). Blood & Chrome was directed by Jonas Pate (Prime Suspect, Caprica).

Bachelorette Star Jef Holm Is Single Again

Attention, ladies! Bachelorette winner Jef Holm is back on the market again.

Holm says he has split amicably from his girlfriend, Katianna Bear, and was recently seen "living it up" in Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Festival, Us Weekly reports. At one party, Holm was surrounded by a "gaggle of girls" and appeared to be "enjoying all the attention," according to the magazine.

Holm and Bear had been an item since last November. Previously, he was engaged to his Bachelorette counterpart Emily Maynard but the two called it quits in October.

How Downton Abbey Broke Our Hearts

Although Downton Abbey's third season has already played in its entirety in the U.K., a majority of American fans of the series have kept scrupulously ignorant of what happens in order to enjoy watching the series unspoiled. And even for those who already knew what was coming, Sunday's episode was far more horrifying and heart-wrenching to watch than we could have imagined.

On Sunday's episode, Downton Abbey is a house divided when it comes to the condition of the pregnant Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay). Dr. Clarkson (David Robb), the family doctor, is concerned that she may suffer from eclampsia -- a life-threatening complication of pregnancy that causes seizures -- and therefore wants to perform a Caesarean section on her at the hospital in order to save both mother and baby. Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), however, hires an obstetrician, Mr. Philip Tapsell (Tim Pigott-Smith), who believes Sybil is fine and that a Caesarean could potentially kill her.

The arguments continue, and ultimately Lady Violet (Maggie Smith) declares that "the chauffeur must decide," referring to Sybil's husband Tom (Allen Leech). Only it's too late, and Sybil goes into labor. When she delivers a healthy baby girl, all appears well. Unfortunately, in the middle of the night Sybil experiences convulsions. It turns out that Clarkson was right, but neither he nor Tapsell can save her now. The whole family watches helplessly as Sybil's airway becomes blocked, she suffocates and dies. "Please wake up, love. Please don't leave me," Tom pleads afterwards.

We can't help be moved by such a devastating scene. Sybil will be missed. She was the sweetest of the Crawley sisters and the most modern one, so we could identify with how she was blind to class distinctions and fell for the liberal-minded chauffeur. Who else's death could even make the selfish Thomas (Rob James-Collier) cry? "Not many have been kind to me," he says. "She was one of the few." Even Lady Violet took a break from her usual sharp-tongued witticisms to mourn and offer comfort to her son.

When this episode aired across the pond, the show and Leech received an angry backlash from fans who wanted the chauffeur, anyone, to have made the right decision to save Sybil. Like Lady Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern), they felt the need to blame, which is part of the anger stage of grieving. And although we've reached the acceptance phase because this is only a TV show after all, we are disappointed. Downton's fairy tale spell has been broken. Reality has intruded, and none of our favorite characters are safe, which has already been confirmed by this spoilery story. Cast members must move on, and therefore their characters have to leave the series one way or another. We would just rather not have them written out permanently in such heartbreaking ways. Got that, Julian Fellowes?

Drama Pilot Guide 2013/2014

Let's take a look at the dramatic projects that have made it to the pilot stage at the networks.


- Betrayal. A serialized drama based on a Dutch series called Overspel, Betrayal revolves around a beautiful photographer in an unhappy marriage who engages in a torrid affair with a lawyer for a powerful family. When she discovers he is defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband, a spiraling series of betrayals threatens cataclysmic results for everyone involved. Former ER showrunner David Zabel will write and executive produce. Without any knowledge of the original Dutch program, this sounds like yet another entry into the one-word-title soapy drama genre that seems to be so popular these days.

- Doubt. House creator David Shore, a lawyer by trade who has written for ABC's The Practice, NBC's Law & Order, and CBS's Family Law, returns to his legal roots with this legal drama about a former cop turned low-rent lawyer. Cunning yet charming, he uses his street smarts to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and trying to win back his ex-wife. Shore's name has big-time cache because of House, igniting a bidding war between ABC and CBS that the Alphabet network won with a pilot production commitment. It's hard to believe this one won't be given a chance.

- Influence. Following the theme of duality evident in his previous projects, Kyle Killen — the creative mind behind short-lived high-concept dramas Awake and Lone Star — presents Influence, a provocative workplace ensemble that follows the complex relationship between two brothers who run an innovative agency that specializes in using the real science of human motivation and manipulation to solve their clients' problems. One brother is a slick ex-convict, while the other is an expert in human psychology afflicted with bipolar disorder. Not only do the agency's staff use their abilities to help clients, they also use them to pull each other's strings.

- Killer Women. Adapted from the Argentinian series Mujeres Asesinas, this soapy procedural centers on Molly Parker, the only female Texas Ranger. She is described as a "ballsy, beautiful badass" who isn't afraid to ruffle a few feathers to get to the truth. Killer Women is written by Hannah Shakespeare (The Playboy Club) and produced by the triumvirate of Ben Silverman, Martin Campbell, and Sofia Vergara. The last time Silverman collaborated with a successful Latina star on an adaptation of a Latin American show, he and Salma Hayek produced the successful dramedy Ugly Betty, so you know ABC is expecting a similar result.

- The Returned. Based on a novel by Jason Mott due to be published in September, The Returned is a mysterious drama that explores the intriguing scenario of what would happen if the dead family and friends you had mourned and buried suddenly appeared on your doorstep as if not a day had gone by. The logline promises that the lives of the people of Arcadia will be "forever changed when their deceased loved ones, RETURN..." It's even more ominous when you type it in all caps. Aaron Zelman of AMC's The Killing will pen the project, which sounds like AMC's The Walking Dead, only instead of trying to chew your flesh apart, your returned loved ones still complain about how you don't call enough.

- S.H.I.E.L.D.. From writer-director Joss Whedon, S.H.I.E.L.D. is a TV spinoff of the 2012 blockbuster The Avengers set in the same Marvel cinematic universe. In addition to co-writing with his brother Jed and Jed's wife Maurissa Tancharoen (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog), Whedon is helming the pilot for the series, which will follow the elite peacekeeping group known as the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement Logistics Division. Clark Gregg (The New Adventures of Old Christine) will reprise his film role as fan favorite Agent Phil Coulson, joined by a slew of new characters played by Ming-Na (ER), Brett Dalton, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ian De Caestecker, and Chloe Bennet. ABC President Paul Lee recently remarked that the network is fast-tracking the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot and expects it to land on the fall schedule, so unless something goes horribly awry, we'll be seeing a weekly TV series from the Whedon brothers set in the world of the Marvel films come September.

- Venice. In this contemporary take on Romeo and Juliet produced by McG's Wonderland Sound and Vision, a forbidden and dangerous romance emerges between two rival families battling for control of Venice — one of California's most seductive cities. Feature film director McG (Terminator Salvation) will helm the pilot while Byron Balasco (Without A Trace) handles writing duties.


- The Advocates. Written by The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller, The Advocates is a legal drama about the unlikely partnership between a female lawyer and a male ex-convict who join forces as victim advocates. They go to the edge of the law in their noble quest to right wrongs and fight for the underdog. Helming the pilot will be David Nutter, a prolific TV director who has directed 18 pilots over his career, 17 of which have been picked up to series, including The Mentalist and most recently The CW's Arrow.

- Backstrom. Based on the Backstrom books by Swedish criminologist/author Leif G.W. Persson, the show centers on Evert Backstrom, an overweight, offensive, irascible detective who tries and fails to change his self-destructive behavior. The character, who has appeared in the popular novels Linda and He Who Kills The Dragon, has been described as a detective version of Dr. Gregory House from the successful FOX series House. Bones creator Hart Hanson will write the script.

- Beverly Hills Cop. A continuation of the feature film franchise, Beverly Hills Cop shifts focus to Axel Foley's grown son Aaron (Brandon T. Jackson), now serving as a blue-collar police officer taking down the criminal elements of Los Angeles. Eddie Murphy will reprise his role as Axel, now a police chief in Detroit, for the pilot and has signed on to return as a recurring character if the series is picked up. Executive producer Shawn Ryan (FX's The Shield) has written the script and would oversee the project as showrunner. With the prospect of Eddie Murphy popping big ratings with his rare TV appearances, the pilot seems like a formality at this point, although it will be interesting to see how family-friendly CBS adapts the tone of the R-rated movies.

- Hostages. The Eye network's first official drama pilot order of the season went to Hostages, a political conspiracy thriller produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and based on an unproduced Israeli project. Emmy Award winner Toni Collette (United States of Tara) is attached to star as a successful surgeon in Washington, DC, whose family is taken hostage after she is chosen to operate on the President of the United States. Thrust into the middle of a grand political conspiracy, it is up to her to save the lives of her husband and children. Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Traitor) wrote the script and will direct the pilot.

- The Ordained. Giving hope to aspiring TV writers everywhere, journalist-turned-author Lisa Takeuchi Cullen wrote this drama about the son of a Kennedy-esque family who leaves the priesthood and becomes a lawyer to prevent his politician sister from being assassinated. Frank Marshall, who produced the Indiana Jones film franchise and countless other movies, serves as an executive producer.

- Untitled NCIS: LA Spinoff. In the proud tradition of The Jeffersons and other spinoffs that have spun off their own spinoffs, NCIS: Los Angeles creator Shane Brennan is spinning off a spinoff spun off from his spinoff. Spinoff spinoff spinoff, it's a fun word. The as-yet-untitled series would follow a small mobile team of agents who are forced to live and work together as they traverse the country solving crimes. A backdoor pilot designed to introduce the new characters is slated to air as a two-part episode of NCIS: LA later this season.

- Under The Dome. Already picked up for a 13-episode series order and scheduled to premiere on Monday, June 24, at 10:00 PM, Under The Dome is executive produced by Steven Spielberg and based on Stephen King's best-selling 2009 novel about a small New England town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. While suffering under post-apocalyptic conditions, the town's inhabitants search for answers about the barrier, including if and when it will go away. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev is helming the pilot from a script written by Lost's Brian K. Vaughan, who kept the basic concept and many of the characters from the book while adding new faces and tinkering with others, all with King's blessing. We Bought A Zoo co-star Colin Ford was the first actor to join the cast, which also features Natalie Martinez, Alex Koch, and Britt Robertson.


- Boomerang. Here's a project about the usual everyday drama surrounding a family business — except this family is in the business of assassinating targets on behalf of the U.S. government. Betcha didn't see that one coming! Davey Holmes, a co-executive producer on Showtime's Shameless who previously wrote for Awake and The Chicago Code, will pen the script.

- Delirium. In a world where love is deemed illegal and can be eradicated with a special procedure, Lena Holoway does the unthinkable and falls in love 95 days before her scheduled treatment. Karyn Usher (Bones) is writing and executive producing the project, which is based on a best-selling book trilogy by Lauren Oliver.

- The List. Written by Paul Zbyszewski (Lost) and executive produced by Ruben Fleischer (Gangster Squad), The List follows Deputy U.S. Marshal Dan Shaker as he leads the hunt for the person who stole the titular list, a file containing the identities of every member of the Federal Witness Security Program. The search begins when members of the program start turning up dead.

- Rake. In this character-driven comedic drama from Peter Duncan based on his original Australian series, Greg Kinnear stars in his first network drama pilot as Keegan Joye, a brilliant but self-destructive criminal defense attorney. Due to his staggering lack of discretion and inability to self-censor, Joye is stuck with the cases that nobody else wants, but a resolute optimism and belief in justice fuel his dogged determination to defend those who seem beyond redemption. The show also documents his personal trials and tribulations, including his ongoing battle against the IRS, his mounting debt to his bookie, overlapping affairs and liaisons with women, a hormonal son, an exhausted ex-wife, and the evolving relationship between his two married best friends, Ben and Scarlett. Peter Tolan (Rescue Me) and Michael Wimer (2012) serve as executive producers. The pilot deal was contingent on landing Greg Kinnear, so the network already has some interest in the project.

- Sleepy Hollow. This contemporary supernatural reimagining of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow comes from the superstar writing duo of Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci (Star Trek), who penned the script with the upstart scribe behind the concept, Phillip Iscove. The project depicts Ichabod Crane partnering with the local female sheriff to solve the mysteries of Sleepy Hollow, a town ravaged by the ongoing war between good and evil. Executive producer Len Wiseman, director of the first two Underworld movies and the recent Total Recall remake, has signed on to helm the pilot.

- Untitled J.H. Wyman Project. Picking up the pieces following the end of FOX's cult sci-fi classic Fringe, showrunner J.H. Wyman is back with another sci-fi drama executive produced by uberdirector J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot. Described as an action-packed "buddy cop" show, the project is set in the near future when officers of the Los Angeles Police Department are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. No word yet on a director, but how much of a slam-dunk would it be if J.J. fit this into his busy schedule?


- After Hours. From the CW's 90210 writing duo of Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, After Hours is an ensemble medical drama about a group of Army doctors who return to work the night shift together at a hospital in San Antonio. The cast of this off-cycle project includes Eoin Macken, Jill Flint, Freddy Rodriguez, Ken Leung, Jeananne Goossen, Robert Bailey Jr., and Brigid Brannagh. Taken director Pierre Morel will helm the pilot.

- Believe. A high-concept drama written by director Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men) and Mark Friedman (Home of the Brave), Believe chronicles the unlikely relationship between a 10-year-old girl who possesses great powers that will come into their own in seven years and the man who escaped from prison to protect her from those with questionable intentions hunting her down. J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot are attached in a production capacity, as is Cuarón, who will also direct. This project has been fast-tracked by NBC in anticipation of a pickup and began to explore casting options for the young female lead in December.

- The Blacklist. One of the hottest scripts in development with plenty of pre-pickup buzz, The Blacklist centers on the world's most wanted criminal who mysteriously turns himself in and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with, but he will only work with a newly minted FBI agent with whom he seemingly has no connection. Jon Bokenkamp (Perfect Stranger) wrote the project, while executive producer John Eisendrath (Alias) will serve as showrunner.

- Bloodline. Reflecting writer David Graziano's passion for pulp fiction, graphic novels, and ancient mythology, Bloodline is a contemporary pulp action thriller in the style of Kill Bill. Set against the backdrop of modern suburbia, the story follows an orphaned young girl named Bird Benson who, due to an accident of birth, is caught in the epic struggle between two warring families of mercenaries and killers. Mentored by a mysterious Chinese man, Bird must accept the quest to find and defeat her mother in mortal combat if she is ever to lead a normal life. Executive producer Peter Berg (Battleship) will direct the pilot.

- I Am Victor. Described as "House as a divorce attorney," the main character in this legal drama is Victor Port, a high-powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships. Written by Mark Goffman (Studio 60, The West Wing), the project is based on a book by bestselling Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbo, one of the top crime fiction authors in Europe. Katie Jacobs, a former executive producer on House, serves the same function on I Am Victor.

- The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives. Another Bruckheimer Television production, SLoHaW is an off-cycle soapy drama about a murder that exposes the secrets and lies within a tightly woven group of three suburban couples and their families. This marks Sascha Penn's first television writing gig after serving as executive producer on a handful of children's TV projects. The Husbands and Wives cast includes James Tupper, Jesse L. Martin, Laura Allen, Martin Henderson, Nicole Ari Parker, Olivia Luccardi, and Perry Reeves.

- The Sixth Gun. Combining supernatural elements with western motifs, The Sixth Gun is a tale of six mythical guns with otherworldly powers in the Old West. The most powerful of the collection is the titular Sixth Gun, which resurfaces in the innocent hands of a girl named Becky Montcrief, awakening dark forces and vile men thought long dead who seek to kill Becky and retrieve the mystical firearm. A self-serving gunslinger named Drake Sinclair is the only thing standing in evil's way. Based on a comic book series created by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, the project is scripted by young writer Ryan Condal. Executive producer Carlton Cuse (Lost, Nash Bridges) will provide an experienced hand as showrunner.

- Untitled Rand Ravich Project. Set in and around Washington, DC, this untitled project from creator/executive producer Rand Ravich (Life) is described as an emotionally charged action thriller about an idealistic Secret Service agent who finds himself at the epicenter of an international crisis on his first day on the job. He must cross moral and legal lines as he navigates the highest levels of power and corruption on his quest for the truth.


- Company Town. Written and executive produced by Supernatural exec producer Sera Gamble, Company Town picks up shortly after a scandal at a Virginia Naval base has rocked the lives of civilians and military personnel in the area. The multigenerational, multiclass, family, and relationship drama will focus on two women in their early 20s who grew up together as best friends, but now find themselves on opposite sides of the dispute between military and townie. Academy Award nominee Taylor Hackford (Ray) will direct the pilot and also serves as executive producer.

- The Hundred. In this sci-fi drama set 97 years after a nuclear war has decimated civilization, a spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. Based on an upcoming series of books by Kass Morgan, the script will be penned by Jason Rothenberg (Body Politic).

- The Originals. A planted spinoff of the CW's hit series The Vampire Diaries, The Originals focuses on the Original family of vampires in New Orleans. Klaus (Joseph Morgan) returns to the supernatural melting pot of the French Quarter in the city he helped build centuries ago and reunites with his diabolical former protege, Marcel. Daniel Gillies and Phoebe Tonkin will also reprise their roles as Elijah and Hayley for the spinoff, written by Vampire Diaries co-creator/executive producer Julie Plec. The backdoor pilot is scheduled to air as an episode of Diaries on April 25. One word should sum up the chances of The Originals going to series: Duh.

- Oxygen. Ten years after aliens landed on Earth and were consigned to an internment camp, an epic romance blossoms between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight other extraterrestrials are integrated into a suburban high school. In short, picture District 9 having sex with Twilight. Meredith Averill (The Good Wife) will write and executive produce.

- Reign. The CW could get in on the period drama craze with this account of the ascent of Mary Queen of Scots, beginning when she arrives in France at the age of 15, betrothed to Prince Francis, with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. Imagine... The Carrie Diaries having sex with Downton Abbey? Ew, on second thought, don't imagine that. It's totally creepy. Written and executive produced by Stephanie Sengupta (Outlaw) and Laurie McCarthy (CSI: Miami), the series would chronicle the Queen's untold history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue.

- The Selection. An attempt to exploit the popularity of The Hunger Games, The Selection is an epic romance set 300 years in the future, revolving around a working-class young woman who is selected by lottery to participate in a competition to become the next queen of an unstable nation at a crossroads. While balancing her loyalty to family, love, and kingdom, she attempts to remain true to herself as she navigates the cutthroat competition and palace intrigue. CW brass is pleased with the retooled script by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain (The Vampire Diaries, 666 Park Avenue), based on a series of novels by Kiera Cass, and would like to see this project move forward.

AMC considering 'Breaking Bad' live aftershow

AMC is reportedly planning a live companion after-show for the last eight episodes of Vince Gilligan’s dark drama starring Bryan Cranston.

“Breaking Bad” might get “The Walking Dead" treatment for the end of the series’ fifth and final season.

In the style of “Talking Dead,” Vince Gilligan’s dark drama starring Bryan Cranston would get a talk show entitled “Talking Bad.” It would also be a half-hour, like “Talking Dead.”

Michael Davies’ Embassy Row would handle “Talking Bad.” Embassy Row also produces “Talking Dead.”

“Talking Dead,” hosted by Chris Hardwick (who also hosts the Nerdist podcasts), was the network’s first live after-show, where the current episode of “The Walking Dead” is recapped. Developments are also discussed with the zombie show’s actors, producers and fans.  The show will expand to a full hour for season three.

The talker airs Sundays, immediately after an encore presentation of the zombie drama. “Talking Dead” premiered in 2011, in combination with the drama’s second season.

“Breaking Bad” also stars Aaron Paul. The show is set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is about a high school chemistry teacher with lung cancer who begins making methamphetamine to build a nice cash stash for his family.

Meet the new characters of True Blood season 6

Friday Night Lights, Eastenders, and 90210 alumni are moving to Bon Temps for True Blood's sixth season...

The 9th of June is the diary appointment date for our collective return to Bon Temps for True Blood's sixth season, and seeing as manners are everything in the South, we thought it was only right to introduce you to the roster of new talent joining Sookie, Eric and co. when that time comes.

First up is a familiar face for some UK viewers in the form of Eastenders' Rob Kazinsky, who is to play Ben, a charismatic faerie and yet another love interest for little Sookie. Interesting fact: Kazinsky reportedly earned the role of Fili (later filled by Dean O'Gorman) in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy, but resigned for personal reasons.

Next comes Medium's Arliss Howard, who is set to play Louisiana Governor Truman Burrell, a politician with a deep-seated grudge against the Cold Ones after his wife ran off with one, leaving him sole care of his daughter, Willa. TV Line reports that Truman has a tendancy to let personal ambition cloud his judgement and override his humanity, like another Geek TV Southern Governor perhaps?

Which brings us neatly to 90210's Amelia Rose Blaire, in the role of Willa Burrell, Governor's daughter and vampire sympathiser. That spells family trouble, we'd have said.

Also announced to be joining the show is Friday Night Lights' Jurnee Smollet, playing good-hearted non-supe Nicole.

Leaving us of course, with the piece de resistance, the jewel in True Blood's sordid, gory season six crown: Rutger Hauer, who will be playing Macklyn, "a mysterious and sinister figure with deep ties to Sookie and Jason" (regular viewers will be able to connect the dots on that one).

Season six is of course the first without showrunner Alan Ball at the helm, his duties being taken over by executive producer Mark Hurdis.

Heidi & Spencer: 'We feared CBB housemates would kill us'

Heidi & Spencer have confessed that they feared for their lives while in the Celebrity Big Brother house.

The Hills stars, who finished second in Friday's (January 25) final, said that they struggled to sleep because they were unsure what their "mentally insane" housemates were capable of.

Spencer Pratt told the Daily Star Sunday: "We didn't sleep much at all. I always had one eye open. We were watching them thinking they were going to try and kill us in our sleep.

"We were constantly nervous something might happen. Every time we saw any of them near knives we left the kitchen straight away.

"Some of them would itch their own face with a butcher's knife - it was mentally insane. If they'll hold knives by their own faces I didn't know what they were capable of."

Heidi Montag added: "They were at such an intense level in the house, we thought they would come and mess with us. Who knows what they would do?

"At times they were very volatile, easily triggered and they had violent tendencies. I was really scared by Razor's behaviour. I thought we would have to run to get away from it. I didn't want to get into a fight at all costs."

Spencer suggested that the other housemates "hated" them because they "upstaged" everyone else on the show.

‘SNL’ Ratings Steady With Adam Levine

It almost doesn’t matter who the host of Saturday Night Live is as the NBC late-night sketch show’s ratings keep steady.

Last night’s episode with host Adam Levine and musical guest Kendrick Lamar drew a 5.0/12 in the metered-market households and a 2.8/12 among adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters. That was on par with SNL‘s show last week with host Jennifer Lawrence and musical guest The Lumineers (4.9/12, 2.8/12) as well as SNL‘s previous original, the holiday edition with host Martin Short and musical guest Paul McCartney+Nirvana (5.1/12, 2.8/12 on December 15).

Last night’s SNL featured the return of the Lonely Island Guys for another classic-in-the-making digital video, YOLO (You Only Live Once), featuring Levine and Lamar.

Endemol Reorganizes Commercial And Global Brands Business

There’s been a shake-up in the executive ranks and management structure of Big Brother producer Endemol in the past few weeks. Former Group COO and Endemol France CEO Virginie Calmels recently announced her departure with Martha Brass later named as her replacement at the Group level. Last week, Olivier Gers stepped down as CEO of the commercial division, Endemol Worldwide Brands. The company today says it has established a new Group Commercial Board, made up of a selection of senior execs from across the group, to replace the Endemol Worldwide Brands division and more closely integrate commercial and creative activities. Here’s the release:

Endemol, the world’s largest independent TV and digital media production company today announced a reorganisation of its commercial and global brands business.

A newly created Group Commercial Board comprising senior Endemol executives from around the world has been established in place of Endemol Worldwide Brands (EWB).

Former EWB Regional Director, International, Branco Scherer has been promoted to the new Board as Executive Director, Commercial Affairs. His role will be to liaise and coordinate with Endemol’s commercial teams around the world and to ensure that ideas and information are shared across the Group.

Scherer reports to Lucas Church who becomes Chair of the Group Commercial Board in addition to his ongoing role as CEO of Endemol UK. Further appointments to the new Board from across the company will be made in the near future.

Former EWB executives based in Endemol’s offices around the world will now report directly to local Managing Directors in each territory whilst working closely with Branco Scherer and his team. The reorganisation mirrors Endemol’s creative structure and more closely integrates the company’s commercial and creative activities, giving greater control to the Group’s local operations around the world.

Tim Hincks, President of Endemol Group comments: “Our aim with these changes is to continue expanding our day-to-day commercial business locally whilst sharing ideas across the Group about the big opportunities for Endemol in today’s fast changing global market.”

Endemol’s recent commercial projects include partnerships with YouTube for specialised channels in European territories; an online play along game for hit format The Money Drop, which has so far had over 18 million players across 15 territories and over 30 million games played; an iPhone game for blockbuster format Wipeout, which ranked for three weeks as number one premium app on the iTunes app store in the US; and a wide range of digital brand extensions and onscreen product placement deals for shows such as Deal or No Deal and Big Brother.

'Britain's Got Talent' comedian Gatis Kandis auditions for Big Brother

Former Britain's Got Talent contestant Gatis Kandis has auditioned for Big Brother.

The so-called 'unfunny' comedian has posted his audition tape on YouTube in an attempt to get into the regular competition, as opposed to the Celebrity edition.

Kandis reached the semi-final stage of the ITV competition in 2012 with his purposely-awkward stand-up routine.

The 90-second video sees the 32-year-old Latvian explain to producers why he should be picked for the final lineup of housemates later this year.

Gatis jokes that he likes to interview cows, lives near a Sainsbury's, doesn't listen to Justin Bieber's music on purpose, and likes to count mushrooms.

The comedian previously entered the Big Brother house in June as part of a 'No Laughing Matter' task, in which housemates were not allowed to laugh at his stand-up routine.

Comedy Pilot Guide 2013/2014

Not only is this the time of year when television networks adjust their midseason schedules and premiere new series, but it's also pilot season. Broadcast and cable networks sift through the myriad projects they have in development hoping to uncover the next big breakout comedy or drama.

With many projects already casting, here's the Comedy Pilot Guide, featuring a look at the comedy pilots that are vying for a slot on the schedule next season. Also included, where noted, are the handful of new projects that bypassed the pilot stage and have already been picked up to series.


- How the Hell Am I Normal?. Described as a "dysfunctional Wonder Years" set in the simpler times of the 1980s, this semi-autobiographical comedy is based on the childhood of creator Adam F. Goldberg (Breaking In) as he grew up in a highly screwed up yet loving family. The single-camera project, which previously bore the edgier title How the F--- Am I Normal, centers on a confrontational mother and a hot tempered father who love their three eccentric children so much, they can't bear to see them grow up. Wendi McLendon-Covey, who starred on Reno 911 and made a guest appearance as a lesbian on ABC's Modern Family, has been cast as Beverly Gold, a committed mother and emotional shopaholic with boundary issues and a loud mouth.

- Mixology. From Hangover writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore comes a high-concept single-camera comedy that chronicles the exploits of singles looking for love in a trendy Manhattan bar over the course of one night. The concept sounds like 24, only in a club and with less hours. And no Jack Bauer, unfortunately. Another bad omen is that Hangover director Todd Phillips won't be around to polish up the script.

- Pulling. Based on a British series of the same name, Pulling follows three "dysfunctional" thirtysomething women who live their lives the way they see fit in the face of society's expectations. This will be the second attempt to adapt the series for an American audience, following a failed pilot in 2009 with a different creative team. This time, former Office scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky are on board to write and executive produce.

- Super Fun Night. Written by Pitch Perfect's Rebel Wilson, the single-camera comedy revolves around three nerdy female friends — Kimmie (Wilson), Helen-Alice (Lisa Lapira), and Marika (Lauren Ash) — who embark on a "funcomfortable" quest to have "super fun" every Friday night. The cast also includes Kelen Coleman and Kevin Bishop. John Riggi, who directed 15 episodes of 30 Rock, will helm the pilot. This is the second go-round for Super Fun Night, as it was developed at CBS last season as a multi-camera project with Jenny Slate and Edy Patterson starring alongside Wilson.

- Trophy Wife. Starring Malin Akerman as the titular spouse, Trophy Wife centers on a reformed party girl named Kate who is thrust into the role of wife and mother when she falls in love with an older man (Bradley Whitford) with three manipulative children and two judgmental ex-wives. Boasting a top-notch cast that also includes Marcia Gay Harden and Michaela Watkins as the exes from hell, Ryan Lee (Super 8) as one of the kids, and Natalie Morales (White Collar) as Kate's hard-partying close friend, this is the Alphabet network's best bet on the comedy side. A former model with comedy experience in films like The Heartbreak Kid and Couples Retreat, Akerman provides an attractive lead and possesses a likeable quality that should translate well to the small screen.


- Bad Teacher. Based on the feature film that starred Cameron Diaz, Bad Teacher focuses on a crude and foul-mouthed divorcee who becomes a teacher to find her next husband. The film's writers-producers, Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, will serve as producers on the single-camera television version, handing off writing duties to Hilary Winston, who has penned episodes of My Name Is Earl, Community, and Happy Endings. Depending on who is cast in Diaz's role as the titular (God, I love the word "titular") educator, this seems to be a safe bet, although it feels out of place on safe and formulaic CBS.

- Friends With Better Lives. One of the season's few multi-camera pilots is Friends With Better Lives, a comedy about a group of friends in their 30s who each think that the other has a better life. Dana Klein (Kath & Kim, Friends) will write and executive produce.

- Jim Gaffigan Project. Jim Gaffigan returns to TV and CBS in this semi-autobiographical single-camera project, starring the comedian as a husband and father who lives with his wife and five children in a two-bedroom apartment in New York City. Inspired by his real-life experiences, Gaffigan co-wrote the story with Rescue Me creator Peter Tolan, who then penned the script. If the pilot can translate the stories and humor of his standup material, this show could be pretty funny.

- The McCarthys. In this big-family comedy set in Boston and loosely based on the life of Happy Endings staff writer Brian Gallivan, the McCarthys are a sports-obsessed Irish-Catholic clan with a gay son whose greatest sin isn't his sexuality, but his desire to spend less time with his family. Will Gluck (Friends with Benefits) will serve as executive producer.

- Mom. Created and co-written by sitcom overlord Chuck Lorre with two members of his Two and a Half Men team, Mom tells the story of a newly sober single mother trying to pull her life together in Napa Valley. In a rare departure from feature films, in-demand comedy starlet Anna Farris (Scary Movie) will play the titular parental unit. With high-profile names behind the show and in front of the camera, this multi-camera offering will likely find a slot on the schedule.

- Super Clyde. One of two CBS comedy pilots from Greg Garcia, creator of My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope, Super Clyde centers on a meek and unassuming fast-food worker who decides to become a superhero. The description sounds like a less-vulgar TV version of Kick-Ass, or a My Name Is Earl spinoff in which Earl dresses up in a costume to perform his good deeds. From a writer with a quirky sensibility, Clyde is the most unique comedy offering on CBS and could turn out to be something special, depending on the cast.

- Untitled Greg Garcia Project. The other Greg Garcia project is an untitled multi-camera comedy about a recently divorced man whose life is complicated when his parents move in with him. You know what would make it even funnier? If the recently divorced man was also a meek and unassuming fast-food worker who decided to become a superhero. Imagine trying to sneak out and thwart crime while your aged parents are staying in your house. Make it happen, CBS!

- Untitled Rob Greenberg Project. From writer-director Rob Greenberg, this single-camera comedy stars Chris Smith (Paranormal Activity 2) as a young man who moves into a short-term rental complex and learns the ways of the world from its three more experienced residents, played by Jerry O'Connell, Kal Penn, and Tony Shalhoub. This project was originally titled Ex-Men, but that was dropped for obvious legal reasons. The Eye network was said to be high on this one, so it's likely to go to series unless the pilot falls flat.


- Enlisted. From Cougar Town co-creator Kevin Biegel comes this military family comedy based on his real-life relationship with his siblings. Biegel will work with Mike Royce (Men of a Certain Age, 1600 Penn) on the pilot, which will follow three very different brothers as they work together at a small Army base in Florida.

- Friends and Family. Adapted from a British series entitled Gavin & Stacey, the single-camera comedy chronicles the key life moments of a man and woman in a long-distance relationship who finally meet and hit it off, but must navigate their polarizing family and friends. Original series creators James Corden and Ruth Jones serve as executive producers, while David Rosen (I Just Want My Pants Back) wrote the script.

- House Rules. In this single-camera comedy from writers Andrew Gurland (The Last Exorcism) and Justin Hurwitz (The League), a neurotic family with contempt for all things normal tries to fit into a small midwestern town where everyone knows each other and politeness reigns. I can't get a feel for the concept based on that logline, but perhaps it will become clearer once the pilot is cast.

- I Suck At Girls. Based on Justin Halpern's follow-up to his bestselling book Shit My Dad Says, I Suck At Girls tells the coming-of-age story of a boy becoming a man and a man becoming a father in an era before Google was a verb. Halpern and his TV writing partner Patrick Schumacker penned the script with supervision from Scrubs and Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence.

- To My Assistant. From the writing duo of Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer (I Hate My Teenage Daughter, The New Adventures of Old Christine), this single-camera workplace comedy revolves around the assistants at a big New York law firm who band together as a family to deal with the obnoxious, overbearing bosses who test their patience — and their sanity — on a daily basis.

- Two Wrongs. Michelle Morgan, the scribe behind Kristen Wiig's upcoming feature comedy Girl Most Likely, will write the script for a relationship comedy about a couple whose friends and family don't think they're right for each other. Morgan began her career as an actress with a recurring role on NBC's American Dreams before focusing on writing, but she will not be starring in this new single-camera venture. Too bad, because she's reeeeal pretty-like.

- Untitled Alec Sulkin/Wellesley Wild Project. Executive produced by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, this multi-camera comedy penned by MacFarlane's Ted co-writers went straight to series with a six-episode order on the strength of its pilot script. The untitled project explores what happens when two successful guys in their 30s have their lives upended when their nightmare fathers unexpectedly move in with them. FOX brass loved the first script, so hopefully the cast will match the quality of the writing.

- Untitled Mike Schur/Dan Goor Project. Created and written by two of the main forces behind NBC's Parks and Recreation, this single-camera starring vehicle for former Saturday Night Live performer Andy Samberg follows a diverse group of detectives in a police precinct at the very edge of New York City. Terry Crews (The Expendables) will play the no-nonsense captain of the squad, while the directing duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street) have signed on to helm the pilot.


- About A Boy. The writer and developer of NBC's adaptation of the feature film Parenthood, Jason Katims, is bringing his own version of the 2002 movie About A Boy — and the 1998 novel it was based on — to the small screen. The single-camera comedy will chronicle the relationship between a bachelor man-child and the young boy who moves in next door with his kooky single mother. No word yet on who will fill Hugh Grant's shoes.

- Assistance. Based on a play written by Bachelorette writer-director Leslye Headland, Assistance is described as a fast-moving single-camera comedy about an idealistic assistant who finds herself pulled between her "work husband" colleague and her actual fiancé while trying to manage a demanding boss. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay serve as executive producers.

- Donor Party. Bearing the worst title of the season, Donor Party is a single-camera ensemble comedy that revolves around an irresponsible man forced to grow up when he discovers he has children resulting from his days as a sperm donor. A new family unit is formed when he is contacted by a single mother and begins to develop a relationship with her and the son he never knew he had. The project, which shares a strikingly similar premise with new Canadian series Seed, is written and executive produced by actor Alex Schwemmer.

- The Gates. From the husband-and-wife team of Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa ('Til Death), this single-camera adult ensemble comedy takes place at the drop-off area of an elementary school and depicts the 15-minute social minefield that parents and teachers must navigate on a daily basis. Kathleen Rose Perkins of Showtime's Episodes will star as Helen, a type-A personality who just moved to town with her husband Mark (Ken Marino) and eight-year-old daughter for a new job. The rest of the cast includes The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi, Christina Kirk, Diana Maria Riva, Josh Grisetti, and Justin Chon. I've never been a fan of Yuspa and Goldsmith, but the cast is shaping up very nicely and the setting isn't one that has been fully mined. Ken Marino will get me to watch anything; if I knew he was on Party Down, I would have been all over it. For a goof.

- Girlfriend in a Coma. Executive produced by Law & Order impresario Dick Wolf and written by Nurse Jackie co-creator Liz Brixius, this aptly-titled single-camera comedy focuses on a 34-year-old woman who awakens from a coma and discovers that she has a 17-year-old daughter from a pregnancy she was unaware of when her life was put on hold. It's disconcerting that this is described as a comedy, although it could lean toward dramedy depending on the cast and tone of the show.

- Holding Patterns. One of only three multi-camera pilots on NBC's slate, Holding Patterns is an ensemble comedy from Justin Spitzer (The Office) concerning a group of friends whose lives completely change after they survive a plane crash.

- Joe, Joe & Jane. Inspired by the relationship between writers Joe Port and Joe Wiseman (New Girl) and Wiseman's wife, this semi-autobiographical comedy had a seven-figure penalty attached to its pilot production commitment, making it one of the most lucrative comedy deals this season. Tagged with the already annoying description, "It's not about a couple — it's about a trouple," the multi-camera project centers on a conflict-avoidant children's book author who finds himself caught in an ongoing tug-of-war between two needy, flawed people in his life: his wife (Sally Pressman) and his best friend, who also happens to be his co-author.

- Untitled DJ Nash Project. Produced by Jason Bateman's Aggregate Films, this single-camera comedy is yet another semi-autobiographical project. Loosely based on the life of Up All Night executive producer DJ Nash, the show revolves around a son who is in awe of his blind father and bemused by his mother's newfound adolescence following their divorce. Somehow, his family pulls closer together after the split. Although the show was originally set in the 1980s, it has been updated to the present day, likely because of the glut of '80s-themed projects in development.

- Untitled Greg Daniels Project. Not to be confused with the other untitled Greg Daniels project, this single-camera comedy will reunite the developer/executive producer of The Office with Craig Robinson, who plays affable warehouse manager Darryl on the long-running NBC series, and writer Owen Ellickson, an Office supervising producer. Robinson will star as a talented, rough-around-the-edges musician adjusting to his new life as a music teacher in a big-city middle school, where he encounters teacher politics and the temptations of single mothers.

- Untitled Greg Daniels/Robert Padnick Project. Described as a look at the trials and tribulations of dating in your 20s as explored through a group of friends, the pilot will focus on bright eyed and vulnerable Matthew being pushed by his three best friends to get back into the dating scene. Parks and Recreation co-creator Greg Daniels serves as executive producer along with writer Robert Padnick, who joined The Office during its sixth season and was nominated for a Writer's Guild of America award for his very first episode, February 2011's "PDA," which was directed by Daniels.

- Untitled Jessica Simpson Project. The Peacock network has ordered a pilot presentation for a single-camera comedy starring Jessica Simpson and inspired by events in her life. Nick Bakay, who has credits such as Zookeeper and Paul Blart: Mall Cop to his name, is responsible for writing the script. When the deal was announced, executive producer Ben Silverman actually uttered the following quote referencing the legendary Lucille Ball: "Jessica Simpson is truly a modern-day Lucy with incredible comedic chops." Surprisingly, his pants refused to burst into flames at that very moment, as he added, "From running a fashion empire to wrangling her public image as a new mom, we see Jessica's character approach a variety of 'everyday' circumstances that will get audiences laughing out loud." What everyday person can't identify with running a fashion empire while wrangling a public image? Hopefully NBC will realize that she is a dreadful actress with zero comedic timing and send her on her way.

- Untitled Michael J. Fox Project. Back at the network that made him a household name on Family Ties, Michael J. Fox returns to regular series television in a semi-autobiographical comedy about a married father of three living in New York City and dealing with family, career, and other challenges, including Parkinson's disease. Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad) will play his wife, while Juliette Goglia, Conor Romero, and Jack Goor play his three kids. The cast for this highly-anticipated show also features Katie Finneran as his sister and Wendell Pierce as his close friend and old boss. Executive producer Will Gluck (Easy A) will direct from a script penned by Cougar Town scribe Sam Laybourne. In the most competitive situation of the season, NBC snagged the single-camera project by placing a 22-episode series order without even seeing a pilot or a table-read.

- Untitled Sean Hayes Project. Also returning to a regular TV role, Emmy Award winner Sean Hayes of Will & Grace will star in a multi-camera comedy as a guy named Sean who must learn how to become a parent when his 14-year-old daughter moves in. When he's not figuring out how to be a dad, Sean has to deal with a temperamental new boss at work. NBC has been eager to build a starring vehicle for Hayes and decided on this project, written by Better Off Ted creator Victor Fresco, so it's likely to be picked up.

- Welcome To The Family. A culture clash ensues between a Caucasian family and a Latino family, who are forced together when their children experience an unplanned pregnancy shortly after falling in love. Rules of Engagement executive producer Mike Sikowitz is the man behind this multicultural single-camera comedy, formerly titled Chuey & Me. Boy, I wonder if there's any chance this show will portray a bunch of racial stereotypes for cheap laughs...


- Chosen. The next contestant in FX's search for a companion to Archer, Chosen is an animated comedy produced by Danny McBride's Rough Pictures and written by rookie scribe Grant Dekernion, a former writer's assistant on McBride's HBO series Eastbound & Down. Dekernion will also voice the lead character, a rapper who emerges from prison with a new message and new skills to use in his quest for redemption and domination.

- Untitled Andrew Gurland Project. With the absence of Louie in the comedy ranks until next year, FX has given the greenlight to feature writer Andrew Gurland (The Last Exorcism, The Virginity Hit) for an edgy comedy about a married man who is given permission by his wife to get a mistress in order to save their marriage. In addition to penning the script, Gurland will direct the pilot. If he really wants to replace Louie, maybe he should star in the show too.

'X Factor' Australia hopeful dies at auditions

A man has reportedly died while rehearsing for his X Factor audition in Australia.

The hopeful is said to have collapsed while waiting for his audition outside the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday (January 25).

He fell to the ground before being taken to a nearby hospital. However, he died a short time later.

The man, 33, has yet to be named, but is said to have been from New Zealand, reports The Sunday Telegraph.

Witnesses say that the man "didn't look very well" before he collapsed from a suspected heart problem.

Steven Murphy, a spokesman for production company FremantleMedia, described the incident as tragic.

"He collapsed late [Friday] and was treated by medics on site before being transferred by ambulance to St Vincent's Hospital," he said.

X Factor host Luke Jacobz and judges Mel B, Ronan Keating, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Guy Sebastian were not at the auditions.

The auditions on Friday were performed only in front of the show's producers, with shortlisted hopefuls being put through to the filmed rounds.

Matt Dallas Comes Out as Gay

Matt Dallas appeared to come out of the closet on Sunday night.

The star of the former ABC Family series "Kyle XY" (2006-2009) said on his Twitter account that he was engaged to marry his boyfriend musician Blue Hamilton.

In addition to a picture of Hamilton lounging on a couch with a dog, Dallas tweeted the following: "Starting off the year with a new fiancé, @bluehamilton. A great way to kick off 2013!"

Dallas' publicist did not immediately respond to TheWrap's requests for comment.

The actor does not appear to have commented publicly on his sexuality before, but the gay news blog "After Elton" reports that Dallas was the target of Perez Hilton, who openly speculated about his sexual orientation. Hilton reportedly dubbed the star "Kyle KY," in reference to the lubricant.

Hilton did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment on Dallas' announcement.

Dallas' tweet follows a string of similar low-key announcements by the likes of Frank Ocean, Zachary Quinto and Jim Parsons, who said they were gay or had relationships with men in personal blogs or as a casual aside in interviews. This trend is a sign of shifting attitudes towards homosexuality. It is in marked contrast to the media-blitz that greeted Ellen DeGeneres more than a decade ago when she announced on the cover of Time that she was a lesbian.

In addition to the supernatural show "Kyle XY," Dallas appeared on the 2009 TV series "Eastwick" and recently joined the cast of ABC Family's "Baby Daddy."

Anthea Turner leaves 'Dancing on Ice'

Anthea Turner has left Dancing on Ice.

The 52-year-old presenter was sent home by the judges after she received the lowest number of votes from the public alongside fellow contestant Keith Chegwin.

The pair had to face the 'Save Me Skate' by performing again in a bid to win votes from judges Robin Cousins, Karen Barber, Ashley Roberts and Jason Gardiner.

Turner skated to Michael Bublé's rendition of 'Feeling Good', while Chegwin performed to Rihanna's 'Disturbia'.

All of the judges, aside from Roberts, voted to save Chegwin, therefore sending Turner out of the competition.

Speaking to presenter Phillip Schofield after the result, Turner said: "I'm going to miss all my friends here," adding: "But Robin's right. I probably got to my level in terms of skating."

She also said "a million thanks" to partner Andrew Buchanan, who she said had been "amazing" and "patient" during her time learning to skate on the show.

TV Tonight 28th of January 2013

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

't Schaep in Mokum S01E04: "Triller"
19-2 S02E01: "Season 2, Episode 1"
90210 S05E11: "We're Not Not in Kansas Anymore"
Adventure Time S05E09: "All Your Fault"
Alaska State Troopers S04E16: "Trooper Stalker"
American Pickers S05E10: "Haunted Honeyhole"
Amnesia S01E04: "IV"
Anderson Live S02E94: "Co-Host Emmitt Smith"
Antiques Road Trip S06E16: "Series 6, Episode 16"
Being Human (US) S03E03: "The Teens They Are A Changin'"
Belle's S01E02: "Birthday Party"
Black Ink Crew S01E04: "TBA"
Bloopers! S01E22: "Episode 22"
Bloopers! S01E21: "Episode 21"
Bones S08E13: "The Twist In The Plot"
Britain On Film S01E07: "This Sceptred Isle"
Bunheads S01E14: "The Astronaut and the Ballerina"
Cake Boss: Next Great Baker S03E09: "TBA"
Catfish: The TV Show S01E10: "TBA"
Chelsea Lately S07E13
Come Dine With Me S20E97: "Series 20, Episode 76"
Conan S03E36: "Emmy Rossum, Dave Franco, Los Straitjackets"
Cornwall with Caroline Quentin S02E04: "Series 2, Episode 4"
Coronation Street S54E20: "Mon January 28, 2013 [Episode 2]"
Coronation Street S54E19: "Mon January 28, 2013 [Episode 1]"
Crash & Bernstein S01E10: "Crash Crush"
Crème de la Crème S01E04: "Season 1, Episode 4"
Dallas (2012) S02E02: "Venomous Creatures"
Dallas (2012) S02E01: "Battle Lines"
Danni Lowinski S04E02: "Zu viel Liebe"
Daybreak S03E99: "January 28, 2013"
Days of our Lives S48E54: "Ep. #12010"
Deal Or No Deal (UK) S08E145: "Episode 2138"
Deception S01E04: "One, Two, Three...One, Two, Three"
Der Letzte Bulle S04E02: "Nagel ins Herz"
Disappeared S05E10: "Breaking News"
Dispatches S27E04: "Weight Watchers - How They Make Their Money:"
Doctors S14E178: "Men at Work"
EastEnders S29E17: "January 28, 2013"
Embarrassing Fat Bodies S02E04: "Over Eaters"
Emmerdale S42E23: "January 28, 2013"
Extreme Smuggling S01E03: "Animals"
Face the Clock S01E16: "Episode 16"
Four In A Bed S04E16: "Series 4, Episode 16"
General Hospital (US) S50E205: "#12733"
Got to Dance S04E24: "Series 4, Episode 24"
Great British Menu S08E01: "Series 8, Episode 1"
Great British Railway Journeys S04E16
Het Spiegelpaleis S01E16: "Season 1, Episode 16"
Hollyoaks S19E19: "January 28, 2013"
Home and Away (AU) S26E06: "Episode 5666"
Hotel cæsar S29E113: "Season 29, Episode 113"
Hotel Impossible S02E07: "Periwinkle Inn – NJ"
House Crashers S07E16: "Luxe Lodge Family Room"
House Hunters S51E20: "TBA"
House Hunters International S35E12: "TBA"
Independent Lens S14E07: "The Revisionaries"
Jimmy Kimmel Live S11E16
Judge Judy S17E120
Kommissar Rex S15E09: "A Knife Through the Heart"
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness S02E21: "Huge"
Last Call with Carson Daly S10E101
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon S04E14
Late Show with David Letterman S20E73
Lewis S07E04: "The Ramblin' Boy (2)"
Loose Women S17E89: "Series 17, Show 89"
Lost Kingdoms of South America S01E03: "Lands of Gold"
Love & Hip Hop S03E04: "TBA"
M.I. High S06E04: "Mission: Incredible"
MasterChef: The Professionals (AU) S01E05: "Episode 5"
Met man en macht S01E01: "Season 1, Episode 1"
Miranda S03E06: "A Brief Encounter"
Moving On S04E01: "The Shrine"
Mr. D S02E04: "Overnight Trip"
Mrs Brown's Boys S03E05: "Mammy?"
My Kitchen Rules S04E01: "Season 4, Episode 1"
My Mad Fat Diary S01E03: "Chapter 3: Ladies and Gentlemen"
Nattpatruljen S01E13: "Season 1, Episode 13"
Neighbours S29E16: "Episode 6566"
Oprah's Next Chapter S02E21: "Cissy Houston"
Panorama S61E02: "The Great Disability Scam?"
Pawn Star$ S06E22: "Hair Force One"
Pawn Star$ S06E21: "Million Dali Baby"
Pete Rose: Hits & Mrs. S01E06: "Hit or Get off the Pot"
Pete Rose: Hits & Mrs. S01E05: "Mr. Mom"
Pointless S08E19: "Series 8, Episode 19"
Police Interceptors S05E01: "Series 5, Episode 1"
Polseres Vermelles S02E03: "Episodio 16"
Regular Show S04E15: "Ace Balthazar Lives"
RuPaul's Drag Race S05E01: "TBA"
Salatut elämät S15E95: "Helena herää haamutuimaan"
School 2013 S01E16: "Season 1, Episode 16"
Shipwreck Men S01E03: "TBA"
Sirkus Northug S01E04: "Season 1, Episode 4"
Storyville S20E13: "Queen of Versaille"
Switched at Birth S02E04: "Dressing For A Charade"
Teen Mom 2 S03E11: "TBA"
The Bachelor S17E04: "Week 4 (S17)"
The Biggest Loser S14E05: "Waist & Money"
The Bold and the Beautiful S26E213: "Ep. #6497"
The Carrie Diaries S01E03: "Read Before Use"
The Chase (2009) S06E59: "Series 6, Episode 59"
The Chew S02E99: "Episode 337"
The Colbert Report S09E13: "Michael Shellenberger"
The Daily Show S18E51: "Bob Costas"
The Ellen DeGeneres Show S10E91: "Sean Hayes, Jillian Michaels"
The Following S01E02: "Chapter Two"
The Jeremy Kyle Show (UK) S08E94: "January 28, 2013"
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson S09E11
The Murdoch Mysteries (2008) S06E04: "A Study in Sherlock"
The Project S05E20: "Season 5, Episode 20"
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills S03E11: "TBA"
The Sheriffs are Coming S02E11: "Series 2, Episode 11"
The Staircase S01E04: "A Prosecution Trickery"
The Talk S03E93
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno S21E29
The View S16E92
The Young and the Restless S40E214: "Ep. #10083"
Thuis S18E111: "Season 18, Episode 111"
Tipping Point S02E19: "Series 2, Episode 19"
Tron: Uprising S01E19: "Terminal"
True Crime with Aphrodite Jones S03E04: "Chosen to Kill"
Ullared S04E01: "TBA"
University Challenge (1994) S19E34
Unsealed: Alien Files S01E11: "Episode 11"
Unsealed: Conspiracy Files S01E11: "Episode 11"
Vanderpump Rules S01E04: "TBA"
Voetbal International S06E03: "Season 6, Episode 3"
Wanted Down Under S07E19: "Series 7, Episode 19"
Watch What Happens: Live S09E17: "YOLANDA FOSTER and CALLIE THORNE"
Wereld draait door, De S08E86: "Season 8, Episode 86"
World's Craziest Fools S02E04: "Series 2, Episode 4"
WWE Raw S21E04: "RAW Roulette Live from Las Vegas, Nevada"