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Development Update: The 5th of February

ALL DRESSED UP AND EVERYWHERE TO GO (HBO, New!) - The life of Betty Halbreich is set to be the focus of a potential comedy at the pay channel from "Girls" executive producers Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner. Said effort, based on Halbreich's upcoming memoir of the same name, will track her Bergdorf-based personal shopping service, where she has spent decades working with the rich and famous. No other details were given. (

ALPHA HOUSE (Amazon) - John Goodman is the first to be cast in the comedy pilot, about four senators who live together in a rented house in Washington, D.C. He'll play North Carolina Senator Gil John Biggs, "a large man with large appetites. His cranky sense of entitlement comes from years of being revered as a successful basketball coach, but when the Duke basketball coach decides to run against him, he finds his Senate seat in jeopardy." Garry Trudeau is behind the half-hour, which will be produced by Amazon Studios. (

DADS (FOX) - Brenda Song ("New Girl") has scored a role on the comedy pilot, about two successful video game developers - family man Warner and perpetually single Eli - who have their lives turned upside down when their nightmare dads unexpectedly move in with them. She'll play their assistant Veronica, who has an odd and entitled sensibility. 20th Century Fox Television is behind the multi-camera project with Alec Sulkin, Seth MacFarlane and Wellesley Wild executive producing. (

LUCKY 7 (ABC, New!) - The Alphabet has added a 12th drama to its pilot roster, this time an import of Kay Mellor's U.K. series "The Syndicate." The domestic take, from David Zabel and Jason Richman, will revolve around "seven employees of a service station in Queens whose lives are changed in many unexpected ways when they win a lottery jackpot." ABC Studios and Amblin Television are behind the hour with Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey executive producing alongside said duo as well as Mellor through her company Rollem. (

CRAZY ONES, THE (CBS) - The David E. Kelley-penned, Robin Williams-led comedy - about a brilliant ad executive working alongside his daughter - is on track for a pilot order at the Eye. Said development comes as Jason Winer ("1600 Penn") has joined the project as a director and executive producer. 20th Century Fox Television is behind the hour, which Kelley will likewise executive produce alongside Bill D'Elia. (

DIVORCE: A LOVE STORY (A.K.A. LIFE ISN'T EVERYTHING) (ABC) - Mike Sikowitz and Daniel Lappin's comedy - about "a recently divorced couple, who were bad together but discover they're even worse apart and can't seem to stay out of each others' lives" - has found a new home at the Alphabet, which has given the project a pilot order. The multi-camera half-hour, originally set up at CBS, is based on the Israeli format "Life Isn't Everything." Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios will co-produce with Reshet's Noa Tishby executive producing alongside said duo. (

GABRIELS, THE (FOX) - Rob Riggle ("NTSF:SD:SUV") is in final negotiations to star in the single-camera comedy pilot, about a neurotic family with contempt for all things normal that tries their best to fit into their small Midwest town where everyone knows each other and politeness reigns. He'll play Ken, the Gabriels' patriarch who has a "child-like, devilish energy." Riggle's participation reportedly will also include a producing/development component. Andrew Gurland and Justin Hurwitz are behind the 20th Century Fox Television-based project, which has likewise tapped Jason Winer ("1600 Penn") to direct and executive produce. (

GATES (NBC) - Greg Germann ("House of Lies") and Echo Kellum ("Ben & Kate") have both joined the comedy pilot, about the hijinks that ensue when parents drop off and pick up their kids at school each day. Germann will play Trevor Palmer, a super-driven, successful dad with a neglected, needy, insecure stay-at-home wife (Christina Kirk). Kellum then is set as Rav Mukherjee, a "manny" who serves as a confidant to another one of the dads, Mark (Ken Marino). Germann and Kellum replace Aasif Mandvi and Justin Chon, respectively, following the show's table read. Director Marc Buckland and writers Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith are behind the 20th Century Fox Television-based half-hour, which also stars Diana Maria Riva, John Grisetti and Kathleen Rose Perkins. (

MOM (CBS) - Blake Garrett Rosenthal ("The Farm") has scored a role on the comedy pilot, about Christy (Anna Faris), a newly sober single mom who tries to pull her life together in Napa Valley. He's on board as Roscoe, Christy's nine-year-old son. Allison Janney also stars in the Warner Bros. Television-based half-hour, from co-creators Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker. (

ORIGINALS, THE (The CW) - Daniella Pineda ("The Fitzgerald Family Christmas") has been cast in the proposed "Vampire Diaries" spin-off, which "centers on the Original family of vampires, as Klaus (Joseph Morgan) returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, a town he helped build centuries ago." She'll play Sophie, "a witch whose magic has been silenced but not snuffed. A leader and a sexy, sharp-tongued social force, she is quietly sowing the seeds of a revolution amongst her peers." Daniel Gillies and Phoebe Tonkin also star in the project, reprising their roles from the parent series. (

SECOND SIGHT (CBS) - Michael Cuesta and Carol Mendelsohn's drama - "a gothic psychological thriller about a detective who is suddenly afflicted with an autoimmune virus that causes hallucinations reflective of his subconscious" - is the latest to land a pilot order at the network. Said hour, from CBS Television Studios, is based on the 2000 U.K. series of the same name starring Clive Owen. Cuesta will also direct the project and executive produce alongside Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz, Paula Milne and Nick Reed with Gerald Cuesta and Phil Goldfine serving as co-executive producers. (

SILICON VALLEY (HBO) - Josh Brener ("Glory Daze") and Lindsey Broad ("The Office") have both been cast in the comedy pilot, "set in the high tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success." The former will play Big Head, the best friend of Thomas Middleditch's Thomas, while Broad is set as Tandy, who "looks likes she could be a model, but probably just swimsuit or lingerie." T.J. Miller also stars in the project, which Mike Judge is directing from a script he co-wrote with Dave Krinsky and John Altschuler. (

TRUE DETECTIVE (HBO) - Kevin Dunn ("Luck") is the latest to board the upcoming drama, about two detectives, Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson), whose lives collide and entwine during a 17-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. He'll play their boss, "the fair but tough 3rd Squad Homicide Commander Maj. Ken Quesada." Alexandra Daddario, Brad Carter, Elizabeth Reaser, Jay O. Sanders, Lili Simmons, Michael Potts, Michelle Monaghan and Wood Harris also star in the eight-episode project, from Cary Fukunaga and Nic Pizzolatto. (

ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE, THE (CBS) - The Eye has given a pilot order to the drama, about " a criminal psychologist with an expertise in sociopaths who partners with a young female detective with whom he shares a conflicted past." Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa and Alex Cary are behind the 20th Century Fox Television-based hour, which is based on Adrian Raine's book of the same name. The aforementiond trio penned the script and will serve as executive producers with Teakwood Lake's Hugh Fitzpatrick as a co-executive producer. (

CRAZY ONES, THE (CBS) - David E. Kelley's comedy - which stars Robin Williams as a brilliant ad executive working alongside his daughter - has formally been ordered to pilot. Jason Winer is helming the single-camera project, which is set up at 20th Century Fox Television. Bill D'Elia, Dean Lorey, John Montgomery and Mark Teitelbaum are also executive producing alongside Kelley and Winer. (

DRACULA (NBC) - Irish actress Victoria Smurfit is the latest to board the upcoming drama, which introduces Dracula (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) as he arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society but in reality hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. She'll play "the lithe and beautiful Lady Jayne who is instantly attracted to [Dracula] and pursues him." Jessica de Gouw, Katie McGrath and Nonso Anozie also star in the hour, from Carnival Films & Television, Flame Ventures, Playground and Universal Television. (

HAPPINESS (NBC) - Linda Lavin has been cast in the multi-camera comedy pilot, about a man (Sean Hayes) who must figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter, who just moved in, while navigating a temperamental new boss at work. She'll play his mother Lorna, who's "tough, assertive, at times unreasonable, and always longed for her son to have those same qualities." James Burrows is helming the Universal Television-based project from a script by Victor Fresco. (

INTELLIGENCE (CBS) - Michael Seitzman's drama - about a man gifted and cursed with a top-secret experimental microchip implanted in his brain that makes him computer-like in the way he sees and processes information - is the latest to receive a pilot order at the Eye. David Semel is on board to direct and executive produce the hour, which is set up at ABC Studios and based on John Dixon's unpublished book "Dissident." Tripp Vinson likewise is executive producing. (

IRONSIDE (NBC) - Blair Underwood ("The Event") is set to star in the Peacock's proposed reboot of the 1960s drama, about "a tough, sexy and acerbic police detective relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting who is hardly limited by his disability as he pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases in the city." Universal Television is behind the hour, which has a pilot commitment. Mike Caleo penned the project and is executive producing alongside Teri Weinberg of Yellow Brick Road and John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment. Director David Semel however is no longer attached. (

ONION PRESENTS, THE: THE NEWS (Amazon) - Jeffrey Tambor ("Bent") is the first to board the comedy pilot, "a smart, fast-paced scripted comedy set behind the scenes of The Onion News Network that shows just how far journalists will go to stay at the top of their game." He'll play David Everett, "ONN's oldest and most respected news anchor." Todd Strauss-Schulson is helming the project off a script by Will Graham and Dan Mirk for Amazon Studios. (

UNTITLED CULLEN BROTHERS PILOT (ABC) - Griffin Gluck ("Private Practice") has been cast in the comedy pilot, about Terry Gannon, Jr., "a recently divorced single mother who temporarily moves in with her estranged father (James Caan), a beer-swilling former baseball player." He'll play her son Danny, whose underdog Little League team she reluctantly starts coaching. 20th Century Fox Television is behind the single-camera project, from co-creators Mark and Robb Cullen. (

UNTITLED JOHN LEGUIZAMO PROJECT (ABC) - The John Leguizamo-led comedy - based on his life as a husband, father and fish out of water on the upper West Side of New York - has snagged a pilot order from the Alphabet. Leguizamo co-wrote the multi-camera project alongside Chris Sheridan for ABC Studios. They'll also executive produce alongside The Collective's Jeff Golenberg and Sam Maydew as well as Mandeville Films and Television's David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Maria Crenna. (

UNTITLED NCIS: LOS ANGELES SPIN-OFF PROJECT (CBS) - Edwin Hodge ("Cougar Town") is the first to be cast in the backdoor pilot, which tracks "a mobile team of agents who are forced to live and work together as they crisscross the country solving crimes." He'll play Kai Ashe, "the incredibly bright, witty and likable technical assistant, an all-round tech savvy computer guy and expert on everything." CBS Television Studios is behind the hour, which will air as an episode of the parent series later this year. (

WILSONS, THE (MTV, New!) - Comedian Cy Amundson has booked a pilot order from the cable channel for a partially scripted comedy about "a family in the vein of the Kardashians with a pinch of the Bluths from Arrested Development and the Pritchetts from Modern Family." Jay Blumenfield and Tony Marsh are executive producing the half-hour for RelativityReal with Joel Hokestra and Generate's Samantha Saifer serving as co-executive producers alongside Amundson. (

'Downton Abbey' Comes in Second to Super Bowl

Talk about your counter-programming: PBS's "Downton Abbey" was second only to the Super Bowl in Sunday night primetime.

A distant second, but still.

The decision to air a new episode of "Downton" -- even as other broadcasters opted for repeats -- paid off for PBS. Sunday's episode averaged 6.6 million viewers, just a hair below the 108.4 million viewers who tuned in for the game.

If just a few of those discriminating "Downton" viewers had deigned to watch football instead, the Super Bowl might have managed to break the record set by last year's game and become the most-watched U.S. TV broadcast ever. Instead, it had to settle for third, behind the 2011 and 2011 games.

An episode of "Elementary" that aired after the Super Bowl -- and well after the conclusion of "Downton" -- had 20.8 million total viewers.

NBCU's Bonnie Hammer to Run Cable; Joe Uva to Run Telemundo

NBC Universal's executive lineup underwent a shift of responsibilities on Monday, with Bonnie Hammer, NBCU's chairman of cable entertainment and cable studios, taking control of NBC Universal's full cable portfolio, and executive Lauren Zalaznick being promoted to a new role, and former Univision president and CEO Joe Uva taking over NBCU's Spanish-language network Telemundo.

Under her new expanded duties, Hammer (pictured) will oversee Bravo, Oxygen, Style, Sprout and TV One adding to her existing duties of overseeing USA Network, SyFy, E!, G4, Cloo, Chiller and other properties. The newly consolidated collection of networks will be renamed Cable Entertainment Group.

Zalaznick, who has been serving as chairman of NBC Universal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated media, has been promoted to the new position of EVP NBCUniversal, where she'll focus on "innovation, digital, monetization and emerging technology across the company," NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke told employees in an internal email.

Uva, meanwhile, has been tapped for the newly created position of NBCU's chairman of Hispanic Enterprises and Content, a position that will include running the company's Spanish language networks Telemundo and mun2. Uva stepped down as president and CEO of Univsion in June 2011,

Hammer and Zalaznick will assume their new responsibilities immediately, while Uva will come aboard April 3.

Burke, who's enacted similar restructurings for NBCU's sports and news divisions, said that the restructuring will help streamline things while allowing for better exploitation of the company's assets.

"Our business is more dynamic and challenging than at any point in its history," Burke wrote in a memo to his staff. "Now, more than ever, we need to simplify our organization and take advantage of the breadth of our assets. At the same time, we need to focus more on innovation and emerging technologies. These organization changes are designed to do just that,” Burke wrote.

'Splash!': Tom Daley reality show to return for second series in 2014

Splash! will return in 2014 with a second series.

British and Olympic diving champion and bronze medallist Tom Daley will return to host the show next year.

"I am over the moon to hear Splash! will run for a second season," Daley said.

"It's a dream come true for me to be involved in an entertainment show which has been so successful and also fits so well around my training schedule."

He added: "Splash! has put diving on primetime TV and diving clubs all across the country have kept telling me that they now have waiting lists, following the popularity of the show.

"That in itself is an incredible achievement and I'm very excited to be part of it."

ITV's director of entertainment and comedy Elaine Bedell added: "Splash! has proved itself by building a big, enthusiastic, primetime family audience.

"We've seen some quite incredible bravery from our celebrities this series, and the scale of the dives they were achieving is in no small part down to their mentor, and the star of our show, Tom Daley.

"We're looking forward to even more Saturday night spectacle, and sparkle, with the second series."

Splash! was ITV's highest-rating new entertainment series for five years and the first run was won by Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards on Saturday.

CBS Orders Pilots For 'Homeland' Team Drama, Robin Williams/David E. Kelley Comedy

CBS has ordered a crime drama from "Homeland" team Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa and Alex Cary, as well as a comedy from David E. Kelly that will star Robin Williams.

"Anatomy of Violence," which will be written by "Homeland" vets Gordon (pictured), Gansa and Cary, will follow a criminal psychologist with an expertise in sociopaths who partners with a young female detective with whom he shares a conflicted past.

Teakwood Lane is producing the project along with 20th Century Fox Television.

"Crazy Ones," meanwhile, will be written and executive produced by David E. Kelley, with Robin Williams in the starring role. The single-camera, father/daughter workplace comedy is set in the world of advertising.

Dean Lorey, Bill D’Elia, John Montgomery, Mark Teitelbaum and Jason Winer are also executive producing, with Winer ("Arthur") directing.

The network has also ordered a pilot for the drama "Intelligence," which is centered at US Cyber Command, and focuses on a unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift  -- a microchip that has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum.

Michael Seitzman ("Americana") is writing and executive producing, with David Semel ("American Horror Story: Asylum") directing and executive producing. Tripp Vinson ("Red Dawn," "The Number 23") also on board to executive produce the ABC Studios project.

Last week, CBS ordered the drama pilot "Second Sight," about a detective who is suddenly afflicted with  an autoimmune virus that causes hallucinations reflective of his subconscious from "Homeland" executive producer Michael Cuesta. The network's pilot orders also include a small-screen reboot of the "Beverly Hills" cops franchise, as well as a drama about the U.S. Surgeon General from "Lie to Me" creator Samuel Baum.

'The Ricki Lake Show' Canceled

Ricki Lake's return to daytime talk television is no more.

Twentieth Television announced Monday that "The Ricki Lake Show," which premiered in September, will not continue into the 2013-2014 season.

Declaring herself "so proud" of the series, Lake said that she will "continue to be an active and passionate voice for subjects that are close to my heart through a variety of platforms."

Lake also said that she will re-focus on making documentaries with Abby Epstein, with whom she partnered on the documentary "The Business of Being Born."

"I am so proud of the shows we completed this season, sparking important conversations about everything from raising children to mental illness to suicide prevention to coming out," Lake said. "I will continue to be an active and passionate voice for subjects that are close to my heart through a variety of platforms -- and a return to my documentary filmmaking work with Abby Epstein.  I am excited to create meaningful and provocative films similar to our 2007 project, 'The Business of Being Born.'"

Stephen Brown, executive vice president of programming and development at Twentieth Television, said that, while "we are all proud of the topics the program tackled," they were nonetheless "not able to to break through the crowded talk show marketplace.”

Though Lake, who hosted a popular talk show from 1994 to 2003, brought experience as well as familiarity to the new gig, she re-entered the arena at a time that saw considerable competition from new talk shows hosted by the likes of Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper and Jeff Probst. Cooper's show, "Anderson Live," will end its run after its current second season.

Caroline Flack and Dermot O'Leary to present BAFTAs red carpet for E!

Caroline Flack and Dermot O'Leary are to present this year's BAFTA red carpet.

The X Factor host and Xtra Factor presenter and preparing to take on the swanky awards do on Sunday, February 10 for E!, joining forces to host Entertainment Television's Live From the Red Carpet for the UK's most prestigious annual film awards.

'Leading Actor' contenders this year are Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman and Joaquin Phoenix.

Meanwhile, the 'Leading Actress' category sees Dame Helen Mirren, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Marion Cotillard and Emmanuelle Riva battling it out to be crowned

The Live from the Red Carpet: The 2013 EE British Academy Film Awards airs on Sunday, February 10 from 5pm on E!.

Delia Smith quits TV cooking shows: 'There's pressure to entertain'

Delia Smith has announced her retirement from TV cookery shows.

The 71-year-old has decided to step back from television work following the end of her contract to promote supermarket chain Waitrose, the Radio Times reports.

"As soon as my Waitrose contract ended, the BBC called me up and said, 'What can we do?' And I said, 'No, thank you' - I am afraid to say this is the end when it comes to Delia on the telly," said Smith.

The television host and author will now focus on her online cooking tutorial series Delia Online Cookery School - citing television's need to "entertain" as one of the reasons for her retirement from the medium.

"If you do a TV programme now, it's got to entertain," she explained. "When I started, there was further education in the BBC; now you have to entertain. You have someone telling me I haven't got time to show this, or I haven't got time to show that."

Smith first rose to fame hosting cookery show Family Fare between 1973 and 1975. Her last television work was the five-part 2010 retrospective Delia Through the Decades.

'Big Fat Quiz of the Year' cleared by Ofcom

Channel 4's Big Fat Quiz of the Year has been cleared of wrongdoing by TV watchdog Ofcom, which has concluded that complaints about the comedy show don't warrant investigation.

Only five complaints were originally made about the annual comedy panel show, which aired at Christmas.

However, after the Daily Mail wrote several articles attacking the show and the comics involved, the number of complaints increased to 180.

The Daily Mail chose to republish all the show's alleged "vile sexual slurs" in an apparent attempt to encourage its readers to voice their displeasure. The paper also listed the names and salaries of Channel 4 execs who did not respond to the complaints.

Jokes which viewers apparently found upsetting included some from Jack Whitehall, James Corden and host Jimmy Carr about the Queen, Barack Obama and Susan Boyle.

Other guests on the quiz show's panel included TV presenter Jonathan Ross, IT Crowd star Richard Ayoade, comedian Russell Howard and sports presenter Gabby Logan.

Channel 4 stood by the show, describing it as a "well-established comedic and satirical review", and pointed out that the programme aired after the watershed and with appropriate warnings.

'Elementary' Falls Short of Post-Super Bowl 'Voice' Ratings

CBS's post-Super Bowl airing of "Elementary" scored a 12 rating/24 share in metered markets Sunday, faring nowhere near as well as NBC's "The Voice" did in the spot after the Super Bowl last year.

But "Elementary" was at a significant disadvantage: It aired later than any other post-Super Bowl show, thanks to a power outage in New Orleans' Superdome that delated the game by 34 minutes in the third quarter.

Sunday's "Elementary" is comfortably on track to scoring the freshman drama's highest viewership and ratings. The "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," meanwhile, scored a preliminary 3.2/11, much higher than average.

Last year, "The Voice" scored a 19.4 rating/33 share after the Super Bowl in metered markets, which include 56  cities.

The lower ratings for "Elementary" came despite the highest metered-market ratings ever for a Super Bowl. Sunday's game had a metered-market rating/share of 48.1/71.

More complete numbers were expected later Monday.

Networks traditionally use the time after the Super Bowl to promote shows for which they have high hopes. Last year, after NBC used the post-Super Bowl slot to launch the second season of "The Voice," it went on to challenge "American Idol" to be the top-rated non-sports show of the 2011-12 season.

In a testament to football's vast popularity, NBC's "Sunday Night Football" was the top-rated show overall in 2011-12, as it is so far this season.

Super Bowl Highest-Rated Ever in Metered Markets

The Super Bowl was the highest-rated ever in metered markets, scoring an overnight rating/share of 48.1/71, CBS announced Monday.

The markets refer to 56 major cities. Ratings were highest, unsurprisingly, in Baltimore, home to the winning Ravens, who beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31. They were second-highest in New Orleans, which hosted the game.

San Francisco didn't crack the top 10 in terms of cities where the game was highest rated.

The ratings exclude the period from 8:45-9:15 ET, when a power outage delayed the game.

The metered market ratings topped those of the previous metered-markets leader, the Pittsburgh Steelers-Green Bay Packers game that scored a 47.9/71 in 2011.

It remains to be seen whether Sunday's game will prove to be the most-watched television show in U.S. history. The Super Bowl claimed that honor in 2010, and beat its own record in 2011 and again last year.

In another non-surprise, the game's rating/share peaked at 52.9/75 from 10:30 to 10:45 p.m., as the 49ers tried to finish a major rally after the outage by coming back to beat the Ravens.

Here are the 10 metered markets with the highest ratings for the game:

1.  Baltimore                                   59.6/83

2.  New Orleans                              57.1/77

3.  Washington, DC                        56.9/80

4.  Norfolk                                      55.8/76

5.  Dayton                                       54.6/72

 6.   Columbus, OH                           54.3/73

 7.   Indianapolis                               54.2/76

 8.   Richmond-Petersburg                53.7/74

 9.   Milwaukee                                 53.4/73

10.  Jacksonville                               53.3/70  

In preliminary fast national ratings -- which are subject to significant revision due to the nature of live sports, and the delay created by the power outage -- the Super Bowl posted a 36.1 rating/70 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and amassed 98.6 million total viewers. Combined with post-game coverage, which drew a 29.7/62 and 77 million total viewers, CBS averaged a 35.3/69 and 95.9 million total viewers, according to the preliminary numbers.

'Sherlock', 'Merlin', 'Fresh Meat' stars for new Channel 4 drama 'Dates'

Channel 4 has announced an all-star cast for new drama Dates.

The 9-part series - first announced in September - is from Skins creator Bryan Elsley and will focus on the complexities of modern relationships, with each episode focusing on a different date.

Sherlock's Andrew Scott and Merlin star Katie McGrath are among the actors to have signed up for the half-hour series.

Fresh Meat actor Greg McHugh, White Van Man's Will Mellor and Mrs Biggs star Sheridan Smith will also appear in Dates, which is currently filming in London.

Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line), Neil Maskell (Utopia), Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones), Gemma Chan (Secret Diary of A Call Girl), Montana Thompson (The Story of Tracey Beaker) and Sian Breckin (Tyrannosaur) make up the rest of the cast.

Dates - described as "surprising, awkward [and] sexy as hell" - will air on Channel 4 in summer 2013.

Ella Henderson: 'X Factor has more artistry now'

Ella Henderson has claimed that The X Factor is more about "artistry" now than it was before.

The singer - who placed sixth on the singing contest last year - argued that the fact you can play a guitar during your audition shows the show has grown.

"A lot of it has changed as well. You can go on there with an instrument," Henderson told BBC Newsbeat. "You can play and there's just a lot more artistry to the show and that's great."

She added: "We've got somebody like James Arthur, who won and he's an incredible talent.

"Everybody was so different this year and so diverse and I think it just shows the show is a credible show at the end of the day and that people have come off it who really do take music seriously."

Henderson recently signed a record deal with Simon Cowell's Syco record label and will work with Emeli Sandé on a song for her debut album later this year.

TV Tonight 5th of February 2013

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

America's Supernanny S02E05: "The Wilson-Speer Family"
American Experience S24E13: "Andrew Carnegie"
Anderson Live S02E100
Antiques Road Trip S06E22: "Series 6, Episode 22"
Brain Hospital: Saving Lives S01E02: "Episode 2"
Chelsea Lately S07E18
Come Dine With Me S20E104: "Series 20, Episode 82"
Conan S03E41: "Jennifer Lawrence, Nick Kroll, Randy Houser"
Cougar Town S04E05: "Runnin Down a Dream"
Cracked S01E05: "No Traveler Returns"
Dance Moms S03E06: "Boys Are Cuties, Girls Have Cooties"
Dancing On The Edge S01E02: "Episode 2"
Daybreak S03E105: "February 5, 2013"
Days of our Lives S48E60: "Ep. #12016"
De Gouden Eeuw S01E09: "De prijs van de kunst"
Deal Or No Deal (UK) S08E152: "Episode 2145"
Death In Paradise S02E05: "Series 2, Episode 5"
Doctors S14E184: "Face to Face"
Dual Survival S03E06: "TBA"
EastEnders S29E22: "February 5, 2013"
Emily Owens, M.D. S01E13: "Emily and... the Leap"
Emmerdale S42E30: "February 5, 2013"
Face Off S04E04: "Eye Candy"
Face the Clock S01E22: "Episode 22"
Four In A Bed S04E22: "Series 4, Episode 22"
General Hospital (US) S50E211: "#12739"
Got to Dance S04E31: "Series 4, Episode 31"
Gran Hotel S03E03: "El Secreto"
Great British Menu S08E07: "Series 8, Episode 7"
Great British Railway Journeys S04E22
Hart Of Dixie S02E14: "Take Me Home, Country Roads"
Het Spiegelpaleis S01E21: "Season 1, Episode 21"
Holby City S15E17: "Spence's Choice, Part One"
Hollyoaks S19E25: "February 5, 2013"
Home and Away (AU) S26E12: "Episode 5672"
Hotel cæsar S29E118: "Season 29, Episode 118"
House Hunters S51E26: "A Young Family Moves from L.A. to Lincoln, Nebraska"
House Hunters International S35E18: "Brave New World in Brussels, Belgium"
I Hate My Bath S03E09: "TBA"
Jimmy Kimmel Live S11E22: "Bradley Cooper, Kate Mara, Emeli Sande"
Judge Judy S17E129: "TBA"
Judge Judy S17E130: "TBA"
Justified S04E05: "Kin"
Last Call with Carson Daly S10E106
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon S04E20
Late Show with David Letterman S20E79
Level Up S02E10: "A Little Help Please"
Loose Women S17E95: "Series 17, Show 95"
MasterChef: The Professionals (AU) S01E09: "Episode 9"
My Kitchen Rules S04E05: "Season 4, Episode 5"
Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden S01E44
Natural World S32E08: "Kangaroo Dundee - Part Two"
NCIS S10E14: "Canary"
NCIS: Los Angeles S04E14: "Kill House"
Neighbours S29E22: "Episode 6572"
New Girl S02E16: "Table 34"
Packed To The Rafters S05E12: "Life's Surprises"
Pioneers of Television S03E04: "Miniseries"
Pointless S08E25: "Series 8, Episode 25"
Pramface S02E05: "If You Cry, I'll Cry"
Pretty Little Liars S03E18: "Dead to Me"
Primeval: New World S01E11: "The Inquisition"
Raising Hope S03E16: "Yo Zappa Do (2)"
Raising Hope S03E17: "Sex, Clown and Videotape"
Real Husbands of Hollywood S01E04: "Karma's a Mitch"
River City S11E20: "Episode 818"
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Second Generation Wayans S01E04: "High Anxiety"
Smash S02E02: "The Fallout"
Smash S02E01: "On Broadway"
Snooki and JWoww S02E05: "TBA"
Storage Wars: Texas S02E39: "Darth Victor"
Storage Wars: Texas S02E38: "Mayor of Money Town"
Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents S03E05: "Zante (2)"
Supersize vs Superskinny S06E05: "Victoria Madden / Hannah Pidgley"
The Bad Girls Club S10E04: "TBA"
The Block S06E02: "Season 6, Episode 2"
The Bold and the Beautiful S26E219: "Ep. #6503"
The Burn S02E05: "Season 2, Episode 5"
The Chase (2009) S06E65: "Series 6, Episode 65"
The Chew S02E105: "Episode 343"
The Colbert Report S09E18: "Julie Andrews"
The Daily Show S18E56: "Ray Kelly"
The Ellen DeGeneres Show S10E97: "Jessica Chastain, Tim McGraw"
The Face S01E00: "The Fight to Make The Final 12"
The Jeremy Kyle Show (UK) S08E100: "February 5, 2013"
The Joe Schmo Show S03E06: "TBA"
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson S09E17: "Amanda Peet, Paul Williams"
The Looney Tunes Show (2011) S02E13: "Daffy Duck Esquire"
The Lying Game S02E05: "Much Ado About Everything"
The Millionaire Matchmaker S06E05: "Alpha Females"
The Mindy Project S01E14: "Harry & Mindy"
The Project S05E26: "Season 5, Episode 26"
The Real Housewives of Vancouver S02E01: "TBA"
The Sarah Millican Television Programme S02E04: "Series 2, Episode 4"
The Sisterhood S01E06: "Thou Shalt Not Brawl at a Bar Mitzvah"
The Talk S03E99: "Margaret Cho, Gretchen Rubin"
The Taste S01E03: "Comfort Food"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno S21E35
The Ultimate Fighter S17E03: "Season 17, Episode 3"
The Undateables S02E05: "Series 2, Episode 5"
The View S16E98: "Jenna Miscavige Hill, Jewel"
The Young and the Restless S40E220: "Ep. #10089"
Thuis S18E117: "Season 18, Episode 117"
Tipping Point S02E25: "Series 2, Episode 25"
Top Gear (US) S03E08: "America's Toughest Car"
Tosh.0 S05E01: "Season 5, Episode 1"
Total Blackout (US) S02E07: "TBA"
United States of Bacon S01E07: "TBA"
Utopia S01E04: "Episode 4"
Vegas S01E14: "The Third Man"
Wanted Down Under S07E25: "Wanted Down Under Revisited 5"
Wereld draait door, De S08E92: "Season 8, Episode 92"
White Collar S04E13: "Empire City"
Wild Deep S01E05: "South America"
Wild Deep S01E06: "North America"
Wolven S01E09: "Season 1, Episode 9"
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