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News Roundup: Ed O'Neill Denies Dissing Jane Lynch, MTV's 'Inbetweeners' Cast and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 9th 2010 12:00PM
Ed O'Neill'Modern Family' patriarch Ed O'Neill said he was misquoted in a recent article that alleged he didn't think Jane Lynch deserved her Emmy for playing Sue Sylvester on the Fox hit 'Glee.'

A TV Guide Canada story earlier this week (which has since been retracted) quoted O'Neill as saying "I love Jane, honestly I do. I'm dying to star in one of Christopher Guest's movies alongside her, but I don't think she should have gotten the Emmy for that part. [Sue Sylvester] is just a one-note character."

However, the actor told Entertainment Weekly, "I never said those words and transcripts of the press conference attest to that fact. ... I absolutely never said, nor do I believe that Jane -- whom I think is an enormous talent -- was undeserving of the award."

In other TV news ...

As MTV's 'Skins' adaptation readies for its Jan. 17 premiere, the lineup of its 'Inbetweeners' remake is coming together. Joey Pollari, Bubba Lewis, Zack Pearlman and Mark L. Young will play the misfit high schoolers, while Taika Waititi will direct the pilot. [Deadline]

Actress Phyllis Frelich will stop by 'CSI' in a February episode. The Tony winner will play Grissom's mother, a professor at a school for the deaf. [EW]

Could Paul McCartney pay tribute to John Lennon on 'Saturday Night Live' this week? Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the former Beatle's death. [The Wrap]

Ashton Holmes will guest star on an upcoming episode of 'Lie to Me.' The 'Nikita' actor will play the creator of a popular social networking site. [Movieline]

A judge tentatively upheld a ruling against Disney for allegedly hiding revenue from 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.' The final decision will be made later this week, but the British company that brought the show to the states could receive $319 million if it is upheld. [Reuters]

Syfy decided yesterday to pick up its pilot 'Alphas' to series, but is trying to re-work 'Three Inches,' a similarly-themed show, so both can make it to air. "We found ourselves with 2 pilots that we loved," said Syfy original programming EVP Mark Stern. ""We loved the cast and the directing, and the writing was fantastic but it's very similar to 'Alphas.' Now we have to figure out a way so both shows can live on our air." [Deadline]

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