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Sneak Peek at the New 'Doctor Who' Console Game (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 9th 2011 7:00AM
Time for 'Doctor Who' fans to flex those thumbs: A new 'Doctor Who' console game is on the way. 'Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock' is due to be released early next year, and will be the first of a new series of HD 'Doctor Who' console games for digital download platforms.

In a statement, Robert Nashak, EVP of Digital Entertainment at BBC Worldwide said: "We're creating these new games for Playstation 3 and Vita with adaptations that will bring the wonder, adventure and madness of 'Doctor Who' to each platform."

The news of the launch comes as iTunes released its Top-Selling List for 2011, which reveals that 'Doctor Who' was the top-selling television series of the year.

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Uma Thurman Joins 'Smash'

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 8th 2011 7:15PM
Uma Thurman'Smash' has booked film star Uma Thurman for a multi-episode guest arc.

The midseason drama -- about the creation of a Broadway musical based on Marilyn Monroe's life -- has cast Thurman as a "famous and somewhat difficult movie star" who flirts with the idea of starring in the theater production. EW reports Thurman will appear in five episodes of the much-anticipated NBC series.

Thurman is best known for starring in Quentin Tarantino's big screen projects like the 'Kill Bill' franchise and 'Pulp Fiction,' which scored her an Oscar nomination, but she's not altogether new to TV. Her last small-screen cameo was in the 2008 TV movie 'A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa' and, before that, she won a Golden Globe for her work in 2002's 'Hysterical Blindness.'

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Ed Asner Reprising Original 'Hawaii Five-0' Role, 'Glee' Casting Rachel's Dads and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 8th 2011 6:30PM
Ed Asner Hawaii Five-0Ed Asner will reprise the 'Hawaii Five-0' role he first played more than 30 years ago.

According to CBS, the 'Mary Tyler Moore Show' veteran will once again play August March in an early 2012 episode. Asner first played the role in the 1975 episode of the original 'Hawaii Five-0' titled 'Wooden Model of a Rat.'

"It is thrilling to, for the first time, merge the original 'Hawaii Five-0' and our new show by having the classic, versatile and award-winning actor Ed Asner reprise his role of August March, a character Mr. Asner first played 36 years ago. There is no better way to form a bridge between our reboot and the original series," Peter Lenkov, 'Hawaii Five-0' executive producer, said in a statement.

For the first time, footage from the original series featuring Asner will be used. The archive footage will show his character in his smuggler days. When Asner's character appears in the new series, he'll be a reformed man after serving 30 years in prison for murder. The Five-0 team approach him for help on a smuggling case.

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Michelle Duggar Miscarries 20th Child

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 8th 2011 5:11PM
Michelle Duggar MiscarriageMichelle Duggar, the matriarch of the popular Duggar brood featured on TLC's '19 Kids and Counting,' has miscarried. According to People, Duggar recently had a routine check-up and the doctor could not find her 20th child's heartbeat.

The 45-year-old reality star was in her second trimester.

"After the appointment, we came back home and told the children," Duggar told People. "We had just been talking about baby names last night and they were getting excited about naming a boy or a girl. It has been a real sad disappointment."

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Taissa Farmiga Dishes on Shocking 'American Horror Story' Death

by Crystal Bell, posted Dec 8th 2011 4:00PM
american horror story finale Fans of 'American Horror Story' have been questioning for weeks now whether or not Violet (Taissa Farmiga) is dead or alive, but it looks like the suspense is over because last night's episode revealed the truth: Violet is dead. In fact, she actually died weeks ago after a pill overdose.

"I totally called it," Farmiga told ETonline. "After the 'Piggy Piggy' episode when she overdosed on the pills, there were a couple of hints. Like, she hadn't been to school in two weeks. I was like, 'Just wait a second ... is she dead?'"

While she can't say much about the "shocking" series finale (Wed., Dec. 21, 10PM ET), Farmiga promises "a lot of answers." And could the Harmon family possibly get a happy ending? "I don't think it will be a completely happy ending, but there will be a little bit of sunshine."

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ABC Puts 'Man Up' Down

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 8th 2011 3:30PM
Man UpThis looks like the end for 'Man Up': ABC has pulled the comedy from its schedule.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the struggling freshman series will be replaced by reruns of Tim Allen's new sitcom 'Last Man Standing.'

Since its debut to 7.7 million viewers and a 2.4 rating in October, 'Man Up's' viewership has dipped as low as 4.8 million and a 1.6 rating. Production on the show's 10th episode has wrapped and THR reports the network could air the produced episodes this summer.

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Mindy Kaling Voicing and Writing New Animated Series, 'Secret Circle' Promotes Hunk and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 8th 2011 12:30PM
Mindy KalingMindy Kaling, one of the only reasons to watch 'The Office' this season, is at work on a new animated series with 'The Office' and 'King of the Hill' executive producer Greg Daniels.

According to Deadline, she'll write, executive produce and voice a character on the series about a girls high school volleyball team.

'Parks and Recreation' producer Alan Yang is also working on a new animated project with Daniels. Yang's series is about a group of Los Angeles twentysomething guys who share a house in Hancock Park.

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Marg Helgenberger's Teary Goodbye to 'CSI'

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 8th 2011 10:20AM
Marg Helgenberger's Teary GoodbyeIt's been 12 years of blood, small fibers and gun powder residue for Marg Helgenberger on 'CSI,' but the time has come for her to say goodbye.

"It's been a fifth of my life, and it's been quite a ride," Helgenberger said in a new 'Entertainment Tonight' video. "How can I leave this? ... It's so much more than a job and that's why it has such an impact on me."

Helgenberger has played Catherine Williows on the CBS series since the series premiered in 2000. She's seen cast members leave only to return -- Jorja Fox -- and welcomed several new castmates, most recently Ted Danson. The cast is optimistic Helgenberger hasn't swabbed her last mouth.

"Every other day I'd make some joke about her staying," Danson said. "I totally get it. Eleven and a half years is a long time and part of you must want to strut your stuff elsewhere."

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Ryan Seacrest to Replace Matt Lauer on 'Today'?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 8th 2011 7:15AM
Ryan SeacrestIt's been reported that Ryan Seacrest is in talks to replace 'Today' anchor Matt Lauer if he steps down from the NBC morning show next year. 'The Wall Street Journal' first reported that Seacrest met network executives for preliminary talks earlier this week to discuss him joining the show.

That report has since been confirmed by 'The Hollywood Reporter,' which spoke to multiple sources who said that the meeting did indeed take place, but that it was part of ongoing discussions with Seacrest.

Executives who reportedly attended the meeting included 'Today' executive producer Jim Bell, NBC News President Steve Capus and senior vice president for marketing and communications Lauren Kapp.

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'MythBusters' Apologize for Cannonball Accident

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 8th 2011 5:45AM
'Mythbusters' cannonball accidentYesterday came news that the 'MythBusters' team had accidentally fired a 30-lbs cannonball through a house. Although on the face of it, it seemed like a pretty funny story, more details have since emerged that show how lucky local residents were to escape injury.

According to 'The San Francisco Chronicle,'
the cannonball travelled straight through the Shetty family's house, exiting through the exterior wall of the master bedroom as mom Seema was napping in the room with her two year-old son. After traveling a total of 3,300 feet, the cannonball eventually came to rest in Satwinder Gill's minivan. She told ABC-7 News that "my husband and son were in the car five minutes before it happened."

'MythBusters' hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage -- who were not present when the accident happened -- travelled to Dublin, California to meet with the families affected by the accident and to apologize. Savage told 'The San Francisco Chronicle,' "It's a wake-up call. Honestly, the feeling of embarrassment is not something we're indulging in right now. We feel for the families and the people affected by this."

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Did a Surprise Revelation Change the Winner of 'America's Next Top Model'? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 8th 2011 12:30AM
Tyra Banks, 'America's Next Top Model'There was a surprise waiting toward the end of this season finale of 'America's Next Top Model' (Wed., 9PM ET on The CW). Going into the finale, it was a three-way competition between Lisa D'Amato, Allison Harvard and Angelea Preston.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

After watching their final shoots, Tyra Banks made her announcement. "It turns out that after shooting was wrapped, our production team and the network learned information from Angelea that disqualifies her from the competition," she said.

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J.J. Abrams, 'One Tree Hill' Creator Team for New CW Project and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 7th 2011 4:30PM
J.J. Abrams The CWEverybody wants a piece of J.J. Abrams. The in-demand producer is teaming up with 'One Tree Hill' creator Mark Schwahn for a new drama project based around a hotel.

According to Deadline, the project is one of the highest-profile projects at the network. Schwahn will pen 'Maine' (tentatively title) with both men executive producing the project. 'Maine,' described as a character-based drama, will follow the staff of a hotel and its guests.

This is a homecoming of sorts for Abrams. He started his TV career on The WB with 'Felicity.'

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Canada Says 'I Do' to 'Four Weddings'

by Denette Wilford, posted Dec 7th 2011 4:00PM


People can't get enough of wedding shows, whether it shows a couple falling in love ('A Wedding Story'), nightmare brides from hell ('Bridezillas'), how a bride chose her wedding gown ('Say Yes to the Dress'), or how an overweight bride chose her wedding gown ('Bulging Brides').

'Four Weddings' is, at times, exactly like these sister shows, and at other times in a world of its own. We'll probably be seeing other variations on this when it comes to Canada in early 2012. Yep, you read that right!

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Neve Campbell Books Amish Crime Drama on Lifetime

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 7th 2011 1:50PM
Neve Campbell Sworn to SilenceNeve Campbell is getting a badge and a gun. The 'Party of Five' veteran will star in a new Lifetime TV movie, 'Sworn to Silence,' a crime drama set in Amish country.

According to Deadline, the project is based on the book of the same name by Linda Castillo. The movie will follow Kate Burkholder (Campbell), who escaped some brutal murders in her Ohio Amish farm community as a young girl. Shortly after she returns home to be the police chief of the small town, Kate's life starts to unravel when a murder investigation awakens long-repressed emotions that could expose a dark secret.

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Harry Morgan, 'M*A*S*H' Star, Dies at 96

by Crystal Bell, posted Dec 7th 2011 12:40PM
Harry Morgan DiesHarry Morgan, best known for playing Colonel Sherman T. Potter on the long-standing army dramedy 'M*A*S*H,' died at his home in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning, according to TheWrap. He was 96.

Morgan played Col. Potter for eight years, until 'M*A*S*H's' final episode on Feb. 28, 1983. The series finale was the most watched television episode in US television history at the time, with a record-breaking 125 million viewers.
A decorated TV actor, Morgan also appeared in other iconic roles, like Detective Bill Gannon on 'Dragnet.'

"Harry had a thousand stories. That of course comes from appearing in over 100 movies, and probably 10,000 television programs," M*A*S*H executive producer Ken Levine wrote, paying tribute to Morgan on his blog on Wednesday. "Harry was very much like Colonel Potter. He raised horses, and in fact, in the final episode when he says goodbye to Sophie, that really was one of Harry's horses. The picture on Potter's desk was of Harry's real wife, Eileen. And the only difference in personalities between Harry and Sherman is that Harry held his liquor better."

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