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'MythBusters' Sends Cannonball Through Home -- By Mistake!

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 7th 2011 11:15AM
Mythbusters CannonballThe producers of 'Mythbusters' apparently never learned not to play ball near the house. When testing out a stunt in Dublin, California, a cannonball struck a home, leaving holes in the walls after "a few unfortunate bounces," as the local sheriff's department spokesman explained.

According to MSNBC, a projectile from an Alameda County firing range missed its target and hit a home, going through one wall and exiting through another.

There were no injuries and no word on what exactly the 'MythBusters' experiment included.

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Alec Baldwin Removed From American Airlines Flight

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 7th 2011 6:30AM
Alec Baldwin entered into an online tirade against American Airlines last night after he was removed from a flight at LAX airport. The actor was reportedly playing 'Words With Friends' on his cell phone when he was asked to turn it off.

According to TMZ
flight attendants asked him to shut off his cell phone in the middle of a game after the cabin door closed, but while the plane was still at the gate.

A police source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told 'The Los Angeles Times' that Baldwin was escorted off an American Airlines flight. The source said police were not involved in the incident, which he said was between the airline and the actor.

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'The Biggest Loser': Who Are the Final Three?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 7th 2011 4:45AM
'The Biggest Loser' marathonLast night's 'The Biggest Loser' had a twist in its tail. As promoted all season, all of the eliminated contestants returned to face off against the Final Four in a marathon. The winner of this race automatically earned a spot in the Finals, no matter when they were sent home.

Not only did they have to run a marathon ... this time it was in the desert. But at least there were cash prizes on offer for the first five finishers to help assuage the post-marathon agony. So who came out on top and made it to the Finals? And what twist did the producers have in store for the Final Four? !!SPOILER ALERT!!

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'Smash' Heading to Broadway?

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 6th 2011 7:30PM
Smash Heading to Broadway?Could NBC's 'Smash,' a new series about the creation of a Marilyn Monroe musical, make the transition to a real Broadway show?

"It could," Marc Shaiman, composer and co-lyricist, told Broadway.com. "It would need reshaping, because what we're writing for the TV show is very specific to each episode; it's always shadowing or mirroring what's happening to the characters."

'Smash' features original songs and covers throughout each episode -- the first episode has Katharine McPhee belting out a rendition of Christina Aguilera's 'Beautiful' -- as the characters develop a Broadway musical based on the life of film icon Marilyn Monroe. Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston and Megan Hilty also star in the midseason drama.

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Carrie Fisher Books Modern Day 'Christmas Carol' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 6th 2011 5:30PM
Carrie Fisher Hallmark MovieCarrie Fisher, Carson Kressley and Emmanuelle Vaugier will star in Hallmark Channel's 'Caroling,' a new take on the Charles Dickens classic, 'A Christmas Carol.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the movie will air during the holiday season of 2012. The movie follows Vaugier's character, Carol Huffman, a successful Chicago book publisher.

In the flick, the ruthless businesswoman's colleague, played by Kressley, organizes a secret revolt against her. Fisher will play the deceased founder of the publishing house who takes Carol on a journey through the past, present and future.

Olivia Cheng and Tygh Runyan also star.

In other casting news ...

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'Glee' Planning Michael Jackson Tribute Episode

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 6th 2011 5:00PM
Glee Michael JacksonAfter taking on Michael Jackson's hits 'Thriller' and 'Pretty Young Thing,' 'Glee' will do an entire episode dedicated to the late singer.

According to TV Guide Magazine, the special Michael Jackson tribute show will air in January and have 10-12 songs. The cast is reportedly flooding series co-creator Ryan Murphy with song requests.

New Directions is singing a Jackson family medley in 'Hold on to Sixteen,' the Dec. 6 episode. The glee club is singing Janet Jackson's 'Control,' the Jackson 5's 'ABC' and Michael Jackson's 'Man in the Mirror' during their Sectionals performance.

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Republicans Hate 'Jersey Shore,' Love 'The Bachelor'

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 6th 2011 2:30PM
Democrat, Republican TV StudySnooki's poof apparently doesn't work its magic on Republicans.

A new study by Experian-Simmons found conservative-leaning viewers tend to favor reality programming like 'Dancing With the Stars,' 'The Bachelor,' 'The Biggest Loser,' 'MythBusters,' but one exception to that trend was 'Jersey Shore.' Also among GOP favorites is the History Channel's block of programming: 'Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy,' 'American Pickers,' and 'Swamp People.'

Two other popular liberal shows, 'Glee' and 'Modern Family,' topped the conservative list last year, but are no longer two of the favorite shows among Republican viewers, according to EW. They did, however, still rank high with those on the more liberal end of the political spectrum.

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Larry King's 'Dinner' Reveal: Freeze Me When I Die

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 6th 2011 11:15AM
Larry KingLarry King may not be afraid to ask the questions everyone wants to know, but there is one thing that scares him.

The 77-year-old newsman told a unique group of celebrities about his fears and posthumous desires during 'Dinner With the Kings,' a CNN special that aired on Sun., Dec. 4.

"Oh I fear death," King told his guests, including Conan O'Brien, Tyra Banks, Shaquille O'Neal, Seth MacFarlane, Jack Dorsey, Quincy Jones and Russell Brand. "My biggest fear is death, because I don't think I'm going anywhere."

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EXCLUSIVE: Misha Collins on Castiel's 'Supernatural' Return

by Laura Prudom, posted Dec 5th 2011 11:35PM
Misha CollinsOn Monday afternoon, 'Supernatural' fans finally received word that many had been waiting for with bated breath: Misha Collins is set to return to the cult series for episode 717 and at least two more when the show comes back from winter hiatus.

The news was met with such enthusiasm that Collins' name became a worldwide Twitter trending topic soon after his guest spot was announced.

Reps for the show informed us that they couldn't give specific details about Collins' return or which other episodes the actor would be appearing in, so AOL TV went straight to the source. Though Collins admitted that he couldn't reveal much, he would offer one tantalizing hint about what fans can expect when he makes his much-anticipated return ...

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Castiel Returns to 'Supernatural': Your Angelic Prayers Were Heard

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 5th 2011 6:45PM
'Supernatural' fans, Castiel is coming back to the show for at least three episodes in 2012.

A spokesperson for Warner Bros., which makes the CW show, said that Misha Collins, who plays the fan-favorite character Castiel, will return in the current season's episode 17. Depending on how many breaks the show takes before it airs the seventeenth episode of season 7, Castiel could be back on our screens by February or March.

Castiel will also appear in two subsequent episodes, but the spokesperson did not say which episodes those would be.

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'True Blood' Hunk Romancing 'New Girl'?

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 5th 2011 6:00PM
New Girl Ryan Kwanten'True Blood' star Ryan Kwanten is sinking his teeth into a romantic role on Fox's hit comedy 'New Girl.'

According to E! Online, Kwanten will appear in the Valentine's Day episode. Warning, spoilers ahead.

It's the first Valentine's Day for newly single Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and she drags Schmidt (Max Greenfield) out to a bar to be her wingman. That's where Kwanten's character, Oliver, enters the picture.

The 'True Blood' star is just one of many familiar faces making a stop on one of this year's best new comedies.

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When 'Glee' Met Chewbacca: Scoop on the Wookie's Presence

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 5th 2011 4:45PM
Harry Shum Jr. GleeAfter the cast of 'Glee' tweeted a lot of lovable photos with our favorite Wookie, Chewbacca a few weeks ago, Gleeks were left wondering what Chewbacca was up to on set. So when AOL TV got Harry Shum Jr. on the phone last week, we had to ask for some scoop about his furry encounter with the 'Star Wars' star.

"It was incredibly awesome," Shum said. "It was a huge surprise."

Why was Chewie there? Warning, minor spoilers below.

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Showtime Renews 'Web Therapy'

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 5th 2011 4:05PM
Web Therapy Season 2Showtime is signing up for more 'Web Therapy' sessions. The cable network has picked up Lisa Kudrow's Internet series for a second season.

The online-turned-TV comedy's second season will consist of at least 10 half-hour episodes set to air in 2012.

"We are thrilled that Showtime will air more of the half-hour format of 'Web Therapy,' we really love this version of the show," Kudrow said in a statement. "Of course, we are over the moon that Meryl Streep will be in this coming season. She was effortlessly hilarious and it's a great story. We have Lily Tomlin back who is ALWAYS fantastically funny. Conan O'Brien is beyond, fantastic, he's a perfect improviser. We're honestly giddy over the people we have for this season."

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Raquel Welch, Bo Derek to Heat Up 'CSI: Miami' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 5th 2011 3:00PM
Raquel Welch, Bo Derek CSI MiamiRaquel Welch and Bo Derek will heat up 'CSI: Miami' this season.

According to TVLine, Welch will play mama to villain Diego Navarro. Look for Welch's episode to air in early 2012. This is Welch's first TV gig since 2008's 'Welcome to the Captain.'

Meanwhile, EW reports Derek will play the owner of a horse stable where a murder takes place. This is Derek's first series TV gig since 'Fashion House' in 2006.

In other casting news ...

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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Star Kim Richards Enters Rehab

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 5th 2011 1:55PM
Kim Richards Enters Rehab'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' star Kim Richards has once again entered rehab, according to ETOnline.

Kim, who has become known for her erratic behavior on the Bravo series, has reportedly entered an undisclosed treatment center.

Following the Season 1 finale in January, which featured an argument with her sister Kyle, Kim reportedly checked into rehab, but left a week later.

"You are a liar ... [and] you are an alcoholic! Yeah, that's right. I've said it now and everybody knows," Kyle Richards said in the Season 1 finale.

The two sisters had been at odds until filming began for Season 2. However, they seemed to unite when Brandi Glanville made references to Kim being intoxicated. Watch video of that incident below.

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