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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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Our Holiday Gift Guide: Presents for Every TV Fan On Your List

by Maggie Furlong, posted Dec 1st 2011 11:00AM
I'm hard to shop for -- I fully admit that -- but the one way to my heart is with anything TV-related. Now that it's officially December, it's time to start putting up holiday decorations and brainstorming the perfect presents for everyone on your list ... even the picky people.

I've pulled together the best of the best holiday presents inspired by TV, including full series box sets of fan-favorite shows, a paperweight worthy of geek must-have status, a few books (yes, books) written by TV funny ladies and more gotta-have gear from the hottest comedies and dramas. There's something for all ages, all price ranges and all TV lovers.

So put your kids down for a nap in their leather jackets (you'll see), curl up with Big Joe (you'll love) and settle in for this epic list of TV-themed gifting goodness. Happy shopping!

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'Sexiest Man Alive 2011': Which TV Stars Made the Cut?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 17th 2011 6:05AM
Bradley Cooper, People's 'Sexiest Man Alive 2011'Bradley Cooper's been celebrating being named as 'People' magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive 2011.' After saying his first thought on hearing the news was, "My mother is going to be so happy," the buff 'Hangover' star joked "I'm waiting for Dax Shepard to come out, and that it's an episode of 'Punk'd.'"

Cooper added: "I think it's really cool that a guy who doesn't look like a model can have this. ... I think I'm a decent-looking guy. Sometimes I can look great, and other times I look horrifying."

So which TV stars have been deemed hot enough to join Cooper on the list? Well, there are some conventional hotties like 'Luther' star Idris Elba, 'Community's Joel McHale and 'Game of Thrones' glowering Horse Lord Jason Momoa, but there are also a few guys who are, well, perhaps less obviously hot in the conventional sense.

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Kelsey Grammer Returning to '30 Rock,' Megan Mullally Books 'Up All Night' & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 14th 2011 7:30PM
Kelsey Grammer 30 RockThe Best Friends Gang is getting back together on '30 Rock.'

According to TV Guide, 'Boss' star Kelsey Grammer will return to '30 Rock' and reunite with Kenneth and Jenna for a scam. Grammer previously guest starred as himself in the Season 5 episode 'Reaganing.' In the Season 5 episode, the trio scammed Carvel.

The Season 6 episode will feature a bigger scam, Grammer told TV Guide. Look for the former 'Frasier' star to pants Pete (Scott Adsit).

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NBC Announces 2012 Midseason Schedule

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 14th 2011 6:21PM
NBC Midseason ScheduleNBC is doing a big midseason shuffle, putting '30 Rock' in the 'Community' timeslot, a move that could spell the end for the quirky cult-hit comedy. What else is changing? Well, quite a bit.

'30 Rock' returns to the Peacock on Thurs., Jan. 12 at 8PM ET, knocking 'Community' off NBC's schedule completely. New drama 'The Firm' takes the Thursdays, 10PM ET slot now held by 'Prime Suspect' and 'Whitney' swaps time slots with 'Up All Night.'

'Smash' hits NBC on Mon., Feb. 6 at 10PM ET, moving 'Rock Center' to Wednesdays at 9PM ET. However, those aren't the only changes. Check out the full schedule below for all the details.

NBC made no mention of 'Community,' 'Prime Suspect,' 'Awake,' 'Bent,' Betty White's 'Off Their Rockers' or 'BFFs' in their announcement. Per Vulture: NBC says 'Community' will return to the schedule, but no date has been given.

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Mary Steenburgen to Visit '30 Rock,' Elisabeth Moss Eyeing BBC Miniseries Lead and More Casting News

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 3rd 2011 9:15AM
Mary SteenburgenWe're still not sure when NBC's '30 Rock' will return to our screens (fingers crossed for early midseason), but when it comes back, expect an extra injection of hilarity from Mary Steenburgen.

According to EW, Steenburgen will guest-star as Charlotte, the "highly spirited and attractive" mother of Elizabeth Banks' character, Avery.

In her multi-episode arc, expect to see WASP-ish Charlotte going head to head with Jack (Alec Baldwin).

Hit the jump for more casting news.

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Tina Fey Covered in Paint Filming '30 Rock' in New York

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 30th 2011 1:00PM
It looks like '30 Rock' may be taking a page from 'Community''s paintball episodes.

Tina Fey was spotted in New York City Friday shooting a '30 Rock' scene that had Liz Lemon covered in red paint after getting doused by PETA for wearing a white fur coat.

'30 Rock' started production on Season 6 two weeks ago, but still doesn't have a set premiere date.

Check out a larger photo of Fey drenched in paint after the jump.

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'30 Rock' Season 6: Check Out James Marsden & Denise Richards on Set (PHOTOS)

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 18th 2011 4:30PM
Tina Fey, 30 Rock Season 6Liz Lemon is back, nerds! While no premiere date has been set, '30 Rock' is back in production.

The cast and crew have been hard at work on Season 6 for a few weeks and they recently hit the streets to film on location.

From the looks of the photos, guest star Denise Richards will be paired with Tracy Morgan's character, Tracy Jordan.

Another guest actor, 'X-Men' star James Marsden, was also on set that day. No word on who he'll be playing, but it could be a new love interest for Tina Fey's character.

Plus, it looks like the fictional sketch show 'TGS' has angered gay fans.

Check out the set photos below

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'30 Rock' Taps James Marsden, Denise Richards for Guest Roles, Lizzy Caplan Joins 'New Girl' & More TV Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 5th 2011 6:40PM
James Marsden, Denise Richards 30 RockDenise Richards is heading to '30 Rock.' According to E! Online, the actress will appear in the upcoming sixth season.

"So excited!! I'm going to be doing an episode of #30Rock! one of my favorite shows!!!!!" she tweeted.

James Marsden has also booked a '30 Rock' role. EW reports his role could be recurring, but NBC isn't revealing details. Could he be Liz Lemon's new lover?

Richards and Marsden join previously announced recurring guest star Will Arnett on the upcoming season of '30 Rock.' No premiere date has been given, but best guess is it'll show up on NBC sometime in the winter.

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Will Arnett Returning to '30 Rock,' Bravo Says No NJ 'Housewives' Were Fired & More TV Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 4th 2011 3:35PM
Will ArnettWill Arnett is keeping very busy. In addition to starring on NBC's 'Up All Night' and the newly announced 'Arrested Development' revival, TVLine reports Arnett will return to '30 Rock.'

No date for Arnett's return to the series has been given, but '30 Rock' has just begun production on Season 6. It's currently slated for a midseason debut.

To date, Arnett has been nominated for three Emmys for his role as Jack's (Alec Baldwin) nemesis Devin Banks.

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Alec Baldwin Talks About His Axed Emmys Sketch & Schweddy Balls Ice Cream (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 19th 2011 3:55PM
Alec Baldwin wasn't at the Emmys on Sunday night, but he still managed to occupy some of the spotlight. Word leaked out before the ceremony that the '30 Rock' actor had originally been slated to be in the Emmys opening montage, but dropped out of the sketch when Fox execs nixed a News Corp. joke about the phone hacking scandal. Baldwin went on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) to talk about that, and the new Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls Flavor, inspired by an 'SNL' sketch he starred in as Pete Schweddy.

On the Emmys sketch, Baldwin said he thought News Corp. might have some sense of humor about the scandal, but when they didn't, he simply asked that his bit be removed from the sketch. His part was replaced by Leonard Nimoy, and Baldwin was perfectly cool with that.

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Blythe Danner Joins 'Up All Night,' Snoop Dogg Sitcom in the Works & More TV Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 16th 2011 4:30PM
Blythe DannerBlythe Danner is staying 'Up All Night' with Christina Applegate.

According to Deadline, Danner will play Applegate's mother on the NBC comedy about new parents.

Danner is no stranger to playing mom to an NBC star. The Emmy winner recurred on 'Will & Grace' as Will's (Eric McCormack) mother.

'Up All Night' debuted to strong ratings, grabbing 3.7 million in the coveted 18-49 demographic and a total of 10.9 million viewers.

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Tina Fey: We're Going to Keep Talking to Alec Baldwin About More '30 Rock'

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 26th 2011 3:30PM
30 RockTina Fey hasn't written off Season 6 as being the last for Alec Baldwin on '30 Rock.'

There's been a ton of speculation about Baldwin's moves after his contract expires, but Fey, the creator and star of the series whose contract is also up, indicated they haven't given up on keeping him around.

"You know, we're going to keep talking to him," Fey told Deadline. "I think he's a person who talks sometimes and changes his mind, like any person. But we are going to keep talking to him, and as soon as I know, I will let you know."

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Dot-Marie Jones Will Roshambo for the Emmy (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 23rd 2011 4:30PM
Dot-Marie Jones on her 'Glee' Emmy nomination on 'Good Day LA'Dot-Marie Jones's Coach Beiste is perhaps the only person in the 'Glee' universe who could go toe-to-toe with Jane Lynch's Sue Sylvester. For that fortitude and charisma, she was rewarded with an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress.

Tuesday, 'Good Day LA' (weekdays, 9AM PT on FOX) anchor Tony McEwing got a glimpse of how intimidating Jones can be when he mispronounced her character's name (it's pronounced like "beast," but McEwing said "beasty").

McEwing immediately apologized, and asked her to be gentle. "I'm always gentle," she said, "for a minute." He also noticed she had a broken foot. "I broke a bone because somebody wasn't gentle, Tony," said Jones.

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What Jobs Do Emmy Nominated TV Characters Hold? (Infographic)

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 22nd 2011 10:45AM
We often joke that 95% of the characters we see on TV are either doctors, lawyers or cops. But among characters nominated for Emmys this year, the occupational breakdown is considerably more diverse.

Led by Don Draper, 12.6% of nominated characters are businessmen. 10.3% are stay-at-home moms or dads, 8% are lawyers, and 6.9% are teachers. The biggest group in the graphic falls into the 'Other' category, which includes Matt Damon's '30 Rock' character Carol, who's a pilot, and Dexter Morgan, a forensic scientist/serial killer of evil people.

Check out the infographic, courtesy of the official Emmys site, after the jump for the full breakdown.

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