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First Look: HBO's 'Veep' With Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Judd Apatow's 'Girls' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 12th 2011 10:45AM
VeepAlong with the preview of 'Luck' -- check out Maureen Ryan's thoughts on that here -- HBO unleashed two very different, yet still amusing, previews for its two new comedies, 'Veep' and 'Girls.'

In 'Veep' (premiering April 2012), Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars as the vice president of the United States. As if we should be so lucky. From the ultra short, yet intriguing promo below, it's safe to say we're in for some laughs.

'Girls' comes from 'Tiny Furniture' writer/star Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow. HBO describes the show as a "comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s." Dunham's 'Tiny Furniture' co-star Jemima Kirke, 'NBC Nightly News' anchor Brian Williams' daughter Allison Williams, stage actor Adam Driver and 'Mad Men's' Zosia Mamet also star. 'Girls' also has an April 2012 premiere date.

Check out both previews below.

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'Storage Wars' Renewed for Season 2, 'Intervention' Gets a Spinoff and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 7th 2011 2:30PM
Storage WarsGood news for fans of bargain hunting -- A&E has renewed 'Storage Wars' for a second season. According to Deadline, production has already begun on the 20-episode season 2.

'Storage Wars,' which averages 2.3 million viewers each week, follows four men who bid on defaulted storage lockers, hoping to find a treasure trove inside.

"'Storage Wars' has garnered critical acclaim and has risen above the competition," said Bob DeBitetto, president and GM of A&E. "Premium storytelling and amazing characters have set our show apart."

In other TV news ...

HBO has officially picked up 'Girls,' the comedy from 'Tiny Furniture' writer/director/star Lena Dunham. The show follows twentysomething women in New York City, and will begin shooting in the spring. [Entertainment Weekly]

ABC's winter edition of 'Wipeout' performed well last night. The show earned a 3.7 rating/11 share in adults 18-49, with 11.6 million viewers tuning in to the season premiere. [Variety]

A&E greenlit a spinoff series to its popular 'Intervention.' 'Relapse' will follow ex-addict "sober coaches" dedicated to helping patients who have already gone through treatment to stay on the wagon. [EW]

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Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson Get 'Saturday Night Live' Hosting Gigs, Trump Signs New NBC Deal and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 28th 2010 12:20PM
Anne HathawayAnne Hathaway and Scarlett Johansson are heading to NBC's studio 8H this November.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Johansson will host 'Saturday Night Live' with musical guest Arcade Fire on Nov. 13. Hathaway will host 'SNL' with musical guest Florence and the Machines on Nov. 20.

This will be Johansson's third hosting gig and Hathaway's second.

In other TV news ...

Donald Trump isn't going anywhere. The mogul has signed a deal with NBC that will see his Trump Productions create scripted, reality, syndicated and animated content for NBC Universal. [Deadline Hollywood]

VH1 has ordered a new reality show about Sunset Strip restaurant Saddle Ranch Chop. The series will follow the restaurant's waitstaff as they try and make it in Hollywood. The network has ordered eight-10 episodes of the series. [Hollywood Reporter]

Kid Rock thinks 'American Idol' is the "stupidest thing" Steven Tyler has ever done. Kid Rock said Tyler threw out all his rocker cred by going on 'Idol.' [Entertainment Weekly]

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