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Susan Lucci Rejects 'All My Children' Online Offer: Report

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 6th 2011 4:45PM
Susan LucciSusan Lucci is reportedly done with 'All My Children.' The only original cast member on the long-running soap has turned down an offer to move online with the series in 2012, according to Deadline.

The Deadline report says Prospect Park offered Lucci a very similar salary to what ABC was paying her, but the actress asked for more money, fewer hours and the ability to do a primetime series.

'One Life to Live' stars Erika Slezak, Michael Easton, Ted King and Kassie DePaiva will remain with the show when it heads online in 2012.

Deadline reports Prospect Park may focus its resources on 'One Life to Live,' which had higher Nielsen ratings than 'All My Children,' and push 'All My Children' to the back since Lucci will not continue with the soap opera. Both shows are scheduled to debut online in early 2012.

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Is It All Over for 'Desperate Housewives'?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 12th 2011 8:30AM
'Desperate Housewives'Is the end nigh for 'Desperate Housewives'? It's been reported that the upcoming eighth season may be the last for the residents of Wisteria Lane.

According to TV Guide, ABC execs and the show's producers could decide the fate of the veteran drama by early August. However, there is a chance they could wait and see how Season 8 performs before they decide.

A source close to the show said that, "It's all dependent on the ratings. It will be up against some stiff competition." Gulp.

Although last season 'Housewives' was the 24th most-watched prime-time show among broadcast networks, audience numbers were down by around 50 percent from its Season 1 glory days.

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Sarah Paulson, Peter MacNicol, Justin Gaston Join HBO's 'Game Change' and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 27th 2011 6:00PM
Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in 'Game Change'HBO has added three more actors to its movie chronicling the John McCain/Sarah Palin presidential run, 'Game Change.'

According to Deadline, Sarah Paulson will play McCain's "attractive" senior campaign adviser Nicolle Wallace, Peter MacNicol will play McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis, and Justin Gaston (a.k.a. Miley Cyrus' ex) will play Bristol Palin's babydaddy, Levi Johnston.

The first images of Julianne Moore as Palin surfaced this morning.

In other TV news ...

Nicollette Sheridan has at least one 'Desperate Housewives' producer on her side during her legal battle with show creator Marc Cherry. A big point in Cherry's defense against Sheridan's unlawful termination claim is that he decided in June 2008 that her character would get killed off, but staff writer Kirkland Baker said she didn't know Edie would be killed off until at least September. [THR]

Ving Rhames will has booked the lead in the Comedy Central pilot 'Black Jack.' The actor will play a recently de-commissioned special ops agent. [Deadline]

'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' is changing its name. The adult swim show will now be known as 'Aqua Unit Patrol Squad.' The show's 100th episode will air this Sunday night at midnight. [adult swim]

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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 12 to Premiere on March 21, Russell Brand to Host 'Saturday Night Live' and More TV news

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 1st 2011 5:40PM
Dancing With the StarsThose anxiously waiting for dancing celebrities rejoice -- 'Dancing With the Stars' will return Monday, March 21.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the cast of 'DWTS' season 12 will be revealed Feb. 28 during 'The Bachelor.'

Professional dancer and three-time 'Dancing With the Stars' champ Derek Hough will not return to the ABC series for season 12. Hough is filming a dance movie -- in 3D! -- and will return for season 13.

In other TV news ...

Russell Brand will host 'Saturday Night Live' on Feb. 12. Chris Brown will be the musical guest. [Hollywood Reporter]

Kathy Griffin will guest star on CBS's 'The Defenders.' Griffin will play a Las Vegas comic who is sued for insulting audience members that have been picked by her producers. Griffin will play a character named Sally, just like she did on 'Seinfeld.' The episode is titled 'Nevada vs. Greene,' but we can still hope for it to be her 'Seinfeld' character Sally Weaver. [TVLine]

Proactiv is the latest advertiser to leave MTV's 'Skins.' The acne medication maker is the ninth major sponsor to flee the controversial series. "We have officially requested that MTV revise our traffic schedule so that Proactiv spots cease airing during Skins," Kendra Elliott, vice president of media at Guthy-Renker, Proactiv's parent company, said. [Hollywood Reporter]

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Marc Cherry Preps 'Hallelujah,' ABC's Heidi Jones Arrested and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 15th 2010 1:20PM
Marc CherryCan Marc Cherry do for faith what he did for the suburban housewife? The 'Desperate Housewives' creator is at work on a new series, 'Hallelujah,' based on a small town that is being torn apart by the forces of good and evil.

According to Variety, things change in Hallelujah, Tenn. when a stranger comes to town and brings in peace, justice and faith.

Cherry has been with 'Desperate Housewives' since its launch in 2004 and is contracted until 2013, but the stars are only signed until the end of this season. The creator also has a two-year deal with ABC.

In other TV news ...

WABC weather anchor Heidi Jones was arrested for filing a false police report. The weather anchor, who regularly fills in on 'Good Morning America,' was charged with a Class A misdemeanor for filing a report that a man tried to rape her in Central Park. She faces up to a year in jail or a $1,000 fine. [NY Post]

The first 'American Idol' promo poster has been released. Those new judges certainly seem happy. [EW]

A&E has ordered pilots for two hour-long dramas. 'Big Mike,' from Happy Madison and Sony Pictures TV, follows a plus-sized detective with the San Diego Police Department. He's an ace detective with a crappy romantic life. The other project, 'Longmire,' is based on the 'Walt Longmire Mystery' novels by Craig Johnson, about a small-town sheriff. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Nicollette Sheridan's 'Housewives' Drama: Assault or 'Light Tap'?

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 16th 2010 9:45AM
Wondering what happened to that lawsuit 'Desperate Housewives' star -- er, former 'Desperate Housewives' star -- Nicolette Sheridan filed against ABC and 'DH' creator Marc Cherry? Well, it's still on, and Sheridan has just amended her claims.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sheridan's attorneys have added information to her $20 million suit, acknowledging that ABC investigated her complaints against what she calls Cherry's abusive behavior on the 'DH' set. In her original Apr. 5 lawsuit, Sheridan says Cherry hit her in what was part of a pattern of abusive behavior. Now, she says ABC investigated and dismissed her allegations, saying Cherry gave her a "light tap on the side of the head" as part of a scene rehearsal and instructing her to return to work "in the spirit of professionalism."

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How Much Longer Can ABC Keep 'Desperate Housewives' Cast From Bolting?

by Gary Susman, posted Apr 29th 2010 2:00PM
With the sixth season of 'Desperate Housewives' winding down, how much longer can the series stay on the air? Depends on the players and how long ABC can get them to stick around.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the network would like another two seasons. Creator Marc Cherry has spoken of a nine-season run. But the core cast - Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, and Eva Longoria Parker - are contracted for only one more season, and so far, says Deadline, there's been little negotiation between the network and the stars about an eighth season.

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Tom Bergeron: A Man's Guest Spot Is His 'Castle'

by Michael Maloney, posted Apr 9th 2010 9:07PM
'Dancing With the Stars' main man Tom Bergeron is playing Bobby Mann -- a late night talk show host who gets canceled permanently on the April 12 episode of 'Castle,' which airs on ABC immediately after the 'DWTS' two-hour performance show. It's up to series star Nathan Fillion and his TV detective partner, played by Stana Katic, to find out who killed Bobby.

AOL spoke with Bergeron, who weighed in on 'Castle,' the current -- and arguably most-talked about -- cast of 'Dancing With the Stars,' and how he handles those pesky TMZ.com interviews.

Read the interview after the jump.

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Is 'Desperate Housewives' Abusing Its Stars? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 7th 2010 1:05AM
Is 'Desperate Housewives' Abusing Its Stars?Just how desperate is 'Desperate Housewives' becoming? The show fired star Nicollete Sheridan after its fifth season, saving a reported $100,000 to $200,000 per episode by getting rid of the actress. But now, Sheridan is claiming that she was physically abused by Marc Cherry, the show's creator. Sheridan says Cherry "forcefully hit her with his hand across her face and head," and she now is suing for $20 million.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Nicollette Sheridan Sues 'Housewives' Creator Marc Cherry

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 6th 2010 11:03AM
nicolette_sheridan_edie_britt_abcPerhaps you've heard that 'Desperate Housewives' exile Nicollette Sheridan has filed a whopper of a lawsuit against ABC and Marc Cherry, the creator of the show. Her claim is that she was not only wrongfully terminated, but that Cherry struck her in September 2008 when she asked him about something in the script.

Officially, the suit covers even more than those two charges. There are seven in all: wrongful termination, assault and battery, gender violence, discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation and age, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Sheridan is seeking $20 million in compensation.

Violence against women -- or men for that matter -- is a serious charge, and it would be naive to think that this could not have happened. That said, it does seem like something right out of a 'Desperate Housewives' script. Would Marc Cherry have been so upset with Sheridan to strike her? Wouldn't it have been witnessed by other people on the set? Perhaps that will come out in the case.

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Nicollette Sheridan Sues Marc Cherry

by AOL TV Staff, posted Apr 6th 2010 8:00AM
Nicollette SheridanFormer 'Desperate Housewives' star Nicollette Sheridan has filed a $20 million lawsuit against show creator Marc Cherry, claiming that he physically assaulted her, then fired her after she complained.

According to TMZ, Sheridan is suing for assault and battery, gender violence and wrongful termination, and says that the incident took place on set in Sept. 2008.

Afterward, the suit claims that Cherry went to her trailer to "beg forgiveness."

For more on this story, visit PopEater.

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Who's Coming and Going on 'Desperate Housewives'?

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 6th 2010 9:55AM
desperate_housewives_cast_white_setMarc Cherry, the creator of 'Desperate Housewives,' would probably appreciate this reference. In the 1932 Oscar-winning movie 'Grand Hotel' -- which became a Tony-winning musical on Broadway -- one character, Dr. Otternschlag, who lives at the hotel and observes the action, comments wryly, "People come and go. Nothing ever happens." Of course, a zillion things happen; he's just unaware from his perch in the lobby.

Wisteria Lane is like that. From some neighbor's point of view, nothing happens. However, as viewers, we know better! And as for the people come and go, well, that's abundantly clear with the news this week.

Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello had two major casting items about the ABC drama. Emmy-winner Drea de Matteo is leaving 'Desperate Housewives' and Dana Delany might be out, too.

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Drea de Matteo to Leave 'Desperate Housewives'

by Jane Murphy, posted Mar 4th 2010 2:15PM
Drea de MatteoDrea de Matteo will forever be remembered for her shocking exit from 'The Sopranos' in 2004, when Adriana was rubbed out by Silvio.

Now comes word that Marc Cherry will try to top it, as it's being reported that de Matteo's current stint on 'Desperate Housewives' will end in May.

In an exclusive interview with the Ausiello Files, Cherry promises an "explosive finale" and said that, despite rumors, de Matteo only planned on doing one season of the show. "She has a baby and is eager to get back to her life in New York," he said.

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Captain Jack coming to Wisteria Lane

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 30th 2010 1:00PM
john_barrowman_torchwood_headshotRemember way back in July 2009? Of course you don't, but thank goodness for search engines. You see, on July 31st of last year, Bob wrote about a Torchwood character going to Wisteria Lane. Now, it's happening. John Barrowman will be appearing on Desperate Housewives. Captain Jack Harkness will be playing a villain, stirring up trouble for the ladies of the neighborhood.

Barrowman is expected to leave England in March to come to Los Angeles to begin filming. He'll appear on screen in April, and he's there for a mini-arc, at least five episodes. And he will be playing a malevolent man, i.e. a villain.

Ausiello reports that he's going to be involved with Angie's story. How will he impact on the Bolens, who are already brimming with angst and drama? Doesn't sound like it will be a positive impact.

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'Dexter''s Julie Benz Lives On on 'Desperate Housewives'

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Jan 4th 2010 12:00PM
Dexter Morgan may have summarily offed Rita, but actress Julie Benz didn't go down the drain, despite appearing in one of the most shocking bathroom-centered demises in recent broadcast history. The actress, being done with 'Dexter,' has been seeking a nifty new gig and now she has one: playing a stripper who gets involved with the lovely ladies of Wisteria Lane.

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