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'Jersey Shore' Breaks Ratings Records Again, Michelle Obama Heading to 'Oprah' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 21st 2011 6:10PM
Jersey Shore'Jersey Shore' continues to shatter ratings records for MTV.

According to the Live Feed, Thursday's episode, featuring the Snooki arrest fallout and JWoww's breakup, was seen by 8.9 million viewers. This is MTV's largest audience for a series telecast ever -- the previous record was set a few weeks ago after the season 2.5 premiere. Last week's episode had 8.6 million viewers.

'Jersey Shore's' audience is about two times the size of NBC's 'Community.' Just sayin'.

In other TV News ...

The cast of CBS's 'Criminal Minds' sorta hopes the new spinoff series, 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,' fails. Say what? Series star Shemar Moore is quoted as saying, "I'm flattered that we've done such a good job that they would like to do another show, but there's another part of me that wants it to fail." [TV Guide Canada]

Jaren Brandt Bartlett will play Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle on 'Smallville.' Look for the relatively unknown actor to appear in episode 17, 'Booster.' [Entertainment Weekly]

First Lady Michelle Obama will sit down with Oprah Winfrey for an episode of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.' Obama's interview will focus on the launch of a campaign to support families with somebody serving in the military. The show is set to air on Thurs., Jan. 27. [Hollywood Reporter]

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News Roundup: MTV's T.J. Lavin in Coma, David James Elliott Cast on 'CSI: NY' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 15th 2010 6:00PM
T.J. LavinBMX star T.J. Lavin, who hosts MTV's 'Real World/Road Rules Challenge,' is in a medically induced coma after crashing in a Las Vegas BMX competition last night.

According to E! Online, the star wiped out when he lost control of his bike when landing a stunt, which knocked him unconscious. He was rushed to the hospital, where doctors put him in a medically induced coma to reduce brain swelling. He also sustained a broken wrist and broken ribs.

The star remains in critical condition.

In other TV news ...

Simon MacCorkindale, the British actor who stared in NBC's 'Manimal,' died "in the arms of his wife." He was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2006, and the disease spread to his lungs in 2007. He was 58. [TV Guide]

David Letterman has tied Jay Leno in the ratings for the first time this season. Both comedians got 0.9 ratings in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic for the first time this season. [Hollywood Insider]

David James Elliott will return to TV on CBS's 'CSI: NY.' The former 'JAG' star will first appear in January, and there's a possibility he could stick around for multiple episodes. [TV Guide]

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(Twin) Sibling Rivalry on 'Scoundrels' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 19th 2010 2:10AM
(Twin) Sibling Rivarly on 'Scoundrels''Scoundrels' (Sun., 9PM ET on ABC) is the new series dealing with a family of small-time crooks. Father and husband Wolfgang "Wolf" West (David James Elliott) has been given a long prison sentence. So now, the rest of the family must learn to work together, and must avoid committing crimes.

[Spoiler alert.]

Unfortunately, on the most recent episode, they're not doing too well -- either with the "working together" part, or the "not committing crimes" part.

Cal West attempts a robbery in order to raise money for his dad's legal defense. But he's stopped by his twin brother Logan West. (Both parts are played by Patrick Flueger.) Cal and Logan may be twins, but they're opposites in every possible way. One's clean-cut and responsible; the other, scruffy and impetuous. Soon enough, they get in a physical fight over the attempted burglary. They also bicker about what so many brothers argue about -- which one of them their dad likes best. It's classic sibling rivalry -- with an odd mirror image twist.

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Virginia Madsen and David James Elliott Talk Playing 'Scoundrels' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 14th 2010 2:00PM

'Scoundrels'Thieves are usually the bad guys, the people we hate on TV ... but not with 'Scoundrels.'

ABC's new drama centers on a family of thieves, including mom Cheryl, played by Virginia Madsen, and schemer extraordinaire dad Wolf, played by David James Elliott. When Wolf gets thrown in the clink for crimes committed, Cheryl decides it's time for the whole family to quit the business and go legit. Apparently, that's not so easy for any of them. But according to Elliott, they're just a "typical American family ... every family's dysfunctional on a level."

I caught up with the stars to find out more about the show, and to hear how playing bad on TV has affected them in real life. Check it out here ...

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TV Casting: Demi Lovato Checks in to 'Grey's Anatomy'

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 30th 2010 12:00PM
Demi LovatoDemi Lovato will guest on an upcoming episode of 'Grey's Anatomy.' The Disney teen sensation broke the news yesterday on Twitter, saying, "I'm so thrilled to announce that this week I'm shooting Grey's Anatomy!!!!!!!! :D AHHH!!!!" Further details on Demi's guest spot have yet to be revealed, so keep checking Twitter. [PEOPLE]

More casting news after the jump.

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David James Elliott in Sci Fi mini-series

by Brett Love, posted Jul 18th 2008 11:24AM

David James Elliott - JAG - Close To Home - MirabilisAnd when I say Sci Fi, I mean the network, not necessarily the content. I'm sure we could easily open up that oldie, but goodie, about what is science fiction and why certain things are ending up on the channel. We'll save that for another time though, as right now we should talk about JAG, with swords. Elliott (JAG) is set to star in Mirabilis. The four-hour mini tells the story of four knights who must come together to save their land, the titular town.

Elliott plays John, a knight seeking vengeance after his family was killed. He'll be joined by Natassia Malthe (DOA: Dead Or Alive. Yes, I watched it) as another of the knights, Perfidia. Perfidia is also John's love interest. The script is by Sam Egan (Jeremiah) and is being produced by Reunion Pictures. If you are wondering about the quality of production, I'll add that RHI Entertainment is involved and they are responsible for such Sci Fi treats as The Lost Empire. To be fair though, they also had a hand in Tin Man, so it could go either way. I'll watch it, but then I'm kind of the Mikey of bad sci fi. I'll watch anything, even SS Doomtrooper. It had Corin Nemec!

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David James Elliott cast in mini-series disaster flick

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 18th 2008 5:21PM
David James ElliottAre you ready for some major disaster film effects? Were you disappointed that there wasn't more destruction when the Golden Gate Bridge broke in half on Eli Stone (I was.) Then you, like me, will be pleased to hear that David James Elliott is starring in a four-hour mini-series called Impact. Producers are promising lots of action and Charlton Heston-like epic disaster. Okay, maybe I added the Charlton Heston adjective, but at $13 million, the guys at Muse Entertainment, Jaffe/Braunstein Entertainment and Tandem Communications aren't skimping.

Casting David is a plus for starters. The former JAG star has a nice balance of serious and tongue-in-cheek, so hopefully he'll keep Impact from getting too cheesey. The story, however, does have Velveeta potential.

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David James Elliott returns to TV

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jan 22nd 2008 7:42PM
David James ElliottSince the JAG series finale, many fans have been waiting for David James Elliott to return to TV. The actor eventually did when he landed the role of James Conlon in the CBS series Close to Home. His stay on the show was cut short when the series was canceled at the end of its second season (DJE appeared in 22 episodes of the series). Since then, the actor vanished from the small screen and fans have been patiently waiting (and watching reruns of JAG) for his return. But fans can now rejoice as Elliott returns to TV this week. The catch? It airs on a Canadian network!

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JAG first season DVDs will have unaired episode

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 6th 2006 11:37AM

JAG DVDA lot of people who started watch JAG a little later in the show's run might not realize that the first season of the show was on NBC, not CBS. NBC canceled it after the first season, and in a rare move, another network (CBS) picked it up. But at the end of the first season, there was an episode titled "Skeleton Crew." NBC never showed the episode because they canceled the show. And when the second season started, CBS decided not to show the episode either, because Catherine Bell played David James Elliott's girlfriend in the episode, and she would later be on the show as Mac. Certain scenes of the episode were shown later, however, in another episode.

But fans, there's good news: the episode will finally be seen when the first season DVD set hits stores! The set will be released on July 25.

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JAG finally coming out on DVD

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 5th 2006 2:38PM
JAGJAG was one of the great mysteries of modern television. I watched the first season, and kinda liked it, but then stopped watching it. It lasted for another 27 years, even though I've never spoken to anyone who ever watched it, and it wasn't really talked about that much.

Anyway, the first season of the show is finally coming out on DVD. It will be six DVDS, and these will be episodes from when it was on NBC (it later went to CBS when NBC canceled it - fools!). Paramount will release the set on July 25, complete with a couple of featurettes on the making of the show, plus a commentary from creator Donald Bellisario on the pilot ep.

[via TV Tattle]

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