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Kristen Bell Joins Don Cheadle in Showtime's 'House of Lies'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Feb 1st 2011 6:10AM
Kristen Bell'Veronica Mars' and 'Scream 4' star Kristen Bell could be heading back to TV screens for the fall 2011 season.

According to TVLine.com, Bell has signed on for a lead role in the Showtime pilot, 'House of Lies.'

The dark comedy is based on Martin Kihn's bestelling book, 'How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time,' and it revolves around dueling corporate management consulting firms.

Bell joins previously cast stars Don Cheadle ('Hotel Rwanda') and Dawn Olivieri ('Heroes'). She will reportedly play the part of Jeannie Van Der Hooven, a razor-sharp Ivy League grad who reluctantly finds herself attracted to her co-worker Marty (Cheadle).

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'Hot in Cleveland' Ratings Plummet, Kate Gosselin Gets an 'E! True Hollywood Story' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 20th 2011 7:00PM
Betty White, Hot in ClevelandAre TV viewers burning out on the Betty White love?

According to Vulture, the ratings for the second season premiere of esteemed comedienne's TV Land sitcom 'Hot in Cleveland' are not so hot. Only 2.9 million people tuned in for the episode, down 25 percent from the first season finale and 40 percent from the first season premiere.

Also down in the ratings is none other than Oprah Winfrey. The talk show queen's new network has seen a drastic ratings crash, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The new channel was down 20 percent in its target demographic after week two.

In other TV news ...

In case you didn't already know everything you every wanted to about Kate Gosselin, E! is airing a True Hollywood Story about the reality star. Apparently there will be "exclusive insight" from random people tangentially related to the mom of eight. The show will air on Feb. 2. [EW]

'Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker' is coming back for round two. The second season of the Buddy Valastro-hosted competition will air on TLC later this year. [TV Guide]

Jimmy Kimmel is moving to midnight. The comedian's talk show will now start five minutes earlier, cutting lead-in 'Nightline' by five minutes. [Variety]

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Cheech Marin Lands Fox Sitcom Role, NBC Developing Comedy Based on Esquire Column and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 6th 2010 11:00AM
Cheech MarinCheech Marin is returning to series TV with a role in Fox's pilot 'Outnumbered.'

The sitcom follows a couple, Sue (Ana Ortiz) and Pete (Cliff Chamberlain), who are overwhelmed by their three children on a regular basis. According to Deadline Hollywood, Marin has been tapped to play Sue's father.

Look for his character to be on a variety of pills and believe the kids deserve a good hit every once in a while.

In other TV news ...

Watch out, Netflix. Amazon is reportedly developing a streaming service that would bundled with its Amazon Prime membership services. Sony and Microsoft are also looking into sending streaming content via video game systems. [Hollywood Reporter]

Harry Hamlin is reprising his role on 'Army Wives.' Hamlin's Professor Chandler appeared in two episodes last season. [Deadline Hollywood]

Dawn Olivieri will guest star on 'The Vampire Diaries.' Vampire fans may recognize Olivieri from her brief stint on 'True Blood' as Alcide's sister. On 'The Vampire Diaries,' the actress will play a Mystic Falls newscaster. [The Vault]

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Review: Heroes - Let It Bleed

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 5th 2010 2:10AM
Ray Park(S04E14) See, Heroes does answer questions. Now we know what happened to Claire's flying boyfriend, West. SPOILER ALERT! They're Facebook friends.

This second episode in a two-hour Heroes extravaganza returned attention to Sylar's storyline, last seen walking away from Peter, having fully regained control of his body. Does that mean Sylar is back 100%? It may not be that simple. We also got the wake of Nathan's funeral, where we learned that Peter isn't finding it very easy to let go.

I also am going to choose to believe that Nathan's wife and kids were there somewhere. It's been so long since we've seen them, if they were there I'm not even sure I would recognize them. But I'll give the writers the benefit of the doubt on this one. We didn't see everyone.

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Review: Heroes - The Fifth Stage

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 1st 2009 10:55AM
Heroes: The Fifth Stage
(S04E12) One of the comic books that I never expected to enjoy is Marvel's X-Factor. It used to be your typical spandex and fists adventure, but then it changed into a noir detective series, with mutants feature much more subdued powers. One of the best of these is Madrox, also known as Multiple Man. Upon impact of any kind, he splits into two beings, and then his doppelgangers retain this ability.

Why am I talking about a comic book character in a review about Heroes? Well, aside from the obvious connection, we got introduced to a new character this week. With Ray Park's Edgar gone from the Sullivan Bros. circus, Samuel turns to another denizen of the big top to step in and be his right-hand man, or right hands.

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Review: Heroes - Thanksgiving

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 24th 2009 4:18AM
Heroes: Thanksgiving
(S04E11)
I am thankful that we are finally getting to the meat of this volume. I am thankful that we are inching closer to the inevitable conclusion of this battle between Sylar and Nathan over who will retain control of the body. And I am thankful that Angela Petrelli, the always incomparable Cristine Rose, was back this week.

Also making a return appearance for the Bennett family Thanksgiving dinner was Sandra, along with her new beau Doug. And, of course, Mr. Muggles. It's sweet that Muggs fell in love with Doug's dog, but that doesn't excuse Sandra for dating such a total tool. It's a little awkward to think of going to your ex's holiday, but it's not unheard of. Particularly since she probably already knew Claire was going to be there.

Not to be outdone, Samuel had a Thanksgiving dinner of his own back at the Carnival, but Hiro certainly wasn't thankful to be there.

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Review: Heroes - Once Upon a Time in Texas

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 3rd 2009 3:00AM
Heroes
(S04E08)
As promised, this week's episode of Heroes took us back to the heydays of the first season. Back when this was a world of wonder filled with new and exciting characters and mystery. Their futures lie before them, and it all centered on Charlie, the poor waitress that Hiro failed time and again to save back then.

Now that he's working on his bucket list before he kicks it, the time has come to head back three years and try to undo her death by Sylar's hand. Which means we got to see HRG, Claire, Hiro, Ando, Sylar and even Isaac as they were three years ago.

The question was whether or not he could change the past and save Charlie, when he failed to before. Furthermore, could he do so without changing all the subsequent events that had happened. He'd already had a taste of success with Ando and his sister, but this sojourn had much higher stakes.

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Heroes: Tabula Rasa

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 20th 2009 1:55AM
Heroes: Tabula Rasa
(S04E06)
If there was a theme this week, it's about nurturing and guiding people with abilities. We followed up with Sylar, now in the nefarious embrace of the Sullivan Brothers Carnival, as well as Peter and Hiro, and by extension Emma. The quest to save Hiro's life from the brain tumor that's killing him even affords Noah the opportunity to atone for his cold past by providing support to a former kid he and the Haitian had "visited" back in his Company days.

We got some very nice character moments this week. I like Hiro in the role of mentor to Emma, as it gives him a focus for his crazy optimism. Plus, we got to see how stopping time makes a magic show even more awesome -- I know that's the kind of crap I'd be doing with that ability. Screw saving the world, watch me make this woman vanish.

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Heroes: Hysterical Blindness

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 13th 2009 4:15AM
Heroes - Hayden Panettiere
(S04E05)
I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but sometimes I wonder if we don't have more people reading TV Squad than Heroes has viewers. And so I want to keep reminding fallen fans who may have jumped ship over the past two not-so-great seasons that things are going much better this season.

There's a better balance in each episode than there's been. In the past few weeks, we've been sticking to mostly three storylines per week. This time around, we checked in on Peter, Claire and Sylar (after his unearthing last week). They're allowing the characters room to breathe and be themselves, rather than just rushing into the next adventure.

It was character growth and development that I'd missed the most, and we're finally getting it. Zachary Quinto was fantastic this episode, and even Hayden Panettiere showed an inkling of range. Oh, who am I kidding, she was as wooden as ever, but that's why we like her ... right? That kind of looks like a cardboard cut-out up there, doesn't it?

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Heroes: Acceptance

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 6th 2009 1:19AM
Heroes
(S04E04)
What are you doing with your life? Are you happy with what you do every day, 40 or more hours a week? If not, then you're not truly living your life, you're living someone else's. Only when you realize that this life is a gift and it's so much shorter than any of us can possibly realize, can you truly start to live for yourself. Take a risk. Do what you want. Do what makes you happy.

That's pretty heady stuff, but it was apparently on the Heroes writers' minds tonight, because that's exactly what this episode was about. And it turned out pretty well. There were moments of true growth for several of our characters, some good and some probably not so good.

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