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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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CW to premiere Gossip Girl early

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 6th 2007 1:01PM

blake livelyCW's new series, Gossip Girl, will debut a week earlier than announced, kicking off on September 19 at 9:00 p.m. The series is debuting early in order to stay ahead of highly-anticipated premieres from other networks, such as NBC's Bionic Woman and ABC's Private Practice.

Also, according to Variety, most high schools and colleges are back in full swing by September 19, though I'm not certain why that matters since I figure most kids watch TV year round.

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Lady or a Tramp in development

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 13th 2007 4:03PM

donald trumpDo you know what we don't have enough of on reality television programs? Slutty chicks who like to party.

Sarcasm aside, Donald Trump is developing a new reality series for a possible midseason slot on the FOX schedule called Lady or a Tramp. The series, unfortunately, is not a series of cage matches between women and hobos, but is instead a competition in which girls who love the party life are sent to charm school to learn to behave like proper women.

If this idea sounds familiar, that might be because you're British already saw the series this one is based on, Ladette to Lady.

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Producers nab rights to Pillow Fight League

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 4th 2007 3:03PM

pillow fight leagueWhen I first heard about the Pillow Fight League, a team of women in very little clothing who engage in pillow fights, I immediately thought of that line from The Simpsons when the family is at an auto race and the announcer says, "And now, something for the guys!" to which Homer replies, "Finally!"

So, if you're like Homer and think there just aren't enough chances to see scantily-clad women on television, start praying to the God of TV Lust that the Pillow Fight League makes it to television.

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Marcia Cross gives birth to twin girls

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 21st 2007 5:50PM
marcia crossPeople magazine is reporting that Marcia Cross gave birth to twin girls yesterday. According to the magazine, the twins are fraternal and their names are Eden and Savannah. No word on birth weight or any of those vital stats but a rep for Cross says mom and babies are "all doing well."

Marcia Cross plays Bree on Desperate Housewives. At the age of 44, she became pregnant with twins. Cross was put on bed rest in January, which put a slight hitch in the giddy up for DH, but they powered through by filming in her own bedroom.

When her pregnancy was originally announced back in September, her due date was in April. Sometimes celebrities like to fudge their due dates to keep the paparazzi off their backs, but it seems as though Marcia's two girls are somewhat premature (not surprising when twins are involved!).

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King of the Hill: 24 Hour Propane People

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 24th 2006 10:14AM

king of the hill(S10E12) Being a heterosexual male with the ability to use my eyes, I can certainly understand the desire to kick back at the occasional strip club now and again, but I've never understood men who go to these places all the time. They're fun once in a while, but I would think frequenting them every day would cause the novelty to wear off pretty quickly. That doesn't seem to be the case for Mr. Strickland, who has spent every morning of his life kicking back at his favorite strip joint and enjoying the free buffet. In the beginning of last night's episode, after fuming over the lack of free food, he's banned from the strip club indefinitely.

The episode could have easily been turned into one about a dirty old man upset about not being able to ogle chicks before work every morning, but it was really more about Strickland's endless struggle to remain young and vibrant, at least in his own mind. He has no desire to be the real "boss" of Strickland Propane, he delegates that responsibility to Hank. What he does want is to be the crazy guy who swipes money from the cash register to use at the strip club each morning. Since he can't even do that anymore, he decides to make Strickland Propane more "fun," turning it into "Strickland Propanerie" and having his workers dress in Hawaiian shirts and bunny ears. Unfortunately, this means no work ever gets done and they end up having to work overtime. Hank eventually smooths things over with the owner of the strip club, and Mr. Strickland is allowed back, as long as both parties understand the other one isn't apologizing.

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Gene Simmons is gonna make you sexy

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 19th 2006 3:58PM

gene simmonsAccording to Gene Simmons, the reason women work out is because they want to look sexy. I think if the famous rocker thought about it a bit longer he'd realize that's not always the case, but then you wouldn't want to purchase his new "Sexercise" video. The man likes money, who are we to keep it from him? Simmons was on EXTRA recently trying out women for his new video, which is supposed to combine real exercise with sexy moves. I'm not sure what's more interesting to me: the idea of someone like Gene Simmons coaching women on the best way to shake their money makers, or the fact that he brought along his thirteen year old daughter to watch as her father tells strange women how to bounce their booty in time with the music.

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Whoopi's soccer team

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 5th 2006 11:05AM

soccer ballWhoopi Goldberg's new series about an all-girl soccer team in New York City will premiere this Sunday on Nickelodeon at 7 p.m. Goldberg developed Just for Kicks as a way of exploring the double standard that surrounds girls in sports, and to show how these young ladies can participate in rough sports and still be "girls" without having labels applied to them like "butch" and "tomboy" (though in my experience it's always the "tomboys" who wind up as total hotties when they get older). If nothing else, I admire the spirit of the show, and its message of female empowerment. The first episode will focus on a team of cheerleaders, one of which tries to convince her friends that soccer is a cool sport. You know, if they really wanted to cover everything they'd have a bunch of boys join the cheerleading squad, too. I'm just saying.

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