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'Gossip Girl': 10 Things to Know About the 100th Episode & More

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 21st 2011 6:00PM
gossip girl 100th episode Spotted: Manhattan's favorite Upper East Siders (and Brooklynites) celebrating the 100th episode of 'Gossip Girl' at Cipriani on Wall Street in New York. As always, it was a fashionable affair for the cast -- Leighton Meester, Blake Lively, Penn Badgley, Chase Crawford and Ed Westwick were all on hand -- but the real guest of honor, according to executive producer Josh Schwartz? The celebratory cake!

"We've talked about the cake for a long, long time," Schwartz told AOL TV. "'The OC' went to 93 or 92 episodes, so we were close but no cake. It's really a testament to Stephanie [Savage] and her leadership, guiding the show to 100 episodes. We birthed it, but Stephanie's really raised this child. I just send an alimony check."

But it wasn't all cake talk. The cast also teased the highly anticipated 100th episode, and all we can say is OMG! Orgies, dance sequences, a royal wedding and a potential runaway bride? This is one episode you can't miss. And from what we hear, the first 10 minutes see the entire cast doing something they've never done before.

What can it be? Let the gossip commence ...

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Josh Schwartz Working on US 'Misfits' Remake

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 19th 2011 1:10PM
It was only a matter of time before 'Misfits' attracted the attention of American TV movers and shakers.

According to Vulture, Josh Schwartz, the teen angst maven who gave audiences 'The OC' and 'Gossip Girl,' is working on an American version of the wildly popular British series about young adults with superpowers.

'Misfits' isn't totally unfamiliar to US audiences, the first two seasons of the hit E4 show made their way to Hulu this summer and have been viewed by millions.

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Before you start thinking of every other failed US adaptation of a British show ('Life on Mars,' 'Skins), know this: 'Misfits' creator Howard Overman is reportedly working with Schwartz to pen the American version. There's no network attached yet and Schwartz and Overman plan to write the script on spec.

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NBC Buys 'Lesbo' Comedy, Jennifer Garner Working on 'Geek' Series & More Development News

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 8th 2011 3:30PM
TV Development If you thought this year's crop of new shows had some interesting names and premises, wait until next fall rolls around.

According to Deadline, NBC has bought a comedy pitch called 'My Best Friend Is A Lesbo.'

The somewhat autobiographical project from Sascha Rothchild and Randi Barnes follows two female roommates, one gay and one straight, as they deal with life, love and the pursuit of happiness.

'Gossip Girl' executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will executive produce the project along with writers Barnes and Rothchild.

In other development news ...

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The 'Hart of Dixie' Cast Teases Love & Catfights on Their New CW Show

by Jean Bentley, posted Jul 22nd 2011 8:00PM
Let's get one thing straight about The CW's new series 'Hart of Dixie': You're not going to see the stars shilling this show at Comic-Con. Ever. (If you do, let that be a sign of the end of Comic-Con, FYI.)

While we're at it, here's another thing to know about the new series: Just because Rachel Bilson is working with 'The O.C.' creator Josh Schwartz again doesn't mean her new character, Zoe Hart, will be anything like Summer Roberts.



" Summer was definitely her own entity," she told AOL TV, nixing the idea that the two characters might be similar. Of course, they are played by the same actress, so it could feel a little familiar. "You know, you're yourself, so some of her mannerisms might match up."

She did steer clear of one thing when crafting her new onscreen persona, Zoe, a New York City doctor who inherits a medical practice in a small Alabama town. "I tried to stay away from the 'ew,' that was sort of Summer's trademark. I decided to do it with a different inflection on the word."

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The CW 2011 Pilots: Angels, Doctors, Zombies and Cops -- Oh, My!

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 2nd 2011 5:00PM
The CWA buddy legal drama starring a former angel? Just what the doctor The CW ordered!

But wait, it gets better: The CW has filled its pilot slate with shows featuring zombies, cops and doctors. Add those to the current roster of spies, vampires, angsty rich kids, angsty 20-somethings and cheerleaders (also angsty), and it could be quite a lineup, huh? There's no other network out there with that much variety.

Let's take a look at the potential new shows.

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Anderson Cooper Attacked in Egypt, Stephen Tobolowsky to Guest on 'Community' and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 2nd 2011 10:50AM
Anderson CooperAnderson Cooper was attacked while covering the protests in Egypt.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cooper was punched in the head 10 times as a pro-Mubarak mob surrounded the CNN reporter and his film crew.

Cooper and his crew escaped to a nearby roof and nobody was seriously injured.

In other TV news ...

Lifetime has found its Kate Middleton for 'William and Kate.' British actress Camilla Luddington will play Middleton in the Lifetime TV movie about the royal wedding and the Prince's romance. [Deadline Hollywood]

Stephen Tobolowsky will guest star on 'Community' ... as a 'Who's the Boss?' expert. The 'Heroes' veteran and current Moviefone columnist will play Professor Sheffield, the teacher of Greendale's 'Who's the Boss?' course. [TVLine]

Ricky Gervais has set the record straight: NBC has asked him to return as Golden Globes host, not the Hollywood Foreign Press. Gervais still thinks he won't be invited back, but NBC has asked him not to rule that out. [Hollywood Reporter]

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News Roundup: Michelle Trachtenberg, Josh Schwartz Team for Crime Drama at The CW, 'Will and Grace' Star Cast in Pilot and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 21st 2010 6:30PM
Michelle TrachtenbergMichelle Trachtenberg has been many things throughout her extensive Hollywood career.

She's been an elementary school spy, Little Pete's friend, the Key, a nurse, a snarky rich girl and so much more. Now, she's ready to graduate to a criminal profiler. (Well, a criminology student who has a gift for profiling and a dark past.)

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Trachtenberg is teaming up with 'Gossip Girl' honchos Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage to produce and star in the project at The CW. The series only has a script order so far.

In other TV news ...

NBC has set a Dec. 6 at 8PM premiere date for 'The Sing-Off.' Nick Lachey will host four two-hour episodes and a live finale on Dec. 20. [Deadline Hollywood]

'Will and Grace' star Eric McCormack has been cast in a pilot for TNT. McCormack is in talks to play a brilliant neuroscientist who works with the FBI. [Deadline Hollywood]

Bill Pullman and Matthew Modine have joined the cast of HBO's 'Too Big to Fail.' Pullman will play Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase and Modine has been tapped to play John Thain, the former chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Just the FAQs: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About 'Chuck'

by Kim Potts, posted Oct 18th 2010 1:00PM

It hasn't always been smooth sailing -- 'Chuck' fans have eaten a lot of Subway and shipped a lot of Nerds to NBC execs -- but the dramedy about the adorkable computer nerd-turned-spy guy and his family and friends is still alive and well in its fourth season, and with a still-devoted group of fans that tune in faithfully each Monday night (or at least set the DVR, check it out on Hulu.com, buy it from iTunes the next day ... you get the picture).

In the midst of another season that has been packed with action, romance, humor, fantastic celeb guest stars, including, in tonight's 'Chuck Versus the Couch Lock' (8PM ET, NBC), Eric Roberts, series co-creators Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz, and Captain Awesome himself, Ryan McPartlin, chatted with AOL TV about all things 'Chuck,' past, present and future.

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ABC Orders New Washington D.C.-Set Pilot From 'The O.C.' Creator Josh Schwartz

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 27th 2010 6:30PM
Josh SchwartzJosh Schwartz has already cornered the rich-kid high school market with 'The O.C.' and 'Gossip Girl.' He captured the underachieving slacker genius demographic with 'Chuck.' His latest project, announced today, should fall somewhere in the middle of those two worlds.

Variety reports that ABC has given the green light to a pilot for Schwartz and producing partner Stephanie Savage's new Washington, D.C.-set drama about twentysomethings. Based on Variety's description -- "young politicos find that the ideals that brought them to D.C. don't always match with the realities of living in the nation's capital" -- it sounds like the show will be something like a TV version of 'St. Elmo's Fire.' Hopefully with less cocaine.

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Ooh La La; 'Gossip Girl' Goes to France -- TCA Report

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 30th 2010 1:00AM
Gossip GirlWhile most of the ridiculously beautiful 'Gossip Girl' cast is currently scattered to the four winds, the man behind the eponymous Chuck Bass, Ed Westwick, was in attendance at the CW's presentation to TV critics. He was joined by 'Gossip Girl' executive producers Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Joshua Safran.

First up, a juicy sizzle reel treated us to the Upper East Siders' exploits in Paris. It's all play and no work for our naughty New Yorkers when 'Gossip Girl' returns with two episodes set in Paris this fall.

More highlights follow after the jump ...

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'Chuck' Fans Plan Buy More-Themed Flash Mobs

by Sharon Knolle, posted Apr 30th 2010 12:00PM
"'Chuck' fans are the most loyal, dedicated, imaginative and passionate fans any show could ever hope for," says series co-creator Josh Schwartz.

It turns out he wasn't kidding.

To show their support for the NBC show, which is currently "on the bubble," fans will stage flash mobs in four cities this Monday, notes The Hollywood Reporter.

If you live in Chicago, Seattle, San Diego and Philadelphia, expect to see hordes of people dressed like Buy More employees, either in a green polo shirt and khakis or short-sleeved white dress shirt, tie and black pants.

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'Chuck' Co-Creator Chris Fedak on "Season 3.2"

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 21st 2010 3:04PM
Zach Levy as 'Chuck'If the last episode of 'Chuck' felt like a season finale... well, it's because it was. The episode was initially supposed to have a thirteen episode season, but NBC decided to order another six episodes. According to Chris Fedak, who co-created the show with Josh Schwartz, the good news came at an opportune time: as they were writing episode thirteen.

In our wide-ranging talk, Fedak and I talked about how the pickup affected the writing process, how the new dynamic between the characters on the show is playing out, if he fears the energy will fizzle, why Tony Hale wasn't around this year, and if he's confident the show will get a season four.

(Warning: Fedak talked fast, so this is a long interview, with a very minor spoiler near the end. But there's a ton of good info for 'Chuck' fanatics, so read and enjoy!)

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Will 'Chuck's' Last Six Eps Be As Good As the First Thirteen?

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 6th 2010 5:31PM
Zachary Levi in 'Chuck' - 'Chuck Vs. The American Hero'Most 'Chuck' fans know that last night's episode, 'Chuck Versus The Other Guy,' was originally designed to be the third season finale. That was, of course, before NBC surprised Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak with an order for six more episodes, bringing the total to 19.

Don't get me wrong; 'Chuck Versus The Other Guy' was one of my favorite episodes this season. So many stories advanced and got tied together, it made for a very satisfying hour.

But that's because the stories were supposed to be wrapped up. For all Fedak and Schwartz knew, this was going to be the last episode they ever did. So, did things wrap up a little too neatly last night, leaving the last six episodes as some sort of long, energy-free epilogue? I'm not sure.

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Sharon Lawrence Gets 'Hitched' to CBS Pilot

by Audrey Fine, posted Apr 6th 2010 1:20PM
Sharon LawrenceSharon Lawrence, who has been popping up all over the small screen lately on shows like 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and 'Grey's Anatomy,' has landed a role in the CBS pilot 'Hitched.'

The half-hour, mulit-camera comedy from exec producer Josh Schwartz ('Gossip Girl,' 'The O.C.'), explores the ordeals of a young newlywed couple ('Smallville's' Kristen Kreuk and 'I Love You, Beth Cooper's' Jack Carpenter) as they try to figure marriage -- and each other -- out.

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Last Night's 'Chuck' Was The Lowest Rated Ever (Subway, Get Ready)

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 16th 2010 2:31PM

How can a show that is as freakin' entertaining and fun as 'Chuck' get low ratings like this? Sure, the switch to Daylight Savings Time means that shows see a bit of a ratings slide, but I'm not convinced that's the only reason that 'Chuck' got its lowest ratings ever for last night's episode.

I don't know what we can do to save the show, but creator Josh Schwartz says that "it's time to get organized." Subway subs again? I think Chuck and Morgan have been eating their food on the show again lately so maybe they knew something we didn't.

The funny thing is, with the recent plot developments on the show (Morgan finding out about the spy stuff, the revelations about Casey's real identity, the fact that Chuck is becoming more independent), this might be a logical season to end the show. But I want the show to continue. It's massive fun, and those very same points are also reasons for the show to continue for another season.

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