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Elijah Wood and Donald Sutherland to Star in 'Treasure Island,' 'The Event' Gets Midseason Premiere Date and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 2nd 2011 6:00PM
Elijah WoodDonald Sutherland, Eddie Izzard and Elijah Wood have signed on to star in Syfy's 'Treasure Island.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Izzard will play Long John Silver, Wood has been tapped as Ben Gunn and Sutherland is playing Flint in Syfy's new adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson tale.

'Treasure Island' is currently filming in Puerto Rico and Ireland with an early 2012 premiere date.

In other TV news ...

The first draft of David E. Kelley's 'Wonder Woman' pilot has leaked and the details have confirmed some fears. Wonder Woman will have two secret identities, have a sleepover and eat ice cream with her best friend, lust after Steve Trevor, and the phrase "You go, girl!" will be uttered. D'oh. [Bleeding Cool]

'Beavis & Butthead' will return to MTV. When? The network would not say. However, 'Teen Wolf,' MTV's new series, debuts on June 5. [Entertainment Weekly]

What do you get when you mix 'Toddlers and Tiaras' with 'My Super Sweet 16'? Horror. And TLC's new series 'Outrageous Kid Parties.' The series about parents and the lavish parties they throw their children debuts Feb. 21 at 9:30PM. [TV Guide]

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'Make it or Break It' Sets Season 1 Winter Return Date of January 4, 2010

by Ron Mwangaguhunga, posted Nov 19th 2009 3:00PM
Make It or Break ItWill an earlier premiere date make it or break it?

ABC Family will find that out when the hit gymnastics series 'Make It or Break It' premieres Jan. 4 at 9PM, right after the season 2 winter premiere of 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager.' 'Make It' was originally supposed to premiere one week later, on Jan. 11, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The show, which has received an additional 10-episode order, has been a ratings gold mine for ABC Family. Its series premiere, for example, was the network's second-highest series launch ever in adults 18-34 and viewers 12-34.

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Candace Cameron (Bure) returning to television on Make It or Break It tonight

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 22nd 2009 3:22PM
Candace Cameron BureWe all watched her grow up on Full House and then we watched her disappear from our television screens, seemingly forever. I don't know if I'll go so far as to say Candace Cameron was to the early '90s what Alyssa Milano was to the late '80s, but that's because I'll be forever loyal to my boyhood crush on Samantha Micelli. But while Milano has been on the airwaves virtually every season since the question of Who's the Boss? was answered when the network canceled it, not so for Cameron.

She got married and went off to raise her kids for ten years, giving us only a few appearances in that time. Now 33 and ready to get back to work full time, Candace Cameron Bure will be one of the stars in ABC Family's gymnastic-themed Make It or Break It, premiering tonight at 9pm ET.

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Hyundai goes for irony with Kelsey Grammer

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 14th 2007 1:05PM
Kelsey Grammar for HyundaiSometimes, when I'm bored and my WiFi router is broken, I like to play "guess the celebrity commercial voice over." Most of the time, I usually get things right, as advertisers are using more familiar voices than ever before. But sometimes I wonder if a company uses a particular voice for more reasons than they're available, recognizable, and like cashing large checks for very little work.

Case in point is a recent set of Hyundai ads starring the voice of Kelsey Grammer. In the ads, Grammer compares the attributes of the Korean car company's Santa Fe SUV with a much more expensive Land Rover. Of course, this being a Hyundai ad, the Santa Fe comes out favorably, matching the Land Rover in every category except cup holders.

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Medium: The Boy Next Door

by Brett Love, posted Mar 8th 2007 8:42AM
Jessy Schram(S03E15) The folks over at Medium are on something of a guest star roll. After a nice turn last week by Eric Stoltz, this week they treat us to Peri Gilpin (Frasier) as Allison's mother Diane Benoit. That wasn't the only piece of nice casting here. Given the ratings of their former shows, I'm sure that Kyle Gallner (Veronica Mars) isn't as recognizable as Gilpin, but it was nice to see him again.

For her part, Gilpin was terrific. Diane certainly had her issues, but considering what we know about Allison, I don't think anyone was expecting June Cleaver. The booze and the parenting with pills were a little disturbing, but in her own crazy way I got the feeling that she really was trying to do what she thought was best for Allison. While she seems to have avoided some of the mistakes Diane made, Allison does share that trait with her mother.

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How Frasier was created

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 10th 2006 7:55PM
Frasier castI have to thank my fellow Squadder Bob Sassone for turning me on to Ken Levine's fantastic blog; not only is Levine funny when he writes about random stuff, but he gives advice about what to do and what not to do when writing a sitcom script. The man knows what he talking about; he's written for many classic sitcoms, including M*A*S*H, Cheers, and Frasier.

But it's his behind-the-scenes anecdotes that are my favorties. And this past week, he gave us some doozy, and he didn't even write them: he let his friend Peter Casey, one of the co-creators of Frasier, do a three-part series on how the show was created.

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