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'American Idol' - 'One of Three Goes Home' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 20th 2010 1:15AM
American Idol: Casey James in Texas
More than 47 millions votes were logged Wednesday night for the three remaining contestants on 'American Idol.' Did your two favorites survive? Will they be back next week for the finale at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live?

We have an hour's worth of show tonight and, of course, most of it's filled up with everything BUT the results, which happened in the last few minutes. Let's take a look at what happened prior to the results.

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What to Watch: April 20

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 20th 2010 6:00AM
'16 & Pregnant' (10PM, MTV) season 2 finale
Season two's teen mamas have been just as memorable as season one's, and tonight the sophomore season comes to a close with the story of Kailyn, a teen mom who'd already had more than her share of hard knocks before she got pregnant. Estranged from her father, Kailyn's mother also abandons her when she announces she's having a baby, leaving Kailyn to move in with her boyfriend Jonathan's family. Jonathan, like so many of the baby daddies this season, is also less than supportive. And speaking of the teen dads, after the finale, Dr. Drew Pinsky hosts '16 & Pregnant: Life After Labor' (11PM), where we'll catch up with the season two teen moms and dads, including Nikkole and Josh, one of the most obnoxious, immature, jerky teen dads ever, who again squares off with Nikkole's mom.

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'Robot Chicken' Dudes Land "Irreverent" 'Star Wars' Series

by Sharon Knolle, posted Apr 5th 2010 6:30PM
Star WarsWell, who knew George Lucas likes to laugh at himself?

The sci-fi legend was tickled enough by 'Robot Chicken's' 'Star Wars' send-ups to hand over the reins of a new animated series to 'Chicken' wunderkinds Seth Green and Matthew Senreich.

Lucasfilm Animation announced the new series Monday, promising "a comedic and irreverent look at the characters from the sci-fi franchise." Green offers a hint at where he'll take these iconic characters.

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Can 'Damages' Be Saved by DirecTV?

by Allyssa Lee, posted Apr 2nd 2010 2:24PM
Yes, it may be down for the count amid less-than-stellar ratings and no official word on its renewal. But FX's legal thriller 'Damages' may not be done just yet.

EW.com is reporting
that Sony is in talks with cable company DirecTV about teaming up to produce the fourth season of the critically-acclaimed and Emmy-winning drama.

If that is the case, DirecTV will share the cost of production for 'Damages'' upcoming season, just like it had done previously with NBC's 'Friday Night Lights,' another critically-acclaimed but ratings-challenged drama, according to the Ausiello Files report. And similar to its deal with 'Lights,' DirecTV will air the fourth season of 'Damages' on its 101 Network first, and then on the FX network at a later date.

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Working Title Films That Would (And Wouldn't) Work on the Small Screen

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 1st 2010 8:00AM
Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones's DiaryThanks to the launch of Working Title Television (WTTV) last month, NBC Universal will glean a few TV-show ideas from movies created by its subsidiary Working Title Films. The UK production company is behind such Oscar crushes as 'Atonement,' Frost/Nixon' and 'A Serious Man,' and fan-faves 'Nanny McPhee,' 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' and 'Pride & Prejudice.'

NBC Universal (which could use some fresh programming following the prime-time Leno debacle) will distribute WTTV content, starting with the comedy 'Love Bites' -- a "romantic anthology" reminiscent of Working Title Films' 'Love Actually' -- starring Jordana Spiro ('My Boys') and 'Ugly Betty's' Becki Newton. Execs in the joint venture announced last month they will also adapt the 'Bridget Jones' franchise for the small screen.

Having looked at the rest of Working Title's 100-plus film repertoire, we've got some thoughts of our own on three movies that would make good episodic programming -- and two that wouldn't.

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AMC Brings 'The Walking Dead' to Life

by Allyssa Lee, posted Mar 29th 2010 6:30PM
Frank DarabontScore another one for the undead: AMC has announced today that it has greenlit 'The Walking Dead,' the network's fourth original series.

The basic cable network behind 'Mad Men,' 'Breaking Bad' and the upcoming conspiracy thriller 'Rubicon' has given a six-episode order to this new one-hour drama, based on Robert Kirkman's comic book series of the same name. 'The Walking Dead' follows a group of human survivors, headed by small-town Kentucky police officer Rick Grimes, as they attempt to find a safe haven amidst a post-apocalyptic landscape overrun by zombies.

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Cheryl Hines, Carrie Fisher Join Debra Messing in ABC's 'Wright vs. Wrong'

by Allyssa Lee, posted Mar 24th 2010 4:45PM
Carrie FisherABC has nabbed two more funny ladies for its political comedy 'Wright vs. Wrong.' According to the Hollywood Reporter, 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' star Cheryl Hines and Carrie Fisher have signed on for the network's pilot.

As previously reported
, the single-camera comedy stars Debra Messing ('Will & Grace,' 'The Starter Wife') as Evelyn Wright, a strong-minded conservative political figure whose on-air confidence and ambition contrasts with her off-air insecurities and shortcomings. Hines will go toe-to-toe with Messing as Evelyn's liberal rival and sworn enemy, while Fisher will play as Evelyn's no-nonsense manager.

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Who Needs Celebs? NBC Bringing Back the Original 'Apprentice'

by Sharon Knolle, posted Mar 17th 2010 6:16PM
Ta ta disgraced governors. See ya, washed-up rock stars.

According to the TheWrap, NBC is bringing back the celeb-free version of 'The Apprentice' for the first time since 2007, with a recession-era twist: "Real people" contestants who've been hit hard by the bad economy will get a chance to reverse their fortunes by wowing boss Donald Trump.

The return of the original premise has been rumored for some time. Trump recently declared himself all for it, telling reporters, "I will be very involved if they bring back regular 'Apprentice,'" he said. "I'd be very involved in the casting again."

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Happy Birthday, Victor Garber!

by Allyssa Lee, posted Mar 16th 2010 12:00PM
Pop culture fans might know him as the intriguingly bristly spy daddy Jack Bristow from 'Alias.' Or perhaps as the benevolent shipbuilder who warned Kate Winslet about the lifeboats in 'Titanic.' Or as the guy who took over Albert Finney's spot as Daddy Warbucks in that television version of the musical 'Annie.' Whatever your introduction to Victor Garber, you know that there is just something about the TV, movie and stage actor that is indelibly irresistible. Victor Garber is like the acting version of bacon: he has a tendency to make everything he's in that much better. He acts. He sings. He kicks some major ass. And what's more, he looks great doing it.

He of the dulcet singing voice, boyish good looks and dashing demeanor is turning an august 61 years old today, and we can think of no better way to celebrate Victor Garber than by having our own Victor Garber appreciation day.

Victor Garber, how do we adore thee? Let us count the ways.

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CNN's 'John King, USA' to Debut March 22

by Allyssa Lee, posted Mar 5th 2010 6:30PM
After tweeting hints throughout the week, CNN anchor John King announced the name of his new political program, 'John King, USA,' via Twitter this morning. The show will debut Mar. 22 at 7PM, with an online preview on Mar. 19.

The former host of Sunday mornings' 'State of the Union with John King' is taking over Lou Dobbs' old 7PM spot on the cable news network, after the veteran anchor abruptly stepped down from his post last November.

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NBC Postpones 'Prime Suspect' Remake

by Aimee Deeken, posted Feb 25th 2010 11:45AM
Helen MirrenNBC has postponed its remake of the award-winning UK series 'Prime Suspect' due to casting problems, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Network execs said that they are struggling to cast the police drama's lead character, an uncompromising female detective. In the original seven-season series, Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison was played by none other than Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren.

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Court to Re-Examine Nipplegate

by Allyssa Lee, posted Feb 23rd 2010 4:45PM
Just when we thought Nipplegate was behind us, a federal appeals court wants to take another peek.

In 2008, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia had thrown out a $550,000 fine that the FCC had levied against CBS for airing Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction," in which part of the singer's breast was flashed at the end of a musical performance with Justin Timberlake during 2004's Super Bowl halftime show.

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No, Seriously: Jim Belushi Cast in CBS Drama Pilot

by Allyssa Lee, posted Feb 22nd 2010 6:00PM
After spending years as the star of ABC's long-running comedy 'According to Jim,' Jim Belushi is eschewing the laughs for more dramatic fare: He's been cast in CBS' legal pilot 'Defenders,' says the Hollywood Reporter.

The actor is one of two leads in this hourlong drama, which follows a pair of impassioned Las Vegas defense attorneys who'll stop at nothing to defend their clients. Belushi is set to play a boozy, maritally-challenged lawyer named Nick Mancini. Carol Mendelsohn of 'CSI' serves as one of 'Defenders' executive producers.

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'Smallville's' Kristin Kreuk to Get 'Hitched'

by Allyssa Lee, posted Feb 19th 2010 5:19PM
It's official: Erstwhile 'Smallville' resident Kristin Kreuk is set to star opposite Jack Carpenter ('I Love You, Beth Cooper') in CBS' 'Hitched,' the Josh Schwartz-produced comedy pilot, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter.

In the half-hour multi-camera comedy, Kreuk and Carpenter will play newlyweds faced with the reality of their family and friends after returning from their honeymoon.

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'Funny or Die Presents' Preview

by Allyssa Lee, posted Feb 19th 2010 1:00PM
Funny or Die PresentsFrom the folks behind Internet sensations 'The Landlord' and 'Zac Efron's Pool Party' comes 'Funny or Die Presents,' HBO's half-hour sketch comedy series based on Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay's popular Web site of the same name.

Debuting tonight at midnight, the series -- which was boasted to be "a week and a half in the making" -- is intended to provide "a creative forum" for up-and-coming comics.

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