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Zooey Deschanel, Rachel Bilson in Talks to Join Pilots, Tracy Morgan Back at '30 Rock' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 8th 2011 7:00PM
Zooey DeschanelZooey Deschanel might be a movie star already, but she could be following in her big sister's footsteps and joining a TV series full time.

TV Line reports that Deschanel is reportedly in talks to star in the Fox comedy pilot 'Chicks and Dicks,' from 'No Strings Attached' writer Liz Merriwether. The actress would play Jessica, an elementary school teacher who moves in with a group of immature guys after breaking up with her live-in boyfriend.

Nothing's set in stone yet, especially not the title of the show -- that'll probably change if the series ever makes it to air.

Deschanel's sister, Emily, stars on the Fox hit 'Bones.'

Also in contention to star in one of the season's biggest pilots is Rachel Bilson, who is in talks for a lead role in Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's new show, 'Hart of Dixie.' Bilson would play a New York City doctor who inherits a small Southern medical practice, reports Deadline.

In other TV news ...

Following a successful kidney transplant, Tracy Morgan is back on the '30 Rock' set. The actor missed several episodes while he recovered from the surgery. [EW]

When Gwyneth Paltrow heads back to 'Glee,' she'll be sharing a 'Kiss' with Matthew Morrison. At least musically -- her character, Holly Holiday, will duet on the Prince song with Mr. Schuester. [TV Line]

Almost 10 million people tuned in to Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl on Sunday. The Super Bowl counter-programming attracted an audience of 9.2 million over 12 hours. [EW]

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TNT Apologizes for Tracy Morgan's Lewd Comments About Sarah Palin

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 28th 2011 7:45AM
Tracy Morgan and Howard Stern at NY Knicks vs Miami Heat, 01/27/11In a true "Did he just say that?!" moment, '30 Rock' star Tracy Morgan set the Twitterverse on fire Thursday night with lewd on-air comments about Sarah Palin, and broadcaster TNT is not happy about it.

According to USA Today, TNT issued an apology within minutes of being contacted by incredulous reporters. In a statement, Turner spokesman Jeff Pomeroy said, "It's unfortunate Mr. Morgan showed a lack of judgment on our air with his inappropriate comments. We apologize for any embarrassment or offense it may have caused."

The comments came during Morgan's appearance on 'Inside the NBA,' before the New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat game at Madison Square Garden. Kenny Smith asked Morgan to settle an argument he said he and co-host Charles Barkley "have all the time. ... Tina Fey or Sarah Palin?"

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Tracy Morgan Will Miss '30 Rock' Episodes After Kidney Transplant, New 'Glee' DVD and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 20th 2010 6:30PM
Tracy MorganTracy Morgan will miss at least two episodes of '30 Rock' as he recovers from a kidney transplant, Entertainment Weekly is reporting.

Apparently the comedian underwent a successful surgery on Dec. 10, but the writers of his hit show are allowing extra time for him to recover. He'll be missing from several episodes set to air in March.

Grizz Chapman, who plays a member of Morgan's entourage on the show, also underwent a kidney transplant this year.

In other TV news ...

Mary Lynn Rajskub is returning to Fox. The '24' actress will play Cousin Mike's wife in a February episode. In other casting news, Billy Baldwin will reprise his role as William van der Woodsen on 'Gossip Girl' in at least two more episodes, while Jason Wiles will guest star on 'Castle' in February. [Deadline]

Starz set a premiere date for its new series, 'Camelot.' The period drama -- a 10-episode retelling of the King Arthur myth -- will debut on Fri., April 1 at 10PM ET. [Starz]

Britain's 'The X Factor' is under investigation for performances by Christina Aguilera and Rihanna that featured scantily clad ladies. The clips aired before 9PM, the "watershed" hour when children stop watching, drawing ire from the public. Both the network and Ofcam (the British FCC equivalent) received thousands of complaints. [The Hollywood Reporter]

The first half of 'Glee' season 2 will be released on DVD Jan. 25. The set will contain bonus featurettes like 'The Wit of Brittany' (some of the character's best quips) and 'Getting Waxed With Jane Lynch' (about Sue Sylvester being immortalized in wax for Madame Tussaud's). [Zap2it]

Syfy's new series 'Alphas' has found its showrunner. Ira Steven Behr will take on the role, and will serve as executive producer alongside Zak Penn and BermanBraun's Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein. [Deadline]

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Tracy Morgan Previews His HBO Comedy Special 'Black and Blue' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Nov 13th 2010 12:00PM
Tracy Morgan: Black and BlueTracy Morgan is so perfect as Tracy Jordan on '30 Rock,' it's easy to forget that he's actually acting.

But not in 'Tracy Morgan: Black and Blue.' The comedian's first HBO comedy special (premieres Sat., Nov. 13, 10PM ET) is all TM ... which is to say it's like TJ uncensored. Really uncensored.

I caught up with the foul-mouthed funnyman to find out how he was approaching this momentous event and what he wanted to say while cameras were rolling at the legendary Apollo Theater. Watch him rant about everything from Lindsay Lohan and life on TV, to the BP oil spill and Barack Obama.

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The Show Girl Catches Up With Jorge Garcia, 'Storm Chasers' & Tracy Morgan (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Nov 12th 2010 10:50PM
'Lost' alum Jorge GarciaIt's no secret: I miss 'Lost.' A lot. So when I heard star Jorge Garcia would be visiting 'How I Met Your Mother,' I knew I had to get my fix. I hit the set to find out what he's up to with the 'HIMYM' gang, what his character has in common with Hurley and the question he's asked most often since 'Lost' ended.

I also catch up with the TVN Team from 'Storm Chasers' to get up close and personal with The Dominator, their indestructible beast of a car. That thing has some insane added features! If you're a fan, sound off in the comments for a chance to win Reed Timmer's new book 'Into the Storm.'

Then I chat with Tracy Morgan about his HBO stand-up special 'Tracy Morgan: Black and Blue.' His hilarious, subject-hopping, bleep-filled tirades taught me one thing: don't ever ask him if he's just like his '30 Rock' character Tracy Jordan.

Got questions? E-mail me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com and I'll try to get you answers on the show. -- By Maggie Furlong

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Tracy Morgan Says Sex, Lasagna and Toenails Make a Happy Marriage on 'Regis and Kelly' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 12th 2010 10:15AM
Perhaps Tracy Morgan, who divorced longtime wife Sabrina after 23 years, isn't the best person to give marriage advice. And yet, Morgan identified sex, lasagna and toenails as the key components to a happy marriage on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated).

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Judd Apatow Asked President Obama About 'Superbad' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Oct 28th 2010 5:00AM
Judd Apatow Talks Meeting Obama on 'Tonight Show'At the White House Correspondents Dinner, Judd Apatow's strategy for meeting President Obama was simple: Stay close to Tracy Morgan. The '30 Rock' star would "find a way," he said on 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC). But the director's wife, Leslie Mann, needed his escort to the bathroom. When Apatow returned, Morgan was crying. He'd just met Obama.

Apatow's plan B was to "pay an enormous amount of money and go to an event, which I'm happy to do, because I support him." Instead of discussing health care or the economy, Apatow just wanted to know if the president had seen 'Superbad.' No, but he had an opinion on 'Funny People.'

Apatow then shared J.J. Abrams' "picture of me taking a picture with the president. That's why it looks scary like an episode of 'Lost.'

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'Night of Too Many Stars' Preview: Celebs Unite for Autism Benefit

by PopEater Staff, posted Oct 21st 2010 12:40PM
Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Steve CarrellThe stars are aligning in a big way for Comedy Central.

From Tina Fey to Jeff Garlin, celebrities are uniting for Comedy Central's biennial 'Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education' (Thu., Oct. 21, 9PM ET on Comedy Central).

'The Daily Show' host Jon Stewart has once again been tasked with wrangling the stars for the autism benefit.

Watch clips from the show, including Fey's debut of her 2011 swimsuit calendar. Plus, PopEater hit the blue carpet to chat with Hollywood's finest and funniest.

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'30 Rock' Live Episode: The Cast Previews the Show

by Kelly Woo, posted Oct 13th 2010 6:20PM
30 RockLive from New York ... it's '30 Rock'!

The comedy is taking a page from its NBC sibling 'Saturday Night Live' and airing a live episode Thu., Oct. 14. East Coast viewers will see it first at 8:30PM ET and another version will air for West Coast audiences at 11:30PM ET.

The idea for a live episode came from a benefit performance the cast did during the writers' strike in 2007. And since Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan cut their teeth on 'SNL,' and Jane Krakowski is a Broadway veteran, a live episode seemed like it'd be a piece of cake. The show even took over 'SNL's' home in Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center.

I spoke to Fey, Morgan, Krakowski and Jack McBrayer about their hopes (and fears) for the live show. Plus, they dished about doing a musical episode and their dream guest stars (if there are any left!).

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Tracy Morgan's First HBO Stand-up Special to Air in November

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 21st 2010 1:40PM
Tracy Morgan to star in his first HBO stand-up special, Black and BlueHBO announced today that Tracy Morgan will tape a one-hour stand-up special, 'Tracy Morgan: Black and Blue,' at the Apollo Theatre in New York City on September 24 and 25. After more than 20 years in stand-up, this will be his first HBO hour. His previous specials were for Comedy Central ('One Mic') or straight to video ('Life, Love & Lust').

These days, people recognize Morgan as Tracy Jordan of '30 Rock,' a role that earned him a 2009 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy series. He's been in mainstream movies like 'Death at a Funeral' and 'Cop Out,' and is one of the most spontaneous, sought-after guests on the talk show circuit (see video below). People might also remember him as a longtime cast member of 'Saturday Night Live' from 1996 to 2003.

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Tracy Morgan Loves Colin Powell, Says Mel Gibson Is 'Hip-Hop' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jul 15th 2010 6:50AM
Tracy Morgan Loves Colin Powell, Says Mel Gibson Is 'Hip-Hop'Tracy Morgan felt "overwhelmed" throughout the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner last May, he said on 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC). "I see you sitting there with Michelle [Obama]," he told Jay Leno. "That was awesome. You see me wink at you?"

Well, as host of the event, Leno was somewhat preoccupied. No matter. The highlight was meeting Colin Powell. "He like knocked down two people to get to me, and he hugged me. I started crying and everything ... I said, 'Sir, I hope you don't mind if I tell people you're my biological father.'"

Morgan didn't reveal how Powell responded. But the comedian went on to give his take on the latest Mel Gibson scandal.

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New Shows on DVD for July 13

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Jul 13th 2010 10:00AM
White Collar Season 1 on DVD Don't you hate when you feel the thrill of discovering a new show and realize you're deep into its second season?!

If that was you after last night's season 2 premiere of 'White Collar' -- you're definitely in luck today. The complete first season comes out on DVD. Just in time for you to catch up and look like the uber-fan around the water cooler.

Other honorable mentions in stores today are DVD collections of some comedy greats, including The Lucy Show and The Best of Saturday Night Live Will Ferrell and Tracy Morgan.

Find out the rest of the titles out today after the jump!

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Liz Lemon Is in Love on '30 Rock' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 21st 2010 2:20AM
Liz Lemon Is in Love on '30 Rock'Finding love is great. Who doesn't want to find love? We all want to find it -- but sometimes, it's a good idea not to give away too much information early on in the relationship. After all, you don't want to end up alienating your potential life-partner.

[Spoiler alert.]

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Jenna's New Man on '30 Rock' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 30th 2010 12:45AM
Jenna's New Man on '30 Rock'Jenna (Jane Krakowski) has had a tangled romantic history on '30 Rock' (Thu., 9:30PM ET on NBC). Now, it seems like she has finally met her perfect man. But as it turns out, the perfect man for her... is her. Jenna meets a male cross-dresser (Will Forte) who is a professional "Jenna" impersonator. She promptly falls head over heels for her exact double.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'30 Rock' - 'Argus' Recap

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 29th 2010 11:30PM
30 Rock
(S04E19) "I know this is a difficult time for you, but word of advice: if the will says that you have to spend the night in a haunted house, you better hope that everyone else there are black people or sluts." - Liz

It's always fun to try to figure out what a '30 Rock' episode title refers to. Who would have thought that last week's "Khonani" referred to the name of an NBC janitor (and a sly Conan reference)? Who could have guessed what exactly "Lee Marvin vs. Derek Jeter" meant a couple of weeks ago? Or even "Anna Howard Shaw Day," though we could have Googled that and at least had some idea. The same thing with this week's show. What/who the heck is Argus?

I really wish it didn't refer to a peacock.

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