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'30 Rock' and 'SNL' Producer Gets an Emmy Honor

June 16, 2010 04:19:13 GMT


"30 Rock" producer Lorne Michaels is to be honored at the 2010 International Emmy Awards gala for his work on star-studded U.S. comedy sketch show "Saturday Night Live". The SNL creator and executive producer is to receive the Directorate Award at the 38th annual event in New York on November 22.

The late night variety show has featured celebrity hosts including Tom Hanks, Betty White and Steve Martin during its 35 years on air. International Academy president & CEO Bruce Paisner says: "With Saturday Night Live, Lorne Michaels opened the door to a new kind of comedy on television and since then nearly everyone has walked through it. He has changed our entertainment, affected our politics and shaped the way we view the world."

Video: Gabourey Sidibe's Mom Impresses Judges on 'America's Got Talent'


June 16, 2010 04:03:37 GMT


In the last stop to find America's best talents, the judges of "America's Got Talent" were lucky to spot a woman with a big voice. Alice Tan Ridley may have earned some limelight by being Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe's mother but she earned public's respect when she showed what her pipe can do.

Host Nick Cannon asked, "Don't I know you from somewhere?" and she said with a smile, "Yes". In the backstage interview, Ridley explained her decision to join the competition. "My daughter is a big star but I'm still pursuing my dream which is to become a great singer. I've been singing since I was young. Now I am singing underground, in the subway stations. ...I love to see the smiles on peoples' faces. This is what I've been pursuing all my life. Maybe this is it, from the subway to the big stage."

'Secret Life of the American Teenager' 3.03 Preview

June 16, 2010 03:18:31 GMT


In the next "The Secret Life of the American Teenager", Ben decides to try his hardest not to tell Amy about his secret. Meanwhile, Amy realizes she may have a chance to go on her music course after all. The episode is called "Get Out of Town" and will air on Monday, June 21.

Several sneak peeks from the episode have come out, one of them is for the scene where Ben discusses what happens to two girls in his life with his dad. While Ben wants to keep the pregnancy a secret, his dad tells him to be "as kind to Adrian as you would to Amy when she was in this situation."

Coldplay Apologize for Turning Down 'Glee' Offer

June 16, 2010 03:15:16 GMT


British rockers Coldplay have issued an apology to the makers of hit U.S. show "Glee" for turning down a request to use their music on the program - and they have backtracked by giving producers access to their full catalogue. Creator Ryan Murphy asked the "Yellow" hitmakers if he could showcase their songs for a special episode, but the band turned him down.

After the success of a Madonna tribute show in April, the rockers have now admitted to Murphy they "were wrong" to have snubbed the opportunity and have offered him full use of their entire music catalogue.

Christopher Eccleston Explains His Exit From 'Doctor Who'


June 16, 2010 03:13:39 GMT


Former "Doctor Who" star Christopher Eccleston has criticized TV bosses behind the hit show, revealing he quit the cult sci-fi series because of the way the cast and crew were treated. The "Amelia" actor played the Time Lord when the show was revived in 2004, but left after just one season.

BBC executives said at the time that he left because he was tired and didn't want to be typecast - but Eccleston has dismissed their claims. He tells Britain's Radio Times, "They handled it very badly but issued an apology."

'True Blood' Takes a Big Bite Out of Ratings

June 16, 2010 02:36:48 GMT


The numbers are in, HBO's effort in heavily promoting "True Blood" season 3 did not go in vain. The new season was off to a strong start on Sunday, June 13 when approximately 5.1 million viewers tuned in. It is a staggering 38% increase over the second season debut and 19% more than the season 2 average.

When summed up with the 11 P.M. encore broadcast, the number drew a total of 6.4 million viewers. 5.1 million however is not the show's highest peak for an August 2009 episode took in 5.3 million. Nevertheless, "True Blood" is on the run to become HBO's most successful investment after "The Sopranos" and "Sex and the City".

'Bachelorette' Ali Cuts Two More Men in Week 4

June 15, 2010 09:29:45 GMT


Jonathan Novack the weatherman and Jesse Beck the general contractor have been eliminated from "The Bachelorette". Ali Fedotowsky chose to let them go in the fourth episode airing Monday, June 14, leaving nine including bad boy Justin Rego to compete for her heart.

Both Jonathan and Jesse were in the group date along with Roberto, Craig, Kirk, Frank and Ty. These men were pitted against each other in an audition for "The Lion King" stage performance in order to win a date with Ali. Roberto won the challenge, leaving Jesse who was lauded for his golden voice and the rest of the boys in dismay.

Victoria Adams Is 'Queen for a Day' on 'SpongeBob SquarePants'


June 15, 2010 09:12:57 GMT


Victoria Adams has joined the growing list of celebrities swimming to Bikini Bottom for a cameo appearance in animated kids show "SpongeBob SquarePants". The former Spice Girls jumped at the chance to voice a mermaid character on the show because her three sons are big fans of SpongeBob.

She follows in the footsteps of Johnny Depp, Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie and original TV "Batman" Adam West. And she can't wait for her boys, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, to catch the show when it airs in July.

Ryan Kwanten on Lindsay Lohan as 'True Blood' Cast: Not in the Forseeable Future


June 15, 2010 09:03:12 GMT


"True Blood" star Ryan Kwanten has dismissed reports suggesting Lindsay Lohan will be sinking her teeth into the hit TV drama. The "Mean Girls" star is a huge fan of the vampire series, and website gossips have begun to speculate about a possible role for the actress.

But Aussie actor Kwanten insists there are no plans for the 23-year-old songstress to join the show. Asked if Lohan is being lined up as a castmate, he tells E! online, "Not in the forseeable future."

Photos: 'Eclipse' Stars Taping 'Jimmy Kimmel' Special


June 15, 2010 08:51:44 GMT


Jimmy Kimmel is lucky to get not only one or two of "The Twilight Saga's Eclipse" cast to visit "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" but almost everybody. The talk show host has invited from Robert Pattinson to Bryce Dallas Howard to attend a special episode which is called "Jimmy Kimmel Live: Twilight Saga: Total Eclipse of the Heart".

Other confirmed actors on the show are Dakota Fanning, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Xavier Samuel, Nikki Reed, Elizabeth Reaser and Ashley Greene. ABC said that "Kimmel Live" will be the only primetime special where the cast of "Eclipse" will turn up.

'FNL' Welcomes Back Adrianne Palicki and Taylor Kitsch

June 15, 2010 08:04:28 GMT


More and more former cast are paying "Friday Night Lights" a final tribute by agreeing to come for at least one episode. Following the news that Zach Gilford who plays Matt will return to the show that catapulted him to success, EW said that Adrianne Palicki and Taylor Kitsch have also struck similar deal.

However, unlike Gilford who is scheduled to appear in four episodes including the season finale, Palicki has less episode commitment. The actress who tackles the role of Tyra is likely to come back in the last two episodes while Kitsch who plays Tim will join Gilford in the final four.

Betty White and Co-Stars at 'Hot in Cleveland' Premiere


June 15, 2010 07:22:04 GMT


Betty White showed her best smile when attending the special red carpet event for "Hot in Cleveland". The television world's hottest commodity showed her support to the new TV Land series by coming to the premiere held at New York City's Crosby Street Hotel on Monday, June 14.

She was accompanied on the photo call by her co-stars Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, and Jane Leeves who were all dressed up in black. Beside the main cast, there were also familiar faces on television such as Bryan Batt, Kristin Chenoweth, Christian Siriano, Raquel Welch, and Sean Hayes.

Betty White Dislikes Reality TV

June 15, 2010 05:02:44 GMT


Beloved actress Betty White has ruled out boosting her career comeback with an appearance in a reality TV series, insisting she's not a fan of the popular genre.

The former "Golden Girls" star has breathed new life into her TV career at the age of 88, recently launching her own U.S. comedy series "Hot in Cleveland", and delivering a highly-anticipated performance on sketch show "Saturday Night Live".

Jake Pavelka 'Won' a Role on 'Drop Dead Diva'

June 15, 2010 04:33:31 GMT


"The Bachelor" star Jake Pavelka will finally do fiction for he has been cast to play a role in Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva". "I am honored to be a part of 'Drop Dead Diva' this season, and cannot wait to meet the cast and crew," Pavelka said.

He went in audition and right away won everyone's attention. "When Jake came into the office to audition for the role, the whole production came to a stop. Everyone wanted to talk with him. He was so gracious and charming. He was spot-on and won the role in the room," creator and executive producer Josh Berman recalled.

Jenny McCarthy Signed by Oprah Winfrey to Develop Her Own Show

June 15, 2010 04:23:48 GMT


Jenny McCarthy is set to follow in the footsteps of talk show queen Oprah Winfrey after signing a deal to develop her own TV series with the media mogul. The Playboy model-turned-actress has landed a development deal with Winfrey's Harpo Productions.

Harpo executives have not elaborated on the content of McCarthy's series, but they insist it won't be in a similar format to the TV star's current U.S. chat show, "The Oprah Winfrey Show", which will go off the air next year. Executives have yet to confirm if McCarthy's series will launch on Winfrey's new TV network, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
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