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Julie Benz to Play Stripper on 'Desperate Housewives'

January 04, 2010 03:43:49 GMT

Her character may be a memorable one on "Dexter" but it doesn't stop Julie Benz from taking a major role on "Desperate Housewives". The actress has finished her commitment to the Showtime series about a serial killer with good deed when her character Rita Morgan was killed in the fourth season finale back in December.

Benz who admitted she was devastated upon learning that Rita was killed off, bounces back from elimination to take a role as a stripper on "Desperate". EW's Michael Ausiello who got the break in the casting news said that the kind of stripper Benz would be is the one with a "heart of gold and a Masters degree in education".

Vinnie Jones and Stephen Baldwin Set for Britain's 'Celebrity Big Brother'

January 04, 2010 02:22:21 GMT

Vinnie Jones and Stephen Baldwin are spending their first night under round-the-clock observation - as contestants on Britain's new series of "Celebrity Big Brother". Baldwin, who has starred in a string of U.S. reality shows in recent years, including "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here!" and "The Celebrity Apprentice", was first into the house on Sunday, January 3.

He was quickly joined by Dynasty legend Stephanie Beacham, British rapper Lady Sovereign, and Sisqo, who performed an impromptu rendition of hit track "Thong Song" before he began his stint under the watchful eye of the TV cameras. Other stars, including former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss and Ronnie Wood's ex-girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova, entered the house before Jones arrived.

2010 Midseason Guide: When the Good TV Shows Will Return

January 01, 2010 03:52:00 GMT

TV world never dies from evolving and therefore, one must spring up and another must end. This upcoming season of television will offer the final season of "Lost" which will serve as the conclusion of the whole mythical and confusing philosophy that the show presented in the past six years. In the other side, "Parenthood" is vying to be one of the best drama in television with its star-studded cast and the element of family genre.

While providing the cheat sheet of what shows will return when, AceShowbiz selects one from each month which is worth a stay at home. This includes "Chuck" that devoted fans have fought over Fall to stay on the screen.

Kaleidoscope 2009: Important TV Events (Part 4/4)

December 31, 2009 10:19:25 GMT

Toward the end of the year, TV shows that are doing well in rating have started getting the pick-up while those that struggle are given the ax. That way, networks would be able to determine which shows would return in midseason and which new shows should replace the canceled ones. Moreover, winners from reality shows such as "Survivor", "Top Chef" and "The Biggest Loser" begin to reveal themselves.


Simon Cowell to Play Grumpy for His Return to 'The Simpsons'

December 31, 2009 09:05:11 GMT

Simon Cowell is set to return to "The Simpsons" for a second cameo role, despite branding his last animated experience "embarrassing and intimidating." The "American Idol" judge admitted he didn't have a good time when he lent his voice to a cartoon character etched in his likeness in 2004, but has signed to make another appearance in an new episode.

Cringing over his last stint on the show, he remembers, "They obviously hated me as I had to do it over and over again. I could actually feel the rolling of eyeballs. It was like, 'After take 57 Simon could we have a little more reality'. It was painful."

Preview of 'Cougar Town' 1.11: Rhino Skin Feat. Lisa Kudrow

December 31, 2009 07:18:09 GMT

The sneak peek to the forthcoming episode of "Cougar Town" has come out, featuring Lisa Kudrow as a dermatologist. The clip previews a scene where Courteney Cox's Jules Cobb gets a suggestion from her. The episode is titled "Rhino Skin" and will be aired on January 6.

On the character that will be played by Lisa, executive Producer Bill Lawrence previously said, "She plays a dermatologist who is a horrible, horrible person, but [Cox] goes to her because she's the best. The [sight] of them playing people who dislike each other intensely was very funny for me to watch." In addition to Lisa, the show will also have Scott Foley coming in as another guest.

Sigourney Weaver and Alicia Keys Join 'Saturday Night Live' 2010 Line-Up

December 31, 2009 06:47:23 GMT

Actor Sigourney Weaver and R&B singer Alicia Keys have been lined up to visit the first two episodes of "Saturday Night Live" in 2010. They will be joined by Charles Barkley and The Ting Tings.

The episode where Sigourney will be hosting is going to be televised on NBC on January 9. The actress who tackles the role of Dr. Grace Augustine in movie "Avatar" will come along with U.K. pop-duo The Ting Tings who are booked to provide the tune.

Video: Zachary Levi Dishes on 'Chuck' Third Season

December 31, 2009 06:33:19 GMT

Just few days before "Chuck" is back on the small screen, Zachary Levi has dished on third season of the NBC's series. Being interviewed by Zap2it during the break of the shooting in early December, the actor said the new Intersect will be "a little fritzy and glitchy, which lends itself to both the action and the comedy."

Additionally, Levi explained how Intersect 2.0 affects the upcoming season, telling Zap2it "[It's] kind of like 'The Matrix' and Neo a little bit, but not nearly as cool as that, because Chuck is just not the coolest character in the world." Then, at the end of video, he playfully showed a move from Chuck's action.

Regis Philbin to Return to 'Live with Regis and Kelly' on January 4

December 31, 2009 06:10:02 GMT

After recovering from a surgery, Regis Philbin is set to make a comeback on the small screen on January 4, 2010. Along with Kelly Ripa, he will be hosting "Live with Regis and Kelly" with Amy Adams, Gabourey Sidibe, Tim Allen, Jenna Elfman, Chris Meloni, Katharine McPhee and Capt. Chesley B. Sullenberger on the guests seat.

Regis took a leave from the ABC's talk show since November 30 because he was preparing for a hip replacement operation which was held on December 1. Earlier this month, Nick Jonas from the Jonas Brothers came to the show to sub for him.

Kaleidoscope 2009: Important TV Events (Part 3/4)

December 30, 2009 10:11:43 GMT

People working in the TV world celebrated the arrival of the third quarter of 2009 when the biggest television event, the Emmys, was held in September. Preceded by Creative Emmy Awards, the event was, for some, the eventual payday of their hard work throughout the last year. Also coming into the spotlight is a major change in a very popular show that sent a shock to its fans in the month of August.


A Batch of Cast Photos From 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' Shared

December 30, 2009 07:16:02 GMT

A look at some of the characters in Starz's new series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" has been shared through a batch of cast photos. Among those who are featured individually in the images are Andy Whitfield's Spartacus, Lucy Lawless' Lucretia, John Hannah's Batiatus, Peter Mensah's Doctore, Manu Bennett's Crixus, Nick Tarabay's Ashur, Jai Courtney's Varro, Antonio Te Maioho's Barca, and Erin Cummings' Sura.

Prior to the images, Starz has released a behind the scenes video for "Spartacus". An exclusive courtesy of UGO, the clip that was debuted on December 23 has provided some footage from the upcoming action drama series as well as featured commentaries from the stars.

Preview of 'House M.D.' 6.11: The Down Low

December 30, 2009 07:13:00 GMT

House will be dealing with a dangerous drugs dealer in the January 25 episode of "House M.D." as seen in its promo which was aired after the closing credits of "The Tyrant" rerun. The "monster who is mysteriously dying" will be coming to House to seek for medical treatment.

Titled "The Down Low", the episode has Nick Gomez on the directing seat. It will follow House and Wilson when they have a crush on their new neighbor. Cuddy, Lucas and Rachel, in the meantime, are going to Disneyland.

First Look at 'Glee' Star Jane Lynch in 'The Cleveland Show'

December 30, 2009 04:59:31 GMT

Jane Lynch, the actress who tackles the role of Sue Sylvester in "Glee", will soon be coming into "The Cleveland Show". How her animated character will look like in this "Family Guy" spinoff has been teased through pictures obtained via Daemon TV. The three stills have Jane's character confronting Roberta.

Jane will portray Roberta's brusque, no-nonsense new teacher named Ms. Eck when "The Cleveland Show" is aired on January 10. In the episode titled "Love Rollercoaster", Ms. Eck will be seen encouraging Roberta to alter her appearance. Meanwhile, Cleveland Jr. befriends the disguised Roberta and falls in love with her.

Kaleidoscope 2009: Important TV Events (Part 2/4)

December 29, 2009 09:41:33 GMT

The second quarter of 2009 in television world is crowded with season finales including the revelation of winner for reality competitions. The period also marks the time networks are dropping their ax to shows that do not perform quite well during the midseason and will not be included in the Fall line-up. Nevertheless, controversies also surface, including a shocking revelation from a reality star about the term 'reality' itself.


Clips From 'Brothers and Sisters' Jan. 3 Episode

December 29, 2009 07:03:42 GMT

With "Brothers & Sisters" returning to television soon, ABC has released three sneak peeks from the January 3 episode. This would be the continuation of Justin and Rebecca's wedding which was held back when Kitty collapsed on the beach. In the finale, Kitty was taken to hospital where she was diagnosed with the critical stage of lymphoma cancer.

In the first clip, Nora orders her family to do everything they could to make Kitty the hospital's favorite patient. In the second clip, Nora, Robert, and Kitty discuss the alternative of her cure which can only be attained through a marrow donor. The third and last clip sees Kitty asking a favor from Sara to retrieve a shoe box full of her personal letters.
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