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Rumors abound that Showtime's serial-killer thriller is adding a new female lead

By Kenny Herzog Apr 17, 2012 8:59AM
Let's face it: For all the macho, murdering business on "Dexter," Michael C. Hall's titular serial killer is twice as fun to watch when he's abetted or contested by an equally dysfunctional woman. Both Season 2's child-endangering arsonist, Lila, and Season 5's revenge-seeking love interest, Lumen, were fan favorites who made Dexter himself more compelling. And if the newest rumors are true, those viewers will have plenty to gush with delight about.

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E! is reporting via unnamed sources that a character named Hannah is making her way to Miami Metro for Seasons 7 and, possibly, 8 as well. The story only further teases that she'd be "sexy, dangerous and a force of nature" and has "quite the past, but is trying to put it behind her… until she meets Dexter."
Generally speaking, Dexter tends to have that effect on the opposite sex. We'll update with more details soon as any news bleeds out.

UPDATE: Showtime reps declined to comment on whether the above news is true or just gossip. We'll just have to wait till trailer-time to find out.

Season 7 of "Dexter" premieres September 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.


Sharon Osbourne, Julie Chen and the rest of the gang return to NYC

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Apr 16, 2012 3:39PM
Howard Stern is heading to "The Talk" for a sit down with his "America's Got Talent" co-host, Sharon Osbourne. Actually, it's Osbourne, Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler who are coming to Stern. The ladies of "The Talk" are taking the show back to New York for the week of May 14 to visit with Stern, Tom Selleck ("Blue Bloods), Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Famliy"), Rachael Ray ("The Rachael Ray Show") and Michael Weatherly ("NCIS").


Bing: Watch more clips and full episodes of "The Talk"

The "The Talk" co-hosts rolled onto set in a New York yellow cab on Monday, April 16, to announce their second trip to Manhattan. When Chen revealed the guest lineup, the crowd was excited, but they really went nuts for Stern. The shock jock has a beloved bad boy rep rep, but Osbourne told her co-hosts there's no need to be nervous about sitting down with him in May.


"There is this perception about him, but when he's in person, not on his radio show, he is a love," Osbourne said in the clip above.  "I can't begin to tell you. We've been around the country on auditions. As soon as anybody cries, Howard's up there cuddling them, with Kleenex, taking care of them. It's all perception. That's his radio show. This is him."


"Now, if he's not nice to us on our show, I'll take it personally," Aisha Tyler responded. "Or I will burst into tears!"


"The Talk" airs weekdays on CBS.


First Lady Michelle Obama, 'The Avengers,' Train, Gavin Rossdale and more

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Apr 16, 2012 9:54AM
The daytime talk show circuit will be hopping the week of April 16. Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman remain a hot topic. Stars from "The Avengers" and “The Three Stooges" are on the schedule, along with Jason Stratham, Olivia Wilde, Kevin Hart, John Cusack, Lucy Liu, Kevin Kline, Emily Blunt, Zac Efron and Blythe Danner. Primetimers from "Veep," "Law & Order: SVU," "Girls," "The Vampire Diaries," "Happy Endings," "Parks and Recreation," "Revenge," "Ringer" and "Smash" are on the docket. Expect plenty of "Dancing with the Stars" and "American Idol" coverage, as well as reality TV's Andy Cohen, Padma Lakshmi, Jennie Garth, Jaleel White and more. Katie Couric will dish her return to daytime. Regis Philbin gets back into co-hosting for a day at "The View," while D.L. Hughley, Seth Meyers and Mike Greenberg co-host "Live! With Kelly." Other notables popping up include First Lady Michelle Obama, Julie Andrews, Matthew Broderick, Wanda Sykes, Ricki Lake, Jane Goodall and Lynda Carter. Plus, Train is set to rock "The Rachael Ray Show" as house band all week, and don't miss performances from Gavin Rossdale and Bush, Jason Mraz, Toby Mac, Bonnie Raitt, Bon Iver, Neon Trees, Squeeze and more.

Bing: Watch clips and episodes of 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'

Mon: George Zimmerman's neighbor; Sherri Shepherd, Natalie Morales, Fran Drescher
Tues: Trayvon Martin’s brother & Family
Wed: Nicholas Sparks, latest eliminated “American Idol" contestant
Thurs: the family of Susan Powell
Fri: no celebs on the docket 

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
Mon: First Lady Michelle Obama (Via Live Shot), Katharine Mcphee; Neon Trees performs
Tues: Emily Blunt, Madeleine Stowe; Jason Mraz performs
Wed: Mariska Hargitay, Megan Hilty; Squeeze performs
Thurs: Wanda Sykes; Bon Iver performs
Fri: Nicole Richie, Jennie Garth, Tom Shadyac

"Good Morning America"
Mon: Jason Stratham, Jane Goodall, "Dancing with the Stars" BHS with Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd  
Tue: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, EL James, Mario Batali and Stanely Tucci;  Bonnie Raitt performs
Wed: Lucy Liu, Chris Powell, "Dancing with the Stars" castoff 
Thurs: Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth and Jeremy Renner, Vanessa Williams, Cuba Gooding, Jr ; Civil Wars performs
Fri: Matthew Broderick, Melissa Rycroft, Emeril Lagasse

"Live! With Kelly"
Mon: Ice-T, Paul Wesley; an "American Idol" castoff performs; guest co-host D.L. Hughley
Tue: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jane Goodall, Ronnie Wood; guest co-host D.L. Hughley
Wed: Olivia Wilde, Kevin Hart; guest co-host Mike Greenberg
Thurs: Zac Efron, Ana Gasteyer; guest co-host Seth Meyers
Fri: Candice Bergen, Eva La Rue; Peter Gros brings baby animals; guest co-host Seth Meyers

"The Rachael Ray Show"
* Train performs every day as this week's house band
Mon: "American Pickers"
Tues: Beauty day with hairstylist Ted Gibson, Rach's pimple-popping dermatologist and "trends with benefits"
Wed: Casey Wilson
Thurs: Emeril Lagasse, Randy Jackson
Fri: Anna Faris

"The Talk"
Mon: Tori Spelling, Kristoffer Polaha
Tues: Lynda Carter
Wed: “The Sound of Music" castmember, Theresa Caputo
Thurs: Sean Hayes, Will Sasso and Chris Diamantopoulos
Fri: Steven Weber

Mon: Rashida Jones, Andy Cohen
Tue: Jennie Garth, Ricki Lake
Wed: Julie Andrews, Emily Blunt, Blythe Danner; Neon Trees performs
Thurs: Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling; Train performs
Fri: Padma Lakshmi


"The View"
Mon: Meredith Vieira, Aziz Ansari
Tues: Ricki Lake; Gavin Rossdale and Bush perform; guest co-host Regis Philbin
Wed: Jaleel White
Thurs: John Cusack, Rashida Jones
Fri: Kevin Kline; Lena Dunham, Marnie Michaels, Jessa Johansson and Shoshanna Shapiro; Dr. Steven Lamm; Toby Mac performs

"The Wendy Williams Show"
Mon: Taraji P. Henson, Eden Wood, latest contestant fired from “Celebrity Apprentice”
Tues: Kathy Griffin, Dr. Ian Smith; SWV performs
Wed: Katie Couric, Tim Stack
Thurs: Loretta Divine, Lara Spencer, Jaleel White
Fri (rerun): Tom Green, Dr. Lisa Masterson



Award-winning actress to play Sigourney Weaver's mother on USA drama

By Kenny Herzog Apr 16, 2012 8:23AM
Looks like USA's gearing up to join AMC, TNT and other basic-cable networks in the hunt for prestige programming. Not content with merely airing an onslaught of breezy hits like "White Collar" and "Psych," the "Characters Welcome" sloganeer is inching closer to the summer debut of "Good Wife"-esque political drama "Political Animals." And now they've announced that Oscar winner and multiple Emmy nominee Ellen Burstyn will join a cast that already boasted Sigourney Weaver as former First Lady and current Secretary of State Elaine Barrish Hammond. 

Bing: More on "Political Animals" | Ellen Burstyn | Sigourney Weaver

Burstyn, similar to her role on "Big Love," will play an imposing matriarch. Specifically, she'll be portraying Barrish's boozy ex-showgirl mother, Margaret. 

There is, of course a long TV tradition of manipulative, domineering women behind every great protagonist (most recently, "Boardwalk Empire" comes to mind), but something tells us these two powerful actresses will elevate the material above that artifice. And if not, we can always elect not to endorse a second season.

"Political Animals" premieres this summer on USA.

'Community' star Donald to play young Tracy in upcoming live episode

By Kenny Herzog Apr 13, 2012 9:44AM
Oh, what can't young Donald Glover do? The 28-year-old actor/comedian/writer/rapper is like Eddie Murphy 2.0, but with actual musical gifts. He's also pulling double duty on an upcoming NBC Thursday night. TV Line reports that the funnyman and "Community" star will be popping up in the live April 26 episode of "30 Rock," playing none other than a younger version of Tracy Morgan's loose alter-ego, Tracy Jordan, in flashbacks. 

More on "30 Rock" | Donald Glover | "Community" | Tracy Morgan

Much as it would delight fans of both shows to imagine that their cast and producers work in collaborative harmony and share alternative-sitcom war stories over tea, this is actually an inevitable reunion. Back in 2008 and 2009, Glover penned a couple of "30 Rock" episodes and even appeared in blink-and-you-miss-'em bit parts in a few more. 

According to TV Line, the episode in question revolves around whether "The Girlie Show" will continue to be filmed live or transition to edited, pre-taped broadcasts. We're not sure if that's Tina Fey's way of subliminally trying to tell Lorne Michaels and "SNL" something, but we'll be more explicit: Lorne, keep it under advisement, especially if you're considering Lindsay Lohan as host.

"30 Rock" airs Thursday nights at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. The special live episode featuring Donald Glover airs Thurdsay, April 26. "Community" airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

Is Showtime seeking insurance against Duchovny exit?

By Corey Levitan Apr 13, 2012 9:27AM

"Californication" is reproducing. According to Entertainment Weekly, a possible spin-off is in the oven and David Duchovny is not the father.

Season 6 of the Showtime comedy, premiering next year, will feature Faith, a groupie in her 20s who is deeply religious yet practices sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll (the first and/or second parts presumably with Duchovny's Hank Moody). Faith will figure prominently in nine episodes, with an eye toward building her a stand-alone show.


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The character is the brainchild of "Californication" writer-executive producer Tom Kapinos. However, according to the report, she has yet to be cast, much less green-lighted for her own show.

If plans for a spin-off proceed, it could signal that either Showtime and/or the producers don't feel confident in their ability to continue meeting Duchovny's salary demands. (This TV Guide report ranked Duchovny the 13th highest-paid television comedy star, with a paycheck of $200,000 per episode. And that was back in 2010, when Charlie Sheen was still number one.)

"Californication" attracted 2.8 million viewers to its fifth season, a 12 percent boost over the previous season.

Season 6 of "Californication" will premiere in early 2013 on Showtime.


Rumor mill spins that racy French actress will play Jessica Lange's nemesis

By Kenny Herzog Apr 12, 2012 9:40AM
Oh, those crazy, liberated French. Up until now, sultry 27-year-old Parisian actress Lizzie Brocheré has been largely obscure to American audiences but well-known overseas for bearing all in a number of X-rated foreign features. But according to TV Line's unnamed "insider," Brocheré is ready to cover up that birthday suit for the part of Gia -- Jessica Lange's primary foil -- in this fall's second season of "American Horror Story." 

More on "American Horror Story" | Lizzie Brocheré | Jessica Lange

TV Line's story cites earlier casting calls that supposedly requested a ferocious, no-nonsense presence à la Angelina Jolie in "Girl, Interrupted." Ironically, one of Jolie's breakthrough roles was as the title character in HBO's "Gia," a movie in which she herself was frequently nude. 

Hopefully, Brocheré and Lange will help scare the pants off "American Horror Story" fans.

Season 2 of "American Horror Story" returns this fall on FX.

FOX cancels his latest sitcom … again

By Corey Levitan Apr 12, 2012 9:20AM

"Breaking In" has been yanked from FOX's schedule, where it had been airing on Tuesday nights at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. This marks the second time the struggling Christian Slater sitcom has met the ax. It had been revived after being canceled last May.


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According to this Entertainment Weekly report, the last three scheduled episodes will be replaced by repeats of the show's lead-in, Zooey Deschanel's "New Girl." The most recent "Breaking In" drew 2.6 million viewers and a 1.3 rating, meaning that it lost 43 percent of "New Girl's" audience. (Ouch.)

This completes a trifecta of failed shows for Slater, who also couldn't break in with 2008's "My Own Worst Enemy" or 2010's aptly titled "The Forgotten."

FOX claims its remaining "Breaking In" episodes "will air at a later date."

We're betting a later time, too -- as in 1 or 2 a.m.