Olivia Wilde to leave House

House actress Olivia Wilde will be absent from the hit medical series for much of the next season due to commitments on a movie. Wilde, who plays the role of Dr. “Thirteen “ Hadley, is taking time out to shoot Iron Man director Jon Favreau’s next movie Cowboys and Aliens but will return to House in the future.

New villian for Desperate Housewives

Desperate Housewives has secured a new villain for the next season in Ugly Betty’s Vanessa Williams. The actress, best known for her role as Wilhelmina, will move to Wisteria Lane as of next season with producers looking to fill the gap left by departed housewife Nicollette Sheridan.

CBS cancels seven shows

American network CBS has gone on a rampage, cancelling seven shows from its line-up to make way for new ones. Among those to be culled are Cold Case, Ghost Whisperer, The New Adventures of Old Christine (which may be saved by ABC), Gary Unmarried and Numb3rs. However the network has decided to renew Medium for another season.

James Franco returns to TV

James Franco will return to TV next month when he reprises his role as Franco on long-running American soap General Hospital. The actor appeared on the show late last year and has agreed to return for a stint in which his character, a murderous artist with an obsessive vendetta, returns to terrorise the people of Port Charles.

Law & Order not dead yet?

Recently axed drama series Law & Order may be revived with its creator desperately trying to bring the series back for a record-breaking 21st season. Dick Wolf has vowed to save the show which was cancelled by NBC last week to make way for a spin-off, Law & Order: Los Angeles. If successful, it would not be the first show to be brought back to life with the likes of Scrubs and Friday Night Lights resurrected after being canned by their respective networks.

Linda Hamilton joins Weeds

Actress Linda Hamilton, known for her role as Sarah Connor in James Cameron’s Terminator movies, is joining the cast of Weeds. Hamilton will appear on several episodes of the series, playing an eco-conscious marijuana grower who helps out Nancy.

Heroes sued by comic creator

Heroes is being sued by a comic creator over a storyline that the artist claims was copied from one of his books. Jason Barnes is claiming the show used a travelling carnival that was almost identical to that created by him as well as utilising very similar dialogue as in the scene. He is attempting to pull $60m in compensation from the show.

Steven Spielberg’s new series

Steven Spielberg’s next big-budget TV series has been given the green light in the US by Fox. Terra Nova, a dinosaur drama which focuses on a family 100 years in the future who travels 150 million years back in the past, will have the services of 24’s writers when it goes into production and it’s expected to comprise of stand-alone episodes.

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