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Condoleezza Rice to guest on 30 Rock

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will guest star in an upcoming episode of 30 Rock. Rice is said to be playing Jack’s (Alec Baldwin) ex-girlfriend.

Cook to return to Criminal Minds

A.J. Cook has closed a deal to return to Criminal Minds after being dropped from the series last year. The actress will reprise her role as Special Agent Jennifer ‘JJ’ Jareau for the next two seasons.

Katy Perry for American Idol

Katy Perry has been confirmed to perform on this week’s American Idol results show. The singer will perform her new single E.T..

Louis-Dreyfus pilot picked up

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has had her new comedy pilot picked up by HBO. The former Seinfeld and The New Adventures of Old Christine actress will play the lead role in the series entitled Veep.

Misfits actor not returning

Misfits actor Robert Sheehan will not be returning for the British show’s third season. Sheehan’s character Nathan will be replaced by a new character on the supernatural series.

Jersey Shore cast sign on for fourth season

The entire cast of Jersey Shore has signed on again for the show’s fourth season, which is planned to film in Florence, Italy. The cast are reportedly set to earn up to $100k per episode.

Fey’s pregnancy will not feature on 30 Rock

30 Rock actress Tina Fey has confirmed that her pregnancy will not be written in to the comedy series as part of the story. Fey announced last week that her and husband Jeff Richmond are expecting their second child later this year.

Bana shows interest in Sons role

Australian actor Eric Bana has expressed his interest in appearing on drama series Sons of Anarchy. Bana went so far as to recruit Sons actor Charlie Hunnam for his new movie in the hopes that Hunnam would return the favour.

Seacrest named most powerful reality figure

Ryan Seacrest has been named the most powerful person in reality TV by the Hollywood Reporter’s fourth annual list of reality moguls. The American Idol host surpassed Simon Cowell, who took the title in both 2009 and 2010.

New reality project

Former Bachelor Jake Pavelka and Hills cast member Heidi Montag have reportedly teamed up for a new reality project. Montag wrote on Twitter:  “Filming’s been great so far. Can’t wait to show you all the new show! People keep asking what my new show is about. I say – imagine if Chekhov & Tolstoy wrote for reality TV.”

Conrad to pen more books

Former Hills cast member Lauren Conrad has signed a three-book deal with HarperCollins to pen a trilogy called The Fame Game. The books will follow fictional character Madison Parker, who Conrad wrote about in her LA Candy novels.

30 Rock not ending in 2012

NBC has denied the reports that 30 Rock will be ending in 2012 despite claims to the contrary by Alec Baldwin. The network says there have been no discussions as to concluding the show next year despite Baldwin announcing otherwise.

Elton John to host SNL

Sir Elton John has been confirmed to guest host an upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live in April. The musician will mark his first appearance on the show since his last visit in 1982.

Sheen plans tell-all book

Two and A Half Men actor Charlie Sheen is currently shopping around a “tell-all” book which would detail his time working on the sitcom. Sheen is seeking $10m for publishing rights to the book which will chart his 8-year run on the show.

Sarandon to guest on 30 Rock

Susan Sarandon has signed on to make a guest appearance in an episode of 30 Rock this season. The actress has made TV appearance before in the likes of Friends, Rescue Me and ER.

Johnson plans TV return

Former Miami Vice actor Don Johnson is planning a return to TV with a role in a new NBC series A Mann’s World. Johnson will reportedly play the lead role in the series which centres on a hair stylist who finds himself struggling to stay relevant in the industry.

Lady GaGa to perform on Idol finale

Lady GaGa looks set to perform on the season finale of American Idol, coming up in May. The singer will reportedly perform songs from her upcoming LP which is due to be released that month.

30 Rock nominated for seven Comedy Awards

30 Rock has garnered seven nominations for the first annual Comedy Awards which sets out to honour the best in comedy on TV and in film. The series received acting nods for Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski and Tracy Morgan as well as writing, directing and series nominations. The awards will be broadcast on Comedy Central in April.

Saffron Burrows joins Bones spinoff

British actress Saffron Burrows will play the female lead in the new Bones spinoff, The Finder. Burrows will join Geoff Stults and Michael Clarke Duncan in the series.

West Wing creator to guest on 30 Rock

The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin will play himself in an upcoming episode of 30 Rock. Sorkin has made guest appearance as himself in the past on the likes of Entourage and has had acting roles on The West Wing and A Few Good Men.

Seagal to revive Lawman

Steven Seagal will return to the beat on his show Steven Seagal: Lawman after a sheriff in Phoenix granted the actor rights to continue filming in Arizona. Seagal was shut down last year after he was accused of illicit behaviour but will return for a third season this year.

Conrad fielding offers for new series

Former Hills cast member Lauren Conrad says she is fielding a number of offers from networks for her new reality series which MTV passed on earlier this month. MTV dismissed the series after they deemed it too “highbrow” for their network.

The television nominees and winners from the 68th Golden Globe Awards.



“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO) – Winner

“Dexter” (Showtime)

“The Good Wife” (CBS)

“Mad Men” (AMC)

“The Walking Dead” (AMC)



Julianna Margulies – “The Good Wife”

Elisabeth Moss – “Mad Men”

Piper Perabo – “Covert Affairs”

Katey Sagal – “Sons Of Anarchy” – Winner

Kyra Sedgwick – “The Closer”



Steve Buscemi – “Boardwalk Empire” – Winner

Bryan Cranston – “Breaking Bad”

Michael Hall – “Dexter”

Jon Hamm – “Mad Men”

Hugh Laurie – “House”



“30 Rock” (NBC)

“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

“The Big C” (Showtime)

“Glee” (FOX) – Winner

“Modern Family” (ABC)

“Nurse Jackie” (Showtime)



Toni Collette – “United States Of Tara”

Edie Falco – “Nurse Jackie”

Tina Fey – “30 Rock”

Laura Linney – “The Big C” – Winner

Lea Michele – “Glee”



Alec Baldwin – “30 Rock”

Steve Carell – “The Office”

Thomas Jane – “Hung”

Matthew Morrison – “Glee”

Jim Parsons – “The Big Bang Theory” – Winner



“Carlos” (Sundance Channel) – Winner

“The Pacific” (HBO)

“Pillars Of The Earth” (Starz)

“Temple Grandin” (HBO)

“You Don’t Know Jack” (HBO)



Hayley Atwell – “Pillars Of The Earth”

Claire Danes – “Temple Grandin” – Winner

Judi Dench – “Return To Cranford”

Romola Garai – “Emma”

Jennifer Love Hewitt – “The Client List”



Idris Elba – “Luther”

Ian Mcshane – “Pillars Of The Earth”

Al Pacino – “You Don’t Know Jack” – Winner

Dennis Quaid – “The Special Relationship”

Edgar Ramirez – “Carlos”



Hope Davis – “The Special Relationship”

Jane Lynch – “Glee” – Winner

Kelly Macdonald – “Boardwalk Empire”

Julia Stiles – “Dexter”

Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family”



Scott Caan – “Hawaii Five-O”

Chris Colfer – “Glee” – Winner

Chris Noth – “The Good Wife”

Eric Stonestreet – “Modern Family”

David Strathairn – “Temple Grandin”


Woman sues Underbelly successfully

An Australian woman who sued the publishers of the book Underbelly: The Golden Mile has won her case in the NSW Supreme Court. Wendy Hatfield, who was portrayed on the TV series by former Home and Away actress Jessica Tovey, was awarded $59,000 in damages after the book and TV series implied she engaged in a sexual relationship with nightclub owner John Ibrahim.

Morgan to miss 30 Rock episodes

30 Rock actor Tracy Morgan is recovering from a kidney transplant and is expected to miss up to three episodes of the comedy series. Morgan underwent surgery earlier this month and it is believed that his absence will be written into the show as a breakdown of some form.

Baldwin to return to Gossip Girl

Billy Baldwin will return to Gossip Girl for at least two episodes to reprise his role as William van der Woodsen. The actor first appeared on the show earlier in the year in a three episode arc.

Lack of record deals for X Factor contestants

Following the conclusion of the Australian version of The X Factor last month, winner Altiyan Childs remains the only contestant to have snared a record deal. While Childs’ deal was part of the winner’s package, none of the other contestants have managed to pick up a deal as yet, including runner-up Sally Chatfield.

Modern Family leads SAG nominations

Modern Family leads the list of TV nominations for the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, picking up four nods. The sitcom has been recognised for Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series alongside individual nominations for Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara and Ty Burrell. Mad Men, Glee, Dexter and 30 Rock all picked up three nominations for the January 30 awards.

Parents group slams sexualisation of minors on TV

A parents group in the US has criticised the representation of teenage sexuality on TV shows coming out of the US. The Parents Television Council have targeted the likes of The Vampire Diaries, The Big Bang Theory, Glee and Two and A Half Men as being the leading contributors to the sexualisation of underage females. The group says: “TV executives have made it their business to profit off of programmes that depict teen girls blissfully being sexualised by casual partners… Clearly there are inherent dangers in having a cultural milieu that accepts and encourages this sexual contradiction of encouraging underage girls to look sexy, yet realising they know very little about what it means to be sexual.”

Alba to produce new comedy pilot

Jessica Alba has signed on to produce a new comedy pilot for American network CBS which has the working title of The Mother of All Something. Alba is named as a “non-writing producer” on the pilot which will centre on a Canadian blogger and tweeter.

Coro Street to move home

The set of Coronation Street is set to be completely rebuilt with ITV announcing plans recently to create a brand new production complex that will improve the quality of the show. The Manchester-based production will move to a new home at Salford Quays which is also home to a huge BBC development.

The nominees have been announced for the 68th Golden Globe Awards which will be hosted by Ricky Gervais on January 16, 2011.

The complete list of nominees in the television categories is as follows.


Best Supporting Actress in a series, mini-series or TV movie

Hope Davis (The Special Relationship), Jane Lynch (Glee), Kelly McDonald (Boardwalk Empire), Julia Stiles (Dexter), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)


Best Actress in a TV series, comedy

Toni Colette (United States of Tara), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Laura Linney (The Big C), Lea Michele (Glee)


Best TV movie or mini-series

Carlos, The Pacific, Pillars of the Earth, Temple Grandin, You Don’t Know Jack


Best Actor, TV series comedy

Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Steve Carell (The Office), Thomas Jane (Hung), Matthew Morrison (Glee), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)


Best Actress in a TV series drama

Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs), Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)


Best Supporting Actor in a series, mini-series, or TV movie

Scott Caan (Hawaii Five-0), Chris Colfer (Glee), Chris Noth (The Good Wife), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), David Straithairn (Temple Grandin)


Best TV Series, comedy

30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, The Big C, Glee, Modern Family, Nurse Jackie


Best Actor in a mini-series or TV Movie

Idris Elba (Luther), Ian McShane (Pillars of the Earth), Al Pacino (You Don’t Know Jack), Dennis Quaid (The Special Relationship), Edgar Ramirez (Carlos)


Best Actress in a mini-series or TV movie

Hayley Atwell (Pillars of the Earth), Claire Danes (Temple Grandin), Judi Dench (Return to Cranford), Romola Garai (Emma), Jennifer Love Hewitt (The Client List)


Best Actor, TV series drama

Steve Buschemi (Boardwalk Empire), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Hugh Laurie (House)


Best TV Series, drama

Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, The Good Wife, Mad Men, The Walking Dead


Source: Broadcastingcable.com

Glee leads Golden Globe nominations

Glee is leading the nominations for the 68th Golden Globe Awards, picking up a total of five nods including Best Comedy Series, Best Actor in a Television Series and Best Actress in a Comedy Series. Other shows to be among the frontrunners include Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife, Mad Men, Dexter, 30 Rock and Modern Family who all picked up three nominations.

Meester to leave Gossip Girl in 2012

Gossip Girl actress Leighton Meester has announced that she will depart the drama series in 2012. Meester, who plays Blair Waldorf, says she plans to launch a film career following her stint on the series.

Don Cheadle joins pilot

Don Cheadle has joined a new Showtime pilot called House of Lies in which he will play a ruthless consultant named Marty. The Hotel Rwanda actor is said to be the perfect fit for the role, with Showtime’s President of Entertainment David Nevins saying: “Don Cheadle is one of the great dramatic actors of our generation. He also happens to be an extremely funny man. House of Lies is the perfect show to take advantage of both sides of him.”

Jason Lee joins Adult Swim pilot

My Name is Earl actor Jason Lee has signed on to play the lead in a new Adult Swim pilot called Shredd: The Jon Johnsonsen. Lee will also direct the pilot, which is being produced by Jack Black’s production company Electric Dynamite.

Survivor producer launching new singing comp

Survivor producer Mark Burnett is set to add another new TV talent show to the already crowded genre, saying it will rival the likes of American Idol and The X Factor in terms of popularity. The series is based on Dutch format The Voice of Holland which has displaced Idol and The X Factor in The Netherlands, making it the highest rating talent show in the country’s history.