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Breaking Bad, 30 Rock and Modern Family lead awards nominations

Breaking Bad, 30 Rock and Modern Family lead the nominations in the 2011 Writers Guild of America Awards, set to take place on February 5. Breaking Bad will compete against Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, Friday Night Lights and Mad Men for the Best Drama Series title while Modern Family and 30 Rock will battle Glee, Nurse Jackie and The Office for Best Comedy Series.

US Inbetweeners cast and director named

Kiwi director Taika Waititi will helm the pilot of the new US adaptation of UK comedy series The Inbetweeners. Actors Bubba Lewis, Joey Pollari, Zack Pearlman and Mark L. Young have just been confirmed to feature as the four lead characters.

24 fans set new Guinness World record

A trio of 24 fans have set a new Guinness World Record for the longest continuous period watching television. The three Americans spent a total of 86 hours, 6 minutes and 41 seconds watching the first six seasons of 24. The event, which was organised by American network Fox, began with 100 fans but only three remained watching the entire marathon.

Gervais says “don’t replace Carell on The Office”

Ricky Gervais has insisted that producers of The Office should not try to replace Steve Carell on the comedy series but rather concentrate on replacing his character Michael Scott. “There’s a lot of talk about who’s going to replace Steve Carell,” he said. “You should never think like that. Steve Carell is an actor. You should [instead] think about who’s replacing Michael Scott. You’ve got to suspend disbelief, [as] it’s meant to be a fake documentary and it’s all about the story. Even though we know what’s going on behind the scenes… it’s what’s good for the show that counts.”

Brent Bolthouse developing series

Nightclub and restaurant mogul Brent Bolthouse is developing a new series for American network Starz which will centre on the lives of several Los Angeles residents who cross paths. Bolthouse featured in a minor role on the early seasons of The Hills, “playing” the boss of Heidi Montag, along with various other small acting roles on various series.

Shane Warne to launch chat-show

Former Australian cricketer Shane Warne has secured a number of big-name celebrities for his new chat-show on Australian TV network Channel Nine. Warne will interview the likes of Sting, Daniel Radcliffe, Mick Jagger and Chris Martin on the new show entitled Warne’s World.

Michael Sheen hints at 30 Rock return

Actor Michael Sheen has hinted that he will return to comedy series 30 Rock again in the future to play his character Wesley Snipes. Sheen told Entertainment Weekly:  “We have talked about it and we kept it open. We’ve all enjoyed the character and I loved working with Tina [Fey].”

Cougar Town pays tribute to Spaced

Cougar Town is set to pay tribute to classic British comedy series Spaced, which starred Simon Pegg, in an upcoming episode. Cougar Town executive producers Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel explained that they are including the reference to the Spaced finger gun shoot-out because they are “self-proclaimed TV nerds and Spaced is such an awesome show that we wanted to give it a ‘shout-out. Plus it was easier than writing our own joke.”

Suicide confirmed in Bachelorette contestant death

A coroner has confirmed that the death of former Bachelorette contestant last week in California was suicide. 35-year-old Julien Hug, who featured on bachelorette Jillian Harris’ season, is said to have taken his own life after struggling for years with depression.

More gay characters on TV says research

Research is suggesting that the number of gay or bisexual characters appearing on Primetime television is on the up, with comedy shows like Modern Family paving the way. The figure breaks down to around 23 gay characters out of every 600 roles.

Tina Fey to be honoured with comedy award

30 Rock and Saturday Night Live star Tina Fey will be honoured at the ceremony for the Mark Twain Prize for American Humour by fellow performers Betty White, Jimmy Fallon and Jon Hamm of Mad Men and among others from Saturday Night Live. Fey is only the third woman to win the award, following Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin.

Heroes actor to guest on The Office

Ex-Heroes actor Jack Coleman will make a guest appearance on an upcoming episode of The Office where he will play a government official. Coleman will also appear in an episode of The Mentalist in the show’s next season.

Ramsay responds to suicide of contestant

Gordon Ramsay has responded to the news that an ex-contestant on his show Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares took his own life recently by saying: “I was fortunate to spend time with Joe during the first season of Kitchen Nightmares. Joe was a brilliant chef, and our thoughts go out to his family, friends and staff.”

Hamm and Giamatti for 30 Rock

Tina Fey has announced that Mad Men’s Jon Hamm and actor Paul Giamatti will make guest appearances on 30 Rock in the upcoming season. Hamm will reprise his role as Drew on the comedy series while Giamatti will play a “grouchy television editor”.

Gervais not heading back to The Office

Ricky Gervais has confirmed that he will definitely not be taking over from Steve Carell in the American remake of The Office. The comedian confirmed at the recent Emmy Awards that he will not take any acting part in the show and would prefer to simply keep his post as producer.

BBC takes legal action against Stig book

The BBC has taken legal action aimed at blocking the publication of an autobiography by HarperCollins which would fully reveal the identity of Top Gear’s The Stig. It is understood the driver is bound by a confidentiality agreement and revealing his identity would spoil the viewers’ enjoyment of the motoring show.

Monk for Brothers & Sisters

Brothers & Sisters has continued casting for its next season by signing Debra Monk for a recurring role. The actress, who will play a character called Alexandra, has appeared on the likes of Grey’s Anatomy in the past.

Grenier to feature in 90210

Entourage actor Adrian Grenier will appear in an episode of teen drama 90210 later this year. The actor will feature on the show with his real-life band The Honey Brothers as they play at an 18th birthday party.

Tim Gunn to guest on Gossip Girl

Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn will make a guest appearance on the latest season of Gossip Girl, playing himself. Gunn is no stranger to the guest appearance on scripted shows, popping up on the likes of Ugly betty and How I Met Your Mother.

Second wave of Emmy presenters announced

The second wave of presenters for the upcoming Emmy Awards have been announced with 30 Rock’s Tina Fey, Edie Falco, Wil Arnett, Laurence Fishburne and Stephen Colbert joining yesterday’s lineup.

Vance signs on for Dexter

Former All Saints actor Chris Vance has joined the cast of Dexter for the upcoming fifth season. Vance, who has also recently featured on Prison Break and Burn Notice, will play a character called Cole who is the personal aide to a prominent businessman.

Coro producers beef up security

Coronation Street is beefing up security ahead of the show’s 50th anniversary, with concerns of leaks of the long-running show’s feature storyline. Such is their paranoia, producers are even bringing in a team to sweep the set for bugging devices.

Despite all the trouble Charlie Sheen has been in recently, he still has one thing going for him: he earns more that anyone else on TV.

The Two and a Half Men star has been named the highest-earning TV star, finishing ahead of the likes of House actor Hugh Laurie and American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.

Sheen pulls a whopping $1.25m per episode of the sitcom, which he recently resigned on to for more seasons. Why wouldn’t you?

His co-star Jon Cryer earns a mild $550,000 for the same amount of work- coming in at second place on the list.

Hugh Laurie is the highest-paid drama actor, earning over $400,000 per episode of House, with Law & Order: SVU actors Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay tied at second on $395,000.

Comedy stars Tina Fey pulls $350,000 per episode for 30 Rock while The Office boss Steve Carell’s pay cheque reads $297,000 per outing.

Source: Digital Spy

Matt Damon will walk the halls at 30 Rock once again with news the actor will return to the show next season.

Cast member Katrina Bowden, who plays the role of Cerie Xerox on the show, confirmed that Damon will be back for the show’s upcoming fifth season.

Bowden confirmed to Life & Style that the actor will return as the love interest of Tina Fey’s character after making a cameo appearance in the fourth season.

“We don’t know what all of the surprises are going to be, but I can tell you that Matt is coming back this season for some appearances,” she said.

Source: Digital Spy

House actor releasing album

House actor Hugh Laurie is set to release a New Orleans-style blues album which showcases his skills as a pianist and singer. Laurie will enter the studio to record the album in the next couple of months.

Entourage actor passes away

Canadian actor Maury Chaykin, best known for his role as Harvey Weingard on Entourage, has died aged 61. The actor who played the recurring role of movie producer Weingard on Entourage passed away on his 61st birthday after struggling with kidney problems.

Wallace and Gromit on The Simpsons

News coming out of Comic-Con in the US has suggested that Wallace and Gromit will be making an appearance in an episode of The Simpsons. Al Jean announced that Hugh Laurie may also be appearing as well as several Glee cast members.

30 Rock actor linked to Glee

30 Rock’s Cheyenne Jackson has been linked with a role on the upcoming season of Glee. The actor will reportedly play a character called Shelby Corcoran who takes up the role of coach of a rival glee club.

Private Practice casting

3rd Rock From the Sun actor French Stewart will be appearing on the upcoming season of Private Practice, playing Russell’s estranged brother.

7:30pm Tuesday, July 20 on C4

Emmy Award-winner Tina Fey writes, executive-produces and stars as writer Liz Lemon in 30 Rock, an Emmy-winning, irreverent, and wildly funny workplace comedy set behind-the-scenes of a live variety show.

Tonight: ‘I Do Do’. Wedding bells ring in the Season 4 finale when Liz juggles going to three different nuptials, all while meeting her Mr. Right. Guest starring Matt Damon. Final.

Today’s announcement of the 62nd Primetime Emmy® Award nominations further reinforce TV3 and C4’s commitment to screening the best the world has to offer in terms of quality television entertainment.

The big hitters in the nomination stakes include Glee, 30 Rock, Modern Family, The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie and Breaking Bad.

Proving that the fun of Glee Club is infectious, Glee has notched up an astounding 19 nominations including “Outstanding Comedy Series”, “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series” – Matthew Morrison and “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series” – Lea Michele.

Three time Emmy® Award winner Edie Falco has been nominated for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series” for her portrayal of Jackie Peyton in Nurse Jackie. Commenting on her nomination, Falco said:

“Working on NJ has been a joy from the get-go. I’m beyond thrilled that people are enjoying it and noticing it as well. It’s an embarrassment of riches”.

Returning to TV3 on Tuesday 13 July at 9.30pm, other nominations for Nurse Jackie include “Outstanding Comedy Series” and “Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series”.

The Office and How I Met Your Mother also received nominations and will be returning to C4 shortly. Coming soon to TV3 is season 7 of Project Runway which is up for two awards including “Outstanding Reality – Competition Programme”