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O’Quinn’s role extended on Hawaii Five-0

Hawaii Five-0 has extended former Lost actor Terry O’Quinn’s role on the series. He was originally contracted to appear on six episodes but will now appear on nine.

Actress to reprise role on The Mentalist

Actress Morena Baccarin will reprise her role on The Mentalist in the show’s fourth season. The former V actress first appeared in The Mentalist’s season three as Erica Flynn.

Grammer’s new series renewed

Kelsey Grammer’s new series Boss has been renewed for a second season before the first has even aired. The political drama will run for a further ten episodes next year after debuting next month in the US with its first season.

Walger lands major role

Former Lost and Flashforward actress Sonya Walger has landed a major role in upcoming series Common Law. Walger will star alongside Michael Ealy and Warren Kole in the buddy cop drama.

Flashforward to be revived?

Positive news for fans of axed drama series Flashforward with news that US network Starz is “aggressively seeking” the licence for the show which was cancelled by ABC after its first season. The network is reportedly interested in producing new episodes after ongoing public protests regarding its demise.

MasterChef bumps election debate

The popularity of MasterChef Australia across the ditch has forced new Prime Minister Julia Gillard and opposition rival Tony Abbott to reschedule their live election debate this Sunday night. The finale of the current season of the cooking show takes place in the primetime slot and due to its overwhelming popularity the debate will be cut down and rushed through earlier in the night.

Daily Show actress for Chuck

The Daily Show correspondent Olivia Munn will make a guest appearance on the new season of Chuck this year. Munn, who regularly acts on a comedy series in the US, will play an intimidating CIA agent alongside Chuck.

Jersey Shore nears pay resolution

Production is expected to continue on the third season of Jersey Shore soon with news major cast members “The Situation” and “Pauly D” have both signed new deals. The cast strike which began earlier in the week looks close to being settled with the rest of the cast expected to sign in the near future.

Roberts to guest on The Middle

Former Everybody Loves Raymond actress Doris Roberts will make a guest appearance on new comedy series The Middle next season. Roberts will join fellow Raymond actress Patricia Heaton who plays Frankie on the second season of the show.

The office will continue – Carell

Soon-to-be-departed The Office actor Steve Carell has insisted the comedy series will still continue after he leaves at the end of next season. He says that although the main character is leaving the show has enough talent to survive once he departs.

Lawless to reprise role

Kiwi actress Lucy Lawless will reprise her role in the upcoming sequel series to Spartacus: Blood and Sand. The American swords and sandals series, which films in New Zealand, will shoot a six-part second series with Aussie actor Dustin Clare (Underbelly, Satisfaction) in the lead role.

Outrageous adaptation struggles

The American adaptation of treasured Kiwi drama series Outrageous Fortune is slipping in the ratings during its first season run in the US. Scoundrels, which follows a family similar to the Wests, is struggling in its summer slot and was down a further 13% this week.

 

Jersey Shore strike

The cast of Jersey Shore are striking due to the fact they don’t believe $10,000 each per episode is enough for them. The cast of the MTV show are refusing to shoot any scenes for the third season until the network coughs up more money.

FlashForward actor joins The Good Wife

Michael Ealy is joining the cast of The Good Wife for at least 10-episodes in the upcoming season. Ealy, who recently played Marshall Vogel on the now-cancelled FlashForward, will take on the role of the head of a Washington D.C. firm in the drama series.

MasterChef to get own TV show?

Last year’s MasterChef Australia winner Julie Goodwin is rumoured to be getting her very own food show on one of the prime networks in Australia. Perhaps our own MasterChef New Zealand champ Brett McGregor should be scheduling a meeting with TVNZ…

CSI resigns actress

CSI has re-signed another of its cast members in the form of Jorja Fox for another season. Fox, who stars as Sara Sidle on the series, will return in either as a regular or in an extended recurring role.

BBC denies Doctor Who movie rumour

The BBC have denied they are planning a Doctor Who movie adaptation despite the rumour mill working overtime saying there is one in the works. The British network has labelled it all “pure speculation.”

Cowell tips Connick Jr for American Idol

Departing American Idol judge Simon Cowell is tipping singer Harry Connick Jr to replace him on the show. Connick Jr appeared on the show last season as a mentor during a Frank Sinatra-themed episode.

The Office character tops geek poll

A character from The Office in the US has been voted the greatest geek on television. Dwight Schrute, played by Rainn Wilson, took the top spot in the poll followed by the likes of Carlton from The Fresh prince of Bel Air and J.D. from Scrubs.

Flashforward ‘most missed’ show

A recent poll has also found that Flashforward is the ‘most missed’ axed show. The Zap2It poll saw the drama take over 46% of the vote with Ghost Whisperer and Law & Order making up the top three.

Gervais on Curb

Comedian Ricky Gervais has reportedly signed on to appear in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. The Office creator will play as himself in the episode with further details kept under wraps. The next season of the series is set for next year.

Underbelly lawsuit

The woman who took legal action over the portrayal of her in Underbelly: The Golden Mile is now suing the network and production company for defamation. The ex-NSW policewoman is claiming the character of Wendy (Jessica Tovey) is based on her and that her relationship with club kingpin John Ibrahim was never sexual as it is portrayed in the crime drama series.

Breaking Bad renewed

Breaking Bad has been renewed for a fourth season after its third proved extremely popular. The show was in limbo due to budgeting issues between its American network and studio but the pair have reached an agreeable sum to allow the show to continue for at least one more season.

New MTV Twitter series

MTV are launching a new reality show that will embrace the online medium Twitter in a way never seen before. The network is looking for a TJ or Twitter Jockey in a new series which will pit eighteen hopefuls against one another for popularity in the online community. Sounds enthralling.

Union joins Army Wives spin-off

Flashforward’s Garbrielle Union has landed a new role in the Army Wives spin-off series set for release later this year. Union, who played Demitri’s fiancé Zoey in Flashforward, will take the role of a detective in the spinoff which will begin with an “embedded pilot” in the original series.

SJP fronts new reality series

Sex and the City actress Sarah Jessica Parker is featuring in a new reality show in the US which is seeking the next great artist. The show, entitled Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, follows the typical reality format as seen on the likes of MasterChef and Next Top Model but is interested in the pure artistic skills of the contestants.

Housewives musical?

Desperate Housewives actress Dan Delany has pitched an idea for a musical adaptation of the hit series to creator Marc Cherry. Delany, who plays Katherine, said she pitched the idea some time ago but Cherry wasn’t interested until Glee came along.

Flashforward protest

Disgruntled Flashforward fans are planning a blackout protest to show their anger over the show’s recent cancellation. The protest will be staged outside the ABC offices in major American cities and will consist of fans mimicking unconsciousness for 2 minutes and 17 seconds. A website PreventTheBlackout has also been launched in support.

Julia Stiles confirms Dexter

Julia Stiles has officially signed on to feature in the fifth season of drama series Dexter. The actress will appear in ten episodes in the upcoming season playing “a mysterious young woman who forms a unique relationship with Dexter (Michael C. Hall).”

Christians blame Ellen

A Christian news website has made a bold claim as to the reason for the latest season of American Idol bombing in the ratings in the US: the sexual orientation of new judge Ellen DeGeneres. The site’s director has placed blame squarely on the shoulders of the producers of the show saying: “At this moment in entertainment history, network television is on a pro-homosexuality bender,” McCullough. The producers of ‘American Idol’ chose to be a part of this push; it was a huge mistake.”

New Glee album

Glee’s Matthew Morrison is set to ride the wave of success of the hit TV show and release his own solo album. Morrison, who plays Mr Schuester on Glee, describes his style on the album as “dance heavy” and a cross between Michael Buble and Justin Timberlake.

Willard joins Family

Actor Fred Willard has confirmed he will return to Modern Family again next year after making an appearance on the show’s first season. Willard played Frank Dunphy, father of Phil, on two episodes and has stated he will pop up again in season two.

Perrette back for more NCIS

NCIS regular Pauley Perrette has signed a new deal to stay with the series despite talk the show was having trouble signing its stars for the next season. The actress has confirmed a new multi-year deal to continue playing Abby on the drama alongside Mark Harmon and Cote de Pablo and recently confirmed Rocky Carroll and David McCallum.

Doctor Who goes GaGa

Reports are suggesting pop singer Lady GaGa is being lined up to appear on English series Doctor Who. Apparently the BBC would love the singer to play a villain on the rebooted series saying: “She is no stranger to dressing up and would be more than a match for the Doctor. It would be a great coup to get her.”

Patel, Hoult for Skins movie

Skins actors Dev Patel and Nicholas Hoult have signed on to feature in the Movie adaptation of the English series. The pair, who featured in the first and second seasons of the show, are confirmed for the project which will feature cast members from across the four seasons.

Fiennes lands new role

Flashforward star Joseph Fiennes is set to go back in time in new costume drama series Camelot. Fiennes has signed on to play the wizard Merlin alongside Eva Green as sorceress Morgana and Brits Jamie Campbell Bower and Tamsin Egerton as Arthur and Guinevere. Shooting for the 10-part King Arthur tale begins later this month.

Golden Girl dies

Golden Girl actress Rue McClanahan has passed away aged 76. The actress, best known as Blanche Devereaux in the classic 1980’s sitcom, died of a stroke this morning with her family close-by. McClanahan is the third Golden Girl cast member to pass away, leaving Betty White as the sole remaining member.

Minnelli for Celebrity Rehab?

The producers of reality show Celebrity Rehab are seeking Liza Minnelli for the next season of the show. The 64-year-old has been reportedly offered US$500,000 to appear on the show which already has Tila Tequila and ex-Laguna Beach and The Hills cast member Jason Wahler locked in. The producers want the already sober Minnelli on the show to strengthen her sobriety.

Gallo returning to Bones

Actress Carla Gallo has confirmed she will return for the next season of Bones, with producers already planning future storylines for her. “I will be back on Bones because the pilot I shot [The Station] did not get picked up,” Gallo said. “[The producers] told me they would find a place for me.”

Brie reprises Mad Men role

Mad Men actress Alison Brie will reprise her role in the next season of the hit drama. Brie, who plays Pete Campbell’s wife Trudy, has said she will find it difficult to return to the show after working for eight months on another project where she played a character completely opposite to that of her Mad Men guise.

ABC lets Christine go

American network ABC has decided against picking up new episodes of the recently axed The New Adventure of Old Christine. The sitcom was cancelled last month by CBS but ABC showed interest in acquiring the rights to the show. However, the network has said negotiations have broken down and they will not be pursuing it any further.

ThunderCats coming

Cartoon Network is working on a new animated series of the classic series ThunderCats. The series will premiere next year and is said to be “a sweeping tale combining swords and science and boasting ferocious battles with the highest of stakes”. The original cartoon ran from 1985 to 1990.

8:30pm Wednesday, June 2 on TV2

Demetri’s (John Cho) life hangs in the balance in a FlashForward double bill, tonight on TV2.

In the first of tonight’s two episodes, the clock is ticking for Demetri, as Mark (Joseph Fiennes) and his team go in search of his whereabouts, and terror suspect Alda Herzog (Rachel Roberts, How To Seduce Difficult Women) promises to give Zoey (Gabrielle Union) information on where Demetri is – but at a price. Elsewhere, Olivia (Sonya Walger) learns the identity of the person who sent her the text message informing her that Mark was drinking in his flashforward.

Later, Janis (Christine Woods) continues to thwart her fellow FBI agents as an inside mole to a mysterious employer; Olivia is given some disturbing news by Gabriel (James Callis, Battlestar Galactica), who has been subjected to numerous flashforwards; and Aaron’s (Brian F O’Byrne) life is in danger in Afghanistan when he tries to blend in with the locals in his continued search for his daughter.

Wednesday 19 May, 8.30pm on TV2

Mark (Joseph Fiennes) and Vogel (Michael Ealy, Seven Pounds) try to uncover the FBI mole, tonight on FlashForward.

Forced to take action, Mark and Vogel put a plan into motion to uncover the FBI mole, which could end up alienating Mark from his co-workers. Meanwhile, in an effort to protect his family – and his marriage – Mark moves out of the house.

Keiko (Yuko Takeuchi, The Ring) continues her search in Los Angeles for Bryce (Zachary Knighton) and finds employment at the unlikeliest of places.

Survivor heading to Nicaragua

Emmy-winning series Survivor will head to Nicaragua for the next two seasons after spending the last two in Samoa. Shooting on the granddaddy of all reality shows will take place on the island of San Juan del Sur where the local terrain consists of volcanoes and ferocious wildlife.

FlashForward cancelled

The axe has fallen on drama series FlashForward after only one season with ABC cancelling the show for good. Waning interest in the US is to blame for the cancellation as the show has performed strongly in international markets. Word is the first season finale will leave a lot unexplained.

Reality show for Courtney Love

Courtney Love has reportedly signed on for a new TV show which will focus on her life and music. Despite the fact the Hole singer has slammed other celebrities for turning their private lives into reality shows, Love says she has “caved” because she was bored and couldn’t get hold of the self-help books she wanted.

Doctor Who on stage

BBC series Doctor Who is set to appear live on stage in the UK with a new theatre production of the celebrated show set to tour the country. However the new Doctor (Matt Smith) and his assistant (Karen Gillan) will not be appearing on the in the flesh, but the production will include flashy pyrotechnics and special effects.

Criminal Minds spin-off

American network CBS has picked up the new Criminal Minds spin-off series in which Forest Whitaker will star. The actor featured in an episode of the original show last month in the States to test the waters and will take on leading man duties in the spin-off series.

MasterChef judge wins award

MasterChef Australia judge Matt Preston has scored himself an award he probably doesn’t want from the Australian public. The TV food critic has picked up the annual ‘W**ker of the Year’ award from Ralph magazine due to his food snobbery. The magazine’s editor explains the choice: “Have you heard the way the guy talks about food? I think the guy needs to chill out and eat some cheese on toast once in a while.”

Bret Michaels new series

Reality star Bret Michaels has a new series ready to drop in the US called Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It. The docu-series will give viewers an insight into the rockers home life when he’s not on tour with his band and when he’s not shooting his various reality shows.

Hawaii Five-0 reboot

A reboot of classic TV series Hawaii Five-0 is in production at American network CBS. The original show, which ran for 12 seasons between 1968 and 1980, centred on a fictional Hawaiian police force and made a star out of leading man Jack Lord. The rebooted series will feature Alex O’Loughlin and Lost’s Daniel Dae-Kim.

The Bachelor video game

Reality show The Bachelor is releasing a video game based on the series this coming June. Exclusively for Wii and DS, the game will allow players to compete against other characters for the love of the Bachelor or Bachelorette over several “episodes”. Real life contestants Jason Mesnick, Trista Sutter, Jillian Harris and Andy Baldwin will all voice versions of themselves in the game.