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Super Rugby final draws big numbers

Saturday night’s Super Rugby final between the Reds and the Crusaders produced record pay TV ratings in Australia for Fox Sports. 518,000 viewers tuned in across the ditch while 461,210 watched here in NZ on Sky Sport.

Oprah not hosting Oscars

Oscars boss Tom Sherak has dismissed rumours that Oprah Winfrey will be hosting the 2012 Academy Awards. “It’s not true, and I don’t know where that story even came from,” he told the Hollywood Reporter.

Vinny returns to Jersey Shore

Jersey Shore’s Vinny Guadagnino has reportedly returned to the MTV reality series after splitting during filming for the fifth season.

Criminal Minds adds Moses

Desperate Housewives and Mad Men actor Mark Moses has signed on to feature in the seventh season premiere of Criminal Minds.

Sheridan eyeing Packed to the Rafters exit

Packed to the Rafters actor Hugh Sheridan, who plays Ben Rafter, is eyeing an exit from the Aussie drama series in order to try his luck in the US. “The main reason for going over there is that, while I don’t have any definite plans yet to leave Rafters, LA is the ultimate opportunity for actors,” Sheridan said.

Vinny rumoured to be leaving Jersey Shore

Jersey Shore cast member Vinny Guadagnino is said to be departing the MTV reality series ahead of its fifth season. MTV have refused to clarify the rumours, instead just saying: “viewers can be assured they will have answers when season five premieres.”

Glee dropping cast member

Glee producers have confirmed that actor Chord Overstreet will not be returning as a series regular for its third season. He may still appear on the show as an occasional guest star.

Fry to play God in Monty Python project

Stephen Fry is to play God in a forthcoming BBC comedy film that deals with the religious controversy created by the Monty Python movie The Life of Brian.

Weeds seventh season could be the last

Weeds executive producer Roberto Benabib has said that the show’s upcoming seventh season is being planned as a potential final season. Benabib stated that the conclusion will provide “closure”, after hinting that the series may not be renewed for season eight.

Spader in talks over Office role

James Spader is said to be in talks over a role on The Office, replacing Kathy Bates’ character Jo Bennett. Spader guest starred on the finale of the latest season as a job applicant.

Sorkin and Krasinski team up for mini-series

Writer and director Aaron Sorkin and The Office actor John Krasinski will team up for a new mini-series centring on the infamous Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. The project will be based on the book Life At The Marmont which follows the stories of people who have frequented the hotel over the years.

MTV not recasting Jersey Shore

MTV has shot down rumours Jersey Shore will be recast after its fifth season, stating that the network is happy with its current line-up.

Jackass’s Ryan Dunn dies in car crash

Jackass star Ryan Dunn has been killed in a car accident overnight in Pennsylvania. Dunn and an unidentified person died when the Porsche he was driving left the road and burst into flames. A post on the official MTV Twitter page read: “We’re deeply saddened by the passing of a member of the MTV family, Ryan Dunn. Our hearts and thoughts are with his friends and family.”

The G4 network in the US has pulled the Ryan Dunn-hosted reality series Proving Ground following news of his death.

Hobbit role confirmed for Sherlock actor

Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been revealed as the voice of Smaug the dragon in Peter Jackson’s forthcoming Hobbit prequels. Evangeline Lilly from Lost and Aussie comic Barry Humphries have also been confirmed for the series.

Another British Jersey Shore spin-off planned

The Brits are planning another Jersey Shore spin-off, this time based in Liverpool. MTV launched the Newcastle-based Geordie Shore last month in the UK to record-breaking ratings for the network.

Gyllenhaal joins Grylls on survival mission

Bear Grylls of Man vs Wild says he took actor Jake Gyllenhaal on a survival mission in Iceland last month to prepare him for an upcoming role. Grylls said: “We had crazy conditions sleeping in snow caves, huge river crossings and these torrential storms. I was a little bit nervous as I promised Jake’s management team I would keep him alive, but he was brilliant.”

Lost actor joins new Sinbad series

Lost actor Naveen Andrews has been cast in a new British series, entitled Sinbad, that is based on the iconic mythological character but given a modern twist.

Neighbours to have first gay couple

Neighbours will have its first ever gay couple on the series later this year when a former Home and Away actor join the cast as a love interest for an existing character. While there have been gay characters on the soap in the past, as far as a couple is concerned it is a first for Neighbours.

NBC wins My Name is Earl lawsuit

NBC bosses have won a lawsuit against a writer who claims he created the concept for My Name Is Earl. The man sued the network back in 2008 after he alleged the sitcom was ripped off a script called Karma he wrote and shopped around to TV networks in 1995.

NSYNC member plans boyband reality series

Former NSYNC member Lance Bass has announced plans for a new boyband reality series. Bass has gathered together a judging panel made up of former members of boybands such as Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block and NSYNC.

Jersey Shore cast hold out for more pay

The cast of MTV reality series Jersey Shore will reportedly earn their highest salaries yet in the show’s fifth season after holding out for more pay. The network was attempting to sign them on the same contracts as the fourth season but lawyers for the cast members refused negotiations unless they were redrawn under new terms.

Jon Hamm says Mad Men will end after season seven

Mad Men actor Jon Hamm says he believes the drama series will end after its seventh season. Hamm, who plays Don Draper on the show, says he is sure it will come to a close after its current three-year with the AMC network expires.

Star Wars TV series delayed

Producer Rick McCallum has stated that the live-action Star Wars TV series will be another three or four years away. The project has been put on hold due to a lack of technology necessary to shoot such an ambitious show.

Reality show cast banned from clubs

A number of clubs in Newcastle have banned the cast of the UK Jersey Shore spinoff, Geordie Shore, from their premises after a number of drunken fights in the opening episodes of the MTV reality series.

Parker joins Dexter

Actress Molly Parker has signed on to appear in several episodes in the new season of Dexter. Parker has previously appeared in the likes of Deadwood and moves such as The Road and Wicker Man.

Next IT Crowd series to the the last?

The IT Crowd creator Graham Linehan has suggested the series will end after its upcoming fifth season. “I think one more series to really say goodbye to the characters and the fans,” he said. “I’m not rushing into it because I don’t want it to be a zombie series where the show is dead but its body is still moving around.”

Bateman ready for Arrested Development movie

Arrested Development actor Jason Bateman says he is ready to “jump back in” to an Arrested Development movie. “I have no update at all,” Bateman says. “As far as I know, [creator] Mitchell Hurwitz is working on the script and he wants to start shooting at some point this year. So while I haven’t heard anything new, I haven’t heard anything that would contradict that.

Jersey Shore spin-off described as “pornography”

UK MPs have described the new British spin-off of Jersey Shore as “bordering on pornography”. The series, entitled Geordie Shore, premiered last week on MTV in the UK and drew extensive criticism from locals and officials who believed the series portrayed the area in a bad way.

Another Glee cast member going solo

Naya Rivera is the latest Glee cast member to begin work on a solo album after Mark salling and Michael Morrison. The actress, who plays Santana, will work with Columbia Records.

No Entourage appearance for Sheen

Entourage creator Doug Ellin has confirmed that Charlie Sheen will not be making a guest appearance on the series despite their interest in having him. Ellin says they have run out of time to organise a role for the actor.

Lopez unsure over Idol future

American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez has refused to confirm whether or not she will be back for another season next year. The singer signed only a one-year deal for the show.

Two added to Sons cast

Sons of Anarchy has added two more cast members to its fourth season line-up with Niko Nicotera and LaMonica Garrett joining the cast. Between them, the pair have appeared in the likes of Rome, One Tree Hill, CSI: Miami and Parenthood.

Van Der Beek guest stars on Law & Order: CI

Former Dawson’s Creek actor James Van Der Beek has signed up for a role on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Van Der Beek will play an arrogant playboy who is the co-owner of a social networking site.

UK’s Geordie Shore proves popular

The British version of Jersey Shore, entitled Geordie Shore, has proved a massive hit for MTV in the UK despite backlash from locals that it portrays the Newcastle area in an unfavourable light.

Mundine inspiration for Spartacus role

Australian actor Dustin Clare has said he modelled his character in Spartacus: Gods of the Arena off boxer Anthony Mundine. Clare says he drew inspiration from the way Mundine carries himself in the ring.

Downton Abbey wins BAFTA TV Craft awrads

New ITV series Downton Abbey has led the way at the recent BAFTA TV Craft Awards in the UK, picking up two prizes for direction and sound.

CSI actress labels Bieber a brat on set

CSI cast member Marg Helgenberger has described Justin Bieber as being immature on the set of the crime series when he guest-starred. The actress told a radio station that Bieber acted like “a brat”.

Jersey Shore fourth season delayed

Production on Jersey Shore’s fourth season in Florence, Italy has been delayed due to a visit to the city by the Italian president. Florence officials were said to be reluctant to give permission to film during the visit.

Palin gets reality series

The daughter of former American vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has landed herself her own reality show. 20-year-old Bristol Palin will have cameras follow her as she moves from Alaska to Los Angeles to work for a charity.

Trump defends against racism

Donald Trump has denied being racist due to the fact that a black contestant won The Apprentice back in 2005. Trump was defending himself against recurring allegations of racism and cited Randal Pinkett’s 2005 win as a reason why he shouldn’t be seen as racist.

Project Runway all-stars announced

An all-stars season of Project Runway has been announced that will see previous contestants having another crack at the fashion design reality show. 

The Situation signs MTV deal

Jersey Shore cast member Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino has signed a development deal with MTV. Sorrentino is said to be finalising the concept of a new show to be shot and presented in pilot form to the network later this year.

Colfer sells Disney Channel pilot

Glee’s Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt, has confirmed he has sold a pilot to the Disney Channel called The Little Leftover Witch. The project focuses on a witch who joins a family after crash-landing into their house.

Glee 3D film on the way

Fox has announced it will be releasing a Glee Live 3D film that will feature footage taken from this American summer’s live Glee tour. The 3D film will spend two weeks in cinemas.