Sons of Anarchy

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.

Law & Order: SVU veteran departing

Chris Meloni has announced his departure from Law & Order: SVU after 12 years on the show. The actor, who played Detective Elliot Stabler, will not return for the show’s 13th season.

Sons of Anarchy adds Dunbar

Sons of Anarchy has added former Prison Break actor Rockmond Dunbar to its cast for the show’s fourth season. Dunbar featured on Prison Break as C-Note.

Record votes for Idol

American Idol has attracted its highest-ever number of votes following its performance episode in the US last night. A record-breaking 122.4 million votes were cast following the show, adding to the 730 million votes cast so far across the season.

Kournikova joins The Biggest Loser

Anna Kournikova has joined the cast of The Biggest Loser in the US as a trainer for the show’s next season. The tennis player will replace the departing Jillian Michaels.

Snoop Dogg for Big Brother?

Rumours are doing the rounds that Snoop Dogg has been approached to take part in a Celebrity Big Brother show in the UK. 

9:30pm – Wednesday, May 18 on TV 3

As Sons of Anarchy roars into its third season, the leather-clad, gun-running testosterone that has fuelled the series takes a bit of a backseat to resolving last season’s cliff-hanger – the abduction of Jax’s infant son, Abel. Sons of Anarchy’s third season begins on Wednesday, May 18th at 9:30pm on 3.

“I just wanted to begin the season showing the emotional devastation of that,” creator and executive producer Kurt Sutter explains. “Even though these guys navigate in a fairly dangerous world, ultimately what happened to Jax is not in the outlaw handbook.”

This week’s third season premiere sees Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) so crushed that he can barely lift himself from the floor to bathe. And even though his fellow club members understand his grief, they also grow frustrated at his lack of interest in retaliation.

“We’re playing with the idea that perhaps Jax is too deep a thinker and perhaps too sensitive for this lifestyle,” Sutter says.

And the club isn’t the only support system Jax turns his back on. Rather than accept any comfort from girlfriend Tara (Maggie Siff), Jax insists that she leave Charming, so as to remove herself from any further danger.

“I know it’s really difficult for couples who go through a tragedy like this. Whether it’s losing a child or whatever it may be, the majority of couples don’t make it, and I think I just needed to acknowledge that with the two of them,” Sutter says.

“I think they’re both struggling with their level of guilt for what happened,” Sutter continues.

“Ultimately Jax can barely wrap his brain around what’s happened to his kid, and the idea that he suddenly is responsible for other lives, including Tara, is just something he can’t deal with. It’s really a selfish act – although he feels he’s doing it to for her own good, he’s really just doing it to protect himself.”

Could this mean the end for Jax and Tara? Find out when Sons of Anarchy enters its third season on Wednesday, May 18th at 9:30pm on 3.

Trejo signs with Sons of Anarchy

Danny Trejo has signed on for a role on the fourth season of biker drama Sons of Anarchy. The actor, who featured recently in action flick Machete, will appear in a multi-episode arc on the show’s upcoming season.

South Park spoofs Royal wedding

South Park has spoofed the Royal wedding for an upcoming episode. Entitled ‘Royal Pudding’, the episode is set in Canada and features Canadian royals who bear a striking resemblance to those who took part in the actual Royal wedding.

Chuck close to season renewal

Comedy-drama series Chuck is said to be close to a fifth season renewal by NBC. It is understood the series will return for 13 more episodes later this year.

Taggart axed after 28 years

Long-running Scottish crime-drama Taggart has been axed by ITV in the UK after almost 28 years on the screen. However, the series may still live on if another channel picks up the production.

Ferrell honoured with top comedy award

Will Ferrell is set to be honoured with one of the most prestigious prizes in American comedy, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humour. Ferrell will join the likes of Tina Fey, Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg and Steve Martin in receiving the award.

9:30pm – Wednesday, May 4 on TV 3

It’s been an action-packed season, now Sons of Anarchy delivers another emotionally gripping blow when the series concludes its second season on Wednesday, May 4th at 9:30pm on 3.

Rape. Murder. Finding religion. Katey Sagal’s character Gemma Teller was just one of the many Sons of Anarchy characters that went through a lot during the series’ critically acclaimed second season.

“She’s completely undone in a way that she’s never been before, in a way that made her feel vulnerable,” Sagal explains of her character’s journey. “She just questions everything about herself. [The rape] threatened her sexuality, it threatened her marriage, it threatened everything about her.”

Whether she was enduring the brutal attack, finally confessing it to her warring son and husband or just living in the (few) quieter moments of SAMCRO’s world, Sagal’s portrayal was consistently brilliant. Clearly, she is Married… with Children’s Peg Bundy no more.

“As an actor, it’s like a dream come true,” Sagal says of the role. “You want to keep stretching yourself and doing things you haven’t done before. It keeps you interested, keeps you curious.”

It was Sagal’s husband, Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, who asked her to be part of the show. She says she agreed with “not a moment’s hesitation” – and she had that same level of trust in him when she learned about the rape scene.

“Kurt had explained to me the story he wanted to tell and how it would affect the entire club,” Sagal says. “I sort of knew it wasn’t just for shock value. It wasn’t gratuitous – it came out of a real story he was trying to tell.”

In trying to move beyond her attack, Gemma has taken her son’s girlfriend, Tara (Maggie Siff), under her wing. Sagal says the relationship began out of Gemma’s fear of losing her son, but grew to be much more.

“Gemma realised that Jax was going to stay with Tara, and I think with the thought of losing her son if she alienated Tara, she made that choice right then: ‘I’m going to embrace this woman,'” Sagal says.

“But the fact that Gemma calls Tara right away… and that she came and did some stuff under the table, was very indicative that this is a woman who can be a part of this world. They’re all about loyalty, these people… and I think that Tara proved herself. … I think by the end of the season, Gemma genuinely loves Tara.”

Gemma’s other comfort came from finding God, who she believes gave her the role of being a “fierce mother”, a protector of her family and the club.

However, the actress says that it will ironically be Gemma’s righteous path that will give way to bloodshed in this week’s season finale. Make sure not to miss this when Sons of Anarchy concludes its second season on Wednesday, May 4th at 9:30pm on 3.

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.

9:30pm – Wednesday, February 9 on TV 3

Returning for its action-packed second season, this week sees the bungled hit on Opie leave SAMCRO in disarray in Sons of Anarchy, premiering on Wednesday, February 9th at 9:30pm on 3.

Leading up to this week’s second season premiere, Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam spoke to EW about how he sacrificed his tooth for the second season of the hit series.

“I’m sure it was worth it, but I’ve got a thing about my teeth,” the English actor tells Entertainment Weekly. “My mum was really psychotic when I was growing up about taking care of our teeth. I don’t have a single filling; I’ve never had anything done to my teeth, so it was kind of a bummer.”

The jaw-jacking scene won’t hit our screens until the middle of this season, but it comes as the tension between Hunnam’s character, Jax, and SAMCRO leader Clay (Ron Perlman) reaches breaking point. Hunnam says Jax tries to avoid a physical altercation for as long as he can.

“Jax tries to play an intellectual game with Clay rather than going in, guns blazing,” he says. “But as his efforts get thwarted, his frustrations rise, and it all kind of comes to a head in a very violent fashion.”

However, despite his problems with Clay, one thing that will be going right for Jax this season is his relationship with Tara (Maggie Siff). “He’s got the girl back, even though she had some pretty big reservations about jumping back into bed with Jax and this lifestyle,” Hunnam says.

“But, I think they’ve made the promise again that they are going to be together and do everything they can to make this work. I think Tara is always going to be conflicted about being drawn back into this world, but ultimately I think her love for Jax will win out.”

But Tara’s involvement with Jax could make her a target for the white separatist leaders played by Adam Arkin and Henry Rollins. Hunnam says that the series’ new season will see a lot of “miserable” deeds by SAMCRO’s new foes.

“Adam Arkin represents the greatest adversary that this club has ever known,” he says.

“He comes in and causes a great degree of problems for us. But he is also in a weird, funny way, an ally to Jax, because he forces the club to fight them in a much calmer, smarter way. Brute force isn’t going to win against this guy. So he helps advocate a mentality that Jax has been fighting for all along.”

Make sure not to miss this when Sons of Anarchy returns for its second season on Wednesday, February 9th at 9:30pm on 3.

9:30pm – Wednesday, January 12 on TV 3

This week’s action-packed 90-minute Sons Of Anarchy season finale will change everything for Gemma and her family when the series concludes it’s first season on Wednesday, January 12th at 9:30pm on 3.

Over the last 13 weeks audiences have witnessed Katey Sagal’s Sons of Anarchy character, Gemma Teller, go through a lot during the series’ critically acclaimed first season.

“She’s completely undone in a way that she’s never been before, in a way that made her feel vulnerable,” Sagal tells EW of her character’s journey. “She just questions everything about herself.”

Whether she was controlling Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and Clay’s (Ron Perlman) private lives, or just living in the quieter moments of SAMCRO’s world, Sagal’s portrayal of the tough-as-nails Gemma has been consistently brilliant.

“As an actor, it’s like a dream come true,” Sagal says of the role. “You want to keep stretching yourself and doing things you haven’t done before. It keeps you interested, keeps you curious. It’s been fantastic.”

It was Sagal’s husband, Sons Of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, who asked her to be part of the show. She says she agreed with “not a moment’s hesitation”.

“I’m very grateful to have a job,” Sagal explains. “The fact that people respond to it is super wonderful, but I feel so grateful to have a job I can really grow on and creatively do some stuff I haven’t done before.”

“It’s great to be received in a good way. I love that people are so attached to the show… [and] that they’re so invested. That’s a tribute to great storytelling.”

But where will the story take Gemma and her family of outlaws in this week’s first season finale? Find out when Sons Of Anarchy concludes its first season on Wednesday, January 12th at 9:30pm on 3.

9:30pm – Wednesday, November 17 on TV 3

Gemma (Katey Sagal) hosts a town fundraiser, which brings the former club member who was responsible for Opie’s (Ryan Hurst) arrest back to town, and into direct conflict with Jax (Charlie Hunnam) in this week’s action-packed Sons of Anarchy, screening on Wednesday, November 17th at 9:30pm on 3.

Though often billed as “The Sopranos on bikes”, Sons of Anarchy is still considered an unusual offering in today’s television line up. So what drove series star Charlie Hunnam to a drama about a gun-running motorcycle club handing out an eye-for-an-eye justice in a small town?

In a recent interview Hunnam revealed that he had a two-year break before agreeing to star on Sons of Anarchy, revealing his extremely picky nature when it comes to television projects.

“That’s the downside of being picky,” Hunnam tells American TV Guide. “It creates giant periods of unemployment.”

“I feel like it’s a very precious thing, a career… I wanted to stay away from anything that I felt had any kind of disposable feeling to it. I just wanted to work with like-minded people that were very, very serious and passionate about what they did.”

So what exactly drew Hunnam to the role of Jackson “Jax” Teller? The star of Queer as Folk and Green Streets Hooligans wasn’t exactly keen on doing a television series until he met Sons of Anarchy creator and writer Kurt Sutter, who also wrote for The Sopranos and The Shield.

“I felt the quality of Kurt’s writing was as good as anything that I’d read in any screenplay,” Hunnam explains. “He talked me through how he saw the first 26 episodes going.”

“He kind of spilled out the first two seasons. He had me five minutes into that conversation.”

And it’s a good thing he did, as Sons of Anarchy has proven to be a hit with both audiences and critics alike, many crediting much of the show’s success to Hunnam’s portrayal of the sensitive bad-boy Jax.

Make sure not to miss Jax in action when the man responsible for Opie’s arrest returns to town in Sons of Anarchy, screening on Wednesday, November 17th at 9:30pm on 3.

9:30pm – Wednesday, October 20 on TV 3

The wait is finally over for the highly anticipated motorcycle club series Sons of Anarchy, premiering on Wednesday, October 20th at 9:30pm on 3.

The edgy series centres around a gun-running motorcycle club doling out eye-for-an-eye justice in a small Californian town. The show’s ensemble cast features Charlie Hunnam as Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller, a swaggering, pretty-faced, bad boy; Ron Perlman as his tough-as-nails stepfather, Clarence ‘Clay’ Morrow; and Katey Sagal (Married with Children) as Gemma Teller, the club’s leather-and-lace matriarch – a woman who won’t let anything get in the way of her family, least of all her conscience.

Though often billed as “The Sopranos on bikes”, Sons of Anarchy is still considered an unusual offering in today’s TV line up. So what drove executive producer Kurt Sutter to create the drama?

According to Sutter, who was also an executive producer of the police corruption series The Shield, it’s the unexploited and darker elements of the renegade subculture that inspired him to create Sons of Anarchy.

“The stereotype most people have of the subculture is usually one of two things: these furry, fuzzy teddy bears like Wild Hogs, or the scumbag white trash living in trailers, smoking meth, which is as inaccurate as the other one,” said Sutter, who developed the show’s characters and storylines by hanging out with some of the motorcycle clubs in Northern California.

“What was eye opening to me was the way these guys lived. These sort of normal, middle-class lives,” Sutter continues. “They all have day jobs.”

“These guys all have family lives, and they have the same conflicts and problems that all married couples have. They face the same conflicts that all people who work together in proximity for long periods of time face.”

But accurately portraying any sort of subculture is tricky – all the more so with a group as secretive as a motorcycle club. In a world where loyalty and respect are everything, such groups aren’t keen to be outed – or misrepresented.

“The fact that we’re taking this culture and trying to put them in some sort of box and write about it and put it on TV sort of flies in the face of the nature of being outlaw,” Sutter says, adding: “But so far the feedback has been positive!”

Make sure not to miss the critically and commercially acclaimed Sons of Anarchy when the series premieres on Wednesday, October 20th at 9:30pm on 3.