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Petition to stop Kardashians

More than 80,000 people have signed an online petition against the Kardashian family, attempting to stop the production of their reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The petition’s organiser says: “We feel these shows are mostly staged and place an emphasis on vanity, greed, promiscuity, vulgarity and over-the-top conspicuous consumption.”

Ugly Betty actress joins HIMYM

Ugly Betty actress Becki Newton has reportedly signed on for a recurring role on How I Met Your Mother. The actress will appear in the show’s current seventh season.

Alien invasion drama in the works

An alien invasion sci-fi drama has been sold to the AMC network by Battlestar Gallatica’s David Eick. The project, entitled Thunderstruck, will be developed with the help of The Exorcism of Emily Rose writers Paul Boardman and Scott Derrickson.

Glee actor joins CSI: Miami

Glee actor Grant Gustin has signed on for a guest role on CSI: Miami. The actor joined Glee for the show’s current third season.

Survivor renewed

The Survivor franchise has been renewed for a further two seasons by the CBS network. The 25th and 26th seasons will premiere in late 2012 and early 2013.

Scrubs actress signs up for Cougar Town

Scrubs actress Sarah Chalke has landed a recurring role on Cougar Town. Chalke, who featured in Scrubs as Elliot, will play a love interest for Bobby (Brian Van Holt).

Paltrow and Timberlake win Emmys

Gwyneth Paltrow and Justin Timberlake were among the winners at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony over the weekend. Paltrow took out the ‘Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series’ awards while Timberlake received the ‘Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series’ award. The Primetime Emmy Awards air later in September.

Survivor host wins fourth Emmy

Survivor host Jeff Probst has won the Emmy for ‘Outstanding Host for Reality Program’ for the fourth time in as many years.

de Rossi to feature in new comedy series

Portia de Rossi will star in the new comedy project from wife Ellen DeGeneres. The former Arrested Development actress will feature in the yet-to-be-titled project, which is based around two warring sisters.

Sheen’s roast filmed over the weekend 

The Comedy Roast of Charlie Sheen was filmed over the weekend and as promised the roasters held nothing back in their mocking of Sheen. One of the best jokes of the night was: “You’re just like Bruce Willis — you were big in the 80s and now your old slot is being filled by Ashton Kutcher.”

Cougar Town recasting character

Cougar Town execs are planning on recasting the role of Stan (Andy and Ellie’s son) to allow the character to have more impact in storylines. The character will now be aged around 3 or 4.

Richards turns down cameo

Actress Denise Richards has turned down a cameo on Two and a Half Men’s season premiere out of respect for former husband Charlie Sheen.

Survivor changes announced

Several minor changes have been announced for Survivor’s two new seasons that were shot in Samoa recently. The clues for the hidden immunity idols will also be hidden and the group duels have been removed for Redemption Island eliminations.

Fallon returning to SNL

Jimmy Fallon will return to Saturday Night Live as a host in December this year. Fallon spent six years on the comedy series between 1998 and 2004 before moving on to host his own late night show.

Petersen to guest on CSI

CSI actor George Eads says that former star William Petersen will return to the series for a cameo role. Petersen left the show in 2009 after nine years playing Gil Grissom.

New Boardwalk Empire trailer released

HBO has released the first Boardwalk Empire trailer for season two.

Survivor host lands talkshow

Survivor host Jeff Probst has scored his own daytime talkshow on CBS in the US. “I’m fascinated with human nature and thrilled that this show will allow me the opportunity to connect with real people and explore their stories on a personal level,” Probst said in a written statement. 

Breaking Bad to possibly finish after season five

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has suggested the drama series will end after its fifth season. “Right now I would say season five should probably be our last season. But… check with me a year from now [and] we’ll see if I change my tune.”

Romano eyes possible reunion on The Middle

Ray Romano is said to be lining up a guest role in The Middle that would see him reunite with his former Everybody Loves Raymond castmate Patricia Heaton, who plays Frankie heck on the sitcom.

Sheen signs sitcom deal?

Reports are suggesting Charlie Sheen has inked a deal with Lionsgate Television to feature in a new sitcom that is currently being shopped around the networks in the US.

Survivor to follow current format

The next season of Survivor, to be held in Samoa, will follow the ‘redemption island’ format as used in the recent season. Also, two former well-known contestants will return as happened this season.

Fifth season of Chuck to be last

The president of NBC has confirmed that the upcoming fifth season of Chuck is likely to be the show’s last. Bob Greenblatt said of the recent decision to renew it for season number five: “It seemed to be the way to end it appropriately… and not get into a situation where it might end or might not end, and then it ends and we haven’t concluded the storyline. It gives [producers] a chance to plan for it. I think that’s the best way to do it.”

Love Hewitt heading to Law & Order: SVU?

Jennifer Love Hewitt is reported to be close to joining Law & Order: SVU for the show’s next season. The actress is said to be in advanced talks to appear in the crime series alongside Mariska Hargitay Christopher Meloni.

Trump not running for president

The Apprentice’s Donald Trump has announced that he will not be running for president in 2012 as a republican candidate. Trump said the decision followed “considerable deliberation and reflection” after weeks of an unofficial campaign.

Survivor winner heading to jail

Original Survivor winner Richard Hatch has been sentenced to nine months in prison after failing to correct tax issues stemming from the money he won on the reality show. Hatch owes around $2m in both taxes and penalties.

Rushdie penning TV series 

Celebrated author Salman Rushdie is penning a screenplay for a television series in the US. The author is writing Next People, a drama for the Showtime network that examines different aspects of American life.

DeWyze to perform on Idol this week

Last season’s American Idol winner Lee DeWyze has been confirmed to appear on the show’s results episode this week. The Black Eyed Peas will also be performing on the night.

Woods to make talkshow appearance

Tiger Woods will return to the talkshow circuit after keeping a low profile following the news of his extra-marital affairs last year. Woods will appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this week where he will play mini-golf with Fallon.

Survivor has been given the greenlight to keep going for another two years.

American network CBS confirmed that the grandfather of reality shows will return for its 23rd and 24th seasons during the 2011-2012 season.

“Survivor is a programme franchise that continues to stand the test of time,” said Jennifer Bresnan, the network’s vice president of alternative programming. 

“Each season delivers new faces, exotic places, the ultimate social experiment combined with game play, and one of the most engaged audiences anywhere on primetime television.”

Jeff Probst will continue on as host and executive producer.

Source: Digital Spy

Brummer heading to Ramsay Street

Former Home and Away actor Dieter Brummer has joined rival Aussie soap Neighbours for a guest role which will see him spend seven weeks playing a returned soldier. Recently, Brummer has worked on the likes of Underbelly, in which he featured across two seasons.

Survivor bails on Tonga

Survivor has pulled the pin on Tonga as a destination for the reality show after the country was unable to secure accommodation and other services needed to produce the show there. The decision is a blow to the country which was in need of the $8.1 million injection the show would have brought.

True Blood comic a best-seller

The hardcover True Blood graphic novel has proved popular upon release in the US, landing a spot on the New York Times Best-Seller list. The comic has claimed the number six spot on the list after one week on the shelves.

Ed Burns joins Entourage creator’s new pilot

Actor Ed Burns has signed up for the new HBO pilot ‘40’ from Entourage creator Doug Ellin. Burns, who has made cameo appearances on Entourage in the past, will play a banker in the pilot which focuses on a group of male friends in New York.

Fifth season of Mad Men planned

American network AMC has confirmed that a fifth season of Mad Men is in the early stages of planning. Although there is no deal yet between Lionsgate TV and the show’s creator Matthew Weiner, AMC executive Joel Stillerman announced that the celebrated drama is likely to return but no timeline has been set.

Spartacus close to signing new lead

The Pacific actor Liam McIntyre is believed to be close to sealing the lead role in the second season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand. McIntyre is the frontrunner to replace Andy Whitfield in the series who had to pull out to undergo treatment for Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The second season is expected to air later this year with a prequel series Gods of the Arena screening soon.

Survivor contestants to return

A pair of former Survivor contestants are set to return to the series for its next season which will also take place in Nicaragua. The upcoming season, entitled Survivor: Redemption Island, will feature the returning pair alongside a bunch of new hopefuls who will vie for the million dollar prize with a new twist in that eliminated contestants will be given a second chance on a “redemption island”.

Survivor winner heads back to court

The winner of the very first season of Survivor, Richard Hatch, is returning to court after allegations he has violated terms of his probation. Hatch was convicted in 2006 for failing to pay tax on the $1 million prize money he won on the reality show with a three year jail stint following. He could get more time behind bars should the judge determine that he failed to re-file his taxes from the early 2000s.

Matt Smith hints at more Doctor Who

Doctor Who actor Matt Smith has hinted that he is keen to film a third season of the BBC show. After making his debut as the character this year, Smith has confirmed that he is looking ahead to another season as the Time Lord, saying: “I take it a year at a time. I’m going to do this year, and maybe next year as well. I would like to.”

Mad Men actress joins Brothers & Sisters

Mad Men actress Cara Buono is joining drama series Brothers & Sisters with a recurring role. Buona, who plays Faye Miller on Mad Men, will take on the role of Rose who is described as a “hot-headed Italian.”

Claire Danes in talks to join new pilot

Claire Danes is in talks to join the cast of a new pilot called Homeland which former 24 showrunner Howard Gordon is producing and Ben Affleck is attached to direct. The job would be Danes’ first full-time television role since she featured in 1994 series My So-Called Life.

Former Survivor producer arrested for murder

Former Survivor producer Bruce Beresford-Redman has been arrested for the murder of his wife while the pair were on holiday in Mexico earlier in the year. Beresford-Redman will return to Mexico where there case will be put to trial.