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Moffat confirms planning on Sherlock S4/S5

The third season of Sherlock wraps up this week in the UK (coming to TV One as part of their new season, so “soon”), marked by a spcial gala screening of the final episode. Producer and writer Steven Moffat took the opportunity to share some exciting news about the series: “Rather excitingly, Mark [Gatiss] and I, for no particular reason, we just got out of the rain and sat at the top of the production bus […] and we just started plotting out what we could do in the future. […] And we plotted out the whole of series four and five … The ideas we had that day, I thought were the best we’ve ever had” Continue reading »

'Daybreak' TV Programme, London, Britain - 25 Oct 2011Ifans cast as Sherlock’s brother in Elementary

Rhys Ifans has been cast as Sherlock’s brother Mycroft in the second season of Elementary. The actor will recur as the character throughout the season, appearing for the first time in the season premiere.

MTV to air alternate ending for The Hills

MTV will air an alternate ending to The Hills this August, three years after the series came to an end. The clip will air as part of MTV’s ‘RetroMTVBrunch’. Continue reading »

Kutcher describes Two and A Half Men character 

Ashton Kutcher has described his new Two and a Half Men character, a young internet billionaire called Walden Schmidt, as “somewhere between an alien and Jesus Christ”. 

Charlie’s Angels series like Sex and the City and 24

Australian actress Rachael Taylor has described the new Charlie’s Angels reboot series as a cross between Sex and the City and 24. The actress was quoted in saying “If [24 lead] Jack Bauer and [Sex and the City character] Carrie Bradshaw had a love child, it would be Charlie’s Angels.”

Hills movie possible

Audrina Patridge told Ryan Seacrest during a recent interview that the Hills cast could reunite for a movie.

Roache reprising role on SVU

Actor Linus Roache will reprise his Law & Order role on the spinoff series Special Victims Unit. Roache played Michael Cutter on the series from 2008 until its conclusion in 2010.

Survivor veteran to host travel show

Four-time Survivor contestant Rob “Boston Rob” Mariano will front a new travel show called Around The World in 80 Ways. Mariano will be seen again in the upcoming season of Survivor: Redemption Island on TV3.

The Weakest Link to end next year

British gameshow The Weakest Link will end in 2012 following host Anne Robinson’s decision to depart the show. The series will have been on air for 11 years.

Montag details new series

Former Hills cast member Heidi Montag has confirmed details of the new show she is working on alongside The Bachelor’s Jake Pavelka. Montag and co. will compete with other celebrities on the show as they attempt to open a restaurant in West Hollywood while completing a number of tasks.

Ricki Lake returning with talkshow

Former talk show host Ricki Lake is planning a return to the small screen after more than six years off the air. Lake is developing another daily talkshow that will deal with lifestyle issues rather than the more sensational issues dealt with on her previous show.

Abdul joining The X Factor USA?

Paula Abdul looks to have landed a role on The X Factor USA alongside Simon Cowell and the already confirmed judge L.A. Reid. The former American Idol judge may also be joined by Cheryl Cole who is said to be close to being confirmed.

Seacrest named most powerful reality figure

Ryan Seacrest has been named the most powerful person in reality TV by the Hollywood Reporter’s fourth annual list of reality moguls. The American Idol host surpassed Simon Cowell, who took the title in both 2009 and 2010.

New reality project

Former Bachelor Jake Pavelka and Hills cast member Heidi Montag have reportedly teamed up for a new reality project. Montag wrote on Twitter:  “Filming’s been great so far. Can’t wait to show you all the new show! People keep asking what my new show is about. I say – imagine if Chekhov & Tolstoy wrote for reality TV.”

Conrad to pen more books

Former Hills cast member Lauren Conrad has signed a three-book deal with HarperCollins to pen a trilogy called The Fame Game. The books will follow fictional character Madison Parker, who Conrad wrote about in her LA Candy novels.

30 Rock not ending in 2012

NBC has denied the reports that 30 Rock will be ending in 2012 despite claims to the contrary by Alec Baldwin. The network says there have been no discussions as to concluding the show next year despite Baldwin announcing otherwise.

30 Rock nominated for seven Comedy Awards

30 Rock has garnered seven nominations for the first annual Comedy Awards which sets out to honour the best in comedy on TV and in film. The series received acting nods for Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski and Tracy Morgan as well as writing, directing and series nominations. The awards will be broadcast on Comedy Central in April.

Saffron Burrows joins Bones spinoff

British actress Saffron Burrows will play the female lead in the new Bones spinoff, The Finder. Burrows will join Geoff Stults and Michael Clarke Duncan in the series.

West Wing creator to guest on 30 Rock

The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin will play himself in an upcoming episode of 30 Rock. Sorkin has made guest appearance as himself in the past on the likes of Entourage and has had acting roles on The West Wing and A Few Good Men.

Seagal to revive Lawman

Steven Seagal will return to the beat on his show Steven Seagal: Lawman after a sheriff in Phoenix granted the actor rights to continue filming in Arizona. Seagal was shut down last year after he was accused of illicit behaviour but will return for a third season this year.

Conrad fielding offers for new series

Former Hills cast member Lauren Conrad says she is fielding a number of offers from networks for her new reality series which MTV passed on earlier this month. MTV dismissed the series after they deemed it too “highbrow” for their network.

Kath and Kim returning?

There are rumours doing the rounds that Aussie comedy Kath and Kim may return after a three year hiatus. Actress Magda Szubanski recently confirmed a meeting with fellow cast members Gina Riley and Jane Turner as well as the program creators but any further information as off-limits.

MTV passes on new Lauren Conrad series 

MTV has passed on Lauren Conrad’s new reality project, saying it was not a good fit. The former Hills cast member announced a new reality show late last year but MTV say they will not be airing it despite the fact they “love” Conrad.

Rob Schneider pilot picked up

CBS has picked up a new pilot for a sitcom by Rob Schneider in which he features as a lifelong bachelor who somehow finds himself married and subsequently forced to integrate into a large Mexican-American family.

Coogan addresses Top Gear controversy

Comedian Steven Coogan has weighed in on the recent controversy surrounding comments about Mexicans on Top Gear in the UK. Coogan says of Richard Hammond and his fellow presenters:  “The Lads have this strange notion that if they are being offensive it bestows on them a kind of anti-establishment aura of coolness; in fact, like their leather jackets and jeans, it is uber-conservative… Big viewing figures don’t give you impunity – they carry responsibility.”

The Situation to leave Jersey Shore soon

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino has announced plans to leave Jersey Shore in the next two years to concentrate on his acting career.

The Simpsons renewed

The Simpsons has been picked up for a 23rd season by Fox in the US. The extensions will keep the cartoon running until at least 2012 and make sure it sees its 500th episode. Executive producer Al Jean says: “Like many 22-year-olds, The Simpsons is extremely happy remaining at home, on Fox, and hopes it doesn’t have to go out into the real world for many years to come.”

Jennifer Aniston chased for new reality show

TV execs are chasing former Friends actress Jennifer Aniston for a new reality series that would focus on her life. Successful MTV producers Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley, who brought the likes of The Hills and Laguna Beach to the screen, are chasing the actress to appear in order to boost her flagging career.

Arrested Development movie to happen soon

Arrested Development’s Will Arnett has confirmed that the much-hyped movie adaptation of the series is close to getting underway. Arnett said that production on the movie will commence “sooner rather than later” but refused to divulge any plot details.

New Christian Slater series planned

US network Fox are reportedly planning to commission a new Christian Slater workplace comedy series entitled Breaking In. Slater was attached to the project as far back as March this year but Fox sidelined it in favour of another series.

Glee actress hits back at GQ criticism

Glee’s Dianna Agron has responded to the criticism over the provocative GQ photo shoot featuring her and two other cast members. Agron, who plays Quinn, said that while the intention was not to offend anyone, “if your 8-year-old has a copy of our GQ cover in hand, again I am sorry. But I would have to ask, how on Earth did it get there?” 

Conrad begins filming on new show

Former Hills cast member Lauren Conrad has commenced filming of her new reality show which will focus on the aspiring fashion designer’s attempt to launch her own fashion label. “This show is going to have a smaller crew, and they’ll just be following us around,” she said of the show. “It’s going to have a rougher feel, but I think the end result is going to be more true.”

Doctor Who writer drops details

Doctor Who writer Neil Gaiman has dropped details on the episode of the show’s new season which he wrote himself, saying: “It all starts in void-space, with something or someone we have not seen since [1969 story] ‘The War Games’, and a knock on the Tardis door.” Gaiman’s episode id expected to air as the third.

Buffy and Gossip Girl talent teams up

Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Gossip Girl co-star Michelle Trachtenberg is teaming with Gossip Girl producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage for a new project about a young criminology student with a gift for profiling.

Rickitt lands UK political job

Ex-Shortland Street actor Adam Rickitt has landed a new job in the UK as a political reporter for the Conservative Party Conference. Rickitt, who played the recently deceased Kieran on Shortland Street, will work for morning current affairs programme Daybreak. He has previous experience in politics after a brief stint as a Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate in 2005.

Cuoco returns to The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco has returned to the show after taking a short break due to a broken leg she suffered last month, having missed only two episodes of the comedy. Producers of the show are planning on writing the actress’s injury into the storyline.

Conrad drops details on new reality show

Lauren Conrad has released details about her upcoming reality project for MTV, saying the show will be more “career-based” and revolve around her contemporary fashion line Paper Crown. The show will also take in her other projects such as TV work and her novels.

Lopez working on new series

Singer/American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez is working ona new script for American network ABC. Lopez is working with Friends and United States of Tara producer Alexa Junge on the project which is said to revolve around three branches of an extended family in Los Angeles but told from the viewpoint of the families’ three Latina nannies.