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Hasselhoff joining Sons of Anarchy

David Hasselhoff has landed a role on the fourth season of Sons of Anarchy playing a former porn star. Hasselhoff will join the likes of Danny Trejo and Rockmond Dumbar who have already signed on for roles in the drama’s new season.

Hurley signs for Gossip Girl

Elizabeth Hurley yesterday confirmed that she would be joining the cast of Gossip Girl for its fifth season. Hurley will play a media mogul that is said to be an “all-round force to be reckoned with”.

Spader offcially joins The Office

Former Boston Legal actor James Spader has been confirmed to appear on the next season of The Office following rumours last month he was about to join the cast. Spader will replace Kathy Bates as the CEO of Dunder Miffin’s parent company, Sabre.

Glee character won’t be killed off

Glee creator Ryan Murphy has reassured fans that departing actor Chord Overstreet won’t have his character killed off the series. Online ‘Don’t Cut The Chord’ petitions have been started by disappointed fans who were worried that producers would be killing him.

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.

BBC releases Doctor Who teaser

The BBC has released this very short teaser for the upcoming new season of Doctor Who. The season will kick off with the two-part episodes ‘The Impossible Astronaut’ and ‘Day of the Moon’.

Futurama renewed

Futurama has been renewed for a seventh season by Comedy Central with 13 episodes ordered for 2012.

Dushku joins comedy pilot

Eliza Dushku has joined a new comedy pilot that features Damon Wayans as a popular, quick-witted sports radio host. Dushku is expected to play Wayans’ on-air sidekick in the yet-to-be-named project.

Depp joins new Gervais sitcom

Ricky Gervais has acquired the services of Johnny Depp for his new BBC sitcom Life’s Too Short. The Pirates of the Caribbean actor will feature in the comedy series that continues the story of dwarf actor Warwick Davis who appeared on Extras.

David Brent to apply for Michael Scott’s job?

Details of Ricky Gervais’ guest appearance on the season finale of The Office are said to have been released that suggest the actor’s character David Brent will be interviewing for Michael Scott’s (Steve Carell) job.

Charlie Sheen’s surprise appearance on Kimmel

Charlie Sheen has made a surprise appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, storming onto the stage during Kimmel’s interview with Mark Cuban. Sheen kissed the host on the lips before flinging t-shirts bearing his slogans into the crowd.

Mirren to host SNL

Dame Helen Mirren has been announced as guest host of an episode of Saturday Night Live, marking her first time on the American comedy series. Mirren will take the reins of the April 9 episode that will also feature the Foo Fighters.

Cryer joins theatre production

Charlie Sheen’s Two and a Half men co-star Jon Cryer has landed a role in a stage production of Company with the New York Philharmonic. Cryer will join How I Met Your Mother’s Neil Patrick Harris and Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks in the production.

Murphy named Comedy Icon

Eddie Murphy has been named the recipient of the ‘Comedy Icon’ prize for the inaugural Comedy Awards for Comedy Central. Murphy will be honoured at the upcoming ceremony on March 26.

Gervais and Arnett to appear on The Office

Ricky Gervais and Arrested Development’s Will Arnett will appear on the season finale of The Office in the US. Steve Carell will have departed the series by the time the pair hit the screen.

Ricky Gervais will be returning to The Office for the comedy’s season finale this year.

Joining Gervais on the episode will be Arrested Development’s Will Arnett, who’s making his debut on the series.

Earlier in the year Gervais guest-starred as David Brent alongside his American counterpart Steve Carell, who will have left the series by the time Gervais and Arnett appear.

Carell’s last appearance will screen in the US in April.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Gervais to guest on The Office

Ricky Gervais has been confirmed to make a minor appearance on the  US version of The Office this season. The creator of the UK original has filmed a very small part in the series, with showrunner Paul Lieberstein saying: “It’s little more than if you blink, you’ll miss it.”

Returning Amazing Race teams announced

The cast for the latest season of The Amazing Race has been announced, with the teams made up of contestants who have failed to win the $1m in the past. Dubbed The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business, the series will play out as usual with the teams travelling through five continents and 23 cities in order to take home the prize money.

Heroes actor joins Alcatraz

Heroes actor Santiago Cabrera has joined the new J.J. Abrams series Alcatraz alongside the likes of Sam Neill, Jorge Garcia, Sarah Jones and Jonny Coyne. Cabrera will play the fiancé of Jones’ police officer character who aids the FBI in tracking down the escaped prisoners.

House execs confident of eighth season

House execs are confident that US network Fox will renew the medical drama for an eighth season this year. With audience numbers still up for the series, its producers are not worried about getting the axe.

Breaking Bad, 30 Rock and Modern Family lead awards nominations

Breaking Bad, 30 Rock and Modern Family lead the nominations in the 2011 Writers Guild of America Awards, set to take place on February 5. Breaking Bad will compete against Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, Friday Night Lights and Mad Men for the Best Drama Series title while Modern Family and 30 Rock will battle Glee, Nurse Jackie and The Office for Best Comedy Series.

US Inbetweeners cast and director named

Kiwi director Taika Waititi will helm the pilot of the new US adaptation of UK comedy series The Inbetweeners. Actors Bubba Lewis, Joey Pollari, Zack Pearlman and Mark L. Young have just been confirmed to feature as the four lead characters.

24 fans set new Guinness World record

A trio of 24 fans have set a new Guinness World Record for the longest continuous period watching television. The three Americans spent a total of 86 hours, 6 minutes and 41 seconds watching the first six seasons of 24. The event, which was organised by American network Fox, began with 100 fans but only three remained watching the entire marathon.

Gervais says “don’t replace Carell on The Office”

Ricky Gervais has insisted that producers of The Office should not try to replace Steve Carell on the comedy series but rather concentrate on replacing his character Michael Scott. “There’s a lot of talk about who’s going to replace Steve Carell,” he said. “You should never think like that. Steve Carell is an actor. You should [instead] think about who’s replacing Michael Scott. You’ve got to suspend disbelief, [as] it’s meant to be a fake documentary and it’s all about the story. Even though we know what’s going on behind the scenes… it’s what’s good for the show that counts.”

Brent Bolthouse developing series

Nightclub and restaurant mogul Brent Bolthouse is developing a new series for American network Starz which will centre on the lives of several Los Angeles residents who cross paths. Bolthouse featured in a minor role on the early seasons of The Hills, “playing” the boss of Heidi Montag, along with various other small acting roles on various series.

Susan Boyle confirmed for Glee

Glee creator Ryan Murphy has finally confirmed Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Susan Boyle for a guest spot on the series this season. The singer will play a lunch-lady in one episode later this year.

Sopranos actress passes away

Former Sopranos actress Denise Borino-Quinn has died after a long battle with cancer. The actress, who won her role Ginny Sacrimoni unexpectedly on the mob drama after an open casting call, passed away at the age of 46.

Spin City actor to guest on Gossip Girl

Former Spin City veteran Michael Boatman will make an appearance on an upcoming episode of Gossip Girl. The actor, who played Carter on Spin City, will take on the role of a high-powered businessman. 

Jack Black lands animated TV deal

Jack Black’s production company Electirc Dynamite has landed a new animated project for TV in a the form of Tiny Monsters. Black will act as executive producer on the series which will centre on a group of mean girls in a high school.

The Office currently casting new boss

The Office actor Rainn Wilson has confirmed that the show is currently casting a new boss to replace the departing Steve Carell on the show. Wilson also ruled out his character, Dwight, as taking the top spot at Dunder Mifflin saying: “Dwight could never become the boss because he would just fire everybody in the office,” he said. “It just wouldn’t work out.”

Stig upset over Top Gear treatment

The racing driver who outed himself as The Stig from TV’s Top Gear has hit out at the show’s cast and crew for his “unfair” treatment following the case. Host Jeremy Clarkson has been particularly scathing, calling Ben Collins a “glorified Dalek” while Collins hit back saying that the likes of James May and Richard Hammond have each cashed in on the success of the motoring show just like he is doing now.

Tim Allen planning TV comeback

Tim Allen is reportedly lining up a return to TV after last appearing regularly back in the ‘90s on Home Improvement. The 57-year-old is on the hunt for a project in which he will take the lead role.

Keitel not appearing on The Office

Despite naming Harvey Keitel his ideal man to replace Steve Carell in The Office, producer Paul Lieberstein will not have the actor on board for the show next year. It has been confirmed that Keitel will not be making any appearances on the comedy series after the departure of Carell.

Abrams working on Alcatraz series

J.J. Abrams is currently developing a new drama series based around the infamous prison island Alcatraz. Abrams will team up with a former Lost producer on the project who will also write the pilot episode.

Lie To Me loses Phifer

Lie To Me will be without series regular Mekhi Phifer for the show’s third season after the actor was forced to leave for creative reasons. Phifer’s character Special Agent Ben Reynolds will no longer be involved due to a shift in the direction of the storyline.

The Stig to go?

Following tradition, Top Gear could axe The Stig in favour of a new test driver after his identity was officially revealed yesterday following the BBC’s failed court case against HarperCollins and racing driver Ben Collins. There are rumours a new driver would be installed to keep viewers guessing.

The Office chasing Kietel

The Office’s producer Paul Lieberstein has announced his ideal pick to replace Steve Carell on the comedy series: Harvey Keitel. Lieberstein told E! Online that Kietel is “probably the only guy who could do it” and also pointed out that the veteran film actor is now doing TV.