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'Doctor Who': Is the Mountain West conference a fan of the Time Lord?

2 September 2012 2:17 PM, PDT

The new season of "Doctor Who" and the first full day of college football both happened Saturday (Sept. 1), and at first that seems like a coincidence.

After all, what could the Doctor (Matt Smith), who spent Saturday's premiere eluding and exterminating a clutch of crazier-than-usual Daleks, and the likes of Alabama, USC and Boise State have in common? Not much -- unless you look rather closely at Boise State's uniforms.

The Broncos, who opened their season Friday with a loss to Michigan State, play in the Mountain West conference. The league unveiled a new logo in 2011, replacing the old one with the words "Mountain West" set in front of an image of -- you guessed it -- mountains with a stylized "Mw" rendered in purple and gray.

Watching a bunch of games and then "Doctor Who" over the weekend, it struck us that the Mountain West logo looks an awful »

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'Breaking Bad' ruins the color purple for Betsy Brandt

2 September 2012 1:00 PM, PDT

Zap2it: Have you and Anna Gunn ever worked out a backstory to explain the "Breaking Bad" relationship between Skyler and Marie?

Betsy Brandt: Anna and I have joked about the fact that clearly there are issues with their parents, and we've always wanted to meet them. I don't know if that will ever happen, but we assume that their parents were just kind of crazy, nutso people, which is part of the reason why Marie and Skyler are always there for each other, because that's usually what happens when the parents are a mess. The kids become the grownups and siblings are like war buddies.

Related: 'Breaking Bad' Season 5 pics

Zap2it: How closely do you relate to Marie?

Betsy Brandt: Whenever anyone brings up the episode where Hank was shot, it physically affects me. When I watched it at home with my husband when it aired, »

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'Big Brother 14': Power of Veto competition gives the house a chance to get out ...

2 September 2012 7:15 AM, PDT

The Power of Veto competition for Week 8 is over in the "Big Brother 14" house and the houseguests actually look to be seizing an opportunity. Keep reading to find out who is in danger, or get the live feeds to watch it play out for yourself.

New Hoh Ian put Frank and Jenn on the block this week, with Joe as his possible renom choice after realigning with the Quack Pack members (specifically Dan, which is interesting).

The Veto comp was the annual Otev question-and-answer competition and in a bit of a surprise, Dan won the Veto. He seems to really want to pay Jenn back for last week and is going to take her off the block -- which isn't exactly a huge game move, but definitely a good PR move.

Obviously, since Frank is the target, it doesn't hurt Dan to return the Veto favor to Jenn since she »

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'Sons of Anarchy' Season 5 pictures: Jax at the head of the table

1 September 2012 8:25 PM, PDT

The fifth-season premiere of "Sons of Anarchy" will introduce Samcro's new adversary, but there's also a lot of unresolved tension within the club in the wake of last season's events.

Season 5 picks up a couple weeks after Opie (Ryan Hurst) shot Clay (Ron Perlman) and set off a realignment of the power. Jax (Charlie Hunnam) is now the president -- you can see the patch on his vest -- but the old adage "uneasy lies the head that wears the crown" definitely applies here.

The photos FX has released from the episode are mostly tight closeups of Samcro members sitting around the table, but there are also a couple shots of Harold Perrineau ("Lost") as Damon Pope, a well-dressed Oakland gangster who has it out for the club after Tig (Kim Coates) inadvertently killed Pope's daughter at the end of last season.

Speaking of Tig, this shot suggests he's pretty »

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Tricia Helfer joins 'Community,' plus 'Happy Endings' and 'Nashville' casting

1 September 2012 4:56 PM, PDT

"Community" fans who are apprehensive about the direction of Season 4 should take heart in the following news: Tricia Helfer ("Battlestar Galactica") will guest-star in an early episode.

That's a nice casting get, but it's who she's playing that should comfort Human Beings everywhere: According to TVLine, Helfer will play a rabid "Inspector Spacetime" fan whom Abed (Danny Pudi) meets at a convention for the fake show.

The episode will also feature Matt Lucas ("Bridesmaids," "Little Britain") as a fellow fan.

Other TV casting news:

- Penny (Casey Wilson) is getting a new guy on "Happy Endings." Nick Zano, late of "2 Broke Girls" and "90210," will appear in at least six episodes of the ABC comedy as a guy who helps Penny get over her feelings for Dave (Zachary Knighton). [Hollywood Reporter]

- Kimberly Williams-Paisley ("According to Jim") will recur on ABC's new drama "Nashville" as a former flame of Eric Close's character. »

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'Pretty Little Liars': Toby's secret will come out in episode 3x16 'Misery Loves Company'

31 August 2012 8:01 PM, PDT

Marlene King, one of the creators of "Pretty Little Liars," teased Friday night (Aug. 31) on Twitter that she would be dropping a great Pll Season 3 hint when she reached 100,000 followers. And she delivered.

"Here it is: In episode 316 a Pll will find out that Toby is a part of the A team. And the fAll out is huge," tweets King.

Episode 16 of this season is called "Misery Loves Company" and will be the third episode when the show returns in January 2013. Between now and then, fans can tune in for the webseries "Pretty Dirty Secrets" as we all gear up for the awesome-looking Halloween special, airing Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on ABC Family.

Which Liar do you think it'll be who finds out?

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'Hotel Hell' picked up for a second season on Fox

31 August 2012 7:59 PM, PDT

Gordon Ramsay's mini-empire on Fox will continue to expand with a second season of "Hotel Hell."

Fox announced late Friday (Aug. 31) that it picked up the show, in which Ramsay helps struggling hotel owners fix their properties and their practices. No word on when Season 2 will debut.

"The response to 'Hotel Hell' has been truly extraordinary, and we're really excited to have the opportunity to turn around many more hotels in dire need of intervention," Ramsay says.

"Hotel Hell" is the fourth series featuring Ramsay to air on Fox, following "Hell's Kitchen," "Kitchen Nightmares" and "Masterchef." It has performed solidly through its first four episodes, averaging 5.3 million viewers and a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49.

It's also been on an upward curve over the first four episodes, with Monday's episode drawing a high of 5.9 million viewers and a 2.4 in the 18-49 demo. The final two episodes of the »

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'Big Brother 14': New Hoh's nominations are in for Week 8

31 August 2012 7:29 PM, PDT

The new Head of Household in the "Big Brother 14" house has made his or her nominations -- keep reading to find out who's up on the block, or sign up for the live feeds to see for yourself.

Ian is the new Head of Household, after hanging in on the sun merry-go-round to the finals with Shane, who then made a deal to keep himself and Danielle safe. Ian stuck to his word and nominated Jenn and Frank for eviction.

We aren't sure that's Ian's smartest move. He is still sore at Frank and Jenn for getting Britney out, not realizing that Dan was the total mastermind. In fact, Ian has realigned with the Quack Pack members.

What would be interesting is it Joe wins Power of Veto (which, he probably won't, but you never know). If Jenn and Frank can reel him in by saying it's Shane/Ian/Dan »

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'Parks and Recreation': Nick Offerman wins Reddit with his Ask Me Anything

31 August 2012 7:04 PM, PDT

"Parks and Recreation" star Nick Offerman took part in an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit Friday (Aug. 31), and it was glorious.

You can read the whole thing here -- give yourself ample time, because Offerman answered dozens of questions from the site's users -- but we've collected some of Offerman's best responses.

One thing you won't see: A positive mention of Jerry Gergich/Jim O'Heir, in keeping with the "Parks and Rec" staff's general disdain for the character.

Pics: Stache-off! Ron Swanson vs. the world

(It's Ok, though: O'Heir had his own Ama recently.)

The best of Offerman's Ama:

On whether anything about him is "drastically different" from Ron Swanson: "I wouldn't call it drastic, but my penis is 5/8" larger than Ron's, in both length And breadth, but it is held that he wields his with greater aplomb."

On what he's building in the latest "Nick Offerman from »

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'American Idol': Keith Urban's deal nearly done, but who will be the fourth judge?

31 August 2012 5:13 PM, PDT

The judging carousel at "American Idol" continues to turn, with country star Keith Urban getting closer to joining the show officially.

Urban is on the verge of signing a contract to judge the show's 12th season, but the deal isn't quite finished, TMZ reports. He would join Mariah Carey, who is signed, and Nicki Minaj, who's still in negotiations.

Minaj's deal has reportedly stalled over the fact that she has an endorsement contract with Pepsi, while Coca-Cola is one of "Idol's" major sponsors.

Pics: 'Idol' judges through the years

Urban would take over for Randy Jackson, who's leaving his spot. The last remaining original "Idol" judge will still be part of the show in 2013, but he'll be a "mentor."

The "Idol" team is also apparently interested in re-introducing a fourth judge this season. Nick Jonas has confirmed he's being considered, but that's as much as anyone knows at the moment. »

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'30 Rock': Bryan Cranston and Catherine O'Hara fill in Kenneth's family tree

31 August 2012 4:29 PM, PDT

We've been to Kenneth Parcell's hometown on "30 Rock," but we've never met other members of his family (aside from cousin Clay Aiken).

That will change in the show's final season. Catherine O'Hara ("Best in Show," "Temple Grandin") will guest-star on the series as Kenneth's (Jack McBrayer) mother, and "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston will play her "friend" Ron, TV Guide reports.

Kenneth and Hazel (Kristen Schaal) will be involved in a "non-sexual" relationship at the start of the season, "30 Rock" creator/star Tina Fey tells the magazine. She doesn't spill any details about how mom and Ron come into the story, but perhaps Kenneth thinks it's time for Hazel to meet the family?

We do know this: Kenneth loves his mother even more than he loves everyone else, and Ron was not kind to him after Kenneth's father died. Which should make for some interesting dynamics when we finally meet them. »

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'Yukon Men' and 'Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice' fuel Discovery Channel's Alaska fascination

31 August 2012 3:00 PM, PDT

Fridays, Discovery Channel continues its fascination with Alaska with two reality-based hourlong shows, airing back to back.

First up is "Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice," a five-part series from executive producer Thom Beers ("Deadliest Catch," "Ax Men," "Ice Road Truckers") that takes off from his existing Discovery show, "Bering Sea Gold," in which miners seek gold under the waters off Nome during the summer. That's dangerous enough, but here, they venture out to explore beneath four feet of solid ice in winter.

The show follows three gold-mining teams and their driven skippers, who rely on courage, clear thinking, focus and cooperation to wrest treasure from the seabed without losing their lives to frigid water, whipping winds and frostbite.

Nancy Daniels, Discovery's executive vice president for production and development, tells Zap2it, "The American dream is very much alive, though as you can see on 'Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice, »

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Has 'Big Brother' Season 14 gone from worst to first?

31 August 2012 1:15 PM, PDT

A little over two weeks ago, we wrote an op-ed about "Big Brother 14" possibly being the worst season of the show ever. It certainly was rivaling Season 9, which took place in the winter during the writers' strike.

However, in the past week, the show has pretty much redeemed all of the crap we put up with all summer long in one fell swoop, courtesy of Dan Gheesling.

Dan went into 24-hour solitary confinement nominated and probably on his way out the door, since who is going to evict non-threat Danielle over huge threat Dan? But he hatched a plan that still would've been fun to watch had it not worked, but since it did? Amazing.

It doesn't hurt that Frank and Jenn, with no real alliance and not exactly the world's most cutthroat gamers, were ripe for the picking. But that probably went into Dan's thinking when devising this devious scheme. »

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Jennie Garth and Luke Perry developing a sitcom together

31 August 2012 11:49 AM, PDT

It's a bummer that Kelly and Dylan aren't actually dating in real life, but here's some good news for you "Beverly Hills, 90210" lovers rooting for the couple, who totally have a kid together (according to the new "90210" cannon): Jennie Garth and Luke Perry are still collaborating -- on a potential new sitcom.

RumorFix reports that the former costars are creating a comedy that will "play up their chemistry," according to an insider.

Garth's rep confirmed the project, saying, "They have been spending a lot of time together recently because the two are working on developing a TV sitcom together. It will be a multi-camera half hour show, currently we have producers and writers and are meeting with networks."

Perry is no stranger to producing television -- he created his own Hallmark movie franchise that started with "Goodnight for Justice," which was directed by another former "Bh"-her, Jason Priestley. »

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Robin Williams could head back to TV in David E. Kelley comedy

31 August 2012 11:31 AM, PDT

Robin Williams could be the latest big-name star to star in his own TV show. According to new reports, the actor is the latest A-lister considering a jump (back) to television on a new workplace comedy written by David E. Kelley.

Deadline reports that the single-camera sitcom would star Williams as an advertising executive who works alongside his daughter. CBS is in talks to pick up the show, which comes from 20th Century Fox TV.

It would mark Kelley's return to CBS, where he created "Picket Fences," and Williams' return to TV after 30 years, when "Mork & Mindy" ended. Networks are increasingly going after high-profile celebrities for TV shows. Tim Allen's "Last Man Standing" is heading into its second season at ABC, while Michael J. Fox is the latest beloved star to have a show in development.

Would you watch a Williams/Kelley sitcom? (If your answer is no, Why Not? »

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'American Horror Story' Season 2 official trailer: Meet the inmates of the Asylum

31 August 2012 11:22 AM, PDT

"American Horror Story" has started trickling out delightfully creep teaser trailers for its second season, subtitled "Asylum," in the past couple weeks -- but now finally there is an official trailer, with actors and everything.

Meet some of the inmates -- Adam Levine, looking fairly normal; Lily Rabe as a nun; Evan Peters looking kind of catatonic; Chloe Sevigny in lingerie; and Sarah Paulson and Zachary Quinto in dressier outfits. Plus, of course, the people running the asylum -- James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes and Jessica Lange. Those three are definitely the creepiest. As it should be.

"Ahs" has also announced its premiere date -- mark your calendars for Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on FX. We can hardly wait to see what this season has in store. »

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'Little People, Big World: Down Under' sneak peek: The Roloffs head to Australia

31 August 2012 11:07 AM, PDT

In TLC's latest "Little People Big World" special, the Roloff family reunites for a vacation Down Under. Naturally, one of the stops on their Australian journey is at a zoo, where they get up close and personal while petting wombats and feeding kangaroos.

In Zap2it's exclusive sneak peek of "Little People, Big World: Down Under", the family heads to the Cairns Zoo in Queensland. "One of the surprise highlights of the trip was the zoo," Matt says. "It was so cool!"

The family sees some Aussie wildlife like cuddly kangaroos and wombats, but also some slightly frightening reptiles. Check out the clip below. "Little People, Big World: Down Under" airs Monday, Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. on TLC.

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'New Normal' to be screened in Utah; Ksl station praises 'cordial and respectful dialogue' with Lgbt families

31 August 2012 11:04 AM, PDT

Utah television station Ksl, owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, announced last week that it would not be airing new NBC comedy "The New Normal" due to possible rude, crude or explicit content. The comedy revolves around a male gay couple having a baby via a surrogate.

GLAAD responded by asking Ksl to sit down with them and Lgbt families, which Ksl did. The station has not changed its position regarding "The New Normal" but did release this statement jointly with the Utah Pride Center:

In a major step today, representatives of Salt Lake City's Ksl-tv and its parent corporation, Bonneville International, met with Lgbt families about the controversial TV show "The New Normal." Following the meeting Ksl representatives stated that, "We care about and value all members of our community, including Lgbt people and their families, and are grateful when there can be the type »

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TV ratings: CBS wins with 'Big Brother,' 'Big Bang' and the Rnc

31 August 2012 10:31 AM, PDT

Fast national ratings for Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012

Although the final night of the 2012 Republican National Convention aired on every network, CBS managed to walk away with a ratings win anyway, just barely beating out ABC to win the night. The numbers aren't 100 percent accurate since the convention began before primetime in many parts of the country, but "Big Brother," sitcom repeats and the convention gave the eye network a win.

CBS averaged 5.7 million viewers for the night, earning a 3.9 rating/6 household share, narrowly beating out ABC's 5.2 million and 3.4/6. Following behind were NBC with 3.6 million (2.4/4), Fox with 3.5 million (2.3/4) and The CW with 1.3 million (0.9/1).

Winning the 18-49 demographic was CBS with a 1.8, with ABC getting a 1.4, Fox a 1.1, NBC a 1.0 and The CW a 0.5.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: "The Big Bang Theory" rerun (7.8 million, 5.1/9 households); "Two and a Half Men" rerun (6.6 million, 4.5/7)

ABC: "Wipeout" (5.8 million, 3.7/6)

NBC: "The Office" rerun (3.8 million, »

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Emmys 2012: Who should win outstanding supporting actor and actress in a drama series? Vote now!

31 August 2012 10:00 AM, PDT

It's Friday, so the Zap2It Emmy poll series rolls on with two new categories. So far, we've been asking you to select your choices in the lead categories for drama and comedy. Today, it's the supporting players' turn. And in both of the drama categories, you'll notice a bit of a pattern emerging.

Even though there are 12 nominees between the two categories, only five shows are represented. And while some favorites have emerged, the supporting categories are always difficult to predict.

For instance, any of the three representatives from "Breaking Bad" -- Giancarlo Esposito, Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul -- could win. Paul won two years ago, and we've already told you why we like Esposito. Same goes for the four actors from "Downton Abbey" -- Maggie Smith, Joanne Froggatt, Brendan Coyle and Jim Carter -- because the show is on so many critics' radars this year.

Jared Harris may seem like a longshot, »

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