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'Teen Mom 2' abuse: MTV accused of editing footage to make relationship appear violent

17 February 2013 3:17 PM, PST

MTV has been accused of editing footage from their reality series "Teen Mom 2" to imply domestic violence in a relationship where there may not be any. In the trailer for Season 4, Kailyn Lowry can be seen hitting her husband Javi Morroquin, and the father of her child, Jo Rivera. But a friend of Lowry's claims that the incident didn't occur as it appears in the footage.

"She never hit him," says Lex Lopez, who claims to have been present during the altercation. "She pushed him out of frustration and was instantly sorry for her actions ... That day there were 14 people in Kail's tiny house, including an eight-person camera crew. It was so hectic and Kail was very frustrated and she just lost it for a minute. Javi forgave her that day, even though MTV tries to make it look like he leaves the house after the incident. In fact, »

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'Save The Last Dance's' Sean Patrick Thomas cast in 'The Selection' for The CW -- again

17 February 2013 2:11 PM, PST

Sean Patrick Thomas, best known for his role opposite Julia Styles in '90s dance fave "Save The Last Dance," has officially been cast in The CW's "The Selection" pilot. Again.

Warner Bros. produced the pilot, about a "Bachelor"-like search for the princess of a Dystopian country, for The CW ast season, but it never went to series. Instead of scrapping it, though, The CW decided to spend a year developing it.

Executive producers Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain produced a very different, updated script, and most of the roles are being re-cast.

Last season, the lead was played by Aimee Teegarden, who is instead starring in The CW's alien romance "Oxygen" this year.

Thomas, however, isn't being replaced. Deadline reports that he'll reprise his role as Sylvan Santos, an advisor to the devious Queen, and an expert on all things related to royal etiquette. He's a key player »

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'Teen Wolf' star Gage Golightly cast in The CW's 'Company Town' from Sera Gamble and Taylor Hackford

17 February 2013 2:03 PM, PST

The rumors are true: "Teen Wolf" guest star Gage Golightly won't be returning to the series when Season 3 begins this summer. Golightly's character, outcast-turned-werewolf Erica, was last seen in a dangerous confrontation in the woods, and chances of survival aren't looking good.

Golightly has landed on her feet, as any agile werewolf should -- she's just been cast in The CW's new pilot "Company Town," from Taylor Hackford and Sera Gamble. Golightly will play Krista, a young woman engaged to Paul, a Naval lieutenant. Krista finds herself estranged from her best friend Page in their military town as tensions between the townies and the military personnel rise.

When a scandal rocks the Naval base, and Krista discovers that Paul is involved, though, she may need Page more than she thought.

The CBS Studios drama will be executive produced by Gamble and Hackford with Bill Haber. It's described as a "multigenerational, »

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'Tomorrow People' revamp casts Peyton List as female lead

17 February 2013 1:49 PM, PST

The CW's "Tomorrow People," from Julie Plec and Greg Berlanti, has cast its first lead role. Peyton List, best known for her work on "Mad Men" as Jane Sterling, will play the telepathic Cara.

Cara has the ability to read minds and transmit her own thoughts to other people, a function of her higher stage of evolution and the power that makes her one of the titular Tomorrow People. She has a sense of humor and is, seemingly, a trustworthy ally -- and she has an immediate spark with Stephen, the series lead who is about to discover some hidden talents of his own.

CW fans may remember List as Lois Lane's sister, Lucy, from "Smallville." She's not to be confused with the other Peyton List, who stars on The Disney Channel's "Jessie." Deadline was first to report the casting. »

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'Saturday Night Live': Christoph Waltz is 'Djesus Uncrossed' and more highlights

17 February 2013 1:24 PM, PST

This week's "Saturday Night Live," hosted by Christoph Waltz, was quite a bit better than the past few. Chalk it up to better writing, or chalk it up to an accomplished actor hosting, instead of a pop star. Whatever it is, last night's show featured quite a few funny sketches.

The hit of the night was a fake trailer for Quentin Tarantino's next movie, "Djesus Uncrossed." Billed as the "ultimate historical revenge fantasy," Waltz starred as Djesus, in what looked like a cross between all of Tarantino's movies.

The week's other big standout was the cold open. The show's opening sketch is often very hit or miss, but this one was a solid piece of comedy. Jason Sudeikis and Cecily Strong played employees aboard the Carnival Cruise ship Triumph, which was stranded at sea after an on board fire knocked out power. The two introduced various "entertainers" to distract »

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'Shameless' Zach McGowan: 'Jody can be convinced of anything'

17 February 2013 1:00 PM, PST

Zap2it: Your character on "Shameless," the dimwitted Jody, looks like a lot of fun to play. Is he?

Zach McGowan: He is very fun to play. And I know they say that bad guys are really fun to play, and actually they are a lot of fun to play, but a lot of times they can be very one-note. What I love about Jody is ... Jody can be convinced of anything, so there's nothing off the table, and that's what I think is really fun about it -- to play somebody who's not so sharp.

Zap2it: That has to be challenging, too, no?

Zach McGowan: Yes and no. I think every part presents its own challenges, and I think in all of us there lives the many different characters, and that's maybe one side of myself, a little bit. I don't know really how to put it into words, »

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'Killing Lincoln': Abraham Lincoln was 'martyred,' John Wilkes Booth was 'vilified'

17 February 2013 1:00 PM, PST

On a sultry summer day in Richmond, Va. -- the Confederate capital during the Civil War -- a film crew has gathered at an historic building refitted to look like a telegraph office. The scene being shot features Abraham Lincoln (Billy Campbell) receiving a message and then discussing it with Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (Graham Beckel).

Despite the sweltering heat, the bearded men wear waistcoats and jackets, and the women are decked out in period dresses, with corsets. The only person who seems comfortable is local actor Benjamin Perkinson, with his little suit and slicked-back hair, as Lincoln's young son, Tad.

In production is "Killing Lincoln," set to air Sunday, Feb. 17, on National Geographic Channel, a two-hour mix of drama and documentary based on the best-selling "historical thriller" of the same name by Fox News Channel anchor Bill O'Reilly ("The O'Reilly Factor") and historian/researcher Martin Dugard. Tom Hanks narrates. »

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'The Amazing Race 22' keeps it fresh with an additional Express Pass

17 February 2013 11:00 AM, PST

The 23rd season of CBS' competitive reality show "The Amazing Race" is already in production as the 22nd season prepares to launch on Sunday, Feb. 17. Despite crisscrossing the globe for more than a decade, the show has still not run out of cool things to do or cool places to do them in -- or cool people.

This year's diverse lineup of two-person teams includes twin Chicago brothers who are both husbands, fathers and Ob/GYNs; pro hockey players from North Carolina; roller-derby moms from Colorado; father-son cancer survivors from Salt Lake City; pals and country singers, one descended from Daniel Boone and the other descended from John Wayne; and Los Angeles friends who are both hosts of their own YouTube channels.

Spouses and producing partners Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri take a break during a photo shoot at the "Amazing Race" headquarters, which shares an office building with an airline in El Segundo, »

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Kevin Hart to host 'Saturday Night Live' with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis as musical guest

16 February 2013 10:47 PM, PST

When "Saturday Night Live" returns March 2, actor and comedian Kevin Hart will step in to host for the first time. The announcement was made during this week's episode, hosted by Christoph Waltz.

He will be joined by musical guests Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, a rapper/producer team that released an album together last year. That album, "The Heist," sold 78,000 copies in its first week of release.

Currently, Hart stars on VH1's "Real Househusbands of Hollywood," which he also created. The show also stars other married celebrities, including Nick Cannon, J.B. Smoove, and Robin Thicke. »


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Beyonce's 'Life Is But a Dream' poll: Was it a dream or a nightmare?

16 February 2013 10:29 PM, PST

Beyonce's directorial debut, the confessional documentary "Life Is But a Dream," got a spanking from critics, but now that it's aired on HBO, what did you think?

First let's take a look at those reviews again: We called it "equal parts vanity project and calculated act of image control," while The Hollywood Reporter declared it "less a documentary portrait than a micromanaged video diary exploring the R&B superstar's relationship with her laptop."

"For those who can't imagine growing tired of Beyonce Knowles' flawless face (or the rest of her), try going 90 wearisome minutes with "Life Is But a Dream," cracked Variety.

The New York Times noted the film's oddly defensive posture: "There are no witnesses testifying on Beyonce's behalf -- she is almost the only person in the film who speaks more than a few words -- nor is there any obvious reason someone as popular, recognized and financially »

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Beyonce's 'Life is But a Dream' review: A superficial look at superstardom

16 February 2013 2:00 PM, PST

Pop mega-star Beyonce Knowles' hypothetically intimate "documentary" "Life Is a But a Dream" is equal parts vanity project and calculated act of image control. The only thing revealed by the film -- co-directed, co-written and co-executive produced by Beyonce herself -- is a narcissistic inability to give up that desire for control.

The conflict Knowles brings to the project is evident throughout: She clearly wants to make (and possibly even thinks she is making) a personal and candid film, but she (completely understandably) values her privacy and remarks multiple times about her belief that the public's interest in an artist should be about the art and not the artist's personal life.

From that perspective, "Life Is a But a Dream" plays like Beyonce's response to tabloid culture. She knows that her fans -- and people simply obsessed with celebrity gossip -- are interested in peeking behind the celebrity curtain, »

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Beyonce turns camera back on self in HBO's 'Life Is but a Dream'

16 February 2013 1:00 PM, PST

Even at 3:30 a.m., without makeup, hair mussed and sheets pulled high around that bodacious body, Beyonce is stunning.

"I just had a feeling last week that something is going on," she says to the camera. "I found out last week that I am with child."

It's that expression, disarmingly open yet still guarded, that marks Beyonce Knowles' documentary "Beyonce: Life Is but a Dream," premiering Saturday, Feb. 16, on HBO.

In an interview with Zap2it two days before she was to sing the national anthem at Inauguration Day, Beyonce talks about what prompted her to make this film about her life.

"Well, I have been working on this for three or four years," she says. "And I felt like no one knows who I am. And that has been a conscious decision because I always keep my private life private and my stage persona -- I keep things separate. »

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TV Ratings: 'Blue Bloods' and 'CSI: NY' lead the night for CBS

16 February 2013 10:00 AM, PST

Fast National ratings for Friday, February 15, 2013

"Blue Bloods" and "CSI: NY" helped CBS win the ratings battle Friday night, with 8.8 million and 8.1 million viewers, respectively. However, almost everything was down across the board, compared to last Friday.

Kiefer Sutherland's "Touch" last more than a million viewers from it's premiere last week, with 2.6 million tuning in. In fact, the only show that was actually up was "20/20," on ABC, with 5.6 million viewers.

CBS was still on top of the mountain for the night with an average of 7.4 million viewers and a 4.9 rating/9 share. NBC and ABC were virtually tired, with the former snagging 6 million views and a 4.2 rating/7 share, and the latter getting 6 million viewers with a 3.9 rating/7 share. Fox came in fourth with 2.8 million viewers and a 1.8 rating/3 share, while the CW came in dead last with 611,000 viewers and a .4 rating/1 share.

As they did last week, ABC won the »

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Sarah Michelle Gellar joins Robin Williams' 'Crazy Ones' CBS pilot

15 February 2013 9:03 PM, PST

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar, is attempting a return to TV. The actress was last seen on CW's "Ringer," which was canceled after one season in early 2012. This time, she's looking to make the audience laugh, and she's got a secret weapon named Robin Williams

THR reports Gellar has signed on to co-star with Williams in the CBS pilot "Crazy Ones." The show is a single-camera comedy, about an advertising agency run by a father and daughter. Williams plays Simon Roberts, while Gellar plays his driven, yet practical daughter, Sydney.

The pilot's script is written by TV veteran David E. Kelley, who is also the show's producer. If the show goes to series, it would be Williams' first since "Mork & Mindy" ended in 1982. »

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'Castle' spoilers: 5 things to know about 'Target'

15 February 2013 3:06 PM, PST

Things are about to get tense on "Castle." "Target," the first episode of a two-part story, airs on Monday, Feb. 18, and we can't expect a lot of joking in this one.

That's pretty much what happens when the murder of the week involves the kidnapping of two college girls -- especially when one of those girls is Alexis Castle (Molly Quinn). That's right -- Castle's (Nathan Fillion) daughter is a victim. Not even Castle can joke about that kind of crime.

Also kidnapped is a friend of Alexis', Sara al-Masri. She is the daughter of a rather wealthy and powerful man -- Alexis may just be along for the ride.

What else happens in "Target"? Obviously, you have to wait for the episode to learn that, but here are five spoilers to keep you guessing until that time.

1. Everyone in the Castle household is missing Alexis when "Target" begins. »

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Kirstie Alley gets a show: 'Kirstie's New Show' gets green light at TV Land

15 February 2013 2:35 PM, PST

Kirstie Alley has a new show! Fittingly, it's called "Kirstie's New Show."

The "Dancing With The Stars" alum has found a new home on TV Land. On the sitcom, she'll play Broadway star Madison Banks. Also starring will be Rhea Perlman, her former "Cheers" co-star, "Seinfeld's" Michael Richards, and Broadway's Eric Petersen.

Maddie Banks finds her life turned upside-down when her son, Arlo (Petersen), who she gave up at birth, looks to reconnect with her. He's not exactly what she imagined he'd be -- described as "nerdy and schlubby," Arlo stands out against her glamorous lifestyle. Her assistant/Bff Thelma (Perlman) and driver Frank (Richards) encourage her to give him a chance.

"This cast is a TV Land dream team of stars. Seeing them all together is truly mind-blowing," said TV Land President Larry W. Jones. "This series pick-up reaffirms our commitment to making broadcast quality original programming for »

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HBO initially didn't want Beyonce's 'Life Is But A Dream' documentary

15 February 2013 2:00 PM, PST

HBO wasn't always interested in bringing Beyonce's documentary "Life Is But A Dream" to the small screen. In fact, it turns out that it took the pop star's management team six weeks to convince higher ups at HBO to pick up the project.

"I have no clue why this works," HBO's President of Programming Michael Lombardo tells the New York Daily News. "If someone said to me, 'Why is this on HBO?' I can't say why -- this isn't a traditional documentary and this isn't a traditional music special because there something undeniably moving and honest about it."

He continues, "I knew who Beyoncé was, but I wasn't really a fan. If you had asked me to name more than one of her songs at that point I couldn't."

That all changed when Beyonce's team hand delivered a copy of the film to Lombardo and watched it with »

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'Bachelor': Desiree's brother confronts Sean, AshLee's dad cries

15 February 2013 1:35 PM, PST

Check out these sneak peek clips of Sean's hometown dates on the next episode of "The Bachelor," airing Monday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on ABC.

For Lindsay's hometown date, Sean is put through his paces by the diminutive bachelorette, whose father is a general in the U.S. Army. At least it's so chilly he's not shirtless, right?

Then with AshLee's family, her dad talks to Sean about when he met AshLee as a four-year-old when they were looking to adopt a child. He gets choked up, saying he fell in love with her on the spot and ... is it a little dusty in here? Geez.

Then for Catherine's hometown date in Seattle, Sean has to do the infamous fish-tossing at the market. He's a great sport about it and so is Catherine, when she gets pulled into it. Fun.

There was one other preview clip, »

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Kate Upton strips in 'Sports Illustrated: The Making of Swimsuit '13' teaser video

15 February 2013 1:25 PM, PST

"This is pretty freaking epic," says a voice in the teaser video for "Sports Illustrated: The Making of Swimsuit '13 -- 7 Continents, 17 Wonders," airing Feb. 17 on the Travel Channel.

The video opens up with Kate Upton and the Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit crew traversing snowy terrain in heavy parkas, and moves quickly to the curvy model stripping off her winter gear -- in slow-motion, of course -- to bear a furry white bikini. Yep, it's pretty epic.

The swimsuit issue made history in 2013 with Kate's topless parka-clad cover, shot in a remote area of Antarctica. Si: Swimsuit editor Mj Day has said the Travel Channel special lets viewers in on the "complete immersion," "all-access" experience the models and magazine crew got along their 90,000 air mile journey.

Upton has described an experience shooting in the extreme South Pole climate that sounds pretty terrifying, but you would never know she was miserable -- »

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'Friday Night Lights'' Kyle Chandler returns to TV in 'The Vatican'

15 February 2013 1:12 PM, PST

Pretty much everyone in television has been clamoring for Kyle Chandler to come back to the medium that made him Coach Taylor for the last two years, but he's been quietly exploring a movie career with small roles in critically acclaimed films.

Now, he has finally signed on to come back to the small screen, with a role that's very different from the "Friday Night Lights" patriarch that made him a household name. (At least, in all the best households.)

Showtime has cast Chandler in their drama pilot "The Vatican," directed by Ridley Scott and written by "House" scribe Paul Attanasio. Centered around the politics of the modern Catholic Church, the show is described as "a provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church."

Chandler will play Cardinal Thomas Duffy, the charming and mysterious Archbishop of New York. His »

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