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CAA Mints A Dozen New Agents In Series Of Promotions

24 April 2012 4:38 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Related: CAA About To Undergo More Agent Exits Los Angeles (April 24, 2012) – Creative Artists Agency announced today a series of promotions to agent or executive, including Jon Cassir, Marissa Edler, Ryan Fitzjohn, Charlie Jennings, Meredith Jones, Bobby Kenner, Franklin Latt, Alex Mebed, Tess O’Sullivan, Chelsea Reed, Elan Ruspoli, Angie Sun, Jin Wang, and Luna Xu. Cassir joined CAA in 2007 following his graduation from George Washington University. He was most recently the Motion Pictures Books/Rights Coordinator and is now an Agent for the department. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Edler joined CAA Sports in 2009. She has been promoted to an Executive in the Baseball Department, where she previously served as Coordinator for the department. Fitzjohn joined CAA in 2007 in the London office as an Assistant in the Music Department. He most recently worked as Music Coordinator and was promoted to Agent in that department. Jennings, who joined »


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Smash Preview: Bombshell Heads to Boston. Plus, Will Michael Return?

24 April 2012 4:29 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Smash Preview: Bombshell Heads to Boston. Plus, Will Michael Return?

Rebecca Duvall has caused a lot of disruptions since she arrived on Smash.  Her recent friendship and comments to Karen caused the ingenue to fight with her live-in boyfriend, Dev.  And her constant "suggestions" for the musical have caused no end of anxiety for Julia and Tom.  Throw in her tardiness and lack of commitment and Derek is also annoyed with her.  But when Ivy sung as a shadow Marilyn in the most recent episode, Rebecca recognized her as a threat and found herself a new target.

In the next episode of Smash, the show moves to Boston to test the musical. Derek does an about-face when he finds himself drawn to Rebecca which, of course, causes a lot of problems for Ivy.  Karen is forced to examine her relationship when she reaches a critical juncture: choose between Dev and the musical. »

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'Cougar Town': Jules and Grayson head back to therapy

24 April 2012 4:22 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

The little surprise that is Grayson's daughter on "Cougar Town" continues to pay comedic dividends for the show Tuesday (April 24) -- because it sends him and Jules back to couples therapy.

The soon-to-be newlyweds (Courteney Cox and Josh Hopkins) land back on Dr. Mettler's (guest star Nicole Sullivan) couch after they have a little spat over commingling their finances and the cost of Tampa's Jill's upbringing. Jill's mom (Briga Heelan) doesn't quite get the therapy thing, but it's Ok. Jules does. More or less.

Also Tuesday, Ellie (Christa Miller) thinks she can drive a wedge between Andy (Ian Gomez) and Bobby (Brian Van Holt) when she notices Andy doesn't mock Bobby the way he does the rest of the gang. Can the bromance survive? And can Bobby survive being in the same room as little Stan?

You can find out in the clip below, and when "Cougar Town" airs at 8:30 p. »

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Gossip Girl: Daddy Issues

24 April 2012 4:13 PM, PDT | TV.com | See recent TV.com news »

Gossip Girl S05E21: "Despicable B"

Last night's episode of Gossip Girl was all about Daddy Issues: Daddy Doesn't Love Me, Daddy Is My Uncle, Daddy Is a Baldwin Who Is Also My Uncle...no wonder these kids are so screwed up.

But before we get to those, let.s talk about a mommy issue: Nate and Chuck.s quest to find out more about Diana Payne hit an early roadblock this week when they...  More >> »

- Caity Weaver

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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Grey's, Vampire Diaries, Good Wife, Glee, Dexter, The Office and More!

24 April 2012 4:09 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: Is there any thing you can share about Grey’s Anatomy — like who’s going to die in the finale? —Nikki

Ausiello: “Everybody’s in jeopardy,” teases Sarah Drew (April) of the May 17 climax. “There are three or four people who are not [involved] in the cliffhanger at the end of the episode. But every other cast member, like nine of us, are all in this — [so] who knows what’s going to happen, »

- Michael Ausiello

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Smash: Rebecca the Diva

24 April 2012 4:00 PM, PDT | TV.com | See recent TV.com news »

Smash S01E12: "Publicity"

For me, part of the fun of watching television is thinking about the actual actors behind the characters, what they're thinking during a given scene, what fight they just had with the hairdresser, whether their trailers smell like drugs or if their parents DVR the show. Which is a huge part of why I love Smash.it really invites that kind of thinking and takes it to a meta level. (Who would be better to play Marilyn.Katharine...  More >> »

- Lily Sparks

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Happily Divorced First Look: Smallville's John Schneider Woos Fran Drescher

24 April 2012 3:48 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

This Wednesday’s installment of Happily Divorced (10:30/9:30c, TV Land) finds Fran Drescher’s leading lady camping it up with a rugged new man (played by Smallville vet John Schneider), and we’ve got your first look at their romantic weekend getaway.

Press Play below to watch the outdoors-challenged gal swoon over her date — and freak out over bears.

Click here to view the embedded video.


- Megan Masters

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Vampire Diaries Hot Shots: Who's Cozying Up to Whom at the 1920s Dance? [Updated]

24 April 2012 3:40 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Guys and dolls, The Vampire Diaries stages its latest Decade Dance on April 26 (8/7c, The CW), and we’ve got your first look at the amazing 1920s costumes and some surprising pairings.

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on The Vampire Diaries and More!

Despite growing closer to Damon this season, Elena decides to go to the event with Stefan at Caroline’s urging. Meanwhile, the blonde vamp has two dates — both Tyler and Klaus show up at the dance! — and Bonnie asks Jamie to accompany her.

Of course, this being Mystic Falls, “the dance takes a deadly turn when Damon and Stefan »

- Vlada Gelman

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Liz Brixius Signs Deal With Universal TV

24 April 2012 3:39 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Nurse Jackie co-creator Liz Brixius has signed an overall deal with Universal Television. The rich two-year pact reunites Brixius with former Showtime entertainment president Bob Greenblatt, who developed and put Nurse Jackie on the air and now oversees NBC and Universal TV as NBC Entertainment chairman. Under the new deal, Brixius will develop new projects for Uni TV. Related: ‘Nurse Jackie’ Co-Creators-Showrunners Linda Wallem, Liz Brixius To Depart Brixius recently left Nurse Jackie, on which she served as co-showrunner for four seasons alongside fellow co-creator/executive producer Linda Wallem, who also departed. The two co-created the dark comedy starring Edie Falco with Evan Dunsky. Nurse Jackie was the first TV series for Brixius, who previously teamed with Wallem to co-create another Showtime project, Insatiable, which was picked up to pilot by Greenblatt and led to the duo’s gig on Nurse Jackie. In addition to her four-year stint on Nurse Jackie, »


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Big Brother Is the Highlight of CBS's Summer Schedule

24 April 2012 2:46 PM, PDT | TV.com | See recent TV.com news »

Another happy couple from the new series 3.

You know the drill, people. As soon as summer becomes visible on the horizon, network executives decide that Hollywood is no place for scripts and flood the market with reality shows that cost as much as a can of baked beans that's two years past its expiration date. But at least CBS has some dogs.

The Eye has revealed its summer slate, and leading things off is the "people in a house" staple series Big Brother, where contestants strive to cultivate just the...  More >> »

- Tim Surette

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'Dancing With the Stars': Jaleel White on rumors and his new 'Fear Factor'-meets-'Punk'd' show on Syfy

24 April 2012 2:35 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Jaleel White has been tabloid fodder ever since rumors of his rifts with Dancing With the Stars pro and partner Kym Johnson hit high gear. But the former Family Matters star isn’t letting the unfavorable attention get under his skin.

“Tabloids like to have a lot of fun with the show. That’s something I had to learn,” he told EW during a visit to the New York office a few days ago. “They descend on this show like locusts… I’m fine, Kym’s fine. You don’t get through a dance duel like that if you’re not fine, »

- Sandra Gonzalez

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Howard Johnson offers Don Drapers of the world a free night's stay

24 April 2012 2:27 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

On Sunday's (April 23) "Mad Men," Don Draper (Jon Hamm) was disappointed when the manager of a fictional upstate New York Howard Johnson motor lodge told him the pool was closed due to an "unfortunate incident with a kid." Now the hotel chain is saying it wants to make good with Draper by offering anyone named "Don Draper" a free night's stay.

Now through May 8th, reads a statement from the Wyndham Hotel Group, "Any traveler with the legal name Don Draper can book a free one-night stay this summer at one of the [eight] select Howard Johnson hotels throughout the U.S."

The hotels are located in Anaheim, Calif., San Diego, Mystic, Conn., Miami, Portland, Ore., Toms River, N.J., Rapid City, S.D. and Arlington, Texas. In other words, swank places where any self-respecting Don Draper would be happy to rest his weary head. And, we assume, use a fully-functional and sanitized pool. »

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CAA Signs Fly On The Wall Entertainment

24 April 2012 2:26 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan’s Fly on the Wall Entertainment has signed with CAA. The company was previously at UTA. Emmy-winning producer Grodner has executive produced Big Brother since the beginning of Season 2 in 2001. Meehan joined the CBS reality series in 2003 as a producer and was elevated to executive producer in 2006. The duo, who teamed in 2009 to form Fly on the Wall, are back as executive producers on Big Brother‘s upcoming 14th season, which Fly On The Wall is producing with Endemol. Fly On The Wall’s recent series credits include Style’s Big Rich Texas, the CW’s Remodeled and Plain Jane, and TV Land’s She’s Got The Look. The company continues to be repped by attorney is Jeanne Newman. »


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It’s Official: Bill O’Reilly Signs New Deal With Fox News

24 April 2012 2:04 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Last week, we broke the story that Fox News Channel was finalizing new multi-year, multimillion-dollar deals with its two biggest stars, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity. Now one of them, O’Reilly’s, has closed, according to an official announcement by the cable news network’s chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. “Bill’s immense talent, intellect and raw convictions are an extremely rare combination in television and exemplify why The O’Reilly Factor has been the number one program in cable news for more than a decade,” Ailes said. “He is a tremendous force in the business and has helped to make Fox News the success story it is today.” Added O’Reilly, “It’s been great fun in challenging the establishment and exposing the corruption across the nation. Fox News has become the primary force in television news under Roger’s leadership and I’m delighted to continue there for years to come. »


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Grey's Anatomy Sneak Peeks: The Residents Take Their Oral Board Exams

24 April 2012 1:59 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Grey's Anatomy Sneak Peeks: The Residents Take Their Oral Board Exams

The big moment for the residents is coming in this week's all new episode of Grey's Anatomy: it's time to take their oral boards.

Here's what you can expect from this week's episode, appropriately titled "Moment of Truth": After eight years of practice, the residents head to San Francisco for their oral boards; sparks fly between Catherine and Richard when they bump into each other at the hotel; Bailey intervenes after Owen and Teddy get into a heated argument about their young car crash patient; and Mark tries to recruit Lexie for one of his cases. Meanwhile, Alex feels guilty for being away from the hospital when Tommy's health begins to fail.

You can watch three sneak peeks below for the April 26 episode of Grey's Anatomy, airing at 9:00 p.m. Et/Pt on ABC. The episode »

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'The Lying Game': Season 2 is officially a go

24 April 2012 1:46 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

There's no immediate end to "The Lying Game" in sight.

ABC Family has picked up a second season of the show, which stars Alexandra Chando as separated-at-birth twins Emma and Sutton. Season 1 ended with the bombshell involving Rebecca (Charisma Carpenter) -- which you can read about here but we won't spoil in case you're still catching up.

Fans can now breathe easy in knowing they'll get to see the fallout from that revelation. Production on Season 2 begins in the summer, with a premiere date in the winter (we're guessing January, around the time the second half of Season 1 got underway).

The pickup comes after "The Lying Game's" winter episodes improved significantly in the ratings compared to the first half of the season. The show's numbers among ABC Family's target audience of young women were up by 28 percent in the second half of the season.

Are you excited to hear the news? »

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ABC Family Renews The Lying Game for Season 2

24 April 2012 1:45 PM, PDT | TV.com | See recent TV.com news »

The Lying Down Game.

Teen twins! Life-swapping! Secrets kept by birth moms! And a little something we like to call murder! There's all that and more on ABC Family's The Lying Game, and the teen-sanity won't stop. ABC Family has renewed the series for a second season just shy of two months after the Season 1 finale.

The show follows a pair of identical twins (both played by Alexandra Chando) who were separated at an early age and went...  More >> »

- Tim Surette

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'Big Brother 14' premiere date and more CBS summer programming

24 April 2012 1:26 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Get ready, hamster fans! "Big Brother" is coming back to your TV screens and live feed streams on Thursday, July 12 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on CBS. The show will then be broadcast thrice-weekly - Sunday nights at 8 p.m. Et/Pt, Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. Et/Pt and Thursday nights for the live eviction show at 9 p.m.

There is no word yet on what this year's theme or twist might be. But to tide you over until the hamsters are in their cage, "Dogs in the City" is premiering Wednesday, May 30 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt. This new reality show stars NYC dog guru Justin Silver as a sort of doggie therapist, solving issues between canines and their owners.

Finally, "3," a new reality dating series, premieres Sunday, July 22 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt. "3" features three women of different ages, life experiences and backgrounds meeting up with the »

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Rhymes with Shmashmortion: 'Girls' Takes on the A-Word

24 April 2012 1:24 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

"Girls" has been generating so much furious discussion about portrayals of race and diversity on and behind the screen that what felt like it could have been a provocative topic when watching the first three episodes of the show all together at SXSW actually seems a lot more mild in comparison. "Vagina Panic," the second episode in the series, opens with a pair of (once again awkward) sex scenes before turning to the topic of where that activity can sometimes leave you -- with child. Jessa, played by Jemima Kirke, revealed herself to be pregnant at the end of the pilot, and in this one schedules, then quietly freaks out about and then avoids an abortion. The way the show approaches these decisions is both brave and a cop-out, in that Jessa ends up getting her period at the end of the episode -- problem solved without actually having to go through with the deed. »

- Alison Willmore

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Syfy Thinks Big With Largest-Ever Development Slate: Upfronts

24 April 2012 1:24 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Syfy unveiled a record 28 scripted and reality development projects during its upfront presentation today as part of a slate that includes its most original primetime hours ever. (We already told you about the network’s reality plans.) Said Mark Stern, President Original Content, Syfy, and Co-Head Original Content, Universal Cable Productions: “Over its 20-year history, Syfy has always pushed the boundaries of our genre and the entertainment experience. This new crop of innovative, thought-provoking, emotionally-charged programming will propel us even farther as we imagine all the greater possibilities ahead for the powerful Syfy brand.” Among the crop talked up at the American History Museum presentation is Defiance, a new scripted series written/executive produced by Rockne S. O’Bannon, Kevin Murphy and Michael Taylor and produced by Universal Cable Prods. Set to premiere in 2013, it was developed concurrently with an online video game; production on the pilot is set »


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