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'Punk'd': Ashton Kutcher returns to punk Kim Kardashian and Drake

30 May 2012 4:52 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

When MTV revived "Punk'd" this year, they did it without host Ashton Kutcher, instead opting to feature different celebrities punking their friends each week. However, in honor of this weekend's MTV Movie Awards, Kutcher is returning to his old stomping ground to prank some big name celebs.

A new episode of "Punk'd" airs during the MTV Movie Awards pre-party, this Sunday at 8 p.m. Est, in which Kutcher will prank Kim Kardashian and Drake in the manner to which he has become accustomed. We're expecting big things from his return -- and judging from the preview, it looks like we'll get big things.

"We were about to f***ing get blown up!" Drake exclaims in the clip MTV released, as he nearly curls into the fetal position in his car. Elsewhere, Kim Kardashian is onto the "Punk'd" crew when her friend almost blows up a gas station.

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News Briefs: Tim Daly Is Leaving Private Practice

30 May 2012 4:45 PM, PDT | TV.com | See recent TV.com news »

Casting (And De-casting) News

... When Private Practice returns next season, it will be one handsome man down. Tim Daly took to Twitter today to inform his fans that his option to return for Season 6 was not picked up and that his character Pete Wilder will likely stay in jail, where he landed at the end of the Season 5 finale. [Tim Daly's Twitter]

... Sorry in advance, it's a slow news day. Dina Lohan [pause to vomit] will have her attention-seeking needs met by VH1, where she'll...  More >> »

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'True Blood' scoop: [Spoiler] coming back for season 5 -- Exclusive

30 May 2012 4:37 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

HBO’s True Blood returns to the airwaves on June 10 with a plethora of fresh meat, including Law & Order: Svu’s Chris Meloni, but there are also some familiar faces back for season 5. Turn Away Now To Avoid A Spoiler!

EW has learned exclusively that Academy Award nominee and Emmy winner Alfre Woodard will return as Ruby Jean Reynolds, the schizophrenic mother of Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) last seen in season 3. Ruby Jean was a patient in a local mental hospital and under the care of Jesus (Kevin Alejandro), who later went on to have a tragic romance with Lafayette.

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Zap2it Awards: 'Community,' 'Sherlock,' 'Supernatural' -- which show had the best broment?

30 May 2012 4:08 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

As the Zap2it Awards soldier on, we continue to examine the best and worst moments of the 2011-2012 television season -- and today, we're taking a look at some of the best bromances on TV.

When Stefan and Damon retired their feud on "The Vampire Diaries," the very foundation of the show changed, and there's no denying the epic victory won by Spartacus and Gannicus on "Spartacus: Vengeance." Whether it's Adam Levine and Blake Shelton's good-natured ribbing or a moment of forgiveness between Dean and Castiel on "Supernatural," these guys have provided some of the biggest laughs and most powerful tearjerkers of the season.

Vote for your favorite "broment" below -- and let us know in the comments if we missed any great ones!

Here are the rules: You can only vote once per IP address. (So if you want to vote from home and from work, and from your little sister's iPad, »

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'The Glee Project' Season 2 recruits Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera as mentors

30 May 2012 3:42 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

As Ryan Murphy has previously stated, most of the "Glee" cast will appear as mentors during Season 2 of "The Glee Project," the Oxygen reality competition that rewards young triple-threats with multi-episode arcs on the hit Fox series. Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera have now joined Lea Michele in advising the contestants throughout Season 2.

Lea Michele will appear in the season 2 premiere focused on "Individuality," while Monteith joins the hopefuls for the June 19 installment about "Vulnerability" and bullying. Rivera stops by during the fourth episode on June 26 to talk about "Sexuality."

Episode 2 will see Samuel Larsen, one of Season 1's co-winners, teaching the current contestants about "Dance-ability." Larsen and Damian McGinty both won seven-episode arcs on "Glee," but have exceeded their initial episode count with no end in sight. In addition, runners-up Alex Newell and Lindsay Pearce appeared on multiple episodes as competition for our favorite New Directions members.

"The Glee Project' Season 2 premieres Tuesday, »

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'America's Best Dance Crew': Every day they're shufflin' -- Exclusive Clip

30 May 2012 3:31 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

On the May 30 episode of America’s Best Dance Crew, the four teams still left in the competition take on the music of the Party Rockers themselves — Lmfao. In an exclusive clip, all the crews get in the spirit by shufflin’ in homage to the chart-topping Superstars. As is only right, there are animal prints and neon accents aplenty. To find out what song gets things party rockin’, check out the clip below.

Abdc’s Lmfao round, with special appearance by band member Redfoo, airs tonight at 10 p.m. Et.

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Our 10 Most Anticipated New Shows for Summer 2012

30 May 2012 3:00 PM, PDT | TV.com | See recent TV.com news »

Look, we're not here to B.S. you. The summer television season is looking skinnier than Calista Flockheart after a 24-course dinner of laxatives. But we do love anticipated shows lists, so we've put together this itemized memorandum featuring the new summer shows we're most looking forward to... even if they're just placeholders to keep us busy until fall rolls around. And with that inspiring introduction, here are our most(ly) anticipated shows of summer 2012!

10. Saving Hope (NBC)

When it's on: Thursdays at starting June 7

Who's in...  More >> »

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Most Pay TV Channel Names Are Unfamiliar To Overseas Viewers: Study

30 May 2012 2:51 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Fox International Channels has mixed news for pay TV network execs who wonder whether their channel names have any meaning overseas, especially in fast-growing developing countries. Just a handful of networks resonated with the 14,000 respondents to a recent online survey conducted by Millward Brown Optimorn. The study included 12 markets: Mexico, Brazil, Portugal, UK, Italy, Spain, Poland, India, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, and Indonesia. Discovery was the best-known channel, with 85% of the respondents saying that they are familiar with it. As part of the most globally focused Big Media company News Corp, it’s not surprising that Fox-related services did especially well in the study. It has five of the seven most recognized channels with National Geographic (82%), Fox (61%), Foxlife (44%), FX (33%) and Star (26%). (The list also includes Sony’s Axn, familiar to 52% of respondents.) But the vast majority of channels are familiar to less than one in five people surveyed. The data »

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'The Glee Project' scoop: Cory Monteith, Naya Rivera, Samuel Larsen to guest as mentors in season two

30 May 2012 2:38 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Oxygen’s reality series The Glee Project already has Glee star Lea Michele popping up in the June 5 season premiere as a mentor and now the show has announced a trio of other Glee alums.

Stars Cory Monteith, Naya Rivera and Samuel Larsen—who was one of Glee Project’s two winners last year—will all appear as mentors in the second season of the series, which finds 14 hopefuls competing for a seven-episode arc on Glee.

As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Larsen will appear in episode two called “Dance-ability.” Meanwhile, Monteith and Rivera will be in episodes three (“Vulnerability”) and four (“Sexuality”), respectively. »

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DJ Nash Inks Overall Deal With Universal TV, Joins ‘Up All Night’ As Exec Producer

30 May 2012 2:12 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Comedy writer-producer DJ Nash has signed an overall deal with Universal TV. Under the two-year pact, Nash will develop new projects and serve as an executive producer on the studio’s Up All Night, working alongside executive producer/showrunner Tucker Cawley. Up All Night, created by Emily Spivey and starring Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph, has been renewed for a second season with a 13-episode order. Nash most recently wrote the comedy project Let It Go for Sony Pictures TV and Peter Tolan’s Fedora Entertainment. His script received a cast-contingent pilot order at Fox and was produced after landing Zachary Levi as the lead. CAA-repped Nash also served as a co-executive producer on the NBC/Universal TV midseason comedy series Bent. »


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Tony Awards 2012: Neil Patrick Harris promises big things

30 May 2012 2:06 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

The 66th Tony Awards are less than two weeks away, and CBS wants you to know they're going to be big.

In a compilation of promos for the Broadway award show, host Neil Patrick Harris is seen in Times Square standing alongside a giant Tony Award. In one situation, he even receives a ticket from a police officer for an offense that's probably best described as "Trophying without a permit."

The June 10 event could be a big night for "Once." The musical set in an Irish pub secured 11 nominations including "Best Musical." Other plays that did well in terms of nominations include Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" and the musical "Newsies."

The Tony Awards will air live from Manhattan's Beacon Theater at 8 p.m. Et. »

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Christina Hendricks: Mad Men Heartbreaker Had Been in the Works 'For Quite Some Time'

30 May 2012 1:56 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

When it comes to the heartbreaking twist served up by AMC’s Mad Men this past Sunday night, it was not a matter of if but when Joan would take one for the team at Scpd.

“[Series creator] Matt [Weiner] had told me about that storyline… either last season or the season before,” Christina Hendricks reveals in a GQ.com Q&A. “[He] was planning on using it before, but the development of the characters just didn’t get to that point. So I’d had some knowledge of it for quite some time.”

Recap | Mad Men Season 5, Episode 11: A Woman’s Worth

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'America's Next Top Model: British Invasion' Finale Recap: The Winner Is...

30 May 2012 1:55 PM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

Well, here we are. Twelve episodes, eleven eliminated models and countless utterances of the word "tooch" later, America's Next Top Model's Revolutionary War of the Pretty People is coming to a close tonight, and ever so predictably, there's only one Brit and one American left. And, predictably still (if you've watched the last couple Top Model finales along with me), this final showdown isn't much of a showdown at all, as Antm continues (and will continue still!) to undermine its own formula and zap its own suspense at Tyra's schizophrenic will. Two weeks ago, the "go-see" episode contained none of the hilarious cross-cultural miscommunications, screaming fits about confusing maps and time limit disqualifications that usually make such challenges the highlight of the season, and Anneleise's elimination couldn't have been more predictable, even as we all logically knew that she had outshined Laura in almost every respect, including being more likable and more commercial. »

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CNN Hits 20-Year Monthly Rating Low In May

30 May 2012 1:46 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The news just went from bad to worse at CNN. After the cable news network delivered its lowest-rated month in total viewers in over a decade in April, May became CNN’s worst month in primetime among total viewers in over 20 years. From April 30 to May 27, the cable news network attracted an average of 389,000 viewers in primetime. It was also CNN’s second-lowest-rated month in primetime among the 25-54 demographic (114,000) since October 1991. Only May 2000, with 104,000 viewers in the demo, did worse. Piers Morgan Tonight received the lowest total viewer and 25-54 demo numbers that CNN has had in the 9 Pm time slot in two decades. The interview show got only 417,000 total viewers and 117,000 among the 25-54 demographic. At 7 Pm, Erin Burnett, another relative CNN newcomer, had the lowest 25-54 demo numbers in 20 years in the time slot for the network and the second lowest after June 2001, in two decades in terms of total viewership. »


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'Mad Men's' Christina Hendricks talks about Joan's moral moment

30 May 2012 1:36 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

In an interview with GQ, Christina Hendricks talks about "Mad Men" and her character, Joan Harris, who just went through a particularly gut-wrenching story arc on the show -- basically, she agreed to sleep with a client so Sterling Cooper Draper Price could have a better chance of landing the Jaguar account.

So how does the actress behind the character feel about where the show has taken her? Luckily, she's talking.

"Matt [Weiner] had told me about that storyline, I think it was either last season or the season before," says Hendricks. "He'd had it in his mind, and was planning on using it before, but the development of the characters just didn't get to that point. So I'd had some knowledge of it for quite some time."

When does she think Joan decided to go ahead with the plan?

"I think that when Lane comes in and talks about that money being fleeting, »

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Justin Bieber goes 'All Around the World' for NBC special

30 May 2012 1:25 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Justin Bieber has had No. 1 albums and chart-topping singles and a concert movie, and now he's landed another hallmark of a pop star's career: a network TV special.

NBC will air a one-hour special called "Justin Bieber: All Around the World" on June 21, the network says. The special will feature performances from Bieber's current world tour and behind-the-scenes footage, some of it shot by Bieber himself.

"We're thrilled to air Justin Bieber's first network special," says Doug Vaughan, NBC's head of special programming and late night. "We'll have unprecedented access to Justin as our cameras film not only his performances, but his every move on this global tour -- giving our viewers an all-access pass to his life over a 12-day period, something rarely seen on TV today."

Those 12 days cover stops in seven countries for Bieber and his crew, culminating in a concert in New York City.

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TiVo Shares Slide After Q1 Losses Exceed Guidance

30 May 2012 1:14 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

TiVo‘s stock price is down about 2% in after-market trading — following a 3% drop earlier today. The DVR pioneer ended its fiscal Q1 in April with a net loss of $20.8M, down from a $139M profit in the period last year, on revenues of $67.8M, up 48.1%. (Last year’s profit included $175.7M from Dish Network as part of the settlement of TiVo’s patent infringement suit against the satellite company.) The revenue figure was far ahead of the $54.9M that analysts expected. But the loss exceeded the maximum of $20M that TiVo projected three months ago. The 17 cents a share deficit also exceeded the 15 cent loss that the Street anticipated. TiVo ended the quarter with 2.5M subscribers, up 206,000 from the period that ended in January. But all of the gains came from cable and satellite companies offering TiVo services. The number of people paying TiVo directly declined by 29,000 and now represents 43.5% of its total customer base. »

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Blake Lively: 'Gossip Girl' not my best acting

30 May 2012 1:12 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

As "Gossip Girl" approaches its sixth and final season, show star Blake Lively has mixed feelings about ending her run on the Upper East Side drama. While it's obviously been a key reason for her professional success, the woman who plays Serena van der Woodsen believes that she's not really delivering her best acting on the show.

In an interview with Bullett, the 24-year-old says, "As an actor who plays a caricature of myself on the show, I don't think I'd say, 'Watch "Gossip Girl" for my best quality of work.'"

That said, Lively does recognize how important the CW series has been for her and her career.

"It'll be bittersweet when it's over," Lively says. "I think the best way to describe it is like someone who really enjoyed high school, and is like, 'I'm a senior and I can't wait for the next thing!' 'Gossip Girl was so great, »

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'Yo Gabba Gabba!' and 'The Fresh Beat Band' crossover -- Exclusive video!

30 May 2012 1:09 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Exciting news from the surreal universe of kids’ television! Next Friday, Nickelodeon will host a crossover event between Yo Gabba Gabba! and The Fresh Beat Band. EW has obtained an exclusive clip of this titanic pairing, featuring the two music acts in the Wild West. Suffice it to say that they run afoul of a local villain with a mustache and a bright green shirt. Yep, you guessed it: This is Deadwood with a better soundtrack. Watch the clip below:

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Aaron Sorkin Says Writing About Steve Jobs Like Writing About Beatles

30 May 2012 12:44 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Aaron Sorkin said today that he had a lot of hesitation about tackling a movie about Steve Jobs. “It is a little like writing about The Beatles,” Sorkin said at the AllThingsD conference this morning. Sorkin said he “saw a minefield of disappointment” from Jobs aficionados in taking on the script for the recently announced film based on Walter Isaacson’s bestselling biography. While the Oscar winner says it’s difficult “to shake the cradle to grave” approach of a book like Isaacson’s when adapting it for the screen, Sorkin says his approach is “going to identify the point of friction that appeals to me.” Sorkin, who received blowback for liberties he took with the actual life of Mark Zuckerberg in 2010’s The Social Network, told the conference crowd that they should think of biopics as “a painting, not a photograph.” Sorkin told moderator Walt Mossberg of All Things »


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