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The CW is joining the comedy and magic club this summer.
The net, which throughout the year typically airs nine drama series as part of its 10-hour schedule, is experimenting with a pair of new half-hour comedies, “Backpackers” (originally a digital series) and “Seed,” as well as magic series “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and “Masters of Illusion,” as part of its summer lineup.
CW kicks off its summer June 2 with improv comedy “Whose Line Is It Anyway” on a new night; each week, an original episode will be followed by a repeat. Original episodes of sophomore drama “Beauty and the Beast” will air from 9 to 10.
Reality docuseries “Famous in 12″ bows the next night, airing from 8 to 9. It’s an unscripted series/social experiment that will film one fame-seeking family around the clock for 12 weeks straight. The family will be guided by the TMZ machine, which will create a series of opportunities for them. »
- Rick Kissell
It seems Russell Brand may be more than just the quintessential funny man. The actor and comedian, 38, has been involved with British socialite Jemima Khan, and she is apparently quite happy with other, um, areas of their relationship. With Brand, Khan is "having a sexual awakening," a source tells People of the 40-year-old mother of two, whose ex is cricket champ-turned-politician Imran Khan. "She's having a lot of fun and she's loving their relationship." Brand, whose divorce from pop star Katy Perry was settled in February 2012, also seems smitten with his new love. "They're really into each other," the source adds. »
- Raha Lewis
BBC America has ordered their first original comedy series -- Almost Royal. The sitcom will revolve around two young British aristocrats -- Georgie (Ed Gamble) and Poppy Carlton (Amy Hoggart) -- who are visiting the United States for the first time. There will be seven episodes.
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BBC America Commissions First Original Comedy Series "Almost Royal"
New York - March 25, 2014 - BBC America has commissioned its first original comedy series Almost Royal, a tale of two young British aristocrats on their first trip to the United States - interacting with real-life Americans. The (7x30) series is produced by Burning Bright Productions with Clive Tulloh (Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man, The Dame Edna Treatment, High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman) as executive producer and Seamus Murphy-Mitchell (Bug, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross) as series producer. Almost Royal premieres Saturday, »
BBC America is taking its first step into original comedy series with “Almost Royal.” It will premiere on Saturday, June 21 at 10/9c after the “Orphan Black” Season 2 finale. The series will follow two young British aristocrats, played by stand-up comedian Ed Gamble and newcomer Amy Hoggart, on their first trip to the United States, in which they'll interact with real-life Americans. Also read: BBC America Announces Premiere Dates, John Simm Casting for ‘Intruders’ Clive Tulloh (“Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man,” “The Dame Edna Treatment”) will serve as executive producer with Seamus Murphy-Mitchell (“Bug,” “Friday Night with Jonathan Ross”) as series producer. »
- Jethro Nededog
BBC America has greenlighted its first original comedy series, and it has a strong British theme. Almost Royal, which has received a seven-episode order, tells the tale of two young British aristocrats, Georgie (Ed Gamble) and Poppy Carlton (Amy Hoggart), on their first trip to the U.S. – interacting with real-life Americans. The project comes from Burning Bright Prods, with Clive Tulloh (Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man) as executive producer and Seamus Murphy-Mitchell (Friday Night With Jonathan Ross) as producer. Almost Royal will premiere June 21, following the Season 2 finale of BBC America’s breakout drama series Orphan Black. BBC America entered original scripted programming with its first original drama Copper, which ran for two seasons, followed by Orphan Black. Georgie and Poppy Carlton are heirs to Caunty Manor, a large country estate in Norfolk, England, where they have enjoyed privileged lives as distant descendants of the British Royal Family. They have »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Wong is prexy of international production for Sony Pictures Television, and prexy of international for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Based in London, she is responsible for the studio’s international television production business. Previously, she served as prexy and CEO of Lifetime Networks.
Czernin worked in Los Angeles for nearly 10 years for a number of production companies, including Di Novi Pictures, where he was prexy.
In 2005, he partnered with Graham Broadbent to set up Blueprint Pictures, a London-based film production company, which has produced seven pics, including John Madden’s “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and Colin Farrell-starrer “In Bruges.”
Ross is a chat-show host, »
- Leo Barraclough
They will attend their first BFI Board meeting on 29 April, 2014.
The board of governors, chaired by Greg Dyke and co-chaired by Libby Savill, comprises Josh Berger, Ashley Highfield, Tom Hooper, Matthew Justice, Peter Kosminsky, Pat Butler, Charles Cecil, Oona King, J Timothy Richards and Alison Cornwell.
TV and radio personality Ross presents ITV’s The Jonathan Ross Show and previously presented BBC One’s flagship film show. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway pulled in its highest ratings of the current series so far last night (March 8), according to overnight data.
The third episode of the current 11th series attracted 6.65 million viewers and 28.89% of the audience share when it aired at 7pm on ITV. It gained an additional 356k (1.56%) on +1.
The long-running entertainment show was just 50,000 viewers behind the reigning ratings champion The Voice UK, which once again topped Saturday night's live viewing figures.
The BBC One show pulled in 6.7m (29.3%) as contestants faced off for the second bout of battle rounds at 7pm.
Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins has revealed that she originally turned down the job of presenting the BBC reality show.
Speaking on the Jonathan Ross show, Perkins confessed that she was the "luckiest person alive" to have changed her mind.
"They said, 'Would you do it?' and I said, 'No, it's about cakes, don't be silly'," she tells Ross.
Perkins also reveals some amusing secrets about life behind the scenes on the bakery show, which includes the team playing a game with a plastic baguette.
"Paul [Hollywood] in particular likes to take a running jump and thwack me so hard that my teeth knock together," she says.
"I got him [Hollywood]. He bent over to receive a cob and I connected intensely with big John and the twins. So that's what we do. It's like a playground."
Perkins also spills secrets about Mary Berry, telling Ross that the 'Queen »
Speaking on This Morning yesterday (March 6), the 49-year-old said that she felt the story remains "unfinished".
The actress - who is due to appear in the West End adaptation of Fatal Attraction - said it was always a "big struggle" for four women over 40 to lead the franchise.
"Would I do another? Of course! We'd be thrilled if there was another," the actress explained. "I think in our hearts - actually I shouldn't speak for all of us - but I feel like it's unfinished. I feel that way, and I don't know if I would feel that way if the fans weren't supportive.
"But maybe because everyone talks to me every day about it, it still feels so relevant in some way... so it feels unfinished a little bit. »
The Voice UK continued to top Saturday ratings last night (March 1), as 6.95 million tuned in to the first instalment of Battle Rounds at 7pm.
According to overnight data, 30.4% of the audience share watched the remaining contestants go head-to-head as the coaches were joined by guest mentors Katy B, Tinie Tempah, Dante Santiago, Leah McFall and Jake Shears.
In the same timeslot on ITV, 6.4m (27.79%) tuned in to watch the latest episode of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. This week's episode saw the duo go undercover to prank Gordon Ramsay. A further 456,000 (2.01%) watched an hour later on ITV+1.
Back on BBC One, medical drama Casualty entertained 5.15m (25.15%) at 9.20pm, while 4.14m (29.43%) watched the football highlights on Match of the Day at 10.30pm.
New series The Perfect Morcambe & Wise launched with 1.33m (5.72%) at 7.45pm, »
Dara Ó Briain has set the record straight on his recent comments concerning the BBC's ban on all-male panel shows.
The Irish comedian - who faced a backlash after seemingly criticising the announcement - said that he is "all in favour of the policy" to include more women on panel shows like Mock the Week.
Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show, he said: "The headline gave the impression that I'd said I was against this particular ruling.
"I'm not against this particular ruling, I've had meetings in the BBC in which I've said, 'Do you know what this has been a stick to beat Mock the Week for a while, and it shouldn't be and we should make sure that there are, but my view is that we shouldn't announce that as a policy'."
He maintained that the decision to announce the ban will make female guests appear like "token »
The actress - who played Charlotte in the HBO series and film spin-offs - said that there is still demand for the show a decade after the original series ended.
Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show, Davis said: "If the fans weren't interested I don't think it would ever happen. It was a struggle to get both the first movie and the second movie made, partly because we're a franchise starring four women over 40 and that just frankly doesn't happen.
"It's only from our fan support that anything ever happened ever in the film region. I think the third if it does happen is because people talk about us, we're still on the air, there is the fan support and so it means a lot to us. »
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway returned to ITV to 6.05 million viewers last night (February 22), according to overnight data.
25.9% of the audience share tuned in to the first instalment of the entertainment show's 11th series when it aired at 7pm.
In the same timeslot on BBC One, The Voice UK continued to top Saturday night ratings, with 7.25m (31.2%) watching as Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones, will.i.am and Ricky Wilson completed their teams in the final round of blind auditions.
On BBC Two, 1.51m watched the highlights of Sochi 2014's penultimate day on Winter Olympics: Today at the Games at 7.10pm.
Top Gear followed at 8pm with 1.15m (5.15%), while The Culture Show pulled in 1.01m (4.85%) at 9pm.
Back on ITV, Take Me Out's current series came to an end with 3.67m (17.44%) hoping »
The "McBusted" star has now attempted to play down speculations that the two are dating, reports mirror.co.uk.
During a chat on "The Jonathan Ross Show", Poynter was asked to comment on his relationship with Goulding.
He said: "We're friends."
The two are often seen out together, and they even looked cosy at the recent London Fashion Week Storm Models party.
- Amith Ostwal
"She doesn't want me to talk about it and our relationship is the one thing that one tries to keep sacred so that's why I don't really talk about it that much," he told Ross.
"I don't talk about it that much, I make the odd silly joke. I try not to go into too much detail, it's nice to keep something back."
He added: "She's a lovely, amazing human being and I'm very, very lucky to be with her. That was soppy, wasn't it?"
Whitehall has recently filmed a pilot in America for an adaptation of his BBC Three sitcom Bad Education.
The comedian confirmed »
Team Gb's Winter Olympics medal winners will be special guests on this week's edition of The Jonathan Ross Show.
Snowboarding star Jenny Jones, who picked up Team Gb's first medal of the games with a bronze in the Slopestyle, and skeleton Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold will appear on the February 22 episode of the chat show.
Boyband supergroup McBusted will also chat to Ross and perform in the studio.
The Jonathan Ross Show airs on Saturday (February 22) at 9.50pm on ITV. »
Splash! pulled in 3.79 million viewers for last night's (February 15) final.
An audience share of 16.85% watched Diversity star Perri Kiely win the second series of the ITV diving show in its 7.20pm time slot. Viewing figures were down by more than 1.5m compared to the series one final - which was the most-watched show of the night when it aired last year.
Despite a dip of 780,000 from last week's show, The Voice UK continued to top Saturday night ratings with 7.66m (33.7%) at 7.10pm on BBC One.
BBC Two's Sochi 2014 coverage interested 2.12m (9.44%) when Winter Olympics: Today at the Games aired at 7pm. 1.3m (5.81%) tuned in to Top Gear at 8pm, while the Coen Brothers remake of True Grit entertained 1.76m (8.69%) at 9pm.
Back on ITV, dating show Take Me Out attracted »
Splash!: ITV, 7.20pm
Vernon Kay and Gabby Logan present the all-male final of the celebrity diving competition! Definitely one to watch with Towie hunk Dan Osbourne slipping into his Speedos for the final time as he takes on Diversity dancer Perri Kiely, Boyzone's Keith Duffy and Paralympian Richard Whitehead for the winner's crown. The celebs will attempt to somersault, twist and pike their way to impressing the judges with the help of their coach, Tom Daley. However, tonight You are the ultimate judge as the champion will be chosen by the voting public. Who will be joining last year's winner Eddie Edwards in the Splash! hall of fame? Tune in to find out!
The Voice: BBC One, 7.10pm
Kylie and co won't be 'spinning around' for much longer as it is the penultimate week of blind auditions! The contestants will need to bring something extra special to »
Strictly Come Dancing champion Abbey Clancy has spoken to Jonathan Ross about the numerous rumours about her relationship during her time on the BBC reality show, insisting that she's still happily married with her footballer husband Peter Crouch.
Clancy described the Stoke City striker as her "best friend" and a "great dad", insisting that her partnership on the dancefloor with pro dancer Aljaž Skorjanec was purely professional.
Speaking about the tabloid speculation, the model said: "I think it was one of the reservations I had about it really.
"I know what went on and he knows what went on, so it's not like that, you're just learning to dance."
When asked about family life with Crouch, she said: "He's incredible. He's a better dad than I am mum. I was a bit worried when I got pregnant because he's not used to being around kids, whereas I am.
"He just »
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