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2010 March 23 — TV Tattle

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

March 23, 2010

"Real World's" Puck seriously injured with his son in car accident
The "Real World: San Francisco" star swerved to avoid hitting a deer and lost control of his car. Fortunately, he and his 8-year-old son were able to escape from the wreck.

HBO renews "Ricky Gervais" despite low ratings

"The Ricky Gervais Show" will be back for Season 2.

Jennifer Beals, John Laroquette and Keith David land pilots

They'll star in, respectively, Shawn Ryan's "Ride-Along," Fox's "Pleading Guilty" and NBC's "The Cape."

ABC heading back to reality TV hospital

The team behind 2000's "Hopkins" and the 2008 follow-up "Hopkins 24/7" will follow the action at "Boston Med."

"Glee's" Sue Sylvester goes on a "Sneaky gays" rant

Watch her latest WOHN commentary.

"Good Wife" promotes Alan Cumming

He'll become a series regular in Season 2.

"Nurse Jackie" has big premiere

But "United States of Tara's" season premiere ratings weren't up to par.

HBO releases Kevin Kline from jail

He'll play a cardiac surgeon who is released from prison after serving 15 years for killing his wife.

"Big Bang" recruits Judy Greer

She'll play a famous physicist who spends the night with Sheldon.


March 23, 2010

"Lost" fight scene goes awry, Michael Emerson gets a black eye
The show makeup department has to work overtime after Emerson's co-star connected with his face.

Paula Abdul may be NBC-bound with a dance show

She and Kenny Ortega of "High School Musical" and Michael Jackson's "This is It" fame are teaming up for a dance competition featuring highly choreographed dance numbers that may take place in public places.

Zach Braff confirms: "Scrubs" is dead

Braff confirmed the news on his Facebook page: "Many of you have asked, so here it is … it appears that 'New Scrubs', 'Scrubs 2.0', 'Scrubs with new kids', 'Scrubbier', 'Scrubs without JD' is no more. It was worth a try, but alas… it didn't work. zb"

Atlanta "Real Housewives'" newest star revealed?

Celebrity attorney Phaedra Parks is expected to edge out one of the housewives.

"SNL's" Seth Meyers to help raise money for Al Franken

The "Saturday Night Live" head writer will help the "SNL" alum raise money for his political action committee.

Chad Ochocinco selling "Dancing" shirts

The shirts read: "If you don't vote for me on DWTS…..GIRL YOU TRIPPIN." PLUS: Ochocinco dieting on McDonald's.

Hayden Panetierre taps Jai Rodriguez for her CW Harvard med school drama

The "Queer Eye" alum will play a sassy gay Latino med student in "H.M.S." from producer Panetierre.

"'Til Death" canceled, for real this time

Fox won't renew the Brad Garrett sitcom that has managed to survive all these years.

Season 1 "Idol" Tamyra Gray is pregnant

This is the first child for Gray and her Color Me Badd hubby.


March 23, 2010

Charlie Sheen's rehab forces "Two and a Half Men" to cut 2 episodes
"Instead of doing 24 shows this year, we’ll be doing 22," says Chuck Lorre. "But 22 is a full order. They had asked us to produce two additional episodes, which we normally do. But we won’t do it this year."

Judging "Idol" judges: Simon sounds like Randy, Ellen's a waste of time

Kara DioGuardi, meanwhile, has been surprisingly good, says Matthew Gilbert. "This season, she has been remarkably on point, focused, and articulate during her comments to the performers," he says. On the other hand, he says Ellen DeGeneres" "takes on the performers seem irrelevant, unfounded, and a waste of time in a show that already kills too much time manufacturing drama and cutting to commercials. When the cameras zoom in on her, she looks like a startled raccoon and says something unengaging and positive like, 'What’s not to love about that?'"

Teen sues "Wife Swap" for $100M, claiming she was forced to act like a spoiled brat

Beauty queen Alicia Guastafarro, who is now 18, appeared on "Wife Swap" as a 15-year-old (watch here), where she claims that producers told her to act like a spoiled brat. The result, the lawsuit says, "ridicule, mockery and derision" from her peers, forcing her to switch schools.

Letterman's Tiger Woods joke mocks his own affair

"That's exactly what happened to me," said Dave.

Terri Schiavo's family infuriated by "Family Guy's" "Terri Schiavo: The Musical"

Schiavo's brother said of Sunday's episode: "My family was astonished at the cruelty and bigotry towards our beloved sister, and all disabled people that we witnessed in this show."


March 23, 2010

Maury Povich's ratings jump 44%, thanks to younger audience
The move to Connecticut has re-energized "Maury," especially because his audience these days is mostly made up of college kids.

Virgin flight attendants' union buys CW "Fly Girls" ads questioning the show's reality

"It's difficult to imagine many Virgin flight attendants affording multi-level apartments with ocean views on wages under $30,000 per year," says the Transport Workers Union, which is paying for tomorrow night's ads.

Michael Rapaport, Bridget Moynahan and Will Estes land pilots

Rapaport will star in ABC's "The Line," while Moynahan and Estes are headed to CBS.

Why are the "HIMYM" gang even friends? They're unbearable!

That's according to James Poniewozik, who explains: "Ted, for instance: who is this tiresome marshmallow who keeps inflicting 'the one' on his friends? Lily: who is this controlling princess who insists on her birthday being a freaking holiday of tribute? Marshall: what is this oversolicitous dude compensating for? Does no one get tired of Barney's preening? And Robin: did she not have a single other friend before she met these other four people?"

"Jersey Shore" debuts in 30 countries this week

With the simple tagline: "Muscles + gel + tanning bed = sex."

Walton Goggins almost rejected "Justified" white supremacist role

Timothy Olyphant had to talk Goggins in to taking the role as a Southern white supremacist. "I certainly don't want to participate in perpetuating a stereotype of the racist Southern person," says Goggins. "I think that's trite and over-explored and boring."


March 23, 2010

Pam Anderson made "Dancing" watchable again
"There are some people who just captivate you," Tonya Plank says of Pam's "Dancing" debut. "And it's not about the obvious; it's about how she uses her body, sometimes in rather humorous ways. I'm not familiar with Damian Whitewood. He looks like a fine dancer, but I think he's too short for her. Honestly, with her larger-than-life persona, her literal height, her hair all ratted up like that, her makeup, and the way she carried herself and did her thing to the utmost, she seemed a bit like a drag queen, no? And I don't mean that in a bad way! She was a really hot drag queen!"
Record 23.9M watched; can "Dancing" beat "Idol"? // ABC's best 2-hour ratings in 10 years
Kate Gosselin: "I blanked out" // Why were Erin Andrews' breasts two different sizes?

Craig Ferguson: I'm no late-night talk show host — I don't want Letterman's job

The "Late Late" host doesn't ever want to follow in Conan O'Brien's path. "Look at the terrible thing that happened to Conan when Conan tried to do what Jay Leno does," says Ferguson. "Conan shouldn't do that. He doesn't do what Jay Leno does. Jay Leno does what Jay Leno does. And then when (Conan) started doing what Conan does, it was too late."

Sissy Spacek signs on for her 1st regular TV gig

The "Big Love" guest-star will join John Well's CBS mobile medical drama.

Letterman starst a weekly segment with a booted-off "Idol"

Every Monday night, the previous week's "Idol" bootee will get an interview and perform with Paul's band. (Presumably, next year Conan will get the "Idols'" first late-night interview.

Dr. Phil hires Kelly Osbourne

She'll work as a special correspondent, beginning Wednesday.

What made Kristen Wiig cry?

"When I first started on 'SNL,' I made the mistake of googling myself," she says. "Oh, everybody does. I was like, I wonder what people are saying? It was the worst thing. I was crying. A lot of it was nice, but it doesn’t matter: You remember the bad, not the good."



March 23, 2010

Rumor: Jennifer Aniston will play a "Cougar Town" lesbian

GSN picked Jerry Springer to host dating show over Octo-Mom

"Breaking Bad's" Aaron Paul is Weird Al Yankovic for Funny or Die

Hurley, Bobblehead // "Lost's" Nestor Carbonell went to school with Matthew Fox

Did Tina Fey get too wild for Esquire? // Fey has been on a lot of mag covers lately

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