Archive: December 2010 (1-10 of 3748)

NBCUniversal slapped with new lawsuit in 'Ghost Hunters' dispute

There’s nothing paranormal about this case, but a pair of producers are nonetheless continuing their hunt for compensation, alleging NBCUniversal stole their idea for the network’s long-running Ghost Hunters franchise.

Parapsychologist Larry Montz and publicist Daena Smoller, who first sued the network five years ago, claim in the new suit, obtained by EW, that the network produced Ghost Hunters based off pitches made to those named in the suit between 1996 and 2001. Citing breach of implied contract and breach of confidence, the pair is seeking damages and compensation.

Only 2 months ago, the network was denied an appeal by the U.S. Supreme Court in the first suit, which has gone through several years of litigation. Montz and Smoller initially lost on the district level, but their complaint was later re-instated after an appeal, a move NBCUniversal disputed to the high court.

NBCUniversal did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Justified,' 'Once Upon a Time,' 'White Collar': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Welcome back, friends! Hope the holidays were as fattening for you as they were for me.

As winter hiatus comes to a close, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. (Although, I hope you still enjoyed the special Once Upon a Time edition of Spoiler Room that was served up last week!) And this week, there’s a little bit of something for everyone, I hope. If not, there’s a simple way to solve that: Hit me up! E-mail or Tweet me @EWSandraG. And if you don’t see your question, keep trying! (I do read them all!)

Enjoy, and it’s truly lovely to be back in the swing of things! (Side note: Anyone else sort of love what’s going on in this week’s Spoiler Room blend? Now that’s a trio!)

The year 2011 hasn’t been the easiest for Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Co., on The Vampire Diaries, and, as Julie Plec told Mandi Bierly, the first new episode of the season doesn’t do much to indicate changing winds in 2012. READ FULL STORY

'Dancing with the Stars' reunion for GSN! -- PHOTO

To help promote Game Show Network’s acquisition of Dancing with the Stars reruns, the cabler recruited some past runner-ups (we’ll say it again, Mel B, you wuz robbed) to pose for a pic with this year’s victor, J.R. Martinez.

Naturally, pros like Maksim Chmerkovskiy were asked to join in on the fun, too — but hey, it’s his show, right? Also in attendance: Derek Hough and Lacey Schwimmer, along with stars Ralph Macchio, Mel B, Rick Fox, Gilles Marini, Audrina Patridge and Chaz Bono.

You can begin catching reruns of DWTS on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. ET. First up: Season 4, the year of Apolo Ohno. (GSN bought repeats through season 14).


HBO shows lead TV noms in Cinematographer Awards


As if HBO needed more nominations under their belt during their already active awards season, the network picked up four nods as part of the American Society of Cinematographers’ Outstanding Achievement Awards, which yesterday announced the contenders in their three television categories.

Boardwalk Empire picked up two nominations in the One-Hour Episodic Television category, Mildred Pierce secured a nod in the Television Movie/Miniseries contest, and the recently axed Bored to Death got a nod in the Half-Hour category. READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother' 150th episode: The gang's all here...and so is Kevin -- PHOTOS

There aren’t many secrets revealed in the promo photos for How I Met Your Mother‘s landmark 150th episode — unless you count an appearance from Kevin (Kal Penn) a secret. In which case, well, surprise!

The good news is that if history proves true, these wonderfully vague promo photos means we’re in for a doozy of an episode. Here’s what we do know! (Mild spoilers ahead)

This is the episode where Marshall and Lily officially move to the suburbs. There’s an appearance from Lily’s dad (who refuses to move out of their house). And the gang visits a strip club. The latter sentence in itself promises something of greatness, friends.

Check out two more pics below: READ FULL STORY

'Glee' promo: A question is popped and (shirtless) Chord Overstreet faces Nene Leakes -- VIDEO and PHOTOS

The promo for the next new episode of Glee (airing Jan. 17) focuses on Emma and Will — with good reason. It looks like the two might be headed for the altar! That is, if Emma says “yes” to his hopefully elaborate proposal. (With a classroom full of singing kids, I’ll be positively bummed if he simply asks her to marry him over a plate of Easy Mac.)

My guess? She’s on board. I mean, just look at her face in the promo. READ FULL STORY

Midseason debut dates: When to expect more zombies, hoarders and ... Kenny Powers!

Good riddance, cheesy holiday specials: The midseason lineup can’t start soon enough!

Lucky for you esteemed TV lovers, originals of some cable shows begin before you get all blotto on Dec. 31. But the ball really starts rolling the next day, when we’re treated to more fresh episodes of Hoarding: Buried Alive and Baseball Wives. Joy!

Here are the premiere dates for broadcast and cable shows through the end of February: READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story': [SPOILER] features the secret to season 2 -- EXCLUSIVE

It’s been a week since the shocking finale of FX’s American Horror Story, which found the entire Harmon family dead but happily haunting their home. Co-creator Ryan Murphy told the media last week that season 2 would be a complete reboot of the show with a new location and new cast. He also teased that the secret to next season could be found in AHS’ final three episodes. Well, AHS fans, EW is gonna narrow it down even further for you: the secret to season 2 can be found in….SPOILER ALERT…”Birth,” the penultimate episode of the season and the one in which Vivien went into labor. Says Murphy, “Go through it frame by frame. I planted it in there. I will never reveal it.”

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Read more:
‘American Horror Story': Ryan Murphy talks the game-changing season finale
‘American Horror Story’ scoop: Second season will have new cast, locale (goodbye, Jessica Lange?)
EW Recaps: ‘American Horror Story’

Next up for Jerry Sandusky: a chat with Oprah?

Jerry Sandusky’s (perplexing) media tour may continue in the new year. Having already given interviews to NBC and the New York TimesSandusky and his wife Dottie are reportedly open to a sit-down with the likes of Oprah Winfrey or Barbara Walters.

Sandusky’s attorney Joe Amendola told that the couple would also consider appearances on CBS’ 60 Minutes or NBC’s Rock Center — which already ran a phone-in interview between Bob Costas and the ex-Penn State football coach who’s been charged with sexually abusing boys. The appearance gave Rock Center a much-needed boost in the ratings on Nov. 14: The news magazine averaged a 1.3 rating/3 share and 4.4 million viewers, up 30 percent from the previous week.

Sandusky’s wife has come under scrutiny for what she may have witnessed in the family home. In the most recent indictment of Sandusky, a boy told the grand jury that the ex-coach assaulted him in the basement bedroom of the Sandusky home. Knowing Sandusky’s wife was upstairs, the boy screamed for help but no one came.

A sit-down with the couple could result in a ratings bonanza for whoever snags it. Even the women of The Talk told EW they would relish the chance to interview the notorious ex-coach, though cohost Sheryl Underwood quipped, “It just wouldn’t go good!”

Most (and least) watched shows of fall -- UPDATED


Now that we’re in rerun hell, it’s high time to take stock of what we liked (and loathed) from September to December. Below is a list of every network show and how many viewers each one averaged.

While these numbers aren’t a key piece of the puzzle for the broadcast nets when they are setting ad rates and deciding whether to renew a series, they definitely help to tell a story of a program’s true popularity.*


'The Finder': Meet the stars -- VIDEO

The Finder, the unofficial spinoff from Bones creator Hart Hanson, premieres Jan. 12 and Fox thinks it’s time for you to get to know stars Geoff Stults and Michael Clarke Duncan. Watch them quiz each other below and learn which one had flowing hair as a teen (okay, that’s easy to guess) and which one’s worst cooking story involves a pot roast and maggots (tougher!).  READ FULL STORY

'Joan & Melissa' season 2 tease delivers real drama -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

The 10-episode second season of WE tv’s reality show Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? premieres Jan. 24, and after watching our exclusive first look at the teaser trailer below, you may want to jot that down. Someone goes looking for legal marijuana, gets a tattoo, shoots a rifle, ends up fully clothed in a hot tub, and has more plastic surgery (spoiler: that’s all Joan Rivers). And someone has the dissolution of her live-in romance captured on camera (that would be Melissa Rivers). Joan confronting the guy breaking her daughter’s heart could be the most real we’ve ever seen her. READ FULL STORY

'Merlin': Watch season 4 clip, introduced by Colin Morgan and Bradley James -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Merlin began as a frothy reinterpretation of Arthurian legend, with the wise old sage reimagined as a shenanigan-prone teenager attempting to keep his magical gifts a secret while teaching young Prince Arthur how to be less of a prideful doofus. The series has always had a dark edge, though, and the upcoming fourth season (debuting Jan. 6 on Syfy) promises to be especially grim.

In an exclusive look at the season premiere, Morgana goes Sith Lord on some knights; meanwhile, Arthur prepares to make an important speech. Check out the video below, along with an introduction by Colin Morgan (Merlin) and Bradley James (Arthur). Cherish the way they refer to Merlin‘s fourth season as “series 4.” Oh, to be British… READ FULL STORY


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