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Next up for Kiefer Sutherland: An internet series! EXCLUSIVE

Kiefer-MasterKiefer Sutherland, internet star? That’s the plan: EW has learned exclusively that Sutherland will follow up his critically-beloved run on 24 with a web series that’ll bow on Hulu this March. Dubbed The Confession, the 10 five-to-seven-minute webisodes will feature Sutherland as a hitman who has a theological discussion with a priest (John Hurt of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) about why his victims deserved to die. The series, which was written and directed by Brad Mirman, ends with one helluva twist. READ FULL STORY

Dr. Drew heading to CW daytime

Dr-Drew-PinskyImage Credit: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic.comDr. Drew Pinsky is expanding his sphere of influence. EW has confirmed that Pinsky, who has a eponymous show debuting on HLN in the spring and hosts Celebrity Rehab on VH1, will headline a new daily half-hour talk show dubbed Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers on the CW this fall.

Pinsky will tackle everything from addiction to relationship woes and also bring in experts. The network will air an original episode at 3 p.m. and follow it with a repeat. The news was first reported by Broadcasting & Cable.

The show comes courtesy of Telepictures, which previously produced The Tyra Banks Show for the CW’s daytime hour at 3. Repeats of the yakker continue to air in the slot.

ABC buys comedy with risque title

ABC is set to pick up a new comedy pilot with a title that could make waves like $#*! My Dad Says if it makes it to primetime intact.

20th Century Fox TV has sold a project titled Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23, which earns points for being funny and memorable, if not exactly G-rated. Tough to see ABC not brainstorming something softer (then again, the network does have Cougar Town). READ FULL STORY

'Glee' exclusive: Season 2 to feature more Gwyneth and Gaga!

Gaga-PaltrowImage Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images; Larry Busacca/Getty ImagesGleeks, I’ve got such amazing scoop that I almost piddled in my pants when I heard it so I can’t imagine how you’re gonna react: EW has learned exclusively that the phenomenal Gwyneth Paltrow is officially reprising her role as Holly Holliday for TWO episodes of Glee in the spring and she’s gettin’ it on with Mr. Schuester!!! Says co-creator Ryan Murphy, “Gwyneth is coming back for two episodes. She’s coming back specifically to date Will [Matthew Morrison]. Those two have become really good friends in real life and had really good chemistry. She’s coming back as a sex education teacher. Gwyneth and I are emailing, talking every week: What are we gonna sing? We’re trying to do something fantastic. So she’ll be  [in episodes] 15 and 16. She comes back [to film] in January and she’s with us for three and a half weeks I think.”

You think that would be enough but I have even more redonkulous news: Lady Gaga just this week gave the Glee producers clearance for tackling her highly anticipated new single, “Born This Way,” which hasn’t even dropped yet! Murphy reveals that the song will be used in a March or April episode and will be centered around closeted gay bully Karofsky (Max Adler). “I love that that song is anthem,” says Murphy. “This show is by nature optimistic and I think a character like Karofsky could turn to booze or pills or alcohol and kill themselves or do something dark. But I also love Max and I love that character and I sorta want that character to have a happy ending. So I don’t really know what that’s going to be, but I do know we’re going to do a whole episode that’s about that song.”

And there’s one more Glee favorite returning: Kristin Chenoweth. She will be back as April Rhodes in the last batch of episodes of the season for a multi-episode arc.

Season 2′s second half is looking awfully good and really, really blonde!

Wonder Woman TV show 'not moving forward'

Wonder-WomanImage Credit: DC ComicsWonder Woman wasn’t able to lasso a new home.

Sources tell EW that all the major broadcasters have passed on the much-buzzed about project. Late Friday, NBC was the final network that declined to bring back the superhero.

Warner Bros. TV was actively shopping a script from David E. Kelley that updated the period tale about an Amazon princess who battled Nazis and other bad guys during World War II. READ FULL STORY

ABC picks up two comedy pilots

For those keeping score on pilot season, ABC just picked up two comedy pilots for consideration for fall 2011-12. The first one is Man Up, a single-camera project from Chris Moynihan, Ron West and Kelly Kulchak that ABC Studios describes as “as unique look at what it takes to survive as a modern man, as told through the eyes of three best friends and the women in their lives.”

The other is called Smothered, a half-hour multi-camera project by Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen that’s about a young couple who finds themselves smothered by their two very different sets of parents. It’s from Warner Bros. TV.

HBO orders new comedy about 20-something gals

Lena-DunhamHBO announced today that it has ordered the new comedy Girls, created by and starring Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture). The series, which will begin shooting this spring in New York, provides a comic look at the “assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s,” according to HBO.

Dunham wrote and directed the pilot of the series, which she executive produces along with Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner. “Lena Dunham quickly established herself as an important young talent with her first feature film,” said HBO Entertainment President Sue Naegle in a statement.  “We are thrilled to team up with her and fellow executive producers Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner for this exciting project.”

The cast includes Jemima Kirke (Tiny Furniture), Allison Williams (American Dreams), Adam Driver (HBO’s “You Don’t Know Jack”) and Zosia Mamet (Mad Men).

Tiny Furniture was directed and written by Dunham, who also stars in the film.  It has received three Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay and Best Cinematography.

'Dallas' reboot scoop: Larry Hagman's (still) in play!

Larry-HagmanImage Credit: Pixplanete/PR PhotosA Dallas reboot without J.R. Ewing? TNT can’t imagine it! Despite an internet report that the cabler’s remake of the classic CBS drama is moving ahead without Larry Hagman, EW has learned that the network is hopeful a deal can and will be reached with the original star.

TNT has already persuaded Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy to make appearances in the new version, which was penned by Cynthia Cidre (Cane) and focuses on the sons of J.R. and Bobby Ewing.  The network remains high on the new iteration, even though it has yet to begin production on a pilot. “I don’t want to give away the plot, but [Cynthia] found something authentic to business and to Dallas that allows them to trade on the same dynamic of the super wealthy,” TNT/TBS programming head Michael Wright told Variety on Thursday. “Dallas was always something of an Upstairs Downstairs paradigm. If it wasn’t the rich and poor, it was attitude – entitlement versus a populist point of view. This covers all that.”

Meanwhile, Hagman told EW in September that he continues to make appearances on behalf of Dallas, which syndicates in 60 countries today. ”It’s like an annuity, really,” Hagman, 78, said. ”I go out, they adore me, and then they pay you. What better job can you have?” He seemed willing to do the Dallas reboot.

This isn’t the first time that someone’s tried to revive the Texas oil family drama that aired from 1978 to 1991. In 2006, Twentieth Century Fox decided to adapt the soap for the big screen, closing deals with John Travolta, Jennifer Lopez, and Luke Wilson. But then research indicated that the Dallas brand didn’t mean much to younger moviegoers, says a source close to the project. Travolta and Lopez soon dropped out.

NFL and ESPN close to signing $2 billion rights deal

ESPN and the NFL are approaching a new annual rights deal worth almost $2 billion, according to Reuters. Although the deal still needs to be finalized, and neither company is offering any confirmation, multiple sources indicate that ESPN has offered roughly $1.8 – $1.9 billion for a new nine- or 10-year pact with the football league, an increase of 40 percent on the current eight-year deal worth $8.8 billion.

Suze Orman to host 'Money Class' on OWN

Suze-OrmanImage Credit: Bennett Raglin/WireImage.comNow that she’s appeared on Ask Oprah’s All Stars, Suze Orman has earned her own show on Oprah Winfrey’s network.  OWN announced today that she’ll host Money Class, a show that’ll help folks transform their financial lives. “Suze Orman is the rock star of personal finance and her straight-forward advice will help people who are in need of a financial wake-up call,” said Lisa Erspamer, OWN’s chief creative officer.

Orman’s new show is expected to bow in the fall. She will continue to appear on the All Stars specials on Jan. 9, 16, and 23 and will serve as a guest judge on the third episode of Your Own Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star on Jan. 21.

Kathy Griffin gets four comedy specials with Bravo

kathy-griffinImage Credit: Janet Van Ham/BravoBravo is saying goodbye to Kathy Griffin’s Life on the D List, but they intend to remain in the Kathy Griffin business. The cable network has announced that the two-time Emmy-winner will perform four new stand-up specials in 2011. Since 2005, Griffin and Bravo had collaborated on eight comedy specials, including last year’s Kathy Griffin: Whores on Crutches. “I went to Bravo and told them I thought I was being a little too nice in my stand up specials. They agreed … and gave me four more.  Let the fur fly,” said Griffin in a Bravo statement. The comedy specials, which will air quarterly this year, confirm the end of D List, which Griffin had hinted at to EW in November.

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'SpongeBob SquarePants' buckles up for ninth season

spongebobNickelodeon has renewed SpongeBob SquarePants for a ninth season, ensuring that the enormously popular cartoon will surpass 200 original episodes. “SpongeBob‘s success in reaching over 200 episodes is a testament to creator Stephen Hillenburg’s vision, comedic sensibility and his dynamic, lovable characters,” said Brown Johnson, President, Animation, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group.  “The series now joins the club of contemporary classic Nicktoons that have hit this benchmark, so we’re incredibly proud.” The wacky tales of an enthusiastic sea sponge have been the No. 1 ranked animated TV series with children, ages 2-11. The new deal calls for the network to air 26 new episodes in 2012.

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'Big Love' star Chloe Sevigny on starring opposite Katie Holmes on Broadway, her dream TV job, and the comedian who spoofs her online

Big Love fans were sad to learn that this will be the final season of HBO’s family drama (spoiler alert: I’ve seen the premiere episode and it’s great) but star Chloe Sevigny, who plays the manipulative Nikki, is already thinking about her future gigs. The actress’ name has been mentioned as potentially starring opposite Katie Holmes in a Broadway revival of the play Extremities. Sevigny confirmed that she has indeed been considering a role in the revival . “I was reading it and I’m kind of seeing how the cast is gonna pan out,” she says. “I know the director is great but I feel like the cast has gotta be real strong. And it’s such a commitment.”

Meanwhile, she’s not ruling out a return to a TV series but is very specific about what she wants out of the project, namely, that it’s shot on the East Coast. Says the actress, ” I’m not opposed to another series but I don’t think I’d do one in Los Angeles. I’d like to do a half-hour comedy on a cable network in New York where I play someone really glamorous and really goofy. That’s my dream job!” she says, laughing.

But the question everyone wants to know (or maybe just me and my EW colleagues Tanner Stransky and Henry Goldblatt) is what does Sevigny think about comedian Drew Droege and his hilarious series of viral video spoofs of the actress? “I met him the other day,” says Sevigny. “I feel like he doesn’t dress like me, he doesn’t talk like me! I feel like there’s zero connection. I don’t even understand how he can say it’s me. And then the things he references are sooo not me. He was very charming and very nervous. He thought I hated him. Of course not! I’m flattered. But it’s just not me at all!”

Watch Droege’s latest “Chloe” spoof, “Holidays,” below…

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