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Is A&E Giving Up on The Beast?

Patrick Swayze

Things aren't looking great for a second season of The Beast.

A&E isn't expected to renew the Patrick Swayze-fronted cop drama, sources told Variety. A rep for the cable network, however, told that no official decision about the show's future has been made.

The series' first season ran for 13 episodes, and the finale aired April 23.

The show has overcome its share of obstacles. Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after the pilot was shot, but the actor received a doctor's OK to complete filming once the series was picked up. Swayze also ... read more

Spencer and Heidi Back on I'm a Celebrity (For Now)

Spencer Pratt, Heidi Montag, Damien Fahey and Myleene Klass

Guess who's back?

Heidi and Spencer Pratt returned to the Costa Rican jungle Wednesday night, but their fate on I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! now rests in the hands of their fellow cast members.

After quitting for a third time — and then constantly praying via Twitter — NBC brought Speidi back to the camp near the end of Wednesday's show. However, to remain on the show, the couple must... read more

NBC Sets Premiere Date for Jay Leno Show

Jay Leno

The Jay Leno Show will debut on Sept. 14, NBC announced Tuesday. The show will air Monday through Friday at 10 pm/ET, eating up one-third of the Peacock's once-valuable prime time programming space.

Among the shows affected by the resulting schedule shuffle are Law & Order; SVU, which moves to Wednesdays at 9, and the original Law & Order, which unspools its record-tying 20th season on Fridays at 8. (See our full fall TV grid here for more details.)

Tonight Show successor Conan O'Brien... read more

Have Heidi and Spencer Quit I'm a Celebrity for Good?

Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag

After just a few days in the Costa Rican jungle, Heidi and Spencer Pratt are already trying to head for the hills.

The recently married stars of The Hills competed in the premiere of NBC's reality show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!Heidi even downed a rat's tail and three scorpions — but not before they threatened to quit twice during the show.

The Pratts reluctantly agreed to remain in the competition, in which 11 celebrities test their survival skills before they're voted off by viewers, but TMZ reports that the duo quit for good after the cameras turned off the show's two-hour premiere.

A rep for NBC would not comment about the report or the couple's ... read more

Judge Places Columbo's Peter Falk in Conservatorship

Peter Falk

A judge's ruling leaves Columbo star Peter Falk's wife in complete control of his affairs and allows the ailing actor's daughter to visit him.

The ruling ends a legal battle with the 81-year-old actor's daughter, Catherine Falk. She submitted a petition in December to take over her father's affairs, despite a strained relationship with Falk and his wife of 30 years, Shera. Catherine Falk later withdrew the petition, noting that she is only concerned now with visiting her father.

The judge's ruling states that Catherine Falk ... read more

Will Ferrell Eats Reindeer Eyeballs on Man vs. Wild

Will Ferrell and Bear Grylls

Stars often go to shameless lengths to promote their movies, but Will Ferrell's Man vs. Wild stunt has raised the bar.

The funnyman will appear on the show Tuesday night (10 pm, Discovery Channel) in a cross-promotional stunt for his new movie, Land of the Lost. The show features Ferrell and host Bear Grylls during 48 hours in the subzero temperatures of the north Sweden wilderness.

In the episode, Ferrell is lowered into the wilderness by rope from a helicopter before hiking with makeshift snowshoes through waist-high snow. He then spends the night with Grylls in a cave, dining on grilled reindeer eyeballs from the head of a carcass... read more

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button — Blu-ray Review

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Blu-ray)

While the multiple Oscar-nominated The Curious Case of Benjamin Button might have been overhyped during award season, it deserved every single technical accolade it received. It's those technical achievements — namely the amazing visuals that made Brad Pitt both an 80-year-old baby and a teenaged grandpa — that make this Blu-ray release really shine.

This wacky tale of a man who ages in reverse — based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story — doesn't seem all that wacky in the hands of accomplished director David Fincher. In fact, the bits about Benjamin Button's fantastical life are the movie's high points, thanks to stellar performances, particularly Taraji P. Henson as Ben's adopted mother. However, "real-life" drama of the impending landfall of Hurricane Katrina in the framing device is laughable. It's in those hospital deathbed sequences that the movie gets way off track and you start checking your watch. Plus, the real meat of the story is so interesting you don't need all that extra doom and gloom (especially since it really doesn't add much to the whole in the end.)

As is true with most of Fincher's releases, the bonus features are where it's at... read more

Britain's Got Talent: Can Anyone Beat Susan Boyle?

Susan Boyle, Shaheen Jafargholi

Susan Boyle may dominate the web, but she still has plenty of competition on Britain's Got Talent. Here's a look at all the competitors in the hunt so far, most of whom probably haven't made their way into your inbox. Watch their performances and tell us who — if anyone — you think has a shot at pulling a Kris Allen-like upset. read more

CBS Sets Big Brother 11 Premiere Date

Julie Chen

Good news, Big Brother fans (and for those of you who scoff at the show but watch anyway)!

Big Brother 11 will premiere Thursday, July 9 at 8 pm/ET on CBS, the network announced. Beginning July 12, the show will air three nights a week — Sundays at 8 pm, Tuesdays at 9 pm and Thursdays at 8 pm.

Julie Chenbaby bump and all — will return as the host of the weekly eviction shows.

The guiltiest of guilty pleasures features contestants who ... read more

Digital TV Test Breaks FCC Help Line Record

The Digital TV Transition

A record number of consumers called the Federal Communications Commission's help line after a "soft test" that the organization hoped would encourage TV viewers to prepare for the June 12 digital TV transition.

The FCC's test led 55,000 consumers — a single-day record for the help line — to call in for assistance last Thursday. The line typically receives 15,000 calls per day.

The majority of the calls ... read more

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