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Jersey Shore Cast Previews Most Controversial Season Yet — In Italy

Snooki

They came, they smushed... but did they conquer? While Italy somehow survived its Jersey Shore invasion when the cast of MTV's reality smash relocated to Florence for Season 4, Snooki, The Situation et al. didn't have it so easy. Two months away from the comforts of their home-away-from-home in Seaside Heights left the guidos and guidettes in a serious state of GTL withdrawal. That's right: The eight stars — Deena Cortese, "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio, Jenni "JWoww" Farley, Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Magro, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino — found their signature gym-tanning-laundry ritual tough to pull off across the Atlantic.

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In Landmark Deal, USA Network Lands Box Office Hit Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids, the surprise feature hit starring Kristen Wiig, is heading to USA Network as part of the channel's new, landmark 30-movie deal with Universal Pictures.

The movie deal, one of the largest in basic cable history, also includes the action sequel Fast Five, starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson; the comedy Little Fockers, with Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro; and The Adjustment Bureau, featuring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt...
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Exclusive: Hugh Hefner Won't Be Narrating NBC's The Playboy Club

Playboy Club

You won't be hearing much from Hugh Hefner on NBC's The Playboy Club this fall. Hefner narrates the new series' pilot episode, but won't do the same in future episodes.

That's because the producers behind The Playboy Club are leaning toward eliminating the show's narration device all together, according to show insiders. (In the pilot, Hefner sets the stage for the show via voiceover at the open and close of the show.)

But that doesn't mean The Playboy Club will be completely scrubbed of its ...
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Exclusive: Heidi Fleiss on Her New Animal Planet Show Prostitutes to Parrots

Heidi Fleiss

"Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss knows her life sounds a bit strange. But Fleiss' three-year stint in jail, run-ins with exes like Tom Sizemore and struggles with drugs sound almost normal compared to her other addiction: Caring for more than 20 exotic macaw parrots.

Fleiss' relationship with those birds forms the basis of a new Animal Planet special, Heidi Fleiss: Prostitutes to Parrots. The one-hour program, from Craig Piligian's Pilgrim Films and Television, airs Sunday at 10 p.m. and doubles as the pilot episode to a potential series.

Fleiss, who lives in Pahrump, Nevada (where she continues to consult for brothels), was pitching another reality show concept with her brother when Piligian suggested turning the camera on her and her birds. It's an expensive hobby, one that she supports by running a laundromat and a doggie day care — as well as starring in reality shows (like this one and Celebrity Rehab).

With her macaws squawking in the background, Fleiss spoke with TV Guide Magazine about her love/hate relationship with the birds; her brutally honest take on Dr. Drew Pinsky; why she didn't care for Mike Tyson's Animal Planet show; and how she manages to stay sober.

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NBC's The Sing Off Expands, But Won't Go Live

Nick Lachey

Production began this week on NBC's a capella competition The Sing-Off, which is being pre-taped over the next few weeks to air this fall.

That means even though the show has been upgraded to regular series status, NBC and the show's producers have opted not to try and make The Sing-Off a live TV event (in the vein of American Idol or The Voice).

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Exclusive: David Gregory to Host Stephen Hawking Roundtable for Discovery

David Gregory

Meet the Press host David Gregory will head over to Discovery Channel next month to host a roundtable discussion about Stephen Hawking's take on God.

Did God Create the Universe? will air on Sunday, Aug. 7 at 9 p.m. on the Discovery Channel, directly following the premiere of... read more

Wipeout and 101 Ways Producer Matt Kunitz on His Reality Lessons

Wipeout

Reality producer Matt Kunitz has asked contestants to eat foul bugs (on Fear Factor) and jump on big red balls (see Wipeout). But that's child's play compared to what he's put people through on ABC's recent new entry, 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show.

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Melissa George Joins A&E's Stephen King's Bag of Bones

Melissa George

Australian actress Melissa George, whose credits include Grey's Anatomy and Lie to Me, will star opposite Pierce Brosnan in A&E's four-hour mini-series Stephen King's Bag of Bones.

George will play Mattie, the mother of... read more

Exclusive: Science Picks Up Star Trek Documentary From Gene Roddenberry's Son

Star Trek

Science Channel is boldly going where it hasn't before, partnering with Rod Roddenberry Jr., the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, to produce and air the documentary Trek Nation.

Timed to the 45th anniversary of the original Star Trek, the feature-length special will follow Roddenberry Jr. as he goes on a journey to learn more about his father, while documenting the continued celebration of the show (and its many spinoffs) by fans...
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Exclusive: First Look at The Hub's New Aquabats Super Show

The Aquabats

Hi-five! Superhero rockers The Aquabats are continuing their quest to save the world from evil through music — and now through a new TV show for The Hub.

Several years in the making, the cult band's The Aquabats Super Show features a mix of concert footage, animation and live action skits. The band's all there — MC Bat Commander, Crash McLarson, Jimmy the Robot, Ricky Fitness and Eagle "Bones" Falconhawk.

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