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Discovery Sets Human Planet Airdate

Human Planet

Discovery has assigned an airdate to Human Planet, its next epic series in the vein of recent hits Planet Earth and Life. The six-part Human Planet will air from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on three consecutive Sundays this spring: April 10, 17 and 24. Human Planet, a co-production between Discovery and the BBC, will look at how humans live in a wide variety of habitats — including the Arctic, rivers and oceans, mountains, grasslands ...
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Friday Night Lights' Adrianne Palicki is Wonder Woman

Adrianne Palicki

Friday Night Lights alum Adrianne Palicki has lassoed the starring role in NBC's reworking of Wonder Woman. In the new series pilot from David E. Kelley (Harry's Law), Palicki will play Wonder Woman (aka Diana Prince), a Los Angeles-based crime fighter who leads a double life as a corporate executive.

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Discovery Plans to Revamp Planet Green

Green Planet

It's not easy being green, as Discovery Communications has discovered.

Planet Green, the eco-friendly channel that Discovery launched with much ballyhoo in 2008, turned out to not be as viewer-friendly as the company had hoped. Now, Discovery is planning to either revamp or completely replace the channel all together.

"We think we can probably ...
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Producer Defends Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy

Hayden Panettiere

The executive producer behind Lifetime's controversial Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial in Italy is defending the project, calling it a nonjudgmental look at the American convicted of killing her roommate in Italy.

"This is a factual drama and we feel we did a very fair and balanced telling of the story, crafting a script from court records and other public documents," executive producer Craig Piligian tells TV Guide Magazine. "At the end of the movie people will be wondering whether she really did or didn't do the things she's accused of," he says... read more

Transformers Primed for an Animated Comeback

Transformers Prime

Having written the first two Transformers movies, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman were ready to take a break from the robots-in-disguise franchise. "We'd spent more time on Transformers than we even spent going to college, so we figured maybe it was time to take a break," Orci tells TV Guide Magazine. "But then (Hasbro chief executive) Brian Goldner came to us and asked if we wanted to do an animated series."

That new program, Transformers Prime, bowed last fall as a five-part miniseries, but now returns as a full-fledged series this Friday, Feb. 11, at 6:30/5:30c on The Hub, the new kids channel formed by Hasbro and Discovery Communications. The Hub ordered ... read more

Fox's Super Night

Hugh Laurie

Sure, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers snagged the title of Most Valuable Player at Super Bowl XLV. But to TV viewers, House star Hugh Laurie was far and away the night's TV MVP.

Laurie and House easily scored the most promotional spots among all Fox series during Sunday night's big game. That's quite a coup for an aging series like House, now in its seventh year. But there's a reason why the acerbic doctor was tops (sorry, Fringe fans). House could use a little extra promo help, as the show's once-hot ratings have taken a beating this season ... read more

The L Word Creator Ilene Chaiken Heads to CBS

Ilene Chaiken

The L Word and The Real L Word creator Ilene Chaiken is expanding her TV series vocabulary.

Chaiken has signed on to serve as executive producer on Hail Mary, a drama pilot recently picked up by CBS. She'll serve along side... read more

Charlie Sheen's Fake Twitter Account Shut Down

Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen's reps are racing to shut down a new Twitter account that claims to belong to the embattled Two and a Half Men actor. Someone using the Twitter handle "@ciestevez" and the name "Carlos Estevez" (Sheen's real name) recently joined the social media site.

The Twitter page also uses a photo of Sheen sitting next to Men co-star Angus T. Jones and contains just one post: "Last I counted I had four beautiful children, Kirstie." The post would seem to be in response to Kirstie Alley, whose Twitter account is one of ten that "Carlos Estevez" is following.

But there's one problem: This isn't really Sheen... read more

Exclusive: James Burrows to Direct Two Broke Girls

James Burrows

Sex and the City alum Michael Patrick King and comedian Whitney Cummings have just won the TV pilot equivalent of the Super Lotto. Comedy directing master James Burrows has signed on to direct King's... read more

Exclusive: TLC Goes Party Crazy

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TLC is hitting the pre-teen party circuit. Outrageous Kid Parties, the cable network's next series, will deliver exactly what the title promises: a look inside big-budget, out-of-control kiddie parties. Insiders describe it as a cross between TLC's Toddlers and Tiaras and MTV's My Super Sweet 16.

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