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Fox's Fringe, Dollhouse to Run with Half the Ads

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Fox entertainment chairman Peter Liguori at Thursday's upfronts presentation unveiled a "Remote-Free TV" initiative, under which Fox will launch its two new dramas — J.J. Abrams' Fringe (premiering in late August) and Joss Whedon's Dollhouse (debuting midseason) — with half the commercial and promo time of a typical series. That adds up to no more than about five minutes of national ad loads per hour, and this applies to every episode.In the wake of increased competition from cable, Liguori wants "Remote-Free TV" to "be bold, to engage, to make the audience lean forward." What's your take? A sound idea to give viewers more of what they want, especially from these two sure-to-be-exciting new series? — MWMRelated:• The Biz at the Upfronts: A Spot-On Move By FoxBookmark our COMPLETE FALL TV GRID | Review All FALL TV NEWS read more

Young Hollywood Awards Bring Hot Stars, Cool Scoop

Thomas Dekker by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com

"It takes a special kind of person to be part of young Hollywood," host Aisha Tyler told the audience at Hollywood Life's 10th Annual Young Hollywood Awards, before rattling off the undergarmentless achievements of Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and friends. But at Avalon nightclub, the young ones honored were far from the scandalous kind. Chris O'Donnell, America Ferrera, J.J. Abrams and more took center stage to honor those on the cusp of breaking through, purely on the basis of their talent. TV Guide caught up with Thomas Dekker on the red carpet, who, despite sweltering conditions, was the epitome of cool. And for good reason — Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles are back this fall, bigger than ever. "I'm so excited. We're going to have to crank [the episodes] out pretty quick because we're going on in October." Viewers can look forward to an action-packed 13 episodes. "A lot of very dark twists immediately take place right at the beginning," teases Dekker.... read more

Exclusive: A Conversation with Trek's Two Spocks

Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto by Albert L. Ortega/ WireImage.com

With the summer 2009 premiere of JJ Abrams Star Trek still more than a year away Leonard Nimoy has officially passed the torch as Spock to cast mate Zachary Quinto The rite of passage happened at Sundays Grand Slam XVI Sci Fi Summit in Burbank Calif and came in the form of a T-shirt that said No1 Vulcan I think Im going to have to grab a marker and change it to No 2 Vulcan a touched Quinto said to the audience TV Guide later welcomed the opportunity to talk with the two Spocks Carita RizzoTV Guide Zachary what kind of questions did you have for LeonardZachary Quinto They came up as things evolved The process that I went through to play this part was very internal and private but in terms of what were getting into today I couldnt ask for a better introduction to the experience and to the fans than to engage in it with him here by my side Its literally unbelievable TV Guide Can the Star Trek life experience be described LeonardLeonard Nimo read more

Exclusive: Jackson's Grey's Stint Fades to Black

Joshua Jackson by Tony Barson/ WireImage.com, Sandra Oh by Bob D'Amico/ABC

It appears Joshua Jackson's Grey's Anatomy gig has ended before it began. And once again, the writers' strike is to blame. To quickly recap, Grey's announced last fall that the ex-Dawson's Creeker would be joining the cast for a multi-episode arc as a doctor and, as I would later report, a love interest for Cristina. Unfortunately, just weeks before he was scheduled to shoot his first episode, the writers went on strike and Jackson's stint, just like the TV biz itself, was put on hold. Cut to present day: The strike is over, Grey's is headed back into production, and Jackson is — yep, you guessed it — no longer available. During the work stoppage, J.J. Abrams hand-picked the actor to headline his new X-Files-esque Fox series Fringe, which is currently in production in Toronto (and will be through mid-March). Although an attempt was made to make the scheduling work, ultimately the logistics proved too daunting. Now Grey's is forced to either recast the role or scrap it enti... read more

Ghuy'Cha'! J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Bumped to 2009!

Variety reports that Paramount is pushing back the release of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek from Dec. 25 of this year to May 8, 2009. We guess the studio wants to capitalize off the huge buzz that their casting news and trailers have received by letting fans stew in their geek juices a bit longer. Oh, we're stewing.Officially, the switcheroo was attributed to the studio's release calendar, and now Star Trek has no competition in its new slot — at least not yet, even though it opens one week after X-Men Origins: Wolverine and one week before Da Vinci Code prequel Angels and Demons. No offense to the other movies, but we think with the cast Trek has garnered (including Zachary Quinto as Spock, Eric Bana as Nero and Winona "Out of Hiding" Ryder as Amanda Grayson), and the power of J.J. Abrams behind it, Trek will do just fine. Can we buy our tickets yet? —Erin FoxRelated:• Today's Top Videos: The Star Trek Teaser Trailer• House's Jennifer Morrison Diagnoses New Star Trek&b... read more

Joshua Jackson Enters J.J. Abrams' Fringe

Joshua Jackson by Tony Barson/ WireImage.com

Now , casting would appear to be rather complete on J.J. Abrams' Fringe pilot for Fox. Dawson's Creek alum Joshua Jackson — who when last heard from was to visit Grey's Anatomy's Seattle Grace, but... strike happens — will play Peter Bishop, the son of the institutionalized scientist teamed with a female fed (Aussie actress Anna Torv) to investigate unexplained phenomena. Oh, Peter is also a high-school dropout/gambling addict with an IQ of 190.Filming is now under way in Toronto. read more

J.J. Abrams' Fringe Finds Its Young Lady Fed

J.J. Abrams ventured Down Under to find the female lead for his Fox pilot, a href="Joshua Jackson Enters J.J. Abrams' FringeFringe. Australian actress Anna Torv (The Secret Life of Us) has been cast as Olivia Warren, a young FBI agent who must work with an institutionalized scientist (John Noble) to investigate a rash of paranormal phenomena. Additionally, says the Reporter, Blair Brown has been cast in the two-hour pilot as the brilliant head of a cutting-edge research facility, while Jasika Nicole will fill the recurring role of Astrid, "a stunning federal assistant." (Because really, is there any other kind?) read more

Coming Soon: Star Trek XI

It may be a ways off (OK, maybe more than a ways off considering it doesn’t come out until Christmas), but you have to see this teaser trailer for the next of the Star Trek installments. If you haven’t heard about it, Lost’s J.J. Abrams will be directing Star Trek XI, which chronicles the early years of Kirk and company (and, side note, Zachary Quinto from Heroes is playing Spock in this version). Even if you’re not a Trekkie, the scene of the U.S.S. Enterprise being built is pretty awesome. read more

J.J. Abrams' Fringe Taps Wire's Reddick

Lance Reddick by Michael Bezjian/WireImage.com

Casting on Fringe, J.J. Abrams' pilot for Fox, is nearly wrapped up, with two of the three leads now filled. Aussie actor John Noble (The Lord of the Rings' Denethor) will play Dr. Walter Bishop, the institutionalized scientist a young female FBI agent must collaborate with to get to the bottom of a rash of paranormal activity, while Lance Reddick (a star on The Wire and a recurring player on the upcoming season of Lost) has been cast as the special agent who heads the division of Homeland Security that specializes in X-Files-type events. As reported the other day, Kirk Acevedo (Oz) and Mark Valley (Boston Legal) are also onboard.Now we're just waiting on the G-woman. read more

Highly Anticipated Cloverfield Hits Theaters

After what seemed like a covert operation to keep all the secrets of Cloverfield under wraps, tonight’s the night we’ll finally get some answers. Like, what in the hell kind of monster would rip off the Statue of Liberty’s head and chuck it into Midtown? Not cool! Better start ordering those tickets in advance because we’re sensing a sold-out opening weekend. Your take: Think this movie is going to live up to the hype? read more

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