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TNT to Follow Up Summer Debuts with Romano's Men, Possible E.T. Invasion from Spielberg and More

Steven Spielberg, Ray Romano and Charles S. Dutton

Leverage and Raising the Bar return to TNT this summer for their sophomore seasons, while three new shows make their debut.

The Closer, starring Kyra Sedgwick, and Saving Grace, starring Holly Hunter, are also among the cabler's returning original series.

As for new fare, TNT is rolling out this summer HawthoRNe, a medical drama fronted by Jada Pinkett Smith; Dark Blue, a police drama led by Dylan McDermott (The Practice); and Wedding Day, a reality series from Mark Burnett.

The cabler's development slate for the 2009-10 season and beyond, meawhile, is both out-of-this-world and down-to-earth.

The dramedy Men of a Certain Age — starring Ray Romano (also a creator on the series), Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula — has been greenlit and tabbed for ... read more

Personality Plus: Showtime Pledges More United States of Tara

Toni Collette, United States of Tara

Showtime's United States of Tara (Sundays, 10 pm/ET) is returning for a second season.

At least one of the show's writers had her fingers crossed for a Season 2 — and not just because she likes her job. "We really had a hard time putting everything we wanted to do [with the series] in 12 episodes — and that's not always the case!" Alexa Junge told TVGuide.com at the series' outset. "[Tara's] got a good story to tell, and we're just getting rolling here."

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DreamWorks, Universal Ink Deal in Studio Love Triangle

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After ongoing negotiation, DreamWorks and Universal have signed their seven-year distribution deal, which effectively settles Paramount's divorce from Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider and lets the producing pair begin a new endeavor without sacrificing the capital to do it — or burning any industry bridges.

The two DreamWorks honchos recently stepped away from their Paramount relationship to partner with India's Reliance Big Entertainment, which will distribute the company's films on its home turf and has financed the new joint venture.

A few notable details of the deal seem to be win-win for all studios involved, and keep Paramount in the loop. read more

Rapists of the Lost Ark: Did South Park Go Too Far?

South Park

Matt Stone and Trey Parker still know how to get people talking.

Wednesday night's South Park outing pushed the envelope and then did all kinds of god-awful things to it, with a recurring riff in which uberproducers George Lucas and Steven Spielberg repeatedly ... read more

Fall TV: Showtime Unites with Diablo Cody's Tara

Diablo Cody by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com

Showtime has picked up 12 episodes of The United States of Tara, to begin filming this summer. Penned by Oscar winner Diablo Cody (Juno), the series centers on a wife and mother with a multiple personality disorder, to be played by Little Miss Sunshine's Toni Collette.As previously reported, John Corbett will costar as Collette's husband. Steven Spielberg will produce. Will Cody successfully segue into writing for television? Can she move from portraying teen angst to that of adults? Showtime, luckily, is giving us the chance to find out. — Anna DimondUse our Online Video Guide to see some of Diablo Cody.Related:• John Corbett Allies with United States of Tara• Toni Collette's Got Personalities in Spielberg Series • Multiple-personality Series Seeks Singular "Extraordinary" Star read more

New Indiana Jones to Premiere at Cannes

Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull by David James/TM and (c)Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved./Paramount Pictures

I wonder if TVGuidecom would want to send someone me to cover this awesome event Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will be premiering at the Cannes Film Festival which runs from May 14-25 Thierry Fremaux the festivals head said the presence of Steven Spielberg and the stars of the fourth installment of the Indiana Jones film franchise which will premiere outside the main competition would ensure a magnificent red carpet reported Reuters Mega-stars Harrison Ford Cate Blanchett and director-producers Spielberg and George Lucas are expected to attendThe red carpet will also sizzle with the likes of Scarlett Johanson Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem who will be promoting their Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona Other highly anticipated premieres include Clint Eastwoods The Changeling with Angelina Jolie and Steven Soderberghs four-hour epic Che based on the life of the revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara Gee seems as though TVGuideco read more

Indiana Jones Cast, Producers Take Risky Route to Profits

When Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull debuts worldwide May 22 the cast and producers wont just be taking risks in search of treasure theyll be risking their real-life earnings from the films profit Eschewing the usual upfront fees that talent typically get before a film even opens the new Indy film is set for an adventure in deal-making in which no one gets a cut of the profit unless the movie brings home the bucks at the box office With film production and marketing costs leaping through the roof says the LA Times Paramount Pictures set up a different kind of arrangement for the Crystal Skull which cost 400 million to make and market Executive producer George Lucas director Steven Spielberg stars Harrison Ford and Shia LaBeouf and other potential earners from the movie wont see much of a payday until that amount is recouped and exceeded Skulls talent though probably dont have much to worry about The first three of the Indiana Jones flicks earned 12 bil read more

Spielberg's Social Network Does What Exactly?

Steven Spielberg by Jeffrey Mayer/ WireImage.com

Call me a Luddite, but I'm not as familiar with social networks as somebody who works for a website probably should be. So the news that Steven Spielberg would be launching a social network was kind of shrug-worthy for me, even more so when I discovered that said forum would be a venue where people could share their paranormal or extraterrestrial experiences (aka the worst cocktail party imaginable).Doesn't such a website already exist? Is Spielberg fishing for new material? The man's wide-ranging tastes have always impressed me, so maybe he's on to something. I loved his alien films, of course, but I also can't wait to see how he directs Liam Neeson as Abraham Lincoln in an upcoming biopic. But a spooky ghost-story website? I don't know; it seems a little beneath him.But, like I said, I'm ignorant in the ways of social networking. Educate me: Is this idea better than it sounds? — Mickey O'Connor read more

Movie News: The Coens Take on Yiddish, and More

Ethan and Joel Coen courtesy Miramax

They're on an awards season roll, but the Coen brothers are already on to their next projects. The No Country for Old Men filmmaking team and Scott Rudin are set to translate Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policeman's Union, a contemporary noir murder mystery set in Alaska.... Mel Gibson, meanwhile, is being sued for breach of contract by a Passion of the Christ writer who claims the director misrepresented the film's budget, resulting in lowball remuneration.... Steven Spielberg, meanwhile, is stepping away from controversy, withdrawing from his role as artistic director of the 2008 Olympics in China. He's relinquishing the gig in protest of the Chinese government's policy on Sudan and the Darfur conflict. In a statement, Spielberg said, "I find that my conscience will not allow me to continue business as usual." — Anna Dimond read more

Rachael Ray on Ice, Tree Hill and More News Briefs

The Rachael Ray Show on Jan. 18 will tape on location at New York City's Bryant Park ice rink (aka right across the street from TV Guide's snazzy new offices).... One Tree Hill fans have the chance to win a walk-on role and hang with the cast in Wilmington, N.C., via an "Ultimate Fan Weekend" promotion. Go to cwtv.com/macys for details.... Rose McGowan replaces Carrie Fisher as host of The Essentials when the TCM series returns in March.... With this year's Globes a bust, Steven Spielberg will instead receive the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement in 2009. Provided the strike is over by then. And provided he doesn't tank his career during the next 12 months. read more

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