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Skins Creator on U.S. Controversy: "Sometimes the Truth Can Be Painful"

Skins

Skins creator Brian Elsley spoke out for the first time Monday in response to the controversy surrounding the U.S. adaptation of the hit British drama. In short, he says the show is "a very serious attempt to get to the roots of young people's lives."

Parents Television Council calls for investigation into MTV's Skins

In a lengthy statement to MTV News, Elsley called Skins a "very simple and in fact rather old fashioned" series.

"It deals with relationships, parents, death, illness, mental health issues, the consequences of drug use and sexual activity," he writes. "It is just that these are characterized from the point of view of the many young people who write the show and has a very straightforward approach to their experiences; it tries to tell the truth. Sometimes that truth can be a little... read more

Tila Tequila To Guest On $#*! My Dad Says

$#*! My Dad Says

Tila Tequila will make an appearance on $#*! My Dad Says, a rep for the show says.

Lee Majors to guest-star on $#*! My Dad Says

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Keck's Exclusives: NCIS' Michael Weatherly on the New "Threat" to Ziva

Sarah Jane Morris

Michael Weatherly is directing his first episode of NCIS, which will introduce a recurring female agent named Erica Jane Barrett (to be played by Brothers & Sisters vet Sarah Jane Morris). In Erica's introductory episode on March 1... read more

Grey's Alum Jeffrey Dean Morgan in Talks to Headline Starz's Magic City

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is in final negotiations to star in Starz's new drama, Magic City, Deadline reports.

Magic City follows the mobsters, politicians and entertainments involved in establishing Miami's first big-name hotel, just as... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Larry Hagman Confirmed for TNT's New Dallas

Larry Hagman

After stories floated that TNT had failed to reach a financial agreement with Larry Hagman to reprise his role of J.R. Ewing in an update of the 1978-91 primetime soap Dallas — and would move forward with an altered script that would write out the popular character — both parties expressed hope that the conflict could be resolved.  

And now I'm happy to report that a deal's been struck! Yep, I just got off the phone with Larry, who tells me he's in!  "I haven't signed any contract but I gave them my commitment verbally," says the star, who'll turn 80 this year. "I just told them I'd do it and my word's good!"

The updated pilot... read more

Jay Leno Named Hasty Pudding's Man of the Year

Jay Leno

Jay Leno has been named Hasty Pudding's Man of the Year.

The late-night host was honored by the nation's oldest undergraduate drama troupe for entertaining "millions of people over his long accomplished career in comedy," the Harvard University group said on its website.

Howard Stern calls Jay Leno a "crook" on TV interview

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Christina Aguilera to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera will sing the national anthem at this year's Super Bowl.

The National Football League and Fox network announced Monday that the

30-year-old five-time Grammy winner will perform during the festivities before the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Green Bay Packers.

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AFC Title Game Gets Highest Ratings in 24 Years

The AFC Championship game on CBS drew the strongest ratings for the conference's title game in 24 years.

Overnight Nielsen figures showed the game had the highest percentage of households (31.3 percent in the 56 top TV markets) since NBC's 1987 broadcast of the Denver Broncos defeating the Cleveland Browns in the AFC title tilt (31.9 percent).

Brian McCarthy, the National Football League's vice president of communications,  tweeted that Sunday night's 24-19 victory by the Pittsburgh Steelers over the New York Jets attracted ... read more

Rachael Taylor Joins Grey's Anatomy

Rachael Taylor

Could Aussie actress Rachael Taylor be Alex Karev's new squeeze? The Transformers star joins Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Lucy Fields, who according to reports will play a major character's obstetrician (Callie's, perhaps?). But at the G'Day USA Black Tie Gala on January 22, Taylor told TV Guide Magazine she's also got a lot of scenes with ... read more

Lindsay Price Gives Us the Scoop on Her CSI: NY Gig

Lindsay Price

After taking a year off to direct the documentary feature, Sending the Orphans Back, about her mother's first return to Korea since childhood, Lindsay Price is returning to TV as a rape victim on an episode of CSI: NY, set to air in February. Price comes to the attention of ... read more

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