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John Lithgow to Play Barney's Father on How I Met Your Mother

John Lithgow

One of How I Met Your Mother's mysteries is about to be revealed.

John Lithgow will play Barney Stinson's estranged father, Jerome Whitaker, Cobie Smulders confirmed on TV Guide Network's Hollywood 411.

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Showtime Renews Californication; Sets Returns for Nurse Jackie, United States of Tara

David Duchovny

On the heels of its most-watched series premiere, Californication has been picked up for a fifth season. 

The Season 4 debut of the David Duchovny comedy drew 1.2 million viewers between its two airings Sunday.

Showtime also announced Friday that Nurse Jackie and United States of Tara will return on Monday, March 28. The Borgias, an upcoming period drama starring Jeremy Irons, will debut with a two-hour premiere on April 3 at 9/8c.

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Jersey Shore Sets Ratings Record (Again)

The Jersey Shore

Jersey Shore has set another ratings record for MTV.

Thursday's episode drew 8.6 million viewers, improving slightly  over the Season 3 premiere to become the network's most-watched series telecast ever.

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Hollywood Foreign Press Association: Payola Lawsuit Is Without Merit

Golden Globe Awards

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association says a lawsuit filed by a former Golden Globes publicist alleging "payola schemes" is "completely without merit."

"This is no more than the case of a disgruntled former consulting firm, whose contract was not renewed, attempting to take advantage once again of the Globes' international stage for their own gain," the HFPA said in a statement.

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SNL Books Jesse Eisenberg, Dana Carvey

Dana Carvey, Jesse Eisenberg

The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg will host the final Saturday Night Live of January, NBC announced Friday.

Eisenberg, who's nominated for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award for his portrayal of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, will host the Jan. 29 episode. He will be joined by musical guest Nicki Minaj.

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Kim Kardashian Posts Revealing Bikini Shot on Twitter

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian just can't get stop sharing pictures of herself.

The Keeping up with the Kardashians star recently posted a photo of herself in a barely-there bikini on Twitter Thursday, asking her followers, "#2sexy2tweet?"

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The Good Wife: Michael J. Fox Books Third Episode, Kalinda and Blake's "Battle Royale"

Archie Panjabi, Michael J. Fox

The Good Wife's second season has featured a twisted love triangle, a heated political campaign and a surprising in-house fight for the firm. But the show is just getting warmed up.

Co-creator and executive producer Robert King spoke with reporters at the Television Critics Association's winter previews Friday about what's coming up for the second half the season (the election! A big Kalinda revelation!) He also clued us in on what you can expect from the slate of upcoming guest stars, including a third appearance by Michael J. Fox and new information on... read more

Beyond Scared Straight Sets Ratings Record For A&E

Beyond Scared Straight

The debut of A&E's new unscripted show, Beyond Scared Straight, attracted 3.7 million viewers, making it the network's most-watched series to date.

Based on the Emmy and Academy Award-winning documentary Scared Straight!, the series profiles unique approaches to juvenile crime prevention in prisons around the United States. Thursday's premiere was set in a women's prison in Central California.

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Allison DuBois on the Housewives Dinner From Hell

Allison DuBois

She's the real-life inspiration for CBS' Medium, but not even psychic Allison DuBois could have predicted how badly things would go when she appeared on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on December 16. What was supposed to be a peace-making meal put on by pal Camille Grammer (they met via Camille's ex Kelsey, who's an executive producer on Medium) turned in to a nightmare, with predictions that Kyle Richards' marriage would end and everybody screaming at each other. DuBois dishes on the dinner table dust-up.

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Mad Love Boss: Judy Greer a Better Fit than Lizzy Caplan

Mad Love, Judy Greer

CBS's new romantic comedy, Mad Love, lost cast member Lizzy Caplan before the series was picked up, but executive producer Matt Tarses says her replacement, Judy Greer, is a much better fit.

Caplan signed on for a role in the pilot. Due to her commitments on the since-canceled Starz series Party Down, Caplan declined to join Mad Love as a series regular.

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"Lizzy Caplan did [the pilot] as a guest role for us; she was never going to do it for the series," Tarses said Friday at the Television Critics Association winter previews. "The part, to be honest, was a little more of a part that fits... read more

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