Bradley James and Colin Morgan
After a successful summer run on Syfy, Merlin will return for a third season, the networks tells TV Guide Magazine exclusively. The next 13 episodes of the series, based on the mythical legends of Camelot, are expected in early 2011, shortly after premiering in the U.K. on the BBC.
Merlin's first season aired in the U.S. on NBC last summer with mediocre ratings, by broadcast standards...
Marcia Gay Harden
Oscar-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden, who received a 2007 Emmy Award nomination for her guest appearance as Federal Agent Dana Lewis on NBC's Law & Order: SVU, is making a return visit to the mean Manhattan streets patrolled by Detectives Stabler (Christopher Meloni) and Benson (Mariska Hargitay).
Last seen in the eighth season premiere, Dana will return...
Montana Fishburne, the 19-year-old daughter of Oscar-nominated CSI star Laurence Fishburne is making her way to the small screen, but she's not following in her daddy's footsteps. Montana is the star of a new, X-rated adult film, now in stores.
"I had a little passion inside me to do porn," Montana, who also goes by Chippy D, tells Us Magazine. "I started thinking about it... when I was 16.
"I wasn't really into mainstream acting," she continues. "People would ask me, 'Do you want to get into acting? Do you want to be an actress?' and I would say, straight up, 'No.' ... I knew I wanted to do adult [films]."
With the New York Jets, football's ultimate reality series found a team promising unrestricted access and story lines with all the makings of a smash hit.
"We're calling it 'Hard Knocks hits Broadway,'" says director Steve Trout of NFL Films. The sixth season of the HBO series (premiering tonight at 10/9c) follows the Super Bowl contenders through training camp to whittle 85 players down to a 53-man roster...
Conan O'Brien is taking a cue from Monty Python for his new late-night show, at least for the show's promo.
In this brief teaser for his new TBS late-night series, O'Brien seems...
Sandra Oh, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sela Ward
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What's Cristina up to when Grey's Anatomy returns? — Jenni
ADAM: She won't be great. While Cristina is usually the rock the other docs lean on, her reaction to the traumatic season finale rampage takes longer to sort out than some of the other surgeons. In fact, when she is finally cleared to go back into surgery, an accident in the OR freaks her out so much that she collapses into a sobbing mess on the floor.
Can we get some more Modern Family scoop? — Rusty
MICKEY: If you were as tickled as we were to discover that Mitchell and Claire were once an figure-skating duo named Fire and Ice, you're going to love the next nugget...
Hugh Laurie, Oprah Winfrey, Charlie Sheen
If you're an actor who lands a lead role on a TV series, you can count on a big payday. But it won't be as big as it used to be.
Network and studio executives tell TV Guide Magazine they've adopted a get-tough policy on salaries for stars of the new fall shows. While the salary for a lead has been $150,000 to $200,000 per episode in recent years, most deals for stars of new series were between $75,000 and $125,000. "No one broke the bank on anything this year," says one former studio head.
A case in point is a negotiation with a veteran film actor who for years has been coveted by several networks to do series TV. He was in discussions for a lead role in one of the new dramas that made the fall schedule. His asking price was $250,000. The network and the studio said no way. When the actor refused to go below $200,000, the network and studio moved on and hired someone else...