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Shameless Will Explore Baby Liam's Parentage

Shameless

Shameless fans wondering about where the youngest Gallagher child came from will soon get an explanation.

In the Showtime series, drunken patriarch Frank (William H. Macy) is so unreliable, his oldest daughter Fiona (Emmy Rossum) has to manage the hectic household and her five siblings. Baby Liam (Blake and Brennan Johnson) is obviously of mixed parentage -- born from the same mother, but with an unknown father -- a fact that was glossed over in the show's premiere.

"We've explained the inability to figure out his heritage," executive producer John Wells said at the Television Critics Association winter previews Friday. "But there are actually a couple episodes coming ... read more

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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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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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

Alicia Silverstone Expecting First Child

Alicia Silverstone

Alicia Silverstone and husband Christopher Jarecki are expecting their first child, reports People.

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"I've been wanting to have a baby since I was 2 years old — I'm destined to be a mother," the Clueless star told the magazine in April.

Silverstone, 34, wed Jarecki in ... read more

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